New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

October 19, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Born to run

October 18, 2016
Springsteen, Bruce. author.
763 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some color) ; 23 cm
Growin' up. My street ; My house ; The Church ; The Italians ; The Irish ; My mother ; The Big Bang (have you heard the news ... ) ; Radio days ; The Second Coming ; The show man (Lord of the Dance) ; Workingman's blues ; Where the bands are ; The Castiles ; Once there was a little Steven ; Earth ; The Upstage Club ; Tinker (Surfin' safari) ; Steel mill ; Homecoming ; Endless summer ; Beatnik deluxe ; California dreamin' (take two) ; It's a bar, you idiots ; Onward and upward ; Losing my religion ; Road work ; "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle" ; The Satellite Lounge -- Born to run. "Born to run" ; Jon Landau ; Thunder Road ; Jackpot ; The E Street Band ; Clarence Clemons ; New contracts ; Living with the law ; "Darkness on the Edge of Town" ; The Drop ; Downtime ; "The River" ; Hitsville ; Hello walls ; "Nebraska" ; Deliver me from nowhere ; California ; "Born in the USA" ; "Buona fortuna, fratello mio" ; The big Big Time ; Going home ; "Regresar a México" ; "Tunnel of love" ; Goin' Cali -- Living proof. Living proof ; Redheaded revolution ; Changes ; LA burning ; Going to the chapel ; Earthquake Sam ; "Streets of Philadelphia" ; "The Ghost of Tom Joad" ; Western man ; Eastern woman ; King of New Jersey (Hollywood days) ; Bringing it all back home ; Revival ; "The Rising" ; Wild East ; The Seeger sessions ; "Magic" ; Super Bowl Sunday ; Moving on ; "Wrecking Ball" ; Losing the rain ; The "Wrecking Ball" tour ; Zero to sixty in nothing flat ; Garage land ; "High hopes" ; Home front ; Long time comin'.
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.

Danger close : my epic journey as a combat helicopter pilot in Iraq an Afghanistan

October 17, 2016
Smith, Amber (Amber Lane), 1981- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
415 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
This is what war feels like -- Born to fly -- Mother Rucker -- Sink or swim -- Hurry up and wait -- Welcome to Iraq -- Better safe than sorry -- Bingo -- Troops in contact -- Friendly fire -- What lies beneath -- Annihilator 24 -- Flying blind -- One last mission -- Screaming eagles -- The crash -- A new war -- Cleared hot -- Shooting to kill -- Cheating death -- War test you -- Goodbye -- Lucky strike -- KIA -- The Tagab -- Handing off the war -- Epilogue: alive.

They left us everything : a memoir

October 17, 2016
Johnson, Plum, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
393 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, 2014.

