New Arrivals · Biography

August 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Street poison : the biography of Iceberg Slim

August 3, 2015
Gifford, Justin, 1975-
xxi, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, né Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. From a career as a, yes, ruthless pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg and a presiding spirit of "blaxploitation" culture. You can't understand contemporary black (and even American) culture without reckoning with Iceberg Slim and his many acolytes and imitators. Literature professor Justin Gifford has been researching the life and work of Robert Beck for a decade, culminating in Street Poison, a colorful and compassionate biography of one of the most complicated figures in twentieth-century literature. Drawing on a wealth of archival material--including FBI files, prison records, and interviews with Beck, his wife, and his daughters--Gifford explores the sexual trauma and racial violence Beck endured that led to his reinvention as Iceberg Slim, one of America's most infamous pimps of the 1940s and '50s. From pimping to penning his profoundly influential confessional autobiography, Pimp, to his involvement in radical politics, Gifford's biography illuminates the life and works of one of American literature's most unique renegades" -- provided by publisher.

Life on the Ramona coaster

August 3, 2015
Singer, Ramona, author.
New York, NY : Post Hill Press, [2015]
xiii, 208 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: a work in progress... -- 'Twas the night before Christmas -- Always let faith be your guide -- Fashion forward -- Previously, on The Real Housewives of New York City -- Look good, feel better, act your best -- Game, set, match -- What happened to happily ever after? -- Sliding doors.
"A candid, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the emotional, dynamic and often entertaining life of Ramona Singer, the spunky, tell-it-like-it-is reality star whose unfiltered personality viewers have adored through seven seasons of The Real Housewives of New York City. In this alternately heart-wrenching and hilarious memoir, Ramona offers readers a look at her dysfunctional childhood, her parents' abusive relationship, her inspiring journey of renewal, and opens up for the first time about the events surrounding the tragic collapse of her twenty-year marriage. Never before have her fans seen her so raw, introspective and honest."--provided from

Mama Maggie : the untold story of one woman's mission to love the forgotten children of Egypt's garbage slums

August 3, 2015
Makary, Marty, author.
viii, 247 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
An angel in the dark -- Two women in the street -- Choosing to care -- Beginnings -- Garbage people? -- The land beyond time -- Promotion -- Stephen's children -- I can! -- 3:00 a.m. -- Friends everywhere -- Metamorphosis -- "Interior fulfillment" -- The persistent Mr. Qiddees -- "The dead live better than we do" -- Slow going -- Pigs and politics -- The Mama Maggie cup -- The dark side and the light -- God's athletes -- The next generation -- Lives touching lives -- Real love -- Mama Maggie in action: stop! -- Small girls, big dreams -- Flames and forgiveness -- Simple work, with great love -- A note from Marty Makary: beginnings.
Since 1997, Maggie Gobran and her organization Stephen's Children have been changing lives in Cairo's notorious zabala, or garbage slums. Her innovative, transformational work has garnered worldwide fame and multiple Nobel Prize nominations. This book chronicles Mama Maggie's surprising pilgrimage from privileged child to stylish businesswoman to college professor pondering God's call to change.

The Doors : the illustrated history

August 3, 2015
Gaar, Gillian G., 1959- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Voyageur Press, 2015.
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm.
1966 : The ceremony is about to begin -- 1967 : Break on through -- 1968 : The reign of the lizard king -- 1969 : Crime and punishment -- 1970 : Intense visitation of energy -- 1971 : When the music's over -- Post-1971 : The never-ending resurrection.

