New Arrivals · Literature

September 16, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Goodbye to all that : writers on loving and leaving New York

September 15, 2014
Berkeley, CA : Seal Press, [2013]
xiii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Goodbye to All That is a collection of essays about loving and leaving the magical city of New York. Inspired by Joan Didion's well-loved essay by the same name, this anthology features the experiences of 28 women for whom the magic of the city has worn off--whether because of loneliness after many friends marry, have kids, and head to the suburbs; jadedness about their careers; or difficulty finding true love in a place where everyone is always looking to trade up to a better mate, a better job, a better apartment. With contributions from authors such as Cheryl Strayed, Ann Hood, Dani Shapiro, Hope Edelman, Meghan Daum, Emily Carter, Jami Attenberg, and Emma Straub, this collection is relatable to anyone who arrived with stars in their eyes, hoping to make it. Each essay reveals the author's own unique relationship with New York City, and together they encompass the complicated emotions all New Yorkers have about leaving"-- Provided by publisher.

A thousand forests in one acorn : an anthology of Spanish language fiction

September 12, 2014
Rochester, NY : Open Letter, 2014.
xvii, 717 pages ; 23 cm.
Translation of: Mil bosques en una bellota.
"In A Thousand Forests in One Acorn, each author's section consists of a biographical introduction (penned by Valerie Miles), followed by an interview broken into three sections, in which the authors explain whey they think the pieces that follow are the best they've ever written and discuss the varying influences on their writing-- the "acorn" of their works. This is followed by the pieces themselves-- the "thousand forests" that sprung from that kernel -- as well as a detailed bibliography of all their works in both English and Spanish..."--Page [3] of cover.
Prologue -- from The Cousins / Aurora Venturini -- from The Blind Ants / Ramiro Pinilla -- from The Forgotten King Gudú / Ana María Matute -- from The Testimony of Yarfoz / Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio -- from Terra Nostra / Carlos Fuentes -- The Order of the Families ; from The Death of Montaigne ; from Persona Non Grata / Jorge Edwards -- from The Blind Rider / Juan Goytisolo -- from Last Evenings with Teresa / Juan Marsé -- By Night in Bukhara / Sergio Pitol -- The Final Music of the Titanic / José De La Colina -- Summer Orchestra / Esther Tusquets -- from Moving ; Him ; Training the Ivy / Hebe Uhart -- from The Way to Paradise / Mario Vargas Llosa -- from A world for Julius ; Apples / Alfredo Bryce Echenique -- from Far from Somewhere / Edgardo Cozarinsky -- from The Dark Shore Fly ; The Toaster ; The Coffee Cup ; The House with Two Doors / José María Merino -- from The Absent City / Ricardo Piglia -- from The Truth About the Savolta Case / Eduardo Mendoza -- The Journey ; from The Year of Grace ; Angle of Horror / Cristina Fernández Cubas -- The Moment of Impact / Elvio Gandolfo -- from Because She Didn't Ask / Enrique Vila-Matas -- from Crematorium / Rafael Chirbes -- from Mogador: The Names of the Air / Alberto Ruy Sánchez -- from Tomorrow in the Battle Think On Me ; When I Was Mortal ; from The Man of Feeling ; from Dark Back of Time / Javier Marías -- from The Sleeping Mariner / Abilio Estévez -- from The Polish Horseman ; from Sepharad / Antonio Muñoz Molina -- from Senseless / Horacio Castellanos Moya -- Lucia, or, The Pigeons / Evelio Rosero -- Acknowledgements.

Monstrous affections : an anthology of beastly tales

September 8, 2014
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
467 pages ; 24 cm
"A Junior Library Guild selection."--Back cover.
Moriabe's Children / Paolo Bacigalupi -- Old souls / Cassandra Clare -- Ten rules for being an intergalactic smuggler (the successful kind) / Holly Black -- Quick hill / M.T. Anderson -- The diabolist / Nathan Ballingrud -- This whole demoning thing / Patrick Ness -- Wings in the morning / Sarah Rees Brennan -- Left foot, right / Nalo Hopkinson -- The Mercurials / G. Carl Purcell -- Kitty Capulet and the invention of underwater photography / Dylan Horrocks -- Son of abyss / Nik Houser -- A small wild magic / Kathleen Jennings -- The new boyfriend / Kelly Link -- The woods hide in plain sight / Joshua Lewis -- Mothers, lock up your daughters because they are terrifying / Alice Sola Kim.

