Community & Languages eNewsletter for September

Welcome to another wonderful selection of books to keep you up to date with the newest library arrivals in Cooking, Crafts and Community Languages as well as, a diverse variety of titles with New Zealand content and new DVDs. Have fun!

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New Zealand

This months New Zealand recent picks offer a diverse variety of titles, but sorry, no racing books to make up the classic trifecta …

Syndetics book coverReplay : capturing 20 years of New Zealand sporting glory / Photosport ; [author, Andrew Cornaga].
“Produced in partnership with award-winning photographic agency Photosport on its 20th anniversary, this unique book revisits the highs and lows, the agony and ecstasy, the magic and the melodrama of the past 20 years in New Zealand sport.From New Zealand’s winning streak in the 1992 Cricket World Cup to the All Blacks’ long-awaited Rugby World Cup triumph in 2011, REPLAY brings those memorable moments back to life. Photosport’s stunning images are enhanced with commentary from some of New Zealand’s best-loved sporting heroes, as they relive those moments in their own words.Push REPLAY on the best and worst of the past 20 years in New Zealand sport.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverPiri, straight up : cups, downs & keeping calm / with Heather Kidd.
“Piri Weepu’s story is one of the most fascinating New Zealand rugby stories ever told. Born into a strong rugby league family – Piri’s brother Billy actually played for the Kiwis – Piri has risen to the very pinnacle of rugby union, while at the same time never losing his great love of the 13-man code. At 28 and in the year of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Weepu was finally given his opportunity and didn’t he take it well. For years he had been in the shadows of Jimmy Cowan (not to mention a number of other first-choicers) but on the world stage, Piri stepped up to the mark and won the hearts of a nation. He kicked the goals for the All Blacks, he kicked for position and, in the absence of the incomparable Dan Carter, he ran the backline. His man of the match performance for the All Blacks in the quarter-final against Argentina and then another superb display against arch-rivals Australia in the semi-final cemented his place in New Zealand rugby folklore.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverBeer nation : the art & heart of Kiwi beer / Michael Donaldson.
“Pull up a bar stool, and listen to the life story of beer in New Zealand . . .Highly illustrated, meticulously researched and warmly told, Beer Nation recounts the early history of beer, exposes the modern age of commerce and big business, and charts the rise of contemporary boutique breweries – through interviews and first-hand stories from the personalities behind beer and brewing in New Zealand. Michael Donaldson’s rich and engaging narrative is complemented by images from brewers’ private collections as well as quotes and archival photography. Beer Nation will inform, delight and awaken your thirst for New Zealand’s favourite beverage.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverSerious fun : the life and times of Alan Gibbs / Paul Goldsmith.
“The life of businessman, inventor, merchant banker, philanthropist, art collector, adventurer and inveterate traveller Alan Gibbs has been far from ordinary. The onetime died-in-the-wool socialist became one of the free-market disciples who were never far from Roger Douglas’s inner sanctum as he transformed the country’s economy in the mid to late 1980s.His role earned him the eternal loathing of many on the left even while others in the arts community were grateful for his philanthropy as a major funder of the Auckland Art Gallery with his then wife, Jenny Gibbs. These days he is focussed on bringing the Aquada into commercial production and on acquiring new works for his remarkable sculpture collection on the Kaipara Harbour, The Farm, which has works by Richard Sera, Anish Kapoor and Andy Goldsworthy, among others, and is of international stature.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverConvicts : New Zealand’s hidden criminal past / Matthew Wright.
“New Zealand’s Pakeha origin as a bolt-hole for convicts escaping Australia, a place where former convicts joined whaling and sealing gangs, and where sea captains thumbed their noses at the law, has been quietly forgotten. It has become a hidden part of our past, buried under the convenient fiction that the Treaty of Waitangi is the sole pivot of New Zealand’s colonial story.In Convicts: New Zealand’s Hidden Criminal Past, noted historian Matthew Wright challenges that notion. Our early nineteenth-century Pakeha past is, at least in part, a story of convicts who had found their way past the edge of the law, an age of heroic tales of survival, scurrilous deeds, cannibalism and piracy.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe making of New Zealanders / Ron Palenski.
“Examining the development of a sense of national identity in a British colony, this highly authoritative work is a valuable addition to the literature in New Zealand. By looking at the onset of home-grown shipping, railway, and telegraph networks as well as at the Maori and kiwi experiences, not to mention the emergence of rugby teams, this book accounts for how transplanted Britons, and others, turned themselves into New Zealanders—a distinct group of people with their own songs and sports, symbols and opinions, political traditions and sense of self. Tracing markers in popular culture, political processes, and public events, this informative and thrilling history focuses on the forging of a distinctive new culture and society.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)

