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

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2. 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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3. Makin' It to Nashville - Dwight E Sumner

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4. Master Plan 101 for Sam - Polly Dawson

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5. Masons and Harts of Buzzard Creek and Red River - William H Herndon

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6. My Story A Photographic Essay on Life with Multiple Sclerosis (Large Print 16pt) - Amelia Davis

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In a series of dramatic essays and photographs by the renowned San Francisco-based photographer Amelia Davis, My Story is an evocative description of what it is like to live with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that affects about 350,000 Americans and whose cause is still not entirely known. The essays and accompanying photographs in this highly engaging, beautifully illustrated book poignantly portray the lives of thirty-two men and women from the ages of seventeen to seventy and of various ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds who share the challenge of living with MS. Some, like Amelia, use no mobility aids, while others use canes, wheelchairs, or electric scooters. All have had to face the challenges and limitations that MS has imposed upon their lives, and each has devised unique and often creative coping strategies. Accompanying each essay are commentaries by family members and friends that express their own personal feelings and experiences of living with this disease. Here are the inspirational stories of women, men, and children who live with this disease. Many have children; one or two are currently expecting them. Treatments and therapies for slowing the progression of the disease are revealed and shared, from the latest advances in prescription medication to alternative methods of coping, including yoga, exercise and competitive sports, creative activities such as writing and art, and even community activism. A wide range of accompanying stories by spouses, children, and other loved ones depict the ups and downs of living and caring for someone who has MS, from the moment of first diagnosis to dealing with its ongoing challenges. All are strong reminders of the selflessness of the human spirit, and its ability to nurture and remain strong under even adverse circumstances. Highly motivating and deeply inspirational, My Story will be welcomed by anyone who lives with or shares the life of someone who has MS.

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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. Madam Lash Gretel Pinnigers Scandalous Life of Sex, Art and Bondage (Large Print 16pt) - Sam Everingham

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Retel Pinniger' dominatrix' fetishist' artist' and courtesan to the rich and famous has been shocking and outraging Australia for decades. Never shy of publicity' this introverted daughter of a handsome war hero from the Melbourne establishment once wanted to become a nun. Instead' she threw her leather - clad body into a world of sex' drugs and riotous parties. She danced with Elton John' catered to Clyde Packer's more creative sexual fantasies and was supported by a fabulously wealthy patron' who bequeathed her a generous allowance so long as his name was never disclosed by her.Despite marrying and becoming a mother' there is nothing ordinary about the outlandish Gretel Pinniger. Join Sam Everingham as he takes you into the colourful reality of Australia's most misunderstood eccentric. This is a portrait as revealing' provocative and outrageous as Madam Lash herself.

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9. Mother of Rock (Large Print 16pt) - Robert Milliken

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From the pubs of the Sydney Push to New York's legendary nightclubs, Lillian Roxon set the pace for an era that changed the world. Audacious, independent and fiercely intelligent, by eighteen she was cutting her writing teeth in the colourful world of Sydney tabloid journalism. She moved to New York in 1959, just in time for a cultural revolution that celebrated youth, sexual freedom, women's liberation - and rock and roll. Roxon quickly became the centre of a circle that included Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison and David Bowie. Linda Eastman confided in her about her first dates with Paul McCartney. Germaine Greer dedicated The Female Eunuch to her. Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia, published in 1969, was the first book of its kind and established her as a leading chronicler of rock and youth culture. When she died suddenly in 1973, she left behind a collection of work full of the energy, irreverence and idealism of her times.

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10. My Other Wife Is a Car Confessions of a Car Tragic (Large Print 16pt) - John M. JR. Wright

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In John Wright's life, cars take a close second place to family, simple as that. My Other Wife is a Car is his memoir of 30 years of automotive obsession one man's life seen as a lifelong test drive. A fulltime freelance writer for Wheels, Modern Motor, Best Car magazine and many others, he's driven more than 3000 cars and owned more than 130 (at the last count), some of which involved him buying cars he simply intended to test. His shortest ownership was less than twenty four hours. One disaster was an old Rolls Royce, another failure a Triumph. He narrowly averted ownership of a Leyland P76. Twice. He's sold cars for a crooked dealer, raced at Bathurst and Targa Tasmania (four times). He's met Peter Brock, Evan Green, Captain Peter Janson and Gentleman Jim Richards, among other motoring celebrities. Strap yourself in for a lighthearted and passionate celebration of 30 years of driving the best and worst cars, the biggest lies, the most glorious failures, the cars that got away, and what it feels like to go full throttle for the first time through the kink into Caltex Chase. My Other Wife is a Car is about the passion of life in the fast lane.

