New Arrivals · Literature

July 26, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Welcome to Frost Heaves

July 25, 2016
Sheldon, Ken, author.
xi, 158 pages ; 22 cm
"Fred [Marple] (also known as humorist Ken Sheldon)"--Page [4] of cover.
"...a collection of humorous stories from 'the most under-appreciated town in New Hampshire" as told by Fred Marple, the town's unofficial spokesman"--Page [4] of cover.

Drowned worlds : tales from the Anthropocene and beyond

July 19, 2016
Oxford, UK : Solaris, 2016.
381 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction / Jonathan Strahan -- Elves of Antarctica / Paul McAuley -- Dispatches from the cradle: The hermit -- Forty-eight hours in the sea of Massachusetts / Ken Liu -- Venice drowned / Kim Stanley Robinson -- Brownsville station / Christopher Rowe -- Who do you love? / Kathleen Ann Goonan -- Because change was the ocean and we lived by her mercy / Charlie Jane Anders -- The common tongue, the present tense, the known / Nina Allan -- What is / Jeffrey Ford -- Destroyed by the waters / Rachel Swirsky -- The new Venusians / Sean Williams -- Inselberg / Nalo Hopkinson -- Only ten more shopping days left till Ragnarök / James Morrow -- Last gods / Sam J. Miller -- Drowned / Lavie Tidhar -- The future is blue / Catherynne M. Valente.

Jane Austen

July 19, 2016
Alkayat, Zena.
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, 2016.
128 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 16 cm
"Enchanting illustrations and handwritten text featuring excerpts from Austen's personal letters outline the intimate details of the literary icon's life her childhood on a farm, the writing of her first novella, her marital woes, the inspiration behind Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, and more."--Provided by publisher.

The runaway wife : a novel

July 18, 2016
Oberbeck, Elizabeth Birkelund, author.
246 pages ; 21 cm
Three beautiful French sisters entrust an American hiker with the mission of rescuing their mother, Calliope, who is hiding high in the Alps. The mountains are filled with beauty and danger, not the least of which is Calliope's desire to stay hidden. And all the while, the hiker finds himself haunted by the memory of her daughters and conflicted in his desire for them.

The big book of science fiction : the ultimate collection

July 12, 2016
New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, Vintage Books, 2016.
xxxi, 1178 pages ; 24 cm
The star / H. G. Wells -- Sultana's dream / Rokheya Shekhawat Hossain -- The triumph of mechanics / Karl Hans Strobl -- The new overworld / Paul Scheerbart -- Elements of Pataphysics / Alfred Jarry -- Mechanopolis / Miguel de Unamuno -- The doom of Principal City / Yefim Zozulya -- The comet / W. E. B. Du Bois -- The fate of the Poseidonia / Clare Winger Harris -- The star stealers / Edmond Hamilton -- The conquest of Gola / Leslie F. Stone -- A Martian odyssey / Stanley G. Weinbaum -- The last poet and the robots / A t -- The microscopic giants / Paul Ernst -- Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius / Jorge Luis Borges -- Desertion / Clifford D. Simak -- September 2005: the Martian / Ray Bradbury -- Baby HP / Juan José Arreola -- Surface tension / James Blish -- Beyond lies the Wub / Philip K. Dick -- The snowball effect / Katherine Maclean -- Prott / Margaret St. Clair -- The liberation of Earth / William Tenn -- Let me live in a house / Chad Oliver -- The star / Arthur C. Clarke -- Grandpa / James H. Schmitz -- The game of rat and dragon / Cordwainer Smith -- The last question / Isaac Asimov -- Stranger station / Damon Knight -- Sector general / James White -- The visitors / Arkady and Boris Strugatsky -- Pelt / Carol Emshwiller -- The monster / Gérard Klein -- The man who lost the sea / Theodore Sturgeon -- The waves / Silvina Ocampo -- Plenitude / Will Worthington -- The voices of time / J. G. Ballard -- The astronaut / Valentina Zhuravlyova -- The squid chooses its own ink / Adolfo Bioy Casares -- 2BRO2B / Kurt Vonnegut Jr. -- A modest genius / Vadim Shefner -- Day of Wrath / Sever Gansovsky -- The hands / John Baxter

