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  • Books, Grimm, New

    Looking forward to:

    15.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Looking forward to:

    The big buy-up continues! Here are some popular sequels and series enders (and one stand-alone novel) which lots of people have been hanging out for. Or maybe just me? Hopefully not!

    Requiem, Lauren Oliver – the last book in the Itrilogy. “Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven – pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.” (goodreads.com)

    Nascent = “Emerging: just coming into existence” (thank you Wiktionary, I have learned a new word). Incidentally but related, we have also ordered the Delirium short stories – these focus on Hana, Annabel and Raven.

    Dark Triumph, Robin LaFevers – this is the companion novel to Grave Mercy which we loved last year, partly because it has assassin nuns. “Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?” (goodreads.com)

    Light, Michael Grant – this is the sixth and final book in the über popular Gone series. “In the time since everyperson over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana’s malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her Nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?” (goodreads.com)

    Return to Me, Justina Chen Headley. Justina Chen wrote the excellent and popular North of Beautiful. “Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She’s weeks away from starting college–at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad’s last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there’s the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast. And if that isn’t enough to deal with, mere days after moving cross-country, Reb’s dad drops shocking, life-changing news. With her mother and brother overwhelmed and confused, Reb is left alone to pick up the pieces of her former life. But how can she do that when everything can change in an instant? How can she trust her “perfect” boyfriend when her own dad let her down? Reb started the year knowing exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned upside down, will she discover what she really wants?” (goodreads.com)


  • Events, Happenings, Justin, Movies, Music, Wellington

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend

    12.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend

    Highlights this week; term time’s almost up, we’re seven days into having brought the sun forward for winter and apparently the rain’s coming back for a visit. Enough small talk though, here’s this week’s ender-entry to give you a two day break from the school work.

    If you’re an adventurous titan, and like to work alliteratively, here are some things to do on Saturday – that start with ‘S’:

    Skating takes over the waterfront in two forms. The Richter City roller derby season kicks off on Saturday night at the TSB arena in a home season battle between Smash Malice and Comic Slams. For a quick scrub-up on the ins and outs of the game look no further than Y/A novel Whip It and its sister movie starring Ellen Page.

    Real Groovy linkWhip It (the movie) Image Courtesy SyndeticsWhip It (the book)

    Still keen on skating but not so sure about all the aggression – why not try your hands, or feet – or feet then hands, on the ice? The ice rink is in full operation on Queens wharf just a short hop from the TSB. For our older readers Blades Of Glory might be a quick introduction on how not to act on the ice but for some pointers and to figure out if you can make a career out of it why not check out some of our literature?

    Okay, okay enough with the skates. I wouldn’t leap into the water at the moment on account of its chill factor but one way you could get some surfing in is by checking it this sweet free free flick by Alex Monteith at The Dowse Gallery in Lower Hutt.

    And here’s a quick weekly musical digest to help shape your weekend playlist:

    Pete Wentz’s Fall Out Boy graced our shores this week on the back of their latest album drop.
    Kiwi band Tahuna Breaks are in town this weekend for their Shadow Lights album release tour and are currently sitting near the top of the NZ album charts.

    Ever wondered how animals eat their food? Here’s this weeks viral vid’ – courtesy Mister Epic Mann;

    Fowler out.


  • Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

    LoveLoveLove

    12.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on LoveLoveLove

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    Around this time of year, when it’s just starting to get dark (sob) and cold (shudder), I think we all need a wee pick-me-up… These are some of the fashion things that have been doing it for me lately! My latest Love-it List. In no particular order:

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    Prettiest. Case. Ever.

    1. Yves Saint Laurent lipstick
    This YSL lipstick is both beautiful to hold and to wear… perfect for wearing on a day when you’re feeling (and looking) super tired. Instant pick-me-up.

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    Just twist the ring top around to get at the sweet fragrance within – genius.

