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Chinese E-Books on Overdrive. 中文电子书, 不出门就能看!

不用出门, 就能借中文书啦! 惠林頓图书馆OverDrive电子书库, 新进了数百本中文书籍. 现在你可以学英语, 学中文, 学摄影,学钓鱼,甚至学k歌. 这里还有:育儿书,儿童图画故事书,青少年探险故事书,旅游书, 菜谱, 中医养生, 以及现代小说. 只需在以下链接中http://wcl.govt.nz/downloads/ 点击 OverDrive, 点击右上角的小箭头, 先选择中文, 再点击高级搜索, 在所有语言中(All Languages), 选择Chinese,就可以找到简体和繁体的中文电子书了.

Check out our new Chinese eBooks and eAudio books on OverDrive. It’s a great opportunity to learn Mandarin, Cantonese, and Chinese cultures. To find the Chinese eBooks, select Advanced Search, and in the “All Languages” options, choose Chinese.

We have added around 200 Chinese eBooks, ranging from: romance, sci-fi, mystery, health, history, education, graphic novels, children’s fiction, picture books, and many more. You can also navigate the site in Simplified Chinese. Just select Chinese from the drop-down menu at the very top of the Overdrive page. We will continue to add to the eBook selection as more Chinese titles are added by Overdrive. Happy reading!

Overdrive cover K歌技巧100问, 通过  蔡志辉 (eBook)
“蔡志辉所著的《K歌技巧100问》以一问一答的形式呈现,以帮助业余唱歌爱好者解决演唱中遇到的困惑。其最大特点为问题普遍鲜明,有针对性,回答言简意赅,通俗易懂,即用通俗的语言,专业的方法去解决最棘手的问题。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mandarin, 通过 Wei Jin (Audiobook)
“The audio course guides learners through a series of 12 short units. Each unit introduces around 5 new key words or phrases before expanding on the basic vocabulary with practice activities, memory tips and culture and etiquette advice. An accompanying 48-page colour booklet provides full transcripts of the conversations as well as helpful hints to guide the user through their learning experience. Unit 1: Greetings Unit 2: Attracting Attention Unit 3: Exchanging Courtesies Unit 4: Asking Questions Unit 5: Where are you from? Unit 6: Going Places Unit 7: Asking Directions Unit 8: Where can we eat? Unit 9: Getting Transport Unit 10: Ordering a drink Unit 11: Asking for a room Unit 12: All about food!” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 临时应急会话宝典 (Emergency Conversation Skills), 通过  [爱尔兰]艾诗琳 (eBook)
“本书主要是为英语口语学习者准备的,以句子的形式表达各种情况。句子中包括了实用的词汇及短语。对于有相同说法的词语或句子,书中也做了说明。本书以主题划分,分为十大主题,主题以下又划分为具体的状况,比如:逛街购物时如何讨价还价,挑选衣服;面试找工作时,应聘者如何自我介绍,面试者如何提问;身在外国时需要去药店、去医院等等,涉及日常生活、工作、出国等方方面面,读者可以很轻松地找到应急的那句话。同时还配备MP3,让你听到原汁原味的英音。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 大众美食馆:包子·饺子(General Cuisine: Buns and Dumplings), 通过  夏金龙 (eBook)
“作者夏金龙中国烹饪大师,中国餐饮文化名师,中华名厨,国家高级烹饪技师,国家高级营养师,国家高级职业经理人,中国饭店业金牌总厨,中国十大最有发展潜力轻年厨师,全国饭店业国家级评委,国际东方药膳食疗保健学会常务理事,法国国际美食会远东区域中国分会名誉会长2007年被法国国际美食会授予法国蓝带三星勋章,法国国际美食博士勋章,国际酒店管理专家勋章 《大众美食馆·掌中宝口袋菜谱:包子·饺子》是掌中宝的口袋菜谱,主要内容包括:蟹肉小笼包、灯笼钳花包、香猪包、叉烧包、墨鱼包、百结包、南瓜包、鲤鱼包、花篮烧卖、水煎包、生煎包子、干蒸烧卖、山东包子、莲花包等。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 实用钓鱼百科 (Encyclopedia for Fishing), 通过  徐仁行 (eBook)
“钓鱼为什么对人有如此大的吸引力呢?有人说:”钓鱼之乐不在鱼”,”一竿在手,其乐无比。”钓鱼爱好者把钓鱼视为人生的一大乐趣。当你在紧张的工作之余,到江河湖海去领略一下大自然的风光,呼吸清新的空气,享受一下鱼儿咬钩时的快感与乐趣,这是没钓过鱼的人所无法体会的。钓鱼活动还是一种很好的锻炼身体的方法,与打太极拳、练健身操、舞剑等活动有同样的趣味性。如果你能经常参加钓鱼活动,对你的身体健康肯定大有好处。特别是对那些患植物神经功能紊乱、神经衰弱、心悸胸闷、轻度肺结核的病人以及身体处于病后康复期的人更有益处。同时,钓鱼活动还非常适合中老年人的生理特点。它既缓解了工作的压力,排除不良情绪,又可以充实生活,排遣空虚,同时可以抗老防衰,延年益寿。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 最热最热的76个科学知识:蚊子血真能造出恐龙吗? ( 76 Most Awesome Trivia Questions: Can we clone a dinosaur by using the blood of a mosquito? ), 通过  Da Mi (eBook)
“肉食动物只吃草能活下去吗?斑马到底是黑底白纹,还是白底黑纹?蜘蛛丝真的比钢筋还强韧?……每当抚摸小狗毛茸茸的身体,你是否想过与地球上的所有动物都成为知心朋友?快快翻开这本《蚊子血真能造出恐龙吗?》吧,你将在开怀大笑中,获得天文、地理、历史、文化、科学等方面许许多多有趣的知识。” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover 短片也风流:50部欧洲最新获奖电影短片评介, 通过  季巧微 (eBook)
“本书收集了50部在国际知名电影节上最新获奖的欧洲短片,以出品时间为序,对各部分影片进行介绍、评赏。《短片也风流:欧洲50部最新获奖电影短片评介》像万花筒一样,能让我们了解到欧洲丰富的短片创作,希望有一天我们中国的短片创作也能够活跃起来,也希望更多的媒体、网络或者DVD出版商有兴趣积极出版和介绍这些短片。” (Overdrive description)

Community & Languages Newsletter for June

Take time out to unwind and celebrate the winter season. Let us inspire you with a fabulous selection of new books featuring craft ideas and projects, gardening tips and delicious recipes, new DVDs, including an array of critics’ favourites, delightful Spanish fiction and more … Enjoy the challenge!

Library News

New Zealand

Animals, plants, politics and poetry feature this month in the New Zealand collection.

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand inventory of biodiversity / edited by Dennis P. Gordon.
“Appropriate for advanced high school and college students as well as working scientists, this intriguing guide is the first of three volumes that will chart the progress of a scientific inventory of New Zealand’s living and fossilized biodiversity. An international effort involving more than 220 New Zealand specialists, this project, when completed, will include every one of the almost 55,000 known species of animals, plants, fungi, and micro-organisms in the country. Part of Species 2000, an international scientific project, the long-term goal is to enumerate all known species on earth into one seamless list called the Catalog of Life, which will function as an online biological catalog. To date, only New Zealand has compiled a checklist of its entire biota.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAn extraordinary land : discoveries and mysteries from wild New Zealand / written by Peter Hayden ; photographs by Rod Morris.
“Our isolation has been a huge advantage. It turned New Zealand into a wild laboratory where evolution could conduct experiments that lead to weird and wonderful outcomes like the kakpo and the giant weta. It was also a museum, where ancient creatures could exist long after their kind disappeared from the rest of the world. More recently, scientists are discovering how little we know about species we thought we knew so well. An Extraordinary Land brings us up to date with these discoveries and gives us a snapshot of what makes New Zealand wildlife unique”–Jacket flap.

Syndetics book coverHis own steam : the work of Barry Brickell / with essays by David Craig & Gregory O’Brien and new photography by Haruhiko Sameshima.
“Potter extraordinaire, conservationist, railway enthusiast and iconoclast Barry Brickell is one of New Zealand’s most important ceramicists … In essays by David Craig and Gregory O’Brien and with both newly commissioned photographs by Haru Sameshima and historic images, His Own Steam: The Work of Barry Brickell charts Brickell’s career in its entirety and in the context of his life and times, timed to coincide with a survey exhibition of the same name at The Dowse Art Museum”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverParadise past : the transformation of the South Pacific, 1520-1920 / Robert W. Kirk.
“In the 400 years from Magellan’s entrance into Pacific waters to 1920, the lives of the people of the South Pacific were utterly transformed. Exotic diseases from Europe and America, particularly the worldwide influenza pandemic, were deadly for islanders. Ardent missionaries changed the belief systems and lives of nearly all Polynesians, Aborigines, and those Papuans and Melanesians living in areas accessible to westerners. By 1920 every island and atoll in the South Seas had been claimed as a colony or protectorate of a power such as Britain, France or the United States. Factors aiding this imperial sweep included European outposts such as Sydney, advances in maritime technology, the work of missionaries, a desire to profit from the area’s relatively sparse resources, and international rivalry that led to the scramble for colonies. The coming of westerners, as this book points out, was not entirely negative, as head-hunting, cannibalism, chronic warfare, human sacrifice, and other practices were diminished–but whole cultures were irreversibly changed or even eradicated.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverApollo in George Street : the life of David McKee Wright / Michael Sharkey.
“David McKee Wright was the most prolific poet in Australia around the First World War, and the influential literary editor of the Sydney Bulletin. This biography brings to life aspects of the literary culture of New Zealand in the years before its independence, and of Australia in the early years of Federation.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverA history of Antarctica / Stephen Martin.
“This revised and expanded book – first published in 1996 – traces the patterns of human activity in Antarctica, from the southern journeys of the 16th century to the modern expeditions of adventurers and tourists. Using material from diaries, letters, and fresh research, the book illuminates the main themes of Antarctic history with the personal stories and images of the men and women who explored, worked, and lived in this frozen and remote continent. The book examines such topics as the early Polynesian explorers, the amazing diversity of flora and fauna, the detailed geological features, etc. A History of Antarctica is about the people of Antarctica – those who have chosen to endure the risks and enjoy the rewards of conquering the world’s most forbidding land.”(Syndetics summary)

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DVDs

New DVDs for May include an array of critics favourites from the new version of ‘Les Misérables’, Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Beasts of the southern wild’, & ‘The Master; to Hollywood blockbusters like ‘The Hobbit’ & ‘Gangster Squad’…

Cover imageLes misérables.
“Les Misérables is a deeply powerful film that’s rich with raw feeling, the grittiness of life in 19th-century France, and the conflict between right, wrong, and the concept of redemption.
Les Misérables takes viewers on an emotionally exhausting journey as it follows ex-convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) after his release from prison. Valjean breaks parole, but he is granted a second chance by a kind bishop. He then moves from place to place throughout France, trying to live an honest life while ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) hunts him relentlessly. Valjean meets the broken-spirited Fantine (Anne Hathaway), promises to care for her daughter Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) as Fantine is about to die, and finds his own life completely changed as a result of that promise. Like the stage play, the film is dark, gritty, and passionate, but it enhances the sense of place in early- to mid-1800s France as a staged version simply cannot…” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Cover imageThe hobbit : an unexpected journey.
“It took some time for Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson to return to Middle Earth, but the wait was very much worth it. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starts off by playing strongly to its links to the previous adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, before setting off on an adventure of its own. The first of three films based on The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey isn’t a fast film to get going, but it does spent quality time introducing its key characters. Most moviegoers are more than familiar with Sir Ian McKellen’s Gandalf of course, but the collection of dwarves and Martin Freeman’s take on Bilbo Baggins are all brought together, and the adventure ensues. It’s a journey that’s punctuated by terrifically orchestrated action sequences, a swirling score, and lavish production design…” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Cover imageCeleste and Jesse forever.
“Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are high school sweethearts who married young and are now at a crossroads at the age of thirty. While Celeste is a success in business, Jesse is unemployed and adrift. Celeste thinks that if they divorce now they could still remain friends. Jesse passively accepts the decision even though he is still in love with her. As reality sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, but her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous…” (Description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageQuartet.
“Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman has never been one to zig when he can zag. Not only did he wait until he was in his mid-70s to direct his first feature film, but his crowd-pleasing adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s 1999 play is a thoroughly British affair. Set at one of England’s most scenic estates, the fictional Beecham House for Retired Musicians, Quartet centres on four opera singers. Cecily (Pauline Collins), Wilfred (Billy Connolly), and Reginald (Tom Courtenay) are busy preparing for the annual Verdi Gala when word spreads about a famous new resident. After Reggie catches sight of the elegant figure, his excitement about the benefit gives way to sorrow: it’s his ex-wife, Jean (Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith)… If Quartet doesn’t offer many significant surprises, Hoffman skillfully honours the humour, the romance, and the wall-to-wall music of Harwood’s warm-hearted script…” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Cover imageTo Rome with love.
“To Rome With Love sees Woody Allen back in front of the camera for the first time since 2006’s underwhelming Scoop, heading up one of the collection of stories that make up the film. For the movie brings together a collection of four unconnected narratives taking place in the city of Rome, with Allen playing a frustrated opera director who’s always on the hunt for new talent. He finds some too, with a little help from a shower. Elsewhere, Roberto Benigni’s Leopoldo gets a brief brush with fame, a young couple find themselves parted, while Jesse Eisenberg’s Jack finds the predictions of Alec Baldwin’s John close to the mark. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, though. At its best, From Rome With Love is witty, breezy and just a little bit bonkers…It might not be a vintage Woody Allen feature, but it’s still with more merits than you may have been led to believe…” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Cover imageGangster squad.
“The turf explored in Gangster Squad may not be entirely accurate to historical truth, but it sure looks like the world of the movie mobster: the basics are instantly recognizable if you’ve seen L.A. Confidential and The Untouchables. Take a post-World War II Los Angeles, plunge it in noir, drop a ruthless gangster into the mix, and let loose an extralegal squad of cops to break the mob’s rule. The crime kingpin in question is Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), and his LAPD adversaries include a detective so square his fedora appears permanently affixed to his skull (Josh Brolin) and a ladies’ man (Ryan Gosling) whose dalliance with Cohen’s escort (Emma Stone) might not be the best idea for a smooth relationship. Their squad includes stalwart character actors such as Anthony Mackie, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, and an especially droll Robert Patrick. With all this talent on display, the movie must surely have some bang in its Tommy gun–but alas, director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) has opted for a peculiarly lighthearted, bantering tone for much of the action…” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Cover imageThe man from Beijing.
“A mass murder, a female judge and diary entries from ages ago judge Brigitta Roslin has to make a dangerous journey before she discovers the background of this crime. Police believe a madman was behind the brutal act. Not only Brigitta Roslin s parents are among the dead; almost all the victims were related to her. Brigitta soon becomes convinced that the police are on the wrong track, and she starts to investigate on her own. Her search for the murderer of her entire family leads Brigitta to China, where she is confronted with the gruesome machinations of a millionaire businessman. The two-part thriller is based on the internationally bestselling novel by Henning Mankell (the Inspector Wallander series)…” (Description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageLife of Pi.
“There are only so many filmmakers fearless or foolhardy enough to tackle a challenging novel, like Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, but adaptation specialist Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) was well positioned to take it on. As a structuring device, he uses an interview between a journalist (Rafe Spall) and Pi Patel (The Namesake’s Irrfan Khan), a Montreal immigrant with an unusual back story. As he tells the writer, his parents oversaw a zoo in French-Indian Pondicherry, and he found himself drawn to the Bengal tiger, Richard Parker–the name resulted from a clerical error–but his father (Adil Hussain) warned him to stay away. On his own, Pi became entranced by Islam, Hinduism, and Catholicism, which comes in handy when his family relocates to Canada by freighter and a brutal storm–as believably horrific as anything in Titanic–leaves Pi (now played by Suraj Sharma) stranded in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and the tiger…” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Cover imageThe master.
“Gaunt, tightly wound, and eerily reminiscent of Montgomery Clift, Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, an ex-naval officer suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Since World War II, he’s had difficulty holding down a job due to his hot temper and affinity for paint thinner-spiked potions, but the charismatic Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman in a more subtle, but equally skillful turn) finds him irresistible as a project, a surrogate son–maybe even the shadow self that he normally keeps hidden (Dodd shares Quell’s propensity for the occasional splenetic outburst). Lancaster welcomes him to join the Cause, a movement that recalls Scientology by way of Freud, since he focuses on the elimination of past trauma through a pseudo-psychoanalytic exercise called processing…The lack of clear-cut conclusions will leave some viewers cold, but you’ve never seen a performance–simultaneously riveting and repellent–like Phoenix’s before…” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

