New Arrivals · Literature

November 25, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! : it seemed like a good idea at the time

November 24, 2014
Harrison, Harry, 1925-2012.
New York : Tor, 2014.
351 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field. This memoir is filled with all the humor and irreverence Harry Harrison's readers have come to expect from the New York Times bestselling author of the uproarious Stainless Steel Rat series. This also includes black and white photos spanning his sixty-year career"-- Provided by publisher.

The selected letters of Norman Mailer

November 21, 2014
Mailer, Norman.
New York : Random House, [2014]
xviii, 867 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Mailer wrote almost 50,000 letters over the course of his life, keeping a copy of almost every one of them. He corresponded with presidents and politicians, artists and athletes, writers and editors, students, antagonists, fans, friends, his children, his loves, including his beloved sixth wife, Norris Church Mailer. Here are the letters of a precocious sixteen-year-old arriving from Brooklyn at Harvard. Here are the letters depicting the horrors of the war in the Pacific from a soldier's point of view. Here are the letters describing a young writer's struggle with his first novel, a manuscript that would become The Naked and the Dead. And here are the many, many letters of a man who spent sixty years in the spotlight. Read together, they form an autobiographical portrait of Norman Mailer"-- Provided by publisher.

American multicultural identity

November 20, 2014
©2014
xxvi, 238 pages ; 24 cm.
Critical contexts. The hyphenated American in twentieth- and twenty-first century America / Annette Harris Powell -- Intersecting lives: critics and the literature of American multicultural identity / Jessica Boykin -- Sherman Alexie and the absolute truth of double-consciousness / Kathryn West -- Four American poets explore hybrid identity formation and familial relationships / Rickie-Ann Legleitner -- Critical readings. Legalized hearts: legal identity in Larry Kramer's The normal heart / Gad Guterman -- Unspoken histories and one-man museums: lingering trauma and disappearing dads in the work of Chang-rae Lee / Michael Gorman -- "She's left me her legacy nonetheless": boundaries and female connection in Cuban American women's literature / Jessica Labbé -- Race, ethnicity, and national identity in Paule Marshall's Brown girl, brownstones, or how the Barbadian becomes American / Joanna Davis-McElligatt -- "A Pizza Hut, a Pizza Hut": junk food and Bildungsroman in Bich Minh Nguyen's Stealing Buddha's dinner / Tina Powell -- Neither insider nor outside but both: multicultural identity in Edith Eaton's "Mrs. Spring Fragrance" and "The inferior woman" / Linda Trinh Moser -- Intimate relations: land and love in The descendants / Leanne P. Day -- Bridging borders: Leslie Marmon Silko's cross-cultural vision in the atomic age / Kyoko Matsunaga -- A tent of one's own: negotiating Mourning Dove's authorial identity / John C. Orr & Enid R. Spitz -- "All growth involves change, all change involves loss": modernism, mourning, and social change in Gish Jen's Mona in the promised land / Conor Picken.

London : a literary anthology

November 20, 2014
London : The British Library, 2014.
224 p. ; 26 cm.
Authors featured: Peter Ackroyd, Matthew Arnold, Arnold Bennett, E. F. Benson, James Berry, Laurence Binyon, William Blake, James Boswell, James Bramston, Robert Bridges, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Buchan, Lord Byron, Angela Carter, G. K. Chesterton, Joseph Conrad, Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, Alfred Douglas, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Dryden, William Dunbar, George Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, John Galsworthy, John Gay, George VI, George Gissing, W. S. Graham, Thomas Hardy, G. A. Henty, Robert Herrick, Henry James, Richard Jefferies, Ben Jonson, Rudyard Kipling, Hanif Kureishi, D. H. Lawrence, Doris Lessing, Penelope Lively, John Lydgate, Rose Macaulay, Colin MacInnes, Herman Melville, Arthur Morrison, Thomas Nashe, Mervyn Peake, Egan Pierce, Mary Robinson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Samuel Selvon, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Zadie Smith, Tobias Smollett, Robert Southey, Edmund Spenser, Jonathan Swift, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Hugh Walpole, Evelyn Waugh, H. G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, William Wordsworth, Israel Zangwill, and Benjamin Zephaniah.
Illustrated with evocative prints, drawings, and full-color artwork from British Library collections, the book explores London as never before. They will experience London for the first time with Lord Byron’s Don Juan and James Berry in his Caribbean gear “beginning in the city.” They will plunge into the multiracial whirlpool described in William Wordsworth’s Prelude, Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album, and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, and see the ever-changing city through the eyes of Tobias Smollett, John Galsworthy, and Angela Carter. From well-known texts to others that are less familiar, London: A Literary Anthology brings London to life through the words of many of the greatest writers in the English language.

