New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

April 25, 2018
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Hundreds of interlaced fingers : a kidney doctor's search for the perfect match

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lady in red : an intimate portrait of Nancy Reagan

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

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

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

Unmasked : a memoir

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

Coming to my senses : the making of a counterculture cook

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

Grant

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

Educated : a memoir

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

Swimming with elephants : my unexpected pilgrimage from physician to healer

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

Gold dust woman : the biography of Stevie Nicks

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

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

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

Cuz : the life and times of Michael A.

February 27, 2018
Allen, Danielle S., 1971- author.
©2017
333 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
The author relates how her cousin was imprisoned at the age of fifteen for attempted carjacking and how she took him in upon his release, only to lose him to the deadly streets of South Central L.A.

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.

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