New Arrivals · Biography

June 25, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Blue highways : a journey into America

June 24, 2016
Heat Moon, William Least.
New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, ©2013.
xiii, 429 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Originally published: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1982.
Foreword ©2013 by Bill McKibben.
Eastward -- East by southeast -- South by southeast -- South by southwest -- West by southwest -- West by northwest -- North by northwest -- North by northeast -- East by northeast -- Westward.
Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least-Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map--if they get on at all--only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.

Beautiful scars

June 23, 2016
Brookbank, Kilee.
Georgetown, OH : KiCam Projects, c2016.
295 p. ; 22 cm.
Change -- A smile is born -- Hurting and healing -- A girl's best friend -- Struggling to be me -- Bright spotlight -- Fresh start -- Big little brother -- It's complicated -- Back to normal? -- Kilee gives back -- Rebuilding, going home -- New beginnings.
Kilee Brookbank was a typical sixteen-year-old girl, thinking about school, soccer, her friends and her boyfriend. But her last ordinary day erupted in an explosion that consumed her house, burning 45 percent of her body and sending her to the very brink of death. After 38 days of surgeries, skin grafts, perpetual physical therapy and excruciating pain, she had to discover how to live again. In each moment of her long journey back to everyday life, she had to make choices that would define who she was and who she would become.

She went to the field : women soldiers of the Civil War

June 22, 2016
Tsui, Bonnie.
Guilford, Conn. : TwoDot, ©2006.
x, 149 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Sarah Emma Edmonds, aka Private Frank Thompson, Union -- Loreta Janeta Velazquez, aka Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate -- Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, aka Private Lyons Wakeman, Union -- Jennie Hodgers, aka Private Albert D.J. Cashier, Union -- Frances Clayton, Florena Budwin, Mary Ann Clark, Mary Pitman, and other women soldiers -- "Daughters of the regiment" : the role of vivandières in the war: Kady Brownell, Union; Annie Etheridge, Union; and others -- Spies: Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Belle Boyd, Pauline Cushman, Elizabeth Van Lew, and Harriet Tubman -- Wartime nurses: Clara Barton, Cornelia Hancock, Mary Livermore, Mary Anne Bickerdyke, Belle Reynolds, Sally Tompkins, and Kate Cumming.
"Women Soldiers of the Civil War" profiles several substantiated cases of female soldiers during the American Civil War, including Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (aka Private Lyons Wakeman, Union); Sarah Emma Edmonds (aka Private Frank Thompson, Union); Loreta Janeta Velazquez (aka Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate); and Jennie Hodgers (aka Private Albert D.J. Cashier, Union). Also featured are those women who may not have posed as male soldiers but who nonetheless pushed gender boundaries to act boldly in related military capacities, as spies, nurses, and vivandieres ("daughters of the regiment") who bore the flag in battle, rallied troops, and cared for the wounded.

William Tecumseh Sherman : in the service of my country : a life

June 22, 2016
McDonough, James L., 1934- author.
© 2016
xiii, 816 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Prologue : Death stared us all in the face -- My father named me William Tecumseh -- I was notified to prepare for West Point -- In the service of my country -- Sand and sun, Seminoles and Spaniards -- Military camaraderie, Southern aristocracy, prospective matrimony -- And then there was a war on -- Deprived of military glory -- California again; a brand-new game -- Golden State banker -- I was fit for the army but nothing else -- In a hell of a fix -- No man can foresee the end -- Action at Bull Run -- "Crazy" in Kentucky -- Triumphant in Tennessee -- This is no common war -- The strongest place I ever saw -- The river of our greatness is free -- Why was I not killed at Vicksburg? -- One hundred thousand strong -- I knew more of Georgia than the rebels did -- I want a bold push for Atlanta -- It's a big game, but I know I can do it -- Taking the war to the braggart Carolinians -- A soldier of renown -- General-in-chief, I -- General-in-chief, II -- We can only bow to the inevitable.
"A major new biography of one of Americas most storied military figures. General Sherman's 1864 burning of Atlanta solidified his legacy as a ruthless leader. Yet Sherman proved far more complex than his legendary military tactics reveal. James Lee McDonough offers fresh insight into a man tormented by the fear that history would pass him by, who was plagued by personal debts, and who lived much of his life separated from his family. As a soldier, Sherman evolved from a spirited student at West Point into a general who steered the Civil War's most decisive campaigns, rendered here in graphic detail. Lamenting casualties, Sherman sought the war's swift end by devastating Southern resources in the Carolinas and on his famous March to the Sea. This meticulously researched biography explores Sherman's warm friendship with Ulysses S. Grant, his strained relationship with his wife, Ellen, and his unassuageable grief over the death of his young son, Willy. The result is a remarkable, comprehensive life of an American icon whose legacy resonates to this day."--Publisher.

