New Arrivals · Biography

September 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

What is a girl worth? : my story of breaking the silence and exposing the truth about Larry Nassar and USA gymnastics

September 16, 2019
Denhollander, Rachael, 1984- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale Momentum, the nonfiction imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2019]
xiii, 334 pages ; 24 cm
"Recipient of Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year Award and one of Time's 100 Most Influential People (2018) "Who is going to tell these little girls that what was done to them matters? That they are seen and valued, that they are not alone and they are not unprotected?" Rachael Denhollander's voice was heard around the world when she spoke out to end the most shocking scandal in US gymnastics history. The first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who abused hundreds of young athletes, Rachael now reveals her full story for the first time. How did Nassar get away with it for so long? How did Rachael and the other survivors finally stop him and bring him to justice? And how can we protect the vulnerable in our own families, churches, and communities? What Is a Girl Worth? is the inspiring true story of Rachael's journey from an idealistic young gymnast to a strong and determined woman who found the courage to raise her voice against evil, even when she thought the world might not listen. This deeply personal and compelling narrative shines a spotlight on the physical and emotional impact of abuse, why so many survivors are reluctant to speak out, what it means to be believed, the extraordinary power of faith and forgiveness, and how we can learn to do what's right in the moments that matter most"-- Provided by publisher.

Be strong and of good courage : how Israel's most important leaders shaped its destiny

September 13, 2019
Ross, Dennis, author.
New York : PublicAffairs, 2019.
xii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ben-Gurion: Ben-Gurion's unswerving road to statehood -- Menachem Begin: The thin line : Menachem Begin and the justice of a cause -- Yitzhak Rabin: Mr. Security accepts the PLO and Oslo -- Ariel Sharon: A leader who tells the settlers to give up the dream -- Why a fateful choice is necessary and what it will take to make it.
"At a time when the identity of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, Do What Is Necessary celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country's future. David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon were all present at the creation of the new nation, and each faced a threat that directly imperiled the country's existence. The book is a history of those moments when Israel, a country born of existential peril, required extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future. The strength its leaders showed, their character and calculation in the most agonizing moments, made them not just the political center of the country but its moral compass too. The leaders were not perfect; sometimes the decisions they made had consequences they could not foresee or control, but they managed to maintain the character of the nation without jeopardizing its survival. Israel is currently more secure than ever in its recent history, but it may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. This is the story of that epic fight"-- Provided by publisher.

Call sign chaos : learning to lead

September 13, 2019
Mattis, James N., 1950- author.
xiv, 300 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Part I: Direct leadership. A carefree youth joins the disciplined Marines ; Recruit for attitude, train for skill ; Battle ; Broadening ; Rhino -- Part II: Executive leadership. The march up ; A division in its prime ; Incoherence ; Cascading consequences ; Fighting while transforming ; Hold the line ; Essential NATO ; Disbanding bureaucracy -- Part III: Strategic leadership. Central Command: the trigonometry level of warfare ; Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory ; Friend or foe ; Reflections -- Epilogue: America as its own ally -- Appendix A. My letter to General Robert Johnston, October 1991 -- Appendix B. Jim Mattis on reading -- Appendix C. Correspondence between General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral William Halsey, 1943 -- Appendix D. To the families of our sailors and marines deploying to the Middle East, February 2004 -- Appendix E. My dismissal of charges letter for Haditha incident, August 2007 -- Appendix F. President George W. Bush's assignment letter for NATO Supreme Command, September 2007 -- Appendix G. My USJFCOM commander's guidance for effects based operations, August 2008.
"Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all."--Dust jacket flap.

The King's war : the friendship of George VI and Lionel Logue during World War II

September 13, 2019
Logue, Mark.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
xv, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The broadcast that George VI made to the British nation on the outbreak of war in September 1939--which formed the climax of the multi-Oscar-winning film The King's Speech--was the product of years of hard work with Lionel Logue, his iconoclastic, Australian-born speech therapist. Yet the relationship between the two men did not end there. Far from it: in the years that followed, Logue was to play an even more important role at the monarch's side. The King's War follows that relationship through the dangerous days of Dunkirk and the drama of D-Day to eventual victory in 1945--and beyond. Like the first book, it is written by Peter Conradi, a London Sunday Times journalist, and Mark Logue (Lionel's grandson), and again draws on exclusive material from the Logue Archive--the collection of diaries, letters, and other documents left by Lionel and his feisty wife, Myrtle. This gripping narrative provides a fascinating portrait of two men and their respective families--the Windsors and the Logues--as they together face the greatest challenge in Britain's history.

