Nature and the Future of Martha's Vineyard
Author: Director of the Harvard Forest David R Foster
An eminent ecologist shows how an iconic New England island has been shaped by nature and human history, and how its beloved landscape can be protected
Author: Arthur Railton
Publisher: Commonwealth Editions
"Published in association with the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society, this comprehensive illustrated history of the island was written by its foremost authority."
Author: Thomas Dresser
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Behind the mansions and presidential vacations of Martha’s Vineyard hide the lost stories and forgotten events of small-town America. What was the island’s role in the Underground Railroad? Why do chickens festoon Nancy Luce’s grave? And how did the people of the Vineyard react in 1923 when the rumrunning ship John Dwight sank with the island’s supply of liquor aboard? Delve deep below the surface of history to discover the origin and meaning of local place names and the significance of beloved landmarks. Celebrated local historian Thomas Dresser unearths the little-known stories that laid the foundations for the community of Martha’s Vineyard.
The Martha's Vineyard Diet Detox and Plan for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating
Author: Roni DeLuz,James Hester,Diane Reverand
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Health & Fitness
"From the authors of the hit diet book, 21 Pounds in 21 Days, an expanded, simplified, month-long program to cleanse your body, as well as a new plan for keeping it clean for the rest of your life"--
Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age
Author: Richard Louv
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Category: Family & Relationships
For many of us, thinking about the future conjures up images of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: a post-apocalyptic dystopia stripped of nature. Richard Louv, author of the landmark bestseller Last Child in the Woods, urges us to change our vision of the future, suggesting that if we reconceive environmentalism and sustainability, they will evolve into a larger movement that will touch every part of society. This New Nature Movement taps into the restorative powers of the natural world to boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarter and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and ultimately strengthen human bonds. Supported by groundbreaking research, anecdotal evidence, and compelling personal stories, Louv offers renewed optimism while challenging us to rethink the way we live.
Author: Thomas Dresser
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Martha's Vineyard is cherished by many as a summer paradise, but few know of its rich past. Descendants of the first Native American inhabitants still reside on the Vineyard. Once a critical whaling hub, the island's success drew in newcomers from around the world. Following the Civil War, land developers set their sights on attracting tourists to the island's scenic beaches, and soon thereafter, a visit from President Grant established Martha's Vineyard as a vacation haven. From a movement to secede from Massachusetts to the making of the summer blockbuster Jaws, author Thomas Dresser weaves together the threads of the Vineyard's fascinating history. Discover how this remarkable island adapted to the times and came to be one of the most sought-out vacation destinations on the East Coast.
The Cottage City Years on Martha's Vineyard
Author: Peter A. Jones
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Oak Bluffs, originally incorporated in 1880 as Cottage City, is located on the northeast shore of Martha's Vineyard. Oak Bluffs: The Cottage City Years on Martha's Vineyard traces this historically significant town from its early years as the site of a renowned religious camp meeting to its incorporation as Cottage City and later as Oak Bluffs. Using historic images, it captures the religious and social spirit of the community and the fun times of promenading on the bluffs, bathing at the beach, playing croquet, and celebrating with parades and illuminations. This book evokes memories of a bygone era: the canvas Tabernacle and tents in Wesleyan Grove, the Sea View House and Martha's Vineyard Railroad in Oak Bluffs, the horse-drawn trolley, and the Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute in the Vineyard Highlands. Also captured is the remarkable preservation of Oak Bluffs, as seen in early photographs of its parks, cottages, and buildings, such as the Tabernacle, Union Chapel, and Arcade.
Author: Franz Wright
In this radiant new collection, Franz Wright shares his regard for life in all its forms and his belief in the promise of blessing and renewal. As he watches the “Resurrection of the little apple tree outside / my window,” he shakes off his fear of mortality, concluding “what death . . . There is only / mine / or yours,– / but the world / will be filled with the living.” In prayerlike poems he invokes the one “who spoke the world / into being” and celebrates a dazzling universe–snowflakes descending at nightfall, the intense yellow petals of the September sunflower, the planet adrift in a blizzard of stars, the simple mystery of loving other people. As Wright overcomes a natural tendency toward loneliness and isolation, he gives voice to his hope for “the only animal that commits suicide,” and, to our deep pleasure, he arrives at a place of gratitude that is grounded in the earth and its moods. From the Hardcover edition.
How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race and Class
Author: Bijan C. Bayne
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Sports & Recreation
Year round on Martha’s Vineyard Island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, residents and vacationers have played basketball—almost since the game was invented. The Oak Bluffs summer league on the Island was innovative, ethnically diverse, welcomed female players, and fostered thousands of friendships. President Obama, NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving, and Family Matters sitcom star Jaleel White have all played basketball on Martha’s Vineyard, as did future college stars, authors, war heroes, and entrepreneurs. Their stories touch current events from World War I through the Civil Rights Movement—and even include the filming of the blockbuster Jaws. Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race and Class follows the rich history of basketball on the Island and tells the stories of the players and coaches themselves. During the heyday of Martha’s Vineyard basketball in the 1970s and ‘80s, the courts provided a place for friendships that looked past social class and race—a unique situation given that nearby cities such as Boston were sites of violent demonstrations against integration. Original interviews with those who were there not only reveal the racial dynamics on Martha’s Vineyard, but also relate amusing anecdotes of encounters with celebrities that include Charles Lindbergh, James Cagney, Frank Sinatra, and future star James Taylor. Martha’s Vineyard Basketball reveals little-known aspects of the Island, shares the realities and triumphs of residents and vacationers alike, and demonstrates the unifying power of basketball. New Englanders, basketball fans, and those interested in race and class relations will all find this book a noteworthy account of a singular place.
