New Arrivals · Biography

February 18, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Arthur and Sherlock : Conan Doyle and the creation of Holmes

February 17, 2017
Sims, Michael, 1958- author.
x, 245 pages : illustrations, 8 pages of unnumbered plates ; 25 cm
Overture: remembering. Part 1 Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle : A super-man -- Your powers of deduction -- Art in the blood -- Seven weary steps -- Athens of the north -- No man of flesh and blood -- Ode to opium -- Drinking poison -- Intemperance -- Dr. Conan Doyle, surgeon -- A wealth of youth and pluck -- The circular tour -- The unseen world. Part 2 Prophets and police : The method of Zadig -- The footmarks of Poe -- How do you know that? -- Games of chess, played with live pieces. Part 3 Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson : Dr. Sacker and Mr. Hope -- Bohemians in Baker Street -- A little too scientific -- The book of life -- A basilisk in the desert -- A born novelist -- The preternatural sagacity of a scientific detective -- Truth as death -- Watson's brother's watch -- Dread of madhouses -- Adventures in the Strand -- Deerstalker -- To my old teacher. Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography and further reading -- Index.
" As a young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle studied in Edinburgh under the vigilant eye of a diagnostic genius, Dr. Joseph Bell. Doyle often observed Bell identifying a patient's occupation, hometown, and ailments from the smallest details of dress, gait, and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would feed his literary dreams and help him develop the most iconic detective in fiction. Michael Sims traces the circuitous development of Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, from his early days in Edinburgh surrounded by poverty and violence, through his escape to University (where he gained terrifying firsthand knowledge of poisons), leading to his own medical practice in 1882. Five hardworking years later -- after Doyle's only modest success in both medicine and literature -- Sherlock Holmes emerged in A Study in Scarlet. Sims deftly shows Holmes to be a product of Doyle's varied adventures in his personal and professional life, as well as built out of the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Émile Gaboriau, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens. -- not just a skillful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of Doyle's esteemed teacher. Filled with details that will surprise even the most knowledgeable Sherlockian, Arthur and Sherlock is a literary genesis story for detective fans everywhere."--Provided by publisher.

This close to happy : a reckoning with depression

February 16, 2017
Merkin, Daphne, author.
288 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
"This Close to Happy is the first account to endeavor to tell the story of what it feels to suffer a lifetime's worth of clinical depression from the inside out and from a woman's point of view"--Provided by publisher.

The age of Caesar : five Roman lives

February 15, 2017
Plutarch, author.
xxviii, 393 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Plutarch: five Roman lives -- Pompey -- Caesar -- Cicero -- Brutus -- Antony -- Appendix: the Roman Constitution / by J. E. Lendon.
"An outstanding new edition of Plutarch, the inventor of biography, focused on five lives that remade the Roman world. Pompey, Caesar, Cicero, Brutus, Antony: the names still resonate across thousands of years. Major figures in the civil wars that brutally ended the Roman republic, they haunt us with questions of character and authority: how to safeguard a republic from the flaws of its leaders. Plutarch's rich, vivid profiles show character shaping history through grand scale events and intimate details. The creator and master of the biographical form, Plutarch brilliantly locates character in small gestures such as the selfless Brutus's punctilious use of money, or Caesar's embrace of the plainspoken discourse of the soldier rather than the eloquence of Cicero. This is a true reader's edition of Plutarch. The translation lends a straightforward clarity to Plutarch's prose, and the notes helpfully identify people, places, and events named in the text. The substantial introduction and foreword explore both Plutarch himself as a historical figure and the basic history of the republic's fall."--Provided by publisher.

The brand new catastrophe : a memoir

February 15, 2017
Scalise, Mike, author.
Louisville, KY : Sarabande Books, [2017]
303 pages ; 20 cm
A fraction of a fraction of a fraction -- The drowning lifeguard -- More recent unfinished business -- Q&A -- The big whatever -- In the event of something unholy -- A few simple repairs -- Box-o'-man -- Posse -- Another one -- Bait -- What else can she give me but her milk? -- Gamma knife -- A certain kind of busy -- The most literal possible understanding of the world -- Game -- What okay feels like now -- Best man -- Wedding -- Jewelry -- Yacht people -- A history in caricature -- Perhaps nothing, perhaps everything -- Crazy lady -- Practice -- A universe of no accidents.
Mike Scalise hits his stride in this page-turner of a memoir featuring a sudden and strange sequence of medical disasters. From its gripping ruptured-brain-tumor emergency room opening, through a series of medical procedures and oddball doctors, Scalise creates a sharply observed, uproariously funny, and deeply moving account of acromegaly, the hormone disorder best known for causing gigantism."-- Provided by publisher.

