New Arrivals · Biography

January 15, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

An indefinite sentence : a personal history of outlawed love and sex

January 9, 2019
Dube, Siddharth, 1961- author.
New York : Atria Books, [2019]
374 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in India in 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers India Limited as No One Else."
A revelatory memoir about sex, oppression, and the universal struggle for justice by the executive director of UNAIDS describes his personal quest for love and self-respect as a gay youth in mid-twentieth-century India and at Harvard.

Still in the game : finding the faith to tackle life's biggest challenges

January 9, 2019
Still, Devon, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2018]
ix, 243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Recounts the football player's journey from one challenge to the next, sharing the deeper story behind the headlines that prepared him to help his daughter fight cancer.

Trailblazer : a pioneering journalist's fight to make the media look more like America

January 9, 2019
Gilliam, Dorothy Butler, 1936- author.
Nashville : Center Street, 2019.
351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Trailblazer is a powerful behind-the-scenes memoir from the first female African American reporter at the Washington Post. Gilliam recounts her full, fascinating life -spanning from the 1930s to the present."--Inside dust jacket.

Hollywood's Eve : Eve Babitz and the secret history of L.A.

January 9, 2019
Anolik, Lili, author.
New York : Scribner, [2019]
x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world--a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory. Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA. The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. The photograph, cheesecake with a Dadaist twist, made her an instant icon of art and sex. Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety. There were the album covers she designed: for Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds, to name but a few. There were the men she seduced: Jim Morrison, Ed Ruscha, Harrison Ford, to name but a very few. Then, at nearly thirty, her It girl days numbered, Babitz was discovered--as a writer--by Joan Didion. She would go on to produce seven books, usually billed as novels or short story collections, always autobiographies and confessionals. Under-known and under-read during her career, she's since experienced a breakthrough. Now in her mid-seventies, she's on the cusp of literary stardom and recognition as an essential--as the essential--LA writer. Her prose achieves that American ideal: art that stays loose, maintains its cool, and is so sheerly enjoyable as to be mistaken for simple entertainment. For Babitz, life was slow days, fast company until a freak fire in the 90s turned her into a recluse, living in a condo in West Hollywood, where Lili Anolik tracked her down in 2012. Anolik's elegant and provocative new book is equal parts biography and detective story. It is also on dangerously intimate terms with its subject: artist, writer, muse, and one-woman zeitgeist, Eve Babitz."-- Provided by publisher.

Bluff City : the secret life of photographer Ernest Withers

January 9, 2019
Lauterbach, Preston, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Don't touch anything -- The pictures tell the story -- Holding on to Jerusalem Slim -- I am a man.
"The little-known story of an iconic photographer, whose work captured--and influenced--a critical moment in American history. Ernest Withers took some of the most legendary images of the 1950s and 60s: Martin Luther King Jr. riding a newly integrated bus in Montgomery, Alabama; Emmett Till's uncle pointing an accusatory finger across the courtroom at his nephew's killer. But from his position at the heart of the cultural revolution, Withers was simultaneously gathering information for the FBI. Withers traversed disparate worlds, from Black Power meetings to raucous Memphis nightclubs where Elvis brushed shoulders with B. B. King. In this gripping narrative history, Preston Lauterbach examines the complicated political and economic forces that supported Withers' seeming betrayal of those he witnessed, and suggests that Withers' attention to nuance--so arresting in his photography--also made him essential to the FBI. Bluff City culminates with a riveting account of the 1968 riot that led to Dr. King's death, and investigates how Withers may have altered the course of this momentous event"-- Provided by publisher.

From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart : rekindling my love for Catholicism

January 9, 2019
Haw, Chris, 1981-
Notre Dame, Ind. : Ave Maria Press, ©2012.
xix, 234 pages ; 22 cm
Action (with some contemplation) -- From mass to megachurch -- From class to streets -- From streets to jungle -- From jungle to war -- From war to concrete jungle -- Contemplation (with some action) -- Murder and the mass -- Pagan Christianity -- Search for no accent: or, the impossibility of nondenominationalism -- On being part of a terrible organization: or, how to treat the church like a (dysfunctional) family -- Art and apocalypse.
"The bestselling coauthor of Jesus for president recounts his spiritual journey though evangelical Christianity and his return to Catholicism. A respectful and engaging look at the megachurch movement and a heartfelt expression of love for the Catholic Church's liturgy and its commitment to the poor."--Page 4 of cover.

Hedy Lamarr : an incredible life

January 7, 2019
Roy, William, 1976- author.
Los Angeles, CA : Life Drawn, an imprint of Humanoids, Inc., [2018]
176 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"First published in France as Hedy Lamarr :la plus belle femme du monde"--title verso.
"Hollywood icon by day, unsung science genius by night, Hedy Lamarr is the biography of "the most beautiful woman in the world."--Publisher's description.

