New Arrivals · Biography

April 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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April 21, 2017
Radtke, Kristen, author, illustrator.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2017.
277 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
"A gorgeous graphic memoir about loss, love, and confronting grief. When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and, not long after his funeral, the sight of an abandoned mining town marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted towns in the American Midwest, Italian villas, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. At once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke's stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: why are we here, and what will we leave behind?"--Provided by publisher.

Letterman : the last giant of late night

April 21, 2017
Zinoman, Jason, author.
xvi, 345 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Part I: Education of a talk-show host, 1947-1979. Shock jock ; When David met Merrill -- Part II: The anti-talk show, 1980-1984. The art of stupid ; Not tonight ; The Harvard takeover -- Part III: The archangel of irony, 1984-1987. The founding fathers of late night ; The writer under the stairs ; The Letterman generation ; The two Daves -- Part IV: Writer's block, 1988-1993. Comedy is not pretty! ; Meg and Mom -- Part V: The very big show, 1993-2015. The agony of victory ; The Oscar myth ; Hinky ; More fun than humans should be allowed to have.
In a career spanning more than thirty years, Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. Yet he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman's television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.

When the world stopped to listen : Van Cliburn's Cold War triumph, and its aftermath

April 21, 2017
Isacoff, Stuart, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

Wherever you go, there they are : stories about my family you might relate to

April 21, 2017
Gurwitch, Annabelle, author.
300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
we live down the street from cat town -- there's no people like show people -- massacre island -- massacre island, part II -- outward hound -- welcome home, sunshine -- what price sisterhood now? -- going tribal -- into the mystic -- the best of all possible homes -- and they shall enter singing the songs of mumford and sons -- suddenly sequins -- have a cigar, harry.
When Annabelle Gurwitch was a child, surrounded by a cast of epically dysfunctional relatives, she secretly prayed that it was all a terrible mistake. A family of bootleggers, gamblers, and philanderers, the Gurwitches have always been a bit vague on the standard ideal of a loving and supportive family. Their definition includes people you can count on to borrow money from, hold a grudge against, or blackmail. One day, unfortunately, Gurwitch woke up to realize that she'd made similar, if not the same, mistakes as everyone else before her--just in a new zip code. Wherever she went, there they were.--Publisher.

Unscripted : the unpredictable moments that make life extraordinary

April 21, 2017
Johnson, Ernie, 1956- author.
215 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Blackberries -- Dad -- The girl at the bank -- We have company -- Love you too -- Inside the NBA -- Unforgettable moments -- Bump -- Tough conversations -- Trust God ... period -- You may have cancer, but it doesn't have you -- I'm good with that -- Father of the bride ... and the groom -- You know 'em when you see 'em.
In this heartfelt, gripping autobiography, sports broadcaster Ernie Johnson provides a remarkably candid look at his life both on and off the screen. From his relationship with his sportscaster father to his own rise to the top of sports broadcasting, from battling cancer to raising six children with his wife, Cheryl, including a special needs child adopted from Romania, Ernie has taken the important lessons he learned and passed them on to his own children--and to you, illuminating the beauty of the unscripted moments of your own life. -- adapted from book jacket.

An unseen angel : a mother's story of faith, hope and healing after Sandy Hook

April 21, 2017
Parker, Alissa, author.
Salt Lake City, Utah : Ensign Peak, [2017]
xii, 179 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"When Alissa Parker lost her daughter Emilie in the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, she started a life-changing journey to answer soul-searching questions about faith, hope, and healing. As she sought for the peace and comfort that could help mend her broken heart, she learned, step by step, how to open her heart to God's grace and will."--Back cover.

Notes on a banana : a memoir of food, love, and manic depression

April 20, 2017
Leite, David, author.
New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
370 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Arnie : the life of Arnold Palmer

April 20, 2017
Callahan, Tom, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
xiv, 333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In this definitive biography, veteran sportswriter Tom Callahan shines a spotlight on one of the greatest golfers ever to play the game, Arnold Palmer. The winner of more than ninety championships, including four Masters Tournaments, Arnold Palmer was a legend in twentieth century sports: a supremely gifted competitor beloved for his powerful hitting, his nerve on the greens, and his great rapport with fans. Perhaps above all others, Palmer was the reason golf's popularity exploded, as the King of the links helped define golf's golden age along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. In addition to his talent on the golf course, Palmer was a brilliant entrepreneur off it, and one of the first sportsmen to create his own successful marketing brand. Forging an alliance with sports agent Mark McCormick, Palmer parlayed his popularity into lucrative deals, and helped pave the way for the multi-million-dollar contracts that have become standard for stars across all sports. But beyond his business acumen, Palmer was always a larger-than-life character, and Arnie recounts a host of unforgettable anecdotes from a long life in the spotlight. Tom Callahan knew Palmer well for many years, and now pays tribute to this golfing icon. Filled with great stories from the key people in Palmer's life, Arnie is an entertaining and illuminating portrait of a remarkable man and his extraordinary legacy"-- Provided by publisher.

