New Arrivals · Biography

July 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Wanna bet? : a degenerate gambler's guide to living on the edge

July 17, 2018
Lange, Artie, 1967- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
When Artie Lange's first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller, Too Fat To Fish, hit the top of the charts, audiences learned what Howard Stern listeners already knew: that Artie is one of the funniest people alive. He is also an artist haunted by his fair share of demons, which overtook him in the years that followed. After a suicide attempt, a two-year struggle with depression, and years of chronic opiate addiction, Artie entered recovery and built himself back up, chronicling his struggle in brave detail in his next book and second New York Times bestseller, Crash and Burn. In his hilarious third book, the two-time bestselling author, comedian, actor, and radio icon explains the philosophy that has kept his existence boredom-free since the age of 13--the love of risk. An avid sports better and frequent card player, Lange believes that the true gambler gets high not from winning, but from the chaotic unknown of betting itself. He recounts some of his favorite moments, many of which haven't involved money at all. In this candid and entertaining memoir, he looks back at the times he's wagered the intangible and priceless things in life: his health, his career, and his relationships. The stories found in Wanna Bet? paint a portrait of a man who would just as quickly bet tens of thousands of dollars on a coin toss as he would a well thought out NBA or NFL wager. Along for the ride are colorful characters from Artie's life who live by the same creed, from a cast of childhood friends to peers like comedian and known gambler Norm McDonald. The book is a tour of a subculture where bookies and mobsters, athletes and celebrities ride the gambling roller coaster for the love of the rush. Through it all, somehow Artie has come out ahead, though he does take a few moments to imagine his life if things hadn't quite gone his way. Unrepentant and unrestrained, the book is Lange at his finest.

The cost of living : a working autobiography

July 17, 2018
Levy, Deborah, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
134 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in 2018 in Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton"--Title page verso.
The big silvers -- The tempest -- Nets -- Living in yellow -- Gravity -- The body electric -- The black and bluish darkness -- The republic -- Night wandering -- X is where I am -- Footsteps in the house -- The beginning of everything -- The Milky Way -- Good tidings.
"What does it cost a woman to unsettle old boundaries and collapse social hierarchies that make her a minor character in a world not arranged to her advantage? This vibrant memoir, a portrait of contemporary womanhood in flux, is an urgent quest to find an unwritten major female character who can exist more easily in the world. Levy considers what it means to live with meaning, value, and pleasure, to seize the ultimate freedom of writing our own lives, and reflects on the work of such artists and thinkers as Simone de Beauvoir, James Baldwin, Elena Ferrante, Marguerite Duras, David Lynch, and Emily Dickinson. The Cost of Living is crucial testimony, as distinctive, witty, complex, and original as Levy's acclaimed novels"--Dust jacket.

Let the whole thundering world come home : a memoir

July 17, 2018
Goldberg, Natalie, author.
Boulder, Colorado : Shambhala, 2018.
xiii, 194 pages ; 18 cm
"A powerful memoir from Natalie Golderg--the woman who changed the way writing is taught in this country--sharing her experience with cancer grounded in her practice of writing and Zen."--Amazon.com.

Believe it : my journey of success, failure, and overcoming the odds

July 17, 2018
Foles, Nick, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale Momentum, the nonfiction imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2018]
xvi, 236 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Defining moments -- It's not easy being green -- Chipping away -- Blindsided -- St. Louis Blues -- Into the wilderness -- Chief concern -- Baby steps -- The start of something special -- Thirteen and three -- Home-field advantage -- The waiting game -- Feeling super -- Phinally -- Be still and know -- Don't call me Superman.
When the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback went down with a torn ACL in week 14 of the 2017 NFL season, many fans and commentators assumed the Eagles' season was over. Instead, Nick Foles came off the bench and, against all odds, led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in history. How did Nick get it done -- winning MVP honors, silencing the critics, and shocking the world? How did the man who was on the verge of retiring just two seasons earlier stay optimistic and rally the team to an astounding win? How did he stay ready despite numerous trades and discouraging injuries, able to step up in the moment and perform at the top of his game? Believe It offers a behind-the-scenes look at Nick's unlikely path to the Super Bowl, the obstacles that threatened to hold him back, his rediscovery of his love for the game, and the faith that grounded him through it all. Learn from the way Nick handled the trials and tribulations that made him into the man he is today, and discover a path to your own success.

