New Arrivals · Biography

September 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Stan Lee : the man behind Marvel

September 22, 2017
Batchelor, Bob, author.
xiv, 229 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: Dawn of the fantastic -- Stanley Lieber, New Yorker -- Teenage editor -- Army playwright -- Return to Marvel -- Public enemy number one -- Birth of the new hero: The Fantastic Four -- Spidey saves the day! -- Horde of superheroes -- Marketing the Marvel Universe -- Creating an icon -- Marvel's multitude of maladies -- Lure of Hollywood -- Marvel manipulations -- Rise and fall of Stan Lee Media -- Meanwhile... -- Larger than life -- Conclusion: American icon.
Batchelor offers an eye-opening look at the life of Stan Lee, the man who created (with talented artists) many of history's most legendary characters. Becoming the editor of Marvel Comics as a teenager, and toiling in the industry for decades, Lee threw caution to the wind and went for broke, co-creating the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and others in a creative flurry that revolutionized comic books for generations of readers.

Up, up and astray : memoir of an airline bachelor during the golden age of air travel

September 22, 2017
Spaeth, Jim, author.
Loveland, OH : Wardwood Press, 2017.
452 pages ; 22 cm
"Jim, an only child, has always been a restless soul. At the age of six his dad died unexpectedly. He was left in the care of a stern Catholic mother and grandmother at home, and strict nuns at school. His curious, rambunctious nature only seemed to attract criticism. By the time Jim graduated, he had had enough of female authority. Short stints in the Marines and Cincinnati Police only confirmed his yearning for adventure. Fate intervened when a broken-down car turned into a career with TWA. How could Jim be expected to settle down when his feet never touched the ground? Women, whiskey, and a good tail wind were all he needed to be happy--or so he thought. It was 1964, and being a bachelor in the airline industry provided unlimited freedom. But, was being 37,000 feet above his problems a price too high to pay? Follow Jim on his adventures during the golden age of air travel as he navigates life, work, and love at 550 mph"--Back cover.


September 21, 2017
Walden, Tillie, 1996- author, illustrator.
New York : First Second, 2017.
395 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. Skating was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.

A sick life : TLC 'n me : stories from on and off the stage

September 21, 2017
Watkins, Tionne, author.
x, 246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
As the lead singer of Grammy-winning supergroup TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins has seen phenomenal fame, success, and critical acclaim. But backstage, she has lived a dual life. In addition to the balancing act of juggling an all-consuming music career and her family, Tionne has struggled since she was a young girl with sickle-cell disease?a debilitating and incurable condition that can render her unable to perform, walk, or even breathe. A Sick Life chronicles Tionne?s journey from a sickly young girl from Des Moines who was told she wouldn?t live to see 30 through her teen years in Atlanta, how she broke into the music scene, and became the superstar musician and sickle-cell disease advocate she is today. Through Tionne?s tough, funny, tell-it-like-it-is voice, she shares how she found the inner strength, grit, and determination to live her dream, despite her often unpredictable and debilitating health issues. She dives deep into never-before-told TLC stories, including accounts of her friendship with Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes and her tragic death. Tionne?s unvarnished discussion of her remarkable life, disease, unending strength, and ability to power through the odds offers a story like no other.

The unexpected president : the life and times of Chester A. Arthur

September 21, 2017
Greenberger, Scott S., author.
x, 304 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Elder Arthur -- "This Is the Place" -- Bleeding Kansas -- Playing the Game -- Barracks and Blankets -- The Shoddy Aristocracy -- The Lordly Roscoe -- The Collector -- From Grant to Hayes -- His Fraudulency, the President -- "The One I Loved Dearest" -- Dark Horse -- "A Great Deal of Soap" -- "An Ugly Wound" -- A Mysterious Correspondent -- "He Is Our President" -- "A Splendid Henry V" -- A Surprise Visit -- An Attack in Savannah -- "Between Two Stools" -- "Fame is a Bubble" -- Epilogue.
"An exquisitely written, comprehensive biography of Chester A. Arthur, our virtually forgotten 21st president, who unexpectedly occupied the nation's highest office and surprised everyone with his moral character and reformist policies"--Provided by publisher.

Slaves have names : ancestors of my home

September 21, 2017
Cumbo-Floyd, Andi, author.
copyright ©2013
212 pages ; 23 cm
Publisher's name from
"The book tells the stories of the people who were enslaved on the plantation where I was raised in Central Virginia. It's the story of my journey to get to know these extraordinary people and to understand my debt to them as well as our nation's continued struggles around race and the legacy of slavery. When my family moved to these plantations when I was 14, I had no sense of the history of slavery that was at the heart in this place. No one really discussed the enslaved people who had built these beautiful buildings beyond mention of the fact that there was a slave graveyard. So when - in college - I realized the silence around these individuals, I began to be interested. ... and a bit ashamed because, well, I was part of the silence, too. This book is my attempt to speak their stories aloud so that others will know these people. Their stories are not mine, but they have shaped who I am and the work I do now as a writer, genealogist, and historian. ... " -- Author's website, viewed March 18, 2014.

