These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
September 21, 2016
Bogost, Ian, author.
266 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Preface: Life is not a game -- 1. Everywhere, playgrounds -- 2. Ironoia, the mistrust of things -- 3. Fun isn't pleasure, it's novelty -- 4. Play is in things, not in you -- 5. From restraint to constraint -- 6. The pleasure of limits -- 7. The opposite of happiness -- Conclusion: Living with things.
Life is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we'd ever call fun. But what if we've gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety; transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities. The key to this playful mindset lies in discovering the secret truth of fun and games. Play Anything, reveals that games appeal to us not because they are fun, but because they set limitations. Soccer wouldn't be soccer if it wasn't composed of two teams of eleven players using only their feet, heads, and torsos to get a ball into a goal; Tetris wouldn't be Tetris without falling pieces in characteristic shapes. Such rules seem needless, arbitrary, and difficult. Yet it is the limitations that make games enjoyable, just like it's the hard things in life that give it meaning. Play is what happens when we accept these limitations, narrow our focus, and, consequently, have fun. Which is also how to live a good life. Manipulating a soccer ball into a goal is no different than treating ordinary circumstances- like grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and making PowerPoints-as sources for meaning and joy. We can "play anything" by filling our days with attention and discipline, devotion and love for the world as it really is, beyond our desires and fears. Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy, ancient poetry to modern consumerism, Bogost shows us how today's chaotic world can only be tamed-and enjoyed-when we first impose boundaries on ourselves"--Provided by publisher.
August 30, 2016
Klein, Emily, author.
New York : Scholastic, 2016.
48 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Bindi Irwin is an Australian conservationist, actress, television presenter, and the latest winner of Dancing with the Stars. She grew up on camera, appearing with her dad, Steve Irwin, on The Crocodile Hunter and winning a Daytime Emmy when she was only 9-years-old. Today, she and her family live and work at the Australia Zoo! Learn all about Bindi and her awesome animal friends in this book full of color photos and fun facts!
August 11, 2016
Clayton, Jace, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
274 pages ; 19 cm
Confessions of a DJ -- Auto-tune gives you a better me -- How music travels -- World music 2.0 -- Red Bull gives you wings -- Cut & paste --Tools -- Loops -- How to hold on? -- Active listening.
August 5, 2016
Greenman, Ben, author.
235 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discographies and indexes.
Introduction. Why songs mean everything if you let them -- Communication/Miscommunication -- Friendship/Self-interest -- Effort/Ease -- Like/Love -- Trust/Distrust -- Pain/Pleasure -- Distance/Nearness -- Sadness/Happiness -- Generosity/Selfishness -- Fear/Bravery -- One/None -- Optimism/Pessimism -- Stuff/Unstuff -- Sense/Nonsense -- Articulation/Inarticulation -- Up/Down -- Lies/Truth -- Text/Voice -- Secrets/Revelations -- Questions/Answers -- Attention/Inattention -- Location/Dislocation -- Originality/Imitation -- Cliché/Inspiration -- Loneliness/Company -- Childhood/Adulthood -- Novelty/Convention -- Craziness/Sanity -- Learning/Unlearning -- Publicity/Privacy -- Beginnings/Ends -- Silence/Conversation.
July 28, 2016
New York : Scribner, 2016.
viii, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Legacy -- Homegoing, AD / by Kima Jones -- The Weight / by Rachel Ghansah / Lonely in America / by Wendy S. Walters -- Where Do We Go from Here? / by Isabel Wilkerson -- "The Dear Pledges of Our Love": A Defense of Phillis Wheatley's Husband / Honoree Jeffers -- White Rage / by Carol Anderson -- Cracking the Code / by Jesmyn Ward -- Reckoning -- Queries of Unrest / by Clint Smith -- Blacker Than Thou / by Kevin Young -- Da Art of Storytellin' (a prequel) / by Kiese Laymon -- Black and Blue / by Garnette Cadogan -- The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning / by Claudia Rankine -- Know Your Rights! / by Emily Raboteau -- Composite Pops / by Mitchell Jackson -- Jubilee -- Theories of Time and Space / by Natasha Trethewey -- Love in the Time of Contradiction / by Daniel Jose Older -- Message to My Daughters / by Edwidge Danticat.
