New Arrivals · Biography

November 20, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Winter warrior : a Vietnam vet's anti-war odyssey

November 19, 2019
Gilbert, Eve, author, artist.
©2019
96 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Winter Warrior recounts both the personal journey of one American and his need for political engagement when his conscience collides with American foreign policy during the height of the Cold War..."--Provided by publisher.

Initiated : memoir of a witch

November 19, 2019
Garcia, Amanda Yates, author.
©2019
vii, 341 pages ; 22 cm
An initiation signals a beginning: a door opens and you step through. Traditional Wiccan initiates are usually brought into the craft through a ceremony with a High Priestess. But even though Amanda Yates Garcia's mother, a practicing witch herself, initiated her into the earth-centered practice of witchcraft when she was 13 years old, Amanda's real life as a witch only began when she underwent a series of spontaneous initiations of her own. Descending into the underworlds of poverty, sex work, and misogyny, Initiated describes Amanda's journey to return to her body, harness her power, and create the magical world she longed for through witchcraft. Hailed by crows, seduced by magicians, and haunted by ancestors broken beneath the wheels of patriarchy, Amanda's quest for self-discovery and empowerment is a deep exploration of a modern witch's trials - healing ancient wounds, chafing against cultural expectations, creating intimacy - all while on a mission to re-enchant the world. Peppered with mythology, tales of the goddesses and magical women throughout history, Initiated stands squarely at the intersection of witchcraft and feminism. With generosity and heart, this book speaks to the question: is it possible to live a life of beauty and integrity in a world that feels like it's dying? Declaring oneself a witch and practicing magic has everything to do with claiming authority and power for oneself, of taking back our planet in the name of Love. Initiated is both memoir and manifesto calling the magical people of the world to take up their wands: stand up, be brave, describe the world they want, then create it like a witch.

Janis : her life and music

November 19, 2019
George-Warren, Holly, author.
©2019
xv, 377 pages, 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Pioneer stock -- Tomboy -- Thrill seeker -- "Beat weeds" -- "18 and fucked up" -- Hell raiser -- Waller Creek boy -- Blues singer -- Meth freak and the Saturday night swindle -- Texas coed -- Big Brother's chick singer -- "The idol of my generation" -- "Haight-Ashbury's first pinup" -- Woman on the verge -- "Rock star born on Second Avenue" -- Kozmic blues -- Pearl.
"This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was. Janis Joplin's first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of the power of the blues, music you could only find on obscure records and in roadhouses along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. But even before that, she stood out in her conservative oil town. She was a tomboy who was also intellectually curious and artistic. By the time she reached high school, she had drawn the scorn of her peers for her embrace of the Beats and her racially progressive views. Her parents doted on her in many ways, but were ultimately put off by her repeated acts of defiance. Janis Joplin has passed into legend as a brash, impassioned soul doomed by the pain that produced one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But in these pages, Holly George-Warren provides a revelatory and deeply satisfying portrait of a woman who wasn't all about suffering. Janis was a perfectionist: a passionate, erudite musician who was born with talent but also worked exceptionally hard to develop it. She was a woman who pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality long before it was socially acceptable. She was a sensitive seeker who wanted to marry and settle down--but couldn't, or wouldn't. She was a Texan who yearned to flee Texas but could never quite get away--even after becoming a countercultural icon in San Francisco. Written by one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history, and based on unprecedented access to Janis Joplin's family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis is a complex, rewarding portrait of a remarkable artist finally getting her due."--Publisher's website.

