New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

December 10, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Swimming in the sink : an episode of the heart

December 9, 2016
Cox, Lynne, 1957- author.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.

Callings : the purpose and passion of work

October 17, 2016
Isay, David, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
331 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
DREAMERS: Herman Heyn, street-corner astronomer -- Barbara Abelhauser, bridgetender -- Sharon Long, forensic artist -- Marat Kogut, NBA referee -- Alton Yates, aeromedical field tester -- Ronald McNair, astronaut -- Storm Reyes, library assistant -- Dorothy Warburton, scientist -- Thomas McGarvey, dentist. GENERATIONS: Dekalb Walcott Jr. and Dekalb Walcott III, firefighters -- Don and Mackenzie Byles, funeral directors -- Anne Lucietto, mechanical engineer -- Phil Kerner, tool and die maker -- Barbara Moore, bricklayer -- Noramay Cadena, engineer and entrepreneur -- Olga Ayala, sculptor -- Larry and Laura Michaelis, physicians -- Johnny Bradley, farmer -- Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, actor -- Red Lain, oil rig driller. HEALERS: Dana Viviano, oncology nurse -- ssan Koyama, hospice chaplain -- John Vigiano Jr. and Joe Vigiano, 9/11 first responders -- Kerry Davis and Ken Hopper, ironworkers -- Angelo Bruno and Eddie Nieves, sanitation workers -- Rich Barham and Nelson Peck, veterans crisis hotline workers -- Rowan Allen, emergency medical technician -- Michelle Alore, ICU nurse -- Austin Chen, ob-gyn -- Burnell Cotlon, grocer -- Vito de la Cruz, assistant federal public defender -- Pat Hays, policewoman -- Dawn Maestas, ink removal specialist -- Barbara Butler, FMF corpsman -- Ayodeji Ogunniyi, English teacher. PHILOSOPHERS: Al Siedlecki, science teacher -- Sol Aramendi, artist and educator -- Ted Dennard, beekeeper -- Rose Brudno, bar owner -- Leonard Berk, salmon slicer -- Clarence Haskett, beer vendor -- Arnie Knapp, entertainer coach operator -- Paquita Williams, subway conductor -- Jim Clyburn, congressman -- Darlene Lewis, employment counselor -- Miranda Louise, waitress and blues singer. GROUNDBREAKERS: Jerry Lawson, video game inventor -- Clela Rores, county clerk -- Eric D. Williams, pastor --Laura Martinez, chef and restaurateur -- Dorothy Glinton, Ford assembly plant supervisor -- Wendell Scott, NASCAR driver -- Lyle Link, building contractor.
Stories of passion, courage, and commitment, following individuals as they pursue the work they were born to do. Some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; some overcame great odds or upturned their lives inorderto pursue what matters to them. We meet a man from the "barrios" of Texas whose harrowing experiences in a family of migrant farmers inspired him to become a public defender. We meet a longtime waitress who takes pride in making regulars and newcomers alike feel at home in her Nashville diner. We meet a young man on the South Side of Chicago who became a teacher in order to help at-risk teenagers like the ones who killed his father get on the right track. We meet a woman from Little Rock who helps former inmates gain the skills and confidence they need to rejoin the workforce. Together they demonstrate how work can be about much more than just making a living, that chasing dreams and finding inspiration in unexpected places can transform a vocation into a calling. Their shared sense of passion, honor, and commitment brings deeper meaning and satisfaction to every aspect of their lives.

Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race

October 12, 2016
Lee Shetterly, Margot, author.
New York, NY : Harper Luxe [2016]
xxiv, 543 pages ; 23 cm

They call me supermensch : a backstage pass to the amazing worlds of film, food, and rock 'n' roll

October 12, 2016
Gordon, Shep, author.
404 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The legendary talent agent behind such superstars as Groucho Marx, Blondie and Raquel Welch chronicles his life and career in the entertainment industry, discussing such topics as his Jewish childhood in Long Island, his international travels at the sides of half a century of celebrities and the time he was punched by Janice Joplin,"--NoveList.

Juniper : the girl who was born too soon

October 6, 2016
French, Kelley, author.
433 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Juniper French was born four months early, at 23 weeks gestation, weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces. Her parents chose to fight for Juniper's life, and this is their incredible tale. In an extraordinary and gorgeously told memoir, Kelley and Thomas French, both award winning journalists, explore the border between what is possible and what is right.

The red bandanna

October 6, 2016
Rinaldi, Tom, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
321 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
When Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him just about every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature. As a student in Upper Nyack, Wells was also a volunteer at the local fire department along with his father. Fresh from college he took a job on and 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Eight months after the attack, survivors described being led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back. After leading them down, he went back up to help others. They didn't know his name, but he was wearing a red bandanna.

The doctor is in : Dr. Ruth on love, life, and joie de vivre

October 4, 2016
Westheimer, Ruth K. (Ruth Karola), 1928- author.
271 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Originally published in the United States by Amazon Publishing, 2015"--T.p. verso.
What is joie de vivre? -- Always move forward -- Embrace your passions and your beliefs -- Open yourself up to love: my history in love and marriage -- Going after what you want in life -- Enjoy the crazy turns life takes -- How celebrity influenced my life¿and could influence yours -- Always learn new things -- Take risks -- Recognize that it is never too late.
"America's best-loved therapist, Dr. Ruth, is known for her wise counsel on all matters of the heart. Here she shares private stories from her past and her present, and her insights into living life to the fullest, at any age" --Provided by publisher.

Go big or go home : the journey toward the dream

October 4, 2016
McCreery, Scotty, 1993- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2016.
359 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 2016.
"American Idol winner Scotty McCreery shares his journey from his North Carolina roots to winning America's most popular singing competition and launching a musical career he had always dreamt about"-- Provided by publisher.

Between breaths : a memoir of panic and addiction

September 27, 2016
Vargas, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
258 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
"Elizabeth Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety-which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam-and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief. She tells of how she found herself living in denial, about the extent of her addiction and keeping her dependency a secret for so long. She addresses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who had never found the right balance."-- Provided by publisher.

My life with Earth, Wind & Fire

September 27, 2016
White, Maurice, author.
xviii, 557 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Completed before his recent death, Maurice opens up in My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire about his struggles, his big breaks, and the founding of a band that would forever change music. White's love of music began when he was still a boy in South Memphis, learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones and supporting his mother with a modest paper route. From there he would go on to train at the Chicago Conservatory of music and finally creating Earth, Wind & Fire in Los Angeles, writing and recording the hits that live on in our cultural conscience.

The latter days : a memoir

September 22, 2016
Freeman, Judith, 1946- author.
529 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Writing with remarkable candor and insight, Judith Freeman gives us an illuminating, lyrical memoir about the path she took -- sometimes unwittingly -- out of her Mormon upbringing and through a thicket of profound difficulties to become a writer.

American heiress : the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst

September 20, 2016
Toobin, Jeffrey, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2016]
642 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Large print edition.
On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre zTania.y The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing&#x;the Hearst family trying to secure Patty&#x;s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing zTaniay wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty&#x;s year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term zStockholm syndromey entered the lexicon. The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times (there were an average of 1,500 terrorist bombings a year in the early 1970s). Toobin portrays the lunacy of the half-baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and re-creates her melodramatic trial. American Heiress examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors&#x; crusade. Or did she?

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