New Arrivals · Literature

July 26, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The portable nineteenth-century African American women writers

July 25, 2017
New York : Penguin Books, [2017]
xl, 613 pages ; 20 cm
Personal accounts of abolition and freedom -- Fugitives and emigrants: moving west and north -- Northern women and the post-war South -- Memoirs: looking back -- Poetry, drama, and fiction -- Women addressing women: addresses and essays -- Education and social reform -- Women memorializing women.
"A landmark collection documenting the social, political, and artistic lives of African American women throughout the tumultuous nineteenth century. The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers is the most comprehensive anthology of its kind: an extraordinary range of voices offering the expressions of African American women in print before, during, and after the Civil War."--Provided by publisher.

Discovering the hidden wisdom of the Little prince : in search of Saint-Exupéry's lost child

July 24, 2017
Lassus, Pierre, author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]
227 pages ; 22 cm
"The Little Prince is revered around the world. Two hundred million copies have been sold in 270 languages; it is the fourth best-selling book of all time. Part of its allure is that is seems incredibly wise but so simple it is read as a work for children. Yet its meaning is elusive, and its place amid the writings of an adventurer and war hero acclaimed for dramatic bestsellers like Night Flight and Flight to Arras is mysterious. In this elegant, carefully argued book, Pierre Lassus reexamines the story of The Little Prince against the facts of Saint-Exupéry's own extraordinary life, from his cherished but fatherless childhood in aristocratic poverty to his career as a pioneering pilot. His plane had broken down in the desert before. He had adopted a fox, when posted at the Spanish fort of Cape Juby, in southern Morocco. He had known the world of business before becoming pilot; he had also known unrequited love. Like his little protagonist's, his body was never found after his plane disappeared in World War II. He was working on his spiritual autobiography when he died, and there too, Lassus finds resonances and keys to the understated spirituality of his last great book"-- Provided by publisher.

The truth is out there : the X-files. volume two

July 24, 2017
350 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction / by Dean Haglund -- Dead ringer / by Kelley Armstrong -- Drive time / by Jon McGoran -- Black hole sun / by Kami Garcia -- We should listen to some Shostakovich / by Hank Phillippi Ryan -- Mummiya / by Greg Cox -- Phase shift / by Bev Vincent -- Heart / by Kendare Blake -- Male privilege / by Hank Schwaeble -- Pilot / by David Liss -- Rosetta / by David Sakmyster -- Snowman / Sarah Stegall -- Voice of experience / by Rachel Caine -- XXX / by Glenn Greenberg -- Foundling / by Tim Waggoner -- When the cows come home / by David Farland -- Author bios.
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back in a chilling collection of all-new tales of dark secrets, alien agendas, terrifying monsters and murderous madmen.

The genius of Jane Austen : her love of theatre and why she works in Hollywood

July 24, 2017
Byrne, Paula, author.
xvii, 334 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 20 cm
Originally published as : Jane Austen and the theatre. London : Hambledon and London, 2002.
Jane Austen loved the theatre. She learned much of her art from a long tradition of English comic drama and took joyous participation in amateur theatricals and her visits to the theatre in London and Bath. Her juvenilia, then 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Mansfield Park' and 'Emma' were shaped by the arts of theatrical comedy. Her admiration for drama's dialogue, characterisation, plotting, exits and entrances is why she has been dramatised so successfully on screen in the last twenty years -- and these versions are at the centre of her continuing fame, culminating in her celebration on £10 note. From the stage adaptations of Austen's novels to modern classics, including the BBC 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Persuasion', Emma Thompson's 'Sense and Sensibility', and the phenomenally brilliant and successful 'Clueless', 'The Comic Muse' presents an Austen not of prim manners and genteel calm, but filled with wild comedy and outrageous behaviour.

This is not a border : reportage & reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature