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New DVDs at Wellington City Libraries in August include the adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s bestselling novel ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’; the Royal Shakespeare Company’s version of ‘Hamlet’ featuring David Tennant; the Ken Follett mini-series ‘The pillars of the Earth’; a new documentary on Woody Allen; and the acclaimed HBO series ‘In Treatment’ with Gabriel Byrne…

Cover imageWe need to talk about Kevin.
“A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin explores the fractious relationship between a mother and her evil son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need To Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva’s own culpability is measured against Kevin’s innate evilness. Ramsay’s masterful storytelling simultaneously combines a provocative moral ambiguity with a satisfying and compelling narrative, which builds to a chilling, unforgettable climax.” – (adapted from summary)

Cover imageHamlet.
“It’s to director Gregory Doran’s incredible credit that his staging of that most familiar of English-language plays, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, should be completely reinvigorated by a modern interpretation of the tragedy as a true psychological thriller. This Hamlet, filmed in 2009, presents the inner torment of the Danish prince Hamlet as a believable, relatable controlled explosion of emotions, each more unmanageable than the last. Besides the director, the casting is also brilliant, including the Scottish actor David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Hamlet’s uncle Claudius and the ghost of Hamlet’s father–who, Hamlet becomes convinced, was killed by Claudius. The direction is brisk, and the acting is first rate. Tennant plays a heartbreaking Hamlet, whose paranoia and weird inner reflections are given a modern spin by the lush, shiny mirrorlike surfaces in the palace, as well as by small but excellent details, like a closed-circuit camera system. And Stewart is menacing but completely collected as Claudius, and unnerving as his brother’s ghost…The impact is unforgettable; this Hamlet is a terrific achievement.” – (adapted from review)

Cover imageLike crazy.
“Like Crazy beautifully illustrates how your first real love is as thrilling and blissful as it is fragile. When a British college student falls for her American classmate, they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey–only to be separated by circumstances beyond their control. … Like Crazy explores how a couple faces the real challenges of being together and of being apart.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Cover imageThe pillars of the Earth.
“Ken Follett’s massive page-turner offers all the scheming and plotting of royal potboilers like Elizabeth and Showtime’s The Tudors. The story takes place in the 12th century, when King Henry I loses his son at sea. After Henry’s death, his nephew, Stephen (Tony Curran), assumes the throne, against the wishes of the Earl of Bartholomew (Donald Sutherland, star of Follett’s Eye of the Needle) and Henry’s daughter, Maud (Alison Pill, convincing as a Brit), which pits them against Bishop Waleran (Deadwood’s Ian McShane) and Lady Hamleigh (Sarah Parish) and her bloodthirsty son, William (David Oakes). Tom (Rufus Sewell), a mason, and his apprentice, Jack (Savage Grace’s Eddie Redmayne), enter the fray when they offer to construct a cathedral for Prior Philip (Matthew Macfadyen). In the decades to come, Philip and the earl’s children, Aliena (Hayley Atwell) and Richard (Sam Claflin), battle the bishop and the Hamleighs to complete Kingsbridge Cathedral and restore their family name. As fortunes rise and fall, there’s rape, incest, and executions, resulting in nudity, profanity, and splashes of blood… but the multi-character story line is involving, and the principal cast, particularly Sewell, is up to the task.” – (adapted from review)

Cover imageIn treatment. The complete first season.
“Adapted from a popular and award-winning Israeli series…each episode eavesdrops on a weekly therapist-patient session. “The magic happens”—as one observer sarcastically remarks—in the home office of Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne in his Golden Globe Award-winning role). Monday’s patient is Laura (Melissa George), a doctor who reveals in a harrowing “about last night” monologue in the first episode that she is in love with Paul (”You’ve become the center of my life”). Tuesdays bring Alex (Blair Underwood), a cocky fighter pilot whose last mission over Iraq went horrifyingly awry, earning him the media tag, “The Madrassa Murderer.” Wednesday’s child, Sophie (Mia Wasikowska in a breakout performance) is a teenage Olympic hopeful in need of an evaluation following a near-fatal bicycle “accident.” On Thursdays, Paul meets with Amy (Embeth Davidtz) and Jake (Josh Charles), whose rocky marriage is further shaken as they wrestle over whether or not she should get an abortion. Fearing he is “losing patience with my patients,” Paul turns to his former mentor, Gina (Dianne Wiest in an Emmy-winning performance), with whom he had a falling out years before, to talk out his own troubles. The therapist whose own personal life is unraveling could have either been bad sitcom or static and stagey talking heads. But with its insightful writing, powerful performances, and deft, unobtrusive direction, In Treatment avoids the pitfalls to become an intensely gripping drama.” – (adapted from summary)

