New art books to enjoy

Enjoy a selection of these beautiful art books new to the library this month. We have art books from New Zealand and the globe including the works of Gottfried Lindauer and J.M.W. Turner. If you want to develop your own work there are new books on using perspective and symbolism.

Syndetics book coverGottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand : the Māori portraits / edited by Ngahiraka Mason and Zara Stanhope.
“From the 1870s to the early twentieth century, the Bohemian immigrant artist Gottfried Lindauer travelled to marae and rural towns around New Zealand and – commissioned by Maori and Pakeha – captured in paint the images of key Maori figures. For Maori then and now, the faces of tipuna are full of mana and life. Now this definitive work collects those portraits for New Zealanders.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of Beatrix Potter : sketches, paintings, and illustrations / Text by Emily Zach ; Foreword by Steven Heller ; Introduction by Linda Lear ; Afterword by Eleanor Taylor.
“Published for the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth, this magnificent collection celebrates the artist behind The Tale of Peter Rabbit and numerous other beloved children’s books. Brimming with famous images and rarely seen gems this monograph explores Potter’s artistic process and reveals the places that inspired her timeless work.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDrawing autism / Jill Mullin ; with a foreword by Temple Grandin.
“In Drawing Autism, behaviour analyst and educator Jill Mullin has assembled a staggering array of work from autistic artists – ranging from Gregory Blackstock and Jessica Park to the unknown but no less talented. Their creations, coupled with artist interviews, comprise a fascinating and compelling book that serves to educate and inspire anyone whose life has been affected by ASD.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDrawing perspective / Tim Fisher.
“In this essential addition to Search Press’s high level drawing series, Tim Fisher gives a masterclass in perspective drawing, from one-point, two-point and multiple point right through to curvilinear perspective. There is good basic advice on drawing techniques such as hatching and creating tone, as well as on measurement, proportion, scale and adding people and animals in a landscape.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTurner : the extraordinary life and momentous times of J.M.W. Turner / Franny Moyle.
“J.M.W. Turner is one of the most important figures in Western art, and his visionary work paved the way for a revolution in landscape painting. Bringing a new level of expression and colour to his canvases, he paved the way for the modern artist. Franny Moyle brilliantly tells the story of the man to give us an astonishing portrait of the artist and a vivid evocation of Britain and Europe in flux.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMedieval wall paintings / Roger Rosewell.
“What medieval wall paintings remain in English churches tend to be shadows of their former selves – rare fragments of art that have survived not only the Reformation, but successive waves of iconoclastic zeal and unsympathetic restoration. Roger Rosewell here offers a guide to the role played by medieval wall paintings, as religious, didactic and commemorative works of art, telling the stories of those who created them and those who used them on a daily basis.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Suter : people, places, perspectives : artworks from the collection.
“This book is timed to coincide with the reopening of The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū after an extensive redevelopment project. It features a selection of works from the gallery’s permanent collections, chosen by Gallery Director Julie Catchpole and Bishop Suter Trust Chairperson Craig Potton.” (Dust jacket)

Syndetics book coverSymbolism / Rodolphe Rapetti ; translated from the French by Deke Dusinberre.
“The result of over ten years of research, this work offers an in-depth analysis of the European Symbolist movement: its conceptual background, major characteristics, ramifications, known and less-well known works, and main personalities.” (Syndetics summary)

Women in Art – New Art books in January

This month we have books about amazing female artists and how their word is changing, or has changed, our world. From iconic female artists like Frida Kahlo, to academics, and even women as artists’ subjects, there is no lack of places to find inspiration.

