New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

March 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit

March 23, 2017
Finkel, Michael, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
283 pages (large print) : maps ; 22 cm.
"For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water, to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed, but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of the why and how of his secluded life--as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded"--Publisher description.

I am Brian Wilson

March 7, 2017
Wilson, Brian.
©2016
478 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Fear -- Family -- Foundation -- Home -- Fathers and sons -- Echoes and voices -- Sun -- America -- Time -- Today.
"Brian Wilson, a co-founding member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, weighs in on the sources of his creative inspiration and on his struggles, the exhilarating highs and the debilitating lows"--Provided by publisher.

A hope more powerful than the sea : one refugee's incredible story of love, loss, and survival

March 6, 2017
Fleming, Melissa (Melissa R.), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
pages cm
Originally published: New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
ONE: A Childhood in Syria -- TWO: The War Begins -- THREE: The Siege of Daraa -- FOUR: Life as a Refugee -- FIVE: Love in Exile -- SIX: The Engagement -- SEVEN: Deal with the Devil -- EIGHT: Ship of Horrors -- NINE: All That Is Left Is the Sea -- TEN: Rescue at the Dying Hour -- Epilogue -- A Note from Doaa -- Author's Note.
"The stunning story of a young woman, an international crisis, and the triumph of the human spirit. Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight--just debris from the ship's wreckage and floating corpses all around--nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel floats with a small inflatable water ring around her waist and clutches two children, barely toddlers, to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa's arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Sweden and a new life. For days, Doaa floats, prays, and sings to the babies in her arms. She must stay alive for these children. She must not lose hope. Doaa Al Zamel was once an average Syrian girl growing up in a crowded house in a bustling city near the Jordanian border. But in 2011, her life was upended. Inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, Syrians began to stand up against their own oppressive regime. When the army was sent to take control of Doaa's hometown, strict curfews, power outages, water shortages, air raids, and violence disrupted everyday life. After Doaa's father's barbershop was destroyed and rumors of women being abducted spread through the community, her family decided to leave Syria for Egypt, where they hoped to stay in peace until they could return home. Only months after their arrival, the Egyptian government was overthrown and the environment turned hostile for refugees. In the midst of this chaos, Doaa falls in love with a young opposition fighter who proposes marriage and convinces her to flee to the promise of safety and a better future in Europe. Terrified and unable to swim, Doaa and her young fiance hand their life savings to smugglers and board a dilapidated fishing vessel with five hundred other refugees, including a hundred children. After four horrifying days at sea, another ship, filled with angry men shouting insults, rams into Doaa's boat, sinking it and leaving the passengers to drown. That is where Doaa's struggle for survival really begins. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is an emotionally charged, eye-opening true story that represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for the promise of a safe future. Melissa Fleming sheds light on the most pressing humanitarian crisis of our time and paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of the triumph of the human spirit"--Publisher description.

Hungry heart : adventures in life, love, and writing

March 6, 2017
Weiner, Jennifer, author.
©2016
560 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"A collection of essays on womanhood that dives deep into the heart of female experience with wit and candor about yearning and longing, love and loss, and a woman who searched for her place in the world-- and found it as a storyteller"-- Provided by publisher.

The cancer whisperer : finding courage, direction, and the unlikely gifts of cancer

February 22, 2017
Sabbage, Sophie, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
303 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Sophie Sabbage was forty-eight years old and happily married with a four-year old daughter when she was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer. Since then, she's been on a remarkable journey of healing and renewal that has reshaped her life -- for the better. As authentic as it is revolutionary, The Cancer Whisperer calls for an end to "the war on cancer" and the start of a more transformative dialogue with the disease.

Angels on earth : inspiring stories of fate, friendship, and the power of connections

February 22, 2017
Schroff, Laura, author.
©2016
425 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Introduction -- Part One: Kindness -- The Hug -- The Garage Door -- The Wallet -- Part Two: Yesness -- The Snowstorm -- The Knock -- The Bookstore -- The Mitzvah -- Part Three: Outwardness -- The Donor -- The Twenty-five Tacos -- The Six Cups of Coffee -- The Sweater -- The Helper's High -- Part Four: Awareness -- The Friendship -- The First Word -- The Hurricane -- The Twins -- The Tug -- Part Five: Uniqueness -- The Advance -- The Five -- The Babysitter -- The Bargain -- Part Six: Clearness -- The Facilitator -- The Purpose -- The Garden -- The Warning -- The Rabbit -- The Sunburn -- Part Seven: Connectedness -- The Child -- The Rainbow -- Epilogue.
Angels on Earth will introduce a series of remarkable people whose invisible thread stories will move, surprise, and inspire.

