Sunday, August 8, 2021

Books: "A Different Dawn" By Isabella Maldonado


A Different Dawn: Nina Guerrera Book 2

By Isabella Maldonado

Thomas & Mercer; paperback, $15.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Tuesday, August 10th

Isabella Maldonado is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico and the first Latina to achieve the rank of a captain in her police department. During her more than two decades on the force, her varied assignments included hostage negotiator, department spokesperson, and district station commander. 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Books: "Empire of Terror" On Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps


Empire of Terror: Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

By Mark. D. Silinsky

Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press; hardcover, 328 pages; $34.95

How to deal with Iran has been A main point of contention for the United  States foreign policy establishment for over four decades has been how to deal with Iran. That has been true of the past three administrations, as former President Barack Obama agreed to a nuclear deal with Iran in 2015, then the Trump administration took a tougher tack and pulled the U.S. from the agreement, and now the Biden administration would like to re-enter the landmark agreement. 

Books: On World History


If you have been reading the news lately, there's a lot going on in world affairs, so it is a good time to broaden our knowledge of history and how it affects what goes on today. Two books that can lend insights focus on the conflicts of a century ago, Indian Soldiers in World War I: Race and Representation in an Imperial War, by Andrew T. Jarboe, and Hostages of Empire: Colonial Prisoners of War in Vichy France, by Sarah Ann Frank. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Books: On Man's Best Friend

In honor of August being National Dog Month, let's take a look at a pair of books on man't best friend: What a Dog Knows, by Susan Wilson, and A Life With Dogs, by Roger Welsch.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Books: "Two Spies In Caracas" By Moises Naim


Two Spies In Caracas

By Moises Naim; translated by Daniel Hahn

Amazon Crossing; 348 pages; paperback, $14.95; Kindle, $4.99 

Moises Naim has been ranked as one of the top 100 global thought leaders by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, and been hailed as "one of the world's leading thinkers" by Prospect Magazine. In the early 1990s, he served as Venezuela's Minister of Trade and Industry, as director of Venezuela's Central Bank, and as executive director of the World Bank. 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Books: Amazing Stories As We Enter August

August is upon us, and many of you are probably thinking that it's time to get in some good summer reading. In this review, we will look at four fabulous works of fiction: Her Turn, by Katherine Ashenburg; The Stranger In The Mirror, by Liv Constantine; All Are Welcome, by Liz Parker; and Then She Vanishes, by Claire Douglas.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Books: "The Apology Project" By Jeanette Escudero


The Apology Project

By Jeanette Escudero

Lake Union Publishing; 331 pages, paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Sunday, August 1st 

Jeanette Escudero, a child of Cuban immigrants who was born and raised in Miami, worked as an attorney before she started to write fiction, which fulfilled a dream. This gave her an outlet for her imaginative, romantic side, and writing under the pseudonym Sidney Halston, she is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple romantic series. As Jeanette Escudero, she writes about flawed and relatable woman, such as the one featured in her new novel, The Apology Project.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Books: New Novels From Brad Parks, A.R. Torre, & Paul Howarth

As we approach late July, many of you will be heading on vacation or planning days at the beach or park, and want books that you can curl up with on a lazy afternoon. There are three new novels that are perfect for the occasion: Unthinkable, by Brad Parks; The Good Lie, by A.R. Torre; and Dust Off The Bones, by Paul Howarth.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Books: Amanda Kloots' Tribute To Nick Cordero, "Live Your Life"


Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero

By Amanda Kloots, with Anna Kloots

Harper; hardcover, 336 pages; $27.99 

Last year, amidst the horrific pandemic, the world followed the journey of Broadway star and Tony nominee Nick Cordero's battle with Covid through the eyes of his wife, Amanda Kloots, a celebrity fitness trainer and co-host of The Talk.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Books: Ronan Farrow's "War On Peace"


War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence: Revised And Updated

By Ronan Farrow

W.W. Norton & Company, paperback, 480 pages; $18.95 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, who has made his mark with investigations in The New Yorker, looked at America's diplomatic enterprise in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, in the fall of 2018

