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Week of May 9, 2016

Paperback releases for the week of May 9th include A LUCKY LIFE INTERRUPTED, Tom Brokaw's powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change --- a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy and lucky life; Bernard Cornwell's first work of nonfiction, WATERLOO, the definitive, illustrated history of one of the greatest battles ever fought --- a riveting chronicle published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s last stand; and ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, in which Dorothea Benton Frank takes readers deep into the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where three unsuspecting women are brought together by tragedy and mystery.

Memoirs from Former Major Leaguers Pedro Martinez and Jorge Posada

There are a number of similarities in the memoirs of Pedro Martinez and Jorge Posada: both were star ballplayers, brought up in Hispanic locales (the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, respectively), with strong family ties and adjustment issues when coming to the United States.

The differences are marked, too. One was a pitcher; the other a catcher/everyday player. One has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; the other was a solid player for a frequent world champion team. One comes across as having a tremendous sense of self, a larger-than-life personality; the other, the “normal” amount and much more down to earth. In the end, one retired gracefully, while the other kept trying to hang on.