Community & Languages Newsletter

Enjoy the season with New Zealand stories about friendship, adventures and family secrets; relax by watching a movie from the library’s latest DVD collection; or start a new craft project. Enrich your summer cuisine with delightful recipes from around the world and read romantic sagas in Spanish.

Library News

New Zealand

Always eclectic, new additions to the New Zealand Collection this month feature stories from a museum curator, a kiwi sanctuary, photography, poetry, the sad history of post war state care of children and lastly a murder mystery. The new book shelves of the NZ Collection have something to interest everyone.

Syndetics book cover The unburnt egg : more stories of a museum curator / Brian Gill.
“Museum natural history collections have been called libraries of life. In The Unburnt Egg Brian Gill continues his spellbinding stories from more than thirty years as a curator. Some tales are so bizarre they read like fiction: a population of ship rats decimating the entire wildlife of an island and then collapsing; birds leaving their young to be raised by other birds; frogs and lizards living in trees and flying. Others reveal the painstaking detective work involved in solving mysteries presented by police, biosecurity agencies, government departments and members of the public. Frogs’ legs on sale as chicken, a feather hidden in a bag of sugar, a live boa constrictor on a street in snake-free New Zealand–it’s all in a day’s work.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Through the eyes of a miner : the photography of Joseph Divis / Simon Nathan ; with assistance from Les Wright and Brendon Wilshire.
“Joseph Divis (1885-1967) photographed life in New Zealand mining towns where he lived and worked between 1909 and 1935. His images provide a unique record of life in some small communities, especially the now-abandoned town of Waiuta, near Reefton.” (Introduction)
Syndetics book cover Mister Hamilton / John Dickson.
Mister Hamilton, John Dickson’s first collection in eighteen years, is an appealing, questioning mix of elements. Over a base of South Island bedrock (granite, schist, greywacke), Dickson has peopled this quietly fiery collection with day-to-day working voices and narratives, sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes charged with a political consciousness and lyrical intensity. Shot-through with veins of jazz, rock and blues, quizzical religiosity and a streak of the absurd, this book takes a fresh look at the streets and lawns and people of urban and suburban ‘Pig Island’ and offers some thoughtful, wisely pitched and immensely likeable poems.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover My father’s ears / Karen Goa.
“When an Italian immigrant’s harsh but intriguing past catches up with him, his skeptical daughter Sophie sets out to discover the truth about her father, his affair with a Romanian trapeze artist and a mysterious New Zealander claiming to be his son. This twisting tale of secrets and social dilemmas is set against a remarkable and moving history of Italian immigration.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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DVDs

As always, a wide variety of DVDs have been added to our extensive collection. They include recent smash hits such as Florence Foster Jenkins, Me before You and our very own Hunt for the Wilderpeople. As for TV series, check out very popular Peaky Blinders. Season three.

florence Florence Foster Jenkins.
“Despite lacking pitch, rhythm and tone, Florence Foster Jenkins became one of America’a best-known sopranos. Born in 1868 to wealthy Pennsylvanian parents, Florence was a talented young pianist but her life was thrown into turmoil when she eloped with Frank Jenkins, a man twice her age. The marriage proved a disaster and Florence was forced to abandon her dreams of a musical career. Then her father died in 1909 and, newly installed in New York, she used her considerable inheritance to fund her passion, setting up a prestigious music club. Many young singers owed their start to Florence, but she too yearned to perform and began giving regular recitals that quickly attracted a cult following. And yet nothing could prepare the world for the astonishing climax of her career when, at the age of seventy-six, she performed at the most hallowed concert hall in America.” (Back cover)
cover image Peaky Blinders. Season three.
“Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is drawn into a maze of global intrigue in the electrifying third series of Steven Knight’s acclaimed family saga.Approached by a secret organisation on his own wedding day, Tommy finds himself at the centre of an international arms deal that could change the course of history. In a sphere where no one reveals their true intentions until the game is up, Tommy has to contend with a White Russian exile whose brutality knows no bounds, a priest with a killer dog, a beautiful Duchess even more manipulative than him, and a powerful entity at the heart of the British establishment that will stop at nothing to accomplish its reactionary aims. The pressures they inflict upon Tommy are carefully chosen and exquisitely unpleasant.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Me before you / New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present a Sunswept Entertainment production.
“Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year old goes from one job to the next in order to make ends meet. Taking a job at the local ‘castle’ she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Eye in the sky.
“London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The mission suddenly escalates from a “capture” to a “kill” operation as Powell realizes that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission. From his base in Nevada, American drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is poised to destroy the safe-house when a nine year old girl enters the kill zone just outside the walls of the house. With unforeseen collateral damage now entering the equation, the impossible decision of when to strike gets passed up the “kill chain” of politicians and lawyers as the seconds tick down.” (Product description, amazon.co.uk)

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Community Languages

Enjoy our latest additions to our Spanish collection featuring romance, suspense, family sagas and more.

