MV Obsession

My obsession with Martha's Vineyard.. phototography..genealogy and life in general and this and that…

Read any good books lately …


If you haven’t it’s not because of a lack of authors who live there year round or call MV their summer home.  Maybe it’s something in the drinking water or the inspirational waters that surround the Vineyard but whatever it is there’s definitely creative forces there.

Perhaps one of the most well known authors who lives and writes there is David McCullough, among his mega hits are  “John Adams”  “1776”  and “Truman”.   William Styron author of “Sophie’s Choice” and “Confessions of Nat Turner” made his summer home on MV.  As did his life long friend the late columnist and humorist Art Buchwald

The late mystery writer Philip Craig wrote many novels about Martha’s Vineyard.  Cookbook and decorating author Susan Branch also lived there, she now splits her time between the Vineyard and CA.

Singer/songwriter and children’s book author Carly Simon lives on MV.  She is also a partner is a popular store in Vineyard Haven called Midnight Farm, which is the title of one of her books. 

You’ll enjoy browsing for these and many other books in any of the three Island bookstores. 

 Sun Porch books in Oak Bluffs is charming and welcoming.  Curl up on a sofa and pull up a good book to browse through including “Haunted Island” and “Vineyard Confidential” by the owner herself, Holly Nadler.

            * Edited 6/08 – Sun Porch books has unfortunately closed.

Edgartown Books which is pictured above is staffed by friendly and informative book lovers.  Spend some time browsing through your new books while sitting in a rocker on their porch. 

Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven is the biggest of the book stores.  Their table of Vineyard books and calenders is chocked full of Vineyard fact and fiction.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Read any good books lately …

  1. Hi Joan,

    Thank you for contacting us through our blog! I thought that it would be fitting to comment on this post that you made since it is about books and reading 🙂

    You are right about there being a number of great authors that have homes on the Island (or regularly visit). We are always trying to arrange for them to speak at the library!

    Marc Songini, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Rick Herrick, Jessica Harris are just a few of the authors that have lectured at the library recently.

    Thank you once again for viewing our blog and sending us a comment. Your blog has some wonderful pictures and of course we like your focus on the subject of Martha’s Vineyard!


    Mathew Bose
    Reference Librarian
    Oak Bluffs Public Library

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