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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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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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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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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Life List Of Adrian Mandrick”

The Life List Of Adrian Mandrick

By Chris White

Touchstone, $24.99

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Chris White is a star in the theater world, with an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and her plays have been produced nationally and internationally. She received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for Rhythms.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Amateur” By Thomas Page McBee

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

By Thomas Page McBee

Scribner, 224 pages, $24.00, available Tuesday, August 14

Thomas Page McBee is the first transgender man to ever box in Madison Square Garden, and in his new book Amateur, he explores his relationship to violence as experienced in a man’s body, while wrestling with the larger issue of what healthy masculinity looks like in our society.

McBee gives a powerful, nuanced exploration of masculinity through the eyes of a new man. Written in a visual and intimate style, this is a compelling narrative of self-definition and a roadmap for new possibilities.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Robert Webb’s “How Not To Be a Boy”

How Not To Be a Boy: Rules For Being A Man

By Robert Webb

Canongate Books

Robert Webb, a British star of Peep Show & the comedic duo Mitchell & Webb, looks at the expectations that boys and men has thrust upon them at every stage of life in How Not To Be a Boy, his best seller in the UK that is now available in the United States.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Moss On “Vanishing New York” In The 21st Century

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul

By Jeremiah Moss

Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, $28.99

Jeremiah Moss is an unflinching chronicler of gentrification in the twenty-first century on the popular and incendiary blog Vanishing New York, which he created.

In his book of the same name, Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul, Moss writes a love letter to what New York has lost in the last two decades.

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