New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

February 21, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The art of resistance : my four years in the French underground : a memoir

February 20, 2020
Rosenberg, Justus, 1921- author.
©2020
339 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
99-year-old literature professor Justus Rosenberg escaped the Holocaust and spent four daring years in the French Underground during World War II. Now he finally writes his own unforgettable epic. The Art of Resistance is unlike any World War II memoir before it. Its author, Justus Rosenberg, has spent the past seventy years teaching the classics of literature to American college students. Hidden within him, however, was a remarkable true story of wartime courage and romance worthy of a great novel. Here is Professor Rosenberg's elegant and gripping chronicle of his youth in Nazi-occupied Europe, when he risked everything to stand against evil. In 1937, after witnessing a violent Nazi mob in his hometown of Danzig, a majority German city on the Baltic Sea, sixteen-year-old Justus Rosenberg was sent by his Jewish parents to Paris to finish his education in safety. Three years later, the Nazis came again, as France fell to the Germans. Alone and in danger, Justus fled Paris, heading south. A chance meeting led him to Varian Fry, an American journalist in Marseille who led a clandestine network helping thousands of men and women--including many legendary artists and intellectuals, among them Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst--escape the Nazis. With his intimate understanding of French and German culture, and fluency in several languages, including English, Justus became an invaluable member of Fry's operation as a spy and scout. After the Vichy government expelled Fry from France, Justus worked in Grenoble, recruiting young men and women for the Underground Army. For the next four years, he would be an essential component of the Resistance, relying on his wits and skills to survive several close calls with death. Once, he found himself in a Nazi internment camp, with his next stop Auschwitz--and yet Justus found an ingenious way to escape. He spent two years during the war gathering intelligence, surveying German installations and troop movements on the Mediterranean. Then, after the allied invasion at Normandy in 1944, Justus became a guerrilla fighter, participating in and leading commando raids to disrupt the German retreat across France. At the end of the Second World War, Justus emigrated to America, and built a new life. For the past fifty years, he has taught literature at Bard College, shaping the inner lives of generations of students. Now he adds his own story to the library of great coming-of-age memoirs: The Art of Resistance is a powerful saga of bravery and defiance, a true-life spy thriller touched throughout by a professor's wisdom.

Brother & sister : a memoir

February 20, 2020
Keaton, Diane, author.
©2020
221 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A memoir by the award-winning actress about her younger brother, Randy, and the ways in which siblings' lives can diverge and then come back together"-- Provided by publisher.

Franklin & Washington : the founding partnership

February 20, 2020
Larson, Edward J. (Edward John), author.
©2020
xvii, 478 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 23 cm
Book I. Converging lives. Great expectations ; Lessons from the frontier ; From subjects to citizens -- Book II. Partners in revolution. Taking command ; "The most awful crisis" -- Book III. Working together and apart. Rendezvous in Philadelphia ; Darkness at dawn ; The walking stick.
"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, illuminating their partnership's enduring importance. Theirs was a three-decade-long bond that, more than any other pairing, would forge the United States. Vastly different men, Benjamin Franklin--an abolitionist freethinker from the urban north--and George Washington--a slavehold­ing general from the agrarian south--were the indispensable authors of American independence and the two key partners in the attempt to craft a more perfect union at the Constitutional Convention, held in Franklin's Philadelphia and presided over by Washington. And yet their teamwork has been little remarked upon in the centuries since. Illuminating Franklin and Washington's relationship with striking new detail and energy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson shows that theirs was truly an intimate working friendship that amplified the talents of each for collective advancement of the American project. During the French and Indian War, Franklin supplied the wagons for General Edward Braddock's ill-fated assault on Fort Duquesne, and Washington buried the general's body under the dirt road traveled by those retreating wagons. After long sup­porting British rule, both became key early proponents of inde­pendence. Rekindled during the Second Continental Congress in 1775, their friendship gained historical significance during the American Revolution, when Franklin led America's diplomatic mission in Europe (securing money and an alliance with France) and Washington commanded the Continental Army. Victory required both of these efforts to succeed, and success, in turn, required their mutual coordination and cooperation. In the 1780s, the two sought to strengthen the union, leading to the framing and ratification of the Constitution, the founding document that bears their stamp. Franklin and Washington--the two most revered figures in the early republic--staked their lives and fortunes on the American experiment in liberty and were committed to its preservation. Today the United States is the world's great super­power, and yet we also wrestle with the government Franklin and Washington created more than two centuries ago--the power of the executive branch, the principle of checks and balances, the electoral college--as well as the wounds of their compromise over slavery. Now, as the founding institutions appear under new stress, it is time to understand their origins through the fresh lens of Larson's Franklin & Washington, a major addition to the literature of the founding era."--Publisher's website.

