New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

April 17, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Nine rabbits

April 16, 2014
Zaharieva, Virginia.
New York : Black Balloon Publishing, c2014.
186 p. ; 21 cm.

The Shadow Queen

April 9, 2014
Gulland, Sandra.
321 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
Pulled by chance from her traveling actor family into service under the influential mistress of Louis XIV, Claudette uses her considerable talents to spy on personal and political rivals, only to have her loyalty questioned in the wake of a mercurial Athénaïs's fascination with dark magic.

The secret life of William Shakespeare

March 31, 2014
Morgan, Jude, 1962-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
438 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Headline Review, 2012.
A sumptuously detailed imagining of the private world of the master bard chronicles the transformation of an unwilling craftsman and resentful son into a husband, father and genius playwright in Renaissance London.

The Red Lily Crown : a novel of Medici Florence

March 21, 2014
Loupas, Elizabeth.
New York : NAL Trade, 2014.
418 pages : maps ; 21 cm
" Elizabeth Loupas returns with her most ambitious historical novel yet, a story of intrigue, passion, and murder in the Medici Court... April, 1574, Florence, Italy. Grand Duke Cosimo de' Medici lies dying. The city is paralyzed with dread, for the next man to wear the red lily crown will be Prince Francesco: despotic, dangerous, and obsessed with alchemy. Chiara Nerini, the troubled daughter of an anti-Medici bookseller, sets out to save her starving family by selling her dead father's rare alchemical equipment to the prince. Instead she is trapped in his household-imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte in Francesco's quest for power and immortality. Undaunted, she seizes her chance to pursue undreamed-of power of her own. Witness to sensuous intrigues and brutal murder plots, Chiara seeks a safe path through the labyrinth of Medici tyranny and deception. Beside her walks the prince's mysterious English alchemist Ruanno, her friend and teacher, driven by his own dark goals. Can Chiara trust him to keep her secrets;even to love her;or will he prove to be her most treacherous enemy of all?"-- Provided by publisher.

Roosevelt's beast : a novel

March 20, 2014
Bayard, Louis.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2014].
299 pages : map, genealogical table ; 25 cm
"A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt's ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition--a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map. 1914. Brazil's Rio da Dúvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never-before-seen Amazonian tribe, the great hunters are asked one thing in exchange for their freedom: find and kill a beast that leaves no tracks and that no member of the tribe has ever seen. But what are the origins of this beast, and how do they escape its brutal wrath? Roosevelt's Beast is a story of the impossible things that become possible when civilization is miles away, when the mind plays tricks on itself, and when old family secrets refuse to stay buried. With his characteristically rich storytelling and a touch of old-fashioned horror, the bestselling and critically acclaimed Louis Bayard turns the story of the well-known Roosevelt-Rondon expedition on its head and dares to ask: Are the beasts among us more frightening than the beasts within?" -- from publisher's web site.

Seducing Ingrid Bergman

March 20, 2014
Greenhalgh, Chris, 1963-
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014].
259 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: London : Penguin Group, 2012.
"June 1945. When Ingrid Bergman walks into the lobby of the Ritz hotel in Paris, war photographer Robert Capa is enchanted. From the moment he slips a mischievous invitation to dinner under her door, the two find themselves helplessly attracted. Played out against the cafés and nightclubs of post-war Paris and the parties and studios of Hollywood, they pursue an intense and increasingly reckless affair. But the light-hearted Capa, who likes nothing more than to spend his mornings reading in the tub and his afternoons at the racetrack, is not all that he seems. And Ingrid offers the promise of salvation to a man haunted by the horrors of war, his father's suicide, and the death of a former lover for which he blames himself. Addicted to risk, Capa must wrestle his devils, including gambling and drink, and resist an impulse to go off and photograph yet another war. Meanwhile, Ingrid, trapped in a passionless marriage and with a seven-year-old daughter to bring up, must court scandal and risk compromising her Hollywood career and saintly reputation if their love is to survive. With their happiness and identities at stake, both Capa and Ingrid are presented with terrible choices" -- from publisher's web site.

Queen Elizabeth's daughter : a novel of Elizabeth I

March 20, 2014
Barnhill, Anne Clinard.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2014].
371 pages ; 22 cm.
"Mistress Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth's favorite ward, enjoying every privilege the position affords. The queen loves Mary like a daughter, and, like any good mother, she wants her to make a powerful match. The most likely prospect: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. But while Oxford seems to be everything the queen admires: clever, polished and wealthy, Mary knows him to be lecherous, cruel, and full of treachery. No matter how hard the queen tries to push her into his arms, Mary refuses. Instead, Mary falls in love with a man who is completely unsuitable. Sir John Skydemore is a minor knight with little money, a widower with five children. Worst of all, he's a Catholic at a time when Catholic plots against Elizabeth are rampant. The queen forbids Mary to wed the man she loves. When the young woman, who is the queen's own flesh and blood, defies her, the couple finds their very lives in danger as Elizabeth's wrath knows no bounds"-- Provided by publisher.

