New Arrivals · Literature

October 31, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Prophecies, libels & dreams : stories of Califa

October 30, 2014
Wilce, Ysabeau S.
Easthampton, MA : Small Beer Press, 2014.
ii, 241 pages ; 22 cm
"These interconnected stories are set in the Republic of Califa -- a baroque approximation of Gold Rush era-California with an overlay of Aztec ceremony. By turn whimsical and horrific (sometime in the same paragraph), Wilce's stories have been characterized as "screwball comedies for goths" but they could also be described as "historical fantasies" or "fanciful histories" for there are nuggets of historical fact hidden in them there lies"-- Provided by publisher.

BOMB : the author interviews

October 30, 2014
New York : Soho Press, [2014]
460 pages ; 27 cm
"Drawing on 30 years of BOMB Magazine, this anthology of interviews brings together some of the greatest figures of world literature for a brilliant and unforgettable collection of sharp, insightful and intimate author conversations. Here we have a conversation with Jonathan Franzen, still an unkown author, on the eve of the publication of The Corrections; and one with Roberto Bolaño, near the end of his life. Lydia Davis and Francine Prose break down the intricacies of Davis's methods; Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz discuss the power of Caribbean diasporic fiction. This anthology brings together some of the greatest figures of world literature for a brilliant and unforgettable collection of sharp, insightful and intimate author conversations"-- Provided by publisher.

Bohemians, bootleggers, flappers, and swells : the best of early Vanity fair

October 30, 2014
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
420 pages ; 24 cm
Vanity Fair and the birth of the new / Graydon Carter -- The physical culture peril (May 1914) / P. G. Wodehouse -- August Strindberg (October 1914) / Georg Brandes -- The world's new art centre (January 1915) / Frederick James Gregg -- Are odd women really odd? (June 1915) / Hyman Strunsky -- New York women who earn $50,000 a year (August 1915) / Anne O'Hagan -- Any porch (poetry) (September 1915) / Dorothy Rothschild (Parker) -- Football and the new rules (September 1915) / Walter Camp -- War scenes across the Canadian border (October 1915) / Stephen Leacock -- Are the rich happy? (December 1915) / Stephen Leacock -- An Afghan in America (February 1916) / Syyed Shaykh Achmed Abdullah -- The art of being a bohemian (March 1916) / Robert C. Benchley -- Why I haven't married (October 1916) / Dorothy Rothschild (Parker) -- Men: a hate song (poetry) (February 1917) / Dorothy Rothschild (Parker) -- The shifting night life of New York (February 1917) / James L. Ford -- Actresses: a hate song (poetry) (May 1917) / Dorothy Rothschild (Parker) -- Relatives: a hate song (poetry) (August 1917) / Dorothy Rothschild (Parker) -- George Jean Nathan (November 1917) / The editors -- From left to right in the movies (January 1918) / Douglas Fairbanks -- Excursions into Hunland (March 1918) / Lieut. E. M. Roberts, R. F. C. -- The great American army (poetry) (June 1918) / Gertrude Stein -- The gateway to an artificial paradise: the effects of hashish and opium compared (October 1918) / Arthur Symons -- Our office: a hate song (poetry) (May 1919) / Dorothy Parker-- William Somerset Maugham: a pen portrait by a friendly hand (January 1920) / Hugh Walpole -- My autobiography (January 1920) / A. A. Milne -- The higher education on the screen (February 1920) / Robert E. Sherwood -- Mr. Wilson's inelastic intelligence (February 1920) / John Jay Chapman -- The lamps of Limehouse (short story) (March 1920) / Thomas Burke -- "Hippocketiquette" (April 1920) / Richard Connell -- Poems (November 1920) / Edna St. Vincent Mlllay -- This is a magazine (December 1920) / F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Sport for art's sake (September 1921) / Heywood Broun -- Memoirs of court favourites (November 1921) / Noël Coward -- James Joyce (March 1922) / Djuna Barnes -- Without the cane and the derby (poetry) (May 1922) / Carl Sandburg -- I like Americans: they are so ridiculous (poetry) (August 1922) / Edna St. Vincent Millay (pseudonym Nancy Boyd) -- The public and the artist (October 1922) / Jean Cocteau -- The high-low controversy (January 1923) / Randolph Dinwiddie -- The early days of Pablo Picasso (May 1923) / Max Jacob -- Jazz: a brief history (June 1923) / Samuel Chotzinoff -- Poems (July 1923) / T. S. Eliot -- An essay on behaviorism (October 1923) / Bertrand Russell -- The woman behind the mask (short story) (November 1924) / Colette -- When Calvin Coolidge laughed (April 1925) / e. e. cummings -- What, exactly, is modern? (May 1925) / Aldous Huxley -- Poems (September 1925) / Langston Hughes -- The education of Harpo Marx (March 1926) / Alexander Woollcott -- Hello, big boy (June 1926) / Sherwood Anderson -- A western reunion (short story, in telegrams) (August 1926) / Geoffrey Kerr -- Liberty, equality, fraternity (December 1926) / Clarence Darrow -- Some American expatriates (April 1927) / Ford Madox Ford -- Blazing publicity (September 1927) / Walter Lippmann -- A primer of Broadway slang (November 1927) / Walter Winchell -- Russia: the great experiment (June 1928) / Theodore Dreiser -- Do women change? (April 1929) / D. H. Lawrence -- If you are going to Antibes (July 1929) / Alexander Woollcott -- An American Museum of Modern Art (November 1929) / Alfred H. Barr Jr. -- The extremely moving pictures (December 1929) / Thomas Mann -- A stock market post-mortem (January 1939) / David Cort -- A portrait of Joan Crawford (June 1930) / Douglas Fairbanks Jr. -- A close-up of Cole Porter (February 1931) / Charles G. Shaw -- Twilight of the economic gods (April 1931) / Jay Franklin -- Banks and the collapse of money values (January 1932) / J. M. Keynes -- The babe (May 1932) / Paul Gallico -- Bootlegging for Junior (June 1932) / Dalton Trumbo -- The Jimmy Walker era (December 1932) / Alva Johnston -- When lovely women stooped to the follies (February 1933) / Helen Brown Norden -- The moll in our midst (August 1934) / Stanley Walker -- Little Caruso (short story) (October 1934) / William Saroyan -- Tarzan--ape-man into industry (January 1935) / Darwin l. Teilhet -- The grand guillotiner of Paris (May 1935) / Janet Flanner -- The bums at sunset (short story) (October 1935) / Thomas Wolfe -- Golden swank (February 1936) / Allene Talmey.
For the magazine's centenary celebration, an anthology of pieces from the early golden age of Vanity Fair. Editor Graydon Carter introduces these fabulous pieces written between 1913 and 1936, when the magazine published a murderers' row of the world's leading literary lights. It features great writers on great topics, including F. Scott Fitzgerald on what a magazine should be, Clarence Darrow on equality, D. H. Lawrence on women, e.e. cummings on Calvin Coolidge, John Maynard Keynes on the collapse in money value, Thomas Mann on how films move the human heart, Alexander Woollcott on Harpo Marx, Carl Sandburg on Charlie Chaplin, Djuna Barnes on James Joyce, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., on Joan Crawford, and Dorothy Parker on a host of topics ranging from why she hates actresses to why she hasn't married. These essays reflect the rich period of their creation while simultaneously addressing topics that would be recognizable in the magazine today, such as how women should navigate work and home life; our destructive fascination with the entertainment industry and with professional sports; the collapse of public faith in the financial industry; and, as Aldous Huxley asks herein, "What, exactly, is modern?"--From publisher description.

