Books

    Russia’s gone blooey? Call in an expert.     Masha Gessen, a Russian-American who blogs about that country’s culture and politics for The New York Times’s website, will try to make some sense of...
“Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws” Ellen NicKenzie Lawson Excelsior Editions, $19.95
New BookHampton Book Group     The newest of BookHampton’s locations, at 16 Hampton Road in Southampton, is now offering a lunchtime book group. Led by Mary Braverman, late of Rowdy Readers in East Hampton, it meets every other...

“Seedtime” Scott Chaskey Rodale, $23.99
    The Old Schoolhouse in Greenport last held a kindergarten class in 1932. And now for something completely different: On March 15 Robin Becker will read there from “Tiger Heron,” her new collection of poems from the...

“A Shed for Wood” Daniel Thomas Moran Salmon Poetry, $21.95     “A Shed for Wood” begins with a quote from Henry David Thoreau: “The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon,...

“The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII” Edited by Bill Henderson Norton, $19.95
“The Heart Of Everything That Is” Bob Drury and Tom Clavin Simon and Schuster, $30
    Styron fans, prepare for an insider’s view: Alexandra Styron will be the first to the lectern for the spring’s Writers Speak series at Stony Brook Southampton on Wednesday with “Reading My Father,” her...