New books in Spanish

If you enjoy reading novels in languages other than English, then Wellington City Libraries has some great new additions in Spanish for you.

Syndetics book coverRetrato en sepia / Isabel Allende.
“En el Chile del siglo XIX, Aurora del Valle sufre un trauma brutal que borra de su mente los primeros cinco años de su vida. Criada por su ambiciosa abuela, Paulina del Valle, crece en un ambiente privilegiado, libre de las limitaciones que circunscriben las vidas de las mujeres en aquella época, pero atormentada por horribles pesadillas. Cuando debe afrontar la traición del hombre al que ama y la soledad, Aurora decide explorar el misterio de su pasado.”

“Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that shapes her character and erases from her mind all recollection of the first five years of her life. Raised by her ambitious grandmother, the regal and commanding Paulina del Valle, she grows up in a privileged environment, free of the limitations that circumscribe the lives of women at that time, but tormented by horrible nightmares. When she is forced to recognize her betrayal at the hands of the man she loves, and to cope with the resulting solitude, she decides to explore the mystery of her past.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa niña alemana : una novela / Armando Lucas Correa.
“Una novela inolvidable ambientada en el Berlín de la primavera de 1939, la Cuba pre- y postrevolucionaria y el Nueva York después del 11 de septiembre. Antes de que todo se desmoronara, Hannah Rosenthal y sus padres tenían una vida encantadora. Su familia, una de las más distinguidas en los altos círculos sociales berlineses, era admirada por amigos y vecinos. Ahora en 1939, Berlín se ha teñido de los colores blanco, rojo y negro de una bandera que no reconocen como suya. Hannah se refugia con su mejor amigo, Leo Martin, en los callejones y parques de una ciudad que ya no los quiere. Los dos niños hacen un pacto: pase lo que pase, se prometen un futuro juntos. Un rayo de esperanza les llega a los Rosenthal y los Martin: el Saint Louis, un enorme y lujoso trasatlántico partirá de Hamburgo a Cuba con más de novecientos refugiados judíos.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

“An unforgettable novel set in Berlin in the spring of 1939, pre- and post-revolutionary Cuba and New York after September 11. Before everything collapsed, Hannah Rosenthal and her parents had a lovely life. Her family, one of the most distinguished in Berlin’s upper social circles, was admired by friends and neighbors. Now in 1939, Berlin has dyed the white, red and black colors of a flag they do not recognize as theirs. Hannah takes refuge with her best friend, Leo Martin, in the alleys and parks of a city that no longer loves them. The two children make a pact: no matter what happens, they promise a future together. A ray of hope comes to the Rosenthal and the Martin: St. Louis, a huge and luxurious ocean liner, will depart from Hamburg to Cuba with more than nine hundred Jewish refugees.” (Translated from the abridged Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmuleto / Roberto Bolaño.
“Todo cambia para ella el 18 de septiembre de 1968, cuando el ejército toma posesión del campus de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y ella queda encerrada en los baños de la facultad de filosofía y letras. A lo largo de trece días de encierro y aislamiento forzados, ante sus ojos transitan la poetisa Lilian Serpas, amante del Che Guevara; los poetas españoles León Felipe y Pedro Garfias; el malogrado alter ego de Bolaño Arturo Belano. ” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

“Everything changes for her on September 18, 1968, when the army takes possession of the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and she is locked in the bathrooms of the faculty of philosophy and letters. During thirteen days of forced confinement and isolation, before her eyes pass the poet Lilian Serpas, lover of Che Guevara; the Spanish poets Leon Felipe and Pedro Garfias; the ill-fated alter ego of Bolaño Arturo Belano.” (Translated from the abridged Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverTres novelas exóticas / Rodrigo Rey Rosa.
Un viaje al corazón de la naturaleza humana a través de tres obras maestras cortas. Las novelas escritas por los guatemaltecos son, por definición, exóticas: las novelas guatemaltecas situadas en las selvas de Petén, en el norte de África o en el sur de la India no tienen el encanto de la extrañeza, sino estrictamente hablando, , “declara el autor en la introducción a este memorable volumen.” (Translated from the English Syndetics summary).

