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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Life List Of Adrian Mandrick”

The Life List Of Adrian Mandrick

By Chris White

Touchstone, $24.99

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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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Amateur” By Thomas Page McBee

Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man

By Thomas Page McBee

Scribner, 224 pages, $24.00, available Tuesday, August 14

Thomas Page McBee is the first transgender man to ever box in Madison Square Garden, and in his new book Amateur, he explores his relationship to violence as experienced in a man’s body, while wrestling with the larger issue of what healthy masculinity looks like in our society.

McBee gives a powerful, nuanced exploration of masculinity through the eyes of a new man. Written in a visual and intimate style, this is a compelling narrative of self-definition and a roadmap for new possibilities.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Robert Webb’s “How Not To Be a Boy”

How Not To Be a Boy: Rules For Being A Man

By Robert Webb

Canongate Books

Robert Webb, a British star of Peep Show & the comedic duo Mitchell & Webb, looks at the expectations that boys and men has thrust upon them at every stage of life in How Not To Be a Boy, his best seller in the UK that is now available in the United States.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Moss On “Vanishing New York” In The 21st Century

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul

By Jeremiah Moss

Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, $28.99

Jeremiah Moss is an unflinching chronicler of gentrification in the twenty-first century on the popular and incendiary blog Vanishing New York, which he created.

In his book of the same name, Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul, Moss writes a love letter to what New York has lost in the last two decades.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Maryanne Wolf On Reading In The Digital Age

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World

By Maryanne Wolf

Harper; hardcover, 272 pages; $24.99; available Tuesday, August 7

One of the single-most transformative human achievements is literacy, the ability to read, such as you are doing right now, altering connections within the brain, changing the lives of individuals, and propelling the intellectual trajectory of our species.

Within that larger context, the facts of how we read, what we read, and why we read are changing at an ever-accelerating pace and require our collective attention and vigilance.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “If You Leave Me” By Crystal Hana Kim

If You Leave Me

By Crystal Hana Kim

William Morrow Books, $26.99, available Tuesday, August 7

Crystal Hana Kim’s emotionally riveting debut novel, If You Leave Me, is a tale about war, family, and forbidden love, that is timely and timeless.

It has the honor of being an #OwnVoices work from a first-generation Korean who grew up in Queens and Long Island.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “After Nightfall” By A.J. Banner

After Nightfall

By A.J. Banner

Lake Union Publishing, $24.95, hardcover, available Tuesday, August 7

A.J. Banner, who made her mark in 2015 with her debut novel The Good Neighbor, is back with the psychological thriller After Nightfall, an intricately plotted novel that will keep its readers on a razor-sharp edge.

When a dinner party ends in a shocking death, a web of secrets and lies unravels, leading a young woman to fear that the man who holds her heart captive may be the murderer.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Ronan Farrow On American Diplomacy Under Trump

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

By Ronan Farrow

W.W. Norton & Company, hardcover, $27.95

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, who has made a his mark with investigations in The New Yorker, looks at American diplomacy in his new book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.

Farrow reveals how the United States is becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later, possibly never. Though this is not without precedent, this is certainly a new extreme.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Map of Salt and Stars” On The Syrian Experience

The Map of Salt and Stars

By Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Touchstone Books, hardcover, $27.00

We have all seen the heartbreaking photos of Syrian refugees in recent years, and Jennifer Seynab Joukhadar, offers an entryway into that experience through the breathtaking story of a family forced to flee violence in their homeland.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Gutfeld Monologues”

The Gutfeld Monologues: Classic Rants From The Five

By Greg Gutfeld

Threshold Editions, hardcover $27.00, available this Tuesday, July 31

Fox News star Greg Gutfeld has covered everything from crazed academics, to unhinged celebrities, to the wildest election in recent history on his shows The Five, which airs weekday afternoons, and The Greg Gutfeld Show on the weekend.

Gutfeld is known for delivering sharp, hilarious monologues, and he has put together his favorites in this funny, unorthodox collection, The Gutfeld Monologues.

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