New Arrivals · Literature

February 13, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

My father, the pornographer : a memoir

February 12, 2016
Offutt, Chris, 1958- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
261 pages ; 24 cm
"After inheriting 400 novels of pornography written by his father in the 1970s and '80s, critically acclaimed author Chris Offutt sets out to make sense of a complicated father-son relationship in this carefully observed, beautifully written memoir,"--NoveList.

Better living through criticism : how to think about art, pleasure, beauty, and truth

February 11, 2016
Scott, A. O., 1966- author.
277 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
What is criticism? (a preliminary dialogue) -- The critic as artist and vice versa -- The eye of the beholder -- Self-criticism (a further dialogue) -- Lost in the museum -- The trouble with critics -- Practical criticism (another dialogue) -- How to be wrong -- The critical condition -- The end of criticism (a final dialogue).
"The New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now more than ever. Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight and warm humor, Scott shows that while individual critics-- himself included-- can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn't, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence. Using his own film criticism as a starting point-- everything from his infamous dismissal of the international blockbuster The Avengers to his intense affection for Pixar's animinated Ratatouille-- Scott expands outward, easily guiding readers through the complexities of Rilke and Shelley, the origins of Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones, the power of Marina Abramovich and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn.' Drawing on the long tradition of criticism from Aristotle to Susan Sontag, Scott shows that real criticism was and always will be the breath of fresh air that allows true creativity to thrive. 'The time for criticism is always now,' Scott explains, 'because the imperative to think clearly, to insist on the necessary balance of reason and passion, never goes away.'"-- Provided by publisher.

Three promises : the billionaire bachelors

February 10, 2016
Everett, Lily, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2016.
313 pages ; 18 cm
Contains three novellas originally published in ebook format.
The Fireside Inn -- Bonfire Beach -- Lantern Lake.
Leo, Zane, and Cooper, all confirmed bachelors, travel to Sanctuary Island to try to talk their friend Miles out of getting married. But there's something about the island that can turn cynics into romantics.

Writing your legacy : the step-by-step guide to crafting your life story

February 10, 2016
Campbell, Richard (George), author.
245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: Surveying the landscape -- Part one: Laying the foundation. Preparing the groundwork: why write your life story? -- Creating the blueprint: ways people tell their stories -- Laying the first brick: preparing to write your life story -- The big picture: perceiving with all the senses -- Self-expression: your personal style -- The hero of your domain: viewpoint and perspective -- Shared rooms: interviewing others who were along for the journey -- Secrets in the cellar: digging up old memories -- Appraisals and repairs: healing through writing -- Bringing down the house: using humor in your writing -- Scaffolding: building the story from the inside out -- Reaching beyond yourself: multiple perspectives -- Part two: Building the walls. Legacy theme 1: forks in the road -- Legacy theme 2: my family, my self -- Legacy theme 3: the meaning of wealth -- Legacy theme 4: my life's work -- Legacy theme 5: self-image and well-being -- Legacy theme 6: the male-female equation -- Legacy theme 7: the end of life -- Legacy theme 8: from secular to spiritual -- Legacy theme 9: my life goals -- Legacy theme 10: my legacy letter -- Adding rooms: 25 additional legacy themes -- Part three: Trim work. Adding the finishing touches -- Street appeal: deciding on a final presentation format -- Conclusion: Preparing your open house: uncorking the champagne.

In other words

February 9, 2016
Lahiri, Jhumpa, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xiv, 233 pages ; 22 cm
The crossing -- The dictionary -- Love at first sight -- Exile -- The conversations -- The renunciation -- Reading with a dictionary -- Gathering words -- The diary -- The story -- The exchange -- The fragile shelter -- Impossibility -- Venice -- The imperfect -- The hairy adolescent -- The second exile -- The wall -- The triangle -- The metamorphosis -- Plumbing the depths -- The scaffolding -- Half-light -- Afterword.
"A series of reflections on the author's experiences learning a new language and living abroad, in a dual-language edition"-- Provided by publisher.

