New Arrivals · Biography

October 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

You don't own me : the life and times of Lesley Gore

October 2, 2015
Tolliver, Trevor, author.
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, 2015.
xxi, 209 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Out here on my own -- The sweetie pie from Tenafly -- Let's get this party started -- Tears on my pillow -- You don't own me -- The trouble with boys -- The changing of the guard -- California dreaming -- Last call -- When yesterday was tomorrow -- A blank piece of paper and a hope -- That old time rock & roll -- Disco -- That's entertainment -- Here she comes again -- Lightning strikes -- Lesleymania revived -- Arsenic & buttered popcorn -- Give my regards to Broadway -- Dirty deeds -- Better angels -- Start the party again.

Guns 'n' Roses : reckless life : a graphic novel

October 1, 2015
McCarthy, Jim, 1953- author.
London : Omnibus Press, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
They've sold over 100 million albums, recorded the most expensive album ever, endlessly courted controversy with their lyrics, and embrace a full-on hedonistic lifestyle: Guns N' Roses are well acquainted with rock 'n' roll excess. In this spectacular new graphic biography, Marc Olivent's stunning artwork and Jim McCarthy's incisive script perfectly capture the rollercoaster tale of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steve Adler and the many others who have passed through the Guns 'n' Roses story. And it's all here: the feud between Axl and Kurt Cobain, the riots during concerts, the acrimonious departure of Slash from the band, the inevitable drugs and groupies and, of course, the music.

The girl with nine wigs : a memoir

October 1, 2015
Van der Stap, Sophie, author.
279 pages ; 22 cm
"The English translation is an amended and updated version of the Dutch language text of the work."
"Originally published in the Netherlands by Prometheus Amsterdam under the title Meisje met negen pruiken, ©2007."
"'It's Saturday and everything is different. No, I didn't go to the market this morning and I didn't have my usual coffee on Westerstraat. And no, I wasn't getting ready for a new semester at college. Next Monday, January 31st, I have to admit myself at the hospital for my first chemotherapy session. For the next two months, I'm expected each week for a fresh shot of vincristine, etoposide, ifosfamide and loads more exciting abracadabra.' Sophie is twenty-one when she is diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer. A striking, fun-loving student, her world is reduced overnight to the sterile confines of a hospital. But within these walls Sophie discovers a whole new world of white coats, gossiping nurses, and sexy doctors; of shared rooms, hair loss, and eyebrow pencils.As wigs become a crucial part of Sophie's new life, she reclaims a sense of self-expression. Each of Sophie's nine wigs makes her feel stronger and gives her a distinct personality, and that is why each has its own name: Stella, Sue, Daisy, Blondie, Platina, Uma, Pam, Lydia, and Bebé.There's a bit of Sophie in all of them, and they reveal as much as they hide. Sophie is determined to be much more than a cancer patient.With refreshing candor and a keen eye for the absurd, Sophie van der Stap's The Girl With Nine Wigs makes you smile when you least expect it."-- Provided by publisher.

The story of my tits

October 1, 2015
Hayden, Jennifer.
[Marietta, GA] : Top Shelf Productions, 2015.
344 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 20 cm
"When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they'd held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story: a journey from the innocence of youth to the chaos of adulthood, through her mother's mastectomy, her father's mistress, her husband's music, and the endlessly evolving definition of family. As cancer strikes three different lives, some relationships crumble while others emerge even stronger, and this sarcastic child of the '70s finally finds a goddess she can believe in" -- provided by publisher.


October 1, 2015
Ferguson, Niall, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2015-
<1> volumes : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Volume 1. 1923-1968 : The idealist --
A definitive portrait of the American statesman, based on unprecedented access to his private papers, challenges common misconceptions to trace Kissinger's beliefs to philosophical idealism.

The first king of Hollywood : the life of Douglas Fairbanks

October 1, 2015
Goessel, Tracey.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2015.
ix, 581 pages, 24 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The first truly definitive biography of Douglas Fairbanks, the greatest leading man of the silent film era"-- Provided by publisher.

