New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

June 27, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

No barriers : a blind man's journey to kayak the Grand Canyon

June 26, 2017
Weihenmayer, Erik.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press , 2017
809 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Vision -- The dream factory -- Blind summit -- Alchemy -- Déséquilibre -- The bucket's Champion -- Leading the way --Anita, my way -- A grain of sand --The adventure glutton -- Arjun's playground -- "Not my yak!" -- The gates of Lodore -- Bath towels and packing tape -- Soldiers to summits -- The open-heart policy -- Whirlpools -- Eighteen clicks -- The other blind guy -- The blindest man in the world -- Eddied out -- Smile -- The weight of water -- Flow -- Lava.
Erik Weihenmayer presents an exhilarating adventure story of arduous mountain climbing and whitewater kayaking, but he also offers broader life lessons. A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit.

Al Franken, giant of the Senate

June 22, 2017
Franken, Al, author.
New York : Twelve, 2017.
vii, 548 pages (large type), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Why I'm a Democrat -- How I became a comedian -- Saturday Night Live (not the drug part) -- Saturday Night Live (the drug part) -- Saturday Night Live (the part where I leave) -- Paul -- A 99 percent improvement -- Year of the bean feed -- The DeHumorizer(TM) -- I attempt to litigate comedy -- Hermann the German and the pill-out couch -- No joke -- Harry and Chuck -- Icarus soars -- Twixt cup and lip -- Public opprobrium -- My first powwow -- Tax-dodging, rape-joking pornographer for Senate -- Franni saves the campaign -- "Has it gotten that bad?!" -- "It's close, it's very close" -- The recount -- Welcome to the NFL -- I actually become a senator -- My first big win* -- What gets me out of bed in the morning -- The case of Perry Mason's lost case -- The angel and the devil -- Never give the staff credit -- Letting my id run amok -- I screw up -- Operation curdle -- Health care: now what? -- I meet George W. Bush -- The 64 percent rule -- My Republican friends -- Sophistry -- Bulletproof -- Cracks in my soul -- The Koch brothers hate your grandchildren -- No whining on the yacht -- I win awards -- We build a DeHumorizer(TM) -- I get reelected -- Lies and the lying liar who got himself elected President -- I attend a presidential inauguration -- Being as good as the people we serve.
"From the #1 bestselling author--a book about an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast. In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics. Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves."--Jacket.

Believe me : a memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens

June 22, 2017
Izzard, Eddie, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
526 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house

June 22, 2017
Epstein, Daniel Mark, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
xxiii, 690 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm

A dog called hope : a wounded warrior and the service dog who saved him

June 19, 2017
Morgan, Jason (paratrooper), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
539 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A Dog Called Hope is the incredible story of a remarkable service dog who brought a devastated warrior back from the brink. It is the story of one funny, lovable dog’s power to heal a family and teach a wounded man how to be a true father. It is the story of an amazing dog with boundless loyalty who built bridges between his wheelchair-bound battle buddy and the rest of able-bodied humankind. It is the story of how one very special dog gave a man’s life true meaning. Humorous, intensely moving, and uplifting, Jason and Napal’s heartwarming tale will brighten any day and lift every heart.

