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1. The Lucky Ones Our Stories of Adopting Children from China (Large Print 16pt) - Ann Rauhala

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'What a lucky girl!'' Everybody who has adopted a daughter from China has heard that one. And every parent has said, or thought, in reply: ''No, we're the lucky ones.'' This anthology sets out to explain why people who have adopted children from China feel as though they've won the lottery. Since the late 1980s, as many as 7,000 Chinese - born girls have been adopted annually and now live in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. They are officially orphans, victims of a rigorous birth control policy limiting most families to one child. These thousands of girls have formed an international Diaspora, a human wave with no exact parallel and yet numerous points of comparison - sharing issues with war orphans from Vietnam or even with Chinese workers who built the New World's railroads. The memoirs collected in The Lucky Ones are organized beginning with infertility, moving to acceptance of a multiracial family, anticipating the adoption, reflecting during the trip to China and, at last, grappling with an odd destiny - turning terrible beginnings into happy endings. The story of these girls is compelling as a narrative of hope and optimism but it may also become a story of dislocation and crisis of identity. These baby immigrants add unusual texture to the lives of the families they join - they come here not by choice but by someone else's design.

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2. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement A Radical Democratic Vision (Large Print 16pt) - Barbara Ransby

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One of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement, Ella Baker (1903-1986) was an activist whose remarkable career spanned fifty years and touched thousands of lives. A gifted grassroots organizer, Baker shunned the spotlight in favor of vital behind-the-scenes work that helped power the black freedom struggle. She was a national officer and key figure in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and a prime mover in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Baker made a place for herself in predominantly male political circles that included W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King Jr., all the while maintaining relationships with a vibrant group of women, students, and activists both black and white. In this deeply researched biography, Barbara Ransby chronicles Baker's long and rich political career as an organizer, an intellectual, and a teacher, from her early experiences in depression-era Harlem to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Ransby shows Baker to be a complex figure whose radical, democratic worldview, commitment to empowering the black poor, and emphasis on group-centered, grassroots leadership set her apart from most of her political contemporaries. Beyond documenting an extraordinary life, the book paints a vivid picture of the African American fight for justice and its intersections with other progressive struggles worldwide across the twentieth century. This edition is in two volumes. The second volume ISBN is 9781459658042.

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3. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement A Radical Democratic Vision (Large Print 16pt), Volume 2 - Barbara Ransby

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One of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement, Ella Baker (1903-1986) was an activist whose remarkable career spanned fifty years and touched thousands of lives. A gifted grassroots organizer, Baker shunned the spotlight in favor of vital behind-the-scenes work that helped power the black freedom struggle. She was a national officer and key figure in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and a prime mover in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Baker made a place for herself in predominantly male political circles that included W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King Jr., all the while maintaining relationships with a vibrant group of women, students, and activists both black and white. In this deeply researched biography, Barbara Ransby chronicles Baker's long and rich political career as an organizer, an intellectual, and a teacher, from her early experiences in depression-era Harlem to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Ransby shows Baker to be a complex figure whose radical, democratic worldview, commitment to empowering the black poor, and emphasis on group-centered, grassroots leadership set her apart from most of her political contemporaries. Beyond documenting an extraordinary life, the book paints a vivid picture of the African American fight for justice and its intersections with other progressive struggles worldwide across the twentieth century. This edition is in two volumes. The first volume ISBN is 9781459636033.

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4. Never Let Me Go A Portrait of Sexual Predation (Large Print 16pt) - Chuck Rosenthal

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In 1964, Chuck Rosenthal was a thirteen year old boy whose dream was to make his grade school basketball team. Never Let Me Go tells the true story of how a college professor who coached grade school basketball as a hobby became the man who held that dream in his hands; became Rosenthal's coach and his mentor; how he made Rosenthal his student, his confidant, and eventually his sexual partner, and how that teenager, trapped in the cycle of loyalty, betrayal, denial, secrecy and abuse, found the inner resources to escape and take the first steps toward adulthood.

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5. This Heart Within Me Burns From Bedlam to Benidorm (Large Print 16pt) - Crissy Rock

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This is a candid, harrowing and often hilarious memoir. Crissy has been through some of the most shocking experiences imaginable, she has shown herself to have resilience beyond belief. What really shines through from every page, though, is Crissy's indomitable, wicked sense of humour. By turns harrowing and laugh - out - loud funny.

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6. Eternity in Their Hearts (Large Print 16pt) - Don Richardson

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Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World Has the God who prepared the gospel for all people groups also prepared all people groups for the gospel? Don Richardson, author of the best - selling book Peace Child, has studied cultures throughout the world and found within hundreds of them startling evidence of belief in the one true God. In Eternity in Their Hearts, Richardson gives fascinating, real - life examples of ways people have exhibited in their histories terms and concepts that have prepared them for the gospel. Read how Pachacuti, the Inca king who founded Machu Picchu, the majestic fortress in Peru, accomplished something far more significant than merely building fortresses, temples or monuments. He sought, reached out and found a God far greater than anypopulargod of his own culture.

