New Arrivals · Literature

June 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

How did I get here? : making peace with the road not taken : a memoir

June 26, 2015
Browner, Jesse, author.
273 pages ; 22 cm
On ambition : mentor -- On love : Zion -- On freedom : playing the lottery -- On fulfillment : hunger artists -- On wisdom : the therapist -- Afterword : home is where the ghosts live.

Writers' houses : where great books began

June 26, 2015
Channer, Nick.
London : Robert Hale Ltd, c2015.
264 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Part armchair travel, part reference, this is a journey into Britain's impressive literary and architectural heritage and an exploration of how beloved authors drew inspiration from their homes Britain's wealth of historic houses is acknowledged and admired throughout the world, as is its reputation for producing some of the greatest novelists, poets and playwrights of all time. Many of these leading writers lived, worked, and found inspiration in a variety of houses the length and breadth of the land. Offering insight into the daily routines of popular authors, this book looks at several authors' homes, examining how their surroundings affected their works. Among the homes and gardens examined are Agatha Christie's secluded West Country retreat, the Worcestershire country seat that became the model for a grandiose ancestral pile in Evelyn Waugh's enduring novel, Brideshead Revisited, Enid Blyton's much-loved cottage garden in the leafy Thames Valley, the ancient, timber-framed residence in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare spent his boyhood, and the moated house and garden in East Sussex that inspired the evocative setting for a Sherlock Holmes story.

Write to TV : out of your head and onto the screen

June 26, 2015
Cook, Martie, author.
New York ; London : Focal Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
xxxvi, 375 pages ; 23 cm
First published 2007.
Learn to craft smart, original stories and scripts for a variety of television formats and genres, including comedy, drama, pilots, animation, made-for-TV movies, late night, and reality television. Hear directly from studio and network executives, agents, and managers on what theyre looking for in new writers and how to avoid common pitfalls.

Old women

June 26, 2015
Mahāśvetā Debī, 1926- author.
Calcutta : Seagull Books, 2014.
105 pages ; 22 cm
Translated from the Bengali.
Statue (Murti) -- The fairy tale of Mohanpur (Mohanpurer rupkatha).

City Lights pocket poets anthology

June 26, 2015
San Francisco : City Lights Books, [2015]
xvi, 306 pages ; 17 cm
""Printer's ink is the greater explosive."-Lawrence Ferlinghetti -- Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded the City Lights publishing house sixty years ago in 1955, launching the press with his now legendary Pocket Poets Series. First in the series was Pictures of the Gone World-the only book of his own poems that Ferlinghetti would ever publish at City Lights. Within a year, he had brought out two more volumes, translations by Kenneth Rexroth and then poems by Kenneth Patchen. But it was the success and scandal of number four, Howl & Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg (1956), that put City Lights on the map, positioning the Pocket Poets Series at the forefront of the literary counterculture. A landmark sixtieth anniversary retrospective, this edition is a must-have collection, an invaluable distillation of the energetic, iconoclastic, and still fresh body of work represented in the ongoing series. Ferlinghetti has selected a handful of poems from each of the sixty volumes, including the work of Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Andrei Voznesensky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Julio Cortázar, Frank O'Hara, Marie Ponsot, Denise Levertov, Diane di Prima, Robert Duncan, Phillip Lamantia, Malcolm Lowry, and many more of the Pocket Poets Series innovative, influential, and often groundbreaking American and international poets. "-- Provided by publisher.

Hot music, ragmentation, and the bluing of American literature

June 24, 2015
Tracy, Steven C. (Steven Carl), 1954-
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2015.
xvi, 537 pages ; 24 cm

Black authors & published writers directory.

June 23, 2015
Rochester Hills, Mich. : Grace Co.
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: <2005-2015> Black literary marketplace.

