New Arrivals · Large Print Nonfiction

July 14, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

I see life through rosé-colored glasses

July 13, 2018
Scottoline, Lisa, author.
443 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Unbeaten : Rocky Marciano's fight for perfection in a crooked world

July 12, 2018
Stanton, Mike, 1957- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
689 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; ; 23 cm.
The terrific three -- Brawler in the brig -- Rocky Mack -- Suzie Q's Broadway debut -- Timmmberrr! -- A good dream and a hard fall -- The octopus -- Requiem for a heavyweight -- Twelve inches to glory -- The lion and the lamb -- The mongoose and the mob -- America's guest -- The fiftieth fight -- Epilogue: Ghosts -- Appendix: Rocky Marciano's professional ring record.
A revelatory biography of Rocky Marciano, the greatest heavyweight champion of all time. The son of poor Italian immigrants, with short arms and stubby legs, Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded legendary heavyweight champions like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson: He never lost a professional fight. His record was a perfect 49-0. Unbeaten is the story of this remarkable champion who overcame injury, doubt, and the schemes of corrupt promoters to win the title in a bloody and epic battle with Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952. Rocky packed a devastating punch with an innocent nickname, "Suzie Q," against which there was no defense. As the champ, he came to know presidents and movie stars, and the organized crime figures who dominated the sport, much to his growing disgust. He may have zstood out in boxing like a rose in a garbage dump,y as one sportswriter said, but he also fought his own private demons.

Uncensored : my life and uncomfortable conversations at the intersection of black and white America

July 10, 2018
Wood, Zachary R., author.
355 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press"
"As the president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning at Williams College, Zachary Wood knows all about intellectual controversy. From John Derbyshire to Charles Murray, there's no one Zach refuses to debate or engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs--sometimes vehemently so--and this controversial view has given him a unique platform on college campuses and in the media. But Zach has never shared the details of his own personal story, and how he came to be a crusader for open dialogue and free speech. In Uncensored, he reveals for the first time how he grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, in an environment where the only way to survive was to resist the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and their perspectives. By sharing his troubled upbringing--from a difficult early childhood filled with pain, uncertainty, and conflict to the struggles of code-switching between his home in a rough neighborhood and his elite private school--Zach makes a compelling argument for a new way of interacting with others, in a nation and a world that has never felt more polarized. In Uncensored, he hopes to foster a new outlook on society's most difficult conversations, both on campus and across the country."--Back cover.

Home sweet murder : true-crime thrillers

July 10, 2018
Patterson, James, 1947- author.
[Waterville, Maine] : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
313 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"The crimes in this book are 100% real. Certain elements of the stories, some scenes and dialogue, locations, names, and characters have been fictionalized, but these stories are about real people committing real crimes, with real, horrifying consequences." -- page opposite verso.
Home sweet murder -- Murder on the run.
Two true-crime tales relate the stories of a couple who were tortured and left for dead after a home invasion, and a double homicide in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bad blood : secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley startup

July 6, 2018
Carreyrou, John, author.
New York, NY : Random House Large Print, [2018]
xii, 541 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.

The soul of America : the battle for our better angels

July 6, 2018
Meacham, Jon, author.
xiv, 751 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
To hope rather than to fear -- The confidence of the whole people: visions of the presidency, the ideas of progress and prosperity, and 'We, the people' -- The long shadow of Appomattox: The Lost Cause, the Ku Klux Klan, and Reconstruction -- With soul of flame and temper of steel: "the melting pot," TR and his "bully pulpit," and the progressive promise -- A new and good thing in the world: The triumph of women's suffrage, the Red Scare, and a new Klan -- The crisis of the old order: the Great Depression, Huey Long, the New Deal, and America First -- Have you no sense of decency?: 'Making everyone middle class," the GI Bill, McCarthyism, and modern media -- What the hell is the presidency for?: 'Segregation forever,' King's crusade, and LBJ in the crucible -- The first duty of an American citizen.
To better understand the present moment in American politics, we must look back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day during turning points in American history. Among other subject, he writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade to finish the fight against Jim Crow.