Black Indian

November 19, 2019
Buchanan, Shonda, author.
©2019
xii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Beautifully rendered and rippling with family dysfunction, secrets, deaths, alcoholism, and old resentments, Shonda Buchanan's memoir is an inspiring story that explores her family's legacy of being African Americans with American Indian roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. Buchanan was raised as a Black woman, who grew up hearing cherished stories of her multi-racial heritage, while simultaneously suffering from everything she (and the rest of her family) didn't know. Tracing the arduous migration of Mixed Bloods, or Free People of Color, from the Southeast to the Midwest, Buchanan tells the story of her Michigan tribe--a comedic yet manically depressed family of fierce women, who were everything from caretakers and cornbread makers to poets and witches, and men who were either ignored, protected, imprisoned, or maimed--and how their lives collided over love, failure, fights, and prayer despite a stacked deck of challenges, including addiction and abuse. Ultimately, Buchanan's nomadic people endured a collective identity crisis after years of constantly straddling two, then three, races. The physical, spiritual, and emotional displacement of American Indians who met and married Mixed or Black slaves and indentured servants at America's early crossroads is where this powerful journey begins."--Back cover.

Dayglo : the Poly Styrene story

November 19, 2019
Bell, Celeste, author.
London : Omnibus Press, [2019]
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.
Poly Styrene was a singer-songwriter, an artist, a free-thinker, a post-modern style pioneer and a lifelong spiritual seeker: a true punk icon. But this rebel queen with the cheeky grin was also a latter-day pop artist with a wickedly perceptive gift for satirising the world around her. Based on interviews with those who knew and loved Poly (whether personally or through music) this honestly and openly explores her exceptional life, up until her untimely passing in 1991. It is about her growing up mixed-race in Brixton in the 1960s, to being at the forefront of the emerging punk scene with X-Ray Spex in the 1970s, to finding faith with the Hare Krishna movement, to balancing single motherhood with a solo music career and often debilitating mental health issues. -- Adapted from back cover.

Erdogan's empire : Turkey and the politics of the Middle East

November 19, 2019
Çaǧaptay, Soner, author.
©2020
xx, 369 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction : a trip to istanbul -- Osman's dream -- Restoring Turks' dignity-as Muslims -- "Strategic depth" -- Building soft power -- Europe's slap -- An American affair -- The Syrian disaster -- Menacing Russians -- Competing Persians -- Erdogan's Arab fall -- Uncomfortable Ottomans -- Course correction -- Erdogan vs. Trump -- Erdogan's empire part I: East Africa -- Erdogan's empire part II: "Bayram Belt" -- Turkey and the West: a never-ending love affair -- Conclusion how can turkey become great?
"Gradually since 2003, Turkey's autocratic leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought to make Turkey a great power ... Erdogan has picked an unorthodox model in the context of recent Turkish history, attempting to cast his country as a stand-alone Middle Eastern power. In doing so Turkey has broken ranks with its traditional Western allies, including the United States and has embraced an imperial-style foreign policy which has aimed to restore Turkey's Ottoman-era reach into the Arabian Middle East and the Balkans."-- Jacket.

Leave something on the table : and other surprising lessons for success in business and in life

November 19, 2019
Bennack, Frank A., author.
©2019
xi, 253 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"One of the most innovative minds in business provides an equally original guide to getting ahead. Frank Bennack's accomplishments in media and business are unrivaled. He was named chief executive of Hearst in 1979, and for nearly 30 years he helped solidify the company's reputation as a leader in consumer media, overseeing the purchase of more than two dozen television stations and several major newspapers (Houston Chronicle), the launch of top-selling magazines (O, The Oprah Magazine), and a partnership with ABC, now the Walt Disney Company, to create the pioneering cable networks A&E, HISTORY, and Lifetime. One of his greatest achievements was when, in 1990, he negotiated a 20 percent stake in ESPN for $167 million. The sports network would be valued by market analysts at roughly $30 billion. He also played a key role in Hearst's march toward diversification, with acquisitions of business media assets including global ratings agency Fitch Group. In Leave Something on the Table, Bennack takes readers behind the scenes of these high-stakes moves and offers practical tips for excelling in the corporate world and beyond. He tells stories from his Texas childhood-a first job at 8, his own television show at 17-that foretold why he would become a CEO at 46. And he shares his encounters with US presidents, reflects on his longtime commitment to philanthropy, and describes his and his colleagues' unwavering quest to build the visionary Hearst Tower. This is a heartfelt handbook for how to advance not only as a professional but as a person. As Bennack writes, "It's not currently fashionable to make the case for the high road. It looks longer, and old-fashioned, and it's easy to conclude that while you're climbing the ladder, burdened by your values, others are reaching the top faster. But if the stories in these pages suggest a broader truth, it's exactly the opposite: The high road is quicker, with a better view along the way, and more satisfaction at the summit.""-- Provided by publisher.

