New Arrivals · Biography

January 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Call me Debbie : true confessions of a down-to-earth diva

January 27, 2015
Voigt, Deborah, author.
x, 271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Overture: Heavenly voices -- Act I piccola. My fair little lady ; Jesus loves me ; Sweet and innocent ; High school musical ; Wild things -- Act II accelerando. When the student is ready ; Covering butts ; Next stop, the Wiener Staatsoper ; Diets and divas ; Amelia and Ariadne: luck be this lady ; Leona, Leonie, Luciano: breathroughs and breaking up -- Act III crescendo. Dangerous liaisons and Plácido's kiss ; Blood, death, and grace ; Little black dress and sexy Salome ; Princes, rogues, blackouts, and bottoms ; Fathers, love, and the ride of the Valkyries ; Fear and loathing in Liège ; A tree of life -- Finale: Voigt lessons.
An internationally beloved opera star recounts her harrowing and ultimately successful private battles to overcome the addictions and self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her life. --Publisher's description.

The Reaper : autobiography of one of the deadliest Special Ops snipers

January 27, 2015
Irving, Nicholas, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
They call me the Reaper -- A near and colorful miss -- Misfires, malfunctions, and misery -- A ranger in the making -- A long day of reckoning -- The Chechen comes calling -- A whole 'nother danger -- Rumble in the rubble -- Ninja wife and the big bomb -- Winding up and winding down -- things that go hump in the night.
A memoir by a Special Operations Direct Action Sniper traces his extraordinary career during the War on Terror, which was marked by his record-setting deployment to Afghanistan and his face-off against an enemy sniper known only as The Chechnian.

The upstairs wife : an intimate history of Pakistan

January 27, 2015
Zakaria, Rafia, 1978-
Boston : Beacon Press, 2015.
x, 251 pages ; 24 cm
The return -- Birth of a nation -- The scent of other cities -- A suburban wedding -- Half a wife -- The woman in charge -- The graveyards of Karachi -- Loving and leaving -- A return to the original.
"A memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women. Rafia Zakaria's Muslim-Indian family immigrated to Pakistan from Bombay in 1962, feeling the situation for Muslims in India was precarious and that Pakistan represented enormous promise. And for some time it did. Her family prospered, and the city prospered. But in the 1980s, Pakistan's military dictators began an Islamization campaign designed to legitimate their rule--a campaign that particularly affected women. The political became personal for Zakaria's family when her Aunt Amina's husband did the unthinkable and took a second wife, a betrayal of kin and custom that shook the foundation of her family. The Upstairs Wife dissects the complex strands of Pakistani history, from the problematic legacies of colonialism to the beginnings of terrorist violence to increasing misogyny, interweaving them with the arc of Amina's life to reveal the personal costs behind ever-more restrictive religious edicts and cultural conventions. As Amina struggles to reconcile with a marriage and a life that had fallen below her expectations, we come to know the dreams and aspirations of the people of Karachi and the challenges of loving it not as an imagined city of Muslim fulfillment but as a real city of contradictions and challenges"-- Provided by publisher.

Rise : get up and live in God's great story

January 27, 2015
Trip Lee, 1987-
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 2015.
xvii, 215 pages ; 21 cm

The orbital perspective : lessons in seeing the big picture from a journey of seventy-one million miles

January 27, 2015
Garan, Ron, Jr. (Ronald J.), 1961-
Oakland : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xiv, 185 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.

Bon appétempt : a coming of age story (with recipes!)

January 27, 2015
Morris, Amelia.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
xiii, 304 pages ; 21 cm
How to toast a cheerio -- All of them had hair of gold -- A tale of two cities -- Not so terrific -- September -- Giving thanks, sort of -- The Saturday boy -- A major in creative writing with a minor in tortured self-reflection in one's journal -- The wrong, long path -- Parasites in my eyes -- The road to Vons is paved with pavement -- Starting from scratch -- Learning on the job -- Call me Ishmael Mealy -- The squeaky wheel gets the engagement ring? -- Food fight -- Food fight, part II -- The joy of cooking -- Great expectations -- A feast of failure -- Arising out of necessity -- Reconsidering the oyster -- There's no cream in pasta carbonara -- Enjoying the process -- Crepes are pronounced krehps and if you make enough of them, you'll get a gateau -- Embrace yourself, avoid canola oil -- Neither magnificent nor abominable -- Bringing it all back home -- Our many lives -- Be careful when hammering your life into shape -- Figuring it out for yourself -- 2013 -- Epilogue.

