Great Gloucester Reads at the Sawyer Free Library!

January 25, 2022 / Art and Music, Good to Know, History/Maritime, In The News, Things to Do & See

Samuel Sawyer’s commitment to a public library for the people of Gloucester continues to resonate. HisSawyer Free Library in Gloucester, MA vision echoes throughout the city and reverberates in every person who has ever walked into the Sawyer Free Library to take out a book, attend a program, or research a topic.

Come visit the library to learn more about Gloucester, to use its free internet access, or to find an event or program that will empower you through connection, inspiration and life-long learning.

Here are some reading suggestions by local authors and stories that take place in and around Gloucester for your reading pleasure.


Decline of Fishes | Peter Anastas

A novel about the struggle over the soul of the nation’s oldest seaport, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

The Last Days of Dogtown |Anita Diamant

A novel inspired by the early settlement.

Leaving Lucy Pear | Anna Solomon

Set in 1920s Cape Ann, the story of two women who are both mothers to the same unforgettable girl.



The Perfect Storm |Sebastian Junger

The incredible true account of the most extraordinary storm of the 20th century.

The Last Fish Tale |Mark Kurlansky

The colorful story of a way of life that for hundreds of years has defined much of America’s coastlines but is slowly disappearing.

Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town | Elyssa East

The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey | Linda Greenlaw

Lone Voyager: The Extraordinary Adventures of Howard Blackburn | Joseph E. Garland



Katy and the Big Snow | Virginia Lee Burton

The Serpent Came to Gloucester | M.T. Anderson

The Adventure of Blueberrying | Merrill F. McLane

St. Peter’s Fiesta | Alice Gardner


Visit the Sawyer Free Library


Address: 2 Dale Avenue

Where to purchase your own copies of these great reads:

Dogtown Books | 132 Main Street |

The Bookstore of Gloucester | 61 Main Street |