New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

February 10, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The lovers : Afghanistan's Romeo & Juliet : the true story of how they defied their families and escaped an honor killing

February 9, 2016
Nordland, Rod, author.
xviii, 566 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"An astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women's rights in the Muslim world. Zakia and Ali were from different tribes, but they grew up on neighboring farms in the hinterlands of Afghanistan. By the time they were young teenagers, Zakia, strikingly beautiful and fiercely opinionated, and Ali, shy and tender, had fallen in love. Defying their families, sectarian differences, cultural conventions, and Afghan civil and Islamic law, they ran away together only to live under constant threat from Zakia's large and vengeful family, who have vowed to kill her to restore the family's honor. They are still in hiding. Despite a decade of American good intentions, women in Afghanistan are still subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world. Rod Nordland, then the Kabul bureau chief of the New York Times, had watched these abuses unfold for years when he came upon Zakia and Ali, and has not only chronicled their plight, but has also shepherded them from danger. The Lovers will do for women's rights generally what Malala's story did for women's education. It is an astonishing story about self-determination and the meaning of love that illustrates, as no policy book could, the limits of Western influence on fundamentalist Islamic culture and, at the same time, the need for change."--Provided by

Had I known : a memoir of survival

February 9, 2016
Lunden, Joan, author.
xix, 425 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Introduction: A daunting diagnosis -- A normal doctor visit that wasn't so normal -- The Big C -- I thought it could never happen to me -- Choosing the path of least regret -- Finding my "why" -- Finding my "why" -- Finding the courage to share -- The day I started chemo -- Good Morning, America, I have cancer -- "TEAMJOAN : an unexpected outpouring of support -- Going rogue : make me G.I. Joan -- Creating my battle plan -- Cancer ain't for sissies -- Eat, pray, poop -- Port of entry -- You're never too sick to throw a party! -- Calling all campers -- A surprise visit from Charlie Gibson -- Getting back to real life -- A new baby brings new joy -- A bold, bald move -- No turning back now -- The unexpected curveballs of cancer -- One lump or two? -- The best birthday present ever! -- The big bald reveal -- Wrestling with cancer -- My new normal -- The connection that changed me -- Unbroken -- Had I known.
"When former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden was diagnosed with breast cancer, she set out to learn everything about it to help her survive. With seven children counting on her, giving up was not an option. After announcing her diagnosis on Good Morning America, people all over the country rallied around Joan as she went into Warrior mode. Within a few months, after losing her hair, Joan appeared on the cover of People magazine bald, showing the world she could, and would, beat the disease. Determined to remain upbeat--to look in the mirror with a brave face--her resolve empowered women everywhere. The Today show quickly recruited Joan as a special correspondent and continues to follow her progress. A deeply personal and powerful story of pain, persistence, and perseverance, Had I Known is a chronicle of Joan's experience and the plan she formulated and followed to battle with her disease and treatment. As Joan reveals, while her journey was not easy, it profoundly changed her in unexpected ways. Her odyssey helped Joan redefine herself, her values, and most of all, her health. Following a new clean way of eating, Joan lost thirty pounds, became more aware of the food she was eating, and avoided many of the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy" -- provided by publisher.

Make 'em laugh : short-term memories of longtime friends

February 4, 2016
Reynolds, Debbie, author.
xvi, 276 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Cover.
Foreword by Carrie Fisher -- Preface -- A Great Honor -- The Cinderella Story of the Texas Tomboy -- Early Days -- It's the Pictures That Got Smaller -- A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Woids -- The Royal Treatment -- Friends Without Benefits -- You Got to Have Friends -- Family Matters -- Happy Mother's Day 2015 -- Acknowledgments.
The beloved Hollywood star and New York Times bestselling author of Unsinkable continues her intimate chat with fans in this entertaining collection of anecdotes, stories, jokes, and random musings from a woman who has seen it all, and done most of it.