Monday, July 5, 2021

Books: "The Stranger Behind You" By Carol Goodman


The Stranger Behind You

By Carol Goodman

William Morrow; paperback, $16.99; available Tuesday, July 6th

Carol Goodman is the author of twenty-two novels including The Lake of Dead Languages and The Seduction of Water, which won the 2003 Hammett Prize, and The Widow's House and The Night Visitor, which won the 2018 and 2020 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her books are known all over the world, having been translated into sixteen languages.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Books: An Appreication of Negro League Baseball Legend Oscar Charleston


Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball's Greatest Forgotten Player

By Jeremy Beer

Nebraska; 456 pages; hardcover, $29.95; paperback, $21.95; eBook, $18.95

Oscar Charleston is largely regarded by experts as the best player in Negro League baseball history, and Jeremy Beer has written the definitive work on him. This book was originally released in November 2019, and it was awarded the 2020 SABR Seymour Medal and the 2019 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year, and it has just been released in paperback.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Books: The Story Of Asphalt, As Much A Part Of Brooklyn As Anything


Asphalt: A History

By Kenneth O'Reilly 

University of Nebraska Press; 344 pages; hardcover, $29.95; eBook, $29.95; available Thursday, July 1st

We walk on it, run on it, play on it, and with increased outdoor dining, think nothing of eating a meal at a table on it. This indispensable part of urban life is asphalt.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Books: "Choose Me" By Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver


Choose Me

By Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver

Thomas & Mercer; 334 pages; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $15.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Thursday, July 1st

Tess Gerritsen's path to her writing career is one worthy of a novel itself. It wasn't until she was on maternity leave from her job as a physician that she began to write. She has written twenty-eight suspense novels, and they have been translated into forty languages. Her series featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Books: "Winning In Both Leagues" By Frank Cashen, Who Led Mets to Glory

Winning in Both Leagues: Reflections from Baseball's Front Office

By J. Frank Cashen

Nebraska; paperback, $19.95; hardcover, $29.95; eBook, $19.95

Former Mets General Manager Frank Cashen's autobiography, Winning in Both Leagues, which was originally released in 2014, is now out in paperback.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Books: "The Hitler Years: Triumph, 1933-1939," Part 1 Of Epic From Frank McDonough

The Hitler Years: Triumph, 1933-1939

By Frank McDonough

St. Martin's Press; 496 pages; hardcover, $39.99; e-Book, $19.99

Frank McDonough is an internationally renowned expert on the Third Reich, and has written many books on that era of German history, including Opposition and Resistance in Nazi Germany and The Gestapo. He has appeared on numerous TV programs, including the six-part series, "Nazi Secrets," for National Geographic in 2012 and a ten-part series, The Rise of the Nazi Party, for the Discovery Channel in 2014. He is such a foremost expert on Nazi Germany that the History Channel places his Twitter account, @FXMC1957, in the Top 30 Most Popular Historical Twitter Accounts in the World.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Sports Books: On The Dynamic Year Of 1996, Joe Frazier, & Golf

We are in one of the greatest times of year for sports, with the NHL and NBA Playoffs roaring on, baseball in full swing, and a host of other attractions including major golf and tennis championships. There are four books out now that will be perfect to deepen your history of the games we watch: 1996 A Biography, by Jon Finkel; Sparring with Smokin' Joe, by Glenn Lewis; and The Masters, by David Sowell.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Books: "Can't Knock The Hustle" On the Brooklyn Nets Navigating A Transformative Time

Can't Knock The Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets' Superstars of Tomorrow

By Matt Sullivan

Dey Street Books; hardcover, 352 pages; $27.99; available today, Tuesday, June 22nd

The NBA's 2019-20 season was one of the most historic in the history of the league, as the sport dealt with the coronavirus pandemic, the untimely death of one of the greatest players of all-time, Kobe Bryant, and a burgeoning social justice movement after the death of George Floyd.

Books: Liliane Atlan's "Small Bibles For Bad Times"


Small Bibles for Bad Times: Selected Poems & Prose

By Liliane Atlan - translated from the French by Marguerite Feitlowitz

Mandel Vilar Press; paperback, 170 pages; $21.95

Liliane Atlan was a visionary French writer of plays, poetry, and prose, whose work was inspired from having to hide, with her sister Rachel, with a family in the Auvergne during the Holocaust. 

