New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

April 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.
©2016
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.

The devil's diary : Alfred Rosenberg and the stolen secrets of the Third Reich

April 20, 2016
Wittman, Robert K., author.
©2016
777 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"This exploration of the private wartime diary of Alfred Rosenberg--Hitler's 'chief philosopher' and architect of Nazi ideology--interweaves the story of its recent discovery with the revelation of its never-before-published contents, which are contextualized by the authors: The result is a unprecedented, page-turning narrative of the Nazi rise to power, the Holocaust, and Hitler's post-invasion plans for Russia. A groundbreaking historical contribution, The Devil's Diary is a chilling window into the mind of Adolf Hitler's 'chief social philosopher,' Alfred Rosenberg, who formulated some of the guiding principles behind the Third Reich's genocidal crusade. It also chronicles the thrilling detective hunt for the diary, which disappeared after the Nuremburg Trials and remained lost for almost three quarters of a century, until Robert Wittman, a former FBI special agent who founded the Bureau's Art Crimes Team, played an important role and tells his story now for the first time. The authors expertly and deftly contextualize more than 400 pages of entries stretching from 1936 through 1944, in which the loyal Hitler advisor recounts internal meetings with the Führer and his close associates Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler; describes the post-invasion occupation of the Soviet Union; considers the 'solution' to the 'Jewish question'; and discusses his overseeing of the mass seizure and cataloguing of books and artwork from homes, libraries, and museums across occupied Europe. An eyewitness to events, this narrative of Rosenberg's diary offers provocative and intimate insights into pivotal moments in the war and the notorious Nazi who laid the philosophical foundations of the Third Reich"-- Provided by publisher.

The sound of gravel : a memoir

April 11, 2016
Wariner, Ruth, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2016.
513 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm

Louisa : the extraordinary life of Mrs. Adams

April 8, 2016
Thomas, Louisa, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
761 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Their promised land : my grandparents in love and war

April 8, 2016
Buruma, Ian, author.
©2016
391 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged"--Title page verso.

Rightful heritage : Franklin D. Roosevelt and the land of America

March 31, 2016
Brinkley, Douglas, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
x, 1277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The only street in Paris : life on the Rue des Martyrs

March 21, 2016
Sciolino, Elaine, author.
©2016
421pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
The perfect street -- Searching for home -- Is fish necessary? -- Hidden in plain sight -- Wedding the crowd -- Now, this is butter! -- To catch a mouse -- The meaning of martyrdom -- Some of my favorite ghosts -- The knife sharpener -- Guess who's coming to passover? -- The murdered schoolgirls -- Cheaper than a psychiatrist -- In celebration of books -- The artisan with the golden touch -- Minister of the night -- The dive -- The Flying House of the Virgin Mary -- A street fit for a pope -- Le kale américain est arrivé! -- The resurrection of fish -- Le potluck.
Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. 'I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs,' Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood's rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. It was here that Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted circus acrobats, Émile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana, and François Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents--the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who's been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a hundred-year-old bookstore, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers--bringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty.

Keep moving, and other tips and truths about aging

March 10, 2016
Van Dyke, Dick, author.
©2015
275 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Leonard : my fifty-year friendship with a remarkable man

March 10, 2016
Shatner, William, author.
©2016
369 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

A common struggle : a personal journey through the past and future of mental illness and addiction

March 8, 2016
Kennedy, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1967- author.
©2015
576 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Blue Rider Press, 2015.
Backcover: Center Point Large Print Edition Nonfiction/Memoir.
"Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles "-- Provided by publisher.

We were brothers : [a memoir]

March 8, 2016
Moser, Barry, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
188 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Reprint of: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
"Illustrator Barry Moser renders the memories of his youth--in luminous drawings and candid prose--on his quest to understand how he and his identically raised brother could have become such very different men"-- Provided by publisher.

On my own

February 29, 2016
Rehm, Diane, author.
©2016.
194 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio hostess speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of her husband of 54 years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him"-- Provided by publisher.

United : thoughts on finding common ground and advancing the common good

February 29, 2016
Booker, Cory.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2016]
371 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Year of yes

February 23, 2016
Rhimes, Shonda, author.
©2015
373 pages (large print) : 22 cm.
The creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" details the one-year experiment with saying "yes" that transformed her life, revealing how accepting unexpected invitations she would have otherwise declined enabled powerful benefits.

And then all hell broke loose : two decades in the Middle East

February 23, 2016
Engel, Richard, 1973- author.
©2016
329 pages (large print) : 22 cm.
"Based on two decades of reporting, NBC's chief foreign correspondent's riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close--sometimes dangerously so. When he was just twenty-three, a recent graduate of Stanford University, Richard Engel set off to Cairo with $2,000 and dreams of being a reporter. Shortly thereafter he was working freelance for Arab news sources and got a call that a busload of Italian tourists were massacred at a Cairo museum. This is his first view of the carnage these years would pile on. Over two decades Engel has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered the whole shooting match in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, was kidnapped in the Syrian crosscurrents of fighting. He goes into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he shares his adventure tale. Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, keeps a level head and a sense of humor, as well as a grasp of history in the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he reveals his unparalleled access to the major figures, the gritty soldiers, and the helpless victims in the Middle East during this watershed time. We can experience the unforgettable suffering and despair of the local populations. Engel's vivid description is intimate and personal. Importantly, it is a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that dangerous land."

When breath becomes air

February 23, 2016
Kalanithi, Paul, author.
©2016
241 pages (large print) : 23 cm.
Foreword / by Abraham Verghese -- Prologue -- In perfect health I begin -- Cease not till death -- Epilogue / by Lucy Kalanithi
On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Kalanithi chronicles his transformation from a naïve medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

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.
©2016
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 Amazon.com

Had I known : a memoir of survival

February 9, 2016
Lunden, Joan, author.
©2015.
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.
©2015.
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.

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