New eResources and books about Home, Garden and DIY

Need some relaxing weekend reading? Or need some inspiration for your next weekend home, garden and DIY project? Have a browse of the latest home, garden and DIY eBooks and eMagazine issues below!

eBooks

DIY woven art : inspiration and instruction for handmade wall hangings, rugs, pillows and more! / Denbow, Rachel
(eBook Overdrive)
“Get crafty with DIY Woven Art. These 14 fabulous fiber art projects–from colorful pillows and rugs to dramatic wall hangings–will add a pop to any room in your house. No loom? No worries. Rachel Denbow shows you how to fabricate 3 simple, portable looms… (adapted from Overdrive)

The longing for less : living with minimalism / Chayka, Kyle
(eBook Overdrive)
“…The popular term for this brand of upscale austerity, “minimalism,” has mostly come to stand for things to buy and consume. But minimalism has richer, deeper, and altogether more valuable gifts to offer. Kyle Chayka is one of our sharpest cultural observers. After spending years covering minimalist trends for leading publications, he now delves beneath this lifestyle’s glossy surface, seeking better ways to claim the time and space we crave… (adapted from Overdrive)

Craft bookbinding / Orriss, Linda
(eBook Overdrive)
Craft Bookbinding introduces some of the numerous binding styles that can be achieved with little or no experience, from simple structures that can be made with folded paper to the classic case binding. …Lavishly illustrated with 73 colour photographs and 17 diagrams.” (adapted from Overdrive)

Composting : / Marshall, Tim
(eBook Borrowbox)
“As landfill and waste disposal are increasingly on the global agenda, more and more people are turning to ways of recycling in their own backyards. Composting is an easy, rewarding and profitable activity, with multiple benefits for you and your garden. A comprehensive listing of all compostible materials – from ash to algae, human hair to shredded newspaper – shows how the materials for composting can go much further than kitchen and green waste… (adapted from Borrowbox)

The repair shop : a make do and mend guide to caring for the things you love / Farrington, Karen
(eBook Overdrive)
“Direct from the Repair Shop’s ‘Workshop of Dreams’, this ‘make do and mend’ guide collects advice and stories from each of the show’s experts, to help you understand and care for those aging treasures and heirlooms around your house or gathering dust in the garage. Whether it’s wood, ceramics, leather or silverware, you will get to know your materials, tools and terms from Britain’s best…” (adapted from Overdrive)

Sweater quest : my year of knitting dangerously / Martini, Adrienne
(eBook Overdrive)
“For Adrienne Martini, and countless others, knitting is the linchpin of sanity. As a working mother of two, Martini wanted a challenge that would make her feel in charge. So she decided to make the Holy Grail of sweaters–her own Mary Tudor, whose mind-numbingly gorgeous pattern is so complicated to knit that its mere mention can hush a roomful of experienced knitters. …can be found only in a rare, out-of-print book of Fair Isle-style patterns, “Tudor Roses,” and requires a discontinued, irreplaceable yarn. The sweater, Martini explains, “is a knitter’s Mount Everest, our curse, and our compulsion. I want one more than I can begin to tell you.” (adapted from Overdrive)

Green housekeeping : recipes and solutions for a cleaner, more sustainable home / Strutt, Christina
“Christina Strutt of Cabbages & Roses reveals how to have a calmer, healthier, eco-friendly home. Saving the planet for future generations is a laudable aim, but what about the current populace? Why wait when even quite small lifestyle changes can make a big difference now? Green Housekeeping is full of advice and information to help you take a more sustainable path…” (adapted from Catalogue)

Home is where you make it : DIY ideas & styling secrets to create a home you love, whether you rent or own / Vanderzeil, Geneva
Home Is Where You Make It is a simple, practical, and affordable craft and styling book that offers tried and tested design advice and top hints and tricks for key spaces… Channeling the simplicity and beauty of modern living, this is a room-by-room guide to making and DIYing your own place, with hundreds of smart styling hacks, repurposing and upstyling ideas, and easy weekend projects to create the home of your dreams.” (adapted from Catalogue)

eMagazines

Browse these titles from RBDigital — same day access to full-page replicas of magazines. More information about RBDigital.

