New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

October 26, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The First Lady and the rebel

October 25, 2019
Higginbotham, Susan, author.
©2019
386 pages 22 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"As the Civil War cracks the country in two, Mary Lincoln stands beside her husband praying for a swift Northern victory. But as the body count rises, Mary can't help but fear each bloody gain. Because her beloved sister Emily is across party lines, fighting for the South, and Mary is at risk of losing both her country and her family in the tides of a brutal war... Emily Todd Helm has married the love of her life. But when her husband's southern ties pull them into a war neither want to join, she must make a choice. Abandon the family she has built in the South or fight against the sister she has always loved best. With a country's legacy at stake, how will two sisters shape history?"--Publisher.

Naye Śekhara kī jīvanī

October 17, 2019
Miśra, Avināśa, 1986- author.
Nayī Dillī : Vāṇī Prakāśana, 2018.
158 pages ; 22 cm
Biographical novel.
Biographical novel on the life of Śekhara, a fictional character, borrowed from Sachchidanand Hiranand Vatsyayan, 1911-1987, 'Śekhara' a novel.

Frankissstein : a love story

October 16, 2019
Winterson, Jeanette, 1959- author.
©2019
340 pages ; 22 cm
"Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead ... but waiting to return to life. What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? In fiercely intelligent prose, Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realize. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself"-- Provided by publisher.

The secret wife of Aaron Burr

October 10, 2019
Scott, Susan Holloway, author.
©2019
500 pages ; 21 cm
"Aaron Burr was a hero of the Revolution, a brilliant politician, lawyer, and very nearly president; a skillful survivor in a raw new country filled with constantly shifting loyalties. But there were dark whispers about him: that he was untrustworthy, a libertine, a man unafraid of claiming whatever he believed should be his. Sold into slavery as a child in India, Mary Emmons was brought to an America torn by war. Toughened by the experiences of her young life, Mary is intelligent, resourceful, and strong. She quickly gains the trust of her new mistress, Theodosia Prevost, and becomes indispensable-- especially after the widowed Theodosia marries Colonel Aaron Burr. As Theodosia sickens with the fatal disease that will finally kill her, Mary and Burr are drawn together into a private world of power and passion, and a secret, tangled union that would have shocked the nation."--Provided by publisher.

A house divided

October 8, 2019
Putnam, Jonathan F., author.
©2019
314 pages ; 24 cm
"In the winter of 1839, a sensational disappearance rocks Springfield, Illinois, as headlines announce a local man has accused his two brothers of murder. Not one to pass up an opportunity, Abraham Lincoln takes up the case of the accused with the assistance of his best friend Joshua Speed to search for evidence of innocence. But just as soon as they begin, Lincoln and Speed find their friendship at grave risk of rupture as they vie for the hand a beautiful new arrival in town: an ambitious, outspoken young woman named Mary Todd. As the trial arrives, can Lincoln and Speed put aside their differences to work together for justice once more? An innocent man's life may be in the balance - and nothing is as it seems"--Provided by publisher..

The starlet and the spy : a novel

September 30, 2019
Yi, Chi-min, 1974- author.
New York : Harper, 2019.
173, 8 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published as Marilyn and me in the United Kingdom in 2019 by Fourth estate.
"P.S. Insights, interviews, & more"--Back cover.
American movie star Marilyn Monroe will be visiting Korea on a four-day USO tour, and Alice has been chosen as her translator. Though intrigued, Alice has few expectations of the job--what could she and a beautiful actress at the peak of her fame possibly have to talk about? Yet the Marilyn she meets, while just as dazzling and sensual as Alice expected, is also surprisingly approachable. As Marilyn's visit unfolds, Alice is forced into a reckoning with her own painful past.

Kopp sisters on the march

September 24, 2019
Stewart, Amy, author.
©2019
355 pages ; 24 cm.
Spring, 1917. American women have done something remarkable: they've banded together to create military-style training camps for women who want to serve. These so-called National Service Schools prove irresistible to the Kopp sisters, who leave their farm in New Jersey to join up. When an accident befalls the matron, Constance reluctantly agrees to oversee the camp, much to the alarm of the Kopps tent-mate, Beulah Binford, who is seeking refuge from her own scandalous past under the cover of a false identity. The women of Camp Chevy Chase face down the skepticism of the War Department, the double standards of a scornful public, and the very real perils of war.

