New Arrivals · Literature

September 23, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Digging up the dirt

September 14, 2016
James, Miranda. author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
296 pages ; 18 cm
"An'gel and Dickce Ducote, busy with plans for the Athena Garden Club's spring tour of grand old homes, are having trouble getting the other club members to help. The rest of the group is all a-flutter now that dashing and still-eligible Hadley Partridge is back to restore his family mansion. But the idle chatter soon turns deadly serious when a body turns up on the Partridge estate after a storm."--Page 4 of cover.

The pigeon tunnel : stories from my life

September 13, 2016
Le Carré, John, 1931-
vii, 310 pages ; 24 cm
Don't be beastly to your Secret Service -- Dr Globke's laws -- Official visit -- Fingers on the trigger -- To whomsoever it may concern -- Wheels of British justice -- Ivan Serov's defection -- A legacy -- The innocence of Murat Kurnaz -- Going out into the field -- Bumping into Jerry Westerby -- Lonely in Vientiane -- Theatre of the Real : dances with Arafat -- Theatre of the Real : the Villa Brigitte -- Theatre of the Real : a question of guilt -- Theatre of the Real : terms of endearment -- The Soviet knight is dying inside his armour -- The Wild East : Moscow 1993 -- Blood and treasure -- The biggest bears in the garden -- Among the Ingush -- Joseph Brodsky's prize -- The wrong horse's mouth -- His brother's keeper -- Quel Panama! -- Under deep cover -- Hunting for warlords -- Richard Burton needs me -- Alec Guinness -- Lost masterpieces -- Bernard Pivot's necktie -- Lunching with prisoners -- Son of the author's father -- To Reggie with thanks -- The most wanted man -- Stephen Spender's credit card -- Advice to an aspiring novelist -- The last official secret.
"From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John Le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his highly anticipated memoir, Le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels."-- Dust jacket.

In the mountains of madness : the life, death, and extraordinary afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft

September 13, 2016
Poole, W. Scott, 1971- author.
Berkeley : Soft Skull Press, 2016.
236 pages ; 23 cm
"In the Mountains of Madness interweaves the biography of the legendary writer with an exploration of Lovecraft as a phenomenon. It aims to explain this reclusive figure while also challenging some of the general views held by Lovecraft devotees, focusing specifically on the large cross-section of horror and science fiction fans who know Lovecraft through films, Role Playing Games, and video games directly influenced by his work but know little or nothing about him. More than a traditional biography, In The Mountains of Madness will place Lovecraft and his work in a cultural context, as an artist more in tune with our time than his own. Much of the literary work on Lovecraft tries to place him in relation to Poe or M.R. James or Arthur Machen; these ideas have little meaning for most contemporary readers. In his provocative new book, Poole reclaims the true essence of Lovecraft in relation to the comics of Joe Lansdale, the novels of Stephen King, and some of the biggest blockbuster films in contemporary America, proving the undying influence of this rare and significant figure"-- Provided by publisher.

Women of futures past

September 12, 2016
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, [2016]
267 pages ; 24 cm
Indelible kind / Zenna Henderson -- Smallest dragonboy / Anne McCaffrey -- Out of all them bright stars / Nancy Kress -- Angel / Pat Cadigan -- Cassandra / C.J. Cherryh -- Shambleau / C.L. Moore -- Last days of Shandakor / Leigh Brackett -- All cats are gray / Andre Norton -- Aftermaths / Lois McMaster Bujold -- Last flight of Doctor Ain / James Tiptree, Jr. -- Sur / Ursula K. Le Guin -- Fire watch / Connie Willis.
"Meet the Women of Futures Past: from Grand Master Andre Norton and Anne McCaffrey to today's popular SF writes such as Lois McMaster Bujold and C.J. Cherryh. The most influential writers of multiple generations delivering lost classics and foundational touchstones that shaped the field. Adventure tales, post-apocalyptic visions, space opera, aliens-among-us, time travel--these women have delivered all this and more, some of the best science fiction ever written!"-- Provided by publisher.