"National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time. In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin's 1962 "Letter to My Nephew," which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: "You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon." Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin's words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation's most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces, ten were written specifically for this volume. In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin's essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a "post-racial" society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront. Baldwin's "fire next time" is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about. Contributors include Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Garnette Cadogan, Edwidge Danticat, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Mitchell S. Jackson, Honoree Jeffers, Kima Jones, Kiese Laymon, Daniel Jose Older, Emily Raboteau, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Wendy S. Walters, Isabel Wilkerson, and Kevin Young"-- Provided by publisher.
June 29, 2016
Bloomington [Indiana] ; Indianapolis [Indiana] : Indiana University Press, 
x, 288 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction : American Shame and the Boundaries of Belonging / Myra Mendible -- Shame before the Law : Affects of Abortion Regulation / Karen Weingarten -- Sex, Shame, and the Single Life : Bond and the "Black Shirley Temple" / Daniel McNeil -- Neoliberal Crimmigration : The "Commonsense" Shaming of the Undocumented / Leah Perry -- The Look of Sovereignty : Style and Politics in the Young Lords / Frances Negrón-Muntaner -- Suicide as an Invocation of Shame in Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist / Renee Lee Gardner -- Fat, Shame, and the Disciplining Practices of Health Expertise / Meghan Griffin -- Citizenship at Odds : Disability, Liberalism, and the Shame of Interdependence / Noel Glover -- Shame and Shitting : Postfeminist Episodes in Contemporary Hollywood Films / Madeline Walker -- Distancing Maneuvers : Collective Shame in Iraq War Films / Mike Rancourt -- Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill, Shame, and the Rise of the "Slasher" Trope in Halloween / Anthony Carlton Cooke -- Shaming and Reclaiming Women's Sexuality through Cinematic Depictions of Masturbation / Megan Tagle Adams -- Dieting for the Sake of Art : Eleanor Antin, Rachel Rosenthal, and Faith Ringgold / Emily Newman.
"Examining shame through a prism of race, sexuality, ethnicity, and gender, these provocative essays offer a broader understanding of how America's discourse of shame helps to define its people as citizens, spectators, consumers, and moral actors."--Back cover.
June 13, 2016
Hanawalt, Lisa, author, illustrator.
Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2016.
172 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
"'Hot dog taste test' serves up [the author's] devastatingly funny comics, saliva-stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture"--Back cover.
June 10, 2016
Klosterman, Chuck, 1972- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, 
272 pages ; 22 cm
A brief examination as to why this book is hopeless (and a briefer examination as to why it might not be) -- A quaint and curious volume of (destined-to-be) forgotten lore -- But that's the way I like it, Baby. I don't want to live forever. -- "Merit" -- Burn thy witches -- The world that is not there -- Don't tell me what happens. I'm recording it. -- Sudden death (over time) -- The case against freedom -- But what if we're right? -- Only the penitent man shall pass.
"We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there's nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure--until, of course, they don't. "--Provided by publisher.
May 11, 2016
Pierpont, Claudia Roth.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The majority of essays were previously published in The New Yorker.
Introduction -- Cries and Whispers: Edith Wharton -- For Love and Money: F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Behind the Mask: Bert Williams and Stepin Fetchit -- Jazzbo: George Gershwin -- The Silver Spire: The Chrysler Building -- Tough Guy: Dashiell Hammett -- The Collector: Peggy Guggenheim -- Born For The Part: Katharine Hepburn -- The Player Kings: Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier -- Method Man: Marlon Brando -- Another Country: James Baldwin -- A Raised Voice: Nina Simone.
"Incisive biographical profiles of some of the most iconic American artists and creations of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.
May 3, 2016
Zeisler, Andi, 1972- author.
