New Arrivals · Biography

May 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Herb Pennock : baseball's faultless pitcher

May 27, 2016
Craig, Keith, author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xiv, 300 pages, 29 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Pennock's preliminary pitches -- Connie Mack's opportunity and mistake -- Blossoming in Beantown -- The first Yankee year: From "worst trade ever" to World Series hero -- From personal loss to peak of his profession -- World Series wins and a waning career -- Baseball bon voyage back at Boston -- Carpenter's call -- Fixing the foundering Phillies -- 1946: Season of surprise -- Robinson's revolution and Pennock's "protest" -- Prejudice, pain, and promise -- A short season, a long legacy.

Last royal rebel : the life and death of James, Duke of Monmouth

May 27, 2016
Keay, Anna, author.
462 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), genealogical tables, maps ; 25 cm
Abduction -- An infamous mother -- A new life -- Homecoming -- Vicious and idle -- Coming of age -- The soldier and the Sun King -- A rising sun -- Care but not command -- The ties begin to break -- Finding new friends -- Icarus -- Exclusion -- Opposition leader -- Town and country -- Desperate measures -- Love and loss -- The reluctant rebel -- The last battle -- The end -- Epilogue.

The long game : a memoir

May 27, 2016
McConnell, Mitch, author.
New York, New York : Sentinel, [2016]
viii, 278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A fighting spirit -- From baseball to politics -- Seeing greatness -- You can start too late, but never too soon -- Mitch who? -- Giving it all I've got -- Slow and steady -- Love -- Standing my ground -- The value of the team -- Resilience -- Practicing patience -- Frogs in a wheelbarrow -- A thick hide -- Bad news -- Professor Obama -- You can't make policy if you don't win the election -- Courage -- Making a point or a difference? -- Victory.
"A candid memoir by the Republican Senate Majority Leader traces his childhood battle with polio and the philosophies that have shaped his career, sharing his views on such topics as the strained relationship between Congress and the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton's moderate stance and the government shutdowns surrounding the Obamacare battles,"--NoveList.

The art of tough : fearlessly facing politics and life

May 27, 2016
Boxer, Barbara.
New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2016.
xii, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Barbara Boxer has made her mark, combining compassionate advocacy with scrappiness in a political career spanning more than three decades. Now, retiring from the Senate, she continues the work to which she's dedicated 30 years in Congress. Her memoir shares her provocative and touching recollections of service, and cements her commitment to the fight for women, families, quality, environmental protection, all in a peaceful world.

Double cup love : on the trail of family, food, and broken hearts in China

May 27, 2016
Huang, Eddie, 1982- author.
xvi, 218 pages ; 25 cm
"As he entered adulthood (of sorts), Huang began to wonder just how authentic his Chinese identity really was, a dilemma that grew more acute as he contemplated proposing marriage to his all-American (well, all-Italian-American) girlfriend. So he enlisted his brothers Emery and Evan and returned to the land his ancestors had abandoned. His immediate goal was to sample the best food in China, from four-star restaurants in Shanghai to sidewalk vendors in Chengdu, and open his own stand to see if his food stood up to Chinese tastes--but his deeper goal was to reconnect with his homeland, repair his frayed family relationships, decide whether to marry to his American girlfriend, and figure out just where to find meaning in his life."--Provided by publisher.

No way but gentlenesse : a memoir of how Kes, my kestrel, changed my life

May 26, 2016
Hines, Richard, 1945- author.
271 pages ; 22 cm
A memoir about a working-class kid whose passion for the elite pastime of falconry sets him on an unexpected path through adulthood.

