New Arrivals · Literature

November 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic

November 24, 2015
Strand, Ginger Gail, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Autumn fog -- Precipitating events -- Head in the clouds -- Bolt of lightning -- Eye of the storm -- Watersheds -- Rainmakers -- Out of the blue -- Cold fronts -- Shifting winds.
ln the late 1940s. Kurt Vonnegut is home after surviving the firebombing of Dresden. He has ambitions to be a novelist but dares to share them only with his new wife. Kurt struggles to complete college and write while working nights at a newspaper. Soon there's a child on the way. Anxious about supporting his family, Kurt quits school and takes a job in the PR department of General Electric, where his older brother, Bernard, is a leading scientist in what's called the "House of Magic"--GE's Research Lab. Unlike Kurt's, with its stops and starts, Bernard's life had always gone according to plan. With a Ph.D. from MIT, Bernie worked for the military during World War II and afterward joined "the nation's oldest and most renowned industrial research lab." By the time Kurt arrives at GE, Bernie is piling up patents on a series of cutting-edge weather-control technologies meant to make deserts bloom. While Kurt writes press releases by day and labors over short stories by night, Bernard builds silver iodide generators and sends planes to bomb cloud banks with dry ice. These experiments, dubbed Project Cirrus, soon attract the attention of military men--maybe weather will even become "the new super-weapon." But as evidence mounts that Project Cirrus is causing alarming changes in the atmosphere, Bernard begins to have misgivings about the harmful uses of his inventions, and Kurt starts writing a new kind of story depicting scientists grappling with moral questions and with fantastic inventions gone awry. Set against a backdrop of atomic anxiety and the dawn of the digital age, The Brothers Vonnegut is a wild collision of science and literature. Melding biography and cultural history, Ginger Strand uses letters, manuscripts, lab notebooks, and interviews to chronicle how the brothers navigated a world where the possibilities of science seemed infinite--a fascinating story of two ambitious men wrestling with the ethical dilemmas of their age, revealing how the desire to control the natural world shaped one of our most inventive novelists.--Adapted from book jacket.

Empty chairs : selected poems

November 19, 2015
Liu, Xia, 1959-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2015]
xiv, 118 pages : black and white photographs ; 23 cm
Non-Latin script record
"A Lannan Translation Selection"--Title page verso.
"Empty Chairs is the first publication in both English translation and the Chinese original of Liu Xia, poet, artist, and wife of the imprisoned Nobel Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo. Selected from thirty years of her work, and including some of her haunting photography, this book creats a portrait of a life lived under duress, a voice in danger of being silenced, and a spirit that is shaken but so far indomitable. Liu Xia's poems are potent, acute moments of inquiry that peel back to expose the fraught complexity of an interior world. They are felt and insightful, colored through with political constraints even as they seep beyond those constraints and toward love. " ---From back cover.

The poetry of Yehuda Amichai

November 19, 2015
Amichai, Yehuda.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
xxiv, 551 pages : 24 cm

Poezja konkretna

November 19, 2015
Dróżdż, Stanisław, 1939-2009.
Krakow, Poland : Galeria Potocka, 1998.
8 unnumbered pages : all illustrations ; 30 cm, in portfolio 35 cm
Cover title.
"Kolekcja Artystow, Galeria Potocka, Muzeum Artystow"--Cover.

