New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

May 12, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hyacinth girls

May 11, 2015
Frankel, Lauren, author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
295 pages ; 25 cm

Backlands : a novel

May 8, 2015
Shorr, Victoria, author.
©2015
302 pages : map ; 22 cm
Backlands tells the true story of a group of nomadic outlaws who reigned over the area from about 1922 until 1938. Taking from the rich, admired -- and feared -- by the poor, they were led by the famously charismatic bandit Lampiao. The gang maintained their influence by fighting off all the police and soldiers the region could muster.

The house of Hawthorne

April 30, 2015
Robuck, Erika.
New York : New American Library, [2015]
402 pages ; 22 cm
Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage. Together, they will cross continents, raise children, and experience all the beauty and tragedy of an exceptional partnership. Sophia’s vivid journals and her masterful paintings kindle a fire in Nathaniel, inspiring his writing. But their children’s needs and the death of loved ones steal Sophia’s energy and time for her art, fueling in her a perennial tug-of-war between fulfilling her domestic duties and pursuing her own desires.

Lincoln's Billy

April 27, 2015
LeClair, Tom, 1944-
Sag Harbor, NY : Permanent Press, [2015]
176 pages ; 22 cm

Esther : royal beauty : a dangerous beauty novel

April 20, 2015
Hunt, Angela Elwell, 1957-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
485 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

My struggle. Book four

April 20, 2015
Knausgård, Karl Ove, 1968-
Brooklyn, New York : Archipelago Books, 2015.
485 pages ; 20 cm

Paris red : a novel

April 14, 2015
Gibbon, Maureen, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
282 pages ; 22 cm
"At seventeen, Victorine Meurent abandons her old life to become immersed in the Parisian society of dance halls and cafés, meeting writers and artists like Baudelaire and Alfred Stevens. As Manet's model, Victorine explores a world of new possibilities and stirs the artist to push the boundaries of painting in his infamous portrait Olympia, which scandalizes even the most cosmopolitan city"--Dust jacket flap.

The thunder of giants

April 13, 2015
Fishbane, Joel, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
vi, 278 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"The year is 1937 and Andorra Kelsey--7'11" and just under 320 pounds--is on her way to Hollywood to become a star. Hoping to escape both poverty and the ghost of her dead husband, she accepts an offer from the wily Rutherford Simone to star in a movie about the life of Anna Swan, the Nova Scotia giantess who toured the world in the 19th century. In parallel narrative, Anna Swan's story unfurls. Where Andorra is seen as a disgrace by an embarrassed family, Anna Swan is quickly celebrated for her unique size. Drawn to New York, Anna becomes a famed attraction at P.T. Barnum's American Museum even as she falls in love with Gavin Clarke, a veteran of the Civil War"-- Provided by publisher.

The dream lover : a novel

April 8, 2015
Berg, Elizabeth.
New York : Random House, [2015]
356 pages ; 24 cm
"George Sand was a 19th century French novelist known not only for her novels but even more for her scandalous behavior." The Dream Lover gives "insight into the heart and mind of a woman who was considered the most passionate and gifted genius of her time."-- Provided by publisher.

Adeline : a novel of Virginia Woolf

April 3, 2015
Vincent, Norah, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
280 pages ; 22 cm
"On April 18th, 1941, twenty-two days after Virginia Woolf went for a walk near her weekend house and never returned, her body was reclaimed from the River Ouse. For more than half a century, Woolf's suicide has been attributed to alleged depression; bipolar disorder; her impaired mental state after two of her London apartments had been bombed during the Second World War's brutal Blitz. With Adeline--a ... reimagining of the events that brought Virginia Woolf to the riverbank--Norah Vincent posits connections not made before, offering us a dénouement ... [which] explores the interior consciousness of the most interior of authors"-- Provided by publisher.

The architect's apprentice

March 25, 2015
Shafak, Elif, 1971-
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
424 pages ; 24 cm
"From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire In her latest novel, Turkey's preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan's triumphant masterpieces-the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques-dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak's intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power"-- Provided by publisher.

Honey Girl

March 23, 2015
Freeman, Lisa.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2015]
279 pages : map ; 24 cm.
The year is 1972. Fifteen-year-old Haunani "Nani" Grace Nuuhiwa is transplanted from her home in Hawaii to Santa Monica, California after her father's fatal heart attack. Now the proverbial fish-out-of-water, Nani struggles to adjust to her new life with her alcoholic white (haole) mother and the lineup of mean girls who rule State Beach.

Mademoiselle Chanel

March 16, 2015
Gortner, C. W., author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
406 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
A creative reimagining of the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel traces the development of her exceptional sewing skills in an orphanage, her transformation into a couturier and the private struggles behind her subsequent fame.

Inspector of the dead

March 16, 2015
Morrell, David, 1943- author.
New York ; Boston ; London : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
342 pages ; 25 cm
"Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his Confessions of an Opium-Eater, confronts London's harrowing streets to thwart the assassination of Queen Victoria. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul. Brilliantly merging historical fact with fiction, Inspector of the Dead is based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria"-- Provided by publisher.

