Reading a good book remains one of the most relaxing and enriching past times, whether it happens during the summer on the beach or during the winter cozied up by the fire. Finding a good book to read can be challenging for some, but on Cape Cod our literary community is so strong that it is impossible not to be able to find a stack of books to have by your bedside ready to be read.
The foundation of this community is our strong local and independent bookstores across Cape Cod that not only offer a wide selection of books to read, but their knowledgeable and passionate staff can also help you find exactly what you are looking for and maybe even recommend a masterpiece you didn’t even know you wanted to read.
What’s more, this inspiring place is home to a number of incredibly talented local authors who write to entertain, inform and educate readers of all ages. Many of these authors also participate in speaking engagements and book signings throughout the year.
We checked in with a couple of our local book purveyors – Sally Orcutt from Books by the Sea in Centerville and Donna Rowe-Korn from Main Street Books in Orleans – to ask which books by local authors they think people should be putting on their reading list:
Jamison! A Shark Returns written by Consie Berghausen and illustrated by her daughter Nina Berghausen
Young Adult Readers
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked & Found by Martin Sandler
Beyond the Bright Sea and Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mulaly Hunt
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
The Orchid Sister by Anne LeClaire
The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess (partially set on Cape Cod!)
The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning
C is for Cape Cod by Christina Laurie and photographs by Steve Heaslip (it may appear to be a Children’s book, but it is very informative about the history and culture of the Cape)
Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
When asked why they thought we
had access to so much literary talent Rowe-Korn quoted Henry David Thoreau from
his book Cape Cod “the sea-shore is a sort of neutral ground, a most
advantageous point from which to contemplate this world.”
Just a note: this is certainly not an exhaustive list, so we highly recommend a visit to one of our local bookstores (or give them a call) to do some more exploration. If you find you don’t have the time to go in person, you can shop with some of them online with Indie Bound!