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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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Women’s March Organizers At Greenlight Bookstore In Fort Greene

The Women’s March organizers will be at Greenlight Bookstore on Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 pm for a celebration of Women’s History Month and their new book, Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World.

Paola Mendoza, Sarah Sophie Flicker, and other organizers of the historic march will take part in a reading and panel discussion at Greenlight’s Fort Greene location, 686 Fulton Street (at S. Portland).

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Wiley Cash’s “The Last Ballad” On Workers’ Rights

The Last Ballad 

By Wiley Cash

William Morrow, An Imprint of Harper Collins

Wiley Cash, the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy,  is back in a big way with his new novel, The Last Ballad.

Inspired by true events around the Gastonia Mill Riots of 1929, The Last Ballad brings to life the bravery and struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America.

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“The Wife” Soon To Be a Movie From Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the Alafair Burke novel The Wife, with the author set to write the feature script.

Published in January by Harper, the novel seems a perfect fit for this #MeToo moment. The book deal is high six figures and scripting fees put it into seven-figures.

Angela, a woman who suffered extreme trauma in her teen years, learns that her celebrity husband may be a sexual predator.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Jorge Ramos On Being A “Stranger” In Trump’s America

Stranger: The Challenge Of A Latino Immigrant In The Trump Era

By Jorge Ramos

Vintage Books, A Division of Penguin Random House, available February 27th 

Jorge Ramos, the Emmy-award winning journalist and Univision anchor, answers the question of what it means to be an American in his new book Stranger.

This question has taken on a new meaning in President Donald Trump’s America.

A lot of Ramos’ focus is on immigration changing the face of America, and Stranger comes out amidst the debate on the fate of the Dreamers as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is set to expire.

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BrooklynFans of Books: “Wild Escape,” On The 2015 Upstate NY Prison Break

Wild Escape: The Prison Break from Dannemora and the Manhunt that Captured America

By Chelsia Rose Marcius

Diversion Books, on sale: February 27th

Convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt successfully escaped Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, 2015.

The subsequent three-week long manhunt was one of the costliest and most intense in New York history, and it came to an end when  Sweat was taken into custody and Matt was fatally shot by a border patrol SWAT team member.

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