A carnival of losses : notes nearing ninety

July 16, 2018
Hall, Donald, 1928-2018, author.
©2018
216 pages ; 22 cm
Notes nearing ninety -- The selected poets of Donald Hall -- Necropoetics -- A carnival of losses.
"New essays from the vantage point of very old age, once again "alternately lyrical and laugh-out-loud funny, "* from the former poet laureate of the United States *(New York Times)"-- Provided by publisher.

Crux : a cross-border memoir

July 16, 2018
Guerrero, Jean, author.
New York : One World, 2018.
xx, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Ahaunting story of a daughter's quest to understand her father, to save him from his own demons and to save herself from following his self-destructive path. "--Provided by publisher.

The king's assassin : the secret plot to murder King James I

July 13, 2018
Woolley, Benjamin, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
xxi, 342 pages, 16 unnumubered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Christ had his John and I have my George -- Two venturous knights -- The greatest villain in the world -- We the Commons.
"An absorbing account of the conspiracy to kill King James I by his handsome lover, the Duke of Buckingham, an historical crime that has remained hidden for 400 years. The rise of George Villiers from minor gentry to royal power seemed to defy gravity. Becoming gentleman of the royal bedchamber in 1615, the young gallant enraptured James, Britain's first Stuart king, royal adoration reaching such an intensity that the king declared he wanted the courtier to become his 'wife'. For a decade, Villiers was at the king's side - at court, on state occasions, and in bed, right up to James's death in March 1625. Almost immediately, Villiers' many enemies accused him of poisoning the king. A parliamentary investigation was launched, and scurrilous pamphlets and ballads circulated London's streets. But the charges came to nothing, and were relegated to a historical footnote. Now, new historical scholarship suggests that a deadly combination of hubris and vulnerability did indeed drive Villiers to kill the man who made him. It may have been by accident - the application of a quack remedy while the king was weakened by a malarial attack. But there is compelling evidence that Villiers, overcome by ambition and frustrated by James's passive approach to government, poisoned him. In The King's Assassin, acclaimed author Benjamin Woolley examines this remarkable, even tragic story. Combining vivid characterization and a strong narrative with historical scholarship and forensic investigation, Woolley tells the story of King James's death, and of the captivating figure at its center"-- Provided by publisher.

The stone crusher : the true story of a father and son's fight for survival in Auschwitz

July 12, 2018
Dronfield, Jeremy, author.
©2018
x, 388 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: Vienna -- "When Jewish blood drips from the knife..." -- Traitors to the people -- Part II: Buchenwald -- Blood and stone: Konzentrationslager Buchenwald -- The stone crusher -- The road to life -- A favorable decision -- The new world -- Unworthy of life -- A thousand kisses -- A trip to death -- Part III: Auschwitz -- A town called Oświecim -- Auschwitz-Monowitz -- The end of Gustav Kleinmann, Jew -- Resistance and collaboration: the death of Fritz Kleinmann -- The kindness of strangers -- Far from home -- Resistance and betrayal -- Part IV: Survival -- Death train -- Mauthausen -- The end of days -- The long way home -- Epilogue: Jewish blood
"In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his 16-year old son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany, where a new concentration camp was being built. It was the beginning of a six-year odyssey almost without parallel. They helped build Buchenwald, young Fritz learning construction skills which would help preserve him from extermination in the coming years. But it was his bond with his father that would ultimately keep them both alive. When the 50-year old Gustav was transferred to Auschwitz--a certain death sentence--Fritz was determined to go with him. His wiser friends tried to dissuade him--"If you want to keep living, you have to forget your father," they said. But that was impossible, and Fritz pleaded for a place on the Auschwitz transport. "He is a true comrade," Gustav wrote in his secret diary, "always at my side. The boy is my greatest joy. We are inseparable." Gustav kept his diary hidden throughout his six years in the death camps--even Fritz knew nothing of it. In it he recorded his story, a tale of survival and a father-son bond which proved stronger than the machine that sought to break them both"-- Provided by publisher.

