New Arrivals · Literature

January 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Jane Austen : the banker's sister

January 18, 2018
Clery, E. J., author.
London : Biteback Publishing, 2017.
361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Dead men's shoes: Lady Susan, Elinor and Marianne, First Impressions (1793-1800) -- Modern times: Northanger Abbey and The Watsons (1800-1805) -- Henry turns banker: Lady Susan and the Popham poem (1806-1809) -- The self-made author: Sense and Sensibility (1810-1811) -- Whig history: Pride and Prejudice (1811-1813) -- Speculative society: Mansfield Park (1813-1814) -- Uncommercial Emma (1814-1815) -- Second spring: Persuasion (1815-1816) -- 'The choicest gift of heaven': Sanditon and Winchester Races (1816-1817).
"When it was announced that Jane Austen would appear on the new £10 note in 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death, there was a flurry of media excitement. Few noted that a £10 Austen banknote was already in existence, albeit one issued by her brother. Henry Austen had set up as a banker in 1804, and built up a small empire of country banks. But Henry went unmentioned, and for good reason―he had gone spectacularly bust in the crash of 1816, the year before Jane died. Versions of Henry appear throughout her novels, not least in the charming but unscrupulous Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park, master of the fashionable card game Speculation. In her last novels, Jane worked through her increasing doubts about the speculative mindset and the shock caused by the collapse of Henry's enterprise. Exploring the close parallels between the speculative political economy of the late eighteenth century and that of the present day, Jane Austen: The Banker's Sister counters the stereotype of the spinster tucked away in a Hampshire village, detached from the great historical changes of her era. Based on wholly new research, including sensational new evidence of Henry's entanglements in the dissolute circle around the Prince Regent, this fascinating new volume will change the way Austen's life and her novels are understood."--Back cover.

Frankenstein : how a monster became an icon, the science and enduring allure of Mary Shelley's creation

January 16, 2018
©2018
xvi, 239 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The tale of a tormented creature created in a laboratory began in 1816 in the imagination of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Since its publication in 1818 "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" has spread around the globe through every possible medium and variation.. Yet in it's long history, Frankenstein's central premise - that science, not magic or God, can create a living being, and thus these creators must answer for their actions - is most relevant today as scientists approach creating synthetic life. In its popular and cultural wieght and its expression of the ethical issues raised by the advance of science, physicist Sidney Perkowitz and film expert Eddy Von Mueller have brought together scholars and scientists, artists and directors to celebrate and examine Mary Shelley's creation and its legacy as the monster moves into his next century.

Three sides of a heart : stories about love triangles

January 15, 2018
©2017
434 pages ; 22 cm
Riddles in mathematics /Katie Cotugno -- Dread south /Justina Ireland -- Omega ship /Rae Carson -- La revancha del tango /René Ahdieh -- Cass, An, and Dra /Natalie C. Parker -- Lessons for beginners /Julie Murphy -- Triangle solo /Garth Nix -- Vim and vigor /Veronica Roth -- Work in progress /E.K. Johnston -- Hurdles /Brandy Colbert --The historian, the Garrison, and the cantankerous catwoman /Lamar Giles -- Waiting /Sabaa Tahir -- Vega /Brenna Yovanoff -- A hundred thousand threads /Alaya Dawn Johnson -- Before she was bloody /Tessa Gratton -- Unus, duo, tres /Bethany Hagen.
These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don t want to miss.

In the shadow of Agatha Christie : classic crime fiction by forgotten female writers : 1850-1917

January 15, 2018
©2018
xx, 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The advocate's wedding day / Catherine Crowe -- The squire's story / Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell -- Traces of crime / Mary Fortune -- Mr. Furbush / Harriet Prescott Spofford -- Mrs. Todhetley's earrings / Ellen Wood -- Catching a burglar / Elizabeth Corbett -- The ghost of Fountain Lane /C.L. Pirkis -- The statement of Jared Johnson / Geraldine Bonner -- Point in Morals / Ellen Glasgow -- The blood-red cross / L.T. Meade and Robert Eustace -- The Regent's Park murder / Baroness Orczy -- The case of the registered letter / Augusta Groner -- The winning sequence / M.E. Braddon -- Missing: page thirteen / Anna Katharine Green -- The adventure of the clothes-line / Carolyn Wells -- Jury of her peers / Susan Glaspell.
This new anthology brings the female crime writers who inspired Agatha Christie out of her shadow and back into the spotlight they deserve. The success of writers like Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis, the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England; and Mary Fortune in Australia opened doors for the women authors who followed them. While Agatha Christie may still reign supreme, the genre would be much poorer without the bold, fearless work of her predecessors.

