New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

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

Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

June 14, 2018
Fraser, Caroline, author.
©2017
909 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print) : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm.
"Millions of devoted readers believe they know Laura Ingalls -- the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains and went on to write the famous autobiographical books. But the full saga of her life has never been told. Now Caroline Fraser, editor of the Library of America's Little House series, masterfully fills in the gaps. For all the hardships Wilder's books describe, her life was harder and grittier. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day."--Back cover.

Robin

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

American values : lessons I learned from my family

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

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

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

I'm Keith Hernandez : a memoir

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"

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

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

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

The light within me : an inspirational memoir

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

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

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

Ritz & Escoffier : the hotelier, the chef, and the rise of the leisure class

April 23, 2018
Barr, Luke, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
459 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

The newcomers : finding refuge, friendship, and hope in an American classroom

April 23, 2018
Thorpe, Helen, 1965- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2018.
675 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

The stowaway : a young man's extraordinary adventure to Antarctica

April 23, 2018
Shapiro, Laurie Gwen, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2018.
365 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Where there's hope : healing, moving forward, and never giving up

April 11, 2018
Smart, Elizabeth, 1987- author.
New York : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2018.
385 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC/St. Martin's Press, 2018.

Lady in red : an intimate portrait of Nancy Reagan

April 11, 2018
Tate, Sheila, 1942- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
327 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Christmas at the White House -- The art lover -- Finding her voice -- Press contacts -- Diplomat in chief -- Planes, trips, and weather reports -- Protecting Nancy -- Up close and personal -- Blame it on Nancy -- No better friend -- White House humor -- Searching for privacy -- Staff memories -- The long goodbye -- No words.
"Lady in Red is the long-awaited collection of behind-the-scenes stories and iconic images of one of the most influential First Lady in modern history -- Nancy Reagan. Lovingly compiled by long-time close confidante and aide, Sheila Tate, the book provides a rare and much-anticipated look into the personal life of the president's wife, from her daily routines and travels as First Lady to her friendships and deep influence in the Reagan White House. Lady in Red depicts a nuanced portrait of this graceful yet strong woman who felt it was her mission to restore a sense of grandeur, mystique, and excitement to the presidency, showcasing the various roles that Mrs. Reagan played during her years in the White House, that of Wife, Mother, Protector, Host, Diplomat, and Advisor, among others. The book also features twenty-four pages of gorgeous color photographs, including "Nancy's Album," a collection of Mrs. Reagan's favorite photographs, which she entrusted to Sheila to share with the world after she and her beloved Ronnie had passed. To complete the portrait, Lady in Red includes interviews with the friends and politicians who knew Mrs. Reagan best: President George H. W. Bush, Chris Wallace, James Baker, Ed Meese, Maureen Dowd, and Marlin Fitzwater share their most cherished memories of the First Lady."--Provided by publisher.

The Duchess : Camilla Parker Bowles and the love affair that rocked the crown

March 21, 2018
Junor, Penny, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
587 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
The problem -- Deb's delight -- Medals not money -- History -- The foundation years -- The stuffed stoat -- Swinging sixties -- Mrs PB -- The attentions of a prince -- An education -- A suitable bride -- Dishonesty all round -- A state of mind -- The stuff of nightmares -- Princess of Wales -- A plea for help -- For king and country -- Annus horribilis -- The final salvos -- Dark days -- Divorce -- Blackadder -- Week of waiting -- A low profile -- Raw recruit -- Coming out -- A little local difficulty -- U-turn -- Final furlong -- It girl -- Staying sane -- Pillars of interest -- A good read -- Nothing to prove -- In the family -- Bedside manner -- Abroad -- WOW -- Making a difference -- Domestic violence -- Mending fences -- The future.
"In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall--the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana 'a bit crowded'--royal biographer Penny Junor tells the story of a woman reviled as a pariah who became the popular princess consort. Junor argues that although Camilla played a central role in the darkest days of the modern monarchy, she also played a central role in restoring the royal family's reputation, especially that of Princes Charles, the man who has always been the love of her life"--Back cover.

Unmasked : a memoir

March 21, 2018
Lloyd Webber, Andrew, 1948- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xii, 757 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.

Coming to my senses : the making of a counterculture cook

March 20, 2018
Waters, Alice, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, [2018]
395 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2017.

Grant

March 13, 2018
Chernow, Ron, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale , 2018.
1485 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Introduction: The Sphinx talks -- Part one, A life of struggle: Country bumpkin ; The darling young lieutenant ; Rough and ready ; The son of temperance ; Payday -- Part two, A life of war: The store clerk ; The quiet man ; Twin forts ; Dynamo ; A glittering lie ; Exodus ; Man of iron ; Citadel ; Deliverance ; Above the clouds ; Idol of the hour ; Ulysses the Silent ; Raging storm ; Heavens hung in black ; Caldron of hell ; Chew & choke ; Her satanic majesty ; Dirty boots ; A singular, indescribable vessel -- Part three, A life of peace: Soldierly good faith ; Swing around the circle ; Volcanic passion ; Trading places ; Spoils of war ; We are all Americans ; Sin against humanity ; The darkest blot ; A dance of blood ; Vindication ; A butchery of citizens ; The bravest battle ; Let no guilty man escape ; Saddest of the falls ; Redeemers -- Part four, A life of reflection: The wanderer ; Master spirit ; A miserable dirty reptile ; Taps.
Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Educated : a memoir

March 2, 2018
Westover, Tara, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
493 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Choose the good -- The midwife -- Cream shoes -- Apache women -- Honest dirt -- Shield and buckler -- The Lord will provide -- Tiny harlots -- Perfect in his generations -- Shield of feathers -- Instinct -- Fish eyes -- Silence in the churches -- My feet no longer touch Earth -- No more a child -- Disloyal man, disobedient heaven -- To keep it holy -- Blood and feathers -- In the beginning -- Recitals of the fathers -- Skullcap -- What we whispered and what we screamed -- I'm from Idaho -- A knight, errant -- The work of sulphur -- Waiting for moving water -- If I were a woman -- Pygmalion -- Graduation -- The hand of the almighty -- Tragedy then farce -- A brawling woman in a wide house -- Sorcery of physics -- The substance of things -- West of the sun -- Four long arms, whirling -- Gambling for redemption -- Family -- Watching the buffalo -- Educated.
"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.

Swimming with elephants : my unexpected pilgrimage from physician to healer

March 2, 2018
Seidelmann, Sarah Bamford, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
367 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Originally published: Red Wheel Weiser, LLC.
"After two decades in the study and practice of medicine, Sarah Seidelmann took a three month sabbatical to find a way to feel good again, undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer. During that tumultuous period, Sarah met an elephant who became an important spirit companion on her journey"-- Provided by publisher.

Gold dust woman : the biography of Stevie Nicks

March 2, 2018
Davis, Stephen, 1947- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
550 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: St. Martin's Press.
"A classic rock biography about the defining face and voice of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, who at 68 is still one of the most glamorous creatures rock has known and a real rock 'n' roller"-- Provided by publisher.

The kings of Big Spring : God, oil, and one family's search for the American dream

February 27, 2018
Mealer, Bryan, author.
©2018
605 pages (large print) : map, genealogical tables ; 23 cm
"In 1892, Bryan Mealer's great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history"--Provided by publisher.

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