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2019 Summer Baseball Titles: Ernie Banks, Ron Swoboda, David Cone, the Modern Yankees Dynasty, and Baseball's Unwritten Rules

When Ken Griffey Jr. broke into the Majors in 1989, I remember he was called out for having the audacity to wear his cap backwards during pregame activities. “Disrespectful,” tut-tutted the veterans. But Griffey was just having fun, in the same way that today’s players are exuberant in their celebrations.

Week of March 2, 2020

LILAC GIRLS, Martha Hall Kelly's runaway bestseller, introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. LOST ROSES, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline's mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I. Other paperback releases for the week of March 2nd include Preston & Child's OLD BONES, which brings the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to new life in a thrilling novel of archaeology, history, murder and suspense; MACHINES LIKE ME by Ian McEwan, a powerful portrayal of two lovers who will be tested beyond their understanding, set in an uncanny alternative 1982 London --- where Britain has lost the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power, and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence; and WOMEN TALKING, in which Miriam Toews envisions a small community of women, scarred by trauma but tentatively daring to imagine a new kind of future.