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Community Languages

Take a look at our latest additions to our Foreign Collection. If you are learning Spanish at the moment, these delightful mysteries and historical fiction will help you to enrich your vocabulary. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverLa biblia de los caídos / Fernando Trujillo.
“El mundo cuenta con un lado oculto, una cara sobrenatural que nos susurra, que se intuye, pero que muy pocos perciben. La inmensa mayoria de las personas no es consciente de ese lado paranorma… ni de sus riesgos. A veces la gente se topa con esos peligros y desespera, se atemoriza, y no sabe que hacer ni a quien recurrir. pero no todo esta perdido… Dicen que en Madrid reposa una iglesia muy antigua, cuyo origen es desconocido. Alli, en su interior, frente a una cruz de piedra esculpida en uno de sus muros, se puede alzar una plegaria. Tambien dicen que aquel que no tiene alma la escuchara, y si la fortuna acompana, el ruego sera atendido. Pero exigira un elevado precio por sus servicios, uno que no todo el mundo esta dispuesto a pagar. Mejor sera asegurarse de que se quiere contar con el antes de recitar la plegaria. Eso es lo que dicen”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEl lector de Julio Verne / Almudena Grandes.
“Nino, hijo de guardia civil, tiene nueve anos, vive en la casa cuartel de un pueblo de la Sierra Sur de Jaen, y nunca podra olvidar el verano de 1947. Pepe el Portugues, el forastero misterioso, fascinante, que acaba de instalarse en un molino apartado, se convierte en su amigo y su modelo, el hombre en el que le gustaria convertirse alguna vez. Mientras pasan juntos las tardes a la orilla del rio, Nino se jurara a si mismo que nunca sera guardia civil como su padre, y comenzara a recibir clases de mecanografia en el cortijo de las Rubias, donde una familia de mujeres solas, viudas y huerfanas, resiste en la frontera entre el monte y el llano. Mientras descubre un mundo nuevo gracias a las novelas de aventuras que le convertiran en otra persona, Nino comprende una verdad que nadie habia querido contarle. En la Sierra Sur se esta librando una guerra, pero los enemigos de su padre no son los suyos. Tras ese verano, empezara a mirar con otros ojos a los guerrilleros de Cencerro, y a entender por que su padre quiere que aprenda mecanografia. / Nino sworn never to be policeman like his father. He begins typing classes in a farmhouse, and now understands a truth no one had wanted to tell. In the Southern Highlands there is a war, but his fathers enemies of are not his enemies. After that summer, he will begin to look at the guerrillas with new eyes, and to understand why his father wants him to learn typing.
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Syndetics book coverLa conjura de Cortés / Matilde Asensi.
“La conjura de Cortés culmina la trilogía de Martín Ojo de Plata: en la Nueva España se desarrolla una historia plagada de intrigas, corrupción, aventuras e imaginación.
Catalina se ve obligada a desenmascarar una conjura de sus enemigos para derrocar al rey de España. La aparición de un mapa que desvela dónde encontrar el legendario tesoro de Hernán Cortés desempeñará un papel clave en el plan de Catalina para descubrir a los traidores y cumplir su palabra de acabar con los Curvo. La doble personalidad de Catalina Solís / Martín Nevares enfrentará además un grave peligro para su equilibrio: el amor. Una vez más, Matilde Asensi sorprenderá a sus lectores con un final inesperado.” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Syndetics book coverEscupirán sobre mi tumba / Jaime Bayly.
“What awaits writer-turned-murderer Javier Garces in Buenos Aires? First, there is the city with its cobbled streets, its cemetery and river, a place where he feels right at home, where he is neither a foreigner nor an intruder. Then, there are all those Argentines with their endless chatter, their arrogance and charm, their loud-mouthed chaos. Finally, and to his heartfelt regret, there are still some scores to be settled. What choice is there? If he wants to live he has to take the life of others, as he’ll do to certain characters he either hates or despises. The vain bookstore owner, a famous and belligerent radio and television reporter, the handsome owner of a high-end restaurant, a talented and dissolute actor, and a hateful neighbor are part of Javier Garces’ Argentine selection. While he plots and carries out his missions in wild and appalling episodes, the bloody thread that has dogged him since Lima is about to catch up to him. With Escupirán sobre mi tumba, Jaime Bayly concludes the Morirás mañana trilogy. Here ends the long and gruesome journey that began in Lima, passed through Chile and culminated in Buenos Aires. A bloody expedition in which our main character finished off his enemies while painting a vivid fresco of the largest cities in the region, a fresco that gazes past architecture and geography to portray the soul of its people.” (Courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLa civilización del espectáculo / Mario Vargas Llosa.
“The author puts forth a hard and somber interpretation of our times. Our civilization has turned into entertainment, gossip, enjoyment, and has adopted a carefree, devil-may-care attitude, ignoring what is happening as long as it has its fix of soccer, bull fighting, baseball, cheap entertainment, talk shows, irresponsible yellow journalism, and exploitation of the poor. The idea is: have fun, keep boredom at bay, and avoid what bothers, worries and anguishes us. In fact modern culture makes it a social mandate.” (Courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEl prisionero del cielo / Carlos Ruiz Zafón.El Prisionero Del Cielo
“Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere y su amigo Fermín, los héroes de La Sombra del Viento, regresan de nuevo a la aventura para afrontar el mayor desafío de sus vidas. Justo cuando todo empezaba a sonreírles, un inquietante personaje visita la librería de Sempere y amenaza con desvelar un terrible secreto que lleva enterrado más de dos décadas en la oscura memoria de la ciudad. Al conocer la verdad, Daniel comprenderá que su destino le arrastra irremediablemente a enfrentarse con la mayor de las sombras: la que crece en su interior. Rebosante de intriga y emoción, El Prisionero del Cielo es una novela magistral donde los hilos de La Sombra del Viento y El Juego del ángel convergen a través del embrujo de la literatura y el enigma que se oculta en el corazón del Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados.” (Courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCasa de mi padre [videorecording] = House of my father / Nala presents a Gary Sanchez production ; a Nala Films production.
“Will Ferrell is Armando Alvarez, a simple Mexican boy who is proud to work on his father’s sprawling ranch. In spite of his wide-eyed enthusiasm for ranch life, the stupid, yet optimistic Armando can only play second fiddle to his glamorous brother, Raul. But when Raul brings his sexy bride, Sonia, home to meet the family, the sexual tension between her and Armando is only the start of the trouble, as the brothers soon find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord”–Container.

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Cooking

Everything green and fresh and wholesome is on the menu in this month’s selection of cook books.

Syndetics book coverWild About Greens : 125 delectable vegan recipes for kale, collards, arugula, bok choy, and other leafy veggies everyone loves / by Nava Atlas ; photographs by Susan Voisin.
“Atlas (Vegan Express) successfully elevates leafy greens beyond the salad bowl with this collection of recipes that will appeal to vegans and meat-eaters alike. Though she excludes cabbages and common lettuces, Atlas introduces a host of other dynamic greens-from the “bold” arugula, to the now ubiquitous kale, to the “peppery” watercress-and includes plenty of tips for buying and preparation.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe Art of Cooking with Vegetables / Alain Passard ; [translation by Alex Carlier].
“This is the English-language version of Passard’s 2010 Collages & Recettes. Chef and owner of the three-Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant L’Arpege, Passard illustrates these 48 sophisticated vegetable recipes-organized by month-with his own paper collages. The visual effect is whimsical, recalling children’s books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The quality of vegetables will matter here; Stand Up Asparagus, Globe Artichokes with Bay Leaves and Lime, and Yellow Beetroot Baked in a Dome of Coarse Salt all have five ingredients or fewer, and their simple preparations require attention to detail. VERDICT Readers who regard cooking as art will love this title.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverVegetables, Revised: The Most Authoritative Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking, with More Than 300 Recipes
“This revised edition of Peterson’s 1996 classic vastly improves upon the original through the addition of color photographs that illustrate the vegetable varieties and step-by-step techniques. Peterson has reorganized the content into two sections: “Techniques for Preparing and Cooking Vegetables” and “The Vegetables: A to Z.” Library Journal

Syndetics book coverWelcoming Kitchen : 200 delicious allergen & gluten-free vegan recipes / Kim Lutz with Megan Hart.
“Cooking for those with special food needs can make the pantry feel like an obstacle course, and for parents faced with cooking for a group of children with any number of unknown restrictions, the problem can feel almost paralyzing. Thankfully, Lutz and Hart (The Everything Organic Cooking for Baby & Toddler Book) have created this collection.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverVeggiestan : a vegetable lover’s tour of the Middle East / Sally Butcher.
“Written in her trademark engaging and knowledgeable style, Sally Butcher takes a fresh look at many of the more exciting ingredients available on our high streets today as well as providing a host of delicious recipes made with more familiar fare.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverQuick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking : more than 150 tasty, nourishing recipes that practically make themselves / Carla Kelly.
“Finally, a cookbook of hassle-free meals for vegans – with more than 150 delicious recipes that both experienced cooks and slow-cooker newcomers can create and enjoy! For on-the-go vegans and others looking to eat healthy-Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking is the answer. Utilizing easy-to-find, economical ingredients, Carla Kelly crafts practical main meals that readers will make and eat daily.” (Books in Print)

Syndetics book coverThe Gardener & the Grill : the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill / Karen Adler & Judith Fertig.
“Known as the BBQ Queens, Adler and Fertig (coauthors, 25 Essentials: Techniques for Grilling Fish) are barbecue instructors and competitors. Their latest cookbook is full of creative ideas for grilling with garden-fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs ….This book does not illustrate the finer points of grilling, so readers will need some prior knowledge of equipment and technique. VERDICT A refreshing departure from meat-centric BBQ bibles.” (Library Journal)

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Crafts

In this month’s splendid selection of new books we offer you inspiring ideas and techniques to make fabulous handmade projects for your home and family. Enjoy experimenting with contemporary and traditional crafts such as, felting, quilting and knitting using timeless knitwear designs, as well as, recycling and repurposing materials for your beach house, caravan or home. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverThe crafty minx at home : 50+ handmade and upcycled projects for beautiful living / Kelly Doust.
“The Crafty Minx is about making gorgeous things from pre-loved, remnant and vintage items. It is written especially for non-crafters who are desperate to be more creative but don’t know how, and shares the delicious rewards of living with and giving away beautiful handmade objects. Kelly Doust shares her practical tips to help make your own delectable crafts from discarded materials, and a positive impact on the environment in the process. Including over 75 projects which give traditional crafts a modern makeover – from brightly patterned summer beach bags and cotton apron tops to cosy lambs’ wool throws and cashmere-covered hot water bottles, or a soft toy for a friend’s new baby – this book is broken down into the four seasons of the year for easy inspiration, and to carry you through the year creatively. Bringing you stories about great vintage finds and new ways of looking at the treasures within our own homes. No matter where you live or what your circumstances, discover just how easy it is to be a crafty minx” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverKirstie’s vintage home / Kirstie Allsopp.
“Transform your home from shabby to chic, with the help of Kirstie Allsopp. Looking to the past for inspiration and embracing vintage style to create something unique and beautiful, Kirstie continues her love affair with everything handmade.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFabric surface design / Cheryl Rezendes ; photography by John Polak.
“Sensational sewing projects demand fabulous fabrics! Fibre artist Cheryl Rezendes shows you how to create an astonishing array of surface designs, simply and safely, using textile paints and printing ink. She covers a wide variety of techniques: stamping, ancient Japanese Shibori, silkscreen, soy wax and flour resist, image transfer, marbling, nature printing, foils and metal leaf, and more. Step-by-step photos illustrate every technique, and Rezendes shows you lots of innovative ways to combine and layer techniques for stunning results.” (adapted from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverHandmade glamping / Charlotte Liddle & Lucy Hopping.
“Decorate your tent, tipi, caravan or camper van with any of the 35 stunning projects in Handmade Glamping. Using a variety of crafting techniques including knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery, patchwork and applique, Charlotte Liddle and Lucy Hopping have created a wonderful range of accessories that will bring retro charm to your idyllic country getaway. Whether you fancy a quiet retreat to secluded beaches or are off to live it up at the summer festivals, you will find something to make your home away from home look stunning and feel cosy and comfortable. Divided into four chapters, start with Recycling and Repurposing and make the embroidered curtains using vintage fabrics or the hexagonal patchwork scatter cushions to put on the camp bed. In Campfire Cooking there is everything you’ll need for a romantic meal under the stars, including decorated plates, quilted placemats and a picnic bag.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverFelt with love : felt hearts, flowers and much more / Madeleine Millington.
“Felt With Love is a must-have book for anyone with an appreciation of adorable hand-crafted objects. It is a colourful one-off book, filled with 15 cute, fun and simple projects (plus some variations) made from felted wool. As well as easy to follow instructions and step by step photographs for each project, the book explains various stitching and embellishment techniques. Projects include mini hanging decorations, beautiful brooches, pincushions, various wall hangings, a couple Christmassy pieces, plus much more! The author has provided templates for all the projects so that everything can be replicated with relative ease. This book is a great collection of bright, affordable, and easy to sew felt projects embellished with simple stitching, buttons and beads. They are great to do ‘on-the-go’ and once completed you have a beautiful gift for a special person or a timeless treasure for yourself!” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverTula Pink’s city sampler : 100 modern quilt blocks / [Tula Pink].
“Make a beautiful, modern quilt of your own design with the 100 original quilt blocks or try one of the 5 city-theme sampler quilts designed by Tula.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit to flatter : the only instructions you’ll ever need to knot sweaters that make you look good and feel great / Amy Herzog ; photographs by Karen Pearson ; photostyling by Karen Schaupeter.
“Amy Herzog’s primary focus in writing this book is to teach knitters how to assess their own body shapes: top heavy, bottom heavy or proportional and then knit accordingly. The concept for the book began as a series of blog posts. Fans of the blog encouraged Amy to continue fleshing out this concept, so she went on to create ten tutorials that give knitters the tools and techniques they need to create flattering garments. And now she has combined her tutorials with more than 20 new patterns and turned it all into a book. In Knit to Flatter, Herzog provides guidelines for silhouettes and styles that work with each body shape along with three or four sweater patterns per shape category. She then provides patterns for 10 additional sweaters and guidelines for customising each one of them to flatter each body shape. Each pattern is written in up to ten sizes, and garments are photographed on models with a variety of body shapes to keep the whole presentation real. No smoke and mirrors here. Just real beauty!” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverKnit a monster nursery : practical and playful knitted baby patterns / Rebecca Danger ; [photography by Brent Kane].
“Knit up a delightful collection of fun yet practical monster themed projects your little ones are sure to love. From the creative mind behind the best-selling “Big Book of Knitted Monsters” comes an adorable collection of more than 16 knitted toys, clothing, accessories, and nursery decorations that you’ll love knitting for the little one in your life. Stitch a roomful of fun and practical items – suitable for both boys and girls, and for knitters of all levels – including an irresistible monster mobile, baby blankets, blocks, booties, bookends, rattles, hats, and more!” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

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Discover the beauty of the Spanish Language