The big red book of modern Chinese literature : writings from the mainland in the long twentieth century

February 8, 2016
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
xvii, 606 pages ; 25 cm
"An intimate and authorative selection of significant works, in oustanding tranalations, from neary fifty Chinese writers, that together express a search for the soul of modern China"--Page [2] of jacket.

Murder at the manor : country house mysteries

February 5, 2016
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2016.
376 pages ; 21 cm
The Copper Beeches / Arthur Conan Doyle -- The problem of Dead Wood Hall / Dick Donovan -- Gentlemen and players / E.W. Hornung -- The well / W.W. Jacobs -- The white pillars murder / G.K. Chesterton -- The secret of Dunstan's Tower / Ernest Bramah -- The manor house mystery / J.S. Fletcher -- The message on the sun-dial / J.J. Bell -- The horror at Staveley Grange / Sapper -- The mystery of Horne's Copse / Anthony Berkeley -- The perfect plan / James Hilton -- The same to us / Margery Allingham -- The murder at the towers / E.V. Knox -- An unlocked window / Ethel Lina White -- The long shot / Nicholas Blake -- Weekend at Wapentake / Michael Gilbert.
The English country house is an iconic setting for some of the greatest British crime fiction. This new collection gathers together stories written over a span of about 65 years, during which British society, and life in country houses, was transformed out of all recognition. It includes fascinating and unfamiliar twists on the classic closed circle plot, in which the assorted guests at a country house party become suspects when a crime is committed. In the more sinister tales featured here, a gloomy mansion set in lonely grounds offers an eerie backdrop for dark deeds.

Lit up : one reporter, three schools, twenty-four books that can change lives

February 5, 2016
Denby, David, 1943- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
xxiv, 257 pages ; 25 cm
Beacon, September : the first days of English 10G -- Beacon, October : Faulkner and Hawthorne -- Beacon, October : Sylvia Plath and confessions -- Beacon, November : nuts matter, and bolts, too -- Beacon, November : Huxley -- Beacon, December and January : Orwell -- Mamaroneck, all year : personal choice -- Beacon, January : satire -- Beacon, February : Coelho and Hesse -- Beacon, February : Vonnegut -- Beacon, March : Viktor E. Frankl -- Hillhouse : the year -- Mamaroneck, spring : tenth-grade English -- Beacon, April and May : Dostoevsky -- Beacon, May and June : Sartre and Beckett -- Appendix 1. Reading lists -- Appendix 2. Beacon students' college list.
"Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year, and visited other schools. He read all the stories, poems, plays, and novels that the kids were reading, and creates an impassioned portrait of charismatic teachers at work, classroom dramas large and small, and fresh and inspiring encounters with the books themselves. Lit Up is a dramatic narrative that traces awkward and baffled beginnings but also exciting breakthroughs and the emergence of pleasure in reading. Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books."-- Provided by publisher.

The man who invented fiction : how Cervantes ushered in the modern world

February 5, 2016
Egginton, William, 1969-
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
xxiii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: Within and Without -- Poetry and History -- Open and Closed -- Soldier of Misfortune -- A Captive Imagination -- All the World's a Stage -- Of Shepherds, Knights, and Ladies -- A Rogue's Gallery -- The Fictional World.
"In the early seventeenth century, a crippled, graying, almost toothless veteran of Spain's wars against the Ottoman Empire published a book. It was the story of a poor nobleman, his brain addled from reading too many books of chivalry, who deludes himself that he is a knight errant and sets off on hilarious adventures. That book, Don Quixote, went on to sell more copies than any other book beside the Bible, making its author, Miguel de Cervantes, the single most-read author in human history. Cervantes did more than just publish a bestseller, though. He invented a way of writing. This book is about how Cervantes came to create what we now call fiction, and how fiction changed the world."--

The great spring : writing, Zen, and this zigzag life

February 3, 2016
Goldberg, Natalie.
Boston : Shambhala, 2016.
xv, 207 pages ; 23 cm
"What does it take to have a long writing life? Drawing her years of writing, teaching, and practicing Zen, Natalie Goldberg shares the experiences that have opened her to new ways of being alive, experiences that point the way forward in our lives and our writing."--Provided by publisher.