Enchanted air : two cultures, two wings : a memoir

July 31, 2015
Engle, Margarita.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
192 pages ; 22 cm
"In this memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War"

The sweet life : find passion, embrace fear, and create success on your own terms

July 31, 2015
Ruiz, Dulce Candy, 1987-
New York, NY : Avery, [2015]
ix, 211 pages ; 22 cm
"One of YouTube's top beauty and fashion influencers offers her motivational manual on finding your passion, building confidence, and creating your own success story. After emigrating from Mexico at six years old with her family, Dulce Candy Ruiz spent her formative years in a trailer park, watching her parents work in strawberry fields. After high school, Dulce joined the military as a mechanic and was soon deployed to Iraq, fixing generators in an environment that forced this bubbly girlie-girl to blend in. Tired of wearing fatigues and no makeup for weeks on end, Dulce started filming makeup tutorials and posting them to YouTube to reclaim her femininity--and have a little fun. In just a few years, Dulce has skyrocketed into superstardom with the creation of her YouTube channel, Dulce Candy--which now has more than two million subscribers--becoming one of the site's top beauty and fashion influencers, transforming Dulce from a shy, self-doubting army specialist into a risk-taking businesswoman, confident role model, and beauty expert. THE SWEET LIFE chronicles Dulce Candy's inspiring story, sharing her hard-won wisdom about finding your passion, answering opportunity when it knocks on your door, and overcoming failure. She emphasizes the importance of inner and outer beauty and being true to yourself, embracing the things that make you unique and using them to live your dreams, including practical advice on building your career ("keep your role models close but your mentors closer"), staying focused when the going gets tough ("progress, not perfection"), and balancing the personal and professional ("don't settle, settle down")"-- Provided by publisher.

The richest man who ever lived : the life and times of Jacob Fugger

July 31, 2015
Steinmetz, Greg.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2015]
xvii, 283 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : some color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"The life and times of the wealthiest man who ever lived--Jacob Fugger--the Renaissance banker who revolutionized the art of making money and established the radical idea of pursuing wealth for its own sake. Jacob Fugger lived in Germany at the turn of the sixteenth century, the grandson of a peasant. By the time he died, his fortune amounted to nearly two percent of European GDP. Not even John D. Rockefeller had that kind of wealth. Most people become rich by spotting opportunities, pioneering new technologies, or besting opponents in negotiations. Fugger did all that, but he had an extra quality that allowed him to rise even higher: nerve. In an era when kings had unlimited power, Fugger had the nerve to stare down heads of state and ask them to pay back their loans--with interest. It was this coolness and self-assurance, along with his inexhaustible ambition, that made him not only the richest man ever, but a force of history as well. Before Fugger came along it was illegal under church law to charge interest on loans, but he got the Pope to change that. He also helped trigger the Reformation and likely funded Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe. His creation of a news service, which gave him an information edge over his rivals and customers, earned Fugger a footnote in the history of journalism. And he took Austria's Habsburg family from being second-tier sovereigns to rulers of the first empire where the sun never set. The ultimate untold story, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived is more than a tale about the richest and most influential businessman of all time. It is a story about palace intrigue, knights in battle, family tragedy and triumph, and a violent clash between the 1 percent and everybody else. To understand our financial system and how we got it, it pays to understand Jacob Fugger"-- Provided by publisher.

Saban : the making of a coach

July 31, 2015
Burke, Monte, author.
First Simon & Schuster Hardcover Edition. ©2015
ix, 341 pages ; 24 cm

Bunny tales : behind closed doors at the Playboy Mansion

July 31, 2015
St. James, Izabella.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Running Press, c2009.
253 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.

The Irish Rossiter ancestors and their world wide descendants and connections

July 29, 2015
Merryweather, Kathleen.
[Ireland?] : Irish Ancestors 4U Ltd., 2009-2013.
3 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
Volume 3 has title Irish family history.
Volume 2 has title Family history of Irish families worldwide.

