New Arrivals · Biography

May 29, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Life is short (no pun intended) : love, laughter, and learning to enjoy every moment

May 28, 2015
Arnold, Jennifer, 1974- author.
New York : Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2015.
ix, 261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
My arrival! -- It's a boy! -- Dragons and fairies -- Kindergarten, here I come! -- Scootering around -- Down days and tough times -- Summers in Baltimore -- I will marry her someday -- No date for the dance -- Brains over brawn -- Miami or bust! -- Hot rods and custom suits -- Medical school -- DateALittle -- Going to the chapel -- Becoming "the little couple" -- Now a family.
"Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have inspired millions as stars of TLC's hit show The Little Couple. Though they both have dwarfism, they have knocked down every obstacle they have encountered together with a positive, can-do attitude. The show has featured the lives of Jennifer (a respected neonatologist) and Bill (a successful entrepreneur) from their marriage in 2009, to the launch of their pet shop, to the adoption of their children, to Jen's overcoming cancer" -- Provided by publisher.

Ghetto brother : warrior to peacemaker

May 27, 2015
Voloj, Julian, author
127 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
"Based on true events" -- title page verso.
An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family's dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

Elena vanishing : a memoir

May 26, 2015
Dunkle, Elena, author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2015.
288 pages ; 22 cm
Clare B. Dunkle was given as primary author in pre-publication.
"Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia"

You deserve a drink : boozy misadventures and tales of debauchery

May 26, 2015
Hart, Mamrie, 1983- author.
New York, New York : Plume, [2015]
xi, 274 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Mamrie Hart is a drinking star with a YouTube problem. As host of the bawdy cult hit You Deserve a Drink, [she's] been entertaining viewers with her signature concoction of tasty libations and raunchy puns since 2011. Finally, Hart has compiled her best drinking stories--and worst hangovers--into one ... volume"-- Provided by publisher.

Gumption : relighting the torch of freedom with America's gutsiest troublemakers

May 26, 2015
Offerman, Nick, 1970- author.
xvii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the best-selling Paddle Your Own Canoe pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting and meat.

Mob cop : my life of crime in the Chicago Police Department

May 26, 2015
Pascente, Fred, 1942-2014.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2015.
vii, 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrataions ; 24 cm
"Former Chicago police officer and mafia associate Fred Pascente is the man who links Tony Spilotro, the protagonist of Nicholas Pileggi's Casino and one of Chicago's most notorious mob figures, to William Hanhardt, chief of detectives of the Chicago Police Department. Pascente and Spilotro grew up together on Chicago's near West Side, and as young toughs they were rousted and shaken down by Hanhardt. While Spilotro became the youngest made man in Chicago Outfit history, Pascente was drafted into the army and then joined the police department. Soon taken under Hanhardt's wing because of his connections, Pascente served as Hanhardt's fixer and bagman on the department for more than a decade. At the same time, Pascente remained close to Spilotro, making frequent trips to Las Vegas to party with his old friend while helping to rob the casinos blind. Mob Cop tells about the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States, and it reveals information about the inner workings of the Outfit that have never been publicly released. Fred Pascente's positions as an insider on both the criminal and law enforcement fronts makes this story a matchless tell-all. "-- Provided by publisher.

The great war of our time : the CIA's fight against terrorism-- from al Qa'ida to ISIS

May 26, 2015
Morell, Michael J.
New York : Twelve, 2015.
xvi, 362 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"THE GREAT WAR OF OUR TIME offers an unprecedented assessment of the CIA while at the forefront of our nation's war against al-Qa'ida and during the most remarkable period in the history of the Agency. Called the "Bob Gates of his generation," Michael Morell is a top CIA officer who saw it all--the only person with President Bush on 9/11/01 and with President Obama on 5/1/11 when Usama Bin Laden was brought to justice. Like Ghost Wars, See No Evil, and At the Center of the Storm, THE GREAT WAR OF OUR TIME will be a vivid, newsmaking account of the CIA, a life of secrets and a war in the shadows"-- Provided by publisher.

Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation

May 22, 2015
Jobb, Dean, 1958- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
x, 336 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Our Ponzi -- Ambitions -- The law -- The gamble -- The dupe -- The big idea -- The syndicate -- The hanging judge -- The sting -- The confidence man -- The crime fighter -- The bubble -- The flight -- The smash -- The sensation -- The double life -- The victims -- The manhunt -- The alias -- The guide -- The hideaway -- The prince of entertainers -- The crime of the century -- The pariah -- The womanizer -- The trap -- The gang war -- The prisoner -- The return -- The confession -- The reckoning -- The final swindle.
"It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties ... Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people ... to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama ... When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year"--Provided by publisher.

The Double life of Fidel Castro : my 17 years as personal bodyguard to El Líder Máximo

May 21, 2015
Sánchez, Juan Reinaldo, 1949-
278 pages : color map ; 22 cm
Map on lining papers.
Includes index.
In The Double Life of Fidel Castro, one of Castro's soldiers of 17 years breaks his silence and shares his memoir of years of service, and eventual imprisonment and torture for displeasing the notorious dictator, and his dramatic escape from Cuba.

Universal man : the lives of John Maynard Keynes

May 21, 2015
Davenport-Hines, R. P. T. (Richard Peter Treadwell), 1953- author.
418 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Subtitle on original UK edition: The seven lives of John Maynard Keynes.
"First published in Great Britain by William Collins in 2015"--Title page verso.
Altruist -- Boy prodigy -- Official -- Public man -- Lover -- Connoisseur -- Envoy.

After the dance : my life with Marvin Gaye

May 20, 2015
Gaye, Jan, author.
viii, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A "cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all--and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of [the] legendary soul icon"

When the balls drop : how I learned to get real and embrace life's second half

May 20, 2015
Garrett, Brad, 1960- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
In a refreshingly candid and wickedly funny look at life's second half, Garrett is irreverently honest about the gaffes, challenges, and ultimately the joys of middle age. From the pointlessness of overthinking diet and exercise and other demoralizing aspects of getting older., he teaches you the most important thing: no matter what, we're all in this together. So embrace it.

Death row chaplain : unbelievable true stories from America's most notorious prison

May 20, 2015
Smith, Earl A., 1956-
New York : Howard Books, [2015]
xiv, 242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
From a former criminal and now chaplain for the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors, comes a riveting, behind-the-bars look at one of America's most feared prisons: San Quentin. Reverend Earl Smith shares the most important lessons he's learned from years of helping inmates discover God's plan for them.

War on the basepaths : the definitive biography of Ty Cobb

May 20, 2015
Hornbaker, Tim.
New York, NY : Sports Publishing, [2015]
xxi, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"During his twenty-four-year career, Ty Cobb was an MVP, Triple Crown-winner, twelve-time batting champion, and was elected in the inaugural ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame (along with Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson). As someone who retired from the game over eighty-five years ago, he is still the leader for career batting average, second in runs, hits, and triples, and a mainstay in dozens of other categories. However, when most people think of “The Georgia Peach,” they’re reminded of his reputation as a “dirty” player. It was said that got so many of his steals because he would sharpen his metal cleats and “spike” the second basemen if they would try to tag him out. It’s also said that he was rude, nasty, a racist, and hated by peers and the press alike. As author Tim Hornbaker did for Charles Comiskey in Turning the Black Sox White, War on the Basepaths is an unbiased biography of one of the greatest players to ever grace a baseball diamond. Based on detailed research and analysis, Tim Hornbaker offers the full story of Cobb’s life and career; some of which has been altered for almost a century. While he retired in 1928 and passed away in 1961, War on the Basepaths will show how Ty Cobb really was and place readers in the box seats of his incredible life."--Provided by publisher.

Planck : driven by vision, broken by war

May 20, 2015
Brown, Brandon R., author.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
xviii, 258 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
October 1944 -- April 1943 -- Late May 1943 -- October 1943 -- January 1944 -- Winter 1943-1944 -- February 1944 -- April 1944 -- May 1944 -- July 1944: a celebration -- July 1944: an arrest -- August 1944 -- November 1944 -- January 1945 -- April 1945 -- May 1945 -- Coda: 1945-1947 -- Appendix.
Max Planck is credited with being the father of quantum theory, and his work laid the foundation for our modern understanding of matter and energetic processes. But Planck's story is not well known, especially in the United States. A German physicist working during the first half of the twentieth century, his library, personal journals, notebooks, and letters were all destroyed with his home in World War II. What remains, other than his contributions to science, are handwritten letters in German shorthand, and tributes from other scientists of the time, including his close friend Albert Einstein. Brown tells the story of Planck's friendship with the far more outspoken Albert Einstein, and shows how his work fits within the explosion of technology and science that occurred during his life. The story of a brilliant man living in a dangerous time, Brandon Brown gives Max Planck his rightful place in the history of science, and shows how war-torn Germany deeply impacted his life and work.