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11. Mortality - Christopher Hitchens

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12. Mighty Be Our Powers How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War (Large Print 16pt) - Leymah Gbowee

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WINNER - OF - THE - 2011 NOBEL - PEACE - PRIZE a time of death and terror, Leymah Gbowee brought Liberia's women together - and together they led a nation to peace.
As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country - and shattered Gbowee's girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts - and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia's ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace - in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.

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13. Mistaken Identity The Trials of Joe Windred (Large Print 16pt) - Stephen Dando-Collins

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Another extraordinary true Australian tale discovered by the bestselling author of Crack Hardy, Stephen Dando - Collins.
Mistaken identity haunted Joseph Windred. It saw him wrongly convicted on two continents and almost cost him his life. But every time fate knocked him down, Joe got up, and came back stronger. His fighting spirit would make him a hero, and see him strike it rich.
Little did the people of Orange NSW know when they twice elected Joseph Windred their mayor that this upstanding Windsor - born businessman, colonial hero and founder of their local jockey club had, in chains, helped build the San Quentin Penitentiary in San Francisco during the California gold rush, only to make a thrilling escape back to Australia. And that, technically, Joe was still a fugitive from American justice. There was a lot about Joe people didn't know.
In an amazing life, Joe also overcame physical disability to become a champion boxer, chased down a bushranger on his racehorse, saved the lives of children on a runaway dray, almost drowned trying to save a woman in a flooded creek, and struck gold near Bathurst.
Joe Windred's courage in the face of repeated, extraordinary and life - changing adversity marks him as one of the most inspiring figures in the history of ordinary Australians.

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14. Memories of a Fox (Large Print 16pt) - Harry Gallagher

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Harry Gallagher's memoir is both a story of achievement and a unique love story. As a child of the Depression in Sydney's inner west Harry and his best friend Gloria made a playground of the local tip. The resourcefulness he learnt in these early years stood him in good stead as he took on the world, launching the careers of Jon Henricks, Dawn Fraser and many other swimming legends, and bringing Australia an avalanche of Olympic Gold.
'This is a story to inspire. It creeps into your bones, makes you want to achieve.' - Dawn Fraser

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15. My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus A Memoir (Large Print 16pt) - Kelly Barth

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The idea of Jesus as an imaginary friend tiny enough to live in her heart comforted Barth as a child and would continue to do so throughout her life. His unqualified acceptance of her emerging sexuality so clashed with the fundamentalist church's stand on homosexuality that she wondered if she could trust his friendship. Instead of embracing her friend's encouragement, Barth found herself venturing into the very heart of enemy territory and the church's false promises of altar calls and sexual cures. For years, she lingered there until all Imaginary Jesus had been trying to tell her about herself and about life becomes too compelling to ignore. My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus speaks to this disconnect between the radical and very human Jesus of history and the church's supernatural savior. At once heartbreaking and hilarious, this book gives voice to the many LGBT people who have searched for sanctuary in a church that has largely rejected them and, in so doing, departed from the teachings of the Jesus it claims to follow.

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16. Mickey Cohen The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster (Large Print 16pt) - Tere Tereba

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Go deep into the L.A. underworld with the true story of one obsessive gangster's unparalleled quest for privilege, power, and paydays
This biography of celebrity gangster Mickey Cohen digs past the sensational headlines to deliver a remarkable story of a man who captivated, corrupted, and terrorized Los Angeles for a generation. When Bugsy Siegel was murdered, his henchman Mickey Cohen took over the criminal activity in Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen attained such power and dominance from the late 1940s until 1976 that he was a regular above - the - fold newspaper name, accumulating a remarkable count of more than 1,000 front - pages in Los Angeles papers alone, and was featured in hundreds of articles in national and international periodicals. His story and the history of mid - century L.A. are inextricably intertwined. Mickey Cohen is a seductive, premium - octane blend of true crime and Hollywood that spins around a wildly eccentric mob boss. Author Tere Tereba delivers tales of high life, high drama, and highly placed politicians, among them RFK and Richard Nixon, as well as revelations about countless icons, including Shirley Temple, Lana Turner, Frank Sinatra, and the Reverend Billy Graham. Meticulously researched, this rich tapestry presents a complete look at the Los Angeles underworld.