The wonderful Mr Willughby : the first true ornithologist

July 11, 2018
Birkhead, T. R.
©2018
xii, 353 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bitten by the snake of learning -- John Ray and the cunning craftsmanship of nature -- A momentous decision -- Continental journey: the low countries -- Images of central Europe -- Italian sophistication and Spanish desolation -- Back at Middleton -- Curious about birds: illness and death -- Into the light: publication -- A sustained finale: Willughby's buzzard takes flight.
Francis Willughby lived and thrived in the midst of the rapidly accelerating scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. Traveling with his Cambridge tutor John Ray, they decided to overhaul the whole of natural history by imposing order on its messiness and complexity. It was exhilarating, exacting, and exhausting work. Yet before their first book, Ornithology , could be completed, Willughby died in 1672. Since then, Ray's reputation has grown, obscuring that of his collaborator. Now, for the first time, Willughby's story and genius are given the attention they deserve. In his too-short life, Francis Willughby helped found the Royal Society, differentiated birds through identification of their distinguishing features, and asked questions that were, in some cases, centuries ahead of their time.

No one tells you this : a memoir

July 11, 2018
MacNicol, Glynnis, 1974- author.
©2018
293 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue: Numerology -- The forecast -- Husband material -- Messages from invisible sources -- Woman of a certain age -- Women never really faint -- The jet set -- Choose your own rom-com -- The grown-up -- Having it all -- The showdown -- On the road -- Be careful what you wish for -- The family you make -- The long goodbye begins -- Don't forsake those duties which keep you out of the nuthouse -- Men of a certain age -- What remains -- The other woman -- Women are well-acquainted with thirst -- We are not on the run -- The equality state -- Balls said the queen -- Epilogue: There are no happy endings, only good editing.

American Eve : Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the birth of the "It" girl, and the crime of the century

July 11, 2018
Uruburu, Paula M., 1957-
New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.
386 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Originally published: 2008.
By the time of her sixteenth birthday in 1900, Evelyn Nesbit was already was already known to millions as the most photographed woman of her era, aniconic figure who set the standard for female beauty, and whose innocent sexuality was used to sell everything from chocolates to perfume. Women wanted to be her. Men just wanted her. But when Evelyn's life of fantasy because all too real and her insanely jealous millionaire husband, Harry K. Thaw, murdered her lover, New York City architect Stanford White, the most famous woman in the world became infamous as she found herself at the center of the "crime of the century" and a scandal that signaled the beginning of a national obsession with youth, beauty, celebrity, and sex.

Tupac Shakur : hip-hop idol

July 11, 2018
Golus, Carrie, 1969-
Minneapolis, MN : Twenty-First Century Books, ©2011.
112 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm.
How long will they mourn me? -- A young talent -- The jungle -- A thug's life -- From prison to death row -- Tomorrow is not promised -- Resurrection.
Presents a brief biography of actor and rapper Tupac Shakur, discussing his life, career, and achievements.

George and Barbara Bush : a great American love story

July 11, 2018
Sosa, Ellie LeBlond, author.
Camden, Maine : Down East Books, [2018]
xvii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
They meet -- Poppy -- Courting -- Phillips Academy -- Bar -- "I'm going in." -- Secret's safe -- Secret's out -- Halfway across the world -- Word from home -- A time for celebration -- Then there were three -- Promises of West Texas -- Friends, faith, and family -- Off they go! -- Driving head-first into the world of politics -- Distance, it's good for the heart -- Back in the races -- First couple -- FLFW & FFLFW -- Anchor to windward.
"To begin with I was in love and I am in love so that's not hard," Barbara Bush told her granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa on her porch in Kennebunkport, Maine. Sosa had asked for the secret to her and President George H.W. Bush's 77-year love affair that withstood World War II separation, a leap of faith into the oil fields of West Texas, the painful loss of a child, a political climb to the highest office, and after the White House, the transition back to a "normal" life. Through a lifetime's worth of letters, photographs, and stories, Sosa and coauthor Kelly Anne Chase paint the portrait of the enduring relationship of George and Barbara Bush. Sharing intimate interviews with the Bushes and family friends, this is a never-before-seen look into the private life of a very public couple.

