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Make n’ swap zines at the library

Create and swap zines and art at the library! On the last Thursday of each month we’re collaborating with Wellington Zinefest to create a space dedicated to zines. Make, swap, browse and chat with fellow zine enthusiasts for a couple of hours and get your creativity flowing. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own along too. There are also plenty of power points and USB chargers to keep your phones and laptops charged, if you’re working digitally.

There is also a swap element – if you have zines you’d like to swap, bring them along and trade your creations. Swaps only, no sales.

You may also choose to donate your completed zines to the library, which people will then be able to browse and borrow! Find out more about our zine collection here.

Our first meet-up is this Thursday 26th July, from 6-8pm. See you there!

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Big Ideas – Recent History Picks for July

Epic histories are offered in this month’s round-up, encompassing the revolutions in China and Russia and the turbulent change of the Middle East. The latter two regions inspire a multi-vocal approach that embraces subjectivity and variation in perspective.

Syndetics book coverThe cultural revolution : a people’s history, 1962-1976 / Frank Dikötter.
“Acclaimed by the Daily Mail as ‘definitive and harrowing’ , this is the final volume of ‘The People’s Trilogy’. After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward that claimed tens of millions of lives between 1958 and 1962, an ageing Mao launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate those he viewed as a threat to his legacy. The stated goal of the Cultural Revolution was to purge the country of bourgeois, capitalist elements he claimed were threatening genuine communist ideology.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSoutheast Asia : an introductory history / Milton Osborne.
“While giving due regard to the early history of the region, Osborne concentrates on the changes that have taken place since the 18th century: the impact of colonial rule, economic transformations of the 19th and 20th centuries, the emergence and triumph of the independence movements, the impact of social change, and the pivotal roles played by religion, ethnic minorities, and immigrant groups. He also provides an introduction to the art of the region and a comprehensive guide to literature about Southeast Asia.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOnce in a great city : a Detroit story / David Maraniss.
“It’s 1963 and Detroit is on top of the world. The city’s leaders are among the most visionary in America. [...] Once in a Great City shows that the shadows of collapse were evident even then. Before the devastating riot. Before the decades of civic corruption and neglect, and white flight. Before people trotted out the grab bag of rust belt infirmities and competition from abroad to explain Detroit’s collapse, one could see the signs of a city’s ruin. Detroit at its peak was threatened by its own design. It was being abandoned by the new world. Yet so much of what Detroit gave America lasts.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHistorically inevitable? : turning points of the Russian Revolution / edited by Tony Brenton.
“Marx held that the progression of society from capitalism to communism was ‘historically inevitable’. In Russia in 1917, it seemed that Marx’s theory was being born out in reality. But was the Russian Revolution really inevitable? This collection of fourteen contributions from the world’s leading Russian scholars attempts to answer the question by looking back at the key turning points of the revolution.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe history book.
“Travel back in time with the latest instalment in the bestselling Big Ideas series. The History Book charts world history from the dawn of civilisation to the modern culture we live in today. From the origins of homo-sapiens to the release of Nelson Mandela, from the French Revolution to the Space Race, The History Book is a stunning exploration of the human timeline up to and including modern Islam, the world wide web, and the global financial crisis.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDefending the motherland : the Soviet women who fought Hitler’s aces / Lyuba Vinogradova ; with an introducation by Antony Beevor ; translated from the Russian by Arch Tait.
“Battling not just fearsome Aces of the Luftwaffe but also patronising prejudice from their own leaders, women such as Lilya Litvyak and Ekaterina Budanova are brought to life by the diaries and recollections of those who knew them, and who watched them live, love, fight and die.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverShifting sands : the unraveling of the old order in the Middle East / edited by Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson.
Shifting Sands brings together fifteen impassioned and informed voices to talk about a region with unlimited potential, and yet which can feel, as one writer puts it, “as though the world around me is on fire.” This collection has as its framing event the Sykes-Picot agreement, which marks its centenary this year. [...] For all those who are wearied by the debates surrounding the Middle East ‘often at best ill-informed and at worst, defeatist propaganda’ this intelligent, reasoned perspective on life in the Middle East is a breath of fresh air.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAssholes : a theory of Donald Trump / by Aaron James.
“Make America Great Again? Donald Trump is an asshole is a fact widely agreed upon–even by his supporters, who actually like that about him. But his startling political rise makes the question of just what sort of asshole he is, and how his assholedom may help to explain his success, one not just of philosophical interest but of almost existential urgency. [...] You will never think about Donald Trump and his Art of the Deal the same way after reading this book. And, like it or not, think about him we must.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Modi effect : inside Narendra Modi’s campaign to transform India / Lance Price.
“Political parties in Britain, Australia and North America pride themselves on the sophistication of their election strategies, but Modi’s campaign was a master-class in modern electioneering. His team created an election machine that broke new ground in the use of social media, the Internet, mobile phones and digital technologies. [...] These pioneering techniques brought millions of young people to the ballot box as Modi trounced the governing Congress Party led by the Gandhi dynasty.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSaved to remember : Raoul Wallenberg, Budapest 1944 and after / Frank Vajda.
“Frank Vajda, a major figure in Australian neurology, was a boy in Budapest, Hungary, during the Second World War. He witnessed the attempt by Hitler’s Nazis and a fascist Hungarian militia to murder him, his family and the rest of the Jews of this nation. Frank survived in the care of his courageous and ever-resourceful mother. Vajda vividly and matter-of-factly conveys what life was like for Jews trying to stay alive in a world where the law of the land, backed up by brute soldierly force, suddenly determined that they were to be killed, and how they hid, bluffed, and fought to avoid that fate.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New ‘Other Genres’ fiction, this month featuring short stories

