New Arrivals · Large Print Nonfiction

January 18, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

In the country of women : a memoir

January 17, 2020
Straight, Susan, author.
525 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straight--and eventually her three daughters--heard for decades the stories of Dwayne's female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straight's mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Susan's family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onward--from Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California."--Provided by publisher.

The way I heard it

January 17, 2020
Rowe, Mike, 1962- author.
391 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Emmy-award winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America's #1 short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations, and insights."--Provided by publisher.

The power of favor : the force that will take you where you can't go on your own

January 10, 2020
Osteen, Joel, author.
New York, NY : FaithWords Large Print, 2019.
290 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
The power of favor -- Declare favor -- Favor connections -- Distinctive favor -- God is your source -- A public display -- Favor in the storm -- Your set time for favor -- The God who crosses his arms -- Just one good break -- By this time next year -- Commanded to be blessed -- Exceeded expectations -- It's on the way -- Living favor-minded -- Heavy with favor.
God helps you accomplish what you couldn't manage on your own. With His blessings, you stand out in the crowd and get breaks that you didn't deserve. The psalmist said, "God's favor surrounds us like a shield." That means that everywhere you go, you have an advantage, a divine empowerment, and a key to open up the right doors. With Joel's encouragement, you'll see how God's goodness uplifts you every day. He wants you to reach new levels of fulfillment, new levels of increase, new levels of promotion, new levels of victory. You have been called out, set apart, and chosen to live a distinctively favored life. When you realize you have been marked for blessings, you will feel the force of His favor and overcome challenges that you can't face on your own.

We are the weather : saving the planet begins at breakfest

January 6, 2020
Foer, Jonathan Safran, 1977- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
415 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didn't believe in the science of global warming and those who said they accepted the science but failed to change their lives in response? In We Are the Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves--with our all-too-human reluctance to sacrifice immediate comfort for the sake of the future. We have, he reveals, turned our planet into a farm for growing animal products, and the consequences are catastrophic. Only collective action will save our home and way of life. And it all starts with what we eat--and don't eat--for breakfast"-- Provided by publisher.

Will my cat eat my eyeballs? : big questions from tiny mortals about death

January 6, 2020
Doughty, Caitlin, author.
299 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Before we begin -- When I die, will my cat eat my eyeballs? -- What would happen to an astronaut body in space? -- Can I keep my parents' skulls after they die? -- Will my body sit up or speak on its own after I die? -- We buried my dog in the backyard, what would happen if we dug him up now? -- Can I preserve my dead body in amber like a prehistoric insect? -- Why do we turn colors when we die? -- How does a whole adult fit in a tiny box after cremation? -- Will I poop when I die? -- Do conjoined twins always die at the same time? -- If I died making a stupid face, would it be stuck like that forever? -- Can we give Grandma a Viking funeral? -- Why don't animals dig up all the graves? -- What would happen if you swallowed a bag of popcorn before you died and were cremated? -- If someone is trying to sell a house, do they have to tell the buyer someone died there? -- What if they make a mistake and bury me when I'm just in a coma? -- What would happen if you died on a plane? -- Do bodies in the cemetery make the water we drink taste bad? -- I went to the show where dead bodies with no skin play soccer. Can we do that with my body? -- Can everybody fit in a casket? What if they're really tall? -- Can someone donate blood after they die? -- We eat dead chickens, why not dead people? -- What happens when a cemetery is full of bodies and you can't add any more? -- Is it true people see a white light as they're dying? -- Why don't bugs eat people's bones? -- What happens when you want to bury someone but the ground is too frozen? -- Can you describe the smell of a dead body? -- What happens to soldiers who die far away in battle, or whose bodies are never found? -- Can I be buried in the same grave as my hamster? -- Will my hair keep growing in my coffin after I'm buried? -- Can I use human bones from a cremation as jewelry? -- Did mummies stink when they were wrapped? -- At my grandma's wake, she was wrapped in plastic under her blouse. Why would they do that?
"Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. The best questions come from kids. What would happen to an astronaut's body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral?In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty blends her mortician's knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five distinctive questions posed by her youngest fans. In her inimitable voice, Doughty details lore and science of what happens to, and inside, our bodies after we die. Why do corpses groan? What causes bodies to turn colors during decomposition? And why do hair and nails appear longer after death? Readers will learn the best soil for mummifying your body, whether you can preserve your best friend's skull as a keepsake, and what happens when you die on a plane.Beautifully illustrated by Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? shows us that death is science and art, and only by asking questions can we begin to embrace it"-- Provided by publisher.

