Books

“Fire Island: Past, Present, and Future” Robert F. Sayre Oystercatcher Books, $24.95      Robert F. Sayre, a retired English professor from Iowa, had the pleasure of spending his summers from childhood onward at...
    Whiskers, a triangle of pink, a couple of floppy ears: Nosing into your periphery in time for Easter, yet incongruously attuned to an altogether different ancient teacher, comes “Bunny Buddhism: Hopping Along the Path to...

“Andrew’s Brain” E.L. Doctorow Random House, $26
    Now that spring is here, Maryann Calendrille, your friendly neighborhood bookseller, is calling all scribes to consider planting seeds of writerly creativity in a six-week workshop. It starts next Thursday at 10 a.m. at Canio...

“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