New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

March 13, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Late-life love : a memoir

March 12, 2019
Gubar, Susan, 1944- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2019]
479 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

There will be no miracles here : a memoir

March 8, 2019
Gerald, Casey, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019
559 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Casey Gerald comes to our fractured times as a uniquely visionary witness whose life has spanned seemingly unbridgeable divides. His story begins at the end of the world: Dallas, New Year's Eve 1999, when he gathers with the congregation of his grandfather's black evangelical church to see which of them will be carried off. His beautiful, fragile mother disappears frequently and mysteriously; for a brief idyll, he and his sister live like Boxcar Children on her disability checks. When Casey--following in the footsteps of his father, a gridiron legend who literally broke his back for the team--is recruited to play football at Yale, he enters a world he's never dreamed of, the anteroom to secret societies and success on Wall Street, in Washington, and beyond. But even as he attains the inner sanctums of power, Casey sees how the world crushes those who live at its margins. He sees how the elite perpetuate the salvation stories that keep others from rising. And he sees, most painfully, how his own ascension is part of the scheme.

Heavy : an American memoir

February 13, 2019
Laymon, Kiese, author.
©2018
351 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Prologue: been -- Boy man -- Black abundance -- Home worked -- Addict Americans -- Epilogue: bend.
"Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body. He writes of his own eating disorder and gambling addiction as well as similar issues that run throughout his family. Through self-exploration, storytelling, and honest conversation with family and friends, Heavy seeks to bring what has been hidden into the light and to reckon with all of its myriad sources, from the most intimate--a mother-child relationship--to the most universal--a society that has undervalued and abused black bodies for centuries"-- Provided by publisher.

Wild Bill : the true story of the American frontier's first gunfighter

February 13, 2019
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2019]
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
In July 1865, "Wild Bill" Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO--the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West. James Butler Hickock was known across the frontier as a soldier, Union spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. Wild Bill became a legend, crossing paths with General Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody, as well as Ben Thompson and other young toughs gunning for the sheriff with the quickest draw west of the Mississippi.

Call me American : a memoir

February 6, 2019
Iftin, Abdi Nor, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
429 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Under the neem tree -- The first bullets -- Trail of thorns -- City of women and children -- Arabic to English -- The one they call American -- Buufis -- Wedding vows -- Sin and punishment -- Trapped -- No number -- Messages from Mogadishu -- Little Mogadishu -- Long odds -- White rooms -- Respect.
Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies. Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around Mogadishu as Abdi American, but when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, it suddenly became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Desperate to make a living, Abdi used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet, which found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Abdi was left with no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee. In an amazing stroke of luck, Abdi won entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery, though his route to America was filled with twists and turns and a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi. Now a proud resident of Maine and on the path to citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin's dramatic, deeply stirring memoir is truly a story for our time: a vivid reminder of why western democracies still beckon to those looking to make a better life.

Prisoner : my 544 days in an Iranian prison--solitary confinement, a sham trial, high-stakes diplomacy, and the extraordinary efforts it took to get me out

January 30, 2019
Rezaian, Jason, author.
©2019
426 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. In this memoir, Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial. He also reflects on his life and childhood.

Women of the blue & gray : true Civil War stories of mothers, medics, soldiers, and spies

January 21, 2019
Monson, Marianne, 1975- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
431 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.

The first conspiracy : the secret plot to kill George Washington

January 18, 2019
Meltzer, Brad, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
631 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
New York, New York, April 1776 -- The commander -- Spies in Boston -- "A bloody summer" -- A most infernal plot -- Sacricide -- Aftermath.
"In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington's bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself. This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington--and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. Taking place during the most critical period of our nation's birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington's character, but also illuminates the origins of America's counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA"-- Provided by publisher.

