New Arrivals · Biography

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Fly like a girl : one woman's dramatic fight in Afghanistan and on the home front

March 12, 2020
Hegar, Mary Jennings, author.
New York : Philomel Books, 2020.
294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"This work is based on Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front, by Mary Jennings Hegar, copyright © 2017 by Mary Jennings Hegar, published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC."
"A Young Readers Edition of the inspiring true story of Air National Guard Major and Purple Heart recipient Mary Jennings Hegar"-- Provided by publisher.

This river

March 12, 2020
Brown, James, 1957-
Berkeley, Calif. : Counterpoint Press, ©2010.
178 pages ; 21 cm
Talking to the dead -- Blood and duplicity -- Instructions on the use of alcohol -- Remembering Linda -- The apprentice -- This river -- Dirty moves -- Some kind of animal -- American mariachi -- Our Japan -- Instructions on the use of heroin -- Relapse.
James Brown gained a cult following after chronicling his turbulent childhood and spiraling drug addiction in The Los Angeles diaries. This river picks up where his first memoir left off, describing his tenuous relationship with sobriety, telling of agonizing relapses, and tracking his attempts to become a better father.

Rust : a memoir of steel and grit

March 11, 2020
Goldbach, Eliese Colette, 1986- author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.
310 pages ; 25 cm
"A debut memoir of grit and tenacity, as one young woman returns to the conservative hometown she always longed to escape to earn a living in the steel mill that casts a shadow over Cleveland. Steel is the only thing that shines in the belly of the mill... To ArcelorMittal Steel Eliese is known as #6691: Utility Worker, but this was never her dream. Fresh out of college, eager to leave behind her conservative hometown and come to terms with her Christian roots, Eliese found herself applying for a job at the local steel mill. The mill is everything she was trying to escape, but it's also her only shot at financial security in an economically devastated and forgotten part of America. In Rust, Eliese brings the reader inside the belly of the mill and the middle American upbringing that brought her there in the first place. She takes a long and intimate look at her Rust Belt childhood and struggles to reconcile her desire to leave without turning her back on the people she's come to love. The people she sees as the unsung backbone of our nation. Faced with the financial promise of a steelworker's paycheck, and the very real danger of working in an environment where a steel coil could crush you at any moment or a vat of molten iron could explode because of a single drop of water, Eliese finds unexpected warmth and camaraderie among the gruff men she labors beside each day. Appealing to readers of Hillbilly Elegy and Educated, Rust is a story of the humanity Eliese discovers in the most unlikely and hellish of places, and the hope that therefore begins to grow"-- Provided by publisher.

John Adams under fire : the Founding Father's fight for justice in the Boston Massacre murder trial

March 11, 2020
Abrams, Dan, 1966- author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, with Harlequin Books, [2020]
313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
History remembers John Adams as a Founding Father and our country's second president. But in the tense years before the American Revolution, he was still just a lawyer, fighting for justice in one of the most explosive murder trials of the era. On the night of March 5, 1770, shots were fired by British soldiers on the streets of Boston, killing five civilians. The Boston Massacre has often been called the first shots of the American Revolution. As John Adams would later remember, "On that night the formation of American independence was born." Yet when the British soldiers faced trial, the young lawyer Adams was determined that they receive a fair one. He volunteered to represent them, keeping the peace in a powder keg of a colony, and in the process created some of the foundations of what would become United States law.

Frida in America : the creative awakening of a great artist

March 10, 2020
Stahr, Celia, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2020.
xv, 383 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"The riveting story of how three years spent in the United States transformed Frida Kahlo into the artist we know today. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo adored adventure. In November, 1930, she was thrilled to realize her dream of traveling to the United States to live in San Francisco, Detroit, and New York. Still, leaving her family and her country for the first time was monumental. Only twenty-three and newly married to the already world-famous forty-three-year-old Diego Rivera, she was at a crossroads in her life and this new place, one filled with magnificent beauty, horrific poverty, racial tension, anti-Semitism, ethnic diversity, bland Midwestern food, and a thriving music scene, pushed Frida in unexpected directions. Shifts in her style of painting began to appear, cracks in her marriage widened, and tragedy struck, twice while she was living in Detroit. Frida in America is the first in-depth biography of these formative years spent in Gringolandia, a place Frida couldn't always understand. But it's precisely her feelings of being a stranger in a strange land that fueled her creative passions and an even stronger sense of Mexican identity. With vivid detail, Frida in America recreates the pivotal journey that made Senora Rivera the world famous Frida Kahlo"-- Provided by publisher.