Lampedusa

September 24, 2019
Price, Steven, 1976- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
325 pages ; 22 cm
"Set in a sun-drenched Sicily, among the decadent Italian aristocracy of the late 1950s, Steven Price's Lampedusa explores the final years of Giuseppe Tomasi, the last prince of Lampedusa, as he struggles to complete his only novel, The Leopard. In 1955, Tomasi was diagnosed with advanced emphysema; shortly after, he began work on a novel that would fail to be published before his death four years later. When The Leopard at last appeared, it won Italy's Strega Prize and became the greatest Italian novel of the century" -- Amazon.com

The vanished bride

September 17, 2019
Ellis, Bella, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
293 pages ; 24 cm
Before they became legendary writers, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Anne Brontë were "lady detectors" in this charming historical mystery. Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and are expert readers. And, as Charlotte remarks, "detecting is reading between the lines--it's seeing what is not there. Yorkshire, 1845. A young wife and mother has gone missing from her home, leaving behind two small children and a large pool of blood. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë are horrified and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance. Not yet published novelists, they have well-honed imaginations and believe that detecting is a matter of seeing what is not there. As they investigate, the sisters are confronted with a society that believes a woman's place is in the home... and find their own lives are in great peril. -- adapted from jacket

Out of darkness, shining light : (being a faithful account of the final years and earthly days of Doctor David Livingstone and his last journey from the interior to the coast of Africa, as narrated by his African companions, in three volumes) : a novel

September 9, 2019
Gappah, Petina, 1971- author.
New York : Scribner, 2019.
303 pages : map ; 23 cm
Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in 19th-century Africa is the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body, his papers, and maps, 1,500 miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there.

The lost daughter : a novel

August 28, 2019
Paul, Gill, 1960- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2019.
460, 24 pages ; 21 cm
1918: Pretty, vivacious Grand Duchess Maria Romanov, the nineteen-year-old daughter of the fallen Tsar Nicholas II, lives with her family in suffocating isolation, a far cry from their once-glittering royal household. Her days are a combination of endless boredom and paralyzing fear; her only respite are clandestine flirtations with a few of the guards imprisoning the family—never realizing her innocent actions could mean the difference between life and death 1973: When Val Doyle hears her father's end-of-life confession, 'I didn't want to kill her,' she's stunned. So, she begins a search for the truth—about his words and her past. The clues she discovers are baffling—a jewel-encrusted box that won't open and a camera with its film intact. What she finds out pulls Val into one of the world's greatest mysteries—what truly happened to the Grand Duchess Maria?"--Back cover.

The sweetest fruits

August 28, 2019
Truong, Monique T. D, author.
[New York] : Viking, [2019]
294 pages ; 22 cm

Valerie : or the faculty of dreams : amendment to the theory of sexuality

August 5, 2019
Stridsberg, Sara, 1972- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
xii, 352 pages ; 22 cm
English translation originally published in 2019 by MacLehose Press, Great Britain, as The Faculty of Dreams.
"In April 1988, Valerie Solanas--the writer, radical feminist, author of the SCUM Manifesto and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol--was discovered dead at fifty-two in her hotel room, in a grimy corner of San Francisco, alone, penniless, and surrounded by the typed pages of her last writings. In Valerie, a nameless narrator revisits the room where Solanas died, the courtroom where she was tried and convicted of attempting to murder Andy Warhol, the Georgia wastelands where she spent her childhood and was repeatedly raped by her father and beaten by her alcoholic grandfather, and the mental hospitals where she was shut away."--Provided by publisher.

The women of the copper country : a novel

July 30, 2019
Russell, Mary Doria, 1950- author.
New York, NY : Atria , 2019.
339 pages ; 24 cm.
"In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She's spent her whole life in the coal-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salaries--and had barely enough to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man telling them their loved ones aren't coming home. When Annie decides to stand up for herself, and the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle"--Provided by publisher.

The vexations

July 23, 2019
Horrocks, Caitlin, 1980- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
451 pages ; 25 cm
Devoted to her talented composer brother after becoming orphaned in childhood, Louise is forced to confront the realities of her brother's obsessions in the wake of a devastating loss.

Feast day of the cannibals

July 12, 2019
Lock, Norman, 1950- author.
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2019.
237 pages ; 19 cm
"In the sixth stand-alone book in The American Novels series, Shelby Ross, a merchant ruined by the depression of 1873-79, is hired as a New York City Custom House appraiser under inspector Herman Melville, the embittered, forgotten author of Moby-Dick. On the docks, Ross befriends a genial young man and makes an enemy of a despicable one, who attempts to destroy them by insinuating that Ross and the young man share an unnatural affection. Ross narrates his story to his childhood friend Washington Roebling, chief engineer of the soon-to-be-completed Brooklyn Bridge. As he is harried toward a fate reminiscent of Ahab's, he encounters Ulysses S. Grant, dying in a brownstone on the Upper East Side; Samuel Clemens, who will publish Grant's Memoirs; and Thomas Edison, at the dawn of the electrification of the city. Feast Day of the Cannibals charts the harrowing journey of a tormented heart during America's transformative age."--Publisher description.

