Libraries: Your Privacy Haven

We Protect Your Privacy

In 1939, the American Library Association added privacy to their professional code of ethics. Today, libraries across the country are charged with protecting “each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”

We here at the Falmouth Public Library are committed to protecting your privacy by keeping personally identifiable information and your library activities confidential.

The library is different from private industries like social networks and tech companies that get their income from advertising. You are not our product, and we are not here to sell you anything. We are here to enrich lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information.

How do we protect your privacy?

There are many different ways that our library works to create a safe and private environment for you to learn and relax. Read our privacy policy to discover all the ways we are committed to protecting your privacy.

Did you know?

  • Our public computers clear your activity every time you log out.
  • We do not keep a record of your checkout history, beyond operational requirements.
  • We don’t share your information with third-parties unless required by law.

How can I learn more about privacy?

Libraries love learning! If you want to explore how to live a safe and confident online life, we are here to help. Check out our Privacy Toolkit to learn about different privacy and security topics.

To join the national conversation, follow #chooseprivacy on Twitter and stay tuned to our social media accounts from May 1-7 for privacy tips to keep you safe online. If you want to learn more, or have questions about how we protect your privacy here at Falmouth Public Library, ask a librarian at your favorite branch.

Chapoquoit: Or, Life at the Beach

“This is a six-minute video about my first photography exhibition being hosted by my local public library.  The exhibit consists of images from Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod.  It is called Chapoquoit: Or, Life at the Beach, which is a play on the title of Thoreau’s book Walden: Or, Life in the Woods.  The exhibit will run the entire month of May 2018. The video briefly describes the evolution in my thinking about photography and shows several of the images and video clips that I’ve captured at Chapoquoit over the past few years.”

~ Monte Ladner

Visit the Main Library this month to see Monte’s wonderful exhibit!

Welcome Meredith Fuller!

Join us for a talk, reading, and signing with Meredith Fuller, writer, poet, and debut author of Quarry. Copies of the book will be for sale following the event.

Event Information:

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Location: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Hermann Meeting Room

No registration needed. Sign up on our registration page to receive a reminder email.

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“Old mystery, old magic. Perhaps the oldest spell of all: to dress in the raiment of another—animal, woman, spirit.”

In Quincy, Massachusetts, a young girl of Finnish and Irish descent loses her father under traumatic circumstances and sets out to learn what happened to him. Intuitive, naïve, implacable, Rose learns to read landscapes of the natural world and the human heart. She confronts history and its suppression. But it will take personal risk and imaginative reach to understand that she is part of a much larger story of immigrants to America. With edgy ordinariness, Fuller’s narrative gift describes secrets and tragedies, slowly revealing the riskier mythic underbelly of every good story. Joan Anderson’s illustrations evoke the enspirited worlds of characters ranging across the United States and Finland. Resurrecting a lost 19th century tradition, Quarry is a stunningly illustrated novel for adult readers of our time.

Quarry was awarded a starred Kirkus Review and selected as one of Best Indie Books of 2017.

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Meredith Ann Fuller Meredith is the author of the illustrated novel, Quarry, a Finnish American mystery. Kirkus Reviews named Quarry one of the Best Indie Books of 2017. Meredith’s writing has appeared in The Nation, The American Scholar, Boston Phoenix, Poet Lore, and The Journal of the New Alchemist. In addition to attending workshops at Emerson College, the Provincetown Work Center, and Tinker Mountain, she has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She worked for many years as a psychologist and psychoanalyst in Massachusetts. Meredith and her husband Jim live in Nebraska, where she continues to write poetry and fiction, and contribute articles to Nebraska Rural Living.

Reviews & Interviews:


  • Meredith interviewed by Stuart Chittenden on his Lives podcast

    Nebraska Rural Living

    Meredith is a new writer on the Nebraska Rural Living Blog.

    Online Reviews

    • Quarry, Kirkus Reviews, 15 March, 2017 Issue
      “Though the novel, Quarry, is about human condition, Meredith Fuller has made it Finnish through her research into the political life of the Finnish immigrants, their culture, religion, their use of “Finglish” and especially the importance of Finnish epic poetry, The Kalevala. The sauna plays an important part in the story. Through the characters we are able search answers to questions that many Finns have been unable to even voice; nor have they been able to question religion and politics. Many have kept secrets that they have never revealed, never even dared to talk about. This has been true especially in politics where you have been afraid to mention that you or your relatives had at one time moved to Russia. The subject was taboo. The wonderful revealing illustrations by Joan Anderson are depicted in layers, just like the layers of the events in the novel that keep us in suspense. The Sami culture plays an important part in the epic throughout the novel.”                   Pirkko Karvonen

      “Gracefully and powerfully written and beautifully designed, Meredith Fuller’s Quarry is truly a volume made for lovers of books: a compelling tale complemented by dream-images that don’t so much illustrate the story as bring it to startling life. Everything one could want in a novel.”

