New Arrivals · Literature

January 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Thrill me : essays on fiction

January 20, 2017
Percy, Benjamin, author.
©2016
174 pages ; 21 cm
"In fifteen essays that challenge the notion that literary and genre fiction are mutually exclusive, the author turns to Cormac McCarthy, Ursula K. Le Guin, Stephen King, and others to discover how contemporary writers engage plot, character, dialogue, and suspense"--Page [4] of cover.
Thrill me -- Urgency -- Set pieces: staging the iconic scene -- There will be blood: writing violence -- Making the extraordinary ordinary -- Designing suspense -- Don't look back -- Modulation: the art of reversal -- Sounds like writing -- Move mountains: activating setting -- Feckless pondering -- Get a job -- Consider the orange: meaningful repetition -- Home improvement: revision as renovation -- Go the distance.

Around the way girls 10

January 19, 2017
©2017
410 pages ; 21 cm
Not with my man / Ms. Michel Moore -- The ultimate revenge / Marlon P.S. White -- Cutthroat divas / Racquel Williams.
Depressed Katara tries suicide, but winds up with a worse fate; abused Shay vows never to be hurt again; and three women, Ajanay, Sheika, and London, try to use their bodies to escape from one of Richmonds most ruthless housing projects.

Beryl Bainbridge : love by all sorts of means : a biography

January 18, 2017
King, Brendan, author.
©2016
ix, 564 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The first biography of one of the most-loved English novelists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Origins of the universe and what it all means

January 18, 2017
Firstman, Carole, 1964- author.
Ann Arbor, MI : Dzanc Books, [2016]
270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Light, time, Earth -- Scorpions, snakes -- Sitting-up mud -- Starry nights -- Songbirds -- The face of perfection -- Presence.
Carole Firstman traces her strained relationship with her eccentric and distant father, a gifted biology professor whose research on scorpions may have contributed to the evolutionary theories of Stephen Jay Gould. Through unexpected forms--from footnotes and diagrams to startling love letters and Saturday morning cartoons--Firstman struggles to reconnect with her estranged father and redefine herself as both a grown woman and a daughter. Part travel narrative, part cultural commentary, this genre-bending memoir contemplates the nature of parent-child relationships, the evolution of life on Earth, and origins both physical and metaphysical.

Four weddings and a sixpence : an anthology

January 17, 2017
©2017
407 pages ; 17 cm
"AvonBooks historical romance"--Spine.
Something old / Julia Quinn -- Something new / Stefanie Sloane -- Something borrowed / Elizabeth Boyle -- Something blue / Laura Lee Guhrke -- And a sixpence in her shoe / Julia Quinn.
Four friends from Mrs. Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings.

Idols and underdogs : an anthology of Latin American football fiction

January 6, 2017
©2016
293 pages : map ; 20 cm
Translation of: Por amor a la pelota : once cracks de la ficción futbolera.
"Eleven stories, one from each country in the South American World Cup qualifying group, plus Mexico (following the precedent set by the Copa América)."--page [4] of cover.
Foreword / Rodge Glass -- Prologue / Shawn Stein and Nicolás Campisi -- Argentina. Team spirit (La camaraderia del deporte) / Selva Almada -- Bolivia. Just like life (Como la vida misma) / Edmundo Paz Soldán -- Brazil. In the mouth of the tunnel (En la boca del túnel (Na boca do túnel)) / Sérgio Sant'Anna -- Chile. Just another dude (Un huevón más) / Roberto Fuentes -- Colombia. Cucho (El cucho) / Ricardo Silva Romero -- Ecuador. The idol (El ídolo) / José Hidalgo Pallares -- México. The ghost on the edge (El extremo fantasma) / Juan Villoro -- Paraguay. Football Inc. (Fútbol S.A.) / Javier Viveros -- Perú. Where the spiders nest (Donde anidan las arañas) / Sergio Galarza -- Uruguay. The final penalty (El último penal) / Carlos Abin -- Venezuela. Losers' afternoon (Tarde de perdedores) / Miguel Hidalgo Prince -- Credits.