From the corner of the oval

July 10, 2018
Dorey-Stein, Beck, author.
©2018
xix, 330 pages ; 25 cm
Guidelines for aspiring stenographers -- Prologue : this place -- Act I : 2011-2012 -- Act II : 2013 -- Act III : 2014 -- Act IV : 2015 -- Act V : 2016-2017 -- Epilogue : Send in the clowns.
"In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers. For five years, Beck was a part of the elite team of men and women who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. She got to know everyone from the White House butler to the secret servicemen, advance team, speechwriters, photographers, and press secretaries, and on whirlwind trips across time zones, she forged friendships with a tight group of fellow travelers in the bubble--young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. But as she learned the ropes of protocol, Beck became romantically entangled with one of the President's closest aides...who was already otherwise engaged... Set against the backdrop of a White House full of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the compulsively readable story of a young woman finding friends, falling in love, getting her heart broken, finding her voice as a writer, and finding herself in the process"-- Provided by publisher.

Godspeed : a memoir

July 10, 2018
Legler, Casey, author.
©2018
viii, 162 pages ; 22 cm
"I swim for every chance to get wasted--after every meet, every weekend, every travel trip. This is what I look forward to and what I tell no one: the burn of it down my throat, to my soul curled up in my lungs, the sharpest pain all over it--it seizes and stretches, becoming alive again, and is the only thing that makes sense." At fifteen, Casey Legler is already one of the fastest swimmers in the world. She is also an alcoholic, isolated from her family, and incapable of forming lasting connections with those around her. Driven to compete at the highest levels, sent far away from home to train with the best coaches and teams, she finds herself increasingly alone and alienated, living a life of cheap hotels and chlorine-worn skin, anonymous sexual encounters and escalating drug use. Even at what should be a moment of triumph--competing at age sixteen in the 1996 Olympics--she is an outsider looking in, procuring drugs for Olympians she hardly knows, and losing her race after setting a new world record in the qualifying heats. After submitting to years of numbing training in France and the United States, Casey can see no way out of the sinister loneliness that has swelled and festered inside her. Yet wondrously, when it is almost too late, she discovers a small light within herself, and senses a point of calm within the whirlwind of her life. In searing, evocative, visceral prose, Casey gives language to loneliness in this startling story of survival, defiance, and of the embers that still burn when everything else in us goes dark.

Adventures of a young naturalist : the zoo quest expeditions

July 10, 2018
Attenborough, David, 1926- author.
©2017
xvi, 393 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Book one: Zoo quest to Guyana. To Guyana ; Tiny McTurk and cannibal fish ; The painted cliff ; Sloths and snakes ; Spirits in the night ; Shanties on the Mazaruni ; Vampires and Gertie ; Mr. King and the mermaid ; Return -- Book two: Zoo quest for a dragon. To Indonesia ; The faithful Jeep ; Bali ; The animals of Bali ; Volcanoes and pickpockets ; Arrival in Borneo ; Charlie, the orangutan ; A perilous journey ; The Island of Komodo ; The dragons ; Postscript -- Book three: Zoo quest to Paraguay. To Paraguay ; The decline of a luxury cruise ; Butterflies and birds ; Nests on the camp ; Beasts in the bathroom ; Chasing a giant ; Ranch in the Chaco ; Chaco journey ; A second search ; Moving a menagerie.
"In 1954, David Attenborough, a young television presenter was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to travel the world finding rare and elusive animals for London Zoo's collection, and to film the expedition for the BBC for a new show called Zoo Quest"-- Provided by publisher.

