New Arrivals · Literature

September 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Novel & short story writer's market.

September 20, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books,
v. : ill. ; 23 cm.

The O. Henry prize stories.

September 20, 2017
New York : Anchor Books,
v. ; 22 cm.
"The best short stories of the year."

The disappearance of Émile Zola : a story of love, literature and the Dreyfus case

September 15, 2017
Rosen, Michael, 1946- author.
xvi, 302 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
It is the evening of 18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter 'J'accuse' and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of his time in exile. Rosen has traced Zola's footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year. The Disappearance of Zola offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, the politics and the work of the great writer.

An Amish Christmas love : four novellas

September 14, 2017
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
v, 378 pages ; 21 cm
Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman -- The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston -- Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin -- Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid.
"A charming new novella collection of sweet holiday stories, each celebrating love in all its forms, from some of our favorite Amish authors!"-- Provided by publisher.

Hemingway at eighteen : the pivotal year that launched an American legend

September 12, 2017
Paul, Steve, 1953- author.
xxiii, 230 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the summer of 1917, Ernest Hemingway was an eighteen-year-old high school graduate unsure of his future. The American entry into the Great War stirred thoughts of joining the army. While many of his friends in Oak Park, Illinois, were heading to college, Hemingway couldn’t make up his mind and eventually chose to begin a career in writing and journalism at the Kansas City Star, one of the great newspapers of its day. In six and a half months at the Star, Hemingway experienced a compressed, streetwise alternative to a college education that opened his eyes to urban violence, the power of literature, the hard work of writing, and a constantly swirling stage of human comedy and drama. The Kansas City experience led Hemingway into the Red Cross ambulance service in Italy, where, two weeks before his nineteenth birthday, he was dangerously wounded at the front"--Dust jacket.

Welcome home : an anthology on love and adoption

September 8, 2017
Mendota Heights, MN : Flux, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc., 2017.
340 pages ; 21 cm
Carlos and the fifteen year old heart / Adi Alsaid -- Strong enough / Karen Atkins -- The sign / Erica M. Chapman -- Up by a million / Caela Carter -- Mama's eyes / Libby Cudmore -- A kingdom bright and burning / Dave Connis -- Webbed / Julie Esbaugh -- Life: starring Tallulah Grey / Lauren Gibaldi -- Salvation / Shannon Gibney -- Twenty-seven days / Jenny Kaczorowski -- Ink drips black / Julie Leung -- Upon the horizon's verge / Sangu Mandanna -- Lullaby / Matthew Quinn Martin -- Census man / Mindy McGinnis -- Invited / Lauren Morrill -- Empty lens / Tameka Mullins -- A lesson in biology / Sammy Nickalls -- Tunneling through / Shannon Parker -- These broken stars / C.J. Redwine -- The snow-covered sidewalk / Randy Ribay -- Deeply / William Ritter -- Meant to be broken / Stephanie Scott -- Moving the body / Natasha Sinel -- In pieces / Eric Smith -- Peace of paper / Courtney C. Stevens -- Happy beginning / Nic Stone -- The take back / Kate Watson -- Jar of broken wishes / Tristina Wright.
A collection of nearly thirty contemporary short stories by YA authors centered on the theme of adoption.

Editorials from the Kobe chronicle

September 8, 2017
Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904.
[New York] : [Privately printed], [1913]
96 pages ; 25 cm
Editorials dated Oct. 11 - Dec. 14, 1894.
"100 copies, no. 72."

Draft no. 4 : on the writing process

September 7, 2017
McPhee, John, 1931- author.
192 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Progression -- Structure -- Editors & publisher -- Elicitation -- Frame of reference -- Checkpoints -- Draft no. 4 -- Omission.
"Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer's craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. In one essay, he considers the delicate art of getting sources to tell you what they might not otherwise reveal. In another, he discusses how to use flashback to place a bear encounter in a travel narrative, while observing that "readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone's bones." The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising--and revising, and revising. Draft No. 4 is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and recalls his early years at Time magazine. Throughout, Draft No. 4 is enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world."--Jacket.