25 Beautiful Homes
Your life made easier – every day. 25 Beautiful Homes is a magazine for readers with a sense of personal style. Aspire to your dream house and enjoy looking at other people’s homes, designs and styles for inspiration.

Gardening Australia
Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need.

Gardens Illustrated Magazine
Widely regarded as the Vogue of the gardening press, Gardens Illustrated aims to inspire you with an eclectic and international editorial mix of remarkable places, plants and people. With superb photography, authoritative journalism and exceptional design, this award-winning magazine is a style bible for garden designers, garden lovers and enthusiasts alike.

Dwell
Dwell is the unique modern architecture and design magazine for people who believe that good design is an integral part of real life.

New eMagazines and other eResources about Cars and Transport

Our eMagazine collections are always growing and have a lot of amazing titles. Today our picks are on Cars and Transport. If you are new to eMagazines check our Quick Start Guide.

RBdigital eMagazines:

NZ Classic Car [electronic resource].

BBC Top Gear Magazine [electronic resource].

Wheels [electronic resource].

Motorcycle trader.


Pressreader eMagazines:

Truck & driver.

NZ performance car.

NZV8


eBooks:

Skunk works : a personal memoir of my years at Lockheed/ / Rich, Ben R. (eAudiobook)
Skunk Works is the true story of America’s most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation’s brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed’s legendary Skunk Works is a drama of cold war confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Grease junkie : a book of moving parts / China, Edd (eBook)
“As you’ll discover in his incomparable memoir, inventor, mechanic, TV presenter and walking tall as the definition of the British eccentric, Edd China sees things differently. An unstoppable enthusiast from an early age, Edd had 35 ongoing car projects while he was at university, not counting the double-decker bus he was living in. Now he’s a man with not only a runaround sofa, but also a road-legal office, shed, bed and bathroom.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Space 2.0 : how private spaceflight, a resurgent NASA, and international partners are creating a new space age / Pyle, Rod (eAudiobook)
“No longer the exclusive domain of government entities such as NASA and other national agencies, space exploration is rapidly becoming privatized, with entrepreneurial startups building huge rocket boosters, satellites, rocket engines, asteroid probes, prospecting craft, and even commercial lunar cargo landers to open this new frontier. While the world has waited since the Apollo lunar program for the next “giant leap,” these critical innovations, most of which are within our grasp with today’s technology, will change the way we live, both in space and on Earth.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

eMagazines and other eResources on health

Have you used our eMagazines yet? We have an amazing collection provided by both Rbdigital and PressReader. Here is a selection of Health and Wellbeing eMagazines available FREE through our eLibrary.

These are rounded out with an eBook, rather topical, and an eAudiobook.

For those new to eMagazines on our website, instructions for using the RBDigital app are here and for PressReader.

Healthy Food Guide [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Health & fitness [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

New Zealand good health & wellbeing.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

Australian men’s health.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

Men’s health [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Women’s health [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Yoga journal [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Gluten-free living [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Diabetic living [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The great influenza / Barry, John M.
(eBook)
“In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. …1918 marked the first collision between modern science and epidemic disease. …this crisis provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

The longevity paradox : how to die young at a ripe old age / Gundry, Steven R
(eAudiobook)
“Working with thousands of patients, Dr. Gundry has discovered that the “diseases of aging” we most fear are not simply a function of age; rather, they are a by-product of the way we have lived our lives. In The Longevity Paradox, he maps out a new approach to aging well-one that is based on supporting the health of the “oldest” parts of us: the microorganisms that live within our bodies. …The good news is, it’s never too late to support these microbes and give them what they need to help them–and you–thrive.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

eMagazines about home, garden and DIY

Have you used our eMagazines yet? We have an amazing collection provided by both Rbdigital and PressReader. Here is a selection of Home, Garden and DIY eMagazines available FREE through our eLibrary.

Gardening Australia [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

For those new to eMagazines on our website, instructions for using the RBDigital app are here.

homestyle [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Mollie Makes [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Backyard & garden design ideas New Zealand & Australia. [electronic resource] :
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Good housekeeping [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Homes & gardens [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

House beautiful [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The kitchen garden [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Gardens Illustrated Magazine [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Dwell [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The following two magazines are on PressReader. These are the instructions for using the PressReader app.

