New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

July 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A question of bounty : the shadow of doubt

July 18, 2014
Colt, Paul.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, [2014].
359 pages ; 23 cm

Flight of the sparrow : a novel of early America

July 18, 2014
Brown, Amy Belding.
©2014
331 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a readers guide.
A historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson. Even before she was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, Mary Rowlandson sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader and made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors' open and straightforward way of life.

The confessions of Frances Godwin : a novel

July 8, 2014
Hellenga, Robert, 1941-
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2014.
305 pages ; 22 cm
"The Confessions of Frances Godwin is the fictional memoir of a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on a life of trying to do her best amidst transgressions--starting with her affair with Paul, whom she later marries. Now that Paul is dead and she's retired, Frances Godwin thinks her story is over--but of course the rest of her life is full of surprises, including the truly shocking turn of events that occurs when she takes matters into her own hands after her daughter Stella's husband grows increasingly abusive. And though she is not a particularly pious person, in the aftermath of her actions, God begins speaking to her. Theirs is a deliciously antagonistic relationship that will compel both believers and nonbelievers alike. From a small town in the Midwest to the Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome, The Confessions of Frances Godwin touches on the great questions of human existence: Is there something "out there" that takes an interest in us? Or is the universe ultimately indifferent?"-- Provided by publisher.

The Summer Queen : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

July 8, 2014
Chadwick, Elizabeth, 1957-
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Landmark, c 2014.
504 p. : maps, geneal. tables ; 21 cm.
Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood is over. Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to being crowned King and Queen of France. Leaving everything behind, Eleanor must face the complex and vivacious French court. She is only 13. Barely out of childhood, and forced to deal with great scandals, fraught relationships and forbidden love at every turn, Eleanor finally sees what her future could hold if she could just seize the moment.

Sisters of treason

July 8, 2014
Fremantle, Elizabeth.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
436 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Originally published in 2014 in Great Britain by Penguin Group"--Title page verso.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Beginning early in Mary Tudor's turbulent reign, [this book] explores the lives of a pair of sisters as dangerously close to the throne as their sister Lady Jane Grey, who died on the executioner's block at the age of 16, after being queen for nine days"-- Provided by publisher.

Song of the shank : a novel

June 13, 2014
Allen, Jeffery Renard, 1962-, author.
©2014
570 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"In 1866 as Tom and his guardian, Eliza Bethune, struggle to adjust to their fashionable apartment in the city in the aftermath of riots that had driven them away a few years before. But soon a stranger arrives from the mysterious island of Edgemere, inhabited solely by African settlers and black refugees from the war and riots, who intends to reunite Tom with his now-liberated mother."--Page [4] of cover.

The last magazine : a novel

June 10, 2014
Hastings, Michael, 1980-2013.
New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
336 pages ; 24 cm
"A posthumous debut novel, wry, wise, and outrageous, from award-winning journalist Michael Hastings, based on his experiences working for a National news magazine in the mid-2000s"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreaming for Freud : a novel

May 29, 2014
Kohler, Sheila.
New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
232 pages ; 20 cm

What is visible : a novel

May 29, 2014
Elkins, Kimberly.
New York : Twelve, [2014].
307 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

The untold

May 23, 2014
Collins, Courtney.
New York : Amy Einhorn Books, Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
274 pages ; 22 cm
Previously published by: London : Allen & Unwin 2012, as Burial.
On the run from two bounty hunters in the Australian outback of 1921, Jessie reflects on her past as a circus rider, horse thief, cattle rustler, and convict while determinedly struggling to reunite with her child.

