New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

October 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dirty chick : adventures of an unlikely farmer

October 2, 2015
Murphy, Antonia, 1975-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
335 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York, New York : Gotham Books, 2015.
"Antonia Murphy, you might say, is an unlikely farmer. Born and bred in San Francisco, she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliche, and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinner. But then she became a mother. And when her eldest son was born with a rare, mysterious genetic condition, she and her husband, Peter, decided it was time to slow down and find a supportive community. So the Murphys moved to Purua, New Zealand--a rural area where most residents maintained private farms, complete with chickens, goats, and (this being New Zealand) sheep. The result was a comic disaster, and when one day their son had a medical crisis, it was also a little bit terrifying. Dirty Chick chronicles Antonia's first year of life as an artisan farmer. Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful, fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live, Antonia soon realized that the reality is far dirtier and way more disgusting than she ever imagined. Among the things she learned the hard way: Cows are prone to a number of serious bowel ailments; goat mating involves an astounding amount of urine; and roosters are complete and unredeemable assholes. But for all its traumas, Antonia quickly embraced farm life, getting drunk on homemade wine (it doesn't cause hangovers!), making cheese (except for the cat hair, it's a tremendously satisfying hobby), and raising a baby lamb (which was addictively cute until it grew into a sheep). Along the way, she met locals as colorful as the New Zealand countryside, including a seasoned farmer who took a dim view of Antonia's novice attempts, a Maori man so handy he could survive a zombie apocalypse, and a woman proficient in sculpting alpaca heads made from their own wool. Part family drama, part cultural study, and part cautionary tale, Dirty Chick will leave you laughing, cringing, and rooting for an unconventional heroine"--From publisher's website.

The billion dollar spy : a true story of Cold War espionage and betrayal

September 23, 2015
Hoffman, David E. (David Emanuel)
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
625 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm

The light of the world : a memoir

September 10, 2015
Alexander, Elizabeth, 1962-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
255 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Among heroes : a U.S. Navy SEAL's true story of friendship, heroism, and the ultimate sacrifice

September 10, 2015
Webb, Brandon.
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
353 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Slow dancing with a stranger : lost and found in the age of Alzheimer's

August 20, 2015
Comer, Meryl.
239 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York, NY : HarperOne, [2014]
"A profoundly personal, unflinching account of Meryl Comer's husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction"-- Provided by publisher.

Top dog : the story of marine hero Lucca

August 20, 2015
Goodavage, Maria, 1962-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
390 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The story of Marine K9 hero Lucca and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"-- Provided by publisher.

Head case : my brain and other wonders

August 12, 2015
Cohen, Cole.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
319 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

The negotiator : a memoir

August 12, 2015
Mitchell, George J. (George John), 1933-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
653 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

Unforgettable : a son, a mother, and the lessons of lifetime

July 24, 2015
Simon, Scott, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
337 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"When NPR's Scott Simon began tweeting from his mother's hospital room in July 2013, he didn't know that his missives would soon spread well beyond his 1.2 million Twitter followers. Squeezing the magnitude of his final days with her into 140-character updates, Simon's ... meditations spread virally. Over the course of a few days, Simon chronicled his mother's death and reminisced about her life, revealing her humor and strength, and celebrating familial love ... Spending their last days together in a hospital ICU, mother and son reflect on their lifetime's worth of memories, recounting stories laced with humor and exemplifying resilience"-- Provided by publisher.

Bettyville : a memoir

July 15, 2015
Hodgman, George, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
479 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Viking, 2015.
"Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs"--Verso t.p.
"When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself--an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook--in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can't bring himself to force her from the home both treasure--the place where his father's voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty's life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town-crumbling but still colorful-to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. "-- Provided by publisher.

Three many cooks : one mom, two daughters : their shared stories of food, faith & family

July 15, 2015
Anderson, Pam, 1957-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
403 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs"--Verso t.p.
When the women behind the blog Three Many Cooks gather in the busiest room in the house, there are never too many cooks in the kitchen. Now cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio blend reflections and well-loved recipes into one book.

