Community & Languages Newsletter for November

Take inspiration from this fabulous selection of the latest library acquisitions featuring popular New Zealand books and well reviewed DVD’s, including the slapstick comedy ‘Five year engagement’ and ‘Big Miracle’, as well as, cook and craft books for you and your family. Delightful finds that you can read or watch for relaxation, basic information and fresh ideas. Have fun!

Library News

New Zealand

This month the New Zealand Collection features “Mad on Radium” about New Zealand’s engagement with the nuclear world from the start when Lord Rutherford first split the atom. In “Selling the Dream” early N.Z. tourism promotion posters and publicity is explored while “Made in NZ” looks at some of this country’s high achievers. There is also Martin Sneddon’s review of the rugby world cup, a Graig Potton photographic collection, Albert Wendt’s latest and Gareth Morgan’s take on issues facing our far south oceans.

Syndetics book coverSelling the dream : the art of early New Zealand tourism / Peter Alsop, Gary Stewart and Dave Bamford ; foreword by Fran Walsh.
Celebrates the remarkable range of tourism posters and other publicity that helped promote New Zealand – both locally and to the world – until the 1960s, before television and colour photography changed the publicity landscape forever. This imagery is some of the finest graphic art ever produced in New Zealand, and as arresting and impressive today as when it was first created. The art of early tourism was highly significant in New Zealand’s art history, and in the development of New Zealand’s tourism industry and sense of national identity. (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand / Craig Potton ; [photography, Craig Potton ; introduction, John B. Turner ; poem, Brian Turner].
“Craig Potton rose to prominence as a photographer in the late 1980s, with a distinct and original view of the landscape of Aotearoa/New Zealand. He was a photographer with little interest in a sentimentalised or romantic view of the land, but rather pursued a less compromising and more muscular vision that sought to convey this country’s remarkable landscape in a real light. This book collects together many of his most celebrated images in one place, a body of work that clearly shows why his reputation is so strong.”–Publisher’s description.

Syndetics book coverMade in NZ / Chris Mirams & Ross Land.
“Made in New Zealand is a gorgeous coffee table book which celebrates the ways in which being a New Zealander have shaped some of our most inspirational achievers. Forty successful Kiwis share their perspective on how this country has influenced them and contributed to their success. These captivating stories are accompanied by stunning portrait photography. Award-winning New Zealand photographer Ross Land and award-winning journalist Chris Mirams have approached the full gamut of our society and the book features everyone from Alison Holst to David Kirk; from Professor Margaret Brimble to Jon Toogood and John Minto to Sir Graham Henry”–publisher website.

Syndetics book coverA stadium of 4 million / Martin Snedden. The story of New Zealand’s greatest sporting event – and, ultimately – one of its greatest triumphs. Martin Snedden was Rugby World Cup 2011 chief executive and the man tasked with delivering a successful tournament to the IRB and the people of New Zealand. To say that he achieved his goal – including making budget in one of this country’s most difficult years where the devastating effects of the Christchurch earthquake reverberated around the country for months – would be an understatement. RWC 2011 will go down as not only as the ‘best ever’ Cup but, far more importantly, as one of New Zealand’s greatest achievements. One powerful component of this achievement is that the famous All Blacks, in a most dramatic fashion, finally got that damn RWC monkey off their backs and won a trophy. But the much more compelling aspect of this achievement is that, both within and away from that rugby field of dreams , the people of New Zealand united in a way they may never have done before outside of wartime; they put aside the sadness of the previous 12 months and genuinely brought to life their stadium of four million, to provide a wonderful welcome and enduring memories for their 133,000 international RWC visitors. (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverIce, mice and men : the issues facing our far south / Geoff Simmons and Gareth Morgan with John McCrystal.
Our far south is packed with history and wildlife, and is renowned for its breathtaking and photogenic beauty. But does our appreciation of the region run more than skin deep? Do Kiwis really understand how important the region is and what issues are facing it? In February 2012, Gareth Morgan trapped ten of New Zealand’s top experts on the region in a boat with 40 ordinary Kiwis for a month. Together with Geoff Simmons, he grilled them about the issues facing the region and this book is the result. What they found was startling. Our Far South – that part of New Zealand that extends from Stewart Island almost without interruption to the South Pole – harbours precious wildlife and is the engine room of the world’s oceans and climate. We are blessed to live in this unique part of the world, but we also have a huge responsibility to look after it. This book looks at the three ways we risk inflicting long-term, even permanent harm, on this precious and fragile region. The race to exploit resources has been underway for three centuries, and may be poised to escalate. Pressure from human activity may be threatening biodiversity and even the survival of species. And looming ever larger is the threat of climate change. Damage done to our far south will have profound implications, both for New Zealand and right across the globe.–Cover.

