New Arrivals · Literature

January 18, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bachelors of Bond Street

January 17, 2020
©2019
553 pages ; 21 cm
Love by the letters / by Janna MacGregor -- How to brew a perfect kiss / by Shana Galen -- Second chance for love / by Minerva Spencer.
A collection of three Regency novellas presenting the lives and loves of three bachelors, all connected with London's Bond Street.

All the ways we said goodbye : a novel of the Ritz Paris

January 15, 2020
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperColllinsPublishers, 2020.
440 pages ; 24 cm
France, 1914. Aurelie becomes trapped on the wrong side of the front with her father, Comte Sigismund de Courcelles. When the Germans move into their family's ancestral estate, Aurelie discovers she knows the German Major's aide de camp, Maximilian Von Sternburg. Betrayal will shatter them both. France, 1942. Raised by her American grandmother in the Hotel Ritz, Marguerite 'Daisy' Villon remains in Paris with her daughter and husband, a Nazi collaborator, after France falls to Hitler. Reluctantly acting as a courier for a forger who creates identity papers for Resistance members and Jewish refugees, a secret will force Daisy to commit the ultimate betrayal. France, 1964. After the death of her husband Kit, Barbara 'Babs' Langford joins an American lawyer hired to find a Resistance fighter turned traitor known as 'La Fleur'-- and the trail leads to secrets about Kit. -- adapted from jacket

Life in a cold climate : Nancy Mitford : the biography

January 15, 2020
Thompson, Laura, 1964- author.
New York ; London : Pegasus Books, 2020.
415 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 24 cm

The magical language of others : a memoir

January 13, 2020
Koh, EJ, 1988- author.
©2020
xi, 209 pages ; 23 cm
"After living in America for over a decade, Eun Ji's parents return to Korea for work, leaving fifteen-year-old Eun Ji and her brother behind in the family's new California home. Overnight, Eun Ji finds herself in a world made strange in her mother's absence. Her mother writes letters over the years seeking forgiveness and love-letters Eun Ji cannot understand until she finds them years later hidden in a box. The letters lay bare the impact of her mother's departure, as Eun Ji gets to know the woman who raised her and left her behind. Eun Ji is a student, a traveler, a dancer, a poet, and a daughter coming to terms not only with her parents' prolonged absence, but her family's history: her grandmother Jun's years as a lovesick wife in Daejeon, the horrors her grandmother Kumiko witnessed during the Jeju Island Massacre. Where, Koh asks, do the stories of our mothers and grandmothers end and ours begin? How do we find words-in Korean, Japanese, English, or any language-to articulate the profound ways that distance can shape love? The Magical Language of Others is a fearless and poetic mind grappling with forgiveness, reconciliation, legacy, and intergenerational trauma-conjuring an epic saga and love story between mothers and daughters spanning four generations"-- Provided by publisher.

50/50 monologues for student actors II : 100 more monologues for guys and girls

January 10, 2020
Depner, Mary.
Colorado Springs, CO : Meriwether Pub. Ltd., Publisher, ©2012.
163 pages ; 22 cm
This sequel collection is composed of 50 monologues for girls and 50 monologues for guys. Each set of monologues has enough variety to challenge any skill level.

Beyond Gatsby : how Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and writers of the 1920s shaped American culture

January 7, 2020
McParland, Robert, author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xli, 231 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction: The 1920s -- Beyond the Wasteland: T.S. Eliot and the postwar world -- Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald: friendship and rivalry -- William Faulkner: a Southern voice in the age of modernism -- Modernism and popular culture in the age of Ezra Pound and James Joyce -- Midwestern vision and values: Sherwood Anderson, Sinclair Lewis, Willa Cather -- Sounds of the city: Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, Anzia Yezierska, Langston Hughes -- History and mythmakers: Edith Wharton, William Carlos Williams, Stephen Vincent Benet, John Steinbeck.
"Many of the heralded writers of the 20th century--including Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner--first made their mark in the 1920s, while established authors like Willa Cather and Sinclair Lewis produced some of their most important works during this period. Classic novels such as The Sun Also Rises, The Great Gatsby, Elmer Gantry, and The Sound and the Fury not only mark prodigious advances in American fiction, they show us the wonder, the struggle, and the promise of the American dream. In Beyond Gatsby: How Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Writers of the 1920s Shaped American Culture, Robert McParland looks at the key contributions of this fertile period in literature. Rather than provide a compendium of details about major American writers, this book explores the culture that created F. Scott Fitzgerald and his literary contemporaries. The source material ranges from the minutes of reading circles and critical commentary in periodicals to the archives of writers' works--as well as the diaries, journals, and letters of common readers. This work reveals how the nation's fiction stimulated conversations of shared images and stories among a growing reading public. Signifying a cultural shift in the aftermath of World War I, the collective works by these authors represent what many consider to be a golden age of American literature. By examining how these authors influenced the reading habits of a generation, Beyond Gatsby enables readers to gain a deeper comprehension of how literature shapes culture."--Back cover.

