New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

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

All the gallant men : an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor

January 19, 2017
Stratton, Donald, 1922- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
viii, 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
A memoir by a USS Arizona survivor describes his experience of the attacks that left him with burns over more than sixty-five percent of his body, his resolve to reenter service after a grueling recovery, and his contributions to some of the Pacific's most violent battles. --Publisher

Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a First Lady

January 18, 2017
Quinn, Susan, 1940- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
621 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.
UNEXPECTED LOVE -- Beginning to trust -- Eleanor according to Hick -- Je t'aime et je t'adore -- Lorena -- Eleanor -- Getaway -- BECOMING A TEAM -- Partnership -- La Presidenta and the newshawk -- Getting away with it -- Now or never -- Blowing off -- Looking for a home -- TOGETHER AND APART -- Trading jobs -- This place! -- Time tears on -- THE WORLD AT WAR -- Afraid no more -- A better politician than her husband -- In residence -- In it, up to the neck -- Risking everything -- A fight for love and glory -- Winning with the women -- There is only one President -- The greatest catastrophe for the world -- STARTING OVER -- Sliding on marble floors -- The opinion of mankind -- A new way to be useful -- Living on.
"A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok--a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history."--Provided by publisher.

The glass universe : how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars

January 18, 2017
Sobel, Dava.
©2016
569 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Part one: The colors of starlight. Mrs. Draper's intent ; What Miss Maury saw ; Miss Bruce's largesse ; Stella nova ; Bailey's picture from Peru -- Part two: Oh, be a fine girl, kiss me!. Mrs. Fleming's title ; Pickering's "harem" ; Lingua franca ; Miss Leavitt's relationship ; The Pickering fellows -- Part three: In the depths above. Shapley's "kilo-girl" hours ; Miss Payne's thesis ; The Observatory Pinafore ; Miss Cannon's prize ; The lifetimes of stars -- Some highlights in the history of the Harvard College Observatory -- A catalogue of Harvard astronomers, assistants, and associates.
The captivating, little-known hidden history of a group of women whose remarkable contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

Counting the days while my mind slips away : a love letter to my family

January 18, 2017
Utecht, Ben, 1981- author.
©2016
411 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Where it all began -- Foundations -- Up and down -- Mild traumatic brain injury -- Gaston -- Turning point -- Moving forward -- Out of the ashes -- New beginning -- Welcome to the NFL -- Transitions -- A super year -- The ultimate -- Not the same -- Fresh start -- Elleora -- The final blow -- What now? -- Searching for direction, looking for answers -- Back into the jungle -- "Why wasn't I invited?" -- Surrender -- At long last -- "You will always be my girls."
"After five major concussions, NFL tight-end Ben Utecht of the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals is losing his memories. This is his powerful and emotional love letter to his wife and daughters--whom he someday may not recognize--and an inspiring message for all to live every moment fully. Emotionally powerful, inspiring, and uplifting, Ben's story will captivate and encourage you to make the most of every day and treasure all of your memories"--Provided by publisher.

Elizabeth and Michael : the queen of Hollywood and the king of pop : a love story

January 18, 2017
Bogle, Donald, author.
©2016
639 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Atria Books, 2016.
"An eye-opening and unique biography of two larger-than-life legends--Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson--and their unlikely yet enduring friendship"-- Provided by publisher.

Tough as they come

January 18, 2017
Mills, Travis, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2016]
384 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Convergent Books, 2015.
"Retired U.S. Army staff sergeant Travis Mills, one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation, shares the story of his remarkable recovery"-- Provided by publisher.

His final battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt

January 4, 2017
Lelyveld, Joseph, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
727 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged."
Prologue: feeling plaintive -- Uncle Joe in Tehran -- Wilson's shadow -- His "enormous" heart -- Somewhere in the south -- Going after "bigger coins" -- The great tantalizer -- Commander-in-Chief -- Staying on the job -- Gallant, and pitiable -- At the Czar's palace -- Almost to victory.
In a hugely insightful account, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Joseph Lelyveld untangles the narrative threads of Franklin Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced to their climax.

