New Arrivals · Literature

March 15, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Camp Austen : my life as an accidental Jane Austen superfan

March 14, 2018
Scheinman, Ted, 1985- author.
160 pages ; 19 cm
Prelude: Juvenilia -- A shared inheritance -- Dressing the part -- Table talk -- Theatricals -- The ball.
"Ted Scheinman spent his childhood eating Yorkshire pudding, singing in an Anglican choir, and watching Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. As the son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, this seemed normal. Despite his attempts to leave his mother's world behind, he found himself in grad school organizing the first ever University of North Carolina Jane Austen Summer Camp, a weekend-long event that falls somewhere between an academic conference and superfan extravaganza."--Back cover.

Larry Watkin : a memoir of an American man of letters

March 14, 2018
Watkin, Lawrence Edward, 1901-1981, author.
362 pages : portraits ; 22 cm
"Larry Watkin won the National Book Award in 1937 for his novel "On Borrowed Time"...From there, after an adventurous stint in the US Navy, he joined the Disney studio, working alongside Walt Disney himself on live-action classics. As the screenwriter of such enduring Disney live-action films as Treasure Island, Robin Hood, and Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Watkin has tales a-plenty, never told before, of Walt Disney, in addition to his encounters with fickle movie producers, drunken actors, fellow writers, and death itself"--Back cover.

The Inklings and King Arthur : J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the matter of Britain

March 13, 2018
Berkeley, CA : Apocryphile Press, ©2017.
x, 555 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Present and past: the Inklings and King Arthur / Sørina Higgins -- List of abbreviations -- Inventory of Inklings Arthuriana -- Texts and intertexts: -- The matter of Logres: Arthuriana and the Inklings / Sørina Higgins -- Medieval Arthurian sources for the Inklings: an overview / Holly Ordway -- Mixed metaphors and hyperlinked worlds: a study of intertextuality in C.S. Lewis' Ransom Cycle / Brenton D.G. Dickieson -- Houses of healing: the idea of Avalon in Inklings fiction and poetry / Charles A. Huttar -- Shape and direction: human consciousness in the Inklings' mythological geographies / Christopher Gaertner -- Histories past: -- From myth to history and back again: Inklings Arthuriana in historical context / Yannick Imbert -- "All men live by tales": Chesterton's Arthurian poems / J. Cameron Moore -- The elegiac fantasy of past Christendom in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fall of Arthur / Cory Grewell -- Histories present: -- Spiritual quest in a scientific age / Jason Jewell and Chris Butynskyi -- The stripped banner: reading The Fall of Arthur as a post-World War I text / Taylor Driggers -- "Lilacs out of the dead land": Narnia, The Waste Land, and the world wars / Jon Hooper -- "What does the line along the rivers define?": Charles Williams' Arthuriad and the rhetoric of empire / Benjamin D. Utter -- Geographies of gender: -- "Fair as fay-woman and fell-minded": Tolkien's Guinever / Alyssa House-Thomas -- Beatrice and Byzantium: sex and the city in the Arthurian works of Charles Williams / Andrew Rasmussen -- Those kings of Lewis' Logres: Arthurian figures as Lewisian gender in That Hideous Strength / Banjamin Shogren -- Cartographies of the spirit: -- "Servant of all": Arthurian peregrinations in George MacDonald / Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson -- Camelot incarnate: Arthurian vision in the early plays of Charles Williams / Bradley Wells -- :Any chalice of consecrated wine": the significance of the holy grail in Charles Williams' War in Heaven / Suzanne Bray -- The acts of unity: the Eucharistic theology of Charles Williams' Arthurian poetry / Andrew C. Stout -- Conclusion: Once and future: the Inklings, Arthur, and prophetic insight / Malcolm Guite.

Writing & selling your mystery novel

March 12, 2018
Ephron, Hallie, author.
297 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
"The complete guide to mystery, suspense, & crime" -- Cover.
A fully updated and thoroughly revised edition of WD's classic tome on mystery writing, the first edition of which was a finalist for an Edgar Award, the biggest honour in mystery-writing circles. In the decade since the first edition was published, the popularity of the mystery, suspense and crime genres has come roaring back with books like 'Gone Girl', 'The Girl on the Train', 'The Silent Wife', and 'Big Little Lies'. Mystery has even become a hot commodity in young adult fiction, with books such as the Edgar Award-winning 'Paper Towns'. This new edition will be expanded to touch upon new developments in the mystery genres, as well as adding new material to expand upon the mystery sub-genres of crime and suspense.