Once upon a time in Russia : the rise of the oligarchs--a true story of ambition, wealth, betrayal, and murder

June 22, 2015
Mezrich, Ben, 1969-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
371 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Atria Books, 2015.

The story : a reporter's journey

June 9, 2015
Miller, Judith, 1948-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2015.
673 pages ; 23 cm.

Soldier girls : the battles of three women at home and at war

May 27, 2015
Thorpe, Helen, 1965-
691 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction"--T.p. verso.

Hope : a memoir of survival in Cleveland

May 26, 2015
Berry, Amanda, 1986-
Waterville : Thorndike Press large print nonfiction, 2015.
563 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Viking, 2015.

Leaving before the rains come

May 8, 2015
Fuller, Alexandra, 1969- author.
387 pages ; 23 cm
And away we fly -- Madness in Prescribed doses -- Decisions by Dionysus -- Mr. Adventure's immunity -- Marital advice from a mildly stoned Cook -- Marriage vows in the time of malaria -- Continental Drift -- Marriage advice from the end of the World -- Signal flags -- The midday sun -- Last call on the African Queen -- This grand inheritance -- Marriage in the time of cholera -- Babies in the time of yellow fever -- Mad beans, time, and ghosts -- The river runner and the rat race -- Fortune teller fish -- Falling -- Broken -- Cry for a whole people.
A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller's own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa. A breathtaking achievement, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a memoir of such grace and intelligence, filled with such wit and courage, that it could only have been written by Alexandra Fuller. Leaving Before the Rains Come begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fuller's delicate balance--between American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriage--irrevocably fails. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambia--elephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding day--Fuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller soon realizes what is missing from her life is something that was always there: the brash and uncompromising ways of her father, the man who warned his daughter that 'the problem with most people is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live.' Fuller's father--'Tim Fuller of No Fixed Abode' as he first introduced himself to his future wife--was a man who regretted nothing and wanted less, even after fighting harder and losing more than most men could bear. Leaving Before the Rains Come showcases Fuller at the peak of her abilities, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest revelations as a fully grown woman and mother. Fuller reveals how, after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her, she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.

The undertaker's daughter

May 8, 2015
Mayfield, Katherine, 1958-
Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
513 pages (large print) 23 cm

The dark art : my undercover life in global narco-terrorism

April 8, 2015
Follis, Edward.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
401 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"A highly decorated veteran DEA agent recounts his incredible undercover career and reveals the shocking links between narcotics trafficking and terrorism What exactly is undercover? From a law-enforcement perspective, undercover is the art of skillfully eliciting incriminating statements. From a personal and psychological standpoint, it's the dark art of gaining trust--then manipulating that trust. In the simplest terms, it's playing a chess game with the bad guy, getting him to make the moves you want him to make--but without him knowing you're doing so. Edward Follis mastered the chess game--The Dark Art--over the course of his distinguished twenty-seven years with the Drug Enforcement Administration, where he bought eightballs of coke in a red Corvette, negotiated multimillion-dollar deals onboard private King Airs, and developed covert relationships with men who were not only international drug-traffickers but--in some cases--operatives for Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Shan United Army, or the Mexican federation of cartels. Follis was, in fact, one of the driving forces behind the agency's radical shift from a limited local focus to a global arena. In the early nineties, the DEA was primarily known for doing street-level busts evocative of Miami Vice. Today, it uses high-resolution-optics surveillance and classified cutting-edge technology to put the worst narco-terror kingpins on the business end of "stealth justice" delivered via Predator drone pilots. Spanning five continents and filled with harrowing stories about the world's most ruthless drug lords and terrorist networks, Follis's memoir reads like a thriller. Yet every word is true, and every story is documented. Follis earned a Medal of Valor for his work, and coauthor Douglas Century is a pro at shaping and telling just this kind of story. The first and only insider's account of the confluence between narco-trafficking and terrorist organizations, The Dark Art is a page-turning memoir that will electrify you from page one" -- from publisher's web site.

