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BrooklynFans Of Books: Old-Time Vegas & Hollywood Glamour In “The Magnificent Esme Wells”

The Magnificent Esme Wells

By Adrienne Sharp

Harper, on sale April 10, $26.99

Adrienne Sharp, nationally bestselling and critically acclaimed author, takes us to a golden age of show business in The Magnificent Esme Wells.

Sharp tells the story of a girl growing up in Las Vegas and Hollowood in the 1930s and ’40s.

Esme Wells is the daughter of a low-level gangster, Ike Silver, trying to make his way in Bugsy Siegel’s organization, and her mother is Dina, a wannabe showgirl.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Louisiana Lightning On Leading Yankees to ’77 & ’78 Titles

Gator: My Life in Pinstripes

By Ron Guidry, with Andrew Beaton

Crown Archetype, available now, $26.00

Ron Guidry, one of the greatest pitchers in Yankees history, was the ace of their championship teams in 1977 and 1978.

Guidry, known as Louisiana Lighting as well as another nickname, which is the title of his new memoir, Gator: My Life in Pinstripes.

1978 was when Guidry rose to prominence when he went 25-3 with an impressive 1.74 ERA, or earned run average. To show how amazing those numbers are, 15 wins and a 4.00 ERA is considered excellent in this era.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Lee Goldberg’s Reality In “True Fiction”

True Fiction

By Lee Goldberg

Thomas & Mercer

Lee Goldberg, who is a successful TV writer/producer on shows like Diagnosis Murder and Monk, is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books.

Goldberg is known for his witty wordplay, twisty plots, and captivating characters.

In his latest work, True Fiction, Goldberg turns the lens back on himself and his colleagues in a fast-moving adventure where the line between fact and fiction is blurred.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Because We Are Bad” On Living With OCD

Because We Are Bad: OCD and A Girl Lost in Thought

By Lily Bailey

Harper; Hardcover; $26.99; available tomorrow April 3rd

Lily Bailey provides a searingly honest, brave, and beautifully written account of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, one of mental health’s most misinterpreted and misunderstood conditions in her work Because We Are Bad: OCD and A Girl Lost in Thought.

What if your imaginary friend were not what most would think one is, a buddy, but a blight on your childhood?

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BrooklynFans Of Books: How Three Women Won Battle Against Onassis

Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World – And Won

By David W. Moore

Diversion Books

In the fall of 1973, Aristotle Onassis, the Greek oil shipping tycoon and husband of President John F. Kennedy’s widow Jackie, arrived on the New Hampshire Coast to scout out plots of land.

Onassis was on the of the world’s richest and famous men who was convinced his plan would go off without a hitch. He lined up support for the project from New Hampshire Governor Meldrim Thomson and by William Loeb, publisher of the Manchester Union Leader.

Small Town, Big Oil tells the story of how three women, Nancy Sundberg, Dudley Wesbter Dudley, and Phyllis Bennett, fought Onassis’ bid to build an oil refinery in the town of Durham, New Hampshire, and won.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “This Is Me,” The Inspiring Journey Of Chrissy Metz

This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today

by Chrissy Metz

Dey Street Books, Hardcover, On Sale Today, March 27, $26,99

Chrissy Metz is one of the lead actors of a series that has become a cultural phenomenon since it debuted in the fall of 2016, This Is Us.

The acclaimed program was honored with the coveted spot after the Super Bowl this past February, and has been renewed for two upcoming seasons.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Ray Allen On The Big 3 In Boston And Making His Mark In Miami

From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love

By Ray Allen, with Michael Arkush

Dey Street Books, Hardcover, available this Tuesday, March 27

Ray Allen is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, especially known for draining them from behind the arc, and set the record for most three-pointers made in the process.

Allen, who displayed an incomparable work ethic in his 18-year career, won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat in 2013.

In a very engaging and revealing work, From The Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love, Allen writes about growing up in a military family. This that taught him about responsibility and respect, and led to the laser focus that made him one of the greatest players in NBA history.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Yankees Bound For Glory With “The Baby Bombers”

The Baby Bombers: The Inside Story of the Next Yankees Dynasty

By Bryan Hoch

Diversion Books

The New York Yankees dynasty in the 1990s, which saw them win four World Series championships, revolved around homegrown players Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera.

The last championship for The Core Four, as they came to be known, came in 2009, and the feeling of that era lasted until Jeter retired at the end of the 2014 season.

In The Baby Bombers, Bryan Hoch, who has covered the Yankees as a beat writer since 2007, chronicles how the team rebuilt over the past few years, and came within one win of reaching the World Series last season.

With Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, and Greg Bird, the Yankees have a homegrown core of talent again.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Secret Empires” In Politics

Secret Empires: How Our Politicians Hide Corruption and Enrich Their Families and Friends

By Peter Schweizer

Harper, Published Today

Peter Schweizer, the president of the Government Accountability Institute, leads a team that is committed to exposing crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer money, and other government corruption and malfeasance.

Schweizer has become an authority on the subject of money in politics with his bestsellers Clinton Cash, Throw Them All Out, Do As I Say (Not As I Do), Extortion, and Architects of Ruin.

In his new book Secret Empires, Schweizer, with his team of investigative researchers and journalists, exposes vast corruption by top Washington figures who leverage their political power to enrich their family members and friends, often by helping grease deals with foreign entities.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Stray City” By Chelsey Johnson

Stray City

By Chelsey Johnson

Custom House / William Morrow, on sale March 20th, hardcover $25.99

In her debut novel Stray City, Chelsey Johnson explores the notion within LGBTQ culture of creating an alternative or “chosen” family, which is vital and born of necessity.

Johnson looks at this concept with scintillating wit, a fresh eye, and heart-crushing pathos, and in the process flipping the script on the traditional coming-out story in the process.

“I wanted to imagine and realize joyful, inventive, liberatory possibilities of family formation,” says Johnson.

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