“A journey to the heart of human nature through three short masterpieces. “Novels written by Guatemalans are, by definition, exotic. Guatemalan novels set in the jungles of Petén, in North Africa, or in the south of India might not have the charm of strangeness, but strictly speaking, they should be called ‘exotic’,” declares the author in the introduction to this memorable volume.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUna promesa en el fin del mundo / Sarah Lark ; illustraciones de Tina Dreher ; traducción de Susana Andrés.
Traducción de: Eine Hoffnung am Ende der Welt. En el caos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, los adolescentes polacos Helena y Luzyna Grabowski son enviados a un campo de refugiados en Persia, donde los días venideros sólo mantienen la oscuridad. Cuando escuchan que los huérfanos están siendo seleccionados para ser trasladados a Nueva Zelanda, Helena está llena de esperanza, pero los funcionarios dicen que sólo tienen un lugar para su hermana menor. En la mañana que va a ser transportada, Luzyna no se une al grupo elegido, y Helena toma su lugar. A pesar de que la gente de Nueva Zelanda la abraza, los traumas que Helena ha sufrido amenazan su paz y la ciegan ante la devoción de James, un encantador y heroico joven piloto aliado. ¿Puede salir de la larga sombra de su pasado para encontrar un futuro hecho entero – una nueva comunidad, una nueva familia, un nuevo amor?” (Translated from the English Syndetics summary)

“Translation of: Eine Hoffnung am Ende der Welt. In the chaos of World War II, Polish teenagers Helena and Luzyna Grabowski are shipped to a refugee camp in Persia, where the days ahead hold only darkness. When they hear that orphans are being selected for relocation to New Zealand, Helena is filled with hope, but the officials say they have a place only for her younger sister. On the morning she is to be transported, Luzyna fails to join the chosen group, and Helena takes her place. Though the people in New Zealand embrace her, the traumas Helena has suffered threaten her peace and blind her to the devotion of James, a charming, heroic young Allied pilot. Can she step out of the long shadow of her past to find a future made whole– a new community, a new family, a new love?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLogia : el enigma de la cuarta carabela / Francisco Ortega.
“Sin saberlo, tres famosos escritores de bestseller trabajan en el mismo libro. Cuando dos de ellos mueren en extra circunstancias, el tercero -Elias Miele, novelista chileno radicado en Estados Unidos- se obsesiona con desentrañar las intrigas que giran en torno a esta misteriosa novela: La Cuarta Carabela.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

“Unknowingly, three famous bestseller writers work on the same book. When two of them die in extra circumstances, the third-Elias Miele, a Chilean novelist based in the United States, is obsessed with the intrigues that revolve around this mysterious novel: La Fourth Caravel” (Translated from the abridged Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverCicatriz / Juan Gómez-Jurado.
“Anteriormente titulado El Mago. Simon debería sentirse afortunado. Ha desarrollado un algoritmo que le podría dar millones de dólares de una empresa multinacional de tecnología, pero él es corto de habilidades sociales y siempre solitario. Simon toma el salto en un sitio de citas en línea, donde sorprendentemente lanza un cortejo de larga distancia caliente con Irina. Pero pronto se vuelve evidente que la cicatriz en la mejilla de Irina sólo sugiere cicatrices emocionales mucho más profundas y el peligro muy palpable que ella y Simon ahora están juntos.” (Translated from the English Syndetics summary)

