Martha s Vineyard

Martha s Vineyard
Author: Susan Branch
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0996044027
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Release: 2016-05
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

"In the winter of 1982, long before she became the watercolor artist and author we know today, Susan Branch, 34-years-old and heartbroken from the sudden and unexpected end of her marriage in California, "ran away from home" to the Island of Martha's Vineyard hoping to gain perspective. It was meant to be temporary, a three-month time-out from the daily grind of being broken up and miserable, but within days of her arrival, alone and not quite in her right mind, Susan "accidentally" bought a tiny one-bedroom cottage in the woods - which is how she discovered she was moving 3,000 miles away from everyone and everything she had known and loved. Funny, observant, touching, and addictive (you are not going to want this book to end), based on the diaries she has kept all her life, Susan Branch relates her inspirational tale of lost love and self discovery, her search for roots, purpose, and destiny with laugh-out-loud honesty. A road map for overcoming loss, following your heart, and making dreams come true, charmingly hand-lettered and watercolored in Susan's inimitable style, there are diary excerpts, recipes, and hundreds of photographs."--Provided by Amazon.com.

The Fairy Tale Girl

The Fairy Tale Girl
Author: Susan Branch
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0996044019
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Release: 2015-10-30
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Based on the diaries Susan has kept since she was in her 20s, The Fairy Tale Girl is book one of a two part series. Together the books are an illustrated memoir, charmingly designed in Susan's style with her whimsical watercolors and personal photographs. It's an enchanting story of love and loss, mystery and magic that begins in a geranium-colored house in California, and ends up, like any good fairy tale, on the right side of the rabbit hole, in a small cottage in the woods on the New England Island of Martha's Vineyard. The Fairy Tale Girl humorously explores Susan's journey as an artist and as a girl/woman, from the 1950s through the 1980s. In the first book of the series we get a revealing view of Susan's early life as the oldest of eight children and the marriage she imagined would be forever; it's filled with inspiration, romance and discovery, and a leap into the unknown.

Rise of Tourism on Martha s Vineyard The

Rise of Tourism on Martha s Vineyard  The
Author: Thomas Dresser; Foreword by Nancy Gardella, Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781467143370
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Release: 2020-06-22
Editor: Arcadia Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Now known as a resort community and vacation destination, Martha's Vineyard was once a simple fishing and whaling community. From the popularity of the Methodist Campground, founded in 1835, the Vineyard soon blossomed into a summer vacation mecca, welcoming visitors to its quaint villages and scenic seashores. As whaling lost its economic dominance, tourism became the catalyst for a revived prosperity on the Vineyard. President Grant's visit to the Vineyard in 1874 drew national attention and marked the beginning of several presidential visits to the island. By 1900, Oak Bluffs had developed an amusement park atmosphere with the iconic Flying Horses, toboggan slide and grand seaside hotels. Join local historian Tom Dresser as he reveals the island's transformation into a premier tourist destination.

Heart of the Home

Heart of the Home
Author: Susan Branch
Pages: 176
ISBN: 0996044035
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Release: 2016-09-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Revised and expanded edition of Susan Branch's first illustrated cookbook published in 1986.

The Rise of Tourism on Martha s Vineyard

The Rise of Tourism on Martha s Vineyard
Author: Thomas Dresser
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781439670309
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Release: 2020-06-22
Editor: Arcadia Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Now known as a resort community and vacation destination, Martha's Vineyard was once a simple fishing and whaling community. From the popularity of the Methodist Campground, founded in 1835, the Vineyard soon blossomed into a summer vacation mecca, welcoming visitors to its quaint villages and scenic seashores. As whaling lost its economic dominance, tourism became the catalyst for a revived prosperity on the Vineyard. President Grant's visit to the Vineyard in 1874 drew national attention and marked the beginning of several presidential visits to the island. By 1900, Oak Bluffs had developed an amusement park atmosphere with the iconic Flying Horses, toboggan slide and grand seaside hotels. Join local historian Tom Dresser as he reveals the island's transformation into a premier tourist destination.

