New Arrivals · Biography

November 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The emperor of sound : a memoir

November 25, 2015
Timbaland, 1971- author.
222 pages ; 24 cm
"The executive music producer of the hit show Empire"--Cover.
Prelude: A catalog of sound -- Home -- A brick house -- School daze -- Two turntables and a microphone -- Trouble man -- The code -- All day I dream about beats -- On like Donkey Kong -- Diary of a mad mentor -- All falls down -- This is not a test -- Ten beats a day -- Baby girl -- Jigga what? -- Are you that somebody? -- A face I can't forget -- Try again -- Training days -- My brother from another mother -- My international flow -- Building my empire -- Timbaland's rules for collaboration.
"Timbaland offers fans an unprecedented look into his life and work. He reveals the magic behind the music, sharing the various creative impulses that arise while he's producing, and the layering of sounds that have created dozens of number one hits."

Unforgettable Ohioans : thirteen mavericks who made history on their own terms

November 25, 2015
McNutt, Randy, author.
Kent, Ohio : Black Squirrel Books, a trade imprint of The Kent State University Press, [2015]
x, 239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Caesar, frontier explorer -- Benjamin R. Hanby, Christmas composer -- James W. Senver, American adventurer -- David Harpster, the Wool King -- Lucy Webb Hayes, the soldiers' friend -- Moses Fleetwood Walker, writer-ballplayer -- Zachary Lansdowne, airship commander -- Blanche Noyes, champion aviatrix -- Clayton Brukner, aviation tycoon -- Mildred Gillars, traitor and teacher -- Lloyd Copas, cowboy singer -- Sydney Nathan, music man -- Josephine Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Young Elizabeth : the making of the Queen

November 24, 2015
Williams, Kate, 1974- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
'A lucky fellow if she accepts you' -- 'Such a nice name' -- 'All the equipment a lady needs' -- 'Queen, Empress of India, the whole bag of tricks' -- 'Great changes' -- 'Who is this Hitler?' -- 'Do let me see what is happening' -- 'After all, she is only nineteen' -- 'A flash of colour' -- 'An obedient sitter' -- 'Came down a Queen' -- Regina.
"A lively and poignant biography of the young princess who, at the impressionable age of eleven, found that she was now heiress to the throne" -- provided by publisher.

But enough about me : a memoir

November 24, 2015
Reynolds, Burt, author.
xvii, 302 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Big Burt -- Mo Mustaine -- Buddy -- Teammates -- Watson Duncan III -- Rip Torn -- Spencer Tracy -- Bette Davis -- Jim Brown -- John Boorman and Jon Voight -- Helen Gurley Brown -- Lee Marvin -- Roy Rogers -- Dinah Shore -- Frank Sinatra -- Johnny Carson -- Destaphanado -- Clint Eastwood -- Hal Needham -- Smokey -- Sally Field -- John Bassett and Donald Trump -- Charles Nelson Reilly -- Loni and Quinton -- Ossie Davis -- Jack Horner -- Jocks -- Actors and Movie Stars -- Directors -- Students -- Burt.
"Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom ... Reynolds has seen it all. [This book] will tell his story through the people he's encountered on his amazing journey. In his words, he plans to 'call out the assholes,' try to make amends for being the asshole myself on too many occasions, and pay homage to the many heroes he has come to love and respect"--

The brothers Vonnegut : science and fiction in the house of magic

November 24, 2015
Strand, Ginger Gail, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Autumn fog -- Precipitating events -- Head in the clouds -- Bolt of lightning -- Eye of the storm -- Watersheds -- Rainmakers -- Out of the blue -- Cold fronts -- Shifting winds.
ln the late 1940s. Kurt Vonnegut is home after surviving the firebombing of Dresden. He has ambitions to be a novelist but dares to share them only with his new wife. Kurt struggles to complete college and write while working nights at a newspaper. Soon there's a child on the way. Anxious about supporting his family, Kurt quits school and takes a job in the PR department of General Electric, where his older brother, Bernard, is a leading scientist in what's called the "House of Magic"--GE's Research Lab. Unlike Kurt's, with its stops and starts, Bernard's life had always gone according to plan. With a Ph.D. from MIT, Bernie worked for the military during World War II and afterward joined "the nation's oldest and most renowned industrial research lab." By the time Kurt arrives at GE, Bernie is piling up patents on a series of cutting-edge weather-control technologies meant to make deserts bloom. While Kurt writes press releases by day and labors over short stories by night, Bernard builds silver iodide generators and sends planes to bomb cloud banks with dry ice. These experiments, dubbed Project Cirrus, soon attract the attention of military men--maybe weather will even become "the new super-weapon." But as evidence mounts that Project Cirrus is causing alarming changes in the atmosphere, Bernard begins to have misgivings about the harmful uses of his inventions, and Kurt starts writing a new kind of story depicting scientists grappling with moral questions and with fantastic inventions gone awry. Set against a backdrop of atomic anxiety and the dawn of the digital age, The Brothers Vonnegut is a wild collision of science and literature. Melding biography and cultural history, Ginger Strand uses letters, manuscripts, lab notebooks, and interviews to chronicle how the brothers navigated a world where the possibilities of science seemed infinite--a fascinating story of two ambitious men wrestling with the ethical dilemmas of their age, revealing how the desire to control the natural world shaped one of our most inventive novelists.--Adapted from book jacket.

