New Arrivals · Literature

March 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Writer, sailor, soldier, spy : Ernest Hemingway's secret adventures, 1935-1961

March 24, 2017
Reynolds, Nicholas E., author.
xxi, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Awakening: when the sea turned the land inside out -- The writer and the commissar: going to war in Spain -- Returning to Spain: to stay the course -- The bell tolls for the republic: Hemingway bears witness -- The secret file: the NKVD plays its hand -- To spy or not to spy: China and the strain of war -- The crook factory: a secret war on land -- Pilar and the war at sea: a secret agent of my government -- On to Paris: brave as a Saladang -- At the front: the last months of the Great War against fascism -- "The creeps": not war, not peace -- The Cold War: no more brave words -- No room to maneuver: the mature antifascist in Cuba and Ketchum -- Calculating the hidden costs.
An international cloak-and-dagger epic ranging from the Spanish Civil War to the liberation of Western Europe, wartime China, the Red Scare of Cold War America, and the Cuban Revolution, here is the stunning story of a literary icon's dangerous secret life--including his role as a Soviet agent--that fueled his art and his undoing. In 2010, official CIA historian Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway's involvement in mid-twentieth-century spycraft was far more complex, sustained, and fraught with risks than has been previously supposed. Now Reynolds's deeply researched narrative reveals his discoveries for the first time, bringing to light the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway's life: his recruitment by Soviet spies to work with the NKVD (forerunner to the KGB), followed by a complex set of secret relationships with American agencies, including the FBI, the Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a precursor to the CIA. Starting with Hemingway's sympathy to antifascist forces during the 1930s, Reynolds illuminates Hemingway's immersion in the life-and-death world of the revolutionary left, from his passionate commitment to the Spanish Republic; his successful pursuit by Soviet NKVD agents, who valued Hemingway's influence, access, and mobility; his wartime meeting with communist leader Chou En-Lai, future premier of the People's Republic of China; and finally to his undercover involvement with Cuban rebels in the late 1950s and his sympathy for Fidel Castro. Reynolds equally explores Hemingway's participation in various roles as an agent for the United States government, including hunting Nazi submarines with ONI-supplied munitions in the Caribbean on his boat, Pilar; his command of an informant ring in Cuba called the "Crook Factory" that reported to the American embassy in Havana; and his on-the-ground role in Europe, where he helped OSS gain key tactical intelligence for the liberation of Paris and fought alongside the U.S. infantry in the bloody endgame of World War II. As he examines the links between Hemingway's work as an operative and as an author, Reynolds reveals how Hemingway's secret adventures influenced his literary output and contributed to the writer's block and mental decline (including paranoia) that plagued him during the postwar years--a period marked by the Red Scare and McCarthy hearings, which destroyed the life of anyone with Soviet connections. Reynolds also illuminates how those same experiences played a role in some of Hemingway's greatest works, while also adding to the burden that he carried at the end of his life and perhaps contributing to his suicide. A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, this book is an essential contribution to our understanding of the life, work, and fate of one of America's most legendary authors.--Adapted from jacket.

Paris street tales : stories

March 20, 2017
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016.
x, 248 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
Rue des Degrés / Didier Daeninckx -- Streets / Jean Follain -- The rendez-vous / Guy de Maupassant -- Tableau parisien / Octave Mirbeau -- Rue de la Tacherie / Arnaud Baignot -- Old iron / Émile Zola -- Rue Saint-Sulpice / Marcel Aymé -- The freedom of the streets / Jacques Réda -- A rapist shouts one night in Montparnasse / Frédéric H. Fajardie -- Lost street cries / Julien Green -- Rue de la Chine / Joris-Karl Huysmans -- The affair on the Boulevard Beaumarchais / Georges Simenon -- Rooftop over the Champs-Élysées / Roland Dorgelès -- The cheeky pigeon that shat on people's heads / Vincent Ravalec -- The street is not enough / Aurélie Filippetti -- Rue Pigalle / Francis Carco -- Hold-up in the Rue Ordener / Colette -- The tree with three branches / Gisèle Prassinos -- Rue de la Vielle Lanterne / David Constantine.