July 21, 2017
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
x, 340 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Celebrating the tenth anniversary of PalFest ... a collection of essays, poems, and sketches from some of the world's most distinguished artists responding to their experiences at this unique festival" --Back cover.
Introduction / Adhaf Soueif -- Welcome / Mahmoud Darwish -- Where does Palestine begin? / Yasmin El-Rifae -- The Gaza suite : Gaza / Suheir Hammad -- Jerusalem / Adhaf Soueif -- Draw your own conclusions / J.M. Coetzee -- Three encounters on the West Bank / Mercedes Kemp -- Through the looking-glass / Adam Foulds -- Sleeping in Gaza / Najwan Darwish -- Once upon a Jeusalem / Susan Abulhawa -- Permission to enter / Jeremy Harding -- Privatising Allenby / Suad Amiry -- Allenby border crossing / Sabrina Mahfouz -- Qalandia / Gillian Slovo -- After ten years / John Horner -- Diary / Brigid Keenan -- India and Israel : an ideological convergence / Pankaj Mishra -- In the company of writers / Kamila Shamsie -- The Gaza suite : Jabaliya / Suheir Hammad -- Letters from Gaza / Atef Abu Saif -- Gaza, from Cairo / Selma Dabbagh -- From the diaspora, part one / Jehan Bseiso -- Darkening the dramaturgy / Omar El-Khairy -- This poem will not end apartheid / Remi Kanazi -- An image / Geoff Dyer -- Poetry and protest / Maath Musleh -- Cold violence / Teju Cole -- The City of David / Ghada Karmi -- The writer's job / William Sutcliffe -- From the diaspora, part two / Jehan Bseiso -- Equality, supremacy and security / Ed Pavlić -- A gift for PalFest / Alice Walker -- Silence is a language / Jeremy Harding -- Drawing PalFest / Muiz -- Diary / Deborah Moggach -- Until it isn't / Remi Kanazi -- Sight / Ru Freeman -- The end of apartheid / Henning Mankell -- What we witnessed / Michael Ondaatje -- Stories from the Armenian Quarter / Nancy Kricorian -- A scramble of authors / Michael Palin -- Bethlehem / Sabrina Mahfouz -- Crucifixion / Nathalie Handal -- Pakistan/Palestine / Mohammed Hanif -- Hebron / Sabrina Mahfouz -- The stranglehold / Victoria Brittain -- The sound of a festival / Chinua Achebe -- South Africa and Israel : a familiar geography / Rachel Holmes -- The Gaza suite : Rafah / Suheir Hammad -- Shujaiyya dust / Molly Crabapple -- Gaza / Sabrina Mahfouz -- A decade of writers' walks / Raja Shehadeh -- Let your lives speak / Linda Spalding -- A bus stop in London / Najwan Darwish -- The scattering / Claire Messud -- How to survive exile / Sabrina Mahfouz -- What we talk about when we talk about Palestine / Jamal Mahjoub -- The Gaza suite : Tel El Hawa / Suheir Hammad -- Exit strategy / China Miéville -- The Gaza suite : Zeitoun / Suheir Hammad -- The end of art is peace / Omar Robert Hamilton.

So you want to write a screenplay : a step-by-step guide to writing for film, video, and television

July 21, 2017
Gaines, Taylor.
Ocala, Florida : Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., 2016.
223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Introduction -- What makes a great screenwriter -- Learning from pros -- Getting started: focusing on your story -- Storytelling 101 -- Beginnings and endings -- Developing theme -- Look like a pro-formating and revisions -- Become a marketing expert -- Get your script on the screen -- Conclusion.
Step-by-step guide to help you jump into Hollywood as the newest young writer.

Brodsky among us : a memoir

July 20, 2017
Proffer Teasley, Ellendea, 1944- author.
xxiii, 166 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
"A searingly personal memoir of the great Russian poet by his American friend and publisher, containing much previously unknown material about how Brodsky left Russia and how he made his way in the new world, and how, during the cold war, Americans played a crucial role in his fate"-- Provided by publisher.

The year's best science fiction.

July 19, 2017
New York : Bluejay Books,
v. 24 cm.
Imprint varies: <1999-2017> St. Martin's Griffin.

Chester B. Himes : a biography

July 19, 2017
Jackson, Lawrence Patrick, author.
xv, 606 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Nights of the living dead : an anthology

July 17, 2017
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
xxvii, 368 pages ; 21 cm
Dead mans curve / Joe R. Lansdale -- A dead girl named Sue / Craig E. Engler -- Fast entry / Jay Bonansinga -- In that quiet Earth / Mike Carey -- Jimmy Jay Baxter's last, best day on Earth /John Skipp -- John Doe / George A. Romero -- Mercy kill / Ryan Brown -- Orbital decay / David Wellington -- Snaggletooth / Max Brallier -- The burning days / Carrie Ryan -- The day after / John A. Russo -- The girl on the table / Isaac Marion -- Williamson's folly / David J. Schow -- You can stay all day / Mira Grant -- Pages from a notebook found inside a house in the woods / Brian Keene -- Dead run / Chuck Wendig -- Lone gunman / Jonathan Maberry -- Live and on the scene / Keith R. A. DeCandido -- Deadliner / Neal and Brendan Shusterman.
"In 1968 the world experienced a brand new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark movie Night of the Living Dead. The newly dead rose to attack the living. Not as vampires or werewolves. This was something new...and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture. But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse... Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry teams with the godfather of the living dead himself, George A. Romero to present a collection of all new tales set during the 48 hours of that legendary outbreak."-- Provided by publisher.

