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1. Paper Cranes A Mothers Story of Hope, Courage and Determination (Large Print 16pt) - Cheryl Koenig

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Paper Cranes: A mother's story of hope, courage and determination by Cheryl Koenig Cherly Koenig was awarded NSW Woman of the Year in 2009. Read about her amazing journey in Paper Cranes. At the age of twelve Cheryl Koenigs son Jonathan was involved in a horrific car accident. He was given very little chance of survival, and when he did miraculously pull through, doctors predicted that he would most likely never walk, talk or even eat again. Cheryl refused to accept this prognosis and set out on a relentless quest to save her son. Her fervent hope that he would one day be well again was poignantly expressed by his many school friends who filled their school prayer room with hundreds of handmade paper cranes, symbols of hope and healing. Drawing on Cheryls diary from the time, Paper Cranes tells the story of Jonathans extraordinary courage and the Koenig familys unceasing drive to help him defy the ominous predictions. Set against the backdrop of Cheryls heartfelt grief, denial and anger, the book outlines their desperate search for knowledge in the area of recovery from traumatic brain injury. At the same time she and her husband were forced to deal with the trials and tribulations of the legal system, in their search for justice for their son. Now, ten years since his horrific accident, Jonathan can walk well, has just begun to run and is learning to drive. He can now snow ski, swim laps and play tennis and astounds many with his piano playing skills. All this as well as working five days a week in three part-time jobs! This inspirational and uplifting story demonstrates that with the right attitude it is possible to determine your own destiny regardless of what life throws in your path.

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2. Paul Cullen Citizen and Soldier The Life and Times of Major General Paul Cullen AC, CBE, Dso and Bar, Ed, Fca (Large Print 16pt) - Kevin Baker

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Paul Cullen is the last surviving battalion commander from the Kokoda Campaign in New Guinea, reputedly the last Australian officer to have had his horse shot from under him in battle. He was a distinguished soldier, a staunch supporter of the Army Reserve, a business entrepreneur, the founder of Aust Care and AustAid. He was recognised by the United Nations for his outstanding contributions to the refugee cause in 1981. A tireless worker for charity, especially the Royal Blind Society and a noted breeder of Galloway cattle. He will be 96 in February 2006.

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3. Peace Child An Unforgettable Story of Primitive Jungle Treachery in the 20th Century (Large Print 16pt) - Don Richardson

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In 1962, Don and Carol Richardson risked their lives to share the gospel with the Sawi people of New Guinea. Peace Child told their unforgettable story of living among these headhunting cannibals who valued treachery through ''fattening'' victims with fri

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4. Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant Volume 2/2 Large Print Edition - Ulysses S. Grant

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Born in 1822, Grant was the son of an Ohio tanner. He went to West Point rather against his will and graduated in the middle of his class. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Grant was appointed by the governor to command an unruly volunteer regiment, quickly rising to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers. In February 1862, he took Fort Henry and attacked Fort Donelson. When the Confederate commander asked for terms, Grant replied, “No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.” The Confederates surrendered, and President Lincoln promoted Grant to major general of volunteers. At Shiloh in April, Grant fought one of the bloodiest battles in the West and came out less well. Lincoln fended off demands for his removal by saying, “I can’t spare this man—he fights.” For his next major objective, Grant then maneuvered and fought skillfully to win Vicksburg, the key city on the Mississippi, cutting the Confederacy in two. ISBN for Volume 1 is 9781582188935

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5. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant Volume 1/2 Large Print Edition - Ulysses S. Grant

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Born in 1822, Grant was the son of an Ohio tanner. He went to West Point rather against his will and graduated in the middle of his class. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Grant was appointed by the governor to command an unruly volunteer regiment, quickly rising to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers. In February 1862, he took Fort Henry and attacked Fort Donelson. When the Confederate commander asked for terms, Grant replied, “No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.” The Confederates surrendered, and President Lincoln promoted Grant to major general of volunteers. At Shiloh in April, Grant fought one of the bloodiest battles in the West and came out less well. Lincoln fended off demands for his removal by saying, “I can’t spare this man—he fights.” For his next major objective, Grant then maneuvered and fought skillfully to win Vicksburg, the key city on the Mississippi, cutting the Confederacy in two. ISBN for Volume 2 is 9781582188584

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6. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant Volume 1/2 Large Print Edition - Ulysses S. Grant

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Born in 1822, Grant was the son of an Ohio tanner. He went to West Point rather against his will and graduated in the middle of his class. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Grant was appointed by the governor to command an unruly volunteer regiment, quickly rising to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers. In February 1862, he took Fort Henry and attacked Fort Donelson. When the Confederate commander asked for terms, Grant replied, “No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.” The Confederates surrendered, and President Lincoln promoted Grant to major general of volunteers. At Shiloh in April, Grant fought one of the bloodiest battles in the West and came out less well. Lincoln fended off demands for his removal by saying, “I can’t spare this man—he fights.” For his next major objective, Grant then maneuvered and fought skillfully to win Vicksburg, the key city on the Mississippi, cutting the Confederacy in two. ISBN for Volume 2 is 9781582188942

