New Arrivals · Literature

April 23, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cracking the common core : choosing and using texts in grades 6-12

April 22, 2014
Lewis, William E.
xvii, 234 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Embracing the Common Core -- 2. Understanding adolescent readers -- Understanding challenging texts -- Designing challenging text sets -- Building background knowledge -- Supporting students during reading -- Implementing high-quality discussions after reading -- Text-based writing to support understanding -- Research in the content areas -- Leading for change.
"This book guides teachers in grades 6-12 to strategically combine a variety of texts--including literature, informational texts, and digital sources--to meet their content-area goals and the demands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It presents clear-cut ways to analyze text complexity, design challenging text sets, and help students get the most out of what they read. Provided are practical instructional ideas for building background knowledge, promoting engagement, incorporating discussion and text-based writing, and teaching research skills. Appendices offer sample unit plans for English language arts, history/social studies, and science classrooms. More than 20 reproducible coaching templates and other tools can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size"-- Provided by publisher.

Brave new world

April 21, 2014
Ipswich, Massachusetts : Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Information Services, Inc. ; Amenia, NY : Grey House Publishing, [2014]
xi, 271 pages ; 24 cm.
Huxley's changing homeland : politics and the planned society in Britain, 1906-1931 / Richard Carr -- Huxley meets the critics : commentaries on Brave new world / Gerardo Del Guercio -- Reading Brave new world through the lens of feminism / Thomas Horan -- Portraits, not prophesies : Huxley's and Orwell's dystopian visions / Jackson Ayres -- Bolshevism and Brave new world / Gregory Claeys -- Aldous Huxley and the twentieth-century eugenics movement / Bradley W. Hart -- Maternity as a social construct in Brave new world / Nicole Fares -- The burden of science and biology in Brave new world / Josephine A. McQuail -- Penitentes at the snake dance : Native Americans in Brave new world / Katherine Toy Miller -- Film adaptations of Brave new world / Alexander Charles Oliver Hall -- Awakening from 'the nightmare of swarming indistinguishable sameness' : globalization and marginality in Brave new world / Robert Wilson -- "'Observe,' said the director" : Brave new world, surveillance studies, and the dystopian tradition / Sean A. Witters -- Postmodernism and the cultural logic of dystopian fiction : Brave new world and M.T. Anderson's Feed / M. Keith Booker.

Bohemians : a graphic anthology

April 18, 2014
Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2014.
xii, 228 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 27 cm
The nineteenth-century countercultures that came to define the bohemian lifestyle spanned both sides of the Atlantic, ranging from Walt Whitman to Josephine Baker, and from Gertrude Stein to Thelonius Monk. Bohemians is the graphic history of this movement and its illustrious figures, recovering the utopian ideas behind millennial communities, and covering the rise of Greenwich Village, the multiracial and radical jazz world, and West Coast and Midwest bohemians, among other scenes. Drawn by an all-star cast of comics artists, including rising figures like Sabrina Jones, Lance Tooks, and Summer McClinton, alongside established artists like Peter Kuper and Spain Rodriguez, Bohemians is a broad and entertaining account of the rebel impulse in American cultural history.

The American thriller

April 16, 2014
xviii, 222 pages ; 24 cm
About this volume / Gary Hoppenstand -- On the American thriller / Gary Hoppenstand -- Critical contexts. The crime thriller in context / Kate Watson -- The legal thriller in context / Ayoola Onatade -- The techno thriller in context / John A. Dowell -- The psychological thriller in context / Kristopher Mecholsky -- Critical readings. Death's head: Thomas Harris / Abby Bentham -- Lee Child's pure, uncomplicated hero / Elizabeth Blakesley -- Robert Bloch's archetypal thriller: Psycho, the novel / Garyn G. Roberts -- The elusive genius of Michael Crichton / Chris Richardson -- James Patterson: An uncertain legacy / Philip L. Simpson -- John Grisham: The master of the fast-moving legal thriller / Susan J. Tyburski -- In the popular tradition / Helen S. Garson -- The life of Robin Cook / Lorena Laura Stookey.
"This volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the American thriller, a genre in which 'ordinary' heroes are faced with an enemy set on destroying them or something treasured such as freedom or democracy. Rounding out the volume are a list of related thrillers not discussed in the book as well as a bibliography of critical sources for readers seeking to study this theme in greater depth."--Provided by publisher

