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Beneath Secret Lives, More Secrets

With “The Helsinki Affair” Anna Pitoniak ventures into what John le Carré called the secret world, where spies can have lives even more hidden than those that come with their tradecraft — a potentially disastrous duality. 

Nov 9, 2023
Book Markers: From Kafka to Kroeger

Francis Levy talks his new story collection, “The Kafka Studies Department,” while Brooke Kroeger and David Alpern discuss her book “Undaunted” and women in the history of journalism.

Nov 2, 2023
American Women in Saigon

Alice McDermott’s new novel gives us remarkably realistic characters while fleshing out the zeitgeist of the 1960s as experienced by American women expats in Vietnam.

Nov 2, 2023
David, Meet Goliath 

This medical mystery broadens its concerns into an exploration of the intransigence and arrogance of the giant bureaucracy that is the U.S. Army.

Oct 26, 2023
A Prophet of Environmentalism

How Kurt Vonnegut, acerbic citizen of Planet Earth, anticipated the current ecological crisis and the need to go green.

Oct 19, 2023
Influence and Anxiety

Alice Carriere, daughter of famous artist-and-actor parents, blows away the standard memoir fare with graphic accounts of self-abuse and a blitz of pharmaceuticals.

Oct 11, 2023
Beauty and the Beast

William J. Mann’s “Bogie & Bacall” plows into the star couple’s roughly decade and a half together — insightfully and exhaustively.

Oct 5, 2023
Life Lessons From Emerson

Mark Matousek will elucidate “Lessons From an American Stoic: How Emerson Can Change Your Life” on Friday at The Church in Sag Harbor.

Oct 5, 2023
A Life in the Book Biz

John Sargent’s memoir reveals an informed guide to modern publishing, and then some: from heading up Macmillan to fighting off Amazon.

Sep 27, 2023
Book Markers: Schultz and Schulman, Homes and Bernstein

Philip Schultz and Grace Schulman talk poets and poetry at Duck Creek, while A.M. Homes and Carl Bernstein hash out the political moment.

Sep 27, 2023
Book Markers: Honors, Tragedies, Readings

Paul Harding longlisted, Richard Brockman as survivor, Fran Castan and Canio Pavone read.

Sep 21, 2023
Reversals of Fortune 

The 30 stories in Francis Levy’s “The Kafka Studies Department” add a lightly absurdist take on human psychology to the landscape of literary brevity.

Sep 21, 2023