New Arrivals · Biography

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

The strange career of William Ellis : the Texas slave who became a Mexican millionaire

June 27, 2016
Jacoby, Karl, 1965- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
xxviii, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Prologue: Through history's cracks -- Part I. Victoria -- Gone to Texas -- Juneteenth -- Part II. San Antonio/Tlahualilo -- Military Plaza -- The land of God and liberty -- Part III. Manhattan/Mexico City -- A picturesque figure -- The city of happy homes -- Epilogue: Trickster makes this world -- Afterword.
"A prize-winning historian tells a new story of the black experience in America through the life of a mysterious entrepreneur. To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican, the proud owner of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, a busy Wall Street office, and scores of mines and haciendas in Mexico. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather, he had begun life as a slave named William Ellis, born on a cotton plantation in southern Texas during the waning years of King Cotton. After emancipation, Ellis, capitalizing on the Spanish he learned during his childhood along the Mexican border and his ambivalent appearance, engaged in a virtuoso act of reinvention. He crafted an alter ego, the Mexican Guillermo Eliseo, who was able to access many of the privileges denied to African Americans at the time: traveling in first-class train berths, staying in upscale hotels, and eating in the finest restaurants. The Strange Career of William Ellis reads like a novel but offers fresh insights on the history of the Reconstruction era, the US-Mexico border, and the abiding riddle of race. At a moment when the United States is deepening its connections with Latin America and recognizing that race is more than simply black or white, Ellis's story could not be more timely or important"--Provided by publisher.

My father before me : a memoir

June 27, 2016
Forhan, Chris, 1959-
New York : Scribner, 2016.
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The fifth of eight children, Chris Forhan was born into a family of silence. His mother and father often sat in the same room but exchanged no words. He and his siblings learned, without being told, that certain thoughts and feelings were not to be shared. On the evenings his father didn't come home, the rest of the family would eat dinner without him, his whereabouts unknown, his absence pronounced but unspoken. And on a cold night just before Christmas 1973, long after dinner, the rest of the family asleep, Forhan's father killed himself in the garage--a new silence. Forty years later, Chris speaks into the quiet his father left behind, digging into his family's past and finding within each generation the same abandonment, loss, and silence in which he was raised. Like Ian Frazier in Family or Philip Roth in American Pastoral, Forhan shows his family as both a part and a product of its time. My Father Before Me is a family history, an investigation into a death, and a stirring portrait of an Irish Catholic childhood, all set against a backdrop of America from the Great Depression to Elvis Costello. Lucidly and unflinchingly, Forhan attempts to understand his father and ultimately himself in order to avoid passing his family's silence on to his children. To separate this silence from the introversion that inspires him as a writer, he courageously confronts it, telling the story that his family will not tell, and piecing together the fragments of the life that his father chose to leave"--Provided by publisher.

Hurricane street

June 27, 2016
Kovic, Ron, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Akashic Books, 2016.
238 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Blue highways : a journey into America

June 24, 2016
Heat Moon, William Least.
New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, ©2013.
xiii, 429 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Originally published: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1982.
Foreword ©2013 by Bill McKibben.
Eastward -- East by southeast -- South by southeast -- South by southwest -- West by southwest -- West by northwest -- North by northwest -- North by northeast -- East by northeast -- Westward.
Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least-Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map--if they get on at all--only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

Beautiful scars

June 23, 2016
Brookbank, Kilee.
Georgetown, OH : KiCam Projects, c2016.
295 p. ; 22 cm.
Change -- A smile is born -- Hurting and healing -- A girl's best friend -- Struggling to be me -- Bright spotlight -- Fresh start -- Big little brother -- It's complicated -- Back to normal? -- Kilee gives back -- Rebuilding, going home -- New beginnings.
Kilee Brookbank was a typical sixteen-year-old girl, thinking about school, soccer, her friends and her boyfriend. But her last ordinary day erupted in an explosion that consumed her house, burning 45 percent of her body and sending her to the very brink of death. After 38 days of surgeries, skin grafts, perpetual physical therapy and excruciating pain, she had to discover how to live again. In each moment of her long journey back to everyday life, she had to make choices that would define who she was and who she would become.