Pilgrimage : my search for the real Pope Francis

January 3, 2017
Shriver, Mark K. (Mark Kennedy), 1964- author.
New York : Random House Large Print, 2016.
456 pages (largeprint), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Rosa -- Serenity -- Peronismo -- El Porteño -- The scientific method -- The decision -- Seminary -- Illness -- A novice -- The spiritual exercises -- Colegio Máximo -- Teaching Borges -- Vatican II -- Father Bergoglio -- Novice master -- Provincial -- Rector -- Córdoba -- Sons of Abraham -- Toto, Pepe, and the rabbi -- Cardinal -- The fire -- Cartoneros -- The interview.
Early on the evening of March 13, 2013, the newly elected Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and did something remarkable: Before he imparted his blessing to the crowd, he asked the crowd to bless him, then bowed low to receive this grace. In the days that followed, Mark K. Shriver -- along with the rest of the world -- was astonished to see a pope who paid his own hotel bill, eschewed limousines, and made his home in a suite of austere rooms in a Vatican guesthouse rather than the grand papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace. By setting an example of humility and accessibility, Francis breathed new life into the Catholic Church, attracting the admiration of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. In Pilgrimage, Shriver retraces Francis's personal journey, revealing the origins of his open, unpretentious style and explaining how it revitalized Shriver's own faith and renewed his commitment to the Church. To help us understand how Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, Shriver travels to Bergoglio's native Argentina to meet with the people who knew him as a child, as a young Jesuit priest, and as a reformist bishop. Shriver visits the confessional where Bergoglio first felt called to a faith-based life and takes us to the humble parish where the future pontiff's pastoral career began: in a church created from a converted vegetable shed in an area just outside the city of Buenos Aires. In these impoverished surroundings, Bergoglio answered Christ's call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless, following the example set by his papal namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. In this deeply reported yet highly personal book, Mark K. Shriver explores how Francis's commitment has struck a chord in the hearts of millions who long to make faith, love, humility, and mercy part of their lives as they go out into the world to serve and learn from the most marginalized.

River of time : my descent into depression and how I emerged with hope

January 3, 2017
Judd, Naomi, author.
New York : Center Street, 2016.
xvii, 406 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz -- Introduction -- Shhh... Don't tell a soul -- Leaving home -- Who turned off the spotlight? -- Potato salad on the hood of the car -- One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small -- The future isn't what it used to be -- Do your genes fit? -- Paging Doctor Schulz -- The cuckoo's nest -- The trauma egg -- Reliving the past -- The last dirty secret -- On the good ship Lollipop -- May I borrow your hammer? -- When you live in a glass house -- Somewhere, upon some bright new dawn... -- Radical acceptance -- What Michelangelo knew -- Every ending is a new beginning -- The toothpaste is out of the tube -- Postscript: Bridge? What bridge? -- A note from Dr. Jerrold Rosenbaum -- Acknowledgements.
"The Grammy-winning superstar and best-selling author of All That Is Bitter and Sweet shares the story of her struggles with depression, PTSD and addiction, a journey that included extended hospital stays and moving lessons about how to find hope and help"--NoveList.

I loved her in the movies : memories of Hollywood's legendary actresses

December 27, 2016
Wagner, Robert, 1930- author.
©2016
387 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm

Settle for more

December 22, 2016
Kelly, Megyn, author.
©2016
viii, 490 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Tough questions -- No false praise -- Mean girls -- Silent night, holy night -- Who's getting hit first? -- Trial team Barbie -- Legally blond -- Self-pity is not attractive -- Calling and calling; nobody's home -- "Who's here?" "Me!" -- Lawyer, broadcaster, journalist -- So long, Little Miss Perfect -- Nights of fear -- Writing the wrong things -- All the days of my life -- The best line -- Now everyone's here -- Ready for prime time -- On "having it all" -- Election season -- The first debate -- Fallout -- Relentless -- The Trump Tower accords -- Paying it forward -- Settling for more today.
The autobiography of journalist Megyn Kelly, anchor of Fox News Channel's The Kelly File.

