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1. Raising a Soul Surfer One Family's Epic Tale (Large Print 16pt) - Rick Bundschuh, Cheri Hamilton

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Cheri Hamilton, Bethany's mom, tells the inspiring story of the Hamilton Family. Bethany Hamilton's incredible story of surviving and thriving in the wake of a shark attack, told in her best - selling autobiography Soul Surfer, has sold more than 1.5 mill

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2. Reaching One Thousand A Story of Love, Motherhood & Autism (Large Print 16pt) - Rachel Robertson

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''This is the best kind of memoir - there is a beautiful calm clarity that drew me in, and held me until the end.'' - Georgia Blain When Ben is a baby, Rachel puts his behavioural quirks down to eccentricity. He likes to count letterboxes; he hates to get his hands dirty; loud noises make him anxious. But as Ben grows and his quirks become more pronounced, it becomes clear there is something else going on. When he is diagnosed with autism, Rachel must reconsider everything she thought she knew about parenting, about Ben, and about how best to mother him. Reaching One Thousand charts her quest to understand autism and to build a new kind of relationship with her son. Along the way she explores her own childhood, discovering unexpected links between Ben's experiences and her own. Before she can presume to tell Ben's story, she realises, she must face difficult questions - questions about intimacy, trust, and what it means for a mother to write about her child. Exquisitely written, this is a thought - provoking reflection on family and understanding and a tender love letter from a mother to her son.

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3. Reflections on a Russian Soul, a Memoir - Dmitry S. Likhachev

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This compelling and often traumatic book is the memoir of one of the most important figures in modern Russian history. Is is an incredible account of of an intellectual's turbulent journey through 20th Century Russia. Likhachev recounts the fortunes of people with whom he came into contact and produces the air of passed years in Russia.

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4. Refugee To Resident (Large Print 16pt) - Ibtihal Samarayi

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An educated girl from a prosperous family in Iraq finds her world turned upside down by circumstances arising from the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein. With her young husband she flees first to Iran, then Turkey, experiencing the humiliation, discomfort and powerlessness of being a refugee. Ibtihal gives birth to a baby boy, lives in a tiny hut with no electricity or running water, tries to protect her baby from hungry rats, and attempts again and again to get approval from the UN to migrate. After years of hardship and persistence, Ibtihal and her small family arrive in Australia, where her youthful ambition leads her to study and later teach art as therapy for trauma.

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5. Resilience Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness - Jessie ClosePete Earley

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At a young age, Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty. Jessie and her three siblings, including actress Glenn Close, spent many years in the Moral Re-Armament cult. Jessie passed her childhood in New York, Switzerland, Connecticut, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), and finally Los Angeles, where her life quickly became unmanageable. She was just fifteen years old.

Jessie's emerging mental illness led her into a life of addictions, five failed marriages, and to the brink of suicide. She fought to raise her children despite her ever worsening mental conditions and under the strain of damaged romantic relationships. Her sister Glenn and certain members of their family tried to be supportive throughout the ups and downs, and Glenn's vignettes in RESILIENCE provide an alternate perspective on Jessie's life as it began to spiral out of control. Jessie was devastated to discover that mental illness was passed on to her son Calen, but getting him help at long last helped Jessie to heal as well. Eleven years later, Jessie is a productive member of society and a supportive daughter, mother, sister, and grandmother.

In RESILIENCE, Jessie dives into the dark and dangerous shadows of mental illness without shying away from its horror and turmoil. With New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Pete Earley, she tells of finally discovering the treatment she needs and, with the encouragement of her sister and others, the emotional fortitude to bring herself back from the edge.

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6. Revival Culture Prepare for the Next Great Awakening (Large Print 16pt) - Michael Brodeur, Banning Liebscher

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We all want revival. We talk about it, pray for it and devise every evangelism strategy imaginable. We read about the Great Awakening and recall the Jesus Movement. And today we stand at the precipice of another sweeping spiritual outbreak that could reach the ends of the Earth. But are we ready? Revival Culture is an inspirational, biblical and empowering manual for the next generation of revivalists. Michael Brodeur and Banning Liebscher have been witnessing a spiritual renewal at Bethel Church in Redding, California, and through Jesus Culture that goes beyond slogans and high hopes to actually reaching. They have learned that transformation happens when we see the unreached as Jesus sees them and when we make revival a part of our lives rather than an event. This is the full picture of revival culture.