A Bookshop in Berlin : the rediscovered memoir of one woman's harrowing escape from the Nazis

February 12, 2020
Frenkel, Françoise, 1889-1975, author.
©2015
328 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
First published in France as Rien où poser sa tête by L'Arbalète Gallimard in 2015.
"In 1921, FrançoiseFrenkel-a Jewish woman from Poland-fulfills a lifelong dream. She opens Berlin's first French-language bookshop, La Maison du Livre, attracting artists, diplomats, celebrities, and poets. The shop soon becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. But as the occupation intensifies and politics darken, Frenkel's bookshop is frequently visited by police officers who confiscate her beloved books. Frenkel's dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht-The Night of Broken Glass-as Jewish shops and businesses, including La Maison du Livre, are destroyed. She flees to Paris where she witnesses countless horrors. Secreted away from one safe house to the next, Frenkel survives at the heroic hands of strangers risking their lives to protect her. Originally published in 1945, and rediscovered nearly sixty years later in an attic, A Bookshop in Berlin is the remarkable tale of one woman whose passion for life and literature helps her survive history's darkest hours"--Provided by publisher.

Janis : her life and music

February 12, 2020
George-Warren, Holly, author.
©2019
591 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction -- Pioneer stock -- Tomboy -- Thrill seeker -- "Beat weeds" -- "18 and fucked up" -- Hell raiser -- Waller Creek boy -- Blues singer -- Meth freak and the Saturday night swindle -- Texas coed -- Big Brother's chick singer -- "The idol of my generation" -- "Haight-Ashbury's first pinup" -- Woman on the verge -- "Rock star born on Second Avenue" -- Kozmic blues -- Pearl.
"This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was"--Provided by publisher.

The book of eating : adventures in professional gluttony

February 5, 2020
Platt, Adam, author.
©2019
x, 364 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 23 cm
"As the son of a diplomat growing up in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, Adam Platt didn't have the chance to become a picky eater. Living, traveling, and eating in some of the most far-flung locations around the world, he developed an eclectic palate and a nuanced understanding of cultures and cuisines that led to some revelations which would prove important in his future career as a food critic. In Tokyo, for instance--"a kind of paradise for nose-to-tail cooking"--he learned that "if you're interested in telling a story, a hair-raisingly bad meal is much better than a good one." From dim sum in Hong Kong to giant platters of Peking duck in Beijing, fresh-baked croissants in Paris and pierogi on the snowy streets of Moscow, Platt takes us around the world, re-tracing the steps of a unique, and lifelong, culinary education. Providing a glimpse into a life that has intertwined food and travel in exciting and unexpected ways, The Book of Eating is a delightful and sumptuous trip that is also the culinary coming-of-age of a voracious eater and his eventual ascension to become, as he puts it, "a professional glutton."--Amazon.

