New Arrivals · Biographical Fiction

January 16, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Rodin's lover : a novel

January 14, 2015
Webb, Heather, 1976 December 30-
New York, New York : Plume, 2015.
306 pages ; 21 cm
"As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice--and his muse--their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet Camille's success is overshadowed by her lover's rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness. Rodin's Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era's greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape. "-- Provided by publisher.

West of sunset : a novel

January 5, 2015
O'Nan, Stewart, 1961-
New York : Viking, 2015.
289 pages ; 24 cm
In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart attack. Those last three years of Fitzgerald's life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart O'Nan's novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgerald's past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie. Fitzgerald's orbit of literary fame and the Golden Age of Hollywood is brough to life through the novel's cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart.

Esther : royal beauty

December 22, 2014
Hunt, Angela Elwell, 1957-
Bloomington, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
348 pages ; 22 cm
"A dangerous beauty novel"--Title page.
When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people.

Vanessa and her sister : a novel

December 19, 2014
Parmar, Priya, 1974-
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xii, 348 pages ; 25 cm
"In 1905, Virginia and Vanessa Stephens and their brothers Thoby and Adrian moved to unfashionable, bohemian Bloomsbury. All in their twenties, orphaned and unmarried, they began holding Thursday night gatherings in their unchaperoned, unconventional drawing room. Most of the young guests in that room would become famous, breaking the old rules and blazing their own new paths. It is from Vanessa's point of view at the center of this eccentric, charmed circle of artists and intellectuals that this novel is told, with unsparing honesty about their friendships, their love affairs, and in particular her own troubled relationship with her complicated, brilliant sister Virginia"-- Provided by publisher.


November 11, 2014
Massie, Allan, 1938- author.
Glasgow : Vagabond Voices, 2014.
143 pages ; 20 cm


November 4, 2014
Asai, Makate, 1959-
Tōkyō : Kōdansha, 2013.
280 p. ; 20 cm.

The sharp hook of love

October 27, 2014
Jones, Sherry, 1961-
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
pages ; cm
"The passionate, star-crossed love story of famed lovers Heloise and Abelard -- the original Romeo and Juliet -- is told by Heloise, using actual letters the couple wrote to each other in 12th century Paris during their forbidden affair"-- Provided by publisher.

The tiger queens : the women of Genghis Khan

October 24, 2014
Thornton, Stephanie, 1980-
New York : New American Library , 2014.
486 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph.... After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she seeks comfort in the arms of aristocratic traveler Jamuka, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man who agreed to marry her and then abandoned her long before they could wed. Temujin will return and make Borte his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new kingdom. Their daughter, the fierce Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, will transform her desire for revenge into an unbreakable loyalty. And Sorkhokhtani, a demure widow, will position her sons to inherit the empire when it begins to fracture from within. In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, the tiger queens of Genghis Khan come to depend on one another as they fight and love, scheme and sacrifice, all for the good of their family...and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls. "-- Provided by publisher.

Twilight of the eastern gods

October 23, 2014
Kadare, Ismail, author.
New York : Grove Press, [2014]
xiii, 192 pages ; 22 cm
A fictionalized recreation of the author's experiences as a student at the prestigious Gorky Institute for World Literature describes the school's descent into a dangerously Socialist Realist aesthetic that almost caused him to abandon writing altogether.

Queen of someday : a stolen empire novel

October 14, 2014
Ficklin, Sherry D.
[Place of publication not identified] : Clean Teen Publishing, 2014.
249 p. : port. ; 22 cm.
Before she can become Catherine the Great, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother's quest to put her on the throne of Russia--at any cost.

Melancholy II

October 13, 2014
Fosse, Jon, 1959- author.
Champaign : Dalkey Archive Press, 2014.
p. cm.
Translated from the Norwegian.

The goddess of small victories

October 13, 2014
Grannec, Yannick, author.
New York : Other Press, [2014]
458 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Translation of: La déesse des petites victoires.
"A love story"--Jacket.
"Princeton University, 1980. A young and unambitious librarian named Anna Roth is assigned the task of retrieving the records of Kurt Gödel--the most fascinating and hermetic mathematician of the 20th century. Her mission consists of befriending and ultimately taming the great man's widow Adele, a notoriously bitter woman set on taking belated revenge against the establishment by refusing to hand over these documents of immeasurable historical value. But as Anna soon finds out, Adele has a story of her own to tell"

The hundred days

October 10, 2014
Roth, Joseph, 1894-1939.
New York : New Directions Pub. Corporation, 2014.
pages cm
This edition previously published: London ; Chicago : Peter Owen, 2011.
"Originally published in German as Die Hundert Tage by Verlag Allert de Lange, in 1935" -- Title page verso.
"Napoleon's return to the throne in Paris, as imagined by the incomparable Joseph Roth. Set during the infamous period between Napoleon's escape from Elba and his second defeat and recapture at Waterloo, The Hundred Days describes the great Emperor's last shot at glory and his final transformation from a godlike ruler into an ordinary, humble man. Roth frames the novel through the perspectives of Napoleon himself as well as his devoted Corsican laundress Angelina, to show the demise of their seemingly intertwined fates. The Hundred Days is enriched with Roth's signature lyrical elegance and haunting atmospheric details" -- Provided by publisher.

