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Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Title Brooklyn
Author Colm Toibin
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2015-09-08
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781501106477
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Colm Tóibín’s New York Times bestselling novel—soon to be a film starring Saoirse Ronan and Jim Broadbent from the award-winning team that produced An Education—is “a moving, deeply satisfying read” (Entertainment Weekly) about a young Irish immigrant in Brooklyn in the early 1950s. “One of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary literature” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future. Author “Colm Tóibín…is his generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” (Los Angeles Times). “Written with mesmerizing power and skill” (The Boston Globe), Brooklyn is a “triumph…One of those magically quiet novels that sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations” (USA TODAY).

The Brooklyn Bridge by Richard Haw

Title The Brooklyn Bridge
Author Richard Haw
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Release Date 2005
Category History
Total Pages 307
ISBN 0813535875
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Bringing together more than sixty images of the bridge that, over the years, have graced postcards, magazine covers, and book jackets and appeared in advertisements, cartoons, films, and photographs, Haw traces the diverse and sometimes jarring ways in which this majestic structure has been received, adopted, and interpreted as an American idea. Haw's account is not a history of how the bridge was made, but rather of what people have made of the Brooklyn Bridge - in film, music, literature, art, and politics - from its opening ceremonies to the blackout of 2003."--BOOK JACKET.

Brooklyn by Ellen Marie Snyder-Grenier

Title Brooklyn
Author Ellen Marie Snyder-Grenier
Publisher Temple University Press
Release Date 1996
Category History
Total Pages 292
ISBN 1592130828
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Lavishly illustrated with prints, paintings, memorabilia, and objects from The Brooklyn Historical Society's unparalleled collection, Brooklyn! will bring every reader closer to the Brooklyn of legend and fact.

How Music Grew In Brooklyn by Maurice Edwards

Title How Music Grew in Brooklyn
Author Maurice Edwards
Publisher Scarecrow Press
Release Date 2006
Category Music
Total Pages 381
ISBN 0810856662
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Brooklyn Philharmonic is one of the most innovative and respected symphony orchestras of modern times. Maurice Edwards provides a personal and comprehensive history of this institution. How Music Grew in Brooklyn includes more than two dozen historical photographs and illustrations and an eighty-page appendix providing detailed listing of the orchestra's programs, including the Marathons.

Jews Of Brooklyn by Ilana Abramovitch

Title Jews of Brooklyn
Author Ilana Abramovitch
Publisher UPNE
Release Date 2002
Category Social Science
Total Pages 355
ISBN 1584650036
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Over 40 historians, folklorists, and ordinary Brooklyn Jews present a vivid, living record of this astonishing cultural heritage. 150 illustrations. Map.

The Brooklyn Film by John B. Manbeck

Title The Brooklyn Film
Author John B. Manbeck
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2010-06-28
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 263
ISBN 078648120X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Brooklyn, New York, a borough of New York City, is known for its distinctive vernacular, its communal feel on the fringes of a booming city, and its famous bridge, a gateway to the unlimited opportunities in Manhattan. Of course, Coney Island deserves a mention as it garners its own fame independent of Brooklyn, its parent locale. New York City moviemaking got its start in Brooklyn when Charles E. Chinnock shot his silent film in 1894. Since then, many films have been made, studios opened and stars born in Brooklyn, contributing to its undeniable influence in the film industry. This work is a collection of essays on the topic of Brooklyn as portrayed in film. It includes a discussion of race relations in films dealing with Brooklyn, the story of Jackie Robinson as shown on film, the changing face of cinematic Brooklyn and some thoughts on a Brooklyn filmgoer's experience. The combination of Brooklyn and baseball in the films of Paul Auster is examined, as well as the typical portrayal of a Brooklyn native in film.

