Book Quote of the Day

Hand lettering is on trend at the moment. Nothing better than bringing together quotes from books and this amazing form of art.

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We have Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert in our catalogues in all possible versions – as an eBookeAudio and the movie as well.

If you like crafts, as we do, you should try some hand lettering. We have some books on calligraphy and hand lettering that can help you:

Syndetics book coverHand-lettering ledger / Mary Kate McDevitt.
“The ultimate tool for designers and creatives looking to tap into the trend of hand-drawn lettering, this workbook features step-by-step lessons on a range of styles plus more than 120 practice pages, making it the ideal place to learn and perfect this in-demand design skill.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdventures in lettering / Dawn Nicole Warnaar.
“The ultimate hand-lettering workshop for young creatives!
Taught by the popular and skilled hand-lettering artist Dawn Nicole Warnaar, Adventures in Lettering combines creative self-expression and beautiful designs for an exploration of various lettering exercises. This hand-lettering workbook features hand-lettering lessons for beginners, from playing with style and brush calligraphy basics to illustrated hand-lettered designs and lettering styles. Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques, apply them to additional crafts and projects. Adventures in Lettering is the ultimate workshop to get started in the art of hand-lettering!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMastering calligraphy : the complete guide to hand lettering / by Gaye Godfrey-Nicholls.
“The centuries-old art of calligraphy has rarely witnessed a more diverse and prolific explosion of new work than in today’s hand-lettering revival.Mastering the Art of Calligraphy is the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on this traditional craft and its contemporary practice. Brimming with both practical instruction and more than 700 inspirational photos, this is the definitive new guide for both serious calligraphers and budding hand-lettering enthusiasts. Inside are step-by-step instructions accompanied by examples of current work, plus historical information, artist profiles, troubleshooting tips, and an extensive resource section. Perfect for students, artists, professionals, and hobbyists, this is a tremendously valuable addition to any arts library.” (Syndetics summary)

New & interesting Economics books

The first of our new, interesting Economics books is The Euro from the Nobel Prize-winning economist and best-selling author Joseph Stiglitz.

Syndetics book coverThe euro : how a common currency threatens the future of Europe / Joseph E. Stiglitz.
“In 2010, the 2008 global financial crisis morphed into the “eurocrisis”. It has not abated. The 19 countries of Europe that share the euro currency – the Eurozone – have been rocked by economic stagnation and debt crises. Some countries have been in depression for years while the governing powers of the Eurozone have careened from emergency to emergency, most notably in Greece.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverEconomics : an A-Z guide / Matthew Bishop.
“Economics is all around us, essential to every aspect of our lives. But just how much does the average person understand about what Economics is for, how it underpins crucial decisions taken every day and how it continues to evolve? Step forward the Economist’s guide to Economics, written with the clarity and wit for which the newspaper is renowned and featuring bite-sized overviews of the most important economic ideas, concepts and terms…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRethinking capitalism : economics and policy for sustainable and inclusive growth / edited by Michael Jacobs and Mariana Mazzucato.
“…Western capitalism is in crisis. For decades investment has been falling, living standards have stagnated or declined, and inequality has risen dramatically. Economic policy has neither reformed the financial system nor restored stable growth. Climate change meanwhile poses increasing risks to future prosperity. In this book some of the world s leading economists propose new ways of thinking about capitalism. In clear and compelling prose, each chapter shows how today’s deep economic problems reflect the inadequacies of orthodox economic theory and the failure of policies informed by it…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe great invention : the story of GDP and the making and unmaking of the modern world / Ehsan Masood.
“…The Great Invention reveals how in just a few decades GDP became the world’s most powerful formula: how six algebraic symbols forged in the fires of the 1930’s economic crisis helped Europe and America prosper, how the remedy now risks killing the patient it once saved, and how this fundamentally flawed metric is creating the illusion of global prosperity–and why many world leaders want to be able to ignore it but so far remain powerless to do so…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe inner lives of markets : how people shape them–and they shape us / Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan.
“America’s economic revolution isn’t just driven by technology. It’s about markets… Breakthrough companies like Amazon and Uber have disrupted the old ways and made the economy work better–all thanks to technology. At least that’s how the story of the modern economy is usually told. But in this lucid, wry book, Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan show that the revolution is bigger than tech: it is really a story about the transformation of markets. From the auction theories that power Google’s ad sales algorithms to the models that online retailers use to prevent internet fraud, even the most high-tech modern businesses are empowered by theory first envisioned by economists…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaising the floor : how a universal basic income can renew our economy and rebuild the American dream / Andy Stern with Lee Kravitz.
“The former president of the Service Employees International Union draws on extensive interviews with economists, labor leaders, bankers and others on how advances in technology are creating better products at the expense of the middle class, outlining strategies focused on a controversial “universal basic income” that provides for near-future needs.” (NoveList)

Interesting new books about Politics

We have to wonder if we are able to learn from history. Wells’ The Rights of Man seems to apply as much today as when it was written 75 years ago.

