New Arrivals · Biography

April 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Mr. Lear : a life of art and nonsense

April 19, 2018
Uglow, Jennifer S., author.
x, 598 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Originally published in 2017 by Faber and Faber Limited, Great Britain" -- ECIP galley.

The gift of our wounds : a Sikh and a former white supremacist find forgiveness after hate

April 18, 2018
Michaelis, Arno, author.
xviii, 222 pages ; 22 cm
Documents the story of the unlikely and powerful friendship between a Sikh and a former white supremacist in the aftermath of Wade Michael Page's murderous 2012 attack on a Wisconsin Sikh Temple, describing how they launched the Serve 2 Unite organization to promote community inclusion and fight hate crimes.

How to write an autobiographical novel : essays

April 18, 2018
Chee, Alexander, author.
280 pages ; 21 cm
"A Mariner Original."
The curse -- The querent -- The writing life -- 1989 -- Girl -- After Peter -- My parade -- Mr. and Mrs. B -- 100 things about writing a novel -- The rosary -- Inheritance -- Impostor -- The autobiography of my novel -- The guardians -- How to write an autobiographical novel -- On becoming an American writer.
"From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring how we form our identities in life, in politics, and in art"-- Provided by publisher.

West Winging it : an un-presidential memoir

April 18, 2018
Cunnane, Pat, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
x, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Warehouse to the White House -- In the buffer -- Lower press -- 2012 -- Office politics -- Disaster casual -- The normals -- Interviews about nothing -- Friday the thirteenth -- Epilogue: ... of the end.
"A fresh and funny exclusive look into President Barack Obama's years in the White House, directly from his Senior Writer and former Director of Messaging"--Provided by publisher.

Above & beyond : John F. Kennedy and America's most dangerous Cold War spy mission

April 18, 2018
Sherman, Casey, 1969- author.
New York, NY : Public Affairs, 2018.
viii, 329 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"From the authors of the bestselling The Finest Hours comes the riveting, deeply human story of President John F. Kennedy and two U-2 pilots, Rudy Anderson and Chuck Maultsby, who risked their lives to save America during the Cuban Missile Crisis. During the ominous two weeks of the Cold War's terrifying peak, two things saved humanity: the strategic wisdom of John F. Kennedy and the U-2 aerial spy program. On October 27, 1962, Kennedy, strained from back pain, sleeplessness, and days of impossible tension, was briefed about a missing spy plane. Its pilot, Chuck Maultsby, was on a surveillance mission over the North Pole, but had become disoriented and steered his plane into Soviet airspace. If detected, its presence there could be considered an act of war. As the president and his advisers wrestled with this information, more bad news came: another U-2 had gone missing, this one belonging to Rudy Anderson. His mission: to photograph missile sites over Cuba. For the president, any wrong move could turn the Cold War nuclear. Above and Beyond is the intimate, gripping account of the lives of these three war heroes, brought together on a day that changed history."--provided by publisher.

Futureface : a family mystery, an epic quest, and the secret to belonging

April 18, 2018
Wagner, Alex, author.
New York : Oneworld, [2018]
xii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"An acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people? Alex Wagner has always been fascinated by stories of exile and migration. Her father's ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland and Luxembourg. Her mother fled Rangoon in the 1960s, escaping Burma's military dictatorship. In her professional life, Wagner reported from the Arizona-Mexico border, where agents, drones, cameras, and military hardware guarded the line between two nations. She listened to debates about whether the United States should be a melting pot or a salad bowl. She knew that moving from one land to another--and the accompanying recombination of individual and tribal identities--was the story of America. And she was happy that her own mixed-race ancestry and late twentieth-century education had taught her that identity is mutable and meaningless, a thing we make rather than a thing we are. When a cousin's offhand comment threw a mystery into her personal story--introducing the possibility of an exciting new twist in her already complex family history--Wagner was suddenly awakened to her own deep hunger to be something, to belong, to have an identity that mattered, a tribe of her own. Intoxicated by the possibility, she became determined to investigate her genealogy. So she set off on a quest to find the truth about her family history. The journey takes Wagner from Burma to Luxembourg, from ruined colonial capitals with records written on banana leaves to Mormon databases and high-tech genetic labs. As she gets closer to solving the mystery of her own ancestry, she begins to grapple with a deeper question: Does it matter? Is our enduring obsession with blood and land, race and identity, worth all the trouble it's caused us? The answers can be found in this deeply personal account of her search for belonging, a meditation on the things that define us as insiders and outsiders and make us think in terms of "us" and "them." In this time of conflict over who we are as a country, when so much emphasis is placed on ethnic, religious, and national divisions, Futureface constructs a narrative where we all belong."--provided by publisher.