Once we were sisters : a memoir

February 15, 2017
Kohler, Sheila, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
244 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A heartrending literary memoir of the tragic death of Kohler's older sister describes how in the aftermath of a fatal car accident, the author investigated their unusual shared childhood and her brother-in-law's violent history,"--NoveList.

Pretending is lying

February 14, 2017
Goblet, Dominique, author, illustrator.
149 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"This book is at an intimate account of love and familial dysfunction and an audacious experiment in graphic storytelling. In a series of dazzling fragments--skipping through time, and from raw, slashing color to delicate black and white--Goblet examines the most important relationships in her life: with her partner, Guy-Marc; with her daughter, Nikita; with her alcoholic, well-meaning father; and with her abusive mother. More than a decade in the making, the result is an unnerving comedy of paternal dysfunction, an achingly ambivalent love story (with asides on the Beach Boys), and a searing account of childhood trauma--a dizzying, unforgettable view of a life in progress and a tour de force of the art of comics"--Provided by publisher.

Ernst Kantorowicz : a life

February 14, 2017
Lerner, Robert E., author.
xv, 400 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
List of figures -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations. Introduction -- Old Posen and young Ernst -- "With rifle and gun" -- Fine fever -- Heidelberg -- St. George -- The Castle Hill -- Frederick II -- Center of attention -- Becoming a professional -- Frankfurt -- Year of drama -- Oxford -- "Leisure with dignity" -- Flight -- "Displaced foreign scholar" -- "Without any desire for Europe" -- Laudes regiae -- Fight for employment -- "Hyperborean fields" -- "Scarcely wants to go to Germany" -- "Land of lotus-eaters" -- The fundamental issue -- Advanced study -- The king's two bodies -- "EKa is sick of EKa" -- Last years -- Afterword. Index.
This is the first complete biography of Ernst Kantorowicz (1895--1963), an influential and controversial German-American intellectual whose colorful and dramatic life intersected with many of the great events and thinkers of his time. A medieval historian whose ideas exerted an influence far beyond his field, he is most famous for two books, a notoriously nationalistic 1927 biography of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and The King's Two Bodies (1957), a classic study of medieval politics. Born into a wealthy Prussian-Jewish family, Kantorowicz fought on the Western Front in World War I, was wounded at Verdun, and earned an Iron Cross; later, he earned an Iron Crescent for service in Anatolia before an affair with a general's mistress led to Kantorowicz being sent home. After the war, he fought against Poles in his native Posen, Spartacists in Berlin, and communists in Munich. An ardent German nationalist during the Weimar period, Kantorowicz became a member of the elitist Stefan George circle, which nurtured a cult of the "Secret Germany." Yet as a professor in Frankfurt after the Nazis came to power, Kantorowicz bravely spoke out against the regime before an overflowing crowd. Narrowly avoiding arrest after Kristallnacht, he fled to England and then the United States, where he joined the faculty at Berkeley, only to be fired in 1950 for refusing to sign an anticommunist "loyalty oath." From there, he "fell up the ladder" to Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, where he stayed until his death. Drawing on many new sources, including numerous interviews and unpublished letters, Robert E. Lerner tells the story of a major intellectual whose life and times were as fascinating as his work.