Syndetics book coverThe rights of man ; or, What are we fighting for? / H.G. Wells.
“H. G. Wells wrote The Rights of Man in 1940, partly in response to the ongoing war with Germany. The fearlessly progressive ideas he set out were instrumental in the creation of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the EU’s European Convention on Human Rights and the UK’s Human Rights Act. When first published, this manifesto was an urgently topical reaction to a global miscarriage of justice. It was intended to stimulate debate and make a clear statement of mankind’s immutable responsibilities to itself. Seventy-five years have passed and once again we face a humanitarian crisis. In the UK our human rights are under threat in ways that they never have been before and overseas peoples are being displaced from their homelands in their millions…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSocial media and everyday politics / Tim Highfield.
“In Social media and everyday politics, Tim Highfield examines political thought as everyday occurrences on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, Tumblr, Instagram and more.
He considers the personal and the political, the serious and the silly, and the everyday within the extraordinary as politics arises form seemingly banal and irreverent topics. The analysis features international examples and evolving practices…” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverIslamic exceptionalism : how the struggle over Islam is reshaping the world / Shadi Hamid.
“In Islamic Exceptionalism, Brookings Institution scholar and acclaimed author Shadi Hamid offers a novel and provocative argument on how Islam is, in fact, “exceptional” in how it relates to politics, with profound implications for how we understand the future of the Middle East. …Hamid argues for a new understanding of how Islam and Islamism shape politics by examining different models of reckoning with the problem of religion and state, including the terrifying–and alarmingly successful–example of ISIS… Islamic Exceptionalism is a vital contribution to our understanding of Islam’s past and present, and its outsized role in modern politics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpooked : how the CIA manipulates the media and hoodwinks Hollywood / Nicholas Schou ; foreword by David Talbot.
“The American people depend on a free press to keep a close and impartial watch on the national security operations that are carried out in our name. While the press remains silent about its corrupting relationship with the intelligence community relationship that dates back to the Cold War, Schou will name names and shine a spotlight on flagrant examples of collusion, when respected reporters have crossed the line and sold out to powerful agencies. The book will also document how the CIA has embedded itself in liberal Hollywood to ensure that its fictional spies get the hero treatment on screen…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAgainst elections : the case for democracy / David van Reybrouck ; translated by Liz Waters.
“Democracy is in bad health. Against Elections offers a new diagnosis and an ancient remedy. Fear-mongering populists, distrust in the establishment, personality contests instead of reasoned debate: these are the results of the latest elections. In fact, as this ingenious book shows, the original purpose of elections was to exclude the people from power by appointing an elite to govern over them. Yet for most of its 3000-year history, democracy did not involve elections at all: members of the public were appointed to positions in government through a combination of volunteering and lottery…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMāori and Parliament : diverse strategies and compromises / edited by Maria Bargh.
Maori and Parliament provides a comprehensive and enlightening context for understanding both the historical and contemporary relationship between Maori and Parliament and highlights many of the issues which would arise in any discussion of New Zealand constitutional reform. There are three events looming which suggest that the status of Maori in Parliament is in for some significant challenges. The first is the impending review of constitutional issues and the Maori seats. Secondly, the proposed referendum on the future of the mixed member proportional system (MMP). Finally, the longer term question of whether New Zealand should become a republic, which would also necessitate lengthy debates about the place of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements in relation to Maori rights and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverListen, liberal, or, What ever happened to the party of the people? / Thomas Frank.
“It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course. But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. Indeed, they have scarcely dented the free-market consensus at all. In this critical election year, Frank recalls the Democrats to their historic goals-the only way to reverse the ever-deepening rift between the rich and the poor in America.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow did we get into this mess? : politics, equality, nature / George Monbiot.
How Did We Get into this Mess? assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do. While Monbiot’s diagnosis of the problems in front of us is clear-sighted and reasonable, he also develops solutions to challenge the politics of fear. How do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? What can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future? Controversial, clear but always rigorously argued, How Did We Get into this Mess? makes a persuasive case for change in our everyday lives, our politics and economics, the ways we treat each other and the natural world.” (adapted from Book cover)

The best of the best: must reads from recent fiction selections

The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. They are all highly recommended for great reading.

Syndetics book coverZero K : a novel / Don DeLillo.
“A wonderfully funny, moving novel from a great American writer.”

Syndetics book coverBeef with tomato / Dean Haspiel.
“A clever balance of the humorous, the tragic, and the mundane aspects of street life, from a great story teller.”

Syndetics book coverIn the cold dark ground / Stuart MacBride.
“Another gripping murder mystery from this bestselling, award winning author.”

Syndetics book coverThe blackbird sings at dusk / Linda Olsson.
“A gentle novel about friendship and identity from much enjoyed New Zealand writer.”

Syndetics book coverBarren Cove : a novel / Ariel S. Winter.
“This is not just a great book cover, but a suspenseful, imaginative, great science fiction read.”

New Lambda Literary Award #lgbt nominees in our eBook collection

The “Lammys” as they’re called will be announced early next week, and we have many of the nominees – here’s a small selection below. Added to this month’s picks is Marijane Meaker’s classic Shockproof Sydney Skate – Slate’s June Thomas recently recommended this as the book to read on National Coming Out Day.