    2. Marc Jacobs Lola solid perfume ring
    I got this gorg ring for Christmas and I love it! Filled with Marc Jacobs’ uber popular Lola fragrance as a solid perfume, this thing is genius! Perfume you can wear (gettit). Perfect for a hit of fragrance when you’re out and about.

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    3. Michael Kors indigo clutch
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed huge handbags. I am the type of person that has a mini first aid kit, a selection of no less than 12 lipsticks and glosses, a multitude of hairties and bobby pins as well as mini deodorant, solid perfume, oh and money, phone and keys, wherever I go. Plus any other necessities which I may require. But my latest handbag crush is this sweet wee number; I love the rich colour and the luxe gold chain handles. Also, my shoulders are getting a well-deserved break from carrying around about 3 kilos daily!

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    4. Gold lapis luzuli ring
    I bought this ring recently from etsy and I am in LOVE with it. You can’t see it well in this photo, but the lapis also has tiny flecks of gold running through it… gorgeous. Ever the nerd, I was also impressed by the fact that it was made in Israel by a boutique jewellery maker and arrived covered in Israeli stamps. So cool.

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    5. Marcs floral skirt
    Marc Jacobs is not paying me to write this, I swear. (Although if he is reading and he’d like to; CALL ME!) I snapped this skirt up on sale and I love it. Gorgeous pattern, beautiful colours and perfect length. Tick, tick, tick. It also came with a really pretty navy bow belt which I now wear with everything.

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    6. Salvatore Ferragamo wallet
    This, I received as a birthday gift – yep, someone loves me! (I know, there are some themes building here – a. I am quite spoilt and b. My loved ones really know what I like.) As you know, I’m a huge Salvatore Ferragamo fan but could never afford to purchase such a thing. I love it because it is neutral but glam, and it still smells like leather. Love. 

    The toughest part of compiling this list was choosing what to include and what had to be left out… boo! So here is a big shout out to my rad Roberto Cavalli tote and my beautiful peacock dress which, sadly, had to be cut from the list.

    If you’d like to know more about any of these designers, I recommend you check out the following:

    Syndetics book coverMarc Jacobs / Mary Boone.

    “Marc Jacobs’s reputation is that of a rule-breaker. When one of his 2007 runway shows started two hours late, he found himself at the center of a public war of words with some very influential fashion critics. And some of his most memorable designs-a grunge collection he created as head of Perry Ellis in 1992-resulted in his firing from the label. Jacobs now designs for three major labels: Marc Jacobs; Marc by Marc Jacobs; and the French luxury house Louis Vuitton. Rule-breaking aside, critics have hailed Jacobs as one of the most influential fashion designers of his generation.Famous Fashion Designers celebrates the lives of the most important designers in the history of fashion. These biographies examine the creative inspiration and career trajectory of the tastemakers who have influenced the way we dress. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

    Syndetics book coverSalvatore Ferragamo : evolving legend 1928-2008 / [editing, Emanuela Di Lailo, Raffaella Gallio ; Christopher Shanti Evans … [et al.]].

    “The company Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A., founded in 1927 by designer Salvatore Ferragamo, is a luxury brand with more than 450 stores in over 55 countries. It sells footwear, handbags and small leather goods, scarves and ties, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, bijoux, watches, fragrances and eyewear. Salvatore Ferragamo made the name famous in California, first in Santa Barbara and then in Hollywood, creating footwear for the most beautiful women in the world–the “divas” of emerging American cinema. This book is also the catalogue of an exhibition that took place at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (29 March-7 May 2008) to celebrate the eighty-year anniversary of the company. Photographs, sketches, and drawings explore design processes and showcase shoes, handbags, and accessories–a magnificent selection of fashion works embodying social and cultural changes over time.” (Syndetics summary)

    Syndetics book coverYves Saint Laurent : 5, avenue Marceau, 75116, Paris, France / David Teboul ; foreword by Pierre Bergé.

