Teach yourself with our new language learning kits

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Are you wanting to learn another language? Then take a look at our collection of Living Language learning kits. The Living Language series has learning kits in 3 levels: Essential, Complete, and Platinum. Kits are $3 for to borrow for 4 weeks.

Syndetics book coverArabic [kit].
“Arabic, Essential Edition is a unique multimedia introduction to Modern Standard Arabic. At the core of Arabic, Essential Edition is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 2 Books: 10 lessons, additional review exercises and dialogues, a grammar summary, and a complete guide to Arabic Script.
* 3 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen while using the books or use for review on the go.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverRussian. Intermediate [kit] / [written by Constantine Muravnik].
“Russian, Complete Edition is a unique multimedia course that takes you from a beginner to an advanced level in one convenient package.
At the core of Russian, Complete Edition is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our method teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 3 Books: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, and a grammar summary.
* 9 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen while using the books or use for review on the go.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverSpanish.
“Complete Spanish is a unique multimedia program that takes you beginner to advanced level in one convenient package.
* 3 Books: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, an extensive glossary, and a grammar summary–plus a bonus notebook
* 9 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen while using the books or use for review on the go.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverJapanese.
“At the core of Platinum Japanese is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Our four-point method teaches you the whole language so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 4 BOOKS: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, study tips, and an extensive glossary–plus a guide to reading and writing Japanese, including explanations of hiragana, katakana, and kanji symbols.
* 9 AUDIO CDS: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more–listen with the books or use for review on the go. ” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary).

New Foreign Language books

New titles in French and German now available – just in time for summer!

Rhapsodie française : roman / Antoine Laurain.
“Antoine Laurain’s new novel combines his trademark charm with a satirical take on modern France. Middle-aged doctor Alain Massoulier has received a life-changing letter–thirty-three years too late. Lost in the Paris postal system for decades, the letter from Polydor, dated 1983, offers a recording contract to The Holograms, in which Alain played lead guitar. Back then The Holograms had believed in their cutting-edge sound. However, the music industry remained indifferent, and eventually the band split up, each going their own way. Alain is overcome by nostalgia, and is tempted to track down the members of the group. But in a world where everything and everyone has changed…where will his quest take him?” (Translated from the Syndetics summary)

“Le nouveau roman d’Antoine Laurain combine son charme de marque avec un regard satirique sur la France moderne. Le docteur d’âge moyen Alain Massoulier a reçu une lettre qui change la vie – trente-trois ans trop tard. Perdue dans le système postal parisien depuis des décennies, la lettre de Polydor, datée de 1983, propose un contrat d’enregistrement à The Holograms, dans lequel Alain jouait de la guitare. À l’époque, les Holograms avaient cru en leur son de pointe. Cependant, l’industrie de la musique est restée indifférente, et finalement le groupe s’est séparé, chacun allant de son côté. Alain est envahi par la nostalgie et est tenté de traquer les membres du groupe. Mais dans un monde où tout et tout le monde a changé … où sa quête le mènera-t-il?” (Syndetics summary)

2084 : la fin du monde / Boualem Sansal.
“It is the year 2084. In the kingdom of Abistan–named after the prophet Abi, earthly messenger of the god Yolah–citizens submit to a single god, demonstrating their devotion by kneeling in prayer nine times a day. Autonomous thought has been banned, remembering is forbidden, and an omnipresent surveillance system instantly informs the authorities of every deviant act, thought, or idea. The kingdom is blessed and its citizens are happy, filled with a sense of purpose and piety. Those who are not–the heretics–are put to death by stoning or beheading in city squares. But Ati has met people who think differently; in ghettos and caves, hidden from the authorities, exist the last living heretics and free-thinkers of Abistan. Under their influence, Ati begins to doubt. He begins to think. Now, he will have to defend his thoughts with his life.” (Summary from Syndetics and Amazon)

