PBK Book Club Discussion: _The Outermost House_ by Henry Beston
July 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Join members of Boston PBK for a book discussion at Panera Bread, 5 White Street, Porter Square, Cambridge, scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 7:30 PM. (Bourbon Coffee is closing at 8 PM for the summer – not enough time to discuss the book!). Panera Bread is located about 1 block away from Harvard Square from the Porter Square Redline T-stop. There is parking in the shopping center lot nearby. Offering house-made and locally-baked goods (plus a wider selection than Bourbon Coffee), there are many separate areas for groups to meet and converse. The telephone number is 617-547-0816.
Due to the short interval until the next meeting, we agreed on a selection at the June 19th meeting.
Guests of participants are welcome and please come even if you haven’t finished (or even started!) the book.
The discussion will be on this book, which is a New England classic:
The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston
The seventy-fifth anniversary edition of the classic book about Cape Cod, “written with simplicity, sympathy, and beauty” (New York Herald Tribune)
A chronicle of a solitary year spent on a Cape Cod beach, The Outermost House has long been recognized as a classic of American nature writing. Henry Beston had originally planned to spend just two weeks in his seaside home, but was so possessed by the mysterious beauty of his surroundings that he found he “could not go.”
Instead, he sat down to try and capture in words the wonders of the magical landscape he found himself in thrall to: the migrations of seabirds, the rhythms of the tide, the windblown dunes, and the scatter of stars in the changing summer sky. Beston argued that, “The world today is sick to its thin blood for the lack of elemental things, for fire before the hands, for water, for air, for the dear earth itself underfoot.” Seventy-five years after they were first published, Beston’s words are more true than ever.
We look forward to a lively discussion with this highly recommended book as a starting place.