Vanity fair's writers on writers

January 6, 2017
©2016.
viii, 424 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction / by David Friend -- One Vanity Fair contrarian fondly recalls another. Dorothy Parker / by Christopher Hitchens -- On poets. W. H. Auden / by Joseph Brodsky -- E. E. Cummings / by Susan Cheever -- Marianne Moore / by Elizabeth Bishop -- On literary lions. Eudora Welty / by Willie Morris -- Reynolds Price / by Anne Tyler -- Saul Bellow / by Martin Amis -- Jack Kerouac / by James Wolcott -- Truman Capote / by Sam Kashner -- Norman Mailer / by Patricia Bosworth -- Ernest Hemingway / by A. Scott Berg -- Tom Wolfe / by Michael Lewis -- Distant shores. Paul Bowles / by Jay McInerney -- Gabriel García Márquez / by Paul Elie -- Primo Levi / by James Atlas -- Naguib Mahfouz / by Christopher Dickey -- Salman Rushdie / by Martin Amis -- Short takes. Willa Cather / by Truman Capote -- James Baldwin / by Jacqueline Woodson -- Roger Straus / by Tom Wolfe -- Ward Just / by David Halberstam -- Toni Morrison / by John Leonard -- Ishmael Beah / by Dave Eggers -- Robert Harris / by Nick Hornby -- Judy Blume / by Meg Wolitzer -- Wole Soyinka / by Nadine Gordimer -- Sonny Mehta / by Dave Eggers -- Christopher Hitchens / by Salman Rushdie -- A family affair. Joan Didion / by Lili Anolik -- John Gregory Dunne / by Dominick Dunne -- Dominick Dunne / by Mike Hogan -- Behind the best-sellers. Josephine Tey / by Francis Wheen -- Grace Metalious / by Michael Callahan -- Mary McCarthy / by Laura Jacobs -- Jacqueline Susann / by Amy Fine Collins -- Cormac McCarthy / by Richard B. Woodward -- Stieg Larsson / by Christopher Hitchens -- James Patterson / by Todd S. Purdum -- Donna Tartt / by Evgenia Peretz -- Memoir. Bosom Buddies / by Laura Z. Hobson -- His Jewish question / by Arthur Miller -- Darkness visible / by William Styron -- A final tale. Kay Thompson / by Marie Brenner.
Offers essays from Vanity Fair writers on specific authors, explaining their influence on other writers and the culture at large.

The art of Beatrix Potter : sketches, paintings, and illustrations

January 5, 2017
Zach, Emily, author.
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books LLC, [2016]
255 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Beatrix Potter's artistic spell / Steven Heller -- Observation and imagination / Linda Lear -- A sense of place: the art and geography of Beatrix Potter -- Becoming Beatrix Potter -- London and the South Coast -- Scotland -- The Lake District -- Wales and beyond -- An illustrator's world / Eleanor Taylor.
An intimate glimpse into Potter's private world and the places that inspired her stories. She found must of her inspiration in her surroundings, and Zach takes readers on a visual tour of the areas in the British Isles that most influenced her work. The work includes early sketches as well as photos of Potter's family and household items that inspired her.

How bad writing destroyed the world : Ayn Rand and the literary origins of the financial crisis

January 4, 2017
Weiner, Adam, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
250 pages ; 20 cm
Introduction: on the dubious virtue of selfishness -- Radicalizing Dostoevsky -- "The most atrocious work of Russian literature" -- Dostoevsky reborn -- Rigor "mortus" or waiting for Rakhmetov -- Fire in the minds of men -- Rakhmetov lives! -- The vengeance of the muse -- In the graveyard of bad ideas.

In sunlight or in shadow : stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper

December 29, 2016
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
ix, 278 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Each story is illustrated with a full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it.
Girlie show / Megan Abbott -- The story of Caroline / Jill D. Block -- Soir Bleu / Robert Olen Butler -- The truth about what happened / Lee Child -- Rooms by the sea / Nicholas Christopher -- Nighthawks / Michael Connelly -- The incident of 10 November / Jeffery Deaver -- Taking care of business / Craig Ferguson -- The music room / Stephen King -- The projectionist / Joe R. Lansdale -- The preacher collects / Gail Levin -- Office at night / Warren Moore -- The woman in the window / Joyce Carol Oates -- Still life 1931 / Kris Nelscott -- Night windows / Jonathan Santlofer -- A woman in the sun / Justin Scott -- Autumn at the automat / Lawrence Block.
"A newly commissioned anthology of seventeen superbly crafted stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper"--Dust jacket.

