What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor (or former neighbor). Brew up a batch of your favorite cup of tea or coffee and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about locally written books in Boston.
- “The Town” by Chuck Hogan | Release date: 2004 | The book that the movie “The Town” was based on featuring a group of thieves from Charlestown that rob a Boston bank at gunpoint.
- “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro | Release date: 2012 | This story follows young artist Claire Roth and her discoveries about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist.
- “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng | Release date: 2017 | This story follows two families brought together by the friendship of the children.
- “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne | Release date: 1850 | Read about the life of Hester Prynne in a Puritan colony during the 1640s after having a child by a man who wasn’t her husband.
- “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott | Release date: 1868 | This semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of four sisters as they grow up and find their way.
- “Mystic River” by Dennis Lehane | Release date: 2001 | This Dorchester native’s thriller follows three friends and a shared traumatic experience.
- “Nine Lives” by Peter Swanson | Release date: 2022 | Nine strangers find their names on a mysterious list in the mail — and must work to uncover the sender as they’re picked off one by one.
- “Herrick’s End” by T.M. Blanchet | Release date: 2022 | When down-on-his-luck Ollie finds his friend Nell has gone missing, he must travel out of Boston’s North End to a magical underground world beneath the city.
For the family
- “Make Way For Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey | Release date: 1941 | Follow Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings through the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
- “Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem” by Amanda Gorman | Release date: 2021 | This children’s book is written by a Harvard alum + poet about the power of using your voice.
- “On the Loose in Boston" by Sage Stossel | Release date: 2009 | This “Where’s Waldo” style book follows Franklin Park Zoo animals as they explore Boston landmarks.
- “86 Years: The Legend of the Boston Red Sox" by Melinda Boroson | Release date: 2005 | This children’s story follows the season the Red Sox broke the curse and finally won the World Series.
Learn something new
- “Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919” by Stephen Puleo | Release date: 2003 | Learn about the sticky history of the Great Molasses Flood.
- “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger | Release date: 1997 | This creative non-fiction shares the story of the fishermen from Gloucester who were lost at sea.
- “Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution” by Nathaniel Philbrick | Release date: 2013 | Learn more about the famous Charlestown battle.
Part of a series
- “Back Bay” by William Martin | Release date: 1979 |The first in the Peter Fallon series dives into a family’s secrets and history of treasure hunting.
- “Martha’s Vineyard Mysteries” by Phillip R. Craig | Release date: 1989 | This series follows a retired Boston police officer solving murders and other mysteries.
- “Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” by Edgar Allan Poe | Release date: 1849 | This thrilling collection comes from the writer of mystery and macabre.
- “Clementine" by Sara Pennypacker | Release date: 2006 | Follow eight-year-old Clementine on her adventures in this book series
- “Second Wind: The Memoirs of an Opinionated Man” by Bill Russell and Taylor Branch | Release date: 1979 | Learn about the life and legacy of this basketball legend + his perspective on freedom, race, marriage, and American culture.
- “Ordinary Girl: The Journey” by Donna Summer| Release date: 2003 | Follow this disco diva from her time as a Boston choir girl through her rise to stardom.
- “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama | Release date: 2009 | Hear from the 44th President in his own words.
- “The Beginning (2nd Edition)” by David Scondras | Release date: 2018 | This memoir shares the perspective of the first openly gay elected Boston City Counselor.
Need more recommendations? Stop by Beacon Hill Books and Cafe, Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Brattle Book Shop, Frugal Bookstore, or Brookline Booksmith to get expert advice from Boston’s local booksellers. 📚