New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

August 15, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The cut out girl : a story of war and family, lost and found

August 14, 2018
Van Es, Bart, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
423 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Title from web page.
The extraordinary true story of a young Jewish girl in Holland under Nazi occupation who finds refuge in the homes of an underground network of foster families, one of them the author's grandparents.

No better friend, no worse enemy : the life of General James Mattis

August 13, 2018
Proser, Jim, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
viii, 397 pages ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Cover.

The space barons : Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the quest to colonize the cosmos

August 8, 2018
Davenport, Christian, author.
New York : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018.
557 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 23 cm

Jell-o girls : a family history

August 8, 2018
Rowbottom, Allie, author.
385 pages(large print) ; 23cm.
A gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in the shadow of its fractured fortune, Jell-o Girls is a family history, a feminist history, and a story of motherhood, love and loss.--Jacket.

The lost pilots : the spectacular rise and scandalous fall of aviation's golden couple

July 25, 2018
Mead, Corey, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
485 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
part I. Red rose -- Bright young things ; A nimble liftoff -- Single-mined abandon -- Arrival -- part II. A new world -- Grand welcomes -- Flying solo -- A change in fortune -- To Miami -- Future unknown -- Mental agony -- Eager, drunken love -- The tortures of the damned -- A ,man of many secrets -- A terrible thing -- Forgeries -- The scarlet woman -- part III. Flight to nowhere -- Those dim days of the past that are dead -- A tissue of lies -- American justice is all wet -- The man from Auburn -- The verdict -- A tragic figure -- This period of agony -- Epilogue: The past reaches out.
The saga of two star crossed pilots who soar to the greatest heights of fame, tailspin into scandal and crime, and go the ultimate lengths for a chance at redemption" --Provided by publisher.

Tiger Woods

July 23, 2018
Benedict, Jeff, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
816 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Regular print version previously published by: Simon and Schuster, Inc.
Prologue -- The end -- Family matters -- A star is born -- The prodigy -- Who is Tiger Woods? -- The next level -- The amateur -- Rich friends -- Ramping up -- Hello world -- Masterful -- Mania -- Changes -- Exploited -- Instincts -- I got it -- Any questions? -- Transcendence -- Cold -- In the bubble -- Changes -- Unplayable lie -- Loss -- Tick, tick, tick -- It's just pain -- Miracle workers -- Crash -- Firestorm -- The reckoning -- Constant state of shame -- Separation -- Only human -- Point of no return -- Into the rough -- Making the cut.
"Drawing on more than four hundred interviews with people from every corner of Woods's life Benedict and Keteyian construct a psychological profile of an African-American child programmed by an attention-grabbing father and the original Tiger Mom to change not just the game of golf, but the world as well"-- Provided by publisher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The line becomes a river : dispatches from the border

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

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

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

My girls : a lifetime with Carrie and Debbie

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

Born Trump : inside America's first family

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

Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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


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

American values : lessons I learned from my family

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

How to change your mind : what the new science of psychedelics teaches us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression, and transcendence

May 31, 2018
Pollan, Michael, author.
xii, 674 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

I'm Keith Hernandez : a memoir

May 31, 2018
Hernandez, Keith, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
vii, 468 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
part I. Bricks and mortar -- part II. Get to work -- part III. Consistency -- Epilogue.
The Gold Glove first baseman chronicles his life and career in baseball, from his minor league years through his World Series wins with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, and offers an honest assessment of the past, present, and future of baseball.

I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death

May 31, 2018
O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
303 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: Alfred A. Knopf.
An extraordinarily intimate memoir of the near death experiences that have made Maggie O'Farrell the woman and the writer she is today. A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. This is a memoir with a difference: seventeen encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal to us a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. It is a book to make you question yourself: what would you do if your life was in danger? How would you react? And what would you stand to lose?

