New Arrivals · Biography

August 29, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Underground in Berlin : a young woman's extraordinary tale of survival in the heart of Nazi Germany

August 28, 2015
Simon, Marie, 1922-1998.
New York : Little, Brown, 2015.
xi, 366 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Originally published in Germany as Untergetaucht: Eine junge Frau uberlebt in Berlin 1940-1945 by S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, 2014" -- page 2
"First English-language edtion published in Great Britain as Gone to ground by Profile Books, February 2015" -- page 2

Love becomes a funeral pyre : a biography of The Doors

August 27, 2015
Wall, Mick.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2015.
vii, 408 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"First published by The Orion Publishing Group, London, 2014."

Sisters in law : how Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world

August 27, 2015
Hirshman, Linda R, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
xxiiii, 390 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Country girl, city kid -- The lawsuit of Ruth's dreams -- Goldwater girl and card carrying member of the ACLU -- Act one : building women's equality -- Intermission : abortion -- Act two : equality in peril -- Act three : stay at home dad to the rescue -- Finale : boys and girls together -- Sandra O'Connor raises Arizona -- Welcome Justice O'Connor -- Women work for Justice O'Connor -- Queen Sandra's court -- No queen's peace in the abortion wars -- I'm Ruth, not Sandra -- Ginsburg's feminist voice -- The importance of being O'Connor and Ginsburg -- Justice O'Connor's self-inflicted wound -- The great dissenter -- Notorious R.G.B -- Our heroines.
An account of the intertwined lives of the first two women to be appointed to the Supreme Court examines their respective religious and political beliefs while sharing insights into how they have influenced interpretations of the Constitution to promote equal rights for women.

Painting Zaidy's dream : memoir of a searching soul

August 27, 2015
Karp, Miriam, author.
iii, 302 pages ; 22 cm

The Badger : the life of Bernard Hinault and the legacy of French cycling

August 26, 2015
Fotheringham, William.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2015.
x, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Originally published in Great Britain as "Bernard Hinault and the fall and rise of French cycling" by Yellow Jersey Press, Random House, London.

Becoming Maria : love and chaos in the South Bronx

August 25, 2015
Manzano, Sonia.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
262 pages : illustrations (black & white) ; 22 cm
"Pura Belpre Honor winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and one of America's most influential Hispanics--'Maria' on Sesame Street--delivers a beautifully wrought coming-of-age memoir. Set in the 1950s in the Bronx, this is the story of a girl with a dream. Emmy award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving--and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. When readers meet young Sonia, she is a child living amidst the squalor of a boisterous home that is filled with noisy relatives and nosy neighbors. Each day she is glued to the TV screen that blots out the painful realities of her existence and also illuminates the possibilities that lie ahead. But--click!--when the TV goes off, Sonia is taken back to real-life--the cramped, colorful world of her neighborhood and an alcoholic father. But it is Sonia's dream of becoming an actress that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions"-- Provided by publisher.

No house to call my home : love, family, and other transgressions

August 25, 2015
Berg, Ryan, 1974-
New York, NY : Nation Books, 2015.
xx, 294 pages ; 22 cm
"Underemployed and directionless, Ryan Berg took a job in a group home for disowned and homeless LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) teenagers. His job was to help these teens discover their self worth, get them back on their feet, earn high school degrees, and find jobs. But he had no idea how difficult it would be, and the complexities that were involved with coaxing them away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and helping them heal from years of abandonment and abuse. In No House to Call My Home, Ryan Berg tells profoundly moving, intimate, and raw stories from the frontlines of LGBTQ homelessness and foster care. In the United States, 43% of homeless youth were forced out by their parents because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Berg faced young people who have battled extreme poverty, experienced unbalanced opportunities, structural racism, and homophobia. He found himself ill-equipped to help, in part because they are working within a system that paints in broad strokes, focused on warehousing young people, rather than helping them build healthy relationships with adults that could lead to a successful life once they age out of foster care. By digging deep and asking the hard questions, and by haltingly opening himself up to his charges, Berg gained their trust. Focusing on a handful of memorable characters and their entourage, he illustrates the key issues and recurring patterns in the suffering, psychology and recovery of these neglected teens. No House to Call My Home will provoke readers into thinking in new ways about how we define privilege, identity, love and family. Because beyond the tears and abuse, the bluster and bravado, what emerges here is a love song to that irrepressible life force of youth: hope. "-- Provided by publisher.