    “Le grand couturier Yves Saint Laurent has been challenging the fashion establishment for nearly half a century. One of the first to revolutionize street style with his 1960s “Beat Look” collection, and credited with the creation of the pantsuit — his le smoking, a tuxedo tailored for women, provoked the androgynous movement in fashion — Saint Laurent continues to produce sexy, vibrant lines. Now, the French television network Canal+ has documented the making of his Spring 2002 collection for its upcoming film, 5, avenue Marceau — the address of his famed couture house.This deluxe, definitive volume follows YSL through every stage of his preparations for his 2002 spring collections. Also included are never-before-published quotes from YSL as well as photographs from his early years and pages from his mother’s scrapbook. The clippings are lovingly annotated in her own handwriting and illustrate a personal dedication to one of fashion’s greatest talents.” (Syndetics summary)


  • Rachel and Rebecca

    Finalists Announced!

    11.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Finalists Announced!

    Exciting news! The finalists for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards were released a week or so ago! Yes, we’re a bit slow off the mark. But here are the five finalists in the young adult category:

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsEarth Dragon, Fire Hare, Ken Catran

    In 1948, Britain and her allies (including New Zealand) are pitted against Communist terrorists in a struggle for freedom. This is New Zealand’s forgotten war, fought in the deep green jungles of Malaya. On opposing sides are Peter Hayes, a young Kiwi soldier, and Ng, a dedicated guerrilla. They are enemies but, as the bitter conflict deepens, both will ask questions. Who fights for freedom? Who is the oppressor? Destiny also decrees that Peter and Ng will become unlikely comrades. But in this treacherous and bloody war, nothing is as it seems – not even trust. The path to honour and the search for peace promise to be hard-fought and come at the highest cost.

    First lines: “The highway to Singapore City was blasted with bomb-craters, and was choked with vehicles and a shambling mass of refugees. Civilians and soldiers alike, some collapsed by the roadside, all of them exhausted, fearful and defeated.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsInto the River, Ted Dawe

    When Te Arepa Santos is dragged into the river by a giant eel, something happens that will change the course of his whole life. The boy who struggles to the bank is not the same one who plunged in, moments earlier. He has brushed against the spirit world, and there is a price to be paid; an utu to be exacted. Years later, far from the protection of whanau and ancestral land he finds new enemies. This time, with no-one to save him, there is a decision to be made.. he can wait on the bank, or leap forward into the river.

    First lines: “There was a tap on the window. Te Arepa sat up. It was Wiremu! He had forgotten. After thinking about nothing else for days, he had forgotten.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Nature of Ash, Mandy Hager

    Ash McCarthy thought he finally had it made: away from home and all its claustrophobic responsibilities, he’s reveling in the freedom of student hostel life. But life is about to take a devastating turn, when two police officers knock on his door. Their life-changing news forces him to return home to his Down Syndrome brother Mikey, and impels him into a shady world of political intrigue, corruption, terrorism and lies. As if this isn’t bad enough, the whole country is imploding, as the world’s two greatest super-powers start a fight that leaves New Zealand ‘piggy-in-the-middle’ of their deadly games.

    First lines: “If ever there’s a night to get rat-arsed with my mates this surely is it. For the last two days we’ve huddled around the TV in the common room as all hell breaks loose.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsReach, Hugh Brown

    Raised by octogenarian grandparents after his narcissistic mother left to join a retreat centre, Will Clark is an uncomfortable mix of teenage shyness and adult candour. Fiercely loyal to his mother, he resents his father, whom he blames for her leaving. Convinced his Year Twelve classmates think he’s a loser, he retreats into the imaginary world of fantasy novels every chance he gets, entertaining himself between times with fantasy takes on the real life around him, with himself cast as the hero Superclerk. But, try as he might, Will can’t keep reality at bay.