This month’s ‘Other Genres’ fiction features Short Stories. In this selection several edited collections of short stories have been included, with one by New Zealand writers, titled At the edge. Highly recommended is the much acclaimed author Mark Haddon’s debut collection titled The pier falls: and other stories.

Syndetics book coverAt the edge / edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray.
“A new collection of short stories by twenty-one New Zealand writers.” (Adapted from book cover)

Syndetics book coverMultitudes : eleven stories / Lucy Caldwell.
Multitudes is the beautiful debut story collection from the acclaimed, prize-winning novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell. From Belfast to London and back again the ten stories that comprise Caldwell’s first collection explore the many facets of growing up, the pain and the heartache, the tenderness and the joy, the fleeting and the formative, or ‘the drunkenness of things being various’.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesperate Detroit : and stories of other dire places / Loren D. Estleman.
Desperate Detroit and Stories of Other Dire Places represents forty years of suspense writing in the short form. Previously published in a host of magazines and anthologies, with a new Preface and introductions to the stories written especially for this collection, these eighteen tales feature gangsters, private eyes, psychotic killers, hitmen, feuding families, prostitutes, prizefighters, bodyguards, corrupt cops, the walking dead, and ordinary people driven by desperation to commit acts of violence.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe pier falls : and other stories / Mark Haddon.
“Nine brilliant stories from a much acclaimed writer. Set in the Victorian era and the future, in commonplace and supernatural worlds, the stories are united by a cast of dispossessed characters plagued by violence or despair.” (Adapted from Book cover)

Syndetics book coverThe paper menagerie and other stories / Ken Liu.
“Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie. This mesmerizing collection features all of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards),and “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner).” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe doll-master and other tales of terror / Joyce Carol Oates.
“Six terrifying tales to chill the blood from the unique imagination of Joyce Carol Oates. A young boy plays with dolls instead of action figures. But as he grows older, his passion takes on a darker edge. A white man shoots dead a black boy creating a media frenzy. But could it be that it was self-defense as he claims? A nervous woman tries to escape her husband. He says he loves her, but she’s convinced he wants to kill her. These quietly lethal stories reveal the horrors that dwell within us all.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSome possible solutions : stories / Helen Phillips.
“A spine-tingling new collection, the “unique”and “wickedly funny” Helen Phillips offers an idiosyncratic series of “what-ifs” about our fragile human condition. Forced to navigate these bizarre scenarios, Phillips’ characters search for solutions to the problem of how to survive in an irrational, infinitely strange world. In dystopias that are exaggerated versions of the world in which we live, these characters strive for intimacy and struggle to resolve their fraught relationships with each other, with themselves, and with their place in the natural world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverReader, I married him : stories inspired by Jane Eyre / edited by Tracy Chevalier.
“The twenty-one stories in Reader, I Married Him, one of the most celebrated lines in fiction are inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre. This collection, published in the year of her bicentenary, is shaped by its perennially fascinating themes of love, compromise and self-determination.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDeleted scenes for lovers / Tracey Slaughter.
“Seventeen powerful stories of contemporary New Zealand life from a writer whose penetrating gaze reveals the full experience of her characters’ lives, tragic, comic, rich.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnder thunderous skies : eight tales of China meeting non-China / Miodrag Kojadinović.
“A girl in Shanghai in high-heels holds a doomed rabbit at the bequest of a client in Germany. The consul of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Canton talks with his mistress about their future of their son. A Chinese man cleans up the fingerprints around his European boyfriend’s body in an apartment in Macao. These unusual and intriguing stories of interactions between Chinese and non-Chinese are the work of author Miodrag Kojadinovic, born in Serbia and for eight years a teacher of English in a remote corner of China.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Contemporary Fiction for July

