New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

September 14, 2019
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A dog named Beautiful : a Marine, a dog, and a long trip home

September 13, 2019
Kugler, Rob, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2019]
437 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

From scratch : a memoir of love, sicily, and finding home

September 13, 2019
Locke, Tembi, 1970- author.
©2019
513 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes recipes.
A poignant cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicillian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food and family in her darkest hour.

Notes from a young Black chef : a memoir

September 13, 2019
Onwuachi, Kwame, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2019]
421 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

Becoming Dr. Seuss : Theodor Geisel and the making of an American imagination

September 9, 2019
Jones, Brian Jay, author.
©2019
795 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustratioins ; 23 cm.
Minnows into whales 1904-1921 -- The slob generation 1921-1925 -- Strange beasts 1925-1926 -- The flit 1927-1936 -- Brat books 1936-1940 -- Cockeyed crusader 1940-1943 -- Snafu 1943-1946 -- A good profession 1946-1949 -- A person's a person 1950-1954 -- A literary straitjacket 1954-1957 -- Beginner books 1958-1960 -- The work 1961-1963 -- Stink. Stank. Stunk. 1963-1967 -- I intend to go on doing just what I do 1967-1971 -- You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut 1971-1978 -- A few years longer 1979-1984 -- Off and away 1984-1991.
"The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. His work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. More than twenty-five years after his death, his books continue to find new readers, now grossing over half a billion dollars in sales. His whimsical illustrations and silly, simple rhymes are timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh. Theodor Geisel, however, led a life that goes much deeper than the prolific and beloved children's book author. In fact, the allure and fascination of Dr. Seuss begins with this second, more radical side. He had a successful career as a political cartoonist, and his political leanings can be felt throughout his books--remember the environmentalist of The Lorax? Geisel was a complicated man, who introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well"-- Provided by publisher.

IM : a memoir

August 13, 2019
Mizrahi, Isaac, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
619 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Save me the plums : my gourmet memoir

August 13, 2019
Reichl, Ruth, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
397 pages (large print) : illustration ; 23 cm

Things my son needs to know about the world

August 12, 2019
Backman, Fredrik, 1981- author.
©2012
221 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Originally published in Sweden in 2012 as Saker min son behöver veta om världen."
To my son -- What you need to know about motion-sensitive toilet lights -- What you need to know about Ikea -- What you need to know about soccer -- What you need to know about stuff -- What you need to know about masculinity -- What you need to know about God and airports -- What you need to know about what happened to the singing plastic giraffe -- What you need to know about why that Felicia girl's mother is annoyed at me -- What you need to know about good and evil -- What you need to know about starting a band -- What you need to know about love -- What you need to know about when I hold your hand a little too tight.
"Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood. As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the "firsts" that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn't shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop. In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life"-- Provided by publisher.

Shout : a poetry memoir

August 6, 2019
Anderson, Laurie Halse, author.
©2019
285 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
When she was thirteen years old, Anderson was a shy, bookish girl who was raped by a boy she trusted. She has since become known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed in the years since, she has written a poetry memoir that shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. --Provided by publisher

The Kennedy heirs : John, Caroline, and the new generation, a legacy of triumph and tragedy

July 24, 2019
Taraborrelli, J. Randy, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
971 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged. Other aspects of the book may vary from the original edition."

The lady from the Black Lagoon : Hollywood monsters and the lost legacy of Milicent Patrick

July 23, 2019
O'Meara, Mallory, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
pages cm.
Originally published: New York : Hanover Square Press, 2019.
Establishing shot -- Fade in -- Smash cut -- Dissolve -- Wipe -- Jump cut -- Monster mash -- The beauty and the beast -- Montage -- Iris -- Cross-cut -- Cutaway -- Fade out.
"The Lady from the Black Lagoon uncovers the life and work of Milicent Patrick -- one of Disney's first female animators and the only woman in history to create one of Hollywood's classic movie monsters"-- Provided by publisher.

