New Arrivals · Literature

May 27, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

There's a mystery there : the primal vision of Maurice Sendak

May 26, 2017
Cott, Jonathan, author.
©2017
242 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"An extraordinary, path-breaking, and penetrating book on the life and work and creative inspirations of the great children's book genius Maurice Sendak, who since his death in 2012 has only grown in his stature and recognition as a major American artist, period. Polymath and master interviewer Jonathan Cott first interviewed Maurice Sendak in 1976 for Rolling Stone, just at the time when Outside Over There, the concluding and by far the strangest volume of a trilogy that began with Where The Wild Things Areand In the Night Kitchen, was gestating. Over the course of their wide-ranging and revelatory conversation about his life, work, and the fantasies and obsessions that drove his creative process, they focused on many of the themes and images that would appear in the new book five years later. Drawing on that interview, There's a Mystery There is a profound examination of the inner workings of a complicated genius's torments and inspirations that ranges over the entirety of his work and his formative life experiences, and uses Outside Over There, brilliantly and originally, as the key to understanding just what made this extravagantly talented man tick. To gain multiple perspectives on that intricate and multifaceted book, Cott also turns to four "companion guides": a Freudian analyst, a Jungian analyst, an art historian, and Sendak's great friend and admirer, the playwright Tony Kushner. The book is richly illustrated with examples from Sendak's work and other related images"-- Provided by publisher.

The evolution of the costumed avenger : the 4,000-year history of the superhero

May 26, 2017
Nevins, Jess, author.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, [2017]
xvii, 400 pages ; 24 cm

Footsteps : from Ferrante's Naples to Hammett's San Francisco, literary pilgrimages around the world

May 26, 2017
New York Times Company, author.
New York : Three Rivers Press, [2017]
xi, 292 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
James Baldwin' Paris -- Elena Ferrante's Naples, then and now -- Poetry made me do it : my trip to Hebrides -- Amid the menace of war, Sanary-sur-Mer was a refuge under the sun -- Lake Geneva as Shelley and Byron knew it -- Finding Alice"s "Wonderland" inOxford -- Looking for Isherwood's Berlin -- Blood, sand, sherry : Hemingway's Madrid -- Edith Wharton always had Paris -- Trumping the unbearable darkness of history -- On the French Riviera, Fitzgerald found his place in the sun -- On the trail of Hansel and Gretel in Germany -- In St. Petersburg, a poet of the past serves as a tour guide for the present -- Beneath Martinique's beauty, guided by a poet -- On England's coast, Thomas Hardy made his world -- In Ireland, chasing the wandering soul of Yeats -- Where Dracula was born, and it's not Transylvania -- The Roman seasons of Tennessee Williams -- In search of Flannery O'Connor -- San Francisco noir -- Mark Twain's Hawaii -- Rachel Carson's "rugged shore" in Maine -- Walking the streets of Roth's memory -- The land and words of Mary Oliver, the bard of Provincetown -- Climbing a peak that stirred Kerouac -- A house built to feed body and soul -- How to find the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft in Providence -- On the trail of Nabokov in the American West -- Searching for Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island -- Jamaica Kincaid' Antigua -- In Sri Lanka, an island of detachment and desire -- Alice Munro's Vancouver -- Orhan Pamuk's Istanbul -- A remote Columbia city that really does exist -- In Vietnam,forbidden love and literature -- Where Rimbaud found peace in Ethiopia -- Borges's Buenos Aires : a city populated by a native son's imagination -- In Chile, where Pablo Neruda lived and loved.
"A curated collection of the New York Times' travel column, "Footsteps," exploring classic authors' relationships to landmarks and cities around the world Before The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway roamed the streets of Madrid, eager for the heady scent of blood emanating from the nearby bullrings. Before spunky, red-headed Anne Shirley stole readers' hearts in Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery was captivated by the sunset sky of Prince Edward Island. And before readers were terrified by a tentacled dragon-man called Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft was enthralled by the Industrial Trust tower-- the 26-story skyscraper that makes up the skyline of Providence, Rhode Island. Based on the popular New York Times travel column, Footsteps is an anthology of literary pilgrimages, exploring the geographic muses behind some of history's greatest writers. From the "dangerous, dirty and seductive" streets of Naples, the setting for Elena Ferrante's famous Neapolitan novels, to the "stone arches, creaky oaken doors, and riverside paths" of Oxford, the backdrop for Alice's adventures in Wonderland, Footsteps takes a fresh approach to literary tourism, appealing to readers and travel enthusiasts alike"-- Provided by publisher.

