New Arrivals · Biography

May 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


May 18, 2018
Itzkoff, Dave, author.
xii, 529 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
"A New York Times book."
Prologue -- Part one: Comet -- Punky and Lord Posh -- The escape artist -- Legalized insanity -- My favorite Orkan -- The Robin Williams show -- Mork blows his cork -- Bungalow 3 -- Part two: Star -- Mr. Happy -- Tough love -- Gooooooood morning -- O captain! -- Dreamlike parts, with phantasmagoric associations -- Father man -- Hot flashes -- Part three: Supernova -- Golden dude -- Fade to white -- Weapons of self-destruction -- The tiger in winter -- Gone -- Everything will be okay -- The big room -- Epilogue -- Robin Williams: Selected works and awards.
"From New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive biography of Robin Williams-- a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his powerful Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative actor and comedian. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture, politics, and personal revelation-- all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt. In his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation, bringing his characters to life and using humor to seek deeper truths. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a performer whose work touched so many of our lives"--Book jacket.

Butterfly : from refugee to Olympian, my story of rescue, hope, and triumph

May 18, 2018
Mardini, Yusra, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom by Bluebird, an imprint of Pan Macmillan"--Title page verso.
Yusra Mardini fled her native Syria to the Turkish coast in 2015 and boarded a small dinghy full of refugees bound for Greece. When the small and overcrowded boat's engine cut out, it began to sink. Yusra, her sister and two others took to the water, pushing the boat for three and a half hours in open water until they eventually landed on Lesbos, saving the lives of the passengers aboard. Butterfly is the story of that remarkable woman, whose journey started in a war-torn suburb of Damascus and took her through Europe to Berlin and from there to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The age of Garvey : how a Jamaican activist created a mass movement and changed global Black politics

May 18, 2018
Ewing, Adam (Historian)
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xi, 304 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
pt. 1. The rise and fall of Marcus Garvey. The education of Marcus Mosiah Garvey -- The center cannot hold -- Africa for the Africans! -- "The silent work that must be done" -- pt. 2. The age of Garvey. The tide of preparation -- Broadcast on the winds -- The visible horizon -- Muigwithania (The Reconciler).
"Jamaican activist Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) organized the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Harlem in 1917. By the early 1920s, his program of African liberation and racial uplift had attracted millions of supporters, both in the United States and abroad. The Age of Garvey presents an expansive global history of the movement that came to be known as Garveyism. Offering a groundbreaking new interpretation of global black politics between the First and Second World Wars, Adam Ewing charts Garveyism's emergence, its remarkable global transmission, and its influence in the responses among African descendants to white supremacy and colonial rule in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Delving into the organizing work and political approach of Garvey and his followers, Ewing shows that Garveyism emerged from a rich tradition of pan-African politics that had established, by the First World War, lines of communication among black intellectuals on both sides of the Atlantic. Garvey's legacy was to reengineer this tradition as a vibrant and multifaceted mass politics. Ewing looks at the people who enabled Garveyism's global spread, including labor activists in the Caribbean and Central America, community organizers in the urban and rural United States, millennial religious revivalists in central and southern Africa, welfare associations and independent church activists in Malawi and Zambia, and an emerging generation of Kikuyu leadership in central Kenya. Moving away from the images of quixotic business schemes and repatriation efforts, The Age of Garvey demonstrates the consequences of Garveyism's international presence and provides a dynamic and unified framework for understanding the movement, during the interwar years and beyond"-- Provided by publisher.

All the answers

May 17, 2018
Kupperman, Michael, 1966- author.
New York : Gallery 13, 2018.
218 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
"In this moving graphic memoir, Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Michael Kupperman traces the life of his reclusive father--the once-world-famous Joel Kupperman, Quiz Kid. That his father is slipping into dementia--seems to embrace it, really--means that the past he would never talk about might be erased forever. Joel Kupperman became one of the most famous children in America during World War II as one of the young geniuses on the series Quiz Kids. With the uncanny ability to perform complex math problems in his head, Joel endeared himself to audiences across the country and became a national obsession. Following a childhood spent in the public eye, only to then fall victim to the same public's derision, Joel deliberately spent the remainder of his life removed from the world at large. With wit and heart, Michael Kupperman presents a fascinating account of mid-century radio and early television history, the pro-Jewish propaganda entertainment used to counteract anti-Semitism, and the early age of modern celebrity culture. All the Answers is both a powerful father-son story and an engaging portrayal of what identity came to mean at this turning point in American history, and shows how the biggest stages in the world can overcome even the greatest of players."