Conversations with the Conroys : interviews with Pat Conroy and his family

November 18, 2015
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press ; Published in Cooperation with South Carolina Educational Television and the Humanities Council, [2015]
96 pages, 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A New York Times best-selling author of eleven novels and memoirs, Pat Conroy is one of America's most beloved storytellers and a writer as synonymous with the South Carolina lowcountry as pluff mud or the Palmetto tree. As Conroy's writings have been rooted in autobiography more often than not, his readers have come to know and appreciate much about the once-secret dark familial history that has shaped Conroy's life and work. Conversations with the Conroys opens further the discussion of the Conroy family through five revealing interviews conducted in 2014 with Pat Conroy and four of his six siblings: brothers Mike, Jim, and Tim and sister Kathy. In confessional and often comic dialogs, the Conroys openly discuss the perils of being raised by their larger-than-life parents, USMC fighter pilot Col. Don Conroy (the Great Santini) and southern belle Peggy Conroy (née Peek); the complexities of having their history of abuse made public by Pat's books; the tragic death of their youngest brother, Tom; the chasm between them and their sister Carol Ann; and the healing, redemptive embrace they have come to find over time in one another. With good humor and often-striking candor, these interviews capture the Conroys as authentic and indeed proud South Carolinians, not always at ease with their place in literary lore, but nonetheless deeply supportive of Pat in his life and writing. Edited and introduced by the Palmetto State's preeminent historian, Walter Edgar, Conversations with the Conroys includes the first publications of Pat Conroy's interview with Edgar as the keynote address of the 2014 One Book, One Columbia citywide "big read" program, the unprecedented interview with the Conroy siblings for SCETV Radio's Walter Edgar's Journal, the resulting live Conroy Family Roundtable held at the 2014 South Carolina Book Festival, and a recent interview in Charleston following Pat Conroy's induction into the Citadel's Athletics Hall of Fame. This collection is augmented with an afterword from National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney and nearly fifty photographs, many from the Pat Conroy Archive in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries, and published here for the first time. Through the resulting treasure trove of text and images, this volume is as much a keepsake for Conroy's legion of devoted fans as it is a wealth of insider information to broaden the understanding of readers and researchers alike of the idiosyncratic world of Pat Conroy and his family"-- Provided by publisher.

The Sherlock Holmes book

November 17, 2015
352 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The early adventures -- The great detective -- A legend returns -- Holmes takes a bow -- The final deductions -- The world of Sherlock Holmes.
Chronicles every case of the world's greatest detective and his assistant Dr Watson. The game is afoot and now you can discover every detail of Sherlock Holmes' world!

Been there, done that : writing stories from real life

November 16, 2015
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2015.
279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Follow the leader? The push and pull of peer pressure -- If only: dealing with regret, guilt, and sadness -- I can't believe you did that! Being surprised by what some people do -- Sacrifice: putting others first -- Why or why not? Asking questions about the world around you -- Things will never be the same: Dealing with change.
"Where do authors get their ideas? And how do they turn those ideas into stories? This anthology looks at the process of taking real-life experiences and turning them into works of engaging fiction. The collection features award-winning and bestselling middle-grade authors who provide both original fictional short stories as well as the nonfiction accounts that inspired them. The contributing authors include Julia Alvarez, Karen Cushman, Margarita Engle, Dee Garretson, Nathan Hale, Matthew Kirby, Claire Legrand, Grace Lin, Kate Messner, Linda Sue Park, Adam Rex, Gary Schmidt, Alan Sitomer, Caroline Starr Rose, Heidi Stemple, Rita Williams-Garcia, Tracy Edward Wymer, Lisa Yee, and Jane Yolen"-- Provided by publisher.

John le Carré : the biography

November 16, 2015
Sisman, Adam, author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2015]
xx, 652 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2015 by Bloomsbury."--Title page verso.
Millionaire paupers -- 'We seek higher things' -- God and Mammon -- Wandering in the fog -- Serving your country -- 'That little college in Turl' -- 'This really is the end' -- Poor but happy -- 'Milk in first and then Indian' -- 'A dead-end sort of place' -- A small town in Germany -- Becoming John le Carré -- Naïve and sentimental love -- Caught in the machine -- Rich but restless -- Keeping the bitterness at bay -- 'You treated your father very badly' -- 'Does anyone know what's going on?' -- 'The love thief' -- Moscow rules -- 'Whatever are you going to write now?' -- 'He makes us look so good' -- The secret centre -- 'Mr Angry' -- Beating the system.
"In this definitive biography Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the bestselling persona. In John le Carré, Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell, an expert at hiding in plain sight. Of course, the pseudonym John le Carré has helped to keep the public at a distance. Sisman probes Cornwell's unusual upbringing, abandoned by his mother at the age of only five and raised by his con man father (when not in prison), and explores his background in British intelligence, as well as his struggle to become a writer, and his personal life. Sisman has benefited from unfettered access to le Carré's private archive, talked to the most important people in his life, and interviewed the man himself at length" -- provided by publisher.