Metaphors be with you : an a-to-z dictionary of history's greatest metaphorical quotations

December 29, 2016
Grothe, Mardy, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
xliv, 478 pages ; 19 cm
Includes index.
This sourcebook includes "The ten best things ever said" on 250 topics and uses QR codes to digitally integrate it with Dr. Mardy's Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations, the world's largest online database of metaphorical quotations.-- Adapted from book jacket.

Atlas of improbable places : a journey to the world's most unusual corners

December 28, 2016
Elborough, Travis, author.
©2016
224 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 27 cm
Introduction -- Dream creations -- Deserted destinations -- Architectural oddities -- Floating worlds -- Otherworldly spaces -- Subterranean realms.
Journey from Flevopolder, a Scandinavian region reclaimed from the sea, to Aokigahara, the Demon Forest of Japan and the world's second most popular spot for committing suicide. Elborough and Horsfield take you on a voyage to the world's most incredible destinations, and explore the truths and myths behind their creation. They exist as symbols of worship, testaments to kingships, and reflections on man's own relationship with the world around us.

Women crime writers : four suspense novels of the 1940s

December 23, 2016
©2015
767 pages ; 21 cm.
Laura / Vera Caspary -- The horizontal man / Helen Eustis -- In a lonely place / Dorothy B. Hughes -- The blank wall / Elisabeth Sanxay Holding.
These four stories explore the terrors of family life, personality disorders, and horrors of the mind-- Source other than Library of Congress.

Slipping : stories, essays & other writings

December 22, 2016
Beukes, Lauren, author.
San Francisco : Tachyon Publications, 2016.
272 pages ; 22 cm
Fiction. Muse ; Slipping ; Confirm/Ignore ; Branded ; Smileys ; Princess ; My insect skin ; Parking ; Pop tarts ; The Green ; Litmash ; Easy touch ; Algebra ; Unathi battles the black hairballs ; Dear Mariana ; Riding with the dream patrol ; Unaccounted ; Tankwa-Karoo ; Exhibitionist ; Dial tone ; Ghost girl -- Nonfiction. Adventures in journalism ; All the pretty corpses ; Judging Unity ; Inner city ; On beauty: a letter to my five-year-old daughter ; Glossary.
Edgy and retrospective collection of short stories, essays and more.

New worlds, old ways : speculative tales from the Caribbean

December 21, 2016
©2016
159 pages ; 22 cm
Once in a blood moon / Tammi Browne-Bannister -- The passing over of Zephora / Summer Edward -- A new life in a new time / Portia Subran -- fallenangel.dll / Brandon O'Brien -- Maiden of the mud / Kevin Jared Hosein -- Water under the bridge / Richard B. Lynch -- The ceremony / Elizabeth J. Jones -- Daddy / Damion Wilson -- Quaka-Hadja / Brian Franklin -- Past imperfect / Ararimeh Aiyejina -- Cascadura / H.K. Williams.

Tempest : all-new tales of Valdemar

December 21, 2016
©2016
vi, 394 pages ; 17 cm.
A small quarrel / Stephanie D. Shaver -- Girl without the gifts / Janny Wurts -- Unimagined consequences / Elizabeth Vaughan -- Feathers in flight / Jennifer Brozek -- Blind leaps / Ron Collins -- Haver hearthstone / Fiona Patton -- Unraveling the truth / Dayle A. Dermatis -- Sparrow's gift / Michele Lang -- Harmless as serpents / Rosemary Edghill -- The apprentice and the stable master / Brenda Cooper -- Unexpected meeting / Nancy Asire -- A trip of goats / Elisabeth waters -- The ones she couldn't save / Louisa Swann -- One last night manning the home station / Brigid Collins -- Only family matters / D. Shull -- Medley / Jessica Schlenker & Michael Z. Williamson -- A tangle of truths / Angela Penrose -- The unwanted gift / Anthea Sharp -- Dawn of a new age / Dylan Birtolo -- Bloodlines / Phaedra Weldon -- In name only / Kristin Schwengel -- Ripples and cracks / Larry Dixon and Mercedes Lackey.
Twenty-four authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm. The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents--combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more--make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch. Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm. Join Elizabeth Vaughan, Fiona Patton, Jennifer Brozek, Brenda Cooper, Rosemary Edghill, and others in twenty-two original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, to Valdemar, where: A Herald must crack an ancient code in a historic tapestry in order to arbitrate a dispute over land and lineage... A Healer's daughter flees the noble family that has trapped and enslaved her mother, and must seek help to free her mother... A young woman who hides her clairvoyant powers from her town's Karsite priests ForeSees a threat, and must risk revealing her Gift to save her community... A Herald finds his assistant has been abducted by a man upon whom he had levied a heavy fine, and must foil the kidnapper's plans to save his charge...

