New Arrivals · Biography

March 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Resister : a story of protest and prison during the Vietnam War

March 2, 2015
Dancis, Bruce, author.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2014.
vi, 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Boy from the Bronx -- Socialism in two summer communities -- First year at Cornell : runs, pledges and sit-ins -- Tenant organizing in East Harlem -- From protest to resistance -- Draft cards are for burning -- The summer of love and disobedience -- The resistance -- SDS, South Africa and the Security Index -- From resistance to revolution -- Trials and tribulations -- Rebellion and factionalism in black and white -- Brinksmanship, or, Cornell on the brink -- Safety and survival in my new Kentucky home -- A typical day in prison, and a few that weren't -- Politics in prison, or, Keeping up with the outside world -- Getting out -- Did we end the war? Did draft resistance matter?.

Unlikely warrior : a Jewish soldier in Hitler's army

March 2, 2015
Rauch, Georg, 1924-2006, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, [2015]
xxi, 324 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Previously published as The Jew with the Iron Cross : a record of survival in WWII Russia. New York : iUniverse, 2006.
"A YA memoir of an 18-year old part-Jewish youth who, despite his heritage, is drafted into Hitler's army and sent to serve on the Russian front"-- Provided by publisher.

Going into the city : portrait of a critic as a young man

March 2, 2015
Christgau, Robert, author.
367 pages ; 24 cm
"A memoir"--Dust jacket.
The eighty-hour week -- The two sides of Murry Street -- The wonderful world of Jews -- Nonconformism can be fun -- Vacillations -- American studies -- The high '60s -- Aftermath -- Like a horse and a carriage -- Four owners, six editors, one paper -- Bon bon vie.
One of our great essayists and journalists--the Dean of American Rock Critics, Robert Christgau--takes us on a heady tour through his life and times in this vividly atmospheric and visceral memoir that is both a love letter to a New York long past and a tribute to the transformative power of art. Lifelong New Yorker Robert Christgau has been writing about pop culture since he was twelve and getting paid for it since he was twenty-two, covering rock for Esquire in its heyday and personifying the music beat at the Village Voice for over three decades. Christgau listened to Alan Freed howl about rock 'n' roll before Elvis, settled east of Manhattan's Avenue B forty years before it was cool, witnessed Monterey and Woodstock and Chicago '68, and the first abortion speak-out. He's caught Coltrane in the East Village, Muddy Waters in Chicago, Otis Redding at the Apollo, the Dead in the Haight, Janis Joplin at the Fillmore, the Rolling Stones at the Garden, the Clash in Leeds, Grandmaster Flash in Times Square, and every punk band you can think of at CBGB. Christgau chronicled many of the key cultural shifts of the last half century and revolutionized the cultural status of the music critic in the process. Going Into the City is a look back at the upbringing that grounded him, the history that transformed him, and the music, books, and films that showed him the way. It is a loving portrait of a lost New York. It's an homage to the city of Christgau's youth from Queens to the Lower East Side--a city that exists mostly in memory today. And it's a love story about the Greenwich Village girl who roamed this realm of possibility with him.--Adapted from

Home is where my people are : the roads that lead us to where we belong

March 2, 2015
Hudson, Sophie, author.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xiv, 239 pages : map ; 22 cm
It's easy to go through life believing that we can satisfy our longing for home with a three-bedroom, two-bath slice of the American dream that we mortgage at 4 percent and pay for over the course of thirty years. But ultimately, in our deepest places, we're really looking to belong and to be known. And what we sometimes miss in our search for the perfect spot to set up camp is that wherever we are on the long and winding road of life, God is at work in the journey, teaching us, shaping us, and refining us, sometimes through the most unlikely people and circumstances.

Eleanor Marx : a life

March 2, 2015
Holmes, Rachel, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
xvi, 508 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm

Rockin' the boat : 50 iconic revolutionaries : from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X

February 27, 2015
Fleischer, Jeff, author.
223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
We love to root for the underdog, and that's part of why we're drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail, succeed, or succeed only to become what they once fought against, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin' the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America--Provided by publisher.

Kevin Durant

February 27, 2015
Anderson, Jameson.
Minneapolis, Minn. : ABDO Pub. Company, [2015]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
A special honor -- Highlight reel -- Young champion -- Early doubt -- Prep star -- Off to Texas -- The NBA -- Learning to win -- Big changes -- The finals -- Other opportunities -- MVP.

The music of the Stanley brothers

February 27, 2015
Reid, Gary B. (Musicologist), author.
xvii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Death is only a dream : 1947-1948 -- To us, that would have been the impossible : Columbia Records, 1949-1952 -- Some of our best recordings were the Mercurys : 1953-1958 -- "How mountain girls can love" : the early King/Starday years, 1958-1962 -- "Stone walls and steel bars" : the later King years 1963-1966.
Carter and Ralph Stanley were key figures in the development of bluegrass music in postwar America. This book studies their life and work. With a foreword by Neil V. Rosenberg, discographies, notes, bibliography, and indices. Black & white photos.