Lake of the Ozarks : my surreal summers in a vanishing America

January 29, 2020
Geist, William, author.
©2019
251 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The drive down/ now and then -- The strip -- The tourist trappers -- Uncle Ed -- The Chili Pond -- Extreme dishwashing -- Another day, another dollar -- Amateur night in the kitchen -- The great salad bar debate -- Ozark bellhops -- The Pow Wow Room -- La Noche de la Larry Don -- Sisterhood of servers -- I don't get it -- Night desk -- The Ozark outback -- Getting to the point -- Cross-cultural exchange -- The best laid plans -- Autumn leaves.
"Before there was 'tourism' or 'leisure time;' before souvenir ashtrays became 'camp' and 'kitsch;' before Goofy Golf became an 'attraction' and today's colossal theme parks could even be imagined, there was 'Beautiful Lake of the Ozarks -- Family Vacationland,' where to this day the ashtrays remain devoid of irony. It was here, at Arrowhead Lodge at Lake of the Ozarks, where Bill Geist spent his summers between high school and college working at this tacky resort. What may have seemed 'just a summer job' became, upon reflection, a transformative era where a cast of eccentric, small-town characters and experiences would make Bill the man he is today. Bill realized it was this time in his life that would shape his sensibilities, his humor, his writing, and ultimately a career searching the world for other such untamed characters for The Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. In Lake of the Ozarks, two-time Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American heartland of the Midwest and traces his evolution as a man and a writer, in the summers between high school and college, before he went off to Vietnam and the country went to Hell. Written with Geistian warmth and quirky humor, Lake of the Ozarks takes readers back to a bygone era, and shows how you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places"-- Provided by publisher.

Natural rivals : John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the creation of America's public lands

January 29, 2020
Clayton, John, 1964- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
523 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
"John Muir, the most famous naturalist in American history, protected Yosemite, co-founded the Sierra Club, and is sometimes called the Father of the National Parks. A poor immigrant, self-taught, individualistic, and skeptical of institutions, his idealistic belief in the spiritual benefits of holistic natural systems led him to a philosophy of preserving wilderness unimpaired.Gifford Pinchot founded the U.S. Forest Service and advised his friend Theodore Roosevelt on environmental policy. Raised in wealth, educated in privilege, and interested in how institutions and community can overcome failures in individual virtue, Pinchot's pragmatic belief in professional management led him to a philosophy of sustainably conserving natural resources. When these rivaling perspectives meet, what happens? For decades, the story of their relationship has been told as a split between the conservation and preservation philosophies, sparked by a proposal to dam a remote Yosemite valley called Hetch Hetchy. But a decade before that argument, Muir and Pinchot camped together alongside Montana's jewel-like Lake McDonald in, which was at the heart of a region not yet consecrated as Glacier National Park.At stake in 1896 was the new idea that some landscapes should be collectively, permanently owned by a democratic government. Although many people today think of public lands as an American birthright, their very existence was then in doubt, and dependent on a merger of the talents of these two men. Natural Rivals examines a time of environmental threat and political dysfunction not unlike our own, and reveals the complex dynamic that gave birth to America's rich public lands legacy"-- Provided by publisher.

The Bourbon King : the life and crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's evil genius

January 24, 2020
Batchelor, Bob, author.
©2019
687 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Diversion Publishing Corp.
Prologue: Awash in red -- Part one: Birth of a bootlegger. Napoleon of the bar ; Illicit relations ; Birth of a bootlegger -- Part two: King of the bootleggers. The bourbon empire ; Underworld boss of Death Valley ; Every man has his price ; Epic grandeur -- Part three: Plundering an empire. Ace bags the king ; Business as usual ; Life in hell ; Freedom ; Heavy lover ; Plundering the bourbon empire -- Part four: A very dangerous man. A shot rings out ; "Ready for the battle--It's a fight!" ; Cutthroats and assassins ; Let's give him a nice Christmas -- Part five: Lost millions. Rise of the gangster ; Dodge's demise ; Remus vs. Prohibition -- Epilogue: Fall of the bootleg baron.
"On the 100th anniversary of The Volstead Act comes the epic, definitive story of the man who cracked the Prohibition system, became one of the world's richest criminal masterminds, and helped inspire The Great Gatsby"--Provided by publisher.