Finding magic : a spiritual memoir

September 20, 2017
Quinn, Sally, author.
416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"The author, journalist, television commentator, and longtime Washington insider reflects on the spiritual quest that has brought deeper meaning to her life--and kept her grounded within the high-powered political world of Washington, D.C.'s elite. Quinn reveals how 'it's all magic'--the many forms of what draws us together and provides meaning to all we do. Her roller coaster and irreverent but surprisingly spiritual story allows us to see how the infinite wonder of God and the values of meaningful conversation, experience, and community are available to us all."--Provided by publisher.

Good things happen slowly : a life in and out of jazz

September 20, 2017
Hersch, Fred, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2017]
x, 307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"Good Things Happen Slowly is [Fred Hersch's] memoir. It's the story of the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz player; a deep look into the cloistered jazz culture that made such a status both transgressive and ground-breaking; and a profound exploration of how Hersch's two-month-long coma in 2007 led to his creating some of the finest, most direct, and most emotionally compelling music of his career." -- From book jacket.

I'm the one who got away : a memoir

September 19, 2017
Jarrell, Andrea, author.
Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2017.
153 pages ; 21 cm
Includes book discussion guide.
"Fugitives from a man as alluring as he is violent, Andrea Jarrell and her mother develop a powerful, unusual bond. Once grown, Jarrell thinks she's put that chapter of her life behind her--until a woman she knows is murdered, and she suddenly sees that it's her mother's choices she's been trying to escape all along. Without preaching or prescribing, I'm the One Who Got Away is a life-affirming story of having the courage to become both safe enough and vulnerable enough to love and be loved."

The forgotten genius of Oliver Heaviside : a maverick of electrical science

September 18, 2017
Mahon, Basil, author.
288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published in the UK in 2009 as Oliver Heaviside: Maverick mastermind of electricity by the Institiution of Engineering and Techonolgy.
"Biography of Oliver Heaviside profiles the life of an underappreciated genius. It describes his many contributions to electrical science, which proved to be essential to the future of mass communications"--Provided by publisher.

My fair junkie : a memoir of getting dirty and staying clean

September 18, 2017
Dresner, Amy, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2017.
242 pages ; 24 cm
A former stand-up comic and prolific online writer chronicles her twenty-year battle with sex, drug, and alcohol addiction, and what happened when she finally emerged on the other side.

Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and me : a graphic memoir

September 15, 2017
Mapa, Lorina, author.
Wolfville, NS : Conundrum Press, [2017]
131 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes selected pop music discography from the years 1981-1986.
"A graphic memoir about growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s with Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and the EDSA Revolution. When she learns of her beloved father's fatal car accident, Mapa flies to Manila to attend his funeral. His sudden death sparks childhood memories. Weaving the past with the present, Mapa entertains with stories about religion, pop culture, adolescence, social class and politics, including her experiences of the 1986 People Power Revolution which made headlines around the world. It is a love letter to her parents, family, friends, country of birth, and in the end, perhaps even to herself"-- Provided by publisher.

Before I had the words : on being a transgender young adult

September 15, 2017
Kergil, Skylar, author.
viii, 257 pages ; 24 cm

An odyssey : a father, a son, and an epic

September 15, 2017
Mendelsohn, Daniel Adam, 1960- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
306 pages ; 25 cm
Proem (invocation): 1964-2011 -- Telemachy (education): January-February 2011 -- Apologoi (adventures): March-June -- Nostos (homecoming): April -- Anagnorisis (recognition): May -- Sêma (the sign): April 6, 2012.
"When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey that his son Daniel teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician's unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his 'one last chance' to learn the great literature he'd neglected in his youth--and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that follow, as the two men explore Homer's great work together--first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his son's interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus' legendary voyages-it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: for Jay's responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohn's narrative comes to echo the Odyssey itself, with its timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home. Rich with literary and emotional insight, An Odyssey is a renowned author-scholar's most revelatory entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration."--Jacket.

Unstoppable : my life so far

September 15, 2017
Sharapova, Maria, 1987- author.
292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The five-time Grand Slam winner presents the remarkable story of how her father relocated her at the age of 7 from their native Russia to America to develop her tennis talents before she embarked on a record-setting career shaped by astonishing competitions, her provocative beliefs and her recent fight to return to the court.