Cover imageThe decoy bride.
“David Tennant, Kelly MacDonald and Alice Eve star in this romantic comedy set in rural Scotland. When Katie (MacDonald) is jilted at the altar, she returns broken-hearted to her remote Scottish island home. But little does she know that Hollwood superstar Lara Tyler (Eve) has chosen the island as the secret venue for her wedding to her fiance James (Tennant). When the paparazzi gets wind of the location, Lara runs away in exasperation. Her management team decides to stage a fake wedding, hoping the paparazzi will fall for the deception and leave the island, and Katie is asked to don a white dress and walk down the aisle as a ‘decoy’ for the absent Lara. However, the path of true love is further complicated when attraction begins to grow between James and his decoy bride.” – (adapted from summary)

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Community Languages

Take a look at a selection of the latest titles added to our Community Languages section. We have expanded the range of German and Spanish books to include literary work, crime, historical fiction as well as cooking. And, there are also magazines with the latest news, politics and fashion from around the world.

Konstanze : die zwei Könige : historischer Roman / Elisabeth Herrmann.
“Palermo in the 13th Century: Constance of Aragon and Frederick, heir to the Hohenstaufen who is exiled in Sicily, become the objects of everyone’s desire. Shortly after a dream wedding Constance gave birth to a beautiful daughter and their life was filled with happiness. It is not to last though since king Otto’s army marched to southern Italy. Frederick with only fifty men is opposed to him. Constance fears for his life and rides after him bravely. Will she be able to save Frederick? A colorful epic and the novel of great love.” – (adapted from summary)

Zero : Thriller / John S. Cooper ; aus dem Amerikanischen Englisch von Tim Avenhass.
“One planet, one currency – a world conspiracy! After the huge success of his political thriller about the conspiracies of the 11th September (”The fifth plane”) John S. Cooper plunges his readers and the heroes Max Fuller and Nick Larson in another adventure. What the journalist Max Fuller finds in his e-mail one morning looks at first glance like a hysterical old wives’ tale: An anonymous Layla1990 claims that the reclusive billionaire Robert Cuttler murdered his son David – because David and his new-age commune have created a digital replacement currency, the Zero. Fuller will gladly take the opportunity to escape from his worried girlfriend Liz to California he tries to get a harmless senior appointment with Cuttler and instead he gets a visit from determined killers. Fuller realizes that he has fallen into a conspiracy which has far more to target than a new world financial order. And the conspirators are not destitute terrorists but they are among the most influential men in the world.” – (adapted from summary)

Der Tod des Widersachers : Roman / Hans Keilson ; mit einem Nachwort von Heinrich Detering.
“A young Jewish man in Nazi Germany recognizes the unholy perpetual cycle of violence and wants to grasp it by trying to understand his mortal enemy, Hitler. He experienced a profound shock when he first saw Hitler as his car was driven through the crowd. Although the man himself seemed to be an average guy, he even leaned down to the children to show he cared but the heavily armed, sinister and despicable-looking bodyguards around him endorsed only violence. In 1936 Keilson emigrated to the Netherlands and lives there to this day as a psychoanalyst. You can tell by his style, that he aimed to address a vital issue for him. He claims -”I do nothing else but writing what I think and what motivates me.” There are usually plain-looking scenes from his life, which were important for him and his emotional issues such as the injuries he had received as a Jewish child, when he was expelled from the Games.” – (adapted from summary)

Knödel-Blues : Oma Eberhofers bayerisches Provinz-Kochbuch / Rita Falk.
“If we are hungry and would like to fill our stomach we usually go to our grandma. And that’s where Franz goes when he feels hungry. Because there’s roast pork with dumplings and cabbage rolls or steamed dumplings prepared by his Bavarian grandma who has finally written down her recipes. And at her nineties has actually become a successful cookbook author.” – (adapted from summary)

Mauricio, o, Las elecciones primarias / Eduardo Mendoza.
“Mauritius, a dentist returns to Barcelona during the change over. Fate will take him to participate in the campaign of the Socialist Party and establish a closer relationship with two women who will eventually reveal the darker aspects of their worlds. In 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona provide a background of political disenchantment.” – (adapted from summary)

