Recent Stories: Books

Star staff
March 24, 2015

“Radical Descent” — Digitally

Linda Coleman’s memoir, “Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary,” published by the Pushcart Press of Springs in the fall, is now out as an e-book for Kindle, Google Play, and similar formats.

March 24, 2015

“Spooky Action
at a Distance”
Howard Levy
CavanKerry Press, $16

Star staff
March 17, 2015

A Poetry Tete-a-Tete

“Baseball is portrayed in these radiant new poems by Jill Bialosky as a ‘fierce and feral’ rite of passage in which we’re all held hostage to the always surprising vicissitudes of time and change.” So says Philip Schultz, the East Hampton poet and Pulitzer Prize winner, in a blurb on the back of Ms. Bialosky’s new collection, “The Players,” thus hinting at a subject the two might take up in their conversation Saturday at 5 p.m. at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor.

Baylis Greene
March 17, 2015

Montauk at the St. Patrick’s Day parade: It’s not all beer cups and bagpipes. How about the history of the place?

For those interested in such, Carl Fisher, the visionary prewar developer most responsible for the shape the “Miami Beach of the North” was to take, is the subject of a brick-thick biography by Jerry M. Fisher, his grandnephew. “The Pacesetter,” first published in 1998, is just out in a new edition from the Friesen Press, a self-publishing concern out west.

March 17, 2015

Rebecca Alexander is a force to be reckoned with. At the writing of this memoir, she is in her early 20s. She is accomplished, vivacious, active, energetic, and derives a great deal of satisfaction from helping others. She has taught in a prison; she has volunteered for Project Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to people living with H.I.V./AIDS.

Phyllis Braff
March 10, 2015

“Art in America
Edited by Jed Perl
The Library of America, $40

Star staff
March 5, 2015

Let’s face it, the publishing game is a tough nut to crack — now more than ever, economically speaking. Thus the explosion in self-publishing and the potential interest in a panel charged with examining “What’s New in Self-Publishing and Small Presses,” which will convene on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as part of Stony Brook Southampton’s Writers Speak series.

March 5, 2015

“Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the
Small Presses”

Edited by Bill Henderson
Pushcart Press, $19.95

Star staff
February 24, 2015

The Quotation Game

Spurred by a not very Long Island-like deep cold and unusual masses of snow — in short, a long winter indoors — your friendly neighborhood bookseller has started a diverting game, a “literary treasure hunt” called SmartyPants. Every day BookHampton will post a quotation on its website and Facebook page, and then the stabs at identification of both it and the book it’s from can begin.

February 24, 2015

“The Emotional Lives of Animals & Children”
William Crain
Turning Stone, $15.95

Star staff
February 17, 2015

Deadline for Scribes

Hot, crowded July may seem far off, what with a winter for the ages upon us, but March 1 is not. That’s the scholarship deadline for this year’s Southampton Writers Conference, sponsored by the M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature at Stony Brook Southampton and running from July 8 to 19.

February 17, 2015

“Hope: Entertainer
of the Century”

Richard Zoglin
Simon and Schuster, $30

Baylis Greene
February 10, 2015

The children’s book team of Jim and Kate McMullan of Sag Harbor has branched out with a pilot for an Amazon Original Series that can be seen for free at the website of the retailer turned budding network. Episode one of “The Stinky & Dirty Show,” based on the McMullans’ “I Stink” and “I’m Dirty” books, is a 12-minute excursion into a Utah-like desert landscape a la Chuck Jones’s immortal Road Runner and Coyote cartoons for Warner Brothers, where, as then, towering rock formations figure in the plot.

February 10, 2015

“The Book of Love”
Roger Rosenblatt
Ecco Press, $22.99

Attention, lovers, hop out of bed! 
Valentine’s Day is upon you. Time to dig up a gift for your beloved, who will surely not be your beloved if you forget.

February 3, 2015

“Remember those great Volkswagen ads?”
Alfredo Marcantonio, David Abbott, John O’Driscoll
Merrell, $65

Over 100 million people watched the Super Bowl. A recent survey found that 78 percent of viewers are more interested in watching the commercials than the game itself. Not surprising, then, that companies line up to pay the exorbitant fees to advertise during the game — $4.5 million for a 30-second commercial.

Star staff
February 3, 2015

Fifteen short stories by Al Burrelli, a frequent contributor to The Star who died in 2014, have been collected in “Nuggets: Short Story Treasures.” The volume was self-published by his wife, Louise Burrelli, who wrote a foreword to the book.

A retired public school teacher who turned to writing during the last five years of his life, Mr. Burrelli was awarded a literary prize for his first short story, “The Bride Wore Red,” and had a number of stories published by The Star over several years.

Star staff
January 28, 2015

BookHampton Fights Back

BookHampton, the independent bookstore with shops on Main Street in East Hampton and Hampton Road in Southampton, is fighting the encroachment of online retailers like Amazon and a slow winter with a new service — free home delivery of books from Montauk to Hampton Bays.

Christopher Walsh
January 28, 2015

“Polishing the Mirror”
Ram Dass and Rameshwar Das
Sounds True, $16.95

Baylis Greene
January 20, 2015

Edited by John Schulian
Library of America, $30

January 12, 2015

“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. and the money the agency poured into The Paris Review during its early days. Just why would spies care about an artsy journal read by the literati?

January 6, 2015

“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 life, and then curling up on the sofa with those I’ve picked for me.

December 30, 2014

“Billy Joel”
Fred Schruers
Crown Archetype, $29

December 22, 2014

“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 satire. His hero, Eldon Chance, is a self-absorbed neuropsychiatrist, and the author puts him through the ringer. When a divorce forces the doctor to sell off a precious antique desk, he finds himself in the midst of a series of unhinged and violent characters.

Russell Drumm
December 9, 2014

“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 I’ve come across in some time. It is at turns audacious, confounding, mesmerizing, infuriating, and disorienting.