New Arrivals · Biography

February 11, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Leonard : my fifty-year friendship with a remarkable man

February 10, 2016
Shatner, William, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2016.
278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"William Shatner's personal tribute to his longtime friend and Star Trek co-star, Leonard Nimoy"-- Provided by publisher.

West of Eden : an American place

February 10, 2016
Stein, Jean, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xiii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Maps -- I. The Dohenys -- 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills -- II. The Warners -- 1801 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills -- III. The Garlands -- 22368 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu -- IV. Jennifer Jones -- 1400 Tower Grove Road, Beverly Hills -- 22400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu -- 22368 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu -- V. The Steins -- 1330 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills -- Biographical Notes.
"An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles by the author of the contemporary classic Edie; Jean Stein influenced the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie : American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol 'superstar' Edie Sedgwick. Now, in West of Eden, Stein turns her lens toward the city Sedgwick came from--Los Angeles--and a mythic cast of fortune hunters and aspiring moguls whose quests for fame and power destroyed many along the way. West of Eden, a work of history both grand in scale and intimate in detail, tells the stories of five larger-than-life individuals and their families, each one representing different aspects of Los Angeles and the American dream. There is Edward Doheny, the Wisconsin-born oil tycoon whose corruption ruins the reputation of a United States president and leads to his own son's violent death. Jack Warner, the son of Jewish Polish immigrants, joins with his brothers to found one of the world's most iconic film studios. Jane Garland, the troubled daughter of an aspiring actress, can never escape her mother's schemes. Jennifer Jones, a young actress from Oklahoma, wins an Academy Award at twenty-five but struggles with despair despite her fame and glamour. Finally, Stein chronicles the ascent of her own father, Jules Stein, an eye doctor born in Indiana who transforms Hollywood with the creation of an unrivaled agency and studio. These chapters paint a panoramic picture of outsiders pinning their hopes on Los Angeles--then watching as the shadow of those dreams envelopes their loved ones, especially their children, and the city itself. Decades in the making, West of Eden depicts a land of absurdity and treachery in the tradition of Raymond Chandler, Nathanael West, and Joan Didion. As she did in Edie, Stein weaves the personal recollections of hundreds of people into an astonishing tapestry of voices telling the saga of a place like no other. Advance praise for West of Eden: 'In times past, in an effort to capture the edge and feel of Hollywood during its golden age of glamour and noir, Nathanael West, Raymond Chandler, Carey McWilliams, and Joan Didion stretched language and genre to their limits. Jean Stein and West of Eden belong in this company'--Kevin Starr, former California State Librarian and author of California : A History"-- Provided by publisher.

The cosmic web : mysterious architecture of the universe

February 10, 2016
Gott, J. Richard, author.
xiv, 255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Hubble Discovers the Universe -- Zeicky, Clusters of Galaxies, and the Discovery of Dark Matter -- How Clusters Form and Grow -- Meatballs in Space -- The Great Void in Boötes -- A Swiss Cheese Universe -- Inflation -- A Cosmic Sponge -- A Slice of the Universe -- the Great Wall of Geller and Huchra -- Park's Simulation of the Universe -- Measuring the Cosmic Web -- the Sloan Great Wall -- Spots in the Cosmic Microwave Background -- Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe.
J. Richard Gott was among the first cosmologists to propose that the structure of our universe is like a sponge made up of clusters of galaxies intricately connected by filaments of galaxies. This magnificent structure is now called the Cosmic Web and has been mapped extensively by teams of astronomers. Here is his gripping insider account of how a generation of undaunted theorists and observers solved the mystery of the architecture of our cosmos.