This long pursuit : reflections of a romantic biographer

March 16, 2017
Holmes, Richard, 1945- author.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2016.
viii, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published in Great Britain by William Collins in 2016.
Part I. Confessions -- Travelling -- Experimenting -- Teaching -- Forgetting -- Ballooning -- Part II. Restorations -- Margaret Cavendish -- Zélide -- Madame de Staël -- Mary Wollstonecraft -- Mary Somerville -- Part III. Afterlives -- John Keats the well-beloved -- Shelley undrowned -- Thomas Lawrence revarnished -- Coleridge misremembered -- William Blake rediscovered.
"In this chronicle of his lifelong obsession with discovering, assembling, and re-creating the lives of writers and scientists, Richard Holmes here casts a new eye not only on the Romantic poets and lost women of Romantic science he has long studied, including Margaret Cavendish and Mary Somerville, but on their biographers, as well. He examines the evolution of the myths that have overshadowed certain lives (Percy Shelley's death at sea, Mary Wollstonecraft's paramours, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's opium-fueled lectures), and reveals how the manner in which each generation tells the stories of the lives that came before it shapes and is shaped by a contemporary understanding of human nature. These colorful portraits are deftly woven together with Holmes's own experience as a biographer, giving us the rare privilege of observing a master at work"--Provided by publisher.


March 16, 2017
Carthage, Lynn, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
260 pages ; 21 cm
"Long ago I was a servant girl at the great manor house in the quiet English village of Grenshire. My mistress, Madame Arnaud, proved cruel, and many died at her hands. To stop her, I tried to kill her. I failed. And I lost everything. But that was then. Now, Phoebe Irving's family has moved into the Arnaud Manor. Phoebe, her friend Miles, and I crossed paths and discovered a powerful connection. Together we might be strong enough to untangle an ancient prophecy hanging over this troubled place where old, deep magic mingles with greed and revenge. We might save Phoebe's baby sister and other innocents. We might even save ourselves."--Provided by publisher.

Eat the sky, drink the ocean

March 14, 2017
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2017.
ix, 225 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Cat calls / Margo Lanagan -- Swallow the moon / Kate Constable and Priya Kuriyan -- Little red suit / Justine Larbalestier -- Cooking time / Anita Roy -- Anarkali / Annie Zaidi and Mandy Ord -- Cast out / Samhita Arni -- Weft / Alyssa Brugman -- The Wednesday room / Kuzhali Manickavel and Lilly Mae Martin -- Cool / Manjula Padmanabhan -- Appetite / Amruta Patil -- Mirror perfect / Kirsty Murray -- Arctic light / Vandana Singh -- The runners / Isobelle Carmody and Prabha Mallya -- The blooming / Manjula Padmanabhan and Kirsty Murray -- What a stone can't feel / Penni Russon -- Memory lace / Payal Dhar -- Back stage pass / Nicki Greenberg.
A collection of sci-fi and fantasy tales, including six short graphic novels, by twenty women authors from India and Australia.

The price of illusion : a memoir

March 14, 2017
Buck, Joan Juliet, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2017.
404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Atria non fiction original hardcover" -- Verso title page.
"From Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, chronicling her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, illusion and reality, and what looks like happiness from the thing itself. Born into a world of make-believe as the daughter of a larger-than-life film producer, Joan Juliet Buck's childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces, ever-changing home addresses, and a fascination with the shiny surfaces of things. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue's coveted position of Editor in Chief, a "figurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty," she had the means to recreate for her aging father, now a widower, the life he'd enjoyed during his high-flying years, a splendid illusion of glamorous excess that could not be sustained indefinitely. Joan's memoir tells the story of a life lived in the best places at the most interesting times: London and New York in the swinging 1960s, Rome and Milan in the dangerous 1970s, Paris in the heady 1980s and 1990s. But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe. She chronicles this journey in beautiful and at times heartbreaking prose, taking the reader through the wild parties and the fashion, the celebrities and creative geniuses as well as love, loss, and the loneliness of getting everything you thought you wanted and finding it's not what you'd imagined. While Joan's story is unique, her journey toward self-discovery is refreshing and universal"-- Provided by publisher.

