New Arrivals · Biography

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

Where am I now? : true stories of girlhood and accidental fame

September 21, 2016
Wilson, Mara, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2016]
259 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The junior anti-sex league -- Elementary existentialism -- The "C" word -- A letter -- Goddess Oracle -- Patterns -- I think I'm alone now -- National EnChoirer -- The Matilda-Whore complex -- Writing Robin -- WGAS Live from Brooklyn.
""Growing up, I wanted to BE Mara Wilson. Where Am I Now? is a delight."--Ilana Glazer, cocreator and star of Broad City "Genuine and authentic, funny and heartbreaking, Where Am I Now? reminds you that no matter how unique your life is, some things bind us all together." --Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy A former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the onlykid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl. Tackling everything fromwhat she learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to discovering in adolescence that she was no longer "cute" enough for Hollywood, these essays chart her journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. They also illuminate universal struggles, like navigating love and loss, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Honest, insightful, and hilarious, Where Am I Now? introduces Mara Wilson as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female"-- Provided by publisher.

When in French : love in a second language

September 21, 2016
Collins, Lauren (Journalist)
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
243 pages ; 24 cm
The past perfect: le plus-que-parfait -- The imperfect: l'imparfait -- The past: le passé composé -- the present: le présent -- The conditional: le conditionnel -- The subjunctive: le subjonctif -- The future: le futur.
"When New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins moves to Geneva, Switzerland, she decides to learn French--not just to be able to go about her day-to-day life, but in order to be closer to her French husband and his family. When in French is at once a hilarious and idiosyncratic memoir about the things we do for love, and an exploration across cultures and history into how we learn languages, and what they say about who we are"-- Provided by publisher.

Can't we talk about something more pleasant?

September 21, 2016
Chast, Roz, author, illustrator.
228 pages : chiefly color illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
First published in 2014.
"A memoir"--Cover.
A graphic memoir by a long-time New Yorker cartoonist celebrates the final years of her aging parents' lives through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents that reflect the artist's struggles with caregiver challenges.

You must change your life : the story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin

September 20, 2016
Corbett, Rachel, 1984- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
x, 310 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction -- Part One: Poet and sculptor -- Part Two: Master and disciple -- Part Three: Art and empathy.
"The extraordinary story of one of the most fruitful friendships in modern arts and letters. Paris, 1902: Renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin has just completed The Thinker. Rainer Maria Rilke is a delicate young visitor from Prague, broke and suffering from a case of writer's block. When Rilke is commissioned to write a book about Rodin, everything changes. ... You Must Change Your Life reveals one of the great stories of modern art and literature: Rodin and Rilke's years together as master and disciple, their heartbreaking rift, and ultimately their moving reconciliation. In her vibrant debut, Rachel Corbett reveals how Rodin's influence led Rilke to write his most celebrated poems and inspired his beloved Letters to a Young Poet. She captures the dawn of modernism with appearances by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Lou Andreas-Salomé, George Bernard Shaw, and Jean Cocteau. And she recounts the remarkable friendship of two extraordinary artists whose work continues to reverberate a century later."-- Provided by publisher.

Generation chef : risking it all for a new American dream

September 20, 2016
Stabiner, Karen, author.
New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC, [2016]
311 pages ; 24 cm
Opening night -- The dream -- The hunt -- The build-out -- Stampede -- The favorite -- Brunch -- Loss -- Ghost town -- The critic -- Anxiety -- The verdict -- Success -- Detours -- The rising star -- Fun -- Next -- Huertas -- Epilogue: Right-sized.
For Jonah Miller, being a chef is as compelling a dream as being a rock star or professional athlete. At twenty-four, he quits his job as a sous chef, creates a business plan, lines up investors, leases a space, hires a staff, and gets ready to put his reputation and his future on the line. His Basque restaurant, Huertas, is in New York City, the high-stakes center of the restaurant business for an ambitious young chef. Journalist and food writer Karen Stabiner takes us inside Huertas's roller-coaster first year, providing insight into the challenging world a young chef faces today: intense financial pressure, an overcrowded field of aspiring cooks, and the impact of reviews and social media, which can dictate who survives. A fast-paced narrative filled with suspense, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at drive and passion in one of today's hottest professions. -- adapted from publisher website.

