New Arrivals · Large Print Nonfiction

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

Flight or fright : 17 turbulent tales

July 15, 2019
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
485 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Introduction / Stephen King -- Cargo / E. Michael Lewis -- Horror of the heights / Arthur Conan Doyle -- Nightmare at 20,000 feet / Richard Matheson -- Flying machine / Ambrose Bierce -- Lucifer! / E.C. Tubb -- Fifth category / Tom Bissell -- Two minutes forty-five seconds / Dan Simmons -- Diablitos / Cody Goodfellow, Cody -- Air raid / John Varley -- You are released / Joe Hill -- Warbirds / David J. Schow -- The flying machine / Ray Bradbury -- Zombies on a plane / Bev Vincent -- They shall not grow old / Roald Dahl -- Murder in the air / Peter Tremayne -- The turbulance expert / Stephen King -- Falling / James Dickey -- Afterword: an important message from the flight deck / Bev Vincent.
An anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube with hundreds of strangers. All the ways a trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some never thought of before. Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, and Dan Simmons.

Wild horses of the summer sun : a memoir of Iceland

July 10, 2019
Bilski, Tory, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
432 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Each June, Tory Bilski meets fellow women travelers in Reykjavik where they head to a horse farm in northern Iceland, near the Greenland Sea, to escape their ordinary lives and embrace their desire for adventure. Buoyed by their friendships with each other and their bonds with the horses they ride, they are ready to return home"-- Provided by publisher.

Inside the five-sided box : lessons from a lifetime of leadership in the Pentagon

July 8, 2019
Carter, Ashton B., author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019].
xviii, 800 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The twenty-fifth Secretary of Defense takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the innter working of the Pentagon, its vital mission, and what it takes to lead it.

Emperors of the deep : sharks -- the ocean's most mysterious, most misunderstood, and most important guardians

July 5, 2019
McKeever, William, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2019]
vi, 449 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates (large print) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Introduction: Man bites shark -- Searching for Mary Lee -- Makos, the F-35 of sharks -- The mysterious case of the hammerhead -- Sharks as social animals -- The quest for the tiger shark -- The shark attack files -- The sex lives of sharks -- Bearing witness -- Human trafficking at sea -- Water, water everywhere and not a tiger in sight -- The high seas -- Shark warriors -- Shark alley -- Save the shark.
"In this remarkable groundbreaking book, a documentarian and conservationist, determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, explores in-depth the secret lives of sharks -- magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world's oceans and ultimately the planet. From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seas founder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species -- Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White -- as never before, and includes fascinating details such as: Sharks are 50-million years older than trees; Sharks have survived five extinction level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs; Sharks have electroreception, a sixth-sense that lets them pick up on electric fields generated by living things; Sharks can dive 4,000 feet below the surface; Sharks account for only 6 human fatalities per year, while humans kill 100 million sharks per year. McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark's pre-historic secrets and how it has become the world's most feared and most misunderstood predator, and takes us on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water's surface, from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to see sharks up close in their natural habitat. He also interviews ecologists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts, including the founders of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior, the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the self-professed "last great shark hunter." At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean -- if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters." -- Provided by publisher.

One giant leap : the impossible mission that flew us to the moon

June 25, 2019
Fishman, Charles, 1961- author.
827 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

Mama's last hug : animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves

June 24, 2019
Waal, F. B. M. de (Frans B. M.), 1948- author, photographer, illustrator.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2019]
533 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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

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

Don't stop believin'

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

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

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

An Amish reunion : four stories

June 18, 2019
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
547 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Their true home / Amy Clipston -- A reunion of hearts / Beth Wiseman -- A chance to remember / Kathleen Fuller -- Mended hearts / Kelly Irvin.
Their True Home by Amy Clipston : When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago, she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now her family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money, Marlene works at the hardware store owned by Rudy Swarey's father. She knew Rudy growing up and had a secret crush on him, though he never seemed to notice her. But just as a friendship between them begins to blossom, her life is once again turned upside down. Will Marlene ever have a chance to find her own true home?

