Books

“Billy Joel” Fred Schruers Crown Archetype, $29

“Chance” by Kem Nunn A strange and unique San Francisco noir that is by turns dark, thoughtful, and oddly funny. Kem Nunn, who is best known for his “surfer noir” trilogy, has broadened his palette here to include subtle...
Outside of some art-world friends who lived on the East End, Ray Johnson had a tenuous association here until his ultimate performance in Sag Harbor became the stuff of local and international legend and inextricably bound him to the area. Earnest...
“After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests” Ted Rall Hill and Wang, $26 “After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan” by Ted Rall is the biggest small book...
“The Social Climber’s Bible” Dirk Wittenborn and Jazz Johnson Penguin, $20 John Updike insisted on writing his own jacket copy. A curious fact that can pop up when you least expect it. If you happen to be reading jacket copy.

The first buck she has ever seen on her property crosses her window view of the accumulated leaves. She knows he is chasing a female just vanished. He is carelessly intent, rolling his head and rack. A few feet from her safe position at the sink...
Return of the Lit Lunch There’s no shortage of writers in Sag Harbor, but there’s only one restaurant that can creditably claim to be the linchpin establishment that turned around what circa 1970 was a half-decrepit village —...
There are three new cookbooks out right now with local connections. Ina Garten, a k a the Barefoot Contessa, has come out with her ninth book, called “Make It Ahead.” The folks of Edible School Gardens have published the “Delicious...
Helen Harrison will sign copies of her new book, “Jackson Pollock,” on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. The book is a primer on the artist with a concise background and a description of his art during...