The awakening

April 16, 2014
Ipswich, Mass. : Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Information Services ; Amenia, NY : Grey House Publishing, ©2014.
xii, 314 pages ; 24 cm.
On The awakening / Bernard Koloski -- Biography of Kate Chopin / Courtney Rottgering -- "Oh! To be able to paint in color rather than in words!" : Kate Chopin's The awakening and Impressionism / Julieann Veronica Ulin -- Reactions to the chief characters in Kate Chopin's The awakening : positive, negative, and miscellaneous / Stephen Paul Bray and Sarah Fredericks -- Surprises, complications, unexpected shifts, and ironic juxtapositions in Kate Chopin's The awakening ; Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Huckleberry Finn, and The awakening ; Was The awakening banned or burned? What did Chopin think worth reading? (And other new archival evidence about Kate Chopin's life and writings) / Robert C. Evans -- A letter to students as they read Kate Chopin's The awakening / Jocye Dyer -- Defending The awakening : a response to Hugh J. Dawson ; In defense of Robert Lebrun in Kate Chopin's The awakening / Robert C. Evans -- Tourism and landscape in The awakening / Jeffrey Melton -- Kate Chopin's The awakening and her Louisiana fiction as travel literature / Thomas Bonner, Jr. -- Catching up with Kate Chopin : reading Chopin reading / Mary E. Papke -- In praise of folly : gendered discourse in The awakening / Robert D. Arner -- Humor in Chopin's The awakening / Robert C. Evans -- 'Casting aside that fictitious self' : The awakening as a cautionary tale / Peter J. Ramos -- 'The subtle quivering life' : reading The awakening through Kate Chopin / David Z. Wehner -- Kate Chopin's The awakening, authenticity and the artist / Janet Beer and Helena Goodwyn.

Jane Eyre

April 16, 2014
Ipswich, Mass. : Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Information Services ; Amenia, NY : Grey House Publishing, ©2013.
xii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24cm.
(Still) on Jane Eyre / Katie R. Peel -- Biography of Charlotte Brontë / Joanne Cordón -- Souvenirs of sadism: mahogany furniture, deforestation, and slavery in Jane Eyre / Elaine Freedgood -- From myth to materiality: critical reception of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre from the 1840s to the 2010s / John O'Hara -- Shameful signification: narrative and feeling in Jane Eyre / Ashly Bennett -- Passion and economics in Jane Eyre and North and south / Thomas Recchio -- Women's place: home, sanctuary, and the big house in Jane Eyre / Katherine Montwieler -- Sins of the mother: Adèle's genetic and national Burden in Jane Eyre / Mara Reisman -- "That better part which cannot be taken from you": varieties of Christian experience in Jane Eyre / Jennie-Rebecca Falcetta -- Right obedience and Milton's Abdiel in Jane Eyre / Jonathan Kotchian -- Abrupt, absurd, unconventional: Jane and Rochester against the Victorian conversational landscape / Cala Zubair -- Jane laughs last: developing feminist humor in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre / Amanda T. Smith -- Playing with dramatic adaptations: charades as an approach to John Brougham's 1849 Adaptation of Jane Eyre / Mary Isbell -- 'A solemn and strange and perilous thing': rereading a reading of Jane Eyre / Meghan Sweeney -- Re-reading Jane Eyre: not a romantic marriage plot but a tale of evolving feminist consciousness / Barbara Waxman.

I am the beggar of the world : landays from contemporary Afghanistan

April 16, 2014
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014]
149 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Things I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs

April 14, 2014
Cleage, Pearl.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
ix, 308 pages ; 24 cm
"In this inspiring memoir, the award-winning playwright and bestselling author of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day reminisces on the art of juggling marriage, motherhood, and politics while working to become a successful writer. In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit. But there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and '80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amidst personal and professional tumult. Though born and raised in Detroit, it was in Atlanta that Cleage encountered the forces that would most shape her experience. Married to Michael Lomax, now head of the United Negro College Fund, she worked with Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first African-American mayor. Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs charts not only the political fights, but also the pull she began to feel to focus on her own passions, including writing--a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment. This fascinating memoir follows her journey from a columnist for a local weekly (bought by Larry Flynt) to a playwright and Hollywood script writer, an artist at the crossroads of culture and politics whose circle came to include luminaries like Richard Pryor, Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Shirley Franklin, and Jesse Jackson. By the time Oprah Winfrey picked What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day as a favorite, Cleage had long since arrived as a writer of renown. In the tradition of greats like Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, and Nora Ephron, Cleage's self-portrait raises women's confessional writing to the level of great literature"-- Provided by publisher.

