Parenting Recent Picks for December

An eclectic assortment of books this month, covering all sorts of topics. I think you’ll certainly find something to keep you interested and occupied over the Christmas holiday break!

Syndetics book coverStitch, wear, play : 20 charming patterns for boys & girls / Mariko Nakamura.
“Hop, skip and jump your way through over 20 practical and stylish clothing designs for children ages 3-8. This year-round collection was designed with active boys and girls in mind, and includes shirts, dresses, skirts, pants, jackets and charming accessories. The cuts are classic and the fabrics are kid-friendly cotton, linen, knits, and fleece. Delicate details and impeccable finishing complete the look, making all sewing projects look like they were purchased from a trendy boutique.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAwesome cakes for kids / editor Pamela Clark.
“The Australian Women’s Weekly is world-famous for its colourful, easy-to-create, imaginative and crazy kids’ birthday cakes, with generations having fond memories of eagerly selecting their chosen cake before each year’s birthday celebration. Continuing this tradition, Awesome Cakes for Kids brings the magic to a new generation eager to festoon their parties with fondant creepy crawlies, exploratory spacemen, fire-breathing dragons and cuddly cats.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlanet parent : the world’s best ways to bring up your children / Mark Woods.
“In his unique, witty and informative style, Mark Woods sets off on an international adventure to discover if any country has found the secret to great parenting (or at least found out how to make the little ones eat their broccoli) and if we can learn a little something from each other. Planet Parent explores whether mums and dads elsewhere have better potty training techniques than us, if the twos are terrible everywhere and whether all parents feel this knackered.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMama tried : dispatches from the seamy underbelly of modern parenting / Emily Flake.
“New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book. With incredible honesty, Flake tackles everything from morning sickness to sleep training, shedding much needed light on the gnarly realities of breastfeeding, child proofing, mommy groups, and every unrealistic expectation in between.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first five years : from birth to primary school, understand and encourage your child’s development / Philippa Kaye.
“Why do toddlers throw food on the floor again and again so that they can watch you pick it up? What’s the best way to help a child learn to walk? When does a child understand the word ‘no’? Babies and toddlers are fascinating and changing all the time. Each month brings with it a breakthrough in new skills and abilities. Each chapter explores the developmental areas for each age band, checklists for development and ways to stimulate these skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting Made Easy: The Early Years
Parenting Made Easy: The Early Years provides ideas for your bag of tricks that have worked for thousands of families to foster children’s positive self-identity. The strategies advocated promote positive nurturing relationships while equipping parents with skills to manage problem behaviour. Children, by virtue of being children, will make behavioural errors and so it is the job of parents to love and believe in them and to model and teach respectful communication. Such authoritative parenting is characterised by firm, warm, expectations with clear limit setting while encouraging independent thinking and displaying unconditional love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanging our secondary schools / Bali Haque.
“This is a powerful critique of two decades of educational reform in New Zealand, from an educator who was deeply involved. It is also a provocative call for action. Bali Haque has been both a secondary school principal required to implement reform and a senior public servant in the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) tasked with pushing through changes. In a final future pathways section, the author sets out his proposals to address the problems and concerns raised throughout the book. With clearly defined topics and summaries in each chapter, this is an accessible and absorbing read.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book pick:

Syndetics book coverClick, clack, ho! ho! ho!.
“Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series. It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a…duck? Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve! All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready. Once again, Duck has gotten the whole barnyard STUCK in quite a predicament! Will anyone be able to un-stuck Duck and save Christmas?” (Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for November

This month’s selections see the reprint of some classic parenting titles – Celia Lashlie’s He’ll be ok and the original Save our sleep.  My children’s pick is also a classic of sorts, a Hairy Maclary treasury with all your favourites in one book!  Along with the other great new books,  these additions are well worth checking out.

