Books

Books and signings and drinks, oh my! (And don't forget the choice meal.) The Baker House 1650 hits back against the winter doldrums.

A most important publication and a landmark in thorough documentation and scholarship interpreting the life and times of Elias Pelletreau, one of Long Island’s greatest 18th-century artisans.

This story of a son of an African king kidnapped and sold into slavery, and who later bought his own freedom, is an important contribution to our understanding of slavery in the North, and a real eye-opener.
The good folks of East Hampton still held their share of medieval beliefs in the second half of the 17th century.

By way of one Palo Alto family, Helen Schulman investigates the complexities that technology has introduced into the late-20th-century world, removing the tangible, altering the predictable.
A.J. Jacobs wanted a mental makeover to alleviate his perpetual annoyance. He chose to thank every person he could think of even remotely connected to producing his morning cup of joe.
Speaking with Paul Harding, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for his debut novel, “Tinkers,” is like reading one of his books. He presents a lot of detail and many opinions about time, art, and the slippery nature of success.
“Untrue” attempts to shatter the central fallacy that women find monogamy easier than men. In fact, the opposite is true, Wednesday Martin argues.
If war is hell, should not reading war reporting be a bit hellish too? Nick McDonell weighs in from the bloody field.

The story of Dominique and John de Menil's immense influence on the aesthetic of perceiving art is an extraordinary intellectual journey well worth taking.

Kurt Wenzel, The Star’s man in letters, the best-read reader we know, picks over the highlights of the year’s fiction and nonfiction.

Valley Forge was the crucible through which George Washington metamorphosed from a hesitant, insecure farmer into a decisive and courageous leader.

The mutability of truth and a mysterious stranger worthy of Camus in Lea Carpenter’s stylish novel of espionage, polygraphs, and the C.I.A.