Blue on blue : an insider's story of good cops catching bad cops

February 14, 2017
Campisi, Charles, author.
New York : Scribner, 2017.
xiii, 348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: We're watching -- The kind of cop I didn't want to be -- Shield no. 791 -- There's a new IAB in town -- To catch a crooked cop -- Testing, testing, testing . . . -- Officer involved -- Excessive force -- If they've got the blonde, we've got a problem -- Wait a minute--Those guys aren't cops! -- Other agencies -- Cannibals in the ether -- It's not a courtesy, it's a crime -- Politics.
From 1996 through 2014 Charles Campisi headed NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, working under four police commissioners and gaining a reputation as hard-nosed and incorruptible. When he retired, only one man on the 36,000-member force had served longer. During Campisi's IAB tenure, the number of New Yorkers shot, wounded, or killed by cops every year declined by ninety percent, and the number of cops failing integrity tests shrank to an equally startling low. But to achieve those exemplary results, Campisi had to triple IAB's staff, hire the very best detectives, and put the word out that bad apples wouldn't be tolerated. While early pages of Campisi's absorbing account bring us into the real world of cops, showing, for example, the agony that every cop suffers when he fires his gun, later pages spotlight a harrowing series of investigations that tested IAB's capacities, forcing detectives to go undercover against cops who were themselves undercover, to hunt down criminals posing as cops, and to break through the "blue wall of silence" to verify rare--but sometimes very real--cases of police brutality.

Pretend I'm not here : how I worked with three newspaper icons, one powerful first lady, and still managed to dig myself out of the Washington swamp

February 14, 2017
Feinman, Barbara, author.
303 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue: Chameleon -- Moses and me -- The man who knew too much -- Loyalties -- Ben -- The Jewish Amy Tan -- The Senator and his war -- Ghost in the machine -- Losing my religion -- Village people -- Giving up the ghost -- Haunted -- Learning to vanish -- Torches lit.
"An accomplished ghostwriter and book researcher goes behind the scenes of America's capital to document the story of how she survived cutthroat Beltway dynamics and discovered her voice at the sides of such figures as Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Hillary Clinton"--NoveList.

The ruler's guide : China's greatest emperor and his timeless secrets of success

February 14, 2017
Tang, Chinghua, author.
New York : Scribner, 2017.
viii, 163 pages : map ; 22 cm
Conversations between Tang Taizong and his ministers -- On being emperor -- On human resources -- On moral character and talent -- On management -- On remonstrance -- On virtues -- On the art of war -- On crime and punishment -- On frugality -- On the rise and fall of an empire -- On parenting and educating the next generation -- On being well remembered -- The amazing life of Tang Taizong.
An English-language translation of core principles by the seventh-century emperor popularly credited as China's greatest historical leader is comprised of his dialogues with his wisest advisors and critics and covers strategies in the arenas of government, business, the military, athletics, philanthropy and parenting. --Publisher

Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

February 13, 2017
Dunbar, Erica Armstrong, author.
New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2017.
xvii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Betty's daughter -- New York-bound -- New York in black and white -- The move to Philadelphia -- The blacks in the family -- Life in Philadelphia -- The wedding -- The fugitive -- Slavery and freedom in New Hampshire -- A close call -- The negotiator -- Mrs. Staines -- The survivor -- Epiogue: Ona's sister : Philadelphia Costin.
"A revelatory account of the actions taken by the first president to retain his slaves in spite of Northern laws profiles one of the slaves, Ona Judge, describing the intense manhunt that ensued when she ran away."--NoveList.

The Descendants of Edward & Telitha (Wright) Felton of Preble County, Ohio

February 13, 2017
Felton, Stephen S.
209 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Edward and Telitha (Wright) Felton -- The children of Edward and Telitha (Wright) Felton -- The grandchildren and great grandchildren of Edward amd Telitha (Wright) Felton.

The men in my life : a memoir of love and art in 1950s Manhattan

February 9, 2017
Bosworth, Patricia, author.
New York, NY : Harper, [2017]
xvi, 377 pages. 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Waking Up -- Focusing -- Making Choices -- Changing.
"An American journalist and biographer discusses what it was like to come of age during the repressive 1950s and how her family's move to New York landed her inside the Actor's Studio with Marilyn Monroe and Paul Newman,"--NoveList.

Rumi's secret : the life of the Sufi poet of love

February 9, 2017
Gooch, Brad, 1952- author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
x, 377 pages ; 24 cm
"In a lighting flash from here to Vaksh" -- Samarkand -- On the Silk Road -- "Fire fell into the world" -- Konya -- "I kept hearing my own name" -- "The face of the sun is Shams of Tabriz" -- Separation -- "I burned, I burned, I burned" -- "Last year in a red cloak ... this year in blue" -- The fall of Baghdad -- "Sing, flute!" -- "A nightingale flew away, then returned" -- The religion of love -- Wedding night.