Cracking the AP English literature & composition exam.

January 2, 2020
New York : Random House, Inc., c2008-
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

The elements of eloquence : secrets of the perfect turn of phrase

December 30, 2019
Forsyth, Mark, author.
©2013
xiv, 239 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published: London : Icon Books, 2013.
Preface: On cooking blindfolded -- Alliteration -- Polyptoton -- Antithesis -- Merism -- The blazon (a merism too far) -- Synaesthesia -- Aposiopesis -- Hyperbaton -- Anadiplosis -- Periodic sentences -- Hypotaxis and parataxis (and polysyndeton and asyndeton) -- Diacope -- Rhetorical questions -- Hendiadys -- Epistrophe -- Tricolon -- Epizeuxis -- Syllepsis -- Isocolon -- Enallage -- A divagation concerning versification -- Zeugma -- Paradox -- Chiasmus -- Assonance -- The fourteenth rule -- Catachresis -- Litotes -- Metonymy and synecdoche -- Transferred epithets -- Pleonasm -- Epanalepsis -- Personification -- Hyperbole -- Adynaton -- Prolepsis -- Congeries -- Scesis Onomaton -- Anaphora -- Peroration -- Epilogue concerning terminology.
From classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, even from Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase--such as "O Captain! My Captain!" or "To be or not to be"--Memorable. In his inimitably entertaining and wonderfully witty style, he takes apart famous phrases and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or quip like Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming to achieve literary immortality or just hoping to deliver the perfect one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything important to say--you simply need to say it well. In an age unhealthily obsessed with the power of substance, this is a book that highlights the importance of style.

The measure of our lives : a gathering of wisdom

December 30, 2019
Morrison, Toni, author.
©2019
viii, 129 pages ; 18 cm
"A version of the foreword first appeared as "Daughters of Toni: A Remembrance" by Zadie Smith in PEN America as part of "Tribute to Toni Morrision (1931-2019)" on August 7, 2019." -- Title page verso.
"This inspirational book juxtaposes quotations, one to a page, drawn from Toni Morrison's entire body of work, both fiction and nonfiction--from The Bluest Eye to God Help the Child, from Playing in the Dark to The Source of Self-Regard--to tell a story of self-actualization. It aims to evoke the totality of Toni Morrison's literary vision. Its sequence of flashes of revelation--remarkable for their linguistic felicity, keenness of psychological observation, and philosophical profundity--addresses issues of abiding interest in Morrison's work: the reach of language for the ineffable; transcendence through imagination; the self and its discontents; the vicissitudes of love; the whirligig of memory; the singular power of women; the original American sin of slavery; the bankruptcy of racial oppression; the humanity and art of black people"-- Provided by publisher.

The selected letters of Ralph Ellison

December 30, 2019
Ellison, Ralph, author.
©2019
1060 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"An autobiography through the previously unpublished letters of the renowned author of Invisible Man, with insights into the riddle of American identity, the writer's craft, and his own life and work. Over six decades (1933 to 1993), Ralph Ellison's extensive and revealing correspondence remarkably details his aspirations and anxieties, confidence and uncertainties throughout his personal and professional life. From early notes to his mother, as an impoverished college student; to debates with the most distinguished American writers and thinkers of his time, including Romare Bearden, Saul Bellow, Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wright, and Alfred Kazin, among others; to exchanges with friends and family from his hometown of Oklahoma City, whose influence would always be paramount, these letters communicate the immense importance of Ellison's life and work. They show his metamorphosis from an impressionable youth into a cultured man of the world, from an aspiring composer into a distinguished novelist, and ultimately into a man who confronted America's many complexities through his words"-- Provided by publisher.

The ninja daughter

December 26, 2019
Eldridge, Tori, 1960- author.
©2019
308 pages ; 22 cm
"After her sister is raped and murdered, Lily Wong dedicates her life and ninja skills to the protection of women. But her mission is complicated. Not only does she live above the Chinese restaurant owned by her Norwegian father and inspired by the recipes of her Chinese mother, but she has to hide her true self from her Hong Kong tiger mom who is already disappointed in her daughter's less than feminine ways... But when a woman and her son she escorted safely to an abused women's shelter return home to dangerous consequences, Lily is forced to not only confront her family and her past, but team up with a mysterious--and very lethal--stranger to rescue them."--Provided by publisher.