Welcome to my breakdown : a memoir

May 20, 2015
Little, Benilde.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The nationally bestselling author of Good Hair and The Itch pens her first book of nonfiction, a "momoir" about her own journey caring for aging parents, raising children, being married, plunging to the depths of depression, and climbing her way out. My mother was gone. I never thought I would survive her death. A major bestselling novelist and former magazine editor, long married to a handsome and successful stockbroker with whom she has a beautiful daughter and son, Benilde Little once had every reason to feel on top of the world. But as illness, the aging of her parents, and other hurdles interrupted her seemingly perfect life, she took a tailspin into a pit of clinical depression. Told in her own fearless and wise voice, Welcome to My Breakdown chronicles a cavern of depression so dark that Benilde didn't know if she'd ever recover from what David Foster Wallace called "a nausea of the soul." She discusses everything from her Newark upbringing, once-frequent visits to a Muslim mosque, and how it felt to date a married man, to her doubts about marriage, being caught between elder care and childcare, and ultimately how she treated her depression and found a way out. Writing in the courageous tradition of great female storytellers such as Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, and Pearl Cleage, Benilde doesn't hold back as she shares insights, inspiration, and intimate details of her life. Powerful, relatable, and ultimately redemptive, Welcome to My Breakdown is a remarkable memoir about the power within us all to rise from despair and to feel hope and joy again"-- Provided by publisher.


May 20, 2015
Stok, Barbara, 1970- author, illustrator.
141 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Art Masters"--Cover.
The turbulent life of Vincent van Gogh is a constant source of inspiration and intrigue for artists and art lovers. In this beautiful graphic biography, artist and writer Barbara Stok documents the brief and intense period of creativity Van Gogh spent in Arles, Provence. Away from Paris, Van Gogh falls in love with the landscape and light of the south of France. He dreams of setting up an artists' studio in Arles - somewhere for him and his friends to paint together. But attacks of mental illness leave the painter confused and disorientated. When his friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin refuses to reside permanently at the Yellow House, Van Gogh cuts off part of his ear. The most notorious event of art history has happened - and Van Gogh's dreams are left in tatters. However, throughout this period of intense emotion and hardship, Vincent's brother Theo stands by him, offering constant and unconditional support. Stok has succeeded in breathing new life into one of the most fascinating episodes of art history.

Make peace before the sun goes down : the long encounter of Thomas Merton and his abbot, James Fox

May 19, 2015
Lipsey, Roger, 1942-
Boston : Shambhala, 2015.
xiv, 313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A fascinating account of Thomas Merton's conflicted relationship with his abbot, Dom James Fox--by an esteemed modern Merton scholar. In the 1950s and '60s, Thomas Merton, a monk of the Trappist monastery of Gethsemani in Kentucky, published a string of books that are among the most influential spiritual books of the twentieth century--including the mega-best seller The Seven-Storey Mountain. He was something of a rock star for a cloistered monk, and from his monastic cell he enjoyed a wide and lively correspondence with people from the worlds of religion, literature, and politics. During that period he also explored and wrote extensively on Buddhism, Sufism, art, and social action. The man to whom he owed obedience in the cloistered life was a much more traditional Catholic, his abbot, Dom James Fox. To say that these two men had a conflicted relationship would be an understatement, but the tension their differences in orientation brought actually led to creative results on both sides and to a kind of hard-won respect and love. Roger Lipsey's portrait of this unusual relationship is compelling and moving; it shows Merton in the years his imagination was taking him far beyond the walls of the monastery, and eventually, literally to Asia"-- Provided by publisher.

Don't leave yet : how my mother's Alzheimer's opened my heart

May 19, 2015
Hanstedt, Constance, author.
185 pages ; 22 cm
As a young girl in the Midwest, Constance Hanstedt was consumed by fear -- of her parents, especially her disapproving mother, Virginia; of social situations; and of people in general. Even as an adult she remained guarded around her mother, avoiding conflict at all costs. Still, when Virginia developed Alzheimer's, Hanstedt did what the perfect daughter she'd always struggled to be would do: she returned to the Midwestern town where she was raised to help care for a mother who could no longer care for herself. In Don't Leave Yet, Hanstedt recounts her journey toward facing her fears and rising above the past; her mother's unrelenting bitterness regarding life, even as she loses memories of it; and her unexpected discovery of an emotion that reaches beyond familial duty: compassion.

