New Arrivals · Literature

February 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death

February 16, 2018
O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972- author.
288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Tinder Press, 2017.
Neck (1990) -- Lungs (1988) -- Spine, legs, pelvis, abdomen, head (1977) -- Whole body (1993) -- Neck (2002) -- Abdomen (2003) -- Baby and bloodstream (2005) -- Lungs (2000) -- Circulatory system (1991) -- Head (1975) -- Cranium (1998) -- Intestines (1994) -- Bloodstream (1997) -- Cause unknown (2003) -- Lungs (2010) -- Cerebellum (1980) -- Daughter (the present day).
We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter -- for whom this book was written -- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.

Making the monster : the science behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

February 14, 2018
Harkup, Kathryn, author.
304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"From the author of A is for Arsenic"--Cover.
part 1. Conception. Enlightenment ; Development ; Elopement ; Nascent -- part 2. Creation. Education ; Inspiration ; Collection ; Preservation ; Construction ; Electrification ; Reanimation -- part 3. Birth. Life ; Death -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Timeline of events.

A prairie girl's faith : the spiritual legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

February 13, 2018
Hines, Stephen W., author.
218 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Pioneer faith -- Still looking for the promised land -- Partners in faith -- Shadows on the grass -- A Mary and Martha mix -- Laura and Rose -- Building the little house -- Songs in the night -- The church potluck -- What Laura means to us.
An extended, in-depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women, Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House series books. Includes photos and authentic recipes from the Little House era.

The city : a cyberfunk anthology

February 13, 2018
359 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contains 18 stories by various authors.
Welcome to the city / by Milton J. Davis-- Knowledge-- Glitch / by Brandee Laird-- Mission: surreality / by K. Ceres Wright-- Free your mind (journal of Iset: the protector) / by Kai Leakes-- The man with no name / by D K Gaston--Street Moon's revolution / by Valjeanne Jeffers-- Welcome to liberty / by Howard Night-- Collard greens, hummingbirds and spider silk / by Malon Edwards-- Hunter's first rule / by Gerald L. Coleman-- Edge of Innocence / by Ced Pharaoh-- The runner's ball / by Ashtyn Foster-- The score / by Chanel Harry-- Darkest light / by Natiq Jalil-- How high the moon / by B. Sharise Moore-- The city mole / by Alan Jones-- Washed pure, washed clean / by Ray Dean-- Dreamer's recall / by Jeff Caroll-- The verdict / by Balogun Ojetade-- Move / by ZZ Claybourne.
"The City anthology is a unique creation. It's a concept anthology, a collection of stories where eighteen different authors share their vision of a single idea. It's Cyberfunk, cyberpunk stories that play with future concepts from an African/ African American perspective. Most of all it's engaging, exciting, thought provoking and fun. Like the inhabitants, the City is perceived in various ways by the various writers. Some stories intersect, some diverge, but they all entertain. The result is a journey into a unique world described by unique and engaging voices."--Page 4 of cover.

Black ink : literary legends on the peril, power, and pleasure of reading and writing

