New Arrivals · Literature

October 24, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Spent : exposing our complicated relationship with shopping

October 23, 2014
Berkeley, CA : Seal Press, [2014]
xiii, 245 pages ; 21 cm
Editor Kerry Cohen opens the closet doors wide to tales of women's true relationships with shopping, from humorous stories of love/ hate relationships with the mall to heartbreaking tales of overspending to fix relationships.
Where nothing bad can happen / Monica Drake -- The things she carried / Robin Romm -- The shoebox / Mel Wells -- Welcome, valued customer / Emily Chenoweth -- Worth it / Ru Freeman -- Playing house / Rachel Sontag -- The book money / Aryn Kyle -- The kids are all right, they're just a little gay: A mall hater's tale / Traci Foust -- The malls of my youth / Abby Mims -- Glasses / Elizabeth Scarboro -- Move over and let the big dogs eat / Stacy Pershall -- Shopping with clowns / Gigi Little -- Let's see how fast this baby will go / Gloria Harrison -- For your age / Susan Senator -- With Mom / Janet Clare -- The one that got away / Jennifer Finney Boylan -- Shopping for breasts / Wendy Staley Colbert -- A clotheshorse is born / Allison Amend -- Searching for the magic in Macy's / Jessica Machado -- Just try it on / Jenny Moore -- My mother's closet / Kerry Cohen -- I dream of department stores / Kelly Shire -- If the shoe fits / Ophira Eisenberg -- Random sampling / Kristin Thiel -- Stripped down and redressed / Randon Billings Noble -- Saved by the Home Depot / Laura M. André -- The true evidence of my contentment / Candace Walsh -- Shopping stories / Marni Hochman -- Monogrammed / Meg Worden -- Spring dishtowels / Nan Narboe -- Motherlode / Nancy Rommelmann.
"In Spent, editor Kerry Cohen opens the closet doors wide to tales of women's true relationships with shopping, from humorous stories of love/hate relationships with the mall to heartbreaking tales of overspending to fix relationships. With a contributor list that includes notable female writers like Emily Chenoweth, Ophira Eisenberg, Allison Amend, and Aryn Kyle, the essays each shine light on the particular impact shopping has on all of us. Whether they're cleaning out closets of loved ones, hiding a shoplifting habit, trying out extreme couponing, dividing up family possessions, or buying a brand-new car while in labor, the book's contributors vacillate between convincing themselves to spend and struggling not to. This illuminating anthology links the effects shopping has on our emotions - whether it fills us with guilt, happiness, resentment, or doubt - our self-worth, and our relationships with parents, grandparents, lovers, children, and friends. "-- Provided by publisher.

The forbidden worlds of Haruki Murakami

October 22, 2014
Strecher, Matthew, author.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
xiv, 275 pages ; 23 cm
" In an "other world" composed of language--it could be a fathomless Martian well, a labyrinthine hotel or forest--a narrative unfolds, and with it the experiences, memories, and dreams that constitute reality for Haruki Murakami's characters and readers alike. Memories and dreams in turn conjure their magical counterparts--people without names or pasts, fantastic animals, half-animals, and talking machines that traverse the dark psychic underworld of this writer's extraordinary fiction. Fervently acclaimed worldwide, Murakami's wildly imaginative work in many ways remains a mystery, its worlds within worlds uncharted territory. Finally in this book readers will find a map to the strange realm that grounds virtually every aspect of Murakami's writing. A journey through the enigmatic and baffling innermost mind, a metaphysical dimension where Murakami's most bizarre scenes and characters lurk, The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami exposes the psychological and mythological underpinnings of this other world. Matthew Carl Strecher shows how these considerations color Murakami's depictions of the individual and collective soul, which constantly shift between the tangible and intangible but in this literary landscape are undeniably real. Through these otherworldly depths The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami also charts the writer's vivid "inner world," whether unconscious or underworld (what some Japanese critics call achiragawa, or "over there"), and its connectivity to language. Strecher covers all of Murakami's work--including his efforts as a literary journalist--and concludes with the first full-length close reading of the writer's newest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. "-- Provided by publisher.

A load of hooey : a collection of new short humor fiction

October 21, 2014
Odenkirk, Bob, 1962- author.
San Francisco : McSweeney's, [2014]
139 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Includes selections fro Famous quotations--unabridged."

