Monday, April 19, 2021

Books: "The Paris Apartment," A World War II History On Remarkable Women, By Kelly Bowen

 The Paris Apartment

By Kelly Bowen

Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing; paperback, $15.99; available Tuesday, April 20th

Kelly Bowen is an award-winning author of ten novels and five novellas that have been published worldwide and translated into five languages, and she has a passion for telling stories about remarkable women doing extraordinary things that are often overlooked in history. The Manitoba, Canada, native, worked as a research scientist before realizing her dream to become an author of historical fiction. Her writing career began with an entry into a Romance Writers of America chapter writing contest, which earned her a literary agent and subsequently a publishing deal.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Books: The Full Experience Of "The Man Who Lived Underground" By Richard Wright


The Man Who Lived Underground

By Richard Wright

Library of America; hardcover, $22.95 and the audibook from Caedmon Audiobook, an imprint of HarperAudio, narrated by Ethan Herisse; $20.99 - both are available this Tuesday, April 20th

Richard Wright, one of the most influential African-American writers of the last century, made it a point to center his stories on the issue of race in America. Born in 1908 in Mississippi, he won international renown for his powerful and visceral depictions of the black experience. Two of his most influential works, the novel Native Son, released in 1940, and his memoir, Black Boy, from 1945, are required reading in high schools and colleges, and The Man Who Lived Underground was written around the same period 80 years ago.

Books: "Little Bandaged Days" By Kyra Wilder

Little Bandaged Days

By Kyra Wilder

The Overlook Press; hardcover, 256 pages; $25.00; available this Tuesday, April 20th

Kyra Wilder is a debut novelist who received her BA and MA in English literature at San Francisco State University. She then worked under Michael Tusk at the Michelin-starred Quince, where she made pasta, and she continued to work in restaurants in New York before moving to Switzerland with her family, where she is currently.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Books: "The Revelations" By Erik Hoel


The Revelations

By Dr. Erik Hoel, Ph.D

The Overlook Press; hardcover, 368 pages; $27.00

Erik Hoel received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. A 2018 Forbes "30 under 30" for his neuroscientific research on consciousness and a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow, he sis a research assistant professor at Tufts University. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in the Neuro Technology Lab, and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Books: "At The End Of The Matinee" By Keiichiro Hirano


At The End Of The Matinee

By Keiichiro Hirano

Amazon Crossing; 316 pages; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Thursday, April 15th

At The End Of The Matinee, which was a runaway bestseller in Japan, winner of the Watanabe Junichi Literary Prize and adapted into a recently-released movie, is the second of Keiichiro Hirano's novels to be translated into English. A Man, which was the winner of Japan's Yomiuri Prize for Literature, was the first one to be so honored.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Books: "Lincolnomics," By John Wasik, On The Great Builder


Lincolnomics: How President Lincoln Constructed the Great American Economy

By John F. Wasik

Diversion Books; hardcover, $31.99; available today, Tuesday, April 13th

Abraham Lincoln is always looked to as a guiding light when it comes to uniting the country, but is it possible he can be looked to when it comes to another problem that has vexed the United States, infrastructure?

Monday, April 12, 2021

Books: "The Venice Sketchbook" By Rhys Bowen


The Venice Sketchbook

By Rhys Bowen

Lake Union Publishing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; ebook, $5.99; available Tuesday, April 13th 

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of over forty novels, including Above the Bay of Angels, The Victory Garden, The Tuscan Child, and the World War II-based In Farleigh Field, which won the Macavity and Left Coast Crime Awards for Best Historical Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Part 2: Ron Swoboda On 2021 Mets, Who They Did & Didn't Sign, & New Rules in MLB


Ron Swoboda. Courtest of St. Martin's Press.

Ron Swoboda was a key part of the 1969 Amazin' Mets championship team, and author of the most famous catch in the franchise's history, as the right fielder caught a liner hit by Brooks Robinson to secure their win in the fourth game of the World Series against Baltimore. 

Part 1: Ron Swoboda On His Book "Here's The Catch" & The Miracle Mets

Ron Swoboda was one of the key parts of the 1969 Mets World Championship team and author of the most famous catch in the franchise's history. 

