New Arrivals · Biography

October 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hungry heart : adventures in life, love, and writing

October 26, 2016
Weiner, Jennifer, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
x, 402 pages ; 24 cm
Hungry heart -- The outsiders -- ...And then there was Nora -- Road trip -- Fat Jennifer in the Promised Land -- Admissions -- Worth -- Not that kind of writer -- Travels with Molly -- Girl reporter -- Nanna's gefilte fish (Philadelphia Inquirer) -- Renaissance Fran -- My girls -- Two in a million (Good Housekeeping) -- With child -- Never breastfeed in a sweater dress, and other parenting tips I learned the hard way -- Nanna on the silver screen -- Appetites -- A few words about bodies -- The F word (Allure) -- "Some say a parent should teach a child to swim" -- Mean girls in the retirement home (New York Times) -- Judging women -- Twitter, reconsidered -- TLA: The Bachelor and me -- Miss -- One good thing -- Men and dogs: a love story -- Coda: Letter to Lucy and Phoebe (Time).
"You know Jennifer Weiner as many things: a bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and "an unlikely feminist enforcer" (The New Yorker). She's also a mom, a daughter, and a sister; a former rower and current runner; a best friend and a reality TV junkie. Here, in her first foray into nonfiction, she takes the raw stuff of her personal life and spins it into a collection of essays on womanhood as uproariously funny and moving as the best of Tina Fey, Fran Lebowitz, and Nora Ephron. Jennifer grew up as an outsider in her picturesque Connecticut hometown ("a Lane Bryant outtake in an Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot") and at her Ivy League college, but finally found her people in newsrooms in central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and her voice as a novelist, activist, and New York Times columnist. No subject is off-limits in this intimate and honest essay collection: sex, weight, envy, money, her mom's late-in-life lesbianism, and her estranged father's death. From lonely adolescence to modern childbirth to hearing her six-year-old daughter's use of the f-word--fat;--for the first time, Jennifer dives deep into the heart of female experience, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to readers all over the world. By turns hilarious and deeply touching, Hungry Heart is about yearning and longing, love and loss, and a woman who searched for her place in the world--and found it as a storyteller"--Provided by publisher.

The home place : memoirs of a colored man's love affair with nature

October 26, 2016
Lanham, J. Drew (Joseph Drew), author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2016.
216 pages ; 22 cm
Photographs used as end papers.
Me : an introduction -- FLOCK -- The home place -- Mamatha takes flight -- A good name -- A field guide to the four -- First-Sunday God -- FLEDGLING -- Little brown Icarus -- Whose eye is on the sparrow -- Cows -- Life's spring -- FLIGHT -- The bluebird of enlightenment -- Hoops -- Birding while black -- Jawbone -- New religion -- Thinking -- Digging -- Family reunion -- Patchwork legacy.

Open to debate : how William F. Buckley put liberal America on the Firing Line

October 26, 2016
Hendershot, Heather, author.
lxxii, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Preface: The Making of William F. Buckley Jr. -- Introduction: The Making of Firing Line : A "Bare Knuckled Intellectual Brawl" with "No Production Values!" -- Forging a New Image for the Right : Goldwater, Extremism, and Stylish Conservatism -- "Apodictic All the Way Through" : Firing Line Takes on Communism -- From "We Shall Overcome" to "Shoot, Don't Loot" : Firing Line Confronts Civil Rights and Black Power -- Chivalrous Pugilism : How Firing Line tried to K.O. Women's Lib -- Tripping Over Tricky Dick -- From the Mashed Potato Circuit to the Oval Office : Ronald Reagan, Firing Line, and the Triumph of the Right -- Conclusion: In Praise of Honest Intellectual Combat.
"A unique and compelling portrait of William F. Buckley as the champion of conservative ideas in an age of liberal dominance, taking on the smartest adversaries he could find while singlehandedly reinventing the role of public intellectual in the network television era."-- Provided by publisher.

Sachiko : a Nagasaki bomb survivor's story

October 25, 2016
Stelson, Caren Barzelay, author.
Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda Books, [2016]
144 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, genealogical table ; 26 cm
Tells the story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki through the eyes of Sachiko Yasui, who was six when the devastation was wrought, describing her experiences in the aftermath of the attack as well as her long journey to find peace.