“Nous sommes en l’année 2084. Dans le royaume d’Abistan – nommé d’après le prophète Abi, messager terrestre du dieu Yolah – les citoyens se soumettent à un seul dieu, démontrant leur dévouement en s’agenouillant dans la prière neuf fois par jour. La pensée autonome a été bannie, le souvenir est interdit et un système de surveillance omniprésent informe instantanément les autorités de tout acte, pensée ou idée déviant. Le royaume est béni et ses citoyens sont heureux, remplis d’un sens du but et de la piété. Ceux qui ne le sont pas – les hérétiques – sont mis à mort par lapidation ou décapitation sur les places de la ville. Mais Ati a rencontré des gens qui pensent différemment; dans les ghettos et les grottes, cachés aux autorités, existent les derniers hérétiques et libres-penseurs d’Abistan. Sous leur influence, Ati commence à douter. Il commence à penser. Maintenant, il devra défendre ses pensées avec sa vie.” (Translated from the Syndetics and Amazon summary)

Maman a tort / Michel Bussi.
“Nothing is more ephemeral than the memory of a child …When Malone, at the age of three and a half, claims that her mother is not her real mother, even if it seems impossible, Vasile, a school psychologist, believes it. He is the only one. He must act quickly. Discover the hidden truth. Find help. That of the commander Marianne Augresse for example. For, already, Malone’s memories are disappearing. They only hang on a thread. The countdown has begun. Who is really Malone?”(Translated from the Amazon summary)

“Rien n’est plus éphémère que la mémoire d’un enfant…Quand Malone, du haut de ses trois ans et demi, affirme que sa maman n’est pas sa vraie maman, même si cela semble impossible, Vasile, psychologue scolaire, le croit. Il est le seul. Il doit agir vite. Découvrir la vérité cachée. Trouver de l’aide. Celle de la commandante Marianne Augresse par exemple. Car, déjà, les souvenirs de Malone s’effacent. Ils ne tiennent plus qu’à un fil. Le compte à rebours a commencé. Qui est vraiment Malone?”(Amazon summary)

La vie est facile, ne t’inquiète pas : roman / Agnès Martin-Lugand.
“Depuis son retour d’Irlande, Diane a tourné la page sur son histoire tumultueuse avec Edward, bien décidée à reconstruire sa vie à Paris. Avec l’aide de son ami Félix, elle s’est lancée à corps perdu dans la reprise en main de son café littéraire. C’est là, aux Gens…, son havre de paix, qu’elle rencontre Olivier. Il est gentil, attentionné et surtout il comprend son refus d’être mère à nouveau. Car Diane sait qu’elle ne se remettra jamais de la perte de sa fille. Pourtant, un événement inattendu va venir tout bouleverser : les certitudes de Diane quant à ses choix, pour lesquels elle a tant bataillé, vont s’effondrer les unes après les autres. Aura-t-elle le courage d’accepter un autre chemin?” (Amazon summary)

“Since returning from Ireland, Diane has turned the page on her tumultuous history with Edward, determined to rebuild his life in Paris. With the help of her friend Félix, she launched herself into the recovery of her literary café. It is here, at Gens …, her haven of peace, that she meets Olivier. He is kind, attentive and above all he understands her refusal to be a mother again. Because Diane knows she will never recover from the loss of her daughter. However, an unexpected event will come to disrupt everything: Diane’s certainties about her choices, for which she has fought so much, will collapse one after the other. Will she have the courage to accept another path?” (Translated from the Amazon summary)

 

Zero : sie wissen, was du tust : Roman / Marc Elsberg.
“A boy is shot. His death leads the journalist Cynthia Bonsant to the acclaimed Internet platform Freemee. While investigating in more detail, she becomes the hunted…” (Translated from the Syndetics summary)
“Ein Junge wird erschossen. Sein Tod führt die Journalistin Cynthia Bonsant zur renommierten Internetplattform Freemee. Während sie genauer untersucht, wird sie zur gejagten…” (Syndetics summary)

Die Geschichte der Bienen : Roman / Maja Lunde ; aus dem Norwegischen von Ursel Allenstein.
“England in 1852: The biologist and seed dealer William can not leave his bed for weeks. As a researcher he sees himself as failing, his mentor Rahm has turned away, and the business is broke. But then he comes up with an idea that could change everything – the idea for a completely new hive. Ohio, USA in 2007: Beekeeper George works hard for his dream. The farm is supposed to grow bigger, to take over his son Tom someday. Tom dreams of journalism. Until one day the unbelievable happens: The bees disappear.

