Island Life, Personal Histories & Narratives

Some of our favorite books fall into this category - what lives these folks have led!

Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610392457
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Published: PublicAffairs - June 25th, 2013

With a Foreword by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the bestseller In the Heart of the Sea

Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom, and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781586487515
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Published: PublicAffairs - June 5th, 2012

With a Foreword by Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the bestseller In the Heart of the Sea

Island Cup: Two Teams, Twelve Miles of Ocean, and Fifty Years of Football Rivalry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608195275
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - July 17th, 2012

To most of us "mainlanders," the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are resort destinations, summer homes for the Kennedys, the Obamas, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. But after the tourists and jetsetters leave, the cold weather descends, and the local shop owners, carpenters, and fishermen ready themselves for the main event: high school football.


The Memoir Project is a collaboration between the Nantucket Writers Studio & Grub Street

This anthology features compelling first-hand accounts of childhoods and vacations on the island of Nantucket, written by twenty-four senior residents. These true stories vividly bring to life the individual and collective experiences of native islanders and "washashores" alike and document island living, historic homesteads, and lineages of sea captains. Witness the dramas of a whaling ship run aground, a tight sailboat race, and a small plane flying through dense fog. Imagine the taste of lacy seaweed pudding, fresh-caught bluefish, beach plums, and elderberry wine. Readers will want nothing more than to visit (or return) and explore anew Nantucket's sandy paths, bogs, and forests. The extraordinary details, wisdom, and wit found in these essays evoke the magic to be found there. Little Gray Island is an eloquent documentation of these authors' unique history and brings to life a Nantucket that may have been forgotten without them. 

Founded by Grub Street and the City of Boston, THE MEMOIR PROJECT gives seniors the opportunity to turn their memories into published narratives that will influence generations to come. Since its inception, the project has reached more than 125 seniors in ten Boston neighborhoods and published three anthologies that document the living history of the city. In the summer of 2010, dedicated volunteers from Grub Street and Nantucket Writers Studio brought the Memoir Project to Nantucket to preserve the rich personal memories of its senior residents. These collected narratives provide a greater understanding of the island's past and present.



Edith Folger Andrews first brought her passion for nature in general and birds in particular to the equally engaging island of Nantucket in 1938. Ten years later, she co-authored a book entitled "The Birds of Nantucket" with ornithologist Ludlow Griscom. Her work with birds never stopped. In "Excerpts from a Nantucket Journal," she continues with stories of birds she saw, banded, rehabbed, or studied. It includes field notes, observations, and some short memoirs. Day by day, her observations kept pace as the island and its bird-life changed. Out of this vast store of daily life, stories emerged of many feathered personalities and the humans who met them. It chronicles the island’s environment, seasons, and weather, as well as its avian life.

SKU: 9781439200278

Nantucket is world-renowned as an opulent summer playground for the rich and famous.

Audrey on Nantucket looks behind the facade and revals what it is like to live on the island year-round when you are neither rich nor famous. It is a love letter to the "Grey Lady" from an appreciative resident. Mirroring Audrey Obremski's quirky, astute observations, John Devaney's illustrations capture the essence of island life in all its contradictions and occasional absurdity.

 This warm-hearted chronicle of real life on "The Rock" makes intriguing reading for those who know Nantucket and for those who wish they did.

The Cruise of the Blue Dolphin: A Family's Adventure at Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592284627
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Published: Lyons Press - November 1st, 2004

The true story of one family's inspirational, year long adventure at sea.

by Frances Ruley Karttunen

 A wonderful walking guide to take the reader on a storied path through historic Nantucket town.

by Renny A. Stackpole

"Sea Letters" provides the reader a glimpse into the lives of the Andrew Pinkham family of Nantucket, who together owing to the tides of war, moved to Clermont County, Ohio at the beginning of the War of 1812. The Pinkhams-father Andrew, and sons Alexander and Reuben-shared lives of love, adventure, courage and honor; especially Alex's mission to preserve the memory and legacy of naval hero John Paul Jones.