New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

October 22, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Maiden flight : a novel

October 21, 2016
Haskell, Harry, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2016.
x, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Katharine Wright embodied the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman of the early twentieth century, yet she remained in many ways a Victorian. Torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before making a devastating break with her world-famous and intensely possessive older brother Orville to marry newspaper editor Harry Haskell, the man she loved. Written by the grandson of Harry Haskell, Maiden Flight is imaginatively reconstructed from personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period--in particular, Katharine's lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Harry. Above all, the book celebrates Katharine's abundant store of what she called "human nature"--Her lively and perceptive outlook on life, her great capacity for both love and indignation, and her acute and sometimes crippling self-awareness"-- Provided by publisher.

The Kid

October 19, 2016
Hansen, Ron, 1947- author.
xii, 301 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"Born Henry McCarty, Billy the Kid was a diminutive, charming, blond-haired young man who, growing up in New York, Kansas, and later New Mexico, demonstrated a precocious dexterity at firing six-shooters with either hand--a skill that both got him into and out of trouble and that turned him into an American legend of the old West. He was smart, well-spoken, attractive to both white and Mexican women, a good dancer, and a man with a nose for money, horses, and trouble. His spree of crimes and murders has been immortalized in dime westerns, novels, and movies. But the whole story of his short, epically violent life has never been told as it has been here"-- Provided by publisher.

The other Einstein : a novel

October 19, 2016
Benedict, Marie, author.
296 pages ; 24 cm
The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

Crossing the horizon : a novel

October 18, 2016
Notaro, Laurie, author.
455 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In 1927, three women, including the daughter of an earl, a former cigar girl-turned-society darling, and a beauty pageant contestant, all vie to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

Napoleon's last island : a novel

October 12, 2016
Keneally, Thomas, author.
423 pages ; 24 cm
A "historical novel set on the remote island of Saint Helena about the remarkable friendship between a young woman and one of history's most intriguing figures, Napoleon Bonaparte, during the final years of his life in exile."-- Provided by publisher.

The Babe Ruth deception

October 10, 2016
Stewart, David O, author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2016.
261 pages ; 22 cm
"Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, is having a record-breaking season in his first year as a New York Yankee. In 1920, he will hit more home runs than any other team in the American League. Larger than life on the ball field and off, Ruth is about to discover what the Chicago White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series are learning--baseball heroes are not invulnerable to scandal. With suspicion in the air, Ruth's 1918 World Series win for the Boston Red Sox is now being questioned"--Dust jacket flap.

The orphan keeper : a novel, based on a true story

October 3, 2016
Wright, Camron Steve, author.
418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes author's note and study guide (page 411-418)
"Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life--and his destiny--is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America. Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can't tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland. It isn't until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his roots, as well as marrying Priya, his wife, who helps him unveil the secrets of his past, that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten."--Provided by publisher.

Monticello : a daughter and her father

September 26, 2016
Gunning, Sally, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
355 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm
Through marriage, motherhood, politics, scandal, and her family's increasing impoverishment, Martha Jefferson yearns to find her way back to the beauty and happiness she experienced as a young girl on her father's estate.


September 23, 2016
Iggulden, Conn, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
xxvii, 404 pages : map, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
"The third beautifully written novel in the War of the Roses series by bestselling author Conn Iggulden. 'Superbly plotted and paced' The Times *** - Winter 1461 - Richard Duke of York is dead, his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of the city. King Henry VI is still held prisoner. His Lancastrian Queen rides south with an army of victorious northerners, accompanied by painted warriors from the Scottish Highlands. With the death of York, Margaret and her army seem unstoppable. Yet in killing the father, Margaret has unleashed the sons. Edward of March, now Duke of York, proclaims himself England's rightful king. Factions form and tear apart as snow falls. Through blood and treason, through broken men and vengeful women, brother shall confront brother, king shall face king. Two men can always claim a crown. Only one can keep it. Praise for the Wars of the Roses series: 'Pacey and juicy, and packed with action' Sunday Times 'Energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience' Independent 'A novel that seamlessly combines narrative, historical credence and great knowledge of the period' Daily Express 'A page-turning thriller' Mail on Sunday"-- Provided by publisher.