February 12, 2018
New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2018.
xxiv, 244 pages ; 24 cm
Foreword: -- Our first stories / Nikki Giovanni ; Introduction: -- Reading matters / Stephanie Stokes Oliver -- The peril, 1800-1900. Suspected of having a book / Frederick Douglass -- Nine years deprived of a sheet of paper / Solomon Northrup -- A whole race begins to read / Booker T. Washington -- The Negro in literature and art / W.E.B. Du Bois -- The power, 1900-1968 -- Books and things / Zora Neale Hurston -- Poetry is practical / Langston Hughes -- The business of the writer / James Baldwin -- Turning point / Malcolm X -- Lessons in living / Maya Angelou -- Morehouse College / Martin Luther King Jr. -- The site of memory / Toni Morrison -- Where are the people of color in children's books? / Walter Dean Myers -- Reading for revolution / Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture] -- Twenty-one / Alice Walker -- A temporary library in a small place / Jamaica Kincaid -- What is an African American classic? / Henry Louis Gates Jr. -- New Black scribe / Terry McMillan -- The pleasure, 1968-2017 -- MFA vs. POC / Junot D⩡z -- Create dangerously / Edwidge Danticat -- How to write / Colson Whitehead -- From Jamaica to Minnesota to myself / Marlon James -- I once was Miss America / Roxane Gay -- The mecca / Ta-Nehisi Coates -- The danger of the single story / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- Bonus feature -- What books mean to me / President Barack Obama -- an interview with Michiko Kakutani.
Spanning over 250 years of history, Black Ink traces black literature in America from Frederick Douglass to Ta-Nehisi Coates in this masterful collection of twenty-five illustrious and moving essays on the power of the written word. Throughout American history black people are the only group of people to have been forbidden by law to learn to read. This unique collection seeks to shed light on that injustice and subjugation, as well as the hard-won literary progress made, putting some of America's most cherished voices in a conversation in one magnificent volume that presents reading as an act of resistance. Organized into three sections, the Peril, the Power, and Pleasure, and with an array of contributors both classic and contemporary, Black Ink presents the brilliant diversity of black thought in America while solidifying the importance of these writers within the greater context of the American literary tradition. At times haunting and other times profoundly humorous, this unprecedented anthology guides you through the remarkable experiences of some of America's greatest writers and their lifelong pursuits of literacy and literature. The foreword was written by Nikki Giovanni. Contributors include: Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northup, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Walter Dean Myers, Stokely Carmichael [Kwame Ture], Alice Walker, Jamaica Kincaid, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Terry McMillan, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Colson Whitehead. The anthology features a bonus in-depth interview with President Barack Obama.

Flash! : writing the very short story

February 12, 2018
Dufresne, John, author.
xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes complete examples of very short fiction by more than thirty authors.
The intro -- Briefly -- Stories, short stories, and very short stories -- The lure of stories -- Points of view -- The qualities of a good short-short story -- Writing a short story; writing a very short story -- A formal feeling comes -- The art of the glimpse -- Long and short -- The way of all flash -- The outro.
"The history of fiction has been dominated by the novel and the short story. But now a brave new genre has emerged: very brief fiction. FLASH! identifies the qualities that make for excellent flash fiction, demystifies the writing process, and guides writers by exercise and example through the world of the very short story."--From back cover.

A primer for poets & readers of poetry

February 12, 2018
Orr, Gregory, author.
325 pages ; 21 cm
Part one: Disorder and order -- Poetry is both simple and complex -- Letting in the disorder -- the lyric invitation -- Part two: Powers of ordering -- Imagination at the threshold -- Lyric and narrative: two fundamental ordering impulses -- Some basic issues -- Part three: Words coming alive in poems -- Words coming alive in poems -- Naming -- Singing -- Saying -- Imagining -- Part four: Why poems? Why poets? -- Ecstasy ad engagement -- A second self in a second world -- Craft and quest.
"Guides the young poet toward a deeper understanding of how poetry can function in his or her life, while introducing the art in an exciting new way...It provides the poet with more than a dozen focused writing exercises and explains essential topics such as the personal and cultural threshold; the four corces that animate poetic language (naming, singing, saying, imagining); tactics of revision; ecstasy and engagement as motives for poetry; and how to locate and learn from our personal poetic forbears."--Back cover.

Writing for the educational market : informational books for kids

February 12, 2018
Salas, Laura Purdie, author.
176 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Publishing information from
"A children's writer inside guide from Mentors for Rent."
The trade market vs. the educational market -- Finding publishers and catalogs -- Open up those catalogs! -- Topics you hope to write about -- Writing for different age ranges -- The introductory packet -- The cover letter -- The rest of the introductory packet -- Writing clips or samples -- Writing samples from scratch -- Proposals -- Get feedback on your cover letter -- Analyzing a series -- Series guidelines -- Readability statistics -- Working with an editor -- Researching your book -- Photo research, expert consultants, Indices, and getting permissions -- Assessment writing -- Fiction for hire -- Money and contracts -- Schedules and goals.
A step-by-step guide to planning a career in writing for the educational market for children. Includes an introduction to understanding publisher catalogers and writing for series, sample query letters to publishers and many hints from the author's extensive career in educational writing.

