New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The monk of Mokha

February 22, 2018
Eggers, Dave, author.
©2018
xv, 404 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm
The true story of a young Yemeni-American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Sana'a by civil war. A heart-pounding true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man - a Muslim and a US citizen - following the most American of dreams.

Dare not linger : the presidential years

February 14, 2018
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2017]
755 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged."

Jackie, Janet & Lee : the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her daughters Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill

February 13, 2018
Taraborrelli, J. Randy, author.
Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, 2018.
827 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The beginning -- A mother's duty -- Heady times -- The White House years -- Trouble brewing -- The assassination -- Recovery -- Transition -- Onassis -- Shifting tides -- Enduring -- "Well, happy and loved...".
"'Do you know what the secret to happily-ever-after is?' Janet Bouvier Auchincloss would ask her daughters Jackie and Lee during their tea time. 'Money and power,' she would say. If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extarordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother,"--page [4] of cover.

Personal history

February 6, 2018
Graham, Katharine, 1917-2001, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [1997]
xi, 1218 pages (large print), 32 pages of plates illustrations, plates ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The author describes her privileged but lonely childhood, her tragic marriage to the charismatic Phil Graham, her struggles as the head of the Washington Post, and the colorful politicians and celebrities she has known.

Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life

January 22, 2018
Dallek, Robert, author.
©2017
1049 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Prologue: Everything to fear -- Chapter 1: The making of a patrician -- Chapter 2: The making of a politician -- Chapter 3: Polio -- Chapter 4: "Chameleon on plaid" -- Chapter 5: "Instrument of their wishes" -- Chapter 6: "Trustee of the existing social system" -- Chapter 7: Mastering Washington "bedlam" -- Chapter 8: Triumph of the new order -- Chapter 9: Second-term curse -- Chapter 10: The worst of times -- Chapter 1: Dangers abroad, uncertainties at home -- Chapter 12: Faux neutral -- Chapter 13: "Safe on third" -- Chapter 14: The path to war -- Chapter 15: Setbacks and losses: "We might lose this war" -- Chapter 16: The end of the beginning -- Chapter 17: "High promise of better things" -- Chapter 18: "Dr. Win the War" -- Chapter 19: The "good soldier" -- Chapter 20: Winning the war, planning the peace -- Chapter 21: Last full measure -- Epilogue.
"In an era of great national divisiveness, there could not be a more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled strategic skills as a unifier and a consensus maker. Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions of his remarkable presidency: How did a man who came from so privileged a background become one of the greatest champions of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster such revolutionary innovations in our economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt bring about such a profound change in America's foreign relations, leading it from isolationism to become an international superpower? By the time he became president, Roosevelt already commanded the respect and affection of millions of people through his services as assistant secretary of the Navy and governor of New York. Although many of his biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek views that affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms and advance a remarkably progressive agenda. He attributes Roosevelt's success to two perceptive political insights. First, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in the political system. Under his watch the country was able to recover from the Depression and entered World War II, but more controversially, he used that power in an unsuccessful attempt to pack the Supreme Court. Second, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building consensus and commanding stable, long-term popular support. In addressing the country's international and domestic challenges, Roosevelt recognized the critical importance of remaining attentive to the full range of public sentiment regarding policy decisions--perhaps his most important lesson in effective leadership, and one that remains vital today."--Dust jacket flaps.

Walking with Peety : the dog who saved my life

January 19, 2018
O'Grey, Eric, author.
©2017
415 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: Shadows and light. -- I'm leaving ... -- Waking up -- The perfect pup -- First encounters -- Cleanup time -- Going plant-based -- Peety takes the lead -- Oh, the water... -- Rebuilding -- Progress -- Pudgeville -- The bridge -- Get cooking -- Milestones -- Sarah smile -- The social network -- At your service -- Sweet Melissa -- On the road -- Homework bound -- A new hope.
"Eric O'Grey was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type 2 diabetes, O'Grey went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when O'Grey met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like O'Grey, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their lives. Over the course of their first year together, O'Grey lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, O'Grey reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life. He started dating after being alone for fifteen years--and eventually reconnected with the long-lost love of his life. And Peety? His affection would lead the way on the doggie adventure of a lifetime." --Jacket.

