Book Review

Book Review: Clamour Of Crows

Jul 12, 2016

Forget Voldemort, Satan, Dr. No, Iago. Fictional villains these days slither out of Wall Street. Hedge fund honchos without conscience, these evil avatars manipulate Dark Money...because they can. Although Ray Merritt says that his debut novel “Clamour of Crows” is fiction, and that the book’s greedy corporate lawyers and shady CEOs do not represent the associates and clients he knew at his former law firm, he surely knows that his mystery novel about big time law, “Law,” reflects real-life bad guys.

Book Review: What the Eye Hears

Jun 30, 2016

It’s rare that a book comes out that’s immediately hailed as definitive, but that’s what happened to Brian Seibert’s monumental and engaging cultural history, “What The Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing.” It’s an intriguing title, which is Seibert’s theme, that tap is both dance and music, movement and sound. When Seibert recently spoke about the book at Southampton Library, he concluded his talk with a brief improvisational performance. The audience went wild.

Book Review: Do Not Find Me

Apr 18, 2016

 

Book Review: Before I Forget

Mar 16, 2016

Before I Forget is a memoir co-written by Dan Gasby and his wife, Sag Harbor restaurateur and former supermodel B. Smith. Smith has early-onset Alzheimer’s. The book is a testament to their devotion to each other and their struggle to manage a devastating disease.

Book Review: The Invaders

Nov 30, 2015

I don’t know why Karolina Waclawiak called her new novel “The Invaders”or why she allowed a poolside photo from decades ago to adorn the cover. Ignore these distractions, and you’ll find yourself involved in an absorbing tale that may remind you of the witty, satiric critiques of suburban America by John Cheever and John Updike. And maybe, also, of a lot of sex-and-drug-fueled soaps on TV– except that The Invaders is literature.

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