Take a look at our latest additions to our Foreign Collection. If you are learning Spanish at the moment, these delightful mysteries and historical fiction will help you to enrich your vocabulary. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverLa biblia de los caídos / Fernando Trujillo.
“El mundo cuenta con un lado oculto, una cara sobrenatural que nos susurra, que se intuye, pero que muy pocos perciben. La inmensa mayoria de las personas no es consciente de ese lado paranorma… ni de sus riesgos. A veces la gente se topa con esos peligros y desespera, se atemoriza, y no sabe que hacer ni a quien recurrir. pero no todo esta perdido… Dicen que en Madrid reposa una iglesia muy antigua, cuyo origen es desconocido. Alli, en su interior, frente a una cruz de piedra esculpida en uno de sus muros, se puede alzar una plegaria. Tambien dicen que aquel que no tiene alma la escuchara, y si la fortuna acompana, el ruego sera atendido. Pero exigira un elevado precio por sus servicios, uno que no todo el mundo esta dispuesto a pagar. Mejor sera asegurarse de que se quiere contar con el antes de recitar la plegaria. Eso es lo que dicen”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEl lector de Julio Verne / Almudena Grandes.
“Nino, hijo de guardia civil, tiene nueve anos, vive en la casa cuartel de un pueblo de la Sierra Sur de Jaen, y nunca podra olvidar el verano de 1947. Pepe el Portugues, el forastero misterioso, fascinante, que acaba de instalarse en un molino apartado, se convierte en su amigo y su modelo, el hombre en el que le gustaria convertirse alguna vez. Mientras pasan juntos las tardes a la orilla del rio, Nino se jurara a si mismo que nunca sera guardia civil como su padre, y comenzara a recibir clases de mecanografia en el cortijo de las Rubias, donde una familia de mujeres solas, viudas y huerfanas, resiste en la frontera entre el monte y el llano. Mientras descubre un mundo nuevo gracias a las novelas de aventuras que le convertiran en otra persona, Nino comprende una verdad que nadie habia querido contarle. En la Sierra Sur se esta librando una guerra, pero los enemigos de su padre no son los suyos. Tras ese verano, empezara a mirar con otros ojos a los guerrilleros de Cencerro, y a entender por que su padre quiere que aprenda mecanografia. / Nino sworn never to be policeman like his father. He begins typing classes in a farmhouse, and now understands a truth no one had wanted to tell. In the Southern Highlands there is a war, but his fathers enemies of are not his enemies. After that summer, he will begin to look at the guerrillas with new eyes, and to understand why his father wants him to learn typing.
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Syndetics book coverLos juegos del hambre / Suzanne Collins ; traducción de Pilar Ramírez Tello.
“In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place”. (Courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLa conjura de Cortés / Matilde Asensi.
“La conjura de Cortés culmina la trilogía de Martín Ojo de Plata: en la Nueva España se desarrolla una historia plagada de intrigas, corrupción, aventuras e imaginación.
Catalina se ve obligada a desenmascarar una conjura de sus enemigos para derrocar al rey de España. La aparición de un mapa que desvela dónde encontrar el legendario tesoro de Hernán Cortés desempeñará un papel clave en el plan de Catalina para descubrir a los traidores y cumplir su palabra de acabar con los Curvo. La doble personalidad de Catalina Solís / Martín Nevares enfrentará además un grave peligro para su equilibrio: el amor. Una vez más, Matilde Asensi sorprenderá a sus lectores con un final inesperado.” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Syndetics book coverEscupirán sobre mi tumba / Jaime Bayly.
“What awaits writer-turned-murderer Javier Garces in Buenos Aires? First, there is the city with its cobbled streets, its cemetery and river, a place where he feels right at home, where he is neither a foreigner nor an intruder. Then, there are all those Argentines with their endless chatter, their arrogance and charm, their loud-mouthed chaos. Finally, and to his heartfelt regret, there are still some scores to be settled. What choice is there? If he wants to live he has to take the life of others, as he’ll do to certain characters he either hates or despises. The vain bookstore owner, a famous and belligerent radio and television reporter, the handsome owner of a high-end restaurant, a talented and dissolute actor, and a hateful neighbor are part of Javier Garces’ Argentine selection. While he plots and carries out his missions in wild and appalling episodes, the bloody thread that has dogged him since Lima is about to catch up to him. With Escupirán sobre mi tumba, Jaime Bayly concludes the Morirás mañana trilogy. Here ends the long and gruesome journey that began in Lima, passed through Chile and culminated in Buenos Aires. A bloody expedition in which our main character finished off his enemies while painting a vivid fresco of the largest cities in the region, a fresco that gazes past architecture and geography to portray the soul of its people.” (Courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLa civilización del espectáculo / Mario Vargas Llosa.
“The author puts forth a hard and somber interpretation of our times. Our civilization has turned into entertainment, gossip, enjoyment, and has adopted a carefree, devil-may-care attitude, ignoring what is happening as long as it has its fix of soccer, bull fighting, baseball, cheap entertainment, talk shows, irresponsible yellow journalism, and exploitation of the poor. The idea is: have fun, keep boredom at bay, and avoid what bothers, worries and anguishes us. In fact modern culture makes it a social mandate.” (Courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEl prisionero del cielo / Carlos Ruiz Zafón.El Prisionero Del Cielo
“Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere y su amigo Fermín, los héroes de La Sombra del Viento, regresan de nuevo a la aventura para afrontar el mayor desafío de sus vidas. Justo cuando todo empezaba a sonreírles, un inquietante personaje visita la librería de Sempere y amenaza con desvelar un terrible secreto que lleva enterrado más de dos décadas en la oscura memoria de la ciudad. Al conocer la verdad, Daniel comprenderá que su destino le arrastra irremediablemente a enfrentarse con la mayor de las sombras: la que crece en su interior. Rebosante de intriga y emoción, El Prisionero del Cielo es una novela magistral donde los hilos de La Sombra del Viento y El Juego del ángel convergen a través del embrujo de la literatura y el enigma que se oculta en el corazón del Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados.” (Courtesy of Syndetics)

El enredo de la bolsa y la vida / Eduardo Mendoza.
“Revisiting old characters, showing a side of Barcelona which seems pulled from the early 20th century… Mendoza delights the reader once again with a delightful mystery novel starring unexpected characters: the living statures from Las Ramblas, a failed detective-lunatic turned hairdresser, a guru and, of course, Angela Merkel! Every page hides a snigger or guffaw and is full of subtle satirical comments.” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

DVDs

Syndetics book coverCasa de mi padre [videorecording] = House of my father / Nala presents a Gary Sanchez production ; a Nala Films production.
“Will Ferrell is Armando Alvarez, a simple Mexican boy who is proud to work on his father’s sprawling ranch. In spite of his wide-eyed enthusiasm for ranch life, the stupid, yet optimistic Armando can only play second fiddle to his glamorous brother, Raul. But when Raul brings his sexy bride, Sonia, home to meet the family, the sexual tension between her and Armando is only the start of the trouble, as the brothers soon find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord”–Container.

Community & Languages Newsletter for May

Welcome to another wonderful selection of books and DVDs to keep you up to date with the newest library arrivals including New Zealand history, movies such as the new Clint Eastwood’s meta literary drama ‘Trouble with the Curve’, ideas and tips for crafters, as well as, a broad range of Japanese literary fiction.
Choose your favourite books for a relaxing week ahead and enjoy!

Library News

New Zealand


Syndetics book coverA history of Antarctica / Stephen Martin.
“This revised and expanded book – first published in 1996 – traces the patterns of human activity in Antarctica, from the southern journeys of the 16th century to the modern expeditions of adventurers and tourists. Using material from diaries, letters, and fresh research, the book illuminates the main themes of Antarctic history with the personal stories and images of the men and women who explored, worked, and lived in this frozen and remote continent. The book examines such topics as the early Polynesian explorers, the amazing diversity of flora and fauna, the detailed geological features, etc. A History of Antarctica is about the people of Antarctica – those who have chosen to endure the risks and enjoy the rewards of conquering the world’s most forbidding land.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSurveying the Antarctic : the New Zealand Geological Survey Antarctic Expedition 1957-1958 / Eugene Brian Fitzgerald.
“This volume is the story of the first New Zealand Official Government Expedition to Antarctica. It is based on the diary, notes and memory of the author, together with the letters and accounts written by other members of the expedition.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverImages from Albertland : Harold Marsh, 1876-1948 / Paul Campbell.
“William Harold Marsh, farmer, father and adventurous photographer captured a time of enchantment, when life was lived at a slower place, governed by a different set of values and priorities and ambitions. One of the first generation of those immigrants who sailed around the world to settle in Albertland, 70,000 coastal acres on the Kaipara Harbour, in Northland, New Zealand, he has left a legacy of those times, a window into the past for those yet to come.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Heaphy Track / Chris Petyt.
“Heaphy he never actually followed the whole route. He along with Thomas Brunner and Kehu, their Maori guide, travelled down the coast in 1846 from the north and only traversed the coastal section of the track from the Heaphy River to the Kohaihai River. The first Europeans to traverse the route are only recorded as “Aldridge and his mate”. Following the discovery of gold in the Aorere Valley in late 1865, the route of the Heaphy Track was used by gold miners to traverse between the Aorere Goldfield and those that were subsequently discovered on the West Coast. Author Chris Petyt has dug deep and wide to assemble this first comprehensive account of the human history of the Heaphy Track. Today, the Heaphy is one of New Zealand’s premier walking tracks and the longest of the multi-day tracks designated by the Department of Conservation as Great Walks. Those contemplating a trip over the track will also find it useful as the final chapter is a guide to walking the track.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe story of a treaty / Claudia Orange.
“The Treaty of Waitangi is a central document in New Zealand history. This lively account tells the story of the Treaty from its signing in 1840 through the debates and struggles of the nineteenth century to the gathering political momentum of recent decades. The second edition of this popular book brings the story up to the present”–Back cover.

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DVDs

New DVDs for May include the new Ken Loach, ‘The Angel’s Share’; comedies ‘Butter’ & ‘Pitch Perfect’; the new Clint Eastwood; meta literary drama ‘The Words’; an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s cult novel ‘On the Road’; & the acclaimed account of Polio victim Mark O’Brien’s experiences with a sex surrogate in ‘The Sessions’…

Cover imageThe angels’ share.
“Considering Loach has a reputation for bleak, brilliant dramas, some might be surprised to see the light comic touch he’s applied to this winning mix of comedy and drama. That said, it still has a fair amount to say. The Angel’s Share initially starts on a sombre note, as it’s not long before we meet the main characters in a courtroom. Here, they’re being sentenced for a series of offences, and young father Robbie is only saved from prison by the fact that his girlfriend is shortly to give birth. But from these foundations comes a triumph of a film, as community service brings whiskey into Robbie’s life. The Angel’s Share also certainly makes a few points as it tells its story, and there’s a political subtext here. Yet Loach injects warmth and humour into the film, and his young, inexperienced cast prove really rather special, too. Tonally, The Angel’s Share shifts around a little, and it does have a change of direction that’s likely to be divisive. Yet it’s a smart, enjoyable film…” (From Amazon.co.uk review)

Cover imageButter.
“Butter is a quirky film that sort of works as a straight-up comedy, and sort of works as the satire it seems intended to be. Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell play Iowans Laura and Bob, whose lives have centered on the very Midwestern phenomenon of butter sculpture. Bob’s been having an affair with a cheeky stripper, Brooke (Olivia Wilde), who’s dying to figure out a way to go public with her affections for Laura’s husband. Enter the annual butter-sculpting contest. Bob’s decided to retire; Laura wants to carry on his tradition; Brooke wants to show up to cause emotional carnage. Then Destiny arrives. Destiny (Yara Shahidi) is an orphaned African-American girl and the foster child of well-meaning Ethan and Julie (Rob Corddry and Alicia Silverstone) and who has an almost unbelievable gift for, you guessed it, butter sculpture. What happens at the contest and in the small Iowa suburb is both a fascinating look at people’s unusual obsessions and a satire of those obsessions…” (From Amazon.com review)

Cover imagePitch perfect.
“Set appealingly on a college campus, with charming actors and a very funny script that will entertain fans, truly, from 10 to 90. The plot in Pitch Perfect follows the character of college freshman Beca (a delightful Anna Kendrick) as she decides to join her school’s a cappella women’s singing group. (Unlike on Glee, where the glee club is populated with outcasts, college a cappella groups are prestigious–and hard to get into.) Fellow singers include Brittany Snow as Chloe and Alexis Knapp as Stacie, a student who’s hilariously slutty and innocent at the same time. The faculty coordinator is Anna Camp, so memorable in The Help, and here both earnest and a bit naive. There’s also a potential love story between Beca and Jesse (Skylar Astin), a member of the male group at the same school. And the script, by sometime 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon, is witty, wry, and just silly enough…Pitch Perfect is a surprisingly fresh and smart take on young adulthood, with a soundtrack that will have you cheering…” (From Amazon.com review)

Cover imageAges of love.
“Sexy, romantic, adventurous and very funny, AGES OF LOVE examines three different couples united in their quest for love. “Youth” tells of Roberto, a young and ambitious lawyer who is going to marry Sara. His whole life is perfectly planned out. During a expropriation which he is in charge of, he meets Micol, a gorgeous and provocative young woman from a small village in Tuscany. And this is when things start to get complicated… In “Maturity” we meet Fabio, a famous anchorman, has been the perfect husband for twenty five years. At a party one night, he meets Eliana, a femme fatale full of surprises. This one-night stand proves to be more than what he bargained for when she refuses to leave… “Beyond” introduces us to Adrian, an American art history professor who moved to Rome after his divorce. He is friends with Augusto, the building’s concierge, whose ebullient daughter Viola is about to disrupt his peaceful existence and relight his fire…” (Syndetics summary)

Cover imageThe sessions.
“In adapting the remembrances of Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone), who spent most of his life in an iron lung, Australian filmmaker and fellow polio survivor Ben Lewin recounts his alternately sad and funny attempts to lose his virginity (O’Brien previously appeared as himself in Jessica Yu’s documentary Breathing Lessons). By 1988, the 36-year-old Berkeley writer had forged friendships with women, but romantic relationships eluded him. In discussing the matter with his therapist, she suggests Cheryl Cohen Greene (Helen Hunt), a wife, mother, and sexual surrogate. It’s a viable solution, but as a devout Catholic, Mark is uncomfortable with the idea of extramarital relations, so he shares his concerns with an open-minded priest (William H. Macy). With an absence of pity and an abundance of wit, Lewin documents Mark’s journey though this physical, emotional, and spiritual minefield, which takes a toll on Cheryl as well… If Hunt received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for her performance, which involves a fair amount of nudity, the Academy failed to recognize Hawkes, a regrettable omission as this fine actor succeeds in creating a fully rounded human being…” (From Amazon.com review)

Cover imageTrouble with the curve.
“The biggest surprise behind Trouble with the Curve, Eastwood’s first time in front of the camera since Gran Torino (and his first appearance in a film he hasn’t directed since 1993’s In the Line of Fire), is how resolutely unsurprising it is, telling its story with an unfashionably retro simplicity… Pulling a 180 from the methods espoused in Moneyball, Randy Brown’s script follows Gus (Eastwood), a cantankerous talent scout for the Atlanta Braves whose old-school ethics are on the outs. While on what may be his last recruiting trip, Gus is reunited with his estranged daughter (Amy Adams), an upwardly mobile attorney still smarting from her father’s distancing techniques. First-time director Robert Lorenz wisely places his actors front and center, with the sparkling Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, and the great John Goodman all delivering terrifically tuned performances. Ultimately, though, Trouble with the Curve rises and falls with Eastwood, who keeps the material from drifting into cornball territory by sheer force of will…(From Amazon.com review)

Cover imageThe words.
“In the framing device, bestselling author Clay Hammond (a very good Dennis Quaid) reads passages from his novel, The Words, about Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a struggling writer whose fiancée, Dora (Zoë Saldana), sticks by him during the years he spends toiling away on his first book. Though he isn’t without ability, he can’t find a taker, so he gets a mailroom job with a publishing house. While honeymooning in Paris, Dora buys him a vintage satchel in which he finds an unsigned manuscript. After she breaks into tears at the beauty of the prose–thinking she’s finally gotten a true glimpse of his talent–he publishes The Window Tears under his own name, and it becomes a literary phenomenon, but then a shadowy figure starts following him around. The Old Man (Jeremy Irons) turns out to have ties to the text, which centers on a young American (Ben Barnes) stationed in France during World War II, who loses his heart to literature and love (Nora Arnezeder) in ways both wonderful and terrible. The three story strands…couldn’t be timelier in light of the plagiarism scandals that have been rocking the publishing world…” (From Amazon.com review)

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Community Languages

Take a look at our latest additions to our Japanese collection featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including historical romances, intriguing mysteries as well as, some of the latest DVDs. Pick up your favorites for a relaxing week ahead and enjoy!

