Friday 30 August 2019

New Forms of Political Organisation edited by Campbell Jones and Shannon Walsh         $20
Could politics be anything other than the administration of the economy in the interests of the already privileged? This volume collects innovative thinking about new forms of politics, new forms of political organisation and new ways of thinking politics. Contributions include 'Nation destroying: Sovereignty and dispossession in Aotearoa New Zealand' by Ben Rosamond, 'Land, housing and capitalism: The social consequences of free markets' by Shane Malva, 'Political organisation and the environment' by Amanda Thomas, 'The resurgence of the radical left in Europe' by David Parker, 'Why we need a new left wing party' by Sue Bradford, 'Constitutional Transformation and the Matike Mai Project' a kōrero between Moana Jackson and Helen Potter. 

Fierce Bad Rabbits: The tales behind children's picture books by Clare Pollard         $37
What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about? What has Meg and Mog got to do with Polish embroidery? Why is death in picture books so often represented by being eaten? The best picture books are far more complex than they seem — and darker too. Interesting. 
Memories of Low Tide by Chantal Thomas (translated by Natasha Lehrer)        $33
Raised near the beaches of Arcachon, Chantal inherits from her mother a deep love of swimming in the sea. Through her young eyes, Thomas vividly evokes the sensory pleasures of the beach: the smell of seaweed on the shore, the first sharp touch of cold water. With her parents' troubled marriage in the background, the young Chantal roams the maritime landscape freely. In a series of short chapters, Thomas depicts her growing sense of independence through her developing connection to her environment. 
Flora Tristan: Feminism in the age of George Sand by Sandra Dijkstra      $27
A fascinating biography of the early Victorian feminist and social activist Flora Tristan, who chronicled the conditions of women and labour from the sugar plantations of Peru to the mills of industrial England. 
Becoming Beauvoir by Kate Kirkpatrick         $44
"One is not born, one rather becomes, a woman." Similarly, one is not born, one rather becomes, Simone de Beauvoir. In this important new biography, drawing on new primary sources. Kirkpatrick sheds light on some of the more complex corners of de Beauvoir's life and gives a remarkably lively reassessment of her relevance to modern feminism and autofiction (so to call it). 
The Weil Conjectures: On maths and the pursuit of the unknown by Karen Olsson        $40
When Olsson came across the letters between the mathematician André Weil and his sister, the philosopher Simone Weil, she was struck by the way in which, between them, they grappled with the differences (and similarities) between abstract thought and practical approaches to life. What is the relationship between analytical and creative thought? 
Blueprint by Theresia Enzensberger        $38
A novel set in 1920s Germany, where an ambitious young woman learns about love, feminism and modern architectural design at the Bauhaus. Enzenberger's book is also an introduction to the aesthetic and political debates of the modernist avant-garde, and an examination of the opportunities and challenges for female artists in Weimar Germany.
The Shamer's Daughter ('The Shamer Chronicles' #1) by Lene Kaaberbøl      $19
Dina has unwillingly inherited her mother's gift: the ability to elicit shamed confessions simply by looking into someone's eyes. To Dina, however, these powers are not a gift but a curse. Surrounded by fear and hostility, she longs for simple friendship. An excellent new series from the author of 'Wildwitch'. 

Life Finds a Way: What evolution teaches us about creativity by Andreas Wagner         $43
A beguiling symmetry links Picasso struggling through forty versions of Guernica and the way evolution transformed a dinosaur's claw into a condor's wing. How does the existing become the new? 
It Rained Warm Bread by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, Hope Anita Smith and Lea Lyon                  $33
A novel in verse for children, telling the true story of Moishe Moskovitz, who was thirteen when he was sent to Auschwitz in 1939. Nearing despair near the end of the war, Moishe was saved by an act of kindness. That was the day it rained warm bread. 