Shortcut : how analogies reveal connections, spark innovation, and sell our greatest ideas

September 8, 2014
Pollack, John.
New York : Gotham, 2014.
xiv, 238 pages ; 22 cm
Apples to oranges : how our analogical instinct fuels thought -- Three strikes and you're out : how analogies shape outcomes -- The model t-bone : how analogies spark innovation -- Morning in America : how analogies persuade -- Seeing the big picture : how we can choose better analogies.
" A presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton explores the hidden power of analogy to fuel thought, connect ideas, spark innovation, and shape outcomes From the meatpacking plants that inspired Henry Ford's first moving assembly line to the "domino theory" that led America into Vietnam to the "bicycle for the mind" that Steve Jobs envisioned as the Macintosh computer, analogies have played a dynamic role in shaping the world around us-and still do today. Analogies are far more complex than their SAT stereotype and lie at the very core of human cognition and creativity. Once we become aware of this, we start seeing them everywhere-in ads, apps, political debates, legal arguments, logos, and euphemisms, to name just a few. At their very best, analogies inspire new ways of thinking, enable invention, and motivate people to action. Unfortunately, not every analogy that rings true is true. That's why, at their worst, analogies can deceive, manipulate, or mislead us into disaster. The challenge? Spotting the difference before it's too late. Rich with engaging stories, surprising examples, and a practical method to evaluate the truth or effectiveness of any analogy, Shortcut will improve critical thinking, enhance creativity, and offer readers a fresh approach to resolving some of today's most intractable challenges. "-- Provided by publisher.

Hieroglyph : stories and visions for a better future

September 5, 2014
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
xxvi, 532 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Novel & short story writer's market.

September 2, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books,
v. : ill. ; 23 cm.

The O. Henry prize stories.

September 2, 2014
New York : Anchor Books,
v. ; 22 cm.

Gaza writes back : short stories from young writers in Gaza, Palestine

September 2, 2014
Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 2014.
205 pages ; 21 cm

James Dashner

August 29, 2014
Wolny, Philip.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Becoming an author -- Adventures in publishing -- A new "day job"?: full-time writer -- Inspiration and craft -- Looking forward.
Examines the life of the author of the Jimmy Fincher Saga, including his inspiration for the series, his rise to fame, and his future projects. --Publishers description.

Maggie Stiefvater

August 29, 2014
Staley, Erin.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Between the stacks -- Cookie dough and sweet tea -- Werewolves are the new vampires -- Telling lies for a living -- Hitting the road (in a '73 Camaro) -- Putting on the brakes -- Fact sheet on Maggie Stiefvater -- Fact sheet on Maggie Stiefvater's works -- Critical reviews -- Timeline.
"Examines the life and accomplishments of author Maggie Stiefvater, creator of the Shiver trilogy."--Publisher's description.

Rick Yancey

August 29, 2014
McCormick, Lisa Wade, 1961-
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Chasing his writing dream -- An unlikely hero -- Chasing monsters -- The next wave of writing -- Fact sheet on Rick Yancey -- Fact sheet on Rick Yancey's works -- Critical reviews -- Timeline.

Sarah Dessen

August 29, 2014
Hagler, Gina.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Birth to college -- Becoming a novelist -- A best seller -- More books follow -- Balancing home and work -- Fact sheet on Sarah Dessen -- Fact sheet on Sarah Dessen's works -- Critical reviews -- Timeline.
"Examines the life and accomplishments of the young adult author, detailing her early years, sources of inspiration, and interests outside of writing."--Publisher's description.

Age of iron

August 29, 2014
Watson, Angus, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
568 pages ; 21 cm
"Iron age trilogy : book one"--Title page.
Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join -- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one small child, and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that might get them all killed.

So we read on : how the great gatsby came to be and why it endures

August 29, 2014
Corrigan, Maureen, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Water, water, everywhere -- "In the land of ambition and success" -- Rhapsody in noir -- A second-rate, midwest hack and the masterpiece he wrote -- Here lies one whose name was writ in water -- I didn't get it the first time
"The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know The Great Gatsby? As Maureen Corrigan, Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out, while Fitzgerald's masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power. Offering a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great-and utterly unusual-So We Read On takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel's hidden depths, a journey whose revelations include Gatsby's surprising debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, its rocky path to recognition as a "classic," and its profound commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender. With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, "borne back ceaselessly" into its thrall. Along the way, she spins a new and fascinating story of her own"-- Provided by publisher.

