New Arrivals · Biography

September 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Eat, drink & remarry : confessions of a serial wife

September 17, 2014
Howard, Margo, 1940-
New York : Harlequin Nonfiction, [2014].
x, 210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Margo Howard, daughter of advice maven Ann Landers and author of the highly syndicated columns 'Dear Prudence' and 'Dear Margo,' chronicles her winding journey to everlasting love--and the three divorces it took to get there--in this disarmingly candid memoir"-- Provided by publisher.

Fire shut up in my bones : a memoir

September 17, 2014
Blow, Charles M., 1970-
Boston, [MA] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
228 pages ; 24 cm
The house with no steps -- Thanksgiving -- Chester -- The punk next door -- Look-away Jesus -- Change -- Another boy's baby -- The brothers -- Hell week -- The champagne-colored girl -- Lie detector -- The just-in-case-gun.
A respected journalist describes the abuse he suffered at the hands of a close family relative, the effect this had on his formative years and how he overcame the anger and self-doubt it left behind.

The news sorority : Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour and the (ongoing, imperfect, complicated) triumph of women in TV news

September 17, 2014
Weller, Sheila.
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
481 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism, until finally three -- Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour - broke through, definitively remaking America's nightly news. Drawing on exclusive interviews with their colleagues and intimates from childhood on, bestselling author Sheila Weller crafts a lively and eye-opening narrative, revealing the combination of ambition, skill, and character that enabled these three singular women to infiltrate the once impenetrable "boys club" and become cultural icons.

Rav Kook : mystic in a time of revolution

September 17, 2014
Mirsky, Yehudah, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
x, 273 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 22 cm.
"Rav Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) was one of the most influential--and controversial--rabbis of the twentieth century. A visionary writer and outstanding rabbinic leader, Kook was a philosopher, mystic, poet, jurist, communal leader, and veritable saint. The first chief rabbi of Jewish Palestine and the founding theologian of religious Zionism, he struggled to understand and shape his revolutionary times. His life and writings resonate with the defining tensions of Jewish life and thought.A powerfully original thinker, Rav Kook combined strict traditionalism and an embrace of modernity, Orthodoxy and tolerance, piety and audacity, scholasticism and ecstasy, and passionate nationalism with profound universalism. Though little known in the English-speaking world, his life and teachings are essential to understanding current Israeli politics, contemporary Jewish spirituality, and modern Jewish thought. This biography, the first in English in more than half a century, offers a rich and insightful portrait of the man and his complex legacy. Yehudah Mirsky clears away widespread misunderstandings of Kook's ideas and provides fresh insights into his personality and worldview. Mirsky demonstrates how Kook's richly erudite, dazzlingly poetic writings convey a breathtaking vision in which "the old will become new, and the new will become holy.""-- Provided by publisher.

Love, lashes, and lipstick : my secrets for a gorgeous, happy life

September 17, 2014
Roncal, Mally, 1972- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xii, 209 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"From A-list celebrity makeup artist and Mally Beauty founder Mally Roncal comes [a] ... guide to living a gorgeous life inside and out, with step-by-step beauty lessons and personal stories about how inner strength, a positive outlook, and plenty of mascara can empower and uplift women at every age"-- Provided by publisher.

Abraham : one nomad's amazing journey of faith

September 16, 2014
Swindoll, Charles R.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014].
xiii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Alone in Antarctica : the first woman to ski solo across the southern ice

September 16, 2014
Aston, Felicity.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2014].
253 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the whirling noise of our advancing technological age, we are seemingly never alone, never out-of-touch with the barrage of electronic data and information. Felicity Aston, physicist and meteorologist, took two months off from all human contact as she became the first woman -- and only the third person in history - to ski across the entire continent of Antarctica alone. She did it, too, with the simple apparatus of cross-country, without the aids used by her predecessors - two Norwegian men - each of whom employed either parasails or kites. Aston's journey across the ice at the bottom of the world asked of her the extremes in terms of mental and physical bravery, as she faced the risks of unseen cracks buried in the snow so large they might engulf her and hypothermia due to brutalizing weather. She had to deal, too, with her emotional vulnerability in face of the constant bombardment of hallucinations brought on by the vast sea of whiteness, the lack of stimulation to her senses as she faced what is tantamount to a form of solitary confinement. Like Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Felicity Aston's Alone in Antarctica becomes an inspirational saga of one woman's battle through fear and loneliness as she honestly confronts both the physical challenges of her adventure, as well as her own human vulnerabilities. "-- Provided by publisher.

