New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

August 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Conversations with Beethoven : a novel

August 28, 2014
Friedman, Sanford, 1928-2010.
New York : New York Review Books, 2014.
x, 285 pages ; 21 cm.
Just before his death, Sanford Friedman completed this, his final novel, something entirely different from anything he, or for that matter anyone, had written before - Conversations with Beethoven, a moving meditation on greatness and pettiness, vulnerability and genius, that is as elegiac as it is witty and engaging.

Stalked : the boy who said no : historical fiction

August 22, 2014
Sheehy, Patti, author.
Longboat Key, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2014]
350 pages ; 24 cm
"A true-life novel"--Cover.
Patti Sheehy continues her novelization of the life of Frank Mederos who was born and raised in Cuba, drafted into the military and promoted to the Special Forces, and who chose to defect and escape from his homeland. Now in America, Frank faces new challenges. With five dollars in his pocket and a boatload of determination, he rejects an offer to join the CIA and takes his chances on achieving the American dream. Frank and his sweetheart, Magda, want nothing more than marriage, children, and a nice life for themselves, but their dreams are dashed. Instead, the couple faces a challenge neither of them could ever imagine. Meanwhile, sinister forces in Cuba plan to avenge Frank's escape. Can Frank outwit Cuban operatives bent on killing him? A tale of tender love, devastating loss, and the life-saving power of friendship.

The remarkable courtship of General Tom Thumb : a novel

August 5, 2014
Rinaldi, Nicholas, 1934-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
372 pages ; 24 cm
"Weaves together a ... behind-the-scenes look at life during the Civil War and a ... tale of one misfit's odyssey to find his place in the world. Discovered at age four by P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb soon finds himself traveling internationally, sitting on the laps of the queens of Europe, and entertaining the masses ... After marrying Lavinia Warren, Tom and wife are hosted at the White House by President Lincoln. With the country at war, Tom and Lavinia set out on their honeymoon tour and witness firsthand the fracture between the states, the heroism of young soldiers, and the unbreakable spirit of the American people" -- Provided by publisher.

Jane Austen's first love

July 25, 2014
James, Syrie.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
391 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement, she meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor-a fascinating young man who is truly worthy of her affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race-and he seems to return her interest. Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions. The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed. And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart? "-- Provided by publisher.

The crossing

July 25, 2014
Kienzle, Barry, author.
©2014.
176 pages ; 22 cm.

A question of bounty : the shadow of doubt

July 18, 2014
Colt, Paul.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, [2014].
359 pages ; 23 cm

Flight of the sparrow : a novel of early America

July 18, 2014
Brown, Amy Belding.
©2014
331 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a readers guide.
A historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson. Even before she was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, Mary Rowlandson sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader and made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors' open and straightforward way of life.

The confessions of Frances Godwin : a novel

July 8, 2014
Hellenga, Robert, 1941-
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2014.
305 pages ; 22 cm
"The Confessions of Frances Godwin is the fictional memoir of a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on a life of trying to do her best amidst transgressions--starting with her affair with Paul, whom she later marries. Now that Paul is dead and she's retired, Frances Godwin thinks her story is over--but of course the rest of her life is full of surprises, including the truly shocking turn of events that occurs when she takes matters into her own hands after her daughter Stella's husband grows increasingly abusive. And though she is not a particularly pious person, in the aftermath of her actions, God begins speaking to her. Theirs is a deliciously antagonistic relationship that will compel both believers and nonbelievers alike. From a small town in the Midwest to the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome, The Confessions of Frances Godwin touches on the great questions of human existence: Is there something "out there" that takes an interest in us? Or is the universe ultimately indifferent?"-- Provided by publisher.

The Summer Queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

July 8, 2014
Chadwick, Elizabeth, 1957-
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Landmark, c 2014.
504 p. : maps, geneal. tables ; 21 cm.
Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood is over. Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to being crowned King and Queen of France. Leaving everything behind, Eleanor must face the complex and vivacious French court. She is only 13. Barely out of childhood, and forced to deal with great scandals, fraught relationships and forbidden love at every turn, Eleanor finally sees what her future could hold if she could just seize the moment.