83 minutes : the doctor, the damage, and the shocking death of Michael Jackson

June 22, 2016
Richards, Matt, 1967- author.
©2015
426 pages ; 24 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Blink Publishing, 2015.
"For the first time, readers have access to [an] ... account of the crucial moments leading up to Jackson's demise. Drawing on court documents and testimonials, [the book] presents a multi-perspective tracking of every individual involved and the part they played as the tragedy unfolded, examining forensically the mystery of the 83 minutes that elapsed from the moment Dr. Murray suggested he found Jackson not breathing to the moment the singer's lifeless body was wheeled into hospital"--Dust jacket flap.

Eve of a hundred midnights : the star-crossed love story of two WWII correspondents and their epic escape across the Pacific

June 22, 2016
Lascher, Bill, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, 2016.
vi, 408 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Why should I contribute a little more trash? -- The itch is perpetual -- The voice of China -- The Haiphong incident -- True Hollywood story -- "I'll be careful" -- Nothing but twisted sticks -- "He types on the desk, and I type on the dressing table" -- Infamy -- Into the blackness beyond -- False convoy -- Too good to be true -- Soldier of the press.
On New Year's Eve, 1941, just three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were bombing the Philippine capital of Manila, where journalists Mel and Annalee Jacoby had married just a month earlier. The couple had worked in China as members of a tight community of foreign correspondents with close ties to Chinese leaders; if captured by invading Japanese troops, they were certain to be executed. Racing to the docks just before midnight, they barely escaped on a freighter and the beginning of a tumultuous journey that would take them from one island outpost to another. While keeping ahead of the approaching Japanese, Mel and Annalee covered the harrowing war in the Pacific Theater--two of only a handful of valiant and dedicated journalists reporting from the region.

Then and now : a memoir

June 22, 2016
Cook, Barbara, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
x, 237 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Childhood -- Glenwood Avenue -- Discovering Show Business -- The Thrill of New York -- The Reality of New York -- Meeting David LeGrant -- Broadway -- Leonard Bernstein and Candide -- The Music Man -- Marriage, Motherhood, and Career -- One for My Baby -- Matters of the Heart -- Drinking Again -- Wally Harper -- Career Renaissance -- Losing Wally -- New Choices -- As of Today -- Still Capable of Wonder.
"The Kennedy Center Honoree and Tony Award-winning Broadway star traces her remarkable but turbulent life during the glory days of Broadway and the American musical, describing how her acclaimed stage performances were overshadowed by depression and alcoholism before her reinvention as a cabaret artist,"--NoveList.

