Recent Stories: Books

May 18, 2017
In “A Legacy of Valor: A History of Lifesaving and Shipwrecks at Montauk,” Henry Osmers writes of how, given the remoteness of the area and its lack of population, it was difficult to help ships that fell victim to storm, fog, or other maritime peril.

“A Legacy of Valor”
Henry Osmers
Outskirts Press, $23.95

Star Staff
May 11, 2017
Writing at the Parrish. A Frost Farm Prize for Caitlin Doyle.

Writing at the Parrish

May 11, 2017
Ryan White captures the carefree nature of 1970s Key West, where Jimmy Buffett launched his career, through rhapsodic passages and interviews detailing bottle-born mischief.

“Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way”
Ryan White
Touchstone, $26.99

May 4, 2017
Janet Lee Berg’s novel “Rembrandt’s Shadow” is loosely based on wartime experiences of the wealthy Katz family, who exchanged Dutch masterpieces for Jewish lives.

“Rembrandt’s Shadow”
Janet Lee Berg
Post Hill Press, $15

April 27, 2017
Sheila Kohler’s “Once We Were Sisters” is a story of betrayals. Not a thousand pinpricks. A thousand sword thrusts.

“Once We Were Sisters”
Sheila Kohler
Penguin, $16

April 20, 2017
For National Poetry Month, a look at the poems in “Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses."

“Pushcart Prize XLI”
Edited by Bill Henderson
Pushcart Press, $19.95

Kurt Wenzel
April 13, 2017
Alec Baldwin's memoir is more rueful than contentious, and intermittently evocative and wise.

“Nevertheless”
Alec Baldwin
Harper, $28.99

April 6, 2017
The setting for this tale of multiple mysteries is a prosaic but familiar one: Suffolk County.

“What You Break”
Reed Farrel Coleman
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $27

Star Staff
March 30, 2017

Poetry Readings, Two of ’Em

March 28, 2017
If there is a subtext to Bill Schutt’s latest book, it is to question the origin and the reasonableness of the taboo against consuming other humans.

“Cannibalism”
Bill Schutt
Algonquin Books, $26.95

March 23, 2017
E.L. Doctorow's famous authorial confidence, political commentary, and explorations of family life are on masterful display in this posthumous collection.

“Doctorow:
Collected Stories”
E.L. Doctorow
Random House, $30

March 16, 2017
Jean Kennedy Smith uniquely offers the vantage point of a kindhearted sister in a history-making set of siblings.

“The Nine of Us”
Jean Kennedy Smith
Harper, $29.99

Baylis Greene
March 16, 2017
For a body of water 110 miles long and 21 miles across at its widest point, Long Island Sound somehow tends to be overlooked. Now, a new guide, beautifully illustrated.

For a body of water 110 miles long, 21 miles across at its widest point, and encompassing 1,320 square miles of open water within a coastline of about 600 miles, Long Island Sound somehow tends to be overlooked.

March 9, 2017
A collection of stories that amounts to an existential search for pure masculinity in a time when the gender binary is rapidly decaying.

“Two Syllable Men”
John McCaffrey
Vine Leaves Press, $14.99

February 21, 2017
Molly Haskell's compact and insightful new biography, “Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films,” often goes beyond hyperbole into the realm of hagiography. At one point she literally compares the director to God. The author’s conclusion at this contrast? Advantage Spielberg.

“Steven Spielberg: 
A Life in Films”

Molly Haskell
Yale University Press, $25

February 16, 2017
George Washington's Farewell Address was a rare moment in American history when a leader offered words more akin to Scripture, an inspired speech that outlined the nation’s principles and deepest purpose.

“Washington’s Farewell”
John Avlon
Simon & Schuster, $27

February 9, 2017
Is beauty inherently interesting? Or is it simply that beauty arouses a kind of insatiable curiosity? Herewith, a consideration of the ultimate artist's model of her time.

“The Curse of Beauty”
James Bone
Regan Arts, $26.95

In a hundred years will the lives of high-profile models such as Heidi Klum or Cindy Crawford make engaging biographies? 

Star Staff
February 2, 2017
Durell Godfrey, intrepid Star photographer and former Glamour magazine illustrator, has returned with a second offering in the still-new and stress-relieving field of adult coloring books.

Durell Godfrey, intrepid Star photographer and former Glamour magazine illustrator, has returned with a second offering in the still-new and stress-relieving field of adult coloring books, this time with a comforting and specifically housebound title, "Color Your Happy Home," put together with the help of B

February 1, 2017
If you’re looking for an easy-to-digest description of lighthouses, from their construction to modern-day automation to their role in the economic success of this country, this is the book for you.

“Brilliant Beacons”
Eric Jay Dolin
Liveright, $29.95

Joanne Pilgrim
January 31, 2017
In the midst of the worldwide migration of refugees, one small story carries a spot of sunshine among the many tales of upheaval and struggle.

The stories of immigrants and refugees, particularly Muslims displaced by war from Middle Eastern countries, took center stage last weekend after an executive order signed by President Donald Trump suspended refugee admissions and banned arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries, prompting widespread protests. 

January 26, 2017
It is doubtful that 50-some years ago there was a terrific place to grow up gay, but Brooklyn sounds, from Steven Gaines's memoir, like a particularly challenging one.

“One of These
Things First”

Steven Gaines
Delphinium, $24.95

January 19, 2017
Simon Perchik is a master craftsman at his unadorned best as he explores the underworld in these deeply rich, elemental verses.

“The B Poems”
Simon Perchik
Poets Wear Prada, $15

Simon Perchik explores the underworld in these deeply rich, elemental verses to or about B. Who or what B might be, we may not know. However, it fits the subject of the book not to know. 

January 12, 2017
It may be that no single person has done more to knock down the doors of censorship in art and literature in America than Barney Rosset.

“Rosset”
Barney Rosset
OR Books, $28

Star Staff
January 12, 2017

OR Books, which this week came out with the hardcover of Barney Rosset’s autobiography, will celebrate the late and legendary publisher and East Hamptoner with a gathering at the Strand bookstore on Monday. That may be on Broadway in Manhattan, but at least one East Hampton author will be there, A.M.