Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Books: The Science Behind "The Hot Hand"

The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks
By Ben Cohen
Custom House; hardcover; $28.99

One of the biggest things in sports is the notion of "the hot hand," such as when Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller lit up the Knicks in the 1994 playoffs, or when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would keep throwing the ball to Rob Gronkowski, or when golfer Tiger Woods was having an amazing day on the greens.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Books: Elle Marr's Debut Thrlller, "The Missing Sister"

The Missing Sister
By Elle Marr
Thomas & Mercer; paperback, 299 pages; $15.95; available Wednesday, April 1

This thrilling debut novel from Elle Marr is a look into the importance of identity and the strength of sisterhood. The story follows a young American woman in her desperate search for answers about her twin sister's apparent death in the dark underbelly of Paris.

Books: The Latest Installments In The Akashic Noir Series

When Brooklyn-based publisher Akashic Books published Brooklyn Noir, edited by Tim McLoughlin, in 2004, they did not expect that it would be the start of a series.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Books: Wayne Coffey's "The Boys Of Winter" On The Miracle On Ice

The Boys Of Winter: The Untold Story of A Coach, A Dream, and The 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
By Wayne Coffey; foreword by Jim Craig; with a new afterword by Ken Morrow for the 40th anniversary of the "Miracle On Ice"
Broadway Books; paperback; $17.00

The Miracle On Ice, when the United States hockey team triumphed over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY, is one of the most iconic moments in sports history.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Books: On Baseball Stories & Strategy

Major League Baseball's Opening Day would have been this past Thursday, but while the games are put on hold, you can still read books about this great game, including these three new releases: Wits, Flakes, and Clowns: The Colorful Characters of Baseball, by Wayne Stewart; State Of Play, by Bill Ripken; and The Cup Of Coffee Club, by Jacob Kornhauser.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Books: "Franchise" On McDonald's History In The Black Community

Franchise: The Golden Arches In Black America
By Marcia Chatelain
Liveright Publishing, a division of W.W. Norton & Company; hardcover; 28.95

Fast food is a staple of American life, and while it may appear to be something that everyone enjoys and depends on, it can mean something quite different to each community.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Books: The Definitive History Of "The Office"

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History
By Andy Greene
Dutton; hardcover, $28.00; available today, Tuesday, March 24

15 years ago today, the world was introduced to a new kind of sitcom, one centered around a paper company in Scaranton, Pennsylvania.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Books: On How To Improve Personally & Professionally

It's always a good time to read books on how to improve yourself, and that is especially true now in these tough times. Three books to help make the most of your time at home during the Coronavirus pandemic are: Resilient, by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.; All You Have To Do Is Ask, by Dr. Wayne Baker; and Let It Go, by Peter Walsh.

Books: "Problem Child" By Victoria Helen Stone

Problem Child: A Jane Doe Thriller
By Victoria Helen Stone
Lake Union Publishing; 296 pages; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available March 24

This is the second installment of the Jane Doe series, which focuses on this unique heroine. She is your standard sociopath, standard, manipulative, impulsive, emotionless, and utterly charming.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Books: "The Herd" By Andrea Bartz

The Herd 
By Andrea Bartz
Ballantine Books; hardcover, 336 pages; $27.00; available March 24

Brooklyn-based author Andrea Bartz won rave reviews last year with her debut novel, The Lost Night, which was expired by her own experiences as a post-grad in Brooklyn in the time of the Great Recession around 2008. That novel, which was set in the hipster enclaves of Williamsburg and Bushwick, explored themes of friendship, identity, and obsession inside that eerie, closed-door world.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Books: "Faster" By Neal Bascomb

Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best 
By Neal Bascomb
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, 368 pages; $28.00

It's amazing how there are still historic sports stories that have not been told, but author Neil Bascomb was tipped off four years ago about a remarkable race car and the improbable team of upstarts who saw it come to creation during the golden age of motor sport. This team was so successful that Hitler reportedly sent a team to have the car found and destroyed when he invaded France.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Books: "The Electric Heir" By Victoria Lee

The Electric Heir - Book 2 in the Feverwake Series
By Victoria Lee
Skyscape; 480 pages; hardcover, $16.99; available today, Tuesday, March 17

Victoria Lee's YA Feverwake series began last year with The Fever King, and readers of all ages and backgrounds were captivated by its diverse characters, striking blend of magic, technology, and science, and skewering of many timely social and political issues.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Books: "The Wartime Sisters" On A Family Navigating Brooklyn In The 1930s

The Wartime Sisters
By Lynda Cohen Loigman
St. Martin's Griffin; paperback; $16.99; available today Tuesday, March 10

Lynda Cohen Loigman grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. She practiced trusts and estates law in New York City for eight years before moving out of the city to raise her two children with her husband.