Syndetics book coverWomen who read are dangerous / Stefan Bollmann ; foreword by Karen Joy Fowler.
“This concise survey of women readers as subjects in the visual arts touches on several periods and includes Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse, Michelangelo & Suzanne Valadon. Bollmann gives a useful history of the issues surrounding women’s access to literature (reading was once said to cause illness, immorality, and early death) and attempts to explain why so many different artists have chosen to depict this act.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverElizabeth Durack : art & life : selected writings / edited by Perpetua Durack Clancy.
Art &​ Life contains extracts from diaries, letters, essays, travelogues and poetry written by Elizabeth Durack over the course of seven decades. With wit and candour, the writing reveals some of the most important influences and episodes – and the paradox – of her life. Durack read and travelled widely and drew inspiration from many sources: from the men and women she knew; from classical Western and ancient Aboriginal traditions; and from contemporary politics.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverLadies drawing night : make art, get inspired, join the party / By Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, and Rachael Cole ; photographs by Kate Edwards.
“Grab your pens, round up some friends, and get ready for an inspiring night of drawing. Join in with Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, Rachael Cole, and friends as they gather together to try out new ideas, explore different media, collaborate, and swap stories of successes, doubts, and the joy of making art.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverModern Scottish women : painters and sculptors, 1885-1965 / edited by Alice Strang.
“This revelatory book concentrates on Scottish women painters and sculptors from 1885, when Fra Newbery became Director of the Glasgow School of Art, until 1965, the year of Anne Redpath’s death. It explores the experience and context of the artists and their place in Scottish art history, in terms of training, professional opportunities and personal links within the Scottish art world.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverWalk through walls : a memoir / Marina Abramović ; with James Kaplan.
“Performance artist Abramovic’ shares the remarkable experiences of her life and background on some of her best-known art pieces in this enchanting and emotionally raw memoir. She provides fascinating glimpses into her experiences living with Aboriginal Australians and her walk of China’s Great Wall, sharing illuminating notes from her performances diaries and giving insight into her teaching technique. This is an honest, gripping, and profound look into the heart and brilliant mind of one of the quintessential artists of the postmodern era.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover25 women : essays on their art / Dave Hickey.
“Hickey was inspired to revisit and revamp his essays about 25 women artists and their work as a tribute to his friend, the late curator and New Museum founder Marcia Tucker. He revels in the turbulent depths of painters as varied as Joan Mitchell, Vija Celmins, Bridget Riley, Elizabeth Murray, and Hung Liu. The artists are significant and intriguing, Hickey’s criticism exceptionally dynamic and enlightening.” (Adapted from Booklist)

Syndetics book coverWomen artists : the Linda Nochlin reader / edited by Maura Reilly.
“Linda Nochlin has been a groundbreaking art critic and curator for decades. The text moves from 1971’s groundbreaking “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” through many years’ worth of catalogue essays, journal articles, and previously unpublished works. Readers will be delighted by this opportunity to watch Nochlin’s ideas advance over the decades. Nochlin’s contributions have been crucial in rethinking art history and rejecting the narrow idea of a core female aesthetic. (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverMargaret Preston / Elizabeth Butel.
“Margaret Preston, Australia’s foremost woman painter between the wars, sent a series of shock-waves through Sydney’s art circles with her vital art, her spirited journalism and her belligerent enthusiasm for living, during a career that spanned over seventy years. ‘A red-headed little firebrand of a woman’, she was an artist who never stood still, moving from realism to Post-Impressionism, to an Aboriginal-inspired style of art with unceasing verve and freshness.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverFrida Kahlo at home / Suzanne Barbezat.
“This book explores the influence of Mexican culture and tradition, La Casa Azul and other places Frida Kahlo called home, on her life and work. La Casa Azul, now one of the most visited museums in Mexico City, was the artist’s birthplace and the home where she grew up, lived with her husband Diego Rivera for a number of years, and also where she died. Fully illustrated, the book features Frida’s paintings together with archive images and family photographs, objects and artefacts she collected and photographs of the surrounding landscape.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Pop and punk in print – New Art Books in November

This month we have lots of cool new art books to enjoy, including some great new titles on graffiti and street art. There are also fascinating new books on other modern changes in art, including pop art, and graphic novels and cartoons.