House of nails : a memoir of life on the edge

June 22, 2016
Dykstra, Lenny, 1963- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
x, 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Freedom -- In the shadow of angels -- Climbing the ladder -- Breaking into the bigs -- Chasing the pennant, 1986 NLCS: New York Mets vs Houston Astros -- 1986 World Series: New York Mets vs Boston Red Sox -- Rednecks & rifles -- 1988 NLCS: New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers -- Play me or trade me -- A shot in the butt -- The politics of steroids -- The big blind -- Brass balls -- Charlie Sheen -- 1993 NLCS: Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves -- 1993 World Series: Philadelphia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays -- Ambassador Lenny -- Car wash king -- Robes & room service -- 1994 MLB strike: no more Kool-aid for me -- Promised land -- Wheels up -- Richards & rehab -- Stock market guru -- Players club -- Baseball gods -- Beginning of the end -- I fought the law and the law won -- Detained -- In custody -- In the hole -- Legacy -- To be or not to be Lenny -- Afterword: Whale hunting with Lenny Dykstra.

I'm your biggest fan

June 22, 2016
Coyne, Kate, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
viii, 246 pages ; 21 cm
Kathie Lee Gifford helped save my soul -- Jennifer Lopez loves my mother -- Mariska Hargitay thinks I'm a stalker -- Wyonna Judd made me eat, pray, and love -- Tom Cruise is going to marry me someday -- Conan O'Brien made me quit (with an assist from Dustin Hoffman) -- George Michael is my absolute favorite (sorry, not sorry) -- Kate Gosselin turned me into her sidekick -- Neil Patrick Harris thinks I'm an idiot (but that's okay because a mega-star rescued me) -- Michael Douglas almost made me cry--twice -- Anderson Cooper would like me to put some clothes on -- Most of Hollywood thinks I'm a drug addict.
"Hilarious essays about awkward run-ins with celebrities, the nature of celebrity, and what it says about our culture, by the Executive Editor of People Magazine. --Provided by the publisher"-- Provided by publisher.

Garth Williams, American illustrator : a life

June 21, 2016
Kowaleski-Wallace, Elizabeth, 1954-
New York, NY : Beaufort Books, [2016]
250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

All strangers are kin : adventures in Arabic and the Arab world

June 21, 2016
O'Neill, Zora, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xvi, 318 pages ; 24 cm
Egypt. Empty talk ; Inside the word factory ; A prophecy ; Two tongues ; See what we did ; Where's your ear? ; Days of rage ; Hidden fingers ; Illuminating the house ; Graduation day -- The gulf. Knowledge village ; Practical, fashion, extreme ; When your ear hears ; Eau de Facebook ; What he did not know ; Heritage club ; The best people ; Supreme poets ; Develop! -- Lebanon. The new Beirut ; What is the rule? ; We don't talk about politics here ; Almost a dead language ; Your mother ; Easy-- but not good ; The weird uncle ; Pierre and his friends ; We have not taught the Prophet the price ; Land of thorns -- Morocco. Daddy, Mommy, Gramps ; The place where the sun sets ; You pour the tea ; God is beautiful ; Speaking Mexican ; Let's chat in Arabic ; Sweet sensation ; Up in the old hotel ; What is the name of this? Crossing the bridge.

Bukowski in a sundress : confessions from a writing life

June 21, 2016
Addonizio, Kim, 1954- author.
New York : Penguin Books, 2016.
205 pages ; 22 cm
"A dazzling, edgy, laugh-out-loud memoir from the award-winning poet and novelist that reflects on writing, drinking, dating, and more ... At once intimate and outrageous, Addonizio's memoir radiates all the wit and heartbreak and ever-sexy grittiness that her fans have come to love--and that new readers will not soon forget."-- Provided by publisher.

Threading my prayer rug : one woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim

June 17, 2016
Rehman, Sabeeha, author.
New York, NY : Arcade Publishing, [2016]
322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on religion and culture. Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of an arranged marriage in Pakistan that would become a love match lasting forty years, Threading My Prayer Rug is the story of many journeys: from Pakistan to America, from which her husband-to-be returned to wed and collect her while he completed his medical residency; from masters candidate to young bride and mother; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam; from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; and finally from Pakistani immigrant intending to stay for only a couple of years to an American of Pakistani origins, a successful businesswoman, grandmother, community leader who helped found a mosque, advocate for interfaith understanding, and cofounder of the New York chapter of a national organization. Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the revealing, always hopeful story of an immigrant's daily struggles, balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of children growing up Muslim-while they lobby for a Christmas tree. Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center at Ground Zero, when the backlash began, and she also offers an insider's account of that experience and what it showed about us"-- Provided by publisher.

