New Arrivals · Biography

January 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Stalin's scribe : literature, ambition, and survival : the life of Mikhail Sholokhov

January 22, 2019
Boeck, Brian J., 1971- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
388 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A masterful and definitive biography of one of the most misunderstood and controversial writters in Russian literature.

Hole in the head : a life revealed

January 22, 2019
Smith, Wilbert L.
235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A true story"
"Following twenty years of close friendship with author Wilbert Smith, Vertus Hardiman reveals the truth about his horrifying experience hidden since age five. His life is a moving example of humility, success, and achievement while enduring long standing suffering. The story tells of Vertus Hardiman and nine other children, each attending the same elementary school in Lyles Station, Indiana--who, in 1927, was severely irradiated during a medical experiment conducted at the local county hospital. The experiment was misrepresented as a newly developed cure for the scalp fungus known as ringworm. But in reality, the ringworm fungus was merely the lure used to gain access to children whose unsuspecting parents blindly signed permission slips for the treatment. Vertus was age five and the youngest. As remarkable and shocking as the story may appear, it is not an indictment on inhumane government-sanctioned medical experimentation. Rather, Hole in the Head: a Life Revealed reflects the incredible strength of one man who survived the harshest imaginable circumstances through the power of who and what he was determined to become. His simplicity and life philosophy always lifted the spirits of those he touched. Remarkably, not one person in Vertus's community was aware of his suffering because he always wore a wig or woolen beanie cap to hide his shame. He stated, 'For over seventy-one years, only four individuals outside a few medical specialists have ever seen my condition. I hide it because I look like some monster.' But in reality, Vertus was the kindest example of human love Wilbert had ever met-always choosing love over hate and success over excuses and failure. This incredible story inspires us to change our outlook on life, while teaching the true meaning of love, forgiveness, and acceptance."--Amazon website.

Cuba libre! : Che, Fidel, and the improbable revolution that changed world history

January 21, 2019
Perrottet, Tony, author.
[New York, New York] : Blue Rider Press, [2019]
367 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"Perrottet chronicles the events of the Cuban Revolution and the figures at the center of the guerrilla uprising: Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and the scrappy band of rebel men and women who followed them. The general timeline of the Cuban Revolution of 1956-1958: It was led by two of the 20th century's most iconic figures, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara; it successfully overthrew the island nation's US-backed dictator; and it quickly went awry under Castro's rule. In this wildly entertaining and meticulously researched account, Tony Perrottet unravels the human drama behind history's most improbable revolution: a scruffy handful of self-taught revolutionaries--many of them kids just out of college, literature majors, art students and young lawyers, and including a number of women--defeated 40,000 professional soldiers to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Cuba Libre's deep dive into the revolution reveals fascinating details and is an entertaining look back at a liberation movement that captured the imagination of the world with its spectacular drama, foolhardy bravery, tragedy, and, sometimes, high comedy--and that set the stage for a buildup of Cold War tension that became a pivotal moment in history"-- Provided by publisher.

A thousand sisters : the heroic airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

January 18, 2019
Wein, Elizabeth, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, 2019.
388 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Documents the contributions of Soviet airwomen during World War II, examining the formation, obstacles, missions, and legacy of Russia's female combat pilot regiments.

Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive

January 17, 2019
Land, Stephanie, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
xiv, 270 pages ; 24 cm
A journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.

Prisoner : my 544 days in an Iranian prison--solitary confinement, a sham trial, high-stakes diplomacy, and the extraordinary efforts it took to get me out

January 17, 2019
Rezaian, Jason, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
311 pages ; 24 cm
An Anthony Bourdain Book.
In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. In this memoir, Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial. He also reflects on his life and childhood.