New Zealand gardener.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

Another New Zealand eMagazine from PressReader:
The shed : where dreams are made real.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

 

Lockdown non-fiction eBooks and eAudiobooks

Here’s some interesting eReading and eListening for these lockdown times!

The shadow war : inside Russia’s and China’s secret operations to defeat America / Sciutto, Jim
eBook Overdrive.
“Today’s warfare is conducted via hacking, disinformation campaigns, and advanced satellite weaponry, with business-people and lawyers, space engineers and computer scientists the combatants. The enemies of the West understand that while they are unlikely to win a shooting war, they have another path to victory. Intensive and disturbing, this invaluable and important work opens our eyes and makes clear that the war of the future is already here.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

The third pillar : the revival of community in a polarised world / Rajan, Raghuram
eBook Overdrive
“Most economists home in on the relationship between markets and the state, but Rajan argues that markets don’t exist in isolation but are intimately a part of the human community. When new technologies disrupt the market, they disrupt the community as well, with the sort of consequences we are seeing today. His ultimate argument that decision-making has to be watered at the grass roots or our democracy will continue to wither is sure to be both provocative and agenda-setting across the world.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Disney’s land : Walt Disney and the invention of the amusement park that changed the world / Snow, Richard
eBook Overdrive.
“When Walt Disney imagined a theme park where “his audience could live among Mickey Mouse and Snow White in a world still powered by steam and fire for a day or a week or (if the visitor is slightly mad) forever,” there was nothing like Disneyland in the world. This is a spectacular story of error and innovation, a wild ride from a vision to the realization of an iconic cultural landscape.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

A people betrayed : a history of corruption, political incompetence and social division in modern Spain / Preston, Paul
Ebook Overdrive.
“Paul Preston, a specialist in Spanish History at the LSE, tells a sweeping history of modern Spain – and points to a curious pattern that leads the country repeatedly into tumult: a disconnect between the social reality and the political powers ruling over it. A People Betrayed covers the lives of the individuals, heroes and villains who made a huge difference.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

How to be an antiracist / Kendi, Ibram X
eBook Overdrive.
“n this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem. Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how instead to be a force for good.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

F*cked at 40 : life beyond suburbia, monogamy & stretch marks / Leigh, Tova
eBook Overdrive.
“For every woman that has ever felt trapped. We have many sides to us, most of the time we think we must choose just one character and stick to it. But the truth is, we can be all of them without having to choose. When you find authenticity it’s hard to go back.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Nonbinary : memoirs of gender and identity/
eBook Overdrive.
“In this groundbreaking book, thirty authors highlight how our experiences are shaped by a deeply entrenched gender binary. Nuanced storytellers break away from mainstream portrayals of gender diversity, cutting across lines of age, race, ethnicity, ability, class, religion, family, and relationships.” (Overdrive description)

A secret history of brands : the dark and twisted beginnings of the brand names we know and love / MacNabb, Matt
eBook Overdrive.
“We live our lives immersed in name brand products. What most of us don’t know is that the origins of many of the most well-known and beloved brands in the world are shrouded in controversy, drug use, and sometimes even blatant racism. A Secret History of Brands cuts through the rumors and urban legends and paints a picture of the true dark history of famous brands, like Coca-Cola, Hugo Boss, Adidas, Ford, Bayer, Chanel, and BMW, among others.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Quit like a millionaire : no gimmicks, luck, or trust fund required / Shen, Kristy
eAudiobook Overdrive
“Kristy Shen retired with a million dollars at the age of thirty-one. Not everyone can become an entrepreneur or a real estate baron; the rest of us need Shen’s mathematically proven approach to retire decades before sixty-five.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

The Stonewall reader
eAudiobook Overdrive.
“June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library’s archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Jason Baumann, the NYPL coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections, has edited and introduced the volume to coincide with the NYPL exhibition he has curated on the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation movement of 1969.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Everyday millionaires : how everday people built extraordinary wealth — and how you can too / Hogan, Chris
eAudiobook Overdrive.
“You’ll learn that building wealth has almost NOTHING to do with your income or your background! It doesn’t matter where you come from. It matters where you’re going. Here’s what you need to understand: if you’re willing to do the work—if you’ll follow the stuff we teach, if you’ll commit to our plan—then you CAN become a millionaire.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

New e-resources on Health

A curated collection of eBooks and eAudioBooks for this special lock-down time.

