Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown

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Click for availability and more information Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown , by Michael Cunningham
I chose Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown by Michael Cunningham as the first downloadable book for my color Nook. The Nook is the Barnes and Noble eBook. I selected the title from the Greenwich Library Overdrive module, used Adobe Digital Editions to download it and drag it to my device. (It sounds complicated, but it really isn't!) I can download up to 10 titles - without cost! It's easier to carry one book-sized Nook than 10 separate books. The only drawback is that it is difficult to read outside in the sunlight.

When I was a child, my parents used to take us to Cape Cod for our summer vacation. There was something special about the place! We would travel all over the Cape. Hyannis, Chatham and Provincetown were favorite destinations. Over the years I've read Cape Cod by Thoreau and Cape Cod by Martin, as well as The Outermost House by Beston. When I read the description of Land's End, I just knew I had to read it.

Cunningham does a great job of describing the natural and social history of the area. On the one hand, he describes the very commercial center of town, which contrasts with the rustic outlying sand dunes. His descriptions of the geography and environment are almost poetic. Then he touches on the history of the beginning of the area by our Founding Fathers. Finally, he describes the rather Bohemian community of artists, writers, actors and other celebrities. The list of visitors reads like a Who's Who: Robert Motherwell, Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Stanley Kunitz, Kevin Spacey, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn and Gene Rayburn. As you can imagine, in such a free-spirited community, sexual experimentation is the norm. A nice touch is the poetry by various writers, which he has inserted between chapters. This is a great read and a great way to familiarize yourself with downloadable books.

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