To the New Owners: A Martha's Vineyard Memoir by Madeleine Blais

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Title : To the New Owners: A Martha's Vineyard Memoir
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ISBN : 080212657X
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Joan rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 08, 2017

Twee* 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...

Lauren rated it ★★★☆☆

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...

Katharine rated it ★★★☆☆

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.

Mimi rated it ★★★★★

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...

Enchanted Prose rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Mara rated it ★★★☆☆

September 10, 2017

A short quick read. Interesting anecdotes told by someone trying their hardest not to admit they are a part of the elite circle. If the author had admitted that her summers were different than the average American (heck I haven't been on a summer vacation in years let alone own a second home, no...

LeAnne rated it ★★★★☆

July 31, 2017

If you are lucky enough to be second or third generation owner of a family cottage, this story resonates in the simple joy of sharing time in a meaningful place that is filled with generational stories of love and purpose. I thought we were the only ones to write in a cottage log, leave to-do lis...

Celt1958 rated it ★★★★☆

August 12, 2017

Enjoyable read, fun references to the literati on the island. Unpretentious view of what it is like to summer on MV season upon season.

Gillian rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2017

As breezy as a summer visit to the Vineyard. I enjoyed it as much as morning coffee on the porch at Chilmark General Store and a day at Lucy Vincent beach.

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