Dan Rattiner’s STILL IN THE HAMPTONS Released
Excelsior Editions, a division of SUNY PRESS, today announced the publication of author Dan Rattiner's third memoir, "STILL IN THE HAMPTONS, More Tales of the Rich, the Famous and the Rest of Us," on July 15, 2012.
Each of the first two memoirs features fascinating encounters with celebrities and locals during Rattiner's half century writing and editing the newspaper Dan's Papers which he founded fifty two years ago. This third memoir features more of them, with memories of such well known figures as Alec Baldwin, Kim Cattrall, Peter Beard, Colin Powell, Leon Uris, Peter Jennings and a host of locals, including Paul Sidney, Charlie Vanderveer, Chris Johnson, David Willmott and fishing boat captain Carl Darenberg Jr.
Regarding the first memoir, playwright Edward Albee wrote "A long love poem to the area and the extraordinary people who have occupied and, more often than not, helped to preserve its character…This book is damn good work." The New York Times wrote "Each portrait is written in unassuming language, with emotional punch, telling detail and impressive recall…to find as many memorable characters gathered between two covers, you'd have to look back to Joseph Mitchell's Up in the Old Hotel." Alec Baldwin wrote about the second memoir "Who else can give you authoritative takes on Pollock and de Kooning, Steinbeck and Vonnegut, Billy Joel and Steven Spielberg?" And Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs, comments about the third "Dan's memoirs are like Dan's newspapers; charming, fun and filled with insightful knowledge of the East End conveyed with a twinkle in the eye."
Beginning next week and for the next twelve consecutive weeks, the author embarks on a unique "book tour," reading chapters outdoors, over a microphone at locations where the encounters in those chapters take place. Other readings are in local bookstores and on stage. Nearly all are on Saturday mornings at 11 am, though others take place on Sunday.
Saturday, July 28th 11:00 AM. Corner of West End Ave, and Georgica Road, East Hampton.
The author will be at this location to read the chapter "Grey Gardens," about the mansion on that corner, now fully restored, which in the 1970s was the falling down decrepit home of Big Edie and Little Edie Beale and their 23 cats. The Beales were the aunt and cousin of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who also lived in this town. An award winning documentary was made with the two Edies at this house – with Little Edie hoping to be a movie star, and later this documentary became a movie, a Broadway Show (a musical), several books and memoirs, and is now a chapter in "Still in the Hamptons."
Sunday, July 29, 1 PM, The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Main St., Westhampton Beach
The author will read "Driving Out," a vivid description of what it was like, town by town, to drive along narrow roads from the dirty, fabulous city of Manhattan to the motel fishing resort of Montauk in 1959, a trip that would take about four hours. There were no superhighways back then in the era of Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. There was, however, the Pilgrim State Mental Hospital, the "Smithtown Bypass," lots of Duck Farms by the sides of the road and the sleepy undiscovered villages of the Hamptons.
Saturday, August 4th 11:00 AM. Southwest Corner of Werewolf Path and Little Noyac Path, Water Mill.