Books: "Hype" By Gabrielle Bluestone, On How People Fall For Con Artists

Hype: How Scammers, Grifters, and Con Artists are Taking Over the Internet - and Why We're Following 

By Gabrielle Bluestone

Hanover Square Press; hardcover, 352 pages; $28.99

Gabreille Bluestone is the Emmy-nominated producer of the Netflix documentary Fyre and the associate producer of Different Flowers, winner of the 2017 Kansas City FilmFest Festival Prize. She is also a journalist and licensed attorney from New York, whose writing has appeared in outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Esquire

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Books: "The Portrait" by llaria Bernardini

The Portrait

By Ilaria Bernardini

Pegasus Books; hardcover, 432 pages; $25.95

Ilaria Bernardini is a prolific writer in Italy, where she has released eight novels, including Faremo Doresta ("We Will Grow a Forest"), which was longlisted for Italy's prestigious Strega Prize. She also co-wrote the late renowned director Bernardo Bertolucci's last film, The Echo Chamber.

Books: New Fiction From Erik Hoel, Glendy Vanderah, & Victoria Helen Stone

The Revelations
By Dr. Erik Hoel, Ph.D
The Overlook Press; hardcover, 368 pages; $27.00

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Books: The Story Of The 1986 Red Sox Told In "Two Sides Of Glory"

Two Sides of Glory: The 1986 Boston Red Sox in Their Own Words

By Erik Sherman; foreword by Joe Castiglione

Nebraska; hardcover, 288 pages; $29.95; available Thursday, April 1

The 1986 Major League Baseball postseason is one of the most memorable ever, with the Mets beating the Houston Astros for the National League pennant, and the Boston Red Sox coming away from the brink of defeat to beat the California Angels in seven games.

Books: "Cobra," The Compelling Story Of Baseball Slugger Dave Parker


Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood

By Dave Parker and Dave Jordan

Nebraska; hardcover, 480 pages; $34.95; available Thursday, April 1

Dave Parker is one of the moot memorable players of the colorful era of baseball (literally marked by bright-colored uniforms, especially on his Pittsbugh Pirates) in the late 1970s and into the '80s. Standing at six-foot-five and weighing 235 pounds, the slugger known as Cobra was a World Series champion with both the Pirates, in 1979. and a decade later, with the Oakland Athletics, in 1989; a seven-time All-Star, a two-time batting champion, the 1978 National League Most Valuable Player, and a frequent Gold Glove winner.

Books: Baseball Biographies On Yankee Legend Tony Lazzeri & A Pair Of Inspiring Comeback Pitchers

Baseball is a game full of memorable personalities, and there are two new books that capture some vintage stories you are sure to enjoy as Opening Day is upon us: Tony Lazzeri: Yankee Legend and Baseball Pioneer, by Lawrence Baldassaro; and Comeback Pitchers, by Lyle Spatz and Steve Steinberg.

Books: "Lies We Bury" By Elle Marr

Lies We Bury

By Elle Marr

Thomas & Mercer; trade paperback, 303 pages; $15.95; available Thursday, April 1

In her novels, Elle Marr tells powerful and compelling stories of women who demonstrated resilience in the face of great obstacles. She believes representation matters, and as a first-generation Chinese-American on her father's side, she is passionate about including mixed-race, Asian-American characters who look like her in her novels.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

What To Expect When Attending Yankee Stadium, Which Will Also Continue To Give Out Vaccines

Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning. Provided by New York Yankees.

Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is this Thursday, and the Yankees released information on what you can expect if you are one of the lucky ones in attendance.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Baseball Books To Welcome The New Season

Photo by Jason Schott.

Baseball's Opening Day is this Thursday, with the Yankees hosting the Toronto Blue Jays in front of a crowd at Yankee Stadium and the Mets will be in Washington to take on the Nationals. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Books: "Is This Heaven?" On The Magical Field Of Dreams


Is This Heaven? The Magic of the Field of Dreams

By Brett H. Mandel

Lyons Press; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $17.95; eBook, $17.00

When "Field of Dreams" was released in 1989, it instantly became a baseball movie classic, but it's about so much more.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Dr. Bobby Brown, Yankees Legend Who Lived A Remarkable Life

The Yankees' tribute to Dr. Brown. @Yankees.

