New Arrivals · Biography

March 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cheech is not my real name... but don't call me Chong!

March 22, 2017
Marin, Cheech, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017
viii, 260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
What are you? -- Up on the rooftop -- In the dead of night -- A change of scenery -- Father Marin? -- A Hard Day's Night -- What else have they been lying about? -- A cross-fire hurricane -- A big day of castrating -- Meeting Tommy Chong -- We want tits! -- Do you have a nickname? -- One small problem -- What happened to the leopard you had last night? -- Bank error in your favor -- Who's Lou Adler? -- Dave's not here -- Hitting the road -- If you could please not do that dog bit -- In and out of dry dock -- Weeniegate -- Hooray for Hollywood -- Up in smoke -- A lesson in show business -- You're slouching -- You're into video, I'm into film -- Born in East L.A. -- Tito, Banzai, and Ramone -- Ladies and gentlemen, Chet Pussy!! -- Louie, Alex, and me -- Tin Cup -- Nash Bridges -- The late Henry Moss -- Chicano art -- The night Kate Middleton asked me to dance -- Endings, reunions, and new beginnings.
Cheech Marin writes candidly about growing up as a wisecracking kid in south central LA, resisting the draft, and his chance meeting with Tommy Chong--and how they formed one of the most successful comedy acts of all time, breaking up, reuniting, and still performing together to this day. Cheech the storyteller takes the reader on a wild ride along his strange and wonderful path to fame that saw the son of a policeman become the face of the recreational drug movement. He describes his early artistic aspirations to become a potter, his brief stint as a magazine reporter when he interviewed Little Richard, and his surreal and unlikely ascent to the top of the comedy world. Cheech also details how his passion for Chicano art led him to assemble the world's finest private collection, and how he bested the likes of Anderson Cooper to win Celebrity Jeopardy! Written with his trademark comedic flair and replete with colorful characters both famous and obscure, this is a fresh, funny, and unstintingly honest account of an incredible life and career that represents a "new high" in autobiography.--From book jacket.

Strangers tend to tell me things : a memoir of love, loss, and coming home

March 22, 2017
Dickinson, Amy, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2017.
xi, 223 pages : illustration, map ; 24 cm
We played with matches -- Romance : a brief history -- Dating blindly -- Night of the chipmunk hands -- Journeys end in lovers meeting -- Meeting Mr. Darcy -- The antidote for longing -- Let me get my puppets -- Life renovation offer -- The grenade in the kitchen -- Paying the piper -- We did -- The powdered wife -- Real housewives -- All the single ladies -- What the dog did -- We abide -- Heroic measures -- The fallacy of closure -- The rising tide of things -- Does it spark joy? -- Imperfect pitch -- Counting sheep -- How to use a saw -- Next of kin -- Strangers tend to tell me things -- Mother's Day.
"The voice behind America's most popular advice column 'Ask Amy' and the New York Times best-selling author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville, returns with her follow-up memoir of family, second chances, and finding love"-- NoveList.

The rules do not apply : a memoir

March 21, 2017
Levy, Ariel, author.
New York : Random House, 2017.
xi, 207 pages ; 22 cm
"A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, as well as a portrait of a generation used to assuming they're entitled to everything. A searing story, written with humor, brilliance, and insight, that is at once personal and universal--a story about realizing that life is so often beyond our control, and how we forge ahead despite that. In telling her own story, Levy has captured a portrait of our time, of the shifting forces in values, women and gender in American culture, of what has changed and what has remained. Based on this award-winning writer's New Yorker article 'Thanksgiving in Mongolia'"--Provided by publisher.