The art of mystery : the search for questions

January 15, 2018
Casey, Maud, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2018]
143 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
"The idea of mystery in fiction is a subject as elusive as 'a whispered invitation, a siren song, a flickering light in the distance.' Maud Casey reaches beyond the usual tool kit of fictional elements in pursuit of the ethereal and uncanny to ask: Where does mystery reside in a work of fiction? From Shirley Jackson to Paul Yoon, from spirit photography to the radical nature of empathy. Casey looks at how mystery is created and, in space of uncertainty and unknowing, searches for questions rather than answers"--Provided by publisher.

Late essays, 2006-2017

January 15, 2018
Coetzee, J. M., 1940- author.
©2017
297 pages ; 22 cm
Daniel Defoe, Roxana -- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The scarlet letter -- Ford Madox Ford, The good soldier -- Philip Roth's tale of the plague -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The sorrows of young Werther -- Translating Hölderlin -- Heinrich von Kleist : two stories -- Robert Walser, The assistant -- Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary -- Irène Némirovsky, Jewish writer -- Juan Ramón Jiménez, Platero and I -- Antonio Di Benedetto, Zama -- Leo Tolstoy, The death of Ivan Ilyich -- On Zbigniew Herbert -- The young Samuel Beckett -- Samuel Beckett, Watt -- Samuel Beckett, Molloy -- Eight ways of looking at Samuel Beckett -- Late Patrick White -- Patrick White, The solid mandala -- The poetry of Les Murray -- Reading Gerald Murnane -- The diary of Hendrik Witbooi.
A provocative collection of 23 pieces showcases the writings of the Nobel Prize-winning author as he examines the work of some of the world's greatest writers, including Daniel Defoe, Samuel Beckett, Irene Nemirovsky and Goethe.

Daily writing resilience : 365 meditations & inspirations for writers

January 15, 2018
Robinson, Bryan E., author.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Llewellyn Worldwide, [2018]
xii, 413 pages ; 23 cm
"Whether you're a seasoned author or an aspiring scribe, chances are you've grappled with your share of rejection. However, literarty agents says the number one key to writing success -even more important than good writing- is perseverance in the face of disappointment. Daily writing resilence provides advice, inspiration, and techniques to help you turn roadblocks into stepping-stones."--Back cover

This is the place : women writing about home

January 11, 2018
New York, NY : Seal Press, 2017.
xiii, 317 pages ; 21 cm
Essays.
Here / Kate Lebo -- Away from dangerous things / Desiree Cooper -- Family business / Jane Wong -- Freeing Thanksgiving from my family / Jennifer Finney Boylan -- Broken home / Debra Gwartney -- On moving home / Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum -- Between my teeth / Naomi Jackson -- Allá en la fuente / Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas -- Home in four acts / Akiko Busch -- Plane crash theory / Dani Shapiro.

Star Wars: Canto Bight

January 11, 2018
©2017
295 pages ; 25 cm
Rules of the game / by Saladin Ahmed -- The wine in dreams / by Mira Grant -- Hear nothing, see nothing, say nothing / by Rae Carson -- The ride / by John Jackson Miller.
In the mysterious casino city Canto Bight, one is free to revel in excess, untouched by the problems of a galaxy once again descending into chaos and war. There is a darkness obscured by all the glamour and luxury-- and in these four novellas, set across one fateful evening, the stakes have never been higher.

