What can we learn from the mistakes of the past to prevent today’s and future environmental disasters? That’s the question a Massachusetts Maritime Academy professor asks in her recent acclaimed book.
Topics in other new books in this series are very diverse, including a nostalgic fictional review of crime solving in the small town of Cape; the woman’s search for her birth mother and the unusual ending of the romance; songs about Cape Cod and a woman’s life; and an anthology of poetry and art that offers creative perspectives.
Consider looking at one of these books by local writers:
“Disasterology: Dispaches from the Frontlines of the Clima Crisis”, Samantha L. Montano; 2021, Park Row Books
This book by Montana, an assistant professor in the Department of Energy Management at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, has been described as “partly memoirs, partly expert analysis”, offering a warning story about today’s environmental disasters and those looming in the future largely due to climate change and ecosystem disturbances. Montano explains the perspective of emergency management of some of the worst disasters in the country – including the COVID-19 pandemic – and discusses shortcomings in prevention and preparedness in the past. “Disasterology” was named one of the best books of 2021 by USA Today and National Public Radio “Science Friday”. Earlier this year, Montano was a keynote speaker at the MIT Water Summit, which includes water management and ways in which coastal communities can become more resilient.
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“The Short Affair,” Dale Foley; 2022, Page Publishing Inc.
These memoirs are the first for Foley, a Falmouth resident who tells her story of finding and meeting her birth mother. This is what she considers extraordinary, and includes a stay at a small church in New England in 2017 to witness the birth of her birth mother – then in her mid-80s – for a man whose heart she broke 62 years ago when she became pregnant with another male child. Foley was adopted as a child and grew up in what she describes as a “warm, caring atmosphere of a loving family,” although she revealed much about herself and her families when she and her birth mother reunited.
“Broadsided Press: Fifteen Years of Poetic and Artistic Collaboration, 2005-2020,” edited by Elizabeth Bradfield, Alexandra Teague, and Miller Oberman; 2022, Provincetown Arts Press
Based in Trour, Broadsided Press was founded by Elizabeth Bradfield, a four-book Truro poet who teaches at Brandeis University, to, according to the Provincetown Arts Press, “bring free, accessible poetry and art to the public, encourage creative collaboration between artists and writers and publish digital versions of the resulting contributions for everyone to view, download, print and publish (online and in print). ”Over the years, there have been more than 300 pages created by contemporary artists and poets, many from Cape and many nationally. famous. This anthology collects 50 for the first time in book form, along with artist / writer questions and answers and photographs. The anthology aims to celebrate “the power and synergy of poetry and art in public spaces,” with the goal of inspiring people to transfer poetry and art to their communities. Prominent writers include Jericho Brown, Douglas Culhane, Jill Ozier, Danez Smith, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Millian Gian Pham and Ilya Kaminsky.
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“Winter at the Summer House”, Mary Beth Hines (2021, Kelsay Books)
Many of the poems in this first Hines collection are set on Cape, inspired by the past lives of Reading residents in Yarmouth and many visits to parents who have called Cape home for decades. The book is dedicated to her parents. Titles include “Truth or Dare On the Bass River Bridge,” “Marconi Beach,” “Scargo Tower in December,” and the title track about the house on Cape. But there are also more universal themes like “Wedding Dance” and “First Love”. Much of her paintings evoke the sea and the people around it, while others explore different periods in a woman’s life and everyday experience. There are a total of 49 poems, many of which have been previously published, sometimes in different versions, in various literary magazines.
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“Hurricanes and Blaises and Other Stories”, Mark Aitchison (2021, independent published)
This fifth collection of Aitchison stories, which lives in Orleans, is located in the city in the 1950s and 1960s, and features a well-meaning police chief named Joe Mayo and his daughter Nancy, who investigate and solve various unusual cases – with the help of a retiree veterinarian, mentor and part-time medical examiner Doc Sanders. Problems behind the crime include weapons in schools, adulthood, the opiate crisis, child abductions, green politics and sharks. “These are stories set in the past, but with meaning in the present,” says Aitchison, noting in his book that Mayo stories are “lessons of love, expressing a desire for cooperation and fellowship between generations,” set in (albeit) idealized, though not unthinkable, a world this writer, for example, would like to return to. ” The book includes a photo of the real Orleans police chief of the time, Chet Landers and his daughter Carole, plus it has a cover photo of a 1946 Chevrolet Fleetmaster police car that is often seen around Orleans at parades and other events.
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