The silence of the flans

March 13, 2017
Bradford, Laura, author.
New York : Berkley Publishing, 2017.
293 pages ; 17 cm
Includes an excerpt from the author's Dial M for mousse.
"Berkley Prime Crime book" --Back cover.
"Baker Winnie Johnson does her best work when the heat is on. As owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, she has a deft touch in the kitchen and a soft spot for lost causes. So when her business professor beau Jay Morgan expresses misgivings over having to fail one of his fourth-year students, Winnie cooks up a sweet solution. She'll offer an extra credit opportunity in exchange for a little help with her growing business. But when her protégé's first dessert delivery poisons a student journalist, the publicity threatens to burn Winnie's business to a crisp. Now the entrepreneur-turned-detective must uncover the ingredients behind a recipe for murder before she crumbles under pressure" --Back cover.

Bed of impatiens : poems

March 3, 2017
Hartsock, Katie, author.
San Jose, CA : Able Muse Press, [2016]
xviii, 122 pages ; 23 cm
"With a foreword by Reginald Gibbons"--Cover.
One.(Wild papyri) -- "The flooded grave" -- The sister karamozov -- Preternatal -- Proverbial -- My labor, and my leisure too -- Medea in Red River Gorge -- Demiurge -- Mississippi stasimon -- Cuticles -- Myrmidons -- The natural look -- Mimesis -- Last take -- Crazy -- Veritas caput -- Two.(Hotels, motels, and extended stays) -- The ye who are weary come home motel -- The buried in sleep and wine hotel -- The things will never be the same extended stay hotel -- Route 3220: Chateau bayou -- N67: Stella maris -- The bump on a log hotel -- The river of no return hotel -- The let's have a cigarette and assess the situation extended stay motel -- I-80: Liberty inn -- A55: Brunch at the grande madame bovarian -- The demolition derby motel -- The philoctetes extended stay hotel -- The ducks on a whiskey river motel -- Route 6: Balmers herberge -- The only living girl in Chicago extended stay hotel -- The drop-kick me sweet Jesus through the goalposts of life motel -- A841: The corrie -- I-96: Amway grand plaza -- The I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was motel -- SR 165: Western reserve -- The grant me the stamina to pray extended stay motel -- The western edge of a time zone hotel -- Three.(I, Augustin I-XIII) -- Si quaeris -- Augustine I -- Easter -- Augustine II -- Bonfire -- Augustine III -- Cleavage -- Augustine IV -- Highway 101 -- Augustine V -- Who art in heaven -- Augustine VI -- Tribute -- Augustine VII -- The angelization of Mr. Vodka -- Augustine VIII -- Wings on wheels -- Augustine IX -- On the heat of upstate travel in the advancing polar air -- Augustine X -- Ayr -- Augustine XI -- Onion -- Augustine XII -- Midnight mass -- Augustine XIII -- Bishop's island.

Both shoes off : poems

March 3, 2017
Bryner, Jeanne, author.
Huron, Ohio : Bottom Dog Press, [2016]
109 pages ; 23 cm
Cover image: "Carol's Farm", Judy Waid.
"Harmony writing series."

Swords v. Cthulhu : swift bladed action in the horric world of H.P. Lovecraft

March 1, 2017
London : Stone Skin Press, 2016.
368 pages ; 20 cm
The savage angels in: The beast in the tunnels / John Langan -- Non omnis moriar / Michael Cisco -- The lady of Shalott / Carrie Vaughan -- Trespassers / A. Scott Glancy -- The Dan no uchi horror / Remy Nakamura -- St. Baboloki's hymn for lost girls / L. Lark -- The children of Yig / John Hornor Jacobs -- The dreamers of Alamoi / Jeremiah Tolbert -- Two suns over Zululand / Ben Strewart -- A circle that ever returneth in / Orring Grey -- Ordo Virtutum / Wendy N. Wagner -- Red sails, dark moon / Andrew S. Fuller -- The thief in the sand / M.K. Sauer --Without within / Jonathan L. Howard -- Daughter of the drifting / Jason Heller -- The matter of aude / Natania Barron -- The living, vengeant stars / E. Catherine Tobler -- The argonaut / Carlos Orsi -- Of all possible worlds / Eneasz Brodski -- The final gift of Zhuge Liang / Laurie Tom -- The king of Lapland's daughter / Nathan Carson -- Bow down before the snail king! / Caleb Wilson.