Irritable hearts : a PTSD love story

February 26, 2015
McClelland, Mac, author.
New York, New York : Flatiron Books, 2015.
308 pages ; 25 cm
"In 2010, human rights reporter Mac McClelland left Haiti after covering the devastation of the earthquake. Back home, she finds herself imagining vivid scenes of violence and can't sleep or stop crying. It becomes clear that she is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, triggered by her trip and seemingly exacerbated by her experiences in the other charged places she'd reported from. The bewilderment about this sudden loss of self-control is magnified by her feelings for Nico, a French soldier she met in Haiti, who despite their brief connection seems to have found a place in her confused heart. With ... fearlessness, McClelland sets out to repair her broken psyche"-- Provided by publisher.

Beyond the grip of craniosynostosis : an inside view of life touched by the congenital skull deformity

February 25, 2015
Johnstun, Kase D., 1975- author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2015]
viii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"This unique work explores the extensive and tragic reach of craniosynostosis, the premature fusing of the cranial sutures in infants. The author--born with craniosynostosis in 1975--documents his struggles, weaving his story into a broader view of this birth defect. The experiences of other families affected by craniosynostosis are chronicled, demonstrating the uniqueness of each case"-- Provided by publisher.

Life from scratch : a memoir of food, family, and forgiveness

February 25, 2015
Martin, Sasha.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2015.
352 pages ; 24 cm
Includes recipe index.
"It was a culinary journey like no other: Over the course of 195 weeks, food writer and blogger Sasha Martin set out to cook--and eat--a meal from every country in the world. As cooking unlocked the memories of her rough-and-tumble childhood and the loss and heartbreak that came with it, Martin became more determined than ever to find peace and elevate her life through the prism of food and world cultures. From the tiny, makeshift kitchen of her eccentric, creative mother, to a string of foster homes, to the house from which she launches her own cooking adventure, Marin's heartfelt, brutally honest memoir reveals the power of cooking to bond, to empower, and to heal--and celebrates the simple truth that happiness is created from within"-- Provided by publisher.

Girl in the dark : a memoir

February 25, 2015
Lyndsey, Anna, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
258 pages ; 19 cm
"Anna was living a normal life. She was ambitious and worked hard; she had just bought an apartment; she was falling in love. But then she started to develop worrying symptoms: her face felt like it was burning whenever she was in front of the computer. Soon this progressed to an intolerance of fluorescent light, then of sunlight itself. The reaction soon spread to her entire body. Now, when her symptoms are at their worst she must spend months on end in a blacked-out room, losing herself in audio books and elaborate word games in an attempt to ward off despair. During periods of relative remission she can venture cautiously out at dawn and dusk, into a world which, from the perspective of her normally cloistered existence, is filled with a remarkable beauty. And throughout there is her relationship with Pete. In many ways he is Anna's savior, offering her shelter from the light in his home. But she cannot enjoy a normal life with him, cannot go out in the day, even making love is uniquely awkward. Anna asks herself "by continuing to occupy this lovely man while giving him neither children, nor a public companion, nor a welcoming home - do I do wrong?" With gorgeous, lyrical prose, Anna brings us into the dark with her, a place from which we emerge to see love, and the world, anew"-- Provided by publisher.

Restless ambition : Grace Hartigan, painter

February 25, 2015
Curtis, Cathy (Writer on art)
New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.
420 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Born to be king : Prince Charles on planet Windsor

February 25, 2015
Mayer, Catherine, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
258 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
His life in a day -- Mother load -- A prince among men -- The knave of hearts -- Wolf Hall -- Helping and hindering -- Harmonies and disharmonies -- A foreign asset -- Happy and notorious -- Kings to come.
Draws on exclusive interviews with members of Prince Charles' inner circle and on rare access to the prince himself to examine court life, Charles' struggles, his achievements as a philanthropist and activist, and his popular marriage to Princess Diana.