The Yankees announced the sad news that Dr. Bobby Brown, who was a member of five championship teams in their glorious era in the 1940's and '50s, passed away on Thursday morning at the the age of 96 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Yankees-Stonewall Scholarships Announced

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees, New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter, and The Stonewall Inn recently announced that applications are open for the  2021 Yankees-Stonewall Scholarships.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Books: "The Little French Bridal Shop" By Jennifer Dupee


The Little French Bridal Shop

By Jennifer Dupee

St. Martin's Press; hardcover; $26.99

Jennifer Dupee is the eldest of a set of fraternal triplets, and she grew up seeking any quiet corner of the house so that she could read, write, and work on puzzles. Her life-long passion for old houses inspired Elmhurst, the grand home featured in her debut novel The Little French Bridal Shop

Books: A Look At The Life Of Lakers Legend Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball

By Bijan C. Bayne; foreword by Bob Ryan

Rowman & Littlefield; paperback, $29.00; eBook, $27.50

The basketball world was saddened on Monday with the passing of Lakers legend Elgin Baylor, who transformed the way the game is played, was a civil rights trailblazer, and a true superstar. 

Books: How To Pass "The Dry Challenge"

The Dry Challenge: How To Lose the Booze for Dry January, Sober October, and Any Other Alcohol-Free Month

By Hilary Sheinbaum; foreword by Lo Bosworth

Harper Design; hardcover; $19.99

Many people just successfully completed a Dry January, in which they abstained from alcohol for a full month, and it is something you can attempt any time of the year.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Books: Remarkable New Novels To Enjoy On A Spring Afternoon

Photo by Jason Schott.

Spring has arrived in New York City, and there is a quartet of new books that would be perfect to read as you enjoy an afternoon in the park: The Consequences of Fear, by Jacqueline Winspear; The Vietri Project, by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye; The Little French Bridal Shop, by Jennifer Dupee; and Sparks Like Stars, by Nadia Hashimi.

The Consequences of Fear: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

By Jacqueline Winspear

Harper; hardcover, 352 pages; $27.99; available Tuesday, March 23rd

This compelling work is the 16th installment of the Maisie Dobbs series, and in this one we find that what the psychologist and investigator find could have disastrous effects.

Set in October 1941, Europe is bending under the weight of German might. In London, daily bombing raids have made it perilous to move around town, yet along the Londoners "doing their bit" to aid the war effort are fleet-footed boys who run messages for government offices while dodging debris and aerial raids.

On one of those errands, a runner named Freddie Hackett spots two men arguing in an alley. As the child of a violent father, he is anxious not to be seen when the disagreement escalates. While hiding in a doorway, he is certain he sees a brutal murder committed by a man with a distinctive scar. Freddie, though reeling, runs to finish his delivery, and is greeted at his destination by the scarred man.

It will take Maisie Dobbs help Hackett. After the police dismissed him, he turned to Maisie, who he had met on another message run. Dobbs believes him, but she has trouble untangling what he might have seen. Initially, she approaches it as a separate case for her agency, but images and coincidences from Hackett's case keep shadowing her own ultra-secret war work, an assignment with the Special Operations Executive. 

Maisie's remit is to assess the suitability of candidates for crucial yet dangerous work with the French resistance, a role that's beginning to compromise her integrity. At a training retreat, she is introduced to a powerful man with a telling facial scar. As she begins to did deeper, a link to the unquiet circumstances of a guerilla war is revealed.

Winspear has ofren drawn on her own family's wartime experiences, and Freddie Hackett is inspired by the role her father was obliged to take on a take on as a boy, running messages across war-torn London. Her novels tell the story of everyday life far from the front lines, and the trauma adults and children suffer while living under the extraordinary strain of conflict.

The Vietri Project

By Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

Harper; hardcover, 240 pages; $24.99; available Tuesday, March 23rd

In this debut novel from Nicola DeRobertis-Theye, a search for a mysterious customer in Rome leads a young bookseller to confront the complicated history of her family, and that of Italy itself.

Gabriele is working at a bookstore in Berkeley, and has become intrigued by the orders of signor Vietri, a customer from Rome whose numerous purchases grow increasingly mystical and esoteric. She becomes restless and uncertain of the future, and heads to Rome and looks for Vietri. 

Unable to locate him, Gabriele begins a quest to unearth the well-concealed facts of his life. She follows a trail of obituaries and military records, a memoir of life in a village forgotten by modernity, and the court records of a communist murder trial. 

