New Arrivals · Biography

May 24, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

How to forget : a daughter's memoir

May 23, 2019
Mulgrew, Kate, 1955- author.
340 pages ; 24 cm
"In this profoundly honest and examined memoir about returning to Iowa to care for her ailing parents, the star of Orange Is the New Black and New York Times bestselling author of Born with Teeth takes us on an unexpected journey of loss, betrayal, and the transcendent nature of a daughter's love for her parents. They say you can't go home again. But when her father is diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer and her mother with atypical Alzheimer's, New York-based actress Kate Mulgrew returns to her hometown in Iowa to spend time with her parents and care for them in the time they have left. The months Kate spends with her parents in Dubuque -- by turns turbulent, tragic, and joyful -- lead her to reflect on each of their lives and how they shaped her own. Those ruminations are transformed when, in the wake of their deaths, Kate uncovers long-kept secrets that challenge her understanding of the unconventional Irish Catholic household in which she was raised. How to Forget is a considered portrait of a mother and a father, an emotionally powerful memoir that demonstrates how love fuses children and parents, and an honest examination of family, memory, and indelible loss."-- Provided by publisher.

Ernesto : the untold story of Hemingway in revolutionary Cuba

May 23, 2019
Feldman, Andrew, 1973- author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, [2019]
xiii, 496 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Key west by way of Havana, newlyweds passing through -- Oak Park and the war, fathers and sons (1899-1928) -- Adventures as close as Cuba (1928-1934) -- An island like a ship (1934-1936) -- A romantic getaway for two in Civil War Spain (1936-1939) -- Hemingway's Cuban family (1939-1961) -- Don Quixote vs. the wolf pack (1942-1944) -- Hemingway liberates the Ritz Hotel bar and pursues the Third Reich -- The return to the isle of paradise with Mrs. Mary Welsh Hemingway (1945-1947) -- A middle-aged author's obsession with a young Italian aristocrat (1947-1951) -- A citizen of Cojimar and a Cuban nobel prize (1952-1955) -- A North American writer and a Cuban Revolution (1956-1960) -- New year, new government (1959-1960) -- El commandante meets his favorite author -- Hemingway never left Cuba: a lion's suicide (1960-1961) -- Finca Vigia becomes the Finca Viga Museum (1960-present) -- Afterword: when your neighbor is Ernest Hemingway: Cojmar and San Francisco de Paula.
"Ernest Hemingway first visited Cuba in 1928, and the experience would change the course of his entire life. He settled in Cojimar--a tiny fishing village east of Havana--in 1940, and came to think of himself as Cuban. What he discovered there, a new world counterpart to his beloved Spain, provided him the material for the novel that would rescue his uncertain career. The Old Man and the Sea won him a Pulitzer Prize and, one year later, earned literature's highest honor--the Nobel Prize. Recognizing his debt, Hemingway announced to the press that he had won the prize "as a citizen of Cojimar." This is the Hemingway story that has never been told: the full story of Papa as an expatriate in Cuba, an ingenuous American opportunist whose natural openness and curiosity connected with the distinctive warmth of the Cuban character. In Cuba he formed key artistic relationships -- including a longstanding affair with a previously undiscovered Cuban lover, Leopoldina Roderiguez -- and became the Nobel Prize-winning literary legend we know today"-- Provided by publisher.

Every man a hero : a memoir of D-Day, the first wave at Omaha Beach, and a world at war

May 23, 2019
Lambert, Ray (Arnold Ray), author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
xvii, 283 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
"Seventy-five years ago, he hit Omaha Beach with the first wave. Now Ray Lambert, ninety-eight years old, delivers one of the most remarkable memoirs, a tour-de-force of remembrance evoking his role as a decorated World War II medic who risked his life to save the heroes of D-Day."--Publisher's description.

Philip K. Dick : a comics biography

May 22, 2019
Queyssi, Laurent, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Translation of: Phil, une vie de Philip K. Dick.
"The improbable life of the author of Minority Report, Blade Runner, Electric Dreams and Total Recall!"--Cover.
One of the greatest writers in science fiction history, Philip K. Dick is mostly remembered for such works as Blade Runner, Minority Report, and Total Recall. His dark, fascinating work centered on alternate universes and shifting realities in worlds often governed by monopolistic corporations and authoritarian governments. His own life story seems a tussle with reality, cycling through five marriages and becoming increasingly disjointed with fits of paranoia and hallucinations fueled by abuse of drugs meant to stabilize him. His dramatic story is presented unvarnished in this biography.