Living with a wild god : a nonbeliever's search for the truth about everything

April 14, 2014
Ehrenreich, Barbara.
New York : Twelve, 2014.
xiv, 237 pages ; 24 cm
"In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, "mystical"-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Ehrenreich's most personal book ever will spark a lively and heated conversation about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the "meaning of life." Certain to be a classic, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD combines intellectual rigor with a frank account of the inexplicable, in Ehrenreich's singular voice, to produce a true literary achievement"-- Provided by publisher.

Isabel Allende : a literary companion

April 14, 2014
Snodgrass, Mary Ellen.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2013]
vii, 351 pages ; 25 cm.
"Isabel Allende--known as "la Famosa" to Chileans--is the most widely read Spanish-language author. This reference work provides an introduction to Allende's life as well as a guided overview of her body of work. It features an alphabetized, fully-annotated listing of major terms in the Allende canon, including fictional characters, motifs, historical events, and themes"--Provided by publisher.

Now write! Science fiction, fantasy, and horror : speculative genre exercises from today's best writers and teachers

April 14, 2014
New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2014.
xvi, 367 p. ; 21 cm.
Editor's Note -- Understand Your Speculative Genre -- Ideas and Inspiration -- Story Development and Plotting -- High Stakes and Terror -- Building Worlds -- Theme and Meaning -- Memorable Heroes, Villains, and Monsters -- Communication and Relationships -- Scene Construction and Style -- Practicing Your Craft.
"Featuring speculative fiction-writing exercises from Harlan Ellison (R), Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, screenwriters of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and many more. The fifth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing-guide series offers a full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist, including: -Harlan Ellison (R), on crafting the perfect story title -Jack Ketchum, on how economy of language helps create a truly frightening tale -Piers Anthony, on making fantastical characters feel genuine and relatable This collection of storytelling secrets from top genre writers-including winners of Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Bram Stoker awards-is essential for any writer looking to take a leap beyond the ordinary"-- Provided by publisher.


April 11, 2014
Begley, Adam.
New York : Harper, [2014]
xiii, 558 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A tour of Berks County -- The Harvard years -- The talk of the town -- Welcome to Tarbox -- The two Iseults -- Couples -- Updike abroad -- Tarbox redux -- Marrying Martha -- Haven Hill -- The lonely fort -- Endpoint.
"Updike is Adam Begley's masterful, much-anticipated biography of one of the most celebrated figures in American literature: Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike--a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life and work.In this magisterial biography, Adam Begley offers an illuminating portrait of John Updike, the acclaimed novelist, poet, short-story writer, and critic who saw himself as a literary spy in small-town and suburban America, who dedicated himself to the task of transcribing "middleness with all its grits, bumps and anonymities."Updike explores the stages of the writer's pilgrim's progress: his beloved home turf of Berks County, Pennsylvania; his escape to Harvard; his brief, busy working life as the golden boy at The New Yorker; his family years in suburban Ipswich, Massachusetts; his extensive travel abroad; and his retreat to another Massachusetts town, Beverly Farms, where he remained until his death in 2009. Drawing from in-depth research as well as interviews with the writer's colleagues, friends, and family, Begley explores how Updike's fiction was shaped by his tumultuous personal life--including his enduring religious faith, his two marriages, and his first-hand experience of the "adulterous society" he was credited with exposing in the bestselling Couples.With a sharp critical sensibility that lends depth and originality to his analysis, Begley probes Updike's best-loved works--from Pigeon Feathers to The Witches of Eastwick to the Rabbit tetralogy--and reveals a surprising and deeply complex character fraught with contradictions: a kind man with a vicious wit, a gregarious charmer who was ruthlessly competitive, a private person compelled to spill his secrets on the printed page. Updike offers an admiring yet balanced look at this national treasure, a master whose writing continues to resonate like no one else's"-- Provided by publisher.

A few seconds of radiant filmstrip : a memoir of seventh grade

April 10, 2014
Brockmeier, Kevin.
New York : Pantheon Books, [2014]
190 pages ; 22 cm
"At age twelve, [the American novelist] Kevin Brockmeier is ready to become a different person: not the boy he has always been--the one who cries too easily and laughs too easily, who lives in an otherland of sparkling daydreams and imaginary catastrophes--but someone else altogether. Over the course of one school year--seventh grade--he sets out in search of himself"--Page 4 of cover.