Read yourself around the world with this month’s selection of new Contemporary Fiction. With novels sent in Australia, Canada, East Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, and of course America and England, hours of sometimes thought provoking, and at other times pure escapist reading is assured.

Syndetics book coverThe house at the edge of night / Catherine Banner.
“On a tiny island off the coast of Italy, Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, thinks he has found a place where, finally, he can belong. Intrigued by a building the locals believe to be cursed, Amedeo restores the crumbling walls, replaces sagging doors and sweeps floors before proudly opening the bar he names the House at the Edge of Night. Surrounded by the sound of the sea and the scent of bougainvillea, he and the beautiful, fiercely intelligent Pina begin their lives together. Home to the spirited, chaotic Esposito family for generations, the island withstands a century of turmoil, transformed in ways both big and small by war, tourism and recession.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBetween a wolf and a dog / Georgia Blain.
“Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the anxieties of the middle class: loneliness, relationships, death. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her sister, April, and her ex-husband, Lawrence, Ester wants to fall in love again. Meanwhile, April is struggling through her own directionless life; Lawrence’s reckless past decisions are catching up with him; and Ester and April’s mother, Hilary, is about to make a choice that will profoundly affect then all.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWaking lions / Ayelet Gundar-Goshen ; translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverston.
“A neurosurgeon runs an illegal immigrant over in his car. There are no witnesses, and the man will die in any case-so why endanger his career and report the accident? But the next day, the victim’s wife knocks on the doctor’s door and makes him an offer which will completely derail his well-ordered life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBarkskins : a novel / Annie Proulx.
“In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur”, for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters, barkskins. René is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, and then sets up a timber business. Barkskins tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years, their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions, the revenge of rivals, and cultural annihilation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMarrow Island / Alexis M. Smith.
“It has been twenty years since Lucie Bowen left the islands, since the quake set loose catastrophic waves along the west coast. Then, Lucie’s father disappeared in an explosion at the Marrow Island oil refinery, a tragedy that destroyed the island’s ecosystem and sent Lucie and her mother to the mainland. Back then, Lucie and her best friend, Katie, were hovering under mylar sheets, hoping to survive. Now, Katie writes with strange and miraculous news. Marrow Island is no longer uninhabitable, no longer abandoned. She is part of a community, a mysterious Colony that has, somehow, conjured life again from Marrow’s soil. Lucie returns. Her journalist instincts tell her there’s more to the Colony and their charismatic leader, a former nun with an all-consuming plan, than its members want her to know. What price will she pay for the truth?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Gustav sonata / Rose Tremain.
“Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in ‘neutral’ Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s childhood is spent in lonely isolation, as time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy of his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define Gustav’s life. Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverVinegar girl : The taming of the shrew retold / Anne Tyler.
“Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost. When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying, as usual on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe finding of Martha Lost / Caroline Wallace.
“Martha is lost. She has been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she has waited in station lost property for someone to claim her. It’s been sixteen years, but she’s still hopeful. In the meantime, there are mysteries to solve: secret tunnels under the station, a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles, the roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch. Not to mention the stuffed monkey that someone keeps misplacing. But there is one mystery Martha cannot solve. And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property. Time is running out, if Martha cannot discover who she really is, she will lose everything.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStasi child / David Young.
“1975. The body of a teenage girl has been found by the East German border; the girl appears to have been fleeing from the West into the East, an uncommon scenario. Her back is riddled with bullet holes, her face has been mutilated beyond recognition and strange tyre tracks pockmark the snow. In an effort to identify the murdered girl, Stasi officer Klaus Jäger enlists the help of Karin Müller, a detective with the Kriminalpolizei. Partnered with her deputy, Werner Tilsner, a man with whom she has been having an illicit affair, Karin is thrust into a conspiracy that sends shockwaves right to the very top of the Secret Police.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Classical Additions

This week we highlight some of the more unusual CDs we’ve purchased recently; two instruments less often heard in a solo context, and a delightful combination of 19th and 21st centuries.