Empress of the night : a novel of Catherine the Great

March 20, 2014
Stachniak, Eva, 1952-
New York : Bantam Books, [2014]
xiii, 378 pages ; 25 cm
A follow-up to "The Winter Palace" continues the Romanov monarch's reflections on her world-changing rule in the shadow of the French Revolution, during which she orchestrates a political maneuver to secure her successor.

Nothing holds back the night : a novel

March 20, 2014
Vigan, Delphine de.
New York : Bloomsbury , 2014.
342 p. ; 21 cm.
Product may be returned to the supplier.
"Originally published in France in 2011 as Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit"--T.p. verso.

The anatomy lesson : a novel

March 10, 2014
Siegal, Nina, 1969-
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2014]
x, 271 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Set in seventeenth-century Holland, this historical novel imagines the complex story behind one of Rembrandt's most famous paintings. Commissioned by a prominent Amsterdam medical guild, The Anatomical Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp was one of Rembrandt's first paintings to gain public notice; the novel opens on the morning of the medical dissection, and, as they prepare for that evening's big event, follows several characters, including Rembrandt himself.

Fallen beauty

March 7, 2014
Robuck, Erika.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2014]
360 pages ; 21 cm
"Upstate New York, 1928. Laura Kelley and the man she loves sneak away from their judgmental town to attend a performance of the scandalous Ziegfeld Follies. But the dark consequences of their night of daring and delight reach far into the future.... That same evening, Bohemian poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and her indulgent husband hold a wild party in their remote mountain estate, hoping to inspire her muse. Millay declares her wish for a new lover who will take her to unparalleled heights of passion and poetry, but for the first time, the man who responds will not bend completely to her will.... Two years later, Laura, an unwed seamstress struggling to support her daughter, and Millay, a woman fighting the passage of time, work together secretly to create costumes for Millay's next grand tour. As their complex, often uneasy friendship develops amid growing local condemnation, each woman is forced to confront what it means to be a fallen woman...and to decide for herself what price she is willing to pay to live a full life"-- Provided by publisher.

Lion heart : a novel

February 28, 2014
Cartwright, Justin.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
x, 329 pages ; 25 cm

The Boleyn bride

February 25, 2014
Purdy, Brandy, author.
© 2014
263 pages ; 21 cm.
Reading group discussion guide, pages 257-263.
At sixteen, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But instead, she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, and stagnate in the countryside while her husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises Mary, George, and Anne, while entertaining a string of admirers. When Henry VIII takes the throne, Thomas brings his highborn wife to London, and Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and catches the lusty king's eye. But those who enjoy Henry's fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For although they are at the pinnacle of power, the Boleyn family's fortune may be turning...

A king's ransom

February 21, 2014
Penman, Sharon Kay, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
685 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"A Marian Wood book."
"From the New York Times-bestselling author of Lionheart comes the dramatic sequel, telling of the last dangerous years of Richard, Couer de Lion's life. This long-anticipated sequel to the national bestseller Lionheart is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home--in violation of the papal decree protecting all crusaders--he was to spend fifteen months imprisoned, much of it in the notorious fortress at Trefils, from which few men ever left alive, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom. For the five years remaining to him, betrayals, intrigues, wars, and illness were ever present. So were his infidelities, perhaps a pattern set by his father's faithlessness to Eleanor. But the courage, compassion, and intelligence of this warrior king became the stuff of legend, and A King's Ransom brings the man and his world fully and powerfully alive"-- Provided by publisher.

Vienna nocturne : a novel

February 20, 2014
Shotwell, Vivien.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
289 pages ; 25 cm
"Vienna Nocturne tells the story of the turbulent life and brilliantly successful career of young British opera singer Anna Storace, a child prodigy who is taken by her parents to Italy at age thirteen to advance her career. In love with life and wildly ambitious, Anna wants everything--to be famous, to be loved--and this leads her to make some fatal choices. We watch her turn from a carefree young girl to a passionate young woman, and it is during this transformation that her affair with Mozart blossoms"-- Provided by publisher.

Hazel of Benham

February 20, 2014
Gatch, Judith Toombs, author.
38 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The new home -- The vacation -- The unspeakable event -- Christmas -- The decision -- Nearer my God to Thee -- Helen -- The boss's child -- An act of faith.
"Set in a coal mining town in 1917, a young girl named Hazel navigates illness, poverty, and violence. Her ever-expanding Appalachian family migrates north in search for a better life. Snakes, babies, and unspeakable events wander their way into the pages of Hazel's story."--Publisher's description.