    First lines: “You want a hand?’ Will called. Lloyd Clark, wiry and tireless, was digging in his huge vegetable garden, his white singlet patched with sweat. He put a gnarled boot on the shovel, pushed it in, then turned to his grandson.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSnakes and Ladders, Mary-Anne Scott

    Finn’s druggie Dad is on trial for manslaughter, and so Finn is sent away to an exclusive boarding school to remove him from the small-town gossip machine. At first he feels a bit like a fish out of water, but soon makes some good friends, and even scores with the much-lusted-after Mia, who plays in the symphonic band with him. However there is someone who knows Finn’s secret. Someone who begins blackmailing Finn.

    First lines: “Finn! Darling! You’re so tall!” His grandmother flourished an unlit cigarette as she rushed forward to hug Finn and pull him into her bosom of floral silky stuff and glasses on a string. “I thought I’d just beetle down to see you!”

    And one honorary mention for a fantastic book that’s a finalist for the Junior Fiction award:

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe ACB with Honora Lee, Kate De Goldi

    Perry’s mother and father are busy people; they’re impatient, they’re tired, they get cross easily. And they think that only children, like Perry, should be kept busy. On Saturday mornings Perry and her father visit her gran, Honora Lee, at the Santa Lucia rest home, but Gran never remembers them. ‘Who is that man?’ Honora Lee asks when Perry’s father leaves the room. After movement class is abruptly cancelled, Perry is allowed to go to Santa Lucia on Thursday afternoons. She discovers her Gran has an unconventional interest in the alphabet, so Perry decides to make an alphabet book with the help of Honora and the others. Soon everyone is interested in Perry’s book project.

    First lines: “That summer there seemed to be a lot of bumblebees around. Perry’s father complained about it a good deal. They were all over the footpaths, he said, half asleep, or half dead. He kept almost standing on them. It was extremely hazardous, he said. For him and the bumblebees.”

    Until next time,

    R n R


  • Books, Grimm, New

    Looking forward to:

    11.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Looking forward to:

    We’re back after a short pause with some interesting books we’ve ordered recently; they shouldn’t take too long to arrive, so reserve them now!

    Battle Lines, Will Hill. If you’ve read the other Department 19 books, then you’ll be hanging out for this one. “Secret government unit Department 19 is recovering from evil vampire Valeri Rusmanov’s deadly attack on their base. The Department’s newest member, teenage operator Jamie Carpenter, is tasked with training up a new squad, as his friends and colleagues desperately search for ways to try to stop what is coming. The timing couldn’t be worse for a coordinated, global attack on a number of maximum security prisons and hospitals – with the already-dangerous inmates now on the loose and turned into vampires. One of the escapees has a deep connection to one of the darkest moments in the history of Department 19 and embarks on a quest that threatens to expose the existence of vampires to the public. And with each day that passes, the regenerated Dracula gets stronger, bringing Zero Hour closer.” (goodreads.com)

    Sweet Damage, Rebecca James. “When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it. A thrilling rollercoaster of a story – read it with the lights on!” (goodreads.com)

    Between the Lives, Jessica Shirvington. The new book from the popular author of the Violet Eden series. “For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she’s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she’s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other. With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?” (goodreads.com)


  • Books, New, Rebecca

    New Books

    06.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Books

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCatalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson (231 pages) – Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher’s daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death.

    First lines: “I like to run at night. No one watches me. No one hears my sneakers slipping in the loose gravel at the side of the road.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsQuicksilver, R. J. Anderson (314 pages) – Sixteen-year-old Tori had everything she could want; popularity, money, and beauty. And a one very valuable secret. Now, she must use every ounce of her considerable hacking and engineering skills to escape those who want that secret and live the normal human life she wants to. Sidenote: it’s the companion to Ultraviolet.

