New Arrivals · Biography

September 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The life and legends of Calamity Jane

September 29, 2014
Etulain, Richard W.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2014]
xviii, 381 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Foundations, stable and broken -- Finding her way -- Negotiating Deadwood -- Overnight fame: a dime novel heroine -- On the road again -- The decline of a life -- Imagining Calamity: launching a legendary heroine, 1903-1930 -- The search for a coherent Calamity, 1930-1960 -- A new gray Calamity, 1960-1990 -- A complex Calamity, 1990-present.

Dancing with myself

September 29, 2014
Idol, Billy.
New York : Touchstone, 2014.
ix, 326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
In this memoir, Billy Idol shares his life story—from his childhood in England to his rise to fame during the height of the punk-pop revolution—revealing intimate details about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll that he is so fabulously famous for—all told in his own voice. An member of the punk rock revolution whose music crossed over into ’80s pop mainstream—and one of MTV’s first stars—Billy Idol remains an iconic music legend. Now, in his long-awaited Dancing With Myself, he delivers a lively, candid account of his journey to fame—including intimate and unapologetic details about his life’s highs and lows—all rendered with the in-your-face attitude and exuberance his fans have embraced. Idol brings to life the key events that shaped his life, his music, and his career, including his early childhood in England, his year at Sussex University, and his time spent hanging out with the Sex Pistols and as a member of punk bands Chelsea and Generation X. He shares outtakes from his wildly and unexpectedly successful solo career and stories behind his string of popular hits, including “White Wedding,” “Eyes Without a Face,” and “Rebel Yell,” which involved close collaboration with Steve Stevens.

Outpost : life on the frontiers of American diplomacy : a memoir

September 29, 2014
Hill, Christopher R. (Christopher Robert), 1952-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 431 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
An "inside the room" memoir from one of our most distinguished ambassadors who--in a career of service to the country--was sent to some of the most dangerous outposts of American diplomacy -- from the wars in the Balkans to the brutality of North Korea to the endless war in Iraq.

Rocks : my life in and out of Aerosmith

September 29, 2014
Perry, Joe, 1950- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xiv, 416 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (somecolor) ; 25 cm
Includes index and selected discography.
The lead guitarist of Aerosmith shares behind-the-scenes perspectives into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band, discussing such topics as his teen decision to drop out of school, enduring relationship with Steve Tyler and experiences with fame and recovery.

The call of the farm : an unexpected year of getting dirty, home cooking, and finding myself

September 29, 2014
Bilow, Rochelle.
New York : The Experiment, [2014]
xiv, 270 pages ; 21 cm
Spring -- Recipes for spring -- Summer -- Recipes for summer -- Fall -- Recipes for fall -- Winter -- Recipes for winter -- Spring -- Recipes for spring.

The innovators : how a group of inventors, hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution

September 29, 2014
Isaacson, Walter.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 542 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen"-- Provided by publisher.

Facing the music : my story

September 29, 2014
Knapp, Jennifer, 1974- author.
New York : Howard Books, 2014.
292 pages ; 22 cm

Cinderland : a memoir

September 29, 2014
Burns, Amy Jo, 1981-
Boston : Beacon Press, 2014.
208 pages ; 23 cm
Part I. Spotlight. -- Prisoner's dilemma ; Hide and seek ; Emerge ; Figurante ; Denouement ; Breaking and entering ; Torch -- Part II. Simon says. Sober ; Vanity Fair ; Audition ; Understudy ; Mirror, mirror -- Part III. All the prettiest girls. Impostor ; Paper doll ; Origin story ; Cinderland.
"Amy Jo Burns grew up in Mercury, PA--a small, conservative Rust Belt town fallen sleepy a decade after the steel industry's collapse. But the year Amy turned ten, everyone in Mercury woke up. That was the year Howard Lotte, Mercury's beloved piano teacher, was accused of committing indiscretions during his lessons. Among the girls questioned, only seven dared to tell the truth that would ostracize them from the community. Amy Jo Burns was one of the girls who lied. Her memoir, CINDERLAND, navigates the impact that lie had on her adolescent years to follow--tracing all the boys she ran from and toward, the girls she betrayed, and the endless performances she put on to please a town that never trusted girls in the first place. CINDERLAND is literary memoir of the highest caliber. A slim, searing feat of narrative beauty, it is full of psychologically nuanced grappling, imagery of fire and steel, and eerily universal shadows of adolescence"-- Provided by publisher.