Callings : the purpose and passion of work

October 17, 2016
Isay, David, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
331 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
DREAMERS: Herman Heyn, street-corner astronomer -- Barbara Abelhauser, bridgetender -- Sharon Long, forensic artist -- Marat Kogut, NBA referee -- Alton Yates, aeromedical field tester -- Ronald McNair, astronaut -- Storm Reyes, library assistant -- Dorothy Warburton, scientist -- Thomas McGarvey, dentist. GENERATIONS: Dekalb Walcott Jr. and Dekalb Walcott III, firefighters -- Don and Mackenzie Byles, funeral directors -- Anne Lucietto, mechanical engineer -- Phil Kerner, tool and die maker -- Barbara Moore, bricklayer -- Noramay Cadena, engineer and entrepreneur -- Olga Ayala, sculptor -- Larry and Laura Michaelis, physicians -- Johnny Bradley, farmer -- Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, actor -- Red Lain, oil rig driller. HEALERS: Dana Viviano, oncology nurse -- ssan Koyama, hospice chaplain -- John Vigiano Jr. and Joe Vigiano, 9/11 first responders -- Kerry Davis and Ken Hopper, ironworkers -- Angelo Bruno and Eddie Nieves, sanitation workers -- Rich Barham and Nelson Peck, veterans crisis hotline workers -- Rowan Allen, emergency medical technician -- Michelle Alore, ICU nurse -- Austin Chen, ob-gyn -- Burnell Cotlon, grocer -- Vito de la Cruz, assistant federal public defender -- Pat Hays, policewoman -- Dawn Maestas, ink removal specialist -- Barbara Butler, FMF corpsman -- Ayodeji Ogunniyi, English teacher. PHILOSOPHERS: Al Siedlecki, science teacher -- Sol Aramendi, artist and educator -- Ted Dennard, beekeeper -- Rose Brudno, bar owner -- Leonard Berk, salmon slicer -- Clarence Haskett, beer vendor -- Arnie Knapp, entertainer coach operator -- Paquita Williams, subway conductor -- Jim Clyburn, congressman -- Darlene Lewis, employment counselor -- Miranda Louise, waitress and blues singer. GROUNDBREAKERS: Jerry Lawson, video game inventor -- Clela Rores, county clerk -- Eric D. Williams, pastor --Laura Martinez, chef and restaurateur -- Dorothy Glinton, Ford assembly plant supervisor -- Wendell Scott, NASCAR driver -- Lyle Link, building contractor.
Stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do. Some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives inorderto pursue what matters to them. We meet a man from the "barrios" of Texas whose harrowing experiences in a family of migrant farmers inspired him to become a public defender. We meet a longtime waitress who takes pride in making regulars and newcomers alike feel at home in her Nashville diner. We meet a young man on the South Side of Chicago who became a teacher in order to help at-risk teenagers like the ones who killed his father get on the right track. We meet a woman from Little Rock who helps former inmates gain the skills and confidence they need to rejoin the workforce. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling. Their shared sense of passion, honor, and commitment brings deeper meaning and satisfaction to every aspect of their lives.

Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race

October 12, 2016
Lee Shetterly, Margot, author.
New York, NY : Harper Luxe [2016]
xxiv, 543 pages ; 23 cm

They call me supermensch : a backstage pass to the amazing worlds of film, food, and rock 'n' roll

October 12, 2016
Gordon, Shep, author.
404 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The legendary talent agent behind such superstars as Groucho Marx, Blondie and Raquel Welch chronicles his life and career in the entertainment industry, discussing such topics as his Jewish childhood in Long Island, his international travels at the sides of half a century of celebrities and the time he was punched by Janice Joplin,"--NoveList.

Juniper : the girl who was born too soon

October 6, 2016
French, Kelley, author.
433 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Juniper French was born four months early, at 23 weeks gestation, weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces. Her parents chose to fight for Juniper's life, and this is their incredible tale. In an extraordinary and gorgeously told memoir, Kelley and Thomas French, both award winning journalists, explore the border between what is possible and what is right.

The red bandanna

October 6, 2016
Rinaldi, Tom, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
321 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
When Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him just about every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature. As a student in Upper Nyack, Wells was also a volunteer at the local fire department along with his father. Fresh from college he took a job on and 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Eight months after the attack, survivors described being led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back. After leading them down, he went back up to help others. They didn't know his name, but he was wearing a red bandanna.

The doctor is in : Dr. Ruth on love, life, and joie de vivre

October 4, 2016
Westheimer, Ruth K. (Ruth Karola), 1928- author.
271 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Originally published in the United States by Amazon Publishing, 2015"--T.p. verso.
What is joie de vivre? -- Always move forward -- Embrace your passions and your beliefs -- Open yourself up to love: my history in love and marriage -- Going after what you want in life -- Enjoy the crazy turns life takes -- How celebrity influenced my life¿and could influence yours -- Always learn new things -- Take risks -- Recognize that it is never too late.
"America's best-loved therapist, Dr. Ruth, is known for her wise counsel on all matters of the heart. Here she shares private stories from her past and her present, and her insights into living life to the fullest, at any age" --Provided by publisher.

Go big or go home : the journey toward the dream

October 4, 2016
McCreery, Scotty, 1993- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
359 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 2016.
"American Idol winner Scotty McCreery shares his journey from his North Carolina roots to winning America's most popular singing competition and launching a musical career he had always dreamt about"-- Provided by publisher.