Overdrive cover The Cherokee Rose, (eBook, lesbian fiction nominee)
“Miles has blended this fascinating history with a contemporary cast of engaging and memorable characters, including Jinx, the free-spirited historian exploring her tribe’s complicated racial history; Ruth, whose mother sought refuge from a troubled marriage in her beloved garden and the cosmetic empire she built from its bounty; Cheyenne, the Southern black debutante seeking to connect with a meaningful personal history; and, hovering above them all, the spirit of long-gone Mary Ann Battis, a young woman suspected of burning a mission to the ground and then disappearing from tribal records.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Eat My Heart Out, (eBook, lesbian fiction nominee)
“Meet 2014’s most outrageous, funny and shocking anti-heroine: Ann-Marie. She’s 23, her life has collapsed, and she’s blaming everyone but herself. Heartbroken, skint and furious, she’s convinced that love – sweet love! – is the answer to all of her problems, until she meets legendary feminist Stephanie Haight, a woman who could be her saviour – or her final undoing.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover God in Pink, (eBook, gay fiction nominee)
“A revelatory novel about being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003. Ramy is a young gay Iraqi struggling to find a balance between his sexuality, religion, and culture. Ammar is a sheikh whose guidance Ramy seeks, and whose tolerance is tested by his belief in the teachings of the Qur’an. Full of quiet moments of beauty and raw depictions of violence, God in Pink poignantly captures the anguish and the fortitude of Islamic life in Iraq.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hotel Living, (eBook, LGBT debut fiction nominee)
“Recalling both the excess of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the drifting narrator of A Single Man, Ioannis Pappos’s debut novel is a portrait of privilege, aspiration, and international finance during the wayward course of the American economy between 9/11 and the 2008 Financial collapse, and is filled with surprisingly tender observations about identity, loneliness, and human connection.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover JD, (eBook, gay fiction nominee)
“Jonathan Ascher, an acclaimed 1960s radical writer and cultural hero, has been dead for thirty years. When a would-be biographer approaches Ascher’s widow Martha, she delves for the first time into her husband’s papers and all the secrets that come tumbling out of them. She finds journals that begin as a wisecracking chronicle of life at the fringes of the New York literary scene, then recount Ascher’s sexual adventures in the pre-Stonewall gay underground and the social upheavals that led to his famous book “JD.”” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Like a Woman, (eBook, lesbian fiction nominee)
“Like a Woman follows Taylor, a working class white girl too tough and too tender for her own good, who helps friends, rescues strays, and carries her battered copy of Ghandi on Non-Violence everywhere she goes. She reads curled up in the sewer drain by Venice Beach under the shot-out flashing Chevron light, yet still fights at the drop of a dime, cuts johns who say the wrong thing, and steals anything she can get her hands on. Her girlfriend, Jackson, a young African-American street worker who lives in the back of a junk yard totaled limo, dreams of becoming a writer and receives daily guidance from her recently deceased mama. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Lost Boi, (eBook, transgender fiction nominee)
“In Sassafras Lowrey’s gorgeous queer punk reimagining of the classic Peter Pan story, prepare to be swept overboard into a world of orphaned, abandoned, and runaway bois who have sworn allegiance and service to Pan, the fearless leader of the Lost Bois brigade and the newly corrupted Mommy Wendi who, along with the tomboy John Michael, Pan convinces to join him at Neverland.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Lovesick, (eBook, LGBT debut fiction)
“Spanning the 1930s to the present day, James Driggers’ evocative Southern Gothic collection introduces the intriguing inhabitants of Morris, South Carolina–a small town where a mix of rich, poor, and in-between co-exist, grappling with desire, ambition, hope, and loneliness… With wit and insight lurking beneath a palpable air of menace, James Driggers’ debut is a tautly plotted, evocative exploration of love–and all that we do in its name.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Shockproof Sydney Skate, (eBook)
“A uniquely witty novel exploring sex, freedom, and the process of growing up, Sydney Skate considers himself shockproof. For as long as he can remember, he’s known that his fashionable Manhattan mother is secretly a lesbian, although he’s never let on that he knows. He spends his summer days caring for snakes at the local pet shop before leaving for college at Cornell, shrugging off his father’s demands that he skip college and join the exciting world of swimming pool sales for suburbanites…. This hypnotizing coming-of-age story captures the timeless ecstasies and struggles of adolescence, and has been a classic of lesbian literature since it was first published in 1973. ” (Overdrive description)

Good reading for Wellington Pride Week

There’s a growing collection of LGBT content in our eLibrary as you’ll see below : among them is Lillian Faderman’s excellent and well-researched history and a great collection of LGBT oral histories collected across the US by the StoryCorps team; while we’ve also added Diva and Gay Times to our Zinio eMagazine collection.

Overdrive cover The First Bad Man, Miranda July (eBook)
“…When Cheryl’s bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter, Clee, can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl’s eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee–the selfish, cruel blond bombshell–who bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, provides her the love of a lifetime. Tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual obsession and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time. The First Bad Man is dazzling, disorienting, and unforgettable”– Provided by publisher. ” (Overdrive description) LAMBDA Literary Award nominee 2016

Overdrive cover The Gay Revolution, Lillian Faderman (eBook)
“The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, the psychiatric profession saw them as mentally ill, the churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with irrational hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality.” (Overdrive description) LAMBDA Literary Award nominee 2016

Overdrive cover Prescription for Love, Radclyffe (eBook)
“Flannery Rivers is content to let her sister Harper carry on the family dynasty—at the Rivers hospital where they both work and on the home front… Abigail Remy is a city girl who accepts a position at the imperiled country hospital in the hope of finding a stable, safe community for her teenaged trans son. Unfortunately, when she arrives to work, she discovers the current ER chief is less than happy to be replaced by a fresh-out-of-residency newcomer… Add unexpected attraction to the incendiary mix of city and country, fire and ice, tradition and change—and the prescription is combustible.” (Overdrive summary) An entertaining sequel to Against Doctor’s Orders.