Indelible ink : the trials of John Peter Zenger and the birth of America's free press

September 20, 2016
Kluger, Richard, author.
xxi, 346 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Preamble: the essential liberty -- Author's note on style -- A perilous trade -- Stormy Petrel -- Power plays -- Bending the rule of law -- Battle lines -- A superlative monster arises -- An end to generous pity -- Whiffs of Torquemada -- Philadelphia lawyer -- Indelible ink -- Epilogue: From Zenger to Snowden.
"In 1733, struggling printer John Peter Zenger scandalized colonial New York by launching the New-York Weekly Journal, which assailed the British governor as corrupt and arrogant -- a direct challenge to the prevailing law against 'seditious libel', which criminalized any criticism of the government. Fronting for a group of powerful antiroyalist politicians, Zenger was jailed for nine months before his landmark trial in August 1735, when he was brilliantly defended by Philadelphia lawyer Alexander Hamilton. In this book, Richard Kluger recreates this dramatic clash that marked the birth of press freedom in America and its role in vanquishing colonial tyranny. Here is an enduring lesson that redounds to this day on the vital importance of free public expression as the underpinning of democracy."-- From author's website.

Running man : a memoir

September 20, 2016
Engle, Charlie, author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
290 pages ; 24 cm
"A personal account by a world-class ultra-marathon runner chronicles his globe-spanning races, record-breaking run across the Sahara and struggles with drug addiction and wrongful imprisonment."--NoveList.

Good vibrations : my life as a Beach Boy

September 20, 2016
Love, Mike, 1941- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
436 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
California is the ultimate -- Teenage groove -- Surfing the cultural waves -- Our own wall of sound -- What good is the dawn -- Keeping up with the Beatles -- A sonic oasis -- A blossom world -- The unraveling -- Holy grounds on the Ganges -- A violent age -- Demons among us -- Exporting the American dream -- Stolen legacy -- Our toughest competitor -- Brian's back -- The fracturing -- The ocean blue -- America's band -- My house in order -- The glue that binds us -- A special place in hell -- Universal truth -- My greatest teachers -- My radio is on -- Epilogue: Chasing the sun.
"Mike Love tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of The Beach Boys, the most popular American band in history -- timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of 'Good Vibrations.' Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as 'Good Vibrations,' 'California Girls,' 'Surfin' USA,' and 'Kokomo,' while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own -- he co-wrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them.

Chronicle of the queens of Egypt : from early dynastic times to the death of Cleopatra

September 20, 2016
Tyldesley, Joyce A.
New York, NY : Thames & Hudson, 2006.
224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Introduction : royal consorts and female kings -- Dynasties 0-2. The first queens : the early dynastic period, 3100-2650 BC ; The women of Abydos ; The Goddess Neith -- Dynasties 3-8. Queens of the pyramid age : the old kingdom, 2650-2125 BC ; Personal hygiene ; Fit for a queen ; The treasures of Hetepheres I ; The vulture headdress and Uraeus -- Dynasties 9-17. Chaos and rebirth : the first intermediate period, middle kingdom and second intermediate period, 2125-1539 BC ; Wigs and hairdressing ; Women's health and childbirth ; The Lahun and Dahshur treasures ; Women in literature ; The double-plumed headdress -- Dynasties 18-20. Queens of the empire : the new kingdom, 1539-1069 BC ; The god's wife of Amun ; The oracle ; The Royal Temple at Deir el-Bahari ; The Gurob head of Queen Tiy ; Female sphinxes ; The Berlin head of Nefertiti ; Food ; Nefertari's painted tomb ; Personal names ; The women of Deir el-Medina ; Sexual etiquette -- Dynasties 21-31. Weakened royal power : the third intermediate period and the late period, 1069-332 BC ; The burial of Maatkare -- The last queens of Egypt : the Macedonian and Ptolemaic periods, 332-30 BC ; What did Cleopatra look like? ; Cleopatra as Isis ; Cleopatra through the ages -- Chronology and royal couples list.
An illustrated study of the queens of ancient Egypt ranges from the early dynastic period to the death of Cleopatra in 30 BC, offering a biographical portrait of each queen, along with information on the era in which she lived and her influence on Egyptian history.

