New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

June 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Believe me : a memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens

June 21, 2017
Izzard, Eddie, author.
348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of London, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows which have won over audiences around the world"--Provided by publisher.

Mean dads for a better America : the generous rewards of an old-fashioned childhood

June 16, 2017
Shillue, Tom, author.
New York : Dey St., 2017.
viii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Be afraid -- Be practical -- Be satisfied -- Be thrifty -- Be competitive -- Be confident -- Be creative -- Be dedicated -- Be reckless -- Be prepared -- Be reverent -- Be a gentleman -- Be yourself -- Be bold -- Be open-minded -- Be(at) it -- Be rogue -- Be new wave -- Be supportive -- Be a (slightly naïve) joker -- B♭ minor -- Be proud -- Be grateful.
The stand-up comedian and host of "Red Eye" presents a nostalgic memoir of his childhood in 1970s America, describing how his family's traditional Irish-Catholic values shaped his worldview and can offer practical disciplinary approaches to today's parents.

Stay interesting : I don't always tell stories about my life, but when I do they're true and amazing

June 16, 2017
Goldsmith, Jonathan, 1938- author.
x, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Talking pictures : how to watch movies

June 15, 2017
Hornaday, Ann, author.
New York : Basic Books, [2017].
xvii, 289 pages ; 22 cm

I can't make this up : life lessons

June 12, 2017
Hart, Kevin, 1979- author.
378 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Mandatory introduction -- Life lessons from Dad -- Life lessons from Mom -- Life lessons from school -- Life lessons from work -- Life lessons from passion -- Life lessons from apprenticeship -- Life lessons from the grind -- Life lessons from transition -- Life lessons from opportunities -- Life lessons from obstacles -- Life lessons from loss -- Life lessons from independence -- Life lessons from team building -- Life lessons from breakthrough -- Life lessons from success -- Epilogue: Life lessons from legacy building.
Superstar, comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include, the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and listeners have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in themselves since Old Yeller.

Costume design in theater

June 7, 2017
Bjorklund, Ruth, author.
New York : Cavendish Square Publishing, 2017.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Having what it takes -- The creative team -- Behind the scenes -- Reality check -- One for all.
Outlines the skills needed to become a costume designer, including being able to research and creating a costume plot.

Wonder Woman : the art and making of the film

June 6, 2017
Gosling, Sharon, author.
London : Titan Books, 2017.
186 pages : color illustrations ; 28 x 31 cm
The history of Wonder Woman stretches back three quarters of a century. In 1941, psychologist William Moulton Marston saw the explosion of popularity around superheroes as an opportunity. He would, he decided, create a character that would embody his belief that women had the natural power to eradicate violence by gifting the fractious world of men with their inherent love, beauty, tolerance and understanding. Marston's previous claim to fame had been to create the lie detector. When he put pen to paper and wrote the first comic strip featuring Diana, Princess of Themyscira, however, he gave the world a far more beloved creation: the most popular female superhero of all time. Wonder Woman's first appearance was in All Star Comics #8, drawn by H.G. Peter. In 1942, less than a year after she was born, she was given her own dedicated comic series. The rest, as they say, is feminist icon history. Now, finally, in 2017, comes her first solo big screen outing. "It's a movie I have wanted to make for as long as I can remember," says director Patty Jenkins. " Wonder Woman is what the world needs so desperately right now. She stands for love, forgiveness, strength and power in a complicated world. I feel so honored to be making a movie using a superhero who stands for something that important. ... The original Marston comic book was the bible, particularly when it came to the spirit of what she stood for and who she is in the world. I wanted to always stay true to that. ... Does this feel like Wonder Woman? Is this a beautiful movie? Are we aiming as high as we possibly can and are those things staying side by side throughout?"--Adapted from introduction.

Ryan Higa's How to write good

May 30, 2017
Higa, Ryan, 1990- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
196 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"An unconventional, irreverent, yet heartfelt memoir by Ryan Higa, one of the top creators on YouTube."-- Provided by publisher.

21st-century tv dramas : exploring the new golden age

May 26, 2017
Damico, Amy M., author.
Santa Barbara, California ; Denver, Colorado : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2016]
xi, 223 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Stories and audiences -- Safe and unsafe -- Women and men -- Home and work -- Fact and fiction -- Conclusion.

Why you better call Saul : what our favorite TV lawyer says about life, love, and scheming your way to acquittal and a large cash payout

May 23, 2017
Keslowitz, Steven, author.
xxxiv, 281 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Better Call Saul chronicles the transformation of a decent, likable guy named Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman, the morally bankrupt lawyer we met on Breaking Bad. Captivating and funny, the show provides far more than a few binge-watched hours of entertainment, raising questions about the legal system and human nature itself.