Overdrive cover When the Air Hits Your Brain, Frank T Vertosick, Jr., MD (Audiobook)
With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick’s patients and unsparing yet fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Worry Trick, David A. Carbonell (ebook)
Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question ourselves and our decisions, causes us to worry about the future, and fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence. Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this book is designed to help you break the cycle of worry. If you’re ready to start observing your anxious feelings with distance and clarity—rather than getting tricked once again—this book will show you how. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover CLEAN 7, Alejandro Junger (ebook)
Filled with the latest science on the brain, and featuring delicious, nutritious recipes, and details on everything from prepping your kitchen to prepping your mind, Clean Seven revolutionizes the detoxification process. If you have been searching for a book or program to help you take that next step for your overall health, Clean Seven is the answer. Discover what it truly means to be healthy. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Joy of Movement, Kelly McGonigal (Audiobook)
Exercise is health-enhancing and life-extending, yet many of us feel it’s a chore. Movement can and should be a source of joy. Readers will learn what they can do in their own lives and communities to harness the power of movement to create happiness, meaning, and connection. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Messengers, Stephen Martin (ebook)
When we talk to others, we assume that they are carefully weighing our words and arguments. But these are far from being the only factors that hold sway. In this groundbreaking new book, bestselling behavioural scientists Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks explore the eight powerful human traits. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Autism in Heels, Jennifer Cook O’Toole (ebook)
Autism in Heels, an intimate memoir, reveals the woman inside one of autism’s most prominent figures, Jennifer O’Toole. From her own struggles and self-discovery, she has built an empire of empowerment, inspiring women all over the world to realize they aren’t mistakes. They are misunderstood miracles. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hiding in the Bathroom, Morra Aarons-Mele (Audiobook)
From the marketing guru and host of the popular Forbes.com podcast Hiding in the Bathroom, a breakthrough introverts’ guide that broadens the conversation sparked by Quiet and moves away from the “Lean In” approach, offering wisdom and practical tips to help listeners build strong relationships and achieve their own definition of professional success. Thoughtful and practical, it is a must-have handbook for building a fantastic, prosperous career and a balanced, happy life—on your own terms. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Eat Complete, Drew Ramsey, M.D. (ebook)
From leading psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a collection of 100 simple, delicious, and affordable recipes to help you get the core nutrients your brain and body need to stay happy and healthy. Featuring fifty stunning, full-color photographs, Eat Complete helps you pinpoint the nutrients missing from your diet and gives you tasty recipes to transform your health—and ultimately your life. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Primal Endurance, Mark Sisson (ebook)
Primal Endurance is about slowing down, balancing out, chilling out, and having more fun with your endurance pursuits. It’s about building your health through sensible training patterns, instead of destroying your health through chronic training patterns. While it might be hard to believe at first glance, you can actually get faster by backing off from the overly aggressive and overly regimented “Type-A” training approach that prevails in today’s endurance community. (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Attention Deficit Disorder In Adults, Lynn Weiss PhD (ebook)
Since its last revision in 1997, dozens of new treatments and philosophies about ADD and ADHD have met with storms of controversy and great media attention. Dr. Lynn Weiss cuts through the noise and gets down to the point in a human, caring, and professional way. Is it an allergy? A chemical imbalance? A genetic thing? Lynn’s answer: “Who cares?” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Sustainability and the environment

As climate change increases and the era of cheap energy tapers off, do we go back to living a more natural life? The way home : tales from a life without technology shows us one man’s successful off-grid living for over ten years.