The truths we hold : an American journey

January 16, 2019
Harris, Kamala D., author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
xix, 459 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates ; 23 cm
Title from web page.
Senator Kamala Harris's commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing. The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice; her parents--an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India--met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley. Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement. She progressed rapidly to become the elected District Attorney for San Francisco, and then the chief law enforcement officer of the state of California as a whole. Known for bringing a voice to the voiceless, she took on the big banks during the foreclosure crisis, winning a historic settlement for California's working families. Her hallmarks were applying a holistic, data-driven approach to many of California's thorniest issues, always eschewing stale "tough on crime" rhetoric as presenting a series of false choices. Neither "tough" nor "soft" but smart on crime became her mantra. Being smart means learning the truths that can make us better as a community, and supporting those truths with all our might. That has been the pole star that guided Harris to a transformational career as the top law enforcement official in California, and it is guiding her now as a transformational United States Senator, grappling with an array of complex issues that affect her state, our country, and the world, from health care and the new economy to immigration, national security, the opioid crisis, and accelerating inequality. By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in The truths we hold a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values. In a book rich in many home truths, not least is that a relatively small number of people work very hard to convince a great many of us that we have less in common than we actually do, but it falls to us to look past them and get on with the good work of living our common truth. When we do, our shared effort will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come.

Small fry

January 8, 2019
Brennan-Jobs, Lisa, 1978- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
619 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents--artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs--Lisa Brennan-Jobs's childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa's father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he'd become the parent she'd always wanted him to be. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs's poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling book by an insightful new literary voice."--Provided by publisher.

All you can ever know : a memoir

January 8, 2019
Chung, Nicole, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
359 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

The ravenmaster : my life with the ravens at the Tower of London

December 27, 2018
Skaife, Christopher, 1965- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
299 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Silhouette -- Ravenmaster -- The rules -- Roll call -- Bird life -- Tower Green -- Biscuits and blood -- The menagerie -- Black birds -- The raven spreads his wings -- The great escape -- Resistance to interrogation -- Citizens of the world -- Double hatting -- The story -- Application -- Speaking in Ravenish -- Bird brains -- Ravenology -- The legend of the ravens at the Tower -- Blood swept lands and seas of red -- My mistress' eyes are raven black -- Birds and books -- Death and the raven -- The ghosts of my life -- And so to bed -- Great traditions -- Sentinels of the White Tor -- Rising above.
"A narrative by the Tower of London's official Ravenmaster about what it's like to live among the ravens at England's most famous national monument, woven together with insight from folklore, history, and contemporary behavioral science about this unusual bird"-- Provided by publisher.

Heartland : a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on earth

December 13, 2018
Smarsh, Sarah, author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company , 2018.
441 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Dear August -- A penny in a purse -- The body of a poor girl -- A stretch of gravel with wheat on either side -- The shame a country could assign -- A house that needs shingles -- A working-class woman -- The place I was from.
"During Sarah Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to examine the class divide in our country and the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities, and she explores this idea as lived experience, metaphor, and level of consciousness. Born a fifth-generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side, Smarsh grew up in a family of laborers trapped in a cycle of poverty. Whether working the wheat harvest, helping on her dad's construction sites, or visiting her grandma's courthouse job, she learned about hard work. She also absorbed painful lessons about economic inequality. Through her experience growing up as the child of a dissatisfied teenage mother--and being raised predominantly by her grandmother on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita--she gives us a unique, essential look into the lives of poor and working-class Americans living in the middle of our country. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess. "--Dust jacket.

All that heaven allows : a biography of Rock Hudson

December 5, 2018
Griffin, Mark, 1968- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xxvi, 740 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Draws on dozens of insider interviews in a portrait of the iconic Oscar nominee that discusses his traumatic childhood, sexual orientation and awareness-raising battle with AIDS. Here is an in depth exploration of Hudson's classic films, including Written on the Wind; A Farewell to Arms; and the cult favorite Seconds. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, Griffin pays homage to the idol whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture.

Blowing the bloody doors off : and other lessons in life

November 27, 2018
Caine, Michael, author.
New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2018.
xiii, 352 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by Holder & Stroughton"--Colophon.
Starting out -- Making the cut -- The long run.
"One of the best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in over 100 films in his six-decade career, spanning classic movies like Alfie, Zulu, and The Italian Job (the inspiration for the book title) to playing Alfred opposite Christian Bale's Batman in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy. Caine has excelled in every kind of role--with a skill that's made it look easy."--Amazon.com.

