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Notes from Land's End: Dec. 13


December 13th, 2011

Voracious readers are a special breed. They can climb into a book and enter another universe, coming up for air to eat a little, take a quick bathroom break and then rush back to the pages (or eReader). If one of the peeps on your gift list is such a creature, there are a surprising number of works about Provincetown that will tickle their fancy.

Also a journalist, Vorse-O’Brien’s writing is immediate and visceral, making for a great “read”.

“Time and the Town” by Mary Heaton Vorse O’Brien: This classic speaks to a different era in Provincetown, when the East and West Ends of town were like different countries and fishing was the economic mainstay. Also a journalist, Vorse O’Brien’s writing is immediate and visceral, making for a great “read”.

“Time in Town” by Clayton Verdoorn: Provincetown is exceedingly photogenic and the hubris for many photographic tomes. Verdoorn, young and talented, documented his summer here capturing land and seascapes. The images are little time capsules and feel warm and nostalgic. Net proceeds for this beautifully bound book go to PAAM through the generosity of Marc Jacobs International. Available at Marc Jacobs and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

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“Saudade” by Mischa Richter with Poetry by Nick Flynn: Every summer afternoon, the late Mischa Richter, of New Yorker cartoonist fame, would take his grandchild, Mischa, swimming and then they would draw. Richter remembers those days with a longing for a time gone by that is the essence of “saudade”, a Portuguese word without a true English equivalent. Its meaning is evident in this fine book, with images and words that will take your breath away. Available at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Provincetown As a Stage: Leona Rust Egan: The summer of 1916 marked the beginning of modern theater with the debut of “Bound East for Cardiff”, a play by Eugene O’Neill. This well-researched, non-fiction book is highly readable as it chronicles the love affair between Greenwich Village and Provincetown’s shores for writers, actors and artists.

Tennessee Williams in Provincetown by David Kaplan: The racy cover of this book belies the extraordinary text within it. David Kaplan, director and artistic curator for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, clearly loves theater and is a brilliant writer. His passion for all things Williams is evident throughout this landmark book.

Also of note is the closing of NOW Voyager, an independent bookseller at 357 Commercial Street, now open weekends starting at 11:00 a.m. until Christmas Eve. Contact them at 508-487-0848 for more information.

These books, inspired by Provincetown, are just perfect for holiday gifts.

“Notes from Lands End”, by artistic bon vivant Laura Shabott, is a weekly account of the people, places and events that make our town so special.

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