Bosh! : how to live vegan : save the planet and feel amazing / Firth, Henry
“Do you want to go vegan but have no idea where to start? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of information out there and how difficult it seems to stay on track? BOSH!, the pioneers of simple, easy and delicious plant-based cooking, are here to help and make a sustainable and ethical lifestyle accessible to everyone.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Practical self sufficiency : an Australian guide to sustainable living / Strawbridge, Dick
“This fully updated guide, now in a paperback edition, offers clear step-by-step information in classic DK style and offers a greater focus on the issues surrounding sustainable living for people in urbanised parts of Australia. You will find practical advice on reducing your carbon footprint; growing and using your own fruit and vegetables; keeping chickens and other animals; community gardening, design options for energy saving and retrofitting, and doing more with less.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The way home : tales from a life without technology / Boyle, Mark
“It was 11pm when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be forever. No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce. The way home is an honest and lyrical account of a remarkable life lived in nature without modern technology. Mark Boyle explores the hard won joys of building a home with his bare hands, learning to make fire, collecting water from the stream, foraging and fishing. What he finds is an elemental life, one governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons – much the same life we have lived for most of our time on earth. Revisiting it brings a deep insight into what it means to be human at a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The natural apothecary : baking soda : uses for home, health and beauty / Stanway, Penny
“With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in our homes and on our bodies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

#NoFly : walking the talk on climate change / Hendy, Shaun C.
“”Summary: What happens when a leading New Zealand scientist (and frequent traveller) rules out flying for a year? From overnight buses to epic train journeys, Shaun Hendy’s experiences speak to our desire to do something – anything – in the face of growing climate anxiety”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)”

Composting for a new generation : latest techniques for the bin and beyond / Balz, Michelle
“Composting is not just about reducing food and yard waste; it’s also about improving the health of your soil and the productivity of your garden. Compost is full of nutrients and beneficial microbes that help plants thrive Composting for a New Generation explains the complex science behind effective and efficient composting in layman’s terms and includes detailed information on tried-and-true composting methods right along with new, innovative techniques.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Re-creating nature : science, technology, and human values in the twenty-first century / Bradley, James T.
“James T. Bradley addresses emerging biotechnologies with prodigious potential to benefit humankind but that are also fraught with ethical consequences. Some actually possess the power to directly alter the evolution of life on earth including human. Specifically, these topics include stem cells, synthetic biology, GMOs in agriculture, nanotechnology, bioterrorism, CRISPR gene-editing technology, three-parent babies, robotics and roboethics, artificial intelligence, and human brain research and neurotechnologies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Sustainability made simple : small changes for big impact / Byrd, Rosaly
Sustainability Made Simple explores the relationship between everyday life and the intricate global environmental issues of today, illustrating how small changes in daily routines and mentalities can add up to a big impact.” (Catalogue)

Working with nature : saving and using the world’s wild places / Purseglove, Jeremy
“Jeremy Purseglove explains clearly and convincingly why it’s not a good idea to extract as many resources as possible, whether it’s the demand for palm oil currently denuding the forests of Borneo, cottonfield irrigation draining the Aral Sea, or monocrops spreading across Britain. The pioneer of engineering projects to preserve nature and landscape, first in Britain and then around the world, he offers fresh insights and solutions at each step.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Vegan life : cruelty-free food, fashion, beauty and home / Peters, Jo
“A plant-based diet is the foundation of a vegan lifestyle, but you can do so much more to incorporate a cruelty-free approach into everyday life. Vegan Life highlights the simple, achievable ways you can show kindness to animals – and to the environment – not just with your choice of food but with the household products, clothing and cosmetics you buy too. With tips on how to reliably spot vegan goods when shopping, DIY ideas for making your own organic cosmetic and cleaning products and, of course, essential recipes for delicious vegan food, this book makes it easy to live more ethically.” (adapted from Catalogue)

New DVDs

New titles added to our Arapaki & Branch collection so far this year include historical drama with Dame Helen Mirren, Quentin Tarantino’s Golden Globe winning tribute to Hollywood’s past, Ari Aster’s acclaimed pagan Horror ‘Midsommar’, the big screen debut of the beloved characters from Downton Abbey, Renee Zellweger’s Judy Garland Biopic, and the origin story of one of DC Comics most iconic super-villains.