The invisible front : love and loss in an era of endless war

September 29, 2014
Dreazen, Yochi.
New York : Crown, 2014.
xiv, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"The unforgettable and sensitively reported story of a military family that lost two sons--one to suicide and one in combat--and channeled their grief into fighting the armed forces' suicide epidemic. Major General Mark Graham is a decorated two-star officer whose integrity and patriotism inspires his sons, Jeff and Kevin, to pursue military careers of their own. When Kevin and Jeff die within nine months of one another--Kevin commits suicide and Jeff is killed by an IED in Iraq--Mark and his wife Carol are astonished by the drastically different responses their sons' deaths receive from the Army. While Jeff is lauded as a hero, Kevin's death is met with silence, evidence of the terrible stigma that surrounds suicide in the military. Convinced that their sons died fighting different battles, Mark and Carol commit themselves to changing the institution that is the cornerstone of their lives. The Invisible Front is the story of a family's quest to make PTSD and mental illness in the Army more visible, but it is also a window into the military's institutional shortcomings and its resistance to change. As Mark ascends the military hierarchy and eventually takes command of Fort Carson, Colorado--a sprawling base with one of the highest suicide rates in the armed forces--the Grahams come into direct conflict with an entrenched military bureaucracy that considers mental health problems to be a display of weakness and that has refused to acknowledge the severity of its suicide problem. Yochi Dreazen, an award-winning journalist who has covered the military since 1999, has been granted remarkable access to the Graham family and tells their story in the full context of two of America's longest wars. Dreazen places Mark and Carol's personal journey, which begins with Mark's entry into the military and continues through his retirement thirty-four years later, against the backdrop of the military's suicide spike, investigating broader issues in military culture. With great sympathy and profound insight, The Invisible Front examines America's problematic treatment of its soldiers and offers the Graham family's work as a new way of understanding the human cost of war and its lingering effects off the battlefield"-- Provided by publisher.

Elsa Schiaparelli : a biography

September 29, 2014
Secrest, Meryle, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xx, 377 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"The first biography of the grand couturier, surrealist, and embattled figure (her medium was apparel), whose extraordinary work has stood the test of time"-- Provided by publisher.

David : the divided heart

September 29, 2014
Wolpe, David, author.
New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2014]
xvii, 153 pages ; 22 cm.
Young David -- Lover and husband -- Fugitive -- The king -- The sinner -- Father -- Caretaker -- Death of a king -- The once and future king.

The goaltenders' union : hockey's greatest puckstoppers, acrobats, and flakes

September 29, 2014
Oliver, Greg, author.
Toronto, Ontario : ECW Press, [2014]
312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
In hockey, goalies have always been a contradiction--solitary men in a team game, the last line of defence and the stalwarts expected to save the day after any and every miscue and collapse from his teammates. It's no wonder that anyone who played the position has had his sanity questioned; yet some of the biggest innovations in the game have come from its puckstoppers. In The Goaltenders' Union, Greg Oliver and Richard Kamchen talk to more than 60 keepers of yesterday and today, finding common threads to their stories, and in dozens of interviews about them with other coaches and players. From Gilles "Gratoony the Loony" Gratton, who refused to play because the moon was out of alignment with Jupiter, to Jonathan Quick, the athletically gifted master keeper of today's game, the book is an entertaining and enlightening peek behind the mask.

The last great walk : the true story of a 1909 walk from New York to San Francisco, and why it matters today

September 29, 2014
Curtis, Wayne.
[Emmaus, Pennsylvania] : Rodale, [2014]
xix, 236 pages ; 22 cm
"Distributed to the trade by Macmillan"--Copyright page.
Part 1. Body. Leaving New York -- Upright bearing -- I sit, therefore I am -- Part 2. Mind. Braincases -- Knowing where you are -- Part 3. Land. The geography of walking -- Walk, don't walk -- Learning to walk again.

The fall : a father's memoir in 424 steps

September 26, 2014
Mainardi, Diogo, 1962-
New York : Other Press, [2014]
169 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"Originally published in Portuguese as: A Queda: As memórias de um pai em 424 passos in 2012 by Editora Record, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."

A deadly wandering : a tale of tragedy and redemption in the age of attention

September 25, 2014
Richtel, Matt, author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014].
viii, 403 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology's vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic "texting-while-driving" car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006. In this ambitious, compelling, and beautifully written book, Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption. In the wake of his experience, Reggie has become a leading advocate against "distracted driving." Richtel interweaves Reggie's story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society. A propulsive read filled with fascinating, accessible detail, riveting narrative tension, and emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time--what is all of our technology doing to us?--and provides unsettling and important answers and information we all need" -- from publisher's web site.

Rebel yell : the violence, passion, and redemption of Stonewall Jackson

September 25, 2014
Gwynne, S. C. (Samuel C.), 1953-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
xi, 672 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
An account of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's rise to prominence during the Civil War.

