Friday 25 October 2019


Loop by Brenda Lozano        $34
"I wish. I weave. I unravel. Am I getting closer or further away?"
Recovering from an unspecified accident, the narrtaor finds herself in waiting rooms of different kinds: airport departure lounges, doctors' surgeries, and, above all, at home, awaiting the retuen of her boyfriend, who has travelled to Spain following the death of his mother. While she waits, this contemporary Penelope writes and erases thoughts in her notebook, thoughts that range from stationery preferences to the different scales upon which life may be lived to the potentials and non-potentials of human relationships, comprising a unique journal of absences.
>>Having time without wanting it
The Other Name by John Fosse      $38
Two men named Asle live near each other on the western coast of Norway. Almost alternative versions of the same person, what happens when the two doppelgangers meet? Written in hypnotic prose that shifts between the first and third person, The Other Name calls into question concrete notions around subjectivity and the self. What makes us who we are? And why do we lead one life and not another? Through flashbacks, Fosse deftly explores the convergences and divergences in the lives of both Asles, slowly building towards a decisive encounter between them both.
Tell Me: What children really want to know about bodies, sex and emotions by Katharina von der Gathen and Anke Kuhl        $30
At last — an honest and funny book about sexuality, bodies, puberty, &c. All the questions came from eight- and nine-year-olds, and are answered clearly and straight-forwardly. The drawings are very funny.  

Rusty Brown by Chris Ware         $60
Ware’s first graphic novel since 2012’s Building Stories is anchored by the inconsequential events of a single day in a school in Ware’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, in 1975. It tells the interwoven stories of the titular pre-teen bully magnet and a handful of characters with whom his life, however glancingly, intersects. 
"Mordantly melancholy and drawn and plotted with extraordinary precision." —Guardian
>>"I envy writers who suffer from no self-doubt.
Good Day? by Vesna Main             $34
In a world where we present our diverse selves through social media, chatbots and messaging, this dark novel listens in on intimate secrets, desires and adultery. This novel-within-a-novel charts the writing of a story about Richard and Anna, a middle-aged professional couple, who face the biggest crisis of their twenty-five-year marriage.
"Good Day? is a novel in dialogue that works with repetition and rhythm like a piece of music by Philip Glass. Unfolding as a series of conversations between a husband and wife—about fidelity and infidelity, about fiction and life—it blurs the boundaries between imagination and the self. Formally inventive, it is also elegant, compelling, and slips down a treat." —Judges' citation on short-listing the book for the 2019 Goldsmiths Prize
Dora: A headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch          $23
Yuknavitch's unapologetically audacious novel gives a voice to Dora, the mute subject of Freud's famous and unresolved case study of hysteria, and makes her a contemporary everywoman, who, together with her alter-ego Ida (the real name of Freud's subject!), hatch a plan to put her psychiatrist in his place — a plan that soon gets satisfyingly out of control. 
"Dora was too much for Sigmund Freud but she's just right for us." —Katherine Dunn
"Yuknavitch has exhibited a rare gift for writing that concedes little in its quest to be authentic, meaningful and relevant." —New York Times
>>Read Stella's review of Yuknavitch's The Book of Joan

The Undying: A meditation on modern illness by Anne Boyer        $40
When Anne Boyer was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in her early forties, it was an initiation into a whole new way of thinking about herself, about illness, and about mortality. Her harrowing, beautifully written memoir of survival explores the experience of illness as mediated by digital screens, weaving in ancient Roman dream diarists, cancer hoaxers and fetishists, cancer vloggers, corporate lies, John Donne, pro-pain 'dolorists', the ecological costs of chemotherapy, and the many little murders of capitalism. It excoriates the pharmaceutical industry and the bland hypocrisies of 'pink ribbon culture' while also diving into the long literary line of women writing about their own illnesses and ongoing deaths: Audre Lorde, Kathy Acker, Susan Sontag, and others.
>>Read Thomas's review of Anne Boyers's Garments Against Women
The House of Madame M. by Clotilde Perrin       $38
Do you dare to enter the house of Madame M? Who is hiding inside? Who is Madame M? A wonderfully spooky and quirky lift-the-flap book — full of surprises — from the creator of Inside the Villains

