New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

February 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

We were the lucky ones

February 22, 2017
Hunter, Georgia, 1978- author.
New York : Viking, [2017]
403 pages ; 24 cm.
An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who scatter at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive, and to reunite. It is the spring of 1939, and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows ever closer. Driven by an extraordinary will to survive and by the fear that they may never see each other again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. -- Provided by publisher.

Lincoln in the bardo : a novel

February 16, 2017
Saunders, George, 1958- author.
New York : Random House, [2017]
341 pages ; 25 cm
On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son's body. Willie finds himself in a strange purgatory-- the bardo-- where ghosts commisserate quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance ... and where a struggle erupts over his soul.

The coming : a novel

February 15, 2017
Osborne, David, 1951- author.
©2017
viii, 519 pages : illustration, maps, genealogical table ; 25 cm
A "novel of native-white relations in North America, intimately told through the life of Daytime Smoke--the real-life red-haired son of William Clark and a Nez Perce woman. In 1805, Lewis and Clark stumble out of the Rockies on the edge of starvation. The Nez Perce help the explorers build canoes and navigate the rapids of the Columbia, then spend two months hosting them the following spring before leading them back across the snowbound mountains. Daytime Smoke is born not long after, and the tribe of his youth continues a deep friendship with white Americans, from fur trappers to missionaries, even aiding the United States government in wars with neighboring tribes. But when gold is discovered on Nez Perce land in 1860, it sets an inevitable tragedy in motion."--Provided by publisher.

Stolen beauty : a novel

February 14, 2017
Lico Albanese, Laurie, 1959- author.
©2017
306 pages : map ; 24 cm
"From the dawn of the twentieth century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of love, war, art, and family gives voice to two extraordinary women and brings to life the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimt's most remarkable paintings.".--From publisher's description.

Two empresses

February 7, 2017
Purdy, Brandy.
[New York] : Kensington Books, [2017] ©2017
325 pages ; 21 cm
Includes Reading group guide.
French Martinique, 1779. Two beautiful well-bred cousins have reached marriageable age. One goes on to marry Napoleon, and become Empress of France. The other, captured by pirates, is taken to the Sultan of Turkey's harem. From the war-torn streets of Paris to the bejeweled golden bars of a Turkish palace, this is a vivid account of two remarkable women and their extraordinary destinies.

World, chase me down : a novel

February 2, 2017
Hilleman, Andrew, 1982- author.
©2017
332 pages ; 20 cm
"A rousing, suspenseful debut novel--True Grit meets Catch Me If You Can--based on the forgotten true story of a Robin Hood of the American frontier who pulls off the first successful kidnapping for ransom in U.S. history. Once the most wanted man in America, Pat Crowe is a forgotten folk hero who captivated the nation as an outlaw for economic justice. World, Chase Me Down resurrects him, telling the electrifying story of the first great crime of the last century: how in 1900 the out-of-work former butcher kidnapped the teenage son of Omaha's wealthiest meatpacking tycoon for a ransom of $25,000 in gold, and then burgled, safe-cracked, and bond-jumped his way across the country and beyond, inciting a manhunt that was dubbed "the thrill of the nation" and a showdown in the court of public opinion between the haves and have-nots--all the while plotting a return to the woman he never stopped loving. As if channeling Mark Twain and Charles Portis, Andrew Hilleman has given us a character who is bawdy and soulful, grizzled, salty, and hard-drinking, and with a voice as unforgettable as that of Lucy Marsden in Alan Gurganus's Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All--an anti-hero you can't help rooting for"-- Provided by publisher.

Lillian Boxfish takes a walk

January 30, 2017
Rooney, Kathleen, 1980- author.
©2017
viii, 287 pages ; 22 cm
"A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk... paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop. Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young"--Provided by publisher.

Stone mirrors : the sculpture and silence of Edmonia Lewis

January 26, 2017
Atkins, Jeannine, 1953- author.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017.
172 pages ; 22 cm
"A biographical novel in verse of a half Native American, half African American female sculptor, Edmonia Lewis, working in the years right after the Civil War"--Provided by publisher.

If you are there

January 24, 2017
Sherman, Susan, author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2017]
262 pages ; 24 cm
A "coming-of-age story about a young Polish girl and her friendships with Madame Curie and Eusapia Palladino"-- Provided by publisher.

The lady of the lakes : the true love story of Sir Walter Scott

January 17, 2017
Kilpack, Josi S., author.
©2017
338 pages ; 23 cm
"A historical proper romance"--T.p.
Young author Walter Scott is desperately in love with Mina, but after she rejects his marriage proposal, Walter travels to England, where he meets and courts a young Frenchwoman, Charlotte Carpenter and discovers there is a difference between a man's first love and his best love.

