Lena Andrews Valiant Women Book Talk

Join us at the Library on Thursday December 7th at 1:30 pm in the Hermann Room for an author talk by Lena Andrews, reading from and discussing her book Valiant Women, about the women who served in the United States Armed Forces in World War II.
VALIANT WOMEN is the story of the 350,000 American women who served in uniform during World War II. These incredible women served in every service branch, in every combat theater, and in nearly two-thirds of the available military occupations at the time. They were pilots, codebreakers, ordnance experts, gunnery instructors, metalsmiths, chemists, translators, parachute riggers, truck drivers, radarmen, pigeon trainers, and much more. They were directly involved in some of the most important moments of the war, from the D-Day landings to the peace negotiations in Paris. These women—who hailed from every race, creed, and walk of life—died for their country and received the nation’s highest honors. Their work, both individually and in total, was at the heart of the Allied strategy that won World War II. Yet, until now, their stories have been relegated to the dusty shelves of military archives or a passing mention in the local paper. Often the women themselves kept their stories private, even from their own families. Valiant Women corrects the record by providing a definitive and comprehensive historical account of American servicewomen during World War II, based on new archival research, firsthand interviews with surviving veterans, and a deep professional understanding of military history and strategy.
Lena Andrews is the author of Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II and will join the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy as an Associate Research Professor in the spring. Lena has previously served as a military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, and has also worked at the RAND Corporation and United States Institute of Peace. Her work has appeared on MSNBC, PBS, CNN, Today, People, and TIME, among many other outlets. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Lena received her Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in international relations and security studies. 
This event is free and open to the public, but space may be limited so please REGISTER. Copies of the book will be available for sale courtesy of Eight Cousins. This event is presented by the Falmouth Public Library and Neighborhood Falmouth.
Neighborhood Falmouth is a non-profit organization that provides support services to seniors in the Falmouth community. The organization aims to help seniors live independently and maintain their quality of life by providing services such as transportation, grocery shopping, yard work, minor home repairs, and friendly visits. Neighborhood Falmouth operates on a volunteer-based model, where volunteers from the community are matched with seniors who need assistance. This allows seniors to receive personalized support while also fostering a sense of community and connection among volunteers and seniors.



We’ve Got You Covered: Rebooting American Health Care

Please join author Dr. Amy Finkelstein and former Obama administration official Dr. Christina Romer in a conversation about Dr. Finkelstein’s new book, We’ve Got You Covered: Rebooting American Health Care. The conversation will take place on Thursday August 17, at 2pm, in the Speck Auditorium at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. The Speck Auditorium is in the Rowe Building, at Water Street and MBL Street. Books will be available for purchase via Eight Cousins.

We’ve Got You Covered, by Finkelstein and Liran Einav of Stanford, presents a wholly original argument and comprehensive blueprint for an American universal health insurance system that will surprise and provoke.

Amy Finkelstein

We’ve Got You Covered is the clearest diagnosis of the American health care system I have seen. Thought-provoking, readable, and realistic yet optimistic, this book should and will reset the debate about how to fix health care.”
— Siddhartha Mukherjee, physician, biologist, and author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

“I never thought the day would come when I say this about an economics book, but this is unputdownable. Witty, erudite without being overbearing, opinionated, and convincing–this book is a jewel. If you open the first page, you will want to know how it ends!”
— Esther Duflo, Nobel Laureate in Economics and co-author of Good Economics for Hard Times

Christina Romer

Dr. Amy Finkelstein is an Professor of Economics at MIT, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, and a lifelong summer resident of Falmouth.

Dr. Christina Romer was the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama in 2009-2010, and now teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please register as space is limited.

Alzheimer’s Fantasy in the Key of G

Join Kirsten Levy, an author with deep local roots (her great-grandparents were married in St. Joseph’s Church!) reading from her book. This author talk will take place on Monday, July 10 at 11am in the Hermann Room. Eight Cousins will have copies of the book for sale.

Alzheimer’s Fantasy in the Key of G is a tale in which unmoored thoughts become their own voyages into the past and future, revealing a story of family history and Irish immigration. Fran, the author’s mother, whose health is declining, is only one of the intertwined points of view telling the story.

A creative, narrative tale where fantasy and personal witness speak up for the patient.

Please register using the events calendar or contact the library.

Introducing the WHOI and FPL Community Read

For the first time, WHOI and Falmouth Library are collaborating on a community read, and the book will be Edith Widder’s Below the Edge of Darkness: a Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea. There will be a series of related events, ending in two live  events with Edie Widder on Saturday, June 11th!

The WHOI & FPL Community Read 2022 is part of Dispatches from an Ocean Planet: A Celebration of Film and Literature presented by the Yawkey Foundation and WHOI.

For more details on the program, and some great videos and further book recommendations, check out our Community Read page

WHOI & FPL Community Read 2022 Events

WHOI & FPL Community Read 2022 events are free to the public and registration is required.

Inner-Space Aliens with Larry Madin on Wednesday, May 11th from 3pm-4pm in the Library’s Hermann meeting room. Register here.

