“& Sons”
David Gilbert
Random House, $27

      While many Americans had some memory of or reaction to the recent 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Christina Haag had a more personal investment than most in the tributes and recreations of the...


Kathryn Levy

New Rivers Press, $...

 Capote Christmas

       Truman Capote, whose fans are as diverse as they are legion, from macho Norman Mailer to your local florist, was never more sentimental than in “A Christmas...

Return of the Lit Lunch
    Chris Knopf and Christina Haag will pull up chairs and clink silverware at this year’s benefit authors lunch at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor on Dec. 8. The noon to 2:30...

“The Boy Detective”
Roger Rosenblatt
Ecco, $19.99

    The number of young people in today’s information-overloaded America who are managing to make a living writing poetry probably exceeds the nation’s current population of ivory-billed woodpeckers, but both birds and...

“Mary Coin”
Marisa Silver
Blue Rider Press, $26.95

    If, as the popular wisdom holds, a single picture is worth a thousand words, then it is not entirely...

The eyes of the fox are shells,
Her home is sand, this luminous beach.

She is washed by saltwater, bleached by sun,
Wrapped in the calcium ribbon of shellfish.

Her body is a skeletal map, a lens, a...