Night Shift

November 20, 2014
New York, New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
378 pages : 17 cm.
Secrets at midnight / Nalini Singh -- Magic steals / Ilona Andrews -- Lucky charms / Lisa Shearin -- The beast of Blackmoor / Milla Vane.
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith's elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that's as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he's found his mate, he'll do anything to keep her.-From publisher.

The mammoth book of warriors and wizardry

November 18, 2014
Philadelphia : Running Press, 2014
ix, 515 p. ; 20 cm.
Small magic / Jay Lake -- King Rainjoy's tears / Chris Willrich -- A rich full week / K.J. Parker -- The woman in scarlet / Tanith Lee -- Flotsam / Bradley P. Beaulieu -- A warrior's death / Aliette de Bodard -- A siege of cranes / Benjamin Rosenbaum -- Fox bones. Many uses / Alex Dally MacFarlane -- Where virtue lives / Saladin Ahmed -- The effigy engine: a tale of the red hats / Scott Lynch -- Strife lingers in memory / Carrie Vaughn -- A sweet calling / Tony Pi -- The narcomancer / N.K. Jemisin -- Golden daughter, stonewife / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- Effigy nights / Yoon Ha Lee -- Wearaway and flambeau / Matthew Hughes -- At the edge of dying / Mary Robinette Kowal -- Vici / Naomi Novik -- Abjure the realm / Elizabeth Bear -- The word of Azrael / Matthew David Surridge -- Lady of the ghost willow / Richard Parks -- The singing spear / James Enge -- So deep that the bottom could not be seen / Genevieve Valentine -- Warrior dreams / Cinda Williams Chima -- The magician and the maid and other stories / Christie Yant.

Tolstoy's false disciple : the untold story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov

November 18, 2014
Popoff, Alexandra.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xxi, 309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
On the snowy morning of February 8, 1897, the Petersburg secret police were following Tolstoy's every move. At sixty-nine, Russia's most celebrated writer was being treated like a major criminal. Prominent Russians were always watched, but Tolstoy earned particular scrutiny. Over a decade earlier, when his advocacy on behalf of oppressed minorities angered the Orthodox Church and the Tsar, he was placed under permanent police surveillance. Although Tolstoy was wearing his peasant garb, people on the streets had no trouble recognizing him from his portraits. He was often seen in the company of his chief disciple, Vladimir Chertkov. A man of striking appearance, twenty-five years younger, Chertkov commanded attention. His photographs with Tolstoy show him towering over the writer. Close to the Tsars and to the chief of the secret police, Chertkov represented the very things Tolstoy had renounced--class privilege, unlimited power, and wealth. Yet, Chertkov fascinated and attracted Tolstoy. He became the writer's closest confidant, even reading his daily diary, and by the end of Tolstoy's life, had established complete control over the writer and his legacy. Tolstoy's full exchange with Chertkov comprises more than 2,000 letters, making him the writer's largest correspondent. The Russian archives have suppressed much of this communication as well as Chertkov's papers for more than a century. The product of ground-breaking archival research, Tolstoy's False Disciple promises to be a revelatory portrait of the two men and their three-decade-long clandestine relationship.

Jane Austen cover to cover : 200 years of classic covers

November 14, 2014
Sullivan, Margaret C., author.
Philadelphia, Penn. : Quirk Books, 2014.
223 pages : color illustrations ; 20 x 28 cm
"Jane Austen Cover to Cover compiles two centuries of design showcasing one of the world's most beloved and celebrated novelists. With over 200 images, plus historical commentary, Austen trivia, and a little bit of wit, this fascinating and visually intriguing look back is a must for Janites, design enthusiasts, and book lovers of all ages"--Back cover.