Buster : the military dog who saved a thousand lives

February 2, 2016
Barrow, Will (Flight sergeant), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
313 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Buster is an explosive-sniffing English springer spaniel who served his comrades and country with unstinting devotion and saved thousands of lives. This is the story of his partnership with RAF Police Sergeant Will Barrow, describing how each came to save the other's life.

The year of fear : Machine Gun Kelly and the manhunt that changed the nation

January 25, 2016
Urschel, Joe, author
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
495 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
A historical mystery/thriller for the ages, Joe Urschel's The Year of Fear is a thrilling true crime story of gangsters and lawmen and how an obscure federal bureaucrat used this now legendary kidnapping case to launch the FBI.

Brief candle in the dark : my life in science

January 21, 2016
Dawkins, Richard, 1941-
New York : Harperluxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
639 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Flashback at a feast -- Oh, the things that are done by a don -- Lore of the jungle -- Go to the wasp, thou sluggard: evolutionary economics -- The delegate's tale -- Christmas lectures -- Islands of the blest -- Whoso findeth a publisher findeth a good thing -- Television -- Debates and encounters -- Simonyi professor -- Unweaving the threads from a scientist's loom -- The Taxicab Theory of evolution -- Extending the phenotype -- Action at a distance -- Rediscovering the organism: passengers and stowaways -- Aftermaths to The extended phenotype -- Constraints on perfection -- The Darwinian engineer in the classroom -- "The genetic book of the dead" and the species as "averaging computer" -- Evolution in pixels -- The evolution of evolvability -- Kaleidoscopic embryos -- Arthromorphs -- The cooperative gene -- Universal Darwinism -- Memes -- Chinese junk and Chinese whispers -- Models of the world -- The argument from personal incredulity -- The God delusion -- Full circle.
"Dawkins shares with us his infectious sense of wonder at the natural world, his enjoyment of the absurdities of human interaction, and his bracing awareness of life's brevity: all of which have made a deep imprint on our culture" -- provided by publisher.

My life on the road

January 21, 2016
Steinem, Gloria, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2015]
xxxi, 395 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: road signs -- My father's footsteps -- Talking circles -- Why I don't drive -- One big campus -- When the political is personal -- Surrealism in everyday life -- What once was can be again -- Afterword: coming home.
"Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. Every fall, her father would pack the family into the car and they would drive across the country, in search of their next adventure. The seeds were planted: Steinem would spend much of her life on the road, as a journalist, organizer, activist, and speaker. In vivid stories that span an entire career, Steinem writes about her time on the campaign trail, from Bobby Kennedy to Hillary Clinton; her early exposure to social activism in India, and the decades spent organizing ground-up movements in America; the taxi drivers who were "vectors of modern myths" and the airline stewardesses who embraced the feminist revolution; and the infinite, surprising contrasts, the "surrealism in everyday life" that Steinem encountered as she traveled back and forth across the country. With the unique perspective of one of the greatest feminist icons of the 20th and 21st centuries, here is an inspiring, profound, enlightening memoir of one woman's life-long journey"-- Provided by publisher.

Fortunate son : my life, my music

January 21, 2016
Fogerty, John, 1945- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
viii, 549 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Introduction: Beautiful dreamer -- El Cerrito days -- The D word -- My influences -- "There's somethin' missing," says R. B. King -- The...golliwogs? -- Dirty little wars -- Susie Q -- I guess I'm just gonna have to do it with music -- "We're with ya, John!" -- Tom leaves -- Three-legged stool -- Hoodooed -- Springtime in the Bahamas -- Put me in, coach -- Wild as a mink, sweet as soda pop -- Zanz kant danz (but he'll steal your money) -- Crossroads -- "This is only going to end one way" -- Why I didn't play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or They don't care about the music; just give 'em the money -- Revival -- Wrote a song for everyone -- Epilogue: Flying.
John Fogerty, the legendary singer-songwriter and creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, takes readers from his Northern California roots, through Creedence's success and the retreat from music and public life, to his hard-won revival as a solo artist who finally found love.

