New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

March 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The architect's apprentice

March 25, 2015
Shafak, Elif, 1971-
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
424 pages ; 24 cm
"From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire In her latest novel, Turkey's preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan's triumphant masterpieces-the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques-dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak's intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power"-- Provided by publisher.

Honey Girl

March 23, 2015
Freeman, Lisa.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2015]
279 pages : map ; 24 cm.
The year is 1972. Fifteen-year-old Haunani "Nani" Grace Nuuhiwa is transplanted from her home in Hawaii to Santa Monica, California after her father's fatal heart attack. Now the proverbial fish-out-of-water, Nani struggles to adjust to her new life with her alcoholic white (haole) mother and the lineup of mean girls who rule State Beach.

Mademoiselle Chanel

March 16, 2015
Gortner, C. W., author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
406 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
A creative reimagining of the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel traces the development of her exceptional sewing skills in an orphanage, her transformation into a couturier and the private struggles behind her subsequent fame.

Inspector of the dead

March 16, 2015
Morrell, David, 1943- author.
New York ; Boston ; London : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
342 pages ; 25 cm
"Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his Confessions of an Opium-Eater, confronts London's harrowing streets to thwart the assassination of Queen Victoria. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul. Brilliantly merging historical fact with fiction, Inspector of the Dead is based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria"-- Provided by publisher.

Epitaph : a novel of the O.K. Corral

February 26, 2015
Russell, Mary Doria, 1950- author.
New York : Ecco, 2015.
581 pages ; 24 cm
A sequel to Doc is based on the true events of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Wyatt Earp's survival against a backdrop of volatile politics in 1881 America.

Rebel queen : a novel

February 26, 2015
Moran, Michelle, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
354 pages ; 24 cm
"When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest ... But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge. Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies--one male and one female--and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire determined to take away the land she loves"-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule : a novel

February 23, 2015
Chiaverini, Jennifer.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2015]
386 pages ; 24 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general's wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake-until she forged a proud identity of her own. In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom's abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress's closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia's eyes to the world. And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks-becoming general in chief of the Union Army-so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband's side. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women-Union and Confederate-she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women's paths continued to cross throughout the Grants' White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant's Tomb. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule is the first novel to chronicle this singular relationship, bound by sight and shadow"-- Provided by publisher.

The accidental empress : a novel

February 12, 2015
Pataki, Allison, author.
New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015.
xvi, 495 pages : map ; 24 cm
Includes reading group guide.
The New York Times best-selling author of The Traitor's Wife fictionalizes the little-known and tumultuous love story of "Sisi," the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.

A touch of stardust

February 12, 2015
Alcott, Kate.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
296 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
Although Julie Crawford has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job she's able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick--who is busy burning through directors, writers and money as he begins filming "Gone with the Wind."

The marriage game : a novel of Queen Elizabeth I

February 9, 2015
Weir, Alison, 1951- author.
©2014.
402 pages ; 25 cm
"Originally published by Hutchinson, a member of The Random House Group, London, in 2014."--Title page verso.
"In this novel of Tudor drama and suspense, the author brings to life one of England's most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between the 'Virgin Queen' Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley"-- Provided by publisher.

Sodom and Gomorrah

February 3, 2015
Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922.
New York : Modern Library, 1993.
xiii, 747 pages ; 19 cm.

The Guermantes way

February 3, 2015
Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922.
New York : Modern Library, 1993.
xv, 834 pages ; 20 cm.
After the relative intimacy of the first two volumes of In Search of Lost Time, The Guermantes Way opens up a vast, dazzling landscape of fashionable Parisian life in the late nineteenth century, as the narrator enters the brilliant, shallow world of the literary and aristocratic salons. Both a salute to and a devastating satire of a time, place, and culture, The Guermantes Way defines the great tradition of novels that follow the initiation of a young man into the ways of the world.

The tutor

February 2, 2015
Chapin, Andrea, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
355 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
A "novel about love, passion, and ambition that imagines the muse of William Shakespeare and the tumultuous year they spend together"--Amazon.com.