Casting into the light : tales of a fishing life

January 24, 2020
Messineo, Janet, author.
©2019
446 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Pantheon Books,an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
Includes recipes.
The hook -- My beginning -- The journey begins -- Not a clue and a conger -- Learning to fish the North Shore -- Solitude and darkness -- My mentor -- History and controversy -- Fishing logs -- So many changes -- Fishing for keeps -- Derby dames -- Respect, secrecy, and fishing ethics -- Superstitions, quirks, and omens -- Tangling with the fly rod -- Delusions of grandeur -- PTFD (post-traumatic fishing disorder) -- Bad luck, good luck -- The grand slam -- The Dory Man: in pursuit of Skilligalle -- The art of taxidermy -- The squeaky reel -- Trash fish to gourmet cuisine -- Pass it on -- Losing another fishing buddy -- How to catch a fish: rules and exceptions -- A glimpse of my maker -- Favorite fish recipes -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliography.
"Tales of a champion surfcaster: the education of a young woman hell-bent on following her dream and learning the mysterious and profound sport, and art, of surfcasting, on the island of Martha's Vineyard"--Provided by publisher.

In the country of women : a memoir

January 17, 2020
Straight, Susan, author.
©2019
525 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straight--and eventually her three daughters--heard for decades the stories of Dwayne's female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straight's mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Susan's family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onward--from Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California."--Provided by publisher.

The queen : the forgotten life behind an American myth

November 29, 2019
Levin, Josh, 1980- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
695 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"On the South Side of Chicago in 1974, Linda Taylor reported a phony burglary, concocting a lie about stolen furs and jewelry. The detective who checked it out soon discovered she was a welfare cheat who drove a Cadillac to collect ill-gotten government checks. And that was just the beginning: Taylor, it turned out, was also a kidnapper, and possibly a murderer. A desperately ill teacher, a combat-traumatized Marine, an elderly woman hungry for companionship- after Taylor came into their lives, all three ended up dead under suspicious circumstances. But nobody- not the journalists who touted her story, not the police, and not presidential candidate Ronald Reagan- seemed to care about anything but her welfare thievery. Growing up in the Jim Crow South, Taylor was made an outcast because of the color of her skin. As she rose to infamy, the press and politicians manipulated her image to demonize poor black women. Part social history, part true-crime investigation, Josh Levin's mesmerizing book, the product of six years of reporting and research, is a fascinating account of American racism, and an exposé of the "welfare queen" myth, one that fueled political debates that reverberate to this day. The Queen tells, for the first time, the fascinating story of what was done to Linda Taylor, what she did to others, and what was done in her name"--Provided by publisher.

Reading behind bars : a memoir of literature, law, and life as a prison librarian

November 18, 2019
Grunenwald, Jill A., author.
©2018
423 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
In December 2008, twentysomething Jill Grunenwald graduated with her master's degree in library science, ready to start living her dream of becoming a librarian. But the economy had a different idea. As the Great Recession reared its ugly head, jobs were scarce. After some searching, however, Jill was lucky enough to snag one of the few librarian gigs left in her home state of Ohio. The catch? The job was behind bars as the prison librarian at a men's minimum-security prison. Talk about baptism by fire. As an untested twentysomething woman, to say that the job was out of Jill's comfort zone was an understatement. She was forced to adapt on the spot, speedily learning to take the metal detectors, hulking security guards, and colorful inmates in stride. Over the course of a little less than two years, Jill came to see past the bleak surroundings and the orange jumpsuits and recognize the humanity of the men stuck behind bars. They were just like every other library patron--persons who simply wanted to read, to be educated and entertained through the written word. By helping these inmates, Jill simultaneously began to recognize the humanity in everyone and to discover inner strength that she never knew she had. --Provided by publisher.