The Maguire sisters of Cincinnati, OH and their relatives

May 19, 2015
Giese, Dale C.
Cincinnati, OH : Dale C. Giese, 2015.
653 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, genealogical tables, portraits ; 28 cm
With thanks to Larry Dolan and Sue Johnstone for their assistance.
Cover title.
Ancestry chart of Alice Louise Maguire -- Descendants of James Maguire -- Descendants of Pierre Berard -- Descendants of John Rush -- Descendants of Pierre Berard and Marguerite Boule -- Descendants of Joseph St. Marie and Christine Jussiaume -- Descendants of Francis Lindsly and Susanna Cullpeper -- Descendants of Deacon Azariah Crane and Treat -- Descendants of Daniel Goble and Hanna Brewer -- Descendants of John Houghton -- Descendants of Andrew Buckmaster and Marie Roberts -- Descendants of William Walter -- Descendants of Henry Dowd and Elizabeth Dadson -- Descendants of Ballinger -- Descendants of Johann M. Willheit and Anna Maria Hengsteler -- Descendants of James Shirley and Judith Garriott -- Descendants of John Wayne and Margaret Bishop -- Descendants of Johan Theobald Van Loehr and Ursala -- Descendants of Zacharias Reifschneider -- Descendants of Nathaniel Branson and Ann -- Descendants of Peter Bacon and Mary -- Descendants of Robert Tate and Elizabeth -- Descendants of Haldeman -- Descendants of Michael Haldeman -- Descendants of Griffith Willett and Rhoda Stilles -- Descendants of Joseph Richard and Marie Anne Boucher.

The Revolutionary War diary of Major William Croghan of the Virginia Continental Line, 1779-1780

May 19, 2015
Croghan, William, 1752-1823.
x, 89 pages : illustrations, facsimiles., maps, portrait ; 23 cm.
"Three detachments of Virginia soldiers were dispatched in the last months of 1779 to proceed to South Carolina to aid in the defense of Charleston. A member of the 1st Virginia Regiment, Major William Croghan belonged to this group who were, on account of the rivers being so solidly frozen that ships could not move, obliged to march the 800 miles from the Jerseys to Sullivan's Island in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. Major Croghan kept an itinerant diary which reveals the hardships, and pleasures, experienced by this group of more than 700 patriots.

The Francis miracle : inside the transformation of the Pope and the Church

May 18, 2015
Allen, John L., Jr., 1965-
Des Moines, Iowa : Time Books, [2015]
276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Bergoglio's roots -- Moderate to an extreme -- Dialogue and peace -- God and Mammon -- Women and the Church -- The social gospel -- The abuse scandals -- The paradox of power -- Backlash -- Will it last?
There is no other organization whose inner workings are more secretive than the Vatican. Now, with a dynamic new leader in Pope Francis, all eyes are upon him as he seeks to bring the church back from the right to center, blurring the lines between politics, religion and culture. Allen reveals the inner workings of the Vatican to display the vast machinery of the Catholic Church, and an examination of the man at the helm.

Elon Musk : Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future

May 15, 2015
Vance, Ashlee, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
392 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illlustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Elon's world -- Africa -- Canada -- Elon's first start-up -- PayPal mafia boss -- Mice in space -- All electric -- Pain, suffering and survival -- Liftoff -- The revenge of the electric car -- The unified field theory of Elon Musk.
"There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk's relentless drive and ingenious vision. A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry. More than any other executive today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as a science fiction fantasy. In this lively, investigative account, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance offers an unprecedented look into the remarkable life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious businessman. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces his journey from his difficult upbringing in South Africa to his ascent to the pinnacle of the global business world"--From publisher description.

Finding Robert

May 15, 2015
Stevens, Robert J., 1961-
Garden City Park, NY : Square One Publishers, [2015]
xiii, 239 pages ; 23 cm

Morrissey FAQ : all that's left to know about the Pope of Mope

May 15, 2015
McKinney, D., author.
Montclair, New Jersey : Backbeat Books, 2015.
xix, 366 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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