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It’s summertime—and the reading’s easy

Naturally, Beston’s book is one of the Cape’s best

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Are you in the mood for a classic? Perhaps a book that offers a glimpse into the strength and beauty of the Cape? Then look no further than Henry Beston’s, The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod (1928). A Quincy native, Beston (1888-1968), spent 12 months in 1926-1927 living in a remote cottage in Eastham, exploring the area, taking in everything nature has to offer, and writing about his adventures and observations.

In the book, regarded by many as a timeless work of American nature writing, Beston wrestles with a topic still relevant today: man’s place in nature. The ‘outermost house’ where Beston handwrote his masterpiece was named a National Literary Landmark in 1964, but was destroyed during the Blizzard of 1978. Paperback, 218 pages.

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