It's okay to laugh : (crying is cool, too)

May 26, 2016
Purmort, Nora McInerny.
New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, 2016.
xi, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey “boyfriend” until she met Aaron—a charismatic art director and comic-book nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters. In this deeply felt and deeply funny memoir, Nora gives her readers a true gift—permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth and know that everything will be okay. It’s Okay to Laugh is a love letter to life, in all its messy glory;

Bobo Newsom : baseball's traveling man

May 26, 2016
McConnell, Jim, 1948- author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
xi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm

Miriam's song : the story of Miriam Peretz

May 26, 2016
Shir, Semadar, 1957-
Springfield, NJ : Gefen Publishing House, [2016]
xiv, 398 pages, 56 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm

The new Bach reader : a life of Johann Sebastian Bach in letters and documents

May 26, 2016
New York : W.W. Norton, ©1999.
liv, 551 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Rev. and enl. ed. of: The Bach reader. Rev. ed. 1966.
Johann Sebastian Bach : a portrait in outline -- Bach's life in his own writings and other documents -- Early biographical documents on Bach -- Bach as viewed by his contemporaries -- Bach in the second half of the Eighteenth Century -- Forkel's biography of Bach (1802/1820) -- Bach in the Romantic era -- Appendix : Money and living costs in Bach's time.
Through hundreds of letters, family papers, anecdotes, and records, the Bach Reader established a new approach to biography by offering original documents in impeccable translations. In The New Bach Reader, Christoph Wolff has incorporated numerous facsimiles and added many newly discovered items, reflecting the current state of scholarship about the composer's life and music. The readings in this volume provide an accurate and vivid picture of Bach's world and of his far-reaching influence.

The opposite of woe : my life in beer and politics

May 26, 2016
Hickenlooper, John W. (John Wright), 1952- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
360 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"The governor of Colorado tells his story, from early loss to college on the ten-year plan, to business and political success"-- Pr ovided by publisher.

The Vegas diaries : romance, rolling the dice, and the road to reinvention

May 26, 2016
Madison, Holly, author.
New York, NY : Dey Street, an imprint of WilliamMorrowPublishers, 2016.
x, 272 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
This memoir is a comedy of errors, set against the glitz and glamour of the dazzling Las Vegas strip. After making the sudden decision to reclaim her life, Holly Madison broke free from the sheltered, deceptive confines of the Playboy mansion and was determined to start her life over on no one's terms but her own. Holly quickly realized that the labels and stereotypes from her past weren't so quick to leave her. With a fierce commitment to take charge of her own narrative, Holly dives headfirst into a journey of self-discovery. Through the wild and crazy experiences on one young woman's quest to "have it all," Holly faces her fears, anxieties, and insecurities to discover that her journey to self-sufficiency is also her path to healing.--Adapted from dust jacket.

The battle for home : the vision of a young architect in Syria

May 23, 2016
Al-Sabouni, Marwa, author, illustrator.
New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2016.
183 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
The Battle For Freedom -- The Battle Of Old Homs -- The Battle Of Mortar -- the Battle Of Baba Amr -- The Battle For A Home -- The Battle For Continuity.
Drawing on the author's personal experience of living and working as an architect in Syria, this book offers an eyewitness perspective on the country's bitter conflict through the lens of architecture, showing how the built environment offers a mirror to the community that inhabits it. From Syria's tolerant past, with churches and mosques built alongside one another in Old Homs and members of different religions living harmoniously together, the book chronicles the recent breakdown of social cohesion in Syria's cities, with the lack of shared public spaces intensifying divisions within the community and corrupt officials interfering in town planning for their own gain, actions symptomatic of wider abuses of power. With first-hand accounts of mortar attacks and stories of refugees struggling to find a home, this compelling and original book explores the personal impact of the conflict and offers hope for how architecture can play a role in rebuilding a sense of identity within a damaged society.