She went to the field : women soldiers of the Civil War

June 22, 2016
Tsui, Bonnie.
Guilford, Conn. : TwoDot, ©2006.
x, 149 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Sarah Emma Edmonds, aka Private Frank Thompson, Union -- Loreta Janeta Velazquez, aka Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate -- Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, aka Private Lyons Wakeman, Union -- Jennie Hodgers, aka Private Albert D.J. Cashier, Union -- Frances Clayton, Florena Budwin, Mary Ann Clark, Mary Pitman, and other women soldiers -- "Daughters of the regiment" : the role of vivandières in the war: Kady Brownell, Union; Annie Etheridge, Union; and others -- Spies: Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Belle Boyd, Pauline Cushman, Elizabeth Van Lew, and Harriet Tubman -- Wartime nurses: Clara Barton, Cornelia Hancock, Mary Livermore, Mary Anne Bickerdyke, Belle Reynolds, Sally Tompkins, and Kate Cumming.
"Women Soldiers of the Civil War" profiles several substantiated cases of female soldiers during the American Civil War, including Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (aka Private Lyons Wakeman, Union); Sarah Emma Edmonds (aka Private Frank Thompson, Union); Loreta Janeta Velazquez (aka Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate); and Jennie Hodgers (aka Private Albert D.J. Cashier, Union). Also featured are those women who may not have posed as male soldiers but who nonetheless pushed gender boundaries to act boldly in related military capacities, as spies, nurses, and vivandieres ("daughters of the regiment") who bore the flag in battle, rallied troops, and cared for the wounded.

William Tecumseh Sherman : in the service of my country : a life

June 22, 2016
McDonough, James L., 1934- author.
© 2016
xiii, 816 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Prologue : Death stared us all in the face -- My father named me William Tecumseh -- I was notified to prepare for West Point -- In the service of my country -- Sand and sun, Seminoles and Spaniards -- Military camaraderie, Southern aristocracy, prospective matrimony -- And then there was a war on -- Deprived of military glory -- California again; a brand-new game -- Golden State banker -- I was fit for the army but nothing else -- In a hell of a fix -- No man can foresee the end -- Action at Bull Run -- "Crazy" in Kentucky -- Triumphant in Tennessee -- This is no common war -- The strongest place I ever saw -- The river of our greatness is free -- Why was I not killed at Vicksburg? -- One hundred thousand strong -- I knew more of Georgia than the rebels did -- I want a bold push for Atlanta -- It's a big game, but I know I can do it -- Taking the war to the braggart Carolinians -- A soldier of renown -- General-in-chief, I -- General-in-chief, II -- We can only bow to the inevitable.
"A major new biography of one of Americas most storied military figures. General Sherman's 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War's most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail. Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war's swift end by devastating Southern resources in the Carolinas and on his famous March to the Sea. This meticulously researched biography explores Sherman's warm friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, his strained relationship with his wife, Ellen, and his unassuageable grief over the death of his young son, Willy. The result is a remarkable, comprehensive life of an American icon whose legacy resonates to this day."--Publisher.

83 minutes : the doctor, the damage, and the shocking death of Michael Jackson

June 22, 2016
Richards, Matt, 1967- author.
426 pages ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Blink Publishing, 2015.
"For the first time, readers have access to [an] ... account of the crucial moments leading up to Jackson's demise. Drawing on court documents and testimonials, [the book] presents a multi-perspective tracking of every individual involved and the part they played as the tragedy unfolded, examining forensically the mystery of the 83 minutes that elapsed from the moment Dr. Murray suggested he found Jackson not breathing to the moment the singer's lifeless body was wheeled into hospital"--Dust jacket flap.

Eve of a hundred midnights : the star-crossed love story of two WWII correspondents and their epic escape across the Pacific

June 22, 2016
Lascher, Bill, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, 2016.
vi, 408 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Why should I contribute a little more trash? -- The itch is perpetual -- The voice of China -- The Haiphong incident -- True Hollywood story -- "I'll be careful" -- Nothing but twisted sticks -- "He types on the desk, and I type on the dressing table" -- Infamy -- Into the blackness beyond -- False convoy -- Too good to be true -- Soldier of the press.
On New Year's Eve, 1941, just three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were bombing the Philippine capital of Manila, where journalists Mel and Annalee Jacoby had married just a month earlier. The couple had worked in China as members of a tight community of foreign correspondents with close ties to Chinese leaders; if captured by invading Japanese troops, they were certain to be executed. Racing to the docks just before midnight, they barely escaped on a freighter and the beginning of a tumultuous journey that would take them from one island outpost to another. While keeping ahead of the approaching Japanese, Mel and Annalee covered the harrowing war in the Pacific Theater--two of only a handful of valiant and dedicated journalists reporting from the region.

