New Arrivals · Literature

December 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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"

A muse & a maze : writing as puzzle, mystery, and magic

December 9, 2014
Turchi, Peter, 1960- author.
San Antonio, Texas : Trinity University Press, [2014]
244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Directions for attaining knowledge of all dark things -- How, from such wreckage, we evolve the eventual effect -- Seven clever pieces -- The treasure hunter's dilemma -- The line, the pyramid, and the labyrinth -- The pleasures of difficulty.
"With his characteristic talent for finding connections between writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new and even more surprising territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi draws out the similarities between writing and puzzle-making and its flip-side, puzzle-solving. As he teases out how mystery lies at the heart of all storytelling, he uncovers the magic-the creation of credible illusion-that writers share with the likes of Houdini and master magicians. In Turchi's associative narrative, we learn about the history of puzzles, their obsessive quality, and that Benjamin Franklin was a devotee of an ancient precursor of sudoku called Magic Squares. Applying this rich backdrop to the requirements of writing, Turchi reveals as much about the human psyche as he does about the literary imagination and the creative process"-- Provided by publisher.

Windows on the world : fifty writers, fifty views

December 9, 2014
New York, New York : Penguin Press, 2014.
xi, 135 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In Windows on the World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views, architect and artist Matteo Pericoli brilliantly explores this concept alongside fifty of our most beloved writers from across the globe. By pairing drawings of window views with texts that reveal--either physically or metaphorically--what the drawings cannot, Windows on the World offers a perceptual journey through the world as seen through the windows of prominent writers: Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, Daniel Kehlmann in Berlin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Lagos, John Jeremiah Sullivan in Wilmington, North Carolina, Nadine Gordimer in Johannesburg, Xi Chuan in Beijing. Taken together, the views--geography and perspective, location and voice--resonate with and play off each other"-- Provided by publisher.

The big book of swashbuckling adventure : classic tales of dashing heroes, dastardly villains, and daring escapes

December 5, 2014
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
x, 475 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Mammoth book of SF stories by women

December 4, 2014
MacFarlane, Alex Daily, editor.
[Philadelphia, PA] : Running Press, 2014
xiii, 513 pages ; 20 cm
Girl hours / Sofia Samatar -- Excerpt for a letter by a social-realist Aswang / Kristin Mandigma -- Somadeva: a sky river sutra / Vandana Singh -- The queen of Erewon / Lucy Sussex -- Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's Day / Tori Truslow -- Spider the artist / Nnedi Okorafor -- The science of herself / Karen Joy Fowler -- The other graces / Alice Sola Kim -- Boojum / Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette -- The eleven holy numbers of the mechanical soul / Natalia Theodoridou -- Mountain ways / Ursula K. Le Guin -- Tan-Tan and Dry Bone / Nalo Hopkinson -- The four generations of Chang E / Zen Cho -- Stay thy flight / Élisabeth Vonarburg -- Astrophilia / Carrie Vaughan -- Invisible planets / Hao Jingfang -- On the Leitmotif of the Trickster Constellation in Northern Hemispheric star charts, post apocalypse / Nicole Kornher-Stace -- Valentines / Shira Lipkin -- Dancing in the shadow of the once / Rochita Loenen-Ruiz -- Ej-Es / Nancy Kress -- The cartographer wasps and the anarchist bees / E. Lily Yu -- The death of Sugar Daddy / Toiya Kristen Finley -- Enyo-Enyo / Kameron Hurley -- Semiramis / Genevieve Valentine -- Immersion / Aliette de Bogard -- Down the wall / Greer Gilman -- Sing / Karin Tidbeck -- Good boy / Nisi Shwal -- The second card of the Major Arcana / Thoraiya Dyer -- A short encyclopedia of lunar seas / Ekaterina Sedia -- Vector / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- Concerning the unchecked growth of cities / Angélica Gorodischer -- The radiant car thy sparrows drew / Catherynne M. Valente.

The world of Raymond Chandler : in his own words

December 1, 2014
Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xx, 250 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"The first book to give us the life and times of Raymond Chandler through his own writing-from the acclaimed editor of The Letters of No︠l Coward. Chandler never wrote an autobiography or a memoir. Now Barry Day, making use of Chandler's novels, short stories, and letters as well as Day's always illuminating commentary, gives us the life of "the man with no home," a man precariously balanced between his classical English education with its immutable values and that of a fast-evolving America during the years before the Great War, with its resulting changing vernacular. Chandler reveals what it was like to be a writer, and in particular what it was to be a writer of "hard-boiled" fiction in what was for him "another language." Along the way, he discusses the work of his contemporaries: Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Somerset Maugham, among others. Here is Chandler's Los Angeles, a city he adopted and which adopted him in the post-World War I period ... Chandler on his Hollywood, working with Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, and others ... Chandler on organized crime and on his alter ego, Philip Marlowe, private eye, the incorruptible knight with little armor who walks the "mean streets" in a world not made for knights ... on drinking (his life in the end was in a race with alcohol-and loneliness) ... and here are Chandler's women-the Little Sisters; the dames-in his fiction-and his life"-- Provided by publisher.

