Suggested Reading List
Cape Cod Seashore Life, An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals
Author: James Kavanagh
Description: A handy foldup plastic card with color illustrations for easy identification.
Colors of Fall, A Celebration of New England's Foliage Season
Author: Jerry Monkman
Description: Capturing the spectacular fall display from the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the wilds of northern Maine in 75 color photos.
Eyewitness Guide New York City
Author: Eleanor Berman (Contributor)
Description: There are hundreds of guides, of course, but we like this one the best -- and we see more visitors in our neighborhood carrying it around.
Here is New York
Author: E.B. White
Description: Written in a hotel room over two hot days in the summer of 1948, White's timeless love letter (it's easily read in an hour) captures the spirit of New York. It's a swift, lyrical portrait of the city that moves from Broadway to Central Park and the Hudson River to favorite haunts on 3rd Avenue.
Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains, An Explorer's Guide, Includes Saratoga Springs & Albany
Author: Joanne Michaels
Description: The quadricentennial edition of this popular, practical guide to the region, covering everything from historical points of interest and outdoor activities to restaurants and accommodations.
Hudson Valley Map
Description: A road map of the Hudson River Valley from Albany to New York City, at a scale of 1:270,000. With a detailed view of the Catskills, much of Dutchess County, Hudson and other areas of interest.
Insight Guide New England
Author: Insight Guides
Description: For a good overview of the region, you can't go wrong with this guide, noted for its wonderful photography, superb production and outstanding color maps.
Author: Herman Melville
Description: This sturdy Modern Library edition includes Rockwell Kent's original woodcuts.
Moon Handbook Hudson River Valley
Author: Nikki Goth Itoi
Description: A practical guide in the popular series, featuring background on history, culture, nature and attractions.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States
Author: Peter Alden, Brian Cassie
Description: A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Mid-Atlantic States.
New England Autumn
Author: Ferenc Mate (Photographer), Candace Mate (Photographer)
Description: Magnificent photographs of farmsteads, pastures, forests, wharves and villages from Maine to Connecticut are paired with the poetry and literature of Dickinson, Thoreau and Waldo Emerson in this pictorial celebration of season. With a 14-page section of maps and practical travel information.
October, or Autumnal Tints
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Description: Henry David Thoreau considers the red maple, elm, sugar maple and scarlet oak in turn in this classic ode to autumn -- not as the season of senescence but of ripeness, fullness, and maturity. Originally published in 1862, this handsome new edition is illustrated with Lincoln Perry's full-page watercolors and an includes an introduction by Thoreau biographer Robert Richardson (Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind).
The Enduring Shore: A History of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
Author: Paul Schneider
Description: The natural and human history of Cape Cod and its surrounding islands, as written by a resident of Martha's Vineyard.
The Hudson River Valley Reader
Author: Edward Goodman
Description: With works by John Burroughs, Washington Irving, James Fennimore Cooper and others, this lively literate anthology is also a guide to the nature, history and legends of the Hudson River Valley.
The Hudson River in Literature, An Anthology
Author: Arthur G. Adams (Editor)
Description: A collection of poems and excerpts from novels and essays about life, work and travel on and near the Hudson before the 20th century. With 65 period illustrations of sites and homes.
The Hudson, A History
Author: Tom Lewis
Description: This scholarly, illustrated history of the Hudson River traces its course through four centuries, recounting the stories of explorers, artists, industrialists and ecologists--those who have been shaped by the river as well as those who have helped shape it.
The Hudson, America's River
Author: Frances Dunwell
Description: A richly illustrated, devotedly researched history of the great river from Dutch settlements to modern-day issues.
The Island at the Center of the World
Author: Russell Shorto
Description: Shorto's popular history of New Amsterdam tells in colorful detail how the short-lived Dutch colony established principles of tolerance, multiculturalism and modern capitalism in New York City and colonial America.
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
Author: Edgar Allen Poe, Jeffrey Meyers (Introduction)
Description: The richly imagined tale of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship. Inspired by a true life shipwreck, this story of an adventurous (and unfortunate) stowaway on a whaling ship famously includes poor Pym's ordeal in the Antarctic.
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
Author: David Sibley
Description: A compact, geographically-specific version of the Sibley Guide with all-new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird with status, habitat, range, voice and identifying marks.