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1. This Ordinary Adventure Settling Down Without Settling (Large Print 16pt) - Adam Jeske, Christine Jeske

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Join Adam and Christine Jeske as they mine their experience, from riding motorcycles in Africa to dicing celery in Wisconsin, in search of a God who is always present and who is charging every moment with potential. You'll discover the amazing things God is doing in the shadows of even the most ordinary day.

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2. Dance Until It Rains Life Lessons from My Mother (Large Print 16pt) - Andrew Jobling, Maria Alomajan

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Remember the old school days when you were taught a lesson then given a test? The difference between then and now is instead of school teachers, we have life, which tests us in order to teach us a lesson.Lessons exist each and every day in the life of every single person. They provide us with opportunities to learn, particularly for those who are open to the lessons and who would like to improve their lives. It often takes a major event that shakes us to the core in order to reawaken us to, wake up and learn the lessons or beware the consequences.Like the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, Dance Until It Rains shares the life of a remarkable lady, and in so doing, highlights the amazing lessons that each of us can learn, not only from her life, but also from our own.It is an inspirational story of love, hope, courage and overcoming the many obstacles life throws our way. It will help you to find the motivation to create a better level of wellbeing and a happier life for yourself.Dance Until It Rains helps those who are lacking in direction with inspiring words of wisdom to live fully and in the moment and to treat others with respect, kindness, love and dignity. It urges us to seek joy and stresses the importantance of learning from the lessons life delivers us and changing our behaviour accordingly.Dance Until It Rains is a simple book with simple messages. Through the authors narration of his mothers journey as an immigrant fleeing from a war torn country, to her final death from cancer, Dance Until It Rains delivers a treasure trove of universal life lessons with the most important lesson being - to live life to the fullest.

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3. Blood on My Hands A Surgeon at War (Large Print 16pt) - Craig Jurisevic

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The year is 1999, and a fresh hell is being created before our eyes. It is hardly to be credited that the enlightened nations of Europe are allowing this nightmare to occur only sixty minutes by jet from Paris and London.Β The forces of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic have swept into Kosovo on the Balkan Peninsula leaving a trail of death and heartbreak. Scenes of Milosevic's 'ethnic cleansing' play out on television screens all over the world; haunted figures huddled behind barbed wire fences, bodies heaped in ditches.

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4. Dick Johnson (Large Print 16pt) - Dick Johnson, James Phelps

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The incredible story of Dick Johnson the Aussie battler who became an all-time V8 great. Ford legend Johnson did not get his break in motorsport until he was famously smashed out by a rock in the 1980 Bathurst 1000. But true to his never-say-die attitude, he went on to establish one of Australia s most successful V8 Supercar teams, amidst a dramatic career that, on many occasions, almost saw him lose his home, his team and even his life. Through intimate revelations and blistering accounts of the motor racing industry, Johnson reveals the incredible strength and commitment it took to win three Bathurst titles and a record five Australian Touring Car Championships in a remarkable career spanning almost 50 years.

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5. A Simple Memoir of My Early Years - Gertrud Jackle

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To the best of my recollection, this is the story of my early years. Like me, it is simple and direct. It was inspired by my daughter Erika, who worked hard to gather the details, and later prepared for publication by my son, Rodney. Many of the essential stories were contributed by my brother Julian, whose memories and experiences were broader than my own. Without them, this memoir could not have been written.

I never intended this project to be a history lesson—just a collection of memories, feelings, challenges, circumstances, and inspirations that led me to Canada, where the family life we all share together began.

Remember This:

I want to pass a message along to my children, grandchildren, and hopefully great-grandchildren:

• Value others on their potential, not their history.

• Never give up. Always hold on to hope. Things will always get better if you do. Always.

• Despite the challenges of my life, I believe I was, and still am, very lucky. I have always felt this—that a guardian angel was watching over me every moment.

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6. The Author of Beltraffio (Large Print) - Henry James

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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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7. Ginger Nuts The Unauthorised Biography of Chris Evans (Large Print 16pt) - Howard Johnson

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The Unauthorised Biography of Chris Evans.