The hue and cry at our house : a year remembered

May 25, 2017
Taylor, Benjamin, 1952- author.
©2017
xx, 182 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
No faint hearts -- A clean burrow -- The real man, the imagination -- Peru -- Forebears -- Natural shocks -- Lake effect -- No Jews, no commies, no fags neither -- A statute of limitations.
"After John F. Kennedy's speech in front of the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth on November 22, 1963, he was greeted by, among others, an 11-year-old Benjamin Taylor and his mother waiting to shake his hand. Only a few hours later, Taylor's teacher called the class in from recess and, through tears, told them of the president's assassination. From there Taylor traces a path through the next twelve months, recalling the tumult as he saw everything he had once considered stable begin to grow more complex. Looking back on the love and tension within his family, the childhood friendships that lasted and those that didn't, his memories of summer camp and family trips, he reflects upon the outsized impact our larger American story had on his own."--Cover flap.

The Djinn falls in love & other stories

May 24, 2017
Oxford, UK : Solaris, an imprint of Rebellion Publishing Ltd., 2017.
278 pages ; 23 cm
The Djinn falls in love / Hermes -- The congregation / Kamila Shamsie -- How we remember you / Kuzhali Manickavel -- Hurrem and the Djinn / Claire North -- Glass lights / J.Y. Yang -- Authenticity / Monica Byrne -- Majnun / Helene Wecker -- Black powder / Maria Dahvana Headley -- A tale of ash in seven birds / Amal El-Mohtar -- The sand in the glass is right / James Smythe -- Reap / Sami Shah -- Queen of Sheba / Catherine Faris King -- The Jinn hunter's apprentice / E.J. Swift -- Message in a bottle / K.J. Parker -- Bring your own spoon / Saad Z. Hossain -- Somewhere in America / Neil Gaiman -- Duende 2077 / Jamal Mahjoub -- The righteous guide of Arabsat / Sophia Al-Maria -- The spite house / Kirsty Logan -- Emprors of Jinn / Usman T. Malik -- History / Nnedi Okorafor.
A fascinating collection of new and classic tales of the fearsome Djinn, from bestselling, award-winning and breakthrough international writers.

Dark cities

May 24, 2017
London : Titan Books, 2017.
392 pages ; 24 cm.
The dogs /by Scott Smith -- In stone/by Tim Lebbon -- The way she is with strangers /by Helen Marshall -- We'll always have Paris /by M.R. Carey -- Good night, prison kings /by Cherie Priest -- Dear diary /by Scott Sigler -- What I've always done /by Amber Benson -- Grit /by Jonathan Maberry -- Dark hill run /by Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale -- Happy forever /by Simon R. Green -- The society of the monsterhood /by Paul Tremblay -- The maw /by Nathan Ballingrud -- Field trip /by Tananarive Due -- The revelers /by Christopher Golden -- The stillness /by Ramsey Campbell -- Sanctuary /by Kealan Patrick Burke -- Matter of life and death /by Sherrilyn Kenyon -- Graffiti of the lost and dying places /by Seanan McGuire -- The crack /by Nick Cutter.
In shadowy back alleys, crumbling brownstones, and gleaming skyscrapers, cities harbor unique forms of terror. Here lie malicious ghosts, cursed buildings, malignant deities, and personal demons of every kind.

