Recent Stories: Books

Baylis Greene
July 15, 2014

Don’t let the summertime eruption of author appearances put a crimp in your listening style, bibliophiles, just pull up a (preferably reserved) chair and take in the Amagansett Library’s answer to such a series, won’t you? It’s called Authors After Hours, coming to you free on Saturdays at the shingled Main Street edifice, this week at 6 p.m. with Jenny Offill and her second novel, “Dept. of Speculation,” billed as a portrait of a marriage.

July 8, 2014

“I Pity the
Poor Immigrant”

Zachary Lazar
Little, Brown, $25

Lucia Akard
July 8, 2014

The Fridays at Five author talks — a South Fork summer staple — start up again tomorrow at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

This year’s program begins with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, both experienced journalists, speaking about their book “The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend.” The book tells the story of the man behind the famed Sioux victory over Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Lucia Akard
July 8, 2014

Fran Castan and Scott Chaskey will read from their work on Sunday afternoon as the Poetry Marathon opens its 20th season at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum on Bluff Road in Amagansett.
Ms. Castan, who lives in Barnes Landing with her husband, the artist Lew Zacks, is the recent recipient of the Long Island Poet of the Year award from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association in Huntington. She and Mr. Zacks are the co-authors of “Venice: City That Paints Itself,” a book of poems and illustrations published by Canio’s Editions.

Star staff
July 8, 2014

Alex Russo, who drew graphic accounts of combat firsthand during World War II, and who was a member of Navy intelligence involved in the Normandy invasion and other landings, will read from his memoir, “Combat Artist: A Journey of Love and War,” at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor tomorrow at 5 p.m.

July 1, 2014

“Updike”
Adam Begley
Harper, $29.99


John Updike was, undoubtedly, one of the most gifted American prose stylists of the 20th century. And also one of its most prolific. Along with over 20 novels, Updike published countless short-story collections, poems, essays, reviews, and assorted miscellanea, most of it appearing in The New Yorker, with which the author had a roughly 50-year relationship.

Russell Drumm
June 24, 2014

“Eleven Days”
Lea Carpenter
Vintage Contemporaries, $15.95


Lea Carpenter’s novel, “Eleven Days,” is the story of a single mother, Sara, and her son, Jason, a member of this nation’s class of elite warriors. It’s about the 11 days of reflection and angst she suffers while waiting to find out what has happened to her only child, who went missing during a mission that coincided with the one that brought down Osama bin Laden.

June 17, 2014

“Welcome to the
Monkey House:
The Special Edition”

Kurt Vonnegut
Dial Press, $18


The female praying mantis bites off its partner’s head during copulation. In the title story of “Welcome to the Monkey House,” Kurt Vonnegut introduces a biological paradigm in which the female entices men not to sex and death, but only death. The collection has just been re-released in a “Special Edition” edited by Gregory D. Sumner.

Baylis Greene
June 17, 2014

Dissatisfied with your commencement address? With the uninspiring words of the gray senator who sits on the obscure subcommittee? Or the earnestness of the heiress who funneled her wealth into some worthy but uninteresting nonprofit?

Star staff
June 10, 2014

Alice McDermott Online
Why fight it? Let’s go deep digital: A “virtual author talk” with Alice McDermott will crackle to life onscreen at the East Hampton Library on Monday, when Tom Beer, the books editor at Newsday, leads a discussion about the author’s latest, “Someone.”

June 10, 2014

“The Wherewithal”
Philip Schultz
W.W. Norton, $25.95


Philip Schultz’s “The Wherewithal” is an ambitious, bracing book about large-scale suffering and small-scale guilt. Set in San Francisco in 1968, at the height of the Vietnam War, the book inhabits several hells: two countries rent by war, a city bursting with the unemployed and terrorized by a serial killer, a German-occupied town in Poland whose citizens butcher their Jewish neighbors.

Lucia Akard
June 3, 2014

The Amazon vs. Hachette Book Group dispute, which is making headlines across the country as authors, bloggers, and angry customers speak out against the Internet giant, is also affecting the East End, which has a robust community of writers, many of them published by Hachette.

June 3, 2014

“Midnight in Europe”
Alan Furst
Random House, $27

Baylis Greene
June 3, 2014

In recent years Michael Shnayerson has chronicled the most significant stories on the South Fork for Vanity Fair, from the neutron bombshell of the former Hummer magnate Ira Rennert’s 100,000-square-foot Fair Field estate landing in the Sagaponack dunes to the land-grab lawsuit against the centuries-old White farming family in that village.

May 27, 2014
Part history, part distillation of the memoirs of Primo Levi, Aharon Appelfeld, Tadeusz Borowski, and others — Matthiessen has constructed a meditation on the “incipient evil in human nature” and our capacity for forgiveness.

“In Paradise”
Peter Matthiessen
Riverhead Books, $27.95

Russell Drumm
May 20, 2014

“Wetiquette”
Peter Spacek
Ditch Ink, $8.95


    You have purchased a brand-new surfboard. It’s set you back about $1,000, but for years you’ve wanted to learn how to surf. “It’s on my bucket list,” you’ve told your friends.

May 13, 2014

“These Hamptons”
Phillip Andrew Lehans
Schiffer, $50


     A number of years ago, a friend from the publishing world was complaining about the sorry state of the book business. It wasn’t really his spring selection that annoyed him, but rather his audience of readers who most disturbed him.

Star staff
May 13, 2014

The Artist in Wartime
    So how many former art school deans do you know who were present when the Allies stormed the beaches at Normandy? Here’s one in your backyard: Alex Russo, once of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in the nation’s capital, still professor emeritus at Hood College in Frederick, Md., and on Saturday alighting at Guild Hall to read from his new book, “Combat Artist: A Journal of Love and War.”

Star staff
May 6, 2014

30 Years of Fridays at Five
    Always a highlight of the summer season for those who enjoy quaffing chardonnay from plastic tumblers while listening to a top author read, the Fridays at Five series at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton is now ready to mark its 30th year.

May 6, 2014

“Remnants of a Life
on Paper”

Bea Tusiani, Pamela Tusiani,
and Paula Tusiani-Eng
Baroque Books, $28.95

April 29, 2014

“The Noble Hustle”
Colson Whitehead
Doubleday, $24.95

Star staff
April 29, 2014

“Building the Uqbar Dinghy”
    The last time Redjeb Jordania spoke at the East Hampton Library, it had to do with his 2012 memoir, “All My Georgias.” The history there is that his father was the first president of that country, and his family fled to France in 1921 in the face of Soviet occupation.

Star staff
April 22, 2014

From Hannibal to Steinbeck
    It’s a digital jungle out there, writers, and Ed Hannibal, who recently saw two of his novels, “Chocolate Days, Popsicle Weeks” and “A Trace of Red,” reissued as e-paperbacks through the Authors Guild BackinPrint program, will offer guidance for those seeking to find their way tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor. Mr. Hannibal, who lives in Springs, is also heading up a workshop, the ABCs of Creative Writing, on Wednesdays at the Amagansett Library.

Baylis Greene
April 22, 2014

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