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BrooklynFans Of Books: “I Will Never Leave You” By S.M. Thayer

I Will Never Leave You

By S.M. Thayer

Thomas & Mercer; $24.95 hardcover; $4.99 Kindle eBook; available September 1, 2018

With a lavish lifestyle, powerful friends, and a historic mansion in the nation’s capital, banking heiress Trisha and her husband, James, seem to have it all.

The only thing that was missing from their dream life was a baby.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “America’s Game” On Baseball In The Early-20th Century

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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BrooklynFans Of Books: The Gripping Novel “The Waiting Room”

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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BrooklynFans Of Books: “In The Midnight Room” Takes You To Vegas

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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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Hazards Of Good Fortune” By Seth Greenland

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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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Baseball Italian Style”

(Phil Rizzuto)

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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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Tragedy Plus Time”

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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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Pieces Of Her” By Karin Slaughter

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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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Atticus Finch: The Biography”

(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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