New Arrivals · Biography

April 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The auctioneer : adventures in the art trade

April 29, 2016
De Pury, Simon, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
x, 228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
My nude portrait -- Going contempo -- Artopolis -- L'Artist --The apprentice -- London calling -- My role model -- The auction house wars -- Simon De Monaco -- Our man in Geneva -- A royal courtship -- Me and the baron -- The merry wives of Henri; or the making of a collector -- Foreign intrigues -- If I had a hammer -- Team of rivals -- The women -- My oligarchs -- Courting Medicis -- The cutting edge.
"Simon de Pury, the ultimate art player, takes us inside the secretive business, whose staggering prices, famous collectors, and high crimes are front page news almost every day. The former Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, the former owner of Sotheby's rival Phillips de Pury, and currently a London-based dealer and advisor to great collectors around the world, Simon has one of the highest profiles of any non-artist in the art world. Even though he has an ancient title and the aura of an elegant Swiss banker, Simon is famous as an iconoclast and is known as "The Mick Jagger of Auctions" for his showmanship and exuberance. His whole life in art has been devoted to bringing art to the public and to the juxtaposition of high and low. Movie stars, musicians, and athletes compete with hedge funders and billionaires for the great art, and Simon is their pied piper; he wants to turn the world to art and this book will be his message"--Provided by publisher.

The cook up : a crack rock memoir

April 29, 2016
Watkins, D., author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
261 pages ; 22 cm
The smartest kid on his block in East Baltimore, D. was certain he would escape the life of drugs, decadence, and violence that had surrounded him since birth. But when his brother Devin is shot-only days after D. receives notice that he's been accepted into Georgetown University-the plans for his life are exploded, and he takes up the mantel of his brother's crack empire. D. succeeds in cultivating the family business, but when he meets a woman unlike any he's known before, his priorities are once more put into question. Equally terrifying and hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking, D.'s story offers a rare glimpse into the mentality of a person who has escaped many hells.

An artist in America

April 29, 2016
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, 1990.
xx, 395 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The essential Mickey Rooney

April 28, 2016
Neibaur, James L., 1958-
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xxi, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Paul McCartney : the life

April 28, 2016
Norman, Philip, 1943- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
853 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.

A series of catastrophes & miracles : a true story of love, science, and cancer

April 28, 2016
Williams, Mary Elizabeth, (Journalist), author.
304 pages ; 24 cm
"A wry, witty account of what it is like to face death--and be restored to life. After being diagnosed in her early 40s with metastatic melanoma--a "rapidly fatal" form of cancer--journalist and mother of two Mary Elizabeth Williams finds herself in a race against the clock. She takes a once-in-a-lifetime chance and joins a clinical trial for immunotherapy, a revolutionary drug regimen that trains the body to vanquish malignant cells. Astonishingly, her cancer disappears entirely in just a few weeks. But at the same time, her best friend embarks on a cancer journey of her own--with very different results. Williams's experiences as a patient and a medical test subject reveal with stark honesty what it takes to weather disease, the extraordinary new developments that are rewriting the rules of science--and the healing power of human connection"-- Provided by publisher.

Changing normal : how I helped my husband beat cancer

April 28, 2016
Henner, Marilu, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
x, 242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Marilu Henner was moving on with her life after a divorce when her old college classmate Michael Brown, whom she had not seen in over twenty years, called her out of nowhere. Within days of their reconnecting in 2003, they became inseparable. But only months later, Michael was diagnosed with bladder cancer, and then lung cancer. Marilu refused to lose the love of her life so easily. With the knowledge she had gained on her own health journey, Marilu set about finding a path for Michael that would use the best of Eastern and Western medicine to beat his cancers and return him to optimal health. He eschewed most traditional treatments, and with Marilu's help--aided by knowledgeable and sympathetic doctors--he forged his own path. Here, Marilu tells the story of their fast-paced romance, contrasted with the day-to-day battle for Michael's life. Michael tells the story from his point of view: the search for the cause of his cancer, the anguish he felt as he realized how responsible he was for his condition, the physical and mental hardships that he had to overcome, and the triumph of love that made it all worthwhile. Not a "how-to" book in the traditional sense, Changing Normal is a book of empowerment, a call for all those facing similar challenges to take responsibility for their lives, to search for the causes of their illness and address them directly.

James Joyce : portrait of a Dubliner

April 27, 2016
Zapico, Alfonso, author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2016.
231 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
First published as Dubliné in Spanish by Astiberri Ediciones.

