Books

“The Unwitting” Ellen Feldman Spiegel & Grau, $26 When the writer and naturalist Peter Matthiessen died last April, one of the most surprising aspects of his obituaries for many was the reminder of his involvement with the C.I.A...

“Fully Alive” Timothy Shriver Sarah Crichton Books, $27 Books are a central part of my holiday ritual — perusing the year-end “best of” lists, choosing just the right volume to give to each special person in my...

“Billy Joel” Fred Schruers Crown Archetype, $29

“Chance” by Kem Nunn A strange and unique San Francisco noir that is by turns dark, thoughtful, and oddly funny. Kem Nunn, who is best known for his “surfer noir” trilogy, has broadened his palette here to include subtle...
Outside of some art-world friends who lived on the East End, Ray Johnson had a tenuous association here until his ultimate performance in Sag Harbor became the stuff of local and international legend and inextricably bound him to the area. Earnest...
“After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests” Ted Rall Hill and Wang, $26 “After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan” by Ted Rall is the biggest small book...
“The Social Climber’s Bible” Dirk Wittenborn and Jazz Johnson Penguin, $20 John Updike insisted on writing his own jacket copy. A curious fact that can pop up when you least expect it. If you happen to be reading jacket copy.

The first buck she has ever seen on her property crosses her window view of the accumulated leaves. She knows he is chasing a female just vanished. He is carelessly intent, rolling his head and rack. A few feet from her safe position at the sink...
Return of the Lit Lunch There’s no shortage of writers in Sag Harbor, but there’s only one restaurant that can creditably claim to be the linchpin establishment that turned around what circa 1970 was a half-decrepit village —...