Syndetics book coverBecoming a mother : a journey of uncertainty, transformation and falling in love / Leisa Stathis.
“Throughout the first difficult year of their babies’ lives, many women secretly doubt that they will emerge as the loving, confident mothers they long to be. Here, Leisa Stathis explores this emotional journey. Through shared stories, women learn that they are not alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHe’ll be OK : growing gorgeous boys into good men / Celia Lashlie.
“The 10th anniversary edition of the iconic book that takes parents into the mysterious world of boys, with new foreword, introduction and tribute to the author. In this new edition of her honest, no-nonsense and best-selling book, Celia reveals what goes on inside the world of boys. With clarity and insight, she offers parents – especially mothers – practical and reassuring advice on raising their boys to become good, loving, articulate men.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSave our sleep : a parents’ guide towards happy, sleeping babies from birth to two years / Tizzie Hall.
“The bestseller that answers that all-important question for parents – how can I get my baby to sleep? Tizzie Hall is an internationally renowned baby whisperer who has been working with babies and their parents for over 24 years. Her customised sleep routines have helped thousands of restless babies sleep through the night.  Save Our Sleep is the must-have book for all parents who want to save their sleep.”  (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe intuitive parent : why the best thing for your child is you / Stephen Camarata.
“In The Intuitive Parent , Vanderbilt University child development specialist Dr. Stephen Camarata debunks the claims many of these ‘brain development’ programs make. Using accessible, down-to-earth language he explains how parents can intuitively support their child’s brain development by simply paying attention. Babies and children develop at their own pace; what’s more, they are hardwired to signal to caregivers when they’re ready for the next step.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSewn together : 25 fun projects to sew with kids / Jenny Doh.
“It’s always better when you sew together! The art of sewing should be shared, and these delightful child-centered projects are made for parents to do with their kids aged 6 to 12–or for tweens to try alone after they’ve learned the basics. From simple nesting dolls and a cute plush fox friend to a drawstring game board, pennants, pillows, patchwork throws, scarves, and stuffed animal sleeping bags, there’s something fun for everyone. Contributors include : Mollie Johanson, Heather Jones, Cal Patch, Mary Rasch, Aimee Ray, Cynthia Shaffer, and others.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first five years : from birth to primary school, understand and encourage your child’s development / Philippa Kaye.
“Babies and toddlers are fascinating and changing all the time. Each month brings with it a breakthrough in new skills and abilities. Each chapter explores the developmental areas for each age band, checklists for development and ways to stimulate these skills. There are suggested activities for each topic making this a truly practical book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe angst of adolescence : how to parent your teen (and live to laugh about it) / Sara Villanueva, PhD.
“The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen and Live to Laugh About It , written in a conversational, informative, humorous and relatable style, promises to deliver trustworthy resource for parents of teens who are searching for answers and guidance about how to maneuver their way through this tricky developmental period.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book pick:

Syndetics book coverHairy Maclary treasury
“Ever since Hairy Maclary first trotted out of the gate and off for a walk, he has been adored by millions of children and adults all over the world. For the very first time, Lynley Dodd’s ten classic stories starring Hairy Maclary are brought together in this treasury. It also includes a CD with each tale specially introduced by Lynley Dodd herself.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Big Library Read with Overdrive ebooks now on!

Every three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’.  Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club!  (There are even discussion questions if you’re interested here and here).  This time the big read will be running from Thursday October 8th until Wednesday the 21st.

The latest offerings are two young adult novels – The door in the hedge’ by Robin McKinley and In the shadows of blackbirds’ by Cat Winters.  This is the first time two different books have been offered at once and these two were chosen by library staff and the public, who were able to vote for their favourite choice.  They should be good then!

Overdrive cover The Door in the Hedge, by Robin McKinley (eBook)
Robin McKinley is a well known and award-winning young adult writer. This book is a collection of fantasy stories about faerieland featuring princes, princesses, frogs and other fairy tale characters you’ll know well.

 

Overdrive cover In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters (eBook)
On a completely different note is Cat Winter’s novel – a historical horror romance mash-up. It’s about a young woman in America dealing with the 1918 Spanish influenza outbreak, who has to struggle not just with a world in turmoil but also ghosts of those who have succumbed to the illness.
Both of these titles are available from Overdrive, in our elibrary.  From October 8th, the start of the big read, for the two following weeks they will be available for anyone who wants to borrow them – no waiting or reserving!


 
 

link to blog post about the big library read

Parenting Recent Picks for September

There’s just a small selection of lovely new parenting books this month. They’re still the cream of the crop though (I love the sewing book)! And as a bonus I’ve included an extra children’s book – a couple of favourites from the new ones that have been arriving recently, including the picture book debut by Australian design extraordinaire Beci Orpin.

