America’s Game: A History Of Major League Baseball Through World War II
By Bryan Soderholm-Difatte
Rowman & Littlefield; hardcover, $45.00; eBook $42.50
In a comprehensive survey of major league baseball, Bryan Soderholm-Difatte looks at the national pastime’s legendary figures, major innovations, and pivotal moments in the beginning of the twentieth century in America’s Game: A History of Major League Baseball through World War II.
Soderholm-Difatte details pivotal moments—including the founding of the American League, the 1919 Black Sox scandal, and navigating the Great Depression and two World Wars—and concludes with a chapter examining the exclusion of black ballplayers from the major leagues.
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The Waiting Room
By Emily Bleeker
Lake Union Publishing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $10.99; ebook $3.99
Emily Bleeker, the bestselling author of When I’m Gone and Working Fire, is back with a gripping novel about a mother, her missing daughter, and the dark secrets that surround them in The Waiting Room.
Veronica Shelton has suffered from postpartum depression ever since her husband’s death collided with the birth of her daughter. She has trouble sleeping, can’t go to work, and can’t bear to touch her beautiful baby girl.
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In The Midnight Room
By Laura McBride
Touchstone Paperback, $16.00, available today, Tuesday, August 21
Laura McBride, whose debut novel We Are Called to Rise, was a #1 Next Indie Pick and a B&N Discover selection, captures the intensity and intimacy of women’s lives in her new novel, In The Midnight Room.
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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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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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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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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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(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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Sweet Little Lies
By Caz Frear
Harper, $26.99, hardcover, available Tuesday, August 14
British literary star Caz Frear grew up in Coventry, England and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel.
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The Life List Of Adrian Mandrick
By Chris White
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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