Friday, 4 August 2017
These books have just come in looking for you.
Roxy by Esther Gerritsen $35
When Roxy's husband and his lover are killed in a car accident, Roxy will not be denied her revenge. Who will she direct this at, though?Written in a concise, lucid style, this book is a clear exploration of the emotional weight grief and anger lever upon ordinary details.
"Gerritsen's skillful writing creates tension with its forward-propelling relentless plot, a compelling awkward narrator and uncertain outcomes. The clever ironic conversations between the characters and zany happenings hit you like a slap, while what is unsaid, what is hinted at and implied between the words and lines on the page, jolts you awake. Like Craving, Roxy is a candid portrayal of damage and trauma, sometimes shocking, often blackly funny." - Stella
How to Survive in the North by Luke Healy $28
A very appealing graphic novel weaving together three narrative strands: true-life Arctic expeditions from 1912 and 1926, and a contemporary story of a professor tracking the fates of the earlier expeditions.
Looking for Lenin by Niels Ackerman and Sebastien Gobert $45
The Ukraine was once bristling with statues of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin. Political changes have left these toppled, broken, vandalised and stored in sheds and back rooms. Ackerman and Gobert have set about recording these statues, and the residual attitudes towards them amongst the Ukrainians.
The Man Who Walked Through Walls by Marcel Aymé $28
The excellent Monsieur Dutilleul has always been able to pass through walls, but has never seen the point of using his gift, given the general availability of doors. One day, however, his tyrannical boss drives him to desperate, creative measures - he develops a taste for intramural travel and becomes something of a super-villain. How will the unassuming clerk adjust to a glamorous life of crime?
A Sea Voyage: A pop-up story about all sorts of boats by Gerard Lo Monaco $35
Two people and a dog sail out amongst ships of all kinds in this inventive pop-up book. There are even life-rings and mooring ropes. A lovely book.
Fletcher of the Bounty by Graeme Lay $37
A novel telling how (and why) Fletcher Christian led the mutineers who seized the Bounty from Captain Bligh, and all that happened after the mutineers settled on Pitcairn.
Lay's James Cook trilogy was very well regarded.
>> Reason for mutiny.
Gao Bo, Vol 1 - Vol 4 $110
An exquisitely designed and produced survey of the photography and installations of the remarkable contemporary Chinese artist.
>> Gao Bo had a major retrospective in Paris this year.
Tree Matters by Gangu Bai and Gita Wolf $30
Artist Gangu Bai records and explores her memories of growing up in traditional Bhil culture in central India, a culture making no distinction between the natural and the human world.
A New History of Modern Architecture by Colin Davies $110
Davies questions the values and judgements that are so often the mainstay of architectural surveys, and in doing so asks: what is the importance of the style we know as Modernism?
Th3 8oy Who 5p3ak5 in Num8r35 by Mike Masilamani and Matthew Frame $30
A darkly satirical account of a childhood spent in times of war. The book involves the transformation of people into animals and features a boy more at home with numbers than with people. The book is set in Sri Lanka, but the story is relevant anywhere that children are robbed of their childhood by war.
The Hollow Woods (Storytelling card game) by Rohan Daniel Eason $28
A wonderful, scary myriorama: the 20 cards can be laid out in any order making a seamless story scene of almost infinite variety.
Marx, Freud, Einstein: Heroes of the mind by Corinne Maier and Ann Simon $33
Excellent and amusing graphic biographies.
Mexico, A culinary quest by Hossein Amirsadeghi and Ana Paula Gerard $100
An astounding culinary journey through the various regions of Mexico, profiling nuns; grande dames; campesinos; barrio residents; creatives in the arts, architecture, music, film and media; businesspeople - and chefs and giving real insight into local food cultures. Beautifully illustrated.
Comparing Notes: How we make sense of music by Adam Ockelford $45
Why do we respond to music in the way we do? How does music reveal and affect parts of our minds not accessible to linguistic and verbal approaches? What kinds of understanding can we achieve through music?
Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait $37
An illicit air convoy of drugs and weapons disappears somewhere over the Sahara. An aid worker watches helplessly as the refugees she is attempting to save are brutally betrayed. A mysterious Englishman sets up a solar farm in the desert, and his attempts to bring free energy to Africa make him the target of callous international businessmen, hell-bent on destroying his vision for a more humane world. As jihadists stop at nothing to recover the contents of the missing air convoy, and as millions attempt to escape famine and genocide by crossing the African continent to find a way into Europe, the genii are watching from the skies. Speculative fiction grounded in contemporary issues.
Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud by Katie Harnett $28
Not everyone likes the same things. It seems that everyone is happy on a sunny day - except for a lonely raincloud and a lonely, grumpy little girl. Can they find their own happiness?
Ghost Story Box: Create your own spooky tales by Ella Bailey $22
The 20 double-sided pictorial pieces can be put together in any order, creating any number of inventive (and spooky (but not too spooky)) stories.
The Biggest Prison on Earth: A history of the Occupied Territories by Ilan Pappe $33
The war of 1967 dramatically redrew the map of Israel and Palestine, and changed the lives of millions of people both in the Middle East and across the world. Analysing the historical origins of the annexation of the West Bank and Gaza in the 1920s and 30s, Pappe goes on to examine the bureaucratic apparatus that has been developed to manage this occupation, from the political, legal, financial and even dietary measures to the military and security plans put in place over almost half a century.
Fictitious Capital: How finance is appropriating our future by Cedric Durand $33
The turbulence of the financial markets is often explained in terms of the immorality of market agents, misguided economic theory or unsuitable regulation. Even when these explanations are not false ones, they leave aside the main problem: the nature of financial value.
Around the World in 80 Puzzles by Aleksandra Artymowska $32
Everyone can spend hours enjoying these mazes, searches and odd-one-outers. Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations in a large-format hardback book.
ReWild: The art of returning to nature by Nick Baker $45
A practical guide and a source of inspiration for finding and responding to the wilderness around you, and withing you too. Includes photographs and hand-drawn illustrations.
Accidental Immigrants: The sailed for India but settled in New Zealand by John Ewan $35
When Thomas Powell and his family left Leeds, England, and sailed out to India in the early 1850s, they little realised that within a few years they would be living in New Zealand and facing different futures. An interesting family history illuminating life and issues in and around Wanganui in the 1860s and 1870s. Local author.
The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin and Rosana Faria $28
Textured artwork and text translated also into Braille help children to gain understanding of what it might be like to apprehend the world without the sense of sight.
The Little White Lies Movie Memory Game $25
Match the iconic actors with the equally iconic images from 25 iconic films. Reinforce your knowledge of popular culture with notes to the films, from the leading indie film magazine.
The Cyber Effect by Mary Aiken $37
The leading forensic cyberpsychologist examines the various ways human behaviour changes on-line.
Sunlight and Seaweed: An argument for how to feed, power and clean up the world by Tim Flannery $26
Can large-scale kelp farming absorb carbon surpluses (and solve our other problems, too)?
The Modern Dairy: Nourishing recipes using milk, cream, cheese, butter and yogurt by Annie Bell $40
No longer a pariah in the fridge. Includes the science behind this 'nutritional powerhouse'.
The Traitor and the Thief by Gareth Ward $20
Fourteen-year-old Sin is training to be a spy for the Covert Operations Group, but her life (and other people's lives) is in danger in this steampunk adventure. New Zealand author (when he's not being a New Zealand bookseller!).
Constant Radical: The life and times of Sue Bradford by Jenny Chamberlain $40
A lifetime on the left, including 10 years as a Green MP.
Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, alchemy and art by Susan L. Aberth $85
The definitive survey of the art of this dropper of depth-charges in the psyche.
Sons and Soldiers: The Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned for retribution by Bruce Henderson $37
Classed and 'enemy aliens' in the US, the 'Ritchie Boys' returned to Europe as a secret elite army unit, detailed particularly with gathering intelligence and interrogation. A little-known history.
Scary Bingo by Rob Hodgson $28
Match the monsters and the crazy creatures. Don't let Clarence put you off your tea.