New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

December 9, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

How I got to yesterday : a fictionalized memoir

December 8, 2017
Sedlock, Paul, 1942-
©2015
326 pages ; 23 cm
"Born into a Catholic, working-class family twelve-year-old Dave's idyllic world changes abruptly when his widowed mother remarries and they move to a Cleveland suburb. He has inherited a distant step-father and an abusive step-brother. Meanwhile, his mother, haunted by a family suicide and betrayal, struggles with depression. Dave attends Catholic schools, finds friends, romance, work, marriage, and drinking buddies. Later, along with Wendy and Cyclops, he moves to Berkeley, California, in an old VW bug as the turbulent 1960s kick in"--Amazon website.

Enchantress of numbers : a novel of Ada Lovelace

December 1, 2017
Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
©2017
433 pages ; 24 cm
The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada's father, who was infamously "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," Ada's mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada's mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination--or worse yet, passion or poetry--is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes. When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage--brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly--will shape her destiny.

Trouble tomorrow

November 22, 2017
Whitebeach, Terry, author.
©2017
205 pages ; 20 cm
"Based on an incredible true story of courage, resilience and hope"--Cover.
Obulejo dreams he is standing by the stream with his friend Riti, hauling in spangled tilapia fish, one after the other...Tat-tat-tat-tat! Brrrmm! Rrrrr! Ul-lu-lu-lu-lah! Obulejo slams awake, heart racing, and scrambles up off his mat. Gunshots and screams jab the air. Flashes of light pierce the darkness. The Rebels!...Obulejo's name means 'trouble tomorrow' in the Ma'di language, and there is plenty of trouble for fifteen-year-old Obulejo when his town is attacked by Rebel troops. Separated from family and close friends, Obulejo flees into the hills and then makes a terrifying journey, full of danger from wild animals and pursuing soldiers. Once across the border in a refugee camp, he is safer but has no future - until he joins a pioneering peace education program and begins to find ways to create a more hopeful life for himself and others.

The It girls

November 21, 2017
Harper, Karen (Karen S.), author.
©2017
364, 10 pages ; 21 cm
Includes "P.S. Insights, interviews & more..." (Meet Karen Harper, Author's note, Reading group discussion questions).
Promoting themselves from genteel poverty to fame, two beautiful sisters, one a daring fashion designer and the other a writer of scandalous novels, become each other's most staunch supporter and harshest critic in the face of misunderstandings and confidences.

The man who could be king : a novel

November 17, 2017
Miller, John, 1938 May 23- author.
New York : Little A, 2017.
294 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"When young Josiah Penn Stockbridge accepts the position as aide-de-camp to George Washington at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, he thinks only of the glory and romance of battle. He is unprepared for the reality of America's bloody fight for independence. The Continental Army is starving, underpaid, and dangerously close to mutiny, and Washington fights not just to defeat the British but to maintain order and morale among his own men. As anonymous letters by officers calling for revolt circulate through camp in Newburgh, New York, Washington must make a choice: preserve the young republic by keeping civilian control of the military, or reshape the new government by standing in solidarity with his troops and assuming greater power for himself. During one fateful week in American history, Josiah will watch a conflicted general become a legend and will discover for himself that the greatest struggles of war are those within the hearts and minds of fallible men."--Back cover.

The librarian of Auschwitz

November 2, 2017
Iturbe, Antonio, 1967- author.
©2017
423 pages : illustration, maps ; 24 cm
Maps on liner papers.
"Based on the true story of Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus"--Jacket.
Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl from Prague who after being sent to Auschwitz is chosen to protect the eight volumes prisoners have smuggled past the guards.

Mr. Dickens and his carol

November 2, 2017
Silva, Samantha, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
276 pages ; 22 cm
"Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses ... On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs"-- Amazon.com.

It could be worse

October 23, 2017
Sommers, August, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [2017?]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 28 cm
Marcus Dinkins and Henry Lucious leave Marietta, Georgia for New York City, hoping for opportunities and a chance to make a name for themselves in the big city.

Who said women were the weaker sex

October 23, 2017
Sommers, August, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [2017?]
248 pages ; 28 cm
Twenty-six cats -- Shane -- Sadie Hopkins -- Tommy's a girl -- Ms. Wright -- Mary Hargrove.
A collection of interlinked short stories that describe Bert Brown's life and his relationships with women through the years.

The indigo girl : a novel

October 16, 2017
Boyd, Natasha, author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2017.
342 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"The story ... was based on true events and historical documents"--Page 335, A note from the author.
The story of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, who ran her father's plantation outside Charleston, South Carolina in the 1700s and struck a bargain with the plantation's slaves--teach her how to make indigo and she would teach them to read.

I, Eliza Hamilton

October 5, 2017
Scott, Susan Holloway, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2017.
444 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler was captivated by Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. They marry and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. Publicly Eliza becomes an adored member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace. Behind closed doors, she manages their household and assists her husband with his political writings. Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again.

