New Arrivals · Large Print Biography

November 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Up from slavery : an autobiography

November 22, 2017
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915.
Charleston, SC : BiblioBazaar, LLC, [2007]
220 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
Originally published: New York : Doubleday, Page, 1901.
A slave among slaves -- Boyhood days -- The struggle for an education -- Helping others -- The reconstruction period -- Black race and red race -- Early days at Tuskegee -- Teaching school in a stable and a hen-house -- Anxious days and sleepless nights -- A harder task than making bricks without straw -- Making their beds before they could lie on them -- Raising money -- Two thousand miles for a five-minute speech -- The Atlanta exposition address -- The secret of success in public speaking -- Europe -- Last words.

Craig & Fred : a Marine, a stray dog, and how they rescued each other

November 20, 2017
Grossi, Craig, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Tells the uplifting true story of a U.S. Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America spreading a positive message.

The first major : inside the story of the 2016 Ryder Cup

November 20, 2017
Feinstein, John, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
565 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm

Member of the family : my story of Charles Manson, life inside his cult, and the darkness that ended the sixties

November 20, 2017
Lake, Dianne, 1953- author.
©2017
viii, 564 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Part I. Turn on -- A Minnesota childhood -- Family matters -- One stray ash -- California -- How to be-in -- Hippies in newsprint -- The note -- Welcome to the hog farm -- Someone groovy -- Part II. Tune in -- The black bus -- We are all one -- Panhandling and postulating -- Snake -- Spahn Ranch -- Beach boy -- A little monkey -- A door closes -- On the edge -- Baking soda biscuits -- Out of sight -- Preaching the white album -- a simple bag of coins -- Part III. Drop out -- The witches' brew -- Reclaiming my name -- My day in court.
An inside account by the youngest member of Charles Manson's cult describes her indoctrination at age fourteen and the manipulation, psychological control, and physical abuse that she endured before she was rescued and adopted by the police officer who arrested her.

Vacationland : true stories from painful beaches

November 20, 2017
Hodgman, John, author.
©2017
x, 308 pages (large print) ; 21 cm

Endurance : a year in space, a lifetime of discovery

November 1, 2017
Kelly, Scott, 1964- author.
©2017
603 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.

Sisters first : stories from our wild and wonderful life

November 1, 2017
Bush, Jenna, author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
xiii, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm

Dear world : a Syrian girl's story of war and plea for peace

October 31, 2017
Al Abed, Bana, author.
©2017
215 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of innocent children. Bana's happy childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was only three years old. Over the next four years, she knew nothing but bombing, destruction, and fear. Her harrowing ordeal culminated in a brutal siege where she, her parents, and two younger brothers were trapped in Aleppo, with little access to food, water, medicine, or other necessities. Facing death as bombs relentlessly fell around them--one of which completely destroyed their home--Bana and her family embarked on a perilous escape to Turkey.

What happened

October 31, 2017
Clinton, Hillary Rodham, author.
©2017
723 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Perseverance. Showing up ; Grit and gratitude -- Competition. Get caught trying ; Getting started ; A day in the life -- Sisterhood. On being a woman in politics ; Motherhood, wifehood, daughterhood, sisterhood ; Turning mourning into a movement -- Idealism and realism. Change makers ; Sweating the details ; Making history -- Frustration. Country roads ; Those damn emails ; Trolls, bots, fake news, and real Russians ; Election night ; Why -- Resilience. Love and kindness ; Onward together.
Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. She describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet -- the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics. She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future. The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath -- both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.

The comfort food diaries : my quest for the perfect dish to mend a broken heart

October 31, 2017
Nunn, Emily, author.
©2017
549 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Includes recipe index.
Cherries jubilee and other dangerous dishes -- Ezra Pound cake -- The grapefruit diet for non-dieters -- Finding the comfort in comfort food -- The peanut, pickle, country ham cure -- Great-grandmother's mean lemon cake -- The idea of family -- Belly of the beast -- Deliverance -- Ringing belles -- Wyler -- Dot -- The stuffed pantry -- If once you have slept on an island -- Bring out your dead -- City of mixed emotions -- Hot wheels and pinto beans -- In search of new recipes.
One life-changing night, reeling from her beloved brother's sudden death, a devastating breakup with her handsome engineer fiancé and eviction from the apartment they shared, Emily Nunn had lost all sense of family, home, and financial security. After a few glasses of wine, heartbroken and unmoored, Emily -- an avid cook and professional food writer -- poured her heart out on Facebook. The next morning she woke up with an awful hangover and a feeling she'd made a terrible mistake, only to discover she had more friends than she knew, many of whom invited her to come visit and cook with them while she put her life back together. Thus began the Comfort Food Tour. Searching for a way forward, Emily travels the country, cooking and staying with relatives and friends. She also travels back to revisit scenes from her dysfunctional Southern upbringing, dominated by her dramatic, unpredictable mother and her silent, disengaged father. Her wonderfully idiosyncratic aunts and uncles and cousins come to life in these pages, all part of the rich Southern story in which past and present are indistinguishable, food is a source of connection and identity, and a good story is often preferred to a not-so-pleasant truth. But truth, pleasant or not, is what Emily Nunn craves, and with it comes an acceptance of the losses she has endured, and a sense of hope for the future. In the salty snap of a single Virginia ham biscuit, in the sour tang of Grandmother's Lemon Cake, Nunn experiences the healing power of comfort food and offers up dozens of recipes for the wonderful meals that saved her life.

Black to blue

October 31, 2017
Rooney, Jamie (Police officer), author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
239 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Originally published: 2016.
"A police officer currently serving as the Resource and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officer in York, Maine, candidly relates her story of her childhood poverty, abuse, and dysfunctional families that motivated her to make something positive out of her life."-- Provided by publisher.

Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge

October 31, 2017
Dunbar, Erica Armstrong, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
368 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : Atria, 2017.
"The story of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation's capital and reach freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

Ballplayer

October 30, 2017
Jones, Chipper, 1972- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
455 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017].
Prologue: The last big play -- Chip off the old block -- "I got this" -- The white elephant -- Draft day -- Carry a big stick -- Major motivation -- On the defensive -- Showtime -- Going deep -- Our time -- Raising the stakes -- World series ghosts -- Inside the clubhouse -- The perks -- Leading a double life -- Coming clean -- The worm has turned -- Lar-ry -- Playing the villain -- A one-team guy -- Tools and tricks of the trade -- Teaching points -- The end of an era -- Walking off -- Fireworks -- Curtain calls.
Before Chipper Jones became an eight-time All-Star who amassed Hall of Fame-worthy statistics during his nineteen-year career with the Atlanta Braves, he was a country boy from small-town Pierson, Florida, who played baseball in the backyard with his dad and dreamed of the major leagues. With his trademark candor and astonishing recall, Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career. Beginning with learning the art of switch-hitting and being the number one overall pick for the Braves in the 1990 draft, Jones takes us into the clubhouse of the Braves' extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 "Baby Braves". --adapted from dust jacket.

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.

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