New Arrivals · Biography

October 31, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Beijing bastard : into the wilds of a changing China

October 30, 2014
Wang, Val, author.
New York, New York : Gotham Books, 2014.
ix, 340 pages ; 24 cm
PART ONE -- I H_T_ CH_N_S_ SCH_ _ L -- Fresh Tensions in U.S.-China Relations -- Like Extras Late For a Take -- Then There is the Urination -- Miss, You're Not a Beijinger, Are You? -- PART TWO. The Original Beijing Bastard -- Harbinger, Harbinger, Harbinger -- The Most Important Man in My Story -- The Redemptive Power of Family -- Seeks Trouble for Oneself -- PART THREE -- It Stinks -- Yijia's Grand Opening -- Peking Man -- To Fill in the Blanks -- Young Woman, Old Men -- The Evening Swan -- Peking Opera & Sons -- PART FOUR -- Fifty Years Later -- The Warrior and the Clown -- To Know Your Own Life -- The Decomposing Heart of Old Beijing -- Facts are Facts -- PART FIVE -- The Marzipan Inquirer -- Topless Subtitling -- The Outlaws Are the Ones Who Become Moral -- Not Really "In the Mood For Love" -- In the Path of the Wrecking Ball -- PART SIX -- The Shade Provided by the Branches Is Gone -- I Hope to Bring This Tape to You in Person -- Your Face is So Magnificent, But the Back of Your Head Has Rotted Away -- Qu Qu'r in America -- Epilogue.
"A humorous and moving coming-of-age story that brings a unique, not-quite-outsider's perspective to China's shift from ancient empire to modern superpower. Raised in a strict Chinese-American household in the suburbs, Val Wang dutifully got good grades, took piano lessons, and performed in a Chinese dance troupe--until she shaved her head and became a leftist, the stuff of many teenage rebellions. But Val's true mutiny was when she moved to China, the land her parents had fled before the Communist takeover in 1949. Val arrives in Beijing in 1998 expecting to find freedom but instead lives in the old city with her traditional relatives, who wake her at dawn with the sound of a state-run television program playing next to her cot, make a running joke of how much she eats, and monitor her every move. But outside, she soon discovers a city rebelling against its roots just as she is, struggling too to find a new, modern identity. Rickshaws make way for taxicabs, skyscrapers replace hutong courtyard houses, and Beijing prepares to make its debut on the world stage with the 2008 Olympics. And in the gritty outskirts of the city where she moves, a thriving avant-garde subculture is making art out of the chaos. Val plunges into the city's dizzying culture and nightlife and begins shooting a documentary, about a Peking Opera family who is witnessing the death of their traditional art. Brilliantly observed and winningly told, Beijing Bastard is a compelling story of a young woman finding her place in the world and of China, as its ancient past gives way to a dazzling but uncertain future"-- Provided by publisher.

Widow Basquiat : a love story

October 30, 2014
Clement, Jennifer, author.
New York : B\D\W\Y/Broadway Books, 2014.
xv, 186 pages ; 20 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain, in slightly different form, by Payback Press, an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh, in 2000. This edition originally published in Great Britain by Canongate Books, Ltd., Edinburgh in 2014"--Title page verso.
A memoir of avant-garde street artist and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat's partner, her past, and their life together

Modern man : the life of Le Corbusier, architect of tomorrow

October 30, 2014
Flint, Anthony, 1962-
Boston : New Harvest, 2014.
256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : some color illustrations ; 24 cm.

BOMB : the author interviews

October 30, 2014
New York : Soho Press, [2014]
460 pages ; 27 cm
"Drawing on 30 years of BOMB Magazine, this anthology of interviews brings together some of the greatest figures of world literature for a brilliant and unforgettable collection of sharp, insightful and intimate author conversations. Here we have a conversation with Jonathan Franzen, still an unkown author, on the eve of the publication of The Corrections; and one with Roberto Bolaño, near the end of his life. Lydia Davis and Francine Prose break down the intricacies of Davis's methods; Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz discuss the power of Caribbean diasporic fiction. This anthology brings together some of the greatest figures of world literature for a brilliant and unforgettable collection of sharp, insightful and intimate author conversations"-- Provided by publisher.