Tesla : inventor of the modern

May 17, 2018
Munson, Richard, author.
306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: Everywhere is energy -- Born between today and tomorrow -- A glorious dream -- Reverberation of Heaven's artillery -- A whirling field of force -- As revolutionary as gunpowder was to warfare -- Order of the flaming sword -- Divine organ of sight -- Earthquakes and friends -- Fire and robots -- Like a god controlling nature's power -- Sheer audacity -- Too much of a poet and visionary -- So far ahead of his time -- Epilogue: Boldness of ignorance -- Appendix: The marvel of electricity.
"Nikola Tesla invented the radio, robots, and remote control. His electric induction motors run our appliances and factories, yet he has been largely overlooked by history. In [this book, the author] presents a comprehensive portrait of this farsighted and underappreciated mastermind"

Wayne Thiebaud, draftsman

May 17, 2018
Dervaux, Isabelle, author.
New York : The Morgan Library & Museum ; Farnborough : Thames & Hudson, 2018.
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Published to accompany an exhibition held at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, May 18-September 23, 2018.
Best known for his luscious paintings of pies and ice-cream cones, American artist Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920) has been an avid and prolific draftsman since he began his career in the 1940s as an illustrator and cartoonist. This book of 116 drawings, compiled with the full cooperation of the artist to accompany a major new exhibition at the Morgan Library Museum, explores the wide range of Thiebaud's production on paper, including early sketches, luminous pastels, and watercolors, and charcoal drawings made in connection with his teaching. In subjects ranging from deli counters and isolated figures to dramatic views of San Francisco's plunging streets, Thiebaud's drawings endow the most banal, everyday scenes with a sense of poetry and nostalgia. Fully illustrated and beautifully designed, with illuminating texts, including an extensive interview with the artist, 'Wayne Thiebaud: Draftsman' is the first major publication devoted to his lifelong engagement with drawing.Exhibition: Morgan Library & Museum, New York, USA (18.05.-23.09.2018).

Excuse me while I slip into someone more comfortable : a memoir

May 17, 2018
Poole, Eric, 1960- author.
New York : Rosetta Books, 2018.
275 pages ; 23 cm
Manilow of the hour -- Truth or dare -- These boots were made for stealin' -- New York state of blind -- Tune deaf -- If they could see me now -- Don't call me Shirley -- The letter -- The boy bombeck -- That boy -- Who can turn the world on with his wig -- Free to be you and me.
"In the great tradition of David Sedaris, David Rakoff, and Augusten Burroughs, memoirist Eric Poole recounts his quirky childhood years in utterly hilarious and painful detail. In 1977, Eric Poole is a talented high school trumpet player with one working ear, the height-to-weight ratio of a hat rack, a series of annoyingly handsome bullies, and a mother irrationally devoted to Lemon Pledge. But who he wants to be is a star, ANY star. With equal parts imagination, flair, and delusion, Eric proceeds to emulate a series of his favorite celebrities, like Barry Manilow, Halston, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine, in an effort to become the man he's meant to be--that is, anyone but himself. As he moves through his late teens and early twenties in suburban St. Louis, he casts about for an appropriate outlet for his talents. Will he be a trumpet soloist? A triple-threat actor/singer/dancer? A fashion designer in gritty New York City? Striving to become the son who can finally make his parents proud, Eric begins to suspect that discovering his personal and creative identities can only be accomplished by admitting who he really is. Picking up at the end of his first acclaimed memoir, Where's My Wand?, Poole's journey from self-delusion to acceptance is simultaneously hysterical, heartfelt, and inspiring."--provided by publisher.