The Medal of Honor : a history of service above and beyond

September 25, 2014
Minneapolis, MN : Zenith Press, [2014]
304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm

Coming ashore : a memoir

September 25, 2014
Gildiner, Catherine, 1948- author.
Toronto, Ontario : ECW Press, 2014.
xiv, 391 pages : illustrations ;23 cm

Law of the jungle : the $19 billion legal battle over oil in the rain forest and the lawyer who'd stop at nothing to win

September 25, 2014
Barrett, Paul (Paul M.), author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
viii, 290 pages : map ; 25 cm
Surveillance -- Pressure -- Arrival -- Production -- Litigation -- Remediation -- Jurisdiction -- Justicia! -- Inspection -- Lobbying -- Publicity -- Relationships -- Fiasco -- Authorship -- Entrapment -- Cleansing -- Outtakes -- Racketeering -- Decision -- Pollution -- Retribution -- Corruption -- Trial -- Conclusions.
"[The story of] Steven Donziger, a self-styled social activist and Harvard educated lawyer, [who] signed on to a budding class action lawsuit against multinational Texaco (which later merged with Chevron to become the third-largest corporation in America). The suit sought reparations for the Ecuadorian peasants and tribes people whose lives were affected by decades of oil production near their villages and fields. During twenty years of legal hostilities in federal courts in Manhattan and remote provincial tribunals in the Ecuadorian jungle, Donziger and Chevron's lawyers followed fierce no-holds-barred rules"--Amazon.com.

A cup of water under my bed : a memoir

September 25, 2014
Hernández, Daisy, author.
Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2014]
xii, 185 pages ; 23 cm
Condemned -- One. Before Love, Memory -- Stories She Tells Us -- The Candy Dish -- A Cup of Water Under My Bed -- Two. Even If I Kiss a Woman -- Queer Narratives -- Que India -- Three. Only Ricos Have Credit -- My Father's Hands -- Blackout -- Despues.
"It's 1980. Ronald Reagan has been elected president, John Lennon has been shot, and a little girl in New Jersey has been hauled off to English classes. Her teachers and parents and tias are expecting her to become white--like the Italians. This is the opening to A cup of water under my bed, the memoir of one Colombian-Cuban daughter's rebellions and negotiations with the women who raised her and the world that wanted to fit her into a cubbyhole. From language acquisition to coming out as bisexual to arriving as a reporting intern at the New York Times as the paper is rocked by its biggest plagiarism scandal, Daisy Hernandez chronicles what the women in her community taught her about race, sex, money, and love. This is a memoir about the private nexus of sexuality, immigration, race and class issues, but it is ultimately a daughter's cuento of how to take the lessons from home and shape them into a new, queer life"-- Provided by publisher.

Such good girls : the journey of the Holocaust's hidden child survivors

September 25, 2014
Rosen, Richard Dean, 1949-
©2014
xxiii, 257 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. The children -- Sophie -- Flora -- Carla -- Part II. The gathering -- Still hiding -- Sophie's choices -- My name may have been Miriam -- The hierarchy of suffering -- Part III. The ghetto inside -- The minefield of memory -- Am I a Christian or a Jew? -- The next circle of hell -- Keepers of the flame -- My name is refugee.
"The real-life puzzle of what happened to the generation of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust in hiding, Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist R. D. Rosen tells this silent, forgotten generation's story through the lives of three girls hidden in three different countries--among the less than 10 percent of Jewish children in Europe to survive World War II--who went on to lead remarkable lives in New York City"-- Provided by publisher.

Becoming Belafonte : black artist, public radical

September 24, 2014
Smith, Judith E., 1948- author.
©2014
xiii, 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From Harlem, Jamaica, and the segregated navy to New York City's interracial left-wing culture, 1927/1948 -- Black left, white stage, Cold War : moving into the spotlight, 1949/1954 -- Multimedia stardom and the struggle for racial equality, 1955/1960 -- Storming the gates : producing film and television, 1957/1970.

Daphne Du Maurier and her sisters

September 24, 2014
Dunn, Jane, author.
London : William Collins, 2014.
xix, 423 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Originally published: London: HarperPress, 2013.

A curious career

September 24, 2014
Barber, Lynn, 1944-
London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
211 pages ; 23 cm.
Lynn Barber, by her own admission, has always suffered from a compelling sense of nosiness. An exceptionally inquisitive child she constantly questioned everyone she knew about imitate details of their lives. This talent for nosiness, coupled with her unusual lack of the very English fear of social embarrassment, turned out to be the perfect qualification for a celebrity interviewer. In A Curious Career, Lynn Barber takes us from her early years as a journalist at Penthouse - where she started out interviewing foot fetishists, voyeurs, dominatrices and men who liked wearing nappies - to her later more eminent role interrogating a huge cross-section of celebrities ranging from politicians to film stars, comedians, writers, artists and musicians. A Curious Career is full of glorious anecdotes - the interview with Salvador Dali that, at Dali's invitation, ended up lasting four days, or the drinking session with Shane MacGowan during which they planned to rob a bank. It also contains eye-opening transcripts, such as her infamous interview with the hilarious and spectacularly rude Marianne Faithfull. A wonderfully frank and funny memoir by Britain's greatest and most ferocious interviewer, A Curious Career is also a fascinating window into the lives of celebrities and the changing world of journalism.

The truth seeker : Augustine

September 24, 2014
Murdarasi, K. C.
Scotland : Christian Focus Publications, c2014.
127 p. ; 18 cm.

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