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BrooklynFans Of Books: Brooklyn Dodgers History

The Brooklyn Dodgers are one of baseball’s most storied teams, and there are three new books out chronicling what made them so special: Jackie Robinson: An Integrated Life by J. Christopher Schutz; Handsome Random Jackson: Accidental Big Leaguer by Ransom Jackson, Jr., with Gaylon H. White; and Hugh Casey: The Triumphs and Tragedies of a Brooklyn Dodger by Lyle Spatz.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Leibovich On The Current State Of NFL In “Big Game”

Big Game: The NFL In Dangerous Times

By Mark Leibovich

Penguin Press; hardcover, $28.00; available today, Tuesday, September 4

Mark Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, examines in the NFL in the age of Trump, how it has become another battleground in the culture wars in his new book, Big Game: The NFL In Dangerous Times.

The NFL is an an era of explosive revenue growth, as shown by all the deluxe new stadiums across the country, and has become America’s most popular sport and its secular religion, with over 20 million people tuned in every Sunday in the fall.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Stylist” By Rosie Nixon

The Stylist

By Rosie Nixon

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; paperback, $15.99; available Tuesday, September 4

Rosie Nixon, Hello! Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, is out with her debut novel, The Stylist.

Amber Green, a kooky 20-something trying to make her mark in the fashion world, navigates a Hollywood  award season after going from fashion boutique employee to assistant for the stylist to the stars.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Summer at the Garden Cafe”

Summer at the Garden Cafe: A Novel

By Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Harper Perennial; paperback, 400 pages; $15.99; available Tuesday, September 4

Felicity Hayes-McCoy was born in Dublin, Ireland, and graduated in English and Irish from UCD in the 1970s. McCoy then built a successful career in the United Kingdon as an actress and writer, working in theatre, music theatre, radio, television, and digital media. She is the author of two memoirs, The House on an Irish Hillside, which was released in 2012, and A Woven Silence: Memory, History & Remembrance in 2015, in addition to an illustrated book Enough Is Plenty: The Year on the Dingle Peninsula.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Not Our Kind” By Kitty Zeldis

Not Our Kind

By Kitty Zeldis

Harper/HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, 352 pages, $26.99; available Tuesday, September 4

Set in New York City in the period right after World War II, a time that was awash with possibility for some people, Not Our Kind by Kitty Zeldis features two young women—one Jewish, one not —and the wholly unexpected consequences of their meeting.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Field Of Bones” By J.A. Jance

Field Of Bones: A Brady Novel of Suspense

By J.A. Jance

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $27.99; available Tuesday, September 4

J.A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author and recipient of The Strand Magazine’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, is back with a chilling novel, Field Of Bones, featuring Sheriff Joanna Brady.

Jance came on the scene as part of a wave of breakout, female mystery and suspense writers that splashed onto the literary scene a few decades ago, and she has become a perennial favorite among readers.

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BrooklynFans of Books: “The Lying King” By Alex Beard

The Lying King

By Alex Beard

Green Leaf Book Group Press; Hardcover, $17.95, available this Tuesday, September 4

Fine artist, conservationist, and author Alex Beard began writing and illustrating books for children as a way to share lessons about human nature using the animals he’s come to know through his extensive travels in Africa and abroad.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: College Football Traditions And Rivalries

College Football Traditions and Rivalries: Chants, Pranks, and Pageantry

Morrow Gift, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; Hardcover, $19.99; e-Book, $15.99; available Tuesday, September 4

The college football season is upon us, and that means millions of fans watching their favorite teams take the gridiron every Saturday this fall.

What better way to celebrate what makes this a quintessentially American sport than the new book College Football Traditions and Rivalries: Chants, Pranks, and Pageantry.

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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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