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It’s summertime—and the reading’s easy

Lessons shared—from one coastal community to another

Details and descriptions of seven great “Beach Reads” with Cape and Islands connections

While digging your heels into the sand, delve a little deeper into one of the most pertinent issues facing Cape Cod, the Islands, and many of the Bay State’s coastal communities today: erosion. In Islands in the Storm (2014), Ipswich environmental writer, William Sargent, takes a close look at how communities—particularly those with barrier beaches—are addressing sea level rise and storm-driven erosion.

Much of the book focuses on the recent history of Plum Island in the town of Newburyport, which has lost several homes to the sea in recent storms, but also includes references to eroding coastlines in New Jersey and on Nantucket. Sargent paints a picture of urgency and implores coastal residents and communities to think deeply about how close to the water one needs to live.

Most of the books mentioned in this article can be found at Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich and at Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee.

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