ClassicalrecentJul16b1Pro Contra!: works for bassoon & contrabassoon. Performed by Simon Van Holen.
The answer to the question, ‘Can one compile a CD of works for bassoon and contrabassoon?’ is ‘Yes!’. Simon Van Holen and other members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra have created an unusual collection of recordings of this characterful instrument. Presto Classical called the result “unexpectedly enjoyable”: we’re not sure how high this praise is; listen to find out!

ClassicalrecentJul16b2Complete Music for Solo Lyra Viol, William Lawes. Performed by Richard Boothby.
“Employed as ‘musician in ordinary for lutes and voices’ at the court of Charles I, English composer William Lawes… is most admired today for his sublime suites for viol consort. His less familiar solo repertoire for lyra viol is performed here by Richard Boothby on the best preserved instrument of the period (Richard Meares, c. 1647-1725) which is now part of the Kessler Collection in the museum of the Royal College of Music, London” (Cover)

ClassicalrecentJul16b3Gumboots, David Bruce, and Clarinet Quintet, Johannes Brahms.
Gumboots references the plight of mine workers in apartheid South Africa and was first performed at Carnegie Hall, New York, in 2008. This piece is contrasted colourfully with Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, and both are performed by exciting clarinettist Julian Bliss and the Carducci String Quartet.

A literary miscellany – Recent Literature picks

The is no connecting thread in this month’s picks – just a jolly good mix. You will absolutely love our outside pick, a modern version of The taming of the Shrew by Anne Tyler.

Syndetics book coverWriting your legacy : the step-by-step guide to crafting your life story / Richard Campbell M.Ed., Cheryl Svensson, Ph.D.
“Craft a meaningful life story! A written legacy of your life–one that encompasses experiences, lessons learned, failures and triumphs–is a gift your family and friends will cherish for years to come. Writing this story may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Writing Your Legacy is a step-by-step guide to chronicling a life story that reflects your true self. Leave an eloquent record of your life for future generations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe hatred of poetry / Ben Lerner.
“No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It’s even bemoaned by poets: “I, too, dislike it,” wrote Marianne Moore. “Many more people agree they hate poetry,” Ben Lerner writes, “than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organized my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverJay to Bee : Janet Frame’s letters to William (Bill) Theophilus Brown, 1969-1971 / edited by Denis Harold.
“This moving and enlightening correspondence opens up the hopes, fears, joys, and inner machinations of one of New Zealand’s most renowned authors, and offers a side of her dramatic personal history often ignored or misunderstood by the public.” (Provided by publisher)

Syndetics book coverBarbara Pym : a passionate force / Ann Allestree.
A Passionate Force is a fine portrait of an intriguing woman. In this book Ann Allestree delves into Barbara Pym’s life and her works with zeal. From the acknowledged early classic Excellent Women to the universally rejected (and later resurrected) An Unsuitable Attachment, so out of kilter with the gritty social realism of the 1960s, all are held up to an affectionate scrutiny.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIn search of Anne Brontë / Nick Holland.
“Anne Brontë, the youngest and most enigmatic of the Brontë sisters, remains a bestselling author nearly two centuries after her death. The brilliance of her two novels and her poetry belies the quiet, truthful girl who often lived in the shadow of her more outgoing sisters. Yet her writing was the most revolutionary of all the Brontës, pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable. This revealing new biography opens Anne’s most private life to a new audience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBellow’s people : how Saul Bellow made life into art / David Mikics.
“Saul Bellow was the most lauded American writer of the twentieth century–the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and the only novelist to be awarded the National Book Award in Fiction three times.Literary historian and critic David Mikics explores Bellow’s life and work through the real-life relationships and friendships that Bellow transmuted into the genius of his art.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEnglish voices : lives, landscapes, laments, 1985-2015 / Ferdinand Mount.
“Ferdinand Mount has spent many years writing articles, columns and reviews for prestigious magazines, newspapers and journals. Whether reviewing great published works by some of England’s finest authors and poets (both alive and dead) including Kingsley Amis, John Osborne, John le Carré, Rudyard Kipling, E.M. Forster and Alan Bennett.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover¡No pasarán! : writings from the Spanish Civil War / chosen and introduced by Pete Ayrton.
“Hope, resignation, despair, sadness, humour, confusion, ruthlessness, compassion, kindness, generosity and love inhabit Pete Ayrton’s anthology of writings from the Spanish Civil War: there is little sense of certainty and still less of triumphalism among the bewilderingly diverse Republican and Nationalist coalitions, all shades of which are represented here.” (Syndetics summary)

