New Arrivals · Biography

August 28, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Masterful marks : cartoonists who changed the world

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

The beat of my own drum : a memoir

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

Confessions of an ivy league frat boy : a memoir

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

Hyper : a personal history of ADHD

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

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

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

Eichmann before Jerusalem : the unexamined life of a mass murderer

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

Cold sweat : my father James Brown and me

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

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

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

Joni Mitchell : in her own words

August 25, 2014
Mitchell, Joni.
©2014
xxv, 259 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Brown girl dreaming

August 22, 2014
Woodson, Jacqueline.
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.
336 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 22 cm
"Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story. but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery"-The New York Times Book Review"-- Provided by publisher.

Edgar Allan Poe : the fever called living

August 22, 2014
Collins, Paul, 1969-
Boston : New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
130 pages ; 22 cm
The child of fortune -- Manuscript found in a bottle -- The glorious prospect -- The Shakespeare of America -- Nevermore.

Flight from reason : a mother's story of schizophrenia, recovery and hope

August 20, 2014
Yeiser, Karen S., author.
©2014
221 pages ; 23 cm.
Foreword by Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D."--Cover.
"The insidious symptoms of schizophrenia quietly transformed Karen's devoted and intelligent daughter Bethany into a despondent, dirty, homeless stranger, living on the streets of a West Coast city. After dropping out of college and refusing all contact with family and friends, her daughter pursued an obsession to travel alone to three continents in an effort to help alleviate worldwide human suffering and poverty. Throughout an agonizing five year period of estrangement, not realizing her daughter's personality changes were the direct result of emerging schizophrenia, there were times when Karen did not know if her daughter was dead or alive. Every attempt to make contact with Bethany resulted in deeper estrangement as schizophrenia twisted her sense of reality and ravaged her mind. One day Karen and her husband were notified by police that Bethany was being held on a 72-hour psychiatric hold in a hospital emergency room two thousand miles away. Little did they know that the reunion with their daughter would plunge all three of them into an even broader dimension of suffering generated by Bethany's severe illness and her awakened desire to reclaim her life. Through a series of events, and despite overwhelming odds, Bethany made an unexpected and complete recovery from schizophrenia. Seen through Karen's eyes, and with raw honesty, she brings the reader directly into her own world of confusion and heartbreak. She offers an intimate perspective on the agony families endure while watching mental illness assault the mind of a loved one, and navigating the frustrating obstacle course of the mental health system."--Publisher's description.

Mind estranged : my journey from schizophrenia and homelessness to recovery

August 20, 2014
Yeiser, Bethany, author.
©2014
157 pages ; 23 cm.
Foreword by Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D."--Cover.
"Mind estranged tells the story of Bethany's life, from her years as a promising university student through her gradual descent into schizophrenia, and unexpected, full recovery. While slowly losing her sanity, she traveled the world. She returned to the U.S. unable to work or study--and soon found herself homeless, delusional, and controlled by voices that talked to her and gave her orders in her mind. Bethany's memoir enables the reader to enter into the mind of a person with schizophrenia, homeless and roaming the streets. While living in the shadows of society, her illness drove her to refuse all contact with her family and friends, and eventually led to her arrest and hospitalization. Against all odds, she recovered from schizophrenia, returned to college, and graduated with honors."--Publisher's description.

Pro cycling on $10 a day : from fat kid to Euro pro

August 20, 2014
Gaimon, Phil, author.
Boulder, Colorado : Velo Press, 2014.
xii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Take what you can get -- Get in your fucking car -- Put it in the 11 -- Pay your dues again -- Keep racing as long as you can -- Hold it down -- Get serious -- You gotta believe.
"Abandoning his former life as a couch potato and gamer, Phil Gaimon begin riding a bicycle in 2004 with the goal of shedding a few pounds. By sheer accident, he discovered he was a natural, advancing so rapidly through the amateur ranks that he entered the pro peloton utterly ignorant of a century of cycling etiquette. He recounts the difficulties of making ends meet on a salary of $166 a month, the politics and friendships of the peloton, and the ups and downs as he pursues a life as a pro cyclist"-- Provided by publisher.

Mud Creek medicine : the life of Eula Hall and the fight for Appalachia

August 19, 2014
Bhatraju, Kiran, author.
©2013
xxiv, 280 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"From deep in the mountains of Appalachia to the steps of Capitol Hill, Mud Creek Medicine chronicles the life of an iconoclastic woman with a resolute spirit to help her people. Eula Hall, born into abject poverty in Greasy Creek, Kentucky, found herself -- through sheer determination and will -- at the center of a century-long struggle to lift up a part of America that is too often forgotten. Through countless interviews and meticulous research, Kiran Bhatraju, a native of Eastern Kentucky, deftly traces Eula's life from impoverished hired girl to community activist. Eula served as a foot soldier in the War on Poverty, President Lyndon B. Johnson's noble attempt to change the trajectory of a timeless people. That work sparked her determination to follow her own brand of tough-love, bootstrapped compassion for a lifetime. Eula's story shows how one woman could make a difference through a clear-eyed understanding of the nexus between politics, wealth, labor, and disease. Mud Creek Medicine takes the reader through Eula's experiences with moonshining, labor strikes, and fighting against severe domestic abuse, to eventually building and managing her clinic"-- From dust jacket flap.