Catherine the Great.
Description: An epic and romantic drama about the power, politics, and passions of the legendary monarch Oscar winner ® Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars as one of the greatest rulers in history, the legendary mother of the Russian Empire. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, Russian empress Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren) develops a unique and devoted relationship with Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke, Windchester) as they overcome their adversaries and serve as the architects of modern-day Russia. (Mightyape.co.nz)

The name of the rose.
“Summary: Italy, 1327. The Franciscan monk, William of Baskerville (John Turturro, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and his novice Adso von Melk (Damian Hardung, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World) arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps, where they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and Melk investigate and search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui (Rupert Everett, Hysteria), who prosecutes those who criticise the Pope. Gui sets out to terminate the Franciscan Order and so, Baskerville is on the top of his list.” (Catalogue)

Once upon a time in… Hollywood
“Summary: From 1958 to 1963, American actor Rick Dalton knew the height of fame and fortune as the lead in the television series Bounty Law. Yet, Rick wasn’t satisfied with the work and used his popularity to try to become a movie star. By 1969, Rick’s career has stalled so much that he takes jobs as a guest star on various shows. He even starts wondering if the only way he can make a comeback is by acting in Italian productions. Cliff Booth, Rick’s long-time friend and stunt double, helps him see that possibilities for success still exist in the Los Angeles film industry if they work together.” (Catalogue)

Midsommar
“A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip to a Swedish festival where things quickly go awry.” (Catalogue)

Downton Abbey : the motion picture
“Summary: The beloved characters of Downton Abbey take to the big screen, and it turns out that they’ve got a major event to prepare for. After all, it’s not every day that royalty makes an appearance. Of course, it’s not long before tensions are running high. The property isn’t even close to ready when it becomes clear that Carson the butler will need to come out of retirement to help run this sinking ship before it’s too late.” (Catalogue)

Ophelia.
“Summary: The unspoken, complex heroine of Hamlet shares her own story through modern language in contemporary Denmark. As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gertrude as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet. A passionate romance kindles between the two in secret as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet’s father is murdered and the prince’s wits begin to unravel into an insatiable quest for vengeance, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark all while struggling to choose between her true love and her own life.” (Catalogue)

Judy
“It’s the winter of 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It has been 30 years since she shot to stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but though her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has grown. As she prepares for the show, fights with management, and reminisces with friends and fans, her wit and warmth shine through. She also embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.” (Catalogue)

Joker
“Summary: Failed comedian Arthur Fleck encounters violent thugs while wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown. Disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as Joker in director Todd Phillips’ thrilling origin story.” (Catalogue)

Hustlers
“Summary: Inspired by a true story, Hustlers follows Destiny, a young stripper struggling to make ends meet. That is, until she meets Ramona, the club’s savvy top earner, who shows her the way toward making big bucks. But when the 2008 economic collapse hits their Wall Street clientèle hard, Destiny and Ramona concoct a plan with their fellow strippers to turn the tables on these greedy power players in this wild, modern-day Robin Hood.” (Catalogue)

The goldfinch
“Theodore ‘Theo’ Decker was thirteen years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day, a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch.” (Catalogue)

Years and years. Season 1
“Summary: “Follow the Lyons, a busy Manchester family. Daniel’s getting married to Ralph. Stephen and Celeste worry about their kids. Rosie’s chasing a new fella. Edith has not been home for years. All presided over by Gran, the imperial Muriel. But when their lives all converge on one crucial night in 2019, the story accelerates into the future, following the lives and loves of the Lyons over the next 15 years”–Container.” (Catalogue)

Health books

“The word I have coined in te reo Māori for autism is ‘Takiwātanga’. It is a derivation of my phrase for autism: “tōku/tōna anō takiwā” – “my/his/her own time and space”.”

– Keri Opai on Altogether Autism.

Our first book this month was written by a neurologist, as a result of his own research, after his son was diagnosed with autism.

