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1. 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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2. Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles - Clare Balding

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In the Balding family, walking just took too long - Clare galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. Then, starting out in her broadcasting career, she was asked to present a series of walks with interesting people. Some fifteen hundred miles of footpaths later, she's discovered the true glories of Britain and caught the walking bug.

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3. Wasps in the Bedroom, Butter in the Well: Growing Up in the Grea - June Pair Kilpatrick

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4. Watery Ways (Large Print 16pt) - Valerie Poore

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Trading life in the fast lane of Johannesburg for that of Rotterdam's serene Oude Haven, Valerie Poore packs all her worldly possessions aboard the historic Dutch barge Hoop and sets about rebuilding both the boat and her life after divorce - and rediscovering herself and her own capabilities in the process. Along the journey of renovation she is joined by an array of characters, including two dogs and a rather adventurous cat, a smiling but absent - minded 'landlord', a quirky friend and confidante, and an olde worlde charmer whose mastery at the helm wins more than just her respect. Before long Val has to learn to cope with the strenuous demands of acting as Skipper's Mate during numerous nail - biting adventures - frequently with hilarious effect. When the Hoop, her rented home, is sold Valerie relishes the new challenge of hunting down the Vereeniging, another picturesque barge aboard which she builds herself a new home and learns that, when life on the waterways is threatened by rust and insurance critics, it is those who band together to help who make the lifestyle so worthwhile. Valerie's touchingly sincere story is one of discovery and friendship, endurance and love and, most importantly, never allowing the landlubbers to get you down!

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5. Wheel of Things - Mollie Gillian, Mollie Gillen

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6. When Tish Happens The Unlikely Story of Canada's ''Most Influential Literary Magazine'' (Large Print 16pt) - Frank Davey

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In the early 1960s, a group of students at UBC started a magazine called Tish. The name was purposefully an anagram of shit, in order to demonstrate their youthful and iconoclastic attitude. In many ways, Tish, and its editors, became the clear break from older Canadian poets and styles. At the heart of the magazine, and the ''movement,'' was Frank Davey. And it is Davey who has written this definitive history. Davey has organized the material as a memoir, starting from his own early days in Abbotsford, B.C., and gradually introducing the other poets, including George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah, despite the fact that Davey doesn't meet them until they all arrive at UBC. Much of the theory of the Tish poets derives from the Black Mountain poets, an American movement that incorporated the writings of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan - who suggested the name itself. The Black Mountain poets believed that writing should be locally based and should grow out of the author's own breathing patterns. The more specific to a locale, the better. The poets are introduced as characters in a play, and when Fred Wah says, ''Let's start a magazine,'' things happen. The first 19 issues became the calling card for a new type of poetry, but inevitably the writers began to go their own way. It is Davey's commitment that holds the group together, despite their geographical separation. The Tish movement provided the impetus to create a new, more contemporary Canadian poetry. And here, Frank Davey reveals how it started, grew, and became a lasting force.

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7. When Variety Was King Memoir of a TV Pioneer (Large Print 16pt) - Frank Peppiatt

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He created Hee Haw, the number - one show on TV. He wrote and produced variety shows for Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Sonny and Cher, and Perry Como. He invented the rock TV show Hullabaloo. He was the most popular producer of his time a time when variety television was king. With his writing/producing partner John Aylesworth, Frank Peppiatt developed dozens of TV shows but their career began on air in the initial days of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, alongside other talented newcomers like Norman Jewison and Arthur Hiller. Then came a call from New York to write for the Eydie Gorme/Steve Lawrence show in 1958, and quickly A & P became the most in - demand writing and producing team around.

Peppiatt, a man who spent his life behind the scenes writing comedy and turning entertainers into household names, now recounts his own remarkable life story: a humble Canadian boy who grew up to create iconic American TV shows amid a cast of Hollywood celebrities. When Variety Was King captures the early days of TV with humour and spice.

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8. Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything - Sally Magnusson

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Regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation, Mamie Baird Magnusson’s whole life was a celebration of words - words that she fought to retain in the grip of a disease which is fast becoming the scourge of the 21st century.