Invaders : 22 tales from the outer limits of literature

July 12, 2016
xvi, 368 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction / Jacob Weisman -- Portal / J. Robert Lennon -- Beautiful monsters / Eric Puchner -- The squid who fell in love with the sun / Ben Loory -- Five fucks / Jonathan Lethem -- LIMBs / Julia Elliott -- We are the Olfanauts / Deji Bryce Olukotun -- The region of unlikeness / Rivka Galchen -- A precursor of the cinema / Steven Millhauser -- In the bushes / Jami Attenberg -- Fugue state / Brian Evenson -- Reports concerning the death of the Seattle Albatross are somewhat exaggerated / W.P. Kinsella -- Lambing season / Molly Gloss -- Conrad Loomis & the clothes ray / Amiri Baraka -- Topics in advanced rocketry / Chris Tarry -- The inner city / Karen Heuler -- Escape from spiderhead / George Saunders -- Amorometer / Kelly Luce -- The yogurt of Vasirin Kefirovsky / Max Apple -- Monstro / Junot Díaz -- Minotaur / Jim Shepard -- Help me find my spaceman lover / Robert Olen Butler -- Near-flesh / Katherine Dunn.
Twenty-two science fiction short stories from acclaimed authors such as Steven Millhauser, Junot Diaz, Amiri Baraka, and Katherine Dunn.

Critics, monsters, fanatics, and other literary essays

July 12, 2016
Ozick, Cynthia, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
211 pages ; 22 cm
The boys in the alley, the disappearing readers, and the novel's ghostly twin -- Novel or nothing : Lionel Trilling -- The lastingness of Saul Bellow -- "Please, stories are stories" : Bernard Malamud -- W.H. Auden at the 92nd Street Y -- Transcending the Kafkaesque -- Nobility eclipsed -- Writers, visible and invisible -- Out from Xanadu -- The rhapsodist -- "I write because I hate" : William Gass -- Love and levity at Auschwitz : Martin Amis -- An empty coffin : H. G. Adler.
"In a collection that includes new essays written explicitly for this volume, one of our sharpest and most influential critics confronts the past, present, and future of literary culture. If every outlet for book criticism suddenly disappeared -- if all we had were reviews that treated books like any other commodity -- could the novel survive? In a gauntlet-throwing essay at the start of this brilliant assemblage, Cynthia Ozick stakes the claim that, just as surely as critics require a steady supply of new fiction, novelists need great critics to build a vibrant community on the foundation of literary history. For decades, Ozick herself has been one of our great critics, as these essays so clearly display. She offers models of critical analysis of writers from the mid-twentieth century to today, from Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, and Kafka, to William Gass and Martin Amis, all assembled in provocatively named groups: Fanatics, Monsters, Figures, and others. Uncompromising and brimming with insight, these essays are essential reading for anyone facing the future of literature in the digital age"-- Provided by publisher.

Winning arguments : what works and doesn't work in politics, the bedroom, the courtroom, and the classroom

July 12, 2016
Fish, Stanley Eugene, author.
New York : Harper, 2016.
212 pages ; 22 cm
Living in a world of argument -- Political arguments -- Domestic arguments -- Legal arguments -- Academic arguments -- Why we can't get along.
Filled with the wit and observational prowess that shaped Stanley Fish’s acclaimed bestseller How to Write a Sentence, Winning Arguments guides readers through the “greatest hits” of rhetoric. In this clever and engaging guide, Fish offers insight and outlines the crucial keys you need to win any debate, anywhere, anytime—drawn from landmark legal cases, politics, his own career, and even popular film and television.

Dialogue : the art of verbal action for page, stage, screen

July 11, 2016
McKee, Robert, 1941- author.
New York : Twelve, 2016.
xviii, 312 pages ; 24 cm
Preface: In praise of dialogue -- Introduction -- The art of dialogue -- Flaws and fixes -- Creating dialogue -- Dialogue design.
"The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially bestselling writers' guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling,"

The year's best science fiction.

July 7, 2016
New York : Bluejay Books,
v. 24 cm.
Imprint varies: <1999-2016> St. Martin's Griffin.