LGBTQ literature

June 23, 2015
xv, 347 pages ; 24 cm
Edition statement supplied by publisher.
Critical contexts. LGBTQ literature: 1890-1969 / Margaret Sönser Breen ; LGBTQ literature: 1969 to the present / Margaret Sönser Breen ; An overview of contemporary guides to LGBTQ literature / Sarah Fredericks ; Critical pluralism and politics: Amy Lowell's "Orientation" / Robert C. Evans ; "The battle over the battlefield: Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and how they saw the war they saw" / Kirk Curnutt -- Critical readings. "a figure that... in spite of its present dress, seemed to belong quite as much to one sex as to the other": cross-dressing in James Fenimore Cooper's Jack Tier / John C. Havard ; Melville's sexualities / Brian Yothers ; Homoeroticism in Rockwell Kent's illustrations of Melville's Moby-Dick / Deric G. Sallas ; "New" gay poems by Cavafy / Robert C. Evans ; E.M. Forster's Maurice: a roadmap to the first "gay" novel in English / Frederick S. Roden ; The queer collaboration: Angelina Weld Grimke and the birth control movement / Lorna Raven Wheeler ; Djuna Barnes: uncollected writings on gender and cross-dressing / Robert C. Evans & Sarah Fredericks ; The homoerotic poetry of Wilfred Owen: survey and assessment / Robert C. Evans ; The homosocial, homoerotic poetry of Robert Francis / Robert C. Evans ; "To croon--weird sweet melodies": the fugitive erotic in the poetry of Mae V. Cowdery / Lorna Raven Wheeler ; Gloria Anzaldúa's ecocritical vision: a spiritual journey / Cordelia E. Barrera ; The stray greatness of Vikram Seth: sexuality and form in The Golden Gate and beyond / Brian Yothers ; Trans/forming girlhood: transgenderism, the tomboy formula, and gender identity disorder in Sharon Dennis Wyeth's Tomboy Trouble / Michelle Ann Abate.
This collection of critical essays on LGBTQ literature features an overview of the genre and critical readings of selected works and authors.

1984 : [selected letters]

June 17, 2015
Delany, Samuel R.
Rutherford, NJ : Voyant, ©2000.
xxx, 351 pages ; 23 cm
Subtitle from cover.

Touché : the duel in literature

June 16, 2015
Leigh, John, 1969- author.
viii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction -- Honored in the breach. The edicts of Louis XIV; "A barbarous custom"; Abbé de Saint-Pierre; Corneille, Le Cid (1637) -- The comical duel. Deterring the duellist; Duel and ridicule; Molière, Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670); More wretches and cowards; Sedaine, Le philosophe sans le savoir (1765); Sheridan, The rivals (1775); Dickens, The Pickwick papers (1836) -- The poignant duel. Richardson, Clarissa; or, the history of a young lady (1747/48); Rousseau, Julie; ou, la nouvelle Héloïse (1761); Laclos, Les liaisons dangereuses (1782) -- The judicial duel. Kleist, Der Zweikampf (1811) -- The "romantic" duel. Nature's aristocrats vs. Darwinian imperatives; Pushkin, Eugene Onegin (1823/31); Mérimée, Le vase Étrusque (1830) -- The duel and self-realization. Smollett, The adventures of Roderick Random (1748); Casanova, Il duello, ovvero saggio della vita di G. C. Veneziano (1780); Hugo, Marion de Lorme (1829); Thackeray, The memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. (1844); Dumas pére, Les trois mousquetaires (1844) -- The grotesque duel. Twain, A tramp abroad (1878) and Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894); Maupassant, Un duel (1883) and Un lâche (1884); Conrad, A duel (1908); Schnitzler, Casanovas Heimfahrt (1918); Pirandello, Il giuoco delle parti (1918) -- Paradoxes of the duel. A tragicomedy; The savage noble; The cult of style; Laws and rules; The duel over women -- Epilogue: 1918.

It starts with trouble : William Goyen and the life of writing

June 16, 2015
Davis, Clark, author.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015.
x, 363 pages, 14 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
List of abbreviations -- Introduction -- Prologue : the drowning -- Part I. The house in the bitterweeds -- 1. Trinity : 1915-1922 -- 2. Merrill Street : 1923-1931 -- 3. Rice Institute : 1932-1941 -- Part II. Song of leaving -- 4. Ulysses : 1942-1945 -- 5. El Prado : 1945-1948 -- 6. Christopher Icarus : 1948-1950 -- 7. The house of breath : 1950 -- 8. Marvello : 1950-1953 -- 9. A farther country : 1954-1956 -- 10. Blood kindred : 1957-1962 -- Part III. The rider at the door -- 11. "A new life" : 1962-1964 -- 12. A living Jesus : 1966-1973 -- 13. The restorer : 1974 -- 14. Precious door : 1975-1981 -- 15. The nurseryman : 1976-1982 -- 16. Arcadio : 1983 -- 17. The wound and the bow : 1982-1983 -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.

Unbuttoning America : a biography of "Peyton Place"

June 16, 2015
Cameron, Ardis, author.
xiv, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction : small talk -- The novel truth -- The sheep pen murder -- Scenes of writing -- The other side of writing -- The gendered eye -- Sex talk -- The women of Peyton Place -- Excitable fictions -- Epilogue : memento mori.