After Ireland : writing the nation from Beckett to the present

February 5, 2018
Kiberd, Declan, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018.
xiii, 540 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2017 by Head of Zeus Ltd."--title page verso.
After Ireland? -- Beckett's inner exile -- Interchapter: A neutral Ireland? -- 'Gaeldom is over': The bell -- A talking corpse? Sairseal agus Dill -- A parrot in Ringsend -- aire Mhac an tSaoi -- Growing up absurd: Edna O'Brien and The country girls -- Frank O'Connor: A mammy's boy -- Interchapter: Secularization -- Richard Power and The hungry grass -- Interchapter: Emigration -- Emigration once again: Friel's Philadelphia -- Interchapter: Northern troubles -- Seamus Heaney: The death of ritual and the ritual of death -- Interchapter: Europeanization -- The art of science: Banville's Doctor Copernicus -- The double vision of Michael Hartnett -- Brian Friel's Faith healer -- Theatre as opera: The Gigli concert -- Frank McGuinness and Observe the sons-- Derek Mahon's Lost worlds -- Interchapter: Irish language -- Nuala NiDhomhnaill: Pharaoh's daughter -- Interchapter: Women's movement -- Eavan Boland: Outside history -- John McGahern's Amongst women -- Between First and Third World: Friel's Lughnasa -- Roddy Doyle: Paddy Clarke ha ha ha -- Interchapter: Peace comes dropping slow -- Seamus Deane: Reading in the dark -- Reading Eilis NiDhuibhne -- Making history: Joseph O'Connor -- Fallen nobility: McGahern's Rising sun -- Conor McPherson: The seafarer -- Claire Keegan: Foster -- Kate Thompson and The new policeman -- Conclusion: Going global?.
Ireland is suffering from a crisis of authority. Catholic Church scandals, political corruption, and economic collapse have shaken the Irish people's faith in their institutions and thrown the nation's struggle for independence into question. While Declan Kiberd explores how political failures and economic globalization have eroded Irish sovereignty, he also sees a way out of this crisis. After Ireland surveys thirty works by modern writers that speak to worrisome trends in Irish life and yet also imagine a renewed, more plural and open nation. It places these writers and others at the center of Ireland's ongoing fight for independence. In their diagnoses of Ireland's troubles, Irish artists preserve and extend a humane culture, planting the seeds of a sound moral economy.--Provided by publisher.

So you want to publish your own book & e-book: a step-by-step guide to fun & profitable publishing

February 1, 2018
Turner, Myra Faye, author.
Ocala, Florida : Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., [2017]
228 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Get ready -- Get set -- Go -- Publishing an e-book -- Literary agents -- Putting together your pitch package -- Your author platform.
"Publishing two books, selling film rights, and being in TIME magazine— these kind of seem like pipe dreams. However, this is actually the life story of Beth Reekles, the famous 17-year-old writer. Being a successful writer at a young age is no longer a pipe dream, and this book can help make it your reality. With a bit of humor and a conversationally quirky tone, this book shows the young adult audience how to write a killer query letter and book proposal. Teens will also learn what to look for in literary agents and editors and how to read the fine print on contracts. The creative part of book publishing is covered with beautifully colored photography and graphics; you will learn how to create an eye-catching cover as well as some basics on book design. Reader familiarity is the biggest factor in sales, with 60 percent of readers saying they're more likely to purchase if they've heard of the author. This may seem like a catch 22 for young people, but this book arms you with dozens of low-cost tactics to get your name in the limelight. You will learn about book tours, signings, and how to make the most of Amazon’s marketplace. Advice and information from all types of publishers and authors gives you a real-life glimpse into today's publishing industry."--Back cover.