Barnum : an American life

November 15, 2019
Wilson, Robert, 1951 February 21- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2019]
607 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Thorndike Press Large Print Biographies and Memoirs. The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged. Other aspects of the book may vary from the original edition"-- T.p. verso.
"P. T. Barnum was the greatest showman the world has ever seen: the cocreator of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the man who made worldwide sensations of Jumbo the Elephant, General Tom Thumb, and the "Swedish Nightingale," Jenny Lind. He was the champion of wonder, joy, trickery, and "humbug." He was, as Barnum argues, one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Nearly 125 years after his death, the name P. T. Barnum still inspires wonder. Robert Wilson's vivid new biography captures the full genius, infamy, and allure of the ebullient showman. From birth to death, Phineas Taylor Barnum repeatedly reinvented himself. He learned as a young man how to wow crowds, and built a fortune that placed him among the first millionaires in the United States. He also suffered tragedy, bankruptcy, and fires that destroyed his life's work, yet willed himself to rebuild and succeed again. As an entertainer, Barnum courted controversy time and again throughout his life--yet he was also a man of strong convictions, guided in his work not by a desire to deceive but an eagerness to thrill and bring joy to his audiences. He almost certainly never uttered the infamous line, "There's a sucker born every minute," instead taking pride in giving crowds their money's worth and more"-- Provided by publisher.

Truth worth telling : a reporter's search for meaning in the stories of our times

November 15, 2019
Pelley, Scott, 1957- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
673 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"With this provocative question, Truth Worth Telling introduces us to unforgettable people who discovered the meaning of their lives in the historic events of our times. A 60 Minutes correspondent and former anchor of the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley writes as a witness to events that changed our world. In moving, detailed prose, he stands with firefighters at the collapsing World Trade Center on 9/11, advances with American troops in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reveals private moments with presidents (and would-be presidents) he's known for decades. Pelley also offers a resounding defense of free speech and a free press as the rights that guarantee all others. Above all, Truth Worth Telling offers a collection of inspiring tales that reminds us of the importance of values in uncertain times. For readers who believe that values matter and that truth is worth telling, Pelley writes, "I have written this book for you.""-- Provided by publisher.

All blood runs red : the legendary life of Eugene Bullard -- boxer, pilot, soldier, spy

November 15, 2019
Keith, Phil, 1946- author.
[Waterville, Maine] : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
483 pages (large print), 15 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Eugene Bullard lived one of the most fascinating lives of the twentieth century. The son of a former slave and an indigenous Creek woman, Bullard fled home at the age of eleven to escape the racial hostility of his Georgia community. When his journey led him to Europe, he garnered worldwide fame as a boxer, and later as the first African American fighter pilot in history. After the war, Bullard returned to Paris a celebrated hero. But little did he know that the dramatic, globe-spanning arc of his life had just begun. All Blood Runs Red is the inspiring untold story of an American hero, a thought-provoking chronicle of the twentieth century and a portrait of a man who came from nothing and by his own courage, determination, gumption, intelligence and luck forged a legendary life.

Me

November 13, 2019
John, Elton, author.
©2019
579 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Large print basic series."
"Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again. His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with Aida, The Lion King, and Billy Elliot the Musical. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade. In Me, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend"--Amazon.

Touched by the sun : my friendship with Jackie

November 13, 2019
Simon, Carly.
©2019
287 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Prologue -- Carriage rides and matinees -- An alliance with a famous person is always a dangerous thing -- Mike -- Daddy and Uncle Peter -- The laughing garden -- Bring it back to the center -- The show must go on -- Fairy princess in a spin cycle -- The singular moment -- Only a horizon -- Epilogue.
A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship between Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, this work is a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.