The new confessions of an economic hit man

February 10, 2016
Perkins, John, 1945-
Oakland, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., [2016]
xiv, 366 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: The new confessions -- Part I. 1963-1971 -- Dirty business -- An economic hit man is born -- "In for life" -- Indonesia : lessons for an EHM -- Saving a country from communism -- Selling my soul -- Part II. 1971-1975 -- My role as inquisitor -- Civilization on trial -- Opportunity of a lifetime -- Panama's president and hero -- Pirates in the Canal Zone -- Soldiers and prostitutes -- Conversations with the general -- Entering a new and sinister period in economic history -- The Saudi Arabian money-laundering affair -- Pimping, and financing Osama bin Laden -- Part III. 1975-1981 -- Panama Canal negotiations and Graham Greene -- Iran's king of kings -- Confessions of a tortured man -- The fall of a king -- Colombia : keystone of Latin America -- American republic versus global empire -- The deceptive résumé -- Ecuador's president battles big oil -- I quit -- Part IV. 1981-2004 -- Ecuador's presidential death -- Panama : another presidential death -- My energy company, Enron, and George W. Bush -- I take a bribe -- The United States invades Panama -- An EHM failure in Iraq -- September 11 and its aftermath for me, personally -- Venezuela : saved by Saddam -- Part V. 2004-today -- Conspiracy : was I poisoned? -- A jackal speaks : the Seychelles conspiracy -- Ecuador rebels -- Honduras : the CIA strikes -- Your friendly banker as EHM -- Vietnam : lessons in a prison -- Istanbul : tools of modern empire -- A coup against Fundacion Pachamama -- Another EHM banking scandal -- Who are today's economic hit men? -- Who are today's jackals? -- Lessons for China -- What you can do -- Things to do -- Documentation of EHM activity from 2004 to 2015 -- John Perkins personal history.
"Featuring 12 explosive new chapters, this new edition of the New York Times bestseller brings the story of Economic Hit Men up-to-date and, chillingly, home to the U. S.--but it also gives us hope and the tools to fight back"--Provided by publisher.

Free refills : a doctor confronts his addiction

February 10, 2016
Grinspoon, Peter, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
232 pages ; 24 cm
"Free Refills is the harrowing tale of a Harvard-trained medical doctor run horribly amok through his addiction to prescription medication, and his recovery. Dr. Peter Grinspoon seemed to be a total success: a Harvard-educated M.D. with a thriving practice; married with two great kids and a gorgeous wife; a pillar of his community. But lurking beneath the thin veneer of having it all was an addict fueled on a daily boatload of prescription meds. When the police finally came calling--after a tip from a sharp-eyed pharmacist--Grinspoon's house of cards came tumbling down fast. His professional ego turned out to be an impediment to getting clean as he cycled through recovery to relapse, his reputation, family life, and lifestyle in ruins. What finally moves him to recover and reclaim life--including working with other physicians who themselves are addicts--makes for inspiring reading"-- Provided by publisher.

In other words

February 9, 2016
Lahiri, Jhumpa, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xiv, 233 pages ; 22 cm
The crossing -- The dictionary -- Love at first sight -- Exile -- The conversations -- The renunciation -- Reading with a dictionary -- Gathering words -- The diary -- The story -- The exchange -- The fragile shelter -- Impossibility -- Venice -- The imperfect -- The hairy adolescent -- The second exile -- The wall -- The triangle -- The metamorphosis -- Plumbing the depths -- The scaffolding -- Half-light -- Afterword.
"A series of reflections on the author's experiences learning a new language and living abroad, in a dual-language edition"-- Provided by publisher.

Hitler's forgotten children : a true story of the Lebensborn program and one woman's search for her real identity

February 9, 2016
Oelhafen, Ingrid von, author.
New York : Berkley Caliber, 2016.
ix, 275 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Previously published: London : Elliott and Thompson Limited, 2015.
"Created by Heinrich Himmler, the Lebensborn program abducted as many as half a million children from across Europe. Through a process called Germanization, they were to become the next generation of the Aryan master race in the second phase of the Final Solution. In the summer of 1942, parents across Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia were required to submit their children to medical checks designed to assess racial purity. One such child, Erika Matko, was nine months old when Nazi doctors declared her fit to be a 'Child of Hitler.' Taken to Germany and placed with politically vetted foster parents, Erika was renamed Ingrid von Oelhafen. Many years later, Ingrid began to uncover the truth of her identity. Though the Nazis destroyed many Lebensborn records, Ingrid unearthed rare documents, including Nuremberg trial testimony about her own abduction. Following the evidence back to her place of birth, Ingrid discovered an even more shocking secret: a woman named Erika Matko, who as an infant had been given to Ingrid's mother as a replacement child. Hitler's Forgotten Children is both a harrowing personal memoir and a devastating investigation into the awful crimes and monstrous scope of the Lebensborn program"-- Provided by publisher.