The return : fathers, sons, and the land in between

July 1, 2016
Matar, Hisham, 1970- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
243 pages : map ; 22 cm
Trapdoor -- Black suit -- The sea -- The land -- Blo'thaah -- Poems -- Your health? Your family? -- The truce and the clementine -- The old man and his son -- The flag -- The last light -- Benghazi -- Another life -- The bullet -- Maximilian -- The campaign -- The dictator's son -- The good manners of vultures -- The speech -- Years -- The bones -- The patio.
"In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeys to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years. When he was twelve, Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later Matar's father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of Cairo by the Libyan government and is believed to have been held in the regime's most notorious prison. Now, the prisons are empty and little hope remains that Jaballah Matar will be found alive. Yet, as the author writes, hope is "persistent and cunning." This book is a profoundly moving family memoir, a brilliant and affecting portrait of a country and a people on the cusp of immense change, and a disturbing and timeless depiction of the monstrous nature of absolute power"-- Provided by publisher.

Ṣư im ḷăng c̉ua b̂ày c̀ưu

June 29, 2016
Harris, Thomas, 1940-
347 pages ; 24 cm
Translation of: The silence of the lambs.
A serial murderer known by a grotesquely apt nickname--Buffalo Bill-is stalking particular women. A young FBI trainee is assigned to interview a mental patient--a brilliant psychiatrist and killer, for insights into the crime.

Li︠u︡bovʹ, ili moĭ dom : sbornik rasskazov

June 29, 2016
|6880-03 Moskva : Izdatelʹstvo "Ė", 2016.
377 pages ; 21 cm.
|6880-05 T︠s︡i︠u︡-i︠u︡rikhʺ / Li︠u︡dmila Ulit︠s︡kai︠a︡ -- "Na zolotom krylʹt︠se︡ sideli..." / Tatʹi︠an︡a Tolstai︠a︡ -- I︠A︡d i med / I︠U︡riĭ Buĭda -- Vesenniĭ denʹ, 13 mai︠a︡ / Irina Muravʹeva -- I︠A︡ ekhala domoĭ / Olʹga Isaeva -- Pro Fundo, profundo, Rimmu i Klėr / Ariadna Borisova -- Kogda t︠s︡veli floksy / Tatʹi︠an︡a Bulatova -- Sluchaĭnye obstoi︠at︡elʹstva / Marii︠a︡ Metlit︠s︡kai︠a︡ -- Khozhdenie za tri ulit︠s︡y / Maksim Lavrentʹev.

The mammoth book of Cthulhu

June 27, 2016
xviii, 476 pages ; 20 cm
"New Lovecraftian fiction with stories by Laird Barron, Brian Hodge, Caitlín R. Kiernan, John Langan, John Shirley, and many more"--Cover.
Introduction: Who, what, when, where, why... / Paula Guran -- In syllables of elder seas / Lisa L. Hannett -- The peddler's tale; or, Isobel's revenge / Caitlín R. Kiernan -- It's all the same road in the end / Brian Hodge -- Caro in carno / Helen Marshall -- The Cthulhu navy wife / Sandra McDonald -- Those who watch / Ruthanna Emrys -- A clutch / Laird Barron -- Just beyond the trailer park / John Shirley -- The sea inside / Amanda Downum -- Outside the house, watching for the crows / John Langan -- Alexandra lost / Simon Strantzas -- Falcon-and-sparrows / Yoon Ha Lee -- A shadow of thine own design / W. H. Pugmire -- Backbite / Norman Partridge -- In the ruins of Mohenjo-Daro / Usman T. Malik -- Legacy of salt / Silvia Moreno-Garcia -- I do not count the hours / Michael Wehunt -- An open letter to Mister Edgar Allan Poe, from a fervent admirer / Michael Shea -- I dress my lover in yellow / A. C. Wise -- Deep Eden / Richard Gavin -- The future eats everything / Don Webb -- I believe that we will win / Nadia Bulkin -- In the sacred cave / Lois H. Gresh -- Umbilicus / Damien Angelica Walters -- Variations on Lovecraftian themes / Veronica Schanoes.
"An outstanding anthology of original stories inspired by H. P. Lovecraft from authors who do not merely imitate, but reimagine, re-energize, and renew his concepts in ways relevant to today's readers. Fresh new fiction that explores our modern fears and nightmares. From the depths of R'lyeh to the heights of the Mountains of Madness, some of today's best weird fiction writers -- both established award-winning authors and exciting new voices -- THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF CTHULHU collects tales of cosmic horror that traverse terrain created by Lovecraft and create new eldritch geographies to explore..."

