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1. Last Reader Standing ...the Story of a Man Who Learned to Read at 54 (Large Print 16pt) - Archie Willard

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The day Archie lost his thirty-one year job as a laborer at a meat packing company, he was forced to confront the secret he had held so closely for most of his life: at the age of fifty-four, he couldn t read. For all his adult life, he'd been able to skirt around the issue. But now, forced to find a new job to support his family, he could no longer hide from the truth. The Last Reader Standing is the story of Archie's amazing and often painful journey of becoming literate at middle age, struggling with the newfound knowledge of his dyslexia. From the little boy who was banished to the back of the classroom because the teachers labeled him stupid, Archie emerged to becoming a national figure who continues to enlighten professionals into the world of the learning disabled. He joined Barbara Bush on stage for her Literacy Foundation's fundraisers where she proudly introduced him as the man who took advantage of a second chance and improved his life. This is a touching and poignant story that gives us an eye-opening view of the lack of literacy in our society, and how important it is for all of us to have opportunity to become all that we can be to have hope and go after our dreams. It will also help parents, educators, and medical practitioners to better understand their roles in supporting and providing opportunity for the reading challenged.

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2. Laura Secord Heroine of the War of 1812 (Large Print 16pt) - Peggy Dymond Leavey

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After dragging her injured husband off the battlefield during the War of 1812, Laura Secord (1775 - 1868) was forced to house American soldiers for financial support while she nursed him back to health. It was during this time that she overheard the American plan to ambush British troops at Beaver Dams. Through an outstanding act of perseverance and courage in 1813, Laura walked an astonishing 30 kilometers from her home to a British outpost to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon. Despite facing rough terrain, the ever - present danger of being caught by American troops, and rather delicate encounters with Native forces, Laura reached FitzGibbon just in time for the British to prepare and execute an ambush on American military nearby, forcing the U.S. general to surrender. Laura lived a very long time, dying at the age of 93. In her lifetime the government never formally recognized her singular feat of bravery, and much controversy still envelopes her legacy.

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3. Leaving Resurrection (Large Print 16pt) - Eva Saulitis

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Trained as a marine biologist, Eva Saulitis has spent twenty-one years studying the killer whales of Prince William Sound, Alaska, with her partner, Craig Matkin. In 1999, she received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and since that time, her poems and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. Her first book, Leaving Resurrection (Red Hen Press 2008), was a finalist for the Tupelo Press non-fiction prize and the ForeWord book prize. As a contributor to Homeground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez, she has read her work on the PBS radio series Living on Earth. She spends several weeks each summer on Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords, aboard the research vessel Natoa, and winters in Homer, Alaska, where she works as creative writing faculty at the Kachemak Bay branch of the University of Alaska, the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference, and the University of Alaska Low-Residency MFA program.

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4. Leonardo DiCaprio The Biography - Douglas Wight

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I'm the king of the world!' That was the cry from Leonardo DiCaprio as he stood astride the bow in Titanic - the movie that would go on to smash all records, raking in a whopping GBP1.1 billion worldwide. Now, few Hollywood movers and shakers would dispute that statement as Leo has rocketed to become the highest paid actor in the world, earning as estimated GBP50 million in 2011 alone. And his position looks sets to be secure for some time to come as the release of the new 3D version of James Cameron's epic heralds another sensational year in the life of Hollywood's hottest talent, that will also see him take on the lead role in a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby and see him cast as a villain in Quentin Tarantino's new blockbuster Django Unchained. It's a far cry from the heart - throb's humble beginnings when he had to scrape for parts in TV commericals and soap operas before catching the eye in Baz Luhrmann's stylish Romeo and Juliet and then achieving worldwide superstardom with Titanic. Cementing his reputation with captivating performances in films like Catch Me If You Can and The Departed, DiCaprio won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator. A keen environmentalist and conservationist, he has given millions to good causes around the globe and has never been shy about wearing his political ideas on his sleeve. Yet, although he's spent over 15 years at the top of his profession, Leonardo remains something of an enigma. He has famously dated some of the world's most beautiful women but seems no nearer to settling down and his often daring movie choices suggest someone still striving for perfection despite his stunning successes.

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5. Let Me Tell You about Alex Crazy Days and Nights on the Road with the Hurricane (Large Print 16pt) - John Virgo

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Drawing upon unrivalled access to the Hurricane's friends and colleagues, this is an affectionate and honest portrait of the most legendary player ever to hit the world of snooker. Recounting the legends, dispelling the myths and telling the whole, extraordinary truth, this is Hurricane Higgins by those who knew him best.