In the company of women : inspiration and advice from over 100 makers, artists, and entrepreneurs

October 25, 2016
Bonney, Grace, author.
359 pages : color illustrations, color portraits ; 27 cm
Includes index.
"Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In the Company of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries"

Inside the Clinton White House : an oral history

October 25, 2016
Riley, Russell L. (Russell Lynn), 1958- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xiii, 441 pages ; 25 cm.
Preface -- Editorial Note -- Part I: Beginnings. The Man Who Would be President : Prelude to the White House ; The Decision ; The Announcement "Ideas Primary" ; Staffing the Campaign ; Vertigo : The New Hampshire Primary ; Competitors, Issues, and Style ; The Manhattan Project and the Veep ; The Democratic National Convention and the Bus Tour ; The General Election Campaign-Clinton vs. George H. W. Bush ; The View from the Other Side ; The Transition to Governing -- Part II: Domestic and Economic Policy. Out of the Gate : Deciding on What to Do First ; The 1993 Budget and the Stimulus Package ; NAFTA ; Health Care ; Welfare Reform ; A Domestic Reform President -- Part III: Foreign Policy. A New Foreign Policy for a New World Order ; Haiti ; Africa ; The Balkans ; Northern Ireland ; Bill Clinton and the World ; With Foreign Leaders -- Part IV: Politics and the Clinton White House. Inside the Washington Community ; Republican Revolution-and Recovery ; The Reelection and Productive Middle Years, 1996-97 ; Scandals-and Impeachment -- Part V: Clinton and His Team. Clinton's Intellect ; Clinton's Operating Style ; The Man in the Office ; Al Gore ; Hillary ; White House Staff -- Epilogue : Observations on the Clinton Legacy.
"In the decade after Bill Clinton left the White House, scores of his closest aides recorded interviews with the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program. The contents of these interviews are published for the first time in this volume. Based on 400 hours of candid conversations, Inside the Clinton White House adds color and nuance to our understanding of Bill Clinton and his administration"-- Provided by publisher.

Come and take it : the gun printer's guide to thinking free

October 25, 2016
Wilson, Cody, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
xviii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

A plague on all our houses : medical intrigue, Hollywood, and the discovery of AIDS

October 25, 2016
Hillman, Bruce J., author.
Lebanon NH : ForeEdge, [2017]
xx, 222 pages ; 24 cm.
One sick queen -- Riding the tiger -- Fast times -- The Waxman cometh -- The color of money -- No love lost -- The power of denial -- Rock -- Elizabeth -- The contentious route to an effective treatment -- Fear itself -- The politics of research advocacy -- The making of a radical -- Le deluge -- Epilogue: redeeming the years lost to the locusts.

Stalin's Englishman : Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge spy ring

October 25, 2016
Lownie, Andrew, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xiv, 433 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Full Circle : Saturday, 5 October 1963 -- Beginnings -- Schooldays -- Eton Again -- Cambridge Undergraduate -- Cambridge Postgraduate -- The Third Man -- London -- The BBC -- Russian Recruiter -- Jack and Peter -- British Agent -- Meeting Churchill -- Section D -- "Rather Confidential Work" -- Bentinck Street -- Back at the BBC -- MI5 Agent Handler -- Propagandist -- The News Department -- Relationships -- Back at the Centre of Power -- Russian Controls -- Settling Down -- The Information Research Department -- The Far East Department -- Disciplinary Action -- Washington -- Disgrace -- Sent Home -- Back in Britain -- The Final Week -- The Bird Has Flown -- The Story Breaks -- Repercussions -- Petrov -- The Missing Diplomats Reappear -- First Steps -- "I'm Very Glad I Came" -- An Englishman Abroad -- Visitors -- "I'm a communist, of course, but I'm a British communist, and I hate Russia!" -- Summing Up -- Appendix.
"Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of The Cambridge Spies--Maclean, Philby, Blunt--brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers. In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years. Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin's Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colorful, tragi-comic wonder"-- Provided by publisher.

