New Arrivals · Biography

January 23, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Singing to a bulldog : from "Happy Days" to Hollywood director, and the unlikely mentor who got me there

January 22, 2015
Williams, Anson.
New York : The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., [2014].
167 pages ; 22 cm

The life of Bessie Coleman : first African-American woman pilot

January 22, 2015
Plantz, Connie, author.
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, Inc., [2015]
96 pages : portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published: Bessie Coleman. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, 2001.
Flying with a purpose -- Growing up southern -- Seeking independence -- Passing the test -- Showing off -- Crashing in California -- Taking charge -- Gambling with death -- Searching for the truth -- Leading the way.

March

January 21, 2015
Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-
Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, 2013-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.
John Lewis's autobiographical account of his lifelong battle for civil rights for all Americans.

How to grow up : a memoir

January 21, 2015
Tea, Michelle.
New York, New York : Plume, 2015.
x, 287 pages ; 21 cm
"In How to Grow Up, Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, stable. She writes about passion, about her fraught relationship with money, about adoring Barney's while shopping at thrift stores, about breakups and the fertile ground between relationships, about roommates and rent, and about being superstitious. How to Grow Up proves that the road less traveled may be a difficult one, but if you embrace life's uncertainty and dust yourself off after every screw up, slowly but surely you just might make it to adulthood"-- Provided by publisher.

Dear father : breaking the cycle of pain

January 21, 2015
Ivy, J., 1976- author.
New York ; Hillsboro, Oregon : Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2015.
xviii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Grammy Award-winning artist and poet J. Ivy bares his soul in this inspirational memoir of pain transformed into healing and empowerment. Known as "hip-hop's favorite poet," J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who has bridged the worlds of hip-hop and performance poetry through his appearances on HBO's Def Poetry and his collaboration with Kanye West and Jay-Z. But throughout his success, he carried with him the pain of being abandoned by his father and growing up in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side. So he sat down with pen and paper and processed his pain the only way he knew how--through poetry. The resulting poem, Dear Father, became his vehicle of forgiveness and healing. It is a pivotal poem that has touched and inspired the lives of millions. Fused with his signature raw lyricism and street consciousness, J. Ivy's memoir shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. His story is personal yet universal, and will inspire others to channel whatever pain they have experienced into their own powerful gift of expression"-- Provided by publisher.

Ghost boy : the miraculous escape of a misdiagnosed boy trapped inside his own body

January 21, 2015
Pistorius, Martin.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2013]
xi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Machine generated contents note: 1.Counting Time -- 2.The Deep -- 3.Coming Up for Air -- 4.The Box -- 5.Virna -- 6.Awakening -- 7.My Parents -- 8.Changes -- 9.The Beginning and the End -- 10.Day by Day -- 11.The Wretch -- 12.Life and Death -- 13.My Mother -- 14.Other Worlds -- 15.Fried Egg -- 16.I Tell a Secret -- 17.The Bite -- 18.The Furies -- 19.Peacock Feathers -- 20.Daring to Dream -- 21.Secrets -- 22.Out of the Cocoon -- 23.An Offer I Can't Refuse -- 24.A Leap Forward -- 25.Standing in the Sea -- 26.She Returns -- 27.The Party -- 28.Henk and Arrietta -- 29.The Healer -- 30.Escaping the Cage -- 31.The Speech -- 32.A New World -- 33.The Laptop -- 34.The Counselor -- 35.Memories -- 36.Lurking in Plain Sight -- 37.Fantasies -- 38.A New Friend -- 39.Will He Ever Learn? -- 40.GD and Mimi -- 41.Loving Life and Living Love -- 42.Worlds Collide -- 43.Strangers -- 44.Everything Changes -- 45.Meeting Mickey? -- 46.The Real Me -- 47.A Lion's Heart -- 48.I Tell Her --
January 1988. Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live. Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents' marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought. "Ghost Boy "is the heart-wrenching story of one boy's return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent's resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin's mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body. We also see a life reclaimed, a business created, and a new love kindled.

No simple highway : a cultural history of the Grateful Dead

January 21, 2015
Richardson, Peter, 1959- author.
©2014
373 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Ecstasy -- Mobility -- Community.
"For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America's most popular touring band. [This is] the first book to ask the simple question of why--and attempt to answer it. Drawing on new research, interviews, and a fresh supply of material from the Grateful Dead archives, author Peter Richardson ... recounts the Dead's colorful history, adding new insight into everything from the acid tests to the band's formation of their own record label to their massive late career success, while probing the riddle of the Dead's vast and durable appeal"-- Provided by publisher.