The oracle of oil : a maverick geologist's quest for a sustainable future

June 17, 2016
Inman, Mason, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
xv, 413 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Describes the life and career of the geophysicist and Shell Oil researcher who shocked the scientific community with his brilliance but also with his controversial predictions about the peak and steady decline of American oil production.

Into the wild

June 17, 2016
Krakauer, Jon, author.
New York : Anchor Books, 2015.
215 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York : Villard, ©1996.
"With a new afterword"--Cover.
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

The lemon tree : an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East

June 17, 2016
Tolan, Sandy.
©2006
xix, 378 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"With a new afterword by the author"--Page 4 of cover.
Bell -- House -- Rescue -- Expulsion -- Emigration -- Refuge -- Arrival -- War -- Encounter -- Explosion -- Deportation -- Hope -- Homeland -- The lemon tree.
Based on a 43-minute radio documentary that Tolan produced for "Fresh Air," this volume pursues the story into the homes and histories of the two families at its center through the present day. Their stories form a personal microcosm of the last 70 years of Israeli-Palestinian history.

Handsome Ransom Jackson : accidental Big Leaguer

June 15, 2016
Jackson, Ransom, 1926-
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xxvi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Early Years and the Minor Leagues -- The Big Leagues -- Life After Baseball -- Ransom Thoughts -- Ransom Jackson Career Batting Statistics.

Girl walks out of a bar : a memoir

June 15, 2016
Smith, Lisa F. (Lawyer), author.
New York : SelectBooks, Inc., [2016]
ix, 277 pages ; 23 cm

Douglas MacArthur : American warrior

June 15, 2016
Herman, Arthur, 1956- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xv, 937 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The son of the father -- Turning points -- Glory days -- Young man going east -- Countdown to war -- Into the fire -- Fight to the finish -- Back to West Point -- The tumultuous years -- Saving the army -- Saving FDR -- Mission to Manila -- Waiting for the enemy -- Rat in the house -- When men must die -- Back to the wall -- I shall return -- Taking supreme command -- Green hell -- Doing Cartwheel -- One: stepping stones to victory -- Two: liberation -- Three: on to Manila -- Four: battleground -- Five: downfall -- Six: brief encounters -- Seven: being Sir Boss -- Eight: head winds -- Nine: war again -- Inchon and beyond -- One: reversal of fortune -- Two: end game -- Three: fading away.
"The Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Gandhi & Churchill goes beyond the mythologies of the World War II general to illuminate his strengths and weaknesses, placing his career against a backdrop of history while discussing how he shaped his character to meet national needs,"--NoveList.

Agatha : the real life of Agatha Christie

June 15, 2016
Martinetti, Anne.
London : SelfMadeHero, 2016.
119 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm

An Olympic dream : the story of Samia Yusuf Omar

June 15, 2016
Kleist, Reinhard, author, illustrator.
©2015
147 pages : chiefly illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Originally published in German as Der traum vom Olympia : die geschichte von Samia Yusuf Omar.
The image of Samia Yusuf Omar running for last place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will forever be imprinted in the minds of all who saw it: The lean Somalian, wearing knee-length leggings and a baggy T-shirt, came in seconds behind her competitors. What the cheering crowd couldn't know then was what it took to get there. An Olympic Dream follows Omar's second attempt to represent her country at the Olympics, this time in London. Reinhard Kleist pictures the athlete training in one of the most dangerous cities in the world; her passage through Sudan and into Libya; and her fateful attempt to reach Europe. By telling the story of one remarkable woman, Kleist gives voice to the thousands of migrants who risk their lives daily for a better future.