Every falling star : the true story of how I survived and escaped North Korea

September 19, 2016
Lee, Sungju, author.
xv, 314 pages ; 21 cm
"Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly re-creates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, his 'brothers'; to be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. This riveting memoir allows young readers to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist"-- Provided by publisher.

The stranger in my genes : a memoir

September 16, 2016
Griffeth, Bill (William C.), author.
viii, 188 pages : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
"Bill Griffeth, longtime genealogy buff, takes a DNA test that has an unexpected outcome: 'If the results were correct, it meant that the family I had spent years documenting was not my own.' Bill undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins, a quest which will shake his sense of identity. As he takes us on his journey, we learn about choices made by his ancestors, parents, and others--and we see Bill measure and weigh his own difficult choices as he confronts the past" -- Publisher's description.

The red bandanna : A life. A choice. A legacy

September 15, 2016
Rinaldi, Tom, author.
216 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
One Sunday morning before church, when Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him that day, and just about every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature. Welles became a volunteer with the local fire department in New York. When the Twin Towers fell, Welles's parents had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. But the mystery of his final hours persisted. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles's mother read a news account from several survivors, badly hurt on the 78th floor of the South Tower, who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly twenty flights of stairs. After leading them down, the young man turned around. "I'm going back up," was all he said. The survivors didn't know his name, but despite the smoke and panic, one of them remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing a red bandanna.-- adapted from book jacket.

Between breaths : a memoir of panic and addiction

September 15, 2016
Vargas, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
viii, 243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in BETWEEN BREATHS, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety-which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam-and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance. Honest and hopeful, BETWEEN BREATHS is an inspiring read"-- Provided by publisher.

My (underground) American dream : my true story as an undocumented immigrant who became a Wall Street executive

September 15, 2016
Arce, Julissa, author.
New York : Center Street, Hachette Book Group, 2016.
viii, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: The Attack ; Part I. "Undocumented". Home Alone ; The Last Drop ; Strangers ; Strangers No More ; You're an Illegal Now ; Decisions, Decisions ; The Accident ; The Wall -- Part II. The Road to the Street. Opportunity ; Normal-ish ; Walking Papers ; Race to the Offer ; The Offer ; Big-Time ; Setting Sail ; Seasons of Change ; Concrete Jungle ; The Call -- Part III. Redeemed. The Proposal ; Going Home ; Happy ; When It Rains, It Pours ; The End ; The Odyssey ; Out of the Darkness ; Connecting the Dots ; Redeemed ; Postscript.
"For an undocumented immigrant, what is the true cost of the American dream? Julissa Arce shares her story in a riveting memoir. When she was 11 years old Julissa Arce left Mexico and came to the United States on a tourist visa to be reunited with her parents, who dreamed the journey would secure her a better life. When her visa expired at the age of 15, she became an undocumented immigrant. Thus began her underground existence, a decades long game of cat and mouse, tremendous family sacrifice, and fear of exposure. After the Texas Dream Act made a college degree possible, Julissa's top grades and leadership positions landed her an internship at Goldman Sachs, which led to a full time position--one of the most coveted jobs on Wall Street. Soon she was a vice president, a rare Hispanic woman in a sea of suits and ties, yet still guarding her 'underground' secret. In telling her personal story of separation, grief, and ultimate redemption, Arce shifts the immigrant conversation, and changes the perception of what it means to be an undocumented immigrant"-- Provided by publisher.

Sorry not sorry : dreams, mistakes, and growing up

September 15, 2016
Rivera, Naya, 1987- author.
New York, New York : Tarcher Perigee, [2016]
ix, 241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Funny and deeply personal, Sorry Not Sorry recounts Glee star Naya Rivera's successes and missteps, urging young women to pursue their dreams and to refuse to let past mistakes define them,"

Touchdown Saints

September 15, 2016
Tussey, Mike, author.
Bellevue, KY : MicroPress, Inc., [2016]
194 pages : color illustrations, color portraits ; 23 cm
The inspirational true story of the 2015 Thomas More Saints football team that dedicated their season to a beloved fallen teammate, Mitch Kramer, and rewrote the record books with an undeniable will to win.

