Friday 15 November 2019


All Who Live on Islands by Rose Lu          $30
In these intimate and entertaining essays, Rose Lu takes us through personal history a shopping trip with her Shanghai-born grandparents, her career in the Wellington tech industry, an epic hike through the Himalayas to explore friendship, the weight of stories told and not told about diverse cultures, and the reverberations of our parents' and grandparents' choices. Frank and compassionate, Rose Lu's stories illuminate the cultural and linguistic questions that migrants face, as well as what it is to be a young person living in 21st-century Aotearoa New Zealand.
>>Read the title essay
Neon Daze by Amy Brown           $25
Neon Daze is a verse journal of the first four months of motherhood. As these poems trace the dramatic reconfiguring of one's world, they also upend genre and notions of linear time. Amy Brown's third poetry collection searches restlessly for a way to map a self that is now "part large and old, part new and small".
The Boyfriend by Laura Southgate        $30
The story of a young woman who finds herself subject to the gravitational field of a charismatic older man, The Boyfriend is a cautionary tale about blindly accepting traditional love narratives. This is a clear-eyed, dismaying and often hilarious examination of sexual desire, trauma and growth.
Winner of the 2018 Adam Foundation Prize. 
“This is a scalp-prickling dazzler of a novel, fizzing with quotable lines and remarkable characters—an astute comedy of manners combined with wrenching events that charts a new path through one of humanity’s oldest stories. Laura is an enormously exciting new writer.” —Emily Perkins
Yellow Notebook: Diaries, 1978—1986 by Helen Garner        $37
Helen Garner has kept a diary for almost all her life. But until now, those exercise books filled with her thoughts, observations, frustrations and joys have been locked away, out of bounds, in a laundry cupboard. Finally, Garner has opened her diaries and invited readers into the world behind her novels and works of non-fiction.
Landfall 238 edited by Emma Neale         $30
WRITERS: John Allison, Ruth Arnison, Emma Barnes, Pera Barrett, Nikki-Lee Birdsey, Anna Kate Blair, Corrina Bland, Cindy Botha, Liz Breslin, Mark Broatch, Tobias Buck, Paolo Caccioppoli, Marisa Cappetta, Janet Charman, Whitney Cox, Mary Cresswell, Jeni Curtis, Jodie Dalgleish, Breton Dukes, David Eggleton, Johanna Emeney, Cerys Fletcher, David Geary, Miriama Gemmell, Susanna Gendall, Gail Ingram, Sam Keenan, Kerry Lane, Peter Le Baige, Helen Lehndorf, Kay McKenzie Cooke, Kirstie McKinnon, Zoe Meager, Lissa Moore, Margaret Moores, Janet Newman, Rachel O'Neill, Claire Orchard, Bob Orr, Jenny Powell, Nina Mingya Powles, Lindsay Rabbitt, Nicholas Reid, Jade Riordan, Gillian Roach, Paul Schimmel, Derek Schulz, Michael Steven, Chris Stewart, Robert Sullivan, Stacey Teague, Annie Villiers, Janet Wainscott, Louise Wallace, Albert Wendt, Iona Winter. ARTISTS: Nigel Brown, Holly Craig, Emil McAvoy.
Strong Words, 2019: The best of the Landfall Essay Competition edited by Emma Neale         $35
Excellent essays from 21 established or emerging writers. Includes Nelson's Justine Whitfield and Becky Manawatu. 
Another by Christian Robinson          $30
What if you...
encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met another you?

What might you do?
A wonderfully imaginative wordless picture book. 
Life: Selected writings by Tim Flannery           $48
Thirty years of essays, speeches and writing on palaeontology, mammology, environmental science and history, including the science of climate change and the challenges and opportunities we face in addressing this issue.
Animal Languages: The secret conversations of the natural world by Eva Meijer        $40
Are we reluctant to recognise animals as persons, to acknowledge the complexities of their interactions and emotional lives, because we would then have to grant them legal rights? How would this change our lives? 
>>Of course animals speak. The thing is, we don't listen."

Time Lived, Without its Flow by Denise Riley        $23

“I’ll not be writing about death, but an altered condition of life.” Riley's astonishing, unflinching essay on grief, and on its effect upon our perception of time, springs from her experiences after her son's death, and it full of insight. Introduction by Max Porter.  
Selected Stories by Vincent O'Sullivan             $40
Thirty-five stories from seven collections published over forty years.
"For here is the artist, who, through the wide play and finish of his art, lit as it is by the bright loveliness of the world and its humours and warmth, its pleasures of the body and the mind, and by compassion and grace, can only give – of his wisdom, erudition, sensibility – in the utter, utter precision and delicacy of every sentence." —Kirsty Gunn
>>Read Kirsty Gunn' s perceptive assessment of O'Sullivan
Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom     $35
"Thick where I should have been thin, more where I should have been less." Eight sharp essays on media, power, beauty, money, &c. 
"Transforms narrative moments into analyses of whiteness, black misogyny, and status-signaling as means of survival for black women." —Los Angeles Review of Books 
“Transgressive, provocative, and brilliant.” —Roxane Gay
>>On thinking 'thick'.
Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie         $33
From the thawing tundra linking a Yup'ik village in Alaska to its hunter-gatherer past to the shifting sand dunes revealing the impressively preserved homes of neolithic farmers in Scotland, Jamie explores how the changing natural world can alter our sense of time. Beautifully written. 
>>Other books by Jamie
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi        $40
We are either racist of antiracist — there is nothing in between. 

The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth, 1922—1968 by William Feaver         $43
Feaver begins by conjuring Freud's early childhood: Sigmund Freud's grandson, born into a middle-class Jewish family in Weimar Berlin, escaping Nazi Germany in 1934 before being dropped into successive English public schools. Following Freud through art school, his time in the Navy during the war, his post-war adventures in Paris and Greece, and his return to Soho—consorting with duchesses and violent criminals, out on the town with Greta Garbo and Princess Margaret—Feaver traces a brilliant, difficult young man's coming of age. The first of two volumes, this is an account of a century told through one of its most important artists. 
>>The only footage of Freud painting. 
Max and Moritz by Wilhelm Busch          $15
Max and Moritz is perhaps the defining classic of German children's literature. In this darkly hilarious story, two young boys exercise their talent for ingenious mischief in a variety of dazzling tricks. Whether stealing a widow's chickens through her chimney or filling their teacher's pipe with gunpowder, Max and Moritz bring chaos wherever they go.
>>1941 animation

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