Swimming in the sink : an episode of the heart

December 9, 2016
Cox, Lynne, 1957- author.
©2016
279 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
The bucket -- Mind shift -- Cannulas -- The discovery -- Science and magic -- November 2012: alarms -- December 18: Doctor's office -- December 19: hospital -- December 21: walking -- December 22: drifting away -- December 23: in the arms of friends -- The gift -- Christmas Eve at Howard's -- New York City and the country -- Sheltered -- Rewiring the mind -- January 19, 2013: joy and inspiration -- Dreams -- Synchronicity -- Heart cells -- Moved -- April 5: elated -- April kisses -- The sink -- May 7: not yet -- July 2: floating -- Crawling -- The heart knows -- Love and life.
A memoir from the open-water swimmer in which "we see Cox finding her way, writing about her transformative journey back toward health, and slowly moving toward the one aspect of her life that meant everything to her--freedom, mastery, transcendence--back to open waters, and the surprise that she never saw coming: falling in love"--Dust jacket flap.

The rainbow comes and goes : a mother and son on life, love, and loss

December 9, 2016
Cooper, Anderson, author.
©2016
308 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Correspondence between the CNN journalist and his celebrated mother, exchanged in the aftermath of the latter's brief illness, shares a rare window into their relationship and the life lessons imparted by an aging mother to her adult son.

Beatles '66 : the revolutionary year

December 7, 2016
Turner, Steve, 1949- author.
©2016
viii, 686 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue -- December 1965 -- January 1966 -- February -- March -- April -- May -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November -- December -- Epilogue -- Appendix A. Chronology of events -- Appendix B. The Beatles jukeboxes.

Tippi

December 7, 2016
Hedren, Tippi, author.
New York : HarperLuxe, [2016]
366 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"A memoir"--Cover.
For decades, Tippi Hedren's luminous beauty enchanted moviegoers and cemented her among Hollywood's elite. From Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds to Roar, one of the most controversial movies ever made, Tippi Hedren has had few dull moments, and though stories about her have spread through gossip and tabloid headlines, she has never told the full tale of her astonishing life until now. Here, she details her rise from humble beginnings in Depression-era small-town Minnesota to becoming the matriarch of a Hollywood dynasty that includes her daughter, Melanie Griffith and her granddaughter Dakota Johnson. This extraordinary career started with a chance meeting that led to her early modeling career--first in department-store fashion shows, then working with Eileen Ford--and eventually to the commercial that caught the eye of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. For the first time, Tippi shares the entire story of her complicated relationship with Hitchcock, the man who discovered her talent but also became her obsessive tormentor. Going behind the scenes of The Birds and Marnie, Tippi details the glamourous whirlwind that brought her to Hollywood as well as the dark pain she endured while working with Hitchcock, whose controlling behavior and attention quickly proved inescapable. Speaking candidly about being a single mother and shielding her daughter from her struggles on and off of Hitchcock's set, Tippi provides deep insight into the most challenging years of her life and demonstrates how, despite Hitchcock's threats to ruin her career, her uncompromising spirit finally gave her the courage to break free. Difficult as those experiences were, they nearly paled in comparison to her time on the set of Roar--a film starring dozens of live lions and tigers. Including details about the unbelievable making of the movie, Tippi describes how what began as a simple movie about big cats evolved into a sprawling, dangerous endeavor that consumed her career and often put lives, including hers and her family's, at risk. Tippi offers a clear-eyed and surprising look at the perilous chances they took, while also recounting how these events led to years of animal-rights activism, culminating in the creation of her very own big-cats preserve, Shambala. And yet, through it all, Tippi shows how her career and life have continued to embody her unwavering devotion--to her daughter, Melanie; to her animal-rights activism; to her humanitarian relief work overseas; and to her art. This is a fascinating portrait of an actress whose skill onscreen was matched only by her strength off it. --Adapted from dust jacket.

