New Arrivals · Literature

May 22, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Women's comedic monologues that are actually funny

May 21, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, An Imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, 2014
vii, 206 pages ; 20 cm.

Welcome to my breakdown : a memoir

May 20, 2015
Little, Benilde.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The nationally bestselling author of Good Hair and The Itch pens her first book of nonfiction, a "momoir" about her own journey caring for aging parents, raising children, being married, plunging to the depths of depression, and climbing her way out. My mother was gone. I never thought I would survive her death. A major bestselling novelist and former magazine editor, long married to a handsome and successful stockbroker with whom she has a beautiful daughter and son, Benilde Little once had every reason to feel on top of the world. But as illness, the aging of her parents, and other hurdles interrupted her seemingly perfect life, she took a tailspin into a pit of clinical depression. Told in her own fearless and wise voice, Welcome to My Breakdown chronicles a cavern of depression so dark that Benilde didn't know if she'd ever recover from what David Foster Wallace called "a nausea of the soul." She discusses everything from her Newark upbringing, once-frequent visits to a Muslim mosque, and how it felt to date a married man, to her doubts about marriage, being caught between elder care and childcare, and ultimately how she treated her depression and found a way out. Writing in the courageous tradition of great female storytellers such as Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, and Pearl Cleage, Benilde doesn't hold back as she shares insights, inspiration, and intimate details of her life. Powerful, relatable, and ultimately redemptive, Welcome to My Breakdown is a remarkable memoir about the power within us all to rise from despair and to feel hope and joy again"-- Provided by publisher.

In performance : contemporary monologues for men and women late teens - twenties

May 15, 2015
xii, 186 pages ; 20 cm.
Men's monologues -- The drunken city / Adam Bock -- Mercy / Laura Cahill -- From up here / Liz Flahive -- Milk like sugar / Kirsten Greenidge -- Six degrees of separation / John Guare -- Bachelorette / Leslye Headland -- Hit the wall / Ike Holter -- Water by the spoonful / Quiara Alegría -- The vandal / Hamish Linklater -- Ella / Dano Madden -- The four of us / Itamar Moses -- Jailbait / Deirdre O'Connor -- Wild / Crystal Skillman -- Victoria Martin: math team queen / Kathryn Walat -- Women's Monologues -- The drunken city / Adam Bock -- Full bloom / Suzanne Bradbeer -- All new people / Zach Braff -- Mercy / Laura Cahill -- Lascivious something / Shelia Callaghan -- Almost, Maine / John Cariani -- Snow day / Eliza Clark -- From up here / Liz Flahive -- Milk like sugar / Kirsten Greenidge -- Bachelorette / Leslye Headland -- 4000 miles / Amy Herzog -- Speech and debate / Stephen Karam -- Well / Lisa Kron -- Brooklyn boy / Donald Margulies -- Victoria Martin: math team queen / Kathryn Walat.
" ... In Performance is intended for young people who are auditioning for both undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional productions and industry meetings. Featured are dynamic monologues from contemporary stage plays of the past fifteen years. Along with covering the basics of how to match the best monologue to the actor and how to approach the rehearsal and performance of the piece, the book provides a synopsis of each play, a character description, and a list of questions specific to each monologue that will direct the actor toward shaping a complex, honest, and thoughtful performance that has a strong emotional connection, a clear arc, and playable actions."--Page 4 of cover.

One on one : the best monologues for mature actors

May 15, 2015
Milwaukee, WI : Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Corporation, 2015.
xv, 201 pages ; 20 cm.

How to write about music : excerpts from the 33 1/3 series, magazines, books and blogs with advice from industry-leading writers

May 15, 2015
New York, NY, USA ; London, UK : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., 2015.
xv, 415 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

The life of Saul Bellow : to fame and fortune, 1915-1964

May 14, 2015
Leader, Zachary, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
xii, 812 pages, 24 unumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Based on much heretofore unavailable archival material and access to close relations, and extraordinary for the diligence of its scholarship, the unsparingness of its scope, and the engaging clarity of its prose, this booktraces not only Bellow's rise to literary eminence--from the roots of his family in St. Petersburg, Russia, to his birth and childhood in Quebec to his years in Chicago and at the University of Chicago, to right before the breakout commercial success of his novel Herzog in 1964--but also Bellow's life away from the desk, which was rich with incident. In the mornings he wrote; in the afternoons, he went out and got into trouble. Often this trouble involved women--spirited, intelligent, beautiful women. And more: throughout we are given fresh and fulsome readings of Bellow's work, from his early writings and debut novel Dangling Man to Herzog"-- Provided by publisher.