China, in the year 2098: The worker Tao pollinates by hand trees, because bees are no longer there. More than anything she wants a better life for her son Wei-Wen. But when he has a mysterious accident, suddenly everything is at stake: the life of her child and the future of humanity.

How everything is connected with everything: Maja Lunde is rousing and poignant about loss and hope, about the coexistence of generations and the invisible bond between the history of humans and the history of bees. It poses some of the most pressing issues of our time: how do we deal with nature and its creatures? What future do we leave for our children? What are we ready to fight for?” (Translated from the Amazon summary)

“England im Jahr 1852: Der Biologe und Samenhändler William kann seit Wochen das Bett nicht verlassen. Als Forscher sieht er sich gescheitert, sein Mentor Rahm hat sich abgewendet, und das Geschäft liegt brach. Doch dann kommt er auf eine Idee, die alles verändern könnte – die Idee für einen völlig neuartigen Bienenstock.

Ohio, USA im Jahr 2007: Der Imker George arbeitet hart für seinen Traum. Der Hof soll größer werden, sein Sohn Tom eines Tages übernehmen. Tom aber träumt vom Journalismus. Bis eines Tages das Unglaubliche geschieht: Die Bienen verschwinden.

China, im Jahr 2098: Die Arbeiterin Tao bestäubt von Hand Bäume, denn Bienen gibt es längst nicht mehr. Mehr als alles andere wünscht sie sich ein besseres Leben für ihren Sohn Wei-Wen. Als der jedoch einen mysteriösen Unfall hat, steht plötzlich alles auf dem Spiel: das Leben ihres Kindes und die Zukunft der Menschheit.

Wie alles mit allem zusammenhängt: Mitreißend und ergreifend erzählt Maja Lunde von Verlust und Hoffnung, vom Miteinander der Generationen und dem unsichtbaren Band zwischen der Geschichte der Menschen und der Geschichte der Bienen. Sie stellt einige der drängendsten Fragen unserer Zeit: Wie gehen wir um mit der Natur und ihren Geschöpfen? Welche Zukunft hinterlassen wir unseren Kindern? Wofür sind wir bereit zu kämpfen?”(Amazon summary)

New books in Spanish

If you enjoy reading novels in languages other than English, then Wellington City Libraries has some great new additions in Spanish for you.

Syndetics book coverRetrato en sepia / Isabel Allende.
“En el Chile del siglo XIX, Aurora del Valle sufre un trauma brutal que borra de su mente los primeros cinco años de su vida. Criada por su ambiciosa abuela, Paulina del Valle, crece en un ambiente privilegiado, libre de las limitaciones que circunscriben las vidas de las mujeres en aquella época, pero atormentada por horribles pesadillas. Cuando debe afrontar la traición del hombre al que ama y la soledad, Aurora decide explorar el misterio de su pasado.”

“Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that shapes her character and erases from her mind all recollection of the first five years of her life. Raised by her ambitious grandmother, the regal and commanding Paulina del Valle, she grows up in a privileged environment, free of the limitations that circumscribe the lives of women at that time, but tormented by horrible nightmares. When she is forced to recognize her betrayal at the hands of the man she loves, and to cope with the resulting solitude, she decides to explore the mystery of her past.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa niña alemana : una novela / Armando Lucas Correa.
“Una novela inolvidable ambientada en el Berlín de la primavera de 1939, la Cuba pre- y postrevolucionaria y el Nueva York después del 11 de septiembre. Antes de que todo se desmoronara, Hannah Rosenthal y sus padres tenían una vida encantadora. Su familia, una de las más distinguidas en los altos círculos sociales berlineses, era admirada por amigos y vecinos. Ahora en 1939, Berlín se ha teñido de los colores blanco, rojo y negro de una bandera que no reconocen como suya. Hannah se refugia con su mejor amigo, Leo Martin, en los callejones y parques de una ciudad que ya no los quiere. Los dos niños hacen un pacto: pase lo que pase, se prometen un futuro juntos. Un rayo de esperanza les llega a los Rosenthal y los Martin: el Saint Louis, un enorme y lujoso trasatlántico partirá de Hamburgo a Cuba con más de novecientos refugiados judíos.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