Syndetics book coverOh so pretty : punk in print 1976-80 / essay by Rick Poynor ; the Mott Collection.
“A compelling visual portrait of a time, place, and subculture that raised a middle finger to modern society. Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80 is an unrivalled collection of visually striking ephemera from Britain’s punk subculture. It presents 500 artefacts – ‘zines,’ gig posters, flyers, and badges – from well-known and obscure musical acts, designers, venues, and related political groups.” (Adapted from Amazon Summary)

Syndetics book coverNew street art / Claude Crommeliln.
“Crazy and wonderful stencils, paste-ups, paintings and little sculptures that catch our eye and surprising us with their beauty, humour or pithy comment on society. It is however ephemeral, the work can disappear very quickly. Claude has documented thousands of works from across London.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverIt’s all a bit Heath Robinson : re-inventing the First World War / Lucinda Gosling in association with Mary Evans Picture Library.
“Combining a distinctive draughtsmanship with a curious and ingenious mind, the advent of the First World War inspired Robinson to dream up a series of increasingly outlandish and bizarre military inventions with which the opposing armies would try to outwit each other. From the kaiser’s campaigning car or a suggestion for an armoured bayonet curler, his cartoons are a fantastically absurd take on wartime life.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverPop art : a colourful history / Alastair Sooke.
“Pop Art is the most important 20th-century art movement. It brought Modernism to the masses, making art sexy and fun with coke cans and comics. Today, in our age of selfies and social networking, we are still living in a world defined by Pop. Full of brand new interviews and research, Sooke describes the great works by Warhol, Lichtenstein and other key figures, but also re-examines the movement for the 21st century and asks if it is still art?” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverStreet art world / Alison Young.
“This strikingly illustrated book explores every aspect of street art, from making and photographing it to stealing and selling it. Artists working in the streets reveal both their passion for street art and ambivalence about its commodification. Based on twenty years of research in the graffiti and street art scenes, Street Art World is the first book to provide a history and context for the words and images that appear in cities all around the world.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverGraphic storytelling and visual narrative : principles and practices from the legendary cartoonist / Will Eisner.
“Learn how to control a story effectively using a broad array of techniques. With examples from Will Eisner’s own catalog and other masters, this book distills the art of graphic storytelling into principles that every comic artist, writer, and filmmaker should know.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverBrett whiteley : art, life and the other thing / Ashleigh Wilson.
“When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity:some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line. Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 determined to make an impression. Before long he was the youngest artist to have work acquired by the Tate. Written with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, and illustrated with classic Whiteley pieces, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos, this biography reveals the full portrait of a mercurial artist.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverBromhead / Peter Bromhead.
“One of New Zealand’s best-known cartoonists, Peter Bromhead has led a colourful life. In his satirical, illustrated memoir, Bromhead, as he is affectionately known, shares his life in words and pictures. Packed with hilarious illustrations recounting his harsh upbringing, romantic missteps, cartooning career and experiences as an older father.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverStreet art/today : the 50 most influential street artists today / texts, Elise Luong, Bjørn Van Poucke.
“Street art is more than artistically acknowledged graffiti. This book highlights this new art form in all its facets, beyond the cliches. From installation art to socially critical tags to photo realistic mural paintings: street art exists in all forms and sizes. This book maps the genre and investigates new tendencies such as ecological street art, the naive wave & trompe l’oeil.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Art connections – New Art Books in October

October brings us beautiful books on modern art and how history has shaped art to be what it is today. From fabrics and design, to colour, sculpture and photography, this month showcases modern artisans. Not just crafts people but artists using old methods to explore new ideas and push creative and social boundaries.

