New Arrivals · Biography

May 6, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Memories : from Moscow to the Black Sea

May 5, 2016
Tėffi, N. A. (Nadezhda Aleksandrovna), 1872-1952, author.
New York : New York Review Books, [2016]
xxi, 267 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
Considered Teffi’s single greatest work, Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea is a deeply personal account of the author’s last months in Russia and Ukraine, suffused with her acute awareness of the political currents churning around her, many of which have now resurfaced. In 1918, in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution, Teffi, whose stories and journalism had made her a celebrity in Moscow, was invited to read from her work in Ukraine. She accepted the invitation eagerly, though she had every intention of returning home. As it happened, her trip ended four years later in Paris, where she would spend the rest of her life in exile.

Herbert Hoover in the White House : the ordeal of the presidency

May 5, 2016
Rappleye, Charles, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xx, 554 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I: The rise and fall of Herbert Hoover. He did not choose ; A political diptych ; Flashpoints, and a landslide ; "Hoover the silent" ; Bright with hope ; The Wall Street Frankenstein ; The special session ; The crash ; The president's hair shirts ; "The peculiar weakness of Mr. Hoover" -- Part II: War on a thousand fronts. Challenging facts ; Friction at the Fed ; The ground gives way ; Playing politics with human misery ; The ghost of Grover Cleveland ; Credit crunch ; The Gibraltar of world stability ; Reconstruction -- Part III: The bitter end. Roosevelt rising ; The conflicted candidate ; Evil magic ; President reject ; Interregnum ; The sound of crashing banks.
Describes the uphill battle faced by the thirty-first president, who served his single term during the Great Depression, portraying the man as bright, well-meaning, and energetic but ultimately lacking in the tools of leadership.--Publisher

Disraeli : the novel politician

May 5, 2016
Cesarani, David.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
viii, 292 pages ; 22 cm.
Lauded as a "great Jew," excoriated by antisemites, and one of Britain's most renowned prime ministers, Benjamin Disraeli has been widely celebrated for his role in Jewish history. But is the perception of him as a Jewish hero accurate? In what ways did he contribute to Jewish causes? In this groundbreaking, lucid investigation of Disraeli's life and accomplishments, David Cesarani draws a new portrait of one of Europe's leading nineteenth-century statesmen, a complicated, driven, opportunistic man. While acknowledging that Disraeli never denied his Jewish lineage, boasted of Jewish achievements, and argued for Jewish civil rights while serving as MP, Cesarani challenges the assumption that Disraeli truly cared about Jewish issues. Instead, his driving personal ambition required him to confront his Jewishness at the same time as he acted opportunistically. By creating a myth of aristocratic Jewish origins for himself, and by arguing that Jews were a superior race, Disraeli boosted his own career but also contributed to the consolidation of some of the most fundamental stereotypes of modern antisemitism.

Botswana : a brush with the wild

May 5, 2016
Augustinus, Paul, 1952-
Randburg, South Africa : Acorn Books ; Johannesburg : Thorold's Africana Books [distributor], 1987.
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 35 cm