The aspiring screenwriter's dirty lowdown guide to fame and fortune : tough lessons you need to know to take your script from premise to premiere

February 1, 2018
Rose, Andy (Screenwriter), author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2018.
xv, 287 pages ; 21 cm
"With years of experience with every major film studio and network, and dozens of successful screenplays, Andy knows the business. He's here to debunk the big screen and teach you how to write a blockbuster screenplay and, equally important, how to sell it. Andy has worked with the best: Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg to name a few. He has filled this book with real-life examples to learn from, including contracts, screenplays, treatments, press, and more. For anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a screenplay, for anyone who's wondered how to sell one, this is a must-read"--Backcover.

The Weight of words

January 29, 2018
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2017.
243 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
The Weight of words / Dave McKean -- Belladonna Nights / Alastair Reynolds -- The Orange tree by Maria Dahvana Headley -- Monkey and the lady / Neil Gaiman -- No one dies in nowhere Catherynne M. Valente -- Objects in the mirror Caitlin R. Kiernan -- Yummie M. John Harrison -- Robo rapid Joe R. Lansdale -- All I care about is you / Joe Hill -- The Language of birds / Dave McKean -- Broken face / Iain Sinclair -- The Train of death / Neil Gaiman
Ten authors have created a series of varied, compelling narratives, each inspired by one of McKean's extraordinary paintings.

It occurs to me that I am America : new stories and art

January 29, 2018
xix, 374 pages ; illustrations (some color), 24 cm
Foreword / Johnathan Santlofer -- Introduction / Viet Thanh Nguyen -- Speak! Speak! / Julia Alvarez -- Oh, Canada / Russell Banks -- Blackout / Jane Kent -- Party / Bliss Broyard -- Compline / Stephen, L. Carter -- Scenes from late paradise: stupidity ; Late America / Eric Fischl -- New blank document / Lee Child -- Tell her anyway / Bridget Hawkins -- Veterans Day / Mary Higgins Clark -- Atonement / Michael Cunningham -- Intersections / Mark Di Ionno -- Third twin / Anna Dunn -- Politics / Roz Chast -- Balancing acts / Louise Erdrich -- The Miss April Houses / Angela Flournoy -- The world is yours, the world is mine ; The many faces of Islam / Shahzia Sikander -- Fires / Elizabeth Frank - Hate for sale / Neil Gaiman -- Unaccountable / Philip Gourevitch -- White baby / James Hannaham -- Your sacred American rights bingo / Mimi Pond -- In the trees / Alice Hoffman -- Getting somewhere / Susan Isaacs - Guant⡮amo, ERF team: making prisoner in the eye ; Guant⡮amo, ERF team: waterboarding prisoner / Susan Crile -- Mr. Crime and punishment and war and peace / Gish Jen -- Finally I am American at heart / Ha Jin -- Arlington street / Lily King -- The harlot and the murderer: Sonia's story / Sheila Kohler -- Starry starry night ; Trade canoe: forty days and forty nights / Jaune Quick-To-See Smith -- "People are people" / Elinor Lipman -- The trout fisherman / Joyce Maynard -- Listen / Susan Minot -- Between storms / Walter Mosley -- Our cuntry needs you ; Tic-tac-toe ; Deep frost / Marilyn Minter -- "Good news!" / Joyce Carol Oates -- Island of tears... ; Island of hope! ; Ghost of Ellis Island / Art Spiegelman -- Safety first / Sara Paretsky -- Look away ; Loving in black & white / Beverly McIver -- Bystanders (April 2003) / Tom Piazza -- Lucky girl / Heidi Pitlor -- If they come in the morning / S. J. Rozan -- Top step / Richard Russo -- The ugliest American alphabet / Eric Orner -- Hope / Johnathan Santlofer -- The walk / Elizabeth Strout -- Vote Hillary / Deborah Kass -- Stop & shop / Paul Theroux -- Little house on the prairie holding company LLC / David Storey -- The way we read now / Justin Torres -- Don't despair / Alice Walker -- Learning American values / Edmund White -- Letter from Anthony D. Romero -- Acknowledgments -- Permissions.
"In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and the Women's March, this provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors--including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child--with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen"-- Provided by publisher.

