New Arrivals · Biography

September 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Two-man air force

September 19, 2014
Kaplan, Philip.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire [U.K.] : Pen & Sword Aviation, 2006.
170 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Canada -- To England -- At ease -- Debden -- Thunderbolt -- Chums -- Mustangs -- Horseback -- Little friends -- Downed -- Two-man Air Force.

Tomboy : a graphic memoir

September 19, 2014
Prince, Liz, author.
255 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.

Inside the Godfather : never-before-told stories of James Brown by his inner circle

September 19, 2014
Brown, Daryl, author.
313 pages : black and white illustrations ; 21 cm
Brings together, for the first time, those from Brown's inner circle to connect the distortions of the past and provide a clear understanding of the brilliance and generosity that was James Brown, Mr. Dynamite.

Voice of the Wildcats : Claude Sullivan and the rise of modern sportscasting

September 19, 2014
Sullivan, Alan, 1951-
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2014]
xiii, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Building a life -- The best of times -- Glory days -- The fall -- A return to normalcy -- Kentucky broadcaster, international man of mystery -- Fiddlin' and travelin' -- When in Rome -- Cotton, Bradshaw, and a "dream deferred" -- Moving on up -- The view from on top -- Tragedy -- Aftermath of a tragedy.

Ray Bradbury unbound

September 18, 2014
Eller, Jonathan R., 1952-
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2014].
xiv, 324 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Bowie : the biography

September 18, 2014
Leigh, Wendy.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
311 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

The short and tragic life of Robert Peace : a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League

September 18, 2014
Hobbs, Jeff, 1980-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
viii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines "the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets--and of one's own nature--when he returns home"

Menachem Begin : the battle for Israel's soul

September 18, 2014
Gordis, Daniel, author.
New York : Nextbook/Schocken, [2014]
295 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Between the Kaiser and the Czar -- A pit of decay and dust -- This year we are slaves -- We fight therefore we are -- A brutal act -- Deadly road to Jerusalem -- A civil war with the enemy at our gates -- Say "no" to forgiveness -- Of whom were we afraid? -- The style of a good Jew -- Give those people a haven -- A time for war and a time for peace -- It belongs to my people -- Crazy like a fox -- Nobody's cowering Jew -- I cannot go on.
Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel's underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist movement. A powerful orator, Begin was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940, joined the Free Polish Army in 1942, and arrived in Palestine as a Polish soldier shortly thereafter. Joining the underground paramilitary Irgun in 1943, he achieved instant notoriety for the organization's violent acts. Intentionally left out of the new Israeli government, Begin's right-leaning Herut party became a fixture of the opposition, until the surprising parliamentary victory of his political coalition in 1977 made him prime minister. Welcoming Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Israel and cosigning a peace treaty with him on the White House lawn in 1979, Begin accomplished what his predecessors could not. His outreach to Ethiopian Jews and Vietnamese "boat people" was universally admired, and his decision to bomb Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981 is now regarded as an act of courageous foresight. But the disastrous invasion of Lebanon, combined with his declining health and the death of his wife, led Begin to resign in 1983. He spent the next nine years in virtual seclusion, until his death in 1992. Begin was buried not alongside Israel's prime ministers, but alongside the Irgun comrades who died in the struggle to create the Jewish national home to which he had devoted his life. Daniel Gordis's perceptive biography gives us new insight into a remarkable political figure whose influence continues to be felt throughout the world.--From publisher description.

Eat, drink & remarry : confessions of a serial wife

September 17, 2014
Howard, Margo, 1940-
New York : Harlequin Nonfiction, [2014].
x, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Margo Howard, daughter of advice maven Ann Landers and author of the highly syndicated columns 'Dear Prudence' and 'Dear Margo,' chronicles her winding journey to everlasting love--and the three divorces it took to get there--in this disarmingly candid memoir"-- Provided by publisher.

Fire shut up in my bones : a memoir

September 17, 2014
Blow, Charles M., 1970-
Boston, [MA] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
228 pages ; 24 cm
The house with no steps -- Thanksgiving -- Chester -- The punk next door -- Look-away Jesus -- Change -- Another boy's baby -- The brothers -- Hell week -- The champagne-colored girl -- Lie detector -- The just-in-case-gun.
A respected journalist describes the abuse he suffered at the hands of a close family relative, the effect this had on his formative years and how he overcame the anger and self-doubt it left behind.

The news sorority : Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour and the (ongoing, imperfect, complicated) triumph of women in TV news

September 17, 2014
Weller, Sheila.
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
481 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism, until finally three -- Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour - broke through, definitively remaking America's nightly news. Drawing on exclusive interviews with their colleagues and intimates from childhood on, bestselling author Sheila Weller crafts a lively and eye-opening narrative, revealing the combination of ambition, skill, and character that enabled these three singular women to infiltrate the once impenetrable "boys club" and become cultural icons.