Gotti's rules : the story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the demise of the American Mafia

January 21, 2015
Anastasia, George, author.
New York : Dey Street, 2015.
328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Independent Ed : inside a career of big dreams, little movies, and the twelve best days of my life

January 21, 2015
Burns, Edward, 1968-
New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2015]
x, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Savage park : a meditation on play, space, and risk for Americans who are nervous, distracted, and afraid to die

January 21, 2015
Fusselman, Amy.
New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
135 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Part memoir, part manifesto, this exploration of the underside of America's obsession with safety is prompted by the author's visit to a thrillingly alarming adventure playground in Tokyo "How fully can the world be explored," asks Amy Fusselman ". if you are also trying not to die?" On a visit to Tokyo with her family, Fusselman stumbles on Hanegi playpark, where children are sawing wood, hammering nails, stringing hammocks to trees, building open fires. When she returns to New York, her conceptions of space, risk, and fear are completely changed. Fusselman invites us along on her tightrope-walking expeditions with Philippe Petit and late night adventures with the Tokyo park-workers, showing that when we deprive ourselves, and our children, of the experience of taking risks in space, we make them less safe, not more so. Savage Park is a fresh, poetic reconsideration of behaviors in our culture that -- in the guise of protecting us -- make us numb and encourage us to sleepwalk through our lives. We babyproof our homes; plug our ears to our devices while walking through the city. What would happen if we exposed ourselves, if -- like the children at Hanegi park -- we put ourselves in situations that require true vigilance? Readers of Rebecca Solnit and Cheryl Strayed will delight in the revelations in Savage Park"-- Provided by publisher.

Vodka shot, pickle chaser : a true story of risk, corruption, and self-discovery amid the collapse of the Soviet Union

January 20, 2015
Kalis, David A., author.
©2014
269 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
After graduating from college, David Kalis planned a thirty-day tour of Leningrad. When the 1991 coup d'état attempt occurred, he ended up staying for two and a half tumultuous years.

Crucible of command : Ulysses S. Grant and Rober E. Lee -- the war they fought, the peace they forged

January 20, 2015
Davis, William C., 1946-
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xxi, 629 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

The Burma spring : Aung San Suu Kyi and the new struggle for the soul of a nation

January 20, 2015
Pederson, Rena, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
xxiv, 536 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm.
Aung San Suu Kyi--Burma's "woman of destiny" and one of the most admired voices for freedom in the world today--comes alive through this rendering of Burma/Myanmar's tumultuous history. Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner. Suu Kyi, the daughter of the late General Aung San (who secured freedom from Britain's imperial rule in 1948) initially had no desire to enter politics, but she had always made it clear that should her country need her, she would return. She would soon find herself embroiled in civil strife, then imprisoned in her home for fifteen years. But after decades of struggle, there is cause for renewed hope. Her party will be a major contender in the 2015 elections, a potential breakthrough after years of military dictatorship. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story. The book will also reveal the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, and also how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth. One of the few Western journalists to travel here extensively, Pederson provides a never-before-seen view of the harrowing hardships the people of Burma have endured, and of the fiery political atmosphere in which Suu Kyi has fought a life-and-death struggle for liberty.--From publisher description.

Pauline Frederick reporting : a pioneering broadcaster covers the Cold War

January 20, 2015
Greenwald, Marilyn S.
Lincoln : Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
xxi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Nick Drake : remembered for a while.

January 19, 2015
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
443 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
"The authorized companion to the music of Nick Drake"--Cover.
Which will / by Brian Cullman -- Keith Morris and Bryter Layter -- Please beware of them that stare : the live concerts / by Cally ; Bryter press -- Nick Drake goes to America -- Pink moon / by Pete Paphides -- Songs of Pink moon / [with commentary by Chris Healey] -- Keith Morris and Pink moon -- Pink press -- Island book of records -- Come blow your horn on high / Paul Wheeler in conversation with Gabrielle Drake -- Fourth album / by Pete Paphides -- Final songs / [with commentary by Chris Healey] -- Remembered for a while : the diaries of Rodney Drake -- You look to find a friend / Brian Wells interviewed by Cally -- Migajas / by Jeremy Harmer -- Orpheus visible / by Robin Frederick -- Exiled from Heaven / by Ian MacDonald -- Land without music / by Stuart Maconie -- Posthumous press -- Rodney and Molly / by Gorm Henrik Rasmussen -- Precipice of loneliness / by Will Stone -- Requiem.
Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. Drake released only three complete albums--Five Leaves Left (1969), Bryter Layter (1970), Pink Moon (1972)--and was not well known before his death in 1974. After his death, he gained a large posthumous following, inspiring leading musicians such as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Robert Smith of The Cure and bands such as Coldplay and The Black Crowes. This book peels back some of the mystery surrounding his life. It features color photographs, as well as original letters and interviews with family and friends.