Fortune's fool : the life of John Wilkes Booth

April 8, 2015
Alford, Terry.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
454 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bright Boy Absalom -- The muffin -- Lions and foxes -- The Union as it was -- Shining in the rough -- Life's fitful fever -- Mischief, thou art afoot -- The fiery furnace -- Come weal or woe -- This one mad act -- Exit Booth -- The last ditch.
"With a single shot from a pistol small enough to conceal in his hand, John Wilkes Booth catapulted into history on the night of April 14, 1865. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln stunned a nation that was just emerging from the chaos and calamity of the Civil War, and the president's untimely death altered the trajectory of postwar history. But to those who knew Booth, the event was even more shocking--for no one could have imagined that this fantastically gifted actor and well-liked man could commit such an atrocity. In Fortune's Fool, Terry Alford provides the first comprehensive look at the life of an enigmatic figure whose life has been overshadowed by his final, infamous act. Tracing Booth's story from his uncertain childhood in Maryland, characterized by a difficult relationship with his famous actor father, to his successful acting career on stages across the country, Alford offers a nuanced picture of Booth as a public figure, performer, and deeply troubled man. Despite the fame and success that attended Booth's career--he was billed at one point as 'the youngest star in the world'--he found himself consumed by the Confederate cause and the desire to help the South win its independence. Alford reveals the tormented path that led Booth to conclude, as the Confederacy collapsed in April 1865, that the only way to revive the South and punish the North for the war would be to murder Lincoln--whatever the cost to himself or others. The textured and compelling narrative gives new depth to the familiar events at Ford's Theatre and the aftermath that followed, culminating in Booth's capture and death at the hands of Union soldiers 150 years ago. Based on original research into government archives, historical libraries, and family records, Fortune's Fool offers the definitive portrait of John Wilkes Booth"-- Provided by publisher.

Eisenhower : a life

April 7, 2015
Johnson, Paul, 1928-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
337 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

What comes next and how to like it : a memoir

April 7, 2015
Thomas, Abigail.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
303 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

All who go do not return : a memoir

March 23, 2015
Deen, Shulem, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 2015.
310 pages ; 21 cm
Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world--only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen's first transgression--turning on the radio--is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children. In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.

The train to Crystal City : FDR's secret prisoner exchange program and America's only family internment camp during World War II

March 20, 2015
Russell, Jan Jarboe, 1951-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
657 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print nonfiction"--Title page verso.

Girl in the dark : a memoir

March 20, 2015
Lyndsey, Anna.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
321 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Also published: New York : Doubleday, 2015.

Daring : my passages : a memoir

March 13, 2015
Sheehy, Gail, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
675 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
The Pygmalion years. Do I dare? -- Crossroads of a million private lives -- False starts -- Deceptions -- Seduction at the Algonquin -- Love and death in the year America came apart -- Failing up -- The New York family -- "I'll make you a star" -- Hiding out at Woodstock -- Playing house -- Fear of feminism -- Women helping women -- Redpants and regrets -- Secret of Grey Gardens -- Fighting Irish women -- Kissinger and the kitchen wars -- Stepping off the pedestal -- The passages years. Lovebirds -- Birthing Passages -- Fear of failure or fear of success? -- Fatal attraction -- Power fever -- Murdoch makes his move -- For the love of editors -- The mission that found me -- Separations -- Discovering Mohm -- A passage for keeps -- Finding a new voice at Vanity Fair -- Start-ups -- Two who changed the world -- The silent passage -- Lions and toads -- The bonus years. The happiness prescription -- The Hillary decade -- Recurrence -- New millennium, new baby -- Losing Clay -- Losing myself -- All that jazz -- Coming back.
The author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages returns with her inspiring memoir--a chronicle of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking "girl" journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

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