New Arrivals · Literature

August 14, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Fresh ink

August 13, 2018
New York : Crown, 2018.
187 pages ; 22 cm
"An anthology featuring award-winning diverse authors about diverse characters. Short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play explore such topics as gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty, and range in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance"-- Provided by publisher.

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy : the story of Little Women and why it still matters

August 13, 2018
Rioux, Anne Boyd, author.
xiv, 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
part I. The making of a classic -- part II. The life of a classic -- part III. A classic for today.
A 150th anniversary tribute describes the cultural significance of Louisa May Alcott's classic, exploring how its relatable themes and depictions of family resilience, community, and female resourcefulness have inspired generations of writers.


August 13, 2018
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
360 pages ; 21 cm
Sibling rivalry / by Carl Weber -- Love seldom, trust never / by Ty Marshall -- The bag is in / by Marlon PS White.
Headlined by New York Times bestseller Carl Weber, three authors bring readers tales of power, greed, and ambition set in some of the country's roughest neighborhoods.

An informal history of the Hugos : a personal look back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000

August 9, 2018
Walton, Jo, author.
New York : Tor, 2018.
574 pages ; 24 cm.

A light so lovely : the spiritual legacy of Madeleine L'Engle, author of A wrinkle in time / Sarah Arthur.

August 7, 2018
Arthur, Sarah, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, 2018.
219 pages; 22 cm
Foreword by Charlotte Jones Voiklis.
Icon and iconoclast -- Sacred and secular -- Truth and story -- Faith and science -- Religion and art -- Fact and fiction -- Light in the darkness.
"Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time has captured the imagination of millions--from literary sensation to timeless classic and now a major motion. A Light So Lovely tells the story of the woman at the center of it all--her imagination, her faith, her pattern of defying categories, and what readers today can learn from her legacy. Bestselling and beloved author Madeleine L'Engle, Newbery winner for A Wrinkle in Time, was known the world round for her imaginative spirit and stories. She was also known to spark controversy--too Christian for some, too unorthodox for others. Somewhere in the middle was a complex woman whose embrace of paradox has much to say to a new generation of readers today. A Light So Lovely paints a vivid portrait of this enigmatic icon's spiritual legacy, starting with her inner world and expanding into fresh reflections of her writing for readers today. Listen in on intimate interviews with L'Engle's literary contemporaries such as Philip Yancey and Luci Shaw, L'Engle's granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis, and influential fans such as Makoto Fujimura, Nikki Grimes, and Sarah Bessey, as they reveal new layers to the woman behind the stories we know and love. A vibrant, imaginative read, this book pulls back the curtain to illuminate L'Engle's creative journey, her persevering faith, and the inspiring, often unexpected ways these two forces converged"-- Book jacket.

Harbors rich in ships : the selected revolutionary writings of Miroslav Krleža, radical luminary of modern world literature

August 7, 2018
Krleža, Miroslav, 1893-1981, author.
New York : Monthly Review Press, [2017]
228 pages ; 24 cm
A bold new collection of the writings of Miroslav Krleža, in English for the first time. Miroslav Krleža was a giant of Yugoslav literature, yet remarkably little of his writing has appeared in English. In a body of work that spans more than five dozen books, including novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and essays, Krleža steadfastly pursued a radical humanism and artistic integrity. Harbors Rich in Ships gives English-speaking readers an unprecedented opportunity to appreciate the astonishing breadth of Krleža's literary creations. Beautifully translated by Željko Cipriš, this collection of seven representative early texts introduces a new audience to three stories from Krleža's renowned antimilitarist book, The Croatian God Mars; an autobiographical sketch; a one-act play; a story from his collection of short stories; One Thousand and One Deaths; and his signature drama, The Glembays, a satirical account of the crime-ridden origins of one of Zageb's most aristocratic families. Born in 1893 Zagreb, then a city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Miroslav Krleža died in 1981 Zagreb, after it had become part of Croatia, a republic in socialist Yugoslavia. He was educated in military academies that served the Hapsburg monarchy, however, after fighting on the Eastern Front during the First World War, he was sickened by the War's lethal nationalism and became a fervent anti-militarist. Krleža joined the Communist Party of Yugoslavia in 1918, but his opposition to Stalin's artistic dictum of social realism, as well as his refusal to support Stalin's purges, led to his expulsion from the Party in 1939. He nevertheless helped found several literary and political journals, and became a driving force in Yugoslavia's literature. This collection will help readers of all interests and ages see just why Krleža is considered among the best of the literary moderns.

