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BrooklynFans Of Books: Michael Imperioli’s Debut Novel

The Perfume Burned His Eyes

By Michael Imperioli

Akashic Books, Brooklyn, NY, 270 pages, hardcover, $25.95

Actor Michael Imperioli is best known for his starring role as Christopher Moltisanti on the acclaimed TV series The Sopranos, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Emmy Award.

Imperioli wrote five Sopranos episodes, and he was the co-screenwriter of the film Summer of Sam, which was directed by Spike Lee.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Leah On The Offbeat”

Leah On The Offbeat

By Becky Albertalli

Harper Collins Children’s Books

With her new novel Leah On The Offbeat, Becky Albertalli returns to the world of her acclaimed first novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which is soon to be a major motion picture, Love, Simon, starting Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, and Tony Hale.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: On The Hunt For The Golden State Killer

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer

By Michelle McNamara

Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, $27.99

For over ten years in Northern California, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults before he took his rampage to the southern part of the state, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders.

Then, he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.”

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Carleton Looks At New Baseball Strategies, Including “The Shift”

(Aaron Judge of the Yankees at the plate with the shift employed by the Miami Marlins against him on April 17th – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Shift: The Next Evolution In Baseball Thinking

By Russell A. Carleton

Triumph Books

Baseball has always been a game of numbers. Mention Joe DiMaggio’s 56, Hank Aaron’s 755, and Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,632 to avid baseball fans, and they will know instantly you’re referring to how many hits Joe D. had in a row, Aaron’s career home run record, and Ripken’s consecutive game streak.

For generations, fans have held these numbers up as touchpoints that transcend the national pastime and act as cultural markers of greatness. Sometimes, the numbers themselves tell the story with no other explanation needed. But what if that story turns out to be fiction?

Russell Carleton, a psychologist, baseball writer researcher, and fan living in Atlanta, examines the new numbers changing the way we play and think about our game in The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Everything That Follows” By Meg Little Reilly

Everything That Follows

By Meg Little Reilly

MIRA Books, on sale Tuesday, May 1st, $15.99

Meg Little Reilly has followed up her debut novel, the acclaimed We Are Unprepared, with an electrifying new psychological drama, Everything That Follows.

This gripping nail-biter provides an immersive plunge into the darkness beneath the veneer of civilized society when a drunken evening derails and thrusts its participants into a moral and ethical morass.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: A New Edition Of Pete Hamill’s Debut Novel

A Killing for Christ

By Pete Hamill

Akashic Books, 266 pages, $27.95

Pete Hamill is one of the greatest authors to call Brooklyn home, born in the borough in 1935 and he recently has moved back.

Hamill is the author of many best-selling books, including the novels Forever and Snow in August, as well as the memoir A Drinking Life. His writing in the New York Post, Daily News, and New York magazine has brough the city to life for millions of readers.

There is a new fiftieth-anniversary edition of his debut novel, A Killing for Christ, a thriller centered in Rome, available now.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Mickey Mantle’s Meteoric Rise In 1956

A Season In The Sun: The Rise Of Mickey Mantle

By Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith

Basic Books

Mickey Mantle is one of the greatest New York Yankees in history, and an American icon in the 1950s.

Mantle’s power, speed, and agility made it seem like there were no limits to what he could do on the diamond.

In their new biography of Mantle, A Season In The Sun, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith argue that to fully understand Mantle, it is necessary to look at his life as he lived it, not as a study in retrospection focusing on his flaws.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Flicker Of Old Dreams” In The Heartland

The Flicker Of Old Dreams

By Susan Henderson

Harper Perennial

Susan Henderson, the author of the critically acclaimed debut Up from the Blue, is a novel about a young woman who comes most alive while working in her father’s mortuary in a small, forgotten Midwestern town.

Mary Crampton has spent all of her thirty years in Petroleum, a small Western town supported by a powerful grain company. Living at home, she works as an embalmer in her father’s mortuary: an unlikely job that has long marked her as an outsider. Yet, to Mary there is a satisfying art to positioning and styling each body to capture the essence of a subject’s life.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: If You’re Looking For Answers, “Go Ask Ali”

Go Ask Ali: Half Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade)

By Ali Wentworth

Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, On Sale Tuesday, April 24; hardcover; 224 pages, $25.99

Comedian and actress Ali Wentworth channels her inner Dear Abby as she dispenses advice, tips, pointers, and judgments on a host of life’s conundrums and sticky situations in her third collection of hilarious vignettes, Go Ask Ali: Half Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade).

Wentworth, whose other books include Ali in Wonderland and Happily Ali After, is the star of the comedy series Nightcap and starred on the classic comedy series In Living Color, with appearances on Seinfeld, The View, Morning Joe, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Wentworth provides an interesting worldview as he gives her insights on topics including her marriage, sex, parenting, gossip, friendship, beauty, and Instagram.

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PBS Unveils 100 Novels In “The Great American Read”

PBS has unveiled a list of America’s 100 best-loved novels, chosen in support of The Great American Read, a new PBS series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love.

The chosen books span five centuries, from Don Quixote, written in 1603, to Ghost, from 2016. Authors from 15 different countries are represented, with genres ranging from beloved children’s classics such as Charlotte’s Web to modern best-sellers such as Harry Potter.

The Great American Read will be hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira and it launches with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations and will introduce viewers to the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey conducted by YouGov.

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