New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

December 10, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Crossing the horizon : a novel

October 18, 2016
Notaro, Laurie, author.
©2016
455 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In 1927, three women, including the daughter of an earl, a former cigar girl-turned-society darling, and a beauty pageant contestant, all vie to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

Napoleon's last island : a novel

October 12, 2016
Keneally, Thomas, author.
©2015
423 pages ; 24 cm
A "historical novel set on the remote island of Saint Helena about the remarkable friendship between a young woman and one of history's most intriguing figures, Napoleon Bonaparte, during the final years of his life in exile."-- Provided by publisher.

The Babe Ruth deception

October 10, 2016
Stewart, David O, author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2016.
261 pages ; 22 cm
"Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, is having a record-breaking season in his first year as a New York Yankee. In 1920, he will hit more home runs than any other team in the American League. Larger than life on the ball field and off, Ruth is about to discover what the Chicago White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series are learning--baseball heroes are not invulnerable to scandal. With suspicion in the air, Ruth's 1918 World Series win for the Boston Red Sox is now being questioned"--Dust jacket flap.

The orphan keeper : a novel, based on a true story

October 3, 2016
Wright, Camron Steve, author.
©2016
418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes author's note and study guide (page 411-418)
"Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life--and his destiny--is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America. Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can't tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland. It isn't until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his roots, as well as marrying Priya, his wife, who helps him unveil the secrets of his past, that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten."--Provided by publisher.

Monticello : a daughter and her father

September 26, 2016
Gunning, Sally, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
355 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm
Through marriage, motherhood, politics, scandal, and her family's increasing impoverishment, Martha Jefferson yearns to find her way back to the beauty and happiness she experienced as a young girl on her father's estate.

Bloodline

September 23, 2016
Iggulden, Conn, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
xxvii, 404 pages : map, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
"The third beautifully written novel in the War of the Roses series by bestselling author Conn Iggulden. 'Superbly plotted and paced' The Times *** - Winter 1461 - Richard Duke of York is dead, his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of the city. King Henry VI is still held prisoner. His Lancastrian Queen rides south with an army of victorious northerners, accompanied by painted warriors from the Scottish Highlands. With the death of York, Margaret and her army seem unstoppable. Yet in killing the father, Margaret has unleashed the sons. Edward of March, now Duke of York, proclaims himself England's rightful king. Factions form and tear apart as snow falls. Through blood and treason, through broken men and vengeful women, brother shall confront brother, king shall face king. Two men can always claim a crown. Only one can keep it. Praise for the Wars of the Roses series: 'Pacey and juicy, and packed with action' Sunday Times 'Energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience' Independent 'A novel that seamlessly combines narrative, historical credence and great knowledge of the period' Daily Express 'A page-turning thriller' Mail on Sunday"-- Provided by publisher.

Girl on a plane

September 23, 2016
Moss, Miriam, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]
277 pages ; 22 cm
"Based on the true story of a hijacking"--Jacket cover.
"This is a fictionalized story based on the amazing real life experiences of Miriam Moss, a fifteen year old English school girl who was held hostage on a plane hijacked by the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1970"--Provided by publisher.

The elephant man

September 21, 2016
Sparks, Christine, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1980.
281 pages ; 18 cm
"Based on the life of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, and not upon the Broadway play or any other fictional account"--Back cover.
"Based on the extrordinary movie from Paramount"--Cover.
John Merrick had lived for more than twenty years imprisoned in a body that condemned him to a miserable life in a workhouse and to humiliation as a circus sideshow freak. But beneath that tragic exterior, within the enormous and deformed head, thrived the soul of a poet, the heart of a dreamer, and the longings of a man.

The velvet hours

September 12, 2016
Richman, Alyson, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
374 pages ; 20 cm.
"As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother's treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she'll ever return. An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe's tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path. Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother's legacy behind to save all that she loved"-- Provided by publisher.

Fates and traitors : a novel of John Wilkes Booth

September 7, 2016
Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
New York : Dutton, [2016]
385 pages : map ; 24 cm
John Wilkes Booth, the mercurial son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, committed one of the most notorious acts in American history—the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The subject of more than a century of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession, Booth is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, a violent loner whose single murderous act made him the most hated man in America. Lost to history until now is the story of the four women whom he loved and who loved him in return: Mary Ann, the steadfast matriarch of the Booth family; Asia, his loyal sister and confidante; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator’s daughter who adored Booth yet tragically misunderstood the intensity of his wrath; and Mary Surratt, the Confederate widow entrusted with the secrets of his vengeful plot.

Dos veces única

August 18, 2016
Poniatowska, Elena, author.
México, D.F. : Seix Barral, 2015.
412 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Casado con Diego Rivera y Jorge Cuesta, un poeta y el crítico, Lupe Mari'n se sumergen con el trabajo de Frida Kahlo, Javier Villarurutia, y otros artistas famosos a lo largo de los años 1900. Biblioteca breve (Seix Barral) serie, México.

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