New Arrivals · Literature

October 20, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Letters of note. Volume 2 : an eclectic collection of correspondence deserving of a wider audience

October 19, 2016
352 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimilies ; 29 cm.
Includes index.
From the editor of the New York Times bestseller Letters of Note comes this companion volume of more than 125 letters, a collection of correspondence that spans centuries and place, written by the famous, the not-so-famous, and the downright infamous. Entries are accompanied by a transcript of the letter, a short contextual introduction, and an illustration--in most cases, a facsimile of the letter itself.

The most famous writer who ever lived : a true story of my family

October 18, 2016
Shroder, Tom, author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24cm
Includes index.
"A veteran of the Washington Post and Miami Herald among others, Shroder has made a career of investigative journalism and human-interest stories, from interviewing South American children who claim to have memories of past lives for his book Old Souls, to a former Marine suffering from debilitating PTSD and his doctor who is pioneering a successful psychedelic drug treatment in Acid Test. Shroder's most fascinating reporting, however, comes from within his own family: his grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor, was the world-famous author of Andersonville, the seminal novel of the Civil War. As a child, Shroder was in awe of the larger-than-life character. Kantor's friends included Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandberg, Gregory Peck and James Cagney. He was an early mentor to John D. McDonald, and is credited with discovering the singer Burl Ives. He wrote the novel Glory for Me, which became the multi-Oscar-winning film The Best Years of Our Lives. He ghostwrote General Curtis LeMay's memoirs, penning the infamous words "we're going to bomb them back to the Stone Age" regarding North Vietnam. Kantor also suffered from alcoholism, an outsized ego, and an overbearing, abusive, and publically embarrassing personality where his family was concerned; he blew through a small fortune in his lifetime, dying nearly destitute and alone. In The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived, Shroder revisits the past--Kantor's upbringing, his early life, and career trajectory--and writes not just the life story of one man but a meditation on fame, family secrets and legacies, and what is remembered after we are gone"-- Provided by publisher.

San Juan noir

October 17, 2016
180 pages : map ; 21 cm
Part I: Fallen angels. Death on the scaffold / Janette Becerra -- Fish food / Manolo Núñen Negrón -- The infamy of Chin Fernández / Tere Dávila -- Two death for Ángela -- Matchmaking / Mayra Santos-Febres -- Part II: Crazy love. Dog killer / Luis Negrón -- Saint Michael's sword / Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos -- A killer among us / Manuel A. Meléndez -- Sweet feline / Alejandro Álvarez Nieves -- Things told while falling / Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro -- Part III: Never trust desire. Turistas / Ernesto Quiñonez -- Y / José Rabelo -- Inside and outside / Edmaris Carazo -- Death angel of Santurce / Charlie Vázquez.

Ghost songs : a memoir

October 17, 2016
McBride, Regina, 1956- author.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2016.
297 pages ; 20 cm
"In a haunting coming-of-age memoir, the author begins seeing the ghosts of her parents after they committed suicide within a few months of each other and, terrorized by these visitations and flattened by grief, must learn to separate madness from imagination and sorrow from devastation to find her way back to herself, her home and her remaining family,"--NoveList.

Something in the blood : the untold story of Bram Stoker, the man who wrote Dracula

October 17, 2016
Skal, David J., author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016.
xvii, 652 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bram Stoker: the final curtain? -- The child that went with the fairies -- Mesmeric influences -- Songs of Calamus, songs of Sappho -- Engagements and commitments -- Londoners -- Pantomimes from Hell -- The Isle of Men -- A land beyond the forest -- Undead Oscar -- Mortal coils -- The curse of Dracula.
"A groundbreaking biography reveals the haunted origins of the man who created Dracula and traces the psychosexual contours of late Victorian society."-- Provided by publisher