The Bettencourt affair : the world's richest woman and the scandal that rocked Paris

January 2, 2018
Sancton, Thomas (Thomas Alexander), 1949- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
679 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
"Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman and the eleventh wealthiest person on the planet, as of 2016. But at ninety-four, she's embroiled in an incredible controversy that has dominated the headlines and ensnared a former president of France in the controversy. Why? [It is] thanks to an artist and photographer named Francois-Marie Banier, who was given hundreds of millions of dollars by Liliane. Liliane's daughter, Francoise, considers Banier a con man and filed a lawsuit against him, but Banier has a far different story to tell. It's all become Europe's biggest scandal in years, uncovering a shadowy corporate history, buried World War II secrets, illicit political payoffs, and much more."--Provided by publisher.

Growing up Fisher : musings, memories & misadventures

December 15, 2017
Fisher, Joely, 1967- author.
New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
viii, 418 pages, [30] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm.
"Larger print"--Back cover.
Actress, director, entertainer Joely Fisher invites readers backstage, into the intimate world of her career and family with this hilarious, irreverent, down-to-earth memoir filled with incredible, candid stories about her life, her famous parents, and how the loss of her unlikely hero, sister Carrie Fisher, ignited the writer in her.Growing up in an iconic Hollywood Dynasty, Joely Fisher knew a show business career was her destiny. The product of world-famous crooner Eddie Fisher and '60s sex kitten Connie Stevens, she struggled with her own identity and place in the world on the way to a decades-long career as an acclaimed actress, singer, and director. Now, Joely shares her unconventional coming of age and stories of the family members and co-stars dearest to her heart, while stripping bare her own misadventures. In Growing Up Fisher, she recalls the beautifully bizarre twist of fate by which she spent a good part of her childhood next door to Debbie Reynolds. She speaks frankly about the realities of Hollywood₇the fame and fortune, the constant scrutiny. Throughout, she celebrates the anomaly of a two-decade marriage in the entertainment industry, and the joys and challenges of parenting five children, while dishing on what it takes to survive and thrive in the unrelenting glow of celebrity. She speaks frankly about how the loss of her sister Carrie Fisher became a source of artistic inspiration. Fisher's memoir, with never-before-seen photos, will break and warm your heart.

Uniquely human : glimpses of life

December 15, 2017
Hillier, George, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
351 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: Friesen Press, 2011.
"Hillier shares experiences that influenced his life using short stories, poetry, and characterizations to give glimpses into the wide spectrum of human emotions that we all share."-- Provided by publisher.

Promise me, Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose

December 14, 2017
Biden, Joseph R., author.
©2017
359 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print basic."
Biden family Thanksgiving -- Have a purpose -- Solace -- Trust -- Keeping busy -- It has to be you -- Calculated risks -- Home base -- You have to tell them the truth -- Can you stay? -- Run, Joe, run.
In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years. It was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. But this year felt different from all those that had come before. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. "Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word. The year that followed would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden's extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. When a call came from New York, or Capitol Hill, or Kyiv, or Baghdad, he responded. For twelve months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. And never far away was the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith. Joe Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop.

Bobby Kennedy : a raging spirit

December 13, 2017
Matthews, Christopher, 1945- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017.
601 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Altar boy -- Ambassador's son -- Honor thy father -- Rites of passage -- Commitment -- Brother -- The Kennedy party -- Clan -- Hail Mary -- Irish cop -- Enforcer -- The enemy within -- Victory -- Freedom fighter -- General -- Two great men -- Civil rights -- Relic -- Brave heart -- Affirmation -- The movement -- Vigil -- Defiance -- Sacrifice -- Salute.
"Bobby Kennedy was a personal hero to a multitude of Americans. As the train carrying his body headed to Washington, whites and blacks alike stood along the tracks, saluting him. They loved him as a fellow patriot who believed a great country could also be a good one. Chris Matthews, has discovered what made him who he was...Drawing on extensive research and intimate interviews, Matthews shines a light on all the important moments of Bobby's life: his upbringing, his start in politics, his crucial role fighting for civil rights as attorney general, and his tragic run for president."--Dust jacket flap.

