New Arrivals · Biography

November 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Everything is awful : and other observations

November 21, 2017
Bellassai, Matt, author.
New York : Keywords Press/Atria, 2017.
247 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
The comedian behind the series "Whine About It" and "To Be Honest" presents a collection of humorously anguished essays chronicling the awful moments of his life so far, from everyday indignities to the humiliations of the adult world.

Ice capades : a memoir of fast living and tough hockey

November 21, 2017
Avery, Sean, author.
xi, 316 page, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Last chance -- Cincinnati Kid -- Showtime -- Money, sex, and fun in the sun -- That championship season -- Stanley Cup summer -- Two is the most dangerous lead in hockey -- Becoming a king -- Summer schooling -- The King of LA -- Everything in its right place -- Locked out of my life -- A new life in paradise -- From LA to New York -- I look good in blue -- The Avery rule -- The summer of Vogue -- Sean does Dallas -- Down and out and back again -- The last season.
As one of the NHL's most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For thirteen seasons, Avery played for some of the toughest, most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player that was sometimes loved, often despised, but always controversial. In Ice Capades, Avery takes his trademark candidness about the world of pro hockey and does for it what Jim Bouton's game-changing Ball Four did for baseball. Avery goes deep inside the sport to reveal every aspect of an athlete's life, from what they do with their money and nights off, to how they stay sharp and competitive in the league. While playing the talented villain in the NHL, Avery broke far away from his on-ice character in the off-season, and Ice Capades takes the reader inside the other unexpected and unprecedented roles that Avery inhabited - Vogue intern, fashion model, advertising executive, restaurateur, gay rights advocate, and many more. Love him or hate him, Sean Avery changed the way professional hockey is played today. Rollickingly honest and compelling throughout, Ice Capades transcends the sports-book-genre and offers a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the world of 21st century hockey through the eyes of one of its most original and memorable players.

The first major : inside the story of the 2016 Ryder Cup

November 20, 2017
Feinstein, John, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2017]
311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Coming into 2016, the Americans had lost an astounding six out of the last seven Ryder Cup matches, and tensions were running high for the showdown that took place in October, 2016 in Hazeltine, Minnesota, just days after American legend Arnold Palmer had died. What resulted was one of the most raucous and heated three days in the Cup's long history. Award-winning author John Feinstein takes readers behind the scenes, providing an inside view of the dramatic stories as they unfolded: veteran Phil Mickelson's two-year roller-coaster as he upended the American preparation process and helped assemble a superb team; superstar Rory McIlroy becoming the clear-cut emotional leader of the European team, and his reasons for wanting to beat the US team so badly this time around; the raucous matches between McIlroy and American Patrick Reed - resulting in both incredible golf, and several moments that threatened to come to blows; the return of Tiger Woods not as a player but an assistant captain, and his obsession with helping the US win - which was never the case when he was playing. John Feinstein's classic bestseller, A Good Walk Spoiled, set the bar for golf books. Now Feinstein provides his unique take on the Ryder Cup, which has clearly become golf's most intense and emotional's 'first Major.'.

