Traveling With the Mormons, Guided by Distant Relatives
Rick Herrick
The Believers in the Crucible Nauvoo, a new book by Al Woollacott, tells the story of a distant relative named Naamah Carter.
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Baseball Myths to Small Town Heroes, Veteran Sportswriter Looks Back
Louisa Hufstader

Baseball inspires storytellers, as Jim Kaplan demonstrates in his engaging new book of essays Clearing the Bases: A Veteran Sportswriter on the National Pastime.

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To the New Owners Looks at Leave-Taking as Act of Gratitude
Louisa Hufstader
In To the New Owners: A Martha’s Vineyard Memoir, author Madeline Blais reckons with the 2014 sale of her in-laws’ summer retreat.
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Thriller by Island Author Draws on Ancient Inspiration
Chloe Reichel

Michael G. West said an 11th century Japanese Buddhist text provided him with a creative spark for his new novel.

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A 12-Step Program for Public Education
Vivian Ewing
In John Merrow’s new book, Addicted to Reform: A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education, the author describes what he sees as a society hooked on school reform.
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A Gentleman in West Chop: Roots of a Writer Reside in Vineyard Soil
Heather Hamacek
When he was 10 author Amor Towles put a note in a bottle that read something like “if this makes it to China . . . please write back.”
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Chasing History Through Story of George Washington's Runaway Slave
Chloe Reichel
Erica Armstrong Dunbar was at work on her doctoral dissertation on the lives of black women in the antebellum north when she came across an advertisement that caught her attention.
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Words Matter But Meaning Can Be Such a Slippery Eel
Elizabeth Bennett
In You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships, Deborah Tannen examines how female friends communicate and different conversational styles.
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Busy Behind the Scenes, But With Daily Sense of Mission and Purpose
Sara Brown
When Alyssa Mastromonaco visited the Vineyard as acting chief of staff for President Obama, the beach had to wait. Work didn’t stop for the White House team when the President was on vacation.
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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Has Become the New Political Normal
Chloe Reichel
Richard North Patterson was a political novelist, but he doesn’t write novels anymore. Non-fiction is too compelling. Fever Swamp, Mr. Patterson’s latest book, is an accounting of the 2016 election.
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