Boys keep swinging : a memoir

April 18, 2018
Shears, Jake, author.
326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Part 1. Youth -- Part 2. New York -- Part 3. Scissor Sisters.
The lead singer of the glam rock band Scissor Sisters examines his life and career.

Engineering a life : a memoir

April 18, 2018
Bedi, Krishan K., author.
Tempe, Arizona : SparkPress, a BookSparks imprint, 2018.
309 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In December of 1961, at the tender age of twenty, Krishan Bedi came from a tiny village of Punjab, India and landed at a port in New York armed with only $300 in his pocket and his resolve to get education in the US. This is a story of one man's perseverance and determination to create the life he'd always dreamed for himself as a little boy in India-- a place where his options seemed anything but limitless.

Fight like a girl : the truth behind how female Marines are trained

April 18, 2018
Germano, Kate, 1973- author.
304 pages ; 23 cm
Tears and cupcakes -- The firing squad -- Not smart enough to be a sailor -- Data geek -- The rest of the story -- Esprit de cult -- Fourth dimension -- Iron ladies -- Great expectations -- Separate but not equal -- Corsets kill careers -- Moving targets -- Pizza boxes -- Preaching integration -- Shoot like a girl -- Train like a girl -- Mean girls and mobbing -- When there's no one left to blame -- Fisticuffs -- While the cat is away -- Thumpin' third -- Good news travels fast -- Like a (bad) boss -- Climate change -- The rapist is always wrong -- Worst of the worst -- General relativity -- Kill the messenger -- Leaked like a sieve -- Command performance -- Equal opportunist -- Fifth dimension: a lifetime of devotion.

Henri Samuel : master of the French interior

April 18, 2018
Eerdmans, Emily.
New York : Rizzoli, 2018.
255 pages : illustrations (mostly color) ; 32 cm
Design legend Henri Samuel believed that a successful interior was one in which an observer never suspected that a decorator had been involved. This book takes the reader inside some of Samuel s groundbreaking and inspiring interiors, beginning with his first job assisting Stephane Boudin of Jansen in the 1920s through postwar Paris society and into the go-go 80s. During his illustrious career, Samuel created rarefied and beautiful environments for his jet-set clientele Doris Duke, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, Susan and John Gutfreund, Valentino Garavani, and multiple Rothschilds and Vanderbilts. Such was his expertise that museums such as Versailles and the Metropolitan Museum of Art consulted him on the installation of period rooms. Samuel was a master at reproducing intimate spaces in various historic styles in addition to mixing those styles in an erudite way: modernist paintings were installed over Empire consoles, Louis XIII furniture shared space with Oriental objects, neoclassical chairs were placed beside tables of brass and Plexiglas. This book records Samuel s life, his career, and the luxurious interiors he created for his clients and himself rooms that look as fresh and alive today as they did when they were first arranged.

My patients and other animals : a veterinarian's stories of love, loss, and hope

April 17, 2018
Fincham-Gray, Suzanne, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2018]
270 pages ; 24 cm
Peter and the horse -- Hercules -- Monty -- Fritz -- Zeke -- Sweetie -- Grayling -- Ned -- Monty.
A memoir of the author's life spent in the company of animals illuminates the universal experiences of loving, healing and losing beloved pets, describing some of the remarkable cases that shaped her career while sharing a veterinarian's perspectives into the many ways that animals change our lives.

