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8 Biographies Audio books available

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1. U. S. Grant (Large Print 16pt) - Waugh Waugh

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Grant was the most famous person in America, considered by most citizens to be equal in stature to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Yet today his monuments are rarely visited, his military reputation is overshadowed by that of Robert E. Lee, and his presidency is permanently mired at the bottom of historical rankings. In an insightful blend of biography and cultural history, Joan Waugh traces Grant's shifting national and international reputation, illuminating the role of memory in our understanding of American history. She captures a sense of what led nineteenth-century Americans to overlook Grant's obvious faults and hold him up as a critically important symbol of national reconciliation and unity. Waugh further shows that Grant's reputation and place in public memory closely parallel the rise and fall of the northern version of the Civil War story--in which the United States was the clear, morally superior victor and Grant was the symbol of that victory. After the failure of Reconstruction, the dominant Union myths about the war gave way to a southern version that emphasized a more sentimental remembrance of the honor and courage of both sides and ennobled the ''Lost Cause.'' By the 1920s, Grant's reputation had plummeted. Most Americans today are unaware of how revered Grant was in his lifetime. Joan Waugh uncovers the reasons behind the rise and fall of his renown, underscoring as well the fluctuating memory of the Civil War itself.

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2. Under the Microscope The Story of an Australian Medical Pioneer (Large Print 16pt) - Professor Earl Owen

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Under the Microscope is the story of an extraordinary man, his many life - changing inventions, and his exceptional life and special friendships. Born into a family of doctors - on the paternal and maternal sides - with a birth defect that no one knew how to treat, Earl Owen was given a dose of radiation before anyone knew what radiation treatment could do to a human body, let alone a newborn baby. Earl Owen's medical parents, aunts and uncles failed to notice that as he grew he walked with a limp and when he was eleven he had an accident in a school race, which left him in hospital for a year enduring a series of excruciating surgeries in an attempt to remedy his damaged bones. Whilst lying in bed alone in a dark basement room in the hospital, he decided he would grow up to be the a new kind of surgeon - one who would deal delicately and carefully with birth defects and would communicate sensitively with patients. When he was discharged from the hospital he took up piano lessons and discovered he was a talented musician. As he came out of his teens, he had to decide whether to pursue a career as a concert pianist or a surgeon. To say this man is a high achiever barely touches on his gifts and talents. He was one of the earliest, most inventive and enterprising pioneers of microsurgery; he designed instruments and microscopes for his operations; he did the first finger replacement on a child (for which he was sacked from the Sydney Children's Hospital, even though it was successful operation); co - led the team that completed the first successful hand transplant (whose recipient turned out to be an ex - con from New Zealand, who had lost his arm in jail); and trained the team that completed the first double - hand transplant. Earl Owen was the first surgeon to be able to reverse vasectomies and complete fallopian tube ligatures (using his microsurgical prowess). And he designed the chairs in the Sydney Opera House! He has done more in his eighty years than most of us could dream of and this book is his story in his words.

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3. Unholy Pilgrims How One Man Thought Walking 800 Kilometres Across Spain Would Sort Out His Life (Large Print 16pt) - Tom Trumble

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Sometimes the slow road can be the fastest way to sort things out. Relationship - challenged, with the résumé of a vagrant, Tom Trumble is at one of life's crossroads. So he takes up an offer to go on a seriously long walk - the ancient Christian pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the domain of the devout. Despite his good intentions, Tom's route takes him into every bar along the way while crossing paths with the loopy and the wise, the pious and the distinctly ungodly. He finds himself contending with song - happy evangelists, unlikely scholars and enlightened globetrotters, and randy backpackers out to bed every pilgrim they meet. Not to mention his own very restless demons, some of which lead him to confront troubles he thought he'd left at home. Unholy Pilgrims is an irreverent and engaging take on figuring out what the hell to do with your life.

