New Arrivals · Large Print Nonfiction

June 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Facts and fears : hard truths from a life in intelligence

June 19, 2018
Clapper, James R. (James Robert), 1941- author.
[New York, New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
784 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Introduction: Beyond their wildest imagination -- Born into the intelligence business -- Command and controversy -- The peace dividend -- 9/11 and return to service -- The second most thankless job in Washington -- Benghazi -- Consumed by money -- Snowden -- Not a diplomat -- Unpredictable instability -- The election -- Facts and fears.
"The former Director of National Intelligence's candid and compelling account of the intelligence community's successes--and failures--in facing some of the greatest threats to America. When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence adviser for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the U.S. intelligence community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. In [this book], Clapper traces his career through the growing threat of cyberattacks, his relationships with presidents and Congress, and the truth about Russia's role in the presidential election. He describes, in the wake of Snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance. Finally, it was living through Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and seeing how the foundations of American democracy were--and continue to be--undermined by a foreign power that led him to break with his instincts honed through more than five decades in the intelligence profession to share his inside experience. Clapper considers such controversial questions as, Is intelligence ethical? Is it moral to intercept communications or to photograph closed societies from orbit? What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do? What protections should we give to the private citizens of the world, not to mention our fellow Americans? Are there times when intelligence officers can lose credibility as unbiased reporters of hard truths by inserting themselves into policy decisions? Facts and Fears offers a privileged look inside the U.S. intelligence community and, with the frankness and professionalism for which James Clapper is known, addresses some of the most difficult challenges in our nation's history."--Dust jacket.

There are no grown-ups : a midlife coming-of-age story

June 19, 2018
Druckerman, Pamela, author.
[New York, New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
380 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Introduction: Bonjour, madame -- How to find your calling -- How to choose a partner -- How to turn forty -- How to raise children -- How to hear -- How to have sex -- How to plan a ménage à trois -- How to be mortal -- How to be an expert -- How to have a midlife crisis -- How to be Jung -- How to get dressed -- How to age gracefully -- How to learn the rules -- How to be wise -- How to give advice -- How to save the furniture -- How to figure out what's happening -- How to think in French -- How to make friends -- How to say no -- How to control your family -- How to be afraid -- How to know where you're from -- How to stay married -- Conclusion: How to be a femme libre.
"The best-selling author of Bringing Up Bébé investigates life in her forties, and wonders whether her mind will ever catch up with her face. When Pamela Druckerman turns 40, waiters start calling her 'Madame,' and she detects a disturbing new message in men's gazes: I would sleep with her, but only if doing so required no effort whatsoever. Yet forty isn't even technically middle-aged anymore. And after a lifetime of being clueless, Druckerman can finally grasp the subtext of conversations, maintain (somewhat) healthy relationships and spot narcissists before they ruin her life. What are the modern forties, and what do we know once we reach them? What makes someone a 'grown-up' anyway? And why didn't anyone warn us that we'd get cellulite on our arms? Part frank memoir, part hilarious investigation of daily life, [this book] diagnoses the in-between decade when: everyone you meet looks a little bit familiar; you're matter-of-fact about chin hair; you can no longer wear anything ironically; there's at least one sport your doctor forbids you to play; you become impatient while scrolling down to your year of birth; your parents have stopped trying to change you; you don't want to be with the cool people anymore; you want to be with your people; you realize that everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently; you know that it's ok if you don't like jazz. Internationally best-selling author and New York Times contributor Pamela Druckerman leads us on a quest for wisdom, self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. A witty dispatch from the front lines of the forties, There Are No Grown-ups is a (midlife) coming-of-age story, and a book for anyone trying to find their place in the world."--Book flap.