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7. 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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8. Fidel Castro y el Gatillo Alegre Sus Anos Universitarios - Enrique Ros

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Nature watching needs patience. But patience is certainly rewarded. In this book, every young reader will learn how to watch a butterfly is born from a tiny egg hanging under a leaf. The concept of life cycle is illustrated by the text that brings the reader back to where he started. The repetitive text guides the reader to follow the text and repeat. Suggested age for readers: 2-6

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9. Andrew Murray Wonderboy (Large Print 16pt) - Euan Reedie

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Andrew Murray is Britain's brightest up - and - coming tennis star. The game runs through his veins; his mother Judy is a former player and the 2003 Scottish National Tennis Coach. She has trained Andrew since he was three. Andrew picked up an array of championship titles as a youth, including victory in the prestigious junior 2004 US Open. At only 18 years old he became Britain's youngest Davis Cup Player, and he immediately grabbed the headlines at Wimbledon 2005, where he beat top seeds Radek Stepanek and George Bastl. His recent victory against previous British favourite Tim Henman has won him a place in the hearts of the British public who have renamed the famous 'Henman Hill' 'Murray Mound'. With Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski approaching the twilight of their careers, British tennis is crying out for a new champion. Andy has already made good his claim that he'd be a top 100 player by the end of 2005, and is set to continue his amazing rise to the top of the tennis world.

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10. Sunrise West (Large Print 16pt) - Jacob G. Rosenberg

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Navigating between the two worlds of wartime experiences in Europe and new life in Australia, this moving memoir of a Holocaust survivor is imbued with an element of fiction. This deeply personal narrative travels from darkness to hope as the author loses his family at Auschwitz, spends the war in concentration camps, and ultimately emigrates to Australia.

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11. The Other Side of Suffering The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace (Large Print Edition) - John Ramsey

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12. Hostage Of Paradox A Qualmish Disclosure (Large Print 16pt) - John Rixey Moore

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Enlisting to avoid the draft, John Rixey Moore survives his combat assignments by the thinnest measure of improbabilities...A profound odyssey of a young college graduate who enlist in the military to avoid being drafted, becomes a Green Beret Airborne Ranger, and is sent to Vietnam where he is plunged into high - risk, deep - penetration operations under contract to the CIA - work for which he was neither specifically trained nor psychologically prepared, yet for which he is ultimately highly decorated.From being wounded when his base camp is overrun with devastating losses his very first night there, to his on - going efforts to learn from the Chinese he is supposed to be leading, Moore's existence becomes one of relentless hazards, enlighted disillusionment, and desperate fortune. His book is a sigular journey through both the physical and emotional landscapes of ''suicide'' operations into places where the jungle has grown with fierce determination ever since the last geologic epoch - and the enemy knows it best.Highly classified, long - range interdiction and assassination missions (of which very little is known to this day), leave Moore in profound isolation, sometimes in a country where he is officially not supposed to be, far from timely rescue and knowing that the information he's risking to retrieve is at best redundant; that each time his team is sent out, carrying no identification and wearing clothing made in China, their lives are considered anonymous and officially expendable.His life in the cloying embrace of the jungle, where even the prettiest flowers are poisonous, becomes a paradoxically labyrinth: the hard - learned language of the jungle's sounds speaks equally to both sides, the verdant canopy acts both as cover and a hazard enabling the enemy to work in close; the missions are given as important, yet the war is pointless. Moore survives his combat assignments ty the thinnest measure of improbabilities. But survives he does.Upon his return, he seeks santuary in a Scottish monastery and then works as a rock drill operator in a large industrial gold mine in Canada, and ultimately a career in television and film.

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13. Hostage of Paradox A Qualmish Disclosure (Large Print 16pt) - John Rixey Moore

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Enlisting to avoid the draft, John Rixey Moore survives his combat assignments by the thinnest measure of improbabilities...A profound odyssey of a young college graduate who enlist in the military to avoid being drafted, becomes a Green Beret Airborne Ranger, and is sent to Vietnam where he is plunged into high - risk, deep - penetration operations under contract to the CIA - work for which he was neither specifically trained nor psychologically prepared, yet for which he is ultimately highly decorated.From being wounded when his base camp is overrun with devastating losses his very first night there, to his on - going efforts to learn from the Chinese he is supposed to be leading, Moore's existence becomes one of relentless hazards, enlighted disillusionment, and desperate fortune. His book is a sigular journey through both the physical and emotional landscapes of ''suicide'' operations into places where the jungle has grown with fierce determination ever since the last geologic epoch - and the enemy knows it best.Highly classified, long - range interdiction and assassination missions (of which very little is known to this day), leave Moore in profound isolation, sometimes in a country where he is officially not supposed to be, far from timely rescue and knowing that the information he's risking to retrieve is at best redundant; that each time his team is sent out, carrying no identification and wearing clothing made in China, their lives are considered anonymous and officially expendable.His life in the cloying embrace of the jungle, where even the prettiest flowers are poisonous, becomes a paradoxically labyrinth: the hard - learned language of the jungle's sounds speaks equally to both sides, the verdant canopy acts both as cover and a hazard enabling the enemy to work in close; the missions are given as important, yet the war is pointless. Moore survives his combat assignments ty the thinnest measure of improbabilities. But survives he does.Upon his return, he seeks santuary in a Scottish monastery and then works as a rock drill operator in a large industrial gold mine in Canada, and ultimately a career in television and film.

