Suggested Reading List
Blue Guide New York
Author: Carol Von Pressentin Wright
Description: An excellent, comprehensive guide to New York sights, including walking tours and a focus on art and architecture.
Eyewitness Guide Boston
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: An exceptionally informative, visually entrancing guide to Boston.
Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City
Author: Leslie Day
Description: A lovely handbook to the birds, mammals, insects, plants, fungi and geological features found in the parks and upon the pavement of the five boroughs. With over 200 detailed paintings, photographs and maps.
Fodor's New York City's 25 Best
Description: A shirt-pocket guide to New York City, featuring a detailed, fold-out map centered on Midtown. With suggested itineraries, walks and top 25 sights.
Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation
Author: Joseph J. Ellis
Description: A riveting tale of Washington, Madison, Hamilton and especially of Jefferson and Adams. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it's a fascinating glimpse into the early days of our country.
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.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England
Author: Brian Cassie, Peter Alden
Description: A compact, easy-to-use overview of 1,000 New England's trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects and other flora and fauna. It also provides an extensive overview of the area's geology, weather patterns and natural sites.
Portrait, The Life of Thomas Eakins
Author: William S. McFeely
Description: Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer McFeely tackles the challenging private life of Eakins, discussing his bouts of depression, conflicted homosexuality and sense of failure as well as the influence these factors had on his art.
Shanties from the Seven Seas
Author: Stan Hugill
Description: An eclectic collection of traditional songs published by the Mystic Seaport Museum. The Caribbean, in particular, has a long history of pirates, buccaneers and whaling that is reflected in these sailors' songs.
The Art of Bird Finding
Author: Pete Dunne
Description: Director of the Cape May Bird Observatory, famous as a hawk watcher and equally fascinated by shorebirds and songbirds, Peter Dunne is an outstanding guide to how to have more luck in your search for birds.
The Gardner Heist
Author: Ulrich Boser
Description: Boser travels deep into the art underworld in this riveting account, gathering evidence against the two men responsible for depriving the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of a dozen prize paintings, including a Vermeer, three Rembrandts and five Degas, in 1990.
The Last Fish Tale
Author: Mark Kurlansky
Description: Kurlansky colorfully subtitles his wide-ranging and engrossing tale "The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town."
Treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Author: Malcolm Rogers (Introduction), Gilian Wohlauer
Description: Highlights of the collection at the MFA.
Twentieth-Century American Art
Author: Erika Lee Doss
Description: This survey highlights the key movements that defined art in the "American Century," including early American Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Neo-Expressionism.
United States Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Map
Description: A map of the eastern United States from the northern half of Georgia to the southern part of New York, at a scale of 1,200,000.
Ways of Seeing
Author: John Berger
Description: Art critic, painter, essayist and Booker Prize-winning novelist Berger concentrates on how we look at art in this eye-opening and influential classic.