Between breaths : a memoir of panic and addiction

September 27, 2016
Vargas, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
258 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
"Elizabeth Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety-which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam-and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance."-- Provided by publisher.

My life with Earth, Wind & Fire

September 27, 2016
White, Maurice, author.
xviii, 557 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Completed before his recent death, Maurice opens up in My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire about his struggles, his big breaks, and the founding of a band that would forever change music. White's love of music began when he was still a boy in South Memphis, learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones and supporting his mother with a modest paper route. From there he would go on to train at the Chicago Conservatory of music and finally creating Earth, Wind & Fire in Los Angeles, writing and recording the hits that live on in our cultural conscience.

The latter days : a memoir

September 22, 2016
Freeman, Judith, 1946- author.
529 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Writing with remarkable candor and insight, Judith Freeman gives us an illuminating, lyrical memoir about the path she took -- sometimes unwittingly -- out of her Mormon upbringing and through a thicket of profound difficulties to become a writer.

American heiress : the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst

September 20, 2016
Toobin, Jeffrey, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2016]
642 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Large print edition.
On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre zTania.y The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing&#x;the Hearst family trying to secure Patty&#x;s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing zTaniay wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty&#x;s year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term zStockholm syndromey entered the lexicon. The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times (there were an average of 1,500 terrorist bombings a year in the early 1970s). Toobin portrays the lunacy of the half-baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and re-creates her melodramatic trial. American Heiress examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors&#x; crusade. Or did she?

The pigeon tunnel : stories from my life

September 20, 2016
Le Carré, John, 1931-
517 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Don't be beastly to your Secret Service -- Dr Globke's laws -- Official visit -- Fingers on the trigger -- To whomsoever it may concern -- Wheels of British justice -- Ivan Serov's defection -- A legacy -- The innocence of Murat Kurnaz -- Going out into the field -- Bumping into Jerry Westerby -- Lonely in Vientiane -- Theatre of the Real : dances with Arafat -- Theatre of the Real : the Villa Brigitte -- Theatre of the Real : a question of guilt -- Theatre of the Real : terms of endearment -- The Soviet knight is dying inside his armour -- The Wild East : Moscow 1993 -- Blood and treasure -- The biggest bears in the garden -- Among the Ingush -- Joseph Brodsky's prize -- The wrong horse's mouth -- His brother's keeper -- Quel Panama! -- Under deep cover -- Hunting for warlords -- Richard Burton needs me -- Alec Guinness -- Lost masterpieces -- Bernard Pivot's necktie -- Lunching with prisoners -- Son of the author's father -- To Reggie with thanks -- The most wanted man -- Stephen Spender's credit card -- Advice to an aspiring novelist -- The last official secret.
"From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John Le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his highly anticipated memoir, Le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels."-- Dust jacket.

Love warrior

September 19, 2016
Melton, Glennon Doyle, 1976- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
351 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out--three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list--her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.

Changing normal : how I helped my husband beat cancer

August 24, 2016
Henner, Marilu, author.
357 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Marilu Henner was moving on with her life after a divorce when her old college classmate Michael Brown, whom she had not seen in over twenty years, called her out of nowhere. Within days of their reconnecting in 2003, they became inseparable. But only months later, Michael was diagnosed with bladder cancer, and then lung cancer. Marilu refused to lose the love of her life so easily. With the knowledge she had gained on her own health journey, Marilu set about finding a path for Michael that would use the best of Eastern and Western medicine to beat his cancers and return him to optimal health. He eschewed most traditional treatments, and with Marilu's help--aided by knowledgeable and sympathetic doctors--he forged his own path. Here, Marilu tells the story of their fast-paced romance, contrasted with the day-to-day battle for Michael's life. Michael tells the story from his point of view: the search for the cause of his cancer, the anguish he felt as he realized how responsible he was for his condition, the physical and mental hardships that he had to overcome, and the triumph of love that made it all worthwhile.

