Friday 14 December 2018


The German Room by Carla Maliandi        $34
In this 'non-coming of age tale', a young woman travels from Argentina to Germany under pressure of emotional conflicts. When she arrives, she is constantly exposed to all kinds of adventures and incidents, some funny, others tragic, but never fully understands her situation and never learns from her circumstances. The book is a wonderfully resonant exploration of displacement and the effects of political repression. 

>>"No matter where I go, I'm still broken."
The Naked Woman by Armonía Somers        $36
A ground-breaking feminist classic from 1950s Uruguay, now translated into English. The Naked Woman was met with scandal and outrage due to its erotic content, cynicism, and stylistic ingenuity. The novel follows Rebeca Linke's ardent, ultimately tragic, attempt to free herself from a hostile society. Juxtaposing fantastic imagery and brutal depictions of violence, the book will resonate with readers of Clarice Lispector, Angela Carter, and Djuna Barnes. 
"A timely translation of a Latin American hidden jewel. Wild and brilliant, Armonia Somers speaks to us in the here and now of our troubled present." - Cristina Rivera Garcia
"The extraordinary power of The Naked Woman lies in the mysterious sensation of a metaphor whose meaning is being suspended. Like all literary greats, Somers offers no answers, she just amplifies the questions." - Andres Barba
Turbulence by David Szalay        $30
Twelve people on the move around planet Earth, twelve individual lives, each in turmoil, and each in some way touching the next. From the author of All That Man Is

The Black Sea: Dispatches and recipes through darkness and light by Caroline Eden        $45
Eden travels from Odessa to Bessarabia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey's Black Sea region, exploring the interconnecting culinary cultures. A beautiful book, with very tempting recipes. 

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss       $30
Teenage Silvie is living in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is an abusive man, obsessed with recreating the discomfort, brutality and harshness of Iron Age life.Behind and ahead of Silvie's narrative is the story of a bog girl, a sacrifice, a woman killed by those closest to her, and as the hot summer builds to a terrifying climax, Silvie and the Bog girl are in ever more terrifying proximity.
"I love this book. Ghost Wall requires you to put your life on hold while you finish it." - Maggie O'Farrell

Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold        $34Ash collects words, climbs trees and swims in a deserted lake with her beloved seven-year-old, Charlie. Bemused by everyday life, she has a rich and singular interior world. Over the course of a relentlessly hot summer, Charlie begins to pull away, and in a desperate attempt to reconnect with her daughter Ash does something unforgivable. As the gulf between them grows, Ash's life begins to slip out of her grasp.
"Original, ambitious and challenging, submerging the reader in the strangeness of an anomalous mind, an aqueous medium where language is refracted into mazes of shifting meanings." - Guardian

"Arnold’s impressive debut is strange and dexterous. She has an ability to capture on the page a complex, obsessive mind without veering into pretention or convolution." - White Review
Through a Life by Tom Haugomat       $33
This powerfully silent graphic novel follows the life of a boy who grows up to be an astronaut, just like he always wanted, until a fatal space shuttle crash upends his life and he begins to find solace in beauty here on earth.
Everest by Sangmar Francis and Lisk Feng      $33
Every aspect of the mountain considered in this beautiful book for children: natural and cultural history (and climbers). 
Death and Other Holidays by Marci Vogel         $38
A year in the life of a young woman coming to terms with the death of her stepfather, while attempting to find love in LA. We are introduced to her friends and family, as she struggles to launch herself out into the world, to take the risks of love – the one constancy in all the change.
"Funny, tender and wholly original." - Book Soup
"A master." - Rivka Galchen
“A moving and graceful novella of overcoming sorrow.” —Kirkus Reviews
Food & Drink Infographics: A visual guide to culinary pleasures by Simone Klabin        $110
Too compendious to digest in one sitting, this vast, astounding volume contains every possible fact about everything humans eat or drink, beautifully and clearly displayed. 