The dead duke, his secret wife, and the missing corpse : an extraordinary Edwardian case of deception and intrigue

October 1, 2015
Eatwell, Piu Marie, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xiii, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Dramatis personae -- Act One: Burial -- Scene One: Welbeck Abbey, December 1879 -- Scene Two: St. Paul's Cathedral, March 1898 -- Scene Three: Highgate Cemetery, March 1898 -- Scene Four: Baker Street and Cavendish Square, 1860s -- Scene Five: The streets of London, Summer 1898 -- Scene Six: Featherstone Buildings, December 1898 -- Scene Seven: The New London Law Courts, three years later -- Act Two: Resurrection -- Scene Eight: Bury St. Edmunds, October 1816 -- Scene Nine: On board RMS Oroya, May 1903 -- Scene Ten: An office on London Wall, March 1907 -- Scene Eleven: Marylebone Police Court, October/December 1907 -- Scene Twelve: The Druce Vault, December 1907 -- Scene Thirteen: The Police Court, one week later -- Act Three: Revelation -- Scene Fourteen: London and Welbeck, December 1907 -- Scene Fifteen: London and Worksop, January 1908 -- Scene Sixteen: Holloway Prison, January 1908 -- Scene Seventeen: A London hotel, September 1898 -- Scene Eighteen: Sledmere House, East Riding, 1870s -- Scene Nineteen: A library in Nottingham, October 2013 -- Scene Twenty: Welbeck Abbey, October 2013 -- Epilogue: An obscure grave, London, December 2013 -- Postscript.
"One of the most notorious and bizarre mysteries of the Edwardian age, for readers who loved The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. At the close of the Victorian era, as now, privacy was power. The extraordinarily wealthy 5th Duke of Portland had a mania for it, hiding in his horsedrawn carriage and creating tunnels between buildings to avoid being seen. So when, in 1897, an elderly widow asked the court to exhume the grave of her late father-in-law, T.C. Druce, under the suspicion that he'd led a double life as the 5th Duke, no one could dismiss her claim. The eccentric duke, Anna Maria was sure, had faked his death as Druce, and, therefore, her son should inherit the Portland millions. A lurid, decade-long case was born. Uncovering new archival treasures and offering a 'lively account of ... the lies, deceit, and hypocrisy of Victorian society' (The Times), Piu Marie Eatwell evokes an era in transition, when the rise of sensationalist media blurred every fact into fiction, and when family secrets and fluid identities pushed class anxieties to new heights"--Provided by publisher.

Castro : a graphic novel

October 1, 2015
Kleist, Reinhard, 1970-
Vancouver, BC : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015.
295 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Translation of: Castro.
Translated from the German.
As America moves toward normalizing relations with Cuba, this gripping, vivid graphic novel reveals the life and times of Fidel Castro, one of the 20th century's most intriguing, charismatic, and divisive figures. The book is narrated by a German journalist named Karl Mertens, who is plunged into the searing heat of pre-revolutionary Cuba in the mid-1950s. He first meets with Castro while the latter is hiding in the mountains, then follows him through the dramatic revolution and his ascent to the presidency that, despite the Bay of Pigs confrontation and decades of international trade blockades, lasts for nearly 50 years. We also witness Castro's involvement in bloody skirmishes, failed missions, and brutal crackdowns, as well as his interactions with and on behalf of the Cuban people, which reveal as much about his fallible human qualities as they do his legend. Castro is the work of acclaimed German graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist, who visited Cuba in 2008; it was first published in English by SelfmadeHero for the British market, and is now being made available in North America for the first time. Bristling with energy and alive with the spirit of Cuba, Castro has much to offer about the complex politics of one of the most enduring and controversial figures in modern history.

Invisible ink : my mother's secret love affair with a famous cartoonist : a graphic memoir

September 30, 2015
Griffith, Bill, 1944-
[Seattle, WA] : Fantagraphics Books, 2015.
195 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 25 cm
Fifteen minutes after Bill Griffith's father died from a bicycle accident in 1972, his mother turned to him and said, "If I don't tell you this now, I'll never be able to tell you. I had a long and happy relationship with a man you knew slightly." Thus began Griffith's journey to reconstruct this hidden relationship between his mother and a deeply cultured jack-of-all-trades cartoonist and crime novelist. Invisible Ink unfolds like a detective story, alternating between past and present, as Griffith recreates the quotidian habits of suburban Levittown and the professional and cultural life of Manhattan in the 1950s and '60s as seen through his mother's and his own teenage eyes. Griffith finally discovers the holy grail of his mother's past: her diary, an ecstatic evocation of her sexual liaison, and an eloquent testament to her deepest feelings; and an unfinished novel that parallels the trajectory of her own life. Griffith puts the pieces together and reveals a mother he never knew.