Destiny and power : the American odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

January 21, 2016
Meacham, Jon, author.
New York : Random House Large Print in association with Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House, [2015]
xxx, 1422 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
The last gentleman -- A vanished universe : beginnings to 1942. The land of the self-made man ; A real son of a bitch ; He gets so intense over everything ; Not for self ; That's Barbara Pierce -- War and marriage : 1942 to 1948. Off I zoomed ; I wanted to finish my mission ; Life lay ahead of us -- Texas and tragedy : 1948 to 1966. Who had ever heard of Odessa, Texas? ; I push it away, push it back ; I was bleeding inside ; Goldwater's policies, Kennedy's style -- The wars of Washington : 1966 to 1977. Without a moment to stop ; A turn on the world stage ; This job is no fun at all ; Am I running away from something? ; George Bush, super spook -- The age of Reagan : 1977 to 1989. A President we won't have to train ; We have done the unthinkable ; It hurt like hell ; Is George Bush there? ; Well, what do we do now? ; The special relationship ; The President was struck ; George did it ; On the eve of the run ; Like you've been hit in the stomach ; We came out of the dead ; I'm stronger and tougher -- The awesome responsibility : 1989 to 1993. The sun started through ; If it weren't for the deficit ... ; Victory in Europe, terror in China ; The fall of the Wall ; I want to do the most good I can ; A nation reunited and a new NATO ; I've got to do what I think is right ; This will not stand ; No blood for oil ; Read by hips ; The threat of impeachment ; Nothing like it since Truman ; I'm just not sure I want to run again ; A coup in Moscow ; It was discouraging as hell ; God, it was ghastly ; The closing of an era -- In the twilight : 1993 to 2016. I'd like to see old George Bush ; The proudest father in the whole wide world ; It is not easy to sit on the sidelines ; The buck stops there -- I don't want to miss anything.
He was the last of a kind, and his rise, his fall, and his rebirth in the twilight of his life offers a window on a great deal of American history.' Meacham creates an intimate and detailed life story of a man whom many know only through his politics, or from a distance. From interviews and exclusive access to Bush's presidential diaries, Meacham brings Bush and the great American family he came from, vividly to life, beginning with the family's story working in a tool company in the Midwest in the late 1800's and on through George H.W. Bush's childhood in Connecticut, his heroic service in World War II, his decision to strike out on his own and try to create an oil business in Texas, to his political rise to be congressman, ambassador to the U.N., head of the CIA, vice president, then president, and the only man since John Adams to see his son become president. Written with Meacham's trademark compelling narration and historical depth and contemporary insight, this stunning biography reveals the unusual self-reflections, as well as the distinctive American life of a man from the Greatest Generation who pursued a life of service as a guardian of America in the way of Eisenhower, and was one of the last gentlemen in our political world.

Sinatra's century : one hundred notes on the man and his world

January 21, 2016
Lehman, David, 1948- author.
334 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"An irresistable collection of one hundred short reflections on the man, his music, and his larger-than-life story, by a lifetime fan and one of the most prominent voices in contemporary American poetry"--back cover.

The making of a Navy SEAL : my story of surviving the toughest challenge and training the best

January 20, 2016
Webb, Brandon, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
341 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training, to combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, to training some of America's finest and deadliest warriors, Webb offers a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military.

Barbarian days : a surfing life

January 20, 2016
Finnegan, William, author.
707 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Off Diamond Head (Honolulu, 1966-67) -- Smell the ocean (California, ca. 1956-65) -- The shock of the new (California, 1968) -- 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky (Maui, 1971) -- The search (The South Pacific, 1978) -- The lucky country (Australia, 1978-79) -- Choosing Ethiopia (Asia, Africa, 1979-81) -- Against dereliction (San Francisco, 1983-86) -- Basso profundo (Madeira, 1994-2003) -- The mountains fall into the heart of the sea (New York City, 2002-15).
Describes the author's experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his culturally sophisticated pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.

