New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

October 6, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The secret chord

October 5, 2015
Brooks, Geraldine, author.
xiv, 302 pages : map ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
Traces the arc of King David's journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

Succession : [a novel]

October 2, 2015
Michael, Livi, 1960-
x, 345 pages : geneal. table ; 24 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"This is an engrossing historical novel about the fall of the House of Lancaster and the two remarkable women who gave birth to the Tudor dynasty, supplemented with short chronicles that were written during the Wars and featuring characters from the hit Starz drama series The White Queen. In 1445, King Henry VI is married by proxy to Margaret of Anjou. French, beautiful and unpopular, the marriage causes a national uproar. At the same time, the infant Margaret Beaufort is made a great heiress and suddenly becomes the most important commodity in the nation. Her childhood is lived in remote, echoing castles, while everyone at King Henry's court competes to be her guardian and engineer an advantageous alliance with her uncle, the Duke of Somerset. With the collapse of Henry VI's hold on France, discord among the English nobles breaks out into civil war. Henry becomes the mad king, and Margaret of Anjou declares herself Queen Regent, left alone to fight for her son's position as rightful heir. Meanwhile, Margaret Beaufort, although still little more than a child at thirteen, has been married twice and given birth to her only son--the future King of England. Succession will appeal to fans of historical fiction, English history, and George R.R. Martin's bestselling books and hit series"-- Provided by publisher.

Cleopatra's shadows : a novel

October 1, 2015
Holleman, Emily, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
342 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
Reimagines the beginnings of Cleopatra's epic saga through the eyes of her younger sister. Reading-group guide available.

The Wilson deception

September 30, 2015
Stewart, David O., author.
266 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The Lincoln Deception.
"After four years of horror The Great War has ended, and President Woodrow Wilson's arrival in Paris in December 1918 unites the city in ecstatic celebration. Major Jamie Fraser, an army physician who has spent ten months tending American soldiers, is among the crowd that throngs the Place de la Concorde for Wilson's visit. As an expert on the Spanish influenza, Fraser is also called in to advise the president's own doctor on how best to avoid the deadly disease. Despite his robust appearance, Wilson is more frail than the public realizes. And at this pivotal moment in history, with the Allied victors gathering to forge a peace treaty, the president's health could decide the fate of nations. While Fraser tries to determine the truth about Wilson's maladies, he encounters a man he has not seen for twenty years. Speed Cook, ex-professional ball player and advocate for Negro rights, is desperate to save his son Joshua, an army sergeant wrongly accused of desertion. Pledging to help Cook, Fraser approaches Allen Dulles, a charming American spy who is also Wilson's close aide. Soon Cook and Fraser's personal quest will dovetail with the dramatic events unfolding throughout Paris, as French premier Georges Clemenceau narrowly survives an assassination attempt and peace negotiations begin to unravel. Rivalries and hidden agendas abound. At stake is not only Joshua Cook's freedom, but the fragile treaty that may be the only way to stop Europe from plunging into another brutal war. With a cast of vividly drawn characters that includes T.E. Lawrence, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill."--Provided by publisher.

Shakespeare's rebel : a novel

September 30, 2015
Humphreys, C. C. (Chris C.)
386 pages : map ; 23 cm

Bathsheba : reluctant beauty

September 16, 2015
Hunt, Angela Elwell, 1957-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
378 pages ; 22 cm
"Bathsheba, a beautiful woman forced to become one of King David's wives, is committed to protecting her son while dealing with the dynamics of the king's household in this biblically based novel"-- Provided by publisher.