The battle for Room 314 : my year of hope and despair in a New York City high school

February 9, 2016
Boland, Ed, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
viii, 243 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue: Chantay -- The good ol' days -- Best practices -- Nemesis -- Nowhere over the rainbow -- Powers of ten -- Sweet Jesús -- Lord Byron -- Free Freddy! -- My funny Valentina -- Old school -- Lil' Mickey, a disciple of soul -- The ivy curtain -- Massacre of the innocents -- Point of no return -- Pomp and circumstance -- Epilogue: A message to Charles.
"In the tradition of the classic Up The Down Staircase comes an unforgettable book about a year inside a troubled New York City school. In a fit of idealism, Ed Boland left a twenty-year career as a non-profit executive to teach in a tough New York City public high school. But his hopes quickly collided headlong with the appalling reality of his students' lives and a hobbled education system unable to help them: Jay runs a drug ring for his incarcerated brother; Nee-cole is homeschooled on the subway by her brilliant homeless mother; and Byron's Ivy League dream is dashed because he is undocumented. In the end, Boland isn't hoisted on his students' shoulders and no one passes AP anything. This is no urban fairy tale of at-risk kids saved by a Hollywood hero, but a searing indictment of reform-minded schools that claim to be progressive but still fail their students. Told with compassion, humor, and a keen eye, Boland's story will resonate deeply with anyone who cares about the future of education. "-- Provided by publisher.

Sing to me : my story of making music, finding magic, and searching for who's next

February 9, 2016
Reid, Antonio, 1957- author.
390 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Over the last three decades, one music producer and record man has transformed the business, discovering and producing some of the greatest acts in pop music history, including Toni Braxton, Kanye West, Rihanna, TLC, Outkast, Mariah Carey, Pink, Justin Bieber, and Usher. At the helm of four celebrated and innovative music labels--LaFace, Arista, Island Def Jam, and Epic--LA Reid set his sights on finding one star after the next, and then worked behind the soundboard to create some of the most unforgettable hits of the last two generations. Now, for the first time, he tells his story, taking fans behind the scenes of his rise to record business stardom. He chronicles the journey from his small-town R&B roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, to his fame as a Grammy Award-winning producer to his gig as a judge on the hit reality show The X Factor. With fascinating insight into his process of scouting new talent, Reid also offers a detailed look at his involvement with the artists he's mentored into legends--from the beginning of their rises to that critical moment when he knew they would be the next big thing. What emerges is a captivating portrait of the inner workings of the pop music machine, and the story of a man climbing to the top on passion and raw talent alone, a multifaceted genius who continues to shape our culture to this day.--Adapted from dust jacket.

Russell Kirk, American conservative

February 9, 2016
Birzer, Bradley J., 1967-
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2015]
574 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Desert humanist -- Stoic prophet -- Recovering the conservative mind -- A Christian humanism -- A republic of letters in the modern age -- Sojourning the waste land: friendship, thought, and poetry in the age of Eliot -- The politics of the impossible -- Ghosts in the machine ... and the House -- The center cannot hold -- The married bohemian -- Conclusion: poetry against boredom.

I can't believe I got paid for this : my life as a Cincinnati sportswriter

February 9, 2016
Koch, Bill, 1953-
San Bernardino, CA : [Createspace] ; [2015]
175 pages ; 23 cm
pt. 1. The privileged few -- pt. 2. Bearcat basketball -- pt. 3. Bearcat football.
"[T]his is a collection of Koch's memories from his days covering sports in his hometown, including his experiences with Mick Cronin, Bob Huggins, Tony Yates, Brian Kelly, Mark Dantonio, Butch Jones and others."--Page 4 of cover.

Fast into the night : a woman, her dogs, and their journey north on the Iditarod Trail

February 8, 2016
Moderow, Debbie Clarke, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
viii, 262 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Part 1 -- 1. Nigh Fog -- 2. Countdown -- 3. Beginnings -- 4. Open Water -- 5. A Cool, Dark Stillness -- 6. Balance -- 7. The White Dog -- 8. River Miles -- 9. Mentor and Friend -- 10. From the River to the Sea -- 11. Childhood Dream -- 12. Sea Ice -- 13. Legacy -- 14. Shelter Cabin -- 15. To See Far -- Part 2 -- 16. Taking Turns -- 17. The Shadow of the Arch -- 18. Getting It Right -- 19. Drop Bags -- 20. Stepping Out -- 21. New Start -- 22. Hallowed Ground -- 23. Deep Water -- 24. Trail Friend -- 25. Dog Time -- 26. Resolve -- 27. Going Home -- 28. A Line Dance.
Describes the author's experiences as a middle-aged mom whose initial resolve to train for and complete the Iditarod failed when her dogs refused to finish the race, detailing how she overcame daunting challenges to succeed during a second attempt. --Publisher's description.