The scarlett letters : the making of the film Gone with the wind

October 29, 2014
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.
Lanham : Taylor Trade Publishing : Distributed by National Book Network, [2014]
xxviii, 473 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Hollywood comes calling 1936 -- A national pastime 1937 -- When this cruel war is over 1938 -- Scarlett at last 1939 (January-June) -- "Faster and funnier by the hour" 1939 (July-December) -- The premiere (December 13-15, 1939) -- Atlanta's night, America's film 1939 (December) 1940 -- In the wake of the storm 1941-1949.

The art of slow writing : reflections on time, craft, and creativity

October 29, 2014
DeSalvo, Louise A., 1942-
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
xxv, 306 pages ; 21 cm
Part one: Getting ready to write -- Part two: A writer's apprenticeship -- Part three: Challenges and successes -- Part four: Writers at rest -- Part five: Building a book, finishing a book -- Epilogue: Beginning again.
In a series of conversational observations and meditations on the writing process, The Art of Slow Writing examines the benefits of writing slowly. DeSalvo advises her readers to explore their creative process on deeper levels by getting to know themselves and their stories more fully over a longer period of time.

Dangerous women 2

October 28, 2014
403 pages ; 18 cm
"Dangerous women 1, 2,and 3 were previously published together, in a single hardcover edition, as Dangerous women"--title page verso.
The girl in the mirror /by Lev Grossman -- A queen in exile / by Sharon Kay Penman -- Pronouncing doom / by S.M. Stirling -- Lies my mother told me / by Caroline Spector -- Name the beast / by Sam Sykes -- Second Arabesque, very slowly / by Nancy Kress -- Virgins / by Diana Gabaldon.