Sisters of treason

July 8, 2014
Fremantle, Elizabeth.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
436 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Originally published in 2014 in Great Britain by Penguin Group"--Title page verso.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Beginning early in Mary Tudor's turbulent reign, [this book] explores the lives of a pair of sisters as dangerously close to the throne as their sister Lady Jane Grey, who died on the executioner's block at the age of 16, after being queen for nine days"-- Provided by publisher.

Song of the shank : a novel

June 13, 2014
Allen, Jeffery Renard, 1962-, author.
©2014
570 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"In 1866 as Tom and his guardian, Eliza Bethune, struggle to adjust to their fashionable apartment in the city in the aftermath of riots that had driven them away a few years before. But soon a stranger arrives from the mysterious island of Edgemere, inhabited solely by African settlers and black refugees from the war and riots, who intends to reunite Tom with his now-liberated mother."--Page [4] of cover.

The last magazine : a novel

June 10, 2014
Hastings, Michael, 1980-2013.
New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
336 pages ; 24 cm
"A posthumous debut novel, wry, wise, and outrageous, from award-winning journalist Michael Hastings, based on his experiences working for a National news magazine in the mid-2000s"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreaming for Freud : a novel

May 29, 2014
Kohler, Sheila.
New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
232 pages ; 20 cm

What is visible : a novel

May 29, 2014
Elkins, Kimberly.
New York : Twelve, [2014].
307 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

The untold

May 23, 2014
Collins, Courtney.
New York : Amy Einhorn Books, Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
274 pages ; 22 cm
Previously published by: London : Allen & Unwin 2012, as Burial.
On the run from two bounty hunters in the Australian outback of 1921, Jessie reflects on her past as a circus rider, horse thief, cattle rustler, and convict while determinedly struggling to reunite with her child.

Red or dead : a novel

May 23, 2014
Peace, David, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, 2014.
720 pages ; 24 cm

Mrs. Hemingway : a novel

May 23, 2014
Wood, Naomi.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
322, 10 pages ; 20 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"First published in Great Britain by Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014"-- Title page verso.
"The Paris Wife was only the beginning of the story. Paula McLain's New York Times-bestselling novel piqued readers' interest about Ernest Hemingway's romantic life. But Hadley was only one of four women married, in turn, to the legendary writer. Just as T.C. Boyle's bestseller The Women completed the picture begun by Nancy Horan's Loving Frank, Naomi Wood's Mrs. Hemingway tells the story of how it was to love, and be loved by, the most famous and dashing writer of his generation. Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary: each Mrs. Hemingway thought their love would last forever; each one was wrong. Told in four parts and based on real love letters and telegrams, Mrs. Hemingway reveals the explosive love triangles that wrecked each of Hemingway's marriages. Spanning 1920s bohemian Paris through 1960s Cold War America, populated with members of the fabled "Lost Generation," Mrs. Heminway is a riveting tale of passion, love, and heartbreak"-- Provided by publisher.

My struggle. Book three : boyhood

May 19, 2014
Knausgård, Karl Ove, 1968-
Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2014.
427 p. ; 20 cm.
"First published as Min kamp Tredje bok by Forlaget Oktober in 2009."--T.p. verso.
"A family of four--mother, father and two boys--move to the South Coast of Norway to a new house on a newly developed site. It is the early 1970s and the family's trajectory, upwardly mobile: the future seems limitless. In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and novelty of childhood experience, one in which children and adults lead parallel lives that never meet. Perhaps the most Proustian in the series, Book Three gives us Knausgaard's vivid, technicolor recollections of childhood, his emerging self-understanding, and the multilayered nature of time's passing, memory, and existence."--Amazon.com

The Last Kind Words Saloon : a novel

May 13, 2014
McMurtry, Larry.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
196 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

The year she left us : a novel

May 13, 2014
Ma, Kathryn.
New York : Harper, 2014.
pages cm

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.
©2014.
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.

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