Foreign bodies

March 6, 2018
252 pages ; 21 cm.
Introduction / Martin Edwards -- The Swedish match / Anton Chekhov -- A sensible course of action / Palle Rosenkrantz -- Strange tracks / Balduin Groller -- The kennel / Maurice Level -- Footprints in the snow / Maurice Leblanc -- The return of Lord Kingwood / Ivans -- The stage box murder / Paul Rosenhayn -- The spider / Koga Saburo -- The venom of the tarantula / Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay -- Murder a la carte / Jean-Toussaint Samat -- The cold night's clearing / Keikichi Osaka -- The mystery of the green room / Pierre Very -- Kippers / John Flanders -- The lipstick and the teacup / Havank -- The puzzle of the broken watch / Maria Elvira Bermudez.
Today translated crime fiction is in vogue-- but this was not always the case. A century before Scandi noir, writers across Europe and beyond were publishing detective stories of high quality. Often these did not appear in English and they have been known only by a small number of experts. This is the first ever collection of classic crime in translation from the golden age of the genre in the 20th century. Many of these stories are exceptionally rare, and several have been translated for the first time to appear in this volume.

All out : the no-longer-secret stories of queer teens throughout the ages

March 6, 2018
353 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from dust jacket.
Roja / Anna-Marie McLemore -- Sweet trade / Natalie C. Parker -- And they don't kiss at the end / Nilah Magruder -- Burnt umber / Mackenzi Lee -- Dresser & the chambermaid / Robin Talley -- New year / Malinda Lo -- Molly's lips / Dahlia Adler -- Coven / Kate Scelsa -- Every shade of red / Elliot Wake -- Willows / Scott Tracey -- Girl with the blue lantern / Tess Sharpe -- Secret life of a teenage boy / Alex Sanchez -- Walking after midnight / Kody Keplinger -- End of the world as we know it / Sara Farizan -- Three witches / Tessa Gratton -- Inferno & the butterfly / Shaun David Hutchinson -- Healing Rosa / Tehlor Kay Mejia.
From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, this collection of short stories crosses cultures and time periods to shed light on a world where queer figures live, love and shape the world round them.

The art of vanishing : a memoir of wanderlust

March 5, 2018
Smith, Laura, 1986- author.
261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"At twenty-five, as her wedding date approached, [the author] began to feel trapped ... by the unsettling idea that it was hard to be at once married and free. [She] wanted her life to be different. She wanted her marriage to be different. And she found in the strangely captivating story of another restless young woman determined to live without constraints both an enticement and a challenge, Barbara Newhall Follett ... [who] in December 1939, when she was not much older than Laura, walked out of her apartment ... and vanished without a trace. [This memoir] is a riveting mystery and a piercing exploration of marriage and convention that asks deep and uncomfortable questions: Why do we give up on our childhood dreams? Is marriage a golden noose? Must we find ourselves in the same row houses with Pottery Barn lamps telling our kids to behave? "

Smoke city : a novel

March 2, 2018
Rosson, Keith, author.
Atlanta, Georgia : Meerkat Press, [2018]
321 pages ; 23 cm
"Marvin Deitz has some serious problems. His mob-connected landlord is strong-arming him out of his storefront. His therapist has concerns about his stability. He's compelled to volunteer at the local Children's Hospital even though it breaks his heart every week. Oh, and he's also the guilt-ridden reincarnation of Geoffroy Thérage, the French executioner who lit Joan of Arc's pyre in 1431. He's just seen a woman on a Los Angeles talk show claiming to be Joan, and absolution seems closer than it's ever been... but how will he find her? When Marvin heads to Los Angeles to locate the woman who may or may not be Joan, he's picked up hitchhiking by Mike Vale, a self-destructive alcoholic painter traveling to his ex-wife's funeral. As they move through a California landscape populated with 'smokes' (ghostly apparitions that've inexplicably begun appearing throughout the southwestern US), each seeks absolution in his own way."

