New Arrivals · Literature

October 6, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Walk till the dogs get mean : meditations on the forbidden from contemporary Appalachia

October 5, 2015
Athens : Ohio University Press, 2015.
xiii, 299 pages ; 23 cm
"In Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, Adrian Blevins and Karen Salyer McElmurray collect essays from today's finest established and emerging writers with roots in Appalachia. Together, these essays take the theme of silencing in Appalachian culture, whether the details of that theme revolve around faith, class, work, or family legacies. In essays that take wide-ranging forms-making this an ideal volume for creative nonfiction classes-contributors write about families left behind, hard-earned educations, selves transformed, identities chosen, and risks taken. They consider the courage required for the inheritances they carry. Toughness and generosity alike characterize works by Dorothy Allison, bell hooks, Silas House, and others. These writers travel far away from the boundaries of a traditional Appalachia, and then circle back-always-to the mountains that made each of them the distinctive thinking and feeling people they ultimately became. The essays in Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean are an individual and collective act of courage. Contributors: Dorothy Allison, Rob Amberg, Pinckney Benedict, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Sheldon Lee Compton, Michael Croley, Richard Currey, Joyce Dyer, Sarah Einstein, Connie May Fowler, RJ Gibson, Mary Crockett Hill, bell hooks, Silas House, Jason Howard, David Huddle, Tennessee Jones, Lisa Lewis, Jeff Mann, Chris Offutt, Ann Pancake, Jayne Anne Phillips, Melissa Range, Carter Sickels, Aaron Smith, Jane Springer, Ida Stewart, Jacinda Townsend, Jessie van Eerden, Julia Watts, Charles Dodd White, and Crystal Wilkinson"-- Provided by publisher.

The Amish Christmas sleigh

October 1, 2015
298 pages ; 21 cm
A sleigh ride on Ice Mountain / Kelly Long -- A mamm for Christmas / Amy Lillard -- An unexpected Christmas blessing / Molly Jebber.
"An Unexpected Christmas Blessing: As much as Charity Lantz's children need a father, the young widow isn't sure her new neighbor Luke Fisher can ever be the right choice. They're having more disagreements than snowflakes in December. Besides, he's never given a sign he wants to be more than friends. Can Gott show them a way past their misunderstandings to a forever love?"-- Page [4] of cover.

Down the rabbit hole

October 1, 2015
[New York] : Jove, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, 2015.
425 pages ; 17 cm
Wonderment in death / J.D. Robb -- Alice and the Earl in Wonderland / Mary Blayney -- Ilove / Elaine Fox -- A true heart / Mary Kay McComas -- Fallen / R.C. Ryan
Enter a wonderland of mesmerizing tales. It's a place that's neither here nor there, where things are never quite as they seem. Inspired by Lewis Carroll's whimsical masterpiece, ranging from the impossible to the mad to the curiouser, these stories will have you absolutely off your head.

The Last chance Christmas ball.

September 29, 2015
New York : Kensington Publishing Corporation, 2015.
392 pages ; 21 cm.
My true love hath my heart / Joanna Bourne -- A Scottish carol / Susan King -- Christmas larks / Patricia Rice -- In the bleak midwinter / Mary Jo Putney -- Old flames dance / Cara Elliott -- A season for marriage / Nicola Cornick -- Miss Finch and the angel / Jo Beverley -- Mistletoe kisses / Anne Gracie.

J.M. Coetzee and the life of writing : face to face with time

September 29, 2015
Attwell, David, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
xxiii, 248 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
"First published in South Africa by Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd."--Title page verso.
"J.M. Coetzee is one of the most intriguing of authors in all of world literature. Now, in J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing, David Attwell illuminates the extraordinary creative processes behind Coetzee's novels from Dusklands to The Childhood of Jesus. Using Coetzee's manuscripts, notebooks and research papers - recently deposited at the Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin - Attwell produces a fascinating story of the creative trajectory and the life out of which the fiction was engendered. He shows convincingly that all of Coetzee's work is autobiographical, the memoirs being continuous with the fictions, and that his writing proceeds with self-conscious and never-ending reflection. This is a moving and readable account which is bound to change the way Coetzee is read, by the critics and general reader alike."--Provided by publisher.

Jane Austen : her life, her times, her novels

September 29, 2015
Todd, Janet, 1942-
London : Andre Deutsch, 2013.
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm + 16 facsimiles of artifacts
Includes removable folded inserts of facsimile memorabilia in paper sleeves.
Includes index.

Wilkie Collins

September 29, 2015
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2015.
252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 19 cm.

Dreaming of a Western Christmas

September 25, 2015
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, [2015]
287 pages ; 17 cm.
His Christmas belle / Lynna Banning -- The cowboy of Christmas past / Kelly Boyce -- Snowbound with the cowboy / Carol Arens.
"Three festive [Christmas] stories to make your dreams come true"--Page 4 of cover.

