New Arrivals · Biography

August 23, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Brown girl dreaming

August 22, 2014
Woodson, Jacqueline.
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014.
336 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 22 cm
"Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story. but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery"-The New York Times Book Review"-- Provided by publisher.

Edgar Allan Poe : the fever called living

August 22, 2014
Collins, Paul, 1969-
Boston : New Harvest/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
130 pages ; 22 cm
The child of fortune -- Manuscript found in a bottle -- The glorious prospect -- The Shakespeare of America -- Nevermore.

Flight from reason : a mother's story of schizophrenia, recovery and hope

August 20, 2014
Yeiser, Karen S., author.
221 pages ; 23 cm.
Foreword by Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D."--Cover.
"The insidious symptoms of schizophrenia quietly transformed Karen's devoted and intelligent daughter Bethany into a despondent, dirty, homeless stranger, living on the streets of a West Coast city. After dropping out of college and refusing all contact with family and friends, her daughter pursued an obsession to travel alone to three continents in an effort to help alleviate worldwide human suffering and poverty. Throughout an agonizing five year period of estrangement, not realizing her daughter's personality changes were the direct result of emerging schizophrenia, there were times when Karen did not know if her daughter was dead or alive. Every attempt to make contact with Bethany resulted in deeper estrangement as schizophrenia twisted her sense of reality and ravaged her mind. One day Karen and her husband were notified by police that Bethany was being held on a 72-hour psychiatric hold in a hospital emergency room two thousand miles away. Little did they know that the reunion with their daughter would plunge all three of them into an even broader dimension of suffering generated by Bethany's severe illness and her awakened desire to reclaim her life. Through a series of events, and despite overwhelming odds, Bethany made an unexpected and complete recovery from schizophrenia. Seen through Karen's eyes, and with raw honesty, she brings the reader directly into her own world of confusion and heartbreak. She offers an intimate perspective on the agony families endure while watching mental illness assault the mind of a loved one, and navigating the frustrating obstacle course of the mental health system."--Publisher's description.

Mind estranged : my journey from schizophrenia and homelessness to recovery

August 20, 2014
Yeiser, Bethany, author.
157 pages ; 23 cm.
Foreword by Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D."--Cover.
"Mind estranged tells the story of Bethany's life, from her years as a promising university student through her gradual descent into schizophrenia, and unexpected, full recovery. While slowly losing her sanity, she traveled the world. She returned to the U.S. unable to work or study--and soon found herself homeless, delusional, and controlled by voices that talked to her and gave her orders in her mind. Bethany's memoir enables the reader to enter into the mind of a person with schizophrenia, homeless and roaming the streets. While living in the shadows of society, her illness drove her to refuse all contact with her family and friends, and eventually led to her arrest and hospitalization. Against all odds, she recovered from schizophrenia, returned to college, and graduated with honors."--Publisher's description.

Pro cycling on $10 a day : from fat kid to Euro pro

August 20, 2014
Gaimon, Phil, author.
Boulder, Colorado : Velo Press, 2014.
xii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Take what you can get -- Get in your fucking car -- Put it in the 11 -- Pay your dues again -- Keep racing as long as you can -- Hold it down -- Get serious -- You gotta believe.
"Abandoning his former life as a couch potato and gamer, Phil Gaimon begin riding a bicycle in 2004 with the goal of shedding a few pounds. By sheer accident, he discovered he was a natural, advancing so rapidly through the amateur ranks that he entered the pro peloton utterly ignorant of a century of cycling etiquette. He recounts the difficulties of making ends meet on a salary of $166 a month, the politics and friendships of the peloton, and the ups and downs as he pursues a life as a pro cyclist"-- Provided by publisher.

Mud Creek medicine : the life of Eula Hall and the fight for Appalachia

August 19, 2014
Bhatraju, Kiran, author.
xxiv, 280 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"From deep in the mountains of Appalachia to the steps of Capitol Hill, Mud Creek Medicine chronicles the life of an iconoclastic woman with a resolute spirit to help her people. Eula Hall, born into abject poverty in Greasy Creek, Kentucky, found herself -- through sheer determination and will -- at the center of a century-long struggle to lift up a part of America that is too often forgotten. Through countless interviews and meticulous research, Kiran Bhatraju, a native of Eastern Kentucky, deftly traces Eula's life from impoverished hired girl to community activist. Eula served as a foot soldier in the War on Poverty, President Lyndon B. Johnson's noble attempt to change the trajectory of a timeless people. That work sparked her determination to follow her own brand of tough-love, bootstrapped compassion for a lifetime. Eula's story shows how one woman could make a difference through a clear-eyed understanding of the nexus between politics, wealth, labor, and disease. Mud Creek Medicine takes the reader through Eula's experiences with moonshining, labor strikes, and fighting against severe domestic abuse, to eventually building and managing her clinic"-- From dust jacket flap.

