Cape Cod and the Islands: Where Beauty and History Meet is an engaging read and beautiful to behold. Kathryn Kleekamp's second edition includes 60 original paintings and 115 photographs which illustrate Ms. Kleekamp's engaging historical anecdotes about our beloved environs.
Interesting articles include the "back story" of the Cape Cod Baseball League and the story of the whaleship Essex (featured in the 2015 film In the Heart of the Sea). We found Chapter 7 (Safeguarding Those at Sea) to be especially interesting, with coverage of shipwrecks, lighthouses and those who rescue distressed mariners. The author's text shows her to be the scholar that she is and makes this far more than a book of art.
As an especially folksy touch, the author includes interesting recipes throughout the book. They are presented in appropriate context and sound delicious! We also enjoyed her "Clams 101" vingette.
Towards the end of the book, the author included chapters on coastal erosion as well as wind and solar energy - a fittingly contemporary end to a work of history, art and culture old and new.
Kathryn Kleekamp is a retired clinical microbiologist who moved to the Cape in 1997. Her second career as an artist found her creating stunning landscapes and seascapes. A founding member of the Sandwich Arts Alliance, Ms. Kleekamp is a past board member of the Cape Cod Art Association.
The book will be released in June 2017. Visit the publisher's page for more detail and a peek inside. The 192 page hardcover book carries a retail price of $34.99 - and it's worth every penny!
Kathryn's book will be available in local book stores and on Amazon. You may purchase a personalized copy directly from Kathryn at www.SandwichArt.com