Our friend Travis : the Travis Alexander story

February 8, 2017
Hughes, Sky, author.
Preston, Idaho : CSHI Media Productions, ©2015.
xxiii, 391 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Chronicles the life of Travis Alexander his relationship with Jodi Arias.

Die young with me : a memoir

February 8, 2017
Rufus, Rob, author.
New York : Touchstone Books, 2016.
382 pages ; 22 cm
Unknown road -- My basement life -- Everyone you'll never know -- Shitsville, USA -- Parked cars -- The outline of a heart -- Kids today -- The days just get away from you -- Dead boys -- Die young with me -- Half in/half out -- Staggered rays of color and light -- A/S/L -- Cheap thrills -- Pity tucks -- A sense of an ending -- Skeleton crew -- This nightmare place -- The summer that was -- Prodigal son/weeping saint -- Skin-deep -- The blackest black -- Symptoms of me -- The imprints of angels -- Out of time -- Miracle child.

Hillary Rodham Clinton : a woman living history

February 8, 2017
Blumenthal, Karen, author.
472 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in the United States by Feiwel and Friends in 2016.
Roots -- Groundwork -- Park Ridge -- Wellesley -- Making possible -- Yale -- Bill -- Courtship -- Children -- Nixon -- Fayetteville -- Lawyer -- Governor -- Comeback -- Mom -- Campaign -- President -- Firsts -- Saint Hillary -- Whitewater -- Pink -- Eleanor Roosevelt -- Subpoena -- Reelection -- Lewinsky -- Impeachment -- New York -- Winner -- Senator -- War -- Candidate -- 2008 -- Secretary -- MOTB -- Benghazi -- 2016? -- Front-runner -- Nasty -- Election.
Presents the life and career of Hillary Clinton, discussing her childhood in Illinois, her college and law school years, her life as First Lady, her time as a New York Senator, and her achievements as Secretary of State. --Publisher's description.

Big bosses : a working girl's memoir of Jazz Age America

February 6, 2017
Altemus, Althea McDowell, 1885-1965, author.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
xiv, 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Foreword / Joel M. Hoffman -- Big bosses. Wealth ; Chicago ; Pierre Duval ; Sleuths ; Phylander & Company ; Country ; New York ; S.W. Strauss & Company ; Pigeonblood ruby ; Fred F. French & Company ; Miami ; Biscayne Bay -- Afterword: Chronicling the clerical life of Althea Altemus / Robin F. Bachin.

The grand old man of baseball : Connie Mack in his final years, 1932-1956

February 6, 2017
Macht, Norman L. (Norman Lee), 1929-
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2015]
xviii, 623 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Hank : the short life and long country road of Hank Williams

February 6, 2017
Ribowsky, Mark, author.
xxiii, 472 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Part one: 1923-1937. King Hiram ; An American twang ; "Country music ain't nothin' but white people's blues, anyway" ; I got a home in Montgomery -- Part two: 1938-1948. "Don't tell mama" ; Drydock ; "Audrey, get me a bottle" ; "It ain't a funny song" ; Bottle up and go ; From a mean bottle -- Part three: 1948-1950. "Syrup sopper" or "populist poet" ; "The sorriest thing I ever did hear" ; "Never put me on after Hank Williams!" ; Pettin' parties, cigarettes, and gin ; "It's never too country" ; A brand-new recipe -- Part four: 1950-1953. "Don't he kill an audience?" ; "The gun shot four times" ; "Almost a continuous nightmare" ; Hurting from inside ; So far gone ; "I see Jesus comin' down the road" ; "Don't worry about ol' Hank" ; Then came that fateful day.
"Tracing the singular rise of a music legend from the street corners of the Depression-era South to the now-immortal stage of the Grand Ole Opry, and finally to a haunting, lonely end on New Year's Day 1953, Hank uncovers the real man beneath the myths, reintroducing us to an American original whose legacy, like a good night at the honkytonk, promises to carry on and on."--Provided by publisher.

