Brooklyn Bookbeat

Bay Ridge author chronicles Johnny Cash’s life through song

There have been many books written about Johnny Cash, but “The Man in Song” is the first to examine Cash’s incredible life through the lens of the songs he wrote and recorded. … Full Article

‘The Optimistic Decade’ explores how to live authentically in turbulent political climate

Accomplished essayist Heather Abel makes an impressive fiction debut with “The Optimistic Decade,” expertly evoking a singular time and place — America in the 1980s and ’90s — with a moving and endearing story about idealism and good intentions gone wrong. … Full Article

Photographer Bill Hayes captures NYC street life in new book

Author and photographer Bill Hayes is originally from Spokane, Washington, a city not usually associated with strolling, or with producing flaneurs. But Hayes does love walking and he does love taking pictures. … Full Article

Family saga exposes harsh realities of immigration

In her most recent novel “Everyone Knows You Go Home,” Natalia Sylvester weaves together the past and the present, the living and the dead, to expose the harsh realities of immigration and the risks one Mexican family will take to protect their legacy. … Full Article

Author tells behind-the-scenes story of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

In April of 1968, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” premiered in the United States. … Full Article

Memoir tells tales of FBI fugitive family

There were many things Tyler Wetherall didn’t know while growing up. She didn’t know her real last name until she was 9 years old. She didn’t know her dad was a criminal. … Full Article

NYC anti-poverty advocate releases gripping memoir on her battle with cancer

Jennifer Jones Austin, New York City native, nonprofit executive and child advocate released her debut book “Consider It Pure Joy” on March 1 with book signings in New York City followed by a book tour stopping in cities across the country. … Full Article

Acclaimed poet brings Cape Verde to Brooklyn in new collection

Shauna Barbosa is a Boston-raised poet whose debut poetry collection “Cape Verdean Blues” is making waves in the literary world. She is currently embarking on her “Cosmic Journey Tour,” where she will appear in Los Angeles, New York City and Boston. … Full Article

Smart, funny ‘A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out’ includes Brooklyn-based chapter

“Brooklyn women wore black T-shirts and scuffed shoes and unwashed hair and somehow looked impossibly chic. I, in contrast, felt like a Carrie impersonator from Omaha on the ‘Sex and the City’ bus tour.” — Chapter 6 of “A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out” … Full Article

Brooklyn resident shakes up true crime genre in new book

“Love and Death in the Sunshine State” has been called “a smart, engrossing true-life noir that weaves meditations on love and the literary life, all set amid the palm trees and seedy motels of Florida’s steaming coastline” by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. … Full Article

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