Our Women on the Ground: Arab women reporting from the Arab world edited by Zahra Hankir        $40
A growing number of intrepid Arab and Middle Eastern sahafiyat — female journalists — are working to shape nuanced narratives about their changing homelands, often risking their lives on the front lines of war. The nineteen essays here show that, from sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo to the difficulty of travelling without a male relative in Yemen, their challenges are unique — as are their advantages, such as being able to speak candidly with other women at a Syrian medical clinic or attend an exclusive beauty contest for sheep in Saudi Arabia.
Fundamental: How quantum and particle physics explains everything (except gravity) by Tim James      $38
J. B. S. Haldane once said, "Reality is not only stranger than we imagine — it's stranger than we can imagine." Who better to guide us towards the mind-bending fundamentals of physics than the ever lively Tim James (author of Elemental: How the periodic table can explain (nearly) everything). PS: The Higgs boson is not the end of the story.
Mysterium by Susan Froderberg          $30
Inspired by the true story of Nanda Devi Unsoeld’s 1976 death while climbing her namesake mountain, Susan Froderberg’s novel tells the tale of a courageous woman’s ascent to the summit of India’s highest peak to honor her fallen mother.
"The book offers the unusual combination of an intellectual challenge coupled with a brutal but ecstatic story." —Publishers' Weekly

Sardine: Simple seasonal Provençal cooking by Alex Jackson     $50

A unique French provincial cuisine with Italian and North African inflections. 
Two for Me, One for You by Jörg Mϋhle    $20
Can the bear and the weasel learn to share? 

On the Marsh: A year surrounded by wildness and wet by Simon Barnes         $40

An account of the rewilding of three-and-a-half hectares of marshland in Norfolk set against parallel with that of a family finding the benefits of living closer to nature. 

Promise of a Dream: Remembering the sixties by Sheila Rowbotham        $27
Captures well the excitement, challenges and obstacles experienced by women breaking the rules of politics, sex, relationships and their place in the world. 
Lost in the Spanish Quarter by Heddi Goodrich       $33

A novel of two students searching for love and belonging in the Spanish Quarter of Naples. The author (who, strangely, shares a name with the protagonist) lives in New Zealand. 
The Writing on the Wall: How one boy, may father, survived the Holocaust by Juliet Rieden       $38
In 1938, as the Nazis were marching on Prague, a Jewish couple made  a heartbreaking decision that would save their eight-year-old son's life but destroy their family. Years later, that son's daughter finds her family name repeated many times over on the Holocaust memorial on the wall wall of the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague. She traces the grim fate of cousins and aunts and uncles through the archives of Auschwitz and Theresienstadt.

Awatea and the Kawa Gang by Fraser Smith         $25
Can Awatea and his friends foil the poachers during their school holidays? The exciting sequel to Awatea's Treasure

The New Populism: Democracy stares into the abyss by Marco Revelli        $27
The word 'populism' has come to cover all manner of sins. Yet despite the prevalence of its use, it is often difficult to understand what connects its various supposed expressions. From Syriza to Trump and from Podemos to Brexit, the electoral earthquakes of recent years have often been grouped under this term. But what actually defines 'populism'? Is it an ideology, a form of organisation, or a mentality? Marco Revelli seeks to answer this question by getting to grips with the historical dynamics of so-called 'populist' movements. While in the early days of democracy, populism sought to represent classes and social layers who asserted their political role for the first time, in today's post-democratic climate, it instead expresses the grievances of those who had until recently felt that they were included. Having lost their power, the disinherited embrace not a political alternative to -isms like liberalism or socialism, but a populist mood of discontent. The new populism is the 'formless form' that protest and grievance assume in the era of financialisation, in the era where the atomised masses lack voice or organisation. 
Superheavy: Making and breaking the periodic table by Kit Chapman        $33
Creating an element is no easy feat. It's the equivalent of firing six trillion bullets a second at a needle in a haystack, hoping the bullet and needle somehow fuse together, then catching it in less than a thousandth of a second — after which it's gone forever. From the first elements past uranium and their role in the atomic bomb to the latest discoveries stretching our chemical world, this book reveals the stories lurking at the edges of the periodic table.

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