Pardiz: A Persian food journey by Manuela Darling-Gansser        $65
An attractively presented and extremely appetising book, in which Darling-Gansser returns to Iran, the country of her childhood, and showcases recipes of traditional food. 
>>Manuela's blog

The Hero's Quest by Jeffrey Alan Love         $28
Dragons! Wolves! Sea monsters! Be the hero in this beautifully made wordless picture book adventure. 
>>Watch Jeffrey Alan Love make his artwork

Under the Mediterranean Sun: A food journey from Spain to Northern Africa and Lebanon by Nadia Zerouali and Merijn Tol        $65
Flavour and colour from Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Sicily, Andalusia, Sardinia, and Catalonia. 

Queer Objects edited by Chris Brickell and Judith Collard         $50
How are the experiences of gay, lesbian and transgender people embodied in objects that are associated with them? What makes an object queer? The contributors to this fascinating book take an array of objects — both ordinary and special — from throughout time and around the world, and show us how to access to the stories that give them meaning. Published by Otago University Press. 

Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller         $33
After her father's sudden death, Alexandra Fuller realizes that if she is going to weather his loss, she will need to become the parts of him she misses most. Tim Fuller was a self-exiled black sheep who moved to Africa to fight in the Rhodesian Bush War before settling as a banana farmer in Zambia. He was more afraid of getting bored than of anything else. What will Alexandra Fuller draw from his life? 
My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay          $37
At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. Sissay is a much-loved British poet. 
"The great triumph of this work comes from its author’s determination to rail against what he rightly diagnoses as this institutionally endorsed disremembering of black and marginalised experience. It is a searing and unforgettable re-creation of the most brutal of beginnings." —Guardian
Sissay reads. 

Under the Broken Sky by Mariko Nagai       $33
Twelve-year-old Natsu and her family live a quiet farm life in Manchuria, near the border of the Soviet Union. But the life they've known begins to unravel when her father is recruited to the Japanese army, and Natsu and her little sister, Cricket, are left orphaned and destitute. In a desperate move to keep her sister alive, Natsu sells Cricket to a Russian family following the 1945 Soviet occupation. The journey to redemption for Natsu's broken family is rife with struggles, but Natsu is tenacious and will stop at nothing to get her little sister back. An excellent novel in verse for older children. 

It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo       $35
A novel in which a woman, at a time of personal loss and crisis, must also survive social upheaval in Venezuela. 
"Echoes of Borges." —The New York Times

Nevertell by Katharine Orton         $19
A snowy adventure set in the wilds of Siberia. Lina escapes a Soviet prison camp with her friend Bogdan — and then has to elude a sorceress, and shadow wolves, too!
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, lavishly illustrated with interactive elements by Minalima        $45
Make Alice's legs extend! Make the Cheshire Cat disappear, leaving its smile! Make the flamingo croquet mallet hit the hedgehog! Unfold the map of the Looking Glass world! The latest volume of the inventive Harper Design series of interactive classics
Blood of the Flax by Ray Caird         $45
A well-illustrated poetic celebration of the history of the relationship between humans and harakeke. Local author!

The Ice at the End of the World: An epic journey to Greenland's buried past and our perilous future by John Gertner       $45
An interesting history of 150 years of scientific expeditions to Greenland, viewing the island as a gigantic laboratory with which to study climate change. 
An Ode to Darkness by Sigri Sandberg         $38
Explores our intimate relationship with the dark: why we are scared of it, why we need it and why the ever-encroaching light is damaging our well-being. Under the dark polar night of northern Norway, Sandberg meditates on the cultural, historical, psychological and scientific meaning of darkness, all the while testing the limits of her own fear.
The Lion and the Nightingale: A journey through modern Turkey by Kaya Genç      $41
By telling the stories of ordinary Turks, Genç gives insight into the contradictions of Turkish history and modern politics.       

Jon Klassen's Hat Box           $70
I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat and We Found a Hat and a frameable print in a giftable box!

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