FutariFutari / Kodemari Rui.
“ベストセラー『エンキョリレンアイ』シリーズ三部作をはじめとする恋愛小説家、小手鞠るいさんの最新刊!
恋愛小説の達人が紡ぐ、喪失と再生の物語。
失われたものは必ず、もどってくる。人も、夢も、希望も。時間も、過去も、思い出も。小さな喫茶店を営むひかりと透…
ふとした出会いから始まった「ふたり」の物語は、私たちの心を震わせる。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

kurenaiKurenai : 1 / Watanabe Jun’ichi.
“わたしはもう女ではないのだろうか―原宿に店を持つ28歳の帽子デザイナー・木之内冬子は、筋腫を取り除くだけの予定で臨んだ手術で子宮を摘出。ことあるごとに煩悶するようになる。かつて不倫関係にあった建築家の貴志との関係が再燃し、別れようと決意するが…性に惑う女性が新しい日々を得るまでを描く、異色の大作。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

daburuDaburu / Fukamachi Akio.
“薬物密売で急成長する犯罪組織で、刈田は名を馳せていた。だが、最愛の弟を守るため組織の掟を破ったことから、ボスの神宮に弟と元恋人を殺される。自身も瀕死の重傷を負った刈田は奇跡的に回復した後、顔も声も変えて古巣に潜る賭けに出た。全ては神宮への復讐を果たすため…。ミステリー界に新たな地平を切り拓いた一大エンタテインメント。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

PeruseusuzaPeruseusuza ryūseigun : faindāzu koshoten yori / Wilson Robert Charles;Mogi Takeshi.
““発見者”の名を持つ謎めいた古書店を接点として、広大無辺な宇宙とささやかな日々の営みが交錯する。古書、望遠鏡、チェス盤、鏡―ささいなきっかけがもたらす非日常への誘いは、やがて秘められた世界、正気と狂気の狭間へと、人々を導いてゆく。ヒューゴー賞・星雲賞を受賞した『時間封鎖』の著者が新たな側面を見せる、時に妖しく、時に幻想的に描かれた、珠玉の連作短編集。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

Ōgon no saruŌgon no saru / Kashimada Maki.
“一流ホテルの地下のバーで宿泊客たちが酒を飲む。新婚の夫婦、兄と妹、愛人たちに囲まれる退廃的な女、物欲しげな男たち。裏の林を夜毎に若い女が歌い、徘徊する。激しくぶつかり、やがて溶け合う思弁と肉体の蠢き。三部からなる表題作と、ジャズのインプロビゼーションのように美しい中篇「ブルーノート」。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

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Crafts

Welcome to this month’s selection of irresistible books on knitting, weaving and embroidery, as well as, beautifully finished accessories for your home. Satisfy your creative urge, experiment a little with new ideas and learn great techniques through the numerous step-by-step instructions and, if you fancy a pot of tea, take a look at the gorgeous collection of colourful tea cosies, created by J. Occleshaw. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverKnit a monster nursery : practical and playful knitted baby patterns / Rebecca Danger ; [photography by Brent Kane].
“Knit up a delightful collection of fun yet practical monster themed projects your little ones are sure to love. From the creative mind behind the best-selling “Big Book of Knitted Monsters” comes an adorable collection of more than 16 knitted toys, clothing, accessories, and nursery decorations that you’ll love knitting for the little one in your life. Stitch a roomful of fun and practical items – suitable for both boys and girls, and for knitters of all levels – including an irresistible monster mobile, baby blankets, blocks, booties, bookends, rattles, hats, and more!” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

Syndetics book coverKnits at home : rustic designs for the modern nest / Ruth Cross ; with photography by Ben Anders.
“One of the trademarks of Ruth Cross, the knitting design company British knitting designer Ruth Bridgeman founded in 2004, is the use of traditional stitches – garter, stockinette, seed and cables – to create texture on items not normally covered with wool, such as vases or furniture. But the traditional nature of Ruth Cross designs is also one of the book’s weaknesses. While the book includes 22 projects, ranging from sachets to rugs, it offers nothing the enterprising knitter could not achieve on his or her own with existing stitch dictionaries. Another weakness is the narrow palette of grey, cream, and black used in almost every project. Such limits are a barrier to inspiration from the otherwise excellent photographs. Still, for the knitter who wants to incorporate his or her craft into her home decor, this book offers a one-stop shop for is pretty patterns for pillows, throws and wall hangings. And the real value of the book lies in the author’s organic approach to knitting, building one stitch on top of another to achieve texture, while her mantra that knitting should always be fun will serve knitters of all levels well. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.” (Publisher Weekly) (courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe shape of knitting : a master class in increases, decreases, and other forms of shaping : with 20+ projects / Lynne Barr ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy ; photostyling by Karen Schaupeter.
” Lynne Barr is one of my favourite brains in knitting. She’s not afraid to explore, de-and re-constuct to hit on something new and inventive. In this book Lynne searches methodes for shaping flat and dimensional knotted fabrics, as well as, new techniques she has mastermanded. Twenty-four fashion-fresh projects make exploring these skills a fascinating adventure!”–Publisher’s description (courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverTea cosies / Jenny Occleshaw.
“This book has a delightful collection of unique, easy-to-make tea cosies to cheer every table. It includes projects duitable for experienced crafters and newcomers alike and, every project is explained using easy-to-follow instructions”.–Publisher’s description (courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAlastair Morton and Edinburgh Weavers : visionary textiles and modern art / Lesley Jackson.
“Edinburgh Weavers was one of the most important textile companies of the twentieth century. Alastair Morton, visionary art director of the company, commissioned a remarkable series of textiles from leading British artists, including Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink, as well artist-designers, such as Marion Dorn, Ashley Havinden and Lucienne Day. Morton was also a gifted artist, textile designer and weaver in his own right. This long overdue study traces his wide-ranging career and records the history of Edinburgh Weavers and the glorious textiles it produced. Drawing on the V&A’s extensive archive this impressive book features over 300 images of artists’ textiles unparalleled in quality and scope and is an invaluable resource.”–Publisher’s description (courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEmbroidery : traditional techniques and contemporary applications for hand and machine embroidery / Sophie Long.
“Needlecrafts are currently enjoying a healthy revival as a whole new generation of crafters pick up their needles and get involved. With a plethora of social groups, blogs, and websites such as Etsy and Design Sponge now targeted specifically at a younger, hipper demographic, embroidery has cast off its image as an old fashioned hobby to become more popular than ever before. With its combination of step-by-step tutorials, practitioner profiles, and inspirational galleries full of bang up-to-date modern pieces, Embroidery introduces an authoritative new style of reference that is guaranteed to appeal to a new generation of embroidery enthusiasts, sewers, and needlecrafters of all levels.”–Publisher’s description (courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHappy home : everyday magic for a colourful life / Charlotte Hedeman Guéniau ; foreword by Holly Becker of Decor8.
“This book shows people how the basics of everyday life can be made so much more enjoyable by bringing colour and a sense of fun to daily living, whether by using colourful accessories in the kitchen or by introducing colourful fabrics, textures and hints of humour in to the living room. Danish design is not all about cool and calm interiors. It is all about fun, colour and enjoyment. The book features RICE style applied to a variety of homes, from a contemporary Copenhagen apartment to a simple country retreat, a comfortable family home to an ultra modern studio space. Happy Home is a beautiful demonstration of the RICE ethos, and how its warm and caring, fun and funky aesthetic can be applied in living spaces, kitchens, bedrooms, children’s rooms and outdoor areas.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk review)

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Japanese tastes at the Central Library

Take a look at our latest additions to our Japanese collection featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including historical romances, intriguing mysteries as well as, some of the latest DVDs. Pick up your favorites for a relaxing week ahead and enjoy!

FutariFutari / Kodemari Rui.
“ベストセラー『エンキョリレンアイ』シリーズ三部作をはじめとする恋愛小説家、小手鞠るいさんの最新刊!
恋愛小説の達人が紡ぐ、喪失と再生の物語。
失われたものは必ず、もどってくる。人も、夢も、希望も。時間も、過去も、思い出も。小さな喫茶店を営むひかりと透…
ふとした出会いから始まった「ふたり」の物語は、私たちの心を震わせる。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

kurenaiKurenai : 1 / Watanabe Jun’ichi.
“わたしはもう女ではないのだろうか―原宿に店を持つ28歳の帽子デザイナー・木之内冬子は、筋腫を取り除くだけの予定で臨んだ手術で子宮を摘出。ことあるごとに煩悶するようになる。かつて不倫関係にあった建築家の貴志との関係が再燃し、別れようと決意するが…性に惑う女性が新しい日々を得るまでを描く、異色の大作。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

daburuDaburu / Fukamachi Akio.
“薬物密売で急成長する犯罪組織で、刈田は名を馳せていた。だが、最愛の弟を守るため組織の掟を破ったことから、ボスの神宮に弟と元恋人を殺される。自身も瀕死の重傷を負った刈田は奇跡的に回復した後、顔も声も変えて古巣に潜る賭けに出た。全ては神宮への復讐を果たすため…。ミステリー界に新たな地平を切り拓いた一大エンタテインメント。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

PeruseusuzaPeruseusuza ryūseigun : faindāzu koshoten yori / Wilson Robert Charles;Mogi Takeshi.
““発見者”の名を持つ謎めいた古書店を接点として、広大無辺な宇宙とささやかな日々の営みが交錯する。古書、望遠鏡、チェス盤、鏡―ささいなきっかけがもたらす非日常への誘いは、やがて秘められた世界、正気と狂気の狭間へと、人々を導いてゆく。ヒューゴー賞・星雲賞を受賞した『時間封鎖』の著者が新たな側面を見せる、時に妖しく、時に幻想的に描かれた、珠玉の連作短編集。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

Ōgon no saruŌgon no saru / Kashimada Maki.
“一流ホテルの地下のバーで宿泊客たちが酒を飲む。新婚の夫婦、兄と妹、愛人たちに囲まれる退廃的な女、物欲しげな男たち。裏の林を夜毎に若い女が歌い、徘徊する。激しくぶつかり、やがて溶け合う思弁と肉体の蠢き。三部からなる表題作と、ジャズのインプロビゼーションのように美しい中篇「ブルーノート」。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

Haruka naru mizu no otoHaruka naru mizu no oto / Murayama Yuka.
“「僕が死んだら、その灰をサハラにまいてくれないかな」。亡き周の希望を叶えるために共にモロッコへと旅立つ4人。いまの恋愛関係の行き先に不安を覚える緋沙子。近づきつつある老いにおびえるゲイのフランス人、ジャン=クロード。ふとしたはずみで身体の関係ができ、気持ちの整理がつかない幼なじみの浩介と結衣。愛の深さ、強さとは。そして生きることとは。様々な愛の形を浮き彫りにする感動長編。” (amazon.co.jp summary)

Kaikyō no minamiKaikyō no minami / Itō Takami.
“祖父の危篤の報せを受けて、僕は海をわたり北へと向かった。辿りついたのは父が捨てた町・紋別。そこで伯父から失踪した父を探すように言われた僕は記憶を掘り起し、その姿を追い求めてゆくが―。関西に生まれ育ったナイチ二世の僕が、父子とは、故郷とは何かを通して、家族と自らの存在に向き合う傑作長編。 ” (amazon.co.jp summary)

Enjirareta taimu toraberuEnjirareta taimu toraberu / Dobashi Shinjirō.
“さまざまな愛の形を描く、大人のロードノベル
緋沙子は、若くして亡くなった弟の遺言を叶えるため、モロッコへ旅立つ。同行者は、弟の同居人だった中年のゲイと、弟の親友のカップル。4人の想いが交錯し、行き着いた先とは?(対談/沢木耕太郎)” (amazon.co.jp summary)

KagurajimaKagurajima : 1 / Uchida Yasuo.
“ついにケータイを購入すべく、秋葉原を訪れた浅見光彦。その帰路、若い女性が彼の腕の中に倒れ込み、そのまま絶命してしまう。淡路島出身の彼女は、故郷の禁忌を破ったことを気にしていたという。古事記に「国生み」神話を残す淡路へ、引き寄せられるように赴いた光彦は、事件の背後に巨大な闇が存在することに気づく―。 ” (amazon.co.jp summary)

I wishI wish [videorecording].
“Twelve-year-old Koichi, separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents’ divorce, begins to believe that Japan’s new bullet train service will create a miracle when the first trains pass each other at top speed, and enlists a group of friends on an improbable mission”–Container.

Love and honorLove and honor [videorecording] / a film by Yoji Yamada.
“The final instalment in the Twilight Samurai trilogy. Shinnojo is a food taster for his clan who dreams of one day opening his own Kendo school. When he is blinded by poisonous food, he and his wife Kayo are worried that they will lose their income. Kayo must give her favours to the powerful samurai Shimada to survive. When Shinnojo beomes jealous, a bitter showdown for honour follows”–Container.

A taste of French Fiction

Take a look at this month’s additions to our Community Languages French collection featuring a broad range of literary work and fiction, including historical romances, intriguing mysteries and more.

