New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

May 16, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

The man in the willows : the life of Kenneth Grahame

May 2, 2019
Dennison, Matthew, author.
©2019
290 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"A moving biography of Kenneth Grahame, author of the children's classic The Wind in the Willows, and of the vision of English pastoral life that inspired it"-- Provided by publisher.

Mrs. Morhard and the boys : one mother's vision-the first boys' baseball league-a nation inspired

May 2, 2019
Morhard, Ruth Hanford, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
463 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"As the Great Depression brought America to the brink of disaster, a devoted single mother in Cleveland, Ohio, wrestled triumph out of adversity by creating a community activity that would inspire the nation. Josephine Morhard's daughter-in-law recounts the extraordinary life and accomplishments of the woman who established the first boys' baseball league in America"--Provided by publisher.

The unwinding of the miracle : a memoir of life, death, and everything that comes after

April 23, 2019
Yip-Williams, Julie, 1976-2018, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
545 pages (large print) 23 cm.
"Born blind in Vietnam, she narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grandmother, only to flee with her family the political upheaval of her country in the late 1970s. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon at UCLA gave her partial sight. She would go on to become a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, and a life she had once assumed would be impossible. Then, at age thirty-seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began." --Provided by publisher.

American spirit : profiles in resilience, courage, and faith

April 22, 2019
Kyle, Taya, 1974- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
x, 446 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.
Presents an inspiring collection of stories of Americans who have persevered over adversity and built extraordinary lives after loss, hardship, and setbacks, showcasing the resilience of the American spirit.

Finding my voice : my journey to the West Wing and the path forward

April 22, 2019
Jarrett, Valerie, 1956- author.
©2019
xiv, 460 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The gift of freedom -- Inheritance -- The best laid plans -- It's a girl! -- The quiet voice -- Change from the ground up -- My best hire ever -- The power of each voice -- Drinking from a fire hose -- Pinch myself moments -- The fight of our lives -- Where's my boom? -- We can't wait -- True north -- The changing of the guard -- The long view.

The matriarch : Barbara Bush and the making of an American dynasty

April 22, 2019
Page, Susan, author.
New York, NY : Twelve, 2019.
viii, 582 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
"The riveting tale of a woman who helped define two American presidencies and an entire political era. This biography is informed by more than one hundred interviews with Bush friends and family members, hours of conversation with Mrs. Bush herself in the final six months of her life, and access to her diaries that spanned decades. As with many women of her era, Barbara Bush was routinely underestimated, her contributions often neither recognized nor acknowledged. But she became an astute and trusted political campaign strategist and a beloved First Lady."--Provided by publisher.

Hunting LeRoux : the inside story of the DEA takedown of a criminal genius and his empire

April 12, 2019
Shannon, Elaine, author.
New York, NY : Michael Mann Books, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
xvii, 538 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.
"Paul LeRoux, a former cybersecurity entrepreneur, transformed transnational organized crime. He was Netflix to Blockbuster, Spotify to Tower Records. His criminal empire stretched from Southeast Asia to Brazil and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in sales of arms, drugs, chemicals, bombs, missile technology, and assassinations. Initially, LeRoux was a ghost, but he gained the attention of a band of DEA agents who used undercover informants to penetrate LeRoux's inner circle and bring him down. For five years Elaine Shannon immersed herself in LeRoux's shadowy world. She gained exclusive access to the agents and players, and takes us on a shocking tour of this dark frontier, putting you in the room with these people and their jeopardy, frustration, anger, and small victories, creating a narrative with a breathtaking edge, immediacy, and a stranger-than-fiction reality. Remarkable, disturbing, and utterly engrossing, Hunting LeRoux introduces a new breed of criminal--and a new kind of true crime story. It is a look into the future--a future that is dark"--Back cover.

Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother's will to survive

April 10, 2019
Land, Stephanie, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2019]
441 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.

My love story

April 10, 2019
Turner, Tina, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
363 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"And you know what I say to people who ask, 'What do you do when all the odds are against you? ' I say 'You keep going. You just don't stop. No matter, if there's one slap to the face, turn the other cheek. And the hurt you're feeling? You can't think about what's being done to you now, or what has been alone to you in the past. You just have to keep going.' Tina Turner--the long-reigning queen of rock 'n' roll and living legend--sets the record straight about her illustrious career and complicated personal life in this eye-opening and compelling memoir. From her early years in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner, to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond, Tina candidly examines her personal history--her trials, her triumphs, and everything in between. She shares stories from her years working alongside the biggest names in music--Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, David Bowie, Beyoncé--and she writes about unexpectedly meeting the love of her life in 1986 and marrying him twenty-seven years later. As Tina says, 'Sometimes the greatest happiness we know comes just when we are able to appreciate it.' Faced with an array of health issues and family tragedies in recent years, Tina reflects on her own extraordinary life's journey, finding grace and purpose even in the darkest hours. My Love Story is an explosive and inspiring story of a woman who dared to break any barriers put in her way. Emphatically showcasing Tina's signature blend of grit, energy, heart, and soul, this memoir is as enthralling and moving as any of her greatest hits."--Dust jacket.

First : Sandra Day O'Connor

April 3, 2019
Thomas, Evan, 1951- author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
xix, 770 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"An intimate portrait of the first woman Supreme Court justice." - cover
"She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her class at law school in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O'Connor's story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings--doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness. She became the first-ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona State Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the Supreme Court, appointed by Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer's, O'Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise. Women and men today will be inspired by how to be first in your own life, how to know when to fight and when to walk away, through O'Connor's example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family and believed in serving her country, who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for the women who followed her"-- Provided by publisher.

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.

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