The seven good years : a memoir

June 15, 2015
Keret, Etgar, 1967- author.
171 pages ; 22 cm
"The seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret's son and the death of his father were good years, though still full of reasons to worry. Lev is born in the midst of a terrorist attack. Etgar's father gets cancer. The threat of constant war looms over their home and permeates daily life"-- Provided by publisher.

Resorting to murder : holiday mysteries

June 15, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2015.
278 pages ; 21 cm.
Holidays offer us the luxury of getting away from it all. So, in a different way, do detective stories. This collection of vintage mysteries combines both those pleasures. From a golf course at the English seaside to a pension in Paris, and from a Swiss mountain resort to the cliffs of Normandy, this new selection shows the enjoyable and unexpected ways in which crime writers have used summer holidays as a theme. These fourteen stories range widely across the golden age of British crime fiction. Stellar names from the past are well represented--Arthur Conan Doyle and G. K. Chesterton, for instance--with classic stories that have won acclaim over the decades. The collection also uncovers a wide range of hidden gems: Anthony Berkeley--whose brilliance with plot had even Agatha Christie in raptures--is represented by a story so (undeservedly) obscure that even the British Library seems not to own a copy. The stories by Phyllis Bentley and Helen Simpson are almost equally rare, despite the success which both writers achieved, while those by H. C. Bailey, Leo Bruce and the little-known Gerald Findler have seldom been reprinted.

The great detective : the amazing rise and immortal life of Sherlock Holmes

June 11, 2015
Dundas, Zach, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
xiv, 320 pages ; 24 cm
Prelude: 221B -- Bohemia -- The science of deduction -- The wilderness -- Holmes & Watson -- Moriarty & friends -- The curse of the Baskervilles -- Secret histories -- Black mask -- The great game -- The return(s) of Sherlock Holmes -- Casebook.
More than a century after Sherlock Holmes first capered into our world, what is it about Arthur Conan Doyle's peculiar creation that continues to fascinate us? Dundas provides a history of an idea, a biography of someone who never lived, a tour of the borderland between reality and fiction. He unearths the inspirations behind Holmes and his indispensable companion, Dr. John Watson, and reveals how Conan Doyle's tales laid the groundwork for an infinitely remixable myth, kept alive over the decades by writers, actors, and readers.

Behind the mask : the life of Vita Sackville-West

June 11, 2015
Dennison, Matthew.
xix, 364 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
First published in Great Britain by William Collins.
"In this stunning new biography of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison traces the triumph and contradictions of Vita's extraordinary life. His narrative charts a fascinating course from Vita's lonely childhood at Knole, through her affectionate but 'open' marriage to Harold Nicolson (during which both husband and wife energetically pursued homosexual affairs, Vita most famously with Virginia Woolf), and through Vita's literary successes and disappointments, to the famous gardens the couple created at Sissinghurst. The book tells how, from her privileged world of the aristocracy, Sackville-West brought her penchant for costume, play-acting and rebellion to the artistic vanguard of modern Britain. Dennison is the acclaimed author of many books including a biography of Queen Victoria. Here, in the first biography to be written of Vita for thirty years, he reveals the whole story and gets behind 'the beautiful mask' of Vita's public achievements to reveal an often troubled persona which heroically resisted compromise on every level. Drawing on wideranging sources and the extensive letters that sustained her marriage, this is a compelling story of love, loss and jealousy, of high-life and low points, of binding affection and illicit passion - a portrait of an extraordinary, 20th-century life"-- Provided by publisher.

Nabokov in America : on the road to Lolita

June 10, 2015
Roper, Robert, 1946-
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2015.
354 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Writing about the author of the immortal Lolita and Pale Fire, bornto anRobert Roper fills out Vladimir Nabokov's American period, covering Nabokov's critical friendship with Edmund Wilson, his time at Cornell, his role at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. But Nabokov in America finds its narrative heart in his serial sojourns into the wilds of the West, undertaken with his wife, Vera, and their son over more than a decade. Nabokov covered more than 200,000 miles as he indulged his other passion: butterfly collecting. Roper has mined fresh sources to bring detail to these journeys, and traces their significant influence in Nabokov's work: on two-lane highways and in late-'40s motels and cafes, we feel Lolita draw near, and understand Nabokov's seductive familiarity with the American mundane." -- Provided by publisher.