Taking cover : one girl's story of growing up during the Iranian Revolution

January 4, 2019
Homayoonfar, Nioucha, author.
160 pages, 8 pages of plages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Fury, 1986 (Part 1) -- Revolution, 1979 -- Acting, 1980 -- Retreat, Summer 1980 -- Rebellion, 1980-1981 -- War, 1981 -- Expectations, 1982 -- Spaces, 1983 -- Hiding, 1984 -- Love, 1984 -- Fury, 1986 (Part 2) -- Departure, 1987.
This coming-of-age memoir, set during the Iranian Revolution, tells the true story of a young girl who moves to Tehran from the U.S. and has to adjust to living in a new country, learning a new language, and starting a new school during one of the most turbulent periods in Iran's history.

The quest for Queen Mary

January 4, 2019
Pope-Hennessy, James, author.
London : Zuleika, 2018.
335 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Queen Mary, the widow of George V, and grandmother of the Queen, died at Marlborough House on 24 March 1953, a few months before the Coronation. She was eighty-five years old. Unusually for a Queen consort, an official biography was commissioned."--Book jacket.

Unbought and unbossed

January 4, 2019
Chisholm, Shirley, 1924-2005.
xvii, 199 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1970.
pt. 1. Growing up. Early years in Barbados -- Back to Brooklyn -- College years -- Starting in politics -- pt. 2. Getting there. Teaching, marriage, and the political arena -- In the state assembly -- Running for Congress -- Breaking the rules -- pt. 3. Speaking out. The speech against the war -- How I view Congress -- Facing the abortion question -- The Lindsay campaign and coalition politics -- Black politicians and the black minority -- pt. 4. Looking ahead. A government that cannot hear the people -- Women and their liberation -- Youth and America's future -- Afterword / Shola Lynch.
Unbought and Unbossed is Shirley Chisholm's account of her remarkable rise from young girl in Brooklyn to America's first African-American Congresswoman. She shares how she took on an entrenched system, gave a public voice to millions, and sets the stage for her trailblazing bid to be the first woman and first African-American President of the United States. By daring to be herself, Shirley Chisholm shows us how she forever changed the status quo. This expanded edition, edited by Scott Simpson, digs deeper with analysis by experts like Donna Brazile and Shola Lynch exploring Shirley Chisholm's impact on today and tomorrow's world.--From publisher's description.

The David E. Clippinger story : a family chronicle

January 4, 2019
Clippinger, David E. (David Edward), 1931-
Cincinnati (27 Spring Hill Dr., Cincinnati 45527) : Clippinger Family Press, 2000.
319 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm

The truths we hold : an American journey

January 3, 2019
Harris, Kamala D., author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
xvii, 318 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
For the people -- A voice for justice -- Underwater -- Wedding bells -- I say we fight -- We are better than this -- Every body -- The cost of living -- Smart on security -- What I've learned.
"From one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country. By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in The Truths We Hold a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values. In a book rich in many home truths, not least is that a relatively small number of people work very hard to convince a great many of us that we have less in common than we actually do, but it falls to us to look past them and get on with the good work of living our common truth. When we do, our shared effort will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come"-- Provided by publisher.

In the name of the children : an FBI agent's relentless pursuit of the nation's worst predators

January 3, 2019
Rinek, Jeffrey L., author.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., [2018]
xii, 276 pages, 16 pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
FBI Agent Jeff Rinek, well-known for a number of high-profile investigations, including the Unabomber, the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, and the Yosemite Park murders committed by a serial killer named Cary Stayner deeply personal account of what it's like to work cases when a missing child's life hangs in the balance or when a serial child killer must be identified and stopped before he kills again.

One by one : a memoir of love and loss in the shadows of opioid America

December 31, 2018
Bush, Nicholas, author.
243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Behind closed doors, thirty-six million people around the world abuse opioids, three million of them are in the US. Nick Bush was one of them. Forty-five thousand people in the US die annually from the disease, two lives lost to it were Nick’s sister and brother, three were his friends. Opioid addiction is recognized as the nation’s worst health crisis. Because of it, the average American lifespan is decreasing. Incredibly, the stories of the people suffering from opioid addiction rarely get told. In One by One, Nick steps out of the opioid shadows to share his page-turning true story. He is remarkably candid about how he became an addict, as well as the stories of those around him, in a community ravaged by the disease. Nick, though, is a survivor. Here he tells how, and inspires us to know that the war against opioid addiction is one that we can win if only we are willing to bring humanity to the disease, faces to the addiction.