Title When Baseball Returned to Brooklyn
Author Ed Shakespeare
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2003-04-29
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 357
ISBN 0786414596
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Major league baseball has a long, rich history in Brooklyn. From the time Brooklyn started play in 1884 until their move west to Los Angeles following the 1957 season, the Dodgers and their predecessors were the emotional center of the borough's diverse population. But Brooklyn would be without a professional team until June of 2001, when the Cyclones took the field in Coney Island as the Mets' affiliate for the New York-Penn League. This work follows the rookie-level club from its formation through it first season. Brooklyn Dodgers Carl Erskine, Duke Snider, Clem Labine, Johnny Podres, Ralph Branca, Joe Pignatano and Clyde King comment on their own minor league days, and their days in Brooklyn. Also included are interviews of Cyclones players and fans of both teams.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Title Brooklyn
Author Colm Toibin
Publisher Emblem Editions
Release Date 2010-04-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0771085400
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady’s intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation. Slowly, however, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life — until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy, not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn. In the quiet character of Eilis Lacey, Colm Tóibín has created one of fiction’s most memorable heroines and in Brooklyn, a luminous novel of devastating power. Tóibín demonstrates once again his astonishing range and that he is a true master of nuanced prose, emotional depth, and narrative virtuosity.

Title Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center
Author Pat Snodgrass
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2009
Category History
Total Pages 127
ISBN 0738561347
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Just north of Minneapolis and along the Mississippi River stretch the fertile prairies that attracted French Canadians and New Englanders in 1852. Originally called Brooklyn Township, Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center grew as settlers cultivated farms and marketed their produce. One-room schoolhouses evolved into the largest and finest schools in Minnesota while fast-growing industry and commuting replaced the small family farms. The story of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, as told through pictures, old-timer memories, and yellowed newspapers, reveals the lives of loggers, potato farmers, war heroes, and everyday people who found their dreams and quietly raised their families. Over the years, neighborhoods and fashions change as the people continue to take pride in their community's rich history.

Song Of Brooklyn by Marc Eliot

Title Song of Brooklyn
Author Marc Eliot
Publisher Broadway Books
Release Date 2008-06-10
Category History
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780767929998
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The voices of Brooklyn: “I’m a Brooklyn guy, it’s in my bones and it’s there in Brooklyn. There’s a certain rhythm you get growing up there. Every Brooklyn kid has it. Always on the right beat. The Bronx, no; Queens, you were out of it; but Brooklyn, that was it.” —Mel Brooks, Williamsburg “Everyone got along because we had one major thing that held everyone in Brooklyn…together: the emergence of big-time sports that happened after World War I. You could be an Irishman, an Italian, and a Jew and you could all be in Ebbets Field, sitting together, rooting for the Dodgers.” —Pete Hamill, Park Slope “I never really saw anyplace in the world as a kid except Brooklyn, so to me Brooklyn was the world. Every avenue was another country. It was a rough place, to be sure. You could say the wrong thing, make the wrong turn and be rubbed or killed, and I guess I was lucky because I had a talent that enabled me to get out . . . A part of me will always be that kid shooting hoops, with a dream in my hand as much as a basketball.” —Stephon Marbury, Coney Island “Both my parents were hard, hands-on workers, and that was the foundation of everything for me. Their work ethic was just over the top, and as a result of that I worked hard no matter what level job I had in the media. I was that tough Brooklyn girl pushing my way to the front, which eventually became the top. I was never afraid of hard work; I was always a go-getter, and that was something that came directly out of being born in Brooklyn. I cherish that, as I cherish my entire upbringing in Brooklyn.” —Maria Bartiromo, Bay Ridge A captivating oral portrait of America's favorite borough, in the words of those who know Brooklyn best—Mel Brooks, Spike Lee, Arthur Miller, Joan Rivers, Norman Mailer, Cousin Brucie, Maria Bartiromo, Pete Hamill, and many other current and former inhabitants. Song of Brooklyn gathers the oral testimony of nearly one hundred Brooklynites past and present, famous and unknown, about a mythic borough that is also an indisputably real place. These witnesses speak eloquently of what it was like back then, when the Dodgers played in Ebbets Field; later, when the borough fell on hard times; and now, when it has come roaring back on the tracks of a real-estate boom, giving it celebrity chic and hipster cred. With this surprising and inspiring renaissance in full swing, the story of Brooklyn is one of the great and still ongoing chapters of the American urban experience, and Song of Brooklyn sings that tune in pitch-perfect key.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard by Thomas F. Berner

Title The Brooklyn Navy Yard
Author Thomas F. Berner
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 1999-11-01
Category History
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0738556955
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Not much larger than a few city blocks (219 acres, plus 72 acres of water), the Brooklyn Navy Yard is one of the most historically significant sites in America. It was one of the U.S. Navy's major shipbuilding and repair yards from 1801 to 1966. It produced more than 80 warships and hundreds of smaller vessels. At its height during World War II, it worked around the clock, employing some 70,000 people. The yard built the Monitor, the world's first modern warship; the Maine, whose destruction set off the Spanish-American War; the Arizona, whose sinking launched America into World War II; and the Missouri, on whose deck World War II ended. On June 25, 1966, the flag at the Brooklyn Navy Yard was lowered for the last time and the 165-year-old institution ceased to exist. Sold to the City of New York for $22.4 million, the yard became a site for storage of vehicles, some light industry, and a modest amount of civilian ship repair.

