Ballpark Yarns

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches (Doubleday), by New York Times baseball writer Tyler Kepner, is a celebration of strikeouts — and curveballs, sliders, spitballs and sinkers — thrown by the best pitchers in the game, from Nolan Ryan to Pedro Martinez. $29

In 108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters From My Time in the Game (St. Martin's Press)— a collection of personal stories about some of baseball's biggest names — Mets pitcher-turned-analyst/author Ron Darling writes, "There's some crying in baseball." $30

Woman Power

In The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World (Flatiron Books), Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shares how she became a philanthropist and what she believes is the secret to ending poverty worldwide. (Spoiler alert: It starts with empathy and women helping women.) $27

Visit for the book Gates says everyone should read.

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