Not perfect

February 21, 2018
LaBan, Elizabeth, author.
290 pages ; 22 cm
"Tabitha Brewer wakes up one morning to find her husband gone, leaving her no way to support herself and their two children, never mind their upscale Philadelphia lifestyle. She'd confess her situation to her friends--if it wasn't for those dreadful words of warning in his goodbye note: "I'll tell them what you did." Instead, she does her best to keep up appearances, even as months pass and she can barely put food on the table--much less replace a light bulb. While she looks for a job, she lives in fear that someone will see her stuffing toilet paper into her handbag or pinching basil from a neighbor's window box. Soon, blindsided by catastrophe, surprised by romance, and stunned by the kindness of a stranger, Tabitha realizes she can't keep her secrets forever. Sooner or later, someone is bound to figure out that her life is far from perfect." --Publishers description.

I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death

February 16, 2018
O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972- author.
288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Tinder Press, 2017.
Neck (1990) -- Lungs (1988) -- Spine, legs, pelvis, abdomen, head (1977) -- Whole body (1993) -- Neck (2002) -- Abdomen (2003) -- Baby and bloodstream (2005) -- Lungs (2000) -- Circulatory system (1991) -- Head (1975) -- Cranium (1998) -- Intestines (1994) -- Bloodstream (1997) -- Cause unknown (2003) -- Lungs (2010) -- Cerebellum (1980) -- Daughter (the present day).
We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter -- for whom this book was written -- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.

Making the monster : the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

February 14, 2018
Harkup, Kathryn, author.
304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"From the author of A is for Arsenic"--Cover.
part 1. Conception. Enlightenment ; Development ; Elopement ; Nascent -- part 2. Creation. Education ; Inspiration ; Collection ; Preservation ; Construction ; Electrification ; Reanimation -- part 3. Birth. Life ; Death -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Timeline of events.

A prairie girl's faith : the spiritual legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

February 13, 2018
Hines, Stephen W., author.
218 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Pioneer faith -- Still looking for the promised land -- Partners in faith -- Shadows on the grass -- A Mary and Martha mix -- Laura and Rose -- Building the little house -- Songs in the night -- The church potluck -- What Laura means to us.
An extended, in-depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House series books. Includes photos and authentic recipes from the Little House era.

The city : a cyberfunk anthology

February 13, 2018
359 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contains 18 stories by various authors.
Welcome to the city / by Milton J. Davis-- Knowledge-- Glitch / by Brandee Laird-- Mission: surreality / by K. Ceres Wright-- Free your mind (journal of Iset: the protector) / by Kai Leakes-- The man with no name / by D K Gaston--Street Moon's revolution / by Valjeanne Jeffers-- Welcome to liberty / by Howard Night-- Collard greens, hummingbirds and spider silk / by Malon Edwards-- Hunter's first rule / by Gerald L. Coleman-- Edge of Innocence / by Ced Pharaoh-- The runner's ball / by Ashtyn Foster-- The score / by Chanel Harry-- Darkest light / by Natiq Jalil-- How high the moon / by B. Sharise Moore-- The city mole / by Alan Jones-- Washed pure, washed clean / by Ray Dean-- Dreamer's recall / by Jeff Caroll-- The verdict / by Balogun Ojetade-- Move / by ZZ Claybourne.
"The City anthology is a unique creation. It's a concept anthology, a collection of stories where eighteen different authors share their vision of a single idea. It's Cyberfunk, cyberpunk stories that play with future concepts from an African/ African American perspective. Most of all it's engaging, exciting, thought provoking and fun. Like the inhabitants, the City is perceived in various ways by the various writers. Some stories intersect, some diverge, but they all entertain. The result is a journey into a unique world described by unique and engaging voices."--Page 4 of cover.

Black ink : literary legends on the peril, power, and pleasure of reading and writing

