New Arrivals · Literature

January 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Christian writers' market guide.

January 27, 2015
San Juan Capistrano, CA : Joy Pub.,
v. ; 22 cm.
Vol. for 2009 includes 1 CD-ROM disc (4 3/4 in.).

The new diaspora : the changing landscape of American Jewish fiction

January 27, 2015
Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2015.
xii, 576 p. ; 26 cm.

The Christian world of The hobbit

January 26, 2015
Brown, Devin.
Nashville : Abingdon Press, ©2012.
193 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
An "essentially" Christian story -- "Luck of an unusual kind" : providence in The hobbit -- "Very good for you" : purpose in The hobbit -- "I don't think I ought to" : the moral landscape in The hobbit -- Response and legacy.
Written by internationally regarded Tolkien scholar, Devin Brown, this approachable, witty, and highly entertaining book offers up fresh perspectives to fans of The Hobbit, both the book and the film adaptation, especially the often overlooked Christian elements of the story.

Bill of frights

January 22, 2015
viii, 145 pages ; 23 cm.
The bargain / by Clint Collins -- The bunny man returns / by Clint Mesle -- Caretaker / by Walt Gavenda -- Farewell Washington / by Randall N. Dunn -- History lesson / by M.B, Wallace -- Pickpocket / by Judy Gibson -- The last post / by George A. Crawford -- The nest / by Susan Basso McCauley -- Shadows in Georgetown / by Donald Jeffries -- Tracks / by Scott Woodward -- Before the world fell / by Daniel Fobes -- Couriers / by Lorri Stone -- Dupont Underground / by CAT.

How to grow up : a memoir

January 21, 2015
Tea, Michelle.
New York, New York : Plume, 2015.
x, 287 pages ; 21 cm
"In How to Grow Up, Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, stable. She writes about passion, about her fraught relationship with money, about adoring Barney's while shopping at thrift stores, about breakups and the fertile ground between relationships, about roommates and rent, and about being superstitious. How to Grow Up proves that the road less traveled may be a difficult one, but if you embrace life's uncertainty and dust yourself off after every screw up, slowly but surely you just might make it to adulthood"-- Provided by publisher.

Savage park : a meditation on play, space, and risk for Americans who are nervous, distracted, and afraid to die

January 21, 2015
Fusselman, Amy.
New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
135 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Part memoir, part manifesto, this exploration of the underside of America's obsession with safety is prompted by the author's visit to a thrillingly alarming adventure playground in Tokyo "How fully can the world be explored," asks Amy Fusselman ". if you are also trying not to die?" On a visit to Tokyo with her family, Fusselman stumbles on Hanegi playpark, where children are sawing wood, hammering nails, stringing hammocks to trees, building open fires. When she returns to New York, her conceptions of space, risk, and fear are completely changed. Fusselman invites us along on her tightrope-walking expeditions with Philippe Petit and late night adventures with the Tokyo park-workers, showing that when we deprive ourselves, and our children, of the experience of taking risks in space, we make them less safe, not more so. Savage Park is a fresh, poetic reconsideration of behaviors in our culture that -- in the guise of protecting us -- make us numb and encourage us to sleepwalk through our lives. We babyproof our homes; plug our ears to our devices while walking through the city. What would happen if we exposed ourselves, if -- like the children at Hanegi park -- we put ourselves in situations that require true vigilance? Readers of Rebecca Solnit and Cheryl Strayed will delight in the revelations in Savage Park"-- Provided by publisher.