I'll be back right after this : my memoir

August 15, 2014
O'Brien, Pat, 1948 February 14--
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xiii, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Growing up, Pat O'Brien was the skinny Midwestern kid with the divorced parents and the alcoholic father ... His life was unceremonious--until he was picked up in [a] student center by a professor who envisioned his future as the household television name he would become. From that day forward, Pat's life became anything but ordinary: from afternoons in the late Bobby Kennedy's living room with Muhammad Ali, to Rangers games in President Bush's suite, to the drugs and drinking and party lifestyle of Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, Pat has met everyone: the Beatles, the Kennedys, Neil Young, and Magic Johnson"-- Provided by publisher.

Makers of modern Asia

August 15, 2014
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2014].
385 pages ; 24 cm.

Doctored : the disillusionment of an American physician

August 14, 2014
Jauhar, Sandeep, 1968- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014].
x, 268 pages ; 24 cm
Storm -- Medicine at midlife -- Ambition. Awakening ; Odd conceptions ; Learning curve ; Good intentions ; Do the right thing ; Double effect ; Hatching a plan ; Pact -- Asperity. Stress test ; Moral hazard ; Devotion ; Denial ; Deluge -- Adjustment. Deception ; Ticktock ; Follow the money ; Speed dating ; Diversion ; A country husband.
"A memoir-expose of the health-care system by a cardiologist and much-praised author"--Provided by publisher.

Dunmore's new world : the extraordinary life of a royal governor in Revolutionary America--with Jacobites, counterfeiters, land schemes, shipwrecks, scalping, Indian politics, runaway slaves, and two illegal royal weddings

August 14, 2014
David, James Corbett, 1977-
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2013.
viii, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Family Politics, 1745-1770 -- The Absence of Empire, 1770-1773 -- Promised Land, 1773-1774 -- A Refugee's Revolution, 1775-1781 -- Abiding Ambitions, 1781-1796 -- Conclusion, 1796-1809 -- A Note on Method : Biography and Empire.

Much love, Jac

August 13, 2014
Weaver, Jacki, 1947-
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011.
280p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm.

Radiation days : the rollicking, lighthearted story of a man and his cancer

August 13, 2014
Hoffman, L. F. (Lynn F.)
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014].
vii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

The Oxford companion to modern poetry

August 13, 2014
New York : Oxford University Press, [2014].
xxiii, 706 pages ; 20 cm

Timeless : love, Morgenthau, and me

August 12, 2014
Franks, Lucinda.
New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2014.
390 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Lucinda Franks recounts her marriage to Robert Morgenthau, Jr., a man decades her senior who subscribes to a vastly different lifestyle"-- Provided by publisher.

Susan Sontag : a biography

August 11, 2014
Schreiber, Daniel, 1977- author.
Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2014.
xiii, 280 pages ; 25 cm.
"Originally published in German in 2007 under the title Susan Sontag: Geist und Glamour."
Memories of a so-called childhood (1933-1944) -- The invention of Susan Sontag (1945-1948) -- Intellectual delirium (1949-1957) -- Paris, a romance (1958-1959) -- The New York nexus (1959-1963) -- Camp (1964) -- Styles of the avant-garde (1965-1967) -- Radical chic (1967-1969) -- Behind the camera (1969-1972) -- In semi-exile (1972-1975) -- The kingdom of the sick (1975-1979) -- The last intellectual (1980-1983) -- Small-scale politics (1984-1988) -- Return to the Magic Mountain (1989-1992) -- Theater at the spiritual front (1993-1997) -- Life and afterlife (1998-2001) -- The pain of others (2001-2004).

Blood aces : the wild ride of Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created Vegas poker

August 11, 2014
Swanson, Doug J., 1953-
New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
viii, 355 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The astonishing story of Benny Binion-a rip-roaring saga of murder, money, and the making of Las Vegas. Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion's crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. Through a mix of cold-bloodedness, native intelligence, folksiness, and philanthropy, Binion became one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling, and his showmanship, shrewdness, and violence would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Veteran journalist Doug J. Swanson uses once-secret government documents and dogged reporting to show how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries-including J. Edgar Hoover. As fast paced as any thriller, Blood Aces tells a story that is unmatched in the annals of American criminal justice, a vital yet untold piece of this country's history"-- Provided by publisher.