Syndetics book coverMad on radium : New Zealand in the atomic age / Rebecca Priestley.
Although New Zealander Lord Rutherford was the first to split the atom, the country has since been known around the world for its nuclear-free stance. In this engaging and accessible book, an alternative history is revealed of “nuclear New Zealand”—when there was much enthusiasm for nuclear science and technology. From the first users of x-rays and radium in medicine to the plans for a nuclear power station on the Kaipara Harbour, this accountnbsp;uncovers the long and rich history of New Zealanders’ engagement with the nuclear world and the roots of its nuclear-free identity. (Syndetics)

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DVDs

Some new DVDs for October include the family friendly ‘Big Miracle’; ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ from the producers of ‘Bridesmaids’; ‘Dark Shadows’ with Johnny Depp; some spooky horror with ‘The Innkeepers’; and the chocolate themed French rom-com ‘Romantics Anonymous’…

Cover imageDark shadows.
“In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy… until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972…” (Description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageThe five-year engagement.
“Planning a wedding is no easy task, and finding the perfect moment for the big occasion is nothing short of impossible, but Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) have no idea of the challenges ahead of them when they decide to get married. This slapstick comedy plays like the art of awkward: Violet, Tom, their friends, and families all have huge propensities for saying and doing the absolutely worst, most awkward thing in any given situation. From a bungled marriage proposal to a multimedia presentation about Tom’s ex-girlfriends at the couple’s engagement party, and an inappropriate hookup between Violet’s sister Susie (Alison Brie) and Tom’s good friend Alex (Chris Pratt), the impending nuptials promise nothing but trouble for everyone but viewers in the mood to laugh. Rising chef Tom sacrifices a job he loves in San Francisco, along with the promise of swift promotion, to follow academic Violet to a teaching fellowship in Michigan. The only job Tom can find there is in a sandwich shop, and the move puts their wedding plans on hold… Eventually, the strain takes a huge toll on their relationships with one another, their friends, coworkers, and families. But one thing is certain, director Nicholas Stoller makes sure that their journey is just as funny as it is sad…(Adapted from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageMirror, mirror.
“In “Mirror Mirror” two 14-year-old girls discover they can see through identical mirrors 100 years apart and that they can travel to each other’s time. At first this is a source of wonder and delight but the two girls, Jo and Louisa, quickly discover they must solve an enormous problem. A canister of toxic gas threatens Jo’s friends. The girls must somehow find a way to alter the past so they can avoid a catastrophe in the present. While they struggle through the layers of space and time, Jo discovers the young Nicholas, Tsarevich of all the Russians, living in Louisa’s time. Captivated by each other, Nicholas and Jo work together to save their friends and to find a way of spanning time so they can remain together.”…(Syndetics summary)

Cover imageBig miracle.
“The oil business, politics, Inuit customs, and animal preservation normally don’t mix, especially when the press gets involved. But a funny thing happens when Alaska television reporter Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) discovers a trio of gray whales trapped in the ice near the small town of Point Barrow. Adam’s report gets national exposure, and his ex-girlfriend and Greenpeace worker Rachel (Drew Barrymore) hears the story, begins lobbying politicians to save the whales, and hops a plane for Alaska. The story reaches the local Inupiat people and millions of Americans, including oil tycoon J.W. McGraw (Ted Danson), presidential aide Kelly Meyers (Vinessa Shaw), Marine colonel Scott Boyer (Dermot Mulroney), and Los Angeles reporter Jill Jerard (Kristen Bell). Each gets involved in the fight for their own distinct reason…The group forms an unlikely alliance and pools their resources in an effort to save the three gray whales, but the experience leaves each of them unexpectedly changed…” (Adapted from Amazon.com review)

