New Arrivals · Large Print History

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

The league of wives : the untold story of the women who took on the U.S. Government to bring their husbands home

May 15, 2019
Lee, Heath Hardage, author.
©2019
577 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press large print basic."
The right wife -- It can't happen to us -- A Great Society for some, not for all -- Wives or widows? -- A reluctant sorority -- New girl village -- The league of wives -- Incredibly screwed up -- So you say you want a revolution? -- "Nixon's the one!" -- Go public -- Don't mess with Texas -- May day debut -- Here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown -- Write Hanoi and silent nights -- Is peace at hand? -- "We chose to be together" -- To the First Ladies of America!.
"The true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington--and Hanoi--to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam. On February 12, 1973, one hundred and fifteen men who, just six years earlier, had been high flying Navy and Air Force pilots, shuffled, limped, or were carried off a huge military transport plane at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. These American servicemen had endured years of brutal torture, kept shackled and starving in solitary confinement, in rat-infested, mosquito-laden prisons, the worst of which was The Hanoi Hilton. Months later, the first Vietnam POWs to return home would learn that their rescuers were their wives, a group of women that included Jane Denton, Sybil Stockdale, Louise Mulligan, Andrea Rander, Phyllis Galanti, and Helene Knapp. These women, who formed The National League of Families, would never have called themselves "feminists," but they had become the POW and MIAs most fervent advocates, going to extraordinary lengths to facilitate their husbands' freedom--and to account for missing military men--by relentlessly lobbying government leaders, conducting a savvy media campaign, conducting covert meetings with antiwar activists, most astonishingly, helping to code secret letters to their imprisoned husbands. In a page-turning work of narrative non-fiction, Heath Hardage Lee tells the story of these remarkable women for the first time in The League of Wives."--Biography.

Thunder in the Mountains : Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War

April 23, 2019
Sharfstein, Daniel J., author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
867 pages (large print) : maps ; 24 cm

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.

How to behave badly in Elizabethan England : a guide for knaves, fools, harlots, cuckolds, drunkards, liars, thieves, and braggarts

March 25, 2019
Goodman, Ruth, 1963- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
489 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.

When the Irish invaded Canada : the incredible true story of the Civil War veterans who fought for Ireland's freedom

March 19, 2019
Klein, Christopher, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
x, 618 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The outlandish history of a group of Irish-American revolutionaries who executed a daring set of Civil War-era raids on the British province of Canada to hold the territory hostage in hopes of securing Ireland's independence"-- Provided by publisher.

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.

Let me finish : Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the power of in-your-face politics

February 20, 2019
Christie, Chris, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
612 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
After dropping out of the 2016 presidential race, Chris Christie stunned the political world by becoming the first major official to endorse Donald Trump. A friend of Trump's for fifteen years, the two-term New Jersey governor understood the future president as well as anyone in the political arena--and Christie quickly became one of Trump's most trusted advisers. Tapped with running Trump's transition team, Christie was nearly named his running mate. But within days of Trump's surprise victory over Hillary Clinton, Christie was in for his own surprise: he was being booted out. In Let Me Finish, Christie sets the record straight about his tenure as a corruption-fighting prosecutor and a Republican running a Democratic state, as well as what really happened on the 2016 campaign trail and inside Trump Tower. Christie takes readers inside the ego-driven battles for Trump's attention among figures like Steve Bannon, Corey Lewandowksi, Reince Priebus, Kellyanne Conway, Jeff Sessions, and Paul Manafort. He shows how the literal trashing of Christie's transition plan put the new administration in the hands of self-serving amateurs, all but guaranteeing the Trump presidency's shaky start. Christie also addresses hot-button issues from his own years in power, including what really went down during Bridgegate. And, for the first time, Christie tells the full story of the Kushner saga: how, as a federal prosecutor, Christie put Jared Kushner's powerful father behind bars--a fact Trump's son-in-law makes Christie pay for later. Packed with news-making revelations and told with the kind of bluntness few politicians can match, Christie's memoir is an essential guide to understanding the Trump presidency.

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.

