New Arrivals · Literature

March 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Tales of the marvellous and news of the strange

March 26, 2015
London : Penguin Classics, 2014.
xliii, 447 pages ; 24 cm
"The first English translation of a Medieval Arab fantasy collection"--Cover.

Poetry notebook : reflections on the intensity of language

March 25, 2015
James, Clive, 1939-
xviii, 238 pages ; 22 cm

Figures of fear

March 25, 2015
Masterton, Graham, author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
vi, 199 pages ; 23 cm.
From the beginning of history, men and women have been haunted by figures of fear--and now, in his latest short story collection, award-winning horror writer Graham Masterton reveals the figures that haunt his own imagination and keep him awake at night. Figures of Fear presents eleven stories, introduction eleven new evils, guaranteed to unsettle and disturb. Meet the little girl whose mother is keeping something important from her, with fearful results...Tremble at the artist who can see the future and prevent it, at a price...Beware of the dark, and the evil that lurks within it...Tremble, and hide, at the sound of the jingle-bells...Do figures of fear really bring bad luck? Or are they nothing more than stories? Only you can figure out how fearful you are...

Things I'll never say : stories about our secret selves

March 20, 2015
xii, 306 pages ; 20 cm
The we-are-like-everybody-else game / Ellen Wittlinger -- Cupid's beaux / Cynthia Leitich Smith -- Partial reinforcement / Kerry Cohen -- When we were wild / Louise Hawes -- Lucky buoy / Chris Lynch -- For a moment, underground / Kekla Magoon -- Storm clouds fleeing from the wind / Zoë Marriott -- Choices / Mary Ann Rodman -- Quick change / E.M. Kokie -- Call me! / Ron Koertge -- A crossroads / J.L. Powers -- Little Wolf and the iron pin / Katy Moran -- Three-four time / Erica L. Kaufman -- We were together / Ann Angel -- A thousand words / Varian Johnson.

Tim O'Brien

March 19, 2015
xii, 313 pages ; 24 cm.
Edition statement supplied by publisher.
On Tim O'Brien / Patrick A. Smith -- Biography of Tim O'Brien / Deric G. Sallas -- My heroes can't always be cowboys : the influence of popular culture in The nuclear age / Reita K. Gorman -- Tim O'Brien : a critical overview / Susan Farrell -- Critical pluralism and interpretation(s) of Tim O'Brien's The things they carried / Robert C. Evans -- Tim O'Brien, Ernest Hemingway, and the short story cycle tradition / Stefania Ciocia -- "Medals! Medals! Eveyone's got medals" : chasing the elusive Silver Star in the works of Tim O'Brien / Catherine Calloway -- Taking the moral plunge : surface and depth in Tim O'Brien's novels / Kathleen M. Puhr -- "The man" and the moon : black power, 1968, and Going after Cacciato / Brad E. Lucas -- The ultimate war story : losing it in Going after Cacciato / Michael Zeitlin -- Insanity and the problem of meaning in The nuclear age / Derek C. Maus -- "Just listen" : witnessing trauma in Tim O'Brien's The things they carried / Susan Farrell -- Tim O'Brien's The things they carried : initial reception and detailed analysis / Robert E. Evans -- Tim O'Brien's In the lake of the woods : Walden gone west, wild, and wrong / Owen W. Gilman, Jr. -- Post cards and mirrors : fragmenting the retrospective Vietnam narrative : Bobbie Ann Mason's In country and Tim O'Brien's In the lake of the woods / D. Quentin Miller -- "Proof of the loop" : patterns of habitual denial in Tim O'Brien's In the lake of the woods and Don DeLillo's Libra / Tim Engles.
This collection of critical essays on American writer Tim O'Brien includes a brief biography and a chronology of the author's life.

Those who write for immortality : romantic reputations and the dream of everlasting fame

March 16, 2015
Jackson, H. J.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2015]
xiv, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The fame tradition -- An heroic model of authorship -- The stigma of popularity -- Interlude -- What about merit? -- Raising the unread -- Conclusion.
"This book offers a fresh look at fame and a fresh way of thinking about both literary fame and literary history" -- Provided by publisher.