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7. Rick Rubin In the Studio (Large Print 16pt) - Jake Brown

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There is no greater enigma than Rick Rubin working in record production today. As mysterious personally as the Buddhist religion he practices, Rubin has made one thing crystal clear: the records he produces are sonically and stylistically beyond reproach. MTV has called Rubin ''the most important producer of the last 20 years,'' while Rolling Stone ventured even further, deeming Rubin the most successful ''of any genre.'' Without a niche, Rubin has taken greater risks than any producer in the record industry over the past quarter century. Pushing his artists into new territory has garnered Rubin seven Grammys, including Producer of the Year in 2007, and made him the most in - demand record producer working today. Now for the first time, Rick Rubin: In the Studio offers the behind - the - scenes stories of how Rubin created hit albums with such diverse legends as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run DMC, Johnny Cash, the Beastie Boys, Audioslave, Tom Petty, Metallica, Danzig, Slayer, LL Cool J, The Cult, Weezer, the Dixie Chicks, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine, Jay Z, Neil Diamond, Sheryl Crow, and Slipknot. This book chronicles his meteoric rise, from his early days as DJ Double R in the early '80s, founding and running Def Jam Records alongside Russell Simmons from an NYU dorm room, discovering and producing the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, to his transition in the early '90s into a successful independent record executive, signing and producing the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash, to his role as the most influential producer of all time (currently as the co - head of Columbia Records), and his continued successes with rock/metal supergroups Audioslave, Linkin Park, and Metallica. This in - depth look at the life and times of Rick Rubin - in the studio and beyond - is a must - have for any music fan.

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8. Ricki Herbert A New Fire (Large Print 16pt) - Russell Gray

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Every Kiwi football fan knows Ricki Herbert. A star of the 1982 World Cup-qualifying All Whites, who under the inspired coaching of John Adshead and Kevin Fallon did the impossible, and took on the world from Mt Wellington, as Eriksson Stadium was then known, he then played professionally in the UK for Wolverhampton Wanderers. At the end of a successful playing career, one of the most highly respected and best-loved figures in the local game took his considerable skills into coaching the game he has loved with a passion all his life. When a New Zealand franchise, the Knights, finally joined the Australian league, their struggles and misadventures became headline news. In danger of losing their place in the competition after a disasterous year and facing an ignominious last on the results table, Herbert, by now coach of the All Whites, was called in to see them through the last five games of the season. He pulled them up from the bottom of the table. When millionaire developer Terry Serepisos came to the rescue and formed the Wellington Phoenix from the ashes of the Knights, no one was surprised that he wanted Herbert as coach. In a revealing and very readable account of the trials and tribulations of a life spent playing and coaching football from New Zealand, Ricki Herbert: A new fire is one for the Yellow Fever, the Phoenix fans, and general sports readers alike.

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9. Riptide Struggling with and Resurfacing from a Daughter's (Large Print 16pt) - Barbara Hale-Seubert

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Riptide is the raw and revealing account of the author's journey during the ten years her oldest daughter struggled with anorexia and bulimia, a battle that ended with her death at age 23 in February 2000.
Motherhood is about nurturing and protecting your child, yet with eating disorders, as with any addiction complicated by mental illness, parents can feel frustrated with powerlessness and filled with guilt and fear as they watch their beloved child consumed by a condition that has life - threatening power.
Eating disorders are rampant, with emaciated stars on the covers of tabloids and the modeling industry being challenged about unhealthy, unrealistic images of what is desirable. In the face of these ubiquitous images, obesity is at an all - time high among children and teens, driving more and younger children to ''experiment'' with anorectic and bulimic behaviors. That means more parents and caregivers need to understand how to cope and not only try to help these children, but also take care of themselves.
Using her unique perspective as a mother and psychotherapist, Barbara Hale - Seubert vividly chronicles her rollercoaster of grief, fear, and powerlessness. Here, Hale - Seubert holds onto the hope that her daughter could salvage some form of a life not fully eclipsed by the disorder, while at the same time learning to surrender what was out of her control and embracing, once again, the grace and value in her own life.
Riptide offers other parents the redemptive solace that comes with knowing that they aren't alone in their struggles.

