2014 Dinners

HEATHER BERTINETTI — BAKE IT, DON’T FAKE IT!: A Pastry Chef Shares Her Secrets for Impressive (and Easy) From-Scratch Desserts 
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in baking and pastry arts, Bertinetti joined Gramercy Tavern; just two years later, Per Se. She then went on to open and receive rave reviews at Alto, Convivio, Marea, and Osteria Morini. She has been lauded by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and was named in Zagat's 2011 "30 under 30: New York's Hottest Up-and-Comers." Bake It, Don't Fake It! is filled with recipes perfect for the home cook. Once you learn the whys and why nots of baking, you’ll be able to get creative and give all of your favorite treats a special touch. Heather also reveals her tricks for giving homemade desserts the wow presentation factor. So it’s time to get baking!

HENRY BUSHKIN — JOHNNY CARSON
Johnny Carson’s long time lawyer presents a remarkably nuanced portrait of Carson, revealing not only how he truly was, but why. Bushkin’s account is by turns shocking, poignant, and uproarious — written with a novelist’s eye for detail, a screenwriter’s ear for dialogue, and a knack for comic timing that Carson himself would relish. Johnny Carson unveils not only the hidden Carson, but also the raucous, star-studded world he ruled. More than once, Bushkin helped his client avoid entanglements with the mob. And he was there as Carson socialized with Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, and dozens of other boldface names who populate this atmospheric and propulsive chronicle of the King of Late Night and his world.

PHILIP CAPUTO — THE LONGEST ROAD: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean
In 2011, one of America’s most respected writers, with his wife and two English setters, took an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asked everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large.  What he found is a story that will entertain and inspire readers as much as it informs them about the state of today’s United States, the glue that holds us all together, and the conflicts that could cause us to pull apart.  Fascinating, funny, poetic and wise. “A new book from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Caputo…is always an event. Pithily capturing their characters and opinions about the state of America, Caputo snares reading devotees of a classic American theme, the road trip.”—Booklist, (starred review)

ROBERT A. CARO — THE PASSAGE OF POWER:  The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Caro has published his 4th book in his magnificent biography of Lyndon Johnson.  Hailed by President Bill Clinton as brilliant, important and remarkable, who added “with this fascinating and meticulous account, Robert Caro has once again done America a great service.”  Among his many other awards, Caro was also awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

DICK CAVETT —TALK SHOW: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, And Off-Screen Secrets
For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation's most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. In this humorous and evocative book, he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path, including Johnny Carson, Norman Mailer, Walter Winchell, and Betty Davis, and offers his own trenchant commentary on contemporary American culture and politics. Pull up a chair and listen!

RANDY M. CORRELL, Roger H. Seifter, Grant F. Marani, and Gary L. Brewer,  — DESIGNS FOR LIVING: Houses by Robert A. M. Stern Architects
Leading the residential practice at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the authors present fifteen houses the firm has completed over the past ten years. From contemporary interpretations of the shingle style to robust Mediterranean designs, the houses are stylistically diverse reflecting RAMSA’s deep knowledge of history and precedent. Each partner provides insight into the design process and his individual approach to working with clients. 

Connecting contemporary lifestyles to traditional American aesthetics, these residences are exceptional both for their timelessness and their ability to evoke a conversation with the past—a dialogue the RAMSA partners believe lies at the heart of architecture.

GIADA DE LAURENTIIS — GIADA’S FEEL-GOOD FOOD: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets
Food Network's most beautiful star shares her secrets for staying fit and feeling great.  The number one question that Giada De Laurentiis is asked when on book tour is, "How do you stay so trim?" Admirers then ask about her favorite recipes, her nail polish color, her exercise routine. . . and much more.  She answers all of these questions in her most personal and most hardworking book yet.  Includes 120 recipes for breakfasts, juices, lunches, snacks, dinners, and desserts--each with nutritional breakdowns--that can be combined into 30 days of delicious feel-good meals. A beautiful guide to leading a happy, healthy lifestyle.