Homemade magick : the musings & mischief of a do-it-yourself magus

August 11, 2014
DuQuette, Lon Milo, 1948-
Woodbury, Minn. : Llewellyn Publications, 2014.
xix, 203 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Darling Monster : the letters of Lady Diana Cooper to son John Julius Norwich, 1939-1952

August 11, 2014
Cooper, Diana, 1892-1986.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014.
520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, a socialite, an actress of stage and early screen. When she married rising political star Duff Cooper, they became the golden couple who knew everyone who was anyone; they sat at the very heart of British public life. Diana's letters to her only son, John Julius Norwich, cover the period 1939 to 1952. They take us from the rumblings of war, through the Blitz, which the Coopers spent holed up in the Dorchester (because it was newer, and therefore less vulnerable, than the Ritz), to rural Sussex where we see Diana blissfully setting up a smallholding as part of the war effort. After a spell with the Free French in Algiers, Duff was appointed British Ambassador to France and the couple settled into the glorious embassy in post-Liberation Paris. Over and beyond all the glitz, Diana emerges in these letters as highly intelligent, funny, fiercely loyal: a woman who disliked extravagance, who was often cripplingly shy, who was happiest in the countryside with her cow and goats and whose greatest love and preoccupation were her husband and son. As a portrait of a time and some of history's most dramatic and important events, these letters are invaluable. But they also give us a vivid and touching portrait of the love between a mother and son, separated by war, oceans-and the constraints of the time they lived in"-- Provided by publisher.

Monet : or, The triumph of impressionism

August 8, 2014
Wildenstein, Daniel, 1917-2001, author.
488 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles (chiefly color), portraits (some color) ; 21 cm
Includes index.
"Original edition: ©1996 Benedikt Taschen Verlag GmbH"--T.p. verso.
A major biography of the artist, supported by a wealth of examples of his work.

New York Jackie : pictures from her life in the city

August 4, 2014
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, [2014]
140 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"As familiar as we are with images of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the charming former first lady, fewer know the dynamic woman who called New York City home. Shortly after JFK's assassination in 1963, Jackie moved to Manhattan and lived there for the next three decades. This intimate collection of photographs celebrates her life in the city as a mother, book editor, style icon, and most of all, a New Yorker. Eating ice cream with her kids on Fifth Avenue, working with authors at Doubleday Books, riding her bike through Central Park--these images capture the real-life joy, creative passion, and effortless grace of New York Jackie"-- Provided by publisher.

I just remembered

August 4, 2014
Reiner, Carl, 1922-
Beverly Hills, CA : Random Content, c2014.
xix, 324 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Sequel to "I Remember Me" in which the author shares ninety years of reminiscences from his private life as a son, husband and father, and from his public life as a comedian, actor, director, TV writer and author.

Sgt. Reckless : America's war horse

August 4, 2014
Hutton, Robin L.
Washington, DC : Regnery History, [2014]
xviii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The story of the Mongolian mare, who, despite only measuring about thirteen hands high, became an American hero for her actions during the Korean War, being awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and being officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since.

Face to face with Jesus : a former Muslim's extraordinary journey to heaven and encounter with the God of love

August 4, 2014
Habib, Samaa.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Chosen, [2014]
263 pages ; 22 cm
Explosion -- Miracle child -- Growing up Muslim -- Civil war -- Famine -- The Holy Book -- Tremendous revelations -- Encounter with love -- Walking with Jesus -- Supernatural strength -- The cost of following Jesus -- Supernatural bodyguard -- The seeds grow -- The old becomes new -- A bold faith -- Salvation of the household -- Heaven -- Fighting for my life -- Healing miracles -- Deliverance -- Miraculous transformations -- Provision by heaven provider -- Acts of faith -- Go to the end of the earth -- Going to America -- Epilogue: Four dreams.
"The thrilling and heart-wrenching true story of a former Muslim woman's journey to heaven and back when she was victim of a terrorist bombing"-- Provided by publisher.

Listen out loud : a life in music--managing McCartney, Madonna, and Michael Jackson

August 4, 2014
Weisner, Ron author.
Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, 2014.
xi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Buddah -- Sports -- Knight -- Mayfield -- Withers -- Sha Na Na -- The Jacksons -- Michael -- Madonna -- Winwood -- McCartney -- Production -- Epilogue : Music biz 101.

Taking the lead : lessons from a life in motion

August 1, 2014
Hough, Derek, 1985- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xi, 189 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The only four-time champion of the hit ABC reality show "Dancing with the Stars" shares the lessons he has learned on and off the dance floor that helped him embrace and overcome daily challenges, along with behind-the-scenes stories from the show.

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