New Arrivals · Literature

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Of morsels and marvels

March 12, 2020
Condé, Maryse, author.
London ; New York : Seagull Books, 2020.
xi, 290 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in French as Mets et merveilles"-- Title page verso.
"For many, cooking is simply the mechanical act of reproducing standard recipes. To Maryse Condé, however, cooking implies creativity and personal invention, on par with the complexity of writing a story. A cook, she explains, uses spices and flavors the same way an author chooses the music and meaning of words. In Of Morsels and Marvels, Condé takes us on a literary journey around places she has travelled to in India, Indonesia, and South Africa. She highlights the tastes and culinary traditions that are fascinating examples of a living museum. Such places, Condé explains, provide important insights into lesser-known aspects of contemporary life. One anecdote illustrates what becomes of the standard Antillean dishes of fish stew and goat curry by two Antilleans who own a restaurant in Sydney, Australia. Cuisine changes not only according to the individual cook but also adapts to foreign skies under which it is created. The author also recounts personal memories of her lifelong relationship with cooking, such as when Adélia, her family's servant, wrongly blames little Maryse for mixing raisins with fish and using her imagination in the kitchen. Blending travel with gastronomy, this enchanting volume from the winner of the 2018 Alternative Nobel Prize will delight all who marvel at the wonders of the kitchen or seek to taste the world."-- Provided by publisher.

The science of storytelling

March 12, 2020
Storr, Will, author.
291 pages ; 22 cm
First published in 2019 in Great Britain by William Collins.
"Why stories make us human and how to tell them better"--Cover.
Who would we be without stories? Stories mold who we are, from our character to our cultural identity. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions, and shape our politics and beliefs. We use them to construct our relationships, to keep order in our law courts, to interpret events in our newspapers and social media. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human. There have been many attempts to understand what makes a good to recent attempts to crack the 'Bestseller Code'. But few have used a scientific approach. This is curious, for if we are to truly understand storytelling in its grandest sense, we must first come to understand the ultimate storyteller the human brain. In this scalpel-sharp, thought-provoking book, Will Storr demonstrates how master storytellers manipulate and compel us, leading us on a journey. Applying dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to the foundations of our myths and archetypes, he shows how we can use these tools to tell better stories - and make sense of our chaotic modern world.

This river

March 12, 2020
Brown, James, 1957-
Berkeley, Calif. : Counterpoint Press, ©2010.
178 pages ; 21 cm
Talking to the dead -- Blood and duplicity -- Instructions on the use of alcohol -- Remembering Linda -- The apprentice -- This river -- Dirty moves -- Some kind of animal -- American mariachi -- Our Japan -- Instructions on the use of heroin -- Relapse.
James Brown gained a cult following after chronicling his turbulent childhood and spiraling drug addiction in The Los Angeles diaries. This river picks up where his first memoir left off, describing his tenuous relationship with sobriety, telling of agonizing relapses, and tracking his attempts to become a better father.

African American literature : an encyclopedia for students

March 12, 2020
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2020]
xxiv, 429 pages ; 26 cm
"This essential volume provides an overview of and introduction to African American writers and literary periods, from the beginning of the 20th century into the 21st century"-- Provided by publisher.

The Rumi prescription : how an ancient mystic poet changed my modern manic life

March 10, 2020
Moezzi, Melody, 1979- author.
xx, 250 pages ; 24 cm
Dx: Wanting Rx: Go to the source -- Dx: Isolation Rx: Invent, don't imitate -- Dx: Haste Rx: Quit keeping score -- Dx: Depression Rx: Welcome every guest -- Dx: Distraction Rx: Go beyond the five and six -- Dx: Anxiety Rx: Follow the light of your wounds -- Dx: Anger Rx: Fall in love with love -- Dx: Fear Rx: Quit making yourself so small -- Dx: Disappointment Rx: Wake up -- Dx: Price Rx: Return to the source.
"A powerful personal journey to find meaning and life lessons in the words of a wildly popular 13th century poet. Rumi's inspiring and deceptively simple poems have been called ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. To writer and activist Melody Moezzi, they became a lifeline. In The Rumi Prescription, we follow her path of discovery as she translates Rumi's works for herself - to gain wisdom and insight in the face of a creative and spiritual roadblock. With the help of her father, who is a lifelong fan of Rumi's poetry, she immerses herself in this rich body of work, and discovers a 13th-century prescription for modern life"-- Provided by publisher.