Jesus through Middle Eastern eyes : cultural studies in the Gospels

February 24, 2015
Bailey, Kenneth E.
Downers Grove, Ill. : IVP Academic, ©2008.
443 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The birth of Jesus. The story of Jesus' birth : Luke 2:1-20 ; The genealogy and Joseph the Just : Matthew 1:1-21 ; The Savior, the wise men and the vision of Isaiah : Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-7 ; Herod's atrocities, Simeon and Anna : Matthew 2:13-18, Luke 2:22-36 -- The Beatitudes. The Beatitudes 1 : Matthew 5:1-5 ; The Beatitudes 2 : Matthew 5:6-12 -- The Lord's Prayer. The Lord's Prayer : God our Father : Matthew 6:5-9 ; The Lord's Prayer : God's holiness : Matthew 6:9 ; The Lord's Prayer : God's kingdom and our bread : Matthew 6:10-11 ; The Lord's Prayer : our sins and evil : Matthew 6:12-13 -- Dramatic actions of Jesus. The call of Peter : Luke 5:1-11 ; The inauguration of Jesus' ministry : Luke 4:16-31 ; The blind man and Zacchaeus : Luke 18:35-19:11 -- Jesus and women. Jesus and women, an introduction ; The woman at the well : John 4:1-42 ; The Syro-Phoenician woman : Matthew 15:21-28 ; The lady is not for stoning : John 7:53-8:11 ; The woman in the house of Simon the Pharisee : Luke 7:36-50 ; The parable of the widow and the judge : Luke 18:1-8 ; The parable of the wise and foolish young women : Matthew 25:1-13 -- Parables of Jesus. Introduction to the parables ; The parable of the Good Samaritan : Luke 10:25-37 ; The parable of the rich fool : Luke 12:13-21 ; The parable of the great banquet : Luke 14:15-24 ; The parable of the two builders : Luke 6:46-49 ; The parable of the unjust steward : Luke 16:1-8 ; The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector : Luke 18:9-14 ; The parable of the compassionate employer : Matthew 20:1-16 ; The parable of the serving master : Luke 12:35-38 ; The parable of Lazarus and the rich man : Luke 16:19-30 ; The parable of the pounds : Luke 19:11-27 ; The parable of the noble vineyard owner and his son : Luke 20:9-18.

The beautiful Lady Craven : the original memoirs of Elizabeth, Baroness Craven, afterwards Margravine of Anspach and Bayreuth and Princess Berkeley of the Holy Roman Empire (1750-1828)

February 24, 2015
Craven, Elizabeth Craven, Baroness, 1750-1828.
London : John Lane The Bodley Head; New York : John Lane Company ; Toronto : Bell & Cockburn, 1914.
2 volumes : illustrations (one color) ; 22 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in red morocco and inlaid marbled trapezoidal pattern, with spine stamped in gold, top edge gilt, and fancy marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Sylvia J. Thomson. Label of Stewart Kidd booksellers, stationers, engravers, Cincinnati. Library's copy imperfect: slight water damage, front endpaper slightly loose.
"A list of portraits of Elizabeth Berkeley, afterwards Lady Craven and the Margravine of Anspach": vol. I, p. cxxxvii-cxxxviii.

Head over heels in France : falling in love in the Lot

February 19, 2015
Brick, Samantha, author.
314 pages ; 20 cm

Women heroes of the American Revolution : 20 stories of espionage, sabotage, defiance, and rescue

February 19, 2015
Casey, Susan (Susan Mary), author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
226 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Resisters, supporters, and rescuers -- Spies -- Saboteurs -- Soldiers and defenders of the home front -- Legendary ladies.
"Susan Casey gives 20 remarkable girls and women the spotlight they deserve in this lively collection of biographical profiles. These women took action in many ways: as spies, soldiers, nurses, water carriers, fundraisers, writers, couriers, and more. Women Heroes of the American Revolution brings a fresh new perspective to their stories resulting from interviews with historians and with descendants of participants of the Revolution and features ample excerpts from primary source documents. Also included are contextualizing sidebars, images, source notes, and a bibliography"-- Provided by publisher.

A year of living virtuously : weekends off : [a meditations on the search for meaning in an ordinary life]

February 19, 2015
Jordan, Teresa.
Berkeley : Counterpoint Press, 2014.
xxi, 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Resolution: on the eve of a new year -- Temperance: please pass the peppermints -- Cleanliness: cleanliness and its caveats -- Silence: making space for conversation -- Courage: the truth of the land -- Pride: the pride of work, the work of pride -- Sloth: everything I need to know about sloth I learned from critters -- Industry: The hard work of staying still -- Listening: listening to the devil's trill -- Order: a pomegranate of impossible tasks -- Habit: some thoughts on in-habitation -- frugality: stepping off the hedonic treadmill -- Homecoming: rethinking nostalgia -- Governance: what George might say -- Sincerity: giving voice to untold stories -- Greed: is it greed or is it gravity? -- Empathy: the aftermath -- Justice: for the horses -- Wrath: coming back to ourselves -- Love: traveling at the speed of love -- Gluttony: a re-enchantment with food -- Chastity and lust: a psychology of sex -- Creativity: why we need art (and why we make it or we don't) -- Envy: envy and its discontents -- Resolution (and vanity): becoming Helenka -- Humility: the listener -- Jealousy (and other trials of love): Cupid, the soap opera -- Tranquility: introduction -- Tranquility: the long road, Terry Waite's story -- Tranquility: the long road, Brooke Hopkins's story -- Self-reliance: Ben Franklin, Ayn Rand, and the American spirit -- Curiosity: growing pains -- Procrastination: do -- Grumpiness: the grouch settles in -- Stubbornness: holding on for dear life -- Trust: Will Rogers, where are you now? -- Defensiveness and faith: choosing our battles -- Gladness: the mysterious lightness of being -- Punctuality: the gift of time -- Gratitude: Thanksgiving, a Christmas story -- Forgiveness: the heroic choice -- Control (and faith): the green bean testament -- Balance: on the high wire -- Manners: the good hand -- Moderation: all I want for a truce in the war on Christmas.
Collects essays describing the author's attempts to live according to a list of traditional virtues compiled by Benjamin Franklin, one week at a time, and one virtue at a time.

