New eBooks – Poetry and Prose

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be missing the ‘new books’ displays in our libraries, and the feeling of picking up a glossy new title and deciding to take it home. While eBooks don’t provide that amazing new-book-smell, we’re still excited to introduce you to fresh content and help you find your next great read.

These literary picks cover a range of formats: poetry, author biographies, journalism, and even comics. Get amongst, pick something you like, and read it wherever you happen to be today.

Overdrive cover The Literature Book, DK (Audiobook)
Exploring more than 100 of the world’s most important literary works and the literary geniuses that created them, this book is the perfect introduction to the subject of literature and writing. The audiobook also offers a deeper look into the famed fiction of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and more, as in-depth literary criticism and interesting authorial biographies give each work of literature a new meaning. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Little History of Poetry, John Carey (ebook)
John Carey tells the stories behind the world’s greatest poems, from the oldest surviving one written nearly four thousand years ago to those being written today. Carey looks at poets whose works shape our views of the world, such as Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Whitman, and Yeats. He also looks at more recent poets, like Derek Walcott, and Maya Angelou, who have started to question what makes a poem “great” in the first place. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Recollections of My Non-Existence, Rebecca Solnit (Audiobook)
In 1981, Rebecca Solnit rented a studio apartment in San Francisco. There, she began to come to terms with the epidemic of violence against women around her, and the authority figures that routinely disbelieved her. Place and the growing culture of activism liberated her, as did the magical world of literature and books. Here is an electric account of the pauses and gains of feminism in the past forty years; and an extraordinary portrait of an artist, by a seminal American writer. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Unfinished Business, Vivian Gornick (ebook)
In nine stunning essays, the inimitable Vivian Gornick returns to the books that have shaped her. From a reporter in 1970s New York, to a feminist negotiating love and independence, to a writer in the jubilant sanctity of older age: Gornick’s life is compelling, and in the characters of literature she finds versions of herself through the years, each time she opens the page. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Spinoff Book, Toby Manhire (ebook)
Five years ago, The Spinoff burst onto New Zealand’s media scene with smart, screamingly funny and seriously relevant writing. Since then, it has enraged and inspired, respectably won Website of the Year at the 2019 Voyager Media Awards, and expanded into television, podcasts and now – shockingly – a book. Edited by Toby Manhire, it’s jam-packed with The Spinoff’s best work, along with artwork by Toby Morris, photography, collage, poetry and a clutch of new and exclusive essays. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Monster, She Wrote, Lisa Kröger (ebook)
From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Part biography, part reader’s guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Long Story Short, Lisa Brown (ebook)
Long Story Short offers 100 pithy and skewering three-panel literary summaries, from curriculum classics like Don Quixote, Lord of the Flies, and Jane Eyre to modern favorites like Beloved and Atonement. Lisa Brown’s Long Story Short is the perfect way to turn a traipse through what your English teacher called “the canon” into a frolic—or to happily cram for the next occasion that requires you to appear bookish and well-read. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Storyville!, John Dufresne (ebook)
Whether you are daunted by a blinking cursor or frustrated trying to get the people in your head onto the page, writing stories can be intimidating. A do-it-yourself manual for the apprentice fiction writer, Storyville! demystifies that process; its bold graphics take you inside the writer’s comfortingly chaotic mind and show you how stories are made. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong (ebook)
Steeped in war and cultural upheaval and wielding a fresh new language, Vuong writes about the most profound subjects – love and loss, conflict, grief, memory and desire – and attends to them all with lines that feel newly-minted, graceful in their cadences, passionate and hungry in their tender, close attention. This is an unusual, important book… its blend of humanity and power make it one of the best first collections of poetry to come out of America in years. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

eMagazines and other eResources on health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

eMagazines about home, garden and DIY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lockdown non-fiction eBooks and eAudiobooks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New e-resources on Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sustainability and the environment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent Literature for International Women's Day

“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

To celebrate International Women’s Day for 2020, our recent literature picks for this month feature a wealth of outstanding female writers. We take a look at seasoned favourites such as Elena Ferrante and Louisa May Alcott, as well as fresh voices in poetry and biographical literature.

This year the theme for IWD is ‘Each for Equal’ – how we can use our individuality as part of a bigger whole to stand up for gender equality. In this booklist, we’ve focused on the shared experience of womanhood, as well as coming-of-age in a time where women’s voices have never been louder or more important. There’s heaps to pick from for your next read, and we guarantee you’ll find inspiration, empathy, joy and sorrow, and perhaps even a deeper understanding of what it means to be female in today’s world.