Syndetics book cover8 keys to raising the quirky child / Mark Bowers ; foreword by Babette Rothschild.
“A quirky child experiences difficulty fitting in and connecting with others usually due to an interpersonal style or behavior that stands out from the other kids. These kids are not so far afield as to fall on the autism spectrum, but they are unique, and their behaviors are not addressed in typical parenting books. This book defines quirky markers and offers strategies for parents to understand their children’s brains and behaviors; to know what is developmentally appropriate, and what isn’t; to understand how to reach their kids; and to help facilitate their social functioning in the world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYou simply can’t spoil a newborn: the essential Kiwi guide to nurturing your baby in the first three months / Dorothy Waide with Jill Daamen.
“The first three months of parenthood offer a unique opportunity for parents to lay a loving and solid foundation that will last a lifetime. From calming the most unsettled baby, to teaching babies to self-settle and resettle, Dorothy Waide provides realistic advice on how to solve common breastfeeding issues, to managing time, relationships and emotional demands in the weeks following birth.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOut of control : why disciplining your child doesn’t work– and what will / Shefali Tsabary, PhD.
“Every parent wants the golden key to raising well-behaved, academically gifted, successful, happy children. Out of Control offers a never-before-published perspective on why the entire premise of discipline is flawed. Dr. Shefali Tsabary reveals how discipline is a major cause of generations of dysfunction. The author goes to the heart of the problems parents have with children, challenging society’s dependence on discipline, daring readers to let go of fear-based ideologies and replace them with an approach that draws parent and child together.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe soul of discipline : the simplicity parenting approach to warm, firm, and calm guidance–from toddlers to teens / Kim John Payne, M.Ed.
“In this groundbreaking book, parenting expert and acclaimed author of the bestselling book Simplicity Parenting Kim John Payne, M.Ed., flips the script on children’s challenging or defiant behavior and lays out an elegantly simple plan to support parents in establishing loving, age-sensitive boundaries that help children feel safe and settled.”–Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverLinen, wool, cotton kids : 21 patterns for simple separates and comfortable layers / Akiko Mano.
“From feminine dresses to menswear-inspired outfits, this collection of coordinated separates for girls ages 4 to 7 can be easily modified to suit the season or the child. With an emphasis on natural fabrics, these garments are designed to allow the nature of the fabric to come through.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book picks:

Syndetics book coverThe Specific Ocean
“A young girl does not want to go away for summer vacation; she wants to stay in the city with her friends. But after a few days at the beach, she falls under the ocean’s spell and begins to wonder how she can bring it and its magic back home with her. A lyrical, thoughtful look at the deep connection to be made with the natural world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFind me a Castle: A look-and-find book 
“There’s lots to discover in this book, So open it up and take a look, Search for each hidden thing, and then, Find me a castle and we’ll start again! From this highly acclaimed creator comes a fresh new interpretation of the classic look-and-find book. With so much to discover, Find Me A Castle will have you returning time and again to its beautiful pages.” (Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for August

There’s definitely a baby theme going on this month, with the first few books selected focussing on the first year of your child’s life (my children’s book pick is for the littlies too). But there’s also a good choice of new parenting books for older kids covering some popular issues. Remember you can reserve any of the books, if they’re available or not, by clicking on the title links through to the catalogue.