                         Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories

      “A bold, risky, and satisfying debut, with a rich cast of characters and wonderful, evocative writing.  This is a joy to read!”

                         Fred Leebron, author of In the Middle of All This

      “Not a Finn herself, Fuller has . . . looked into their stoic eyes and seen the essence of their souls, that rise like steam in a smoke-darkened sauna. Her characters . . . are laid bare, flawed, wordlessly writhing in their humanity.  . . . not the romantic musings of an ethnic nostalgia writer.  No, these characters’ souls are as darkly stained as their workingman’s fingernails . . .”

                        Jim Kurtti, Honorary Consul of Finland, editor of The Finnish American Reporter

      “Joan Anderson’s exquisite photographs, drawings, and paintings both reflect the content and shape the reader’s understanding of Quarry. These evocative images – more than 40 – illuminate the content, yet stand on their own as documents of this gifted artist and spirited designer. Her integrated design of the book makes reading a genuine sensory pleasure.”

      Deborah J. Haynes, author of Book of This Place: The Land, Art, and Spirituality and Spirituality and Growth on the Leadership Path: An Abecedary

Information for Landlords & Tenants

Suzanne Hoey from the Barnstable Law Library visited us in April for two free workshops for landlords and tenants. We have made the materials and resources from her presentations available to you here. If you would like to get in touch with Suzanne directly, please contact the Barnstable Law Library. 


Helpful Information for Tenants

[link to Suzanne’s Powerpoint Presentation for Renters/Tenants]

Barnstable County Registry of Deeds 

If you are interested in renting a property, it’s a good idea to obtain the landlord’s full name and address and check the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds to verify they are the owner of the property.

[link to pdf] Legal Rights: Tactics in Discrimination (excerpt; 2017 edition)


All Court Forms

Eviction Defense Forms

Self-Help Forms

Massachusetts Law about Landlord and Tenant

Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access 

Search for the landlord’s last name and first initial by looking in the Housing Court department’s court records.

Tenant’s Rights in Massachusetts: Private Housing

Read the entirety of Legal Tactics: Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts, 2017 online. This handbook provides practical information about tenants’ rights in private housing—housing that is owned by an individual or a privately-owned company.

Helpful Information for Landlords

[link to Suzanne’s Powerpoint Presentation for Landlords]

[link to pdf] Attorney General’s Guide to Landlord/Tenant Rights

This document outlines not only rental agreement considerations, but also tenancy, payment agreements, eviction, habitable living conditions, and housing discrimination. It is important for both landlords and tenants to understand the laws and regulations that govern these areas and what they might mean for their particular living arrangement.

[link to pdfHousing Providers Rights and Responsibilities Under Federal and Massachusetts State Fair Housing Law, Mass. Housing, Jan. 2011

Explains fair housing / discrimination law to landlords, including: how to market your apartment legally, communication with prospective tenants, dealing with families and children, explanation of disabilities and the rights of the disabled, and more.

Massachusetts Discrimination Law 

Massachusetts Law about Landlord and Tenant

Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access 

Search for the tenant’s last name and first initial by looking in the Housing Court department’s court records.

Tenant’s Rights in Massachusetts: Private Housing

Read the entirety of Legal Tactics: Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts, 2017 online. This handbook provides practical information about tenants’ rights in private housing—housing that is owned by an individual or a privately-owned company.

Choose Privacy Week: May 1-7, 2018

Start learning how you can protect yourself from scammers and identity thieves at the Falmouth Public Library next week during Choose Privacy Week. Choose Privacy Week is the American Library Association’s annual, week-long event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole.

Scams, Fraud, & Identity Theft

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm | Hermann Room

Learn how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud and learn how you can protect yourself and your family. Find out what common scams you should be watching out for  and the precautionary steps you can take to protect yourself from falling victim. Bring your questions and concerns.

Skimming: What You Need to Know

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 3:30 pm | Hermann Room

What is skimming? Learn about this deceptive scam from the experts.

Meet Our Speakers:

Amy Schram has been with Better Business Bureau since 2011 and is responsible for educating the public at large and fostering the business to consumer relationship. Prior to joining BBB Amy was traveling throughout New England serving as a Motivational Speaker for Monster’s Making It Count Programs. She has previously performed in the Entertainment Department of the Walt Disney World Company and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College.