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

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

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

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

Surprise, kill, vanish : the secret history of CIA paramilitary armies, operators, and assassins

June 3, 2019
Jacobsen, Annie. author.
xvi, 747 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Surprise... your target. Kill... your enemy. Vanish... without a trace. The untold story of the CIA's secret paramilitary units. When diplomacy fails, and war is unwise, the president calls on the CIA's Special Activities Division, a highly-classified branch of the CIA and the most effective, black operations force in the world. Originally known as the president's guerrilla warfare corps, SAD conducts risky and ruthless operations that have evolved over time to defend America from its enemies. Almost every American president since World War II has asked the CIA to conduct sabotage, subversion and, assassination. With unprecedented access to forty-two men and women who proudly and secretly worked on CIA covert operations from the dawn of the Cold War to the present day, along with declassified documents and deep historical research, unveils a complex world of individuals working in treacherous environments populated with killers, connivers and saboteurs.

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

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

The first wave : the D-Day warriors who led the way to victory in World War II

May 31, 2019
Kershaw, Alex, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, 2019.
497 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
June 5, 1944 -- Ham and jam -- The cruel seas -- A Grade A stinker -- Bloody lucky -- By dawn's faint light -- An angel on each shoulder -- La Belle France -- All the blue bonnets -- Tallyho! -- The Bocage -- A dirty bush war -- Defeating Hitler.
"Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day's most perilous missions. The charismatic, unforgettable cast includes the first American paratrooper to touch down on Normandy soil; the British glider pilot who braved antiaircraft fire to crash-land mere yards from the vital Pegasus Bridge; the Canadian brothers who led their troops onto Juno Beach under withering fire; as well as a French commando, returning to his native land, who fought to destroy German strongholds on Sword Beach and beyond. Readers will experience the sheer grit of the Rangers who scaled Pointe du Hoc and the astonishing courage of the British airborne soldiers who captured the Merville Gun Battery in the face of devastating enemy counterattacks. The first to fight when the stakes were highest and the odds longest, these men would determine the fate of the invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe--and the very history of the twentieth century. The result is an epic of close combat and extraordinary heroism. It is the capstone Alex Kershaw's remarkable career, built on his close friendships with D-Day survivors and his intimate understanding of the Normandy battlefield. For the seventy-fifth anniversary, here is a fresh take on World War II's longest day"-- Provided by publisher.

Furious hours : murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee

May 31, 2019
Cep, Casey N., author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
xii, 511 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Prologue -- The Reverend. Divide the waters from the waters ; Minister of the Gospel ; Death benefits ; Seventh son of a seventh son ; Just plain scared ; No exception to the rule -- The lawyer. Who's in the stew? ; Roses are red ; The fight for good ; The Maxwell house ; Peace and goodwill ; Tom v. Tom ; The man from Eclectic ; What Holmes was talking about -- The writer. Disappearing act ; Some kind of soul ; The gift ; Deep calling to deep ; Death and taxes ; Rumor, fantasy, dreams, conjecture, and outright lies ; Coming back until doomsday ; Horseshoe Bend ; The long good-bye -- Epilogue.
"The stunning true story of an Alabama serial killer, and the trial that obsessed the author of To Kill a Mockingbird in the years after the publication of her classic novel--a complicated and difficult time in her life that, until now, has been very little examined. Willie Maxwell was a Baptist reverend in Alabama; he also happened to be a serial killer. Between 1970 and 1977, his two wives and brother all died under suspicious circumstances -- each with hefty life insurance policies taken out by none other than the Reverend himself. With the help of a savvy lawyer, Maxwell escaped justice for years. Then, the teenage daughter of his third wife perished. At the funeral, the victim's uncle shot the Reverend dead in a church full of witnesses--and was subsequently acquitted of the murder, thanks to the same savvy lawyer who had represented the Reverend for all those years. Sitting in the audience during the trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York to her native Alabama with an idea of writing a book about the case. Now, Casey Cep brings this nearly inconceivable, gripping story to life on the page: from the shocking murders to the chicanery of insurance fraud to the courtroom drama. At the same time, it is a vividly told, elegiac account of Harper Lee's quest to write a second book after To Kill a Mockingbird, and a deeply moving portrait of this beloved writer's struggle with fame, success, and the mysteries of artistic creativity"-- Provided by publisher.

