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Lise Arin

Matilda Empress
Read the fascinating historical fiction about a strong woman, Mathilda Empress, who refused to play by the rules laid out for her. Take a trip back to the 12th Century and meet the daughter of Henry I. Mathilda, a 24 year-old widow inherited a double realm of England and Normandy. She is treated as property and used as a pawn by the people who are supposed to love and protect her. If you are a historical fiction fan, you don’t want to miss this book which encompasses political intrigue and dynastic drama.

Alec Baldwin

Nevertheless: A Memoir
Noted East End actor, philanthropist and East Hampton Library champion, Alec chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir. Over the past three decades, he has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most gifted, hilarious, and controversial leading men. From his work in popular movies and television, he won two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards—and as President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, he’s a household name.

Hilaria Baldwin

The Living Clearly Method: 5 Principles for a Fit Body, Healthy Mind & Joyful Life
Hilaria Baldwin knows what it means to be pulled in many directions―as a mother of three, businesswoman, yoga instructor, and Instagram sensation, she has to work hard to remain centered. Through her life experiences, struggles, and personal growth, Hilaria has developed a method for using movement and mindfulness to create an unbreakable mind-body connection, an illuminating method that shapes her life. The book is also packed with time saving tips, delicious recipes inspired by clean and plant-based eating, mini-workouts, breathing exercises, and customized yoga and meditation routines.

James Barron

The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World
When the One-Cent Magenta was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $9.5 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the one-cent magenta in the years in between, James Barron delivers a fascinating tale of global history and immense wealth, and of the human desire to collect.

Nicole Bigar and Robert Gordon

Hustle and Bustle
Inspired by the lights of Times Square, Nicole Bigar set out on a new creative path using collage to capture this spectacular scene. Born in Paris and feeling uprooted once her family immigrated to New York, she, in her own words, “experienced a second birth and new independence self-belief and opening up of my world through my studies of art.” Encouraged by noted local artists and travels through Southeast Asia, the Near East and Norway, she continues to create, using her wonderful sense of color.

Robert A. Caro

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert Caro’s extraordinary and powerful volumes tracing the life of Lyndon Johnson have been amongst the biggest best sellers of our time. Hailed by President Bill Clinton as brilliant and remarkable, and “with this fascinating …account, Caro has once again done America a great service.” Caro was also awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama.

Dick Cavett

Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks
Dick Cavett is back, sharing his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life. To spend a few minutes, or an hour, or even a whole evening with Dick Cavett is an experience not to be missed, and now there is no reason to deny yourself. Enjoy the conversation! “A delightful peek!” (Publishers Weekly)

Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962
One of the New York Times 100 notable books of 2016 and NPR’s 10 best books of 2016, Blanche Wiesen Cook presents us with the final volume in the definitive biography of America’s greatest first lady, taking us through WWII to her death in 1962. New York Times Book Review names this book as a monumental and inspirational grand biography.

Victor Corona

Night Class: A Downtown Memoir
Diving into New York’s downtown scenes, Corona, a sociologist trained at Yale and Columbia gets a whole new education: lessons learned in clubs, bars, galleries, and all-night diners reveal how fame, spectacle, and delusion feed city culture. The book links Corona’s childhood as a closeted, undocumented Mexican boy trapped in suburbia to later encounters with wild New York personas. The players in his story include Lady Gaga’s rowdy Lower East Side gang and the remnants of Andy Warhol’s Superstar Factory of drama queens and divas, among others.

Ann Coulter

In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!
The media have twisted themselves in knots, trying to grasp how Donald Trump won over millions of Americans and what he’ll be like as president. But Ann Coulter isn’t puzzled. She knows why Trump was the only one of seventeen GOP contenders who captured the spirit of our time. She gets the power of addressing the pain of the silent majority and saying things the “PC Thought Police” considers unspeakable. She argues that a bull in the china shop is exactly what we need to make America great again.

Sherri Crichton

Dragon Teeth: A Novel by Michael Crichton
The late Michael Crichton (1942-2008), the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting. A page-turner that draws on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Join Sherri Crichton, (wife of the late author and the steward of his archive and legacy), for a lovely dinner in celebration of the new book—destined to become another Crichton classic!