And a good one in another part of the library:

Syndetics book coverVinegar girl : The taming of the shrew retold / Anne Tyler.
“Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.” (Syndetics summary)

New eAudiobook Non-Fiction in July

Don’t let winter get you down, learn something new! New to Overdrive this month are exciting, thought provoking eAudiobooks that can help you tackle life’s challenges. You can listen to them on your computer, tablet, smartphone or MP3 player. If you’ve never used Overdrive before you can learn how to get started here, or come in and talk to a librarian.

Overdrive cover Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, by Staffan Nöteberg (Audiobook)
“You have so much you need to accomplish today. Your list is a mile long and you find yourself getting interrupted every other minute. You need to focus—really focus. The Pomodoro Technique puts you back in charge of your day. You’ll apply successful techniques from software engineering to identify what you should be doing today and to help you achieve your goals. Your mind won’t wander when it is fully engaged in short bursts of focused activity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Pumpkin Plan, by Mike Michalowicz (Audiobook)
“Nearly 80% of new businesses fail within the first 5 years. Under such pressure to stay alive it’s easy for entrepreneurs to get caught up in a never-ending cycle, unable to get ahead. This is the exact situation Mike Michalowicz found himself in when he was trying to grow his first company. That’s when he discovered an unlikely source of inspiration—pumpkin farmers. Full of stories of other successful entrepreneurs, The Pumpkin Plan guides you through strategies to help you build a profitable company.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Nice Girls Don’t Get…, by Lois P. Frankel PhD. (Audiobook)
“Following the outstanding success of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, comes an audio box set which includes Dr. Lois Frankel’s new work, Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich and Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, abridged into one comprehensive program. For every professional woman who wants to get ahead-but feels that she is at an impasse-NICE GIRLS DON’T GET…BOX SET comes to the rescue.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Diet Cults, by Matt Fitzgerald (Audiobook)
“Diet Cults exposes the irrationality, half-truths, and downright impossibility of a “single right way” to eat and reveals how to develop rational, healthy eating habits. From “the Four-Hour Body” to “Atkins,” there are diet cults to match seemingly any mood and personality type. Everywhere we turn, someone is preaching the “one true way” to eat for maximum health. Now you can ditch the brainwashing of these diet cults for good.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Carrots and Sticks, by Ian Ayres (Audiobook)
“Could you lose weight if you put $20,000 at risk? If you’ve ever tried to meet a goal and came up short, the problem may not have been that the goal was too difficult or that you lacked the discipline to succeed. You may simply have neglected to give yourself the proper incentives. In Carrot and Sticks, Ayres applies the lessons learned from behavioral economics to introduce readers to the concept of “commitment contracts”: an easy but high-powered strategy for setting and achieving goals.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, by Russ Roberts (Audiobook)
“Adam Smith may have become the patron saint of capitalism with his most famous work, The Wealth of Nations. But the Scottish philosopher had just as much to say on the behaviour of individuals. He developed his ideas on human nature in an epic, sprawling work The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Roberts examines Smith’s forgotten masterpiece, and finds a treasure trove of timeless, practical wisdom.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Be Bad First, by Erika Andersen (Audiobook)
“We are operating in a world defined by constant connection, rapid change, and abundant choices. As new knowledge propels us forward, Erika Andersen suggests that success in today’s world requires the ability to acquire new knowledge and skills quickly and continuously. In Be Bad First, she encourages listeners to embrace being bad on the way to being great, as we seek to learn and acquire the new skills that will allow us to thrive in this fast-changing world.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Living Forward, by Michael Hyatt (Audiobook)
“Each of us has but one life to live on this earth. What we do with it is our choice. Are we drifting through it as spectators, reacting to our circumstances when necessary and wondering just how we got to this point anyway? But what if we treated life like the gift that it is? That’s what New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and executive coach Daniel Harkavy show us how to do: to design a life with the end in mind, determining in advance the outcomes we desire and path to get there.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Naturally delicious – New Cooking books in July

This month’s selection highlights healthy eating as well as flavoursome food. The recipes also celebrate the joy of cooking and sharing food with friends and family.