Warrior diplomat : a green beret's battles from Washington to Afghanistan

January 27, 2015
Waltz, Michael G., author.
[Dulles, VA] : Potomac Books, [2014]
xxi, 376 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : billustrations, maps ; 24 cm
State of the war : office of the Secretary of Defense -- Arabs, Afghans, and Americans : the war of ideas -- The Tagab Valley : patrolling to ambush -- The clinic in Achin : development dilemmas -- The road to Musa Qala : the Taliban are back -- The French in Maruf : a pawn in a diplomatic game -- Operation Perth : war by consensus -- Back to Washington : the Pentagon and the White House -- The Mangal tribe : protecting people we can't access -- The elder in Khost : risk aversion and the cost of inaction -- Night raid : the catch-and-release detention system -- Blackbeard rising : the Afghan National Army Commandos -- On the border with Pakistan : the rocket's red glare -- The tribes of Chamkani : the community defense initiative -- Washington again : wishing the problem away.
Grappling with centuries-old feuds, defeating a shrewd insurgency, and navigating the sometimes paralyzing bureaucracy of the U.S. military are issues that prompt sleepless nights for both policy makers in Washington and soldiers at war, albeit for different reasons. Few, however, have dealt with these issues in the White House situation room and on the front line. Michael G. Waltz has done just that, working as a policy advisor to Vice President Richard B. Cheney and also serving in the mountains of Afghanistan as a Green Beret, directly implementing strategy in the field that he helped devise in Washington. In Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan Waltz shares his unique firsthand experiences, revealing the sights, sounds, emotions, and complexities involved in the war in Afghanistan. Waltz also highlights the policy issues that have plagued the war effort throughout the past decade, from the drug trade, to civilian casualties, to a lack of resources in comparison to Iraq, to the overall coalition strategy. At the same time, he points out that stabilizing Afghanistan and the region remains crucial to national security and that a long-term commitment along the lines of South Korea or Germany is imperative if America is to remain secure.

For the right reasons : America's favorite bachelor on faith, love, marriage, and why nice guys finish first

January 26, 2015
Lowe, Sean, 1983- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xiii, 237 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The guy with potential -- Answering the call -- What a way to make a living -- A not-so-memorable first impression -- The big baby -- Getting on my soapbox -- The L word -- The one where I got my heart broken -- Newfound notoriety -- The driver's seat -- Moving out of the friend zone -- One step at a time -- Warning signals -- The decision -- Down on one knee -- Trying to dance with the stars -- The big day -- Bachelor no more.
"After The Bachelorette broke his heart, Sean Lowe suspected his 'nice guy' image hurt him. The show never emphasized it, but Sean committed to living according to biblical standards of sexuality, even as producers emphasized the risqué and promiscuous. A Texas boy from a Baptist home, Sean tells the story of how he went from a Division I college football player to a fan favorite on reality television, taking readers behind the scenes of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to see the challenges of living out his values and faith--and ultimately winning his true loves heart"

Citizen general : Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War era

January 26, 2015
Schmiel, Gene, author.
xiii, 340 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 24 cm.
Citizen of the Western Reserve: maturing in peace, girding for war -- A citizen-general secures (West) Virginia -- Citizen-general on the national stage: the Maryland Campaign -- Citizen/political general: political wars outside the mainstream -- Division and army commander: the Atlanta Campaign -- Citizen-warrior: the Franklin-Nashville Campaign and war's end -- From citizen-general to state and national political leader -- Citizen-statesman -- Civil War historian -- Renaissance man in the Gilded Age.
The Civil War transformed not only the United States but also the men unexpectedly called on to lead their fellow citizens to war. Jacob Dolson Cox, a former divinity student with no formal military training, rose to the challenge, becoming one of the better commanders in the Union army. His military career included helping secure West Virginia for the Union; jointly commanding the left wing of the Union army at the critical battle of Atlanta; and holding the defensive line at the Battle of Franklin, a Union victory that effectively ended the Confederate supply line and thereby precipitating the victory that effectively ended the Confederate threat in the West. At a time when the self-made man was the standard for success, Cox fashioned himself into a Renaissance man. In each of his vocations and avocations- general, governor, cabinet secretary, university president, law school dean, railroad president, historian, and scientist- he was recognized as a leader. Cox earned his greatest fame, however, as the foremost participant historian of the Civil War. His accounts of the conflict are to this day cited by serious scholars and serve as a foundation for the inrepretation of many aspects of the war.

Power forward : my presidential education

January 26, 2015
Love, Reggie, 1981-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
vii, 213 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"No one spent more time with Barack Obama during his historic first campaign and term than 'body man' Reggie Love, whose professional coming-of-age story--from team captain of Coach K's 2001 NCAA title team through junior Senator Obama's mailroom to becoming the President's confidant, friend, and Chief of Stuff--is like no other"-- Provided by publisher.