Overdrive cover Brothers, Ralph Josiah Bardsley (eBook)
“At twenty-three, Jamus Cork’s plans are simple—graduate college, stay in New York City, and write. But those plans change when his parents are suddenly killed and he finds himself the guardian of his little brother, Nick. Jamus ends up back in the Boston neighborhood where he grew up, with a crying toddler on his knee and the challenge of building a new life for himself and the boy… That changes when he meets bookishly handsome Sean Malloy. There’s a spark between the two men, but both must face down their own private demons to find love in the Irish enclave of South Boston.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cold to the Touch, Cari Hunter (eBook)
“Detective Sanne Jensen is living in self-imposed isolation and quietly falling apart, while Dr. Meg Fielding—Sanne’s best friend and occasional lover—is struggling to cope with her violent brother, who is back in town and demanding money that she doesn’t have. When the murder of a drug addict is dumped onto Sanne’s already unmanageable caseload, she suspects the death may be the start of something more sinister. But how can she investigate a crime when no one cares about the victim? And how can she stop a killer who has no identity, no motive, and no conscience? ” A recommended sequel to No Good Reason (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Tea Leaves, Janet Mason (eBook)
“In this forthright personal memoir, author and poet Janet Mason reflects on the factory-worker lives of her mother and grandmother in working class Philadelphia while she copes with her mother’s final illness. Her mother’s feminist example and unwavering support of a lesbian daughter become increasingly poignant as Janet explores the choices not open to her mother that she made for herself. In this forthright personal memoir, author and poet Janet Mason reflects on the factory-worker lives of her mother and grandmother in working class Philadelphia while she copes with her mother’s final illness. Her mother’s feminist example and unwavering support of a lesbian daughter become increasingly poignant as Janet explores the choices not open to her mother that she made for herself.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover No House to Call My Home, Ryan Berg (eBook)
“In this lyrical debut, Ryan Berg immerses readers in the gritty, dangerous, and shockingly underreported world of homeless LGBTQ teens in New York. As a caseworker in a group home for disowned LGBTQ teenagers, Berg witnessed the struggles, fears, and ambitions of these disconnected youth as they resisted the pull of the street, tottering between destruction and survival.
Focusing on the lives and loves of eight unforgettable youth, No House to Call My Home traces their efforts to break away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and, in the process, to heal from years of trauma. From Bella’s fervent desire for stability to Christina’s irrepressible dreams of stardom to Benny’s continuing efforts to find someone to love him, Berg uncovers the real lives behind the harrowing statistics: over 4,000 youth are homeless in New York City—43 percent of them identify as LGBTQ.
Through these stories, Berg compels us to rethink the way we define privilege, identity, love, and family. Beyond the tears, bluster, and bravado, he reveals the force that allows them to carry on—the irrepressible hope of youth. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover StoryCorps: OutLoud
Voices of the LGBTQ Community From Across America by Dave Isay, (eAudiobook)
“StoryCorps OutLoud sets out across the country to record and preserve the stories of LGBT individuals, along with their families and friends. OutLoud is a project undertaken in the memory of Isay’s father, psychiatrist Dr. Richard Isay. Professionally credited for helping to persuade the mental health community that homosexuality is not a mental disorder, Dr. Isay was himself a closeted gay man for many years. He came out to his son at the age of 52 and, in 2011, he married his partner of 31 years, Gordon Harrell, before passing away suddenly from cancer on June 28, 2012. On June 28, 2014, the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, StoryCorps inaugurated OutLoud, a three-year project to capture the experiences of L.G.B.T.Q. people. In particular, the project will seek stories from young people, minorities and those who lived before the uprising, which was a response by gays to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village and helped precipitate the gay rights movement. ” (Overdrive description)

And new in our Zinio For Libraries collection:

divaDIVA magazine
“DIVA is Europe’s best-selling and most influential lifestyle magazine for lesbian, bisexual and queer women. Our aim is simple – to bring you the latest trends and talent at teh cutting edge of popular lesbian and bisexual culture” (Publisher description)

gaytimesGay Times magazine
“Known and read by gay men all over the world, GT is packed with informative and essential news, reviews, arts, lifestyle features, opinion and plenty of hunky guys. You’ll never want to miss an issue again!” (Zinio description)

New Korean eBooks

Korean eBooks have recently been added to our Overdrive eBook collection. You can enjoy fiction, recipes and comics written in Korean and also learn Korean with eAudiobooks! You can find more eBooks in this language by selecting “advanced search”, and then select “Korean” in the language dropdown box.

Here’s a selection of the new titles available:

Fiction eBooks

Overdrive cover 나의 불량조선, 박태인 (eBook)
“조선 시대에 나타난 뱀파이어! 이시호. 시호는 조선의 역관으로 자신의 정체를 숨긴 채 살아간다. 그러던 어느 날, 조선의 여인 허초희를 만나게 된다. 그녀는 자유로운 영혼이었다. 현모양처라는 조선의 여인상을 거부하고, 시와 문학, 학문을 공부하길 원했다. 공자님 말씀을 달달 외워 다니는 그녀는 집안의 골칫거리다. 허초희는 해박한 지식을 가진 채, 자유롭게 여러 나라를 오가며 살아가는 시호를 부러워한다. 시호의 집에 무작정 찾아가 학문을 가르쳐 달라고 말하는 허초희, 과연 그 둘의 운명은 어떻게 흘러갈지……?” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 해갈, 김지은 (eBook)
“누구에게나 가정이란 곳은 휴식처로 다가올 수 있을까? 과연 그 누구에게나 가족은, 집이란 곳은 안전하고 따뜻하기만 한 걸까? 소설에서는 익숙했던 가정의 모습을 낯선 방식으로 파헤치기 시작한다. 불완전하고 아파하는 가족들의 모습, 가족이지만 서로를 이해하지 못한 채 철저하게 타인으로 살아가고자 하는 이들. 이상함을 넘어서 끔찍함으로까지 다가오는 처절한 아픔의 기록들. 소설은 그래도 희망을 붙잡으려고 노력했던 한 여자의 삶을 통해 가족애와 인간성에 대하여 날카롭게 해부하고 있다.” (Overdrive description)