Home Port Cookbook

Home Port Cookbook
Author: Will Holtham,Susan Tobey White
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780762768868
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Release: 2011-05-03
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

100+ recipes, photos, and memories from a Martha's Vineyard landmark “The Home Port embodies summertime on Martha's Vineyard. It's where it resides.” --James Taylor “Today, when I turn an eye inward, I see the Home Port hanging in the memory halls of my mind, welcoming, soothing, and filled with fun and light." --Judy Belushi Pisano “Now that Will has finally decided to share his many culinary secrets with the rest of the world, I not only look forward to kicking off the summer with an amazing dinner at the Home Port, but having a little piece of it with me all year long.” --Michael J. Fox “I can't help but smile when I think about the Home Port. To me, it's the very best of Vineyard hospitality, serving up the perfect summer meal to satisfy everyone's taste. You'll have to provide your own sunset and the briny ocean scent that whets my appetite every time I head to Menemsha, but this book will welcome you to the Holthams' table and let you feast with them as we have done for many happy years.” --Linda Fairstein ** A Martha's Vineyard institution since 1931, the Home Port is the place to go locally for traditional New England–style, fresh-off-the-boat seafood. In this book, former chef/owner Will Holtham shares stories and culinary secrets from his forty years at the helm. Among the more than 100 recipes are featured menu items such as the award-winning Quahog Chowder, Broiled Swordfish, Baked-Stuffed Lobster, and Key Lime Pie, along with seafood cooking techniques and tips on buying and preparing fish. Full-color food photos are complemented by restaurant ephemera from Will's private collection as well as charming watercolor illustrations by artist Susan Tobey White. Will Holtham has been a chef and restaurateur for more than forty years. He also owned the Square Rigger restaurant and legendary Bite Clam Shack, both on Martha's Vineyard. He divides his time between Maine and South Carolina.

Ghosts of Martha s Vineyard

Ghosts of Martha s Vineyard
Author: Tom Dresser
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781467146463
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Release: 2020-09-21
Editor: Arcadia Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Martha's Vineyard has always been known as a charming seaside destination. But on this island, a cautious tour reveals darker tales that lie beneath its familiar exterior. Walk by the House of Correction, where Old Joe patrols the cells in the afterlife. Savor spirits at the Kelley House, where the ghost of the widow of a whaleman rolls Christmas ornaments across the floor and appears by the fireplace. Meander into the Victorian Inn, now The Christopher, where a honeymooning couple was spooked by towels flung on the floor and a rug that wiggled from beneath their four-poster. Local author and historian Thomas Dresser explores haunted happenings from all six island towns, as well as tales of pirates, murder and the afterlife.

How To Keep a Secret

How To Keep a Secret
Author: Sarah Morgan
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781488095375
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Release: 2018-07-10
Editor: HQN Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Fans of Karen White and Susan Wiggs will savor Morgan’s pairing of a second-chance romance with an intense family drama.”—Booklist, Starred Review “Emotional, riveting and uplifting. If you’ve got a sister, you’ve got to read this book!”—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author “Jane Green meets Sophie Kinsella. Heartwarming, emotional, funny and real - I adored this book!”—New York Times bestselling author, Jill Shalvis When three generations of women are brought together by crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise Lauren has the perfect life…if she ignores the fact it’s a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant. Jenna is desperate to start a family with her husband, but it’s… Just. Not. Happening. Her heart is breaking, but she’s determined to keep her trademark smile on her face. Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother, but how can she ever tell Lauren and Jenna the reason why? Then life changes in an instant, and Lauren, Mack, Jenna and Nancy are thrown together for a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Somehow, these very different women must relearn how to be a family. And while unraveling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, the rewards could be infinite. Heartwarming and fresh, Sarah Morgan’s brilliant new novel is a witty and deeply uplifting look at the power of a family of women. Don’t miss Sarah Morgan's next book, The Summer Seekers!

The Martha s Vineyard Table

The Martha s Vineyard Table
Author: Jessica B. Harris
Pages: 203
ISBN: 0811849996
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Release: 2007-04-05
Editor: Chronicle Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Celebrating the rich culinary history of New England, a collection of eighty taste-tempting recipes represents the best in Martha's Vineyard cuisine, including Codfish Fritters, Stuffed Quahogs, Corn Pudding, and Cranberry Apple Crisp, in a regional cookbook that also captures the island's charming environs, culture, markets, and more. 10,000 first printing.

