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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Everyday Monet” By Aileen Bordman

Everyday Monet: A Giverny-Inspired Gardening and Lifestyle Guide to Living Your Best Impressionist Life

By Aileen Bordman

Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, $26.99

Ailenne Bordman, who has been inspired by the beauty of Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s home and paintings, has created a one-of-a-kind book of gardening, design, and lifestyle steeped in the history and aesthetic of the celebrated artist, Everyday Monet.

Dissatisfied with her life as a Wall Street stock broker, Bordman gave that up to immerse herself in the work of Monet, one of the founders of French Impressionist painting whose esteemed works capturing the simple beauties of fin de siècle French life, from waterlilies to haystacks, have fetched astonishing sums at private auction houses and can be found in the greatest art museums around the globe.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “All The Dreams We’ve Dreamed” On Chicago Hoops

All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side

By Rus Bradburd

Chicago Review Press, 288 pages, $26.99

As a graduate of Marshall High School and a former member of its storied men’s basketball team, Shawn Harrington was excited to return to the school, located in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood, as an assistant coach.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “We Are The Clash”

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, And The Last Stand Of A Band That Mattered

By Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki

Akashic Books, Brooklyn NY, available today, July 3, 400 pages, $18.95

The revolutionary rock band The Clash was a paradox of revolutionary conviction, musical ambition, and commercial drive.

We Are The Clash, by Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki, is a gripping tale of the band’s struggle to reinvent itself as George Orwell’s 1984 loomed. This bold campaign crashed headlong into a wall of internal contradictions and rising right-wing power.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Blame It On Bianca Del Rio

Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing with an Opinion on Everything

By Bianca Del Rio

Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, $21.99

Bianca Del Rio is the cheeky, larger-than-life drag queen and outrageous comic who blasted her name in the annals of pop culture on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Thanks to her snarky frankness, impeccable comedic timing, and politically incorrect humor, she became the show’s breakout star, winning its sixth season.

Fierce, funny, and fabulous, Bianca  Del Rio, otherwise known as Roy Haylock, is in a class by herself, and has been dubbed “The Joan Rivers of the Drag World” by The New York Times.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: On Baseball & American History

(Yankee Stadium – Photo by Jason Schott)

Baseball is intertwined into the fabric of America like no other sport, and there are three books out now that tell these amazing stories of larger themes around the game.

Former White House presidential speechwriter Curt Smith looks at the relationship between the U.S. Presidency and baseball in The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House. Longtime player and manager Felipe Alou, the first player from the Dominican Republic to play in the major leagues, is out with his autobiography, Alou: My Baseball Journey. Amy Essington looks at how the minor leagues integrated faster than the majors in her detailed work, The Integration of the Pacific Coast League: Race and Baseball on the West Coast.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “See Her Run: An Aloa Snow Mystery”

See Her Run: An Aloa Snow Mystery

By Peggy Townsend

Thomas & Mercer, 267 pages, $15.95 paperback, $3,99 Kindle eBook

Peggy Townsend is an award-winning journalist whose stories have appeared in newspapers around the country. She has chased a serial killer through a graveyard at midnight and panhandled with street kids.

Townsend takes what she has learned as a writer and put it into her debut novel, See Her Run: An Aloa Snow Mystery, a fast-paced thriller with a big heart.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Amber Tamblyn’s “Any Man”

Any Man

By Amber Tamblyn

Harper Perennial, 304 pages, $15.99, available this Tuesday June 26

Amber Tamblyn, author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Dark Sparkler, has now turned to writing her debut novel, Any Man, a groundbreaking work on how we understand trauma.

With the influence of feminist authors like Lidia Yuknavich, Carmen Maria Machado, and Amelia Gray, Tamblyn challenges our understanding of rape culture and the trauma that goes with it, while also searching for hope, with a space for victims to be heard, in the hardest of places.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: D.L. Hughley On “How Not To Get Shot”

How Not To Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People

By D.L. Hughley and Doug Moe

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, $25.99, available Tuesday, June 26

Race relations have come to the forefront of American consciousness in the last decade, from the elections of Barack Obama and Donald Trump to the tragic events of Ferguson and Charlottesville.

Legendary comedian and activist D.L. Hughley has never shied away from discussing race relations, and in his new book, How Not To Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People, he offers his cutting observations on this contentious issue that continues to traumatize the nation.

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