Frances Hodgkins: European journeys edited by Catherine Hammond and Mary Kisler $75
Deeply and splendidly illustrated, this book, which finds parallel expression in a touring exhibition organised by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, focuses on Hodgkins as a traveller across cultures and landscapes: teaching and discovering the cubists in Paris, absorbing the landscape and light of Ibiza and Morocco, and exhibiting with the progressive Seven & Five Society in London.
Finding Frances Hodgkins by Mary Kisler $45
When Frances Hodgkins left New Zealand in 1901, location became a key factor in her determination to succeed as an artist. Curator Mary Kisler follows Hodgkins through England, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Wales to discover the locations in which Hodgkins constantly pushed her exploration of modernism. Well illustrated, too.
Who Is Mary Sue? by Sophie Collins $28
"Sophie Collins’s poetry collection inquisitively picks apart the assumption that women lack creative autonomy, and that female-authored literature only ever reflects on real, often domestic, experience. She exposes the murky politics behind readership and reception with rigorous investigation and clever, almost comical, allegory. Collins’s combination of collage and reportage demonstrates her daring formal innovation. Who Is Mary Sue? is a startlingly original text that requests a different mode of reading, one that encourages avoiding labels and easy conclusions." - Guardian
>>"An interrogative unknowability, nobody, anybody, a mask, a lens, a multitude."
>> At Shakespeare & Company.
Night Theatre by Vikram Paralkar $33
One night a former surgeon, who struggles to operate a clinic in impoverished rural India, is visited by a family bearing wounds from which they could not have survived. As he, at their request, sews up the wounds of the dead so that they can return to life at sunrise, he learns a lot more about the strange relationship between life and death. A novel.
The Mind is Flat: The illusion of mental depth and the improvised mind by Nick Chater $28
We have no 'inner life'. There are no 'depths' to plumb. The unconscious is a myth. There is only surface and nothing beneath. Chater challenges the bases of psychology using the latest research and a determination to show that all thought actually takes place in the moment. Fascinating, provocative and convincing.
"Light the touchpaper and stand well back." - New Scientist
Jews and Words by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger $28
Why are words so important to Jews? Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger survey Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Do Jews have a homeland only in their texts?
City of Trees: Essays on life, death and the need for a forest by Sophie Cunningham $30
How do we take in the beauty of our planet while processing the losses? What trees can survive in the city? Which animals can survive in the wild? How do any of us - humans, animals, trees - find a forest we can call home?
>>Sophie Cunningham on Radio NZ.
The Dollmaker by Nina Allan $38
When two dollmakers get together, we begin to wonder just who are the dolls? Dolls are people, too, but perhaps not quite like us.
"A haunting literary experiment." - Guardian
When We Remember to Breathe by Michele Powles and Renee Liang $25
Conversations about pregnancy, birth and parenting between two New Zealand writers (one of whom is also a paediatrician).
The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt by Andrea Wulf and Lillian Melcher $55
A wonderful graphic novel based on Wulf's The Invention of Nature.
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes $35
A fiercely feminist novel of the Trojan War, seen through the eyes of the women and goddesses caught up in it.
>> Epic win!
The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale $23
Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe. Milla's whole world is her family's farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she's forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next. A feminist YA riff on the Medusa myth.
The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey $33
A quietly affecting novel based around Edward Hopper's wife, Josephine.
"Christine Dwyer Hickey’s writing shows deep understanding of human weakness." - Irish Times
"A brilliant portrait. With a beguiling grace and a deceptive simplicity, Christine Dwyer Hickey reminds us that the past is never far away - rather, it constantly surrounds us, suspends us, haunts us." - Colum McCann
Arabs: A 3000-year history of peoples, tribes and empires by Tim Mackintosh-Smith $75
"A richly detailed chronicle of Arab language and culture offering thought-provoking parallels between past and present. Mackintosh-Smith has an enviable ability to enrich the big picture with fascinating detail." - Guardian
A Really Good Day: How microdosing made a mega difference to my mood, my marriage and my life by Ayelet Waldman $25
The true story of how a renowned writer's struggle with mood storms led her to try a remedy as drastic as it is forbidden: microdoses of LSD.
"Relentlessly honest and surprisingly funny." - Washington Post
Authentic, simple food from the south of Spain.
The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpest Pant $60
Authoritative and clear. From the author of India: The cookbook.
A Massacre in Mexico: The true story behind the missing 43 students by Anabel Hernandez $33
On 26 September 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, the students commandeered several buses to travel to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. During the journey, local police intercepted the students and a confrontation ensued. By the morning, they had disappeared without a trace. Over 40000 people have been 'disappeared' in Mexico in the last decade. Hernandez unpicks the web of corruption and brutality behind the 43.
>>It could happen anywhere.
The Handmaid's Tale: The graphic novel by Margaret Atwood and Renée Nault $50
Very well done.
Houses: Extraordinary living $95
An excellent survey of innovation - and of the change in the concept of 'the house' - through the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Has the West Lost It? by Kishore Mahbubani $28
the West can no longer presume to impose its ideology on the world, and crucially, that it must stop seeking to intervene, politically and militarily, in the affairs of other nations.
The Human Body: A pop-up guide to anatomy by Richard Walker and Rachel Caldwell $45
It's 1839 and you are a medical student working on your first human body dissection. Under the watchful eye of Dr Walker, peel the flaps back to reveal the inner workings of the human body, from bone and muscle, to the brain, eyes, heart, lungs and everything in-between.