Cover imageThe source.
“In a remote and primitive patriarchal village between the North of Africa and the Middle East, the land has dried and the women traditionally bring water from a distant fountain to their houses while the idle husbands drink tea in the bar. The educated Leïla, who is the wife of the local teacher Sami, begins a sex strike movement among the women, supported by the elder Vieux Fusil (meaning old flintlock), to force the men to bring water to the village. Overcoming the wrath of the village elders and an unexpected visit from an old flame, Leila brings the colourful local traditions face-to-face with the modern world. Fun, lively and unforgettable, this is an entertaining journey through the African mountains to the heart of one vibrant community…” (Description from Amazon.co.uk)

Cover imageThe innkeepers.
“At a time when the horror genre seems to consist solely of cheap jump scares and MacGyverish torture contraptions, writer-director-editor Ti West’s The House of the Devil proved a pleasant anomaly: a slow-building ’70s throwback which understood that the process of getting spooked is at least half the fun. The Innkeepers, West’s follow-up, winningly continues the retro streak, doling out the murk and gloom by steadily escalating degrees, anchored by Sara Paxton’s wonderfully appealing mope of a lead performance. Kicking off with a knowingly chintzy Internet gag, the story follows a pair of bored clerks (Paxton and Pat Healy) working at a rickety Victorian inn during its last few days of business. Taking advantage of the lack of guests, the not-so-dynamic duo begin investigating the building’s reputation for housing things that go bump in the night. After a boozy psychic (Kelly McGillis) checks in, however, the once-quaint creaks and moans become terrifyingly tangible…(Adapted from Amazon.com)

Cover imageRomantics anonymous.
“Jean-Rene is the boss of a chocolate factory and Angelique is a talented chocolate maker. They are both emotionally challenged people. Drawn together through a shared passion for chocolate, Jean-Rene and Angelique fall in love, but neither is able to express how they feel. Sadly, their crippling shyness is driving them apart. But eventually, they manage to overcome their lack of self-confidence, and risk baring their true feelings.” (Syndetics Summary)

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Cooking

In our picks this month: lots of inspiration for healthy, delicious eating! Bon appétit!

Syndetics book coverPortion Size Me : A Kid-driven Plan to a Healthier Family / Marshall Reid and Alexandra Reid.
“Hi my name is Marshall Reid. When I was ten I asked my mom if we could make a change and try to be healthy for a month. This book is the story of my family’s journey to healthier living. I don’t want to spoil anything other than it was a success! So come on, let’s Portion Size Me!” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverLove Italian Food : Recipes for Friends and Family from a Home in Asolo / Maddalena Caruso ; [with photography by Stefano Scatà].
“At last, a book that will transport you straight to Italy to enjoy fresh seasonal produce for every occasion and to celebrate the glorious diversity of Italian home cooking.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverPure Vegan : 70 Rcipes for Bautiful Meals and Clean Lving / by Joseph Shuldiner ; photographs by Emily Brooke Sandor and Joseph Shuldiner.
“Forget restrictions and rigidity, and leap into the joy of pure vegetarianism: an exuberant celebration of food, the earth and your life. Your plate will overflow with brilliant colors, rich flavors, and life-enriching nutrients, satisfying your mind, body, and – last not least – taste buds.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverPractical Paleo : a customized approach to health and a whole-foods lifestyle / Diane Sanfilippo.
“Practical Paleo is the resource you’ll reach for again and again, whether you’re looking for information on healthy living, delicious recipes, or easy-to-understand answers to your questions about how a Paleo lifestyle can benefit you, your family and your friends.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverEat to Beat Cholesterol / Nicole Senior & Veronica Cuskelly.
“Eat to Beat Cholesterol is not just another diet or cook book. It can tip the balance towards a healthy heart and make healthy living a reality for you and your family. In this full updated edition, you can discover the truly delicious world of heart-friendly foods.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverStart Fresh : Your Child’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating / Tyler Florence ; photographs by John Lee.
“Chef Florence believes that everybody deserves to eat delicious, flavorful food prepared with care and the freshest ingredients – and that goes for babies, too. In “Start Fresh,” he takes the expertise he has used to create his own line of organic baby food and presents quick, user-friendly recipes for 60 purees packed with simple, easy-to-digest fruits, vegetables, and grains.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHealthy in a Hurry / text, Karen Ansel ; recipes, Charity Ferreira ; photographs, Maren Caruso.
“Healthy in a hurry : easy, good-for-you recipes for every meal of the day.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverHugh’s Three Good Things… on a Plate / Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall ; photography by Simon Wheeler ; illustrations by Mariko Jesse..
“How often have you wished there was a magic formula to simplify cooking? Well, there is. Put three good things together on a plate and, somehow, the whole is always greater and more delicious than the sum of its parts. Looking back over nearly two decades of professional cookery, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has worked out the combinations that make magic. Salty, sweet, crunchy. Sharp, rich, crumbly. Hot, bland, crisp……Hugh has used the formula of three to create two hundred recipes….. Because the possibilities are endless, Hugh has also suggested two hundred three-word recipe ideas, which can be used as a springboard for improvised cooking…..this book will unlock a whole new world of fantastic food. Three Good Things. It really is that simple.” (Global Books)

