New Rochelle has been home to plenty of writers and creators over the years — stroll around Ruby Dee Park, and you’ll read their stories. Two more residents added to the Queen City’s creative legacy recently, launching books from Big Five publishing houses that are set to make a major splash.
One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together by Amy Bass
Dr. Amy Bass is a seasoned, award-winning writer and researcher who teaches history and women’s studies at The College of New Rochelle. Her new book, One Goal, tells the true story of the Lewiston Blue Devils, a high school soccer team that brought a long-segregated Maine town and its newly arrived Somali refugee community together on the soccer field to chase dreams of national glory. Sports Illustrated writer S.L. Price says of One Goal: “It’s the American story, just when you feared it might be fading fast, renewed.”
Hachette Books; 304 pp.; $25.00 hardcover
Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
Rhiannon Navin, a German immigrant from a “book-crazy” family, developed her first novel as a response to a horrifying American reality. Hailed in Publishers Weekly as “an astonishing debut,” Only Child follows the heartbreaking aftermath of an elementary school shooting through the eyes of a 6-year-old survivor. It’s a timely tale that was released in 15 languages worldwide. Alfred A. Knopf; 288 pp;