“An unforgettable novel set in Berlin in the spring of 1939, pre- and post-revolutionary Cuba and New York after September 11. Before everything collapsed, Hannah Rosenthal and her parents had a lovely life. Her family, one of the most distinguished in Berlin’s upper social circles, was admired by friends and neighbors. Now in 1939, Berlin has dyed the white, red and black colors of a flag they do not recognize as theirs. Hannah takes refuge with her best friend, Leo Martin, in the alleys and parks of a city that no longer loves them. The two children make a pact: no matter what happens, they promise a future together. A ray of hope comes to the Rosenthal and the Martin: St. Louis, a huge and luxurious ocean liner, will depart from Hamburg to Cuba with more than nine hundred Jewish refugees.” (Translated from the abridged Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAmuleto / Roberto Bolaño.
“Todo cambia para ella el 18 de septiembre de 1968, cuando el ejército toma posesión del campus de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y ella queda encerrada en los baños de la facultad de filosofía y letras. A lo largo de trece días de encierro y aislamiento forzados, ante sus ojos transitan la poetisa Lilian Serpas, amante del Che Guevara; los poetas españoles León Felipe y Pedro Garfias; el malogrado alter ego de Bolaño Arturo Belano. ” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

“Everything changes for her on September 18, 1968, when the army takes possession of the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and she is locked in the bathrooms of the faculty of philosophy and letters. During thirteen days of forced confinement and isolation, before her eyes pass the poet Lilian Serpas, lover of Che Guevara; the Spanish poets Leon Felipe and Pedro Garfias; the ill-fated alter ego of Bolaño Arturo Belano.” (Translated from the abridged Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverTres novelas exóticas / Rodrigo Rey Rosa.
Un viaje al corazón de la naturaleza humana a través de tres obras maestras cortas. Las novelas escritas por los guatemaltecos son, por definición, exóticas: las novelas guatemaltecas situadas en las selvas de Petén, en el norte de África o en el sur de la India no tienen el encanto de la extrañeza, sino estrictamente hablando, , “declara el autor en la introducción a este memorable volumen.” (Translated from the English Syndetics summary).

“A journey to the heart of human nature through three short masterpieces. “Novels written by Guatemalans are, by definition, exotic. Guatemalan novels set in the jungles of Petén, in North Africa, or in the south of India might not have the charm of strangeness, but strictly speaking, they should be called ‘exotic’,” declares the author in the introduction to this memorable volume.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUna promesa en el fin del mundo / Sarah Lark ; illustraciones de Tina Dreher ; traducción de Susana Andrés.
Traducción de: Eine Hoffnung am Ende der Welt. En el caos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, los adolescentes polacos Helena y Luzyna Grabowski son enviados a un campo de refugiados en Persia, donde los días venideros sólo mantienen la oscuridad. Cuando escuchan que los huérfanos están siendo seleccionados para ser trasladados a Nueva Zelanda, Helena está llena de esperanza, pero los funcionarios dicen que sólo tienen un lugar para su hermana menor. En la mañana que va a ser transportada, Luzyna no se une al grupo elegido, y Helena toma su lugar. A pesar de que la gente de Nueva Zelanda la abraza, los traumas que Helena ha sufrido amenazan su paz y la ciegan ante la devoción de James, un encantador y heroico joven piloto aliado. ¿Puede salir de la larga sombra de su pasado para encontrar un futuro hecho entero – una nueva comunidad, una nueva familia, un nuevo amor?” (Translated from the English Syndetics summary)