Syndetics book cover Cinco esquinas / Mario Vargas Llosa.
“«Él había pensado que, después de todo, un periodista puede ser a veces útil. “Y también peligroso”, concluyó. Tuvo el presentimiento de que nada bueno saldría de esta visita.»
La idea de esta novela comenzó con una imagen de dos señoras amigas que de pronto una noche, de una manera impensada para ambas, viven una situación erótica. Luego se fue convirtiendo en una historia policial, casi un thriller, y el thriller se fue transformando en una especie de mural de la sociedad peruana en los últimos meses o semanas de la dictadura de Fujimori y Montesinos. Me gustó la idea de que la historia se llamase Cinco esquinas como un barrio que, de alguna manera, es emblemático de Lima, de Perú y también de la época en la que está situada la historia.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Cicatriz / Juan Gómez-Jurado.
“Simon Sax is a lucky guy. He’s young, smart and is about to become a billionaire by selling a great invention. And yet, he feels lonely. His success contrasts with his lack of social skills. He joins a dating site where he falls in love with Irina, with the inexperience and passion of a teenager. But she has an enigmatic scar on her cheek, and carries a dark secret…” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Divorcio en el aire / Gonzalo Torné.
“La tercera novela de Gonzalo Torné.
Divorcio en el aire empieza cuando Joan-Marc y Helen se marchan a un balneario para tratar de salvar su matrimonio. Ese espacio se convierte en el eje de una historia que relata el origen de su relación con Helen, primero en Madrid y luego en Barcelona, así como la biografía del propio Joan-Marc: su educación, su iniciación al sexo, las desastrosas relaciones con su familia, sus problemas financieros y el reencuentro, ya a las puertas de la madurez, con antiguos compañeros de clase, a los que la vida ha situado en posiciones insospechadas.
En este sentido , Divorcio en el aire habla de una cuestión fundamental: la dificultad de asumir el paso del tiempo y su irreversibilidad.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Guía astrológ̤ica para corazones rotos / Silvia Zucca.
“¡Bienvenidos al club de las desdichadas intergalácticas! Me llamo Alice y hasta hace unos meses mi autoestima estaba por los suelos. Mi ex estaba a punto de ser padre y un hombre imposiblemente sexy acababa de aparecer en la oficina, lo que no me ayudaba demasiado. Entonces a mi vida llego Tio, mi entrenador astrológico personal, para explicarme que mis problemas no eran debidos a un complot cósmico sino a la posición de los planetas en mi carta astral. Así que lo único que podía hacer era ponerme en manos de la obra y averiguar qué sorpresas me tenían reservadas las estrellas. Y os aseguro que lo que descubrí fue mucho más que eso y, sobre todo que, cuando se trata del amor, el destino no está escrito en el cielo.” (Syndetics summary)

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Cooking

With delectable recipes and dishes for every meal and occasion, this is a collection of cookbooks from around the globe.

Syndetics book cover Spain : the Cookbook / Simone and Inés Ortega.
“The world’s best selling Spanish cookbook and the indispensable bible of traditional and authentic Spanish home cooking.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover France : the cookbook / Ginette Mathiot.
“With more than 1,400 recipes, Mathiot guides the reader through all the classic recipes and techniques of French cooking… with a clear and authoritative voice. The recipes, which have been fully updated by Clothilde Dusoulie, author of the popular Chocolate & Zucchini blog, prove that authentic French food doesn’t have to be complicated, heavy or too rich.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Greek : Heart-warming Traditional Recipes / [food director, Pamela Clark.]
“From the delicious dips and little morsels they call Mezze and eat with a glass of ouzo before dinner to the super-sweet honey-drenched baklava they eat with their coffee after dinner, Greek food is a culinary delight. Seafood is plentiful in Greece and there are recipes included here for prawns, sardines, squid and octopus. Peasant dishes such as moussaka, slow-roasted lamb, and dishes made from rabbit and goat are an important feature of the cuisine too. And there are celebration dishes – especially for Easter. And along with the beautifully photographed recipes, there are several beautifully photographed landscapes of Greece.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Eat to Stay Young : ingredients & recipes to rejuvenate your body & mind / Gill Paul ; nutritionist: Karen Sullivan
“Growing older is natural, but eating the right foods can slow the process down and keep your body’s stores of age-fighting nutrients topped up. Featured in this book are the key foods that have been proven to increase the feeling of youthfulness in our minds and bodies – cranberries, aubergines, guava, tuna and cinnamon to name a few. A clever problem-solver helps you choose the ingredients that address your symptoms, whether thinning hair, dry skin, poor circulation, joint pain or forgetfulness. With over 60 easy-to-follow, quick-to-prepare, completely delicious recipes and weekly meal planners, Eat To Stay Young is the perfect way to turn back the clock and achieve optimum health.” (Syndetics summary)