The message of you : turn your life story into a money-making speaking career

April 7, 2014
Carter, Judy, 1970-
New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013.
xii, 324 p. ; 22 cm.
Discover the message of you -- Judy's seven-step method for writing a hilarious and inspiring speech -- Take your message to the world.
Motivational humorist Judy Carter believes ordinary people have the ability to find the extraordinary stories tucked away deep inside of them, stories that not only can make a difference in the lives of others but also can result in a money-making career for the storyteller. In her previous bestseller, The Comedy Bible, Judy taught everyday people how to turn their problems into punch lines. Now, she is helping professional speakers, techies, entrepreneurs, survivors, and even complete novices to transform their tragedies and triumphs into hilarious and motivational speeches that not only educate, inspire, and entertain but also pay the rent.--From publisher description.

George Eliot

April 3, 2014
Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, c2003.
163 p. ; 24 cm.
"Comprehensive research and study guide."
Biography of George Eliot -- Plot summary of The mill on the floss -- List of characters in The mill on the floss -- Critical views on The mill on the floss. Virginia Woolf on Maggie Tulliver and Eliot's creation of a heroine ; Gillian Beer on passion as intellectual need ; Elaine Showalter on sexual identities and insecurities ; Mary Jacobus on maxims and the language that undoes them ; W.D. Howells on the forced touch of tragedy ; Joan Bennett on the breadth of Eliot's communities ; Suzanne Graver on Eliot's view of tragedy ; U.C. Knoepflmacher on the clash of present and future -- Plot summary of Silas Marner -- List of characters in Silas Marner -- Critical views on Silas Marner. Jerome Thale on the parallel stories of Godfrey and Silas ; Sandra M. Gilbert on the significance of daughterhood ; Meri-Jane Rochelson on metaphor and narrative ; Alexander Welsh on the Cass brothers and blackmail ; John Holloway on Raveloe and the creation of an example ; Henry Auster on the redemption of Raveloe -- Plot summary of Middlemarch -- List of characters in Middlemarch -- Critical views on Middlemarch. Leslie Stephen on Saint Theresa ; David Lodge on narration and the "classic realist text" ; Richard Freadman on characterization, from Lydgate to Raffles ; Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar on images of entrapment ; D.A. Miller on perspective and Dorothea at the window ; Robert Coles on Bulstrode, the most powerfully drawn character ; Bert G. Hornback on Ladislaw, Dorothea's unhappy ending ; George Levine on Eliot and realism -- Plot summary of Daniel Deronda -- List of characters in Daniel Deronda -- Critical views on Daniel Deronda. Barbara Hardy on unity in repeated imagery ; Martin Price on the opening scene ; Mary Wilson Carpenter on division of Christian and Jewish prophecy ; Dorothea Barrett on capitalism and the image of the choir stables ; Deirdre David on Gwendolen's attachment to her mother.

A poet's glossary

April 2, 2014
Hirsch, Edward.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014].
vi, 730 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

Robot uprisings

April 2, 2014
New York : Vintage, a division of Random House LLC, 2014.
xviii, 476 pages ; 21 cm
"A Vintage original"--Title page verso.
Complex God / Scott Sigler -- Cycles / Charles Yu -- Lullaby / Anna North -- Eighty miles an hour all the way to Paradise / Genevieve Valentine -- Executable / Hugh Howey -- The omnibot incident / Ernest Cline -- Epoch / Cory Doctorow -- Human intelligence / Jeff Abbott -- The golden hour / Julianna Baggott -- Sleepover / Alastair Reynolds -- Seasoning / Alan Dean Foster -- Nanonauts! In battle with tiny death-subs! / Ian McDonald -- Of dying heroes and deathless deeds / Robin Wasserman -- The robot and the baby / John McCarthy -- We are all misfit toys in the aftermath of the Velveteen War / Seanan McGuire -- Spider the artist / Nnedi Okorafor -- Small things / Daniel H. Wilson.
"As real robots creep into our lives, so does a sense of fear--we have all wondered what horrifying scenarious might unfold if our technology were to go awry. This anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the machines we live with. With contributions by Alan Dean Foster, Charles Yu, Hugh Howey, Daniel H. Wilson, Corey Doctorow, Ian McDonald, Ernie Cline, Jeff Abbott, Robin Wasserman, and Anna North, Robot Uprisings contains meticulously described, exhilarating trips to futures in which humans can only survive by being more clever and tenacious than the rebellious machines they have unwittingly created"-- Provided by publisher.

