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1. Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson - David L. Fleitz

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2. Some Reminiscences (Large Print) - Joseph Conrad

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This classic large print title is printed in 16 point Tiresias font as recommended by the Royal National Institute for the Blind

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3. Seagle Family Genealogy - Irene Seagle, Salley Dowsett

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4. Shots (16pt Large Print Edition) - Don Walker

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This extraordinary memoir begins with Don Walker's early life in rural Australia and goes up to the late '80s. In mesmerising prose, Walker evokes childhood and youth, wild times in the '70s, life on the road and in Kings Cross, music-making and much more. Shots is a stunningly original book, a set of word pictures - ''shots'' - that conjure up the lowlife and backroads of Australia. Don Walker is one of Australia's leading songwriters - first with Cold Chisel and now as a solo performer and with Tex, Don Charlie. This is his first book.

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5. She Got Game My Personal Odyssey - Cynthia Cooper

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
DEALING WITH CHINA takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution and future of China's state-controlled capitalism.

Hank Paulson has dealt with China unlike any other foreigner. As head of Goldman Sachs, Paulson had a pivotal role in opening up China to private enterprise. Then, as Treasury secretary, he created the Strategic Economic Dialogue with what is now the world's second-largest economy. He negotiated with China on needed economic reforms, while safeguarding the teetering U.S. financial system. Over his career, Paulson has worked with scores of top Chinese leaders, including Xi Jinping, China's most powerful man in decades.

In DEALING WITH CHINA, Paulson draws on his unprecedented access to modern China's political and business elite, including its three most recent heads of state, to answer several key questions:

  • How did China become an economic superpower so quickly?
  • How does business really get done there?
  • What are the best ways for Western business and political leaders to work with, compete with, and benefit from China?
  • How can the U.S. negotiate with and influence China given its authoritarian rule, its massive environmental concerns, and its huge population's unrelenting demands for economic growth and security?

Written in the same anecdote-rich, page-turning style as Paulson's bestselling memoir, On the Brink, DEALING WITH CHINA is certain to become the classic and definitive examination of how to engage China's leaders as they build their economic superpower.

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6. Sometimes Brilliant - Larry Brilliant

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Pai Gow is the biggest gambling game in the world. It is a game played with dice and with 32 Chinese dominoes. Although it is an ancient game, its popularity has greatly increased in recent years and it is now featured in almost every major gambling casino in the world. It is common for a player to bet $5000 (five thousand US dollars) on a single hand of Pai Gow. When I was playing Pai Gow recently in the Oaks Card Room in Emeryville California, I was betting the minimum $10 on my hand of Pai Gow, while the man sitting next to me was betting $5000 on the same hand. Added together, a total of $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) was bet on that one hand. In the Pai Gow game I was playing in, the banker, who is just one of the players and not the house, was matching all the bets of the other players, Thus, that one player stood to win or to lose $10,000 on just that one hand of Pai Gow. Nowadays, almost every major casino in Nevada, Atlantic City and Macao and most other large casinos around the world offer Pai Gow. Most of the big card rooms in California offer Pai Gow as well.

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7. Six and a Half Years on a Dunghill Life in Specialist Disability Accommodation - Peter Gibilisco

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Peter Gibilisco's aim in this book is to affirm vital principles that must be better understood and implemented if the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is going to be of benefit and fulfill its mandate; so that care doesn't become careless. He wants to encourage people to keep on pushing the case for disability justice! His book is aimed at those providing a service to people with disabilities with high support needs. He wants to address all who are involved in disability care: professionals, social workers and especially those managing facilities that look after communities and groups of people. Peter is giving himself a wide focus in this book, and his aim is not to win a fight, but to present a case.