The world of ice & fire : the untold history of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

October 28, 2014
Martin, George R. R.
New York : Bantam, [2014]
326 pages : color illustrations, color maps, genealogical tables ; 31 cm
Includes index.
"This is the comprehensive guide to all things Game of Thrones and beyond. From the prehistory to the coming of the First Men, through the reign of the Targaryen kings and Robert's Rebellion, this guide--co-written by George R.R. Martin and the immensely knowledgeable founders and keepers of the site--will tell series readers old and new all they might want to know about the history and culture of Westeros and the lands beyond the Narrow Sea--a tapestry of all new history that George has invented solely for this volume"-- Provided by publisher.

Africa39 : new writing from Africa south of the Sahara

October 28, 2014
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014
361 pages ; 21 cm

Best new horror.

October 27, 2014
New York : Carroll & Graf, 1990-
v. ; 23 cm.
Vols. 1-6, published 1990-1995, include stories mostly published in 1989-1994. Vols. 25 (2014)- include stories mostly published in the previous year, e.g. 2013- .
Editors: [v.1](1989)-v.6(1994), Stephen Jones and Ramsey Campbell ; v.25 (2014)- Stephen Jones..

An Amish family Christmas

October 27, 2014
New York : Love Inspired Books, [2014].
217 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Heart of Christmas / Marta Perry -- A plain holiday / Patricia Davids.

Understanding Truman Capote

October 27, 2014
Fahy, Thomas Richard, author.
Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2014]
186 pages ; 24 cm.
Understanding Truman Capote -- A tree of night and other stories -- Other voices, other rooms -- The grass harp -- The muses are heard -- Breakfast at Tiffany's -- In cold blood -- Three stories, answered prayers, and Capote in the twenty-first century.

The Black Lizard big book of locked-room mysteries : the most complete collection of impossible crime stories ever assembled

October 24, 2014
New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2014
xv, 941 pages ; 23 cm

When we met

October 24, 2014
New York : New American Library, [2014]
387 pages ; 21 cm
Behind her eyes / A.L. Jackson -- Saving me / Molly McAdams -- Fouling out / Tiffany King -- Beneath your layers / Christina Lee.
"Today's premier New Adult authors combine their talents to tell four original stories from inside one house. When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it's a year that will change the rest of their lives. BEHIND HER EYES by A.L. Jackson: Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend's deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he's not sure he can trust himself. SAVING ME by Molly McAdams: On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party-but inside she's breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights... but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning? FOULING OUT by Tiffany King: Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks-which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he's not the jerk Courtney expects. BENEATH YOUR LAYERS by Christina Lee: In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake-much to her chagrin. But after some "hands-on" experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans..."-- Provided by publisher.

Spent : exposing our complicated relationship with shopping

October 23, 2014
Berkeley, CA : Seal Press, [2014]
xiii, 245 pages ; 21 cm
Editor Kerry Cohen opens the closet doors wide to tales of women's true relationships with shopping, from humorous stories of love/ hate relationships with the mall to heartbreaking tales of overspending to fix relationships.
Where nothing bad can happen / Monica Drake -- The things she carried / Robin Romm -- The shoebox / Mel Wells -- Welcome, valued customer / Emily Chenoweth -- Worth it / Ru Freeman -- Playing house / Rachel Sontag -- The book money / Aryn Kyle -- The kids are all right, they're just a little gay: A mall hater's tale / Traci Foust -- The malls of my youth / Abby Mims -- Glasses / Elizabeth Scarboro -- Move over and let the big dogs eat / Stacy Pershall -- Shopping with clowns / Gigi Little -- Let's see how fast this baby will go / Gloria Harrison -- For your age / Susan Senator -- With Mom / Janet Clare -- The one that got away / Jennifer Finney Boylan -- Shopping for breasts / Wendy Staley Colbert -- A clotheshorse is born / Allison Amend -- Searching for the magic in Macy's / Jessica Machado -- Just try it on / Jenny Moore -- My mother's closet / Kerry Cohen -- I dream of department stores / Kelly Shire -- If the shoe fits / Ophira Eisenberg -- Random sampling / Kristin Thiel -- Stripped down and redressed / Randon Billings Noble -- Saved by the Home Depot / Laura M. André -- The true evidence of my contentment / Candace Walsh -- Shopping stories / Marni Hochman -- Monogrammed / Meg Worden -- Spring dishtowels / Nan Narboe -- Motherlode / Nancy Rommelmann.
"In Spent, editor Kerry Cohen opens the closet doors wide to tales of women's true relationships with shopping, from humorous stories of love/hate relationships with the mall to heartbreaking tales of overspending to fix relationships. With a contributor list that includes notable female writers like Emily Chenoweth, Ophira Eisenberg, Allison Amend, and Aryn Kyle, the essays each shine light on the particular impact shopping has on all of us. Whether they're cleaning out closets of loved ones, hiding a shoplifting habit, trying out extreme couponing, dividing up family possessions, or buying a brand-new car while in labor, the book's contributors vacillate between convincing themselves to spend and struggling not to. This illuminating anthology links the effects shopping has on our emotions - whether it fills us with guilt, happiness, resentment, or doubt - our self-worth, and our relationships with parents, grandparents, lovers, children, and friends. "-- Provided by publisher.