The musical brain & other stories

March 16, 2015
Aira, César, 1949- author.
New York : New Directions, [2015]
351 pages ; 19 cm
A brick wall -- Picasso -- Athena magazine -- The dog -- In the café -- God's tea party -- The musical brain -- A thousand drops -- The all that plows through the nothing -- The ovenbird -- The cart -- Poverty -- The topiary bears of parque arauco -- The criminal and the cartoonist -- The infinite -- No witness -- The spy -- The two men -- Acts of charity -- Cecil Taylor.

What comes next and how to like it : a memoir

March 16, 2015
Thomas, Abigail, author.
New York : Scribner, 2015.
224 pages ; 22 cm

Ten windows : how great poems transform the world

March 11, 2015
Hirshfield, Jane, 1953-
New York : Knopf, 2015.
viii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
"A collection of ten essays by the poet Jane Hirshfield, about reading and understanding poetry, and about the power of poetry"-- Provided by publisher.

The doll collection

March 5, 2015
New York : Tor, 2015.
351 pages ; illustrations ; 25 cm
"Seventeen brand-new tales of dolls from Jeffrey Ford, Seanan McGuire, Joyce Carol Oats, Carrie Vaughn, and many others"--Cover.
Skin and bone / by Tim Lebbon -- Heroes and villians / by Stephen Gallager -- The doll-master / by Joyce Carol Oates -- Gaze / by Gemma Files -- In case of zebras / by Pat Cadigan -- There is no place for sorrow in the kingdom of the cold / by Seanan McGuire -- Goodness and kindness / by Carrie Vaughn -- Daniel's theory about dolls / by Stephen Graham Jones -- After and back before / by Miranda Siemienowicz -- Doctor Faustus / by Mary Robinette Kowal -- Doll court / by Richard Bowes -- Visit lovely Cornwall on the Western Railway Line / by Genevieve Valentine -- Ambitious boys like you / by Richard Kadrey -- Miss Sibyl-Cassandra / by Lucy Sussex -- The permanent collection / by Veronica Schanoes -- Homemade monsters / by John Langan -- Word doll / by Jeffrey Ford.
Dolls, puppets, and other human simulacra are objects of fear and wonder in this eclectic anthology of 17 original stories that Ellen Datlow selected for their ability to "mine the uncanniness of dolls for all its worth." Accompanying photos of dolls and their parts intensify the eeriness of these works, which easily transcend their familiar theme.

Life of a counterfeiter : and other stories

March 4, 2015
Inoue, Yasushi, 1907-1991, author.
London : Pushkin Press, 2014.
140 pages ; 16 cm
Translated from the Japanese.

Bookmarked : reading my way from Hollywood to Brooklyn

March 4, 2015
Fairey, Wendy W.
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2015.
279 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reading group discussion questions.
From Orphan to Immigrant -- David Copperfield -- Jane Eyre and Becky Sharp -- Daniel Deronda -- Isabel Archer and Tess of the d'Urbervilles -- The Odd Women and Howards End -- To the Lighthouse -- A Passage to India and Beyond -- Postscripts.
"Wendy W. Fairey grew up among books. Her mother, the famous Hollywood columnist Sheilah Graham, was F. Scott Fitzgerald's last love--he died in her living room in 1940. As part of a 'College of One' education, Fitzgerald would bring Graham literary classics from Charles Dickens to William Thackeray, Virginia Woolf, and Henry James. The protagonists of these books later became Fairey's intimates. Leaving her glamorous Hollywood world as a young girl, Fairey entered the English landscape of David Copperfield, whose sensibility and aspirations she intimately shared, not least because both suffered a terrible stepfather. Her many affinities with David squired her to adulthood, when she became an English professor and eventually a college dean. This memoir is the author's literary journey through the classic British novels of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Besides David Copperfield, her traveling companions include Daniel Deronda, the hero of George Eliot's last novel, as well as its heroine, Gwendolyn Harleth, whose suffering resembled the author's own in her stressed marriage. Both characters become important presences, and like Daniel, Fairey learned late in life of her Jewish ancestry. Other fictional companions, including Jane Eyre, Mrs. Ramsay (Virginia Woolf), Tess (Thomas Hardy), and Isabel (Henry James), weave in and out, helping her understand her own identity and trajectory. In this inspiring book, Fairey shows how great literature is and can be forever an inspiration, a companion, and a guide to living"-- Provided by publisher.