Cracking the AP English literature & composition exam.

August 28, 2014
New York : Random House, Inc., c2008-
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Prison noir

August 28, 2014
264 pages : map ; 22 cm
Shuffle / Christopher M. Stephen -- I saw an angel / Sin Soracco -- Bardos / Scott Gutches -- Trap / Eric Boyd -- A message in the breath of Allah / Ali F. Sareini -- Tune-up / Stephen Geez -- Foxhole / B.M. Dolarman -- There will be seeds for next year / Zeke Caligiuri -- Immigrant song / Marco Verdoni -- Rat's ass / Kennethy R. Brydon -- Milk and tea / Linda Michelle Marquardt -- Angel eyes / Andre White -- How eBay nearly killed Gary Bridgway / Timothy Pauley -- 3 block from hell / Bryan K. Palmer -- The investigation / William Van Poyck.

The curious case of Lady Latimer's shoes

August 25, 2014
Laurens, Stephanie, author.
Victoria, Australia : Savdek Management Pty. Ltd., 2014.
204 pages ; 22 cm
"With her husband, amateur-sleuth the Honorable Barnaby Adair, decidedly eccentric fashionable matron Penelope Adair is attending the premier event opening the haut ton's Season when a body is discovered in the gardens. A lady has been struck down with a finial from the terrace balustrade. Her family is present, as are the cream of the haut ton--the shocked hosts turn to Barnaby and Penelope for help. Barnaby calls in Inspector Basil Stokes and they begin their investigation. Penelope assists by learning all she can about the victim's family, and uncovers a feud between them and the Latimers over the fabulous shoes known as Lady Latimer's shoes, currently exclusive to the Latimers. The deeper Penelope delves, the more convinced she becomes that the murder is somehow connected to the shoes. She conscripts Griselda, Stokes's wife, and Violet Montague, now Penelope's secretary, and the trio set out to learn all they can about the people involved, and most importantly the shoes, a direction vindicated when unexpected witnesses report seeing a lady fleeing the scene--wearing Lady Latimer's shoes. But nothing is as it seems, and the more Penelope and her friends learn about the shoes, conundrums abound, compounded by a Romeo-and-Juliet romance and escalating social pressure... until at last the pieces fall into place, and finally understanding what has occurred, the six intrepid investigators race to prevent an even worse tragedy."--Page [4] of cover.

The poet and the vampyre : the curse of Byron and the birth of literature's greatest monsters

August 25, 2014
Stott, Andrew McConnell, 1969- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xiv, 44 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Love affairs, literary rivalries, and the supernatural collide in an inspired journey to Lake Geneva, where Byron, the Shelleys, and John Polidori come together to create literature's greatest monsters.

One death, nine stories

August 22, 2014
153 pages ; 22 cm
Down below / Rita Williams-Garcia -- Initiation / Ellen Hopkins -- Just once / A.S. King -- The next next level / Torrey Maldonado -- Running man / Charles R. Smith Jr. -- Making up the dead / Nora Raleigh Baskin -- Two-a-days / Chris Barton -- I have a gun / Will Weaver -- Connections / Marina Budhos.
How could one teenage boy's life elicit other kids' first experiences -- even after he dies?. Kev's the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he's dead, he's not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Ellen Hopkins reveals what two altar boys (and one altar girl) might get up to at the cemetery. Rita Williams-Garcia follows one aimless teen as he finds a new life in his new job -- at the mortuary. Will Weaver turns a lens on Kevin's sister as she collects his surprising effects -- and makes good use of them. Here, in nine stories, we meet people who didn't know Kevin, friends from his childhood, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, all dealing with the fallout of his death. Being a teenager is a time for all kinds of firsts -- first jobs, first loves, first good-byes, firsts that break your heart and awaken your soul. It's an initiation of sorts, and it can be brutal. But on the other side of it is the rest of your life.

Stalked : the boy who said no : historical fiction

August 22, 2014
Sheehy, Patti, author.
Longboat Key, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2014]
350 pages ; 24 cm
"A true-life novel"--Cover.
Patti Sheehy continues her novelization of the life of Frank Mederos who was born and raised in Cuba, drafted into the military and promoted to the Special Forces, and who chose to defect and escape from his homeland. Now in America, Frank faces new challenges. With five dollars in his pocket and a boatload of determination, he rejects an offer to join the CIA and takes his chances on achieving the American dream. Frank and his sweetheart, Magda, want nothing more than marriage, children, and a nice life for themselves, but their dreams are dashed. Instead, the couple faces a challenge neither of them could ever imagine. Meanwhile, sinister forces in Cuba plan to avenge Frank's escape. Can Frank outwit Cuban operatives bent on killing him? A tale of tender love, devastating loss, and the life-saving power of friendship.