Jane & me : my Austen heritage

July 17, 2017
Knight, Caroline Jane, author.
Box Hill South, Vic. The Greyfriar Group, 2017.
226 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
"Jane Austen's fifth great-niece."
"Caroline's early life was filled with the delights of living in a sixteenth-century English manor, the good cheer of family gatherings and centuries-old Christmas traditions in the Great Hall of Chawton House, the beauty of a country life, and the joys of helping her Granny bake cakes and serve Jane Austen devotees in the Chawton House tea room. But when she was seventeen, Caroline and her family were forced to leave the home her family had lived in for centuries. Heartbroken, but determined to leave all things Austen behind her, Caroline eventually carved out a highly successful career in business" -- Back cover.

The art of death : writing the final story

July 14, 2017
Danticat, Edwidge, 1969- author.
181 pages ; 18 cm.
Introduction : Writing life -- Living dyingly -- Ars moriendi -- Dying together -- Wanting to die -- Condemned to die -- Close calls -- Circles and circles of sorrow -- Feetfirst.

Proceedings, International Symposium on the Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn : his spirit from the West to the East : July 5-6, 2014

July 10, 2017
Tokyo : Planning Committee for the Memorial Events in Greece to Commemorate the 110th anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's death, 2014.
63 leaves : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection is an unbound photocopy.
Articles from the symposium held on July 5-6, 2014, Lefkada, Greece.

Because you love to hate me : 13 tales of villainy

July 7, 2017
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
353 pages ; 25 cm
Blood of Imuriv/Renée Ahdieh -- Evil vaccine/Christine Riccio -- Jack/Ameriie -- Giants and tyrants/Tina Burke -- Gwen and Art and Lance/Soman Chainani -- The bad girl hall of fame/Samantha Lane -- Shirley & Jim/Susan Dennard -- Dear Sasha, the 411 for villains/Sasha Alsberg -- The blessing of little wants/Sarah Enni -- Will the real villain please stand up?/Sophia Lee -- The sea witch/Marissa Meyer -- Villain or hero? You decide!/Zoë Herdt -- Beautiful venom/Cindy Pon -- Without the evil in the world, how do we see the good?/Benjamin Alderson --Death knell/Victoria Schwab -- Dear death/Jesse George -- Marigold/Samantha Shannon -- Evil revealed/Regan Perusse -- You, you, it's all about you/Adam Silvera -- Behind the villains mask/Catriona Feeney -- Julian breaks every rule/Andrew Smith -- Julian Powell: teen psycho extraordinaire/Raeleen Lemay -- Indigo and shade/April Genevieve Tucholke -- Glamorized recovery: expectations vs. reality/Whitney Atkinson -- Sera/Nicola Yoon -- The bad girls' guide to villiany/Steph Sinclair and Kat Kennedy.
A collection of classic fairy tales and stories, from Medusa to Sherlock Holmes, retold from the villains' points of view by teams of authors and "BookTubers."

Jane Austen at home : a biography

July 7, 2017
Worsley, Lucy, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
387 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain by Hodder & Stoughton, an Hachette UK company" -- Verso title page.
"On the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen's death, take a trip back to her world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses - both grand and small - of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life. "--Provided by publisher.

Dismal man : two radio plays

July 7, 2017
Hughes, Jon Christopher.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Cincinnati Poetry Review Press, 1990.
86 p. ; 22 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection has original pictorial wrappers.
The tanyard murder -- The night creeper.

Guesswork : a reckoning with loss

June 30, 2017
Cooley, Martha.
183 pages ; 21 cm
The author discusses the time she spent in a medieval Italian town coping with grief, thinking about mortality, and coming to terms with her ailing mother's impending death.

Birds, art, life : a year of observation

June 29, 2017
Maclear, Kyo, 1970- author.
New York : Scribner, 2017.
viii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
"A writer's search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life--a field guide to things small and significant. When it comes to birds, Kyo Maclear isn't seeking the exotic. Rather she discovers joy in the seasonal birds that find their way into view in city parks and harbors, along eaves and on wires. In a world that values big and fast, Maclear looks to the small, the steady, the slow accumulations of knowledge, and the lulls that leave room for contemplation. A distilled, crystal-like companion to H is for Hawk, Birds Art Life celebrates the particular madness of chasing after birds in the urban environment and explores what happens when the core lessons of birding are applied to other aspects of art and life. Moving with ease between the granular and the grand, peering into the inner landscape as much as the outer one, this is a deeply personal year-long inquiry into big themes: love, waiting, regrets, endings. If Birds Art Life was sprung from Maclear's sense of disconnection, her passions faltering under the strain of daily existence, this book is ultimately about the value of reconnection--and how the act of seeking engagement and beauty in small ways can lead us to discover our most satisfying and meaningful lives"-- Provided by publisher.