Someone to watch over me : a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the tortured father who shaped her life

March 21, 2017
Burns, Eric, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
xxiii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
First note to readers: The problems of the story -- Prologue: Human rights -- Elliott -- Anna -- Courtship -- Marriage -- Nell's homeliness -- Nell's shyness -- Nell's fears -- Nell's loneliness -- Nell's coldness -- Second note to readers: The center of the mural -- Father, 1873-89 -- Daughter, 1917-28 -- Father, 1890-92 -- Daughter, 1932-36 -- Father, 1891 -- Daughter, 1920s-1950s -- Father, 1892-93 -- Daughter, 1936-62 -- Father, 1892-94 -- Daughter, 1948-59 -- Father, 1894 -- Daughter, 1952-62 -- Two legacies -- Epilogue: The goodnight kiss.
Eleanor Roosevelt's loveless marriage with FDR was no secret, and she had a cold relationship with most of her family, as well. Yet she was a warm person, beloved by friends, and her humanitarian work still influences the world today. Burns shows how Eleanor was shaped by her father Elliott, a lost spirit with a bittersweet story. Brother to Theodore Roosevelt, Elliot would eventually succumb to alcoholism and would be exiled to the Virginia countryside. But he kept up a close correspondence with his daughter. Burns reveals new facets to the lives of these pillars of American history.

Born both : an intersex life

March 21, 2017
Viloria, Hida, author.
©2017
viii, 339 pages ; 24 cm
The hazards of being female -- A herm grows in Queens -- A hermaphrodite by any other name -- Metamorphosis -- Gendercide -- The grass is not always greener -- Finding the vocabulary to talk about being intersex -- Invisibility -- Girl/boy, lesbian/gay? -- Nonbinary blues -- Burning my man -- Going public -- The lows of being out -- The highs of being out -- The struggle at home and abroad -- City of intersex angels -- Practicing what I preach.
"From Hida Viloria, writer and intersex activist, a candid, provocative, and eye-opening memoir of life, love, and gender identity as an intact intersex person, as well as a call to action for justice for intersex people. Hida Viloria was raised as a girl but discovered early on that he/r body was different. Unlike most people who are born intersex in the first world--meaning they have genitals, reproductive organs, hormones, and/or chromosomal patterns that do not fit standard definitions of male or female--Hida had the freedom to explore the person s/he was born to be because he/r parents did not agree to have he/r sex characteristics surgically altered at birth. It wasn't until s/he was 26 and encountered the term "intersex" in a San Francisco newspaper that s/he finally had a name for he/r difference. That's when s/he began to explore what it means to live in the space between genders--to be both and neither. As s/he began to reach out to others like he/r, however, Hida discovered that most intersex people had been scarred, both physically and psychologically, by infant surgeries and hormone treatments meant to "correct" their bodies. Eager to help end this practice, Hida came out as intersex at a national and then international level. By answering the question "Are you a boy or a girl?" with "I'm both," Hida's helped blaze a trail for people--particularly intersex and genderqueer/non-binary people--to celebrate the middle space where male and female are not separate and opposite but entwined. Born Both is an intimate and powerful account of Hida's search for authentic identity and love in a world that insists on categorizing people into either/or"-- Provided by publisher.

Alice Paul and the fight for women's rights : from the vote to the equal rights amendment

March 20, 2017
Kops, Deborah, author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Calkins Creek, [2017]
220 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Quaker roots -- Protest lessons in London -- Upstaging the President-elect -- Shaking up the Woman Suffrage Movement -- A permanent delegation to the White House -- From picket lines to prison cells and back -- Hunger strike! -- "Like ... sand that gets into your eyes" -- Equal rights for women -- A new generation demands equal rights.
Alice Paul reignited the sleepy suffrage moment with dramatic demonstrations and provocative banners. After women won the vote in 1920, Paul wrote the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would make all the laws that discriminated against women unconstitutional. Paul saw another chance to advance women's rights when the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 began moving through Congress. Kops introduces readers to this relatively unknown leader of the women's movement, and the changing times in which she lived.