Miss D & me : life with the invincible Bette Davis

September 15, 2017
Sermak, Kathryn, author.
New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2017.
viii, 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
I have a hunch about you -- On the set in London -- The Pygmalion year -- Family reunion -- All for love -- Gigi's return -- The battle begins -- Back in California -- Pierre's visit -- The breakdown in San Ysidro -- On the beach in Malibu -- A farewell from Bede -- Road trip: day one-- Biarritz to Bourdeaux -- Road trip: day two-- Bourdeaux to Poitiers -- Road trip: day three-- Poitiers to Orleans -- Road trip: day four-- Orleans to Paris -- Afterword: Denouement in San Sebastian.
The legendary actress's personal assistant recounts their time together, discussing the renaissance of Davis's career in her later years and the public betrayal that nearly killed her.

Spoiler alert: the hero dies : a memoir of love, loss, and other four-letter words

September 15, 2017
Ausiello, Michael, author.
New York, NY : Atria Books, [2017]
309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Television industry journalist Michael Ausiello tells the story of his final year with his partner of thirteen years, Kit Cowan--diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendocrine cancer--while revisiting the many memories that preceded it, and describes how their undeniably powerful bond carried them through all manner of difficulties, with humor always front and center of the relationship.

What happened

September 14, 2017
Clinton, Hillary Rodham, author.
xiv, 494 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Perseverance. Showing up ; Grit and gratitude -- Competition. Get caught trying ; Getting started ; A day in the life -- Sisterhood. On being a woman in politics ; Motherhood, wifehood, daughterhood, sisterhood ; Turning mourning into a movement -- Idealism and realism. Change makers ; Sweating the details ; Making history -- Frustration. Country roads ; Those damn emails ; Trolls, bots, fake news, and real Russians ; Election night ; Why -- Resilience. Love and kindness ; Onward together.
"'In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I'm letting my guard down.' For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet. In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet--the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics. She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future. The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath--both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation."

No room for small dreams : courage, imagination, and the making of modern Israel

September 14, 2017
Peres, Shimon, 1923-2016, author.
xii, 227 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Shimon Peres' final work, finished shortly before his death. An autobiography and study of the crucial moments in Israel's history. "It would be easy to review what elapsed during my 93 years purely for nostalgic value. But here, in the final chapter of my life, I am not interested in simply putting a marker down regarding my specific recall of the past. Instead, I am writing a book about what it takes to fight cynicism in all of its forms, and what it takes to follow dreams no matter their size.""-- Provided by publisher.

Dr. Z : the lost memoirs of an irreverent football writer

September 14, 2017
Zimmerman, Paul Lionel, author.
xvii, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm
Foreword / Peter King -- Introduction / Linda Bailey Zimmerman -- Mine eyes have seen the glory -- Centrique to freaque -- Boxing Ernest Hemingway -- Journalism -- Super Bowl memories -- Diary of a madman -- All-time teams -- Urgent dispatch from Comrade Kalugin -- Olympics -- Quarterbacks -- Wine -- Collecting -- Authority -- National anthem.
"During his nearly 50 years of sportswriting, including 28 at Sports Illustrated, readers of Dr. Z came to expect a certain alchemical, trademark blend: words which were caustic and wry, at times self-deprecating or even puzzling, but always devilishly smart with arresting honesty. A complex package, that's the Doctor. The one-time sparring partner of Ernest Hemingway, Paul Zimmerman is one of the modern era's groundbreaking football minds, a man who methodically charted every play while generating copious notes, a human precursor to the data analytics websites of today. In 2008, Zimmerman had nearly completed work on his personal memoirs when a series of strokes left him largely unable to speak, read, or write. Compiled and edited by longtime SI colleague Peter King, these are the stories he still wants to see told. Dr. Z's memoir is a rich package of personalities, stories never shared about such characters as Vince Lombardi, Walter Payton, Lawrence Taylor, and Johnny Unitas. Even Joe Namath, with whom Zimmerman had a legendary and well-documented 23-year feud, saw fit to eventually unburden himself to the remarkable scribe. Also included are Zimmerman's encounters with luminaries and larger-than-life figures outside of sports, notably Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, and Hunter S. Thompson. But not to be missed are Zimmerman's quieter observations on his own life and writing, witticisms and anecdotes which sway between the poignant and hilarious. No matter the topic, Dr. Z: the Lost Memoirs of an Irreverent Football Writer proves essential, compelling reading for sports fans old and new"-- Provided by publisher.