Marita : the spy who loved Castro

December 13, 2017
Lorenz, Marita, 1939- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
343 pages (large print), 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
From the official story to the truth -- Don't speak, don't think, don't breathe -- Fidel's little german girl -- In inpossible mission: kill Castro -- Perez Jimenez: my second dictator -- Dallas, November 1963 -- Safe in the rainforest -- Mafia girl and spy in New York -- Fiorini's return: my personal Watergate -- Children of Cuba -- A story like a movie.
" Marita Lorenz was born in Germany at the outbreak of WWII, Marita was incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. In 1959, she travelled to Cuba where she met and fell in love with Fidel Castro. Yet upon fleeing to America, she was recruited by the CIA to assassinate the Fidel. Torn by love and loyalty, she couldn't bring herself to slip him the lethal pills. Her life would take many more twists and turns--including having a child with ex-dictator of Venezuela, Marcos Perez Jimenez; testifying about the John F. Kennedy assassination; and becoming a party girl with close ties the New York mafia (and then a police informant)."--Provided by publisher.

Up from slavery : an autobiography

November 22, 2017
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915.
Charleston, SC : BiblioBazaar, LLC, [2007]
220 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
Originally published: New York : Doubleday, Page, 1901.
A slave among slaves -- Boyhood days -- The struggle for an education -- Helping others -- The reconstruction period -- Black race and red race -- Early days at Tuskegee -- Teaching school in a stable and a hen-house -- Anxious days and sleepless nights -- A harder task than making bricks without straw -- Making their beds before they could lie on them -- Raising money -- Two thousand miles for a five-minute speech -- The Atlanta exposition address -- The secret of success in public speaking -- Europe -- Last words.

Craig & Fred : a Marine, a stray dog, and how they rescued each other

November 20, 2017
Grossi, Craig, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Tells the uplifting true story of a U.S. Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America spreading a positive message.

The first major : inside the story of the 2016 Ryder Cup

November 20, 2017
Feinstein, John, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
565 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm

Member of the family : my story of Charles Manson, life inside his cult, and the darkness that ended the sixties

November 20, 2017
Lake, Dianne, 1953- author.
©2017
viii, 564 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Part I. Turn on -- A Minnesota childhood -- Family matters -- One stray ash -- California -- How to be-in -- Hippies in newsprint -- The note -- Welcome to the hog farm -- Someone groovy -- Part II. Tune in -- The black bus -- We are all one -- Panhandling and postulating -- Snake -- Spahn Ranch -- Beach boy -- A little monkey -- A door closes -- On the edge -- Baking soda biscuits -- Out of sight -- Preaching the white album -- a simple bag of coins -- Part III. Drop out -- The witches' brew -- Reclaiming my name -- My day in court.
An inside account by the youngest member of Charles Manson's cult describes her indoctrination at age fourteen and the manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse that she endured before she was rescued and adopted by the police officer who arrested her.

Vacationland : true stories from painful beaches

November 20, 2017
Hodgman, John, author.
©2017
x, 308 pages (large print) ; 21 cm

Endurance : a year in space, a lifetime of discovery

November 1, 2017
Kelly, Scott, 1964- author.
©2017
603 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

Sisters first : stories from our wild and wonderful life

November 1, 2017
Bush, Jenna, author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
xiii, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm

Dear world : a Syrian girl's story of war and plea for peace

October 31, 2017
Al Abed, Bana, author.
©2017
215 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of innocent children. Bana's happy childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was only three years old. Over the next four years, she knew nothing but bombing, destruction, and fear. Her harrowing ordeal culminated in a brutal siege where she, her parents, and two younger brothers were trapped in Aleppo, with little access to food, water, medicine, or other necessities. Facing death as bombs relentlessly fell around them--one of which completely destroyed their home--Bana and her family embarked on a perilous escape to Turkey.