Cooking eBooks

Overdrive cover Korean Recipes, 해리엇 모리스 (eBook)
“『Korean Recipes』는 1945년 외국인 해리엇 교수가 집필한 ‘조선 요리법’ 영문판 요리책으로 국내에서 시초라고 볼 수 있는 책이다. 모두 잡곡밥 김치 국 반찬 고기 및 생선조리법 디저트 등의 다섯 가지로 구분을 하였으며 계절별 아침 점심 저녁음식 추천 메뉴를 소개하고 있다. 이른바 초창기 조선요리책으로 우리 음식의 과거를 음미해 볼 수 있는 귀중한 자료라고 할 수 있다. 서평 해리엇 모리스는 미국에 있으면서 한국음식에 남다른 관심을 두고 직접 한국인들을 집에 초대하여 음식에 관한 구체적 조리법을 익혔다. 이 책에 앞서 먼저 나온 1933년 George I. Kwon이 발간한 ‘Oriental Culinary Art’에서도 한국음식과 중국 일본 음식을 소개하고 있다. 저자는 한국에 있으면서 한국문화 전반에 관한 조예 깊은 관심과 음식연구에 여러 주변인으로부터 영향을 받았으며 특히 한국 대표 요리연구가인 방신영에게서 한국요리에 관해 도움을 받았다. 과거에서 근대에 이르기까지 많은 서양인들 책에 조선의 음식이 소개되어 왔으나 특히 이 책은 음식조리법의 상세한 레시피를 언급한 것은 이 책이 아마 처음이라고 할 수 있다. 그가 직접 체험한 경험을 바탕으로 조선인의 식생활 모습을 기술한 책이며 또 다른 흥미로운 자료로 값어치 있는 역사의 기록이라고 할 수 있다.” (Overdrive description)

Comic eBooks

Overdrive cover 임금님집에 예쁜 옷을 입혀요, 돌무 (eBook)
“투덜이 임금님마저도 바꿔버린 단청의 무한 매력. 우리나라 전통문화 ‘단청’의 아름다움을 쉽고 재미있게 풀어 쓴 의미 있는 창작 그림동화. 나만의 단청을 꾸밀 수 있는 코너를 덧붙여 창의력까지 쑥쑥! 가까운 절이나 고궁을 찾아 우리나라 전통문화 단청을 직접 확인하는 체험학습으로 연결시켜보세요!” (Overdrive description)

Business eBooks

Overdrive cover 손자병법, 손무 (eBook)
“리더를 꿈꾸는 직장인의 성공전략 필독서” (Overdrive description)

Learn Korean

Overdrive cover Korean, HarperCollins Publishers (Audiobook)
“Pick up the essentials of the Korean language with this easy-to-use audio introduction. Covering everything from finding your way to talking about yourself, this Collins 40-minute audio can help you learn short and simple phrases quickly by just listening and repeating. This audio lesson is also designed to compliment the Collins Gem Korean Phrasebook for an indispensable language guide.” (Overdrive description)

Librarians’ best books of 2015: Part 2

We’ve gathered a few more of our many librarians’ favourite books of 2015. Let us know your own picks in the comments!

Sue:
Syndetics book coverMy favourite books this year have been biographies. My life in houses by Margaret Forster gives an interesting account of the author’s life based around the houses she has lived in – quite as much a potted social history of England as well as an autobiography. I also enjoyed Kitchen privileges by Mary Higgins Clark – a captivating and humorous story of the very likeable American thriller-writer. My favourite novel was Something to hide by Deborah Moggach – fast-paced, well written, ingenious plot and interesting settings – London, Shanghai, Texas and West Africa.

Linda:
Syndetics book coverSatin Island by Tom McCarthy
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick dewitt
Vanessa and her sister by Priya Parmar
Sophie and the Sybil : a Victorian romance by Patricia Duncker

Tonia:
Syndetics book coverAll the light we cannot see : a novel / Anthony Doerr.
This novel intertwines the lives of a two young people, a blind French girl and a young German boy, caught up in the horrors of WW2. Told with great sensitivity and imagination, from both sides of the conflict.

Frith:
Syndetics book coverGone girl / Gillian Flynn.
I finally remembered to try this book, late to the literary party as usual. It kept me up, it kept me guessing, it kept me frantically turning pages. My workmates (who’d all read it!) gathered round in the break room watching with big grins,saying things like ‘You try and guess the ending, and we’ll laugh at you’. But I could never have guessed it, and I didn’t. You have to read it.

Ingrid:
Syndetics book coverRoom by Emma Donoghue was by far the best book I read in 2015 and unlike anything else I’ve read before. Raw and honest, the story captivated me from the very beginning and was very hard to put down! I’ve recommended it to at least 10 library users since.

Jay:
Syndetics book coverSlade House : a novel / by David Mitchell.
For Christmas I got myself the latest from David Mitchell, Slade House. I like his style of writing, as well as the new worlds of imagination that he opens up, and this one did not disappoint.

