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B.B. Oak

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B. B. OAK is the pen name of husband and wife Ben and Beth Oak, who write the historical mystery series featuring Henry David Thoreau, a self-reliant loner with his own code of honor and his own sense of justice.
The first book in the series was THOREAU AT DEVIL'S PERCH, followed by THOREAU ON WOLF HILL, and the latest is THOREAU IN PHANTOM BOG.
"Death from a Bad Heart," a short story featuring the characters in the series, was named a Distinguished Mystery Story in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013.
Beth and Ben met at Boston University, where she majored in Journalism and he in English. After many years abroad, the Oaks now live in Connecticut. Their website is bboak.com.


Thoreau at his cabin                                                    Henry David Thoreau at his cabin

Recently finished the outstanding book QUIET about how introverts are undervalued in our society and are not isolationists. Henry David Thoreau certainly was an introvert. He famously said “I have never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude,” yet it is not generally known that he was also a...

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