A Christmas kiss

September 25, 2015
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
377 pages ; 18 cm
Sealed with a kiss / Celeste O. Norfleet -- Mistletoe Lane / Regina Hart -- His Christmas present / Deborah Fletcher Mello.
Sealed with a kiss: "Small town bad boy Dean Everett has made good in the tech world and now struggling Hayden, Georgia, is ready to welcome him home--along with his corporate headquarters. But Carmen Stiles is less than happy to see him. Dean had no idea he broke her heart when he left town after high school. Now he plans to make up for it--and as old friendship stirs new passion, Carmen just might let him--until she suspects he has no intention of really making things right for Hayden, or for her"-- provided by publisher.

Get started in food writing

September 24, 2015
Rodgers, Kerstin, author.
London [England] : Teach Yourself, 2015.
vii, 200 pages ; 20 cm.
Why write about food? -- The 12 characteristics of the food writer -- Types of food writing -- A short history of food writing -- How to write about food -- Blogging about food -- Promoting your food writing using social media -- How to take great photographs of food -- Earning money -- Getting a book deal -- Getting on TV and radio and how to make a cookery video -- The future of food writing.
Are you thinking of starting a food blog, or have you always wanted to promote and distribute your own recipies? Would you like to be the next Nigel Slater orJay Rayner? This is an engaging, enlightening and utterly indispensable guide to how to write about food. From sharing family recipes to starting a supper club, promoting the latest gastronomical trend or advertising your amazing diet tips, this book gives friendly, clear and readable guidance from one of the UK's most popular bloggers. It includes tips on great food photography and strategies for building your brand and securing TV appearances or regular press commissions. Contemporary, connected and compelling, this is all you need to become a high profile food writer with your own online community and upward trajectory.

Get started in writing a novel

September 24, 2015
Watts, Nigel, author.
[London] Hachette, 2015.
xiii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
"Start a creative journey with your first novel ; get confidence and inspiration, craft a compelling plot, create fantastic characters and dialogue"--Cover.
Beginnings -- Plot -- Eight-point arc -- Subplot and symbolism -- Character -- Dialogue -- Viewpoint -- Setting the scene -- Style -- Theme -- Difficult business of second drafts -- Writer's block -- Support -- Marketing your manuscript.
"This new edition of an acclaimed guide to writing a novel helps you if you are just at the very beginning of your writing journey, showing you how to gain confidence and find inspiration. A classic book that has supported thousands of authors over the years, it contains a wealth of information on how to structure, craft and develop your writing, how to edit and redraft, and how to take the first steps towards publication. Each chapter contains a long and several shorter writing exercises, while key quotes, ideas and focus points will be clearly signposted and will summarise important concepts and advice. At the heart of each chapter is the "Workshop." The Workshop is a key exercise, in which you will gain a deeper insight into the craft of writing. This new edition also includes an expanded section on self- and digital-publishing, to reflect recent advances in technology and practice."--Publisher description.

Crowded by beauty : the life and Zen of poet Philip Whalen

September 22, 2015
Schneider, David, 1951- author.
xviii, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Reflection in friends -- Banjo eyes : Whalen and Ginsberg -- Buddha red ears : Whalen and Kerouac -- Kalyanamitra : Whalen and Snyder -- Your heart is fine : Whalen and Kyger -- Hail thee who play : Whalen and Mcclure -- Early : 1923-1943 -- Forced association : Army life, 1943-1946 -- Reed's fine college : 1946-1951 -- Solvitur Ambulando : 1959-1971 -- Japan, Bolinas, Japan, Bolinas : 1959-1971 -- New Years : Whalen and Baker, Zen Center -- An order to love : ordination -- Rope of sand (Philip at Santa Fe with Baker, et al; Dharma Transmission) -- RSVP : Hartford St., decline and death.
"Philip Whalen was an American poet, Zen Buddhist, and key figure in the literary and artistic scene that unfolded in San Francisco in the 1950s and '60s. When the Beat writers came West, Whalen became a revered, much-loved member of the group. Erudite, shy, and profoundly spiritual, his presence not only moved his immediate circle of Beat cohorts, but his powerful, startling, innovative work would come to impact American poetry to the present day. Drawing on Whalen's journals and personal correspondence--particularly with Ginsberg, Kerouac, Snyder, Kyger, Welch, and McClure --David Schneider shows how deeply bonded these intimates were, supporting one another in their art and their spiritual paths. Schneider, himself an ordained priest, provides an insider's view of Whalen's struggles and breakthroughs in his thirty years as a Zen monk. When Whalen died in 2002 as the retired Abbot of the Hartford Street Zen Center, his own teacher referred to him as a patriarch of the Western lineage of Buddhism. Crowded by Beauty chronicles the course of Whalen's life, focusing on his unique, eccentric, humorous, and literary-religious practice."--Provided by publisher.