Stay sexy & don't get murdered : the definitive how-to guide

May 22, 2019
Kilgariff, Karen, author.
New York : Forge, 2019.
300 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Let's sit crooked & talk straight: Karen's introduction -- Fuck politeness -- Sweet baby angel -- You're in a cult, call your dad -- Send 'em back -- Don't be a fucking lunatic -- Get a job -- Buy your own shit -- Stay out of the forest -- Fuckin' hooray!: Georgia's conclusion.
"The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder! Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation. In Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being 'nice' or 'helpful.' They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness."--Publisher's description.

Son of Havana : a baseball journey from Cuba to the big leagues and back

May 22, 2019
Tiant, Luis, 1940- author.
vi, 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Frances Dee : a film history

May 22, 2019
Hulse, Ed, 1953- author.
xvi, 209 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm

Life to the extreme : how a chaotic kid became America's favorite carpenter

May 21, 2019
Pennington, Ty, 1965-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2019]
219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Surprising the family -- Demolition -- Foundation -- Walls and lines -- Rooms -- Love and community -- Move that bus -- Epilogue.
The star of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Trading Spaces, Ty Pennington, shares his life story - lessons he's learned while serving others, random acts of kindness, battling ADHD in a busy career, and anecdotes from behind the scenes of America's favorite home shows.

When spirit calls : a healing odyssey

May 21, 2019
Diver, Joan, author.
Rhinebeck, New York : Monkfish Book Publishing Company, [2018]
xvi, 275 pages ; 23 cm
Centering down -- Breaking down -- Breaking free -- Seeking common ground -- Meeting the guru -- Walking with Jesus -- Learning to follow -- Hearing the call -- Saying goodbye -- Transcending separation -- Facing fear -- Yielding to surrender -- Fighting resistance -- Preparing to fly -- Letting go -- Healing pain -- Committing to love.

Rainbow warrior : my life in color

May 21, 2019
Baker, Gilbert, 1951-2017, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2019]
xiv, 232 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Dustin Lance Black -- A bolt of lightning -- Dreaming of a life over the rainbow -- I am not a homosexual -- A door opens -- Stitching a rainbow -- Victory and backlash -- Raining on my parade -- Life at the Clown Hotel -- The birth of Sister Chanel 2001 -- Bobbi took off his socks -- Working for the enemy -- Stoning the Pope -- Rock bottom and rebel rebirth -- Pink Jesus and the holy war -- Spreading my wings -- Dorothy goes to Gotham -- Defending the rainbow -- Russians, bobbins, flashbulbs, and tears -- The winter of my discontent -- Clash of the divas -- An affair to remember, a night to forget -- Last shift at the sequin mine -- A bump in the road -- The chiffon rebellion -- A day in court, a night at Stonewall -- A magician, a mile of scarf, and a pair of scissors -- The hatchet is buried -- Invisible, with liberty and justice for all -- Epilogue: Gilbert Baker's later years / by Charley Beal.
"The never-published memoir of the visual artist and social justice activist who created the Rainbow Flag, which became an international emblem of the modern LGBTQ+ movement"-- Provided by publisher.

Thomas Berry : a biography

May 21, 2019
Tucker, Mary Evelyn, author.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
xviii, 339 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Thomas Berry and the arc of history -- An independent youth -- The call to contemplation -- Studying history and living history -- The struggle to teach -- From human history to earth history -- From new story to universe story -- Evoking the great work -- Coming home -- Interlude: the arc of a life -- Narratives of time -- Teilhard and the zest for life -- Confucian integration of cosmos, earth, and humans -- Indigenous traditions of the giving earth.
Thomas Berry (1914-2009) was one of the twentieth century's most prescient and profound thinkers. The first biography of Berry, this book illuminates his remarkable vision and its continuing relevance for achieving transformative social change and environmental renewal.

Truth worth telling : a reporter's search for meaning in the stories of our times

May 17, 2019
Pelley, Scott, 1957- author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, [2019]
424 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The "CBS Evening News" anchor and "60 Minutes" correspondent presents a memoir from the frontlines of international journalism that includes firsthand insights into major historical events and world leaders.