Gabriele then meets an eclectic assortment of the city's inhabitants, from the widow of an Italian prisoner of war to members of a generation set adrift by the financial crisis. Each encounter draws her unexpectedly closer to her own painful past and complicated family history - an Italian mother diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized during her childhood, and an extended family in Rome still recovering from the losses and betrayals in their past.

Through their voices and histories, Gabriele discovers what it means to be a person in the world, a member of a family, and a citizen of a country. Reconciling these stories may be the key to understanding her own tale.

The Little French Bridal Shop

By Jennifer Dupee

St. Martin's Press; hardcover; $26.99

Jennifer Dupee is the eldest of a set of fraternal triplets, and she grew up seeking any quiet corner of the house so that she could read, write, and work on puzzles. Her life-long passion for old houses inspired Elmhurst, the grand home featured in her debut novel The Little French Bridal Shop

Another inspiration for this deeply thoughtful work came as an outgrowth of losing her mother to breast cancer when she was 24 years old, and she strove to capture the feelings of loss of identity, disorientation, and confusion that consume a person, even an adult, who becomes a caretaker of their ailing parent.

In The Little French Bridal Shop, Larisa Pearl returns home to her insular seaside hometown in Massachusetts to manage Elmhurst, the historic home left to her by her late aunt, who recently passed away. 

One day, Larisa strolls into the town's local bridal shop on a whim and, seemingly out of nowhere, buys a dress. This comes even though she is not engages and is unsure if she wants a future with her boyfriend.

Word spreads around town that she is getting marries, and rather than dispelling the rumor, she chooses to perpetuate the lies, which escalate into a tangled web that confounds and hurts her parents and friends. This is also while Larisa is struggling to cope with her mother's worsening dementia; it's only when she can cope with her mother's fragile future that she is able to straighten out the chaos of her life.

This book is a unique one in that it focuses on dementia from the view of the caretakers and family members of the person with the disease. It is a work that will resonate with readers who have faced, or are facing, profound changes in the relationships they have with their aging parents.

Sparks Like Stars

By Nadia Hashimi

William Morrow; hardcover; $27.99

Nadia Hashimi is a pediatrician and the author of three bestselling novels. parents left Afghanistan in the 1970s, before the Soviet invasion. In 2002, Hashimi visited Afghanistan for the first time with her family, and she currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, an Afghan-born neurosurgeon, and their four children.

In Hashimi's new book, Sparks Like Stars, Sitara Zemani lives a privileged life in Afghanistan's thriving cosmopolitan capital, Kabul, as the daughter of a prominent family. The 1970s was a time of remarkable promise in Afghanistan, as the country was led by Sardar Daoud, the country's progressive president, and his right-hand man, Sitara's father. 

10-year-old Sitara's world is shattered in an instant when communists stage a coup and assassinate the president and Sitara's entire family, leaving her as the lone survivor.

Sitara is smuggled out of the palace by a guard names Shair, and she finds her way to the home of a female American diplomat who adopts her and raises her in America. In her new country, Sitara takes on a new name, Aryana Shepherd, and throws herself into her studies, eventually becoming a renowned surgeon. 

Jump ahead to 2008 in New York City, and Aryan's world is turned upside down again when an elderly patient arrives in her examination room, a man she never thought she would see again. It is Shair, the soldier who saved her, but might have killed her entire family. 

The sight of him brings back Aryana's anger and search for answers, as well as thoughts of revenge. Realizing that she cannot continue without finding the truth, Aryana embarks on a quest that takes her back to Kabul - a battleground between the corrupt government and the fundamentalist Taliban - and shadowy memories of the world she loved and lost.

This story is one of home, of America and Afghanistan, two countries that will be forever linked by the War on Terror, and it will bring out so many emotions, as it is heartbreaking, yet hopeful. 


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Amazin' News: Fans Can Return To Citi Field For Mets Games In 2021

Citi Field in the summer of 2019. Photo by Jason Schott.

Mets fans can once again, as the song says, "Meet the Mets, Meet the Mets, Step right up and greet the Mets!" at Citi Field this season after a year marked by cardboard cutouts in the stands.

The Mets made the major announcement on Thursday that fans can return to the ballpark starting on with the Mets' home opener, Thursday April 8 at 1:10 p.m. against the Miami Marlins.

