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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”

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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

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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

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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”

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“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

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Book Review: Synagogues of Long Island

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By Rita Plush “Synagogues of Long Island” By Ira Poliakoff (The History Press $21.99) Ira Poliakoff is no stranger to congregational life. Both his grandparents and parents were active temple members, and in the 1960s Poliakoff himself worked as a youth director in both Oceanside, Long Island and Flushing, Queens. A self-described “history buff,” he grew up in Manhattan and … Full Story

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Book Review: Pride

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By Rita Plush “Pride” The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag By Rob Sanders, Illustrated by Steven Salerno (Random House Children’s Books $17.99) Editor’s Note: Harvey Milk and Gilbert Baker are legends Fire Island can count as among our own: Milk, a graduate of Bay Shore High School is indeed a native son of Long Island; and Gilbert … Full Story

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Goldstein’s work examines classic authors

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Book Review: “The World Broke in Two” By Rita Plush “The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year That Changed Literature” Bill Goldstein Henry Holt & Company $30 Literary Criticism Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, and E.M. Forster are literary heavyweights, but not too heavy for Bill Goldstein … Full Story

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Community Creates Saltaire Summer Cookbook

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By Rita Plush If you ever considered a dinner party that comes in a “wagon or a bike basket traveling across the boardwalks,” and a hassle-free social life that centers around entertaining, dip into the just released “Saltaire Summer Cook Book” for a taste of what I’m talking about. Edited by Kathryn Corrigan Woods and Carol Scott Capelletti, the collection … Full Story

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Book Review: Images of America – Bay Shore

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By Rita Plush “Images of America – Bay Shore” | Christopher Verga and Neil Buffett | Arcadia Publishers $21.99 If all Bay Shore means to you is going to the Fire Island ferry, please pick up a copy of “Images of America – Bay Shore” by Christopher Verga and Neil Buffett, local historians and professors of American history. The pictorial account of … Full Story