How about Edwin Teale? The Outermost House by Henry Beston. I read this at 15, sitting on the sand outside the house. Wanted to live there forever! Both unfortunately deceased but still enjoyable. Never had the pleasure of meeting Bill but Tap was a gentleman with a subtle sense of humor. I agree. Rick Boyer is fantastic!
Not to mention Phillip Craig who passed a few years ago and also wrote with William Reapply. My husband and I travel there regularly now, all because of those mysteries! I think all 8 of his books were either fully or partially-set in New England. A quick read which not only tells the tale of this gentleman, but informs the reader of the habits of hermits throughout time. A fascinating and quick read. Although a little difficult to read, Moby Dick is my favorite.
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In fact, my husband and I have a collection of over 28 different editions of it. Being New Bedford natives has made Moby Dick special to us.
Mystery of the Isles of Shoals. Closing the case of the Smuttynose ax murders of J. Dennis Robinson. The Sea is All Around by Elizabeth Enright is set on an island off New Bedford Massachusetts and tells the story of a young girl sent off to live there in Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline would be a good addition. Much of it takes place on Mt. Desert Island. Thanks — I will read some more books set in New England. I wish she would write more, especially about Iceland and her time there.
I still have Gladys Taber books Stillmeadow Road, etc. I love biography, non-fiction, memoirs, best of all, these days. Love seeing what others are reading and love New England although I am not a native! Hi Peter.
Per the post title, we came up with 20 favorites, and hoped our fans and readers would create an even larger list by contributing in the comments. As usual, our wonderful audience has not let us down. Anything by E B White is great reading. If you love wooden boats. I met him and his son Steve years ago at Brooklin boatyard.
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Good people. They are very well written.. Northern Farm by Paul Beston is a classic read of mine…. An excellent read about hiking in NH and the relationship between man and dog. Janet Chapman is an author from Northern Maine who has written many novels that are set in Maine. I love her books and when I was fortunate enough to finally visit Maine last year, was able to see for myself how beautiful the area is.
I would love to come back to Maine and all of New England again sometime! Loved your list, but I like cozy mysteries. There must be a great deal of cozies set in New England. Can you please make that your next list? As a native New Englander who had to move at the age of 15, my heart beats faster every time I discover a new author who uses New England as the backdrop. Awesome story about the settlement of a portion of Knox County.
Elizabeth DeWolfe. This upcoming Maine author writes of the facts and fiction of an infamous New England murder. Excellent read. My copy of Peyton Place is falling apart and I re-read it every year or so. And the great s weeper, Love Story. I remember watching the movie in my dorm with most of the other students, all of us weeping copiously at the end. I was disappointed that you did not include two best selling contemporary mystery writers- Archer Mayor and Paul Doiron.
Mayor has written 27 police procedural, most of which take place in Vermont. His main protagonist is a Vermont police officer, Lt. Joe Gunther. The ongoing series tells the story of Dr. Lauren McFadden and her physical therapist husband Bryan, who leave their jobs at a rehab center to build a home for wayward teens. I now have it on my Kindle. Even though it is a fictionalized story of the American Revolution it made this time in history alive for me. I also loved Johnny Tremain.
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It was the beginning of a long line of historical fiction, my favorite genre. Crossing To Safety by the great western author, Wallace Stegner is one of the most lyrical and moving books about the friendships between couples. Anything but George V. The Apple Orchard. Forgot the author. Based in Ipswich. Would make a great Meryl Street movie. Sudoku X is an irresistible twist on the sensational worldwide puzzle craze.
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