Brooklyn Noir 3 by Tim McLoughlin

Title Brooklyn Noir 3
Author Tim McLoughlin
Publisher Akashic Books
Release Date 2008-06-01
Category True Crime
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781617750472
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The first nonfiction volume in the “superb series” —true crime stories from Bushwick to Borough Park to Brooklyn Heights (The Globe and Mail, Toronto). The people who brought you the Brooklyn Noir crime-fiction collections return with another talented literary lineup—this time contributing chilling, and sometimes heartbreaking, stories of real-life crimes in this densely populated and diverse borough of New York City. Brand-new nonfiction by Robert Leuci, Dennis Hawkins, Tim McLoughlin, Thomas Adcock, Errol Louis, Denise Buffa, Patricia Mulcahy, C.J. Sullivan, Reed Farrel Coleman, Aileen Gallagher, Christopher Musella, Kim Sykes, Robert Knightly, Jess Korman, Constance Casey, and Rosemarie Yu.

Brooklyn Was Mine by Valerie Steiker

Title Brooklyn Was Mine
Author Valerie Steiker
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2008-01-02
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781101217535
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A tribute to New York City's most literary borough-featuring original nonfiction pieces by today's most celebrated writers. Of all the urban landscapes in America, perhaps none has so thoroughly infused and nurtured modern literature as Brooklyn. Though its literary history runs deep-Walt Whitman, Truman Capote, and Norman Mailer are just a few of its storied inhabitants-in recent years the borough has seen a growing concentration of bestselling novelists, memoirists, poets, and journalists. It has become what Greenwich Village once was for an earlier generation: a wellspring of inspiration and artistic expression. Brooklyn Was Mine gives some of today's best writers an opportunity to pay tribute to the borough they love in 20 original essays that draw on past and present to create a mosaic that brilliantly captures the quality and diversity of a unique, literary landscape. Contributors include: Emily Barton, Susan Choi, Rachel Cline, Philip Dray, Jennifer Egan, Colin Harrison, Joanna Hershon, Jonathan Lethem, Dinaw Mengestu, Elizabeth Gaffney, Lara Vapnyar, Lawrence Osborne, Katie Roiphe, John Burnham Schwartz, Vijay Seshadri, Darcey Steinke, Darin Strauss, Alexandra Styron, Robert Sullivan With an introduction by Phillip Lopate.

Brooklyn Public Monuments by Elmer Sprague

Title Brooklyn Public Monuments
Author Elmer Sprague
Publisher Dog Ear Publishing
Release Date 2008
Category Art
Total Pages 163
ISBN 9781598585827
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Brooklyn, New York has forty-three major public monuments, one of America's finest collections of outdoor sculptures. This guide provides photographs, descriptions and directions for finding the monuments. Most of the monuments are in public parks. Three are World War I regimental memorials at former armories. The Mowgli Bas-reliefs are in the Prospect Park Zoo. The monuments are an enduring expression of Brooklyn's art-loving culture. Six were commissioned by the City of Brooklyn, the most monuments with sculptures commissioned by any nineteenth-century city in the United States. The Brooklyn commissions are some of the finest examples of American figurative sculpture. Seven other monuments are major works by America's ablest sculptors - Henry Kirke Brown, John Quincy Adams Ward, Daniel Chester French, Frederick William MacMonnies, Henry Merwin Shrady, Charles Cary Rumsey, and Augustus Lukeman. Elmer Sprague grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where Lee Lawrie's sculptures on the state capitol dominate the city. They started Sprague on his long-time hobby of sculpture watching. On retiring from teaching philosophy at Brooklyn College, he worked for several years as a volunteer archivist in the New York City Parks Department helping to develop the database that describes New York City's public monuments. Sprague has also spent many happy days visiting, photographing and researching the Borough of Brooklyn's public monuments. He writes about them to make them better known and to enlist public support for their continued conservation and preservation.