Caroline : Little House, revisited

October 4, 2017
Miller, Sarah Elizabeth, 1979- author.
©2017
367 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on end sheets.
"In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril--the Kansas Indian Territory. The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help. The burden of work must be shouldered alone, sickness tended without the aid of doctors, and babies birthed without the accustomed hands of mothers or sisters. But Caroline's world is also full of tender joys. In adapting to this strange new place and transforming a rough log house built by Charles into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength she does not know she possesses. For more than eighty years, generations of readers have been enchanted by the adventures of the American frontier's most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House books. Now, that familiar story is retold in this captivating tale of family, fidelity, hardship, love, and survival that vividly reimagines our past."--Provided by publisher.

The edge of innocence

October 3, 2017
Miraldi, David P., author.
©2016
394 pages ; 24 cm
"The Edge of Innocence is a work of historical fiction based on the 1964 murder trial of Casper Bennett, a man accused of drowning his wife in a bathtub of scalding water in Lorain, Ohio. Bennett's sensational trial pitted an aggressive, mercurial county prosecutor against the author's father, a civil trial attorney who had never before defended anyone for murder" -- Amazon.com.

Drifting in the push

October 2, 2017
Garrison, Daniel, author.
Salem, Oregon : Tongue & Groove Publishing, [2016]
265 pages ; 21 cm
"This is an autbiographical novel. It is a merging of factual accounts from the author's life with fictitious events and people. Some character, business, and place names have been changed."--Title page verso.
"Drifting in the Push is a fast-paced, comical romp that takes the reader on a journey through the unintentional adventures of one man's reality. From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, from Mexico to Alaska, missteps, stubborn obstacles, and fate are his constant companions, along with an offbeat assortment of entertaining characters. From time to time, his escapades include his two childhood friends--Bryan, who follows him to the unforgiving Arctic, and Shane, who steers him down an unpleasant alley or two. Amid this craziness, he picks up another friend--Hank, his devoted dog. This chronological series of interdependent short stories will take you from fear to love, amusement to surprise, and it just might occasionally leave a tear in your eye."--Back cover.

The unquiet grave : a novel

September 22, 2017
McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948- author.
©2017
358 pages ; 24 cm
"Sharyn McCrumb comes a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history--the case of the Greenbrier Ghost. Lakin, West Virginia, 1930. Following a suicide attempt and consigned to a segregated insane asylum, attorney James P.D. Gardner finds himself under the care of Dr. James Boozer. Fresh out of medical school, Dr. Boozer is eager to try the new talking cure for insanity, and encourages his elderly patient to reminisce about his experiences as the first black attorney to practice law in nineteenth-century West Virginia. Gardner's most memorable case was the one in which he helped to defend a white man on trial for the murder of his young bride--a case that the prosecution based on the testimony of a ghost."-- Provided by publisher.

Life and adventures of Jack Engle: an auto-biography : a story of New York at the present time in which the reader will find some familiar characters

September 22, 2017
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892, author.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2017]
xxii, 156 pages ; 21 cm.
In 1852, young Walt Whitman was working on two books. One would become one of the most famous volumes of poetry in American history, Leaves of Grass. The other, a novel, would be published under a pseudonym and serialized in a newspaper. This is that novel, a short, rollicking story of orphanhood, avarice, and adventure in New York City.

City of spies : a novel

September 20, 2017
Khan, Sorayya, author.
©2017
265 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published by Aleph Book Company, New Delhi 2015.--Title page verso.
Eleven-year-old Aliya Shah lives a double life in Islamabad, Pakistan-at home with her Pakistani father and Dutch mother, and at the American School, where Aliya tries to downplay that she is a "half-and-half." But when a hit-and-run driver kills the son of the family's servant, Sadiq, who is also Aliya's dear friend, her world is turned upside down. After she discovers the truth behind the tragedy, a terrible secret that burdens her heart, her conflicted loyalties are tested as never before.

The other Alcott

September 15, 2017
Hooper, Elise, author.
©2017
408, 17 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Includes P.S.: insights, interviews & more ...
A tale inspired by the life of Louisa May Alcott's youngest sister finds young May longing to study art outside of the confines of her Concord home before turning down a marriage proposal and pursuing an identity in contrast to the spoiled and worldly character of Amy in her sister's famed novel.

