New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

October 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lou Reed : a life

October 20, 2017
DeCurtis, Anthony, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
viii, 757 pages (large print) : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Introduction: Anything for you -- From Brooklyn to the crotch of Long Island -- Corner table at the Orange -- Fellini squared -- The destructive element -- Aggressive, going to God -- All the things that are missing -- Transformer -- A city's divided soul -- Rock n roll animal -- One machine talking to another -- A speed-addled, leather-clad Virgil -- This gender business -- Fucking faggot junkie -- Growing up in public -- Just an average guy -- New sensations -- New York -- I hate Lou Reed -- Magic and loss -- Between thought and expression -- Me burger with I sauce -- Fourteenth chance -- Sadly listening -- This is today -- Metallica -- The measure of a man -- The afterlife.
"The essential biography of one of music's most influential icons: Lou Reed As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once a source of transcendent beauty and coruscating noise, violated all definitions of genre while speaking to millions of fans and inspiring generations of musicians. But while his iconic status may be fixed, the man himself was anything but. Lou Reed's life was a transformer's odyssey. Eternally restless and endlessly hungry for new experiences, Reed reinvented his persona, his sound, even his sexuality time and again. A man of contradictions and extremes, he was fiercely independent yet afraid of being alone, artistically fearless yet deeply paranoid, eager for commercial success yet disdainful of his own triumphs. Channeling his jagged energy and literary sensibility into classic songs--like "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Sweet Jane"--and radically experimental albums alike, Reed remained desperately true to his artistic vision, wherever it led him. Now, just a few years after Reed's death, Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis, who knew Reed and interviewed him extensively, tells the provocative story of his complex and chameleonic life. With unparalleled access to dozens of Reed's friends, family, and collaborators, DeCurtis tracks Reed's five-decade career through the accounts of those who knew him and through Reed's most revealing testimony, his music. We travel deep into his defiantly subterranean world, enter the studio as the Velvet Underground record their groundbreaking work, and revel in Reed's relationships with such legendary figures as Andy Warhol, David Bowie, and Laurie Anderson. Gritty, intimate, and unflinching, Lou Reed is an illuminating tribute to one of the most incendiary artists of our time."--Jacket.

The bright hour : a memoir of living and dying

October 12, 2017
Riggs, Nina, author.
©2017
407 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Riggs provides a memoir of living meaningfully with 'death in the room' after her terminal cancer diagnosis.

The bridge ladies : a memoir

October 5, 2017
Lerner, Betsy, author.
©2016
viii, 397 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
A private language -- The Manhattan Bridge Club -- The Athenian -- A thousand Bette Cohens -- Bingo -- How I met your father -- What to expect -- Ruffing it -- Welcome to the Club -- 1964 -- The finesse -- The revelation of self -- Zig-zag -- Get the kiddies off the street -- The hands of a clock -- Jew in a box -- Bette in flames -- When the student is ready, the teacher appears -- Ash -- The bridge ladies.
"A fifty-year-old Bridge game provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between a daughter and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on a powerfully personal literary journey, where we learn a little about Bridge and a lot about life. After a lifetime defining herself in contrast to her mother's 'don't ask, don't tell' generation, Lerner finds herself back in her childhood home, not five miles from the mother she spent decades avoiding. When Roz needs help after surgery, it falls to Betsy to take care of her. She expected a week of tense civility; what she got instead were the Bridge Ladies. Impressed by their loyalty, she saw something her generation lacked. Facebook was great, but it wouldn't deliver a pot roast. Tentatively at first, Betsy becomes a regular at her mother's Monday Bridge club. Through her friendships with the ladies, she is finally able to face years of misunderstandings and family tragedy, the Bridge table becoming the common ground she and Roz never had. By turns darkly funny and deeply moving, The Bridge Ladies is the unforgettable story of a hard-won-- but never-too-late-- bond between mother and daughter"-- Provided by publisher.