About women : conversations between a writer and a painter

November 24, 2015
Alther, Lisa, author.
242 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The war room -- The Virginia Club -- La guerre en dentelle -- Five generations of women -- The little black dress -- Ceremonies in white -- England's green and pleasant land -- The middle path.
"Lisa Alther and Françoise Gilot have been friends for more than twenty-five years. Although from different backgrounds (Gilot from cosmopolitan Paris, Alther from small-town Tennessee) and different generations, they found they have a great deal in common as women who managed to support themselves with careers in the arts, while simultaneously balancing the obligations of work and parenthood. About Women is their extended conversation, in which they talk about everything important to them: their childhoods, the impact of war on their lives and their work, fashion, self-invention, style, feminism, even child rearing. They also talk about the creative impulse and the importance of art. This is a charming and endearing dialogue between two intelligent and often funny women as they ponder what it is to be a woman"-- Provided by publisher.

William Cameron Menzies : the shape of films to come

November 24, 2015
Curtis, James, 1953- author.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
xiv, 416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plataes : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Atlanta rising -- An artist of the modern school -- The thief of Baghdad -- The hooded falcon -- Maturing period -- I could see the future clearly -- Profound unrest -- A few faintly repressed Bronx cheers -- Wonderland -- The shape of things to come -- What I've wanted to do all my life -- Production designed by ... -- GWTW -- Something quite bold -- The best spot in town -- Address unknown -- Ivy -- Making a living -- Worth every penny.
He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches that made clear camera angles, lighting, and the actors' positions for each scene, translating dramatic conventions of the stage to the new capabilities of film. Here is the long-awaited book on William Cameron Menzies, Hollywood's first and greatest production designer, a job title David O. Selznick invented for Menzies' extraordinary, all-encompassing, Academy Award-winning work on Gone With the Wind (which he effectively co-directed). It was Menzies--winner of the first-ever Academy Award for Art Direction, and who was as well a director (fourteen pictures) and a producer (twelve pictures)--who changed the way movies were (and still are) made, in a career that spanned four decades, from the 1920s through the 1950s. Now, James Curtis, acclaimed film historian and biographer, writes of Menzies' life and work as the most influential designer in the history of film. Interviewing colleagues, actors, directors, friends, and family, and with full access to the Menzies family collection of artwork and unpublished writing, Curtis gives us the path-finding work of the movies' most daring and dynamic production designer: his evolution as artist, art director, production designer, and director. Here is a portrait of a man in his time that makes clear how the movies were forever transformed by his startling, visionary work.--Adapted from book jacket.

Dare to disappoint : growing up in Turkey

November 23, 2015
Samancı, Özge, 1975- author, artist.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
190 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Margaret Ferguson Books."
"As a child in Izmir, Turkey in the 1980 and 90s, Ozge Samanci watched as her country struggled between its traditional religious heritage and the new secular westernized world of brand-name products and television stars. In Ozge's own family, she struggled to figure out the place where she belonged, too. Her older sister was a perfect student, and her dad hoped Ozge would study hard, go to good schools, and become an engineer to find stability in their country's uncertain economic climate. But Ozge was a dreamer and wanted adventure. Could she be a scuba diver like Jacques Costeau? Or should she become a world-famous actress? This touching memoir shows how Ozge dared to overcome both her family and her country's expectations to find happiness by being an artist"-- Provided by publisher.