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7. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant Volume 2/2 Large Print Edition - Ulysses S. Grant

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Born in 1822, Grant was the son of an Ohio tanner. He went to West Point rather against his will and graduated in the middle of his class. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Grant was appointed by the governor to command an unruly volunteer regiment, quickly rising to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers. In February 1862, he took Fort Henry and attacked Fort Donelson. When the Confederate commander asked for terms, Grant replied, “No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.” The Confederates surrendered, and President Lincoln promoted Grant to major general of volunteers. At Shiloh in April, Grant fought one of the bloodiest battles in the West and came out less well. Lincoln fended off demands for his removal by saying, “I can’t spare this man—he fights.” For his next major objective, Grant then maneuvered and fought skillfully to win Vicksburg, the key city on the Mississippi, cutting the Confederacy in two. ISBN for Volume 1 is 9781582188577

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8. Pete Duel: A Biography - Paul Green

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Actor Pete Duel, most widely known for his starring role as outlaw Hannibal Heyes in television's "Alias Smith and Jones", led an unpredictable and often tumultuous life. This biography reveals the personal aspects of his life, including his political involvement and environmental activism.

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9. Pets in a Pickle (Large Print 16pt) - Malcolm Welshman

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Drawing on his own experiences of working as a vet, Malcolm Welshman brings to life a wealth of colourful characters - including the formidable practice receptionist, Beryl, with her one steely eye - and an ark's worth of marvellous animals. As enchanting as it is funny, this wonderful story will delight any animal fan.

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10. Picking Dandelions A Search for Eden Among Life's Weeds (Large Print 16pt) - Sarah Cunningham

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Sarah Cunningham, a moderate middle-class white girl who grew up in the Michigan countryside, speaks about God with humor and honesty more characteristic of liberal west-coast writers. In this warm and witty memoir, she describes finding and keeping a personal faith in the quirky settings of her ultra-Christian childhood. Whether recounting living next to a cemetery, teaching at-risk high schoolers, or listening to her grandmothers stories about being a British ''war bride,'' the author weaves faith into down-to-earth metaphors of growth and renewal, planting and reaping, greenery and weeds. In the end, Cunningham succeeds in sifting through the dysfunctions and flaws of human life and discovering pockets of Gods original Eden goodness for both herself and for you. Picking Dandelions is a candid and personal account of outgrowing laissez-faire Christianity, moving into mature faith, and realizing that a God-following person is a changing person and you just might follow suit.

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11. Pigs Might Fly The Inside Story of Pink Floyd (Large Print 16pt) - Mark Blake

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Interest in Pink Floyd remains as intense as ever even 40 years after the release of Dark Side of the Moon, with lavish box - sets collecting demos and out - takes, and Roger Waters' world tours of The Wall playing to packed stadiums. Now, Mark Blake's superbly comprehensive and engrossing history of the group, rightly acclaimed as the definitive book on the band, has been fully revised and extended with new interviews to bring the story up to date with the recent appearances of David Gilmour and Nick Mason with Roger Waters at a London date on his The Wall tour.

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12. Politics & Power Barbara Castle (Large Print 16pt) - Lisa Martineau

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Barbara Castle was only the fourth woman ever to hold a Cabinet post. She might well have been the first woman prime minister but for a fatal decision which almost brought down the government. This in - depth biography look at both the pioneering woman politician, who was unafraid to speak her mind and who was a vociferous campaigner against colonialism and nuclear arms amongst other causes, and the woman behind the political mask - a daughter of socialist believers, a wife (of a Fleet Street newspaperman) and a lover (of William Mellor, one of the most important socialist thinkers of the 20th century). Her career is a history of the Labour Party from its radical beginnings as the Independent Labour Party through to the reigns and compromises of government. She became an MP in 1945 and remained in the House of Commons for 34 years. She was the first woman to hold more than one portfolio in successive Wilson administrations and her life has as much resonance in today's political climate as it did in her heyday. After her time in the House of Commons, she went on to become and MEP in 1979 and then a peer in 1990. She died in 2002, but her memory lives on and Politics & Power is a remarkable story of a remarkable woman.

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13. Politics with Purpose Occasional Observations on Public and Private Life (Large Print 16pt) - Lindsay Tanner

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'We cannot blame particular individuals for modern Labor's malaise, because it is part of a systemic global phenomenon. We are all under the sway of politics without purpose. And politics without purpose is pointless.' Nothing could better sum up Lindsay Tanner's forthright attitude to politics and the public interest than these resounding sentences from the concluding section of Politics with Purpose. In a parliamentary career spanning 18 years, culminating in his position as the minister for finance and deregulation in the Rudd - Gillard governments, Lindsay Tanner always talked straight, and was always worth reading or listening to. Now we can see why. In this edited selection of his press articles, speeches, and occasional essays from 1990 to 2012, Tanner discusses a range of major subjects: Labor's problems and prospects; globalisation and its discontents; the family ties that bind; facing up to important values; the need for compassion; and lessons from his own life. Some pieces are short and lighthearted; others are longer and deeply serious. But whether the subject matter is economic, political, or personal, his range of interests and insights is remarkable. Lindsay Tanner's thoughtfulness and humanity are evident on every page, demonstrating once again what the nation lost when he departed from national politics.