Home work : a memoir of my Hollywood years

October 29, 2019
Andrews, Julie, author.
©2019
546 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
"With this second memoir, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, Andrews picks up the story with her arrival in Hollywood and her phenomenal rise to fame in her earliest films--Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Andrews describes her years in the film industry -- from the incredible highs to the challenging lows. Not only does she discuss her work in now-classic films and her collaborations with giants of cinema and television, she also unveils her personal story of adjusting to a new and often daunting world, dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with the brilliant and mercurial Blake Edwards. The pair worked together in numerous films, including Victor/Victoria, the gender-bending comedy that garnered multiple Oscar nominations." -- Amazon

Life undercover : coming of age in the CIA

October 29, 2019
Fox, Amaryllis, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
339 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Amaryllis Fox's riveting memoir tells the story of her ten years in the most elite clandestine ops unit of the CIA, hunting the world's most dangerous terrorists in sixteen countries while marrying and giving birth to a daughter"-- Provided by publisher.

Long way home

October 29, 2019
Douglas, Cameron, 1978- author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
576 pages (large print) ; 24 cm

American predator : the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century

October 24, 2019
Callahan, Maureen (Journalist), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
459 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Jeffrey Dahmer. The names of notorious serial killers are usually well-known; they echo in the news and in public consciousness. But most people have never heard of Israel Keyes, one of the most ambitious and terrifying serial killers in modern history. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as "a force of pure evil," Keyes was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried "kill kits"--cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools--in remote locations across the country. Over the course of fourteen years, Keyes would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger's house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home to Alaska, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter. When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years--uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake--many of which remain unsolved to this day. American Predator is the ambitious culmination of years of interviews with key figures in law enforcement and in Keyes's life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files. Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and to the limitations of traditional law enfo"-- Provided by publisher.

Piety & power : Mike Pence and the taking of the White House

October 16, 2019
LoBianco, Tom, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
ix, 581 pages ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.
Introduction: The caretaker government -- Prologue: The cornfield in Pence's backyard -- Idyllic -- Conversion -- Candidate school: 1988 -- Broke: 1990 -- The think tank -- Mike Pence, Inc. v. Michael -- Resurrection: 2000 -- The unknown -- Pence's moment -- Back home again -- Governor Pence for President -- Now, George -- At peace -- God's plan -- Piety & power.
LoBianco offers a revealing portrait of Mike Pence, the devout Christian who shocked many of his closest followers when he joined the campaign and became one of the strongest champions of Donald Trump. He also explores the rumors surrounding the Vice President's ambitions to succeed and even "overthrow" Trump. From unearthing anecdotes about Pence's faith, his marriage to Karen Pence, his obsequious relationship with Trump, his deeply buried personality, and his presidential aspirations and plans for America's future, LoBianco sheds light on this ambitious Midwestern politician, his past, and his possible future. -- adapted from publisher info

You are worth it : building a life worth fighting for

October 16, 2019
Carpenter, Kyle, 1989- author.
©2019
viii, 355 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Introduction: you are worth it -- Afghanistan -- It starts at home -- Hard work pays off -- Keep your promises--to others and to yourself -- Lead with action -- Someone else's shoes -- The grenade -- Call your mom -- Find the joy -- It starts at home (again) -- The past truly is the past -- Jump -- Don't hide your scars -- "Stay motivated" -- Know your worth -- You're going to fail...and that's okay -- You are more than your ribbon rack or résumé -- Say thank you -- Parting thoughts.
"From the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor comes an extraordinary inspirational memoir that will change the life of every reader. Moving and unforgettable, You Are Worth It is an astonishing memoir from an extraordinary young leader"--provided by publisher.

Inside out : a memoir

October 15, 2019
Moore, Demi, author.
©2019.
300 pages (large print), 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Survival -- Success -- Surrender.
For decades, from iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight-- or the headlines. But throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, she battled addiction, body image issues, and round herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress-- and, always, if she was simply good enough. Here she opens up about her career and personal life in a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman's at once ordinary and iconic life. --Provided by publisher.

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