Frankie:
Syndetics book coverHaving now read Radioactive by Lauren Redniss, I can definitely say it is one of my favourites in a long time. It is a very interesting biography of the Curies, but mainly Marie, where science and love have an equal part, told in a sophisticated picture book format. The book is cleverly divided into chapters that refer to and illustrate the different stages of nuclear reaction. Marie Curie’s life is punctuated by stories of events and facts surrounding the effects of nuclear power & radioactivity to this day. Beautifully illustrated with cyanotype collages, this is an engrossing read and a visual feast that I would highly recommend to anyone. To top it all off, the book cover glows in the dark. How magical is that!
You can watch Lauren Redniss’ TedX talk eloquently explain the concept and design of this unique book.

Troy:
Syndetics book coverLook who’s back / Timur Vermes ; translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch.
A satirical German novel about Adolf Hitler waking up in a very transformed Berlin (run by a woman no less!) where everyone takes him for a very convincing actor, shooting him to internet then television stardom. Very comedic with Hitler’s obvious confusion as to his circumstances, as well as touching on modern German politics where some of Hitler’s populist attitudes are taking off, particularly where immigrants are concerned.

William:
Syndetics book coverMy favourite book of 2015 was Voices from Chernobyl: the oral history of a nuclear disaster by Svetlana Alexievich (translated by Keith Gessen) – Alexievich has collected personal accounts of the disaster, arranging them into monologues. The result is a fascinating, if often horrific, view of one of the major disasters of the 20th century.

Syndetics book coverThe other book I thought ruled was Zone by Mathias Enard (translated by Charlotte Mandell) – one big 500 page sentence about 2000 years of (really) bad stuff in the Mediterranean. Don’t be scared by people saying it is strictly for English Professors, it is a wonderful and insightful read.

Fiona:
Syndetics book coverM Train by Patti Smith is the favourite book I recall from last year. I knew going into it that I’d probably enjoy it, having loved her Just Kids memoir. But I loved this book even more for its stream of consciousness style, riffing on her travels (including the search for good coffee), her love of detective shows, and her discovery of the joys of Rockaway Beach and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

Monty:
Syndetics book coverBeing mortal : illness, medicine and what matters in the end / Atul Gawande.
Gawande fairly and thoroughly assesses and critiques the geriatrics industry and US attitudes to an increasingly older population. At the very centre of this well written book are touching and humane case studies of older patients and direct family adding substantial pathos and depth to revealing statistics and medical stories.
Never moves far from direct human experience, and at its best, often prompts honest self-reflection from the reader.

Nicola:
Syndetics book coverOur endless numbered days : a novel / by Claire Fuller.
Beautifully written novel dealing with a brutal coming-of-age, as a girl who lives with her father in the deep forest discovers that the world is not as she has been told.

Xinxin:
Syndetics book coverThe first foods book : 130 yummy recipes from weaning to the big table.
It’s not just a receipe book, it also has colourful photos of children eating. If you show this book to your toddler during meal time, you will find feeding time much easier!

Librarians’ best books of 2015: Part 1

We read some good, great, even excellent books this year. Here are a few WCL librarian favourites that we read this year, maybe they’ll make it on to your 2016 reading list! Happy new year from Wellington City Libraries!

Miranda:
Syndetics book coverPen & ink : tattoos and the stories behind them / Isaac Fitzgerald, Wendy MacNaughton
A question like “what does your tattoo mean?” can be difficult to answer, especially if there is a deeply personal or painful reason behind it, and the people featured in this book tell stories that range from funny to heartbreaking. Reading this book feels like listening to ‘Desert Island Discs’ – oddly voyeuristic, and utterly engrossing and fascinating.

Dianne:
Syndetics book coverFinnikin of the rock / Melina Marchetta. (first in the Lumatere Chronicles)
Sometimes with teen fiction you can see where a story is heading, but I couldn’t with this one. The characters were layered and complex. I felt like the author revealed details about their pasts only after I had drawn my own (often incorrect) conclusions about them, so I was constantly rethinking my feelings about each character. A strong focus in the novel was the fate of refugees who cannot return home and this was thought provoking as well since I was reading it at the height of media coverage of the refugee crisis in Europe.

Syndetics book coverMr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore / Robin Sloan.
This is a mystery with a touch of fantasy and magic. It is narrated by Clay Jannon, the main character, and describes his discovery of a 2nd hand book store, his eventual employment there and his deepening suspicions of a mystery involving the store and its owner. The ultimate revelations and outcomes were totally unexpected but satisfying. Also, if you borrow the book, check out the cover in the dark – gave me quite a surprise one night after I had put it down and turned out the light

Neil:
Syndetics book coverA god in ruins : a novel / Kate Atkinson.
A sort of follow up to Life After Life but much more convincing. Follows the life of Teddy from age 11 to 98 and the effect his wartime experiences had on his philosophy and personality.

Syndetics book coverFuture days : Krautrock and the building of modern Germany / David Stubbs.
A brilliant history of not only the music but the cultural evolution of post-War Germany and its effect on music and Western civilisation.

I also enjoyed Yeah yeah yeah: the story of modern pop by Bob Stanley and Clothes, clothes, clothes, music, music, music, boys, boys, boys by Viv Albertine.

Axel:
Syndetics book coverWonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures / Brian Selznick.
One of the best graphic novels/chapter books I’ve read this year! Selznick smartly weaves 2 parallel stories –one in letters, the other one in drawings- which are neatly synchronized, so that both characters somehow live the same, though in different time periods. Impressive!

