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  • “Smugglers, Bootleggers, and Scofflaws”
    Ellen NicKenzie Lawson
    Excelsior Editions, $19.95

  •     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 University of Pittsburgh Press with subject matter ranging from her lesbianism to her Russian-Jewish heritage to her upbringing in conformist 1950s America to art history.

  • “Cries of the Lost”
    Chris Knopf
    Permanent Press, $28

         A smartphone is a useful tool, although, say, reading a novel on one might leave something to be desired. How about reading a novel about one?

  •     When James Whitfield Thomson hemmed and hawed in describing just what his new novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear,” was about, his daughter challenged him to think in terms of what would go on a movie poster. His answer: “What could make a good man do such a thing?”

  • Father and son collaborators take to YouTube with an ongoing comedy short series that involves a dad obsessing over his deadpan artist son's dates — who include Kelly Killoren Bensimon, late of “Real Housewives of New York City” fame
  •     Let’s start with the upbeat. Marsha King’s Kickstarter campaign in support of her forthcoming self-published book, “A Fine Day for Fishing,” surpassed its goal. The increasingly popular fund-raising tool in this brave new world of do-it-yourself brought in 79 contributors and more than $3,500 in pledges before wrapping up on Nov. 1.

  •     This is not a Holocaust story. So says Marilyn Gottlieb of her new book, “Life With an Accent,” which she’ll talk about at the East Hampton Library on Saturday.

  • “Loopers”
    John Dunn
    Crown, $25

        Sometimes it takes an outsider to really appreciate a place. Remember Maycroft? That immense hulk of a mansion that for years loomed over North Haven in glorious Miss Havisham decrepitude? Though it was bought, entirely renovated, and hidden away behind gates, it may linger in the popular consciousness here as the former home of a private school for girls and then the Rainbow Preschool. But who knew one wing once housed a bunch of itinerant caddies?

  •    Geoff Gehman has a question for you. When was the last time you rode a bike through Wainscott without a giant S.U.V. over your shoulder?

  •    It may be an exemplar of modern architecture, but the house that the architect Blaze Makoid built for his family sneaks up on you. Tall and angular like its designer, the 2,900-square-foot building, on a Sag Harbor hillock, blends in with a profusion of greenery, in part because its exterior cedar is stained black. Its size comes as a surprise because it has a ziggurat layout, starting at the street as a two-story house and expanding to three as it progresses down a 14-foot slope toward Upper Sag Harbor Cove.