Joel McCrea : a film history

May 23, 2017
Thomas, Tony, 1927-1997.
Burbank, Calif. Riverwood Press, 2013.
vii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Peviously published as Joel McCrea : riding the high country, Riverwood Press, 1992.
"It is doubtful if any film actor has ever summed up a long career more modestly, more succinctly or more accurately than Joel McCrea: 'I did the best I could without trying too hard.' In view of his having starred in eighty films over a thirty-year period during what is generally regarded as Hollywood's Golden Age, it is a remarkably modest summation. His is an extraordinary filmography, one that has seldom been given much attention, possibly because McCrea himself was a man who never sought much attention. If it was his wish to avoid attention, he was successful because he is the most underrated of all the male stars of that Golden Age. His contemporaries —Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, James Stewart, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, James Cagney, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart— have all been well assessed. Hopefully, this biographical essay and comprehensive filmography by author and film historian Tony Thomas will serve to remind us of the significant contributions of Joel McCrea"

Are you anybody? : a memoir

May 18, 2017
Tambor, Jeffrey, 1944- author.
xviii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Autobiographical essays by the star of "Transparent" and "Arrested Development" discusses such topics as his formative childhood years, his relationship with his depressive father, and his enduring creative process.

The art of movement

May 17, 2017
Browar, Ken, photographer.
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly Illustrations (some color) ; 33 cm
"A collection of photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory that capture the movement, flow, energy, and grace of many of the most accomplished dancers in the world. Featured are more than 70 dancers from companies including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Boston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and many more. Accompanying the photographs are intimate and inspiring words from the dancers, as well as from choreographers and artistic directors, on what dance means to them"--From publisher description.

He's got rhythm : the life and career of Gene Kelly

May 17, 2017
Brideson, Cynthia, author.
517 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the first comprehensive biography written since the legendary star's death, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson disclose new details of Kelly's complex life. Not only do they examine his contributions to the world of entertainment in depth, but they also consider his political activities―including his opposition to the Hollywood blacklist. The authors even confront Kelly's darker side and explore his notorious competitive streak, his tendency to be a taskmaster on set, and his multiple marriages. Drawing on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly's wives, friends, and colleagues, Brideson and Brideson illuminate new and unexpected aspects of the actor's life and work. He's Got Rhythm is a balanced and compelling view of one of the screen's enduring legends" --Inside jacket.

The awkward thoughts of W. Kamau Bell : tales of a 6' 4", African American, heterosexual, cisgender, left-leaning, asthmatic, Black and proud blerd, mama's boy, dad, and stand-up comedian

May 10, 2017
Bell, W. Kamau, author.
New York : Dutton, [2017]
viii, 340 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- My awkward youth : awkward thoughts about superheroes and Doc McStuffins -- My awkward blackness : awkward thoughts about sports -- My awkward start in stand-up comedy : awkward thoughts about Denzel Washington -- My awkward middle in stand-up comedy : awkward thoughts about Creed -- My awkward sexism : awkward thoughts about being a black male, six feet four inches tall in America -- My awkward love of a white woman : awkward thoughts about white guys -- My awkwardly awesome parenting skills : awkward thoughts about 11/9 -- My awkward failure as a late-night talk show host : awkward thoughts about the Democratic party -- My awkward joking around with the KKK : awkward thoughts about missing President Obama -- My most awkward birthday ever -- Epilogue.
"You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you've read about him in the New York Times, which called him "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." Or maybe from The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable." After all this love and praise, it's time for the next step: a book. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his up-bringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene. or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more"-- Provided by publisher.

The totally unscientific study of the search for human happiness

May 10, 2017
Poundstone, Paula, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.
290 pages ; 24 cm
"Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited."
The get fit experiment -- The get wired experiment -- The get earthy experiment -- The get organized experiment : part one -- The get reel experiment -- The get organized experiment : part two -- The get rolling experiment -- The get up and dance experiment -- The get warm and fuzzy experiment -- The get purring experiment -- The get positive experiment -- The get over here and help experiment -- The get quiet experiment -- Final report on the totally unscientific study of the search for human happiness.
"Offering herself up as a human guinea pig in a series of thoroughly unscientific experiments, Poundstone tries out a different get-happy hypothesis in each chapter of her data-driven search. She gets in shape with taekwondo. She drives fast behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. She communes with nature while camping with her daughter, and commits to getting her house organized (twice!). Swing dancing? Meditation? Volunteering? Does any of it bring her happiness? You may be laughing too hard to care. The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness is both a story of jumping into new experiences with both feet and a surprisingly poignant tale of a single working mother of three children (not to mention dozens of cats, a dog, a bearded dragon lizard, a lop-eared bunny, and one ant left from her ant farm) who is just trying to keep smiling while living a busy life

Odd birds

May 9, 2017
Harding, Ian, 1986- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
viii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A funny and insightful window into the life of a TV star. Ian Harding is an actor and 7-time Teen Choice Award Winner on Freeform's (formerly known as ABC Family) most-watched series of all time, Pretty Little Liars. An avid birdwatcher, Ian explores his life in Hollywood through the lens of his favorite pastime in this collection of personal stories. Featuring humorous and adventurous stories about his career, family, and love life, in addition to never-before-published photographs, Odd Birds is a must-read for fans of his hit show, nature enthusiasts, and lovers of celebrity memoir alike. "-- Provided by publisher.