At home in the world : stories and essential teachings from a monk's life

March 20, 2017
Nhất Hạnh, Thích, author.
Berkeley, California : Parallax Press, [2016]
187 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Life in Vietnam -- War and exile -- The blossoming of Plum Village -- At home in the world -- I have arrived.
This collection of autobiographical and teaching stories span the author's life and they are used to enrich and teach the Dharma. There are stories from his childhood and the traditions of rural Vietnam, stories from his years as a teenaged novice and as a young teacher and writer in war torn Vietnam. He also shares from his travels around the world to teach mindfulness, make pilgrimages to sacred sites, and influence world leaders.

FDR on his houseboat, 1924-1926 : the Larooco log

March 20, 2017
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2016]
xi, 213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
This nautical log of FDR's time spent on his houseboat in the Florida Keys--from 1924-1926, while stricken with polio--reveals a rare account of the man before he would become President.

Finding God in the waves : how I lost my faith and found it again through science

March 20, 2017
McHargue, Mike, author.
New York : Convergent Books, [2016]
xiv, 274 pages ; 22 cm
Lost and found. Dinosaurs in Sunday school ; Binge reading the Bible ; A foolish bet ; Secret agent man ; Love seat confessional ; NASA and bacon numbers ; The horse leaves the barn -- God in science, Happily ever after? ; Einstein's God ; The God we can know ; Teach us, neuroscience, to pray ; Jesus ; Take me to church ; The Good Book ; Finding God in the waves -- Axioms about Christian faith.
"'Science Mike' draws on his personal experience to tell the unlikely story of how science led him back to faith. Among other revelations, we learn what brain scans reveal about what happens when we pray, how fundamentalism affects the psyche, and how God is revealed not only in scripture, but in the night sky, in subatomic particles, and in us"--Dust jacket flap.

Lois Lenski : storycatcher

March 20, 2017
Malone, Bobbie, 1944- author.
c2016
x, 323 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Growing up in the Lenski household -- Quietly rebellious -- Finding time to create -- The birth and growth of Mr. Small -- Immersed in history -- Stories from life -- Lenski as storycatcher -- Catching more stories -- Innovations and collaborations -- Friend of children.
For generations of children, including a young Oprah Winfrey, opening a Lois Lenski book has meant opening a world. This was just what the author wanted: to help children “see beyond the rim of their own world.” In Lois Lenski: Storycatcher, historian and educator Bobbie Malone takes us into Lenski’s own world to tell the story of how a girl from a small Ohio town became a beloved literary icon. Author and illustrator of the Newbery Award–winning Strawberry Girl and numerous other tales of children from America’s diverse regions and cultures, Lenski spent five decades creating stories for young readers. Lois Lenski: Storycatcher follows her development as a writer and as an artist, and it traces the evolution of her passionate belief in the power of empathy conveyed in children’s books. Understanding that youngsters responded instinctively to narratives rich in reality, Lenski turned her extensive study of hardworking families into books that accurately and movingly depicted the lives of the children of sharecroppers, coal miners, and migrant field workers. From Bayou Suzette to Blue Ridge Billy, Corn-Farm Boy to Houseboat Girl, and Boom Town Boy to Texas Tomboy, Lenski’s books mirrored the cultural energy and concerns of the time. This first full-length biography tells how Lenski traveled throughout the country, gathering the stories that brought to life in words and pictures whole worlds that had for so long been invisible in children’s literature. In the process, her work became a source of delight, inspiration, and insight for generations of readers.

Survivors club : the true story of a very young prisoner of Auschwitz

March 16, 2017
Bornstein, Michael, 1940- author.
© 2017
xviii, 348 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Remember the cup -- Bloody Monday -- The round up -- What snuck in with the laundry -- The judenrat -- Look forward -- Money talks -- Predictions from the underground -- Cousin Ruth -- Last-chance decisions -- Trapped -- The parting gift -- B-1148 -- Punishment at Auschwitz -- News from the fence -- An unexpected departure -- A lucky illness -- Visitors for Ruth -- Picture in history -- Home -- Aunt Hilda -- Ghostface -- A knock at the door -- A splash of yellow in Zarki -- Survivors club -- American dream -- At a crossroads -- All that remained -- Backyard encounter -- City of rubble -- The dark side of Munich -- The lady with the swastika necklace -- The bar mitzvah boy.
"The incredible true story of Michael Bornstein--who at age 4 was one of the youngest children to be liberated from Auschwitz--and of his family"-- Provided by publisher.

