New Arrivals · Literature

November 9, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Villains, victims, and violets : agency and feminism in the original Sherlock Holmes canon

November 8, 2019
xx, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Cover design by Ican Popov
"A Studious Scarlets Society anthology" -- Front cover.
Foreword / by Nisi Shawl -- Introduction / by Tamara R. Bower and Resa Haile -- I. ARE WOMEN PERSONS IN THE VICTORIAN ERA? Unable to save herself: An examination of women as persons in three stories of the Sherlock Holmes canon / Vicki Delany -- Laura Lyons: hounded by Victorian ideals / Nicole Givens Kurtz -- "Ladies' fancies must be consulted": The women of "The adventure of the copper beeches" / Resa Haile -- "She Blessed the Hand": The case of the defiant daughter / Sonia Fetherston -- Mary Morstan: The victim who refuses / Michelle Birkby -- A powerful victim: Mrs. Ferguson in "The Adventure of the Sussex vampire" / Lucy Blue -- Never knock opportunity: Motive, means, and opportunity in "The adventure of the Musgrave ritual" / Elizabeth Ann Scarborough -- The bird escaped: Myth in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" / Molly Carr -- Mary Sutherland under sail / Leah Guinn --

A Texas kind of Christmas

November 7, 2019
323 pages ; 21 cm
One night at the St. Nicholas / Jodi Thomas -- Birdie's flight / Celia Bonaduce -- Spirit of Texas / Rachael Miles.
"Spirit of Texas" When lovely spinster Eugenie Charpentier makes a trip across the Texas frontier with former Texas Ranger Ashton Graham, she dreams of adventure, and the rough and tumble cowboy is happy to oblige. Now it's Christmas Eve, 1859 at the St. Nicholas Hotel's grand ball, Eugenie and Ashton just might dance the night away into forever.

How the Dukes stole Christmas

November 7, 2019
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
443 pages ; 17 cm.
Originally published in the United States in 2018 by Rakes, Rogues, & Scoundrels, LLC.
Meet me in Mayfair / by Tessa Dare. -- The Duke of Christmas Present / by Sarah MacLean. -- Heiress alone / by Sophie Jordan. -- Christmas in Central Park / by Joanna Shupe.
"From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up unforgettable Christmas romance"--Cover, page 4.

The big book of reel murders : stories that inspired great crime films

November 6, 2019
xiv, 1181 pages : 23 cm
The suspense is killing me -- Stop, you're killing me -- Isn't this thrilling? -- Oh, the horror! -- Isn't it a crime? -- I love you to death - Is there a detective in the house?
Edgar Award-winning editor Penzler's new anthology rolls out the red carpet for the stories that Hollywood hits are made of. He delivers the director's cut of classic short stories that inspired some of Tinsletown's most memorable films. ... Including... works by:Authors include: Edgar Allan Poe, Cornell Woolrich, Aldous Huxley, Ian Fleming, Robert Louis Stevenson, Budd Schulberg, O. Henry, W. Somerset Maugham, and many more.-- Back cover.

Dad's maybe book

November 4, 2019
O'Brien, Tim, 1946- author.
381 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
In 2003, as an older father, O'Brien resolved to give his young sons what he wished his own father had given to him: a few scraps of paper signed "Love, Dad." Maybe a word of advice. Maybe a sentence or two about some long-ago Christmas Eve. Maybe some scattered glimpses of their aging father, a man they might never really know. In this book, O'Brien moves from soccer games to warfare to risqué lullabies, from alcoholism to magic shows to history lessons to bittersweet bedtime stories, but always returning to a father's soul-saving love for his sons. -- adapted from jacket