What the eyes don't see : a story of crisis, resistance, and hope in an American city

July 3, 2018
Hanna-Attisha, Mona, author.
xii, 558 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
The definitive first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, which poisoned thousands and left a city without safe water for years, written by the crusading pediatrician at the center of the fight for justice, who Erin Brockovich named "a true American hero."

Origins of a story : 202 true inspirations behind the world's greatest literature

June 26, 2018
Grogan, Jake, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
383 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Cider Mill Press.
"A collection of the true stories that inspired 202 of the world's most famous books"-- Provided by publisher.

Searching for stars on an island in Maine

June 26, 2018
Lightman, Alan P., 1948- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
255 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Cave -- Longing for absolutes in a relative world -- Material -- Hummingbird -- Stars -- Atoms -- Ants -- Monk -- Truth -- Transcendence -- Laws -- Doctrine -- Motion -- Centeredness -- Death -- Certainty -- Orgins -- Ants (2) -- Multiverse -- Humans.
A meditation on religion and science that explores the tension between our yearning for permanence and certainty, and the modern scientific discoveries that demonstrate the impermanent and uncertain nature of the world.

Unmedicated : the four pillars of natural wellness

June 26, 2018
Taylor, Madisyn, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
207 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"The cofounder of the holistic lifestyle website DailyOM presents a gentle and accessible step-by-step guide to moving from excessive reliance on medications to fundamentally healing yourself through four pillars of natural wellness"--Provided by publisher.

Enlightenment now : the case for reason, science, humanism, and progress

June 25, 2018
Pinker, Steven, 1954- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, Gale Cengage, [2018]
835 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Is the world falling apart? Is progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to stop back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise worldwide. Far from being a naive hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked.

The feather thief : beauty. obsession and the natural history heist of the century

June 25, 2018
Johnson, Kirk W., author.
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale, 2018
483 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins--some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them--and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature."--Page [2] of cover.

The line becomes a river : dispatches from the border

June 25, 2018
Cantú, Francisco (Essayist), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, Gale Cengage Learning, [2018]
327 pages (large print) : 22 cm.
Francisco Cantú was raised by his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, in the scrublands of the Southwest. After college, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where they learn to track other humans down drug routes and smuggling corridors under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol after 4 years for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and gets arrested upon his return, Cantú must know the whole story.

Facts and fears : hard truths from a life in intelligence

June 19, 2018
Clapper, James R. (James Robert), 1941- author.
[New York, New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
784 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Introduction: Beyond their wildest imagination -- Born into the intelligence business -- Command and controversy -- The peace dividend -- 9/11 and return to service -- The second most thankless job in Washington -- Benghazi -- Consumed by money -- Snowden -- Not a diplomat -- Unpredictable instability -- The election -- Facts and fears.
"The former Director of National Intelligence's candid and compelling account of the intelligence community's successes--and failures--in facing some of the greatest threats to America. When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence adviser for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the U.S. intelligence community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. In [this book], Clapper traces his career through the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. He describes, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance. Finally, it was living through Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and seeing how the foundations of American democracy were--and continue to be--undermined by a foreign power that led him to break with his instincts honed through more than five decades in the intelligence profession to share his inside experience. Clapper considers such controversial questions as, Is intelligence ethical? Is it moral to intercept communications or to photograph closed societies from orbit? What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do? What protections should we give to the private citizens of the world, not to mention our fellow Americans? Are there times when intelligence officers can lose credibility as unbiased reporters of hard truths by inserting themselves into policy decisions? Facts and Fears offers a privileged look inside the U.S. intelligence community and, with the frankness and professionalism for which James Clapper is known, addresses some of the most difficult challenges in our nation's history."--Dust jacket.

