Community & Languages Newsletter – September 2014

Catch up on some of our latest library arrivals offering stories of early pioneers who have shaped NZ history, a taste of some new DVDs, as well as delicious dessert recipes and craft projects. We’ve packed a lot in this issue!

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Library News

New Zealand

The past stories and history of New Zealand are not only the domain of the rich and famous. This month in the New Zealand collection we feature some stories of early pioneers whose names are not famous or well known but who played their part in the history of New Zealand.

Syndetics book cover Our stories : the way we used to be : the New Zealand that time forgot… / edited by Ian Wishart.
Every day, thousands of news stories are published in New Zealand, chronicling the big events and the small. Most of these stories are long forgotten by the time historians get around to compiling the ‘official record’ of our country. Discover the heroes and villains of our past through long forgotten news stories, and find out how life really was in pioneer New Zealand. (Adapted from back cover)
Syndetics book cover Working lives c. 1900 : a photographic essay / Erik Olssen.
For the men and women of the skilled trades in the early 20th century, the skills and knowledge of their respective crafts were a source of identity and pride. Together with the so-called unskilled, who built the infrastructure for the new society, these workers laid the cultural and social foundations of a new and fairer society. This book uses photographs to show two processes fundamental to creating a new society: the transformation of swamp into farmland then city-scape, and the transplantation of the knowledge and skill required in the Old World that were essential to building a new world. (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Vertical living : the Architectural Centre and the remaking of Wellington / Julia Gatley and Paul Walker.
“… we of this Architectural Centre in Wellington are a group of architects and draughtsmen and wood engravers and other people whose greatest claim to affiliation is an overriding enthusiasm for good design” – Design Review, 1948. In 1946, just as the Group was being established in Auckland, Wellington established the Architectural Centre. Members of both were young and idealistic, and they shared common beliefs – in the transformative potential of modern architecture, in need for urban development to be carefully controlled, in the desirability of planning for a better future. This book recovers the powerful history, politics and architecture of the Architectural Centre to return us to a vision of a modernist city, partially realised in Wellington New Zealand. Gatley and Walker begin writing the city back into the history of architecture in this country. (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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DVDs

New this month are award-winning dramas in ‘12 Years a Slave’ and ‘Nebraska’; and some good laughs with ‘Cuban Fury’.

Cover image I, Frankenstein.
“Otherworldly action thriller directed by Stuart Beattie and starring Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy. 200 years on from his formation, Dr. Frankenstein (Aden Young)’s immortal creation Adam (Eckhart) still walks the earth. Caught in the middle of a war between the benevolent Gargoyles led by Leonore (Miranda Otto) and malevolent demonic forces who are hunting him down, Adam is forced to confront those who seek to exploit his unnatural ability to live forever and put an end to their aim of destroying mankind…” (description from Amazon.co.uk)
Cover Image Cuban fury.
“Beneath Bruce Garrett’s shabby, overweight exterior, the passionate beating heart of a salsa king lies dormant. Only one woman can reignite his Latin fire, but first Bruce must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long-lost swagger, and claim the love of his life. Spotlight hits, sweat drips, heels click…” (Syndetics summary)
Cover Image The pretty one.
“Laurel has always been the odd wallflower, choosing to live at home with her father, while her glamorous identical twin, Audrey, possesses the confidence and appeal to succeed in the big city. When tragedy strikes and Laurel is mistaken for her twin sister, she makes the impulsive decision to assume her sister’s identity and become The Pretty One. As she eases into her new, independent existence, Laurel discovers that she’s capable of accomplishments she had never dreamed of before; excelling in a career, maintaining friendships and even finding love.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Crimes of passion.
“Based on the classic mystery novels by Maria Lang and starring Wallander’s Ola Rapace, Crimes of Passion is a collection of stylish whodunnits set in post-war Sweden. The brainy and beautiful Puck is a university student obsessed with crime novels, so when she finds herself in the middle of mystery and murder, she’s never short on ideas and insights. She’s also in love with fellow academic Einar, who is as drawn to her as he is to medieval history. Together with Einar’s childhood friend, Police Commissioner Christer, they witness the passions, betrayals and intrigue in the lives of respectable and seemingly quiet-living Swedes. Crimes of Passion is set in the magical beauty of the lake region of Bergslagen in south central Sweden. It may be far north on the globe, but given their steamy passions and secret lives, there’s nothing chilly about these characters from Lang’s famous mysteries.” (Syndetics summary.)
Cover image Nebraska.
“From Academy Award winner Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways and The Descendants, comes the film that critics are calling “An American Masterpiece.” When a father (Bruce Dern) and his adult son (Will Forte) embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize, what begins as a fool’s errand becomes a search for the road to redemption. Discover why Nebraska is “one of those movies I’ll watch for the rest of my life…” (description from Amazon.com)
Cover image 12 years a slave.
“In 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kinky Boots, Dirty Pretty Things) is a free man living in New York until he’s kidnapped and sold in Louisiana as a slave. He’s owned by masters relatively kind (Benedict Cumberbatch) and harrowingly brutal (Michael Fassbender), but even under the best conditions, the movie never loses sight of Northup’s condition as property, that his well-being and very life are at the whim of his owners. There’s no hype here, nor any hemming or hawing; each scene is captured simply but vividly, letting the cruel facts of life in the pre-Civil War era speak for themselves. The movie’s power lies in the unsettling details and psychological contortions slavery inflicts on everyone involved, black and white. Performances are fantastic throughout, including supporting work from Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt, and particularly Alfre Woodard as a slave who’s gained a position of comfort and clings to it with haughty entitlement. But it’s Ejiofor who anchors the movie; his mix of intelligence and fundamental decency carries 12 Years a Slave to a moving conclusion…” (From Amazon.com review)