Prince and the Purple rain era studio sessions : 1983 and 1984

January 17, 2019
Tudahl, Duane, author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xix, 555 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

Deep Creek : finding hope in the high country

January 16, 2019
Houston, Pam, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2019.
x, 303 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive."--Provided by publisher

My life among the underdogs : a memoir

January 16, 2019
Torres, Tia, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
228 pages ; 22 cm

Cole & Sav : our surprising love story

January 16, 2019
LaBrant, Cole, 1996- author.
231 pages ; 24 cm
The messy, tender story of how God brought two people together in a surprising, unexpected way. Savannah was the product of a broken marriage, a single mother with a history of unhealthy relationships; her faith in God had grown cold. Cole was fun-loving, and was slowly learning how to trust God through life's twists and turns. After an unlikely first date, they learned how to navigate a relationship while building a lasting foundation on joy, honesty, and an unshakable trust in a loving God.

One heart at a time

January 16, 2019
Delilah, 1960- author.
New York, NY : RosettaBooks, 2018.
232 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm.
"The inspiring journey of the most listened-to woman on the radio"--Jacket.
The most listened-to woman on U.S. radio, who has distinguished herself as the "Queen of Sappy Love Songs" and America's ultimate romance guru, discusses her off-air life--one full of trials, forgiveness and faith.

Thick : and other essays

January 16, 2019
Cottom, Tressie McMillan, author.
New York : The New Press, 2019.
xi, 244 pages ; 23 cm
Thick -- In the name of beauty -- Dying to be competent -- Know your whites -- Black is over (or, special black) -- The price of fabulousness -- Black girlhood, interrupted -- Girl 6.

The view from the back of the band : the life and music of Mel Lewis

January 16, 2019
Smith, Chris, 1981- author.
Denton, Texas : University of North Texas Press, [2014]
xii, 399 pages : illustrations, music ; 23 cm
Based on: Thesis (D.A.)--University of Northern Colorado, 2012.
Foreword: 'Uncle Mel' by John Mosca -- Preface -- Born a drummer -- Mel meets New York City -- Brookmeyer and Kenton's initial offer -- Kenton presents Mel Lewis -- Contemporary concepts and Thad Jones -- Life in Los Angeles -- Terry Gibbs and 'The tailor' -- Webster and Mulligan -- Mel's new cymbal and Europe with Dizzy -- The Soviet Union and a move East -- Back in the Big Apple -- Thad and Mel get their opening -- Opening night at the Village Vanguard -- The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and Solid State -- Thad and Mel hit the road, and the road hits back -- The youth movement -- Ten years at the Village Vanguard / The road family -- Thad leaves for Denmark -- Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra -- The musical mentor -- Twenty years at the Vanguard / A new fight -- Hello and goodbye -- Memories of Mel -- Afterword: 'Mel's example' by John Riley -- Transcriptions and listening guides -- Mel Lewis equipment timeline -- Selected discography -- Notes.

Sacred bullet : transforming trauma to grace while tending the terminally ill ; a memoir

January 16, 2019
Hoffman, Ron, author.
239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Ron Hoffman survived a nearly fatal bullet wound as a boy of ten. Now he spends his life as a national leader in the holistic care of people living with Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS.

Inheritance : a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love

January 15, 2019
Shapiro, Dani, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
247 pages ; 22 cm
"The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets--a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden the story of her own life"--Provided by publisher.

Hitler's pawn : the boy assassin and the Holocaust

January 15, 2019
Koch, Stephen, 1941- author.
x, 259 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"After learning about Nazi persecution of his family, Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), an impoverished seventeen-year-old Jew living in Paris, bought a small handgun and on November 7, 1938, went to the German embassy and shot the first German diplomat he saw. When the man died two days later, Hitler and Goebbels made the shooting their pretext for the great state-sponsored wave of anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht, still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Overnight, Grynszpan, a bright but naive teenager―and a perfect political nobody―was front-page news and a pawn in a global power struggle. When France fell, the Nazis captured Grynszpan after a wild chase and flew him to Berlin. The boy became a privileged prisoner of the Gestapo while Hitler and Goebbels plotted a massive show trial to blame "the Jews" for starting World War II. A prisoner and alone, Grynszpan grasped Hitler's intentions and waged a battle of wits to sabotage the trial, knowing that even if he succeeded, he would certainly be murdered. The battle of wits was close, but Grynszpan finally won. Based on the newest research, Hitler’s Pawn is the richest telling of Grynszpan's story to date."--Inside dust jacket.