Into the magic shop : a neurosurgeon's quest to discover the mysteries of the brain and the secrets of the heart

February 8, 2016
Doty, James R. (James Robert), 1955- author.
276 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Real magic -- A body at rest -- Thinking about thinking -- Growing pains -- Three wishes -- Apply yourself -- Unacceptable -- It's not brain surgery -- The sultan of nothing -- Giving up -- The alphabet of the heart -- Manifesting compassion -- The face of God.
The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.

On my own

February 5, 2016
Rehm, Diane.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
162 pages ; 22 cm
"In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him"-- Provided by publisher.

The Black Calhouns : from Civil War to civil rights, with one African American family

February 5, 2016
Buckley, Gail Lumet, 1937- author.
viii, 353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables, portraits ; 24 cm
Genealogical tables on lining papers.
South/Reconstruction, 1865-1876 : morning, 1860s -- South/Reconstruction : noon, 1870s -- South/Reconstruction : night, 1880s -- North/1900-1919 : the new Negro -- South/1900-1919 : the new South -- North/1920s : Harlem Renaissance -- South/1920s : terror -- North and South/1930s : Lena and Frank -- North/1940s : movie star year -- South/1940s : war brides -- North/1950s : Blacks and blacklisting -- South/1950s : postwar -- North/1960s : overcoming -- Coda/1980s honors/North : Lena -- Coda/1980s honors/South : Dr. Homer E. Nash.
Gail Lumet Buckley, daughter of actress Lena Horne, delves deeply into her family history, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African American family from Civil War to civil rights.

Dead presidents : an American adventure into the strange deaths and surprising afterlives of our nation's leaders

February 5, 2016
Carlson, Brady, author.
xii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Monument man -- Well-timed exits -- The first patient -- Farewell, Mr. President -- Death trips -- His good name -- Robots and sphinxes -- Unintended legacies -- Eternal flame -- The rest of the set -- Family reunion.
An entertaining exploration into the varied ways we remember and memorialize the American presidents. --Publisher

The golden lad : the haunting story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt

February 5, 2016
Burns, Eric, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xv, 201 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Explores the relationship between president Theodore Roosevelt and his youngest and favorite son Quentin, who died in an air fight during the first World War.

Blood brothers : the fatal friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

February 5, 2016
Roberts, Randy, 1951- author.
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
xxiv, 362 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Draws on previously untapped sources to illuminate the secret friendship and disastrous estrangement between Cassius Clay and Malcolm X, sharing insights into Malcolm's alleged role in shaping Clay's double life as a patriotic athlete and Islamic reformer.

No arms, no legs, no problem : when life happens, you can wish to die or choose to live

February 5, 2016
Lujano, Bob, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Write with Grace. [2014]
xvii, 198 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"...he fought to live a full life of independence like everyone else... by enrolling in normal schools, learning to drive, landing a career, gaining financial and physical independence, dating, and eventually prevailing at the international level in quad rugby as a bronze-medal Paralympian. Lujano does not consider himself to be disabled because he is able to live life on his own terms. In an age where image is everything and people are discounted for the way they look, Lujano crashes stereotypes and demands the reader to live their life with everything they've got. This inspirational tale of redemption is no woe-is-me story; Lujano chooses gratitude in the fact that he gets to live and invites others to do the same."--Publisher's description.

Theodore Roosevelt in the field :

February 5, 2016
Canfield, Michael R., author.
Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
476 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Development of an identity -- First love -- The craft of the naturalist -- A thousand thoughts awakened -- Finding a home -- Persona into practice -- Tramping West -- The wilderness writer -- Into murderous thickets -- In tooth and claw -- The field president -- Return to the field -- African syzygy -- To the Amazon -- The democracy of the field.
"Draws extensively on the 26th President's field notebooks, diaries and letters to share insight into how Roosevelt's field expeditions shaped his character and political polices, covering his teen ornithology adventures, Badlands travels and safaris in Africa and South America,"--NoveList.

The firebrand and the First Lady : portrait of a friendship : Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the struggle for social justice

February 4, 2016
Bell-Scott, Patricia, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xix, 454 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prelude: Camp Tera -- Taking aim at the White House, 1938-40 -- Bumping up against the law, 1940-42 -- Making friends with the First Lady, 1942-44 -- Standing up to life's challenges, 1944-45 -- Fashioning new lives, 1945-52 -- Drawing closer as friends, 1952-55 -- Fighting for a just world, 1956-59 -- Lighting the path for new activists, 1959-62 -- Speaking truth to the end, 1963-85.
"Describes the unlikely friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, a granddaughter of a mixed race slave and a lesbian, who became a lawyer and civil rights pioneer, and the important work they each did, taking stands for justice and freedom,"--NoveList.