Professional Reviews:
"Peter Gibilisco writes of his experience living with a disability and fighting for his rights. It is a remarkable insight into the frustrations of dealing with bureaucracies for those with disabilities. Peter describes his experiences and his views on how the lives of those with a disability can be improved by changing processes and removing barriers."
- Prof. Martin Delatycki, Med. Dir., Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, Dir. Friedreich Ataxia Clinic, Monash Medical Centre, Co-Dir., Murdoch Children's Research Institute

"This book will strike a chord with people who have disabilities everywhere, especially those with severe physical disabilities living in shared supported accommodation facilities. With great intelligence and integrity it describes the mental torture associated with a disintegration of control and individuality worsened by factors as fundamental as a lack of empathy and continuity in the caring relationship. It gives voice to serious shortcomings in a system that is failing many in the provision of truly individualised care."
- Jenny Williams, BA BSW MSW, Social Worker, Friedreich Ataxia Clinic, Monash Medical Centre

"This book is another significant contribution from Dr Peter Gibilisco to the ongoing struggle for social, political and economic justice in the context of people with disability. Mobilising a sociological worldview, Peter Gibilisco draws on his personal experiences, as well as the experiences and insights of others, to highlight profound policy and structural challenges and constraints in the disability sector, and in society more broadly, that impact negatively on people with disability. At the same time, he provides important insights into pathways forward, based on a strong conception of the need to create an inclusive society. In particular, he highlights the importance of action around synergy, altruism, passion, empathy and pragmatism as providing a means of moving towards a more socially just and inclusive society. I recommend this important book authored by Dr Peter Gibilisco to all people interested in the struggle to create a socially, politically and economically just society."
- Prof. Tim Marjoribanks, Assoc. Dean (Research and Technology) Faculty of Business and Law Swinburne University of Technology

"Written with clarity and first-hand insight, this book tackles some incredibly important challenges for people living with disability.
- Adam Vogel, Assoc. Prof., Centre for Neuroscience of Speech, The Univ. of Melbourne

About the Author:
Dr. Peter Gibilisco, BA B Bus, MA (Mon'h), PhD (Melb) is 56 years old, has Friedreich's Ataxia, a progressive condition that left him confined to a wheelchair, with slurred speech, to name a few inherent challenges. Despite this he has shown a command of different abilities, succeeding in a PhD at the University of Melbourne, where he researches as an (Honorary) Fellow.

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8. Sheltered in His Arms - Correna F. Wilson Pickens, Farah Bazzrea

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Sheltered in His Arms is the authorized biography of Ms. Wilma Norris Knight, mother of Carlos (Chuck), Wieland, and Aaron Norris. Sheltered in His Arms begins with the personal struggles of Porter and Agnes Scarberry, maternal grandparents of Chuck, Aaron, and the late Wieland Norris, as they endeavor to raise their seven children during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. For the first time, the daughter of migrant cotton pickers, Ms. Knight, personally shares childhood memories, reveals intimate details of her romance and roller coaster chaotic marriage with Ray Norris, and revels in the blissful years of her second marriage to George Knight with lifelong friend and author, Ms. Correna Wilson Pickens. We guarantee this inspirational Christian story of an authentic Oklahoma pioneer family living the American dream will make you laugh and move you to cry. Once and for all, you will feel as if you personally know the Norris family. They could be your neighbors. They are real. Ms. Wilma Scarberry Norris Knight holds nothing back. You will finally know the untold Chuck Norris story and what makes him tick.

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9. Swimming Against the Tide / Strong Recovery from Stroke - Nan Unklesbay

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This inspiring story of determination and triumph details the author's strong recovery from a devastating stroke. Injected with sensitivity and humor, this book stresses the important roles that family and steady persistence play in restoring quality of life after stroke, as well as personal commitment to your own recovery. The important roles of Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists are highlighted as vital treatment components, along with Nurses and Physicians. Written for caregivers, stroke victims, and educators, the author's message is clear and invaluable. Large Print Edition for easy reading.

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10. Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary - Anita Anand

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The enthralling story of an extraordinary woman and her part in the defining moments of recent British Indian history.

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11. Squirrel Pie (and Other Stories): Adventures in Food Across the Globe - Elisabeth Luard

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Elisabeth Luard, one of the food world's most evocative writers, has travelled extensively throughout her life, meeting fascinating people, observing different cultures and uncovering ingredients in unusual places. In this enchanting food memoir, she shares tales and dishes gathered from her global ramblings. She recounts anecdotes of the places she has visited: scouring for snails in Crete, sampling exotic spices in Ethiopia and tasting oysters in Tasmania. Elisabeth's stories are coupled with more than fifty authentic recipes, each one a reflection of its unique place of origin, including Boston bean-pot, Hawaiian poke, and Sardinian lemon macaroons.

