New Arrivals · Literature

July 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

When they go low, we go high : speeches that shape the world and why we need them

July 17, 2018
Collins, Philip, 1967- author.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2018.
viii, 424 pages ; 24 cm
"When First Lady Michelle Obama approached the podium at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, nobody could have predicted that her rousing and emotional "When they go low, we go high" speech would go on to become the motto for the political left and an anthem for opponents of oppression worldwide. It was a speech with the kind of emotional pull rarely heard these days, joining a long list of addresses that have made history. But what about Obama's speech made it so great? When They Go Low, We Go High explores the most notable speeches in history, analyzing the rhetorical tricks to uncover how the right speech at the right time can profoundly shape the world. Traveling across continents and centuries, political speechwriter Philip Collins reveals what Thomas Jefferson owes to Cicero and Pericles, who really gave the Gettysburg Address, and what Elizabeth I shares with Winston Churchill. In telling the story of great and sometimes infamous speeches―including those from Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., Disraeli, Hitler, Elie Wiesel, Margaret Thatcher, and Barack and Michelle Obama―Collins breathes new life into words you thought you knew well, telling the story of democracy. Whether it's the inaugural addresses of presidents or the revolutionary writings of Castro, Pankhurst, and Mandela, Collins illuminates and contextualizes these moments with sensitivity and humor. When They Go Low, We Go High is a strong defense of the power of public speaking to propagate and protect democracy and an urgent reminder that when great men and women speak to us, their words can change the world."--Inside dust jacket.

The cost of living : a working autobiography

July 17, 2018
Levy, Deborah, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
134 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in 2018 in Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton"--Title page verso.
The big silvers -- The tempest -- Nets -- Living in yellow -- Gravity -- The body electric -- The black and bluish darkness -- The republic -- Night wandering -- X is where I am -- Footsteps in the house -- The beginning of everything -- The Milky Way -- Good tidings.
"What does it cost a woman to unsettle old boundaries and collapse social hierarchies that make her a minor character in a world not arranged to her advantage? This vibrant memoir, a portrait of contemporary womanhood in flux, is an urgent quest to find an unwritten major female character who can exist more easily in the world. Levy considers what it means to live with meaning, value, and pleasure, to seize the ultimate freedom of writing our own lives, and reflects on the work of such artists and thinkers as Simone de Beauvoir, James Baldwin, Elena Ferrante, Marguerite Duras, David Lynch, and Emily Dickinson. The Cost of Living is crucial testimony, as distinctive, witty, complex, and original as Levy's acclaimed novels"--Dust jacket.

Afrofuturism : the world of black sci-fi and fantasy culture

July 17, 2018
Womack, Ytasha.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, [2013]
ix, 213 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Evolution of a space cadet -- A human fairy tale named black -- Project imagination -- Mothership in the key of Mars -- The African cosmos for modern mermaids (mermen) -- Divine feminine in space -- Pen my future -- Moonwalkers in paint and pixels -- A clock for time travelers -- The surreal life -- Agent change -- Future world

The final frontier : stories of exploring space, colonizing the universe, and first contact

July 16, 2018
New York : Night Shade Books, [2018]
579 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- A jar of goodwill / Tobias S. Buckell -- Mono no aware / Ken Liu -- Rescue mission / Jack Skillingstead -- Shiva in shadow / Nancy Kress -- Slow life / Michael Swanwick -- Three bodies at Mitanni / Seth Dickinson -- The deeps of the sky / Elizabeth Bear -- Diving into the wreck / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- The voyage out / Gwyneth Jones -- The symphony of ice and dust / Julie Novakova -- Twenty lights to "The land of snow" / Michael Bishop -- The firewall and the door / Sean McMullen -- Permanent fatal errors / Jay Lake -- Gypsy / Carter Scholz -- Sailing the Antarsa / Vandana Singh -- The mind is its own place / Carrie Vaughn -- The wreck of the Godspeed / James Patrick Kelly -- Seeing -- Genevieve Valentine -- Travelling into nothing / An Owomoyela -- Glory / Greg Egan -- The island / Peter Watts.
The urge to explore and discover is a natural and universal one, and the edge of the unknown is expanded with each passing year as scientific advancements inch us closer and closer to the outer reaches of our solar system and the galaxies beyond them. In this collection of galaxy-spanning adventures of discovery and adventure, science fiction writers give readers increasingly new and alien ways to look out into our broad and sprawling universe. From generations ships to warp drives, exploring new worlds to first contacts, they are a reminder that the universe is brimming with possibilities. -- adapted from back cover