Robert F. Kennedy : ripples of hope : Kerry Kennedy in conversation with heads of state, business leaders, influencers, and activists about her father's impact on their lives

June 19, 2018
Kennedy, Kerry, author.
484 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Thurston Clarke -- Preface / by Kerry Kennedy -- Harry Belafonte -- Tony Bennett -- Joe Biden -- Bono -- Bill Clinton -- George Clooney -- Tim Cook -- Marian Wright Edelman -- Al Gore -- LaDonna Harris -- Dolores Huerta -- Van Jones -- John Lewis -- Stefan Löfven -- Shirley MacLaine -- Chris Matthews -- Gavin Newsom -- Barack Obama -- Soledad O'Brien -- Matteo Renzi -- Jeffrey Sachs -- Joe Scarborough -- Howard Schultz -- Martin Sheen -- Robert Frederick Smith -- Gloria Steinem -- Alfre Woodard -- Victoria Wright.
"Robert F. Kennedy staunchly advocated for civil rights, education, justice, and peace; his message transcended race, class, and creed, resonating deeply within and across America. He was the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency and was expected to run against Republican Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election, following in the footsteps of his late brother John. After winning the California presidential primary on June 5, 1968, Robert Kennedy was shot, and he died the following day. He was forty-two. Fifty years later, Robert Kennedy's passions and concerns and the issues he championed are--for better and worse--still so relevant. Ripples of Hope explores Kennedy's influence on issues at the heart of America's identity today, including moral courage, economic and social justice, the role of government, international relations, youth, violence, and support for minority groups, among other salient topics. Ripples of Hope captures the legacy of former senator and U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy through commentary from his daughter, as well as interviews with dozens of prominent national and international figures who have been inspired by him. They include Barack Obama, John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Alfre Woodard, Harry Belafonte, Bono, George Clooney, Gloria Steinem, and more. They share personal accounts and stories of how Kennedy's words, life, and values have influenced their lives, choices, and actions. Through these interviews, Kerry Kennedy aims to enlighten people anew about her father's legacy and bring to life RFK's values and passions, using as milestones the end of his last campaign and a life that was cut off much too soon. Thurston Clarke provides a powerful foreword to the book with his previous reporting on RFK's funeral train."

My girls : a lifetime with Carrie and Debbie

June 19, 2018
Fisher, Todd, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
vi, 586 pages (large print) : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm


June 19, 2018
Sedaris, David, author.
ix, 414 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Company man -- Now we are five -- Little guy -- Stepping out -- A house divided -- The perfect fit -- Leviathan -- Your English is so good -- Calypso -- A modest proposal -- The silent treatment -- Untamed -- The one(s) who got away -- Sorry -- Boo-hooey -- A number of the reasons I've been depressed lately -- Why aren't you laughing? -- I'm still standing -- The spirit world -- And while you're up there, check on my prostate -- The Comey memo.
Personal essays share the author's adventures after buying a vacation house on the Carolina coast and his reflections on middle age and mortality.

Born Trump : inside America's first family

June 19, 2018
Fox, Emily Jane, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
527 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.
Inauguration -- Campaign/transition -- Election day -- Born/married/divorced/married/divorced/married/raised Trump -- Meet the mini-Voltrons -- Ivanka--Voltron number one: the media mastermind -- "Bashert" -- You are who you marry -- Don Jr.--Voltron number two: the attack dog -- Eric--Voltron number three: the builder -- Tiffany--the Voltron from another universe.
"A deeply reported, and richly detailed look at President Trump's five children, exploring their lives, roles in the campaign and administration, and the relationships to their father and each other. Full of surprising insights and previously untold stories, Born Trump will quench the ever increasing desire for a greater understanding of who these people are, how they were raised, and what makes them tick." -- Publisher's annotation.

Prairie fires : the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

June 14, 2018
Fraser, Caroline, author.
909 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print) : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm.
"Millions of devoted readers believe they know Laura Ingalls -- the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains and went on to write the famous autobiographical books. But the full saga of her life has never been told. Now Caroline Fraser, editor of the Library of America's Little House series, masterfully fills in the gaps. For all the hardships Wilder's books describe, her life was harder and grittier. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day."--Back cover.

