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Week of August 31, 2020

Paperback releases for the week of August 31st include THE TESTAMENTS, the long-awaited sequel to Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 novel, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, in which the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results; THE INSTITUTE, Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win; Alice Hoffman's THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW --- on the brink of World War II, and with the Nazis tightening their grip on Berlin, a mother’s act of courage and love offers her daughter a chance of survival; NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson, a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with a remarkable ability; and YEAR OF THE MONKEY, Patti Smith's profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

2016 Spring Baseball Titles: John McGraw, Babe Ruth and the '86 Mets

What hath MONEYBALL wrought?

Since 2003, when Michael Lewis published his seminal account of the Oakland Athletics’ embrace of advanced statistical analysis over “gut feeling” in putting a pennant-contending team together, several authors have sought to capitalize on the concept. Recent books consider the efforts of the Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals to incorporate that strategy.

Two new titles, set almost 100 years ago, deal with events and concepts that had similar repercussions back in the day, without all the math.