Complicated game : inside the songs of XTC

December 28, 2018
Partridge, Andy, interviewee.
London : Jawbone, 2016.
398 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Swindon : a perambulation / John Morrish -- This is pop -- Statue of Liberty -- Meccanik dancing -- Beatown -- Roads girdle the globe -- Real by reel -- Complicated game -- Respectable street -- No language in our lungs -- Travels in Nihilon -- Senses working overtime -- Jason and the Argonauts -- No thugs in our house -- Beating of hearts -- Love on a farmboy's wages -- Seagulls screaming Kiss her, kiss her -- The everyday story of Smalltown -- 25 o'clock -- That's really super, Supergirl -- Dear God -- Mayor of Simpleton -- Chalkhills and children -- The disappointed -- Rook -- River of orchids -- I can't own her -- The last balloon -- Stupidly happy -- Church of women -- Rainbeau melt -- Epilogue. Songwriting.
"Complicated Game offers unique insight into the work of XTC founder Andy Partridge, one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters. It is also an unprecedentedly revealing and instructive guide to how songs and records are made. Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, it explores in detail some thirty of Partridge's songs - including such well-known singles as 'Senses Working Overtime' and the controversial 'Dear God' - from throughout XTC's thirty-year career, as well as an extensive interview dedicated solely to the art and craft of songwriting. While the interviews cast new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry, they are also filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and their adventures around the world - all told with the songwriter's legendary humour. This fascinating book also includes pages from Partridge's songwriting notebooks and reproductions of his original artwork designs; a guided tour of his hometown of Swindon; and a foreword by Steven Wilson, the guitarist, songwriter, and record producer best known as the founder and leader of Porcupine Tree."--Publisher information.

The gospel according to Luke

December 28, 2018
Lukather, Steve, author.
xiii, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes discography (pages 317-337).
The outrageous and often hilarious autobiography of legendary session musician and lead guitarist and singer of Toto. No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto. The dominant sound of the late '70s and '80s was not punk, but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B first staked out on Boz Scaggs' Silk Degrees. That album was shaped in large part by the founding members of Toto, who were emerging as the most in-demand elite session crew in LA, and further developed on the band's self-titled multi-platinum debut. A string of massive hits followed for Toto while Lukather and bandmates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, and Steve Porcaro also served as creative linchpins on some of the most successful and influential records of the era, including Michael Jackson's Thriller. In this incisive memoir, Lukather tells the complete Toto story. He also lifts the lid on what went on behind the closed studio doors, shedding light on the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Roger Waters, and Aretha Franklin. Lukather's extraordinary tale also encompasses the dark side of stardom and the American Dream. Frank, engaging, and often hilarious, The Gospel According to Luke is no ordinary rock memoir. It is the real thing.

The price of fortune : the untold story of being James Packer : a biography

December 27, 2018
Kitney, Damon, author.
Sydney, N.S.W. : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
408 pages,16 pages of plates. : illustrations ; 25 cm.
James Packer turns to Greek mythology in an attempt to explain the most exciting yet tumultuous period of his 50 years on earth. 'I was like Icarus', the billionaire tells his biographer, journalist Damon Kitney, of the heady days of 2016 when he broke up with pop star Mariah Carey, abandoned living in Hollywood and Israel, left the global casino stage, and divided the family fortune in a bitter separation from his sister. 'I flew too close to the sun'. With these words, Packer delves for the first time into the story behind his stunning public revelation in mid-March 2018 of his battle with mental health issues, which forced him to resign from the board of the Crown casino company he owns and loves. Never before has a member of the Packer family co-operated with a writer to tell their story. In his authorised biography, The Price of Fortune, one of the nation's richest and most psychoanalysed men opens up in an attempt to make sense of his rollercoaster life and to tell the human story of being James Douglas Packer. Of how his wealth, charm and intellect took him to such exciting places. Yet how his trusting the wrong people and his rash actions cost him his friends, his health and, most importantly, his reputation on the global stage, and how he is now working on getting it back.

Then they came for me : Martin Niemöller, the pastor who defied the Nazis

December 27, 2018
Hockenos, Matthew D., 1966- author.
ix, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
With God for king and fatherland (1892-1914) -- Serving the Kaiser on the high seas (1914-1918) -- From u-boat to pulpit (1918-1933) -- Trusting God and Hitler (1933) -- Fighting pastor (1934-1937) -- Hitler's personal prisoner (1937-1945) -- Guilt, repentance, renewal (1945-1946) -- Barnstorming America (1946-1947) -- Swords to plowshares (1947-1956) -- Ambassador of God (1956-1984).
First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out--because I was not a Communist ..." Few today recognize the name Martin Niemöller, though many know his famous confession. In Then They Came for Me, Matthew Hockenos traces Niemöller's evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler, revealing him to be a more complicated figure than previously understood. Born into a traditionalist Prussian family, Niemöller welcomed Hitler's rise to power as an opportunity for national rebirth. Yet when the regime attempted to seize control of the Protestant Church, he helped lead the opposition and was soon arrested. After spending the war in concentration camps, Niemöller emerged a controversial figure: to his supporters he was a modern Luther, while his critics, including President Harry Truman, saw him as an unrepentant nationalist.

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