New Arrivals · Literature

August 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

James Dashner

August 29, 2014
Wolny, Philip.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Becoming an author -- Adventures in publishing -- A new "day job"?: full-time writer -- Inspiration and craft -- Looking forward.
Examines the life of the author of the Jimmy Fincher Saga, including his inspiration for the series, his rise to fame, and his future projects. --Publishers description.

Maggie Stiefvater

August 29, 2014
Staley, Erin.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Between the stacks -- Cookie dough and sweet tea -- Werewolves are the new vampires -- Telling lies for a living -- Hitting the road (in a '73 Camaro) -- Putting on the brakes -- Fact sheet on Maggie Stiefvater -- Fact sheet on Maggie Stiefvater's works -- Critical reviews -- Timeline.
"Examines the life and accomplishments of author Maggie Stiefvater, creator of the Shiver trilogy."--Publisher's description.

Rick Yancey

August 29, 2014
McCormick, Lisa Wade, 1961-
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Chasing his writing dream -- An unlikely hero -- Chasing monsters -- The next wave of writing -- Fact sheet on Rick Yancey -- Fact sheet on Rick Yancey's works -- Critical reviews -- Timeline.

Sarah Dessen

August 29, 2014
Hagler, Gina.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2014.
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Birth to college -- Becoming a novelist -- A best seller -- More books follow -- Balancing home and work -- Fact sheet on Sarah Dessen -- Fact sheet on Sarah Dessen's works -- Critical reviews -- Timeline.
"Examines the life and accomplishments of the young adult author, detailing her early years, sources of inspiration, and interests outside of writing."--Publisher's description.

Age of iron

August 29, 2014
Watson, Angus, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
568 pages ; 21 cm
"Iron age trilogy : book one"--Title page.
Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join -- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one small child, and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that might get them all killed.

So we read on : how the great gatsby came to be and why it endures

August 29, 2014
Corrigan, Maureen, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Water, water, everywhere -- "In the land of ambition and success" -- Rhapsody in noir -- A second-rate, midwest hack and the masterpiece he wrote -- Here lies one whose name was writ in water -- I didn't get it the first time
"The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know The Great Gatsby? As Maureen Corrigan, Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out, while Fitzgerald's masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power. Offering a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great-and utterly unusual-So We Read On takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel's hidden depths, a journey whose revelations include Gatsby's surprising debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, its rocky path to recognition as a "classic," and its profound commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender. With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, "borne back ceaselessly" into its thrall. Along the way, she spins a new and fascinating story of her own"-- Provided by publisher.

Cracking the AP English literature & composition exam.

August 28, 2014
New York : Random House, Inc., c2008-
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Prison noir

August 28, 2014
264 pages : map ; 22 cm
Shuffle / Christopher M. Stephen -- I saw an angel / Sin Soracco -- Bardos / Scott Gutches -- Trap / Eric Boyd -- A message in the breath of Allah / Ali F. Sareini -- Tune-up / Stephen Geez -- Foxhole / B.M. Dolarman -- There will be seeds for next year / Zeke Caligiuri -- Immigrant song / Marco Verdoni -- Rat's ass / Kennethy R. Brydon -- Milk and tea / Linda Michelle Marquardt -- Angel eyes / Andre White -- How eBay nearly killed Gary Bridgway / Timothy Pauley -- 3 block from hell / Bryan K. Palmer -- The investigation / William Van Poyck.

