BrooklynFans Of Books: “Something Like Gravity” By Amber Smith

Something Like Gravity

By Amber Smith

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing; hardcover, 400 pages; $18.99

Amber Smith has written stories about teenagers whose experiences reflect her own personal struggles while growing up.

Smith’s two previous novels have earned her wide critical claim and fans of all ages, with the New York Times bestseller The Way I Used to Be, addressing sexual assault and rape culture, and The Last to Let Go focusing on domestic violence and familial dysfunction. Both novels were told from the first-person perspectives of its young female protagonists.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Ron Swoboda’s “Here’s The Catch”

(Ron Swoboda making his memorable catch in Game 4 of the 1969 World Series at Shea Stadium)

Here’s The Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More

By Rob Swoboda

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press; hardcover; 256 pages, includes eight pages of black and white photos; $27.99

Ron Swoboda joined the Mets in 1965 when they were still in the franchise’s early stages and not having much success on the field. Four years later, the Miracle Mets were on top of the world when they won the 1969 World Series over the mighty Baltimore Orioles.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Bud Selig On A Life In Baseball

For The Good Of The Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball 

By Bud Selig

William Morrow; hardcover, $28.99; available July 9

For more than a century, the game of baseball was resistant to change, as everyone from the owners to the managers to the players, and certainly, the fans, were against it.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Breathe In, Cash Out” By Madeleine Henry

Breathe In, Cash Out

By Madeleine Henry

Atria Books Hardcover; $26.00; available July 9

Madeleine Henry worked at Goldman Sachs an in investment management in New York City after she graduated from Yale in 2014, where she wrote comedy for The Yale Record, America’s oldest college humor magazine.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: The Love Prison Made and Unmade

The Love Prison Made and Unmade: My Story

By Ebony Roberts

Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, $25.99; available July 9

Ebony Roberts is a writer, researcher, and activist, who has worked in the food justice and prison abolition movements for nearly twenty years. She recently served as program director for #BeyondPrisons, an organization designed to uplift the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system. She received her BA in Social Relations and Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University.

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MLS Soccer Sunday: Red Bulls Draw In Atlanta; NYCFC Loses At Home

(NYCFC battling Portland at Yankee Stadium Sunday night – Photo by Jason Schott)

On Sunday, the Red Bulls earned a 3-3 draw on the road against Atlanta United, while New York City Football Club lost a tough one, 2-1, to the Portland Timbers, at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Bulls are now 8-4-7, with 28 points, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind NYCFC, who have 29 points and fell to 7-8-2.

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Mets Closer Diaz Gets Redemption Against Phillies

(Mets closer Edwin Diaz celebrating as Jay Bruce heads back to the dugout – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Mets got redemption on Saturday night as they came back to beat the Phillies, 6-5, on Saturday night at Citi Field.

One night after having the latest in a long line of tough outings, Mets closer Edwin Diaz earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He opened it by getting Bryce Harper to line one back to him, then got Rhys Hoskins to line out to third base, and after J.T. Realmuto got a single, Jay Bruce struck out to end it.

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