Syndetics book coverLe cœur régulier : roman / Olivier Adam.
“Depuis la mort de son frère, Sarah est perdue. Ce n’était pas un accident, croit-elle. Pour en avoir le cœur net, elle se rend dans un village cotier au Japon, au pied des falaises où il fut heureux. Chez Natsume, vieil homme solitaire qui a guéri Nathan de son désespoir, Sarah va revivre les derniers moments de la vie de ce frère tant aimé. Éprouver les mêmes sensations… mais aussi les mêmes vertiges.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

rien ne se passe comme prevuRien ne se passe comme prévu / Laurent Binet.
“Sous les perches des preneurs de son, on l’aperçoit parfois au milieu du cordon des gardes du corps. Des adolescents hystériques jurent qu’ils ne se laveront plus jamais la main après avoir serré la sienne. Des journalistes sont prêts à me piétiner pour rester au contact du candidat. Des ouvriers en colère hurlent, menaçants, qu’ils auront la peau des journalistes. Hier à Lyon, aujourd’ hui à Florange, demain à Varsovie ou à Londres, Marseille, Boulogne-sur-mer, Trappes, Rouen,Berlin, la Guadeloupe, la Guyane, le soleil ne se couche jamais sur la campagne présidentielle. Hollande, président ? On rêve. Les ennemis d’hier sont les alliés d’aujourd’ hui. Valls monte la garde. Montebourg se prend pour César. En face, l’adversaire brûle ses vaisseaux. A la télé, on disserte sans fin sur sa stature ou sur le halal. Pendant ce temps, Mélenchon récite des pages de Victor Hugo. Ceux qui trouvent la campagne chiante en parlent pendant des heures, des jours, des mois. Des hélicoptères tournent dans le ciel de Tulle. Tout est normal.” (Publisher’s Description; cover from Amazon.fr )

lisieresLes lisières : roman / Olivier Adam.
“Entre son ex-femme dont il est toujours amoureux, ses enfants qui lui manquent, son frère qui le somme de partir s’occuper de ses parents “pour une fois”, son père ouvrier qui s’apprête à voter FN et le tsunami qui ravage un Japon où il a vécu les meilleurs moments de sa vie, tout semble pousser Paul Steiner aux lisières de sa propre existence. De retour dans la banlieue de son enfance, il va se confronter au monde qui l’a fondé et qu’il a fui.En quelques semaines et autant de rencontres, c’est à un véritable état des lieux personnel, social et culturel qu’il se livre, porté par l’espoir de trouver, enfin, sa place. Dans ce roman ample et percutant, Olivier Adam embrasse dans un même souffle le destin d’un homme et le portrait d’une certaine France, à la périphérie d’elle-même.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr)

la ou les tigresLà où les tigres sont chez eux : roman / Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès.
“When the news correspondent Eleazard von Wogau receives the unpublished biography of Athanasius Kircher, the famous Jesuit scholar of the Baroque era, he retraces the scholar’s footsteps in Brazil, where on the way he meets many surprising characters. A true epic, great adventure story.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr)

Syndetics book cover “L’alliance des trois : roman / Maxime Chattam.
Nobody saw it coming. The Great Storm: A storm of wind and snow, which plunged the country into darkness and terror. Strange blue flashes crawling along the buildings, palpate, in search of prey. When Matt and Tobias awaken, earth was not the same. Only now, they will have to organize. To understand. To survive– In this other world.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKatiba / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Quatre touristes occidentaux sont assassinés clans le Sahara. L’attaque est signée al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique, dont tout laisse à penser que les partisans veulent aller beaucoup plus loin et rêvent de frapper la France au coeur. L’événement est présenté par les médias comme un fait divers tragique mais il met en alerte les services de renseignements du monde entier. Au centre de leurs jeux complexes, Jasmine. Jeune fonctionnaire du Quai d’Orsay apparemment sans histoire, elle émerge peu à peu comme la pièce maîtresse d’une opération d’envergure inédite. Quels liens cette Française à l’élégance stricte entretient-elle avec le monde musulman ? C’est en démêlant les fils les plus intimes de sa vie que la vérité se fera jour et que le suspense, haletant, trouvera son dénouement. Complice, victime ou agent double, Jasmine incarne le mélange de répulsion et de fascination que le fondamentalisme religieux exerce inconsciemment sur chacun de nous.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverLe cœur de la terre : roman / Maxime Chattam. “Tobias disparu dans les entrailles du Raupéroden, Matt et Ambre retournent à Eden, la cité des Pans, pour avertir le conseil de la ville de l’imminence d’une invasion des Cyniks, fomentée par la reine Malronce. Les Pans n’ont plus le choix, ils doivent se préparer à combattre, notamment en développant leur Altération, ce pouvoir surnaturel octroyé par le Cataclysme. Avec L’Alliance des Trois, on découvrait un nouveau monde, avec Malronce son exploration. Le Coeur de la Terre montre les jeunes héros dans l’apprentissage de la vie en commun, de la politique, de la guerre et du rapport, nécessaire et salutaire, à la nature. Ainsi que la résolution des énigmes comme la vraie nature du Raupéroden et de la reine Malronce.” (Adapted from Amazon.fr summary)

o VerlaineÔ Verlaine! / Jean Teulé.
“Après avoir lu “Les poèmes saturniens” de Verlaine, Henri-Albert Cornuty quitte la ferme de ses parents à Béziers pour rejoindre à pied son idole. Il arrive à Paris en 1895 et assiste aux trois derniers mois du poète. A peine cinquantenaire, il souffre de nombreuses maladies mais multiplie les excès. Une période extravagante de la vie de Verlaine à travers le regard d’un contemporain.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr)

avenue des geantsAvenue des géants : roman / Marc Dugain.
Al Kenner serait un adolescent ordinaire s’il ne mesurait pas près de 2,20 mètres et si son QI n’était pas supérieur à celui d’Einstein. Sa vie bascule par hasard le jour de l’assassinat de John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Plus jamais il ne sera le même. Désormais, il entre en lutte contre ses mauvaises pensées. Observateur intransigeant d’une époque qui lui échappe, il mène seul un combat désespéré contre le mal qui l’habite. Inspiré d’un personnage réel, Avenue des Géants, récit du cheminement intérieur d’un tueur hors du commun, est aussi un hymne à la route, aux grands espaces, aux mouvements hippies, dans cette société américaine des années 60 en plein bouleversement, où le pacifisme s’illusionne dans les décombres de la guerre du Vietnam.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary; cover from Amazon.fr )

n'oublie pasN’oublie pas d’être heureuse : roman / Christine Orban.“Ma mère disait:«N’oublie pas ton chapeau.» Mon père disait:« N’oublie pas d’être heureuse ». J’entends encore leurs voix portées par une conviction si simple qu’elles n’appelaient aucun commentaire. Comme s’ils pressentaient à quels dangers je pourrais m’exposer… Dans ce roman très singulier où l’on passe des lieux d’enfance, de lumière, de rêves et de liberté au monde très codé et fermé des adultes, Christine Orban touche avec humour, limpidité et mélancolie à l’essentiel de toute vie.” (Adapted from Amazon.fr summary)

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Do you enjoy reading German Literature or brushing up on your German?
Have a taste of the latest additions to our Community Languages section featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including biographies, romances, intriguing mysteries and more. Have fun!

german bookShanghai fern von wo : Roman / Ursula Krechel.
“Shanghai am Vorabend des Zweiten Weltkriegs. Für Tausende Juden ist es das letzte Schlupfloch. Sie kamen ohne Visum und Illusionen mit einem Koffer und zehn Reichsmark in der Tasche: Anwälte, Handwerker, Kunsthistoriker, und wenn sie in dieser überfüllten Stadt und dem feucht drückenden Klima zurechtkommen wollten, dann waren Erfindungsgabe und Tatkraft gefordert. Ursula Krechels bewegender Roman erzählt von Menschen, die versuchen, das Überleben zu lernen”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

Sommer der EntscheidungSommer der Entscheidung / Nele Neuhaus.
“Ein Leben ohne Pferde kann sich Elena nicht vorstellen. Wenn sie reitet, vergisst sie alles um sich herum. Alles außer Tim, den Jungen vom Nachbarhof, den sie liebt und mit dem sie doch nicht zusammen sein darf. Ein dunkles Familiengeheimnis zwingt die beiden, ihre Beziehung vor den anderen zu verbergen. Doch dann legt sich plötzlich ein Schatten über die Höfe der Gegend. Immer wieder verschwinden Pferde über Nacht, Elena und ihre Freunde geraten in tödliche Gefahr und es stellt sich die Frage, was stärker ist: Liebe oder Hass?” (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

3462044060_02___SCMZZZZZZZ_Bretonische Verhältnisse : ein Fall für Kommissar Dupin / Jean-Luc Bannalec.
“Im malerischen Künstlerdorf Pont Aven wird an einem heißen Julimorgen der Besitzer des berühmtesten Hotels am Platz brutal erstochen aufgefunden. Kommissar Dupin, eingefleischter Pariser und zwangsversetzt ans Ende der Welt, übernimmt den Fall und stößt in der bretonischen Sommeridylle auf ungeahnte Abgründe … Clever erzählt, komplex, spannend und mit vielen überraschenden Wendungen. ‘Bretonische Verhältnisse’ macht Lust auf die Bretagne und auf weitere Romane des Autors”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

german bookEr ist wieder da / Timur Vermes.
“Sommer 2011. Adolf Hitler erwacht auf einem leeren Grundstück in Berlin-Mitte. Ohne Krieg, ohne Partei, ohne Eva. Im tiefsten Frieden, unter Tausenden von Ausländern und Angela Merkel. 66 Jahre nach seinem vermeintlichen Ende strandet der Gröfaz in der Gegenwart und startet gegen jegliche Wahrscheinlichkeit eine neue Karriere – im Fernsehen. Dieser Hitler ist keine Witzfigur und gerade deshalb erschreckend real. Und das Land, auf das er trifft, ist es auch: zynisch, hemmungslos erfolgsgeil und auch trotz Jahrzehnten deutscher Demokratie vollkommen chancenlos gegenüber dem Demagogen und der Sucht nach Quoten, Klicks und “Gefällt mir”-Buttons. Eine Persiflage? Eine Satire? Polit-Comedy? All das und mehr: Timur Vermes’ Romandebüt ist ein literarisches Kabinettstück erster Güte”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

german bookSchneewittchen muss sterben : Kriminalroman / Nele Neuhaus.
“Sulzbach im Taunus: An einem regnerischen Novemberabend wird eine Frau von einer Brücke auf die Straße gestoßen. Die Ermittlungen führen Pia Kirchhoff und Oliver von Bodenstein in die Vergangenheit: Vor vielen Jahren verschwanden in dem kleinen Taunusort Altenhain zwei Mädchen. Ein Indizienprozess brachte den mutmaßlichen Täter hinter Gitter. Nun ist er in seinen Heimatort zurückgekehrt. Als erneut ein Mädchen vermisst wird, beginnt im Dorf eine Hexenjagd…” (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

mutter&kinderUnter dem Herzen : Ansichten einer neugeborenen Mutter / Ildikó von Kürthy ; mit Zeichnungen von Stefan Werthmüller.
“Datum: 9. September Schwangerschaftswoche: 6 + 6 Tage Zustand: Babys Herzchen schlägt, und ich ringe mit mir, meinen Frauenarzt zu bitten, in unser Gästezimmer einzuziehen. Nur zur Sicherheit und bloß für die nächsten acht Monate. Ich bin drauf und dran, ein anderer Mensch zu werden. Einer, den ich bisher noch nicht kannte: eine Mutter. Nie weiß ich, wann mich der Hunger, die Angst, das Glück oder die Übelkeit überkommt. Denn genauso überwältigend wie die Furcht, das Kind zu verlieren, kann die Furcht sein, das Kind zu bekommen. Neulich kamen mir die Tränen, als ich im Internet auf die Umstandsunterhose «Schluppi» stieß, in Größe und Form einem Zwei-Mann-Zelt nicht unähnlich. Was erwartet mich für ein Glück? Was für eine Liebe? Eine bedingungslose? Werde ich meinen Sohn auch noch leiden können, wenn er hundertdreißig Kilo wiegt und Fahrlehrer werden will, oder meine Tochter, wenn sie mit achtzehn beschließt, sich ein Arschgeweih tätowieren zu lassen und Weihnachten bei den Eltern ihres Idioten-Freundes zu feiern? Ich horche angestrengt in mich hinein. Spüre ich, dass ich zwei bin? Nein. Was soll mein Kind von mir denken? Kaum gezeugt und schon vernachlässigt. Ob ich eine schlechte Mutter werde? Eine hyperventilierende Megaglucke? Eine militante Rohkostschnipplerin? Eine Rabenmutter, die ihr Baby im Autositz vergisst? Werde ich alles falsch machen? Oder nur fast alles? «Unter dem Herzen» ist aufrichtig, lustig, bewegend, ein Reisebegleiter in die unglaubliche Realität von Eltern, Babys und Feuchttüchern, in der tatsächlich Sätze fallen wie: «Muttermund tut Wahrheit kund!» Ungelogen”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

unter haienUnter Haien : Roman / Nele Neuhaus.
“New York, 1998: Die junge Investmentbankerin Alex Sontheim ist durch harte Arbeit und Zielstrebigkeit dort angekommen, wo sie immer hinwollte: ganz oben. Als sie den milliardenschweren Geschäftsmann Sergio Vitali kennenlernt, beginnt eine heiße Affäre. Alex genießt es, am Leben der wirklich Mächtigen teilzuhaben und gibt zunächst nichts auf die Stimmen, die sie vor Vitali warnen. Doch dann bringt eine ungeheuerliche Entdeckung Alex in tödliche Gefahr”. (Adapted from Amazon.de review).

die auswalDie Auswahl : Roman / Ally Condie ; aus dem Amerikanischen von Stefanie Schäfer.
“In search of a better life, Cassia joins a widespread rebellion against Society, where she is tasked with finding a cure to the threat of survival and must choose between Xander and Ky”– Provided by publisher.
The uprising begins so quickly in the finale of Condie’s Matched trilogy that Cassia, Ky, and Xander barely have enough time to register what is happening. Ky is still in the outer provinces, flying planes and waiting for orders. Cassia is now in the heart of the society, working as a sorter in Central and looking for clues that covertly signal the start of the rebellion. Xander works as a medical official and notes the beginnings of an outbreak: the plague that’s been engineered by the leader of the Rising, the Pilot, which only the Pilot himself can cure. In this powerful series send-off, Condie ignites a race against the clock to find a cure and, along the way, tests the beliefs of her weary protagonists and studies the moral implications of biological warfare. Even through trials, the love triangle between Cassia, Ky, and Xander remains fiercely romantic, poignant, and heartrending. There is an expected happy ending tucked neatly into the aftermath, sure to gladden fans eagerly anticipating this thought-provoking climax.–Jones, Courtney Copyright 2010 Booklist
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.

DVD’s

Syndetics book coverHell [videorecording].
“Once the source of life, light and warmth, the sun has now turned the entire world into a baked and barren wasteland. Forests are scorched. Animal carcasses line the roads. Even the nights are dazzlingly bright. Maria, her little sister Leonie, and Philip are heading for the mountains in seach of rumoured water. Along the way they meet the mysterioius Tom, who proves indispensible, but will be betray them at the next opportunity? As the tension grows, their paths cross with a new group of people and now their real battle for survival begins”–Container.

3 [videorecording] / a film by Tom Tykwer.
“Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. With their 20th anniversary looming, they both become restless despite being truly and deeply in love. Unbeknownst to one another, they separately become acquainted with Adam, a younger man, and fall in love with him. Clearly not your typical 1930’s romp, this reinvention of those classic films … is a playful update: an intellectual study of a modern couple looking for redefinition in a world of absolutes”–Container.

Community & Languages Newsletter for February

Have a taste of this month’s selection of the latest library acquisitions including New Zealand works, the best of New Zealand foods and wines, inspiring crafts and home projects as well as, the latest movies on DVD. And, if you are a French speaker take a look at the new additions to our French collection of books and DVDs and enjoy!

Library News

New Zealand

The New Zealand Collection has some fascinating new arrivals this month and includes some beautifully illustrated books. Leading the way is the new edition of Buller’s Birds of New Zealand. There is also the story of Moa, a celebration of New Zealanders who dared to dream and a boxing scrapbook about the sport of boxing in New Zealand. In Born to a Changing World the experience of childbirth in nineteenth century New Zealand is narrated from letters and diaries.

