New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

November 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A fine romance : [a memoir]

November 24, 2015
Bergen, Candice, 1946- author.
551 pages (large print) : photographs ; 23 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
The arrival -- Louis at last -- The cutest cactus -- Murphy: Mike Wallace in a dress -- Time marshes on -- Au revoir l'enfant.
"Candice Bergen shares the big events in her life: her marriage to a famous French director, the birth of her daughter, Murphy Brown, widowhood, falling in love again, and watching her daughter blossom"-- Provided by publisher.

Out came the sun : overcoming the legacy of mental illness, addiction, and suicide in my family

November 24, 2015
Hemingway, Mariel.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
391 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"A moving, compelling memoir about growing up and escaping the tragic legacy of mental illness, suicide, addiction, and depression in one of America's most famous families: the Hemingways"-- Provided by publisher.

Reagan : the life

November 13, 2015
Brands, H. W.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
1181 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Bastards : a memoir

November 13, 2015
King, Mary Anna, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
367 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue -- PART ONE. Jersey -- The day the music died -- Marigold Court -- Scars -- The secondhand washing machine -- Bringing Becky back -- Leaving Jersey -- PART TWO. Oklahoma -- Reflections -- Telling stories -- Discipline -- Things you can tell just by looking -- The debt -- Wake up -- PART THREE. Found -- Hammered -- Like a hole in my head -- Good daughter -- Rebekah two -- Join the club -- Quarter-life crisis -- Requiem -- Meeting Lesley.
"'A stirring, vividly told story of a young woman's quest to find the family she lost . . . an impressive debut' -- Peter Balakian. Born into poverty in southern New Jersey and raised in a commune of single mothers, Mary Anna King watched her mother give away one of her newborn sisters every year to another family. All told, there were seven children: Mary, her older brother, and five phantom sisters. Then one day, Mary was sent away, too. Living in Oklahoma with her maternal grandfather, Mary gets a new name and a new life. But she's haunted by the past: by the baby girls she's sure will come looking for her someday, by the mother she had to leave behind, by the father who left her. Mary is a college student when her sisters start to get back in touch. With each reunion, her family becomes closer to whole again. Moving, haunting, and at times wickedly funny, Bastards is about finding one's family and oneself"-- Provided by publisher.

Vigilance : my life serving America and protecting its Empire City

November 13, 2015
Kelly, Raymond W., 1941- author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2015.
467 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- City kid -- Battlefields -- On the job -- Taking command -- Crime waves -- Haitian heat -- Federal time -- Fighting chance -- Then everything changed -- Long shot mayor -- Building the team -- Crime fighters -- Bulking up -- Terror never sleeps -- Target tower -- Reasonable suspicion -- Running against the police -- Onward.
"Two-time New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly opens up about his remarkable life, taking us inside fifty years of law enforcement leadership, offering chilling stories of terrorist plots after 9/11, and sharing his candid insights into the challenges and controversies cops face today. The son of a milkman and a Macy's dressing room checker, Ray Kelly grew up on New York City's Upper West Side, a middle-class neighborhood where Irish and Puerto Rican kids played stickball and tussled in the streets. He entered the police academy and served as a marine in Vietnam, living and fighting by the values that would carry him through a half century of leadership-justice, decisiveness, integrity, courage, and loyalty. Kelly soared through the NYPD ranks in decades marked by poverty, drugs, civil unrest, and a murder rate that, at its peak, spiked to over two thousand per year. Kelly came to be known as a tough leader, a fixer who could go into a troubled precinct and clean it up. That reputation catapulted him into his first stint as commissioner, under Mayor David Dinkins, where Kelly oversaw the police response to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and spearheaded programs that would help usher in the city's historic drop in crime. Eight years later, in the chaotic wake of the 9/11 attacks, newly elected mayor Michael Bloomberg tapped Kelly to be NYC's top cop once again. After a decade working with Interpol, serving as undersecretary of the Treasury for enforcement, overseeing U.S. Customs, and commanding an international police force in Haiti, Kelly understood that New York's security was synonymous with our national security. Believing that the city could not afford to rely solely on "the feds," he succeeded in transforming the NYPD from a traditional police department into a resource-rich counterterrorism-and-intelligence force. In this vital memoir, Kelly reveals the inside stories of his life in the hot seat of "the capital of the world"-from the terror plots that nearly brought a city to its knees to his dealings with politicians, including Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama as well as Mayors Rudolph Giuliani, Bloomberg, and Bill DeBlasio. He addresses criticisms and controversies like the so-called stop-question-and-frisk program and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and offers his insights into the challenges that have recently consumed our nation's police forces, even as the need for vigilance remains as acute as ever"-- Provided by publisher.