“Formerly titled El Mago. Simon should feel like a lucky guy. He’s developed an algorithm that could net him millions from a multinational tech firm, but he’s short on social skills and always lonely. Simon takes the leap into an online dating site, where he surprisingly easily launches a heated long-distance courtship with Irina. But soon it becomes obvious the scar on Irina’s cheek only hints at much deeper emotional scars and the very palpable peril she and Simon are now in together.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBienvenidos a Clayton Lake / Mario Escobar.
“Un grupo de amigos deciden tomarse unas cortas vacaciones al norte del estado de Maine, en las inmediaciones de Clayton Lake. La región es una de las más deshabitadas de los Estados Unidos, pero el grupo necesita relajarse y reencontrarse después de varios años sin mantener el contacto. ¿Lograrán enfrentarse a sus temores más ocultos? ¿Su amistad será capaz de superar todos los obstáculos?” (Abridged from the Amazon summary)

“A group of friends decide to take a short vacation north of the state of Maine, in the vicinity of Clayton Lake. The region is one of the most uninhabited in the United States, but the group needs to relax and re-encounter after several years without maintaining contact. Will they be able to face their most hidden fears? Will your friendship be able to overcome all obstacles?” (Translated from the abridged Amazon summary)

Join us for the launch of Homeless: Poems by John Howell

It is with much pleasure that Wellington City Libraries will be hosting the launch of Homeless, poems by John Howell on Tuesday 10th October at 5pm in the Central Library, Victoria Street. John is graciously donating all profits from the sales of this publication to Te Hāpai, DCM.
The Nota Bene choir and musicians from the DCM will be performing.
Homeless has been published by Mākaro Press and can be borrowed from Wellington City Libraries, or purchased online at www.makaropress.co.nz or by email from makaropress@gmail.com.

An interview with John and more information about the event can be read via the Dominion Post online. We do hope you can join us for this exciting event.

Homeless book launch

A mixed bag of new Contemporary Fiction

All the novels in this month’s selection of new contemporary fiction come highly recommended. With psychological thrillers, translated novels, romantic fiction, historical and gothic fiction, this selection will provided hours of enjoyable reading.

Syndetics book coverThe Pacific room / Michael Fitzgerald.
“This remarkable debut novel tells of the last days of Tusitala, ‘the teller of tales’, as Robert Louis Stevenson became known in Samoa where he chose to die. In 1892 Girolamo Nerli travels from Sydney by steamer to Apia, with the intention of capturing something of Jekyll and Hyde in his portrait of the famous author. Nerli’s presence sets in train a disturbing sequence of events. More than a century later, art historian Lewis Wakefield comes to Samoa to research the painting of Tusitala’s portrait by the long-forgotten Italian artist. On hiatus from his bipolar medication, Lewis is freed to confront the powerful reality of all the desires and demons that R. L. Stevenson couldn’t control.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe music shop / Rachel Joyce.
“1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre, classical, jazz, punk, as long as it’s vinyl he sells it. Day after day Frank finds his customers the music they need. Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann. Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music. His instinct is to turn and run. And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems. And Frank has old wounds that threaten to re-open and a past he will never leave behind.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverYou should have left : a novel / Daniel Kehlmann ; translated from the German by Ross Benjamin.
“A journal kept by the narrator that is a record of the seven days that he, his wife, and his four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany, a house that thwarts the expectations of his recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics. The narrator is eager to finish a screenplay, entitled Marriage, for a sequel to the movie that launched his career, but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence, a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what, exactly, is happening around him and in himself.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary

Syndetics book coverGoodbye, vitamin : a novel / Rachel Khong.
“Freshly disengaged from her fiancé; and feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job, leaves town and arrives at her parents’ home to find that situation more complicated than she’d realized. Her father, a prominent history professor, is losing his memory and is only erratically lucid. Ruth’s mother, meanwhile, is lucidly erratic. But as Ruth’s father’s condition intensifies, the comedy in her situation takes hold, gently transforming her all her grief.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThree days and a life / Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne.
“In 1999, in the small provincial town of Beauval, France, twelve-year-old Antoine Courtin accidentally kills a young neighbor boy in the woods near his home. Panicked, he conceals the body and to his relief and ongoing shame, he is never suspected of any connection to the child’s disappearance. More than a decade later, Antoine is living in Paris, now a young doctor with a fiancée and a promising future. Meanwhile, the newly discovered body of Antoine’s childhood victim means that the case has been reopened, and all of his old fears rush back. Will Antoine finally be forced to confront his crime? And what is he prepared to do to keep his secrets buried in the past?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe sixteen trees of the Somme / Lars Mytting ; translated from the Norwegian by Paul Russell Garrett
“Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. The death of his parents, when he was three years old, has always been shrouded in mystery, he has never been told how or where it took place and has only a distant memory of his mother. But he knows that the fate of his grandfather’s brother, Einar, is somehow bound up with this mystery. One day a coffin is delivered for his grandfather long before his death, a meticulous, beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Perhaps Einar is not dead after all. Edvard’s desperate quest to unlock the family’s tragic secrets takes him on a long journey, from Norway to the Shetlands, and to the battlefields of France, to the discovery of a very unusual inheritance.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe boy in the earth / Fuminori Nakamura ; translated from Japanese by Allison Markin Powell.
“An unnamed taxi driver in Tokyo has experienced a rupture from his everyday life. He cannot stop daydreaming of suicide, envisioning himself returning to the earth in what soon become terrifying blackout episodes. His live-in girlfriend, Sayuko, is in a similarly bad phase, surrendering to alcoholism to escape the memory of her miscarriage. He meets with the director of the orphanage where he once lived, and must confront awful memories of his past and an abusive family before determining what to do next.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe secrets she keeps / Michael Robotham.
“Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common, a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA boy in winter / Rachel Seiffert.
“Otto Pohl, an engineer overseeing construction of a German road in Ukraine, awakens to the unexpected sight of SS men herding hundreds of Jews into an old brick factory. Inside the factory, Ephraim anxiously scans the growing crowd, looking for his two sons. As anxious questions swirl around his mind he can’t quell the suspicion that it would be just like his oldest son to hole up somewhere instead of lining up for the Germans, and just like his youngest to follow. Yasia, a farmer’s daughter who has come into town to sell produce, sees two young boys slinking through the shadows of the deserted streets and decides to offer them shelter. An unflinching story, about compassion, courage, conflicting senses of duty and survival.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

The Zinio for Libraries app is coming to an end!

RBdigital

On October 23rd the Zinio for Libraries app will stop providing access to our RBdigital magazines.  From that date it will be locked to users.

When you open it, the app will display this message:

“Zinio for Libraries has merged with RBdigital.

To access your magazine collection, please download the new RBdigital app now by clicking here [this will be a download link for either IOS or Android, depending on your device].

Note: Your username and password will remain the same.”

“The old Zinio for Libraries app will remain on your device until you delete it.”

From mid-July if you opened your existing Zinio for Libraries app you will have been prompted to download the new RBdigital app.  Otherwise, you can visit your app store (Apple store or Google Play) and search for “RBdigital” in the store.  All your login details will remain the same.  The new RBdigital app will have all your previous checkouts available – read our earlier post for more information or check out the RBdigital app user guide.

Haven’t a clue what to do these school holidays?

The answer to that question is bring them down to the library! Mystery, Mayhem and Madness abound these school holidays with a detective adventure whodunit that has had the librarians baffled. With clues galore there is loads of fun to be had at your local library!
So grab the deerstalker (don’t forget the kids) and have a few blissful moment of quiet, while they cause the mayhem in their hunt for clues. The best news of all, it will be at a library near you!

Dates for School Holiday Detective Adventure:
Johnsonville Library: Wednesday 4 October, 2pm
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie Library): Thursday 5 October, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Thursday 5 October, 2pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Friday 6 October, 11am
Miramar Library: Wednesday 11 October, 10.30am
Central Library: Thursday 12 October, 11am
Karori Library: Thursday 12 October, 2pm
Khandallah Library: Friday 13 October, 11am

These free events are for children aged 6+

New Classical CDs

This week we highlight three similarly-themed titles, and a collection of Bach cantatas for solo voice (with a concerto for oboe d’amore guest-starring in the middle).