White devil : the true story of the first white Asian crime boss

February 4, 2016
Halloran, Bob, author.
Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, Inc., 2016.
255 pages ; 22 cm
"In 2013, "Bac Guai" John Willis, aka White Devil, was sentenced for drug trafficking and money laundering... was "leader of a vast conspiracy." Journalist Bob Halloran tells the tale of the only white man to rise through the ranks in the Chinese mafia. Willis began as an enforcer. ... Abandoned, alone, ... his mother dying [at] 16 years old, he was picked up by a man he once rescued from a fight. Soon he [met] ... Chinese [and other Asian] mobster friends and started working for them.-- From jacket.

A splendid savage : the restless life of Frederick Russell Burnham

February 3, 2016
Kemper, Steve, author.
x, 436 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Child of the Frontier -- A Pueblo and Some Puritans -- Wanderings and Apprenticeships -- The Tonto Basin Feud -- Tombstone -- The Tigers of the Human Species -- Hunting Tigers with Tigers -- A Mine, a Wedding, a Change of Plans -- To Africa -- To the Frontier -- War in Matabeleland -- The King's Spoor -- The Shangani Patrol -- Spears Into Pegs -- Cashing In -- War Again -- The Mouthpiece of God -- The Klondike -- Chief of Scouts -- Behind Enemy Lines -- Celebrity and Hinterlands -- British East Africa -- Prospects and Losses -- A President Saved, Another Fortune Postponed -- Hippos and Spies -- Scouting for Mines and for Roosevelt -- Closing the Circle -- After the Bonanza.
"A life of adventure and military daring on violent frontiers across the American West, Africa, Mexico, and the Klondike,"--Jacket.

Exit right : the people who left the Left and reshaped the American century

February 3, 2016
Oppenheimer, Daniel.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
x, 403 pages ; 24 cm
In Spite of Noise and Confusion : Whittaker Chambers -- The Finest Brain : James Burnham -- When the Team's Up Against It : Ronald Reagan -- Mr. Yes, Mr. No : Norman Podhoretz -- The Betrayed : David Horowitz -- A Man Alone : Christopher Hitchens -- Postscript.
"A provocative, intimate look at the evolution of America's political soul through the lives of six political figures--from Whittaker Chambers to Christopher Hitchens--who abandoned the left and joined the right. In Exit Right, Daniel Oppenheimer tells the stories of six major political figures whose journeys away from the left reshaped the contours of American politics in the twentieth century. By going deep into the minds of six apostates--Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens--Oppenheimer offers an unusually intimate history of the American left, and the right's reaction. Oppenheimer is a brilliant new voice in political history who has woven together the past century's most important movements into a single book that reveals the roots of American politics. Through the eyes of his six subjects, we see America grow, stumble, and forge ahead--from World War I up through the Great Depression and World War II, from the Red Scare up through the Civil Rights Movement, and from the birth of neoconservatism up through 9/11 and the dawn of the Iraq War. At its core, Exit Right is a book that asks profound questions about why and how we come to believe politically at all--on the left or the right. Each of these six lives challenges us to ask where our own beliefs come from, and what it might take to change them. At a time of sky-high partisanship, Oppenheimer breaks down the boundaries that divide us and investigates the deeper origins of our politics. This is a book that will resonate with readers on the left and the right--as well as those stuck somewhere in the middle"--Provided by publisher.

John Birch : a life

February 3, 2016
Lautz, Terry E., author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xv, 317 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Saving souls -- Missionary to China -- Evangelizing the world -- Old-time religion -- Heresy hunters -- Waging war -- After Pearl Harbor -- Becoming a soldier -- Searching for love -- The China theater -- Encountering communists -- The death of John Birch -- Confrontation and cooperation -- The aftermath -- Making a martyr -- Grief and anger -- The first casualty -- The John Birch society -- Right-wing extremism -- The real John Birch -- Epilogue.
John Birch was better known in death than life. Shot and killed by Communists in China, he posthumously became the namesake for a right-wing organization whose influence is still visible in today's Tea Party. This is the remarkable story of an American missionary-turned-soldier who wanted to save China, but became a victim instead.

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