This long pursuit : reflections of a romantic biographer

March 16, 2017
Holmes, Richard, 1945- author.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2016.
viii, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published in Great Britain by William Collins in 2016.
Part I. Confessions -- Travelling -- Experimenting -- Teaching -- Forgetting -- Ballooning -- Part II. Restorations -- Margaret Cavendish -- Zélide -- Madame de Staël -- Mary Wollstonecraft -- Mary Somerville -- Part III. Afterlives -- John Keats the well-beloved -- Shelley undrowned -- Thomas Lawrence revarnished -- Coleridge misremembered -- William Blake rediscovered.
"In this chronicle of his lifelong obsession with discovering, assembling, and re-creating the lives of writers and scientists, Richard Holmes here casts a new eye not only on the Romantic poets and lost women of Romantic science he has long studied, including Margaret Cavendish and Mary Somerville, but on their biographers, as well. He examines the evolution of the myths that have overshadowed certain lives (Percy Shelley's death at sea, Mary Wollstonecraft's paramours, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's opium-fueled lectures), and reveals how the manner in which each generation tells the stories of the lives that came before it shapes and is shaped by a contemporary understanding of human nature. These colorful portraits are deftly woven together with Holmes's own experience as a biographer, giving us the rare privilege of observing a master at work"--Provided by publisher.

The Maddie diaries

March 15, 2017
Ziegler, Maddie, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
xvii, 221 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Presenting Madison Nicole -- And along came Kenzie ... -- Livin' on the dance floor -- It's just me -- Sia's mini-me -- So I think I can judge -- Drama queen -- My style file -- Makeup maven -- The me I've yet to meet.
"Teen dance prodigy, breakout Dance Moms star, and judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation presents her uplifting coming-of-age memoir about following her dreams and working hard to achieve success in both the dance world and in life. Maddie Ziegler had hoped to become a star--she just didn't know how soon that day would come. At just eight years old, she was cast on Lifetime's hit reality show Dance Moms and quickly won the hearts of fans everywhere with her natural talent and determination. Soon, she was catching eyes all over--including those of pop superstar Sia, who handpicked her to star in the incredibly popular music video "Chandelier." The rest, as they say, was history. In this inspirational memoir, Maddie explains the hard work she put into her rise to stardom and how she keeps her balance along the way--starring in music videos, going on tour, and becoming an actress in The Book of Henry with Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay. She also answers her fans' burning questions with wise advice she's learned on her journey. With honesty, charm, and humor, Maddie offers her unique perspective on making her way in the world as a young teenager, reflecting on the lessons she's learned--and preparing for the exciting road ahead"-- Provided by publisher.

Aging gracefully : portraits of people over 100

March 15, 2017
Thormaehlen, Karsten, photographer.
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, [2017]
120 pages : portraits (chiefly color) ; 29 cm

Broad strokes : 15 women who made art and made history, in that order

March 15, 2017
Quinn, Bridget, author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2017]
189 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"This book chronicles the lives and art of 15 often overlooked female artists from the Renaissance to the modern day"-- Provided by publisher.

Shoot like a girl : one woman's dramatic fight in Afghanistan and on the home front

March 15, 2017
Hegar, Mary Jennings, author.
© 2017
viii, 292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"On June 29, 2009, Air National Guard major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar was shot down while on a Medevac mission on her third tour in Afghanistan. Despite being wounded, she fought the enemy and saved the lives of her crew and their patients. But soon she would face a new battle: to give women who serve on the front lines the credit they deserve... After being commissioned into the U.S. Air Force, MJ Hegar was selected for pilot training by the Air National Guard, finished at the top of her class, then served three tours in Afghanistan, flying combat search-and-rescue missions, culminating in a harrowing rescue attempt that would earn MJ the Purple Heart as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device. But it was on American soil that Hegar would embark on her greatest challenge—to eliminate the military’s Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which kept female armed service members from officially serving in combat roles despite their long-standing record of doing so with honor. In Shoot Like a Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice" --Inside jacket.