Doctor dogs : how our best friends are becoming our best medicine

December 17, 2019
Goodavage, Maria, 1962- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
560 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Stop the roller coaster, I want to get off : dogs and diabetics -- It's about to hit the fan : seizure-alert dogs and the people they love -- A doctor dog in this fight : how canines may one day help you survive cancer -- Dog, MD : multitalented, multipurpose medical dogs -- Fainting in front of the Queen : and other problems tackled by doctor dog specialists -- Hidden enemies : super dogs for superbugs -- The dog whisperers : from Freud's dog to the trombones and hills on the autism spectrum -- A heartbeat at my feet : the difference dogs make in mental illness -- After the war : dogs on the front lines of PTSD -- Stand by me : dogs in times of crisis and disaster.
We meet dogs who detect cancer and Parkinson's disease, and dogs who alert people to seizures and diabetic lows or highs and other life-threatening physical ailments. Goodavage reveals the revolutionary ways dogs are helping those with autism, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. And she introduces us to intrepid canines who are protecting us from antibiotic-resistant bugs, and to dogs who may one day help keep us safe from epidemic catastrophe. Their paycheck for their lifesaving work? Heartfelt praise and a tasty treat or favourite toy. The emotional element in Doctor Dogs delivers as powerfully as the science. You don't have to be a dog lover to care deeply about what these dogs are doing and what we are learning from them, although if you're not a dog lover, you probably will be by the end of the book.

The vagabonds : the story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's ten-year road trip

December 13, 2019
Guinn, Jeff, author.
537 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In 1914 Henry Ford and naturalist John Burroughs visited Thomas Edison in Florida and toured the Everglades. The following year Ford, Edison, and tire maker Harvey Firestone joined together on a summer camping trip and decided to call themselves the Vagabonds. They would continue their summer road trips until 1925, when they announced that their fame made it too difficult for them to carry on. Although the Vagabonds traveled with an entourage of chefs, butlers, and others, this elite fraternity also had a serious purpose: to examine the conditions of America's roadways and improve the practicality of automobile travel. Cars were unreliable and the roads were even worse. But newspaper coverage of these trips was extensive, and as cars and roads improved, the summer trip by automobile soon became a desired element of American life. In The Vagabonds Jeff Guinn shares the story of this pivotal moment in American history. But he also examines the important relationship between the older Edison and the younger Ford, who once worked for the famous inventor. The road trips made the automobile ubiquitous and magnified Ford's reputation, even as Edison's diminished. The automobile had come of age and it would transform the American landscape, the American economy, and the American way of life. Guinn brings to life this seminal moment when a new industry created a watershed cultural shift and a famous businessman became a prominent political figure. The Vagabonds is a wonderful story of two American giants and the transformation of the country"-- Provided by publisher.

An Amish Christmas bakery : four stories

December 13, 2019
539 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Cookies and cheer / Amy Clipston -- Loaves of love / Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey -- Melting hearts / Kathleen Fuller -- Cakes and kisses / Kelly Irvin.
"Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston As Christmas draws near, Alyssa Byler dreams of a window display for the bakery where she works. When she decides to design and build a sugar cookie nativity scene, all she needs is the right cookie cutters--and handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker is the one she asks for help. Using Kyle's handmade cutters, Alyssa creates a striking display that brings more tourists to the bakery than she can handle. And when shoppers request handmade cookie cutters of their own, Kyle finds himself overwhelmed by the demand. As Christmas approaches, Alyssa realizes she's been too caught up in work to focus on the true meaning of Christmas--and too distracted to explore the feelings she has for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush and spend their time celebrating the season that has brought them together. Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman As the only girl in a family of eight, Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family's bakery while her mother recuperates from surgery. At first, Katie doesn't think tending to the bakery alone will be difficult. She's worked alongside her mother for years. But Christmas is coming, and with the holiday comes a flood of patrons, both regulars and tourists. When Katie becomes overwhelmed with the orders she is receiving, she is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by purchasing propane ovens to help with the workload. She finds help from an unexpected source--childhood friend Henry Hershberger, who has harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. He's been afraid to tell her how he feels, but he's sure that this Christmas is his moment. As the demands of the bakery only get more intense, both Katie and Henry have to decide what really matters . . . and find the courage within themselves to go after it. Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller Mattie Shetler is an expert baker, so when her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. What she doesn't know is that her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery's new expansion, and he's asked none other than Peter Kaufman, Mattie's sworn enemy. As the two work side by side, though, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love. Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin Martha Ropp works hard at her family's bakery, making cakes and pies in preparation not only for Christmas but the many community weddings, including her sister's. To help during this busy season, Martha's mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days, but soon discovers that still waters run deep. The more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery, but both Martha and Ambrose are too timid to make the first move. That's when the town matchmakers step in"-- Provided by publisher.