The mistresses of Cliveden : three centuries of scandal, power, and intrigue in an English stately home

June 14, 2016
Livingstone, Natalie, author.
©2015
xv, 494 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in hardcover in the United Kingdom by Hutchinson, a member of Penguin Random House, London, in 2015"--Title page verso.
"An immersive historical epic about a lavish English manor and a dynasty of rich and powerful women who ruled the estate over three centuries of misbehavior, scandal, intrigue, and passion. Five miles from Windsor Castle, home of the royal family, sits the Cliveden estate. Overlooking the Thames, the mansion is flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens. Throughout its storied history, Cliveden has been a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion--from its salacious, deadly beginnings in the seventeenth century to the 1960s Profumo Affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government. Now, in this immersive chronicle, the manor's current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking." --Provided by publisher.

Hustling Hitler : the Jewish vaudevillian who fooled the Führer

June 14, 2016
Shapiro, Walter.
New York : Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
432 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"From acclaimed journalist Walter Shapiro, the true life story of how his great-uncle--a Jewish vaudeville impresario and exuberant con man--managed to cheat Hitler's agents in the run-up to WWII. Vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, stock swindler, card shark and self-proclaimed 'Jade King of China, ' Freeman Bernstein was a master of exuberant excess and no stranger to the hard-hand of the law. But the charges he was arrested for on the evening of February 18, 1937, outside of a Hollywood starlet's home, were more serious than those he had ever encountered before. The most powerful and feared man in the world--Adolf Hitler--claimed that Bernstein had committed fraud against the German government. While living in Shanghai in 1936, Bernstein had been asked to procure a large quantity of nickel for the Germans. Nickel was essential to make stainless steel for armaments, and impossible at that time for Germany to openly buy on the international markets. When the shipments arrived from Canada, bearing Bernstein's stamp of approval, the Germans found only huge, useless quantities of scrap metal and tin: a huge blow to their economy and war preparations. All his life, journalist Walter Shapiro assumed that the outlandish stories about his great uncle Freeman were exaggerated pieces of family lore; a cockamamie Jewish revenge fantasy dreamt up to entertain the kids and venerate their larger-than-life relative. But in recent years, Shapiro decided to search for the truth, and in this fascinating exploration of Bernstein's life, he investigates the incredible possibility that a New York Jew--born in 1873 to Polish immigrants--may have been responsible for a critical shortage of Nazi resources in the early years of World War II. Shapiro's easy narrative naturally evokes Bernstein's colorful world: from the smell of the grease paint backstage in a seedy turn-of-the-century vaudeville house in Bayonne, to the roar from the ringside seats of a top-rated 1923 middleweight bout in Mexico City, and the ominous sense of what it must have been like for an American Jew to be arranging shady business dealings in Germany in 1936. A thrilling and page-turning read, Hustling Hitler is the untold story of the larger-than-life, eternal hustler who changed the course of history"-- Provided by publisher.

Fall from grace : the truth and tragedy of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson

June 14, 2016
Hornbaker, Tim, author.
New York, NY : Sports Publishing, [2016]
xiii, 365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Considered by Ty Cobb as zthe finest natural hitter in the history of the game,y zShoeless Joey Jackson is ranked with the greatest players to ever step onto a baseball diamond. With a career .356 batting average, still ranked third all-time, the man from Pickens County, South Carolina, was on his way to becoming one of the greatest players in the sport’s history. That is until the zBlack Soxy scandal of 1919, which shook baseball to its core. While many have sympathized with Jackson’s ban from baseball (even though he hit .375 during the 1919 World Series), not much is truly known about this quiet slugger. Whether he participated in the throwing of the World Series or not, he is still considered one of the game’s best, and many have fought for his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This book includes Jackson’s personal point of view of the zBlack Soxy scandal, which has never been covered before.--From page 2 of book jacket.

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