Stealing first : the Teddy Kremer story

April 26, 2016
Kremer, Teddy, 1983- author.
Athens, GA : Deeds Publishing, 2016.
xxi, 233 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Her again : becoming Meryl Streep

April 26, 2016
Schulman, Michael, author.
New York : Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishing, 2016.
293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep -- the "Iron Lady" of acting, nominated for nineteen Oscars and winner of three -- that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent.

Shoe dog : a memoir by the creator of Nike

April 26, 2016
Knight, Philip H., 1938- author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
386 pages ; 24 cm
"In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed $8,000 his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion."--Provided by publisher.

Father Lincoln : the untold story of Abraham Lincoln and his boys--Robert, Eddy, Willie, and Tad

April 26, 2016
Manning, Alan (A. Alan), author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, 2016.
xvi, 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Thomas Lincoln and his son -- Putting down roots -- Don't let the blessed fellows forget father -- Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven -- Growing ambition, growing family -- Bob promises very well -- So much bliss -- We loved him so -- It's all right now -- Richmond -- They have killed Papa dead.

Newsmaker : Roy W. Howard : the mastermind behind the Scripps-Howard news empire from the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age

April 26, 2016
Beard, Patricia, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, 2016.
xxvi, 339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

Tom Paine's iron bridge : building a United States

April 25, 2016
Gray, Edward G., 1964-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2016.
xiv, 235 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Author's note: Architect, not engineer -- River city -- The hazards of competition -- Years of peril -- The trials of the republic of Pennsylvania -- The Schuylkill and its crossings -- The Schuylkill Permanent Bridge Company -- The magical iron arch -- American architect -- An architect and his patrons -- The great rupture -- The specter of Paine -- Citizen Paine -- No nation of iron bridges -- Epilogue -- A note on sources.
"The little-known story of the architectural project that lay at the heart of Paine's grand political vision for the United States. Thomas Jefferson praised Tom Paine as the greatest political writer of the age. The author of 'Common Sense' and Rights of Man, Paine helped make revolutions in America and France. But beyond his inspiring calls to action, Paine harbored a deeper political vision for his adopted country. It was embodied in an architectural project that he spent decades planning: an iron bridge to span the Schuylkill River at Philadelphia. The bridge was Paine's answer to the political puzzle of the new nation: how to sustain a republic as large and geographically fragmented as the United States. Among its patrons were other giants of the time, including Benjamin Franklin and Edmund Burke, Paine's ideological opponent. Set against the background of the American Revolution, the story of his iron bridge reveals a new Tom Paine and connects this revolutionary to the vast program of internal improvements that soon transformed America"--Provided by publisher.

American huckster : how Chuck Blazer got rich from-and sold out-the most powerful fiefdom in world sports

April 22, 2016
Papenfuss, Mary.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Teetering at the top -- On the hustle -- Birth of soccer fiefdom -- Playboy of Western CONCACAF -- Mad parrots and crazy ideas -- Uncle Jack -- Life was good -- Pay to play -- A hundred and five in the shade -- Pirates of the Caribbean -- Whistle-blowing past the graveyard -- The hammer falls -- La FIFA Nostra -- Injury time -- Game over.

Enter Helen : the invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the rise of the modern single woman

April 22, 2016
Hauser, Brooke, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
xi, 462 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the mid-Sixties, Helen Gurley Brown, author of the groundbreaking Sex and the Single Girl, took over the ailing Cosmopolitan magazine and revamped it into one of the most successful brands in the world. At a time when magazines taught housewives how to make the perfect casserole, Helen reimagined Cosmo and womanhood itself, championing the independent, ambitious, man-loving single woman. Though she was married, to Hollywood producer David Brown, no one embodied the idea of the Cosmo Girl more than the Ozarks-born Helen, who willed, worked, and--yes--occasionally slept her way to the top, eventually becoming one of the most influential media players in the world."-- Provided by publisher.

A different kind of daughter : the girl who hid from the Taliban in plain sight

April 22, 2016
Toorpakai, Maria, 1990-
New York : Twelve, 2016.
355 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Prologue: A Prophecy -- One: Between the Mountains -- Two: The Mullah -- Three: An Unlikely Bride -- Four: Genghis Khan -- Five: Bhutto's Muse -- Six: The Wall -- Seven: The City of Guns -- Eight: Deities, Temples, and Angels -- Nine: Out of the Tribal Lands -- Ten: The Capital of Empires -- Eleven: I Am Maria -- Twelve: Playing Like a Girl -- Thirteen: Smoking Scorpions -- Fourteen: Rupees for My Mother -- Fifteen: The Giver of Treasure -- Sixteen: Number One -- Seventeen: In the Crosshairs -- Eighteen: Purdah -- Nineteen: Breakbone Fever -- Twenty: Liberty Bell -- Epilogue: One Thousand Marias.
"'Maria Toorpakai hails from Pakistan's violently oppressive northwest tribal region, where the idea of women playing sports is considered haram--un-Islamic, forbidden--and girls rarely leave their homes. But she did, passing as a boy in order to play the sports she loved, thus becoming a lightning rod of freedom in her country's fierce battle over women's rights."-- Provided by publisher.