No man's land : fiction from a world at war: 1914-1918

August 22, 2014
New York : Pegasus Books, [2014]
xx, 551 pages ; 24 cm
From the trenches to the home front, the most profound fiction inspired by World War I--and a moving memorial to the twentieth century's most cataclysmic event.

Burnt tongues

August 22, 2014
[Aurora, Illinois] : Medallion Press, [2014].
329 pages ; 21 cm
Live this down / Neil Krolicki -- Charlie / Chris Lewis Carter -- Paper / Gayle Towell -- Mating calls / Tony Liebhard -- Melody / Michael De Vito, Jr. -- F for fake / Tyler Jones -- Mind and soldier / Phil Jourdan -- Ingredients / Richard Lemmer -- The line forms on the right / Amanda Gowin -- A vodka kind of girl / Matt Egan -- Gasoline / Fred Venturini -- Dietary / Brandon Tietz -- Invisible graffiti / Adam Skorupskas -- Bike / Bryan Howie -- Heavier petting / Brien Piechos -- Engines, o-rings, and astronauts / Jason M. Fylan -- Lemming / Terence James Eeles -- The routine / Keith Buie -- Survived / Gus Moreno -- Zombie whorehouse / Daniel W. Broallt.
A collection of short stories from the transgressive fiction genre feature tales about taboo subjects from the horrific to the humorous with shocking imagery not soon forgotten.

The novel : a biography

August 15, 2014
Schmidt, Michael, 1947-
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2014].
xi, 1172 pages ; 26 cm
Includes index.
The 700-year history of the novel in English defies straightforward telling. Geographically and culturally diverse, with contributions from Great Britain, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia, India, the Caribbean, and Southern Africa, influenced by great novelists working in other languages, and encompassing a range of genres, the story of the novel in English unfolds like a richly varied landscape that invites exploration rather than a linear journey. In The Novel: A Biography, Michael Schmidt quotes from "artist practitioners," from letters, diaries, reviews, and essays of novelists, and draws on their biographies, to invite us into the creative dialogues between authors and between books, and suggest how these dialogues have shaped the development of the novel in English -- Source other than Library of Congress.

Grand Central : original stories of postwar love and reunion

August 15, 2014
New York : Berkley Books, [2014].
x, 356 pages ; 21 cm
Going home / Alyson Richman -- The lucky one / Jenna Blum -- The branch of Hazel / Sarah McCoy -- The kissing room / Melanie Benjamin -- I'll be seeing you / Sarah Jio -- I'll walk alone / Erika Robuck -- The reunion / Kristina McMorris -- Tin town / Amanda Hodgkinson -- Strand of pearls / Pam Jenoff -- The harvest season / Karen White.

Beyond the first draft : the art of fiction

August 14, 2014
Casey, John, 1939- author.
244 pages ; 22 cm
Preamble -- Dogma and anti-dogma -- If I were a flower, what kind of flower would I be? -- Justice -- What's funny -- Aristotle -- Things -- Sex and violence -- Me me gab -- Meanwhile back at the ranch -- So alert a language -- In other words -- Neighborhoods -- Childhood reading -- Mentors in general, Peter Taylor in particular.
"For students and writers alike, a brilliant guide to the craft of writing by the National Book Award-winning author of Spartina. National Book Award winner John Casey is a masterful novelist who is also an inspiring and beloved teacher. In Beyond the First Draft he offers essential and original insights into the art of writing-and rewriting-fiction. Through anecdotes about other writers' methods and habits (as well as his own) and close readings of literature from Aristotle to Zola, the essays in this collection offer "suggestions about things to do, things to think about when your writing has got you lost in the woods." In "Dogma and Anti-dogma" Casey sets out the tried-and-true advice and then comments on when to apply it and when to ignore it. In "What's Funny" he considers the range of comedy from pratfalls to elegant wit. In "In Other Words" he discusses translations and the surprising effects that translating can have on one's native language. In "Mentors" he pays tribute to those who have guided him and other writers. Throughout the fourteen essays there are notes on voice, point of view, structure, and other crucial elements. This book is an invaluable resource for aspiring writers and a revitalizing companion for seasoned ones" -- Provided by publisher.

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