Contemporary monologues for women

January 19, 2015
London : Nick Hern Books, 2014.
174 pages ; 20 cm.
Monologues. Scarlet from Airsick / Emma Frost -- Claire from from Apologia / Alexi Kaye Campbell -- Jean from August:Osage County / Tracy Letts -- Daughter from Bedbound / Enda Walsh -- Sophie from Boys / Ella Hickson -- Anne from Brontë / Polly Teale -- Isobel from Bull / Mike Bartlett -- Katie from Bunny / Jack Thorne -- Mmoma from Cockroach / Sam Holcroft -- Charity from Dancing bears / Sam Holcroft -- Katerina from Delirium / Enda Walsh -- Astrid from Eight / Ella Hickson -- Melanie from Fair / Joy Wilkinson -- Anita from Fast labour / Steve Waters -- Jo from Gilt / Steve Greenhorn, Rona Munro and Isabel Wright -- Emma from Girls and dolls / Lisa McGee -- Justine from Herding cats / Lucinda Coxon -- Sister Jauna Inés de la Cruz from Heresy of love / Helen Edmundson -- Sophie from Honour / Joanna Murray-Smith -- Peta from How love is spelt / Cloë Moss -- Miranda from How to curse / Ian McHugh -- Rebecca from Immaculate / Oliver Lansley -- Lara from Invisible / Tena Štivičić -- Dijana from It felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now / Lucy Kirkwood -- Shelley from Ladies down under / Amanda Whittington --Girl from Limbo / Declan Feenan -- Joanne from Little baby Jesus / Arinze Kene -- Vicky from Little Dolls / Nancy Harris -- Amber from Little Gen / Elaine Murphy -- Unspecified from Love and information / Caryl Churchill -- Brenda from Loyal Women / Gary Mitchell -- Eva from Memory / Jonathan Lichtenstein -- Becky from Mogadishu / Vivienne Franzmann -- Jane from Mother Teresa is dead / Helen Edmundson -- Rachel Corrie from My name is Rachel Corrie / taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie, edited by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner -- Tania from My name is Tania Head / Alexandra Wood -- Laura from No romance / Nancy Harris -- Lin Han from Pandas / Rona Munro -- Layla from Perve / Stacey Gregg -- Bea from Pieces / Hywel John -- Joey from Precious little talent / Ella Hickson -- Sylvia from The pride / Alexi Kaye Campbell -- Sabine from Push up / Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated by Maja Zade -- Bella from Rabbit / Nina Raine -- Sister from randon / Debbie Tucker Green -- Maeve from Scenes from the big picture / Owen McCafferty -- Sophie from Strawberries in January / Evelyne de la Chenelière, in a version by Rona Munro -- B from Terminus / Mark O'Rowe -- Marie from This wide night / Chloë Moss -- Lucy from What we know / Pamela Carter.

All for you

January 19, 2015
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : HQN Books, [2015]
422 pages ; 17 cm
Individual books previously published 2013-2015.
Halfway there / Susan Mallery -- Buckhorn ever after / Lori Foster -- The one you want / Gena Showalter -- One perfect night / Bella Andre.

The Hodges' Harbrace handbook

January 19, 2015
Glenn, Cheryl
Boston, Mass. : Wadsworth, c2013.
xxxi, 813 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 18 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 739-748) and index.
Part 1: Grammar -- Part 2: Mechanics -- Part 3: Punctuation -- Part 4: Spelling and Diction -- Part 5: Effective Sentences -- Part 6: Writing -- Part 7: Research and Documentation -- Part 8: Advice for Multilingual Writers

Publishing : a writer's memoir

January 16, 2015
Godwin, Gail, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
xiii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A personal story of a writer's hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul--for Gail Godwin, forty-five years of being a published writer and all that goes with it. A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958, Godwin met with Knopf scouts who came to campus every spring in search of new talent. Though her five pages of Windy Peaks were turned down and the novel never completed, she would go on to publish two story collections and fourteen novels, three of which were National Book Award finalists, five of which were New York Times bestsellers"-- Provided by publisher.

The David Foster Wallace Reader.

January 16, 2015
Wallace, David Foster.
x, 963 pages ; 25 cm
Fiction -- Teaching materials -- Nonfiction.
"Wallace's explorations of morality, self-consciousness, addiction, sports, love, and the many other subjects that occupied him are represented here in both fiction and nonfiction. Collected for the first time are Wallace's first published story, "The View from Planet Trillaphon as Seen In Relation to the Bad Thing" and a selection of his work as a writing instructor, including reading lists, grammar guides, and general guidelines for his students. A dozen writers and critics, including Hari Kunzru, Anne Fadiman, and Nam Le, add afterwords to favorite pieces."--Publisher's description.

Mayakovsky : a biography

January 16, 2015
Jangfeldt, Bengt, 1948- author.
xi, 610 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
"Originally published as Med livet som insats : berättelsen om Vladimir Majakovskij och hans krets by Wahlström and Widstrand, Stockholm, Sweden. © Bengt Jangfeldt, 2007"--Title page verso.
Volodya, 1893-1915 -- Lili, 1891-1915 -- A cloud in trousers, 1915-1916 -- The first revolution and the third, 1917-1918 -- Communist Futurism, 1918-1920 -- Nep and the beginnings of terror, 1921 -- Drang nach Westen, 1922 -- About this, 1923 -- Free from love and posters, 1923-1924 -- America, 1925 -- New rules, 1926-1927 -- Tatyana, 1928-1929 -- The year of the great change, 1929 -- At the top of my voice, 1929-1930 -- The first Bolshevik spring, 1930 -- A game with life as the stake -- Mayakovsky's second death.

