These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
March 10, 2014
Siegal, Nina, 1969-
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 
x, 271 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Set in seventeenth-century Holland, this historical novel imagines the complex story behind one of Rembrandt's most famous paintings. Commissioned by a prominent Amsterdam medical guild, The Anatomical Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp was one of Rembrandt's first paintings to gain public notice; the novel opens on the morning of the medical dissection, and, as they prepare for that evening's big event, follows several characters, including Rembrandt himself.
March 7, 2014
New York, New York : New American Library, 
360 pages ; 21 cm
"Upstate New York, 1928. Laura Kelley and the man she loves sneak away from their judgmental town to attend a performance of the scandalous Ziegfeld Follies. But the dark consequences of their night of daring and delight reach far into the future.... That same evening, Bohemian poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and her indulgent husband hold a wild party in their remote mountain estate, hoping to inspire her muse. Millay declares her wish for a new lover who will take her to unparalleled heights of passion and poetry, but for the first time, the man who responds will not bend completely to her will.... Two years later, Laura, an unwed seamstress struggling to support her daughter, and Millay, a woman fighting the passage of time, work together secretly to create costumes for Millay's next grand tour. As their complex, often uneasy friendship develops amid growing local condemnation, each woman is forced to confront what it means to be a fallen woman...and to decide for herself what price she is willing to pay to live a full life"-- Provided by publisher.
February 28, 2014
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
x, 329 pages ; 25 cm
February 25, 2014
Purdy, Brandy, author.
263 pages ; 21 cm.
Reading group discussion guide, pages 257-263.
At sixteen, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But instead, she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, and stagnate in the countryside while her husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises Mary, George, and Anne, while entertaining a string of admirers. When Henry VIII takes the throne, Thomas brings his highborn wife to London, and Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and catches the lusty king's eye. But those who enjoy Henry's fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For although they are at the pinnacle of power, the Boleyn family's fortune may be turning...
February 21, 2014
Penman, Sharon Kay, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 
685 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"A Marian Wood book."
"From the New York Times-bestselling author of Lionheart comes the dramatic sequel, telling of the last dangerous years of Richard, Couer de Lion's life. This long-anticipated sequel to the national bestseller Lionheart is a vivid and heart-wrenching story of the last event-filled years in the life of Richard, Coeur de Lion. Taken captive by the Holy Roman Emperor while en route home--in violation of the papal decree protecting all crusaders--he was to spend fifteen months imprisoned, much of it in the notorious fortress at Trefils, from which few men ever left alive, while Eleanor of Aquitaine moved heaven and earth to raise the exorbitant ransom. For the five years remaining to him, betrayals, intrigues, wars, and illness were ever present. So were his infidelities, perhaps a pattern set by his father's faithlessness to Eleanor. But the courage, compassion, and intelligence of this warrior king became the stuff of legend, and A King's Ransom brings the man and his world fully and powerfully alive"-- Provided by publisher.
February 20, 2014
New York : Ballantine Books, 
289 pages ; 25 cm
"Vienna Nocturne tells the story of the turbulent life and brilliantly successful career of young British opera singer Anna Storace, a child prodigy who is taken by her parents to Italy at age thirteen to advance her career. In love with life and wildly ambitious, Anna wants everything--to be famous, to be loved--and this leads her to make some fatal choices. We watch her turn from a carefree young girl to a passionate young woman, and it is during this transformation that her affair with Mozart blossoms"-- Provided by publisher.
February 20, 2014
Gatch, Judith Toombs, author.
38 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The new home -- The vacation -- The unspeakable event -- Christmas -- The decision -- Nearer my God to Thee -- Helen -- The boss's child -- An act of faith.
"Set in a coal mining town in 1917, a young girl named Hazel navigates illness, poverty, and violence. Her ever-expanding Appalachian family migrates north in search for a better life. Snakes, babies, and unspeakable events wander their way into the pages of Hazel's story."--Publisher's description.
February 7, 2014
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, 
xx, 456 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Traces the historic arc of Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination.