Epilogue : a memoir

September 16, 2014
Boast, Will.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
281 pages ; 22 cm
Pain -- Comedians -- The queen on the frozen tundra -- Epilogue -- Exes -- Kismet -- Discretion -- Near misses -- England, why England? -- Stranger -- Relics -- Lectures -- Strangers -- Hostage -- A balancing act -- Overdue -- Empty threats -- One of the lads -- Sad stories -- Brighton -- Ambrosia -- Archaeology -- The family seat -- Buried -- Home -- Revision.
"Will Boast thought he'd lost his family, until a deeply held secret revealed a second chance he never thought he'd have. Having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Boast ... finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast is deep inside his grief when he stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: he'd had another family before Will's--a wife and two sons in England"--Provided by publisher.

Cosby : his life and times

September 15, 2014
Whitaker, Mark.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 532 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy. Far from the gentle worlds of his routines or TV shows, Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother. With novelistic detail, award winning journalist Mark Whitaker tells the story of how, after dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the Navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first breaks as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show, the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby's bestselling albums, breakout role on I Spy, and pioneering place in children's TV. But it also deals with professional setbacks and personal dramas, from an affair that sparked public scandal to the murder of his only son, and the private influence of his wife of fifty years, Camille Cosby. Whitaker explores the roots of Cosby's controversial stands on race, as well as "the Cosby effect" that helped pave the way for a black president. For any fan of Bill Cosby's work, and any student of American television, comedy, or social history, Cosby: His Life and Times is an essential read. "-- Provided by publisher.

Normally, this would be cause for concern : tales of calamity and unrelenting awkwardness

September 15, 2014
Fishel, Danielle.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
viii, 213 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Will act for shoes -- Walk much? -- As seen on TV -- Sometimes they wish I was adopted -- Wannabe jock -- Never too old -- Before the ring -- I heart you with all my fart -- I do want to scream at everyone -- The poop whisperer -- I want to be a rapper.
"A romp through Danielle's own imperfections and mild neuroses, [this is] a book for anyone who, like Danielle, has ever tripped and fallen down a flight of stairs in a room full of people, had a romantic moment with their significant other that was ruined by horrendous gas, or taken a Halloween photo without realizing there was a huge chunk of chocolate-covered strawberry in their teeth. Here is the real, imperfect Danielle, who knows that a good sense of humor and a positive attitude makes life so much more enjoyable"

Dr. Mütter's marvels : a true tale of intrigue and innovation at the dawn of modern medicine

September 15, 2014
Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe, author.
371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country's most famous museum of medical oddities. Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools-or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century. Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time. Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia's Mütter Museum. Award-winning writer Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter's efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation-despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. (Foremost among them : Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed Mütter's "overly" modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter's Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the "P.T. Barnum of the surgery room."--Provided by publisher.

The blue box : three lives in letters

September 12, 2014
Bingham, Sallie.
Louisville, Kentucky : Sarabande Books, [2014].
231 pages : illustrations, portrets ; 21 cm
"This family history centered around three women from three generations spans the Civil War through the Jazz Age. Fans of Sallie Bingham's work will especially appreciate her parents Mary and Barry's romance that unfolds in letters and finally results in marriage. Bingham beautifully demonstrates an inheritance of emotion, morality, ideology, and most lasting of all, irreverence. Sallie Bingham has published four short story collections, four novels, a memoir, and several plays. Bingham was a director of the National Book Critics Circle, and founded the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Sallie Bingham Archive for Women's Papers and Culture at Duke University"-- Provided by publisher.

Tennessee Williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh

September 12, 2014
Lahr, John, 1941- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
xv, 765 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Blood-hot and personal -- The heart can't wait -- The erotics of absence -- Fugitive mind -- Thunder of disintegration -- Beanstalk country -- Kookhood -- Waving and drowning -- The long farewell -- The sudden subway.

My grandfather's gallery : a family memoir of art and war

September 12, 2014
Sinclair, Anne, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Translation of 21: rue La Boétie, originally in French.
"A singular man in the history of modern art, betrayed by Vichy, is the subject of this riveting family memoir On September 20, 1940, one of the most famous European art dealers disembarked in New York, one of hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing Vichy France. Leaving behind his beloved Paris gallery, Paul Rosenberg had managed to save his family, but his paintings--modern masterpieces by Ce;zanne, Monet, Sisley, and others--were not so fortunate. As he fled, dozens of works were seized by Nazi forces and the art dealer's own legacy was eradicated. More than half a century later, Anne Sinclair uncovered a box filled with letters. "Curious in spite of myself," she writes, "I plunged into these archives, in search of the story of my family. To find out who my mother's father really was. a man hailed as a pioneer in the world of modern art, who then became a pariah in his own country during the Second World War. I was overcome with a desire to fit together the pieces of this French story of art and war." Drawing on her grandfather's intimate correspondence with Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and others, Sinclair takes us on a personal journey through the life of a legendary member of the Parisian art scene in My Grandfather's Gallery. Rosenberg's story is emblematic of millions of Jews, rich and poor, whose lives were indelibly altered by World War II. Sinclair's journey to reclaim her family history paints a picture of modern art on both sides of the Atlantic between the 1920s and 1950s that reframes twentieth-century art history"-- Provided by publisher.