    First lines: “On June 7, the year I turned sixteen, I vanished without a trace. On September 28 of the same year I came back, with a story so bizarre that only my parents would ever believe it and a secret I couldn’t share even with them.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFuse, Julianna Baggott (461 pages) – Book two of the Pure Trilogy which is set in a post-apocalyptic world where those who dwell within the Dome are safe, and those who live outside struggle to survive. Pressia decodes secrets from the past in an effort to set the Wretches free of their fusings forever while Partridge, in order to save millions of innocent lives, must risk his own by returning to the Dome to face his most terrifying challenge.

    First line: “Lying on a thin coat of snow, she sees gray earth meeting gray sky, and she knows she’s back.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSever, Lauren DeStefano (371 pages) – With time ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden Trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

    First lines: “In the Atlas the river still flows. The thin line of it carries cargo to a destination that no longer exists.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsLife in Outer Space, Melissa Keil (305 pages) – Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s totally fine with that. Then Sam meets Camilla. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his life. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a life of her own – and she’s decided that he’s going to be part of it.

    First lines: “I start this Monday by falling flat on my arse. A normal guy might think his day could improve from here. I seriously doubt this is going to be the case.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsAsunder, Jodi Meadows (406 pages) – In the second book of the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Asunder explores the beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

    First lines: “My life was a mistake. As long as I’d been alive, I’d wanted to know why I’d been born. Why, after five thousand years of the same souls being reincarnated, my soul had slipped through the cracks of existence”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsShadows in the Silence, Courtney Allison Moulton (469 pages) – This is the final installment of the Angelfire trilogy in which Ellie must fight to save Will, humanities and herself from the demonic forces of Hell. It’s a quest that will take her and her allies to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions. Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing conclusion.

    First line: “The demonic had tried to break me over and over again, but even with my dress drenched in Will’s blood, I stayed standing.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsCinders & Sapphires, Leila Rasheed (389 pages) – Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All these secrets are waiting … at Somerton.

    First line: “Lady Ada Averly leaned on the rail of the steamboat Moldavia, feeling the hum of the ship’s huge engines through the steel, a rhythmic shudder like a giant’s breathing.”


  • Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

    A Moment with a Model

    05.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on A Moment with a Model

    Well, peeps, Wellington Fashion Week is well and truly underway! The highly anticipated, sold-out WORLD opened WFW on Wednesday night; you can have a wee peek at the video here. There’s plenty of other news and hot goss flying around, too – you can revel in some of the best here and here.

    For the third and final interview in our fashion series, I asked luminous Wellington-based model Edward Woolhouse some questions about what really goes on behind the scenes during a fashion week show. Is it really that glam? Turns out, it is!

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    What’s your favourite part about being involved in fashion week? Least favourite?
    My favourite part about fashion week is walking tall and proud with designer clothes on. I enjoy the buzz backstage with other models and designers. It’s a very happening place, especially when it’s seconds from walking.
    My least favourite would be the waiting game, but other than that, it’s all good 🙂

    What is a typical work day for you?
    My typical day of work consists of my day job, which is working for a Danish design company named BoConcept. Then when there are shows on that I am a part of, I will be either at the gym before the show or just relaxing going through my routine before I leave the house…

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    What’s it like being involved back stage in local fashion shows? Is it as glam as it seems? Must be demanding at times!
    As I mentioned before, I really enjoy the buzz. It’s busy; everyone is slightly manic. Female models are running from hair to makeup with final touches to apply. As myself and other male models are usually done a good hour or so before the show, we get to relax. We usually have worked together before, so there are no awkward silences. The glamorous side of it is enjoying being a part of a show, being able to wear clothing to represent the designer and, of course, get great photos.

    Favourite book?
    I do have a few books that I have enjoyed. I like to read biographies… I have read one about Kate Moss which was interesting. Also Patti Smith ‘Just Kids’.