My own words

September 27, 2017
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader, author.
©2016
582 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Early years and lighter side -- Tributes to waypavers and parthmarkers -- On gender equality : women and the law -- A judge becomes a justice -- The Justice on judging and justice.
"The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993--a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women's rights, and popular culture"--Provided by publisher.

Miss D & me : Life With the Invincible Bette Davis

September 26, 2017
Sermak, Kathryn, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2017]
403 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered page of plates : portraits ; 23 cm.
Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative non-fiction.
The legendary actress's personal assistant recounts their time together, discussing the renaissance of Davis's career in her later years and the public betrayal that nearly killed her.

Diana : her true story in her own words

September 13, 2017
Morton, Andrew, 1953- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017.
623 pages ; 23 cm

Two and two : McSorley's, my dad, and me

September 13, 2017
Bartholomew, Rafe, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
395 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
The company of men -- Frank's curse -- We were here before you were born -- The art of storytelling -- Welcome to the madhouse -- "Buggerized" and barman-ized -- St. Patrick's day -- Super Bowl sunday -- The McSorley poet -- Mom -- Working pains -- Wishbones -- Sandy.

The princess diarist

August 23, 2017
Fisher, Carrie, author.
©2016
208 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : Blue Rider Press, 2016.
"Fisher's intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time--the first Star Wars movie--and what developed behind the scenes"-- Provided by publisher.

Mockingbird songs : Harper Lee : a friendship

August 22, 2017
Flynt, Wayne, 1940- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
224 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.
"A memoir of Wayne Flynt's friendship with Harper Lee, centered on a collection of letters between Harper Lee, her sisters, ... Wayne Flynt, and his wife"-- Provided by publisher.

Saving Charlotte : a mother and the power of intuition

August 8, 2017
Jong, Pia de, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Learning, [2017]
301 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"First published in Dutch by Prometheus (Amsterdam 2016) under the title CHARLOTTE."

A long way home

August 7, 2017
Brierley, Saroo, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
304 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Originally published in 2013.
"A Boy's Incredible Journey From India to Australia and Back Again"--Cover.
Remembering -- Getting lost -- Survival -- Salvation -- A new life -- My Mum's journey -- Growing up -- Resuming the search -- Finding home -- Meeting my mother -- Reconnection -- Reaching out -- Returning -- Epilogue.
"The miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and home...but an identity long-since left behind"-- Provided by publisher.

Option B : facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy

July 31, 2017
Sandberg, Sheryl, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
366 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. "I was in 'the void," she writes, "a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe." Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl's personal insights with Adam's research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Beginning with the gut-wrenching moment when she finds her husband, Dave Goldberg, collapsed on a gym floor, Sheryl opens up her heart -- and her journal--to describe the acute grief and isolation she felt in the wake of his death. But Option B goes beyond Sheryl's loss to explore how a broad range of people have overcome hardships including illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. Their stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere and to rediscover joy. Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Publisher.

No barriers : a blind man's journey to kayak the Grand Canyon

June 26, 2017
Weihenmayer, Erik.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press , 2017
809 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Vision -- The dream factory -- Blind summit -- Alchemy -- Déséquilibre -- The bucket's Champion -- Leading the way --Anita, my way -- A grain of sand --The adventure glutton -- Arjun's playground -- "Not my yak!" -- The gates of Lodore -- Bath towels and packing tape -- Soldiers to summits -- The open-heart policy -- Whirlpools -- Eighteen clicks -- The other blind guy -- The blindest man in the world -- Eddied out -- Smile -- The weight of water -- Flow -- Lava.
Erik Weihenmayer presents an exhilarating adventure story of arduous mountain climbing and whitewater kayaking, but he also offers broader life lessons. A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit.

