New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

May 20, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Between them : remembering my parents

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

The secrets of my life

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

The new old me : my late-life reinvention

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

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

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

The road to Jonestown : Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

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

Nevertheless : a memoir

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

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

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

When in French : love in a second language

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

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

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

The fortress : a love story

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

They're playing our song : a memoir

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

Prince Charles : the passions and paradoxes of an improbable life

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

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

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

Once we were sisters : a memoir

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

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

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

The 1997 Masters : my story

March 31, 2017
Woods, Tiger, author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing Large Print, 2017.
276 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Turning it around -- Amateur days at the Masters -- Monday, April 7, 1997 -- Tuesday, April 8, 1997 -- Wednesday, April 9, 1997 -- Thursday, April 10, 1997 -- Friday, April 11, 1997 -- Saturday, April 12, 1997 -- Sunday, April 13, 1997 -- Aftermath -- Augusta National's changes since 1997.
"Published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Tiger Woods' historic win at the 1997 Masters, an account of the pro golfer's historic career shares previously unknown stories and the ways his record-setting win changed both the sport and his life on and off the course,"--NoveList.

Charlton Heston : Hollywood's last icon

March 28, 2017
Eliot, Marc, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2017]
xxi, 884 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
From St. Helen to Mt. Sinai -- Hollywood's Last Icon.
"The award-winning author of Walt Disney draws on firsthand diaries, letters and estate records in a portrait of the Hollywood icon, political activist and NRA president that explores Heston's storied career and role in Hollywood mythology,"--NoveList.

Writer, sailor, soldier, spy : Ernest Hemingway's secret adventures, 1935-1961

March 28, 2017
Reynolds, Nicholas E., author.
New York : HarperLuxe, [2017]
xxix, 549 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Awakening: when the sea turned the land inside out -- The writer and the commissar: going to war in Spain -- Returning to Spain: to stay the course -- The bell tolls for the republic: Hemingway bears witness -- The secret file: the NKVD plays its hand -- To spy or not to spy: China and the strain of war -- The crook factory: a secret war on land -- Pilar and the war at sea: a secret agent of my government -- On to Paris: brave as a Saladang -- At the front: the last months of the Great War against fascism -- "The creeps": not war, not peace -- The Cold War: no more brave words -- No room to maneuver: the mature antifascist in Cuba and Ketchum -- Calculating the hidden costs.
A former CIA officer and curator of the CIA Museum reveals the untold story of Ernest Hemingway's secret life as a spy for both the Americans and Soviets before and during World War II, and explores how his espionage activities influenced his literary work.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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