Tales of two Americas : stories of inequality in a divided nation

September 7, 2017
xviii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Death by gentrification / Rebecca Solnit -- i'm sick of pretending to give a shit about what whypeepo think / Danez Smith -- Notes of a native daughter / Sandra Cisneros -- Dosas / Edwige Danticat -- American work / Richard Russo -- Fieldwork / Manuel Muñoz -- For the ones who put their names on thew wall / Juan Felipe Herrera -- Trash food / Chris Offutt -- Some houses (various stages of dissolve) / Clair Vaye Watkins -- Mobility / Julia Alvarez -- Youth from every quarter / Kirstin Valdez Quade -- Outside / Kiese Laymon -- White debt / Eula Biss -- Leander / Joyce Carol Oates -- Fault lines / Ru Freeman -- We share the rain, and not much else / Timothy Egan -- Blood brother / Sarah Smarsh -- Hillsides and flatlands / Héctor Tobar -- Invisible wounds / Jess Ruliffson -- How / Roxane Gay -- Enough to lose / RS Deeren -- To the man asleep in our driveway who might be named Phil / Anthony Doerr -- Soup kitchen / Annie Dillard -- Howlin' Wolf / Kevin Young -- Looking for a home / Karen Russell -- Visible city / Rickey Laurentiis -- Portion / Joy Williams -- Apartment 1G / Nami Mun -- Happy / Brad Watson -- A good neighbor is hard to find / Whitney Terrell -- Here in a state of tectonic tension / Lawrence Joseph -- Once there was a spot / Larry Watson -- Hurray for losers / Dagoberto Gilb -- La ciudad mágica / Patricia Engel -- American arithmetic / Natalie Diaz -- The worthless servant / Ann Patchett.
"In Tales of Two Americas, some of the literary world's most exciting writers look beyond numbers and wages to convey what it feels like to live in this divided nation. Their extraordinarily powerful stories, essays, and poems demonstrate how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people."--Page 4 of cover.


September 7, 2017
Smith, Patti, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
93 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
"The 2016 Windham-Campbell Lecture"--Title page.
How the mind works -- Devotion -- A dream is not a dream.
"In lyric essays, a story, poems, and photographs, Smith illuminates the whirl of chance and choice that stokes a writer's imagination. Recounting her fascination on the eve of a trip to Paris with Simone Weil and an evocative, accidentally discovered film about Stalin's mass deportation of Estonians. In France, a gravestone, a televised figure-skating competition, a meal, and a garden all converge in what becomes Devotion, [a] ... fairy tale about a young, displaced Estonian skater and a solitary dealer in rare objects and arms. This ... fable about creativity and obsession, possession and freedom is followed by a meditation on how a work of art is, for other artists, a call to action"--Booklist

The best of us : a memoir

September 6, 2017
Maynard, Joyce, 1953- author.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017.
viii, 437 pages ; 24 cm
"In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple--'to be a true partner and to have one.' This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to living alone on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss."--Book jacket.

Tendres provocations : nouvelles

September 5, 2017
Paris : Editions J'ai lu, ©2009.
281 pages ; 18 cm.
Translation of: When good things happen to bad boys.
Dr OEil-de-Velours / de Lori Foster -- Une bien curieuse sirène / de Erin McCarthy -- Port du casque ibligatoire / de HelenKay Dimon.

Behind the song

August 30, 2017
363 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes a brief biography of each contributor and a songlist.
Suburbiana (Or , the return of super frog) / by David Arnold -- Miss atomoic bomb / by Anthony Breznican -- Cold beverage" the song I wrote that changed my life / by G. Love -- Tiffany twisted / by Ellen Hopkins -- How miracles begin / by James Howe -- The opposite of ordinary / by Beth Kephart -- About you now / by Elisa Ludwig -- You know something's happening here (but you don't know what it is) / by Jonathan Maberry -- Time to soar / by Donn Thompson Morelli, a. k. a. Donn T -- City girl / by E. C. Myers -- Second chances / by Ellen Oh -- Anyone other than me / Tiffany Schmidt -- The ride / by Suzanne Young -- Doomed? / by K. M. Walton.
An anthology of stories and personal essays exploring how music inspires creativity and can change one's life, written by award-winning young adult authors and contemporary musicians.

Some bright morning, I'll fly away : a memoir

August 30, 2017
Anderson, Alice, 1966- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
279 pages ; 22 cm
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Alice Anderson assesses the damage to her Mississippi home while dealing with her husband's declining mental health. After a violent attack, she flees with her children and faces an epic battle -- emotional, psychological, spiritual, and legal -- for her children's welfare, for self-preservation, and ultimately, for redemption. -- Adapted from book jacket.

