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July 15, 2017
I wanted to like this book more than I did. George Howe Colt's "The Big House" and Henry Beston's "The Outermost House" have probably set impossible standards in memoirs about seaside houses; in comparison, "To the New Owners" comes off as oddly dry and mostly fluff. I'm not sure why. Certainly t...
July 08, 2017
If this were a SNL parody of the privileged classes it would funny, sadly it's not. In fact I felt like Gatsby or at least F. Scott Fitzgerald could pop in from East Egg any minute.
As a sociological study it might be interesting- it goes a long way toward explaining the rise of Donald Trump...
July 13, 2017
I spent the summer after college in 1967 living with 2 friends in Oak Bluffs and working as a waitress. It's hard to read this book and learn what the island has become. I was disappointed in the book. Instead of history and geography it is filled with boldface names and nostalgia.
July 25, 2017
Madeleine's in-laws bought a run down cottage for $80,000 in the 1970's on Martha's Vineyard. In 2014 the cottage was sold after her aging father-in-law passed away. This is a compilation of summer memories spent with family and friends on Martha's Vineyard. The original cottage they bought was s...
August 01, 2017
Saying goodbye to the greatest of memories at Tisbury Great Pond (West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard, 1970s to 2014): Whatever you think of today’s “summering” Martha’s Vineyard – when the population on the island swells from 16,000 to over 100,000 – whether you’ve been one of those visitors or awar...
October 27, 2017
I’ve read enough reviews that I shared the same trepidation that many others had: this would be a book by the 1% angry that time had not stood still. And to be fair, when the Pulitzer Prize winning author keeps trying to play her I’m just folks card, me thought the lady doth protest too much.
July 17, 2017
I don't think you need to dig too deeply to understand we are defined by geography. Here where I live in coastal Massachusetts, the Atlantic Ocean is filled with bounty...sometimes; the narrow, winding paths carved inland by the Pilgrims are challenging to today's drivers and commuters finding th...
November 09, 2017
A loving memoir of a home, a shack really, set on the island of Martha's Vineyard, part of Cape Cod, Massachusetts--my old stomping grounds. I could well identify with the changes to this area as mega money came into the picture in the past thirty years. I also knew the physical and emotional tug...
February 03, 2018
As a lover of Martha’s Vineyard (albeit, from a distance most of the time) I recognized a lot of my own feelings for the magical stretch of land flung out to meet the Atlantic in the pages of this book. However, I also found a lot of pining for exclusivity and a way of life that the author profes...
February 09, 2018
I just loved this book. Having spent time on Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Rockport, MA, and being from the state originally, I get it. There are some areas of the country that are just so unique their specialness is unequaled. The crystal clear days of August on the Vineyard and in Cape Cod a...