The boy who felt too much : how a renowned neuroscientist and his son changed our view of autism forever / Wagner, Lorenz
“Raising Kai made Henry Markram question all that he thought he knew about neuroscience, and then inspired his groundbreaking research that would upend the conventional wisdom about autism, expressed in his now-famous theory of the Intense World Syndrome. Bringing his world-class research to bear on the problem, he devised a radical new theory of the disorder: People like Kai don’t feel too little; they feel too much.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Current medical diagnosis & treatment 2020
CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment is the most comprehensive, reliable, and timely reference available to answer common questions that arise in everyday clinical practice. Written by clinicians renowned in their respective fields, this trusted classic offers expert advice on all aspects of outpatient and inpatient medical care.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Restore, refresh, relax : a companion for every day self-care.
Restore Refresh Relax is like no other resource in your journey towards self-care. Through mindfulness, gentle yoga practice, nourishing foods, homemade skincare products and other healthful ideas, this book explores the building blocks for optimising lifelong wellbeing using natural remedies.” (adapted from Catalogue)

The joy of movement : how exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage / McGonigal, Kelly
“Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers. She shows how movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery–and why it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Why we eat (too much) : the new science of appetite / Jenkinson, Andrew
“For over two decades, weight loss surgeon Dr Andrew Jenkinson has treated thousands of people who have become trapped in the endless cycle of dieting. Why We Eat (Too Much), combines case studies from his practice and the new science of metabolism to illuminate how our appetite really works.” (adapted from Catalogue)

15-minute Pilates : four 15-minute workouts for strength, stretch, and control / Ungaro, Alycea
“Fit exercise into your busy life with these short but effective Pilates programs. Practice Pilates for just 15 minutes regularly-anytime, anywhere-to make a difference. Clear, step-by-step photographs paired with easy-to-follow instructions explain exactly what to do. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

Anti-diet : reclaim your time, money, well-being and happiness through intuitive eating / Harrison, Christy
“In Anti-Diet, Christy Harrison takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-pound industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health and happiness. Anti-Diet will turn what you think you know about health and wellness upside down, as Harrison explores the history of diet culture, how it’s infiltrated the health and wellness world, how to recognise it in all its sneaky forms, and how letting go of efforts to lose weight or eat ‘perfectly’ actually helps to improve people’s health – no matter their size.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Breathe Well: Easy and Effective Techniques to Boost Energy, Feel Calmer, More Focused and Productive [paperback] / Hartley, Aimee
“Introducing breath basics and detailing why breathing properly is so important for health and wellbeing, Aimee shows you how to build up to a daily 20-minute breathing practice, divided into manageable chunks that you can easily fit into a busy da. ‘Conscious breathing activates the body’s relaxation response, which in turn reduces blood pressure, which in turn lowers the risk of stroke and improves cardiovascular health. It’s also good for digestion and general immunity, both of which are impaired by stress.’ – Guardian” (adapted from Catalogue)

Anxiety: practical about panic : a practical guide to understanding and overcoming anxiety disorder / Fletcher, Joshua
“Do you suffer from anxiety and panic? So did Joshua Fletcher, the author of the self-published bestseller Anxiety: panicking about panic – but he treated his own condition successfully, went back to school, became a counsellor and emerged as one of the country’s leading experts. Anxiety: panicking about panic is a complete, easy to read and hugely practical book about anxiety from someone who knows how to recover and live life to the full – and will show you how.” (Catalogue)

Beating osteoporosis : the facts, the treatments, the exercises / Moran, Diana
“Written in association with the National Osteoporosis Society, this practical book is a must-have for anybody affected by osteoporosis. As a sufferer of osteopenia herself (an early form of osteoporosis) Diana Moran is a strong advocate for exercise, early diagnosis, weight bearing exercise, vitamin D and other measures that can be taken to tackle osteoporosis.” (adapted from Catalogue)

New popular non-fiction

Our recent pick for popular new books this month is as diverse as having books on detective work, the ISIS attack on Charlie Hebdo, an analysis on the use of bad words in the English language, the detrimental side of beauty and, of course, the hot topic of climate change and how to try and slow it down.