“Translation of: Eine Hoffnung am Ende der Welt. In the chaos of World War II, Polish teenagers Helena and Luzyna Grabowski are shipped to a refugee camp in Persia, where the days ahead hold only darkness. When they hear that orphans are being selected for relocation to New Zealand, Helena is filled with hope, but the officials say they have a place only for her younger sister. On the morning she is to be transported, Luzyna fails to join the chosen group, and Helena takes her place. Though the people in New Zealand embrace her, the traumas Helena has suffered threaten her peace and blind her to the devotion of James, a charming, heroic young Allied pilot. Can she step out of the long shadow of her past to find a future made whole– a new community, a new family, a new love?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLogia : el enigma de la cuarta carabela / Francisco Ortega.
“Sin saberlo, tres famosos escritores de bestseller trabajan en el mismo libro. Cuando dos de ellos mueren en extra circunstancias, el tercero -Elias Miele, novelista chileno radicado en Estados Unidos- se obsesiona con desentrañar las intrigas que giran en torno a esta misteriosa novela: La Cuarta Carabela.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

“Unknowingly, three famous bestseller writers work on the same book. When two of them die in extra circumstances, the third-Elias Miele, a Chilean novelist based in the United States, is obsessed with the intrigues that revolve around this mysterious novel: La Fourth Caravel” (Translated from the abridged Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverCicatriz / Juan Gómez-Jurado.
“Anteriormente titulado El Mago. Simon debería sentirse afortunado. Ha desarrollado un algoritmo que le podría dar millones de dólares de una empresa multinacional de tecnología, pero él es corto de habilidades sociales y siempre solitario. Simon toma el salto en un sitio de citas en línea, donde sorprendentemente lanza un cortejo de larga distancia caliente con Irina. Pero pronto se vuelve evidente que la cicatriz en la mejilla de Irina sólo sugiere cicatrices emocionales mucho más profundas y el peligro muy palpable que ella y Simon ahora están juntos.” (Translated from the English Syndetics summary)

“Formerly titled El Mago. Simon should feel like a lucky guy. He’s developed an algorithm that could net him millions from a multinational tech firm, but he’s short on social skills and always lonely. Simon takes the leap into an online dating site, where he surprisingly easily launches a heated long-distance courtship with Irina. But soon it becomes obvious the scar on Irina’s cheek only hints at much deeper emotional scars and the very palpable peril she and Simon are now in together.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBienvenidos a Clayton Lake / Mario Escobar.
“Un grupo de amigos deciden tomarse unas cortas vacaciones al norte del estado de Maine, en las inmediaciones de Clayton Lake. La región es una de las más deshabitadas de los Estados Unidos, pero el grupo necesita relajarse y reencontrarse después de varios años sin mantener el contacto. ¿Lograrán enfrentarse a sus temores más ocultos? ¿Su amistad será capaz de superar todos los obstáculos?” (Abridged from the Amazon summary)

“A group of friends decide to take a short vacation north of the state of Maine, in the vicinity of Clayton Lake. The region is one of the most uninhabited in the United States, but the group needs to relax and re-encounter after several years without maintaining contact. Will they be able to face their most hidden fears? Will your friendship be able to overcome all obstacles?” (Translated from the abridged Amazon summary)

Quick language learning for travel – New Languages books

Are you travelling somewhere? Do you need to learn a few useful phrases in a short amount of time? Wellington City Libraries has a great selection of phrasebooks by the very popular travel publisher Lonely Planet. These short, accessible phrasebooks provide you with quick, useful phrases to use when travelling. Phrasebooks are available for countries where more than one language is spoken, such as China and India, and include many of the languages spoken in each. There are even phrasebooks for the same language, but which is used in different countries, such as Latin American Spanish, Mexican Spanish, and Spanish for Spain! Phrasebooks are free to borrow and can be issued for three weeks.