Then and now : a memoir

June 22, 2016
Cook, Barbara, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
x, 237 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Childhood -- Glenwood Avenue -- Discovering Show Business -- The Thrill of New York -- The Reality of New York -- Meeting David LeGrant -- Broadway -- Leonard Bernstein and Candide -- The Music Man -- Marriage, Motherhood, and Career -- One for My Baby -- Matters of the Heart -- Drinking Again -- Wally Harper -- Career Renaissance -- Losing Wally -- New Choices -- As of Today -- Still Capable of Wonder.
"The Kennedy Center Honoree and Tony Award-winning Broadway star traces her remarkable but turbulent life during the glory days of Broadway and the American musical, describing how her acclaimed stage performances were overshadowed by depression and alcoholism before her reinvention as a cabaret artist,"--NoveList.

House of nails : a memoir of life on the edge

June 22, 2016
Dykstra, Lenny, 1963- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
x, 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Freedom -- In the shadow of angels -- Climbing the ladder -- Breaking into the bigs -- Chasing the pennant, 1986 NLCS: New York Mets vs Houston Astros -- 1986 World Series: New York Mets vs Boston Red Sox -- Rednecks & rifles -- 1988 NLCS: New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers -- Play me or trade me -- A shot in the butt -- The politics of steroids -- The big blind -- Brass balls -- Charlie Sheen -- 1993 NLCS: Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves -- 1993 World Series: Philadelphia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays -- Ambassador Lenny -- Car wash king -- Robes & room service -- 1994 MLB strike: no more Kool-aid for me -- Promised land -- Wheels up -- Richards & rehab -- Stock market guru -- Players club -- Baseball gods -- Beginning of the end -- I fought the law and the law won -- Detained -- In custody -- In the hole -- Legacy -- To be or not to be Lenny -- Afterword: Whale hunting with Lenny Dykstra.

I'm your biggest fan

June 22, 2016
Coyne, Kate, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
viii, 246 pages ; 21 cm
Kathie Lee Gifford helped save my soul -- Jennifer Lopez loves my mother -- Mariska Hargitay thinks I'm a stalker -- Wyonna Judd made me eat, pray, and love -- Tom Cruise is going to marry me someday -- Conan O'Brien made me quit (with an assist from Dustin Hoffman) -- George Michael is my absolute favorite (sorry, not sorry) -- Kate Gosselin turned me into her sidekick -- Neil Patrick Harris thinks I'm an idiot (but that's okay because a mega-star rescued me) -- Michael Douglas almost made me cry--twice -- Anderson Cooper would like me to put some clothes on -- Most of Hollywood thinks I'm a drug addict.
"Hilarious essays about awkward run-ins with celebrities, the nature of celebrity, and what it says about our culture, by the Executive Editor of People Magazine. --Provided by the publisher"-- Provided by publisher.

Garth Williams, American illustrator : a life

June 21, 2016
Kowaleski-Wallace, Elizabeth, 1954-
New York, NY : Beaufort Books, [2016]
250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

All strangers are kin : adventures in Arabic and the Arab world

June 21, 2016
O'Neill, Zora, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xvi, 318 pages ; 24 cm
Egypt. Empty talk ; Inside the word factory ; A prophecy ; Two tongues ; See what we did ; Where's your ear? ; Days of rage ; Hidden fingers ; Illuminating the house ; Graduation day -- The gulf. Knowledge village ; Practical, fashion, extreme ; When your ear hears ; Eau de Facebook ; What he did not know ; Heritage club ; The best people ; Supreme poets ; Develop! -- Lebanon. The new Beirut ; What is the rule? ; We don't talk about politics here ; Almost a dead language ; Your mother ; Easy-- but not good ; The weird uncle ; Pierre and his friends ; We have not taught the Prophet the price ; Land of thorns -- Morocco. Daddy, Mommy, Gramps ; The place where the sun sets ; You pour the tea ; God is beautiful ; Speaking Mexican ; Let's chat in Arabic ; Sweet sensation ; Up in the old hotel ; What is the name of this? Crossing the bridge.

Bukowski in a sundress : confessions from a writing life

June 21, 2016
Addonizio, Kim, 1954- author.
New York : Penguin Books, 2016.
205 pages ; 22 cm
"A dazzling, edgy, laugh-out-loud memoir from the award-winning poet and novelist that reflects on writing, drinking, dating, and more ... At once intimate and outrageous, Addonizio's memoir radiates all the wit and heartbreak and ever-sexy grittiness that her fans have come to love--and that new readers will not soon forget."-- Provided by publisher.