The remarkable education of John Quincy Adams

January 16, 2015
Levin, Phyllis Lee.
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
524 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
A legacy more valuable than gold or silver -- A great deal of room for me to grow better -- Some compensation for me not being with my friends at Braintree -- A journal -- Almost at the world's end -- Promise to produce a worthy character -- A son who is the greatest traveller of his age -- And of a sister who fulfills my most sanguine expectations -- To have a degree at Harvard -- Your ever affectionate brother -- Your ever affectionate brother -- Study is my mistress -- While a student in the office of Theophilus Parsons Newburyport -- Exposed to the perils of sentiment -- I am on the bridge between wisdom and folly -- And I, too, am a scribbler -- The times change and we change with them -- The magnitude of the trust and my own incompetency -- The usual mixture between sweet and bitter -- The age of innocence and thoughtlessness -- Prudence is a sorry matchmaker -- Oh my Louisa! -- For the friend of your life -- Wise and in the best interests of the country -- To turn weariness itself into pleasure -- A painful retrospective -- With no small difficulty -- Another feather against a whirlwind -- Like a fish out of water -- Apostasy -- In honorable diplomatic exile.
A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams's destiny was foreordained. He was not only "the greatest traveler of his age," but his country's most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy's world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father's adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America's own luminaries Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a great challenge. Though he was determined to make his own career as a lawyer, he was soon sent abroad, at Washington's appointment, as well as beginning a deeply troubled though loving marriage. But through all his emotional turmoil and financial hardship, he remained dedicated to serving his country. Drawing closely on his voluminous writing, especially his journals and letters, this biography offers a more sympathetic look at a man who has often been viewed as cold and stubbornly contentious. It is the definitive biography of the emotional and intellectual development of this fascinating early American.--From publisher description.

Roland Hayes : the legacy of an American tenor

January 16, 2015
Brooks, Christopher Antonio, 1957- author.
©2015
xviii, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A new Jerusalem (1887-1911) -- Roland's world in Boston (1911-1920) -- Roland rules Britannia (1920-1921) -- "Le rage de Paris" (1921-1922) -- "You're tired, Chile" -- The Hayes conquest (1923-1924) -- Roland and the Countess (1924-1926) -- The conquest slows (1926-1930) -- "Hard trials, great tribulations" (1930-1935) -- Return to Europe (1936-1942) -- Rome, Georgia -- "I can tell the world!" (1942-1950) -- Struggles in remaining relevant (1950-1959) -- "I wanna go home" (1960-1977).

Publishing : a writer's memoir

January 16, 2015
Godwin, Gail, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
xiii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A personal story of a writer's hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul--for Gail Godwin, forty-five years of being a published writer and all that goes with it. A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958, Godwin met with Knopf scouts who came to campus every spring in search of new talent. Though her five pages of Windy Peaks were turned down and the novel never completed, she would go on to publish two story collections and fourteen novels, three of which were National Book Award finalists, five of which were New York Times bestsellers"-- Provided by publisher.

The undertaker's daughter

January 16, 2015
Mayfield, Katherine, 1958-
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
350 pages ; 22 cm
"Kate Mayfield's first foray into nonfiction is a Southern memoir that reads like a novel, about growing up in Jubilee, Kentucky as the daughter of a charismatic but troubled small-town undertaker."-- Provided by publisher.

Punk rock blitzkrieg : my life as a Ramone

January 16, 2015
Ramone, Marky, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
viii, 403 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The inside story behind one of the most revered bands in music history during the early days of punk rock in New York, from legendary drummer Marky Ramone. Rolling Stone ranked the Ramones at #26 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." They received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. And Marky Ramone played a major part in this success--his "blitzkrieg" style of drumming drove the sound the Ramones pioneered. Now, fans can get the inside story. Before he joined the Ramones, Marc Bell was already a name in the New York music scene. But when he joined three other tough misfits, he became Marky Ramone, and the rhythm that came to epitomize punk was born. Having outlived his bandmates, Marky is the only person who can share the secrets and stories of the Ramones' improbable rise from obtuse beginnings to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But it wasn't all good times and hit songs, and Marky doesn't shy away from discussing his own struggles, including the addiction to alcohol that led him to be temporarily kicked out of the band. From the cult film Rock 'n' Roll High School through "I Wanna Be Sedated" through his own struggle with alcoholism, Marky Ramone sets the record straight, painting an unflinching picture of the dysfunction behind the band that changed a generation. With exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg is both a cultural history of punk and a stirring story that millions of fans have been waiting for"-- Provided by publisher.