The Brontë cabinet : three lives in nine objects

May 8, 2015
Lutz, Deborah, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
xxv, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Tiny books -- Pillopatate -- Out walking -- Keeper, Grasper, and other family animals -- Fugitive letters -- The alchemy of desks -- Death made material -- Memory albums -- Migrant relics.

Dreams of shreds & tatters

May 8, 2015
Downum, Amanda, author.
Oxford, UK : Solaris, 2015.
255 pages ; 20 cm.
"When Liz Drake's best friend vanishes, nothing can stop her nightmares. Driven by the certainty he needs her help, she crosses a continent to search for him. She finds Blake comatose in a Vancouver hospital, victim of a mysterious accident that claimed his lover's life -- in her dreams he drowns. Blake's new circle of artists and mystics draws her in, but all of them are lying or keeping dangerous secrets. Soon nightmare creatures stalk the waking city, and Liz can't fight a dream from the daylight world: to rescue Blake she must brave the darkest depths of the Dreamlands."-- Publisher's web site.

A dictionary of phrase and fable : giving the derivation, source, or origin of common phrases, allusions and words that have a tale to tell

May 8, 2015
Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham, 1810-1897.
London : Cassell & Company, Limited, [1880]
viii, 1061 pages ; 20 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in red morocco and inlaid marbled trapezoidal pattern, with spine stamped in gold, top edge gilt, and fancy marbled endpapers.

The reader's handbook of allusions, references, plots and stories : with two appendices

May 8, 2015
Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham, 1810-1897.
Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1880.
xiii, 1170 pages ; 21 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in red morocco and inlaid marbled trapezoidal pattern, with spine stamped in gold, top edge gilt, and fancy marbled endpapers.

I regret nothing

May 6, 2015
Lancaster, Jen, 1967-
New York, New York : New American Library, [2015]
viii, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes the author's haphazard attempts to make and fulfill a bucket list involving humiliating experiments with tattoo removal, eating pasta in Rome, and navigating a menagerie of rescued pets.

Everything you ever wanted : a memoir

May 6, 2015
Lauren, Jillian.
New York, New York : Plume, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
254 pages ; 21 cm
"'A punk rock Scheherazade' (Margaret Cho) shares the zigzagging path that took her from harem member to PTA member. In her younger years, Jillian Lauren was a college dropout, a drug addict, and an international concubine in the Prince of Brunei's harem, an experience she immortalized in in her bestselling memoir, SOME GIRLS. In her thirties, Jillian's most radical act was learning the steadying power of love when she and her rock star husband adopt an Ethiopian child with special needs. After Jillian loses a close friend to drugs, she herself is saved by her fierce, bold love for her son as she fights to make him--and herself--feel safe and at home in the world. Exploring complex ideas of identity and reinvention, Everything You Ever Wanted is a must-read for everyone, especially every mother, who has ever hoped for a second act in life"-- Provided by publisher.

Sea fever : the true adventures that inspired our greatest maritime authors, from Conrad to Masefield, Melville and Hemingway

April 30, 2015
Jefferson, Sam, author.
London : Adlard Coles Nautical, 2015.
330 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Finding Peter : a true story of the hand of providence and evidence of life after death

April 28, 2015
Blatty, William Peter.
Washington, D.C. : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2015]
xiii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Blatty,... lived a charmed life among the elite stars of Hollywood. His son Peter, born over a decade after The Exorcist, grew from an apple-cheeked boy into an "imposing young man with a quick, warm smile." But when Peter died very suddenly from a rare disorder, Blatty's world turned upside down. As he and his wife struggled through their unrelenting grief, a series of strange and supernatural events began occurring-and Blatty became convinced that Peter was sending messages from the afterlife."-- Provided by publisher.

L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the future.

April 27, 2015
Los Angeles, CA : Bridge Publications,
v. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Imprint varies: v.20-<31> Hollywood, CA : Galaxy Press.

It came from Ohio! : my life as a writer

April 21, 2015
Stine, R. L.
New York : Scholastic, c2015, c1997.
152 p. : ill., ports ; 22 cm.
They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! A humorous, fast-paced portrait of the author of the Goosebumps series tells young readers what R. L. Stine was like as a kid, how he became a writer, and where he gets his ideas from.

