New Arrivals · Large Print History

October 6, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

One summer : America, 1927

October 5, 2015
Bryson, Bill, author.
751 pages (large print), 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
May: The Kid -- June: The Babe -- July: The President -- August: The anarchists -- September: Summer's end.
The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates, a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days -- a new record. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true "talking picture," Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression. In 1927, America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and Bill Bryson captures the year's outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness.

No better friend : one man, one dog, and their extraordinary story of courage and survival in WWII

September 23, 2015
Weintraub, Robert.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
691 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

The Oregon Trail : a new American journey

September 23, 2015
Buck, Rinker, 1950-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
753 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 23 cm

Once in a great city : a Detroit story

September 23, 2015
Maraniss, David.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
693 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

1920 : the year that made the decade roar

August 26, 2015
Burns, Eric.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
645 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

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.

A full life : reflections at ninety

July 24, 2015
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
421 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Archery and the race issue -- Navy years -- Back to Georgia -- Atlanta to Washington -- Life in the White House -- Issues mostly resolved -- Problems still pending -- Back home.
In this autobiography, President Carter "tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world"

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.

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

Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad

April 22, 2015
Foner, Eric, 1943-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
495 pages (large print), 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

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

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.

GI brides : the wartime girls who crossed the Atlantic for love

March 13, 2015
Barrett, Duncan, author.
New York : HarperLuxe , an imprint of harperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
474 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Worn down by years of war and hardship, girls like Sylvia, Margaret, and Gwendolyn were thrilled when American GI's arrived in Britain with their exotic accents, handsome uniforms and aura of Hollywood glamor. Others, like Rae, who distrusted the Yanks, were eventually won over by their easy charm. So when VE Day finally came, for the 70,000 women who'd become GI brides, it was tinged with sadness--it meant leaving their homeland behind to follow their husbands across the Atlantic. And the long voyage was just the beginning of an even bigger journey. Adapting to a new culture thousands of miles from home, often with a man they barely knew, was difficult-but these women survived the Blitz and could cope with anything. GI BRIDES shares the sweeping, compelling, and moving true stories of four women who gave up everything and crossed an ocean for love"-- Provided by publisher.

The short and tragic life of Robert Peace : a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League

March 6, 2015
Hobbs, Jeff, 1980-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
659 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Embattled rebel : Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

March 6, 2015
McPherson, James M.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
389 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
We must prepare for a long war -- Winter of discontent -- War so gigantic -- The clouds are dark over us -- We should take the initiative -- We must beat Sherman -- The last resort.
From the Pulitzer Prize--winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy shows how Davis shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy with clarity and force and, like no other chief executive in American history, exercised a tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy.

My life as a foreign country

February 24, 2015
Turner, Brian, 1967-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
259 pages ; 23 cm.

Elephant company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II

January 26, 2015
Croke, Vicki.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
619 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps; 23 cm.
"At the onset of World War II, [Billy] Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own 'Hannibal Trek,' [becoming] a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them"-- Provided by publisher.

Empire of sin : a story of sex, jazz, murder, and the battle for modern New Orleans

January 13, 2015
Krist, Gary.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
699 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Crown, 2014.
Part one. The war begins, 1890-1891 -- Going respectable -- The Sodom of the South -- The first casualty -- Retribution -- Part two. Drawing boundaries, Mid-1890s-1907 -- A sporting man -- New sounds -- Desperado -- Storyville rising -- Jazzmen -- The sin factory -- Part three. Battlegrounds of sin, 1907-1917 -- The black hand -- A reawakening -- An incident on Franklin Street -- Hard times -- The new prohibitionists -- Part four. Twilight of the demimonde, 1917-1920 -- Exodus -- A killer in the night -- "Almost as if he had wings" -- The Axman's jazz -- The end of an empire -- The soiled phoenix -- Afterword: Who was the Axman?
This book is an immersive account of New Orleans' other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City. It re-creates the story of New Orleans' thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city's elite 'better half' against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights to keep his empire intact as it faces opposition from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, jazzmen, Mafiosi, politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in the city.

When Britain burned the White House : the 1814 invasion of Washington

December 22, 2014
Snow, Peter, 1938-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2014]
517 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

The dog who could fly : the incredible true story of a WWII airman and the four-legged hero who flew at his side

October 29, 2014
Lewis, Damien.
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2013]
477 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Hidden Tuscany : discovering art, culture, and memories in a well-known region's unknown places

October 29, 2014
Keahey, John.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
395 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Enduring courage : ace pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the dawn of the age of speed

October 16, 2014
Ross, John F., 1958-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2014]
687 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

Mud season

October 8, 2014
Stimson, Ellen, 1962-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2014.
327 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: Woodstock, Vermont : The Countryman Press, 2013.
"How one woman's dream of moving to Vermont, raising children, chickens and sheep & running the old country store pretty much led to one calamity after another"--Cover.

Glitter and glue : a memoir

October 8, 2014
Corrigan, Kelly, 1967-
Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Large Print, [2014].
287 pages ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Ballantine Books, 2014.
When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as "Your father's the glitter but I'm the glue." After college, armed with a backpack, her personal mission statement, and a wad of traveler's checks, she took off for Australia to see things and do things and "become interesting." But it didn't turn out the way she pictured it. In a matter of months, her fanny pack full of savings had dwindled and she realized she needed a job. That's how Kelly met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of two looking for a live-in nanny. They chatted for an hour, discussed timing and pay, and a week later, Kelly moved in. And there, in that house in a suburb north of Sydney, her mother's voice was suddenly everywhere, nudging and advising, cautioning and directing, escorting her through a terrain as foreign as any she had ever trekked. Every day she spent with the Tanner kids was a day spent reconsidering her relationship with her mother, turning it over in her hands like a shell, straining to hear whatever messages might be trapped in its spiral. This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly it's about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.

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