Love from Boy : Roald Dahl's letters to his mother

September 8, 2016
Dahl, Roald, author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
xxvi, 304 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
1925-1929 "Send me some conkers" -- 1930-1934 "Graggers on your eggs" -- 1935-1939 "Another iced lager" -- 1939-1940 "Thoroughly good for the soul" -- Map: Roald Dahl's war, 1939-1941 -- 1940-1942 "Don't worry" -- 1942-1943 "Teeth like piano keys" -- 1943-1945 "A good time was had by all" -- 1946-1965 "I won't write often".
A revealing collection of personal letters written by the iconic author to his mother details his early childhood milestones, travels to Africa, Royal Air Force service, work in Washington D.C., literary achievements, and rise in Hollywood.

The writer's garden : how gardens inspired our best -loved authors

September 7, 2016
Bennett, Jackie, author.
176 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Jane Austen at Godmersham and Chawton -- Rupert Brooke at Grantchester -- John Ruskin at Brantwood -- Agatha Christie at Greenway -- Beatrix Potter at Hill Top -- Roald Dahl at Gipsy House -- Charles Dickens at Gad's Hill Place -- Virginia Woolf at Monk's House -- Winston Churchill at Chartwell -- Laurence Sterne at Shandy Hall -- George Bernard Shaw at Shaw's Corner -- Ted Hughes at Lumb Bank -- Henry James followed by E.F. Benson at Lamb House -- John Clare at Helpston -- Thomas Hardy at Hardy's cottage and Max Gate -- Robert Burns at Ellisland -- William Wordsworth at Cockermouth and Grasmere -- Walter Scott at Abbotsford -- Rudyard Kipling at Bateman's.
"Writer's Garden goes inside the lives of 20 influential authors to discover the roles that gardens played. From Sir Walter Scott's fairytale Scottish castle to Rupert Brooke's riverside retreat in Cambridge; from Virginia Woolf's rural Sussex idyll to Beatrix Potter's windswept hill-top farm in the Lake District, each garden provides new insights into the writer's work, life, solace and inspiration."--Back cover.

Writer's market.

September 6, 2016
Cincinnati : Writer's digest,
v. ; 21-27 cm.
Some copies of 2002 have cover title: Writer's market online.

The O. Henry prize stories.

September 6, 2016
New York : Anchor Books,
v. ; 22 cm.

Death of a pumpkin carver

August 30, 2016
Hollis, Lee, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2016.
282 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipes.
For Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for the Island Times, Halloween is all about costume parties and holiday treats--until a killer crashes the party.

Why write? : a master class on the art of writing and why it matters

August 30, 2016
Edmundson, Mark, 1952- author.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
xix, 257 pages ; 22 cm
Why write? -- Getting started -- To catch a dream -- To do it every day -- The new writer -- To have written -- To get the girl / To get the guy -- To make some money -- To get even -- To strengthen the mind -- To grow -- To fail -- To change the world -- Hitting your stride: perils and pleasures -- To drink -- To get reviewed -- To learn to be alone -- To read as a writer -- To do something -- To hold your peace -- Pleasures and perils -- To learn something -- To stay sane -- To see what happens next -- To find your medium -- To skip writing the great American novel -- To find beauty and truth -- The writer's wisdom -- To mine a fresh experience -- To beat the clock (a little) -- To stop revising -- To remember -- To get better as you get older -- To draw a constellation -- To have the last word.
Why write when it sometimes feels that so few people really read--read as if their lives might be changed by what they're reading? Why write, when the world wants to be informed, not enlightened; to be entertained, not inspired? Writing is backbreaking, mindbreaking, lonely work. So why? Because writing, as celebrated professor Mark Edmundson explains, is one of the greatest human goods. Real writing can do what critic R. P. Blackmur said it could: add to the stock of available reality. Writing teaches us to think; it can bring our minds to birth. And once we're at home with words, there are few more pleasurable human activities than writing. Because this is something he believes everyone ought to know, Edmundson offers us Why Write?, essential reading--both practical and inspiring--for anyone who yearns to be a writer, anyone who simply needs to know how to get an idea across, and anyone in between--in short, everyone.