The curious case of Lady Latimer's shoes

August 25, 2014
Laurens, Stephanie, author.
Victoria, Australia : Savdek Management Pty. Ltd., 2014.
204 pages ; 22 cm
"With her husband, amateur-sleuth the Honorable Barnaby Adair, decidedly eccentric fashionable matron Penelope Adair is attending the premier event opening the haut ton's Season when a body is discovered in the gardens. A lady has been struck down with a finial from the terrace balustrade. Her family is present, as are the cream of the haut ton--the shocked hosts turn to Barnaby and Penelope for help. Barnaby calls in Inspector Basil Stokes and they begin their investigation. Penelope assists by learning all she can about the victim's family, and uncovers a feud between them and the Latimers over the fabulous shoes known as Lady Latimer's shoes, currently exclusive to the Latimers. The deeper Penelope delves, the more convinced she becomes that the murder is somehow connected to the shoes. She conscripts Griselda, Stokes's wife, and Violet Montague, now Penelope's secretary, and the trio set out to learn all they can about the people involved, and most importantly the shoes, a direction vindicated when unexpected witnesses report seeing a lady fleeing the scene--wearing Lady Latimer's shoes. But nothing is as it seems, and the more Penelope and her friends learn about the shoes, conundrums abound, compounded by a Romeo-and-Juliet romance and escalating social pressure... until at last the pieces fall into place, and finally understanding what has occurred, the six intrepid investigators race to prevent an even worse tragedy."--Page [4] of cover.

The poet and the vampyre : the curse of Byron and the birth of literature's greatest monsters

August 25, 2014
Stott, Andrew McConnell, 1969- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xiv, 44 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Love affairs, literary rivalries, and the supernatural collide in an inspired journey to Lake Geneva, where Byron, the Shelleys, and John Polidori come together to create literature's greatest monsters.

One death, nine stories

August 22, 2014
153 pages ; 22 cm
Down below / Rita Williams-Garcia -- Initiation / Ellen Hopkins -- Just once / A.S. King -- The next next level / Torrey Maldonado -- Running man / Charles R. Smith Jr. -- Making up the dead / Nora Raleigh Baskin -- Two-a-days / Chris Barton -- I have a gun / Will Weaver -- Connections / Marina Budhos.
How could one teenage boy's life elicit other kids' first experiences -- even after he dies?. Kev's the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he's dead, he's not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Ellen Hopkins reveals what two altar boys (and one altar girl) might get up to at the cemetery. Rita Williams-Garcia follows one aimless teen as he finds a new life in his new job -- at the mortuary. Will Weaver turns a lens on Kevin's sister as she collects his surprising effects -- and makes good use of them. Here, in nine stories, we meet people who didn't know Kevin, friends from his childhood, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, all dealing with the fallout of his death. Being a teenager is a time for all kinds of firsts -- first jobs, first loves, first good-byes, firsts that break your heart and awaken your soul. It's an initiation of sorts, and it can be brutal. But on the other side of it is the rest of your life.

Stalked : the boy who said no : historical fiction

August 22, 2014
Sheehy, Patti, author.
Longboat Key, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2014]
350 pages ; 24 cm
"A true-life novel"--Cover.
Patti Sheehy continues her novelization of the life of Frank Mederos who was born and raised in Cuba, drafted into the military and promoted to the Special Forces, and who chose to defect and escape from his homeland. Now in America, Frank faces new challenges. With five dollars in his pocket and a boatload of determination, he rejects an offer to join the CIA and takes his chances on achieving the American dream. Frank and his sweetheart, Magda, want nothing more than marriage, children, and a nice life for themselves, but their dreams are dashed. Instead, the couple faces a challenge neither of them could ever imagine. Meanwhile, sinister forces in Cuba plan to avenge Frank's escape. Can Frank outwit Cuban operatives bent on killing him? A tale of tender love, devastating loss, and the life-saving power of friendship.

No man's land : fiction from a world at war: 1914-1918

August 22, 2014
New York : Pegasus Books, [2014]
xx, 551 pages ; 24 cm
From the trenches to the home front, the most profound fiction inspired by World War I--and a moving memorial to the twentieth century's most cataclysmic event.