Russia's golden age

April 1, 2014
xxviii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
On Russia's golden age / Rachel Stauffer -- Critical contexts: "My country is Russian literature" : history and literary development in the golden age / Kathleen Conti ; How a canon is made : a critical response to Russia's golden age literature / Katya Jordan ; The golden age of Russian poetry / Donald Rayfield ; Nineteenth-century Russian thought and literature / Derek Offord -- Critical readings: Pushkin: a monument to poetry / Helen Kashuba ; Unseen beauty, shadows of liminal space, and the caustic passions of exile: the life and writings of M. Yu. Lermontov / Michael Marsh-Soloway ; Romanticism, the Caucasus, and Russian orientalism / Rachel Stauffer ; Nikolai Gogol's complex relationship with food: between romanticism and realism / Rachel Stauffer ; Ivan Turgenev: an advocate of Russian realism / Frank Jacob ; The life and times of Fyodor Dostoevsky: realism in the golden age / Tatyana Kovalevskaya ; The old magician in search of truth: Lev Tolstoy's livelong search for meaning / Ani Kokobobo ; America reacts to Dostoevsky and Tolstoy: early archival evidence / Robert C. Evans and Matthew Shoemaker ; "There is a way out" : The cherry orchard in the twenty-first century / Galina Rylkova ; Russia 'musically' in the nineteenth century: questions of east and west / Anna G. Piotrowska.
"This volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on 19th century Russian writing, traditionally referred to as the Golden Age of Russian literature. For readers who are studying it for the first time, several essays survey the critical conversation regarding this period, explore its cultural and historical contexts and offer close analytical and comparative reading of key texts. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the Golden Age of Russian literature can then move onto other essays that explore it in depth through a variety of critical and contextual approaches. Works that may be discussed include, among others, Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace and Anna Karenina, Ivan Turgenev's Fathers & Sons, Gogol's short works and Dead Souls, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, and Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya."--Publisher's website.

Mystery Writers of America presents : ice cold : tales of intrigue from the Cold War

March 27, 2014
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
x, 384 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction / by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson -- Comrade 35 / by Jeffery Deaver -- Police report / by Joseph Finder -- The last confession / by John Lescroart -- A card for mother / by Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon -- Miss Bianca / by Sara Paretsky -- The essence of small people / by Gary Alexander -- Checkpoint Charlie / by Alan Cook -- Crush depth / by Brendan Dubois -- The honey trap / by Bev Vincent -- House of a thousand eyes / by Katia Leaf -- A neighbor's story / by Vicki Doudera -- East meets West / by Jonathan Stone -- Show stopper / by Gigi Vernon -- Deep submergence / by Joseph Wallace -- Sparks to the bear's hide / by Robert Mangeot -- Side effects / by T. Jefferson Parker -- The everyday housewife / by Laura Lippman -- Cuba libre / by Katherine Neville -- His mother's son / by J.A. Jance -- Ghosts / by Raymond Benson.

Paperback confidential : crime writers of the paperback era

March 27, 2014
Ritt, Brian, author.
Eureka, CA : Stark House Press, [2013].
344 pages : portraits ; 22 cm.
Paperback wonder / by Rick Ollerman -- Introduction / by Brian Ritt -- Author entries -- Sources -- PseudoDex : an index of pseudonyms / by Rick Ollerman.
"These are the authors who turned out the dark noirs and hardboiled thrillers, private detective puzzles and psychological suspense, police procedurals and backwood melodramas, stories of passion ... and cold-blooded murder. Here are 132 profiles of the men and women who wrote the books that became the backbone of the Pulp and Paperback Era from the 1930s through the 1960s.... Each profile contains details about the author's life and explores key works, with special attention paid to series characters. Also covered are screenplay and teleplay work, as well as movies based on the authors' stories.... [A]lso includes a handy PseudoDex with all the various names these authors wrote under"--Back cover.

Not for everyday use : a memoir

March 27, 2014
Nunez, Elizabeth.
New York: Akashic Books, c2014.
256 p. ; 21 cm.

