New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

September 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

The body where I was born : a novel

June 12, 2015
Nettel, Guadalupe, 1973-
New York : Seven Stories Press, 2015.
175 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published as El cuerpo en que nací. Barcelona : Editorial Anagrama, 2011.
"First English-language edition" -- Verso title page.
"From a psychoanalyst's couch, the narrator looks back on her bizarre childhood--in which she was born with a birth defect into a family intent on fixing it--having somehow survived the emotional havoc she went through. And survive she did, but not unscathed. This intimate narrative echoes the voice of the narrator's younger self: a sharp, sensitive girl who is keen to life's gifts and hardships. With bare language and smart humor, both delicate and unafraid, the narrator strings a strand of touching stories together in a portrait of an unconventional childhood that crushed her, scarred her, mended her, tore her apart and ultimately made her whole"-- Provided by publisher.


June 11, 2015
Hoffmann, Yoel.
New York : New Directions, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) ; 21 cm
Originally published as: Matsve ruaḥ. Yerushalayim : Keter, c2010.
"Moods is published by arrangement with the Keter Publishing House and the Harris/Elon Agency of Israel" -- Verso title page.
"Moods by Yoel Hoffmann--"Israel's celebrated avant-garde genius" (The Forward)--supplies the magic missing link between the infinitesimal and the infinite. Part novel and part memoir, Yoel Hoffmann's Moods is flooded with feelings--about his family, losses, loves, the soul's hidden powers, old phone books, and life in the Galilee, with its every scent, breeze, notable dog, and odd neighbor. Carrying these shards is a general tenderness accentuated by a new dimension brought along with "that great big pill of Prozac." Literature's so pathetic. We peddle fabric with a sun painted on it and no one even looks up... Beautifully translated by Peter Cole, Moods is fiction for lovers of poetry and poetry for lovers of fiction--a small marvel of a book and, with its pockets of joy, a curiously cheerful book by an author who once called himself "a praying mantis inclined to melancholy" -- Provided by publisher.

Wars of the Roses : Margaret of Anjou

June 11, 2015
Iggulden, Conn.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
xxxiv, 414 pages : maps, geneaological charts ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
"The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Margaret of Anjou, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master Conn Iggulden. As Traitors Advance...A Queen Defends It is 1454 and for over a year King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank. His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day come to know his father. With each month that Henry is all but absent as king, Richard, the Duke of York, Protector of the Realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom. The Trinity--Richard and the earls of Salisbury and Warwick--are a formidable trio, and together they seek to break the support of those who would raise their colors and their armies in the name of Henry and his Queen. But when the king unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London to reclaim his throne, the balance of power is once again plunged into turmoil. The clash of the Houses of Lancaster and York may be the beginning of a war that can tear England apart. Following on from Stormbird, Margaret of Anjou is the second epic installment in master storyteller Conn Iggulden's new Wars of the Roses series. Fans of Game of Thrones and The Tudors will be gripped from the word "go." "-- Provided by publisher.

Paradise sky

June 8, 2015
Lansdale, Joe R., 1951-
New York, New York : Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
400 pages ; 25 cm
On the run after an infamous landowner murders his father, Willie becomes an expert marksman before turning Buffalo Soldier, befriending Wild Bill Hickok and earning the nickname "Deadwood Dick."

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.
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

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