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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Blame It On Bianca Del Rio

Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing with an Opinion on Everything

By Bianca Del Rio

Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, $21.99

Bianca Del Rio is the cheeky, larger-than-life drag queen and outrageous comic who blasted her name in the annals of pop culture on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Thanks to her snarky frankness, impeccable comedic timing, and politically incorrect humor, she became the show’s breakout star, winning its sixth season.

Fierce, funny, and fabulous, Bianca  Del Rio, otherwise known as Roy Haylock, is in a class by herself, and has been dubbed “The Joan Rivers of the Drag World” by The New York Times.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: On Baseball & American History

(Yankee Stadium – Photo by Jason Schott)

Baseball is intertwined into the fabric of America like no other sport, and there are three books out now that tell these amazing stories of larger themes around the game.

Former White House presidential speechwriter Curt Smith looks at the relationship between the U.S. Presidency and baseball in The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House. Longtime player and manager Felipe Alou, the first player from the Dominican Republic to play in the major leagues, is out with his autobiography, Alou: My Baseball Journey. Amy Essington looks at how the minor leagues integrated faster than the majors in her detailed work, The Integration of the Pacific Coast League: Race and Baseball on the West Coast.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “See Her Run: An Aloa Snow Mystery”

See Her Run: An Aloa Snow Mystery

By Peggy Townsend

Thomas & Mercer, 267 pages, $15.95 paperback, $3,99 Kindle eBook

Peggy Townsend is an award-winning journalist whose stories have appeared in newspapers around the country. She has chased a serial killer through a graveyard at midnight and panhandled with street kids.

Townsend takes what she has learned as a writer and put it into her debut novel, See Her Run: An Aloa Snow Mystery, a fast-paced thriller with a big heart.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Amber Tamblyn’s “Any Man”

Any Man

By Amber Tamblyn

Harper Perennial, 304 pages, $15.99, available this Tuesday June 26

Amber Tamblyn, author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Dark Sparkler, has now turned to writing her debut novel, Any Man, a groundbreaking work on how we understand trauma.

With the influence of feminist authors like Lidia Yuknavich, Carmen Maria Machado, and Amelia Gray, Tamblyn challenges our understanding of rape culture and the trauma that goes with it, while also searching for hope, with a space for victims to be heard, in the hardest of places.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: D.L. Hughley On “How Not To Get Shot”

How Not To Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People

By D.L. Hughley and Doug Moe

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, $25.99, available Tuesday, June 26

Race relations have come to the forefront of American consciousness in the last decade, from the elections of Barack Obama and Donald Trump to the tragic events of Ferguson and Charlottesville.

Legendary comedian and activist D.L. Hughley has never shied away from discussing race relations, and in his new book, How Not To Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People, he offers his cutting observations on this contentious issue that continues to traumatize the nation.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Callahan’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

By John Callahan

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

John Callahan was a nationally-syndicated cartoonist known for his frank portrayals of challenging subjects, in particular disability.

“When people laugh like hell and then say, ‘That’s not funny,’ you can be pretty sure they’re talking about John Callahan,” said P.J. O’Rourke.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot recounts Callahan’s life story, from the harrowing to the hilarious. Featuring more than 60 of Callahan’s cartoons, it’s a compelling look at art, addiction, disability, and fame.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Brothers In Arms” On Dodgers’ Remarkable History On The Mound

Brothers In Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition

By Jon Weisman

Triumph Books, 384 pages, $19.95

The Dodgers, from when they played in Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to their 60 years in Los Angeles, have one of the best traditions in baseball, and all of sports.

The blue and white have been at the forefront of the game for generations, spanning the history books, the country and the gap between a mere sports team and a cultural icon.

The true impact of the Dodgers, is seen in how they have mastered a 60’6” stretch of the diamond, from the pitcher’s mound to home plate.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Guilt” By Amanda Robson

Guilt

By Amanda Robson

Avon, available Tuesday, June 19

Amanda Robson’s debut psychological thriller, Obsession, was a success in the United Kingdom, reaching the top spot on the iBooks bestsellers list. It received critical praise for its taut suspense and its unwavering unwavering examination of the nature of marriage, passion, and jealousy.

Robson returns with her second book, Guilt, which is a dark and twisty novel about two sisters whose lives are irrevocably unraveled when they become involved with a charming sociopath.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Elizabeth’s Pipko’s Second Collection Of Poetry, “About You”

About You

By Elizabeth Pipko

Archway Publishing

At the young age of 22, Elizabeth Pipko is a well-recognized model, figure skater and two-time author. Her second collection of poetry, About You, is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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