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BrooklynFans Of Cookbooks: Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta

Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta: A Vegetarian Cookbook, Kind Of

By Cal Peternell

William Morrow Cookbooks; hardcover, $25.99; eBook, $20.99; available Tuesday, September 25

Cal Peternell’s cooking is very traditional, drawing on how people have eaten for generations, using vegetables as the center of the plate, seasoned with a little bit of meat or fish to create a delicious and satisfying meal.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Applied Empathy” By Michael Ventura

Applied Empathy: The New Language Of Leadership

By Michael Ventura

Touchstone; hardcover; $26.00

Michael Ventura has been brought in by big companies like Nike, General Electric, and Google, as well as the United Nations and West Point, to help them apply empathy to better connect their brands, their messages, and their campaigns with their audience or customers.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Fashion Icons Iris Apfel & Bill Cunningham

(Iris Apfel)

Two of the grreatest icons of the New York fashion scene are costume designer Iris Apfel and the late Bill Cunningham, legendary fashion photographer of the New York Times. 

Apfel, 96 years old, chronicles her extraordinary career in her autobiography Accidental Icon, and Cunningham left behind a memoir, Fashion Climbing, about the early stages of his illustrious career.

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Great American Read: The Book Of Books; Companion To PBS Series

The Great American Read: The Book of Books

As Featured In The PBS Series; Foreword by Meredith Vieira

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; hardcover, $29.99

Explore some of the most beloved books of all-time in the beautiful illustrated book, The Great American Read: The Book of Books, the companion to PBS’s ambitious series.

The Great American Read started in May when America’s 100 best-loved novels, which were determined by a rigorous national survey, were revealed.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Basketball Greats On The Love Of The Game

(Photo above: Barclays Center during a Brooklyn Nets game – credit: Jason Schott)

BASKETBALL: A Love Story

By Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew, and Dan Klores

Crown Archetype; hardcover, $30.00; available Tuesday, September 18

Two of the most well-respected basketball journalists today, Jackie MacMullan and Rafe Bartholomew, collaborated with award-winning director Dan Klores to tell the comprehensive story of the game of basketball in its many compelling dimensions.

They have produced BASKETBALL: A Love Story, a groundbreaking work based on interviews with more than 170 of the greats of the game.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Dear America” By Jose Antonio Vargas

Dear America: Notes Of An Undocumented Citizen

By Jose Antonio Vargas

Dey Street Books; hardcover, $25.99; eBook, $20.99; available Tuesday, September 18

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has been called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America” after The New York Times Magazine published his story on his life in the United States after arriving from the Philippines in 1993 at the age of twelve.

By coming out publicly in 2011 as an undocumented immigrant, Vargas was risking everything he had built in the United States.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: An Oral History Of The Obama Presidency

OBAMA: An Oral History 2009-2017

By Brian Abrams

Little A; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; eBook, $5.99

Barack Obama had one of the most consequential presidencies in American history, and Brian Abrams has created a candid oral history of a near-decade in Washington.

OBAMA: An Oral History 2009-2017 is the first ever comprehensive oral history of the politics and governing behind a landmark American presidency. Abrams obtained unprecedented access to Obamaworld, interviewing aides and advisers in the administration and on the campaigns as well as several elected members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Road To Disaster” On Vietnam

Road To Disaster: A New History of America’s Descent into Vietnam

By Brian VanDeMark

Custom House Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $32.99; available this Tuesday, September 18

Many books have been written on the decision-making by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations regarding the Vietnam War, but no historian has been able to explain why such decent, brilliant, and successful people repeatedly made so many mistakes.

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C.J. Chivers On Covering The Afghanistan & Iraq Wars

Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times reporter and former Marine infantry officer C.J. Chivers has been covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since their beginning in 2001.

In 2009, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in 2017 he won the Pulitzer for Feature Writing for his New York Times Magazine story about a veteran suffering from PTSD who was jailed after returning from the Afghan War. That veteran was released from prison based on Chivers’ story.

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