New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

April 10, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Call girl confidential : an escort's secret life as an undercover agent

April 9, 2014
Kade, Rebecca.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2014]
305 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

My gentle barn : creating a sanctuary where animals heal and children learn to hope

April 7, 2014
Laks, Ellie, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
445 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm

Ava Gardner : the secret conversations

April 1, 2014
Evans, Peter, 1933 December 10-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2013].
366 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood's great stars during the 1940s and 1950s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. Born poor in rural North Carolina, Gardner was given a Hollywood tryout thanks to a stunning photo of her displayed in a shop window. Faithfully recording Ava's reminiscences in this book, Peter Evans describes their late-night conversations when Ava, having had something to drink and unable to sleep, was at her most candid. So candid, in fact, that when she read her own words, she backed out and halted the book. Only now, years after her death, could this frank and revealing memoir be published.

Happy, happy, happy : my life and legacy as the Duck Commander

March 31, 2014
Robertson, Phil, 1946-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
262 pages (large print) : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson's passion for duck hunting. An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master's degree in English. But Phil's eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky. Phil grew up with the dream of living the simple life off the land like his forebears, but he soon found himself on a path to self-destruction--leasing a bar, drinking too much, fighting, and wasting his talents. He almost lost it all until he gave his life to God. And then everything changed. Phil's incredible story tells how he followed a calling from God and soon after invented a duck call that would begin an incredible journey to the life he had always dreamed of for himself and his family.

Zealot : the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth

March 24, 2014
Aslan, Reza.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, [2014].
559 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

My Venice and other essays

March 24, 2014
Leon, Donna, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2014].
337 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Outrageous fortune : growing up at Leeds Castle

March 11, 2014
Russell, Anthony, 1952-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
395 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
A view from the pram -- The castle way -- Son of sponge -- The launching of the ducks -- Hill House days -- On vacation -- Christmas and Crockett -- Conversation piece -- Paradise Island -- Boarding school -- Record roundabout -- A castle way letter -- The maiden's tower -- Terror at the gallop -- French connection -- Beatlemaniac -- Stowe versus home front -- Do what? -- Heaven and hell -- The unwary beneficiary -- The man at the gate.


March 10, 2014
Berg, A. Scott (Andrew Scott)
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
1143 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Originally published: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2013.

Book of ages : the life and opinions of Jane Franklin

February 25, 2014
Lepore, Jill, 1966-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2014].
815 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

When we were the Kennedys : a memoir from Mexico, Maine

February 24, 2014
Wood, Monica.
341 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
An account of the 1963 death of the author's father describes how her mother, three sisters, and she were financially dependent on her father's wages and how their loss and Catholic faith resonated the experiences of the nation.

Mob boss : the life of Little Al D'Arco, the man who brought down the Mafia

February 11, 2014
Capeci, Jerry.
725 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.

The man he became : how FDR defied polio to win the presidency

February 11, 2014
Tobin, James, 1956-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2014].
647 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.

Report from the interior

February 11, 2014
Auster, Paul, 1947-
363 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.

My story

February 10, 2014
Smart, Elizabeth, 1987-
451 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.

Fields of grace : faith, friendship, and the day I nearly lost everything

February 10, 2014
Luce, Hannah.
351 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

A spoonful of sugar : a nanny's story

January 29, 2014
Ashford, Brenda, 1921-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2013]
527 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Brenda Ashford is the quintessential British nanny. Prim and proper, gentle and kind, she seems to have stepped straight out of Mary Poppins. For more than six decades, Nanny Brenda swaddled, diapered, dressed, played with, sang to, cooked for, and looked after more than one hundred children. From the pampered sons and daughters of lords ensconced in their grand estates, to tough East End evacuees during the war, Brenda taught countless little ones to be happy, healthy, and thoroughly well-bred. Knowing a career caring for children was her only calling in life, Brenda attended London's prestigious Norland Institute, famous for producing top-class nannies. It was a sign of privilege and taste for the children of the well-to-do to be seen being pushed in their Silver Cross prams by a Norland nanny -- recognizable by their crisp, starched black uniforms with white bib collars, and their flowing black capes lined with red silk. Sprinkled throughout with pearls of wisdom (children can never have too much love, and learn how to sew a button, for goodness' sake) this delightful memoir from Britain's oldest living nanny is practically perfect in every way.