Cravings : how I conquered food

June 19, 2017
Collins, Judy, 1939- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
299 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Introduction: The source of the trouble -- My journey: the first decade, running -- Lives of the diet gurus: Lord Byron -- My journey: the forties -- Lives of the diet gurus: Gayelord Hauser, the man who invented the celebrity diet -- My journey: into the fifties: music, music, music, and my galloping food addiction -- Lives of the diet gurus: Hippocrates, Cornaro, Brillat-Savarin, Faxian, and William the Conqueror -- Diets, hunger, starvation, and solutions -- My journey: teenage years -- Lives of the diet gurus: William Banting -- My journey: the late fifties and the sixties -- Lives of the diet gurus: Jean Nidetch and Weight Watchers -- My journey: my entrance into America's folk music revival -- Lives of the diet gurus: Donaldson, Pennington, Atkins, Stillman, Taller -- My journey: the heart of the matter -- Lives of the diet gurus: Dr. Andrew Weil -- My journey: the late sixties and the seventies -- Lives of the diet gurus: Linus Pauling, Adelle Davis, and the vitamin revolution -- My journey: almost nearing the last gasp -- Lives of the diet gurus: The Scarsdale Diet and Dr. Herman Tarnower -- My journey: life on life's terms -- Lives of the diet gurus: Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith; alcoholism and food addiction -- My journey: the solution--celebration.
"A candid memoir by folk legend Judy Collins of her lifelong struggle with compulsive overeating and the spiritual solution that saved her. Since childhood, Judy Collins has been preoccupied, haunted, seduced, and taunted by food, a problem that nearly cost her her career and her life. For decades she thought her food issues were moral issues--lack of self-will, lack of discipline--and she worked hard at controlling what she thought of as her shameful inclinations, employing measures that led to serious health complications. Today she knows she was born with an addiction to sugar and grains, flour and wheat. The discovery of a solution to her problem prompted the desire to share what she has learned, which has brought her peace of mind, a clean food plan, years of maintaining the same weight, and a glow of joy and health. Alternating between chapters on her life and those of the many diet gurus she has come to know (from Lord Byron to Atkins, Jean Nidetch of Weight Watchers, and Andrew Weil), Cravings is the story of the mountains Collins has climbed and the monsters she has encountered on the path to recovery"-- Provided by publisher.

Are you anybody? : a memoir

May 31, 2017
Tambor, Jeffrey, 1944- author.
©2017
354 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
It's rare that an actor embodies even one memorable character over the arc of a career. Jeffrey Tambor has managed to create three, beginning with Hank "Hey Now!" Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show , the series created by Garry Shandling, Jeffrey's first mentor in television. He went on to find two more show creators, Mitch Hurwitz of Arrested Development and Jill Soloway of Transparent , who shared a love of actors and taught him a lot about acting along the way. Are You Anybody? is Tambor's chance to discuss his creative process and immense accomplishments from a life lived onscreen. Drawing from his formative childhood years, in which he describes himself as a fat Hungarian-Jewish kid with a lisp and a depressive father to how he drew inspiration from his life to create these characters, Tambor's memoir is funny, insightful, and uplifting, touching on comedy and the enduring chutzpah required to make it through life.

Lou : fifty years of kicking dirt, playing hard, and winning big in the sweet spot of baseball

May 31, 2017
Piniella, Lou, 1943- author.
New York, NY : Harperluxe, 2017.
500 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.

Coach Wooden and me : our 50-year friendship on and off the court

May 31, 2017
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
305 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Prologue: Why it took fifty years to write this book -- When worlds collide: midwestern hick meets Harlem hoopster -- The game is afoot: It's never about winning and other courtside lessons -- Color bind: the unbearable darkness of being black -- What would Wooden do: religion, politics, and keeping the faith -- We've got trouble, right here in Pauley Pavilion: getting lost on Wooden Way -- "Time can bend your knees": the hours of friendship in the days of grief -- Our long day's journey into night.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

Agent 110 : an American spymaster and the German resistance in WWII

May 25, 2017
Miller, Scott, 1960- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
591 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Portal on the Reich -- "I have never believed in turning back" -- The "eternal plotter" -- "Roosevelt's emissary" -- Unconditional surrender -- "Because you're you" -- "A Yankee Doodle-Dandy" -- "Utterly without scruples" -- "Imposing their brand of domination" -- Two bottles of Cointreau -- "Who, me? Jealous?" -- "There is just the glimmer of a chance that this man is on the square" -- "You could have peace in eight days" -- "I wouldn't tell Dulles" -- The Committee for a Free Germany -- "Twenty percent for liberation and eighty percent for Russia" -- "A high-tension power line" -- "The qualities of a genius" -- "Obviously a plant" -- "Now all is lost" -- "I trembled with emotion" -- "I do not understand what our policy is" -- "The Soviet maintains a steady flow into the Reich of constructive ideas" -- "Aren't they ready to act yet?" -- The wolf's lair -- "Communism is not what Germany needs" -- "I never saw them so completely downtrodden" -- Reunion with Donovan -- Light had gone out -- "I felt that the walls of the cellar were about to collapse around me" -- "An implacable enemy of Bolshevism" -- "A common desire to know what the Germans were planning" -- "Gero, are you standing or sitting?" -- "I can see how much you and Allen care for each other" -- "I was puzzled about what the Soviets would do with this information" -- "I may be crazy" -- "I cannot avoid a feeling of bitter resentment toward your informers" -- "This is the most terrible news I've ever had" -- "In view of complications which have arisen with Russians" -- An overloaded Mercedes-Benz -- "I will never forget what you have done for me" -- "Countless thousands of parents would bless you" -- The crown jewels -- "It was three allies and one enemy" -- "Most of my time is spent reliving those exciting days".
"Presents an account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of disenchanted Germans in a plot to assassinate Hitler and end World War II before the invasion of opportunistic Russian forces,"--NoveList.