A life in parts

October 25, 2016
Cranston, Bryan, 1956- author.
274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A memoir and meditation on creativity by the star of "Breaking Bad" chronicles his theatrical childhood and recommitment to acting in the aftermath of his father's disappearance, describing his early acting jobs and the performances that earned him Tony and Emmy Awards.

Taylor Swift : this is our song

October 25, 2016
Conroy, Tyler, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xiv, 287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Part One: The early years -- Twelve-year-old performs at 76ers game / Jeremy Carroll -- A review of Taylor Swift / Rick Bell -- 20 questions with Taylor Swift / -- My music, MySpace, my life / Jon Caramanica -- Prodigy : the rise of Taylor Swift / Sasha Frere-Jones -- A review of Fearless / Robert Christgau -- Taylor Swift : growing into superstardom / George Hatza -- The unabridged Taylor Swift / Austin Scaggs -- The very pink, very perfect life of Taylor Swift / Vanessa Grigoriadis -- The Tao of Tay / Taylor Swift -- Part Two: Crossover -- A review of Speak Now / Rob Sheffield -- Princess crossover / Chris Willman -- A review of Speak Now / Robert Christgau -- You belong with me / Lizzie Widdicombe -- A review of Red / Robert Christgau -- If you listen closely, Taylor Swift is kind of like Leonard Cohen / Brad Nelson -- Taylor Swift in wonderland / Brian Hiatt -- Just kidding, love sucks / Tavi Gevinson -- Platinum underdog / Jody Rosen -- Taylor Swift : girl detective / Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran -- Part Three : 1989 and beyond -- To apple, love Taylor / Taylor Swift -- A review of 1989 / Robert Christgau -- Taylor Swift: "Sexy? Not on my radar" / Hermione Hoby -- A review of 1989 / Robert Christgau -- Taylor Swift : a Socratic dialogue / Jared Smith -- A reasonable conversation about Taylor Swift's new album, which is the best album ever / Jane Hu and Jen Vafidis -- "Anything that connects": a conversation with Taylor Swift / Melissa Block -- On the road with best friends Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss / Jada Yuan -- No blank space, baby: Taylor Swift is the soul of Ryan Adams / Ann Powers -- Taylor Swift on "Bad Blood", Kanye West, and how people interpret her lyrics / Chuck Klosterman -- I'm sorry, Taylor Swift / Maggie Shipstead -- Taylor Swift as you've never seen her before / Jason Gay.
Ten years ago, an unknown sixteen-year-old released a self-titled debut country album. A decade later, Taylor Swift has reached record-breaking, chart-topping heights. A ten-time Grammy winner, Swift has been hailed for her songwriting talent, crossed effortlessly from country to pop, and established herself as a musician who can surprise, delight, and inspire, all while connecting with her fans in a way that only she can. Amazingly, after all these years, there is no great, comprehensive book about Swift for her fans--until now. This book, a fan-generated celebration of Swift's first decade as an artist, collects the best writing and images from the past ten years in one gorgeous volume. From prefame interviews in local Pennsylvania newspapers to major profiles; from album reviews by top critics to essays by beloved novelists; from album-themed crossword puzzles and adult coloring pages to profiles of Taylor's biggest fans; from an excerpt of the soon-to-be-published novel Taylor Swift: Girl Detective to a "book within a book" of Swift's most inspiring quotations titled (naturally) The Tao of Tay, this book is the vital collection of all things Taylor.--Adapted from dust jacket.

Birth of a dream weaver : a writer's awakening

October 24, 2016
Ngg wa Thiongʼo, 1938- author.
New York : The New Press, 2016.
238 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue -- The wound in the heart -- A wounded land -- Reds and blacks -- Benzes, sneakers, frisbees, and flags -- Penpoints and fig trees -- Writing for the money of it -- Black dolls and black masks -- Transition and that letter from Paris -- Boxers and black hermits -- Pages, stages, spaces -- Coal, rubber, silver, gold, and new flags -- Working for the nation -- Notes and notebooks -- A hell of a paradise.