Sticky fingers : the life and times of Jann Wenner and Rolling stone magazine

November 20, 2017
Hagan, Joe, 1971- author.
x, 547 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This is a Borzoi book."
Prologue: Get back -- Book I: The wunderkind. Atlantis ; Are you experienced? ; California dreamin' ; Like a rolling stone ; Born to run ; Sympathy for the devil ; Bridge over troubled water -- Book II: The 1970s. Temptation eyes ; Sticky fingers ; California ; The cover of the Rolling Stone ; Whatever gets you through the night ; Love will keep us together ; Take it to the limit ; Big shot ; Stayin' alive ; Shattered -- Book III: It's only rock & roll. Get back ; We don't need another hero ; Purple rain ; We didn't start the fire ; Nevermind ; Bridges to Babylon ; Still crazy after all these years.
"Sticky fingers: the Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine is the story of how one man's ego and ambition captured the 1960s youth culture of rock and roll and turned it into a hothouse of fame, power, politics, and riches that would last for fifty years. Drawn from dozens of hours of interviews with Wenner, who granted Joe Hagan exclusive access to his vast personal archive of correspondence, rare documents, recordings, and never-before-seen images, and featuring conversations with many of the greatest superstars of our time, this biography tells how Wenner partnered with such rock luminaries as John Lennon, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan to manufacture an unforgettable cultural mythology in words and images every other week for five decades. Hagan renders in stunning detail the extraordinary lives behind a magazine that began as a scrappy rebellion, reinvented youth culture, and marketed the libertine world of late-sixties San Francisco in a stylish, glossy package that became a locus of influence, access, and headline-making news. From Wenner's early days as a child of divorce intoxicated by the wealth and privilege of his affluent boarding school peers to his fateful meeting with the Manhattan art school dropout who would become his wife and partner in Rolling Stone, Sticky Fingers chronicles the life of a mercurial, wide-eyed rock-and-roll fan of ambiguous sexuality but unambiguous ambition whose bottomless appetite for music, drugs, sexual liberation, and political provocation epitomized a generation. Wenner's eye for brilliant and irreverent writers--from Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe to P.J. O'Rourke and Matt Taibbi--became legend, as did his yen for controversy. Joe Hagan reveals Wenner in all of his excess and glory, from his seismic rise as a 1970s kingmaker of rock and roll, when he held court at a fabled house on California Street in San Francisco, to his ascent as an irascible media mogul of Manhattan who turned rock and roll into a wealthy and vaunted institution. Featuring on-the-record interviews with Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Yoko Ono, Billy Joel, Tom Wolfe, Cameron Crowe, Lorne Michaels, David Geffen, Dan Aykroyd, Bette Midler, and dozens of others, Hagan depicts Wenner with intimacy, nuance, and complexity--his marksmanship as an editor, his canny understanding of the zeitgeist, his endless pursuit of fame and power, and his capacity for betrayal that would earn him as many enemies as friends. An unforgettable biography of one of the most significant cultural forces of our time."--Dust jacket flaps.

Wayne and Ford : the films, the friendship, and the forging of an American hero

November 20, 2017
Schoenberger, Nancy, author.
240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
For more than twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Ford, known for his black eye patch and for his hard-drinking, brawling masculinity, was a son of Irish immigrants and was renowned as a director for both his craftsmanship and his brutality. John "Duke" Wayne was a mere stagehand and bit player in "B" Westerns, but he was strapping and handsome, and Ford saw his potential. In 1939 Ford made Wayne a star in Stagecoach, and from there the two men established a close, often turbulent relationship. Their most productive years saw the release of one iconic film after another: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. But by 1960 the bond of their friendship had frayed, and Wayne felt he could move beyond his mentor with his first solo project, The Alamo. Few of Wayne's subsequent films would have the brilliance or the cachet of a John Ford Western, but viewed together the careers of these two men changed moviemaking in ways that endure to this day.

Dare not linger : the presidential years

November 17, 2017
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013, author.
xix, 358 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The challenge of freedom -- Negotiating democracy -- A free and fair election -- Getting into the union buildings -- National unity -- The presidency and the Constitution -- Parliament -- Traditional leadership and democracy -- Transformation of the state -- Reconciliation -- Social and economic transformation -- Negotiating the media -- On the African and world stages.
"'I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.'--Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and he laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela's presidency and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality."--Dust jacket flap.