Unlikeable : the problem with Hillary

September 30, 2015
Klein, Edward, 1936- author.
xvi, 287 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Part I. A hell of a mess. "More Golda than Maggie" ; #grandmothersknowbest ; The king of Little Rock ; Intimations of mortality -- Part II. The great pretender. The misanthrope ; "I've always been a Yankees fan" ; A near-death experience -- Part III. A pantsuit-wearing globetrotter. The Praetorian guard ; Shafted ; Double dipping ; "I love you, Billy" ; Top ten -- Part IV. The floodgates open. "Get caught trying" ; Imagining "Hillary 5.0" ; Woulda, coulda, shoulda ; "Skin in the game" ; A "classic Washington omelette" ; The smoldering gun? -- Part V. Picking up the pieces. The political animal ; "When you got it, flaunt it" ; Dinner with Liz -- Part VI. The vendetta. Whispering campaign ; On the qt ; Somebody "O'Malleable" ; A sub rosa investigation ; Missing in action ; A tabloid staple -- Part VII. Shameless. The Potemkin campaign ; On the "precarious left edge" ; "A hydra-headed beast" ; "It's gone way too far."
Presents a critical assessment of Hillary Clinton to consider why she may not be a popular choice for the American presidency.

Joy ride : show people and their shows

September 30, 2015
Lahr, John, 1941-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xxi, 569 pages : 24 cm
Includes index.
Collection of profiles and reviews originally published in The New Yorker.
A collection of profiles and reviews from "The New Yorker" reveals details of the lives of contemporary dramatists as well as their sources of solace and inspiration, including Arthur Miller, Wallace Shawn, Harold Pinter, and David Mamet.|5NjBwBT

Brief candle in the dark : my life in science

September 30, 2015
Dawkins, Richard, 1941- author.
455 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life's brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture" -- provided by publisher.

Henry Clay : America's greatest statesman

September 30, 2015
Unger, Harlow G., 1931- author.
xviii, 318 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

Stars between the Sun and Moon : one woman's life in North Korea and escape to freedom

September 30, 2015
Jang, Lucia.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
280 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Part One -- Part Two -- Part Three -- Epilogue -- Translator's Note -- Afterword: Bearing Witness / by Stephan Haggard.
"An incredible memoir of North Korea by a woman who defied the government to keep her family alive. Born in 1970s North Korea, Lucia Jang grew up in a typical household--her parents worked in the factories and the family scraped by on rationed rice and a small garden. Nightly, she bowed to her photo of Kim Il-Sung. But it was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine resulting in more than a million deaths. In this harsh time, Jang married an abusive man who sold their baby. She left him and went home to help her family by illegally crossing the river to China to trade goods. She was caught and imprisoned twice. After giving birth to a second child, which the government ordered to be killed, she escaped with him, fleeing under gunfire across the Chinese border. This stunning demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured--loss of a child, starvation, imprisonment, and trafficking"--Provided by publisher.

Aleister Crowley : the Beast in Berlin : art, sex, and magick in the Weimar Republic

September 30, 2015
Churton, Tobias, 1960- author.
Rochester, Vermont : Inner Traditions, 2014.
xxix, 386 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Known to his friends affectionately as "The Beast," Crowley saw the closing lights of Berlin's artistic renaissance of the Weimar period when Berlin played host to many of the world's most outstanding artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, composers, architects, philosophers, and scientists, including Albert Einstein, Bertolt Brecht, Ethel Mannin, Otto Dix, Aldous Huxley, Jean Ross, Christopher Isherwood, and many others. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowley's years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with German Theosophy, Freemasonry, and magical orders. He recounts the fates of Crowley's colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowley's lost art exhibition--six crates of paintings left behind in Germany as the Gestapo was closing in. Revealing the real Crowley long hidden from the historical record, Churton presents "the Beast" anew at a blazing, seminal moment in world history.

NFL brawler : a player-turned-agent's forty years in the bloody trenches of the National Football League

September 30, 2015
Cindrich, Ralph.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2015]
xiv, 257 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Distributed by NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK"--Title page verso.

The slave across the street : the true story of how an American teen survived the world of human trafficking

September 30, 2015
Flores, Theresa L., author.
183 pages ; 22 cm.
While more and more people each day become aware of the dangerous world of human trafficking, many people in the U.S. believe this is something that happens to foreign women men and children not something that happens to their own children and neighbors. They couldn't be more wrong. --publisher.

Autobiography of Mark Twain

September 29, 2015
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010-
v. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Edition statement from jacket.
"A publication of the Mark Twain Project of the Bancroft Library."
Presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.

The inker's shadow

September 29, 2015
Say, Allen, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
79 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A follow-up to Drawing From Memory recounts the author's coming-of-age at a military academy, where he endured harsh racism before embarking on a journey to discover himself as a Japanese-American artist.

