The work of love
becomes its own reason; like the heart’s
relentless feedback loop, which is infinite
until it isn’t…

like the ocean, having been the ocean
long before we arrived, each wave
newborn and buried at once; like us,
standing breathless at the edge,
astonished by our own lungs.
—  Franny Choi, from “We Biked Forty Miles to Narragansett,” Floating, Brilliant, Gone

HANDMADE - Bristol & Warren, Rhode Island

Bristol, a quiet old town under the elms on the shore of Narragansett Bay, was probably named for Bristol, England. The prevailing atmosphere is old-fashioned and restful, its tone is quiet, its temper conservative. It is generally known as the place where international racing yachts are built, but few realize that this was once the fourth busiest seaport in the country.  -Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest State (WPA, 1937)


We checked in with New England Guide Michael Cevoli this week to see what he’s been up to. He generously shared some photos from a fabrication/handmade project he’d been working on. He succinctly summed it up for us with these words:

“It’s actually three shops. One is called Shaws Engineering (Harley and tattoo shots) in Bristol, the old timers and wood shop photos are at O&G Studios in Warren (very high end furniture makers), and the welder is at Millers Metal, also in Warren… all towns in Rhode Island. What links them other than geography is everything is done by hand (yes with machines), but all done in-house in traditional manners of working.”

Mike will soon be guest-hosting our Instagram feed, so grab your smartphones and head over to @americanguide​ as he takes us out to sea.


Guide to New England, Michael Cevoli, was born and raised in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. He moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 2000 to attend the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After completing his BFA in Photography in 2004, he taught high school photography outside of Boston and completed a documentary project looking at various historically important prison designs around the United States. In 2007, he returned to RISD to earn a MFA in Photography, and has since worked as an editorial and commercial photographer. His work as been shown throughout New England, New York City and Europe and is currently in a variety of museum and private collections both nationally and internationally.

Cevoli lives and works out of the sea faring town of Bristol, Rhode Island, on Narragansett Bay. You can see more of his work on this websiteTumblr, and Instagram.


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The Tenderness of Thieves is the book you need when you want to take your beach reading to an intense, sexy, obsessively page-turning level. A psychological thriller with secrets and a steaming romance about a girl falling for the town bad boy the summer after she’s held at knifepoint, the first page tempts you and you’re instantly hooked. Today, Penguin Teen Author Spotlight invites Donna Freitas to let us get to know the writer behind this gorgeous read!  

Name: Donna Freitas 

Novel: The Tenderness of Thieves 

Available: May 26th Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? That’s such a difficult question! There are so many. One of them—still living-is Philip Pullman. His trilogy, His Dark Materials is one of the great reads of my life. I’ve probably read those books five or six times. 

What’s your favorite thing about your book? Well, I love that it’s set on the beach in Rhode Island. I grew up on the beach in Narragansett, and it’s one of my favorite places in the entire universe. The other thing I love is the romance—I love writing romance and reading it, too, and at the heart of this story is definitely star-crossed love. 

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Ooh! What a fun question. I think it’s probably a toss-up between Eugenides from Megan Whalen Turner’s books, The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia, and Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. But if I had to pick between them, I think I’d probably go with Eugenides. He’s smart, funny, and very swoon-worthy.

Where do you write? I write in the mornings on a chaise lounge. I joke that it’s my office. I like having my feet up when I write and when it’s cold, a pile of blankets on my lap. 

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Another difficult question… I was a philosophy major in college and then for grad school I studied philosophy of religion, so I’ve always been very partial to the great philosophers in history. One of my favorites is Kierkegaard. I love him because he is a great writer and thinker, but also because he’s one of history’s great romantics. Kierkegaard was a fool for love, and I respect him for that. 

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I don’t tweet.

What is your favorite season? I love summer because I love the beach. I’m never more at home than when I’m by the water. But I do love a good blizzard in winter-though only if I’m stuck inside at home.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? When I was a kid I was obsessed with the stars and the planets, so back then I probably would have said that I’d love to see the Big Dipper up close or Saturn’s rings. But at the moment, I’d love to teleport to Paris to go to this really amazing restaurant that my friend Marie and I love, because one of my favorite things in the world to do is eat good food! 

Do you have any writing rituals? Yes. Every single day I get up really early, make my coffee, sit down in my writing chair with the novel I’m reading, and wait for inspiration to strike and then write for as long as I possibly can. I try not to miss a day. But it’s always in the morning that I write. 

What is your idea of earthly happiness? Being with the people I love. What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Ages ago I saw Elvis Costello, solo acoustic, in a really small venue and it was amazing. I love him. 

What are you currently working on? I just finished a novel about a former ballerina, and at the heart of it is first love. I love writing about people falling in love, so I really enjoyed writing this story.


Thank you so much for answering our questions, Donna! We can’t wait to hear more about your next book!

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