I'll be damned : how my young and restless life led me to America's #1 daytime drama

March 15, 2017
Braeden, Eric, 1942- author.
©2017
x, 276 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Beginnings and endings -- Coming to America -- From parking cars to Broadway -- The sins of the father -- Becoming Eric Braeden -- Christian -- My ten years as a bad guy -- Meeting Victor Newman -- "I'm going to make you proud" -- "Victor! Victor! Victor!" -- The good, the bad, and the mortifying -- Titanic and The man who came back -- But I digress -- Thank you, Y&R -- In closing ...
"For nearly four decades, fans have welcomed the star of television's number-one daytime show, The Young and the Restless, into their living rooms. While they've come to know and love the suave Victor Newman, few truly know the man behind the character, the supremely talented Eric Braeden. I'll Be Damned is his story--a startling and uplifting true tale of war, deprivation, determination, fame, and social commitment that spans from Nazi Germany to modern Hollywood."--Book jacket flap.

The price of illusion : a memoir

March 14, 2017
Buck, Joan Juliet, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2017.
404 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"Atria non fiction original hardcover" -- Verso title page.
"From Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, chronicling her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, illusion and reality, and what looks like happiness from the thing itself. Born into a world of make-believe as the daughter of a larger-than-life film producer, Joan Juliet Buck's childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces, ever-changing home addresses, and a fascination with the shiny surfaces of things. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue's coveted position of Editor in Chief, a "figurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty," she had the means to recreate for her aging father, now a widower, the life he'd enjoyed during his high-flying years, a splendid illusion of glamorous excess that could not be sustained indefinitely. Joan's memoir tells the story of a life lived in the best places at the most interesting times: London and New York in the swinging 1960s, Rome and Milan in the dangerous 1970s, Paris in the heady 1980s and 1990s. But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe. She chronicles this journey in beautiful and at times heartbreaking prose, taking the reader through the wild parties and the fashion, the celebrities and creative geniuses as well as love, loss, and the loneliness of getting everything you thought you wanted and finding it's not what you'd imagined. While Joan's story is unique, her journey toward self-discovery is refreshing and universal"-- Provided by publisher.

My life in focus : a photographer's journey with Elizabeth Taylor and the Hollywood jet set

March 14, 2017
Bozzacchi, Gianni, author.
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2017]
ix, 298 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
In My Life in Focus, Bozzacchi traces his journey from humble beginnings to the sphere of the rich and famous. As a child, he cultivated his skills by working with his father -- a photographer for the Italian government. Following in his parent's footsteps was not something Bozzacchi had foreseen for his future; but his passion for taking pictures and his ability to put his subjects at ease enabled him to capture stunning images of some of the greatest stars of the twentieth century, including Audrey Hepburn, Steve McQueen, Raquel Welch, Mia Farrow, Clint Eastwood, and the royal family of Monaco.

Never say no to a rock star : in the studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger, and more

