New Arrivals · Biography

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

Lost and found in Johannesburg : a memoir

April 17, 2014
Gevisser, Mark.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
x, 328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"An inner-life of Johannesburg that turns on the author's fascination with maps, boundaries, and transgressions"-- Provided by publisher.

The local boys : hometown players for the Cincinnati Reds

April 16, 2014
Heffron, Joe.
Birmingham, AL : Clerisy Press, 2014.
xi, 225 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Ethan Allen -- Linwood "King" Bailey -- Clarence "Kid" Baldwin -- Skeeter Barnes -- Bob Barton -- Jim Beckman -- Buddy Bell -- Mike Bell -- Larry Benton -- Todd Benzinger -- Jim Blackburn -- Jim Bolger -- Amos Booth -- John "Honest Jack" Boyle -- Cornelius "Neal" Brady -- Jim Brosnan -- Mike Burke -- Jack Bushelman -- Charlie Case -- Bob Clark -- Billy Clingman -- Pierce "Percy" Coleman -- Lorenzo "Ren" Deagle -- Charles "Dory" Dean -- John Dolan -- Charles "Red" Dooin -- Bill Doran -- Leon Durham -- Norman "Kid" Elberfeld -- Buck Ewing -- Maury Fisher -- Cornelius Flynn -- Hank Gastright -- Bob Geary -- Charles Gould -- Ken Griffey Jr. -- Emil Haberer -- John "Chink" Heileman -- Christian "Crese" Heisman -- Bill Hobbs -- George Hogriever -- Thomas Howard -- Miller Huggins -- Rudy Hulswitt -- Eddie Hunter -- Bill Irwin -- Stuart "Larry" Jacobus -- Scott Klingenbeck -- Ralph Kraus -- Brian Koelling -- Al "Moose" Lakeman -- Barry Larkin -- Stephen Larkin -- Mark Lewis -- Larry Luebbers -- Louis "Red" Lutz -- Lee Magee -- Charles "Lefty" Marr -- Billy McCool -- George Miller -- Robert Mitchell -- Dick Murphy -- Dan Neville -- Al Niehaus -- Chris Nichting -- Jack Niemes -- Joe Nuxhall -- Ron Oester -- Claude Osteen -- Dave Parker -- George Pechiney -- James (Icicle) Reeder -- Long John Reilly -- Pete Rose -- Pete Rose Jr. -- Jeff Russell -- Admiral Schlei -- Gene Schott -- Dick Scott -- Scott Service -- Chris Sexton -- Gus Shallix -- Jimmy Sherlin -- Eddie Sicking -- John (Chick) Smith -- Joe Sommer -- Clarence Stephens -- Jake Stenzel -- Ricky Stone -- Jack Sutthoff -- Len Swormstedt -- Jesse Tannehill -- Kent Tekulve -- Eddie Tiemeyer -- Harry (Farmer) Vaughn -- Clyde Vollmer -- Herm Wehmeier -- John (Podge) Weihe -- Chris Welsh -- Bill Whitrock -- Wild Bill Widner -- Dale Williams -- Orville Woodruff -- Don Zimmer.
"The Local Boys by Joe and Jack Heffron tells the stories of men who achieved the boyhood dream of playing for the hometown team. From Ethan Allen to Don Zimmer, they're all here, including Charlie "Bushel Basket" Gould, who played on the first team in 1869 to Junior Griffey, soon to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Alongside big-name stars like Dave Parker and Buddy Bell, fans will find those like Eddie Hunter, who played only one inning in 1933, never got to bat, and never fielded a ball. Every player receives a one- or two-page profile, many of which are based on original interviews with the players or surviving family members. Going beyond statistics, each profile brings the player to life through stories that have never before been told in print. An indispensible look at Cincinnati baseball history, The Local Boys makes an ideal gift for any Reds fan. "-- Provided by publisher.

The most dangerous man in America : the making of Douglas MacArthur

April 16, 2014
Perry, Mark, 1950-
New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xviii, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Albany -- The White House -- Fort Myer -- Manila -- Clark field -- Lingayen Gulf -- Bataan -- Corregidor -- Alice Springs -- Melbourne -- Buna -- Rabaul -- Honolulu -- Leyte -- Luzon -- Tokyo Bay -- New York.

A broken hallelujah : rock and roll, redemption, and the life of Leonard Cohen

April 16, 2014
Leibovitz, Liel.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
281 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Looking for the note" -- The soul of Canada -- The prophet in the library -- Notes from a Greek isle -- "One big diary, set to guitar music" -- Waiting for the sun -- "All close friends of the artist, please leave" -- "There is a war" -- "A secret chord".
A meditation on the life of the Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist discusses his performing career, which began despite his crippling stage fright, to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A fighting chance

April 16, 2014
Warren, Elizabeth.
New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Choosing battles -- The bankruptcy wars -- Bailing out the wrong people -- What $1 million a day can buy -- An agency for the people -- The battle for the Senate.

