New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

November 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Memory theater

November 25, 2015
Critchley, Simon, 1960-
101 pages ; 20 cm
"A French philosopher dies during a savage summer heat wave. Boxes carrying his unpublished papers mysteriously appear in Simon Critchley's office. Rooting through them, Critchley discovers a brilliant text on the ancient art of memory and a cache of astrological charts predicting the deaths of various philosophers. Among them is a chart for Critchley himself, laying out in great detail the course of his life and eventual demise. While waiting for his friend's prediction to come true, Critchley receives the missing, final box, which contains a maquette of Giulio Camillo's sixteenth-century Venetian memory theater, a space supposed to contain the sum of all knowledge"--Dust jacket flap.

Da Vinci's tiger

November 18, 2015
Elliott, Laura, 1957- author.
287 pages ; 22 cm
In fifteenth-century Florence, the dashing Venetian ambassador commissions young Leonardo da Vinci to paint a portrait of his Platonic love, Ginevra de' Benci, a well-educated, teenaged poet in a passionless marriage, propelling her into the world of art, politics, and romance, with all of its complications.

Hidden gold : a true story of the Holocaust

November 16, 2015
Burakowski, Ella, 1957- author.
Toronto : Second Story Press, 2015.
314 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm

Esther : a novel

November 9, 2015
Kanner, Rebecca.
New York : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015.
xii, 381 pages ; 24 cm
A fictional telling of how Queen Esther risked her life to prevent the killing of all the Jews in Persia.

Twain & Stanley enter paradise

November 6, 2015
Hijuelos, Oscar, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
x, 465 pages ; 24 cm
Chronicles the sojourn of journalist-explorer Henry Stanley; his wife, the painter Dorothy Tennant; and Mark Twain, Stanley's longtime friend, as they head for Cuba in search of Stanley's father.

The gold eaters : a novel

November 6, 2015
Wright, Ronald, 1948- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2015.
367 pages ; 24 cm
Title from cover.
"Plucked from his small fishing village and captured by the conquistadors looking to plunder the gold of Peru, young Waman is the everyman thrown into extraordinary circumstances, caught up in history's throes. He finds himself at every major moment in the empire-building of the Spanish explorers, including Francisco Pizarro, and in the culture clash and violent overthrow of the Incan leaders. He becomes an indispensable translator between the two worlds, who must learn political gamesmanship in order to survive and so that he can one day find the love of his life and be reunited with his family. Based closely on real historical events, The Gold Eaters draws on Ronald Wright's expert knowledge of sixteenth-century South America, as well as his imaginative ability to bring to life an unforgettable epoch and a world forged anew from violence and upheaval"-- Provided by publisher.

Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo) : a novel

November 6, 2015
Greaves, C. Joseph, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
vii, 431 pages ; 25 cm
Presents a fictionalized account of how ambitious young prosecutor Thomas Dewey used a heroin-addicted prostitute and grifter to bring down powerful gangster Charles "Lucky" Luciano and some of his known associates in a New York courtroom in 1936.

The hours count : a novel

October 27, 2015
Cantor, Jillian.
358 pages ; 22 cm
A tale based on the story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the only Americans put to death for espionage during the Cold War, traces the experiences of their friend and neighbor, who takes in the couple's young sons when they are arrested by the FBI in 1950.

Christmas bells : a novel

October 22, 2015
Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
317 pages ; 22 cm
"New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini celebrates Christmas, past and present, with a wondrous novel inspired by the classic poem "Christmas Bells," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I heard the bells on Christmas Day/ Their old familiar carols play/ And wild and sweet/ The words repeat/Of peace on earth, good-will to men! In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow's classic Revolutionary War poem, "Paul Revere's Ride," was less than a month hence, and the country's grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed. In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia's music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children's choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss. Christmas Bells chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Longfellow's family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow's patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. "Christmas Bells," the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn. Jennifer Chiaverini's resonant and heartfelt novel for the season reminds us why we must continue to hear glad tidings, even as we are tested by strife. Reading Christmas Bells evokes the resplendent joy of a chorus of voices raised in reverent song"-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Engels : [a novel]

October 20, 2015
McCrea, Gavin, 1978- author.
389 pages ; 21 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"First published in Australia and the UK by Scribe Publications."--title page verso.
A tale inspired by the enigmatic Irish lover of Communist Manifesto co-author Frederick Engels traces the experiences of an impoverished factory employee who navigates complex landscapes of Victorian society.

Carrying Albert home : the somewhat true story of a man, his wife, and her alligator

October 19, 2015
Hickam, Homer H., 1943- author.
xvii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This book is a work of fiction"--verso.
"The long-awaited prequel to the bestselling memoir Rocket Boys"-- dust jacket.
Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie's dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer. Unfulfilled as a miner's wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house. When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: "Me or that alligator!" After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do: Carry Albert home.