Al Franken, giant of the Senate

June 22, 2017
Franken, Al, author.
New York : Twelve, 2017.
vii, 548 pages (large type), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Why I'm a Democrat -- How I became a comedian -- Saturday Night Live (not the drug part) -- Saturday Night Live (the drug part) -- Saturday Night Live (the part where I leave) -- Paul -- A 99 percent improvement -- Year of the bean feed -- The DeHumorizer(TM) -- I attempt to litigate comedy -- Hermann the German and the pill-out couch -- No joke -- Harry and Chuck -- Icarus soars -- Twixt cup and lip -- Public opprobrium -- My first powwow -- Tax-dodging, rape-joking pornographer for Senate -- Franni saves the campaign -- "Has it gotten that bad?!" -- "It's close, it's very close" -- The recount -- Welcome to the NFL -- I actually become a senator -- My first big win* -- What gets me out of bed in the morning -- The case of Perry Mason's lost case -- The angel and the devil -- Never give the staff credit -- Letting my id run amok -- I screw up -- Operation curdle -- Health care: now what? -- I meet George W. Bush -- The 64 percent rule -- My Republican friends -- Sophistry -- Bulletproof -- Cracks in my soul -- The Koch brothers hate your grandchildren -- No whining on the yacht -- I win awards -- We build a DeHumorizer(TM) -- I get reelected -- Lies and the lying liar who got himself elected President -- I attend a presidential inauguration -- Being as good as the people we serve.
"From the #1 bestselling author--a book about an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast. In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics. Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves."--Jacket.

Believe me : a memoir of love, death, and jazz chickens

June 22, 2017
Izzard, Eddie, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
526 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house

June 22, 2017
Epstein, Daniel Mark, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
xxiii, 690 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm

A dog called hope : a wounded warrior and the service dog who saved him

June 19, 2017
Morgan, Jason (paratrooper), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
539 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A Dog Called Hope is the incredible story of a remarkable service dog who brought a devastated warrior back from the brink. It is the story of one funny, lovable dog’s power to heal a family and teach a wounded man how to be a true father. It is the story of an amazing dog with boundless loyalty who built bridges between his wheelchair-bound battle buddy and the rest of able-bodied humankind. It is the story of how one very special dog gave a man’s life true meaning. Humorous, intensely moving, and uplifting, Jason and Napal’s heartwarming tale will brighten any day and lift every heart.

Cravings : how I conquered food

June 19, 2017
Collins, Judy, 1939- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
299 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Introduction: The source of the trouble -- My journey: the first decade, running -- Lives of the diet gurus: Lord Byron -- My journey: the forties -- Lives of the diet gurus: Gayelord Hauser, the man who invented the celebrity diet -- My journey: into the fifties: music, music, music, and my galloping food addiction -- Lives of the diet gurus: Hippocrates, Cornaro, Brillat-Savarin, Faxian, and William the Conqueror -- Diets, hunger, starvation, and solutions -- My journey: teenage years -- Lives of the diet gurus: William Banting -- My journey: the late fifties and the sixties -- Lives of the diet gurus: Jean Nidetch and Weight Watchers -- My journey: my entrance into America's folk music revival -- Lives of the diet gurus: Donaldson, Pennington, Atkins, Stillman, Taller -- My journey: the heart of the matter -- Lives of the diet gurus: Dr. Andrew Weil -- My journey: the late sixties and the seventies -- Lives of the diet gurus: Linus Pauling, Adelle Davis, and the vitamin revolution -- My journey: almost nearing the last gasp -- Lives of the diet gurus: The Scarsdale Diet and Dr. Herman Tarnower -- My journey: life on life's terms -- Lives of the diet gurus: Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith; alcoholism and food addiction -- My journey: the solution--celebration.
"A candid memoir by folk legend Judy Collins of her lifelong struggle with compulsive overeating and the spiritual solution that saved her. Since childhood, Judy Collins has been preoccupied, haunted, seduced, and taunted by food, a problem that nearly cost her her career and her life. For decades she thought her food issues were moral issues--lack of self-will, lack of discipline--and she worked hard at controlling what she thought of as her shameful inclinations, employing measures that led to serious health complications. Today she knows she was born with an addiction to sugar and grains, flour and wheat. The discovery of a solution to her problem prompted the desire to share what she has learned, which has brought her peace of mind, a clean food plan, years of maintaining the same weight, and a glow of joy and health. Alternating between chapters on her life and those of the many diet gurus she has come to know (from Lord Byron to Atkins, Jean Nidetch of Weight Watchers, and Andrew Weil), Cravings is the story of the mountains Collins has climbed and the monsters she has encountered on the path to recovery"-- Provided by publisher.