Books: "The Operator" By Gretchen Berg

The Operator
By Gretchen Berg
William Morrow; hardcover, $27.99; available today, Tuesday, March 10

Gretchen Berg, who was born on the East Coast and raised in the Midwest, taught English in South Korea and in Northern Iraq, and has traveled to all the other continents. Her debut novel, The Operator, is set in small-town 1950's America, and has a masterfully woven plot that dovetails topics of class, feminism, race, and karma.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Books: Mary Adkins Gives An Unvarnished Look At The "Privilege" Of Higher Education

By Mary Adkins
Harper; hardcover, 345 pages; $27.99; available Tuesday, March 10

Mary Adkins' debut novel, When You Read This, which came out last year, was named a Best Book of the Year by Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, and Thrillist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Books: "Death In Avignon" By Serena Kent

Death In Avignon
By Serena Kent
Harper Paperbacks; 352 pages; $16.99; available March 3

Death In Avignon - the second book of the Penelope Kite series and a follow up to the acclaimed Death In Provence - has the amateur sleuth scrambling to solve the murder of an expat artist. 

Books: "The Sea Of Lost Girls" By Carol Goodman

The Sea Of Lost Girls
By Carol Goodman
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; paperback, $16.99; available Tuesday, March 3

Carol Goodman is the author of twenty-one novels, including The Widow's House, which received the Mary Higgins Clark Award from the Mystery Writers of America. She is nominated for the award again in 2020 for her most recent novel, The Night Visitors.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Books: Maria Kalman Illustrates "The Autobiography Of Alice B. Toklas

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
By Gertrude Stein - Illustrations by Maria Kalman
Penguin Press; hardcover; $30.00; available Tuesday, March 3

Gertrude Stein was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, on February 3, 1874. At Radcliffe College, she studied under William James, who remained her lifelong friend, and then she went to Johns Hopkins to study medicine. In 1903, she abandoned her studies and moved to Paris with her brother Leo.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Red Bulls, Powered By Duncan's 3-Pint Effort, Open Season With Win

Kaku celebrating his goal. @NewYorkRedBulls.

The Red Bulls, led by New York native 
Kyle Duncan's one goal, two-assist performance, rolled to a 3-2 win over Cincinnati FC in the season opener on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Book Chat: Tyler Kepner Of The NY Times On The History Of Pitching In "K"

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches
By Tyler Kepner
Vintage Books Trade Paperback, 336 pages; $15.00; available Tuesday, March 3

Tyler Kepner, the national baseball writer for the New York Times, gives an enchanting, enthralling history of the national pastime as told through the craft of pitching in his new book, K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches.

Books: "In An Instant" by Suzanne Redfearn

In An Instant
By Suzanne Redfearn
Lake Union Publishing; paperback, $14.95; audiobook, $14.99; eBook, $3.99; available Sunday, March 1

Suzanne Redfearn is the award-winning author of Hush Little Baby and No Ordinary Life. In addition to writing, she works as an architect and co-owns two restaurants with her husband. She has been elected as the Literary Laureate of Laguna Beach, helping enrich the city's literary community.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Books: "Hide Away" By Jason Pinter

Hide Away 
By Jason Pinter
Thomas & Mercer;  367 pages,  paperback, $15.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Sunday, March 1

Jason Pinter is the internationally bestselling author of the Harry Parker thriller series (The Mark, The Guilty, The Stolen, The Fury, and The Darkness), the standalone thriller The Castle, and two children's books.

Books: "This Terrible Beauty" By Katrin Schumann

This Terrible Beauty
By Katrin Schumann
Lake Union Publishing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; available Sunday, March 1

Katrin Schumann wowed readers with her debut novel, The Forgotten Hours, which was a Washington Post bestseller. She has also published five nonfiction books and has collaborated on dozens of additional titles, both commercially and independently. She was born in Germany and her family settled in Brooklyn when she was two, and she spent her formative years here before the family moved to London when she was eleven.

In her new book, This Terrible Beauty, Schumann finds inspiration in her family's dark post-World War II heritage to write this historical fiction, which is set in the 1950s and '60s on the German island of Rugen, which fell under Russian control after the war, and in a devastated Berlin.

