New Arrivals · Large Print Nonfiction

February 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Regency brides collection : seven romances set in England during the early nineteenth century

February 15, 2018
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2018.
773 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
A reissue of the original edition published by Barbour Books (Uhrichsville, Ohio. 2017).
First Comes Marriage / by Amanda Barratt -- Masquerade Melody / by Angela Bell -- Three Little Matchmakers / by Susanne Dietze -- The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady / by Michelle Griep -- When I Saw His Face / by Nancy Moser -- The Highwayman's Bargain / by MaryLu Tyndall -- Jamie Ever After / by Erica Vetsch .

The best of us : a memoir

February 14, 2018
Maynard, Joyce, 1953- author.
©2017
661 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight. Not the husband Joyce imagined, Jim quickly became the partner she always dreamed of. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This is their story, a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss."--Back cover.

Dare not linger : the presidential years

February 14, 2018
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2017]
755 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged."

Jackie, Janet & Lee : the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her daughters Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill

February 13, 2018
Taraborrelli, J. Randy, author.
Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, 2018.
827 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The beginning -- A mother's duty -- Heady times -- The White House years -- Trouble brewing -- The assassination -- Recovery -- Transition -- Onassis -- Shifting tides -- Enduring -- "Well, happy and loved...".
"'Do you know what the secret to happily-ever-after is?' Janet Bouvier Auchincloss would ask her daughters Jackie and Lee during their tea time. 'Money and power,' she would say. If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extarordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother,"--page [4] of cover.

Happiness in this life : a passionate meditation on earthly existence

February 6, 2018
Francis, Pope, 1936- author.
©2017
xi, 359 pages (large print) ; 19 cm
Introduction: The path of happiness -- Part I. Your search for a meaningful life -- Dreams and plans for the future -- The secret of life -- Free and liberated people -- Part II. You and others: happiness in your relationships -- Let your light be contagious -- The family: life's bounty -- Successful lives: when the Lord's call is answered with joy -- The blessings and challenges of womanhood -- Part III. A hundredfold reward--plus suffering -- Beyond tears and loneliness -- From errors to forgiveness -- A hundred eternities -- Part IV. They who pray live serenely -- Prayer completes us -- Pope Francis's prayers for a fulfilling life.
"A collection of homilies, speeches, and 'messages of the day' that brings together Pope Francis's wisdom on finding happiness in the here and now. For Pope Francis, the appreciation of our everyday lives is a spiritual undertaking. Joy is a divine attribute, and creating joy around us an essential part of faith. Every homily and speech in this book delivers, in warm, engaging language accessible to believers and nonbelievers alike, a key lesson, instructing readers on finding love and happiness in a chaotic world. Along the way, Pope Francis discusses the sanctity of women's rights, talks about how the love of sports can bring out our best qualities, and explains why fighting discrimination is the essence of loving thy neighbor. He shares personal stories and anecdotes from his life, provides comforting messages of hope, and discusses the ways flawed families can make you a better person. The core ideas of Francis's papacy--mercy, support for marginalized people, and diplomacy--shine through."--Dust jacket flap.

Personal history

February 6, 2018
Graham, Katharine, 1917-2001, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [1997]
xi, 1218 pages (large print), 32 pages of plates illustrations, plates ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The author describes her privileged but lonely childhood, her tragic marriage to the charismatic Phil Graham, her struggles as the head of the Washington Post, and the colorful politicians and celebrities she has known.

Fire and fury : inside the Trump White House

February 1, 2018
Wolff, Michael, 1953- author.
2018
585 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Author's notes -- Prologue: Ailes and Bannon -- Election day -- Trump Tower -- Day one -- Bannon -- Jarvanka -- At home -- Russia -- Org chart -- CPAC -- Goldman -- Wiretap -- Repeal and replace -- Bannon agonistes -- Situation room -- Media -- Comey -- Abroad and at home -- Bannon redux -- Mika who? -- McMaster and Scaramucci -- Bannon and Scaramucci -- General Kelly -- Epilogue: Bannon and Trump -- Acknowledgments.
"The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous -- and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations : What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers. Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion" -- Book jacket.

Grief works : stories of life, death, and surviving

January 26, 2018
Samuel, Julia, author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2018.
417 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. So many of us feel awkward and uncertain around death, and shy away from talking honestly with family and friends. Julia Samuel, a grief psychotherapist, has spent twenty-five years working with the bereaved and understanding the full repercussions of loss. In Grief Works Samuel shares case studies from those who have experienced great love and great loss—and survived. People need to understand that grief is a process that has to be worked through, and Samuel shows if we do the work, we can begin to heal."--Back cover.