Singing to a bulldog : from "Happy Days" to Hollywood director, and the unlikely mentor who got me there

January 22, 2015
Williams, Anson.
New York : The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., [2014].
167 pages ; 22 cm

The life of Bessie Coleman : first African-American woman pilot

January 22, 2015
Plantz, Connie, author.
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, Inc., [2015]
96 pages : portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published: Bessie Coleman. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, 2001.
Flying with a purpose -- Growing up southern -- Seeking independence -- Passing the test -- Showing off -- Crashing in California -- Taking charge -- Gambling with death -- Searching for the truth -- Leading the way.


January 21, 2015
Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-
Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, 2013-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.
John Lewis's autobiographical account of his lifelong battle for civil rights for all Americans.

How to grow up : a memoir

January 21, 2015
Tea, Michelle.
New York, New York : Plume, 2015.
x, 287 pages ; 21 cm
"In How to Grow Up, Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, stable. She writes about passion, about her fraught relationship with money, about adoring Barney's while shopping at thrift stores, about breakups and the fertile ground between relationships, about roommates and rent, and about being superstitious. How to Grow Up proves that the road less traveled may be a difficult one, but if you embrace life's uncertainty and dust yourself off after every screw up, slowly but surely you just might make it to adulthood"-- Provided by publisher.

Dear father : breaking the cycle of pain

January 21, 2015
Ivy, J., 1976- author.
New York ; Hillsboro, Oregon : Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2015.
xviii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Grammy Award-winning artist and poet J. Ivy bares his soul in this inspirational memoir of pain transformed into healing and empowerment. Known as "hip-hop's favorite poet," J. Ivy is a true pioneer and trendsetter who has bridged the worlds of hip-hop and performance poetry through his appearances on HBO's Def Poetry and his collaboration with Kanye West and Jay-Z. But throughout his success, he carried with him the pain of being abandoned by his father and growing up in the tough neighborhoods of Chicago's South Side. So he sat down with pen and paper and processed his pain the only way he knew how--through poetry. The resulting poem, Dear Father, became his vehicle of forgiveness and healing. It is a pivotal poem that has touched and inspired the lives of millions. Fused with his signature raw lyricism and street consciousness, J. Ivy's memoir shows what it takes to deal with your emotions before your emotions deal with you. His story is personal yet universal, and will inspire others to channel whatever pain they have experienced into their own powerful gift of expression"-- Provided by publisher.

Ghost boy : the miraculous escape of a misdiagnosed boy trapped inside his own body

January 21, 2015
Pistorius, Martin.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2013]
xi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Machine generated contents note: 1.Counting Time -- 2.The Deep -- 3.Coming Up for Air -- 4.The Box -- 5.Virna -- 6.Awakening -- 7.My Parents -- 8.Changes -- 9.The Beginning and the End -- 10.Day by Day -- 11.The Wretch -- 12.Life and Death -- 13.My Mother -- 14.Other Worlds -- 15.Fried Egg -- 16.I Tell a Secret -- 17.The Bite -- 18.The Furies -- 19.Peacock Feathers -- 20.Daring to Dream -- 21.Secrets -- 22.Out of the Cocoon -- 23.An Offer I Can't Refuse -- 24.A Leap Forward -- 25.Standing in the Sea -- 26.She Returns -- 27.The Party -- 28.Henk and Arrietta -- 29.The Healer -- 30.Escaping the Cage -- 31.The Speech -- 32.A New World -- 33.The Laptop -- 34.The Counselor -- 35.Memories -- 36.Lurking in Plain Sight -- 37.Fantasies -- 38.A New Friend -- 39.Will He Ever Learn? -- 40.GD and Mimi -- 41.Loving Life and Living Love -- 42.Worlds Collide -- 43.Strangers -- 44.Everything Changes -- 45.Meeting Mickey? -- 46.The Real Me -- 47.A Lion's Heart -- 48.I Tell Her --
January 1988. Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live. Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents' marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought. "Ghost Boy "is the heart-wrenching story of one boy's return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent's resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin's mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body. We also see a life reclaimed, a business created, and a new love kindled.

No simple highway : a cultural history of the Grateful Dead

January 21, 2015
Richardson, Peter, 1959- author.
373 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Ecstasy -- Mobility -- Community.
"For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America's most popular touring band. [This is] the first book to ask the simple question of why--and attempt to answer it. Drawing on new research, interviews, and a fresh supply of material from the Grateful Dead archives, author Peter Richardson ... recounts the Dead's colorful history, adding new insight into everything from the acid tests to the band's formation of their own record label to their massive late career success, while probing the riddle of the Dead's vast and durable appeal"-- Provided by publisher.