Syndetics book coverBuller’s birds of New Zealand : the complete work of J.G. Keulemans / [text by] Geoff Norman.
“A complete, all-new edition of the classic 19th century ornithological paintings of John Gerrard Keulemans for Walter Buller’s iconic A History of the Birds of New Zealand, featuring fresh reproductions of original watercolour paintings. Each exquisite bird image is accompanied by Buller’s descriptive text as well as up-to-date taxonomic information in English and Te reo Māori. This edition makes available the masterpieces inside the rarely seen, and highly valued, original books”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverMoa : the life and death of New Zealand’s legendary bird / Quinn Berentson.
“The moa were the most unusual and unique family of birds that ever lived, a clan of feathered monsters that developed in isolation for many, many millions of years. They became extinct reasonably quickly after the arrival of the Maori, and were a distant memory by the time European explorers arrived. So the discovery and identification of their bones in the 1840s was a worldwide sensation, claimed by many to be the zoological find of the century. This book begins by recounting the story of discovery, which was characterised by an unbelievable amount of controversy and intrigue. Since then there has been an unbroken chain of new discoveries, culminating with intriguing revelations in recent years about the moa’s biology, that have come to light through DNA testing and radio-dating. This is a fascinating and important book that richly recounts the life and death of our strangest bird. Packed with a fantastic range of illustrations, MOA fills an important gap in our natural history literature, a popular but serious book on this national icon”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBorn to a changing world : childbirth in nineteenth-century New Zealand / Alison Clarke.
“Emerging from diaries, letters and memoirs, the voices of this remarkable book tell a new story of life arriving amidst a turbulent world. Before the Plunket Society, before antibiotics, before ’safe’ Caesarean sections and registered midwives, nineteenth century birthing practice in New Zealand was typically determined by culture, not nature or the state. Alison Clarke works from the heart of this practice, presenting a history balanced in its coverage of social and medical contexts. Connecting these contexts provides new insights into the same debates on childhood – from infant feeding to maternity care – that persist today. Tracing the experiences of Māori and Pākehā birth ways, this richly illustrated story remains centered throughout on birthing women, their babies and families”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverThe New Zealand boxing scrapbook / Dave Cameron with Paul Lewis.
“From the 1800s to the second decade of the new millennium, New Zealand boxers have made a mark on the national and international stages – from the days of Bob Fitzsimmons and ‘Torpedo’ Billy Murphy through to David Tua’s quest for a world title today. The New Zealand Boxing Scrapbook offers an insight into ‘the sweet science’ of boxing and the men involved. A collection of boxing history, memorabilia and artefacts”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverOnSong : stories behind New Zealand’s pop classics / Simon Sweetman.
“On Song is a lively journey through New Zealand’s diverse pop landscape. Prolific music journalist Simon Sweetman has interviewed the writers and performers of beloved Kiwi classics, presenting ‘in conversation’ text that illuminates the fascinating stories behind the pop songs we all know and love, all complemented with a plethora of artists’ personal imagery and archival photography”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverThe power of us : New Zealanders who dare to dream / foreword by Sir Ray Avery ; words by Cameron Bennett ; photographs by Adrian Malloch.
“Describes 50 New Zealanders who are extraordinary in their own fields, both locally and internationally, drawn from all fields – science, business, writing, film, sport, art, technology. It includes both the very well-known, such as Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Barbara Kendall, Neil Finn and Susan Devoy, and the lesser known”–Publisher information.

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DVDs

New DVDs for January include new TV shows from Ashley Judd as an ex-spy searching for her missing son, Lena Dunham with her acclaimed NYC sitcom ‘Girls’ & Poppy Montgomery as a Police Detective with perfect recall. Also out this month, the acclaimed Ralph Fiennes Shakespeare update ‘Coriolanus’; ‘Hope Springs’ with Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones as an aging married couple attempting to reconnect with each other; & Steve Carell & Keira Knightley seek a friend for the end of the world…

Cover imageMissing. The complete first season.
“How far would you go to save the person you love most in the world? Emmy Award nominee* Ashley Judd stars in Missing, ABC’s riveting new series, bursting with international intrigue and thrilling twists and turns. Becca Winstone (Ashley Judd) learns that her son, Michael, has disappeared while studying abroad, and it’s a race against time when she travels to Europe to track him down. It soon becomes clear that Becca is no ordinary woman, but a former CIA agent deactivated after the devastating death of her husband, Paul Winstone (Sean Bean). If she wants to find her son alive, Becca will have to rely on old friends, as well as old enemies, ex-lovers, and spies, and will be forced to reopen old wounds. Her resourcefulness, skill, and determination will be put to the test – but a mother’s love knows no limits. ABC’s action-packed drama grabs you from the very first minute and never lets go. Relive Becca’s search through the streets of Europe, complete with exclusive bonus features that take you even deeper into her journey.” (Description from Amazon.com)

Cover imageCoriolanus.
“Fiennes’s bullet-headed, battle-scarred General Caius Martius may be willing to put his life on the line for his people, but he has no interest in actually listening to their concerns, a development that anticipates the Occupy movement. As Rome’s food supply dwindles and rioting begins, Martius suspends civil liberties, and heads off to battle against a man he both despises and admires, Volscian leader Aufidius (Gerald Butler). In the script by Gladiator’s John Logan, automatic weaponry replaces swords, contributing to an especially visceral Shakespearean adaptation (Hurt Locker cinematographer Barry Ackroyd’s handheld camera work reinforces the rough-hewn quality). At home, Martius’s wary wife (Jessica Chastain) and proud mother (Vanessa Redgrave) fear for his life, while his most ardent supporter, Senator Menenius (Brian Cox, excellent), defends him against his detractors, like Tribune Sicinius (James Nesbitt). Though successful on the battlefield, the political neophyte–now known as Coriolanus–soon finds himself an exile, eventually aligning with Aufidius, but what looks like a turncoat move proves more complicated…” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Cover imageHysteria.
“What do women want? Well, science may debate that for years, but Hysteria provides a very entertaining answer in the form of a historical romp through early psychology. Based on the story of a young British doctor who essentially invented the first vibrator, Hysteria handles its offbeat subject matter lightly and amusingly. And its cast is splendid. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Felicity Jones play Victorian-era sisters, Charlotte and Emily, daughters of the prominent physician Dr. Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce). Into their lives comes an ambitious, thoughtful young doctor, Mortimer Granville (played by the dreamy Hugh Dancy). Dr. Granville’s life work has become focused on women’s issues, including the all-encompassing diagnosis “hysteria,” for which he is experimenting with therapeutic “pelvic massage” treatments. When he comes to Dr. Dalrymple for mentoring and approval of his rather unorthodox treatments, the doctor’s two daughters vie for his romantic affections. In lesser hands, this film could have been a Victorian-era 40-Year-Old Virgin or The (Sexual) Hangover, but director Tanya Wexler keeps the action crisp, light, and focused. Hysteria is a great date movie or a splendid escape for history, and hysteria, lovers…” (From Amazon.com review)

Cover imageHope springs.
“Kay and Arnold are a middle-aged couple who have been married for 30 years and now are sleeping in separate rooms and barely interact in any meaningful loving way. Finally, Kay has had enough and finds a book by Dr. Feld which inspires her to sign them up for the doctor’s intense week-long marriage counseling session. What follows is an insightful experience as Dr. Feld manages to help the couple understand how they have emotionally drifted apart and what they can do to reignite their passion.” (From syndetics summary)

Cover imageUnforgettable. The complete first season.
“Poppy Montgomery is an NYPD detective with a flawless memory. Carrie Wells (Montgomery) has a medical condition known as hyperthymesia, which allows her to remember everything – except for what happened the day that her sister was murdered. Carrie’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), invites her to join him on the force, where he believes her gift will come in handy, but will it allow her to get to the bottom of what happened to her sister?’ (Description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageSeeking a friend for the end of the world.
“A sweet and subtle love story, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World begins when Dodge (Steve Carell) watches his wife run away from him because she’s just learned that an asteroid is going to destroy the Earth. Dodge finds himself unmoored in a world that’s lost its bearings in a much bigger way; some people surrender to hedonism, some cling to the mundane patterns of their lives, and others just kill themselves. Then Dodge is given one last chance at meaning in his life: a neighbor named Penny (Keira Knightley) reveals that she’s failed to give him some of his misdirected mail… including a letter from his cherished high school sweetheart, who reveals he was the love of her life. As civilization falls apart around them, Dodge and Penny set off on a road trip to reunite Penny with her family and Dodge with his lost love. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World could have been broad and goofy, but instead the movie takes the scenario seriously (without, mind you, losing its sense of humor). Dodge and Penny discover that their lives, disconnected from a possible future, aren’t what they were, and the result is both comic and surprisingly heartfelt…” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Cover imageGirls. The complete first season.
“Lena Dunham mocks the idea of being a voice to a generation, but there’s no question she’s captured something ineffably of the moment in her sitcom Girls. Dunham writes and directs most episodes and stars as Hannah, a smart but self-flagellating writer floundering in the urban wilds of New York City. Both an homage and a counterpoint to Sex in the City, Girls has its own quartet: Hannah, who’s just been financially cut off by her parents; Marnie (Allison Williams), lovely but uptight, who’s bored by her too devoted boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbott); Jessa (Jemima Kirke), a transplant from England who keeps her true feelings hidden under a cool surface; and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), a hapless chatterbox who’s ashamed that she’s still a virgin. All of these girls, grappling with adult life, can be funny, irritating, embarrassing, and richly sympathetic–sometimes at the same time.
Girls doesn’t tackle themes per episode; instead, it’s a series of moments, vividly observed and often joltingly funny social interaction and sexual relationships (some graphically depicted, with all the freedom that cable television allows). Dunham doesn’t explain everything all at once, but gives only glimpses into the characters in each episode…” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

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Community Languages

Take a look at the new French additions to our Community Languages collection, featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including historical events and romances, intriguing mysteries and drama. Check out the latest French movies by browsing at the extensive library DVD collection, located in the Sound & Vision section under ‘Foreign’ and find your favourite DVDs. Have fun!

En bas, les nuages : 7 histoires / Marc Dugain.
“Seven stories linked by a narrative: Marc Dugain follows seven men who are now living in Dordogne, Morocco, the United States or in a remote island. Some of them may be cynical, others soft and dreamy, but all are plunged into the murky waters of everyday life. They drift, settle in or try to escape. Are they all losers? Dugain does not enlighten us on this. But, little by little, he builds a clever scenario which blooms throughout his narrative art to surprise the reader!” (Book Cover)

La part de l’autre : roman / Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
“Le 8 octobre 1908, Hitler est recalé à son concours d’entrée aux Beaux-Arts. Que se serait-il passé s’il y avait été admis ? Tel est, en partie, l’objet de ce roman. Car Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt s’est amusé à mener de front deux biographies romancées, celle du dictateur Hitler et celle du jeune Adolf H., admis au concours. Nous suivons ainsi pas à pas leur double évolution, les chapitres alternant leurs vies qui se répondent en écho. L’exercice aurait pu être intéressant s’il n’avait tourné un peu court, faute d’avoir un discours satisfaisant à tenir sur la psychologie des dictateurs. Existe-t-elle seulement?” (Book Cover)

L’Abyssin : relation des extraordinaires voyages de Jean-Baptiste Poncet, ambassadeur du Négus auprès de Sa Majeste Louis XIV / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Louis XIV had never met Negus, the mythical king of Ethiopia, but there were many diplomatic contacts between the two countries. Christophe Rufin based his first novel on the extraordinary adventure of Jean-Baptiste Poncet, through the deserts of Egypt and the mountains of Abyssinia before getting back to Versailles, with inexhaustible ingenuity. The stakes were high since Ethiopia was the object of lust for Jesuits, Capuchins and others who, under the pretext of serving God, would take any country under their control. Having understood the disastrous results that could lead to its mission, Poncet decided to do everything to safeguard the freedom and the mysteries of Ethiopia.” – Gerard Meudal

Syndetics book coverLa chambre des officiers / Marc Dugain.
““The war of 14, I have not known. I mean, muddy trench, moisture through the bones, fat black rats in winter coats that run between the shapeless garbage, odors mixed with tobacco and buried excrement, metal which flows at regular intervals from the sky, as if God could not stop to hound the soldier. It is that war – which I have not known.” In the early days of 14, Adrian F, Engineering Lieutenant is hit by shrapnel on the banks of the Meuse. Disfigured and is transported to Val-de-Grâce, where he stayed five years in the House of Officers. Over the friendships that will forge there, he and his comrades, despite the loss of a brutal part of their identity, reveal all their humanity. This epic dramatic, moving, sometimes funny, we note that injury comes as grace.” (Book Cover)

Le parfum d’Adam / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Juliette is a young environmental activist, a real idealist. She participates in a commando operation to liberate animals. The private intelligence agency “Providence”, in the United States, is in charge of the case. They recruit two former agents, Paul and Kerry, who left the Secret Service to go back to school for further studies. Their investigation will plunge into the world of radical ecology and the defense of the environment. The search for a lost paradise, nostalgia for a time when man was in harmony with nature can lead to a murderous fanaticism. Cape Verde to Poland and the Brazilian cities of Colorado, the scent of Adam is a global thriller panting. But this adventure novel is a literary journey, where there are portraits, landscapes and humor that make it so successful.” (Book Cover)

Une exécution ordinaire / Marc Dugain.
“In August 2000, a Russian nuclear submarine sunk into the depths of the Barents Sea. Vania Altman was one of the last survivors. Half a century after the death of Stalin, it was KGB that governed Russia. Taking us behind the scenes with the FBI’s curse Edgar, Marc Dugain offers a true story about contemporary Russia. Inspired by actual events, he reveals the profound disregard for life shown by the paranoid guardians of the Russian Empire.” (Book Cover)

DVDs

Syndetics book coverThe age of reason [videorecording] / a film by Yann Samuell.
“Margaret is an accomplished businesswoman who manages her career with steely determination. But on her 40th birthday, a provincial solicitor contacts her with some forgotten letters she wrote to herself when she was seven, the age of reason. Immersed in the letters, Margaret takes a journey back into hidden memories, and slowly realises that she has lived a life very different from her childhood aspirations….” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover My piece of the pie [videorecording].
“After losing her job at the local factory, single mother France enrolls in a housekeeper training program and lands a job cleaning the apartment of wealthy power broker Steve. When Alban, Steve’s 3-year-old son, arrives on the doorstep to stay with his dad, Steve soon realizes he might need more than a cleaner. France realizes she might now have the perfect opportunity for payback against the man who almost single-handedly shut down the factory where she worked.” (Syndetics Summary)

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Cooking

In this month’s selection of cookbooks, the emphasis is on down under – celebrating New Zealand and Australian chefs and their cooking. Have a browse!

Syndetics book coverCelebrate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc / Wine [text by] Belinda Jackson ; food [text by] Jan Bilton ; editor Michael G. Ryan.
“Celebrate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc showcases the phenomenon that established New Zealand as a world-class wine producer. Enjoy the pleasures of gourmet food matched with the internationally -acclaimed winner for which New Zealand’s premier wine producing region is renowned.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverWhittaker’s : A Passion for Chocolate Since 1896 / from Andrew & Brian ; [writing, Simon Farrell-Green ; photography, Brian Culy].
“Whittaker’s is a much-loved Kiwi brand and a genuine family business going back four generations. This luscious book takes a light-hearted look at the history of the business, and how the chocolate is made, and then gives a range of fully tested recipes…..” – Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverNZ Rugby Kitchen : celebrating the love of food, family and rugby / [photography credits, Kieran Scott, Melanie Jenkins].
“Celebrating the love of food, family and rugby – with recipes from key New Zealand rugby players present and past. With recipes from the likes of Richie McCaw, Piri Weepu, Dan Carter, Jerome Kaino, Ali Williams – the list goes on – plus older stars like Colin Meads, Andy Leslie and Graham Henry … hearty, tasty recipes that Kiwi men and their families love to eat….” – Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverThe Taste of Central Otago : more recipes from Arrowtown’s Saffron / Pete Gawron ; photos by Aaron McLean.
“In 2007 Pete Gawron’s first cookbook, Saffron: Food from the Central Otago Heartland, wowed readers and was quickly reprinted. Its dazzling combination of stunning recipes and magnificent photos of the Arrowtown district conjured up the spirit of Central Otago…. Now, in this second book, Pete Gawron shows how he transforms local produce into utterly delicious, artfully presented dishes.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverRiverstone Kitchen : Simple / Bevan Smith ; photography by Fiona Andersen.
“This second book from Riverstone Kitchen is full of mouth-watering recipes that are easy to prepare, as well as simple growing tips for the keen home gardener and cook. Accompanied by inspiring images of both the food and garden RIVERSTONE KITCHEN: SIMPLE shares the secrets from one of New Zealands most-loved restaurants.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverGet Fresh / with Al Brown.
“In Get Fresh acclaimed New Zealand chef Al Brown heads to the far corners of the country tracking down the best markets, finest produce and freshest ingredients to create a meal that captures the quintessential flavour of each region” – Publisher’s information.

