New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

August 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Becoming Maria : love and chaos in the South Bronx

August 25, 2015
Manzano, Sonia.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
262 pages : illustrations (black & white) ; 22 cm
"Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia's dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions"-- Provided by publisher.

The monkey on my back : a memoir : breaking a generational curse

August 24, 2015
Morgan, Debbi, 1956- author.
New York : Infinite Words, 2015.
418 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
A deeply personal memoir spanning three generations of women, this is the intimate autobiography of Emmy Award winning actress Debbi Morgan, best known as Angie Hubbard on the long-running soap opera All My Children.

Bonkers : my life in laughs

August 24, 2015
Saunders, Jennifer, author.
291 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (chiefly color) ; 20 cm.
Includes index.
First published: London: Viking, 2013.
A young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn. There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination.

Out on the wire : the storytelling secrets of the new masters of radio

August 21, 2015
Abel, Jessica, author.
xi, 226 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Go behind the scenes of seven of today's most popular narrative radio shows and podcasts, including This American Life and RadioLab, in graphic narrative. Every week, millions of devoted fans tune in to or download This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Planet Money, Snap Judgment, Serial, Invisibilia and other narrative radio shows. Using personal stories to breathe life into complex ideas and issues, these beloved programs help us to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. Each has a distinct style, but every one delivers stories that are brilliantly told and produced. Out on the Wire offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling--one that literally illustrates the making of a purely auditory medium. With the help of This American Life's Ira Glass, Jessica Abel, a cartoonist and devotee of narrative radio, uncovers just how radio producers construct narrative, spilling some juicy insider details. Jad Abumrad of RadioLab talks about chasing moments of awe with scientists, while Planet Money's Robert Smith lets us in on his slightly goofy strategy for putting interviewees at ease. And Abel reveals how mad--really mad--Ira Glass becomes when he receives edits from his colleagues. Informative and engaging, Out on the Wire demonstrates that narrative radio and podcasts are creating some of the most exciting and innovative storytelling available today.

Ziegfeld and his Follies : a biography of Broadway's greatest producer

August 13, 2015
Brideson, Cynthia, author.
Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, [2015]
516 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Anna and Flo ... and Lillian, 1867-1913 -- Billie and Flo ... and Marilyn, 1914-1923 -- The darkest hour of success, 1923-1932 -- The legacy of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., 1932-.

You're never weird on the Internet (almost) : a memoir

August 11, 2015
Day, Felicia, 1979- author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
x, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Why I'm weird -- What avatar should I be -- Jail bait -- Hollywood: not a meritocracy -- Quirky addiction = still an addiction -- The Guild: a ruthless beginning -- Web series: a DIY journey -- We made something! #lookit -- Convention fevah -- The deletion of myself -- #GamerGate and meeeeee! -- It' been real.
"From the online entertainment pioneer, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day, comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world."

The walk

August 11, 2015
Petit, Philippe, 1949- author.
xiv, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Originally published as: To reach the clouds : my high wire walk between the Twin Towers.
In 1974, 100,000 people on the ground watched 24-year-old high wire artist Petit make eight crossings between the World Trade Towers. In this visually and verbally stunning book, Petit tells for the first time the story of his walk, from conception and clandestine planning to the performance and its aftermath. 140 illustrations.

Diary of a Jackwagon

August 7, 2015
Hawkins, Tim, 1968-
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, [2015]
xiv, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Photographs from The Hunger Games

August 4, 2015
Palen, Tim, photographer.
New York, NY : Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. : Assouline Publishing, [2015]
259 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 34 cm
Introduction by Krista Smith -- The 74th Hunger Games -- The Quarter Quell -- The Mockingjay lives -- The Revolution.
In exclusive collaboration with Lionsgate, Assouline presents Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games. Compiled in one deluxe volume, Palen's portraits capture each character with striking intimacy and transform the high-octane adventure of the films into exquisite visual art. Through Palen's unique lens, characters become icons, immortalized as the beloved characters the world has embraced.

