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South Fork Poetry: ‘All-Star Break’

Take them out to the ballgame . . .

Jul 8, 2021
Camp David ’71: Watershed Run Dry?  

Jeffrey Garten, an economist who served in four presidential administrations, argues that a single weekend at Camp David in August of 1971 was “a watershed in modern American history” and an indication of “changing American power and influence.”

Jul 8, 2021
Liberation and Status

Erica Abeel’s novel “The Commune” takes place in the summer of 1970, during the lead-up to the Women’s Strike for Equality, and recognizable literary figures abound as second-wave feminism comes in for some lumps.

Jul 1, 2021
A Journey Into Grief

In Amanda Fairbanks’s “The Lost Boys of Montauk,” a tragic story of guilt, remembrance, and blame, the prose moves fast, secrets are exposed, and regrets over talking to a reporter loom.

Jun 24, 2021
Anxious Influence

“Lilyville,” Tovah Feldshuh’s memoir, is like a theater piece, full of shtick, one-liners, speeches, Yiddishisms, and the joys and sorrows of family life. The author knows a dramatic arc.

Jun 17, 2021
The Rise of the Online Grift

Gabrielle Bluestone’s “Hype” is about would-be internet entrepreneurs who set out to defraud as many people as they can with the promise of “the next big thing,” which of course turns out not to exist. It’s awfully timely.

Jun 10, 2021
The Embattled

What makes Erika Hecht’s “Don't Ask My Name” different from its many companions among Holocaust survival memoirs is the dynamic between the author and her mother, and the account of the mother’s ruthless determination to save her family.

Jun 3, 2021
The Startle Reflex

Flynn Berry’s “Northern Spy” is a contemporary thriller about a single mother, her infant son, and her sister, and yet it illuminates much about the inner workings of the Irish Republican Army and British MI5.

May 27, 2021
South Fork Poetry: ‘Voice Mail’

A new poem from Fran Castan, the author of “The Widow’s Quilt” and “Venice: City That Paints Itself,” has just won the United Kingdom’s 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

May 27, 2021
A Tragic Montauk Tale Retold

The first thing to know about Amanda M. Fairbanks and her new book, "The Lost Boys of Montauk," a true tale of a 1984 commercial fishing disaster, is that it comes out on Tuesday from Gallery Books.

May 20, 2021
Napoleon as Looter

In her new book, “Plunder: Napoleon’s Theft of Veronese’s Feast,” Cynthia Saltzman traces a High Renaissance work — Paolo Veronese’s “The Wedding Feast at Cana” — from its inception to its role in the rise of the French Republic, uncovering it as a symbol of victory and cultural entitlement.

May 20, 2021
The More Things Change . . .

David S. Reynolds’s massive new biography argues that the traditional view of Abraham Lincoln’s relationship to the economy and society of his times is wrong — he was very much connected to both, and in ways relevant to today.

May 13, 2021