In debut memoir, musician Jake Shears depicts life in late 1990s Brooklyn

Memoir

It is rare for a celebrity who has achieved renown working in one medium to reveal that they are just as adept at working in another. However, Jake Shears has done just that. Shears is the lead singer of the iconic glam band Scissor Sisters, a trailblazing downtown band embraced by the LGBTQ community, which […]

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Isabel Allende’s new novel “In The Midst of Winter” is the perfect read for winter weather

Fiction

  Isabel Allende is one of the most widely-read authors in the world. More than 67 million copies of her books have been sold. Allende’s bestselling first novel “The House of the Spirits”was published in 1982. Since then, she has authored more than twenty bestselling and criticallyacclaimed books. She has also received many awards, including […]

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Art of Writing About Deaths Captured in Documentary

film

For many individuals, obituaries may be the only form of written biography left behind after death. However, as writer Margalit Fox says in the 2016 film “Obit”, “Obits have next to nothing to do with death and absolutely everything to do with life.” Director and producer duo Vanessa Gould and Caitlin Mae Burke created “Obit”, […]

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Novel Centers On The Impact Of Gentrification In Brooklyn

Fiction

No matter how you feel about gentrification, there is no denying that it has touched nearly every corner of Brooklyn and is changing the look of some of the most historic neighborhoods. Fort Greene native, Naima Coster has a deeply personal understanding of the impact of gentrification on long-time residents. The author, who currently teaches […]

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Art of Writing About Deaths Captured in Documentary


film

For many individuals, obituaries may be the only form of written biography left behind after death. However, as writer Margalit Fox says in the 2016 film “Obit”, “Obits have next to nothing to do with death and absolutely everything to do with life.” Director and producer duo Vanessa Gould and Caitlin Mae Burke created “Obit”, […]

December 26, 2017

Novel Centers On The Impact Of Gentrification In Brooklyn


Fiction

No matter how you feel about gentrification, there is no denying that it has touched nearly every corner of Brooklyn and is changing the look of some of the most historic neighborhoods. Fort Greene native, Naima Coster has a deeply personal understanding of the impact of gentrification on long-time residents. The author, who currently teaches […]

December 20, 2017

“Brooklyn’s Sweet Ruin”


Art, Events, History

When it was rebuilt in 1883, the Domino Sugar Refinery was the largest in the world. That year, the Brooklyn Eagle described the new facility as “colossal”. At its peak, the factory processed one third of all of the sugar consumed in a year in the United States, and one eighth of all the sugar […]

December 13, 2017

Jill Eisenstadt’s New Novel Revisits the Rockaways


Fiction, Humor

The Rockaways are part of an important network of diverse habitats, and serve the ever-important role of adding a protective buffer for Brooklyn’s coastal areas.   They also happen to be the setting for Brooklyn resident Jill Eisenstadt’s newest book, Swell. The book includes some of the characters of her debut novel, From Rockaway, which […]

December 11, 2017

Litost: An Evening of Music & Reading


Events

Litost is an untranslatable Czeck word. Its first syllable, which is long and stressed, sounds like the wail of an abandoned dog. As for the meaning of this word, I have looked in vain in other languages for an equivalent, though I find it difficult to imagine how anyone can understand the human soul without it.” […]

December 8, 2017

Hilarious Book Examines Adulting In The Internet Age


Humor

In an age of online streaming, drunk texting, bottomless brunching, internet dating, immediate car-sharing, and so much more, the minutia of our daily lives is on display for leering eyes. Now in What Are We Even Doing With Our Lives, Chelsea Marshall and Mary Dauterman give adults a healthy dose of humor disguised in a children’s […]

November 14, 2017

The Independent Bookstore Revival In Brooklyn


Featured, Profiles

By Natasha Soto Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle If forecasts had been correct, the independent bookstore would have been dead by now. First, they were supposed to be out-competed by large commercial retailers like Barnes and Noble, then made obsolete by e-books and finally dealt a deathblow by Amazon and other e-commerce sites. Instead, […]

November 9, 2017

New Book Provides Historical Perspective On Jewish Culture In New York City


History, Non-fiction

Jewish immigrants transformed New York. They built its clothing industry, expanded its commercial reach, and constructed huge swaths of apartment buildings. New York Jews helped to make the city the center of the nation’s publishing industry, also shaping commercial entertainment and contributing mightily to urban musical cultures. New York Jews have influenced both the city […]

November 8, 2017

New Novel Touches On The Lasting Friendships Made At Summer Camp


Fiction

Growing up in Nyack, New York, Mandy Berman spent her summers as a camper, and eventually a counselor, at a camp in the Berkshires. Berman calls Brooklyn home now, but the memories and the friendships she made during those summers served as inspiration for her new novel, Perennials, which she wrote while getting an MFA in fiction from Columbia […]

November 1, 2017