Alice McDermott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25

    The first time I became enthralled with Alice McDermott’s fiction was when I read her second...

Bookish Dinners
    Where renovations and expansions continue apace, as at Sag Harbor’s venerable John Jermain Memorial Library, can a fund drive be far behind?

Rita Plush
Penumbra, $9.99

    Rita Plush, the author of a group of stories published under the title “Alterations,” tells us in her introduction...

Simon Says

“Tomorrow There
Will Be Apricots”
Jessica Soffer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24

   Very little in this book is what I expected it to be.

A Wainwright Homecoming
    Laura Wainwright of the East Hampton Wainwrights will pay a visit to the East Hampton Library on Saturday, “Home Bird,” her book from a year ago, in hand. Subtitled...

“Long Island Oddities”
John Leita and Laura Leita
History Press, $17.99

   Cornelia Foss has a new self-published book, “Cornelia Foss: Ten Years of Paintings and Drawings, 2003-2013,” that has more illustrations and heft than many volumes coming out of traditional presses.
The art book...

“Without a Claim”
Grace Schulman
Mariner Books, $14.95