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17. Michael Moore (Large Print 16pt) - Emily Schultz

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Love him or hate him, the world over cannot ignore Michael Moore. Left and right can both agree that this son of a Flint autoworker has single - handedly revitalized liberal politics, and turned his unique style of political filmmaking into an expectation - defying brand. But long before he shocked the nation on the Academy Awards stage, he was picking fights with everyone from big business to friends and compatriots. Without an agenda to prove Moore right or wrong, Michael Moore by Emily Schultz is the first book to tell Moore's life story - from the shy Eagle Scout to the most vocal critic of the Bush Presidency. Moore's detractors on both sides of the fence claim that he flubs facts, personally and professionally. Schultz sorts truth from lies with in - depth research and interviews, and presents a man honestly passionate and professionally conflicted. In his cap and windbreaker - always aware of the power of media - Moore has spent a life refining his image as the everyday rebel. He is a man who, at age 18, ran for the local school board so he could fire his principal, and who spent three years suing a magazine where he worked for two issues. With information never before revealed, Schultz looks into Moore's mysterious and disastrous jump from local muckraker to editor of Mother Jones, the runaway success of his first film Roger & Me, and the scandal it caused that lost him an Oscar. Regardless of scandal, Roger & Me became his ticket from his economically devastated hometown of Flint to Hollywood. Was he a hero or villain for his portrayal of the death of small town America? The people of Flint were as divided as the rest of the world would soon be. As the '90s saw Moore becoming a powerhouse television producer of the cult hit TV Nation, and a best - selling author, the contradictions between success and his roots became ever more apparent. Is the ball cap and jeans uniform incongruous with his Upper West Side Manhattan life? With Fahrenheit 9/11 catapulting Moore to the front of pop cultural recognition, many from his past say that the line between the man and the myth has vanished. Moore has spent his life walking that line, and Schultz has written an incisive account that lets readers see beyond the myths surrounding one of the most important public figures of our age.

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18. Moe & Me Encounters with Moe Norman, Golf's Mysterious Genius (Large Print 16pt) - Lorne Rubenstein

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The unique life story of late golfer Moe Norman
Moe Norman has been called ''The Mysterious Genius of Golf.'' His swing, his mannerisms, and his lifestyle were unusual to say the least: Moe played very quickly, never took a practice swing, often repeated phrases when talking, and lived in motel rooms most of this life. Moe, who died in 2004 at age 75, suffered from crippling insecurity and introversion, which kept him from succeeding at the highest levels of play. Yet Tiger Woods has said that only Moe and Ben Hogan actually ''owned'' their swings, and Moe described himself as ''the happiest guy on two feet.'' In Moe and Me, Lorne Rubenstein, a sports journalist who knew Moe for 40 years, examines Moe Norman's unique swing, his character, and how he lived his life well, despite being limited in significant ways. Rubenstein also offers his views on what made Moe special and what this most sensitive and peculiar man meant to him and to others.

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19. Making a Difference How One New Zealander Created a Global Business, and His Thoughts on the Country's Direction (Large Print 16pt) - Owen Glenn

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From humble beginnings in New Zealand Owen Glenn built up a highly successful global business empire and now he is focusing his wealth to deliver significant philanthropic benefits here and overseas. This fascinating memoir gives insight into Owen's business philosophies and commercial strategies especially with regard to international business expansion and success. It also describes how Owen is now using his considerable energies to contribute to the world in a philanthropic sense. In addition, it covers some of Owen's ideas as to the best way forward for New Zealand. He is keen to see the country he loves succeed. This is a great read, inspiring and aspirational for every New Zealander.

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20. Maggie and Me - Damian Barr

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Maggie & Me is heartbreaking and heartwarming. As gripping as a thriller, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, this book will resonate long after you finish it.

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