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New York Times Bookshelf: Sam Roberts on Saving Sin City

There’s Plenty to Read About the ‘Trial of the Century’     By Sam Roberts August 23, 2018 The epigraph of Mary Cummings’s book about the trial of the century — the early 20th, at least — pretty much sets the tone for the tawdry, misogynistic and, even in the…

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“Deliciously Dishy” review by All Things Jill-Elizabeth

Book Review: Saving Sin City by Mary Cummings July 2nd, 2018 by Jill-Elizabeth I LOVE non-fiction that reads like fiction. Let’s be honest, truth often IS stranger than anything an author could come up with, largely because authors realize that there’s a limit to what people will believe. Unfortunately for life,…

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Scenes from a Raceland Book Party – Saving Sin City

If you missed the occasion, it was a splendid affair at Raceland, the home of Laura & Ron Race, to celebrate the release of Saving Sin City. Boxes of books were sold, bilinis were consumed at a copious clip, and the gardens were enjoyed by all. If you haven’t yet…

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NPR: Book Review: ‘Saving Sin City’

By JOAN BAUM Every now and then when it seems the world can’t get any greedier or immoral, a book comes along to remind us that the world’s always seemed spiritually bankrupt to the generations who lived through their own mad, bad times. That’s the implied premise of Southampton writer…

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Book Review: ‘Saving Sin City’ by Mary Cummings Satisfies

APRIL 30, 2018 BY SARAH STOSS   Local journalist Mary Cummings’s retelling of a scandal that took place in early 20th century New York City is provocative and enthralling. Cummings is a historian as well as a writer and her work has been recognized by the New York Press Association….

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Starred Review from Booklist

“This work of narrative nonfiction offers a richly detailed plunge into the excesses of the Gilded Age, as revealed in one infamous love triangle. Journalist Cummings adds a new dimension to a case that’s often been written about, that of the murder of famed New York society architect Stanford White…

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Upcoming Events

Friday, May 25

Book talk at Canio’s Books, Main Street, Sag Harbor.

Wednesday, July 11 (Noon)

Book talk at Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton.

Thursday, August 30

Presentation and book-signing at the Southampton History Museum as part of the museum’s Gilded Age summer lecture series.

About the Author

Mary Cummings is a writer, historian, and an award-winning journalist whose work has been recognized by the New York Press Association. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times for ten years, writing feature stories for its Long Island coverage. She has also written for TimeOut New York, Newsday, Columbia Today and numerous other publications. She was the arts editor and principal feature writer at The Southampton Press for seven years and has written three books on local history: “Southampton,” “Hurricane, 1938,” and “One Hundred Years of Healing,” a study of the role of Southampton Hospital in the social history of the Hamptons. In recent years, she has been a staff member at the Southampton History Museum, managing its Research Center and using her free time to indulge her fascination with Gilded Age New York, gathering the material and writing the story that became “Saving Sin City.” Raised in Southampton, New York, she is a graduate of Smith College and holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. She lived in France for two years, and after her marriage, she and her husband lived in several American cities, as well as in Ethiopia, before returning to the States to raise their two sons. She currently lives in Southampton.