Renaissance woman : the life of Vittoria Colonna

July 10, 2018
Targoff, Ramie, author.
©2018
342 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction: in search of Vittoria Colonna -- The view from the cliff -- Donning widow's weeds -- Longing for the nunnery -- Becoming a poet -- The sack of Rome -- Life at court -- Among preachers and pilgrims -- Hidden heretics -- The power of print -- Michelangelo in love -- Salt war -- Late love -- Last rites -- Conclusion: in the archive of the Inquisition.
"Ramie Targoff's Renaissance Woman tells of the most remarkable woman of the Italian Renaissance: Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara. Vittoria has long been celebrated by scholars of Michelangelo as the artist's best friend--the two of them exchanged beautiful letters, poems, and works of art that bear witness to their intimacy--but she also had close ties to Charles V, Pope Clement VII and Pope Paul III, Pietro Bembo, Baldassare Castiglione, Pietro Aretino, Queen Marguerite de Navarre, Reginald Pole, and Isabella d'Este, among others. Vittoria was the scion of an immensely powerful family in Rome during that city's most explosively creative era. Art and literature flourished, but political and religious life were under terrific strain. Personally involved with nearly every major development of this period--through both her marriage and her own talents--Vittoria was not only a critical political actor and negotiator but also the first woman to publish a book of poems in Italy, an event that launched a revolution for Italian women's writing. Vittoria was, in short, at the very heart of what we celebrate when we think about sixteenth-century Italy; through her story the Renaissance comes to life anew."-- Amazon.com.

The trauma cleaner : one woman's extraordinary life in the business of death, decay, and disaster

July 10, 2018
Krasnostein, Sarah, author.
©2017
291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife. . . But as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less. A woman who sleeps among garbage she has not put out for forty years. A man who bled quietly to death in his living room. A woman who lives with rats, random debris and terrified delusion. The still life of a home vacated by accidental overdose. Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead--and the book she has written is equally extraordinary. Not just the compelling story of a fascinating life among lives of desperation, but an affirmation that, as isolated as we may feel, we are all in this together."--Jacket flap.

Against the grain : bombthrowing in the fine American tradition of political cartooning

July 9, 2018
Sanders, Bill, 1933- author.
©2018
xiii, 218 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Springfield, Tennessee -- Odyssey -- WKU: football, art, music & brotherhood -- Korea and the Herblock epiphany -- Sayonara, Korea -- The buffalo's nose -- Dot Smith and Abraham Lincoln -- Hot roast beef and civil wrongs -- North Carolina and Terry Sanford -- Hollywood and Jayne Mansfield -- John Kennedy -- Detour to Kansas City -- Harry Truman -- Extremism in defense of... -- The ultimate extremist act -- For whom the bell tolls -- Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society -- On to Wisconsin -- Vietnam, up close and personal -- Ours not to reason why -- Watergate and beyond -- In the eye of the beholder -- Do you know what IT means... -- Enter stage right -- Hiatus, then George W. Bush -- The road to Iraq -- The government we deserve.

Princess : the early life of Queen Elizabeth II

July 9, 2018
Dismore, Jane, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2018]
308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Suddenly a queen (1952) -- Into the world (1925-1926) -- A Hertfordshire haven (1926) -- Family mysteries -- Early years (1926-1929) -- New playmates (1929-1932) -- Seeds of change (1933-1934) -- Celebrations and sadness (1935-1936) -- An early annus horribilis (1936) -- Everything changes (1936-1937) -- Before the storm (1938) -- Love and war (1939) -- A symbol of the future (1940) -- Allies at last (1941) -- Growing up (1942) -- All the young men (1943) -- Rumours (1944) -- Freedom (1945) -- Courting at last (1946) -- A royal announcement (1947) -- Light and hope (1947) -- Getting settled (1948) -- Princess, wife, mother (1949-1950) -- Rehearsing the future (1951-1952).
With previously unpublished material and unique memories from friends and relatives who have known Queen Elizabeth II since childhood - Princess looks afresh and in richer depth at her early life.