The new voices of fantasy

January 29, 2018
325 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Hungry daughters of starving mothers / Alyssa Wong -- Selkie stories are for losers / Sofia Samatar -- Tornado's siren / Brooke Bolander -- Left the century to sit unmoved / Sarah Pinsker -- A kiss with teeth / Max Gladstone -- Jackalope wives / Ursula Vernon -- The cartographer wasps and the anarchist bees / E. Lily Yu -- The practical witch's guide to acquiring real estate / A.C. Wise -- The tallest doll in New York City / Maria Dahvana Headley -- The haunting of Apollo A7LB / Hannu Rajaniemi -- Here be dragons / Chris Tarry -- The one they took before / Kelly Sandoval -- Tiger baby / JY Yang -- The duck / Ben Loory -- Wing / Amal El-Mohtar -- The philosophers / Adam Ehrlich Sachs -- My time among the bridge blowers / Eugene Fischer -- The husband stitch / Carmen Maria Machado -- The pauper prince and the eucalyptus jinn / Usman T. Malik.
"In these nineteen stories, the enfants terribles of fantasy have arrived. The [book] captures some of the fastest-rising talents of the last five years, including Sofia Samatar, Maria Dahvana Headley, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Usman T. Malik, Brooke Bolander, E. Lily Yu, Ben Loory, Ursula Vernon, and more"

The diaries of Emilio Renzi : formative years

January 29, 2018
Piglia, Ricardo, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Restless Books, 2017.
xi, 448 pages ; 21 cm
"A giant of contemporary Latin American literature, Argentine novelist Ricardo Piglia's secret magnum opus was a compilation of 327 notebooks that he composed over nearly six decades, in which he imagined himself as his literary alter ego, Emilio Renzi. A world-weary detective, Renzi stars in many of his creator's works, much like Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman. But the Renzi of these diaries is something more complex--a multilayered reconstruction of the self that is teased out over intricate, illuminating pages. As Piglia/Renzi develops as a reader and writer, falls in love, and tussles with his tyrannical father, we get eye-opening perspectives on Latin America's tumultuous twentieth century. Obsessed with literary giants--from Borges and Cortázar (both of whom he knew), to Kafka and Camus--The Diaries comprise a celebration of reading as a vital, existential activity. When Piglia learned he had a fatal illness in 2011, he raced to complete his mysterious masterwork as rumors about the book intensified among his many fans. First released in Spanish as a trilogy to tremendous applause, The Diaries of Emilio Renzi cements Piglia's place in the global canon."

Frankenstein : the 1818 text, contexts, criticism

January 29, 2018
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2012.
xviii, 524 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
The Text of Frankenstein -- Contexts -- Circumstance, Influence, Composition, Revision -- Introduction to Frankenstein, Third Edition (1831) / Mary Shelley -- Letter Prefaced to the Vampyre (1819) / John William Polidori -- The Composition of Frankenstein / M.K. Joseph -- Assembling Frankenstein / Chris Baldick -- Mary Shelley and the Power of Contemporary Science / Richard Holmes -- The Significance of Place: Ingolstadt / Jane Goodall -- Texts in Search of an Editor: Reflections on the Frankenstein Notebooks and on Editorial Authority / Charles E. Robinson -- Choosing a Text of Frankenstein to Teach / Anne K. Mellor -- Reception, Impact, Adaptation -- On Frankenstein / Percy Bysshe Shelley -- From The Quarterly Review (January 1818) / John Croker -- From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (March 1818) / Sir Walter Scott -- On Frankenstein (March 1818) / Edinburgh Magazine -- On Frankenstein (April 1818) / Gentleman's Magazine -- On Frankenstein (August-November 1824) / Knight's Quarterly -- Introduction to the Routledge World Library Edition (1886) / Hugh Reginald Haweis -- The Reception of Frankenstein / Chris Baldick -- Frankenstein's Impact / William St. Clair -- The Monster Lives On / Susan Tyler Hitchcock -- Frankenstein as Historical Metaphor / Elizabeth Young -- Approaches to Frankenstein [in Film] / David Pirie -- Sources, Influences, Analogues -- Biblical Account of Creation / The Book of Genesis -- From Paradise Lost / John Milton -- Mont Blanc (1816) ; The Sea of Ice (1817) ; Mutability / Percy Bysshe Shelley -- Prometheus ; Darkness ; From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III (1816) / Lord Byron -- The Old Familiar Faces / Charles Lamb -- Criticism -- Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism / George Levine -- Female Gothic: The Monster's Mother / Ellen Moers -- Mary Shelley's Monstrous Eve / Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar -- My Hideous Progeny: The Lady and the Monster / Mary Poovey -- Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein / Anne K. Mellor -- What is a Monster? (According to Frankenstein) / Peter Brooks -- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, and the Spectacle of Masculinity / Bette London -- Frankenstein and Radical Science / Marilyn Butler -- Frankenstein, the True Story; or, Rousseau Judges Jean-Jacques / Lawrence Lipking -- In the Absence of Audience: Of Reading and Dread in Mary Shelley / Garrett Stewart -- Looking at the Monster: Frankenstein and Film / James A.W. Heffernan -- The Reading Monster / Patrick Brantlinger -- Frankenstein and the State of Nature / Jonathan Bate -- Frankenstein, Racial Science, and the Yellow Peril / Anne K. Mellor -- Electrical Romanticism / Jane Goodall -- Geographic Boundaries and Inner Space: Frankenstein, Scientific Exploration, and the Quest for the Absolute / Christa Knellwolf.
This extensively revised Norton Critical Edition includes new texts and illustrative materials that convey the enduring global conversation about Frankenstein and its author. The text is that of the 1818 first edition, published in three volumes by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Jones. It is accompanied by an expansive new preface, explanatory annotations, a map of Geneva and its environs, and seven illustrations, five of them new to the Second Edition.