I'll be back right after this : my memoir

August 15, 2014
O'Brien, Pat, 1948 February 14--
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xiii, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Growing up, Pat O'Brien was the skinny Midwestern kid with the divorced parents and the alcoholic father ... His life was unceremonious--until he was picked up in [a] student center by a professor who envisioned his future as the household television name he would become. From that day forward, Pat's life became anything but ordinary: from afternoons in the late Bobby Kennedy's living room with Muhammad Ali, to Rangers games in President Bush's suite, to the drugs and drinking and party lifestyle of Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, Pat has met everyone: the Beatles, the Kennedys, Neil Young, and Magic Johnson"-- Provided by publisher.

Makers of modern Asia

August 15, 2014
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2014].
385 pages ; 24 cm.

Doctored : the disillusionment of an American physician

August 14, 2014
Jauhar, Sandeep, 1968- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014].
x, 268 pages ; 24 cm
Storm -- Medicine at midlife -- Ambition. Awakening ; Odd conceptions ; Learning curve ; Good intentions ; Do the right thing ; Double effect ; Hatching a plan ; Pact -- Asperity. Stress test ; Moral hazard ; Devotion ; Denial ; Deluge -- Adjustment. Deception ; Ticktock ; Follow the money ; Speed dating ; Diversion ; A country husband.
"A memoir-expose of the health-care system by a cardiologist and much-praised author"--Provided by publisher.

Dunmore's new world : the extraordinary life of a royal governor in Revolutionary America--with Jacobites, counterfeiters, land schemes, shipwrecks, scalping, Indian politics, runaway slaves, and two illegal royal weddings

August 14, 2014
David, James Corbett, 1977-
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2013.
viii, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Family Politics, 1745-1770 -- The Absence of Empire, 1770-1773 -- Promised Land, 1773-1774 -- A Refugee's Revolution, 1775-1781 -- Abiding Ambitions, 1781-1796 -- Conclusion, 1796-1809 -- A Note on Method : Biography and Empire.

Much love, Jac

August 13, 2014
Weaver, Jacki, 1947-
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011.
280p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm.

Radiation days : the rollicking, lighthearted story of a man and his cancer

August 13, 2014
Hoffman, L. F. (Lynn F.)
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014].
vii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

The Oxford companion to modern poetry

August 13, 2014
New York : Oxford University Press, [2014].
xxiii, 706 pages ; 20 cm

Timeless : love, Morgenthau, and me

August 12, 2014
Franks, Lucinda.
New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2014.
390 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Lucinda Franks recounts her marriage to Robert Morgenthau, Jr., a man decades her senior who subscribes to a vastly different lifestyle"-- Provided by publisher.

Susan Sontag : a biography

August 11, 2014
Schreiber, Daniel, 1977- author.
Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2014.
xiii, 280 pages ; 25 cm.
"Originally published in German in 2007 under the title Susan Sontag: Geist und Glamour."
Memories of a so-called childhood (1933-1944) -- The invention of Susan Sontag (1945-1948) -- Intellectual delirium (1949-1957) -- Paris, a romance (1958-1959) -- The New York nexus (1959-1963) -- Camp (1964) -- Styles of the avant-garde (1965-1967) -- Radical chic (1967-1969) -- Behind the camera (1969-1972) -- In semi-exile (1972-1975) -- The kingdom of the sick (1975-1979) -- The last intellectual (1980-1983) -- Small-scale politics (1984-1988) -- Return to the Magic Mountain (1989-1992) -- Theater at the spiritual front (1993-1997) -- Life and afterlife (1998-2001) -- The pain of others (2001-2004).

Blood aces : the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker

August 11, 2014
Swanson, Doug J., 1953-
New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
viii, 355 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The astonishing story of Benny Binion-a rip-roaring saga of murder, money, and the making of Las Vegas. Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion's crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. Through a mix of cold-bloodedness, native intelligence, folksiness, and philanthropy, Binion became one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling, and his showmanship, shrewdness, and violence would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Veteran journalist Doug J. Swanson uses once-secret government documents and dogged reporting to show how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries-including J. Edgar Hoover. As fast paced as any thriller, Blood Aces tells a story that is unmatched in the annals of American criminal justice, a vital yet untold piece of this country's history"-- Provided by publisher.

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