Yankee Stadium To Host Fans For Start of 2021 Season

Yankees Stadium in the summer of 2019. Photo by Jason Schott.

Take us out to the ballgame! After a year without fans, there will be a crowd on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health, announced on Thursday that they will open The Stadium at 20 percent capacity to start the 2021 regular season.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Books: "Saving Freedom," Joe Scarborough On Truman's Greatness

Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization

By Joe Scarborough 

Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, 288 pages; $29.99

There are moments where leaders hear the call of history, and that was especially true for President Harry Truman in the 1940s when he was tasked with uniting the Western world against Soviet communism.

Books: "Creatures Of Passage" By Morowa Yejide

Creatures Of Passage

By Morowa Yejide

Akashic Books, Brooklyn, NY; hardcover, $25.00; E-book, $25.99; available today, Tuesday, March 16th

Morowa Yejide is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Time of the Locust, which was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, long-listed for the 2015 PEN/Bingham Prize, and a nominee for a 2015 NAACP Image Award. She is a Washington, DC, native who resides in the area with her husband and three sons.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Books: "Covet" By Tracy Wolff, Latest Part of "Crave" Series


By Tracy Wolff

Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing LLC; hardcover; $19.99

Tracy Wolff is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sixty-four novels that run the gamut from young adult action adventures to new adult romance and from women's fiction to erotica. Tracy, a long-time devotee of vampires, dragons, and all things that go bump in the night, loves nothing more than combining her affection for paranormal creatures with her love of writing tortured heroes and strong heroines.

Books On Basketball As March Madness Is Here


Madison Square Garden. Photo by Jason Schott.

As college basketball's March Madness is upon us and the NBA season is hitting the stretch run, it's a good time to read up on the game of basketball. These new books will teach you a ton about hoops, The Hot Hand by Ben Cohen, The Boston Celtics All-Time All-Stars by John Karalis, and How To Watch Basketball Like A Genius by Nick Greene.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Books: Illustrated Works Inspired by Otis Redding & Tim McGraw Songs

Akashic Books, a publisher located right here in Brooklyn, New York, and LyricVerse have collaborated on a children's picture book collection called LyricPop. Two new releases in this incredible collection are based on Otis Redding's classic "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" and Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind."

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Books: A Tale Of True Crime & Novels Filled With Intrigue

In this extended book review, we will take a look at three new books that are sure to intrigue. Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer, by Harold Schechter, focuses on one of the worst mass murders in American history when a school was bombed. The novel The Windsor Knot: Her Majesty the Queen Investigates: Volume Number 1, by SJ Bennett, centers on Queen Elizabeth investigating a murder in the castle. The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World, by Laura Imai Messina, tells the incredible story of how people attempted to communicate to loved ones lost in the 2011 Japanese tsunami, based on true story.

Books: "A Fatal Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum" On Life In Ancient Rome

A Fatal Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: Murder in Ancient Rome

By Emma Southon, PhD

Abrams Press; hardcover, 352 pages; $27.00; available today, Tuesday, March 9th

Ancient Rome was known for many contributions to the world, but the one commonality on all stories from there was murder - even its founding. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Boone Returns To Yankees, Says Watching Cole Pitch "Always a good way to get back into it"

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone on Saturday. @Yankees.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone returned to the team on Saturday, just three days after having surgery to install a pacemaker, and he was in good spirits being back at the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa.

Books: "Land" By Simon Winchester

Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World

By Simon Winchester

Harper; hardcover, 464 pages; $29.99

Simon Winchester, the renowned author of The Professor and the Madman and The Perfectionists, explores the idea of property and people's proprietary relationship with land, through human history, how it has shaped us and what it means for the future.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Lou Gehrig Day To Be Honored Across Baseball on June 2nd

Lou Gehrig.

Major League Baseball announced that one of the greatest players in history, an iconic Yankee, if not the iconic Yankee, will have a day in his honor. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone To Take Leave Of Absence Due To Health Issues

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone in 2019. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees announced on Wednesday afternoon news that is nothing short of stunning. Manager Aaron Boone will be taking "an immediate medical leave of absence to receive a pacemaker." 

The surgery took place at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa late Wednesday afternoon, and the Yankees tweeted (@Yankees) the following at 6 p.m.: "Manager Aaron Boone is out of surgery and in the recovery room at St. Joe's Hospital. The procedure went as expected."

