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BrooklynFans Of Books: How Three Women Won Battle Against Onassis

Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World – And Won

By David W. Moore

Diversion Books

In the fall of 1973, Aristotle Onassis, the Greek oil shipping tycoon and husband of President John F. Kennedy’s widow Jackie, arrived on the New Hampshire Coast to scout out plots of land.

Onassis was on the of the world’s richest and famous men who was convinced his plan would go off without a hitch. He lined up support for the project from New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson and by William Loeb, publisher of the Manchester Union Leader.

Small Town, Big Oil tells the story of how three women, Nancy Sundberg, Dudley Wesbter Dudley, and Phyllis Bennett, fought Onassis’ bid to build an oil refinery in the town of Durham, New Hampshire, and won.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “This Is Me,” The Inspiring Journey Of Chrissy Metz

This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today

by Chrissy Metz

Dey Street Books, Hardcover, On Sale Today, March 27, $26,99

Chrissy Metz is one of the lead actors of a series that has become a cultural phenomenon since it debuted in the fall of 2016, This Is Us.

The acclaimed program was honored with the coveted spot after the Super Bowl this past February, and has been renewed for two upcoming seasons.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Ray Allen On The Big 3 In Boston And Making His Mark In Miami

From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love

By Ray Allen, with Michael Arkush

Dey Street Books, Hardcover, available this Tuesday, March 27

Ray Allen is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, especially known for draining them from behind the arc, and set the record for most three-pointers made in the process.

Allen, who displayed an incomparable work ethic in his 18-year career, won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat in 2013.

In a very engaging and revealing work, From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love, Allen writes about growing up in a military family. This that taught him about responsibility and respect, and led to the laser focus that made him one of the greatest players in NBA history.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Yankees Bound For Glory With “The Baby Bombers”

The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty

By Bryan Hoch

Diversion Books

The New York Yankees dynasty in the 1990s, which saw them win four World Series championships, revolved around homegrown players Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera.

The last championship for The Core Four, as they came to be known, came in 2009, and the feeling of that era lasted until Jeter retired at the end of the 2014 season.

In The Baby Bombers, Bryan Hoch, who has covered the Yankees as a beat writer since 2007, chronicles how the team rebuilt over the past few years, and came within one win of reaching the World Series last season.

With Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, and Greg Bird, the Yankees have a homegrown core of talent again.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Secret Empires” In Politics

Secret Empires: How Our Politicians Hide Corruption and Enrich Their Families and Friends

By Peter Schweizer

Harper, Published Today

Peter Schweizer, the president of the Government Accountability Institute, leads a team that is committed to exposing crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer money, and other government corruption and malfeasance.

Schweizer has become an authority on the subject of money in politics with his bestsellers Clinton Cash, Throw Them All Out, Do As I Say (Not As I Do), Extortion, and Architects of Ruin.

In his new book Secret Empires, Schweizer, with his team of investigative researchers and journalists, exposes vast corruption by top Washington figures who leverage their political power to enrich their family members and friends, often by helping grease deals with foreign entities.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Stray City” By Chelsey Johnson

Stray City

By Chelsey Johnson

Custom House / William Morrow, on sale March 20th, hardcover $25.99

In her debut novel Stray City, Chelsey Johnson explores the notion within LGBTQ culture of creating an alternative or “chosen” family, which is vital and born of necessity.

Johnson looks at this concept with scintillating wit, a fresh eye, and heart-crushing pathos, and in the process flipping the script on the traditional coming-out story in the process.

“I wanted to imagine and realize joyful, inventive, liberatory possibilities of family formation,” says Johnson.

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BrooklynFans of Books: From Odessa To Brooklyn To “Dancing With The Stars”

I’ll Never change My Name: An Immigrant’s American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars

By Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Dey St., An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Valentin “Val” Chmerkovskiy, who has been one of the professional ballroom dancers on Dancing with the Stars since 2011, tells his life story for the very first time in his engaging memoir I’ll Never Change My Name.

Starting with his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, and his Jewish family’s immigration to the United States, he examines what it was like to arrive in Brooklyn at the age of eight without knowing a word of English, and was a stranger in a strange land.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Cooking “For The Love Of The South”

For The Love Of The South: Recipes and Stories from My Southern Kitchen

By Amber Wilson

Harper Design, An imprint Of Harper Collins Publishers, 256 pages, $35.00

Amber Wilson, who created the acclaimed food blog For the Love of the South, has just published her first cookbook, which is a delightful collection of 100 amazing and accessible recipes for Southern classics.

For The Love Of The South: Recipes And Stories From My Southern  Kitchen captures the essence of Southern culture and honors family, friends, food, and Wilson’s experience growing up on the bayous of Louisiana.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Ed O’Bannon Gets “Court Justice”

Court Justice: The Inside Story Of My Battle Against The NCAA

By Ed O’Bannon, With Michael McCann

Diversion Books

In 2009, Ed O’Bannon, who was a star on the 1995 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins and a first-round NBA draft pick for the New Jersey Nets, thought he’d made peace with the NCAA’s exploitive system of “amateurism.”

College athletes generated huge profits, yet, despite training nearly full-time, forced to tailor coursework around sports, often pawns in corrupt investigations; they saw little from those riches other than revocable scholarships and miniscule chances of going pro.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “If I Die Tonight” By Alison Gaylin

If I Die Tonight

By Alison Gaylin

William Morrow, An Imprint of Harper Collins, on sale March 6th

Alison Gaylin, the USA Today bestselling author, puts her strengths as a writer – dynamic characters, family drama, and absorbing plot twists – on display in her new novel If I Die Tonight.

When a teenage boy is run over during a carjacking involving a former 80’s pop star, suspicion falls on another teen from the neighborhood. Perpetuated by a social media blitzkrieg, roles of hero and villain solidify, but the seemingly open-and-shut police case turns out to be anything but simple.

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