Red or dead : a novel

May 23, 2014
Peace, David, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, 2014.
720 pages ; 24 cm

Mrs. Hemingway : a novel

May 23, 2014
Wood, Naomi.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
322, 10 pages ; 20 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"First published in Great Britain by Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014"-- Title page verso.
"The Paris Wife was only the beginning of the story. Paula McLain's New York Times-bestselling novel piqued readers' interest about Ernest Hemingway's romantic life. But Hadley was only one of four women married, in turn, to the legendary writer. Just as T.C. Boyle's bestseller The Women completed the picture begun by Nancy Horan's Loving Frank, Naomi Wood's Mrs. Hemingway tells the story of how it was to love, and be loved by, the most famous and dashing writer of his generation. Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary: each Mrs. Hemingway thought their love would last forever; each one was wrong. Told in four parts and based on real love letters and telegrams, Mrs. Hemingway reveals the explosive love triangles that wrecked each of Hemingway's marriages. Spanning 1920s bohemian Paris through 1960s Cold War America, populated with members of the fabled "Lost Generation," Mrs. Heminway is a riveting tale of passion, love, and heartbreak"-- Provided by publisher.

My struggle. Book three : boyhood

May 19, 2014
Knausgård, Karl Ove, 1968-
Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2014.
427 p. ; 20 cm.
"First published as Min kamp Tredje bok by Forlaget Oktober in 2009."--T.p. verso.
"A family of four--mother, father and two boys--move to the South Coast of Norway to a new house on a newly developed site. It is the early 1970s and the family's trajectory, upwardly mobile: the future seems limitless. In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and novelty of childhood experience, one in which children and adults lead parallel lives that never meet. Perhaps the most Proustian in the series, Book Three gives us Knausgaard's vivid, technicolor recollections of childhood, his emerging self-understanding, and the multilayered nature of time's passing, memory, and existence."--Amazon.com

The Last Kind Words Saloon : a novel

May 13, 2014
McMurtry, Larry.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
196 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

The year she left us : a novel

May 13, 2014
Ma, Kathryn.
New York : Harper, 2014.
pages cm

Nine rabbits

April 16, 2014
Zaharieva, Virginia.
New York : Black Balloon Publishing, c2014.
186 p. ; 21 cm.

The Shadow Queen

April 9, 2014
Gulland, Sandra.
©2014.
321 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
Pulled by chance from her traveling actor family into service under the influential mistress of Louis XIV, Claudette uses her considerable talents to spy on personal and political rivals, only to have her loyalty questioned in the wake of a mercurial Athénaïs's fascination with dark magic.

The secret life of William Shakespeare

March 31, 2014
Morgan, Jude, 1962-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
438 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Headline Review, 2012.
A sumptuously detailed imagining of the private world of the master bard chronicles the transformation of an unwilling craftsman and resentful son into a husband, father and genius playwright in Renaissance London.

The Red Lily Crown : a novel of Medici Florence

March 21, 2014
Loupas, Elizabeth.
New York : NAL Trade, 2014.
418 pages : maps ; 21 cm
" Elizabeth Loupas returns with her most ambitious historical novel yet, a story of intrigue, passion, and murder in the Medici Court... April, 1574, Florence, Italy. Grand Duke Cosimo de' Medici lies dying. The city is paralyzed with dread, for the next man to wear the red lily crown will be Prince Francesco: despotic, dangerous, and obsessed with alchemy. Chiara Nerini, the troubled daughter of an anti-Medici bookseller, sets out to save her starving family by selling her dead father's rare alchemical equipment to the prince. Instead she is trapped in his household-imprisoned and forcibly initiated as a virgin acolyte in Francesco's quest for power and immortality. Undaunted, she seizes her chance to pursue undreamed-of power of her own. Witness to sensuous intrigues and brutal murder plots, Chiara seeks a safe path through the labyrinth of Medici tyranny and deception. Beside her walks the prince's mysterious English alchemist Ruanno, her friend and teacher, driven by his own dark goals. Can Chiara trust him to keep her secrets;even to love her;or will he prove to be her most treacherous enemy of all?"-- Provided by publisher.