The many faces of Josephine Baker : dancer, singer, activist, spy

January 16, 2015
Caravantes, Peggy, 1935-
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2015.
195 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"A complete biographical look at the complex life of a world-famous entertainer With determination and audacity, Josephine Baker turned her comic and musical abilities into becoming a worldwide icon of the Jazz Age. The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy provides the first in-depth portrait of this remarkable woman for young adults. Author Peggy Caravantes follows Baker's life from her childhood in the depths of poverty to her comedic rise in vaudeville and fame in Europe. This lively biography covers her outspoken participation in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, espionage work for the French Resistance during World War II, and adoption of 12 children--her "rainbow tribe." Also included are informative sidebars on relevant topics such as the 1917 East St. Louis riot, Pullman railway porters, the Charleston, and more. The lush photographs, appendix updating readers on the lives of the rainbow tribe, source notes, and bibliography make this is a must-have resource for any student, Baker fan, or history buff"-- Provided by publisher.

The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks : the band that made radio famous

January 16, 2015
Edmiston, Fred W., 1930-
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2003.
xi, 372 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Joe and Coonie -- Postwar Kansas City -- Coon-Sanders novelty orchestra -- The Nighthawks -- Chicago's Congress Hotel -- The Blackhawk years -- The final year.
"Here is the complete history of the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, the band whose saucy, bustling music and carefree musicians symbolized the era between World War I and the Great Depression. This work covers it all, from the two leaders and their very different personalities, and the various band members, to their association with Jules Cesar Stein (who set the band on a five-week tour that made enough money for Stein to found the Music Corporation of America, or MCA)."--Jacket.

Journeys in the wilderness : a John Muir reader

January 16, 2015
Muir, John, 1838-1914.
Edinburgh : Birlinn, 2009.
vi, 570 p. ; 20 cm.
The story of my boyhood and youth (Complete) -- My first summer in the Sierra (Complete) -- The mountains of California (Selection) -- Our national parks (Selection) -- The Yosemite (Selection) -- Stickeen (Complete) -- Steep trails (Selection).
"John Muir was born at Dunbar, Scotland in 1838, and emigrated to America in 1849, where he is still revered as 'Father of the National Parks' and 'Herald of the Conservation Movement'. A true Renaissance man, Muir was: inventor, mountaineer, explorer, botanist, geologist, nature-writer and environmental campaigner; many would add: Christian-mystic, visionary and wilderness-sage. His writings are the fountain-head from which the American conservation movement erupted, setting the agenda, the ethos and the argument for the creation of a vast National Park system. Muir did more than simply describe the grizzly bears, the giant redwoods and luminous landscapes of California's High Sierra; as the founder of the Sierra Club, his endless campaigns saved them for all posterity. This new selection includes Muir's finest autobiographical books: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth and My First Summer in the Sierra along with the best of his climbing and conservation essays from: The Mountains of California, Our National Parks, The Yosemite and Steep Trails. It offers a rounded portrait of Muir as a giant of American letters; of a visionary, whose passionate defence of 'everything that is Wild', still reverberates through today's environmental movement, inspiring new generations of activists and all who love the natural world."--Publisher's description.

Measure of a man : from Auschwitz survivor to presidents' tailor : a memoir

January 16, 2015
Greenfield, Martin, 1928- author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a Salem Communications Company, [2014]
234 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Meeting Mengele -- Inside Auschwitz -- The death march -- Ike arrives -- A time to kill -- Coming to America -- GGG -- The beautiful people -- The tailor's tailor -- Dressing presidents and politicans -- Suit maker to the stars -- Bar mitzvah at eighty.
"He's been called 'America's greatest living tailor' and 'the most interesting man in the world.' Now, for the first time, Holocaust survivor Martin Greenfield tells his incredible life story. Taken from his Czechoslovakian home at age fifteen and transported to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz with his family, Greenfield came face to face with 'Angel of Death' Dr. Joseph Mengele and was divided forever from his [family] ... He learned how to sew; and when he began wearing the shirt under his prisoner uniform, he learned that clothes possess great power and could even help save his life [and led ultimately to his] founding America's premier custom suit company"-- Provided by publisher.

Life could be verse : reflections on love, loss, and what really matters

January 16, 2015
Douglas, Kirk, 1916- author.
Deerfield Beach, Florida : Health Communications, Inc., [2014]
ix, 116 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
"Through poems, prose, and photos, Douglas candidly shares it all as he chaperones us through the stages of his life, including the untimely death of his youngest son and the stroke that left him unable to speak"--Page 4 of cover.

feed —Subscribe to the Biography feed .

Fiction

For Teens

For Kids

Media

Electronic Resources

Foreign

Nonfiction

Large Print