Meet cute

January 25, 2018
314 pages ; 22 cm
Siege etiquette / Katie Cotugno -- Print shop / Nina LaCour -- Hourglass / Ibi Zoboi -- Click / Katharine McGee -- The intern / Sara Shepard -- Somewhere that's green / Meredith Russo -- The way we love here / Dhonielle Clayton -- Oomph / Emery Lord -- The dictionary of you and me / Jennifer L. Armentrout -- The unlikely likelihood of falling in love / Jocelyn Davies -- 259 million miles / Kass Morgan -- Something real / Julie Murphy -- Say everything / Huntley Fitzpatrick -- The department of dead love / Nicola Yoon.
A collection of short stories exploring the moment when a couple meets for the first time--from an African American girl in upstate New York who simultaneously finds a prom dress and a date to a transgender girl who confronts the student blocking her right to use the school restroom.

The new annotated Frankenstein

January 25, 2018
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
lxxix, 352 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
"'Remarkably, a nineteen-year-old, writing her first novel, penned a tale that combines tragedy, morality, social commentary, and a thoughtful examination of the very nature of knowledge,' writes ... author Leslie S. Klinger in his foreword to The New Annotated Frankenstein. Despite its undeniable status as one of the most influential works of fiction ever written, Mary Shelley's novel is often reductively dismissed as the wellspring for tacky monster films or as a cautionary tale about experimental science gone haywire. Now, two centuries after the first publication of Frankenstein, Klinger revives Shelley's gothic masterpiece by reproducing her original text with the most lavishly illustrated and comprehensively annotated edition to date. Featuring over 200 illustrations and nearly 1,000 annotations, this sumptuous volume recaptures Shelley's early nineteenth-century world with historical precision and imaginative breadth, tracing the social and political roots of the author's revolutionary brand of Romanticism. Braiding together decades of scholarship with his own keen insights, Klinger recounts Frankenstein's indelible contributions to the realms of science fiction, feminist theory, and modern intellectual history--not to mention film history and popular culture. The result of Klinger's exhaustive research is a multifaceted portrait of one of Western literature's most divinely gifted prodigies, a young novelist who defied her era's restrictions on female ambitions by independently supporting herself and her children as a writer and editor. Born in a world of men in the midst of a political and an emerging industrial revolution, Shelley crafted a horror story that, beyond its incisive commentary on her own milieu, is widely recognized as the first work of science fiction. The daughter of a pioneering feminist and an Enlightenment philosopher, Shelley lived and wrote at the center of British Romanticism, the 'exuberant, young movement' that rebelled against tradition and reason and 'with a rebellious scream gave birth to a world of gods and monsters' (Guillermo del Toro). Following his best-selling The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft and The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Klinger not only considers Shelley's original 1818 text but, for the first time in any annotated volume, traces the effects of her significant revisions in the 1823 and 1831 editions. With an afterword by renowned literary scholar Anne K. Mellor, The New Annotated Frankenstein celebrates the prescient genius and undying legacy of the world's 'first truly modern myth.' "--Jacket.