NELSON DEMILLE — THE QUEST
Nelson DeMille is at the absolute peak of his powers in The Quest, an epic tale that's broad in both scope and vision.  In the Africa of the mid-1970s, an old priest emerges from a bombed-out prison after decades in captivity with the location of nothing less than the Holy Grail tucked in his mind. 

A novel chock full of mysticism, murderous monks, deadly assassins, and vengeful natives all on a quest to either find the Grail or make sure its secrets remain hidden forever.  “A masterpiece fashioned by a storyteller who simply has no rival.”   The Providence Sunday Journal

ART DONOVAN — STEAMPUNK: The Art of Victorian Futurism
Welcome to the world of Steampunk: a unique fantasy version of 19th century Victorian England imbued with today's technology. Discover the captivating and dynamic world of this emerging genre through the creative vision of today's leading artists. This visually lush book details the 30 artists hailing from, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Greece, Italy, France, Australia, The Netherlands, United States and Canada for an exhibition curated and supervised by Art Donovan. In the 142 page full color book, he details and explains the works of each of the artists. "The Art of Steampunk is a visual treat that you can peruse time and time again, as well as proudly display on your coffee table for your guests to enjoy." — NY Journal of Books.

MARY EMMERLING — THE AMERICAN FLAG: Art, Design, Fashion 
Flags are so everywhere, so ever-present that we often barely notice them. But focused through a collector’s vision and a photographer’s eye, the good old red, white, and blue brings a smile, a memory, a tear and a lump to our throats. The flag is more than a symbol; it is art, and here are 200 artist’s and designer’s renditions of the ultimate symbol of freedom. Emmerling, décor expert, style maker, and queen of antiques fairs and festivals, is the author of more than 30 books on American country decorating and collecting.

FLORENCE FABRICANT and ERIC ASIMOV — WINE WITH FOOD: Pairing Notes and Recipes from the New York Times
100 wines paired with more than 100 dishes, from two of the most respected experts in the business. Pairing wine and food can bring out the best qualities in each. But how do you hit upon the right combination?  Eric Asimov and Florence Fabricant have spent much of their careers enjoying this most delicious dilemma and now give readers the tools they need to play the game of wine and food to their own tastes. The goal is to break the mold of traditional pairing models and open up new possibilities.  Wine with Food is inspiring.

LEE GRANT - I SAID YES TO EVERYTHING: A Memoir
Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating more experiences than most people have in a lifetime: from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the leg­endary Actors Studio; from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue “It Girl.” At age twenty-four, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise.  And then she lost it all when her name landed on the Hollywood black­list. Set amid the New York theater scene of the fifties and the star-studded parties of Malibu in the seventies, I Said Yes to Everything evokes a world of political passion and movie-star glamour. "If there is any adventure, from love to politics, that you feel you've missed in life, Lee Grant has had it for you—and describes it here with wit, honesty and all five senses."  —Gloria Steinem

MAC GRISWOLD — THE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island
Award-winning, cultural landscape historian Griswold’s THE MANOR is the biography of a uniquely American place on Shelter Island that has endured through histories bright and sinister - and of the family that has lived there since its founding as a New England slave plantation three and a half centuries ago. Alongside a team of archaeologists,
Griswold began a dig that would uncover a landscape bursting with stories: its hidden vault proved to be full of revelations and treasures, including the 1666 charter for the land, and correspondence from Thomas Jefferson; a short and steep flight of steps the family had called the “slave staircase,” provided clues to the extensive but little-known story of Northern slavery.

PHILIP K. HOWARD — THE RULE OF NOBODY:  Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government
What’s wrong in Washington is deeper than you think.  Yes, there’s gridlock, polarization, and self-dealing. But hidden underneath is something bigger and more destructive. It’s a broken governing system. From that comes wasteful government, rising debt, failing schools, expensive health care, and economic hardship.  In The Rule of Nobody Philip K. Howard, author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Common Sense, and the chair of Common Good, argues for a return to the framers’ vision of public law—setting goals and boundaries, not dictating daily choices. This incendiary book explains how America went wrong and offers a guide for how to liberate human ingenuity to meet the challenges of this century.

