New Arrivals · Literature

December 9, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Algren : a life

December 8, 2016
Wisniewski, Mary, author.
©2017
362 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Childhood days -- College and the crash -- Prison and somebody in boots -- Marriage and the WPA -- Polonia and never come morning -- Polonia's revenge and Private Abraham -- Beloved local youth -- Golden years -- The walls begin to close -- The nonconformist -- Return of the native -- Good-bye to fiction -- Good-bye to Chicago -- Knitted backwards.
"Algren: A Life is a new biography of Chicago writer Nelson Algren, author of The Man with the Golden Arm, A Walk on the Wild Side, Never Come Morning, multiple short stories, and travel essays"-- Provided by publisher.

The Pushcart prize: best of the small presses.

December 7, 2016
Yonkers, N.Y. : Pushcart Press
v. ; 25 cm.
Editor: 1976/77-<2017> Bill Henderson.

The great Latin American novel

December 6, 2016
Fuentes, Carlos, author.
©2016
379 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in Spanish as La gran novela latinoamericana (Madrid : Alfaguara, c2011).
Pre-Iberian foreword -- Discovery and conquest -- Colonial culture -- From colony to independence: Machado de Assis -- Rómulo Gallegos: impersonal nature -- The Mexican revolution -- Borges: silver from the river plate -- Upriver: Alejo Carpentier -- Onetti -- Julio Cortázar and the smile of Erasmus -- José Lezama Lima: word and body of the baroque -- García Márquez: second reading -- A time without heroes: Vargas Llosa -- José Donoso: from boom to boomerang -- The boomerang -- The post-boom -- The crack -- The post-boom -- Nélida Piñon in the republic of dreams -- Juan Goytisolo: persona grata -- First Mexican finale: a quintet of queens -- Second Mexican finale: three jacks -- A final word.
"One of the late Carlos Fuentes's final projects, this compendium of his criticism traces the evolution of the Latin American novel from the discovery of America to the present day. Combining historical perspective with personal and often opinionated interpretation, Fuentes gives us a tour from Machado de Assis to Borges and beyond. A landmark analysis, as well as a scintillating and often wry commentary on a great author's peers and influences, this book is as much a contribution to Latin American literature as it is a chronicle of that literature's greatest achievements" -- Provided by publisher.

Six scary stories

December 5, 2016
Baltimore : Cemetery Dance Publications, 2016.
126 pages ; 24 cm
Wild swimming / by Elodie Harper -- Eau-de-Eric / by Manuela Saragosa -- The spots / by Paul Bassett Davies -- The unpicking / by Michael Button -- La mort de l'amant / by Stuart Johnstone -- The bear trap / by Neil Hudson.
When King judged a competition run to celebrate publication of his own collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, he was so impressed with the entries that he recommended they were published together in one book. The resulting short stories include evil toys, bridges and lake, and post apocalyptic events. In the future, you'll think twice before you try to count a leopard's spots!

Dressed to kiss

December 2, 2016
©2016
366 pages ; 23 cm
Prologue -- The Duke's dressmaker / Madeline Hunter -- The colors of love / Myretta Robens -- No accounting for love / Megan Frampton -- A fashionable affair / Caroline Linden.
True love never goes out of style. Once renowned for creating the most envied gowns in London, Madame Follette's dressmaking shop has fallen far out of fashion. The approaching coronation of King George IV offers a chance to reclaim former glory by supplying stunning new wardrobes to the most glittering society in Regency England. In the face of long-held secrets, looming scandals, and the potential ruin of their shop, the dressmakers of Follette's are undaunted, not even by the most unexpected complication of all: true love.

Make someone happy : favorite postings

December 1, 2016
Berg, Elizabeth, author.
©2016
iii, 156 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A collection of blog and Facebook postings, written by, selected and sequenced for this publication by author Elizabeth Berg.

The best American sports writing.

November 29, 2016
Boston : Houghton Mifflin,
v. ; 22 cm.
Series editor: 1991-<2016> Glenn Stout.

The starlit wood : new fairy tales

November 29, 2016
©2016
392 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

C.S. Lewis on politics and the natural law

November 28, 2016
Dyer, Justin Buckley, 1983- author.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
xi, 160 pages ; 24 cm
The Apolitical and Political C.S. Lewis -- Creation, Fall, and Human Nature -- Divine Commands, Natural Law, and Modern Politics -- The Early Modern Turn and the Abolition of Man -- Lewis' Lockean Liberalism -- Screwtape is in the Details: Politics in the Post-Christian West -- Conclusion: Politics in the Shadowlands.