Syndetics book coverNappy free baby : a practical guide to baby-led potty training from birth / Amber Hatch.
“This unique book shows parents how to break free from nappies and tricky toilet training. In this book, Amber Hatch guides parents through the method, explaining the practical things you need to know from getting started to completion. You’ll also discover how to adapt the approach to your own family’s needs and routines, how to overcome common problems and how to encourage confidence and independence in your child.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding your baby : a parent’s guide to progress in the first year and beyond / Kyra Karmiloff & Dr Annette Karmiloff-Smith.
“The mother-and-daughter team of Kyra Karmiloff, a research psychologist, and Dr Annette Karmiloff-Smith, a professorial research fellow at the Developmental Neurocognition Lab at Birkbeck College, University of London, ‘translate’ the latest scientific findings on infant behaviour, the development of gross and fine motor skills and intelligence, and how infants produce language and experience the social world, as well as offering helpful tips and suggestions about how parents can positively influence their child’s journey towards independence.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHeading home with your newborn : from birth to reality / Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP & Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP.
“The new edition of this bestselling guide to newborn care has been fully revised and updated. Written by two pediatricians and focusing on the first few months of an infant’s life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPerfect sleep : how to establish and maintain good sleep habits for your baby / Arna Skula.
“Arna Skula, a clinical nurse specialist who runs an outpatient clinic for babies with sleep problems, explains how parents can establish and maintain good sleep habits in their babies and small children, and offers ways to solve sleep problems. Unique, specially created charts show the typical sleep and wake patterns for babies at all key stages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe expectant father : the ultimate guide for dads-to-be / Armin A. Brott, Jennifer Ash.
“The twentieth-anniversary edition of this thoroughly updated and revised parenting classic remains the most informative and reassuring book for expectant fathers everywhere. In addition to sharing the wisdom of the ages, Armin A. Brott, Mr. Dad, presents new insight into the emotional, financial, and physical effects of impending parenthood on men.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting with presence : practices for raising conscious, confident, caring kids / Susan Stiffelman, MFT ; foreword by Eckhart Tolle.
“Parenting expert Susan Stiffelman writes that the very behaviors that push our buttons can help us build awareness and shed old patterns, allowing us to raise our children with greater ease and enjoyment. Filled with practical advice, powerful exercises, and fascinating stories from her clinical work, Parenting with Presence teaches us how to become the parents we most want to be while raising confident, caring children.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting in the age of attention snatchers : a step-by-step guide to balancing your child’s use of technology / Lucy Jo Palladino, PhD.
“As children spend more of their time on tablets and smartphones, using apps specially engineered to capture their attention, parents are concerned about the effects of so much technology use–and feel powerless to intervene. Lucy Jo Palladino shows that the key is to help kids build awareness and control over their own attention, and in this guide she gives parents the tools to do exactly that, in seven straightforward, evidence-based steps.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHelping your child with extreme picky eating : a step-by-step guide for overcoming selective eating, food aversion, and feeding disorders / Katja Rowell, MD, Jenny McGlothlin, MS, SLP.
“In Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating , a family doctor specializing in childhood feeding joins forces with a speech pathologist to help you support your child’s nutrition, healthy growth, and end meal-time anxiety (for your child and you) once and for all. You’ll discover specific strategies for dealing with anxiety, low appetite, sensory challenges, autism spectrum-related feeding issues, oral motor delay, and medically-based feeding problems.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBloom : 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry, and over-the-top kids / Lynne Kenney, Psy.D. and Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD.
“The first multi-media parenting book that that gives readers a new way to take a collaborative stance with children, improving their cognitive, emotional and social skills. Written for real parents with anxious, angry and over-the-top kids, Bloom is a brain-based approach to parenting all children.  Taking its lead from neuroscience and best practices in early childhood mental health, Bloom offers parents, teachers and care providers the words, thoughts and actions to raise calm, confident children, while reducing the need for consequences and punishment.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

CHILDREN’S BOOK PICK:

Syndetics book coverAnimals / David Salariya.
“For infants, high-contrast images can build visual skills. These striking black-and-white animal illustrations help even the youngest babies focus, track, scan, and concentrate–and older children will love learning the animals’ names and grouping them by type. From the zebra’s stripes to a big cat, bird, and giraffe, these creatures are wild!” (Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for July

A great selection of new parenting books this month, as well as a new feature – a new children’s book I’ve chosen to share with you! Every month I’ll pick a children’s or young adults book that I like, just to show you what’s new to those collections, and something your children might enjoy. I hope you find it helpful!