Maggie Smith : a biography

January 20, 2016
Coveney, Michael, 1948- author.
653 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Shining a light on the life of a truly remarkable performer whose stage and screen career spans six decades, this absorbing biography, written with Dame Maggie's blessing and drawing on personal archives and interviews, is a portrait of one of the greatest actors of our time.

In this together : my story

January 5, 2016
Romney, Ann, 1949-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
351 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Young Elizabeth : the making of the queen

December 11, 2015
Williams, Kate, 1974- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
465 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs"--T.p. verso.
"A lucky fellow if she accepts you" -- "Such a nice name" -- "All the equipment a lady needs" -- "Queen, Empress of India, the whole bag of tricks" -- "Great changes" -- "Who is this Hitler?" -- "Do let me see what is happening" -- "After all, she is only nineteen" -- "A flash of colour" -- "An obedient sitter" -- "Came down a queen" -- Regina.

Lafayette in the somewhat United States

December 4, 2015
Vowell, Sarah, 1969- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
375 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been 30 years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him. The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000. Lafayette's arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history. Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed. But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted the country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past.

The shepherd's life : modern dispatches from an ancient landscape

December 3, 2015
Rebanks, James.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
413 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. In evocative and lucid prose, he takes us through a shepherd's year -- describing a way of life that hasn't changed for hundreds of years and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost.

A fine romance : [a memoir]

November 24, 2015
Bergen, Candice, 1946- author.
551 pages (large print) : photographs ; 23 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
The arrival -- Louis at last -- The cutest cactus -- Murphy: Mike Wallace in a dress -- Time marshes on -- Au revoir l'enfant.
"Candice Bergen shares the big events in her life: her marriage to a famous French director, the birth of her daughter, Murphy Brown, widowhood, falling in love again, and watching her daughter blossom"-- Provided by publisher.

Out came the sun : overcoming the legacy of mental illness, addiction, and suicide in my family

November 24, 2015
Hemingway, Mariel.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
391 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"A moving, compelling memoir about growing up and escaping the tragic legacy of mental illness, suicide, addiction, and depression in one of America's most famous families: the Hemingways"-- Provided by publisher.

Reagan : the life

November 13, 2015
Brands, H. W.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
1181 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Bastards : a memoir

November 13, 2015
King, Mary Anna, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
367 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue -- PART ONE. Jersey -- The day the music died -- Marigold Court -- Scars -- The secondhand washing machine -- Bringing Becky back -- Leaving Jersey -- PART TWO. Oklahoma -- Reflections -- Telling stories -- Discipline -- Things you can tell just by looking -- The debt -- Wake up -- PART THREE. Found -- Hammered -- Like a hole in my head -- Good daughter -- Rebekah two -- Join the club -- Quarter-life crisis -- Requiem -- Meeting Lesley.
"'A stirring, vividly told story of a young woman's quest to find the family she lost . . . an impressive debut' -- Peter Balakian. Born into poverty in southern New Jersey and raised in a commune of single mothers, Mary Anna King watched her mother give away one of her newborn sisters every year to another family. All told, there were seven children: Mary, her older brother, and five phantom sisters. Then one day, Mary was sent away, too. Living in Oklahoma with her maternal grandfather, Mary gets a new name and a new life. But she's haunted by the past: by the baby girls she's sure will come looking for her someday, by the mother she had to leave behind, by the father who left her. Mary is a college student when her sisters start to get back in touch. With each reunion, her family becomes closer to whole again. Moving, haunting, and at times wickedly funny, Bastards is about finding one's family and oneself"-- Provided by publisher.