Sibelius. Performed by Leif Ove Andsnes.
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes puts together a repertoire of not-often-heard Sibelius solo piano music. “‘Everyone was astonished that there could be a major composer out there with such beautiful, accessible music that people don’t know. These are intriguing works with the wonderful Sibelius qualities we know. I really believe in this music and I want people to hear it.’ Leif Ove Andsnes” (back cover).

Beethoven. Performed by Evgeny Kissin.
Presto Classical’s disc of the week for August the 25th. Recorded live over ten years between 2006 and 2016, this double-CD album presents some of Beethoven’s most well-known piano music – the Moonlight, Appassionata, and Les Adieux sonatas, plus the challenging no. 32. This is Kissin’s first solo recording in over a decade.

Ibert. Performed by the Orchestre de al Suisse Romande and Neeme Järvi.
“This fourth album from Neeme Jarvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande explores the music of Jacques Ibert. Although Iberts work is starkly contrasting from piece to piece, all of his compositions show his deftness with their strong melodic lines and vigorous ostinato patterns. These recordings were taken in Genevas Victoria Hall, and the outstanding acoustics are easily heard on this recording” (Amazon.com).

Cantatas for Bass, Johann Sebastian Bach. Performed by Matthias Goerne.
“In composing his cantatas for solo voice, Johann Sebastian Bach magisterially combined two elements that might seem irreconcilable: strict devotion within the framework of weekly Lutheran worship and vocal virtuosity, served by skilful highlighting of the voice. The result is a style in which the expression of the sacred Word is raised to a peak of intensity – notably when a voice like Matthias Goerne’s tackles these two famous cantatas for bass, giving them all the lustre of rare pearls!” (back cover).

Beautiful hand lettering – New Craft books

This month we’ve chosen to highlight some of the beautiful new hand lettering books we’ve been spotting on our shelves! Have a go putting pen to paper with the ideas and techniques in our selection below, and develop your own unique stylish script.

Syndetics book coverModern calligraphy workshop : the creative art of pen, brush and chalk lettering / Imogen Owen ; photography by Kim Lightbody.
“Learn how to create beautiful, hand-lettered stationery, art, and other decorations with Modern Calligraphy, a sophisticated, interactive book full of exquisite sample alphabets, fun exercises, and simple step-by-step projects. From modern calligraphy in ink to hand lettering in chalk on blackboard and brush lettering in paint, you will discover a variety of ingenious and unique ways to turn words and letters into projects that can be given as gifts, sent as snail mail, or used within your home decor.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe golden secrets of lettering : letter design from first sketch to final artwork / Martina Flor.
“The Golden Secrets of Lettering is a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated guide to hand lettering. With easy-to-understand instructions and guidelines, plenty of inspirational examples, and hundreds of hand sketches and illustrations, Martina Flor shows readers how to transform their initial lettering concepts and handdrawn sketches into a well-shaped, exquisite piece of digital lettering that can be sold and published.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNib + ink : the new art of modern calligraphy / Chiara Perano.
“The original, authentic and bestselling guide to modern calligraphy from Chiara Perano, founder of the pioneering and unparalleled calligraphy studio Lamplighter London. Play with type, get creative with letterforms and fall in love with handwriting again.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHand drawn lettering : draw, print, paint / Max Marlborough.
“You’ll find: 32 pages of instructions, and another 96 pages of alphabet samples for practice. Pointers on techniques and the use of color. Tips on materials and a discussion of fonts. […] Fans of drawing, painting, and printing will thoroughly enjoy this step-by-step guide to hand drawn lettering.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of lettering : modern calligraphy in four easy steps / Stefan Kunz.
“Creative lettering styles are everywhere – on stationery, adverts, tea towels, wall art and cafe chalkboards to name just a few. This stylish, interactive book will make modern calligraphy accessible and fun – and you’ll only need a pen or pencil to get started. The book shows how to create cool hand lettering in three easy steps and features inspirational quotes in different hand-written styles, each with their own DIY page, which can be copied and incorporated into your own personal style.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern lettering : a guide to modern calligraphy and hand lettering / Rebecca Cahill Roots.
“Learn a variety of quirky, contemporary alphabets with these easy-to-follow guided worksheets. Explore stunning letterforms, create your own hand-lettering style, and make fun projects with this immersive guide to contemporary calligraphy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of creative lettering : calligraphy techniques, projects and alphabets / Janet Mehigan.
“This expertly presented volume covers all aspects of the art of ‘beautiful writing’, setting out the essential tools needed, teaching all the basic strokes to form letters, and providing a rich variety of templates to work from. A dozen alphabets are illustrated, showing pen angles, strokes and common group structures, along with a section on using a computer to create digital calligraphy.” (Syndetics summary)

