New Arrivals · Large Print Nonfiction

May 26, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Driving Miss Norma : one family's journey saying "yes" to living

May 25, 2017
Bauerschmidt, Tim, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
347 pages (large print) : 16 unnumbered pages, map ; 23 cm
"Unabridged"--Title page verso.
Prologue: Home : Baja California Sur, Mexico -- Priorities : Presque Isle, Michigan -- Exploration : Northern Michigan -- Discovery : The Heartland -- Trust : Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming -- Perspective : Boulder, Colorado -- Dreams : Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico -- Healing : Fort Myers Beach, Florida -- Flight : Orlando, Florida -- Impact : Saint Augustine, Florida -- Kindness : Hilton Head Island and Charleston, South Carolina -- Celebration : Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia -- Integrity : Newport News, Virginia -- Flavor : Winthrop, Massachusetts to Bar Harbor, Maine -- Balance : Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming -- Change : Friday Harbor, Washington -- Rest : Baja California Sur, Mexico.
"When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Norma--newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage--rose to her full height of five feet and told her doctor, 'I'm ninety years old. I'm hitting the road.' Packing what she needed, Norma took off on an unforgettable cross-country journey with three professional nomads--her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their standard poodle Ringo--in a thirty-six-foot RV. Driving Miss Norma is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road--a transformative journey of living life on your own terms that shows us that it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer. As this once timid woman says 'yes' to living in the face of death, she tries regional foods for the first time, zip-lines through a former stranger's yard, and reaches for the clouds in a hot air balloon. With each passing mile (and one educational visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma's health improves and conversations that had once been taboo begin to unfold. Norma, Tim, and Ramie bond in ways they had never done before, and their definitions of home, family, and friendship expand. Stop by stop, state by state, they meet countless people from all walks of life--strangers who become fast friends and welcome them with kindness and open hearts. Infused with this irrepressible nonagenarian's wisdom, courage, and generous spirit, and filled with sixteen pages of color photographs, Driving Miss Norma reminds us that life is beautiful and precious, and that family, fun, and self-discovery can happen at any age"-- Provided by publisher.

Talking to animals : how you can understand animals and they can understand you

May 24, 2017
Katz, Jon.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
345 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
We seem to need animals in our disconnected lives more and more, yet we understand them less and less. New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz--who left Manhattan behind two decades ago for life on a farm where he is surrounded by dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows, goats and chickens--marshals his experience to offer us a deeper insight into animals and the tools needed for effectively communicating with them. By better understanding animal instincts, recognizing they are not mere reflections of our own human emotions an neuroses, we can help them live happily in our shared world.

Will's red coat : the story of one old dog who chose to live again

May 19, 2017
Ryan, Tom, author.
©2017
338 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm

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.

Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom

May 19, 2017
Rice, Condoleezza, 1954- author.
©2017.
viii, 582 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Introduction: Is democracy in retreat? -- The American experience -- Russia and the weight of history -- Martial law and the origins of Polish democracy -- Ukraine: "a made up country"? -- Kenya: "Save our beloved country" -- Colombia: the era of democratic security -- The Middle East: can democracy exist in a cauldron? Iraq: when tyrants fall ; Egypt and Tunisia: when old men fail ; Arab monarchies: will they reform? -- Are authoritarians so bad? -- What democracy must deliver -- "Democracy is the worst... except for all the others" -- Epilogue: they will look to America -- 2016.
"From the former secretary of state and bestselling author -- a sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom. From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy. At a time when people around the world are wondering whether democracy is in decline, Rice shares insights from her experiences as a policymaker, scholar, and citizen, in order to put democracy's challenges into perspective. When the United States was founded, it was the only attempt at self-government in the world. Today more than half of all countries qualify as democracies, and in the long run that number will continue to grow. Yet nothing worthwhile ever comes easily. Using America's long struggle as a template, Rice draws lessons for democracy around the world -- from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, to Kenya, Colombia, and the Middle East. She finds that no transitions to democracy are the same because every country starts in a different place. Pathways diverge and sometimes circle backward. Time frames for success vary dramatically, and countries often suffer false starts before getting it right. But, Rice argues, that does not mean they should not try. While the ideal conditions for democracy are well known in academia, they never exist in the real world. The question is not how to create perfect circumstances but how to move forward under difficult ones. These same insights apply in overcoming the challenges faced by governments today. The pursuit of democracy is a continuing struggle shared by people around the world, whether they are opposing authoritarian regimes, establishing new democratic institutions, or reforming mature democracies to better live up to their ideals. The work of securing it is never finished"-- Provided by publisher.

