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Sandy dozen: 12 site-specific beach reads

By: Matt Hickman on May 25, 2011, 7:12 a.m.
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Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Book:Jaws” by Peter Benchley (1974)

Perfect page-turning locale: Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Description: “The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again — or for the first time!”

Afterword: Although “Jaws” the novel takes place in the fictional resort community of Amity, Long Island, the massively popular film adaptation is set in the fictional New England resort community of Amity Island. The movie itself was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Cape Cod. Book-versus-film locations aside, any of the pristine beaches on Martha’s Vineyard are ideal spots for sinking your teeth into this classic beach read.