February 12, 2018
New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2018.
xxiv, 244 pages ; 24 cm
Foreword: -- Our first stories / Nikki Giovanni ; Introduction: -- Reading matters / Stephanie Stokes Oliver -- The peril, 1800-1900. Suspected of having a book / Frederick Douglass -- Nine years deprived of a sheet of paper / Solomon Northrup -- A whole race begins to read / Booker T. Washington -- The Negro in literature and art / W.E.B. Du Bois -- The power, 1900-1968 -- Books and things / Zora Neale Hurston -- Poetry is practical / Langston Hughes -- The business of the writer / James Baldwin -- Turning point / Malcolm X -- Lessons in living / Maya Angelou -- Morehouse College / Martin Luther King Jr. -- The site of memory / Toni Morrison -- Where are the people of color in children's books? / Walter Dean Myers -- Reading for revolution / Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture] -- Twenty-one / Alice Walker -- A temporary library in a small place / Jamaica Kincaid -- What is an African American classic? / Henry Louis Gates Jr. -- New Black scribe / Terry McMillan -- The pleasure, 1968-2017 -- MFA vs. POC / Junot D⩡z -- Create dangerously / Edwidge Danticat -- How to write / Colson Whitehead -- From Jamaica to Minnesota to myself / Marlon James -- I once was Miss America / Roxane Gay -- The mecca / Ta-Nehisi Coates -- The danger of the single story / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- Bonus feature -- What books mean to me / President Barack Obama -- an interview with Michiko Kakutani.
Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word. Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This unique collection seeks to shed light on that injustice and subjugation, as well as the hard-won literary progress made, putting some of America's most cherished voices in a conversation in one magnificent volume that presents reading as an act of resistance. Organized into three sections, the Peril, the Power, and Pleasure, and with an array of contributors both classic and contemporary, Black Ink presents the brilliant diversity of black thought in America while solidifying the importance of these writers within the greater context of the American literary tradition. At times haunting and other times profoundly humorous, this unprecedented anthology guides you through the remarkable experiences of some of America's greatest writers and their lifelong pursuits of literacy and literature. The foreword was written by Nikki Giovanni. Contributors include: Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northup, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Walter Dean Myers, Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture], Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Terry McMillan, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Colson Whitehead. The anthology features a bonus in-depth interview with President Barack Obama.

Flash! : writing the very short story

February 12, 2018
Dufresne, John, author.
xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes complete examples of very short fiction by more than thirty authors.
The intro -- Briefly -- Stories, short stories, and very short stories -- The lure of stories -- Points of view -- The qualities of a good short-short story -- Writing a short story; writing a very short story -- A formal feeling comes -- The art of the glimpse -- Long and short -- The way of all flash -- The outro.
"The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story. But now a brave new genre has emerged: very brief fiction. FLASH! identifies the qualities that make for excellent flash fiction, demystifies the writing process, and guides writers by exercise and example through the world of the very short story."--From back cover.

A primer for poets & readers of poetry

February 12, 2018
Orr, Gregory, author.
325 pages ; 21 cm
Part one: Disorder and order -- Poetry is both simple and complex -- Letting in the disorder -- the lyric invitation -- Part two: Powers of ordering -- Imagination at the threshold -- Lyric and narrative: two fundamental ordering impulses -- Some basic issues -- Part three: Words coming alive in poems -- Words coming alive in poems -- Naming -- Singing -- Saying -- Imagining -- Part four: Why poems? Why poets? -- Ecstasy ad engagement -- A second self in a second world -- Craft and quest.
"Guides the young poet toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in his or her life, while introducing the art in an exciting new way...It provides the poet with more than a dozen focused writing exercises and explains essential topics such as the personal and cultural threshold; the four corces that animate poetic language (naming, singing, saying, imagining); tactics of revision; ecstasy and engagement as motives for poetry; and how to locate and learn from our personal poetic forbears."--Back cover.

Writing for the educational market : informational books for kids

February 12, 2018
Salas, Laura Purdie, author.
176 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Publishing information from
"A children's writer inside guide from Mentors for Rent."
The trade market vs. the educational market -- Finding publishers and catalogs -- Open up those catalogs! -- Topics you hope to write about -- Writing for different age ranges -- The introductory packet -- The cover letter -- The rest of the introductory packet -- Writing clips or samples -- Writing samples from scratch -- Proposals -- Get feedback on your cover letter -- Analyzing a series -- Series guidelines -- Readability statistics -- Working with an editor -- Researching your book -- Photo research, expert consultants, Indices, and getting permissions -- Assessment writing -- Fiction for hire -- Money and contracts -- Schedules and goals.
A step-by-step guide to planning a career in writing for the educational market for children. Includes an introduction to understanding publisher catalogers and writing for series, sample query letters to publishers and many hints from the author's extensive career in educational writing.