Schumann's novel centers on a young woman grappling with life and love in a totalitarian system. She explores the cowardice and courage of ordinary people trapped in a world over which they have little control. 

As the novel opens, the war is over and the Iron Curtain has divided Europe with devastating consequences. Lonely and longing for a family, Bettina Hellstrom marries Werner, an older bureaucrat who adores her. 

After joining the fledgling secret police, Werner is drawn into its  dark mission and becomes a dangerous man. When Bettina falls in love with an idealistic young writer, Werner discovers her infidelity and forces her to make a terrible choice: spend her life in prison or leave her home forever. Either way, she is going to lose both her lover and her young child.

A decade later, Bettina is reinvented as a celebrated photographer in Chicago, but she has never lost that yearning for the daughter she left behind. When she is surprised by an unexpected visitor from her past, she resolves to go back to her ravaged homeland to reclaim her child and uncover her beloved's fate, but at what cost?

This Terrible Beauty offers a fresh and surprising perspective on the World War II era, a period that continues to be popular with readers.

The Dark Family History That Lies Behind This Terrible Beauty, By Katrin Schumann:

In November 1989, I flew with my father to the German island of Rugen, up north on the Baltic Sea. A Berliner, my father had spent summers there as a little boy, not unlike Bostonians who head to the Vineyard to escape the city. But for three decades, the island had been on lockdown: after WWII, half of Germany fell under Russian control, trapping millions of Germans behind a physical and metaphorical wall. Luckily, my father escaped to the West and eventually made his way to freedom in America.

Just a few weeks before our trip to Rugen, the actual wall that split Germany in two - patrolled by sharpshooters and dogs, lined with bombs - had finally come down. Truth be told, until that visit to the island, my family's history felt distant and confusing to me.

That all changed after my father and I crept into my great aunt's abandoned cottage on a medieval square in Sabnitz, where I came face-to-face with the epic, yet also crushingly mundane, struggles that defined 20th century German history, and dramatically changed the course of millions of lives.

The derelict fisherman's cottage was filled with debris and broken bottles, unloved and unlived in. In a corner of the cramped living room was a large iron firepit, and behind it a huge coal stain had blossomed over the floral wallpaper. For decades, East Germans relied heavily on cheap and dirty lignite (brown coal), which heated and polluted their homes and cities. The damp wallpaper itself was peeling off in places, and underneath it I saw layer upon layer of designs from past eras.

In that moment, it struck me just how many German women had struggled to live ordinary lives under extraordinary circumstances, first under fascism then under communism. I learned that when the Russians arrived on the island, my great aunt (fearful of retribution) had rushed to the local cemetery to try to scrape the swastika off her husband's gravestone with a kitchen knife. That terrible contradiction stuck with me. 

This was when my novel's protagonist, Bettina Heilstrom, first came 
to me as a character: a young woman who yearns for love and finds herself in conflict with political forces entirely outside her control.

Do you fight? Do you give up? Do you accept guilt and seek redemption? How on earth do you keep going? History is complicated, and there are stories that haven't been fully told yet; Bettina's is one of them.

Launch Events for Katrin Schumann and This Terrible Beauty across the country:

Saturday, February 29 at 6:00 PM -  Shakti Yoga launch party - 1114 White Street, Key West, FL. For more info, contact (305)587-4285

Tuesday, March 3 at 10:30 AM - Monroe County Public Library - 700 Fleming Street, Key West, FL. For more info, contact (305)292-3595

Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 PM - Belmont Books - 79 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA. For more info, contact: (617)932-1496

Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 PM - Goodnow Library - 21 Concord Rd., Sudbury, MA. For more info, contact (978)443-1035

Thursday, March 12 at 6:00 PM - Boston Anthenaeum with Marjan Kamali - A Conversation on Agency: Displacement And Power During Political Turmoil - 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston MA - click here for more information.

Red Bulls Sign 2020 First Round SuperDraft Selection

Patrick Seagrist. Photo provided by Red Bulls.

On Thursday, the Red Bulls signed their 2020 MLS SuperDraft First Round selection Patrick Seagrist to an MLS contract, ahead of their season opener on Sunday.

NYCFC's Next Champions League Match Will Be At Red Bull Arena

Red Bull Arena. Photo by Jason Schott.

