Brooklyn Bookbeat

Brooklyn’s narrative historian in conversation with the Eagle

In New York in 1835, nine out of 10 New Yorkers believed in the existence of lunar life that included unicorns, beavers that walked on their hind legs and 4-foot-tall flying man bats. … Full Article

Dyker Heights native son planning 2nd book

Surprised and gratified by the response to his cookbook-memoir, 84-year-old Dyker Heights native Anthony LoFrisco has revealed that he is busy writing his second book. … Full Article

The independent bookstore revival in Brooklyn

If forecasts had been correct, the independent bookstore would have been dead by now. … Full Article

Book Review: To Know Brooklyn is to Remember Abraham & Straus

Once upon a time, Fulton Street was the shopping capital of Brooklyn with grand emporiums to lure its citizens “downtown.” Along the blocks from Flatbush Avenue to Smith Street stood Loeser’s, Namm’s, Oppenheim Collins, Martin’s and Abraham & Straus, all multilevel department stores tha … Full Article

Writer shares tales of fried pasta, football weddings

Anthony LoFrisco didn’t set out to write a cookbook, but that’s what he ended up doing. How he got there is a tale of family love, the importance of honoring history and laughing out loud about fun times in the good old days. … Full Article

Eagle interview with Clinton Hill resident Nathan Englander on his new novel ‘Dinner at the Center of the Earth’

How much did I relish reading Nathan Englander’s new novel “Dinner at the Center of the Earth?” Let me tell you, my enemies should never enjoy such a book! Englander is a writer possessed of bountiful humanity and wisdom. … Full Article

Katy Tur, MSNBC star & best-selling author, recalls her Brooklyn beginnings

Now a best-seller, the new book by MSNBC anchor Katy Tur could not be more timely. Already high profile, the news reporter appears weekdays at 2 on MSNBC Live with Katy Tur. … Full Article

Pulitzer Grit: Jennifer Egan captures vivid WWII Brooklyn

In a recent online interview for, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan told the Eagle that she had come to Brooklyn from her … Full Article

She Covers The Waterfront: Eagle Q&A with Jennifer Egan on her new novel ‘Manhattan Beach’

I have been a major fan of Jennifer Egan’s writing since Easter Sunday 2010, when, on the train from Montreal to New York, I read her audacious and dizzying novel “The Keep” in one feverish sitting. … Full Article

Alice McDermott captures bygone era of Brooklyn

Alice McDermott's stunning new novel, "The Ninth Hour" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), does for contemporary literature what "Call the Midwife" has done for public television. … Full Article


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