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“FROZEN CHARLOTTE” BY SUSAN DE SOLA

by Rita Plush |

Susan de Sola, is a native New Yorker, now living in Holland, but her connection to Fire Island goes back generations. Her grandfather, Rabbi David de Sola Pool, conducted religious services on the island before the Seaview’s Fire Island Synagogue was founded by Herman Wouk. The island turns up in her prize-winning poem “Buddy” as “…our sandy, summer island village….” … Full Story

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Review: “A Speck in the Sea”

by Rita Plush |

“A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue” by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski Non fiction Hachette Books $15.99 Man overboard! Montauk lobsterman John Aldridge only wished someone had shouted out that little missive the summer evening of 2013. But when the skilled sailor (he was a fisherman for two decades) slid off the flat open stern … Full Story

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Two Very Different, but Important Books

by Rita Plush |

“Raise Your Hand” by Alice Paul Tapper Illustrated by Marta Kissi Children’s Fiction 4+ Penguin Workshop, $17.99 “My name is Alice Paul Tapper, but you can call me Alice,” author Tapper says on the opening page of “Raise Your Hand” (from now on I will), personalizing her engaging story from the get go. The illustrations even resemble her photo. But … Full Story

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Review “Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color”

by Rita Plush |

“Rainbow Warrior My Life in Color” by Gilbert Baker Chicago Review Press $26.99 “Rainbow Warrior” is no misnomer. Gilbert Baker persevered through a repressive Kansas childhood and recurring depressions. In 1994, he took on Mayor Rudy Giuliani to carry his mile long rainbow flag up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall … Full Story

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Review: “Sewing the Rainbow”

by Rita Plush |

“Sewing the Rainbow” The Story of Gilbert Baker and the Rainbow Flag By Gayle E. Pitman Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown Magination Press $9.99 Children 4-8 “Sewing the Rainbow” is the illustrated story of Gilbert Baker, gay man and activist, who in 1978 flew his rainbow flag for the first time, the banner that became the worldwide symbol of the LGBTQ … Full Story

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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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Lavender Reading List by Fire Island Authors

by Rita Plush |

Fire Islanders have contributed significantly to the dialogue of LGBTQ literature. This is an achievement worthy of recognition. Many are fixtures on the bookshelves of any Fire Island beach house, not only because they are homegrown authors, but because they are also fine works. For your summer reading pleasure here are a variety of books that include the island’s gay … 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