Syndetics book coverThe spiritual child : the new science on parenting for health and lifelong thriving / Lisa Miller ; with Teresa Barker.
“In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality: * are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances * are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers * are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex * have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTen conversations you must have with your son / Tim Hawkes.
“Every parent of a teenage boy knows there are certain conversations they must have with their son. Internationally recognised in the field of raising and educating boys, Dr Tim Hawkes provides practical, accessible and invaluable advice about how to get these discussions started. Helping parents to negotiate their way through what can be difficult territory, Dr Hawkes explores the why, what and how of ten key topics: love, identity, values, leadership, achievement, sex, money, health, living together and resilience.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTeaching kids to think : raising confident, independent, & thoughtful children in the age of instant gratification / Darlene Sweetland, PhD, Ron Stolberg, PhD.
“Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children’s need for instant gratification, and offerpractical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to connect with your iTeen : a parenting road map / Susan Morris Shaffer and Linda Perlman Gordon.
“This realistic guide shows adults how to reopen communication with “silent” teenage boys and cut through the drama of teenage girls. Written in clear, straightforward language, it offers successful techniques for navigating everything from socially complex issues surrounding sexting and bullying to such everyday challenges around school and homework.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to raise an adult : break free of the overparenting trap and prepare your kid for success / Julie Lythcott-Haims.
“In How to Raise an Adult , Julie Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaising the shy child : a parent’s guide to social anxiety : advice for helping kids make friends, speak up, and stop worrying / Christine Fonseca.
“The fear of being judged by others in social activities is a common human experience, especially during childhood. But when the fear becomes all-consuming, it can disrupt daily functioning and the development of social competency. Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety takes a fresh look at social anxiety disorder, coupling the latest in research trends with evidence-based strategies and real-world stories to untangle the complexities of this disorder.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOut of control : why disciplining your child doesn’t work– and what will / Shefali Tsabary, PhD.
“Every parent wants the golden key to raising well-behaved, academically gifted, successful, happy children. Embedded in the collective psyche is the notion that discipline is the cornerstone to achieving these goals. Out of Control offers a never-before-published perspective on why the entire premise of discipline is flawed. The author goes to the heart of the problems parents have with children, challenging society’s dependence on discipline, daring readers to let go of fear-based ideologies and replace them with an approach that draws parent and child together.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanging the world is child’s play : inspirations for making everyday moments with children count / Sarah Amy Glensor Best.
“A book for anyone who has anything to do with children, Changing the World is Child’s Play invites you to appreciate the importance of play and positive interactions with children – both for you as a potentially ‘play-deprived’ adult, and for the children you spend time with. It offers ways to engage in meaningful interactions with children for parents, family and early childhood educators.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPeaceful parent, happy siblings : how to stop the fighting and raise friends for life / Dr. Laura Markham.
“As any parent of more than one child knows, though, it’s challenging for even the most engaged parent to maintain harmony and a strong connection when competition, tempers, and irritation run high. In this highly anticipated guide, Dr. Markham presents simple yet powerful ways to cut through the squabbling and foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings, while giving each child the vital connection that he or she needs.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

CHILDREN’S BOOK PICK:

Syndetics book coverBeastly verse / [illustrated by] JooHee Yoon.
“Poetry and children belong together, and for a long time, the music and playfulness of verse wove itself through children’s days and lives. Beastly Verse aims to help return the wonder of poetry to children’s lives through sixteen exquisitely illustrated poems, four of which have the surprise and pleasure of being foldouts. Representing poems from Anonymous, as well as some lesser well-known poets, this volume also includes poems from Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Robert Desnos, Hilaire Belloc, William Cowper, Christina Rossetti, and D.H. Lawrence. Both short and long, these poems can be read and reread, committed to memory and enjoyed all life long.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Kerry’s Final Fiction Picks

Hi everyone. This will be my last ‘fiction picks’.  I’m moving into a different job, so no more lovely fiction ordering for me!  I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind you of some of the blockbusting bestsellers on the way.  They might not need my promotion, but I thought you might need a reminder that they were due soon – keep an eye out!

Syndetics book coverGo set a watchman
A newly discovered novel by Harper Lee (author of To kill a mockingbird).  This apparently was the manuscript that Lee submitted to publishers in the 1950s before To kill a mockingbird, but it was then lost.  This book is somewhat controversial due to Lee’s age, mental faculties and the legalities of publishing the work she may not of consented to, but the furore about this has been cleared up.  This story contains the same characters as Lee’s bestseller.

Syndetics book coverGrey
This is the continuation of E L James’ 50 shades of grey series.  This time written from the point of view of the male protagonist Mr Christian Grey.  I don’t need to sell this one to you, but I will stress reserve it now before the waiting list gets too out of control.

Syndetics book coverChappy / Patricia Grace
This is written by New Zealand’s own Patricia Grace, her first novel in ten years, and I probably don’t need to say it’s much more literary than Grey!  Here’s a brief review “in this touching portrayal of family life, acclaimed writer Patricia Grace explores racial intolerance, cross-cultural conflicts and the universal desire to belong. Spanning several decades and several continents and set against the backdrop of a changing New Zealand, Chappy is a compelling story of enduring love.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGirl in the spider’s web
This is the fourth instalment in the Girl with the dragon tattoo series, containing most of the same characters, Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.  The original author, Steig Larrsen, died and this new book continues the saga now written by German author David Lagercrantz.  His work has not really been translated much into English, but the library has his latest book The fall man of Wilmslow.