The other UC and me : editing the Sixties

May 5, 2016
Kuhn, Judy McCarty, author.
Bellevue, KY : MicroPress, Inc., [2016]
xvi, 350 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Foreword by Bruce Rheins, Deputy Bureau Chief, CBS News.
The Freshman: 1963-64. In the beginning; Camelot; Le morte d'Arthur; Orderly succession; The MG and me; Voices; Basketball power; Spring 1964 -- The Sophomore: 1964-65. The social editor; The other UC; Election 1964; Mr.Clyde; Everything escalates; March May madness; A new staff; The driving mystique; Summer oxymoron -- The Junior: 1965-66. Happy New Year; Student observation of life; The pen and the sword; Max, matresses, and motorcycles; High-rise life; Sounds of silence; Speak-out/Sing-out; Becoming editor-in-chief; No horns; Hell no-we won't go; On the same page; Rights and writes; Mayhem -- The Senior: 1966-67. Playing the tuba; Quiet with a gas mask on; Thirteen take a stand; Another war; Foggy job offer; No-news/ Big-news edition; Collegiate press; Real cloaks; And daggers; Protesting the protesters; Gentel Thursday, nasty Friday, and mean Monday; The cycle of life; Neither confirm nor deny; Graduation on my mind; Mr. Clyde wraps it up again; Lessons learned -- The Graduate: 1968-1970. The story continues; The rest of the story; Conclusion: The price of peace.
"This is more than a '60s memoir by a Midwest collegiate editor. It is the story of a weekly newspaper published by volunteers at a large urban college with no journalism program. It is a history book that explains the issues of the era—the Vietnam conflict, youth protest movements, civil rights, civil liberties, the 25th Ammendment, and more. It is a story that focuses on the vulnerability, rights, and power of the collegiate press"--Publisher's website.

Missing man : the American spy who vanished in Iran

May 4, 2016
Meier, Barry, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
viii, 273 pages ; 24 cm
The house on Ninety-Second Street -- Toots -- The fugitive -- Boris -- A gold mine -- Christmas -- The Black Dahlia -- An appointment on Kish -- The missing man -- One of their own -- The merchant of death -- Passwords -- The nuclear option -- "Heloo Cheristi" -- The hikers -- The young man -- Proof of life -- Tradecraft -- Breaking news -- The fellowship -- The twilight war.
"In late 2013, Americans were shocked to learn that a former FBI agent turned private investigator who disappeared in Iran in 2007 was there on a mission for the CIA. The missing man, Robert Levinson, appeared in pictures dressed like a Guantánamo prisoner and pleaded in a video for help from the United States. Barry Meier, an award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, draws on years of interviews and never-before-disclosed CIA files to weave together a riveting narrative of the ex-agent's journey to Iran and the hunt to rescue him. The result is an extraordinary tale about the shadowlands between crime, business, espionage, and the law, where secrets are currency and betrayal is commonplace."-- Provided by publisher.

Detroit hustle : a memoir of love, life & home

May 3, 2016
Haimerl, Amy, author.
269 pages ; 24 cm
"Journalist Amy Haimerl and her husband had been priced out of their Brooklyn neighborhood. Seeing this as a great opportunity to start over again, they decide to cash in their savings and buy an abandoned house for $35,000 in Detroit, the largest city in the United States to declare bankruptcy. As she and her husband restore the 1914 Georgian Revival, a stately brick house with no plumbing, no heat, and no electricity, Amy finds a community of Detroiters who, like herself, aren't afraid of a little hard work or things that are a little rough around the edges. Filled with amusing and touching anecdotes about navigating a real-estate market that is rife with scams, finding a contractor who is a lover of C.S. Lewis and willing to quote him liberally, and neighbors who either get teary-eyed at the sight of newcomers or urge Amy and her husband to get out while they can, Amy writes evocatively about the charms and challenges of finding her footing in a city whose future is in question. Detroit Hustle is a memoir that is both a meditation on what it takes to make a house a home, and a love letter to a much-derided city."--provided by publisher.

Stanley Kubrick and me : thirty years at his side

May 3, 2016
D'Alessandro, Emilio.
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2016.
357 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"This intimate portrait by his former personal assistant and confidante reveals the man behind the legendary filmmaker--for the first time. Stanley Kubrick, the director of a string of timeless movies from Lolita and Dr. Strangelove to A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and others, has always been depicted by the media as the Howard Hughes of filmmakers, a weird artist obsessed with his work and privacy to the point of madness. But who was he really? Emilio D'Alessandro lets us see. A former Formula Ford driver who was a minicab chauffeur in London during the Swinging Sixties, he took a job driving a giant phallus through the city that became his introduction to the director. Honest, reliable, and ready to take on any task, Emilio found his way into Kubrick's neurotic, obsessive heart. He became his personal assistant, his right-hand man and confidant, working for him from A Clockwork Orange until Kubrick's death in 1999. Emilio was the silent guy in the room when the script for The Shining was discussed. He still has the coat Jack Nicholson used in the movie. He was an extra on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's last movie. He knew all the actors and producers Kubrick worked with; he observed firsthand Kubrick's working methods down to the smallest detail. Making no claim of expertise in cinematography but with plenty of anecdotes, he offers a completely fresh perspective on the artist and a warm, affecting portrait of a generous, kind, caring man who was a perfectionist in work and life. "-- Provided by publisher.

