New Arrivals · Biography

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

James Dashner

August 29, 2014
Wolny, Philip.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Becoming an author -- Adventures in publishing -- A new "day job"?: full-time writer -- Inspiration and craft -- Looking forward.
Examines the life of the author of the Jimmy Fincher Saga, including his inspiration for the series, his rise to fame, and his future projects. --Publishers description.

Maggie Stiefvater

August 29, 2014
Staley, Erin.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Between the stacks -- Cookie dough and sweet tea -- Werewolves are the new vampires -- Telling lies for a living -- Hitting the road (in a '73 Camaro) -- Putting on the brakes -- Fact sheet on Maggie Stiefvater -- Fact sheet on Maggie Stiefvater's works -- Critical reviews -- Timeline.
"Examines the life and accomplishments of author Maggie Stiefvater, creator of the Shiver trilogy."--Publisher's description.

Rick Yancey

August 29, 2014
McCormick, Lisa Wade, 1961-
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Chasing his writing dream -- An unlikely hero -- Chasing monsters -- The next wave of writing -- Fact sheet on Rick Yancey -- Fact sheet on Rick Yancey's works -- Critical reviews -- Timeline.

Sarah Dessen

August 29, 2014
Hagler, Gina.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Birth to college -- Becoming a novelist -- A best seller -- More books follow -- Balancing home and work -- Fact sheet on Sarah Dessen -- Fact sheet on Sarah Dessen's works -- Critical reviews -- Timeline.
"Examines the life and accomplishments of the young adult author, detailing her early years, sources of inspiration, and interests outside of writing."--Publisher's description.

Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War

August 29, 2014
Abbott, Karen, 1973-
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
xiii, 513 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Splendid and silent suns (a note) -- 1. 1861. The fastest girl in Virginia (or anywhere else for that matter) -- Our woman -- A shaft in her quiver -- As if they were chased by demons -- Never as pretty as her portrait shows -- Little rebel heart on fire -- Admirable self-denial -- The birds of the air -- The secret room -- Stakeout -- Hard to name -- Crinoline and quinine -- Dark and gloomy perils -- Unmasked -- The defenseless sex -- 2. 1862 -- Not your ideal of a beautiful soldier -- She will fool you out of your eyes -- Rebel vixens of the slave states -- Wise as serpents and harmless as doves -- A woman usually tells all she knows -- A slave called "Ned" -- Perfectly insane on the subject of men -- The other side of the river -- My love to all the dear boys -- One grain of manhood -- The madam looks much changed -- The Secesh Cleopatra -- The bright rush of life, the hurry of death -- She breathes, she burns -- The still, small voice -- Richmond underground -- Playing dead -- 3. 1863 -- When you think he may be killed tomorrow -- Bread or blood -- A wean that's born to be hung -- A dreadful blow -- No one ignorant of the danger -- La Belle Rebelle -- Women make war upon each other -- Please give us some of your blood -- 4. 1864 -- That unhappy country -- Despicable remedies -- The sanctuary of a modest girl -- You are very poor company -- Be prudent and never come again -- Goodbye, Mrs. Greenhow -- This verdict of lunacy -- The delicacy of the situation -- Not at all changed by death -- The sweet little man -- Like most of her sex -- 5. 1865 -- The way a child loves its mother -- As this mighty work was done.
"The never-before-told story of four real-life women who risked everything to take on a life of espionage during the Civil War"--Provided by publisher.

I'll drink to that : a life in fashion, straight, no chaser

August 29, 2014
Halbreich, Betty, 1927-
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
xxix, 272 pages ; 25 cm

UnPHILtered : the way I see it

August 29, 2014
Robertson, Phil, 1946-
New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 213 pages ; 24 cm
The controversial patriarch of A&E's Duck Dynasty series outlines his decidedly opinionated philosophy on life, sharing his views on faith, family, work and a range of modern-day issues, including gun control, prayer in school and the government.

Forgetting to be afraid

August 29, 2014
Davis, Wendy, 1963-
New York, NY : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
301 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A deeply personal memoir by the 2014 Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate traces her upbringing by a single-mom high school dropout, her early divorce, her Harvard Law School education and the early political achievements that led to her successful 2008 election to the Texas Senate.

Why football matters : my education in the game

August 29, 2014
Edmundson, Mark, 1952-
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
229 pages ; 22 cm
Sons and fathers -- Earning a uniform: Character -- Going head on: Courage -- The Somerville game: Losing -- The blind-backer: Character times two -- Spirit in the sky: Patriotism -- A punch and a prayer: Faith -- That black kid: Manliness -- Tearing up the town: Loyalty.