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Craft

Give your creativity a fresh start with gorgeous ideas from this selection of our latest craft books. Discover some glorious designs for quilts, inspired by the rich colours of the terracotta walls and the white churches of the Mediterranean. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover Knit together, share together : simple knitting for all the family / Marja de Haan ; translated by Barbara Mee.
“Knitting can bring generations together. This practical and beautifully illustrated book, which contains step-by-step knitting instructions and patterns, was inspired by a granddaughter knitting a simple doll’s sweater, her grandmother knitting the doll itself, and the girl’s mother knitting a matching sweater for her daughter. Even young children can learn to knit the basic stitches, and this book features projects suitable for every age and stage of experience. Knitting not only stimulates the mind and develops motor skills and dexterity but is also a way of creating something useful, with love, which can be cherished.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Knitting for the outdoors : merino handknits for active Kiwis / Gillian Whalley-Torckler ; photography Darryl Torckler.
“Merino wool is the best for warmth and comfort, especially in garments for active outdoor people. This book features quick knits in modern designs and includes hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, hoodies and vests which look good anywhere and appeal to men and women, girls and boys.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Bible sampler quilt book : 96 quilt blocks inspired by the Bible / Laurie Aaron Hird.
“Devotion meets design in a stunning sampler quilt honoring both the Old and New Testament! Evoke the spirit of favorite Bible passages in fabric with this gorgeous how-to guide from renowned sampler-quilt author Laurie Aaron Hird. In The Bible Sampler Quilt, Laurie pairs scripture with beautifully pieced blocks representing significant people, themes and events from The Bible. Inspired by well-loved Bible passages, The Bible Sampler Quilt invites you to create a quilt that is both beautiful and spiritually uplifting.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Kaffe Fassett’s quilts in Italy : 20 designs from Rowan for patchwork and quilting.
“Che bella! Kaffe’s inspiration for the 20 new quilts in this book was drawn from the exquisite, richly colored villages of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. The region, with its terracotta walls and handsome black and white churches set off by jewel-like glimpses of the Mediterranean, is beautifully reflected in the colors and patterns created by Kaffe and his team of designers. In addition to the gallery of quilts, the book provides detailed information on how to make each featured quilt, along with general practical patchwork and quilting information and a visual summary of Kaffe’s latest fabrics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Drama and intrigue – Community Languages picks for March

Enjoy the magnificent storytelling of Isabel Allende exploring love and connections and the insightful style of Chantal Thomas describing the familiar events of the French revolution including Marie Antoinette. All that and more in this collection of library books we have listed for you.

Syndetics book coverEl amante japonés / Isabel Allende.
“A los veintidós años, sospechando que tenían el tiempo contado, Ichimei y Alma se atragantaron de amor para consumirlo entero, pero mientras más intentaban agotarlo, más imprudente era el deseo, y quien diga que todo fuego se apaga solo tarde o temprano, se equivoca: hap pasiones que son incendios hasta que las ahoga el destino de un zarpazo y aun así quedan brasas calientes listas para arder apenas se les da oxígeno.”(Cover)