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Books: "Don't Turn Around" By Jessica Barry


Don't Turn Around 

By Jessica Barry

Harper/HarperCollins Publishers; paperback, $16.99; available today, Tuesday, March 2nd

Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and was raised on a steady diet of library books and PBS. She is the author of Freefall, which was a thriller focused on a woman who survived a plane crash only to be hunted by somebody who wants her dead, and has been optioned for a feature film.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Books: "How To Watch Basketball Like A Genius" By Nick Greene

How To Watch Basketball Like A Genius: What Game Designers, Economists, Ballet Choreographers, and Theoretical Astrophysicists Reveal About the Greatest Game on Earth

By Nick Greene

Abrams Press; hardcover, 272 pages; $28.00; available Tuesday, March 2nd

Basketball is a game that can mean many things to people, with its combination of athleticism, craftiness, rules, intangibles, and superstardom making it a game of culture, art, and all the things that make us human.

On Day Many Yankees' New Faces Debut, They Get Statement From A Familiar One

Gary Sanchez connecting on a mammoth home run on Monday afternoon. Provided by New York Yankees.

The second spring training game for the Yankees was one which marked the debut of new faces like pitchers Jameson Taillon and Jhoulys Chacin, and outfielder Jay Bruce, but was marked by a big day from a very familiar one, catcher Gary Sanchez, entering his sixth season in pinstripes.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Yankees Start Spring Schedule With A Couple Blasts, But Fall Short Vs. Jays

Mike Tauchman connects on a solo home run. Provided by New York Yankees.

The Yankees opened the spring training schedule on Sunday afternoon with a bang, as they got a couple of dingers from unlikely sources, but lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

Baseball Books: "Escape From Castro's Cuba" & "The Best Team Over There"

Baseball season is upon us, making it a good time to read up on the history of the game, its most compelling personalities, or stories about the sport's effect on the world. Two new books fit the bill, Escape From Castro's Cuba: A Novel by Tim Wendel, and The Best Team Over There: The Untold Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Great War by Jim Leeke.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Yankees Open Spring Training Schedule On Sunday

Brett Gardner in the batting cage. Photo provided by New York Yankees.

The Yankees worked out at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa Bay on Saturday in anticipation of their first spring training game, Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Books: "Drowning In Screen Time" On The Ever-Growing Reliance On Devices

Drowning In Screen Time: A Lifeline for Adults, Parents, Teachers, and Ministers Who Want to Reclaim Their Real Lives

By David Murrow

Salem Books, an imprint of Regnery Publishing; paperback; $16.99

The trend was already heading to people revolving their world around electronic devices, and the pandemic brought that reality into stark contrast. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Books: "The Upstairs House" By Julia Fine

The Upstairs House

By Julia Fine

HarperCollins Publishers/Harper; hardcover, 304 pages; $26.99; available today, Tuesday, February 23rd

Julia Fine is the author of the critically-acclaimed What Should Be Wild, which was shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Superior First Novel Award and the Chicago Review of Books Award. She teaches writing in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and son.

Books: "Raceless" By Georgina Lawton


By Georgina Lawton

Harper Perennial; paperback, 304 pages; $17.99; available today, Tuesday, February 23rd 

Georgina Lawton is a journalist, speaker, and writer, whose work has appeared in VICE, Marie Claire, Refinery29, Bustle, The Times, Stylist, and Time Out, and was previously a columnist for The Guardian

Monday, February 22, 2021

Yankees Spring Training: Gerrit Cole Setting The Tone

Gerrit Cole in action on Monday. Photo provided by New York Yankees.

The Yankees enter the 2021 season with their usual sky-high expectations, with a championship-or-bust mentality, and the player that best exemplifies that is pitcher Gerrit Cole.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Mets Sign Another Solid Starter, Taijuan Walker, To Two-Year Contract

The Mets welcome Walker on Twitter (@Mets).

The Mets have stocked up pitching this offseason, mainly reliable arms like Carlos Carrasco, and they added another name to that category, Taijuan Walker, on Saturday.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Devils Name Nico Hischier 12th Captain In Team's History

Nico Hischier wearing the captain's C on Saturday. @NJDevils.

Before the Devils' Saturday afternoon game against the Buffalo Sabres, they team appointed Nico Hischier as their new captain. It is his first game of the season as well, as he missed the team's first 11 games due to a leg injury.