The bird market of Paris : a memoir

April 17, 2015
Moustaki, Nikki, 1970-
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
242 pages ; 22 cm
"An avian expert and poet shares a true story of beloved birds, a remarkable grandfather, a bad-girl youth--and an astonishing redemption. Nikki Moustaki, author of The Bird Market of Paris, grew up in 1980s Miami, the only child of parents who worked, played, and traveled for luxury sports car dealerships. At home, her doting grandmother cooked for and fed her, but it was her grandfather--an evening-gown designer, riveting storyteller, and bird expert--who was her mentor and dearest companion. Like her grandfather, Nikki fell hard for birds. 'Birds filled my childhood,' she writes, 'as blue filled the sky.' Her grandfather showed her how to hypnotize chickens, sneak up on pigeons, and handle baby birds. He gave her a white dove to release for luck on each birthday. And he urged her to, someday, visit the bird market of Paris. But by the time Nikki graduated from college and moved to New York City, she was succumbing to alcohol and increasingly unable to care for her flock. When her grandfather died, guilt-ridden Nikki drank even more. In a last-ditch effort to honor her grandfather, she flew to France hoping to visit the bird market of Paris to release a white dove. Instead, something astonishing happened there that saved Nikki's life"-- Provided by publisher.

Flash fiction international : very short stories from around the world

April 10, 2015
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.
277 pages ; 21 cm
The story, victorious / Etgar Keret -- Please hold me the forgotten way / H. J. Shepard -- Prisoner of war / Muna Fadhil -- The waterfall / Alberto Chimal -- Eating bone / Shabnam Nadiya -- Esse / Czetaw Mitosz -- The gospel of Guy No-Horse / Natalie Diaz -- Man carrying books / Linh Dinh -- The attraction of asphalt / Stefani Nellen -- Barnes / Edmundo Paz Soldan -- A sailor / Randa Jarrar -- The voice of the enemy / Juan Villoro -- An Imperial message / Franz Kafka -- Trilogy / Antonio Lopez Ortega -- Shattered / Shirani Rajapakse -- Bruise / Stuart Dybek -- Love / Edgar Omar Aviles -- First impressions / Ricardo Sumalavia -- Fire. Water. /Avital Gad-Cykman -- The snake / Eric Rugara -- An ugly man / Marcela Fuentes -- The lord of the flies / Marco Denevi -- Honor killing / Kim Young-ha -- Signs / Bess Winter -- Idolatry / Sherman Alexie -- Lost / Alberto Fuguet -- The extravagant behavior of the naked woman / Josefina Estrada -- Sleeping habit / Yasunari Kawabata -- Night drive / Ruben Fonseca -- Truthful lies / Frankie McMillan -- The tiger / Mohibullah Zegham -- Everyone out of the pool / Robert Lopez -- The baby / Maria Negroni -- Aglaglagl / Bruce Holland Rogers -- The five new sons / Zakaria Tamer -- The vending machine at the end of the world / Josephine Rowe -- The past / Juan Carlos Botero -- Everyone does intergral calculus / Kuzhali Manickavel -- Little girls / Tara Laskowski -- Ronggeng / Yin Ee Kiong -- Butterfly forever / Chen Qiyou -- Labyrinth / Juan Jose Barrientos -- The light eater / Kirsty Logan -- Late for dinner / Jim Crace -- Volcanic fireflies / Monica Lavin -- Insomnia / Vigilio Pinera -- Four hands / Margarita Meklina -- Engkanto / Peter Zaragoza Mayshle -- Without a net / Ana Maria Shua -- Appointment in Samarra / W. Somerset Maugham -- The Hawak / Brian Doyle -- The egg pyramid / Nuala Ni Chonchuir -- An ouroboric novel / Giorgio Manganelli -- The color / Jon McGregor -- Like a family / Meg Pokrass -- The madonna round Evelina's / Pierre J. Mejlak -- My brother at the Canadian Border / Sholeh Wolpe -- Skull of a sheep / James Claffey -- Arm, clean off / Cate McGowan -- Finished symphony / Augusto Monterroso -- When a dollar was a big deal / Ari Behn -- Amerika street / Lili Potpara -- Joke / Giannis Palavos -- Heavy bones / Tania Hershman -- Dream #6 / Naguib Mahfouz -- Daniela / Roberto Bolano -- Sovetskoye Shampanskoye / Berit Ellingsen -- Consuming the view / Luigi Malerba -- Reunion / Edward Mullany -- The interpreter for the tribunal / Tony Eprile -- The gutter / Ethel Rohan -- Three-second angels / Judd Hampton -- The lament of Hester Muponda -- Petina Gappah -- Farewell, I love you, and goodbye / James Tate -- The most beautiful girl / Peter Stamm -- The ache / Elena Bossi -- The young widow / Petronius -- Fun house / Robert Scotellaro -- Squeegee / James Norcliffe -- From the roaches' perspective / Qiu Xiaolong -- Not far from the tree / Karina M. Szczurek -- Family / Jensen Beach -- Honey / Antonio Ungar -- Hotel room / Juan Jose Saer -- The nihilist / Ron Carlson -- Stories / Natasza Goerke.