The adventures of Maud West, lady detective : secrets and lies in the golden age of crime / Stapleton, Susannah
“Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having starting sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And – as Susannah Stapleton reveals – she was a most unreliable witness to her own life. Interweaving tales from Maud West’s own ‘casebook’ with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Disturbance / Lançon, Philippe
“Paris, January 7, 2015. Two terrorists who claim allegiance to ISIS attack the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The event causes untold pain to the victims and their families, prompts a global solidarity movement, and ignites a fierce debate over press freedoms and the role of satire today. Philippe Lançon, a journalist, author, and a weekly contributor to Charlie Hebdo is gravely wounded in the attack. This intense life experience upends his relationship to the world, to writing, to reading, to love and to friendship. Disturbance is a book about survival, resilience, and reconstruction, about transformation, about one man’s shifting relationship to time, to writing and journalism, to truth, and to his own body.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Bad words and what they tell us / Gooden, Philip
“Philip Gooden shows how and why taboo words and contentious expressions, including those four-letter ones, were first used in English. He discusses the ways such words have changed over the years and explores how a single syllable or two may possess an almost magical power to offend, distress or infuriate. Bad Words investigates the most controversial and provocative words in the English language in a way that is both anecdotal and analytical.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Beauty / Lee, Bri
“In recent decades women have made momentous progress fighting the patriarchy, yet they are held to ever-stricter, more punishing physical standards. Self-worth still plummets and eating disorders are more deadly for how easily they are dismissed. In Beauty Bri Lee explores our obsession with thinness and asks how an intrinsically unattainable standard of physical ‘perfection’ has become so crucial to so many. What happens if you try to reach that impossible goal? Bri did try, and Beauty is what she learned from that battle: a gripping and intelligent rejection of an ideal that diminishes us all.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Cows on ice & owls in the bog : the weird and wonderful world of Scandinavian sayings / Montnémery, Katarina
“Scandinavians are cooler, sexier, and more stylish than the rest of us. They have a higher standard of living, greater economic opportunity and equality, the world’s best restaurants, and moody TV dramas involving murders and sweaters. But did you know, amidst the obsession with hygge, IKEA, and lagom, that Scandinavian sayings are absolutely BIZARRE? Take the Swedish ‘Skita i det bl a sk pet’, which roughly translates as ‘You’ve done a poop in the blue locker’.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Good economics for hard times : better answers to our biggest problems / Banerjee, Abhijit V.
“Figuring out how to deal with today’s critical economic problems is perhaps the great challenge of our time. Immigration and inequality, globalization and technological disruption, slowing growth and accelerating climate change–these are sources of great anxiety across the world. The resources to address these challenges are there–what we lack are ideas that will help us jump the wall of disagreement and distrust that divides us. If we succeed, history will remember our era with gratitude; if we fail, the potential losses are incalculable.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Ghostland : in search of a haunted country / Parnell, Edward
“In his late thirties, Edward Parnell found himself trapped in the recurring nightmare of a family tragedy. For comfort, he turned to his bookshelves, back to the ghost stories that obsessed him as a boy, and to the writers through the ages who have attempted to confront what comes after death. Ghostland is Parnell’s moving exploration of what has haunted our writers and artists – and what is haunting him. It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and of the redemptive power of stories and nature.” (adapted from Catalogue)

After Geoengineering: Climate Tragedy, Repair, And Restoration [hardback] / Buck, Holly Jean
“As the human species hurtles ever faster towards its own extinction geoengineering as a temporary fix to buy time for carbon removal, is a seductive idea. Can these technologies and practices be used as technologies of repair, to bring carbon levels back down to pre-industrial levels? Rejecting the idea that geoengineering is some kind of easy work-around, Holly Buck outlines the kind of social transformation that would be necessary to enact a programme of geoengineering in the first place.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Is there still sex in the city? / Bushnell, Candace
“The New York Times-bestselling author of Sex and the City takes a wry look at sex, dating, and friendship after age 50, with a smart, lively satirical story of marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, and the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all.” (Catalogue)

Losing Earth : a recent history / Rich, Nathaniel
“The most urgent story of our times, brilliantly reframed, beautifully told: how we had the chance to stop climate change, and failed. By 1979, we knew all that we know now about the science of climate change–what was happening, why it was happening, and how to stop it. Over the next ten years, we had the very real opportunity to stop it. Obviously, we failed. It is not just an agonizing revelation of historical missed opportunities, but a clear-eyed and eloquent assessment of how we got to now, and what we can and must do before it’s truly too late.” (adapted from Catalogue)