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Best Long Island Books & Movies

As one who loves Long Island I like to read and collect books about Long Island and/or written by Long Island authors.

I especially enjoy attending book signings so I can meet the authors and have my books personalized.

On this page you find brief reviews of the Long Island related books & movies. The list is not all inclusive as time is somewhat limited, but I'll try to bring you the best (in my humble opinion of course) of what I've read.

Please note: All links on this page open to more detailed reviews on this website. You will not be redirected to a gigantic Internet book retailer.

DVD CoverJones Beach: An American Riviera
A beautiful documentary by George P. Pozderec

In 30 way too short minutes narrator Eli Wallach takes us from conception to completion of one of America's greatest landmarks. Vintage images, music, film footage and in depth interviews make this film watchable over and over again.

I highly recommend it.

A rocky coastline1001 Questions Answered About the Seashore
by N.J. Berrill and Jacquelyn Berrill

If you've ever picked something up on one of Long Island's beaches and wondered what it was, this book can help you figure it out.

I'm not claiming this is the very best book on the subject, but it does make for hours of good, even fascinating reading.

Book cover, Men's LivesMen's Lives
by Peter Matthiessen

Men's Lives is an incredibly detailed and enjoyable account of the lives of the commercial fishermen of the Long Island's South Fork.

If you like fishing, Long Island history, nostalgia, or are one of those people who can’t get enough of sand, sea and surf, then Men’s Lives is a book you might enjoy.

Book cover, The VineyardThe Vineyard
by Louisa Thomas Hargrave

The Vineyard is the amazing story of Long Island's first vineyard. Two young kids just out of college dreamed the impossible and then achieved it. With no experience whatsoever they planted vines that shouldn't grow on Long Island and unwittingly founded Long Island's wine industry. Like true pioneers they faced adventure, adversity and suffered “arrows in the back.” I read it twice...

Book cover, Haunted Long Island Haunted Long Island
by Lynda Lee Macken

Haunted Long Island is an easy reading guide to 32 spooky sites on Long Island. A perfect under the covers with a flashlight during a thunderstorm kind of book.

Book cover, Fishing the Long Island CoastFishing the Long Island Coast
by Tom Melton

Fishing the Long Island Coast is an easy reading guide to the most productive beach, bay and inshore fishing locations on Long Island.

Book cover, The Barns of the North ForkThe Barns of the North Fork
by Mary Ann Spencer

The Barns of the North Fork is a beautiful collection of photographs made in an effort to document and preserve Long Island's barns.

Book cover, The Food and Wine of the North ForkThe Food and Wine of the North Fork
by Chef John Ross

Enjoy a nostalgic tour of 65 North Fork restaurants and learn how to cook Long Island style with 100 recipes using fresh Long Island ingredients. The Food and Wine of the North Fork is a must read for anyone who loves food, wine and Long Island's north fork.

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