Syndetics book coverAi Weiwei / edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth ; with texts by Roger M. Buergel [and four others].
“As his personal circumstances move in constant flux, Ai Weiwei remains a cultural magnet. Renowned for his political activism and social media activity almost as much as for his social interventions, contemporary approach to the readymade, and knowledge of Chinese traditional crafts, Ai’s fame extends throughout and beyond the art world. This monograph explores each of Ai’s career phases up until his release from Chinese custody.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCreamy psychology / Yvonne Todd ; edited by Robert Leonard.
“Twelve years ago, a young Auckland photographer, Yvonne Todd, became the surprise winner of the first Walters Award. Todd is best known for her portraits of women, her mostly invented female ‘characters’. Creamy Psychology surveys Todd’s work since the late 1990s, including her recent Gilbert Melrose project and her latest photographic series Ethical Minorities. Comprehensively illustrated, Creamy Psychology is the new go-to book on Yvonne Todd.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreen : the history of a color / Michel Pastoureau ; translated by Jody Gladding.
“This beautiful and richly illustrated book presents a fascinating and revealing history of the color green in European societies from prehistoric times to today. Examining the evolving place of green in art, clothes, literature, religion, science, and everyday life, Pastoureau traces how culture has profoundly changed the perception and meaning of the color over millennia.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanel art / by Karl Lagerfeld.
“For the set of CHANELs Spring-Summer 2014 Prêt-à-Porter fashion show, Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’ Grand Palais into a vast art gallery filled with specially created CHANEL artworks. CHANEL Art is a record of this gallery and unique moment in fashion history. Lagerfeld personally conceived each of the diverse paintings, sculptures and installations, many of which are ironic interpretations of CHANELs famous icons informed by a pop sensibility.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover50 portraits you should know / Brad Finger.
“This wide-ranging collection of 50 iconic portraits includes works by many of the world’s most renowned artists, each with their own style, technique, and story to tell. Throughout the history of art, most of the world’s greatest artists have produced portraits at some point in their careers, whether commissioned by rulers or magnates; created to preserve a cherished friend or relation; or even to capture the artist’s own likeness.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArt & textiles : fabric as material and concept in modern art from Klimt to the present / edited by Markus Brüderlin ; with contributions by Hartmut Böhme [and 11 others] ; translations, Amy J. Klement.
“The boundary between arts and crafts appears to be blurring. Thread, weave, network, and pattern are simultaneously foundation, result, and inspiration and spill over into the areas painting, sculpture, installation, and media art. This opulently designed volume presents both an artistic and an intercultural dialogue.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe new artisans. II / Olivier Dupon.
“Collectable, one-of-a-kind artisanal objects–whether hand-woven textiles or handblown glass–have become a fixture of the modern home; and the artists who produce them are increasingly sought-after. In this follow-up volume to The New Artisans, design expert and lauded blogger Olivier Dupon continues his exploration of the most creative artisans working today. Divided into two sections, The New Artisans II is the ultimate reference to the vibrant, creative world of the handmade.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverColour in the making : from old wisdom to new brilliance / [Philip Ball, Mark Clarke and Carinna Parraman]
Colour in the Making is a visual history of art told through the materials of color. From the discovery and use of early earth pigments to organic chemistry and into contemporary dyes, inks, printing techniques and manufacture. Throughout this sumptuously colorful book artists’ and designers’ projects illustrate the behind the scenes inventions and processes of color-making.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStrange material : storytelling through textiles / Leanne Prain ; project photography by Jeanie Ow.
Strange Material explores the relationship between handmade textiles and storytelling. Offbeat, poetic, and subversive, it inspires readers to re-imagine the possibilities of creating through needle and fabric.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

New eAudiobook Non-Fiction in September

This month’s non-fiction additions to the Overdrive eAudiobook collection tackle the big issues of the day: technology advancement, the changing nature of employment and (last but not least) American presidential politics. And if you need a breather after all that, there’s In Pursuit of Silence by George Prochnik. To get started on Overdrive, just visit our website – or pop down and see us at your local library.