The royal art of poison : filthy palaces, fatal cosmetics, deadly medicine, and murder most foul

July 9, 2018
Herman, Eleanor, 1960- author.
©2018
xiii, 286 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color portraits ; 25 cm
Part I. Poison, poison, everywhere. Poison from the banquet table to the royal underpants -- Unicorn horns and rooster dung : poison detectors and antidotes -- Dying to be beautiful : dangerous cosmetics -- Murderous medicine : mercury enemas and rat turd elixirs -- Putrid palaces : a poisoned environment -- Part II. The poison chronicles : where rumors of royal poisoning meet scientific analysis. Henry VII of Luxembourg, Holy Roman Emperor, 1275-1313 -- Cangrande della Scala, Italian warlord, 1291-1329 -- Agnes Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France, 1422-1450 -- Edward VI, king of England, 1537-1553 -- Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre, 1528-1572 -- Eric XIV, King of Sweden, 1533-1577 -- Ivan IV, the Terrible, Czar of Russia, 1530-1584; his mother, Elena Glinskaya, ca. 1510-1538; and his first wife, Anastasia Romanovna, 1530-1560 -- Grand Duke Francesco de Medici of Tuscany, 1541-1587, and Grand Duchess Bianca Cappello, 1548-1587 -- Gabrielle d'Estrées, mistress of King Henri IV of France, 1573-1599 -- Tycho Brahe, astronomer and imperial mathematician, 1546-1601 -- Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, artist to Italy's elite, 1572-1610 -- Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales, 1594-1612 -- Sir Thomas Overbury, royal adviser at the court of James I, 1581-1613 -- Princess Henrietta Stuart of England, Duchesse d'Orléans, 1644-1670 -- Mademoiselle de Fontanges, mistress of Louis XIV of France, 1661-1681, and the affair of the poisons -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, imperial court musician, 1756-1791 -- Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1769-1821 -- Part III. Poison in the modern era. Scientific advances in the Victorian age -- The democratization of poison -- Modern Medicis : the rebirth of political poison -- The royal art of living and dying -- Pick your poison -- The poison hall of fame.
Traces the history of poison in centuries of royal courts, from the intentional posionings to the unintentional side effects of commonly used makeup and medications.

Why should the Devil have all the good music? : Larry Norman and the perils of Christian rock

July 9, 2018
Thornbury, Gregory Alan, author.
©2018
292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Jesus and Larry Norman -- Jesus versus Superman -- Jesus versus L. Ron Hubbard -- Jesus versus organized religion -- Jesus versus the Jesus movement -- Jesus versus Playboy -- Jesus versus the critics -- Jesus loves the little children of the world -- Jesus versus Pamela -- Jesus versus frenemies -- Jesus versus the Soviets -- Jesus versus Larry Norman?.
The riveting, untold story of the "Father of Christian Rock" and the conflicts that launched a billion-dollar industry at the dawn of America's culture wars. In 1969, in Capitol Records' Hollywood studio, a blonde-haired troubadour named Larry Norman laid track for an album that would launch a new genre of music and one of the strangest, most interesting careers in modern rock. Having spent the bulk of the 1960s playing on bills with acts like the Who, Janis Joplin, and the Doors, Norman decided that he wanted to sing about the most countercultural subject of all: Jesus. Billboard called Norman "the most important songwriter since Paul Simon," and his music would go on to inspire members of bands as diverse as U2, The Pixies, Guns 'N Roses, and more. To a young generation of Christians who wanted a way to be different in the American cultural scene, Larry was a godsend-spinning songs about one's eternal soul as deftly as he did ones critiquing consumerism, middle-class values, and the Vietnam War. To the religious establishment, however, he was a thorn in the side; and to secular music fans, he was an enigma, constantly offering up Jesus to problems they didn't think were problems. Paul McCartney himself once told Larry, "You could be famous if you'd just drop the God stuff," a statement that would foreshadow Norman's ultimate demise. In Why Should the Devil Have all the Good Music', Gregory Alan Thornbury draws on unparalleled access to Norman's personal papers and archives to narrate the conflicts that defined the singer's life, as he crisscrossed the developing fault lines between Evangelicals and mainstream American culture-friction that continues to this day. What emerges is a twisting, engrossing story about ambition, art, friendship, betrayal, and the turns one's life can take when you believe God is on your side.

