New Arrivals · Biography

April 17, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cincinnati Reds legends

April 16, 2015
Shannon, Mike, 1951-
Kent, Ohio : The Kent State University Press, 2015.
xi, 86 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm

Say No to the devil : the life and musical genius of Rev. Gary Davis

April 16, 2015
Zack, Ian, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
xviii, 323 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: you got to move -- There was a time that I was blind (1896-1916) -- Street-corner bard (1917-28) -- "I was a blues cat" (1928-34) -- Great change in me (1934-43) -- Meet you at the station (1943-49) -- Who shall deliver poor me? (1950-55) -- I'll be alright someday (1955-58) -- I can't make this journey by myself (1958-59) -- He knows how much we can bear (1960-61) -- Let the savior bless your soul: the reverend in the pulpit -- Children, go where I send thee (1961-62) -- Lord, stand by me (1962-63) -- On the road and over the ocean -- The guitar lessons: "bring your money, honey!" -- Buck dance (1965-66) -- Where you goin', old drunkard? -- There's a bright side somewhere (1967-70) -- Tired, my soul needs resting (1971-72) -- Epilogue: when I die, I'll live again.

Spinoza : the outcast thinker

April 17, 2015
Lehmann, Devra, author.
South Hampton, New Hampshire : Namelos, [2014]
xvii, 269 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Persecution in Spain and Portugal -- The Dutch promised land -- Jewish life in Amsterdam -- Beyond the Jewish neighborhood -- Questions and potential consequences -- Doubting the immortality of the soul -- The many forces of intolerance -- The frustrated merchant -- More attempts at Jewish answers -- Exploring the wider world -- The suspected heretic -- Excommunication -- Lenses and the new science -- The Cartesian Revolution -- Launching a written philosophy -- Radical views of nature and God -- Caution and Cartesian lessons -- Plagues of body and mind -- Political upheavals and the Ethics -- Surges of religious unreason -- The Theological-Political Treatise -- Urgent reasons to publish -- The furious public response -- True freedom's gory end -- Quiet amidst the storm -- Discouraging events -- Personal encounters -- Death and its aftermath.
"A brilliant schoolboy in Amsterdam quickly learns to keep his ideas to himself. When he is twenty-three years old, those ideas prove so shocking and scandalous to his Jewish community that he is publicly denounced and expelled from his synagogue and neighborhood. The scandal shows no sign of waning as his ideas spread throughout seventeenth-century Europe, where he is almost universally reviled as an instrument of the devil. At the center of the storm, he lives the simplest of lives, quietly devoted to his work as a lens grinder and to his steadfast search for truth--an endeavor that paves the way for all that is best in modern democracies. He does not live to see the results of his efforts, but his ideas change the world."--Provided by publisher.

From jailer to jailed : my journey from correction and police commissioner to inmate #84888-054

April 14, 2015
Kerik, Bernard B., author.
New York : Threshold Editions, 2015.
xi, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- The other side of the bars. Despair ; Cumberland ; Eyes open ; Time stands still ; Taming Rikers ; The box and the angel ; A supermax for the King ; Terror ; Life lessons -- How it happened. A few good men ; The rise before the fall ; Gifts, nannies, and renovations ; In Jordan ; The Feds close in ; Losing Rudy ; Kerik needs help ; Ties that bind -- Reform. From the inside ; Return ; A new direction.
"Bernard Kerik was New York City's police commissioner during the 9/11 attacks, who became an American hero as he led the NYPD through rescue and recovery efforts of the World Trade Center. Now, he is a former federal prison inmate known as #84888-054, convicted of tax fraud and false statements in 2007. Now for the first time, he talks candidly about his time on the inside: the torture of solitary confinement, the abuse of power, the mental and physical torment of being locked up in a cage, the powerlessness"

Motorcycles I've loved

April 14, 2015
Brooks-Dalton, Lily, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
244 pages ; 22 cm
"A memoir"--Jacket.
"At twenty-one-years-old, Lily Brooks-Dalton is feeling lost; returning to New England after three and a half years traveling overseas, she finds herself unsettled, unattached, and without the drive to move forward. When a friend mentions buying a motorcycle, Brooks-Dalton is intrigued and inspired. Before long she is diving headlong into the world of gearheads, reconsidering her surroundings through the visor of a motorcycle helmet, and beginning a study of motion that will help her understand her own trajectory. Her love for these powerful machines starts as a diversion, but as she continues riding and maintaining her own motorcycles, she rediscovers herself, her history, and her momentum"

