Book Roundup of LI Authors 2012

An Untenable Fragrance of Violets
A Trilogy—Book I Innocence Lost

Author: Lynne Heffner Ferrante

By Danielle Fassman

The first of a three-part autobiography by Long Island native and artist Lynne Heffner Ferrante, An Untenable Fragrance of Violets chronicles the author’s extensive history in the world of art while juggling three marriages, seven children and now, 13 grandchildren. Full of chaotic life events and struggles, and the triumph of her passionate and independent nature, this artist-turned-writer colorfully paints her unexpected journey from childhood through adulthood with black-print words on white pages.

The Art of Steampunk
Author: Art Donovan

By Erica Weiman

Southampton artist Art Donovan’s obsession with steampunk began on the internet, and led him to create steampunk light fixtures of his own. He created a Steampunk exhibition at Hamptons Antique Galleries in Bridgehampton, which became their most popular exhibit. With The Art of Steampunk, Donovan explains steampunk’s hybrid style of today’s technology with the look and feel of 19th century Victorian England. Impressive steampunk devices and contraptions from around the world are accompanied by short artist bios. With everything from spider sculptures to necklaces to rubber band guns, this book encompasses every corner of this emerging genre of fine art.

Bite It & Write It!
Authors: Stacie Castle, RD, Robyn Cotler, RD, Marni Schefter, RD and Shana Shapiro, RD

By Erica Weiman

We’ve all been in this situation: You’re sitting at a table, maybe with a few others, and there’s a bowl of chips in the middle. You start picking, and before you know it, the chips are gone. There is a growing number of diet apps for smartphones, but none provide the type of guidance written in Bite It & Write It! Four Long Island dietitians have made an attempt to help people keep track of what they eat and the dietary choices they make. This guide/diary combination is intended to help readers reach their dietary goals. Toward the back of the book is a very generalized, short list of select physical activities, including Zumba and Wii Boxing. At a glance, this book looks like it’s solely meant for people who’d like to lose weight, but it’s for anybody who would like to feel healthy, which should be everybody.

Brooklyn Revisited: My Journey Back
Author: Gloria Golden

By Erica Weiman

Now living in Long Island, award-winning photographer Gloria Golden is a Brooklyn native. With her photography, she captures a modern view of Brooklyn and its people, and along with it, the memories of her childhood. Accompanying the photographs in Brooklyn Revisited are lines of Golden’s prose. Each photo is shown in black-and-white in order to set the mood for the reader. This book displays Golden’s path of awakening rediscovery, revealing that everything in Brooklyn is new again.

Catastrophically Consequential?
Author: Stephen C. Bird?

By Carson Olivares

Forget about a linear plotline, fanatical Catastrophically Consequential is Stephen C. Bird’s prequel-sequel to his 2009 read Hideous Exuberance. Described as “a story both lovely and shady,” Bird, a Long Island resident, packs a lot into this short book. Intertwining characters ranging from sociopath celebrities to suicidal trust fund girls and suburban swingers are searching in vain for metaphysical clarity. This satirical read buries you in Bird’s comical rants, disturbing inner monologues, stream of conscious dream sequences and surreal scenarios. 

Colonizing Southampton: The Transformation of a Long Island Community, 1870-1900
Author: David Goddard

By Erica Roberts

Colonizing Southampton: The Transformation of a Long Island Community, 1870-1900 illustrates how social tensions, conflict and controversy helped mold Long Island into what it is today. Goddard effortlessly brings the reader back in time by weaving a storyline with real historic characters and descriptions of the early 1900s Long Island landscape. Goddard has created something that is equal parts textbook, a study in sociology and real-life drama.

Destiny’s Divas
Author: Victoria Christopher Murray

By Brittany Smith

This latest book by Queens native Victoria Christopher Murray explores the lives of the popular fictional evangelic gospel group Destiny’s Divas. The dramatic plotlines of Sierra, Raine and Liza propel the reader into the realm of secrets, scandals and sins. Sierra’s devotion to celibacy is a façade to mask her propensity to jump from one dysfunctional relationship to another, Raine’s outward compassion towards her mother-in-law is a superficial mechanism in an attempt to restrain her frustration and Liza’s “perfect” 25-year marriage to a well-respected reverend is actually wrought with a scandal so immense it could destroy his ministry and their marriage. This novel is a fusion of pandemonium and suspense, culminating in an ending that will shatter the line between appearance and reality.