Pearls of wisdom : little pieces of advice (that go a long way)

March 9, 2020
Bush, Barbara, 1925-2018, author.
xli, 211 pages ; 20 cm
Foreword / by George W. Bush -- Family first -- But friends are right behind -- And then there were the students -- What she taught the rest of us -- Read -- Homeward bound -- Reflections -- Epilogue / by Doro Bush Koch.
As a mother, Barbara Bush made sure we all knew that your children must come first, and one of the most important things you can do is to read to them. As a friend and mentor, she showed that you had to be true to yourself. Even at the end of her life, she taught us how to die with grace. Her advice ranged from what to wear, what to say or not say, and how to live your life. She especially loved visiting with students of all ages, from kindergartners to college graduates. This is a collection of her trademark wit and thoughtfulness. -- adapted from front flap and Amazon info

Last girl standing

February 18, 2020
Jackson, Lisa, author.
408 pages ; 22 cm
A tight-knit high school 'It' clique takes a dark turn when one member is lost to a tragedy. But it's only the first inn a series of misfortunes as the friends become frenemies, and the girtl become women who wonder who will be the last one standing...

The best of Uncanny

February 17, 2020
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2019.
683 pages ; 24 cm
"Deluxe Hardcover Edition"--Dust jacket.
The uncanny valley--an introduction / Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas -- Our talons can crush galaxies / Brooke Bolander -- Blessings / Naomi Novik -- Folding Beijing / Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu -- The new ways / Amal El-Mohtar -- Fandom for robots / Vina Jie-Min Prasad -- Catcall / Delilah S. Dawson -- Wooden feathers / Ursula Vernon -- The long run / Neil Gaiman -- The heat of us: notes toward an oral history / Sam J. Miller -- Ghost champagne / Charlie Jane Anders -- Translatio corporis / Kat Howard -- Rose child / Theodora Goss -- The witch of the Orion Waste and the boy knight / E. Lily Yu -- Monster girls don't cry / A. Merc Rustad -- Midnight hour / Mary Robinette Kowal -- Henosis / N.K. Jemisin -- The persecution of witches / Ali Trotta -- Restore the heart into love / John Chu -- I frequently hear music in the very herat of noise / Sarah Pinsker -- You'll surely drown here if you stay / Alyssa Wong -- Meat bone tea / S. Qiouyi Lu (Poem) -- She still loves a dragon / Elizabeth Bear -- If you were a tiger I'd have to wear white / Maria Dahvana Headley -- Archival testimony fragments/Miner song / Rose Lemberg (Poem) -- Sun, Moon, Dust / Ursula Vernon -- Planet Lion / Catherynne Valente -- The hydraulic emperor / Arkady Martine -- Starskin, sealskin / Shveta Thakrar & Sara Cleto (Poem) -- Small changes over long periods of time / K.M. Szpara -- God-date / Brandon O'Brien (Poem) -- Auspicium melioris aevi / J.Y. Yang -- Clearly lettered in a most steady hand / Fran Wilde -- An ocean the color of bruises / Isabel Yap -- Dancing princesses / Roshani Choksi (Poem) -- Those / Sofi Samatar -- Though she be but little / C.S.E. Cooney -- Children of thorns, children of water / Aliette de Bodard -- Protestations against the Ides of Anglicization / Cassandra Khaw (Poem) -- My body, herself / Carmen Maria Machado -- Ye highlands and ye lowlands / Seanan McGuire -- The words on my skin / Caroline W. Yoachim -- And then there were (N-One) / Sarah Pinsker -- The sea never says it loves you / Fran Wilde (Poem) -- Pockets / Amal El-Mohtar.
The Best of Uncanny features some of the uncanniest stories and poetry in Science Fiction/Fantasy today, by its current leading voices. Immerse yourself in 44 original science fiction and fantasy stories and poems from the first 22 issues of Uncanny Magazine.

