Books

“These Hamptons” Phillip Andrew Lehans Schiffer, $50      A number of years ago, a friend from the publishing world was complaining about the sorry state of the book business. It wasn’t really his spring...
The Artist in Wartime     So how many former art school deans do you know who were present when the Allies stormed the beaches at Normandy? Here’s one in your backyard: Alex Russo, once of the Corcoran College of Art and Design...

“Remnants of a Life on Paper” Bea Tusiani, Pamela Tusiani, and Paula Tusiani-Eng Baroque Books, $28.95
30 Years of Fridays at Five     Always a highlight of the summer season for those who enjoy quaffing chardonnay from plastic tumblers while listening to a top author read, the Fridays at Five series at the Hampton Library in...

“The Noble Hustle” Colson Whitehead Doubleday, $24.95
“Building the Uqbar Dinghy”     The last time Redjeb Jordania spoke at the East Hampton Library, it had to do with his 2012 memoir, “All My Georgias.” The history there is that his father was the first...
    I don’t know what a wipe warmer is, but it sounds like something I’d like to try.                              ...
From Hannibal to Steinbeck     It’s a digital jungle out there, writers, and Ed Hannibal, who recently saw two of his novels, “Chocolate Days, Popsicle Weeks” and “A Trace of Red,” reissued as e-...

“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...
    Here’s a date to thumb into your e-calendar. Friday, April 25, will mark the first of what is planned as an annual benefit and reading, the Poetry Affair, at LTV Studios in Wainscott to mark, in turn, National Poetry Month.
    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...

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

“Seedtime” Scott Chaskey Rodale, $23.99