The way of the writer : reflections on the art and craft of storytelling

December 20, 2016
Johnson, Charles, 1948- author.
©2016.
xix, 233 pages ; 22 cm.
I. Who is the writer? -- In the beginning... -- The apprentice novels -- A day in the life -- The writing space -- The artist as shape-shifter -- The quesion of vision -- II. The process of writing -- A boot camp for creative writing -- Words -- In defense of our language -- Telling it long and telling it short -- Opening sentences: a hundred rays of light -- On craft and revision -- The challenge of voice -- How we sound -- Nature gives us no metaphors -- Scene and dialogue -- The importance of plot -- Storytelling and the alpha narrative -- On the novel and short story -- The essay -- The risks we take -- III. What helps the writer? -- On teachers and mentors -- The wounds that create our work -- The first readers -- Writers and editors -- On reading -- The virtues of journalism -- Practical literary advice -- IV. The writer as teacher -- The literary duet: creative writing and critical theory -- The creative-writing teacher as soul catcher -- Writing and teaching, or From Mr. Hyde to Dr. Jekyll -- V. The writing life and the duties of the writer -- The art of book reviewing -- In translation -- On screenwriting -- Editing and small presses -- VI. Philosophy and the writer -- Writing well is thinking well -- The writer and philosophy -- Fiction and the liberation of perception -- New fiction novelists -- Science fiction and the philosophical novel -- Sartre and the nothingness of being -- The truth-telling power of fiction -- Afterword: Notes from a former student / by Marc C. Conner.
"Organized into six accessible, easy-to-navigate sections, The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process."-- Provided by publisher.

Berlin-Hamlet

December 20, 2016
Borbély, Szilárd, 1964-2014, author.
New York : New York Review Books, 2016.
101 pages ; 18 cm
"Originally published in Hungarian (Pecs : Jelenkor, 2003). This is a reissue of Mulzet's English translation edition published by Agite/Fra in Prague, 2008, with some corrections made by the translator"--T.p. verso.
"Berlin-Hamlet evokes a stroll through one of the phantasmagoric shopping arcades described in Walter Benjamin's Passagen-Werk--but instead of the delirious image fragments of nineteenth-century European culture, we pass by disembodied scraps of written text, remnants as ghostly as their authors: primarily Franz Kafka but also Benjamin himself or the Hungarian poets Attila Jozsef or Ern Szep. Paraphrases and reworked quotations, drawing upon the vanished prewar legacy, particularly its German Jewish aspects, appear in sharp juxtaposition with images of post-1989 Berlin frantically rebuilding itself in the wake of German unification"-- Provided by publisher.

First step forward

December 14, 2016
Blake, Liora, author.
©2016
358 pages ; 17 cm.
"The Grand Valley series"--Cover.
Cooper Lowry has been playing football for eight years. After a particularly hard game one Sunday, he meets intriguing organic fruit orchard owner Whitney Reed and Cooper begins to think about a life other than football. (Synopsis from back cover).