Syndetics book coverEl tiempo entre costuras : una novela / María Dueñas.
“La joven modista Sira Quiroga abandona el Madrid agitado de los meses previos al alzamiento arrastrada por el amor desbocado hacia un hombre a quien apenas conoce. Con él se instala en Tánger, una ciudad exótica y vibrante donde todo puede suceder. Incluso la traición. Sola, desubicada y cargada de deudas ajenas, Sira se traslada a Tetuán, capital del Protectorado Español en Marruecos. Gracias a la ayuda de nuevas amistades forjará una nueva identidad y logrará poner en marcha un taller de alta costura en el que atenderá a clientas de orígenes lejanos y presentes insospechados.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverUna suerte pequeña / Claudia Piñeiro.
“Después de veinte años una mujer vuelve a la Argentina, de donde partió escapando de una desgracia. Pero la que regresa es otra: no luce igual, su voz es diferente. Ni siquiera lleva el mismo nombre. La reconocerán quienes la conocieron entonces? La reconocerá él? Mary Lohan, Marilé Lauría o María Elena Pujol–la que es, la que fue, la que había sido alguna vez–vuelve al suburbio de Buenos Aires donde formó una familia y vivío hasta que decidió huir. Aún no termina de entender por qué aceptó regresar al pasado que se había propuesto olvidar para siempre. Pero a medida que lo comprenda, entre encuentros esperados y revelaciones inesperadas, entenderá también que a veces la vida no es ni destino ni casualidad: tal vez su regreso no sea otra cosa que una suerte pequeña.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverEl lenguaje del juego / Daniel Sada.
“La familla Montaño es una familla más del norte de México, de ese vasto pais el al que Daniel Sada subvierte el nombre y llama Mágico. El padre, Valente, ha cruzado ilegalemente la frontera en dieciocho ocasiones, pero ya no, nunca más, porque ha juntado suficiente dinero para evitar tanto esfuerzo, tanto jugar al gato y al ratón, tantos cruces nocturnos, , tantos desafíos a la border patrol, tantos fracasos y vuelta a empezar … tan suyo como la casita que construyó él mismo con la ayuda de su hijo Candelario. Y con ese dinero tan duro de ganar y la experiencia adquirida cuando escapó primero de un centro agricola y después de los muy peinaditos y fanáticos mormones que le habían ayudado a escapar del centro, y acabó haciendo pizzas en Pasadena, Valente decide abrir en medio de aquel mundo de tortillas su propia pizzeria.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverUna sencilla melodía habanera : una novela / Oscar Hijuelos ; traducción de José Lucas Badué.
“Israel Levis, a Cuban composer still recovering physically and emotionally from his experiences in Paris during the Nazi occupation, returns home to Cuba, where memories of his former life collide with the present.” (Cover)

Delightful additions to our Spanish Language collection!

Love reading in Spanish? Here’s a taste of the latest additions to our Community Languages – Spanish section on Central Library’s 1st Floor, where you’ll find a broad range of fiction books.  Also, check out the latest Spanish language movies by browsing our extensive library DVD collection. It’s located in the Sound & Vision section on the Ground Floor of the Central Library  under ‘Foreign/Spanish’. Enjoy!