Gotti's rules : the story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the demise of the American Mafia

January 21, 2015
Anastasia, George, author.
New York : Dey Street, 2015.
328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Independent Ed : inside a career of big dreams, little movies, and the twelve best days of my life

January 21, 2015
Burns, Edward, 1968-
New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2015]
x, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Savage park : a meditation on play, space, and risk for Americans who are nervous, distracted, and afraid to die

January 21, 2015
Fusselman, Amy.
New York, New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
135 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Part memoir, part manifesto, this exploration of the underside of America's obsession with safety is prompted by the author's visit to a thrillingly alarming adventure playground in Tokyo "How fully can the world be explored," asks Amy Fusselman ". if you are also trying not to die?" On a visit to Tokyo with her family, Fusselman stumbles on Hanegi playpark, where children are sawing wood, hammering nails, stringing hammocks to trees, building open fires. When she returns to New York, her conceptions of space, risk, and fear are completely changed. Fusselman invites us along on her tightrope-walking expeditions with Philippe Petit and late night adventures with the Tokyo park-workers, showing that when we deprive ourselves, and our children, of the experience of taking risks in space, we make them less safe, not more so. Savage Park is a fresh, poetic reconsideration of behaviors in our culture that -- in the guise of protecting us -- make us numb and encourage us to sleepwalk through our lives. We babyproof our homes; plug our ears to our devices while walking through the city. What would happen if we exposed ourselves, if -- like the children at Hanegi park -- we put ourselves in situations that require true vigilance? Readers of Rebecca Solnit and Cheryl Strayed will delight in the revelations in Savage Park"-- Provided by publisher.

Vodka shot, pickle chaser : a true story of risk, corruption, and self-discovery amid the collapse of the Soviet Union

January 20, 2015
Kalis, David A., author.
269 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
After graduating from college, David Kalis planned a thirty-day tour of Leningrad. When the 1991 coup d'état attempt occurred, he ended up staying for two and a half tumultuous years.

Crucible of command : Ulysses S. Grant and Rober E. Lee -- the war they fought, the peace they forged

January 20, 2015
Davis, William C., 1946-
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xxi, 629 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

The Burma spring : Aung San Suu Kyi and the new struggle for the soul of a nation

January 20, 2015
Pederson, Rena, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
xxiv, 536 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm.
Aung San Suu Kyi--Burma's "woman of destiny" and one of the most admired voices for freedom in the world today--comes alive through this rendering of Burma/Myanmar's tumultuous history. Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner. Suu Kyi, the daughter of the late General Aung San (who secured freedom from Britain's imperial rule in 1948) initially had no desire to enter politics, but she had always made it clear that should her country need her, she would return. She would soon find herself embroiled in civil strife, then imprisoned in her home for fifteen years. But after decades of struggle, there is cause for renewed hope. Her party will be a major contender in the 2015 elections, a potential breakthrough after years of military dictatorship. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story. The book will also reveal the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, and also how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth. One of the few Western journalists to travel here extensively, Pederson provides a never-before-seen view of the harrowing hardships the people of Burma have endured, and of the fiery political atmosphere in which Suu Kyi has fought a life-and-death struggle for liberty.--From publisher description.

Pauline Frederick reporting : a pioneering broadcaster covers the Cold War

January 20, 2015
Greenwald, Marilyn S.
Lincoln : Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
xxi, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Nick Drake : remembered for a while.

January 19, 2015
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
443 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
"The authorized companion to the music of Nick Drake"--Cover.
Which will / by Brian Cullman -- Keith Morris and Bryter Layter -- Please beware of them that stare : the live concerts / by Cally ; Bryter press -- Nick Drake goes to America -- Pink moon / by Pete Paphides -- Songs of Pink moon / [with commentary by Chris Healey] -- Keith Morris and Pink moon -- Pink press -- Island book of records -- Come blow your horn on high / Paul Wheeler in conversation with Gabrielle Drake -- Fourth album / by Pete Paphides -- Final songs / [with commentary by Chris Healey] -- Remembered for a while : the diaries of Rodney Drake -- You look to find a friend / Brian Wells interviewed by Cally -- Migajas / by Jeremy Harmer -- Orpheus visible / by Robin Frederick -- Exiled from Heaven / by Ian MacDonald -- Land without music / by Stuart Maconie -- Posthumous press -- Rodney and Molly / by Gorm Henrik Rasmussen -- Precipice of loneliness / by Will Stone -- Requiem.
Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. Drake released only three complete albums--Five Leaves Left (1969), Bryter Layter (1970), Pink Moon (1972)--and was not well known before his death in 1974. After his death, he gained a large posthumous following, inspiring leading musicians such as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Robert Smith of The Cure and bands such as Coldplay and The Black Crowes. This book peels back some of the mystery surrounding his life. It features color photographs, as well as original letters and interviews with family and friends.

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