Girls from da hood 13

July 12, 2018
©2018
392 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title on cover: Urban Books presents.
Get it! Get it! / by Ms. Michel Moore -- You can't break us / by Treasure Hernandez -- So far gone / by Katt.
Three dramatic stories of life on the streets, including the tale of Voodo and Moni, lovers who dispense their share of street justice revenge when they are wronged by former business associates.

Further up & further in : understanding Narnia

July 10, 2018
Pearce, Joseph, 1961- author.
Charlotte, North Carolina : TAN Books, 2018.
x, 202 pages ; 23 cm
Why wardrobes are for grown-ups too -- Learning to read like a grown-up -- The Magician's Nephew -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -- The Horse and His Boy -- Prince Caspian -- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader -- The Silver Chair -- The Last Battle -- Further up and further in.
In this volume, Pearce examines the theological, philosophical and historical elements of The Chronicles of Narnia: including its Christian symbolism, literary allusions, and the recurring themes of temptation, sin, and redemption.

The year's best science fiction.

July 9, 2018
New York : Bluejay Books,
v. 24 cm.
Imprint varies: <1999-2018> St. Martin's Griffin.

Blood on the tracks

July 9, 2018
©2018
349 pages ; 21 cm.
"Railway mysteries"--Cover.
"Published by Poisoned Pen Press in association with the British Library"--Title page verso.
The man with the watches / Arthur Conan Doyle -- The mystery of Felwyn Tunnel / L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace -- How he cut his stick / Matthias McDonnell Bodkin -- The mysterious death on the underground railway / Baroness Orczy -- The affair of the corridor express / Victor L. Whitechurch -- The case of Oscar Brodski / R. Austin Freeman -- The eighth lamp / Roy Vickers -- The knight's cross signal problem / Ernest Bramah -- The unsolved puzzle of the man with no face / Dorothy L. Sayers -- The railway carriage / F. Tennyson Jesse -- Mystery of the slip-coach / Sapper -- The level crossing / Freeman Wills Crofts -- The Adventure of the first-class carriage / Ronald Knox -- Murder on the 7.16 / Michael Innes -- The coulman handicap / Michael Gilbert.
"A signalman is found dead by a railway tunnel. A man identifies his wife as a victim of murder on the underground. Two passengers mysteriously disappear between stations, leaving behind a dead body. Trains have been a favourite setting of many crime writers, providing the mobile equivalent of the 'locked-room' scenario. Their enclosed carriages with a limited number of suspects lend themselves to seemingly impossible crimes. In an era of cancellations and delays, alibis reliant upon a timely train service no longer ring true, yet the railway detective has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the twenty-first century. Both train buffs and crime fans will delight in this selection of fifteen railway-themed mysteries, featuring some of the most popular authors of their day alongside less familiar names."--Provided by publisher.