Spirit of the horse : a celebration in fact and fable

May 24, 2017
Shatner, William, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2017.
viii, 292 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: the zen of risk -- The four-legged Olympian -- Tachyhippodamia / William J. Powell -- My first time -- Experience of two boys in managing horses, with many anecdotes of quadrupedal intelligence / Thomas W. Knox -- The winged horse -- Pegasus, the horse who could fly / Carolyn Sherwin Bailey -- The horse and the olive / James Baldwin -- The horse, hunter, and stag / Aesop -- The world is a carousel -- The fox and the horse / the Brothers Grimm -- The black horse / Joseph Jacobs -- Alexander and Bucephalus -- The war horse of alexander / edited by Andrew Lang -- Of war horses, or destriers / Michel de Montaigne -- Wild horses -- Gulliver's travels / Jonathan Swift -- Horsing around on the set -- The horseman in the sky / Ambrose Bierce -- The mind of the horse -- Mr. Stiver's horse / James Montgomery Bailey -- The horse as hero ... not -- Don't look a gift-horse in the mouth / Harry Graham -- My great day -- Samuel Cowles and his horse royal / Eugene Field -- To horse / Frances and Gertrude Warner -- Blind faith -- "White dandy"; or, master and I / Velma Caldwell Melville -- The stable as cathedral -- A race horse that paid a church debt / Clarence Louis Cullen -- The reign of the reining horse -- Only the mare / Alfred E. T. Watson -- Little Sure Shot -- The life of Hon. William F. Cody, known as Buffalo Bill, the famous hunter, scout and guide, an autobiography / William F. Cody -- The Blue Grass Seminary girls' vacation adventures; or, Shirley Willing to the rescue / Carolyn Judson Burnett -- Born in the saddle -- How the old horse won the bet / Oliver Wendell Holmes -- Four horses and a sailor / Jack London -- The uncertainty factor -- A military steeple-chase / Captain R. Bird Thompson -- Our horses, our selves -- "Whooping" a race-horse under the wire / Clarence Louis Cullen -- The spirituality of the horse.
"From his first time riding as a child, William Shatner has felt a deep love for horses. Whether he is in the saddle, communicating with them, or simply appreciating their beauty, his bond with these majestic animals is deep. For decades he has sought to share his joy--with children, veterans, those with disabilities, and many more--through his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show. And here, he brings that same joy to his fans and readers. In Spirit of the Horse, the Star Trek and Boston Legal legend speaks from the heart about the remarkable effect horses have had on his life and on the lives of others. From his first horse, bought impulsively on the advice of a twelve-year-old, to his favorite horses, acquired after many years of learning what to look for, this book draws from Shatner's own experience and pairs it with a wealth of classic horse stories, including unique retellings of the Pegasus myth and the feats of the most famous war horses throughout history. The result is a celebration that captures the unparalleled connection between humans and horses--and the power, courage, mindfulness, and healing that they can inspire in us. Many fans have heard about Shatner's passion for horses; few have seen it revealed as completely as it is here" --Dust jacket.

Ernest Hemingway : a biography

May 23, 2017
Dearborn, Mary V., author.
©2017
738 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
"His writing was taken up with notions of human dignity and worth, 'the necessity of man's freedom, of personal honor,' notions by which a man should live and die in a world that had lost the possibility of hope. ('In life, one must [first of all] endure,' said Hemingway.) Mary V. Dearborn's is the first full biography of Hemingway in more than fifteen years, the first to be written by a woman, the first to fully explore the causes of his suicide and to substantially deepen our understanding of the man, the artist, the self-created larger-than-life force who became Ernest Hemingway. Drawing on newly available materials--among them, the vast collection of papers left behind when Hemingway fled Cuba in 1960; his medical records; his complete FBI file detailing his wartime experience; the newly opened files of the KGB; the papers of his mistress, and those of his sister revealing the profound turmoil of the Hemingway family, as well as the previously overlooked letters of his mother, Grace, opera singer and painter, whose startling and illuminating correspondence reveals her decades-long romantic attachment to a woman while married to Ed Hemingway--Dearborn gives us Hemingway the man who found it difficult to give and receive love and maintain friendships, unless it was 'all for Hemingway.' We see the development of his writing (the self-proclaimed influences: from Mark Twain, Flaubert, and Stendhal to Bach, Mozart, Bruegel, and Cézanne, and, most crucial of all, 'the [Gertrude] steining of Hemingway'); his emergence as a startlingly contemporary figure--not least in the gender experimentation and sexual role-playing that until now have been dismissed as 'gender confusion.' And we see his four marriages, each one a reflection of how he saw himself: the first to the financially independent Hadley Richardson, the wife most like his mother, whose unadorned way of living mirrored his upbringing ... his marriage to the chic Pauline Pfeiffer, writer for Paris Vogue, assistant to Main Bocher, the epitome of the glamorous world into which Hemingway was being welcomed and celebrated ... his marriage to Martha Gellhorn, war correspondent, as Hemingway became politicized and went to fight against Fascism with the Loyalists in Spain. Gellhorn, as much of an artist as her husband, refused to give up her view of herself for Hemingway's demands and expectations. And Mary Welsh, the boyish writer, adventurer, correspondent, willing to keep up with Hemingway in his pursuits and become his caretaker, as he, from his forties on, became undone by alcohol and too many prescribed pills. Hemingway's life is a large story--the giant personality, the hidden demons, the hard-core values left behind, and the carefree childhood that carried him along until 'everything went to hell,' as he said, and it all blew up. Here is the richest, most nuanced portrait to date of this complex American artist, whose darkness, drive, and vision of courage; whose ambition, self-control, and grace under pressure; and whose eleven novels (four published posthumously) and five short story collections, informed--and are still informing--fiction writing generations after his death."--Jacket.