Ageless soul : the lifelong journey toward meaning and joy

January 25, 2018
Moore, Thomas, 1940- author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2018.
481 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Part one: Rites of passage. The first taste of aging ; Old bodies, young souls ; The passages of life -- Part two: Becoming a deeper person as you age. Melancholy: a way to happiness ; Processing life experiences ; The maturing of sexuality -- Part three: Imagine aging differently. Illness as an initiation ; Kindly curmudgeons ; Play, work, retire -- Part four: Open your heart to the future. Being fulfilled as an elder ; Legacy: the future of your life experiment ; Transforming loneliness -- Part five: The spirituality of aging. Friendship and community ; The angel of old age ; Living with dying -- Conclusion: Let things take their course.
"In Ageless Soul, Thomas Moore reveals a fresh, optimistic, and rewarding path toward aging, one that need not be feared, but rather should be embraced and cherished. In Moore's view, aging is the process by which one becomes a more distinctive, complex, fulfilled, loving, and connected person. Using examples from his practice as a psychotherapist and teacher who lectures widely on the soul of medicine and spirituality, Moore argues for a new vision of aging: as a dramatic series of initiations rather than a diminishing experience, a passage that each of us has the tools--experience, maturity, imagination--to enjoy in the fullest way. Ageless Soul addresses: the many paths of spiritual growth and learning that open later in life; the vital role of the elder and mentor in the lives of younger people; why melancholy is a natural part of aging, and how to accept it, rather than confuse it with depression; sex and sensuality; building new communities and leaving a legacy. Ageless Soul teaches readers how to embrace the richness of experience and how to take life on, accept invitations to new vitality, and feel fulfilled as they grow older."--Jacket.

Nomadland : surviving America in the twenty-first century

January 25, 2018
Bruder, Jessica. author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
461 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017].
Foreword -- The squeeze inn -- The end -- Surviving America -- Escape plan -- Amazon town -- The gathering place -- The rubber tramp rendezvous -- Halen -- Some unbeetable experiences -- The H word -- Homecoming -- Coda: the octopus in the coconut -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.
"From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers." In a secondhand vehicle she christens "Van Halen," Jessica Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying her irrepressible protagonist, Linda May, and others, from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, then moving on to the dangerous work of beet harvesting, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy--one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive. Like Linda May, who dreams of finding land on which to build her own sustainable "Earthship" home, they have not given up hope."--Jacket flap.

The spectrum of hope : an optimistic and new approach to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

January 25, 2018
Devi, Gayatri, author.
©2017
573 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Introduction -- Do I have Alzheimer's? Identifying memory disorders and the importance of early diagnosis -- I have Alzheimer's: now what? Alzheimer's as a spectrum disease -- and using a multipronged treatment approach -- Whether I have Alzheimer's disease is nobody's business but my own. When and how to share the diagnosis -- Do I need to quit my job? Continuing to work with dementia -- and knowing when to retire -- Who says I can't drive? Maintaining independence and dignity in Alzheimer's -- Will I pass this on to my children? The genetics of Alzheimer's -- and paths to prevention -- Do I face special challenges as a woman? Gender and Alzheimer's -- I just don't care about anything anymore. Treating depression and anxiety in dementia and what to do about apathy -- I'd be crazy not to be paranoid! Understanding paranoia, apraxia, and other frustrating behaviors, and how to effectively communicate when logic doesn't work -- I'm not lost -- I'm on the road less traveled. Why not to worry about wandering -- I can't take it anymore! Advice to caregivers -- self-care, stress reduction, and when to seek additional help -- I think my husband is cheating on me with my aide. Navigating sexuality: suspicion, affairs, and special arrangements -- Should I go to the hospital if I'm sick? Treating medical illness alongside dementia -- Whether you like it or not, here's what I want. Maintaining individuality in the face of Alzheimer's -- I would rather die at home. Living and dying with dignity -- in the comfort of home -- Gee, that must be depressing! My life as a physician specializing in Alzheimer's -- trials, rewards, and lessons learned.
"By defining Alzheimer's Disease as a spectrum disorder---like autism, it affects different people differently---Dr. Gayatri Devi offers new hope for its millions of sufferers. A neurologist who's been specializing in dementia and memory loss for more than 20 years, Dr. Devi shares the stories of her patients in the kind of narrative medical writing that grips the reader, humanizes the science, and offers equal parts practical wisdom and advice. She explains the importance of an early diagnosis; drugs and therapies that can help manage the disease; and how to cope, from maintaining independence to the best ways to fight depression and apathy. There are chapters on sexuality, genetics, communication, even staying on the job---because through her practice, Dr. Devi knows that the majority of Alzheimer's patients continue to live and work in their communities. They babysit the grandkids, drive to the store (or own the store), serve their clients, or otherwise live fulfilling lives."--Back cover.