The art of Disney Pixar Inside Out

August 3, 2015
175 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 x 29 cm

Life on the Ramona coaster

August 3, 2015
Singer, Ramona, author.
New York, NY : Post Hill Press, [2015]
xiii, 208 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: a work in progress... -- 'Twas the night before Christmas -- Always let faith be your guide -- Fashion forward -- Previously, on The Real Housewives of New York City -- Look good, feel better, act your best -- Game, set, match -- What happened to happily ever after? -- Sliding doors.
"A candid, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the emotional, dynamic and often entertaining life of Ramona Singer, the spunky, tell-it-like-it-is reality star whose unfiltered personality viewers have adored through seven seasons of The Real Housewives of New York City. In this alternately heart-wrenching and hilarious memoir, Ramona offers readers a look at her dysfunctional childhood, her parents' abusive relationship, her inspiring journey of renewal, and opens up for the first time about the events surrounding the tragic collapse of her twenty-year marriage. Never before have her fans seen her so raw, introspective and honest."--provided from

Obsessed with Star Wars : test your knowledge of a galaxy far, far away

July 31, 2015
Harper, Benjamin, author.
319 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Originally published in hardcover with module in 2008 by Chronicle Books LLC"--Title page verso.
"2,500 questions"--Cover.
The Phantom Menace era -- Attack of the Clones era -- Revenge of the Sith era -- The Empire Strikes Back era -- Return of the Jedi era.

Dancing through life : [steps of courage and conviction]

July 30, 2015
Cameron-Bure, Candace, 1976- author.
ix, 195 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Candace Cameron Bure has grown up before our eyes and we've watched as she's balanced life in Hollywood with her faith for many years. But that all reached new heights when she was given the opportunity to join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Being on the show was one of her dreams come true; and with that dream came the opportunity to display her Christian faith in front of millions of people, through an intense season of stretching beyond her limits, and to run the race God gave her with joy and perseverance.

The ballet lover's companion

July 27, 2015
Anderson, Zoe.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
xiv, 370 pages ; 25 cm
Ballet's beginnings -- The Romantic ballet -- Imperial ballet -- The Ballets Ruses and after -- National ballets -- Soviet ballet -- The ballet room -- International ballet: crossing boundaries.
"This engaging book is a welcome guide to the most successful and loved ballets seen on the stage today. Dance writer and critic Zoe Anderson focuses on 140 ballets, a core international repertory that encompasses works from the ethereal world of romantic ballet to the edgy, muscular works of modern choreographers. She provides a wealth of facts and insights, including information familiar only to dance world insiders, and considers such recent works as Alexei Ramansky's Shostakovich Trilogy and Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale as well as older ballets once forgotten but now returned to the repertory, such as Sylvia. To enhance enjoyment of each ballet, Anderson also offers tips on what to look for during a performance. Each chapter introduces a period of ballet history and provides an overview of innovations and advancement in the art form. In the individual entries that follow, Anderson includes essential facts about each ballet's themes, plot, composers, choreographers, dance style, and music. The author also addresses the circumstances of each ballet's creation and its effect in the theater, and she recounts anecdotes that illuminate performance history and reception. Reliable, accessible, and fully up to date, this book will delight anyone who attends the ballet, participates in ballet, or simply loves ballet and wants to know much more about it."--Publisher description.

You won't believe it : an autobiography

July 21, 2015
Moore, Thurston, 1926-
512 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm + 2 audio discs (4 3/4 in.) and 1 videodisc (4 3/4 in.).
Title from book jacket and spine.
"Thanks to Dale and Marion Carrison for editing the book, and to Dean Dowell for putting it all together"--Unnumbered introductory page.
Disc 1. "Here for you" / lyrics by Hollis Summers ; music by Thurston Moore (CD) -- disc 2. Tennessee Players Highlights. 1. Evening of entertainment, WDCN, Nashville, Tenn., August 28, 1988; grand finale of Fall fund campaign ; 2. Lincoln & the Civil War highlights, featuring Georgianna as Mary Todd Lincoln -- disc 3. The Theatre scene highlights, volume 4, host: Georgianna: Meredith Wilson's The Music Man.
"Thurston Moore has had a multi-faceted life of 87 years--from a newsboy to the President of Tennessee Players, Inc., a non-profit performing arts organization, founded in 1987, by him and his late wife, Georgianna. Many chapters have opened and closed. Their Multimedia Musical Dramatization, Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach, has been presented in more than 150 churches and schools, including a presentation at The Washington National Cathedral. When it was presented at the Holy Trinity Church in New York City in 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued a proclamation for Albert Schweitzer Day, and said "Further establishes the Tennessee Players' reputation as one of the nation's most innovative and conscientious arts organizations." In 2000 Moore conceived and produced a landmark 16-day international peace event, Symposium 2000-- World Peace Through Reverence for Life, sponsored by Vanderbilt University, which drew worldwide attention. In 2002 he delivered the Keynote Address at the International Conference on Universal Harmony through Reverence for Life, in New Delhi, India. Moore has enjoyed success in many careers and has rubbed elbows with countless personalities... For 25 years Moore published many books in country music...including the coveted Country Music Who's Who... In 136 chapters, readers will find many fascinating stories."--Book jacket.

