New Arrivals · Literature

August 29, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Li Chao ming ren ci xuan

August 28, 2015
|6880-01 Xia, Bingheng.
|6880-03 Shanghai : Sao ye shan fang, Minguo 17 [1924]
6 volumes (double leaves) in case ; 21 cm
|6880-04 Originally published: Qianlong xin wei [1751].

Change happens : poems and stories from Southwestern Ohio.

August 28, 2015
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Losantiville Press, Inc., 2014.
143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Poetry and prose reflecting a "change happens experience" was submitted by the Monday Morning Writers Group of Cincinnati--Preface, Deanna Tobin Ashing.
Information seeps in...and leaks out / Kathy Coogan -- Rosemary climbs up / Mo Conlan -- Linda / Judi Morress -- The legacy / Walter Bunker -- Late night conversations / Noel Zeiser -- Moving in the dark / Judi Morress -- Return to Black Creek / Pamela D. Hirte -- Beauty parlors / Ted Scott -- Dark urges / Mo Conlan -- Let miracles happen / Barbara Lindsey -- Mother Goose 2014--Cincinnati legal / Harry DeMaio -- Hobo graduation / Mary Anne Sanders -- Obituary photos / Kathy Coogan -- Hannah and Will / Jennifer Brown -- Moving on / Deanna Tobin Ashing -- Worn out / Vivian Kline -- Romance? A chance! / Noel Zeiser -- Winter weather / Don Wenker -- Divertimento / Jacquelyn Shah -- History burns / Pamela D. Hirte -- Mother Goose 2014--CSI Miami (Ohio) / Harry DeMaio -- Menopause / Zohreh Zand -- June brides / Judi Morress -- Beauty / Dorothy Jeannette Martin.
"Change happens to everyone. How we react is the key to survival. The authors in this anthology--ordinary people--took a hard look at change in people's lives and wrote about their journeys in poems and short prose. Some of these pieces step back in time; others are set in the future. All remind you of a related experience in your own life, and cause you to reflect on how your whole life changed from a single, sometimes insignificant, choice that you made. Fourteen poems, interspersed throughout the anthology, enrich the collection as the poets crystallize their life-changing experiences into a few select words. Talented students from Cincinnati's AIC College of Design contributed striking illustrations for many of the works."--Back cover.

Li chao ming yuan shi ci : [12 juan]

August 27, 2015
|6880-03 Shanghai : Sao ye shan fang, [1930?]
4 volumes in 1 ; 20 cm
On double leaves, oriental style.

The things we don't do

August 25, 2015
Neuman, Andrés, 1977-
Rochester, New York : Open Letter, 2015.
190 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in 2012 by Alfaguara, Spain, as Hablar solos"--Title page verso.

The last love song : a biography of Joan Didion

August 24, 2015
Daugherty, Tracy, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xxiv, 728 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Explores the life of the distinguished American author and journalist, following Didion's life as a young woman in Sacramento to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally.

On the hunt

August 24, 2015
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
458 p. ; 17 cm.
On the hunt / by Alexandra Ivy -- Scorpius rising / by Rebecca Zanetti -- Phantom embrace / by Dianne Duvall -- Stake out / by Hannah Jayne.
Stake out. Vampire fashion designer Nina LaShay has a lot on her plate--just two days until fashion week and the model who was flirting with her photographer boyfriend is now a corpse in her studio. But when dead turns into undead and dangerous, Nina must find out who is responsible before the beautiful baby vamp takes too many bites out of the Big Apple.

Dear mister essay writer guy : advice and confessions on writing, love, and cannibals

August 24, 2015
Moore, Dinty W., 1955- author.
199 pages : illustrations, maps ; 19 cm
Includes index.
"This irreverent guide to crafting personal essays and creative nonfiction takes inspiration from the father of the essay, Michele de Montaigne, using lively essays to answer writing questions from top writers like Cheryl Strayed and Philip Lopate"-- Provided by publisher.

Slasher girls and monster boys

August 18, 2015
New York, New York : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2015.
384 pages ; 24 cm
The birds of Azalea Street / Nova Ren Suma -- In the forest dark and deep / Carrie Ryan -- Emmeline / Cat Winters -- Verse chorus verse / Leigh Bardugo -- Hide-and-seek / Megan Shepherd -- The dark, scary parts and all / Danielle Paige -- The flicker, the fingers, the beat, the sigh / by April Genevieve Tucholke -- Fat girl with a knife / Jonathan Maberry -- Sleepless / Jay Kristoff -- M / Stefan Bachmann -- The girl without a face / Marie Lu -- A girl who dreamed of snow / McCormick Templeman -- Stitches / A.G. Howard -- On the I-5 / Kendare Blake .
"Inspired by classic tales and films, a collection of fourteen short stories ranging from bloody horror, to psychological thrillers, to supernatural creatures, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, by acclaimed YA authors of every genre"-- Provided by publisher.