Lusitania : triumph, tragedy, and the end of the Edwardian age

February 19, 2015
King, Greg, 1964-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xxvii, 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Lusitania: She was a ship of dreams, carrying millionaires and aristocrats, actresses and impresarios, writers and suffragettes - a microcosm of the last years of the waning Edwardian Era and the coming influences of the Twentieth Century. When she left New York on her final voyage, she sailed from the New World to the Old; yet an encounter with the machinery of the New World, in the form of a primitive German U-Boat, sent her - and her gilded passengers - to their tragic deaths and opened up a new era of indiscriminate warfare. A hundred years after her sinking, Lusitania remains an evocative ship of mystery. Was she carrying munitions that exploded? Did Winston Churchill engineer a conspiracy that doomed the liner? Lost amid these tangled skeins is the romantic, vibrant, and finally heartrending tale of the passengers who sailed aboard her. Lives, relationships, and marriages ended in the icy waters off the Irish Sea; those who survived were left haunted and plagued with guilt. Now, authors Greg King and Penny Wilson resurrect this lost, glittering world to show the golden age of travel and illuminate the most prominent of Lusitania's passengers. Rarely was an era so glamorous; rarely was a ship so magnificent; and rarely was the human element of tragedy so quickly lost to diplomatic maneuvers and militaristic threats"-- Provided by publisher.

Girl in a band

February 19, 2015
Gordon, Kim, 1953- author.
New York : Dey Street Books, 2015.
vii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story--a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence and as one of the first women of rock and roll.

Becoming Richard Pryor

February 16, 2015
Saul, Scott, author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xvi, 586 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Brings the man and his comic genius into focus as never before. Drawing upon a mountain of original research--interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals, screenplay drafts--Scott Saul traces Pryor's rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army, and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the New Hollywood of the 1970s"

My avant-garde education : a memoir

February 13, 2015
Cooper, Bernard, 1951-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
251 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
My avant-garde education -- Blank canvas -- Uses of the ghoulish -- Labyrinthine -- Something from nothing -- The insomniac manifesto.
In this lively memoir, art critic and writer Cooper retraces his youth, up to and including the period of his intellectual awakening during the heyday of conceptual art, and vividly recalls his experiences as a son, brother, student, and closeted young gay man. Alternately funny and touching, the book chronicles Cooper's adolescence in 1960s Los Angeles, including the moment he fell in love with pop art in his middle school library, and his young adulthood in New York, where he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, as well as the years he spent studying under the likes of Allan Kaprow and the poet and visual artist Emmett Williams at CalArts. Throughout, Cooper draws interesting connections between his suppressed sexuality and the period's radical reexamination of the art object, observing, "The stronger and more tangible my longing for men, the more adamantly I crusaded for art's dematerialization." Offbeat characters and comic incidents richly animate Cooper's narrative, as do his recollections of compelling seminars and performance pieces at CalArts. Toward the end of the memoir, short chapters offer a glimpse into his career as an art critic and writer, as well as the losses he suffered during the AIDS epidemic. Readers interested in conceptualism will especially value these personal reflections during such a critical moment in the recent history of art.

Why not say what happened : a sentimental education

February 13, 2015
Dickstein, Morris, author.
New York : Liveright Pub. Corporation, [2015]
xv, 301 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli : a strange romance

February 13, 2015
Hay, Daisy, 1981- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
xii, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Chatto & Windus, 2015.
At the beginning (1792-1839). Storytelling ; Tall tales ; Tittle-tattle ; Fairy story -- Ever after (1840-1867). On heroes and hero-worship ; Household words ; Princess Nobody ; The rose and the ring -- Once upon a time (1868-1873). Happy ending ; Afterwards.

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