New York : PublicAffairs, 
xvi, 285 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Part One: The New Embrace -- 1 The Corridors of Empower -- 2 Heroine Addicts: Feminism and Hollywood -- 3 Do These Underpants Make Me Look Feminist? -- 4 The Golden Age of (Feminist) TV -- 5 Our Beyoncés, Ourselves: Celebrity Feminism -- Part Two: The Same Old Normal -- 6 Killer Waves -- 7 Empowering Down -- 8 The Rise of Big Woman -- 9 Creeping Beauty -- Epilogue: The End of Feel-Good Feminism -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
"A critical assessment of feminism today by the founding editor and creative director of Bitch magazine draws on the stories of institutions and everyday women to illuminate how feminism has been compromised by market forces, subversive politics and popular culture, sharing strategic recommendations for how to reverse marginalizing trends,"--NoveList.
April 12, 2016
Lang, J. Stephen.
Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, ©2011.
x, 356 pages ; 23 cm
March 21, 2016
Capella, Massimiliano, author.
207 pages : color illustrations ; 33 cm
"Since her first appearance on March 9, 1959 (making her a Pisces), Barbara Millicent Roberts, or Barbie, as she's most famously known, is and has been a trendsetter, global icon, and pop culture mainstay--for more than fifty years. Barbie has captured the imaginations of people across the globe, and remains the most coveted doll in history. She's is truly an icon. Barbie has broken cultural, social, and linguistic barriers, all while showcasing a fabulous fashion sense. Barbie has had close to 150 careers, represented over 40 different nationalities, and collaborated with more than 75 different fashion designers including the likes of Valentino, Versace, Dior, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, and Givenchy. She serves as an imitable idol to many, and is in countless ways more than just a doll; she is a true inspiration to people all around the world. This definitive collection of everything Barbie is organized into five categories: Barbie is fashion; Barbie's family; Dolls of the world; Barbie's careers; and Queen, diva and Celebrity, Barbie as global icon. Barbie: The Icon celebrates the impact Barbie has had on popular and high culture for three generations in every arena from style to fashion to careers, making her the voice of the contemporary woman, an enduring image of pop culture, and in many ways, a genuine living legend. A must-have for every Barbie aficionado, here is a trip down memory lane, and encyclopedia of possibility, and a wonderful resource--it's a reference not to be missed."--Jacket.
March 4, 2016
Hanley, Tim, author.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 
ix, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"A comprehensive history of the beloved comic book character"-- Provided by publisher.
February 18, 2016
Ross, Fiona, 1966-
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 
xi, 245 pages ; 23 cm.
February 18, 2016
Bendavid-Val, Leah, author.
Munich ; New York, NY : Prestel, 
251 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes photography from Maggie Steber, Alan Chin, Andrew Lichtenstein, Donna Ferrato, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Stanley Greene, Danny Wilcox Frazier, David Burnett, Darcy Padilla, Lucian Perkins.
Published in cooperation with the Library of Congress, this collection of images by the photography collective Facing Change tells the story of today's America.
February 3, 2016
Tokyo ; Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, 
159 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
A Geek in Thailand is a lighthearted look at Thailand from a young foreign visitor and resident's perspective. This alternative guide to Thailand offers a smart and concise take on Thai culture, entertainment, daily life--covering all the classics--but also revealing the path less traveled. In short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous, colorful photographs, it paints a revealing picture of Asia's most popular travel destination. A Geek in Thailand is for the holidaymakers who visit for two weeks every year and have a desire to learn about the culture, but are struggling to know where to begin. Sections on the food, drink, social scene, music, film and everyday Thai life are sure to appeal to them. It is also for those who wish to move to Thailand on a more permanent basis as it contains helpful information regarding purchasing property, setting up a company and applying for visas and work permits. Chapters on the Thai character and cultural dos and don'ts and faux pas will allow the reader to go beyond the Thai smile. Sections on politics, history, economy and the unique relationship between the Thai Nation, Religion and Monarchy will also be of interest to those who wish to delve into a deeper understanding of Thailand.
January 14, 2016
Apgar, Garry, author.