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14. Pore Folks, Potlucks, and Parables - Robert R Chaffin

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15. Praying Hyde Apostle of Prayer (Easyread Large Edition) - Captain E. G. Carre

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John Hyde's prayer life ranks in a league with the prayer lives of Andrew Murray, George Mueller, Charles Finney, Frank Bartleman, Rees Howells, Evan Roberts and other prayer warriors of church history. If you wish to learn to pray effectively, you can ha

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16. Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good Larry David and the Making of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm (Large Print 16pt) - Josh Levine

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As a comedian, then producer of Seinfeld, and now the creator and star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David has a fanatical following. In his early stand - up days, if he walked on stage and didn't like the crowd, he would walk off. Together with Jerry Seinfeld, he pitched NBC on a sitcom where nothing happens. A whole show could be about waiting in line at a Chinese restaurant. And somehow Seinfeld became the most successful comedy show of all time.
After nine years of writing and producing Seinfeld, and after making a huge amount of money, Larry David began to create a new show for HBO. Without much separation between himself and the character he plays, Curb follows the daily routines of Larry David. Being politically correct is far from Larry's mind, and the audience cringes as he berates, torments, and blusters his way into the hearts of TV watchers.
Follow the early exploits of Larry's stand - up career, his days writing for Seinfeld, and learn how Curb was conceived and developed. Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good - titled after Larry's key catchphrase - also explores Larry's on - and off - screen relationships with famous pals like Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and the cast of Seinfeld, and contains an in - depth episode guide to Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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17. Prisoner of the State The Secret Journal of Zhao Ziyang (Large Print 16pt) - Bao Pu, Renee Chiang, Adi Ignatius

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Prisoner of the State is the story of the man who brought liberal change to China and who, at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, tried to stop the massacre and was dethroned for his efforts. When China's army moved in, killing hundreds of students and other demonstrators, Zhao was placed under house arrest at his home in Beijing. The Premier spent the last 16 years of his life, up until his death in 2005, in seclusion. China scholars often lamented that Zhao never had his final say. As it turns out, Zhao did produce a memoir, in complete secrecy. He methodically recorded his thoughts and recollections on what had happened behind the scenes during many of modern China's most critical moments. The tapes he produced were smuggled out of the country and form the basis for Prisoner of the State. Although Zhao now speaks from beyond the grave, his voice has the moral power to make China sit up and listen.

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18. Property The True Story of a Polygamous Church Wife (Large Print 16pt) - John Christie, Carol Christie

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In the early 1970s an innocent teenager who had led a sheltered life was forced to leave her family and enter into a polygamous, abusive, and deviant relationship with a man called the Prophet. In 2008, nearly 40 years later, she fled his religious sect. Property is not a misnomer. It accurately depicts how the women in the sect were treated. Carol Christie reveals the degradation, abuse, and brainwashing that the Church Wives endured. She exposes the physical abuse, the mental cruelty, the slave labour, and the sexual deviance that took place near Owen Sound, a small community just a few hours north of Toronto, as well as at other locations. She describes the many opportunities that officials had to investigate but walked away from, swayed by the charismatic Prophet. Carol is building a new life, one of freedom and options. With no money and no job she started again and is now dedicated to helping others who have escaped while raising awareness about the dangers of the cult.

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19. Purple Dandelion A Muslim Woman's Struggle Against Violence and Oppression (Large Print 16pt) - Farida Sultana and Shila Nair, Farida Sultana

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The book Purple Dandelion is the true story of Farida Sultana, an extraordinary Moslem woman and single mother, whose remarkable life began in Bangladesh when as a young girl, she found herself in conflict with her traditional family values and the Islamic culture that prevents girls and women from learning music and arts. Later her arranged marriage to a doctor at the age of 18 took her to war-torn Iran with her husband and young daughter, then to the UK, and finally to New Zealand. Her personal journey included episodes of domestic violence as she sought to find herself and her true role in the world. Soon after her arrival in New Zealand, Farida became aware that there were many more immigrant women like her who had to overcome domestic violence and the oppressive, patriarchal societies they lived in. Their need drove her to initiate Shakti, which set up the first ethnic women's refuge in the country. What was conceived as an essential support group for migrant and refugee women has grown into the largest ethnic community organisation in New Zealand, bringing together women and families of over 42 different ethnicities. Purple Dandelion brings to life the experiences and struggles of some of these courageous women. In recent years Farida has been working in Asian and Middle Eastern countries encouraging women to condemn violence and claim their human rights.

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