Overdrive cover The Healthy Programmer, by Joe Kutner (Audiobook)
“To keep doing what you love, you need to maintain your own systems, not just the ones you write code for. Regular exercise and proper nutrition help you learn, remember, concentrate and be creative—skills critical to doing your job well. Learn how to change your work habits, master exercises that make working at a computer more comfortable and develop a plan to keep fit, healthy and sharp for years to come.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Scream, by Tama Janowitz (Audiobook)
“In this darkly funny memoir, the original “Lit Girl” and author of the era-defining Slaves of New York considers her life in and outside of New York City, from the heyday of the 1980s to her life today in a tiny upstate town that proves that fact is always stranger than fiction. Filled with a very real, personal cast of characters, Scream is an intimate, scorching memoir rife with the humour, insight and experience of a writer with a skill for cutting straight to the strangest parts of life.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hackers, by Steven Levy (Audiobook)
“Steven Levy’s classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution’s original hackers—those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early ’80s who took risks, bent the rules and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman and Steve Wozniak.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Bread, Wine, Chocolate, by Simran Sethi (Audiobook)
“Simran Sethi explores the history of our most beloved tastes, paying homage to the ingredients that give us daily pleasure, while providing a thoughtful wake-up call to the homogenization that is threatening the diversity of our food supply. Sethi draws on interviews with scientists, farmers, chefs, vintners, beer brewers and coffee roasters to reveal the multiple and interconnected reasons for this loss, and its consequences for our health, traditions and culture.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Assholes, by Aaron James (Audiobook)
“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. From the author of Assholes: A Theory.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Movie Freak, by Owen Gleiberman (Audiobook)
“From a personal obsession with film, to an unorthodox mentorship with the legendary Pauline Kael, to establishing himself with Entertainment Weekly, Movie Freak is the memoir by veteran film critic Owen Gleiberman that will speak to anyone whose life has been changed by a great film. Gleiberman not only reveals the details of how he became a critic, but attempts to show why we find cinema so defining as a society.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Why We Work, by Barry Schwartz (Audiobook)
“An eye-opening, groundbreaking tour of the purpose of work in our lives, showing how work operates in our culture and how you can find your own path to happiness in the workplace. Schwartz takes us through hospitals and hair salons, auto plants and boardrooms, showing workers in all walks of life, showcasing the trends and patterns that lead to happiness in the workplace.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter (Audiobook)
“Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humour and a few second thoughts. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world. This is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover In Pursuit of Silence, by George Prochnik (Audiobook)
“More than money, power and even happiness, silence has become the most precious—and dwindling—commodity of our modern world. George Prochnik examines why we began to be so loud as a society, and what it is that gets lost when we can no longer find quiet. A brilliant, far-reaching exploration of the frontiers of noise and silence, and the growing war between them.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Art connections – New Art Books in September

This month’s selection showcases a whole world of art, from great Maori sculptor Fred Graham to French painters and children’s book illustrators. We visit spiritual sculpture in Polynesia, street artists across the globe and one of the great paradoxes of Australian art.