Ray & Joan : the man who made the McDonald's fortune and the woman who gave it all away

February 20, 2017
Napoli, Lisa, 1963- author.
©2016
591 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Originally published: Waterville : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, 2016.
This fall, the movie The Founder will focus the spotlight on Ray Kroc, who amassed a fortune as the chairman of McDonalds. But what about his wife, Joan, who became famous for giving that fortune away? In Ray & Joan, Lisa Napoli tells the fascinating story behind the historic couple -- a quintessentially American tale of corporate intrigue and private passion.

Senior moments : looking back, looking ahead

February 3, 2017
Spiegelman, Willard, author.
©2016
319 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Talk -- Dallas -- Japan -- Manhattan -- Books -- Art -- Nostalgia -- Quiet.
"Drawing on more than six decades' worth of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, Willard Spiegelman reflects with candid humor and sophistication on growing old."--Provided by publisher.

Lucky 666 : the impossible mission

February 3, 2017
Drury, Bob, author.
©2016
565 pages (large print), [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Wanderlust -- The wild blue yonder -- Jay & Joe -- "The sacred duty of the leading race" -- The fortress -- The winds of war -- The Japanese Citadel -- Into the fight -- Breaking the code -- The renegade pilot -- The Bulldog -- A microscopic metropolis -- Ken's men -- A place where trouble started -- "Clear as a bell" -- The missing General -- Pushing North -- A fine reunion -- "A motley collection of outcasts" -- Blood on the Bismarck Sea -- The flight of the geishas -- Old 666 -- The outlaws -- No position is safe -- New additions -- "Hell, no!" -- Buka -- "Give 'em hell!" -- The desperate dive -- Get it home -- "He's all right" -- Dobodura.
"In 1942, as Japan dominates the Pacific Theater, small contingents of US Army Airmen make their way to the embattled Allied airbase on Papua, New Guinea. When pilot Captain Jay Zeamer and bombardier Sergeant Joseph Raymond Sarnoski can't convince superiors to give Zeamer his own plane, they recruit a crew and rebuild a B-17 with junkyard parts. In June 1943, they fly Old 666 on a 1200-mile suicide mission into the teeth of the Japanese Empire, engage in the longest dogfight in history, and change the momentum of the War in the Pacific."--Back cover.

Furious George : my forty years surviving NBA divas, clueless GMs, and poor shot selection

February 1, 2017
Karl, George Matthew, 1951 or 1952- author.
©2017
xix, 339 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 23 cm

Three days in January : Dwight Eisenhower's final mission

February 1, 2017
Baier, Bret. author.
©2017
xxiii, 492 pages (large print), 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Analyzes the last three days of the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower in January, 1961, including their foundations in Eisenhower's personal experiences as well as their effects on the presidency of John F. Kennedy and beyond.

Truevine : two brothers, a kidnapping, and a mother's quest : a true story of the Jim Crow South

January 30, 2017
Macy, Beth, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
609 pages (large print), 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

All the gallant men : an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor

January 19, 2017
Stratton, Donald, 1922- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
viii, 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
A memoir by a USS Arizona survivor describes his experience of the attacks that left him with burns over more than sixty-five percent of his body, his resolve to reenter service after a grueling recovery, and his contributions to some of the Pacific's most violent battles. --Publisher

Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a First Lady

January 18, 2017
Quinn, Susan, 1940- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
621 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.
UNEXPECTED LOVE -- Beginning to trust -- Eleanor according to Hick -- Je t'aime et je t'adore -- Lorena -- Eleanor -- Getaway -- BECOMING A TEAM -- Partnership -- La Presidenta and the newshawk -- Getting away with it -- Now or never -- Blowing off -- Looking for a home -- TOGETHER AND APART -- Trading jobs -- This place! -- Time tears on -- THE WORLD AT WAR -- Afraid no more -- A better politician than her husband -- In residence -- In it, up to the neck -- Risking everything -- A fight for love and glory -- Winning with the women -- There is only one President -- The greatest catastrophe for the world -- STARTING OVER -- Sliding on marble floors -- The opinion of mankind -- A new way to be useful -- Living on.
"A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok--a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history."--Provided by publisher.