A month in Siena

November 4, 2019
Matar, Hisham, 1970- author.
130 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"After finishing his powerful memoir The Return, Hisham Matar, seeking solace and pleasure, traveled to Siena, Italy. Always finding comfort and clarity in great art, Matar immersed himself in eight significant works from the Sienese School of painting, which flourished from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. Artists whom he had admired throughout his life, such as Duccio and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, evoke earlier engagements he has had with works by Caravaggio and Poussin, and the personal experiences that surrounded those moments. Complete with gorgeous full-color reproductions of the artworks, A Month in Siena is about what occurred between Matar, those paintings, and the city. That month would be an extraordinary period in Matar's life: an exploration of how art can console and disturb in equal measure, as well as an intimate encounter with the city and its inhabitants. This is a gorgeous meditation on how centuries-old art can illuminate our own inner landscape--current relationships, long-lasting love, grief, intimacy, and solitude--and shed further light on the present world around us"-- Provided by publisher.

Goodness and the literary imagination : Harvard Divinity School's 95th Ingersoll Lecture : with essays on Morrison's moral and religious vision

November 1, 2019
viii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Toni Morrison's religion -- Goodness : Altruism and the literary imagination (Ingersoll Lecture 2012) / Toni Morrison -- I. Significant landscapes and sacred places. Haunted by slavery / Walter Johnson ; Ọmọ Òpìtańdìran, an Africanist griot : Toni Morrison and African epistemology, myths, and literary culture / Jacob K. Olupona ; Structures of stones and rings of light : spirited landscapes in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Tiya Miles -- II. Putting goodness onstage. Evocations of intimacies : comments on Toni Morrison's Home / Charles H. Long ; Morrison's pietás as participatory loss and love / Mara Willard ; The ghost of love and goodness / Davíd Carrasco ; Demons and dominion : possession and dispossession in Toni Morrison's A Mercy / Matthew Potts -- III. Giving goodness a voice. Ministry in Paradise / Stephanie Paulsell ; Luminous darkness : Africanist presence and the American soul / Jonathan L. Walton ; Going backstage : Soaphead Church and the (religious) problem of goodness in The Bluest Eye / Biko Mandela Gray ; Unsung no more : Pilate's mercy! eulogy in Song of Solomon / Gerald "Jay" Williams ; Quiet, as it's kept and lovingly disrupted by Baby Suggs, Holy : on the volume of goodness in Beloved / Josslyn Luckett -- Writing Goodness and mercy : a 2017 interview with Toni Morrison.
"What exactly is goodness? Where is it found in the literary imagination? Toni Morrison, one of American letters' greatest voices, pondered these perplexing questions in her celebrated Ingersoll Lecture, delivered at Harvard University in 2012 and published now for the first time in book form. Perhaps because it is overshadowed by the more easily defined evil, goodness often escapes our attention. Recalling many literary examples, from Ahab to Coetzee's Michael K, Morrison seeks the essence of goodness and ponders its significant place in her writing. She considers the concept in relation to unforgettable characters from her own works of fiction and arrives at conclusions that are both eloquent and edifying. In a lively interview conducted for this book, Morrison further elaborates on her lecture's ideas, discussing goodness not only in literature but in society and history--particularly black history, which has responded to centuries of brutality with profound creativity. Morrison's essay is followed by a series of responses by scholars in the fields of religion, ethics, history, and literature to her thoughts on goodness and evil, mercy and love, racism and self-destruction, language and liberation, together with close examination of literary and theoretical expressions from her works. Each of these contributions, written by a scholar of religion, considers the legacy of slavery and how it continues to shape our memories, our complicities, our outcries, our lives, our communities, our literature, and our faith. In addition, the contributors engage the religious orientation in Morrison's novels so that readers who encounter her many memorable characters such as Sula, Beloved, or Frank Money will learn and appreciate how Morrison's notions of goodness and mercy also reflect her understanding of the sacred and the human spirit."--Publisher's website.