Settler common sense : queerness and everyday colonialism in the American Renaissance

July 5, 2018
Rifkin, Mark, 1974- author.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
xxii, 293 pages ; 22 cm
Ordinary Life and the Ethics of Occupation -- Romancing the State of Nature: Speculation, Regeneration, and the Maine Frontier in House of the Seven Gables -- Loving Oneself Like a Nation: Sovereign Selfhood and the Autoerotics of Wilderness in Walden -- Dreaming of Urban Dispersion: Aristocratic Genealogy and Indian Rurality in Pierre.
"In Settler Common Sense, Mark Rifkin explores how canonical American writers take part in the legacy of displacing Native Americans. Although the books he focuses on are not about Indians, they serve as examples of what Rifkin calls "settler common sense," taking for granted the legal and political structure through which Native peoples continue to be dispossessed. Rifkin demonstrates how some accounts of urban possibility overlooks the fact that the explosive growth of Manhattan in the nineteenth century was possible only because of the extensive and progressive displacement of Iroquois peoples upstate. Rifkin reveals how these texts' queer imaginings rely on treating settler notions of place and personhood as self-evident, erasing the advancing expropriation and occupation of Native lands. Further, he investigates the ways that contemporary queer ethics and politics take such ongoing colonial dynamics as an unexamined framework in developing ideas of freedom and justice."--Provided by publisher.

Supernatural Sherlocks : stories from the golden age of the occult detective

June 29, 2018
©2017.
287 pages ; 20 cm.
The mark of the beast / Rudyard Kipling -- In Kropfsberg Keep / Ralph Adams Cram -- Number ninety / BM Croker -- An expiation / Arabella Kenealy -- The blue room / Lettice Galbraith -- The story of Yand Manor House / E and H Heron -- The brown hand / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- The dead hand / LT Meade & Robert Eustace -- The gateway of the monster / William Hope Hodgson -- The boy of Blackstock / Alice and Claude Askew -- The Governess's story / Amyas Northcote -- The voice in the night / WJ Wintle -- The death hound / Dion Fortune -- The shunned house / HP Lovercraft -- The shut room / Henry S Whitehead.
"The ghost of a poor Afghan returns to haunt the doctor who once amputated his hand. A mysterious and malignant force inhabits a room in an ancestral home and attacks all who sleep in it. A man who desecrates an Indian temple is transformed into a ravening beast. A castle in the Tyrol is the setting for an aristocratic murderer's apparent resurrection. In the stories in this collection, horrors from beyond the grave and other dimensions visit the everyday world and demand to be investigated...The period between 1890 and 1930 was a Golden Age for the occult detective. Famous authors like Kipling and Conan Doyle wrote stories about them, as did less familiar writers such as the occultist and magician Dion Fortune and Henry S. Whitehead, a friend of H. P. Lovecraft and fellow-contributor to the pulp magazines of the period. Nick Rennison has chosen 15 tales from that era to raise the hair and chill the spines of modern readers."--Amazon.com

A thousand beginnings and endings : 15 retellings of Asian myths and legends

June 28, 2018
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
328 pages ; 22 cm
Forbidden fruit (Filipino) / by Roshani Chokshi -- Olivia's table (Chinese) / by Alyssa Wong -- Steel skin (Hmong) / by Lori M. Lee -- Still star-crossed (Punjabi) / by Sona Charaipotra -- Counting the vermillion beads (Vietnamese) / by Aliette De Bodard -- The Land of the Morning Calm (Korean) / by E. C. Myers -- The smile (South Asian) / by Aisha Saeed -- Girls who twirl and other dangers (Gujarati) / by Preeti Chhibber -- Nothing into all (Korean) / by Renee Ahdieh -- Spear carrier (South Asian) / by Rahul Kanakia -- Code of honor (Filipino) / by Melissa De La Cruz -- Bullet, butterfly (Chinese) / by Elsie Chapman -- Daughter of the Sun (South Asian) / by Shveta Thakrar -- The Crimson cloak (Chinese) / by Cindy Pon -- Eyes like candlelight (Japanese) / by Julie Kagawa.
Fifteen authors of Asian descent reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia, in short stories ranging from fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge.