Internal medicine : a doctor's stories

September 12, 2014
Holt, Terry.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
xii, 273 pages ; 22 cm.
A sign of weakness -- Giving bad news -- Orphan -- The perfect code -- When I was wrong -- Heart failure -- The surgical mask -- Iron maiden -- The grand inquisitor.
"Out of the crucible of medical training, award-winning writer Terrence Holt shapes this ... account of residency, the years-long ordeal in which doctors are made. 'Amid all the mess and squalor of the hospital, with its blind random unraveling of lives,' [this book] finds the compassion from which doctors discover the strength to care"--Dust jacket flap.

French roots : two cooks, two countries, & the beautiful food along the way

September 11, 2014
Moullé, Jean-Pierre.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, [2014]
x, 261 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.

Rickey & Robinson : the true, untold story of the integration of baseball

September 11, 2014
Kahn, Roger.
New York, NY : Rodale, [2014]
xi, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In Rickey & Robinson, legendary sportswriter Roger Kahn at last reveals the true, unsanitized account of the integration of baseball, a story that for decades has relied on inaccurate secondhand reports. This story contains exclusive reporting and personal reminiscences that no other writer can produce, including revelatory material he'd buried in his notebooks in the '40s and '50s, back when sportswriters were still known to "protect" players and baseball executives. That starts first and foremost with an in-depth examination of the two men chiefly responsible for making integration happen: Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson. Considering Robinson's exalted place in American culture (as evidenced by the remarkable success of the recent biopic), the book's eye-opening revelations are sure to generate controversy as well as conversation. No other sportswriter working today carries Kahn's authority when writing about this period in baseball history, and the publication of this book, Kahn's last, is a true literary event. In Rickey & Robinson, Kahn separates fact from myth to present a truthful portrait of baseball and its participants at a critical juncture in American history"-- Provided by publisher.

Demon's brood : a history of the Plantagenet dynasty

September 11, 2014
Seward, Desmond, 1935-
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xxix, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Constable, 2014.
The demon and her heirs -- The first Plantagenets. The first Plantagenets ; The Eagle : Henry II ; The Lionheart : Richard I ; The Madman : John ; The Aesthete : Henry III -- Plantagenet Britain? The Hammer : Edward I ; The Changeling : Edward II -- Plantagenet France? The Paladin : Edward III ; The Absolutist : Richard II ; The Usurper : Henry IV ; The 'Gleaming King' : Henry V -- Lancaster and York. The Holy Fool : Henry VI ; The Self-Made King : Edward IV ; The Suicide : Richard III -- The Kings in the national myth.
A vivid and colorful history of the most dominant royal dynasty in English history, from Richard the Lionheart and Edward the Black Prince to Henry IV and Richard III.

Not fade away : a memoir of senses lost and found

September 10, 2014
Alexander, Rebecca (Psychotherapist)
New York, New York : Gotham, [2014]
308 pages ; 22 cm
"The inspiring memoir of a young woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing yet continues to live each day with grace and purpose. Thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Not Fade Away is a deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face-physical, psychological, and philosophical. Like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Rebecca's story is an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest. When Rebecca was twelve, her parents were told that she would be completely blind before she turned thirty. At eighteen, she fell through a window, shattering her body. In college, she found out that due to a rare genetic disorder-Usher Syndrome Type III-she was losing her hearing as well. Since then, she has earned two Master's degrees from Columbia University, ridden a six-hundred-mile bike race, hiked the Inca Trail, and established a thriving career-all while maintaining a vibrant social life. In Not Fade Away, Rebecca charts her journey from a teenager who tried to hide her disabilities, to a woman who is able to face the world exactly as she is. She meditates on what she's lost-the sound of laughter and skies full of stars, which she can now only imagine (though, she quips, "It's not like anyone can see stars in New York anyway")-and what she's found in return: an exquisite sense of intimacy with family and friends who've stuck by her, and a profound appreciation for everything she still has. Even though Rebecca inhabits a gradually darkening world, she refuses to let that stop her from living life with joy and enthusiasm."-- Provided by publisher.