Syndetics book coverFred Graham : creator of forms : te tohunga auaha / Maria de Jong with Fred Graham ; photographs by Geoff Dale.
“Māori sculptor Fred Graham is a leading figure in New Zealand’s art world … This rich retrospective reveals the stories behind Graham’s life – from his early career as an art teacher to his emergence as a revered figure within the contemporary Māori art movement.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe language of mixed-media sculpture / Jac Scott.
“Both a survey and a lavish celebration of contemporary approaches to sculptures that are formed from more than one material, this book profiles the discipline in all its expanded forms, and recognizes sculpture in the 21st century not as something solid and static, but rather as a fluid interface in material, time, and space. It reveals the inspirations, influences, and creative journeys of more than 30 contemporary artists, and explains the practical processes and raw materials they use.” (Adapted from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverShow me a story! : why picture books matter : conversations with 21 of the world’s most celebrated illustrators / compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus ; with a foreword by David Wiesner.
“In his introduction to this collection of 21 interviews with renowned children’s illustrators, Marcus reveals his impetus for embarking on the project: a mad quest for the vital thread that links an artist’s life story to the stories and images for which he or she is known. To do this he often starts where all things start; in childhood.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverIn Montmartre : Picasso, Matisse and modernism in Paris 1900-1910 / Sue Roe. 
“Montmartre, the hillside district of northern Paris, lay at the heart of an emerging modernism at the turn of the 20th century. Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, André Derain, Gertrude Stein, Marcel Proust, and other famous modernists lived, worked, and congregated within its neighbourhood cafes, bars, and studios. Roe painstakingly depicts Montmartre’s cultural and political history.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverMiró : the experience of seeing : late works, 1963-1981 / Carmen Fernández Aparicio, Belén Gálan Martín, Charles Palermo, Pere Portabella, Jesús Carrillo.
“This book details Miro’s antagonistic relationship with the Franco regime; his strong sense of being Catalan; his differences from surrealism, and his relationships with Marcel Duchamp. It is generously and well illustrated, particularly for the sculpture. It should bring Miro to the forefront of 20th-century art.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverPro Hart : life & legacy / Gavin Fry.
“Pro Hart was without doubt a most enigmatic figure in Australian art. Can one be described as being ‘without a doubt the greatest artist in our nation’s history’, yet also be considered a ‘parish pump incompetent’, meretricious and a charlatan? That is the paradox of Pro Hart. To be an artist turning over more than one million dollars a year, yet fly beneath the radar of serious art. How did that situation arise and what it does it say about Australia?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAtua : sacred gods from Polynesia / Michael Gunn.
“The Polynesian concept of atua ― of gods, figurative objects and associated beliefs ― developed over thousands of years and spread throughout the region. Sculptures of ancestral gods connected the Polynesians with Te Po, the supernatural world, giving them strength and sacred knowledge. The superb examples of sculpture illustrated in this volume provide an island-by-island insight into this rich and intriguing heritage.” (Adapted from Amazon Summary)

Syndetics book coverStreet art/today : the 50 most influential street artists today / texts, Elise Luong, Bjørn Van Poucke.
“Street art is more than artistically acknowledged graffiti. This book highlights this new art form in all its facets, beyond the cliches. From installation art to socially critical tags to photo realistic mural paintings: street art exists in all forms and sizes. This book maps the genre and investigates new tendencies such as ecological street art, the naive wave, and trompe l’oeil.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

New eBook Fiction in September

This month’s titles from Overdrive are set across the globe, from the sand hills of Nebraska to a Swedish caravan park. And we haven’t forgotten the Pacific: Breaking Connections by Albert Wendt takes place in both New Zealand and Hawaii. So have your map, compass and e-reader at the ready, and enjoy!