Sex and death : stories

August 29, 2016
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
vii, 325 pages ; 24 cm
"First published in 2016 in the United Kingdom by Faber & Faber Limited"--Title page verso.
"In this provocative and haunting collection of short stories, edited by two masters of the form, a diverse group of contemporary writers probes the nature and connection between two of the most powerful, exhilarating, and terrifying forces that define and shape the human experience. The drive for life—for survival and reproduction—and the drive for death—for violence and self-destruction—are the two dominant, instinctive urges of human behavior. These conflicting compulsions, characterized by Freud as Eros and Thanatos, are also the central themes of great literature. In Sex and Death, some of today’s most compelling writers from around the globe—Kevin Barry, Lynn Coady, Ceridwen Dovey, Robert Drewe, Damon Galgut, Petina Gappah, Sarah Hall, Peter Hobbs, Yiyun Li, Alexander MacLeod, Ben Marcus, Jon McGregor, Guadalupe Nettel, Courttia Newland, Taiye Selasi, Ali Smith, Wells Tower, Claire Vaye Watkins, Alan Warner, Clare Wigfall—explore these challenging themes with honesty, psychological acuity, brutality, tenderness, and empathy, in stories that are disquieting, illuminating, funny, and utterly dazzling."--from back cover.

Scary out there

August 29, 2016
New York, New York : SSBFYR, [2016]
498 pages ; 22 cm
The Doomsday Glass / by Brenna Yovanoff -- What happens to girls who disappear / by Carrie Ryan -- The mermaid aquarium: Weeki Wachee Springs, 1951 / by Cherie Priest -- As good as your word / by Ellen Hopkins -- The invisible girl / by Rachel Tafoya -- Death and Twinkies / by Zac Brewer -- Secret things / by Linda Addison -- Danny / by Josh Malerman -- Make it right / by Madeleine Roux -- Shadowtown blues / by Lucy A. Snyder -- Beyond the sea / by Nancy Holder -- The Whisper-Whisper Men / by Tim Waggoner -- Non-player character / by Neal & Brendan Shusterman -- Falling into darkness: poems / by Marge Simon -- What happens when the heart just stops / by Christopher Golden -- Chlorine-damaged hair, and other pool hazards / by Kendare Blake -- The old radio R.L. Stine -- Rites of passage: poems / by Jade Shames -- Corazón Oscuro / by Rachel Caine -- The boyfriend / by Steve Rasnic Tem -- Bearwalker / by Ilsa J. Bick.
"Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry compiles more than twenty stories and poems--written by members of the Horror Writers Association--in this terrifying collection about worst fears"-- Provided by publisher.

Libertarians on the prairie : Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the making of the Little House Books

August 24, 2016
Woodside, Christine, 1959- author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2016]
pages cm
"Generations of children have fallen in love with the pioneer saga of the Ingalls family, of Pa and Ma, Laura and her sisters, and their loyal dog, Jack. Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have taught millions of Americans about frontier life, giving inspiration to many and in the process becoming icons of our national identity. Yet few realize that this cherished bestselling series wandered far from the actual history of the Ingalls family and from what Laura herself understood to be central truths about pioneer life. In this groundbreaking narrative of literary detection, Christine Woodside reveals for the first time the full extent of the collaboration between Laura and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Rose hated farming and fled the family homestead as an adolescent, eventually becoming a nationally prominent magazine writer, biographer of Herbert Hoover, and successful novelist, who shared the political values of Ayn Rand and became a mentor to Roger Lea MacBride, the second Libertarian presidential candidate. Drawing on original manuscripts and letters, Woodside shows how Rose reshaped her mother's story into a series of heroic tales that rebutted the policies of the New Deal. Their secret collaboration would lead in time to their estrangement. A fascinating look at the relationship between two strong-willed women, Libertarians on the Prairie is also the deconstruction of an American myth"-- Provided by publisher.

Writing intriguing informational pieces

August 19, 2016
Vander Hook, Sue, 1949- author.
Minneapolis : Lerner Publications, [2016]
56 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.