Janine di Giovanni

The Morning They Came For Us
Once in a decade comes an account of war that promises to be a classic. It bears witness to one of the most brutal civil conflicts in recent history. Drawing from years of experience covering Syria for Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and the front pages of the N.Y. Times, award-winning journalist Janine di Giovanni gives us a tour de force of war reportage, all told through the perspective of ordinary people―among them a doctor, a nun, a musician, and a student. “Ms. di Giovanni writes here with urgency and anguish―determined to testify to what she has witnessed because she wants ‘people never to forget.’…Her testimony is contained here in this searing and necessary book.” Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Peter Eisner

MacArthur’s Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II
An award winning foreign correspondent, editor and reporter at the Washington Post and other publications, Eisner tells the thrilling story of espionage, daring and deception set in the exotic landscape of occupied Manilla during WWII. On January 2, 1942, Japanese troops marched into Manila unopposed by U.S. forces. Manila was a strategic port, a romantic American outpost and a jewel of a city. Tokyo saw its conquest of the Philippines as the key in its plan to control all of Asia, including Australia. Thousands of soldiers surrendered and were sent on the notorious 80-mile Bataan Death March. But thousands of other Filipinos and Americans refused to surrender and hid in the Luzon hills above Bataan and Manila. MacArthur’s Spies is the story of three of them, and how they successfully foiled the Japanese for more than two years, sabotaging Japanese efforts and preparing the way for MacArthur’s return.

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World
Elliott Erwitt has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1953, and served as its president for three years in the 1960s. Erwitt has published dozens of books and his photographs have been featured in publications around the world for over sixty years. He has also directed multiple films and countless photographic and cinematic projects. Balancing journalistic, commercial, and artistic work over a remarkably productive career spanning seven decades, Erwitt has created some of the most celebrated photographs of the past century.

Annie Falk

Hamptons Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember
Known for having made an indelible mark on the world of events with her impeccable taste and creative ideas, philanthropist and author Annie Falk is the go-to person on lifestyle and entertaining for some of the country’s biggest influencers and socialites. A “creator of experiences,” she knows what to serve, how to serve it and how to combine ingredients for the most unexpected – and always welcomed – results.

Laurie Gelman

Class Mom: A Novel
Laurie Gelman’s clever debut novel about a year in the life of a kindergarten class mom―a brilliant send-up of the petty and surprisingly cutthroat terrain of parent politics.

Alex Guarnaschelli

Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook
Alex Guarnaschelli grew up in a home suffused with a love of cooking, where soufflés and cheeseburgers were equally revered. The daughter of a respected cookbook editor and a Chinese cooking enthusiast, Alex developed a passion for food at a young age, sealing her professional fate. Old-School Comfort Food shares her journey from waist-high taste-tester to trained chef who now adores spending time in the kitchen with her daughter, along with the 100 recipes for how she learned to cook—and the way she still loves to eat.

Marissa Hermer

An American Girl in London – 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family from a Californian Expat
Ladies of London star Marissa Hermer grew up in southern California picking avocados from her grandmother’s tree. Weekends meant trips to the Newport Beach pier for fresh fish and bowls of granola baked in the sunny family kitchen. But everything changed when Marissa moved to London to be with the love of her life, a British restaurateur who prefers meat and potatoes to guacamole. Drawing inspiration from both her American upbringing and British cuisine, Marissa Hermer shares 120 recipes that will show you how to cook delicious, nourishing, family-friendly fare that earns raves on both sides of the pond.

Robyn Lea

Dinner with Georgia O’Keefe: Recipes, art, landscape
This world renowned photojournalist shares 50 recipes collected from Georgia O’Keefe’s favorite cookbooks with handwritten notes or prepared for her. This is a perfect balance between the fresh local and traditional ingredients O’Keeffe sought and the New Mexican landscape and culture that constantly influenced both her art and her sense of self.

Peter Marino

The Garden of Peter Marino
The internationally acclaimed architect/author reveals the beautiful grounds of his Southampton estate—a lush garden oasis masterfully transformed over the course of two decades. Marino, in 2012, was awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts in France. In its 262 pages of this beautiful book, you will see carefully curated garden specimens that will inspire you to create your own paradise. 

Kati Marton

True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy
With a reporter’s eye for detail, and a historian’s grasp of the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century, Kati Marton captures Field’s riveting quest for a life of meaning that went horribly wrong. True Believer is supported by unprecedented access to Field family correspondence, Soviet Secret Police records, and reporting on key players from Alger Hiss, CIA Director Allen Dulles, and World War II spy master, “Wild Bill” Donovan—to the most sinister of all: Josef Stalin. A story of another time, this is a tale relevant for all times. 