The life of images : selected prose

April 10, 2015
Simic, Charles, 1938-
x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
From Wonderful words, silent truth. Why I like certain poems more than others ; Reading philosophy at night ; Chinese boxes and puppet theaters ; Notes on poetry and philosophy -- From The unemployed fortune-teller. The flute player in the pit ; Food and happiness ; The little Venus of the Eskimos ; Fried sausage ; Elegy in a spider's web ; Shop, Le Bacarès ; No cure for the blues -- From Orphan factory. Charles the obscure ; In praise of invective ; Orphan factory ; The trouble with poetry ; Cut the comedy ; The poetry of village idiots ; Fearful paradise ; Night sky -- From The metaphysician in the dark. In praise of folly ; The devil is a poet ; The power of ambiguity ; Buster Keaton ; Poetry and history ; The romance of sausages ; Poetry : the art of memory ; Stargazing in the cinema : on Joseph Cornell -- Literature and the Gods : Roberto Calasso -- From Memory piano. Saul Steinberg ; The singing Simics ; Tsvetaeva : the tragic life ; Adam's umbrella ; From The renegade. The renegade -- Reading about utopia in New York City ; Salvation through laughter ; The life of images ; The powers of invention -- Uncollected. The true adventures of Franz Kafka's cage ; My secret ; Oh, what a lovely war! ; Insomnia's philosopher.

Map : collected and last poems

April 9, 2015
Szymborska, Wisława, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
xiv, 447 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Visions and revisions : coming of age in the age of aids

April 7, 2015
Peck, Dale.
New York, N Y : Soho Press, 2015.
212 pages ; 22 cm
"Novelist and critic Dale Peck's latest work--part memoir, part extended essay--is a foray into what the author calls "the second half of the first half of the AIDS epidemic," i.e., the period between 1987, when the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) was founded, and 1996, when the advent of combination therapy transformed AIDS from a virtual death sentence into a chronic manageable illness. Reminiscent of Joan Didion's The White Album and Kurt Vonnegut's Palm Sunday, Visions and Revisions has been assembled from over a dozen essays and articles that have been extensively rewritten and recombined to form a sweeping, collage-style portrait of a tumultuous era. Moving seamlessly from the lyrical to the analytical to the reportorial, Peck's story takes readers from the serial killings of gay men in New York, London, and Milwaukee, through Peck's first loves upon coming out of the closet, to the transformation of LGBT people from marginal, idealistic fighters to their present place in a world of widespread, if fraught, mainstream acceptance. The narrative pays particular attention the words and deeds of AIDS activists, offering a street-level portrait of ACT UP with considerations of AIDS-centered fiction and criticism of the era, as well as intimate, sometimes elegiac portraits of artists, activists, and HIV-positive people Peck knew. Peck's fiery rhetoric against a government that sat on its hands for the first several years of the epidemic is tinged with the idealism of a young gay man discovering his political, artistic, and sexual identity. The result is a visionary and indispensable work from one of America's most brilliant and controversial authors. "-- Provided by publisher.