Rav Kook : mystic in a time of revolution

September 17, 2014
Mirsky, Yehudah, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
x, 273 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 22 cm.
"Rav Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) was one of the most influential--and controversial--rabbis of the twentieth century. A visionary writer and outstanding rabbinic leader, Kook was a philosopher, mystic, poet, jurist, communal leader, and veritable saint. The first chief rabbi of Jewish Palestine and the founding theologian of religious Zionism, he struggled to understand and shape his revolutionary times. His life and writings resonate with the defining tensions of Jewish life and thought.A powerfully original thinker, Rav Kook combined strict traditionalism and an embrace of modernity, Orthodoxy and tolerance, piety and audacity, scholasticism and ecstasy, and passionate nationalism with profound universalism. Though little known in the English-speaking world, his life and teachings are essential to understanding current Israeli politics, contemporary Jewish spirituality, and modern Jewish thought. This biography, the first in English in more than half a century, offers a rich and insightful portrait of the man and his complex legacy. Yehudah Mirsky clears away widespread misunderstandings of Kook's ideas and provides fresh insights into his personality and worldview. Mirsky demonstrates how Kook's richly erudite, dazzlingly poetic writings convey a breathtaking vision in which "the old will become new, and the new will become holy.""-- Provided by publisher.

Love, lashes, and lipstick : my secrets for a gorgeous, happy life

September 17, 2014
Roncal, Mally, 1972- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xii, 209 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"From A-list celebrity makeup artist and Mally Beauty founder Mally Roncal comes [a] ... guide to living a gorgeous life inside and out, with step-by-step beauty lessons and personal stories about how inner strength, a positive outlook, and plenty of mascara can empower and uplift women at every age"-- Provided by publisher.

Abraham : one nomad's amazing journey of faith

September 16, 2014
Swindoll, Charles R.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014].
xiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Alone in Antarctica : the first woman to ski solo across the southern ice

September 16, 2014
Aston, Felicity.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2014].
253 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the whirling noise of our advancing technological age, we are seemingly never alone, never out-of-touch with the barrage of electronic data and information. Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took two months off from all human contact as she became the first woman -- and only the third person in history - to ski across the entire continent of Antarctica alone. She did it, too, with the simple apparatus of cross-country, without the aids used by her predecessors - two Norwegian men - each of whom employed either parasails or kites. Aston's journey across the ice at the bottom of the world asked of her the extremes in terms of mental and physical bravery, as she faced the risks of unseen cracks buried in the snow so large they might engulf her and hypothermia due to brutalizing weather. She had to deal, too, with her emotional vulnerability in face of the constant bombardment of hallucinations brought on by the vast sea of whiteness, the lack of stimulation to her senses as she faced what is tantamount to a form of solitary confinement. Like Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Felicity Aston's Alone in Antarctica becomes an inspirational saga of one woman's battle through fear and loneliness as she honestly confronts both the physical challenges of her adventure, as well as her own human vulnerabilities. "-- Provided by publisher.

Epilogue : a memoir

September 16, 2014
Boast, Will.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
281 pages ; 22 cm
Pain -- Comedians -- The queen on the frozen tundra -- Epilogue -- Exes -- Kismet -- Discretion -- Near misses -- England, why England? -- Stranger -- Relics -- Lectures -- Strangers -- Hostage -- A balancing act -- Overdue -- Empty threats -- One of the lads -- Sad stories -- Brighton -- Ambrosia -- Archaeology -- The family seat -- Buried -- Home -- Revision.
"Will Boast thought he'd lost his family, until a deeply held secret revealed a second chance he never thought he'd have. Having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Boast ... finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast is deep inside his grief when he stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: he'd had another family before Will's--a wife and two sons in England"--Provided by publisher.

Cosby : his life and times

September 15, 2014
Whitaker, Mark.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 532 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy. Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby's bestselling albums, breakout role on I Spy, and pioneering place in children's TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby. Whitaker explores the roots of Cosby's controversial stands on race, as well as "the Cosby effect" that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosby's work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, Cosby: His Life and Times is an essential read. "-- Provided by publisher.

Normally, this would be cause for concern : tales of calamity and unrelenting awkwardness

September 15, 2014
Fishel, Danielle.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
viii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Will act for shoes -- Walk much? -- As seen on TV -- Sometimes they wish I was adopted -- Wannabe jock -- Never too old -- Before the ring -- I heart you with all my fart -- I do want to scream at everyone -- The poop whisperer -- I want to be a rapper.
"A romp through Danielle's own imperfections and mild neuroses, [this is] a book for anyone who, like Danielle, has ever tripped and fallen down a flight of stairs in a room full of people, had a romantic moment with their significant other that was ruined by horrendous gas, or taken a Halloween photo without realizing there was a huge chunk of chocolate-covered strawberry in their teeth. Here is the real, imperfect Danielle, who knows that a good sense of humor and a positive attitude makes life so much more enjoyable"

Dr. Mütter's marvels : a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine

September 15, 2014
Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe, author.
371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country's most famous museum of medical oddities. Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools-or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century. Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time. Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia's Mütter Museum. Award-winning writer Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter's efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation-despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. (Foremost among them : Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed Mütter's "overly" modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter's Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the "P.T. Barnum of the surgery room."--Provided by publisher.