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8. Edith Head The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer (Large Print 16pt) - Jay Jorgensen

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All About Eve. Funny Face. Sunset Blvd. Rear Window. Sabrina. A Place in the Sun. The Ten Commandments. Scores of iconic films of the last century had one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897â€"1981). She racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a fifty-year career.Never before has the account of Hollywood's most influential designer been so thoroughly revealed - because never before have the Edith Head Archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences been tapped. This unprecedented access allows this book to be a one-of-a-kind survey, bringing together a spectacular collection of rare and never-before-seen sketches, costume test shots, behind-the- scenes photos, and ephemera.

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9. Wild Years The Music and Myth of Tom Waits (Large Print 16pt) - Jay S. Jacobs

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Legend. Bum. Genius. Con Man. Devoted husband and father. Myth. Storyteller. Inspiration. Drunk. Visionary. Tom Waits is all of these things. Waits is the lifeline between the great Beat poets and today's rock & roll heroes. He's old enough to be your dad and cool enough to be your hero. One of the few truly original musicians recording today, he's also the rare singer who can actually act, and he has put together a respectable body of work in movies. Wild Years: The Music and Myth of Tom Waits retraces the long road that Waits has traveled and explores the music that made him a legend. Jay S. Jacobs looks at the towering myth that Waits has created for himself. Jay S. Jacobs follows the fate of one of America's pre - eminent artists, a very private man whose career embodies a quirky array of fulfillment and loss, beauty and strangeness. This revised and updated edition includes a new chapter, with insight on Waits' career in the 21st century thus far, as well as the most complete discography available in print. Tom's Wild Years - a poignant, revealing celebration of the man and all his myths.

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10. Sophisto-Punk The Story of Mark Opitz and Oz Rock (Large Print 16pt) - Jeff Jenkins, Mark Opitz, Oz Rock

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Mark Opitz and the inside story of making the great albums of Oz rock.
I'd like to take this opportunity to say my career wouldn't be anything without Mark Opitz, and I say that on behalf of many Australian musicians.
- Jimmy Barnes
From Cold Chisel to The Angels, from AC/DC to INXS to Australian Crawl, Mark Opitz has left an indelible imprint on the Australian music scene. The producer of such iconic albums as Cold Chisel's East, The Angels' Face to Face, INXS' Shabooh Shoobah and Jimmy Barnes' Bodyswerve, Opitz is one of the most influential figures in the history of Oz Rock.
Sophisto - punk tells Opitz's remarkable story, from his early days serving a musical apprenticeship as an engineer with AC/DC, under the legendary producers Harry Vanda and George Young. Opitz soon struck out on his own with a little - known Adelaide band, The Angels. He helped shape the group's trademark edgy sound - Mark described it as 'sophisto - punk' - which propelled The Angels to rock stardom and launched his extraordinary career.
Filled with frequently hilarious, sometimes poignant, anecdotes about Mark's experiences recording with Australia's rock greats, this book is a unique journey inside the bands, tours and studios of the music that defined an Australian generation.

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11. My Childhood in the Holocaust - Judith Jaegermann

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"My Childhood In The Holocaust" is Judith (Pinczovsky) Jaegermann's account of survival against the Nazi death machine. As a child, when she should have been playing with her dolls and teddy bears, she was fighting off death in the German concentration camps. From Theresienstadt to Auschwitz to Birkenau to Bergen-Belsen, she survived the genocide of 6,000,000 Jews that the world kept quiet about for so many years. For Judith Jaegermann, having spent most of her childhood in the German concentration camps, the trauma of her experience has been like a bomb inside her waiting to explode. Because Mrs. Jaegermann is one of the last surviving eyewitnesses to the Holocaust, she regards it as her duty to tell her story to today's youth. She actively lectures in high schools and universities, or wherever young people gather to listen, telling about the atrocities committed by a deranged society so that something like the Holocaust should never happen again.

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12. Trouble Evolution of a Radical/Selected Writings 1970-2010 - Kate Jennings

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In 1970 Kate Jennings, twenty-one, stunned a Sydney anti-war rally with a pull-no-punches speech that put women s lib on the map. Brave, impassioned and searing, the speech set the tone for the idiosyncratic career that was to follow. A few years later, she was on her way to New York, where she would make her name as a writer and enjoy a ringside seat at some of the most confronting events of our time. Trouble collects Jennings s best work from the last four decades. With a polemical anger tempered by a keen sense of the absurd and a fiercely independent streak, she writes incisively about politics, morality, finance, feminism and the writing life. She describes America with the keen eye of an outsider and looks back at Australia with an expatriate s frankness. Trouble is both an unconventional autobiography and a record of remarkable times. From the protest movements of the 1970s, via Wall Street s heyday and dramatic collapse, to the historic election of Barack Obama, Jennings captures the shifts seismic and subtle, personal and political that brought us to where we are now. After four decades, Kate Jennings work is as exhilarating and impossible to categorise shocking with the shock of recognition as the day it was written.