The making of a Navy SEAL : my story of surviving the toughest challenge and training the best

August 25, 2015
Webb, Brandon, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xix, 231 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
Modern warfare -- A word from the author -- Born ready for action -- Boot camp training -- Becoming a Navy SEAL -- One of America's deadliest snipers -- Duty calls -- Continuing to protect and defend -- Epilogue -- Glossary.
"Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Making of a Navy SEAL provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist,"

The Orpheus Clock : the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis

August 25, 2015
Goodman, Simon, 1948- author.
New York, NY : Scribner, 2015.
x, 353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of color plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foundation. My father's old boxes ; The generations that came before ; Fritz and Louise : marriage, war, and a new life ; Holland and Bosbeek : the years between the wars ; The ephemeral peace -- Devastation. The wolves at the door ; Theresienstadt ; Bernard -- Restoration. Out of the ashes ; Searching for Degas ; Renoir and Botticelli ; Return to Holland ; "Sin" and "Sensuality" ; "Portrait of a Young Man" ; Lifting the curse : the Orpheus clock ; Postscript: On reflection -- Appendix 1. Gutmann family tree -- Appendix 2. Recovered art.
The passionate, true story of one man's quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family--their beloved art collection--and to restore their legacy. Simon Goodman's grandparents came from German Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. And that's almost all he knew--his father rarely spoke of their family history or heritage. But when he passed away, and Simon received his father's papers, a story began to emerge. The Gutmanns, as they were known then, rose from a small Bohemian hamlet to become one of Germany's most powerful banking families. They also amassed a world-class art collection that included works by Degas, Renoir, Botticelli, and many others, including a Renaissance clock engraved with scenes from the legend of Orpheus. The Nazi regime snatched everything the Gutmanns had labored to build: their art, their wealth, their social standing, and their very lives. Simon grew up in London with little knowledge of his father's efforts to recover their family's possessions. It was only after his father's death that Simon began to piece together the clues about the stolen legacy and the Nazi looting machine. He learned much of the collection had gone to Hitler and Goring; other works had been smuggled through Switzerland, sold and resold, with many pieces now in famous museums. More still had been recovered by Allied forces only to be stolen again by bureaucrats-- European governments quietly absorbed thousands of works of art into their own collections. Through painstaking detective work across two continents, Simon proved that many pieces belonged to his family, and successfully secured their return-- the first Nazi looting case to be settled in the United States. Goodman's dramatic story reveals a rich family history almost obliterated by the Nazis. It is not only the account of a twenty-year long detective hunt for family treasure, but an unforgettable tale of redemption and restoration. --Adapted from book jacket.

The face that changed it all

August 25, 2015
Johnson, Beverly, 1952-
New York : Atria Books, [2015]
ix, 244, pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Who's that girl? -- Smile -- Girl on fire -- New York, New York -- The goal -- Friends and foes -- Naomi -- "Sex, drugs, and rock and roll" -- "Darling, you should always wear red!" -- The distinguished gentleman -- What's love got to do with it? -- If it isn't love? -- The other shoe drops -- Bob Marley, the Devil, and me -- Doing bad all by myself -- Mr .Cosby -- Iron Mike and real Fresh Prince of Bel-Air -- Victory is mine!
In her revelatory and redemptive memoir, Beverly Johnson, the first African American supermodel to grace the cover of Vogue, recounts her career in her own passionate and deeply honest voice. She chronicles her childhood as a studious, and sometimes bullied, bookworm during the sixties. She left college to pursue modeling and a successful three-decade career followed. Amid glamorous tales of the hard partying of the 1970s and Hollywood during the eighties, she details her many encounters and friendships with the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Halston, Calvin Klein, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson, Keith Richards, and Warren Beatty. But she also reveals the demons she wrestled with--her struggles with racism, drug addiction, and an abusive marriage followed by divorce proceedings which tested her fortitude and sanity. She shares for the first time intimate details surrounding her love affair with the late tennis icon Arthur Ashe, and pays homage to her mentor, the late Naomi Sims, while lifting the veil off the complicated and often tense relationships among models. Familiar names from the catwalk, such as Pat Cleveland and Iman, illustrate how each had to fight not just the system, but each other, in order to survive. More than five hundred magazine covers later, Johnson is now a successful businesswoman, actress, women's advocate, and philanthropist. This no-holds-barred look at the lives of the rich, fabulous, and famous is also a story of failure and success in the upper echelons of the fashion world, and how Beverly Johnson emerged from her struggles smarter, happier, and stronger than ever.--Adapted from book jacket.


August 25, 2015
Rall, Ted.
223 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 18 cm
As many as 1.4 million citizens with security clearance saw some or all of the same documents revealed by Edward Snowden. Why did he, and no one else, decide to step forward and take on the risks associated with becoming a whistleblower and then a fugitive? Rall delves into Snowden's early life and work experience, his personality, and the larger issues of privacy, new surveillance technologies, and the recent history of government intrusion. Rall describes Snowden's political vision and hopes for the future. This book tells two stories: Snowden's, and a larger one that describes all of us on the threshold of tremendous technological upheaval and political change.

