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BrooklynFans Of Books: Ken Langone On Living The American Dream

I Love Capitalism! An American Story

By Ken Langone

Penguin Random House, $28.00

Ken Langone, the co-founder of Home Depot and former director of the New York Stock Exchange, shares the story of his unlikely rise and storied career in his memoir, I Love Capitalism! 

This story is also Langone’s passionate defense of the American Dream: a country in which any young striver can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Broadway & How It Explains The Rise Of NYC

Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles

By Fran Leadon

W.W. Norton and Company, hardcover, $35.00

Broadway is possibly the most iconic street in the world. Nineteenth-century journalist Junius Henri Browne spoke for many when he wrote, “Broadway represents the national life.”

Its thirteen miles tell the history of New York, as it evolved from a seventeenth-century cow path into its twentieth-century incarnation, the “Great White Way.”

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Summer Sail” Explores Deep Friendship

The Summer Sail: A Novel

By Wendy Francis

Touchstone, trade paperback, $16.00

Wendy Francis’ new novel, The Summer Sail, looks at a trio of lifelong friends reuniting aboard a cruise ship to Bermuda.

The women deemed themselves “forever sisters” while they were college roommates, and their sisterly bond has continued to grow over the years. They are set to embark on an unforgettable vacation with their families in tow as one of them celebrates their twentieth wedding anniversary.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: On The Brains Behind Baseball’s Recent Champions

(The Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the 2016 World Series)

The last two champions in baseball, the 2016 Chicago Cubs and the 2017 Houston Astros, have compelling narratives behind their success, and a pair of new books out looks at the leadership that delivered them their historic championships.

Bill Chastain and Jesse Rogers look at Cubs Manager Joe Maddon’s life in baseball and how he brought Chicago their first title since 1908 in the biography Try Not To Suck, while Ben Reiter looks at the system the Astros used to earn their franchise’s first championship last season in Astroball.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Existentialist’s Survival Guide”

The Existentialist’s Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age

By Gordon Marino

HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Gordon Marino, a professor of philosophy and Director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College and the boxing correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, recasts the practical take-aways existentialism offers for the 21st century in his new book The Existentialist’s Survival Guide.

In an era in which every crisis feels like an existential crisis, Marino dispenses wisdom rooted in the works of the existentialists on how to face life head on and still keep your heart intact, especially when the universe feels like it’s working against you and nothing seems to matter.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Beach Reads

(Coney Island beach)

As summer progresses and people are taking vacations, it’s time to think of what books to read on lazy days at the beach.

There are four thrillers coming out this Tuesday that are sure to delight, thrill, and entertain – Little Girl Lost by Wendy Corsi Staub, What Remains Of Her by Eric Rickstad, A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay, and Whistle In the Dark by Emma Healey.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Born Trump” Looks At The First Family

Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family

By Emily Jane Fox

Harper, 352 pages, $27.99

To truly understand President Donald Trump, argues Vanity Fair columnist Emily Jane Fox, one must get to know his children, whose stories provide insight into what makes him tick.

In Born Trump, Fox gives a deeply reported and richly detailed look at Trump’s five kids – Don, Jr., Ivanka, and Eric, who he had with his first wife Ivana; his one daughter with Marla Maples, Tiffany; and Barron, his fifth child and the only child he has with his current wife, First Lady Melania Trump. There also is a look at Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner, who became a leading advisor on the campaign and in the White House.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “In The Vines” By Shannon Kirk

In The Vines

By Shannon Kirk

Thomas & Mercer; 317 pages, $24.95 hardcover; $15.95 paperback; $4.99 Kindle eBook – available tomorrow July 17th

Internationally bestselling author Shannon Kirk’s In The Vines is a frenetic and lyrical thriller set on the grounds of an opulent Atlantic-side estate.

Mary Olivia Pentecost, known affectionately by her initials Mop, was born into one of the wealthiest families in the country, as well as one of the most guarded.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Love & War” On Hamilton & His Wife

Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story

By Melissa de la Cruz

Putnam; Ages 12 and up; $18.99

Melissa de la Cruz retold the love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler in Alex & Eliza: A Love Story, which was released last year.

The love story continues to unfold in the sequel, Love & War, as Alex and Eliza begin their new life as a married couple while the war for American independence rages on.

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