Monday, June 21, 2021

Books: New Novels, Including From Nicci French & Jenny Colgan

 With summer upon us, you might be thinking of what books to take on a trip or to read on a day at the beach. There are four new novels out that are sure to be perfect to get lost in: Sunrise by the Sea, by Jenny Colgan; What To Do When Someone Dies, by Nicci French; The Hot Summer of 1968, by Viliam Klimacek; and The Godmothers, by Camille Aubray.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

"The Box In The Woods" By Maureen Johnson

The Box in the Woods

By Maureen Johnson

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; hardcover, 400 pages; $18.99; Ahes 14 and up, available today, Tuesday, June 15th

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen young adult novels, including the Truly Devious series, the Shades of London series, Suite Scarlett, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Her collaborative books include Ghosts of the Shadow Market (with Cassandra Clare), as well as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), which was also a hit feature film on Netflix.

Books: The Super Sports Summer of '84 As Chronicled In "Glory Days" By L. Jon Wertheim


Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever

By L. Jon Wertheim

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, $27.00; available Tuesday, June 15th

There are times in history that feel like turning points, where things happen that you haven't seen before, and set the tone for the foreseeable future. The summer of 1984 was just that for sports, entertainment, and the United States overall. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Books: New Novels From Brina Startler, Rahul Raina, & Helene Wecker

 There are three new books that are quite compelling reading to dive into: Anne of Manhattan, a modern retelling of the classic Anne of Green Gables by Brina Starler; How to Kidnap the Rich, a compelling look into the elite in India by Rahul Raina; and The Hidden Palace, Helene Wecker's historical fantasy that is a follow-up to The Golem and the Jinni

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Books: New Novels Including "The North Face of the Heart" By Dolores Redondo


Morgan Library. Photo by Jason Schott.

There are plenty of new novels to enjoy as we embark on a very exciting summer. In this review, we will look at The North Face of the Heart, by Dolores Redondo; The Portrait of a Mirror, by A. Natasha Joukovsky; Painting The Light, by Sally Cabot Gunning; Beneath Devil's Bridge, by Loreth Anne White; and My Ride or Die, by Leslie Cohen.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Books: "Chasing The Lion" by A.J. Tata


Chasing The Lion

By A.J. Tata

St. Martin's Publishing Group; hardcover, 352 pages; $27.99 

A.J. Tata is a retired United States Army Brigadier General who commanded units in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division. In 2007, when his last tour in Afghanistan was, he earned the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star Medal. He is the bestselling author of the Captain Jake Mahegan and Threat Series, as well as a foreign policy guest analyst on numerous outlets, including Fox News and CNN.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Books: "Unsung Hero of Gettysburg" By Edward G. Longacre


Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg

By Edward G. Longacre

Potomac Books; hardcover, 352 pages; $34.95

This is the latest book on the Civil War from Edward G. Longacre, a retired historian for the U.S. Department of Defense. His award-winning works include Fitz Lee: A Military Biography of Major General Fitzbaugh Lee, C.S.A. (Bison Books, 2010), The Sharpshooters: A History of the Ninth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War (Potomac Books, 2017), and The Early Morning of War: Bull Run, 1861.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Books: "The Safety Trap" By Spencer Coursen


The Safety Trap: A Security Expert's Secrets for Staying Safe in a Dangerous World

By Spencer Coursen

St. Martin's Publishing Group; hardcover, 368 pages; $28.99; available today, Tuesday, May 18th

Spencer Coursen is a nationally recognized threat management expert, with an exceptional record of success in the assessment, management, and resolution of threats. He is the founder of the Coursen Security Group (CSG). The expertise he has made him a reliable resource for organizations needing help in conflict resolution, as well as employee termination, expert witness testimony, policy authorship, protective intelligence, and vulnerability resolution. 