What happened

October 31, 2017
Clinton, Hillary Rodham, author.
©2017
723 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Perseverance. Showing up ; Grit and gratitude -- Competition. Get caught trying ; Getting started ; A day in the life -- Sisterhood. On being a woman in politics ; Motherhood, wifehood, daughterhood, sisterhood ; Turning mourning into a movement -- Idealism and realism. Change makers ; Sweating the details ; Making history -- Frustration. Country roads ; Those damn emails ; Trolls, bots, fake news, and real Russians ; Election night ; Why -- Resilience. Love and kindness ; Onward together.
Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. She describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet -- the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics. She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future. The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath -- both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.

The comfort food diaries : my quest for the perfect dish to mend a broken heart

October 31, 2017
Nunn, Emily, author.
©2017
549 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Includes recipe index.
Cherries jubilee and other dangerous dishes -- Ezra Pound cake -- The grapefruit diet for non-dieters -- Finding the comfort in comfort food -- The peanut, pickle, country ham cure -- Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake -- The idea of family -- Belly of the beast -- Deliverance -- Ringing belles -- Wyler -- Dot -- The stuffed pantry -- If once you have slept on an island -- Bring out your dead -- City of mixed emotions -- Hot wheels and pinto beans -- In search of new recipes.
One life-changing night, reeling from her beloved brother's sudden death, a devastating breakup with her handsome engineer fiancé and eviction from the apartment they shared, Emily Nunn had lost all sense of family, home, and financial security. After a few glasses of wine, heartbroken and unmoored, Emily -- an avid cook and professional food writer -- poured her heart out on Facebook. The next morning she woke up with an awful hangover and a feeling she'd made a terrible mistake, only to discover she had more friends than she knew, many of whom invited her to come visit and cook with them while she put her life back together. Thus began the Comfort Food Tour. Searching for a way forward, Emily travels the country, cooking and staying with relatives and friends. She also travels back to revisit scenes from her dysfunctional Southern upbringing, dominated by her dramatic, unpredictable mother and her silent, disengaged father. Her wonderfully idiosyncratic aunts and uncles and cousins come to life in these pages, all part of the rich Southern story in which past and present are indistinguishable, food is a source of connection and identity, and a good story is often preferred to a not-so-pleasant truth. But truth, pleasant or not, is what Emily Nunn craves, and with it comes an acceptance of the losses she has endured, and a sense of hope for the future. In the salty snap of a single Virginia ham biscuit, in the sour tang of Grandmother's Lemon Cake, Nunn experiences the healing power of comfort food and offers up dozens of recipes for the wonderful meals that saved her life.

Black to blue

October 31, 2017
Rooney, Jamie (Police officer), author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
239 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Originally published: 2016.
"A police officer currently serving as the Resource and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officer in York, Maine, candidly relates her story of her childhood poverty, abuse, and dysfunctional families that motivated her to make something positive out of her life."-- Provided by publisher.

Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

October 31, 2017
Dunbar, Erica Armstrong, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
368 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : Atria, 2017.
"The story of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation's capital and reach freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

Ballplayer

October 30, 2017
Jones, Chipper, 1972- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
455 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017].
Prologue: The last big play -- Chip off the old block -- "I got this" -- The white elephant -- Draft day -- Carry a big stick -- Major motivation -- On the defensive -- Showtime -- Going deep -- Our time -- Raising the stakes -- World series ghosts -- Inside the clubhouse -- The perks -- Leading a double life -- Coming clean -- The worm has turned -- Lar-ry -- Playing the villain -- A one-team guy -- Tools and tricks of the trade -- Teaching points -- The end of an era -- Walking off -- Fireworks -- Curtain calls.
Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame-worthy statistics during his nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves, he was a country boy from small-town Pierson, Florida, who played baseball in the backyard with his dad and dreamed of the major leagues. With his trademark candor and astonishing recall, Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career. Beginning with learning the art of switch-hitting and being the number one overall pick for the Braves in the 1990 draft, Jones takes us into the clubhouse of the Braves' extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 "Baby Braves". --adapted from dust jacket.

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