The wolf connection : what wolves can teach us about being human

December 13, 2019
Alfero, Teo, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
416 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
The wolf has enthralled humankind for millennia, as a creature to be both feared and admired. Legends, behavioral science, and biological research all suggest that human beings picked up many of their key evolutionary traits -- such as cooperative hunting and raising of their young, and their high degree of emotional intelligence and deep bonding -- from wolves. Teo and his team at Wolf Heart Ranch conservatory have seen first-hand how wolves and wolfdogs can shift people's outlooks, empowering at-risk youth and benefitting people from all walks of life through their wolf therapy program, the Wolf Connection. As we restore our ancestral bond with these inspiring, resourceful beings, we begin to reclaim the best of what it means to be human. Grounded in Teo's years of working with wolves, as well as the findings of wolf biologists and the wisdom of First Nation elders, The Wolf connection offers a set of twelve Wolf Principles to awaken our intuition, live more authentically, and heal from past trauma. By integrating and myriad of sources -- including inspiring stories from the Wolf Heart Ranch -- Teo provides a complete understanding of wolves and the lessons they have to teach us, so you can harness their powerful and transformative insights in your own life.

Greek to me : adventures of the comma queen

December 2, 2019
Norris, Mary, 1952- author.
299 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Alpha to Omega -- A is for Athena -- Dead or alive -- Demeter dearest -- A taste for tragedy -- Swimming with Aphrodite -- Acropolis now -- The sea! The sea!
"Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris's lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris's memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine--and more than a few Greek men--Greek to Me is the Comma Queen's fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.I"-- Provided by publisher.

Hymns of the Republic : the story of the final year of the American Civil War

December 2, 2019
Gwynne, S. C. (Samuel C.), 1953- author.
697 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
The end begins -- With malice toward all -- The armies of spring -- A wilderness of pain -- Shovels and other weapons of war -- One additional horror -- A battlefield angel -- A circus of ineptitude -- The persuasive logic of gunpowder -- An elaborate slaughter -- The man who lost everything -- The mind of Ulysses S. Grant -- The war against Lincoln -- Politics of the not-quite-real -- Valley of fire -- Backroads to fame -- The moralist from hell -- Uncle Billy's book of moments -- Death ahead of them, death behind them -- Richmond is burning -- This bitter glory -- The unbearable weight of history -- Hell itself.
The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of that era's most compelling narratives, defining the nation and one of history's great turning points.Now, S.C. Gwynne'sHymns of the Republic addresses the time Ulysses S. Grant arrives to take command of all Union armies in March 1864 to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox a year later. Gwynne breathes new life into the epic battle between Lee and Grant; the advent of 180,000 black soldiers in the Union army; William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea; the rise of Clara Barton; the election of 1864 (which Lincoln nearly lost); the wild and violent guerrilla war in Missouri; and the dramatic final events of the war, including the surrender at Appomattox and the murder of Abraham Lincoln.

A snowy little Christmas

December 2, 2019
425 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Starry night / by Fern Michaels -- Mistletoe and mimosas / by Tara Sheets -- Missing Christmas / by Kate Clayborn.
Starry night: As the host of a radio program for the lovelorn, Jessie Richmond is surprisingly lonely, especially with the holidays approaching. So she decides to make the trek to her uncle's bookstore in rural New York state and hold a speed dating event--only to find herself snowed in--with one very special single ...

Contention and other frontier stories : a five star anthology

November 29, 2019
501 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Contention / Johnny D. Boggs -- Eddie and the stranger / Vonn McKee -- The deserter / Loren D. Estleman -- A full moon at noon / Marcia Gaye -- The medicine robe / Michael Zimmer -- Mary, Mary, quite contrary / Kathleen Morris -- Darlings of the dust / John D. Nesbitt -- Pimple / John Neely David -- Bullwhacker / Rod Miller -- Ih-tedda's son / W. Michael Farmer -- Aces and eights / Michael R. Ritt -- Jericho springs / Max McCoy -- Buryin' Ruby / Greg Hunt -- A grave too many / Preston Lewis -- Frank & Jesse / Bill Brooks -- Barquette of the XP / Tim Champlin -- Running iron / Robert D. McKee.

The queen : the forgotten life behind an American myth

November 29, 2019
Levin, Josh, 1980- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
695 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"On the South Side of Chicago in 1974, Linda Taylor reported a phony burglary, concocting a lie about stolen furs and jewelry. The detective who checked it out soon discovered she was a welfare cheat who drove a Cadillac to collect ill-gotten government checks. And that was just the beginning: Taylor, it turned out, was also a kidnapper, and possibly a murderer. A desperately ill teacher, a combat-traumatized Marine, an elderly woman hungry for companionship- after Taylor came into their lives, all three ended up dead under suspicious circumstances. But nobody- not the journalists who touted her story, not the police, and not presidential candidate Ronald Reagan- seemed to care about anything but her welfare thievery. Growing up in the Jim Crow South, Taylor was made an outcast because of the color of her skin. As she rose to infamy, the press and politicians manipulated her image to demonize poor black women. Part social history, part true-crime investigation, Josh Levin's mesmerizing book, the product of six years of reporting and research, is a fascinating account of American racism, and an exposé of the "welfare queen" myth, one that fueled political debates that reverberate to this day. The Queen tells, for the first time, the fascinating story of what was done to Linda Taylor, what she did to others, and what was done in her name"--Provided by publisher.