Monday, May 17, 2021

Books: "Electric City" By Thomas Hager On Edison & Ford's Vision


Electric City: The Lost History of Ford and Edison's American Utopia

By Thomas Hager

Abrams Press; hardcover, 304 pages; $28.00; available tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18th

Thomas Hager is an award-winning author of books on the history of science and medicine, including The Alchemy of Air and Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine. He is a courtesy associate professor of journalism and communication at the University of Oregon.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Books: "World Travel" By Anthony Bourdain And Laurie Woolever


World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

By Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

Ecco; hardcover, 480 pages; $35.00

Anthony Bourdain was a travel icon, someone who took us to places all over the world on his television shows in a style all his own. World Travel, a project he began to collaborate with his assistant who grew into a trusted partner, Laurie Woolever, is a beautifully produced legacy work of what Bourdain experienced.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Books: "Killing The Mob" By Bill O'Reilly


Killing The Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America

By Bill O'Reilly

St. Martin's Press; hardcover, 304 pages; $30.00

Bill O'Reilly has made his mark as a political commentator for years, including today on his shows, 77WABC Radio talk show, and various appearances, such as on Glenn Beck's radio show. He has also established himself as a prolific author of the Killing series.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Books: "Ember of Night" by Molly E. Lee


Ember of Night

By Molly E. Lee

Entangled Teen; paperback, $17.99

Molly E. Lee is the author of twelve romance novels, most recognizable for her popular series, Grad Night and Love on the Edge. Her novels feature strong, contemporary women who know how to take care of themselves and protect the people they love. A military spouse and the mother of two children, plus one English Bulldog and an Irish Wolfhound, she enjoys hiking in the mountains near her home and reading into the night. Check out her website at

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Books: "From Rails To Trails" On America's Adventurous Way To Travel


From Rails To Trails: The Making of America's Active Transportation Network

By Peter Harnik

Nebraska; paperback, 288 pages; $19.95

Peter Harnik is cofounder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and founder of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land.

Gov. Cuomo Announces Revised Restrictions At NYC Ballparks


Yankee Stadium in 2019. It won't be long before it looks like that again. Photo by Jason Schott.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, during his coronavirus briefing on Wednesday morning, announced revised guidance for people attending Yankees games at Yankee Stadium and Mets games at Citi Field.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Books: "Metabolical" On How We Can Halt The Harms Of Processed Food


Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

By Robery H. Lustig

Harper Wave; hardcover, 416 pages; $28.99; available tomorrow, Tuesday, May 4th

Dr. Robert Lustig, M.D., M.S.L, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist, has been on the cutting edge of medicine and science throughout his forty-year career, dedicated to treating and preventing childhood obesity and diabetes. He is emeritus professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, and the New York Times bestselling author of Fat Chance

Books: "Crossing The River" By Carol Smith, With Stories Of Grief & Resilience


Crossing the River: Seven Stories That Saved My Life

By Carol Smith

Abrams Press; hardcover, 272 pages; $26.00; available this Tuesday, May 4th 

Carol Smith is an award-winning journalist and editor for NPR affiliate KUOW in Seattle, and was formerly with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Los Angeles Times. She was recently names Editor of the Year by Public Media Journslists Association and has been a PEN America Literary Awards finalist for her journalism and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize seven times and twice for the Pushcart Prize.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Books: "Buying Into Change" On Spain Under Franco's Reign


Buying into Change: Mass Consumption, Dictatorship, and Democratization in Franco's Spain, 1939-1982

By Alejandro J. Gomez del Moral

Nebraska; hardcover, $65.00; 366 pages; available today, Saturday, May 1

Alejandro J. Gomez del Moral is a senior lecturer in economic and social history at the University of Helsinki. In the new book Buying into Change, he examines how the development of a mass consumer society under General Francisco Franco's dictatorship inserted Spain into transnational consumer networks and set the stage for the country's transition to democracy during the late 1970s. 

Books: "The Next Wife" By Kaira Rouda


The Next Wife

By Kaira Rouda

Thomas & Mercer; 311 pages; paperback, $15.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available today, Saturday, May 1st

Kaira Rouda an award-winning USA Today bestselling author whose novels of domestic suspense include The Favorite Daughter, Best Day Ever, and All the Difference

Friday, April 30, 2021

Books: Helpful Home Tips Just In Time For Spring Cleaning

One of the ways people got through the depths of the pandemic was improving their living spaces, be it their houses, or as is the case with a majority of people in New York City, their apartments. Just as life returns to normal, and along with it, the annual ritual of spring cleaning, two books will give you the spark to keep beautifying your living spaces, 150 Best New Interior Design Ideas, by Macarena Abascal Valdenebro, and 150 Best of the Best Apartment Ideas by Francesc Zamora.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Books: Vintage Baseball Stories

Yankee Stadium's famous facade. Photo by Jason Schott.