He knows your name : how one abandoned baby inspired me to say yes to God

September 14, 2017
Znachko, Linda, author.
191 pages ; 22 cm
"Baby found in dumpster" -- Though my father and mother forsake me -- Tim's gift to Eli -- The wait was over -- Unforgettable Dixie January -- Doodlebug's lasting legacy -- A life that slipped away too soon -- What are we going to do? -- A baby who was never forgotten -- a most fortuitous mylar balloon -- Twenty-four mug shots -- The small flying defender -- Waking from a childhood nightmare -- The joys and trials of Saint Tamia -- The terrible person they say I am.
"When the evening news reported a dead baby abandoned in a local dumpster, Linda Znachko's comfortable life changed. She was suddenly convicted -- God was asking her to provide a dignified burial for this tiny lost child. Linda said yes. She had no idea where that first small yes would lead." -- Back cover.

At the strangers' gate : arrivals in New York

September 12, 2017
Gopnik, Adam, author.
New York : Knopf, 2017.
253 pages ; 25 cm
"From The New York Times best-selling author of Paris to the Moon and beloved New Yorker writer, a memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s. When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life's consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. At the Stranger's Gate builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple's journey--from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Gopnik transports us to his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side, and later to SoHo, where he captures a unicorn: an affordable New York loft. He takes us through his professional meanderings, from graduate student-cum-library-clerk to the corridors of Conde Nast and the galleries of MoMA. Between tender and humorous reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now"-- Provided by publisher.

Hemingway at eighteen : the pivotal year that launched an American legend

September 12, 2017
Paul, Steve, 1953- author.
xxiii, 230 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the summer of 1917, Ernest Hemingway was an eighteen-year-old high school graduate unsure of his future. The American entry into the Great War stirred thoughts of joining the army. While many of his friends in Oak Park, Illinois, were heading to college, Hemingway couldn’t make up his mind and eventually chose to begin a career in writing and journalism at the Kansas City Star, one of the great newspapers of its day. In six and a half months at the Star, Hemingway experienced a compressed, streetwise alternative to a college education that opened his eyes to urban violence, the power of literature, the hard work of writing, and a constantly swirling stage of human comedy and drama. The Kansas City experience led Hemingway into the Red Cross ambulance service in Italy, where, two weeks before his nineteenth birthday, he was dangerously wounded at the front"--Dust jacket.

Poppies of Iraq

September 8, 2017
Findakly, Brigitte, author, artist.
[Montréal] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in French by L'Association.
"Poppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly's nuanced tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, co-written and drawn by her husband, the acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. In spare and elegant detail, they share memories of her middle class childhood touching on cultural practices, the education system, Saddam Hussein's state control, and her family's history as Orthodox Christians in the Arab world. Poppies of Iraq is intimate and wide-ranging; the story of how one can become separated from one's homeland and still feel intimately connected yet ultimately estranged. Signs of an oppressive regime permeate a seemingly normal life: magazines arrive edited by customs; the color red is banned after the execution of General Kassim; Baathist militiamen are publicly hanged and school kids are bussed past them to bear witness. As conditions in Mosul worsen over her childhood, Brigitte's father is always hopeful that life in Iraq will return to being secular and prosperous. The family eventually feels compelled to move to Paris, however, where Brigitte finds herself not quite belonging to either culture. Trondheim brings to life Findakly's memories to create a poignant family portrait that covers loss, tragedy, love, and the loneliness of exile."-- Provided by publisher.

A disappearance in Damascus : friendship and survival in the shadow of war

September 8, 2017
Campbell, Deborah, 1970- author.
New York : Picador, 2017.
341 pages ; 22 cm
Exodus -- The fixer -- The apartment -- The death division -- A free bird -- Friendship -- Another country -- Ahlam's war -- A small triumph -- Assassins -- Damascus in winter -- These dark times -- The disappearance -- The cage -- Officialdom -- The fixer's fixer -- Alone together -- Ahlam's story, part one -- We accept everything -- Ahlam's story, part two -- Beirut -- The children -- Unexpected revelations -- Ahlam's story, part three -- Failure -- Ahlam's story, part four -- Adaptation -- Aftermath -- Exile.
"In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, renowned journalist Deborah Campbell finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her guide and friend. Campbell's frank, personal account of a journey through fear and the triumph of friendship and courage is as riveting as it is illuminating. The story begins in 2007, when Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria, following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working as a "fixer"--providing Western media with trustworthy information and contacts to help get the news out. Ahlam has fled her home in Iraq after being kidnapped while running a humanitarian center. She supports her husband and two children through her work with foreign journalists while setting up a makeshift school for displaced girls. Strong and charismatic, she has become an unofficial leader of the refugee community in Damascus. Campbell is inspired by Ahlam's determination to create something good amid so much suffering, and the two women become close friends. But one morning, Ahlam is seized from her home in front of Campbell's eyes. Haunted by the prospect that their work together has led to her friend's arrest, Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find Ahlam--all the while fearing she could be next. The compelling story of two women caught up in the shadowy politics behind today's most searing conflict, A Disappearance in Damascus reminds us of the courage of those who risk their lives to bring us the world's news."

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