The gray fedora : lessons on life, business, and everything in between

August 18, 2015
Patterson, Kerry. author
176 pages ; 20 cm
For nearly two decades, hundreds of thousands of ardent followers have read Kerry Patterson's New York Times bestselling books and monthly column 'Kerrying On'. Forty of readers' favorite stories from Kerry's personal experiences that touch on life, business, and, well, everything in between, have now been placed into this highly touted, easily toted, gluten-free book. Read one story at a time, four pages at a time. -- back cover.

The cherry orchard : a comedy in four acts

August 14, 2015
Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904.
New York : Theatre Communications Group, 2015.
xxi, 191 pages ; 22 cm
"TCG classic russian drama series"--Title page verso.
"...restoration of the 1903 text made on the basis of materials published in volume 13 of Chekhov, A. P., Complete Works and Letters (Moscow: Academy of Sciences, 1978), 321-334..."--page xiv.
Introduction / by Richard Pevear -- A note on the 1903 script / by Richard Nelson -- The cherry orchard : 1903 script -- The Cherry Orchard : 1904 Moscow Art Theatre script.

Press start to play

August 14, 2015
New York : Vintage Books, 2015.
xix, 507 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A Vintage Original"
God mode / Daniel H. Wilson -- NPC / Charles Yu -- Respawn / Hiroshi Sakurazaka -- Desert walk / S. R. Mastrantone -- Rat catcher's yellows / Charlie Jane Anders -- 1UP / Holly Black -- Survival horror / Seanan McGuire -- Real / Django Wexler -- Outliers / Nicole Feldringer -- <endgames> / Chris Avellone -- Save me plz / David Barr Kirtley -- The believe box / T. C. Boyle -- Roguelike / Marc Laidlaw -- All of the people in your party have died / Robin Wasserman -- Recoli! / Mickey Neilson -- Anda's game / Cory Doctrow -- Coma Kings / Jessica Barber -- Stats / Marguerite K. Bennett -- Please continue / Chris Kluwe -- Creation screen / Rhianna Pratchett -- The fresh prince of gamma world / Austin Grossman -- Gamer's end / Yoon Ha Lee -- The clockwork soldier / Ken Liu -- Killswitch / Catherynne M. Valente -- Twarrior / Andy Weir -- Select character / Hugh Howey.
A groundbreaking anthology of short stories from award-winning writers and game-industry titans who have embarked on a quest to explore what happens when video games and science fiction collide. From text-based adventures to first-person shooters, dungeon crawlers to horror games, these twenty-six stories play with our notion of what video games can be-and what they can become-in smart and singular ways.

Pedigree : a memoir

August 14, 2015
Modiano, Patrick, 1945- author.
New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2015.
130 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published as Un Pedigree. Paris : Editions Gallimard, 2005.
"In this rare glimpse into the life of Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano, the author takes up his pen to tell his personal story. He addresses his early years--shadowy times in postwar Paris that haunt his memory and have inspired his world-cherished body of fiction. In the spare, absorbing, and sometimes dreamlike prose that translator Mark Polizzotti captures unerringly, Modiano offers a memoir of his first twenty-one years. Termed one of his "finest books" by the Guardian, Pedigree is both a personal exploration and a luminous portrait of a world gone by."--Jacket flap.

A hobbit, a wardrobe, and a great war : how J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis rediscovered faith, friendship, and heroism in the cataclysm of 1914-1918

August 11, 2015
Loconte, Joe, 1961- author.
xix, 235 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
The funeral of a great myth -- The last battle -- In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit -- The lion, the witch, and the war -- The land of shadow -- That hideous strength -- Conclusion: The Return of the King.
"The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis"

Writing crime fiction

August 7, 2015
Rowe, Rosemary, 1942- author.
London : Teach Yourself, 2014.
xvii, 186 p. ; 22 cm.
At head of title on title page and spine: Masterclass.
Introduction -- Exploring the genre -- Creating settings -- Creating characters -- Writing dialogue -- Plotting and structure -- Style and viewpoint -- Give us a clue -- Getting your facts straight -- Writing, editing, and redrafting -- Preparing for publication.
Rowe shows you how to write great crime fiction. Whatever your subgenre, she provides inspirational advice, acute insights and practical exercises.