The nature of life and death : every body leaves a trace

September 13, 2019
Wiltshire, Patricia E. J., author.
viii, 290 pages ; 24 cm
"First published by Bonnier Books, U.K."--Title page verso.
From mud tracks on a quiet country road to dirt specks on the soles of walking boots, forensic ecologist Patricia Wiltshire uses her decades of scientific expertise to find often-overlooked clues left behind by criminal activity. She detects evidence and eliminates hypotheses armed with little more than a microscope, eventually developing a compelling thesis of the who, what, how, and when of a crime. Wiltshire's remarkable accuracy has made her one of the most in-demand police consultants in the world, and her curiosity, humility, and passion for the truth have guided her every step of the way. A riveting blend of science writing and true-crime narrative, The Nature of Life and Death details Wiltshire's unique journey from college professor to crime fighter: solving murders, locating corpses, and exonerating the falsely accused. Along the way, she introduces us to the unseen world all around us and underneath our feet: plants, animals, pollen, spores, fungi, and microbes that we move through every day. Her story is a testament to the power of persistence and reveals how our relationship with the vast natural world reaches far deeper than we might think.-- Publisher's description.

The education of an idealist : a memoir

September 12, 2019
Power, Samantha, author.
New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2019]
xii, 580 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Part one. Ireland -- America -- Loss -- Dignity -- Tank man -- Doers -- Risk -- Hearts of darkness -- "Tell Clinton" -- The secret to a long life -- "Go remember" -- "A problem from hell" -- Upstanders -- Going to Washington -- The bat cave -- Yes we can -- Monster -- Victory. Part two. No manual -- Can we go home now? -- April 24th -- Turnaround -- Toolbox -- Revolutions -- All necessary measures -- Let's pray they accomplish something -- One shot -- "Can't be both" -- The red line -- "Chemical weapons were used" -- When America sneezes -- Upside-down land -- Us and them -- Freedom from fear -- Lean on -- Toussaint -- The golden door -- Exit, voice, loyalty -- Shrink the change -- The end.
"In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?"--and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. The Education of an Idealist traces Power's distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official." -- From summary.

Rat time

September 12, 2019
Roberts, Keiler, author, illustrator.
Ontario : Koyama Press, 2019.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
"Keiler Roberts is a droll documentarian, unfaltering in her ability to find humour and levity in her life's unflattering moments. Pet deaths and parenting, embarrassing childhood memories and mental illness, Roberts documents her daily life's minutiae, its up and downs, with the deftness of an observational comedian. Her comics demonstrate that sometimes life can deal you a punch to the gut, but it doesn't have to be devoid of a punch line."--Provided by publisher.

No Ivy League

September 11, 2019
Newlevant, Hazel, author, artist.
[St. Louis, MO.] : The Lion Forge, 2019.
205 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
"When 17-year-old Hazel Newlevant takes a summer job clearing ivy from the forest in her home town of Portland, Oregon, her only expectation is to earn a little money. Homeschooled, affluent, and sheltered, Hazel soon finds her job working side by side with at-risk teens to be an initiation into a new world that she has no skill in navigating. This uncomfortable and compelling memoir is an important story of a girl's awakening to the racial insularity of her life, the power of white privilege, and the hidden story of segregation in Portland."--Provided by publisher.

Charlie and me : a memoir

September 11, 2019
Bronson, Harriet.
Woodland Hills, CA : Timberlake Press, ©2011.
204 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Love at the Bessie V. Hicks School of Stage, Screen and Radio -- Helen Hayes, move over -- Sam Tendler -- Radio days -- I can see your face up on the silver screen -- Pasta perfect -- Emily Street -- Aunt Sophye -- The proposal -- The announcement -- Scooptown -- New York, New York -- On the boardwalk of Atlantic City -- I thee wed -- The Buchinsky five year plan for success and happiness -- Location blues -- Red flags and green eyed monsters -- Hollywood and Bronson -- The wives' code of secrecy -- Famous friends -- Mrs. Famous.