Table talk : from The threepenny review

January 16, 2015
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, ©2015.
xix, 298 pages ; 24 cm
"Table Talk is a portable dinner party and a book to read alone while laughing out loud. Table Talk is a salon attended by your smartest friends and by all of the wittiest people they know. Table Talk is a collection of brief but critically acclaimed, half serious/half tongue-in-cheek pieces that borrow the format of The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" column. Selected from several decades (1990-2013) of The Threepenny Review, known colloquially as the West Coast's New York Review of Books, these anecdotal essays debate the historical, artistic, and technological developments of our time. It includes essays by Christopher Ricks, who unfolds a dazzling literary history of the phrase "Table Talk"; Leonard Michaels on why the waltz should be viewed as an aggressive, imperialist dance; and Claire Messud on the art of digression in fiction and conversation. Sigrid Nunez engages with the contemporary vogue for memoir and autobiography, while Luc Sante draws conclusions about postmodern art from a stray bit of graffiti glimpsed on a New York street. Other contributions include Alexander Nehamas on the NEA controversy that roiled the culture wars of the 1990s and Paula Fox's tips for interacting with difficult children. Ninety-nine pieces become a garden of literary delights, as Table Talk takes an irreverent walk on the wild side of philosophical and cultural speculation that will resonate with readers of any age. "-- Provided by publisher.

Whipping boy : the forty-year search for my twelve-year-old bully

January 15, 2015
Kurzweil, Allen.
New York : Harper, [2015]
291 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The true account of one boy's lifelong search for his boarding-school bully.Equal parts childhood memoir and literary thriller, Whipping Boy chronicles prize-winning author Allen Kurzweil's search for his twelve-year-old nemesis, a bully named Cesar Augustus. The obsessive inquiry, which spans some forty years, takes Kurzweil all over the world, from a Swiss boarding school (where he endures horrifying cruelty) to the slums of Manila, from the Park Avenue boardroom of the world's largest law firm to a federal prison camp in Southern California.While hunting down his tormentor, Kurzweil encounters an improbable cast of characters that includes an elocution teacher with ill-fitting dentures, a gang of faux royal swindlers, a crime investigator "with paper in his blood," and a onocled grand master of the Knights of Malta. Yet for all its global exoticism and comic exuberance, Kurzweil's riveting account is, at its core, a heartfelt and suspenseful narrative about the "parallel lives" of a victim and his abuser.A scrupulously researched work of nonfiction that renders a childhood menace into an unlikely muse, Whipping Boy is much more than a tale of karmic retribution; it is a poignant meditation on loss, memory, and mourning, a surreal odyssey born out of suffering, nourished by rancor, tempered by wit, and resolved, unexpectedly, in a breathtaking act of personal courage.Whipping Boy features two 8-page black-and-white photo inserts and 83 images throughout"-- Provided by publisher.

The annotated Pride and prejudice

January 13, 2015
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817, author.
New York : Anchor Books, 2012.
xxxvi, 780 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Revision of the c2004 ed.
Introduction -- Pride and prejudice -- Volume I -- Volume II -- Volume III -- Notes on the text of the novel -- Chronology -- Maps.

The writings in prose and verse of Rudyard Kipling.

January 12, 2015
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936.
New York : C. Scribner's Sons, 1897-1937.
36 volumes : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 22 cm
Library set incomplete: v. 32-36 wanting.
"Outward bound" edition. Cf. Stewart.
v. 1. Plain tales from the hills. -- v. 2-3. Soldiers three and military tales. -- v. 4. In black and white. -- v. 5. The phantom 'rickshaw and other stories. -- v. 6. Under the deodars. The story of the Gadsbys. Wee Willie Winkie. -- v. 7. The jungle book. -- v. 8. The second jungle book. -- v. 9. The light that failed. -- v. 10. The naulahka : a story of West and East / written in collaboration with Wolcott Balestier. -- v. 11. Verses, 1889-1896. -- v. 12. "Captains courageous" : a story of the Grand Banks. -- v. 13-14. The day's work.

New Year's resolution : Romance!

January 9, 2015
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Anthology, c2015.
314 p. ; 18 cm.
Say yes / Christie Ridgway -- No more bad girls / Leslie Kelly -- Just a fling / Tanya Michaels.