Marcel Proust's search for lost time : a reader's guide to Remembrance of things past

June 10, 2015
Alexander, Patrick, 1946-
New York : Vintage Books/Random House, 2009.
x, 385 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Introduction : Proust and In search of lost time -- Pt. I. What happens in Proust : Swann's Way ; Within a budding grove ; The Guermantes way ; Cities of the Plain ; The Captive ; The Fugitive ; Time regained -- Pt. II. Who's who in Proust : List of main characters ; Guide to main characters -- Pt. III. The world of Proust : A brief life of Marcel Proust ; Marcel Proust's Paris ; Proust's Paris of the Belle Époque ; Marcel Proust and French history ; La Belle Époque ; The Dreyfus affair.
"Marcel Proust's Search for Lost Time is an accesssible, irreverent guide to one of the most admired novels in literature."-back cover.

Little women

June 8, 2015
xii, 244 pages ; 24 cm
About This Volume/rGregory Eiselein & Anne K. Phillips. The Book and the Author. On Little Women: The Unexpected and Enduring Significance of Louisa May Alcott's Most Famous Novel/Gregory Eiselein & Anne K. Phillips -- Biography of Louisa May Alcott: Delineating Fiction from Memoir in Little Women/Anne K. Phillips. Critical Contexts. Little Women in Its Time/ Daniel Shealy -- The Critical Reception of Little Women/ Beverly Lyon Clark -- "Picking the World to Pieces": Little Women and Secularization/Bruce Ronda -- Mignon's Song in America: Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Little Women/ Christine Doyle. Critical Readings. Quinny-Dingles/ Quirks/ and Queer-Looking Men: "Regularizing" Little Women/ Anne K. Phillips -- "The precious home letters." Letter-Writing in Little Women/Theresa Strouth Gaul -- It's Complicated: Jo March's Marriage to Writing and Professor Bhaer/Marlowe Daly-Galeano -- "Up the Steep Hill by Trying": The Unorthodox Christianity of Little Women/ R. Eric Tippin -- Beneath the Umbrellas of Benevolent Men: Validating the Middle-Class Woman in Little Women and Five Little Peppers and How They Grew/ Sandra Burr -- "dishes and dusters": Valuing Beth's Labor in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women; or, Staying in for Service/ Lorinda B. Cohoon -- Unsettling Engagements in Moods and Little Women; or, Learning to Love Louisa May Alcott/ Sarah Wadsworth -- Alcott's "Funny Match" for Jo/ Elise Barker -- "Jo March Is Pregnant and Laurie's The Father": Re-Visioning Little Women in Fan Fiction/ Lauren Rizzuto. Resources. Chronology of Louisa May Alcott's Life -- Works by Louisa May Alcott -- Bibliography -- About the Editors -- Contributors -- Index
Little Women , a unique combination of romance, coming of age tale and family drama, paved the way for a new form of literature, and changed the conversation regarding a women's journey from childhood to womenhood. This work surveys the critical conversation regarding Alcott's achievement from all standard critical perspectives - social, gender, post-modern, psychological, and cultural. -

Moral agents : eight twentieth-century American writers

June 8, 2015
Mendelson, Edward, author.
New York : New York Review Books, [2015]
xviii, 203 pages ; 22 cm
Sage: Lionel Trilling -- Moralist: Dwight Macdonald -- Outsider: Alfred Kazin -- Magus: William Maxwell -- Patriarch: Saul Bellow -- Mythmaker: Norman Mailer -- Neighbor: W.H. Auden -- Celebrant: Frank O'Hara.
"One of contemporary America's leading critics and scholars offers a provocative reassessment of the lives and work of eight influential twentieth- century American writers: Lionel Trilling Dwight Macdonald W.H. Auden William Maxwell Saul Bellow Alfred Kazin Norman Mailer Frank O'Hara Drawing on newly published letters and diaries, Edward Mendelson explores the responses of these writers, very public figures all, to major historical events--among them the rise and fall of fascism, the cold war, the struggles for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, and the sexual revolution--and shows how intensely personal concerns, relating to childhood, religion, status, sex, and money, largely shaped their views. Mendelson's vivid portraits cut to the quick, changing our perceptions of these brilliant, complicated, often deeply troubled men while offering readers a new understanding of their contributions to American intellectual and political life"-- Provided by publisher.

Secrets of a side bitch 3

June 8, 2015
Watkins, Jessica N., author.
[CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform]
256 pages ; 23 cm
Cover title.
At head of title: David Weaver presents.
"Beauty isn't everything. Beneath Simone's long fake hair, phony smile, and saline booty is a web of trickery, lies, and murder. After being attacked by Jimmy, Simone's web of lies begins to violently unravel. One by one, her skeletons are falling out of the closet and revealing her true colors. While Simone fights to keep the man and life that she stole, Chance is fighting desperately to keep his life with Gia. Amidst the hot and steamy passion, which builds between Gia and Chance like a scorching inferno, is the fear of Chance being locked away for the rest of his life. After a visit from the new detective assigned to Aeysha's murder case, Eboni is intent on making Omari see the truth about Simone and her wicked ways. In Secrets of a Side Bitch 3, everyone is forced to come clean and see their true involvement in Aeysha Walker's murder. And finally Simone is forced to make a decision; either face the aftermath of her destruction or run away from the man that she fought so hard to get."-- Provided by publisher.