After Ireland : writing the nation from Beckett to the present

February 5, 2018
Kiberd, Declan, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018.
xiii, 540 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2017 by Head of Zeus Ltd."--title page verso.
After Ireland? -- Beckett's inner exile -- Interchapter: A neutral Ireland? -- 'Gaeldom is over': The bell -- A talking corpse? Sairseal agus Dill -- A parrot in Ringsend -- aire Mhac an tSaoi -- Growing up absurd: Edna O'Brien and The country girls -- Frank O'Connor: A mammy's boy -- Interchapter: Secularization -- Richard Power and The hungry grass -- Interchapter: Emigration -- Emigration once again: Friel's Philadelphia -- Interchapter: Northern troubles -- Seamus Heaney: The death of ritual and the ritual of death -- Interchapter: Europeanization -- The art of science: Banville's Doctor Copernicus -- The double vision of Michael Hartnett -- Brian Friel's Faith healer -- Theatre as opera: The Gigli concert -- Frank McGuinness and Observe the sons-- Derek Mahon's Lost worlds -- Interchapter: Irish language -- Nuala NiDhomhnaill: Pharaoh's daughter -- Interchapter: Women's movement -- Eavan Boland: Outside history -- John McGahern's Amongst women -- Between First and Third World: Friel's Lughnasa -- Roddy Doyle: Paddy Clarke ha ha ha -- Interchapter: Peace comes dropping slow -- Seamus Deane: Reading in the dark -- Reading Eilis NiDhuibhne -- Making history: Joseph O'Connor -- Fallen nobility: McGahern's Rising sun -- Conor McPherson: The seafarer -- Claire Keegan: Foster -- Kate Thompson and The new policeman -- Conclusion: Going global?.
Ireland is suffering from a crisis of authority. Catholic Church scandals, political corruption, and economic collapse have shaken the Irish people's faith in their institutions and thrown the nation's struggle for independence into question. While Declan Kiberd explores how political failures and economic globalization have eroded Irish sovereignty, he also sees a way out of this crisis. After Ireland surveys thirty works by modern writers that speak to worrisome trends in Irish life and yet also imagine a renewed, more plural and open nation. It places these writers and others at the center of Ireland's ongoing fight for independence. In their diagnoses of Ireland's troubles, Irish artists preserve and extend a humane culture, planting the seeds of a sound moral economy.--Provided by publisher.

So you want to publish your own book & e-book: a step-by-step guide to fun & profitable publishing

February 1, 2018
Turner, Myra Faye, author.
Ocala, Florida : Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., [2017]
228 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Get ready -- Get set -- Go -- Publishing an e-book -- Literary agents -- Putting together your pitch package -- Your author platform.
"Publishing two books, selling film rights, and being in TIME magazine— these kind of seem like pipe dreams. However, this is actually the life story of Beth Reekles, the famous 17-year-old writer. Being a successful writer at a young age is no longer a pipe dream, and this book can help make it your reality. With a bit of humor and a conversationally quirky tone, this book shows the young adult audience how to write a killer query letter and book proposal. Teens will also learn what to look for in literary agents and editors and how to read the fine print on contracts. The creative part of book publishing is covered with beautifully colored photography and graphics; you will learn how to create an eye-catching cover as well as some basics on book design. Reader familiarity is the biggest factor in sales, with 60 percent of readers saying they're more likely to purchase if they've heard of the author. This may seem like a catch 22 for young people, but this book arms you with dozens of low-cost tactics to get your name in the limelight. You will learn about book tours, signings, and how to make the most of Amazon’s marketplace. Advice and information from all types of publishers and authors gives you a real-life glimpse into today's publishing industry."--Back cover.

The aspiring screenwriter's dirty lowdown guide to fame and fortune : tough lessons you need to know to take your script from premise to premiere

February 1, 2018
Rose, Andy (Screenwriter), author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2018.
xv, 287 pages ; 21 cm
"With years of experience with every major film studio and network, and dozens of successful screenplays, Andy knows the business. He's here to debunk the big screen and teach you how to write a blockbuster screenplay and, equally important, how to sell it. Andy has worked with the best: Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg to name a few. He has filled this book with real-life examples to learn from, including contracts, screenplays, treatments, press, and more. For anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a screenplay, for anyone who's wondered how to sell one, this is a must-read"--Backcover.

The Weight of words

January 29, 2018
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2017.
243 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
The Weight of words / Dave McKean -- Belladonna Nights / Alastair Reynolds -- The Orange tree by Maria Dahvana Headley -- Monkey and the lady / Neil Gaiman -- No one dies in nowhere Catherynne M. Valente -- Objects in the mirror Caitlin R. Kiernan -- Yummie M. John Harrison -- Robo rapid Joe R. Lansdale -- All I care about is you / Joe Hill -- The Language of birds / Dave McKean -- Broken face / Iain Sinclair -- The Train of death / Neil Gaiman
Ten authors have created a series of varied, compelling narratives, each inspired by one of McKean's extraordinary paintings.