Penelope Fitzgerald : a life

December 1, 2014
Lee, Hermione, author.
xvi, 488 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
English writer "Fitzgerald, born into an accomplished intellectual family, the granddaughter of two bishops, led a life marked by dramatic twists of fate, moving from a bishop's palace to a sinking houseboat to a last, late blaze of renown. We see Fitzgerald's very English childhood in the village of Hampstead; her Oxford years, when she was known as the 'blonde bombshell'; her impoverished adulthood as a struggling wife, mother, and schoolteacher, raising a family in difficult circumstances; and the long-delayed start to her literary career"

Magical realism

November 28, 2014
xxxi, 239 pages ; 24 cm.
On magical realism as in international phenomenon in the twenty-first century / Ignacio López-Calvo -- Theories of magical realism / Erik Camayd-Freixas -- Magical realism and its discontents / Juan E. De Castro -- Magical realism and subaltern studies / Maggie Ann Bowers -- Magic and realism in history : magical realism vs. the fantastic today / Gene H. Bell-Villada -- When magical realism loses its spell : revisiting Gabriel García Márquez's Of love and other demons / Rudyard J. Alcocer -- The plague of modernity : Macondo, Inc. and the branding of "magical" Latin America / Martín Camps -- History, ethnography, and magical realism in Marcio Veloz Maggiolo's The diffuse biography of Sombra Castañeda / Fernando Valerio-Holguín -- The construction of the magic and the role of popular religion in the Caribbean context / Ángel L. Estévez -- The unbearable weight of being in Daniel Galera and Rafael Coutinho's Cachalote / David William Foster -- Underdogs and beautiful lies : magical realism in the second world / Nicholas Birns -- Proliferation : the case for magical realisms from Oyeyemi's The Icarus girl / Kim Anderson Sasser -- Panthers and jaguars : realism and responsibility in Salman Rushdie's Shame / Rachel Trousdale -- The shadow of magical realism in José Luis Cuerda's 1980s films / Ignacio López-Calvo.

Dangerous women 3

November 28, 2014
370 pages ; 18 cm
Previously published with Dangerous women 1 and 2 in a single hardcover edition under the title Dangerous women.
"All-new tales of women making a difference-- long ago, now, and in the worlds to come"--Cover image.
Bombshells / Jim Butcher -- City Lazarus / Diana Rowland -- Hell hath no fury / Sherrilyn Kenyon -- Some desperado / Joe Abercrombie -- The hands that are not there / Melinda Snodgrass -- Caretakers / Pat Cadigan -- Shadows for silence in the forest of hell / Brandon Sanderson.

No true way : all-new tales of Valdemar

November 28, 2014
New York, NY : Daw Books, Inc., [2014]
vi, 340 pages ; 18 cm.
The whitest lie / Stephanie D. Shaver -- Old loom, new tapestry / Dayle A. Dermatis -- The barest gift / Brenda Cooper -- Consequences unforeseen / Elizabeth A. Vaughan -- Written in the wind / Jennifer Brozek -- Nwah / Ron Collins -- Spun magic / Kristin Schwengel -- Weavings / Diana L. Paxson -- A wake of vultures / Elisabeth Waters -- Maiden's hope / Michele Lang -- Ex libris / Fiona Patton -- A dream reborn / Dylan Birtolo -- Forget me never / Cedric Johnson -- Beyond the fires / Louisa Swann -- A brand from the beginning / Rosemary Edghill & Rebecca Fox -- Vixen / Mercedes Lackey.