Digital Assassination: Protecting Your Reputation, Brand, or Business Against Online Attacks
Authors: Richard Torrenzano and Mark Davis

By Michele Falcone

In the age of the internet, anything you type can be cut, copied, pasted and held against you in any forum. For business owners striving to climb the ladder of success, it’s vital to understand how the same tools that can elevate your status can also slay you with one of the “Seven Swords of Digital Assassination.” Richard Torrenzano, chief executive of The Torrenzano Group, a management firm that helps corporations build and protect their reputations, along with Mark Davis, former White House speechwriter and Senior Director of the White House Writers Group, teach readers to avoid falling down the slippery slope of online attacks. Torrenzano and Davis also give insight on ways to protect one’s reputation and thrive (in the business world and beyond) by utilizing their “Seven Shields of Digital Assassination.”

Elliot Stone and the Mystery of the Summer Vacation Sea Monster
Author: LP Chase

By Brittany Smith

Smithtown native LP Chase has added another book to her medley of middle grade mysteries. This edition explores the mythology of the Loch Ness monster but is set in the contemporary locale of Lake Bomoseen, Vermont—a nostalgic childhood summer vacation spot revered by the author. Protagonist Elliot Stone’s summer at the lake becomes action-packed and full of mystery with the introduction of his neighbor Marley and a mysterious water-dweller that might just be a sea monster.

Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders
Author: Deborah Hauser

By Danielle Fassman

In her debut poetry chapbook, Babylon author Deborah Hauser takes on cultural norms and social stigmas associated with womanhood in the modern day. Appearing in several journals and magazines and having taught at Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College, this local writer goes beyond the usual caveats of Long Island suburbia. She boldly and candidly breaks down barriers, expressing ideas and insights applicable to females everywhere.

The Everyday Entrepreneur
Author: Rob Basso

By Erica Weiman

Entrepreneurship is not just a business idea—it’s a lifestyle. In this inspirational guide The Everyday Entrepreneur, Rob Basso teaches us to apply the triple threat of ambition, confidence and conviction to achieve success on our own terms. Basso, an entrepreneur himself, founded Advantage Payroll Services and is a founding investor in Empire National Bank, both based on Long Island. Rather than giving a step-by-step explanation of how to become an entrepreneur, Basso shows us how to hone in on our entrepreneurial instincts in order to better focus on a business plan. Through interviews with fellow entrepreneurs, we are provided with many different examples and stories to help mold our path to success.

Fire Island Heroes & Villains on Long Island’s Wild Shore
Author: Jack Whitehouse

By Brittany Smith

The mere mention of Fire Island causes many to visualize sublime shorelines and not much else. South Shore author Jack Whitehouse has shattered this shallow appreciation of the region by unveiling a slew of historical characters and events just as brilliant and colorful as the seashore. The legend of Captain Kidd’s treasure, pirate Jeremiah Smith and the mystery of Old Inlet are enhanced with quirky facts, many of which are unknown by locals. Whitehouse compiles maps, illustrations and pictures to enhance these stories and facts, including the nonfiction inspiration behind Moby Dick and the account of Splinter Fleet. This makes for a book that is as animated and adventurous as the characters he describes.

Flying to the Light
Author: Elyse Salpeter

By Erica Weiman

This young adult work by veteran author and Roslyn Heights resident Elyse Salpeter is centered on a character named Danny, a deaf six-year-old boy with a psychological gift that incites a cross-country chase with the FBI—whoever gets to him first will have the power to control the fate of every person on Earth. Danny’s much older brother Michael is responsible for protecting him along the way. This story, told from a third-person POV, reveals a number of perspectives throughout. Through this suspenseful journey, Danny emerges as an unlikely hero.

For Us the Living: The Civil War in Painting and Eyewitness Accounts—The Art of Mort Künstler
Author: James I. Robertson Jr.

