Books

“My Dyslexia” Philip Schultz W.W. Norton, $21.95

    If New York’s Gilded Age had once appeared to be gently disappearing into the pages of the history books, the last few years, laden with financial malfeasance, Wall Street greed, burgeoning poverty, and an ever-increasing...

“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 loss of her husband. Meghan O’Rourke...

“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 was delighted to see it contained a local historical...

    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 up...

“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 book comes in —...

    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 of...

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 at Bridgehampton High circa...