Pulgŭn nekt'ai : A mark of red honor

June 24, 2016
Chang, Yŏng-jin, 1959- author.
Sŏul : Mulmangch'o, 2015.
368 pages ; 23 cm

Life's golden ticket : a story about second chances

June 20, 2016
Burchard, Brendon, author.
203 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, 2007.
The narrator's dying fiancée sends him to an abandoned amusement park where, with his host, Henry, he begins a journey of self-discovery filled with allegorical amusement park rides and wise carnies.

Black tide rising

June 17, 2016
Riverdale, NY : Baen, 2016.
x, 287 pages ; 25 cm.
Foreword / by Gary Poole -- Never been kissed /by John Ringo -- Up on the roof /by Eric Flint -- Staying human /by Jody Lynn Nye -- On the wall /by John Scalzi & Dave Klecha -- Do no harm /by Sarah Hoyt -- Not in vain /by Kacey Ezell -- How do you solve a problem like grandpa? /by Michael Z. Williamson -- Battle of the BERTs /by Mike Massa -- The road to good intentions /by Tedd Roberts -- 200 miles to Nashville /by Christopher Smith -- Best laid plans /by Jason Cordova & Eric S. Brown -- The meaning of freedom /by John Ringo -- Afterword / by John Ringo -- About the authors.
"TOP NAME WRITERS ENTER THE REALM OF JOHN RINGO'S BLACK TIDE RISING ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SERIES! A collection of all-original stories set in the Black Tide Rising series of novels created by multiple New York Times best-selling author John Ringo Stories by John Ringo, Eric Flint, John Scalzi & Dave Klecha, Sarah A. Hoyt, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael Z. Williamson and more. The news that humanity had been dreading for ages had come true. Zombies are real. Worst of all, we created them. The apocalypse was upon us, and every man, woman and child had to answer a simple question of themselves: "What do we do now?" For a group of neighbors in the Chicago suburbs of Northern Indiana, it was "work together or die"...and figure out how to live on top of oil storage tanks to keep the zombies at bay. For the Biological Emergency Response Teams in New York City, it was "how long can we fight off the infected before it's too late".as well as having to fight other groups all out to claim a dwindling stock of supplies and safety. And for a group of cheerleaders, it was about the end of their world. And about what happens when you get a group of physically fit young women really, really angry. Featuring original stories from some of the brightest stars in the science fiction universe: John Ringo; Eric Flint, John Scalzi & Dave Klecha, Sarah A. Hoyt, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael Z. Williamson, Kacey Ezella--cheerleading coach, veteran, and helicopter pilot--and more"-- Provided by publisher.

Make writing : 5 teaching strategies that turn writer's workshop into a maker space

June 16, 2016
Stockman, Angela.
Cleveland, OH : Times 10 Publications, 2016.
99 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Hack learning series.
Make writing -- Remake your space -- Teach them to tinker -- Keep it real -- Hack your curriculum -- Conclusion.
Many schools are converting classrooms to maker spaces - vibrant places where students demonstrate learning by constructing things, applying newly-learned skills and concepts. With inspired creativity and ingenuity, Stockman shows you how to bring modern maker moves into your writer's workshop, giving birth to a new environment that rockets writers to places that were previously unimaginable. Make Writing is a fast-paced journey inside Stockman's Young Writer's Studio, alongside students who learn how to write and how to make, employing Stockman's unique teaching methods.

Agatha : the real life of Agatha Christie

June 15, 2016
Martinetti, Anne.
London : SelfMadeHero, 2016.
119 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm

The boy with two lives

June 14, 2016
Kazerooni, Abbas.
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin Children, 2015.
244 pages ; 20 cm.
Record machine-generated from publisher information.
When ten-year-old Abbas arrives in England to start a new life - having just fled conscription into the Iranian army and survived almost three months alone in Istanbul, Turkey, waiting for a visa - he does not know that his troubles have only just begun. Abbas's cousin packs him off to boarding school, and infrequent phone calls are his only contact with his beloved mother in Iran. Things get worse when Abbas is threatened with deportation and forced to work through the nights during his school holidays to repay his 'debt', and worse still when, at the age of thirteen, he finds himself homeless. Abbas's extraordinary resilience in the face of overpowering odds makes this story based on true events from the internationally bestselling author of On Two Feet and Wings inspiring and unforgettable.