The ghost ships of Archangel : the Arctic voyage that defied the Nazis

May 31, 2019
Geroux, William, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
528 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"On the fourth of July, 1942, four Allied ships traversing the Arctic separated from their decimated convoy to head further north into the ice field of the North Pole, seeking safety from Nazi bombers and U-boats in the perilous white maze of ice floes, growlers, and giant bergs. Despite the risks, they had a better chance of survival than the rest of Convoy PQ-17, a fleet of thirty-five cargo ships carrying $1 billion worth of war supplies to the Soviet port of Archangel--the limited help Roosevelt and Churchill extended to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to maintain their fragile alliance, even as they avoided joining the fight in Europe while the Eastern Front raged. The high-level politics that put Convoy PQ-17 in the path of the Nazis were far from the minds of the diverse crews aboard their ships. U.S. Navy Ensign Howard Carraway, aboard the SS Troubadour, was a farm boy from South Carolina and one of the many Americans for whom the convoy was to be a first taste of war; aboard the SS Ironclad, Ensign William Carter of the U.S. Navy Reserve had passed up a chance at Harvard Business School to join the Navy Armed Guard; from the Royal Navy Reserve, Lt. Leo Gradwell was given command of the HMT Ayrshire, a fishing trawler that had been converted into an antisubmarine vessel. All the while, The Ghost Ships of Archangel turns its focus on Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin, playing diplomatic games that put their ships in peril. The twenty-four-hour Arctic daylight in midsummer gave no respite from bombers, and the Germans wielded the terrifying battleship Tirpitz, nicknamed The Big Bad Wolf. Icebergs were as dangerous as Nazis. As a newly forged alliance was close to dissolving and the remnants of Convoy PQ-17 tried to slip through the Arctic in one piece, the fate of the world hung in the balance"-- Provided by publisher.

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

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

The killer across the table : unlocking the secrets of serial killers and predators with the FBI's original Mindhunter

May 31, 2019
Douglas, John E., author.
viii, 513 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"The FBI's legendary pioneer of criminal profiling and inspiration behind the hit Netflix show Mindhunter, John Douglas has spent decades working with law enforcement to understand the criminal mind and hunt violent predators. Now Douglas, along with his long-time collaborator Mark Olshaker, turns his keen eye to four of the most disturbing killers he has confronted. Offering never-before-revealed details about his interview techniques and profiling process, Douglass goes step by step through his encounters with these murderers, connecting each sadistic predator's crimes to his conversation with them. In doing so, he shows his unprecedented ability to get into the heads of both predator and prey as he talks to the country's most dangerous men, and how he used his interrogation skills to expose their true evil." -- Back cover.

The miracle equation : the two decisions that move your biggest goals from possible, to probable, to inevitable

May 31, 2019
Elrod, Hal, 1979- author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
306 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Hal Elrod, keynote speaker and author of the bestselling book The Miracle Morning, shares his "miracle equation," the secret to unlocking happiness, success, and your full potential.

On democracy

May 31, 2019
White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985, author.
xxxiv, 230 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
A collection of essays, letters, and poems reflecting on events and life in the America of the time, written by American author E. B. White and previously published between 1928 and 1976.

Once more we saw stars : a memoir

May 31, 2019
Greene, Jayson, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
351 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
"As the book opens: two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting with her grandmother on a park bench on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. A brick crumbles from a windowsill overhead, striking her unconscious, and she is immediately rushed to the hospital. But although it begins with this event and with the anguish Jayson and his wife, Stacy, confront in the wake of their daughter's trauma and the hours leading up to her death, Once more we saw stars quickly becomes a narrative that is as much about hope and healing as it is about grief and loss. Jayson recognizes, even in the very midst of his ordeal, that there will be a life for him beyond it--that if only he can continue moving forward, from one moment to the next, he will survive what seems un-survivable. With raw honesty, deep emotion, and exquisite tenderness, he captures both the fragility of life and absoluteness of death, and most important of all, the unconquerable power of love. This is an unforgettable memoir of courage and transformation--and a book that will change the way you look at the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Sacred duty : a soldier's tour at Arlington National Cemetery

May 31, 2019
Cotton, Tom, author.
viii, 421 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Prologue: America's regiment -- Coming home -- America's first defenders -- "Honor, values, and tradition" -- Inside Arlington with the Old Guard -- Standing on ceremony -- The unknowns -- Epilogue: "The Old Guard never stops."

Sea stories : my life in special operations

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

The second mountain : the quest for a moral life

May 31, 2019
Brooks, David, 1961- author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
xlix, 556 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
In this book, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

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