| By Gale Staff |
Summer is here and you know what that means – beach reading! Get ready for readers eager to load their totes with titles to take them from dawn until dusk. Our noteworthy new large print titles explore unflinching bravery from military wives, Lincoln’s two loves, and a fact-and-fiction take on Tennessee Williams’ long-term affair with a man nicknamed “the horse.”
The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government
to Bring Their Husbands Home, by Heath Hardage Lee
“Be quiet.” That’s what the wives of pilots who were shot down and captured during the Vietnam War were told to do by the U.S. government. They did anything but, instead using their collective voices, they demanded better treatment for and the safe return of their POW and MIA husbands. From the award-winning curator-historian Heath Hardage Lee, film rights for the book have already been optioned by Fox 2000 (studio) and Reese Witherspoon.
“Book clubs should line up for this one; it begs for discussion.”
– Booklist Online
“VERDICT. This unputdownable story of strength and determination is a must-read.”
– Library Journal (starred review)
Courting Mr. Lincoln, by Louis Bayard
By all accounts, readers are fascinated with the life of Abraham Lincoln. Give them more of what they love with this intriguing novel from prizewinning author, Louis Bayard. Lincoln’s friendship with Joshua Speed and courtship of Mary Todd are examined with consideration given to a deeper bond between the two men. Todd’s portrayal, in particular, is complex and unlike previous one-dimensional narratives.
“[An] acute and passionate portrait … in Bayard’s skilled hands, three complicated people groping toward a new phase in their lives is all the plot you need.”
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“With a richly imagined setting and complex characters … this [is] a worthy addition to the fiction-about-Lincoln bookshelf.”
Leading Men, by Christopher Castellani
Portofino, Italy in 1953 serves up blazing sun, booze-soaked trysts, and celebrity sightings as the setting for the story of Tennessee Williams and his lover of 15 years, Frank Merlo. Christopher Castellani weaves fact and fiction as he tells the tempestuous story of this real-life couple and the consequences dealt when they meet a young Swedish beauty. Ten years later, with Merlo on his deathbed, her mysterious presence continues to impact their lives.
“Castellani’s spectacular fourth novel … hits the trifecta of being moving, beautifully written, and a bona fide page-turner.”
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This is a tale of love and loneliness, the personal costs of genius and its attendant fame, and of the ultimate, inconsolable pain of loss. In its depiction of Americans in Europe, its closest literary cousin might be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night.”
– Library Journal
Large print titles are available to purchase through Thorndike Press and through all major wholesalers.