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Read Any Good Books …


If you haven’t it’s not because of a lack of authors who live on the Vineyard year round or call it their summer home.  Maybe it’s something in the drinking water or the inspirational atmosphere that surrounds 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. Cynthia Riggs is another well known Vineyard author.

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 Island bookstores.

Riley’s Read in Vineyard Haven is a great book store for kids.

Edgartown Books which is pictured above is staffed by friendly and informative book lovers.  I love sitting in a rocking chair on their porch and browsing through my purchases.

Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven is the biggest of the book stores and is also staffed by friendly and well informed book lovers.   Their special ‘Vineyard table’ is chock full MV books and calendars.

The Vineyard is a perfect place to pull out a good book and lose yourself between its covers.


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 :)

3 thoughts on “Read Any Good Books …

  1. I didn’t realize that David McCullough lived on the Vineyard. I just ordered both Truman and Adams and they arrived last week.
    I love this staircase in Edgartown Books! What a beautiful bookstore.


  2. I Love our local bookstores!! I know I can probably get my books cheaper online but I love to get the recommendations from the staff. They know me so well that I often walk into Edgartown Books to cries of -“Oh Good! We just got in a book that you are going to love – let me grab it!” They never steer me wrong!

    And I love Bunch of Grapes too, but for different reasons – they have great magazines and I can spend an easy half an hour in the cookbook section.

    Every Christmas I end up with bags from both stores as I browse for gifts – to me, they compliment each other rather than compete. We are very lucky to have two great bookstores on Martha’s Vineyard!!

  3. I expected to see Norman Bridwell mentioned.

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