Why To kill a mockingbird matters : what Harper Lee's book and the iconic American film mean to us today

June 27, 2018
Santopietro, Tom, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
x, 305 pages ; 22 cm
Monroeville, Alabama -- Manhattan -- Publication -- What price Hollywood? -- Atticus Finch on film -- Enter Horton Foote -- Casting the movie -- From Pulitzer Prize to Hollywood dream team -- Maycomb comes to life -- On screens around the world -- A straight shot to the heart -- Is To kill a mockingbird racist? -- The legend grows: Harper Lee's fifty-five years of silence -- Life after To kill a mockingbird -- Go set a watchman -- Theme and variations: everything old is new again -- At peace.
"With forty million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird's poignant but clear-eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopietro's new book ... takes a 360-degree look at the Mockingbird phenomenon both on page and screen. Santopietro traces the writing of To Kill a Mockingbird, the impact of the Pulitzer Prize, and investigates both the claims that Lee's book is actually racist and the worldwidecontroversy surrounding the 2015 publication of Go set a watchman. Here too, for the first time, is the full behind-the-scenes story regarding the creation of the 1962 film, one that has entered the American consciousness in a way that few other films ever have. From the earliest casting sessions to the Oscars and the 50th Anniversary screening at the White House, Santopietro examines exactly what makes the movie and Gregory Peck's unforgettable performance as Atticus Finch so captivating. As Americans yearn for an end to divisiveness, there is no better time to look at the significance of Harper Lee's book, the film, and all that came after."--Dust jacket.

The unpunished vice : a life of reading

June 26, 2018
White, Edmund, 1940- author.
©2018
225 pages ; 22 cm
"Parts of this book have appeared in different form in the New York Review of Books, the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Paris Review, and as a speech on the steps of the Capitoline in Rome."--Title page verso.
Literary icon Edmund White made his name through his writing but remembers his life through the books he has read. For White, each momentous occasion came with a book to match: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school in Michigan; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White's novels. But it wasn't until heart surgery in 2014, when he temporarily lost his desire to read, that White realized the key role that reading played in his life: forming his tastes, shaping his memories, and amusing him through the best and worst life had to offer. Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a compendium of all the ways reading has shaped White's life and work. His larger-than-life presence on the literary scene lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world's best-loved cultural figures. With characteristic wit and candor, he recalls reading Henry James to Peggy Guggenheim in her private gondola in Venice and phone calls at eight o'clock in the morning to Vladimir Nabokov--who once said that White was his favorite American writer.

The teen's guide to debating and public speaking

June 22, 2018
Duffy, Claire. author.
Toronto, Ontario : Dundurn, [2018]
279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Welcome to the world of school debating and public speaking, the best training ground for speaking, reasoning, arguing, and looking critically at big issues. No matter what the topic, a great deal is at stake. Speaking skills can open up a world of opportunities, from education to career development, activism, and political engagement. In an increasingly competitive world, being able to speak with confidence, passion, and persuasiveness has become essential to standing out from the crowd. Claire Duffy not only demystifies the process but makes it fun. Learn all about the best ways to prepare, the persuasive power of reason, the art of argument and rebuttal and, when worst comes to worst, how to "lose" graciously. Including practical tips from the pros and helpful step-by-step examples, this is the essential handbook for making every spoken word count."-- Provided by publisher.

Mesopotamia

June 22, 2018
Z︠Ha︡dan, Serhiĭ, 1974- author.
©2018
310 pages ; 20 cm
"original Ukrainian edition was published by Klub simejnogo dozvillja, Kharkiv, 2014."--Title page verso.