Separated by the border : a birth mother, a foster mother, and a migrant child's 3,000-mile journey

November 19, 2019
Thomas, Gena, 1984- author.
Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2019]
209 pages ; 21 cm
Honduras -- Emigración -- Expatriation -- Mexico -- Río Bravo -- Rio Grande -- United State -- Unaccompanied Minor -- Dependent Children -- Foster Daughter -- ¿Quién Es Usted a Mí? (Who Are You to Me?) -- Honduras -- Reunification/Reunificación -- Reflections -- Dear Julia.
"Gena Thomas tells the story of five-year-old Julia, whose harrowing journey with her mother from Honduras to the United States took her from cargo trailer to detention center to foster care. Weaving together the stories of birth mother and foster mother, this book shows the human face of the immigrant and refugee, the challenges of the immigration and foster care systems, and the tenacious power of motherly love"-- Provided by publisher.

Something greater : finding triumph over trials

November 19, 2019
White, Paula (Paula Michelle), author.
New York : Faith Words, 2019.
xiv, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Prelude -- A good girl. Love ; Helplessness ; Discipline ; Discovery ; Grace ; Deliverance ; Chosen -- A great cause. Innocence ; Service ; Growth ; Success ; Despair ; Death ; Life -- A divine purpose. Connection ; Celebrity ; Potential ; Home ; Hope ; PUrpose ; Readiness -- Postlude.
"For the first time, Paula shares her remarkable journey of faith. Through personal accounts of heartbreak and triumph, she reveals how--by surrendering to God's purpose for her life and refusing to quit--she survived tragedy, launched a global ministry, and became a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump."--inside front jacket flap.

Why I don't call myself gay : how I reclaimed my sexual reality and found peace

November 19, 2019
Mattson, Daniel C., author.
San Francisco, CA : Ignatius Press, [2017]
xxxviii, 300 pages ; 21 cm
"In this frank memoir, Mattson chronicles his journey to and from a gay identity, finding peace in his true identity, as a man, made in the image and likeness of God. Part autobiography, part philosophy of life, and part a practical guide in living chastely, the book draws lessons from Mattson's search for inner freedom and integrity, sharing wisdom from his failures and successes. His lifelong search for happiness and peace comes full circle in his realization that, above all else, what is true about him is that he is a beloved son of God, loved into existence by God, created for happiness in this life and the next. Mattson's book is for anyone who has ever wondered who he is, why he is here, and, in the face of suffering, where to find joy, happiness, and the peace that surpasses all understanding."-- Amazon.

Beautifully broken

November 19, 2019
Jones-Pothier, Kimberly.
Bloomington, IN : Authorhouse, ©2015.
xv, 138 pages ; 23 cm
"This book will give you not only biblical truths of deliverance but also real life scenarios and practical applications that will forever change your future relationships. It is a love story about a broken girl and a holy God. Kimberly shows us that God really does restore. Beautifully Broken is where God does his best work. You will learn that your pain was not just about you but many who will be rescued as a result of your survival. Kimberly will show you how to turn your pain into purpose, your mess into your message, and how to get your healing amid the hell. The journey is not comfortable, but it definitely is worth every ounce of pain and discomfort, which will lead you to your purpose."-- Amazon.com.

You'd better put some ice on that : how I survived being raped by Bill Clinton

November 19, 2019
Broaddrick, Juanita, author.
©2017
108 pages ; 23 cm
"Juanita's story"--Front cover.
Retired businesswoman and nurse Juanita Broaddrick tells the story of her life, from her childhood when she was emotionally and physically abused by her mother, to her years as a successful nurse and nursing home owner/administrator, to her rape by then Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton in 1978 and the aftermath.