Burnt tongues

August 22, 2014
[Aurora, Illinois] : Medallion Press, [2014].
329 pages ; 21 cm
Live this down / Neil Krolicki -- Charlie / Chris Lewis Carter -- Paper / Gayle Towell -- Mating calls / Tony Liebhard -- Melody / Michael De Vito, Jr. -- F for fake / Tyler Jones -- Mind and soldier / Phil Jourdan -- Ingredients / Richard Lemmer -- The line forms on the right / Amanda Gowin -- A vodka kind of girl / Matt Egan -- Gasoline / Fred Venturini -- Dietary / Brandon Tietz -- Invisible graffiti / Adam Skorupskas -- Bike / Bryan Howie -- Heavier petting / Brien Piechos -- Engines, o-rings, and astronauts / Jason M. Fylan -- Lemming / Terence James Eeles -- The routine / Keith Buie -- Survived / Gus Moreno -- Zombie whorehouse / Daniel W. Broallt.
A collection of short stories from the transgressive fiction genre feature tales about taboo subjects from the horrific to the humorous with shocking imagery not soon forgotten.

The novel : a biography

August 15, 2014
Schmidt, Michael, 1947-
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2014].
xi, 1172 pages ; 26 cm
Includes index.
The 700-year history of the novel in English defies straightforward telling. Geographically and culturally diverse, with contributions from Great Britain, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia, India, the Caribbean, and Southern Africa, influenced by great novelists working in other languages, and encompassing a range of genres, the story of the novel in English unfolds like a richly varied landscape that invites exploration rather than a linear journey. In The Novel: A Biography, Michael Schmidt quotes from "artist practitioners," from letters, diaries, reviews, and essays of novelists, and draws on their biographies, to invite us into the creative dialogues between authors and between books, and suggest how these dialogues have shaped the development of the novel in English -- Source other than Library of Congress.

Grand Central : original stories of postwar love and reunion

August 15, 2014
New York : Berkley Books, [2014].
x, 356 pages ; 21 cm
Going home / Alyson Richman -- The lucky one / Jenna Blum -- The branch of Hazel / Sarah McCoy -- The kissing room / Melanie Benjamin -- I'll be seeing you / Sarah Jio -- I'll walk alone / Erika Robuck -- The reunion / Kristina McMorris -- Tin town / Amanda Hodgkinson -- Strand of pearls / Pam Jenoff -- The harvest season / Karen White.

Beyond the first draft : the art of fiction

August 14, 2014
Casey, John, 1939- author.
244 pages ; 22 cm
Preamble -- Dogma and anti-dogma -- If I were a flower, what kind of flower would I be? -- Justice -- What's funny -- Aristotle -- Things -- Sex and violence -- Me me gab -- Meanwhile back at the ranch -- So alert a language -- In other words -- Neighborhoods -- Childhood reading -- Mentors in general, Peter Taylor in particular.
"For students and writers alike, a brilliant guide to the craft of writing by the National Book Award-winning author of Spartina. National Book Award winner John Casey is a masterful novelist who is also an inspiring and beloved teacher. In Beyond the First Draft he offers essential and original insights into the art of writing-and rewriting-fiction. Through anecdotes about other writers' methods and habits (as well as his own) and close readings of literature from Aristotle to Zola, the essays in this collection offer "suggestions about things to do, things to think about when your writing has got you lost in the woods." In "Dogma and Anti-dogma" Casey sets out the tried-and-true advice and then comments on when to apply it and when to ignore it. In "What's Funny" he considers the range of comedy from pratfalls to elegant wit. In "In Other Words" he discusses translations and the surprising effects that translating can have on one's native language. In "Mentors" he pays tribute to those who have guided him and other writers. Throughout the fourteen essays there are notes on voice, point of view, structure, and other crucial elements. This book is an invaluable resource for aspiring writers and a revitalizing companion for seasoned ones" -- Provided by publisher.

Wild things! : acts of mischief in children's literature

August 1, 2014
Bird, Betsy, author.
Sommerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Did Laura Ingalls cross paths with a band of mass murderers? Why was a Garth Williams bunny tale dubbed "integrationist propaganda"? For adults who are curious about children's books and their creators, here are the little-known stories behind the stories. A treasure trove of information for a student, librarian, new parent, or anyone wondering about the post-Harry Potter book biz, Wild Things! draws on the combined knowledge and research of three respected and popular librarian-bloggers. Told in affectionate and lively prose, with numerous never-before-collected anecdotes, this book chronicles some of the feuds and fights, errors and secret messages found in children's books and brings contemporary illumination to the warm-and-fuzzy bunny world we think we know. Secret lives, scandalous turns, and some very funny surprises -- these essays by leading kids' lit bloggers take us behind the scenes of many much-loved children's books

Essays that will get you into college.