        The organisms of Earth’s ‘inner space’ – the oceans, are so alien in appearance and behavior to what most people know. Following a video on ‘Blue Water Diving’, Larry will give a short presentation to illustrate more of the biology of the open ocean and deep-sea and its connection to the rest of the world and society.  A discussion and Q&A period will follow.  Larry Madin is Deputy Director Emeritus and Senior Science Advisor at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA, USA.

Below the Edge of Darkness Book Discussion with Allan Adams on Wednesday, May 25th from 7pm-8pm via Zoom. Register here.

        Discuss Edie Widder’s book, Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea, in a group setting.  We will have a special guest, Allan Adams.  Allan is an Adjunct Oceanographer in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department at WHOI.

Below the Edge of Darkness Book Discussion with Dana Yoerger on Wednesday, June 1st from 3pm-4pm in the Library’s Hermann meeting room.  Register here.

        Discuss Edie Widder’s book, Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea, in a group setting.  We will have a special guest, Dr. Dana Yoerger.  Dana is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and a researcher in marine robotics. He supervises the research and academic program of graduate students studying oceanographic engineering through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in the areas of control, robotics, and design.

Edie Widder Book Reading & Signing on Saturday, June 11th from 1pm-2:30pm in the Library’s Hermann meeting room.  Register here.

        Come join us as author Edie Widder does a select reading from her book, Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea, followed by a short Q&A and then a book signing.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase by Eight Cousins at the event.  

Edie Widder Ocean Explorer – A Conversation on Saturday, June 11th from 4pm-5pm at WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium.

        After an introduction by Larry Madin, Edie Widder will engage in a conversation with Sam Harp, WHOI’s Vice President for Advancement, followed by a Q&A with the audience about her book Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea.

Mighty Storms of New England

Virtual Author Talk With Eric Fisher

Check out the video below of Eric Fisher’s author talk from Wednesday, February 2nd, where he discussed his new book Mighty Storms of New England: The Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Blizzards and Floods That Shaped the Region and answered audience questions!  

“The New England landscape has long been battered by some of the most intense weather in US history. Discover the legendary storms that have devastated New England, including: the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 that killed 564 people; the Worcester Tornado of 1953; the Snow Hurricane of 1804 that demolished orchards and killed dozens of sailors off the coast; and the Blizzard of 1978 that brought Boston to a standstill for weeks.”

Eric Fisher is Chief Meteorologist for CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV News and anchors weather segments weeknights at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m., as well as WBZ-TV News at 10 p.m. on TV38 (WSBK-TV).  He is also a contributor for CBS News, often found reporting on breaking severe weather across the country.  Born and raised in New England, Eric says there are few places on earth that produce weather like this little corner of the U.S. It offers the challenges of blockbuster snowstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, frigid cold snaps and dramatic seasonal shifts.  Eric vividly remembers Memorial Day of 1995 as a day that helped solidify his path as a meteorologist, when an infamous tornado ripped through Great Barrington in the Berkshires.  Glued to the red warnings crawling across the screen and watching the radar, his career in weather was born.  Eric joined WBZ-TV News from The Weather Channel in Atlanta where he spent three years as a Meteorologist.  He produced and delivered national forecasts and contributed to numerous live reports on extreme weather for The Weather Channel, NBC Nightly News, TODAY and MSNBC.  Previously he worked as the morning meteorologist at WGGB-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Mighty Storms of New England is also available for purchase at Eight Cousins.

Cape Cod and New England Storm Reads


Death on Tuckernuck by Francine Mathews

Girls of Summer: A Novel by Nancy Thayer

Storm of Secrets by Loretta Marion

Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Storm Girl  by Joseph C. Lincoln


Mighty Storms of New England: The Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Blizzards and Floods That Shaped the Region by Eric Fisher

Historic Disasters of New England: Legendary Storms, Twisters, Floods, and Other Catastrophes by Randi Minetor

Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England by Stephen Long

Great New England Storms of the 20th century editor Janice Page

Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea by Michael J. Tougias

The Forgotten Cape: 1940-1960 by Mary Sicchio

The Blizzard of ’78 by Michael Tougias

Storms and Shipwrecks of New England by Edward Rowe Snow; updated by Jeremy D’Entremon

Historic Storms of New England: Its Gales, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Showers with Thunder and Lightning, Great Snow Storms, Rains, Freshets, Floods, Droughts, Cold Winters, Hot Summers, Avalanches, Earthquakes, Dark Days, Comets, Aurora Borealis, Phenomena in the Heavens, Wrecks Along the Coast, with Incidents and Anecdotes, Amusing and Pathetic by Sidney Perley

Southern New England Tropical Storms and Hurricanes: A Ninety-Seven Year Summary, 1900-1996, Including Several Early American Hurricanes by David R. Vallee and Michael R. Dion

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger

Coastal Flooding in Barnstable County, Cape Cod, Massachusetts by Water Resources Commission 

Pictures of the Worst Storm in New Bedford’s History, August 26, 1924 (reference department)