Mean

January 10, 2018
Gurba, Myriam, author.
Minneapolis, MN : Coffee House Press, 2017.
175 pages ; 21 cm
"An Emily Books original."
"Myriam Gurba's debut is the bold and hilarious tale of her coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Mean turns what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy. This is a confident, funny, brassy book that takes the cost of sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and homophobia deadly seriously. We act mean to defend ourselves from boredom and from those who would cut off our breasts. We act mean to defend our clubs and institutions. We act mean because we like to laugh. Being mean to boys is fun and a second-wave feminist duty. Being mean to men who deserve it is a holy mission. Sisterhood is powerful, but being mean is more exhilarating. Being mean isn't for everybody. Being mean is best practiced by those who understand it as an art form. These virtuosos live closer to the divine than the rest of humanity. They're queers. Myriam Gurba is a queer spoken-word performer, visual artist, and writer from Santa Maria, California. She's the author of Dahlia Season (2007, Manic D) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, Wish You Were Me (2011, Future Tense Books), and Painting Their Portraits in Winter (2015, Manic D). She has toured with Sister Spit and her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. She lives in Long Beach, where she teaches social studies to eighth-graders"-- Provided by publisher.

Mad hatters and March hares : all-new stories from the world of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

January 9, 2018
©2017
332 pages ; 24 cm
Gentle Alice /Kris Dickerman -- My own invention /Delia Sherman -- Lily-White & the thief of lesser night /C.S.E. Cooney --Conjoined /Jane Yolen -- Mercury /Priya Sharma -- Some kind of wonderland /Richard Bowes -- Alis /Stephen Graham Jones -- All the king's men /Jeffery Ford -- Run, rabbit /Angela Slatter -- In memory of a summer's day /Matthew Kressel -- Sentence like a Saturday /Seanan McGuire -- Worrity, Worrity /Andy Duncan -- Eating the Alice cake /Kaaron Warren --The queen of hats /Ysabeau S. Wilce -- A comfort, one way /Genevieve Valentine -- The flame after the candle/ Catherynne M. Valente -- Moon, and memory, and muchness /Katherine Vaz -- Run, rabbit, run /Jane Yolen.
From master anthologist Ellen Datlow comes an all-original of weird tales inspired by the strangeness of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Between the hallucinogenic, weird, imaginative wordplay and the brilliant mathematical puzzles and social satire, Alice has been read, enjoyed, and savored by every generation since its publication. Datlow asked eighteen of the most brilliant and acclaimed writers working today to dream up stories inspired by all the strange events and surreal characters found in Wonderland.

The Norton anthology of American literature

January 8, 2018
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017
2 volumes : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm.
Volume 1. Beginnings to 1865 -- volume 2. 1865 to the present.

Frankenstein : the first two hundred years

January 8, 2018
Frayling, Christopher, author.
©2017
208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
On New Year's Day 1818, Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein was first published in an anonymous three-volume edition of 500 copies. Some thought the book was too radical in implication. A few found the central theme intriguing ... no-one predicted its success. This book, celebrating the two hundredth birthday of Frankenstein, traces, in colourful and engaging ways, the journey of Shelley's Frankenstein from limited edition literature to the bloodstream of contemporary culture. It includes new research on the novel's origins, and a facsimile reprint of the earliest-known manuscript version of the creation scene. Frankenstein's legacy is to be seen all over the world--on small and large screens, in print and online, on stage and on hoardings, in graphic novels, comics and even on cereal packets. From a Regency nightmare, Frankenstein's creature has even become a cuddly childhood companion--thoroughly munstered, so to speak. The real creation myth of modern times--the era of genetic engineering, three-parent babies, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics and singularity, human/animal interfaces and secularism--is no longer Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The real creation myth is Frankenstein. -- Inside jacket flap.

Jane on the brain : exploring the science of social intelligence with Jane Austen

January 8, 2018
Jones, Wendy S., author.
©2017
xix, 392 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Why is Jane Austen so phenomenally popular? Why do we read Pride and Prejudice again and again? Why do we delight in Emma's mischievous schemes? Why do we care that Anne Elliot of Persuasion suffers? We care because it is our biological destiny to be interested in people and their stories?the human brain is a social brain. And Austen?s characters are so believable, that for many of us, they are not just imaginary beings, but friends whom we know and love. And thanks to Austen's ability to capture the breadth and depth of human psychology so thoroughly, we feel that she empathizes with us, her readers. Humans have a profound need for empathy, to know that we are not alone with our joys and sorrows. And then there is attachment, denial, narcissism, and of course, love, to name a few. We see ourselves and others reflected in Austen?s work. Social intelligence is one of the most highly developed human traits when compared with other animals How did is evolve? Why is it so valuable? Wendy Jones explores the many facets of social intelligence and juxtaposes them with the Austen cannon. Brilliantly original and insightful, this fusion of psychology, neuroscience, and literature provides a heightened understanding of one of our most beloved cultural institutions?and our own minds"--Amazon.com.

