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1. Don't Call Me Joey The Wit and Wisdom of Albert Belle (Large Print 16pt) - Albert Belle

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The comprehensive collection of the wit and wisdom of one of the great hitters in baseball today - and its biggest jerk: former Cleveland Indian and current Chicago White Sox left fielder Albert (''Don't Call Me Joey'') Belle. Albert Belle on hitting: ''RBI's win games... and they can make you a ton of money.''
Albert Belle on his reputation as a jerk: ''I'm moody. I know that. I've made some mistakes. But if I was a bad person, would someone pay me dollar 55 million...?'' Albert Belle after nearly running over a trick - or - treating teenager who had egged the slugger's home in Cleveland on Halloween: ''As soon as I caught up with him, I slammed on the brakes... The truck kind of skidded, and it slid and bumped him. He fell down... [then] he jumped back up and started running... It's a shame when people target athletes. If they had done the same thing to my next - door neighbor and he had chased them, they wouldn't have filed a report... ''
Don't Call Me Joey brings you the full story, told in his own words, of one of the most disagreeable sports figures in recent memory, the most loathed pro baseball player since Ty Cobb. It's all here - Belle's tirades and scufflings with reporters, including a profane outburst leveled at NBC reporter Hanna Storm during the 1996 World Series (which earned him an unprecedented dollar 50,000 fine); his beaning of a fan with a baseball during a game; his high - speed chase of two Cleveland teenagers who had egged his house on Halloween; his unprovoked hit - and - run on dimin - utive Milwaukee second baseman, Fernando Vina; his obscene gestures to heckling Indians fans; his hate - hate relationship with the media; and his non - appearance (for his own safety) at the 1997 All - Star Game, held in Cleveland, where he had played for nearly a decade.

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2. Graham Norton Laid Bare (Large Print 16pt) - Alison Bowyer

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Since being spotted on Channel 5, Graham Norton's career has gone from strength to strength. His unique blend of camp comedy, cosy chattiness, and brilliant bitchiness has earned Graham a place in the nation's hearts. Warm and witty with a wicked sense of humour, Graham Norton can attract just about any of the big names onto his show for a natter and a laugh. Yet not too much is known about his private life, and so biographer and journalist Alison Bowyer travelled to his native Ireland, where she talked to friends and relatives to discover more. Packed with revealing interviews with friends, lovers and associates and fully up - to - date, ''Graham Norton - Laid Bare'' is a fascinating picture of this irrepressibly likeable man.

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3. Liz Hurley Uncovered (Large Print 16pt) - Alison Bowyer

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From 'That Dress' to the very public wrangle over the paternity of her baby son, Elizabeth Hurley is now an international star and modern day icon, whose glamorous lifestyle is a source of endless fascination to the public. A skilled self - publicist, she has risen from being seen as arm candy from Basingstoke to being hot property in her own right, and is now a household name on both sides of the Atlantic. The wealthy 38 - year - old actress and former Estee Lauder model is now a single mum who continues to run her own film company with ex - partner Hugh Grant. Liz Hurley Uncovered charts her extraordinary rise to the top of the show business elite for the first time.

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4. The Devil's Dictionary (Large Print) - Ambrose Bierce

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This classic large print title is printed in 16 point Tiresias font as recommended by the Royal National Institute for the Blind

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5. Fantastic Fables (Large Print) - Ambrose Bierce

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This classic large print title is printed in 16 point Tiresias font as recommended by the Royal National Institute for the Blind

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6. The Devil's Dictionary - Ambrose Bierce

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7. With Courage And Cloth Winning The Fight For A Woman's Right To Vote (Large Print 16pt) - Ann Bausum

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For Grades 6 and up.

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8. Anyone Who Had a Heart (Large Print 16pt) - Burt Bacharach