An Amish heirloom

June 13, 2018
547 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

The best cook in the world : tales from my momma's table

June 13, 2018
Bragg, Rick, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2018]
795 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Prologue: It takes a lot of rust to wipe away a General Electric -- "Them shadows get to dancin'" -- "Salt is good" -- A man who knew beans -- Sweeter, after the frost -- "A chicken... ain't likely to ketch on" -- The fourth bear -- The falling cow -- "Hard times, come around no more" -- "A ham hock don't call for help" -- Cakes of gold -- Sis -- The second ghost -- Bitter weeds -- Still hard times for an honest man -- The pie that never was -- Ribs in the dead of night -- Clementine -- Tomatoes without taste, tomatoes without end -- Didelphis Virginiana -- Stairway to nowhere -- People who cook -- Blackberry winter -- Till it thunders -- Offerings -- Government cheese -- Sometimes the pies just call your name -- Red's -- "When Momma was all right" -- Monkey on a string -- Edna's ark -- Staggering to glory -- The runaway -- "Untimely figs" -- Spring -- Epilogue: The recipe that never was.
Bragg presents a food memoir, cookbook, and tribute to his mother. Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook, measures ingredients by "dabs" and judges "done" by look and smell. Her son shares classic family recipes-- many of them pre-dating the Civil War-- as well as preparation secrets for traditional Southern fare.


June 12, 2018
Itzkoff, Dave, author.
909 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the definitive biography of Robin Williams - a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapidfire stand up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression - topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews - and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives. "-- Provided by publisher.

Faith : a journey for all

June 8, 2018
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2018.
225 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Meanings of faith -- Acquiring faith -- Religious faith -- Demonstrating our faith -- What faith means to me -- Challenges to faith.
"In this powerful reflection, President Jimmy Carter contemplates how faith has sustained him in happiness and disappointment. He considers how we may find it in our own lives." -- Provided by publisher.

American values : lessons I learned from my family

May 31, 2018
Kennedy, Robert Francis, 1954- author.
672 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
Grandpa -- Grandma -- The Skakels -- The White House -- Hickory Hill -- Attorney General -- JFK : in pursuit of peace -- A farewell to Camelot -- Senator Robert F. Kennedy -- The final campaign -- Lem -- My mother.
The son and namesake of Robert F. Kennedy shares memories from his turbulent childhood, the lessons he learned from family mentors, and finding his calling as a passionate environmental activist.

How to change your mind : what the new science of psychedelics teaches us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression, and transcendence

May 31, 2018
Pollan, Michael, author.
xii, 674 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

I'm Keith Hernandez : a memoir

May 31, 2018
Hernandez, Keith, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
vii, 468 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
part I. Bricks and mortar -- part II. Get to work -- part III. Consistency -- Epilogue.
The Gold Glove first baseman chronicles his life and career in baseball, from his minor league years through his World Series wins with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, and offers an honest assessment of the past, present, and future of baseball.

Ruthless tide : the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster

May 31, 2018
Roker, Al, 1954- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
vi, 390 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Prologue: "Mr. Quinn is too fearful" -- Part I: Members and nonmembers. Up on the mountain ; Down in the valley ; How to make a lake ; "No danger from our enterprise" ; Rain -- Part II: When the dam broke. Tap-tap-tap ; A monster unchained ; Cauldron ; The night of the Johnstown Flood ; Alone in the world -- Part III: Justice and charity. Some convulsion ; Poor, lone woman ; Frozen with fear ; Strict liability -- Epilogue: Song and story.

I am, I am, I am : seventeen brushes with death

May 31, 2018
O'Farrell, Maggie, 1972- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
303 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: Alfred A. Knopf.
An extraordinarily intimate memoir of the near death experiences that have made Maggie O'Farrell the woman and the writer she is today. A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. This is a memoir with a difference: seventeen encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal to us a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. It is a book to make you question yourself: what would you do if your life was in danger? How would you react? And what would you stand to lose?

Into the raging sea : thirty-three mariners, one megastorm, and the sinking of El Faro

May 31, 2018
Slade, Rachel, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xvii, 514 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
Recounts the sinking of El Faro, a container ship that was swallowed by Hurricane Joaquin in the Bermuda Triangle, examining America's merchant marine fleet and revealing the truth about modern shipping.