Carried by a feather

September 10, 2019
Schmitz, Joan Hyams, author.
v, 253 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Part 1: A family is formed. Late bloomers ; A son ; Cancer, cancer, diabetes ; Single, white female ; The old soul -- Part 2: Quadruple quagmire. Boys will be boys ; Birds of pray ; The unthinkable ; Why? -- Part 3: The divine within and around us. A segue into secularism ; Religion of Joan ; Signs and symbols ; A medium with a large message -- Part 4: The Tigger effect. Resilience ; The club -- Part 5: There's nothing wrong with writing. Mark my words ; What might have been ; We three -- After -- Bibliography -- Joan's library.
"Do bad things happen in threes? For one family, this cliché proved to be true after experiencing a trifecta of epic proportions. And then came number four. In a span of twenty years, a family of three would be tragically splintered, leaving only one to recount their tale. In her debut book, Joan Hyams Schmitz shares a story of love, loss, and grief with honesty, candor, and raw emotion served with a sprinkling of the divine. She credits her ability to tap into her reservoir of resilience and inner strength to a few feathered friends, a handful of tenets, a unique club, and signs, symbols, and messages from a place not so far away. Ride along with one family's journey that reiterates and reinforces the fact we all have a story and it's worth sharing. By sharing our stories, we reveal our interconnectedness and the fact we're never really alone as we traverse this thing called life"--Back cover.

Tough luck : Sid Luckman, Murder, Inc., and the rise of the modern NFL

September 9, 2019
Rosen, Richard Dean, 1949- author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2019.
x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the long annals of sports and crime, no story compares to the one that engulfed the Luckman family in 1935. As eighteen-year-old Sid Luckman made headlines across New York City for his football exploits at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, his father, Meyer Luckman, was making headlines in the same papers for a very different reason: the gangland murder of his own brother-in-law. Amazingly, after Sid became a star at Columbia and then led the Chicago Bears to multiple NFL championships, all while Meyer wasted away in Sing Sing, the connection between sports celebrity son and mobster father was ignored by the press and then overlooked for eight decades. Tough Luck traces two historic developments connected by a single immigrant family in Depression-era New York: the rise of the National Football League through the dynastic Chicago Bears, whose famed owner George Halas convinced Sid Luckman to help him turn the sluggish game of pro football into America's favorite pastime; and the demise-triggered by Meyer Luckman's crime-of the Brooklyn labor rackets and of Louis Lepke's infamous organization Murder Inc. Filled with colorful characters-from ambitious district attorney turned governor Thomas Dewey and legendary columnist Walter Winchell, to Sid Luckman's rival quarterback "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh; from hit men like "Tick Tock" Tannenbaum, to Sid's powerful post-career friends Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio-Tough Luck unforgettably evokes an era of vicious Brooklyn mobsters and undefeated Monsters of the Midway, a time when the media kept their mouths shut and the soft-spoken son of a murderer could become a beloved Hall of Fame legend with a hidden past"-- Provided by publisher.

The bourbon king : the life and crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's evil genius

September 9, 2019
Batchelor, Bob, author.
x, 389 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has original black paper binding with gilt lettering on spine wrapped in pictorial paper dust jacket.
"On the 100th anniversary of The Volstead Act comes the epic, definitive story of the man who cracked the Prohibition system, became one of the world's richest criminal masterminds, and helped inspire The Great Gatsby. Love, murder, political intrigue, mountains of cash, and rivers of bourbon... The tale of George Remus is a grand spectacle and a lens into the dark heart of Prohibition. Yes, Congress gave teeth to Prohibition in October 1919, but the law didn't stop George Remus from amassing a fortune that would be worth billions of dollars today. As one Jazz Age journalist put it, "Remus was to bootlegging what Rockefeller was to oil." Author Bob Batchelor breathes life into the largest bootlegging operation in America--greater than that of Al Capone--and a man considered the best criminal defense lawyer of his era. Remus bought an empire of distilleries on Kentucky's "Bourbon Trail" and used his other profession, as a pharmacist, to profit off legal loopholes. He spent millions bribing officials in the Harding Administration, and he created a roaring lifestyle that epitomized the Jazz Age over which he ruled. That is, before he came crashing down in one of the most sensational murder cases in American history: a cheating wife, the G-man who seduced her and put Remus in jail, and the plunder of a Bourbon Empire. Remus murdered his wife in cold-blood and then shocked a nation winning his freedom based on a condition he invented--temporary maniacal insanity"--provided by publisher.