The Summer Book

The Summer Book
Author: Susan Branch
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0316106666
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Release: 1995
Editor: Little Brown & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A hand-lettered, hand-painted book of everything related to summer has a hundred summer recipes--including Blueberry Bread Pudding and Barbecued Bourbon Chicken--and features picnics, parties, gardening advice, herbal cooking, home remedies, and anecdotes. 100,000 first printing. Tour.

In Every Season

In Every Season
Author: Phyllis Méras,Thomas H. Cocroft,Robert E. Schwartz
Pages: 80
ISBN: 0764340956
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Release: 2012
Editor: Schiffer Pub Limited
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is an affectionate look at the natural beauty of the 100-square-mile resort island of Marthas Vineyard, just off Cape Cod. It has been a prized vacation retreat since the Civil War. In more recent times, it has been the site of the Summer White House for Presidents Clinton and Obama. Phyllis Méras, a fourth-generation summer Vineyarder who now lives permanently on the island, writes of walks in the islands woods and meadows and on its beaches, observing nature through the seasons. She reminisces about her childhood summers on Marthas Vineyard, and looks, as well, at the island today. Accompany her on her island walks. View the endangered West Tisbury Mill Pond; explore Edgartowns whaling-era streets. Stroll by the sea and crunch through the snow. Immerse yourself in the authors love of the out of doors. Her essays are complemented by 67 pen and ink drawings by Thomas H. Cocroft and Robert E. Schwartz.

To the New Owners

To the New Owners
Author: Madeleine Blais
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780802189097
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Release: 2017-07-04
Editor: Atlantic Monthly Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist “gives a familial face to the mystique of Martha’s Vineyard” in a memoir with “gentle humor and . . . elegiac sweetness” (Kirkus Reviews). A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist In the 1970s, Madeleine Blais’s in-laws purchased a vacation house on Martha’s Vineyard. A little more than two miles down a dirt road, it had no electricity or modern plumbing, the roof leaked, and mice had invaded the walls. It was perfect. Sitting on Tisbury Great Pond—well-stocked with delicious oysters and crab—the house faced the ocean and the sky. Though improvements were made, the ethos remained the same: no heat, television, or telephone. Instead, there were countless hours at the beach, meals cooked and savored with friends, nights talking under the stars, until, in 2014, the house was sold. To the New Owners is Madeleine Blais’s “witty and charming . . . deeply felt 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—a retreat that held the intimate history of her family (The National Book Review).

Martha s Vineyard Tales

Martha s Vineyard Tales
Author: Chris Baer
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781493034703
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Release: 2018-06-01
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Martha’s Vineyard Tales is a collection of stories about Martha’s Vineyard history—the quirky, the gritty, the whimsical and the hard-to-believe. Author Chris Baer has collected these stories to present a small, hardcover capsule the past on Martha’s Vineyard. This book is an ideal souvenir, memento for natives, and a great read for the millions of people interested in the lovely culture of this destination. Chris Baer finds the most interesting, less-told stories to research and write. His fun, accessible writing welcomes casual readers and offers surprises even for Vineyard history enthusiasts.

A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance
Author: Susan Branch
Pages: 272
ISBN: 0996044043
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Release: 2017-06-30
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Fine Romance - Falling in Love with the English Countryside is travel writing at its best by New York Times best-selling author Susan Branch. This charming book is part love story, part travel guide - a hand-written and watercolored diary/journal of Branch's six-day transatlantic crossing on board the Queen Mary 2 and two-month ramble over the backroads of rural England. There are over three hundred photos, countless watercolor illustrations, wonderful quotes, recipes, a book list, a movie list, hand-drawn maps and much more. Travel with Susan as she makes her way around hedgerows and through wildflower meadows to visit the homes and gardens of her literary and artistic heroes, including Beatrix Potter and Jane Austen. It's a travel guide that will help you plan a trip of your own, lovely for the armchair traveler because Susan really does take you there, and perfect for all Downton Abbey anglophiles. When you are finished, go to Susan's website where there is an interactive Appendix to the book .... you can experience driving across the Dales with Susan's own videos and find links to everything she writes about, the cottages and gardens you will want to see yourself. A Fine Romance is book three of Susan Branch's autobiographical trilogy. First in order is The Fairy Tale Girl, followed by Martha's Vineyard - Isle of Dreams, and finally A Fine Romance - Falling in Love with the English Countryside. All three are hand-lettered, watercolored, filled with photos, recipes and quotes and, as Susan says, "as much magic as I could possibly stuff between the covers." Bon Voyage!