When the center held : Gerald Ford and the rescue of the American presidency

May 17, 2018
Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932- author.
New York : Free Press, 2018.
xvii, 331 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A revealing political memoir of the presidency of Gerald Ford is seen through the eyes of Donald Rumsfeld, Ford's former secretary of defense, chief of staff, and longtime personal confidant.

Life between panels : the complete tails omnibus

May 17, 2018
Young, Ethan, 1983- author, illustrator.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, a division of Dark Horse Comics, Inc., 2018.
381 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
"In this blend of autobiography and fantasy, a cartoonist records his life in New York City: his job, his creative career, his friends, his herd of cats, and a runaway comic strip come to life! Ethan's life as one of the many cartoonists living in NYC might look mundane at first glance--living with his parents, working a day job, playing with cats. But things get crazy when he starts to draw his comic strip Crusader Cat! Soon, Ethan can't tell the difference between real life and the comic panel!"-- Provided by publisher.

Kissinger the negotiator : lessons from dealmaking at the highest level

May 16, 2018
Sebenius, James K., 1953- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xxxii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines the negotiation methods of Henry Kissinger, highlighting such diplomatic achievements as the Paris Peace Accords, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The if in life : how to get off life's sidelines and become your best self

May 16, 2018
Jennings, Rashad, author.
208 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
"In his debut book, former NFL running back and Dancing with the Stars champion Rashad Jennings shares his inspiring story and experiences that will encourage readers to follow their dreams. As a kid, Rashad was overweight, had poor vision, asthma, and a 0.6 GPA yet he still hoped to one day play in the NFL. The odds were stacked against him, but through hard work and determination, Rashad became a record-setting running back who has played with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders, and the New York Giants."

From broken glass : my story of finding hope in Hitler's death camps to inspire a new generation

May 16, 2018
Ross, Steve, 1931- author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2018.
xix, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A survivor of the Holocaust describes how he learned through his darkest experiences of the human capacity to rise above even the bleakest circumstances, and later used that knowledge to help underprivileged youth in Boston for more than forty years.

The road to dawn : Josiah Henson and the story that sparked the Civil War

May 16, 2018
Brock, Jared, author.
New York, NY : PublicAffairs, Hachette Book Group, [2018]
xvi, 287 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Port Tobacco -- The wounded leader -- Kentucky bound -- Double cross -- Murder and providence -- The great escape -- The struggle for life -- The great exhibition -- The real Uncle Tom -- Homecoming -- Epilogue.
"The Road to Dawn tells the improbable story of Josiah Henson, a slave who spent forty-two years in pre-Civil War bondage in the American South and eventually escaped with his wife and four young children, travelling 600 miles and eventually settling with his family as a free man across the border in Canada. Once there, Henson rescued 118 more slaves and purchased land to build what would become one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, a 500-person freeman settlement called Dawn. He was immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin."--Provided by publisher.

Chasing hope : a patient's deep dive into stem cells, faith, and the future

May 16, 2018
Cohen, Richard M.
xv, 279 pages ; 22 cm
Losing sight of the future -- The diagnosis -- Meredith and company -- An unwanted inheritance -- Resisting help -- The invitation -- Leaving conventional care -- A bleak landscape -- Hope as a family affair -- Invading the Vatican -- Joining the Jesuits -- Dr. Sadiq and the magic stem cells -- East meets west -- The great bone marrow harvest -- The power of human decency -- Stem cell infusion -- Star and crescent -- Blindsided, again -- Psychology and biology of hope -- Anger becomes kid stuff -- Epilogue: pursuing possibility.
"Richard Cohen struggles with failing limbs and is legally blind. He has survived two bouts of colon cancer and a life-threatening blood clot in his lungs. After enduring decades of harsh treatments and invasive therapies, Cohen decided to trade in his life as a patient. In 2012, Cohen and his wife, Meredith Vieira, were invited to host and chair an adult stem cell conference at the Vatican. Scientists would be gathering in Rome to discuss stem cell therapy for autoimmune diseases, including MS. A believer in the power of denial and determination over faith and hope, Cohen was caught off guard by what he learned. Medical technology had advanced further and more quickly than Cohen had known. Could there be a chance his health could improve? Could MS be cured? As Cohen took part in a pioneering stem cell protocol, he opened himself to the possibility of hope for the first time in his adult life. Cohen's deep dive into the cutting-edge world of stem cell research and his journalistic investigation of hope includes interviews with doctors, scientists, and religious leaders, as well as conversations with others living with chronic conditions, all with the goal of understanding a hope that is both elusive and alluring."

