A few of the interesting books that arrived at VOLUME this week.
Black Marks on the White Page edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti $40
A beautifully presented, various and interesting collection of twenty-first century stories by Maori and Pasifika writers, both well-known and emerging (and some artists, too).
The Secret Life: Three true stories by Andrew O'Hagan $33
What is the reality of selfhood in the online world? The internet is a breeding ground for every possible permutation of identity, blurring traditional distinctions between truth and falsehood. O'Hagan issues three beautifully written and thoughtful bulletins from the permeable interface between cyberspace and 'actuality', a space of hidden, assumed and ghosted identities.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by 'his boy', Peter. Now the country is at war and when his father enlists, Peter has no choice but to move in with his grandfather. Far worse than leaving home is the fact that he has to leave Pax behind. But before Peter spends even one night under his grandfather's roof he sneaks out into the night, determined to find his beloved friend.
Illustrations by John Klassen.
Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup $28
Animals all around the world show that, no matter what our differences, we all have similar experiences and have similar hopes. A beautifully illustrated book. $25
Gâteaux: 150 large and small cakes, cookies and desserts by Christophe Felder and Camille Lesecq
An excellent guide to making a wide range of authentic cakes. Clear instructions and excellent illustrations make this book (and its contents) irresistible.
>> Learn to make choux and speak French at the same time.
One Thousand Trees by Kyle Hughes-Odgers $30
Deep in the heart of the treeless city, Frankie dreams of one thousand trees. In her imagination she moves around, between and among them. An excellent introduction to prepositions.
The Parcel by Anosh Irani $37
"As engrossing as any thriller, Anosh Irani’s novel offers readers so much more. An aggregate of storytelling accomplishments, The Parcel captivates with its vividly rendered characters and commands the reader’s attention by way of unnerving – and at times profoundly disturbing – portraiture of an abject group at the bottom of an already denigrated community at the heart of India’s booming financial hub." - Quill & Quire
Koh-i-Noor: The history of the world's most infamous diamond by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand $26
Greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation - a distillate of British colonial history.
Notes from a Swedish Kitchen by Margareta Schilde Landgren $40
Mouth-watering, authentic traditional recipes together with notes on Swedish food culture and traditions. Appealing.
We Were the Future: A memoir of the kibbutz by Yael Neeman $35
Were Israel's kibbutzim a practical expression of the socialist ideal of absolute equality, or were they an assault on those aspects of culture, such as the individual and the family, that could resist indoctrination?
Frozen Dreams: Contemporary art from Russia edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi and Joanna Vickery $105
A generous and varied survey. Some of these works you may have seen before, but many will come as a complete surprise.
The Secret Life of the Mind: How the brain thinks, feels and decides by Mariano Sigman $35
Reporting from the interface between neuroscience and psychology. What can our brains tell us about the way we think?
Half Wild by Pip Smith $33
A novellistic recreation of the life of Eugenia Falleni, who grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, and then lived as male in Sydney, Australia, eventually arrested in 1920 for the murder of "Harry Crawford"'s wife Annie Birkett in 1917.
"A richly imagined and voiced novel that floats across time, and through the shifting sands of identity. A buoyant, beautiful debut!" - Dominic Smith
>> Read an extract.
>> The author is one of these Imperial Broads.
Three new poetry arrivals from Maungatua Press $5 each
Insomnia, Homer by Osip Mandelsh'tam, translated by David Karena-Holmes
Ballade of the Hanged Men by Francois Villon, translated by David Karena-Holmes
Autumn Thoughts, 2004 by David Karena-Holmes
The Joys of Jewish Preserving by Emily Paster $33
Without refrigerators, whether in a European ghetto last century or wandering in a desert millennia ago, Jewish culture has developed a wide array of different methods to preserve food. This book is the ultimate guide to fruit jams and preserves (such as Queen Esther's Apricot-Poppyseed Jam or Slow Cooker Peach Levkar to Quince Paste, Pear Butter, and Dried Fig, Apple, and Raisin Jam), pickles and other savory preserves (including Shakshuka, Pickled Carrots Two Ways, and Lacto-Fermented Kosher Dills), and recipes for the use of preserves in holiday preparations, such as Sephardic Date Charoset, Rugelach, and Hamantaschen.
Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles $38
"Now more than ever, the world needs a book like Draw Your Weapons. With mastery, urgency and great courage, Sarah Sentilles investigates the histories of art, violence, war and human survival. In her haunting and absorbing narrative, the act of storytelling itself becomes a matter of life and death." -- Ruth Ozeki
"A beautiful, harrowing, and moving collage that portrays the making of art as a powerful response to making war." - Alice Elliott Dark
The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover $33
A novel of George Orwell struggling to complete writing Nineteen Eighty-Four while descending towards his death from tuberculosis.
The Logie Collection: A catalogue of the James Logie Memorial Collection of Classical Antiquities at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch by J.R. Green $40
A well-documented and fully illustrated description of this internationally important collection. Special price.
The Memory of Music by Andrew Ford $38
The composer and broadcaster shows how music can affect us and form us at a subrational level, with examples from his life, growing up in the Liverpool of the Beatles and moving towards his career as a composer, choral conductor, concert promoter, critic, university teacher and radio presenter. He is especially in the capacity of music to provide profound access to memory.
Revenge of the Rich: The neoliberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand by Austin Mitchell $25
Makes comparisons between the market-driven politics of Britain, instigated by Margaret Thatcher, and of New Zealand, instigated by Roger Douglas. Mitchell describes the last three decades as "a long march down Dead-End Street", a neoliberal experiment that has realigned the priorities of government to the detriment of the people. Mitchell, one-time New Zealand resident and long-time British Labour MP for Grimsby, was the author of The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise (1972), a commentary on the New Zealand way of life.
Iceland by Dominic Hoey $35
Office-worker Zlata hopes for a record deal so she can leave Auckland city. She meets Hamish, graffiti artist and part-time drug dealer. Surrounded by a makeshift family of friends and ex-lovers, their dreams of music, art and travel take shape. Iceland lays bare the reality of a generation trying to find their place in a city being reshaped.
>> "Iceland is as far as you can get from here" by Dominic Hoey (a.k.a. Tourettes).
>> 'Loveable Losers'.
A Race through the Greatest Running Stories, written by Damian Hall, illustrated by Daniel Seex $28
Endurance feats, solo pursuits, historic races, great stories, snappy pictures, galloping grannies, marathon monks, a great gift.
The Zoo: The wild and wonderful tale of the founding of London Zoo by Isobel Charman $30
"Terrific. Charman flings open the doors of a cabinet stuffed with zoological and human curios, blows off the dust of a couple of centuries, and talks us expertly and entrancingly through each exhibit." - Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast
I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin $28
Texts on race identity and prejudice, assembled to accompany the documentary film.
The Night Box by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay $23
When Max turns the key and opens the Night Box, the day slips in as the darkness comes swooping out. The stars start to sparkle and shine and the night animals come out to play. Nobody could be scared of the night after reading this book.
Dead Zone: Where the wild things were by Philip Lymbery $30
Climate change, habitat loss, the demand for cheap meat are just some of the factors pushing species towards extinction. Human well-being depends on a thriving natural world, but what of the future as the plane's resources reach breaking-point? From the author of Farmageddon.
The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman and Fred Fordham $30
When John dives from the ghost ship to rescue a girl washed overboard from her family yacht he has to find a way to get her back through the curtain of time into her own world and time. A new graphic novel series for children.
Could be useful.
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean $20
In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Why? A children's novel based on a true story set in St. Kilda.
Pantheon: The true story of the Egyptian deities by Hamish Steele $30
Horus, son of Isis, vows bloody revenge on his Uncle Set for the murder and usurpation of his Pharaoh father. A huge amount of fun packed into one graphic novel.
>> Before he colored it in.