New York City Football Club will be calling Red Bull Arena home once again, as the team and Concacaf today announced that the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL) Quarterfinal home leg against Mexican team Club Tigres UANL will be played in Harrison, NJ, on Wednesday March 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Red Bull Arena Upgrades & New Dining Options

The South Ward at Red Bull Arena. Photo by Jason Schott,

The Red Bulls announced upgrades for the new season at Red Bull Arena, most notably that the sections comprising the South Ward have been turned into a social meeting space (picture above).

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Books: "The Big Lie" By James Grippando

The Big Lie: A Jack Swyteck Novel
By James Grippando
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, 368 pages; $27.99; available today, February 25

James Grippando, a New York Times bestselling author of suspense and a winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, is known for being consistently out in front of the headlines and is renowned for his unmatched ability to conjure up suspense fiction that gives a look into the future. He teaches "The Law & Lawyers in Modern Literature" at the University of Miami Law School.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Books: A Look At Hard-Hitting Crime In Noir Tales Of The Boxing World

Hamilcar Noir is a new paperback series that lives up to its billing of "Hard-Hitting True Crime," as it captures riveting stories in high-quality prose, with cover art inspired by classic pulp novels. We will look at the first three editions of this exciting series that will leave you coming back for more: Berserk: The Shocking Life and Death of Edwin Valero, by Don Stradley, The Ghost Of Johnny Tapia, by Paul Zanon; and Slaughter In The Streets, by Don Stradley.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Books: "This Won't End Well" By Camille Pagan

This Won't End Well
By Camille Pagan
Lake Union Publishing' hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; ebook; $3.99; available February 26

Camille Pagan is the Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of six novels, including her most recent release, I'm Fine and Neither Are You. One of her other acclaimed works, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, has been optioned for film.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Yankees Hold Ping Pong Tournament After Final Workout Before Games Begin

Giancarlo Stanton (left) taking on Tommy Kahnle (right), with Tyler Wade looking on. All photos provided by the New York Yankees.

The Yankees held their final workout on Friday at Steinbrenner Field before spring training games begin on Saturday afternoon, when they host the Toronto Blue Jays.

Red Bulls Sign Casseres To Multi-Year Deal

Provided by Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls have signed Venezuelan midfielder Cristian C├ísseres Jr. to a new multi-year MLS contract, the club announced today. C├ísseres Jr. is set to begin his third season in New York after being named the Red Bulls' Defensive Player of the Year in 2019.

Books: "Dark Towers" On The Tangled Web Of Donald Trump's Dealings With Deutsche Bank

Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump and an Epic Trail of Destruction
By David Enrich - Finance Editor, The New York Times
Custom House; hardcover, $29.99

David Enrich has been consistently breaking news about Deutsche Bank in his role as Finance Editor of the New York Times, and now he shares the full, riveting story of the world's most infamous bank and its shadowy connections to Donald Trump's business empire. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Books: "King Charles" By Robert Jobson

King Charles: The Man, The Monarch, and the Future of Britain
By Robert Jobson
Diversion Books; hardcover; $27.99

Robert Jobson, the Royal Editor of the London Evening Standard and the royal commentator for ABC's Good Morning America, has been called "the Godfather of royal reporting" by the Wall Street Journal.

Mets To Play Orioles at U.S. Naval Academy

Tools of the trade in the Mets dugout. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Mets announced on Thursday that they will face off with the Baltimore Orioles in an exhibition game at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Tuesday, March 24 at 2:05 p.m.

Yankees Ticket Information For The 2020 Season

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The new baseball season is upon us, and it's one of the most anticipated ones for the Yankees, who welcomed in their new ace pitcher, Gerrit Cole, this offseason, as the expectations of a championship are sky high.

Books: "When Should Law Forgive?" By Martha Minow

When Should Law Forgive?
By Martha Minow
Norton; hardcover, 256 pages; $27.95

Martha Minow is a former dean of the Harvard Law School and the 300th Anniversary University Professor. In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated, and the Senate confirmed, Minow to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, a bipartisan government-sponsored organization providing legal services to low-income families, where she chairs the pro bono task force. She launched the Imagine Coexistence program in Kosovo with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Books: "The Life Below" By Alexandra Monir

The Life Below
By Alexandra Monir
HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, 320 pages, $18.99; ages 14 and up; available Tuesday, February 18

Iranian-American author and recording artist Alexandra Monir has written several popular young adult novels, including the renowned The Final Six, which debuted in 2018 and hit the top spot on the Amazon bestseller charts in multiple categories and was named a Barnes & Noble 2018 Summer Reading List selection.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Books: "Listening For America" On The Country's Greatest Composers