Delayed rays of a star : a novel

July 11, 2019
Lee, Amanda Koe, 1987- author.
New York : Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, [2019]
383 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"At a chance encounter at a Berlin soirée in 1928, the photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captures three very different women together in one frame: up-and-coming German actress Marlene Dietrich, who would wend her way into Hollywood as one of its lasting icons; Anna May Wong, the world's first Chinese American star, playing for bit parts while dreaming of breaking away from her father's modest laundry; and Leni Riefenstahl, whose work as a director would first make her famous--then, infamous. From this curious point of intersection, Delayed Rays of a Star lets loose the trajectories of these women's lives. From Weimar Berlin to LA's Chinatown, from a seaside resort in East Germany to a luxury apartment on the Champs-Élysée, the different settings they inhabit are as richly textured as the roles they play: siren, muse, predator, or lover, each one a carefully calibrated performance. And in the orbit of each star live secondary players--a Chinese immigrant housemaid, a German soldier on leave from North Africa, a pompous Hollywood director--whose voices and viewpoints reveal the legacy each woman left in her own time, as well as in ours. Amanda Lee Koe's playful, wry prose guides the reader dexterously around murky questions of ego, persona, complicity, desire, and difference. Intimate and raw, Delayed Rays of a Star is a visceral depiction of womanhood--its particular hungers, its calculations, and its eventual betrayals--and announces a bold new literary voice"-- Provided by publisher.

Let's hope for the best

July 2, 2019
Setterwall, Carolina, 1978- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
328 pages ; 22 cm

Hadassah, Queen Esther of Persia

July 1, 2019
Taylor, Diana Wallis, 1938- author.
©2019
303 pages ; 21 cm
"Work of historical fiction based on biblical book of Esther, the story of an orphaned Jewish girl who marries the king of Persia and saves her people" -- Provided by publisher.

Bakhita : a novel of the Saint of Sudan

June 28, 2019
Olmi, Véronique, author.
©2019
362 pages ; 24 cm
"Inspired by the true story of a former slave who became a saint, this poignant novel explores how a human being can survive the obliteration of her identity, and how kindness and generosity can be born out of profound trauma. She recalls little of her childhood, not even her own name. She was barely seven years old when she was snatched by slave raiders from her village in the Darfur region of southern Sudan. In a cruel twist, they gave her the name that she will carry for the rest of her life: Bakhita, "the Lucky One" in Arabic. Sold and resold along the slave trade routes, Bakhita endures years of unspeakable abuse and terror. At age thirteen, at last, her life takes a turn when the Italian consul in Khartoum purchases her. A few years later, as chaos engulfs the capital, the consul returns to Italy, taking Bakhita with him. In this new land, another long and arduous journey begins--one that leads her onto a spiritual path for which she is still revered today. With rich, evocative language, Véronique Olmi immerses the reader in Bakhita's world--her unfathomable resilience, her stubborn desire to live, and her ability to turn toward the pain of others in spite of the terrible sufferings that she too must endure"-- Provided by publisher.

The last collection : a novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel

June 25, 2019
Mackin, Jeanne, author.
New York, NY : Berkley, 2019.
340 pages ; 24 cm
"Paris, 1938. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli ("Schiap") are fighting for recognition as the most successful and influential fashion designer in France, and their rivalry is already legendary. They oppose each other at every turn, in both their politics and their designs: Chanel's are classic, elegant, and practical; Schiaparelli's bold, experimental, and surreal. Lily Cooper, a recently widowed American teacher, travels to Paris to visit her brother, Charlie, and try to move on from the loss of her husband. On her first day there, Charlie insists on buying her a couture dress for her birthday--a Chanel. Lily reluctantly agrees but wants a Schiaparelli, not a Chanel. Charlie's Jewish girlfriend, Ania, one of the most beautiful and prominent women in Paris, begins wearing Schiap's designs as well, and soon much of Paris is following in her footsteps. Adding insult to injury, Chanel has her eye on Baron von Dincklage, the head of Nazi propaganda in Paris, with whom Ania is also involved. Schiap takes an interest in Lily and offers the budding artist a job at her shop. Suddenly, Lily finds herself wrapped up with Schiap and her personal war with Chanel. And as their fierce competition reaches new and dangerous heights, another war is looming on their doorstep and getting closer every day..."-- Provided by publisher.

The language of fire : Joan of Arc reimagined

June 13, 2019
Hemphill, Stephanie, author.
New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.
492 pages ; 22 cm
"The Language of Fire is a lyrical, dark, and moving look at the life of Joan of Arc, who as a teen girl in the fifteenth century commanded an army and helped crown a king of France."--Jacket.

Templar silks

June 13, 2019
Chadwick, Elizabeth, 1957- author.
©2019
421 pages : maps ; 21cm

Paris, 7 a.m.

June 12, 2019
Wieland, Liza, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
332 pages ; 24 cm
Reimagines the experiences of pre-fame poet Elizabeth Bishop during three life-changing weeks spent in Paris on the eve of World War II.

Gilbert Frankau's self-portrait : a novel of his own life

June 10, 2019
Frankau, Gilbert, 1884-1952.
New York : E.P. Dutton & Co., 1940.
xi, 415 pages ; 21 cm

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