Leaving Russia : a Jewish story

October 21, 2014
Shrayer, Maxim, 1967- author.
xxii, 324 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

Jane Austen's country life : uncovering the rural backdrop to her life, her letters and her novels

October 20, 2014
Le Faye, Deirdre, author.
London : Frances Lincoln, 2014.
269 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Hampshire -- Life at Steventon rectory -- Year in the countryside -- Hardships and pleasures of rural life -- Crops, livestock and pleasure-grounds -- Urban interlude -- Life at Godmersham and Chawton.
"In this richly illustrated book, Deirdre Le Faye explores and evokes country life in Jane Austen's day, offering new perspectives on her life and work."-- Publishers website

The writer's advantage : a toolkit for mastering your genre

October 20, 2014
Scheer, Laurie.
Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, [2014]
xxix, 147 pages ; 23 cm

Whispers of the beloved

October 20, 2014
Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, Maulana, 1207-1273.
Charlotttesville, VA : Hampton Roads, 2012.
135 p. : ill. ; 16 cm.
Translated from the Persian.
First published in 1999 by Thorsons.

New Hart's rules : the Oxford style guide.

October 17, 2014
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014.
vi, 464 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Previous edition: 2005.
Includes index.

Chicken soup for the soul : answered prayers : 101 stories of hope, miracles, faith, divine intervention, and the power of prayer

October 17, 2014
Cos Cob, CT : Chicken Soup for the Soul Pub., c2011.
ix, 373 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Divine appointments -- God will provide -- Miracles -- The healing power of prayer -- Let go, let God -- Ask and you shall receive -- Sign from above -- Thanksgiving -- Trust in Him -- Angels among us.
A collection of 101 personal stories in which the contributors recount incidents in which their prayers were answered, for health, financial, social, or other desires.

Come here often? : 53 writers raise a glass to their favorite bar

October 17, 2014
New York : Black Balloon Publishing, 2014
346 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm
Foreword / Malachy McCourt -- Introduction / Sean Manning -- Dives. Spotty's / Scott Raab ; Dirty Franks / Josh Emmons ; The Blarney Stone / Dan Fante ; The Pig's Ear Tavern / Craig Davidson ; George's Buffet / Benjamin Hale ; Milano's / Madison Smartt Bell -- Upscale joints. The Patterson House / Adam Ross ; Café Crème / Rosecrans Baldwin ; Kir / Emily Chenoweth ; Le Sirenuse / Jim Shepard ; The Tonga Room / Katy St. Clair ; Sonny's / Kate Christensen -- Far-flung. Southern Exposure / Hunter R. Slaton ; The Otintaii Bar / J. Maarten Troost ; Yuki's / Buzz Poole ; Limb / Robert Perišić ; The John Hewitt / Rosie Schaap ; Mao Mao Chong / Mitch Moxley -- The management. Big John's Tavern / Jack Hitt ; Cavagnaro's Bar & Grill / Bill Barich ; Weeds / Neal Pollack ; Shots / Sean Manning ; Gabby O'Hara's / Andrew W.K. ; Eddie's Club / Kevin Canty -- The music. Bradley's / David Hajdu and John Carey ; The Uptown Bar / Craig Finn ; Fireside Bowl / Joe Meno ; Club 7 / Shani Boianjiu ; Slim's Last Chance Saloon / Duff McKagan -- Romance. The Mint Bar / Will Blythe ; Downtown Beirut / Elissa Schappell ; Pueblito Mexicano / Karen Olsson ; The Bar / Mike Albo ; The Pillars / Darin Strauss -- Friends. City Grocery / Tom Franklin ; Shay's Pub & Wine Bar / Edith Zimmerman ; 8-Ball Saloon / Davy Rothbart ; The American Colony Hotel Bar / Janine di Giovanni ; Manuel's Tavern / Jack Pendarvis ; Leila's Peugeot / Azadeh Moaveni -- Family. The Brass Elephant / Laura Lippman ; VFW Post 2950 / Frank Bill ; Nelson's Landing / Phil Hanrahan ; La Cabañita / Heather Havrilesky ; The Bena Bar / David Treuer -- Identity. Deep Eddy Cabaret / Oscar Cásares ; The Napoleon House / James Sallis ; McHale's / Susan Choi ; Harry's Bar & Tables / Paul Shirley ; The Beagle Tavern / Jennifer Finney Boylan ; Stanley's / Ishmael Reed ; Raccoon's / Alissa Nutting.
A collection of appreciations of bars, some closed, some still in business, that have impacted the authors' lives.