Blood, bone, and marrow : a biography of Harry Crews

April 21, 2016
Geltner, Ted, author.
Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2016]
xii, 414 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm

Clarina Nichols : frontier crusader for women's rights

April 20, 2016
Eickhoff, Diane, author.
Kansas City : Quindaro Press, 2016.
230 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Adapted from: Revolutionary Heart : Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights.
A biography of the early American newspaper publisher and feminist, Clarina Howard Nichols. Includes an overview of the first women's rights movement.

Six memos from the last millennium : a novelist reads the Talmud

April 20, 2016
Skibell, Joseph, author.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2016.
xxi, 240 pages ; 24 cm
A novelist reads the Talmud : an introduction -- Timeline of relevant events, according to rabbinic tradition -- Memo one. Rabbi Yohanan and Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish -- Eros and alchemy in the waters of the Jordan -- Memo two. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai -- Turning the hearts of fathers -- Memo three a, b, and c. Rabbi Elazar ben Rabbi Shimon, Rabbi Pinhas ben Yair, and Rabbi Judah ben Gerim -- Towards the hearts of sons -- Memo four. Rabban Gamliel II of Yavneh, Rabbi Joshua ben Hananiah, and Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus -- The gate of a broken heart -- Memo five. Rabbi Akiva, Shimon ben Azzai, Shimon ben Zoma, and Elisha ben Avuyah -- Revelation, retribution, perdition, ecstasy, and bliss : an epic canvas.

My badass book of saints : courageous women who showed me how to live

April 19, 2016
Johnson, Maria Morera.
Notre Dame, Indiana : Ave Maria Press, [2015]
xxii, 136 pages ; 22 cm
In this edgy, honest, and often audacious book of Catholic spirituality Maria Morera Johnson explores the qualities of 24 holy women who lived lives of virtue in unexpected and often difficult circumstances. Johnson shares her experience as an educator of at-risk college students, and caregiver for a husband with Lou Gehrig's disease. Through humorous, empowering, and touching portraits of 24 spiritual mentors who inspired her, Johnson shows how their bravery, integrity, selflessness, perseverance, and hope helped her and can help others have courage to reach for a closer connection to God. She presents remarkable holy women and saints-including Irena Sendler who helped smuggle children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II-in a way that brings their vivid personalities to life and helps readers live out the challenges of their lives with virtue and conviction. The book includes a group discussion guide.

Chasing the last laugh : Mark Twain's raucous and redemptive round-the-world comedy tour

April 19, 2016
Zacks, Richard, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2016].
x, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of The Pirate Hunter and Island of Vice, a rich and lively account of Mark Twain's late-life adventures abroad. In 1895, at age sixty, Mark Twain was dead broke and miserable--his recent novels had been critical and commercial failures, and he was bankrupted by his inexplicable decision to run a publishing company. His wife made him promise to pay every debt back in full, so Twain embarked on an around-the-world comedy lecture tour that would take him from the dusty small towns of the American West to the faraway lands of India, South Africa, Australia, and beyond. Richard Zacks' rich and entertaining narrative provides a portrait of Twain as complicated, vibrant individual, and showcases the biting wit and skeptical observation that made him one of the greatest of all American writers. Twain remained abroad for five years, a time of struggle and wild experiences -- and ultimately redemption, as he rediscovered his voice as a writer and humorist, and returned, wiser and celebrated. As he said in his famous reply to an article about his demise, "the report of my death is an exaggeration." Weaving together a trove of sources, including newspaper accounts, correspondence, and unpublished material from Berkeley's ongoing Twain Project, Zacks chronicles a chapter of Twain's life as complex as the author himself, full of foolishness and bad choices, but also humor, self-discovery, and triumph"-- Provided by publisher.