Gray work : confessions of an American paramilitary spy

April 13, 2015
Smith, Jamie F., author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
x, 385 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The rise of the rebels. Libya ; Meeting ambassadors ; Cairo ; Travel to Benghazi ; Meeting the rebels ; How much is this going to cost us? ; Spying on the State Department? ; Escaping Saddam ; Plan B ; Th the shores of Tripoli -- The fall of a dictator. Inside the militia ; Shoot 'em in the teeth while they sleep ; Building a spy : the foundations ; The battle for Sirte ; Dogs, cans, and dead snipers ; Creating an operator ; Old meat in the locker -- Afghanistan. Blackwater ; Going to war ; Eight miles to go ; "Loading!" ; Bad contractors -- Syria, Iran, Mali. The Iranian operator ; Rendition ; Syria ; Targeted killing ; MANPAD + bad guy + jet = bad day.
A "first-hand look into the life of America's private paramilitary warriors and their highly secretive work around the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Birth of a theorem : a mathematical adventure

April 13, 2015
Villani, Cédric, 1973-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
260 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"An intimate look inside a mathematician's mind as he wrestles with the theorem that will make his reputation"-- Provided by publisher.

Going off script : how I survived a crazy childhood, cancer, and Clooney's 32 on-screen rejections

April 13, 2015
Rancic, Giuliana, author.
266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
"A ... memoir from ... Giuliana Rancic, ... best known for interviewing A-listers on E! News and the red carpet, skewering their most questionable sartorial decisions on Fashion Police, and giving viewers a front-row seat to her marriage and home life on her reality show, Giuliana and Bill ... [She] really bares all--from her childhood as an Italian immigrant to her rise to the top of entertainment journalism (and all the amusing stories from working the celebrity beat) to never-before-revealed details of her struggles with infertility and breast cancer"-- Provided by publisher.

So that happened

April 13, 2015
Cryer, Jon, 1965- author.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2015]
xi, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Subtitle in pre-publication: My unexpected life in Hollywood.
"A memoir"--Jacket.
A child slave for Zestabs -- Things were wonderful before you came -- The fish-in-a-barrel situation -- The fat man sits in row H -- No knob on the gearshift -- For some reason, a trenchcoat -- Jon? Jon! -- This is just how we are! -- And another. And another -- But now I have to shoot it -- My "Breakfast Club" fist moment -- People actually booed -- Fuck 1987 -- So we did something strenuous -- Don't make me Gary Sandy -- The Art Garfunkel role -- And this is Tuesday, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha -- Oh, yeah, Charlie Sheen -- That time the very worst thing happened -- Corn? When did I have corn? -- P-choo, P-choo! P-choo! -- Not really an answer to the winter part -- The mechanics of jokedom department -- We who labor in the shadow of giants -- Episodes of "Two and a half men" -- The tsunami is more important -- React to the good part.
"Cryer charts his ... journey in show business, illuminating his many triumphs and some missteps along the way. Filled with exclusive behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Cryer offers his own ... perspective on Hollywood, the business at large, and the art of acting"

Becoming Steve Jobs : the evolution of a reckless upstart into a visionary leader

April 13, 2015
Schlender, Brent.
New York : Crown Business, [2015]
viii, 447 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Steve Jobs in the Garden of Allah -- "I didn't want to be a businessman" -- Breakthrough and breakdown -- What's next? -- A side bet -- Bill Gates pays a visit --Luck -- Bozos, bastards, and keepers -- Maybe they had to be crazy -- Following your nose -- Do your level best -- Two decisions -- Stanford -- A safe haven for Pixar -- The whole widget -- Blind spots, grudges, and sharp elbows -- "Just tell them I'm being an asshole."
"Based on the hugely popular cover story about Steve Jobs in Fast Company in May 2012, this is the behind the scenes account of how Steve Jobs arguably became the most famous and visionary CEO in history. Award-winning journalist Brent Schlender and veteran editor Rick Tetzeli have interviewed friends, industry insiders, and the people who knew Jobs best throughout his evolution as a CEO and leader. In addition Schlender, who knew Jobs personally for 25 years, has over 100 hours of interview tapes with Jobs to draw on, many hours of which have never before been transcribed"-- Provided by publisher.

