New Arrivals · Biography

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

A full life : reflections at ninety

July 2, 2015
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
257 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Archery and the race issue -- Navy years -- Back to Georgia -- Atlanta to Washington -- Life in the White House -- Issues mostly resolved -- Problems still pending -- Back home.
In this autobiography, President Carter "tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world"


July 2, 2015
Burk, Hannah S.
69 pages ; 19 cm
Title from vendor's description: Diary of Hannah S. Burk, April 30th, 1849 to October 14, 1850
Manuscript diary, with original multi-color marbled boards and brown tape, slightly torn, reinforcing spine.
She recounts traveling the Ohio River on Steam Boat Ben Franklin from Louisville to Cincinnati, New Richmond, Maysville, Portsmouth, Guyandotte, Parkersburgh, Buffington Island, Blannerhassset's Island through Wheeling to Pittsburg. Travel continued on canal boat to Harrisburg, by carriage to Philadelphia, Laurel Hill, Gloucester Point, Wilmington, Delaware, and returned to Philadelphia; continued on to Patterson, Colts Garden, Newark, Morristown, Princeton. "Philadelphia" at head of entries from page 50 on (Friday, Aug. 16th, 1850). The last two entries record her marriage to Isaac M. Dutton on Oct. 14th 1852 and that of Edward Gulager and Eliza A. Burk on Feb. 10th 1853.

Choosing courage : inspiring stories of what it means to be a hero

July 1, 2015
Collier, Peter, author.
New York : Artisan, [2015]
xiii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Published in collaboration with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation."
"What turns an ordinary person into a hero? What happens in the blink of an eye on a battlefield (or in any dangerous situation) to bring out true courage? The men and women who have been recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation know the answers to these questions deep in their hearts"

The shepherd's life : modern dispatches from an ancient landscape

June 30, 2015
Rebanks, James.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2015.
293 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, his family have lived and worked in the Lake District of Northern England for generations, further back than recorded history. It's a part of the world known mainly for its romantic descriptions by Wordsworth and the much loved illustrated children's books of Beatrix Potter. But James' world is quite different. His way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand. It hasn't changed for hundreds of years: sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay; the autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished; the grueling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive, and the light-headedness that comes with spring, as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the hills and valleys.

Fun home : a family tragicomic

June 30, 2015
Bechdel, Alison, 1960-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007, c2006.
232 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm.
Reprint. Originally published: 2006.
"A Mariner book."
A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.

How did I get here? : making peace with the road not taken : a memoir

June 26, 2015
Browner, Jesse, author.
273 pages ; 22 cm
On ambition : mentor -- On love : Zion -- On freedom : playing the lottery -- On fulfillment : hunger artists -- On wisdom : the therapist -- Afterword : home is where the ghosts live.

Ringo : with a little help

June 26, 2015
Starr, Michael, 1961- author.
Montclair, NJ : Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, 2015.
xi, 426 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

A very dangerous woman : the lives, loves and lies of Russia's most seductive spy

June 26, 2015
McDonald, Deborah.
London : Oneworld, 2015.
xvi, 400 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Flouting all conventions: 1916-1918 -- Love and survival: 1918-1919 -- In exile: 1919-1924 -- England: 1924-1946 -- Moura's salon: 1946-1974.

How to catch a Russian spy : the true story of an American civilian turned double agent

June 26, 2015
Jamali, Naveed, author.
New York : Scribner, 2015.
viii, 290 pages ; 24 cm.
New Americans -- Family business -- Finding me -- America attacked -- Navy dreams -- Commander Lino -- Special agents -- Meeting Oleg -- Networkcentric -- Out and about -- Why spy -- Gaining control -- Agent trust -- Second try -- Worthy adversaries -- El Dorado -- Easy lies -- Speeding up -- Parking garage -- Grilling Oleg -- Thumb drive -- Blowing it -- Hooters -- Change of plans -- Phony arrest -- Victory lap -- Ensign Jamali.
"In 2008, almost two decades after the Cold War was officially consigned to the history books, an average American guy in his twenties helped to bring down a top Russian spy based at the United Nations. This American had no formal espionage training. Everything he knew about spying he'd learned from books, movies, video games, and TV. And yet, with the help of an initially reluctant FBI duo, he ended up at the center of a highly successful counterintelligence operation that targeted Russian espionage in America"-- Provided by publisher.