The flight : Charles Lindbergh's daring and immortal 1927 transatlantic crossing

May 19, 2017
Hampton, Dan, author.
©2017
xiii, 417 pages (large print) , 16 unpaged of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"On the rainy morning of May 20, 1927, a little-known American pilot named Charles A. Lindbergh climbed into his single-engine monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, and prepared to take off from a small airfield on Long Island, New York. Despite his inexperience--the twenty-five-year-old Lindbergh had never before flown over open water--he was determined to win the $25,000 Orteig Prize promised since 1919 to the first pilot to fly nonstop between New York and Paris, a terrifying adventure that had already claimed six men's lives. Ahead of him lay a 3,600-mile solo journey across the vast north Atlantic and into the unknown; his survival rested on his skill, courage, and an unassuming little aircraft with no front window. Only 500 people showed up to see him off. Thirty-three and a half hours later, a crowd of more than 100,000 mobbed the Spirit as the audacious young American touched down in Paris, having acheived the seemingly impossible. Overnight, as he navigated by the stars through storms across the featureless ocean, news of his attempt had circled the globe, making him an international celebrity by the time he reached Europe" -- Back cover.

MacArthur's spies : the soldier, the singer, and the spymaster who defied the Japanese in World War II

May 19, 2017
Eisner, Peter, author.
©2017
xix, 580 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The true story of three intrepid people who successfully eluded the Japanese in Manila for more than two years, sabotaging enemy efforts and preparing the way for MacArthur's return. One was a debonair polo-playing expatriate businessman who was also a U.S. Navy intelligence officer. Another was a defiant enlisted American soldier. And the third was a wily American woman, an intinerant torch singer with many names and almost as many husbands. With ample doses of intrigue, drama, skulduggery, sacrifice, and romance, this book has all the complicated heroism and villainy of the best war novels. But it is, in the end, a true tale of courage when it counted the most-- adapted from book jacket.

The marriage bureau : the true story of how two matchmakers arranged love in wartime London

May 19, 2017
Halson, Penrose, author.
©2017
viii, 375 pages (large type) ; 23 cm
"Originally published as Marriages are made in Bond Street in the United Kingdom in 2016 by Macmillan, an imprint of Pan Macmillan."--Title page verso.
"In the spring of 1939, with the Second World War looming, two determined twenty-four-year-olds, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, decided to open a marriage bureau. They found a tiny office on London's Bond Street and set about the delicate business of matchmaking. Drawing on the bureau's extensive archives, Penrose Halson--who many years later found herself the proprietor of the bureau--tells their story, and those of their clients. From shop girls to debutantes; widowers to war veterans, clients came in search of security, social acceptance, or simply love. And thanks to the meticulous organization and astute intuition of the Bureau's matchmakers, most found what they were looking for. Penrose Halson draws from newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, and interviews with the proprietors themselves to bring the romance and heartbreak of matchmaking during wartime to vivid, often hilarious, life in this unforgettable story of a most unusual business."-- Back cover.

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.