Alyssa Mastromonaco

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
Few people have had as much access and influence over national events over the last decade as Alyssa Mastromonaco. She served as assistant to President Obama and director of scheduling and advance at the White House from 2009 to 2011, among other White House operations tasks from 2011 to 2014. Stephanie Cutter, former deputy campaign manager for President Obama said: “No matter how serious the crisis or hard the problem, Alyssa took care of it with great skill and professionalism, and even greater humor. This book tells the story of a young woman succeeding under extraordinary circumstances, and throughout it all, never taking herself too seriously.”

Darcy Miller

Celebrate Everything!: Fun Ideas to Bring Your Parties to Life
Darcy is an author of books that help you make the most out of the very best moments in life. Her first book, Our Wedding Scrapbook (William Morrow, 2004), walks readers through commemorating every step of their romance. Her latest, Celebrate Everything (William Morrow, 2016), is packed with inspiration and how-tos for doing just that.

Paul Moschetta

Do No Harm
In his debut novel, a psychological thriller, Paul Moschetta tells the story of Andy, a young patient locked in a 1970’s state mental hospital. Drugged, depressed, and demoralized, Andy fights to outwit the sadistically depraved psychiatrist determined to keep him there. On the verge of becoming a chronic mental patient, he is befriended by a maverick social worker who challenges him to choose: does he want to stay a patient or go home? Andy chooses home and battles for his release—but has no idea of the evil he is about to encounter. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Malcolm Nance

Hacking ISIS: How to Destroy the Global Jihad

Have dinner with the author, scholar and frequent MSNBC media commentator on international counter-terrorism and intelligence. His latest book explains in detail how ISIS produces religious cultism, recruits vulnerable young people of all religions and nationalities and disseminates their brutal social media to the world. Hacking ISIS gives an insider’s view into how this group spreads its ideology and brainwashes tens of thousands of followers to join the cult that is the Islamic State and how average computer users can engage in the removal of ISIS from the internet.

David Netto

François Catroux
Internationally known east end interior designer and journalist, David Netto, has been fascinated by Francois Catroux, a master of contemporary style. Netto’s well researched biography captures Catroux’s career featuring his first projects in 1968 through his latest, completed in 2017. Luxuriously photographed, this volume is more than just a design monograph of one of the great untold careers in the history of design. It is an intimate view of a great life lived in great style.

Megan O’Block

Heart to Table
Do you feel insecure about hosting a dinner party? Do you go into panic mode before your guests arrive? This book will show you how to plan, prepare and serve your guests in style while you look and feel assured that everyone will have a fabulous time. From food to wine to music, this is your blueprint for entertaining.

Martha Rogers, Ph.D.

Extreme Trust: Turning Proactive Honesty and Flawless Execution into Long-Term Profits
How companies can stay competitive in a world of total transparency. With their first book, 1993’s The Oneto-One Future, Don Peppers and Martha Rogers introduced the idea of managing interactive customer relationships, long before the Web and social networking made it standard business practice. With Extreme Trust, they look to the future once again, predicting that rising levels of transparency will require companies to protect the interests of their customers and employees proactively, even when it sometimes costs money in the short term. The importance of this “trustability” will transform every industry. Retail banks won’t be able to rely as much on overdraft charges.

Elisabeth Rosenthal

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal was for 22 years a reporter, correspondent, and senior writer at The New York Times before becoming the editor in chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent journalism newsroom focusing on health and health policy. She holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, trained in internal medicine, and has worked as an ER physician. This book teaches us, as individual patients, how to navigate the maze of American healthcare as well as to demand far-reaching reform. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.

Jennifer Ash Rudick

Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons
Rudick is the author of three books: Palm Beach Chic (2016); Tropical Style: Private Palm Beach (1992) and The Expectant Father (1995) which sold over 900,000 copies. Her design book titled Out East was released in July 2017 by Vendome Press. As a journalist, she has written for national publications including the Washington Post and Forbes magazine. She was an editor at WWD/W and Town & Country magazine and is currently a contributor to Veranda magazine. In addition, Jennifer was the producer of the documentary IRIS, Albert Maysles penultimate film.