Death punch'd : surviving Five Finger Death Punch's metal mayhem

August 29, 2014
Spencer, Jeremy, 1973- author.
New York : It Books, 2014.
vii, 291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Champagne supernovas : Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the '90s renegades who remade fashion

August 29, 2014
Callahan, Maureen.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
x, 263 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"A Touchstone Book."
The maybe drawer -- The pink sheep of the family -- Fifteen year olds don't go to nightclubs -- Just another common bitch -- I am the '90s -- A culture person in the fashion world -- Why can't I have fun all the time? -- A catalog of horrors -- Grunge RIP -- A nice girl from Croydon -- Fashion people haven't got any brains -- A handbag that costs as much as a month's rent -- Cool Brittania -- Those skinny fashion bitches in the front row -- The decade of the dilettante -- The queen of Primrose Hill -- Paris does nothing for me -- It's the girl, not the clothes -- When the little glow in your face goes -- Can everybody not give Lee any drugs? -- These people are not your friends -- A supermodel just like McDonalds -- Paris for couture, London for suits, America for psychiatric hospitals.

Hoosier public enemy : a life of John Dillinger

August 29, 2014
Beineke, John A.
Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Society Press, 2014.
x, 268 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Johnnie -- Learning the trade -- Caught : but not for long -- Chicago -- Laying low in the sun -- The great escape -- Back in business -- Catch me if you can -- Hiding in plain sight -- The last picture show -- Back home in Indiana.

Benson : the autobiography

August 28, 2014
Benson, George, 1943- author.
xvii, 222 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm
The steel city -- Little Georgie goes to New York -- Those doo-wop sounds -- Interlude #1. A quick tour of Pittsburgh -- Brother Jack -- Interlude #2. Catching the early Trane -- Discovered -- Playing with Verve ... and Miles ... and A&M -- Interlude #3. Miles ahead and Miles beyond -- The sound of the seventies -- Interlude #4. Chops vs. vibes -- From Breezin' to Broadway and beyond -- Final interlude -- I keep going.

Eisenhower : a life

August 28, 2014
Johnson, Paul, 1928-
New York : Viking, 2014.
136 pages ; 24 cm
Evolution of the perfect staff officer -- Learning to command millions -- The destruction of Nazi Germany -- Running a top university -- A fair campaign for the White House -- The presidential art of balance -- The best decade in American history.
Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson's lively, succinct biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower explores how his legacy endures today with a focus on Eisenhower's years as a five-star general and his time as the thirty-fourth President of the United States.

Daring : my passages : a memoir

August 28, 2014
Sheehy, Gail.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
484 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages returns with her ... memoir, a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking 'girl' journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times"-- Provided by publisher.

A world elsewhere : an American woman in wartime Germany

August 28, 2014
MacRae, Sigrid von Hoyningen-Huene.
New York : Viking, 2014.
vi, 310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Mademoiselle Sophie's hat -- I want my mother! give me back my mother! -- Widening circles -- Forfeits -- The bread of exile -- I never knew, ooh, ooh...what love could do, ooh, ooh... -- Life is a beautiful dream -- Abie's Irish rose -- In a thousand ways an exile -- No ground under anyone's feet -- Such fearful need -- Conditions are terrifying -- War anxiety -- More's the pity -- Intermezzo -- Barbarossa -- The home front -- Keep your mouth shut -- Give me ten years -- Flight -- Everything passes -- She and her kind -- A labyrinth without an exit -- America -- The mail must go through.
"The extraordinary love story of an American blueblood and a German aristocrat--and a riveting tale of survival in wartime Germany. Sigrid MacRae never knew her father, until a trove of letters revealed not only him, but also the singular story of her parents' intercontinental love affair. While visiting Paris in 1927, her American mother, Aimee, raised in a wealthy Connecticut family, falls in love with a charming, sophisticated Baltic German baron, a penniless exile of the Russian Revolution. They marry. But the harsh reality of post-World War I Germany is inescapable: a bleak economy and the rise of Hitler quash Heinrich's diplomatic ambitions, and their struggling family farm north of Berlin drains Aimee's modest fortune. In 1941, Heinrich volunteers for the Russian front and is killed by a sniper. Widowed, living in a country soon at war with her own, Aimee must fend for herself. With home and family in jeopardy, she and her six young children flee the advancing Russian army in an epic journey, back to the country she thought she'd left behind. A World Elsewhere is a stirring narrative of two hostages to history and a mother's courageous fight to save her family"-- Provided by publisher.