Anger is my middle name : a memoir

March 10, 2020
Andersen, Lisbeth Zornig, 1968- author.
Seattle : Amazon Crossing, 2020.
xvii, 203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Previously published as Zornig, vrede er mit mellemnavn by Gyldendal A/S in Denmark in 2011."
Born to a violently dysfunctional home in working-class Denmark, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her three older brothers were bounced between foster care and state-run institutions, then back again to their chemically dependent mother and sadistic stepfather. For Lisbeth, it was a childhood without perimeters. It was blighted by poverty, sexual abuse, neglect, betrayal, and further victimization by the broken Danish social services system that forced Lisbeth to live where and how it saw fit. Coming of age with a myriad of fears and emotional disorders, Lisbeth had three things that would become driving forces in her life: she was extraordinarily bright, extremely willful, and exceptionally angry. From hell to liberation, this is Lisbeth's emotional and galvanizing memoir told in two voices: that of a young girl who was unwanted, challenged, and defiant, and that of a woman who channeled her rage into a positive force as a passionate advocate for children's rights. Whatever darkness defines the past, it can be used to change the future. Lisbeth's heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting journey is proof.

The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

March 10, 2020
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2020.
296 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Originally published in 1933 by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York"--Title page verso.
Before I came to Paris -- My arrival in Paris -- Gertrude Stein in Paris -- Gertrude Stein before she came to Paris -- 1907-1914 -- The war -- After the war.
"Stein's most famous work; one of the richest and most irreverent biographies ever written, now illustrated by Maira Kalman"-- Provided by publisher.

Let me prey upon you : breaking free from a minister's sexual abuse

March 10, 2020
Kirkham, Sandy Phillips, author.
©2019
258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Cover, spine and title page have the words "Let me pray with you" crossed out and the words "prey upon" added on top of the text.
Sandy Phillips Kirkham details her account of how a charismatic youth minister preyed upon her, a betrayal which left her broken, with a shattered faith, and the ultimate shame of being blamed and forced from the church she loved. From their very first meeting, the new youth minister slowly and methodically turned the sacred relationship of a trusted spiritual leader to one of abuse: sexual, emotional, and physical. When his actions were discovered, he was simply moved to another church, leaving Sandy to pay for his deeds. She was not his first victim, nor would she be his last. Despite a successful and happy life as a wife, mother, and friend, Sandy successfully concealed her abuse for twenty-seven years until a trigger forced her to face the truth. Sandy's story will take you on her journey of healing which began in 2004, first by seeking justice and closure from both the pastor and the church.

Dorothy Day : dissenting voice of the American century

March 9, 2020
Loughery, John. author.
©2020
436 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- Awakenings -- Causes -- Moorings -- Ardor -- Contentment -- Called to God -- Purpose -- Hospitality -- Challenge -- Prelude -- War -- Burdens -- Revival -- Resistance -- Pacem in Terris -- Burning -- Journeys -- Endings -- Deo Gratias --Postscript -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliography -- Notes -- Index.
"The first full-length biography of its subject in forty years, this book separates the myths from the facts about America's most radical pacifist, critic of US foreign policy, Catholic activist. Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century is the life story of the American icon Pope Francis I mentioned alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Lincoln for her revolutionary aspirations to a more humane and sustainable future." front book flap.

We are not here to be bystanders : a memoir of love and resistance

March 9, 2020
Sarsour, Linda, 1980- author.
©2020
xii, 253 pages ; 24 cm
"Women's March co-organizer Linda Sarsour shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized and celebrated activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country"--Provided by publisher.