Five presidents : my extraordinary journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

May 3, 2016
Hill, Clint, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
x, 451 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Introduction: Walking beside history -- Part I. With President Eisenhower. The secret dead body ; The White House detail ; The eleven-nation tour ; The South American tour ; Spying on the Soviets ; The Asian trip ; The 1960 presidential campaign -- Part II. With President Kennedy. On the first lady detail ; Palm Beach ; Traveling with the Kennedys: Europe ; Hyannis Port ; Traveling with the Kennedys: South America and Mexico ; The Cuban Missile Crisis ; 1963: great expectations ; Triumph and tragedy ; The trip to Texas ; Dallas ; The funeral ; The year after -- Part III. With President Johnson. The LBJ Ranch ; Inauguration 1965 ; The civil-rights president ; A president's burdens ; Traveling with LBJ: Honolulu and Mexico City ; Traveling with LBJ: down under ; 1967 ; 1968 ; Loyalty ; Last days with LBJ -- Part IV. With Presidents Nixon and Ford. Vice President Spiro Agnew ; Beware Greeks bearing gifts ; A visit from Elvis ; 1971 ; 1972: the beginning of the end ; A White House in turmoil ; The unraveling of a presidency ; History takes its toll ; 60 minutes.
Retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history to life with this rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency. Hill delivers a stunning perspective from the eyes of an everyman who saw some of the most historic moments of the 20th century during his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era: the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon. With a unique insider's perspective and a moving touch, Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions. Adapted from dust jacket.

October 31, 1517 : Martin Luther and the day that changed the world

May 3, 2016
Marty, Martin E., 1928- author.
Brewster MA : Paraclete Press Inc., 2016.
xi, 114 pages ; 20 cm
An invitation -- Repentance here means a change of heart -- A five-hundred-years-ago argument over penance -- Justification by faith versus the penance system -- Five hundred years of conflict -- Repentance calls for dialogue, dialogue focuses on repentance -- Ecumenists repent: the change of heart -- From mere diversity to reconciled diversity -- Reconciled diversity over justification -- Sacraments and practices among repentant Christians -- Can one day change the world? -- The ninety-five theses.

No outlet

May 3, 2016
Klayer, Ben, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : GGI Publishing, [2016]
199 pages ; 23 cm
"No Outlet recounts the true coming-of-age tale of two adolescent boys as they grow up together on an impoverished dead-end street called Francis Ave. One fateful summer evening, a new neighbor kid--named David--asks twelve-year- old Ben Klayer for a bicycle tire pump. They begin pedaling around together and quickly become best friends. Over the next six years, Ben and David share many experiences while living on Francis Avenue. Some good like winning a three-legged race, at a birthday party. Some hilarious, like pissing on a campfire to put it out, and some necessary, like working first jobs, and applying to college. The two boys also witness some horrible situations, such as rampant drug dealing, and child abuse. Together, Ben and David cope with the imbalanced conditions. They look for outlets; not only literally, but with their lives. Will they thrive beyond Francis Avenue?"--Page [4] of cover.