The promise and the dream : the untold story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy

May 16, 2018
Margolick, David. author.
New York : Rosetta Books [2018]
400 pages ; illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
"A Lawrence Schiller Book"--Title page.
History would keep them together -- Look the enemy in the eye -- The face of courage -- The unkindest cut -- The meeting -- As old as the scriptures -- The least worst thing -- How long? Not long! -- Ripple of hope -- A fine pair -- Change would come -- The political equation -- What they did to Jack -- There were no words.
No issue in America in the 1960s was more vital than civil rights, and no two public figures were more crucial in the drama of race relations in this era than Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Fifty years after they were both assassinated, noted journalist David Margolick explores the untold story of the complex and ever-evolving relationship between these two American icons. Assassinated only sixty-two days apart in 1968, King and Kennedy changed the United States forever, and their deaths profoundly altered the country's trajectory. As trailblazers in the civil rights movement, leaders in their respective communities, and political powerhouses with enormous personal appeal, no single pairing of white and black ever mattered more in American history. In The Promise and the Dream, Margolick examines their unique bond and the complicated mix of mutual assistance, impatience, wariness, awkwardness, antagonism and admiration that existed between the two, documented with firsthand interviews from close sources, oral histories, FBI files, and previously untapped, contemporaneous newspaper accounts. At a turning point in social history, MLK and RFK embarked on distinct but converging paths toward lasting change. Even when they weren't interacting directly, they monitored and learned from, one another. Yet the distance they maintained from one another reflected much broader tensions between the races in the United States, and their nearly simultaneous deaths embodied the nation's violent predilections and ongoing racial turmoil. Their joint story, a story each man took some pains to hide and which began to come into focus only with their murders, is not just gripping history but a window into contemporary America and the challenges we continue to face. Complemented by eighty-three revealing photographs by the foremost photojournalists of the period, The Promise and the Dream offers a compelling look at one of the most consequential but misunderstood relationships in our nation's history. "Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children." --Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 "In this difficult day, in this difficult time... It is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in." --Robert F. Kennedy, 1968 -- Publisher description

On the road & off the record with Leonard Bernstein : my years with the exasperating genius

May 15, 2018
Harmon, Charlie, author.
xi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The ad under "M" -- Indiana bound -- The rebbe in wolf's clothing -- The cabin fever ward -- Composers, conductors, a celebrated cellist, and a charred cork -- "Chich" and a concussion -- What universe is this? -- On your mark -- The maestro dines out -- At home in the parallel universe -- Princess Margaret can't go shopping -- Speaking Hebrew in only one lesson -- Souvenirs picked up on the road -- A touchy situation -- A day for distraction -- Far from Tanglewood -- "People like me for what I do, not for who I am" -- Name the nine muses! -- What takes nine months to gestate? -- The two (other) women in Leonard Bernstein's life -- A quiet place in a noisy, noisy world -- Houston "grand" opera -- The restorative greens of Tanglewood -- Bi-coastal blues -- "Why do I have to work so hard?" -- How pleads the defendant? -- Down for the count! -- Who's in charge here? -- Lifetime achievement = lifetime therapy -- I should stay here and work -- The ends of the earth -- C'mon, it'll be fun! -- And then what happened? An epilogue.

I'm Keith Hernandez : a memoir

May 15, 2018
Hernandez, Keith, author.
vii, 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"May 2018"--TItle page verso.
Introduction -- Bricks and mortar -- Get to work -- Consistency -- Epilogue.
The Gold Glove first baseman chronicles his life and career in baseball, from his minor league years through his World Series wins with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, and offers an honest assessment of the past, present, and future of baseball.