The last draft : a novelist's guide to revision

January 5, 2018
Scofield, Sandra Jean, 1943- author.
©2017
xxviii, 240 pages ; 21 cm
I. The novel: an overview -- The novel continuum -- A review of narrative elements -- II. Revision of a novel draft: discussion and exercises -- Stages of revision -- 1. A close look. Description ; Assessment -- 2. The plan. Summaries ; Core scenes ; Lines of threads -- 3. The process -- 4. The polish -- Resources. Recommended books on craft ; Lessons from model novels ; Sample scenarios ; Storyboarding ; Scene template.
"The definitive handbook for the novelist who is ready to revise...This wise and friendly guide shows writers how to turn first-draft manuscripts into the novels of their dreams. A critic, longtime teacher, and award-winning novelist, Sandra Scofield illustrates how to reread a work of fiction with a view of its subject and vision, and how to take it apart and put it back together again, stronger and deeper. Scofield builds her explanations around helpful concepts like narrative structure, character agency, and core scenes, using models from classic and contemporary writers. The detailed, step-by-step plan laid out in The Last Draft offers invaluable advice to both novice and experienced writers alike. In Scofield, they will find a seasoned, encouraging mentor to steer them through this emotional and intellectual journey"-- Provided by publisher.

Alive in shape and color : 17 paintings by great artists and the stories they inspired

January 4, 2018
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
x, 310 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Safety rules / Jill D. Block -- Pierre, Lucien, and me / Lee Child -- Girl with a fan / Nicholas Christopher -- The third panel / Michael Connelly -- A significant find / Jeffery Deaver -- Charlie the barber / Joe R. Lansdale -- After Georgia O'Keeffe's flower / Gail Levin -- Ampurdan / Warren Moore -- Orange is for anguish, blue for insanity / David Morrell -- Les Beaux Jours / Joyce Carol Oates -- Truth comes out of her well to shame mankind / Thomas Pluck -- The great wave / S. J. Rozan -- Thinkers / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- Gaslight / Jonathan Santlofer -- Blood in the Sun / Justin Scott -- The big town / Sarah Weinman -- Looking for David / Lawerence Block.
"In his brilliant follow-up to In Sunlight or In Shadow, Lawrence Block has gathered together the best talent from popular fiction to produce an anthology as inventive as it is alluring, including Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, David Morrell, and Jeffery Deaver." -- Amazon.com.

Mississippi roll

January 3, 2018
New York : Tor Books, 2017.
332 pages : map; 24 cm
In the shadow of tall stacks / by Stephen Leigh -- Wingless angel / by John Jos. Miller -- A big break in the small time / Carrie Vaughn -- Death on the water / Cherie Priest -- Find the lady / Kevin Andrew Murphy -- Under the arch / David D. Levine.
After the suspicious death of a crew member on the historical steamboat Natchez, retired NY police detective Leo Storgman seeks to discover the ship's secrets, including the truth behind ghostly sightings of its first captain.

The reporter's kitchen

January 2, 2018
Kramer, Jane, author.
©2017
viii, 292 pages ; 22 cm
Articles first published in the New Yorker.
Introduction -- The reporter's kitchen -- Profiles -- The hungry travelers -- Spice routes -- The philosopher chef -- Post-Modena -- Books, essays, and adventures -- The quest -- Down under -- The food at our feet -- A fork of one's own -- Good greens -- Eat, memory -- Celebrating -- Pilgrim's progress -- Rites, rituals, and celebrations.
"Jane Kramer started cooking when she started writing. Her first dish, a tinned-tuna curry, was assembled on a tiny stove in her graduate student apartment while she pondered her first writing assignment. From there, whether her travels took her to a tent settlement in the Sahara for an afternoon interview with an old Berber woman toiling over goat stew, or to the great London restaurateur and author Yotam Ottolenghi's Notting Hill apartment, where they assembled a buttered phylo-and-cheese tower called a mutabbaq, Jane always returned from the field with a new recipe, and usually, a friend. For the first time, Jane's beloved food pieces from The New Yorker, where she has been a staff writer since 1964, are arranged in one place--a collection of definitive chef profiles, personal essays, and gastronomic history that is at once deeply personal and humane. The Reporter's Kitchen follows Jane everywhere, and throughout her career--from her summer writing retreat in Umbria, where Jane and her anthropologist husband host memorable expat Thanksgivings--in July--to the Nordic coast, where Jane and acclaimed Danish chef Rene Redzepi, of Noma, forage for edible sea-grass. The Reporter's Kitchen is an important record of culture distilled through food around the world. It's welcoming and inevitably surprising"-- Provided by publisher.

Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

December 27, 2017
Fraser, Caroline, author.
©2017
xii, 625 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Part I: The pioneer. Maiden rock ; Indian summers ; Crying hard times ; God hates a coward ; Don't leave the farm, boys -- Part II: The exile. A world made ; As a farm woman thinks ; The absent ones ; Pioneer girl -- Part III: The dream. A ruined country ; Dusty old dust ; We are all here ; Sunshine and shadow ; There is gold in the farm.
"Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls--the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser--the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series--masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books"--Publisher's description.

A world without "whom" : the essential guide to language in the BuzzFeed age

December 26, 2017
Favilla, Emmy, author.
©2017
vii, 392 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The birth of the BuzzFeed style guide -- Language is alive -- Getting things right: the stuff that matters -- How to not be a jerk: writing about sensitive topics -- Getting things as right as you can: the stuff that kinda-sorta matters -- How social media has changed the game -- "Real" words and language trends to embrace -- How the internet has changed punctuation forever -- From sea to shining sea: regional stylistic differences -- At the intersection of e-laughing and e-crying -- Email, more like evilmail, amirite? -- We're all going to be okay.
As language evolves faster than ever before, what is the future of "correct" writing? Favilla was tasked with creating a style guide for BuzzFeed, and opted for spelling, grammar, and punctuation guidelines that would reflect not only the site's lighthearted tone, but also how readers actually use language IRL. Now she makes a case for breaking the rules laid out by Strunk and White: she offers a world with more room for writing that's clear, timely, pleasurable, and politically aware.-- Adapted from dust jacket.

Nabokov's favorite word is mauve : what the numbers reveal about the classics, bestsellers, and our own writing

December 19, 2017
Blatt, Ben, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
271 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Use sparingly -- He wrote, she wrote -- Searching for fingerprints -- Write by example -- Guiltier pleasures -- UK vs. US -- Cliches, repeats, and favorites -- How to judge a book by its cover -- Beginnings and endings.
In Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve, statistician and journalist Ben Blatt brings big data to the literary canon, exploring the wealth of fun findings that remain hidden in the works of the world's greatest writers. He assembles a database of thousands of books and hundreds of millions of words, and starts asking the questions that have intrigued curious word nerds and book lovers for generations: What are our favorite authors' favorite words? Do men and women write differently? Are bestsellers getting dumber over time? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? What makes a great opening sentence? How can we judge a book by its cover? And which writerly advice is worth following or ignoring? Blatt draws upon existing analysis techniques and invents some of his own. All of his investigations and experiments are original, conducted himself, and no math knowledge is needed to understand the results. Blatt breaks his findings down into lucid, humorous language and clear and compelling visuals. This eye-opening book will provide you with a new appreciation for your favorite authors and a fresh perspective on your own writing, illuminating both the patterns that hold great prose together and the brilliant flourishes that make it unforgettable.

Harry Potter : the unofficial guide to the collectibles of our favorite wizard

December 19, 2017
Bradley, Eric (Public relations associate), author.
Iola, WI : Krause Publications, a division of F+W Media, Inc., [2017]
205 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
"Since 1997 with the publication of the first book, Harry Potter has cast a spell over millions of Muggles around the world--not the least of all bewitched collectors. Harry Potter: The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard conjures rare, extraordinary and magical treasures sprung from the Potter books and movies, and even the imaginations of fans. In its enchantingly visual pages, you'll discover delightful riches including author J.K. Rowling's writing chair that sold at auction for almost $400,000, first-edition books, original art, movie posters, film props, exclusives, limited-edition items, fun fandom pieces, and other wonders to behold. So with a whisper of "accio" and a flick of your wand, summon forth the fascinating, the fantastical and the fabulous found in Harry Potter: The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard."-- Provided by publisher.