Violence in literature

October 16, 2014
xxi, 241 pages ; 24 cm.
The foundations of violence in ancient Greek literature / Thomas Palaima -- Blood, force, influence : studying the representation of violence / Stacey Peebles -- The thing and the image : violence in Chinua Achebe's Things fall apart / Aaron Bady -- Modern war and American literature : ironic realism, satire, and escape / Ty Hawkins -- Violence in the Bible from Genesis to Job / David Mikics -- Street violence and youth in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet / Philip White -- Grappling with violence in Latin American literature / Núria Sabaté Llobera -- Kill lists : Sade cinema, and the language of the torturer / Lindsay Hallam -- Intimate subject(ivitie)s : race, gender, and violence in Toni Morrison's Beloved / Aretha Phiri -- Excess, (Ir)rationality, and consumerism : violence in No country fro old men and Fight club / James R. Giles -- "Bluffers and blowhards" : speaking of violence in Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's long halftime walk / Mark Bresnan -- Contemporary war narratives : story-truth, new journalisms, and why we write / Lydia Neuman -- The war in "Big two-hearted river" / Allen Josephs.

Horror stories : classic tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson

October 16, 2014
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xlii, 510 pages ; 23 cm
Includes chronology and explanatory notes.
The modern horror story grew and developed across the nineteenth century, embracing categories as diverse as ghost stories, supernatural and psychological horror, medical and scientific horrors, colonial horror, and tales of mystery and premonition. This anthology brings together 29 of the greatest horror stories of the period from 1816 to 1912, from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions. It ranges widely across the sub-genres to encompass authors whose terror-inducing powers remain unsurpassed. The book includes stories by some of the best writers of the century-- Hoffmann, Poe, Balzac, Dickens, Hawthorne, Melville, Zola--as well as established genre classics such as M. R. James, Arthur Machen, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and others. It includes rare and little known pieces by writers such as William Maginn, Francis Marion Crawford, W. F. Harvey, and William Hope Hodgson, and shows the important role played by periodicals in popularizing the horror story. Wherever possible stories are reprinted in their first published form, with background information about their authors and helpful, contextualizing annotation. Darryl Jones's lively introduction discusses horror's literary evolution and its articulation of cultural preoccupations and anxieties. These are stories guaranteed to freeze the blood, revolt the senses, and keep you awake at night: prepare to be terrified!

Hush now, don't explain : [a novel]

October 16, 2014
Must, Dennis.
287 pages ; 21 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"Honor, an orphan, finds her way to the Victorian boarding house where she thinks her mother might have birthed her. World War II has just ended, which alerted many Americans to the world beyond, but Honor and Billy's lives are limited to the dead-end town of DeForest Junction, Ohio, and its nearby notcherie, where exotic wemen sell their bodies to the rail men. Alongside her mixed-race 'cousin' Billy, Honor grows to womanhood, cared for by Miss Alsada and enchanted by the colorful stories of the shanty store owner, Mr. Augustus Willard, who claims to have traveled far and wide. One day, an itinerant blues musician shows up at the boardinghouse, electrifying Billy with his skill at the upright piano. He departs just as quickly, leaving behind hints that he might be Billy's father. Soon after Buster Stanley's departure, men in white hoods burn a cross in the field behind the boardinghouse and torch a number of shacks occupied by black families. Honor and Billy decide to leave DeForest Junction -- a feat they accomplish with the help of Mr. Willard, whose shanty store was burned. With Honor disguised as a boy for safety's sake, the three friends ride the rails southward, their ultimate destination: New Orleans. Billy is on the trail of Buster Stanley, but Honor is on an intense quest for Honor. How will she escape that fate of those wemen, waiting for a man to fill up the void in her life?"--Back cover.