Starting over & facing fears : New eAudiobook Fiction

The characters in this month’s new eAudiobook fiction from Overdrive are a restless bunch. Some are battling unstable relationships, others unreliable friends. A few are struggling to discover the truth about devastating events, while others are erasing those events by going back in time. And while time-travel might not be an option for us right now, there are bound to be other solutions to life’s problems – read your way towards them with our eLibrary.

Overdrive cover George and Lizzie, by Nancy Pearl
“George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family, while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed—George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Impossible Views of the World, by Lucy Ives
“Stella Krakus, curator at Manhattan’s Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her ex-husband is stalking her, a workplace romance is in free-fall and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. But the appearance of a mysterious map sends Stella on an all-consuming research mission. She discovers the unbearable secret that Paul’s been keeping, and charts a course out of the chaos of her own life.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Looking Glass War, by John le Carré
“When word reaches ‘The Department’ – an ailing section of British intelligence – that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border, it seems the perfect opportunity to show their rivals that The Department still has value. Former spy Fred Leiser is lured back from retirement to investigate, but the world has changed since The Department’s glory days, and there is no place for heroes…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Goddesses, by Swan Huntley
“When Nancy and her family arrive in Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy’s husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out. But Hawaii is paradise. Nancy starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. As Nancy grows closer to Ana she feels a happiness unlike anything she’s ever experienced, and knows she will do anything Ana asks of her…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty
“Summoned to a case of apparent possession, Father Karras is at first sceptical, then horrified. The victim – a 12-year-old girl named Regan – seems to be controlled by a malign supernatural force that makes her swear, blaspheme, scream in agony and perform appalling acts. Attempting to find a rational explanation, Karras finds himself locking horns with the demon inside her head. He must turn to the ultimate solution: exorcism…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Tornado Weather, by Deborah E. Kennedy
“Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez’s father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn’t, and Daisy disappears. Nearly everyone in town suspects or knows something different about what happened. And they also know a lot about each other. They are all connected, in ways small and profound, open and secret.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Edge of Tomorrow (Movie Tie-in Edition), by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
“When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armour called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover All Our Wrong Todays, by Elan Mastai
“Tom lives in a perfect world: no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocados. . . oh, and time travel. When he loses the love of his life, going back to fix it seems like the only answer. . . what could possibly go wrong? Elan Mastai’s breakthrough novel brings a whole new dimension to a classic love story.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

One child, one teacher : New Biography books

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

These famous words spoken by education activist Malala Yousafzai in her address to the United Nations have echoed around the world. Their veracity is borne out in the stories of several of our subjects this month for whom education was the passport to a better life.

