Books

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.
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.”
“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.”

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

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.
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 Players” Jill Bialosky Knopf, $26
Lunch With Sheehy

“The Innovators” Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster, $35 The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.     — Muriel Rukeyser