La ciudad de los prodigios / Eduardo Mendoza.
“After several attempts, I realized that the main protagonist was Bouvila Onofre, an energetic, fantastic and rabble character, with a dark and ruthless face, embodied the spirit of Barcelona better than anyone.In the period between the two World Fairs Barcelona, a tumultuous city, busy and colorful, real and fictional, witnessed the adventures of Bouvila Onofre and his ascension to the pinnacle of financial power and crime. A satirical fantasy and playful solid support which does not exclude the initial realist fable freest.” – (adapted from summary)

Paris Match is a French weekly magazine which covers national and international news along with celebrity lifestyle highlights. L’Express is also a French weekly news magazine while Brigitte is the largest women’s magazine in Germany, with a circulation of around 800,000 and an estimated readership of 3,6 million. Der Spiegel is also a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg and is one of Europe’s largest publications of its kind, with a large weekly circulation.

These magazines can be found in the Community Languages section, on the 1st Floor of the Central Library (South End).

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Pies, burgers, raw food, cake and gastronomic delights for the intolerant gourmet (this title features recipes free from wheat, gluten, yeast, egg, dairy and soya) — if you’re bored with your dinner repetoire, try something new from our selection of the latest new cookbooks at the library!

Syndetics book coverPie : 80+ Pies and Pastry Delights / Dean Brettschneider ; photography by Aaron McLean.
“Who can resist a steaming-hot home-baked pie? Whether it’s savoury or sweet, humble or gourmet, individual or family-sized, a tasty pie is an enduring Kiwi favourite. Pie: 80+ Pies and Pastry Delights unlocks the secrets to making a truly melt-in-your-mouth pie with its collection of meat pies, seafood pies and more.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe Book of Burger / Rachael Ray ; photographs by Romulo Yanes.
“With nine No. 1 New York Times-best sellers, the queen of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) needs no introduction. This latest book collects over 200 of Food Network icon Ray’s favorite burgers, sliders, sandwiches, dogs, and sloppies, incorporating such ingredients as veal, pork, lamb, mushrooms, and swordfish.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverChloe’s Kitchen : 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way / Chloe Coscarelli ; foreword by Neal D. Barnard.
“With the explosion of vegan cookbooks on the scene, there are more meatless Monday options than ever, and this book, from the winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, is an accessible addition to the fold.” (Publishers Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe Intolerant Gourmet / Pippa Kendrick.
“Food writer and cook Pippa Kendrick revolutionises allergy-friendly food with an inspired collection of delicious recipes for everyone to make, share and enjoy — and just happen to be free from wheat, gluten, yeast, egg, dairy and soya.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverSimon Bryant’s Vegies / [Simon Bryant].
“Simon Bryant’s long-awaited debut cookbook is a vibrant, inspiring collection of vegie recipes that will appeal to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Let Simon guide you through the changing seasons, as he shares tales from his vegie patch and brilliant tips for selecting the finest produce.” (Library Catalogue)

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Welcome to this month’s selection of irresistible knitting, sewing and needle-felting books. Satisfy your creative urge, experiment with new ideas and learn great techniques through the numerous step-by-step instructions and tips. Have Fun!

Syndetics book coverAround the world in knitted socks : 26 inspired designs / Stephanie van der Linden.
“International sock knitting sensation Stephanie van der Linden shares an irresistible collection of 26 original designs inspired by global knitting traditions. In Around the World in Knitted Socks, you’ll travel through world cultures by foot and try your hand at new patterns and techniques. Using stitch motifs and colours, knitting techniques and construction details, the socks blend regional knitting traditions with Stephanie’s unique design flair. Drawing inspiration from signature local textiles such as Turkish kilim carpets, Japanese sashiko embroidery, Belgian lace, American quilts, and Scottish argyle tartan, each pattern is distinctly tied to both country and culture. You’ll also learn traditional knitting techniques including Estonian and Latvian braids, Norwegian stranded knitting, and Austrian twisted-stitch designs.” – (adapted from summary)

Syndetics book coverEssentially feminine knits : 25 must-have chic designs / Lene Holme Samsøe.
“This lovely collection of knits brings classic patterns into focus with its contemporary take on stitch patterns, stylish sense of shape, and sweet use of detail. Samsoe (Feminine Knits) has expanded her original project with this deft follow-up volume. Grouped according to pattern type (Garter Stitch Patterns, Leaf Patterns, Structure Patterns, Cable Patterns, and Lace Patterns), each design is playfully named after a woman, beginning with “Rita” and ending with “Holly.” Patterns include “Fiona,” a structured garter-stitch sweater-coat, “Palma,” a beautifully-constructed V-neck sweater with a back leaf panel, “Gerda,” a feminine take on the classic Guernsey, “Lana,” a cozy button-up lace-patterned sweater that has a cabled look, and “Cecilia,” a delicate, delicious lace-patterned top. Most of the pieces in this collection are sweaters or tops, but Samsoe also provides half a dozen patterns for accessories, including a lace-edged scarf, two hat variations, a reversible poncho, wrist warmers, a mini-vest, and a cowl. From whimsical to cozy, delicate to structured, these extremely wearable patterns are both classic and contemporary, and should suit any knitter looking to produce pieces that will stand the test of time.” – (adapted from Publisher Weekly summary)