An American family : a memoir of hope and sacrifice

November 17, 2017
Khan, Khizr, 1950- author.
xiii, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Shoeless in a shaft of sunlight -- Twenty-one sparrows -- A stick becomes a ney -- Tomorrow will be better -- The wonders of the DMV -- Already American -- No man is complete until his education is complete -- Shining city -- Baba -- Always be a river -- God is found among the people.
"'I am an American patriot not because I was born here but because I was not. I embraced American freedoms, raised my children to cherish and revere them, and lost a son who swore an oath to defend them, because I come from a place where they do not exist.' In fewer than three hundred words, Muslim American Gold Star father Khizr Khan electrified viewers around the world when he took the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And when he offered to lend Donald Trump his own much-read and dog-eared pocket Constitution, his gesture perfectly encapsulated the feelings of millions. But who was that man, standing beside his wife, extolling the promises and virtues of the U.S. Constitution? In this urgent and timeless immigrant story, we learn that Khizr Khan has been many things. He was the oldest of ten children born to farmers in Pakistan, and a curious and thoughtful boy who listened rapt as his grandfather recited Rumi beneath the moonlight. He was a university student who read the Declaration of Independence and was awestruck by what might be possible in life. He was a hopeful suitor, awkwardly but earnestly trying to win the heart of a woman far out of his league. He was a brilliant and diligent young family man who worked two jobs to save enough money to put himself through Harvard Law School. He was a loving father who, having instilled in his children the ideals that brought him and his wife to America--the sense of shared dignity and mutual responsibility--tragically lost his son, an Army captain killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq. He was and is a patriot, and a fierce advocate for the rights, dignities, and values enshrined in the American system. An American Family shows us who Khizr Khan and millions of other American immigrants are, and why--especially in these tumultuous times--we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most."--Dust jacket flap.

Backbone : living with chronic pain without turning into one

November 17, 2017
Duffy, Karen, 1961- author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]
xi, 234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

A boy, a mouse, and a spider : the story of E. B. White

November 16, 2017
Herkert, Barbara, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When young Elwyn White lay in bed as a sickly child, a bold house mouse befriended him. When the time came for kindergarten, an anxious Elwyn longed for the farm, where animal friends awaited him at the end of each day. Propelled by his fascination with the outside world, he began to jot down his reflections in a journal. Writing filled him with joy, and words became his world. Today, Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web are beloved classics of children's literature, and E. B. White is recognized as one of the finest American writers of all time.

American radical : inside the world of an undercover Muslim FBI agent

November 16, 2017
Elnoury, Tamer, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
xiv, 347 pages ; 24 cm
Super high -- I am a Muslim -- No fear -- Dirty Arabs group -- Tamer Elnoury -- Take his temperature -- The bump -- Live amongst them to defeat them -- Uncle Ibrahim -- Gone fishing -- Apartment 23 -- The road trip -- The imam complex -- The Christian burial speech -- Best of the Mujahideen -- Pizza with terrorists -- The bridge -- Team Chiheb -- The responsible one -- The radicalizer -- Spitting in the eyes of God -- Operation Happy New Year -- High five -- The sixth pillar -- Eyes of Allah -- Stay true to Islam -- The end -- T-bags -- Epilogue: We're everyone.
Undercover agent Tamer Elnoury joined an elite counterterrorism unit after September 11. Its express purpose is to gain the trust of terrorists whose goals are to take out as many Americans in as public and devastating a way as possible. It's a furious race against the clock for Tamer and his unit to stop them before they can implement their plans. Yet as new as this war still is, the techniques are as old as time: Listen, record, and prove terrorist intent.

The ghost : the secret life of CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton

November 16, 2017
Morley, Jefferson, author.
viii, 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I: Poetry. Pound ; Salesman ; Wife ; Secretary ; Black Prince ; Nazi ; Monsignor ; Reunion ; "Homo circles" ; Philby ; Mossad ; LSD -- Part II: Power. Counterintelligence ; Zionist ; Fisherman ; COINTELPRO ; Mole ; Oswald ; JFK ; Cuba ; "Hit him" ; Empire ; Golitsyn ; Blackmail ; Hamlet -- Part III: Impunity. Kim ; Provocation ; "Go easy" ; Mole hunts ; Oswald again ; Dallas ; Noah's cloak ; Loathing ; Defector ; Mary ; Cicely ; Bomb ; War ; CHAOS ; Two boxers ; Heist ; Kim again -- Part IV: Legend. Nixon ; Golem ; Ghoul ; Widow ; Helms ; Colby ; Smoking gun ; Desolate ; Cheney ; Warning ; Inconceivable ; Legacy ; Legend ; Jerusalem.
"CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton was one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States government in the mid-20th century, a ghost of American power. From World War II to the Cold War, Angleton operated beyond the view of the public, Congress, and even the president. He unwittingly shared intelligence secrets with Soviet spy Kim Philby, a member of the notorious Cambridge spy ring. He launched mass surveillance by opening the mail of hundreds of thousands of Americans. He abetted a scheme to aid Israel's own nuclear efforts, disregarding U.S. security. He committed perjury and obstructed the JFK assassination investigation. He oversaw a massive spying operation on the antiwar and black nationalist movements and he initiated an obsessive search for communist moles that nearly destroyed the Agency. In The Ghost, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley tells Angleton's dramatic story, from his friendship with the poet Ezra Pound through the underground gay milieu of mid-century Washington to the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate scandal. From the agency's MKULTRA mind-control experiments to the wars of the Mideast, Angleton wielded far more power than anyone knew. Yet during his seemingly lawless reign in the CIA, he also proved himself to be a formidable adversary to our nation's enemies, acquiring a mythic stature within the CIA that continues to this day."--Dust jacket flap.

Unqualified : love and relationship advice from a celebrity who just wants to help

November 16, 2017
Faris, Anna, 1976- author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
ix, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The popular actress shares funny stories about her misadventures with romance to offer offbeat advice on navigating the bizarre, chaotic, and ultimately worthwhile challenges of finding love.

Vacationland : true stories from painful beaches

November 16, 2017
Hodgman, John, author.
257 pages ; 22 cm
Part one: Dump jail ; Mongering ; 309.28 ; Rocks on top of other rocks ; Pills are science ; Daddy pitchfork ; Nerve food -- The middle: Graveyard fun -- Part two: Maine humor ; A kingdom property ; The IT guy for Duck Dynasty ; So thin is the skin of my people ; You are normal people ; Vacationland ; A little beyond the limits of safe travel .
A memoir of the author's cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man.

In shock : my journey from death to recovery and the redemptive power of hope

November 16, 2017
Awdish, Rana, author.
266 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: A chance to die -- Bled white -- A hollowness -- Waiting to fail -- Sequestered words -- Increments and impediments -- Shifting frames -- Vulnerable masses -- Censors of light -- Revolutions -- Deliverance -- Relapse -- Broken vessels -- We can do better: communication tips.
"The gripping story of a physician who suddenly became a dying patient, and a riveting exploration into the worlds of personal loss and faltering medical care. Dr. Rana Awdish never imagined that an emergency trip to the hospital would result in hemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn child. Awdish spent months fighting for her life, enduring consecutive major surgeries and multiple overlapping organ failures. At each step of the way, Awdish faced something even more unexpected: her fellow doctors' inability to truly see or acknowledge the pain of loss and human suffering. This exacting emotional distance was completely at odds with the vision of medicine she had aspired to. Yet, heartbreakingly, she recognized herself in every failure--the product of a culture that had normalized clinical distance and hardwired self-protective barriers into medical training. As she finds herself on the other side of the same partitions she was trained to construct, Awdish artfully illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection for everyone involved. It is through her unflinching examination of the fatal flaws in a well-intentioned but often-misguided standard of care that Awdish achieves a crystalline vision of a different and better possibility for us all. Shatteringly personal yet wholly universal, In Shock offers a brave road map for anyone navigating illness and presents physicians with a new paradigm and rationale for cultivating emotional bonds with their patients."--Jacket.