By Danielle Fassman

Known for its artsy flare, Oyster Bay is also home to world-renowned artist Mort Künstler whose vivid depictions of the American Civil war bring history to life. Boasting thousands of paintings visible in museums throughout the country, Künstler is a heroic patriot, portraying raw human emotion and the trials and triumphs of the great leaders of American history. With all the painstaking research behind each piece, the credibility of Künstler’s work sets him into a category of his own, as an artistic historian. Celebrating this local legend, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author James I. Robertson Jr. resurrects the Civil War, relying on firsthand accounts and Künstler’s vivid images. A tribute to the era, For Us the Living pays homage to all participants of a war that forever altered the United States of America.

Fun Family: 1,100 things To Do With Your Kids on Long Island & Beyond
Author: Linda Reid Bryce

By Brittany Smith

Voted the best family guide to Long Island 2011-2013, this book is essential in the search for family fun activities and laying the foundation for lifelong memories. This guide covers myriad topics from corn mazes to go-karts and carousels to planetariums. Bryce organizes the contents by season, museum and age, covering a cornucopia of activities to foster laughter, adventure and exercise. She has compiled all the information a parent or anyone interacting with children would need to plan a day on the Island, with detailed directions and suggestions on packing supplies and fees. The book’s expansive scope offers options for every family and their unique preferences.

Growing Up Levittown: In a Time of Conformity, Controversy and Cultural Crisis
Author: Steve Bergsman

By Brittany Smith

Nationally recognized financial and real estate writer Steve Bergsman has garnered his childhood experiences and observations to craft a portrait of Levittown in stark contrast with the usual perception of lackluster uniformity and creative sterility. Bergsman argues against this typecast by juxtaposing the idea of a prototypical suburb spewing out unoriginal, carbon-copy inhabitants with a long list of inventive people who have passed through, such as singer Billy Joel, cartoonist Bill Griffith, tv political commentator Bill O’Reilly and songwriter Ellie Greenwich. Bergsman shatters the “Pleasantville” mentality and portrays a happy childhood, which has sprouted from a town that has been grossly misconstrued by literature and history.

Heart and Hustle: An Unlikely Journey from Little Leaguer to Big Leaguer
Author: Frank Catalanotto

By Brittany Smith

Frank Catalanotto breathes life into the intangibles of Major League Baseball, delving into the hopes of attaining glory and the reality of maintaining it. He muses over his start as a scrawny 18-year-old from Smithtown during the fall instructional league for the Detroit Tigers, crediting minor league hitting instructor Larry Parrish for recognizing his intrinsic skills and thwarting his chances of being cut. This autobiography reveals the tribulations and successes Catalanotto underwent through his 14-year major league career. Additionally, he provides useful instructional tips for baseball players, from pre-game preparations to evaluating scouting reports on pitchers and other techniques to outsmart and outplay the competition.

Hump Day
Author: Jason N. Hefter

By Erica Weiman

A Riverhead native, Jason Hefter is a studio writer as well as a script doctor. In his fast-paced novel Hump Day, a typical Wednesday at the workplace becomes something completely unexpected. The characters’ mission is to make it through to the weekend, but their encounters with dope dealers, murdered supermodels, hit men and self-help gurus make that midweek slump particularly difficult. Anybody who’s ever held a standard 9-5 job can relate (yes, really) to the simplicity behind all the action. Hefter’s film-oriented background comes through his writing—everything happens in short, fast bursts. The novel often swerves in different directions, but Hefter successfully pulls everything together in the end.

Images of America: Long Island’s Gold Coast
Author: Paul J. Mateyunas, Foreward: Nelson DeMille

By Danielle Fassman

In this book, Paul J. Mateyunas captures the extravagance and elegance of the North Shore’s Gold Coast, the area of Long Island known for inspiring the classic novel The Great Gatsby. An architectural writer for more than a decade dedicated to the Gold Coast’s preservation, Mateyunas details the 20th century cultural innovations that inspired the homes located between Eaton Neck and Old Westbury, many of which still exist today. The book presents more than 200 vintage images while recalling significant memories of the past. Journey through Long Island’s Gold Coast and see how resident industry tycoons, founding families and prominent artists and developers all played a role in shaping its mystique.