Three women

November 29, 2019
Taddeo, Lisa, author.
507 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
An account based on nearly a decade of reporting examines the sex lives of three American women, exploring the complexity and fragility of female desire.

Trump vs. China : facing America's greatest threat

November 25, 2019
Gingrich, Newt, author.
New York : Center Street Large Print, 2019.
viii, 535 pages (large print) : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sounds the warning bell that communist-ruled China poses the biggest threat to the United States that we have seen in our lifetime. The United States is currently engaged in a competition with the Chinese government unlike any other that we have witnessed before. This is a competition between the American system-which is governed by freedom and the rule of law-and a totalitarian dictatorship that is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. These are two different visions for the future; one will succeed, and one will fail. It is possible for America to respond to the Chinese Communist Party's efforts, but doing so will require new thinking, many big changes, and many hard choices for our leaders in government and private sector.

The body : a guide for occupants

November 22, 2019
Bryson, Bill, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
x, 703 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
How to build a human -- The outside: skin and hair -- Microbial you -- The brain -- The head -- Down the hatch: the mouth and throat -- The heart and blood -- The chemistry department -- In the dissecting room: the skeleton -- On the move: bipedalism and exercise -- Equilibrium -- The immune system -- Deep breath: the lungs and breathing -- Food, glorious food -- The guts -- Sleep -- Into the nether regions -- In the beginning: conception and birth -- Nerves and pain -- When things go wrong: diseases -- When things go very wrong: cancer -- Medicine good and bad -- The end.
Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail.

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers : the Texas victory that changed American history

November 22, 2019
Kilmeade, Brian, author.
381 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
General Jackson's Protege -- Gone to Texas -- "Come and Take It" -- Concepcion -- A Slow Siege at the Alamo -- The Defenders -- Twelve Days of Uncertainty -- The Massacre -- Bring Out the Dead -- Houston Hears the News -- Fort Defiance -- The Texian Exodus -- An Army Assembles -- The Battle at San Jacinto -- "Remember the Alamo!" -- Old Sam Jacinto -- President Sam Houston -- epilogue -- The Founding and the Founders of Texas.
"Brian Kilmeade explores hidden aspects of Sam Houston, the first president of Texas, and brings the reader to the scenes of one of the most pivotal moments in American history."-- Provided by publisher.

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

November 18, 2019
Grunenwald, Jill A., author.
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.

An Amish Christmas kitchen : three novellas celebrating the warmth of the holiday

November 15, 2019
Gould, Leslie, author.
425 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
An Amish family Christmas / by Leslie Gould -- An Amish Christmas recipe box / by Jan Drexler -- An Unexpected Christmas gift / by Kate Lloyd.
"As the weather grows cold and the nights grow long, the cheer and warmth of the Christmas season is one thing all readers can find comfort in. This collection from bestselling Amish fiction novelists Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd finds the beating heart at the center of the holiday and offers three novellas that celebrate family, faith, and especially the sights and smells of a bustling holiday kitchen. Leslie Gould tells the story of how, in the wake of a heartbreaking loss, a young Amish woman finds unexpected comfort and hope in a yearly baking tradition surrounding the local Lancaster Christmas market. Jan Drexler offers a sweet tale of a shy Amish woman who decides to use her gift for sweets to woo a local Amish boy with her beloved Christmas cookies. And Kate Lloyd offers a heartwarming tale of a woman's unexpected discovery about the truth of her past, and the warm and welcoming Amish family table she finds herself invited to on Christmas"-- 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.

Christmas sweets

November 15, 2019
New York, New York : Kensington Books, published by Kensington Publishing Corp., 2019.
489 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The twelve desserts of Christmas / Joanne Fluke (©2006) -- Nightmare on Elf Street / Laura Levine (©2013) -- The Christmas thief / Leslie Meier (©2012).
The Twelve Desserts of Christmas: "It's the perfect mix of naughty and nice when two lovestruck boarding school teachers watch six kids over Christmas break. But when someone wants the cozy couple's romance to burn out faster than a scorched fruitcake, it's Hannah Swensen to the rescue, armed with her sleuthing skills--and twelve deliciously festive recipes..." .

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.


November 13, 2019
John, Elton, author.
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.

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