New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

November 19, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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

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

Barnum : an American life

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

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

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

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

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

Me

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

Touched by the sun : my friendship with Jackie

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

Home work : a memoir of my Hollywood years

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

Life undercover : coming of age in the CIA

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

Long way home

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

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

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

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

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

You are worth it : building a life worth fighting for

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

Inside out : a memoir

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

Maybe you should talk to someone : a therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed

October 14, 2019
Gottlieb, Lori, author.
©2019
673 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but. As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives -- a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys -- she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell. With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change."--Inside dust jacket.

Toil & trouble

October 10, 2019
Burroughs, Augusten, author.
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage company, 2019.
447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"From the number one New York Times bestselling author comes another stunning memoir that is tender, touching...and just a little spooky. 'Here's a partial list of things I don't believe in: God. The Devil. Heaven. Hell. Bigfoot. Ancient Aliens. Past lives. Vampires. Zombies. Homeopathy. Bigfoot. Canola oil, because there's no such thing as a canola. Note that 'witches' and 'witchcraft' are absent from this list. When really they should be right there at the top. The thing is, I wouldn't believe in them, and I would privately ridicule any idiot who did, except for one thing: I am a witch.' --From Toil & Trouble For as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember, he knew things he shouldn't have known. He manifested things that shouldn't have come to pass. And he told exactly no one about this, save one person: his mother. His mother reassured him that it was all perfectly normal, that he was descended from a long line of witches, going back to the days of the early American colonies. And that this family tree was filled with witches. It was a bond that he and his mother shared - until the day she left him in the care of her psychiatrist to be raised in his family (but that's a whole other story). After that, Augusten was on his own. On his own to navigate the world of this tricky power; on his own to either use or misuse this gift. From the hilarious to the terrifying, Toil & Trouble is a chronicle of one man's journey to understand himself, to reconcile the powers he can wield with things with which he is helpless. There are very few things that are coincidences, as you will learn in Toil & Trouble. Ghosts are real, trees can want to kill you, beavers are the spawn of satan, houses are alive, and in the end, love is the most powerful magic of all"-- Provided by publisher.

The United States of Trump : how the President really sees America

October 9, 2019
O'Reilly, Bill, author.
Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
471 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Drawing on exclusive interview materials and deep research, this book is an insider's portrait of the 45th President that includes previously undisclosed details about Trump's childhood, family life and career.

The education of an idealist : a memoir

September 23, 2019
Power, Samantha, author.
[New York] : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
xvii, 957 pages (large print), 32 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Back cover.
"Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power, widely known as a relentless advocate for promoting human rights, has been heralded by President Barack Obama as one of America's "foremost thinkers on foreign policy." In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?"--and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives."--Publisher's description.

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

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