The American canon : literary genius from Emerson to Pynchon

November 1, 2019
Bloom, Harold, author.
viii, 426 pages ; 24 cm
"Five decades of writing on American literature"--Dust jacket.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) -- Nathanial Hawthorne (1804-1864) -- Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) -- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) -- Walt Whitman (1819-1892) -- Herman Melville (1819-1891) -- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) -- Mark Twain (1835-1910) -- Henry James (1843-1916) -- Edith Wharton (1862-1937) -- Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) -- Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) -- Willa Cather (1873-1947) -- Robert Frost (1874-1963) -- Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) -- William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) -- Marianne Moore (1887-1972) -- T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) -- Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) -- Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980) -- Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) -- William Faulkner (1897-1962) -- Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) -- Hart Crane (1899-1932) -- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) -- Nathanael West (1903-1940) -- Eudora Welty (1909-2001) -- Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) -- Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) -- Ralph Ellison (1913-1994) -- Robert Hayden (1913-1980) -- Carson McCullers (1917-1967) -- James Baldwin (1924-1987) -- Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) -- James Merrill (1926-1995) -- A.R. Ammons (1926-2001), John Ashbery (1927-2017), W.S. Merwin (1927-2019) -- Edward Albee (1928-2016) -- Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) -- Toni Morrison (b. 1931) -- Philip Roth (1933-2018) -- Cormac McCarthy (b. 1933) -- Jay Wright (b. 1934) -- Don DeLillo (b. 1936) -- Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937).
"Harold Bloom is our greatest living student of literature, "a colossus among critics" (The New York Times) and a "master entertainer" (Newsweek). Over the course of a remarkable career spanning more than half a century, in such best-selling books as The Western Canon and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, he transformed the way we look at the masterworks of western literature. Now, in the first collection devoted to his illuminating writings specifically on American literature, Bloom reflects on the surprising ways American writers have influenced each other across more than two centuries. The American Canon gathers five decades of Bloom's essays, occasional pieces, and introductions as well as excerpts from several of his books, weaving them together into an unrivalled tour of the great American bookshelf. Always a champion of aesthetic power, Bloom tells the story of our national literature in terms of artistic struggle against powerful predecessors and the American thirst for selfhood. All of the visionary American writers who have long preoccupied Bloom--Emerson and Whitman, Hawthorne and Melville, and Dickinson, Faulkner, Crane, Frost, Stevens, and Bishop--are here, along with Hemingway, James, O'Connor, Ellison, Hurston, LeGuin, Ashbery and many others. Bloom's enthusiasm for these American geniuses is contagious, and he reminds us how these writers have shaped our sense of who we are, and how they can summon us to be yet better versions of ourselves." -- Amazon.

Nebula awards showcase.

October 29, 2019
New York : Harcourt, Inc.,
v. ; 22 cm.
Vols. for <2010>-2011 pub. by TOR ; 2012-2018 pub. by Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books ; 2019- b6 Parvus Press in Yardley, PA.
Vols for 2000-<2019> contain the "best SF and fantasy chosen by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America" and Nebula Award winners for the years 1998-<2018>.

Good things out of Nazareth : the uncollected letters of Flannery O'Connor and friends

October 28, 2019
O'Connor, Flannery, author.
xxi, 386 pages ; 25 cm
Good things out of Nazareth -- "The first priest who said turkey-dog" -- "Her kind of literature: places and folks" -- "Removing choice souls so soon"
A literary treasure of over one hundred unpublished letters from National Book Award-winning author Flannery O'Connor and her circle of extraordinary friends. Flannery O'Connor is a master of twentieth-century American fiction, joining, since her untimely death in 1964, the likes of Hawthorne, Hemingway, and Faulkner. Those familiar with her work know that her powerful ethical vision was rooted in a quiet, devout faith and informed all she wrote and did. Good Things Out of Nazareth, a much-anticipated collection of many of O'Connor's previously unpublished letters--along with those of literary luminaries such as Walker Percy (The Moviegoer), Caroline Gordon (None Shall Look Back), Katherine Anne Porter (Ship of Fools), Robert Giroux and movie critic Stanley Kauffmann. The letters explore such themes as creativity, faith, suffering, and writing. Brought together, they form a riveting literary portrait of these friends, artists, and thinkers. Here we find their joys and loves, as well as their trials and tribulations as they struggle with doubt and illness while championing their beliefs and often confronting racism in American society during the civil rights era.