“Philip K Howard has always struck me as an eminently reasonable, articulate advocate for common sense solutions. No wonder no one listens to him.” (Jon Stewart, The Daily Show)

AERIN LAUDER - BEAUTY AT HOME
Aerin Lauder, founder and creative visionary behind AERIN, a global lifestyle brand that creates cosmetics, fashion accessories, and home décor, is Style and Image Director for the Estée Lauder Companies.  She has been featured as a style icon in every major fashion and shelter magazine.  And in this exquisite book, one can enter her beautiful homes and be transported.  Throughout this book, evocative photographs by Simon Upton show Aerin's world in inspiring detail and enhance Aerin's insights into surrounding oneself with beauty and family in every aspect of life.  As one reviewer said, "Aerin Lauder makes the reader feel like you are an old friend who stopped by for a chat."   An elegant book to keep or to give to someone special.  Lauder lives in New York and on the East End with her husband and two sons.

ERIC VAN LUSTBADER — THE BOURNE ASCENDANCY
Jason Bourne is one of the most popular and compelling characters in contemporary fiction. Originally created by bestselling author Robert Ludlum, the Jason Bourne series was later adapted into films that have become modern classics. Now, New York Times bestselling writer Eric Van Lustbader carries on Jason Bourne's story with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory.  In this absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn't the minister Bourne impersonates....it is Bourne himself.  Another Bourne bestseller as continued by Lustbader.

VICTORIA LUSTBADER — APPROACHING THE SPEED 0F LIGHT: A Novel
It’s said that the flapping of a butterfly’s wing can start a chain reaction that leads to an unstoppable storm.  In the same way, random twists of fate and transitory acts of kindness and cruelty can shape our destinies, just as we affect the people around us . . . sometimes in ways we can’t possibly imagine. “A beautiful novel.”  Booklist
About her last book, Stone Creek, Lisa Scottoline said: “Victoria Lustbader has crafted a well-written and highly readable story that also serves as a profoundly intelligent exploration of love.”

THOMAS MAIER — MASTERS OF SEX: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love
America in our times is the backdrop for award- winning author THOMAS MAIER’S four biographies, all of which have been singled out by critics for their best-of-the-year honors. Entertaining, revealing, and beautifully told, Masters of Sex sheds light on the eternal mysteries of desire, intimacy, and the American psyche. When first published, MASTERS OF SEX was called "eye-opening" and "a bombshell" by the Sunday New York Times Book Review and "well written with good humor" by the NY Times daily reviewer Dwight Garner. The Washington Post called it "an intelligent and well-conceived biography", along with a starred review by Booklist. Winner of many prestigious journalism awards, Maier has been a writer for Newsday since 1984.

JAMES MCBRIDE — THE GOOD LORD BIRD:  A Novel from the Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction
From the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.  An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.  Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Shreiber and Jaden Smith.  “A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride.” –cover review of The New York Times Book Review. "A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel.” – Washington Post

ALICE McDERMOTT — SOMEONE: A Novel
A fully realized portrait of one woman’s life in all its complexity, by the National Book Award–winning author.  An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections—of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age—come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice. A Publishers Weekly Best Fiction Book of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013, New York Times Notable Book of 2013, Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2013, NPR Best Book of 2013

ALLISON PATAKI — THE TRAITOR’S WIFE: A Novel
A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason. Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold’s age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride’s beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: loyalty to the British.   As Arnold, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever more disillusioned with his hero, Washington, and the American cause, Peggy hatches the plot to deliver West Point to the British and, in exchange, win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold.  The Traitor’s Wife brings these infamous figures to life, illuminating the sordid details and the love triangle that nearly destroyed the American fight for freedom.  "Pataki smoothly weaves intrigue and personality with critical historical facts...Historical fiction lovers will look forward to more from this promising new novelist." (Publisher's Weekly)