Being Nixon : a man divided

November 13, 2015
Thomas, Evan, 1951-
New York : Random House Large Print, [2015]
xvi, 862 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The fatalistic optimist -- Part I. The striver -- Lives of great men remind us -- Pat and Dick -- The greenest congressman -- Rock 'em, sock 'em -- Checkers -- "El gringo tiene cajones" -- Jack -- Over the wall we go -- The new Nixon -- October surprise -- Part II. At the mountaintop -- "He loves being P!" -- Statesman and mad man -- "Need for joy" -- Silent majority -- The movie goer -- Hippies and hardhats -- Department of dirty tricks -- Father of the bride -- "Blow the safe" -- Part III. The fall -- Big plays -- Speak quietly -- Triumph and tragedy -- "An exciting prospect" -- Peace at last -- Ides of March -- Praying not to wake up -- Saturday Night Massacre -- "I hope I haven't let you down" -- "Richard! Wake up!" -- Elder statesman -- Epilogue: Rise again.
What was it really like to be Richard Nixon? Thomas tackles this question by peeling back the layers of a man driven by a poignant mix of optimism and fear. He reveals the contradictions of a leader whose vision and foresight led him to achieve détente with the Soviet Union and reestablish relations with communist China, but whose underhanded political tactics taint his reputation.

A lucky life interrupted : a memoir of hope

November 13, 2015
Brokaw, Tom.
New York : Random House Large Print, c2015.
257 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
After a career in journalism culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change--a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy, and lucky life.

In order to live : a North Korean girl's journey to freedom

October 29, 2015
Park, Yeonmi, 1993-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
417 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"'I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.' Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die--from starvation, or disease, or even execution. This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and then her escape from China across the Gobi desert to Mongolia, with only the stars to guide her way, and from there to South Korea and at last to freedom; and finally her emergence as a leading human rights activist--all before her 21st birthday"--From Penguin Random House website.

There's more to life than this : healing messages, remarkable stories, and insight about the other side from the Long Island medium

October 28, 2015
Caputo, Theresa, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
353 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Blending together personal stories, compelling anecdotes, and client readings, the star of TLC's "Long Island Medium" shares her world and her gift of communicating with those who have crossed over to the other side.

The outsider : my life in intrigue

October 14, 2015
Forsyth, Frederick, 1938-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
499 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

The theft of memory : losing my father, one day at a time

October 13, 2015
Kozol, Jonathan, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning Gale, 2015.
353 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Killing Reagan : the violent assault that changed the presidency

October 13, 2015
O'Reilly, Bill, author.
509 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world? Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood, where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in the California governor's mansion, and finally to the White House, where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan's most heroic actions.

