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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Hazards Of Good Fortune” By Seth Greenland

The Hazards Of Good Fortune

By Seth Greenland

Europa Editions, paperback, 624 pages, $20.00, available Tuesday, August 21

Award-winning author, playwright, and screenwriter Seth Greenland has the unique ability to create deeply tragic characters and infuse their stories with a potent blend of humor, compassion, and scathing satire. His previous novels The Bones, Shining City, I Regret Everything, and The Angry Buddhist have garnered critical acclaim and legions of fans worldwide.

Greenland’s new novel, The Hazards Of Good Fortune, focuses on a witty, heartbreaking, and unflinching tale in which generations, races, and religions intersect and clash.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Baseball Italian Style”

(Phil Rizzuto)

Baseball Italian Style: Great Stories Told by Italian American Major Leaguers from Crosetti to Piazza

By Lawrence Baldassaro

Sports Publishing, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

The contributions of Italians in baseball, especially in New York, can be seen in Yankees history from shortstops Frank Crosetti and Phil Rizzuto (who later gained fame as the team’s announcer) to Joe DiMaggio to Yogi Berra to Joe Torre, who managed the club to four championships in the late 1990s; and the Mets, whose Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza is one of just two players in that franchise to have his number retired.

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Yankees Offense Revs Up In Time For Stretch They Can Rack Up W’s

(Miguel Andujar – @Yankees)

The Yankees swept the Toronto Blue Jays in their three-game weekend series, capped by a 10-2 win on Sunday afternoon.

The Yankees went to work immediately against Toronto starter Ryan Borucki, as they put up six runs in the first inning before an out was recorded.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Tragedy Plus Time”

Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir

By Adam Cayton-Holland

Touchstone, hardcover, $26.00; available this Tuesday, August 21

Adam Cayton-Holland, the nationally touring comedian, writes about the funny, unbreakable, and heart wrenching relationship with his younger sister and the depression that took her life in Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir, which Patton Oswalt called“heartfelt and brilliant.”

Adam  grew up in a close-knit family deemed “The Magnificent Cayton-Hollands” in Denver, Colorado. His father, a civil rights lawyer, and his mother, an investigative journalist, taught Adam and his two sisters to feel the pain of the world deeply and to combat it any way necessary.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Pieces Of Her” By Karin Slaughter

Pieces Of Her

By Karin Slaughter

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, hardcover, $27.99, available this Tuesday, August 21

Karin Slaughter, #1 internationally bestselling author, has captivated her readers for eighteen years with her poignant but intoxicating New York Times bestselling thrillers.

Slaughter is known for her Grant Connor and Will Trent series, but her recent mega-standalone works such as Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter that have put her into the stratosphere.

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NYCFC Shutout in Philadelphia

(Philadelphia midfielder Ilsinho pushes the ball upfield – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club suffered a 2-0 shutout loss to the Philadelphia Union on the road on Saturday night.

NYCFC fell to 14-5-6, with 47 points, and missed a chance to take over first place in the Eastern Conference, as they remain a point behind the Red Bulls and Atlanta, who each have 48. Atlanta hosts Columbus Sunday afternoon.

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Red Bulls Road Tie In Vancouver Puts Them In First Place

(Daniel Royer – @NewYorkRedBulls)

The Red Bulls earned a 2-2 draw on the road against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, putting them into first place.

Daniel Royer led the way for the Red Bulls, as his two goals, in the early and late stages of the game, bookended a pair of goals from Vancouver’s Kendall Waston.

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Boone on Andujar: “There’s a joy with which he plays the game”

(Miguel Andujar points the way to success this season – @Yankees)

One of the bright spots for the Yankees this season has been the play of rookie third baseman Miguel Andujar.

Through Tuesday night’s win over Tampa Bay, Andujar has played in 108 games, and has a .294 average (121 hits in 411 at-bats) to lead the team among everyday players (for the record, Ronald Torreyes has a .323 average in 24 games played).

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Atticus Finch: The Biography”

(Atticus Finch as portrayed by Gregory Peck in the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird)

Atticus Finch: The Biography

By Joseph Crespino

Basic Books; hardcover, 272 pages, $27.00

Joseph Crespino, the Jimmy Carter Professor of history at Emory University, tells the story of one of the most famous characters of all time in Atticus Finch: The Biography.

Crespino tells Atticus Finch’s story, from his origins in the life and example of Harper Lee’s father, Amasa Coleman (A.C) Lee, to his evolution in her two novels, his adaptation in the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird, and his public reception during the critical years of the southern civil rights struggle.

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