New Arrivals · Biography

March 31, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The madman and the assassin : the strange life of Boston Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth

March 30, 2015
Martelle, Scott, 1958- author.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2015]
xiii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Loss and redemption -- Boston Corbett goes to war -- Andersonville : a journey to hell -- The assassin -- A president is murdered -- The hunt for Booth and Herold -- Celebrity, and infamy -- Citizen corbett, preacher -- Corbett goes west -- Corbett cracks -- The return of Boston Corbett.

Out came the sun : overcoming the legacy of mental illness, addiction, and suicide in my family

March 30, 2015
Hemingway, Mariel, author.
New York, NY : Regan Arts, 2015.
279 pages, 16 unnumberd pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

A New Orleans voudou priestess : the legend and reality of Marie Laveau

March 30, 2015
Long, Carolyn Morrow.
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2007.
xxxvii, 294 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Prologue. The "Laveau legend" in print and performance -- 1. The colonial past -- 2. The antebellum city -- 3. Domestic life -- 4. Slaves -- 5. Hard times -- 6. Voudou -- 7. St. John's Eve -- 8. Doctor John -- 9. Prison ministry -- 10. Final years -- 11. Descendants -- 12. The second Marie Laveau -- Conclusion -- Appendix. Louisiana Writers' Project informants.
Legendary for an unusual combination of spiritual power, beauty, charisma, showmanship, intimidation, and shrewd business sense, Marie Laveau also was known for her kindness and charity, nursing yellow fever victims and ministering to condemned prisoners, and her devotion to the Roman Catholic Church. In separating verifiable fact from semi-truths and complete fabrication, Carolyn Morrow Long explores the unique social, political, and legal setting in which the lives of Laveau's African and European ancestors became intertwined in nineteenth-century New Orleans.

"In this corner--!" : forty-two world champions tell their stories

March 30, 2015
Heller, Peter, 1947-
New York : Da Capo Press, 1994.
453 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"An extensively updated republication of the edition published in New York in 1973, with the addition of two new chapters"--Title page verso.

Has anyone seen my pants?

March 26, 2015
Colonna, Sarah, 1974- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
278 pages ; 21 cm
New York Times bestselling author Sarah Colonna is back with a hilarious, honest look at life in her late thirties--in all its messy, pants-missing glory.

The mad boy, Lord Berners, my grandmother and me

March 26, 2015
Zinovieff, Sofka.
New York : Harper, [2015]
xi, 436 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2014 by Jonathan Cape."

I found my friends : the oral history of Nirvana

March 26, 2015
Soulsby, Nick, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
xvi, 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
"I found my friends recreates the short and tempestuous times of Nirvana through the musicians and producers who played and interacted with the band. The guides for this trip didn't just watch the life of this legendary band--they lived it. Soulsby interviewed over 150 musicians from bands that played and toured with Nirvana, including well-known alternative bands like Dinosaur Jr., The Dead Kennedys, and Butthole Surfers, as well as scores of smaller, but no less fascinating bands. In this groundbreaking look at a legendary band, readers will see a more personal history of Nirvana than ever before, including Nirvana's consideration of nearly a dozen previously unmentioned candidates for drummer before settling on David Grohl, a recounting of Nirvana's famously disastrous South American shows from never-before-heard sources on Brazilian and Argentine sides, and the man who hosted the first ever Nirvana gig's recollections of jamming with the band at that inaugural event. I found my friends relives Nirvana's meteoric rise from the days before the legend to through their increasingly damaged superstardom. More than twenty years after Kurt Cobain's tragic death, Nick Soulsby removes the posthumous halo from the brow of Kurt Cobain and travels back through time to observe one of rock and roll's most critical bands as no one has ever seen them before"-- Provided by publisher.

The year my mother came back

March 26, 2015
Cohen, Alice Eve.
Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
276 pages ; 19 cm

Unforgettable : a son, a mother, and the lessons of a lifetime

March 26, 2015
Simon, Scott, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2015.
viii, 244 pages ; 22 cm
"When NPR's Scott Simon began tweeting from his mother's hospital room in July 2013, he didn't know that his missives would soon spread well beyond his 1.2 million Twitter followers. Squeezing the magnitude of his final days with her into 140-character updates, Simon's ... meditations spread virally. Over the course of a few days, Simon chronicled his mother's death and reminisced about her life, revealing her humor and strength, and celebrating familial love ... Spending their last days together in a hospital ICU, mother and son reflect on their lifetime's worth of memories, recounting stories laced with humor and exemplifying resilience"-- Provided by publisher.