March 14, 2017
Berger, Glenn, 1955-
Tucson, AZ : Schaffner Press, [2016]
xx, 287 pages ; 23 cm
Includes discography (pages 283-286)
Prelude. "It was all me" -- Day one: Yes, sir, James Brown! -- The schlepper -- Phil Ramone plucks me from obscurity -- Paul Simon : the superstar -- Bob Dylan's Blood on the tracks : the untold story -- Judy Collins and Arif Mardin : a Turkishly delightful New Years -- Too much too soon : The New York Dolls -- Oddballs and angels : Phoebe Snow -- The freaks, the pricks, and the gems -- The night I didn't have sex with Bette Midler -- Fifty ways to leave your mentor -- "The saddest thing of all" : my thirty minutes with Frank Sinatra -- All that Bob Fosse -- How Paul Shaffer almost got me killed -- The time Mick Jagger sang "Honky tonk women" just for me -- Postlude. It was all them.
"It is 1973 in New York City. A young man is about to embark on his life-changing journey to become apprentice to the legendary recording engineer and producer Phil Ramone at A&R Studios. Join Glenn Berger as he steps into this magical world and takes part in music-making history on sessions with some of the greatest recording artists and rock and roll icons of the 20th century."--Back cover.

Jonathan Swift : the reluctant rebel

March 13, 2017
Stubbs, John, 1977- author.
©2016
739 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Ireland and the civil wars -- Upbringing -- Abuses of learning and religion -- The temples and the tub -- Recovering Esther -- Drifting with Whigs, 1702-1709 -- Recruited by Tories, 1710-1714 -- The phantom academy -- Small dominions -- Bursting bubbles -- Dean Gulliver -- Indecency and indignation -- The last of the gold -- Sanctuary.
A detailed portrait of the man behind "Gulliver's Travels" traces his early loss of a parent, the contradictions that marked his character, and his achievements as a political writer and dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

Pontius Pilate : deciphering a memory

March 13, 2017
Schiavone, Aldo, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
238 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in Italian as Ponzio Pilato: un enigma tra storia e memoria"--Title page verso.
Introduction -- One night in the month of Nisan -- Roman Judaea and the work of the fifth prefect -- God and Caesar -- The destiny of the prisoner -- Into the darkness -- Sources and historiography.
The renowned classicist presents a revisionist portrait of Pontius Pilate that reconstructs the social, religious, and political climates behind his fateful encounters with Jesus.

The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit

March 13, 2017
Finkel, Michael, author.
©2017
203 pages : map, illustrations ; 22 cm
"The true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of the why and how of his secluded life--as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded"--Publisher description.

Madame President : the extraordinary journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

March 13, 2017
Cooper, Helene, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
xi, 320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The prophecy -- Big mouth -- Bullshit -- Idiots -- Gio girl -- Cult hero -- It's for you, sir -- Of Hell and fury -- Electoral College -- Vote for woman -- Come! Borrow my baby -- All protocols observed -- Madame President -- The Dark Lord returns -- The Empire strikes back -- Beautiful day -- Monkey and baboon -- Nobel -- Miss Liberia imposters -- Amazing grace and Mary the menace -- The oracle -- Contagion -- The last battle.
"The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women's movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history,"--NoveList.

Inferno : a doctor's Ebola story

March 13, 2017
Hatch, Steven, 1969- author.
©2017
viii, 303 pages ; 24 cm
The Vestibule -- Preparing for the End of the World -- The Blue World -- Inferno -- The Unbearable Cry -- Behold, a Pale Horse -- Night -- Purgatory -- Mawah.
"Dr. Steven Hatch first came to Liberia in November 2013, to work at a hospital in Monrovia. Six months later, several of the physicians Dr. Hatch had mentored and served with were dead or barely clinging to life, and Ebola had become a world health emergency. Hundreds of victims perished each week; whole families were destroyed in a matter of days; so many died so quickly that the culturally taboo practice of cremation had to be instituted to dispose of the bodies. With little help from the international community and a population ravaged by disease and fear, the war-torn African nation was simply unprepared to deal with the catastrophe. A physician's memoir about the ravages of a terrible disease and the small hospital that fought to contain it, Inferno is also an explanation of the science and biology of Ebola : how it is transmitted and spreads with such ferocity. And as Dr. Hatch notes, while Ebola is temporarily under control, it will inevitably re-emerge-as will other plagues, notably the Zika virus, which the World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency. Inferno is a glimpse into the white-hot center of a crisis that will come again. "-- Provided by publisher.

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