Dead but not forgotten : stories from the world of Sookie Stackhouse

November 13, 2014
New York : Ace Books, [2014]
343 pages ; 24 cm
Nobody's business / Rachel Caine -- Tyger, tyger / Christopher Golden -- The real Santa Claus / Leigh Perry -- Taproot / Jeffrey J. Mariotte -- Knit a sweater out of sky / Seanan McGuire -- Love story / Jeanne C. Stein -- The million-dollar hunt / Jonathan Maberry -- Borderline dead / Nicole Peeler -- Extreme makeover vamp edition / Leigh Evans -- Don't be cruel / Bill Crider -- What a dream I had / Nancy Holder -- Another dead fairy / Miranda James -- The bat-signal / Suzanne McLeod -- The sun, the moon, and the stars / Dana Cameron -- Widower's walk / MaryJanice Davidson.
"Sookie Stackhouse attracted vampires, werewolves, and various otherworldly creatures. Even fellow authors fell in love with her and Charlaine Harris's "magical and mysterious twist on traditional vampire stories" (Houston Chronicle). And though Sookie's story has come to an end, these tales of her and the characters who populated her world will give you a different perspective on the series you thought you knew... In "Wing and a Prayer," Rachel Caine sends Kenya Jones and Kevin Pryor to Dallas on a search for a not-too-bright robbery/murder suspect--who just happens to be connected to a ring of criminals led by a dangerous vampire. Witch Amelia Broadway decides to test a folk legend about witches being able to communicate with the winds, but she isn't prepared for the stormy consequences, in Seanan McGuire's "Knit a Sweater out of Sky." While Sookie and Bill Compton are in Dallas, a Food Network crew unexpectedly shows up to shoot at Merlotte's, but what they're really cooking up is a deadly surprise for Bill, in Jeff Mariotte's "Taproot." In "Widower's Walk" by MaryJanice Davidson, Eric Northman is passing through twenty-third-century Baton Rouge, which, for the first time in an age, doesn't have a vampire king but rather a shifter queen--from the famed and formidable Stackhouse-Merlotte clan... "Blending action, romance, and comedy, Harris has created a fully functioning world so very close to our own, except, of course, for the vamps and other supernatural creatures" (The Toronto Star). And now fifteen of today's most popular authors have come along for the ride"-- Provided by publisher.

The getaway car : a Donald Westlake nonfiction miscellany

November 13, 2014
Westlake, Donald E., author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2014]
xix, 223 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
My second life: Fragments from an autobiography -- Donald E. Westlake, aka. ... -- So tell me about this job we're gonna pull: On genre -- Ten most wanted: Ten favorite mystery books -- Returning to the scene of the crime: On his own work -- Lunch break: May's famous tuna casserole -- The other guys in the string: Peers, favorites, and influences -- Coffee break: Letter to Ray Broekel -- Anything you say may be used against you: Interviews -- Midnight snack: Gustatory notes from all over -- Side jobs: Prison breaks, movie mobsters, and radio comedy -- Signed confessions: Letters -- Jobs never pulled: Title ideas -- Death row (Or, The happily ever afterlife): Letter to Ralph L. Woods.
"Collection of published and unpublished gems: a memoir about learning to write, an imaginary interview between Westlake's various identities, essays on writing, introductions, and letters to writers like Stephen King and Brian Garfield. A true miscellany, this includes a piece by Abigail Westlake, a recipe for "May's Famous Tuna Casserole" and a 'Midnight snack'."--From the publisher.

By the book : writers on literature and the literary life from The New York Times Book Review

November 13, 2014
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xix, 314 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"A New York Times book"
David Sedaris -- Lena Dunham -- Neil Gaiman -- Mary Higgins Clark -- Drew Gilpin Faust -- Carl Hiaasen -- John Irving -- Elizabeth Gilbert -- Richard Ford -- Colin Powell -- Dave Eggers -- Sylvia Nasar -- Ira Glass -- Junot Díaz -- Joyce Carol Oates -- Nicholson Baker -- Emma Thompson -- Michael Chabon -- Jeffrey Eugenides -- J.K. Rowling -- David Mitchell -- John Grisham -- P.J. O'Rourke -- Anne Lamott -- Ian McEwan -- Lee Child -- Arnold Schwarzenegger -- Francine Prose -- Jared Diamond -- Alain de Botton -- Dave Barry -- Katherine Boo -- Marilynne Robinson -- Sheryl Sandberg -- Caroline Kennedy -- Isabel Allende -- Anna Quindlen -- Jonathan Franzen -- Hilary Mantel -- Walter Mosley -- Khaled Hosseini -- Jeannette Walls -- Dan Brown -- Dan Savage -- Christopher Buckley -- Curtis Sittenfeld -- James McBride -- James Patterson -- Jonathan Lethem -- Jhumpa Lahiri -- Richard Dawkins -- Sting -- Andrew Solomon -- Malcolm Gladwell -- Scott Turow -- Donna Tartt -- Ann Patchett -- Amy Tan -- Bryan Cranston -- Michael Connelly -- Neil DeGrasse Tyson -- E.L. Doctorow -- Chang-Rae Lee -- Gary Shteyngart -- Rachel Kushner.
"Sixty-five of the world's leading writers open up about the books and authors that have meant the most to them. These wide-ranging interviews are conducted by Pamela Paul, the editor of the The New York Times Book Review, featuring personalities as varied as David Sedaris, Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott, and James Patterson. These questions and answers admit us into the private worlds of these authors, as they reflect on their work habits, reading preferences, inspirations, pet peeves, and recommendations.By the Book contains the full uncut interviews, reflecting a range of experiences and observations that deepens readers' understanding of the literary sensibility and the writing process." -- Provided by publisher.