Your life is a book : how to craft & publish your memoir

October 16, 2014
Peterson, Brenda, 1950-
Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, [2014]
x, 260 pages ; 22 cm
Start anywhere -- Follow the thread -- Your world as a writer -- Field notes on your life -- Showing up: creating a character of the self -- Where am I?: a sense of place and time -- Eat, pray, love -- Travel memoirs: journeys in and out -- The music of memoir: finding your own voice -- My family and other animals -- Spiritual memoirs -- The truth, the truth, and nothing but? -- "Foodoirs" and feeding the hungry writer -- Your legacy -- Better blogging -- Agents -- Editors -- Book critics -- Memoirists -- Handling rejection -- Indie publishing. -- Epilogue: your stories will change you.
"Everyone has a story to tell. Learn how to write your memoir and get published with the help of two well-known publishing professionals. Your Life is a Book guides budding writers though the transformative process of memoir writing to publication. In addition to exploring the unique elements of crafting a memoir--story arc, point of view, dialogue, where to start (not the beginning!)-Your Life is a Book also focuses on the self-exploration, awareness, and understanding that this emotional literary project triggers. With proven writing exercises and prompts, this book is a practical and enlightening guide to perfecting the art of memoir writing"-- Provided by publisher.

At home with Jane Austen

October 16, 2014
Wilson, Kim, 1959- author.
New York : London : Abbeville Press Publishers, 2014.
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm
The author -- Steventon -- Away at school -- Bath -- Travels & tours -- Stately mansions -- Southhampton -- By the sea -- Chawton -- London -- Winchester.
"With gorgeous photography and illustrations, At Home with Jane Austen explores Austen's world, her physical surroundings, and the journeys the popular author took during her lifetime"-- Provided by publisher.


October 14, 2014
xiv, 305 pages ; 24 cm.
Edition statement supplied by publisher.

Give me liberty : speakers and speeches that have shaped America

October 14, 2014
Webber, Christopher, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014
xii, 419 pages ; 24 cm
"Give me liberty," demanded Patrick Henry, "or give me death!" Henry's words continue to echo in American history and that quote, and the speech it comes from, remains one of the two or three known to almost every American. The other speeches that have become part of our American collective consciousness all have one theme in common: liberty. These feats of oration seem to trace the evolution of America's definition of liberty, and who it applies to. But what exact is liberty? It is a term open to a broad range of opinion, and questions about freedom arise daily in the news and in everyday life. Perhaps uniquely among the nations of the world, the United States traces its origins to groups and individuals who specifically wanted create something new. Webber's insightful Give Me Liberty looks at these great speeches and provides the historical context, focusing attention on particular individuals who summed up the issues of their own day in words that have never been forgotten. Webber gleans lessons from the past centuries that will allow us to continue to strive for the ideals of liberty in the 21st century.

Stories of my life

October 13, 2014
Paterson, Katherine, author.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]
xvi, 299 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 24 cm
"From her childhood in China to the moment she won her first National Book Award, literary icon Katherine Paterson shares the personal stories that inspired her children's books"

The republic of imagination : America in three books

October 13, 2014
Nafisi, Azar.
New York : Viking Adult, 2014.
338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Part I. Huck -- Part II. Babbitt -- Part III. Carson.
"A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to change people's lives, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran. Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The Republic of Imagination is for America. Taking her cue from a challenge thrown to her in Seattle, where a skeptical reader told her that Americans don't care about books the way they did back in Iran, she energetically responds to those who say fiction has nothing to teach us. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, among others-she invites us to join her as citizens of her 'Republic of Imagination,' a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream"-- Provided by publisher.

