Summer greetings from the Captain Freeman! We are having a great summer, enjoying the beautiful sunsets and visiting with our wonderful guests staying at the inn.
I usually do a little bit of research before choosing my reading- mostly book reviews or recommendations from my daughters, but lately I have been so much more relaxed and I actually love it! My favorite knitting store, A Great Yarn has a wonderful used book room. They really put a lot of thought into their selection and I was not disappointed in my recent purchase of Circling the Sun. A guest gave me a great book, Garlic and Sapphires which kept me laughing for weeks and I found some great light reading while shopping at BJ’s. Lastly, Byron surprised me with a great architectural book that talks about the Cape Cod Modern Style.
After all, summer is about living and reading in the moment and not following a set schedule. I have been happy being disciplined with the inn’s routines and then being more laid back with our meals, free time and reading.
Cape Cod Modern by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriano.
First up is a coffee table styled book with beautiful pictures and great documentation of an architectural style called Cape Cod Modern. I was taken with all the Cape Cod history and beautiful photographs- realizing that I had seen several of the homes while driving around Wellfleet and Truro. Cape Cod Modern tells the story of how some of the best mid-century architects and designers came to build simple summer homes on the Outer Cape between 1938-1977.
Byron and I have been talking about building a new home for our retirement and this simple, modern style has come up in our discussion. This book will remain on our coffee table for future reading and for family and visitors to enjoy as well.
Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
I recently was talking with a guest about our recent dining experience at the new Pheasant restaurant in Dennis. Byron and I love good food and sharing our experiences with our guests. This particular guest smiled at me and said I sounded like a food critic and he wanted to share a book with me. When I later sat down to read this book I could not stop laughing. Ruth Reichl is a world renowned food critic and she decided to be anonymous when reviewing some of the high profile restaurants in NYC. She develops several eccentric personalities to disguise her real mission of being a restaurant critic for the New York Times.
A great read filled with some of Ruth’s favorite recipes.
The Identicals by Elin Hildebrand
Recently when shopping at BJ’s I was taken with the reading shelf filled with “summer reading”. Every once in a while I just need a fast read, love story or mystery that whisks me away to another world. The Identicals was exactly that and it ended up being even more fun to read as it was about two identical twins- one living on Martha’s Vineyard and one on Nantucket. Since Byron and I had just visited Martha’s Vineyard ( check out a previous blog) I loved reading about different spots mentioned in the book. The main character talked about what it was like living on the island as a local and how they reacted to tourists. I was reminded that Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard is not Oaks Bluffs which every tourist mispronounces. A sweet little read.
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
On a more serious note is Circling the Sun. This fictional biography is about the real life character of Beryl Markham, who was the first woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Beryl was born in England but brought to Kenya as a young child. She was abandoned by her mother and grows up in a wild environment of Kenya, playing with the local natives. Her father’s financial and personal problems thrust Beryl into a loveless marriage when she is only 16 and she only discovers herself when she is able to break out of that arrangement. As she matures and grows she sets herself on an unconventional path of becoming the first woman in Kenya to qualify as a horse trainer. The story continues to explore her coming of age, being married several times and of the undeniable chemistry between her and a safari hunter that would never being tamed.
The backdrop of the book is set against the wild country of 1920 and 30’s Africa. I was captivated and amazed at this woman’s story that was clearly ahead of her time. It was fun to learn about the different seasons and the life of Colonial British in Kenya.
A great read that I highly recommend. Thanks April for recommending this book to me on our recent trip to pick out baby yarn:)
Until next month’s reads….. happy reading!