Susanna Moodie : roughing it in the bush

October 24, 2016
Dawson, Willow.
Toronto, ON : Second Story Press, [2016]
x, 142 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm

Around the way girl : a memoir

October 20, 2016
Henson, Taraji P., author.
vii, 243 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Fearless -- Authentic -- Drama -- Hustler -- My one and only love story -- Single mother -- Going to Hollywood -- Raising a black boy -- Breathing life into art -- Building characters -- On Being a black woman in Hollywood -- My squad -- Grown woman.
Henson writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth. Here she also opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift. With humor and candor, Henson shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.

Mary Astor's Purple diary : the great American sex scandal of 1936

October 20, 2016
Sorel, Edward, 1929- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Company, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
167 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
In 1936 newspapers were ablaze with a scandalous child custody trial taking place in Hollywood and starring the actress Mary Astor; the story pushed Hitler and Franco off the front pages. George S. Kaufman, then the most successful playwright on Broadway and a married man to boot, had been Astor's lover. The scandal revolved around Mary&#x;s diary, which her ex-husband, Dr. Franklyn Thorpe, had found when they were still together. Mary, he claimed, had not only kept a tally of all her extramarital affairs but graded them-- and he already alerted the press in order to obtain a divorce and get custody of their daughter. Sorel provides all the juicy details of this particular slice of Hollywood Babylon, including Mary's life as a child star, and her teenage love affair with the much older John Barrymore.

North of crazy : a memoir

October 20, 2016
Neltje, 1934- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
274 pages ; 25 cm
Plantation Living -- Barberries at Oyster Bay -- Winter at Bonny Hall -- Sealed Door -- Living Apart -- Going Home -- It's Over -- The Tipping Scale -- My God, What Have I Done? -- From This Day Forward -- Travel Makes Perfect -- Oh My, Motherhood -- A Wallaroo in Revenge -- Stretched to Breaking -- Seam Split -- Moving On -- Ranch with a View -- Why Don't I Learn to Keep My Mouth Shut? -- Discovering What I Don't Know -- Falling in Love, Picking Up the Pieces -- Anger to Action -- Cancer Once More -- Liquidity Matters -- Anger, Art, and a Family of Friends.
Imagine a world of Gatsby-esque glamor, opulence, and cultural prestige, of exclusive parties and elegant dinners, of literary luminaries including Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Irving Stone, and Theodore Roethke, of Manhattan townhouses and country estates. This is a world where children are raised by nannies, tutors, chauffeurs, gardeners, butlers, maids, and assorted staff, sent off to private schools--and largely ignored by their parents. Publishing magnate Nelson Doubleday's daughter, Neltje, was raised to assume her place as a society matron. But beneath a seemingly idyllic childhood, darker currents ran: a colorful but alcoholic father whose absences left holes, a mother incapable of love, a family divided by money and power struggles, and a secret that drove the young woman into emotional isolation. North of Crazy is her story--written with the same fierce passion, wit, and emotion that drove her off the conventional path to reconstruct her life from base zero. She became an artist, cattle rancher, and entrepreneur.

From prairie peddler to merchant king : the early life of Benjamin Siegel

October 20, 2016
Maurer, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth)
Calera, Okla. : Bryan County Genealogy Library and Archives, [between 2010 and 2013]
80 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Cover title.

T Bone Burnett : a life in pursuit

October 19, 2016
Sachs, Lloyd, author.
viii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Opening chorus : on top of the world (or close) -- Sound citizen -- The outsider -- Player in the band -- Alpha male -- Spiritual gumshoe -- Master builder -- Co-conspirator -- Seeker -- Svengali -- Imagist -- Native son -- Mentor -- Hit man -- Reluctant artist -- Starmaker -- Company man -- Coen brother -- Soundtrack auteur -- Minimalist -- Lead actor -- Alchemist -- Jazz man -- Blues man -- Senior adviser -- Audio activist -- Dylanologist -- Televisionary -- Back to the futurist.