Elements of surprise : our mental limits and the satisfactions of plot

February 17, 2020
Tobin, Vera, 1975- author.
332 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Elementary problems -- The curse of knowledge? -- The poetics of surprise -- The naming of things -- Revelations, recognitions, and the satisfactions of plot -- When unreliability is a surprise -- When narration itself is a surprise -- So many things are obvious (now that we're at the end).
Elements of Surprise opens with a novel but narrow focus: how a particular cognitive bias, the "curse of knowledge," underwrites stories that rely on what it calls "well-made surprise," as seen in (for example) classic detective fiction--that is, surprises in novels, films, television, and plays that set us up to be fooled in ways we find pleasing and satisfying. But from there, the book expands its reach. At its core, "cursed" thinking underlies almost everything people write, say, and think about both other people and our own pasts. The more information we have about something, and the more experience we have with it, the harder it is to step outside that experience. What unfolds is both a fresh approach to mental heuristics and biases and an ambitious work of cognitive literary criticism. Elements of Surprise provides a new and exciting way of thinking about the mechanics of narrative, explored through thoughtful readings of classic, popular, and obscure texts.-- Provided by publisher.

Revision and self-editing for publication : techniques for transforming your first draft into a novel that sells

February 17, 2020
Bell, James Scott.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest ; Newton Abbot : David & Charles [distributor], 2012.
281 pages ; 23 cm
Previous edition: published as Revision & self-editing. 2008.
Includes index.
Part 1 : self-editing -- A philosophy of self-editing -- Characters -- Plot and Structure -- Point of view -- Scenes -- Dialogue -- Beginnings, middles, and ends -- Show vs. tell -- Voice and style -- Setting and description -- Exposition -- Theme -- Part 2 : revision -- A philosophy of revision -- Before you revise -- The first read-through -- Deepening -- The ultimate revision checklist -- Epilogues : the trick that cannot be explained.
"Whether you're writing a novel currently or have finished the first draft, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition will give you the guidance you need to revise your manuscript into a novel ready to be sold."--Back cover.

Alice Adams : portrait of a writer

February 10, 2020
Sklenicka, Carol, 1948- author.
New York : Scribner, 2019.
x, 580 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Saved by her dolls (1926, and maternal history) -- Agatha and Nic (paternal history) -- The family romance (1926-1931) -- Depressions (1931-1937) -- Girls (1937-1940) -- North and south (1940-1943) -- Rumors of war (1943-1945) -- Cocktail of dreams (1946-1947) -- Impersonators (1947-1948) -- Frustrated ambitions (1948-1950) -- Family of three (1950-1954) -- Feeling free in San Francisco (1955-1957) -- A return trip (1958) Freedom (1958-1961) -- Alone (1961-1963) -- Careless love (1963-1966) -- Robert Kendall McNie (1964-1969) -- The A B D C E formula (1966-1969) Disinherited (1969-1973) -- Editors and friends (1973-1976) -- Very Colette (1976-1979) -- Beautiful girl (1979) Rewards (1980-1982) -- A fateful age (1981-1983) -- Superior women (1984-1985) -- Fame and fortune (1986-1987) -- Things fall apart (1987-1989) -- "The book of Bob" (1990-1992) -- Sick (1992-1995) -- The age card (1995-1999).
"Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer has the heartbeat of one American woman's life in the twentieth century. It tells an intimate story of how Alice Adams-white, privileged, talented-endured a lonely childhood as a child in the racially distressed South and came of age during the Great Depression and World War II. Always a rebel in good-girl's clothing, Adams used her education, sexual and emotional curiosity, and uncompromising artistic ambition to break the strictures that bound women in the Fifties. Divorced with a child to raise, she worked at secretarial jobs for two decades before she could earn a living as a writer. Once celebrated as "America's Colette," Adams is now almost forgotten. With the same meticulous research and vivid storytelling she brought to Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life, Sklenicka's biography of Alice Adams connects the events of Adams's life to the events depicted in her stories. Sklenicka interviewed scores of Adams's friends and acquaintances and spent months, no years, with her letters and manuscripts. By delving into Adams's personal life, she shows how writing saved Adams from sorrows and how life served her writing."-- Provided by publisher.

The arrangement

February 4, 2020
327 pages ; 21 cm
Mischief and the marquess ©2007 by Sylvia Day; The duke's treasure ©2020 by Minerva Spencer; An inconvenient countess ©2020 by Kristin Vayden.
Mischief and the marquess / Sylvia Day -- The duke's treasure / Minerva Spencer -- An inconvenient countess / Kristin Vayden.
THE INCONVENIENT COUNTESS: As the eldest in a poverty-stricken family of daughters, Miss Diana Katherine Lambson's only option is a marriage of convenience. Her only prospect is a rogue with a miserable reputation. Her only true desire: freedom. And that is exactly what Charles Brook, Earl of Barrington, is willing to offer, in return for the respectability their union will give him. He will even provide Diana with a contract. But does she dare entrust her future to a scoundrel? Does she dare not to?

