Recent Stories: Books

October 20, 2014

“Only You”
Eileen Obser
Oak Tree Press, $14.95


Eileen Obser, freelance writer, editor, and teacher, has written a book about sex.

Now that I’ve gotten your attention, “Only You” is a memoir about her experience as a 1950s teen bride in Queens, unable to give her young husband, Billy, what he clearly wants and expects on their wedding night. And every night thereafter — daytimes too — though it’s not for her lack of trying.

Baylis Greene
October 14, 2014

All in the family, sort of, the Springs and Pushcart Press families: Linda Coleman, whose memoir, “Radical Descent,” is newly published by Pushcart, and Bill Henderson, the press’s founder, both of whom live in the hamlet, will join up for a two-for-one reading and book chat on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

Star staff
October 7, 2014

New Prize for Comic Fiction

Writers, you have until the end of the month to get your submissions in for the new Robert Reeves $1,000 Prize in Comic Fiction, courtesy of Stony Brook Southampton and judged by the college’s Daniel Menaker, a former fiction editor at The New Yorker. Stories of up to 5,000 words can be sent to The Southampton Review. The fee is $15.

October 7, 2014

“Radical Descent”
Linda Coleman
Pushcart, $18

September 30, 2014

“A Certain Summer”
Patricia Beard
Gallery Books, $16


When a few days of Indian summer appear on the East End this autumn, pick up Patricia Beard’s debut novel, “A Certain Summer,” pack a picnic, and enjoy an afternoon of quiet beach reading.

Star staff
September 30, 2014

Secrets of Disney Animation

John Canemaker, who won a 2005 Oscar for his animated short “The Moon and the Son,” an imagined conversation with his father, will venture into “the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic,” according to his new book’s subtitle, through one Herman Schultheis next Thursday at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.

September 23, 2014

“Daring: My Passages”
Gail Sheehy
William Morrow, $29.99

Star staff
September 16, 2014

The Writers Speak series of readings returns to the Stony Brook Southampton campus Wednesday with Vijay Seshadri, who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his collection “3 Sections.” Mr. Seshadri’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry magazine, and The New Yorker, as well as in four editions of The Best American Poetry anthology. He teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

September 16, 2014

Reckless. What a name for a Mongol racehorse turned honorary U.S. Marine with two Purples Hearts, a Bronze Star, and an insatiable appetite for poker chips and beer. No way to treat a filly, you say . . . but then again, Reckless became a legend with a happy ending, no spoilers need apply.

September 9, 2014

“The Mother Court”
James D. Zirin
American Bar Association, $29.95


What do bishops, celebrities, politicians, generals, professional athletes, Holocaust victims, drug addicts, and just plain folks have in common? All of them have chosen the memoir as the literary vehicle to lay bare their inner lives.

Joanne Pilgrim
September 9, 2014

So you go about your life
but there’s a thread unraveling

Each year
the reading of the devastating list
each name hanging in the New York air,
the lips of their children,
their parents,
their wives,
dropping them into place

One woman
presses the back
of another
helping her go on

And still it goes
still only on the A’s

Star staff
September 9, 2014

In her latest collection of poems, “Hurt, the Shadow,” Carole Stone gives voice to a historical figure almost never heard from, Josephine Hopper, the wife of the painter Edward Hopper. Ms. Hopper studied at the New York School of Art and was a painter in her own right, yet in marrying a man who would go on to become a giant on the American scene, she became known as his model. She was also a strong influence on his work.

September 2, 2014

“Kill My Mother”
Jules Feiffer
Liveright Publishing, $27.95

Baylis Greene
August 28, 2014

“Where Nobody
Knows Your Name”
John Feinstein
Doubleday, $26.95

August 19, 2014

“Shirley: A Novel”
Susan Scarf Merrell
Blue Rider Press, $25.95

August 19, 2014

We are silverfish under moonlight,
the glow of fireflies at dusk,
the warm embers of a woodstove.

We are calloused hands and hand-me-downs,
old dungarees and time-tested recipes.

We carry trays, dig holes, water plants,
massage bodies,
sing children to sleep.

We migrate from Montauk to Miami, Paris to Phuket. Aspen to Acadia.

We are in factories and in fields,
in bodegas and barns,
in kitchens and classrooms and carnivals.

August 12, 2014

“Sally Ride”
Lynn Sherr
Simon & Schuster, $28

Star staff
August 12, 2014

Paul Goldberger, a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, former architecture critic for The New Yorker, and an East Hamptoner for many years, will lead a panel discussion of the work of the partners of Robert A.M. Stern Architects on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

Lucia Akard
August 5, 2014

The East Hampton Library’s Authors Night turns 10 on Saturday. The event has evolved quite a bit since its debut in 2005, growing to have more than 100 authors in attendance and becoming, as Dennis Fabiszak, the director of the library, put it, c

The main event is a cocktail reception and book signing at the Gardiner Farm. After the cocktail party, a number of private dinner parties with guest authors are held.

Star staff
August 5, 2014

Bergen, Clinton, BookHampton

When Candice Bergen’s memoir “Knock Wood” came out in 1984, being chased by a young Jack Nicholson in “Carnal Knowledge” may still have been relatively fresh in the actress’s mind, but her days starring in the television series “Murphy Brown,” and Dan Quayle’s elevation of the character to cultural touchstone status, were yet to come, so there’s surely ample material for a follow-up.

August 5, 2014

“Deadly Secrets”
Robert Boris Riskin
Black Opal Books, $12.49

July 29, 2014

Richard Ravitch, Johnny Carson, and Roger Ailes found importance by being useful. The authors of new books about them will be honored at Authors Night, the annual fund-raiser for the East Hampton Library, on Aug. 9.

Christopher Walsh
July 22, 2014

“Man on the Run”
Tom Doyle
Ballantine, $27


Rare is the artist whose cultural significance is such that a biography is devoted to a single decade in his or her life. But Paul McCartney, a popular-music phenomenon for a half-century and counting, has created a body of work deserving the same scrutiny as that of his former band, the Beatles.