Happiness is a choice you make : lessons from a year among the oldest old

January 25, 2018
Leland, John, 1959- author.
©2018
341 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of America's fastest-growing age group, he anticipated learning of challenges, of loneliness, and of the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. But the elders he met took him in an entirely different direction. Despite disparate backgrounds and circumstances, they each lived with a surprising lightness and contentment. The reality Leland encountered upended contemporary notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise. Happiness Is a Choice You Make is an enduring collection of lessons that emphasizes, above all, the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives. With humility, heart, and wit, Leland has crafted a sophisticated and necessary reflection on how to 'live better'―informed by those who have mastered the art."--Amazon.com

What unites us : reflections on patriotism

January 25, 2018
Rather, Dan, author.
©2017
311 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
What is patriotism? -- Freedom. The vote ; Dissent ; The press -- Community. Inclusion ; Empathy ; Immigration -- Exploration. Science ; Books ; The arts -- Responsibility. The environment ; Public education ; Service -- Character. Audacity ; Steady ; Courage.
At a moment of crisis over our national identity, journalist Dan Rather reflects on what it means to be an American. He reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world's biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.

When : the scientific secrets of perfect timing

January 24, 2018
Pink, Daniel H., author.
©2018
404 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Introduction: Captain Turner's decision -- Part one: The day. The hidden pattern of everyday life ; Afternoons and coffee spoons: The power of breaks, the promise of lunch, and the case for a modern siesta -- Part two: Beginnings, endings, and in between. Beginnings: Starting right, starting again, and starting together ; Midpoints: What Hanukkah candles and midlife malaise can teach us about motivation ; Endings: Marathons, chocolates, and the power of poignancy -- Part three: Synching and thinking. Synching fast and slow: The secrets of group thinking ; Thinking in tenses: A few final words.
Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Daniel Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married? Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life

January 22, 2018
Dallek, Robert, author.
©2017
1049 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Prologue: Everything to fear -- Chapter 1: The making of a patrician -- Chapter 2: The making of a politician -- Chapter 3: Polio -- Chapter 4: "Chameleon on plaid" -- Chapter 5: "Instrument of their wishes" -- Chapter 6: "Trustee of the existing social system" -- Chapter 7: Mastering Washington "bedlam" -- Chapter 8: Triumph of the new order -- Chapter 9: Second-term curse -- Chapter 10: The worst of times -- Chapter 1: Dangers abroad, uncertainties at home -- Chapter 12: Faux neutral -- Chapter 13: "Safe on third" -- Chapter 14: The path to war -- Chapter 15: Setbacks and losses: "We might lose this war" -- Chapter 16: The end of the beginning -- Chapter 17: "High promise of better things" -- Chapter 18: "Dr. Win the War" -- Chapter 19: The "good soldier" -- Chapter 20: Winning the war, planning the peace -- Chapter 21: Last full measure -- Epilogue.
"In an era of great national divisiveness, there could not be a more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled strategic skills as a unifier and a consensus maker. Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions of his remarkable presidency: How did a man who came from so privileged a background become one of the greatest champions of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster such revolutionary innovations in our economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt bring about such a profound change in America's foreign relations, leading it from isolationism to become an international superpower? By the time he became president, Roosevelt already commanded the respect and affection of millions of people through his services as assistant secretary of the Navy and governor of New York. Although many of his biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek views that affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms and advance a remarkably progressive agenda. He attributes Roosevelt's success to two perceptive political insights. First, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in the political system. Under his watch the country was able to recover from the Depression and entered World War II, but more controversially, he used that power in an unsuccessful attempt to pack the Supreme Court. Second, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building consensus and commanding stable, long-term popular support. In addressing the country's international and domestic challenges, Roosevelt recognized the critical importance of remaining attentive to the full range of public sentiment regarding policy decisions--perhaps his most important lesson in effective leadership, and one that remains vital today."--Dust jacket flaps.

Walking with Peety : the dog who saved my life

January 19, 2018
O'Grey, Eric, author.
©2017
415 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: Shadows and light. -- I'm leaving ... -- Waking up -- The perfect pup -- First encounters -- Cleanup time -- Going plant-based -- Peety takes the lead -- Oh, the water... -- Rebuilding -- Progress -- Pudgeville -- The bridge -- Get cooking -- Milestones -- Sarah smile -- The social network -- At your service -- Sweet Melissa -- On the road -- Homework bound -- A new hope.
"Eric O'Grey was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type 2 diabetes, O'Grey went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when O'Grey met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like O'Grey, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their lives. Over the course of their first year together, O'Grey lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, O'Grey reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life. He started dating after being alone for fifteen years--and eventually reconnected with the long-lost love of his life. And Peety? His affection would lead the way on the doggie adventure of a lifetime." --Jacket.