97,196 words : essays

February 4, 2020
Carrère, Emmanuel, 1957- author.
294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Originally published in French in 2016 by P.O.L, France, as Il est avantageux d'avoir où aller."
Three crime stories -- The Romand case -- Philip K. Dick -- The lost Hungarian -- Nine columns for an Italian magazine -- Death in Sri Lanka -- Room 304, Hôtel du Midi in Pont-Évêque, Isère -- The invisible -- Capote, Romand, and me -- The last of the possessed -- How I completely botched my interview with Catherine Deneuve -- You fool, Warren is dead! -- The life of Julie -- Four days in Davos -- Generation Bolotnaïa -- The journalist and the murderer by Janet Malcolm -- Resemblance -- In search of the dice man -- Letter to a woman of Calais -- Orbiting Jupiter: my week with Emmanuel Macron.
"A selection of the best short work by France's greatest living nonfiction writer"-- Provided by publisher.

Fighters of fear : occult detective stories

February 4, 2020
614 pages ; 23 cm.
Green Tea / Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu -- The Shining pyramid / Arthur Machen -- The Haunted child / Arabella Kenealy -- The Mystery of the Felwyn Tunnel / L. T. Meade & Robert Eustace -- The Story of Yand Manor House / E & H Heron -- The Tapping on the wainscot / Allan Upward -- Samaris / Robert W. Chambers -- The Whistling room / William Hope Hodgson -- The Woman with the crooked nose / Victor Rousseau -- The Sorcerer of Arjuzanx / Max Rittenberg -- The Ivory statue / Sax Rohmer -- The Stranger / Claude & Alice Askew -- The Swaying vision / Jessie Douglas Kerruish -- The Sanatorium / F. Tennyson Jesse -- The Villa on the Borderive Road / Rose Champion de Crespigny -- The Room of fear / Ella Serymsour -- The Seven fires / Philippa Forest -- The Subletting of the mansion / Dion Fortune -- The Jest of Warburg Tantavul / Seabury Quinn -- The Soldier / A. M. Burrage -- The Horror of the height / Sydney Horler -- The Mystery of iniquity / L. Adams Beck -- The Thought monster / Amelia Reynolds Long -- The Shut room / Henry S. Whitehead -- Dr. Muncing , exorcist / Gordon MacCreagh -- The Case of the haunted cathedral / Margery Lawrence -- The Shonokins / Manly Wade Wellman -- The Dead of winter apparition / Joseph Payne Brennan -- The Garden of Paris / Eric Williams -- St. Michael & all angels / Mark Valentine -- Jeremiah / Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
A Retrospective Collection of Classic Occult and Supernatural Detective Stories by Some of the Field's Greatest and Best-Known Weird Fiction Authors. Since the gaslit nights at the end of the nineteenth century, the occult detective has been a beloved and recurring archetype. Mixing the best aspects of the detective tale and weird or supernatural fiction, and capitalizing in part on the massive popularity of Sherlock Holmes, these stories portrayed men and women pitted against surreal and horrifying foes, usually with little to defend them but their own savvy, experience, and know-how. From William Hope Hodgson's Thomas Carnacki, to Seabury Quinn's fearless Frenchman Jules de Grandin, to Jessica Salmonson's Penelope Pettiweather, the occult detective has taken a variety of forms, investigated a wide array of supernatural and otherworldly cases, and entertained generations of readers. This new collection compiles thirty-one all-time classic occult detective stories as it traces the genre's growth from its nineteenth-century origins to the late twentieth century, showcasing the work of acclaimed pioneers of weird tales alongside cult favorites and exciting modern talents.