Singnagtugaq : a Greenlander' dream

August 18, 2016
Storch, Mathias, 1883-1957, author.
126 pages ; 19 cm
"Published in 1915, Singnagtugaq: A Greenlanders Dream, created both furor and literary history as the first original novel in Greenlandic. Initially the book was seen as an encounter between the historic clash of good and evil-Danish colonizers and the colonized Greenlanders. The book portrays this encounter in vivid, harsh terms reflecting the time. At the end of the novel comes a vision of a future, modern Greenland, freed from colonial humiliation and poverty: the first literary expression of the desire for progress which later became so prominent in Greenlandic poetry and politics. It also described the first required Danish education for primary school students, not to serve as subservient to the Danish, but as a necessary part of a Greenlanders education and growth. Later, this apparent contradiction came to characterize Greenlandic cultural policy."--Provided by publisher

Scream : a memoir of glamour and dysfunction

August 17, 2016
Janowitz, Tama, author.
New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2016]
285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In this ... memoir, the original Lit Girl and author of ... Slaves of New York considers her life in and outside of New York City, from the heyday of the 1980s to her life today in a tiny upstate town that proves that fact is always stranger than fiction"--Publisher marketing.

The kite and the string : how to write with spontaneity and control - and live to tell the tale

August 16, 2016
Mattison, Alice, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
xx, 234 pages ; 22 cm
Part I: The kite and the string -- 1. Writing with freedom and common sense -- Part II: People taking action -- 2. Imagine -- 3. What to do with a good idea -- 4. Let happenings happen -- 5. Become someone else -- Part III: Stories and books: start to finish -- 6. Recognize stories, envision books -- 7. What killed the queen? and other uncertainties that keep a reader reading -- Part IV: Choosing to speak -- 8. Silence and storytelling -- Part V: Living to tell the tale -- 9. Revising our thought bubbles.
A targeted and insightful guide to the stages of writing fiction and memoir without falling into common traps, while wisely navigating the writing life, from an award-winning author and longtime teacher.

Think twice : a novel

August 16, 2016
Mlynowski, Sarah.
[United States? : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2016]
xi, 241 p. ; 22 cm.
Sequel to Don't even think about it.
"We used to be average New York City teenagers. Then, in tenth grade, we got flu shots and developed telepathy. Yes. Telepathy. We could read minds, and it wasn't always pretty. We tried to keep our ESP a secret, but the news spread until everyone knew about our special ability. Our teachers. Our friends. The New York Post. We became C-list celebrities. We even had our own groupies. Now, it's senior year, and with graduation around the corner we have plans--big plans--that involve being telepathic. So when one by one we start to lose our ESP, we have to take action. Fast. With the class brainiac on our side, we should be able to save our telepathy before it's too late. Right? Or will we have to learn how to survive without it once again?" -- p. [4] of cover

Writing fantastic fiction

August 16, 2016
Anderson, Jennifer Joline, author.
Minneapolis, MN :Lerner Publications, [2016]
56 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm.
Outlines "steps of writing a story from beginning to end. Learn how to gather inspiration and develop a story's characters. Then visualize and organize your story's plot with a writing map. And after you've written a really rough draft, check out tips for revising your work"--Page 4 of cover.

The bacchanal : and other horrific tales

August 8, 2016
[Place of publication not identified] : Dreaming Big Publications / [2016]
201 pages ; 21 cm
"Artwork (cover) by Keegan Strickland"--Cover.
The bacchanal on the roof / Donald McCarthy -- The encouragement specialists / TS Hall -- No experience necessary / Lorraine Nelson -- Extra small medium / Kathryn Hearst -- Mountain of the lost / Shannon Hollinger -- Bert and bones / John Kaniecki -- His own eyes / Ray Dean -- ...And lose his own soul / John Robinson -- Murder of crows / Thomas Kleaton -- Feed my queen / Joe DiCicco -- Art imitates death / Sean Taylor -- Concerning Mister Suffolk / Teel James Glenn.
A chilling collection of modern horror stories full of both creepy events and morbid humor.

Cold mountain : 100 poems

August 8, 2016
Hanshan, active 627-649.
New York : Columbia University Press, 1970.
118 pages : illustration ; 22 cm.
Selected translation of Hanshan shi ji.
"Reissued for the Columbia College Program of Translations from the Oriental Classics."

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