Robin Putman currently works for the MA Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation serving as it’s Research and Special Projects Manager. In her role within Consumer Affairs, Robin conducts extensive outreach in dozens of communities throughout the Commonwealth, planning, coordinating, scheduling, and participating in a wide variety of events to provide consumers with information, education, and resources.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust, consisting of 112 independently incorporated local BBB organizations in the United States and Canada, coordinated under the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) in Arlington, Virginia.

How else can I learn about privacy?

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  • Ray Bartlett, travel author and novelist will be running a workshop on how to be a travel writer. Join him for insights, tips, and tricks designed to bring your travel writing to the next level, whatever that level may be. He'll be talking about the types of travel writing, the reality of travel writing, and the financial side of travel writing. Ray is a travel author and novelist.
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Welcome Melinda!

Katharine Lee Bates’s “America the Beautiful” resonates for many as the most patriotic and beloved American anthem. But poet, scholar, social activist, and Wellesley College professor, Katharine Lee Bates also loved to travel, thanks to her childhood in Falmouth. Her journeys from Cape Cod, to Wellesley, Oxford, Chicago, Colorado, Spain and Egypt, played big roles in influencing her writing of “America the Beautiful.”

Join us for a talk with author Melinda Ponder as she speaks about her new book “Katharine Lee Bates: from sea to shining sea” and Katharine Lee Bates on her travels on Saturday, April 7 at 3:00 pm.

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Event Information:

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 3:00 -4:00 pm

Location: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Hermann Meeting Room

No registration needed. Register on our registration page to receive a reminder email.

Melinda Ponder is also the author of Hawthorne and Women: Engendering and Expanding the Hawthorne Tradition and Hawthorne’s Early Narrative Art. Melinda Ponder first became intrigued with Katharine Lee Bates’ story when she attended Wellesley College and studied English— in the same English Department that Katharine Lee Bates established at the school decades earlier. She continued her academic career as a published literary critic with an M.A. in American Studies and a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Boston College. Currently, she is a Professor Emerita of English at Pine Manor College. Her essays and articles on Nathaniel Hawthorne and other American and British authors have appeared in Genre, The Chicago Tribune, The Essex Institute Historical Collections, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. Having grown up in Indiana, she now lives in Cambridge, MA.


“How I loved this splendid biography! Melinda Ponder brings Katharine Lee Bates to life as never before. And what a fascinating, remarkable woman she was—so much more important in the history and literature of our country than I had realized.”
~Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize historian

“Finally, a full portrait of the wise and witty woman who wrote the words that best express our love for America. Melinda Ponder’s rich narrative is a timely reminder that intellect, integrity, and a rigorous respect for truth are the real pillars of patriotism.”
~Lynn Sherr, former ABC News correspondent and author of America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind America’s Favorite Song

“Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea unfolds at long last the impressive life story and strikingly variegated career of the author of America’s unofficial national anthem. A limit-bumping thinker ahead of her time, sometimes even at odds with it, Katharine Lee Bates also had a remarkable gift for reaching the broader American public.”
~Lawrence Buell, Harvard University, author of New England Literary Culture and The Dream of the Great American Novel

“…[A] carefully researched and thoroughly entrancing life tale of a brilliant and accomplished woman whose many achievements have too long been eclipsed by the enduring success of America the Beautiful. … Ponder wisely sets this triumph in the context of a full and richly lived life.”
~Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

“Melinda Ponder’s … beautifully written biography presents Katharine Lee Bates as, in her time, a “New Woman.” Readers will find that this life story of a beloved poet, patriot, and social reformer has much to say about our own time.”
~Barbara Kanellopoulos, The Falmouth Enterprise

“Congratulations to Melinda Ponder for telling the story of a poet who was also a true American hero…. is book is a stirring tribute to a brilliant and deeply patriotic American whose message we need to hear today.”
​~Stephen Kinzer, historian and author, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire

Join us for Joy of Learning!

The Friends of the Falmouth Public Library have just announced the Joy of Learning Spring 2018 class schedule. Please use our online form below to enroll or you may enroll in person at the Main Library’s Reference Desk.

Icebergs and Their Drift into the Atlantic Ocean

Two Sessions: Tuesdays, April 17 & 24, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

This talk will discuss the size and shape of icebergs and their origins, with emphasis on the West Greenland icebergs which drift into the Atlantic shipping lanes. It includes the International iceberg patrol of the U.S. Coast Guard. Attempts to destroy bergs are shown.