After visiting friends : a son's story

January 29, 2014
Hainey, Michael, 1964-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
382 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family's back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael's father, was found alone near his car on Chicago's North Side, dead of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. Questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his father's death would obsess Michael throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. A seasoned reporter himself, Michael set out to learn what happened that night. After Visiting Friends is the story of a son who goes in search of the truth and finds not only his father, but a world of men and newspapers and fierce loyalties that no longer exists.

Shirley Jones : a memoir

January 29, 2014
Jones, Shirley, 1934 March 31-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
319 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Shirley Jones is an American film legend of the first order, having starred in Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The Music Man, as well as playing her Oscar-winning role as a prostitute in Elmer Gantry long before The Partridge Family. On that iconic show, she portrayed the epitome of American motherhood, a symbol to generations of families in the 1970s, and she remains a cult icon today.But for those who only think of Shirley as the prim and proper Marian the librarian or the chaste and demure Mrs. Partridge, a massive surprise is in store. Here, in this candid memoir, the real flesh-and-blood Shirley Jones is revealed at last.In this hilarious and heartwarming, shocking and intimate memoir.

I invented the modern age : the rise of Henry Ford

January 29, 2014
Snow, Richard, 1947-
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2013].
551 pages (large print) : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Growing up as a Michigan farm boy with a bone-deep loathing of farming, Ford intuitively saw the advantages of internal combustion. Resourceful and fearless, he built his first gasoline engine out of scavenged industrial scraps. It was the size of a sewing machine. From there, scene by scene, Richard Snow vividly shows Ford using his innate mechanical abilities, hard work, and radical imagination as he transformed American industry.

Heart : an American medical odyssey

January 28, 2014
Cheney, Richard B.
583 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Scribner, 2013.

Buck : a memoir

January 27, 2014
Asante, Molefi K., 1981-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
321 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Johnny Carson

January 16, 2014
Bushkin, Henry.
457 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
1979: The star among stars -- 1970: Breaking in -- 1970: Calamity John -- 1972: Joanne and Joanna -- 1972-1978: Stairway to paradise -- 1979: NBC-See ya -- 1979-1980: Free agency -- 1979-1980: Clear sailing -- 1980-1981: The inauguration -- 1972-1980: Vegas -- 1980-1984: Hobson's choices -- 1982-1985: Homme et Femme -- 1982-1985: Days of Weinberger and neuroses -- 1987: Darkness falls -- 1987-1988: The end.
An endlessly dishy and incisive account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power, by his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant.

Mastering the art of French eating : lessons in food and love from a year in Paris

January 8, 2014
Mah, Ann.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
403 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When journalist Ann Mah's diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Mah is overjoyed and begins plotting gastronomic adventures deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post -- alone. So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Mah reinvents her dream of living in France, one dish at a time. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life's truths.

Carrie and me : a mother-daughter love story

January 2, 2014
Burnett, Carol.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
256 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
In Carrie and Me, Carol Burnett shares her personal diary entries and correspondence revealing her anguish as a mother of a troubled teenager, the epiphanies that helped her help her family, and the grief and then the hope she felt after Carrie's death. Through Burnett's inimitable voice, we get a portrait of an unforgettable young woman that will bring hope to anyone struggling with raising or losing a child.

Cats & daughters : they don't always come when called

December 9, 2013
Brown, Helen, 1954-
464 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: London : Two Roads, 2012.
"Some say your previous cat chooses your new feline. If so, what in cat heaven's name was our beloved Cleo thinking when she sent us a crazy cat like Jonah?" Jonah entered Helen Brown's life not long after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had begun recovery from a mastectomy. His arrival coincided with the finalization of her previous book, Cleo, as well as preparations for the wedding of her son and struggles with her daughter's determination to embark on a spiritual journey. Jonah, as it happened, was just as headstrong as Helen's daughter. So while Helen attempted to deal with her own mortality and help arrange a wedding, her daughter took off to war-torn Sri Lanka and Jonah fled down the street. In Cats & Daughters, Helen Brown writes with honesty and humor about family life, its serious setbacks and life-changing events. She also learns that sometimes the best thing a strong mother and cat slave can do is step back, have faith in those she loves and be grateful nothing's perfect. As Helen writes in her dedication, this book is "to cats and daughters who don't always come when called."

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