Carbide tipped pens : seventeen tales of hard science fiction

November 28, 2014
New York : Tor, 2014.
400 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Blue afternoon that lasted forever / Daniel H. Wilson -- Slow unfurling of truth / Aliette de Bodard -- Thunderwell / Doug Beason -- Circle / Liu Cixin -- Old timer's game / Ben Bova -- Snows of yesteryear / Jean-Louis Trudel -- Skin Deep / Leah Petersen & Gabrielle Harbowy -- Lady with fox / Gregory Benford -- Habilis / Howard Hendrix -- Play's the thing / Jack McDevitt -- Every hill ends with sky / Robert Reed -- She just looks that way / Eric Choi -- SIREN of Titan / David DeGraff -- Yoke of inauspicious stars / Kate Story -- Ambiguous nature / Carl Frederick -- Maldelbrot bet / Dirk Strasser -- Recollection / Nancy Fulda.
Presents a collection of hard science fiction tales that examines both the benefits and detriments of science and technology on humanity, the future, and the cosmos, and includes tales from Gregory Benford, Robert Reed, Aliette de Bodard, and Jack McDevitt.

The reckoning : death and intrigue in the promised land---a true detective story

November 28, 2014
Bishop, Patrick (Patrick Joseph), author.
xii, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"One of Britain's most renowned military historians revisits the death of Zionist leader Avraham Stern--head of Israel's notorious Stern Gang--at the hand of a British policeman during WWII"-- Provided by publisher.

The secret of Hoa Sen : poems

November 28, 2014
Nguŷẽn, Phan Qûé Mai, 1973- author, translator.
Rochester, NY : BOA Editions, Ltd., 2014.
148 pages ; 23 cm

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! : it seemed like a good idea at the time

November 24, 2014
Harrison, Harry, 1925-2012.
New York : Tor, 2014.
351 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field. This memoir is filled with all the humor and irreverence Harry Harrison's readers have come to expect from the New York Times bestselling author of the uproarious Stainless Steel Rat series. This also includes black and white photos spanning his sixty-year career"-- Provided by publisher.

The selected letters of Norman Mailer

November 21, 2014
Mailer, Norman.
New York : Random House, [2014]
xviii, 867 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Mailer wrote almost 50,000 letters over the course of his life, keeping a copy of almost every one of them. He corresponded with presidents and politicians, artists and athletes, writers and editors, students, antagonists, fans, friends, his children, his loves, including his beloved sixth wife, Norris Church Mailer. Here are the letters of a precocious sixteen-year-old arriving from Brooklyn at Harvard. Here are the letters depicting the horrors of the war in the Pacific from a soldier's point of view. Here are the letters describing a young writer's struggle with his first novel, a manuscript that would become The Naked and the Dead. And here are the many, many letters of a man who spent sixty years in the spotlight. Read together, they form an autobiographical portrait of Norman Mailer"-- Provided by publisher.

American multicultural identity

November 20, 2014
xxvi, 238 pages ; 24 cm.
Critical contexts. The hyphenated American in twentieth- and twenty-first century America / Annette Harris Powell -- Intersecting lives: critics and the literature of American multicultural identity / Jessica Boykin -- Sherman Alexie and the absolute truth of double-consciousness / Kathryn West -- Four American poets explore hybrid identity formation and familial relationships / Rickie-Ann Legleitner -- Critical readings. Legalized hearts: legal identity in Larry Kramer's The normal heart / Gad Guterman -- Unspoken histories and one-man museums: lingering trauma and disappearing dads in the work of Chang-rae Lee / Michael Gorman -- "She's left me her legacy nonetheless": boundaries and female connection in Cuban American women's literature / Jessica Labbé -- Race, ethnicity, and national identity in Paule Marshall's Brown girl, brownstones, or how the Barbadian becomes American / Joanna Davis-McElligatt -- "A Pizza Hut, a Pizza Hut": junk food and Bildungsroman in Bich Minh Nguyen's Stealing Buddha's dinner / Tina Powell -- Neither insider nor outside but both: multicultural identity in Edith Eaton's "Mrs. Spring Fragrance" and "The inferior woman" / Linda Trinh Moser -- Intimate relations: land and love in The descendants / Leanne P. Day -- Bridging borders: Leslie Marmon Silko's cross-cultural vision in the atomic age / Kyoko Matsunaga -- A tent of one's own: negotiating Mourning Dove's authorial identity / John C. Orr & Enid R. Spitz -- "All growth involves change, all change involves loss": modernism, mourning, and social change in Gish Jen's Mona in the promised land / Conor Picken.