With the baseball season underway, it's a great time to read up on the history of America's Pastime, and a trio of new books step up to the plate: 1962: Baseball and America in the Time of JFK, by David Krell on one of the most historic seasons in baseball's history, which included the debut of the New York Mets; The Pride of Minnesota: The Twins in the Turbulent 1960s, by Thom Henninger; and Lights Camera Fastball: How the Hollywood Stars Changed Baseball, by Dan Taylor, on how the Pacific Coast League team transformed the game in the Golden Age of movies.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Books: "Clubbie," By Greg Larson, On Life In The Minors


Clubbie: A Minor League Baseball Memoir

By Greg Larson

Nebraska; hardcover, 264 pages; $27.95

Greg Larson is an author, editor, and stand-up comedian who spent two years as the clubhouse attendant for the Aberdeen IronBirds, an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles owned by Cal Ripken, Jr. Brooklyn Cyclones fans will know this team from their time playing them in the New York-Penn League.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Books: "Tears of Amber" By Sofia Segovia

Tears of Amber: A Novel

By Sofia Segovia; translated by Simon Bruni

Amazon Crossing; 496 pages; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; Audiobook, $14.99; available Saturday, May 1st

Sofia Segovia was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She studied communications at Universidad de Monterey, thinking she would be a journalist, when her real love is fiction. A creative writing teacher, she also has been a ghostwriter and communications director for local political campaigns and has written several plays for local theater. 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Books: "Cheese, Wine, and Bread" By Katie Quinn


Cheese, Wine, and Bread: Discovering the Magic of Fermentation in England, Italy, and France

By Katie Quinn

William Morrow; hardcover, 384 pages; $29.99; available this Tuesday, April 27th

Katie Quinn is a video creator, podcast host, and cookbook author who thinks there is a story to be found everywhere and that food connects people. Her YouTube channel, QKatie, has 38,600 subscribers and garnered over five million views. Her podcast title, which is also her personal slogan, is Keep It Quirky, because she thinks life, in the kitchen and out of it, is more enjoyable if you don't take yourself too seriously.

Books: New Novels From Nan Rossiter, Nicci French, Patry Francis, & Courttia Newland

There are few new novels out this month that are perfect to lose yourself in on a spring afternoon, hanging out in the park or at a coffee place, or having a lazy day at home: Nan Rossiter's Promises To Keep; The Other Side Of The Door, by Nicci French; All The Children Are Home, by Patry Francis; and A River Called Time, by Courttia Newland.

Book Club Discussion For Agatha Christie's "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all-time, as her books sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. One of her most acclaimed books is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Book Chat: With Timothy Malcolm, On How To Take a Baseball Road Trip This Summer

Moon Baseball Road Trips: The Complete Guide to All the Ballparks, with Beer, Bites, and Sights Nearby

By Timothy Malcolm

Avalon Travel; paperback, 712 pages; $27.99, available this Tuesday, April 27th

Timothy Malcolm, the author of Moon Baseball Road Trips: The Complete Guide to All the Ballparks, with Beer, Bites, and Sights Nearby!, is a lifelong Phillies fan who has been featured on Mets Blog and Yahoo! Big League Stew, has written for the Hardball Times and was a senior writer and editor of Phillies Nation. He currently lives in Houston, and is also the author of Moon Drive & Hike Appalachian Trail, and writers for Backpacker, Outdoor, and Hudson Valley Magazine.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Books: "A Raid on the Red Sea" on How Israel Foiled An Iranian-Palestinian Plot

A Raid on the Red Sea: The Israeli Capture of the Karine A

By Amos Gilboa; edited and translated by Yonah Jeremy Bob

Potomac Books; hardcover, 320 pages; $34.95

Brig. Gen. Amos Gilboa (Res.) is a former head of the Analysis and Production Division of Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence and military attache in Washington. For over a decade, he was a special advisor for methodology in military intelligence and teacher of various intelligence and technology-related courses at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and the Technion University.

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.