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Community Languages

If you enjoy reading French, take a look at the latest additions to our collection of French Books featuring romance, suspense and biographies, and lots more. Find some recently arrived DVD’s including Sister, a lovely art-house movie by the talented young French director Ursula Meier or, browse through our free-to-borrow French magazines, Paris Match, L’Express and Femme Actuelle, covering national and international news, health and beauty issues. Happy reading!

La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert : roman / Joël Dicker.
“Sous ses airs de thriller à l’américaine, La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert est une réflexion sur l’Amérique, sur les travers de la société moderne, sur la littérature, sur la justice et sur les médias.À New York, au printemps 2008, alors que l Amérique bruisse des prémices de l élection présidentielle, Marcus Goldman, jeune écrivain à succès, est dans la tourmente: il est incapable d écrire le nouveau roman qu’ il doit remettre à son éditeur d’ ici quelques mois. Le délai est près d’ expirer quand soudain tout bascule pour lui: son ami et ancien professeur d’ université, Harry Quebert, l un des écrivains les plus respectés du pays, est rattrapé par son passé et se retrouve accusé d’ avoir assassiné, en 1975, Nola Kellergan, une jeune fille de 15 ans, avec qui il aurait eu une liaison.” (Publisher’s Description)
En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule : roman / Édouard Louis.
“Je suis parti en courant, tout à coup. Juste le temps d’entendre ma mère dire Qu’est-ce qui fait le débile là ? Je ne voulais pas rester à leur côté, je refusais de partager ce moment avec eux. J’étais déjà loin, je n’appartenais plus à leur monde désormais, la lettre le disait. Je suis allé dans les champs et j’ai marché une bonne partie de la nuit, la fraîcheur du Nord, les chemins de terre, l’odeur de colza, très forte à ce moment de l’année. Toute la nuit fut consacrée à l’élaboration de ma nouvelle vie loin d’ici”. En vérité, l’insurrection contre mes parents, contre la pauvreté, contre ma classe sociale, son racisme, sa violence, ses habitudes, n’a été que seconde. Car avant de m’insurger contre le monde de mon enfance, c’est le monde de mon enfance qui s’est insurgé contre moi. Très vite j’ai été pour ma famille et les autres une source de honte, et même de dégoût. Je n’ai pas eu d’autre choix que de prendre la fuite. Ce livre est une tentative pour comprendre.” (Publisher’s Description)
La nostalgie heureuse / Amélie Nothomb.
“Il est vrai que je pratique régulièrement cette nostalgie heureuse instinctivement et en plus que j’avais vu le reportage de cette visite au Japon; ce livre la complète parfaitement. Cette rupture en bas âge qui vous brise à vie je l’ai connue également – c’est pouquoi je partage cette souffrance avec Amélie.” (Publisher’s Description)
Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit : roman / Delphine de Vigan.
“Ma famille incarne ce que la joie a de plus bruyant, de plus spectaculaire, l’écho inlassable des morts, et le retentissement du désastre. Aujourd’hui je sais aussi qu’elle illustre, comme tant d’autres familles, le pouvoir de destruction du verbe, et celui du silence. D. de V.” (Publisher’s Description)
Syndetics book cover Sister / a film by Ursula Meier.
“Lea Seydoux delivers on her promise as France’s next breakthrough star with her performance in SISTER, Ursula Meier’s new drama about two siblings searching for a place in the world. 12-year-old Simon lives with his restless older sister Louise at the base of the Swiss Alps. Every day he takes the cable car to the ski resorts above to pilfer from rich tourists, while Louise drifts through a series of part-time jobs and promiscuity, sometimes disappearing for days on end. In her absence, Simon forges a strong bond with a wealthy tourist, and his fragile relationship with his sister fractures into dangerous new territory.” (Cover)

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Cooking

In this month’s selection we have loads of decadent dessert ideas and cakes galore. We include delicious and indulgent specialty cakes, wedding cakes, two gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free recipe books, and more. Check them out below!

