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1. Riptide Struggling with and Resurfacing from a Daughter's (Large Print 16pt) - Barbara Hale-Seubert

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Riptide is the raw and revealing account of the author's journey during the ten years her oldest daughter struggled with anorexia and bulimia, a battle that ended with her death at age 23 in February 2000.
Motherhood is about nurturing and protecting your child, yet with eating disorders, as with any addiction complicated by mental illness, parents can feel frustrated with powerlessness and filled with guilt and fear as they watch their beloved child consumed by a condition that has life - threatening power.
Eating disorders are rampant, with emaciated stars on the covers of tabloids and the modeling industry being challenged about unhealthy, unrealistic images of what is desirable. In the face of these ubiquitous images, obesity is at an all - time high among children and teens, driving more and younger children to ''experiment'' with anorectic and bulimic behaviors. That means more parents and caregivers need to understand how to cope and not only try to help these children, but also take care of themselves.
Using her unique perspective as a mother and psychotherapist, Barbara Hale - Seubert vividly chronicles her rollercoaster of grief, fear, and powerlessness. Here, Hale - Seubert holds onto the hope that her daughter could salvage some form of a life not fully eclipsed by the disorder, while at the same time learning to surrender what was out of her control and embracing, once again, the grace and value in her own life.
Riptide offers other parents the redemptive solace that comes with knowing that they aren't alone in their struggles.

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2. Those Men Well Done Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran - Barry Heard

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As devastating as Heard's account of the war undoubtedly is, it's the last third of the book - wherein he returns to a country that seems embarrassed to acknowledge his existence, and tries to deal with his shattered psyche with little support from an uncomprehending family and an ever-decreasing number of friends - that packs the biggest emotional wallop ... [However] he manages to elicit laughs amidst the tragedy.'

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3. The View from Connor's Hill A Memoir (Large Print 16pt) - Barry Heard

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Here is the captivating prequel to Well Done, Those Men, Barry Heard's much-loved, deeply moving account of life as a Vietnam veteran. This memoir takes us back into the heart of Heard's experiences as a boy and a young man in Australia during the 1950s and 1960s. Colourful, poignant, and often very funny, The View from Connor's Hill reveals a young man who, among the devastation of loss and constant upheaval, celebrates the joy of living in the bush, and delights in the love of his faithful dog Rover and his headstrong horse Swanee. Capturing the detail of a lost world of country and suburban life in Australia - a world of matinees, country dances, and manual dunnies - Barry Heard delivers his memories with an unwavering honesty and candour.

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4. My Forever Heartache - Four Years of Discovery with the Kalahari Bushmen - Bernard Horton

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In 1994, entrepreneur and award-winning businessman Bernard Horton decided to give up the rat-race and all the trappings of wealth and security in order to follow his heart, and live amongst the Bushman people of Botswana's Western Kalahari. He bought and converted an ex-military Land Rover 101" Forward Control (nicknamed I a bo pe - let it roar - by the Bushmen from the distinctive sound of the V8 engine), and with a friend, Dr. Murdoch Laing set about driving all the way up from Durban to Maun, Botswana - still a dusty frontier town in those days. The doctor returned to England but Bernard had found his calling and stayed. My Forever Heartache is the fascinating story of Bernard's four-year adventure which saw him become one with these gentle and inspirational people who still live in harmony with mother nature as they have done for thousands of years. As the title suggests it is also a study of how the Bushmen struggle to adapt and survive in a modern world that doesn't share their same core values, perhaps ultimately to the detriment of all of us. Bernard Horton was born in Wales, and spent many happy years in Scotland before making his home in Maun, Botswana, where he still lives with his daughter Themma. He is the founder of the Horton Crossbow empire and owner of Gidichaa Camp, a Bushman safari lodge in northern Botswana. He is the author of The Horton Story, also published by Black Crake Books.

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5. The Hardcore Truth The Bob Holly Story (Large Print 16pt) - Bob Holly, Ross Williams

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Long before he became Hardcore Holly, Robert Howard was a fighter. From humble beginnings a boy dominated by his disciplinarian stepfather but fueled by an unquenchable passion for pro wrestling Bob grew up struggling to make ends meet.

As an adult with a family of his own to provide for, Bob fought in bars for money before finally following his dream of wrestling. From regional promotions all the way to the bright lights of the WWF, from false starts as Thurman Sparky Plugg and Bombastic Bob to fame as an internationally known superstar, The Hardcore Truth tells the story of Bob's life including his 16 years working for Vince McMahon.

In this rollercoaster tale of success and frustration, replete with missed opportunities, broken promises, and a broken neck a story of fast bikes and faster cars, lost loves and wrestling bears, bar fights and betrayal Bob shares his uncompromised views on the present wrestling landscape with fascinating insights into the world leader in sports entertainment.