Girl on film : a graphic novel memoir

December 18, 2019
Castellucci, Cecil, 1969- author.
©2019
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
One thing young Cecil was sure of from the minute she saw Star Wars was that she was going to be some kind of artiste. Probably a filmmaker. Girl On Film follows a passionate aspiring artist from a young age through adulthood to deeply examine the arduous pursuit of storytelling, while exploring the act of memory and how it recalls and reshapes what we think we truly know about ourselves.

Monster of the week

December 17, 2019
Lukens, F. T., author.
©2019
303 pages ; 21 cm
"Spring semester of Bridger Whitt's senior year of high school is looking great. He has the perfect boyfriend, a stellar best friend, and an acceptance letter to college. He also has this incredible job as an assistant to Pavel Chudinov, an intermediary tasked with helping cryptids navigate the modern world. His days are filled with kisses, laughs, pixies, and the occasional unicorn. Life is awesome. But as graduation draws near, Bridger's perfect life begins to unravel. Uncertainties about his future surface, his estranged dad shows up out of nowhere, and, perhaps worst of all, a monster-hunting television show arrives in town to investigate the series of strange events from last fall. The show's intrepid host will not be deterred, and Bridger finds himself trapped in a game of cat and mouse that could very well put the myth world at risk. Again."--Back cover.

The hero

December 17, 2019
Child, Lee, author.
London : TLS Books, 2019.
77 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
"In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world--arguing that we need them now more than ever. From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling? Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we'll always need heroes."--Publisher's website.

Hex Life : wicked new tales of witchery

December 17, 2019
London : Titan Books, 2019.
378 pages ; 24 cm
An invitation to a burning / Kat Howard -- Widows' walk / Angela Slatter -- Black Magic Momma / Kelley Armstrong -- The Night Nurse / Sarah Langan -- The Memories of Trees / Mary SanGiovanni -- Home: A Morganville Vampires Story / Rachel Caine -- The Deer Wife / Jennifer McMahon -- The Dancer / Kristin Dearborn -- Bless Your Heart / Hillary Monahan -- The Debt / Ania Ahlborn -- Toil & Trouble / Sherrilyn Kenyon & Madaug Kenyon -- Last Stop on Route Nine / Tananarive Due -- Where Relics Go to Dream and Die / Rachel Autumn Deering -- This Skin / Amber Benson -- Haint Me Too / Chesya Burke -- The Nekrolog / Helen Marshall -- Gold Among the Black / Alma Katsu -- How to become a Witch-Queen / Thodora Goss.
Brand-new stories of witches and witchcraft written by popular female fantasy authors, including Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon writing in their own bestselling universes! These are tales of witches, wickedness, evil, and cunning.

A snowy little Christmas

December 17, 2019
©2019
328 pages ; 17 cm
Starry night / by Fern Michaels -- Mistletoe and mimosas / by Tara Sheets -- Missing Christmas / by Kate Clayborn.
Starry night: As the host of a radio program for the lovelorn, Jessie Richmond is surprisingly lonely, especially with the holidays approaching. So she decides to make the trek to her uncle's bookstore in rural New York state and hold a speed dating event--only to find herself snowed in--with one very special single ...

Es puro cuento : guía práctica y fácil para escribir relatos de todo tipo

December 17, 2019
Lavín, Mónica, 1955- author.
México, D.F. : Selector S.A. de C.V., 2016.
226 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Subtitle from cover.

Virginia Woolf : and the women who shaped her world

December 16, 2019
Gill, Gillian, author.
©2019
xxiv, 408 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Virginia Woolf's Indian ancestresses : Thérèse de l'Etang and Adeline Pattle -- Pattledom -- High society -- Finders keepers -- William and Isabella -- Anny and Minny -- Virginia Woolf's mad, bad sister -- Julia Prinsep Jackson Duckworth Stephen -- Stella Duckworth Hills -- A close conspiracy -- From Cambridge to Bloomsbury -- The landmark year -- The great betrayal -- Vanessa's way part 1 -- Virginia's way part 1 -- Vanessa's way part 2 -- Virginia's way part 2 -- Epilogue : the Bell children and their aunt.
"An insightful, witty look at Virginia Woolf through the lens of the extraordinary women closest to her"-- Provided by publisher.