Branded a baby killer : the story of Tammy Marquardt

October 19, 2016
D'Costa, Jasmine Anita Yvette, author.
Toronto : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, 2015.
117 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

I was there ! Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Jim Nantz, and others relive the most exciting sporting events of their lives

October 18, 2016
Mirlis, Eric, author.
New York : Sports Publishing Inc., [2016]
xi, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Kenny Albert -- Marv Albert -- Harvey Araton -- Michelle Beadle -- Mike Breen -- Thom Brennaman -- Ric Bucher -- Joe Buck -- Kevin Burkhardt -- Jeffri Chadiha -- Freddie Coleman -- Bob Costas -- Colin Cowherd -- Frank Deford -- Gregg Doyel -- Ian Eagle -- Mark Feinsand -- Bruce Feldman -- Scott Ferrall -- Terry Gannon -- Mike Garafolo -- Jason Gay -- Doug Gottlieb -- Mike Greenberg -- Mike Hill -- E.J. Hradek -- Jerry Izenberg -- Dave Kindred -- Andrea Kremer -- Keith Law -- Steve Levy -- Bob Ley -- Stewart Mandel -- Hal McCoy -- Jiggs McDonald -- Liam McHugh -- Chris McKendry -- Bob Miller -- Jon Morosi -- Chris Myers -- Jim Nantz -- Ross Newhan -- Rob Parker -- Gary Parrish -- Jeff Pearlman -- Joe Posnanski -- Ray Ratto -- Karl Ravech -- Chris Rose -- Bob Ryan -- Sam Ryan -- Jeremy Schaap -- Jon Sciambi -- Charley Steiner -- Dick Stockton -- Rob Stone -- Rick Telander -- Charissa Thompson -- Mike Vaccaro -- Adnan Virk -- Lesley Visser -- Dan Wetzel -- Trey Wingo -- Tracy Wolfson -- Matt Yallof.

Selena Gomez

October 18, 2016
Morreale, Marie, author.
New York : Children's Press, An Imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2016]
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Meet Selena! -- The beginning -- Superstar -- Q & A -- Bits & pieces -- What's next.
The life and career of Selena Gomez.

The book of Isaias : a child of Hispanic immigrants seeks his own America

October 18, 2016
Connolly, Daniel, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
viii, 258 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Gold in a green town -- Chaos and hope -- Outclassed -- Rain -- A deck of cards -- Horse to water -- Motivation -- Intervention -- Bianca the guide -- A funeral in Mexico -- Victory -- A locked door -- Dustin's destiny.
"In a green town in the middle of America, a bright 18-year-old Hispanic student named Isaias Ramos sets out on the journey to college. Isaias, who passed a prestigious national calculus test as a junior and leads the quiz bowl team, is the hope of Kingsbury High in Memphis, a school where many students have difficulty reading. But Kingsbury's dysfunction, expensive college fees, and forms printed in a language that's foreign to his parents are all obstacles in the way of getting him to a university. Isaias also doubts the value of college and says he might go to work in his family's painting business after high school, despite his academic potential. Is Isaias making a rational choice? Or does he simply hope to avoid pain by deferring dreams that may not come to fruition? This is what journalist Daniel Connolly attempts to uncover in The Book of Isaias as he follows Isaias, peers into a tumultuous final year of high school, and, eventually, shows how adults intervene in the hopes of changing Isaias' life. Mexican immigration has brought the proportion of Hispanics in the nation's youth population to roughly one in four. Every day, children of immigrants make decisions about their lives that will shape our society and economy for generations. In the tradition of Friday Night Lights and A Hope in the Unseen, this engaging, poignant book captures an American microcosm and illustrates broader challenges for our collective future"-- Provided by publisher.

Life as Jamie knows it : an exceptional child grows up

October 18, 2016
Bérubé, Michael, 1961- author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2016]
224 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
The story of Jamie Berube's journey to adulthood and a meditation on disability in American life Published in 1996, Life as We Know It introduced Jamie Berube to the world as a sweet, bright, gregarious little boy who loves the Beatles, pizza, and making lists. At four, he is like many young people his age, but his Down syndrome leads most people to see him only in terms of his disability. Twenty years later, Jamie is no longer little, though he still loves the Beatles, pizza, and making lists. In Life as Jamie Knows It, Michael Berube chronicles his son's growth and his growing love of the world, writing as both a disability studies scholar and as a father. He follows Jamie through the transitions within his family and home life, through his school years, through the complicated process of entering the workforce with a disability. In a book that joins stirring memoir and sharp philosophical inquiry, Berube guides us through the labyrinth of ethical issues surrounding how we approach disability and uses Jamie's story to argue for a deeper understanding of disability that challenges us to move toward a more just, more inclusive society.