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6. Letters of Anton Chekhov - Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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7. Lewis Hamilton Champion of the World: The Biography (Large Print 16pt) - Frank Worrall

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In the nail - biting Brazilian Grand Prix of November 2008, Lewis Hamilton clinched his position as the youngest - ever winner of the Formula One World Championship. He is a truly remarkable sporting figure who, from his humble upbringing on a council estate in Stevenage, has gone on to dominate and revolutionise the world of motor racing. But Hamilton's rise through the motor racing ranks, from karting to the hotly contested F3 Superprix and onto the F1 podium, has not been straightforward. Lewis' racing career began aged just six, when his father, holding down three jobs to support his son's blossoming success, bought him his first go - kart. The breakthrough came when a ten - year - old Lewis met McLaren boss Ron Dennis at an awards ceremony. Lewis told him, 'I'm going to race for you one day...I'm going to race for McLaren.'Sure enough, two years later he was signed to McLaren's development programme.

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8. Life After Baby Rediscovering and Reclaiming Your Healthy Pizzazz (Large Print 16pt) - Victoria Dolby Toews

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Life After Baby brings a welcome measure of honesty and sanity to the discussion of how women can rediscover and reclaim their health, their verve, and their joie de vivre after a newborn joins their family.

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9. Life and Sayings of Elder Mettaous - Fr Ignatius el Souriany

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The late monk the very Rev Father Mettaous el Souriany was a great pillar of monasticism, both or the Sourian Monastery and across the monastic life in general. He came to the monastery at a young age of 22, and lived in the monastery for 60 years in moderate asceticism and true spirit of worship. He lived in a humble cell in the monastery, and when the opportunity arose, he built his own cell close to the eastern wall of the monastery's garden in the early 1960's and continued to live there until his departure. His spiritual exercises were very moderate, as he always said: "The middle pathway has delivered many people without many struggles." He cared deeply about the depth of spiritual virtues, and was not concerned with extreme fetes of asceticism. This book contains stories from his life and some of his sayings, praying that it will be a source of blessing to everyone who reads it.

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10. Lift A Memoir by Rebecca K. O'Connor (Large Print 16pt) - Rebecca K. O'Connor

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The culmination of a ten - year career in falconry, Lift is a memoir that illustrates the journey and life lessons of a woman navigating a man's ancient sport. Captivated by a chance meeting with a falconer's peregrine as a child, the indelible memory eventually brings the author's life full circle to flying a peregrine of her own. Exploring themes of predator and prey, finding tribe, forgiveness and femininity, the memoir asks universal questions through a unique backdrop. Lift illustrates the beauty and meaning the sport of falconry can add to a falconer's life, echoing the challenges and triumphs of being human.

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11. Lion Hearts A Family Saga of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Large Print 16pt) - Henry R. Lew

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A biography of Lonek Lew, the author's father, told through the lives of over twenty people he was friendly or associated with, a number of whom were historical figures. Using his father's clear and detailed accounts of his life in pre - war Poland, the Holocaust and his colourful life in Melbourne, as well as personal meetings and memories, the author assembles portraits of extraordinary people living through extraordinary events.  The book is an important work, substantially researched, and written with great empathy. It makes for compelling reading, highlighting European anti - semitism, the Jewish refugee and survival story, and the resilience of human nature in rebuilding lives after devastating experiences. Professor Suzanne Rutland OAM, Professor of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social, Sciences, University of Sydney.

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12. Lives (Large Print 16pt) - Peter Robb

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In Lives, an extraordinary writer encounters some remarkable people - and evokes their inner worlds. Peter Robb has an uncanny ability to get under the skin of his profile subjects: to show them in a new light, to home on what makes them tick. In Australia, these range from Alex Dimitriades to Ivan Milat, from Marcia Langton to Julian Assange. In Italy, Robb immerses the reader in the worlds of Fellini, Caravaggio, Calvino and Pasolini. Elsewhere, his portraits of EM Forster, Arthur Rimbaud, Peter Carey and Gore Vidal illuminate the real people behind the public image. Featuring much previously unpublished material, this is a fascinating exploration of human life in all its variety, glamour and idiosyncrasy.

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13. Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything - Barbara Ehrenreich

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From the bestselling author of "Nickel and Dimed" comes a brave, frank, and exquisitely written memoir that will change the way you see the world.