Syndetics book coverThe Z was zapped : a play in twenty-six acts / Chris Van Allsburg.
Amazing illustrations by one of the best: Chris Van Allsburg. This book – shelved under the “Sophisticated Picture Books” – will keep you guessing what is happening to each letter of the alphabet. We already know the Z was Zapped but it’s not as easy as you might think! Kids will surely learn some cool words in the process 😉

Jessica:
Syndetics book coverThis one summer / Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki.
A coming of age graphic novel. Has the dreamy-ist tones with a touch of mystery and concern for growing up.

Syndetics book coverThe edible woman / Margaret Atwood.
My first Atwood novel and it definitely lived up to expectation. The main character is almost too relatable in her confusing regarding her place in society. Though the things that were going on throughout the book could have been dramatic there was a calmness that made it a pleasure to read. I also enjoyed the little references to other books and authors scattered throughout.

Syndetics book coverThe wrong place & The making of / Brecht Evens.
Such incredible artwork! Not your typical graphic novel in terms of layout, with some images spanning both pages and a sense of Where’s Wally about them which finds you staring for hours (or minutes, but let’s over exaggerate!). Not to mention that the stories are fantastic. Of the two I favoured The Making Of for its night time forest scenes. It’s really something that has to be seen rather than described.

John:
Syndetics book coverStranger than we can imagine : making sense of the twentieth century / John Higgs.
Every once in a while a book comes along that can cause one to become a bit annoying to friends as it seems perfectly obvious that everyone should read it and it should be made required reading in schools worldwide immediately. John Higgs book struck me this way and all I can say is, if you want to know why we live in such befuddled, mixed up times then you may find out by reading this book.

Rachel:
Syndetics book coverSaga / Brian K. Vaughan, writer ; Fiona Staples, artist.
In 2015 I finally discovered Saga, one of the most incredible (and beautifully drawn) comic stories I’ve ever read. It follows a couple whose differing races are in an intergalactic war with one another, and the couple’s struggle to survive and keep their family together while on the run from the ruthless robot prince. We’ve got volumes 1-5 in our collection so you can gorge on it too, for a bit.

Syndetics book coverMore happy than not / Adam Silvera.
This is a young adult contemporary novel, but with a sci-fi twist. In this story, everything is as we know it, except that the technology to allow memory alterations exists. It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel – it’s extremely well written and gripping! I can’t wait to see what Adam Silvera writes next.

Alison:
Syndetics book coverThe conductor / Sarah Quigley.
New Zealand author Sarah Quigley gives a great insight into the gruelling reality of daily life during the brutal Siege of Leningrad, in 1941-2. The novel centres on conductor Karl Eliasberg, his love/hate relationship with composer Dmitri Shostakovich and the musical elite of Leningrad, and the way extraordinary circumstances change people for better or worse. One of the book’s themes is Shostakovich’s struggle to complete his Seventh (Leningrad) Symphony during the Siege and a CD is included so you can listen to this powerful symphony as you read.

Xavier:
Syndetics book coverHow to thrive in the next economy : designing tomorrow’s world today / John Thackara.
A fascinating and easy read examining the ‘ecocidal’ practices of western/global systems and the contemporary initiatives that are actively reshaping them.
One of the few design perspectives out there that considers the health of our soils, forests, rivers and oceans as the backbone of quality of life, which urgently helps lead the way into a new economic age built around existing ecosystems.

Lambda Literary Award finalists in our eBook collection

Recent additions to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual (LGBT) titles in our Overdrive collection in eLibrary saw a number of this year’s Lambda Literary Award finalists. These include the incredible memoir from the actor Alan Cumming, who was in New Zealand for Auckland Writers & Readers festival.  Whether it’s thought-provoking memoirs or other non-fiction – or just a light romance or mystery novel for the beach – that you want, you’ll see it below, or in the rest of the collection online via Overdrive.

