Friday, 9 June 2017

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Panorama by Dušan Šarotar        $25
A melding of text and photographs in the manner of W.G. Sebald marks this interesting and thoughtful work about displacement, statelessness, waiting and mourning. Washes of narrative leave the reader with an indelible residue of impressions.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy         $38
"How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything." Twenty years after The God of Small Things, Roy's second novel braids together many lives and strands as they pass through harm and healing. 
>> "Fiction takes its time."
>> Where do old birds go to die? (an extract from the novel).
>> Roy speaks with Kim Hill.

Tōtara: A natural and cultural history by Philip Simpson            $75
Among the biggest and oldest trees in the New Zealand forest, the heart of Maori carving and culture, trailing no. 8 wire as fence posts on settler farms, clambered up in the Pureora protests of the 1980s: the story of New Zealand can be told through totara.

The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen        $25
Living is hard both physically and mentally on a small island off the Norwegian coast. Ingrid's father dreams of building a causeway to the mainland, whereas her mother dreams of moving to a smaller, even more remote island. When Ingrid is sent to work on the mainland she learns that mainland life has trials of its own.
 Short-listed for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize
"Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read." - Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

Fair Borders? Migration policy in the twenty-first century edited by David Hall        $15
Do our current and projected immigration policies offer a 'fair go' to recent arrivals and prospective arrivals, and also to those whose arrival may be generations ago? 
See You When I See You by Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson          $20
Dani is on a school trip to the zoo, and the teacher tells the children how to stay safe and not get lost. But Dani gets separated from the others. Suddenly another class is rushing up the path and at the back of the noisy crowd is someone she recognizes: Ella! The good friends are so happy to be together again and Ella wants to play. What should Dani do? Follow her best friend in the whole world or do as the teacher said? 

Milk Island by Rhydian Thomas         $29
As the 2023 New Zealand election approaches, four cruel and unusual stories expose the inner workings at the heart of Milk Island (former South Island) where a fifth-term Government's legacy project is going very well or very poorly, depending on who you ask. On Milk Island, patriotism and prosperity trumps all else and life matters very little unless you're Milky Moo, the nation's favourite cow. Absurd and unhelpful, and "100% pure fiction" (unless you happen to live in the South Island).
>> Demonstrating the advantages of the herringbone
The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis       $37
"Before I had a chance to rebel against the world of my childhood, that world rebelled against me. In truth, confronting my parents, my social class, its poverty, racism and brutality came second. From early on I provoked shame and even disgust from my family and others around me. The only option I had was to get away somehow. This book is an effort to understand all that." 
"Even in the wake of Knausgaard and Ferrante it is hard to find a literary phenomenon that has swept Europe quite like the autobiographical project of Edouard Louis." - LitHub 
"An extraordinary autobiographical novel about class, violence and sexuality in France. It's a vivid, often brutal but immensely touching book that restores my faith in the power of literature." - Tash Aw
Void: The strange physics of nothing by James Owen Weatherall        $42
The physics of matter receive a lot of attention, but what about the physics of nothing and of absence? Both relativity and quantum theory tell us that nothingness can't be infinitely extensive. Nothing, Weatherall shows, turns out to be very similar to something, similarly structured and describable with the same laws.
Extinctions by Josephine Wilson         $35
As he feels impelled towards his own extinction in a retirement village, can Professor Frederick Lothian, retired engineer, world expert on concrete, find a was back into existence? This novel is about many kinds of extinction: natural, racial, national and personal, and about how these extinctions may be resisted.
#Cook for Syria: Recipe book edited by Clerkenwell Boy and Serena Guen          $60 
A wonderful selection of Syrian-inspired recipes given by top chefs for this book, which is a fund-raiser (and awareness-raiser) for UNICEF's Syria relief fund. 
>> The supper club that became a global movement.

