The emotional heart of “Eleven Days” beats to the dispirited tempos of a mother’s love, pride, and fear for her son
Lea Carpenter Cliff Brokaw

By Francis Levy
Kurt Vonnegut Jennifer S. Altman/Contour by Getty Images
The title is emblematic of Vonnegut’s repeated attempts, across the nine addresses herein, to take a step back, encourage a broader view
A Kurt Vonnegut illustration from “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?” A publisher’s note says the drawings first appeared in “Breakfast of Champions,” but have been “re-imagined and repurposed . . . to accompany the author’s speeches.”

By Will Schutt
Philip Schultz Monica Banks
Local book news

The dispute came to light early last month after the two parties began renegotiating terms for the sale of e-books on Amazon’s popular Kindle platform
Emma Walton Hamilton

By James I. Lader
Alan Furst Rainer Hosch
“The Hamptons offer the greatest concentration in America of homes and gardens that rise to the level of art.”
“The Big Book of the Hamptons” offers a pictorial introduction to the life and culture of the place. Assouline

By William Roberson
Peter Matthiessen Linda Girvin
The learning curve is steep, the ocean is unforgiving, and so are many of the experienced surfers you will share the water with
Peter Spacek, man of many artistic and surfing talents Durell Godfrey
An illustration from Mr. Spacek’s how-to guide for surfers, “Wetiquette.”