Noah Webster : man of many words

August 24, 2015
Reef, Catherine.
Boston : Clarion Books, [2015]
211 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
"Noah Webster may be best remembered the enormous and ambitious task of writing his famous dictionary, but for him, this accomplishment was a means to an end. His true goal was to streamline the language spoken in our newly formed country so that it could be used as a force to bring people together and be a source of national pride. Though people laughed at his ideas, Webster never doubted himself. In the end, his so-called foolish notions achieved just what he had hoped. Here, in the only account of Noah Webster for teens, the seasoned biographer Catherine Reef guides us through Webster's remarkable life, from boyhood on a Connecticut farm through the fight for American independence to his days as a writer and political activist who greatly influenced our Founding Fathers and the direction of the young United States"-- Provided by publisher.

Kill the silence : a survivor's life reclaimed

August 24, 2015
Korra, Monika, author.
New York : Harmony Books, [2015]
311 pages ; 24 cm
Stillhetens Timer -- A Black SUV -- Tomorrow -- Home -- Focus -- The Station -- Departure -- Christmas -- my Dallas -- My Team -- Going Solo -- Measuring Progress -- Running in Circles -- Candles -- Beyond a Resonable Doubt -- Release -- Asking Why -- Going Public -- Perseverance -- Meditation -- I Am Monika Kørra.
"In 2009, college sophomore and track star Monika Kørra was grabbed by three men on her way home from a party and brutally raped. Within hours of being released, Monika resolved that she would not be a victim--she was going to be a survivor. Monika shares how she made herself whole again after the attack, describing the combination of mental, spiritual, and physical work that helped her heal. Kill the Silence is a gripping read about one woman's journey to recover from trauma and a call to arms as Monika speaks out about breaking the stigma that surrounds violence against women"-- Provided by publisher.

Kissinger's shadow : the long reach of America's most controversial statesman

August 24, 2015
Grandin, Greg, 1962- author.
New York, New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
270 pages ; 22 cm
A cosmic beat -- Ends and means -- Kissinger smiled -- Nixon style -- Anti-Kissinger -- The opposite of unity -- Secrecy and spectacle -- Inconceivable -- Cause and effect -- Onward to the Gulf -- Darkness into light.
"A new account of America's most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America's current imperial stance."--Provided by publisher.

The last love song : a biography of Joan Didion

August 24, 2015
Daugherty, Tracy, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xxiv, 728 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Explores the life of the distinguished American author and journalist, following Didion's life as a young woman in Sacramento to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally.

Wild in the hollow : on chasing desire and finding the broken way home

August 24, 2015
Haines, Amber C.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2015]
205 pages ; 21 cm
The homesickness -- Rebel -- Capacity: one -- Becoming kin -- A harness on the wind -- Hungry -- A wolf revision -- Thirsty -- Secret hiding place -- Doula -- Sustain -- Muscle memory -- Seed of desire -- See through -- Hope of the exiled -- Whole in the sick places -- Siblings in the wild yard.

The monkey on my back : a memoir : breaking a generational curse

August 24, 2015
Morgan, Debbi, 1956- author.
New York : Infinite Words, 2015.
418 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
A deeply personal memoir spanning three generations of women, this is the intimate autobiography of Emmy Award winning actress Debbi Morgan, best known as Angie Hubbard on the long-running soap opera All My Children.

George the dog, John the artist : a rescue story

August 24, 2015
Dolan, John, 1971-
303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Recounts the author's experiences as an abused London child and homeless petty thief before bonding with a stray Staffy puppy who inspired him to become a professional artist.

After perfect : a daughter's memoir

August 24, 2015
McDowell, Christina.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
311 pages ; 24 cm
After the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of her beloved father, who was one of the guilty players in the schemes of the "Wolf of Wall Street," the author details the harsh realities of a fall from grace as she and her family dealt with addiction, depression, homelessness and loss.

Bonkers : my life in laughs

August 24, 2015
Saunders, Jennifer, author.
291 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (chiefly color) ; 20 cm.
Includes index.
First published: London: Viking, 2013.
A young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn. There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination.

You should be dancing : my life with the Bee Gees

August 24, 2015
Bryon, Dennis, author.
xv, 245 pages ; illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.