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6. Game, Set, Cash! (Large Print 16pt) - Brad Hutchins

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Inside the secret world of tennis court - siding. Brad Hutchins has been living a young bloke's dream: getting paid to travel the world and watch sport. Sitting court - side on the pro tennis circuit, he uses his phone to transmit results to a gambling syndicate, taking advantage of the time delay in TV broadcasts to beat other online punters to the big pay - offs. His stories from life on the road capture the adventures and mishaps that come with following the world's best tennis players and partying in a new country every week. But like card counters in casinos, court - siders are despised by the tennis establishment. The more time Brad spends at tournaments, the harder it becomes for him to evade the security guards who are hell - bent on ejecting him from matches. The resulting cat - and - mouse chases will appeal to anyone who loves the roguish spirit of The Wolf of Wall Street or Catch Me If You Can.

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7. Making Waves and Riding the Currents Activism and the Practice of Wisdom (Large Print 16pt) - Charles Halpern

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I met Charles Halpern when, as president of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, he supported a rich and productive dialogue between prominent Tibetans here in Dharamsala and representatives of the world Jewish community. Such imaginative initiatives are typical of a life dedicated to positive social change. In this new book, Making Waves and Riding the Currents, he shows the importance of fostering basic human values like compassion in our relations with others and of working to generate inner peace. If we are able to do this, we will make our lives and our work meaningful, and ultimately contribute to the welfare of all living beings.

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8. Mortality - Christopher Hitchens

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9. Safe Suicide Narratives, Essays, and Meditations (Large Print 16pt) - DeWitt Henry

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Against a background of suburban Philadelphia in the 1950s, and the family secret of his father's alcoholism, Henry comes of age as the youngest of four children. He rejects his father's course in managing the family chocolate factory, and goes on to college, becoming a writer and teacher. When Henry marries, and becomes a father himself, he is impacted by the social revolutions of the 1970s, and struggles to avoid his father's flaws. He leads a literary life in Boston, founds the literary magazine Ploughshares, and befriends novelist Richard Yates. During the 1980s, Henry suffers the deaths of his parents, infertility, rejections of his work, and setbacks in his teaching career. In the 1990s, while his daughter and adopted son are swept up into trials of adolescence and young adulthood, and as his wife grieves the deaths of friends and family, Henry confronts a spiritual abyss similar to his father's, and learns to surrender to life, to love, to aging and mortality.
By turns lyrical, quirky, confessional, and experimental in form, Henry's essays build into an affirming and generous vision. While addiction, the uses of imagination, a passion for literature, and issues of heart and soul are key motifs, a bungee jump becomes Henry's central metaphor: ''isn't this life? isn't this art? We live and trust in our safe suicides.''

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10. Clearly Now, the Rain A Memoir of Love and Other Trips (Large Print 16pt) - Eli Hastings

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Serala drank frat boys under the table. She wore saris and ate delicately from plates of curry at family events; elsewhere she wore a lip ring, designer shades, and a cowboy hat and ordered bloody steaks. She wrote volumes of poetry, made amateur films, singlehandedly ran a chapter of Food Not Bombs, and ended up as a fierce advertising agency executive. She often slept less than five hours per week and would, at the slightest excuse, drive from L.A. to New York in a cool 50 hours. In some moments of danger, she split the lips of menacing strangers. And she gave herself over to the casual knives and fists of others for nothing more than another bag of heroin that she had plenty of money for anyway.

Clearly Now, the Rain traces the decade - long relationship of Eli Hastings and his friend Serala: from ill - advised quests for narcotics in Mexican border towns through summer road trips, from southern California to Tennessee and on to New York City and Seattle, from 1996 to the very last days of 2004, when Serala s journey concluded tragically at age 27.

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11. The Art of Disappearing (16pt Large Print Edition) - Elisabeth Hanscombe

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A captivating true story about physical child abuse and the effects of trauma on personal relationships and one's professional life. ''This memoir is intricately observed and written with such clear-eyed intelligence I wanted to swoop down and steal its subject to love and safety. A disturbing and compelling read.'' Carrie Tiffany ''Lis Hanscombe's The Art of Disappearing, is a brave, unflinching memoir of surviving a childhood navigating around a violent and abusive father, whose brooding menace lurks on every page. Psychologically astute, Hanscombe is possessed of an unusually vivid and faithful memory to the terrors of childhood. She has the courage to face and penetrate the dark secrets at the centre of her family. A beautifully written, unforgettable account of what it is to grow up in the shadow of alcoholism and sexual predation.'' Anne Manne ''With a combination of literary ability and deep self-knowledge, √ā¬≠Elisabeth Hanscombe gives a rare insight into a child's struggle to survive a physically and sexually abusive family.'' Dr Paul Valent

