For some people, "summer" is a verb instead of a noun. Such people like to flaunt their wealth by trying not to appear that they're flaunting it. And in New York the well-to-do like to "summer" in the Hamptons, a wealthy waterfront area of Long Island, where everybody is somebody and each more important than the rest.
Those who like their People magazine will enjoy the gossipy feel of this book, but with the nature of the Hamptons and the people it attracts it's probably natural. Some of it becomes downright comic, especially with the legal codes that are really only used by those with a bit of authority to enhance their own social standing or pay back some perceived slight. To call some of the people 'eccentric' is putting it very mildly, though, when 'weird' might be more accurate. But it's all very interesting and hard to put down sometimes, and you can't help but shake your head at some of the ridiculous stories and people. There are a number of historical photos included, although no maps which would have been nice for those of us who have never "summered" there. But you can still read about it this summer - wherever you might be "summering."