Affections

September 15, 2017
Hasbún, Rodrigo, 1981- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
132 pages ; 21 cm
"A haunting novel about an unusual family's breakdown--set in South America during the time of Che Guevara and inspired by the life of Third Reich cinematographer Hans Ertl--from the literary star Jonathan Safran Foer calls, "a great writer." Inspired by real events, Affections is the story of the eccentric, fascinating Ertl clan, headed by the egocentric and extraordinary Hans, once the cameraman for the Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl. Shortly after the end of World War II, Hans and his family flee to Bolivia to start over. There, the ever-restless Hans decides to embark on an expedition in search of the fabled lost Inca city of Paititi, enlisting two of his daughters to join him on his outlandish quest into the depths of the Amazon, with disastrous consequences. Set against the backdrop of the both optimistic and violent 1950s and 1960s, Affections traces the Ertls's slow and inevitable breakdown through the various erratic trajectories of each family member: Hans's undertakings of colossal, foolhardy projects and his subsequent spectacular failures; his daughter Monika, heir to his adventurous spirit, who joins the Bolivian Marxist guerrillas and becomes known as "Che Guevara's avenger"; and his wife and two younger sisters left to pick up the pieces in their wake. In this short but powerful work, Hasbún weaves a masterfully layered tale of how a family's voyage of discovery ends up eroding the affections that once held it together"-- Provided by publisher.

Letters to memory

September 14, 2017
Yamashita, Karen Tei, 1951- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Coffee House Press, 2017.
x, 176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"Praise for Karen Tei Yamashita: "It's a stylistically wild ride, but it's smart, funny and entrancing." -NPR "Fluid and poetic as well as terrifying." -New York Times Book Review With delightful plays of voice and structure, this is literary fiction at an adventurous, experimental high point." -Kirkus "Magnificent. Intriguing." -Library Journal "This powerful, deeply felt, and impeccably researched fiction is irresistibly evocative." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) Scintillations is an excursion through the Japanese internment using archival materials from the Yamashita family as well as a series of epistolary conversations with composite characters representing a range of academic specialties. Historians, anthropologists, classicists-their disciplines, and Yamashita's engagement with them, are a way for her explore various aspects of the internment and to expand its meaning beyond her family, and our borders, to ideas of debt, forgiveness, civil rights, Orientalism, and community"-- Provided by publisher.

All that makes life bright : the life and love of Harriet Beecher Stowe

August 29, 2017
Kilpack, Josi S., author.
©2017
ix, 322 pages ; 22 cm
When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet's sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish everything she was born to do.

The mapmaker's daughter : the confessions of Nurbanu Sultan, 1525-1583 : [a novel]

August 16, 2017
Hughes, Katherine Nouri, author.
Encino, CA : Delphinium Books, [2017]
xviii, 345 pages : map, genealogical table ; 21 cm.
"The Mapmaker's Daughter, a historical novel set in the 16th century, is the confession of Nurbanu, born Cecilia Baffo Veniero - the mesmerizing, illegitimate Venetian who became the most powerful woman in the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power under Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent--the bold backstory of the Netflix Series, Magnificent Century. Narrating the spectacular story of her rise to the pinnacle of imperial power, Queen Mother Nurbanu, on her sickbed, is determined to understand how her bond with the greatest of all Ottoman sultans, Suleiman the Magnificent, shaped her destiny -- not only as the wife of his successor but as the appointed enforcer of one of the Empire's most crucial and shocking laws. Nurbanu spares nothing as she dissects the desires and motives that have propelled and harmed her; as she considers her role as devoted and manipulative mother; as she reckons her relations with the women of the Harem; and as she details the fate of the most sophisticated observatory in the world. Nurbanu sets out to "see" the causes and effects of her loves and choices, and she succeeds by means of unflinching candor - right up to the last shattering revelation."-- Provided by publisher.

The Cottingley secret : a novel

August 9, 2017
Gaynor, Hazel, author.
©2017
383, 16 pages ; 24 cm
Includes P.S. insights, interviews & more ...
1917... It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true--didn't it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs' authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told. One hundred years later... When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather's bookshop she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls' lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present, and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself?

The last Tudor

August 2, 2017
Gregory, Philippa, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
518 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm
"The story of one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen. Seventeen-year-old Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half-sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power-grab into tragic martyrdom."--Provided by publisher.

Drinks with dead poets : a season of Poe, Whitman, Byron, and the Brontës

August 2, 2017
Maxwell, Glyn, 1962-
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
345 pages ; 24 cm
Poet Glyn Maxwell wakes up in a mysterious village one autumn day. He has no idea how he got there; is he dead? In a coma? Dreaming?-- but he has a strange feeling there's a class to teach. And isn't that the poet Keats wandering down the lane? Why not ask him to give a reading, do a Q and A, hit the pub with the students afterwards? Soon the whole of the autumn term stretches ahead, with Byron, Yeats and Emily Dickinson, the Brontës, the Brownings, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Wilfred Owen, and many more all on their way to give readings in the humble village hall. And everything these famed personalities say -- in class, on stage, at the Cross Keys pub comes verbatim from these poets' diaries, essays, or letters. A dreamy novel of a profound autumn term with Poe, Yeats, Whitman, Dickinson, and the Brontës. -- amazon.com

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