A want of kindness : a novel

December 29, 2016
Limburg, Joanne, 1970- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
ix, 435 pages ; 24 cm
"The wicked, bawdy Restoration court is no place for a child princess. Ten-year-old Anne cuts an odd figure: a sickly child, she is drawn towards improper pursuits. Cards, sweetmeats, scandal, and gossip with her Ladies of the Bedchamber figure large in her life. But as King Charles' niece, Anne is also a political pawn, who will be forced to play her part in the troubled Stuart dynasty. Transformed from overlooked princess to the heiress of England, she will be forced to overcome grief for her lost children, the political maneuverings of her sister and her closest friends, and her own betrayal of her father, before the fullness of her destiny is revealed" -- provided by publisher.

The Mayakovsky tapes : a novel

December 9, 2016
Littell, Robert, 1935- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
243 pages ; 22 cm
"In March 1953, four women meet in Room 408 of Moscow's deluxe Metropole Hotel. They have gathered, not altogether willingly, to reminisce about Vladimir Mayakovsky, the poet who in death had become a national idol of Soviet Russia. In life, however, he was a much more complicated figure. Each of these ladies loved Mayakovsky in the course of his life, and as they piece together their memories of him, a portrait of the artist emerges."-- Provided by publisher.

Victoria

December 9, 2016
Goodwin, Daisy, author.
©2016
404 pages ; 25 cm
"Less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this young woman can rule the greatest nation in the world. Despite her age the young queen is no puppet. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously.She went on to make her mark on her nation-- and the world. Drawing on Victoria's own diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin brings us the brilliantly imagined life of a young woman about to make her mark on her nation--and the world."--Jacket.

The spy : a novel

December 7, 2016
Coelho, Paulo, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
190 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in Brazil as A Espiã by TK in 2016" -- Verso title page.
"A novel of Mata Hari's final days, as written by the woman herself while accused of espionage" -- Provided by publisher.

The Autumn throne : a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

December 7, 2016
Chadwick, Elizabeth, 1957- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2016]
505 pages ; 21 cm
The stunning conclusion to the Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy. Imprisoned by her husband. Separated from her children. If King Henry II thought these things would push his queen into submission, he was wrong. Eleanor of Aquitaine refused to give into his tyranny. Freed by his death, she became dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry bred among his sons had grown into a dangerous rivalry that Eleanor must skillfully control. Eleanor would need every ounce of courage and fortitude as she crossed the Alps in winter to bring her son Richard his bride, ransom him from imprisonment and deal with his brother John's treachery. Her indomitable spirit would be tested to its limits as she attempted to keep the peace between her warring sons, fend off enemies, and negotiate a magnificent future for a chosen granddaughter.

Schlump

December 5, 2016
Grimm, Hans Herbert, 1896-1950, author.
New York : NYRB Classics, [2016]
279 pages ; 21 cm.
"Seventeen-year-old Schlump marches off to war in 1915 because going to war is the best way to meet girls. And so he does, on his first posting, overseeing three villages in occupied France. But then Schlump is sent to the front, and the good times end. Schlump, which was published anonymously in 1928 and widely translated at the time, was one of the first German novels to describe World War I in all its horror and absurdity and it remains one of the best. What really sets it apart is its remarkable central character. Who is Schlump? A bit of a rascal and a bit of a sweetheart, a victim of his times, an inveterate survivor, maybe even a new type of man. At once comedy, documentary, hellhole, and fairy tale, Schlump is a gripping and disturbing book about the experience of trauma and what the great critic Walter Benjamin, writing at the same time as Hans Herbert Grimm, would call the death of experience, since perhaps if anything goes, nothing counts"-- Provided by publisher.

Ruler of the night

November 29, 2016
Morrell, David, 1943- author.
New York : Mulholland Books, Little, Brown, and Company, 2016.
342 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: Inspector of the dead.
1855. The railway has irrevocably altered English society: a whole day's journey can now be covered in a matter of hours. This brings freedom-- and danger. When a gentleman is stabbed to death in a locked first-class passenger compartment, the crime paralyzes London. In the next compartment, Thomas De Quincey and his daughter, Emily, discover the homicide in a most gruesome manner. They join forces with their allies in Scotland Yard, Detective Ryan and his partner-in-training, Becker, to pursue the killer. Ultimately, De Quincey must confront two ruthless adversaries: this terrifying enemy, and his own opium addiction which endangers his life and his tormented soul.