There are no grown-ups : a midlife coming-of-age story

June 19, 2018
Druckerman, Pamela, author.
[New York, New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
380 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Introduction: Bonjour, madame -- How to find your calling -- How to choose a partner -- How to turn forty -- How to raise children -- How to hear -- How to have sex -- How to plan a ménage à trois -- How to be mortal -- How to be an expert -- How to have a midlife crisis -- How to be Jung -- How to get dressed -- How to age gracefully -- How to learn the rules -- How to be wise -- How to give advice -- How to save the furniture -- How to figure out what's happening -- How to think in French -- How to make friends -- How to say no -- How to control your family -- How to be afraid -- How to know where you're from -- How to stay married -- Conclusion: How to be a femme libre.
"The best-selling author of Bringing Up Bébé investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face. When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her 'Madame,' and she detects a disturbing new message in men's gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever. Yet forty isn't even technically middle-aged anymore. And after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships and spot narcissists before they ruin her life. What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a 'grown-up' anyway? And why didn't anyone warn us that we'd get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, [this book] diagnoses the in-between decade when: everyone you meet looks a little bit familiar; you're matter-of-fact about chin hair; you can no longer wear anything ironically; there's at least one sport your doctor forbids you to play; you become impatient while scrolling down to your year of birth; your parents have stopped trying to change you; you don't want to be with the cool people anymore; you want to be with your people; you realize that everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently; you know that it's ok if you don't like jazz. Internationally best-selling author and New York Times contributor Pamela Druckerman leads us on a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. A witty dispatch from the front lines of the forties, There Are No Grown-ups is a (midlife) coming-of-age story, and a book for anyone trying to find their place in the world."--Book flap.

Robert F. Kennedy : ripples of hope : Kerry Kennedy in conversation with heads of state, business leaders, influencers, and activists about her father's impact on their lives

June 19, 2018
Kennedy, Kerry, author.
484 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Thurston Clarke -- Preface / by Kerry Kennedy -- Harry Belafonte -- Tony Bennett -- Joe Biden -- Bono -- Bill Clinton -- George Clooney -- Tim Cook -- Marian Wright Edelman -- Al Gore -- LaDonna Harris -- Dolores Huerta -- Van Jones -- John Lewis -- Stefan Löfven -- Shirley MacLaine -- Chris Matthews -- Gavin Newsom -- Barack Obama -- Soledad O'Brien -- Matteo Renzi -- Jeffrey Sachs -- Joe Scarborough -- Howard Schultz -- Martin Sheen -- Robert Frederick Smith -- Gloria Steinem -- Alfre Woodard -- Victoria Wright.
"Robert F. Kennedy staunchly advocated for civil rights, education, justice, and peace; his message transcended race, class, and creed, resonating deeply within and across America. He was the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency and was expected to run against Republican Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election, following in the footsteps of his late brother John. After winning the California presidential primary on June 5, 1968, Robert Kennedy was shot, and he died the following day. He was forty-two. Fifty years later, Robert Kennedy's passions and concerns and the issues he championed are--for better and worse--still so relevant. Ripples of Hope explores Kennedy's influence on issues at the heart of America's identity today, including moral courage, economic and social justice, the role of government, international relations, youth, violence, and support for minority groups, among other salient topics. Ripples of Hope captures the legacy of former senator and U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy through commentary from his daughter, as well as interviews with dozens of prominent national and international figures who have been inspired by him. They include Barack Obama, John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Alfre Woodard, Harry Belafonte, Bono, George Clooney, Gloria Steinem, and more. They share personal accounts and stories of how Kennedy's words, life, and values have influenced their lives, choices, and actions. Through these interviews, Kerry Kennedy aims to enlighten people anew about her father's legacy and bring to life RFK's values and passions, using as milestones the end of his last campaign and a life that was cut off much too soon. Thurston Clarke provides a powerful foreword to the book with his previous reporting on RFK's funeral train."