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes : the true story of New York City's greatest female detective and the 1917 missing girl case that captivated a nation

May 17, 2017
Ricca, Brad, author.
©2016
681 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
True detective mysteries -- The missing skater -- The coroner's cabinet -- The Heatherbloom girl -- These little cases -- Army of the vanished -- The mysterious island of Sunny Side -- The giant and the chair -- The Manhunter of Harlem -- The pale man -- A door to the underworld -- A second guess -- The pointed finger -- The man who laughs -- The sliding number -- Mrs. Sherlock Holmes -- The marked neck -- Her last bow -- Army of one -- The assassin strikes -- The invisible places -- The witnesses' revenge -- Her dark shepherd.
"Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the incredible true life story of Mrs. Grace Humiston, the New York lawyer and detective who solved the famous cold case of Ruth Cruger, an 18-year-old girl who disappeared in 1917. Grace was an amazing lawyer and traveling detective during a time when no women were practicing these professions. She focused on solving cases no one else wanted and advocating for innocents. Grace became the first female U.S. District Attorney and made ground-breaking investigations into modern slavery. One of Grace's greatest accomplishments was solving the Cruger case after following a trail of corruption that lead from New York to Italy. Her work changed how the country viewed the problem of missing girls. But the victory came with a price when she learned all too well what happens when one woman upstages the entire NYPD" --Amazon.com

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.

An Amish home : four novellas

May 17, 2017
©2016
599 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
A cup half full / by Beth Wiseman -- Home sweet home / by Amy Clipston -- Flicker of hope / by Ruth Reid -- Building faith / by Kathleen Fuller.
The concept of "home," whether it be a place or a person, features prominently in this Amish romance anthology. Wiseman leads off the collection with the powerful "A Cup Half Full," the story of Sarah and Abram, a young Amish couple who must reconstruct their ideas of both a physical and metaphorical home after a buggy accident leaves Sarah without the use of her legs. In "Home Sweet Home," Clipston (The Courtship Basket) follows a young English couple, Chace and Mia, who are given a new place to live by Chace's Amish boss, Isaac, after they and their infant daughter are evicted from their apartment. In "A Flicker of Hope," Reid introduces Thomas and Noreen, an Amish couple who must find a way to recover after a fire destroys their home and their 15-year marriage. Finally, Fuller explores how Faith's nontraditional hobby of woodworking brings her to a deeper understanding of herself and those she loves-including her former fiancé-in "Building Faith." Each story is crafted with an eye toward evoking warmth in readers. Of particular note is Fuller's story which not only beautifully addresses the theme, but also breaks away from the traditional Amish stereotypes for a deeper look into community.

Norse mythology

May 15, 2017
Gaiman, Neil, author.
©2017
331 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
An introduction -- The players -- Before the beginning, and after -- Yggdrasil and the nine worlds -- Mimir's head and Odin's eye -- The treasures of the gods -- The master builder -- The children of Loki -- Freya's unusual wedding -- The mead of poets -- Thor's journey to the land of giants -- The apples of immortality -- The story of Gerd and Frey -- Hymir and Thor's fishing expedition -- The death of Balder -- The last days of Loki -- Ragnarok: the final destiny of the gods -- A glossary.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly recreating the characters--the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendencey to let passion ignite their actions--and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.-- adapted from author website.

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.

Mind over meds : know when drugs are necessary, when alternatives are better-- and when to let your body heal on its own

May 4, 2017
Weil, Andrew, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
xvi, 379 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Too many meds: the problem, and the solution -- Antibiotics -- Statins -- Medications for GERD -- Antihistamines -- Medications for the common cold and the flu -- Sleep aids -- Steroids -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) -- Psychiatric medications for adults -- Psychiatric medications for children and adolescents -- Medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) -- Opioids and the treatment of chronic pain -- Antihypertensive drugs -- Medications for diabetes -- Medications for osteopenia and other preconditions -- Overmedication of children -- Overmedication of the elderly -- Over-reliance on medications: a pharmacist's view -- Last words.
Prescription drug use in America has increased tenfold in the past fifty years, and over-the counter drug use has risen just as dramatically. Modern drugs can be miraculously life saving, and many illnesses require their use. But what happens when our reliance on powerful pharmaceuticals blinds us to their risks? Weil alerts readers to the problem of overmedication and outlines when medicine is necessary and when it is not. He provides reliable integrative-medicine approaches to treating common ailments like high blood pressure, allergies, depression, and even the common cold.