Escape points : a memoir

August 24, 2015
Weldon, Michele, 1958-
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
xix, 248 pages ; 24 cm
Preface -- Part One. Scramble -- Trash -- Sundays -- Protein -- Coach -- Ear -- Alone -- Gone -- Part Two. Takedown -- Wait -- Balloon -- Class -- Radiation -- Poison -- Part Three. Reversal -- Stands -- Gesture -- Bankrupt -- Clock -- Again -- Champion -- Strength -- Part Four. Overtime -- Visit -- Back -- Bleach -- Spin -- Imperfect -- Zero -- Embrace -- Stars -- Final -- Afterword.
"Award-winning journalist Michele Weldon provides a potent antidote to the harried single mom stereotype in this beguiling memoir of raising three sons alone in the face of cancer, an ambitious career, and the shadow of her ex. Untethered from a seemingly idyllic life with a handsome but abusive attorney husband, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years that followed her divorce as she maneuvers through a complicated life of long daily commutes, radiation treatments, supporting the boys' all-consuming high school wrestling careers, and trying to mitigate their hurt and resentment at an absent father. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Weldon describes facing her fears and failures honestly, guided by a belief in the power of staying calm, doing one's best, and asking for help. She provides a graceful example of how a single mother, and her children, can succeed when others--neighbors, family, teachers, and in this case an incredible high school wrestling coach--step in to fill the void and she can stay the course with common sense and dutiful love"-- Provided by publisher.

Sonic wind : the story of John Paul Stapp and how a renegade doctor became the fastest man on Earth

August 18, 2015
Ryan, Craig, 1953-
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton and Company, [2015]
x, 411 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I: The glorious rebellion against dissolution. 1. Where are my children to-night? -- 2. The most interesting place -- 3. Colonel Tank and Colonel Gas -- 4. Scum jobs -- 5. the citadel of aeromedical research -- Part II: The hot Siberia of the Air Force. 6. The battle of Muroc -- 7. Oscar Eightball and the Curbstone Clinic -- 9. Stapp's first rides -- 10. G-force chimps -- 11. Brother, we are the goats -- 12. Evicted -- 13. Solo on Lovers Lane -- 14. Waiting for a tiger to spring -- 15. Subject had considerable apprehension -- Part III: Above the Armstrong Line. 16. The conference -- 17. Space scientists in Hollywood -- 18. Space scientists in space -- 19. The most significant apparatus -- 20. Kicked upstairs -- 21. The Survivors Club -- 22. Exit from Valley Forge -- 23. Nazi doctors and the never-ending road trip -- Part IV: The ghosts that never happened. 24. Washington -- 25. Slugging away at the standards -- 26. Who wants a resurrection, anyway? -- 27. Honor and violation -- 28. The Stapp years -- Appendix: How fast?
Documents the pivotal contributions of the late scientific visionary behind the development of seatbelts and ejection seats, outlining his dramatic experiments and battles for safety legislation that have been credited with saving millions of lives.

Kanye West : god & monster

August 18, 2015
Beaumont, Mark, author.
430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
The Roots Of The Roses -- Lost In The World -- The College Dropout -- Setting The Blueprint -- Through The Wire -- Jesus Walks -- Late Registration -- Who Will Survive In America -- Graduation -- 808s & Heartbreak -- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy -- Watch The Throne -- Cruel Summer -- Yeezus.
"Kanye West is undoubtedly one of pop culture's most divisive and fascinating characters. Alongside his multimillion selling albums, Kanye has also launched record labels and clothing lines and in the process, become one of the most respected, creative and influential artists in music today.The most in-depth look at West's life and career to date,"--Novelist.

Hannah Arendt : a life in dark times

August 18, 2015
Heller, Anne Conover.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
134 pages ; 23 cm
Hannah Arendt, one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era, was a polarizing cultural theorist--extolled by her peers as a visionary and berated by her critics as a poseur and a fraud. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1933 and is now best remembered for the storm of controversy that arose after the publication of her 1963 New Yorker series on the trial of the kidnapped Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Arendt was a woman of many contradictions. She was brilliant, beautiful when young, and irresistible to gifted men, even in her chain-smoking, intellectually provocative middle age. She learned to write in English only at the age of thirty-six, and yet her first book, The Origins of Totalitarianism, single-handedly altered the way generations of Americans and Europeans viewed fascism and genocide. Her most famous--and most divisive--work, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, created fierce controversy that continues to this day, exacerbated by the posthumous discovery that she had been the lover of the great romantic philosopher and Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger. In this fast-paced, comprehensive biography, Anne C. Heller tracks the source of Arendt's apparent contradictions and her greatest achievements to her sense of being what she called a "conscious pariah"--one of those few people in every time and place who doesn't "lose confidence in ourselves if society does not approve us" and will not "pay any price" to gain the acceptance of others.

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