The generals : Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the winning of World War II

November 20, 2015
Groom, Winston, 1944-
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2015]
510 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Beginnings. First captain, VMI ; Master of the sword ; The champion of Vera Cruz ; "Some damned foolishness in the Balkans" ; Courage was the rule -- Between the wars. The sad, great heap of Fleurs Blanches ; "I am all he has" -- Brave as lions, bold as bulls. This means war ; There will be a big tank battle in the morning ; "I shall return" ; Overlord ; Let's win it all ; These proceedings are closed ; Old soldiers never die.
Groom tells the intertwined and uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall. These three remarkable men-of-arms who rose from the gruesome hell of the First World War to become the finest generals of their generation during World War II redefined America's ideas of military leadership and brought forth a new generation of American soldier. Against the backdrop of the most dramatic moments of the twentieth century, you'll discover new insights into the lives of America's most celebrated warriors.

Elizabeth : Renaissance prince

November 20, 2015
Hilton, Lisa, 1974- author.
xiii, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm

White Eskimo : Knud Rasmussen's fearless journey into the heart of the Arctic

November 20, 2015
Bown, Stephen R., author.
xxv, 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"A Merloyd Lawrence book."
Prologue: "I must go and see the New People" -- Part One. New Sun -- On Greenland's Stony Shores -- The Temptations of Copenhagen -- The Danish Literary Expedition -- Part Two. Midnight Sun -- The New People -- The Kingdom of the North Wind -- The First Thule Expedition -- Before the Eye of Day -- Ground Dearly Paid For -- A Time for Dreaming -- Part Three. Return of the Moon -- The Land Beyond the Great Sea -- The Great Sled Journey -- Part Four. Northern Lights -- Records of a Vanishing World -- Final Journeys -- Epilogue: Timeless Stories.
"While Amundsen, Franklin, and Peary were first to explore the furthest geographical reaches of the Polar North, Knud Rasmussen was the first to explore its culture and its soul. Part Danish, part Inuit, the famed explorer anthropologist made an epic three year journey by dog sled from Greenland to Alaska recording not only the landscapes but also the songs and stories of the Eskimo people. In the ranks of the great explorer/writers who opened hitherto impenetrable cultures to the West--T.E. Lawrence in the Mideast, Wilfred Thesiger among the Bedouin, Richard Burton in Africa or among the Sufi--Rasmussen stars not only for his physical courage and ability to assimilate into the life of indigenous peoples, but also for the beauty of his writing. Across Arctic America and his collection of Eskimo songs and stories are classics of Polar literature. There has been no full-scale biography of Rasmussen in English, and Stephen Bown's splendidly received life of Roald Amundsen makes him the perfect writer to record the great journeys and fascinating life of the Inuit from Greenland through the Northwest Passage, to Alaska"-- Provided by publisher.

Kepler and the universe : how one man revolutionized astronomy

November 20, 2015
Love, David, 1950-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015.
253 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Illustrations on endpapers.
Introduction : astronomy before Kepler -- Kepler's early life -- Graz (1594-1600), the mystery of the universe -- Kepler and Tycho -- Prague (1600-1612), the new astronomy -- Prague, many new things -- 1610, the year of the telescope -- Linz (1612-1626), the harmony of the universe -- The final years (1626-1630), the Rudolphine tables -- Epilogue, the real universe -- Appendix : summary of kepler's travels.

Jesus : an illustrated life

November 19, 2015
Isbouts, Jean-Pierre.
351 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
The prophecy of John's birth -- The Annunciation -- Jesus is born -- Herod's revenge -- Young Jesus in Nazareth -- The visit to the Temple -- A disciple of John the Baptist -- A wedding in Cana -- The ministry begins -- The Sermon on the Mount -- The poor and the hungry -- Journeys around the Sea of Galilee -- The healing stories -- The nature miracles -- The parables -- Jesus and the Pharisees -- God as Abba -- The journey to Phoenicia -- The road to Bethany -- The Temple disruption -- The Last Supper -- The arrest and indictment -- The Pilate hearing -- Death at Golgotha -- The tomb.

Huckabee : the authorized biography

November 19, 2015
Lamb, Scott, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an Imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xix, 344 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
In this "authorized biography of Michael Dale Huckabee, Scott Lamb reached into the vaults of Huckabee's past to show us the man behind the politician. With access to to personal and professional files, including dozens of exclusive interviews with family and friends..."--Page 4 of cover.

Lives of the great photographers

November 19, 2015
Hacking, Juliet.
© 2015
304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"Thirty-eight of the most important and influential figures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus and Andrew Kertesz to Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe and Alfred Stieglitz, are profiled in bold and compelling detail."--flyleaf.