Seriously not all right : five wars in ten years

April 16, 2014
Capps, Ron.
Tucson, Arizona : Schaffner Press, Inc., [2014].
xv, 263 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Prologue -- Part I. KOSOVO, 2000-2002 -- My New Favorite Person -- Klaxon -- Yellow -- Istinic -- Podujevo -- Shqiptar -- Skopje -- The Duke of Dragobilje -- Malisevo -- Racak -- Celebratory Gunfire -- Part II. CENTRAL AFRICA, 1995-1998 / 2000-2002 -- No Deed Goes Unpunished -- The Banyamulenge War -- Count the Feet -- Prostrates -- Our Ndoki -- Part III. AFGHANISTAN and IRAQ, 2002-2004 -- Hold the Javelinas : Bagram -- A Danger to Myself or Others -- Seriously Not Alright -- Here be Monsters -- An Unruly Garden -- The Northern Alliance -- Part IV. DARFUR, 2004-2007 -- A Trick of the Geographers -- Three Mohammeds -- An Empty Auditorium -- Uncle Wiggily in Darfur -- All Things Being Equal -- The French Lieutenant's iPod -- Part V. THE WAR AT HOME -- Who Will Apologize? -- Plan B -- Walking the Halls -- The Whole Megillah -- Writing My Way Home -- Epilogue: Forgive and Forget.
"SERIOUSLY NOT ALL RIGHT : Five Wars in Ten Years is a memoir by Ron Capps, who served both in military intelligence and in the foreign service and as an observer over the span of ten years in wars raging in three continents and over a span of a decade, from Kosovo to Darfur. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan, and the William Rivkin Award for his work in Darfur. The victim of PTSD as the result of the human rights abuses he witnessed over this period, he subsequently obtained a medical discharge, earned a double masters degree in writing at Johns Hopkins University, and founded the Veterans Writing Project. He currently teaches at Walter Reed Hospital and George Washington University, and is the editor of the literary magazine Zero Dark Thirty"-- Provided by publisher.

Postcards from Cookie : a memoir of motherhood, miracles, and a whole lot of mail

April 16, 2014
Clarke, Caroline V.
New York : Harper, 2014.
311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Award-winning journalist and host of Black "Enterprise" Business Report Caroline Clarke's moving memoir of her surprise discovery of her birthmother--Cookie Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole--and the relationship that blossomed between them through the heartfelt messages they exchanged on hundreds of postcards. Caroline Clarke was born in an era when adoptions were shameful, secret, and sealed. While she wondered about her biological parents, she kept her curiosity in check, until a series of small health problems raised concerns about her genetic heritage and its consequences for her two children's lives and her own. Though Spence-Chapin Family Service, the agency that handled her adoption, could not reveal the name of her birth mother, it was able to provide details that lead to a shocking truth. Caroline's birth mother and her family were related to a friend. The woman who gave her life was none other than Carole "Cookie" Cole, the daughter of iconic crooner and pianist Nat King Cole. Drawing on details provided by the agency and her own investigative skills, Caroline embarked on a life-changing journey of discovery that stretched from coast to coast, forged through e-mail, phone calls, and post cards. The constancy, volume, and intimacy of her steady correspondence with Cookie filled the days and distance between them. Through brief yet poignant messages squeezed onto three-inch open-faced squares, mother and daughter revealed themselves, sharing secrets, taking risks, and ultimately building a bond like no other. A heartfelt, inspiring tribute to both Caroline's adoptive parents and her biological mother, Postcards from Cookie illuminates the enduring power of love to shape and guide our lives"--from publisher's web site.

Love, Nina : a nanny writes home

April 15, 2014
Stibbe, Nina, author.
ix, 320 pages ; 22 cm
In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs.

Dear nobody : the true diary of Mary Rose

April 15, 2014
Mary Rose.
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Fire, [2013]
iv, 330 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Eating fire : my life as a Lesbian Avenger

April 15, 2014
Cogswell, Kelly.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
237 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Activist Honeymoon -- Enemies Within -- A Laboratory of Identity -- Vivas to Those Who Have Failed.
A "coming-of-age memoir spanning two decades, from the Culture War of the early 1990s to the War on Terror ... [a] blend of picaresque adventure, how-to activist handbook, and rigorous inquiry into questions of identity, resistance, and citizenship. It is also a ... personal recollection of friendships and fallings-out and of finding true love--several times over. After the Lesbian Avengers imploded, Cogswell describes how she became a pioneering citizen journalist, cofounding the Gully online magazine with the groundbreaking goal of offering 'queer views on everything'"