San Francisco, CA : The Walt Disney Family Foundation Press, 
336 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
January 13, 2016
Swartz, Aaron, 1986-2013.
vii, 359 pages ; 21 cm
Free Culture / introduction by Benjamin Mako Hill and Seth Schoen -- Computers / introduction by David Auerbach -- Politics / introduction by David Segal -- Media / introduction by Cory Doctorow -- Books and Culture / introduction by James Grimmelmann -- Unschool / introduction by Astra Taylor -- Epilogue.
"In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. His tragic suicide in 2013 at the age of twenty-six after being aggressively prosecuted for copyright infringement shocked the nation and the world. Here for the first time in print is revealed the quintessential Aaron Swartz: besides being a technical genius and a passionate activist, he was also an insightful, compelling, and cutting essayist. With a technical understanding of the Internet and of intellectual property law surpassing that of many seasoned professionals, he wrote thoughtfully and humorously about intellectual property, copyright, and the architecture of the Internet. He wrote as well about unexpected topics such as pop culture, politics both electoral and idealistic, dieting, and lifehacking. Including three in-depth and previously unpublished essays about education, governance, and cities,The Boy Who Could Change the World contains the life's work of one of the most original minds of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
December 29, 2015
New York, New York : Plume, 2015.
xv, 249 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Author's Note -- Unabrow -- What's Happening!!...to My Body? -- A Scar Is Born -- Death Becomes Me -- Sissy Fuss -- Late Bloomer -- Rules for Sitcom Living -- Achilles' Wheel : How I Learned to Drive -- Shopping for Godot -- Designer Impostor -- Free to Be Poo and Pee : A Guide to Public Restroom Usage for Classy Ladies -- Gullible's Travels -- Drinks on Me; No, Literally, on Me : Potential Pitfalls in the World of Potables -- Gratuitous Foodity -- Blank Canvass ; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Talk to Strangers (for a Total of Four Hours) -- I'm Not a Girl...Not Yet a Golden Girl -- You Betta Work : What RuPaul Failed to Teach Me About Career Choices -- I Love You Just the Way You Aren't -- How to Be a Perfect Parent in Five Easy Steps, or Never -- Book Club Cheat Sheet.
"The book June Cleaver would have written if she spent more time drinking and less time vacuuming. As a girl, Una LaMarche was as smart as she was awkward. She was blessed with a precocious intellect, a love of all things pop culture, and eyebrows bushier than Frida Kahlo's. Adversity made her stronger...and funnier. In UNABROW, Una shares the cringe-inducing lessons she's learned from a life as a late bloomer, including the seven deadly sins of DIY bangs, how not to make your own jorts, and how to handle pregnancy, plucking, and the rites of passage during which your own body is your worst frenemy"-- Provided by publisher.
December 21, 2015
Raterman, Bob, compiler.
[United States] : Bob Raterman, 
v, 167 pages ; 22 cm
"History, literature, movies & TV, science, pop culture, sports, geography & much more"--Cover.
Test your wits answering 2,500 trivia questions!
December 2, 2015
Brulez, Nicolas, author.
London : Mitchell Beazley, 2015.
247 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
November 23, 2015
Pugh, Megan, 1982- author.
xii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Cakewalk, America's first national dance -- Bill Robinson's dream -- Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers pick themselves up -- Agnes de Mille's square dance -- Paul Taylor's Bugle Boy -- Michael Jackson's moonwalk.
November 19, 2015
Bishop, Kyle William, 1973- author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 
x, 223 pages ; 23 cm.
Part one : Generic triad -- Part two : Beyond film -- Part three : Broader horizons.
"Zombies have become allegorical figures embodying cultural anxieties, but they also serve as models for concepts in economics, political theory, neuroscience, psychology, computer science and astronomy. This critical examination of the 21st century zombie phenomenon explores how and why the public imagination has been overrun by the undead horde"-- Provided by publisher.
November 6, 2015
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xvii, 414 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
"A very eden," -- "Three blocks of unusual," 1905/1950 -- "They all ended up on that blanket on the corner," 1951/1974 -- "It was like if you turned the lights on and all the roaches ran," 1977/1991 -- "The era of fear has had a long enough reign," 1992/1999.
November 2, 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio : Published by CityBeat
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Title from cover.
Copies in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room have original printed wrappers.