The people and the books : 18 classics of Jewish literature

October 17, 2016
Kirsch, Adam, 1976- author.
xxii, 407 pages : map ; 25 cm
Preface: The people and the books: A timeline -- The blessing and the curse: The Book of Deuteronomy -- In the kingdom of chance: The Book of Esther -- Reading against the grain: The exposition of the laws by Philo of Alexandria -- Choosing life: The Jewish War by Flavius Josephus -- Building fences: Pirkei Avot -- The scandal of chosenness: The itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela and the Kuzari by Yehuda Halevi -- Thinking toward God: The Guide of the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides -- The secret life of God: The Zohar -- Daughters of Zion: The Tsenerene and the memoirs of Glückel of Hameln -- Heresy and freedom: Theological-political treatise by Baruch Spinoza -- Between two worlds: The autobiography of Solomon Maimon and Jerusalem by Moses Mendelssohn -- Brokenness and redemption: The tales of Nachman of Bratslav -- If you will it: The Jewish State and old new land by Theodor Herzl -- On the brink: Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem.
"An essential exploration of a rich literary tradition from the Bible to modern times, by a "rare literary authority" (New York Times Book Review). Jews have long embraced their identity as "the people of the book." But outside of the Bible, much of the Jewish literary tradition remains little known. The People and the Books shows how central questions and themes of our history and culture are reflected in the Jewish literary canon: the nature of God, the right way to understand the Bible, the relationship of the Jews to their Promised Land, and the challenges of living as a minority in Diaspora. Adam Kirsch explores eighteen classic texts including the biblical books of Deuteronomy and Esther, the philosophy of Maimonides, the autobiography of the medieval businesswoman Gluckel of Hameln, and the Zionist manifestos of Theodor Herzl. From the Jews of ancient Rome to the mystical devotees of Hasidism in Eastern Europe, The People and the Books brings the treasures of Jewish literature to life and offers new ways to think about their enduring power and influence"-- Provided by publisher.

Strangers among us : tales of the underdogs and outcasts

October 17, 2016
Calgary, Alberta, Canada : Laksa Media Groups Inc., 2016.
361 pages ; 23 cm.
"Laksa anthology series: speculative fiction" --Cover
Introduction / Julie E. Czerneda -- The culling / Kelley Armstrong -- Dallas's booth / Suzanne Church -- What harm / Amanda Sun -- How objects behave on the edge of a black hole / A. C. Wise -- Washing Lady's hair / Ursula Pflug -- The weeds and the wildness / Tyler Keevil -- Living in Oz / Bev Geddes -- I count the light / Edward Willett -- The dog and the sleepwalker / James Alan Gardner -- Carnivores / Rich Larson -- Tribes / A. M. Dellamonica -- Troubles / Sherry Peters -- Frog song / Erika Holt -- Wrath of Gaia / Mahtab Narsimhan -- Songbun / Derwin Mak -- What you see (when the lights are out) / Gemma Files -- The age of miracles / Robert Runté -- Marion's war / Hayden Trenholm -- The intersection / Lorina Stephens -- Afterword / Susan Forest.
Nineteen science fiction and fantasy authors tackle the division between mental health and mental illness; how the interplay between our minds' quirks and the diverse societies and cultures we live in can set us apart, or must be concealed, or become unlikely strengths.


October 17, 2016
370 pages ; 21 cm.
General note.

Race the darkness

October 13, 2016
Roads, Abbie, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
345 pages ; 18 cm
"Fatal dreams series" --Backcover.
"Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn't have to question you--he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night--the voice of a woman begging him to save her. Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except... there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy."--Provided by publisher.

To love a Texas ranger

October 13, 2016
Broday, Linda, author.
441 pages ; 18 cm
"The men of legend" --Cover
After being gravely injured chasing a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend heads for home, only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run.

Lafcadio Hearn : tracing the journey of an open mind : the catalog of the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum.

October 13, 2016
Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum.
103 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles, map, portraits ; 29 cm.

The best American mystery stories.

October 12, 2016
Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Co.,
v. ; 21 cm.
Series editor : 1997-<2016> Otto Penzler.
Presents a collection of mystery stories selected from magazines in the United States and Canada.

The Amish Christmas kitchen

October 12, 2016
264 pages ; 21 cm
Baking love on Ice Mountain / Kelly Long -- The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill / Jennifer Beckstrand -- The special Christmas cookie / Lisa Jones Baker.
"Something's always baking in an Amish oven, and at Christmastime, all the ingredients for joy are at hand. Wrap yourself in the warmth of the Amish home, and the Plain peace of hearts joined by love." (from back cover).