Overdrive cover She Speaks, Yvette Cooper (ebook)
“In this timely and personal selection of exceptional speeches, Yvette Cooper MP tells the rousing story of female oratory. From Boudica to Greta Thunberg and Margaret Thatcher to Malala, Yvette introduces each speech and demonstrates how powerful and persuasive oratory can be decidedly female. Written by one of our leading public voices, this is an inspirational call for women to be heard across the globe.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Incidental inventions / Ferrante, Elena
“‘This is my last column, after a year that has scared and inspired me.’ With these words, Elena Ferrante bid farewell to her year-long collaboration with the Guardian. For a full year she penned short pieces; the subjects ranged from first love to climate change, from enmity among women to the adaptation of her novels to film and TV. Gathered here  and accompanied by… Andrea Ucini’s intelligent, witty, and beautiful illustrations, this is a must for all Ferrante fans.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Vanity Fair’s women on women
“Vanity Fair’s Women on Women features thirty of the best profiles, essays, and columns on female subjects written by female contributors to the magazine over the past thirty-five years. Many of these pieces constitute the first draft of a larger cultural narrative. They tell a singular story about female icons and identity over the last four decades—and about the magazine as it has evolved under the editorial direction of Tina Brown, Graydon Carter, and now Radhika Jones, who has written a compelling introduction.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Crazy Brave, Joy Harjo (ebook)
“In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a haunting, visionary memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Anne Boyd Rioux (ebook)
In Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Anne Boyd Rioux brings a fresh and engaging looks at the circumstances leading Louisa May Alcott to write Little Women and why this beloved story of family and community ties set in the Civil War has resonated with audiences across time. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Naked in the Promised Land, Lillian Faderman (ebook)
“Born in 1940, Lillian Faderman is the only child of an uneducated and unmarried Jewish woman who left Latvia to seek a better life in America. Desperately seeking to make her life meaningful, she studied at Berkeley; paying her way by working as a pin-up model and burlesque dancer… she became a brilliant student and the woman who becomes a loving partner, a devoted mother, an acclaimed writer and ground-breaking pioneer of gay and lesbian scholarship. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Make it scream, make it burn : essays / Jamison, Leslie
“The author of New York Times best sellers like The Empathy Exams, Jamison returns with 14 fresh essays blending memoir, criticism, and journalism. Among her subjects: 52 Blue, the world’s loneliest whale; the awful yet somehow remote Sri Lankan civil war; and a museum exhibiting relics of broken relationships. With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which she has become known, Jamison offers 14 new essays that are by turns ecstatic, searching, staggering, and wise.” (Catalogue)

Overdrive cover I Hope We Choose Love, Kai Cheng Thom (ebook)
“A heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author’s characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Ordinary Girls, Jaquira Díaz (ebook)
In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz’s memoir provides a vivid portrait of a life lived in (and beyond) the borders of Puerto Rico and its complicated history—and reads as electrically as a novel.
(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Constellations : reflections from life / Gleeson, Sinéad
“How do you tell the story of life that is no one thing? How do you tell the story of a life in a body, as it goes through sickness, health, motherhood? And how do you tell that story when you are not just a woman but a woman in Ireland? In this powerful and daring memoir in essays Sinéad Gleeson does that very thing. In writing that is in tradition of some of our finest writers and yet still in her own spirited, warm voice, Sinéad takes on journey that is both personal and yet universal in its resonance.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Sisters of the Vast Black: New Sci-Fi & Fantasy

There are some big names among this month’s new sci-fi and fantasy titles, including Nora Roberts with the third book in her Chronicles of the One series and Jeff VanderMeer with Dead Astronauts. However the book we’re probably most excited about is by debut author Lina Rather: it’s the fantastic Sisters of the Vast Black.

Sisters of the Vast Black tells the story of a group of space-travelling nuns who must answer a mysterious distress call from a recently-established colony. However this isn’t your usual space opera: Rather’s work investigates everything from theology and faith to governance and bio-engineering–and more!

For more sci-fi and fantasy suggestions, check out Novelist Plus in our eLibrary!

Sisters of the vast black / Rather, Lina
“Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations. When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their care are in danger. And not from void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The rise of magicks / Roberts, Nora
“After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors, endlessly hunted or locked up in laboratories, brutalized for years on end. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weakness–if, indeed, they can be saved.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Dead astronauts / VanderMeer, Jeff
“Under the watchful eye of The Company, three characters – Grayson, Morse and Chen – shapeshifters, amorphous, part human, part extensions of the landscape, make their way through forces that would consume them. A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