My usual table : a life in restaurants

April 15, 2014
Andrews, Colman, author.
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014].
xiv, 322 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
My Usual Table is a love letter to the great restaurants that have changed the way we eat--from Trader Vic's to Chez Panisse and Spago to elBulli--and a vivid memoir of a life lived in food, from a founding editor of Saveur and James Beard Award-winning writer Colman Andrews. For reviewer, writer, and editor Colman Andrews, restaurants have been his playground, his theater, his university, his church, his refuge. The establishments he has loved have not only influenced culinary trends at home and abroad, but represent the changing history and culture of food in America and Western Europe. From his usual table, he has watched the growth of Nouvelle Cuisine and fusion cuisine; the organic and locavore movements; nose-to-tail eating; and so-called "molecular gastronomy." In My Usual Table, Andrews interweaves his own story--from growing up in the sunset years of Hollywood's golden age to traveling the world in pursuit of great food--with tales of the restaurants, chefs, and restaurateurs who are emblematic of the revolutions great and small that have forever changed the way we eat, cook, and think about food.

The unlikely settler

April 15, 2014
Pelham, Lipika.
New York : Other Press, [2013]
viii, 405 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"When she left Bengal and settled in London, Lipika Pelham was seeking the freedom to choose her own identity in the world. However, the moment she met her future husband, that search for identity would become more fraught and complicated than she had ever imagined possible. She was a Bengali-Indian-Bangladeshi with a Hindu-Muslim background; he was a Jew with a passion for Arab-Jewish coexistence in the Middle East. They married, pursued careers as journalists, had children, and moved to Jerusalem. This catapulted Lipika into a world where freedom from cultural identity is unheard of. From the school you choose for your children to the wine you buy--you take sides at every turn and the question becomes--which side? This is a story of two people who are passionately in love, and choose to fight for their marriage in spite of numerous obstacles. It is also a portrait of one of the most emotive cities in the world. By allowing the reader to accompany her as she tries to make sense of Jerusalem, Pelham gives a brilliantly compelling and subtle insight into the complexities of daily life in Israel. Full of vivacity and energy, The Unlikely Settler is a plea for understanding and compromise as a solution to all conflicts, domestic and global"-- Provided by publisher.

New life, no instructions : a memoir

April 15, 2014
Caldwell, Gail, 1951-
New York : Random House, [2014]
164 pages ; 22 cm
Pulitizer Prize winner Gail Caldwell pens a memoir on how seemingly faint winds can blow us wildly off course; on how spending time with a beloved animal can benefit our basic humanity; and on what it means to overcome, at middle age, a multitude of blows.

Hot dogs and cocktails : when FDR met King George VI at Hyde Park on Hudson

April 14, 2014
Conradi, Peter.
Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom : Alma Books [2013].
280 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Between June 9th and 12th 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were the guests of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at his country estate in Hyde Park, New York, during what was the first ever visit by a reigning British monarch to the United States. Coming at a time when Britain desperately needed U.S. help in the conflict that now seemed inevitable, the meeting was front page news on both sides of the Atlantic and imbued with huge political significance. This fascinating book recreates the backdrop to the royal visit, analyzing the political background and the media's reaction, and tells the back stories both of the King and of Roosevelt, whose colorful personal life became entwined with the visit.

Everybody's got something

April 14, 2014
Roberts, Robin, 1960-
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
263 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The beloved Good Morning America anchor shares the incredible journey that's been her life so far and the lessons she learned along the way as she battled breast cancer and a rare blood disorder and dealt with the death of her mother.

Lucian Freud : eyes wide open

April 14, 2014
Hoban, Phoebe.
Boston : New Harvest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
174 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.

Things I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs

April 14, 2014
Cleage, Pearl.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
ix, 308 pages ; 24 cm
"In this inspiring memoir, the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisces on the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to become a successful writer. In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit. But there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and '80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amidst personal and professional tumult. Though born and raised in Detroit, it was in Atlanta that Cleage encountered the forces that would most shape her experience. Married to Michael Lomax, now head of the United Negro College Fund, she worked with Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African-American mayor. Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs charts not only the political fights, but also the pull she began to feel to focus on her own passions, including writing--a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment. This fascinating memoir follows her journey from a columnist for a local weekly (bought by Larry Flynt) to a playwright and Hollywood script writer, an artist at the crossroads of culture and politics whose circle came to include luminaries like Richard Pryor, Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Shirley Franklin, and Jesse Jackson. By the time Oprah Winfrey picked What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day as a favorite, Cleage had long since arrived as a writer of renown. In the tradition of greats like Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Nora Ephron, Cleage's self-portrait raises women's confessional writing to the level of great literature"-- Provided by publisher.