Jane Doe January : my twenty-year search for truth and justice

May 23, 2016
Winslow, Emily (Emily Carroll), author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2016]
279 pages ; 24 cm

Second chances : finding healing for your pain, regaining your strength, celebrating your new life

May 23, 2016
Smith, Pat, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
190 pages ; 23 cm

Louis D. Brandeis : american prophet

May 23, 2016
Rosen, Jeffrey, 1964- author.
New Haven, [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2016]
242 pages ; 22 cm

This road I ride : sometimes it takes losing everything to find yourself

May 20, 2016
Buhring, Juliana, 1981- author.
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2016]
228 pages ; 22 cm
D-Day -- European crossing -- The wrong way -- A ferry tale -- Rainbows, hobbits, and headwinds -- Kamikaze magpies -- The tough get going -- Finally Asia! -- The consequence of solitude -- Indian nightmares -- Turkish delights -- A long way home -- The impossible dream.
"This Road I Ride is the remarkable story of one woman’s solo journey around the world by bicycle,"

Dinner with Edward : the story of a remarkable friendship

May 20, 2016
Vincent, Isabel, 1965- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2016.
213 pages ; 19 cm
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited"--Title page verso.
"When Isabel meets Edward, both are at a crossroads: he wants to follow his late wife to the grave, and she is ready to give up on love. Thinking she is merely helping out her friend, Edward's daughter--who lives far away and asked her to check in on her nonagenarian dad in New York--Isabel has no idea that the man in the kitchen baking the sublime roast chicken and light-as-air apricot soufflé will end up changing her life. As Edward and Isabel meet weekly for the glorious dinners that Edward prepares, he shares so much more than his recipes for apple galette or the perfect martini, or even his tips for deboning poultry. Edward is teaching Isabel the luxury of slowing down and taking the time to think through everything she does, to deconstruct her own life, cutting it back to the bone and examining the guts, no matter how messy that proves to be. Dinner with Edward is a book about sorrow and joy, love and nourishment, and about how dinner with a friend can, in the words of M.F.K. Fisher, 'sustain us against the hungers of the world'"-- Provided by publisher.

Once a cop : the street, the law, two worlds, one man

May 20, 2016
Pegues, Corey, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
viii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Part One · Hustler -- 1. Suburban Sugar Hill -- 2. Loosies -- 3. The Golden Age -- 4. Life -- 5. The Perfect Drug -- 6. In Full Effect -- 7. The Block Gets Hot -- 8. Welcome to the Supreme Team -- 9. Safety Transfer -- 10. Prince -- 11. Cracked Out -- 12. Dog Years -- 13. I Decided I Would Kill Him Myself -- 14. Please, Please, God, Please -- 15. I Have to Do Right. I Have to Do Good. -- Part Two · Cop -- 16. Old Habits -- 17. TNT -- 18. #900570 -- 19. The Most RAcist Thing I've Ever Seen in My Life -- 20. Not Exactly Starsky & Hutch -- 21. The Biggest Gang in New York -- 22. That Cool Cop -- 23. Doing Something -- 24. Climbing the Ladder -- 25. The Worst Thing I Ever Did as a Cop -- 26. Yo, I'm the New Sergeant -- 27. Theft of Service -- Part Three · Executive -- 28. Across 110th Street -- 29. Thug Life -- 30. Black Friday -- 31. Everybody Is Looking for You to Fail -- 32. Broken Windows -- 33. Daybreak -- 34. Leadership -- 35. The Blue Wall of Silence -- Insult to Injury.
"New Jack City meets Serpico in this provocative memoir of a crack dealer-turned-decorated NYPD officer--a timely reflection on the complex relationship between the police and the communities they are meant to protect. Corey Pegues has lived on both sides of the law. At the height of the 1980s crack epidemic, he was a teenager hugging the street corner, selling dope for the notorious Supreme Team gang and watching drugs decimate his stable, working-class neighborhood almost overnight. After a botched murder attempt on a rival gang member, Corey, the only member of his family to graduate from high school, knew he had to get out. Barely eighteen, with two kids by two different women, Corey left under cover of night to enlist in the US Army. After several years in the military, the police academy was a breeze. In this riveting memoir, Corey takes us into his rise from the rough streets of Queens through the ranks of the NYPD, living and working in the nation's most violent neighborhoods. What is daily life truly like for urban youth in America? What is the one problem endemic in law enforcement that's even more dangerous than rampant racism? There aren't many people who understand both sides of the story the way Corey does. As war rages throughout our nation between police and communities of color, Pegues tears down the blue wall to discuss the discriminatory practices he faced within the NYPD and talks candidly about the distrust between law enforcement and the people. Corey doesn't hate the police. He loves the badge. And, he believes, it's his duty to challenge the culture of racism, silence, and arrogance in the NYPD today"-- Provided by publisher.