George H. W. Bush : character at the core

October 30, 2014
Smith, Curt.
[Lincoln] : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
xv, 325 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- Finding the water fine -- Perfectly clear -- Looking for Mr. Right -- Big jawn -- A phone call from the Gipper -- To the brink-and back -- The immaculate election -- Hopeful at the creation -- Bush at the summit -- Into the abyss -- A morning after -- America's "vision thing" -- Poetry of the heart.

No hero : the evolution of a Navy SEAL

October 29, 2014
Owen, Mark, 1976?- author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2014]
vi, 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Recounts definitive moments from the author's career as a Navy SEAL, discussing the missions that had the greatest personal meaning for him and explaining the lessons and values he hopes to pass on to the next generation.

I must say : my life as a humble comedy legend

October 29, 2014
Short, Martin, 1950-
New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
pages ; cm
An Ed-ucation -- Humble celebrity me -- Marty with parents -- Interlude: a moment with Irving Cohen -- Marty without parents -- In which I find Jesus -- Nancy's boy -- Interlude: a moment with Ed Grimley -- The nine categories -- Interlude: a moment with Jackie Rogers Jr. -- Workplace nirvana at SCTV -- Interlude: a moment with Lawrence Orbach -- Fast times at 30 rock -- Eighties-hot -- Marty throws a party just to sing -- Interlude: a moment with Franck -- When life hands you lemons, put on a fat suit and squash them between your thighs -- Interlude: a moment with Jiminy Glick -- Love, loss, and bumpkiss -- Kathie Lee wasn't wrong -- September of my years-but an unusually temperate September.
The Emmy Award and Tony Award-winning actor and comic shares stories from his life that recount his early years with Saturday Night Live, the development of his numerous characters, his family life and his celebrity friendships.

So anyway...

October 29, 2014
Cleese, John, author.
New York : Crown/Archetype, [2014]
392 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

For love of country : what our veterans can teach us about citizenship, heroism, and sacrifice

October 29, 2014
Schultz, Howard.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Part I. In his son's steps -- Never leave a fallen comrade -- This is what I want to do with my life -- The last line of defense -- Just doing my job -- Part II. You're all going to college -- Team Rubicon -- Something positive has to come of all this -- Still fighting for his troops -- I miss you Dad.
In a collection of compelling, original portraits, the authors celebrate the extraordinary heroism on the battlefield and the equally valuable contributions on the home front of this generation's American veterans.

Andy Kaufman : the truth, finally

October 29, 2014
Zmuda, Bob, 1949-
Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, Inc., [2014]
xiii, 210 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"For the first time ever, the two people who knew Andy Kaufman best open up about the most enigmatic artist of our generation. Comedian and Taxi star Andy Kaufman, known for his crazy antics on screen and off, was the ultimate prankster, delighting audiences with his Elvis and Mighty Mouse impressions while also antagonizing them with his wrestling and lounge lizard alter ego, Tony Clifton. In 1984, some say he died while others believe he performed the ultimate vanishing act. At last, in Andy Kaufman: The Truth, Finally, Bob Zmuda, Andy's writer and best friend, and Lynn Margulies, the love of Andy's life, reveal all, including surprising secrets that Andy made Lynne and Bob promise never to tell until both of his parents had died. Hilarious and poignant, this book separates fact from fiction, and includes a candid inside take on the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, which starred Jim Carrey as Andy, Paul Giamatti as Zmuda, Courtney Love as Margulies and Danny DeVito as Andy's manager, George Shapiro. Zmuda and Margulies reveal what was truthful and what wasn't and share their behind-the-scenes Kaufmanesque antics they concocted with actor Jim Carrey, keeping him in character, at times, much to the chagrin of studio chiefs. Andy Kaufman also exposes intrigues of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Finally, Bob Zmuda shares-in detail-the reasons he believes Andy Kaufman did, in fact, fake his own death, including exactly how he did it and when and where Andy will return."-- Provided by publisher.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : the untold story

October 28, 2014
Leaming, Barbara.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady also explores what the author asserts was Jackie's 31-year struggle with PTSD after the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy.