Roosevelt's beast : a novel

March 20, 2014
Bayard, Louis.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2014].
299 pages : map, genealogical table ; 25 cm
"A reimagining of Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt's ill-fated 1914 Amazon expedition--a psychological twist on the smart historical thriller that first put Louis Bayard on the map. 1914. Brazil's Rio da Dúvida, the River of Doubt. Plagued by hunger and suffering the lingering effects of malaria, Theodore Roosevelt, his son Kermit, and the other members of the now-ravaged Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition are traveling deeper and deeper into the jungle. When Kermit and Teddy are kidnapped by a never-before-seen Amazonian tribe, the great hunters are asked one thing in exchange for their freedom: find and kill a beast that leaves no tracks and that no member of the tribe has ever seen. But what are the origins of this beast, and how do they escape its brutal wrath? Roosevelt's Beast is a story of the impossible things that become possible when civilization is miles away, when the mind plays tricks on itself, and when old family secrets refuse to stay buried. With his characteristically rich storytelling and a touch of old-fashioned horror, the bestselling and critically acclaimed Louis Bayard turns the story of the well-known Roosevelt-Rondon expedition on its head and dares to ask: Are the beasts among us more frightening than the beasts within?" -- from publisher's web site.

Seducing Ingrid Bergman

March 20, 2014
Greenhalgh, Chris, 1963-
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014].
259 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: London : Penguin Group, 2012.
"June 1945. When Ingrid Bergman walks into the lobby of the Ritz hotel in Paris, war photographer Robert Capa is enchanted. From the moment he slips a mischievous invitation to dinner under her door, the two find themselves helplessly attracted. Played out against the cafés and nightclubs of post-war Paris and the parties and studios of Hollywood, they pursue an intense and increasingly reckless affair. But the light-hearted Capa, who likes nothing more than to spend his mornings reading in the tub and his afternoons at the racetrack, is not all that he seems. And Ingrid offers the promise of salvation to a man haunted by the horrors of war, his father's suicide, and the death of a former lover for which he blames himself. Addicted to risk, Capa must wrestle his devils, including gambling and drink, and resist an impulse to go off and photograph yet another war. Meanwhile, Ingrid, trapped in a passionless marriage and with a seven-year-old daughter to bring up, must court scandal and risk compromising her Hollywood career and saintly reputation if their love is to survive. With their happiness and identities at stake, both Capa and Ingrid are presented with terrible choices" -- from publisher's web site.

Queen Elizabeth's daughter : a novel of Elizabeth I

March 20, 2014
Barnhill, Anne Clinard.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2014].
371 pages ; 22 cm.
"Mistress Mary Shelton is Queen Elizabeth's favorite ward, enjoying every privilege the position affords. The queen loves Mary like a daughter, and, like any good mother, she wants her to make a powerful match. The most likely prospect: Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. But while Oxford seems to be everything the queen admires: clever, polished and wealthy, Mary knows him to be lecherous, cruel, and full of treachery. No matter how hard the queen tries to push her into his arms, Mary refuses. Instead, Mary falls in love with a man who is completely unsuitable. Sir John Skydemore is a minor knight with little money, a widower with five children. Worst of all, he's a Catholic at a time when Catholic plots against Elizabeth are rampant. The queen forbids Mary to wed the man she loves. When the young woman, who is the queen's own flesh and blood, defies her, the couple finds their very lives in danger as Elizabeth's wrath knows no bounds"-- Provided by publisher.

Empress of the night : a novel of Catherine the Great

March 20, 2014
Stachniak, Eva, 1952-
New York : Bantam Books, [2014]
xiii, 378 pages ; 25 cm
A follow-up to "The Winter Palace" continues the Romanov monarch's reflections on her world-changing rule in the shadow of the French Revolution, during which she orchestrates a political maneuver to secure her successor.

Nothing holds back the night : a novel

March 20, 2014
Vigan, Delphine de.
New York : Bloomsbury , 2014.
342 p. ; 21 cm.
Product may be returned to the supplier.
"Originally published in France in 2011 as Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit"--T.p. verso.

The anatomy lesson : a novel

March 10, 2014
Siegal, Nina, 1969-
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2014]
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.

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