Apollo in the grass : selected poems

September 22, 2015
Kushner, Aleksandr, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
xx, 87 pages ; 21 cm

My unsentimental education

September 21, 2015
Monroe, Debra.
Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2015]
199 pages ; 23 cm
Prologue -- History and practical math -- Regional trades -- On the down-low -- Drinks are on the house -- Intermission -- In the event of an apocalypse -- Serfs and landlords -- Depredating deer -- A dress rehearsal -- Epilogue.
"A misfit in Spooner, Wisconsin with its farms, bars, and strip joints, Debra Monroe leaves to earn a degree, then another, another, and builds a career--if only because her plans to be a Midwestern housewife continually get scuttled. Her professional life improves because she's good at 'hard-core feigning.' Fearless but naive, she vaults over class barriers, but never quite leaves her past behind. When it comes to men, she's still blue-collar. Monroe pays careful attention to what love and sex mean to a 'liberated' woman: to the pressure to be assertive yet not too assertive; to different prices women pay for being 'sultry-powerful' or 'brainy-powerful.' Both the story of her steady rise into the professional class and a parallel history of unsuitable exes, this memoir reminds us how accidental even a good life can be. If Joan Didion advises us 'to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be,' Monroe takes this advice a step further and nods at the people she might have become but didn't. Funny, poignant, wise, My Unsentimental Education explores the confusion that ensues when a working class girl ends up far from where she began"--Provided by publisher.

American creative nonfiction

September 21, 2015
xxxii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Edition statement supplied by publisher.
About this volume / Jay Ellis -- On American creative nonfiction / Jay Ellis -- American creative nonfiction : background and history / Kelly Clasen -- Critical reception of "a special kind of fiction" / Ross Griffin -- The lyric essay as non-nonfiction / Jay Ellis -- "Loops and spins" : autobiography, autofiction, and Tim O'Brien's serial selves / David Bahr -- Benjamin Franklin's middle way and the argumentative nature of autobiography / Peter Kratzke -- Gender and genre in Susan Fenimore Cooper's nature writing / Kelly Clasen -- "A canticle of my reaction" : socio-cultural criticism in Claude McKay's A long way from home / Christopher Allen Varlack -- "I'm fighting because you're down here" : small stories and big histories in Shelby Foote's The Civil War / Christopher Walsh -- Medical humanities and illness narratives / G. Thomas Couser -- The grand memoir : Temple Grandin and autism / Katherine Lashley -- Stories of the self in cinema : autobiography and the documentary image / Shira Segal -- One life transformed : Natalie Goldberg's writing, art, and religion / Beth Walker -- David Foster Wallace and the ethical potential of creative nonfiction / Brandon Benevento -- Choreographing time : Art Spiegelman's present, past(s) and the craft of creative nonfiction comics / David Bahr.
This collection of critical essays on American creative nonfiction features an overview of the genre and critical readings of selected works and authors.

Get started in writing young adult fiction

September 21, 2015
Mushens, Juliet.
London [England] : Teach Yourself, 2015.
xvii, 206 p. ; 20 cm.
Includes index.
Getting started -- The big idea -- Planning your novel -- Characters -- Worldbuilding and describing your world -- Suspense, action and narrative arc -- Writing rules and when to break them -- How to edit your novel -- Finding an agent -- Different types of publishing : self and traditional.
"Practical guidance, advice and tips to make your Young Adult Fiction writing stand out and get noticed"--Publisher's description.

Lists of note : an eclectic collection deserving of a wider audience

September 18, 2015
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2015.
xiv, 317 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimilies ; 29 cm
Includes index.
First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Canongate Books in conjunction with Unbound.
Humans have been making lists for even longer than they've been writing letters. They are the shorthand for what really matters to us: our hopes and aspirations; likes and dislikes; rules for living and loving; records of our memories and reminders of the things we want to do before we die. Just as he did with Letters of Note, Shaun Usher has trawled the world's archives to produce a rich visual anthology that stretches from ancient times to present day. From a to-do list of Leonardo da Vinci's to Charles Darwin on the pros and cons of marriage or Julia Child's list of possible titles for what would later become an American cooking bible, Lists of Note is a constantly surprising A-Z of what makes us human.