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The autobiography of one of the most significant and beloved of songwriters, writer of fifty - two UK Top 40 hits from 'Walk On By' to 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head'. Burt Bacharach is one of the most celebrated and legendary song - writers of the twentieth century. Throughout his sixty year career he has worked with artists from Dionne Warwick to Dr Dre, Marlene Dietrich to Elvis Costello. Anyone Who Had a Heart is the story of one of the greatest song writers of all time. It traces for the first time in his own words, the life and times of the man who created the music that has become the sound track for the lives of his millions of devoted fans all over the world. Bacharach's songs include: 'Magic Moments' - Perry Como, ' Baby It's You' - The Shirelles / The Beatles, 'Please Stay' - The Drifters / Marc Almond, 'Wishin' and Hopin'''' - Dionne Warwick / Dusty Springfield / Ani DiFranco, 'Walk On By' - Dionne Warwick / The Stranglers, 'I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself' - Dusty Springfield / The White Stripes, '(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me' - Sandie Shaw, 'A Message to Martha' - Adam Faith, 'What's New Pussycat?' - Tom Jones, 'Trains and Boats and Planes' - Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, 'Alfie' - Cilla Black / Cher / Rumer, 'I Say a Little Prayer' - Dionne Warwick / Aretha Franklin, 'Do You Know the Way to San Jose?' - Dionne Warwick, 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head' - B.J. Thomas / Sacha Distel / Johnny Mathis, 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again' - Bobby Gentry, 'Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)' - Burt Bacharach / Barry Manilow / Shirley Bassey.

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9. Roger Federer - The Greatest (Large Print 16pt) - Chris Bowers

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This acclaimed sports biography, researched and written by the experienced and multilingual tennis writer Chris Bowers, considers who Federer is as a person and what place he will occupy in tennis and sporting history.

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10. Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir - Christopher Buckley

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11. Body at the Melbourne Club Bertram Armytage, Antarctica's Forgotten Man (Large Print 16pt) - David Burke

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Bertram Armytage, son of a wealthy squatter, a popular sportsman who rowed for Cambridge, was the first Australian - born member of an Antarctic expedition. An expert horseman, he was given charge of the ponies in Ernest Shackleton's great 1907 - 1909 expedition, narrowly escaping the jaws of killer whales. In London he was decorated by royalty, but on coming home to Australia he went to his part - time city residence, the exclusive Melbourne Club, put on his dinner suit and polar medals and, at the age of 41, shot himself. This mystery - cum - biography provides a new perspective on one of Shackleton's greatest expeditions.

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12. 30 Things My Mum Taught Me (Large Print 16pt) - Denis Baker, Ian Baker

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Denis Baker is a newspaper columnist and public speaker who has also worked in education, employment and training. His brother Ian is a community worker who has been involved with getting young people into sport and supporting the elderly.

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13. 30 Things My Dad Taught Me An Extraordinary Book about Our Dad, Your Dad-And You. (Large Print 16pt) - Denis Baker, Paul Baker, Ian Baker

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Denis Baker is a newspaper columnist and public speaker who has also worked in education, employment and training. His brother Ian is a community worker who has been involved with getting young people into sport and supporting the elderly.

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14. My Mother's Spice Cupboard A Journey from Baghdad to Bombay to Bondi (Large Print 16pt) - Elana Benjamin

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In My Mother's Spice Cupboard, Elana Benjamin has produced a warm and detailed account of her family's story, as they moved from Baghdad to Bombay (now Mumbai) and finally to Sydney, Australia. With loving strokes, she has created a detailed picture of everyday life for Jews living in Bombay during the British rule, followed by the disintegration of the community post - independence. By the early 1960s, when her family left, the majority of India's Jewish community had emigrated. Thus, she has managed to recreate a world that no longer exists, whilst there were still family members around to tell her the stories.

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15. Blackbirds Baked in a Pie (Memories of Rozinante) (Large Print 16pt) - Eugene Barter

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Sir Edward Heath's Private Secretary didn't take retirement sitting down ... At age 60 Eugene Barter, along with her sister and brother - in - law, moved to a house in the foothills of the Pyrenees to start an auberge. This is the story of her experiences. Humorous and often self - mocking, always gentle and quirky, Eugene takes us on a journey through the countryside and its people, Catalans and French alike, with a good dose of her German and English guests thrown in. Her love of the region shines from the pages - surely a timeless joy for all ages. RECIPES FROM ROZINANTE: The second half of the book focuses on the recipes with which Eugene used to feed her guests, though still interleaved with her engaging anecdotes. English, Catalan and French recipes, all easy to follow, sit side by side, and there are conversion charts to help step through the metric and imperial standards, and maintain that essential entente cordiale! THE AUTHOR: Born in Penarth, South Wales, Eugene left school at 16 to work as a trainee journalist on two local newspapers, in the days when discrimination against women in the workplace made the job twice the challenge it was for male colleagues. Moving on to an assignment in Holland at a Unesco conference, she stayed on for two years, learning the language and working with companies in Amsterdam struggling to get back on their feet after the horrors of the second World War. Studying with the Open University in her late forties, she became a Tutor/Counsellor after graduating, before moving briefly back into journalism, then working in the House of Commons - eventually becoming Senior Secretary to Sir Edward Heath. In her sixties she took on the running of an auberge in France, and this book, Blackbirds Baked in a Pie, is a lively and affectionate account of her time there. Now 85, Eugene's love affair with France continues undiminished.