Instructor Bio:
Robertson Dinsmore retired from the Coast Guard in 1971. He was Director of Operations and occasional captain of the research ships Atlantis II and Oceanus, retiring again in 2001. He served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation and is currently the director of the U.S. Lighthouse Museum.

Exotic Campaigns: The Struggle for the Kaiser’s African Colonies in the First World War

Three Sessions: Wednesdays, April 11, 18, & 25, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

For a number of reasons, the conquest of Germany’s African colonies was a vital component of the Allies’ grand strategy. This course will cover the fighting in these little-known theatres of the First World War. It will also introduce some colorful leaders, Germany’s only undefeated WWI general, the longest naval engagement in history, and the amazing flight of the Zeppelin I.59.

Instructor Bio:
Michael McNaught earned BA and MA degrees in history at Oxford University where he specialized in Military History and the Theory of War. An independent school teacher and administrator for 44 years, he has lectured extensively at Falmouth Academy, the Falmouth Historical Society, and the Joy of Learning program since moving to Falmouth in 2004.

Does the U.S. Still Need a Navy?

Three Sessions: Thursdays, April 19 & 26; Friday, May 4, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

An exploration of the role of the Navy in facing today’s security threats.

Instructor Bio:
Michael T. Corgan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Iceland, and Associate Faculty at the University of Lapland

The Portuguese in Falmouth (updated and revised)

Four Sessions: April 6, 13, 20, & 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Session I: Portugal: the Azores and First Wave

Session II: Immigrants and Outcasts: Second Wave

Session III: Immigration, Restriction, and Assimilation

Session IV: The Third Wave to Present Day

Instructor Bio:
Lewis A. White worked at M.I.T’s Synchronic Lab and NASA’s Electronic Research Center. He completed graduate work at Worcester Polytech where he taught computer technology, as well as at Hesser College.

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Welcome Dr. Budson!

As you age, you may find yourself worrying about your memory. Where did I put those car keys? What time was my appointment? What was her name again? With more than 41 million Americans over the age of 65 in the United States, the question becomes how much (or, perhaps, what type) of memory loss is to be expected as one gets older and what should trigger a visit to the doctor. Dr. Budson’s new book, co-written with Maureen K. O’Connor addresses these key concerns and more. Join us for a talk with Dr. Budson on Saturday, March 10, 2018, as he discusses his research and his new book, Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About it.

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Event Information:

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time: 1:30 -2:30 pm

Location: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Hermann Meeting Room

No registration needed. Register on our registration page to receive a reminder email.

Andrew E. Budson, MD, majored in chemistry and philosophy at Haverford College before receiving his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Budson is Professor of Neurology at Boston University, Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. His career combines education, research, and clinical care to help those with memory disorders.

Maureen K. O’Connor, PsyD, was educated at Ithaca College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. O’Connor is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University, Director of Neuropsychology at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Member at Large of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Her award-winning research, education, and clinical care focuses on patients with memory disorders.


“Memory concerns are common and addressing them in practical terms is rare. Andrew Budson and Maureen O’Connor take on this challenge in Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory, providing understandable real-world advice about how to know if memory is normal or abnormal and how to understand what memory impairment means. The advice is practical, comprehensible, and valuable – don’t forget this book.” — Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, NV


“This book provides a comprehensive review of how the brain stores memories, the causes of memory disorders and how these disorders should be evaluated, treated and managed. This book is so clearly written that it provides valuable information and practical advice for people with memory disorders, their families and health-care professionals.” — Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, Department of Neurology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

“The book combines scientific data from the research literature, clinical knowledge, and their extensive experience to offer a helpful, practical guide to managing concerns that older people may have when their memories start to falter.” — Martin L. Albert, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA


“This thoughtful book offers insight into how the mind works and provides answers to fears about ‘losing our memory’. Through a series of vignettes, the authors help sort fact from fiction and, by the end of the book, the reader will be comforted to learn that being unable to find the keys for the tenth time in a week is likely the result of an overtaxed mind rather than something more serious. In this world of media bombardment and multitasking, here is a book that provides just the reassurance we need. A ‘must read’ for everyone over the age of 40. Just don’t forget to buy it!” — Cecilia McVey, RN, MHA, Certified in Nursing Administration, Boston, MA


“An informative and accessible discussion of memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other mental-health concerns. This primer will be useful to middle-aged and elderly readers, caregivers, family members, healthcare professionals, and others striving to understand the aging brain or find concrete ways to enhance brain health.” – —Publishers Weekly


