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1. James Arness: An Autobiography - James Arness

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Offers an account of one of the icons of 20th-century TV. This title includes many personal revelations of interacting with some of the "Gunsmoke" family ensemble, such as Miss Kitty, Doc and Festus. It covers the author's own work as a producer.

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2. Kylie Queen of the World (Large Print 16pt) - Julie Aspinall

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Kylie first made it big in the late 1980s as Charlene in the Australian soap ''Neighbours''. Moving to England, she made the transition to pop sensation when she worked with producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman.When the hits dried up in the 1990s, Kylie was faced with her first major challenge. She had to reinvent herself for a new generation of fans. Stepping out of the shadow of her producers, she bravely forged her own path as an independent performer. But though everyone was still talking about her, she had to face the fact that she wasn't at the top any more.And so she reinvented herself again in the early 2000s as a disco diva - and this time, her career, which appeared to be in gentle but terminal decline, was turned around dramatically. Songs such as ''Spinning Around'' and ''Can't Get You Out Of My Head'' were pop classics and provided reason enough for the public that had always held her in huge affection to fall in love all over again. Kylie - mania spread all over the world and her reputation was sealed - she was an international superstar.After her traumatic battle with breast cancer, the Aussie diva came back stronger and sexier than ever, putting on a breath - taking comeback with her ever - elaborate Showgirl tour. Now, still a firm favourite with the public, Kylie Minogue can do no wrong. And twenty years on from the release of her first single ''Loco - Motion'', with over 40 million records sold and her tenth studio album released, she is showing no signs of slowing down. The Queen of Pop is definitely here to stay - this is her story.

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3. Kayang & Me (Large Print 16pt) - Kim Scott And Hazel Brown

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Award - winning novelist Kim Scott and his elder, Hazel Brown, have created a monumental family history of the Wilomin Noongar people. Kayang & Me is a powerful story of community and belonging, revealing the deep and enduring connections between family, country, culture and history that lie at the heart of Indigenous identity. This 2013 edition is supplemented with photographs that bring the stroy to life.

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4. Clive Caldwell, Air Ace (Easyread Large Edition) - Kristen Alexander

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'His courage, determination, skill and his undoubtedly outstanding ability as a leader are an inspiration to his Wing and worthy of the highest praise.' Extract from DSO citation Clive Caldwell was officially attributed with 27 ½ victories and became Australia's highest scoring fighter pilot in World War II. In addition, he became an ace in both the Middle East and Pacific theatres - the only Australian pilot to attain this status. Kristen Alexander has had unrivalled access to Caldwell's personal papers as well as official and privately held records. She vividly brings to life Caldwell's aerial exploits and presents a man driven to carry out his duty. Originally considered an individualist, Caldwell became a fine fighter pilot and a dedicated leader, much loved by those he commanded. But he did not wear the restrictions of the RAAF well and, despite his achievements, endured public inquiry over liquor trading and the so-called 'Morotai Mutiny'. Even so, he continued to be well-regarded and respected by the public. This biography is a celebration of Caldwell's military achievements. It details his rise from a green fighter pilot to Wing leader and includes striking details of his air battles. It also includes unprecedented discussion of the Barry Inquiry and Caldwell's court-martial.

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5. NORMITA SUÁREZ y JESÚS ALVARIÑO TRAYECTORIA Y LEGADO. Precursores de la radio y la televisión en Cuba y Latinoamérica - Lourdes Alvariño Castiñeira

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Normita Suarez and Jesus Alvariño were two popular artists from radio and television in Cuba as well as in exile, an exile that was imposed by the lack of freedom in their homeland. Jesus was an important artist from the 1940s, 50s and 60s in programs like Tamakún, Los tres Villalobos (written by Armando Couto, it was for years the most listened to radio program in Cuba and other Latin American countries), La Taberna de Pedro, where he played “Pedro el Polaco” (already on television). Normita Suárez was also an artist from a young age and excelled in many programs such as «Casos y cosas de casa» (Cases and Household Things) as well as others. She also starred in theater and movies.

But not only in Cuba were these two artists well know —both crossed borders and were recognized throughout Latin America. In the wide photo gallery included in this book, you can see the friendships they had with the greatest artists of their time. They also stood out for their Christian ideals, not only in their personal and family life but also in their evangelizing task. That is why the letter from Mons. Agustín Román, Auxiliary Bishop of Miami, is included on the back cover.

This book is not only about the lives of these talented artists, it is also a history of Cuban radio and television because, through them, we are presented with many of the best Cuban artists and their most important moments. It includes a selection of articles by Jesús Alvariño with current themes, humor and Christian reflections.

Lourdes Alvariño Suárez de Castiñeira was the editor of this book. She not only saves the memory of her parents for posterity, but also that of that golden age of Cuban radio and television

 

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6. That One Peculiar Year - Luciano, De Angelis

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7. The Family File (Large Print 16pt) - Mark Aarons

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In early 1965 at age thirteen, Mark Aarons came under the 'adverse notice' of ASIO, which opened volume one of his nine-volume security file. Mark was following in the footsteps of his father, Laurie Aarons, whose 85-volume file commenced in the early 1930s when he was fourteen. For four generations the Aarons family were 'subversive revolutionaries', avowed communists who challenged the established constitutional order. Having obtained access to his family's ASIO files - the largest collection in the nation's history - Mark Aarons combines their meticulous chronicles with his family's own accounts to tell a political tale of revolution and dissent, idealism and intrigue. It is also an intimate story of life under surveillance, a reflection on communism and its legacy, and on what it was to be a radical in Australia in eventful times.

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8. Mendelssohn - The Caged Spirit - Mary, Allerton-North

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9. Joey Smallwood Schemer and Dreamer (Large Print 16pt) - Ray Argyle

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Born in Gambo, Newfoundland, Joseph (''Joey'') Smallwood (1900 - 1991) spent his life championing the worth and potential of his native province. Although he was a successful journalist and radio personality, Smallwood is best known for his role in bringing Newfoundland into Confederation with Canada in 1949, believing that such an action would secure an average standard of living for Newfoundlanders. He was rightfully dubbed the ''only living Father of Confederation'' in his lifetime and was premier of the province for twenty - three years. During much of the last part of the twentieth century, Smallwood remained a prominent player in the story of Newfoundland and Labrador's growth as a province. Later in life he put himself in debt in order to complete his Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador, the only project of its kind in Canada up to that point. InJoey Smallwood: Schemer and Dreamer, Ray Argyle reexamines the life of this incredible figure in light of Newfoundland's progress in recent years, and measures his vision against its new position as a province of prosperity rather than poverty.

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10. Marrying Italian When Love Is Not Enough (Large Print 16pt) - Vivien Achia

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What happens when a headstrong Australian girl meets a charming older Italian man? Vivien was brought up in country Victoria with dreams of becoming a singer, but was trapped in a disastrous early marriage; Eliseo grew up in a small village in Abruzzo and suffered through the Second World War. Their heartbreaking love story takes you on a journey through cultural parallels and contrasts which, despite intense mutual love, lead to destructive anger, abuse and tragedy. Marrying Italian brings us the delights of Italian cooking and culture; passionate romance and blind rage; depression, drugs and despair; and a joyful family reconciliation in Italy. 

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