The forbidden worlds of Haruki Murakami

October 22, 2014
Strecher, Matthew, author.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
xiv, 275 pages ; 23 cm
" In an "other world" composed of language--it could be a fathomless Martian well, a labyrinthine hotel or forest--a narrative unfolds, and with it the experiences, memories, and dreams that constitute reality for Haruki Murakami's characters and readers alike. Memories and dreams in turn conjure their magical counterparts--people without names or pasts, fantastic animals, half-animals, and talking machines that traverse the dark psychic underworld of this writer's extraordinary fiction. Fervently acclaimed worldwide, Murakami's wildly imaginative work in many ways remains a mystery, its worlds within worlds uncharted territory. Finally in this book readers will find a map to the strange realm that grounds virtually every aspect of Murakami's writing. A journey through the enigmatic and baffling innermost mind, a metaphysical dimension where Murakami's most bizarre scenes and characters lurk, The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami exposes the psychological and mythological underpinnings of this other world. Matthew Carl Strecher shows how these considerations color Murakami's depictions of the individual and collective soul, which constantly shift between the tangible and intangible but in this literary landscape are undeniably real. Through these otherworldly depths The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami also charts the writer's vivid "inner world," whether unconscious or underworld (what some Japanese critics call achiragawa, or "over there"), and its connectivity to language. Strecher covers all of Murakami's work--including his efforts as a literary journalist--and concludes with the first full-length close reading of the writer's newest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. "-- Provided by publisher.

A load of hooey : a collection of new short humor fiction

October 21, 2014
Odenkirk, Bob, 1962- author.
San Francisco : McSweeney's, [2014]
139 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Includes selections fro Famous quotations--unabridged."

Leaving Russia : a Jewish story

October 21, 2014
Shrayer, Maxim, 1967- author.
xxii, 324 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

Jane Austen's country life : uncovering the rural backdrop to her life, her letters and her novels

October 20, 2014
Le Faye, Deirdre, author.
London : Frances Lincoln, 2014.
269 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Hampshire -- Life at Steventon rectory -- Year in the countryside -- Hardships and pleasures of rural life -- Crops, livestock and pleasure-grounds -- Urban interlude -- Life at Godmersham and Chawton.
"In this richly illustrated book, Deirdre Le Faye explores and evokes country life in Jane Austen's day, offering new perspectives on her life and work."-- Publishers website

The writer's advantage : a toolkit for mastering your genre

October 20, 2014
Scheer, Laurie.
Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, [2014]
xxix, 147 pages ; 23 cm

Whispers of the beloved

October 20, 2014
Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Maulana, 1207-1273.
Charlotttesville, VA : Hampton Roads, 2012.
135 p. : ill. ; 16 cm.
Translated from the Persian.
First published in 1999 by Thorsons.

New Hart's rules : the Oxford style guide.

October 17, 2014
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014.
vi, 464 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Previous edition: 2005.
Includes index.

Chicken soup for the soul : answered prayers : 101 stories of hope, miracles, faith, divine intervention, and the power of prayer

October 17, 2014
Cos Cob, CT : Chicken Soup for the Soul Pub., c2011.
ix, 373 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Divine appointments -- God will provide -- Miracles -- The healing power of prayer -- Let go, let God -- Ask and you shall receive -- Sign from above -- Thanksgiving -- Trust in Him -- Angels among us.
A collection of 101 personal stories in which the contributors recount incidents in which their prayers were answered, for health, financial, social, or other desires.