Infinity wars

June 20, 2018
Oxford : Solaris, 2017.
364 pages ; 23 cm
The evening of their span of days / Carrie Vaughn -- The last broadcasts / An Owomoyela -- Faceless soldiers, patchwork ship / Carline M. Yoachim -- Dear Sarah / Nancy Kress -- The moon is not a battlefield / Indrapramit Das -- Perfect gun / Elizabeth Bear -- Oracle / Dominica Phetteplace -- In everlasting wisdom / Aliette de Bodard -- Command and control / David D. Levine -- Conversations with an armory / Garth Nix -- Heavies / Rich Larson -- Overburden / Genvieve Valentine -- Weather girl / E. J. Swift -- Mines / Eleanor Arnason -- ZeroS / Peter Watts.
"We have always fought. War is the furnace that forges new technologies and pushes humanity ever onward. We are the children of a battle that began with first and sticks, and ended on the brink of atomic Armageddon. Beyond here lies another war, infinite in scope and scale. But who will fight the war of tomorrow? Join Elizabeth Bear, Indrapramit Das, Aliette de Bodard, Garth Nix and many, many more in an exploration of the furthest extremes of military science fiction"--Back cover.

Low Chicago: a wild cards mosaic novel

June 18, 2018
New York : Tor Books, 2018.
429 pages : 27 cm
A long night at the Palmer House / John Jos. Miller -- Down the rabbbit hole / Kevin Andrew Murphy -- The motherfucking apotheosis of Todd Motherfucking Taszycki / Christopher Rowe -- A bit of a dinosaur / Paul Cornell -- Stripes / Marko Kloos -- The sister in the streets / Melinda M. Snodgrass -- A beautiful facade / Mary Anne Mohanraj -- Meathooks on ice / Saladin Ahmed.
In George R. R. Martin's latest Wild Cards adventure, a gang of criminals are scattered across time and threaten the stability of the world. Perfect for current fans and new readers alike, Low Chicago is an all-new time travel adventure that leads to the criminal underworld of 1920s Chicago, featuring a fresh cast of characters from the Wild Cards universe.

Ideas, influence, and income : write a book, build your brand, and lead your industry

June 18, 2018
Hall, Tanya, author.
©2018
214 pages ; 24 cm.
The importance of owning your idea -- Letting go of fear -- Identifying your brand -- Supporting the creative process -- The act of writing -- Protecting your content -- Building a platform -- Creating a personal connection -- Leveraging your platform -- Ready for launch -- Options for publishing -- Building blocks: productizing your writing -- To publish or not?
A guide to writing, publishing, and launching your book-- and monetizing your content. This resource is for authors seeking a smarter way to get the most out of publishing.

Little panic : dispatches from an anxious life

June 15, 2018
Stern, Amanda, author.
©2018
viii, 389 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
I am not a clock -- Not the right kind of human -- Maybe I am not a person -- How to say what's wrong -- The system of the world -- Countdown to Karen Silkwood -- The underside of perfect -- My real family -- Not-Melissa -- Someone kicked the Earth -- If time were a dog -- Oh how we glowed -- Scapegoat -- Frankie Bird -- Jinx -- Yes, no, maybe, I don't know -- Listen carefully and say exactly what I say -- Normal-sized -- A beautiful, gorgeous life -- A stay-behind kid -- The bright side -- The drainpipe man -- A word never means only one thing -- A sense of rightness -- Hunky dory -- My life stained the world -- I'm the test to solve -- Everywhere I look, families -- Anarchy -- When I turn eighteen -- What if I give birth to myself? -- Who doesn't want to be in a play? -- One right way to be a person -- Homeless -- I am a pinball machine -- The system is the problem -- The dread, the relief -- Waiting to move on -- The body -- Waited my whole life to be normal -- Forever Mama -- Take care of the animals -- Certainty -- To be the same.
The author presents a relatable, darkly comic memoir about her lifelong struggles with anxiety, tracing her upbringing by a bohemian mother and sanitized, affluent father in a transforming New York City.