Brief encounters : conversations, magic moments, and assorted hijinks

October 28, 2014
Cavett, Dick.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xiv, 267 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A New York Times book."

Joan of Arc : a life transfigured

October 27, 2014
Harrison, Kathryn.
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
382 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
In the beginning was the Word -- By angels' speech and tongue -- A small, nay, the least, thing -- The king's treasure -- Who is this then, that wind and seas obey? -- Surrender to the maid -- A leaping stag -- Black horseman -- The golden cloak -- The tower keep -- A heart that would not burn -- Life everlasting.
A fully documented, inspiring portrait of the 15th-century peasant-turned-saint draws on historical facts, folklore and centuries of critical interpretation to evaluate the questions attributed to her character.

Havel : a life

October 27, 2014
Žantovský, Michael, 1949- author.
New York : Grove Press, 2014
xiv, 543 pages, 8 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

The universal tone : bringing my story to light

October 27, 2014
Santana, Carlos, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
viii, 535 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
An intimate account by the rock music artist traces his hardscrabble youth in Mexico and early days as a promising guitarist through his influential collaborations with fellow Latin stars.

A season to remember : faith in the midst of the storm

October 27, 2014
Tinker, Carson, 1989- author.
©2014
xv, 190 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Jacksonville Jaguars long snapper Carson Tinker tells the harrowing story of his survival after a deadly tornado struck his home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama--and the hope and faith that carried him through the aftermath.

Turning point : 1997-2008

October 27, 2014
Miyazaki, Hayao, 1941-
San Francisco : VIZ Media, [2014]
452 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published as: Orikaeshiten, 1997-1998. Japan : Iwanami Shoten, Publishers, 2008.
"In the mid-1990s, filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki moved from success to success as his work found an audience outside of Japan. His animated films of the era, including Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, were internationally lauded, and Miyazaki won an Academy Award in 2003 for his popular and critical hit Spirited Away. Follow Miyazaki as his vision matures, as cinema-lovers worldwide embrace his creations, and as critics such as Roger Ebert take up the cause of animation and Miyazaki's films. In a legendary career, these crucial years represent the turning point"-- Provided by publisher.

True love

October 24, 2014
Lopez, Jennifer, 1970-
New York : Celebra, [2014]
x, 276 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
One of the most influential Latina performers in history opens up about her life's most defining period, two years during which it took everything she had to rise above the greatest challenges she had ever faced.

Napoleon : a life

October 24, 2014
Roberts, Andrew, 1963- author.
New York : Viking, 2014.
xli, 926 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War and the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation.

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the religion of biologic living

October 24, 2014
Wilson, Brian C., author.
Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, [2014]
xix, 240 pages ; 24 cm
Battle Creek beginnings -- The rise of the temple of health -- The theology of biologic living -- The living temple -- Dr. Kellogg's break with the Seventh-day Adventist Church -- Dr. Kellogg and race betterment -- The fall of the temple of health.
"While the tradition of purveyors of alternative or spiritualized medicine stretches back to the colonial period, few have achieved the superstar status of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his Battle Creek Sanitarium. In its hey-day, the "San" was a combination spa and Mayo Clinic. Founded in 1866 under the auspices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and presided over by the charismatic leadership of Kellogg, it catered to many well-heeled health seekers including Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Presidents Taft and Harding. It also supported a hospital, research facilities, a medical school, a nursing school, several health food companies, and a publishing house dedicated to producing materials on health and wellness. Rather than focusing on Kellogg as the eccentric creator of corn flakes or a megalomaniacal quack, Brian C. Wilson takes his role as a theological innovator seriously and places his religion of "Biologic Living" in an on-going tradition of sacred health and wellness. Wilson traces the development of this theology of physiology from its roots in antebellum health reform and Seventh-day Adventism to its ultimate accommodation of genetics and eugenics in the Progressive Era"-- Provided by publisher.

