Land's End by Michael Cunningham
A Walk in Provincetown (Crown Journeys)

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In this celebration of one of America's oldest towns (incorporated in 1720), Michael Cunningham, author of the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning The Hours, brings us Provincetown, one of the most idiosyncratic and extraordinary towns in the United States, perched on the sandy tip at the end of Cape Cod.

Provincetown, eccentric, physically remote, and heartbreakingly beautiful, has been amenable and intriguing to outsiders for as long as it has existed. "It is the only small town I know of where those who live unconventionally seem to outnumber those who live within the prescribed bounds of home and licensed marriage, respectable job, and biological children," says Cunningham. "It is one of the places in the world you can disappear into. It is the Morocco of North America, the New Orleans of the north."

He first came to the place more than twenty years ago, falling in love with the haunted beauty of its seascape and the rambunctious charm of its denizens. Although Provincetown is primarily known as a summer mecca of stunning beaches, quirky shops, and wild nightlife, as well as a popular destination for gay men and lesbians, it is also a place of deep and enduring history, artistic and otherwise. Few towns have attracted such an impressive array of artists and writers—from Tennessee Williams to Eugene O'Neill, Mark Rothko to Robert Motherwell—who, like Cunningham, were attracted to this finger of land because it was . . . different, nonjudgmental, the perfect place to escape to; to be rescued, healed, reborn, or simply to live
in peace. As we follow Cunningham on his various excursions through Provincetown and its surrounding landscape, we are drawn into its history, its mysteries, its peculiarities—places you won't read about in any conventional travel guide.
 

About Michael Cunningham

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Michael Cunningham is the author of Flesh and Blood, A Home at the End of the World, and, most recently, The Hours, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and soon to be a major film. He lives and works in New York City.
 
Published August 6, 2002 by Crown. 176 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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A leisurely walking tour and shrewd exposition of that "eccentrics' sanctuary"—Provincetown, Massachusetts—from Pulitzer-winning novelist Cunningham (The Hours, 1998, etc.).

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Cunningham (The Hours) takes the reader on a leisurely, idiosyncratic tour of the fabled town at the tip of Cape Cod. He makes the rounds of his favorite haunts,

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People interest him most, however—the old-timer who sits in his yard, shouting, "Hello hello hello," to everyone who passes by;

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Standing atop Mount Ararat, the giant dune east of town, Cunningham senses "a repose that is pleasurable without being exactly comforting .

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Elbowing past invading vacationers, bleary-eyed fishermen, gym-bound muscle boys, Wall Street traders in designer sandals, and a guy dressed like Celine Dion, devoted ''P-town'' local Cunningham narrates a jaunt through his peculiar environs on Cape Cod's boot tip.

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In After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti (Crown, $16, 160 pages, ISBN 0609609084), Edwige Danticat, who has probed her conflicted relationship with her natal land in such novels as Breath, Eyes, Memory and The Farming of Bones maintains a sense of suspense by playing up her dr...

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