How to talk about places you've never been : on the importance of armchair travel

February 3, 2016
Bayard, Pierre, 1954- author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xvi, 185 pages ; 21 cm
"Written in the irreverent style that made How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read a critical and commercial success, Pierre Bayard takes readers on a trip around the world, giving us essential guidance on how to talk about all those fantastic places we've never been. Practical, funny, and thought-provoking, How to Talk About Places You've Never Been will delight and inform armchair globetrotters and jet-setters, all while never having to leave the comfort of the living room. Bayard examines the art of the "non-journey," a tradition that a succession of writers and thinkers, unconcerned with moving away from their home turf, have employed in order to encounter the foreign cultures they wish to know and talk about. He describes concrete situations in which the reader might find himself having to speak about places he's never been, and he chronicles some of his own experiences and offers practical advice" -- provided by publisher.

Barking mad : two centuries of great dog stories

February 3, 2016
Shrewsbury, UK : Quiller, an imprint of Quiller Publishing Ltd., 2015.
208 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Eccentric -- Heroes -- Sporting -- Sentimental -- Super clever -- Mad owners.
A unique collection of extraordinary, touching, and sometimes bizarre but true stories that tap into the British passion for dogs, covering sporting dogs (and hounds) military mascots, eccentric companions, war heroes and Royal dogs. Many of the best and most intriguing stories, which date back to the early nineteenth Century, have been discovered in long-forgotten books and magazines, but all reflect our enduring passion for man's best friend.

Finding them gone : visiting China's poets of the past

February 2, 2016
Red Pine, 1943- author, translator.
viii, 387 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Ch'en Tzu-ang, Confucius, anonymous (Book of poetry), Li Pai, Tu Fu -- Li Ch'ing-chao, Hsin Ch'i-chi -- Ts'ao Chih -- Juan Chi, Ch'eng Tzu-an, Pai Chu-yi, Ou-yang Hsiu, Su Tung-p'o -- Wei Ying-wu, Meng Chiao, Han Yu, Tu Fu, Pai Chu-yi -- Lao-tzu, Li Shang-yin, Wnag Wei, Juan Chi, Liu Yu-hsi -- Wang Wei, Shih-wu (Stonehouse), Liu Tsung-yuan, Tu Fu, Han Yu, Tu Mu -- Wei Ying-wu -- Li Pai, Tu Fu -- Huseh T'ao -- Tu Fu, Ch'en Tzu-ang -- Chia Tao, Wu-k'o -- Tu Fu, Li Pai -- Ch'u Yuan, Saotan Poetry Society -- Pai Chu-yi, Su Tung-p'o, Ou-yang Hsiu -- Meng Hao-jan, Wang Wei, Li Pai -- Li Pai -- Su Tung-p'o -- Tu fu, Ch'u Yuan -- Hsieh Ling-yun, Huang T'ing-chien, Han-shan, Wang Wei -- Wei Ying-wu, Pai Chu-yi, T'ao Yuan-ming -- Wang An-shih, Hsin Ch'i-chi -- Hsieh T'iao, Li Pai -- Wang An-shih, Fan Ch'eng-ta -- Chiao-jan, Shih-wu (Stonehouse) -- Meng Chiao, Chu Shu-chen -- Su Tung-p'o, Pai Chu-yi, Lin Ho-ching -- Lu You -- Li Pai, Hsieh Ling-yun -- Han-shan, Feng-kan, Shih-te (Cold Mountain & friends) -- Lexicon.
Translator and independent scholar Bill Porter, also known by his Chinese name, Red Pine, takes a fast-paced pilgrimage to China during which he pays homage to dozens of China's greatest poets by visiting their graves, or trying to, and performing idiosynchractic rituals with small cups of Kentucky whiskey. Includes biographical informaton, history, travel writings, over 200 classical poems in Chinese with English translations, and over 100 photographs.

The Jack Reacher field manual : an unofficial companion to Lee Child's Reacher novels

February 2, 2016
Beahm, George W., author.
xix, 224 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The only book of its kind, the Field Manual draws on 17 years of interviews, novels, stories, and more to demystify author Lee Child’s larger-than-life, name-taking, quick-thinking one-man avenger. Child calls the Reacher novels “almost entirely autobiographical,” and The Jack Reacher Field Manual seamlessly integrates the literary creator and his creation to provide the most complete portrait of Jack Reacher available."--Page [4] of cover.