My body is a book of rules

August 28, 2014
Washuta, Elissa.
Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, [2014]
189 pages ; 26 cm

Masterful marks : cartoonists who changed the world

August 27, 2014
New York : Simon & Schuster, September 2014.
127 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (Creators of Superman) / Monte Beuchamp -- Jack Kirby (Cocreator of Captain America) / Mark Alan Stamaty -- Chas Addams (Creator of the Addams Family) / Marc Rosenthal -- Winsor McCay (Animation and comic strip pioneer) / Nicolas Debon -- Charles M. Schulz (Creator of Peanuts) / Sergio Ruzzier -- Hergé (Creator of Tintin) / Nora Krug -- Harvey Kurtzman (Creator of Mad) / Peter Kuper -- Robert Crumb (Underground comix pioneer) / Drew Friedman -- Al Hirschfeld (Celebrated caricaturist) / Arnold Roth -- Walt Disney (Creator of Mickey Mouse) / Larry Day and Monte Beauchamp -- Lynd Kendell Ward (Father of the graphic novel) / Owen Smith and Monte Beauchamp -- Rodolphe Töpffer (Creator of the first comic strips) / Frank Stack -- Edward Gorey (Macabre children's book pioneer) / Greg Clarke -- Hugh Hefner (Founder of Playboy) / Gary Dumm and Monte Beauchamp -- Osamu Tezuka (Father of manga and anime) / Dan Zettwoch -- Dr. Seuss (Celebrated creator of chilren's picture books) / Denis Kitchen.
In a first-of-its-kind collection, award-winning illustrators celebrate the lives of the visionary artists who created the world of comic art and altered pop culture forever. No one has told the story of comic art in its own medium, until now. In Masterful Marks, top illustrators--including Drew Friedman, Nora Krug, Denis Kitchen, and Peter Kuper--reveal how sixteen visionary cartoonists overcame massive financial, political, and personal challenges to create a new form of art that now defines our world. Superhero comics didn't exist until two teenagers from Cleveland created the first superhero of all time: Superman. Advertising artist Theodor Geisel released his first book in 1937 as Dr. Seuss--and children's literature was never the same. Charles M. Schulz's perseverance and passion gave the world Peanuts, the world's most famous comic strip. Featuring these tales, and profiling such giants as Walt Disney, Robert Crumb, and the creators of MAD, Tintin, and manga, Masterful Marks illustrates how graphic storytelling became such a rich and popular medium. Masterful Marks is a stunning portrait of the comic art's aesthetic heritage and a powerful story of how creative vision can change the world.

The beat of my own drum : a memoir

August 27, 2014
E., Sheila (Escovedo), 1959-
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
xiii, 321 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The singer, drummer, and percussionist traces her career through four decades of Latin and pop music, sharing details from her tours with fellow artists and her solo career while revealing how her faith has helped her heal from sexual abuse.

Confessions of an ivy league frat boy : a memoir

August 27, 2014
Lohse, Andrew, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
303 pages ; 22 cm

Hyper : a personal history of ADHD

August 27, 2014
Denevi, Timothy, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
274 pages ; 24 cm
"Hyper: A Personal History of ADHD is Timothy Denevi's memoir of growing up as a hyperactive child, intertwined with his even-handed and thorough reporting on the history of the diagnosis and its treatment. Beginning with the moment he first started having severe emotional fits, his book traces his compelling and moving journey through fifteen years of diagnosis and treatment as he illuminates the medical and psychological theories and practices that shape our understanding of this controversial diagnosis. In the 1980s, mental disorders were just beginning to be seen as biological in origin; hyperactivity was being medicated with a variety of stimulants. In Timothy's first week on Ritalin at the age of six, the medication triggered a psychotic reaction. He ran into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, and threatened to kill himself in front of his mother. Doctors prescribed behavior therapy, then antidepressants. Nothing worked. The reader never stops caring for Timothy as he makes is way through grade school and high school, knowing he is a problem for those who love him, longing to be able to be good and fit in, hanging out with boys who have similar symptoms but meet quite different ends, and finally realizing he must come to grips with his disorder before his life spins completely out of control. Simultaneously, the author traces our understanding of the origins of the condition, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries when hyperactivity was atributed to defective moral conscience, demons, or head trauma, through the twentieth century when food additives, bad parenting, and even government conspiracies were blamed, to the most recent genetic research"-- Provided by publisher.

