New Arrivals · Literature

February 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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

Lara : the untold love story that inspired Doctor Zhivago

February 1, 2017
Pasternak, Anna, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
xxvi, 310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates: illustrations (some color), map, facsimiles ; 24 cm
"Drawing on previously neglected family sources and original interviews, Boris's great-neice, Anna Pasternak, explores the hidden act of moral compromise by her great-uncle, and restores to history the passionate affair that inspired and animated 'Doctor Zhivago.'"--Front jacket flap.

Scratch : writers, money, and the art of making a living

January 26, 2017
xv, 287 pages ; 22 cm
EARLY DAYS -- Owning this / Julia Fierro -- With compliments / Nina MacLaughlin -- Faith, hope, and credit / Cheryl Strayed in conversation with Manjula Martin -- On staying hungry / Rachael Maddux -- Portrait of the artist as a debut novelist / Porochista Khakpour -- The mercenary muse / Colin Dickey -- Running the widget factory / Susan Orlean in conversation with Manjula Martin -- The wizard / Alexander Chee -- You are the second person / Kiese Laymon -- Five years in the wilderness / Cari Luna -- Freedom / Richard Rodriguez in conversation with Caille Millner -- Word hard, read dead / Yiyun Li in conversation with Manjula Martin -- Write to suffer, publish to starve / J. Robert Lennon -- THE DAILY GRIND -- The best work in literature / Manjula Martin -- The insider / Kate McKean -- Against "vs." / Leslie Jamison -- Love for sale / Harmony Holiday -- Unlikeable / Emily Gould -- Sad birth lady (tm) / Meaghan O'Connell -- Ghost stories / Sari Botton -- Economies 101 / Susie Cagle -- Security / Roxane Gay in conversation with Manjula Martin -- Monetization / Choire Sicha -- Not a complaint / Nell Boeschenstein -- The jump / Sarah Smarsh -- SOMEDAY -- Selling out / Austin Kleon in conversation with Manjula Martin -- A sort of fairy tale / Malinda Lo -- Growing up / Nick Hornby in conversation with Manjula Martin -- FAQ: how to buy a home / Mallory Ortberg -- Diversity is not enough: race, power, publishing / Daniel José Older -- Worth / Jennifer Weiner -- Like a fish in a tweed suit / Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Manjula Martin -- The if of it: lunatic independence in nine easy steps / Laura Goode.
"A collection of essays from today's most acclaimed authors--from Cheryl Strayed to Roxane Gay to Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Franzen--on the realities of making a living in the writing world."-- Provided by publisher.

In the great green room : the brilliant and bold life of Margaret Wise Brown

January 25, 2017
Gary, Amy, author.
xv, 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children's classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret's books have sold millions of copies all over the world, but few people know that she was at the center of a children's book publishing revolution. Her whimsy and imagination fueled a steady stream of stories, songs, and poems, and she was renowned for her prolific writing and business savvy, as well as her stunning beauty and endless thirst for adventure. Margaret started her writing career by helping to shape the curriculum for the Bank Street School for Children, making it her mission to create stories that would rise above traditional fairy tales and allowed girls to see themselves as equals to boys. At the same time, she also experimented endlessly with her own writing. Margaret would spend days researching subjects, picking daisies, gazing at clouds, and observing nature, all in an effort to precisely capture a child's sense of awe and wonder as he or she discovered the world. Clever, quirky, and incredibly talented, Margaret embraced life with passion, lived extravagantly off of her royalties, went on rabbit hunts, and carried on long and troubled love affairs with both men and women. Among them were the two great loves in Margaret's life, one of whom was a gender-bending poet and ex-wife of John Barrymore. She went by the stage name of Michael Strange, and she and Margaret had a tempestuous yet secret relationship. At one point they lived next door to each other so that they could be together. After the dissolution of their relationship and Michael's death, Margaret became engaged to a younger man who also happened to be the son of a Rockefeller and a Carnegie. But before they could marry Margaret died unexpectedly at the age of forty-two, leaving behind a cache of unpublished work and a timeless collection of books that would go on to become classics in children 's literature. Author Amy Gary captures the eccentric and exceptional life of Margaret Wise Brown and, drawing on newly discovered personal letters and diaries, reveals an intimate portrait of a creative genius whose unrivaled talent breathed new life into the literary world."--Dust jacket.