Epitaph : a novel of the O.K. Corral

February 26, 2015
Russell, Mary Doria, 1950- author.
New York : Ecco, 2015.
581 pages ; 24 cm
A sequel to Doc is based on the true events of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Wyatt Earp's survival against a backdrop of volatile politics in 1881 America.

Rebel queen : a novel

February 26, 2015
Moran, Michelle, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2015.
354 pages ; 24 cm
"When the British Empire sets its sights on India in the mid-nineteenth century, it expects a quick and easy conquest ... But when they arrive in the Kingdom of Jhansi, the British army is met with a surprising challenge. Instead of surrendering, Queen Lakshmi raises two armies--one male and one female--and rides into battle, determined to protect her country and her people. Although her soldiers may not appear at first to be formidable against superior British weaponry and training, Lakshmi refuses to back down from the empire determined to take away the land she loves"-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule : a novel

February 23, 2015
Chiaverini, Jennifer.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2015]
386 pages ; 24 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general's wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake-until she forged a proud identity of her own. In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom's abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress's closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia's eyes to the world. And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks-becoming general in chief of the Union Army-so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband's side. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women-Union and Confederate-she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women's paths continued to cross throughout the Grants' White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant's Tomb. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule is the first novel to chronicle this singular relationship, bound by sight and shadow"-- Provided by publisher.

The accidental empress : a novel

February 12, 2015
Pataki, Allison, author.
New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015.
xvi, 495 pages : map ; 24 cm
Includes reading group guide.
The New York Times best-selling author of The Traitor's Wife fictionalizes the little-known and tumultuous love story of "Sisi," the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.

A touch of stardust

February 12, 2015
Alcott, Kate.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
296 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
Although Julie Crawford has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job she's able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick--who is busy burning through directors, writers and money as he begins filming "Gone with the Wind."

The marriage game : a novel of Queen Elizabeth I

February 9, 2015
Weir, Alison, 1951- author.
©2014.
402 pages ; 25 cm
"Originally published by Hutchinson, a member of The Random House Group, London, in 2014."--Title page verso.
"In this novel of Tudor drama and suspense, the author brings to life one of England's most scandalous royal love affairs: the romance between the 'Virgin Queen' Elizabeth I and her courtier Lord Robert Dudley"-- Provided by publisher.

Sodom and Gomorrah

February 3, 2015
Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922.
New York : Modern Library, 1993.
xiii, 747 pages ; 19 cm.

The Guermantes way

February 3, 2015
Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922.
New York : Modern Library, 1993.
xv, 834 pages ; 20 cm.
After the relative intimacy of the first two volumes of In Search of Lost Time, The Guermantes Way opens up a vast, dazzling landscape of fashionable Parisian life in the late nineteenth century, as the narrator enters the brilliant, shallow world of the literary and aristocratic salons. Both a salute to and a devastating satire of a time, place, and culture, The Guermantes Way defines the great tradition of novels that follow the initiation of a young man into the ways of the world.

The tutor

February 2, 2015
Chapin, Andrea, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
355 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
A "novel about love, passion, and ambition that imagines the muse of William Shakespeare and the tumultuous year they spend together"--Amazon.com.

Amherst : a novel

February 2, 2015
Nicholson, William.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
287 pages ; 25 cm
"Originally published in 2015 in Great Britain by Quercus Edition, Ltd."--Verso t.p.
"Alice Dickinson is a young advertising executive who works in London and dreams of becoming a screenwriter. She decides to take some time off work to research her idea for a screenplay: the true story of a scandalous adulterous love affair that took place in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the 1880s. The lovers were a young faculty wife at Amherst College, Mabel Loomis Todd, and the college's treasurer, Austin Dickinson. Austin, twenty-four years Mabel's senior and married, was the brother of the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and their trysts took place in Emily's house (with her consent). Alice travels to Amherst, staying in the house of a friend of a friend, Nick Crocker, a married English academic in his fifties. As Alice researches the affair between Austin and Mabel, and puzzles out Emily Dickinson's role, she embarks on an affair with Nick, an affair that, of course, they both know echoes the affair that she's writing about in her screenplay. Interspersed with Alice's own complicated love story is the story she is telling of Austin and Mabel, historically accurate, and meticulously recreated from their voluminous letters and diaries. Using the poems of Emily Dickinson throughout, Amherst is an exploration of the nature of passionate love, its delusions, and its glories. This novel is playful and scholarly, sexy and smart, and reminds us that the games we play when we fall in love have not changed that much over the years"-- Provided by publisher.

The season of migration

January 15, 2015
Hermann, Nellie, 1978-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
244 pages ; 22 cm
Offers a fictionalized version of the ten-month period of Vincent van Gogh's youth during which he and his brother, Theo, broke off all contact, a time during which Vincent found his true calling.

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