Blue : the color of noise

September 9, 2019
Aoki, Steve, 1977- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
viii, 209 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm

Revolution of the soul : awaken to love through raw truth, radical healing, and conscious action

September 9, 2019
Corn, Seane, author.
Boulder, CO : Sounds True, Inc., 2019.
vii, 257 pages ; 24 cm
Celebrated yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn shares pivotal accounts of her life with raw honesty--enriched with in-depth spiritual teachings--to help us heal, evolve, and change the world. Seane guides us into a deep, gut-level understanding of our highest Self through yoga philosophy and other tools for emotional healing--not just as abstract ideas but as embodied, fully felt wisdom. Why? To spark a "revolution of the soul" in each of us, so we can awaken to our purpose and become true agents of change.

Incredible African-American jazz musicians

September 9, 2019
Feinstein, Stephen.
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, ©2013.
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Louis Armstrong -- Duke Ellington -- Ella Fitzgerald -- Dizzy Gillespie -- Charlie Parker -- Miles Davis -- John Coltrane -- Herbie Hancock.
Profiles eight of the greatest jazz artists. Learn how these musicians got started and what gifts they brought to the world of music.

Sweet taste of liberty : a true story of slavery and restitution in America

September 6, 2019
McDaniel, W. Caleb (William Caleb), 1979- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
viii, 340 pages, 12 unnunbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The crossing -- Touseytown -- Down river -- Ward's return -- Cincinnati -- The plan -- The flight -- Raising a muss -- Wood versus Ward -- The keeper -- Natchez -- Brandon Hall -- Versailles -- Revolution -- The march -- Arthur -- Robertson County -- Dawn and doom -- Nashville -- A rather interesting case -- Story of a slave -- The verdict.
"In Sweet Taste of Liberty, W. Caleb McDaniel focuses on the experience of a freed slave who was sold back into slavery, eventually freed again, and who then sued the man who had sold her back into bondage. Henrietta Wood was born into slavery, but in 1848, she was taken to Cincinnati and legally freed. In 1855, however, a wealthy Kentucky businessman named Zebulon Ward, who colluded with Wood's employer, abducted Wood and sold her back into bondage. In the years that followed before and during the Civil War, she gave birth to a son and was forced to march to Texas. She obtained her freedom a second time after the war and returned to Cincinnati, where she sued Ward for $20,000 in damages--now known as reparations. Astonishingly, after ten years of litigation, Henrietta Wood won her case. In 1878, a Federal jury awarded her $2,500 and the decision stuck on appeal. While nowhere close to the amount she had demanded, this may be the largest amount of money ever awarded by an American court in restitution for slavery. Wood went on to live until 1912"-- Provided by publisher.