Syndetics book coverMatt Preston’s 100 Best Recipes : simple and delicious recipes everyone should know / [Matt Preston].
“No one knows food like Matt Preston, one of Australia’s most loved TV personalities, award-winning food journalist and recipe writer, judge on Master Chef Australia… and a seriously good home cook. Gathered here for the first time are Matt’s best recipes for the dishes he cooks at home for his own family…These are the definitive recipes for every kitchen and will soon become the everyday cookbook you won’t be able do without!” (Libaray Catalogue)

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Crafts

Enjoying crafting? Start this New Year with lots of inspiring ideas and smart choices found in this fabulous collection of new library books. Take a look at some vibrant crochet designs as well as, various innovative quilting and patchwork projects for you and the family. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverFind & keep / Beci Orpin.
“Be inspired with Beci Orpin’s beautfiul new book Find and Keep. This gorgeous ideas and craft book features all of Beci’s favourite things, from wall murals such as life-size paper Christmas trees, to embroideries and herb gardens and picnic fare. Discover where Beci gets her inspiration from and follow her in her studio, at home and out and about as she gathers ideas for her projects. Learn how these ideas come to life and then apply them yourself with 25 make-at-home projects that cover a wide range of crafty mediums, from collages to cushions and t-shirts to teacups. With simple step-by-step instructions and tips and beautiful page design by Michelle Mackintosh, these cool crafty ideas are new and fresh and bound to appeal to fans of Beci’s work and crafting in general. So, get inspired, get creative and go find, make and keep!” (Adapted from amazon.co.uk summary)

Syndetics book coverFun family crafts / Kelly Doust.
“Demonstrates how to make crafts with children that can be used around the house, with a list of materials, instructions, and tips on tasks that are most suitable for children for each project.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA passion for quilting : 35 step-by-step patchwork and quilting projects to stitch / Nicki Trench.
“With bags, quilts, blankets, pillows, table runners and more, A Passion for Quilting is filled with innovative quilting and patchwork projects to try. With 35 eye-catching designs to sew, every stitcher will fall in love with the projects in A Passion for Quilting. With something for everyone, Nicki Trench employs quilting, appliqué, embroidery and patchwork techniques to create items to make for the home, or to give as personal gifts to family and friends. Divided into four chapters, start by making Blankets and Quilts using colourful blocks and vintage fabrics. Take the picnic quilt out on a summer day or decorate your baby s crib with the cot quilt made with vintage fabrics. Carry Out is next, packed with projects for people who love bags. The glamour purse is covered with pretty yoyos while the beach bag is great for storing all your vacation essentials. Accessories and Gifts has book covers, needle cases, cushions and more that are certain to put a smile on the face of the recipient. In the final chapter, Kitchen and Dining Room, there are trivets, tea towels and chair seat covers to add colour to your culinary spaces. At the back you will find a handy techniques section explaining all the stitches you ll need to complete the projects. With creative ideas to inspire both beginners and more experienced stitchers, you are sure to find the perfect project to feed your crafting addictions!” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk summary)

Syndetics book coverClever crocheted accessories : 25 quick weekend projects / edited Brett Bara.
“The ideal curator, Brett shares a first-rate lineup of projects. Whether you are a beginner or experienced crocheter, there is something for everyone: hats and caps, including a cloche, porkpie hat, and tam; scarves, shawls, and cowls, from chunky to drapey to snug; eye-catching mittens and arm warmers; delicate lace socks and cozy man-slippers; flirty bags; and sparkly jewelry. Each piece is designed with standout details so that even the simplest pattern has that “wow” factor by showcasing lust-worthy yarn, an unexpected technique, or a fun embellishment. Techniques you’ll discover include Tunisian crochet, broomstick lace, and Bruges lace. The all-star roster of designers includes Robyn Chachula, Doris Chan, Mari Lynn Patrick, Regina Gonzalez, Drew Emborsky, Linda Permann, Kristin Omdahl, Ellen Gormley, Cal Patch, Pamela Wynne, Linda Cyr, and Vickie Howell.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk summary)

Syndetics book coverQuilt love : simple projects to stitch & treasure / Cassandra Ellis ; photography by Rachel Whiting.
“When scraps from personal items are incorporated, such as a baby blanket or a vintage T-shirt–that quilt becomes a cherished keepsake. A new take offers today’s quilters a modern twist on free-form, scrap, and patchwork quilting by combining fabric mementos into quilts.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBaby crochet : 20 hand-crochet designs for babies, newborn-24 months / Sandy Powers ; photography by Tara Renaud.
“This collection of crochet projects for boys and girls includes a range of hats (from a beanie to a newsboy), two cozy cocoons, bunting and baby blankets, a hooded sweater, legwarmers, mittens, booties, and four sets featuring body suit & hat, cocoon & hat, diaper cover, and more. The sizes range from newborn to 24 months.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGeek chic crochet : 35 retro-inspired projects that are off the hook / Nicki Trench.
“Capture the spirit of the sixties and seventies with these patterns for scarves, skirts, tank tops, turbans, and more. Do you have a passion for vintage fashion? If so, you’re guaranteed to love the 35 patterns in ‘Geek Chic Crochet’.” (Syndetics summary)

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Taste the latest arrivals from France!

Take a look at the new French additions to our Community Languages collection, featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including historical events and romances, intriguing mysteries and drama. Check out the latest French movies by browsing at the extensive library DVD collection, located in the Sound & Vision section under ‘Foreign’ and find your favourite DVDs. Have fun!

En bas, les nuages : 7 histoires / Marc Dugain.
“Seven stories linked by a narrative: Marc Dugain follows seven men who are now living in Dordogne, Morocco, the United States or in a remote island. Some of them may be cynical, others soft and dreamy, but all are plunged into the murky waters of everyday life. They drift, settle in or try to escape. Are they all losers? Dugain does not enlighten us on this. But, little by little, he builds a clever scenario which blooms throughout his narrative art to surprise the reader!” (Book Cover)

La part de l’autre : roman / Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
“Le 8 octobre 1908, Hitler est recalé à son concours d’entrée aux Beaux-Arts. Que se serait-il passé s’il y avait été admis ? Tel est, en partie, l’objet de ce roman. Car Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt s’est amusé à mener de front deux biographies romancées, celle du dictateur Hitler et celle du jeune Adolf H., admis au concours. Nous suivons ainsi pas à pas leur double évolution, les chapitres alternant leurs vies qui se répondent en écho. L’exercice aurait pu être intéressant s’il n’avait tourné un peu court, faute d’avoir un discours satisfaisant à tenir sur la psychologie des dictateurs. Existe-t-elle seulement?” (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverSe réveiller en France et survivre le sourire aux lèvres / Sara Crompton Meade ; traduit de l’anglais par Simone Raffin, Emmanuelle le Cann et Marijo Huguet.
“Vue par les yeux de son fils de dix ans, l’auteur relate l’expérience de sa famille qui a quitté la Nouvelle-Zélande pour s’installer en France, sans billet de retour”
“Matthew, an 8 year old child lives happily with his family and friends in New Zealand enjoying his school and his hobbies. His world is turned completely upside down when his parents moved with him in Ramonville St Agne, France. Based on his perspective, Matthew describes in this book his first two years in France, the discovery of a new culture, a new school and, of course, everything in a new language. His story, illustrated with over 100 photographs, reveals, in a lively style, his anxieties and amusements, as he tries to adapt to his new life and survive with a smile.” Back cover.

L’Abyssin : relation des extraordinaires voyages de Jean-Baptiste Poncet, ambassadeur du Négus auprès de Sa Majeste Louis XIV / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Louis XIV had never met Negus, the mythical king of Ethiopia, but there were many diplomatic contacts between the two countries. Christophe Rufin based his first novel on the extraordinary adventure of Jean-Baptiste Poncet, through the deserts of Egypt and the mountains of Abyssinia before getting back to Versailles, with inexhaustible ingenuity. The stakes were high since Ethiopia was the object of lust for Jesuits, Capuchins and others who, under the pretext of serving God, would take any country under their control. Having understood the disastrous results that could lead to its mission, Poncet decided to do everything to safeguard the freedom and the mysteries of Ethiopia.” – Gerard Meudal

Syndetics book coverLa chambre des officiers / Marc Dugain.
““The war of 14, I have not known. I mean, muddy trench, moisture through the bones, fat black rats in winter coats that run between the shapeless garbage, odors mixed with tobacco and buried excrement, metal which flows at regular intervals from the sky, as if God could not stop to hound the soldier. It is that war – which I have not known.” In the early days of 14, Adrian F, Engineering Lieutenant is hit by shrapnel on the banks of the Meuse. Disfigured and is transported to Val-de-Grâce, where he stayed five years in the House of Officers. Over the friendships that will forge there, he and his comrades, despite the loss of a brutal part of their identity, reveal all their humanity. This epic dramatic, moving, sometimes funny, we note that injury comes as grace.” (Book Cover)

Le parfum d’Adam / Jean-Christophe Rufin.
“Juliette is a young environmental activist, a real idealist. She participates in a commando operation to liberate animals. The private intelligence agency “Providence”, in the United States, is in charge of the case. They recruit two former agents, Paul and Kerry, who left the Secret Service to go back to school for further studies. Their investigation will plunge into the world of radical ecology and the defense of the environment. The search for a lost paradise, nostalgia for a time when man was in harmony with nature can lead to a murderous fanaticism. Cape Verde to Poland and the Brazilian cities of Colorado, the scent of Adam is a global thriller panting. But this adventure novel is a literary journey, where there are portraits, landscapes and humor that make it so successful.” (Book Cover)

Rainbow pour Rimbaud / Jean Teulé.
“Robert lives in Charleville-Mezieres, with his parents. Like some who know all the words to their favourite songs, Robert knows all Rimbaud by heart.
Isabelle, the operator at SNCF, yet knows nothing of Rimbaud. In between Cairo, Mauritius, Dakar and Tarrafal, these two indulge in love and poetry.” (Book Cover)

Une exécution ordinaire / Marc Dugain.
“In August 2000, a Russian nuclear submarine sunk into the depths of the Barents Sea. Vania Altman was one of the last survivors. Half a century after the death of Stalin, it was KGB that governed Russia. Taking us behind the scenes with the FBI’s curse Edgar, Marc Dugain offers a true story about contemporary Russia. Inspired by actual events, he reveals the profound disregard for life shown by the paranoid guardians of the Russian Empire.” (Book Cover)

La mélancolie du dimanche : roman / Christine Orban.
“Sundays are not like other days. Especially when a young woman finds a lost letter from the man she had fallen in love ten years ago. And the story goes on …” (Book Cover)

Ma vie avec Mozart / Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
“How can you be yourself, accept death and recognizing happiness along the way? For the author of Oscar and the Pink Lady, Mozart is the key that opens all doors, those of passion or of universal love, freedom and the spirit of childhood. His music is filled with light, grace and mystery. This book and a CD of works embrace the greatest Mozart interpreters: Gundula Janowitz, Frederica von Stade, Renee Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter, Maria Stader, Yvonne Minton, Barbara Bonney, Vladimir Ashkenazy … under the direction of Karl Böhm, Sir Georg Solti, Ferenc Fricsay, Sir Neville Marriner and more.” (Book Cover)

DVDs

Syndetics book coverThe age of reason [videorecording] / a film by Yann Samuell.
“Margaret is an accomplished businesswoman who manages her career with steely determination. But on her 40th birthday, a provincial solicitor contacts her with some forgotten letters she wrote to herself when she was seven, the age of reason. Immersed in the letters, Margaret takes a journey back into hidden memories, and slowly realises that she has lived a life very different from her childhood aspirations….” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book cover My piece of the pie [videorecording].
“After losing her job at the local factory, single mother France enrolls in a housekeeper training program and lands a job cleaning the apartment of wealthy power broker Steve. When Alban, Steve’s 3-year-old son, arrives on the doorstep to stay with his dad, Steve soon realizes he might need more than a cleaner. France realizes she might now have the perfect opportunity for payback against the man who almost single-handedly shut down the factory where she worked.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe women on the 6th floor [videorecording] / Phillippe Rousselet presents a film by Phillippe le Guay.
“Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple’s world is turned upside down when they hire Maria, a Spanish maid who introduces Jean-Louis to an alternative reality a few stories up on the sixth floor. Befriending a group of sassy Spanish maids, the women teach him there’s more to life than stocks and bonds, and their influence on the house ultimately transforms everyone’s life.” (Syndetics Summary)

Community & Languages Newsletter

Welcome to another wonderful selection of books to keep you up to date with the newest library arrivals in Cooking, Crafts and Community Languages such as Japanese, as well as, a diverse variety of titles with New Zealand content and new DVD’s. Seasons Greetings!

Library News

New Zealand

The New Zealand Collection has some fascinating new arrivals this month and includes some beautifully illustrated books. Leading the way is the new edition of Buller’s Birds of New Zealand. There is also the story of Moa, a celebration of New Zealanders who dared to dream and a boxing scrapbook about the sport of boxing in New Zealand. In Born to a Changing World the experience of childbirth in nineteenth century New Zealand is narrated from letters and diaries.

Syndetics book coverBuller’s birds of New Zealand : the complete work of J.G. Keulemans / [text by] Geoff Norman.
“A complete, all-new edition of the classic 19th century ornithological paintings of John Gerrard Keulemans for Walter Buller’s iconic A History of the Birds of New Zealand, featuring fresh reproductions of original watercolour paintings. Each exquisite bird image is accompanied by Buller’s descriptive text as well as up-to-date taxonomic information in English and Te reo Māori. This edition makes available the masterpieces inside the rarely seen, and highly valued, original books”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverMoa : the life and death of New Zealand’s legendary bird / Quinn Berentson.
“The moa were the most unusual and unique family of birds that ever lived, a clan of feathered monsters that developed in isolation for many, many millions of years. They became extinct reasonably quickly after the arrival of the Maori, and were a distant memory by the time European explorers arrived. So the discovery and identification of their bones in the 1840s was a worldwide sensation, claimed by many to be the zoological find of the century. This book begins by recounting the story of discovery, which was characterised by an unbelievable amount of controversy and intrigue. Since then there has been an unbroken chain of new discoveries, culminating with intriguing revelations in recent years about the moa’s biology, that have come to light through DNA testing and radio-dating. This is a fascinating and important book that richly recounts the life and death of our strangest bird. Packed with a fantastic range of illustrations, MOA fills an important gap in our natural history literature, a popular but serious book on this national icon”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBorn to a changing world : childbirth in nineteenth-century New Zealand / Alison Clarke.
“Emerging from diaries, letters and memoirs, the voices of this remarkable book tell a new story of life arriving amidst a turbulent world. Before the Plunket Society, before antibiotics, before ’safe’ Caesarean sections and registered midwives, nineteenth century birthing practice in New Zealand was typically determined by culture, not nature or the state. Alison Clarke works from the heart of this practice, presenting a history balanced in its coverage of social and medical contexts. Connecting these contexts provides new insights into the same debates on childhood – from infant feeding to maternity care – that persist today. Tracing the experiences of Māori and Pākehā birth ways, this richly illustrated story remains centered throughout on birthing women, their babies and families”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverThe New Zealand boxing scrapbook / Dave Cameron with Paul Lewis.
“From the 1800s to the second decade of the new millennium, New Zealand boxers have made a mark on the national and international stages – from the days of Bob Fitzsimmons and ‘Torpedo’ Billy Murphy through to David Tua’s quest for a world title today. The New Zealand Boxing Scrapbook offers an insight into ‘the sweet science’ of boxing and the men involved. A collection of boxing history, memorabilia and artefacts”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverThe power of us : New Zealanders who dare to dream / foreword by Sir Ray Avery ; words by Cameron Bennett ; photographs by Adrian Malloch.
“Describes 50 New Zealanders who are extraordinary in their own fields, both locally and internationally, drawn from all fields – science, business, writing, film, sport, art, technology. It includes both the very well-known, such as Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Barbara Kendall, Neil Finn and Susan Devoy, and the lesser known”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverSecrets & treasures : our stories told through the objects at Archives New Zealand / Ray Waru.
“Delves into the archives to tell a very human story of New Zealand, a story that involves love, death, war, immigration, disaster, protest, defiance, censorship and hokey pokey”–Back cover.

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DVDs

From HBO’s Game of Thrones to the legendary film stars. Enjoy a wide range of sellection.