Dashiell Hammett : man of mystery

March 24, 2014
Cline, Sally.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2014]
xxi, 234 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Dashiell Hammett changed the face of crime fiction. In five novels published over five years as well as a string of stories, he transformed the mystery genre into literature and left us with the figure of the hard-boiled detective, from the Continental Op to Sam Spade--immortalized on film by Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon--and the more glamorous Thin Man, also made iconic with the aid of Hollywood. A brilliant writer, Hammett was a complex and enigmatic man. After 1934 until his death in 1961, he published no more novels and suffered from a writer's block that both shamed and maimed him. He is identified with his tough protagonists, but his tuberculosis compromised his masculine identity and alcoholism may have been his answer. A former Pinkerton detective who valued honesty, he was attracted to women who lied outrageously, most notably Lillian Hellman, with whom he conducted a thirty-year affair. A controversial political activist who stood up for civil liberty, he was also a very private man. In this compact new biography, Sally Cline uses fresh research, including interviews with Hammett's family and Hellman's heir, to reexamine the life and works of the writer whom Raymond Chandler called "the ace performer.""-- Provided by publisher.

Midwestern literature

March 24, 2014
Ipswich, Mass. : Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Information Services ; Amenia, NY : Grey House Publishing, ©2013.
xxvii, 255 pages ; 24 cm.
Midwestern literature in historical and cultural context / Marcia Noe -- What is "middlewestishness"? the evolution of Midwestern literary studies / Sara Kosiba -- Complicated grief, mourning and melancholia : reading the novel of Godfrey St. Peter's compounded losses in Willa Cather's The professor's house / Sarah Warren-Riley -- For those non-Midwestern, Midwestern writers : Richard Powers, Toni Morrison and the Midwest Topos / Patricia Oman -- Patricia Hampl, Minnesota and The florist's daughter : memoir as history / Marilyn Atlas -- Your homeland is where you live and where you work : changing Midwestern pastoral(ism) in Tomas Rivera's ... And the earth did not devour him / William Barillas -- "A place to fear and love" : the imagined heartland of David Foster Wallace's The broom of the system, Jurrit Daalder -- Performing Africa in the American Midwest : memories of Africa in Toni Morrison's Beloved and Song of Solomon / Maureen Eke -- It's heaven : sports literature and Iowa's pastoral image / Scott D. Emmert -- Big shoulders, cat feet : the Midwestern dimensions of Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems / Phillip A. Greasley -- Humor me, I'm from the Midwest : Mike Perry and the trope of poking fun at ourselves / Christian Knoeller -- "Figures in transmotion" : bison hunt narratives as Mise en Abyme in the native literatures of the American Midwest / Matthew Low -- In the heart of the land : Midwestern plays and playwrights / David Radavich -- "A discovered land" : Willa Cather's Pioneers John Rohrkemper -- Chicago and Peter DeVries' Map of desire / Guy Szuberla.

Plays for Two

March 20, 2014
New York : Vintage Books, [2014].
xi, 624 pages ; 20 cm.
"Plays for Two is a unique anthology of twenty-eight terrific plays for two actors, by a mix of celebrated playwrights and cutting-edge new voices. It takes two to tango--or to perform a duet, fight a duel, or play ping-pong. The two-character play is dramatic confrontation stripped to its essence. These four full-length and twenty-four short plays feature pairs of every sort--strangers, rivals, parents and children, siblings, co-workers, friends, and lovers--swooning or sparring, meeting cute or parting ways. In a dizzying range of moods and styles, these two-handers offer the kind of meaty, challenging roles actors love, while providing readers and audiences with the pleasures of watching the complex give-and-take dynamics of two keenly matched characters. Plays by: Billy Aronson, David Auburn, Pete Barry, Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Anthony Clarvoe, Steven Dietz, Halley Feiffer, Simon Fill, Frank Higgins, David Ives, Jacob Juntunen, Ean Miles Kessler, Neil LaBute, Eric Lane, Kitt Lavoie, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Mark Harvey Levine, Elizabeth Meriwether, Michael Mitnick, Daria Polatin, Marco Ramirez, Kelly Rhodes, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick, Edwin Sanchez, Nina Shengold, Cori Thomas, Doug Wright "-- Provided by publisher.

Writing with the master : how one of the world's bestselling authors fixed my book and changed my life

March 17, 2014
Vanderwarker, Tony.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
xii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The true story of an author mentored by John Grisham in the art of writing a thriller"--Dust jacket flap.

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