Investigations of a dog, and other creatures

May 22, 2017
Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924, author.
New York : New Directions Books, 2017.
xvi, 239 pages ; 21 cm
In the city -- The village schoolmaster -- [A young and ambitious student...] -- [Blumfeld, an elderly bachelor...] -- [The bridge] -- Texts on the Hunter Gracchus Theme] -- [Yesterday there came to me a swoon...] -- [Ireally should have] -- Building the Great Wall of China -- [It was one summer...] -- [My business...] -- A cross-breed -- [K. was a great juggler...] -- [New lamps] -- [An everyday confusion] -- [The truth about Sancho Panza] -- [The silence of the sirens] -- [A society of scoundrels] -- [Visiting the dead] -- [Night] -- [Our little town] -- On the matter of our laws -- [The troop Levy] -- [Poseidon] -- [Friendship] -- [Our city coat of arms] -- [The Helmsman] -- Consolidation -- [The test] -- [The vulture] -- [Little fable] -- [The spinning top] -- [The departure] -- [Advocates] -- In our synagogue... -- Once upon a time there was a game... -- [Investigations of a dog] -- The married couple -- A commentary -- [On parables] -- Homecoming -- [The burrow]
Amasterful new translation by Michael Hofmann of some of Kafka's most fantasticaland visionary short fiction.

Paradise lost : a life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

May 22, 2017
Brown, David S. (David Scott), 1966- author.
©2017
397 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: Clio and Scott -- Part I. Beginnings, 1896-1920: Prince and pauper -- Celtic blood -- Forever Princeton -- Golden girl -- Opposites alike -- Part II. Building up, 1920-1925: Trouble in paradise -- Corruptions : the early stories -- The knock-off artist -- Rich boy, poor boy -- The wages of sin : The Beautiful and Damned -- Exile in Great Neck -- After the gold rush : The Great Gatsby -- Part III. Breaking down, 1925-1940 -- Adrift abroad -- Emotional bankruptcy -- Penance -- Far from home -- Jazz Age Jeremiah -- Book of fathers : Tender is the Night -- Purgatory -- De profundis -- Life in a company town -- Sentimental education -- Stahr fall -- Ghosts and legends, 1940 and after -- Zelda after Scott -- Life after death.
Pigeonholed in popular memory as a Jazz Age epicurean, a playboy, and an emblem of the Lost Generation, F. Scott Fitzgerald was at heart a moralist struck by the nation's shifting mood and manners after World War I. In Paradise Lost, David Brown contends that Fitzgerald's deepest allegiances were to a fading antebellum world he associated with his father's Chesapeake Bay roots. Yet as a midwesterner, an Irish Catholic, and a perpetually in-debt author, he felt like an outsider in the haute bourgeoisie haunts of Lake Forest, Princeton, and Hollywood--places that left an indelible mark on his worldview. In this comprehensive biography, Brown reexamines Fitzgerald's childhood, first loves, and difficult marriage to Zelda Sayre. He looks at Fitzgerald's friendship with Hemingway, the golden years that culminated with Gatsby, and his increasing alcohol abuse and declining fortunes which coincided with Zelda's institutionalization and the nation's economic collapse. Placing Fitzgerald in the company of Progressive intellectuals such as Charles Beard, Randolph Bourne, and Thorstein Veblen, Brown reveals Fitzgerald as a writer with an encompassing historical imagination not suggested by his reputation as "the chronicler of the Jazz Age." His best novels, stories, and essays take the measure of both the immediate moment and the more distant rhythms of capital accumulation, immigration, and sexual politics that were moving America further away from its Protestant agrarian moorings. Fitzgerald wrote powerfully about change in America, Brown shows, because he saw it as the dominant theme in his own family history and life.-- Provided by publisher.