Martín Ramírez : framing his life and art

November 19, 2015
Espinosa, Victor M., author.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015.
xi, 298 pages, 16 numbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-286) and index.
Introducing Martín Ramírez : a transnational migrant worker from Los Altos de Jalisco -- "Disoriented in mind" : Ramírez's involuntary seclusion -- Art inside a total institution -- A psychotic artist or the Mexican Henri Rousseau? -- Marketing and constructing the reputation of an outsider master -- The enigma of Martín Ramírez.

Strayhorn : an illustrated life

November 19, 2015
xii, 196 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
"Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life is a stunning collection of essays, photographs, and ephemera celebrating Billy Strayhorn, one of the most significant yet under-appreciated contributors to 20th century American music. Released in commemoration of Strayhorn's centennial, this luxurious coffee-table book offers intimate details of the composer's life from musicians, scholars, and Strayhorn's closest relatives. Perhaps best known for his 28-year collaborative role as Duke Ellington's "writing and arranging companion," Strayhorn has emerged in recent years as an even more meritorious force in shaping the jazz canon. Strayhorn delves into every stage of Billy's career, beginning with his abusive upbringing and early success to later partnerships with Lena Horne and the Copasetics. Rich with insights, the book covers topics such as his music, family, intellectual pursuits, involvement with civil rights, and open homosexuality. Featuring contributions from Strayhorn's biographer David Hajdu, film director Rob Levi, music scholar Walter van de Leur, as well as lush photography and rare memorabilia like handwritten scores, this is a book to be treasured by jazz aficionados and music lovers everywhere. Enthralling and visually captivating, Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life lauds a beloved jazz legend and captures a prodigious legacy that will influence generations to come"-- Provided by publisher.

Conversations with the Conroys : interviews with Pat Conroy and his family

November 18, 2015
Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press ; Published in Cooperation with South Carolina Educational Television and the Humanities Council, [2015]
96 pages, 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A New York Times best-selling author of eleven novels and memoirs, Pat Conroy is one of America's most beloved storytellers and a writer as synonymous with the South Carolina lowcountry as pluff mud or the Palmetto tree. As Conroy's writings have been rooted in autobiography more often than not, his readers have come to know and appreciate much about the once-secret dark familial history that has shaped Conroy's life and work. Conversations with the Conroys opens further the discussion of the Conroy family through five revealing interviews conducted in 2014 with Pat Conroy and four of his six siblings: brothers Mike, Jim, and Tim and sister Kathy. In confessional and often comic dialogs, the Conroys openly discuss the perils of being raised by their larger-than-life parents, USMC fighter pilot Col. Don Conroy (the Great Santini) and southern belle Peggy Conroy (née Peek); the complexities of having their history of abuse made public by Pat's books; the tragic death of their youngest brother, Tom; the chasm between them and their sister Carol Ann; and the healing, redemptive embrace they have come to find over time in one another. With good humor and often-striking candor, these interviews capture the Conroys as authentic and indeed proud South Carolinians, not always at ease with their place in literary lore, but nonetheless deeply supportive of Pat in his life and writing. Edited and introduced by the Palmetto State's preeminent historian, Walter Edgar, Conversations with the Conroys includes the first publications of Pat Conroy's interview with Edgar as the keynote address of the 2014 One Book, One Columbia citywide "big read" program, the unprecedented interview with the Conroy siblings for SCETV Radio's Walter Edgar's Journal, the resulting live Conroy Family Roundtable held at the 2014 South Carolina Book Festival, and a recent interview in Charleston following Pat Conroy's induction into the Citadel's Athletics Hall of Fame. This collection is augmented with an afterword from National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney and nearly fifty photographs, many from the Pat Conroy Archive in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries, and published here for the first time. Through the resulting treasure trove of text and images, this volume is as much a keepsake for Conroy's legion of devoted fans as it is a wealth of insider information to broaden the understanding of readers and researchers alike of the idiosyncratic world of Pat Conroy and his family"-- Provided by publisher.

Make 'em laugh : short-term memories of longtime friends

November 18, 2015
Reynolds, Debbie, author.
xiv, 268 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / Carrie Fisher -- A great honor -- The Cinderella story of the Texas tomboy -- Early days -- It's the pictures that got smaller -- A picture is worth a thousand woids -- The royal treatment -- Friends without benefits -- You got to have friends -- Family matters -- Happy Mother's Day 2015.
The beloved Hollywood star and New York Times bestselling author of Unsinkable continues her intimate chat with fans in this entertaining collection of anecdotes, stories, jokes, and random musings from a woman who has seen it all, and done most of it.