The sleep of the righteous

October 19, 2015
Hilbig, Wolfgang, 1941-2007, author.
163 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: Der Schlaf der Gerechten. Frankfurt am Maim : S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, ©2002.
The place of storms -- The bottles in the cellar -- Coming -- The sleep of the righteous -- The afternoon -- The memories -- The dark man.

Woman in battle dress

October 15, 2015
Benítez Rojo, Antonio, 1931-2005, author.
San Francisco : City Lights Books, 2015.
479 pages ; 22 cm
"In 1809, at the age of eighteen, Henriette Faber enrolled herself in medical school in Paris--and since medicine was a profession prohibited to women, she changed her name to Henri in order to matriculate. She would spend the next fifteen years practicing medicine and living as a man. Drafted to serve as a surgeon in Napoleon's army, Faber endured the horrors of the 1812 retreat across Russia. She later embarked to the Caribbean and set up a medical practice in a remote Cuban village, where she married Juana de León, an impoverished local. Three years into their marriage, de León turned Faber in to the authorities, demanding that the marriage be annulled. A sensational legal trial ensued, and Faber was stripped of her medical license, forced to dress as a woman, sentenced to prison, and ultimately sent into exile. She was last seen on a boat headed to New Orleans in 1827."--Provided by publisher.

The mountain shadow

October 15, 2015
Roberts, Gregory David, author.
873 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on endpages.
The sequel to Shantaram continues Australian fugitive Lin's search for love and faith in a Bombay that has come under the rule of a new generation of mafia dons and where Lin becomes trapped by his married soulmate and an increasingly violent mission.

Twain's end

October 15, 2015
Cullen, Lynn, author.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later, he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel "a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction." Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. Isabel Lyon has gone down in history as the villainess who swindled Twain in his final decade. She never rebutted Twain's claims, never spoke badly of the man she called "The King," and kept her silence until she died in a tiny Greenwich Village apartment in 1958. So how did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain's life to a woman he was determined to destroy? In Twain's End, Lynn Cullen reimagines the tangled relationships between Twain, Lyon, and Ashcroft, as well as the little-known love triangle between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, and Anne's husband, John Macy, which comes to light during their visit to Twain's Connecticut home in 1909. Add to the party a furious Clara Clemens, smarting from her own failed love affair, and carefully-kept veneers shatter. Based on Isabel Lyon's extant diary, Twain's writings and letters, and events in Twain's boyhood that may have altered his ability to love, Twain's End explores this real-life tale of doomed love"-- Provided by publisher.

Bad sex : a novel

October 8, 2015
Martin, Clancy W.
New York : Tyrant Books, 2015.
182 pages ; 21 cm
Brett is in Central America, away from her husband, when she begins a love affair with his friend, Eduard. Tragedy and comedy are properly joined at the hip in this loosely autobiographical book about infidelity, drinking, and the postponing of repercussions under the sun. Though coming undone is something we all try to avoid, Martin reminds us that going off the rails is sometimes a part of the ride.

Alice in bed : a novel

October 8, 2015
Hooper, Judith, 1949-
Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, [2015]
vi, 392 pages ; 24 cm
"Arm yourself against my dawn, which may at any moment cast you and Harry into obscurity, Alice James writes her brother William in 1891. In Judith Hooper's magnificent book, zingers such as this fly back and forth between the endlessly articulate and letter-writing Jameses, all of whom are geniuses at gossiping. And the James family did, in fact, know everyone intellectually important on both sides of the Atlantic, but by the time we meet her in 1889, Alice has been sidelined and is lying in bed in Leamington, England, after taking London by storm. We don't know what's wrong with Alice -- no one does, though her brothers have inventive theories -- even the best of medical science offers no help. Her legs no longer support her. She cannot travel home and so is separated from her beloved Katherine. She also suffers fits each day at noon sending her into swooning dreams in which she not so much remembers her life as relives it. So, with Alice in bed, we travel to London and Paris, where the James children spent parts of their unusual childhoods. We sit with her around the James family's dinner table, as she - the youngest and the only girl - listens to the intellectual elite of Boston, missing nothing. We meet her mercurial father, given to visions of angels and firing each governess he hires for her in turn. The book is accompanied by Hooper's Afterword, an essay on the state of medicine encountered by Alice James, preposturous remedies inflicted on Victorian woman as encumbered by infirmity, it seems, as by the privileges of their station. Accompanied by an Afterword that addresses the various maladies that befell not only Alice but others of her caste and class, we find a brilliant woman encumbered by what was perhaps a genetically derived variety of infirmities, some of which will have resonance with the readers of today. "-- Provided by publisher.

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.

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