CHRIS PAVONE — THE ACCIDENT
Chris Pavone’s first novel, THE EXPATS, was an instant New York Times, USA Today, and international bestseller, published in twenty languages on five continents, as well as developed for film, plus winner of the 2013 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. And now THE ACCIDENT is receiving the same level of high praise - including this starred review from Booklist: “New York literary agent Isabel Reed plows through an anonymous manuscript in one night and immediately knows two things: The manuscript, a biography of a media mogul, will be a blockbuster, and people will die if word of its existence leaks. She’s also fairly sure she knows who the author is, but he’s dead.“ And, from the New York Times: “[Pavone is] a new must-read in the world of thrillers. . . ..”

HOLLY PETERSON — THE IDEA OF HIM
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Manny—a vibrant novel of love and life lessons. Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of—she's number two at a high-profile P.R. firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband is a blend of handsome and heroic.  And then the trouble starts.   Holly Peterson was an Emmy Award-winning producer for ABC News for more than a decade, where she covered global politics. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Talk, the Daily Beast, Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar.

PHILIPPE PETIT — WHY KNOT?: How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots! — On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center’s twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable components — the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky. After years of hands-on research, Philippe presents Why Knot?, with Philippe’s own practical sketches that illustrate original methods and clear, clever tying instructions. If you’re not already nuts for knots, Petit will transform you into a knot aficionado. “Read this book and pop it in your pocket. . . . One day it may save your life!” —Melissa Leo

JOE PINTAURO — Men's Lives
Award-winning playwright Joe Pintauro has written numerous important works, but for those of us living on the East End none probably moves us more than MEN'S LIVES, based on the book by Peter Matthiessen.  The play chronicles the fate of an old fishing family, and their community of  baymen known as Bonackers, whose way of life has been nearly eradicated by the transformation of the East End from a close-knit fishing and farming community to a haven for visitors and wealthy landowners.  A timeless and universal tale.

LIZZY RATNER — GOODNIGHT NANNY-CAM:  A Parody for Modern Parents
When the text of Goodnight Nanny-cam appeared online in the New Yorker’s “Shouts & Murmurs” column, it garnered 100,000 hits and more than 15,000 Facebook likes in a matter of days. Filled with sly references to BPA-free bottles, Baby Einstein DVDs, and toddler tutors, Lizzy Ratner’s and co-author Jen Nessel’s send-up of the beloved children’s classic wittily skewers our modern culture of over-parenting. Parodies of Goodnight Moon are always popular, and Goodnight Nanny-cam is a gorgeously illustrated gift that’s guaranteed to have alpha parents everywhere laughing—and cringing—in recognition. Hilarious and True!  Illustrations by Sara Pinto. 

RICHARD RAVITCH — SO MUCH TO DO: A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises
“So Much to Do—an apt description of Dick Ravitch’s life. It’s been a New York life, filled with personal, business, and most of all energetic response to civic challenges. But the book is much more than that. It’s a call for action to a nation consumed by discord, doubting its capacity to act, failing to provide trusted leadership at home or abroad.”  Paul Volcker, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.  Richard Ravitch has been chairman of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, chairman of HRH Construction Corporation, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, chairman of the Bowery Savings Bank, Lt. Governor of the State of New York, and co-chair, with Paul Volcker, of the task force on the state budget crisis.

WILLIAM P. RAYNER — NOTES AND SKETCHES:  Travel Journals of William P. Rayner
Filled with witty observations and drenched in dry humor, this collection of musings, paintings, menus, wine labels, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia explores over three decades of travel. Culled from 25 of author William P. Rayner's personal notebooks, these tales follow a young Rayner as he drinks and dines through remote places. Rayner recounts his wily escape from an overbearing bodyguard nicknamed The Bear, early morning paint sessions of local ruins by the light of dawn, and negotiations with Libyan hotel managers over illegally smuggled scotch - all the while making notes and sketches in his diaries. This two-volume set in luxurious slipcases - one book of Rayner's adventures in Africa, the other in India - is a tactile collector's piece that evokes the fun and nostalgia of adventure.