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Crafts

Take time out to unwind and celebrate the new season and let us inspire you with a fabulous selection of new library books featuring knitting, quilting and crochet projects with lots of new ideas and tips how to make fabulous handmade gifts for family and friends. Enjoy the challenge!

(Plus, we’re extra excited — our picks this month include Kaffe Fassett’s autobiography!)

Syndetics book coverWith fabric & thread : more than 20 inspired quilting & sewing patterns / Joanna Figueroa.
“As a generation of mostly self-taught, creative women takes to the world of fabric, quilting and sewing are joining forces in a way that they never have before. Long-time quilters, committed to their craft for decades, are starting to experiment with a bit of home sewing or simple sewing for their grandchildren. The younger side of the sewing community is embracing the world of patchwork and quilting, a world that once seemed inaccessible or even undesirable to younger seamstresses. Fabric & Thread seamlessly bridges the language and intimidation gap between these two crafts and delivers a unique collection of projects that appeal to sewers and quilters alike. Featuring 20 new projects, With Fabric & Thread marries the nomenclature of both sewing and quilting to create an effortless set of instructions that anyone can follow.” (Abridged summary from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHeart felt knits : 25 fresh and modern felting projects / by Tamara Mello.
“Knitting something by hand and then applying the centuries-old technique of wet felting results in gorgeous pieces that are durable, eco-friendly, and timeless. In Heart Felt Knits, actress-turned-crafter Tamara Mello offers twenty-five knitted and felted projects, from darling nesting bowls to elegant hats, cozy wraps, and chic hair accessories. Knitters will love watching their pieces take on surprising forms and textures through the felting process. With easy-to-follow knitting patterns, simple felting instructions, helpful how-to photographs, and lavish shots of the finished projects, this special book shows knitters of all stripes how to create unique accessories and keepsakes to last a lifetime.” (Abridged summary from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverWhat to knit when you’re expecting : 28 simple mittens, baby blankets, hats & sweaters / Nikki Van De Car ; photography by Claire Richardson.
“Once you’ve got a handle on your delivery from the stork, flip through this adorable assortment of 30 knitting projects for the bundle of joy. The projects range from first trimester projects (which are moderately advanced, since there are months to finish) to second trimester (when most parents can determine the baby’s gender and prepare for a boy or girl), to third trimester quickies, when time is short. The booties, bibs, toys, blankets, and clothing will be one-of-a-kind items, fit to welcome a special person into the world.” (Abridged summary from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverHow to make stuffed animals : modern, simple patterns and instructions for 18 projects / written and illustrated by Sian Keegan.
” Learn how to make 18 stuffed animal projects with original sewing patterns and illustrated instructions with this endearing new guide! With a complete overview of techniques and materials, How to Make Stuffed Animals shows that making these cuddly creatures is fun, addictive, and much easier than one would think. Anyone who has completed the most basic of sewing projects can master the projects in this book, and these cute creations can be used as decorative objects for the home or as great handmade gifts. Inside, you’ll find adorable animals like: A squirrel holding an acorn A grizzly bear A raccoon A horse A bird mobile Cute canines Furry felines And many more Explore a comprehensive range of animals in a modern and simple style with How to Make Stuffed Animals!” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverDreaming in colour : an autobiography / Kaffe Fassett.
“Kaffe Fasset is one of today’s leading fiber artists and designers. He is internationally known for his dazzling needlepoint and knitted works, lines of upholstery fabrics and wallpapers and most recently his quilt and fabric designs. Kaffe resides in London, England.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverCrocheted accessories / Vanessa Mooncie.
