(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
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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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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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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A Season In The Sun: The Rise Of Mickey Mantle
By Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
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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The Flicker Of Old Dreams
By Susan Henderson
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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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 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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(Tiger Woods on the 18th green at The Barclays in 2013 – Photo by Jason Schott)
By Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian
Simon & Schuster; $30.00; 512 pages
Tiger Woods was on top pf the golf world, if not the entire sports world for 15 years, and ever since his world came crashing down on him, it has been a struggle for him to find who he is as a person and to stay healthy enough to be the player he once was.
Veteran journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian examine Tiger in the first truly comprehensive biography of one of the greatest golfers ever in Tiger Woods.
“Very few individuals are known throughout the world by one word,” Benedict and Keteyian write.
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The Home For Unwanted Girls
By Joanna Goodman
Harper; on sale Tuesday, April 17, $16.99
Maggie Hughes is a young unwed mother forced to abandon her baby to a merciless public welfare system, and the lengths to which the two will go to find one another in a society that seems desperate to keep them apart.
Set in 1950s Quebec, when the French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility, Joanna Goodman has created a provocative tale of secrets and lies, love and longing, and the unbreakable bond of motherhood in The Home For Unwanted Girls.
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I Hammered Hank: And Other True Stories From The Worldwide Leader
By Rob Adler
Kindle Digital Publishing/Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Hammered-Hank-Stories-Worldwide-Leader/dp/1980219613
Rob Adler got to live out his dream right out of college by going to work behind the scenes at ESPN, and he shares a lot of his tales in the humorous memoir, I Hammered Hank.
Adler spend a decade working at “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” and won two Emmys working on shows that aired on their various networks, including ESPN Classic, which he took particular pride in.
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