Women's work : stories from pioneering women shaping our workforce

March 9, 2020
Crisman, Chris, photographer, interviewer.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
ix, 246 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Chris Crisman pairs his award-winning, striking portrait photography of women on the job with poignant, powerful interviews of his subjects: women who have carved out unique places for themselves in a workforce often dominated by men.

The Dalai Lama : an extraordinary life

March 5, 2020
Norman, Alexander, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020.
xxii, 410 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"The first definitive biography of the Dalai Lama--a story by turns inspiring and shocking--from an acclaimed Tibetan scholar with exceptional access to his subject"-- Provided by publisher.

Strung out : one last hit and other lies that nearly killed me : a memoir

March 5, 2020
Khar, Erin, author.
©2020
296 pages ; 24 cm
Erin Khar's memoir is the story of her 15-year addiction to heroin, starting at age thirteen, and her eventual recovery. Khar explores the psychology of addiction and the reasons why she turned to opiods, the lies she told herself and others as an addict, the shame and stigma that prevented her from getting help for years, and her motivations for ultimately deciding to get clean.

I'll show you

March 5, 2020
Rose, Derrick, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Triumph Books, [2019]
239 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
After growing up in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, Rose achieved an improbable childhood dream: being selected first overall in the NBA draft by his hometown Chicago Bulls. In 2011, he became the youngest MVP in league history. Six years and four knee surgeries later, he was waived by the Utah Jazz. Many speculated his days in the NBA were over. Rose opens himself up to fans in a way they've never seen before, creating a document that is as unflinching-- and at times as uncomfortable-- as a personal diary--Adapted from book jacket flap.

Gone at midnight : the mysterious death of Elisa Lam

March 2, 2020
Anderson, Jake (Journalist), author.
©2020
xi, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A Los Angeles hotel with a haunting history. A missing young woman. A disturbing video followed by a shocking discovery. A cold-case mystery that has become an internet phenomenon--and for one determined journalist, a life-changing quest toward uncomfortable truths. Twenty-one-year-old Vancouver student Elisa Lam was last heard from on January 31, 2013, after she checked into downtown L.A.'s Cecil Hotel--a 600-room building with a nine-decade history of scandal and tragedy. The next day, Elisa vanished. A search of the hotel yielded nothing. More than a week later, complaints by guests of foul-smelling tap water led to a grim discovery: Elisa's nude body floating in a rooftop water tank, in an area extremely difficult to access without setting off alarms. The only apparent clue was a disturbing surveillance video of Elisa, uploaded to YouTube in hopes of public assistance. As the eerie elevator video went viral, so did the questions of its tens of millions of viewers. Was Elisa's death caused by murder, suicide, or paranormal activity? Was it connected to the Cecil's sinister reputation? And in that video, what accounted for Elisa's strange behavior? With the help of web sleuths and investigators from around the world, journalist Jake Anderson set out to uncover the facts behind a death that had become a macabre internet meme, as well as a magnet for conspiracy theorists. In poring through Elisa's revealing online journals and social-media posts, Anderson realized he shared more in common with the young woman than he imagined. His search for justice and truth became a personal journey, a dangerous descent into one of America's quiet epidemics. Along the way, he exposed a botched investigation and previously unreported disclosures from inside sources who suggest there may have been a corporate conspiracy and a police cover-up. In Gone at Midnight, Anderson chronicles eye-opening discoveries about who Elisa Lam really was and what--or whom--she was running from, and presents shocking new evidence that may re-open one of the most chilling and obsessively followed true crime cases of the century."--provided by publisher.

Washington's end : the final years and forgotten struggle

March 2, 2020
Horn, Jonathan, 1982- author.
©2020
xi, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Washington's End begins where most biographies of George Washington leave off, with the first president exiting office after eight years and entering what would become the most bewildering stage of his life. Embittered by partisan criticism and eager to return to his farm, Washington assumed a role for which there was no precedent at a time when the kings across the ocean yielded their crowns only upon losing their heads. In a different sense, Washington would lose his head, too. In this riveting read, bestselling author Jonathan Horn reveals that the quest to surrender power proved more difficult than Washington imagined and brought his life to an end he never expected. The statesman who had staked his legacy on withdrawing from public life would feud with his successors and find himself drawn back into military command. The patriarch who had dedicated his life to uniting his country would leave his name to a new capital city destined to become synonymous with political divisions.

