Two hitherto unknown true stories, always fascinating, isn’t it? — are part of this batch of books by local authors. In one, a nurse recounts a heartbreaking situation for people who had fled to shelter during a historic storm in Cape Town in 2013. In the other, a longtime conservationist recounts the story of a patriot from Massachusetts at the time of the Revolutionary War who knew and worked with so many household names from the history books.
Other reading choices include a fun children’s tale about turkeys visiting the sights of Cape Cod; a thriller set during a near-future pandemic; and a story of revenge and betrayal involving three troubled men. Check out the books you might want to buy:
“Power Outage: A Nurse’s Story,” by Terri Arthur (2021, HenschelHAUS Publishing)
This fourth book for Arthur is based on her own experience as a Red Cross disaster nurse facing “relentless crises” when she was tasked with running the medical clinic at a Cape Town shelter during of Nemo’s historic and devastating ‘bombgenesis’ in 2013. After people flocked to the shelter, food never arrived and power and backup generators failed. Arthur, a former professor, carer and award-winning advocate for healthcare workers, describes the book as “a story of good intentions, erratic bosses, mounting surprises and unforeseen circumstances spiraling out of control”. “Power Failure” recently won in the care category at the recent International Independent Book Awards. One of Arthur’s early books, “Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse,” won two awards, was recognized by the Massachusetts State House, and was selected for a movie.
Future :Arts news: Celebrities at Nantucket Book Festival and Ukrainian Telethon, plus Harbor Stage announce full season
“The Allegiance, Life, and Times of William Eustis,” by Tamsen Evans George (2021, Riverhaven Books)
After a 32-year career in museum administration and historic preservation, George spent the next few years researching this historical biography of the 18th-century insider and unacknowledged patriot Eustis, whom she first heard of. while working as executive director of the Shirley-Eustis household. Shirley Place Association and Estate in Boston. George, who lives in Cape Town, describes Eustis as a “Boston-born doctor-turned-politician who devoted his life to creating our country…(and) knew everyone we heard of among the famous movers and shakers of the Revolutionary War. and after. This includes serving under General George Washington and being in the room when Benedict Arnold’s betrayal was discovered. As Governor of Massachusetts, George says, Eustis paved the way for the review of the Cape Cod Canal, and some of his descendants still live on the Cape.
Continued:Need reading ideas? 5 new books from Cape Cod authors
“Toby and His Adventure on Cape Cod”, by Teri Millea and Christy Curtis (2021, TMCC Publishing)
Sisters Millea, who lives in Boston, and Curtis, who lives in Cotuit, wrote this children’s book together during the pandemic, creating the story “out of a combination of…love of Cape Cod and their fond of watching the comedic antics of the local Cape Cod Turkeys. Turkey Toby and his cousin Sam set off on a sightseeing adventure around Cape Town, visiting places such as Sandwich Marina, Mashpee Commons, a boat to Sampson Island, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, the Fish Market in Chatham Pier, the Wellfleet OysterFest and Race Point Beach in Provincetown. The authors’ dogs, Hans and Teddie, can also be seen in the story, amusingly and brightly illustrated by Erica Leigh, who has illustrated seven children’s books.
Complete shelf:More winter reading: 5 new books by Cape Cod authors (+ 2 sequels)
“Unmasked”, by Roger Denk (2021, Kindle Vella)
This 25-chapter Kindle thriller/mystery written by Denk, a summer resident of Chatham for over 50 years, deals with a hot topic. A second pandemic occurs within a few years, and the story, he says, imagines “ways in which it changes lives and programs designed to root out people with less than good intentions.” Denk, a retired federal government military and civilian intelligence professional, has written 10 other books, including a memoir, but most concern Chatham with Andy Reid’s protagonist and “his dealings with enemies, foreign and domestic.” . Several of the books are named after streets in Chatham, including the first “Stepping Stones”, “Skunk’s Neck”, and “Scattaree”.
Caring for the community:The ‘confidential’ book corner is a ‘small’ way for Harwich Library to help struggling customers
“The Last Breath of Sean Sagan: Europe to the Bahamas, a Tale of Revenge”, by Charles Meads (2021, independently published)
Meads, an Osterville resident and Nauset High graduate, tells the story of revenge and betrayal centering on three men who find themselves drawn to each other as they try to claim what each believes. mistakenly be his. Petty thief Sean Sagan is sure his next big job will pay off big. Simon Avery faces both a shocking betrayal and a tantalizing financial opportunity. Bradford Gray will stop at nothing until he regains his reputation and his money. Meads previously wrote the children’s book “Never Give a Lobster an Accordion” (2020).
Are you a Cape Cod author with a new book? Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] to be considered for future book columns.