The blue box : three lives in letters

September 12, 2014
Bingham, Sallie.
Louisville, Kentucky : Sarabande Books, [2014].
231 pages : illustrations, portrets ; 21 cm
"This family history centered around three women from three generations spans the Civil War through the Jazz Age. Fans of Sallie Bingham's work will especially appreciate her parents Mary and Barry's romance that unfolds in letters and finally results in marriage. Bingham beautifully demonstrates an inheritance of emotion, morality, ideology, and most lasting of all, irreverence. Sallie Bingham has published four short story collections, four novels, a memoir, and several plays. Bingham was a director of the National Book Critics Circle, and founded the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Sallie Bingham Archive for Women's Papers and Culture at Duke University"-- Provided by publisher.

Tennessee Williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh

September 12, 2014
Lahr, John, 1941- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
xv, 765 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Blood-hot and personal -- The heart can't wait -- The erotics of absence -- Fugitive mind -- Thunder of disintegration -- Beanstalk country -- Kookhood -- Waving and drowning -- The long farewell -- The sudden subway.

My grandfather's gallery : a family memoir of art and war

September 12, 2014
Sinclair, Anne, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Translation of 21: rue La Boétie, originally in French.
"A singular man in the history of modern art, betrayed by Vichy, is the subject of this riveting family memoir On September 20, 1940, one of the most famous European art dealers disembarked in New York, one of hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing Vichy France. Leaving behind his beloved Paris gallery, Paul Rosenberg had managed to save his family, but his paintings--modern masterpieces by Ce;zanne, Monet, Sisley, and others--were not so fortunate. As he fled, dozens of works were seized by Nazi forces and the art dealer's own legacy was eradicated. More than half a century later, Anne Sinclair uncovered a box filled with letters. "Curious in spite of myself," she writes, "I plunged into these archives, in search of the story of my family. To find out who my mother's father really was. a man hailed as a pioneer in the world of modern art, who then became a pariah in his own country during the Second World War. I was overcome with a desire to fit together the pieces of this French story of art and war." Drawing on her grandfather's intimate correspondence with Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and others, Sinclair takes us on a personal journey through the life of a legendary member of the Parisian art scene in My Grandfather's Gallery. Rosenberg's story is emblematic of millions of Jews, rich and poor, whose lives were indelibly altered by World War II. Sinclair's journey to reclaim her family history paints a picture of modern art on both sides of the Atlantic between the 1920s and 1950s that reframes twentieth-century art history"-- Provided by publisher.

Internal medicine : a doctor's stories

September 12, 2014
Holt, Terry.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
xii, 273 pages ; 22 cm.
A sign of weakness -- Giving bad news -- Orphan -- The perfect code -- When I was wrong -- Heart failure -- The surgical mask -- Iron maiden -- The grand inquisitor.
"Out of the crucible of medical training, award-winning writer Terrence Holt shapes this ... account of residency, the years-long ordeal in which doctors are made. 'Amid all the mess and squalor of the hospital, with its blind random unraveling of lives,' [this book] finds the compassion from which doctors discover the strength to care"--Dust jacket flap.

French roots : two cooks, two countries, & the beautiful food along the way

September 11, 2014
Moullé, Jean-Pierre.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2014]
x, 261 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.

Rickey & Robinson : the true, untold story of the integration of baseball

September 11, 2014
Kahn, Roger.
New York, NY : Rodale, [2014]
xi, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In Rickey & Robinson, legendary sportswriter Roger Kahn at last reveals the true, unsanitized account of the integration of baseball, a story that for decades has relied on inaccurate secondhand reports. This story contains exclusive reporting and personal reminiscences that no other writer can produce, including revelatory material he'd buried in his notebooks in the '40s and '50s, back when sportswriters were still known to "protect" players and baseball executives. That starts first and foremost with an in-depth examination of the two men chiefly responsible for making integration happen: Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson. Considering Robinson's exalted place in American culture (as evidenced by the remarkable success of the recent biopic), the book's eye-opening revelations are sure to generate controversy as well as conversation. No other sportswriter working today carries Kahn's authority when writing about this period in baseball history, and the publication of this book, Kahn's last, is a true literary event. In Rickey & Robinson, Kahn separates fact from myth to present a truthful portrait of baseball and its participants at a critical juncture in American history"-- Provided by publisher.

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