Emile by Tomi Ungerer          $30
Sometimes having eight arms makes being brave and helpful even more effective. A new edition of this beloved book from the creator of the also-ever-wonderful The Three Robbers

Bauhaus Architecture, 1919-1923 by Hans Engels       $95
65 famous and lesser-known building projects in Germany, Vienna, Barcelona, Prague, and Budapest by architects including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Seashaken Houses: A lighthouse history from Eddystone to Fastnet by Tom Nancollis     $48
Lighthouses epitomise humans' relationship with the sea. This book explores the histories of twenty towers built on the rocks surround Britain between 1811 and 1904. 
Whales: An illustrated celebration by Kelsey Oseid       $35
Explores the most interesting facts about these marine mammals, from the enormous blue whale (which has a heart the size of a car ) to the Amazon river dolphin (which is pink). Gorgeously illustrated, this book delves into cetaceans' mysterious evolution (from land to water mammals), their place in mythology, and their ecology, habitats, and behaviors (such as singing, fluking, beaching, bubble feeding, and more). 
There Are Fish Everywhere by Britta Teckentrup       $28
A beautifully illustrated introduction to the piscine world and full of facts. 
The King of Nothing by Guridi      $37

It is not nothing to be the king of nothing and the formidable king of nothing presides with proper pride over his kingdom of which nothing is known except that he is the king. He parades through his kingdom, and he oversees his kingdom, and he sets out to defend his kingdom--especially when, one day, out of the blue, the last thing he would ever have expected or wanted shows up within its borders: something.
Born to Be Posthumous: The eccentric genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery       $40
Who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes, but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose? He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious.
>> Some books by Gorey.
>> The Gashlycrumb Tinies
Unruly Waters: How mountain rivers and monsoons have shaped South Asia's history by Sunil Amrith         $65
India's and South Asia's history has been determined by seasonal water distribution through monsoons and rivers. Climate change is disrupting these patterns. What will the consequences be? 
Can Democracy Work? A short history of a radical idea by James Miller       $43
What sort of government can be termed a democracy? How can the will of the people be expressed as a form of government? What are the strengths and vulnerabilities of a democratic model? Miller traces democracy from ancient Greece to is current predicaments. 
Vox by Christina Dalcher      $38
Imagine a United States in which half the population has been silenced (possibly this doesn't take much imagination). When the government limits women's words to a quota of 100 per day, and then forbids education or employment for women, how can women make themselves heard? 
Evolution by Eileen Myles      $33
An all-new collection of poems and essays. 
A Change of Key by Adrienne Jansen         $28
Marko has come to New Zealand to escape his past in Bulgaria. Why does a Polish bookstore owner call him a traitor? Who covertly photographed him for the newspaper? A novel set in an immigrant community, connected by classical music. 

More Dashing: Further letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor       $55
Follows the compelling Dashing for the Post.

Telesa: The covenant keeper by Lani Wendt Young        $27
The first volume of the series that has been dubbed 'The Pacific 'Twilight''. In Samoa, ancient mythology tells of Telesa, demon women who are guardians of earth and gifted with the elemental powers of Air, Water and Fire. Telesa are vengeful and cruel. Are these tales to frighten children, or something more? Leila come from Washington D.C. in search of family and a place to belong. Instead she finds her destiny threatens to tear her apart. Can she resist the bewitching call of a telesa sisterhood, or will Daniel be the element that gentles the fire of the Telesa? Must love burn at the altar of the telesa covenant?

>> Book trailer
Climate Justice by Mary Robinson       $33
An account of grassroots actions and initiatives that not only address climate change, but social issues too. 
Deogratias: A tale of Rwanda by J.P. Stassen        $35
An outstanding graphic novel for young adults dealing with the causes and effects of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. 
Legacy by Whiti Hereaka        $25
Seventeen-year-old Riki is worried about school and the future, but mostly about his girlfriend, Gemma, who has suddenly stopped seeing or texting him. But on his way to see her, he's hit by a bus and his life radically changes. Riki wakes up one hundred years earlier in Egypt, in 1915, and finds he's living through his great-great-grandfather's experiences in the Maori Contingent. At the same time that Riki tries to make sense of what's happening and find a way home, we go back in time and read transcripts of interviews Riki's great-great-grandfather gave in 1975 about his experiences in this war and its impact on their family. Gradually we realise the fates of Riki and his great-great-grandfather are intertwined.
The Golden Atlas: The greatest explorations, quests and discoveries on maps by Edward Brooke-Hitching        $50
Very well illustrated. 

She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley created Frankenstein by Lynn Fulton and Felicita Sala    $32
An appealingly executed picture book. 

The Happy Reader, Issue 12       $10
In-depth interview with Laurie Anderson (great reader), and a consortium of monsters inspired by Frankenstein
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