ANDREA Q. ROBINSON — Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+
"Forget about makeup reclaiming youth,” says Andrea Q. Robinson. “Good makeup reclaims you.” Robinson, whose illustrious career has included positions such as the chief marketing officer of Estée Lauder and beauty editor of Vogue, is the ultimate industry insider. Now, she shares her decades of experience in this honest and straightforward guide for women fifty and over.  In Toss the Gloss, you will learn . . . Why the right cosmetics, not anti-aging skincare, will help you look your youthful best. How to recognize the seduction of beauty-industry tactics designed to get you to spend more money than you need to. Gimmick-free tips and easy-to-follow shortcuts to make the most of your features.  A totally inspiring book and author!

MARTHA ROGERS — EXTREME TRUST: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage
The co-founder of the Peppers & Rogers Group, the global consultant credited with igniting the customer strategy revolution in business, Rogers is a member of the faculty at Duke University School of Business as well as co-author, with Don Peppers, of eight books, including the bestselling THE ONE TO ONE FUTURE. This book shows what trustworthy behavior means in business, and how to change corporate culture in these critical times.

CHARLES SEIFE — Virtual Unreality:  Just Because the Internet Told you, How Do You Know It Is True?
The bestselling author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world:  Seife uses the skepticism, wit, and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in Proofiness and Zero to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, fakery, and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables.  Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia, Seife arms his readers with actual tools—or weapons—for discerning truth from fiction online. 

GABRIEL SHERMAN — THE LOUDEST VOICE IN THE ROOM:  How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country
When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. Now, with a remarkable level of detail and insight, New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailes’s unique genius to life, along with the outsize personalities—Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, and others—who have helped Fox News play a defining role in the great social and political controversies of the past two decades.  How did this man, whose life story has until now been shrouded in myth, become the master strategist of our political landscape? “A thoroughly reported look behind that curtain . . . Part of the reason [Ailes] and his allies have campaigned against the book is not because it is false, but because it tells a true story.”—David Carr, The New York Times

LYNN SHERR — SALLY RIDE: America’s First Woman in Space
As a member of the first astronaut class to include women, Sally Ride broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women.  After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances she faulted NASA’s rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. ABC Correspondent Sherr’s revealing portrait is warm and admiring but unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman, an inspiration to millions, come alive.

VICTORIA WILSON — A LIFE OF BARBARA STANWYCK: Steel-True 1907-1940
Barbara Stanwyck was one of its most natural, timeless, and underrated stars. Now, Victoria Wilson gives us the first full-scale life of Stanwyck, whose astonishing career in movies (eighty-eight in all) spanned four decades beginning with the coming of sound, and lasted in television from its infancy in the 1950s through the 1980s—a book that delves deeply into her rich, complex life and explores her extraordinary range of motion pictures, many of them iconic. Here is her work, her world, her Hollywood. Victoria Wilson has brought this complex artist brilliantly alive. Her book is a revelation of the actor’s life and work.  “Richly researched, this biography offers insights into the strengths and insecurities of a woman famous for her trademark toughness and vulnerability. Photographs enhance this fabulous and expansive examination of the life of an iconic American actress.” (Booklist starred review)

JAMES D. ZIRIN — The Mother Court
In a witty and humorous style, the well-known NYC trial lawyer spotlights celebrities, salient arguments and decisions of some of America’s most famous cases that took place in the 50s, 60s and 70s in the greatest court in the nation, New York City’s federal trial court, which Zirin calls “The Mother Court.” We learn about Alger Hiss, the Rosenbergs, the Pentagon Papers, General Westmorland, Prime Minister Sharon and many others, as well as about the storied judges of the period.
There is nothing boring in Zirin's storytelling:  see especially his extremely entertaining chapter entitled "U.S. v. Sex" in which he details the "Deep Throat: and "I Am Curious Yellow" cases.  Zirin is a writer who pulls no punches.

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