Syndetics book coverEffortless Bento : 300 Box Lunch Recipes / edited by Shufunotomo.
“Bento books have been some of the more accessible and popular genres coming out of Japan over the last few years, and Bento Bonanza is the bento encyclopaedia! Filled with hundreds of full-colour photos and numerous recipes this is the essential box lunch book. Edited by Shufu-no-Tomo, Japan’s most influential lifestyle and culture magazine. Their designs and recipes are creative, affordable and appealing to a global audience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHemsley Hemsley : Good + Simple / Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley.
“GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD, GOOD DIGESTION, GOOD HEALTH! Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s principles of healthy home cooking built around gut health, whole foods and affordable ingredients show how tasty and achievable eating well can be….Good + Simple includes plenty of practical tips and down-to-earth advice to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, plan for the coming week and cook for you and your family with ease.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverQuinntessential Baking / Frances Quinn.
“Frances Quinn wowed the judges with her imaginative showstoppers and extraordinary baking skill to win The Great British Bake Off in 2013. Here is Quinntessential Baking : a treasure trove of inspirational ideas to bring a spark of creativity and a teaspoon of wonder into your kitchen. Frances’ combination of ideas and ingredients will provide you with straightforward master recipes or ‘building blocks’, and she explains how to apply a little magic to turn them into beautiful bakes….Whether you’re a baking novice or an extraordinaire, you’ll find achievable bakes for all occasions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEast : Culinary Adventures in Southeast Asia / Leanne Kitchen & Antony Suvalko.
“Take a journey east and discover one of the world’s most diverse food regions. From smoky hawker stalls in Thailand and Malaysia and bustling markets in Vietnam and Indonesia, to tranquil landscapes in Laos and Cambodia, East will take you on a culinary tour to uncover Southeast Asia’s most celebrated dishes.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverSimple Green Smoothies : 100+ tasty recipes to lose weight, gain energy, and feel great in your body / Jen Hansard & Jadah Sellner.
“Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner are on a fresh path to health and happiness- deprivation not included. In their book, Simple Green Smoothies, these two friends invite you into a sane and tasty approach to health that will inspire and energize you on your own journey toward a happier life. Simple Green Smoothies includes a 10-day green smoothie kick-start to welcome you into the plant-powered lifestyle, with shopping lists included. Follow it up with 100+ delicious recipes that address everything from weight loss to glowing skin to kid-friendly options.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGin : the art and craft of the artisan revival in 300 distillations / Aaron Knoll.
Gin introduces the reader to the global artisan gin revolution, highlighting the spirit’s history and the ways that today’s craft drinks-makers have transformed the notion of what a gin can and should be. This is the first book to take a closer look at the emerging new categories of gin and to place it within context alongside the old guard. It includes profiles of key players in the distilling world and hundreds of ideas for how to drink gin, whether it is as a cocktail, in a classic gin & tonic or neat, or as an aperitif or liqueur.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFresh Made Simple : a naturally delicious way to eat : look, cook, savor / Lauren K. Stein ; illustrated by Katie Eberts.
“Each of the 75 recipes in Fresh Made Simple is a charming full-page illustration showing, rather than telling, how to make the dish described. Each meal or snack begins with one delicious ingredient, and the cook builds around that to make a simple yet elegant creation. From pineapple cilantro salsa and asparagus apple salad to a kale egg scramble, tortilla soup, and crostini, these simple recipes celebrate the unbeatable flavors of fresh ingredients.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLife in Balance : a fresher approach to eating / Donna Hay.
“Australia’s most trusted home cook is celebrating a fresher approach to eating. LIFE IN BALANCE is full of super-satisfying recipes – nourishing, virtuous and delicious….The only kind of diet that works, after all, is the balanced diet – the one you can sustain long term. And when your life is in balance, you feel great and it shows – from the inside out.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimply Spice : homemade Indian vegetarian food / Raji Sharma.
“Indian cuisine is an old favorite in many homes; whether sticking with the classics or experimenting with spices and flavors, Indian cuisine is something that is constantly evolving. Simply Spice is a refreshing and innovative approach to Indian cuisine. With recipes and dishes for every meal and occasion, this book is an amazing collection of delectable from around the globe.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuperlegumes : eat your way to great health / Chrissy Freer.
“With over 90 recipes and packed with information on nutrition and cooking tips, Superlegumes dispels the myth that beans, pulses and legumes make for stodgy food. Here are fresh, healthy, easy vegetarian, meat- and fish-based recipes, for every meal and every season.” (Syndetics summary)

Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

Tim Hecker – Love streams
The Kinks – Everybody’s in show-biz (Legacy Edition)
Three Trapped Tigers – Silent Earthling

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A taste of Europe – Community Languages recent picks for July

Enjoy a good blend of new additions to our Community Languages collection, featuring mysteries, romances and intense relationships. You’ll find something for every taste!

Syndetics book coverEl otoño del patriarca / Gabriel García Márquez.El Otoño del Patriarca
“García Márquez ha declarado una y otra vez que El otoño del patriarca es la novela en la que más trabajo y esfuerzo invirtió. En efecto, García Márquez construyó aquí una maquinaria narrativa perfecta que desgrana una historia universal –la agonía y muerte de un dictador– en forma cíclica, experimental y real al mismo tiempo, repitiendo una anécdota siempre igual y siempre distinta, acumulando hechos y descripciones deslumbrantes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDie Habenichtse : Roman / Katharina Hacker.

Syndetics book coverLos perros descalzos / Antonio Ruiz-Camacho ; traducción del autor.
“En una noche como cualquier otra, José Victoriano Arteaga, el patriarca de una próspera familia de la ciudad de México, desaparece sin dejar rastro mientras maneja a su casa luego de un día de trabajo. Los Arteaga encuentran pocas respuestas, y cuando comienzan a recibir paquetes con pistas perturbadoras del paradero del abuelo, ellos comienzan su éxodo a distintas ciudades del mundo para tratar de rehacer sus vidas.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa candidata / Elena Moya.
“En la soledad de su despacho, la candidata a la presidencia Isabel San Martín ultima los preparativos dos días antes de las elecciones generales. Su labor como ministra de Economía y algunas de las iniciativas que ha llevado a cabo durante el desempeño de su cargo le han dado credibilidad y se postula como la favorita en las encuestas. Realmente el país está preparado para tener una mujer al frente de su gobierno? Su marido, Pablo, la ha dejado después de veinte años y se lo ha dicho por teléfono en el que será un fin de semana crucial para ella y para todo el país. ¿Qué hacer cuando tu vida personal se desmorona? En situaciones de máxima tensión, ¿qué es más importante: el poder, los principios, la familia o el amor? ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLes rivières pourpres : roman / Jean-Christophe Grangé.

Syndetics book coverEl mundo azul : ama tu caos / Albert Espinosa.
“El mundo azul es la nueva novela de Albert Espinosa; una historia que enlaza con El mundo amarillo y Pulseras rojas y con la que cierra una trilogía de colores que hablan de vida, de lucha y de muerte. Espinosa nos introduce en una narración de aventuras y emociones sobre un grupo de jóvenes que se enfrentan a un gran reto: rebelarse contra un mundo que trata de ordenar su caos. A través de cinco personajes, una isla y una búsqueda incesante por vivir, Espinosa vuelve a introducirnos en su particular universo con una historia que se desarrolla en un mundo onírico y fantástico, con un arranque contundente y un desenlace esperanzador y lleno de luz.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa casa en Mango Street / por Sandra Cisneros ; traduccion por Elena Poniatowska.
“Elogiado por la crítica, admirado por lectores de todas las edades, en escuelas y universidades de todo el país y traducido a una multitud de idiomas, La casa en Mango Street es la extraordinaria historia de Esperanza Cordero. Contado a través de una serie de viñetas –a veces desgarradoras, a veces profundamente alegres– es el relato de una niña latina que crece en un barrio de Chicago, inventando por sí misma en qué y en quién se convertirá. Pocos libros de nuestra era han conmovido a tantos lectores.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSlezy Marii-Antuanetty / Zhi︠u︡lʹetta Bent︠s︡oni ; [perevod s frant︠s︡uzskogo E. Murashkint︠s︡evoĭ].

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