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10. Roadshow Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle (Large Print 16pt) - Neil Peart

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For thirty years, drummer, author, and songwriter Neil Peart had wanted to write a book about ''the biggest journey of all in my restless existence: the life of a touring musician.'' Finally, the right time, and the right tour . . . In the summer of 2004, after three decades, twenty gold albums, and thousands of performances spanning four continents, the band Rush embarked on a celebratory 30th Anniversary World Tour. The ''R30'' tour traveled to nine countries, where the band performed fifty - seven shows in front of more than half a million fans. Uniquely, Peart chose to do his between - show traveling by motorcycle, riding 21,000 miles of back roads and highways in North America and Europe - from Appalachian hamlets and Western deserts to Scottish castles and Alpine passes. Roadshow illuminates the daunting rigors of a major international concert tour, as well as Peart's exploration of the scenic byways and country towns along the way. His evocative and entertaining prose carries the reader through every performance and every journey, sharing the bittersweet reflections triggered by the endlessly unfolding landscape. Observations and reflections range from the poignantly, achingly personal to the wickedly irreverent. Part behind - the - scenes memoir, part existential travelogue, Roadshow winds through nineteen countries on both sides of the Atlantic, in search of the perfect show, the perfect meal, the perfect road, and an elusive inner satisfaction that comes only with the recognition that the journey itself is the ultimate destination. The inner workings of the tour, the people Peart works with and the people he meets, the roads and stages and ever - changing scenery - all flow into an irresistible story.

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11. Robber Baron Lord Black of Crossharbour (Large Print 16pt) - George Tombs

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Robber Baronr is an unauthorized biography of Conrad Black, who built the world's third - largest media empire and is now facing criminal charges in Chicago for alleged fraud, money laundering, and racketeering. Robber Baron is based on rigorous research, hard - hitting interviews, original documents, and exclusive access to Black and his close family and friends, key associates, critics, and staunch enemies. Written by George Tombs, an award - winning journalist and historian, this book gives a fascinating insider's look at a complex, driven man who is never out of the news for long. The book will include key testimony and evidence from Black's Chicago trial, as well as insights into his defence, strategies, hopes . . . and fears. Love him or hate him, Black is a fighter who never says die. Robber Baron tells the story of a modern - day Citizen Kane, helping readers understand why Black does what he does.

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12. Robbie Williams Facing the Ghosts (Large Print 16pt) - Paul Scott

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This is a new updated and expanded edition of this bestselling biography to include coverage of his new life in LA, the brand new album ''Intensive Care'', T - Mobile deal and recent performances, including the show - stopping LIVE8. This ''Sunday Times'' bestseller has become the definitive unauthorised biography of Robbie Williams providing a 'warts and all' account of his phenomenal journey to the top. Covering his childhood in Stoke - on - Trent, his boy band years with Take That (who have reformed for some sell - out concerts in 2006), his battle with drink, drugs and his sexuality, his often - troubled love life and how he continues to be tormented by the demons that have shaped and driven him, to his current position as the undisputed King of Pop, sealed with the record - breaking GBP 80 million deal with EMI, the biggest ever in British recording history. Based on exclusive interviews with those closest to Robbie and with previously unpublished photos from the family archive, this is a must - have book for all Robbie fans.

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13. Robert Browning (Large Print) - G. K. Chesterton

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This large print title is set in Tiresias 16pt font as recommended by the RNIB.

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14. Robert K. Greenleaf A Life of Servant Leadership (Large Print 16pt) - Peter Senge, Don Frick

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Greenleaf's surviving children authorized this biography on their father, whose work influenced everything from management training and education to corporate ethics and religious missions.

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15. Roger Federer - The Greatest (Large Print 16pt) - Chris Bowers

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This acclaimed sports biography, researched and written by the experienced and multilingual tennis writer Chris Bowers, considers who Federer is as a person and what place he will occupy in tennis and sporting history.

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16. ROLANDO MASFERRER EN EL PAÍS DE LOS MITOS - Roberto Escalona - Luque

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Roberto Luque Escalona was born in Holguin, Cuba, and studied in the UNAM (Mxico) and University of Havana. A participant in the revolution against Batista and the opposition of Castro’s regime he is currently a journalist with several published books, among them: Yo, el mejor de todos (biography of Ernesto Guevara), and the novelas: Bonpland #8 and Lorenzo y el Cordero del Diablo.