Images of America: Long Beach
Authors: Roberta Fiore, Carle Shahda Geraci and Dave Roochvarg

By Danielle Fassman

In this tale of how the “City by the Sea,” came to be, the local authors take readers through Long Beach’s journey from quiet vacation town to bustling club hub, surf center and residential community. Starting with its birth in 1906, the town is depicted through priceless black and white photographs. One of the many highlights of this trip through time is Long Beach’s rich cultural heritage, shaped by a blanket of white sand lined by its famous boardwalk, luxury hotels juxtaposed with burgeoning familial population and variety of unique artistic and ethnic influences. This is a true celebration of Long Beach coming of age.

Images of America: Oheka Castle
Authors: Joan Cergol and Ellen Schaffer

By Danielle Fassman

Joan Cergol and Ellen Shaffer, local writers and founding members of Friends of Oheka take readers inside Hollywood’s staple Long Island mansion. Built by Otto Kahn, one of the wealthiest Americans at the time, Oheka Castle in Huntington has remained a respite for the privileged beyond the Gilded Era. Boasting some of Long Island’s most luxurious residences, finest architecture and grandest historical memorabilia, the Gold Coast mansion is one of a kind. Powerful photographs capture history as the castle transitions from the pinnacle of society to its lowest depths. Long Island’s own “Snow White,” Oheka Castle is an inspiring tale of the rise and fall of a legendary treasure and its modern-day resurrection and salvation by local developer Gary Melius.

In the Water They Can’t See You Cry
Authors: Amanda Beard and Rebecca Paley

By Erica Weiman

The life of seven-time Olympic gold medalist Amanda Beard may seem near perfect, but In the Water They Can’t See You Cry shows that her experiences, even her successes, have not always been so great. Despite an astonishing career in her teenage years, Amanda felt she was unworthy and began expressing her feelings through dangerous self-destructive behavior. Eventually, Amanda renewed faith in herself and gained the confidence to discuss and overcome her struggles. Her memoir is a coming-of-age tale showing that after years of self-doubt and depression, happiness is the ultimate payoff.

It Calls You Back: An Odyssey of Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing?
Author: Luis J. Rodríguez

By Carson Olivares

It Calls You Back is a sequel to nationally acclaimed author Luis J. Rodríguez’s Always Running. After telling the compelling autobiographical account of his life growing up as a Latino gang member in Los Angeles, marked by gang shootings, long-term jail sentences, arrests for attempted murder and assaulting police officers and an addiction to heroin and alcohol, his second memoir depicts the challenges of post-gang life. But when his eldest son is sent to prison for attempted murder, Rodríguez is forced to acknowledge his own history and shortcomings as a father. Opening with a teenage Rodriguez serving his final jail sentence, It Calls You Back follows the challenges of leaving the only life he knew behind, because the crime and the drugs have a way of calling him back.

The Line Between Here and Gone
Author: Andrea Kane

By Erica Roberts

Amanda Gleason is a desperate woman in a race against time with a team of highly skilled investigators. In The Line Between Here and Gone by Andrea Kane, photojournalist Amanda Gleason is struck with tragedy when her boyfriend Paul vanishes and is declared victim of a homicide. Gone also is Amanda’s newborn son’s best chance for survival. Diagnosed with a rare immune deficiency, baby Justin is in need of a stem cell donor, and his best possible match is presumed dead. However, when a friend emails Amanda a photograph she took of a man who could be Paul, Justin’s life hangs on the chance that his father could be alive. Known for solving cases no one else can, a specialized investigation team is hired to track him down. As baby Justin’s health deteriorates, and the team gets closer to the truth about Paul, more secret connections and dark motivations are revealed.

Long Island Modernism: 1930-1980
Author: Caroline Rob Zaleski

By Erica Weiman

Zaleski’s Long Island Modernism serves as the first illustrated history of Long Island’s modern architecture. Based on a survey conducted for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), it highlights the Long Island works of 25 world-renowned architects, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Meier. In this detailed book, the process of each architectural work is dissected and augmented with vivid photography, blueprints and preliminary sketches. The large format makes for immersive reading, revealing LI’s place as a crucible for modern architectural innovation.

