Amazon, beloved for its Kindle and its convenience. Amazon, loathed for its . . . Kindle and its convenience. With the online giant now moving into publishing in its own right and in a major way, imprints and all, the time is right to...
“Rome” Robert Hughes Knopf, $35

   “Balzac’s Omelette” Anka Muhlstein Other Press, $19.95

“American Gibraltar” Henry Osmers Outskirts Press, $21.95

 “An Available Man” Hilma Wolitzer Ballantine, $25  
 “The View From Lazy Point” Carl Safina Picador, $18

   Carl Safina will read from “The View From Lazy Point” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the Writers Speak series, sponsored by the M.F.A. program in writing and literature at Stony Brook Southampton. The free event will take...

 “The Tender Hour of Twilight” Richard Seaver Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $35 

Actors — talented actors, that is — are usually amusing raconteurs and often good writers. They have a love of language, the sensuous savoring of the perfect phrase, and they develop a feeling for the dramatic arc of a scene, the...