A Vineyard Christmas

A Vineyard Christmas
Author: Jean Stone
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781496716637
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Release: 2018-09-25
Editor: Kensington Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the midst of a Christmas blizzard: A baby on the doorstep. It’s taken a long time and a little heartache, but Annie Sutton is finally following her dream of living on Martha’s Vineyard. She fell in love with the island’s singular beauty while using it as a setting for two of her novels. In her cozy rented cottage on Chappaquiddick, she’s settling in for her first Vineyard winter—complete with a fierce nor’easter on the way, forecast to bring high winds and deep snow. But the blizzard also brings something unexpected to Annie’s front porch: a basket, encircled by a ribbon, containing a baby girl. The note reads: “I named her Bella, after my grandmother. Please help her, because I can’t.” Adopted as a child, Annie is grateful for wonderful parents who raised her as their own. Yet she also hopes to spare little Bella the feelings of abandonment that still haunt her. And so, rather than take the baby to the police, Annie decides to keep her and try to find the birth mother, giving her a chance to change her mind. But it’s not easy keeping a secret in a close-knit, island community, especially amid the bustle of Christmas. Before the holiday ends, there will be revelations, rekindled hope, and proof that families—the ones we are born into and the ones we claim for ourselves—are the gifts that truly matter . . .

The Big One

The Big One
Author: David Kinney
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0802199992
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Release: 2010-07-06
Editor: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“The Big One is to competitive fishing what Friday Night Lights was to high school football.” —News & Record (Greensboro) A Forbes Best Sports Book of the Year Published to rave reviews in hardcover and purchased by DreamWorks in a major film deal, The Big One is a spellbinding and richly atmospheric work by a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist. Here is the story of a community—Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts—and a sporting event—the island’s legendary Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby—that is rendered with the same depth, color, and emotional power of the best fiction. Among the characters, we meet: Dick Hathaway, a crotchety legend who once caught a bluefish from a helicopter and was ultimately banned for cheating; Janet Messineo, a recovering alcoholic who says that striped bass saved her life; Buddy Vanderhoop, a boastful Native American charter captain who guides celebrity anglers like Keith Richards and Spike Lee; and Wyatt Jenkinson, a nine-year-old fishing fanatic whose mother is battling brain cancer. At the center of it all is five-time winner Lev Wlodyka, a cagey local whose next fish will spark a storm of controversy and throw the tournament into turmoil. “The Big One is a rollicking true story of a grand American obsession. You don’t have to be a fisherman to relish David Kinney’s marvelous account of the annual striper madness on Martha’s Vineyard, or his unforgettable portraits of the possessed. It’s a fine piece of journalism, rich with color and suspense.” —Carl Hiaasen, New York Times–bestselling author

Martha s Vineyard

Martha s Vineyard
Author: Lisl Dennis,Polly Burroughs
Pages: 224
ISBN: 0764327526
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Release: 2007
Editor: Schiffer Pub Limited
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A rare glimpse into the outstanding private homes and gardens of Martha's Vineyard, this classic work is expanded with new pictures and commentary. Every kind of Vineyard home, from Edgartown mansions to Gay Head beach cottages, and every kind of garden, from perennial border to wildflower meadow is featured here. On the Vineyard, the natural world and the man-made exist side by side, as the Island's houses and gardens blend harmoniously into the landscape. It is that harmony, and the balance between old houses and new, that give the Vineyard much of its unique style. This world is captured in an illuminating text by long-time Vineyard resident Polly Burroughs and hundreds of stunning, full-color photographs by Lisl Dennis. Together they reveal the rich diversity and myriad charms of the houses and gardens of Martha's Vineyard.