This way to the end times : classic tales of the apocalypse

November 23, 2016
©2016
xvii, 452 pages ; 21 cm.
Introduction by Robert Silverberg -- The Eternal Adam / by Jules Verne -- The Last generation / by James Elroy Flecker -- Finis / by Frank Lillie Pollock -- The Coming of the ice / by G. Peyton Wertenbaker -- N Day / by Philip Latham -- Guyal of Sfere / by Jack Vance -- A Pail of air / by Fritz Leiber -- Who can replace a man? by Brian W. Aldiss -- Heresies of the huge God / by Brain W. Aldiss -- The New Atlantis / by Ursula K. Le Guin -- When we went to see the end of the world / by Robert Silverberg -- The Wind and the rain / by Robert Silverberg -- The Screwfly solution / by James Tiptree Jr. -- After-images / by Malcolm Edwards -- Daisy, in the sun / by Connie Willis -- Three days after / by Karen Haber -- The Rain at the end of the world / by Dale Bailey -- The end of the world as we know it / by Dale Bailey -- Final Exam / by Megan Arkenberg -- Prayers to the sun by a dying person / by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro -- Last and first men / by Olaf Stapledon.
A collection of stories about the not-too-distant demise of the earth as we know it.

Frantumaglia : a writer's journey

November 22, 2016
Ferrante, Elena, author.
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, [2016]
384 pages ; 22 cm
Translation of La frantumaglia.
Translated by Ann Goldstein.
Papers : 1991-2003 -- Tesserae : 2003-2007 -- Letters : 2011-2016.
"This book invites readers into Elena Ferrante's workshop. It offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk, those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four installments of My Brilliant Friend, known in English as the Neapolitan Quartet. Consisting of over twenty years of letters, essays, reflections, and interviews, it is a unique depiction of an author who embodies a consummate passion for writing. In these pages Ferrante answers many of her readers' questions. She addresses her choice to stand aside and let her books live autonomous lives. She discusses her thoughts and concerns as her novels are being adapted into films. She talks about the challenge of finding concise answers to interview questions. She explains the joys and the struggles of writing, the anguish of composing a story only to discover that it isn't good enough for publication. She contemplates her relationship with psychoanalysis, with the cities she has lived in, with motherhood, with feminism, and with her childhood as a storehouse of memories, material, and stories. The result is a vibrant and intimate self-portrait of a writer at work."--Dust jacket.

Kafka, the early years

November 22, 2016
Stach, Reiner, author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2017.
xiv, 564 pages, 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Nothing happening in Prague -- The curtain rises -- Giants: the Kafkas for Wosek -- Julie Löwy -- Losing propositions -- thought about Freud -- Kafka, Franz: model student -- A city engerized -- Elli, Valli, Ottla -- Latin, bohemian, mathematics, and other matters of the heart -- Jewish lessons -- Innocence and impudence -- The path to freedom -- To hell with german studies -- Friend Max -- Enticements -- Informed circles: Utitz, Weltsch, Fanta, Bergmann -- Autonomy and recovery -- The interior landscape: "description of a struggle" -- Doctor of law seeking employment -- Off to the prostitutes -- Cafés, geishas, art and cinema -- The formidable assistant offical -- The secret writing school -- Landing in Brescia -- In the heart of the west -- Ideas and spirits: Buber, Steiner, Einstein -- Literature and tourism.
"How did Kafka become Kafka? This eagerly anticipated third and final volume of Reiner Stach's definitive biography answers that question with more facts, detail, and insight than ever before, describing the complex personal, political, and cultural circumstances that shaped the young Franz Kafka (1883-1924). It tells the story of the years from his birth in Prague to the beginning of his professional and literary career in 1910, taking the reader up to just before the breakthrough that resulted in his first masterpieces, including "The Metamorphosis." Brimming with vivid and often startling details, Stach's narrative invites readers deep inside this neglected period of Kafka's life. The book's richly atmospheric portrait of his German Jewish merchant family and his education, psychological development, and sexual maturation draw on numerous sources, some still unpublished, including family letters, schoolmates' memoirs, and early diaries of his close friend Max Brod. The biography also provides a colorful panorama of Kafka's wider world, especially the convoluted politics and culture of Prague. Before World War I, Kafka lived in a society at the threshold of modernity but torn by conflict, and Stach provides poignant details of how the adolescent Kafka witnessed violent outbreaks of anti-Semitism and nationalism. The reader also learns how he developed a passionate interest in new technologies."--Provided by publisher.