The Pilgrim migration : immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633

September 15, 2016
Anderson, Robert Charles, 1944-
Boston : Great Migration Study Project, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006.
lxviii, 638 pages ; 23 cm
Contains detailed information, including occupation, genealogy, public service, estate and unusual or interesting facts, about each family or individual who emigrated to Plymouth Colony between 1620 and 1633.

Substitute : going to school with a thousand kids

September 14, 2016
Baker, Nicholson, author.
New York, New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
719 pages ; 24 cm.
Day one: Small but hostile -- Day two: Mystery picture -- Day three: I suck at everything -- Day four: Your brain looks infected -- Day five: Toast -- Day six: Out comes the eyeball -- Day seven: What the hell was that? -- Day eight: He's just a hairy person -- Day nine: I can write, but I don't write -- Day ten: Don't kill penguins cause other friends get sad -- Day eleven: She stole my grape -- Day twelve: I don't judge -- Day thirteen: There's nothing exciting or fun happening today -- Day fourteen: When you close your eyes and think of peace, what do you see? -- Day fifteen: But we didn't do anything -- Day sixteen: Silent ball -- Day seventeen: Non-negotiables -- Day eighteen: The man who needs it doesn't know it -- Day nineteen: Simple machines -- Day twenty: Stink blob to the rescue -- Day twenty-one: Keep your dear teacher happy -- Day twenty-two: He particularly doesn't like this particular spot -- Day twenty-three: How do you spell juicy? -- Day twenty-four: Hamburger writing -- Day twenty-five: High on summertime -- Day twenty-six: I kind of break my own spirit sometimes -- Day twenty-seven: That's just the way school is -- Day twenty-eight: Plutonic love.
In 2014, after a brief orientation course and a few fingerprinting sessions, Nicholson Baker became an on-call substitute teacher in a Maine public school district. Nearly every morning, he awoke to the dispatcher's five-forty a.m. phone call and headed to a nearby school. When he got there, he did his best to follow lesson plans and help his students get something done. In Baker's hands, the inner life of the classroom is examined anew -- mundane worksheets, recess time-outs, surprise nosebleeds, rebellions, griefs, minor triumphs, kindergarten show-and-tell, daily lessons on everything from geology to metal tech to the Holocaust -- as he and his pupils struggle to find ways to get through the day. Baker is one of the most inventive and remarkable writers of our time, and this book, filled with humor, honesty, and empathy, may be his most impressive work of nonfiction yet. --adapted from book jacket.

She made me laugh : my friend Nora Ephron

September 14, 2016
Cohen, Richard M. (Richard Martin), 1941- author.
xi, 299 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Nora Ephron, one of the most famous writers, film makers, and personalities of her time is captured by her long-time and dear friend in a hilarious, blunt, raucous, and poignant recollection of their decades-long friendship. Nora Ephron (1941-2012) was a phenomenal personality, journalist, essayist, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and movie director (Sleepless in Seattle; You've Got Mail; When Harry Met Sally; Heartburn; Julie & Julia). She wrote a slew of bestsellers (I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman; I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections; Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media; Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women). She was celebrated by Hollywood, embraced by literary New York, and adored by legions of fans throughout the world. Award-winning journalist Richard Cohen, wrote this about his "third-person memoir": "I call this book a third-person memoir. It is about my closest friend, Nora Ephron, and the lives we lived together and how her life got to be bigger until, finally, she wrote her last work, the play, Lucky Guy, about a newspaper columnist dying of cancer while she herself was dying of cancer. I have interviewed many of her other friends--Mike Nichols, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Arianna Huffington--but the book is not a name-dropping star turn, but an attempt to capture a remarkable woman who meant so much to so many other women.""-- Provided by publisher.

His final battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt

September 14, 2016
Lelyveld, Joseph, author.
399 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Plaintive -- Uncle Joe in Tehran -- Wilson's shadow -- His "enormous" heart -- Somewhere in the South -- Going after "bigger coins" -- The Great Tantalizer -- Commander in Chief -- Staying on the job -- Gallant, and pitiable -- At the Czar's palace -- Almost to victory -- In his wake.
"Untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced in tandem to their climax"--Dust jacket flap.