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14. Living with Multiple Personalities (Large Print 16pt) - Christine Ducommun

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Christine Ducommun was a happily married wife and mother of two, when - after returning to live in the house of her childhood - she began to experience panic attacks, night terrors, a series of bizarre flashbacks, and 'noises in her head.' Eventually diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID), Christine's story details an extraordinary twelve your ordeal of coming to grips with the reemergence of competing personalities her mind had created to help her cling to life during her early years.

Therapy helps to reveal the personalities, but Christine has much work to do to grasp their individual strengths and weaknesses and understand how each helped her cope and survive her childhood as well as the latent influences they've had in her adult life. Fully reawakened and present, the personalities struggle for control of Christine's mind and her tailspins into unimaginable chaos, leaving her to believe she may very well be losing the battle for her sanity.

Christine's only hope to regain her sanity was to integrate each one's emotional maturity while jettisoning the rest, until at last their chatter in her head could cease. A riveting story of one woman's decent into madness and how she was able to become whole again - finally, the directory of her own life.

Integration is the real victory. There have been other books done on the topic of multiple personalities, but what makes this one special is that few therapists focus on integration as the best way to treat the patient (because of the rigor, time and training involved). Ms. Ducommun's therapist focused on integration of her four alters and achived it.

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15. 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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16. Looking for Lionel How I Lost and Found My Mother Through Dementia - Sharon Snir

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Looking for Lionel is a personal story. It is a story of how dementia crept into my family unannounced and left us struggling to hold on to a life that appeared to be slipping away from us like a balloon slipping out of a child's hand. It is a story of fear and courage, shame and pride, sorrow and joy. It is a story of paradox, where the least capable person in our family was, for a time, calling all the shots. It is a story of how our lives changed in ways we never could have imagined.Looking for Lionel is a warm, insightful memoir about how dementia entered Sharon Snir's family and left them struggling with fear and sorrow. As Sharon shares her inspirational story, she invites you into her world of laughter and tears. Written for family and friends of those with the disease, it helps readers regain their courage and find the joys of relating in the here and now.

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

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18. Lost Boy My Story (Large Print 16pt) - Greg Laurie Laurie

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As a hippie and drug user who had grown-up in a dysfunctional family, Greg Laurie knew what it was to be lost. A seventeen-year-old, long-haired Greg soon discovered his passion for seeing people rescued from hopelessness and transformed into renewed beings with a saving faith in Christ. Laurie quickly became a wonder and an example as to how God could use someone with a sordid past to impact the world with the gospel. Throughout Greg's autobiography, be encouraged by the trials he overcame and the far-reaching impact these lessons have had. The Lord's influence in Greg's life has been thoroughly evidenced by the fruit seen from the ministries Greg has planted, watered and grown; namely, Harvest Christian Fellowship (one of the 8 largest churches in America) and the Harvest Crusades.

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19. Loyal to the Sky Notes from an Activist (Large Print 16pt) - Marisa Handler

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The most high-minded excuse for doing nothing is that the means with which to do it or the company you'd keep are flawed, the justification that you're keeping your hands clean (which is another way to say that you'll save only yourself). There are unambiguous realities in this book - the reality of poverty and of exploitation - but every situation still requires a tightrope-walker's balancing act: of pragmatism and idealism, of solidarity and independent-mindedness, of purposefulness and flexibility. And this is where the book becomes more than a conventional tale of an activist's evolution: spirituality, eventually in the clear form of Buddhism, enters in, and Buddhism itself offers the nonattachment, the recognition of ephemerality and the need to let go, the sense of life as an ever-moving river, that helps Marisa make sense out of all that she witnesses and does. At a very young age, she has gone very far. This book is an invitation to the rest of us to keep going.

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20. Lucie Aubrac: The French Resistance Heroine Who Defied the Gestapo - Sian Rees

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In May 1943, a young pregnant Frenchwoman called Lucie Aubrac engineered the escape of her husband Raymond from the clutches of Klaus Barbie, the feared Gestapo chief. She later ambushed the prison vans in which members of the Resistance were being driven to an almost certain death. Spirited out of France by the RAF at the end of 1943, nine months pregnant, she arrived in London a heroine. Who was Lucie Aubrac? What did she really do in 1943? And was she really the spirit of la vraie France, or a woman who could not resist casting herself as a heroine, whatever the cost to the truth?

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