Married to a Trial Liar
Authors: Sophia Moreau and Barbara Sheldon

By Brittany Smith

This novel is a rags-to-riches tale with a dark twist. The main character, Mia Picarde, is plagued by the misfortunes of her childhood—a chauvinistic father, mentally troubled mother, tragically killed brother—but manages to become a successful businesswoman on Long Island. This triumph is mired with adversity as she finds herself in a marriage overwhelmed by violence and alcohol. She fights her way out of one malignant marriage to fall seamlessly into another, only this time she has fallen into the arms of a man far more dangerous. Infidelity, perversion and dominance coalesce into an alarming array of obsessions that culminate with a shocking revelation that entangles the fates of all involved.

My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy
Authors: Albert “Prodigy” Johnson and Laura Checkoway

By Michele Falcone

Albert “Prodigy” Johnson of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep was arrested in 2006 when the NYPD stumbled upon a gun in his possession. While serving time in Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, NY, Prodigy began to write about growing up on Long Island, his lifelong battle with a rare form of sickle-cell anemia, and how he and his childhood friend Kejuan “Havoc” Mujita became one of the most well known hip-hop acts on the East Coast. Prodigy, who comes from a long line of talented musicians and performers, opens up about his struggles and victories, while sharing personal stories and imparting words of wisdom to readers. Being in jail opened his eyes to what truly mattered in life, so he had to grow up, Prodigy says, adding, “I’m different now, only ‘cause I choose to be.” Readers can’t help but smile—the spirit of Prodigy shines through wonderfully.

The New Science of Love: How Understanding Your Brain’s Wiring Can Help Rekindle Your Relationship
Author: Dr. Fran Cohen Praver

By Erica Roberts

The New Science of Love is a self-help relationship book with a scientific twist. Dr. Fran Cohen Praver, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, introduces the scientific concept that knowing how your brain works will lead you to take advantage of its workings and incite positive change within yourself and your life. In three parts, this book uses newly discovered principles of neuroscience to teach readers how to establish new patterns in stale relationships

Notary Public Enemy?
Author: Tony Iovino?

By Carson Olivares

Notary Public Enemy is a mystery and crime novel that follows the scandalous life of Long Island litigator Peter De Stio. Author and Rockville Centre resident Tony Iovino is a litigator himself, but beyond that, reality and fantasy diverge. After losing his marriage, family and partnership, Peter is living a post-rehab life in solitude when his seclusion is shattered by accusations of murder and fraud. Fake deeds and mortgages led to millions of dollars missing and a murder, and Peter’s signature and notary stamp are the only leads in the case. Peter and others must find the truth about who he is in order to follow the path to redemption. This is Iovino’s first novel.

Retired? What’s Next?
Author: Michael Bivona?

By Carson Olivares

Michael Bivona looks back at his retirement experiences in his memoir and guidebook, Retired? What’s Next? Based on Bivona’s personal diary, this book offers firsthand insight on common retirement challenges and provides a formula to a comfortable post-employment life. Bivona addresses the physical challenges of the times, how to enjoy new hobbies without getting ripped off, finding activities to enjoy with your significant other and how to stretch a retirement budget.

Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion
Author: Eric Van Lustbader

By Kelley Bligh
 
The ever fast-paced and action-filled Bourne series is at it again with Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion by Eric Van Lustbader. Wasting no time, Van Lustbader dives right into the usual affairs of the seemingly indestructible and impossible to catch Jason Bourne. Boris Karpov, an old friend whose life Bourne saved in the past, has just been appointed to head of the Russian spy agency, FSB-2. Through a devil’s bargain with his former boss, he is now one of Bourne’s enemies. Despite Karpov’s desires to the contrary, the Russian is left with no choice. Moving from chapter to chapter, following friends and foes of Bourne, the reader will be riveted to see what sticky situations Jason Bourne will have to escape next.

Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral History of the 1980s New York Jets
Author: Greg Prato

By Brittany Smith

Long Islander Greg Prato has blown the lid off the steroid scandals, dismissal of head coach Walt Michaels and overall legacy of Joe Namath—all that has defined the 1980s era of the Jets and in some way manipulated the National Football League. Every victory and setback is chronicled and enhanced with Prato’s journalistic approach. Insightful and beguiling interviews with players, coaches and influential figures are woven into the book, tying in cultural phenomena and personal accounts of Jets history. Such luminaries as Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons and Mark Gastineau share paragraphs expressing their innermost feelings. This is an authentic read for any Jets fan or football fanatic to enjoy.

Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior
Author: Montgomery J. Granger

By Brittany Smith

In this work, US Army Reserve Major and native Long Islander Montgomery J. Granger reveals the inner workings of Guantanamo Bay prison post-9/11. As medical officer, family man and American citizen, Granger adds a personal edge to the intimate security and operational details of Gitmo. The all-consuming thoughts and unaltered confessions from his journal pour onto the pages. Rage, empathy and frustration vie for precedence in his mind as he learns he must guard dozens of detained terrorists with the utmost respect and dignity, all the while being away from his wife and newborn son. The prisoners’ insolent behavior strains his resolve and challenges his benevolence. This book illustrates the day-by-day journey and struggles of an individual in service, but also speaks to the level of professionalism upheld by our troops.

Savoring the Hamptons
Author: Silvia Lehrer, forward by Alan Alda

By Erica Weiman

Savoring the Hamptons is not simply a collection of recipes. It is a food discovery guide, whether the reader is a seasoned East End resident or a first-time visitor. Silvia Lehrer shows us some of the committed artisans, restaurateurs, farmers and others who collectively create the essence of the Hamptons. Although some may think the East End of Long Island is strictly a summer destination, Lehrer proves that untrue, dedicating each section of the book to a season of the year. For example, asparagus is highlighted in the spring, while risotto and other warm, hearty dishes are showcased in winter months.
With a calm yet excited voice, Lehrer takes us through both forks of the East End, from Sag Harbor to Cutchogue to East Quogue and more, highlighting seasonal flavors and ingredients along the way. She shows us how to create the most savory of dishes, including slow-roasted meats, seafood and desserts (such as a pumpkin cream roll) with simplicity and ease. Whether we’re following a recipe for seafood chowder or meeting the owner of the Plaza Café in Southampton, Lehrer’s knowledge of the Hamptons and experience shine through.

Sinners & Saints
Authors: Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley

By Danielle Fassman

If the title is not enough to grab you, the juicy gossip of fictional leading ladies Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams will. Leaving pasts rooted in torrid debauchery to stand by their prominent husbands’ sides, a conflict breaks out when both their husbands vie for the much-desired presidency of the American Baptist Coalition. That is, until the current first lady comes onto the scene with an agenda all her own. The award-winning novelists Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley infuse messages of faith with the drama of politics, competition and scandal.

Steven Stevens’ Killer App
Author: Jim Welch

By Michele Falcone

Steven Stevens is your typical Long Island teen. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing video games and pining over his classmate, Jessica. Stevens also happens to be extremely tech savvy for his age, and is often in trouble for his love of technologically based pranks. When a teacher at West Islip High School is murdered, thanks to a digital disaster that sets a bomb off in the gymnasium, fingers immediately point to Stevens. Throughout the story, Stevens puts his tech skills to the test to find the real killer, and with the help of his friends, figure out the mystery. For those who want a quick read that isn’t about wizards or vampires fighting to the death, this is a welcomed alternative.

Take A Shot! A Remarkable Story of Perseverance, Friendship, and a Really Crazy Adventure
Authors: Jake Steinfeld and Dave Morrow

By Erica Roberts

One can clearly imagine sitting at a bar with authors Jake Steinfeld and David Morrow as they recount the tale of how they created their own major league sports team from the ground up. Take A Shot! A Remarkable Story of Perseverance, Friendship, and a Really Crazy Adventure is the official story of how Major League Lacrosse came into existence, written by the men who made it happen. The two unlikely partners—a Hollywood fitness personality and a lacrosse gear manufacturer—take turns narrating one ridiculous anecdote after the next. From insane meetings with potential investors to avoiding utter disaster at nearly every turn, Take A Shot! reads like a tall tale that is admittedly written to inspire.