Callings : the purpose and passion of work

April 19, 2016
Isay, David, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes "Favorite storycorps questions" -- page [261]
"A StoryCorps book"--Cover.
Herman, Heyn, street-corner astronomer -- Barbara Abelhauser, bridgetender -- Sharon Long, forensic artist -- Marat Kogut, NBA referee -- Alton Yates, aeromedical field tester -- Ronald McNair, astronaut -- Storm Reyes, library assistant -- Dorothy Warburton, scientist -- Thomas McGarvey, dentist -- Dakalb Walcott, Jr. and Dekalb Walcott III, firefighters -- Don and Mackenzie Byles, funeral directors -- Anne Lucietto, mechanical engineer -- Phil Kerner, tool and die maker -- Barbara Moore, bricklayer -- Noramay Cadena, engineer and enterpreneur -- Olga Ayala, sculptor -- Larry and Laura Michaelis, physicians -- Johnny Bradley, farmer -- Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, actor -- Red Lain, oil rig driller -- Dana Viviano, oncology nurse -- Issan Koyama, hospice chaplain -- John Vigiano Jr. and Joe Vigiano, 9/11 first responders -- Kerry Davis and Ken Hopper, ironworkers -- Angelo Bruno and Eddie Nieves, sanitation workers -- Rich Barham and Nelson Peck, veterans crisis hotline workers -- Rowan Allen, emergency medical technician -- Michelle Alore, ICU nurse -- Austin Chen, ob-gyn -- Burnell Cotlon, grocer -- Vito de la Cruz, assistant federal public defender -- Pat Hays, policewoman -- Dawn Maestas, ink removal specialist -- Barbara Butler, FMF corpsman -- Ayodeji Ogunniyi, English teacher -- Al Siedlecki, science teacher -- Sol Aramendi, artist and educator -- Ted Dennard, beekeeper -- Rose Brudno, bar owner -- Leonard Berk, salmon slicer -- Clarence Haskett, beer vendor -- Arnie Knapp, entertainer coach operator -- Paquita Williams, subway conductor -- Jim Clyburn, congressman -- Darlene Lewis, employment counselor -- Miranda Louise, waitress and blues singer -- Jerry Lawson, video game inventor -- Clela Rores, county clerk -- Eric D. Williams, pastor -- Laura Martinez, chef and restaurateur -- Dorothy Glinton, Ford seembly plant supervisor -- Wendell Scott, NASCAR driver -- Lyle Link, building contractor.

Approval junkie : adventures in caring too much

April 18, 2016
Salie, Faith, 1971- author.
viii, 256 pages ; 22 cm
Faith accompli -- No bangs for the bucks -- Howler monkey -- Miss Aphrodite -- Extra vanilla -- I sing the body dysmorphic -- The best hand job ever -- The exorcism -- Face for radio -- Shrink rapt -- My summer fling with Bill O'Reilly (or, My fair and unbalanced lady) -- What I wore to my divorce -- JSAP -- The final truffle -- Ovary achiever : an approval junkie;s guide to fertility -- Wait, wait ... don't tell me about Batman's nipples -- Buy buy Hellmouth -- On the fringe : a cautionary tale -- Book marked -- My husband's dog is not my kids' brother -- Breastfeeding sucks -- A stamp of approval for my daughter.
"In this hilarious collection of essays, comedian Faith Salie reflects on the absurd hoops she's jumped through in order to win approval. From running in place in a darkened shower in Africa at 4 am to lose weight, to agreeing to an exorcism at the behest of her crazy ex-husband, to eating pig organs with Harrison Ford's son after her producers told her it would 'make good TV', Salie has done it all in the hopes of achieving positive reinforcement from colleagues, friends, and her aforementioned ex (or as she calls him, 'was-band'). With thoughtfulness and sarcasm, Salie reflects on why it is she tries so hard to please others, highlighting a phenomenon that many people-- especially women-- experience at home and in the work place. Equal parts laugh-out loud funny and poignant, Approval Junkie is a humorous exploration into why it is that we so desperately try to please others at the expense of our own happiness"--Provided by publisher.

Only in Naples : lessons in food and famiglia from my Italian mother-in-law

April 18, 2016
Wilson, Katherine, 1974-
New York : Random House, 2016.
viii, 287 pages ; 22 cm
"When Katherine Wilson decides to do an internship abroad after graduating from college in 1996, she is warned by her family and friends against going to Naples. It is dirty and dangerous, she is told. 'The good guys and the bad guys all look alike;' 'You should really go to Tuscany, ' she is cautioned. But it is the chaos and vibrancy of Naples that intrigues Katherine. After taking an internship at the American Consulate she is set up on a blind date with a young man named Salva. She expects to be taken to dinner at a pizzeria, but instead is taken home to meet Salva's mother, Raffaella. This marks the start of Katherine's initiation into Italian society. She and Salva end up marrying, but it's Raffaella who gives Katherine the culinary and cultural education that marks the beginning of her womanhood"--Provided by publisher.

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