The best American nonrequired reading.

November 7, 2014
Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin Co.,
v. ; 22 cm.
"Intended to combine the best intentions of the other Best American volumes (Best American short stories, Best American essays, etc.) to create a collection with slightly younger readers in mind"--Jacket, 2002.

Our secret life in the movies

November 6, 2014
McGriff, Michael, 1976-
Austin, Tex. : A Strange Object, c2014.
xii, 153 p. ; 20 cm.
Stories.
Linked stories inspired by classic and cult cinema from the Criterion Collection.

Wall, watchtower, and pencil stub : writing during World War II

November 6, 2014
Carpenter, John R.
© 2014
xiv, 290 pages ; 24 cm

In the company of Sherlock Holmes : stories inspired by the Holmes canon

November 5, 2014
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
x, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes stories by: Laura Caldwell, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Dirda, Harlan Ellison, Cornelia Funke, Andrew Grant, Denise Hamilton, Nancy Holder, Leslie S. Klinger, John Lescroart, Sara Paretsky, John Reppion & Leah Moore, Michael Sims, and Gahan Wilson.
The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were recently voted the top mystery series of all time, and they have enthralled generations of readers--and writers. Now, Laurie R. King, author of the bestselling Mary Russell series in which Holmes plays a costarring role, and Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, have assembled a stellar group of contemporary authors from a variety of genres and asked them to create new stories inspired by that canon. Inside you'll find Holmes in times and places previously unimagined, as well as characters who have themselves been affected by the tales of Sherlock Holmes.

A fantastic holiday season. Volume 2, The gift of stories

November 5, 2014
Monument, CO : WordFire Press, 2014.
296 pages ; 22 cm
Naughty & nice / Kevin J. Anderson -- Close knit / Nina Kiriki Hoffman -- Astronaut Nick / Brad R. Torgersen -- The longest night / Mercedes Lackey -- Jimmy Krinklepot and the white rebels of Hayberry / Quincy J. Allen -- Midnight trains / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- A Christmas feast / Jonathan Mayberry -- A world done in by Great Granny's grateful pie / Ken Scholes -- Santa's mortuary / Heather Graham -- Yes, Virginia2097c, there is a Santa Claus / Sam Knight -- Christmas Eve at Harvey Wallbanger's / Mike Resnick -- The atmosphere for miracles / David Boop -- A sufficiently advanced Christmas / Eric James Stone -- Unappreciated gifts / Patricia Briggs.

Lowball

November 4, 2014
New York : Tor, 2014.
361 pages ; 25 cm.
The big bleed / by Michael Cassutt -- Those about to die... / by David Anthony Durham -- Galahad in blue / by Melinda M. Snodgrass -- Ties that bind / by Mary Anne Mohanraj -- Cry wolf / by David D. Levine -- Road kill / by Walter Jon Williams -- Once more, for old times' sake / by Carrie Vaughn -- No parking... / by Ian Tregillis.

Belfast noir

November 3, 2014
©2014
250 pages : map ; 21 cm
The undertaking / Brian McGilloway -- Poison / Ludy Caldwell -- Wet with rain / Lee Child -- Taking it serious / Ruth Dudley Edwards -- Ligature / Gerard Brennan -- Belfast punk REP / Glenn Patterson -- The reservoir / Ian McDonald -- The grey / Steve Cavanagh -- Rosie Grant's finger / Claire McGowan -- Out of time / Sam Millar -- Die like a rat / Garbhan Downey -- Corpse flowers / Eoin McNamee -- Pure game / Arlene Hunt -- The reveller / Alex Barclay.

Helsinki noir

November 3, 2014
©2014
283 pages : map ; 21 cm
Jenkem / Pekka Hiltunen -- Kiss of Santa / Leena Lehtolainen -- The hand of Ai / James Thompson -- St. Peter's Street / Riikka Ala-Harja -- Hard rain / Tipani Bagge -- The silent woman / Joe L. Murr -- Little black / Teemu Kaskinen -- Silent night / Jarkko Sipila -- Snowy sarcophagus / Jukka Petäjä -- Dead cinch / Tuomas Lius -- Good intentions / Jesse Itkonen -- The broker / Karo Hämäläinen -- The script / Antti Tuomainen -- Stolen lives / Johanna Holmström.

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
©2013
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.

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