Life in the garden

June 14, 2018
Lively, Penelope, 1933- author.
©2017
198 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- Reality and Metaphor -- The Written Garden -- The Fashionable Garden -- Time, Order and the Garden -- Style and the Garden -- Town and Country.
"From the Booker Prize winner and national bestselling author, reflections on gardening, art, literature, and life Penelope Lively takes up her key themes of time and memory, and her lifelong passions for art, literature, and gardening in this philosophical and poetic memoir. From the courtyards of her childhood home in Cairo to a family cottage in Somerset, to her own gardens in Oxford and London, Lively conducts an expert tour, taking us from Eden to Sissinghurst and into her own backyard, traversing the lives of writers like Virginia Woolf and Philip Larkin while imparting her own sly and spare wisdom. "Her body of work proves that certain themes never go out of fashion," writes the New York Times Book Review, as true of this beautiful volume as of the rest of the Lively canon. Now in her eighty-fourth year, Lively muses, "To garden is to elide past, present, and future; it is a defiance of time." "-- Provided by publisher.

Lagos noir

June 7, 2018
©2018
217 pages : map ; 22 cm
Part I: Cops & robbers. What they did that night / Jude Dibia -- Heaven's gate / Chika Unigwe -- Showlogo / Nnedi Okorafor -- Just ignore and try to endure / A. Igoni Barrett -- Part II: In a family way. The swimming pool / Sara Ladipo Manyika -- What are you going to do? / Adebola Rayo -- For baby, for three / Onyinye Ihezukwu -- Eden / Uche Okonkwo -- Joy / Wale Lawal -- Part III: Arrivals & departures. Choir boy / 'Pemi Aguda -- The walking stick / E.C. Osundu -- Uncle Sam / Leye Adenle -- Killer ape / Chris Abani.

Autumn in Venice : Ernest Hemingway and his last muse

June 4, 2018
Di Robilant, Andrea, 1957- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
xiv, 348 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The acclaimed author of A Venetian Affair now gives us the remarkable story of Hemingway's love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there--a vivacious 18-year-old who inspired the man thirty years her senior to complete his great final work. In the fall of 1948 Hemingway and his fourth wife traveled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called "a goddam wonderful city." He was a year shy of his fiftieth birthday and hadn't published a novel in nearly a decade. At a duck shoot in the lagoon he met and fell in love with Adriana Ivancich, a striking Venetian girl just out of finishing school. Di Robilant--whose great uncle moved in Hemingway's revolving circle of bon vivants, aristocrats, and artists--recreates with sparkling clarity this surprising, years-long relationship. Hemingway used Adriana as the model for Renata in Across the River and Into the Trees, and continued to visit Venice to see her; the Ivanciches traveled to Cuba, placing Adriana beside him as he wrote The Old Man and the Sea. This illuminating story of writer and muse--which also examines the cost to a young woman of her association with a larger-than-life literary celebrity--is an intimate look at the fractured heart and changing art of Hemingway in his fifties"-- Provided by publisher.

The traveling feast : on the road and at the table with my heroes

June 1, 2018
Bass, Rick, 1958- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
viii, 277 pages ; 25 cm
A transformative journey written in gratitude to the author's mentors describes his midlife attempt to recapture the passions of his youth, an effort marked by encounters with famous contemporaries and a variety of colorful mishaps.

The world of All Souls : the complete guide to A discovery of witches, Shadow of night, and The Book of Life

June 1, 2018
Harkness, Deborah E., 1965- author.
©2018
ix, 484 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Synopses -- Creatures -- Characters -- Organizations -- Locations -- Magic -- Science -- Alchemy -- Decorative arts -- Lifestyles -- Literature -- Translations.
It's a world of daemons and humans, where a reluctant witch and a centuries-old vampire discover the secrets left in a mysterious manuscript. Welcome to the All Souls trilogy, as Harkness shares information from her files. This companion volume includes character profiles, information on life and lifestyles from the time periods the trilogy covers, background on the science and magic, and even recipes and wine recommendations.

Planet funny : how comedy took over our culture

May 31, 2018
Jennings, Ken, 1974- author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
vii, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Our funny century -- Funny for no reason -- The march of progress -- Notes from an epidemic -- A little more conversation -- Everyone's a comedian -- Bon Jovi, come home -- Mirth control -- A blurry, amorphous thud -- We shall overcomb -- New tiryntha.
Presents a history of humor, from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter memes, that tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world.

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