At the Lightning Field by Laura Raicovich     $28
Walter De Maria's 'Lightning Field' is an array of 400 stainless steel poles in the desert in New Mexico, designed to attract lightning. Raicovich pays a number of visits and makes a series of subtle philosophical and mathematical observations on time, space, duration, light, change and changelessness. 
"Raicovich combines her intimate, studied observations with the writings of a vast array of mathematicians and thinkers, including Benoit Mandelbrot and Gertrude Stein. Attempting to answer the question, How reliable is memory?, the essay is a beautifully chaotic map of thought and experience that both mirrors the experience of a work of art and probes its essence." - Publishers Weekly
"Make a pilgrimage to The Lightning Field by walking the lines of this book and building something beautiful in your mind's eye with the author, who will take you there and many places besides." - Rebecca Solnit
The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond         $30
A beautifully illustrated book introducing children to this unique animal. Winner of the 2016 Maurice Sendak medal.
>> Look inside the book!
Fragments of Metropolis: Berlin's Expressionist legacy by Christoph Rauhut and Niels Lehmann          $65
Berlin was the cultural wellspring of Expressionism and the locus of a rethinking of the relationship between experience and architectural form.  Rauhut's and Lehmann's project was to document all the remaining examples of Expressionist architecture with photographs, drawings, maps and descriptions. Impressive.
Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask by Sarah Howgate         $60
Cahun's photographs from the 1920s onwards tested the performance of identity and gender and, although not then much exhibited, her practice was influential in defining the concerns of Surrealist photographers such as Man Ray. Gillian Wearing, who won the Turner Prize in 1997, has mirrored and furthered many of Cahun's concerns. This is an excellent consideration of the work of both photographers. 

The Ski Flier by Maria McMillan         $25
Avalanches, best friends, bicycles, cities, daughters, dragons, disempowerment, eruptions, fringed animal skins, ghosties, Herzog, jubilation, little cafes with candles in wine bottles, lycra, self-doubt, snow, super-herodom, temper tantrums, umbrellas, whales.
>> McMillan interviewed by some 11-and-12-year-olds

The Japanese House: Architecture and life after 1945 by Florence Ostende and Pippo Ciorra         $100
Traditional and new concerns combined to enable a rethinking of the fundamentals of residential and community architecture following the cultural trauma of the second world war. This is the first comprehensive survey of the creative flourishing of domestic architecture in this period.

Wolfgang Tillmans, 2017 by Chris Dercon           $60
An excellent survey of the last 15 years of the work of this important photographer. 
>> Visit Tillmans' website

You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon: Agnes Moncrieff's letters from China, 1930-1945 edited by Barbara Francis       $50

New Zealander Agnes Moncrieff was the foreign secretary to the and the YWCA in China during the Sino-Japanese War. Her first-hand accounts of the horrors taking place around her are nuanced and valuable. 
Fink on Warhol: New York photographs of the 1960s by Larry Fink        $85
Very evocative shots of the Factory and its denizens (both in situ and on the streets), together with other fine examples of street photography.
>> The Velvet Underground live at the Factory.

The Wine Dine Dictionary by Victoria Moore         $45
A much-needed guide to matching food to wine and wine to food. 
Fashion Forward: 300 Years of Fashion by Pierre Berge et al        $140
A sumptuous collection of prime examples of dress, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, with informative text and contemporary illustrations to provide context and extension.
Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah         $30
Moving from revolutionary Zanzibar in the 1960s to restless London in the 1990s, Gravel Heart is a story of exile, migration and betrayal.
"Gurnah writes with wonderful insight about family relationships and he folds in the layers of history with elegance and warmth." - The Times 
"Gurnah etches with biting incisiveness the experiences of immigrants exposed to contempt, hostility or patronising indifference on their arrival in Britain." - Spectator 
Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin         $23
Billy's got a lot on his mind that he'd rather not think about, so he fills it with facts and David Attenborough documentaries and asks a lot of questions (about facts). At school a bully is hardly making things easy for him. Does a mackerel he meets when swimming have something to tell him? 
"Summarising the plot does this assured, silvery writing a disservice.  Literary prizes, this way, please." - Guardian
Just Cool It! The climate crisis and what we can do by David Suzuki and Ian Hanington       $35
A hopeful and practical guide to overcoming the barriers to addressing climate change.

The Nosyhood by Tim Lahan          $30
Lots of well-wishers come to visit the new arrivals in the neighbourhood. How can they all fit in? The along comes a giant nose. Oh no! Don't tell me it is going to sneeze!
>> Develops a theme by Gogol

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