My girls : a lifetime with Carrie and Debbie

June 19, 2018
Fisher, Todd, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
vi, 586 pages (large print) : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm


June 19, 2018
Sedaris, David, author.
ix, 414 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Company man -- Now we are five -- Little guy -- Stepping out -- A house divided -- The perfect fit -- Leviathan -- Your English is so good -- Calypso -- A modest proposal -- The silent treatment -- Untamed -- The one(s) who got away -- Sorry -- Boo-hooey -- A number of the reasons I've been depressed lately -- Why aren't you laughing? -- I'm still standing -- The spirit world -- And while you're up there, check on my prostate -- The Comey memo.
Personal essays share the author's adventures after buying a vacation house on the Carolina coast and his reflections on middle age and mortality.

Born Trump : inside America's first family

June 19, 2018
Fox, Emily Jane, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
527 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.
Inauguration -- Campaign/transition -- Election day -- Born/married/divorced/married/divorced/married/raised Trump -- Meet the mini-Voltrons -- Ivanka--Voltron number one: the media mastermind -- "Bashert" -- You are who you marry -- Don Jr.--Voltron number two: the attack dog -- Eric--Voltron number three: the builder -- Tiffany--the Voltron from another universe.
"A deeply reported, and richly detailed look at President Trump's five children, exploring their lives, roles in the campaign and administration, and the relationships to their father and each other. Full of surprising insights and previously untold stories, Born Trump will quench the ever increasing desire for a greater understanding of who these people are, how they were raised, and what makes them tick." -- Publisher's annotation.

Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

June 14, 2018
Fraser, Caroline, author.
909 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print) : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm.
"Millions of devoted readers believe they know Laura Ingalls -- the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains and went on to write the famous autobiographical books. But the full saga of her life has never been told. Now Caroline Fraser, editor of the Library of America's Little House series, masterfully fills in the gaps. For all the hardships Wilder's books describe, her life was harder and grittier. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day."--Back cover.

An Amish heirloom

June 13, 2018
547 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

The best cook in the world : tales from my momma's table

June 13, 2018
Bragg, Rick, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2018]
795 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Prologue: It takes a lot of rust to wipe away a General Electric -- "Them shadows get to dancin'" -- "Salt is good" -- A man who knew beans -- Sweeter, after the frost -- "A chicken... ain't likely to ketch on" -- The fourth bear -- The falling cow -- "Hard times, come around no more" -- "A ham hock don't call for help" -- Cakes of gold -- Sis -- The second ghost -- Bitter weeds -- Still hard times for an honest man -- The pie that never was -- Ribs in the dead of night -- Clementine -- Tomatoes without taste, tomatoes without end -- Didelphis Virginiana -- Stairway to nowhere -- People who cook -- Blackberry winter -- Till it thunders -- Offerings -- Government cheese -- Sometimes the pies just call your name -- Red's -- "When Momma was all right" -- Monkey on a string -- Edna's ark -- Staggering to glory -- The runaway -- "Untimely figs" -- Spring -- Epilogue: The recipe that never was.
Bragg presents a food memoir, cookbook, and tribute to his mother. Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook, measures ingredients by "dabs" and judges "done" by look and smell. Her son shares classic family recipes-- many of them pre-dating the Civil War-- as well as preparation secrets for traditional Southern fare.


June 12, 2018
Itzkoff, Dave, author.
909 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapidfire stand up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression - topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews - and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives. "-- Provided by publisher.

Faith : a journey for all

June 8, 2018
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2018.
225 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Meanings of faith -- Acquiring faith -- Religious faith -- Demonstrating our faith -- What faith means to me -- Challenges to faith.
"In this powerful reflection, President Jimmy Carter contemplates how faith has sustained him in happiness and disappointment. He considers how we may find it in our own lives." -- Provided by publisher.

American values : lessons I learned from my family

May 31, 2018
Kennedy, Robert Francis, 1954- author.
672 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
Grandpa -- Grandma -- The Skakels -- The White House -- Hickory Hill -- Attorney General -- JFK : in pursuit of peace -- A farewell to Camelot -- Senator Robert F. Kennedy -- The final campaign -- Lem -- My mother.
The son and namesake of Robert F. Kennedy shares memories from his turbulent childhood, the lessons he learned from family mentors, and finding his calling as a passionate environmental activist.

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