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4. Unspeakable The Story of Junius Wilson (Large Print 16pt) - Burch Susan

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Junius Wilson (1908-2001) spent seventy-six years at a state mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, including six in the criminal ward. He had never been declared insane by a medical professional or found guilty of any criminal charge. But he was deaf and black in the Jim Crow South. Unspeakable is the story of his life. Wilson was born and lived the first years of his life with his family in a small town near Wilmington, North Carolina. At age seven he was sent to the residential State School for the Colored Blind and Deaf, where he learned Raleigh Sign Language, a unique form of signing taught only to blacks at that school. After a minor infraction at age sixteen, he was dismissed from school and sent back home, where he was falsely accused of attempted rape in 1925. Judged insane by the court, he was committed to the criminal ward of the State Hospital for the Colored Insane. Wilson was castrated and forced to work on the hospital farm for decades. He remained incarcerated for almost all of his life. Although authorities knew from the 1960s onward that Wilson was not insane, they did not know how to integrate him into society. They determined that keeping him institutionalized was the most benevolent course of action. In 1990, when social worker John Wasson reviewed Wilson's records, he was shocked by what he read. Lawsuits brought against the state by disability rights lawyers led to Wilson's release from the locked wards in the 1990s. He spent the final years of his life in a cottage on the grounds of the hospital, where staff continued to look after his daily needs. Junius Wilson's life was shaped by some of the major developments of twentieth-century America: Jim Crow segregation, the civil rights movement, deinstitutionalization, the rise of professional social work, and the emergence of the deaf and disability rights movements. There is much to learn and remember about Junius Wilson - and the countless others who have lived unspeakable histories.

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5. Unveiling the Mask My Testimony Vol.1 - MOSI -

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Immersed in darkness, jettison in the abyss, Unveiling the Mask: My Testimony Vol. 1 chronicles the gut wrenching details of being the familial black sheep.

As a youth, I often wondered if I was only born to be other people’s emotional dumpster. As an adult, family members and their friends showed me exactly how they felt about me and my accomplishments. I was destitute and disgraced. Those who knew about their actions, thought it was absolutely justified.

The story crescendoes when I became emotionally, physically, and psychologically entrapped by my adversaries and cruelly tortured. It was then I learned about the varying realms of evil. When I defeated my enemies, to deal with the debilitating trauma, I wore a mask of silence. After all, the myriad of topics addressed are all taboo and there were very few trustworthy people at my side to talk to. My trustworthy friends were not as close as a tap on the screen as is the norm today. My ordeal happened before the upsurge of social media and my closest friends lived far away.

For five years and seven months, I covered my pain, my scars, and the mystery of my bane, with a shroud of quietude. Until an incident occurred and I gained the courage to divulge the intimate details. For us to heal, we must face the past. Consequently, I penned my autobiography over a four-day period and relived every horrifying detail.

Today, I stand like a lighthouse to provide illumination for those who are going through or have gone through similar experiences, or worse events. When light shines brightly and evil is exposed, detractors and darkened antagonists will condemn the messenger, the message, and the truth. However, no amount of current attacks can compare to my previous perdition. Neither can anyone undermine my celestial destiny.

This is not fiction or a figment of my imagination. It was my reality. I have since altered the course of my life’s direction by using my past as a step ladder for other people to progress to their next level. I counsel individuals of diverse nationalities and assist them with removing their masks and addressing their core issues.

No victim is beyond recovery and nothing in your past should permanently make you don a mask. It’s time to make crucial changes in your life. May my autobiography empower you to conquer your personal giants and take positive and curative action.

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6. Unwanted Love Story My True Love Story - Herb Nolan

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Born in the Depression years of the thirties in Vancouver, B.C. As a boy, he was shifted from parent to parent and attended eleven different schools over twelve years and graduated from King George High School, where he spent the last four years before graduating. Spent thirty years of his life working for the Burlington Northern Railroad in Vancouver. He and his wife raised four children and still reside in an area called North Vancouver.

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7. Up And Down With The Rolling Stones My Rollercoaster Ride With Keith Richards (Large Print 16pt) - Tony Sanchez

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Tony Sanchez worked for Keith Richards for eight years buying drugs, running errands and orchestrating cheap thrills. He records unforgettable accounts of the Stones' perilous misadventures racing cars along the Cote d'Azur; murder at Altamont; nights with the Beatles at the Stones - owned nightclub Vesuvio; frantic flights to Switzerland for blood changes and the steady stream of women, including Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull and Bianca Jagger. Here are the Stones at their debauched peak cavorting around the world, smashing Bentleys, working black magic, getting raided, snorting coke and mainlining heroin. Sanchez tells the whole truth, sparing not even himself in the process with hard - hitting prose and candid photographs.

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8. Under A Mackerel Sky - Rick Stein

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Rick Steinís childhood in 1950s North Cornwall was idyllic. But ever-present was the unpredictable mood of his bipolar father. When Rick was 18 his father killed himself. Emotionally adrift, Rick left for Australia, carrying a suitcase stamped with his fatherís initials. Manual labour in the outback followed by adventures in America and Mexico toughened up the naive public schoolboy. Eventually, Cornwall called him home.

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