Nebula awards showcase.

August 2, 2018
New York : Harcourt, Inc.,
v. ; 22 cm.
Vols. for <2010>-2011 pub. by TOR ; 2012-<2018> pub. by Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books.
Vols for 2000-<2018> contain the "best SF and fantasy chosen by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America" and Nebula Award winners for the years 1998-<2016>.

Cracking the AP English literature & composition exam.

August 2, 2018
New York : Random House, Inc., c2008-
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Starting your career as a freelance writer

August 2, 2018
Allen, Moira Anderson, 1959-
viii, 359 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- So you want to be a freelance writer -- The tools of a freelancer -- Making time to write -- Setting effective writing goals -- From idea to outline -- Exploring the markets -- How to write a successful query -- Creating your first draft -- Personal experience articles -- Conducting research on the web -- Conducting interviews -- The submission process -- Understanding rights and copyright -- Negotiating contracts -- Setting fees and getting paid -- Writing and selling a column -- Writing for newspapers, by Sue Fagalde Lick -- Selling reprints -- Adding photos to the package -- Writing for businesses, by Dawn Copeman -- Social media marketing for businesses, by Dawn Copeman -- Commercial freelancing: where's the money? -- Writing and selling a nonfiction book -- Establishing your online presence -- Social media for writers, by Gary McLaren -- Handling income and expenses -- Keeping records -- Five habits of the effective freelancer -- Full-time freelancing: taking the plunge -- Author bio/contributor bios.
Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, Third Edition, offers a step-by-step guide to launching a successful freelance career. For beginners and experts, full time or part time, Moira Allen explains everything freelancer writers need to know, including how to set up a home office, develop and pitch marketable ideas, approach editors and other clients, and prepare and submit material. In addition, readers will learn the business side of freelancing, such as how to deal with rights and contracts as well as how to manage income, expenses, and taxes.

Banthology : stories from banned nations

July 31, 2018
xi, 105 pages ; 18 cm
Bird of paradise / Rania Mamoun ; translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp -- The beginner's guide to smuggling / Zaher Omareen ; translated by Perween Richards & Basma Ghalayini -- Phantom limb / Fereshteh Molavi -- Return ticket / Najwa Binshatwan ; translated by Sawad Hussain -- Jujube / Ubah Cristina Ali Farah ; translated by Hope Campbell Gustafson -- Storyteller / Anoud -- The slow man / Wajdi al-Ahdal ; translated by William M. Hutchins.

Bibliomysteries : stories of crime in the world of books and bookstores. Volume two

July 26, 2018
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2018.
viii, 615 pages ; 24 cm
Remaindered / by Peter Lovesey -- The compendium of Srem / by F. Paul Wilson -- The gospel of Sheba / by Lyndsay Faye -- The nature of my inheritance / by Bradford Morrow -- The sequel / by R.L. Stine -- Mystery, Inc. / by Joyce Carol Oates -- The book of the lion / by Thomas Perry -- The mysterious disappearance of the reluctant book fairy / by Elizabeth George -- From the queen / by Carolyn Hart -- The little men / by Megan Abbott -- Citadel / by Stephen Hunter -- Every seven years / by Denise Mina -- Condor in the stacks / by James Grady -- The travelling compaion / by Ian Rankin -- The haze / by James W. Hall.

The widower's notebook : a memoir

July 26, 2018
Santlofer, Jonathan, 1946- author.
260 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Written with unexpected humor and great warmth, The Widower's Notebook is a portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of the enduring power of familial love. On a summer day in New York Jonathan Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers the fateful news. Consumed by grief, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had-writing, social engagements, and working on his art-but finds it nearly impossible to admit his deep feelings of loss to anyone, not even his to beloved daughter, Doria, or to himself. As Jonathan grieves and heals, he tries to unravel what happened to Joy, a journey that will take him nearly two years."--Jacket flap.