Someday you will understand : my father's private World War II

August 25, 2014
Feld, Nina Wolff, author.
xiv, 287 pages, [8] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Part I. Hidden in plain sight. 1. Walking my father's labyrinth -- 2. Bombs, bullets, and lies -- 3. Vichy, Lyon, and the flag of rags -- 4. No exit: Marseilles, fascist Spain -- 5. And the nightmare ocean crossing -- 6. Unraveling the chaos: a kid at the Dwight School -- Part II. The long road to Ritchie -- 6. Drafted -- 7. The Ritchie boy takes on the Pentagon -- Part III. Return from exile -- 8. Coup de grace: vetting war criminals from Mussolini's masses -- 9. It is your moral duty: DPs among the ruins in Austria and Germany -- 10. "I found your gold bally shoes" -- 11. The key to the wine cellar -- 12. Details are confusing, and freedom is just another word -- Appendix to the editors of the New Yorker: A letter from Austria.
"Walter Wolff was the son of a Jewish merchant family that fled their German home when the Nazis came to power and took refuge in Brussels, Belgium. On the eve of the German invasion, in May 1940, the family began its second escape. Their sixteen-month odyssey took them through the chaos of battle in France and the dangers of living clandestinely as Jews in occupied territory, before they finally boarded the notorious freighter SS Navemar in Cadiz, Spain, to be among the last Jewish refugees admitted to the United States before Pearl Harbor. Within two years of his arrival in the States, Walter was ready to take the fight back to the Nazis as a soldier in the US Army. Trained for the Intelligence Corps at Camp Ritchie, he was sent first to Italy and then to Germany and Austria, where he interrogated POWs for potential prosecution as war criminals at Nuremberg. At the same time, he returned to the confiscated properties of his extended family, throwing out the occupiers. Telling the rousing story of a Jewish boy who fled persecution and returned to prosecute the Nazi oppressors, Walter Wolff's daughter Nina has reconstructed these events from her father's own cache of hundreds of wartime letters and photographs, which he revealed to her shortly before he died"-- Provided by publisher.

Eichmann before Jerusalem : the unexamined life of a mass murderer

August 25, 2014
Stangneth, Bettina.
New York : Knopf, 2014.
xxv, 579 pages ; 25 cm
"A total re-assessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann that reveals his activities and notoriety amongst a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich, and permanently undermines Hannah Arendt's often-cited notion of the "banality of evil.""-- Provided by publisher.

Cold sweat : my father James Brown and me

August 25, 2014
Brown, Yamma, author.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, [2014].
202 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Being the child of a global superstar is never easy, but being the daughter of the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business"--that's a category unto itself. Like every little girl, Yamma Brown wanted her father's attention, but fame, drugs, jail, and the complicated women in James Brown's life set the stage for an uncommon childhood. She got caught in the same trap as her mother, doing things in her adult life and troubled marriage that, as a child, she'd promised herself she'd never do. The struggles she went through, both as a child and as an adult, make for a gripping read and, in the end, a profound examination of the nature of celebrity, violence, and survival. Though packed with celebrity appearances ranging from Michael Jackson to Al Sharpton, Cold Sweat ultimately focuses on an everyday issue faced by millions of women--domestic violence--and in this book Yamma faces it in an honest and powerfully moving way"-- Provided by publisher.

Hope for film : from the frontline of the independent cinema revolutions

August 25, 2014
Hope, Ted, author.
Berkeley [California] : Soft Skull Press, [2014]
x, 308 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"An inspiring, tell-all look at the indie film business from one of the industry's most passionate producers, Hope for Film captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later and its current moment of technology-fueled regeneration. Ted Hope, whose films have garnered 12 Oscar nominations, draws from his own personal experiences working on the early films of Ang Lee, Eddie Burns, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz and other indie mavericks, relating those decisions that brought him success as well as the occasional failure. Whether navigating negotiations with Harvey Weinstein over final cuts or clashing with high-powered CAA agents over their clients, Hope offers behind-the-scenes stories from the wild and often heated world of low-budget cinema-where art and commerce collide. As mediator between these two opposing interests, Hope offers his unique perspective on how to make movies while keeping your integrity intact and how to create a sustainable business enterprise out of that art while staying true to yourself. Against a backdrop of seismic changes in the indie-film industry, from corporate co-option to the rise of social media, Hope for Film provides not only an entertaining and intimate ride through the ups and downs of the business of art-house movies over the last 25 years, but also hope for its future"-- Provided by publisher.

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