Words without music : a memoir

April 10, 2015
Glass, Philip, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Company, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
xii, 416 pages, 16 un-numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores examines his own life and career.

9 1/2 narrow : my life in shoes

April 10, 2015
Morrisroe, Patricia, 1951- author.
New York, New York : Gotham Books, [2015]
244 pages ; 22 cm
White Mary Janes -- The dog ate my mules -- The killer podiatrist -- Wedgies -- Beatle boots -- A ghillie out of water -- A bully in brogues -- To Oz and back -- Love on a shoestring -- The Oxford boys -- The Blahnik-Puma wedding -- Girlfriend shoes -- Go-go boots -- In the heights -- A pain in the heel -- Feet first -- Pilgrim's progress.
"Combining tidbits of cultural history, [journalist] Morrisroe chronicles her life as a bullied Catholic schoolgirl in Moby Dick brogues; a besotted college student in granny boots; an aspiring journalist in Annie Hall oxfords; a skeptical bride in her first Manolos; a reluctant fashionista in towering peep-toe pumps; and a concerned daughter, whose elderly mother hoped that her New Balance sneakers would help her regain her old balance"

Billie Holiday : the musician and the myth

April 10, 2015
Szwed, John F., 1936- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
230 pages ; 24 cm
The book I : Lady sings the blues -- The book II : the rest of the story -- The image : film, television, photography -- The prehistory of a singer -- The singer I -- The singer II -- The songs I -- The songs II.
"Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, ... jazz writer John Szwed considers how [Holiday's] life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy"

Biography of Sergeant John B. Pingel of Merrill's Marauders

April 10, 2015
Pingel, John B., 1924- author.
[Covington, KY] : [John B. Pingel], 2014.
13 leaves in various pagings : illustrations ; 28 cm

Capital dames : the Civil War and the women of Washington, 1848-1868

April 9, 2015
Roberts, Cokie, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
x, 494 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
Meet the women of Washington, 1848-1856 -- Jessie runs for president but Harriet takes the White House and Mary Jane reports, 1856-1858 -- Varina leads and leaves as Abby drops by, 1859-1861 -- Rose goes to jail, Jessie goes to the White House, Dorothea goes to work, 1861 -- Rose is released, Clara goes to war, Louisa May briefly nurses, 1862 -- Lizzie reports on the action, Janet goes to camp, Louisa takes charge, 1863 -- Anna speaks, Jessie campaigns (again), Sojourner visits, 1864 -- One Mary leaves, one Mary hangs, and Lois writes about it all, 1865 -- Virginia and Varina return, Sara survives, Mary is humiliated, Kate loses, 1866-1868.
"Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a ... look at Washington, D.C., and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history"

Never enough : one lawyer's true story of how he gambled his career away

April 9, 2015
Burke, Michael J., 1946-
Chicago, Ill. : American Bar Association, 2008.
x, 138 p. ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
Alcoholism -- Gambling -- Descent -- Arraignment -- Sentencing -- Prison stories -- My daughters -- Life after prison -- Identification of the compulsive gambler -- Treatment for the compulsive gambler.

The folded clock : a diary

April 7, 2015
Julavits, Heidi, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
290 pages ; 22 cm
"Like many young people, Heidi Julavits kept a diary. Decades later she found her old diaries in a storage bin, and hoped to discover the early evidence of the person (and writer) she'd since become. Instead, 'The actual diaries revealed me to possess the mind of a paranoid tax auditor.' The entries are daily chronicles of anxieties about grades, looks, boys, and popularity. After reading the confessions of her past self, writes Julavits, 'I want to good-naturedly laugh at this person. I want to but I can't. What she wanted then is scarcely different from what I want today.' Thus was born a desire to try again, to chronicle her daily life as a forty-something woman, wife, mother, and writer"-- Provided by publisher.