Malcolm X : a biography

April 14, 2014
Assensoh, A. B.
xxii, 162 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

How to succeed in business without really crying

April 14, 2014
Leifer, Carol, author.
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, 2014
239 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"For many years, television comedy was an exclusive all boys' club--until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live to Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, and Modern Family, Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time. This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way--and offering valuable lessons for women and men in any profession. Part memoir, part guide to life, and all incredibly funny,How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying offers tips and tricks for getting ahead, finding your way, and opening locked doors--even if you have to use a sledgehammer" -- from publisher's web site.

Living with a wild god : a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything

April 14, 2014
Ehrenreich, Barbara.
New York : Twelve, 2014.
xiv, 237 pages ; 24 cm
"In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, "mystical"-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life." Certain to be a classic, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich's singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement"-- Provided by publisher.

Nolan Ryan : the making of a pitcher

April 14, 2014
Goldman, Rob.
Chicago, Illinois : Triumph Books, [2014]
xvii, 366 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"To any baseball fan, Nolan Ryan's name still conjures up images of blistering 100-mile-per-hour fastballs and knee-buckling curveballs. During his 27-year career, "The Ryan Express" was named an eight-time All-Star and amassed seven no-hitters and more than 5,700 strikeouts--more than any other pitcher in major-league history. This comprehensive biography of Nolan Ryan follows the baseball legend's journey from the start of his professional career in 1965 to his retirement in 1993. Hall of Famers, journeymen, clubhouse workers, coaches, and trainers offer their own unique take on Ryan in this book filled with never-before-told anecdotes and personal recollections and peppered with eyewitness accounts of his greatest games. In the pages of this history, readers will discover what made Nolan Ryan one of the most revered and respected athletes and citizens of his time"-- Provided by publisher.

The little girl who fought the Great Depression : Shirley Temple and 1930s America

April 14, 2014
Kasson, John F., 1944-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
308 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Smile like Roosevelt -- Such a happy little face! -- Dancing along the color line -- The most adored child in the world -- Keeping Shirley's star aloft -- What's a private life? -- Epilogue: Shirley visits another president.
Her image appeared in periodicals and advertisements roughly twenty times daily; she rivaled FDR and Edward VIII as the most photographed person in the world. Her portrait brightened the homes of countless admirers: from a black laborer's cabin in South Carolina to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's recreation room in Washington, DC. A few years later her smile cheered the secret bedchamber of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world's box-office champion, a record never equaled. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. Distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers. To do so, she worked virtually every day of her childhood, transforming her own family as well as the lives of her fans.--From publisher description.

Falling in Honey : How a Tiny Greek Island Stole My Heart

April 14, 2014
Barclay, Jennifer, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2014]
xi, 337 pages : map ; 21 cm
Pick an island, any island -- Tilos -- The gifts to self -- Bye-bye love, kalimera happiness -- Sun, sea, and spanakopita -- My big fat Greek Sunday -- Tangled webs -- A walk to Gera -- Swimming with the fishes -- The sound of the sea -- A change of season -- Meanwhile, on another part of the planet -- Out of the blue -- Dolphins and dolmades -- First catch your octopus -- Dreams of a Greek island -- A bumpy beginning -- An octopus in my ouzo -- Living the dream -- The honey factory -- The birds and the bees -- Greek dancing and moonlight shadows -- Enjoying the open road -- Life and love on a Greek island -- Dancing the summer away on a Greek island -- Food for a Greek island.

Wilfred Owen

April 14, 2014
Cuthbertson, Guy, 1975- author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
346 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"One of Britain's best-known and most loved poets, Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was killed at age 25 on one of the last days of the First World War, having acted heroically as soldier and officer despite his famous misgivings about the war's rationale and conduct. He left behind a body of poetry that sensitively captured the pity, rage, valor, and futility of the conflict. In this new biography Guy Cuthbertson provides a fresh account of Owen's life and formative influences: the lower-middle-class childhood that he tried to escape; the places he lived in, from Birkenhead to Bordeaux; his class anxieties and his religious doubts; his sexuality and friendships; his close relationship with his mother and his childlike personality. Cuthbertson chronicles a great poet's growth to poetic maturity, illuminates the social strata of the extraordinary Edwardian era, and adds rich context to how Owen's enduring verse can be understood"-- Provided by publisher.

Red love : the story of an East German family

April 14, 2014
Leo, Maxim, 1970-, author.
London : Pushkin Press, [2013].
264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Translation of: Haltet euer Herz bereit: eine ostdeutsche Familiengeschiche

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