It occurs to me that I am America : new stories and art

January 29, 2018
xix, 374 pages ; illustrations (some color), 24 cm
Foreword / Johnathan Santlofer -- Introduction / Viet Thanh Nguyen -- Speak! Speak! / Julia Alvarez -- Oh, Canada / Russell Banks -- Blackout / Jane Kent -- Party / Bliss Broyard -- Compline / Stephen, L. Carter -- Scenes from late paradise: stupidity ; Late America / Eric Fischl -- New blank document / Lee Child -- Tell her anyway / Bridget Hawkins -- Veterans Day / Mary Higgins Clark -- Atonement / Michael Cunningham -- Intersections / Mark Di Ionno -- Third twin / Anna Dunn -- Politics / Roz Chast -- Balancing acts / Louise Erdrich -- The Miss April Houses / Angela Flournoy -- The world is yours, the world is mine ; The many faces of Islam / Shahzia Sikander -- Fires / Elizabeth Frank - Hate for sale / Neil Gaiman -- Unaccountable / Philip Gourevitch -- White baby / James Hannaham -- Your sacred American rights bingo / Mimi Pond -- In the trees / Alice Hoffman -- Getting somewhere / Susan Isaacs - Guant⡮amo, ERF team: making prisoner in the eye ; Guant⡮amo, ERF team: waterboarding prisoner / Susan Crile -- Mr. Crime and punishment and war and peace / Gish Jen -- Finally I am American at heart / Ha Jin -- Arlington street / Lily King -- The harlot and the murderer: Sonia's story / Sheila Kohler -- Starry starry night ; Trade canoe: forty days and forty nights / Jaune Quick-To-See Smith -- "People are people" / Elinor Lipman -- The trout fisherman / Joyce Maynard -- Listen / Susan Minot -- Between storms / Walter Mosley -- Our cuntry needs you ; Tic-tac-toe ; Deep frost / Marilyn Minter -- "Good news!" / Joyce Carol Oates -- Island of tears... ; Island of hope! ; Ghost of Ellis Island / Art Spiegelman -- Safety first / Sara Paretsky -- Look away ; Loving in black & white / Beverly McIver -- Bystanders (April 2003) / Tom Piazza -- Lucky girl / Heidi Pitlor -- If they come in the morning / S. J. Rozan -- Top step / Richard Russo -- The ugliest American alphabet / Eric Orner -- Hope / Johnathan Santlofer -- The walk / Elizabeth Strout -- Vote Hillary / Deborah Kass -- Stop & shop / Paul Theroux -- Little house on the prairie holding company LLC / David Storey -- The way we read now / Justin Torres -- Don't despair / Alice Walker -- Learning American values / Edmund White -- Letter from Anthony D. Romero -- Acknowledgments -- Permissions.
"In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and the Women's March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors--including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child--with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen"-- Provided by publisher.

The new voices of fantasy

January 29, 2018
325 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Hungry daughters of starving mothers / Alyssa Wong -- Selkie stories are for losers / Sofia Samatar -- Tornado's siren / Brooke Bolander -- Left the century to sit unmoved / Sarah Pinsker -- A kiss with teeth / Max Gladstone -- Jackalope wives / Ursula Vernon -- The cartographer wasps and the anarchist bees / E. Lily Yu -- The practical witch's guide to acquiring real estate / A.C. Wise -- The tallest doll in New York City / Maria Dahvana Headley -- The haunting of Apollo A7LB / Hannu Rajaniemi -- Here be dragons / Chris Tarry -- The one they took before / Kelly Sandoval -- Tiger baby / JY Yang -- The duck / Ben Loory -- Wing / Amal El-Mohtar -- The philosophers / Adam Ehrlich Sachs -- My time among the bridge blowers / Eugene Fischer -- The husband stitch / Carmen Maria Machado -- The pauper prince and the eucalyptus jinn / Usman T. Malik.
"In these nineteen stories, the enfants terribles of fantasy have arrived. The [book] captures some of the fastest-rising talents of the last five years, including Sofia Samatar, Maria Dahvana Headley, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Usman T. Malik, Brooke Bolander, E. Lily Yu, Ben Loory, Ursula Vernon, and more"