The Stephen King companion : forty years of fear from the master of horror

November 13, 2015
Beahm, George W., author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
xxxii, 588 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Color portfolio by Michael Whelan.
Maine roots -- Pre-Carrie: a hardscrabble life -- Doubleday Books: magic time-the making of the Master of Horror -- "The Bestsellasaurus Rex" stomps over to New American Library -- Scribner: building bridges -- Movies: screamplays -- The critics' corner -- Stephen King in cyberspace.
Profusely illustrated with nearly 200 photos, color illustrations by celebrated "Dark Tower" artist Michael Whelan, and black-and-white drawings by Maine artist Glenn Chadbourne; supplemented with interviews with friends, colleagues, and mentors who knew King well; looking at King's formative years in Durham, when he began writing fiction as a young teen, his college years in the turbulent sixties, his struggles with early poverty, working full-time as an English teacher while writing part-time, the long road to the publication of his first novel, Carrie, and the dozens of bestselling books and major screen adaptations that followed; covering his varied and prodigious output--this book is a comprehensive guide to the imaginative world of Stephen King.

Year of yes

November 11, 2015
Rhimes, Shonda, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xix, 311 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 19 cm
The creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" details the one-year experiment with saying "yes" that transformed her life, revealing how accepting unexpected invitations she would have otherwise declined enabled powerful benefits.

The best American sports writing.

November 10, 2015
Boston : Houghton Mifflin,
v. ; 22 cm.
Series editor: 1991-2012, Glenn Stout ; 2013-<2015> Gareth Cook.

Letters to Vera

November 10, 2015
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
lix, 794 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
"Originally published in Great Britain by Penguin Classics, a division of Penguin Random House Ltd., London, in 2014."
List of Plates -- List of Abbreviations -- Chronology -- Envelopes for the LEtters to Véra -- "My beloved and precious darlind": Translating Letters to Véra -- Letters to Véra -- Appendix One: Riddles -- Appendix Two: Afterlife -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
"The letters of the great writer to his wife--gathered here for the first time--chronicle a decades-long love story and document anew the creative energies of an artist who was always at work,"

Buffalo noir

November 9, 2015
184 pages : map ; 21 cm
Part I: Buffalo unveiled. Dr. Kirkbride's moral treatment plan / Christina Milletti -- It's only for forever / Tom Fontana -- The Ehrengraf settlement / Lawrence Block -- The bubble man of Allentown / Dimitri Anastasopoulos -- Part II: Hearts & minds. Falling on ice / Lissa Marie Redmond -- Parkside / S.J. Rozan -- Chicken Noodle's night out / John Wray & Brooke Costello -- Peace Bridge / Conne Porter -- Part III: Bloodlines. Valentine / Joyce Carol Oates -- The odd / Ed Park -- Good neighbors / Gary Earl Ross -- Hand / Kim Chinquee.

Zagreb noir / edited by Ivan Sršen.

November 9, 2015
267 pages : map ; 21 cm
Some stories translated from Croatian.
Part I: A perfect outing. A girl in the garage/ Darko Macan -- Crossbar / Josip Novakovich -- The old man from the mountain / Ivan Vidić -- The gates of Hell / Ružica Gašperov -- Part II: Knocking on the neighbors door. Horse killer / Mima Simić -- It all happened so fast / Robert Perisic -- Night vision / Pero Kvesić -- Numbers 1-3 / Nada Gašić -- Part III: Dowtown freaks. Wraiths / Zoran Pilić -- Slices of night / Andrea Žigic-Dolenec -- Headlessness / Darko Milošić -- Part IV: On the loose. She-warrior / Nora Verde -- Wiener schnitzel / Ivan Sršen -- Happiness on a leash / Neven Ušumović.

Brooklyn : a personal memoir

November 9, 2015
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984, author.
105 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"In 2001, The Little Bookroom published Truman Capote's long-out-of-print homage to Brooklyn, A House in the Heights. In 2014, more than fifty years after they were taken, the original photographs commissioned to illustrate the piece have been discovered by the photographer's son. Also found among the negatives were portraits of Capote taken on that same day; none of the photos have ever been published. Now, in a new edition with a new title, Brooklyn : A Personal Memoir, with the lost photographs of David Attie, the words and images will be united for the first time. The images of Brooklyn provide a stunning and atmospheric visual portrait of the city in 1959--its building, shops, street life, lost moments-- a Brooklyn at once strangely familiar yet largely vanished: horse-drawn wagons delivering produce to housewives, kids swimming in the East River and getting into mischief on the docks, dimly-lit bars, vintage signs, little girls jumping rope, bricklayers, barbers, neighborhood characters, all set against a backdrop of period architecture, that spectacular bridge, and the skyline of Manhattan. The essay itself brings to life the landscape that was for the author a world of grand homes and dimly recalled gentility, of mysterious warehouses and menacing street thugs, a garden overhung with wisteria, and the famous Promenade and waterfront--all rendered in his deft and stylish prose. Originally commissioned for Holiday magazine by John Knowles (later the author of A Separate Peace), the piece remained one of his favorites--especially its surprise ending. At the time, George Plimpton wrote that in the essay, Capote's 'love of history, gossip, character, and a skill at putting all this to words...brings Brooklyn Heights to life as vividly as any landscape Truman ever undertook to survey.' David Attie's photos enhance that landscape in a breathtaking way"-- Provided by publisher.