Syndetics book coverOf fortunes and war : Clare Hollingworth, first of the female war correspondents / Patrick Garrett.
“Legendary journalist Clare Hollingworth died in Hong Kong aged 105 in January 2017 after an illustrious career spanning the 20th century. Clare was famous for getting ‘the scoop of the century’: the outbreak of the Second World War.” (Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverAnts among elephants : an untouchable family and the making of modern India / Sujatha Gidla.
“Like one in six people in India, Sujatha Gidla was born an untouchable. While most untouchables are illiterate, her family was educated by Canadian missionaries in the 1930s. Several became teachers, one a famous poet and revolutionary” (Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverEdward VII : the Prince of Wales and the women he loved / Catharine Arnold.
“[Catharine Arnold’s] new biography focuses — deliciously — on the women who shared the scandalously plentiful sex life of Queen Victoria’s eldest son, the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII.” (Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverFirst confession : a sort of memoir / Chris Patten.
“Chris Patten’s career has taken him from the outer London suburbs to the House of Commons, a seat in the Cabinet, last Governor of Hong Kong, Chairman of the BBC and Chancellor of Oxford University. About all of these he is enlightening and entertaining.” (adapted from Wellington City catalogue note)

Syndetics book coverThe Kelloggs : the battling brothers of Battle Creek / Howard Markel.
“John and Will Kellogg were American empire builders. John was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher and founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Durrells of Corfu / Michael Haag.
“The Durrell family are immortalised in Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals and its ITV adaptation, The Durrells. But what of the real life Durrells? Why did they go to Corfu in the first place – and what happened to them after they left? The real story of the Durrells is as surprising and fascinating as anything in Gerry’s books” (Catalogue note)

Syndetics book coverMorningstar : growing up with books / Ann Hood.
“In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book That Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these beloved novels” (adapted from book jacket summary)

Syndetics book coverThis long pursuit : reflections of a romantic biographer / Richard Holmes
“From the award-winning author of The Age of Wonder and Falling Upwards, here is a luminous meditation on the art of biography that fuses the author’s own experiences with a history of the genre and explores the fascinating and surprising relationship between fact and fiction.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDaring to drive : the young Saudi woman who stood up to a kingdom of men / Manal al-Sharif
“This is a memoir about living, loving, dreaming, daring, and driving while female — in a country where it’s dangerous to do all of the above. Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver, born the year strict fundamentalism took hold. […] Manal-al-Sharif has written a fiercely intimate memoir about the making of an accidental activist, a vivid story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men — and won. Daring to Drive is a remarkable celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny, the extraordinary power of education and female solidarity, and the difficulties and joys of taking the driver’s seat of your own destiny” (Catalogue description).

Lovecraftian bureaucracy : New Science Fiction and Fantasy

Included in our selection of new Science Fiction and Fantasy novels recently added to Wellington City Libraries collection is the second novel from the highly acclaimed Russian author Dimitry Glukovsky, titled Metro 2024. With wonderfully vivid characters, tension that is almost claustrophobic and much dark humour, this proves an exciting read.

