Two Grand Slams

The final word on good reads from local authors

Next Stop, Yankee Stadium

By Robert Vazquez (August 2016)

In his debut picture book, Mount Vernon resident Robert Vazquez tells the exciting story of four friends as they set off on a visit to Yankee Stadium. With pinstriped pages and a navy-and-white color scheme, the pride of the New York Yankees shines through in this delightful children’s book. The stunningly vivid illustrations by TATS CRU, a team of Bronx graffiti artists turned muralists, will get young baseball fans into the spirit of America’s classic pastime. Inspired by his own lifelong appreciation of baseball, Vazquez’s book is filled with the enthusiastic fun that the beloved sport brings and emphasizes the importance of friendship through making valuable memories.

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38 pgs, Mascot Books, $19.95 (hrd)


Mickey Mantle: Inside and Outside the Lines

By Tom Molito (April 2016)

As a kid growing up in Yonkers, Tom Molito idolized Mickey Mantle, the legendary Yankee center fielder. His fascinating book, a smooth combination of biography and memoir, delves into Mantle’s life, providing a truly unique perspective. Mantle worked on various projects for Molito’s company, Cabin Fever Entertainment, in the 1980s, and the two developed a friendship. Molito, now a Pound Ridge resident, uncovers in his book stories of Mantle’s life that have never been told. Informative and insightful, readers will positively lose themselves in Molito’s recollections. This book is an out-of-the-park home run, bursting with pride and awe for one of baseball’s greatest players.

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184 pgs, Black Rose Writing, $15.95 (pbk)

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