How to write your personal or family history : (if you don't do it, who will?)

July 25, 2018
Wiebe, Katie Funk, author.
New York, NY : Good Books, [2017]
xiv, 214 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
You have a story waiting to be told -- Putting together the puzzle of life -- Getting started writing about yourself -- Writing about other people -- Choose a theme and plot -- Stories are always winners -- Becoming comfortable with your family's story -- One life, many stages -- History happens to everyone -- Memories are also made of these -- Optional writing tasks -- Final hurdles to the finished product.
A practical-- and encouraging-- how-to book that will help beginning memoir writers get started collecting the stories of their lives. Includes hints for recalling distant memories and tracking down family heirlooms, as well as exercises to prod the memory, and advice on looking at the broad scope of a well-lived life.

Mondays at eight : bits of fiction prepared as papers for the Literary Club in Cincinnati during nearly 60 years of membership

July 25, 2018
Gale, Oliver M., 1909-
Kearney, Neb. : Morris Pub., 2005.
294 pages ; 28 cm

Name me a word: Indian writers reflect on writing

July 19, 2018
xxiii, 410 pages ; 24 cm
Featuring works by: Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojini Naidu, Premchand (Dhanpat Rai), Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Jibanananda Das, R. K. Narayan, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, Raja Rao, Lalithambika Antherjanam, Agyeya (Sachchidananda Vatsayan), Umashankar Joshi, Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chugtai, Amrita Pritam, Nissim Ezekiel, Mahasweta Devi, Nayantara Sahgal, Qurratulain Hyder, Jayanta Mahapatra, A. K. Ramanujan, Nirmal Verma, K. Ayyappa Paniker, Arun Kolatkar, U. R. Ananthamurthy, Kamala Das, Keki Daruwalla, Anita Desai, Girish Karnad, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Adil Jussawalla, Ambai (C. S. Lakshmi), Paul Zacharia, K. Satchidanandan, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Salman Rushdie, Agha Shahid Ali, Namdeo Dhasal, Meena Alexander, Githa Hariharan, Vijay Seshadri, Amitav Ghosh, Raghavan Atholi, Jeet Thayil, Arundhati Roy, Amit Chaudhuri, Sudeep Sen, Arundhathi Subramaniam, S. Sukirtharani.

When they go low, we go high : speeches that shape the world and why we need them

July 17, 2018
Collins, Philip, 1967- author.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2018.
viii, 424 pages ; 24 cm
"When First Lady Michelle Obama approached the podium at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, nobody could have predicted that her rousing and emotional "When they go low, we go high" speech would go on to become the motto for the political left and an anthem for opponents of oppression worldwide. It was a speech with the kind of emotional pull rarely heard these days, joining a long list of addresses that have made history. But what about Obama's speech made it so great? When They Go Low, We Go High explores the most notable speeches in history, analyzing the rhetorical tricks to uncover how the right speech at the right time can profoundly shape the world. Traveling across continents and centuries, political speechwriter Philip Collins reveals what Thomas Jefferson owes to Cicero and Pericles, who really gave the Gettysburg Address, and what Elizabeth I shares with Winston Churchill. In telling the story of great and sometimes infamous speeches―including those from Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., Disraeli, Hitler, Elie Wiesel, Margaret Thatcher, and Barack and Michelle Obama―Collins breathes new life into words you thought you knew well, telling the story of democracy. Whether it's the inaugural addresses of presidents or the revolutionary writings of Castro, Pankhurst, and Mandela, Collins illuminates and contextualizes these moments with sensitivity and humor. When They Go Low, We Go High is a strong defense of the power of public speaking to propagate and protect democracy and an urgent reminder that when great men and women speak to us, their words can change the world."--Inside dust jacket.

