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Review: “The Gargoyle Hunters”

by Rita Plush |

“The Gargoyle Hunters” By John Freeman Gill Fiction Vintage Books $16.95 Fact, fiction, funny and sad, “The Gargoyle Hunters” is a story of a city kid growing up in a brownstone in 1974. This isn’t any city kid. This is born and bred New Yorker John Freeman Gill, award-winning and anthologized real estate and architectural writer who turns his impressive … Full Story

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Book Review: “Saving Fire Island From Robert Moses”

by Rita Plush |

“Saving Fire Island from Robert Moses: The Fight for a National Seashore”By Christopher VergaArcadia Publishing and The History Press $21.99 It may take a village to raise a child, but it took 17 Fire Island communities to take down Robert Moses. It was no small task to tackle the power broker who ruled the roadways with a finger snap in … Full Story

Review: “Shipwreck of Hopes”

by Rita Plush |

By Rita Plush “Shipwreck of Hopes” By Angela Reich Historical Fiction Amazon $17.99 Author, educator, and researcher Angela Reich combines her love of history and the sea to bring readers the imagined Hannah Oaks of Fire Island, and Margaret Fuller, prominent 19th century writer, into a work of historical fiction. Setting her story against the isolated beaches of Fire Island, … Full Story

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Review: “The Mute’s Masquerade”

by Rita Plush |

“The Mute’s Masquerade” By Anne Coltman Xlibris, Paperback $19.77 Alistair Collins is a gifted pianist and singer who returns from the Gulf War with his vocal chords destroyed by a land mine and his dreams of a singing career shattered. Battles are waged at home as well. Old rivalries revive between his well-meaning mother and her eccentric sister, as they … Full Story

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Review: “Barrier Beach Back Country The Poems”

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By Rita Plush “Barrier Beach Back Country The Poems” By Tom Stock Allbook Books $11 Available through tstock39@gmail.com In his second volume of poetry, Tom Stock expresses his love and appreciation for the natural wonders of Fire Island. Involved in the Long Island environmental and outdoor education community for decades, he has had plenty of time to immerse himself in … Full Story

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Book Review: “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life”

by FIN |

By Rita Plush “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can’t Go Naked” by George Brescia Non-fiction Gallery Books $21.99 George Brescia wants to get into your closet. Whatever mashup style your wardrobe is in, he wants to put it right. A top-tier New York City-based stylist and image consultant, as well as a Cherry Grove resident who has … Full Story

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“Long Island and World War I” Reviewed

by FIN |

By Rita Plush “Long Island and World War I” By Richard F. Welch Non-fiction, Arcadia Press $21.99 An enthusiastic student of World War I, the book’s author Richard F. Welch went on to earn a doctorate in American history. His interest came full circle when he signed on as curator of the 2017 centennial exhibition of World War I, sponsored … Full Story

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Book Review: The Great South Bay

by FIN |

By Rita Plush “The Great South Bay” // By Jeanine O’Grady // Children’s Picture Book // South Shore Betty $28.95 In “The Great South Bay,” author/artist Jeanine O’Grady shares her affection for Long Island’s South Shore with young readers. Born and raised in Bay Shore, the local beaches were her playground. Take away her engaging illustrations – not for long … Full Story

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Book Review: “Miss Subways”

by FIN |

“Miss Subways” By David Duchovny Farrar, Straus and Giroux-Fiction $26.00 Editor’s note: Actor and writer David Duchovny is one Fire Island can call our own. As a teenage lifeguard in Ocean Beach, his nickname was “Cricket.” This is his third and most recent novel. By Rita Plush “X-Files” fans take heart. You don’t have to watch reruns to satisfy your cravings … Full Story