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    Syndetics book coverJust kids / Patti Smith.
    “*Starred Review* Patti Smith devotees know that she writes electrifying songs and spirited and spiritual poems, yet her first narrative book, a portrait of the artist as a young searcher times two, is a revelation. In a spellbinding memoir as notable for its restraint as for its lucidity, its wit as well as its grace, Smith tells the story of how she and Robert Mapplethorpe found each other, a true and abiding love that survived his coming out as gay, and the path to art in New York City during the heady late 1960s and early 1970s. As much as she succeeds in revealing little-known aspects of Mapplethorpe’s temperament, it is Smith herself who fascinates, from her earliest childhood memories of entering into the radiance of imagination; to her stints as a factory worker; to the loneliness of being 19, unmarried, poor, and pregnant; to her fortitude during her penniless and homeless days and nights on the streets of New York in 1967. A lifelong book lover, Smith works in Scribner’s bookstore as she and Mapplethorpe seek their true callings while living in the now legendary Chelsea Hotel, a crazy laboratory for experimentation artistic and otherwise. Readers can only hope that Smith will continue to tell her stories and share her visions.”–Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 adapted from BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

    Syndetics book coverKate Moss : the making of an icon / Christian Salmon.
    “Years after her discovery at age fourteen at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport and her quick ascent to the top of the supermodeling world and choice luxury-brand figurehead, Kate Moss represents an unusual success story: that of a middle-class teenager who became one of the best-paid models in the world with no apparent effort. Hers is a story of endless reinvention: more than twenty years later, despite tabloid scandals, drug use, rehab, and tumultuous high-profile romances, Kate Moss appears before us as a fresh creation each time, an ideal subject able to adapt to any circumstance, recast herself ceaselessly through self-staging and self-narration, and make the world fall in love with her over and over again.
    In Kate Moss: The Making of an Icon, Christian Salmon’s insightful text, accompanied by more than sixty gorgeous images, explores this phenomenon—the story of an icon, a muse, a legend, an enigma—and how our culture has created the collective Kate Moss myth.” – amazon.com


  • Adrienne, Events, Happenings, Pencil it in your diaries, Study

    Need money for study?

    04.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Need money for study?

    BreakOut – Scholarships and Grants FREE SEMINAR

    Do you need money to study, research, or for your personal and professional development?

    The Funding Information Service is holding a free BreakOut presentation in Wellington Central Library (ground floor, in the teen area). The seminar will show you how to find the best scholarships and grants for you.

    BreakOut lists information on over 3800 scholarships and grants for students, professionals, researchers, sports people, and artists and Wellington City Libraries provides free public access to BreakOut.

    The details:

    Wednesday 10 April 2013

    4-5pm, Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street

    No RSVP required. Just show up! (Can’t make it? Visit the Funding Information Service for info about BreakOut)


  • Rachel and Rebecca

    Insert punny title here

    04.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Insert punny title here

    Have you ever explored the teen blog? Trawled through all the pages we’ve put together? There’s a whole lot of information about studying and the environment and a place for you to submit reviews and an explanation of how to use the catalogue which can at times, even for us, be confusing.

    There is also a links page which is great if you’re bored and have some time to kill. Why not check out your favourtie author’s website or read some other teen blogs or play some online games? You can do all that and more from the links page!

    With your library card you get access to a series of databases. Online databases are a web based filing system designed to store vast amounts of information. Usually their information is purchased by subscription. However, often libraries and universities (and other educational organisations) buy a subscription for their members. A full list of databases which Wellington City Libraries has a subscription to can be found here and a shorter list of the ones we think will be most useful to you can be found here.

    And finally. The reason behind this post. Have you found the book lists? There’s a nice big button to get you to them now, which is exciting. We’ve been busy updating them this week so check out the lists of award winning books or the classic novels (summarised in haiku) or the dystopian books or the GLBT books or the scary books or the… You get the idea right? If you don’t want to limit your reading by genre then there’s a list of books we think are choicest just generally. Make sure you check out the list of supernatural fiction and urban fantasy and see what we’ve done with it.



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