After life : my journey from incarceration to freedom

May 17, 2019
Johnson, Alice Marie, author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2019.
x, 278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
How do you hold on to hope after more than twenty years of imprisonment? For Alice Marie Johnson the answer lies with God. For years, Alice lived a normal life without a criminal record -- she was a manager at FedEx, a wife, and a mother. But after an emotionally and financially tumultuous period in her life left her with few options, she turned to crime as a way to pay off her mounting debts. Convicted in 1996 for her nonviolent involvement in a Memphis cocaine trafficking organization, Alice received a life sentence under the mandatory sentencing laws of the time. Locked behind bars, Alice looked to God. Eventually becoming an ordained minister, she relied on her faith to sustain hope over more than two decades -- until 2018, when the president commuted her sentence at the behest of Kim Kardashian West, who had taken up Alice's cause. In this honest, faith-driven memoir, Alice explains how she held on to hope and gave it to others, from becoming a playwright to mentoring her fellow prisoners. She reveals how Christianity and her unshakeable belief in God helped her persevere and inspired her to share her faith in a video that would go viral -- and come to the attention of celebrities who were moved to action. Today, Alice is an icon for the prison reform movement and a humble servant who embraces gratitude and God for her freedom. In this powerful book, she recalls all of the firsts she has experienced through her activism and provides an authentic portrait of the crisis that is mass incarceration. Linking social justice to spiritual faith, she makes a persuasive and poignant argument for justice that transcends tribal politics. Her story is a beacon in the darkness of despair, reminding us of the power of redemption and the importance of making second chances count.

The book of pride : LGBTQ heroes who changed the world

May 17, 2019
Funk, Mason, author.
New York, NY : HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
xiv, 271 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

This searing light, the sun and everything else : Joy Division : the oral history

May 16, 2019
Savage, Jon, author.
xii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Jon Savage's oral history of Joy Division is the last word on the band that ended with the suicide of Ian Curtis in Macclesfield on 18 May, 1980. It weaves together interviews conducted by the author, but never used in the making of the film Joy Division (2007) which told the story of the band in their own words, as well as those of their peers, collaborators, and contemporaries. Here are 15 or so vivid witnesses to the band's genesis, meteoric rise, and tragic demise, including Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Annike Honore, Deborah Curtis, Paul Morley, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, Martin Hannet ... It is the story of young men driven to create and cause rock n' roll havoc inspired by literature, radical ideas, and the wasteland that was post-industrial Manchester in the late 70s. It is as intense and funny and alive on the page as only an oral history can be, recalling masterpieces like Edie by Jean Stein and Meet me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman. It is essential reading."

Brave face : a memoir

May 16, 2019
Hutchinson, Shaun David, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
xii, 356 pages ; 22 cm

The naked truth : a memoir

May 16, 2019
Morgan, Leslie, 1965- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2019]
255 pages ; 21 cm
"Leslie Morgan, bestselling author of Crazy Love and Mommy Wars, was a mom turning fifty, reeling from divorce and determined to reclaim her life. In a radical break with convention, she dedicated a year to searching for five new lovers, seeking the rapture absent in a life of minivans and mom jeans -- and finding a profound new sense of self-worth. When Leslie Morgan divorced after a twenty-year marriage, both her self-esteem and romantic optimism were shattered. She was determined to avoid the cliché of the "lonely, middle-aged divorcée" lamenting her stretch marks and begging her kids to craft her online dating profile. Instead, Leslie celebrated her independence with an audacious plan: she would devote a year to seeking out five lovers in hopes of unearthing the erotic adventures and authentic connections long missing from her life. Clumsy and clueless at first, she overcame mortifying early missteps, buoyed by friends and blind faith. And so she found men at yoga class, the airport, and high school reunions -- all without the torture of dating websites. Along the way she uncovered new truths about sex, aging, men, self-confidence, and what it means to be an older woman today. Packed with fearless, evocative details, The Naked Truth is a rare, unexpected, and wildly entertaining memoir about a soccer mom who rediscovers the magic of sexual and emotional connection, and the lasting gifts of reveling in your femininity at every age."-- Provided by publisher.

Oliver Wendell Holmes : a life in war, law, and ideas

May 16, 2019
Budiansky, Stephen, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
viii, 579 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Oliver Wendell Holmes twice escaped death as a young Union officer in the Civil War when musket balls missed his heart and spinal cord by a fraction of an inch at the Battles of Ball’s Bluff and Antietam. He lived ever after with unwavering moral courage, unremitting scorn for dogma, and an insatiable intellectual curiosity. Named to the Supreme Court by Theodore Roosevelt at age sixty-one, he served for nearly three decades, writing a series of famous, eloquent, and often dissenting opinions that would prove prophetic in securing freedom of speech, protecting the rights of criminal defendants, and ending the Court's reactionary resistance to social and economic reforms. As a pioneering legal scholar, Holmes revolutionized the understanding of common law by showing how the law always evolved to meet the changing needs of society. As an enthusiastic friend and indefatigable correspondent, he wrote thousands of personal letters brimming with humorous philosophical insights, trenchant comments on the current scene, and an abiding joy in fighting the good fight. Drawing on many previously unpublished letters and records, Stephen Budiansky’s definitive biography offers the fullest portrait yet of this pivotal American figure, whose zest for life, wit, and intellect left a profound legacy in law and Constitutional rights, and who was an inspiring example of how to lead a meaningful life in a world of uncertainty and upheaval."--Inside dust jacket.