Wild game : my mother, her lover, and me

October 25, 2019
Brodeur, Adrienne, author.
xii, 237 pages ; 24 cm
On a hot July night on Cape Cod, at the age of 14, Brodeur became a confidante to her mother's affair with her husband's closest friend. Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help, but when the affair had calamitous consequences for everyone involved, Brodeau was driven into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. In her memoir she examines how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. --Provided by publisher.

The Penguin Classics book

October 25, 2019
Eliot, Henry, author.
xix, 459 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"First published by Particular Books, 2018" --Back of title page.
Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From 'The Epic of Gilgamesh' to the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature. Stuffed full of stories, author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrated with thousands of historic Penguin Classic covers, this is an exhilarating and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to explore and discover the best books ever written.

A rainbow thread : an anthology of queer Jewish texts from the first century to 1969

October 24, 2019
Philadelphia, PA : Print-O-Craft, 2019.
xxiv, 426 pages ; 23 cm
This anthology for queer Jewish history draws from two millennia, five continents, and fifteen languages. Through poetry, drama, law, literature, memoirs and commentary, the book reveals a history long shared by two ancient cultures, Jewish and gay. It includes generous bibliographies, two indexes, and an extensive list of thematic links for focused study.

No tricks, just treats

October 22, 2019
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2019.
417 pages ; 18 cm
Previously published as Eye Candy.
Fallen Crest nightmare / Tijan -- So much more / J. Daniels -- Getting down / Helena Hunting -- The pumpkin was stuffed / Tara Sivec.

An Amish Christmas Bakery : four stories

October 22, 2019
Nashville : Zondervan Fiction, [2019]
xv, 400 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Cookies and cheer / Amy Clipston -- Loaves of love / Beth Wiseman -- Melting hearts / Kathleen Fuller -- Cakes and kisses / Kelly Irvin.
Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller: When her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie Shetler eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. She doesn't know her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery's new expansion from Peter Kaufman, Mattie's sworn enemy. As the two work together, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love.

100 greatest literary detectives

October 22, 2019
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xvii, 232 pages ; 26 cm
Introduction: the character of crime -- 100 Greatest literary detectives, A-Z entries.
"This book identifies the most noteworthy sleuths from around the world, outlining the distinctive features of the detective, his or her approach to crime solving, and highlights of their fictional careers. A case is made for each detective's greatness based on literary importance, novelty, uniqueness, aesthetic quality, and cultural resonance"-- Provided by publisher.

The complete handbook of novel writing : everything you need to know to create & sell your work

October 22, 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, [2016]
517 pages ; 23 cm
The art and craft of a strong narrative -- The writing process -- Exploring novel genres -- Finding and cultivating a market for your work -- Interviews with novelists
Established writers write about how to make a novel a reality, explaining techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration, including an updated marketing section for navigating the unique challenges and possibilities of the evolving literary marketplace.

The woman who was Chesterton : the life of Frances Chesterton, wife of English author G.K. Chesterton

October 22, 2019
Brown, Nancy Carpentier, author.
xxviii, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
The girl from Bedford Park ( 1869-1896) -- Forging a partnership in wonder ( 1896-1901) -- Wedded to a rising star (1901-1908) -- Fame and fortune (1909-1915) -- Poetry and plays (1915-1922) -- Following faith (1922-1926) -- Success and secretaries (1926-1929) -- The inn at the end of the world (1929-1936) -- After this our exile (1936-1938) -- The fate of Mrs. Chesterton (1938 and beyond).
"This is a love story. But it is also a detective story. And best of all, it is a true story, told here for the the first time. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a romantic, a writer of detective tales, and a teller of the truth. His own story and the stories he told are becoming better and better known. But what has remained unknown is the story of the most important person in his life: his wife Frances. Nancy Carpentier Brown has done incredible detective work to uncover the mystery of Frances, tracking a figure who managed to leave very few traces of herself. It is quite likely that as more is discovered about Frances, more biographies will be written of her, and they will be even more complete. But they will all come back to this one."--Dale Ahlquist, from the Foreword.