A Field Guide to Island Nature
Author: Suzan Bellincampi
In Martha's Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature, author Suzan Bellicampi takes you both on the favorite Island trails and behind the scenes in what the natural Vineyard has to offer. The book even explains how the Vineyard was formed by glaciers moving across the land, and the clues to the past those massive ice forms left behind. The book has trail guides to six of the favorite walks on the Island, with specific directions and what you can see along the way. It also includes sketches of the flora and fauna on the Vineyard, to help you recognize all the plants and animals that call the Island home. It is fully illustrated with beautiful Island photographs and illustrations.
A Martha's Vineyard Memoir
Author: Madeleine Blais
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In the 1970s, Madeleine Blais’ in-laws purchased a vacation house on Martha’s Vineyard for the exorbitant sum of $80,000. 2.2 miles down a poorly marked, one lane dirt road, the house was better termed a shack—it had no electricity, no modern plumbing, the roof leaked, and mice had invaded the walls. It was perfect. Sitting on Tisbury Great Pond—well-stocked with oysters and crab for foraged dinners—the house faced the ocean and the sky, and though it was eventually replaced by a sturdier structure, the ethos remained the same: no heat, no TV, and no telephone. Instead, there were countless hours at the beach, meals cooked and savored with friends, nights talking under the stars, until at last, the house was sold in 2014. To the New Owners is Madeleine Blais’ charming, evocative memoir of this house, and of the Vineyard itself—from the history of the island and its famous visitors to the ferry, the pie shops, the quirky charms and customs, and the abundant natural beauty. But more than that, this is an elegy for a special place. Many of us have one place that anchors our most powerful memories. For Blais, it was the Vineyard house—a retreat and a dependable pleasure that also measured changes in her family. As children were born and grew up, as loved ones aged and passed away, the house was a constant. And now, the house lives on in the hearts of those who cherished it.
Houses on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod
Author: Mark A. Hutker,Philip Regan,Marc Kristal,Charles Orr,Jim Cappuccino
Hutker Architects, led by founding principal Mark Hutker, has designed more than 300 houses along the New England shore. In their design and construction, these houses honor the vernacular traditions of craft and indigenous materials and are deeply respectful of the beauty of the landscape. As architects, the firm is committed to the principle "Build once well," looking to the historic architecture of the region as inspiration for contemporary design. The result is an architecture that is at once highly contemporary and yet enduring, efficient, inevitable, and appropriate. Fifteen houses are presented here, each offering a unique and satisfying solution to building on the beautiful but fragile landscape of bluffs and dunes that lines the shores of Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod.
Fishing, Hunting and Avoiding Divorce on a Small Island
Author: Nelson Sigelman
Martha's Vineyard is a well known summer vacation spot. In this collection of columns, former Martha's Vineyard Times editor Nelson Sigelman describes an island preoccupation, less notorious than tourism but more obsessive, rooted in fishing, hunting and waterfowling traditions that shaped the island's character well before a mechanical shark named Bruce and presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attracted slavish media attention to a 100-square mile speck off the coast of Massachusetts. Martha's Vineyard Outdoors casts a wide net. "The pleasures of Nelson Sigelman's distinctive voice held this non-fishing, non-hunting, feminist, tree-hugging pinko spellbound from the first column to the very last," said Island resident and Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks. The setting is Martha's Vineyard but the stories are rooted in the humor and love of the outdoors found in small communities across the country.
Author: Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Category: Biographical fiction
In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. From the few facts that survive of this extraordinary life, Brooks creates a luminous tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure.
The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
Author: Andrea Wulf
The award-winning author of The Brother Gardeners presents a tour of the lives of the founding fathers from their perspectives as gardeners, farmers and plantsmen, revealing how a shared passion for agriculture shaped their beliefs and decisions. Reprint.
Author: Thomas Dresser,Herb Foster,Jay Schofield
Publisher: History Press (SC)
Explore the history of Martha's Vineyard during the World War II era.
Fear and Hope in Progressive-era Conservation
Author: Benjamin Heber Johnson
Publisher: Yale University Press
A compelling and long-overdue exploration of the Progressive-era conservation movement, and its lasting effects on American culture, politics, and contemporary environmentalism The turn of the twentieth century caught America at a crossroads, shaking the dust from a bygone era and hurtling toward the promises of modernity. Factories, railroads, banks, and oil fields--all reshaped the American landscape and people. In the gulf between growing wealth and the ills of an urbanizing nation, the spirit of Progressivism emerged. Promising a return to democracy and a check on concentrated wealth, Progressives confronted this changing relationship to the environment--not only in the countryside but also in dense industrial cities and leafy suburbs. Drawing on extensive work in urban history and Progressive politics, Benjamin Heber Johnson weaves together environmental history, material culture, and politics to reveal the successes and failures of the conservation movement and its lasting legacy. By following the efforts of a broad range of people and groups--women's clubs, labor advocates, architects, and politicians--Johnson shows how conservation embodied the ideals of Progressivism, ultimately becoming one of its most important legacies.
Author: Geraldine Brooks
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Forging a deep friendship with a Wampanoag chieftain's son on the Great Harbor settlement where her minister father is working to convert the tribe, Bethia follows his subsequent ivy league education and efforts to bridge cultures among the colonial elite. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March. Reprint.
The Creation Story Of Dolphins, A Wampanoag Legend Of Martha's Vineyard
Publisher: Island Moon Press
The Legend of Katama is a beautiful presentation of a Native American creation story. Vibrantly illustrated, it is a story of young woman, who through following her heart and listening to her dreams, makes difficult and courageous decisions which bring peace to the Wampanoag Tribe. The book includes a fascinating forward by a Wampanoag tribal storyteller. Perfect for use in the classroom or as a bedtime story.