Can't hurt me : master your mind and defy the odds

January 15, 2019
Goggins, David, 1975- author.
363 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
I should have been a statistic -- Truth hurts -- The impossible task -- Taking souls -- Armored mind -- It's not about a trophy -- The most powerful weapon -- Talent not required -- Uncommon amongst uncommon -- The empowerment of failure -- What if?
"For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare. Poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him 'The Fittest (Real) Man in America.'. In Can't Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential"--Publisher's description.

Fr. Augustus Tolton : the slave who became the first African-American priest

January 15, 2019
Burke-Sivers, Harold, author.
Irondale, Alabama : EWTN Publishing, Inc., 2018.
vii, 159 pages ; 22 cm
Fr. Augustus Tolton: a short biography -- Overcoming racism -- Building strong families -- The power of prayer -- A culture of life and the meaning of human suffering -- Freedom in God's mercy -- Toward sainthood.

Hollywood godfather : the life and crimes of Billy Wilkerson

January 14, 2019
Wilkerson, W. R., 1951- author.
342 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A Cappella Book."
The corpse -- Rosebud -- Lubinville -- The crash -- Life in the West -- The bet -- Vendôme -- The cut -- Café Trocadero -- The shakedown -- The breakup -- Sunday night at the Troc -- The gambler -- Hollywood's bible -- The London Reporter to Sunset House -- Daily life at the Reporter -- Friends and allies -- The Starmaker and Lana Turner -- "He'll bring us all down" -- Women and marriage -- Joe Schenck and the Arrowhead Springs Hotel -- Ciro's -- Trials -- Restaurant LaRue -- The Flamingo -- Bugsy Siegel -- The crusade -- Exile -- The blacklist -- L'Aiglon -- United States v. Paramount Pictures -- "That was who he was" -- Club LaRue -- The next chapter -- The partnership -- The shadow -- The old days -- Curtain call.
"The first full biography of Billy Wilkerson, the owner and publisher of the Hollywood reporter and Tinseltown's premier behind-the-scenes power broker during the 1930s, '40s, and '50s"-- Provided by publisher.

Code name :Lise : the true story of World War II's most highly decorated spy

January 11, 2019
Loftis, Larry.
New York, NY : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2019]
xxi, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Dramatis personae -- Preface -- Duty -- Jinxed -- Mission to Marseille -- The briefcase -- Control -- The kiss -- Pearl of the French Alps -- Grand Duke -- Lifeless -- The beam -- They will send for you -- Tick, tick -- The Black Hollow -- Viennese waltzes -- All my love -- Lily of the valley -- The bunker -- The slaughter -- Still warm -- Pierre -- Hunting the hunter -- Fanning the damned -- Completing the loop -- Epilogue -- Appendix: the soe official history affair.
"The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. It is here that she meets her commanding officer Captain Peter Churchill. As they successfully complete mission after mission, Peter and Odette fall in love. All the while, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police sergeant, Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them. They are sent to Paris’s Fresnes prison, and from there to concentration camps in Germany where they are starved, beaten, and tortured. But in the face of despair, they never give up hope, their love for each other, or the whereabouts of their colleagues."--Provided by publisher.

Breaking and entering : the extraordinary story of a hacker called "Alien"

January 10, 2019
Smith, Jeremy N., author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
xii, 292 pages ; 24 cm
"An Eamon Dolan Book."
Inside out -- The coffee house club -- Earth to Alien -- A death in the family -- Up all night -- I spy -- Wild wild web -- A hackable heart transplant -- Capture the flag -- Check please -- Up in the air -- Europe on five hacks a day -- The bartender -- The best around -- Phoning home -- Epilogue: fast forward.
"This taut, true thriller takes a deep dive into a dark world that touches us all, as seen through the brilliant, breakneck career of an extraordinary hacker - a woman known only as Alien"--Provided by publisher.