Bare Bones : I'm not lonely if you're reading this book

May 20, 2016
Bones, Bobby, 1980- author.
New York : Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
xvii, 198 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
The Boy Behind the Ninja Turtle Mask -- Nerd Alert -- Smooth Operator -- Country Mouse in the Big City -- Stupid Panty Hose Tricks -- Bones Bared -- Fight. Grind. Repeat. And Sometimes Lose -- Bonse Goes Country -- Gnawing at the Bones -- A Total Nightmare -- Every Day Is a Good Day.
Growing up poor in Mountain Pine, Arkansas, with a young, addicted mom, Bobby Estell fell in love with country music. Abandoned by his father at the age of five, Bobby saw the radio as his way out--a dream that came true in college when he went on air at the Henderson State University campus station broadcasting as Bobby Bones, while simultaneously starting The Bobby Bones Show at 105.9 KLAZ. Bobby's passions were pop, country music, and comedy, and he blended the three to become a tastemaker in the country music industry, heard by millions daily. Bobby broke the format of standard country radio, mixing country and pop with entertainment news and information, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business, including Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean. Yet despite the glamour, fame, and money, Bobby has never forgotten his roots, the mom and grandmother who raised him, the work ethic he embraced which saved him and encouraged him to explore the world, and the good values that shaped him. In this funny, poignant memoir told in Bobby's distinctive patter, he takes fans on a tour of his road to radio. Bobby doesn't shy away from the curves he continues to navigate, including his obsessive-compulsive disorder, on his journey to find the happiness of a healthy family.

Secondhand time : the last of the Soviets

May 20, 2016
Aleksievich, Svetlana, 1948- author.
xiv, 470 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Russian as Vremi︠a︡ sekond khėnd [Romanized] by Vremya Publishing House, Moscow, in 2013"--Title-page verso.
"An oral history"--Cover.
Chronology : Russia after Stalin -- Remarks from an accomplice -- The consolation of apocalypse : snatches of street noise and kitchen conversations (1991-2001) -- Ten stories in a Red interior. On the beauty of dictatorship and the mystery of butterflies in cement ; On brothers and sisters, victims and executioners ... and the electorate ; On cries and whispers ... and exhilaration ; On the lonely Red marshal and three days of forgotten revolution ; On the mercy of memories and the lust for meaning ; On a different Bible and a different kind of believer ; On the cruelty of the flames and salvation from above ; On the sweetness of suffering and the trick of the Russian soul ; On a time when anyone who kills believes that they are serving God ; On the little Red flag and the smile of the axe -- The charms of emptiness : snatches of street noise and kitchen conversations (2002-2012) -- Ten stories in the absence of an interior. On Romeo and Juliet ... except their names were Margarita and Abulfaz ; On people who instantly transformed after the fall of Communism ; On a loneliness that resembles happiness ; On wanting to kill them all and the horror of realizing that you really wanted to do it ; On the old crone with a braid and the beautiful young woman ; On a stranger's grief that God has deposited on your doorstep ; On life the bitch and one hundred grams of fine powder in a little white vase ; On how nothing disgusts the dead and the silence of dust ; On the darkness of the evil one and "the other life we can build out of this one" ; On courage and what comes after -- Notes from an everywoman.
"From the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, comes the first English translation of her latest work, an oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive documentary style, Secondhand Time is a monument to the collapse of the USSR, charting the decline of Soviet culture and speculating on what will rise from the ashes of communism. As in all her books, Alexievich gives voice to women and men whose stories are lost in the official narratives of nation-states, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals"-- Provided by publisher.