Hourglass : time, memory, marriage

April 20, 2017
Shapiro, Dani, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
145 pages ; 22 cm
"The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers ... a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers"-- Provided by publisher.

I am number 8 : overlooked and undervalued, but not forgotten by God

April 20, 2017
Gray, John W. (Pastor), author.
New York : Faith Words, 2017.
xxiii, 198 pages ; 22 cm
"Foreword by Joel Osteen"--Cover.
Who is a number 8? -- The field of favor -- There's oil in the field -- In search of a hero -- That long walk home -- Sheep, lions, bears, and giants -- Big me, little king -- Dear Dad -- Scavenger hunt -- Hearts and parts -- My turn, God's time -- Blind spots -- Worshipping wounded -- I can't believe I'm here!
Explores the example of the biblical David, the overlooked, undervalued eighth son who became a renowned king, to expose how God helps even his most humble followers cultivate leadership, wisdom, and sacred gifts for future greatness.

Infinite Tuesday : an autobiographical riff

April 20, 2017
Nesmith, Michael, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2017]
306 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
An idiosyncratic memoir by the Monkees icon, songwriter, and music video innovator traces his experiences as a wild youth and celebrity before finding peace and creative wholeness through the teachings of Christian Science and his collaborations with like-minded fellow artists.

Note to self

April 20, 2017
Franta, Connor, 1992- author.
New York : Keywords Press, 2017.
xi, 308 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm

The phenomenon : pressure, the yips, and the pitch that changed my life

April 20, 2017
Ankiel, Rick.
292 pages ; 25 cm
"On October 3, 2000, 21-year-old pitcher Rick Ankiel took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the National League division series. All was going well until Ankiel, who'd been lauded as the next Bob Gibson, threw a pitch that missed the mitt--wildly. Then he threw another. Then another, five in all. Slowly at first, then rapidly, his once-impenetrable pitcher's psyche crumbled. He would forever look back on that day as the day the unwelcome, inexplicable Phenomenon arrived. In this book, written with veteran sports journalist Tim Brown, Rick Ankiel tells the story of his personal battle with an anxiety condition widely known as the Yips, the courageous soul-searching that followed, and his eventual triumph over the demons in his own mind to reenter the game. For the next four and a half years after that day in October, Ankiel fought the Yips with every bow in his quiver: psychotherapy, medication, deep breathing exercises, self-help books, and, eventually, vodka. Yet the cure eluded Ankiel, much as the clinical diagnosis eluded the physicians and psychotherapists who studied it. Forced not just to retire from baseball but to reconsider his whole life the age of 25, Ankiel made an amazing turnaround, returning to the major leagues, this time as a hitter. He played seven successful years in the majors, finally retiring in 2013. This book is the story of a once-in-a-generation talent, a man haunted by strange personal demons, and who found the strength to overcome them"-- Provided by publisher.

The boy who knew too much : an astounding true story of a young boy's past-life memories

April 20, 2017
Byrd, Cathy, 1976- author.
Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2017.
xxi, 229 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Foreword / Jack Canfield -- Introduction / Eben Alexander, MD -- Baseball fever -- Babe Ruth was mean to you? -- Tall like Daddy -- Old souls -- The grudge -- Finding Lou Gehrig -- Possessed or crazy -- Spring fever -- Take me out to the ball game -- The pitch -- A national treasure -- I just know -- The good doctor comes to town -- I will find you -- A mother's love -- Love never dies -- Whispers of the soul -- Baseball heaven -- Pride of the Yankees -- Family heirlooms -- Heaven sent -- Finding mom Gehrig -- 108 stitches -- Epilogue: a wink from the universe.
This is a powerful and inspirational story about a young baseball prodigy who, at the age of two, began sharing vivid memories of being a baseball player in the 1920s and 30s. Christian Haupt described historical facts about Lou Gehrig that he could not have possibly known at the time. Distraught by their son's uncanny revelations, his parents embarked on a sacred journey of discovery that shook their beliefs to the core and forever changed their views on life and death.