On the move : a life

October 12, 2015
Sacks, Oliver W., author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
569 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

Dirty chick : adventures of an unlikely farmer

October 2, 2015
Murphy, Antonia, 1975-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
335 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York, New York : Gotham Books, 2015.
"Antonia Murphy, you might say, is an unlikely farmer. Born and bred in San Francisco, she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliche, and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinner. But then she became a mother. And when her eldest son was born with a rare, mysterious genetic condition, she and her husband, Peter, decided it was time to slow down and find a supportive community. So the Murphys moved to Purua, New Zealand--a rural area where most residents maintained private farms, complete with chickens, goats, and (this being New Zealand) sheep. The result was a comic disaster, and when one day their son had a medical crisis, it was also a little bit terrifying. Dirty Chick chronicles Antonia's first year of life as an artisan farmer. Having bought into the myth that farming is a peaceful, fulfilling endeavor that allows one to commune with nature and live the way humans were meant to live, Antonia soon realized that the reality is far dirtier and way more disgusting than she ever imagined. Among the things she learned the hard way: Cows are prone to a number of serious bowel ailments; goat mating involves an astounding amount of urine; and roosters are complete and unredeemable assholes. But for all its traumas, Antonia quickly embraced farm life, getting drunk on homemade wine (it doesn't cause hangovers!), making cheese (except for the cat hair, it's a tremendously satisfying hobby), and raising a baby lamb (which was addictively cute until it grew into a sheep). Along the way, she met locals as colorful as the New Zealand countryside, including a seasoned farmer who took a dim view of Antonia's novice attempts, a Maori man so handy he could survive a zombie apocalypse, and a woman proficient in sculpting alpaca heads made from their own wool. Part family drama, part cultural study, and part cautionary tale, Dirty Chick will leave you laughing, cringing, and rooting for an unconventional heroine"--From publisher's website.

The billion dollar spy : a true story of Cold War espionage and betrayal

September 23, 2015
Hoffman, David E. (David Emanuel)
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
625 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm

The light of the world : a memoir

September 10, 2015
Alexander, Elizabeth, 1962-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
255 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Among heroes : a U.S. Navy SEAL's true story of friendship, heroism, and the ultimate sacrifice

September 10, 2015
Webb, Brandon.
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
353 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Slow dancing with a stranger : lost and found in the age of Alzheimer's

August 20, 2015
Comer, Meryl.
239 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York, NY : HarperOne, [2014]
"A profoundly personal, unflinching account of Meryl Comer's husband's battle with Alzheimer's disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive and deadly affliction"-- Provided by publisher.

Top dog : the story of marine hero Lucca

August 20, 2015
Goodavage, Maria, 1962-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
390 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The story of Marine K9 hero Lucca and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"-- Provided by publisher.

Head case : my brain and other wonders

August 12, 2015
Cohen, Cole.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
319 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

The negotiator : a memoir

August 12, 2015
Mitchell, George J. (George John), 1933-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
653 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

Unforgettable : a son, a mother, and the lessons of lifetime

July 24, 2015
Simon, Scott, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
337 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"When NPR's Scott Simon began tweeting from his mother's hospital room in July 2013, he didn't know that his missives would soon spread well beyond his 1.2 million Twitter followers. Squeezing the magnitude of his final days with her into 140-character updates, Simon's ... meditations spread virally. Over the course of a few days, Simon chronicled his mother's death and reminisced about her life, revealing her humor and strength, and celebrating familial love ... Spending their last days together in a hospital ICU, mother and son reflect on their lifetime's worth of memories, recounting stories laced with humor and exemplifying resilience"-- Provided by publisher.

Bettyville : a memoir

July 15, 2015
Hodgman, George, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
479 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Viking, 2015.
"Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs"--Verso t.p.
"When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself--an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook--in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can't bring himself to force her from the home both treasure--the place where his father's voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty's life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town-crumbling but still colorful-to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair. "-- Provided by publisher.

Three many cooks : one mom, two daughters : their shared stories of food, faith & family

July 15, 2015
Anderson, Pam, 1957-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
403 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs"--Verso t.p.
When the women behind the blog Three Many Cooks gather in the busiest room in the house, there are never too many cooks in the kitchen. Now cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio blend reflections and well-loved recipes into one book.

Once upon a time in Russia : the rise of the oligarchs--a true story of ambition, wealth, betrayal, and murder

June 22, 2015
Mezrich, Ben, 1969-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
371 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Atria Books, 2015.

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