Syndetics book coverLovely knits for little girls : 20 just-right patterns, just for girls / Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard.
“While project books for making baby knits abound, what happens when your little cherub turns two? Lovely Knits for Little Girls solves the problem beautifully, with twenty patterns for pint-sized vests, dresses, sweaters, and skirts–all brimming with pretty, girly details. Forget about baby-weight yarn, tiny needles, and fussy patterns for clothes that are quickly outgrown. For Lovely Knits, knitwear designer Vibe Sondegaard creates a bright, stylish, little-girl wardrobe of fabulous projects that knit up quickly and allow knitters plenty of opportunity for trying a few design tricks (cables, bobbles, lace patterns) on a manageable, kid-sized scale. Best of all, the pattern shapes size up or down easily (with back of book instruction on doing just that), making this collection versatile enough to use again and again.” – (adapted from Book Cover summary)

Syndetics book coverBaby times : 24 handmade treasures for baby & mom : quilts, soft toys, gifts / Abbey Lane Quilts.
“Everything the modern baby needs (and mommy too) for party time, playtime, quiet time, or go time. Stitch up some of these imaginative and practical designs, and the days will be a little easier for both mom and baby. Marcea Owen and Janice Liljenquist, founders of Abbey Lane Quilts, bring you 24 projects including quilts, bibs, diaper bags, soft toys, and so much more, using fresh, modern fabrics. Choose from a variety of unique colorways, embellishments, and skill levels. Get creative with coordinating projects to make great gift sets—get more “oohs” and “aahs” at every baby shower!.” – (adapted from summary)

Syndetics book coverHomespun style / Selina Lake ; words by Joanna Simmons ; photography by Debi Treloar.
“If flat-pack furniture and expensive designer pieces aren’t really your thing, and you’d rather make your own cushion cover than buy it, then Homespun Style is for you. Showcasing inspiring homes around the world, the book reflects our growing passion for crafting, stitching and painting. These are homes packed with personality and interest, full of homemade pieces, restored junk-shop finds and one-off treasures. Interiors stylist Selina Lake and writer Joanna Simmons will show you how this homely, crafty look has been given a modern twist with vivid colours, tactile fabrics and bold combinations. The book begins with the Themes, from the basics of modern craft to making colour and pattern work. It also focuses on imaginative ways to recycle and reuse, from transforming furniture with a lick of paint to finding inspired new uses for everyday items. Next, Details looks at textiles, furniture and display, while the third section, Spaces, shows how the style works beautifully in living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, children’s rooms, workrooms and even out of doors.” – (adapted from Book Cover summary)

Syndetics book coverFabric remix : repurpose & redecorate with simple sewing & easy upholstery / Sandy Stone ; [photography by Patrick Fox].
“Green crafting is still popular, but done badly, recycled crafts can look like a mishmash of dated junk. Minneapolis-based upholsterer Stone scours estate sales and antique shops for interesting textiles and furniture, then repurposes it using basic sewing and upholstery techniques. Her approach is accessible, and the projects range from simple pillows to furniture decoupaged with vintage scarves. Stone’s projects will inspire thrifty crafters to take a close look at unusual materials that could be repurposed into original, fun housewares.” – (adapted from Library Journal summary)

Syndetics book coverThe big book of needle felting : over 50 projects / by Kay Kaduce, Judy Jacobs, and Jewelry by Rona Horn.
“The newest gotta-have-it guidebook for a skill that’s growing in popularity, this book from Kooler Design Studio offers techniques and instructions for more than 50 beautiful, innovative projects. It primarily features projects by Kay Kaduce and Judy Jacobs, as well as an extensive section on jewelry felting by Rona Horn. Includes more than 300 how-to photos and patterns. Chapters include fun purses, glamorous clothing, fresh felted flowers, gorgeous jewelry and a home decor chapter with garden art and holiday gifts. Techniques include making fabric from wool roving, outlining and embellishing with yarn, felting with repurposed sweaters, felting on stones, felting shapes, and felted balls and roses.” – (adapted from summary)

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