Get started in writing science fiction and fantasy

August 7, 2015
Roberts, Adam (Adam Charles), author.
London : John Murray Learning, 2014.
xiii, 210 pages ; 20 cm
Includes index.
"Create fantastic worlds and stories" --cover.
How to write -- What are science fiction and fantasy? (And what does that mean about how you write them?) -- How to have original ideas -- How to structure your story -- Storytelling -- Writing well: description and dialogue -- Writing character -- Seven key SF and fantasy tropes -- Revising -- Getting published -- Appendix: SF Plotto.
Roberts explains how science fiction and fantasy can vary from standard fiction, and introduces you to the seven key science fiction and fantasy tropes. He shows you how to access and develop stories that will captivate readers, and help you generate original ideas.

Write a bestseller

August 7, 2015
Burns, Jacqueline, 1964- author.
London : John Murray Learning, 2014.
xiii, 258 pages ; 22 cm.
"Featuring the new Workshop Method" --cover.
"Creative writing masterclass" --cover.
Introduction -- Part one: Plan. The best-laid plans... ; Understanding genre ; Getting ready to write -- Part two. Write. How to approach your writing ; Problem solving ; Evaluating and redrafting -- Part three. Pitch. Literary agents: the gatekeepers ; Preparing your pitch -- Part four. Publish. Trade publishing ; Self-publishing -- Part five. Sell. Publicity ; Marketing ; Be an 'authorpreneur.'
There is no precise formula for writing a bestseller, but there are secrets, skills and techniques that will dramatically improve your odds of publishing a bestselling novel. Whatever your motivation - whether sick of rejections, getting ready to approach a publisher, or with an idea you think is unbeatable - you need to read this book before you do anything else. It gives you insight into what makes a bestseller, the trends and the genre conventions, before helping you get a real handle on the writing (or revising) process.

Writing plays

August 7, 2015
Bown, Lesley.
xii, 276 pages ; 22 cm.
"Creative writing masterclass"--Cover.
Writing a play. A writing mindset ; Getting started ; Creating and working with characters ; Speech and dialogue ; Plot construction ; Endings ; Deeper issues ; Writing your play ; Script practicalities ; Staging practicalities ; Editing, polish and rewriting your play ; Script layouts and submission -- Getting your play produced. Outlets and networking opportunities ; Putting on your own play ; Writing for the amateur stage -- Play types and genres. Types of plays ; Comedy ; Pantomime ; Musical theatre ; Radio drama ; Working for television.
Writing Plays is the invaluable and comprehensive guide to anyone who wants to write plays and get them performed. It covers the basics of the theatre, creating and working with characters, writing realistic speech and dialogue, constructing compelling plots and creating a great ending. There are also separate chapters focused on writing for different genres, including pantomimes, musicals, radio and television. And a final section looks at the practicalities of laying out, submitting and staging your play.

Among the fair magnolias : four southern love stories

July 29, 2015
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, 2015.
vii, 368 pages ; 22 cm
A Heart So True by Dorothy Love -- To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander -- Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser -- An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray.
"Four Southern women are at a turning point in history. and in their own hearts. To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander The Civil War cost Savannah Darby everything--her family and her home. When Aidan Bedford, an attorney from Boston, buys the Darby estate, he hires Savannah to redecorate. Can she find a mysterious treasure before her job is finished? An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he's determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother's homestead, he discovers that she is very ill and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past. A Heart So True by Dorothy Love Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty. Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser Emily has a secret: She's in love with one of the freedmen on her family's plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe"-- Provided by publisher.

Midian unmade : tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed

July 28, 2015
New York, NY : Tor Books, 2015.
300 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Preface by Joseph Nassise -- Introduction by Clive Barker -- Return to Midian / Lisa Majewski -- The Moon Inside / Seanan McGuire -- The Night Ray Bradbury Died / Kevin J. Wetmore -- Another Little Piece of My Heart / Nancy Holder -- The Kindness of Surrender / Kurt Fawver -- The Angel of Isisford / Brian Craddock -- Pride / Amber Benson -- Button, Button / Ernie W. Cooper -- I Am the Night You Never Speak Of / C. Robert Cargill -- The Devil Until the Credits Roll / Weston Ochse -- The Light house of Midian / Ian Rogers -- Lakrimay / Nerine Dorman -- And Midian Whispered Its Name / Shaun Meeks -- Cell of Curtains / Timothy Baker -- Tamara / Paul J. Salamof -- Raphael's Shroud / Karl Alexander -- Wretched / Edward Brauer -- A Monster Among Monsters / Stephen Woodworth and Kelly Dunn -- The Jesuit's Mask / Durand Sheng Welsh -- Rook / Rob Salem -- Collector / David J. Schow -- Bait and Switch / Lilith Saintcrow -- The Farmhouse / Christopher Monfette.
"Clive Barker's Nightbreed has been controversial since the moment it was released in a version edited by the studio and roundly condemned by Barker, who wrote and directed the movie. A virtually instant cult film based on Barker's novella Cabal, it was nominated for three Saturn Awards and won several prizes at European film festivals. Midian Unmade tells the stories of the Nightbreed after the fall of their city, Midian. Driven from their homes, their friends and family members slain before their eyes, the monsters become a mostly-hidden diaspora. Some are hunted; others, hunters. Some seek refuge. Others want revenge. Contributors include: Karl Alexander, author of the classic novel Time After Time; actor, writer, and director Amber Benson (Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer); New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder; Hugo and John W. Campbell Award winner Seanan McGuire; Bram Stoker Award winner Weston Ochse; David J. Schow, winner of the World Fantasy Award and writer of the screenplay for The Crow; New York Times bestselling writer Stephen Woodworth; and many more--23 stories in all. With an introduction by Clive Barker, this is an outstanding collection of original horror short stories in a dazzling variety of styles"-- Provided by publisher.