Road to power : how GM's Mary Barra shattered the glass ceiling

March 26, 2015
Colby, Laura.
Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015.
xvi, 165 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Follow a pioneer's journey from factory floor to CEORoad to Power is the story of how Mary Barra drove herself to the pinnacle of a company that steers the nation's wealth. Beginning as a rare female electrical engineer and daughter of a General Motors die maker, Barra spent more than thirty years building her career before becoming the first woman to ever lead a global automaker. With $155 billion in sales and 200,000 employees, GM is widely considered to be a proxy for the U.S. economy, making Barra's position arguably the most important corporate role a woman has ever held. This book describes the personal character, choices, and leadership style that enabled her to break through the glass ceiling.When 52-year-old Mary Barra was named CEO of General Motors in 2013, only people outside of the company were surprised. She had done everything from working on the factory floor to overseeing manufacturing, from improving union relations to paring down bureaucracy, and from running human resources to helping drag the company back from its 2009 bankruptcy. This book details each step of her career, and the lessons she learned along the way. Learn how Mary Barra's willingness to take on diverse assignments helped steer her career trajectory Examine the fine details of Barra's management style and her ability to relate to colleagues Discover the qualities and experiences Barra had that drove her to lead this male-dominated profession Study the valuable lessons Barra learned at each stage in her professional life, and why they stuck with her throughout her journey to the top Barra is most certainly a pioneer for women in business, but she's also a living lesson as to how far the right outlook, skills, and drive can take you in your career. Road to Power explores the talent and the mindset that got her all the way to the top"-- Provided by publisher.

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and lies : the real West

March 25, 2015
Fisher, David, 1946-
New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2015.
294 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
Daniel Boone -- David Crockett -- Kit Carson -- Black Bart-- Wild Bill Hickok -- Bass Reeves -- George Armstrong Custer -- Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley -- Jesse James -- Doc Holliday -- Billy the Kid -- Butch Cassidy.
"The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's documentary television series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know : How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman--and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries --from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation's rich history"-- Provided by publisher.

Ordinary light : a memoir

March 25, 2015
Smith, Tracy K.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
349 pages ; 22 cm.
Prologue: The Miracle -- I. My Book House -- Wild Kingdom -- Spirits and Demons -- Kin -- Leroy -- A Home in the World -- II. MGM -- Little Feats of Daring -- Total Adventure -- Book a Big Band -- A Necessary Rite -- Humor -- III. Uninvisible -- The Night Stalker -- Hot & Fast -- Shame -- Mother -- Epistolary -- Positive -- IV. Kathleen -- Something Better -- The Woman at the Well -- A Strange Thing to Do -- I, Too -- Testimony -- V. Another Dialect of the Soul -- Something Powerful at Her Side -- A Strange After -- Abide -- Clearances -- Epilogue: Dear God.
"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: a deeply moving memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. Tracy K. Smith had a fairly typical upbringing in suburban California: the youngest in a family of five children raised with limitless affection and a firm belief in God by a stay-at-home mother and an engineer father. But after spending a summer in Alabama at her grandmother's home, she returns to California with a new sense of what it means for her to be black: from her mother's memories of picking cotton as a girl in her father's field for pennies a bushel, to her parents' involvement in the Civil Rights movement. These dizzying juxtapositions--between her family's past, her own comfortable present, and the promise of her future--will eventually compel her to act on her passions for love and 'ecstatic possibility,' and her desire to become a writer. But when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, which she says is part of God's plan, Tracy must learn a new way to love and look after someone whose beliefs she has outgrown. Written with a poet's precision and economy, this gorgeous, probing kaleidoscope of self and family offers us a universal story of belonging and becoming, and the ways we find and lose ourselves amid the places we call home"-- Provided by publisher.

Hissing cousins : the untold story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

March 25, 2015
Peyser, Marc N.
New York : Nan A. Talese / Doubleday, [2015]
332 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Orphans -- Home abroad -- Domestic affairs -- Other women -- Civil War -- The singing teapot -- New roles -- Arena -- Clouds of war -- Cold war -- Monuments.
A provocative dual portrait of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth discusses how their tangled lives were shaped by 20th-century history and politics, sharing insights into their childhoods, respective beliefs and adversarial relationship.

The half that's never been told : the real-life Reggae adventures of Doctor Dread

March 25, 2015
Doctor Dread, 1954- author.
256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Gregory Isaacs -- Oh, Jamaica -- Fatis -- South America -- RAS Records. Real Authentic Sound ; Peter Broggs ; Freddie McGregor ; Melodians ; Don Carlos and Michigan & Smiley ; Eeek-A-Mouse ; Brigadier Jerry ; Black Uhuru ; Cosxone Dodd ; Mad Professor/Ariwa ; Eddy Grant/Ice Records ; Live and Learn, Sky High, and Gong Sounds ; Charlie Chaplin ; Inner Circle ; Tiger ; Dancehall consciousness ; Tenor Saw ; Rastafari Elders ; Joseph Hill/Culture ; Augustus Pablo and Hugh Mundell ; The Marleys -- Early life -- This business called music -- Bunny Wailer -- Oh Doctor, please help me -- Bob Dylan -- Israel Vibration -- Freddie McGregor -- Gondwana -- The fish business.