Don't you ever : my mother and her secret son

July 6, 2018
Bishop, Mary Carter, author.
©2018
viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: Two funerals -- Losing the brother I hardly knew -- Losing the mother I thought I knew -- Part II: The parents who raised me -- My mother: gentle hands and foul moods -- My father: joy, wonder, and self-hate -- Part III: Our world -- The kingdom of the rich -- The people in the big house -- Part IV: The lie -- Original shame -- On her own -- Polly and Roy -- Freaky little bastard -- Truth at the kitchen stove --Part V: Finding and losing Ronnie -- I walk into his barbershop -- We get acquainted -- What was wrong -- Trying to help -- Losses, gains, losses -- Part VI: Learning still -- Unearthing Ronnie -- Our family shrivels -- Part VII: A finder sifting -- I draw closer -- Walking with them.
While applying for a passport as an adult, Mary Carter Bishop made a shocking discovery: she had a secret half brother. Her mother told Mary Carter that the abandoned by was a "youthful mistake" from an encounter with a married man. Nine years later, Mary Carter tracked Ronnie down at the barbershop where he worked and found a near-broken man -- someone kind and happy to meet her, but someone deeply and irreversibly damaged by a life of neglect and abuse at the hands of an uncaring system. He was also disfigured due to a rare condition that would eventually kill him. Digging deep into her family's lives for understanding, Mary Carter unfolds a sweeping narrative of religious intolerance, poverty, fear, ambition, class, and social expectations. A riveting memoir about a family haunted by a shameful secret, Don't You Ever is a powerful story of a woman's search for her long-hidden sibling and of the factors that profoundly impact our individual destinies." -- Adapted from book jacket.

The Adams chronicles. Volume II : the good, the bad, and the ugly

July 6, 2018
Adams, Louis E.
©2018
xiv, 383 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"This book begins where he began-as a farm boy growing up in the foothills of Appalachia near Chillicothe, Ohio. Born of Scot-Irish parents, he grew up during the Great Depression and World War II. During the 1960's and the Cold War years, Adams' Naval life took him and his family to Morocco, a country of many contrasts and at a time of new challenges. His medical duties were varied and included working with the Moroccan Ministry of Health. He returned to Morocco as the Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in charge of a group of Lab Techs. The overall success of the program was marginal due to many factors: limited number of well-trained medical technologist, demands for additional lab tests overwhelmed AB generalist, lab bench work limited cross-culture exchange, and loyalty to work ethics was limited. Cities like Tangier, Tetouan, and Marrakesh in the 1960's provided adventure, deception, intrigue, mystery, and high-octane thrills that attracted expatriates, writers, poets, exotic travelers, and Peace Corps Volunteers who got caught up in the drug scene."--Back cover.

All in the Downs : reflections on life, landscape and song

July 5, 2018
Collins, Shirley, 1935- author.
©2018
x, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Includes index.
The beginning -- Leaving home, London 1953 -- The voyage out -- Hastings 1935, the family -- The train to California -- Hastings, the war years -- California to New York -- Hastings, doodlebug days -- Virginia -- Hastings, substandard -- Kentucky -- Hastings 1947, home life -- In search of the Memphis Jug Band, 1959 -- Post-war Hastings, 1948 -- Alabama -- Hastings 1950, Bobby sox -- Mississippi -- Hastings 1950, the flicks -- Arkansas -- Hastings 1951, "Words, words, words" -- Georgia Sea Island of St. Simons -- Hastings 1952, getting closer -- The ending.
"In her new memoir, All in the Downs, Collins tells the story of that lifelong relationship with English folksong—a dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life. All in the Downs combines elements of memoir—from her working-class origins in wartime Hastings to the bright lights of the 1950s folk revival in London—alongside reflections on the role traditional music and the English landscape have played in shaping her vision. From formative field recordings made with Alan Lomax in the United States to the zcrowning gloriesy recorded with her sister Dolly on the Sussex Downs, she writes of the obstacles that led to her withdrawal from the spotlight and the redemption of a new artistic flourishing that continues today with her unexpected return to recording in 2016. Through it all, Shirley Collins has been guided and supported by three vital and inseparable loves: traditional English song, the people and landscape of her native Sussex, and an unwavering sense of artistic integrity. All in the Downs pays tribute to these passions, and in doing so, illustrates a way of life as old as England, that has all but vanished from this land."-- Provided by publisher.

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