Hi, anxiety : life with a bad case of nerves

May 1, 2017
Kinsman, Kat, 1972- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2016]
319 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Feeling anxious? Can't sleep because your brain won’t stop recycling thoughts? Unable to make a decision because you're afraid to make the wrong one? You're not alone. In a deeply personal, funny, and sometimes painful look at anxiety and its impact, writer and commentator Kat Kinsman tackles a difficult subject with amazing grace.

The case against sugar

May 1, 2017
Taubes, Gary, author.
©2016
685 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Introduction: Why diabetes? -- Drug or food? -- The first ten thousand years -- The marriage of tobacco and sugar -- A peculiar evil -- The early (bad) science -- The gift that keeps on giving -- Big sugar -- Defending sugar -- What they didn't know -- The if/then problem: I -- The if/then problem: II -- Epilogue: How little is still too much?.
This groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. With his signature command of science and straight talk, Taubes provides the perspective needed to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.

Walking on sunshine : 52 small steps to happiness

May 1, 2017
Kelly, Rachel, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
229 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
This compact, accessible, lifechanging book offers fifty-two tips and tools to increase your happiness year-round and help you manage the pressures of everyday life. Written in the candid, conversational style of a good friend and delightfully illustrated, Walking on Sunshine is a portable, supportive companion that will see you through your ups and downs.

Invitation

April 28, 2017
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
461 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
The call -- The haunted -- The sentinels -- The girl.
Gathering four stories from four bestselling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series.

Havana : a subtropical delirium

April 28, 2017
Kurlansky, Mark, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
309 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Prologue. A black-and-white feast -- Change -- The hated sea -- Danger of a black city -- Cecilia's fire and sugar -- Beyond the wall -- The monster -- The death it has given us -- The twenty-six-flavor revolution -- The mulata returns -- The sound of an African city -- Frozen in the tropics -- Sunny side up -- How to argue in Havana -- The nocout.
"An insider's view of Havana: Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures. Like all great cities, Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today--from the native Taino to Columbus's landing, from Cuba's status as a U.S. protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a place of extremes: a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since the revolution. Kurlansky shows Havana through the eyes of Cuban writers, such as Alejo Carpentier and José Martí, and foreigners, including Graham Greene and Hemingway. He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene, alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy. Once the only country Americans couldn't visit, Cuba is now opening to us, as is Havana, not only by plane or boat but also through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait of the long-elusive city"--Provided by publisher.

The education of Will : a mutual memoir of a woman and her dog

April 28, 2017
McConnell, Patricia B., author.
©2017
379 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
In a powerful, soul-searching, beautifully written memoir, animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell recounts for the first time the compelling story of her dark past, memories of which are triggered by a troubled dog named Will. In order to save Will from dangerous outbreaks of fear and fury, Dr. McConnell was forced to find her own will to heal.

The road to Jonestown : Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

April 28, 2017
Guinn, Jeff, author.
©2017
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.

20 ways to make every day better : simple, practical changes with real results

April 27, 2017
Meyer, Joyce, 1943-
New York, NY : FaithWords Large Print, 2017.
xiv, 250 pages (large print)

An American sickness : how healthcare became big business and how you can take it back

April 27, 2017
Rosenthal, Elisabeth, 1956- author.
©2017
640 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
An award-winning New York Times reporter reveals expensive dysfunctions in America's healthcare system, outlining practical guidelines for recognizing misleading information and obtaining the care and pharmaceuticals needed to safeguard family health interests. --Publisher

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