The man in the monster : an intimate portrait of a serial killer

July 28, 2015
Elliott, Martha J. H, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
323 pages ; 25 cm
"When journalist Martha Elliott first heard of Ross, she learned what the world knew of him— that he had been a master at hiding in plain sight. Elliott, a staunch critic of the death penalty, was drawn to the case when the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned Ross’s six death sentences. Rather than fight for his life, Ross requested that he be executed because he didn’t want the families of his victims to suffer through a new trial. Elliott was intrigued and sought an interview. The two began a weekly conversation that developed into an odd form of friendship that lasted over a decade, until Ross’s last moments on earth. In The Man in the Monster, Martha Elliott gives us a groundbreaking look into the life and motivation of a serial killer. Drawing on a decade of conversations and letters between Ross and the author, readers are given an in-depth view of a killer’s innermost thoughts and secrets, revealing the human face of a monster—without ignoring the horrors of his crimes. Elliott takes us deep into a world of court hearings, tomblike prisons, lawyers hell-bent to kill or to save—and families ravaged by love and hate. This is the personal story of a journalist who came to know herself in ways she could never have imagined when she opened the notebook for that first interview."--Provided by publisher.

Nagasaki : life after nuclear war

July 28, 2015
Southard, Susan, author.
New York, NY : Viking, 2015.
xix, 389 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Convergence -- Flashpoint -- Embers -- Exposed -- Time suspended -- Emergence -- Afterlife -- Against forgetting -- Gaman.
Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, a riveting narrative of human resilience, told through first-hand experiences of five survivors, reveals the physical, emotional and social challenges of post-atomic life.


July 28, 2015
Crapanzano, Vincent, 1939- author.
New York : Other Press, [2015]
392 pages ; 24 cm

Harvey Kurtzman : the man who created Mad and revolutionized humor in America : a biography

July 28, 2015
Schelly, William, 1951- author.
Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books [2015]
xiii, 642 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Cartoonist. A community in chalk -- The castle on the hill -- The little schnook -- Kurtzman in uniform -- "We of a certain milieu" -- The three musketeers -- Desperation -- Son of Gaines -- From zero to sixty -- Editor. A war comic with a conscience -- A new kind of comic book -- Mad beginnings -- From GI to general -- Mad takes off -- Mad goes monthly -- Mad at each other -- Mad goes "legit" -- Nine glorious months -- Humbug -- Climbing back -- Help! -- A lifeline -- Icon. Children of Mad -- Kurtzman in the 1970s -- Tuesday afternoons with Harvey -- Being Harvey Kurtzman -- "It burns me up!" -- In memoriam.
Harvey Kurtzman created Mad, and Mad revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman was the original editor, artist, and sole writer of Mad, one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent Mad, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst, nova-like, onto the American scene? For this heavily researched biography, Bill Schelly conducted new interviews with Kurtzman's colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, and many others, and examined Kurtzman's personal archives. The result is the true story of one the 20th century's greatest humorists: Kurtzman's family life, the details of the FBI's investigation during the McCarthy Era, his legal battles with William M. Gaines (publisher of Mad), are all revealed for the first time. Rich with anecdotes, this book traces Kurtzman's life from his Brooklyn beginnings to his post-Mad years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations: new magazines, a graphic novel, and Little Annie Fanny in Playboy.

U.S. Army service

July 28, 2015
Liles, Jim, 1947- author.
[Northern Kentucky?] : James E. Liles, [2015?]
15 unumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm

Undocumented : a Dominican boy's odyssey from a homeless shelter to the Ivy League

July 27, 2015
Padilla Peralta, Dan-el, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

This is not a love story : a memoir

July 27, 2015
Brown, Judy (Judy Braun), author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
v, 340 pages ; 22 cm
The third of six children in a family that harks back to a gloried Hassidic dynasty, Judy Brown grew up with the legacy of centuries of religious teaching, and the faith and lore that sustained her people for generations. But her carefully constructed world begins to crumble when her "crazy" brother Nachum returns home after a year in Israel living with relatives. Though supposedly "cured," he is still prone to retreating into his own mind or erupting in wordless rages. The adults' inability to make him better - or even to give his affliction a name - forces Judy to ask larger questions: If God could perform miracles for her sainted ancestors, why can't He cure Nachum? And what of the other stories her family treasured?

Nigeria revisited : my life and loves abroad

July 24, 2015
Onyemelukwe, Catherine, author.
xiv, 297 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Peace Corps Writers book."