Between them : remembering my parents

May 19, 2017
Ford, Richard, 1944- author.
©2017
177 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Gone : remembering my father -- My mother, in memory.
Presents a memoir in two parts on the lives of the author's parents in the Depression-era South that explores their motivations and dreams, his traveling salesman father's early death, and the family's transient lives in a series of hotels.

The secrets of my life

May 19, 2017
Jenner, Caitlyn, 1949- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2017.
x, 354 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Bruce Jenner, the celebrated Olympic icon and later the patriarch of one of the most famous families in the world, seemed to be living a dream life of success, fame, and prosperity. But the all-American image and million-dollar smile belied a lifelong struggle with gender dysphoria, and it wasn't until the sensational Diane Sawyer interview that the public mask of Bruce Jenner was finally retired, and through the memorable Vanity Fair piece by Buzz Bissinger, that Caitlyn Jenner was introduced to the world and set free to exist on her own terms. Since then, Caitlyn has undertaken an arduous emotional and physical odyssey to achieve the completeness she always felt was missing."--Book jacket.

The new old me : my late-life reinvention

May 17, 2017
Maran, Meredith, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
381 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"After the death of her best friend, the loss of her life's savings, and the collapse of her once-happy marriage, Meredith Maran leaves her San Francisco freelance writer's life for a 9-to-5 job in Los Angeles -determined to rebuild not only her savings but herself while relishing the joys of life in La-La Land...Maran writes a 'lusty, kickass' (Kate Christensen) post-divorce memoir: one woman's story of starting over at 60 in youth-obsessed, beauty-obsessed Hollywood" --Back cover.

I am number 8 : overlooked and undervalued, but not forgotten by God

May 4, 2017
Gray, John W. (Pastor), author.
New York, NY : Faith Words, 2017.
xxviii, 241 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Who is a number 8? -- The field of favor -- There's oil in the field -- In search of a hero -- That long walk home -- Sheep, lions, bears, and giants -- Big me, little king -- Dear Dad -- Scavenger hunt -- Hearts and parts -- My turn, God's time -- Blind spots -- Worshipping wounded -- I can't believe I'm here!
Explores the example of the biblical David, the overlooked, undervalued eighth son who became a renowned king, to expose how God helps even his most humble followers cultivate leadership, wisdom, and sacred gifts for future greatness.

The road to Jonestown : Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

April 28, 2017
Guinn, Jeff, author.
©2017
955 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
In the 1950s, a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a blend of the gospel and Marxism. His congregation was racially integrated, and he was active in the civil rights movement. Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to California and soon was a prominent Bay Area leader. Jeff Guinn examines Jones's life, from his affairs, drug use, and fraudulent faith healing to the decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to the jungles of Guyana. New details emerge of the events leading to the day in November, 1978, when more than nine hundred people died after being ordered to swallow a cyanide-laced drink.

Nevertheless : a memoir

April 26, 2017
Baldwin, Alec, 1958- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2017]
362 pages (large print) : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
From his work in popular movies to his role as Jack Donaghy on the irreverent series 30 Rock, Baldwin is both a household name and a deeply respected actor. Now he transcends his public persona, making public facets of his life he has long kept private. In this honest, affecting memoir he acknowledges his failings and battles to overcome them. One constant emerges: the fearlessness that defines and drives Baldwin's life.