More fool me

June 5, 2015
Fry, Stephen, 1957-
New York : The Overlook Press, 2015.
388 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"By his early thirties, Stephen Fry--writer, comedian, star of stage and screen--had, as they say, "made it." Much loved on British television, author of a critically acclaimed and bestselling first novel, with a glamorous and glittering cast of friends, he had more work than was perhaps good for him. As the '80s drew to a close, he began to burn the candle at both ends. Writing and recording by day, and haunting a neverending series of celebrity parties, drinking dens, and poker games by night, he was a high functioning addict. He was so busy, so distracted by the high life, that he could hardly see the inevitable, headlong tumble that must surely follow.Filled with raw, electric extracts from his diaries of the time, More Fool Me is a brilliant, eloquent account by a man driven to create and to entertain--revealing a side to him he has long kept hidden"-- Provided by publisher.

Manhattan mayhem

June 4, 2015
xiii, 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"70th anniversary Mystery Writers of America"--Title page.
Introduction / Mary Higgins Clark -- Five-dollar dress (Union Square) / Mary Higgins Clark -- White rabbit (Central Park) / Julie Hyzy -- Picture of the lonely diner (Flatiron District) / Lee Child -- Three little words (Upper West Side) / Nancy Pickard -- Damage control (Hell's Kitchen) / Thomas H. Cook -- Day after victory (Times Square) / Brendan DuBois -- Serial benefactor (Empire State Building) / Jon L. Breen -- Trapped! (Chelsea) / Ben H. Winters -- Wall Street rodeo (Wall Street) / Angela Zeman -- Copycats (Alphabet City) / N.J. Ayres -- Red-headed stepchild (Upper East Side) / Margaret Maron -- Sutton death overtime (Sutton Place) / Judith Kelman -- Dizzy and Gillespie (Harlem) / Persia Walker -- Me and Mikey (Little Italy) / T. Jefferson Parker -- Evermore (Hudson River) / Justin Scott -- Chin Yong-Yun makes a shiddach (Chinatown) / S.J. Rozan -- Baker of Bleecker Street (Greenwich Village) / Jeffrey Deaver.
From Wall Street and Greenwich Village to Chinatown, Harlem and beyond, the streets and skyscrapers of Manhattan are brimming with crimes and misdemeanors.

Providence noir

June 4, 2015
284 pages : map ; 22 cm
Gold leaf / Luanne Rice -- The pig / John Searles -- Under the shepard clock / Ann Hood -- The vengeance taker / Robert Leuci -- Waltz me once again / LaShonda Katrice Barnett -- Once, at Trinity Rep / Elizabeth Strout -- The autobiographical house / Amity Gaige -- Femur / Hester Kaplan -- Missing Sri / Marie Myung-Ok Lee -- $1,000 Nassau / Thomas Cobb -- All in the family / Bruce DeSilva -- Armory Park / Taylor M. Polites -- Training / Dawn Raffel -- Waterfire's smell tonight / Pablo Rodriguez -- The Saturday night before Easter Sunday / Peter Farrelly.

The year's best military SF & space opera

June 3, 2015
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2015]
349 pages ; 24 cm
Preface / David Afsharirad -- Excitement! Adventure! Science fiction! / David Drake -- Codename: Delphi / Linda Nagata -- Persephone descending / Derek Künsken -- The end of the Silk Road / David D. Levine -- Picket ship / Brad R. Torgersen -- Decaying orbit / Robert R. Chase -- Morrigan in the sunglare / Seth Dickinson -- Light and shadow / Linda Nagata -- Icarus at noon / Eric Leif Davin -- Soft casualty / Michael Z. Williamson -- Palm Strike's last case / Charlie Jane Anders -- Brood / Stephen Gaskel -- Stealing Arturo / William Ledbetter -- Rules of Engagement / Matthew Johnson -- Ten rules for being an intergalactic smuggler (the successful kind) / Holly Black -- War dog / Michael Barretta.
"Here are the most thrilling, pulse-pounding, and thought provoking military science fiction stories of the past year. Stories of future military men and women, space opera on a grand scale, and edge-of-your-seal adventure tales in the pulp tradition"-- Provided by publisher.

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