Sailing true north : ten admirals and the voyage of character

November 18, 2019
Stavridis, James, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
xix, 312 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The power of persuasion : Themistocles -- A sailor of the Middle Kingdom : Zheng He -- A pirate and a patriot : Sir Francis Drake -- The Band of Brothers : Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Horatio Nelson -- The influencer : Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan -- Rum, buggery, and the lash : Admiral Lord John Arbuthnot Fisher -- The Admiral's Admiral : Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz -- The master of anger : Admiral Hyman Rickover -- The angel of change : Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr. -- Don't go near the water : Rear Admiral Grace Hopper -- Resilience and the modern admiral.
Stavridis offers lessons of leadership and character contained in the lives and careers of history's most significant naval commanders. Spanning 2,500 years from ancient Greece to the twenty-first century, the tales of these ten admirals offer up a collection of the greatest imaginable sea stories. None of the admirals in this volume were perfect, and some were deeply flawed. But important themes emerge, not least that there is an art to knowing when to listen to your shipmates and when to turn a blind eye; that serving your reputation is a poor substitute for serving your character; and that taking time to read and reflect is not a luxury, it's a necessity. -- adapted from jacket

The missionary of Wall Street : from managing money to saving souls on the streets of New York

November 18, 2019
Auth, Stephen F., author.
Manchester, New Hampshire : Sophia Institute Press, 2019.
x, 156 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
No longer alone -- Be not afraid -- Loving and thinking -- Can I really be a missionary? -- Friends, family, and dogs -- I'm not ready for confession yet -- That unforgivable sin -- Bringing back lapsed Catholics -- I have my own relationship with God -- Reaching out to other faiths -- Atheists and other hostiles -- Never judge a book by its cover -- Sowing seeds -- Success! -- The rewards of being a missionary.

A. Einstein : the poetry of real

November 13, 2019
Kahil, Marwan, author.
New York : nbm graphic novels, 2019.
125 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 27 cm
Initially published in France as A. Einstein : La poésie du réel under the 21g imprint.
"When he's five years old, Albert Einstein's father offers him a compass that triggers in him an irrepressible need to understand the laws of the universe. At first a simple employee of the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, the young Einstein published in 1905 a series of scientific articles that question everything that was thought to be known in the world of physics. His theory, summed up by the formula E = mc2, opens to humanity the doors of the power of the atom... Legendary Genius, but also a great humanist, he lives through the first half of the 20th century, with all its horrors and contradictions, in the service of science, but distraught by what man's madness is capable of doing with it."--Publisher's website.

Holding the line : inside Trump's Pentagon with Secretary Mattis

November 13, 2019
Snodgrass, Guy M., author.
[New York] : Sentinel, [2019]
xiv, 335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Place of publication takes from publisher's website.
For nearly two years as Trump's Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis maintained a complicated relationship with the President. A lifelong Marine, Mattis was committed to keeping America safe. Yet he served a President whose actions were frequently unpredictable and impulsive with far-reaching consequences. Snodgrass, Mattis's former chief speechwriter and communications director, reveals how one of the nation's greatest generals-- and the dedicated men and women he led at the Department of Defense-- walked a political tightrope while leading the world's most powerful military. -- adapted from jacket