Wonderful, wicked, and whizzpopping : the stories, characters, and inventions of Roald Dahl

January 24, 2017
Caldwell, S. A. (Stella A.)
59 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Toy and movable book.
First published in the United Kingdom by Carlton Books, 2016.
Have you ever wanted to know what actually happened to James Trotter's parents when they encountered an angry escaped rhino? Or how to make the Twits' infamous bird pie? Well now you can find out, with The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl. The book is a brilliant extension to Dahl's wonderful stories, and gives fascinating insights into the characters and events from Roald Dahl's writing in a humorous, exciting and downright gloriumptious way. For the very first time, the stories behind the stories are brought to life in this brand new title. Inside, Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations are combined with previously unpublished reproductions of imagined letters, artifacts and posters, and editing notes from Dahl himself, to bring all of Roald Dahl's characters alive. Whether you have read all of Roald Dahl's stories, or are just beginning to enjoy them, this is a great companion book that will help you delve even deeper into Roald Dahl's worlds.

The last message received

January 23, 2017
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"From the popular Tumblr with 85,000 followers, comes the second installment from 16-year-old Emily Trunko--a collection of the last messages people have received from someone significant in their lives"-- Provided by publisher.

Thrill me : essays on fiction

January 20, 2017
Percy, Benjamin, author.
174 pages ; 21 cm
"In fifteen essays that challenge the notion that literary and genre fiction are mutually exclusive, the author turns to Cormac McCarthy, Ursula K. Le Guin, Stephen King, and others to discover how contemporary writers engage plot, character, dialogue, and suspense"--Page [4] of cover.
Thrill me -- Urgency -- Set pieces: staging the iconic scene -- There will be blood: writing violence -- Making the extraordinary ordinary -- Designing suspense -- Don't look back -- Modulation: the art of reversal -- Sounds like writing -- Move mountains: activating setting -- Feckless pondering -- Get a job -- Consider the orange: meaningful repetition -- Home improvement: revision as renovation -- Go the distance.

Around the way girls 10

January 19, 2017
410 pages ; 21 cm
Not with my man / Ms. Michel Moore -- The ultimate revenge / Marlon P.S. White -- Cutthroat divas / Racquel Williams.
Depressed Katara tries suicide, but winds up with a worse fate; abused Shay vows never to be hurt again; and three women, Ajanay, Sheika, and London, try to use their bodies to escape from one of Richmonds most ruthless housing projects.

Beryl Bainbridge : love by all sorts of means : a biography

January 18, 2017
King, Brendan, author.
ix, 564 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The first biography of one of the most-loved English novelists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Origins of the universe and what it all means

January 18, 2017
Firstman, Carole, 1964- author.
Ann Arbor, MI : Dzanc Books, [2016]
270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Light, time, Earth -- Scorpions, snakes -- Sitting-up mud -- Starry nights -- Songbirds -- The face of perfection -- Presence.
Carole Firstman traces her strained relationship with her eccentric and distant father, a gifted biology professor whose research on scorpions may have contributed to the evolutionary theories of Stephen Jay Gould. Through unexpected forms--from footnotes and diagrams to startling love letters and Saturday morning cartoons--Firstman struggles to reconnect with her estranged father and redefine herself as both a grown woman and a daughter. Part travel narrative, part cultural commentary, this genre-bending memoir contemplates the nature of parent-child relationships, the evolution of life on Earth, and origins both physical and metaphysical.

Four weddings and a sixpence : an anthology

January 17, 2017
407 pages ; 17 cm
"AvonBooks historical romance"--Spine.
Something old / Julia Quinn -- Something new / Stefanie Sloane -- Something borrowed / Elizabeth Boyle -- Something blue / Laura Lee Guhrke -- And a sixpence in her shoe / Julia Quinn.
Four friends from Mrs. Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings.

Idols and underdogs : an anthology of Latin American football fiction

January 6, 2017
293 pages : map ; 20 cm
Translation of: Por amor a la pelota : once cracks de la ficción futbolera.
"Eleven stories, one from each country in the South American World Cup qualifying group, plus Mexico (following the precedent set by the Copa América)."--page [4] of cover.
Foreword / Rodge Glass -- Prologue / Shawn Stein and Nicolás Campisi -- Argentina. Team spirit (La camaraderia del deporte) / Selva Almada -- Bolivia. Just like life (Como la vida misma) / Edmundo Paz Soldán -- Brazil. In the mouth of the tunnel (En la boca del túnel (Na boca do túnel)) / Sérgio Sant'Anna -- Chile. Just another dude (Un huevón más) / Roberto Fuentes -- Colombia. Cucho (El cucho) / Ricardo Silva Romero -- Ecuador. The idol (El ídolo) / José Hidalgo Pallares -- México. The ghost on the edge (El extremo fantasma) / Juan Villoro -- Paraguay. Football Inc. (Fútbol S.A.) / Javier Viveros -- Perú. Where the spiders nest (Donde anidan las arañas) / Sergio Galarza -- Uruguay. The final penalty (El último penal) / Carlos Abin -- Venezuela. Losers' afternoon (Tarde de perdedores) / Miguel Hidalgo Prince -- Credits.