Goldeneye : where Bond was born : Ian Fleming's Jamaica

March 4, 2015
Parker, Matthew, author.
387 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm

The time traveler's almanac

March 3, 2015
New York : Tor, 2014.
xii, 948 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Head of Zeus, 2013.
Introduction / Rian Johnson -- Top Ten Tips for Time Travelers / Charles Yu -- Experiments. -- Death Ship / Richard Matheson -- Ripples in the Dirac Sea / Geoffrey Landis -- Needle in a Timestack / Robert Silverberg -- Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea / Ursula K. LeGuin -- Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters / Alice Sola Kim -- How the Future Got Better / Eric Schaller -- Pale Roses / Michael Moorcock -- The Gernsback Continuum / William Gibson -- The Threads of Time / C.J. Cherryh -- Triceratops Summer / Michael Swanwick -- The Most Important Thing in the World / Steve Bein -- Himself in Anachron / Cordwainer Smith -- The Time Machine / H.G. Wells -- Young Zaphod Plays It Safe / Douglas Adams -- Time Travel in Theory and Practice / Stan Love -- Reactionaries and Revolutionaries. -- A Sound of Thunder / Ray Bradbury -- Vintage Season / Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore -- Thirty Seconds From Now / John Chu -- Forty, Counting Down / Harry Turtledove -- The Final Days / David Langford -- Fire Watch / Connie Willis -- Noble Mold / Kage Baker -- Under Siege / George R.R. Martin -- Where or When / Steve Utley -- Time Gypsy / Ellen Klages -- On the Watchtower at Plataea / Garry Kilworth -- Alexia and Graham Bell / Rosaleen Love -- A Night on the Barbary Coast / Kage Baker -- This Tragic Glass / Elizabeth Bear -- The Gulf of the Years / George-Olivier Châteaureynaud -- Enoch Soames : a memory of the eighteen-nineties / Max Beerbohn -- Trousseau, Fashion for Time Travelers / Genevieve Valentine -- Mazes and Traps. -- The Clock That Went Backwards / Edward Page Mitchell -- Yesterday Was Monday / Theodore Sturgeon -- Is There Anybody There? / Kim Newman -- Fish Night / Joe Lansdale -- The Lost Pilgrim / Gene Wolfe -- Palindromic / Peter Crowther -- Augusta Prima / Karin Tidbeck -- Life Trap / Barrington J. Bayley -- The Lost Continent / Greg Egan -- The Mouse Ran Down / Adrian Tchaikovsky -- The Great Clock / Langdon Jones -- Traveller's Rest / David Masson -- Delhi / Vandana Singh -- Come-From-Aways / Tony Pi -- Terminós / Dean Francis Alfar -- The Weed of Time / Norman Spinrad -- The Waitabits / Eric Frank Russell -- Music for Time Travelers / Jason Heller -- Communiqués. -- What If / Isaac Asimov -- As Time Goes By / Tanith Lee -- At Dorado / Geoffrey Landis -- 3 RMS, Good View / Karen Haber -- Twenty-One, Counting Up / Harry Turtledove -- The House that Made the Sixteen Loops of Time / Tamsyn Muir -- Against the Lafayette Escadrille / Gene Wolfe -- Swing Time / Carrie Vaughn -- The Mask of the Rex / Richard Bowes -- Message in a Bottle / Nalo Hopkinson -- The Time Telephone / Adam Roberts -- Red Letter Day / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- Domine / Rjurik Davidson -- In The Tube / E.F. Benson -- Bad Timing / Molly Brown -- If Ever I Should Leave You / Pamela Sargent -- Palimpsest / Charlie Stross.
"The Time Traveler's Almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century's worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations.This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, H. G. Wells, and Connie Willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume (such as Charles Yu's "Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers"). In fact, this book is like a time machine of its very own, covering millions of years of Earth's history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveler's Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life"-- Provided by publisher.