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16. Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists (Large Print 16pt) - Francine Brokaw

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Ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of the Oscars? Want to know which actors are funny and which ones are just plain boring? What is it like to interview Madonna, Robin Williams, and Pierce Brosnan? All of these questions (and many more) are answered by veteran entertainment journalist Francine Brokaw. With a delightful mixture of wit and honesty, Francine gives readers an uncensored view of life as an entertainment journalist. In addition to her own perspective, Francine's colleagues across the country weigh in on questions like... What is the best swag you've ever received? What is the most memorable interview you've ever conducted? Have you ever had to interview someone rude? Perfect for a weekend read or as a companion text to an introductory course in mass media, Beyond the Red Carpet is an informative and entertaining book that covers every aspect of the business of entertainment journalism.

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17. Garca Mrquez Second Edition (Large Print 16pt) - Gene H. Bell-Villada

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Gabriel Garca Mrquez is one of the most influential writers of our time, with a unique literary creativity rooted in the history of his native Colombia. This revised and expanded edition of a classic work is the first book of criticism to consider in detail the totality of Garca Mrquezs magnificent oeuvre. In a beautifully written examination, Gene Bell-Villada traces the major forces that have shaped the novelist and describes his life, his personality, and his politics. For this edition, Bell-Villada adds new chapters to cover all of Garca Mrquez's fiction since 1988, from The General in His Labyrinth through Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and includes sections on his memoir, Living to Tell the Tale, and his journalistic account, News of a Kidnapping. Moreover, new information about Garca Mrquez's biography and artistic development make this the most comprehensive account of his life and work available.

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18. Enlightened Entrepreneurs Business Ethics in Victorian Britain (Large Print 16pt) - Ian Bradley

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This is the story of 10 remarkable Victorian industrialists who came from relatively humble origins and rose through hard work, inventiveness and application to become among the richest and most influential men of their generation. The businesses they created are for the most part still thriving today and include such household names as Cadburys, Rowntrees, Colmans, Boots, Huntley & Palmers and Unilever.

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19. Supreme Federalist The Political Life of Sir John Downer (Large Print 16pt) - J. C. Bannon

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Supreme Federalist exposes the intricacies of politics at the time of Australia's transition from the colonial era to the modern federal nation. Sir John Downer (1843 - 1915), founder of a political dynasty, combined strong conservative values with a liberal approach; championing legal reform, the advancement of the rights of women and children, and opposing the White Australia Policy.

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20. Rick Rubin In the Studio (Large Print 16pt) - Jake Brown

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There is no greater enigma than Rick Rubin working in record production today. As mysterious personally as the Buddhist religion he practices, Rubin has made one thing crystal clear: the records he produces are sonically and stylistically beyond reproach. MTV has called Rubin ''the most important producer of the last 20 years,'' while Rolling Stone ventured even further, deeming Rubin the most successful ''of any genre.'' Without a niche, Rubin has taken greater risks than any producer in the record industry over the past quarter century. Pushing his artists into new territory has garnered Rubin seven Grammys, including Producer of the Year in 2007, and made him the most in - demand record producer working today. Now for the first time, Rick Rubin: In the Studio offers the behind - the - scenes stories of how Rubin created hit albums with such diverse legends as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run DMC, Johnny Cash, the Beastie Boys, Audioslave, Tom Petty, Metallica, Danzig, Slayer, LL Cool J, The Cult, Weezer, the Dixie Chicks, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine, Jay Z, Neil Diamond, Sheryl Crow, and Slipknot. This book chronicles his meteoric rise, from his early days as DJ Double R in the early '80s, founding and running Def Jam Records alongside Russell Simmons from an NYU dorm room, discovering and producing the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, to his transition in the early '90s into a successful independent record executive, signing and producing the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash, to his role as the most influential producer of all time (currently as the co - head of Columbia Records), and his continued successes with rock/metal supergroups Audioslave, Linkin Park, and Metallica. This in - depth look at the life and times of Rick Rubin - in the studio and beyond - is a must - have for any music fan.

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