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Books Set in Massachusetts

This playlist contains books set in Massachusetts, many in Cape Cod. Many our newer publications while some our older.

Playlist Tags: The Brewster Book Store audience: everyone topic: cape cod mood: summer

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The Boston Massacre

A Family History

By Serena Zabin
Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

A dramatic untold ‘people’s history’ of the storied event that helped trigger the American Revolution The story of the Boston Massacre—when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose... Read more »

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The Boston Girl

A Novel

By Anita Diamant
Narrated by: Linda Lavin
Length: 7 hours 38 minutes

2016 Audie Award Finalist for Best Female Narrator

New York Times bestseller!

An unforgettable novel about a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century, told “with humor and optimism…through the eyes of an irresistible heroine” (People)—from the acclaimed author of The Red Tent.

Anita Diamant’s “vivid, affectionate... Read more »

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A Memoir

By Andre Dubus
Narrated by: Andre Dubus
Length: 14 hours 34 minutes

Andre Dubus III, author of the National Book Award–nominated House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, reflects on his violent past and a lifestyle that threatened to destroy him—until he was saved by writing.

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in...

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Ethan Frome

By Edith Wharton
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 3 hours 47 minutes

A young man struggles to rise above the intellectual and spiritual impoverishment of a small New England community through his forbidden love for his cousin Mattie Silver. Read more »

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The Bell Jar

By Sylvia Plath
Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Length: 7 hours 24 minutes

A realistic and emotional look at a woman who falls into the grips of insanity written by the iconic American writer Sylvia Plath

“It is this perfectly wrought prose and the freshness of Plath’s voice in The Bell Jar that make this book enduring in its appeal.” — USA Today

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant,...

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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

By Katherine Howe
Length: 12 hours 44 minutes

"A fresh present-day story infused with an original take on popular history. Forget broomsticks and pointy hats; here are witches that could well be walking among us today. This debut novel flows with poetic charm and eloquence that achieves high literary merit while concocting a gripping supernatural puzzler. Katherine Howe's talent is... Read more »

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The Scarlet Letter

By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Narrated by: Donada Peters
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes

Introduction by Kathryn Harrison
Commentary by Nathaniel Hawthorne, W. D. Howells, and Carl Van Doren
A stark tale of adultery, guilt, and social repression in Puritan New England, The Scarlet Letter is a foundational work of American literature. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal... Read more »

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By Katherine Howe
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 13 hours 30 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible.
It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to... Read more »

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Caleb's Crossing

A Novel

By Geraldine Brooks
Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
Length: 12 hours 5 minutes

A bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the author of The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha's vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a... Read more »

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On Beauty

By Zadie Smith
Narrated by: Peter Francis James
Length: 18 hours 46 minutes

In this loose retelling of Howard's End, Zadie Smith considers the big questions: 

Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Why do we visit our mistakes on our children? What makes life truly beautiful?

Set in New England mainly and London partly, On Beauty concerns a pair of feuding families—the Belseys and the Kippses—and a clutch of doomed...

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The Namesake

By Jhumpa Lahiri
Narrated by: Sarita Choudhury
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes

The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. Ashima and Ashoke Ganguli arrive in America at the end of the 1960s, shortly after their arranged marriage in Calcutta, in order for Ashoke to finish his engineering degree at MIT. Ashoke is forward-thinking, ready to enter into... Read more »

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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

By Jennifer De Leon
Narrated by: Inés del Castillo
Length: 8 hours 33 minutes

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

“Liliana, or Lilly as she is known at her new HS, is such an engaging teenager. Tough, smart, her willingness to learn. You'll love her just as I did reading about her attempts at bridging the gaps between Latinx, White, Black and Asian cultures here in an American High School. Ines del Castillo has the perfect voice. ”

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Writers & Lovers

A Novel

By Lily King
Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
Length: 8 hours 13 minutes

Writers & Lovers

“Casey is the brilliant and vulnerable protagonist in this well-written novel. She is a writer and is striving to have her novel published. When not writing, Casey is waiting tables in Cambridge. She finds herself torn between two lovers. One prospect is a famous writer who is a widower with two children. The other is Silas, who is a teacher and the less stable of the two suitors. He shows up whenever he feels like it. Through the book, Casey suffers a health scare which enables her to focus on what she really wants and needs in her life. The writing is spectacular. As I listened to this book, I wanted to take notes of the extraordinary language. The narrator was up to the task and did an exemplary job.”

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That Old Cape Magic

A Novel

By Richard Russo
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 9 hours 7 minutes

Following Bridge of Sighs—a national best seller hailed by The Boston Globe as “an astounding achievement” and “a masterpiece”—Richard Russo gives us the story of a marriage, and of all the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.

Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his father’s... Read more »

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Illumination Night

By Alice Hoffman
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

Beginning on the night of the Grand Illumination, a festival of lanterns held each summer on Martha’s Vineyard, this novel is a modern chronicle of a marriage and a bittersweet exploration of an extraordinary passion. Illumination Night follows the lives of a young blond giant who is as beautiful as he is frightening; an old woman at the end of...

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Cape Cod

By Henry David Thoreau
Narrated by: John Lescault
Length: 8 hours 13 minutes

Compiled from magazine articles published in the 1850s after his death, Cape Cod details several short trips Thoreau made to "the bare and bended arm ofMassachusetts" between 1849 and 1855. "He went to the Cape out of curiosity," explains Paul Theroux, "but in the course of his travel a great thing happened: Thoreau, the woodsman and landlubber,...

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Away Off Shore

Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890

By Nathaniel Philbrick
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 8 hours 56 minutes

A book about a tiny island with a huge history, from a New York Times bestselling author of the forthcoming book, Valiant Ambition (May 2016)

“For everyone who loves Nantucket Island this is the indispensable book.” —Russell Baker

In his first book of history, Away Off Shore, New York Times-bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals the... Read more »

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Nantucket Sisters

A Novel

By Nancy Thayer
Length: 10 hours 5 minutes

Friendship takes center stage in New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer’s captivating, emotionally charged novel featuring all the tenderness and wit, drama and romance, that listeners have come to expect from this insightful, much-loved writer.

When they meet as girls on a beach in Nantucket, Maggie McIntyre and Emily Porter become fast...

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The Blue Bistro

A Novel

By Elin Hilderbrand
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 14 hours 1 minutes

Elin Hilderbrand, author of the enchanting Summer People and The Beach Club, invites you to experience the perfect getaway with her sparkling novel, The Blue Bistro.

Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home. Left flat broke by her ex-boyfriend, she...

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Silver Girl

A Novel

By Elin Hilderbrand
Narrated by: Janet Metzger & Marianne Fraulo
Length: 14 hours 23 minutes

Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on... Read more »

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