The diaries of Emilio Renzi : formative years

January 29, 2018
Piglia, Ricardo, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Restless Books, 2017.
xi, 448 pages ; 21 cm
"A giant of contemporary Latin American literature, Argentine novelist Ricardo Piglia's secret magnum opus was a compilation of 327 notebooks that he composed over nearly six decades, in which he imagined himself as his literary alter ego, Emilio Renzi. A world-weary detective, Renzi stars in many of his creator's works, much like Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman. But the Renzi of these diaries is something more complex--a multilayered reconstruction of the self that is teased out over intricate, illuminating pages. As Piglia/Renzi develops as a reader and writer, falls in love, and tussles with his tyrannical father, we get eye-opening perspectives on Latin America's tumultuous twentieth century. Obsessed with literary giants--from Borges and Cortázar (both of whom he knew), to Kafka and Camus--The Diaries comprise a celebration of reading as a vital, existential activity. When Piglia learned he had a fatal illness in 2011, he raced to complete his mysterious masterwork as rumors about the book intensified among his many fans. First released in Spanish as a trilogy to tremendous applause, The Diaries of Emilio Renzi cements Piglia's place in the global canon."

Frankenstein : the 1818 text, contexts, criticism

January 29, 2018
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2012.
xviii, 524 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
The Text of Frankenstein -- Contexts -- Circumstance, Influence, Composition, Revision -- Introduction to Frankenstein, Third Edition (1831) / Mary Shelley -- Letter Prefaced to the Vampyre (1819) / John William Polidori -- The Composition of Frankenstein / M.K. Joseph -- Assembling Frankenstein / Chris Baldick -- Mary Shelley and the Power of Contemporary Science / Richard Holmes -- The Significance of Place: Ingolstadt / Jane Goodall -- Texts in Search of an Editor: Reflections on the Frankenstein Notebooks and on Editorial Authority / Charles E. Robinson -- Choosing a Text of Frankenstein to Teach / Anne K. Mellor -- Reception, Impact, Adaptation -- On Frankenstein / Percy Bysshe Shelley -- From The Quarterly Review (January 1818) / John Croker -- From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (March 1818) / Sir Walter Scott -- On Frankenstein (March 1818) / Edinburgh Magazine -- On Frankenstein (April 1818) / Gentleman's Magazine -- On Frankenstein (August-November 1824) / Knight's Quarterly -- Introduction to the Routledge World Library Edition (1886) / Hugh Reginald Haweis -- The Reception of Frankenstein / Chris Baldick -- Frankenstein's Impact / William St. Clair -- The Monster Lives On / Susan Tyler Hitchcock -- Frankenstein as Historical Metaphor / Elizabeth Young -- Approaches to Frankenstein [in Film] / David Pirie -- Sources, Influences, Analogues -- Biblical Account of Creation / The Book of Genesis -- From Paradise Lost / John Milton -- Mont Blanc (1816) ; The Sea of Ice (1817) ; Mutability / Percy Bysshe Shelley -- Prometheus ; Darkness ; From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III (1816) / Lord Byron -- The Old Familiar Faces / Charles Lamb -- Criticism -- Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism / George Levine -- Female Gothic: The Monster's Mother / Ellen Moers -- Mary Shelley's Monstrous Eve / Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar -- My Hideous Progeny: The Lady and the Monster / Mary Poovey -- Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein / Anne K. Mellor -- What is a Monster? (According to Frankenstein) / Peter Brooks -- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity / Bette London -- Frankenstein and Radical Science / Marilyn Butler -- Frankenstein, the True Story; or, Rousseau Judges Jean-Jacques / Lawrence Lipking -- In the Absence of Audience: Of Reading and Dread in Mary Shelley / Garrett Stewart -- Looking at the Monster: Frankenstein and Film / James A.W. Heffernan -- The Reading Monster / Patrick Brantlinger -- Frankenstein and the State of Nature / Jonathan Bate -- Frankenstein, Racial Science, and the Yellow Peril / Anne K. Mellor -- Electrical Romanticism / Jane Goodall -- Geographic Boundaries and Inner Space: Frankenstein, Scientific Exploration, and the Quest for the Absolute / Christa Knellwolf.
This extensively revised Norton Critical Edition includes new texts and illustrative materials that convey the enduring global conversation about Frankenstein and its author. The text is that of the 1818 first edition, published in three volumes by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Jones. It is accompanied by an expansive new preface, explanatory annotations, a map of Geneva and its environs, and seven illustrations, five of them new to the Second Edition.

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