The hidden machinery : essays on writing

June 28, 2017
Livesey, Margot, author
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2017.
301 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
The hidden machinery: writing the life, shaping the novel -- Mrs. Turpin reads the stars: creating characters who walk off the page -- Nothing but himself: embracing Jane Austen's second chances -- Hush, shut up, please be quiet: letting our characters tell and show -- Even one day: considering aesthetics with Virginia Woolf -- Neither a borrower nor a lender be: paying homage -- Gustave and Emma: finding the first novel -- How to tell a true story: mapping our narratives onto the world -- Shakespeare for writers: learning from the master -- He liked custard: navigating the shoals of research.

The Harlem Renaissance : a historical exploration of literature

June 27, 2017
Domina, Lynn, author.
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, [2015]
xx, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes chronology, discussion questions, suggested readings, and index.
I. Introduction and background to the Harlem Renaissance -- II. Chronology -- III. The poetry of Claude McKay and Langston Hughes -- IV. Cane -- V. Passing and Quicksand -- VI. Their eyes were watching God.
"A perfect guide for use in high school classes, this book explores the fascinating literature of the Harlem Renaissance, reviewing classic works in the context of the history, society, and culture of its time"-- Provided by publisher.

Down below

June 23, 2017
Carrington, Leonora, 1917-2011, author.
xxxvii, 69 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"First written in English in 1942 in New York (text now lost). Dictated in French to Jeanne Megnen in 1943, then published in VVV, no. 4, in a translation from the French by Victor Llona. The original French dictation was published by Editions Fontaine, Paris, 1946. Both the French dictation and the Victor Llona translation were used as the basis for the text here, which was reviewed and revised for factual accuracy by Leonora Carrington in 1987."--note on the text, page 69
"In 1937 Leonora Carrington--later to become one of the twentieth century's great painters of the weird, the alarming, and the wild--was a nineteen-year-old art student in London, beautiful and unapologetically rebellious. At a dinner party, she met the artist Max Ernst. The two fell in love and soon departed to live and paint together in a farmhouse in Provence. In 1940, the invading German army arrested Ernst and sent him to a concentration camp. Carrington suffered a psychotic break. She wept for hours. Her stomach became "the mirror of the earth"&#x2014;of all worlds in a hostile universe&#x2014;and she tried to purify the evil by compulsively vomiting. As the Germans neared the south of France, a friend persuaded Carrington to flee to Spain. Facing the approach "of robots, of thoughtless, fleshless beings," she packed a suitcase that bore on a brass plate the word Revelation. This was only the beginning of a journey into madness that was to end with Carrington confined in a mental institution, overwhelmed not only by her own terrible imaginings but by her doctor's sadistic course of treatment. In Down Below she describes her ordeal&#x2014;in which the agonizing and the marvelous were equally combined&#x2014;with a startling, almost impersonal precision and without a trace of self-pity. Like Daniel Paul Schreber's Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, Down Below brings the hallucinatory logic of madness home."-- Provided by publisher

Conquering the college admissions essay in 10 easy steps : crafting a winning personal statement

June 22, 2017
Gelb, Alan, author.
New York : Ten Speed Press, 2017.
x, 229 pages ; 18 cm
Includes index.
"The definitive guide to writing an amazing essay and mastering the college applications process. Writing a memorable personal statement can seem like an overwhelming project for a young college applicant, but college essay coach Alan Gelb's organized and encouraging step-by-step instructions take the intimidation out of the process, enabling applicants to craft a meaningful and polished college admissions essay. Gelb teaches students to identify an engaging topic and use creative writing techniques to compose a vivid statement that will reflect their individuality. A consistent top-seller in the college prep category, Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Easy Steps has been revised to include extra information on supplemental and waitlist essays. This much-needed handbook will help applicants win over the admissions dean, while preparing them to write better papers once they've been accepted"-- Provided by publisher.

The secret history of Jane Eyre : how Charlotte Brontë wrote her masterpiece

June 22, 2017
Pfordresher, John, author.
254 pages ; 24 cm
Secret history -- The red-room -- Injustice -- The first girl -- A situation -- The master -- Cord of communion -- The fury -- Desolation -- Perfect congeniality -- An independent woman.

The making of Jane Austen

June 21, 2017
Looser, Devoney, 1967- author.
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.
viii, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Author Devoney Looser has written a study of Jane Austen's legacy in high and popular culture, looking at stage and film adaptations of her work, how Austen has been taught in classrooms, Austen's depiction in visual culture, and Austen's role in the women's suffragist movement. Looser draws on popular print and unpublished archival sources, amassing evidence from high, middlebrow, and popular culture, in order to craft a more capacious history of posthumous reception. The book is a detailed and revealing account of what Looser calls the "public dimension" of Jane Austen, who is a "manufactured creation." Looser has dug deep and come up with brand-new material on Austen, something that is very hard to do. This is the kind of material that Janeites and Austen scholars live for"--Provided by publisher.

Loving Robert Lowell

June 21, 2017
Hochman, Sandra, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, [2017]
243 pages ; 22 cm

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