“This title features 20 gorgeous projects all clearly presented with easy-to-follow patterns. The projects include small fun designs, quick to make and a fabulous way to use up spare pieces of yarn. The techniques section explains basic skills, with a detailed reference glossary. This sumptuous step-by-step guide unites traditional crochet skills with contemporary fashion styles and icons. “Crocheted Accessories” introduces crochet makers of all abilities to a new vista of exciting possibilities. The book aims to give beginners the confidence to tackle exciting projects, as well as inspire intermediate crochet makers to develop new skills and dexterity. Vanessa Mooncie takes the reader on a making journey, explaining the techniques needed to produce a wide range of vibrant and exhilarating pieces; from intricate bumble bee brooch pins and vintage-inspired tattoo emblem brooches to delicate flower posy corsages and charming heart-shaped rings. Each chapter includes a project that all levels of makers can accomplish, as well as history boxes explaining the development of crochet through the ages. Projects include: fantail dove brooch, daffodil headband, mod target cufflinks, love heart tattoo brooch, trinket charm bracelet and oak leaf necklace.” (Abridged summary from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverCurvy girl crochet : 25 patterns that fit and flatter / Mary Beth Temple.
“Full-figured women who love to crochet will rejoice in this fun, fresh, and pretty new book, Curvy Girl Crochet: 25 Patterns that Fit and Flatter. Instead of making adjustments to “average” sized patterns, this exciting guide celebrates larger women with 25 original crochet patterns designed specifically in plus sizes. Pullovers, sweaters, wraps, and more–every wardrobe staple you can think of is here, with techniques and schematics to show crocheters exactly how to troubleshoot and solve pattern-fitting problems before they occur. Expert crochet designer Mary Beth Temple, whose books can be found in major craft stores nationwide, teaches curvy crocheters everything needed to create fashionable items that will fit and flatter” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverJourney to inspired art quilting : more intuitive color & design / Jean Wells.
“Continue your art quilting journey with Jean Wells in this follow up to Intuitive Color & Design. Embrace the process of developing your skills and trusting your intuition with 9 classroom-tested design assignments that help you develop distinctive work. Jean provides you with new guidelines and exercises to hone your natural intuitive skills, then she encourages you to express yourself! Learn how to recognize those “big ideas” that become inspirational starting points for your art. Packed with inspiring quilt images, this book walks you through effective approaches to art quilting from journaling your ideas to unifying your design.”
(Abridged summary from Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverArtist trading card workshop : create collect swap / Bernie Berlin.
“The simple act of sharing 2[fraction one-half] x 3[fraction one-half] pieces of art, known as Artist Trading Cards, knows no boundaries and brings like-souls together like no other form of communication can. Unique statements, passionate emotions and favorite interests can all be expressed in these miniature works of art that are always traded, never sold. Artist Trading Card Workshop will not only teach you how to create your own cards, combining one or more of the more than 25 techniques demonstrated in step-by-step photos, it will also share the ins and outs of trading, finding and organizing card swaps and how to trade with others across the miles or even the continents.Discover ways to create colorful collage backgrounds, make cards from fabric, incorporate painting, stamping, phone book pages, tissue paper, string, stencils and much more-all is revealed in step-by-step photos, but that’s not all. You’ll also: Learn the ins and outs of trading-where to look, what to swap. Find creative ways to store the cards you’ll soon be collecting. Be inspired by the cards from 60 talented contributors and over 200 beautiful cards. Book jacket.” (Publisher’s description)

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