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.