Berenice Abbott : a life in photography

April 17, 2018
Van Haaften, Julia, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xix, 634 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Berenice Abbott is to American photography what Georgia O'Keeffe is to painting or Willa Cather to letters. Abbott's sixty-year career established her not only as a master of American photography but also as a teacher, writer, archivist, and inventor. A teenage rebel from Ohio, Abbott escaped to Paris - photographing, in Sylvia Beach's words, "everyone who was anyone" - before returning to New York as the Roaring Twenties ended. She soon fell in love with art critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she would spend thirty years of her life. Abbott's best known work, "Changing New York," documented the city's 1930s metamorphosis. She next turned to science as a subject, culminating in work important to America's 1950s "space race" with the Soviet Union. This biography secures Abbott's place in the histories of photography and modern art while framing her accomplishments as a female artist and entrepreneur.

Courageous women of the Vietnam War : medics, journalists, survivors, and more

April 17, 2018
Atwood, Kathryn J., author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2018]
xiv, 225 pages: illustrations, maps ; 17cm
Xuan Phuong, young revolutionary -- Geneviève de Galard, "I only did my duty" -- Le Ly Hayslip, "Freedom is never a gift" -- Bobbi Hovis, witness to history -- Kay Wilhelmy, American survivor -- Jurate Kazickas, "What's a woman like you doing out here?" -- Iris Roser, Australian relief worker -- Anne Koch, "I knew in my heart that I had to go" -- Dang Thuy Tram, communist field surgeon -- Lynda van Devanter, "Why do they have to die?" -- Kate Webb, captive journalist -- Joan Baez, protest singer -- Tracy Wood, "They're the story" -- Kim Phuc, running from war.
One of just a handful of women reporting on the Vietnam War, Kate Webb was captured by North Vietnamese troops and presumed dead -until she emerged from the jungle waving a piece of white parachute material after 23 days in captivity. Le Ly Hayslip enjoyed a peaceful early childhood in a Vietnamese farming village before war changed her life forever. Brutalized by all sides, she escaped to the United States, where she eventually founded two humanitarian organizations. Lynda Van Devanter was an idealistic young nurse in 1969 when a plane carrying her and 350 men landed in South Vietnam. Her harrowing experiences working in a combat zone hospital would later serve as inspiration for the TV series China Beach. In these pages readers meet these and other brave women and girls who served in life-threatening roles as medics, journalists, resisters, and revolutionaries in the conflict in Vietnam. Author Kathryn J. Atwood presents a clear introduction to each of five chronological sections, guiding readers through the social and political turmoil that spanned two decades and the tenure of five US presidents. Each woman's story unfolds in a suspenseful, engaging way, incorporating plentiful original source materials, quotes, and photographs. Resources for further study, source notes and a bibliography, and a helpful map and glossary round out this exploration of one of modern history's most divisive wars, making it an invaluable addition to any student's or history buff's bookshelf.

Hell's princess : the mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

April 16, 2018
Schechter, Harold, author.
xvi, 316 pages ; 24 cm
"The shocking true story of one of the twentieth century's most prolific female serial killers." -- book jacket.

This is how I save my life : from California to India, a true story of finding everything when you are willing to try anything

April 16, 2018
Scher, Amy B., author.
256 pages ; 21 cm
"This account was previously self-published in different form in 2013 as: This is how I save my life : a true story of embryonic stem cells, Indian adventures, and ultimate self-healing"--Title page verso.
"The true story of a fiery young woman's heartwarming and hilarious journey that takes her from near-death in California to a trip around the world in search of her ultimate salvation. Along the way, she discovers a world of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, and, most importantly, a piece of her life she never even knew she was missing. When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lyme disease, the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago. After exhausting all of her options in the US, she discovered a possible cure--but it was highly experimental, only available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it did of curing her. Knowing the risks, Amy packed her bags anyway and flew across the world hoping to find the ultimate cure. This Is How I Save My Life is a powerful and uplifting story of sheer determination for anyone who believes in--or doubts--the existence of miracles and the infinite power of self-healing when it seems like all hope is lost."--provided by publisher.