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12. Russell Crowe A Life in Stories (Large Print 16pt) - Gabor H. Wylie

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In this innovative biography of one of Hollywood's most recently crowned kings, Gabor H. Wylie gives Russell Crowe fans what they've been longing for - the stories that make up a lifetime, little anecdotal gems strung together like pearls on a necklace. The star of Gladiator, The Insider, and L.A. Confidential is revealed as never before. From Crowe's New Zealand roots to his emotional Oscar triumph, Wylie traces his journey to stardom with true stories that have textured his life along the way. Imagine Crowe's campy portrayal of transvestite Frank N. Furter in an Australian stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Or the moment Crowe revealed to his shocked father that, since the family couldn't afford to send him to university to study history as he had planned, he intended to make his way as a performer. This is Russell Crowe - the dedicated musician, the acclaimed actor, the fascinating man - rendered in the most intimate medium we know: the stories of his life.
''Crowe comes across as a complex persona here - half boozing, driven machismo; half tender, loyal, sentimental, and ethical. Older teenage readers will enjoy this fast read.''

Voice of Youth Advocates, June 2002

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13. Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night What to Do When God Won't Answer (Large Print 16pt) - Greg Hunt

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When pastor Greg Hunt falls prey to a crisis of faith and calling, he sets out on an experiment in devotion and discovers that the journey is the destination in disguise.

Dr. Greg Hunt had devoted nearly 30 years to congregational ministry, helping people experience God and find their way in life. Then came his crisis of faith and calling: He turns to God for guidance, but is unable to ''find'' God. Neither his education - a Ph.D. in theology - nor his religious involvements - senior pastor of a multi staff congregation, civically and denominationally engaged leader - could protect him against the disorienting impact of the experience.

Days turned into months. Months became seasons. Seasons added up to a year, then two. He began to wonder if his faith had been delusional: Was God even real?

In the midst of his struggle, he tries a sometimes desperate experiment of devotion: could he have a personal encounter with God through the redletters of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew?

The outcome is startling, and changes his life entirely.

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14. Jose Mourino Simply The Best: (Large Print 16pt) - Harry Harris

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In 2004, Chelsea's billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich, needed the best manager money could buy, a proven champion, to capture the trophies his outlay on the team demanded. His choice was, of course, the irrepressible Jose Mourinho. Bringing his monumental self - belief and proven track record - not to mention a touch of elan - to the Premiership, Mourinho smashed the stranglehold that Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger held over English football's top prizes. Uniting Abramovich's impressive transfer outlay with his meticulous preparation and motivational skills, Mourinho elevated Chelsea to heights their fans had previously only dreamt of, winning the Premiership and Carling Cup double. Having delivered Chelsea's first top - flight domestic title in 50 years, Mourinho was never likely to rest on his laurels. His recruitment of the finest players in world football continued over the following two seasons, with the likes of Ashley Cole and Michael Essien bolstering the ranks, and inevitable success came in the shape of back - to - back championships in the second season, and a potential cup double in his third. It hasn't all been smooth sailing for The Blues' self - appointed 'Special One'. Critics have cited Mourinho's clear advantages in the transfer market, but it is his phenomenal manmanagement skills that have turned Chelsea from also - rans into the team everyone wants to beat. The unconditional loyalty of his players - most notably John Terry and Frank Lampard - is proof of the Mourinho effect. His unabashed confidence and will to win has seen him clash with rival managers, referees and other players alike; and his position as manager has not always seemed secure. But one thing is sure of Jose Mourinho; confident, eloquent, dapper in his attire and debonair to the core, English football would be a far less interesting sport without him. ''Jose Mourinho - Simply the Best'' is a celebration of his three years with The Blues.

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15. Jesus Is No Joke A True Story Of An Unlikely Witness Who Saw Jesus - Heidi Hollis

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Once a skeptic of "Holy Encounters," Heidi Hollis shares her true story of four unexpected journeys with Jesus, which led her deep into the reality of His Presence among us today. Hollis shares how Jesus and His angels revealed glimpses of Heaven and Hell, even healing her physically of an incurable disease, leaving her with the utmost passion to share His inspiration with the world!

As humanly as possible and lacking a religious tongue, Hollis pours out her raw emotions with all of the errors, yet new understandings, which came with meeting someone she highly misunderstood when she heard claims of Jesus appearing to people around the world today.

Hollis once thought that Jesus had traversed these lands long ago, never to be seen or heard from again-now, in admitting her error, she encourages others to hold their "J" for Jesus up in the air for all to see: Jesus Is No Joke!