My first hundred years in show business

July 20, 2015
Wilson, Mary Louise.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2015.
219 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Mary Louise Wilson became a star at age sixty with her smash one-woman play, Full Gallop, portraying legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. But before and since, her life and her career--including the Tony Award for her portrayal of Big Edie in Grey Gardens--have been enviably celebrated and varied. Raised in New Orleans with a social climbing, alcoholic mother, Mary Louise moved to New York City in the late 1950s; lived with her gay brother in the Village; entered the nightclub scene in a legendary review; and rubbed shoulders with every famous person of that era and since. My First Hundred Years in Show Business gets it all down. Yet as delicious as the anecdotes are, the heart of this book is in its unblinkingly honest depiction of the life of a working actor. In her inimitable voice--wry, admirably unsentimental, mordantly funny--Mary Louise Wilson has crafted a work that is at once a teeming social history of the New York theatre scene and a thoroughly revealing, superbly entertaining memoir of the life of an extraordinary woman and actor"-- Provided by publisher.

Seinfeld FAQ : everything left to know about the show about nothing

July 9, 2015
Nigro, Nicholas J., author.
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theater & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, 2015.
viii, 385 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Acknowledgments -- Part I: In the Beginning -- Part II: The Core Four -- Part III: Supporting Characters and Actors -- Part IV: A World of Its Own -- Part V: The Episodes -- Part VI: The Legacy -- Appendix A: Episode Chronology -- Appendix B: Characters in Seinfeld Land -- Appendix C: Awards -- Appendix D: The Seinfeld Production Team -- Selected Bibliography -- Index.
"Is it a show about nothing or one of the greatest TV series of all time? It's both, of course! Seinfeld 's impact on popular culture was so profound that it continues to this day-years after it left prime time-thanks to its inimitable characters (Newman! Bubble Boy!), its wacky, memorable plots (who can forget "The Contest" or "The Puffy Shirt"?), and the many catchphrases we use regularly (not that there's anything wrong with that). Seinfeld FAQ is the first-ever comprehensive guide to the sitcom, tracing its path from modest beginnings to water-cooler-show status and to its infamous, love-it-or-hate-it finale. This humor-filled reference tells all about Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer, as well as the other unforgettable characters in their world. It features season-by-season episode reviews and a wealth of fun facts about everything from the characters' inevitably doomed relationships to their food obsessions and fashion sense (or lack thereof) as well as profiles of actors and other notables. Broad in scope and yet obsessed with detail (like the show itself), this FAQ is essential reading for anyone who wants to be master of the Seinfeld domain,"

Invisible girl

July 9, 2015
Hemingway, Mariel, author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2015.
148 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"What is it like to be a teen with depressed addicts for parents, a mentally ill sister, and a grandfather who killed himself? In this moving, compelling diary, Mariel Hemingway writes as her teen self to share her pain, heartache, and coping strategies with young readers."--Provided by publisher.

As if! : the oral history of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling, the cast, and the crew

July 9, 2015
Chaney, Jen
[New York] : Touchstone Books 2015.
xiii, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Will we ever get tired of watching Cher navigate Beverly Hills high school and discover true love in the movie Clueless? As if! Written by Amy Heckerling and starring Alicia Silverstone, Clueless is an enduring comedy classic that remains one of the most streamed movies on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes even twenty years after its release. Inspired by Jane Austen's Emma, Clueless is an everlasting pop culture staple. In the first book of its kind, Jen Chaney has compiled an oral history of the making of this iconic film using recollections and insights collected from key cast and crew members involved in the making of this endlessly quotable, ahead-of-its-time production. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Emma influenced Heckerling to write the script, how the stars were cast into each of their roles, what was involved in creating the costumes, sets, and soundtrack, and much more" -- provided by publisher.

