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January 30, 2020 / Good to Know, History/Maritime, Things to Do & See

Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, MA

Gloucester’s is almost 4oo years old and filled with rich maritime history and many have written about it. If you are looking to read a good book about or inspired by this historic seaport or written by a local author, here is the reading recommendation list by the Sawyer Free Library.


Decline of Fishes
Peter Anastas

A novel about the struggle over the soul of the nation’s oldest seaport, Gloucester, Massachusetts

The Last Days of Dogtown
Anita Diamant

A novel inspired by the early settlement.

Leaving Lucy Pear
Anna Solomon

Set in 1920s Cape Ann, the story of two women who are both mothers to the same unforgettable girl


The Perfect Storm
Sebastian Junger

The incredible true account of the most extraordinary storm of the 20th century.

The Last Fish Tale
Mark Kurlansky

The colorful story of a way of life that for hundreds of years has defined much of America’s coastlines but is slowly disappearing.

Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town
Elyssa East

The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey
Linda Greenlaw

Lone Voyager: The Extraordinary Adventures of Howard Blackburn
Joseph E. Garland


Katy and the Big Snow
Virginia Lee Burton

The Serpent Came to Gloucester
M.T. Anderson

The Adventure of Blueberrying
Merrill F. McLane

St. Peter’s Fiesta
Alice Gardner

Samuel Sawyer’s commitment to a public library for the people of Gloucester continues to resonate. His vision echoes throughout the city and reverberates in every person who has ever walked into the Sawyer Free Library to take out a book, attend a program, or research a topic.

During your visit, stop by the library to learn more about Gloucester, to use their free internet access, or to find an event or program that will empower you through connection, inspiration and life-long learning.