The Outer Beach

The Outer Beach

A Thousand-mile Walk on Cape Cod's Atlantic Shore

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, independent publishers since 1923, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393081305
Branch Call Number: 508.7449 Finc
Characteristics: xvi, 327 pages : map


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

PimaLib_NormS Oct 25, 2017

Cape Cod, the flexing arm-shaped peninsula sticking out from the eastern side of Massachusetts, has a rich literary history. Robert Finch adds to that with “The Outer Beach: A Thousand-Mile Walk on Cape Cod’s Atlantic Shore”. He lovingly and with great detail expresses the depth of his feelings for this particular place with this collection of essays, written over the course of a half century of living on the Cape. One can almost feel the insistent ocean breezes and see the frequent changes in the Cape’s topography over time due to the awesome, relentless power of the tides and the waves and the wind. The Cape is environmentally fragile, and some of it is protected by the Cape Cod National Seashore. Nature’s destructiveness is often on display here, yet it is wonderfully resilient. Robert Finch’s alluring descriptions of both the mundane and the magical happenings on the Cape, made me feel as if I have experienced them in person. But, sadly, I have not. His insightful observations and specific memories of the Atlantic side of Cape Cod, known as the Outer Beach are not mine, but after reading “The Outer Beach”, it feels as though they are.

Jul 29, 2017

This is probably a better book to buy than to borrow, because you want to read a few essays from time to time, rather than read the whole book at one time. You don't need to be familiar with Cape Cod to enjoy the book.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at CHPL

To Top