Explore Massachusetts: One Step at a Time!

When I relocated to Massachusetts eleven years ago for graduate school I started reading books, fiction and nonfiction, and watching movies that took place here. Moving from a small town in Vermont to Boston I was a little overwhelmed and felt like I needed some safe learning through the pages of books. Hey, I’m a librarian! (To put it in perspective, that Fall more people showed up at the parade to celebrate the World Series champions than live in the entire state of Vermont.)

At first I couldn’t get enough Boston crime fiction—I loved reading Robert Parker, David Hosp, and Denis Lehane. After a few months I realized that I needed to lighten up my reading so I turned to classics, long forgotten but once enjoyed, like The Bell Jar and The Scarlet Letter. Then, wanting to sink my teeth in some actual history I picked up nonfiction books like The Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 and Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War.

What I took away from all these books was not only great stories but also an appreciation of the sheer number of books written about Massachusetts. Whatever your genre of choice might be, we can find books taking place in our home state. 

These days I’ve been missing my home state of Vermont, so I’ve been reading more Vermont fiction. In the end, I’ve learned that any time I’m missing someplace, or want to get away, all I have to do is pick up a book. To view a collection of suggested titles, please click here.


Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials by Marilynne Roach
Tuesday, July 1st at 6:00 PM in the Watertown Savings Bank Room
Join local author, and Daily Show guest, Marilynne Roach as she discusses her latest book Six Women of Salem. Using the often misunderstood Salem witch trials of 1692 as an example, and drawing on her four decades among the (alleged) ‘witches,’ Roach peels away the stereotypes and urban legends to reveal six of the real individuals who had to live in that troubled time.

Explore Massachusetts: One page at a time Book Discussion
Thursday, July 3rd  at 1:00 PM in the Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room
Come discuss why you enjoy reading books about Massachusetts and share your favorites all while helping us put together a list of home state books.  


Written by Reference Librarian Aimee 6/23/14.


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