“Understanding how memory works, and how well it works, is key to understanding yourself. For this this reason, Seven Steps To Managing Your Memory is recommended reading for everyone.” — The Electric Review


“Overall, I would highly recommend the book as a valuable resource for patients and families. I found it to be clear, accessible, generally accurate reading. I will gladly recommend the book to my patients and their families, and I would encourage other neurologists to do the same.” — Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology

Technology Class Schedule

March 2018

Draw and Paint with ArtRage on Your Tablet 
Saturday, March 24 , 2:00-3:30 pm
Bay Meeting Room

Instructor: Lori Cooney
Audience: Teens, Adults
Level: Beginner

Are you interested in digital drawing and painting using your tablet? Join technology expert Lori Cooney for a tutorial on ArtRage, a powerful tool available for iOS and Android. ArtRage is a realistic painting and drawing app that includes a full range of easy to use drawing tools like the oil brush, inking pen and glitter. All the tools act like real paint, pencil or chalk, and interact in different ways with each other and the canvas texture.

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Ask a Librarian: Library e-books for Beginners
Monday, March 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Bay Room

Instructor: Kasia Piasecka
Audience: Adults
Level: Beginner

Are you curious about how to download and read free e-books and e-audios from the CLAMS Overdrive Catalog on your computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet? Learn about free apps like Overdrive, Libby, by Overdrive, Biblioboard, and Axis 360 from one of our Reference Librarians. Bring your preferred reading device with you (iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kindle Fire, etc) with you if you’d like and we will help you get started!

10:00-10:30: Library e-book collections and Overdrive tutorial

10:30 – 11:00: One-on-one assistance

Need help from home? Try visiting the library’s e-books page. If you need further assistance, consult the Overdrive Help website.

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Lori Cooney is a Project Coordinator & Instructional Design Specialist at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In addition, she is a Christa McAuliffe Teacher and has earned several teaching awards, including the WPI Technology Humanist Award and the MassCUE Pathfinder award.

Kasia Piasecka is a Reference Librarian at the Falmouth Public Library. She enjoys reading ebooks, iPhotography, and learning about new technology.

Welcome Maureen Boyle!

We’re pleased to welcome award-winning journalist, investigative reporter, director of the Journalism program at Stonehill College, and debut author Maureen Boyle to the Falmouth Public Library on Saturday, January 27 at 3 p.m. to speak about her new book, Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer.

Book sales and signings with Maureen Boyle will follow the event.

Event Information:

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Place: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Hermann Meeting Room

No registration needed. Register on our website to receive a reminder email.

Maureen Boyle is an award winning journalist and has been a crime reporter in New England for more than 25 years, including at the Standard-Times of New Bedford during the serial murder case about which she wrote. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Bridgeport and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. She is now director of the Journalism Program at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. This is her first book.

Reviews & Interviews

WBUR interviews Maureen about her new book. [listen to the story]

“Riveting. Heartbreaking. Authentic. This impeccably researched chronicle of a terrifying chapter in history will keep you turning pages as fast as you can. Important, powerful, and compelling, this is true crime at the highest level.” – Hank Phillippi Ryan

“Chronicles the killings and their aftermath with a novelist’s power and perceptiveness. A compelling work of narrative nonfiction. . . . A great read.” – Irene Virag, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and journalism professor at Stony Brook University

“First-rate reporting. . . . It takes a master storyteller to weave facts into a work of art that makes readers both think and feel. Boyle has succeeded. Highly recommended.” – Tom Hallman Jr., Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Sam: The Boy Behind the Mask

“Boyle expertly captures a terrifying time in a compelling and entertaining narrative. . . . Nearly impossible to put down.” – Tim White, co-author of The Last Good Heist

“The definitive examination of a case that continues to grip a troubled region. . . . Irresistible.” – Chris Gonsalves, author of Haunted Love

Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer

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Eleven women went missing over the spring and summer of 1988 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, an old fishing port known as the Whaling City, where Moby Dick, Frederick Douglass, textile mills, and heroin-dealing represent just a few of the many threads in the community’s diverse fabric. In her book, investigative reporter Maureen Boyle tells the story of a case that has haunted New England for thirty years. Maureen first broke the story in 1988 and stayed with it for decades. She spins a riveting narrative about the crimes, the victims, the hunt for the killers, and the search for justice, all played out against the backdrop of an increasingly impoverished community beset by drugs and crime. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews, along with police reports, first-person accounts, and field reporting both during the killings and more recently, Shallow Graves brings the reader behind the scenes of the investigation, onto the streets of the city, and into the homes of the families still hoping for answers.