Come here often? : 53 writers raise a glass to their favorite bar

October 17, 2014
New York : Black Balloon Publishing, 2014
346 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm
Foreword / Malachy McCourt -- Introduction / Sean Manning -- Dives. Spotty's / Scott Raab ; Dirty Franks / Josh Emmons ; The Blarney Stone / Dan Fante ; The Pig's Ear Tavern / Craig Davidson ; George's Buffet / Benjamin Hale ; Milano's / Madison Smartt Bell -- Upscale joints. The Patterson House / Adam Ross ; Café Crème / Rosecrans Baldwin ; Kir / Emily Chenoweth ; Le Sirenuse / Jim Shepard ; The Tonga Room / Katy St. Clair ; Sonny's / Kate Christensen -- Far-flung. Southern Exposure / Hunter R. Slaton ; The Otintaii Bar / J. Maarten Troost ; Yuki's / Buzz Poole ; Limb / Robert Perišić ; The John Hewitt / Rosie Schaap ; Mao Mao Chong / Mitch Moxley -- The management. Big John's Tavern / Jack Hitt ; Cavagnaro's Bar & Grill / Bill Barich ; Weeds / Neal Pollack ; Shots / Sean Manning ; Gabby O'Hara's / Andrew W.K. ; Eddie's Club / Kevin Canty -- The music. Bradley's / David Hajdu and John Carey ; The Uptown Bar / Craig Finn ; Fireside Bowl / Joe Meno ; Club 7 / Shani Boianjiu ; Slim's Last Chance Saloon / Duff McKagan -- Romance. The Mint Bar / Will Blythe ; Downtown Beirut / Elissa Schappell ; Pueblito Mexicano / Karen Olsson ; The Bar / Mike Albo ; The Pillars / Darin Strauss -- Friends. City Grocery / Tom Franklin ; Shay's Pub & Wine Bar / Edith Zimmerman ; 8-Ball Saloon / Davy Rothbart ; The American Colony Hotel Bar / Janine di Giovanni ; Manuel's Tavern / Jack Pendarvis ; Leila's Peugeot / Azadeh Moaveni -- Family. The Brass Elephant / Laura Lippman ; VFW Post 2950 / Frank Bill ; Nelson's Landing / Phil Hanrahan ; La Cabañita / Heather Havrilesky ; The Bena Bar / David Treuer -- Identity. Deep Eddy Cabaret / Oscar Cásares ; The Napoleon House / James Sallis ; McHale's / Susan Choi ; Harry's Bar & Tables / Paul Shirley ; The Beagle Tavern / Jennifer Finney Boylan ; Stanley's / Ishmael Reed ; Raccoon's / Alissa Nutting.
A collection of appreciations of bars, some closed, some still in business, that have impacted the authors' lives.

Violence in literature

October 16, 2014
xxi, 241 pages ; 24 cm.
The foundations of violence in ancient Greek literature / Thomas Palaima -- Blood, force, influence : studying the representation of violence / Stacey Peebles -- The thing and the image : violence in Chinua Achebe's Things fall apart / Aaron Bady -- Modern war and American literature : ironic realism, satire, and escape / Ty Hawkins -- Violence in the Bible from Genesis to Job / David Mikics -- Street violence and youth in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet / Philip White -- Grappling with violence in Latin American literature / Núria Sabaté Llobera -- Kill lists : Sade cinema, and the language of the torturer / Lindsay Hallam -- Intimate subject(ivitie)s : race, gender, and violence in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Aretha Phiri -- Excess, (Ir)rationality, and consumerism : violence in No country fro old men and Fight club / James R. Giles -- "Bluffers and blowhards" : speaking of violence in Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's long halftime walk / Mark Bresnan -- Contemporary war narratives : story-truth, new journalisms, and why we write / Lydia Neuman -- The war in "Big two-hearted river" / Allen Josephs.

Horror stories : classic tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson

October 16, 2014
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xlii, 510 pages ; 23 cm
Includes chronology and explanatory notes.
The modern horror story grew and developed across the nineteenth century, embracing categories as diverse as ghost stories, supernatural and psychological horror, medical and scientific horrors, colonial horror, and tales of mystery and premonition. This anthology brings together 29 of the greatest horror stories of the period from 1816 to 1912, from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions. It ranges widely across the sub-genres to encompass authors whose terror-inducing powers remain unsurpassed. The book includes stories by some of the best writers of the century-- Hoffmann, Poe, Balzac, Dickens, Hawthorne, Melville, Zola--as well as established genre classics such as M. R. James, Arthur Machen, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and others. It includes rare and little known pieces by writers such as William Maginn, Francis Marion Crawford, W. F. Harvey, and William Hope Hodgson, and shows the important role played by periodicals in popularizing the horror story. Wherever possible stories are reprinted in their first published form, with background information about their authors and helpful, contextualizing annotation. Darryl Jones's lively introduction discusses horror's literary evolution and its articulation of cultural preoccupations and anxieties. These are stories guaranteed to freeze the blood, revolt the senses, and keep you awake at night: prepare to be terrified!

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