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"Cape Cod begins with a shipwreck."
So begins Michael Thurston's new e-book, retracing the steps of Henry David Thoreau's famous walk, while seeing anew the Cape as it is today. Knowing that the Cape is more than tourist-riddled beaches and overpriced ice cream, Thurston instead combines travel writing and literary criticism to reveal the unfamiliar contours of a popular tourist destination. He takes us along two centuries of the shore, reconsidering the dreadful shipwreck of the St. John in the 19th century, and examining the pliability of a hand-painted postcard. Featuring artists like Joel Meyerwitz and Edward Hopper, to statesman John Hay and cinematographer Robert Richardson. Cape Cod, Revisited is more than a beach read; it's a tapestry of geological history, personal memoir, and Thoreau's transcendent ability to measure that line between the beach and the boundless sea.
Michael Thurston lives in Northampton, MA, and teaches at Smith College. He is the author of Houses From Another Street (Levellers 2019) and of several books and numerous essays on modern poetry and fiction.
Russ Rymer has been awarded the 2013 Ed Cunningham Award for Best Magazine Reporting from Abroad by the Overseas Press Club, for his article about Vanishing Languages in National Geographic. He has contributed articles to major magazines and newspapers and written two non-fiction books. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published his first novel, Paris Twilight, in July, 2013.