Echoes of Sherlock Holmes : stories inspired by the Holmes canon

October 12, 2016
xiii, 348 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction / by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger -- Holmes on the range / by John Connolly -- Irregular / by Meg Gardiner -- Where there is honey / by Dana Cameron -- Before a Bohemian scandal / by Tasha Alexander -- The spiritualist / by David Morrell -- Mrs. Hudson investigates / by Tony Lee and Bevis Musson -- The adventure of the dancing women / by Hand Phillippi Ryan -- Raffa / by Anne Perry -- The crown jewel affair / by Michael Scott -- Understudy in scarlet / by Hallie Ephron -- Martn X / by Gary Phillips -- The painted smile / by William Kent Krueger -- The first Mrs. Coulter / by Catriona McPherson -- The case of the speckled Trout / by Deborah Crombie -- The adventure of the empty grave / by Jonathan Maberry -- Limited resources / by Denise Mina -- The adventure of the extraordinary rendition / by Cory Doctorow.
In this follow-up to the acclaimed In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, expert Sherlockians Laurie King and Les Klinger put forth the question: What happens when great writers/creators who are not known as Sherlock Holmes devotees admit to being inspired by Conan Doyle stories? While some are highly-regarded mystery writers, others are best known for their work in the fields of fantasy or science fiction. All of these talented authors, however share a great admiration for Arthur Conan Doyle and his greatest creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. From back cover.

An Amish harvest : four novellas

October 11, 2016
415 pages ; 22 cm
Includes recipes.
Under the harvest moon / Beth Wiseman -- Love and buggy rides / Amy Clipston -- A quiet love / Kathleen Fuller -- Mischief in the autumn air / Vannetta Chapman.
"Faith, hope, and love remain forever in season in this collection of four richly absorbing novellas set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn. -- Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman. When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again. until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomi's heart--and give Brock his own second chance at love? -- Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston. Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret--and lead them to a life together? -- Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman. When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the house is broken into, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival ends--and discover an unexpected new love -- A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller. Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows he's different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of love--and the blessing of God--be enough to overcome their doubters?"--Provided by publisher.

Middle of the night

October 10, 2016
Hsu, H. C., 1982- author.
Cumberland, ME : Deerbrook Editions, [2015]
137 pages ; 23 cm

Holiday temptation

October 7, 2016
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
377 pages ; 18 cm
A gift of love / Donna Hill -- Holiday spice / Farrah Rochon -- From here to serenity / K.M. Jackson.
Holiday spice: A Christmas-time tragedy has crushed the holiday spirit of photographer Miranda Lawson. She travels to Istanbul and meets a man who's also looking for escape.


October 7, 2016
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
232 pages ; 21 cm
Devil in sheep's clothing / Kiki Swinson -- Twisted deception / Saundra.
In "Devil in Sheep's Clothing," loan office worker Karlie helps her man rob the business, but things don't go the way she planned, and in "Twisted Deception," Yazz shacks up with a drug dealer and soon finds that she has a target on her back.

That mistletoe moment

October 7, 2016
Johnson, Cat, author.
265 pages ; 21 cm
A boyfriend by Christmas / Cat Johnson -- All I want for Christmas is... / Kate Angell -- Her favorite present / Allyson Charles.
As the holidays descend, three single women take a thoroughly modern approach to good old-fashioned romance, and wonder if the best and most complicated gift of all is just a click, tap, or swipe away. MADE UP: Like a Christmas miracle, the Build a Boyfriend App lets you simply input the stats of your dream man, and witty texts, passionate emails, and hot Instagram pics start flooding in. No more awkward questions or pitying looks as you face the holidays alone! MIXED UP: But even the best technology has its glitches. When real-life emotions come into play, this trio of twenty-somethings find themselves in a tangle of crossed signals, flying wrapping paper, disastrous Christmas parties and surprising kisses. MATCHED UP: Yet despite the confusion of their mistletoe misadventures, when the New Year dawns, these very satisfied women just may find themselves waking up with true love beside them.

Girls from da hood 11

October 4, 2016
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, [2016]
296 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title on cover: Urban Books presents.
Trust issues / by Nikki Turner -- Twisted triangles / by Katt -- Baby mamas club / by Teeny -- The side-hoes club / by Teeny.

