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BrooklynFans Of Books: A New Edition Of Pete Hamill’s Debut Novel

A Killing for Christ

By Pete Hamill

Akashic Books, 266 pages, $27.95

Pete Hamill is one of the greatest authors to call Brooklyn home, born in the borough in 1935 and he recently has moved back.

Hamill is the author of many best-selling books, including the novels Forever and Snow in August, as well as the memoir A Drinking Life. His writing in the New York Post, Daily News, and New York magazine has brough the city to life for millions of readers.

There is a new fiftieth-anniversary edition of his debut novel, A Killing for Christ, a thriller centered in Rome, available now.

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Didi Dominating With Historic Start That’s Sparking MVP Talk

(Didi Gregorius getting ready to take some swings in the batting cage – Photo by Jason Schott)

When Didi Gregorius came to the Yankees in 2015, he faced the monumental task of replacing Derek Jeter, perhaps the best shortstop in their illustrious history.

Three years later, Gregorius is off to a historic start that has him as an early favorite to achieve something Jeter never did: win Most Valuable Player.

The Yankees acquired last year’s National League MVP in Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge was the runner-up for American League MVP, while also taking home Rookie of the Year honors.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Mickey Mantle’s Meteoric Rise In 1956

A Season In The Sun: The Rise Of Mickey Mantle

By Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith

Basic Books

Mickey Mantle is one of the greatest New York Yankees in history, and an American icon in the 1950s.

Mantle’s power, speed, and agility made it seem like there were no limits to what he could do on the diamond.

In their new biography of Mantle, A Season In The Sun, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith argue that to fully understand Mantle, it is necessary to look at his life as he lived it, not as a study in retrospection focusing on his flaws.

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Nets Add Prigioni & Splitter To Staff

The Nets announced that they have Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach on Kenny Atkinson’s staff, as well as Tiago Splitter to the position of pro scout, with added duties related to player on-court development.

Prigioni joins the Nets following a professional playing career which spanned 20-plus years in Argentina, Spain and the NBA. A native of Argentina, Prigioni spent the majority of his career playing in Spain, where he led Baskonia to three Spanish King’s Cup titles, four Spanish Supercup titles and a Spanish League championship.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Flicker Of Old Dreams” In The Heartland

The Flicker Of Old Dreams

By Susan Henderson

Harper Perennial

Susan Henderson, the author of the critically acclaimed debut Up from the Blue, is a novel about a young woman who comes most alive while working in her father’s mortuary in a small, forgotten Midwestern town.

Mary Crampton has spent all of her thirty years in Petroleum, a small Western town supported by a powerful grain company. Living at home, she works as an embalmer in her father’s mortuary: an unlikely job that has long marked her as an outsider. Yet, to Mary there is a satisfying art to positioning and styling each body to capture the essence of a subject’s life.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: How YouTube Has Remade the Media Landscape

Streampunks: YouTube and the Rebels Remaking Media

By YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl, written in collaboration with Manny Peyvan

HarperBusiness, hardcover, $29.99

YouTube has probably been the media company that has changed the world more than any other, yet little is known about it.

Over 1.5 billion people log in to YouTube every single month to watch viral videos, late-night TV clips, news broadcasts, sports highlights, music videos, on how-to tutorial on nearly every subject, generating billions of views.

YouTube has changed the way we’re informed, educated, and entertained. It’s changed how advertisers and marketers think and plan.

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Yankees’ Two Touchdowns Against Twins Sign Of Things To Come

(Miguel Andujar approaching home plate after his home run on Monday night – @Yankees)

Nothing gets the Yankees’ offense going like a visit from the Minnesota Twins.

That was especially true on Monday night at Yankee Stadium, as the Yankees rolled to a 14-1 victory over a team they always seem to have their way with.

The Yankees have now won three straight, and five of seven overall, on this homestand.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: If You’re Looking For Answers, “Go Ask Ali”

Go Ask Ali: Half Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade)

By Ali Wentworth

Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, On Sale Tuesday, April 24; hardcover; 224 pages, $25.99

Comedian and actress Ali Wentworth channels her inner Dear Abby as she dispenses advice, tips, pointers, and judgments on a host of life’s conundrums and sticky situations in her third collection of hilarious vignettes, Go Ask Ali: Half Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade).

Wentworth, whose other books include Ali in Wonderland and Happily Ali After, is the star of the comedy series Nightcap and starred on the classic comedy series In Living Color, with appearances on Seinfeld, The View, Morning Joe, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Wentworth provides an interesting worldview as he gives her insights on topics including her marriage, sex, parenting, gossip, friendship, beauty, and Instagram.

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St. John’s Ponds & Simon Honored By MBWA

(Shamorie Ponds – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s guards Shamorie Ponds and Justin Simon have been homored by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association for their superb play during the 2017-18 campaign, which included wins over Duke and eventual national champion Villanova.

Ponds was named to the All-Met First Team for the second straight season, and Simon was named to the All-Met Second Team after his first season .

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NYCFC Suffers First Loss Of Season, A Shutout In Portland

(Portland’s Larrys Mabiala after he scored on Sunday – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club suffered its first loss of the season as they were shutout, 3-0, by the Portland Timbers on the road on Sunday night.

NYCFC, in first in the Eastern Conference, dropped to 5-2-1, with 17 points, one ahead of Atlanta (5-1-1, 16 points). Portland improved to 2-2-3, eight points, and they are in ninth place in the Western Conference.

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