Books

Thomas Rayfiel’s latest is a brutal prison novel doubling as a meditation on identity, reality, and the human condition itself.
Bill Cunningham, New York’s original street-fashion photographer, democratized fashion by showing that style wasn’t dependent on money or status. His posthumous memoir details his early hat-making days and even his shop in Southampton.
“Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes” is a fitting and compelling visual epitaph for a photographer, publication, and ultimately a city that no longer exists.
Paul Harding, first up in the series, won a Pulitzer Prize for “Tinkers,” his 2009 novel. Now he teaches in Stony Brook Southampton's M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature.
The Great Hurricane of 1938 was a momentous event and perhaps a portent of the challenges to come. Eighty years on, a novel about how it affected the people of the South Fork reminds us to be afraid.
An American author, Flynn Berry, fictitiously resolves the real-life story of a murderous British lord's disappearance in her astute new thriller, “A Double Life.”
Jill Bialosky, Philip Schultz, and Grace Schulman — poets who have written memoirs as well as poetry collections that have acted as memoir — will talk it over.
One’s a picture book promoting kid wellness, another’s a book of line drawings of historical structures ripe for coloring.

Something to chew over as the N.F.L. season starts.

Jeanne McCulloch’s “All Happy Families” is essentially a memoir of loss — the loss of her father at the outset, the loss WASP privilege, and the gradual unraveling of a fantasy.

The story of the marriage of Grace and Jerry Schulman is one of complications, travail, beauty — and poetic perseverance.

By Joseph Tusiani, New York State poet laureate emeritus

This conservation success story holds many lessons: historical, political, horticultural, philosophical, personal — and feminist.