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Still in the Hamptons
More Tales of the Rich, the Famous, and the Rest of Us
Still in the Hamptons
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Dan Rattiner - Author
Excelsior Editions
Price: $24.95 
Hardcover - 386 pages
Release Date: July 2012
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-4413-0

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More encounters with the sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of the Hamptons, by the editor and publisher of Dan’s Papers.

“Dan’s memoirs are like Dan’s newspapers: charming, whimsical, fun, and filled with insightful knowledge of the East End conveyed with a twinkle in the eye. Come to think of it, that describes Dan in person as well! Buy this book!” — Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

Yes, Dan Rattiner is still in the Hamptons, and after fifty-plus years on the eastern end of Long Island, most of them as publisher of the region’s free weekly newspaper, Dan’s Papers, he still has a lot of stories to tell. Here, offered in his signature dry, observant, and self-deprecating wit, are Rattiner’s further encounters with the billionaires and celebrities, the farmers and fishermen, the eccentric artists and ordinary folks, who together make the Hamptons one of the most fashionable, exclusive, and entertaining communities in the United States. As Tom Wolfe once noted, “ If a guy says it happened in the Hamptons, and Dan Rattiner doesn’t know about it, it didn’t.”

The people he writes about are presented in chronological order from 1959 to today, just as Rattiner lived it and has remembered it. Still in the Hamptons will help you understand what the Hamptons used to be and what it has become, and will provide an entertaining read along the way.

Praise for Dan Rattiner

“If you pick up the East Hampton Star, you’ll learn the who, what, and where. The why and how are more likely found in the pages of Dan’s Papers … If you want to understand the crazy quilt of art, sand, money, farmland, literature, golf clubs, divorces, sea spray, and the area’s remarkable blend of ego, generosity, and dedication to historic preservation, read Dan’s book, In the Hamptons, and its sequel, In the Hamptons Too.” — Alec Baldwin, from the Foreword of In the Hamptons Too

“Dan Rattiner has been chronicling the people and events of the Hamptons for as long as I’ve been going there (since the sixties). If anyone wanted some insight into what made this area such an interesting place, all they’d need was a copy of In the Hamptons. It’s as close to rubbing elbows as you can get. Enjoy!” — Billy Joel

“If there was an honorary mayor of the Hamptons it would have to be Dan Rattiner … a raconteur with a wicked sense of humor and an eye for detail.” — Long Island History Journal

Dan Rattiner is an award-winning writer and the editor and publisher of Dan’s Papers, the free newspaper he founded in 1960 when he was twenty years old. He is the author of In the Hamptons: My Fifty Years with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, and Celebrities and In the Hamptons Too: Further Encounters with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, and Celebrities, also published by SUNY Press. He lives on Long Island.

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Table of Contents


Driving Out

The Tycoons

Carl Darenberg Jr.

Werewolf Path

Lazy Lucy

Dick Sandford

Charlie Vanderveer

David Willmott

Nell Robinson

Grey Gardens


Marty Shepard


The Cannon

Chris Johnson

J. J. Johnson

Manny Quinn

The Little People

Block Island Scam


Mort Zuckerman

Frank Perdue

Alastair Gordon

Odeda Rosenthal

Colin Powell

Paul Sidney

Kim Cattrall and Mark Levinson

Peter Jennings

The I Survived the Winter Party

Leon Uris

Tate King and the Survivor Chickens

“Whipped Until Bloodied”

Paul Jeffers

Brenda Siemer

Peter Beard

King of the Hamptons

Alec Baldwin

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