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9. Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? The James Packer Story (Large Print 16pt) - Paul Barry

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Who Wants to be a Billionaire? is the story of James Packer's desperate battle to win his father's love and respect. It is also a tale of billion-dollar bets gone disastrously wrong. But above all it is a portrait of a troubled relationship between a dominant father and dutiful son. In this powerful sequel to his bestselling The Rise and Rise of Kerry Packer, Paul Barry shows how James's father kept his grip on the empire even as he lay close to death. And he reveals what drives his heir. As a child James was derided by Kerry as too soft, too close to his mother, or simply 'a loser'. Since then he has struggled to make his father proud - in the only way the Packers know - by making money. Having seen Kerry lose hundreds of millions in the world's casinos, James chose to bet billions of dollars on buying them instead. Then came the global financial crisis and he almost lost the lot. As markets hit rock bottom in early 2009, Australia's richest man was $4 billion poorer and no longer on top of the heap. He was smoking again, putting on weight and shutting himself off from friends. Years earlier, far smaller losses in One. Tel had pushed him to the brink of a nervous breakdown and made him seek salvation in Scientology. Can James survive this time? Will he bounce back? Or was his father right?

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10. Why I Left Goldman Sachs A Wall Street Story - Greg Smith

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Based on her bestselling book, The Battle Belongs to the Lord, Joyce Meyer delivers practical advice and Biblical wisdom to help you triumph over any obstacle you face. By learning to lean on God's power, you'll be able to leave your fear behind and develop a life-changing sense of confidence. This compact edition is perfect for taking God's assurance with you everywhere you go. Be encouraged that no situation is beyond repair and start living a life of joy and peace when you LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES.

 

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11. Wild Years The Music and Myth of Tom Waits (Large Print 16pt) - Jay S. Jacobs

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Legend. Bum. Genius. Con Man. Devoted husband and father. Myth. Storyteller. Inspiration. Drunk. Visionary. Tom Waits is all of these things. Waits is the lifeline between the great Beat poets and today's rock & roll heroes. He's old enough to be your dad and cool enough to be your hero. One of the few truly original musicians recording today, he's also the rare singer who can actually act, and he has put together a respectable body of work in movies. Wild Years: The Music and Myth of Tom Waits retraces the long road that Waits has traveled and explores the music that made him a legend. Jay S. Jacobs looks at the towering myth that Waits has created for himself. Jay S. Jacobs follows the fate of one of America's pre - eminent artists, a very private man whose career embodies a quirky array of fulfillment and loss, beauty and strangeness. This revised and updated edition includes a new chapter, with insight on Waits' career in the 21st century thus far, as well as the most complete discography available in print. Tom's Wild Years - a poignant, revealing celebration of the man and all his myths.

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12. Wish I Was There I Was the Golden Girl of British Cinema ...Then My Life Fell to Pieces. This is My Story. (Large Print 16pt) - Emily Lloyd

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When Emily Lloyd burst onto the movie scene as a teenager she was hailed as the next Marilyn Monroe. Her stunning performance as precocious Lynda Mansell in David Leland's bitter - sweet comedy - drama ''Wish You Were Here'' thrust her into the spotlight, won her a BAFTA nomination, an Evening Standard Best Actress Award and a National Society of Critics Award and cemented the film's reputation as a British classic. Hollywood beckoned and Emily landed high profile roles alongside A - listers including Bruce Willis and starred with Brad Pitt in Robert Redford's Oscar - winning epic ''A River Runs Through It.'' Yet behind the corkscrew curls and cheeky grin that seduced Tinseltown, Emily was confronting a debilitating mental disorder that threatened to destroy her. Now, in her searingly honest autobiography, Emily describes the incredible highs and agonising lows she experienced through a tumultuous acting career. Packed with fascinating, star - laden anecdotes, starting insights into movie making and moving personal revelations, With I Was There is part celebrity memoir, part examination into the difficulties of combating mental illness while being in the public eye.

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13. With Courage And Cloth Winning The Fight For A Woman's Right To Vote (Large Print 16pt) - Ann Bausum

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For Grades 6 and up.

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14. With Stale Bread, You Make Bread Pudding! My Childhood Among the People and Food of the Virginia Grill Restaurant - Ph. D. Stamatina P. Yocheved Samson

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An immigrant-owned, working-man's, downtown middle-America restaurant in the 1960s, is the real life stage for Dr. Samson's childhood recollections.

Her father, Paul Vavul, immigrated from Greece to the United States and eventually chose Indianapolis, Indiana, as his home. Functionally illiterate, he created the Virginia Grill in 1939 with a blend of keen intelligence and street savvy.

In numerous wall display cases, patrons to the restaurant could view Mr. Vavul's collection of guns which he proclaimed to be the single largest in the Midwest. His gun collection became his iconic advertising tool for the restaurant, and were centrally featured on all Virginia Grill promotional items.

In vivid stories, Dr. Samson tells us what it was like being a child of immigrants, and the range of characters she encountered at the restaurant, both behind and in front of the counter---all from her unique, thoughtful, and personable perspective.

Her stories, along with her numerous black and white photos, provide a fascinating window on civil rights era Indianapolis.

