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What’s new: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel, David Reid’s midcentury NYC history, Erik Sherman on the ’86 Mets

"The Brazen Age" by David Reid

"The Brazen Age" by David Reid Credit: Pantheon

THE NEST, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. New Yorkers and their money problems have been the stuff of novels since Edith Wharton, at least. Debut novelist Sweeney updates the theme, with this contemporary novel about the Plumb siblings, whose joint trust fund is endangered by the misdeeds of older brother Leo — culminating in a drunken car accident with a 19-year-old waitress in the passenger seat. (Ecco, $26.99)

THE BRAZEN AGE: New York City and the American Empire — Politics, Art, and Bohemia, by David Reid. If New York is the center of the world, the city staked its claim from 1945 to 1950. Reid examines those vibrant years after World War II through art, politics, journalism and literature, with portraits of photographer Weegee, painter Jackson Pollock, playwright Tennessee Williams — even President Harry Truman. (Pantheon, $30)

THE KINGS OF QUEENS: Life Beyond Baseball with the ’86 Mets, by Erik Sherman. The co-author of Mookie Wilson’s memoir interviews members of the notorious World-Series-winning team — Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Lenny Dykstra and many others — to recap what really happened that memorable season (on and off the diamond), as well as in the years since. (Berkley, $27)

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