Syndetics book coverKangaroo too / Curtis C. Chen.
“Set in the same world as Waypoint Kangaroo , bursting with adrenaline and intrigue this is another unique outer space adventure. On the way home from his latest mission, secret agent Kangaroo’s spacecraft is wrecked by a rogue mining robot. The agency tracks the bot back to the Moon, where a retired asteroid miner–code named “Clementine”-might have information about who’s behind the sabotage. Clementine will only deal with Jessica Chu, Kangaroo’s personal physician and a former military doctor once deployed in the asteroid belt. Kangaroo accompanies Jessica as a courier, smuggling Clementine’s payment of solid gold in the pocket universe that only he can use.What should be a simple infiltration is hindered by the nearly one million tourists celebrating the anniversary of the first Moon landing.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMetro 2034 / Dmitry Glukovsky ; translated from Russian by Andrew Bromfield.
“A year after the events of METRO 2033 the last few survivors of the apocalypse, surrounded by mutants and monsters, face a terrifying new danger as they hang on for survival in the tunnels of the Moscow Metro.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe management style of the Supreme Beings : A novel / Tom Holt.
“When the Supreme Being and his son decide that being supreme isn’t for them anymore, it’s inevitable that things get a bit of a shake-up. It soon becomes apparent that our new owners, the Venturi brothers, have a very different perspective on all sorts of things. Take good and evil, for example. For them, it’s an outdated concept that never worked particularly well in the first place. Unfortunately, the sudden disappearance of right and wrong, while welcomed by some, raises certain concerns amongst those still attached to the previous team’s management style. In particular, there’s one of the old gods who didn’t move out with the others. A reclusive chap, he lives somewhere up north, and only a handful even believe in him. But he’s watching. And he really does need to know if you’ve been naughty or nice.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverShattered minds / Laura Lam.
“Carina used to be one of the best biohackers in Pacifica. But when she worked for Sudice and saw what the company’s experiments on brain recording were doing to their subjects, it disturbed her, especially because she found herself enjoying giving pain and contemplating murder. She quit and soon grew addicted to the drug Zeal, spending most of her waking moments in a horror-filled dream world where she could act out her depraved fantasies without actually hurting anyone. One of her trips is interrupted by strange flashing images and the brutal murder of a young girl. Even in her drug-addicted state, Carina knows it isn’t anything she created in the Zealscape. On her next trip, she discovers that an old coworker from Sudice, Max, sent her these images before he was killed by the company. Encrypted within the images are the clues to his murder, plus information strong enough to take down the international corporation. Carina’s next choice will transform herself, San Francisco, and possibly the world itself.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverExodus / Alex Lamb.
“The Photurians, a hive mind of sentient AIs and machines, were awakened by humanity as part of a complex political trap. But they broke free, evolved, and now the human race is almost finished. Once we spanned dozens of star systems; now only four remain, and Earth is being evacuated. But the Photes can infect us, and among the thousands rescued from our home world may be enemy agents. Tiny colonies struggle to house the displaced. Our warships are failing. The end of humanity has come. But on a distant planet shielded from both humanity and the Photurians, one hope may still live. There is only person who might be able to intervene, the roboteer. He is trapped in a hell of his own making, and does not know he is needed. So a desperate rescue mission is begun. But can he be reached in time? Or will he be the last remnant of humanity in the universe?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaven stratagem / Yoon Ha Lee.
“When the hexarchate’s gifted young captain Kel Cheris summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn’t reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment and possessing her. Even worse, the enemy Hafn are invading, and Jedao takes over General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, which was tasked with stopping them. Only one of Khiruev’s subordinates, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, seems to be able to resist the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao. Jedao claims to be interested in defending the hexarchate, but can Khiruev or Brezan trust him? For that matter, will the hexarchate’s masters wipe out the entire fleet to destroy the rogue general?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNoumenon / Marina J. Lostetter.
“In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something manufactured. The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind’s greatest ambition, to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy– is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated Convoy Seven) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie’s mysterious star and explore its origins and implications.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe White City / Simon Morden.
“Since escaping London’s inferno, Mary and Dalip have fought monsters and won, though in the magical world of Down, the most frightening monsters come from within. Now they hold the greatest of treasures: maps that reveal the way to the White City, where they can find the answers they’re looking for, and learn the secrets of Down. But to get there they must rely on Crows, who has already betrayed them at every turn. As they battle their way towards the one place in all of Down without magic, they must ask themselves how far they will go to find their way home. After all, if there’s one thing the White City offers those brave enough to enter, it’s more than they bargained for.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDelirium brief.
“Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from the supernatural, has involved brilliant hacking, ancient magic and combat with creatures of pure evil. Now the Laundry’s existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organisation has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a government looking for public services to privatise. There are things in the Laundry’s assets that big business would simply love to get its hands on.Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAll systems red / Martha Wells.
“In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid, a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)