The double life of Liliane : a novel

September 15, 2015
Tuck, Lily, 1938- author.
241 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
As the child of a German movie producer father who lives in Italy and a beautiful, artistically talented mother who resides in New York, Liliane's life is divided between those two very different worlds. A shy and observant only child with a vivid imagination, Liliane uncovers the stories of family members as diverse as Moses Mendelssohn, Mary Queen of Scots and an early Mexican adventurer, and pieces together their vivid histories, through both World Wars and across continents? What unfolds is an astonishing and riveting metanarrative: an exploration of self, humanity, and family in the manner of W.G. Sebald and Karl Ove Knausgaard. Told with Tuck's inimitable elegance and peppered with documents, photos, and a rich and varied array of characters, The Double Life of Liliane is an intimate and poignant coming of age portrait of the writer as a young woman.

Eka aisī jagaha jo duniyā banātī hai

September 8, 2015
Amita Kumāra (Software engineer), author.
New Delhi : Gyan Books Pvt. Ltd.
240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Biographical novel based on the life of HIV positive patient who faced social problems in society and made the decision of suicide.

Game of queens : a novel of Vashti and Esther

September 3, 2015
Edghill, India.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xii, 386 pages ; 25 cm
The story of power and treachery, blood and deception, bravery and romance that surrounds the court of Ahasuerus and two of the most celebrated female heroines in all of history"-- Provided by publisher.

The taming of the queen

August 18, 2015
Gregory, Philippa.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
450 pages : maps, genea. table ; 25 cm

Miss Emily

August 3, 2015
O'Connor, Nuala, 1970- author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2015]
239 pages ; 20 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"Reimagines the private life of Emily Dickinson, one of America's most beloved poets, through her own voice and through the eyes of her family's Irish maid"-- Provided by publisher.

The woman in the photograph

July 31, 2015
Gynther, Dana.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
322 pages ; 23 cm
"A deeply romantic story of glamor in both love and art, The Woman in the Photograph is the enchanting tale of New York socialite and model Lee Miller, whose looks and joie de vivre captured the eye of Man Ray, one of the 20th Century's defining photographers"-- Provided by publisher.

Enchantress of Paris

July 31, 2015
Jefferson, Marci.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 319 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel of the Sun King's court"--Cover.
"The alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini's birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination, she was destined to disgrace her family. Nonetheless, Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the opulent French court, where the forbidden occult arts thrive in secret. In France, Marie discovers that her powerful uncle rules, using Marie's sister Olympia to hold the Sun King, Louis XIV, in thrall. Desperate to avoid her mother's dying wish that she spend her life in a convent, Marie burns her grimoire, trading Italian superstitions for polite sophistication. As her star rises, King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie's charm. Sensing a chance to grab even greater power, Cardinal Mazarin pits the sisters against each other, showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his will. Disgusted by Mazarin's ruthlessness, Marie rebels. She sacrifices everything, but exposing Mazarin's darkest secret threatens to tear France apart. When even King Louis' love fails to protect Marie, she must summon her powers of divination. Fraught with conspiracy and passion, Enchantress of Paris is a captivating historical novel about a woman whose love was more powerful than magic"--Publisher.

Villa America : a novel

July 27, 2015
Klaussmann, Liza, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown, and Company, 2015.
426 pages ; 25 cm
A tale based on the real-life inspirations for Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night finds expats Sara and Gerald Murphy sharing freewheeling days, hosting parties and hiding heartbreaking secrets in the 1920s French Riviera.

1636 : the Cardinal virtues

July 27, 2015
Flint, Eric, author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, [2015]
373 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
In 1636 France, King Louis sends his expectant wife, Queen Anne, into seclusion to keep her safe, while France's foreign enemies as well as traitors within the court make their move, forcing factions both inside and outside of the country to choose sides.

A lady of good family

July 27, 2015
Mackin, Jeanne, author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2015]
324 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
Presents a fictionalized version of the life of Beatrix Farrand, an American woman born into a wealthy family during the Gilded Age, who went on to become a famous landscape designer after being inspired by her visit to the Borghese Gardens in Rome.

Circling the sun : a novel

July 24, 2015
McLain, Paula, author.
366 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman--Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa"-- Provided by publisher.

Diary of a teenage girl : an account in words and pictures

July 21, 2015
Gloeckner, Phoebe.
Berkeley, CA : North Atlantic Books, 2015.
xix, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The turbulent life of a teenage girl portrayed through diary entries and comic strips.