Defying doomsday

March 1, 2017
Yokine, W.A. Twelfth Planet Press, 2016.
419 pages ; 21 cm
And the rest of us wait / Corinne Duyvis -- To take into the air my quiet breath / Stephanie Gunn -- Something in the rain / Seanan McGuire -- Did we break the end of the world? / Tansy Rayner Roberts -- In the sky with diamonds / Elinor Caiman Sands -- Two somebodies go hunting / Rivqa Rafael -- Given sufficient desperation / Bogi Takács -- Selected afterimages of the fading / John Chu -- Five thousand squares / Maree Kimberley -- Portobello blind / Octavia Cade -- Tea party / Lauren E Mitchell -- Giant / Thoraiya Dyer -- Spider-silk, strong as steel / Samantha Rich -- No shit / K L Evangelista -- I will remember you / Janet Edwards.
"An anthology of apocalypse fiction featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists, proving it's not always the 'fittest' who survive-- it's the most tenacious, stubborn, enduring and innovative characters who have the best chance of adapting when everything is lost"--Back cover.

Jack and Norman : a state-raised convict and the legacy of Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song

February 28, 2017
Loving, Jerome, 1941- author.
xiv, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Gilmore in the Flesh -- Partners in Crime -- Eastern State Penitentiary -- Marion Federal Prison -- Raised in a Box -- The Prison Movement in the 1970s -- His Own Voice -- State-Raised Convict -- Gilmore in Texas -- The Executioner's Song: Circumstance, Substance, and Reception -- Utah State -- A Light at the End of the Tunnel -- No Paradiso -- In the Belly of the Beast: An Analysis and Autopsy -- Running -- The 60 Minutes Interview -- His Grandmother's Orchard -- Jack's Return.
"Norman Mailer was writing The Executioner's Song, his novel about condemned killer Gary Gilmore, when he struck up a correspondence with Jack Henry Abbott, Federal Prisoner 87098-132. Over time, Abbott convinced the famous author that he was a talented writer who deserved another chance at freedom. With letters of support from Mailer and other literary elites of the day, Abbott was released on parole in 1981. With Mailer's help, Abbott quickly became the literary "it boy" of New York City. But in a shocking turn of events, the day before a rave review of Abbott's book, In the Belly of the Beast, appeared in The New York Times, Abbott murdered a New York City waiter and fled to Mexico. Eerily, like Gary Gilmore in Mailer's true-life novel, Abbott killed within six weeks of his release from prison. Now distinguished professor Jerome Loving explores the history of two of the most infamous books of the past 50 years..."-- Provided by publisher.

The girl from the Metropol Hotel : growing up in communist Russia

February 27, 2017
Petrushevskai︠a︡, Li︠u︡dmila, author.
xix, 149 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Original Russian edition: 2006.
The girl from the Metropol Hotel -- Family circumstances : the Vegers -- The war -- Kuibyshev -- Kuibyshev : survival strategies -- How I was rescued -- The Durov Theater -- Searching for food -- Dolls -- Victory night -- The Officers' Club -- The courtiers' language -- The Bolshoi Theater -- Down the ladder -- Literary sleep-ins -- My performances : green sweater -- The portrait -- The story of a little sailor -- My new life -- The Metropol Hotel -- Mumsy -- Summer camp -- Chekhov Street : Grandpa Kolya -- Trying to fit in -- Children's home -- I want to live! -- Snowdrop -- The wild berries -- Gorilla -- Dying swan -- Sanych -- Foundling.
"The prizewinning memoir of one of the world's great writers, about coming of age and finding her voice amid the hardships of Stalinist Russia. Like a young Edith Piaf, wandering the streets singing for alms, and like Oliver Twist, living by his wits, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya grew up watchful and hungry, a diminutive figure far removed from the heights she would attain as an internationally celebrated writer. In The Girl from the Metropol Hotel, her prizewinning memoir, she recounts her childhood of extreme deprivation, made more acute by the awareness that her family of Bolshevik intellectuals, now reduced to waiting in bread lines, once lived large across the street from the Kremlin in the opulent Metropol Hotel. As she unravels the threads of her itinerant upbringing--of feigned orphandom, of sleeping in freight cars and beneath the kitchen tables of communal apartments, of the fugitive pleasures of scraps of food--we see, both in her remarkable lack of self-pity and in the more than two dozen photographs throughout the text, her feral instinct and the crucible in which her gift for giving voice to a nation of survivors was forged"--Provided by publisher.