Syndetics book coverHindi, Urdu & Bengali phrasebook & dictionary / product editor, Jenna Myers.
Lonely Planet’s Hindi, Urdu & Bengali Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get more from your multi-country trip with easy-to-find phrases for Hindi, Urdu & Bengali. Ask for directions in dynamic Delhi, book a river trip through Bangladeshi countryside, or haggle like a local at street bazaars; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! Coverage Includes: Hindi, Urdu & Bengali.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKorean phrasebook & dictionary.
Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Korean phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Order kim chi like a local, get in-the-know recommendations of the best sights and things to do and buy souvenirs with ease; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary
Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Japanese phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get to know your sushi from your sake, enjoy an elaborate tea ceremony with its centuries’-old conventions, and find your way elaborate transit maps; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChina phrasebook & dictionary / editors, Francesca Coles [and three others].
Lonely Planet China Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Get more from your multi-country trip with easy-to-find phrases for Mandarin, Cantonese, Chaozhou, Dongbei Hua, Hakka, Hunanese, Shanghainese, Sichuanese, Xi’an, Yunnan Hua, Zhuang, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now! Coverage Includes: Mandarin, Cantonese, Chaozhou, Dongbei Hua, Hakka, Hunanese, Shanghainese, Sichuanese, Xi’an, Yunnan Hua, Zhuang, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEurope phrasebook & dictionary / editors, Branislava Vladisavljevic, Tracy Whitmey.
Lonely Planet Europe Phrasebook & Language guide is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with relevant travel phrases and vocabulary. Get more from your trip with easy-to-find phrases for Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. With language tools in hand, get to the heart of wherever you go! Coverage Includes: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpanish phrasebook & dictionary.
Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Spanish phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Enjoy the thrilling conversation with a local over sangria, ask about a tucked-away a tablao flamenco or eat your way through a tapas menu; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet Italian Phrasebook & Dictionary
Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Italian phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Order an espresso like a local, ask shop keepers about the latest fashions and bargain for fresh produce at the market; all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart of wherever you go, so begin your journey now!” (Abridged from the Syndetics summary)

New community language books

Here are some new community language books that have been added in German, Spanish and French.

Ein ganzes Leben : Roman / Robert Seethaler.
“Als Andreas Egger in das Tal kommt, in dem er sein Leben verbringen wird, ist er etwa vier Jahre alt – niemand weiß genau, wie alt er ist. Er bedient seinen Onkel als Bauernhofhand, und schließt sich später Arbeiter an, die eine Eisenbahn bauen und Strom mit Licht und Lärm in das Tal bringen. Der Tag kommt, wenn Egger Marie trifft, die Liebe seines Lebens, die er schließlich verlieren wird. Nur viele Jahre später, am Ende von Eggers Reise, wird sie wieder an seiner Seite sein. Und er blickt überrascht zurück über die Jahre, die hinter ihm liegen.” (Übersetzt aus dem Deckel) (Adapted from Amazon)

“When Andreas Egger arrives in the valley in which he will spend his life, he is about four years old–no one knows exactly how old he is. He serves his uncle as a farm hand, and later joins workers building a railway and bringing electricity, along with light and noise, to the valley. The day comes when Egger meets Marie, the love of his life, whom he will eventually lose. Only many years later, at the end of Egger’s journey, will she be by his side again. And he looks back with surprise on the years that lie behind him.” (Translated from the cover) (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLa espía / Paulo Coelho ; traducido del portugués por Pilar Obón
“En su nueva novela, Paulo Coelho da vida a una de las mujeres más enigmáticas de la historia: Mata Hari, acusada de espionaje durante la Primera Guerra Mundial. Aunque había pocas pruebas para incriminarla, no podía evitar la persecución y el enjuiciamiento por parte de la inteligencia militar francesa.”
(Abridged from Syndetics)

“In his new novel, Paulo Coelho gives life to one of the most enigmatic women in history: Mata Hari, who was accused of espionage during the First World War. Although there was little evidence to incriminate her, she could not escape persecution and prosecution by French military intelligence.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLos perros descalzos / Antonio Ruiz-Camacho ; traducción del autor.
“En una noche como cualquier otra, José Victoriano Arteaga, el patriarca de una próspera familia de la ciudad de México, desaparece sin dejar rastro mientras maneja a su casa luego de un día de trabajo. Los Arteaga encuentran pocas respuetes con pistas perturbadoras del paradero del abuelo, comienzan su éxodo a distintas ciudades del mundo para tratar de rehacer sus vidas.” –Page 4 of cover. (Syndetics summary)