The restless wave : good times, just causes, great fights and other appreciations

May 30, 2018
McCain, John, 1936- author.
637 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
No surrender -- Country first -- About us -- In the company of heroes (The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) -- The Arab Spring: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria -- Fighting the good fight (With and against Ted Kennedy) -- Nyet (Know thine enemy) -- Know thyself (Defending the West) -- Part of the main (American exceptionalism) -- Regular order.
"A candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain--his most personal book in years--covering everything from 2008 up to the present."--Provided by publisher.

Young Washington : how wilderness and war forged America's founding father

May 18, 2018
Stark, Peter, 1954- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xvii, 826 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naïve and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian Wara conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution. With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and stand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships. By weaving together Washingtons harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"

May 17, 2018
Hurston, Zora Neale, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
xxxiv, 209 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Those who love us never leave us alone with our grief : reading Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo" / by Alice Walker -- Introduction -- Editor's note -- Barracoon. Preface -- Introduction -- The king arrives -- Barracoon -- Slavery -- Freedom -- Marriage -- Kossula learns about law -- Alone -- Appendix. Takkoi or Attako--children's game -- Stories Kossula told me -- The monkey and the camel -- Story of de Jona -- Now disa Abraham fadda de faitful -- The lion woman -- Afterword and additional materials / edited by Deborah G. Plant.
In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo's past--memories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War. Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo's unique vernacular, and written from Hurston's perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.

Go ask Ali : half-baked advice (and free lemonade)

May 3, 2018
Wentworth, Alexandra.
New York : HarperLuxe, c2018.
x, 210 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Back cover.
Gutting to the chapel -- Insta-Slam -- Kindness -- Maine -- Mona -- Shh, I love my husband -- Hold on to your summer -- Pretty funny -- Lessons from a movie star -- Peka gone -- Hot babysitter -- There once was a man who flew to Nantucket -- Ah yes, family vacation -- Gossip girl -- So long, Joe -- Tiny life -- And they called it puppy love -- Let them go -- Sex tape -- Cursed -- Twenty things I know for sure.
At once endearing and hilarious, thoughtful and far-fetched, this third collection offers Ali Wentworth at her wisest and wittiest as she delivers tips, pointers, and quips on a host of life's conundrums and sticky situations, including the funny, sometimes embarrassing yet unforgettable situations that have shaped her inimitable world view as a wife, mother, actress, comedian, and all around bon vivant.

The light within me : an inspirational memoir

May 1, 2018
Earhardt, Ainsley, 1976- author.
309 pages (large print) : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Back cover.
A firm foundation -- At a crossroads -- Meeting Jesus at a frat party -- Getting a grip on grace -- "Reporting live for WLTX ... " -- Trying to find my balance -- Ready for a new challenge -- Fox News comes calling -- Back at the bottom -- The hardest part -- Someplace I never thought I would be -- Beauty from ashes -- A surprising new chapter opens -- God is still good -- Life is full of surprises -- Hayden DuBose Proctor -- The opportunity of a lifetime -- Front-row seat to history -- Moved, stretched, changed.
In this memoir, television journalist Ainsley Earhardt reminisces about growing up with a father who loved his children unconditionally, a cherished model of parenthood she has adopted with her own daughter.

Hundreds of interlaced fingers : a kidney doctor's search for the perfect match

April 24, 2018
Grubbs, Vanessa, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
319 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Originally published: Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
If he only had her. Someday comes -- Ulterior motives -- Bid whist -- The other Robert Phillips -- Peanut in a box of worms -- But will she stay. Complications -- Another dialysis machine -- The candle is lit -- Knuckleheads and nerds -- She is a thing of beauty. Her -- Babies -- Zebras -- Horses -- You're gonna miss her when she's gone. Expectations -- Ready or not -- Changing times -- Letting her go. Dirty white boy -- Three ladies -- What lies ahead.
"A physician, wife, and mother describes her marriage to a husband with end-stage kidney disease, her decision to donate one of her kidneys to him, and the journey that led to her becoming a kidney specialist"-- Provided by publisher.

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