Young adult literature : from romance to realism

November 22, 2016
Cart, Michael, author.
©2016
xii, 310 pages ; 26 cm
From Sue Barton to the sixties -- The sixties and seventies -- The eighties : something old, something new -- The early nineties -- The rest of the nineties -- A new literature for a new millennium? -- Genre on the agenda -- Romancing the retail -- So, how adult is young adult? -- Meanwhile, back in the real world -- Reality redux -- Sex and other shibboleths -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature -- Still the controversies continue -- The viz biz -- The new nonfiction -- Of books and bytes.
"In this new edition: new and expanded treatment of genre fiction, including dystopian literature and steampunk; a new, detailed examination of the retail market for young adults, including such dramatic new trends and features as the appearance of the New Adult audience, the adult consumer, and the significant impact on the market of such best sellers as John Green, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Rainbow Rowell; interviews with leaders in the field; updated and expanded coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex fiction; new chapters focusing on teen demographics, multicultural literature, and teen literacy, including multiple literacies; coverage of the renascence of realistic fiction; coverage of new trends in graphic novels; revised treatment of the burgeoning audiobook field; discussion of the future of print; attention to the importance to the field of motion pictures being made from young adult novels; [and] expanded attention given to narrative and creative nonfiction"-- Preface, pages xi-xii.

Shadowed souls

November 21, 2016
New York : Roc, 2016.
xii, 338 pages ; 21 cm
Cold case / by Jim Butcher -- Sleepover / by Seanan McGuire -- If wishes were / by Tanya Huff -- Solus / by Anton Strout -- Peacock in hell / by Kat Richardson -- Eye of newt / by Kevin J. Anderson -- What dwells within / by Lucy A. Snyder -- Hunter, healer / by Jim C. Hines -- Baggage / by Erik Scott de Bie -- Sales. force. / by Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- Impossible monsters / by Rob Thurman.
"In this dark and gritty collection--featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman--nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil ... Unfortunately, that's exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line. In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher's Cold Case, Molly Carpenter--Harry Dresden's apprentice-turned-Winter Lady--must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you're a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad... New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire's Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything "weird." They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie. In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson's Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble's latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner... And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman's infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue--and nightmarish--vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters. ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY: Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie"-- Provided by publisher.

Invisible planets : contemporary Chinese science fiction in translation

November 18, 2016
New York : Tor, 2016.
383 pages ; 23 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book." -- Title page
Introduction: China dreams / by Ken Liu -- Chen Qiufan. The year of the rat ; The fish of Lijiang ; The flower of Shazui -- Xia Jia. A hundred ghosts parade tonight ; Tongtong's summer ; Night journey of the Dragon-horse -- Ma Boyong. The city of silence -- Hao Jingfang. Invisible planets ; Folding Beijing -- Tang Fei. Call girl -- Cheng Jingbo. Grave of the fireflies -- Liu Cixin. The circle ; Taking care of God -- Essays : The worst of all possible universes and the best of all possible earths: Three-body and Chinese science fiction -- The torn generation: Chinese science fiction in a culture in transition -- What makes Chinese science fiction Chinese?
"The thirteen stories in this collection...add up to a strong and diverse representation of Chinese SF. Some have won awards in translation, some have garnered serious critical acclaim, some have been selected for Year's Best anthologies, and some are simply Ken Liu's personal favorites.To round out the collection, there are several essays from Chinese scholars and authors, plus an illuminating introduction by Ken Liu."--Book jacket.

What the #@&% is that? : the saga anthology of the monstrous and the macabre

November 18, 2016
London : Saga Press, 2016
xv, 338 pages ; 22 cm
Mobility /Laird Barron -- Fossil heart /Amanda Downum -- Those gaddam cookies /Scott Sigler -- The sound of her laughter /Simon R. Green -- Down in the deep and the dark /Desirina Boskovich -- Only unclench your hand /Isabel Yap -- Little widow /Maria Dahvana Headly -- The bad hour /Christopher Golden -- What is lost, what is given away /John Langan --Now and forever /D. Thomas Minton -- #ConnollyHouse #WeShouldnntBeHere /Seanan McGuire --The house that love built /Grady Hendrix -- We all make sacrifices: a Sam Hunter adventure /Jonathan Maberry -- Ghost pressure /Gemma Files -- The daughter out of darkness /Nancy Holder -- Framing Mortensen /Adam-Troy Castro -- The catch /Terence Taylor -- Hunters in the wood /Tim Pratt -- Whose drowned face sleeps /An Owomoyela and Rachel Swirsky -- Castleweep /Alan Dean Foster.

The best American nonrequired reading.

November 16, 2016
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.