Syndetics book coverEl mundo de afuera / Jorge Franco.
“The Outside World takes place in Medell n. There, time is wrapped in a mist, and voices seem like whistles that get lost among tree branches. A castle-like structure stands watch in the overgrown outskirts of the city, and a blond girl runs out the door. Eyes watch, captivated by this unusual presence, and the girl disappears into the forest. It is 1971, and this girl’s father, don Diego, has been kidnapped. El Mono is the leader of the crime ring, whose intention is to demand a million-dollar ransom from the family. El Mono has reasons aside from economics to kidnap don Diego: a romantic obsession with the man’s daughter, Isolda, a blonde princess whose father, a devotee of Wagner’s operas, has kept her locked in the “castle” to preserve her purity and avoid sullying her with the crude outside world that surrounds them.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa última noche que pasé contigo / Mayra Montero.
“Celia y Fernando deciden emprender un crucero por el Caribe en un intento de recobrar una intimidad diezmada por la rutina matrimo¬nial. El viaje por las islas se inicia al ritmo dulzón de los boleros. Y, poco a poco, el lector va remontándose en el pasado aparentemente anodino y recatado de los protagonistas, hasta llegar a esa otra vida, infinitamente más rica y sugerente, donde las parejas suelen agazapar apasionados secretos inconfesables, y sobre todo inconfe-sados.En el placentero escenario del crucero, Celia y Fernando descubren que esos mismos recuerdos, en contacto con la sensualidad natural del entorno, podrían transformar sus existencias de un modo inesperado” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMilena o el fémur más bello del mundo / Jorge Zepeda Patterson.
“La belleza de Milena también fue su perdición. Convertida en esclava sexual desde la adolescencia, intenta huir cuando muere su protector, un magnate de la comunicación que sufre un fallo cardiaco mientras hace el amor con ella. En su angustiosa fuga, se cruza con los Azules, un trío de justicieros formado por el periodista Tomás Arizmendi, la política Amelia Navarro y el especialista en alta seguridad Jaime Lemus. Ellos desean liberarla, pero Milena guarda conrecelo un espinoso misterio que atesora en su libreta negra y que supone su salvación y, sobre todo, su venganza. Una vigorosa novela de acción y amor que denuncia los abusos de poder y la corrupción, pero que sobre todo nos muestra el alma abierta de una mujer vejada, como tantas otras, en un mundo cada vez más globalizado.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEl caballero de San Petersburgo / Mayra Montero.
“A finales del siglo XVIII, la joven criolla Antonia de Salis vive con su prima Teresa en Rusia. Allí reciben la visita de un fascinante militar hispanoamericano, Francisco de Miranda, precursor de la independencia que agita a las colonias, que está de visita en Rusia para tejer una alianza con Potemkin. Antonia cae seducida ante un personaje tan idealista como ardiente, con fama de donjuán y magnífico contador de historias ante las damas. Tanto que, tras algunos encuentros furtivos, decide seguirlo hasta San Petersburgo, donde Francisco de Miranda es perseguido, sin saberlo, por un diplomático español empeñado en capturarlo. Treinta años después, en la cárcel de La Carraca en Cádiz (los hechos están rigurosamente documentados), un general Miranda enfermo y vencido recibe las visitas y los cuidados de una enigmática mujer que tiene muy presentes las aventuras de Crimea y de San Petersburgo.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFugas / William Navarrete.
“Fugas seduce por la calidad musical de su fraseo y por una conmovedora historia que se reparte entre una crónica de Cuba y la evocación de un exiliado que mira hacia atrás -o sueña- y encuentra magnificencia en la conga que, como la propia vida, se desarrolla y desaparece en las calles. La Sombra, Jota Uve, De Chirico, la Garcilasa y el Solenodon viven como cualquiera el acontecer cotidiano de un país incapaz de ofrecerle mejores perspectivas a una juventud que no sucumbe al hastío. El protagonista no sólo huye desde su niñez de la indecorosa tutela paterna -metáfora de la tiranía política que somete a la isla-, sino que se enfrenta a la realidad de ser ciudadano de un lugar saqueado por la codicia y que habrá que dejar atrás. Recuento de fugas ininterrumpidas, esta es la tragicomedia de un hombre que observa su entorno natal sin amargura ni lamentaciones, pero con una distancia crítica que le permite urdir, desde la memoria, una especie de réquiem por La Habana, un canto de cisne por una ciudad moribunda que, milagrosamente, permanece en pie.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHollywood era el cielo : la vida de Lupe Vélez / Celia del Palacio.
“The captivating and tragic story of the first Mexican actress to triumph in the United States. A flesh-and-blood portrait of Lupe Vélez, the first Mexican actress who conquered Hollywood and came to be considered a living legend during her time: her biography, full of stark contrasts; her sexual and amorous scandals; her strong, independent, and controversial personality that shook the cinematic world. Celia de Palacio, accomplished historian and writer, shows us not only the controversial actress, but also the fascinating world of Hollywood at that time, marked by glamour, big stars, loves and feuds, great films, endearing characters, and singular anecdotes. This books is a captivating narration that will transport you to one of the golden ages of popular culture in the 20th century.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe German doctor / a film by Lucía Puenzo (DVD)
Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor meets an Argentine family and follows them to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. The family welcomes the doctor into their home and entrusts their young daughter to his care, unaware that he is a notorious war criminal. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring “the German doctor” to justice.

Juan of the Dead / an Alejandro Brugués film (DVD)
When Havana begins to fill up with zombies, Juan, a 40-year-old slacker, is forced to become a hero, defend his country and protect his own on an island that has turned into a real bloodbath.

Spanish zines!! –

We were recently donated a massive pile of zines, so to celebrate (and get them all processed) we had a tea party zine processing meeting.

zinesparty

We got soooo many cool new zines. We have a bunch of new favourites, which we’ll blog about real soon. But for now, I want to show you our brand new Spanish zines:

spanishzines

Thanks to this kind donation from a zine maker in Spain, we have now have some new zines in Español! If you’re a library regular, you’ll know that we have a lot of foreign language books – maybe we could start developing a foreign language zines collection, as well? Come check them out! Viva la library!*

*not accurate Spanish.

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.