The Mutual Admiration Society : a novel

February 27, 2017
Kagen, Lesley, author.
266 pages ; 21 cm
"Unbeknownst to eleven year old Theresa (Tessie) Finley, she's in over her head. After hearing a scream and catching a glimpse of a mysterious man carrying a body beneath the flickering streetlights in the cemetery behind her house, Tessie adds solving a murder case to her already quite full to do list. Tessie has elected herself president of the crime-stopping Mutual admiration Society " ... (which also includes her younger sister Birdie and best friend Charlie (Cue Ball) Garfield). (Summary from back cover).

You, too, could write a poem : selected reviews and essays, 2000-2015

February 27, 2017
Orr, David, 1974- author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
ix, 384 pages ; 20 cm
On Poetry -- You,too, could write a poem -- Bad guys -- The age of citation -- Vendler's Yeats -- Hit parade -- The style of Luis de Góngora -- Virtuosity -- The happy couplet -- The great(ness) game -- Oprah's adventures in poetryland -- Annals of poetry -- Poetry and, of, and about -- The school of verse -- The virtues of poetry: Longenbach and Papageorgiou -- Beach reading -- The tunnel -- Volta -- The state of contemporary American poetry: an allegory -- On Poets -- Louise Glück's Metamorphoses -- The obscurity of Michael O'Brien -- Too close to touch: Thom Gunn's Selected Poems -- Tomas Tranströmer and the art of translation -- Rough gems: the uncollected work of Elizabeth Bishop -- The letters of Ted Hughes -- The dream logic of Matthea Harvey -- Jack Gilbert's daily devotions -- The neglected master -- Public poetry: four takes -- The Trouble with Poetry -- James Franco, poet -- How far can you press a poet? -- On Robert Hass -- Christopher Gilbert's improvisations -- Matthew Zapruder and Rachel Wetzsteon -- The raw and the cooked: Frank Stanford and Devin Johnston -- The collected poems of Louis MacNeice -- Versions of Zbigniew Herbert -- The poetry of Nabokov -- Mary Jo Bang's Elegy -- Jorie Graham, superstar -- The Notebooks of Robert Frost -- Donald Justice -- On Carl Phillips -- Richard Wilbur's Anterooms -- Frederick Seidel, scary guy -- Marie Ponsot.
"A collection of reviews and essays by David Orr, the New York Times poetry columnist and one of the most respected critics in America today. Poetry is never more vital, meaningful, or accessible than in the hands of David Orr. In the pieces collected here, most of them written originally for the New York Times, Orr is at his rigorous, conversational, and edifying best. Whether he is considering the careers of contemporary masters, such as Louise Glück or Frederick Seidel, sizing up younger American poets, like Matthea Harvey and Matthew Zapruder, or even turning his attention to celebrities and public figures, namely Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Fry, when they choose to wade into the hotly contested waters of the poetry world, Orr is never any less than fully persuasive in arguing what makes a poem or poet great--or not."--Provided by publisher.

Dear friend, from my life I write to you in your life

February 23, 2017
Li, Yiyun, 1972- author.
New York : Random House, [2017]
208 pages ; 22 cm
Dear friend, from my life I write to you in your life -- Amongst people -- Memory is a melodrama from which no one is exempt -- Two lives -- Amongst characters -- To speak is to blunder but I venture -- Either/or : a chorus of miscellany -- Reading William Trevor.
"Yiyun Li's searing personal story of hospitalizations for depression and thoughts of suicide is interlaced with reflections on the solace and affirmations of life and personhood that Li found in reading the journals, diaries, and fiction of other writers: William Trevor, Katherine Mansfield, and more"-- Provided by publisher.