The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars

January 18, 2017
Sobel, Dava.
©2016
569 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Part one: The colors of starlight. Mrs. Draper's intent ; What Miss Maury saw ; Miss Bruce's largesse ; Stella nova ; Bailey's picture from Peru -- Part two: Oh, be a fine girl, kiss me!. Mrs. Fleming's title ; Pickering's "harem" ; Lingua franca ; Miss Leavitt's relationship ; The Pickering fellows -- Part three: In the depths above. Shapley's "kilo-girl" hours ; Miss Payne's thesis ; The Observatory Pinafore ; Miss Cannon's prize ; The lifetimes of stars -- Some highlights in the history of the Harvard College Observatory -- A catalogue of Harvard astronomers, assistants, and associates.
The captivating, little-known hidden history of a group of women whose remarkable contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

Counting the days while my mind slips away : a love letter to my family

January 18, 2017
Utecht, Ben, 1981- author.
©2016
411 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Where it all began -- Foundations -- Up and down -- Mild traumatic brain injury -- Gaston -- Turning point -- Moving forward -- Out of the ashes -- New beginning -- Welcome to the NFL -- Transitions -- A super year -- The ultimate -- Not the same -- Fresh start -- Elleora -- The final blow -- What now? -- Searching for direction, looking for answers -- Back into the jungle -- "Why wasn't I invited?" -- Surrender -- At long last -- "You will always be my girls."
"After five major concussions, NFL tight-end Ben Utecht of the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals is losing his memories. This is his powerful and emotional love letter to his wife and daughters--whom he someday may not recognize--and an inspiring message for all to live every moment fully. Emotionally powerful, inspiring, and uplifting, Ben's story will captivate and encourage you to make the most of every day and treasure all of your memories"--Provided by publisher.

Elizabeth and Michael : the queen of Hollywood and the king of pop : a love story

January 18, 2017
Bogle, Donald, author.
©2016
639 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Atria Books, 2016.
"An eye-opening and unique biography of two larger-than-life legends--Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson--and their unlikely yet enduring friendship"-- Provided by publisher.

Tough as they come

January 18, 2017
Mills, Travis, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2016]
384 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Convergent Books, 2015.
"Retired U.S. Army staff sergeant Travis Mills, one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation, shares the story of his remarkable recovery"-- Provided by publisher.

His final battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt

January 4, 2017
Lelyveld, Joseph, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
727 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged."
Prologue: feeling plaintive -- Uncle Joe in Tehran -- Wilson's shadow -- His "enormous" heart -- Somewhere in the south -- Going after "bigger coins" -- The great tantalizer -- Commander-in-Chief -- Staying on the job -- Gallant, and pitiable -- At the Czar's palace -- Almost to victory.
In a hugely insightful account, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Joseph Lelyveld untangles the narrative threads of Franklin Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced to their climax.

Pilgrimage : my search for the real Pope Francis

January 3, 2017
Shriver, Mark K. (Mark Kennedy), 1964- author.
New York : Random House Large Print, 2016.
456 pages (largeprint), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Rosa -- Serenity -- Peronismo -- El Porteño -- The scientific method -- The decision -- Seminary -- Illness -- A novice -- The spiritual exercises -- Colegio Máximo -- Teaching Borges -- Vatican II -- Father Bergoglio -- Novice master -- Provincial -- Rector -- Córdoba -- Sons of Abraham -- Toto, Pepe, and the rabbi -- Cardinal -- The fire -- Cartoneros -- The interview.
Early on the evening of March 13, 2013, the newly elected Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and did something remarkable: Before he imparted his blessing to the crowd, he asked the crowd to bless him, then bowed low to receive this grace. In the days that followed, Mark K. Shriver -- along with the rest of the world -- was astonished to see a pope who paid his own hotel bill, eschewed limousines, and made his home in a suite of austere rooms in a Vatican guesthouse rather than the grand papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace. By setting an example of humility and accessibility, Francis breathed new life into the Catholic Church, attracting the admiration of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. In Pilgrimage, Shriver retraces Francis's personal journey, revealing the origins of his open, unpretentious style and explaining how it revitalized Shriver's own faith and renewed his commitment to the Church. To help us understand how Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, Shriver travels to Bergoglio's native Argentina to meet with the people who knew him as a child, as a young Jesuit priest, and as a reformist bishop. Shriver visits the confessional where Bergoglio first felt called to a faith-based life and takes us to the humble parish where the future pontiff's pastoral career began: in a church created from a converted vegetable shed in an area just outside the city of Buenos Aires. In these impoverished surroundings, Bergoglio answered Christ's call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless, following the example set by his papal namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. In this deeply reported yet highly personal book, Mark K. Shriver explores how Francis's commitment has struck a chord in the hearts of millions who long to make faith, love, humility, and mercy part of their lives as they go out into the world to serve and learn from the most marginalized.