Syndetics book coverInside HBO’s Game of thrones / Bryan Cogman ; preface by George R. R. Martin ; foreword by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss.“HBO’s Game of Thrones reigns as cable’s highest-rated series. This official companion book gives fans new ways to enter this fictional world and discover more about the beloved (and reviled) characters and the electrifying plotlines. Hundreds of set photos, production and costume designs, storyboards, and insider stories reveal how the show’s creators translated George R. R. Martin’s best-selling fantasy series into the world of Westeros. Featuring interviews with key actors and crew members that capture the best scripted and unscripted moments from the first two seasons, as well as a preface by George R. R. Martin, this special volume, bound in a lavishly debossed padded cover, offers exclusive access to this unprecedented television series.”(Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Doctor’s monsters : meanings of the monstrous in Doctor Who / Graham Sleight.
“Doctor Who has been on global television screens for nearly fifty years, and many of its most memorable protagonists have been its monsters, The Daleks, Cybermen, Slitheen, the Sonterans, Ood, Wiirrn, and others. Entertainingly and provocatively written, and introduced by Who scriptwriter Paul Cornell, The Doctor’s Monsters takes a new look at these and many other creatures, and asks what inspired them and what lies behind them.”(Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Top gear years / Jeremy Clarkson.
“We now know all about — the world according to Clarkson. In a series of bestselling books, Jeremy has revealed it to be a puzzling, frustrating place where all too often the lunatics seem to be running the asylum. But in The Top Gear Years, we get something rather different.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverBritish crime film : subverting the social order / Barry Forshaw.“British Crime Film is a celebratory and comprehensive social history of this idiosyncratic genre. Barry Forshaw focuses on the strategies used to address more radical notions than those presented in mainstream product, exploring such themes as the treatment of sex and violence, corporate crime and the maverick criminal. Covering every major – and most minor – British crime films up to and including the twenty-first century, Forshaw contextualises the films within the crime fiction that inspired them. He explores new developments including British urban crime movies and the wave of new crime/horror hybrids such as Kill List, and predicts what the future holds for the genre.”(adapted from amazon.co.uk summary)

Syndetics book coverAudrey : the 60s / David Wills and Stephen Schmidt.“Audrey Hepburn charmed cinema audiences in the 1950s as a new type of screen presence – gamine, doe-eyed and refreshingly casual. By the 1960s she had metamorphosed to become a trendsetting sophisticate, achieving unrivalled status as an actress, model, movie star and champion for underprivileged children worldwide. Curator and archivist David Wills has amassed one of the world’s largest private collections of original Audrey Hepburn photography. Now, in Audrey: The 60s, he has gathered a spectacular selection of work from her key photographers – much of it digitally restored from original negatives and transparencies – to create a truly breath-taking portfolio of images which pays homage to the most beloved and enduring style icon of the decade that changed everything.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk summary)

Syndetics book coverElizabeth Taylor / Susan Smith.
“Elizabeth Taylor was one of the major film stars of the twentieth century, embodying all the glamour and allure of Hollywood stardom. Yet her achievements as an actress have often been overshadowed by her beauty
and tumultuous life off-screen. To redress this imbalance, Susan Smith offers an illuminating study of Elizabeth Taylor’s work in film, exploring her fascinating trajectory from child to adult star. Smith reveals the influence that Taylor’s early work exerted over her later career and the ways in which her on-screen identity is profoundly rooted in her association with animals and nature.” (adapted from amazon.co.uk summary)

Cover imageBirdsong.
“Busy screenwriter Abi Morgan (The Hour, The Iron Lady) adapts Sebastian Faulks’s 1993 bestseller…Costume-drama veteran Eddie Redmayne (The Pillars of the Earth) plays Stephen Wraysford, a British textile man based in Amiens in 1910. While staying with Isabelle (Clémence Poésy, In Bruges) and her controlling husband, Stephen falls in love with his hostess, but her marriage and stepchildren stand in the way. The story continues to proceed along two tracks: Stephen’s time with Isabelle and her sympathetic sister, Jeanne (Marie-Josée Croze), and his time as an imperiled lieutenant in the trenches of World War I…as memories of Amiens spur him on. Flashbacks reveal that Isabelle eventually returned his affection, except the course of their relationship did not run smoothly. By the end, he’s lost most of the things he once desired, but an alternative path lies ahead. In this sense, Birdsong bears some comparison with Atonement and Downton Abbey, though the downbeat nature of the material won’t be to all tastes…” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

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Community Languages

Take a look at this month’s additions to our Japanese Language collection.
More than 50 Japanese fiction and non-fiction books have been added to our collection recently including social aspects and culture, as well as, exploring the innovation secrets of Steve Jobs, the man who revolutionized computers, in ‘Inside Steve’s brain’.

Check out the latest Community Languages movies by browsing at the extensive library DVD collection located in the Sound & Vision section under ‘Foreign’.
For Japanese speakers here is a small selection of DVD’s for you to enjoy. Have fun!

Japanese Books & DVD’s

Built a school in CambodiaBokutachi wa sekai o kaeru koto ga dekinai : but, we wanna build a school in Cambodia / Hada Kōta.
“医大生の甲太は受験勉強をして大学に入ったものの平凡な日常に疑問を抱いていた。そんなある日「百五十万円寄付してもらえればカンボジアに小学校が建つ」というパンフレットを偶然見かける。これだ!と感じた甲太は、勢いで仲間を募り、クラブイベントを企画して、寄付金の捻出をはかろうと奔走する。同時に、カンボジアにも出向き、地雷除去、ゴミ山で暮らす家族、売春宿で働く少女やエイズ問題などの過酷な現実に触れ、自分のダメさ加減と正対することになり…。決してきれい事だけではない、一歩踏み出す勇気を与えてくれるノンフィクション” (Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Yōkame no semi / Kakuta Mitsuyo.
逃げて、逃げて、逃げのびたら、私はあなたの母になれるだろうか…。東京から名古屋へ、女たちにかくまわれながら、小豆島へ。偽りの母子の先が見えない逃亡生活、そしてその後のふたりに光はきざすのか。心ゆさぶるラストまで息もつがせぬ傑作長編。第二回中央公論文芸賞受賞作。 (Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Sutību Jobuzu no ryūgi = Inside Steve’s brain / Rīandā Keinī ; Miki Toshiya yaku.
“「個性こそ最強の戦略」。世界を熱狂させるビジネスの創造主たちは、見る者にそう思わせる迫力がある。自分を自分たらしめる絶対価値を「個性」と呼ぶのなら、個性を極限までつきつめていったところにこそ、最強の戦略がある。世界で最も卓越した形で、自らの個性を戦略へと高めた人物――それがスティーブ・ジョブズだ。完璧主義者、エリート主義者、気分屋、偏執狂。「ジョブズは狂人と紙一重」と眉をひそめる向きもある。しかしそうした印象にとらわれていては、スティーブ・ジョブズの底力を読み誤る。ジョブズは、自らの関心事や個性に正直なまま、妥協なき芸術性とすぐれたビジネス手腕とを融合させた独自の経営を行っている。他者とは一線を画す自らの個性を、キャリア上の強みに転じたのだ。
本書は、ジョブズとアップル社を12年以上にわたって追いつづけてきた著者が、ジョブズの事業哲学を詳細に分析した一冊だ。ジョブズ本人に限らず、その周辺の人たちに至るまでさまざまな角度から取材・資料収集し、無数の「点」をつないでいった先に、偏見から解放されたジョブズ像、アップル像が映し出される。(Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Chikyū sensei / Miyashita Ryūji.
“この本には、派手な仕掛けやトリックがあるわけではない。派遣切りでホームレスになった若者が再生するといっても、コツコツと働いて部屋を借りるだけのことだ。ただそれが、かえってリアリティになっている。その原動力になるのが、人との出会いだ。台湾人の女子学生で社会企業家を目指すメイラン。彼女への恋が、主人公のモチベーションになる。それは、ただの容姿に惹かれる色恋ではない。彼女の持つ理想や人間としての品性に惹かれ、彼女にふさわしい人間になりたいと願うのである。そしてもう一人、地球先生。街角でゴミを漁る、一見ホームレスだが、実は環境問題を研究する大学の先生だというユニークな設定。この地球先生との出会いによって、主人公は自分の生き方について真剣に問い直していくのだ。このように、この本の魅力のひとつは、脇役の個性にある。東北大震災以降、右肩上がりを前提とした上昇志向の生き方が見直される時代、多くの人に読んで欲しい一冊である” 。(Adapted from Amazon.co.jp summary)

Syndetics book coverOutrage [videorecording] / Magnet Releasing presents a Bandai Visual, TV Tokyo and Office Kitano production of a Takeshi Kitano film.
“In a ruthless battle for power several yakuza clans vie for the favour of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over saké. Long-time yakuza Otomo has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance”–Container.

Syndetics book coverBattle royale. II, Requiem [videorecording]
“It’s three years after the events of the original Battle Royale, and Shuya Nanahara is now an internationally-known terrorist determined to bring down the government. His terrorist group, Wild Seven, stages an attack that levels several buildings in Tokyo on Christmas Day, killing 8000 people. Exactly one year afterward, the government enacts the “New Century Terrorist Counter-Measure Alternative” program, a.k.a. the BRII act, and sends the forty-two students of Shikanotoride Junior High Class 3-B to hunt Nanahara and his cohorts down in their island stronghold. Shiori Kitano, the daughter of the late headmaster of Nanahara’s Battle Royale, signs up for the program, to avenge her father. In order for the government to study the benefits of “teamwork”, the new students work in pairs, with their collars electronically linked so that if one of them is killed, the other dies as well. They must kill Nanahara in three days – or die.”–Container

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Cooking

The buzz words for this month’s selection of cooking titles are: food writing, fast (but healthy) food, economy, health and taste.
It’s all about sharing food with friends and family, while not spending too long in the kitchen. It’s also about entertaining and being entertained.

Syndetics book coverBest Food Writing 2012 / edited by Holly Hughes.
“Epicure, foodie, gastronome, gourmet, gourmand, glutton – whatever term you embrace, our cultural facination with food shows no sign of waning. And as in previous years, BEST FOOD WRITING 2012 is the place to go for heaping helpings of the most provocative, entertaining, delicious food writing of the year.” (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverHome Cooking : A Writer in the Kitchen / Laurie Colwin ; illustrated by Anna Shapiro.
“Weaving together memories, recipes, and wild tales of years spent in the kitchen, Home Cooking is Laurie Colwin’s manifesto on the joys of sharing food and entertaining.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverCooking off the Clock : Recipes from my Downtime / Elizabeth Falkner ; photography by Frankie Frankeny.
“Presents a range of recipes for full meals and quick snacks that can be prepared with limited time and resources, in a volume that also shares the author’s imaginative approach to classic comfort foods.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book cover101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without : The Prevention Cookbook / Lori Powell.
“Irresistible, easy dishes that will help readers cultivate healthy bodies. Half of Americans take dietary supplements, with little proof that they do anything to protect their health. What has been proven: the healing power of nutrients in food. In 101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without, readers will learn how to get everything they need from their plates–deliciously and without overdoing it on calories…. With 101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without you have the tool you need to craft the healthiest possible diet without feeling deprived. “–Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverEat Well, Save More / Cath Armstrong.
“In the current economic climate many Australians are on a limited budget. In Eat Well, Pay Less! thrift queen Cath Armstrong demonstrates how you can feed four people (or one, two or three with healthy, delicious food for only $80 per week.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverVegan à la Mode : More than 100 frozen treats for every day of the year / Hannah Kaminsky.
“This book is overflowing with creamy, dreamy imaginatiove delights that will have you churning ice cream around the clock.” – Julie Hasson, author of Vegan Diner – (Book Jacket)

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Crafts

This month’s splendid selection of new books offers inspiring ideas and tips how to make fabulous Christmas decorations for your home and handmade gifts for your family and friends. A perfect opportunity to experiment with projects featuring contemporary and traditional crafts such as, timeless knitwear designs, beautiful embroidery with beads or encaustic painting using paper as a canvas. And, if you are thinking about turning your hobby into your own successful crafts business, read about the nuts and bolts of business plans and where to find professional support. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverLittle Christmas decorations to knit & crochet / Sue Stratford and Val Pierce.“Previously published in the highly successful ‘20 to Make’ series as ‘20 to Make Mini Christmas Knits’ by Sue Stratford and ‘20 to Make Mini Christmas Crochet’ by Val Pierce, this book provides 40 delightful projects (20 knitted and 20 crocheted), with some designs knitted in different colourways to provide ideas and inspiration for how they could be adapted to match your chosen colour scheme or style. There are mini Christmas stockings, holly leaves, reindeer, snowmen, snowflakes, a Christmas fridge magnet, a star, a candy cane, Christmas bells, an angel and much more. Full instructions and materials lists are provided, and each project is simply photographed so that the reader can see the design clearly. There are plenty of ideas for ways of displaying the projects and these mini decorations will appeal to those looking for items they can create quickly, using up ends of yarn.” (Abridged summary from Amazon.co.uk)

Mollie makes Christmas : making, thrifting, collecting, crafting / [Mollie Makes].
Over 20 Christmas-themed projects from Mollie Makes magazine.
“This gorgeous new book from the team behind Mollie Makes brings together ten super-talented designers and makers. We asked them very nicely and they have put their crafty heads together and come up with over fifteen exclusive Christmassy projects just for you. With inspirational ideas for handmade gifts, cards and decorations as well as top tips on stress-free entertaining, we’ve got Christmas all sewn up. Includes a variety of crafts, with full instructions for knitting, crochet, sewing and papercraft projects, as well as ideas on how to turn your junk-shop finds into festive wonders. Each project is accompanied by clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, with hints and tips on personalizing your makes, ensuring that your Christmas is unique, just like you. Here’s to a crafty Christmas!” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe twelve knits of Christmas / Fiona Goble.
From a partridge in a pear tree to twelve drummers drumming, Goble brings the popular verse to life as knitters of all skill levels create each of the twelve characters featured in the charming holiday song. The characters make perfect gifts, stocking stuffers, ornaments, or toys for children as you teach them the words to this classic song. (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverCompendium of mosaic techniques : 300 tips, techniques, trade secrets and templates / Bonnie Fitzgerald.
“The Compendium of Mosaics is an excellent book for both beginners and experienced artists. Everything you need to know and more with wonderful illustrations and instructions for designing and making your own creations” (Book Cover)

Syndetics book coverHands on : the art of crafting in Ireland / Sylvia Thompson.
“Based on The Irish Times column, `Hands On,’ this book celebrates the abundance of skills/crafts practiced and taught across Ireland. It focuses on 45 eclectic, contemporary, and traditional crafts and skills, including drystone walling and hat making” (Abridged summary from Globalbooksinprint.com)

Syndetics book coverKnit vintage : more than 20 patterns for starlet sweaters & other knitwear from the 1930s, 1940s & 1950s / by Madeline Weston & Rita Taylor ; photography by Debi Treloar.
“Knit Vintage offers a fantastic selection of more than 20 timeless designs based on original women’s knitwear patterns from the 1930s to the 1950s. Drawing from their own extensive collections of vintage knitting patterns, authors Madeline Weston and Rita Taylor have chosen garments for their classic style and updated them to appeal to 21st century tastes. The patterns, which incorporate traditional stitch formations such as cables, lace, Fair Isle and other motifs, have been adapted to suit an array of gorgeous modern yarns in fashion-forward colours and sumptuous textures, including merino, angora, cotton, bamboo, cashmere, alpaca and silk. All feature classic touches that will appeal to anyone who loves the exquisite attention to detail found in vintage knitwear. ” (Abridged summary from Amazon.co.uk)

Syndetics book coverGrow your handmade business : how to envision, develop, and sustain a successful creative business / Kari Chapin ; illustrations by Jennifer Judd-McGee.
“Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark “you-can-do-it” coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business–from mapping out a business plan to expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. With this definitive guide, you’ll discover how to grow your business beyond the dining room table and finally quit your day job.” (Abridged summary from Amazon.co.uk)

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