BrooklynFans Of Books: The Transformation Of Our Home

The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back

By Kay S. Hymowitz

Rowman & Littlefield

Brooklyn has undergone one of the most stunning transformations of modern times, going from a place that was crumbling in the 1970s and ’80s into a place that is hotter than Manhattan.

The Golden Era of Brooklyn can be traced back to the ’50s, when the Dodgers were always in the World Series against the Yankees and The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason as bus driver Ralph Kramden captivated the nation.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Making Of A Dream” And The Dreamer Debate

The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to be American

By Laura Wides-Munoz

Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, published on January 30, 2018

The United States government was shut down on January 20th because the two partied could not reach a deal on the status of the Dreamers, the nearly 800,000 immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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St. John’s Ready For Butler Battle

(St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin addressing his team – Photo by Jason Schott)

St. John’s will be looking for their first Big East victory this Saturday at Butler, whose Hinkle Fieldhouse is a tough place for road teams to win.

After a 68-63 loss to Creighton on Tuesday night, St. John’s is 0-9 in Big East play and 10-11 overall. Butler is 4-4 in the Big East and 14-7 overall.

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Mullin: “You have to bury me. That’s when I’ll give up”

(Chris Mullin – Photo by Jason Schott)

The St. John’s Red Storm lost another tight game on Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena, 68-63, to Creighton, to fall to 0-9 in Big East play, and their overall record dipped below .500 to 10-11.

St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin said of his mentality and his message to the fans, “My first statement was that the easiest thing to do was give up, but that’s not happening. That’s not what anyone came here for. We’re going to work through it. … I don’t know that give-up world. I’m not about that at all. …

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BrooklynFans of Books: The Great Halifax Explosion & Its Brooklyn Origins

The Great Halifax  Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism

By John U. Bacon

William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

World War I was entering its fourth demoralizing year, and the Allies were hoping to break the grueling stalemate by sending thousands of fresh American troops and more munitions than ever to the trenches of France.

The French freighter Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn on December 1, 1917 with a massive total of 3,000 tons of explosives aboard.

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Williams Sisters In Tie Break Tens Tournament At The Garden In March

(Serena and Venus Williams)

Tie Break Tens, the new fast-paced short-form tennis format, has confirmed that tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams will compete in the 5th tournament of the Tie Break Tens series at Madison Square Garden on March 5th.

The all-women contest is the first time a Tie Break Tens tournament will be held in the United States and follows successful tournaments in London, Vienna, Madrid and Melbourne.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: The Threat To Democracy From “Trumpocracy”

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

By David Frum

Harper, An Imprint of Harper Collins

David Frum, the senior editor of the Atlantic and a veteran of Republican politics, sees Donald Trump winning the presidency in 2016 as more than just a break from the past, but a threat to our democracy.

In his articles for the Atlantic and appearances on cable television, Frum has established himself as a leading critic from the political right of Trump and his administration.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “The Gambler” Kirk Kerkorian

The Gambler: How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became the Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History

By William C. Rempel

Dey St. – An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; Harcover, $28.99, on sale January 23rd

Kirk Kerkorian was a self-made billionaire who was a daring aviator, movie mogul, risk-taker, and business tycoon who transformed Las Vegas and Hollywood to become one of the leading financiers in American business.

Veteran investigative reporter and storyteller William C. Rempel pieces together revealing parts of Kerkorian’s life, from sources such as war records, business archives, court documents, and the recollections and recorded memories of longtime pals and relatives.

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St. John’s Shutdown in D.C.

(Shamorie Ponds had a big game against Georgetown – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s suffered their second tough loss to Georgetown in eleven days, this one in double overtime, 93-89, on Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

St. John’s is now 0-8 in Big East play, and their record overall is now 10-10. They have gone a month without winning a game, since they beat St. Joe’s at Mohegan Sun on December 20. It doesn’t get any easier for the Red Storm as they host Creighton on Tuesday night at 8:30 at Carnesecca Arena.

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