Bite me : how lyme disease stole my childhood, made me crazy, and almost killed me

May 20, 2016
Hilfiger, Ally, 1985- author.
New York : Center Street, 2016.
xvii, 298 pages ; 24 cm

Beyond the ballpark : the honorable, immoral, and eccentric lives of baseball legends

May 19, 2016
Wood, John A., 1938-
Lanham : ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD, [2016]
xviii, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- 1. The good guys -- 2. The mixed bags -- 3. The eccentrics -- 4. The sad cases.

Martha's Vineyard : Isle of dreams

May 19, 2016
Branch, Susan, author, artist.
368 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"In the winter of 1982, long before she became the watercolor artist and author we know today, Susan Branch, 34-years-old and heartbroken from the sudden and unexpected end of her marriage in California, "ran away from home" to the Island of Martha's Vineyard hoping to gain perspective. It was meant to be temporary, a three-month time-out from the daily grind of being broken up and miserable, but within days of her arrival, alone and not quite in her right mind, Susan "accidentally" bought a tiny one-bedroom cottage in the woods - which is how she discovered she was moving 3,000 miles away from everyone and everything she had known and loved. Funny, observant, touching, and addictive (you are not going to want this book to end), based on the diaries she has kept all her life, Susan Branch relates her inspirational tale of lost love and self discovery, her search for roots, purpose, and destiny with laugh-out-loud honesty. A road map for overcoming loss, following your heart, and making dreams come true, charmingly hand-lettered and watercolored in Susan's inimitable style, there are diary excerpts, recipes, and hundreds of photographs."--provided by

Street of Eternal Happiness : big city dreams along a Shanghai road

May 17, 2016
Schmitz, Rob, author.
vii, 326 pages : map ; 24 cm
Street of Eternal Happiness, No. 810 : CK and the system -- Maggie Lane : better city, better life -- Street of Eternal Happiness, No. 109 : hot and noisy -- Street of Eternal Happiness, No. 169 : re-education -- Street of Eternal Happiness, Lane 682, no. 70 : box of letters -- Street of Eternal Happiness, No. 169 : Auntie Fu's get-rich-quick plan -- Street of Eternal Happiness, No. 109 : bride price -- Street of Eternal Happiness, No. 810 : cultured youth -- Maggie Lane : dreams, seized -- Street of Eternal Happiness, Lane 682, No. 70 : escape -- Street of Eternal Happiness, No. 169 : zero risk -- Street of Eternal Happiness, No. 109 : country wedding -- Street of Eternal Happiness, No. 810 : CK's pilgrimage -- Home -- Chinese dreams.
"An unforgettable portrait of individuals who hope, struggle, and grow along a single street cutting through the heart of China's most exhilarating metropolis, from one of the most acclaimed broadcast journalists reporting on China today. Modern Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas, and opportunity. Marketplace's Rob Schmitz is one of them. He immerses himself in his neighborhood, forging deep relationships with ordinary people who see in the city's sleek skyline a brighter future, and a chance to rewrite their destinies. There's Zhao, whose path from factory floor to shopkeeper is sidetracked by her desperate measures to ensure a better future for her sons. Down the street lives Auntie Fu, a fervent capitalist forever trying to improve herself with religion and get-rich-quick schemes while keeping her skeptical husband at bay. Up a flight of stairs, musician and cafe owner CK sets up shop to attract young dreamers like himself, but learns he's searching for something more. As Schmitz becomes more involved in their lives, he makes surprising discoveries which untangle the complexities of modern China: A mysterious box of letters that serve as a portal to a family's--and country's--dark past, and an abandoned neighborhood where fates have been violently altered by unchecked power and greed. A tale of 21st century China, Street of Eternal Happiness profiles China's distinct generations through multifaceted characters who illuminate an enlightening, humorous, and at times heartrending journey along the winding road to the Chinese Dream. Each story adds another layer of humanity and texture to modern China, a tapestry also woven with Schmitz's insight as a foreign correspondent. The result is an intimate and surprising portrait that dispenses with the tired stereotypes of a country we think we know, immersing us instead in the vivid stories of the people who make up one of the world's most captivating cities"-- Provided by publisher.

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