Books

“A Wedding in Great Neck” Yona Zeldis McDonough New American Library, $15    Is it possible to change the deeply set attitudes of a family all in one day? Can grudges and ancient jealousies be forgotten in a stormy sea of...

“Women in Long Island’s Past” Natalie A. Naylor History Press, $19.99

    Two thousand and twelve wasn’t a particularly good year for the literary novel, and I’m not sure what it says that so much of this year’s good reading centered on crime fiction. Nevertheless, there is little...
   It has been well established that the Internet, for all its wonders, early on fell into the wrong hands and since then has tended to bring out the worst in people. Rage, for one thing, as Bill Henderson of Springs points out in his...

“May We Be Forgiven” A.M. Homes Viking, $27.95
    It’s a common enough experience. In junior high a kid wakes up to find his body transformed. Or . . . something. How about into an oversized reptile?

“Paris: A Love Story” Kati Marton Simon & Schuster, $24
“Walking Sideways” Judith S. Weis Cornell University Press, $29.95
The Other Matthiessen     He’s got the same long, patrician face, wavy hair, and, at least in his author photo, the familiar denim button-down. Not unlike a certain Sagaponack nature writer and Zen practitioner. Then, too, his...

“Steinbeck in Vietnam” Edited by Thomas E. Barden University of Virginia Press, $29.95

  “Kurt Vonnegut: Letters” Edited by Dan Wakefield Delacorte, $35
A Plimpton, Hurrying     Sarah Plimpton is a poet and a painter, so it’s not surprising that her debut novel would be impressionistic. “Hurry Along,” from Pleasure Boat Studio, has been called “a luscious non-...

“American Rhapsody” Carole Stone CavanKerry Press, $16