The story of my life

May 3, 2016
Keller, Helen, 1880-1968, author.
New York : Signet Classics, [2010]
xviii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Originally published: New York : New American Library, 1988. With new afterword.
In this autobiography, initially published in 1903, Helen Keller recalls her remarkable life as a blind and deaf woman taught to communicate by Ann Sullivan. Here among other memories, Keller describes her epiphany at the water pump when she connected the physical world with its linguistic counterpart. Keller was eventually educated at Radcliffe University, where she graduated with honors.

God gave me you : the true story of love, loss, and a heaven-sent miracle

May 2, 2016
Seaman, Tricia.
New York : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016.
xiii, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Room 173 -- The request -- Baby fever -- Where the road leads -- Beyond the hill -- What's left behind -- The Easter visit -- Trial run -- The waiting game -- A day to remember -- Home, sweet home -- A new direction -- One big happy family -- A circle of kindness -- No place like Walmart -- Nesting -- Time out -- Toes in the sand -- A whole new world -- A birthday kitten -- Too close for comfort -- Broadway bound -- Steps toward heaven -- The calm before the storm -- Letting go -- Heaven gains an angel -- Purple skys.
When a single mother with terminal cancer asks an oncology nurse to look after her son, neither can imagine what God has in store. This is the heartwarming story of how two very different women with two very different paths were brought together for one very special purpose.

Something new : tales from a makeshift bride

May 2, 2016
Knisley, Lucy, author, illustrator.
New York : First Second, 2016.
291 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm

The Romanovs : 1613-1918

May 2, 2016
Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xxxiv, 744 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, genealogical table ; 24 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book."

Federer and me : a story of obsession

May 2, 2016
Skidelsky, William, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
viii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Yellow Jersey Press"--Title page verso.
London, Sunday 6 July 2014 -- Chapter 1: The sporty one -- 2007-2010 -- Chapter 2: Federer and the modern game -- 2011-2013 -- Chapter 3: The curse of Nadal -- January-May 2014 -- Chapter 4: The years between -- Halle, Thursday 12 June 2014 -- Halle, Friday 13 June 2014 -- Chapter 5: The greatest match -- Halle, Saturday 14 June 2014 -- Halle, Sunday 15 June 2014 -- Chapter 6: The pursuit of beauty -- Wimbledon, Thursday 26 June-Wednesday 2 July 2014 -- Chapter 7: A fan's life -- Sunday 6 July 2014 (continued).

The castaway's war : one man's battle against Imperial Japan

May 2, 2016
Harding, Stephen, 1952- author.
Boston : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
xi, 289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Roll tide -- Taking ship -- War among the islands -- On a collision course -- Death by long lance -- Adrift in Kula Gulf -- Cast upon a hostile shore -- Alone among enemies -- Back in the war -- Back to the world -- Congress, television, and the silver screen.
"Presents the story of Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, who was marooned on a South Pacific island and waged a one-man war against Japanese forces. By the author of The New York Times best-seller The Last Battle,"--NoveList.

Leaning on the arc : a personal history of criminal defense

May 2, 2016
Schwartzbach, M. Gerald, author.
Chicago, IL : American Bar Association, [2016]
vii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Saladin : the sultan who vanquished the crusaders and built an Islamic empire