The restless wave : good times, just causes, great fights and other appreciations

May 30, 2018
McCain, John, 1936- author.
637 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
No surrender -- Country first -- About us -- In the company of heroes (The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) -- The Arab Spring: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria -- Fighting the good fight (With and against Ted Kennedy) -- Nyet (Know thine enemy) -- Know thyself (Defending the West) -- Part of the main (American exceptionalism) -- Regular order.
"A candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain--his most personal book in years--covering everything from 2008 up to the present."--Provided by publisher.

Rescued : what second-chance dogs teach us about living with purpose, loving with abandon, and finding joy in the little things

May 22, 2018
Zheutlin, Peter, author.
295 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"In the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Rescue Road, acclaimed journalist Peter Zheutlin offers a heartwarming and often humorous new look into the world of rescue dogs. Sharing lessons from his own experiences adopting dogs with large personalities as well as stories and advice from dozens of families and rescue advocates, Zheutlin reveals the often surprising and inspiring life lessons rescue dogs teach us." -- Back cover.

The future is history : how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia

May 22, 2018
Gessen, Masha, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2017]
879 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

The woman's hour : the great fight to win the vote

May 22, 2018
Weiss, Elaine F., 1952- author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2018.
791 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
To Nashville -- Lay of the land -- The feminist peril -- The woman question -- Democracy at home -- The Governor's quandary -- The blessing -- On account of sex -- Front porch -- Home and Heaven -- The woman's hour -- Cranking the machine -- Prison pin -- Fieldwork -- A real and threatening danger -- War of the roses -- In justice to womanhood -- Terrorizing Tennessee manhood -- Petticoat government -- Armageddon -- The hour has come -- Liberty Bell -- Election Day.

Run the storm : a savage hurricane, a brave crew, and the wreck of the SS El Faro

May 22, 2018
Foy, George Michelsen, author.
459 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Crew or the SS El Faro -- Author's Note -- Part I. The Silence -- Part II. Departure -- Part III. The Sailing -- Part IV. In Harm's Way -- Part V. The Quantum of Shipwreck -- Part VII. Aftermath -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Sources.
On October 1, 2015, the SS El Faro, a massive American cargo ship that made regular runs between Jacksonville, Florida and Puerto Rico, disappeared in Hurricane Joaquin, a category 4 storm. The ship, its hundreds of shipping containers, and its entire crew plummeted to the bottom of the ocean, three miles down. The sinking was the greatest seagoing US merchant marine shipping disaster since World War II. The ship had a seasoned crew, state-of-the-art navigation equipment, and advance warning of the storm. How, in this day and age, could something like this happen? -- back cover.

All my tomorrows : three historical romance novellas of everlasting love

May 21, 2018
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
467 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Worth the wait / Karen Witemeyer -- An awakened heart / Jody Hedlund -- Toward the sunrise / Elizabeth Hedlund.

The perfectionists : how precision engineers created the modern world

May 18, 2018
Winchester, Simon, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xiv, 576 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital age, exploring the single component precision.

RFK : his words for our times

May 18, 2018
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
New York, N.Y. : HarperLuxe, [2018]
xlvii, 653 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Kennedy's death, an inspiring collection of his most famous speeches accompanied by commentary from notable historians and public figures. Twenty-five years after Robert Kennedy was assassinated, RFK: Collected Speeches, a celebration of Kennedy's life and legacy, was published and immediately became the standard for activists, elected officials, and lovers of language and history. Now, a quarter century later, this classic volume has been thoroughly edited and updated. Through his own words we gain a direct and intimate perspective on Kennedy's views on civil rights and social justice, war and the quest for peace, poverty and the power of work, and the common aspirations that unify us across the divides of race, gender, age, and circumstances. With messages of hope in the midst of a fractured nation and globe, Kennedy's words speak to our times as strongly as they did to his own, a legacy testified to here by highly individualized reflections from notables, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, five Nobel Peace Prize laureates, two Pulitzer Prize winners, the holder of twenty-two Grammy Awards, Fortune magazine's Businessperson of the Year, and others. Placed in the context of Kennedy's life and times, accompanied by a rich selection of photographs (some never before published), and assembled with the cooperation of the Kennedy family, RFK: His Words for Our Times summons Robert Kennedy's vision of a truly greater America, as compelling now and for our future as it was in his lifetime."--Jacket.

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