The measure of malice : scientific detection stories

February 3, 2020
xi, 321 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction -- The Boscombe Valley Mystery / Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Horror of Studley Grange / L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace -- The Tragedy of a Third Smoker / C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne -- The Man Who Disappeared / L. T. Meade and Clifford Halifax -- The Cyprian Bees / Anthony Wynne -- The English Filter / C. E. Bechhofer Roberts -- The Contents of a Mare's Nest / R. Austin Freeman -- After Death the Doctor / J. J. Connington -- The Broken Toad / H. C. Bailey -- In the Teeth of the Evidence / Dorothy L. Sayers -- The Case of the Chemist in the Cupboard / Ernest Dudley -- The Purple Line / John Rhode -- Blood Sport / Edmund Crispin -- The New Cement / Freeman Wills Crofts.
"The detective's role is simple: to catch the culprit. Yet behind each casual observation lies a learned mind, trained in deliberations of logic - preferably amid complicated gadgetry and scientific tomes. The detectives in this collection are masters of scientific deduction, whether they are identifying the perpetrator from a scrap of fabric, or picking out the poison from a sinister line-up. Containing stories by R Austin Freeman, J J Connington and the master of logical reasoning, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Measure of Malice collects tales of rational thinking to prove the power of the human brain over villainous deeds"-- Provided by publisher.

Lost transmissions : the secret history of science fiction and fantasy

February 3, 2020
Boskovich, Desirina, author.
xi, 275 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"An illustrated history of lost, overlooked, and uncompleted works of science fiction and fantasy"--Back cover.
Literature -- Film and television -- Architecture -- Art and design -- Music -- Fashion -- Fandom and pop culture.
"Science fiction and fantasy reign over popular culture now. Lost Transmissions is a rich trove of forgotten and unknown, imagined-but-never-finished, and under-appreciated-but-influential works from those imaginative genres, as well as little-known information about well-known properties. Divided into sections on Film & TV, Literature, Art, Music, Fashion, Architecture, and Pop Culture, the book examines Jules Verne's lost novel; AfroFuturism and Space Disco; E.T.'s scary beginnings; William Gibson's never-filmed Aliens sequel; Weezer's never-made space opera; and the 8,000-page metaphysical diary of Philip K. Dick. Featuring more than 150 photos, this insightful volume will become the bible of science fiction and fantasy's most interesting and least-known chapters." --Provided by publisher.

Pity the reader : on writing with style

February 3, 2020
Vonnegut, Kurt, author.
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2019]
xii, 418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Advice for everyone on writing anything -- About writing fiction -- The prime mover -- Detouring forward -- Dead ahead -- Breakthrough -- Fear of finding a worthy subject or a dearth of death -- The last word on the prime mover or fear not -- Soul growth -- Sanctuary -- What makes great art or art and soul -- Agents of change -- Writers as teachers or the noblest profession -- Vonnegut in class -- Heft and comfort -- Talent -- Diligence -- Pitfalls -- Methodologism -- Materializations -- Propagation -- Regeneration -- The mother of all pearls -- Beginnings -- Plot -- Character -- Prose, the audial -- Prose, the visual -- The joke biz -- Black humor -- Much better stories: re-vision and revision -- Eeny-meeny-miny-moe or choice -- Making a living -- Caring for your piece in the game -- Farting around in life and art -- Love, marriage, and baby carriage -- Better together or community.
"Here is an entirely new side of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut as a teacher of writing. Of course he's given us glimpses before, with aphorisms and short essays and articles and in his speeches. But never before has an entire book been devoted to Kurt Vonnegut the teacher. Here is pretty much everything Vonnegut ever said or wrote having to do with the writing art and craft, altogether a healing, a nourishing expedition. McConnell has outfitted us for the journey, and in these 37 chapters covers the waterfront of how one American writer brought himself to the pinnacle of the writing art, and we can all benefit as a result. Kurt Vonnegut was one of the few grandmasters of American literature, whose novels continue to influence new generations about the ways in which our imaginations can help us to live. Few aspects of his contribution have not been plumbed--fourteen novels, collections of his speeches, his essays, his letters, his plays--so this fresh view of him, written by a former student, is a bonanza for writers and readers and Vonnegut fans everywhere"-- Provided by publisher.