Overdrive cover Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, by Barney Norris
“One quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard and a widower. As one of those lives hangs in the balance, the stories of all five unwind, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight
“Single mother Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a call to say her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from school. Torn between her head and her heart, Kate eventually arrives at St Grace’s, only to find her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame. A grieving Kate can’t accept that her daughter would kill herself: Amelia would never leave her alone like this. So begins an investigation into Amelia’s troubled world.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Work Like Any Other, by Virginia Reeves
“Roscoe T. Martin sets his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the 20th century: electricity. But when his wife inherits her father’s farm, Roscoe has to give it up, with great cost to his pride, marriage and family. Realising he might lose it all, he decides to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness. Then a young man is electrocuted on their land. Roscoe is arrested for manslaughter and must now carve out a place in a violent new world.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Black Water, by Louise Doughty
“Harper wakes every night, terrified of the sounds outside his hut in Bali. He is afraid that his past as a mercenary has caught up with him. Then he meets Rita, a woman with her own tragedies, and begins a passionate affair. Their relationship makes Harper realise that exile comes in many forms – but can Rita and Harper save each other while also putting themselves at risk? Black Water turns around the 1965 Indonesian massacres, one of the great untold tragedies of the 20th century.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover I Am Behind You, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
“Four families wake up one morning in their caravans on an ordinary campsite in southern Sweden. However, during the night something strange has happened: everything else has disappeared. The sky is blue, but there is no sign of the sun; there are no trees, no flowers, no birds. As the holiday-makers try to come to terms with what has happened, they are forced to confront their deepest fears. Can any of them find a way back to reality?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Vile Bodies, by Evelyn Waugh
“The Bright Young Things of 1920s Mayfair, including struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the aristocratic Nina Blount exercise their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade, whether it is promiscuity, dancing or sports cars. But in the distance, war looms again… Evelyn Waugh’s 1930 satire shows a new generation emerging in the years after the First World War, revealing the darkness and vulnerability beneath the glittering surface of the high life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Breaking Connections, by Albert Wendt
“A dynamic group has emerged in Auckland whose members refer to themselves as the Tribe. Mainly Polynesian, they grow up together and become successful professionals, bound by the self-destructive Aaron. But when Daniel receives a call in Hawaii telling him Aaron has been killed, he must return to New Zealand and step into the most dangerous crisis he has ever faced. What has the Tribe become?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bones of Paradise, by Jonis Agee
“Ten years after the Seventh Cavalry massacred more than two hundred Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee, J.B. Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native American woman, are murdered on J.B.’s land. The deaths bring together the Bennett family: J.B.’s cunning father, Drum; his estranged wife, Dulcinea; and his teenage sons. As the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds, the secrets of the dysfunctional Bennetts are revealed, exposing the conflicted heart of a nation.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Classic eAudiobook Fiction in August

We’ve had lots of great classic novels and plays added to Overdrive this month, so what better time to finally enjoy these stories you’ve always intended to read. There’s even complete radio plays performed with a full cast to really tell the story in all its glory.

Overdrive cover The History Boys, by Alan Bennett (Audiobook)
“Alan Bennett’s award-winning play as heard on BBC Radio 3 features the National Theatre cast. After a sell-out national tour and an extended stage run, Alan Bennett’s phenomenally successful play transfers to BBC Radio 3. At a boys’ grammar school in Sheffield, eight boys are being coached for the Oxbridge entrance exams. It is the mid-eighties, and the main concern of the unruly bunch of bright sixth-formers is getting out, starting university – and starting life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Winter’s Tale, by William Shakespeare (Audiobook)
“Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, The Winter’s Tale is no lightweight affair; it explores the darker themes of rage, jealousy, treason, and death. Yet though initially an intense psychological drama, as the play unfolds it takes on a lighter and more comedic tone. In short, there is something for everyone. What was once a day’s entertainment for the groundlings and the gentry is now the perfect diversion for that long commute.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (Audiobook)
“This is the story of Victor Frankenstein: a man obsessed with discovering the secret of life and cheating death; a man who brings to life to a body built from corpses; and a man who rejects this would-be child…But who is truly the monster?” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (Audiobook)
“When Maxim de Winter brings his shy new bride to his beautiful stately home on the Cornwall coast, it seems like all her dreams have come true. But she soon finds that Manderley is haunted by the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, who died the year before. As the hot summer fades, the mystery of Rebecca’s death grows, weaving a spell of fear and foreboding. In a series of climactic revelations, Rebecca’s memory is finally laid to rest, but at what cost? Harriet Walter reads Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic masterpiece.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence (Audiobook)
“The initial romance between a woman of ‘good family’ and a miner does not last long into marriage as they face tough economic realities. The differences in background affect the next generation – the two sons William and Paul. Widely regarded as Lawrence’s masterpiece.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, by P. D. James (Audiobook) “A gripping BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation featuring young detective Cordelia Gray. Mark Calendar, 21 years old and in his final year at Cambridge, leaves university without warning and takes a job as a gardener. Eighteen days later he is found hanging in the cottage where he lived. The verdict at the inquest is suicide. Cordelia Gray, now sole proprietor of the Pryde Detective Agency, is hired by Mark’s father to piece together the facts surrounding his death.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bell, by Iris Murdoch (Audiobook)
“A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone hopes to be saved, whatever that may mean…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Death on the Nile, by Agatha Christie (Audiobook)
“John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of one of Christie’s most popular novels. Linnet Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth and a devoted husband, she has everything anyone could wish for. But as the happy couple set out on an idyllic honeymoon cruise on the Nile, storm clouds are gathering…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Code of Woosters, by P. G. Wodehouse (Audiobook)
“In the best known of the Bertie and Jeeves series, Bertie’s aunt pressures him to steal a silver creamer, and he nearly gets lynched, arrested and engaged by mistake. As always, Jeeves is on hand with a last-minute brainstorm to set everything straight.” (Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction for August