Overdrive cover A Family by Any Other Name, by Bruce Gillespie (eBook)
(Finalist, LGBT anthology) “At no other time in history have lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) relationships and families been more visible or numerous. A Family by Any Other Name recognizes and celebrates this advance by exploring what “family” means to people today. The anthology includes a wide range of perspectives on queer relationships and families—there are stories on coming out, same-sex marriage, adopting, having biological kids, polyamorous relationships, families without kids, divorce, and dealing with the death of a spouse, as well as essays by straight writers about having a gay parent or child. These personal essays are by turns funny, provocative, and intelligent, but all are moving and honest. Including writers from across North America, this collection offers honest and moving real-life stories about relationships and creating families in the twenty-first century.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Double Exposure, by Bridget Birdsall (eBook)
(Finalist, LGBT Children/Young Adult) “Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas was raised as a boy, yet she knows something others don’t. She’s a girl. And after her dad dies, it becomes painfully obvious that she must prove it now—to herself and to the world. Born with ambiguous genitalia, Alyx has always felt a little different. But it’s after she sustains a terrible beating behind a 7-Eleven that she and her mother pack up their belongings and move from California to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to start a new life—and Alyx begins over again, this time as a girl… A stunning debut young adult novel from Bridget Birdsall, Double Exposure brings to light complex gender issues, teenage insecurities, and overcoming all obstacles. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover She of the Mountains, by Vivek Shraya (eBook)
(“Finalist, bisexual fiction) “In the beginning, there is no he. There is no she. Two cells make up one cell. This is the mathematics behind creation. One plus one makes one. Life begets life. We are the period to a sentence, the effect to a cause, always belonging to someone. We are never our own. This is why we are so lonely.
She of the Mountains is a beautifully rendered illustrated novel by Vivek Shraya, the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist God Loves Hair. Shraya weaves a passionate, contemporary love story between a man and his body, with a re-imagining of Hindu mythology. Both narratives explore the complexities of embodiment and the damaging effects that policing gender and sexuality can have on the human heart.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Not My Father’s Son, by Alan Cumming (eBook)
(Finalist, bisexual non-fiction) “A beloved star of stage and screen, Alan Cumming’s life and career have been shaped by a complex and dark family past – full of troubled memories, kept buried away. But then an unexpected phone call from his long-estranged father brought the pain of the past hurtling back into the present, and unravelled everything he thought he knew about himself. Not My Father’s Son is the story of his journey of discovery, both a memoir of his childhood in Scotland, and an investigation into his family history which would change him forever.  ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Thief Taker, by William Holden (eBook)
(Finalist, gay erotica) “Fleeing London, Thomas Newton reaches Paris full of hopes for a new life with Pierre Baptiste. The hopes are quickly shattered. There are unsettling rumors about Pierre’s past and very real threats in the present. Arrested on false charges, thrown into a dank prison, Thomas must decide whether he can trust Pierre’s help to winning back his freedom. But freedom will bring other risks, especially if it requires a return to London and all that he fled. The men from his past whom he betrayed—and who might well want revenge. His avowed enemies, the bigots that chased him across the channel. And, worst of all, everything he doesn’t know about his family. To survive, he will have to play both sides of the life—as a thief taker. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Body Counts, by Sean Strub (eBook)
(Finalist, gay memoir/biography) “The founder of POZ magazine shares “a captivating…eyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic” (Next) and “a moving, multi-decade memoir of one gay man’s life” (San Francisco Chronicle)… From the New York of Studio 54 and Andy Warhol’s Factory to the intersection of politics and burgeoning LGBT and AIDS movements, Strub’s story crackles with history. He recounts his role in shocking AIDS demonstrations at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as well as at the home of US Sen­ator Jesse Helms. With an astonishing cast of characters, including Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Keith Haring, Bill Clinton, and Yoko Ono, is a vivid portrait of a tumultuous era: “A page-turner…[with] the suspense and horror of Paul Monette’s memoir Borrowed Time and the drama of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart….What a lot of action—and life—there is in this gripping book” (The Washington Post). ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Fair Game, by Josh Lanyon (eBook)
(Finalist, gay mystery) “A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him–but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.  A young man has gone missing from campus–and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case. Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, by Francine Prose (eBook)
(Finalist, lesbian fiction) “A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself… Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose’s finest novel yet.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cease, by Lynette Loeppky (eBook)
(Finalist, lesbian memoir/biography) “Cecile and Lynette were living on an “Old MacDonald”-style hobby farm, commuting into the city for work. Each evening Lyn would come home to a farm full of animals and the unpredictable Cec. She could be brilliant, insightful, engaging. She could also turn on Lyn, suddenly and cruelly. After eight-and-a-half years, just as Lyn had decided to leave and was beginning to plan her exit, Cec became seriously ill. Almost overnight Lyn found herself in the role of caregiver at Cec’s hospital bedside… Cease is a blunt and honest account of experiences that are usually kept hidden. Told with a frank and intimate voice, Cease offers an unsentimental look at the inner workings of a uniquely difficult relationship that is revealed for what it is – more human than strange.” (Overdrive description) [LAMBDA lesbian memoir nominee]

Overdrive cover Slash and Burn, by Valerie Bronwen (eBook)
(Finalist, lesbian mystery) “The Angels and Demons Literary Weekend brings former New Orleans resident Winter Lovelace back to town from her gig as writer-in-residence at a prestigious women’s college in upstate New York. Winter desperately needs a break from the book she is struggling to finish, and hopes that this weekend will inspire her and trigger her creativity. But while waiting for a friend in a hotel courtyard, a body lands at her feet, and Winter is dragged into a baffling mystery quite against her will. The victim is a notorious “m/m romance” author who is also a homophobe, and the list of people who wanted her dead is quite extensive. Winter herself is considered a suspect!” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Jolt, by Kris Bryant (eBook)
(Finalist, lesbian romance) “Mystery writer Bethany Lange wasn’t prepared for the twisting emotions that left her breathless the moment she laid eyes on folk singer sensation Ali Hart. Of course she was flat on her back and looking up and backward at the gorgeous singer, but that didn’t stop her body and heart from bursting into a kaleidoscope of want, need, and lust. Scared at the intensity of her feelings, Bethany does everything she can to avoid Ali at Camp Jacomo, the camp designed specifically for children of lesbian and gay families where Bethany volunteers every summer…. On her last day at camp, Ali approaches Bethany with an offer of friendship, but they both know it’s the prelude to something bolder. Should Bethany take the risk? Does she really believe she can balance her quiet private life with Ali’s outspoken one?” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Pregnant Butch, by A.K. Summers (eBook)
(Finalist, LGBT graphic novels) “First pregnancy can be a fraught, uncomfortable experience for any woman, but for resolutely butch lesbian Teek Thomasson, it is exceptionally challenging: Teek identifies as a masculine woman in a world bent on associating pregnancy with a cult of uber-femininity. …Written and illustrated by A.K. Summers, and based on her own pregnancy, Pregnant Butch strives to depict this increasingly common, but still underrepresented experience of queer pregnancy with humor and complexity—from the question of whether suspenders count as legitimate maternity wear to the strains created by different views of pregnancy within a couple and finally to a culturally critical and compassionate interrogation of gender in pregnancy.” (Overdrive description)