This life I live : one man's extraordinary, ordinary life and the woman who changed it forever

April 21, 2017
Feek, Rory Lee, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
318 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Famous for love -- Stronger -- The middle of nowhere -- Trailer trash -- Mama Bare -- A hero's story -- Things that go away -- Uncle Goombah -- Froot loots -- Nashville -- Joining up to sing -- Your first time lasts -- Forgiven greatly -- Marine biology -- From Texas to Tennessee -- Song Righter -- Baggage claim -- Father figure -- Duct-tape parenting -- Self-help was no help -- Die living -- Never gonna happen -- A new family -- Circa 1870 -- Something good -- Farmer boy -- Killing myself -- My name is Joey -- A girl, a dog, and a truck -- Nothing to remember -- Sign language -- The right left hand -- A clean slate -- Crossing our hearts -- Alter call -- Sexual healing -- Honeymooners -- Love doesn't exist -- A green heart -- Changing lives one sip at a time -- Nothing matters -- Money -- Rhymes with Tex -- The name game -- Ten percent -- On the same page -- Baby crazy -- Almond eyes -- Life is complicated -- Fame to farm -- Turn, turn, turn -- Ups and downs -- Hurt people hurt people -- Josephine -- Something worse -- Surgery and more -- No more -- Crying and driving -- Indiana home -- Saying good-bye -- Second guesses -- Life imitating art imitating life.
"Joey and Rory Feek were enjoying a steadily growing fan base in country music when Joey was diagnosed with a rapidly spreading cancer. By inviting so many into the final months of Joey's life as she battled cancer, they captured hearts around the world. In this vulnerable book, Rory takes us into his own challenging life story"--Provided by publisher.

When in French : love in a second language

April 21, 2017
Collins, Lauren (Journalist), author.
©2016
320 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
The past perfect: le plus-que-parfait -- The imperfect: l'imparfait -- The past: le passé composé -- The present: le présent -- The conditional: le conditionnel -- The subjunctive: le subjonctif -- The future: le futur.
"When journalist Lauren Collins moved to Geneva, Switzerland, she decided to learn French in order to be closer to her French husband and his family. Her hilarious and idiosyncratic memoir about the things we do for love is an exploration across cultures and history into how we learn languages, and what they say about who we are"--Provided by publisher.

Born bright : a young girl's journey from nothing to something in America

April 19, 2017
Mason, C. Nicole, 1976- author.
©2017
382 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
"Unabridged"--Title page verso.
What do you want to be? -- Day of reckoning -- A crack in the foundation -- Origins -- The end of things -- Starved -- Putting out the fire -- Free today -- A home of our own -- Only one rule -- 54 out of 54 -- Death is here -- Wedding day -- Home street -- Seeing with only these eyes -- Away -- Not poor, poor -- Sonnie's got a baby -- Cell block high -- A place called home -- A light -- Food for all -- New mission -- Gone -- In the desert -- Brighter -- Little brother -- Accepted -- Graduation -- I'll fly away -- What should be done? -- Epilogue.
"While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make it nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many--that the poor don't help themselves enough"-- Provided by publisher.

The fortress : a love story

April 19, 2017
Trussoni, Danielle, author.
©2016
422 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
The story of Trussoni's marriage to a brilliant, mysterious novelist from Bulgaria, which slowly unravels as they live together in a thirteenth-century stone fortress in a village in the South of France.

They're playing our song : a memoir

April 18, 2017
Sager, Carole Bayer, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
487 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
Appendix contains a list of songs written by the author.
"In this memoir, Carole Bayer Sager tells the surprisingly frank and darkly humorous story of a woman whose sometimes crippling fears and devastating relationships inspired many of the songs she would ultimately write. She gives a deeply personal account of how love and heartbreak made her the woman, and the writer, she is"-- Provided by publisher.