Playing scared : a history and memoir of stage fright

June 25, 2015
Solovitch, Sara, 1953-
New York : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015.
272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Stage fright is one of the human psyche's deepest fears. Laurence Olivier learned to adapt to it, as have actors Salma Hayek and Hugh Grant. Musicians such as George Harrison and Adele have battled it and learned to cope. Others never do: In 1973, Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star pitcher Steve Blass suddenly could no longer find the strike zone; his career ended soon after. Surveys in the United States repeatedly rank public speaking as one of the top fears, affecting up to 74 percent of people. Sara Solovitch studied piano as a young child and fell in love with music. At ten, she played Bach and Mozart in her hometown's annual music festival, but was overwhelmed by fear. As a teen, she attended Eastman School of Music, where stage fright led her to give up aspirations of becoming a professional pianist. In her late fifties, Sara gave herself a one-year deadline to tame performance anxiety and play before an audience. She resumed music lessons, while exploring meditation, exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, biofeedback, beta blockers, and other remedies. She performed in airports, hospitals, and retirement homes before renting a public hall and performing for fifty guests on her sixtieth birthday. Using her own journey as inspiration, Solovitch has written a thoughtful and insightful examination of the myriad causes of stage fright and the equally diverse ways to overcome it, and a tribute to pursuing personal growth at any age"-- Provided by publisher.

Getting real

June 25, 2015
Carlson, Gretchen, 1966- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm.
Speaking my mind -- "Sparkles" -- Little girl in a big orchestra -- Seize the day -- Becoming Miss America -- American womanhood 101 -- The work I love -- Kindred spirits -- My miracle family -- Woman in the middle -- To whom much is given -- The music of my life.
"A candid, funny memoir from the charismatic FOX News channel anchor and Miss America Pageant winner Celebrity news anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaways for women (and men) about what it means to strive for and find success in the real world. With warmth and wit, she takes readers from her Minnesota childhood, where she became a violin prodigy, through college at Stanford and her in-the-trenches years as a cub reporter on local television stations before becoming a national news reporter. She describes her rise to anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on FOX News channel as a testament to personal strength and perseverance. Carlson addresses the intense competitive effort of winning the Miss America Pageant, the challenges she's faced as a woman in broadcast television, and how she manages to balance work and family as the wife of high-profile sports agent Casey Close and devoted mother to their two children. An unceasing advocate for respect and equality for women, Carlson writes openly about her own struggles with body image, pageant stereotypes, building her career, and having the courage to speak her mind. She encourages women to strive for their goals, never give up, and always believe in themselves. In Getting Real, Carlson emerges as a living example of a woman not afraid to chase her dreams and embrace life fully"-- Provided by publisher.

Great Shakespeare actors : Burbage to Branagh

June 25, 2015
Wells, Stanley, 1930- author.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xiv, 308 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Keepers : the greatest films-and personal favorites-of a moviegoing lifetime

June 19, 2015
Schickel, Richard.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015]
vii, 304 pages ; 25 cm

We don't need roads : the making of the Back to the future trilogy

June 19, 2015
Gaines, Caseen, 1986-
New York, New York : Plume, 2015.
xvii, 268 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the wildly successful and beloved Back to the Future trilogy, just in time for the 30th anniversary. Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis, and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale, worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a hit. During their journey to realize their dream, they encountered unprecedented challenges and regularly took the difficult way out. For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don't Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over fifty others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time. With a focus not only on the movies, but also the lasting impact of the franchise and its fandom, We Don't Need Roads is the ultimate read for anyone who has ever wanted to ride a Hoverboard, hang from the top of a clock tower, travel through the space-time continuum, or find out what really happened to Eric Stoltz after the first six weeks of filming. So, why don't you make like a tree and get outta here - and start reading! We Don't Need Roads is your density"-- Provided by publisher.

Down the rabbit hole : curious adventures and cautionary tales of a former Playboy bunny

June 19, 2015
Madison, Holly, author.
xii, 334 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color portraits ; 24 cm
Color map on endpapers.


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