Nebula awards showcase.

May 19, 2017
New York : Harcourt, Inc.,
v. ; 22 cm.
Vols. for <2010>-2011 pub. by TOR ; 2012-<2017> pub. by Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books.
Vols for 2000-<2017> contain the "best SF and fantasy chosen by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America" and Nebula Award winners for the years 1998-<2015>.

Do I make myself clear? : why writing well matters

May 17, 2017
Evans, Harold, 1928- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
vi, 408 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
I. Tools of the trade -- A noble thing -- Use and abuse of writing formulas -- The sentence clinic -- Ten shortcuts to making yourself clear -- Please don't feed the zombies, flesh-eaters, and pleonasms -- Interlude: Give the Bard a break -- II. Finishing the job -- Every word counts -- Care for meanings -- Storytelling: the long and short of it -- III. Consequences -- Steps were taken: explaining the underwear bomber -- Money and words -- Buried treasure: it's yours, but words get in the way -- Home runs for writers.
Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well. The right words are oxygen to our ideas, but the digital era, with all of its TTYL, LMK, and WTF, has been cutting off that oxygen flow. The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture, and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more--more speed and more information but far less clarity. Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age. DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? is an essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder.

Between them : remembering my parents

May 11, 2017
Ford, Richard, 1944- author.
©2017
179 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Gone : remembering my father -- My mother, in memory.
A stirring narrative of memory and parental love, Richard Ford tells of his mother, Edna, a feisty Catholic girl with a difficult past, and his father, Parker, a sweet-natured soft-spoken traveling salesman, both born at the turn of the twentieth century in rural Arkansas. For Ford, the questions of what his parents dreamed of and how they loved each other and him became a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century. With his celebrated candor, wit, and intelligence, the award-winning storyteller and creator of the iconic Frank Bascombe delivers an unforgettable exploration of memory, intimacy, and love.-- Adapted from dust jacket.

Jane Austen, the secret radical

May 11, 2017
Kelly, Helena, 1981- author.
©2016
318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The authoress -- "The anxieties of common life" : Northanger Abbey -- The age of brass : Sense and sensibility -- "All our old prejudices" : Pride and prejudice -- "The chain and the cross" : Mansfield Park -- Gruel L Emma -- Decline and fall: Persuasion -- The end.

Trinidad noir : the classics / edited by Earl Lovelace & Robert Antoni.

May 11, 2017
©2017
248 pages : map, portraits ; 21 cm
Part I. Leaving colonialism. La divina pastor / C.L.R. James -- The cricket match / Samuel Selvon -- Homestead / Eric Roach -- Man-man / V.S. Naipaul -- The valley of cocoa / Michael Anthony -- Part II. Facing independence. The quiet peasant / Harold Sonny Ladoo -- The schooner flight / Derek Walcott -- Malgrét97te / Lawrence Scott -- Assam's iron chest / Willi Chen -- Joebell and America / Earl Lovelace -- Part III. Looking in. Hindsight / Robert Antoni -- Uncle Zoltan / Ismith Khan -- Town of tears / Elizabeth Nunez -- The vagrant at the gate / Wayne Brown -- Part IV. Losing control. Songster / Jennifer Rahim -- The party / Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw -- Ghost story / Barbara Jenkins -- The dragonfly's tale / Sharon Millar -- The bonnaire silk cotton tree / Shani Mootoo.

