INDY SCENE: Hampton Jitney and beach reads plus book gift ideas

The Bookworm Edition




Jitney Reading

Make that round-trip journey from the City to the paradise on the East End go ever so quickly.

It’s Hot in The Hamptons”

It’s Hot in The Hamptons

Holly Peterson weaves a tale of wives making a pact to seek revenge on their cheating husbands by having affairs in the Hamptons. As the author says, “In the Hamptons, no rules apply, especially in matters of money — and the heart . . .”

In the Hamptons”

In the Hamptons

Dan Rattiner celebrates his 80th birthday this summer and his book paints an intimate portrait of a place and the people such as Andy Warhol, and colorful locals like bar owner Bobby Van and shark fisherman Frank Mundus (whom the character Quint from “Jaws” was based).

Summer of ‘69”

Summer of 69

At the time of this writing, riding high at number one in the New York Times book charts, Elin Hilderbrand’s latest novel published only last month is a tale of a family living through the tumultuous changes in society in 1969.

The British are Coming”

The British are Coming

Rick Atkinson reminds us that Long Island was once a war zone in Revolutionary times with his fast-paced recounting of the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, where American militiamen took on the world’s most formidable fighting force.

Beach Reads

Requiring no battery charging or special screen settings, these books (and if you must, their electronic versions) will have you turning the pages while working on your tan.

Lake of the Ozarks”

Lake of the Ozarks

Emmy Award-winning “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American Heartland and traces his evolution as a man and a writer from summer holidays at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Pioneers”

The Pioneers

Pulitzer Prize-quality history from David McCullough recalls the first band of pioneers who set out from New England in 1788 for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam.

The Reckoning”

The Reckoning

John Grisham’s latest takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to a 1946 Clanton courtroom.

Where the Crawdads Sing”

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens weaves a coming-of-age tale in 1969 in which, for years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast.

Host & Hostess Book Gifts

Be the thoughtful guest and bring one of these to your next party as a host or hostess gift.

The Big Book of the Hamptons”

The Big Book of the Hamptons

Michael Shnayerson celebrates the mystique and romance of these iconic and extravagant neighborhoods, exploring the architecture and gardens of these secluded retreats, brought to life with amazing imagery in a deluxe volume.

Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons”

Out East- Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons

Jennifer Ash Rudick and Tria Giovan capture the enduring appeal of shingled houses, modernist oceanfront designs, artist compounds, and Montauk surf shacks with an insider’s tour of more than 25 houses, cottages, and pool houses.

Hamptons Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember”

Annie Falk and Eric Ripert serve up 18 lavishly photographed parties, offering a wealth of inspiration for table settings and menus, along with entertaining tips and more than 80 recipes — from a Watermelon Margarita to Panamanian Chicken Pot Pie.

Hamptons Gardens”

Hamptons Gardens

Jack deLashmet take us on a tour and invites the reader behind the hedgerows into picturesque landscapes, showing work by groundbreaking designers such as Edwina von Gal, Oehme, van Sweden and Associates, and Miranda Brooks.