Agatha Christie : traveler, archaeologist, and author

January 23, 2018
Engsberg Cunningham, Meghan M., author.
New York : Cavendish Square Publishing, 2018.
128 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
World wars, English society, and detective fiction -- Childhood dreams -- Christie embraces adulthood -- The great detective novel -- The Agatha Christie phenomenon -- Glossary -- Chronology.
Listed as the best-selling novelist of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records, Agatha Christie can easily be considered a household name, but writing amazing stories is not all she accomplished. This book discusses her life including her experiences as a volunteer during World War I, archaeologist, traveler, and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, as well as her continued influence on the world today.

Robots vs fairies

January 23, 2018
London ; New York : SAGA, 2018.
373 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction / by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe -- Build me a wonderland / by Seanan McGuire -- Quality time / by Ken Liu -- Murmured under the moon / by Tim Pratt -- The blue fairy's manifesto / by Annalee Newitz -- Bread and milk and salt / by Sarah Gailey -- Ironheart / by Jonathan Maberry -- Just another love song / by Kat Howard -- Sound and fury / by Mary Robinette Kowal -- The bookcase expedition / by Jeffrey Ford -- Work shadow/shadow work / by Madeline Ashby -- Second to the left, and straight on / by Jim C. Hines -- The buried giant / by Lavie Tidhar -- Robots experience objects left behind from the era of humans for the first time / by John Scalzi -- Ostentation of peacocks / by Delilah S. Dawson -- All the time we've left to spend / by Alyssa Wong -- Adriftica / by Maria Dahvana Headley -- To a cloven pine / by Max Gladstone -- A fall counts anywhere / by Catherynne M. Valente.
It's the ultimate death match between the mechanical and the magical! When the lasers cease firing and the fairy dust settles, who will triumph in these epic battles between the artificial and the supernatural? Choose a side....

Frankenstein, or, the modern Prometheus : annotated for scientists, engineers, and creators of all kinds

January 23, 2018
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851, author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
xxxv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction / by Charles E. Robinson -- Frankenstein, or, the modern Prometheus. Volume I -- Volume II -- Volume III -- Introduction to Frankenstein (1831) -- Chronology of science and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley -- Essays. Traumatic responsibility : Victor Frankenstein as creator and casualty / by Josephine Johnston -- I've created a monster? (and so can you) / by Cory Doctorow -- Changing conceptions of human nature / by Jane Maienschein and Kate MacCord -- Undisturbed by reality : Victor Frankenstein's technoscientific dream of reason / by Alfred Nordmann -- Frankenstein reframed; or, the trouble with Prometheus / by Elizabeth Bear -- Frankenstein, gender, and mother nature / by Anne K. Mellor -- The bitter aftertaste of technical sweetness / by Heather E. Douglas.
This new critical edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was developed by leading scholars for aspiring scientists, engineers, and medical professionals. This unique framing will make this a core text in promoting and enhancing interdisciplinary dialogue on the nature, roles, and responsibilities of scientists and engineers in society. To be published in time for the 2018 bicentennial of its original publication, this edition will be produced in print and as an enhanced e-book. The e-book will contain the full text of the novel (in the public domain) plus all of the substantial scholarly material that was commissioned and developed for this new edition, including essays by leading scholars, and will be most valuable to students and teachers of ethics. Digital features will include include reader annotation, bookmarking, and multimedia content. -- Provided by publisher.

