Author: Robert Finch

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 132400052X

Category: Nature

Page: 336

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A poignant, candid chronicle of a beloved nature writer’s fifty-year relationship with an iconic American landscape. Those who have encountered Cape Cod—or merely dipped into an account of its rich history—know that it is a singular place. Robert Finch writes of its beaches: “No other place I know sears the heart with such a constant juxtaposition of pleasure and pain, of beauty being born and destroyed in the same moment.” And nowhere within its borders is this truth more vivid and dramatic than along the forty miles of Atlantic coast—what Finch has always known as the Outer Beach. The essays here represent nearly fifty years and a cumulative thousand miles of walking along the storied edge of the Cape’s legendary arm. Finch considers evidence of nature’s fury: shipwrecks, beached whales, towering natural edifices, ferocious seaside blizzards. And he ponders everyday human interactions conducted in its environment with equal curiosity, wit, and insight: taking a weeks-old puppy for his first beach walk; engaging in a nocturnal dance with one of the Cape’s fabled lighthouses; stumbling, unexpectedly, upon nude sunbathers; or even encountering out-of-towners hoping an Uber will fetch them from the other side of a remote dune field. Throughout these essays, Finch pays tribute to the Outer Beach’s impressive literary legacy, meditates on its often-tragic history, and explores the strange, mutable nature of time near the ocean. But lurking behind every experience and observation—both pivotal and quotidian—is the essential question that the beach beckons every one of its pilgrims to confront: How do we accept our brief existence here, caught between overwhelming beauty and merciless indifference? Finch’s affable voice, attentive eye, and stirring prose will be cherished by the Cape’s staunch lifers and erstwhile visitors alike, and strike a resounding chord with anyone who has been left breathless by the majestic, unrelenting beauty of the shore.
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A Thousand-mile Walk on Cape Cod's Atlantic Shore

Author: Robert Finch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780393081305

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 327

View: 2452

A poignant, candid chronicle of a beloved nature writer's fifty-year relationship with an iconic American landscape.
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Author: Robert Finch

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393348431

Category: Nature

Page: 158

View: 4099

"In these compassionate, quietly evocative essays, Mr. Finch makes an eloquent case for dealing with nature not just as an extension of ourselves but as a world apart." -- New York Times Book Review When Common Ground was first published, Annie Dillard praised Robert Finch's essays for "their strength, subtlety, and above all their geniality." New readers will have a chance to discover that Finch's Cape Cod is indeed a wonderful place. The birds, fish, and animals that share the cape's fragile ecology on any given summer day with the human residents are described with the fresh eye of a first-rate nature writer.
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Author: Robert Finch

Publisher: On Cape Publications

ISBN: 9780978576691

Category: Nature

Page: 188

View: 6435

A collection of more than 50 exquisitely crafted radio essays, these short but poetic gems celebrate unique aspects of life on Cape Cod, especially the relationship between humanity and the natural world. Entranced by the island’s riches, Robert Finch takes the reader on a journey through the seasons in many well-known and beloved essays—including "Beach Ball," "Sea Dawn," "A Gratuity," "The Fish That Wouldn’t Die," "The Old Shell Game," and "Fire and Music"—that have the power to immediately connect the reader with the natural world of this region and that speak to the mysterious qualities of this peninsula that have drawn people to it for centuries.
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On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod

Author: Donald Wilding

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 162585904X

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 1889

First known as Nauset, Eastham once reached across the eastern half of Cape Cod from Bass River to the tip of what is now Provincetown. The area was home to the Nauset tribe for thousands of years before exploration by Champlain and the Pilgrims, and it is now known as the "Gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore." Whether it's the U.S. Life-Saving Service and its shipwreck rescues, Cape Cod's oldest windmill or tales of sea captains and rumrunners, Eastham is truly rich in history and tradition. Author Don Wilding wanders back in time through the Outer Cape's back roads, sand dunes and solitary beaches to uncover Eastham's fascinating past.
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A History of Salt and Sea

Author: Theresa Mitchell Barbo

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 162584462X

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 9703

European explorers were captivated by the seemingly endless bounty of natural resources on Cape Cod Bay. One Englishman declared that the codfish were so thick one could walk on their backs. Early settlers quickly learned how to harness the bay's resources and excelled at shore whaling, shipping and salt making. But as these new industries flourished, the native Wampanoag, who helped the fledgling colony to take root, nearly vanished. Author Theresa Mitchell Barbo's skillful narrative weaves together the natural and cultural histories of the bay, highlighting some of the region's diverse milestones- from the drafting of the Mayflower Compact in 1620 to the establishment of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant 350 years later. Cape Cod Bay: A History of Salt & Sea inspires new appreciation for this storied and stunning seascape, and underscores the importance of new efforts to preserve the bay's unique ecosystem.
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Author: Robert Finch

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 0881507687

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 6061

From acclaimed author and naturalist Robert Finch, a richly detailed observance of Cape Cod's seemingly vanished natural and human past, as it clings to its present landscape. This is a voyage of discovery, a personal odyssey into the nature of a single Cape Cod neighborhood. It is a rich portrait, beautifully drawn, of a landscape and a community whose essential character lies in their penetrating interface with the sea. But it is also an individual quest, a journey of the heart and mind in which the author seeks "entrance, or rather re-entrance" into "that vast living maze stretching out beyond my lines of sight."
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Growing Up in the 50s and 60s

Author: Fran Larkin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781977946348

Category: Cape Cod (Mass.)

