Local Authors

From the critically acclaimed author of The Widow's War comes a captivating work of literary historical fiction that explores the tenuous relationship between a brilliant and complex father and his devoted daughter—Thomas Jefferson and Martha Jefferson Randolph.

After the death of her beloved mother, Martha Jefferson spent five years abroad with her father, Thomas Jefferson, on his first diplomatic mission to France. Now, at seventeen, Jefferson’s bright, handsome eldest daughter is returning to the lush hills of the family’s beloved Virginia plantation, Monticello. While the large, beautiful estate is the same as she remembers, Martha has changed. The young girl that sailed to Europe is now a woman with a heart made heavy by a first love gone wrong.

The world around her has also become far more complicated than it once seemed. The doting father she idolized since childhood has begun to pull away. Moving back into political life, he has become distracted by the tumultuous fight for power and troubling new attachments. The home she adores depends on slavery, a practice Martha abhors. But Monticello is burdened by debt, and it cannot survive without the labor of her family’s slaves. The exotic distant cousin she is drawn to has a taste for dangerous passions, dark desires that will eventually compromise her own.

As her life becomes constrained by the demands of marriage, motherhood, politics, scandal, and her family’s increasing impoverishment, Martha yearns to find her way back to the gentle beauty and quiet happiness of the world she once knew at the top of her father’s “little mountain.”


We have just added this lovely pictorial tour of Nantucket to our collection in memory of Marcia Sartorelli, a gift from the West Dennis Garden Club.  Written by Leslie Linsley, a local writer for several  Nantucket newspapers and a frequent television guest, with beautiful photography by Terry Pommett, this is not a gardening book per se but a glimpse at what seaside homes and gardens can be.

Folk Art of Cape Cod and the Islands is a beautiful celebration of the folk art and history of Cape Cod compiled by Cape Cod resident Jeanne Marie Carley, who just happens to be a lover of both!  Our library might not normally consider purchasing such a book due to the cost, but through the generosity of the Friends of the Library the book was bought for our collection in memory of, and in tribute to, Burton Derick.  Burt was our local historian as well as the librarian for the Dennis Historical Society, the library of which happens to be housed on our second floor.  Burt was a proud native Cape Codder and loved everything Cape Cod.  We are sure he would have been delighted with this choice. A detailed review of the book was recently published in the Cape Cod Times . (10/20/2014)

Please come in and enjoy this very special addition to our Cape Cod Collection and help us pay tribute to a very special friend of our library - Burt Derick.

Confessions of an eBook Virgin: What Everyone Should Know Before They Publish on the Internet

by Laura Shabott

978-0-9888979-7-7 Paperback 90 pp. $9.99
978-0-9888979-7-7 eBook $2.00
Laura Shabott is a passionate self-publishing pioneer. As an online columnist (Notes from Lands End) for Provincetown.com, a website with a one million person reach, she learned how to create and publish digital products.  Her work, "Confessions of an eBook Virgin: What Everyone Should Know Before They Publish on the Internet", helps others gain a powerful understanding of how to go from an idea to a finished book. 

          The author had a Cape Cod book tour this summer with two wonderful lectures on authorship at the West Dennis Public Library. She resides in Provincetown, the oldest continuous arts colony in the United States, with retired commercial fisherman Jacques Macara and is a snowbird in training this winter. 


To Purchase: Send a $15.00 check to Laura Shabott/ PO Box 1418 Provincetown Ma 02657

for a signed copy. All mail will be forwarded to Vero Beach. 


Online: Google Books (ePUB), Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Paperback).

Website: www.laurashabott.com

Email: laurashabott@gmail.com

Twitter: @laurashabott

Facebook: LauraShabottProvincetownAuthor

Cell Phone: 508-246-8087

The Old Cape House

by Barbara Eppich Struna

ISBN: 978-1620151679

Cape Cod author, Barbara Eppich Struna, moved with her family in the late 1980s from Ohio to an old 1880 house in Brewster. A storyteller at heart, Barbara's imagination took flight after she unearthed a mysterious pattern of red bricks under ten inches of soil behind her barn. She conjured up a connection to the Bellamy/Hallett legend, and her first historical novel, The Old Cape House, was born.  She is currently a Member in Letters of the National League of American Pen Women, The Cape Writers Center, and two writing groups. Always a journal writer, she is fascinated by history and writes a blog about the unique facts and myths of Cape Cod.


Available from:


The Old Cape House
Barnes & Noble
The Old Cape House
Struna Galleries