Love beyond body, space, and time : an Indigenous LGBT sci-fi anthology

January 23, 2018
120 pages ; 24 cm
Letter from the editor / Hope Nicholson -- Beyond the grim dust of what was / Grave L. Dillon -- Returning to ourselves: two spirit futures and the now / Niigaan Sinclair -- Aliens / Richard Van Camp -- Legends are made, not born / Cherie Dimaline -- Perfectly you / David A. Robertson -- The boys who became the hummingbirds / Daniel Heath Justice -- Né Łe! / Darcie Little Badger -- Transitions / Gwen Benaway -- Imposter Syndrome / Mari Kurisato -- Valediction at the Star View Motel / Nathan Adler -- Parallax / Cleo Keahna.
"Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time is an anthology of science fiction and urban fantasy stories starring First Nations and Metis characters with a LGBT and two-spirit theme."-- Provided by publisher.

Captain Cuttle's mailbag : history, folklore & Victorian pedantry from the pages of "Notes & Queries"

January 22, 2018
272 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Anecdotes of history -- Relics of folklore -- Language and literature -- Scientific investigations.
How did the Honorable Miss E. St. Leger become a Freemason? Did Lord Byron meet a hippopotamus, or was it only a tapir? Whence the popular prejudice against redheads? These were among the topics discussed in the pages of Notes and Queries, a weekly magazine founded in London in 1849 as "a medium of inter-communication for literary men, artists, antiquaries, genealogists, etc." Its motto was "When found, make a note of"--a saying of Captain Cuttle, the hook-handed old salt of Dickens's Dombey and Son. Some subscribers to Notes and Queries contributed brief notes on curious facts they had uncovered; other sent in arcane queries to be answered.

Jane Austen : the banker's sister

January 18, 2018
Clery, E. J., author.
London : Biteback Publishing, 2017.
361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Dead men's shoes: Lady Susan, Elinor and Marianne, First Impressions (1793-1800) -- Modern times: Northanger Abbey and The Watsons (1800-1805) -- Henry turns banker: Lady Susan and the Popham poem (1806-1809) -- The self-made author: Sense and Sensibility (1810-1811) -- Whig history: Pride and Prejudice (1811-1813) -- Speculative society: Mansfield Park (1813-1814) -- Uncommercial Emma (1814-1815) -- Second spring: Persuasion (1815-1816) -- 'The choicest gift of heaven': Sanditon and Winchester Races (1816-1817).
"When it was announced that Jane Austen would appear on the new £10 note in 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death, there was a flurry of media excitement. Few noted that a £10 Austen banknote was already in existence, albeit one issued by her brother. Henry Austen had set up as a banker in 1804, and built up a small empire of country banks. But Henry went unmentioned, and for good reason―he had gone spectacularly bust in the crash of 1816, the year before Jane died. Versions of Henry appear throughout her novels, not least in the charming but unscrupulous Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park, master of the fashionable card game Speculation. In her last novels, Jane worked through her increasing doubts about the speculative mindset and the shock caused by the collapse of Henry's enterprise. Exploring the close parallels between the speculative political economy of the late eighteenth century and that of the present day, Jane Austen: The Banker's Sister counters the stereotype of the spinster tucked away in a Hampshire village, detached from the great historical changes of her era. Based on wholly new research, including sensational new evidence of Henry's entanglements in the dissolute circle around the Prince Regent, this fascinating new volume will change the way Austen's life and her novels are understood."--Back cover.

Frankenstein : how a monster became an icon, the science and enduring allure of Mary Shelley's creation

January 16, 2018
xvi, 239 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The tale of a tormented creature created in a laboratory began in 1816 in the imagination of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Since its publication in 1818 "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" has spread around the globe through every possible medium and variation.. Yet in it's long history, Frankenstein's central premise - that science, not magic or God, can create a living being, and thus these creators must answer for their actions - is most relevant today as scientists approach creating synthetic life. In its popular and cultural wieght and its expression of the ethical issues raised by the advance of science, physicist Sidney Perkowitz and film expert Eddy Von Mueller have brought together scholars and scientists, artists and directors to celebrate and examine Mary Shelley's creation and its legacy as the monster moves into his next century.

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