Amherst : a novel

February 2, 2015
Nicholson, William.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
287 pages ; 25 cm
"Originally published in 2015 in Great Britain by Quercus Edition, Ltd."--Verso t.p.
"Alice Dickinson is a young advertising executive who works in London and dreams of becoming a screenwriter. She decides to take some time off work to research her idea for a screenplay: the true story of a scandalous adulterous love affair that took place in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the 1880s. The lovers were a young faculty wife at Amherst College, Mabel Loomis Todd, and the college's treasurer, Austin Dickinson. Austin, twenty-four years Mabel's senior and married, was the brother of the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and their trysts took place in Emily's house (with her consent). Alice travels to Amherst, staying in the house of a friend of a friend, Nick Crocker, a married English academic in his fifties. As Alice researches the affair between Austin and Mabel, and puzzles out Emily Dickinson's role, she embarks on an affair with Nick, an affair that, of course, they both know echoes the affair that she's writing about in her screenplay. Interspersed with Alice's own complicated love story is the story she is telling of Austin and Mabel, historically accurate, and meticulously recreated from their voluminous letters and diaries. Using the poems of Emily Dickinson throughout, Amherst is an exploration of the nature of passionate love, its delusions, and its glories. This novel is playful and scholarly, sexy and smart, and reminds us that the games we play when we fall in love have not changed that much over the years"-- Provided by publisher.

The season of migration

January 15, 2015
Hermann, Nellie, 1978-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
244 pages ; 22 cm
Offers a fictionalized version of the ten-month period of Vincent van Gogh's youth during which he and his brother, Theo, broke off all contact, a time during which Vincent found his true calling.

Rodin's lover : a novel

January 14, 2015
Webb, Heather, 1976 December 30-
New York, New York : Plume, 2015.
306 pages ; 21 cm
"As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice--and his muse--their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet Camille's success is overshadowed by her lover's rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness. Rodin's Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era's greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape. "-- Provided by publisher.

West of sunset : a novel

January 5, 2015
O'Nan, Stewart, 1961-
New York : Viking, 2015.
289 pages ; 24 cm
In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald's life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O'Nan's novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald's past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie. Fitzgerald's orbit of literary fame and the Golden Age of Hollywood is brough to life through the novel's cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart.

Esther : royal beauty

December 22, 2014
Hunt, Angela Elwell, 1957-
Bloomington, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
348 pages ; 22 cm
"A dangerous beauty novel"--Title page.
When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people.

Vanessa and her sister : a novel

December 19, 2014
Parmar, Priya, 1974-
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xii, 348 pages ; 25 cm
"In 1905, Virginia and Vanessa Stephens and their brothers Thoby and Adrian moved to unfashionable, bohemian Bloomsbury. All in their twenties, orphaned and unmarried, they began holding Thursday night gatherings in their unchaperoned, unconventional drawing room. Most of the young guests in that room would become famous, breaking the old rules and blazing their own new paths. It is from Vanessa's point of view at the center of this eccentric, charmed circle of artists and intellectuals that this novel is told, with unsparing honesty about their friendships, their love affairs, and in particular her own troubled relationship with her complicated, brilliant sister Virginia"-- Provided by publisher.

Klaus

November 11, 2014
Massie, Allan, 1938- author.
Glasgow : Vagabond Voices, 2014.
143 pages ; 20 cm

Renka

November 4, 2014
Asai, Makate, 1959-
Tōkyō : Kōdansha, 2013.
280 p. ; 20 cm.

The sharp hook of love

October 27, 2014
Jones, Sherry, 1961-
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
pages ; cm
"The passionate, star-crossed love story of famed lovers Heloise and Abelard -- the original Romeo and Juliet -- is told by Heloise, using actual letters the couple wrote to each other in 12th century Paris during their forbidden affair"-- Provided by publisher.

The tiger queens : the women of Genghis Khan

October 24, 2014
Thornton, Stephanie, 1980-
New York : New American Library , 2014.
486 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph.... After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she seeks comfort in the arms of aristocratic traveler Jamuka, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man who agreed to marry her and then abandoned her long before they could wed. Temujin will return and make Borte his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new kingdom. Their daughter, the fierce Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, will transform her desire for revenge into an unbreakable loyalty. And Sorkhokhtani, a demure widow, will position her sons to inherit the empire when it begins to fracture from within. In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, the tiger queens of Genghis Khan come to depend on one another as they fight and love, scheme and sacrifice, all for the good of their family...and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls. "-- Provided by publisher.

Twilight of the eastern gods

October 23, 2014
Kadare, Ismail, author.
New York : Grove Press, [2014]
xiii, 192 pages ; 22 cm
A fictionalized recreation of the author's experiences as a student at the prestigious Gorky Institute for World Literature describes the school's descent into a dangerously Socialist Realist aesthetic that almost caused him to abandon writing altogether.

Queen of someday : a stolen empire novel

October 14, 2014
Ficklin, Sherry D.
[Place of publication not identified] : Clean Teen Publishing, 2014.
249 p. : port. ; 22 cm.
Before she can become Catherine the Great, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother's quest to put her on the throne of Russia--at any cost.

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