Novel houses : twenty famous fictional dwellings

January 31, 2020
Hardyment, Christina, author.
250 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 24 cm
Introduction: The house as hero -- A triumphant illusion: Horace Walpole's The castle of Otranto (1764) -- The bewildered house: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (1814) -- Bridging two worlds: Walter Scott's Waverly (1814) -- A plague on both your houses: Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (1847) -- Dark romance: Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables (1851) -- Tomb for the living: Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1852-53) -- Kitchen table society: Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's cabin (1852) -- Bachelor lair: Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (1887-1927) -- Household gods: Henry James's The spoils of Poynton (1896) -- Property: John Galsworthy's The Forsyte saga (1906-21) -- Anchorage: E.M. Forster's Howard's End (1910) -- Colossal illusion: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The great Gatsby (1925) -- The queerest sense of echo: Virginia Woolfe's Orlando (1928) & Vita Sackville West's The Edwardians (1930) -- Sheer flapdoodle: Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm (1932) -- House of secrets: Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca (1938) -- A household of the faith: Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead revisited (1945) -- The sorcerer's tower: Dodie Smith's I capture the castle (1948) -- Vast shambles: Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast (1947-59) -- Deep roots: J. R. R. Tolkien's The hobbit (1937) & The lord of the rings (1954-55) -- Castle of ancient magic: J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter (1997-2007) -- Afterword -- Gazetteer.
Novel Houses' visits unforgettable dwellings in twenty legendary works of English and American fiction. Each chapter stars a famous novel in which a dwelling is pivotal to the plot, and reveals how personally significant that place was to the writer who created it. We discover Uncle Tom's Cabin's powerful influence on the American Civil War, how essential 221B Baker Street was to Sherlock Holmes and the importance of Bag End to the adventuring hobbits who called it home. It looks at why Bleak House is used as the name of a happy home and what was on Jane Austen's mind when she worked out the plot of Mansfield Park. Little-known background on the dwellings at the heart of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast and Stella Gibbon's Cold Comfort Farm emerges, and the real life settings of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and E.M. Forster's Howards End, so fundamental to their stories, are shown to relate closely to their authors' passions and preoccupations. A winning combination of literary criticism, geography and biography, this is an entertaining and insightful celebration of beloved novels and the extraordinary role that houses grand and small, imagined and real, or unique and ordinary, play in their continuing popularity.

Color outside the lines : stories about love

January 29, 2020
New York, NY : Soho Teen, [2019]
viii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The agony of a heart's wish / by Samira Ahmed -- The boy is / by Elsie Chapman -- What we love / by Lauren Gibaldi -- Yuna and the wall / by Lydia Kang -- Gilman Street / by Michelle Ruiz Keil -- Starlight and moondust / by Lori M. Lee -- Five times Shiva met Harry / by Sangu Mandanna -- Your life matters / L.L. McKinney -- Turn the sky to petals / by Anna-Marie McLemore -- Prom / by Danielle Paige -- Faithfull / by Karuna Riazi -- The coward's guide to falling in love / by Caroline Tung Richmond -- Giving up the ghost / by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas -- Something gay and magical -- by Adam Silvera -- Death and the maiden / by Tara Sim -- Sandwiched in between / by Eric Smith.
An anthology of YA stories that explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships. They're about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter. They're about handling relationships where differences are front and center. And they're about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. -- adapted from jacket

The Eagle has landed : 50 years of lunar science fiction

January 29, 2020
New York, NY : Night Shade Books, [2019]
xi, 572 pages ; 23 cm
Bagatelle / John Varley -- The eve of the last Apollo / Carter Scholz -- The lunatics / Kim Stanley Robinson -- Griffin's egg / Michael Swanwick -- A walk in the sun / Geoffrey A. Landis -- Waging good / Robert Reed -- How we lost the Moon, a true story by Frank W. Allen / Paul McAuley -- People came from Earth / Stephen Baxter -- Ashes and tombstones / Brian Stableford -- Sunday night yams at Minnie and Earl's / Adam Troy Castro -- Stories for men / John Kessel -- The clear blue seas of Luna / Gregory Benford -- You will go to the Moon / William Preston -- Seniorsource / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- The economy of vacuum / Sarah Thomas -- The Cassandra Project / Jack McDevitt -- Fly me to the Moon / Marianne J. Dyson -- Tyche and the ants / Hannu Rajaniemi -- The Moon belongs to everyone / Michael Alexander and K.C. Ball -- The fifth dragon / Ian McDonald -- Let baser things devise / Berrien C. Henderson -- The Moon is not a battlefield / Indrapramit Das -- Every hour of light and dark / Nancy Kress -- In event of Moon disaster / Rich Larson.
"In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, the endlessly-mysterious moon is explored in this reprint short science fiction anthology from award-winning editor and anthologist Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld, The Best Science Fiction of the Year). On July 20, 1969, mankind made what had only years earlier seemed like an impossible leap forward: when Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the moon, and Neil Armstrong the first person to step foot on the lunar surface. While there have only been a handful of new missions since, the fascination with our planet's satellite continues, and generations of writers and artists have imagined the endless possibilities of lunar life. From adventures in the vast gulf of space between the earth and the moon, to journeys across the light face to the dark side, to the establishment of permanent residences on its surface, science fiction has for decades given readers bold and forward-thinking ideas about our nearest interstellar neighbor and what it might mean to humankind, both now and in our future. The Eagle Has Landed collects the best stories written in the fifty years since mankind first stepped foot on the lunar surface, serving as a shining reminder that the moon is and always has been our most visible and constant example of all the infinite possibility of the wider universe"-- Provided by publisher.

