Books

“Leaving China” James McMullan Algonquin, $19.95     Before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 and so entered World War II, war had been raging between China and Japan for four years. In 1937, long-simmering...
    Russia’s gone blooey? Call in an expert.     Masha Gessen, a Russian-American who blogs about that country’s culture and politics for The New York Times’s website, will try to make some sense of...

“The Cool School” Edited by Glenn O’Brien Library of America, $27.95      It’s early in 2014, but I’m already throwing in my bid for most rankling title of the year with “The Cool School:...
New BookHampton Book Group     The newest of BookHampton’s locations, at 16 Hampton Road in Southampton, is now offering a lunchtime book group. Led by Mary Braverman, late of Rowdy Readers in East Hampton, it meets every other...
“Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws” Ellen NicKenzie Lawson Excelsior Editions, $19.95

“Seedtime” Scott Chaskey Rodale, $23.99
    The Old Schoolhouse in Greenport last held a kindergarten class in 1932. And now for something completely different: On March 15 Robin Becker will read there from “Tiger Heron,” her new collection of poems from the...

“A Shed for Wood” Daniel Thomas Moran Salmon Poetry, $21.95     “A Shed for Wood” begins with a quote from Henry David Thoreau: “The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon,...

“The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII” Edited by Bill Henderson Norton, $19.95