Why we write about ourselves : twenty memoirists on why they expose themselves (and others) in the name of literature

February 1, 2016
New York : Plume, [2016]
xiv, 254 pages ; 21 cm
Ishmael Beah -- Kate Christensen -- Pearl Cleage -- Pat Conroy -- Kelly Corrigan -- Edwidge Danticat -- Meghan Daum -- Nick Flynn -- A.M. Homes -- Sue Monk Kidd -- Anne Lamott -- Sandra Tsing Loh -- James McBride -- Dani Shapiro -- David Sheff -- Darin Strauss -- Cheryl Strayed -- Ayelet Waldman -- Jesmyn Ward -- Edmund White.
"What moves memoirists to make their most personal stories public? In Why We Write About Ourselves, twenty of America's most successful memoirists answer this question -- and share the nuts and bolts of how they do it. Exploring such issues as the reliability of memory, the ethics of disclosure, and how to protect others' privacy without self-censoring, these bestselling memoirists reveal what keeps them going during the tough times and what they love most -- and least -- about revealing themselves in print"-- Provided by publisher.

Primo Levi's resistance : rebels and collaborators in occupied Italy

February 1, 2016
Luzzatto, Sergio, 1963- author.
xiv, 284 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"An investigation of Primo Levi's brief career as a fighter with the Italian Resistance in 1943, focusing particularly on an incident in which two young men sought to join his partisan group but were judged untrustworthy and summarily executed"-- Provided by publisher.

Amish Christmas at North Star : four stories of love & family

February 1, 2016
Colorado Springs : WaterBrook Press, 2015.
392 pages ; 21 cm
Guiding star / Katie Ganshert -- Mourning star / Amanda Flower -- In the stars / Cindy Woodsmall -- Star of grace / Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark.
"In this stirring Amish Christmas novella collection, beloved and best-selling Christian fiction authors join efforts to offer four heartwarming tales of love, faith, and the miracles that surround Christmas"-- Provided by publisher.

The art of X-ray reading : how the secrets of 25 great works of literature will improve your writing

January 27, 2016
Clark, Roy Peter, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
viii, 326 pages ; 22 cm
"Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading, a form of reading that lets you penetrate beyond the surface of a text to see how meaning is actually being made. In THE ART OF X-RAY READING, Clark invites you to don your X-ray reading glasses and join him on a guided tour through some of the most exquisite and masterful literary works of all time, from The Great Gatsby to Lolita to The Bluest Eye, and many more. Along the way, he shows you how to mine these masterpieces for invaluable writing strategies that you can add to your arsenal and apply in your own writing. Once you've experienced X-ray reading, your writing will never be the same again."--Publisher.

Sailor and fiddler : reflections of a 100-year-old author

January 27, 2016
Wouk, Herman, 1915-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xv, 137 pages ; 21 cm
"In an unprecedented literary accomplishment, Herman Wouk, one of America's most beloved and enduring authors, reflects on his life and times from the remarkable vantage point of 100 years old. Many years ago, the great British philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin urged Herman Wouk to write his autobiography. Wouk responded, "Why me? I'm nobody." Berlin answered, "No, no. You've traveled. You've known many people. You have interesting ideas. It would do a lot of good." Now, in the same year he has celebrated his hundredth birthday, Herman Wouk finally reflects on the life experiences that inspired his most beloved novels."-- Provided by publisher.

The gods of H.P. Lovecraft

January 26, 2016
San Francisco : JournalStone, 2015.
445 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Call the name / Adam LG Nevill (Cthulhu) -- The dark gates / Martha Wells (Yog-Sothoth) -- We smoke the northern lights / Laird Barron (Azathoth) -- Petohtalrayn / Bentley Little (Nyarlathotep) -- The doors that never close and the doors that are always open / David Liss (Shub-Niggurath) -- The apotheosis of a rodeo clown / Brett J. Talley (Tsathoggua) -- Rattled / Douglas Wynne (Yig) -- In their presence / Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (The Mi-Go) -- Dream a little dream of me / Jonathan Maberry (Nightgaunts) -- In the mad mountains / Joe R. Lansdale (Elder Things) -- A dying of the light / Rachel Caine (Great Race of Yith) -- Down, deep down, below the waves / Seanan McGuire (The Deep Ones).
"The gods of H. P. Lovecraft: a brand new anthology that collects the twelve principal deities of the Lovecraftian Mythos and sets them loose within its pages. Featuring the biggest names in horror and dark fantasy, including many NY Times best-sellers, full of original fiction and artwork, and individual commentary on each of the deities by Donald Tyson.

