Recent Stories: Books

May 21, 2015
After a successful career at the white-shoe law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in Manhattan, Louis Begley took up fiction writing at the age of 57.

“Killer, Come Hither”
Louis Begley
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $25.95

Russell Drumm
May 14, 2015
Robin Strong, the Montauk Library’s tireless archivist, could not have picked a better time to compile the photographic history of Montauk just published. Why? Because word has it Montauk has been “discovered.”

“Montauk”
Robin Strong
Arcadia, $21.99

Baylis Greene
May 5, 2015
“It’s as hard as it looks, you gotta read ’em dumb books,” Loudon Wainwright sings in “Being a Dad,” one of his inimitable explorations of family life, “and you end up despising Walt Disney.”

“It’s as hard as it looks, you gotta read ’em dumb books,” Loudon Wainwright sings in “Being a Dad,” one of his inimitable explorations of family life, “and you end up despising Walt Disney.”

April 30, 2015
As soon as “The Contender,” Michael Shnayerson’s biography of Andrew Cuomo, was released, I hurried to my neighborhood bookstore to buy a copy.

“The Contender”
Michael Shnayerson
Twelve, $30

April 23, 2015
One of the most recent publications from the Southold Historical Society is “A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York” by Ruth Ann Bramson, Geoffrey K. Fleming, and Amy Kasuga Folk.

“A World Unto Itself”
Ruth Ann Bramson,
Geoffrey K. Fleming,
and Amy Kasuga Folk
Southold Historical Society, $40

Star staff
April 23, 2015
The story of this transformation is told through numerous photos and captions in a new book in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, “Bridgehampton’s Summer Colony,” by Julie B. Greene, the curator and archivist at the Bridgehampton Museum.

The hamlet of Bridgehampton may have been settled in the middle of the 17th century, but it was forever changed with the arrival of the Long Island Rail Road in 1870, as stepping off the iron horse, of course, came the summer visitors.

Star staff
April 14, 2015

Lunch With Sheehy

April 14, 2015

“The Players”
Jill Bialosky
Knopf, $26

April 7, 2015

“The Innovators”
Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster, $35


The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.     — Muriel Rukeyser

March 31, 2015

“Deep Lane”
Mark Doty
W.W. Norton, $25.95


Mark Doty’s “Deep Lane” is a book about country, symbolized by gardens and animals, frequently Mr. Doty’s dog, Ned, who accompanies him on long walks, but also birds, deer, goats, sea lions, a mammoth, a white fish, and ticks that enter his Eden. “Deep Lane” is about city in poems that take place on New York’s streets, in bars, gyms, hospitals, and barbershops.

March 31, 2015

Return of the Poetry Affair

National Poetry Month is upon us, and to mark it Rosalind Brenner, a Springs artist, has again organized a Poetry Affair at LTV Studios in Wainscott. This year’s brings 14 Long Island poets to read from their work starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

Star staff
March 24, 2015

Jennifer Senft, an editor and English and writing instructor, is offering two workshops in April — the Art of Fiction, at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, and one on nature writing at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridge­hampton.

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
1945-1970”
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