Stir : a my broken brain and the meals that brought me home

June 26, 2015
Fechtor, Jessica.
New York, New York : Avery, [2015]
xii, 271 pages ; 22 cm
"After suffering a brain aneurysm and a life-threatening infection, Jessica Fechtor set about cooking and baking to pull herself back together again, fixing what was broken, and living with what couldn't be fixed"-- Provided by publisher.

Allen Klein : the man who bailed out the Beatles, made the Stones, and transformed rock & roll

June 26, 2015
Goodman, Fred.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
xv, 302 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"An Eamon Dolan Book."
Prologue : London, August 1969 -- A foundling's tale -- Allen Klein and company -- Sam Cooke -- The Yiddish invasion -- "People keep asking me if they're morons" -- The King of America -- ABKCO -- A rock 'n' roll circus -- The prize -- With the Beatles -- Mr. Popularity -- Some time in New York City -- A sport and a pastime -- No Sympathy for the devil.
"The story of notorious manager Allen Klein, revealing new, behind-the-scenes details about some of the biggest rock bands in history"-- Provided by publisher.

Yoga for life : a journey to inner peace and freedom

June 26, 2015
Saidman Yee, Colleen, author.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2015.
xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction Know You're Enough -- Chapter 1 Roots -- Chapter 2 Trauma -- Chapter 3 Addiction -- Chapter 4 Forgiveness -- Chapter 5 Confidence -- Chapter 6 Awakening -- Chapter 7 Service -- Chapter 8 Chaos -- Chapter 9 Fear -- Chapter 10 Expectation -- Chapter 11 Truth -- Chapter 12 Love -- Chapter 13 Women -- Chapter 14 Peace -- Afterword by Rodney Yee -- Acknowledgments -- Credits -- Notes/Permissions -- Index.
"From a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to 'First Lady of Yoga' (The New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power of yoga--and then inspired others to do the same,"

I am Charlie Wilson

June 25, 2015
Wilson, Charlie, 1953- author.
New York : 37 INK/Atria, 2015.
241 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The "memoir of nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson, the iconic R&B and funk singer/songwriter/producer--including his recollections of jamming with fellow artists such as Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, and Snoop Dogg"--Dust jacket flap.

In search of Sir Thomas Browne : the life and afterlife of the seventeenth century's most inquiring mind

June 25, 2015
Aldersey-Williams, Hugh, author.
New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xx, 330 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain under the title The adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st century" -- Verso title page.
Prologue -- Introduction -- Biography -- Physic -- Animals -- Plants -- Science -- Tolerance -- Faith -- Melancholy -- Objects -- The end -- Timelines -- Major works of Thomas Browne -- References and further reading.
"The extraordinary life and ideas of one of the greatest--and most neglected--minds in history. Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was an English writer, physician, and philosopher whose work has inspired everyone from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf to Stephen Jay Gould. In an intellectual adventure like Sarah Bakewell's book about Montaigne, How to Live, Hugh Aldersey-Williams sets off not just to tell the story of Browne's life but to champion his skeptical nature and inquiring mind. Mixing botany, etymology, medicine, and literary history, Aldersey-Williams journeys in his hero's footsteps to introduce us to witches, zealots, natural wonders, and fabulous creatures of Browne's time and ours. We meet Browne the master prose stylist, responsible for introducing hundreds of words into English, including electricity, hallucination, and suicide. Aldersey-Williams reveals how Browne's preoccupations--how to disabuse the credulous of their foolish beliefs, what to make of order in nature, how to unite science and religion--are relevant today. In Search of Sir Thomas Browne is more than just a biography--it is a cabinet of wonders and an argument that Browne, standing at the very gates of modern science, remains an inquiring mind for our own time. As Stephen Greenblatt has written, Browne is "unnervingly one of our most adventurous contemporaries" -- Provided by publisher.