London : a literary anthology

November 20, 2014
London : The British Library, 2014.
224 p. ; 26 cm.
Authors featured: Peter Ackroyd, Matthew Arnold, Arnold Bennett, E. F. Benson, James Berry, Laurence Binyon, William Blake, James Boswell, James Bramston, Robert Bridges, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Buchan, Lord Byron, Angela Carter, G. K. Chesterton, Joseph Conrad, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Alfred Douglas, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Dryden, William Dunbar, George Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, John Galsworthy, John Gay, George VI, George Gissing, W. S. Graham, Thomas Hardy, G. A. Henty, Robert Herrick, Henry James, Richard Jefferies, Ben Jonson, Rudyard Kipling, Hanif Kureishi, D. H. Lawrence, Doris Lessing, Penelope Lively, John Lydgate, Rose Macaulay, Colin MacInnes, Herman Melville, Arthur Morrison, Thomas Nashe, Mervyn Peake, Egan Pierce, Mary Robinson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Samuel Selvon, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Zadie Smith, Tobias Smollett, Robert Southey, Edmund Spenser, Jonathan Swift, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Hugh Walpole, Evelyn Waugh, H. G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, William Wordsworth, Israel Zangwill, and Benjamin Zephaniah.
Illustrated with evocative prints, drawings, and full-color artwork from British Library collections, the book explores London as never before. They will experience London for the first time with Lord Byron’s Don Juan and James Berry in his Caribbean gear “beginning in the city.” They will plunge into the multiracial whirlpool described in William Wordsworth’s Prelude, Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album, and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, and see the ever-changing city through the eyes of Tobias Smollett, John Galsworthy, and Angela Carter. From well-known texts to others that are less familiar, London: A Literary Anthology brings London to life through the words of many of the greatest writers in the English language.

Night Shift

November 20, 2014
New York, New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
378 pages : 17 cm.
Secrets at midnight / Nalini Singh -- Magic steals / Ilona Andrews -- Lucky charms / Lisa Shearin -- The beast of Blackmoor / Milla Vane.
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith's elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that's as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he's found his mate, he'll do anything to keep her.-From publisher.

The mammoth book of warriors and wizardry

November 18, 2014
Philadelphia : Running Press, 2014
ix, 515 p. ; 20 cm.
Small magic / Jay Lake -- King Rainjoy's tears / Chris Willrich -- A rich full week / K.J. Parker -- The woman in scarlet / Tanith Lee -- Flotsam / Bradley P. Beaulieu -- A warrior's death / Aliette de Bodard -- A siege of cranes / Benjamin Rosenbaum -- Fox bones. Many uses / Alex Dally MacFarlane -- Where virtue lives / Saladin Ahmed -- The effigy engine: a tale of the red hats / Scott Lynch -- Strife lingers in memory / Carrie Vaughn -- A sweet calling / Tony Pi -- The narcomancer / N.K. Jemisin -- Golden daughter, stonewife / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- Effigy nights / Yoon Ha Lee -- Wearaway and flambeau / Matthew Hughes -- At the edge of dying / Mary Robinette Kowal -- Vici / Naomi Novik -- Abjure the realm / Elizabeth Bear -- The word of Azrael / Matthew David Surridge -- Lady of the ghost willow / Richard Parks -- The singing spear / James Enge -- So deep that the bottom could not be seen / Genevieve Valentine -- Warrior dreams / Cinda Williams Chima -- The magician and the maid and other stories / Christie Yant.

Tolstoy's false disciple : the untold story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov

November 18, 2014
Popoff, Alexandra.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xxi, 309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
On the snowy morning of February 8, 1897, the Petersburg secret police were following Tolstoy's every move. At sixty-nine, Russia's most celebrated writer was being treated like a major criminal. Prominent Russians were always watched, but Tolstoy earned particular scrutiny. Over a decade earlier, when his advocacy on behalf of oppressed minorities angered the Orthodox Church and the Tsar, he was placed under permanent police surveillance. Although Tolstoy was wearing his peasant garb, people on the streets had no trouble recognizing him from his portraits. He was often seen in the company of his chief disciple, Vladimir Chertkov. A man of striking appearance, twenty-five years younger, Chertkov commanded attention. His photographs with Tolstoy show him towering over the writer. Close to the Tsars and to the chief of the secret police, Chertkov represented the very things Tolstoy had renounced--class privilege, unlimited power, and wealth. Yet, Chertkov fascinated and attracted Tolstoy. He became the writer's closest confidant, even reading his daily diary, and by the end of Tolstoy's life, had established complete control over the writer and his legacy. Tolstoy's full exchange with Chertkov comprises more than 2,000 letters, making him the writer's largest correspondent. The Russian archives have suppressed much of this communication as well as Chertkov's papers for more than a century. The product of ground-breaking archival research, Tolstoy's False Disciple promises to be a revelatory portrait of the two men and their three-decade-long clandestine relationship.

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