The cost of living : a working autobiography

July 17, 2018
Levy, Deborah, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
134 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in 2018 in Great Britain by Hamish Hamilton"--Title page verso.
The big silvers -- The tempest -- Nets -- Living in yellow -- Gravity -- The body electric -- The black and bluish darkness -- The republic -- Night wandering -- X is where I am -- Footsteps in the house -- The beginning of everything -- The Milky Way -- Good tidings.
"What does it cost a woman to unsettle old boundaries and collapse social hierarchies that make her a minor character in a world not arranged to her advantage? This vibrant memoir, a portrait of contemporary womanhood in flux, is an urgent quest to find an unwritten major female character who can exist more easily in the world. Levy considers what it means to live with meaning, value, and pleasure, to seize the ultimate freedom of writing our own lives, and reflects on the work of such artists and thinkers as Simone de Beauvoir, James Baldwin, Elena Ferrante, Marguerite Duras, David Lynch, and Emily Dickinson. The Cost of Living is crucial testimony, as distinctive, witty, complex, and original as Levy's acclaimed novels"--Dust jacket.

Afrofuturism : the world of black sci-fi and fantasy culture

July 17, 2018
Womack, Ytasha.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, [2013]
ix, 213 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Evolution of a space cadet -- A human fairy tale named black -- Project imagination -- Mothership in the key of Mars -- The African cosmos for modern mermaids (mermen) -- Divine feminine in space -- Pen my future -- Moonwalkers in paint and pixels -- A clock for time travelers -- The surreal life -- Agent change -- Future world

The final frontier : stories of exploring space, colonizing the universe, and first contact

July 16, 2018
New York : Night Shade Books, [2018]
579 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- A jar of goodwill / Tobias S. Buckell -- Mono no aware / Ken Liu -- Rescue mission / Jack Skillingstead -- Shiva in shadow / Nancy Kress -- Slow life / Michael Swanwick -- Three bodies at Mitanni / Seth Dickinson -- The deeps of the sky / Elizabeth Bear -- Diving into the wreck / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- The voyage out / Gwyneth Jones -- The symphony of ice and dust / Julie Novakova -- Twenty lights to "The land of snow" / Michael Bishop -- The firewall and the door / Sean McMullen -- Permanent fatal errors / Jay Lake -- Gypsy / Carter Scholz -- Sailing the Antarsa / Vandana Singh -- The mind is its own place / Carrie Vaughn -- The wreck of the Godspeed / James Patrick Kelly -- Seeing -- Genevieve Valentine -- Travelling into nothing / An Owomoyela -- Glory / Greg Egan -- The island / Peter Watts.
The urge to explore and discover is a natural and universal one, and the edge of the unknown is expanded with each passing year as scientific advancements inch us closer and closer to the outer reaches of our solar system and the galaxies beyond them. In this collection of galaxy-spanning adventures of discovery and adventure, science fiction writers give readers increasingly new and alien ways to look out into our broad and sprawling universe. From generations ships to warp drives, exploring new worlds to first contacts, they are a reminder that the universe is brimming with possibilities. -- adapted from back cover

Girls from da hood 13

July 12, 2018
392 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title on cover: Urban Books presents.
Get it! Get it! / by Ms. Michel Moore -- You can't break us / by Treasure Hernandez -- So far gone / by Katt.
Three dramatic stories of life on the streets, including the tale of Voodo and Moni, lovers who dispense their share of street justice revenge when they are wronged by former business associates.

Further up & further in : understanding Narnia

July 10, 2018
Pearce, Joseph, 1961- author.
Charlotte, North Carolina : TAN Books, 2018.
x, 202 pages ; 23 cm
Why wardrobes are for grown-ups too -- Learning to read like a grown-up -- The Magician's Nephew -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -- The Horse and His Boy -- Prince Caspian -- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader -- The Silver Chair -- The Last Battle -- Further up and further in.
In this volume, Pearce examines the theological, philosophical and historical elements of The Chronicles of Narnia: including its Christian symbolism, literary allusions, and the recurring themes of temptation, sin, and redemption.

The year's best science fiction.

July 9, 2018
New York : Bluejay Books,
v. 24 cm.
Imprint varies: <1999-2018> St. Martin's Griffin.

