Recent Stories: Books

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.

January 3, 2017
Mary Ellen Hannibal takes readers on an epic journey that traverses the terrain where the sciences and humanities meet and where hope issues from dialogue between the public and specialists.

“Citizen Scientist”
Mary Ellen Hannibal
The Experiment, $25.95

December 29, 2016
Kurt Wenzel, our man in letters, picks the top 10 titles of the year past.

“The North Water”
by Ian McGuire

December 22, 2016
Reading Blanche Wiesen Cook’s concluding volume of her three-part biography of Eleanor Roosevelt in the weeks following the 2016 election, one is struck by the parallels between her life and that of another former first lady much in the news this year, Hillary Clinton.

“Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After”
Blanche Wiesen Cook
Viking, $40

December 15, 2016
David Nichtern, a meditation teacher, has written a remarkably useful and succinct handbook of Buddhist practice and psychological concepts.

“Awakening From
the Daydream”

David Nichtern
Wisdom Publications, $15.95

December 8, 2016
Does Tom Wolfe know when he attacks mainline Christians as moo-cows that he will arouse a bit of miff?

“The Kingdom of Speech”
Tom Wolfe
Little, Brown, $26

December 1, 2016
Why and how does someone come to embrace a compulsive myth and commit totally to a humanitarian cause for achieving worldwide perpetual perfection?

“True Believer”
Kati Marton
Simon & Schuster, $27

Why and how does someone come to embrace a compulsive myth and commit totally to a humanitarian cause for achieving worldwide perpetual perfection? Answering this problem requires an understanding of the subject’s historical context.