Dirty tricks

August 29, 2017
Swinson, Kiki, author.
233 pages ; 21 cm
Stay scheming / Kiki Swinson -- Who can you trust? / Saundra.
In Stay Scheming by Kiki Swinson, Karlie is running from a bounty on her head. With her lover and friends gone, she's forced to take refuge with her cold-hearted grandmother. But with enemies closing in, Karlie's last chance to flip a killer script is ticking down to zero. In Who Can You Trust by Saundra, struggling bank teller Porsha has no time for Cinderella fantasies. But her new boyfriend, Game, is smart, seductive - and sure-thing successful. So why not work his rock-solid plan to steal from her bank? All she's got to lose is more than she can possibly imagine

Writer's market.

August 28, 2017
Cincinnati : Writer's digest,
v. ; 21-27 cm.
Some copies of 2002 have cover title: Writer's market online.

Why poetry

August 23, 2017
Zapruder, Matthew, 1967- author.
xvi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Three beginnings and the machine of poetry -- Literalists of the imagination -- Make it strange -- Some thoughts on form and why I rhyme -- The one thing that can save America -- Negative capability -- Three political poems -- Dream meaning -- Alien names -- True symbols -- Most of the stories have to do with vanishing -- Nothing is the force that renovates the world.

Wild things : the joy of reading children's literature as an adult

August 16, 2017
Handy, Bruce, author.
xxiii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"In Wild Things, Vanity Fair contributing editor Bruce Handy revisits the classics of every American childhood, from fairy tales to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and explores the back stories of their creators, using context and biography to understand how some of the most insightful, creative, and witty authors and illustrators of their times created their often deeply personal masterpieces. Along the way, Handy learns what The Cat in the Hat says about anarchy and absentee parenting, which themes are shared by The Runaway Bunny and Portnoy's Complaint, and why Ramona Quimby is as true an American icon as Tom Sawyer or Jay Gatsby."-- Provided by publisher.

Slight exaggeration

August 14, 2017
Zagajewski, Adam, 1945- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
275 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in Polish in 2011 by Wydawnictwo a5, Poland, as Lekka przesada".
"Slight Exaggeration is an autobiographical portrait of the poet, arranged not chronologically but with that same luminous quality that distinguishes Zagajewski's spellbinding poetry--an affinity for the invisible. In a mosaic-like blend of criticism, reflections, European history, and aphoristic musings, Zagajewski tells the stories of his life in glimpses and reveries--from the Second World War and the occupation of Poland that left his family dispossessed to Joseph Brodsky's funeral on the Venetian island of San Michele--interspersed with intellectual interrogations of the writers and poets (D. H. Lawrence, Giorgos Seferis, Zbigniew Herbert, Paul Valéry), composers and painters (Brahms, Rembrandt), and modern heroes (Helmuth James Graf von Moltke) who have influenced his work. A wry and philosophical defense of mystery, Slight Exaggeration recalls Zagajewski's poetry in its delicate negotiation between the earthbound and the ethereal, 'between brief explosions of meaning and patient wandering through the plains of ordinary days.' With an enduring inclination to marvel, Zagajewski restores the world to us--necessarily incomplete and utterly astonishing. An analysis, in book-length essay form, of the condition and nature of exile"-- Provided by publisher.

The world broke in two : Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster and the year that changed literature

August 11, 2017
Goldstein, Bill, author.
x, 351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A revelatory narrative of the intersecting lives and works of revered authors Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster and D.H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism. The World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, and D.H. Lawrence, make over the course of one pivotal year. As 1922 begins, all four are literally at a loss for words, confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past. The literary ground is shifting, as Ulysses is published in February and Proust's In Search of Lost Time begins to be published in England in the autumn. Yet, dismal as their prospects seemed in January, by the end of the year Woolf has started Mrs. Dalloway, Forster has, for the first time in nearly a decade, returned to work on the novel that will become A Passage to India, Lawrence has written Kangaroo, his unjustly neglected and most autobiographical novel, and Eliot has finished--and published to acclaim--"The Waste Land." As Willa Cather put it, "The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts," and what these writers were struggling with that year was in fact the invention of modernism. Based on original research, The World Broke in Two captures both the literary breakthroughs and the intense personal dramas of these beloved writers as they strive for greatness."-- Provided by publisher.