Listen to your mother : what she said then, what we're saying now

April 7, 2015
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
246 pages ; 22 cm
Foreword / Ann Imig -- Matryoshka dolls / Mary Jo Pehl -- What matters most / Zach Wahls -- The meat grinder / Jen Rubin -- It's always bad news / Marinka -- I felt like something / Megan Stielstra -- A year at the lake / Jenny Fiore -- The broken bowl / Jennifer Ball -- Mo'betta mama / Tasneem Grace Tewogbola -- The reach of a small moment / Alexandra Rosas -- Becoming invisible / Lea Grover -- Motherhood off the beaten path / Margaret Smith -- The job of motherhood / Wendi Adams -- Not a princess / Vikki Reich -- Threads / Stacey Conner -- She knew it / Natalie Cheung Hall -- Peanut butter and jelly / Taya Dunn Johnson -- The good-bye app / Kate St. Vincent Vogl -- More than an aunt, less than a mom / Jerry Mahoney -- The confession jar / Jenny Forrester -- Unspeakable sacrifice / Angie Miller -- Shy / Haddayr Copley-Woods -- Mothering you, my son: in six chapters / Ann Breidenbach -- What if / Lisa Page Rosenberg -- Swimsuit edition / Jennifer Sutton -- The cookie jar / Patty Chang Anker -- My mother the protector / Eddy Jordan -- Cocktail playdate dropout / Stefanie Wilder-Taylor -- The mother of all fathers / Robert Shaffron -- A much-needed slap in the face / Yoon Park -- Idiopathic / Amy Wilson -- Nick's story / Nadine C. Warner -- Prepare to be judged, and possibly stabbed. / Jenny Lawson -- Monkey, speak / Robyn Rasberry -- The wondering / Greta Funk -- Be happy, have a good life, remember me / Ann Stewart Zachwieja -- My mom fought the Nazis and won / Brian Lavendel -- I want to be a nothing / Jenifer Joy Madden -- Mother: a multiplication lesson / Dana Maya -- All you need is lovey / Katie Wise -- The upside to down / Mery Smith -- Artichokes / Kathy Curto -- Does your mom play drums? / Michelle Cruz Gonzales -- Steam power / Helen Reese -- In praise of the other mother / Nancy Davis Kho -- Three little letters / Lisa Allen -- The tiny bridge-maker / Jennifer Newcomb Marine -- Bottle caps, apple trees, and hope / Sheila Quirke -- Pregnant again / Edward McCann -- Becoming da mommy / M. Penny Manson -- Mothering through the storm / Rebecca Anderson-Brown -- Waiting for my kids to wish me a happy Mother's Day / Meggan Sommerville -- The children ate my gratitude / Ann Imig -- Raised by lesbians: on my makeup-free mom, my fashion-challenged moments, and raising a Disney daughter in a feminist world / Jennifer Weiner -- Orbits / Ruth Pennebaker -- Leaps and bounds / Barbara Patrick -- Hummingbird: a love letter to the mothers at church / Liz Joynt Sandberg.
"Irreverent, thought-provoking, hilarious, and edgy: a collection of personal stories celebrating motherhood, featuring #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner, and many other notable writers. Listen to Your Mother is a fantastic awakening of why our mothers are important, taking readers on a journey through motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. Based on the sensational national performance movement, Listen to Your Mother showcases the experiences of ordinary people of all racial, gender, and age backgrounds, from every corner of the country. This collection of essays celebrates and validates what it means to be a mother today, with honesty and candor that is arrestingly stimulating and refreshing. The stories are raw, honest, poignant, and sometimes raunchy, ranging from adoption, assimilation to emptying nests; first-time motherhood, foster-parenting, to infertility; single-parenting, LGBTQ parenting, to special-needs parenting; step-mothering; never mothering, to surrogacy; and mothering through illness to mothering through unsolicited advice. Honest, funny, and heart-wrenching, these personal stories are the collective voice of mothers among us. Whether you are one, have one, or know one, Listen to Your Mother is an emotional whirlwind that is guaranteed to entertain, amuse, and enlighten. "-- Provided by publisher.

B & me : a true story of literary arousal

March 31, 2015
Hallman, J. C., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker published U and I, the fretful and handwringing--but also groundbreaking--tale of his literary relationship with John Updike. U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging, entertaining writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is a writer out there in the world that you must read--so you read them. B & Me is that story, the story of J.C. Hallman discovering and reading Nicholson Baker, and discovering himself in the process."

Tales of the marvellous and news of the strange

March 26, 2015
London : Penguin Classics, 2014.
xliii, 447 pages ; 24 cm
"The first English translation of a Medieval Arab fantasy collection"--Cover.

Poetry notebook : reflections on the intensity of language

March 25, 2015
James, Clive, 1939-
xviii, 238 pages ; 22 cm

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