The road to Jonestown : Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

April 19, 2017
Guinn, Jeff, author.
ix, 531 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part one. Indiana -- Lynetta and Jim -- Lynn -- Jimmy -- Growing up -- Richmond -- Marceline -- Jim and Marceline -- Beginnings -- A church where you get something now -- Peoples Temple -- Gaining influence -- Father Divine -- "All races together" -- A man to be reckoned with -- Breakdown -- Brazil -- Looking west -- Part two. California -- Redneck Valley -- Dead end -- Resurrection -- Carolyn -- A socialist example -- Money -- Worker bees -- On the road -- Failures -- Drugs -- Sex -- Family -- The planning commission -- Los Angeles -- San Francisco -- Narrow escapes -- Reaching out -- the gang of eight -- Consequences -- The promised land -- Kimo -- City politics -- More money -- Defectors -- "Our year of ascendancy" -- New West -- Part three. Guyana -- Jonestown -- Concerned relatives and the first White Night -- Death will be painless -- Betrayals -- Unraveling -- Final days -- "Some place that hope runs out" -- What happened? -- Aftermath.
A portrait of the cult leader behind the Jonestown massacre examines his personal life, from his extramarital affairs and drug use to his fraudulent faith healing practices and his decision to move his followers to Guyana, sharing new details about the events leading to the 1978 tragedy.

A $500 house in Detroit : rebuilding an abandoned home and an American city

April 19, 2017
Philp, Drew, author.
xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: best bid -- Raw material -- Clapboard siding -- Someone else's trash -- Windows and doors and airplanes -- A fence between me and the world -- Load-bearing walls -- The furnace -- A chimney to the sky -- A knock on the door -- Progress gallops -- The years roll by -- Someone else's home.
"A young writer's sincere search (with his dog) for an authentic life--buying a ruined house in Detroit for $500, fixing it up nail by nail, and, in the process, participating in the grassroots rebirth of the city itself."--Provided by publisher.

Out of line : a life of playing with fire

April 19, 2017
Lynch, Barbara, 1964- author.
vii, 292 pages ; 24 cm
The Lower End -- Pissah -- The Magic Pan -- Build my world -- The food of Italy -- Charlestown -- Miss Kitty's Salon -- Other doors -- Turning tables -- The South End -- Fort Point Channel -- Quenelles of steel -- Gloucester.
A memoir by the "Top Chef" judge traces her rise from a hard-knocks south Boston childhood to culinary stardom, reflecting on her experiences with petty crime, drugs, and trauma before finding healing and purpose in the kitchens of her Irish Catholic heritage.

The invention of Angela Carter : a biography

April 19, 2017
Gordon, Edmund, author.
xvii, 525 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Originally published in the United Kingdom as The invention of Angela Carter by Chatto & Windus, 2016.
1. A matriarchal clan -- 2. States of grace are always evil -- 3. Flight from a closed room -- 4. Just a wife -- 5. A slapstick nightmare -- 6. Giving the flash more substance -- 7. Happiness is ego-shaped -- 8. The edge of the unimaginable' -- 9. Vertigo -- 10. The dressing-up box of the heart -- 11. Blueprints for new lifestyles -- 12. Constructing a personality -- 13. Yet another foreign country -- 14. Isn't the identity fragile? -- 15. The silences with which the English compose intimacies -- 16. The tales of terror groove -- 17. No. I lash lady -- 18. American ghosts -- 19. A psychedelic Dickens -- 20. Doomed to love -- 21. A lifestyle of paradoxical propriety -- 22. I refuse to play in tragedy -- 23. Perhaps writing is a matter of life and death -- 24. Call it a happy ending -- 25. How sweet it was! -- Epilogue.
"With unprecedented access to its subject's personal records and informed by fresh, unvarnished anecdotes from family, friends, and colleagues, Edmund Gordon's biography provides the first full account of Angela Carter's amazing life and enduring work"-- Provided by publisher.

Running with a police escort : tales from the back of the pack

April 19, 2017
Grunenwald, Jill A., author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
xvi, 227 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Running from the past -- One foot in front of the other -- Hills like white elephants -- Homecoming -- Twenty seconds of insane courage -- Everything's bigger in Texas -- Eat, sleep, run, repeat -- Lucky number thirteen (point one) -- It's a major award -- The longest four miles of my life -- Will run for bling -- Forward is a pace -- Walk the talk -- Trust the process -- The hero's journey -- Three times a charm? -- Rita Hayworth, the Shawshank Redemption, and me -- The tortoise and the hares -- Finding my voice -- How I learned to stop worrying and love the dreadmill -- Forward is still a pace.
"In the fall of 2012, quirky and cat-loving Cleveland librarian Jill Grunenwald got an alarming email from her younger sister: her sister was very concerned with Jill's weight and her overall mental and physical health. Having always struggled with her weight, Jill was currently hitting the scales at more than three hundred pounds. Right then, Jill looked in the mirror and decided that she needed to make a life-style change, pronto. She enrolled in Weight Watchers and did something else that she--the girl who avoided gym class like the plague in high school--never thought she'd do; Jill started running. And believe it or not, it wasn't that bad. Actually, it was kind of fun. Three months later, Jill did the previously unthinkable and ran her very first 5k at the Cleveland Metropolitan Zoo. Battling the infamous hills of the course, Jill conquered her fears and finished--but in dead last. Yep, the police were reopening the streets behind her. But Jill didn't let that get her down--because when you run for your health and happiness, your only real competition is yourself. Six years and more than one hundred pounds lost later, Jill is still running and racing regularly, and she is a proud member of the back of the pack in every race that she has entered."--Provided by publisher.