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14. Harry Redknapp The Biography (Large Print 16pt) - Les Roopanarine

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Harry Redknapp is one of the most colorful and charismatic figures in English football. From West Ham to Bournemouth, Portsmouth to Tottenham, legions of fans regard him as one of the game's true legends. As a teenager at West Ham, Redknapp enjoyed a first class football education surrounded by the likes of Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst before John Bond lured him to Bournemouth in 1972. Later he crossed swords with iconic players such as Pele and George Best while playing for the Seattle Sounders of the North America Soccer League. But management proved to be Redknapp's true forte. After taking Bournemouth to a famous FA cup win against Manchester United, he moved to West Ham and transformed the Hammers from relegation candidates to fifth in the Premier League and back into Europe. When he took over at struggling Portsmouth, Harry defied all odds to lead Pompey to the Premier League. After a controversial move to Southampton, he returned to Pompey and lead them to a landmark FA Cup victory. A Tottenham offer of GBP5m for his services made Harry England's most expensive manager, and his old - school style has improved the club beyond all recognition.

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15. 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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16. And Then Like My Dreams A Memoir (Large Print 16pt) - Margaret Rose Stringer

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This is the story of Charles 'Chic' Stringer, written by his widow Margaret - Rose, after Chic's death at the age of sixty - eight. It is a celebration of the career of one of the Australian film industry''s most respected stillsmen of the Australian film industry of the 1970s and ''80s. Above all, it is the story of two people who were made for each other - and of life after absolute loss.

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17. The Top Gear Story (Large Print 16pt) - Martin Roach

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From humble beginnings as a 1970s motoring show, Top Gear has achieved world domination. This is the incredible inside story of the programme that has become unmissable viewing for millions of petrolheads.

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18. Wakool Crossing (Large Print 16pt) - Mike Richards

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In November 1916, just a few years after Federation and while Australia was at war in Europe, Hazel Hood, the beautiful 18 - year - old daughter of a Riverina grazier, went to a local dance and never came home. Her mysterious disappearance caused a sensation in the district around the pioneer settlement of Wakool Crossing, near the Victoria - New South Wales border. The mystery further intensified when, a week later, Hazel's body - still clothed in her white party dress - was recovered from the Wakool river with a mark of violence upon her head, and her silk scarf tied tightly around her neck. Her disappearance was reported in major daily newspapers as far afield as Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, but the mystery of what happened to her was never fully explained. As a child in the Mallee in the 1950s, Mike Richards was told the story of Hazel Hood's tragic disappearance by his grandmother, Hazel's elder sister, who firmly believed she had been murdered. Now, almost 100 years after her death, the author takes us with him as he seeks to unravel the mystery and reveal the truth about what happened to Hazel Hood - an unassuming, fun - loving, and caring girl, and a favourite in the district.

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19. The Red Highway (Large Print 16pt) - Nicolas Rothwell

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This is the story of a quest - a journey down the red highway. On returning from a war zone' Nicolas Rothwell begins to explore the deserts and towns' sleepy coastline and hidden worlds of Australia's north. As he travels' his journey gathers momentum and finds a shape. He has unforgettable' even mystical encounters; with a priest' an explorer' a collector and a hunter. It becomes a quest - for knowledge and a sense of home - that builds to a stunning culmination. Nicolas Rothwell is among Australia's most gifted writers' and The Red Highway is a one - of - a - kind book. It explores death' friendship' travel and art' and evokes a unique and mesmerising part of the country.

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20. A Certain Risk Living Your Faith at the Edge - Paul Richardson

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In his memoir, A Certain Risk, author Paul Richardson reminds you that the Creator designed you to engage the complexities of your world with creative solutions. Rather than offering a series of how-to steps, Richardson offers you a refreshing vision of what a Spirit-fueled life looks like-a vision that sees Christianity as a fluid, innovative call to love. Many of us lead frenzied lives-but feel we are going nowhere. Every day you may be asking yourself: "How can I become a voice of hope when the problems are so great? How can I envision my circumstances through God's eyes and respond to others with the passions of his heart when the dry details of the day take over? How do I begin to live a deeper, richer faith that unleashes God's transforming work in and through me?" Drawing on stories from his life as a change specialist in the world's largest Muslim country, Richardson explores what causes you to be pinned down under life's fluctuating circumstances, personal apathy, and disappointment, and he helps you seek the Spirit-fueled life that can set you free. You will come away with a deeper awareness of your dreams, a renewed passion for faith in action, and a richer understanding of how God created you to live ... straight from the heart of the Creator

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