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15. Witness to Spirit My Life with Cowboys, Mozart & Indians - Robert Staffanson

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There are two things that enemies of the traditional conservative South cannot tolerate: being faced with the facts and having their myths and lies about Lincoln’s War exposed. But if we are ever to learn the full and honest truth about the conflict, then exposed they must be.

In Everything You Were Taught About the Civil War is Wrong, Ask a Southerner! award-winning historian and author Colonel Lochlainn Seabrook sets the record straight in this easy-to-read, well documented handbook that confronts the North’s many falsehoods about the American Civil War - important facts the anti-South Movement has been supressing for 150 years! Divided into convenient chapters, such as "Cause of the War," "Secession," "Slavery," "The Abolition Movement," "Jefferson Davis," "Abraham Lincoln," "The Emancipation Proclamation," "The Union and Blacks," "Yankee War Crimes," "Prisons," and "The Confederate Flag" (among many others), this bestselling exposé of Yankee anti-South propaganda has the power to heal hearts and change minds. For in reeducating the world about Lincoln’s War it will give Northerners a better understanding of the conflict itself, while making Southerners, of all races and political persuasions, proud to be Southern.

Read the politically incorrect, international blockbuster that everyone’s talking about - the book that totally blows the lid off Yankee mythology - and learn the Truth for yourself, from Dixie's perspective. You will never completely understand the conflict until you do. Contains over 1,000 endnotes and a 700-book bibliography, and is endorsed by Dixie Outfitters, the Southern National Congress, League of the South, and numerous other pro-South organizations and individuals - and even by many Yankees. The Foreword is by noted African-American educator and Sons of Confederate Veterans member Nelson W. Winbush, M.Ed., the grandson of Private Louis Napoleon Nelson, just one of the hundreds of thousands of black Confederate soldiers who fought for the South.

Everything You Were Taught About the Civil War is Wrong, Ask a Southerner! has become required reading in homes and schools all over the world and is available in paperback, hardcover, and large print. Blurbs are by Thomas Moore (Chairman, Southern National Congress), Ronny Mangrum (Adjutant, Roderick, Forrest’s War Horse Camp 2072, Sons of Confederate Veterans), Timothy D. Manning (Executive Director, The Southern Partisan Reader), J. T. Thompson (Executive Director, Lotz House Museum, Franklin, TN), Scott Bowden (nine-time award-winning historian and author), and Barbara Marthal, B.A., M.Ed., (African-American educator, lecturer, and Civil War reenactor).

Civil War scholar Lochlainn Seabrook, a descendant of the families of Alexander H. Stephens and John S. Mosby, is the most prolific and popular pro-South writer in the world today. Known as the "new Shelby Foote," he is a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal and the author of over 50 books that have introduced hundreds of thousands to the truth about the War for Southern Independence. A seventh-generation Kentuckian of Appalachian heritage and the sixth great-grandson of the Earl of Oxford, Colonel Seabrook has a 40 year background in American and Southern history and is the author of the runaway bestseller Everything You Were Taught About American Slavery is Wrong, Ask a Southerner!

His other works include: The Great Yankee Coverup; Confederacy 101; Confederate Flag Facts; Women in Gray; Slavery 101; Give This Book to a Yankee; Abraham Lincoln: The Southern View; The Quotable Nathan Bedford Forrest; and Confederate Blood and Treasure.

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16. Wrestling at the Chase The Inside Story of Sam Muchnick and the Legends of Professional Wrestling (Large Print 16pt) - Larry Matysik

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Wrestling at the Chase is a fond, informative, amusing, and even poignant look at the who's who of professional wrestling and legendary St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick. St. Louis was the capital, and Muchnick the ruler of professional wrestling, before Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment took over. What happened in St. Louis paved the way for today's multi - billion - dollar sports entertainment industry. The centrepiece of this magical operation was ''Wrestling at the Chase,'' a television program which broadcast from 1959 to 1983 from the majestic Chase Hotel. Larry Matysik was Muchnick's prot g and longtime announcer for the television show. With an insider's eye for detail and accuracy, he recalls funny and amazingly touching tales about the characters who created professional wrestling as we know it. Ric Flair, ''King Kong'' Brody, Dick ''the Bruiser,'' the Von Erichs, Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Pat O'Connor, Johnny Valentine, Dick Murdoch, Harley Race, Buddy Rogers, Jack Brisco, and Andre the Giant are all prominently featured. So is Muchnick himself, the Damon Runyan of wrestling, a man who helped mould the bizarre business of circus and sport. The savage twists of the politics of wrestling are on display as well, particularly the changes that rocked the mat world during the early '80s.