Jane Welsh Carlyle and her Victorian world : a story of love, work, friendship, and marriage

April 18, 2017
Chamberlain, Kathy, author.
398 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Hailed by Virginia Woolf as one of the all-time great letter writers, Jane Welsh Carlyle, wife of Victorian literary celebrity Thomas Carlyle, has been much overlooked. In this compelling new biography, [...] Kathy Chamberlain brings Jane out of her husband's shadow, focusing on Carlyle as a remarkable woman and writer in her own right." -- Dust jacket.

The Lowells of Massachusetts : an American family

April 18, 2017
Sankovitch, Nina, author.
xii, 382 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The Lowells of Massachusetts were a remarkable family. They were settlers in the New World in the 1600s, revolutionaries creating a new nation in the 1700s, merchants and manufacturers building prosperity in the 1800s, and scientists and artists flourishing in the 1900s. Though not without scoundrels and certainly no strangers to controversy, the family boasted some of the most astonishing individuals in America's history. The Lowells realized the promise of America as the land of opportunity by uniting Puritan values of hard work, community service, and individual responsibility with a deep-seated optimism that became a well-known family trait. Long before the Kennedys put their stamp on Massachusetts, the Lowells claimed the bedrock."--Provided by publisher.

How to be happy : a memoir of love, sex and teenage confusion

April 18, 2017
Burton, David J., author.
Melbourne, Australia : Text Publishing, 2015.
259 pages ; 20 cm
A memoir of the author's teenage and young adult years, in which he describes his uncertainty about his sexuality, problems with bullying, and struggles with depression.

More than me

April 17, 2017
Espinosa, Matthew, 1997- author, narrator.
209 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
You may think you know everything about multiplatform entertainer Matthew Espinosa--but he's here to tell you so much more in his debut book. You know Matthew is burning up the internet with more than 18 million fans across YouTube, Vine, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You know about his starring role in the hit movie Be Somebody. And you know he makes you laugh every time. More Than Me tells you what you don't know, with Q&As and more that offer an inside look at Matthew's life and a new side of him that's hilarious and heartfelt. For the first time, Matthew wants to let the world in on the true story of his wild ride to success and why he loves what he does. In this must-have for any fan, Matthew is ready to share how legendary you can all be--together.

Money, murder, and Dominick Dunne : a life in several acts

April 17, 2017
Hofler, Robert, author.
viii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Father and Sondheim -- Marriage and puppets -- Mengers and disaster -- Begelman and purgatory -- Capote and suicide -- Didions and murder -- Bloomingdales and videotapes -- Von Bülow and comas -- Novels and payback -- Kennedys and cover-ups -- Menendez and lies -- O.J. and parties -- Princess Diana and breakdowns -- Skakels and wills -- Fuhrman and libel -- Apologies and memoirs -- Safra and paranoia -- Editors and e-mails -- Spector and sons -- Clinics and Sondheim.
A revealing biography of Dominick Dunne, the best-selling novelist, celebrity crime reporter, and notorious raconteur, whose public persona hid his participation in the gay subculture of Hollywood and New York.

Four princes : Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the obsessions that forged modern Europe

April 17, 2017
Norwich, John Julius, 1929- author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017.
xi, 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
The hollow of their hands -- The flower and vigour of youth -- All is lost, save honour -- Enough, my son! -- Like a brother to the Sultan -- Noisome to our realm -- A reasonable regret -- Fray Carlos and "the drum of conquest" -- Worth celebrating.
"John Julius Norwich has crafted a tapestry of the early sixteenth century, when Europe and the Middle East were overshadowed by a quartet of legendary rulers, all born within a ten-year period: Francis I of France, the personification of the Renaissance, who became a highly influential patron of the arts and education. Henry VIII, who was not expected to inherit the throne but embraced the role with gusto, broke with the Roman Catholic Church and appointed himself head of the Church of England. Charles V, the most powerful and industrious man at the time, was unanimously elected Holy Roman Emperor. Suleiman the Magnificent stood apart as a Muslim, and brought the Ottoman Empire to its apogee of political, military, and economic power. Against the vibrant background of the Renaissance, these four men laid the foundations for modern Europe and the Middle East. Their relations shifted dramatically, from hostile and competitive to friendly and supportive, while they collectively impacted the culture, religion, and politics of their respective domains" --Adapted from jacket.

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