Phantasm Japan : fantasies light and dark, from and about Japan

March 2, 2015
San Francisco : Haikasoru, [2014]
347 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Introduction: the eight millionth and first spirit / Nick Mamatas -- Foreword / Masumi Washington -- A tale of Japan: in his wake / Zachary Mason -- Shikata ga nai: the bag lady's tale / Gary A. Braunbeck -- Scissors or claws, and holes / Yusaku Kitano -- Her last appearance / Lauren Naturale -- He dreads the cold / James A. Moore -- A tale of Japan: a successful ruse / Zachary Mason -- Girl, I love you / Nadia Bulkin -- The last packet of tea / Quentin S. Crisp -- The parrot stone / Seia Tanabe -- Kamigakari / Jacqueline Koyanagi -- A tale of Japan: the true Bodhisattva / Zachary Mason -- From the nothing, with love / Project Itoh -- Those who hunt monster hunters / Tim Pratt -- Inari updates the map of rice fields / Alex Dally MacFarlane -- The street of fruiting bodies / Sayuri Ueda -- A tale of Japan: mesalliance / Zachary Mason -- Chiyoko / Miyuki Miyabe -- Ningyo / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- Thirty-eight observations on the nature of the self / Joseph Tomaras -- Sisyphean / Dempow Torishima -- A tale of Japan: Tengu of the wood / Zachary Mason.
"From the editors of the acclaimed science fiction anthology The Future Is Japanese comes Phantasm Japan, which collects new stories--from the best Western and Japanese fantasists--that explore new worlds, ancient worlds, and this world"-- Provided by publisher.

Old Venus

February 26, 2015
New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
xvii, 586 pages ; 25 cm
"This original anthology of all-new stories harkens back to the Golden Age of SF, when science fiction was filled with tales from our own solar system, at a time when no one knew what lay on the surface of our nearest galactic neighbors and speculation ran rampant. And though that old solar system was "disproved" in the 1960s, when space probes showed that the real worlds were very different from those of our imaginations, these linked anthologies take us back to the time when it still seemed possible that Mars was home to dying civilizations, and Venus was a steamy, swampy jungle world, with strange creatures lurking amidst the lush vegetation. "-- Provided by publisher.

The life of William Makepeace Thackeray

February 25, 2015
Melville, Lewis, 1874-1932.
London : Hutchinson & Co., 1899.
2 volumes : illustrations, plates ; 22 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in red morocco and inlaid marbled trapezoidal pattern, with spine stamped in gold, top edge gilt, and fancy marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Sylvia J. Thomson. Label of Stewart Kidd booksellers, stationers, engravers, Cincinnati. Printed by Hazell, Watson, and Viney, LD., London and Aylesbury.

The works of William Makepeace Thackeray.

February 20, 2015
Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1869.
22 volumes : illustrations ; 22 cm
With special title-pages, dated 1867-69.
Bound in rose and gray covers, gold stamped spine titles, gilt edge top edge.
v. 16. Burlesques: Novels by eminnet hands ; Jeames's diary ; Adventures of Major Gahagan ; A legend of the Rhine ; Rebecca and Rowena ; the history of the next French Revolution ; Cox's diary -- v. 17. Christmas books of Mr. M.A. Titmarsh ; Mrs. Perkins's ball ; Our street ; Dr. Birch ; Kicklebury's on the Rhine ; Rose and the ring -- v. 18. Ballads and tales -- v. 19. Four Georges: the English humourists of the eighteenth century -- v. 20. Roundabout papers (from the Cornhill magazine) to which is added The second funeral of Napoleon -- v. 21. Denis Duval: Lovel the widower and other stories -- v. 22. Catherine: a story ; Little travels ; The Fits-boodle papers, etc. etc.