Writing without bullshit : boost your career by saying what you mean

September 26, 2016
Bernoff, Josh, author.
New York, NY : Harper Business, [2016]
xii, 284 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Change Your Perspective -- Transcend bullshit -- Seize your opportunity -- Change What You Write --Move beyond fear -- Write short -- Front-load your writing -- Purge passive voice -- Replace jargon -- Eliminate weasel words -- Be direct -- Use numbers wisely -- Reveal structure -- Change How You Write -- Be paranoid early -- Think early -- Think first -- Plan purposefully -- Unleash creativity -- Find flow -- Collaborate without tears -- Embrace edits -- Edit effectively -- Change What You Produce -- Understand containers -- Email thoughtfully -- Master social media -- Promote intelligently -- Craft actionable reports.
"Writing Without Bullshit is the first comprehensive guide to writing for today&#x;s world: a noisy environment where everyone reads what you write on a screen. The average news story now gets only 36 seconds of attention. Unless you change how you write, your emails, reports, and Web copy don&#x;t stand a chance. In this practical and witty book, you&#x;ll learn to front-load your writing with pithy titles, subject lines, and opening sentences. You&#x;ll acquire the courage and skill to purge weak and meaningless jargon, wimpy passive voice, and cowardly weasel words. And you&#x;ll get used to writing directly to the reader to make every word count. At the center of it all is the Iron Imperative: treat the reader&#x;s time as more valuable than your own. Embrace that, and your customers, your boss, and your colleagues will recognize the power and boldness of your thinking. Transcend the fear that makes your writing weak. Plan and execute writing projects with confidence. Manage edits and reviews flawlessly. And master every modern format from emails and social media to reports and press releases. Stop writing to fit in. Start writing to stand out. Boost your career by writing without bullshit,"

The Jane Austen Writers' Club : inspiration and advice from the world's best-loved novelist

September 22, 2016
Smith, Rebecca, 1966- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xii, 336 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Plan of a novel : planning, plotting and getting started -- 'Intricate characters are the most amusing' : creating and developing your characters -- Building the village of your story : creating and utilizing your setting -- A fine pair of eyes : point of view -- Light, bright and sparkling : writing dialogue -- Secrets and suspense : Jane Austen's recipe and method for a suspenseful novel -- In Jane Austen's pocket : techniques and devices of the great author -- 'And what is fifty miles of good road?' : making use of journeys (and staying at home) in your work -- 'You know how interesting the purchase of a sponge-cake is to me' : using food and meals in your writing -- Joints of mutton and doses of rhubarb : about the writing life, not food.
"Pretty much anything anyone needs to know about writing can be learned from Jane Austen. While creative writing manuals tend to use examples from twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers, The Jane Austen Writers' Club is the first to look at the methods and devices used by the world's most beloved novelist."

Novel & short story writer's market.

September 21, 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books,
v. : ill. ; 23 cm.

The magic words : writing great books for children and young adults

September 20, 2016
Klein, Cheryl B., 1978- author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.
xv, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Clarity and connection -- Experience and emotion -- Proficiency and practice -- Promise and premise -- Effort and flow -- Intention and invention -- Identity and choice -- Interest and change -- Power and attention -- Structure and sensibility -- Obstacles and negotiation -- Movement and momentum -- Person and personality -- Teases and trust -- Worlds and wonders -- Perspective and polishing -- Vision and revision -- Love and/or money.
In The Magic Words, editor Cheryl B. Klein guides writers on an enjoyable and practical-minded voyage of their own, from developing a saleable premise for a novel to finding a dream agent. She delves deep into the major elements of fiction - intention, character, plot, and voice - while addressing important topics like diversity, world-building, and the differences between middle-grade and YA novels. In addition, the book's excercises, questions, and straightforward rules of thumb help writers apply these insights to their own creative works. WIth its generous tone and useful tools for story analysis and revision, The Magic Words is an essential handbook for writers of children's and young adult fiction.

Guide to genealogical writing : how to write and publish your family history

September 15, 2016
Stratton, Penny, author.
ix, 192 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I. Preparing. Getting started -- Part II. Writing. Writing in genealogical style -- Making a stylesheet -- Writing when questions remain -- Adding citations -- Incorporating narrative -- Part III. Getting ready to publish. Reviewing and revising your draft -- Selecting illustrations -- Considering design and layout -- Indexing -- Tying up final details -- Part IV. Writing articles and other types of family histories. Writing for the Register and other journals -- Writing for American Ancestors and other magazines -- Writing short or informal family histories -- Appendixes. Using Microsoft Word for genealogical writing -- Sample questionnaire for relatives -- Resources for writing and publishing -- Genealogical manual of style.
Using examples from NEHGS's publications, this writing guide outlines how to write your family history clearly and accurately -- from building a genealogical sketch to adding images to indexing. An appendix on genealogical style covers alternate spellings of names, when and how to use lineage lines, how to include adopted children and stepchildren, aspects of double dating, and other issues faced by genealogical writers.

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