New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

September 23, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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


July 8, 2016
Smith, Lee, 1944- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
259 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A writer's life"--Cover.
Preface: Raised to leave: some thoughts on "culture" -- Dimestore -- Recipe box -- Kindly nervous -- Lady lessons -- Marble cake and moonshine -- Big river -- On Lou's porch -- Lightning storm -- Driving Miss Daisy crazy, or, Losing the mind of the South -- Good-bye to the sunset man -- Blue heaven -- A life in books -- Angels passing -- The little locksmith.
Evenly divided between a book about Smith's process and her life, first as a Southern mountain child and, later, as the parent of a schizophrenic child, this book is interesting and compelling. Despite being surrounded by loving family and being blessed with an active imagination, Lee copes with a mentally ill mother. Later, her son's mental illness and early death brings her to the breaking point but she is saved by her writing.

Lab girl

July 8, 2016
Jahren, Hope.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
513 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Roots and Leaves -- Wood and Knots -- Flowers and Fruit.
An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

Then and now : a memoir

July 8, 2016
Cook, Barbara, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
xi, 316 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Childhood -- Glenwood Avenue -- Discovering Show Business -- The Thrill of New York -- The Reality of New York -- Meeting David LeGrant -- Broadway -- Leonard Bernstein and Candide -- The Music Man -- Marriage, Motherhood, and Career -- One for My Baby -- Matters of the Heart -- Drinking Again -- Wally Harper -- Career Renaissance -- Losing Wally -- New Choices -- As of Today -- Still Capable of Wonder.
"The Kennedy Center Honoree and Tony Award-winning Broadway star traces her remarkable but turbulent life during the glory days of Broadway and the American musical, describing how her acclaimed stage performances were overshadowed by depression and alcoholism before her reinvention as a cabaret artist,"--NoveList.

Only in Naples : lessons in food and famiglia from my Italian mother-in-law

June 24, 2016
Wilson, Katherine, 1974- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2016]
419 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"The text of this large print edition is unabridged."

But enough about me : a memoir

June 16, 2016
Reynolds, Burt, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
447 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015.
Includes index.
"Actor Burt Reynolds reflects on his personal victories and defeats as he focuses on his legacy as a father and acting teacher"-- Provided by publisher.

Dear Mr. You

June 16, 2016
Parker, Mary-Louise, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
271 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : Scribner, 2015.
"An unconventional literary work that renders the singular arc of a woman's life through letters the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today and which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught"-- Provided by publisher.

The golden lad : the haunting story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt

June 15, 2016
Burns, Eric, author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2016.
379 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Preface: the grand dream of a little boy -- The beginning of the story -- The heart of the story -- The soul of the story -- The end of the story -- Epilogue: the lion departs.

Poor man's feast : a love story of comfort, desire, and the art of simple cooking

June 15, 2016
Altman, Elissa, author.
414 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle, 2013.
Includes index.
Bread and cheese -- Executed chicken -- Tall food -- Sing along with mitch -- Brunch with Mrs. Eisenberg -- Mornay -- Mother sauces -- Calling -- The family baby -- Arnaud -- Cast-iron stomach -- In Susan's kitchen -- The tree -- Christmas dinner -- Famous -- Diet white -- Fish -- The guy on the cross -- Party -- Cheese food -- Farmers market -- Foraging -- Bitten in the garden -- The land of lost contentment -- Craving -- The heat -- Summer birthdays -- Merging -- Italy -- After the storm.
"In this engaging memoir, Elissa Altman, author of the popular Poor Man's Feast blog, chronicles her lifelong relationship with all things culinary, and the transformation she experiences -- from culinary trend-aholic to a champion of simplicity -- when she finally finds love. Short chapters sprinkled with recipes show that living and eating well are much simpler than we might think."-- Provided by publisher.

Dinner with Edward : a story of an unexpected friendship

June 13, 2016
Vincent, Isabel, 1965- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
223 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Paul McCartney : the life

June 1, 2016
Norman, Philip, 1943- author.
1171 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Prologue: All our yesterdays -- Stairway to Paradise. 'Hey, mister gimme a quid and I'll show you Paul McCartney's house' -- 'Apple sandwiches with sugar' -- 'I learned to put a shell around me' -- Puttin' on the style -- 'Chalkandcheese!' -- 'Paul seems to make John come alive when they were together' -- 'Just who do you want to be, Paul? Tommy Steele?' -- 'Everything's mad here. People never sleep' -- 'Sing "Searchin'", Paul! -- 'Oo, Vi, give me legs a comb' -- 'Just think--Little Richard's got on my shirt! I can't believe it!' -- The Barnum & Bailey Beatle. 'Did you know he sleeps with his eyes open?' -- 'Changing my life with a wave of her hand' -- 'Long life and happiness and lots of marzipan butties' -- This is what a Beatle does in the evenings' -- 'It's a big one, 'cos I like big houses' -- 'You might almost have said an alien had landed on the Mull' -- Return of the Jim Mac Jazz Band -- 'An irresponsible idiot' -- 'Everything was off the top of Paul's head' -- 'A beautiful place where beautiful people can buy beautiful things' -- 'It was the coup de foudre the French speak of in hushed tones' -- 'You have found her, not go and get her' -- Home, Family, Love. 'YOu've been playing on the roof again and your Mommy doesn't like it' -- 'Fuck you, money!' -- 'Go on, cry! You'll be in the paper' -- 'Paul is still with us' -- 'It was a barrelling, empty feeling that just rolled across my soul' -- 'It was almost as if I was committing an unholy act' -- 'Hell, we've really blown it here' -- 'Screw you, I'll make an album you'll wish you'd been on' -- 'An old estranged fiancé of mine called Paul' -- 'They'd saved themselves for him' -- 'Oi, Paul, you know that Mull of Kintyre? It's fakking great!' -- McCartneyesque whimsy on punk steroids' -- Japanese jailbird -- 'It put everyone in a daze for the rest of their life' -- Carrying That Weight. 'Give me back my babies, Lew' -- 'About as close as you can get to a non-movie' -- 'I bought your songs, Paul' -- 'You're such a lovely audience -- 'I work my arse off, I do. I work my bloody arse off' -- 'Everyone wanted to the icing on the cake. No wanted to be the cake' -- 'This letter comes with my love from your friend Paul' -- 'She radiated hope' -- 'Let me love you always' -- Back in the World. Lonesome town -- 'I've just got a leg missing. I've still got my heart' -- 'Hey, that's pretty good. Is it one of yours?' -- 'You don't say a lot, do you, Paul?' --'She could not afford to sue all the newspapers she would like to' -- Even by British tabloid standards, the nastiness has been extraordinary -- 'His wife, mother, lover, confidante, business partner, and psychologist' -- 'There's always that moment of "Can I do it?'" -- Epilogue: 'See ya, Phil.'
"Since the age of twenty-one, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock-n-roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now, Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. Paul McCartney reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood--blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music. This is the first definitive account of Paul's often troubled partnership with John Lennon, his personal trauma after the Beatles' breakup, and his subsequent struggle to get back to the top with Wings--which nearly got him murdered in Africa and brought him nine days in a Tokyo jail. Readers will learn about his marriage to Linda, including their much-criticized musical collaboration, and a moving account of her death. Packed with new information and critical insights, Paul McCartney will be the definitive biography of a musical legend." -- Publisher's description

For the glory : Eric Liddell's journey from Olympic champion to modern martyr

May 23, 2016
Hamilton, Duncan, 1958-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print Popular and Narrative Nonfiction, 2016.
655 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Life without a recipe : a memoir

May 11, 2016
Abu-Jaber, Diana.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
351 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

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