This month has seen some amazing quality fiction added to Overdrive. We have a great mix of genres with modern classics as well as brand new releases. There’s plenty to enjoy for all different reading tastes.

Overdrive cover Naked Empire, by Terry Goodkind (eBook)
“The Sword of Truth series follows Richard Cypher, a young woodsman intent on tracking down his father’s murderer. His quest will take him far from home, embroiling him in an ancient war, three-millennia past, that is about to re-ignite with world-shattering violence. Time is running out. The Imperial Order has D’Hara under siege, Wizard’s Keep is threatened, and Richard Rahl has been poisoned. There is an antidote, but it comes at a high price.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Book of Dave, by Will Self (eBook)
“What if a demented London cabbie called Dave Rudman wrote a book to his estranged son to give him some fatherly advice? What if that book was buried in Hampstead and hundreds of years later, when rising sea levels have put London underwater, spawned a religion? What if one man decided to question life according to Dave? And what if Dave had indeed made a mistake?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Strange Shores, by Arnaldur Indridason (eBook)
“A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets, but Erlendur realises that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bricks that Built the Houses, by Kate Tempest (eBook) “Kate Tempest’s electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multi-generational tale of drugs, desire and belonging. It gets into your bones. You don’t even realise it, until you’re driving through it, watching all the things you’ve always known and leaving them behind. In The Bricks that Built The Houses Kate Tempest explores contemporary city life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us irresistible stories of hidden lives, and showing us how the best intentions don’t always lead to the right decisions” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston (eBook) “One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Road to Winter, by Mark Smith (eBook)
“Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his dog for company. He has stayed alive for two winters—hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders. But Finn’s isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn’s help. The Road to Winter is an unforgettable novel about survival, honour, friendship and love.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Long War, by Stephen Baxter (eBook)
“A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. A new ‘America’, called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth – and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government…
But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity’s thoughtless exploitation.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Weeping Woman, by Zoe Valdes (eBook)
“A writer resembling Zoé Valdés—a Cuban exile living in Paris with her husband and young daughter—is preparing a novel on the life of Dora Maar, one of the most promising artists in the Surrealist movement until she met Pablo Picasso. Dora became his lover, muse, and ultimately, his victim. She became The Weeping Woman captured in his famous portrait, the mistress he betrayed with other mistress-muses, and their affair ended with her commitment to an asylum at the hands of Picasso’s friends.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Invoice, by Jonas Karlsson (eBook)
“Karlsson’s new novel explores the true nature of happiness through the eyes of hero you won’t soon forget. A passionate film buff, our hero’s life revolves around his part-time job at a video store and a daily routine that more often than not ends with pizza and a movie. When he receives an astronomical invoice from a random national bureaucratic agency, everything will tumble into madness as he calls the hotline night and day to find out why he is the recipient of the largest bill in the entire country.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera (eBook)
“Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx for Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of. She’s interning with the author Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

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)