Memphis noir

November 6, 2015
280 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Part I: Beale and The Bluff. Her better devils / David Wesley Williams -- Heartbreak at Graceland / Kaye George -- Through valleys / Jamey Hatley -- Part II: Memphis Blues. The Panama Limited / Richard J. Alley -- Green-eyed blues / Dwight Fryer -- The never never is forever / Adam Shaw & Penny Register-Shaw -- Chain of custody / Lee Martin -- Part III: Memphis misfits. There is no rest / Arthur Flowers -- A game of love / Suzanne Berube Rorhus -- Mother / Ehi Ike -- Battle / Stephen Clements -- Part IV: Abandoned Memphis. Stinkeye / Cary Holladay -- A shut-and-open case / John Bensko -- Nightflight / Sheree Renée Thomas -- Tell him what you want / Troy L. Wiggins.

The man with the golden typewriter : Ian Fleming's James Bond letters

November 6, 2015
Fleming, Ian, 1908-1964, author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2015.
391 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Casino Royale -- Live and let die -- Moonraker -- Notes from America -- Diamonds are forever -- From Russia with love -- Conversations with the Armourer -- Dr No -- Goldfinger -- For your eyes only -- The Chandler letters -- Thunderball -- The spy who loved me -- The liebert letters -- On her majesty's secret service -- You only live twice --The man with the golden gun -- Afterword -- The works of Ian Fleming -- The James Bond films.

The Monstrous

November 4, 2015
San Francisco, CA : Tachyon Publications, 2015.
378 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction / Ellen Datlow -- Natural history of autumn / Jeffrey Ford -- Ashputtle / Peter Straub -- Giants in the earth / Dale Bailey -- Beginning of the year without a summer / Caitlín R. Kiernan -- Wish from a bone / Gemma Files -- Last, clean, bright summer / Livia Llewellyn -- Totals / Adam-Troy Castro -- Chill clutch of the unseen / Kim Newman -- Down among the dead men / Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois -- Catching flies / Carole Johnstone -- Our turn too will one day come / Brian Hodge -- Grindstone / Stephen Graham Jones -- Doll hands / Adam L. G. Nevill -- How I met the ghoul / Sofia Samatar -- Jenny come to play / Terry Dowling -- Miss ill-kept runt / Glen Hirshberg -- Chasing sunset / A. C. Wise -- Monster makers / Steve Rasnic Tem -- Piano man / Christopher Fowler -- Corpsemouth / John Langan.
Take a terrifying journey with literary masters of suspense, including Peter Straub, Kim Newman, and Caitlín R. Kiernan, visiting a place where the other is somehow one of us. These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it's a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there--and much closer than it appears.

The big book of Sherlock Holmes stories

November 3, 2015
New York : Pantheon Books, 2015.
xxii, 789 pages ; 24 cm
Arguably no other character in history has been so enduringly popular as Sherlock Holmes. From his first appearance, in Arthur Conan Doyle's 1887 novella A Study in Scarlet, readers have loved reading about him—and writers have loved writing about him. Here, Otto Penzler collects 83 wonderful stories about Holmes and Dr. John Watson, the majority of which will be new to readers. Among these pages are tales by acclaimed Sherlockians Leslie S. Klinger, Laurie R. King, Lyndsay Faye and Daniel Stashower; pastiches by literary luminaries both classic (Kenneth Millar, P. G. Wodehouse, Dorothy B. Hughes) and current (Anne Perry, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman); and parodies by Conan Doyle's contemporaries James M. Barrie, O. Henry, and August Derleth.

What happens under the mistletoe

November 2, 2015
New York : Pocket Books, 2015.
391 pages ; 17 cm
"Pocket books romance"--Spine.
The heiress and the hothead / Sabrina Jeffries -- Twelve kisses to midnight / Karen Hawkins -- By any other name / Candace Camp -- Sweetest regret / Meredith Duran.