The art of the wasted day

May 15, 2018
Hampl, Patricia, 1946- author.
271 pages ; 22 cm
Timelessness -- To go -- To stay.
"The Art of the Wasted Day is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude. Patricia Hampl visits the homes of historic exemplars of ease who made repose a goal, even an art form. She begins with two celebrated eighteenth-century Irish ladies who ran off to live a life of "retirement" in rural Wales. Her search then leads to Moravia to consider the monk-geneticist, Gregor Mendel, and finally to Bordeaux for Michel Montaigne--the hero of this book--who retreated from court life to sit in his chateau tower and write about whatever passed through his mind, thus inventing the personal essay. Hampl's own life winds through these pilgrimages, from childhood days lazing under a neighbor's beechnut tree, to a fascination with monastic life, and then to love--and the loss of that love which forms this book's silver thread of inquiry. Finally, a remembered journey down the Mississippi near home in an old cabin cruiser with her husband turns out, after all her international quests, to be the great adventure of her life. The real job of being human, Hampl finds, is getting lost in thought, something only leisure can provide. The Art of the Wasted Day is a compelling celebration of the purpose and appeal of letting go"--Book jacket.

I am Gandhi

May 14, 2018
Meltzer, Brad, author.
New York, NY : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
"Illustrated by 25 acclaimed artist." --Cover

Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"

May 11, 2018
Hurston, Zora Neale, author.
xxviii, 171 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
The king arrives -- Barracoon -- Slavery -- Freedom -- Marriage -- Kossula learns about law -- Alone -- Appendix.
In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.-- provided by publisher.

WEEGEE : serial photographer

May 10, 2018
Radiguès, Max de, 1982- author.
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada : Conundrum Press, 2018.
135 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
"This story is inspired by the life and work of Arthur Fellig, alias Weegee."
The New York photographer Weegee often appeared on the scene immediately after accidents and crimes, sometimes even before the police. The position of the body would be altered if that resulted in a better picture. His street photographs made him world famous.

The pervert

May 10, 2018
Boydell, Remy, author, artist.
Portland, OR : Image Comics, 2018.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"A surprisingly honest and touching account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle."--Back cover.

The language of kindness : a nurse's story

May 10, 2018
Watson, Christie, author.
New York : Tim Duggan Books, [2018]
326 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: Worth risking life for -- A tree of veins -- Everything you can imagine is real -- The origins of the world -- At first the infant -- The struggle for existence -- Somewhere under my left ribs -- To live is so startling -- Small things, with great love -- O the bones of the people -- So we beat on -- At close of day -- There are always two deaths -- And the flesh of the child grew warm.
"A memoir about the experiences of a nurse in London, focusing on the overlooked importance of kindness and compassion"--Provided by publisher.

My country, my life : fighting for Israel, searching for peace

May 10, 2018
Barak, Ehud, 1942- author.
xx, 472 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
"The definitive memoir of one of Israel's most influential soldier-statesmen and one-time Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, with insights into forging peace in the Middle East. In the summer of 2000, the most decorated soldier in Israel's history--Ehud Barak--set himself a challenge as daunting as any he had faced on the battlefield: to secure a final peace with the Palestinians. He would propose two states for two peoples, with a shared capital in Jerusalem. He knew the risks of failure. But he also knew the risks of not trying: letting slip perhaps the last chance for a generation to secure genuine peace. It was a moment of truth. It was one of many in a life intertwined, from the start, with that of Israel. Born on a kibbutz, Barak became commander of Israel's elite special forces, then army Chief of Staff, and ultimately, Prime Minister. My Country, My Life tells the unvarnished story of his--and his country's--first seven decades; of its major successes, but also its setbacks and misjudgments. He offers candid assessments of his fellow Israeli politicians, of the American administrations with which he worked, and of himself. Drawing on his experiences as a military and political leader, he sounds a powerful warning: Israel is at a crossroads, threatened by events beyond its borders and by divisions within. The two-state solution is more urgent than ever, not just for the Palestinians, but for the existential interests of Israel itself. Only by rediscovering the twin pillars on which it was built--military strength and moral purpose--can Israel thrive"-- Provided by publisher.

Like brothers

May 10, 2018
Duplass, Mark, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (The League, Transparent, Togetherness, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique personal memoir"-- Provided by publisher.

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