Happy is the bride

May 11, 2017
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
377 pages ; 17 cm
Man of honor / by Lori Wilde -- Getting saddled / by Cat Johnson -- Taming the sheriff / by Kate Pearce -- The wedding bet / by Janet Dailey.
Four authors team up to deliver the wedding of the year, during which five couples find love, including a party crasher on a mission, a sheriff known as the One Night Stand King, and a workaholic event planner.

The story cure : a book doctor's pain-free guide to finishing your novel or memoir

May 9, 2017
Moore, Dinty W., 1955- author.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, 2017.
181 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Introduction: Notes from a book doctor -- Part I: Cures -- The story cure: diagnosing problems of the heart -- Your first breath: where story begins -- Prescription for healthy prose: character, dialogue, and setting -- The lifeblood test: scene and sensory detail -- A visit with the throat and eye doctors: voice and point of view -- The strong skeleton: plot and structure -- Part II: Checkups -- Keeping fit: moving from first draft to fifteenth draft -- An apple a day: healthy habits for any writer -- The Book Doctor's final illegible scribbles.
"Creative writing professor Dinty W. Moore prescribes remedies for the most common stumbling blocks novelists and memoirists encounter when embarking on their writing project"-- Provided by publisher.

Mockingbird songs : my friendship with Harper Lee

May 8, 2017
Flynt, Wayne, 1940- author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
xv, 215 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
In the beginning -- Celebrity, kinship, and calamity -- Imperfect fathers, imperfect towns -- Contemporary biography, literary disputes -- Legacy and change -- An author shapes her own identity -- The stroke and a forced return home -- Marble lady/authentic woman -- Adulation and isolation -- To everything a season -- Postscript -- Appendix: Eulogy for Nelle Harper Lee.
"The violent racism of the American South drove Wayne Flynt away from his home state of Alabama, but the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's classic novel about courage, community, and equality, inspired him to return in the early 1960s and craft a career documenting and teaching Alabama history. His writing resonated with many Alabamians, in particular three sisters: Louise, Alice, and Nelle Harper Lee. The two families first met in 1983, and a mutual respect and affection for the state's history and literature matured into a deep friendship among them. Wayne Flynt and Nelle Harper Lee began writing to one other while she was living in New York--heartfelt, insightful, and humorous letters in which they swapped stories, information, and opinions on topics, including their families, books, social values, health concerns, and even their fears and accomplishments. Though their earliest missives began formally--'Dear Dr. Flynt'--as the years passed, their exchanges became more intimate and emotional, opening with 'Dear Friend' and closing with 'I love you, Nelle.' This is a remarkable compendium of a correspondence that lasted for a quarter century, until Harper Lee's death in February 2016--and it offers an incisive and compelling look into the mind, heart, and work of one of the most admired authors in modern literary history."--Back cover.

Novel destinations : a travel guide to literary landmarks from Jane Austen's Bath to Ernest Hemingway's Key West / Shannon McKenna Schmidt & Joni Rendon ; foreword by Matthew Pearl.