Electric City : a novel

October 7, 2014
Rosner, Elizabeth, author.
Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2014]
324 pages ; 24 cm
Exploring the scientific contributions of Thomas Edison and Charles Proteus Steimetz in upstate New York at the confluence of the Hudson River and its tributary the Mohawk--and the fate of the same place in the mid-sixties--this is a "novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world"

The legend of Sheba : rise of a queen : a novel

September 8, 2014
Lee, Tosca Moon.
New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014.
328 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father's throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world--or of Sheba's queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king"-- Provided by publisher.

Arctic summer

September 2, 2014
Galgut, Damon, 1963- author.
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2014.
339 pages ; 21 cm
In 1912, the SS Birmingham approaches India. On board is Morgan Forster, novelist and man of letters, who is embarking on a journey of discovery. As Morgan stands on deck, the promise of a strange new future begins to take shape before his eyes. The seeds of a story start to gather at the corner of his mind: a sense of impending menace, lust in close confines, under a hot, empty sky. It will be another 12 years, and a second time spent in India, before 'A Passage to India', E.M. Forster's great work of literature, is published. During these years, Morgan will come to a profound understanding of himself as a man, and of the infinite subtleties and complexity of the human nature, bringing these great insights to bear in his remarkable novel.

Pokhoronite meni︠a︡ za plintusom : povestʹ

September 2, 2014
|6880-01 Sanaev, Pavel, 1969-
Moskva : Astrel' ; AST ; Vladimir : VKT, 2012.
285 p. ; 20 cm.
Otryvok iz romana "Khroniki razdolbai︠a︡.

Conversations with Beethoven : a novel

August 28, 2014
Friedman, Sanford, 1928-2010.
New York : New York Review Books, 2014.
x, 285 pages ; 21 cm.
Just before his death, Sanford Friedman completed this, his final novel, something entirely different from anything he, or for that matter anyone, had written before - Conversations with Beethoven, a moving meditation on greatness and pettiness, vulnerability and genius, that is as elegiac as it is witty and engaging.

Stalked : the boy who said no : historical fiction

August 22, 2014
Sheehy, Patti, author.
Longboat Key, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2014]
350 pages ; 24 cm
"A true-life novel"--Cover.
Patti Sheehy continues her novelization of the life of Frank Mederos who was born and raised in Cuba, drafted into the military and promoted to the Special Forces, and who chose to defect and escape from his homeland. Now in America, Frank faces new challenges. With five dollars in his pocket and a boatload of determination, he rejects an offer to join the CIA and takes his chances on achieving the American dream. Frank and his sweetheart, Magda, want nothing more than marriage, children, and a nice life for themselves, but their dreams are dashed. Instead, the couple faces a challenge neither of them could ever imagine. Meanwhile, sinister forces in Cuba plan to avenge Frank's escape. Can Frank outwit Cuban operatives bent on killing him? A tale of tender love, devastating loss, and the life-saving power of friendship.

The remarkable courtship of General Tom Thumb : a novel

August 5, 2014
Rinaldi, Nicholas, 1934-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
372 pages ; 24 cm
"Weaves together a ... behind-the-scenes look at life during the Civil War and a ... tale of one misfit's odyssey to find his place in the world. Discovered at age four by P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb soon finds himself traveling internationally, sitting on the laps of the queens of Europe, and entertaining the masses ... After marrying Lavinia Warren, Tom and wife are hosted at the White House by President Lincoln. With the country at war, Tom and Lavinia set out on their honeymoon tour and witness firsthand the fracture between the states, the heroism of young soldiers, and the unbreakable spirit of the American people" -- Provided by publisher.

Jane Austen's first love

July 25, 2014
James, Syrie.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
391 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement, she meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor-a fascinating young man who is truly worthy of her affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race-and he seems to return her interest. Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions. The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed. And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart? "-- Provided by publisher.

The crossing

July 25, 2014
Kienzle, Barry, author.
176 pages ; 22 cm.

A question of bounty : the shadow of doubt

July 18, 2014
Colt, Paul.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, [2014].
359 pages ; 23 cm

Flight of the sparrow : a novel of early America

July 18, 2014
Brown, Amy Belding.
331 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a readers guide.
A historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson. Even before she was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, Mary Rowlandson sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader and made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors' open and straightforward way of life.

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