"A raw outpouring of pure emotion from someone who is hardly a member of the clergy. She explains what she saw and pours out real, true emotion - with little political motivation that one so often hears from the ordained clergy. An inspiring and encouraging tale for spiritual people, "Jesus is No Joke: A True Story of an Unlikely Witness Who Saw Jesus" is a must for community library spirituality and Christian studies collections." James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief ~Midwest Book Review

"Heidi's writing style simply drew me in-it's natural, refreshingly "real," and enthusiastic. Best of all, she has something to say. Her encounters with Jesus were riveting and inspiring and they conveyed, above all, the feeling of Jesus' reality. Heidi writes from her heart, her soul, and after reading this book, I felt that I knew her, appreciated her, and admired her courage. A must-read for those who seek the Light." Robert Becker/Editor, Pure Inspiration Magazine

About the Author: Heidi Hollis has been heard by millions as an internationally known speaker on intriguing phenomena, from angels to aliens. She is also the author of Picture Prayers, The Secret War and is an occupational therapist, advice columnist and radio talk show host.

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16. The Other "F" Word How To Find Faith And Laugh At Yourself While Trying - Heidi Hollis

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Do you have Faith Funk?

In fact, what does Faith even look like, feel like and smell like? Do you even know if you have any Faith or enough of it? Maybe your Faith is Fickle or you’ve had too many Faith Failures and now you need to Find Faith somehow—if you only knew where to begin.

We are SO humanly flawed in ALL aspects of our lives. But the ONE area where we are supposed to have NO DOUBTS—is in our Faith! Isn’t that something? We have to get it right or pay the consequences for an eternity-in most Faiths!

So then, what does it mean to be “Faithful” and really-really mean it?

We’ve all seen Faith get expressed in the Funniest and then the most serious of circumstances—but who’s to say what’s really the right way?

This book serves as an identifier of sorts on how Faith is seen, expressed, laughed at, hidden in embarrassment, and Flipped over, to ultimately help you Find where you’re at in your Faith and Fly up to a different level!

Then maybe we might give this “F” Word a better reputation so that it’s used more often to inspire some Faith into this world instead of Flipping it off!

“The Other “F” Word” is appropriate for Young Adults (age 14), on up! †The print book has “notebook” lines throughout it and the eBook is in color. †For younger readers, there is the accompanying book: “The Fickle Finders: Investigates—The Other “F” Word” a Faith Filled adventure that also comes with a Teaching Guide filled with fun quizzes, projects and activities for parents, youth ministry and teachers!

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17. Of Moose and Men A Wildlife Vet's Pursuit of the World's Largest Deer (Large Print 16pt) - Jerry Haigh

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A search for the moose, the whole moose, and nothing but the moose Whether you're a wildlife specialist, an avid hunter, or an armchair veterinarian, Of Moose and Men provides a wealth of information about moose from all corners of the world. Follow Jerry Haigh on his adventures with moose both tame and wild, and get an overview of moose biology, including their specialized diet and the relationship between sex and antlers - where size really does matter. The book also covers the history of moose on Earth and the marked fluctuations in populations that have occurred over time. There are accessible chapters on moose diseases, moose and traffic, moose as a resource, and the surprising uses of moose as pets and dairy animals.

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18. The Idea of Home Autobiographical Essays (Large Print 16pt) - John Hughes

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The Idea of Home is a collection of five autobiographical essays, in which John Hughes reflects on growing up in the Hunter Valley coal - mining town of Cessnock, in a household ruled by memories of the Ukraine, from which his mother's family fled during the Second World War.

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19. Get Up Mum (16pt Large Print Edition) - Justin Heazlewood

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It's 1992 in Burnie, Tasmania and 12-year-old Justin lives alone with his mum. When she is well, Mum is perfect. She knows he likes his carrots raw and his toast cooled, and she knows how to sooth his growing pains. But when she is sick she cries uncontrollably and never gets out of bed. High school is on the horizon and Justin is bursting with adolescent energy. But his mum's mental illness hangs over him like a shadow and he feels the need to grow up fast. Told with youthful exuberance, Get Up Mum is a wildly endearing, entertaining and incredibly powerful memoir about love, family, and coming-of-age.

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20. The Secret of the Blue Trunk (Large Print 16pt) - Liedewy Hawke, Lise Dion

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In this true story, Armande Martel, a young nun from Quebec, is arrested by the Germans in 1940 during a stay at her religious order's mother house in Brittany. She spends the war years in a German concentration camp. After her return to Canada, she leaves the Church, finds the love of her life in Montreal, and adopts Lise Dion.Growing up, Lise is familiar with only a few facts of her mother's past. It's when she clears her mother's small apartment after her death that Lise Dion discovers the key to the blue trunk, which was always locked. This key unlocks the mystery of Armande's early life, and Lise decides to write The Secret of the Blue Trunk.

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