The Buffalo Winter Sectional Tournament will be held Friday, Jan. 27,  to Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Main-Transit Fire Hall Social Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. There will be pairs games at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Swiss teams at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. For info, click this link. *  *  * The Bridge Center of Buffalo and the Airport Bridge Club will off…

“Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol” by Steve Jones with ben Thompson, Da Capo, 308 pages, $26.99 We’re lucky that Steve Jones fit learning to play the guitar into his busy boyhood schedule of stealing cars, picking pockets, and thuggish petty thievery in the streets of mid-'70s London. If he hadn’t, we’d never have had the Sex Pistols, we’d never have had …

BIOGRAPHY Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast By Megan Marshall Houghton Mifflin Harcour 368 pages, $30 Randall Jarrell, a poet better known for his criticism than his poetry, said this about Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry: She appears “to be doing what is statistically and aesthetically impossible — writing only great poems.” Bishop’s father…

FICTION Whatever Happened To Interracial Love?: Stories By Kathleen Collins Ecco paperback original 175 pages, $15.95 “Posthumously published” takes on a whole new meaning with the reading of the late Kathleen Collins’ raw, electric and nuanced story collection, “Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?” From its provocative title to its 16 spare bu…

NONFICTION Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend By Deidre Bair Doubleday 395 pages,  $30 Al Capone keeps some heady company in Deidre Bair’s literary work. After all, the biographer has previously examined the lives of such cultural icons as French writer Simone de Beauvoir, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and Romanian-born New Yorker cartoonist Saul Stei…

The other day, while lifting up the comforter in search of a dropped earring, I started thinking about all the things people stash under their beds. Out-of-season clothing, table leaves, ironing boards, toys, foldable exercise equipment, rolls of wrapping paper, monsters ... It’s tempting – Out of sight, out of mind! – and retailers make it even more so. That…

CHILDREN’S The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli; Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers; 339 pages, ($16.99) Ages 9 to 12. ... This poignant novel of love, loss and sacrifice, set in 1959 in the small town of Two Mills outside Philadelphia, comes from the author of many acclaimed novels for this age group including Newbery Medal winner “Maniac Magee. “ Twelv…

The Airport Bridge Club continues to have extra-point ACBL Junior Fund games at all of its games during the coming week. The club will have two sessions Monday on Martin Luther King Day – 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. – with free lunch between games. *  *  *   The Bridge Center of Buffalo also will have extra-point Junior Fund games Tuesday through next Saturday. The club…

You'll find it on handbags and key chains. Lampshades and steering wheel covers. Bathrobes and blanket throws. In this cozy-seeking season, faux fur makes itself right at home. Whether made to imitate the fur of a real animal - or blatantly fake as in puffs of fluffy hot pink or turquoise -  you'll find faux fur in expected places such as hood trims on parkas but, oh, …

Current wisdom is that everything has changed in the world of books: how frequently people read online rather than in print, how people get their information, and what books sell. Some of these changes affect gardeners and naturalists too, but I see differences in this particular community’s relationship to books. Some books will remain on our shelves and have roles in o…

CHILDREN’S Elon Musk and The Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance; HarperCollins, 288 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 and up. Adapted for young readers. (Jan. 24 publication.) ... Journalist Ashlee Vance had exclusive access to Elon Musk and his family and friends (even his classmates from Musk’s childhood days in South Africa) for this riveting biography, adapted for…

Psychologist and author Harriet Lerner has been one of the country’s most respected relationship experts since “The Dance of Anger” was published in 1985. The New York Times bestseller sold several million copies and appeared in 25 foreign translations. It was followed by such titles as “The Dance of Intimacy,” The Dance of Deception” and “The Mother Dance…

FICTION The Nix By Nathan Hill Knopf 628 pages, $24.95 Of course, John Irving likes "The Nix" and compares Nathan Hill to Dickens. How could he not? Hill's manic energy and astounding breadth of knowledge put him right in Irving's footsteps and perhaps beyond Dickens in historical scope. Hill starts with the everyday, wanders off into every possible kind …

“Steven Spielberg: A Life in Film” by Molly Haskell, Yale University Press, 248 pages, $25. Toward the end of this book we find this about the night Steven Spielberg showed his film “Lincoln” at the Obama White House: “After a screening....he and the president got into a lively discussion in which Spielberg told Obama about how he uses technology to tell stori…