Queen Victoria : twenty-four days that changed her life

January 10, 2019
Worsley, Lucy, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
421 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some color), genealogical table ; 25 cm
PART ONE: A NAUGHTY DAUGHTER. Double wedding: Kew Palace, 11 July 1818 ; Birth: Kensington Palace, 24 May 1819 ; Wet feet: Sidmouth, 23 January 1820 ; 'I will be good': Kensington Palace, 11 March 1830 ; The three missing weeks: Ramsgate, October 1835 ; Albert: Kensington Palace, 18 May 1836 ; Accession: Kensington Palace, 20 June 1837 ; Coronation: Buckingham Palace, 28 June 1838 ; In Lady Flora's bedchamber: Buckingham Palace, 27 June 1839 -- PART TWO: THE GOOD WIFE. The proposal: Windsor Castle, 10-15 October 1839 ; Wedding day: three palaces, 10 February 1840 ; 'Oh Madam it is a princess': Buckingham Palace, 21 November 1840 ; Christmas at Windsor: 25 December 1850 ; A Maharaja on the Isle of Wight: 21-24 August 1854 ; Miss Nightingale at Balmoral: 21 September 1856 ; A night with Nellie: 6 September 1861 ; The Blue Room: Windsor Castle, 14 December 1861 ; PART THREE: THE WIDOW OF WINDSOR. 'Sewer-poison': Sandringham, 13 December 1871 ; Lunch with Disraeli: Hughenden Manor, 15 December 1877 ; John Brown's legs: 6 March 1884 ; Baby gets married: Usborne House, 23 July 1885 ; Munshi-mania: Excelsior Hotel Regina, French Riviera, 4 April 1897 ; Apotheosis: London, 22 June 1897 ; Deathbed: Osborne, 23 January 1901.
"A passionate princess, an astute and clever queen, and a cunning widow, Victoria played many roles throughout her life. In [this book], Lucy Worsley introduces her as a woman leading a truly extraordinary life in a unique time period. Queen Victoria simultaneously managed to define a socially conservative vision of Victorian womanhood, while also defying its conventions. Beneath her exterior image of traditional daughter, wife, and widow, she was a strong-willed and masterful politician. Drawing from the vast collection of Victoria's correspondence and the rich documentation of her life, Worsley recreates twenty-four of the most important days in Victoria's life. Each day gives a glimpse into the identity of this powerful, difficult queen and the contradictions that defined her. [This] is an intimate introduction to one of Britain's most iconic rulers as a wife and widow, mother and matriarch, and above all, a woman of her time."--Dust jacket.

You can't go wrong doing right : how a child of poverty rose to the White House and helped change the world

January 10, 2019
Brown, Robert J., 1935- author.
xiii, 237 pages ; 22 cm
An unforgettable account of the quietly remarkable life of Robert J. Brown--Jacket.

The life of Frederick Douglass : a graphic narrative of a slave's journey from bondage to freedom

January 10, 2019
Walker, David, 1968- author.
California : Ten Speed Press, [2018]
ix, 181 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
The early life of Frederick Douglass -- Lesson: A brief history of slavery in America -- Coming to understand slavery -- Unfit to be a slave -- The escape -- Life as a runaway slave -- Lesson: Photography and Frederick Douglass -- England and freedom -- A voice grows louder -- Lesson: A brief explanation of the Civil War -- The war against slavery -- Later years.

Joy enough : a memoir

January 9, 2019
McColl, Sarah, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
164 pages ; 22 cm
"From a bracingly beautiful new voice comes this life-affirming memoir of a daughter making and remaking her life in her mother's image. Sifting gingerly through memories of her late mother, brilliant newcomer Sarah McColl has penned a breathtaking tribute to the joy and pain of loving well. Even as her own marriage splinters, McColl drops everything when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, returning to the family farmhouse and laboring over elaborate meals in the hopes of nourishing her back to health. In a series of vibrant vignettes--lipstick applied, novels read, imperfect cakes baked--McColl reveals a woman of endless charm and infinite love for her unruly brood of children. Mining the dual losses of both her young marriage and her beloved mother, McColl confronts her identity as a woman, walking lightly in the footsteps of the woman who came before her and clinging fast to the joy she left behind. With candor reminiscent of classics like C. S. Lewis's A Grief Observed, Joy Enough offers a story that blooms with life"-- Provided by publisher.

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