This is just my face : try not to stare

May 8, 2017
Sidibe, Gabourey, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Claw-foot tub and mermaid tail -- Virgin fo' life -- Why you shouldn't marry for a green card -- A psychic told me so -- #BlackGirlMagic -- Make a wish -- Parade of ugly -- A door of one's own -- Obituary -- Gabourey, but you can call me gabby -- Myob: mind your own body -- Twelve sixty-six -- Is this a date? -- Another psychic told me so -- Head of household -- Senegalese crown -- Will I still be beautiful when I'm not fat? -- Next.
With full-throttle honesty, Gabourey Sidibe shares her one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she's played onscreen since her unconventional rise to international fame in Lee Daniels' acclaimed movie Precious. Her memoir hits hard with self-knowing dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight. Irreverent, hilarious, and untraditional, Gabby's book will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true. --adapted from book jacket.

You don't look your age and other fairy tales

May 5, 2017
Nevins, Sheila author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
255 pages : 22 cm
Why she wrote when she wrote -- Facing face-lifts -- Chills in the hot sun -- Heartbreak -- Expensive clothes -- The elephant in the room -- Separate bedrooms for Marcia and Larry -- From Cosmo to Ms. -- Chocolate chemo -- The giant named Tourette's -- Little blue pill -- Jeremy hit rock bottom -- The dictator, the farmer, and the professor -- To sleep or not to sleep -- The art of the faux pas -- Eavesdropping on adultery -- Par for the course -- Trudie foodie -- Her disappearing act -- Mammogram day -- Labor Day weekend labors : a hateful three days -- A dog's dying -- First kiss -- I hated Teddy and Teddy hated me -- The humble beginnings of my somewhat spiritual self -- Picture perfect (almost) -- To lose a child -- The Larry Kramer -- Melissa Van Holdenvas -- A day at will -- Frenemy -- Letter to a dead great-aunt : a personal memoir -- A million-dollar smile -- Eunice's period. Stopped. -- Did you ever see a book cry? -- Advice to women in a male-dominated workplace -- Do you believe in Santa Claus? -- The cookie wars : W.M. vs. Mrs. Spatz -- Mentor not -- The day she lost her jealousy at Barneys -- Imaginary/real -- What's in a name? -- A man with a scythe rang my doorbell -- +1.75 : an insight -- Gliding gracefully into gravity -- The wrong kind of hot.
A miscellany of musings about aging, love, work, and wisdom. Nevins (b. 1939), an acclaimed producer of TV documentaries who has won numerous Emmy, Peabody, and other awards, makes her literary debut with a collection of essays, poetry, and stories, often entertaining and, as she admits, -sometimes silly.

Kirk and Anne : letters of love, laughter, and a lifetime in Hollywood

May 3, 2017
Douglas, Kirk, 1916- author.
Philadelphia, Pa. : Running Press, [2017]
222 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Film legend Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne look back on a lifetime filled with love and drama both on and off the screen. Sharing priceless correspondence with each other as well as the celebrities and world leaders they called friends, Kirk and Anne is a candid portrayal of the pleasures and pitfalls of a Hollywood life. Compiled from Anne's private archive of letters and photographs, this is an intimate glimpse into the Douglases' courtship and marriage set against the backdrop of Kirk's screen triumphs, including The Vikings, Lust For Life, Paths of Glory, and Spartacus. The letters themselves, as well as Kirk and Anne's vivid descriptions of their experiences, reveal remarkable insight and anecdotes about the legendary figures they knew so well, including Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, the Kennedys, and the Reagans. Filled with photos from film sets, private moments, and public events, Kirk and Anne details the adventurous, oftentimes comic, and poignant reality behind the glamour of a Hollywood life--as only a couple of over six decades could tell it."--Jacket.