Blood on the tracks

July 9, 2018
349 pages ; 21 cm.
"Railway mysteries"--Cover.
"Published by Poisoned Pen Press in association with the British Library"--Title page verso.
The man with the watches / Arthur Conan Doyle -- The mystery of Felwyn Tunnel / L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace -- How he cut his stick / Matthias McDonnell Bodkin -- The mysterious death on the underground railway / Baroness Orczy -- The affair of the corridor express / Victor L. Whitechurch -- The case of Oscar Brodski / R. Austin Freeman -- The eighth lamp / Roy Vickers -- The knight's cross signal problem / Ernest Bramah -- The unsolved puzzle of the man with no face / Dorothy L. Sayers -- The railway carriage / F. Tennyson Jesse -- Mystery of the slip-coach / Sapper -- The level crossing / Freeman Wills Crofts -- The Adventure of the first-class carriage / Ronald Knox -- Murder on the 7.16 / Michael Innes -- The coulman handicap / Michael Gilbert.
"A signalman is found dead by a railway tunnel. A man identifies his wife as a victim of murder on the underground. Two passengers mysteriously disappear between stations, leaving behind a dead body. Trains have been a favourite setting of many crime writers, providing the mobile equivalent of the 'locked-room' scenario. Their enclosed carriages with a limited number of suspects lend themselves to seemingly impossible crimes. In an era of cancellations and delays, alibis reliant upon a timely train service no longer ring true, yet the railway detective has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the twenty-first century. Both train buffs and crime fans will delight in this selection of fifteen railway-themed mysteries, featuring some of the most popular authors of their day alongside less familiar names."--Provided by publisher.

Settler common sense : queerness and everyday colonialism in the American Renaissance

July 5, 2018
Rifkin, Mark, 1974- author.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
xxii, 293 pages ; 22 cm
Ordinary Life and the Ethics of Occupation -- Romancing the State of Nature: Speculation, Regeneration, and the Maine Frontier in House of the Seven Gables -- Loving Oneself Like a Nation: Sovereign Selfhood and the Autoerotics of Wilderness in Walden -- Dreaming of Urban Dispersion: Aristocratic Genealogy and Indian Rurality in Pierre.
"In Settler Common Sense, Mark Rifkin explores how canonical American writers take part in the legacy of displacing Native Americans. Although the books he focuses on are not about Indians, they serve as examples of what Rifkin calls "settler common sense," taking for granted the legal and political structure through which Native peoples continue to be dispossessed. Rifkin demonstrates how some accounts of urban possibility overlooks the fact that the explosive growth of Manhattan in the nineteenth century was possible only because of the extensive and progressive displacement of Iroquois peoples upstate. Rifkin reveals how these texts' queer imaginings rely on treating settler notions of place and personhood as self-evident, erasing the advancing expropriation and occupation of Native lands. Further, he investigates the ways that contemporary queer ethics and politics take such ongoing colonial dynamics as an unexamined framework in developing ideas of freedom and justice."--Provided by publisher.

Supernatural Sherlocks : stories from the golden age of the occult detective

June 29, 2018
287 pages ; 20 cm.
The mark of the beast / Rudyard Kipling -- In Kropfsberg Keep / Ralph Adams Cram -- Number ninety / BM Croker -- An expiation / Arabella Kenealy -- The blue room / Lettice Galbraith -- The story of Yand Manor House / E and H Heron -- The brown hand / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- The dead hand / LT Meade & Robert Eustace -- The gateway of the monster / William Hope Hodgson -- The boy of Blackstock / Alice and Claude Askew -- The Governess's story / Amyas Northcote -- The voice in the night / WJ Wintle -- The death hound / Dion Fortune -- The shunned house / HP Lovercraft -- The shut room / Henry S Whitehead.
"The ghost of a poor Afghan returns to haunt the doctor who once amputated his hand. A mysterious and malignant force inhabits a room in an ancestral home and attacks all who sleep in it. A man who desecrates an Indian temple is transformed into a ravening beast. A castle in the Tyrol is the setting for an aristocratic murderer's apparent resurrection. In the stories in this collection, horrors from beyond the grave and other dimensions visit the everyday world and demand to be investigated...The period between 1890 and 1930 was a Golden Age for the occult detective. Famous authors like Kipling and Conan Doyle wrote stories about them, as did less familiar writers such as the occultist and magician Dion Fortune and Henry S. Whitehead, a friend of H. P. Lovecraft and fellow-contributor to the pulp magazines of the period. Nick Rennison has chosen 15 tales from that era to raise the hair and chill the spines of modern readers."

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