Arthur and Sherlock : Conan Doyle and the creation of Holmes

February 17, 2017
Sims, Michael, 1958- author.
x, 245 pages : illustrations, 8 pages of unnumbered plates ; 25 cm
Overture: remembering. Part 1 Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle : A super-man -- Your powers of deduction -- Art in the blood -- Seven weary steps -- Athens of the north -- No man of flesh and blood -- Ode to opium -- Drinking poison -- Intemperance -- Dr. Conan Doyle, surgeon -- A wealth of youth and pluck -- The circular tour -- The unseen world. Part 2 Prophets and police : The method of Zadig -- The footmarks of Poe -- How do you know that? -- Games of chess, played with live pieces. Part 3 Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson : Dr. Sacker and Mr. Hope -- Bohemians in Baker Street -- A little too scientific -- The book of life -- A basilisk in the desert -- A born novelist -- The preternatural sagacity of a scientific detective -- Truth as death -- Watson's brother's watch -- Dread of madhouses -- Adventures in the Strand -- Deerstalker -- To my old teacher. Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography and further reading -- Index.
" As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle studied in Edinburgh under the vigilant eye of a diagnostic genius, Dr. Joseph Bell. Doyle often observed Bell identifying a patient's occupation, hometown, and ailments from the smallest details of dress, gait, and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would feed his literary dreams and help him develop the most iconic detective in fiction. Michael Sims traces the circuitous development of Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, from his early days in Edinburgh surrounded by poverty and violence, through his escape to University (where he gained terrifying firsthand knowledge of poisons), leading to his own medical practice in 1882. Five hardworking years later -- after Doyle's only modest success in both medicine and literature -- Sherlock Holmes emerged in A Study in Scarlet. Sims deftly shows Holmes to be a product of Doyle's varied adventures in his personal and professional life, as well as built out of the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Émile Gaboriau, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens. -- not just a skillful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of Doyle's esteemed teacher. Filled with details that will surprise even the most knowledgeable Sherlockian, Arthur and Sherlock is a literary genesis story for detective fans everywhere."--Provided by publisher.

Kinnarāṃ dā wī dila hundā hai : hijaṛiāṃ dī zindagī nāla sabandhita kahāṇīāṃ

February 14, 2017
Bālīāṃ, Saṅgarūra : Pañjābī Sāhita Pabalīkeshana, [2015]
176 pages ; 22 cm
Short stories.
Anthology of stories on the painful and distressful lives of eunuch by various authors.

Get started in writing an illustrated children's book

February 10, 2017
Courtenay, Lucy, author.
London : John Murray Learning, 2016.
xiv, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.

Galactic empires

February 10, 2017
xi, 621 pages ; 23 cm
Winning peace / Paul J. McAuley -- Night's slow poison / Ann Leckie -- All the painted stars / Gwendolyn Clare -- Firstborn / Brandon Sanderson -- Riding the crocodile / Greg Egan -- The lost princess man / John Barnes -- The waiting stars / Aliette de Bodard -- Alien archeology / Neal Asher -- The muse of empires lost / Paul Berger -- Ghostweight / Yoon Ha Lee -- A cold heart / Tobias S. Buckell -- The Colonel returns to the stars / Robert Silverberg -- The impossibles / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- Utriusque Cosmi / Robert Charles Wilson -- Section seven / John G. Hemry -- Invisible empire of ascending light / Ken Scholes -- The man with the golden balloon / Robert Reed -- Looking through lace / Ruth Nestvold -- A letter from the Emperor / Steve Rasnic Tem -- The wayfarer's advice / Melinda Snodgrass -- Seven years from home / Naomi Novik -- Verthandi's ring / Ian McDonald.
"Neil Clarke, publisher of the award-winning Clarkesworld magazine, presents a collection of thought-provoking and galaxy-spanning array of galactic short science fiction. From E. E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman, to George Lucas' Star Wars, the politics and process of Empire have been a major subject of science fiction's galaxy-spanning fictions. The idiom of the Galactic Empire allows science fiction writers to ask (and answer) questions that are shorn of contemporary political ideologies and allegiances. This simple narrative slight of hand allows readers and writers to see questions and answers from new and different perspectives. The stories in this book do just that. What social, political, and economic issues do the organizing structure of "empire" address? Often the size, shape, and fates of empires are determined not only by individuals, but by geography, natural forces, and technology. As the speed of travel and rates of effective communication increase, so too does the size and reach of an Imperial bureaucracy."-- Provided by publisher.

