Aftermath by Rachel Cusk $25
Rachel Cusk's Aftermath scrutinises the transformative period of her life marked outwardly by her divorce. What are the effects on women of the tectonic pressures of connection and separation evident in contemporary society? Cusk's work, as always, bursts with sharp observations and sharp sentences. New edition.
>>"The gears of life had gone into reverse."
>>Unhappy all the time.
>>"I was heading into total silence."
My Name is Monster by Katie Hale $33
After the Sickness has killed off her parents, and the bombs have fallen on the last safe cities, Monster emerges from the Arctic vault which has kept her alive. When she washes up on the coast of Scotland, everyone she knows is dead, and she believes she is alone in an empty world.Monster begins the long walk south, scavenging and learning the contours of this familiar land made new. Slowly, piece by piece, she begins to rebuild a life. Until, one day, she finds a girl: another survivor, feral, and ready to be taught all that Monster knows. But the lessons the girl learns are not always those Monster means to teach.
Crossing by Pajtim Statovci $37
Amid the conflict and desolation of post-Communist Albania, teenage boys Agim and Bujar share restless dreams of escape. After Bujar's father dies and Agim's family discover him dressed in his mother's clothes, the pair flee to the Albanian capital of Tirana, hungry for a chance to shape their own lives. From Tirana to Rome, from Madrid to New York, Crossing charts the refugee's struggle for another identity and another story in a world that seems to offer only dead ends. From the author of My Cat Yugoslavia.
A Careful Revolution edited by David Hall $15
Climate change is happening and the potential long-term costs are incalculable. But how do we manage the short-term costs of mitigation? How do we undertake a low-emissions transition that won't undermine the public support that it relies upon? This book makes the case for a careful revolution and provides the tools to prepare New Zealanders for change.
Live a Little by Howard Jacobson $35
What chances are there for a nonagenarian romance when the parties are either losing their mental and physical capacities or — worse — unable to leave their earlier life behind?
The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell $17
An exciting adventure from the author of Rooftoppers and The Wolf Wilder. "Vita set her jaw, and nodded at New York City in greeting, as a boxer greets an opponent before a fight." Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack's spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home. She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.
See What Can Be Done by Lorrie Moore $28
Three decades of the application of Moore's sharp and quirky mind to every cultural manifestation from books to films to politics (and back to books) has left this marvelous residue of essays and criticism. Now in paperback.
>> "The route to truth and beauty is a toll road."
The Five: The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold $40
Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.
What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that 'the Ripper' preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these women from being told.
Abigail and the Birth of the Sun by Matthew Cunningham and Sarah Wilkins $20
"Daddy," Abiigail asks, "where did the sun and all the planets come from?" To find out the answer, Daddy invites Abigail on a magical journey through time and space. Together they explore the birth of all living things. By the next morning, Abigail has thought of another big question...
Superior: The return of race science by Angela Saini $35
A rigorous examination of the insidious history and damaging consequences of race science — and the unfortunate reasons behind its apparent recent resurgence across the globe.
"Roundly debunks racism's core lie." - Reni Eddo-Lodge
Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang $33
Xuan Juliana Wang’s short story collection introduces us to the new and changing face of Chinese youth. From fuerdai (second-generation rich kids) to a glass-swallowing qigong grandmaster, her stories upend the immigrant narrative to reveal a new experience of belonging.
“An urgent and necessary literary voice.” —Alexander Chee
“Tough, luminous stories.” —New York Times
"Artful, funny, generous and empathetic. Xuan Julian Wang is a radiant new talent." — Lauren Groff
Dressed: The secret life of clothes by Shahidha Bari $65
Ranging freely through literature, art, film and philosophy, Dressed tracks the hidden power of clothes in our culture and our daily lives. From the depredations of violence and ageing to our longing for freedom, love and privacy, from the objectification of women to the crisis of masculinity, each garment exposes a fresh dilemma. Item by item, the story of ourselves unravels.
The Discovery of Slowness by Sten Nadolny $25
Ridiculed for his slowness when he was young, John Franklin used those same qualities to explore the Arctic and pave the way for the discovery of the Northwest Passage.
"Offers all the pleasures of the best historical fiction." —Daily Telegraph
The Stopping Places: A journey through Gypsy Britain by Damian Le Bas $28
Damian Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His great-grandmother would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language; the places they worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lores of their people. In a bid to better understand his heritage, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the stopping places - the old encampment sites known only to Travellers.
Amity and Prosperity: One family and the fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold $28
Tells the story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and of one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.
Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
The Wet Collection: A field guide to iridescence and memory by Joni Tevis $35
Using such models as Joseph Cornell's box constructions, crazy quilts, and specimen displays, Joni Tevis places fragments in relationship to each other in order to puzzle out lost histories, particularly those of women.
The Idle Beekeeper: The low-effort, natural way to raise bees by Bill Anderson $65
Anderson teaches step-by-step how to build a hive system developed to allow maximum idleness, harvest honey and extract honeycomb, make mead and beeswax candles, and to closely observe and understand these most fascinating and productive of insects.
Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A memoir of recording and discording with Wilco, &c by Jeff Tweedy $40
>>Learning to love the music you hate.
>>Live in Amsterdam last month.
>>Why Tweedy wrote the book.
Vernon Subutex 2 by Virginie Despentes $28
"The VERNON series is the culmination of a career spent scratching at scars and exposing society’s contradictions: the smarmy yet self-loathing middle classes, the complicit women, the men inside the patriarchal system who seem barely capable of being, let alone wanting to be in control. Despentes identifies these flaws and looks closer rather than turning away." — The White Review
Being Numerous: Essays on non-fascist life by Natasha Lennard $33
Shatters mainstream consensus on politics and personhood, offering in its place a bracing analysis of a perilous world and how we should live in it.
>>What does an anti-fascist life actually feel like?
Mandalay: Recipes and tales from a Burmese kitchen by MiMi Aye $53
Burmese food draws techniques and ingredients from Thailand, India and China but has its own landscape of flavours.
The Rapture by Claire McGlasson $33
McGlasson’s novel brings to life an odd slice of British history from 1926, when the Panacea Society flourished in Bedford. Largely made up of women who had lost husbands, brothers or sons in the Great War, the Society is centred on the figure of Octavia, a prophetess and self-proclaimed Daughter of God, who claims to have been sent to pave the way for the return of Jesus.
Elderhood: Redefining aging, transforming medicine, reimagining life by Louise Aronson $43
Humans are spending decades longer being 'old' than we did even a century ago. What implications does this have for our rethinking of society, our medical approaches and our intentions?
The Imitation Game: Alan Turing decoded by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis $30
A graphic novel of Turing's life.
The Island Kitchen: Recipes from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean by Selina Periampillai $53
From the colourful markets of Mauritius to the aromatic spice gardens of the Seychelles, to the fishing coasts of the Maldives, to the lagoons of Mayotte and the forests of Madagascar.