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13. Caught in the Crossfire An Australian Peacekeeper Beyond the Front-Line (Large Print 16pt) - Matina Jewell

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This is a story of idealism and heroism; of romance and terrifying drama.

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14. Joe's Toronto Portraiture (Large Print 16pt) - Mendelson Joe

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Mendelson Joe was born in Toronto at the Western Hospital less than a year before Canada joined the Allies in ending World War II. Although Joe grew up in Maple, a feedmill town twenty miles north of Toronto, the city of Toronto was always his home - even during his itinerant years in London and Los Angeles as an electric troubadour. When Joe fell into painting and loved it like music, it was inevitable that he would document his friends, colleagues, neighbours, and others. For years, he painted portraits of Torontonians known and unknown, including: Robert Fulford, Robert Priest, Irshad Manji, Margaret Atwood, Bernie Finkelstein, Stan the Fan, and Babydoll Grandma. Over thirty years later, his portraits of Torontonians amount to a significant body of work, and here, in Joe's Toronto, he exhibits fifty portraits from the experience. It tells both his story and the story of those he portrayed. Along with faithful reproductions of the original paintings, Joe has added his own brand of particular comments about the subjects and the sessions.

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15. God Save the Kinks A Biography (Large Print 16pt) - Rob Jovanovic

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In August 1964 The Kinks released their third single. After a little noticed debut and a follow - up that had failed to chart at all, Pye Records were threatening to annul the group's contract. But with its unforgettable distorted guitar riff, 'You Really Got Me' went on to reach No.1, entering the US Top Ten later the same year. Followed by a string of hits, it marked the breakthrough of one of Britain's most innovative and influential bands, and a turning point in the fortunes of two brothers whose troubled story is as tumultuous and characterful as the music they produced: Ray and Dave Davies. Born into a deeply musical working - class family in London's Muswell Hill, Ray and Dave grew up in a city recovering from the bombs and privations of the Second World War. More than any other musicians of the Sixties, they crafted the soundtrack that made it swing again. In songs such as 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion', 'Sunny Afternoon' - which toppled The Beatles to become the hit of Summer 1966 - 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Days' and 'Lola', they drew on music hall, folk and rhythm and blues to craft a peculiarly English pop idiom, inspiring generations of songwriters from David Bowie to Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn. Pocked by sibling rivalry, furious on - stage violence, walkouts, overdoses, a career - throttling ban from the US, gross self - indulgence, and the band's curious rebirth as eighties stadium rockers, the story laid bare in God Save The Kinks is one of the greatest in British pop history.

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16. A Brief Guide to Jane Austen (Large Print 16pt) - Charles Jennings

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Jane Austen is a mystery. The first incontrovertibly great woman novelist, she is, among other things, one of the finest prose stylists in literature; the first truly modern writer, the Godmother of chick lit. She is also the greatest enigma (next to Shakespeare) in English literature. ''''Soldiers in the First World War'''' sat in the trenches and read them for the civilising comforts they provided. Hard - nut literary critics such as F. R. Leavis lauded their austere complexity. World Book Day, 2007, found that ''''Pride and Prejudice'''' was the one book 'The nation can't live without'. In this witty, accessible guide, Charles Jennings goes in search of this enigma through her words as well as her times, including a short biography, an overview of the novels, as well as the world that she inhabited. Finally, the book contains Jane's very own words of advice for the modern life.

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17. Harry's War The True Story of the Soldier Prince (Large Print 16pt) - Robert Jobson

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On February 28, 2008, to great international surprise, the British Ministry of Defense released a statement acknowledging that Prince Harry - - son of the late Princess Diana and third in line to the British throne - - had secretly been deployed to Afghanistan. Subsequent reports revealed that the prince had killed up to thirty Taliban insurgents in directing at least three air strikes, and that he had helped Gurkha troops repel a ground attack of Taliban insurgents using a machine gun. On Februrary 29, Prince Harry was withdrawn from the country with distinction via a covert SAS deployment. This is the amazing story of the first British royal to serve his country in 25 years and his 10 heroic weeks of combat.

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