Title The Black Churches of Brooklyn
Author Clarence Taylor
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 1994
Category History
Total Pages 297
ISBN 0231099819
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In addition, they endorsed the education of the clergy, thereby demonstrating to American society at large that African Americans possessed the sophistication and the means to pursue and to promote culture.

Literary Brooklyn by Evan Hughes

Title Literary Brooklyn
Author Evan Hughes
Publisher Holt Paperbacks
Release Date 2011-08-16
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781429973069
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For the first time, here is Brooklyn's story through the eyes of its greatest storytellers. Like Paris in the twenties or postwar Greenwich Village, Brooklyn today is experiencing an extraordinary cultural boom. In recent years, writers of all stripes—from Jhumpa Lahiri, Jennifer Egan, and Colson Whitehead to Nicole Krauss and Jonathan Safran Foer—have flocked to its patchwork of distinctive neighborhoods. But as literary critic and journalist Evan Hughes reveals, the rich literary life now flourishing in Brooklyn is part of a larger, fascinating history. With a dynamic mix of literary biography and urban history, Hughes takes us on a tour of Brooklyn past and present and reveals that hiding in Walt Whitman's Fort Greene Park, Hart Crane's Brooklyn Bridge, the raw Williamsburg of Henry Miller's youth, Truman Capote's famed house on Willow Street, and the contested streets of Jonathan Lethem's Boerum Hill is the story of more than a century of life in America's cities. Literary Brooklyn is a prismatic investigation into a rich literary inheritance, but most of all it's a deep look into the beloved borough, a place as diverse and captivating as the people who walk its streets and write its stories.

Title The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn
Author Suleiman Osman
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2011-03-09
Category History
Total Pages 360
ISBN 0199832048
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Considered one of the city's most notorious industrial slums in the 1940s and 1950s, Brownstone Brooklyn by the 1980s had become a post-industrial landscape of hip bars, yoga studios, and beautifully renovated, wildly expensive townhouses. In The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn, Suleiman Osman offers a groundbreaking history of this unexpected transformation. Challenging the conventional wisdom that New York City's renaissance started in the 1990s, Osman locates the origins of gentrification in Brooklyn in the cultural upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. Gentrification began as a grassroots movement led by young and idealistic white college graduates searching for "authenticity" and life outside the burgeoning suburbs. Where postwar city leaders championed slum clearance and modern architecture, "brownstoners" (as they called themselves) fought for a new romantic urban ideal that celebrated historic buildings, industrial lofts and traditional ethnic neighborhoods as a refuge from an increasingly technocratic society. Osman examines the emergence of a "slow-growth" progressive coalition as brownstoners joined with poorer residents to battle city planners and local machine politicians. But as brownstoners migrated into poorer areas, race and class tensions emerged, and by the 1980s, as newspapers parodied yuppies and anti-gentrification activists marched through increasingly expensive neighborhoods, brownstoners debated whether their search for authenticity had been a success or failure.

Title The Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s
Author Rudy Marzano
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2005-01-15
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 235
ISBN 0786419873
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Before the rise of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, baseball was a game of white men, cloth caps and concrete walls. Four men helped to change the sport as America knew it: Branch Rickey, Larry MacPhail, Jackie Robinson and Pete Reiser. These men were essential to the evolution of baseball, especially in their home of Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. It was there that the first major league game was televised, where the batting helmet was developed, where the first walls were padded and the first outfield warning tracks laid down and--with the arrival of Jackie Robinson, it is where the color line was broken. This richly researched history which includes chapters such as "1940: MacPhail Starts a Dodger Dynasty," "1942: FDR Says the Show Must Go On" and "The War Years," presents an exploration of how a crucial decade of Dodger accomplishments transformed American baseball.

Gravesend Brooklyn by Joseph Ditta

Title Gravesend Brooklyn
Author Joseph Ditta
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release Date 2009
Category History
Total Pages 95
ISBN 0738564699
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Permanently settled in 1645, the farming town of Gravesend, Long Island, was annexed to the city (now borough) of Brooklyn, New York, in 1894. Few reminders from Gravesend's rural days survive around the urban landscape it has become. Even its more recent past is quickly disappearing.