Never can say goodbye : writers on their unshakable love for New York

October 13, 2014
New York : Touchstone, 2014.
xix, 232 pages ; 23 cm
New York, in the mirror / Rosanne Cash -- Stay hungry / Jason Diamond -- New York and the night / Patricia Engel -- To live and die in New York / Phillip Lopate -- The goodbye girl / Anna Holmes -- A guy named Wade / Jon-jon Goulian -- The city, hoarded / Colin Harrison -- All I really need to know I learned in New York City / Whoopi Goldberg -- New York three times / Alexander Chee -- The use of the Coyote Ugly Saloon / Elizabeth Gilbert -- City of tongues / Jenna Wortham -- But why did you move here? / Stephen Elliott -- Manhattan / Julie Klam -- Royalty / Susan Orlean -- ME LOVE BROOKLYN / Adam Sternbergh -- New York cool / Sari Botton -- The shvitz at the end of the world / Brian Macaluso -- Quit everything / Kathleen Hale -- City of mundane fantasy / Elliott Kalan -- SF -> NYC / Isaac Fitzgerald -- Publishing: a like story / Maris Kreizman -- ESB / Rachel Syme -- The studied knowledgeability of the native New Yorker / Amy Sohn -- Hot time in the old town / Owen King -- Conversions: coming of identity in late-nineties New York / Porochista Khakpour -- Brooklyn and me / Adelle Waldman -- The replacements / Nick Flynn.
"From the editor of the celebrated anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, comes a new collection of original essays on what keeps writers tethered to New York City. The "charming" (The New York Times) first anthology Goodbye to All That--inspired by Joan Didion's classic essay about loving and leaving Manhattan--chronicled the difficulties and disappointments inherent in loving New York, while Never Can Say Goodbye is a celebration of the city that never sleeps, in the tradition of E.B. White's classic essay, "Here Is New York." Featuring contributions from such luminaries as Elizabeth Gilbert, Susan Orlean, Nick Flynn, Adelle Waldman, Phillip Lopate, Owen King, Amy Sohn, and many others, this collection of essays is a must-have for every lover of New York--regardless of whether or not you call the Big Apple home"-- Provided by publisher.

The Jane Austen rules : a classic guide to modern love

October 13, 2014
Murphy, Sinéad.
London ; Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, 2014.
vii, 132 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Be a woman, not a girl -- Find a man, not a guy -- Listen to what they say -- Dress up -- Be quite independent -- Don't just sit there, say something! -- No girlfriends -- Prove it -- Don't just sit there, do something! -- Have great expectations.
"What Would Jane Do? What's a strong, independent-minded woman supposed to do in a world of insipid dating guides? Sinead Murphy responds by asking: Who has more time-tested secrets than Jane Austen, whose novels continue to captivate us almost two hundred years later? Whether you can recite paragraphs from Pride and Prejudice or just admired Colin Firth in his wet t-shirt, the romance of Jane Austen's world is one you'll never forget. Does love like that even exist today? Yes, it does. If you look closely at the women of Jane Austen's books, as the witty scholar Sinead Murphy has, you'll discover Austen's countless tips for finding the right leading man, navigating the ups and downs of courtship, and building a happy, independent life for yourself"-- Provided by publisher.

The cutting room : dark reflections of the silver screen

October 13, 2014
San Francisco : Tachyon, 2014
xvii, 366 p. ; 23 cm.
Cutter / Edward Bryant -- Hanged man of Oz / Steve Nagy -- Deadspace / Dennis Etchison -- Cuts / F. Paul Wilson -- Final girl theory / A. C. Wise -- Lapland, or film noir / Peter Straub -- Thousand cuts / Ian Watson -- Occam's bucks / Howard Waldrop -- Dead image / David Morrell -- Constantinople archives / Robert Shearman -- Each thing I show you is a piece of my death / Gemma Files & Stephen J. Barringer -- Cinder images / Gary McMahon -- Pied piper of Hammersmith / Nicholas Royle -- Filming the making of the film of the making of Fitzcarraldo / Garry Kilworth -- Onlookers / Gary A. Braunbeck -- Recreation / Lucy A. Snyder -- Bright lights, big zombie / Douglas E. Winter -- She drives the men to crimes of passion! / Genevieve Valentine -- Even the pawn / Joel Lane -- Tenderizer / Stephen Graham Jones -- Ardor / Laird Barron -- Final Girl II: the frame / Daphne Gottlieb -- Illimitable dominion / Kim Newman.

Heart of darkness

October 13, 2014
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924.
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, c2009.
ix, 132 p. ; 21 cm.

Prom ever after

October 10, 2014
299 pages ; 21 cm
Haute date / Dona Sarkar -- Save the last dance / Caridad Ferrer -- Prom and circumstance / Deidre Berry.
Prom night is finally here. Three girls will find that the biggest night of high school can also be the most surprising.

My true love gave to me : twelve holiday stories

October 10, 2014
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
321 pages ; 22 cm
"If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Years, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love"-- Provided by publisher.

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