A higher loyalty : truth, lies, and leadership

April 13, 2018
Comey, James B., Jr., 1960- author.
New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2018.
xii, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The life -- This thing of ours -- The Bully -- Meaning -- The easy lie -- On the tracks -- Confirmation bias -- In Hoover's shadow -- The Washington listen -- Roadkill -- Speak or conceal -- Trump Tower -- Tests of loyalty -- The Cloud.
Former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions.

Meghan : a Hollywood princess

April 13, 2018
Morton, Andrew, 1953- author.
xv, 253 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were set up by a mutual friend on a blind date in July 2016, little did they know that the resulting whirlwind romance would lead to their engagement in November 2017 and marriage in May 2018. Meghan is confident, charismatic, and poised; her warm and affectionate engagement interview won the hearts of the world. In this first-ever biography of the duchess-to-be, royal biographer Andrew Morton goes back to Meghan's roots to uncover the story of her childhood growing up in The Valley in Los Angeles, her studies at an all-girls Catholic school, and her fraught family life-a painful experience mirrored by Harry's own background. Morton also delves into her previous marriage and divorce in 2013, her struggles in Hollywood. "--Provided by publisher.

When the impossible happens : adventures in non-ordinary realities

April 13, 2018
Grof, Stanislav, 1931-
Boulder, CO : Sounds True, 2006.
xxxv, 360 pages ; 23 cm
Part 7 -- Transpersonal Psychology and Mainstream Science -- When Science Becomes Scientism: Carl Sagan and His Demon-Haunted World -- Journey to the East: Bringing LSD to the Soviet Union -- Psyche and Cosmos: What the Planets Can Reveal about Consciousness
Feelings of oneness with others, nature, and the universe. Encounters with extraterrestrials, deities, and demons. Out-of-body experiences and past-life memories. Science casts a skeptical eye. But Dr. Stanislav Grof believes otherwise. This is Dr. Grof's account of his fifty-year inquiry into waters uncharted by conventional psychology, an odyssey that will leave you questioning the very fabric of your existence. He explores experiments in astral projection, remarkable tales of synchronicity, memories of birth and prenatal life, the survival of consciosness after death and more.--From back cover.

The Duchess : Camilla Parker Bowles and the love affair that rocked the crown

April 12, 2018
Junor, Penny, author.
xxi, 294 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The problem -- Debs' delight -- Medals not money -- History -- The foundation years -- The stuffed stoat -- Swinging sixties -- Mrs PB -- The attentions of a prince -- An education -- A suitable bride -- Dishonesty all around -- A state of mind -- The stuff of nightmares -- Princess of Wales -- A plea for help -- For King and country -- Annus horribilis -- The final salvos -- Dark days -- Divorce -- Blackadder -- Week of waiting -- A low profile -- Raw recruit -- Coming out -- A little local difficulty -- U-turn -- Final furlong -- It girl -- Staying sane -- Pillars of interest -- A good read -- Nothing to prove -- In the family -- Bedside manner -- Abroad -- WOW -- Making a difference -- Domestic violence -- Mending fences -- The future.
The esteemed royal biographer traces the unlikely and extraordinary story of the once-reviled wife of Britain's Prince Charles, detailing her roles in some of the darkest days of the modern monarchy and her role in helping restore its reputation.

The fox hunt : a refugee's memoir of coming to America

April 12, 2018
Al Samawi, Mohammed.
viii, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Weak ties, strong bonds -- Contradictions -- Reason and religion -- Rinse and repeat -- The economics of love -- The book of Luke -- The fox hunt -- Up, up, and away -- Consequences -- If at first you don't succeed -- You say you want a revolution -- Are you home? -- A man of my word -- Clear and present danger -- Call to prayer -- The Justice League -- The ones who said yes -- Good news and bad news -- A new hope -- Network of networks -- Luck be a lady -- The waiting game -- Fantasia -- Go, go, go -- What just happened? -- If you can't stand the heat, get out of Djibouti -- The promised land -- Epilogue.
The son of middle-class Shiite doctors in Yemen describes his harrowing escape from regional fanaticism and civil unrest through a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of Western interfaith activists.