Listening For America: Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim
By Rob Kapilow
Liveright Publishing, a division of W.W. Norton & Company; hardcover, 480 pages; $39.95

Rob Kapilow, the creator of the hit NPR series What Makes it Great, is one of America's great interpreters of music. For decades, he has brought his show to live audiences around the world, including five years of sold-out performances at Lincoln Center.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Books: The Latest In The Edge Of Sports Series From Brooklyn's Akashic Books

Akashic Books, which is located right here in Brooklyn, created the Edge of Sports series to highlight stories that might get overlooked and show a different side of the games we love. Don McPherson, an all-American quarterback at Syracuse, wrote You Throw Like a Girl to examines how masculinity is defined and its impact, and Ryan O'Callaghan, who played right tackle in the NFL for six seasons, writes in My Life On The Line about keeping his sexuality a secret and his battles with drug use.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Books: "The Ship Of Dreams" On The Titanic

The Ship Of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era
By Gareth Russell
Atria Books; hardcover, 448 pages; $30.00

Gareth Russell, a historian, novelist, and playwright known for the acclaimed Young and Damned and Fair, has written a new book on the Titanic in which he makes the parallel of the sinking of the oceanliner to the end of the Edwardian era. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Books: "Don't Look Down" By Hilary Davidson

Don't Look Down
By Hilary Davidson
Thomas & Mercer; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $15.95; ebook, $4.99; available Tuesday, February 11

Hilary Davidson is the Amazon Charts bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice and the winner of two Anthony Awards. Her novels include the Lily Moore series, which includes The Damage Done, The Next One to Fall, and Evil in All Its Disguises, and the standalone thriller Blood Always Tells. A Toronto-born travel journalist, Davidson has lived in New York City since 2001. She is also the author of eighteen nonfiction books.

Books: "Mercy House," On A Safe Haven In Bed-Stuy

Mercy House
By Alena Dillon
William Morrow Paperback Originals; $16.99; available Tuesday, February 11

A century-old row house in Bedford-Stuyvesant is presided over by renegade, silver-haired Sister Evelyn, who is gruff on the surface, but warm and wry underneath.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

2020 Valentine's Day Gift & Travel Guide

A flower arrangement from

By Lloyd Carroll - Special To Brooklyn Digest

Finding the right Valentine’s Day present for someone special is never an easy chore. Here are some gift ideas that should add a touch of romance not just for February 14 but rather for anytime of the year.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Red Bull Arena To Host NYCFC Concacaf Champions League Match

NYCFC and the Red Bulls entering the pitch before a game in 2018. Photo by Jason Schott.

New York City Football Club, along with Concacaf, announced that their Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League (SCCL) Round of 16 home leg against A.D. San Carlos on February 26 at 6 p.m. will be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Books: "Irving Berlin: New York Genius" By James Kaplan

Irving Berlin: New York Genius
By James Kaplan
Yale University Press; hardcover, 424 pages; $26.00

In the latest edition of the renowned Jewish Lives series, James Kaplan writes this memoir on composer Irving Berlin's life as a self-made man and witty, wily, tough Jewish immigrant interplayed with the life of New York City.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Red Bulls & Ninja Unveil 2020 Dark Mode Kit

Red Bulls 2020 Dark Mode kit. Provided by the team.

The Red Bulls and international professional gamer Ninja unveiled the team's new 2020 Dark Mode Kit on Wednesday night at the MLS Forward25 event in Manhattan.

Yankees' Paxton To Miss Start Of Season

James Paxton acknowledging fans after a start last season. @Yankees.

The Yankees announced some surprising news on Wednesday, as one of their top starting pitchers, left-hander James Paxton, will miss the start of the season.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Yankee Stadium To Have Two New Social Gathering Locations

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees announced on Monday that Yankee Stadium will have two new social gathering locations for this coming season, located on the 200 Main Level.

Yankees Announce Spring Training Non-Roster Invitees

The Yankee Stadium facade. Photo by Jason Schott.

With just about a week until spring training commences, the Yankees announced on Monday morning that they have invited 19 non-roster players to 2020 Major League Spring Training.

Red Bulls Name Thalwell Newly-Created Head Of Sport

Courtesy of the Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls have named Kevin Thelwell Head of Sport, the club announced today. Thelwell, 46, joins the Red Bulls in this newly-created role from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC of the English Premier League.