Fiction Ebooks recent Picks for June

This is a selection of the brand new fiction ebooks that you can borrow from our Overdrive elibrary.
My picks from the bunch are the great Australian titles – The mothers, Leap and Palace of Tears– that are brand new to both our ebook and print collections, as well as C W Gortner’s fictionalised biography of Coco Chanel which has proven very popular with our fashion-mad librarians!

Overdrive cover The Underwriting, by Michelle Miller (eBook)
“Todd Kent is young, hot, and on his way to the top of Wall Street when the eccentric founder of Hook, the popular new dating app, handpicks him to lead its floating on the stock exchange.’The Underwriting offers a tantalizing glimpse into the boardrooms and bedrooms of the young financiers and entrepreneurs behind a Silicon Valley IPO. Both a corporate thriller and an expose of two generation-defining worlds, I found it both sexy and smart. I was hooked from start to finish.’ Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Mothers, by Rod Jones (eBook)
“In 1917, while the world is at war, Alma and her children are living in a sleep-out at the back of Mrs Lovett’s house in working-class Footscray. When Alma falls pregnant, her daughter Molly is born in secret. Anna meets Neil in 1952 at her parents’ shack at Cockatoo. She later enters a Salvation Army home for unmarried mothers, but is determined to keep her baby. Fitzroy, 1975. Cathy and David are living together, determined not to get married. The Mothers is a book about secrets. It interweaves the intimate lives of three generations of Australian women who learn that it’s the stories we can’t tell that continue to shape us and make us who we are.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Muse, by Jonathan Galassi (eBook)
“Paul Dukach is heir apparent at Purcell and Stern, one of the last independent publishing houses in New York, whose shabby offices on Union Square belie the treasures of its list. Thanks to his boss, the flamboyant Homer Stern, Paul learns the ins and outs of the book world. Enriched by juicy details from a quintessential insider, Muse is a hilarious and touching love letter to the people who write, sell – and, above all, read – the books that shape our lives. Jonathan Galassi is the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux and the author of three collections of poetry.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Death Ex Machina, by Gary Corby (eBook)
“A theatrical murder sends classical Athens into uproar.It’s the time of the Great Dionysia, the largest arts festival of the ancient world, held each year in honor of Dionysos, the god of wine. But there’s a problem: A ghost is haunting Athens’s grand theater.Nicolaos and his clever partner in sleuthing (and now in matrimony), the priestess Diotima, are hired to rid the theater of the ghost so that the festival can begin.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Dietland, by Sarai Walker (eBook)
“Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Under the Knife, by Tess Gerritsen (eBook)
“For attorney David Ransom, it begins as an open-and-shut case: malpractice. Then Dr. Kate Chesne storms into his office, daring him to seek out the truth—that she’s being framed. When another patient turns up dead, David starts to believe her. Somewhere in the Honolulu hospital, a killer walks freely. And now David finds himself asking the same questions Kate is desperate to have answered.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Love + Hate, by Hanif Kureishi (eBook)
“Hate skews reality even more than love.In the story of a Pakistani woman who has begun a new life in Paris, an essay about the writing of Kureishi’s acclaimed film Le Week-End, and an account of Kafka’s relationship with his father, readers will find Kureishi also exploring the topics that he continues to make new, and make his own: growing up and growing old; betrayal and loyalty; imagination and repression; marriage and fatherhood.The collection ends with a bravura piece of very personal reportage about the conman who stole Kureishi’s life savings – a man who provoked both admiration and disgust, obsession and revulsion, love and hate.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Leap, by Myfanwy Jones (eBook)
“Leap is a beautiful urban fairytale about human and animal nature, and the transformative power of grief. While at its heart is a searing absence, this haunting and addictive novel is propelled by an exhilarating life force, and the eternally hopeful promise of redemptive love.’… a writer who knows how to draw us in by portraying what it is to love and lose in a real sense.’ – Georgia Blain, author of The Secret Lives of Men” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Palace of Tears, by Julian Leatherdale (eBook)
“A sweltering summer’s day, January 1914: the charismatic and ruthless Adam Fox throws a lavish birthday party for his son and heir at his elegant clifftop hotel in the Blue Mountains. The day will end in tragedy, a punishment for a family’s secrets and lies. In 2013, Fox’s granddaughter Lisa, seeks the truth about the past. Why do locals call Fox’s hotel the ‘palace of tears’? Behind the grandeur and glamour of its famous guests and glittering parties, Lisa discovers a hidden history of passion and revenge, loyalty and love. With twist upon twist, this lush, strange mystery withholds its shocking truth to the very end.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mademoiselle Chanel, by C. W. Gortner (eBook)
“She revolutionized fashion and built an international empire . . . all on her own terms. An enthralling novel about an entirely self-made woman, Mademoiselle Chanel tells the true story of Coco Chanel’s extraordinary ambition, passion, and artistic vision.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Kerry’s Fiction Picks

All the books I’ve chosen this time have different places in the title and are indeed set in different locations.