Vineyard Deceit

Vineyard Deceit
Author: Philip Craig
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781501153556
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Release: 2016-07-26
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Middle Eastern potentate and his entourage are descending on Martha’s Vineyard—and chaos is in the salt air. Ex-Boston-cop Jeff “J.W.” Jackson would rather be fishing with his lady Zee, but the island’s overtaxed police force needs his help to control the madness their visitor’s arrival has stirred up—especially since the great man will not leave before ceremoniously reclaiming an emerald necklace stolen from his nation a century ago. But when both the jewels and Zee vanish, J.W. is quickly transformed from rent-a-cop to frantic investigator.

On the Same Page

On the Same Page
Author: N. D. Galland
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780062672841
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Release: 2018-12-31
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“N. D. Galland has created a delectable romantic comedy set in her home town of Martha’s Vineyard long after the summer crowds have departed. With a satirist’s eye and a pitch-perfect ear for the social nuances of small-town life, it’s Pride and Prejudice for the Bumble generation.” — Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March and The Secret Chord From the critically acclaimed author of Stepdog and The Fool’s Tale comes a romantic comedy that tells the story of one journalist secretly juggling two bylines for competing newspapers on a small island. One island, two newspapers, and the reporter who played them both Johanna Howes is a Martha’s Vineyard native who left the Island at 18 and moved to New York City to become a writer. Now in her 30s, she reluctantly returns to care for her cranky, injured uncle. Needing income, she freelances for one island newspaper (the one Uncle Hank likes). But that doesn’t cover her bills, so she creates an alter ego to write for the rival paper (the one Uncle Hank doesn’t like). The Vineyard has a split personality – part elite summer resort, part working-class small town. The Island’s two papers –the Journal and the Newes – are famously at odds with each other and reflect the seasonal schism in their reporting. Everybody’s shoulder seems to have a chip on it. Johanna gets personally ensnared in a messy situation she’s assigned to write about for both papers: a wealthy seasonal resident sues the town for the right to use his private helicopter. When Johanna agrees to a cup of coffee with the witty, handsome stranger she meets at a zoning board meeting, she has no idea she’s made a date with Orion Smith, helicopter owner. Orion, meanwhile, doesn’t realize Johanna is the niece of his political nemesis, Henry Holmes. Johanna scrambles to keep her disparate identities separate from each other in the tiny off-season community, but everything she does just gets her into deeper trouble…and further complicates her budding romance with the exasperating charmer she’s doing her best not to fall for. A story about the half-truths we tell ourselves – and others – especially when our hearts are on the line. “The most exciting story of skullduggery, intrigue and drama on Martha’s Vineyard since the last time Alan Dershowitz was snubbed at a cocktail party.” — Peter Sagal, Host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” and author of The Incomplete Book of Running “[A] gem of a novel. . . . this rollicking rom-com unfolds on Martha’s Vineyard, which has spun its own share of fables. Quick, somebody call Hollywood. This one is ready for the big screen.” — Bob Drogin, author of Curveball: Spies, Lies and the Con Man Who Caused a War

Martha s Vineyard Cookbook

Martha s Vineyard Cookbook
Author: Jean Stewart Wexler,Hillary King Flye,Louise Tate King
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781461748519
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Release: 2008-06-17
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book, originated by the late Cordon Bleu chef and Blueberry Hill Farm owner Louise Tate King, has been expanded with all-new chapters on the foods of the island's African-American and Brazilian communities. Recipes reflect the Vineyard's complete culinary heritage that also includes Wampanoag Indians, English and Scottish whaling families, and Portuguese fishermen. Chapters are devoted to chowders, seafood, shellfish, meat and poultry, and local produce such as berries, walnuts, and pumpkins. Additional chapters include recipes for salads, side dishes, breads, cakes, pies and puddings, marmalades, sauces, and other good things! Photographs and sidebars focusing on Vineyard folklore and natural history imbue the book with a nostalgic charm that allows anyone to take home a little part of the island.