The best American science fiction and fantasy.

October 18, 2019
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
volumes ; 21 cm
Series editor: <2018-2019> John Joseph Adams.

Ribbons of scarlet : a novel of the French Revolution's women

October 18, 2019
New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.
xii, 514, 29 pages ; 21 cm
Includes P.S. Insights, Interviews, & More ... (pages 1-29 at end of work).
The philosopher / Stephanie Dray -- The revolutionary / Heather Webb -- The princess / Sophie Perinot -- The politician / Kate Quinn -- The assassin / E. Knight -- The beauty / Laura Kamoie -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments.
"Six best-selling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers - six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution. Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution - and change the world. In late 18th-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise - upending a world order that has long oppressed them. Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself - but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women's march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king's pious sister, Princess Elisabeth, takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head. But when fanatics use the newspapers to twist the revolution's ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France's blood-soaked Reign of Terror while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive - unless unlikely heroine and courtesan's daughter Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France's fate: the fearsome Robespierre."--provided by publisher.

The best American sports writing.

October 17, 2019
Boston : Houghton Mifflin,
v. ; 22 cm.
Series editor: 1991-<2019> Glenn Stout.

The best American nonrequired reading.

October 17, 2019
Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Co.,
v. ; 22 cm.
"Intended to combine the best intentions of the other Best American volumes (Best American short stories, Best American essays, etc.) to create a collection with slightly younger readers in mind"--Jacket, 2002.

The best American short stories.

October 16, 2019
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co.
v. ; 19-20 cm.
"Selected from U.S. and Canadian magazines"--Title page (2016).

The best American mystery stories.

October 16, 2019
Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Co.,
v. ; 21 cm.
Series editor : 1997-<2019> Otto Penzler.
Presents a collection of mystery stories selected from magazines in the United States and Canada.

Take the mic : fictional stories of everyday resistance

October 16, 2019
Watertown, MA : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019.
245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Grace : a short story / by Darcie Little Badger -- Shift : a poem / by Jason Reynolds -- The helpers : a short story / by L. D. Lewis -- Fighting the blues / a comic by Connie Sun -- Are you the good kind of Muslim? : a poem / by Samira Ahmed -- Aurora rising : a short story / by Yamile Saied Mendez -- Ruth : a short story / by Laura Silverman -- I am the revolution : a poem / by Keah Brown -- As you were : a short story / by Bethany C. Morrow -- Real ones : a short story / by Sofia Quintero -- Parker outside the box : a short story / by Ray Stoeve -- Untitled : a poem / by Jason Reynolds -- Homecoming : a short story / by Darcie Little Badger.
A young adult anthology featuring fictional stories of everyday resistance. You might be the kind of person who stands up to online trolls. Or who marches to protest injustice. Perhaps you are #DisabledAndCute and dancing around your living room, alive and proud. Or perhaps you are the trans mentor that you wish you had when you were younger. Maybe you call out false allies, or stand up to loved ones. Maybe you speak your truth and drop the mic, or maybe you take it with you when you leave. This anthology features fictional stories--in poems, prose, and art--that reflect a slice of the varied and limitless ways that readers like you resist every day. Take the Mic's powerful collection of stories features work by literary luminaries and emerging talent alike, including Newbery-winner Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestseller Samira Ahmed, anthologist and contributor Bethany C. Morrow, Darcie Little Badger, Keah Brown, Laura Silverman, L.D. Lewis, Sofia Quintero, Ray Stoeve, Yamile Mendez, and Connie Sun, with cover and interior art by Richie Pope.

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