New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

August 25, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Valiant ambition : George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution

May 11, 2016
Philbrick, Nathaniel, author.
Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2016.
827 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Part I. The wilderness of untried things -- Demons of fear and disorder -- The mosquito fleet -- A cabinet of fortitude -- The year of the hangman -- The dark eagle -- Saratoga -- Part II. Secret motives and designs -- The bite of a rattlesnake -- The knight of the burning mountain -- Unmerciful fangs -- The chasm -- The pangs of a dying man -- The crash -- No time for remorse -- Epilogue: a nation of traitors.

Master of ceremonies : a memoir

May 10, 2016
Grey, Joel, 1932- author.
393 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

Sailor and fiddler : reflections of a 100-year-old author

April 28, 2016
Wouk, Herman, 1915- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
265 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Becoming grandma : the joys and science of the new grandparenting

April 28, 2016
Stahl, Lesley, author.
371 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Over the river and through the woods -- Life and death -- Granny nannies -- Natural enemies -- House in the Bronx -- Working grannies -- Macho to mush -- Step-grandmothers -- Hope Meadows : a road trip -- Chloe -- A call to arms.
"From one of the country's most recognizable journalists: How becoming a grandmother transforms a woman's life. After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl's most vivid and transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or researching stories at 60 Minutes. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to "investigate" it--as though it were a news flash. And so, using her 60 Minutes skills, she explored how grandmothering changes a woman's life, interviewing friends like Whoopi Goldberg, colleagues like Diane Sawyer (and grandfathers, including Tom Brokaw), as well as the proverbial woman next door. Along with these personal accounts, Stahl speaks with scientists and doctors about physiological changes that occur in women when they have grandchildren; anthropologists about why there are grandmothers, in evolutionary terms; and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers. Throughout, Stahl shares stories about her own life with granddaughters Jordan and Chloe, about how her relationship with her daughter Taylor has changed, and how being a grandfather has affected her husband Aaron. In an era when baby boomers are becoming grandparents in droves and when young parents need all the help they can get raising their children, Stahl's book is a timely and affecting read that redefines a cherished relationship"--Provided by publisher.

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