The roof : the Beatles' final concert

May 16, 2019
Mansfield, Ken, author.
195 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"He was there! Apple Records former US manager Ken Mansfield takes a touching and comprehensive look back on one of rock'n'roll's most significant events, while bringing an insider's perspective to the days leading up to 42 fascinating minutes of the Beatles monumental Rooftop Concert"-- Provided by publisher.

Elie Wiesel : an extraordinary life and legacy

May 16, 2019
174 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
"Writings, reflections, photographs"--Cover.

The impossible dream : the story of Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers

May 16, 2019
Reynolds, Anthony.
London : Jawbone, 2009.
352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"A genuine Jawbone book"--Title page verso.
"The Walker Brothers were the US counter-strike to the British invasion of the mid-60s. While The Beatles, the Stones and many others were busy colonising the US charts. Not actually brothers, John (Maus), Gary (Leeds) and Scott (Engel) succeeded against the odds, becoming one of world's biggest bands of 1966/67. With that came hit records -- including two British chart-toppers, 'Make It Easy On Yourself' and 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore' -- and all that success entails: screaming girls, package tours, and intense interest in their private lives. The pressure of success eventually caused them to split, and the Walkers went their separate ways. Of the three, Scott is now the most prominent, having embarked on a mysterious solo career that has since become the stuff of myth. All three drifted into obscurity before reforming in 1976 and releasing the classic 'No Regrets' single. They concluded their recording career with one of the decade's most influential records, 1978's Nite Flights. The Impossible Dream is an in-depth biography that traces the career of one of the most successful bands in pop history. In addition to assessing and analysing the talent and appeal of the enigmatic Scott, the author also covers the history and contributions of the other 'brothers' John and Gary. Drawing on decades of archive interviews with the band, and many new interviews with backing musicians, record label staff and producers, The Impossible Dream is the definitive telling of The Walker Brothers' story."

Sea stories : my life in special operations

May 15, 2019
McRaven, William H. (William Harry), 1955- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
xi, 335 pages, [16] p. of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Forever and ever, amen : a memoir of music, faith, and braving the storms of life

May 15, 2019
Travis, Randy, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2019]
x, 294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of leaves : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Beloved around the world, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel and is considered one of the finest performers of his generation, admired by superstars across the musical landscape, from Garth Brooks to Mick Jagger. From a working-class background in North Carolina to a job as a cook and club singer in Nashville to his "overnight success" with his smash 1986 album Storms of Life--which launched the neotraditional movement in country music--Randy's first three decades are a true rags-to-riches story. But in 2009, this seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral. His marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012. Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Randy suffered a devastating viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke which he was not expected to survive. Yet he not only survived but also learned to walk again and in 2016 accepted his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame by singing the hymn that explains his life today: 'Amazing Grace.' Filled with never-before-told stories, Forever and Ever, Amen is a riveting tale of unfathomable success, great joy, deep pain, and redemption that can come only from above."--Inside dust jacket.

Everything is combustible : Television, CBGB's and five decades of rock and roll : the memoirs of an alchemical guitarist

May 15, 2019
Lloyd, Richard (Guitarist), author.
xiii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Written in Lloyd's inimitable, frequently humorous style, Everything is Combustible chronicles, through vignettes, Lloyd's colorful early life, starting in Pittsburgh and soon moving to New York City, and then details his teenage travels and encounters with music legends including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Keith Moon. Lloyd recounts the founding of Television, the band's rise alongside other bands and personalities in the 1970's New York Music scene, and the legend-making of the unparalleled music venue CBGB. As the rock 'n' roll tales unfold, he accompanies them with insights into his approach to music and the electric guitar. Lloyd's mid-career vignettes detail his solo years, including the backstory of critically praised records such as Alchemy and Field of Fire, his drug addiction and recovery, his 90s-era work, and touring adventures with artists such as Matthew Sweet, John Doe, and Robert Quine. Throughout the book is an undercurrent: Lloyd's continually evolving spiritual-philosophical approach to life, emerging from the conscious digestion of the highs and the lows, both ends of the same stick. In Everything is Combustible, Richard Lloyd relates his life, both inner and outer, in the narrative style, digging beneath the events and revealing their meanings."

Just show up : and other enduring values from baseball's Iron Man

May 14, 2019
Ripken, Cal, Jr., 1960- author.
New York, N.Y. : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
xiii, 185 pages ; 22 cm

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