Hang time : my life in basketball

April 12, 2018
Baylor, Elgin, author.
326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Green Wave -- Rabbit -- Legend -- Coyote -- Chieftain -- Laker -- Hollywood (Act I) -- Medic -- Hollywood (Act II) -- Finally.
"Elgin Baylor's memoir of an epic all-star career in the NBA--during which he transformed basketball from a horizontal game to a vertical one--and his fights against racism during his career as a player and as general manager of the LA Clippers under the infamous Donald Sterling. People think of Elgin Baylor as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game--and one of the NBA's first black superstars--but the full extent of his legacy stretches beyond his spectacular, game-changing jump shots and dunks. With startling symmetry, Baylor recounts his story: flying back and forth between the U.S. Army and the Lakers, his time as a central figure in the great Celtics-Lakers rivalry and how he helped break down color barriers in the sport, his 1964 All-Star game boycott, his early years as an executive for the New Orleans Jazz, and twenty-two years as general manager for the notorious L.A. Clippers and Donald Sterling, spent fighting to draft and sign young, black phenoms--only to be hamstrung by his boss at every turn. No one has seen the league change, and has worked to bring change, more than Baylor. Year after year, he continued to fight and persevere against racism. At the beginning of his career, he was forced to stay in separate hotel rooms. From those days to today's superstardom, he has had a front-row view of the game's elevation to one of America's favorite sports. For the first time, Elgin Baylor tells his full story. He's played with the legends, lived with them, and knows more about the NBA than anyone living, and is finally ready to set the record straight"-- Provided by publisher.

Things that make white people uncomfortable

April 12, 2018
Bennett, Michael, 1985- author.
xxxviii, 220 pages : 1 illustration ; 23 cm
Foreword / by Martellus Bennett -- Preface: The sit-down/on fear -- Roots -- The NCAA will give you PTSD -- NFL reality -- Soap opera for men -- Brotherhood -- Without food, your ass is going to die -- "N---er" -- Time out : a moment of silence -- Black lives matter -- Intersectionality also matters -- Our daughters and the power of women -- Athletes for impact -- You have to forgive to grow -- Afterword: Get comfortable.

You all grow up and leave me : a memoir of teenage obsession

April 12, 2018
Weiss, Piper, 1978- author.
New York : William Morrow, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
338 pages ; 22 cm
"Set against Manhattan's elite prep school scene, a highly unsettling blend of true crime and memoir that offers an intimate and thought-provoking portrait of privileged girlhood"-- Provided by publisher.

The dawn prayer (or how to survive in a secret Syrian terrorist prison) : a memoir

April 12, 2018
Schrier, Matthew, author.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., [2018]
297 pages ; 24 cm

A door in the ocean : a memoir

April 12, 2018
McGlynn, David, 1976-
ix, 266 pages ; 24 cm
Good People of the World -- The Open Door -- The Fish Tank -- No Man's Land -- The Ancient Shoreline -- The Hoary Deep -- Wandering in Zion -- Rogue Waves -- Hydrophobia -- Open Water.
On a warm September night in 1991, in a quiet neighborhood north of Houston, Texas, David McGlynn's closest friend and teammate on the high school swimming team is found murdered on his living room floor. As the crime goes unsolved and his friends turn to drugs and violence, McGlynn is vulnerable, rootless, searching for answers. He is drawn to the eccentric and often radical world of evangelical Christianity--a journey that leads him to California, on a mission to Australia, and to Salt Lake City, where a second swimming-related tragedy leaves him doubting the authenticity of his beliefs. In his post-evangelical life, he finds himself exiled from his parents, plunged into financial chaos, and caught off-guard by the prospect of fatherhood. A new job offers hope for a new beginning, until the possibility of losing his newborn son forces him to confront the nature of everything he believes.

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