Vigilance : my life serving America and protecting its Empire City

November 13, 2015
Kelly, Raymond W., 1941- author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2015.
467 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- City kid -- Battlefields -- On the job -- Taking command -- Crime waves -- Haitian heat -- Federal time -- Fighting chance -- Then everything changed -- Long shot mayor -- Building the team -- Crime fighters -- Bulking up -- Terror never sleeps -- Target tower -- Reasonable suspicion -- Running against the police -- Onward.
"Two-time New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly opens up about his remarkable life, taking us inside fifty years of law enforcement leadership, offering chilling stories of terrorist plots after 9/11, and sharing his candid insights into the challenges and controversies cops face today. The son of a milkman and a Macy's dressing room checker, Ray Kelly grew up on New York City's Upper West Side, a middle-class neighborhood where Irish and Puerto Rican kids played stickball and tussled in the streets. He entered the police academy and served as a marine in Vietnam, living and fighting by the values that would carry him through a half century of leadership-justice, decisiveness, integrity, courage, and loyalty. Kelly soared through the NYPD ranks in decades marked by poverty, drugs, civil unrest, and a murder rate that, at its peak, spiked to over two thousand per year. Kelly came to be known as a tough leader, a fixer who could go into a troubled precinct and clean it up. That reputation catapulted him into his first stint as commissioner, under Mayor David Dinkins, where Kelly oversaw the police response to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and spearheaded programs that would help usher in the city's historic drop in crime. Eight years later, in the chaotic wake of the 9/11 attacks, newly elected mayor Michael Bloomberg tapped Kelly to be NYC's top cop once again. After a decade working with Interpol, serving as undersecretary of the Treasury for enforcement, overseeing U.S. Customs, and commanding an international police force in Haiti, Kelly understood that New York's security was synonymous with our national security. Believing that the city could not afford to rely solely on "the feds," he succeeded in transforming the NYPD from a traditional police department into a resource-rich counterterrorism-and-intelligence force. In this vital memoir, Kelly reveals the inside stories of his life in the hot seat of "the capital of the world"-from the terror plots that nearly brought a city to its knees to his dealings with politicians, including Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama as well as Mayors Rudolph Giuliani, Bloomberg, and Bill DeBlasio. He addresses criticisms and controversies like the so-called stop-question-and-frisk program and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and offers his insights into the challenges that have recently consumed our nation's police forces, even as the need for vigilance remains as acute as ever"-- Provided by publisher.

Being Nixon : a man divided

November 13, 2015
Thomas, Evan, 1951-
New York : Random House Large Print, [2015]
xvi, 862 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The fatalistic optimist -- Part I. The striver -- Lives of great men remind us -- Pat and Dick -- The greenest congressman -- Rock 'em, sock 'em -- Checkers -- "El gringo tiene cajones" -- Jack -- Over the wall we go -- The new Nixon -- October surprise -- Part II. At the mountaintop -- "He loves being P!" -- Statesman and mad man -- "Need for joy" -- Silent majority -- The movie goer -- Hippies and hardhats -- Department of dirty tricks -- Father of the bride -- "Blow the safe" -- Part III. The fall -- Big plays -- Speak quietly -- Triumph and tragedy -- "An exciting prospect" -- Peace at last -- Ides of March -- Praying not to wake up -- Saturday Night Massacre -- "I hope I haven't let you down" -- "Richard! Wake up!" -- Elder statesman -- Epilogue: Rise again.
What was it really like to be Richard Nixon? Thomas tackles this question by peeling back the layers of a man driven by a poignant mix of optimism and fear. He reveals the contradictions of a leader whose vision and foresight led him to achieve détente with the Soviet Union and reestablish relations with communist China, but whose underhanded political tactics taint his reputation.

A lucky life interrupted : a memoir of hope

November 13, 2015
Brokaw, Tom.
New York : Random House Large Print, c2015.
257 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
After a career in journalism culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change--a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy, and lucky life.

In order to live : a North Korean girl's journey to freedom

October 29, 2015
Park, Yeonmi, 1993-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
417 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"'I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.' Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die--from starvation, or disease, or even execution. This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and then her escape from China across the Gobi desert to Mongolia, with only the stars to guide her way, and from there to South Korea and at last to freedom; and finally her emergence as a leading human rights activist--all before her 21st birthday"--From Penguin Random House website.

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