Movie star by Lizzie Pepper

July 20, 2015
Liftin, Hilary. author.
New York : Viking, [2015]
xiii, 336 pages ; 24 cm
When her marriage to a Hollywood mega-star is over, actress Lizzie Pepper, America's Girl Next Door, decides to tell her side of the story and, in doing so, realizes that her romance wasn't what she and everyone else thought.

Naked : a novel of Lady Godiva

July 13, 2015
Redgold, Eliza.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
xiii, 302 pages ; 21 cm
"We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don't know her true story. We all know the legend of Lady Godiva, who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. So the story goes, she begged her husband Lord Leofric of Mercia to lift a high tax on her people, who would starve if forced to pay. Lord Leofric demanded a forfeit: that Godiva ride naked on horseback through the town. There are various endings to Godiva's ride, that all the people of Coventry closed their doors and refused to look upon their liege lady (except for 'peeping Tom') and that her husband, in remorse, lifted the tax. Naked is an original version of Godiva's tale with a twist that may be closer to the truth: by the end of his life Leofric had fallen deeply in love with Lady Godiva. A tale of legendary courage and extraordinary passion, Naked brings an epic story new voice"-- Provided by publisher.

The poisoning angel

July 13, 2015
Teulé, Jean, author.
237 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Originally published as: Fleur de Tonnerre. Paris : Éditions Julliard, 2013.
Jean Teulé brings his unique blend of imagination and historical insight to the startling tale of history's most notorious female poisoner and her decades-long killing spree.

Siin Tong-ju

July 2, 2015
|6880-01 An, So-yŏng, 1967- author.
|6880-04 Kyŏnggi-do P'aju-si : Ch'angbi, 2015.
338 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm

Queen of tomorrow

July 1, 2015
Ficklin, Sherry D., author.
[The Colony, Texas] : Clean Teen Publishing, 2015.
266 pages ; 22 cm.
Sophie--now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia--had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things start to look up. As a new day dawns, Catherine thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces that try to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Catherine soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia and her new empire. While navigating the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.


June 30, 2015
Wentz, Pete, 1979-
New York : MTV Books/Gallery Books, 2013.
228 p. ; 22 cm.
"RAINY DAY KIDS reads like a philosophical sailor's journal complete with debts and hearts in every port. Our rock star protagonist is touring with his band and struggling to understand who he is, where he's been, and what he's become. At times he thrives on the drug that is being an international sex symbol, at others he feels hopeless and alone. He grieves deeply and in every (wrong) way after his longtime ex-girlfriend dies. The narrator meditates on his first kiss and his first fistfight. He describes himself as romance's last terrorist and suspects that this work is his confessional. With profound creativity and clarity, he discloses his fears - not the least of which is that he's "waiting to be found out." He's anxious. He self medicates. He expects to die a cliche. He tries to take his own life. Spends a short time in an institution. There is the constant threat (or is it a promise?) of death. Along the way he asks the same kinds of questions in the book that have made several million fans of Pete's lyrics: What does it mean to not have a home? What is someone supposed to do when his one true love is gone? Why can't he go back to the way things were?"-- Provided by publisher.

Death and Mr. Pickwick

June 24, 2015
Jarvis, Stephen, 1958- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
802 pages ; 24 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Jonathan Cape, 2015.
"A novel"--Cover.
"One does not need to have read a single word of The Pickwick Papers to be enthralled by the story of how this extraordinary novel came to be. The creation and afterlife of this masterpiece is the subject of Stephen Jarvis's novel ... This vast, intricately constructed, indeed Dickensian work is at once [an] ... homage to a much-loved book, tracing its genesis and subsequent history in ... detail, and a damning indictment of how an ambitious young writer expropriated another man's ideas and then engaged in an elaborate cover-up of The Pickwick Papers' true origin"-- Provided by publisher.

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