July 29, 2014
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's,
v. ; 28 cm.
At head of cover title: Barron's.

The American novel from its beginnings to 1870

July 25, 2014
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xiv, 640 pages ; 26 cm.
"General editor: Patrick Parrinder; Consulting editor (US volumes): Jonathan Arac"--Title page verso.
Introduction: The American Novel to 1870 -- Part 1: The Beginnings of the Novel in the United States -- Part 2: The Novel and American Nation-building -- Part 3: The American Publishing World and the Novel -- Part 4: Leading Novelists of Antebellum America -- Part 5: Major Novels -- Part 6: Cultural Influences on the American Novel, 1820-1870 -- Part 7: Fictional Sub-genres.


July 25, 2014
Volodine, Antoine.
Champaign : Dalkey Archive Press, [2014].
108 pages ; 21 cm.
"Originally published in French as Ecrivains by Seuil, Paris, 2010."

The American Idea of England, 1776-1840 : transatlantic writing

July 24, 2014
Clark, Jennifer, 1958-
Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2013]
232 pages ; 24 cm.
"The Britainism of our great men!": anglophilia, political writing and the political context of American writing -- The history of John Bull: allegorical writing, 1774-1835 -- The war of 1812: the idea of England and American nationalism -- The paper war: Anglo-American recrimination and retaliation -- Far hills look green: travel writing -- "fair, But different": England and the English in the American literary imagination.

Roberto Bolaño's fiction : an expanding universe

July 24, 2014
Andrews, Chris, 1962-
New York : Columbia University Press, [2014].
xx, 279 pages ; 24 cm.
The anomalous case of Roberto Bolaño -- Bolaño's fiction-making system -- Something is going to happen: narrative tension -- Aimlessness -- Duels and brawls: Borges and Bolaño -- Evil agencies -- A sense of what matters.

Deadly intent

July 24, 2014
Sweeney, Anna
Surrey, England, Severn House Publishers LTD, 2014.
250 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in Irish as "Buille Marfach" by Cló Iar-Chonnacht in 2010 unter the name Anne Heussaff" -- title page verso.
Maureen lies unconscious on a lonely track. Her husband blames a fellow holidaymaker at Nessa McDermott's country house on Ireland's enchanting Beara peninsula. Two days later, a man's body is found, strangled and dumped. Amid a frenzy of police, media and family pressures, former journalist Nessa has to find her own answers. Meanwhile, ambitious young policeman Redmond Joyce is also hell-bent on identifying the murderer, and conflict between them grows as they close in on the horrifying truth.

Guilty parties : a Crime Writers' Association anthology

July 21, 2014
Sutton : Severn House, [2014].
x, 243 p. ; 23 cm.
Hey Jude / Frances Brody -- Deadline / N.J. Cooper -- The death of spiders / Bernie Crosthwaite -- Moments musicaux / Judith Cutler -- A liberating affair / Carol Anne Davis -- A glimpse of hell / Martin Edwards -- The confessions of Edward Prime / Kate Ellis -- Tell it to the bees / Jane Finnis -- Pacified / Christopher Fowler -- The Franklin's second tale / Paul Freeman -- Second chance / John Harvey -- All yesterday's parties / Paul Johnston -- Party of two / Ragnar Jónasson -- Reader, I buried them / Peter Lovesey -- The last guilty party / Phil Lovesey -- What's the time, Mr. Wolf? / Christine Poulson -- The wide open sky / Kate Rhodes -- Skeleton crew / Chris Simms -- Flatmate wanted: smokers welcome / C.L. Taylor -- Dierector's cut / Aline Templeton -- Like father, like son / Ricki Thomas -- Giving something back / L.C. Tyler -- The art of old age / Yvonne Eve Walus -- The man in the next bed / Laura Wilson.

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