I am Abraham : (a novel of Lincoln and the Civil War)

February 7, 2014
Charyn, Jerome.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
xx, 456 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Traces the historic arc of Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination.

The traitor's wife : a novel : the woman behind Benedict Arnold and the plan to betray America

February 7, 2014
Pataki, Allison.
New York : Howard Books, 2014.
xiv, 467 pages ; 22 cm
"Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold's age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride's beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: loyalty to the British. Nor does he know that she hides a past romance with the handsome British spy John André. Peggy watches as her husband, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever more disillusioned with his hero, Washington, and the American cause. Together with her former love and her disaffected husband, Peggy hatches the plot to deliver West Point to the British and, in exchange, win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold."--from cover, page [4].

Girl on the golden coin : a novel of Frances Stuart

February 6, 2014
Jefferson, Marci.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xii, 318 pages : map ; 25 cm
"In 1660, the Restoration of Stuart Monarchy in England returns Frances Stuart and her family to favor. Frances discards threadbare gowns and goes to gilded Fontainebleau Palace, where she soon catches the Sun King's eye. But Frances is no ordinary court beauty--she has Stuart secrets to keep and her family to protect. King Louis XIV turns vengeful when she rejects his offer to become his Official Mistress. He sends her to England with orders to seduce King Charles II and help him form an alliance with England. The Queen Mother likewise orders Frances to become her son's mistress, in the interest of luring him away from the Protestant mistress he currently keeps. Armed in pearls and silk, Frances maneuvers the political turbulence of Whitehall Palace, but still can't afford to stir a scandal, determined to keep her family from shame. Her tactic to inspire King Charles to greatness captivates him and the two embark on a tenuous relationship. Frances survives the Great Fire, the Great Plague, and the debauchery of the Restoration Court, yet loses her heart to the very king she must control. A startling discovery will leave her with no other choice but to break his heart, while the fate of England hangs in the balance."-- Provided by publisher.

Akhmatova i Gumilev : s li︠u︡bimymi ne rasstavaĭtesʹ--

January 29, 2014
Alekseeva, Tatʹi︠an︡a (Tatʹi︠an︡a S.)
Moskva : Ėksmo, 2013.
348 p. ; 21 cm.
Istorii, voskhitivshie mir

The wife, the maid, and the mistress

January 24, 2014
Lawhon, Ariel.
New York : Doubleday, [2014]
307 pages ; 25 cm

I always loved you : a story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas

January 24, 2014
Oliveira, Robin.
New York, New York : Viking, [2014].
343 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas's great romance from the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary's fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships"-- Provided by publisher.

The queen's dwarf

January 23, 2014
Chase, Ella March.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 372 pages ; 25 cm
"It's 1629, and King Charles I and his French queen Henrietta-Maria have reigned in England for less than three years. Young dwarf Jeffrey Hudson is swept away from a village shambles and plunged into the Stuart court when his father sells him to the most hated man in England--the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham trains Jeffrey to be his spy in the household of Charles' seventeen-year-old bride, hoping to gain intelligence that will help him undermine the vivacious queen's influence with the king. Desperately homesick in a country that hates her for her nationality and Catholic faith, Henrietta-Maria surrounds herself with her "Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature"--a "collection" consisting of a giant, two other dwarves, a rope dancer, an acrobat/animal trainer and now Jeffrey, who is dubbed "Lord Minimus." Dropped into this family of misfits, Jeffrey must negotiate a labyrinth of court intrigue and his own increasingly divided loyalties. For not even the plotting of the Duke nor the dangers of a tumultuous kingdom can order the heart of a man. Though he is only eighteen inches tall, Jeffrey Hudson's love will reach far beyond his grasp--to the queen he has been sent to destroy. Full of vibrant period detail and with shades of Gregory Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Philippa Gregory's The Queen's Fool, The Queen's Dwarf is a rich, thrilling and evocative portrait of an intriguing era"-- Provided by publisher.

Boots and saddles : a call to glory

January 17, 2014
Colt, Paul.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
351 pages : map ; 23 cm
A fictionalized account of "the turning point that saved George Patton's military career. At thirty-two, Patton is a West Point graduate, Second Lieutenant mired in a dead-end career. He is a cavalry officer and Saber Master, a nineteenth-century warrior facing the reality of a twentieth-century military that seemingly has no place for him. Prospects for the glorious career he desires seem lost, until the United States Cavalry is called to one last fight"

Under the wide and starry sky : a novel

January 15, 2014
Horan, Nancy.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
474 pages ; 25 cm
"In her masterful new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably in Loving Frank. Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world"-- Provided by publisher.

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