Above the line : my Wild oats adventure

December 2, 2016
MacLaine, Shirley, 1934- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
254 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"A funny, fierce, imaginative memoir chronicling New York Times bestselling author and Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine's remarkable experiences filming Wild Oats in the Canary Islands and the extraordinary memories her time there brought forth of a past life on the lost continent of Atlantis"--Provided by publisher.

My father and Atticus Finch : a lawyer's fight for justice in 1930s Alabama

December 1, 2016
Beck, Joseph Madison, author.
©2016
262 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.
"A memoir about the author's father, whose courageous defense in a 1938 Alabama trial of a black man accused of raping a white woman calls to mind To Kill a Mockingbird"-- Provided by publisher.

Homeward bound : the life of Paul Simon

November 28, 2016
Carlin, Peter Ames, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
741 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
To have been alive during the last six decades is to have lived with the music of Paul Simon. As half of Simon & Garfunkel, his songs helped define the '60s. Twenty years later, Simon's album "Graceland" spurred an international political controversy. A life story with the scope of an epic novel, Carlin's Homeward Bound is the first major biography of one of the most influential popular artists in American history.

Sing for your life : a story of race, music, and family

November 28, 2016
Bergner, Daniel, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2016]
411 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The touching, triumphant story of a young black man's journey from violence and despair to one of the world's most elite artistic institutions, Sing for Your Life chronicles Ryan Speedo Green's suspenseful, racially charged and artistically intricate journey from juvenile solitary confinement to stardom, performing major roles at the Met and Europe's most prestigious opera houses.

Good vibrations : my life as a Beach Boy

November 9, 2016
Love, Mike, 1941- author.
Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, 2016.
679 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
California is the ultimate -- Teenage groove -- Surfing the cultural waves -- Our own wall of sound -- What good is the dawn -- Keeping up with the Beatles -- A sonic oasis -- A blossom world -- The unraveling -- Holy grounds on the Ganges -- A violent age -- Demons among us -- Exporting the American dream -- Stolen legacy -- Our toughest competitor -- Brian's back -- The fracturing -- The ocean clue -- America's band -- My house in order -- The glue that binds us -- A special place in hell -- Universal truth -- My greatest teachers -- My radio is on -- Epilogue: Chasing the sun.
As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary fifty-five years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story--one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness--and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step. His own story has never been fully told, of how a sheet-metal apprentice became the quintessential front man for America's most successful rock band, singing in more than 5,600 concerts in 26 countries. Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as "Good Vibrations," "California Girls," "Surfin' USA," and "Kokomo," while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own--he co-wrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them. The band's unprecedented durability also provides a glimpse into America's changing cultural mores over the past half century, while Love himself has experienced both the diabolical and the divine--from Charles Manson's "family" threatening his life to Maharishi instilling it with peace. A husband, a father, and an avid environmentalist, Love has written a book that is as rich and layered as the Beach Boy harmonies themselves.

The French chef in America : Julia Child's second act

November 7, 2016
Prud'homme, Alex, author.
©2016
viii, 511 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Indestructible : one man's rescue mission that changed the course of WWII