Condé Nast : the man and his empire

September 6, 2019
Ronald, Susan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
x, 436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue : the ringmaster-1919 -- Living down mr. disappoint -- Fanny's "even-handed" justice -- It's not what you know -- The adman before mad men -- Battling the fakirs, swindlers, and manufacturers of bad whiskeys -- A natural talent to sniff out life's pattern -- How to build a new woman's railroad -- The genie bean counter and his class publication -- What women want -- Couturiers, cutthroats, and conflict -- The spirited Mrs. Chase lands her big fish -- Enter stage right Frank Crowninshield-and brogue -- From vanity fair to mayhem -- Back to the business of "fried fish and stewed eels" -- How to keep a park bench warm -- "Ain't we got fun?" -- The high priestess meets her forces of nature -- All those flaming "bright young things" -- Let the good times roll -- The new and renewed kids in town -- Fireflies in the garden paradise -- Casting for pearls -- Boom, crash, bang, clatter -- Beware of frenemies -- In the death throes -- The stain of defection -- A very British salvation -- But who's to save vanity fair? -- "Of cabbages . . ." -- ". . . and kings" -- Answering the distant cry of war -- How to win in the end -- The king is dead -- A new leaf -- A new house, a new empire.
"The first biography in over thirty years of Condé Nast, the pioneering publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair and main rival to media magnate William Randolph Hearst. Condé Nast's life and career was as high profile and glamourous as his magazines. Moving to New York in the early twentieth century with just the shirt on his back, he soon became the highest paid executive in the United States, acquiring Vogue in 1909 and Vanity Fair in 1913. Alongside his editors, Edna Woolman Chase at Vogue and Frank Crowninshield at Vanity Fair, he built the first-ever international magazine empire, introducing European modern art, style, and fashions to an American audience. Credited with creating the "café society," Nast became a permanent fixture on the international fashion scene and a major figure in New York society. His superbly appointed apartment at 1040 Park Avenue, decorated by the legendary Elsie de Wolfe, became a gathering place for the major artistic figures of the time. Nast launched the careers of icons like Cecil Beaton, Clare Boothe Luce, Lee Miller, Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward. He left behind a legacy that endures today in media powerhouses such as Anna Wintour, Tina Brown, and Graydon Carter. Written with the cooperation of his family on both sides of the Atlantic and a dedicated team at Condé Nast Publications, critically acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald reveals the life of an extraordinary American success story"-- Provided by publisher.

Thomas Paine and the clarion call for American independence

September 6, 2019
Unger, Harlow G., 1931- author.
xvii, 315 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Thomas Paine's words were like no others in history: they leaped off the page, inspiring readers to change their lives, their governments, their kings, and even their gods. In an age when spoken and written words were the only forms of communication, Paine's aroused men to action like no one else. The most widely read political writer of his generation, he proved to be more than a century ahead of his time, conceiving and demanding unheard-of social reforms that are now integral elements of modern republican societies. Among them were government subsidies for the poor, universal housing and education, pre- and post-natal care for women, and universal social security. An Englishman who emigrated to the American colonies, he formed close friendships with Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, and his ideas helped shape the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

All the powers of Earth : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1856-1860

September 5, 2019
Blumenthal, Sidney, 1948- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
xxii, 758 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"After a period of depression that he would ever find his way to greatness, Lincoln takes on the most powerful demagogue in the country, Stephen Douglas, in the debates for a senate seat. He sidelines the frontrunner William Seward, a former governor and senator for New York, to cinch the new Republican Party's nomination. All the Powers of Earth is the political story of all time. Lincoln achieves the presidency by force of strategy, of political savvy and determination. This is Abraham Lincoln, who indisputably becomes the greatest president and moral leader in the nation's history. But he must first build a new political party, brilliantly state the anti-slavery case and overcome shattering defeat to win the presidency. In the years of civil war to follow, he will show mightily that the nation was right to bet on him. He was its preserver, a politician of moral integrity." --Provided by publisher.

Hurricanes : a memoir

September 5, 2019
Ross, Rick, 1976- author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, [2019]
286 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Rick Ross is an indomitable presence in the music industry, but few people know his full story. Now, for the first time, Ross offers a vivid, dramatic and unexpectedly candid account of his early childhood, his tumultuous adolescence and his dramatic ascendancy in the world of hip-hop. Born William Leonard Roberts II, Ross grew up 'across the bridge,' in a Miami at odds with the glitzy beaches, nightclubs and yachts of South Beach. In the aftermath of the 1980 race riots and the Mariel boatlift, Ross came of age at the height of the city's crack epidemic, when home invasions and execution-style killings were commonplace. Still, in the midst of the chaos and danger that surrounded him, Ross flourished, first as a standout high school football player and then as a dope boy in Carol City's notorious Matchbox housing projects. All the while he honed his musical talent, overcoming setback after setback until a song called 'Hustlin' changed his life forever."--Dust jacket.

Prince Albert : the man who saved the monarchy

September 5, 2019
Wilson, A. N., 1950-
xvii, 430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2019 by Atlantic Books" -- Title page verso.
In this companion biography to the acclaimed "Victoria", A.N. Wilson offers a deeply textured and ambitious portrait of Prince Albert, published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the royal consort's birth.