My avant-garde education : a memoir

February 13, 2015
Cooper, Bernard, 1951-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
251 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
My avant-garde education -- Blank canvas -- Uses of the ghoulish -- Labyrinthine -- Something from nothing -- The insomniac manifesto.
In this lively memoir, art critic and writer Cooper retraces his youth, up to and including the period of his intellectual awakening during the heyday of conceptual art, and vividly recalls his experiences as a son, brother, student, and closeted young gay man. Alternately funny and touching, the book chronicles Cooper's adolescence in 1960s Los Angeles, including the moment he fell in love with pop art in his middle school library, and his young adulthood in New York, where he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as the years he spent studying under the likes of Allan Kaprow and the poet and visual artist Emmett Williams at CalArts. Throughout, Cooper draws interesting connections between his suppressed sexuality and the period's radical reexamination of the art object, observing, "The stronger and more tangible my longing for men, the more adamantly I crusaded for art's dematerialization." Offbeat characters and comic incidents richly animate Cooper's narrative, as do his recollections of compelling seminars and performance pieces at CalArts. Toward the end of the memoir, short chapters offer a glimpse into his career as an art critic and writer, as well as the losses he suffered during the AIDS epidemic. Readers interested in conceptualism will especially value these personal reflections during such a critical moment in the recent history of art.

Experiencing America's story through fiction : historical novels for grades 7-12

February 3, 2015
Crew, Hilary S., 1942- author.
Chicago : ALA Editions, An imprint of the American Library Association, 2014.
xii, 193 pages ; 23 cm
Colonization and settlement (1585-1759) -- Revolution and the New Nation (1760-1820s) -- Expansion and reform (1801-1870) -- The Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877) -- Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1899) -- Emergence of Modern America and World War I (1900-1928) -- The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945) -- Postwar United States (1945-1979) -- Contemporary America (1980-)
An annotated bibliography covering historical novels about the United States from the colonial period to the era of the Iraq War. Ideal for school librarians, history teachers, and public librarians working with youth. The titles were published between 2000 and 2013, and are appropriate for seventh to twelfth graders.

An Amish cradle

February 2, 2015
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
v, 387 pages ; 22 cm
"Four novellas"--Cover.
In His Father's Arms / Beth Wiseman -- A Son for Always / Amy Clipston -- A Heart Full of Love / Kathleen Fuller -- An Unexpected Blessing / Vannetta Chapman.

Screening room : family pictures

February 2, 2015
Lightman, Alan P., 1948-
New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
247 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 22 cm
The author of the international best-seller Einstein's Dreams returns home to Memphis in an attempt to rediscover his Southern roots and understand his grandfather, a domineering man whose movie-theater empire catapulted the family to prominence in the South.

How to be a heroine, or, what I've learned from reading too much

January 28, 2015
Ellis, Samantha, author.
264 pages ; 20 cm
"A Vintage Books original"--Title page verso.
"A young writer explores what some of the greatest women in literature have meant to her--and how these timeless characters still serve as a guide for the way we lead our lives"-- Provided by publisher.

The Great War and modern memory

January 28, 2015
Fussell, Paul, 1924-2012, author.
xvii, 414 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Previous edition: 2000.
"With a new introduction by Jay Winter"--Cover.
A satire of circumstance -- The troglodyte world -- Adversary proceedings -- Myth, ritual, and romance -- Oh what a literary war -- Theater of war -- Arcadian recourses -- Soldier boys -- Persistence and memory.

Christian writers' market guide.

January 27, 2015
San Juan Capistrano, CA : Joy Pub.,
v. ; 22 cm.
Vol. for 2009 includes 1 CD-ROM disc (4 3/4 in.).

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