Excelsior Editions, a division of SUNY PRESS, has 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.”
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.
STILL IN THE HAMPTONS is now on sale wherever books are sold. Both of the earlier two memoirs, IN THE HAMPTONS (2008) in paperback and IN THE HAMPTONS TOO (2010) in hardcover are also available, both in stores and online.