Girl on a plane

September 23, 2016
Moss, Miriam, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]
277 pages ; 22 cm
"Based on the true story of a hijacking"--Jacket cover.
"This is a fictionalized story based on the amazing real life experiences of Miriam Moss, a fifteen year old English school girl who was held hostage on a plane hijacked by the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1970"--Provided by publisher.

The elephant man

September 21, 2016
Sparks, Christine, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1980.
281 pages ; 18 cm
"Based on the life of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, and not upon the Broadway play or any other fictional account"--Back cover.
"Based on the extrordinary movie from Paramount"--Cover.
John Merrick had lived for more than twenty years imprisoned in a body that condemned him to a miserable life in a workhouse and to humiliation as a circus sideshow freak. But beneath that tragic exterior, within the enormous and deformed head, thrived the soul of a poet, the heart of a dreamer, and the longings of a man.

The velvet hours

September 12, 2016
Richman, Alyson, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
374 pages ; 20 cm.
"As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother's treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she'll ever return. An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe's tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path. Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother's legacy behind to save all that she loved"-- Provided by publisher.

Fates and traitors : a novel of John Wilkes Booth

September 7, 2016
Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
New York : Dutton, [2016]
385 pages : map ; 24 cm
John Wilkes Booth, the mercurial son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, committed one of the most notorious acts in American history—the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The subject of more than a century of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession, Booth is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, a violent loner whose single murderous act made him the most hated man in America. Lost to history until now is the story of the four women whom he loved and who loved him in return: Mary Ann, the steadfast matriarch of the Booth family; Asia, his loyal sister and confidante; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator’s daughter who adored Booth yet tragically misunderstood the intensity of his wrath; and Mary Surratt, the Confederate widow entrusted with the secrets of his vengeful plot.

Dos veces única

August 18, 2016
Poniatowska, Elena, author.
México, D.F. : Seix Barral, 2015.
412 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Casado con Diego Rivera y Jorge Cuesta, un poeta y el crítico, Lupe Mari'n se sumergen con el trabajo de Frida Kahlo, Javier Villarurutia, y otros artistas famosos a lo largo de los años 1900. Biblioteca breve (Seix Barral) serie, México.

Saffire : a novel

August 17, 2016
Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959- author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2016.
327 pages : map ; 21 cm
"I reminded myself that once you start to defend someone, it's difficult to find a place to stop. But I went ahead and took that first step anyway. For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to 'let the dirt fly' and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats. It's in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt takes that first step to protect a mulatto girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires sins and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics. It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his course or bring an end to it. A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire is brings to vibrant life the most impressive and embattled engineering achievement of the twentieth-century"-- Provided by publisher.

The cauliflower : a novel

August 9, 2016
Barker, Nicola, 1966- author.
291 pages ; 24 cm
"From award-winning author Nicola Barker comes an exuberant, multi-voiced new novel mapping the extraordinary life and legacy of a 19th-century Hindu saint. He is only four years older, but still I call him Uncle, and when I am with Uncle I have complete faith in him. I would die for Uncle. I have an indescribable attraction towards Uncle.To the world, he is Sri Ramakrishna--godly avatar, esteemed spiritual master, beloved guru, and irresistible charmer. To Rani Rashmoni, she of low caste and large inheritance, he is the brahmin fated to defy tradition and preside over the temple she dares to build, six miles north of Calcutta, along the banks of the Hooghly for Ma Kali, goddess of destruction. But to Hriday, his nephew and longtime caretaker, he is just Uncle--maddening, bewildering Uncle, prone to entering ecstatic trances at the most inconvenient of times, known to sneak out to the forest at midnight to perform dangerous acts of self-effacement, who must be vigilantly safeguarded not only against jealous enemies and devotees with ulterior motives, but also against that most treasured yet insidious of sulfur-rich vegetables: the cauliflower. Rather than puzzling the shards of history and legend together, Barker shatters the mirror again and rearranges the pieces. The result is a biographical novel viewed through a kaleidoscope."--Provided by publisher.