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17. Wrestling Reality The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon, Wrestling's Gay Superstar (Large Print 16pt) - Chris Kanyon, Ryan Clark

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A rare glimpse not only into the life of a professional wrestler, but the life of a gay man in a straight world, this tragic memoir is told in Chris Kanyon's own words, with the help of journalist Ryan Clark. One of the most popular wrestlers of the late 1990s, Kanyon kept his personal life private from his fans until finally revealing his biggest secret in 2004: he was gay. Going through the various roles that Kanyon played, both in the ring and out of it, as well as his battle with manic depression, this book explores the factors that led to his suicide in 2010. In his voice and the way he wanted it told, these are Kanyon's last words about his experience rising through the ranks to the top of the professional wrestling world while keeping his sexuality hidden.

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18. Wrestling with Alligators, Prophets and Theologians Lessons from a Lifetime in the Church- A Memoir (Large Print 16pt) - C. Peter Wagner

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For the past half - century, C. Peter Wagner has been at the leading edge of the key spiritual paradigm shifts which have been accompanied by major moves of the Holy Spirit. In the 1960s the missionary movement in South America was at its peak - and Dr. Wagner was there. In the 1970s he was a recognized authority in the church - growth movement. In the 1980s he taught a popular course at Fuller Seminary with Vineyard movement leader John Wimber that advocated praying healing for the sick, spiritual mapping, identificational repentance and spiritual warfare; Dr. Wagner coined the phrase ''Third Wave'' to describe this fresh move of the Holy Spirit - the impact of which is still being felt today. In the 1990s he became a leader of the New Apostolic Reformation, and in the new millennium he has championed the Dominion Mandate, adopting the Seven Mountain (or 7M) template for reclaiming the culture for God's Kingdom.
For five decades, Dr. Wagner has led the Church from one great move of God to the next, riding the wave of the Spirit through changes he never imagined when he first answered God's call to ministry. In Wrestling with Alligators, Prophets and Theologians, C. Peter Wagner tells, for the first time, his personal story of ongoing transformation. Readers will get a close - up view of the seismic shifts in the Church's recent history, through the eyes of one of the only people to have seen it all unfold.

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19. Wrestling with Rhinos The Adventures of a Glasgow Vet in Kenya (Large Print 16pt) - Jerry Haigh

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Donner Prize - winning author Dr. David Gratzer (Code Blue, ECW Press) edits and introduces this collection of twelve essays on health care reform in Canada, advocating an open - minded approach to such concepts as privatization, two - tier health care, and user fees. Gratzer has assembled a stellar list of authors who invite Canadians to question their confidence in government - managed public health. Contributors include Order of Canada member and University of Toronto professor Michael Bliss, who argues that our current problems are the result of increasingly aggressive government measures to control patients and health - care providers. Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente offers vignettes that address the day - to - day problems of health care: queue jumping, excessive waits, provider burnout, aging equipment, and the politicization of health administration. And, Vancouver - based health analyst Cynthia Ramsey places Canada's health care system in an international context. Her findings are unsettling. Other contributors include McGill Economist and National Post contributor William Watson, former Quebec Medical Association president Dr. Edwin Coffey, former Ontario Medical Association president Dr. William Orovan, and Urban Futures Institute executive Director David Baxter. All Canadians concerned about the state of health care in Canada should read this informative and intelligent collection. Imagine it's 1965, and you've just fulfilled a boyhood ambition and graduated from the vet college in Glasgow, Scotland. The very next week you find yourself in Kenya, treating wild animals. This is what happened to Dr. Jerry Haigh, who in Wrestling with Rhinos takes us deep into the post - independence Kenya of 1965, and shows us what things were like until he left ten years later for a teaching post in Canada. Dealing with a 17 foot tall lame giraffe was an early challenge, as there had not been many giraffes in the teaching pool at Glasgow. A fall back on common sense, with the help of the owner and a knowledge of cattle medicine helped to create a cure. Along the way, he encountered traditional domestic animal patients as well as rhinos, elephants, wildebeest, lemurs and pelicans. Among them was Joy Adamson's cheetah, and we get a first - hand glimpse of their Born Free experiences. While living in a country just making the transition from colonial status to independence, Jerry also met President Jomo Kenyatta and treated his cattle.
Threaded through the text are observations - sometimes hilarious, sometimes scurrilous, sometimes poignant - on the social scene in Kenya, peppered with reminiscences about his soldier father, for whom the Kenya of World War II was a very different place.
In the final chapters, Jerry documents his perspective on human/wildlife conflicts, and looks ahead hopefully into the future.

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20. Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found (Large Print 16pt) - Cheryl Strayed

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At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America, from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington State, and to do it alone.

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