American disruptor : the scandalous life of Leland Stanford

March 2, 2020
De Wolk, Roland, 1953- author.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
xvii, 299 pages, 23 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The life of Leland Stanford reads like a tall tale of the Old West. Born in a country tavern in upstate New York, Stanford followed the Gold Rush to California, became a successful businessman, and invested in railroads. He then made headway into politics, becoming governor of California and later a US senator. As president of the Central Pacific Railroad, Stanford brought the locomotive Jupiter to preside over the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, which led contemporaries to liken him to the namesake Roman god. He then founded one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Stanford lived large and bold, amassing an astonishing fortune, only to die on the brink of bankruptcy. In American Disruptor, Roland De Wolk balances the accomplishments of this quintessential self-made American man with the darker aspects of his life. He shows how Stanford used high public office to steal taxpayer money, only to squander it on mansions, racehorses, jewels, and vast landholdings. Even the eponymous university in Silicon Valley that bears his name, created from the largest private university endowment of all time, was born of tragedy, a memorial to Stanford's fifteen-year-old son who died from typhoid fever. Following his death, his wife struggled to keep the fledgling university afloat, only to be murdered under mysterious circumstances. Although deeply conservative in belief and style, Leland Stanford's life was one of almost unparalleled risk, failure, and reward."--Provided by publisher.

Such a pretty girl : a story of struggle, empowerment, and disability pride

March 2, 2020
LaSpina, Nadina, author.
©2019
x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"From her early years in her native Sicily, where still a baby she contracts polio, a fact that makes her the object of well-meaning pity and the target of messages of hopelessness; to her adolescence and youth in America, to her rebellion and her activism in the disability rights movement. LaSpina's personal growth parallels the movement's political development--from coming together, organizing, and fighting against exclusion from public and social life, to the forging of a common identity, the blossoming of disability arts and culture, and the embracing of disability pride. While unique, the author's journey is also one with which many disabled people can identify. It is the journey to find one's place in an ableist world--a world not made for disabled people, where disability is only seen in negative terms." -- Publisher's description

French roll : misadventures in love, life, and roller-skating across the French Riviera

March 2, 2020
Jarvis, J. Michael, author.
©2020
294 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
When nineteen-year-old Michael gets a letter from his girlfriend asking him to meet her in Barcelona, he quits his daredevil job at the top of the German Alps and plots a two-month solo trek across the ritzy coast of southern France--on roller skates. Even being chased down impossibly steep mountain roads by sports cars and tour buses can't keep an American teenager down, especially when he's delivering an engagement ring...and a dark confession. But rolling through the land of French girls and topless beaches will put Michael's fidelity to the test. Fast women and fast roads torment him as he struggles to overcome the physical and emotional challenges of his journey in hopes of creating a better man within. Isolated from the ones he loves by the snail mail and paper maps of 1981, new friends-- and new enemies--guide his evolving character toward wisdom and grit. When disaster strikes his love life and a spectacular wipeout nearly turns him into roadkill, Michael must emerge from his tenderfoot life to understand that growing up doesn't mean growing alone.

Why I failed charm school : my mother, actress Ann Sothern, and our lives together ; a memoir

March 2, 2020
Sterling, Tisha.
Morgan Hill, California : Bookstand Publishing, [2016]
241 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
In the words of television and movie actress Tisha Sterling, the daughter of renowned Hollywood actress Ann Sothern: "My cards were dealt generously. From my parents and the good Lord, I inherited beauty and was blessed with a sparkling future. On the surface, I had a life most people could only dream of having." However ... "Every morning for four years, I had been swallowing 100 milligrams of methadone, mixed with Kool-Aid from a little white paper cup. Like clockwork, I dressed in yesterday's dirty clothes picked up from my tiny apartment I shared with my 16-year-old daughter and headed for the West Los Angeles Methadone Clinic. That morning what I felt inside: anger, fear and shame. I thought about my mother, a one-time important film actress whose career had flourished from the 1920's to the present time and stupidly compared it to my own career that was by now in the toilet, almost nonexistent. Yet I stubbornly hung on to a glimmer of hope (maybe my only salvation) that some successful auditions for me on television and film would be forthcoming and that soon I would be back to work on a Hollywood set doing what I did best acting." And thus Tisha begins her heartfelt memoir chronicling what on the surface appeared to be a dream life as Ann Sothern's daughter, but which at times was precisely the opposite. Along the way, Tisha paints an intimate portrait of Hollywood and its personalities during Hollywood's bygone Golden Age in the 1930s through the 1960s, a portrait that only one who lived and worked inside the Hollywood of that glamorous era could present."-- from Amazon.