Bob Dylan : a biography

September 10, 2014
Batchelor, Bob, author.
Santa Barbara : Greenwood, [2014]
xxx, 158 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Timeline: events in the life of Bob Dylan -- Symbolic Bob -- Young Bob -- Freewheelin' Bob -- Rocking Bob -- Renewed bob -- Postmodern bob -- Resurgent Bob -- Telltale Bob -- Iconic Bob.
In this thematically organized biography, cultural historian and prolific biographer Bob Batchelor examines one of the most important yet elusive figures in modern history. Rather than taking an exhaustive and cumbersome chronological approach to Bob Dylan's 50-plus year career, the author focuses on the most significant aspects of his life and accomplishments. This work examines the musician's life and career by placing him in the context of contemporary American history and culture. Dylan's music and lyrics are at the center of the analysis, while attention is also paid to how his image transformed as he moved from being the "voice of a generation" during the 1960s to becoming a bonafide rock and roll icon. Readers will appreciate the book for its in-depth, scholarly coverage that remains readable and engaging, and gain a full appreciation for Dylan's place in American history and cultural evolution.

Inside Marine One : four U.S. Presidents, one proud Marine, and the world's most amazing helicopter

September 10, 2014
L'Heureux, Ray, 1961-
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014].
210 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
A young boy dreams of flying -- From Bravo Company to HMX-1 -- My first tour -- Sea kings and white hawks -- Becoming the commander of HMX-1 -- Getting to know the president -- Keeping the fleet flying -- Flying the Commander in Chief around the globe -- Marine One, out.
Col. Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux always dreamed of being a pilot. Growing up, he built airplane models and dreamed about soaring over the earth. When he was twelve, his mom treated him to a flying lesson at the local airfield. Taken on a short flight by an instructor and allowed to operate the controls for part of the flight, he was hooked forever. It wasn't until he was running low on college funds and saw a recruiter at his college that he joined the Marines and began the journey towards his dream from Parris Island to Bravo Company and, then, officer training school. One day at an airfield when President Reagan landed on this way to a fundraiser, Frenchy's life changed forever when encountered HMX1, the squadron that flies the President in Marine One. When he saw the white-topped Sea King and White Hawk helicopters, he was determined to become part of that elite group. Inside Marine One is Col. L'Heureux's inspiring story of a young man who dreamed of flying, trained, studied and worked hard to become the pilot who ended up serving four US Presidents - George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. It's also a personal guided tour inside the world's most famous helicopter by a man who knows that flying machine better than any other. Inside Marine One is a great American success story of a young boy who dreamed big, worked hard and finally flew the President of the United States as his number one passenger.

Violins of hope : violins of the Holocaust, instruments of hope and liberation in mankind's darkest hour

September 10, 2014
Grymes, James A., author.
319 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The Wagner violin -- Erich Weininger's violin -- ·The Auschwitz violin -- Ole Bull's violin -- Feivel Wininger's violin -- Motele Schlein's violin.
"A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins owned by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust (some surviving when their owners did not) through the work of internationally-recognized Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein, who has spent two decades bringing these neglected, severely damaged instruments back to life"-- Provided by publisher.

Angry optimist : the life and times of Jon Stewart

September 10, 2014
Rogak, Lisa, 1962-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, [2014].
273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The author charts Jon Stewart's unlikely rise to political stardom, from his early stand-up days and the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show. Drawing on interviews with current and former colleagues, she reveals how things work behind the scenes at The Daily Show.

Steel will : my journey through hell to become the man I was meant to be

September 10, 2014
Harris, Shilo, 1974-
265 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

The education of a value investor : my transformative quest for wealth, wisdom and enlightenment

September 10, 2014
Spier, Guy, author.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2014]
214 pages ; 25 cm
"What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a sophisticated investor who enjoys success without selling his soul to the highest bidder. Spier's journey is similar to the thousands that flock to Wall Street every year with their shiny new diplomas, aiming to be King of Wall Street. Yet what Guy realized just in the nick of time was that the King really lived 1,500 miles away in Omaha, Nebraska. Spier determinedly set out to create a new career in his own way. Along the way he learned some powerful lessons which include: why the right mentors and partners are critical to long term success on Wall Street; why a topnotch education can sometimes get in the way of your success; that real learning doesn't begin until you are on your own; and how the best lessons from Warren Buffett have less to do with investing and more to do with being true to yourself. Spier also reveals some of his own winning investment strategies, detailing deals that were winners but also what he learned from deals that went south. Part memoir, part Wall Street advice, and part how-to, Guy Spier takes readers on a ride through Wall Street but more importantly provides those that want to take a different path with the insight, guidance, and inspiration they need to carve out their own definition of success"-- Provided by publisher.

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