For whom the bluebell tolls

January 5, 2015
Allen, Beverly, author.
New York, N. Y. : Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.
294 pages ; 17 cm

Huck Finn's America : Mark Twain and the era that shaped his masterpiece

December 29, 2014
Levy, Andrew, 1962- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
342 pages ; 24 cm

Political fiction

December 17, 2014
xxx, 259 pages ; 24 cm.
Edition statement supplied by publisher.
Critical contexts. In search of the Great American political novel of the Vietnam war / Philip Beidler ; From the stricken community to the solitary night mind: the politics of time, space, and otherness in American fiction after 9/11 / Lucy Bond ; Wounded nations: politics and postcolonial literature / Chelva Kanaganayakam ; The retreat from politics in political fiction / Robert Boyers -- Critical readings. Joseph Conrad: the art of political fiction / Jakob Lothe ; "In the heart of a labyrinth": J.M. Coetzee and political emotions / Patrick Hayes ; Amitav Ghosh and the exclusivism of empire / John Thieme ; Surveillance and the "poetics of silence": late modernist imagism in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four / Patricia Rae ; "You can't live there": Weimar under the Palms and the German Democratic Republic in Christ Wolf's City of Angels or, The overcoat of Dr. Freud / Margaret Scanlan ; Doris Lessing: "Political in the most basic sense" / Alice Ridout ; Robert Stone's A Flag for Sunrise: a political novel / Mark Levene ; The demands and limits of "felt life" in Don De Lillo's Underworld / Paul McCormick ; "Who is the enemy?": waste and violence in Deborah Eisenberg's short fiction / Michael Trussler -- Resources.

Best food writing.

December 15, 2014
New York, NY : Marlowe & Co. : Baillett & Fitzgerald,
v. ; 21 cm.
Imprint varies: <2008-2014> Cambridge, MA : De Capo Press.

In performance : contemporary monologues for men and women late twenties to thirties

December 12, 2014
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theater & Cinema Books, [2014]
xvii, 238 pages ; 20 cm
"In Performance is an indispensable collection of monologues for today's aspiring young actors. Featured are dynamic monologues from contemporary stage plays of the past 15 years, as selected by a professional acting teacher, director, and casting director. Along with covering the basics of how best to match the monologue to the actor and how to approach the rehearsal and performance of the piece, this handy guide provides a synopsis of each play, character descriptions, and a list of questions specific to each monologue that will help actors develop complex, honest, and thoughtful performances with a strong emotional connection, a clear arc, and playable actions"--provided by publisher.

Drivel : deliciously bad writing by your favorite authors

December 11, 2014
New York, New York : Perigee, 2014.
xiv, 194 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A project of Litquake"
"A Perigree book"
"Gillian Flynn, Mary Roach, Dave Eggers, Rick Moody, Chuck Palahniuk...the list goes on. They all sucked once, and they all have the guts to share some of their crappiest early work in Drivel: an uplifting bit of voyeurism, based on the sold-out "Regreturature" stage shows in San Francisco, and brought to you by Litquake and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Within these pages you'll find abstruse and esoteric poetry (bad); incoherent and illogical short stories (worse); bumfuzzling proto-journalism (shameful); and pretentious, overwrought journal entries (we'll not speak of this again). Thanks to these courageous but foolhardy writers, the world now knows the real meaning of a work-in-progress. "-- Provided by publisher.

Inventing Scrooge : the incredible true story behind Dickens' legendary A Christmas Carol

December 11, 2014
DeVito, Carlo, author.
254 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 22 cm
Inventing Scrooge uncovers the real-life inspirations from Charles Dickens' own world that led to the fascinating creation of his most beloved tale, A Christmas Carol. When Charles Dickens conceived the story that would become A Christmas Carol, little did he know that his "ghostly little book" would reinvent the way we keep Christmas. From a graveyard in Edinburgh to the Marshalsea Prison in London to his schoolboy years in Chatham and even his lifelong fascination with dance, so much of Dickens' past and present are woven into the characters and themes of A Christmas Carol. And by understanding the story behind the story, readers will come to embrace the holiday classic all the more. To this day, we look to the Christmas season as a time of warmth and celebration among family, friends, and strangers alike. And every year at Christmas, not only do our lives get better for all the festivity, but we get better, as people. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge.

Pioneer girl : the annotated autobiography

December 10, 2014
Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957, author.
Pierre : South Dakota Historical Society Press, [2014]
lxix, 400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
"A publication of the Pioneer Girl Project"--Title page.
"Follows the Ingalls family's journey through Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, back to Minnesota, and on to Dakota Territory, [examining] sixteen years of travels, unforgettable experiences, and the everyday people who became immortal through Wilder's fiction. Using additional manuscripts, letters, photographs, newspapers, and other sources, ... Wilder biographer Pamela Smith Hill adds ... context and leads readers through Wilder's growth as a writer"

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