Books



“Kayak Morning”
Roger Rosenblatt
Ecco, $13.99

    Last year was the year of the grief memoir. Joyce Carol Oates’s “A Widow’s Story” concerns the...

“The Last Whaler”
Nicholas Stevensson Karas
AuthorHouse, $25


    When I checked my morning mail several months ago, I was surprised by a large mystery envelope. I...

    Another year . . . and another totally subjective list of my favorite books of the year. As ever, it is a personal list, and one that totally leans toward my own sensibilities. And yet I can’t imagine a reader picking...

“Portrait of Long Island”

    When it comes to gift-giving, books are all well and good as gestures, but, let’s face it, they almost always go unread. This is where the picture...

    Reading Warren H. Phillips’s new autobiography, “Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at The Wall Street Journal,” I was reminded of the expression commonly mistaken for an ancient Chinese curse —...

    Thomas McGonigle’s “Going to Patchogue” is a slight, basically plotless metafictional novel of loss, identity, and discovery. First published by the Dalkey Archive Press in 1992 and out of print for a number...

Poetry in Patchogue
    As the book review on this page indicates, Patchogue contains multitudes.
    On one hand, as an example, the compiler of this column heard his physics teacher...

    It’s what we have in common that makes us unique. 
    I’m not sure whether that’s a quote from somebody or my own thoughts as I read “The Arrogant Years: One Girl’s Search...

Lit Lunch in Sag
    Call it a Sag Harbor affair: Two authors and residents feted at a lunch held in Ted Conklin’s American Hotel, the linchpin establishment in large part responsible some 40 years...