The power of moments : why certain experiences have extraordinary impact

January 2, 2018
Heath, Chip, author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2017.
413 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
Defining moments ; Thinking in moments -- Elevation. Build peaks ; Break the script -- Insight. Trip over the truth ; Stretch for insight -- Pride. Recognize others ; Multiply milestones ; Practice courage -- Connection. Create shared meaning ; Deepen ties ; Making moments matter -- Want more?.
"While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children?"--Dust jacket flap.

The Vanity fair diaries : 1983-1992

January 2, 2018
Brown, Tina, author.
©2017
843 (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
How I got there -- 1983. Dance with me -- 1984. All in -- 1985. Ten thousand nights in a cocktail dress -- 1986. We are three -- 1987. Shake, rattle, and roll -- 1988. Gold dust -- 1989. Art of the deal -- 1990. We are four -- 1991. Natural born woman -- 1992. Rhapsody in blue -- Epilogue. What happened later.
The irreverent diaries of the author's celebrated years as editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair also serves as a vibrant portrait of the 1980s in New York and Hollywood, describing her summons from London in the hopes of saving Condé Nast's troubled periodical and her experiences within the cutthroat world of glamour magazines.

The Bettencourt affair : the world's richest woman and the scandal that rocked Paris

January 2, 2018
Sancton, Thomas (Thomas Alexander), 1949- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
679 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
"Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman and the eleventh wealthiest person on the planet, as of 2016. But at ninety-four, she's embroiled in an incredible controversy that has dominated the headlines and ensnared a former president of France in the controversy. Why? [It is] thanks to an artist and photographer named Francois-Marie Banier, who was given hundreds of millions of dollars by Liliane. Liliane's daughter, Francoise, considers Banier a con man and filed a lawsuit against him, but Banier has a far different story to tell. It's all become Europe's biggest scandal in years, uncovering a shadowy corporate history, buried World War II secrets, illicit political payoffs, and much more."--Provided by publisher.

1917 : Lenin, Wilson, and the birth of the new world disorder

December 15, 2017
Herman, Arthur, 1956- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
xv, 744 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

Growing up Fisher : musings, memories & misadventures

December 15, 2017
Fisher, Joely, 1967- author.
New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
viii, 418 pages, [30] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm.
"Larger print"--Back cover.
Actress, director, entertainer Joely Fisher invites readers backstage, into the intimate world of her career and family with this hilarious, irreverent, down-to-earth memoir filled with incredible, candid stories about her life, her famous parents, and how the loss of her unlikely hero, sister Carrie Fisher, ignited the writer in her.Growing up in an iconic Hollywood Dynasty, Joely Fisher knew a show business career was her destiny. The product of world-famous crooner Eddie Fisher and '60s sex kitten Connie Stevens, she struggled with her own identity and place in the world on the way to a decades-long career as an acclaimed actress, singer, and director. Now, Joely shares her unconventional coming of age and stories of the family members and co-stars dearest to her heart, while stripping bare her own misadventures. In Growing Up Fisher, she recalls the beautifully bizarre twist of fate by which she spent a good part of her childhood next door to Debbie Reynolds. She speaks frankly about the realities of Hollywood₇the fame and fortune, the constant scrutiny. Throughout, she celebrates the anomaly of a two-decade marriage in the entertainment industry, and the joys and challenges of parenting five children, while dishing on what it takes to survive and thrive in the unrelenting glow of celebrity. She speaks frankly about how the loss of her sister Carrie Fisher became a source of artistic inspiration. Fisher's memoir, with never-before-seen photos, will break and warm your heart.

The saboteur : the aristocrat who became France's most daring anti-Nazi commando

December 15, 2017
Kix, Paul, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
viii, 435 pages ; 23 cm

Snooze : the lost art of sleep

December 15, 2017
McGirr, Michael, 1961- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
335 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: Pegasus Books, 2017.
"A profound exploration of the precious resource of sleep and of the causes and consequences of getting too little of it."--Book jacket front flap.

Uniquely human : glimpses of life

December 15, 2017
Hillier, George, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
351 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: Friesen Press, 2011.
"Hillier shares experiences that influenced his life using short stories, poetry, and characterizations to give glimpses into the wide spectrum of human emotions that we all share."-- Provided by publisher.

Promise me, Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose

December 14, 2017
Biden, Joseph R., author.
©2017
359 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print basic."
Biden family Thanksgiving -- Have a purpose -- Solace -- Trust -- Keeping busy -- It has to be you -- Calculated risks -- Home base -- You have to tell them the truth -- Can you stay? -- Run, Joe, run.
In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years. It was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. But this year felt different from all those that had come before. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. "Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word. The year that followed would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden's extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. When a call came from New York, or Capitol Hill, or Kyiv, or Baghdad, he responded. For twelve months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. And never far away was the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith. Joe Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop.

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