How to read literature like a professor : a lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines

September 18, 2015
Foster, Thomas C., author.
xxx, 336 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction: How'd he do that? -- Every trip is a quest (except when it's not) -- Nice to eat with you: acts of communion -- Nice to eat you: acts of vampires -- Now, where have I seen her before? -- When in doubt, it's from Shakespeare -- Or the Bible -- Hanseldee and Greteldum -- It's Greek to me -- It's more than just rain or snow -- Never stand next to the hero -- Interlude: does he mean that? -- More than it's gonna hurt you: concerning violence -- Is that a symbol? -- It's all political -- Yes, she's a Christ figure, too -- Flights of fancy -- It's all about sex -- Except sex -- If she comes up, it's Baptism -- Geography matters -- So does season -- Interlude: one story -- Marked for greatness -- He's blind for a reason, you know -- It's never just heart disease and rarely just illness -- Don't read with your eyes -- It's my symbol and I'll cry if I want to -- Is he serious? and other ironies -- A test case -- Postlude: who's in charge here?
What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Get drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface -- a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character - and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths, and to discover a world where a road leads to a quest a shared meal may signify a communion and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just rain. Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, How to Read Literature Like a Professor is the perfect companion for making your reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

Neil Gaiman in the 21st century : essays on the novels, children's stories, online writings, comics and other works

September 18, 2015
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2015]
x, 262 pages ; 23 cm
American Gods (2001). The American Odyssey / Jenn Anya Prosser ; The Anxiety of Disappearance / Michael B. Key -- The Wolves in the Walls (2003) and Blueberry Girl (2009). Toward a Feminist Reading of Gaiman's Picture Books / Renata Lucena Dalmaso -- Anansi Boys (2005). "The old man was gone": The Problematic Unity of Tricksters, Gods and Fathers in Anansi Boys and American Gods / Laura-Marie von Czarnowsky ; "You heard her, you ain't blind": The "Haunting" Presence of Their Eyes Were Watching God / Danielle Russell -- The Graveyard Book (2008). The Jungle, the Graveyard and the Feral Child: Imitating and Transforming Kipling Beyond Pastiche / Jennifer McStotts ; Wisdom, Strength and Courtesy: Graveyard-Favor Go with Thee / Margaret Seyford Hrezo -- "Nightmare in Silver" (2013). "We've upgraded ourselves": Gaiman's Resurrection of the Cybermen / Emily Capettini -- The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013). What Neil Gaiman Teaches Us About Survival: Making Good Art and Diving into the Ocean / Monica Miller ; Remembering the Dead: Narratives of Childhood / Rebecca Long ; Augustinian Memory and Place / Andrew Eichel ; Not at Home: Examining the Uncanny / Yaeri Kim ; "The essence of grandmotherliness": Ideal Motherhood and Threatening Female Sexuality / Courtney M. Landis -- A Calendar of Tales (2013). Remixing Time and Space / Merideth Garcia -- Sandman: Overture (2014). Aperture for a Storyteller: An Interview with JH Williams III / John Bultena ; Warming Up the Strings / Tara Prescott ; Issue #1 Through a New Reader's Eyes / Nadia Eshraghi ; Listening to the Endless: Music and Musicians in the Extended Sandman Universe / Tom Zlabinger ; Beginnings and Endless-ings / Judd Winick.
"This collection of new essays examines a range of Gaiman's prolific output. Gaiman's return to the serial comic book form is covered, and Artist J.H. Williams III contributes an exclusive interview about his collaboration with Gaiman. Cartoonist Judd Winick offers a personal essay on how contemporary artists have been influenced by Gaiman's work"-- Provided by publisher.

Writer's market.

September 17, 2015
Cincinnati : Writer's digest,
v. ; 21-27 cm.
Some copies of 2002 have cover title: Writer's market online.

Novel & short story writer's market.

September 17, 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books,
v. : ill. ; 23 cm.

The O. Henry prize stories.

September 17, 2015
New York : Anchor Books,
v. ; 22 cm.

I can give you anything but love

September 17, 2015
Indiana, Gary, author.
New York, NY : Rizzoli Ex Libris, 2015.
239 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Worlds apart : a memoir

September 17, 2015
Plante, David, author.
London : Bloomsbury, 2015.
viii, 359 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A rich companion to the first volume of David Plante's memoir, Becoming a Londoner, Worlds Apart explores worlds of experience drawn from the millions of words Plante has put to the page in his diaries over the last fifty years. This new volume doesn't follow sequentially from the first--rather it can be read on its own or as an overlay, building and expanding on the relationships and experiences recalled in Becoming a Londoner. Plante widens the scope of this second volume, recounting his adventures in France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Israel, New York, even Oklahoma. Fragments of diaries, notes, sketches, and drawings deepen and enrich the "characters" we met in the first volume, including Nikos, his longtime partner, and luminaries such as Philip Roth and E.M. Forster" -- provided by publisher.

Dark alchemy

September 17, 2015
Bickle, Laura, author.
[New York, New York] : Harper Voyager Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
371 pages ; 17 cm
"Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming seeking clues to her father's disappearance years ago. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up--desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can't scientifically explain--her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town's most powerful interests. Petra's father wasn't the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill. Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn't understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast--or die next."-- Back cover.

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