Threading my prayer rug : one woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim

June 17, 2016
Rehman, Sabeeha, author.
New York, NY : Arcade Publishing, [2016]
322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on religion and culture. Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of an arranged marriage in Pakistan that would become a love match lasting forty years, Threading My Prayer Rug is the story of many journeys: from Pakistan to America, from which her husband-to-be returned to wed and collect her while he completed his medical residency; from masters candidate to young bride and mother; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam; from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; and finally from Pakistani immigrant intending to stay for only a couple of years to an American of Pakistani origins, a successful businesswoman, grandmother, community leader who helped found a mosque, advocate for interfaith understanding, and cofounder of the New York chapter of a national organization. Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the revealing, always hopeful story of an immigrant's daily struggles, balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of children growing up Muslim-while they lobby for a Christmas tree. Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center at Ground Zero, when the backlash began, and she also offers an insider's account of that experience and what it showed about us"-- Provided by publisher.

The oracle of oil : a maverick geologist's quest for a sustainable future

June 17, 2016
Inman, Mason, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
xv, 413 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Describes the life and career of the geophysicist and Shell Oil researcher who shocked the scientific community with his brilliance but also with his controversial predictions about the peak and steady decline of American oil production.

Into the wild

June 17, 2016
Krakauer, Jon, author.
New York : Anchor Books, 2015.
215 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York : Villard, ©1996.
"With a new afterword"--Cover.
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

The lemon tree : an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East

June 17, 2016
Tolan, Sandy.
xix, 378 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"With a new afterword by the author"--Page 4 of cover.
Bell -- House -- Rescue -- Expulsion -- Emigration -- Refuge -- Arrival -- War -- Encounter -- Explosion -- Deportation -- Hope -- Homeland -- The lemon tree.
Based on a 43-minute radio documentary that Tolan produced for "Fresh Air," this volume pursues the story into the homes and histories of the two families at its center through the present day. Their stories form a personal microcosm of the last 70 years of Israeli-Palestinian history.

Handsome Ransom Jackson : accidental Big Leaguer

June 15, 2016
Jackson, Ransom, 1926-
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xxvi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Early Years and the Minor Leagues -- The Big Leagues -- Life After Baseball -- Ransom Thoughts -- Ransom Jackson Career Batting Statistics.

Girl walks out of a bar : a memoir

June 15, 2016
Smith, Lisa F. (Lawyer), author.
New York : SelectBooks, Inc., [2016]
ix, 277 pages ; 23 cm

Douglas MacArthur : American warrior

June 15, 2016
Herman, Arthur, 1956- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xv, 937 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The son of the father -- Turning points -- Glory days -- Young man going east -- Countdown to war -- Into the fire -- Fight to the finish -- Back to West Point -- The tumultuous years -- Saving the army -- Saving FDR -- Mission to Manila -- Waiting for the enemy -- Rat in the house -- When men must die -- Back to the wall -- I shall return -- Taking supreme command -- Green hell -- Doing Cartwheel -- One: stepping stones to victory -- Two: liberation -- Three: on to Manila -- Four: battleground -- Five: downfall -- Six: brief encounters -- Seven: being Sir Boss -- Eight: head winds -- Nine: war again -- Inchon and beyond -- One: reversal of fortune -- Two: end game -- Three: fading away.
"The Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Gandhi & Churchill goes beyond the mythologies of the World War II general to illuminate his strengths and weaknesses, placing his career against a backdrop of history while discussing how he shaped his character to meet national needs,"--NoveList.

Agatha : the real life of Agatha Christie

June 15, 2016
Martinetti, Anne.
London : SelfMadeHero, 2016.
119 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm

An Olympic dream : the story of Samia Yusuf Omar

June 15, 2016
Kleist, Reinhard, author, illustrator.
147 pages : chiefly illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Originally published in German as Der traum vom Olympia : die geschichte von Samia Yusuf Omar.
The image of Samia Yusuf Omar running for last place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will forever be imprinted in the minds of all who saw it: The lean Somalian, wearing knee-length leggings and a baggy T-shirt, came in seconds behind her competitors. What the cheering crowd couldn't know then was what it took to get there. An Olympic Dream follows Omar's second attempt to represent her country at the Olympics, this time in London. Reinhard Kleist pictures the athlete training in one of the most dangerous cities in the world; her passage through Sudan and into Libya; and her fateful attempt to reach Europe. By telling the story of one remarkable woman, Kleist gives voice to the thousands of migrants who risk their lives daily for a better future.

feed —Subscribe to the Biography feed .


For Teens

For Kids


Electronic Resources



Large Print