Nightmares : a new decade of modern horror

November 14, 2016
San Francisco, CA : Tachyon Publications, 2016.
427 pages ; 23 cm
Companion to: Darkness : two decades of modern horror.
Introduction / Ellen Datlow -- Shallaballah / Mark Samuels -- Sob in the silence / Gene Wolfe -- Our turn too will one day come / Brian Hodge -- Dead sea fruit / Kaaron Warren -- Closet dreams / Lisa Tuttle -- Spectral evidence / Gemma Files -- Hushabye / Simon Bestwick -- Very low-flying aircraft / Nicholas Royle -- The Goosle / Margo Lanagan -- The clay party / Steve Duffy -- Strappado / Laird Barron -- Lonegan's luck / Stephen Graham Jones -- Mr. Pigsny / Reggie Oliver -- At night, when the demons come / Ray Cluley -- Was she wicked? Was she good? / M. Rickert -- The shallows / John Langan -- Little pig / Anna Taborska -- Omphalos / Livia Llewellyn -- How we escaped our certain fate / Dan Chaon -- That tiny flutter of the heart I used to call love / Robert Shearman -- Interstate love song (Murder ballad no. 8) / Caitlín R. Kiernan -- Shay Corsham Worsted / Garth Nix -- The atlas of Hell / Nathan Ballingrud -- Ambitious boys like you / Richard Kadrey.
An acclaimed horror editor presents 24 terrifying tales from such authors as Garth Nix, Livia Llewellyn, Richard Kadrey, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Laird Barron, Margo Lanagan and Gene Wolfe that remind us that evil is all around us.

Citizen Steinbeck : giving voice to the people

November 10, 2016
McParland, Robert, author.
©2016
xxvii, 259 pages ; 24 cm.
The life of John Steinbeck -- A sense of place : Steinbeck's early fiction -- In dubious battle -- Of mice and men -- The grapes of wrath -- Sea of Cortez -- Steinbeck at war -- The shorter novels -- East of Eden -- America and Americans : Steinbeck in the 1960s.
Demonstrating the power a single author can have on generations of individuals around the world, Citizen Steinbeck enables readers to make sense of both the past and our own times today through the prism of John Steinbecks work.

The most wonderful time

November 10, 2016
©2016
407 pages ; 17 cm
Christmas passed / Fern Michaels -- A Glory Junction Christmas / Stacy Finz -- Moonshine and mistletoe / Sarah Title -- An Apple Valley Christmas / Shirlee McCoy.
A collection of four holiday romances includes Fern Michaels' "Christmas Passed," in which Brandy Heyers, who still finds it hard to celebrate the holidays three years after her husband's death, meets a handsome widower.

The hero is you : sharpen your focus, conquer your demons, and become the writer you were born to be

November 10, 2016
Levin, Kendra, author.
©2016
xviii, 234 pages ; 23 cm.
"An open center book"--Title page.
The hero -- The herald -- Allies -- The mentor -- Threshold guardians -- Mid-book check-in -- The shapeshifter -- The trickster -- The goddess -- The shadow -- The superhero -- The steed -- Mentor-hero.
"This book helps writers understand and make the most of their creative processes, from getting an idea to producing a finished work. Each chapter explores a single step in the creative process and coaches writers through the challenges in a way that is intuitive and organic"-- Provided by publisher.

Eggnog murder

November 9, 2016
©2016
343 pages ; 22 cm
Eggnog murder / Leslie Meier -- Death by eggnog / Lee Hollis -- Nogged off / Barbara Ross.
An omnibus of novels by Lee Hollis, Leslie Meier and Barbara Ross. With the fireplace crackling, the tree twinkling, and the carols humming, few things in life are as picture perfect as Christmas in Maine - until murder dampens the holiday spirit. It must be something in the eggnog ...

Literary wonderlands : a journey through the greatest fictional worlds ever created

November 9, 2016
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2016.
319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Family of earth : a Southern mountain childhood

November 9, 2016
Dykeman, Wilma, author.
©2016
xxiii, 177 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Chronicles the childhood of writer and Appalachian native Wilma Dykeman.

The Vonnegut encyclopedia

November 8, 2016
Leeds, Marc.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
xx, 758 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"The authorized, updated, and comprehensive catalogue of characters, themes, phrasing, and imagery found in Kurt Vonnegut's beloved work. Vonnegut's five decades of writing yielded many worlds-worth of people, places, and things. This book is an invaluable tool for looking up the marvelous facts that exist only in the pages his work. The Encyclopedia identifies every major or minor Vonnegut character, as well as recurring images and significant themes from all of Vonnegut's books and short stories, including his essay collections. Editor Marc Leeds provides italicized notes explaining the significance of many items, but relies primarily on extended quotations from Vonnegut himself. This is a vital reference source for both fans and scholars of the great American writer"-- Provided by publisher.

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