Books

Don’t let the summertime eruption of author appearances put a crimp in your listening style, bibliophiles, just pull up a (preferably reserved) chair and take in the Amagansett Library’s answer to such a series, won’t you? It...

“I Pity the Poor Immigrant” Zachary Lazar Little, Brown, $25
The Fridays at Five author talks — a South Fork summer staple — start up again tomorrow at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. This year’s program begins with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, both experienced journalists, speaking...
Fran Castan and Scott Chaskey will read from their work on Sunday afternoon as the Poetry Marathon opens its 20th season at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum on Bluff Road in Amagansett. Ms. Castan, who lives in Barnes Landing with her husband,...
Alex Russo, who drew graphic accounts of combat firsthand during World War II, and who was a member of Navy intelligence involved in the Normandy invasion and other landings, will read from his memoir, “Combat Artist: A Journey of Love and War...

“Updike” Adam Begley Harper, $29.99 John Updike was, undoubtedly, one of the most gifted American prose stylists of the 20th century. And also one of its most prolific. Along with over 20 novels, Updike published countless short-...
“Eleven Days” Lea Carpenter Vintage Contemporaries, $15.95 Lea Carpenter’s novel, “Eleven Days,” is the story of a single mother, Sara, and her son, Jason, a member of this nation’s class of elite warriors....

“Welcome to the Monkey House: The Special Edition” Kurt Vonnegut Dial Press, $18 The female praying mantis bites off its partner’s head during copulation. In the title story of “Welcome to the Monkey House,” Kurt...
Dissatisfied with your commencement address? With the uninspiring words of the gray senator who sits on the obscure subcommittee? Or the earnestness of the heiress who funneled her wealth into some worthy but uninteresting nonprofit?