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‘A Race to Judgement:’ A BookTrib Q&A with U.S. District Judge-turned Author, Frederic Block

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Federal Judge Frederic Block is known for presiding over some of the most famous cases in U.S. history like the Crown Heights Riots case, the trial of mafia kingpin Peter Gotti, and most recently the 5Pointz trial. With over 23 years on the bench in Brooklyn, Judge Block has seen it all. Outside of the courtroom, however, the Judge spends much of his time sitting on another bench: the piano bench! The Judge co-wrote music and lyrics for the off-Broadway musical Professionally Speaking. In addition to writing off-Broadway musicals and legal briefs, The Judge is also an author whose first book, Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge, was a bestseller. At 83-years old, Judge Block is still working, still presiding and showing no signs…

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A Serious Switch Occurs in ‘The Two-Family House’

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Initially, I was drawn to The Two-Family House because of its premise. My first novel, Garden of Lies, is also about babies switched at birth. How would another author handle it? Brilliantly, in the case of Lynda Cohen Loigman, I discovered. I loved this novel about two Jewish families, brothers and their wives and children who occupy a two-family house in Brooklyn in the 1950’s and whose lives are intertwined in more ways than expected. Two sisters-in-law who live in a two-family house give birth on the same night. Rose had wanted to give her husband the son he longed for. Helen had wanted a daughter after four sons. Each woman gets what the other wished for. They secretly switch…

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Author Steven Gaines Tickles the Funny Bone and Tells His Truth

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Steven Gaines is the bestselling author of Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons, The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of The Beatles, and many others. As a journalist Gaines has written for many publications, most notably Vanity Fair, New York Times and New York Magazine where he served as contributing editor for 12 years. A native New Yorker and graduate of NYU Film School, Gaines’s background in film is what helps him to be such a graphic storyteller to where readers are witnesses to the movie in his mind he then so eloquently puts on paper. In his memoir, One Of These Things First, Gaines looks back at childhood in 1960s Brooklyn with a humor…

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Steven Gaines is Insightful and Hilarious in ‘One of These Things First’

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In the memoir One of These Things First, Steven Gaines, a gay 15-year-old boy from a conservative Jewish family in the 1960s, humorously shares a bizarre account of his teenage years in Brooklyn and a stint at Payne Whitney, a private mental institution in NYC. Steven recalls a multitude of childhood memories, some disturbing, many sexually charged (think Augusten Burroughs and Running With Scissors). Gaines’ memories include his fantasies about the lawnmower guy, agonizing time spent in his grandfather’s bra and girdle store where he spies on shoppers while hidden from view, befriending an aspiring actress at the empty theater in town, dealings with a claustrophobic cooped up in a small apartment with his parents, and the mean boys in the neighborhood who…

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A Tour Through the Smorgasburg of Food in Brooklyn — Plus a GIVEAWAY!

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Feast your eyes on Made in Brooklyn: An Essential Guide to the Borough’s Artisanal Food & Drink Makers (Powerhouse Books, October 20, 2015) by Melissa Schreiber Vaughan, Susanne König and Heather Weston. Part source book, part travel guide—and gorgeous on your coffee table—Made in Brooklyn takes you on a culinary journey from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Greenpoint to Crown Heights and beyond. There are small batch surprises at every turn: gritty urban warehouses filled with key lime pies made from scratch and artisanal chocolates, cordials, cocktail bitters, popsicles, granola, chili oils, kombucha and spices. These are just a few of the many companies featured in the book, helmed by creative and innovative individuals who bring a touch of their own life experiences,…

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