Leading lady : Sherry Lansing and the making of a Hollywood groundbreaker

May 2, 2017
Galloway, Stephen (Journalist), author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2017]
409 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"The definitive biography of movie executive and philanthropist Sherry Lansing traces her groundbreaking journey to become the first female head of a major motion picture studio, shares behind-the-scenes tales from movie sets and Hollywood boardrooms, and explains what inspired her to walk away from it all to start the Sherry Lansing Foundation. When Sherry Lansing became the first woman ever to be named president of a major studio, the news ricocheted around the world. That was just the beginning of an extraordinary run that saw her head two studios, make hundreds of films, produce classic pictures such as Fatal Attraction and rule for twenty-five years as the most powerful woman Hollywood has ever known. Award-winning writer Stephen Galloway takes us behind the scenes of Lansing's epic journey--inside the battles; up close with the stars; and into the heart of a creative world populated by the likes of Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise. He shows us the velvet touch that masked the iron hand, and the roller-coaster drama behind such movies as Titanic, Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan. Above all, he takes us into the mind of Lansing, creating a revealing portrait of a dynamic, driven woman who overcame unimaginable odds, pushed boundaries and left Hollywood at the peak of her power to achieve the life she wanted."--Jacket.

There is no f*cking secret : letters from a badass bitch

May 2, 2017
Osbourne, Kelly, 1984- author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
244 pages ; 24 cm
Dear you -- Dear inner filter (or lack thereof) -- Dear fitting in -- Dear Mum -- Dear Dad -- Dear Jack -- Dear Joan -- Dear Ozzfest -- Dear London -- Dear Chateau Marmont -- Dear friends -- Dear lavender hair -- Dear fashion -- Dear vagina -- Dear dating -- Dear bullying -- Dear Mum's cancer & Dad's accident -- Dear Lyme disease -- Dear drugs & addiction -- Dear rehab -- Dear body -- Dear mouth -- Dear social media -- Dear seat sprinklers -- Dear growing up.
"People ask Kelly Osbourne all the time: 'What's your secret?' Kelly may not always have been a typical role model, but her perspective is hard won after she spent three decades in the spotlight. Growing up as the rebellious middle child on her family's groundbreaking reality show (we all saw the good, the bad, and the ugly, and that is mostly pertaining to Kelly's hair, makeup, and wardrobe choices), as well as dealing with her battles with self-esteem and substance abuse, Kelly has uniquely forged her own path as a style icon and powerful woman who isn't afraid to tell it like it is. And now, in her long-anticipated memoir, she is ready to reveal the true stories and embrace the battle scars that have made her the lavender-hued badass bitch that she is today. She tackles the tabloids, social media, and the misperceptions that have come along with simply being herself. In There Is No F*cking Secret, Kelly teaches us how to rise above the haters and feel comfortable in our own skin, takes the mystique out of the spotlight (it ain't always pretty, ladies), and thanks her famous mum and dad for supporting her. But above all, Kelly wishes to impart the following to you fellow badass bitches: Never apologize for who you are. Told as a series of letters to meaningful people and places in her life, There Is No F*cking Secret reveals the truth--finally, in Kelly's own words--about the stories and influences that have shaped her highly speculated-about life. The jaw-dropping stories will empower you to forge your own path to confidence, no matter how crazy it may be, and to learn the ultimate lesson: There is just no f*cking secret."--Jacket.

Hamlet, Globe to globe : two years, 190,000 miles, 197 countries, one play

May 2, 2017
Dromgoole, Dominic, author.
New York : Grove Press, 2017.
390 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Who's there? -- Honouring the upbeat -- Setting out through the Baltics -- Words and walls in Mitteleuropa -- Madness in Mexico City -- Polonius by the Red Sea -- God on a Pacific Island -- Murder and the rice fields -- Soliloquies in the Andes -- News from England -- Wittenberg in the desert -- The world in revolt -- Fighting for eggshells and revenge -- Mission control -- Friendship on the road -- Caesar in Zaatari -- Embattled theatre near the Great Rift Valley -- The rest is silence.
From performing in sweltering deserts, capital and remote cities, heaving marketplaces and on Pacific islands, and despite food poisoning in Mexico, the threat of ambush in Somaliland, an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and political upheaval in Ukraine, the Globe's players tirelessly pushed on. They carried their own props, instruments, and costumes throughout the journey, and could construct an entire set in less than two hours. Dromgoole introduces this impressive cast of sturdy souls, recounting the highs and lows of their tour, paying witness to Shakespeare's power to transcend borders and bring the world closer together. --

My adventures with God

May 1, 2017
Tobolowsky, Stephen, 1951- author.
x, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Tobolowsky's stories tell of a boy growing up in the wilds of Texas, finding and losing love, losing and finding himself—all told through the prism of the Torah and Talmud, mixed with insights from science, and refined through a child's sense of wonder. My Adventures with God not only shines a light into the life of one of America's most beloved actors, but also provides a structure to evaluate our own lives and relationship with God"-- Dust jacket.

Lessons from the prairie : the surprising secrets to happiness, success, and (sometimes just) survival I learned on America's favorite show

April 28, 2017
Francis, Melissa, 1972- author.
New York, NY : Weinstein Books, 2017.
vii, 245 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
A self-help primer for fans of the beloved show "Little House on the Prairie" by the former child star shares behind-the-scenes stories from the set and the lessons the author learned from her work with Michael Landon.


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