Hitler : ascent, 1889-1939

September 14, 2016
Ullrich, Volker, 1943- author.
x, 998 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, facsimile ; 25 cm
"Originally published in Germany ... copyright 2013, S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main"--Title page verso.
"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
The young Hitler -- The Vienna years -- The experience of war -- The leap into politics -- The King of Munich -- Putsch and prosecution -- Landsberg Prison and Mein Kampf -- Führer on standby -- Dark star rising -- Hitler and women -- Bids and bluffs -- Month of destiny: January 1933 -- Hitler as human being -- Totalitarian revolution -- Eviscerating Versailles -- Cult and community -- Dictatorship by division, architecture of intimidation -- The Berghof Society and the Führer's mistress -- Hitler and the churches -- Prelude to genocide -- The way to war.
The historical significance of Adolf Hitler has overshadowed the man behind the public persona. For decades, misconceptions about Hitler have percolated, but to cast Hitler as purely a psychopathic monster is to ignore the facets of his personality that help explain his enigmatic hold on the German populace. Ullrich recounts Hitler's personal journey from childhood to his consolidation of political power, and in doing so captures Hitler's canniness, instinctive grasp of politics, and gift for oratory as well as his megalomania, deep insecurity, and repulsive worldview.

Danger close : my epic journey as a combat helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan

September 14, 2016
Smith, Amber (Amber Lane), 1981- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
This is what war feels like -- Born to fly -- Mother Rucker -- Sink or swim -- Hurry up and wait -- Welcome to Iraq -- Better safe than sorry -- Bingo -- Troops in contact -- Friendly fire -- What lies beneath -- Annihilator 24 -- Flying blind -- One last mission -- Screaming eagles -- The crash -- A new war -- Cleared hot -- Shooting to kill -- Cheating death -- War test you -- Goodbye -- Lucky strike -- KIA -- The Tagab -- Handing off the war -- Epilogue: alive.
"A memoir of active combat by an elite female helicopter pilot stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan vividly describes her division's high-risk battles and the ways they were challenged to perform under extreme duress, sharing additional insights into her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated unit,"--NoveList.

The Hump : The 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, in the First Major Battle of the Vietnam War

September 14, 2016
Conetto, Al, 1941- author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2015.
x, 206 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Operation Hump, the first major battle between the U.S. Army and the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces, took place November 5-9, 1965, in South Vietnam's War Zone D. This memoir of an Operation Hump survivor begins with the sequence of events leading up to the battle, from the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954"--Provided by publisher.

The pigeon tunnel : stories from my life

September 13, 2016
Le Carré, John, 1931-
vii, 310 pages ; 24 cm
Don't be beastly to your Secret Service -- Dr Globke's laws -- Official visit -- Fingers on the trigger -- To whomsoever it may concern -- Wheels of British justice -- Ivan Serov's defection -- A legacy -- The innocence of Murat Kurnaz -- Going out into the field -- Bumping into Jerry Westerby -- Lonely in Vientiane -- Theatre of the Real : dances with Arafat -- Theatre of the Real : the Villa Brigitte -- Theatre of the Real : a question of guilt -- Theatre of the Real : terms of endearment -- The Soviet knight is dying inside his armour -- The Wild East : Moscow 1993 -- Blood and treasure -- The biggest bears in the garden -- Among the Ingush -- Joseph Brodsky's prize -- The wrong horse's mouth -- His brother's keeper -- Quel Panama! -- Under deep cover -- Hunting for warlords -- Richard Burton needs me -- Alec Guinness -- Lost masterpieces -- Bernard Pivot's necktie -- Lunching with prisoners -- Son of the author's father -- To Reggie with thanks -- The most wanted man -- Stephen Spender's credit card -- Advice to an aspiring novelist -- The last official secret.
"From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John Le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his highly anticipated memoir, Le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels."-- Dust jacket.

The six : the lives of the Mitford sisters

September 13, 2016
Thompson, Laura, 1964- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
388 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
Previously published: Take Six Girls. London : Head of Zeus, 2015.
Six glamorous women: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah. Born into privilege, the Mitford sisters were the "bright young things" of high society London in the 1920s and 1930s. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as "bright young things" in the high society of interwar London. But as the shadow of Fascism crept over Europe, the stark--and very public--differences in their outlooks would reflect the political extremes of a dangerous era. The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by British poet laureate John Betjeman; the third was a Fascist who married Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire. The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after World War II. -- Adapted from dust jacket.

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