Bastards : a memoir

June 25, 2015
King, Mary Anna.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue -- Part One. Jersey -- The day the music died -- Marigold Court -- Scars -- The secondhand washing machine -- Bringing Becky back -- Leaving Jersey -- Part Two. Oklahoma -- Reflections -- Telling stories -- Discipline -- Things you can tell just by looking -- The debt -- Wake up -- Part Three. Found -- Hammered -- Like a hole in my head -- Good daughter -- Rebekah two -- Join the club -- Quarter-life crisis -- Requiem -- Meeting Lesley.
"'A stirring, vividly told story of a young woman's quest to find the family she impressive debut'-Peter Balakian; Born into poverty in southern New Jersey and raised in a commune of single mothers, Mary Anna King watched her mother give away one of her newborn sisters every year to another family. All told, there were seven children: Mary, her older brother, and five phantom sisters. Then one day, Mary was sent away, too. Living in Oklahoma with her maternal grandfather, Mary gets a new name and a new life. But she's haunted by the past: by the baby girls she's sure will come looking for her someday, by the mother she had to leave behind, by the father who left her. Mary is a college student when her sisters start to get back in touch. With each reunion, her family becomes closer to whole again. Moving, haunting, and at times wickedly funny, Bastards is about finding one's family and oneself"--Provided by publisher.

Clay, water, brick : finding inspiration from entrepreneurs who do the most with the least

June 25, 2015
Jackley, Jessica. author.
xxvi, 191 pages ; 25 cm
"In the tradition of 'Kabul Beauty School' and 'Start Something That Matters' comes an inspiring story of social entrepreneurship from the co-founder of Kiva, the first online microlending platform for the working poor"-- Provided by publisher.

Getting real

June 25, 2015
Carlson, Gretchen, 1966- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm.
Speaking my mind -- "Sparkles" -- Little girl in a big orchestra -- Seize the day -- Becoming Miss America -- American womanhood 101 -- The work I love -- Kindred spirits -- My miracle family -- Woman in the middle -- To whom much is given -- The music of my life.
"A candid, funny memoir from the charismatic FOX News channel anchor and Miss America Pageant winner Celebrity news anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaways for women (and men) about what it means to strive for and find success in the real world. With warmth and wit, she takes readers from her Minnesota childhood, where she became a violin prodigy, through college at Stanford and her in-the-trenches years as a cub reporter on local television stations before becoming a national news reporter. She describes her rise to anchor of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on FOX News channel as a testament to personal strength and perseverance. Carlson addresses the intense competitive effort of winning the Miss America Pageant, the challenges she's faced as a woman in broadcast television, and how she manages to balance work and family as the wife of high-profile sports agent Casey Close and devoted mother to their two children. An unceasing advocate for respect and equality for women, Carlson writes openly about her own struggles with body image, pageant stereotypes, building her career, and having the courage to speak her mind. She encourages women to strive for their goals, never give up, and always believe in themselves. In Getting Real, Carlson emerges as a living example of a woman not afraid to chase her dreams and embrace life fully"-- Provided by publisher.

Blackout : remembering the things I drank to forget

June 25, 2015
Hepola, Sarah, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
230 pages ; 22 cm
A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, BLACKOUT is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure--the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It's about giving up the thing you cherish most--but getting yourself back in return.