Page: 128

View: 2951

A memoir about growing up in a small town on Cape Cod in the 1950s and 1960s.
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Author: Robert Finch

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 0881508594

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 3133

A collection of classic Cape Cod essays depicting snapshots in time from the Pilgrims landing in 1620 to whaling and fishing industries, to modern Bohemian artists, and featuring passages from famous writers like Herman Melville and Henry David Thoreau. Original.
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Author: Theresa Mitchell Barbo

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1625852444

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 6092

The salty waves and sandy beaches of Cape Cod disguise its fascinating and nearly forgotten history. From Provincetown to Falmouth, the Cape's fifteen towns offer a plethora of hidden and enchanting tales. Learn why one of the most famous rescues in Coast Guard history spent nearly fifty years in the shadows without public notice. Discover which wild creature went from the nineteenth-century soup pot to enjoying conservation protection under state law. Historian Theresa Mitchell Barbo explores these mysteries and more, from the lost diary of a nineteenth-century schoolteacher to the reason Cape Codders call their lunch "the noontime dinner." Join Barbo as she lifts the lid on the quirky and remarkable character of Cape Cod and its forgotten happenings.
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Author: Robert Finch,John Elder

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393027990

Category: Natural history.

Page: 921

View: 6828

W. W. Norton is pleased to announce that The Norton Book of Nature Writing is now available in a paperback college edition.
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Provincetown, the Provincetown Players, and the Discovery of Eugene O'Neill

Author: Leona Rust Egan

Publisher: Parnassus Press (IL)

ISBN: 9780940160576

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 6168

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A Novel

Author: Patrick Dacey

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627794689

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8034

“The Outer Cape is a wonderful book from a remarkably talented author...” —NPR.org Robert and Irene Kelly were a golden couple of the late ‘70s—she an artist, he a businessman, each possessed by dynamism and vibrancy. But with two young boys to care for, Irene finds herself confined by the very things she’d dreamed of having. And Robert, pressured by Irene’s demands and haunted by the possibility of failure, risks the family business to pursue a fail-safe real estate opportunity. Twenty years later, their now-grown sons, Nathan and Andrew, are drawn back to confront a fateful diagnosis. As they revisit the Cape Cod of their childhood, the ghosts of the past threaten to upend the tenuous peace of the present. In The Outer Cape, Patrick Dacey delivers a story of four people grappling with the shadow of infinite possibility, a book in which chasing the American dream and struggling to survive are one and the same.
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A Cape Cod Memoir

Author: Wyman Richardson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780881506457

Category: Nature

Page: 223

View: 3092

A physician reflects on the changing moods of land and sea, as well as the flora and fauna of the salt marsh and woods, as seen from his farmhouse located in one of Cape Cod's marshes, in a new edition of a memoir first published in 1947. Reprint.
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Author: Barbara Eppich Struna

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997656602

Category:

Page: 298

View: 4562

Nancy Caldwell relocates to an old sea captain's house on Cape Cod with her husband and four children. When she discovers an abandoned root cellar in her backyard containing a baby's skull and gold coins, she digs up evidence that links her land to the legendary tale of Maria Hallett and her pirate lover, Sam Bellamy. Using alternating chapters between the 18th and 21st centuries, The Old Cape House, a historical fiction, follows two women that are lifetimes apart, to uncover a mystery that has had the old salts of Cape Cod guessing for 300 years. 2014 Winner First Place in Historical Fiction Royal Dragonfly Awards!
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Author: Robert Finch

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 9781582431383

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 746

Essays on the natural history of the Cape Cod region of New England document changes in the environment, and in the author's life. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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Author: D. J. Muller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781580801836

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 128

View: 8395

Some of the best surfcasting in the world happens not on a beach, but along the banks of the uniquely positioned Cape Cod Canal. Seven miles long and 480 feet wide, the Cape Cod Canal, connecting Buzzards Bay to the south and west and Cape Cod Bay to the north and east, offers the striped bass fisherman unparalleled opportunities--a fishery unlike any to be found, on any coast. The paths to successful fishing in this unique environment are fully explained in FISHING THE CAPE COD CANAL.
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Author: Josephine Breen Del Deo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780764349782

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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For a small group of intrepid adventurers, summer means living in a minimalist shack on the dunes at the tip of Cape Cod. For years these diminutive abodes have attracted artists, writers, and naturalists longing to escape the hectic hubbub of their day-to-day lives. The writer Josephine Breen Del Deo has been part of the dune shack community at Provincetown for over fifty years. In this memoir she describes not only the idyllic life, but also the struggle to maintain that life in the face of the constant impact of waves and shifting sands, as well as efforts of the government to remove the shacks and create a more "pristine" natural setting. In the process, she brings the history to life, setting it in the context of larger events and populating it with the interesting, often eccentric characters who have lived on the dunes.
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The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101221570

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 5101

From the author of Mayflower, Valiant Ambition, and In the Hurricane's Eye--the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick. Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of whaling, with deep resonance in American literature and history. In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents and vivid details about the Nantucket whaling tradition to reveal the chilling facts of this infamous maritime disaster. In the Heart of the Sea, recently adapted into a major feature film starring Chris Hemsworth, is a book for the ages.
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