Leadership in war : essential lessons from those who made history

November 13, 2019
Roberts, Andrew, 1963- author.
[New York] : Viking, [2019]
xiv, 239 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: The leadership conundrum -- Napoleon Bonaparte -- Horatio Nelson -- Winston Churchill -- Adolf Hitler -- Joseph Stalin -- George C. Marshall -- Charles de Gaulle -- Dwight D. Eisenhower -- Margaret Thatcher -- Conclusion: The leadership paradigm.
"A comparison of nine leaders who led their nations through the greatest wars the world has ever seen and whose unique strengths--and weaknesses--shaped the course of human history, from the bestselling, award-winning author of Churchill and Napoleon Taking us from the French Revolution to the Cold War, Andrew Roberts presents us with a bracingly honest and deeply insightful look at nine major figures in modern history: Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles de Gaulle, Horatio Nelson, Margaret Thatcher, and George Marshall. Each one of these leaders fundamentally shaped the outcome of the war their nation was embroiled in. In what ways were they alike, and in what ways did they differ? Is war leadership unique, or did these leaders have something in common, traits and techniques that transcend time and place and can be applied to the fundamental nature of conflict? Meticulously researched and compellingly written, Leadership in War presents readers with fresh, complex portraits of leaders who approached war with different tactics and different weapons, but with the common goal of success in the face of battle. Both inspiring and cautionary, these portraits offer important lessons on leadership in times of struggle, unease, and discord. With his trademark verve and incisive observation, Roberts reveals the qualities that doom even the most promising leaders to failure, and the qualities that lead a person to victory"-- Provided by publisher.

The life and loves of E. Nesbit : Victorian iconoclast, children's author, and creator of The railway children

November 12, 2019
Fitzsimons, Eleanor, author.
©2019
xi, 388 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Edith Nesbit is considered the first modern writer for children and the inventor of the children's adventure story. Fitzsimons uncovers the little-known details of her life, introducing readers to the Fabian Society cofounder and socialite who hosted legendary parties and had admirers by the dozen, including George Bernard Shaw. Through Nesbit's letters and archival research, we learn she was a prolific lecturer and writer on socialism, and incorporated these ideas into her writing, influencing a generation of children.--Jacket.

Big sister, little sister, red sister : three women at the heart of twentieth-century China

November 12, 2019
Chang, Jung, 1952- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
xx, 374 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
The most famous sisters in China, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power during a time of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations. Red Sister, Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen; Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek; Big Sister, Ei-Ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser, and made herself one of China's richest women.

Still here : The madcap, nervy, singular life of Elaine Stritch

November 12, 2019
Jacobs, Alexandra (Editor), author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Thanks for everything" -- A helluva town -- "Heavens, that girl again!" -- Leading men -- "I never know when to say when" -- "Something very strange" -- "What a dump!" -- From "star maid" to "barmaid" -- "Everybody rise" -- Stompin' at the Savoy -- Two's company -- Who's that woman? -- Rolling along -- Her turn -- Stritch, Inc. -- Epilogue.
"The ebullient, troubled life of a Broadway legend who became a heroine to a younger generation. Still Here is the first full telling of Elaine Stritch's life. Rollicking but intimate, it tracks one of Broadway's great personalities from her upbringing in Detroit during the Great Depression to her fateful move to New York City, where she studied alongside Marlon Brando, Bea Arthur, and Harry Belafonte. We accompany Elaine through her jagged rise to fame, to Hollywood and London, and across her later years, when she enjoyed a stunning renaissance, punctuated by a turn on the popular television show 30 Rock. We explore the influential--and often fraught--collaborations she developed with Noël Coward, Tennessee Williams, and above all Stephen Sondheim, as well as her courageous yet flawed attempts to control a serious drinking problem. And we see the entertainer triumphing over personal turmoil with the development of her Tony Award-winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which established her as an emblem of spiky independence and Manhattan life for an entirely new generation of admirers. In Still Here, Alexandra Jacobs conveys the full force of Stritch's sardonic wit and brassy charm while acknowledging her many dark complexities. Following years of meticulous research and interviews, this is a portrait of a powerful, vulnerable, honest, and humorous figure who continues to reverberate in the public consciousness."--Publisher's website.