Speaking up for mom : a daughter's quest for compassionate medical care

March 2, 2020
Sivitz, Llee, author.
©2019
xii, 218 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
Chronicles the decision-making dilemmas Llee Sivitz encountered in the role of caregiver for her mother, as she realized how ill-equipped she was to handle her mother's medical crisis . . . and helplessly watched as things went terribly wrong in a seemingly impersonal medical landscape. However, Sivitz observed that other patients who knew how this alien environment worked (or had family members who did) often seemed to have a much better patient experience. She found this observation both "odd and disturbing." What happens if, like Sivitz, we don't know what questions to ask or what our rights are as a patient or advocate? Perhaps you are in this situation now or see that in your future. Along with her story, Sivitz interviews co-author and internist Dr. Edward Hanzelik, who offers his decades of experience as a compassionate patient advocate to shed new light on this "all-too-familiar" health care scenario.

Minor feelings : an Asian American reckoning

February 28, 2020
Hong, Cathy Park, author.
New York : One World, 2020.
206 pages ; 22 cm
"In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, a tenuous alliance of people with roots from South Asia to East Asia to the Pacific Islands, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers. How do we speak honestly about the Asian American condition--if such a thing exists? Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively confronts this thorny subject, blending memoir, cultural criticism, and history to expose the truth of racialized consciousness in America."--Provided by publisher.

Yellow Bird : oil, murder, and a woman's search for justice in Indian country

February 28, 2020
Murdoch, Sierra Crane, author.
©2020
379 pages : illustration, map ; 25 cm
Portions of this work were originally published in different forms.
The brightest Yellow Bird -- Missing -- Oil kings -- The great mystery -- What good is money if you end up in hell -- The flyer -- The church -- What she broke -- Sarah -- The search -- The gunman -- Confessions -- Us against the world -- The Badlands -- Trial -- The body -- Shauna -- What they say we loved.
"When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher 'KC' Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and no one but his mother was actively looking for him. Unfolding like a gritty mystery, Yellow Bird traces Lissa's steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke's disappearance. She navigates two worlds -- that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oil workers, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit becomes an effort at redemption -- an atonement for her own crimes and a reckoning with generations of trauma. Yellow Bird is both an exquisitely written, masterfully reported story about a search for justice and a remarkable portrait of a complex woman who is smart, funny, eloquent, compassionate, and -- when it serves her cause -- manipulative. Ultimately, it is a deep examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and a tale of extraordinary healing"--Provided by publisher.

The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the blitz

February 27, 2020
Larson, Erik, 1954- author.
New York : Crown, [2020]
xii, 585 pages : map ; 25 cm
Bleak Expectations -- The Rising Threat -- A Certain Eventuality -- Dread -- Blood and Dust -- The Americans -- Love Amid the Flames -- One Year to the Day -- Epilogue.
"On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people 'the art of being fearless.' It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports-some released only recently-Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick Lindemann. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today's political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when-in the face of unrelenting horror-Churchill's eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."-- Provided by publisher.

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart

February 27, 2020
Buckley, A. M., 1968-
Minneapolis, MN : ABDO Pub. Co., ©2012.
112 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 24 cm.
"Essential library by ABDO Publishing Company"--Page 4 of cover.
Scanning the sky -- A girl born to fly -- An adventurer's life -- Around the world -- The final journey -- Searching for Earhart -- Theories and possibilities -- Where is she? -- Tools and clues -- Timeline -- Glossary.
Details the disappearance of Amelia Earhart on her final flight and gives information on the pilot's life.

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