Commander Will Cushing : daredevil hero of the Civil War

October 24, 2014
Malanowski, Jamie, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.
304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Terrible excitement -- Plague and pride -- A talent for buffoonery -- Not recommended -- Neither effective nor subordinate -- His exuberant spirit -- The Gosport debacle -- Delaware farmer -- Baptisms of fire -- Twenty-eight shells a minute -- Original and speculative -- Transformations -- The virginia -- The monitor -- Rising -- Reenter flusser -- Adventures of the ellis -- Pilot hunting -- Alonzo at antietam -- In old virginia -- At Gettysburg -- Alonzo's glory -- Grieving -- The essence of impudence -- Marsh grass and cattails -- High time we went -- Zigzag -- Letters from Welles -- The coming -- Rampage -- Too strong -- Proceed to New York -- No one else -- In case of failure -- Dead ahead -- Now -- Dead gone sunk -- Seldom equaled, never excelled -- Back in action -- Secret weapon -- Sitting duck -- Return to Fort Fisher -- Slaughter at the northeast bastion -- Endgames -- Victory -- On the west coast -- Love and duty -- Love letters -- In the orient -- Howard -- The world stage -- The Virginius -- The butcher -- Face-off -- At rest.
A thrilling narrative biography of William Barker Cushing, the Civil War's most celebrated naval hero.

Isabella : the warrior queen

October 24, 2014
Downey, Kirstin.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2014]
x, 520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
A birth without fanfare -- A childhood in the shadows -- Frightening years -- Isabella faces the future alone -- Marriage -- Ferdinand and his family -- The newlyweds -- The Borgia connection -- Preparing to rule -- Isabella takes the throne -- The tribe of Isabel -- The whole world trembled -- The queen's war -- Architects of the Inquisition -- Landing in paradise -- Borgia gives her the world -- Lands of vanity and illusion -- Faith and family -- Turks at the door -- Israel in exile -- Three daughters -- A church without a shepherd -- The death of Queen Isabella -- The world after Isabella.
Drawing on new scholarship, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Woman Behind the New Deal presents a biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus' journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

Beautiful eyes : a father transformed

October 24, 2014
Austin, Paul, 1955-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
284 pages ; 22 cm

Charlie Chaplin : a brief life

October 24, 2014
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- author.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2014]
viii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A London childhood -- On stage -- Keep it wistful -- Making a living -- The rhythm -- The eternal imp -- Charlee! -- Mutual relations -- The little mouse -- The ostrich egg -- Home again -- Why don't you jump? -- The edge of madness -- The beauty of silence -- The machine -- The German tramp -- Let us work and fight -- Proceed with the butchery -- No return -- The shadows.
A concise portrait of the iconic film star traces his humble theatrical beginnings through his honorary Academy Award win, sharing anecdotes about his lesser-known antics and associations.

The good son : JFK Jr. and the mother he loved

October 24, 2014
Andersen, Christopher P., author.
©2014
xv, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Part I. His mother's son -- "Please don't do it" -- The son he had longed for -- "John, you can salute Daddy now" -- "A Kennedy never gives up" -- "I want to help him go back and find his father" -- A shoebox full of diamonds -- The crown prince -- Part II. John on his own -- Just one of the guys -- "My mother will be frantic" -- "I'm not my father" -- "The luckiest man alive".
Like many parents and children, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and JFK Jr. shared an intense, tender, and often tempestuous bond. It was, quite simply, the most important relationship in John's life. With riveting insight, Andersen reveals how mother and son influenced, challenged, and supported each other through good times and bad, unveiling startling new details about a family we thought we already knew: John's reaction to his mother's bout with suicidal depression and growing dependence on prescription drugs; the surreal and ultimately catastrophic impact of the Onassis years; the premonitions that terrified Jackie about John's fate; Jackie's success at keeping John away from his hellraising cousins, and his complicated relationship with the rest of the clan; the power she wielded over his affairs with Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daryl Hannah, and others; how John privately handled the scandalous revelations about his parents' marriage; the secrets about John's own turbulent marriage and his senseless death. Bittersweet, provocative, thoughtful and inspiring, this is the often heartbreaking tale of two lives tested by history and tragedy.--From publisher description.

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