Novels, tales, journeys : the complete prose of Alexander Pushkin

December 9, 2016
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich, 1799-1837, author.
©2016
xix, 484 pages ; 25 cm
Translated from the Russian.
"Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
The moor of Peter the Great -- The tales of the late Ivan Petrovich Belkin. The shot ; The blizzard ; The coffin-maker ; The stationmaster ; The young lady peasant -- The history of the village of Goryukhino -- Roslavlev -- Dubrovsky -- The queen of spades -- Kirdjali -- Egyptian nights -- The captain's daughter -- Journey to Arzrum -- Fragments and sketches -- The guests were arriving at the dacha -- A novel in letters -- At the corner of a little square -- Notes of a young man -- My fate is decided. I am getting married -- A romance at the Caucasian waters -- A Russian Pelham -- We were spending the night at the dacha -- A story from Roman life -- Maria Schoning.

Algren : a life

December 8, 2016
Wisniewski, Mary, author.
©2017
362 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Childhood days -- College and the crash -- Prison and somebody in boots -- Marriage and the WPA -- Polonia and never come morning -- Polonia's revenge and Private Abraham -- Beloved local youth -- Golden years -- The walls begin to close -- The nonconformist -- Return of the native -- Good-bye to fiction -- Good-bye to Chicago -- Knitted backwards.
"Algren: A Life is a new biography of Chicago writer Nelson Algren, author of The Man with the Golden Arm, A Walk on the Wild Side, Never Come Morning, multiple short stories, and travel essays"-- Provided by publisher.

The Pushcart prize: best of the small presses.

December 7, 2016
Yonkers, N.Y. : Pushcart Press
v. ; 25 cm.
Editor: 1976/77-<2017> Bill Henderson.

The great Latin American novel

December 6, 2016
Fuentes, Carlos, author.
©2016
379 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in Spanish as La gran novela latinoamericana (Madrid : Alfaguara, c2011).
Pre-Iberian foreword -- Discovery and conquest -- Colonial culture -- From colony to independence: Machado de Assis -- Rómulo Gallegos: impersonal nature -- The Mexican revolution -- Borges: silver from the river plate -- Upriver: Alejo Carpentier -- Onetti -- Julio Cortázar and the smile of Erasmus -- José Lezama Lima: word and body of the baroque -- García Márquez: second reading -- A time without heroes: Vargas Llosa -- José Donoso: from boom to boomerang -- The boomerang -- The post-boom -- The crack -- The post-boom -- Nélida Piñon in the republic of dreams -- Juan Goytisolo: persona grata -- First Mexican finale: a quintet of queens -- Second Mexican finale: three jacks -- A final word.
"One of the late Carlos Fuentes's final projects, this compendium of his criticism traces the evolution of the Latin American novel from the discovery of America to the present day. Combining historical perspective with personal and often opinionated interpretation, Fuentes gives us a tour from Machado de Assis to Borges and beyond. A landmark analysis, as well as a scintillating and often wry commentary on a great author's peers and influences, this book is as much a contribution to Latin American literature as it is a chronicle of that literature's greatest achievements" -- Provided by publisher.

Six scary stories

December 5, 2016
Baltimore : Cemetery Dance Publications, 2016.
126 pages ; 24 cm
Wild swimming / by Elodie Harper -- Eau-de-Eric / by Manuela Saragosa -- The spots / by Paul Bassett Davies -- The unpicking / by Michael Button -- La mort de l'amant / by Stuart Johnstone -- The bear trap / by Neil Hudson.
When King judged a competition run to celebrate publication of his own collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, he was so impressed with the entries that he recommended they were published together in one book. The resulting short stories include evil toys, bridges and lake, and post apocalyptic events. In the future, you'll think twice before you try to count a leopard's spots!

Dressed to kiss

December 2, 2016
©2016
366 pages ; 23 cm
Prologue -- The Duke's dressmaker / Madeline Hunter -- The colors of love / Myretta Robens -- No accounting for love / Megan Frampton -- A fashionable affair / Caroline Linden.
True love never goes out of style. Once renowned for creating the most envied gowns in London, Madame Follette's dressmaking shop has fallen far out of fashion. The approaching coronation of King George IV offers a chance to reclaim former glory by supplying stunning new wardrobes to the most glittering society in Regency England. In the face of long-held secrets, looming scandals, and the potential ruin of their shop, the dressmakers of Follette's are undaunted, not even by the most unexpected complication of all: true love.

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