Jonathan Franzen : the comedy of rage

October 30, 2015
Weinstein, Philip M.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
xi, 230 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Introductory -- Becoming Jonathan Franzen -- A bugged world : The twenty-seventh city -- "Something wrong in the underbrush" : Strong motion -- Collapse and arrival, status and contract -- All in the family : The corrections -- Taking and mistaking : Freedom -- The New Yorker -- Afterword: "Hungering for clean" : Purity.
"The first critical biography of Jonathan Franzen, exploring the trajectory of his career and the intersections of his life and work"-- Provided by publisher.

The outlandish companion. Volume two : the second companion to the Outlander series, covering The fiery cross, A breath of snow and ashes, An echo in the bone, and Written in my own heart's blood

October 29, 2015
Gabaldon, Diana. author.
x, 640 pages : illustrations, maps, plans, genealogical chart ; 25 cm
Genealogical chart on end papers.
part one. Chronology -- part two. Synopses -- part three. Cast of characters -- part four. Sex and violence -- part five. History and historical fiction : organizing the past -- part six. A comprehensive Scottish language glossary and pronunciation guide -- part seven. Writing, and other games you play by yourself -- part eight. The invisible talent -- part nine. Maps and floor plans -- part ten. The methadone list (as of 2015) -- part ten. Bibliography.
The second volume of a comprehensive companion guide to each book in the "Outlander" series includes a complete chronology of the series, a guide to research sources, a Scottish glossary and pronunciation guide, and photos from the set of the "Outlander" TV series.

Between gods : a memoir

October 28, 2015
Pick, Alison, author.
380 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"In this powerful memoir, bestselling author Alison Pick (nominated for the Man Booker Prize) channels Karen Armstrong and Anne Lamott as she explains the shocking family secret that eventually led to her mid-life conversion to Judaism--exploring powerful, provocative questions about family, faith, and the burdens of inheritance"-- Provided by publisher.

Plotted : a literary atlas

October 28, 2015
DeGraff, Andrew, artist, author.
126 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm
The voyage of Odysseus (from the Odyssey / by Homer) -- Elsinore (from The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark / by William Shakespeare) -- No man is an island (from Robinson Crusoe / by Daniel Defoe) -- The course of true love (from Pride and prejudice / by Jane Austen) -- Ebenezer Scrooge: time traveler (from A Christmas Carol / by Charles Dickens) -- Up from slavery (from Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave / by Frederick Douglass) -- The Pequod and its quarry (from Moby Dick, or, The whale / by Herman Melville) -- Route zero (from "A narrow fellow in the grass" / by Emily Dickinson) -- Phileas Fogg's incredibly credible circumnavigation (from Around the world in eighty days / by Jules Verne) -- Huckleberry Finn's Mississippi River journey (from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / by Mark Twain) -- An education (from "A report to an academy" / by Franz Kafka) -- Infinite intelligence (from "The library of Babel" / by Jorge Luis Borges) -- Converging paths (from "The Lottery" / by Shirley Jackson) -- Journey to nowhere (from Invisible man / by Ralph Ellison) -- The waiting room (from Waiting for Godot / by Samuel Beckett) -- Flannery O'Connor's family vacation (friom "A good man is hard to find" / by Flannery O'Connor) -- The wrinkled time continuum (from A wrinkle in time / by Madeleine L'Engle) -- The warrens (from Watership Down / by Richard Adams) -- Those who leave and those who stay (from "The ones who walk away from Omelas" / by Ursula K. Le Guin).
"This incredibly wide-ranging collection of maps -- all inspired by literary classics -- offers readers a new way of looking at their favorite fictional worlds. Andrew DeGraff's stunningly detailed artwork takes readers deep into the landscapes from The Odyssey, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Invisible Man, Lord of the Flies, A Wrinkle in Time, Watership Down, The Handmaid's Tale, and more. Sure to reignite a love for old favorites and spark fresh interest in more recent works as well, Plotted provides a unique new way of appreciating the lands of the human imagination" -- provided by publisher.

A Christian guide to the classics

October 28, 2015
Ryken, Leland.
Wheaton, IL : Crossway, 2015.
102 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Misconceptions about the classics -- What is a classic? -- Why we should read the classics -- The greatest classic: the Bible -- How not to read a classic -- How to read a classic -- Christian classics, I -- Christian classics II -- Secular classics -- Where to find the classics -- Reflections on reading.

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