Model woman : Eileen Ford and the business of beauty

June 25, 2015
Lacey, Robert.
x, 339 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Supermodels for breakfast -- Nothing to do but look pretty -- Origins -- The most talented child ever born -- Great Neck -- The Bobbsey twins -- Young and beautiful -- Something mellifluous -- Model student -- Le meilleur moment de l'amour -- Jerry -- Stylist -- Agency -- New look -- Goddesses and masterpieces -- Model types -- Scouts and bookers -- Ideal for entertaining -- Shoes under the bed -- Bonjour, Paris! -- Celebrity models -- In the eye of the beholder -- Youthquake 1965 -- Rivalries -- Breakfast at Seventy-eighth Street -- The panorama -- Model wars -- The Ford empire strikes back -- Cover girls -- Sex and drugs and supermodels -- Hopping like bedbugs -- Full circle -- Beauty business -- Appendix. Top Ford models.
"Chronicles the Ford Modeling Agency's meteoric rise to the top of the fashion and beauty business, and paints a ... portrait of the uncompromising woman at its helm in all her glittering, tyrannical brilliance. Outspoken and controversial, Ford was never afraid to offend in defense of her stringent standards. When she chose, she could deliver hauteur in the grand tradition of fashion's battle-axes, from Coco Chanel to Diana Vreeland--just ask John Casablancas or Janice Dickinson. But she was also a shrewd businesswoman with a keen eye for talent and a passion for serving her clients"

The good shufu : finding love, self, and home on the far side of the world

June 25, 2015
Slater, Tracy.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
323 pages ; 22 cm
"In this memoir of travel and love, a fiercely independent American woman finds everything she ever wanted in the most unexpected place. Shufu. In Japanese it means "housewife," and it's the last thing Tracy Slater ever thought she'd call herself. A writer and academic, Tracy had carefully constructed a life she loved in her beloved hometown of Boston. But everything was upended when she fell head over heels for the most unlikely mate: a Japanese salaryman based in Osaka who barely spoke her language. Deciding to give fate a chance, Tracy built a life in Japan filled with contradictions and dissonance, but also strange moments of enlightenment and joy"-- Provided by publisher.

World on a string : a musical memoir

June 25, 2015
Pizzarelli, John, author.
Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2013]
xxii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Lincoln Center."
When I was a little boy -- Rock and roll high school -- Travels with Bucky -- How I met my mother -- Sing, sing, sing -- The king of swing : Benny -- My mother's eggplant -- Raised on radio -- On the road -- Counting my blessings : Loving Rosie -- Come fly with me : My travels with Mr. Sinatra -- Team Dream -- On Broadway -- On the road (again) -- Let me off uptown (but with a stop at 76th and Madison) -- This old guitar -- The long and winding country road : James Taylor and Paul McCartney -- Finale : The best is yet to come.


June 25, 2015
Birmant, Julie, author.
London : SelfMadeHero, 2015.
342 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
This award-winning graphic biography of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) captures the prolific and eventful life of one of the world's best-loved artists. Pablo explores Picasso's early life among the bohemians of Montmartre, his turbulent relationship with artist/model Fernande Olivier, and how his art developed through friendships with poets Max Jacob and Guillaume Apollinaire, the painter Georges Braque, and his great rival Henri Matisse.

WWE ultimate superstar guide

June 24, 2015
Pantaleo, Steve, author.
207 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
See WWE Superstars like you've never seen them before! The Ultimate Superstars Guide by BradyGames is an illustrated compedium of all the biggest Superstars to ever grace the WWE ring. The Ultimate Superstars Guide is filled with more than 200 illustrations of your favourite WWE Superstars including Hulk Hogan, Triple H and more. You can learn everything you need to know about these amazing athletes with facts, stats, and more.

MusicHound jazz : the essential album guide

June 24, 2015
New York : Schirmer Trade Books, ©1998.
xxiv, 1390 pages : illustrations, ports. ; 24 cm
Originally published: Detroit : Visible Ink Press, 1998.
Includes indexes.
List of sidebars -- Foreword / T.S. Monk -- Introduction / Steve Holtje -- musicHound owner's manual -- Credits -- Acknowledgments -- A -- z guide to jazz acts -- Compilation of albums -- Books, magazines, and newsletters -- Web sites -- Record labels -- Radio stations -- Music festivals -- Five-bone album index -- Band member index -- Producer index -- Roots index -- Category index.

A time for truth : reigniting the promise of America

June 23, 2015
Cruz, Ted, 1970-
New York : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
x, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A first book by the controversial senator outlines his political and personal perspectives while evaluating his potential for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

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