Love thy neighbor : a Muslim doctor's struggle for home in rural America

July 22, 2019
Virji, Ayaz, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
271 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Funny man : Mel Brooks

July 18, 2019
McGilligan, Patrick, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage company, 2019.
905 pages (large print), 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
1926 : Little World -- 1944 : Big world -- 1949 : Funny is money -- 1952 : Dreams and nightmares -- 1955 : Club Caesar -- 1957 : The genius awakes -- 1962 : The warm and fuzzy Mel -- 1965 : Springtime for Mel -- 1967 : Auteur, auteur! -- 1971 : Blazing Mel -- 1974 : Tops in taps -- 1975 : Club Brooks -- 1980 : Uneasy lies the head -- 1983 : Why so angry? -- 1986 : Frolics and detours -- 1995 : He who laughs last -- 2001 : Unstoppable.
"The fourth and last child of Max and Kitty Kaminsky, Mel Brooks was born on his family's kitchen table in Brooklyn, New York, in 1926, and was not quite three-years-old when his father died of tuberculosis. Growing up in a household too poor to own a radio, Mel was short and homely, a mischievous child whose birth role was to make the family laugh. Beyond boyhood, after transforming himself into Mel Brooks, the laughs that came easily inside the Kaminsky family proved more elusive. His lifelong crusade to transform himself into a brand name of popular humor is at the center of master biographer Patrick McGilligan's Funny Man. In this exhaustively researched and wonderfully novelistic look at Brooks' personal and professional life, McGilligan lays bare the strengths and drawbacks that shaped Brooks' psychology, his willpower, his persona, and his comedy. McGilligan insightfully navigates the epic ride that has been the famous funnyman's life story, from Brooks's childhood in Williamsburg tenements and breakthrough in early television--working alongside Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner--to Hollywood and Broadway peaks (and valleys). His book offers a meditation on the Jewish immigrant culture that influenced Brooks, snapshots of the golden age of comedy, behind the scenes revelations about the celebrated shows and films, and a telling look at the four-decade romantic partnership with actress Anne Bancroft that superseded Brooks' troubled first marriage. Engrossing, nuanced and ultimately poignant, Funny Man delivers a great man's unforgettable life story and an anatomy of the American dream of success"-- Provided by publisher.

The honey bus : a memoir of loss, courage and a girl saved by bees

July 18, 2019
May, Meredith, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
433 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

The storm on our shores : one island, two soldiers, and the forgotten battle of World War II

June 24, 2019
Obmascik, Mark, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2019]
407 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Don't stop believin'

June 21, 2019
Newton-John, Olivia, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
431 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"With candor, humor, and warmth, legendary musician, actress, activist, and icon Olivia Newton-John reveals her life story--from her unforgettable rise to fame in the classic musical Grease to her passionate advocacy for health and wellness in light of her battles with cancer"-- Provided by publisher.

Our man : Richard Holbrooke and the end of the American century

June 19, 2019
Packer, George, 1960- author.
©2019
880 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"Published ... in association with Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC"--Copyright page.
Dreams so far away -- Vietnam : how can we lose when we're so sincere? -- How does he do it? -- Swallow hard -- Since I am now hopeless -- Bosnia : they'll come for me -- We are close to our dreams -- You're either going to win or fall -- Afghanistan : everything is different -- and everything is the same.
Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

The real Wallis Simpson : a new history of the American divorcee who became the Duchess of Windsor

June 13, 2019
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2019]
631 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Prologue: the heart has its reasons -- The Prince's girl -- Ich dien -- One and only -- God bless WE -- Down with the American harlot -- Oceans of agony -- The last hour -- The fury -- Untitled -- The Twilight Zone -- A shadow king -- Son Altese Royale -- My David -- Epilogue: The cedar walk.