On Nineteen eighty-four : a biography

December 13, 2019
Taylor, D. J. (David John), 1960- author.
©2019
194 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Before (1903-1943). The terrors of power ; Life into art ; Influence and inspiration -- During (1943-1949). Fits and starts ; Jura days ; The last man in Europe -- After (1949 ad infinitum). Cold War warriors ; Nearing the sell-by date ; The post-truth world -- Appendix: The manuscript of Nineteen eighty-four.
"Since its publication nearly 70 years ago, George Orwell's 1984 has been regarded as one of the most influential novels of the modern age. Politicians have testified to its influence on their intellectual identities, rock musicians have made records about it, TV viewers watch a reality show named for it, and a White House spokesperson tells of 'alternative facts.' The world we live in is often described as an Orwellian one, awash in inescapable surveillance and invasions of privacy. Published during the cold war -- a term Orwell coined -- Taylor elucidates the environmental influences on the book. Then he examines 1984's post-publication life, including its role as a tool to understand our language, politics, and government. In a current climate where truth, surveillance, censorship, and critical thinking are contentious, Orwell's work is necessary" --Provided by publisher.

Bet ha-saḥlabim

December 13, 2019
|6880-01 Riley, Lucinda, author.
|6880-03 Moshav Ben-Shemen, Israel : Modan Publishing House, 2019.
535 pages ; 21 cm
First published in English, in London, England, in 2011, as: Hothouse flower.
"A heart-rending page turner which sweeps from war-torn Europe to Thailand and back again... As a child Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind an affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park. Julia is taken back to the 1940s where the fortunes of young couple Olivia and Harry Crawford will have terrible consequences on generations to come. For as war breaks out Olivia and Harry are cruelly separated ..." -- goodreads.com

Yoga for the brain

December 11, 2019
DiPrince, Dawn.
Fort Collins, Colo. : Cottonwood Press, ©2006.
144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes 365 writing prompts to help writers of all ages experiment with words and play with language.

Happy to be here : selected Facebook posts

December 11, 2019
Berg, Elizabeth, author.
©2019
179 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
This is the third in a series of "Happy" books, compilations of Facebook posts.

Cutting edge : new stories of mystery and crime by women writers

December 9, 2019
©2019
234 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Part I: Their bodies, our selves. One of these nights / Livia Llewellyn -- A history of the world in five objects / S.J. Rozan -- The hunger / Lisa Lim -- Too many lunatics / Lucy Taylor -- Please translate / Edwidge Danticat -- Part II: A doom of one's own. The boy without a bike / Jennifer Morales -- An early specimen / Elizabeth McCracken -- OBF, Inc. / Bernice L. McFadden -- Firetown / Aimee Bender -- Thief / Steph Cha -- Part III: Manslaying. Impala / S.A. Solomon -- Mothers, we dream / Cassandra Khaw -- Il Grifone / Valerie Martin -- Miss Martin / Sheila Kohler -- Six poems / Margaret Atwood -- Assassin / Joyce Carol Oates.
Joyce Carol Oates pulls out all the stops in this chilling female-centric noir collection featuring brand-new writing from Margaret Atwood, Aimee Bender, Edwidge Danticat, and more.

Seasons : all-new tales of Valdemar

December 6, 2019
©2019
vi, 329 pages ; 17 cm.
One town at a time / Jennifer Brozek -- A Midwinter's gift / Kristin Schwengel -- Unknowable consequences / Elizabeth A. Vaughan -- The Price of friendship / Doyle A Dermatis -- The Gift of love / Anthea Sharp -- No place for a proper kyree / Ron Collins -- An Omniscience of Godwits / Elisabeth Waters -- Going home / Lousia Swann -- Holiday Reunions / Dylan Birtolo -- Cloudwalker / Michele Lang -- Preparing for the worst / Brigid Collins -- The Rose fair / Fiona Patton -- The Maralud comes a-knocking / Stephanie Shaver -- Seeing the truth / Angela Penrose -- A Darkling light / Phaedra Weldon -- A Midnight clear / Mercedes Lackey.
"This thirteenth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe features tales by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself. The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom's ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages--and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents--combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more--make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch. Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm."--Provided by publisher.

Amish front porch stories : 18 short tales of simple faith and wisdom

December 6, 2019
©2019
348 pages ; 21 cm.
Simple actions / Wanda E. Brunstetter -- Love isn't painless / Richelle Brunstetter -- Cardinal at the window / Wanda E. Brunstetter -- Unexpected joy / Wanda E. Brunstetter -- Nina's struggle / Richelle Brunstetter -- Tranquility / Wanda E. Brunstetter -- Miriam's care / Jean Brunstetter -- Laura's choice / Wanda E. Brunstetter -- A change of heart / Wanda E. Brunstetter -- Kari's joy / Jean Brunstetter -- Taunted / Wanda E. Brunstetter -- Pam's friend / Jean Brunstetter -- Hiding place / Wanda E. Brunstetter -- Betty's dog / Jean Brunstetter -- Receive with meekness / Richelle Brunstetter -- The beautiful quilt / Wanda E. Brunstetter -- Breaking down / Richelle Brunstetter -- Tempted / Wanda E. Brunstetter.
A collection of short stories from Amish Country.

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