February 7, 2014
New York : Howard Books, 2014.
xiv, 467 pages ; 22 cm
"Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold's age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride's beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: loyalty to the British. Nor does he know that she hides a past romance with the handsome British spy John André. Peggy watches as her husband, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever more disillusioned with his hero, Washington, and the American cause. Together with her former love and her disaffected husband, Peggy hatches the plot to deliver West Point to the British and, in exchange, win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold."--from cover, page .
February 6, 2014
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xii, 318 pages : map ; 25 cm
"In 1660, the Restoration of Stuart Monarchy in England returns Frances Stuart and her family to favor. Frances discards threadbare gowns and goes to gilded Fontainebleau Palace, where she soon catches the Sun King's eye. But Frances is no ordinary court beauty--she has Stuart secrets to keep and her family to protect. King Louis XIV turns vengeful when she rejects his offer to become his Official Mistress. He sends her to England with orders to seduce King Charles II and help him form an alliance with England. The Queen Mother likewise orders Frances to become her son's mistress, in the interest of luring him away from the Protestant mistress he currently keeps. Armed in pearls and silk, Frances maneuvers the political turbulence of Whitehall Palace, but still can't afford to stir a scandal, determined to keep her family from shame. Her tactic to inspire King Charles to greatness captivates him and the two embark on a tenuous relationship. Frances survives the Great Fire, the Great Plague, and the debauchery of the Restoration Court, yet loses her heart to the very king she must control. A startling discovery will leave her with no other choice but to break his heart, while the fate of England hangs in the balance."-- Provided by publisher.
January 29, 2014
Alekseeva, Tatʹi︠an︡a (Tatʹi︠an︡a S.)
Moskva : Ėksmo, 2013.
348 p. ; 21 cm.
Istorii, voskhitivshie mir
January 24, 2014
New York : Doubleday, 
307 pages ; 25 cm
January 24, 2014
New York, New York : Viking, .
343 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas's great romance from the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary's fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships"-- Provided by publisher.
January 23, 2014
Chase, Ella March.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 372 pages ; 25 cm
"It's 1629, and King Charles I and his French queen Henrietta-Maria have reigned in England for less than three years. Young dwarf Jeffrey Hudson is swept away from a village shambles and plunged into the Stuart court when his father sells him to the most hated man in England--the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham trains Jeffrey to be his spy in the household of Charles' seventeen-year-old bride, hoping to gain intelligence that will help him undermine the vivacious queen's influence with the king. Desperately homesick in a country that hates her for her nationality and Catholic faith, Henrietta-Maria surrounds herself with her "Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature"--a "collection" consisting of a giant, two other dwarves, a rope dancer, an acrobat/animal trainer and now Jeffrey, who is dubbed "Lord Minimus." Dropped into this family of misfits, Jeffrey must negotiate a labyrinth of court intrigue and his own increasingly divided loyalties. For not even the plotting of the Duke nor the dangers of a tumultuous kingdom can order the heart of a man. Though he is only eighteen inches tall, Jeffrey Hudson's love will reach far beyond his grasp--to the queen he has been sent to destroy. Full of vibrant period detail and with shades of Gregory Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Philippa Gregory's The Queen's Fool, The Queen's Dwarf is a rich, thrilling and evocative portrait of an intriguing era"-- Provided by publisher.
January 17, 2014
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
351 pages : map ; 23 cm
A fictionalized account of "the turning point that saved George Patton's military career. At thirty-two, Patton is a West Point graduate, Second Lieutenant mired in a dead-end career. He is a cavalry officer and Saber Master, a nineteenth-century warrior facing the reality of a twentieth-century military that seemingly has no place for him. Prospects for the glorious career he desires seem lost, until the United States Cavalry is called to one last fight"--Amazon.com.
January 15, 2014
New York : Ballantine Books, 
474 pages ; 25 cm
"In her masterful new novel, Nancy Horan has recreated a love story that is as unique, passionate, and overwhelmingly powerful as the one between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney depicted so memorably in Loving Frank. Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world"-- Provided by publisher.
January 14, 2014
Webb, Heather, 1976 December 30-
New York : Plume, 2014.