The Harry Potter Series

July 28, 2015
ix, 356 pages ; 24 cm.

Complete screenwriting course

July 28, 2015
Harris, Charles, author.
xiii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

Barefoot to Avalon : a brother's story

July 27, 2015
Payne, David (William David)
New York : Atlantic Monthly, 2015.
294 pages : illustration ; 22 cm

The mammoth book of Sherlock Holmes abroad

July 16, 2015
Philadelphia, Pa. : Running Press, 2015.
x, 484 pages ; 20 cm
"A treasure trove of 15 'hitherto lost' overseas mysteries investigated by the great detective himself"--Cover.
The monster of Hell's gate / Paul Finch -- The case of the Maltese catacombs / William Meikle -- The adventure of the colonel's daughter / Denis O. Smith -- The mystery of the red city / Alison Littlewood -- The doll who talked to the dead / Nev Fountain -- A concurrence of coincidences / David Moody -- The strange death of Sherlock Holmes / Andrew Darlington -- The climbing man / Simon Clark -- The curse of Guangxu / Sam Stone -- The case of the revenant / Johnny Mains -- The adventure of the mummy's curse / Cavan Scott -- The case of the lost soul / Paul Kane -- The lunacy of Celestine Blot / Stephen Volk -- The crimson devil / Mark Morris -- The Draugr of Tromsø / Carole Johnstone.
In this anthology of new stories, Sherlock Holmes travels to the far ends of the Earth in search of truth and justice. A host of writers, while remaining respectful towards Conan Doyle's work, present a new and thrilling dimension to Holmes's career.

Mastering the game of thrones : essays on George R.R. Martin's a song of ice and fire

July 16, 2015
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2015]
ix, 297 pages ; 23 cm
Language and narration. The languages of ice and fire / David J. Peterson ; "Sing for your little life": story, discourse and character / Marc Napolitano ; What maesters knew: narrating knowing / Brian Cowlishaw -- Histories. "Just songs in the end": historical discourses in Shakespeare and Martin / Jessica Walker ; Dividing lines: Frederick Jackson Turner's Western frontier and George R.R. Martin's Northern wall / Michail Zontos -- Philosophies. "All men must serve": religion and free will from The seven to The faceless men / Ryan Mitchell Wittingslow ; "Silk ribbons tied around a sword": knighthood and the chivalric virtues in westeros / Charles H. Hackney -- Bodies. Cursed womb, bulging thighs and bald scalp: George R.R. Martin's grotesque queen / Karin Gresham ; "A thousand bloodstained hands": the malleability of flesh and identity / Beth Kozinsky ; A thousand westerosi plateaus: wargs, wolves and ways of being / T.A. Leederman -- Intimacies. Sex and the citadel: adapting same sex desire from Martin's westeros to HBO's bedrooms / David C. Nel ; Beyond the pale? craster and the pathological reproduction of houses in westeros / Marcel Decoste -- Adaptations. The hand of the artist: fan art in the martinverse / Andrew Howe ; "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies": transmedia textuality and the flows of adaptation / Zoe Shacklock.
"This volume represents the first sustained scholarly treatment of George R.R. Martin's groundbreaking work, and includes writing by experts involved in the production of the show. The contributors investigate a number of compelling areas, including the mystery of the shape-shifting wargs, the conflict between religions, the origins of the Dothraki language and the sex lives of knights"-- Provided by publisher.

Will write for food : the complete guide to writing cookbooks, blogs, memoir, recipes, and more

July 15, 2015
Jacob, Dianne, 1955- author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Lifelong, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.
xii, 353 pages ; 23 cm
What, exactly, is food writing? -- The gastronomical you -- The food writer's "mise en place" -- On food and blogging -- Going solo as a freelance writer -- Dining out -- The cookbook you've always wanted to write -- Mastering the art of recipe writing -- Crafting memoir and nonfiction -- A recipe for good fiction -- How to get your book published -- Bringing home the bacon.

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