Are you anybody? : a memoir

May 31, 2017
Tambor, Jeffrey, 1944- author.
©2017
354 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
It's rare that an actor embodies even one memorable character over the arc of a career. Jeffrey Tambor has managed to create three, beginning with Hank "Hey Now!" Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show , the series created by Garry Shandling, Jeffrey's first mentor in television. He went on to find two more show creators, Mitch Hurwitz of Arrested Development and Jill Soloway of Transparent , who shared a love of actors and taught him a lot about acting along the way. Are You Anybody? is Tambor's chance to discuss his creative process and immense accomplishments from a life lived onscreen. Drawing from his formative childhood years, in which he describes himself as a fat Hungarian-Jewish kid with a lisp and a depressive father to how he drew inspiration from his life to create these characters, Tambor's memoir is funny, insightful, and uplifting, touching on comedy and the enduring chutzpah required to make it through life.

Lou : fifty years of kicking dirt, playing hard, and winning big in the sweet spot of baseball

May 31, 2017
Piniella, Lou, 1943- author.
New York, NY : Harperluxe, 2017.
500 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.

Coach Wooden and me : our 50-year friendship on and off the court

May 31, 2017
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
305 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Prologue: Why it took fifty years to write this book -- When worlds collide: midwestern hick meets Harlem hoopster -- The game is afoot: It's never about winning and other courtside lessons -- Color bind: the unbearable darkness of being black -- What would Wooden do: religion, politics, and keeping the faith -- We've got trouble, right here in Pauley Pavilion: getting lost on Wooden Way -- "Time can bend your knees": the hours of friendship in the days of grief -- Our long day's journey into night.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

Agent 110 : an American spymaster and the German resistance in WWII

May 25, 2017
Miller, Scott, 1960- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
591 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Portal on the Reich -- "I have never believed in turning back" -- The "eternal plotter" -- "Roosevelt's emissary" -- Unconditional surrender -- "Because you're you" -- "A Yankee Doodle-Dandy" -- "Utterly without scruples" -- "Imposing their brand of domination" -- Two bottles of Cointreau -- "Who, me? Jealous?" -- "There is just the glimmer of a chance that this man is on the square" -- "You could have peace in eight days" -- "I wouldn't tell Dulles" -- The Committee for a Free Germany -- "Twenty percent for liberation and eighty percent for Russia" -- "A high-tension power line" -- "The qualities of a genius" -- "Obviously a plant" -- "Now all is lost" -- "I trembled with emotion" -- "I do not understand what our policy is" -- "The Soviet maintains a steady flow into the Reich of constructive ideas" -- "Aren't they ready to act yet?" -- The wolf's lair -- "Communism is not what Germany needs" -- "I never saw them so completely downtrodden" -- Reunion with Donovan -- Light had gone out -- "I felt that the walls of the cellar were about to collapse around me" -- "An implacable enemy of Bolshevism" -- "A common desire to know what the Germans were planning" -- "Gero, are you standing or sitting?" -- "I can see how much you and Allen care for each other" -- "I was puzzled about what the Soviets would do with this information" -- "I may be crazy" -- "I cannot avoid a feeling of bitter resentment toward your informers" -- "This is the most terrible news I've ever had" -- "In view of complications which have arisen with Russians" -- An overloaded Mercedes-Benz -- "I will never forget what you have done for me" -- "Countless thousands of parents would bless you" -- The crown jewels -- "It was three allies and one enemy" -- "Most of my time is spent reliving those exciting days".
"Presents an account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of disenchanted Germans in a plot to assassinate Hitler and end World War II before the invasion of opportunistic Russian forces,"--NoveList.

Between them : remembering my parents

May 19, 2017
Ford, Richard, 1944- author.
©2017
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.

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