Prince : a private view

November 16, 2017
Shahidi, Afshin, author, photographer.
xvi, 235 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Afshin Shahidi met Prince in 1993 and soon became his cinematographer and later one of the only people allowed to photograph him. He collaborated with Prince longer than any other photographer. Afshin was the only photographer allowed to shoot the legendary 3121 private parties in Los Angeles that became the most sought after invitations in Hollywood; some of those photos are included in this book. Prince: A Private View compiles photographer Afshin Shahidi’s work into a journey through Prince's extraordinary life. With never-before-seen photos, it is the ultimate collection of shots of Prince. Brief, but complete and rich, stories about Shahidi and Prince’s collaboration and time together are alternately incisive, personal, and even funny.

The Kinfolk entrepreneur : ideas for meaningful work

November 15, 2017
Williams, Nathan, 1986- author.
367 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Part one: A single vision. Nitzan Cohen ; Nina Yashar ; Ben Gorham ; Sophie Hicks ; Ryo Kashiwazaki ; Damir Doma ; Azéde Jean-Pierre ; Kevin Ma ; Pum Lefebure ; Armando Cabral ; Maayan Zilberman -- Part two: The power of partnership. Britt Moran & Emiliano Salci ; Woo Youngmi & Katie Chung ; Rashid & Ahmed Bin Shabib ; Yves & Victor Gastou ; Alessandro D'Orazio & Jannicke Kråkvik ; Jeremy Anderson & Gabriel Hendifar ; Tomas Backman, Mattias Kardell & Sven Wallén ; Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec ; Byron & Dexter Peart ; Mette & Rolf Hay -- Part three: Creating a community. Joseph Dirand ; Francesca Bonato ; Akira Minagawa ; Angela Oguntala ; Efe Cakarel ; Frida Escobedo ; Apollonia Poilâne ; Tokuji Motojima ; Robert Klanten ; Shoichiro Aiba ; Juan Maiz Casas & Marie von Haniel -- Part four: Tips. How to hire properly ; How to lead people ; How to manage mistakes ; How to ask for help ; How to work together ; How to exert caution ; /supple: read up ; Supplies: desk essentials ; Supplies: snack time ; The last word.
Presents insights from thirty-five of the world's most creative entrepreneurs, pairing interviews with images of each person in his or her workspace while offering insights into how they meet the challenges of today's world.

Hank & Jim : the fifty-year friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

November 15, 2017
Eyman, Scott, 1951- author.
367 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginning -- War -- Home.
Fonda and Stewart became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York. When they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again, with shared interests in elaborate practical jokes and model airplaness. Eyman spoke with Fonda's widow and children as well as three of Stewart's children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men to create a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.

Stand by your truth : and then run for your life!

November 15, 2017
Smiley, Rickey, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
248 pages ; 24 cm
""I'm very passionate about everything that I do and I don't play any games. I just keep it honest. I don't put on airs. That's the only way you can be. If you tell one lie, you've got to tell another lie. I'm cool with who I am. What you see is what you get." Stand-up comic. Single dad. Radio personality. TV star. Prankster. Producer. Community activist. Man of faith. Visit a church, comedy club, college campus, or barber shop, and you'll find few people who aren't familiar with, or fans of, Rickey Smiley. At least four million listeners in over eighty markets tune in every weekday morning to hear him banter with his radio show crew, hilariously prank call an unsuspecting listener, and perform skits etched by his one-man cast of characters including "Lil' Darryl," "Beauford," and "Joe Willie." But in between the rapid-fire jokes, hip-hop beats, and celebrity dish are flashes of how Rickey views the world, from the challenges of raising children, to the importance of education, to the need to always stand in your own truth. After more than two decades in the spotlight, Rickey is finally ready to delve more deeply into the opinions he voices ever-so-briefly on the air, riffing on those issues that his listeners, viewers, and fans find most important. Stand by Your Truth is part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide, mixing Rickey's down-home humor with the values he learned from being raised by three generations of elders, steeped in the Baptist church, and mentored by some of the most celebrated comics in the entertainment industry today"-- Provided by publisher.