Syndetics book cover Decadent Gluten-Free Treats : with tempting vegan & dairy-free options / Tamara Jane ; photography by Devin Hart.
“Created especially to cater for people on a restricted diet, there are recipes that are free from gluten, others that are free from eggs or dairy and some that are suitable for vegans … Each recipe is annotated gluten, dairy, egg or nut free for quick and easy reference and all the special ingredients are listed and explained at the front of the book” (Publisher information)
Syndetics book cover Sweet/ Valerie Gordon ; photographs by Pedem + Munk.
“Gordon, founder of the acclaimed Valerie’s Confections, shares her passion for creating high-quality pastries and candies. Full-color photographs highlight the simple beauty of Gordon’s creations, which can be mastered by the home cook with a little effort.” (Publisher Weekly)
Syndetics book cover Wedding Cakes / by Rosalind Miller.
“This book is a luxurious source of inspiration as well as a clear how-to of high end wedding cake making and decorating. With easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful step-by-step photography it takes the cake maker through the construction of each individual sugar flower and decoration, so that the reader can either replicate the cakes, or pick and choose techniques from each, to achieve their own unique creation.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free : Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts : 100 recipes without gluten, dairy, eggs, or refined sugar / Ricki Heller ; photography by Celine Saki.
“You’ll make delicious – and healthy – changes to the way you bake with Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free. Ricki Heller provides all the tools you need to make wonderful desserts and to receive the benefit of her wealth of experience.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover Wintersweet : Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home / Tammy Donroe Inman.
“Donroe Inman, a food blogger with a culinary degree, has worked for Cook’s Illustrated magazine and TV show America’s Test Kitchen. Her debut cookbook encourages readers to spend their winters in a warm kitchen preparing comforting seasonal desserts such as pear crostada, brown butter pecan ice cream, and gingersnap-crusted pumpkin cheesecake.” (Library Journal)

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Crafts

Are you looking for a quick and easy project? Here are some suggestions and ideas, including how to make slippers that fit like a dream. A perfect antidote to tortured toes, after you’ve danced the night away. Have fun!

Syndetics book cover Knitted & crocheted slippers / Alison Howard.
“Slippers make a superb gift, and home-made ones are the best. Making your own slippers is ideal, as you can make them to fit the wearer perfectly and add your own personal touch. This book has projects for girls and boys of all ages and adults too, from delicate ballet slippers and dainty Mary Janes to moccasin-soled slipper socks, chunky felted boots and sparkly party pumps. The book caters to all levels, from straightforward booties for beginners to slippers with details such as I-cords, pompoms, picot trims and lacy sock inserts. All the knitting and crochet stitches and techniques are presented in a clear and easy-to-follow style”. (Adapted from Amazon.com)
Syndetics book cover My rag doll / Corinne Crasbercu ; photography by Frédéric Lucano ; stylists: Sonia Lucano and Vania Leroy-Thuillier ; text by Dominique Montembault.
“Sew super cute rag dolls and their gorgeous clothes to make the perfect present for little girls. Crasbercu had designed patterns for 11 adorable dolls and a wide range of outfits and accessories to sew, including hats, shoes and bags. The basic doll pattern can be used to sew all the dolls and then altered according to hair and eye colour and hair style”. (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Little quilts : 15 step-by-step projects for adorably small quilts / Sarah Fielke & Amy Lobsiger.
“Packed with techniques, patterns, and inspiration for small-scale quilts. Doll-sized quilts can be completed relatively quickly and inexpensively. They can be made into pillow covers, runners, or wall decorations, or used as a lesson or as a trial for a larger project; and they can be swapped, gifted, or posted. In Little Quilts’ 15 step-by-step projects, sometimes the quilt is just one block, sometimes several blocks, but all have been designed with the same attention to detail as a full-sized quilt. Seven quilts have been designed by Sarah Fielke and seven by Amy Lobsiger, and the final quilt is a collaboration–with Amy making the central circle, then sending it to Sarah to turn it into a finished quilt. Techniques include hand and machine-quilting, traditional piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, and embroidery. The size of the quilts (nothing larger than 24×24 inches) will tempt you to try a new sewing technique or a new design concept, and you can follow the instructions or use them as inspiration for your own quilt design.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The quilter’s appliqué workshop : timeless techniques for modern designs / Kevin Kosbab.
“A fresh take on quilting and applique. Kevin Kosbab shows quilters that not only is applique fun and easy to do, it can open up a world of design possibilities. “The Quilter’s Applique Workshop” teaches you everything you need to know to create applique both as embellishment and as the focus of projects. The book is divided into three sections that each explores a basic applique approach: raw-edge, prepared-edge, and needle-turn applique. Each section includes detailed instructions, tips, and illustrations. Twelve home-decor projects, including bed quilts, wall quilts, table runners/toppers, and pillows, illustrate the techniques and allow you to explore more specialized methods such as broderie perse, felt applique, and bias-tape applique. “The Quilter’s Applique Workshop” gives you the tools to mix and match applique techniques and create any design you can imagine.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Granny squares : all shapes & sizes ; Over 50 projects and techniques to give the classic crochet pattern a whole new look / Barbara Wilder and Beatrice Simon.
“These are not your granny’s granny squares! They’re young, hip, and sometimes not even square. More than 70 contemporary versions come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, along with fabulous finishing ideas. They’re attractive enough to use as an embellishment on a piece of clothing, as well as in traditional stitched-together projects. Many of the designs appear in different yarn weights and colors, allowing crocheters to personalize any of the items and get exactly the look they’re after. The wide selection features everything from ponchos and scarves to sweaters and skirts. – check book for accuracy” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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