CTRL + S / Briggs, Andy
“Life in the near future’s not all bad. We’ve reversed global warming, and fixed the collapsing bee population. We even created SPACE, a virtual-sensory universe where average guys like Theo Wilson can do almost anything they desire. But almost anything isn’t enough for some. Every day, normal people are being taken, their emotions harvested–and lives traded–to create death-defying thrills for the rich and twisted. Now Theo’s mother has disappeared . . .” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The true bastards / French, Jonathan
“French debuted in a big way last year with The Grey Bastards. Here, Fetching now leads her own band of half-orcs, the True Bastards, and she faces famine and desertion from within and contempt from other half-orc leaders from without. Then real problems come from beyond the grave. The sequel to The Grey Bastards, this irresistibly swashbuckling, swaggering, foul-mouthed fantasy is rollicking, cunningly clever swords ‘n’ sorcery storytelling that’s a shot of pure fun for fantasy fans.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The warrior moon / Rivera, K Arsenault
“Barsalayaa Shefali, famed Qorin adventurer, and the spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, have survived fights with demon armies, garnered infamy, and ruled an empire. Raised together since birth, then forced into exile after their wedding, and reunited amidst a poisonous invasion–these bold warrior women have faced monumental adventures and catastrophic battles. As they come closest to fulfilling the prophecy of generations–Shefali and Shizuka will face their greatest test yet.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The beast’s heart / Shallcross, Leife
“I am neither monster nor man – yet I am both. I am the Beast. I know why I was cursed; I know the legacy of evil I carry in my tainted blood. So how could she ever love me? My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart when I was struggling just to be human. And now I might lose her forever. Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast’s heart.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Drawing and Painting Guides: New Art Books

If your new year’s resolution was to pick up some artistic skills, you’re in luck! This month we’ve got an influx of great arty how-to, including drawing, sketching, and painting. Maybe even branch out further and try paint pouring with The Paint Pouring Workshop, or get into comics and animation with Draw Great Characters and Creatures.

Overdrive cover Botanical Line Drawing, Peggy Dean (ebook)
Botanical Line Drawing teaches you how to start with the simplest doodles, building into more elaborate, delicate illustrations. These simple line drawings will allow you to branch out and have fun with your own personal style, as well as inspire you to add flourishes to other projects.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Draw great characters and creatures : 75 art exercises for comics and animation / Johnson, Beverly
“Learn to make your characters unique, compelling and lifelike with these 75 exercises for all skill levels, including beginners. Topics include tools and materials; shapes; personalities; facial expressions; body language; character interaction; and costuming. Character types featured include more than just humans; learn how to draw animals, plants, creatures and more.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The 15-minute artist : the quick and easy way to draw almost anything / Holmes, Catherine V.
“If you want to draw but think you don’t have the time to learn -or feel too intimidated to start- 15-Minute Artist invites you to jump in. Bestselling author Catherine Holmes provides more than 60 step-by-step projects for depicting animals, food, plants, household items, and more–and you can complete each one in just 15 minutes. Her tutorials break the process down so you can achieve quick, satisfying results.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The paint pouring workshop : learn to create dazzling abstract art with acrylic pouring / Ferro, Marcy
“Jump into the exciting world of paint pouring — and instantly create dazzling, abstract art — with this comprehensive how-to guide by the popular founder of the Mixed Media Girl YouTube channel. In this fun, colorful guide, Marcy Ferro explains everything about working in this popular form.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Ink : do more art / Davies, Bridget
Ink is the first in an exciting new practical-art series on popular mediums, including acrylic, oil, pencil and gouache. The books will cover painting techniques, creative ideas and applications, and the fun of mixing with other mediums. Many of the techniques and ideas will be demonstrated through the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and illustrators. With its contemporary aesthetic and accessible content, the series will appeal to artists of all abilities.” (Catalogue)

Urban sketching step by step / Meier-Pauken, Klaus
“The next inspiring instalment by artist and architect Klau Meir-Pauken, showing you how to sketch our industrial, hustling, urban world – and discover your inner artist. Reawaken the art of our ancestors and join the growing movement of reactionary artists, and learn how to capture our fast-paced world in this inspiring book by popular artist and author, Klaus Meier-Pauken.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Painting masterclass : creative techniques of 100 great artists / Hodge, Susie
“The book is organized into seven chapters covering important genres: nudes, figures, landscapes, still life, heads, fantasy and abstraction. Each chapter selects a cross section of artists and examines their practice in detail, using key paintings. Light and shade, rhythm, form, space, contour and composition are all covered in detail.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The field guide to drawing & sketching animals / Pond, Tim
“Artist Tim Pond’s lively and engaging book fuses science with art, providing the reader with the skills, techniques and knowledge they need to create sketches of animals filled with life and movement. Combining scientific knowledge with expert practical guidance is key to creating successful drawings of animals, and Tim’s ability to convey this in a way that is both accessible and engaging makes this a unique and inspiring guide suitable for artists of all levels.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Health books

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

– Keri Opai on Altogether Autism.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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