The new tsar : the rise and reign of Vladimir Putin

September 29, 2015
Myers, Steven Lee.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
x, 572 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Part one. Homo sovieticus ; A warm heart, a cool head and clean hands ; The devoted officer of a dying empire ; Democracy faces a hungry winter -- Part two. The spies come in from the cold ; Mismanaged democracy ; An unexpected path to power ; Swimming in the same river twice ; Kompromat ; In the outhouse -- Part three. Becoming Portugal ; Putin's soul ; The gods slept on their heads ; Annus horribilis ; The orange contagion ; Kremlin, inc. ; Poison ; The 2008 problem -- Part four. The regency ; Action man ; The return -- Part five. The restoration ; Alone on Olympus ; Putingrad ; Our Russia.
"The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia's current president--of his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history. Former New York Times Moscow bureau chief Steven Lee Myers has followed Vladimir Putin's path for many years, and gives us the fullest, most absorbing account we have of his rise to power. This gripping narrative elucidates a cool and calculating man with enormous ambition and few scruples. We see Putin, a former KGB agent, come to office in 2000 as a reformer, cutting taxes, expanding property rights, bringing a measure of order and eventual prosperity to millions whose only experience of democracy in the early years following the Soviet collapse was instability, poverty, and criminality. But Myers makes clear how Putin then orchestrated a new authoritarianism, consolidating power, reasserting the country's might, brutally crushing revolts, and swiftly dispatching dissenters, even as he retained--and continues to retain--the support of many. As the world struggles to confront a newly assertive Russia, the importance of understanding Putin has never been greater. This keenly insightful, riveting book provides an essential key to that understanding"-- Provided by publisher.

In order to live : a North Korean girl's journey to freedom

September 29, 2015
Park, Yeonmi, 1993- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
273 pages, 16 unnumberd pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
"Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before [now] has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she paid to escape"

J.M. Coetzee and the life of writing : face to face with time

September 29, 2015
Attwell, David, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
xxiii, 248 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
"First published in South Africa by Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd."--Title page verso.
"J.M. Coetzee is one of the most intriguing of authors in all of world literature. Now, in J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing, David Attwell illuminates the extraordinary creative processes behind Coetzee's novels from Dusklands to The Childhood of Jesus. Using Coetzee's manuscripts, notebooks and research papers - recently deposited at the Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin - Attwell produces a fascinating story of the creative trajectory and the life out of which the fiction was engendered. He shows convincingly that all of Coetzee's work is autobiographical, the memoirs being continuous with the fictions, and that his writing proceeds with self-conscious and never-ending reflection. This is a moving and readable account which is bound to change the way Coetzee is read, by the critics and general reader alike."--Provided by publisher.

Jane Austen : her life, her times, her novels

September 29, 2015
Todd, Janet, 1942-
London : Andre Deutsch, 2013.
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm + 16 facsimiles of artifacts
Includes removable folded inserts of facsimile memorabilia in paper sleeves.
Includes index.

Seven women : and the secret of their greatness

September 29, 2015
Metaxas, Eric, author.
xx, 215 pages : 24 cm
Joan of Arc -- Susanna Wesley -- Hannah More -- Saint Maria of Paris -- Corrie ten Boom -- Rosa Parks -- Mother Teresa.
Offers seven captivating portraits of some of history's greatest women, each of whom changed the course of history by following God's calling.

Jack Hinson's one-man war

September 29, 2015
McKenney, Tom C. (Tom Chase)
Gretna, La. : Pelican Pub., 2009.
400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The Hinsons of Bubbling Springs -- War comes to Bubbling Springs -- Occupation and the rise of guerrilla warfare -- Death comes to Bubbling Springs -- A time to kill -- Twilight at Bubbling Springs -- The end of Bubbling Springs -- All-out war -- Making military history -- The last campaign -- The twilight years -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Scenes in the story, then and now -- Appendix B: The fourth generation -- Appendix C: Jack Hinson's rifle, chain of possession -- Appendix D: John W. "Jack" Hinson genealogy (partial) -- Appendix E: Documents.
"A quiet, unassuming, and wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson was focused on his family life and seasonal plantings when the Civil War started to permeate the isolated valleys of the Kentucky-Tennessee border area where he lived. He was uniquely neutral--friend to both Confederate and Union generals--and his family exemplified the genteel, educated, gracious, and hardworking qualities highly valued in their society. By the winter of 1862, the Hinsons' happy way of life would change forever"--Jacket.

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