More human than human : stories of androids, robots, and manufactured humanity

December 13, 2017
©2017
xii, 659 pages ; 24 cm
Dolly / Elizabeth Bear-- A good home / Karin Lowachee -- The djinn's wife / Ian McDonald -- And the ends of the Earth for thy possession / Robert B. Finegold, M.D. -- Patterns of a murmuration, in billions of data points / Jy Yang -- The birds and the bees and the gasoline trees / John Barnes -- Fixing Hanover / Jeff Vandermeer -- Grand jeté (the great leap) / Rachel Swirsky -- Brisk money / Adam Christopher -- Act of faith / Fadzlishah Johanabas -- The caretaker / Ken Liu -- Seven sexy cowboy robots / Sandra McDonald -- We, robots / Sue Lange -- The education of junior number 12 / Madeline Ashby -- A hundred ghosts parade tonight / Xia Jia -- The man / Paul McAuley -- The robot's girl / Brenda Cooper -- .identity / E. Catherine Tobler -- American cheetah / Robert Reed -- Artifice / Naomi Kritzer -- Small medicine / Genevieve Valentine -- Silently and very fast / Catherynne M. Valente -- I, robot / Cory Doctorow -- Bit rot / Charles Stross -- Angels of ashes / Alastair Reynolds -- The old dispensation / Lavie Tidhar -- Today I am Paul / Martin L. Shoemaker.
The short stories in More human than human demonstrate the depth and breadth of artificial humanity in contemporary science fiction. Issues of passing, of what it is to be human, of autonomy and slavery and oppression, and yes, the hubris of creation; these ideas have fascinated us for at least two hundred years, and this selection of stories demonstrates why it is such an alluring and recurring conceit.

The dawn watch : Joseph Conrad in a global world

December 11, 2017
Jasanoff, Maya, 1974- author.
©2017
xv, 375 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Prologue: One of us -- Part One: Nation. No home, no country ; The point of departure ; Among strangers -- Part Two: Ocean. Following the sea ; Going into steam ; When your ship fails you -- Part Three: Civilization. Heart to heart ; The dark places ; White savages -- Part Four: Empire. A new world ; Material interests ; Whether the world likes it or not -- Epilogue: To make you see.
"A visionary exploration of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, his turbulent age of globalization and our own, from one of the most exciting young historians writing today. Migration, terrorism, the tensions between global capitalism and nationalism, and a communications revolution: these forces shaped Joseph Conrad's destiny at the dawn of the twentieth century. In this brilliant new interpretation of one of the great voices in modern literature, Maya Jasanoff reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization. As an immigrant from Poland to England, and in travels from Malaya to Congo to the Caribbean, Conrad navigated an interconnected world, and captured it in a literary oeuvre of extraordinary depth. His life story delivers a history of globalization from the inside out, and reflects powerfully on the aspirations and challenges of the modern world. Joseph Conrad was born Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857, to Polish parents in the Russian Empire. At sixteen he left the landlocked heart of Europe to become a sailor, and for the next twenty years travelled the world's oceans before settling permanently in England as an author. He saw the surging, competitive "new imperialism" that planted a flag in almost every populated part of the globe. He got a close look, too, at the places "beyond the end of telegraph cables and mail-boat lines," and the hypocrisy of the west's most cherished ideals. In a compelling blend of history, biography, and travelogue, Maya Jasanoff follows Conrad's routes and the stories of his four greatest works -- The Secret Agent, Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, and Nostromo. Genre-bending, intellectually thrilling, and deeply humane, The Dawn Watch embarks on a spell-binding expedition into the dark heart of Conrad's world--and through it to our own"-- Provided by publisher.

#ReadMakeCreate : teen writing camp anthology.

December 11, 2017
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Xavier University Library and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, [2017]
156 pages ; 22 cm
Includes notes on writing instructors and contributors.
Poetry -- Short stories -- Exercises in concise social media -- Plays -- Memoirs.
A collection of literary works written by participants in two Teen Writing Workshops held at branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, facilitated by Jeffrey Hillard, 2015-2016 writer-in-residence for the Library Foundation, and edited by James Green, Xavier University Library.

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