Time is tight : my life, note by note

November 12, 2019
Booker T., 1944- author.
©2019
ix, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music. From Booker T. Jones's earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes and played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons and support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios-all while still in high school. Not long after, he would form the genre-defining group Booker T. and the MGs, whose recordings went on to sell millions of copies, win a place in Rolling Stone's list of top 500 songs of all time, and help forge collaborations with some of the era's most influential artists, including Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Sam & Dave. Nearly five decades later, Jones's influence continues to help define the music industry, but only now is he ready to tell his remarkable life story. Time is Tight is the deeply moving account of how Jones balanced the brutality of the segregationist South with the loving support of his family and community, all while transforming a burgeoning studio into a musical mecca. Culminating with a definitive account into the inner workings of the Stax label, as well as a fascinating portrait of working with many of the era's most legendary performers-Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Tom Jones, among them-this extraordinary memoir promises to become a landmark moment in the history of Southern Soul."--Provided by publisher.

Touched by the sun : my friendship with Jackie

November 12, 2019
Simon, Carly, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
238 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue -- Carriage rides and matinees -- An alliance with a famous person is always a dangerous thing -- Mike -- Daddy and Uncle Peter -- The laughing garden -- Bring it back to the center -- The show must go on -- Fairy princess in a spin cycle -- The singular moment -- Only a horizon -- Epilogue.
A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship between Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, this work is a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.

With you by bike : one couple's life-changing journey around the world

November 12, 2019
Rosen, Katrina, author.
[Canada] : RMB Rocky Mountain Books, [2019]
328 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Author's Note -- Home: make or break -- Manitoba: switching gears -- Prairies: one rotation at a time -- Nevada: going somewhere -- Zion: Angels Landing -- Utah: learning lessons -- Colorado: seduced by summits -- New Zealand: fixing leaks -- West Coast: reading the signs -- Queenstown: these are the good ol' days -- Cattle Country: in the Groove -- Malaysia: dodging monkeys -- Northern Malaysia: enter the jungle -- Langkawi Island: rock the boat -- Thailand: getting "manipulated" -- Phuket: cleansing the spirit -- Koh Tao: Taking a Dive -- Bangkok: tuk-tuks and tricksters -- Central Thailand: missing home -- Chiang Rai: never enough bananas -- Laos: a security breach -- Main highway: trusting the curve -- Southern Laos: finding forgiveness -- Cambodia: scuff marks -- Bakong: new beginnings -- Vietnam: Zen and the art of marital maintenance -- Coastal Vietnam: tied together -- Northern Vietnam: on a mission -- China: bouncing along the "Potato-Rock Road" -- Tibet: pedals and prayer wheels -- Mount Everest: soaring on an air current -- Nepal: it's just around the corner -- Acknowledgements -- About the Author.
Katrina and her husband Mike invigorate their marriage traveling the world by bike, from backcountry roads in New Zealand, to sharing a picnic with a man and his multiple wives in Malaysia, to camping at an orphanage in Cambodia.

Becoming C. S. Lewis : a biography of young Jack Lewis (1898-1918)

November 12, 2019
Poe, Harry Lee, 1950- author.
Wheaton, Illinois : Crossway, [2019]
309 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Young Jack Lewis at Wynyard School: 1908-1910 -- Off to Malvern: 1910-1914 -- Making a friend: spring 1914 -- Jack and the war come to Great Bookham: fall 1914 -- Reading for Kirkpatrick and for pleasure: 1914 -- War and romance: 1915 -- A conflicted soul: 1916 -- Oxford and the Army: 1917-1918 -- The end of youth.
Slowing down to focus on his younger years, this detailed portrait of "Jack" Lewis helps us discover seeds of what would inform his later writings--such as his delight in literature, his key relationships, his suffering and struggles, and his intense pursuit of joy.

Edison

November 11, 2019
Morris, Edmund, author.
New York : Random House, 2019.
783 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Botany -- Defense -- Chemistry -- Magnetism -- Light -- Sound -- Telegraphy -- Natural philosophy.
Thomas Alva Edison's invention of the first practical incandescent lamp 140 years ago so dazzled the world that it cast a shadow over his later achievements. In all, this near-deaf genius patented 1,093 inventions, not including those he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine. Morris portrays the unknown Edison-- philosopher, futurist, chemist, botanist, wartime defense adviser, founder of nearly 250 companies-- while deconstructing the Edison of mythological memory. --Provided by publisher.

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