Books

   “Space Chronicles” Neil deGrasse Tyson W.W. Norton, $26.95
“Rome” Robert Hughes Knopf, $35

   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...

   “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 

Right around the corner from our boys’ grade school, they’d go there — first with us and then, older enough, with their friends — for after-school treats, Everett’s bushy mustache always smiling behind the counter...

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...

    Here’s how it went: Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was at a posh Bastille Day brunch at an oceanfront East Hampton home. A young woman, newly arrived on the East End, trying to make conversation over the smoked salmon tray, offered:...

 “And So It Goes” Charles J. Shields Henry Holt, $30 “Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories, 1963-1973” Edited by Sidney Offit Library of America, $35