Speaking up without freaking out : 50 techniques for confident, calm and competent presenting

January 29, 2020
Abrahams, Matt.
Dubuque, IA : Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, [2016]
xi, 164 pages ; 18 cm
Confidence : explanation and manifestations -- Anxiety sources and solutions -- Presenting confidently -- Audience focus and connection -- Structure and story -- Behaviors to avoid -- Putting it all together.

Gunpowder & embers

January 27, 2020
Ringo, John, 1963- author.
336 pages ; 25 cm
"Thirty years ago, the world ended. Giant electrovoric ants and pterodons came through a rift in space-time, millions of humans died, and that was that. Thirty years later, humanity has rebuilt . . . to an extent. Without electricity, human ingenuity has provided some creative solutions, but most folks survive at the subsistence level, farming to keep themselves and their families fed. Chuck Gibson never thought he'd have to leave his family's farm. The simple life of a rancher was enough for him. A dying stranger proved him wrong. Now, he's on the road of destiny, accompanied by a mystic warrior monk, a beautiful dragon tamer, a runaway cultist, and a mysterious drunken lecher, all of them searching for the key to reclaiming humanity's future and past. Each of them carrying a single spark of hope. But will that hope be enough to light the beacons of freedom once again? Or will they face the next century in bondage to the last century's technology?"--Provided by publisher.

Murder your darlings : and other gentle writing advice from Aristotle to Zinsser

January 27, 2020
Clark, Roy Peter, author.
New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2020.
ix, 340 pages ; 22 cm
Language and craft -- Voice and style -- Confidence and identity -- Storytelling and character -- Rhetoric and audience -- Mission and purpose.
A collection of over a hundred writing tips gleaned from fifty popular writing books. Chapters are devoted to each key strategy. Author expands and contextualizes original authors' suggestions and shares how each tip helped other authors improve their skills.

Being Sherlock : a Sherlockian's stroll through the best Sherlock Holmes stories

January 27, 2020
Polasek, Ashley D., author, compiler.
xiv, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Eight kisses : eight all-new tales of Hanukkah romance

January 27, 2020
vi, 402 pages ; 23 cm
Statement of responsibility from cover.
A highlander for Hanukkah / Lori Ann Bailey -- Harmony lights / Mindy Klasky -- Can't help falling / Rose Grey -- Frisky connections / Michelle Mars -- Love and latkes / JT Silver -- Hanukkah kisses / Erin Eisenberg -- Bubbe Linda's menorah / Lavinia Klein -- Rededication / Lynne Silver.
"Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights, celebrating an ancient miracle with candles, fried foods, and family gatherings. What better time to find true love? From Regency Scotland to contemporary New York City, from sweet short stories to super-spicy novellas, Eight Kisses spreads a feast of love. Interfaith opposites attract. A small-town reunion offers a second chance. An interracial couple rises above initial misunderstandings. Online dating yields unexpected foodie dreams. A Jewish mourner discovers solace at a Catholic feast. A hometown visit heals old wounds. The girl next door is something more. Seasoned lovers reaffirm true love. Move over Christmas movies! Spin the dreidel, gobble the gelt, and devour a tower of latkes as you read these tales of Hanukkah love! Eight Kisses includes the following stories by USA Today bestselling authors, award-winning authors, and exciting debut authors"--Back cover.

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