The ungrateful refugee : what immigrants never tell you

September 5, 2019
Nayeri, Dina, author.
New York : Catapult, 2019.
350 pages ; 24 cm
In her first work of nonfiction, Dina Nayeri examines what it means to be a refugee through her own story of childhood escape from Iran, and through the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers.

Passionate spirit : the life of Alma Mahler

September 5, 2019
Haste, Cate, 1945- author.
New York : Basic Books, 2019.
xii, 351 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Vienna childhood -- Awakening 1898-1899 -- Love and music 1889-1901 -- Divine longing 1901-1902 -- A nobler calling 1902-1907 -- Grief and renewal 1907-1910 -- 'To live for you, to die for you' 1910-1911 -- Tempest 1911-1914 -- War and marriage 1914-1917 -- Intertwined souls 1917-1920 -- Conflict 1921-1931 -- Gathering storms 1931-1936 -- Flight 1936-1941 -- Exile 1941-1946 -- La grande veuve 1946-1964.
"Alma Mahler died in New York City in 1964, at the age of 85. The New York Times ran an obituary that described her as a woman whose "intellect...complimented her beauty." The obituary was something of a scandal: spicy, racy, naming the names of Alma's lovers, dredging up her secret affairs, and-in tone-passing judgment on this woman who had the audacity to be attracted to, and attractive to, men of genius. Since then, history has passed judgement on Alma, accusing her of being unworthy of her most famous husband Gustav Mahler. Now, for the first time, historian Cate Haste uses Alma's own diaries to set the record straight. Born in Vienna in 1879, Alma was an artist among artists-a talented musician who dreamed of being a composer and the first woman to write a famous opera. Passionate, romantic, and brilliant, Alma was stifled by society everywhere she turned. Eventually, she put her own dreams aside, and grabbed at power and influence through the only avenue available to her-supporting the art of more famous men. Alma Mahler's first love was painter Gustav Klimt. Her first husband was composer Gustav Mahler, followed by architect Walter Gropius, and then writer Franz Werfel. In and out of Alma's life, salon, and bed passed the great men of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century-she was courted by opera singer Erik Schmedes, artist Oskar Kokoshka, and scientist Paul Kammerer; she drove Mahler to such despair that he consulted with Sigmund Freud, and she ran in the same circles as H.G. Wells, Sinclair Lewis, Francis Poulenc, Thomas Mann, Max Reinhardt, and Erich Remarque. Alma dedicated herself to nurturing the genius of the glittering men around her at the expense of her own artistic dreams"-- Provided by publisher.

No barriers : a blind man's journey to kayak the Grand Canyon

September 4, 2019
Weihenmayer, Erik, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2019
xiii, 200 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"The young adult adaptation" --Cover.
Erik Weihenmayer presents an exhilarating adventure story of arduous mountain climbing and whitewater kayaking, but he also offers broader life lessons. A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit.

Never settle : sports, family and the American soul

September 4, 2019
Smith, Marty, 1976- author.
New York : Twelve, 2019.
xvi, 253 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Eric Church -- Jump! -- Just trust me -- We're not gonna do that -- Interlude: Exile (Dan Le Batard) -- Olivia -- Define your own life -- Poem: Beach girl -- Keep your money -- Dirty 'Merica -- Girl power -- Poem: The middle -- Forever Friday -- Sam, you there? -- Interlude: You'ns (Bob Huggins) -- Gifted -- Father time -- Poem: Out like that -- Be yourself -- Interlude: Bust (Ryan Leaf) -- Workin' hard to get my fill -- Interlude: Murial plays piano (Marc Cohn) -- Chess lessons -- Hunter -- Poem: Old -- Be a light -- I love you, L -- Always dreaming -- Poem: Innocence -- Boston. Stronger -- Wally world -- Interlude: Bomb squad (Chipper Jones) -- Do as I do -- Poem: Cut & paste -- Letters from hell -- Never settle.
"The amazing and blessed life of popular ESPN reporter and correspondent for College GameDay, Marty Smith, whose mission in this thoughtful and funny memoir is to return fans to the true soul of sports in this country"-- Provided by publisher.

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