The author explain his book: Persons, events, objects, institutions: nothing has escaped the Cuban inclination towards myths. Rolando Masferrer, written up by many as a murderer, but without proof of any killings, was labeled a gangster and a member of a revolutionary group –without revolution. As a main character in a Republic that today is desired but which was in the past detested…no one better than he to be an involuntary emblem for that tendency which has been the greatest reason for the failure of the Cuban nation. In addition to the figure of Masferrer the book refers to other myths from the mambises, the pimp Yarini, Mella, Maach, Guiteras, the trigger happy, Cayo Confites, Grau, Chibas, Quevedo of Bohemia, Pardo Llada and many others. A transgressor and controversial book.

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17. Ruined Time The 1950s and the Beat (Large Print 16pt) - Robert Briggs

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Ruined Time is a memoir, a personal cultural autobiography of the Great Depression, World War II and the 1950s ... of Hiroshima, the military-industrial complex, and the Beat Generation.

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18. Russell Crowe A Life in Stories (Large Print 16pt) - Gabor H. Wylie

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In this innovative biography of one of Hollywood's most recently crowned kings, Gabor H. Wylie gives Russell Crowe fans what they've been longing for - the stories that make up a lifetime, little anecdotal gems strung together like pearls on a necklace. The star of Gladiator, The Insider, and L.A. Confidential is revealed as never before. From Crowe's New Zealand roots to his emotional Oscar triumph, Wylie traces his journey to stardom with true stories that have textured his life along the way. Imagine Crowe's campy portrayal of transvestite Frank N. Furter in an Australian stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Or the moment Crowe revealed to his shocked father that, since the family couldn't afford to send him to university to study history as he had planned, he intended to make his way as a performer. This is Russell Crowe - the dedicated musician, the acclaimed actor, the fascinating man - rendered in the most intimate medium we know: the stories of his life.
''Crowe comes across as a complex persona here - half boozing, driven machismo; half tender, loyal, sentimental, and ethical. Older teenage readers will enjoy this fast read.''

Voice of Youth Advocates, June 2002

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19. Russell Crowe The Biography (Large Print 16pt) - Tim Ewbank, Stafford Hildred

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The Australian actor who burst on to the Hollywood scene with his roles in LA Confidential and The Insider, not to mention an explosive Oscar - nominated performance in Gladiator is given in - depth biographical treatment in this book. From a small role in daytime soap Neighbours to ''Sextest Man Alive'', Crowe is a different kind of Hollywood star, reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood, he has the charisma, talent and rugged charm of Bogart and Brando. Unlike so many of his contemporaries, he seems unwilling to succumb to the modern marketing gloss and hype, instead grounding himself on his ranch in New South Wales and choosing roles that are enigmatic, raw, challenging and always highly acclaimed.

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20. Royalty Inc. Britain's Best-Known Brand (Large Print 16pt) - Stephen Bates

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It is an amazing feat in the 21st century that Queen Elizabeth II, a small woman in her late - eighties, should be one of the most recognisable people on the planet. Her voice is redolent of another era, her interests are esoteric to many of her people, her opinions on anything from the weather to politics are almost entirely unknown, and her whole life has been lived without ever mingling on equal terms with anybody, except for one heady evening in 1945 when she slipped out of Buckingham Palace incognito to join the crowds celebrating the end of the war in Europe. The world has utterly, irreversibly, and radically evolved since she ascended the throne in 1952 and yet, in an era of instant celebrity, she remains, more popular than ever and seemingly largely unchanged: a bastion of certainty and comfort to the British and many other people during uncertain times. On 9th September 2015, she will beat Queen Victoria's record and become the longest - reigning monarch in British history. The question is: How secure is the British Royal Family? How much depends on the person of the Queen herself, and how much on the institution? To answer these questions, Royalty Inc. will combine a history of the British Crown's evolution thorugh the modern age with a journalistic peek behind the curtain at the machinery that sustains the Windsors today. Written by the Guardian's former Royal correspondent, its line will be neither royalist nor republican. Instead it will take a clear - eyed look at a host of issues, including the future of the Commonwealth, the Monarchy's role in the British constitution and class system, Prince Charles' notorious 'black spider memos', the true scale of the Royal finances, the legacy of Diana, and the problems and pressures faced by any heir to the throne in the future.

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