Everybody behaves badly : the true story behind Hemingway's masterpiece The Sun Also Rises

June 13, 2016
Blume, Lesley M. M., author.
Boston : Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xx, 332 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Part I -- 1. Paris Is a Bitch -- 2. Storming Olympus -- 3. Fortuitous Disasters -- 4. Let the Pressure Build -- 5. Bridges to New York -- Part II -- 6. The Catalysts -- 7. Eve in Eden -- 8. The Knock Out -- 9. Breach Season -- 10. Dorothy Parker's Scotch -- 11. Kill or Be Killed -- Part III -- 12. How Happy Are Kings -- 13. Sun, Risen.
"[Lesley] Blume's vivid account reveals the inner circle of the Lost Generation as we have never seen it before, and shows how it still influences what we read and how we think about youth, sex, love, and excess."-- Provided by publisher.

Nearer the heart's desire : poets of the Rubaiyat : a dual biography of Omar Khayyam and Edward FitzGerald

June 13, 2016
Richardson, Robert D., 1934- author.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
x, 195 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Weaving together the biographies of two poets separated by some eight-hundred years, Robert Richardson brings to life one of the most famous-- and ancient works of poetry in all existence"--Front jacket flap.

The Soho Press book of '80s short fiction

June 10, 2016
New York City : Soho Press, 2016.
581 pages ; 21 cm
"In The Soho Press Book of '80s Short Fiction, editor Dale Peck offers readers a fresh take on a seminal period in American history, when Ronald Reagan was president, the Cold War was rushing to its conclusion, and literature was searching for ways to move beyond the postmodern unease of the 1970s. Morally charged by newly politicized notions of identity but fraught with anxiety about a body whose fragility had been freshly emphasized by the AIDS epidemic, the 34 works gathered here are individually vivid, but taken as a body of work, they challenge the prevailing notion of the '80s as a time of aesthetic as well as financial maximalism. Formally inventive yet tightly controlled, they offer a more expansive, inclusive view of the era's literary accomplishments. The anthology blends early stories from writers like Denis Johnson, Jamaica Kincaid, Mary Gaitskill, and Raymond Carver, which have gone on to become part of the American canon, with remarkable and often transgressive work from some of the most celebrated writers of the underground, including Dennis Cooper, Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman, and Gary Indiana. Peck has also included powerful work by writers such as Gil Cuadros, Essex Hemphill, and Sam D'Allesandro, whose untimely deaths from AIDS ended their careers almost before they had begun. Almost a third of the stories are out of print and unavailable elsewhere. The Soho Press Book of '80s Short Fiction is a daring reappraisal of a decade that is increasingly central to our culture"-- Provided by publisher.

Melville in love : the secret life of Herman Melville and the muse of Moby-Dick

June 10, 2016
Shelden, Michael, author.
271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In Melville in Love Pulitzer Prize-finalist Michael Shelden sheds light on this literary mystery to tell a story of Melville's passionate, obsessive, and clandestine affair with a married woman named Sarah Morewood, whose libertine impulses encouraged and sustained Melville's own. In his research, Shelden discovered unexplored documents suggesting that, in their shared resistance to the ziron ruley of social conformity, Sarah and Melville had forged an illicit and enduring romantic and intellectual bond. Emboldened by the thrill of courting Sarah in secret, the pleasure of falling in love, and the excitement of spending time with literary luminaries like Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and Nathaniel Hawthorne Melville found the courage to take the leap from light works of adventure to the hugely brilliant, utterly subversive Moby-Dick."--Jacket flap.

The hatred of poetry

June 9, 2016
Lerner, Ben, 1979- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
86 pages ; 19 cm.
"The novelist and poet Ben Lerner argues that our hatred of poetry is ultimately a sign of its nagging relevance"-- Provided by publisher.

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