Colonial History by Way of Scotland

When I read recently in the New York Times about the possibility of Scotland exiting the United Kingdom, I was confused. I had no idea Great Britain had nationality problems.

Swept Away by Tradition and Crisis

Windswept, a new novel by Kate Hancock, opens with the story of Josiah Cook, a farmer on Chappaquiddick who in the late 18th century witnesses pirates burying treasure on the beach.

Looking Back With Gratitude on Island Life

Shirley Mayhew’s affectionate recollections of West Tisbury chronicle the years from 1947, when she arrived as a bride to a community of 239 residents, to 2013, when the book was written.

Modern Privilege Meets Timeless Tragedy in We Were Liars

Tragedy has a way of striking its targets indiscriminately. No family, no matter how privileged, and no place, no matter how magical, is immune. Welcome to the world of We Were Liars, a young adult novel set on a small private island off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

Book Recalls Marine Disaster That Was a Force for Change

The unexplained sinking of the fishing boat Sol e Mar sent large waves across the waterfront community. In the end this marine disaster led to significant changes in the way rescuers do business.

A Family That Sails a Catboat Together, Stays Together

Buckrammer's Tales by John E. Conway is a collection of memories from sailing adventures with family.

Last Stand Is Always Good Material

John Hough Jr.'s new book, Little Bighorn, mines history and imagination in considering Custer's Last Stand.

Putting Gothic in Gotham, Even Lady Liberty Is Not Safe

Marshall Goldberg’s masterful The New Colossus rivets the reader into 1888 New York and follows the beautiful and spunky reporter Nellie Bly.

A Timeless Love Story for the Ages

In 1973, when Pulitzer Prize-winning UPI journalist Lucinda Franks was 26, she was sent to interview U.S. attorney Robert Morgenthau, who had just been fired by Richard Nixon.

Rare Maps the Prize for Indebted Thief

In recent times, antiquarian maps have become a treasure coveted by collectors, libraries, museums. And thieves.

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