River of time : my descent into depression and how I emerged with hope

January 3, 2017
Judd, Naomi, author.
New York : Center Street, 2016.
xvii, 406 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz -- Introduction -- Shhh... Don't tell a soul -- Leaving home -- Who turned off the spotlight? -- Potato salad on the hood of the car -- One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small -- The future isn't what it used to be -- Do your genes fit? -- Paging Doctor Schulz -- The cuckoo's nest -- The trauma egg -- Reliving the past -- The last dirty secret -- On the good ship Lollipop -- May I borrow your hammer? -- When you live in a glass house -- Somewhere, upon some bright new dawn... -- Radical acceptance -- What Michelangelo knew -- Every ending is a new beginning -- The toothpaste is out of the tube -- Postscript: Bridge? What bridge? -- A note from Dr. Jerrold Rosenbaum -- Acknowledgements.
"The Grammy-winning superstar and best-selling author of All That Is Bitter and Sweet shares the story of her struggles with depression, PTSD and addiction, a journey that included extended hospital stays and moving lessons about how to find hope and help"--NoveList.

I loved her in the movies : memories of Hollywood's legendary actresses

December 27, 2016
Wagner, Robert, 1930- author.
©2016
387 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm

Settle for more

December 22, 2016
Kelly, Megyn, author.
©2016
viii, 490 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Tough questions -- No false praise -- Mean girls -- Silent night, holy night -- Who's getting hit first? -- Trial team Barbie -- Legally blond -- Self-pity is not attractive -- Calling and calling; nobody's home -- "Who's here?" "Me!" -- Lawyer, broadcaster, journalist -- So long, Little Miss Perfect -- Nights of fear -- Writing the wrong things -- All the days of my life -- The best line -- Now everyone's here -- Ready for prime time -- On "having it all" -- Election season -- The first debate -- Fallout -- Relentless -- The Trump Tower accords -- Paying it forward -- Settling for more today.
The autobiography of journalist Megyn Kelly, anchor of Fox News Channel's The Kelly File.

Swimming in the sink : an episode of the heart

December 9, 2016
Cox, Lynne, 1957- author.
©2016
279 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
The bucket -- Mind shift -- Cannulas -- The discovery -- Science and magic -- November 2012: alarms -- December 18: Doctor's office -- December 19: hospital -- December 21: walking -- December 22: drifting away -- December 23: in the arms of friends -- The gift -- Christmas Eve at Howard's -- New York City and the country -- Sheltered -- Rewiring the mind -- January 19, 2013: joy and inspiration -- Dreams -- Synchronicity -- Heart cells -- Moved -- April 5: elated -- April kisses -- The sink -- May 7: not yet -- July 2: floating -- Crawling -- The heart knows -- Love and life.
A memoir from the open-water swimmer in which "we see Cox finding her way, writing about her transformative journey back toward health, and slowly moving toward the one aspect of her life that meant everything to her--freedom, mastery, transcendence--back to open waters, and the surprise that she never saw coming: falling in love"--Dust jacket flap.

The rainbow comes and goes : a mother and son on life, love, and loss

December 9, 2016
Cooper, Anderson, author.
©2016
308 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Correspondence between the CNN journalist and his celebrated mother, exchanged in the aftermath of the latter's brief illness, shares a rare window into their relationship and the life lessons imparted by an aging mother to her adult son.

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