Cooking for Picasso : a novel

August 9, 2016
Aubray, Camille, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2016.
390 pages ; 25 cm
"The French Riviera, spring 1936: It's off-season in the lovely seaside village of Juan-les-Pins, where seventeen-year-old Ondine cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned Cafe Paradis. A mysterious new patron who's slipped out of Paris and is traveling under a different name has made an unusual request--to have his lunch served to him at the nearby villa he's secretly rented, where he wishes to remain incognito. Pablo Picasso is at a momentous crossroads in his personal and professional life--and for him, art and women are always entwined. The spirited Ondine, chafing under her family's authority and nursing a broken heart, is just beginning to discover her own talents and appetites. Her encounter with Picasso will continue to affect her life for many decades onward, as the great artist and the talented young chef each pursue their own passions and destiny. New York, present day: Celine, a Hollywood makeup artist who's come home for the holidays, learns from her mother, Julie, that Grandmother Ondine once cooked for Picasso. Prompted by her mother's enigmatic stories and the hint of more family secrets yet to be uncovered, Celine carries out Julie's wishes and embarks on a voyage to the very town where Ondine and Picasso first met. In the lush, heady atmosphere of the Côte d'Azur, and with the help of several eccentric fellow guests attending a rigorous cooking class at her hotel, Celine discovers truths about art, culture, cuisine, and love that enable her to embrace her own future."--Provided by publisher.

All true not a lie in it : a novel

August 8, 2016
Hawley, Alix, 1975- author.
372 pages ; 20 cm
"A previous paperback edition was published in Canada by Vintage Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, in 2015"--Title page verso.
"A previous hardcover edition was published in Canada by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, in 2014"--Title page verso.
Determined to create a new "clean" world, Daniel Boone, who was born and raised among Quakers on the colonial American frontier, leads an expansion west across the Appalachians--first as a hunter pursuing abundant wildlife, then as a father looking for a home for his beloved wife and children--which is plagued by brutality, violence and death.

Chelsea girls

August 5, 2016
Myles, Eileen, author.
x, 274 pages ; 21 cm
"A paperback edition of this book was originally published in 1994 by Black Sparrow Press"--Title page verso.
"A novel"--Page 1 of cover.
Bath, Maine -- The kid -- Merry Christmas, Dr. Beagle -- Light warrior -- Bread and water -- My scar -- Everybody would go play cards at Eddie and Nonie's -- The goodbye tapes -- Robin -- Madras -- 1969 -- February 13, 1982 -- Violence towards women -- Toys R us -- Neuromancer -- Dog damage -- My couple -- Mary Dolan: a history -- Popponesset -- Marshfield -- My father's alcoholism -- 21, 22, 23 ... -- Quietude -- Robert Mapplethorpe picture -- Leslie -- Epilogue -- Jealousy -- Chelsea girls.
"In this breathtakingly inventive autobiographical novel, Eileen Myles transforms her life into a work of art. Told in her audacious and singular voice made vivid and immediate in her lyrical language, Chelsea Girls cobbles together memories of Myles's 1960s Catholic upbringing with an alcoholic father, her volatile adolescence, her unabashed 'lesbianity,' and her riotous pursuit of survival as a poet in 1970s New York. Suffused with alcohol, drugs, and sex; evocative in its depictions of the hardscrabble realities of a young artist's life; with raw, flickering stories of awkward love, humor, and discovery, Chelsea Girls is a funny, cool, and intimate account of a writer's education, and a modern tale of how one young female writer managed to shrug off the chains of the rigid cultural identity meant to define her"--Page 4 of cover

Three sisters, three queens

August 4, 2016
Gregory, Philippa, author.
556 pages : genealogical tables, map ; 25 cm.
United in sisterhood by birth and marriage, Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England; Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots; and Mary Tudor, Queen of France immediately recognize each other as both allies and rivals in the treacherous world of court and national politics. Their bonds extend beyond natural and expeditious loyalties, as romance, scandal, war, and religion inextricably unite these three for better or for worse. --adapted from Booklist.