Valley Forge

January 21, 2019
Drury, Bob, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
775 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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 apprentice : Trump, Russia, and the subversion of American democracy

January 16, 2019
Miller, Greg, 1968- author.
©2018
x, 597 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.
It has been called the political crime of the century: a foreign govenment, led by a brutal authoritatian leader, secretly interfering with the American presidential election to help elect the candidate of its choice. Now two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post national security reporter Greg Miller investigates the truth about the Kremlin's covert attempt to destroy Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump win the presidency, Trump's steadfast allegiance to Vladimir Putin, and Robert Mueller's ensuing investigation. Based on interviews with hundreds of people in Trump's inner circle, current and former government officials, indivisuals with close ties to the White House, members of the law enforcement and intelligence communities, and foreign officials, as well as confidential documents, "The apprentice" offers striking new information about what happend behind the scenes and in the shadows, and why while Trump may have ended up in the Oval Office, the real victory was Putin.

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.

Where we go from here : two years in the resistance

December 12, 2018
Sanders, Bernard, author.
©2018
393 pages (large print) ; 23cm
The Democratic presidential candidate, popular senator, and respected economist traces the first year of the Trump administration and what Sanders and his followers are doing to reinforce the progressive movement.

Northland : a 4,000-mile journey along America's forgotten border

December 3, 2018
Fox, Porter, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
411 pages (large print) : maps ; 23 cm.
The dawnland -- The sweet-water seas -- Boundary waters -- Fires -- The medicine line.
"America's northern border is the world's longest international boundary, yet it remains obscure even to Americans. The northern border was America's primary border for centuries--much of the early history of the United States took place there--and to the tens of millions who live and work near the line, the region even has its own name: the northland. Travel writer Porter Fox spent three years exploring 4,000 miles of the border between Maine and Washington, traveling by canoe, freighter, car, and foot. In Northland, he blends a deeply reported and beautifully written story of the region's history with a riveting account of his travels. Setting out from the easternmost point in the mainland United States, Fox follows explorer Samuel de Champlain's adventures across the Northeast; recounts the rise and fall of the timber, iron, and rail industries; crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter; tracks America's fur traders through the Boundary Waters; and traces the forty-ninth parallel from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean. Fox, who grew up the son of a boat-builder in Maine's northland, packs his narrative with colorful characters (Captain Meriwether Lewis, railroad tycoon James J. Hill, Chief Red Cloud of the Lakota Sioux) and extraordinary landscapes (Glacier National Park, the Northwest Angle, Washington's North Cascades). He weaves in his encounters with residents, border guards, Indian activists, and militia leaders to give a dynamic portrait of the northland today, wracked by climate change, water wars, oil booms, and concerns over border security."--Dust jacket.

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

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

Becoming

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

In the hurricane's eye : the genius of George Washington and the victory at Yorktown

October 31, 2018
Philbrick, Nathaniel, author.
New York, New York : Random House Large Print, [2018]
xvii, 616 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. But as he had learned after two years of trying, coordinating his army's movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, on September 5, 1781, the impossible happened. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake--fought without a single American ship--made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability. In a narrative that moves from Washington's headquarters on the Hudson River, to the wooded hillside in North Carolina where Nathanael Greene fought Lord Cornwallis to a vicious draw, to Lafayette's brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, Philbrick details the epic and suspenseful year through to its triumphant conclusion. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane's Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.

American dialogue : the Founders and us

October 30, 2018
Ellis, Joseph J., author.
New York : Random House Large Print, 2018.
x, 426 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Race -- Equality -- Law -- Abroad -- Leadership.

An unlikely journey : waking up from my American dream

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

Killing the SS : the hunt for the worst war criminals in history

October 17, 2018
O'Reilly, Bill, author.
©2018
459 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
As the horrors of the Third Reich were exposed after World War II, many Nazi war criminals--including Josef Mengele, Klaus Barbie, and Adolf Eichmann--went on the run. But self-styled "Nazi hunters" were determined to track them down. This disparate group included a French couple, American lawyer, German prosecutor, Israeli Mossad agents, and a death camp survivor. Over decades, these men and women scoured the world, risking death to bring the SS fugitives to justice.

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