Trinitoga : stories of life in a roughed up, tough love, no good hood

January 25, 2016
xi, 53 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm.
Prologue -- Trinitoga -- Shoota / by Serenity Summers -- Baquisha / by Reiyanna Davis -- Rude boy: Sharkisha / by Temil Whipple -- Rude girl / by Zoe Williams -- Tianna / by Jonae Haynesworth -- India / by Trinity Alston -- India's epilogue / by the editors -- Acknowledgments -- About the authors -- About Beacon House -- About Shootback.

Living on paper: letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

January 22, 2016
Murdoch, Iris, author.
xx, 666 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"First published in 2015 by Chatto & Windus." -- title page verso
pt. One. Schoolgirl, and Student, August 1934 to December 1941 -- pt. Two. Work and War, July 1942 to October 1947 -- pt. Three. Academic and Author, October 1947 to September 1954 -- pt. Four. Decisions, February 1955 to December 1962 -- pt. Five. The RCA Years, January 1963 to November 1967 -- pt. Six. Woman of Letters, January 1968 to December 1978 -- pt. Seven. Dame Iris, January 1979 to December 1989 -- pt. Eight. Last Letters, February 1990 to September 1995 -- Directory of Names and Terms -- Murdoch's Novels and Their Dedicatees -- Sources of Letters.

Edith Wharton's travel writing : the making of a connoisseur

January 14, 2016
Wright, Sarah Bird.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997.
xii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Edith Wharton as connoisseur, scholar, amateur, and traveler / The Cruise of the Vanadis -- From American to Europe: The Decoration of Houses -- Edith Wharton and Travel writing in the Gilded Age: Italian Villas and their gardens, Italian backgrounds -- The travel texts in the marketplace -- The Belle Epoque: a motor-flight through France -- "Sauvez, sauvez la France": World War I and its aftermath: Fighting France, from Dunkerque to Belfort , French ways and their meaning -- "Something veil'd and abstracted": In Morocco -- Patterns of evolution: reading the travel texts -- Refracting the Odyssey: Edith Wharton's travel writing as the cultural capital of her fiction.

The art of perspective : who tells the story

January 13, 2016
Castellani, Christopher, 1972- author.
140 pages ; 18 cm.

From here to Hogwarts : essays on Harry Potter fandom and fiction

January 12, 2016
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2015.
viii, 224 pages ; 23 cm
"I will have order" : A Potterish examination of authoritarian school disciplinary trends and reactions / Kelly E. Collinsworth -- Magical Econ 101: Wealth, labor, and inequality in Harry Potter and its fandom / Megan Farnel -- Keeping the magic alive: The fandom and "Harry Potter Experience" after the franchise / Chin-Ting Lee -- Teaching Harry Potter: How the wizarding world has transformed higher education / Elizabeth Morrow Clark -- "It's a natural part of us!" The Potter generation reflect on their ongoing relationship with a cultural phenomenon / Bronwyn E. Beatty -- Ministry of misinformation: Harry Potter and propaganda / Christine Klingbiel -- More than moving images: The visual culture of Harry Potter / Tolonda Henderson and Amy M. Von Lintel -- Unplottable: subversive books and radical reading in Harry Potter / Tracy L. Bealer -- Political economy of media in the magical world of Harry Potter / Jennifer M. Proffitt aand Juliann Cortese -- Political activism and Harry Potter / Kalen M.A. Churcher and Meghan S. Sanders.
"This collection presents new essays by contributors across a range of disciplines, bringing fresh perspectives on one of the most influential texts in modern history"-- Provided by publisher.

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