Home to you

February 9, 2017
Ontario, Canada : Mira Books, [2017]
793 pages ; 17 cm.
Virgin River / Robyn Carr -- When lightning strikes / Brenda Novak.
When lightning strikes: Desperate to save her PR firm, which has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, Gail DeMarco agrees to pose as high-profile actor Simon O'Neal's wife so that he can get custody of his son.

Rumi's secret : the life of the Sufi poet of love

February 9, 2017
Gooch, Brad, 1952- author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
x, 377 pages ; 24 cm
"In a lighting flash from here to Vaksh" -- Samarkand -- On the Silk Road -- "Fire fell into the world" -- Konya -- "I kept hearing my own name" -- "The face of the sun is Shams of Tabriz" -- Separation -- "I burned, I burned, I burned" -- "Last year in a red cloak ... this year in blue" -- The fall of Baghdad -- "Sing, flute!" -- "A nightingale flew away, then returned" -- The religion of love -- Wedding night.

Bookburners. Season 1

February 8, 2017
789 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Originally published in e-serial format online"--Title page verso.
"Created by Max Gladstone."
"Magic is real, and hungry. It's trapped in ancient texts and artifacts, and only a few who discover it survive to fight back. Detective Sal Brooks is a survivor. She joins a Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad--Team Three of the Societas Librorum Occultorum--and together they stand between humanity and the magical apocalypse. Some call them the Bookburners. They don't like the label"

Cthulhu's daughters : stories of Lovecraftian horror

February 3, 2017
307 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Originally published as She walks in shadows in 2015.
"All material original to this volume"--T.p. verso.
Ammutseba Rising / Ann K. Schwader -- Turn out the Light / Penelope Love -- Bring the Moon to Me / Amelia Gorman -- Violet is the Color of Your Energy / Nadia Bulkin -- De Deabus Minoribus Exterioris Theomagicae / Jilly Dreadful -- Lavinia's Wood / Angela Slatter -- The Adventurer's Wife / Premee Mohamed -- Lockbox / E. Catherine Tobler -- Hairwork / Gemma Files -- The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad / Molly Tanzer -- Body to Body to Body / Selena Chambers -- Magna Mater / Arinn Dembo -- Chosen / Lyndsey Holder -- Bitter Perfume / Laura Blackwell -- Eight Seconds / Pandora Hope -- The Eye of Juno / Eugenie Mora -- Cthulhu of the Dead Sea / Inkeri Kontro -- Notes Found in a Decommissioned Asylum, December 1961 / Sharon Mock -- Cypress God / Rodopi Sisamis -- When She Quickens / Mary Turzillo -- Queen of a New America / Wendy N. Wagner -- The Opera Singer / Priya Sridhar -- Shub-Niggurath's Witnesses / Valerie Valdes -- Provenance / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- T'la-yub's head / Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas.
A collection of 25 short stories written by women about women within the realm of 'Lovecraftian fiction'.

The vanquished : a Bruno Johnson novel

February 2, 2017
Putnam, David W.
Longboat Key, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2017]
306 pages ; 24 cm
Former cop and ex-con Bruno Johnson and his wife Marie, living in their safe haven in Costa Rica with the children they illegally rescued from certain death, find a message from their outlaw motorcycle gang enemies-written on the back of one of their beloved children. The motorcycle gang, Sons of Satan, out for revenge, will stop at nothing to lure the now furious Bruno back into their web. Bruno and Marie, forced to return to Southern California, battle additional demons in the form of an ex-spouse's entanglements. The FBI, watching the Sons of Satan, recognizes Bruno's unique skills and ties. They recruit him to recover a stolen military drone armed with Hellfire missiles, while Bruno struggles to keep pregnant Marie out of the crossfire. Ultimately, Bruno's inability to ignore a woman in peril yields unspeakable

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