Heirs of the founders : the epic rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the second generation of American giants

November 27, 2018
Brands, H. W, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2018]
x, 680 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: January 1850 -- The spirit of '76 -- To build a nation -- The people's government -- Next to our liberty -- Temptations of empire -- The fatal compromise.
"From ... bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how, in nineteenth-century America, a new set of political giants battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and to decide the future of our democracy. In the early 1800s, three young men strode onto the national stage, elected to Congress at a moment when the Founding Fathers were beginning to retire to their farms. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky; as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. Together these heirs of Washington, Jefferson and Adams took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency and set themselves the task of finishing the work the Founders had left undone. Their rise was marked by dramatic duels, fierce debates, scandal and political betrayal. Yet each in his own way sought to remedy the two glaring flaws in the Constitution: its refusal to specify where authority ultimately rested, with the states or the nation, and its unwillingness to address the essential incompatibility of republicanism and slavery. They wrestled with these issues for four decades, arguing bitterly and hammering out political compromises that held the Union together, but only just. Then, in 1850, when California moved to join the Union as a free state, "the immortal trio" had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. But, by that point, they had never been further apart. Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. W Brands narrates an epic American rivalry and the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy."--Dust jacket.

Slowhand : the life and music of Eric Clapton

November 27, 2018
Norman, Philip, 1943- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
viii, 600 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Becoming

November 26, 2018
Obama, Michelle, 1964- author.
©2018
xvi, 675 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Becoming me -- Becoming us -- Becoming more.
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.

The road to dawn : Josiah Henson and the story that sparked the Civil War

November 20, 2018
Brock, Jared, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
523 pages (large print) , 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.

Shotguns and stagecoaches : the brave men who rode for Wells Fargo in the wild west

November 15, 2018
Boessenecker, John, 1953- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
621 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.

And then we danced : a voyage into the groove

November 14, 2018
Alford, Henry, 1962- author.
© 2018.
395 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Published in 2018 by arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc."--T.p. verso.

A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert

November 14, 2018
Piper, Karen Lynnea, 1965- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
503 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Becoming China Lakers -- A teenage weaponeer -- Dynamic instability -- The Cold War at home.
"A poignant, surreal, and fearlessly honest look at growing up on one of the most secretive weapons installations on earth, by a young woman who came of age with missiles. The China Lake missile range is located in a huge stretch of the Mojave Desert, about the size of the state of Delaware. It was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were Karen Piper's parents, her sister, and--when she needed summer jobs--herself. Her dad designed the Sidewinder, which was ultimately used catastrophically in Vietnam. When her mom got tired of being a stay-at-home mom, she went to work on the Tomahawk. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, and set off down a Los Angeles freeway. Traffic was heavy, and so she stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper sketches in the belief systems--from Amway's get-rich schemes to propaganda in The Rocketeer to evangelism, along with fears of a Lemurian takeover and Charles Manson--that governed their lives. Her memoir is also a search for the truth of the past and what really brought her parents to China Lake with two young daughters, a story that reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe. Finally, it recounts the crossroads moment in a young woman's life when she finally found a way out of a culture of secrets and fear, and out of the desert."--Provided by publisher.

Life in the garden

November 8, 2018
Lively, Penelope, 1933- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
239 pages (large print) : illustration ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Viking.
Introduction -- Reality and metaphor -- The written garden -- The fashionable garden -- Time, order and the garden -- Style and the garden -- Town and country.
"Penelope Lively has always been a keen gardener. This book is partly a memoir of her own life in gardens, and an exploration of gardens in literature and of other writers and their gardens"--Provided by publisher.

The big fella [large print] : Babe Ruth and the world he created

October 31, 2018
Leavy, Jane, author.
©2018.
xxxvii, 926 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

An unlikely journey : waking up from my American dream

October 30, 2018
Castro, Julián, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
276 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
The former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Barack Obama shares his life story, recounting how his mother's political activism inspired his ascent from poverty to a successful political career.

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