Books

Mary Gabriel recounts a 1950s New York art world punctuated by highbrow dogma, heavy drinking, and abject poverty.
Neil deGrasse Tyson lays out in overwhelming detail how scientific progress has from time immemorial been prompted, funded, commandeered, and co-opted by mankind’s warriors, their political leaders, and policymakers.

Thomas Rayfiel’s latest is a brutal prison novel doubling as a meditation on identity, reality, and the human condition itself.
Bill Cunningham, New York’s original street-fashion photographer, democratized fashion by showing that style wasn’t dependent on money or status. His posthumous memoir details his early hat-making days and even his shop in Southampton.
“Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes” is a fitting and compelling visual epitaph for a photographer, publication, and ultimately a city that no longer exists.
Paul Harding, first up in the series, won a Pulitzer Prize for “Tinkers,” his 2009 novel. Now he teaches in Stony Brook Southampton's M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature.
The Great Hurricane of 1938 was a momentous event and perhaps a portent of the challenges to come. Eighty years on, a novel about how it affected the people of the South Fork reminds us to be afraid.
An American author, Flynn Berry, fictitiously resolves the real-life story of a murderous British lord's disappearance in her astute new thriller, “A Double Life.”
Jill Bialosky, Philip Schultz, and Grace Schulman — poets who have written memoirs as well as poetry collections that have acted as memoir — will talk it over.
One’s a picture book promoting kid wellness, another’s a book of line drawings of historical structures ripe for coloring.

Something to chew over as the N.F.L. season starts.

Jeanne McCulloch’s “All Happy Families” is essentially a memoir of loss — the loss of her father at the outset, the loss WASP privilege, and the gradual unraveling of a fantasy.

The story of the marriage of Grace and Jerry Schulman is one of complications, travail, beauty — and poetic perseverance.

By Joseph Tusiani, New York State poet laureate emeritus

This conservation success story holds many lessons: historical, political, horticultural, philosophical, personal — and feminist.
Carole Stone and Virginia Walker take to the lectern at 6 tonight for an en plein air poetry series in Southampton.

A psychological thriller that moves swiftly and is often a lot of fun, but readers should be warned to put down their thinking caps — or turn them completely inside out.
Authors Night has landed at the old Principi farm — you know, the controversial 555 address? So read on, book lovers . . .
The Star welcomes submissions of essays for its “Guestwords” column of between 700 and 1,200 words.