Top Summer Reads by Local Authors

These 5 must-reads are all by authors with local ties. Stash them in your beach bag (or add them to your Kindle) and get ready to #ReadLocal this summer.


Wildball

By Brian Engles
Published: April 2018

LOCAL TIES:
Engles was Falmouth-born and raised—and apart from attending Boston University to earn his bachelor’s degree in Film & Television, he never left.

WHAT HE’S UP TO:
He works as a writing tutor and is a barista at Coffee Obsession (find him at the Palmer Ave. location, and he’ll undoubtedly greet you with a smile).

ABOUT THE BOOK:
“Wildball” tells the story of Shane Monoghan, a top collegiate shortstop in the nation who travels to seaside Nailer’s Cove to compete in a prestigious summer league. His season is haunted by the death of Mike Calloway, the high school coach who both helped him develop as a player and bullied him relentlessly. Fun fact: Expect striking parallels with Falmouth and our local Commodores.


Wade in the Water

By Tracy K. Smith
Published: April 2018

LOCAL TIES:
Smith is a Falmouth native who currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

SUCCESS STORY:
A teacher at Princeton University, Smith was appointed as the United States Poet Laureate in 2017 and will serve a second term this year. She has authored three other poetry collections, including one, “Life on Mars,” that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
In “Wade in the Water,” Smith uses her poetic voice to connect American history—particularly in reference to slavery and race relations—with the nation’s present moment and political climate. Fun fact: Throughout the poems are words drawn from actual letters between slave owners and from African-American soldiers in the Civil War.


Honor Girl

By Alex Speck
Published: October 2017

LOCAL TIES:
Speck, who previously lived in Ohio and summered in Woods Hole, has been a year-round resident since 2006.

STREET CRED:
She reported for WCAI, the Woods Hole-based NPR Station for the Cape and Islands, for over four years. During that time, she won an Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
“Honor Girl” is a humorous, light novel about a woman trying to reinvent herself on Cape Cod after a miserable breakup and fleeting acting career in New York City. The book takes place in both NYC and Falmouth. Fun fact: A great read for townies. Keep an eye out for local references.


The Right Side

By Spencer Quinn
Published: June 2017

LOCAL TIES:
A longtime local, Abrahams and his family have lived in Falmouth since 1982.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Abrahams has written 36 novels, most under his own name, some under the pen name Spencer Quinn. A number of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, and he has won Edgar Allen Poe and Agatha awards.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
“The Right Side,” his most recent work, is the story of a critically wounded female vet coming home from Afghanistan and the mysterious dog she meets as she tries to put her life back together. Fun fact: Stephen King called it “brilliant.” So in other words, it’s a must-read.


Perfect Strangers

By Roseann Sdoia
Published: March 2017

LOCAL TIES:
A Boston resident, Sdoia often visits Falmouth and summers in town.

INSPIRING OTHERS:
Since losing most of her leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Sdoia has become a public speaker and an advocate for amputees.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
“Perfect Strangers” is a story of recovery and lasting relationships stemming from the day of the Boston Marathon bombing. Fun fact: It was also the day that Sdoia met her husband, Mike Materia, the firefighter who held her hand in the paddy wagon on the way to the hospital.

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