Terminal impact : a Jack Valentine Marine Sniper novel

November 18, 2016
Henderson, Charles, 1948- author.
New York : Berkley, 2016.
458 pages ; 24 cm
"From the author of Marine Sniper--the classic true account of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock--comes a gripping and gritty new novel about a sniper on the trail of al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in post-9/11 Iraq... At age twenty, Marine Scout-Sniper Jack Valentine had his first kill in Iraq at the start of the Persian Gulf War. Now, it's 2006, and he's back in Baghdad, obsessed with taking down al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Jack missed his first shot at Zarqawi, and it's haunted him ever since--even though the attack struck fear into the black hearts of the jihadists and earned him the name the Ghost of Al-Anbar. Now leading his own special forces platoon, Jack is determined to hunt down and take out his target this time. But the jihadists are not his only enemies. The ruthless amoral leader of a band of mercenaries is feeding al-Qaeda secret information--and also pursuing the love of Jack's life, FBI agent Liberty Cruz. Jack may soon find himself in the crosshairs if he doesn't eliminate his rival first..."-- Provided by publisher.

Valiant gentlemen

November 17, 2016
Murray, Sabina, author.
©2016
489 pages ; 24 cm
Humanitarian and Irish patriot Roger Casement and his closest friend Herbert Ward spent a misadventurous youth in the Congo, witnessing acts of cannibalism, among other things. Ward married Argentinian-American heiress Sarita Sanford, and they established a flourishing family life in France. Casement's covert homosexuality and nomadic lifestyle kept him floating between his work across the African continent and involvement in Irish politics. When World War I broke out, Casement and Ward's longstanding political differences finally come to a head, leading to results both tragic and riveting.

Vyzhivshiĭ : roman o mesti

November 14, 2016
Punke, Michael, author.
Moskva : Izdatelʹstvo "Ė", 2016.
314 pages : map ; 21 cm.
A story of survival on the American frontier chronicles the exploits of fur trapper Hugh Glass, who is attacked by a grizzly bear and left for dead by his fellow trappers, but survives and treks through the wilderness to seek justice.

Pretty paper : a Christmas tale

November 10, 2016
Nelson, Willie, 1933- author.
©2016
283 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"Willie Nelson, country music's quintessential musician, displays all the wit and warmth of his homespun style of storytelling in an inspiring holiday novel based on his classic Christmas song, "Pretty Paper." More than fifty years ago, Willie Nelson's beloved Christmas song "Pretty Paper" first hit the airwaves. And for all these years, Willie has wondered about the real-life Texas street vendor, selling wrappings and ribbons, who inspired his song. Who was this poor soul? What did his painful trials say about our loves, our hopes, our dreams in this holiday season--and in the rest of our lives?"-- Provided by publisher.

The blind astronomer's daughter : a novel

October 31, 2016
Pipkin, John, author.
©2016
461 pages ; 25 cm
"In late-eighteenth-century Ireland, accidental stargazer Caroline Ainsworth learns that her life is not what it seems when her father, Arthur, throws himself from his rooftop observatory. Caroline had often assisted her father with his observations, in pursuit of an unknown planet; when astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus, Caroline could only watch helplessly as unremitting jealousy drove Arthur to madness. Now, gone blind from staring at the sun, he has chosen death over a darkened life. Grief-stricken, Caroline abandons the vain search, leaves Ireland for London, and tries to forget her love for Finnegan O'Siodha, the tinkering blacksmith who was helping her father build a telescope larger than his rival's. But her father has left her more than the wreck of that unfinished instrument: his cryptic atlas holds the secret to finding a new world at the edge of the sky. As Caroline reluctantly resumes her father's work and confronts her own longings, Ireland is swept into rebellion, and Caroline and Finnegan are plunged into its violence."--Provided by publisher.

Maiden flight : a novel

October 21, 2016
Haskell, Harry, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2016.
x, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Katharine Wright embodied the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman of the early twentieth century, yet she remained in many ways a Victorian. Torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before making a devastating break with her world-famous and intensely possessive older brother Orville to marry newspaper editor Harry Haskell, the man she loved. Written by the grandson of Harry Haskell, Maiden Flight is imaginatively reconstructed from personal letters, newspaper reports, and other documents of the period--in particular, Katharine's lively and extraordinarily revealing love letters to Harry. Above all, the book celebrates Katharine's abundant store of what she called "human nature"--Her lively and perceptive outlook on life, her great capacity for both love and indignation, and her acute and sometimes crippling self-awareness"-- Provided by publisher.

The Kid

October 19, 2016
Hansen, Ron, 1947- author.
©2016
xii, 301 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"Born Henry McCarty, Billy the Kid was a diminutive, charming, blond-haired young man who, growing up in New York, Kansas, and later New Mexico, demonstrated a precocious dexterity at firing six-shooters with either hand--a skill that both got him into and out of trouble and that turned him into an American legend of the old West. He was smart, well-spoken, attractive to both white and Mexican women, a good dancer, and a man with a nose for money, horses, and trouble. His spree of crimes and murders has been immortalized in dime westerns, novels, and movies. But the whole story of his short, epically violent life has never been told as it has been here"-- Provided by publisher.

The other Einstein : a novel

October 19, 2016
Benedict, Marie, author.
©2016
296 pages ; 24 cm
The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

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