November 4, 2016
Bruning, John R., author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
xixi, 745 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part 1 Philippine Odyssey -- The last normal day -- The mysterious traveler -- Into the storm -- The voice of Manila -- The day of fiestas -- Terror in the night -- Silver screen scenes -- Running toward trouble -- The middle-aged recruit -- Outlaw son of a lawman -- The noose -- American red baron -- Refugee allies -- Routine in chaos -- Christmas eve -- The last broadcast -- Part 2 The Legend of Pappy Gunn -- Early legends -- The perilous consequence of not in stock -- Daniel Boone of the Dutch East Indies -- Eight avenue rules -- Pappy and Miss EMF -- Voiding the warranty -- Where the weak are prey -- Wainwright to MacArthur: Where Is Captain Gunn? -- The indomitable luck of Pappy Gunn -- The Canberra commandos and the numerous troubles that ensued -- Killing von Gronau -- Secrets, spies, and mystery holes -- Survival versus sin -- The death-dealing sweetheart with the Jack Dempsey crouch -- "The gun-craziest man I ever met" -- Bust 'em George, the undocumented Renegade General -- Clara Crosby comes of age -- Margaret, Pappy's radical, scrappy, lethal engine of death -- The war on hope -- Blood and fire -- Reconnections and revolutions -- Part 3 Homeward bound -- Later legends -- Gunship summer -- Miss Priss strikes back -- The pinky and the lungs -- On the tail of Custer's ghost -- The vow of last resort -- Pappy's final battle -- The sweet Georgia peach -- War made animals of men -- Ward six.
"This little-known WWII story introduces a renegade pilot whose personal mission to rescue his family from a POW camp changed modern air warfare forever. December 1941: Manila is invaded, and US citizen and Philippine Airlines manager, Pappy Gunn, is ordered to fly key military command out of the country, leaving his family at home. So Gunn was miles away when the Japanese captured his wife and children, placing them in an internment camp where they faced disease, abuse, and starvation. Gunn spent three years trying to rescue them. His exploits became legend as he revolutionized the art of air warfare, devising his own weaponry, missions, and combat strategies. By the end of the war, Pappy's ingenuity and flair for innovation helped transform MacArthur's air force into the scourge of the Pacific"--Provided by publisher.

Born to run

October 18, 2016
Springsteen, Bruce. author.
©2016
763 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some color) ; 23 cm
Growin' up. My street ; My house ; The Church ; The Italians ; The Irish ; My mother ; The Big Bang (have you heard the news ... ) ; Radio days ; The Second Coming ; The show man (Lord of the Dance) ; Workingman's blues ; Where the bands are ; The Castiles ; Once there was a little Steven ; Earth ; The Upstage Club ; Tinker (Surfin' safari) ; Steel mill ; Homecoming ; Endless summer ; Beatnik deluxe ; California dreamin' (take two) ; It's a bar, you idiots ; Onward and upward ; Losing my religion ; Road work ; "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle" ; The Satellite Lounge -- Born to run. "Born to run" ; Jon Landau ; Thunder Road ; Jackpot ; The E Street Band ; Clarence Clemons ; New contracts ; Living with the law ; "Darkness on the Edge of Town" ; The Drop ; Downtime ; "The River" ; Hitsville ; Hello walls ; "Nebraska" ; Deliver me from nowhere ; California ; "Born in the USA" ; "Buona fortuna, fratello mio" ; The big Big Time ; Going home ; "Regresar a México" ; "Tunnel of love" ; Goin' Cali -- Living proof. Living proof ; Redheaded revolution ; Changes ; LA burning ; Going to the chapel ; Earthquake Sam ; "Streets of Philadelphia" ; "The Ghost of Tom Joad" ; Western man ; Eastern woman ; King of New Jersey (Hollywood days) ; Bringing it all back home ; Revival ; "The Rising" ; Wild East ; The Seeger sessions ; "Magic" ; Super Bowl Sunday ; Moving on ; "Wrecking Ball" ; Losing the rain ; The "Wrecking Ball" tour ; Zero to sixty in nothing flat ; Garage land ; "High hopes" ; Home front ; Long time comin'.
Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.

Danger close : my epic journey as a combat helicopter pilot in Iraq an Afghanistan

October 17, 2016
Smith, Amber (Amber Lane), 1981- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
415 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
This is what war feels like -- Born to fly -- Mother Rucker -- Sink or swim -- Hurry up and wait -- Welcome to Iraq -- Better safe than sorry -- Bingo -- Troops in contact -- Friendly fire -- What lies beneath -- Annihilator 24 -- Flying blind -- One last mission -- Screaming eagles -- The crash -- A new war -- Cleared hot -- Shooting to kill -- Cheating death -- War test you -- Goodbye -- Lucky strike -- KIA -- The Tagab -- Handing off the war -- Epilogue: alive.

They left us everything : a memoir

October 17, 2016
Johnson, Plum, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
393 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, 2014.

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