310 pages ; 21 cm
January 13, 2014
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Presents a fictionalized account of Deborah Sampson Gannett, who defied the rigid societal and social norms of her times to disguise herself as a man, join the Continental Army, and fight against the British during the American Revolution.
January 6, 2014
419 pages ; 24 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, Jennifer Chiaverini, reveals the famous First Lady's very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague, memorialized as "one of the most remarkable women ever known to Washington society." (Providence Journal) Kate Chase Sprague was born in 1840 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second daughter to the second wife of a devout but ambitious lawyer. Her father, Salmon P. Chase, rose to prominence in the antebellum years and was appointed secretary of the treasury in Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, while aspiring to even greater heights. Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father in Washington society and as a future presidential candidate. Her efforts were successful enough that The Washington Star declared her "the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her." None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common-political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness-they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other. When Kate Chase married William Sprague, the wealthy young governor of Rhode Island, it was widely regarded as the pinnacle of Washington society weddings. President Lincoln was in attendance. The First Lady was not. Jennifer Chiaverini excels at chronicling the lives of extraordinary yet little known women through historical fiction. What she did for Elizabeth Keckley in Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and for Elizabeth Van Lew in The Spymistress she does for Kate Chase Sprague in Mrs. Lincoln's Rival"-- Provided by publisher.
January 3, 2014
Kidd, Sue Monk.
New York, New York : Viking, published by the Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
373 pages ; 25 cm
"The story follows Hetty 'Handful' Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"-- Provided by publisher.
January 3, 2014
Jenkins, Jerry B.
391 pages ; 24 cm
A modern-day Biblical scholar finds himself in a deadly race to locate the ancient parchments written by Saul of Tarsus before they are seized by nefarious antiquities thieves.
December 13, 2013
viii, 232 pages ; 22 cm
Induction -- Shorn -- "D" is for Druid -- Being orientated -- Army phraseology -- Shermy the Wormy -- GI glasses -- Lieutenant George L. Cherry takes charge -- Pole climbing -- Service club virtuoso -- Fourth of July in the Army -- USO and a family invitation -- Shipping out -- MOS: radar technician -- Radar at fifteen thousand volts -- Swamp radar -- Night maneuvers -- Lister bag attack -- Boredom erupts -- Code school -- T/5 -- Casual company education -- Private Sanderson -- MOS: chicken technician -- Passes denied -- T.S., Mac -- Payday -- POWs -- A place of rest and comfort -- Separation center -- Thank God I ain't in the army.
Jean Shepherd, the great American humorist, radio raconteur, master storyteller, and bestselling author, has left his indelible imprint on American culture. This collection of Jean Shepherd army stories was selected and transcribed from radio programs by Shepherd biographer Eugene Bergmann and is in print for the first time.--Publisher.
December 3, 2013
London ; New York : Knox Robinson Pub., 2013, c2012. ©2012.
349 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
The name Doc Holliday conjures images of the Wild West and the shootout at the OK Corral, but before he was a Western legend he was a Southern son, born in the last days of the Old South with family links to the author of Gone with the Wind. Now this amazing story is told for the first time in a trilogy of novels entitled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday. The story begins with Inheritance, set during the turbulent times of the American Civil War, as young John Henry Holliday welcomes home his heroic father and learns a terrible secret about his beloved mother. Inheritance is the first novel in an epic tale of heroes and villains, dreams lost and found, families broken and reconciled, of sin and recompense and the redeeming power of love.
November 25, 2013
Vega-Gil Rueda, Armando, 1955- author.
México, D.F. ; Ediciones B México, 2013.
436 pages ; 23 cm
"2a. edición con capítulo nuevo"--Cover.
This is a hilarious and extremely funny story, a pounding descent into the more terrible and disgusting hell, but also more fun, in Mexico City. Nasty nightclubs, morgues, stinking holes, sweaty places, no place is too frightening for the protagonist to do the ugly.
October 30, 2013
Oak, B. B
New York : Kensington Books, 2013
345 p. ; 21 cm.
"Henry David Thoreau leaves the seclusion of Walden Pond to help investigate a series of murders in the first in B. B. Oak's fascinating new historical mystery series, set against the bucolic backdrop of 19th century New England."--Cover p.
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