Charles Walters : the director who made Hollywood dance

March 25, 2015
Phillips, Brent, author.
Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, [2014]
xii, 322 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Anaheim hoofer -- A "new face" in town -- Beginning the beguine -- The show is on -- Broadway's "ranking dancing juvenile" -- Backstage -- "You think like a director" -- Putting his Best Foot Forward -- A company man -- Good News -- A swell couple -- Fred and Ginger -- Metro-Goldwyn-Schary -- Get happy -- "A dear dame" -- Playing the palace -- Hi-lili, hi-lo -- "A masterpiece of modern moisture" -- "Two-faced woman" -- Cinderella stories -- In High Society -- Branching out -- A virgin and a housewife -- Spoiled spinster -- "What elephant?" -- Ain't down yet -- After the lion -- Final ovation -- Appendix: the works of Charles Walters.
From the trolley scene in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's last dance on the silver screen (The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949) to Judy Garland's timeless, tuxedo-clad performance of "Get Happy" (Summer Stock, 1950), Charles Walters staged the iconic musical sequences of Hollywood's golden age. During his career, this Academy Award--nominated director and choreographer showcased the talents of stars such as Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and Frank Sinatra. However, despite his many critical and commercial triumphs, Walters's name often goes unrecognized today. Phillips chronicles his career, his Hollywood successes at MGM, and discusses his contributions to musical theater and American popular culture.

Our Auntie Rosa : the family of Rosa Parks remembers her life and lessons

March 25, 2015
Keys, Sheila McCauley.
New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
xvi, 189 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The woman we knew -- Preface: pleased to meet you, Mrs. Parks -- Family -- Forgiveness -- Strength -- Encouragement -- Vision.
In Our Auntie Rosa the family of Rosa Parks presents a collection of personal remembrances, reflections, and never-before-seen photos and letters that pay tribute to Rosa Parks's incredible strength and determination. Parks's brave act on a bus in Alabama on December 1, 1955, was just one moment in a life lived with great humility and decency. Our Auntie Rosa is a life's instruction manual from one of the most famous figures in American history that will inspire generations to come.--Publisher's description.


March 25, 2015
Knisley, Lucy, author, illustrator.
Seattle, Wa : Fantagraphics Books, Inc., 2015.
156 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 20 cm
In the next installment of her graphic memoir series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.

After Woodstock : the true story of a Belgian movie, an Israeli wedding, and a Manhattan breakdown

March 24, 2015
Tiber, Elliot, 1935- author.
Garden City Park : Square One, ©2015.
xiv, 462 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Travelling to work : diaries 1988-1998

March 24, 2015
Palin, Michael, author.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014.
xxii, 563 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.

H is for Hawk

March 24, 2015
Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
300 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2014.
Patience -- Lost -- Small worlds -- Mr White -- Holding tight -- The box of stars -- Invisibility -- The Rembrandt interior -- The rite of passage -- Darkness -- Leaving home -- Outlaws -- Alice, falling -- The line -- For whom the bell -- Rain -- Heat -- Flying free -- Extinction -- Hiding -- Fear -- Apple day -- Memorial -- Drugs -- Magical places -- The flight of time -- The new world -- Winter histories -- Enter spring -- The moving earth.
When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life.

Phenomenal : a hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world

March 23, 2015
Henion, Leigh Ann. author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
276 pages : map ; 24 cm
Metamorphosis -- Bioluminescence, Puerto Rico -- Catatumbo lightning, Venezuela -- Volcanic eruption Hawaii -- Northern lights, Sweden -- The great migration, Tanzania -- Total solar eclipse, Australia.

Alfred Hitchcock : the man who knew too much

March 19, 2015
Wood, Michael, 1936-
129 pages ; 22 cm.

The contender : Andrew Cuomo, a biography

March 19, 2015
Shnayerson, Michael.
New York : Hachette Book Group, [2015]
viii, 529 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Beyond championships : a playbook for winning at life

March 19, 2015
Joyce, Dru, II.
221 pages, 8 unnumbered of pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The beauty of rock bottom -- Decisions create environment -- The myth of the self-made man -- Use the game; don't let the game use you -- Master the art of discipline -- The power of words -- The heart of a servant -- Make lemonade -- Take charge of your own mind -- Dare to dream.
"As the coach of one of high school basketball's greatest programs, Coach Dru Joyce has been mentor and motivator to some of the nation's best young players, including basketball legend LeBron James. Despite having virtually no experience in the sport, in less than ten years Dru went from a no-name fan to one of the highest profile basketball coaches in the country. With insight and grit earned from his years on and off the court, Coach Dru shares for the first time the secrets to his team's success and his own coaching achievements. Far more than a sports book, Beyond Championships is a blueprint for anyone looking to make better choices, reach their full potential, and become winners in all areas of life"

Eric Walrond : a life in the Harlem Renaissance and the transatlantic Caribbean

March 19, 2015
Davis, James C. (James Cyril), author.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
xviii, 418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: a Harlem story, a diaspora story -- Guyana and Barbados (1898-1911) -- Panama (1911-1918) -- New York (1918-1923) -- The new Negro (1923-1926) -- Tropic death -- A person of distinction (1926-1929) -- The Caribbean and France (1928-1931) -- London I (1931-1939) -- Bradford-on-Avon (1939-1952) -- Roundway Hospital and The second battle (1952-1957) -- London II (1957-1966) -- Postscript.

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