Gerard Schwarz

Behind the Baton: An American Icon Talks Music
Musician/conductor, winner of five Emmy awards. Schwarz tells an exemplary American story. We learn of his industrious emigre parents, his ardor and diligence as a prodigy trumpeter to his meteoric rise as a conductor; his cross-country migration to the gradual construction of a world-class orchestra in Seattle, formerly regarded as a cultural backwater, and his work at NYC’s High School of Performing Arts. Behind the Baton offers an intimate inside look at a man whose talent is rivaled by his humility and work ethic, a man who, for nearly 50 years, has strived to leave every orchestra and musician he touched better than when he found them. Whether you’re a classical music aficionado, an orchestra initiate just cutting your teeth, or an everyday reader interested in the remarkable story behind an extraordinary man, Behind the Baton belongs on your nightstand.

Jessica Siskin

Treat Yourself!: How to Make 93 Ridiculously Fun No-Bake Crispy Rice Treats
It all began with a giant cheeseburger-shaped rice crispy treat, created on a whim and posted online. Since then, Misterkrisp, aka food artist Jessica Siskin, has become an Instagram sensation with her joy-inducing, pop-culture-inspired treats.

Jean Kennedy Smith

The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy
In her remarkable memoir, Kennedy Smith—the last surviving sibling—revisits this singular time in their lives. Filled with fascinating anecdotes and vignettes, and illustrated with dozens of family pictures, The Nine of Us vividly depicts this large, close-knit family during a different time in American history. Kennedy Smith offers indelible, elegantly rendered portraits of her larger-than-life siblings and her parents. “They knew how to cure our hurts, bind our wounds, listen to our woes, and help us enjoy life,” she writes. “We were lucky children indeed.”

Stephen Kennedy Smith

JFK: A Vision for America
Published in commemoration of the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth, here is the definitive compendium of JFK’s most important and brilliant speeches, accompanied by commentary and reflections by leading American and international figures—including Senator Elizabeth Warren, David McCullough, Kofi Annan, and the Dalai Lama—and edited by JFK’s nephew Stephen Kennedy Smith and renowned historian Douglas Brinkley. Combined with over seven hundred documentary photos, it tells the story, in words and pictures, of JFK’s life and presidency, and depicts his compelling vision for America.

Rick Smolan

Inside Tracks: Robyn Davidson’s Solo Journey Across the Outback
Rick Smolan is the CEO of Against All Odds Productions and a New York Times best selling author with more than five million copies of his books in print. A former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer Smolan is best known as the co-creator of the “Day in the Life” book series. His global photography projects utilizing hundreds of the worlds leading journalists combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology and are have been featured on the covers of Fortune, Time, GEO, and similar publications around the globe.

Marion Swaybill

Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw
Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Jeremy Sewall provides personal insights, drawing on his New England lineage and his stature in the forefront of the current oyster revival. Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw is true to its title from start to finish. This comprehensive visual celebration of one of the seas most delicious and fascinating creatures, the book is complete with lush original photography, practical guidelines and historical anecdotes. If you like oysters, you’ll love this book.

Elizabeth Vargas

Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, “I am an alcoholic,” to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in her memoir, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety eventually turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long from her family and friends. Honest and hopeful, Between Breaths is an inspiring read.

Nick Voulgaris

The Seaside House: Living on the Water
Nick has written several books including HINCKLEY YACHTS: AN AMERICAN ICON and THE SEASIDE HOUSE, published by Rizzoli International. He is currently writing two new books: one on the legendary boat builder Chris-Craft, and the other on the fabled New York Athletic Club.

Marshall Watson

The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors
Throughout Watson’s career, his work has graced the covers of and been frequently featured in many shelter publications, notably Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, Luxe, House and Garden, Traditional Homes, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens and the New York Times. He has also been featured in New York Spaces, Metropolitan Home, The Chicago Tribune, as well as being a regular design columnist for the Southampton Press. He also received Traditional Home’s “Designer of the Year” award and has been featured on Luxe’s Gold List.

Chris Whipple

The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
Through intensive intimate interviews with all 17 living chiefs of staff and two former living presidents, award winning journalist and producer, Chris Whipple, pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity whose members have included Rahm Emanuel, Dick Chaney, Leon Panetta and Donald Rumsfeld. Chris is a Peobody and EMMY award winning producer at CBS News 60 Minutes and ABC Prime Time. “If you’re a political junkie or just curious, this is the book for you.” Tom Brokaw.


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