Rest in power : the enduring life of Trayvon Martin

February 6, 2017
Fulton, Sybrina, 1966- author.
xiii, 331 pages ; 25 cm
Sybrina : Our Lives Before -- Tracy : February 26, 2012-February 27, 2012 -- Sybrina : February 27, 2012 -- Tracy : February 27, 2012-March 8, 2012 -- Sybrina : February 27, 2012-March 8, 2012 -- Tracy : February 29, 2012-March 9, 2012 -- Sybrina : March 9, 2012-March 16, 2012 -- Tracy : March 16, 2012-March 21, 2012 -- Sybrina : March 22, 2012--March 26, 2012 -- Tracy : March 27, 2012-July 6, 2012 -- Sybrina : March 12, 2013-July 27, 2013 -- Tracy : June 28, 2013-July 10, 2013 -- Sybrina : July 12, 2013.
"In alternating chapters, Trayvon Martin's parents tell of their son's tragically foreshortened life. They provide insights into the cruel unresponsiveness of the police and hostility of the legal system, and describe their efforts to bring meaning, redemption and justice to his short life. Their voices launched a movement that would change the nation."--Adapted from book jacket.

Dorothy Day : the world will be saved by beauty : an intimate portrait of my grandmother

February 3, 2017
Hennessy, Kate, 1960- author.
New York : Scribner, 2017.
xii, 372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The mystery of grace -- The mystery of love -- The mystery of freedom -- The art of human contact.
"Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co-founder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Her life has been revealed through her own writings as well as the work of historians, theologians, and academics. What has been missing until now is a more personal account from the point of view of someone who knew her well. Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty is a frank and reflective, heartfelt and humorous portrayal as written by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy" -- Publisher's website


February 3, 2017
Hens, Gregor, 1965- author.
© 2011
xxiii, 176 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"By turns philosophical and darkly comic, an ex-smoker's meditation on the nature and consequences of his nearly lifelong addiction. Written with the passion of an obsessive, Nicotine addresses a lifelong addiction, from the thrill of the first drag to the perennial last last cigarette. Reflecting on his experiences as a smoker from a young age, Gregor Hens investigates the irreversible effects of nicotine on thought and patterns of behavior. He extends the conversation with other smokers to meditations on Mark Twain and Italo Svevo, the nature of habit, and the validity of hypnosis. With comic insight and meticulous precision, Hens deconstructs every facet of dependency, offering a brilliant analysis of the psychopathology of addiction. is a book about the physical, emotional, and psychological power of nicotine as not only an addictive drug, but also a gateway to memory, a long trail of streetlights in the rearview mirror of a smoker&#x;s life. Cigarettes are sometimes a solace, sometimes a weakness, but always a witness and companion." --

Sin bravely : a memoir of spiritual disobedience

February 3, 2017
Rowe, Maggie Wallem, author.
248 pages ; 23 cm
As a young girl, Maggie Rowe took the idea of salvation very seriously. Growing up in a moderately religious household, her fear of eternal damnation turned into a childhood terror that drove her to become an outrageously dedicated Born-again Christian regularly slinging Bible verses in cutthroat scripture memorization competitions and assaulting strangers at shopping malls with the good news that they were going to hell.

The abominable Mr. Seabrook

February 3, 2017
Ollmann, Joe, 1966- author, illustrator.
[Montreal, Quebec] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017.
296 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"In the early twentieth century, travel writing represented the desire for the expanding bourgeoisie to experience the exotic cultures of the world past their immediate surroundings. Journalist William Buehler Seabrook was emblematic of this trend--participating in voodoo ceremonies, riding camels cross the Sahara desert, communing with cannibals and most notably, popularizing the term "zombie" in the West. A string of his bestselling books show an engaged, sympathetic gentleman hoping to share these strange, hidden delights with the rest of the world. He was willing to go deeper than any outsider had before. But, of course, there was a dark side. Seabrook was a barely functioning alcoholic who was deeply obsessed with bondage and the so-called mystical properties of pain and degradation. His life was a series of traveling highs and drunken lows; climbing on and falling off the wagon again and again."--Provided by publisher.

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