The fall of the house of Wilde : Oscar Wilde and his family

October 18, 2016
O'Sullivan, Emer, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
xii, 495 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Roots -- Lust for knowledge -- Patron-cum-scholar -- Rising high -- The bourgeois rebel -- Flirtations, father figures and femmes fatales -- Marriage -- Merrion Square -- The Wildean missionary zeal -- Wider horizons -- Open house -- 1864: the end of bliss -- Honour and ignominy -- Love, hatred and revenge: the 'great libel case' -- Times are changing -- More highs, more blows -- Transience and poetry -- The unravelling -- Dabbling with options and ideas -- Openings and closings -- Literary Bohemia -- Divergent paths -- Looking to America -- 'Mr Oscar Wilde is "not such a fool as he looks"' -- Marriage: a gold band sliced in half -- 'The crushes' -- Aesthetic living -- Momentous changes -- Colonial resistance -- The Picture of Dorian Grey: a 'tale with moral' -- 'It is personalities, not principles that move the age' -- High life, low life and little literary life -- Salomé: the breaking of taboos -- 'Truly you are a starling' -- Fatal affairs -- An un-ideal husband -- Letting rip -- 'It is said that passion makes one think in a circle' -- Facing fate -- Impotent silence -- The 'disgraced' name -- Author of a legend -- 'We all come out of prison as sensitive as children' -- 'I have fiddled too often on the string of doom' -- 'I am really in the gutter'.
"A first-ever biography of Oscar Wilde that places him within the context of his family and social and historical milieu finally tells the whole story of one of the most prominent characters of the late 19th century whose trial for indecency heralded decadence's demise - and his own,"--NoveList.

Forty autumns : a family's story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin Wall

October 18, 2016
Willner, Nina, 1961- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2016]
391 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Family and historical chronology -- Family tree -- PART ONE -- The Handover : End of War (1945) -- An Iron Curtain Descends : Cold War Begins (1945-1946) -- "If You Want to Get Out, Do It Soon" : Close Calls and Escapes (1946-1948) -- Flight : A Small Suitcase and The Final Escape (August 11, 1948) -- PART TWO -- Two Castles : Out of the Whirlwind (1948-1949) -- A Sister Born in the East : The Stasi Takes Control (1949-1952) -- "We Want To Be Free" : A Workers' Uprising (1953) -- The Visit : Sisters Meet (1954) -- Life Normalizes in a Police State : A Courtship (1955-1957) -- The Fur Coat : Last Meeting (1958-1959) -- PART THREE -- "A Wall Will Keep the Enemy Out" : A Wall to Keep the People In (1960-1961) -- The Family Wall : Oma's Faith and Opa's Defiance (1962-1965) -- Only Party Members Succeed : "We Have Each Other" (1966-1969) -- A Message With No Words : Oma's Love from Afar (1970-1974) -- Dissidents and Troublemakers : Opa Committed (1975-1977) -- A Light Shines : "Our Souls Are Free" (1977) -- A Surprise from America : Innocence (1978-1980) -- Paradise Bungalow : Refuge and Solace (1980-1982) -- PART FOUR -- Assignment: Berlin : Intelligence Operations (1982-1984) -- Face-to-Face with Honecker : Mission in Ludwigslust (1984-1985) -- Beyond the Checkpoint : Passage (1985) -- Imagine : The Road Ahead (1986) -- "Tear Down This Wall" : Winds of Change (1987-1988) -- "Gorby, Save Us!" : A Nation Crumbles (1989) -- The World is Stunned : "Schabowski Said We Can!" or The Wall Falls (November 9, 1989) -- Dawn : TK (Autumn 1989) -- Reunion and Rebirth : TK (1990- 2013) -- Epilogue -- Glossary -- Author's Note.
"In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family--of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall."-- Provided by publisher.

feed —Subscribe to the Biography feed .


For Teens

For Kids


Electronic Resources



Large Print