Vanity fair's writers on writers

January 6, 2017
viii, 424 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction / by David Friend -- One Vanity Fair contrarian fondly recalls another. Dorothy Parker / by Christopher Hitchens -- On poets. W. H. Auden / by Joseph Brodsky -- E. E. Cummings / by Susan Cheever -- Marianne Moore / by Elizabeth Bishop -- On literary lions. Eudora Welty / by Willie Morris -- Reynolds Price / by Anne Tyler -- Saul Bellow / by Martin Amis -- Jack Kerouac / by James Wolcott -- Truman Capote / by Sam Kashner -- Norman Mailer / by Patricia Bosworth -- Ernest Hemingway / by A. Scott Berg -- Tom Wolfe / by Michael Lewis -- Distant shores. Paul Bowles / by Jay McInerney -- Gabriel García Márquez / by Paul Elie -- Primo Levi / by James Atlas -- Naguib Mahfouz / by Christopher Dickey -- Salman Rushdie / by Martin Amis -- Short takes. Willa Cather / by Truman Capote -- James Baldwin / by Jacqueline Woodson -- Roger Straus / by Tom Wolfe -- Ward Just / by David Halberstam -- Toni Morrison / by John Leonard -- Ishmael Beah / by Dave Eggers -- Robert Harris / by Nick Hornby -- Judy Blume / by Meg Wolitzer -- Wole Soyinka / by Nadine Gordimer -- Sonny Mehta / by Dave Eggers -- Christopher Hitchens / by Salman Rushdie -- A family affair. Joan Didion / by Lili Anolik -- John Gregory Dunne / by Dominick Dunne -- Dominick Dunne / by Mike Hogan -- Behind the best-sellers. Josephine Tey / by Francis Wheen -- Grace Metalious / by Michael Callahan -- Mary McCarthy / by Laura Jacobs -- Jacqueline Susann / by Amy Fine Collins -- Cormac McCarthy / by Richard B. Woodward -- Stieg Larsson / by Christopher Hitchens -- James Patterson / by Todd S. Purdum -- Donna Tartt / by Evgenia Peretz -- Memoir. Bosom Buddies / by Laura Z. Hobson -- His Jewish question / by Arthur Miller -- Darkness visible / by William Styron -- A final tale. Kay Thompson / by Marie Brenner.
Offers essays from Vanity Fair writers on specific authors, explaining their influence on other writers and the culture at large.

The art of Beatrix Potter : sketches, paintings, and illustrations

January 5, 2017
Zach, Emily, author.
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books LLC, [2016]
255 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Beatrix Potter's artistic spell / Steven Heller -- Observation and imagination / Linda Lear -- A sense of place: the art and geography of Beatrix Potter -- Becoming Beatrix Potter -- London and the South Coast -- Scotland -- The Lake District -- Wales and beyond -- An illustrator's world / Eleanor Taylor.
An intimate glimpse into Potter's private world and the places that inspired her stories. She found must of her inspiration in her surroundings, and Zach takes readers on a visual tour of the areas in the British Isles that most influenced her work. The work includes early sketches as well as photos of Potter's family and household items that inspired her.

How bad writing destroyed the world : Ayn Rand and the literary origins of the financial crisis

January 4, 2017
Weiner, Adam, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
250 pages ; 20 cm
Introduction: on the dubious virtue of selfishness -- Radicalizing Dostoevsky -- "The most atrocious work of Russian literature" -- Dostoevsky reborn -- Rigor "mortus" or waiting for Rakhmetov -- Fire in the minds of men -- Rakhmetov lives! -- The vengeance of the muse -- In the graveyard of bad ideas.

In sunlight or in shadow : stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper

December 29, 2016
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
ix, 278 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Each story is illustrated with a full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it.
Girlie show / Megan Abbott -- The story of Caroline / Jill D. Block -- Soir Bleu / Robert Olen Butler -- The truth about what happened / Lee Child -- Rooms by the sea / Nicholas Christopher -- Nighthawks / Michael Connelly -- The incident of 10 November / Jeffery Deaver -- Taking care of business / Craig Ferguson -- The music room / Stephen King -- The projectionist / Joe R. Lansdale -- The preacher collects / Gail Levin -- Office at night / Warren Moore -- The woman in the window / Joyce Carol Oates -- Still life 1931 / Kris Nelscott -- Night windows / Jonathan Santlofer -- A woman in the sun / Justin Scott -- Autumn at the automat / Lawrence Block.
"A newly commissioned anthology of seventeen superbly crafted stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper"--Dust jacket.

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