May 8, 2017
Schmidt, Shannon McKenna, 1971-
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2017.
x, 381 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
I. Read 'em and see: author houses and museums. Shakespeare's England -- More PLAYFUL destinations -- Atmospheric literary landscapes -- Southern comfort -- Poetic justice -- Literary houses on the prairie -- Contemplative places -- Literary adventurers -- Vampires, ghosts, & ravens -- Russian raconteurs -- Famous last words : literary resting places -- Vicarious thrills for mystery readers : places of murder and mayhem -- II. Novel dispatches: writers at home and abroad. Chronicle of the Jazz Age : F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Rugged adventurer : Ernest Hemingway -- An innocent abroad : Mark Twain -- Famed francophile : Edith Wharton -- More and more, never apart Henry James and Edith Wharton -- III. Literary festivals, tours, and more. Word up : toasting favorite authors -- Literary walking tours -- In the stacks : libraries worth checking out -- Lit fests : celebrating the printed word -- From page to screen -- IV. Booked up: literary places to drink, dine, and doze. Literary lodgings in the U.S. -- Literary lodgings abroad -- Eat your words : bookish places to sip and sup -- Big Apple bars for bibliophiles -- Parisian cafés of the literati -- England's best literary pubs -- Six Hemingway watering holes -- V. Journeys between the pages -- Unpersuaded : Jane Austen in Bath, England -- A novel character : Charles Dickens in London, England -- We are three sisters : Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte in Haworth, West Yorkshire, England -- A sacred place : Victor Hugo in Paris, France -- A shot in the dark : James Joyce in Dublin, Ireland -- Bohemian rhapsody : Franz Kafka in Prague, Czech Republic -- Family ties : Louisa May Alcott in Concord, Massachusetts -- Mysterious manse : Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem, Massachusetts -- Island time : Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Florida -- Small town, big book : Harper Lee in Monroeville, Alabama -- California dreaming : John Steinbeck in Monterey and Salinas, California.
"Follow in the footsteps of much loved authors, discover the landscapes that sparked their imaginations, and learn behind-the-scenes stories in this expanded and completely updated second edition of Novel Destinations. Across more than 500 literary locales in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere, experience famous authors' homes, book festivals, literary walking tours, lodgings, restaurants, bars for bibliophiles, and much more."--page 4 of cover

Quarried : three decades of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel

May 4, 2017
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres Press, 2015.
xvii, 393 pages ; 23 cm
"Contemporary Appalachian writing."
"At the time I inherited the editorship of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel I had a talk with its founding editor, Jim Webb. He said something along the lines of wanting the literature in PMS&G, like the quarry it was named after, to be 'gritty'. By this I think he meant he wanted it to have all the texture of Appalachian culture; that it not be a homogenized or monocultural version of things; that it reflect both the seriousness and the playfulness of the region; that it be grittily local even as it reflected the various extents of the thirteen-state sprawl of Appalachia; that it cover the urban and rural, the academic and popular, and that it not turn its attention away from the pressing issues and judgments that must be made" --from the introduction by Richard Hague.

James Fenimore Cooper : the later years

May 1, 2017
Franklin, Wayne, author.
©2017
xviii, 805 pages, 8 unumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"American author James Fenimore Cooper (1789--1851) has been credited with inventing and popularizing a wide variety of genre fiction, including the Western, the spy novel, the high seas adventure tale, and the Revolutionary War romance. America's first crusading novelist, Cooper reminds us that literature is not a cloistered art; rather, it ought to be intimately engaged with the world. In this second volume of his definitive biography, Wayne Franklin concentrates on the latter half of Cooper's life, detailing a period of personal and political controversy, far-ranging international travel, and prolific literary creation. We hear of Cooper's progressive views on race and slavery, his doubts about American expansionism, and his concern about the future prospects of the American Republic, while observing how his groundbreaking career management paved the way for later novelists to make a living through their writing. Franklin offers readers the most comprehensive portrait to date of this underappreciated American literary icon" --Inside jacket.

Violence in American popular culture

April 26, 2017
©2016
2 volumes ; 24 cm
Volume 1. American History and Violent Popular Culture -- Volume 2. Representations of Violence in Popular Cultural Genres.

Manderley forever : a biography of Daphne Du Maurier

April 24, 2017
Rosnay, Tatiana de, 1961- author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
x, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
"First published in France by Édition Albin Michel/Édition Héloïse d'Ormesson under the title Mandlery for ever".
Traces the life and achievements of classic novelist Daphne du Maurier, sharing creative insights into the master writer's life at different ages and her enduring influence in literature.

L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the future.

April 20, 2017
Los Angeles, CA : Bridge Publications,
v. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Imprint varies: v.20-<33> Hollywood, CA : Galaxy Press.

Hourglass : time, memory, marriage

April 20, 2017
Shapiro, Dani, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
145 pages ; 22 cm
"The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers ... a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers"-- Provided by publisher.

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