May 2, 2016
Man, John, 1941- author.
Boston, MA : De Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
xiii, 287 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Bantam Press, an imprint of Transworld Publishers.
Preface: the Once and Future King -- 1. A World in Conflict -- 2. A Teenager in Damascus -- 3. Into Egypt -- 4. Building a Power-base -- 5. Back to Syria, and a Dead-end -- 6. Enter the Villain -- 7. Defeat and Victory: The Tide on the Turn -- 8. Reynald's Raid -- 9. Build-up to the Show-down -- 10. The Horns of Hattin -- 11. Retaking the Holy City -- 12. The Third Crusade: The Gathering Storm -- 13. Acre -- 14. The End of the Third Crusade -- 15. Death, and Enduring Life -- 16. A Brief History of Leadership -- 17. Legacy: A Glowing Image, a Grim Reality.
"Saladin remains one of the most iconic figures of his age. As the man who united the Arabs and saved Islam from Christian crusaders in the twelfth century, he is the Islamic world's preeminent hero. A ruthless defender of his faith and brilliant leader, he also possessed qualities that won admiration from his Christian foes. But Saladin is far more than a historical hero. Builder, literary patron, and theologian, he is a man for all times, and a symbol of hope for an Arab world once again divided. Centuries after his death, in cities from Damascus to Cairo and beyond, to the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf, Saladin continues to be an immensely potent symbol of religious and military resistance to the West. He is central to Arab memories, sensibilities, and the ideal of a unified Islamic state. John Man charts Saladin's rise to power, his struggle to unify the warring factions of his faith, and his battles to retake Jerusalem and expel Christian influence from Arab lands. Saladin explores the life and enduring legacy of this champion of Islam while examining his significance for the world today."--provided by

The auctioneer : adventures in the art trade

April 29, 2016
De Pury, Simon, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
x, 228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
My nude portrait -- Going contempo -- Artopolis -- L'Artist --The apprentice -- London calling -- My role model -- The auction house wars -- Simon De Monaco -- Our man in Geneva -- A royal courtship -- Me and the baron -- The merry wives of Henri; or the making of a collector -- Foreign intrigues -- If I had a hammer -- Team of rivals -- The women -- My oligarchs -- Courting Medicis -- The cutting edge.
"Simon de Pury, the ultimate art player, takes us inside the secretive business, whose staggering prices, famous collectors, and high crimes are front page news almost every day. The former Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, the former owner of Sotheby's rival Phillips de Pury, and currently a London-based dealer and advisor to great collectors around the world, Simon has one of the highest profiles of any non-artist in the art world. Even though he has an ancient title and the aura of an elegant Swiss banker, Simon is famous as an iconoclast and is known as "The Mick Jagger of Auctions" for his showmanship and exuberance. His whole life in art has been devoted to bringing art to the public and to the juxtaposition of high and low. Movie stars, musicians, and athletes compete with hedge funders and billionaires for the great art, and Simon is their pied piper; he wants to turn the world to art and this book will be his message"--Provided by publisher.

The cook up : a crack rock memoir

April 29, 2016
Watkins, D., author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
261 pages ; 22 cm
The smartest kid on his block in East Baltimore, D. was certain he would escape the life of drugs, decadence, and violence that had surrounded him since birth. But when his brother Devin is shot-only days after D. receives notice that he's been accepted into Georgetown University-the plans for his life are exploded, and he takes up the mantel of his brother's crack empire. D. succeeds in cultivating the family business, but when he meets a woman unlike any he's known before, his priorities are once more put into question. Equally terrifying and hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking, D.'s story offers a rare glimpse into the mentality of a person who has escaped many hells.

An artist in America

April 29, 2016
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1990.
xx, 395 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The essential Mickey Rooney

April 28, 2016
Neibaur, James L., 1958-
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xxi, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Paul McCartney : the life

April 28, 2016
Norman, Philip, 1943- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
853 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.

A series of catastrophes & miracles : a true story of love, science, and cancer

April 28, 2016
Williams, Mary Elizabeth, (Journalist), author.
304 pages ; 24 cm
"A wry, witty account of what it is like to face death--and be restored to life. After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma--a "rapidly fatal" form of cancer--journalist and mother of two Mary Elizabeth Williams finds herself in a race against the clock. She takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance and joins a clinical trial for immunotherapy, a revolutionary drug regimen that trains the body to vanquish malignant cells. Astonishingly, her cancer disappears entirely in just a few weeks. But at the same time, her best friend embarks on a cancer journey of her own--with very different results. Williams's experiences as a patient and a medical test subject reveal with stark honesty what it takes to weather disease, the extraordinary new developments that are rewriting the rules of science--and the healing power of human connection"-- Provided by publisher.

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