Touchdown Tony : running with a purpose

November 18, 2015
Nathan, Tony, 1956-
New York : Howard Books, [2015]
xi, 237 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Foreword by Tony Dungy.
Foreword by Tony Dungy -- Mom and Pops -- Village Creek -- Chicken Big -- Amnesia -- Breakout -- Rivalry -- Recruiting -- Magic bank account -- Roll Tide -- Rebound -- Champions -- NFL -- Coaching -- Praise your pond.

Out of sorts : making peace with an evolving faith

November 18, 2015
Bessey, Sarah.
New York : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Shuster Inc., 2015.
xi, 259 pages ; 22 cm
Out of sorts : a beginning -- There's something about that name : on getting to know Jesus -- Everyone gets to play : on theology and change -- Getting into the word : on the Bible -- The people of God : on church -- Be a person : on community and friendship -- Truly human : on heaven and the kingdom of God -- An unexpected legacy : on the ancient practices -- Wild goose : on faith, the spirit, signs and wonders -- Obey the sadness : on grief and lament -- Beautiful facade : on justice and shalom -- Evangelical hero complex : on vocation and calling -- Benediction -- Garage sale for orphans.

Petty : the biography

November 17, 2015
Zanes, Warren, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
x, 323 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
1976. Introduction ; Family secrets ; Stranger in the house ; Cowboys and Indians ; Salesmen ; Mud ; Farming ; Chemistry lessons ; Even the losers ; Cordell ; Waiting for Leon ; Punching buttons ; Opening acts ; Chapter eleven ; The album cycle ; Life between the branches below ; The veteran in a new field ; The backing band -- 1987. Gonna leave this world for a while ; Planned collisions ; A boat out at sea ; Full grown boy ; Half of me is ocean, half of me is sky -- 2006. Everything changed, then changed again ; Somewhere under heaven -- 2015.
Zanes provides an honest and evocative examination of Petty's music, and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write. Petty was a kid without a whole lot of promise; rock and roll made it otherwise. His story has all the drama of a rock and roll epic. Dark and mysterious, Petty manages to come back, again and again, showing us what the music can do and where it can take us.

Salvation with a smile : Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, and American Christianity

November 17, 2015
Sinitiere, Phillip Luke, author.
xiv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
John Osteen's Pentecost : the origins of Lakewood Church -- John Osteen's prosperity gospel : faith and divine healing at the Oasis of Love -- Joel Osteen's prosperity gospel, part I : "We believe in new beginnings" -- Joel Osteen's prosperity gospel, part II : the mind, mouth, and body becoming better -- Joel Osteen's tel-e-vangelism : the message and its media -- Lakewood's charismatic core : healing hurts, extending hope -- The redemptive self : finding and forging faith at Lakewood Church -- Joel Osteen's piety of resistance : new Calvinism and evangelicalism's crisis of authority -- Appendix A. Joel Osteen, "what the Resurrection means to us as believers" (1999) -- Appendix B. Joel Osteen, "Vision Sunday" (1999).
"Salvation with a Smile situates Lakewood Church in the context of American religious history and illuminates how Joel Osteen has parlayed an understanding of American religious and political culture into vast popularity and success,"--NoveList.

Alone on the wall

November 17, 2015
Honnold, Alex, author.
viii, 248 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Moonlight -- A Very Private Hell -- Fear and Loving in Las Vegas -- World Traveler -- Triple Play -- The Speed Record -- Alaska and Sendero -- Fitz -- Above and Beyond.
"The extreme climber famed for his solo ascents without ropes, partners or gear describes his seven most significant achievements, including a free-solo climb up Mexico's Sendero Luminoso and the Fitz Traverse ascent in Patagonia,"--NoveList.

All the things we never knew

November 17, 2015
Hamilton, Sheila (Journalist), author.
Berkeley, California : Seal Press, [2015]
xi, 291 pages ; 24 cm
"Even as a reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs as her husband David's mental illness unfolded before her. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and passionate partner was dead within six weeks of a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his nine-year-old daughter and wife without so much as a note to explain his actions, a plan to help them recover from their profound grief, or a solution for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that they would inherit from him. All the Things We Never Knew takes readers from David and Sheila's romance through the last three months of their life together and into the year after his death. It details their unsettling descent from ordinary life into the world of mental illness, and examines the fragile line between reality and madness. Now, a decade after David's death, Sheila and her daughter, Sophie, have learned the power of choosing life over retreat; let themselves love and trust again; and understand the importance of forgiveness. Their story will resonate with all those who have loved "-- Provided by publisher.

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