We were rich and we didn't know it : a memoir of my Irish boyhood

June 13, 2019
Phelan, Tom, 1940- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2019]
325 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
JohnJoe's clever plan -- JohnJoe gets a wife -- The jubilee nurse -- In the farmhouse kitchen -- The turkey in the cupboard -- Love writ shyly -- My fifty-two-acre playground -- The lovely church -- Praying for the dead -- The storyteller -- The road to school -- First babies -- The penny catechism -- Scary surprise from the dark continent -- The red motorcar -- To school with Uncle Jack and Red -- Altar boy days -- The recruiter -- Blessed Oliver -- The sweet paper -- Sheriff Johnny's gun -- My boxing career -- Tyranny of the Irish weather -- De Valera and Dad's turnips -- Early morning cattle drive -- The early lives of piglets -- Horses -- The forge -- Whiteface and the stallion -- The bull on the farm -- Accident near Tullamore -- Isaac's tree -- Burning bushes -- We were rich and we didn't know it -- The rambler -- Luckless Lar -- The man who knew everything -- Wasted on the bog air -- Jimser Scott -- Billy -- Flying the nest.
"Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back-breaking. It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland. We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It recounts Tom's upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife. With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life's adversities"-- Provided by publisher.

The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality

May 31, 2019
Isenberg, Nancy, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
xxxvii, 900 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"How the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy. Until now, no one has properly dissected the intertwined lives of the second and sixth (father and son) presidents."--Provided by publisher.

Just show up : and other enduring values from baseball's Iron Man

May 31, 2019
Ripken, Cal, Jr., 1960- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
xi, 178 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.
"Iron Man Cal Ripken Jr.--the 19-time All-Star, World-Series winning legend, American League MVP, and record holder who played 2,632 consecutive games--outlines eight rules for the game of baseball and life, drawn from the lessons he has learned on and off the field." -- Amazon.com.

Sea stories : my life in special operations

May 31, 2019
McRaven, William H. (William Harry), 1955- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2019.
xii, 476 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Every man a hero : a memoir of D-Day, the first wave at Omaha Beach, and a world at war

May 24, 2019
Lambert, Ray (Arnold Ray), author.
New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
xxix, 351 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
"Seventy-five years ago, he hit Omaha Beach with the first wave. Now Ray Lambert, ninety-eight years old, delivers one of the most remarkable memoirs, a tour-de-force of remembrance evoking his role as a decorated World War II medic who risked his life to save the heroes of D-Day."--Publisher's description.

Code name : Lise : the true story of the woman who became WWII's most highly decorated spy

May 24, 2019
Loftis, Larry, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
438 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"The extraordinary true story of Odette Sansom, the British spy who operated in occupied France and fell in love with her commanding officer during World War II--perfect for fans of Unbroken, The Boys in the Boat, and Code Girls"-- Provided by publisher.

All the way : my life in four quarters

May 15, 2019
Namath, Joe Willie, 1943- author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
vii, 343 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
The warm-up -- First quarter -- Second quarter -- Halftime -- Third quarter -- Fourth quarter.
Timed for the 50th anniversary of his legendary Super Bowl "Guarantee," the NFL icon who first brought show business to sports is finally ready to tell his life story.Three days before the 1969 Super Bowl, Joe Namath promised the nation that he would lead the New York Jets to an 18-point underdog victory against the seemingly invincible Baltimore Colts. When the final whistle blew, that promise had been kept: Namath was instantly heralded as a gridiron god, while his rugged good looks, progressive views on race, and boyish charm quickly transformed him - in an era of raucous rebellion, shifting social norms, and political upheaval - into both a bona fide celebrity and a symbol of the commercialization of pro sports. By 26, with a championship title under his belt, he was quite simply the most famous athlete alive. Although his legacy has long been cemented in the history books, beneath the eccentric yet charismatic personality was a player plagued by injury and addiction, both sex and substance. When failing knees permanently derailed his career, he turned to Hollywood and endorsements, not to mention a tumultuous marriage and fleeting bouts of sobriety, to try and find purpose. Now 74, Namath is ready to open up, brilliantly using the four quarters of Super Bowl III as the narrative backbone to a life that was anything but charmed. As much about football and fame as about addiction, fatherhood, and coming to terms with our own mortality, All the Way finally reveals the man behind the icon.

Black is the body : stories from my grandmother's time, my mother' s time, and mine

May 14, 2019
Bernard, Emily, 1967- author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
319 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

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