Mata Hari's last dance : a novel

July 19, 2016
Moran, Michelle, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
259 pages ; 21 cm
"From the international bestselling author of Rebel Queen and Nefertiti comes a captivating novel about the infamous Mata Hari, exotic dancer, adored courtesan, and, possibly, relentless spy. Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom ... or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she's been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers. As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison. Beginning with her carefree childhood, Mata Hari recounts her father's cruel abandonment of her family as well her calamitous marriage to a military officer. Taken to the island of Java, Mata Hari refuses to be ruled by her abusive husband and instead learns to dance, paving the way to her stardom as Europe's most infamous dancer. From exotic Indian temples and glamorous Parisian theatres to stark German barracks in war-torn Europe, international bestselling author Michelle Moran who "expertly balances fact and fiction" (Associated Press) brings to vibrant life the famed world of Mata Hari: dancer, courtesan, and possibly, spy"-- Provided by publisher.

Monterey Bay

July 19, 2016
Hatton, Lindsay, author.
310 pages ; 22 cm
In 1940, fifteen year-old Margot Fiske arrives on the shores of Monterey Bay with her eccentric entrepreneur father. Margot has been her father's apprentice all over the world, until an accident in Monterey's tide pools drives them apart and plunges her head-first into the mayhem of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Steinbeck is hiding out from his burgeoning fame at the raucous lab of Ed Ricketts, the biologist known as Doc in Cannery Row. Ricketts, a charismatic bohemian, quickly becomes the object of Margot's fascination. Despite Steinbeck's protests and her father's misgivings, she wrangles a job as Ricketts's sketch artist and begins drawing the strange and wonderful sea creatures he pulls from the waters of the bay. Unbeknownst to Margot, her father is also working with Ricketts. He is soliciting the biologist's advice on his most ambitious and controversial project to date: the transformation of the Row's largest cannery into an aquarium. When Margot begins an affair with Ricketts, she sets in motion a chain of events that will affect not just the two of them, but the future of Monterey as well. Alternating between past and present, Monterey Bay explores histories both imagined and actual to create an unforgettable portrait of an exceptional woman, a world-famous aquarium, and the beloved town they both call home.--Provided by publisher.

The imperial wife : [a novel]

July 18, 2016
Reyn, Irina, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
276 pages ; 24 cm
"The Imperial Wife follows the lives of two women, one in contemporary New York City and the other in eighteenth-century Russia. Tanya Kagan, a specialist in Russian art at a top New York auction house, is trying to entice Russia's wealthy oligarchs to bid on the biggest sale of her career, The Order of Saint Catherine, while making sense of the sudden and unexplained departure of her husband. As questions arise over the provenance of the Order and auction fever kicks in, Reyn takes us into the world of Catherine the Great, the infamous 18th-century woman who may have owned the priceless artifact, and who it turns out faced many of the same issues Tanya wrestles with in her own life. The Imperial Wife asks what female ambition means, today and in the past, and whether a marriage can withstand an ambitious wife"-- Provided by publisher.

The Hamilton affair : a novel

July 11, 2016
Cobbs Hoffman, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2016]
403 pages ; 24 cm

Dating tips for the unemployed

July 7, 2016
Smyles, Iris, author.
Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
288 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Iris Smyles's Dating Tips for the Unemployed is an urban odyssey, a wistful, wise, and wry look back at a young woman trying to find her home in the world. "Iris," the narrator and heroine, guides the reader through twenty-four episodes from her life, pausing now and then for meditations on love, sex, work, loneliness, insomnia, arctic exploration, cannibalism, the Higgs boson, Greek mythology, memory, costumes parties, time travel, Rocky I, II, V, IV, VI, and III respectively, literary immortality, real estate trends, and growing up and growing old. Evoking the screwball heroines of a bygone era as she often finds herself a little lost in her own,"Iris" ventures blithely into the future, and Smyles collects the flotsam of her past. An encyclopedic, absurd, lyrical, and louche picaresque about that awkward age--between birth and death--when you feel like you don't know at all what you're doing"-- Provided by publisher.

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