Pep confidential : inside Pep Guardiola's first season at Bayern Munich

November 15, 2017
Perarnau, Martí, 1955- author.
402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Prince : life & times

November 15, 2017
Draper, Jason, author.
New York, New York : Chartwell Books, 2016.
216 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 33 cm
The early years, 1958-1983 -- Purple reign, 1983-1989 -- What's my name? 1989-1995 -- Emancipation, 1996-2003 -- The final years, 2004-2016.

The strategy of victory : how General George Washington won the American Revolution

November 15, 2017
Fleming, Thomas J., author.
x, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
"Led by the Continental Congress, the Americans almost lost their war for independence because their military thinking was badly muddled. The embryo nation narrowly escaped from the disastrous results of these misconceptions thanks to the levelheaded intelligence of one man: General George Washington. Following the flush of small victories in 1775, patriot leaders were convinced that the key to victory was the homegrown militia--local men defending their families and homes. Washington knew that having and maintaining an army of regular professional soldiers was the only way to win independence. He fought bitterly with the leaders in Congress over the creation of a regular army. In the end, he and his army prevailed. In Strategy of Victory, prolific historian Thomas Fleming examines the battles that created American independence, revealing how the strategy of a professional army, backed by a corps of citizen soldiers determined to fight for their freedom, worked on the battlefield, securing victory, independence and a lasting peace for the young nation"-- Provided by publisher.

Sisters first : stories from our wild and wonderful life

November 14, 2017
Bush, Jenna, author.
xi, 238 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president. Just twelve years later, they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years watched over by Secret Service agents and became fodder for the tabloids, with teenage mistakes making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story. Now Jenna and Barbara take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, as they share stories about their family, their unexpected adventures, their loves and losses, and the sisterly bond that means everything to them.

Obama : the call of history

November 14, 2017
Baker, Peter, 1967- author.
New York : Callaway, 2017.
319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Includes index.
This winter of our hardship -- Bring our troops home -- Time to turn the page -- A shellacking -- Justice has been done -- Fought our way back -- Governing by crisis -- Red line -- Haunted by those deaths -- Could have been me -- Never fear to negotiate -- A personal insult -- Epilogue.
Peter Baker's authoritative history of the Obama presidency is the first complete account that will stand the test of time. Baker takes the measure of Obama's achievements and disappointments in office and brings into focus the real legacy of the man who, as he described himself, "doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills."

A secret sisterhood : the literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronté, George Eliot, & Virginia Woolf

November 14, 2017
Midorikawa, Emily, author.
xx, 331 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 22 cm
Introduction: In search of a secret sisterhood -- Jane Austen & Anne Sharp. A circle of single women ; Rebellion behind closed doors ; Closing ranks -- Charlotte Brontë & Mary Taylor. Three's a crowd ; Two adventurous spirits ; One great myth -- George Eliot & Harriet Beecher Stowe. The stuff of legend ; The specter of scandal ; An act of betrayal -- Katherine Mansfield & Virginia Woolf. Friends or foes? ; Cat-and-mouse ; Life and death -- Epilogue: A web of literary connections.
"Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world's best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor, who shaped the work of Charlotte Bronté; the transatlantic friendship of the seemingly aloof George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, most often portrayed as bitter foes, but who, in fact, enjoyed a complex friendship fired by an underlying erotic charge. Through letters and diaries that have never been published before, A Secret Sisterhood resurrects these forgotten stories of female friendships. They were sometimes scandalous and volatile, sometimes supportive and inspiring, but always -- until now -- tantalizingly consigned to the shadows"-- Provided by publisher.

Endurance : a year in space, a lifetime of discovery

November 13, 2017
Kelly, Scott, 1964- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
387 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home. Here we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

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