Now that's funny! : the art and craft of writing comedy

August 11, 2017
Desberg, Peter, author.
viii, 376 pages ; 23 cm
Previous edition, published in 2010, has other title information: at the writers' table with Hollywood's top comedy writers.
Walter Bennett: The Steve Harvey Show, The Cosby Show -- Yvette Bowser: Living single, A different world -- David Breckman: Monk, Saturday Night Live -- Peter Casey: Fraiser, Cheers -- Ed Decter: There's something about Mary, The Santa Clause 2 -- Michael Elias: The jerk, The Frisco kid -- Heather Hach: Freaky Friday, Freaky Monday -- Mitch Klebanoff: Beverly Hills ninja, The disorderlies -- Dennis Klein: The Larry Sanders Show, Buffalo Bill -- Bob Myer: Mike & Mollly, Roseanne -- Hank Nelken: Saving Silverman, Are we done yet? -- Tracy Newman and Jonatha Stark: According to Jim, Ellen -- Dan O'Shannon: Modern family, Back to you -- Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio: Despicable me, Bubble boy -- Charlie Peters: Three men and a little lady, Blame it on Rio -- Heide Perlman: Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show -- Phil Rosenthal: Everybody loves Raymond, Coach -- Lew Schneider: The Goldbergs, The new adventures of old Christine -- Sherwood and Lloyd Schwartz: Gilligan's Island, The Brady bunch -- Paul Chitlik and Marc Sheffler: Who's the boss?, Charles in charge -- Elliot Shoenman: Home improvement, Maude -- Marley Sims: Home improvement, Sabrina the teenage witch -- Cheri and Bill Steinkellner: The Jeffersons, Cheers -- Leonard Stern: The honeymooners, Get smart.
Authors Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis present 24 of Hollywood's top comedy writers with the same generic comedy premise and examine how each writer approaches the creative writing process.

Continental crimes

August 9, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2017.
313 pages ; 21 cm.
New catacomb / Arthur Conan Doyle -- Bracelet at Bruges / Arnold Bennett -- Secret garden / G. K. Chesterton -- Secret of the Magnifique / E. Phillips Oppenheim -- Petit-Jean / Ian Hay -- Lover of St Lys / F. Tennyson Jesse -- Popeau intervenes / Marie Belloc Lowndes -- Perfect murder / Stacy Aumonier -- Room in the tower / J. Jefferson Farjeon -- Ten-franc counter / H. de Vere Stacpoole -- Have you got everything you want? / Agatha Christie -- Long dinner / H. C. Bailey -- Packet-boat murder / Josephine Bell -- Villa Almirante / Michael Gilbert.
"A man is forbidden to uncover the secret of the tower in a fairy-tale castle by the Rhine. A headless corpse is found in a secret garden in Paris, belonging to the city's chief of police. And a drowned man is fished from the sea off the Italian Riviera, leaving the carabinieri to wonder why his socialite friends at the Villa Almirante are so unconcerned by his death. These are three of the scenarios in this new collection of vintage crime stories. Detective stories from the golden age and beyond have used European settings -cosmopolitan cities, rural idylls and crumbling chateaux- to explore timeless themes of revenge, deception, murder and haunting. Including lesser-known stories by Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, J. Jefferson Farjeon and other classic writers, this collection reveals many hidden gems of British crime" --Back cover.

Was the cat in the hat black? : the hidden racism of children's literature, and the need for diverse books

August 9, 2017
Nel, Philip, 1969- author.
ix, 278 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: race, racism, and the cultures of childhood -- The strange career of The cat in the hat; or, Dr. Seuss's racial imagination -- How to read uncomfortably: racism, affect, and classic children's books -- Whiteness, nostalgia, and fantastic flying books: William Joyce's racial erasures vs. Hurricane Katrina -- Don't judge a book by its color: the destructive fantasy of whitewashing (and vice-versa) -- Childhoods "outside the boundaries of imagination": genre is the new Jim Crow -- Conclusion: a manifesto for anti-racist children's literature.

Late fame

August 8, 2017
Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931, author.
New York : New York Review of Books, [2017].
111 pages ; 21 cm.
Originally published in Vienna, Austria, by P. Zsolany in 2014 under title: Später Ruhm.
"An NYRB Classics Original One seemingly ordinary evening, Eduard Saxberger arrives home to find the fulfillment of a long-forgotten wish in his sitting room: A visitor has come to tell him that the youth of Vienna have discovered his poetic genius. Saxberger has written nothing for thirty years, yet he now realizes that he is more than merely an Unremarkable Civil Servant after all: He's a Venerable Poet for whom Late Fame is inevitable--if, that is, his new acolytes are to be believed. Arthur Schnitzler was one of the most admired, provocative European writers of the twentieth century. The Nazis attempted to burn all of his work, but his archive was miraculously saved, and with it, Late Fame. Never published before, it is a treasure, a perfect satire of literary self-regard and charlatanism"-- Provided by publisher.

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