The story : a reporter's journey

April 7, 2015
Miller, Judith, 1948- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xiv, 381 pages ; 25 cm
Andbar Province, Iraq -- Nightclub royalty in the shadow of the bomb -- The New York Times, the token -- The Washington bureau -- Becoming a "Timesman" -- Egypt: foreign correspondent -- From the Nile to the Seine -- "Be careful what you wish for": Washington news editor -- The Gulf war -- Terror in tiny packages -- Al Qaeda -- Ashes and anthrax: the shadow of 9/11 -- The defector -- Phase 2: Iraq -- "Where's Waldo?" the hunt for WMD in Iraq -- The revolt -- The war within -- Correcting the record -- Scapegoat -- Protecting sources -- Inmate 45570083 -- Departures.
"Reporter for the New York Times; ... foreign correspondent in some of the most dangerous fields; Pulitzer winner; [and] longest jailed correspondent for protecting her sources, Judith Miller ... turns her reporting skills on herself with the intensity of her professional vocation"

A fine romance

April 7, 2015
Bergen, Candice, 1946- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
x, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The arrival -- Louis at last -- The cutest cactus -- Murphy: Mike Wallace in a dress -- Time marshes on -- Au revoir l'enfant.
In a follow-up to Knock Wood by the Emmy Award-winning actress traces the milestone events of her life, including her first marriage, the birth of her daughter, her work on Murphy Brown and her struggles with widowhood.

Epic measures : one doctor, seven billion patients

April 7, 2015
Smith, Jeremy N., author.
New York : Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
xvii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Medical doctor and economist Christopher Murray began the Global Burden of Disease studies to gain a truer understanding of how we live and how we die. Murray argues that the ideal existence isn't simply the longest but the one lived well and with the least illness. Until we can accurately measure how people live and die, we cannot understand what makes us sick or do much to improve it. In Epic Measures, journalist Jeremy N. Smith offers an intimate look at Murray and his groundbreaking work.

Billy Martin : baseball's flawed genius

April 7, 2015
Pennington, Bill, 1956- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
xiii, 530 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Martin is a story of contrasts. He was the clutch second baseman for the dominant New York Yankees of the 1950s. He then spent sixteen seasons managing in the big leagues, and is considered ... to have been a true baseball genius, a field manager without peer. Yet he's remembered more for his habit of kicking dirt on umpires, for being hired and fired by George Steinbrenner five times, and for his rabble rousing and public brawls ... Pennington finally erases the caricature of Martin, drawing on exhaustive interviews with friends, family, teammates, and countless adversaries [and painting] an indelible portrait of a man who never backed down for the game he loved"-- Provided by publisher.

Motherland : growing up with the Holocaust

April 7, 2015
Goldberg, Rita, 1949-
New York : The New Press, 2015.
xii, 340 pages, 16 numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
First published in Great Britain by Halban Publishers Ltd., 2014.
Berlin -- Berlin and Amsterdam -- My mother comes of age -- Invasion, Amsterdam 1940 -- In the Ardennes, 1943 -- Bergen-Belsen, April 1945 -- Displaced persons, Bergen-Belsen -- Love letters amsterdam, Basel -- War again, Israel 1948 -- An American in Germany, 1971.

The real doctor will see you shortly : a physician's first year

April 7, 2015
McCarthy, Matt, author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
323 pages ; 25 cm
"This ... memoir about the author's intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into the critical care unit to see one burgeoning physician's journey from ineptitude to competence"-- Provided by publisher.

The skeleton cupboard : the making of a clinical psychologist

April 7, 2015
Byron, Tanya. author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2015.
309 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: London : Macmillan, 2014.
"Gripping, unforgettable and deeply affecting, The Skeleton Cupboard recounts the patient stories that most influenced Professor Tanya Byron, covering years of training that forced her to confront the harsh realities of the lives of her patients and the demons of her own family's history. Among others, we meet Ray, a violent sociopath desperate to be treated with tenderness and compassion; Mollie, a talented teenager intent on starving herself; and Imogen, a twelve-year-old so haunted by a secret that she's intent on killing herself. Byron brings the reader along as she uncovers the reasons each of these individuals behave the way they do, resulting in a thrilling, compulsively readable psychological mystery that sheds light on mental illness and what its treatment tells us about ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.

Born with teeth : a memoir

April 6, 2015
Mulgrew, Kate, 1955- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2015.
x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A star known for her strong female roles in Star Trek: Voyager and Orange Is the New Black offers a deeply moving account of the price and rewards of a passionate life.

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