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12. Swimming with Seals - Victoria Whitworth

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Victoria Whitworth began swimming in the cold waters of Orkney as a means of temporary escape from a failing marriage, a stifling religious environment and a series of health problems. Over four years, her encounters with the sea and all its weathers, the friendships she made, the wild creatures she encountered, combined to transform her life. This book is a love letter, to the beach where she swims regularly and its microcosmic world, to the ever-changing cold waters where the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, and to the seals, her constant companions.

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13. Seeing Red - Lina Menuane

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A deliciously dark and perverse autobiographical love story of a young woman losing her sight, by one of Chile's most radical and fêted contemporary writers.

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14. Strangeways - Neil Samways

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Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth spent eleven years working as a prison officer in HMP Manchester, aka Strangeways. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all – gangsters and gangbangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out. Strangeways is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high security prison. Sam tackles cell fires and self-harmers, and goes head to head with some of the most dangerous men in the country. He averts a Christmas Day riot after turkey is taken off the menu and replaced by fish curry, and stands up to officers who abuse their position. He describes being attacked by prisoners, and reveals the problems caused by radicalization and the drugs flooding our prisons.

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15. Strength of Conviction (16pt Large Print Edition) - Tom Mulcair

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Globe & Mail Non-Fiction Bestseller Toronto Star Non-Fiction Bestseller The inside story of Tom Mulcair's rise from modest, middle-class beginnings to the threshold of power. He has been called the strongest Opposition leader in the television era; he was also known in Québec as the provincial Opposition's ''pit bull.'' Here, in his own words, and for the first time, is the inside story of Tom Mulcair's rise from modest, middle-class beginnings to the threshold of power. Discover the man behind the headlines: who he is, how he thinks, and how he comes by the values that shaped his character. Unwavering in his convictions, he shares behind-the-scenes information on the reasons why he resigned as Québec's minister of the environment under Charest; his decision to rejoin the New Democratic Party; and what it was like working closely with Jack Layton to help spearhead the ''Orange Wave'' that swept the NDP into power as the Official Opposition in the 2011 federal election. Alongside this, Mulcair also sheds light on such nation-defining events as past immigration and environmental policies, the Québec Referendum, Native residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Harper government's Anti-Terrorism Act. In this book, Mulcair reveals his vision for the country, and his position on the issues that matter most - making Strength of Conviction an essential read for all Canadians with an interest in our nation's future.

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16. So, Anyway... The Autobiography - John Cleese

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This is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a self-confessed legend. Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance at the age of eight and five-sixths, his endlessly peripatetic home life and his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach. He discusses his hamster-owning days at Cambridge and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via scriptwriting for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python.

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17. Sherlock: The Fire Brigade Dog - Paul Osborne

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Meet Sherlock, the bravest dog on watch, keeping the streets of London safe, day and night. When firefighter Paul was offered the chance to work with a young, energetic, Cocker Spaniel as part of the Fire Investigation Dog unit, he knew that D-Day ­– that's D for Dog Day – was going to be something special. Enter Sherlock, a furry ball of power-packed chaos. But this dog is like no other. He is the pride of the Fire Brigade. One of the most talented and extraordinary dogs the fire brigade has ever trained. Paul instantly knew they would be a force to be reckoned with. Forming an unbreakable bond, Paul and Sherlock have investigated hundreds of the most dangerous fire scenes, and with Sherlock's nose for identifying causes of fire, have kept London safe. This the incredible true story of London Fire Brigade’s top dog on the watch.

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18. Some Sunny Day - Madge Lambert

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July 1944. Madge stepped onto a troopship that was to carry her thousands of miles away from home. Only twenty and not long qualified as a nurse, she had signed up to serve in the Burma Campaign, based on the Indian border where a fierce battle was raging. As Madge arrived, she wondered how she would adapt to life in a military hospital. She spent long, exhausting hours nursing the badly-injured young soldiers in her care but found strength in her friendship with the other nurses. And then she met Captain Basil Lambert… Could their fragile, new found romance survive the terrifying final months of war?

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