Prince Charles : the passions and paradoxes of an improbable life

April 17, 2017
Smith, Sally Bedell, 1948- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2017.
973 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged. Other aspects of the book may vary from the original edition."
The lonely schoolboy -- Cold showers in the morning -- Heir to a fortune -- Nixon plays matchmaker -- The shadow of Camilla -- Wild oats -- Searching for meaning -- Prince without a princess -- Diana snares her man -- Glamour and heartache -- Naming and shaming -- A marriage in shambles -- Dangerous liaisons -- Butterfly mind -- Midlife melancholy -- Timeless principles -- Love tape -- Diana's revenge -- Wounded feelings -- Scarlet A -- Three in a marriage -- Breathing the same air -- Tragedy in Paris -- No ordinary pilgrim -- Media makeover -- Out of the shadows -- Cracking the ice -- Deaths in the family -- Blackadder's revenge -- Hitched at last -- Camilla joins the firm -- Royal infighting -- A prince in full -- Rising sons -- On the defensive -- The magnificent seven -- Rehearsing new roles -- The shadow king's legacy -- "Don't ever stop."
"This vivid, eye-opening biography--the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more--is filled with fresh insights into Charles's life, in and out of the public eye. [This book] brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. Drawing upon hundreds of sources, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time, [this book] is the surprising and definitive portrait of the man who will be king."--Jacket.

The meaning of Michelle : 16 writers on the iconic first lady and how her journey inspires our own

April 17, 2017
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
249 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Preface / Ava Duvernay -- Introduction: Homegirls / Veronica Chambers -- Michelle in high cotton / Benilde Little -- Crushing on Michelle : or, The unapologetic power of Blackness / Damon Young -- The composer and the brain : a conversation about music, marriage, power, creativity, partnership ... and the Obamas / Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran -- Lady O and King Bey / Brittney Cooper -- We go way back / Ylonda Gault Caviness -- Two Black first ladies walk into a room / Chirlane McCray -- Becoming the wife / Cathi Hanauer -- On being flawlessly imperfect / Tiffany Dufu -- She slays : Michelle Obama & the power of dressing like you mean it / Tanisha C. Ford -- Cooking with a narrative / Marcus Samuelsson -- Michelle Obama : representational justice / Sarah Lewis -- The freedom to be yourself / Karen Hill Anton -- She loves herself when she is laughing : Michelle Obama, taking down a stereotype and co-creating a presidency / Rebecca Carroll -- The best of wives and best of women / Phillipa Soo -- Making space / Roxane Gay.
"Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world... This collection presents a chorus of diverse voices with smart, engaging perspectives on Michelle Obama"-- Adapted from back cover.

Once we were sisters : a memoir

April 14, 2017
Kohler, Sheila, author.
©2017
251 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
At thirty-seven, Sheila Kohler received the news that her sister Maxine, only two years older, was killed when her husband drove off a deserted road in Johannesburg. Stunned, she flew home determined to find answers. Flashing back to their storybook childhood at the family estate, Kohler evokes a bond between sisters that changes but never breaks.

The inheritance : a family on the front lines of the battle against Alzheimer's disease

March 31, 2017
Kapsambelis, Niki, author.
©2017
599 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
The enemy within -- The salt of the earth -- Family N -- One in a million -- The ghosts of Anoka -- Untamed hearts -- A blameless and upright man -- The fruits of persistance -- Déjà Vu -- When the fog rolls in -- Maldición -- Burden of proof -- The rise and fall of golden boy -- Favorite son -- Baptists and Tauists -- Expelled from Eden -- Safe havens -- A big if -- Everyone see the power -- Landslide -- Something to shoot for -- The silver tsunami -- The lucky ones -- Follow the science -- Like father, like son -- All the cards are on the table -- Coming home -- Palpable momentum -- To the moon and back.
"Born only nineteen months apart, fun-loving brothers Dean and Doug DeMoe were known for raising hell in their small Midwestern town. But all that changed when Doug was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at the age of forty-three. The DeMoes discovered that each of the six siblings were at risk for the most devastating form of the disease. Rather than surrender in the face of such news, the DeMoes agreed to spend their abbreviated years as part of a world-wild study, led by a team of extraordinary doctors, offering hope for future treatments -- and a cure for this terrible disease." -- Back cover.

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