The girl who escaped ISIS : this is my story

August 24, 2016
Khalaf, Farida, author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press arge print popular and narrative nonfiction, 2016.
347 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Our World As It Once Was -- One Final Wonderful Summer -- The Catastrophe -- The Slave Market in Raqqa -- In the Dark Room -- With the "Beasts" -- In the Military Camp -- The Road Out of Hell -- No Home, Not Anywhere.
"A rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women, and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is her incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture, in order to share her story with the world. Devastating and inspiring, this is an astonishing, intimate account of courage and hope in the face of appalling violence"--Provided by publisher.

American Pharoah : the untold story of the Triple Crown winner's legendary rise

August 9, 2016
Drape, Joe.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
461 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

House of nails : a memoir of life on the edge

August 4, 2016
Dykstra, Lenny, 1963- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2016]
vi, 408 pages (larger print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some color) ; 23 cm.
Freedom -- In the Shadow of Angels -- Climbing the Ladder -- Breaking into the Bigs -- Chasing the Pennant, 1986 NLCS: New York Mets vs. Houston Astros -- 1986 World Series: New York Mets vs. Boston Red Sox -- Rednecks & Rifles -- 1988 NLCS: New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers -- Play Me or Trade Me -- A Shot in the Butt -- The Politics of Steroids -- The Big Blind -- Brass Balls -- Charlie Sheen -- 1993 NLCS: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves -- 1993 World Series: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Toronto Blue Jays -- Ambassador Lenny -- Car Wash King -- Robes & Room Service -- 1994 MLB Strike: No More Kool-Aid for Me -- Promised Land -- Wheels Up -- Richards & Rehab -- Stock Market Guru -- Players Club -- Baseball Gods -- Beginning of the End -- I Fought the Law and the Law Won -- Detained -- in custody -- In the Hole -- Legacy -- To Be or Not to Be Lenny.
The author tells all about his tumultuous career, from battling through crippling pain to steroid use and drug addiction, to a life of indulgence and excess, then, an epic plunge and the long road back to redemption.

Hemingway in love : his own story : a memoir

August 1, 2016
Hotchner, A. E., author.
175 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"This memoir puts you in the room with Hemingway as he remembers the definitive years that set the course for the rest of his life and stayed with him until the end of his days"--Provided by publisher.

438 days : an extraordinary true story of survival at sea

July 29, 2016
Franklin, Jonathan, 1964- author.
350 pages : illustartions, maps ; 23 cm
"The miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history--as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews"--Provided by publisher.

Women of valor. Polish resisters to the Third Reich

July 29, 2016
Gilbert, Joanne D., author.
342 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes glossary and reader's guide.
"Four stories of Polish women who resisted the Nazis during World War II"--Provided by publisher.

The Mafia hit man's daughter

July 29, 2016
Scarpa, Linda, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
319 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Gregory Scarpa, Sr. was a stone-cold killer in the Colombo crime family, but to Linda, he was also a loving, devoted father. She reveals what it was like to grow up in the violent world of the mob and to come to grips with the truth about her father and the devastation he wrought"--Provided by publisher.

Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars

July 22, 2016
Holt, Nathalia, 1980-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
505 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Preface -- January 1958 : launch day -- 1940s -- Up, up, and away -- Headed west -- 1950s -- Rockets rising -- Miss guided missile -- Holding back -- Ninety days and ninety minutes -- Moonglow -- 1960s -- Analog overlords -- Planetary pull -- The last queen of outer space -- 1970s : today -- Men are from mars -- Look like a girl -- Epilogue.
The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space. In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women- known as human computers- who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American ballistic missiles. But they were never interested in developing weapons, their hearts lay in the dream of space exploration. So when the JPL became part of a new agency called NASA, the women worked on the first probes to the moon, Venus, Mars, and beyond. Later, as digital computers largely replaced human ones, JPL was unique in training and retaining its brilliant pool of women. They became the first computer programmers and engineers, and through their efforts, we launched the ships that showed us the contours of our solar system. For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been, and the far reaches of space to which we're heading. -- Publisher description

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