Driven by desperation : how a Jamaican-born child overcame extreme poverty and adversity to live the American dream

July 22, 2015
Folkes, Michael A., 1968- author.
ii, 165 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Everyone loves a great rags-to-riches story, but Michael Folkes' tale is far more than that. It's a chronology that sounds almost more make-believe than real. Born into poverty and abuse in Jamaica, Michael could have become just one more underprivileged statistic, condemned to a life of punishing labor, were it not for his mother's throwing up her hands in despair one day and taking him to live with his paternal grandparents. That changed everything. Melbourne Folkes taught his grandson the values of honor, commitment and faith in God. Michael listened and learned..."

That's Muhammad Ali's brother! : my life on the undercard

July 21, 2015
Ali, Rahaman, 1940- author.
New York, NY : Page Publishing ; 2015.
163 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

Last to die : a defeated empire, a forgotten mission, and the last American killed in World War II

July 21, 2015
Harding, Stephen, 1952-
Boston : Da Capo Press, 2015.
vii, 253 pages : 16 unnumbered pages of plates, maps ; 24 cm
Son and gunner -- The second-string super bomber -- Crisis in Tokyo -- Ceasefire, or not? -- A desperate fight -- Peace, or war? -- Homecoming.

Steve Jobs : insanely great

July 21, 2015
Hartland, Jessie, author.
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, [2015]
223 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
This biography in graphic format presents the story of the ultimateAmerican entrepreneur, who brought us Apple Computer, Pixar, Macs, iPods, iPhones and more, this unique and stylish book is sure to appeal to the legions of readers who live and breathe the techno-centric world Jobs created.

You won't believe it : an autobiography

July 21, 2015
Moore, Thurston, 1926-
512 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm + 2 audio discs (4 3/4 in.) and 1 videodisc (4 3/4 in.).
Title from book jacket and spine.
"Thanks to Dale and Marion Carrison for editing the book, and to Dean Dowell for putting it all together"--Unnumbered introductory page.
Disc 1. "Here for you" / lyrics by Hollis Summers ; music by Thurston Moore (CD) -- disc 2. Tennessee Players Highlights. 1. Evening of entertainment, WDCN, Nashville, Tenn., August 28, 1988; grand finale of Fall fund campaign ; 2. Lincoln & the Civil War highlights, featuring Georgianna as Mary Todd Lincoln -- disc 3. The Theatre scene highlights, volume 4, host: Georgianna: Meredith Wilson's The Music Man.
"Thurston Moore has had a multi-faceted life of 87 years--from a newsboy to the President of Tennessee Players, Inc., a non-profit performing arts organization, founded in 1987, by him and his late wife, Georgianna. Many chapters have opened and closed. Their Multimedia Musical Dramatization, Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach, has been presented in more than 150 churches and schools, including a presentation at The Washington National Cathedral. When it was presented at the Holy Trinity Church in New York City in 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued a proclamation for Albert Schweitzer Day, and said "Further establishes the Tennessee Players' reputation as one of the nation's most innovative and conscientious arts organizations." In 2000 Moore conceived and produced a landmark 16-day international peace event, Symposium 2000-- World Peace Through Reverence for Life, sponsored by Vanderbilt University, which drew worldwide attention. In 2002 he delivered the Keynote Address at the International Conference on Universal Harmony through Reverence for Life, in New Delhi, India. Moore has enjoyed success in many careers and has rubbed elbows with countless personalities... For 25 years Moore published many books in country music...including the coveted Country Music Who's Who... In 136 chapters, readers will find many fascinating stories."--Book jacket.

The last full measure of devotion : ARSOF fallen from the War on Terrorism, 2001-2014.

July 21, 2015
Washington, DC : U.S. Government Printing Office, [2015]
203 pages : color illustrations, 29 cm
Shipping list no.: 2015-0249-P.
"Printed March, 2015"--Page [i].

Yes! : my improbable journey to the main event of WrestleMania

July 20, 2015
Bryan, Daniel, 1981- author.
vi, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
One of the most popular WWE champions. This behind the scenes story is told for the first time by Bryan himself.

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