Syndetics book coverA guide to Berlin
There’s not too much information on this one, but it has a truly international cast of characters.  Travellers from Italy, America, Japan and Australia gather in an apartment complex in Berlin.  They bond over their shared love of Nabokov and tell stories.  (The title is taken from a Nabokov short story written in 1925).  An act of violence shatters the group’s connections and changes their lives’ paths.

Syndetics book coverVilla America
This one is written by a former New York Times journalist.  She’s chosen the couple who inspired Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night – Sara and Gerald Murphy.  They spent their heyday in the Riviera in the 1920s.  This is more a fictionalised biography of the couple.  “Liza Klaussman expertly evokes the 1920s cultural scene of the so-called “Lost Generation.” Ravishing and affecting, and written with infinite tenderness, Villa America is at once the poignant story of a marriage and of a golden age that could not last” (Amazon).

Syndetics book coverLast night in Montreal
This is one of the earlier works (her debut in fact) by Emily St Mandel, who’s had some success this year with Station Eleven.  It’s about Lilia who has spent her whole life, including childhood, travelling from city to city changing her identity.  She is unable to remember her early childhood after her father turned up on her doorstep and took her from her mother.  Lilia feels she is being followed by something or someone (maybe tracked by a private detective), so she keeps on disappearing from friends and partners.  Finally, her last boyfriend becomes determined to find out her story and secrets, following her from New York to Montreal.  What mystery does he uncover?!

 

Parenting Recent Picks for June

Another great selection of parenting books this month. My pick is 100 family adventures by Tim Meek, which compiles a range of outdoor activites for kids and categorises them according to location and difficulty.  (The Meeks already have a successful blog, so the book is just building on this).  It’s called a handbook for family adventures, which sounds great and just might inspire me to get out and about a bit more with my family this winter!

Syndetics book coverPeaceful parent, happy siblings : how to stop the fighting and raise friends for life / Dr. Laura Markham.
“As any parent of more than one child knows, though, it’s challenging for even the most engaged parent to maintain harmony and a strong connection when competition, tempers, and irritation run high. In this highly anticipated guide, Dr. Markham presents simple yet powerful ways to cut through the squabbling and foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings, while giving each child the vital connection that he or she needs.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTeaching kids to think : raising confident, independent, & thoughtful children in an age of instant gratification / Darlene Sweetland, PhD, Ron Stolberg, PhD.
In Teaching Kids to Think , Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children’s need for instant gratification, and offerpractical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStitch, wear, play : 20 charming patterns for boys & girls / Mariko Nakamura.
“Stylish, yet practical sewing patterns for playful young ones. Hop, skip and jump your way through over 20 practical and stylish clothing designs for children ages 3-8. This year-round collection was designed with active boys and girls in mind, and includes shirts, dresses, skirts, pants, jackets and charming accessories. The cuts are classic and the fabrics are kid-friendly cotton, linen, knits, and fleece.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaising the shy child : a parent’s guide to social anxiety : advice for helping kids make friends, speak up, and stop worrying / Christine Fonseca.
“The fear of being judged by others in social activities is a common human experience, especially during childhood. But when the fear becomes all-consuming, it can disrupt daily functioning and the development of social competency. Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety takes a fresh look at social anxiety disorder, coupling the latest in research trends with evidence-based strategies and real-world stories to untangle the complexities of this disorder.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover100 family adventures / [Tim Meek… et al.].
“100 Family Adventures provides a valuable resource bank of tried and tested outdoor activities to enjoy with children, swapping ‘screen time’ for ‘green time’. Particularly inspiring for people who want to get started, but don’t know how, the book shows how any family, anywhere in the country, can enjoy time together outdoors. Activities are grouped into themes: Woodland, Water, Close to Home, Hills and Mountains, Exploring, By the Sea, Extreme Weather.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)