“A debut collection of linked stories that follow the members of a wealthy Mexican family forced into exile–to Madrid, New York, Austin, Palo Alto–when the patriarch of their family is kidnapped.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverToda la vida / Héctor Aguilar Camín.
“Serrano, Felo, Pato y Liliana están envueltos en una enmarañada red de silencio, traiciones y obsesiones contradictorias que se desentrañan con la muerte de un conocido mutuo. Una vida sin sentido es un viaje nostálgico a través del terreno perdido de la vida bohemia en la Ciudad de México, una investigación literaria sobre cómo se escriben las novelas y un recordatorio de la Podrida relación entre la policía y la política en el México del antiguo régimen.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

“Serrano, Felo, Pato, and Liliana are involved in a tangled web of silence, betrayals, and conflicting obsessions that is unraveled by the death of a mutual acquaintance. A moral-less fable about the abysses of fatal love, ambition, and delusions, For a Lifetime is also a nostalgic tour through the lost terrain of bohemian life in Mexico City, a literary inquiry about how novels are written, and a reminder of the rotten relationship between the police and politics in the Mexico of the old regime.”(Abridged from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverParis-Austerlitz / Rafael Chirbes.
“El narrador de esta historia, un pintor madrileño, recuerda los pasos que han llevado al último viaje de su relación con Michel Michel, el hombre que llevó a este pintor a su casa, a su cama ya su vida cuando Este joven se quedó sin hogar en París, Michel ahora está muriendo.”(Resumen Syndetics).

The narrator of this story, a painter from Madrid, recalls the steps that have led to the last journey of his relationship with Michel. Michel, the man who took in this painter to his home, to his bed, and in his life when this youngster became homeless in Paris. Michel is now dying.” (Syndetics summary)

Trois jours et une vie : roman / Pierre Lemaitre.
“À la fin de décembre 1999, une surprenante série d’événements tragiques s’abattit sur Beauval, au premier rang desquels, bien sûr, la disparition du petit Rémi Desmedt. Dans cette région couverte de forêts, soumise à des rythmes lents, la disparition soudaine de cet enfant provoqua la stupeur et fut même considérée, par bien des habitants, comme le signe annonciateur des catastrophes à venir. Pour Antoine, qui fut au centre de ce drame, tout commença par la mort du chien …” (Syndetics summary)

“At the end of December 1999, a surprising series of tragic events broke out over Beauval, foremost among them, of course, the disappearance of little Rémi Desmedt. The sudden disappearance of this child provoked amazement and was even regarded by many as a sign of the catastrophe to come. And Antony, who was at the center of this drama, everything began with the death of the dog … ” -Page 4 of cover. (Syndetics summary)

New French Books

Here is a selection of new novels in French that have been recently added to the Community Languages collection. Enjoy!

L’horizon à l’envers : roman / Marc Levy.
“Où se situe notre conscience? Est-ce qu’on peut la transférer et la sauvegarder? Hope, Josh et Luke, étudiants en neurosciences, forment un trio inséparable, lié par une amitié inconditionnelle et une idée de génie. Lorsque l’un des trois est confronté à une mort imminente, ils décident d’explorer l’impossible et de mettre en oeuvre leur incroyable projet. Émouvante, mystérieuse, pleine d’humour aussi… une histoire d’amour hors du temps, au dénouement inoubliable. Un roman sur la vie, l’amour et la mort… parce qu’après plus rien n’est pareil.”

“Where is our consciousness? Can we transfer it and save it? Hope, Josh and Luke, students in neuroscience, form an inseparable trio, bound by an unconditional friendship and an idea of ​​genius. When one of the three faces imminent death, they decide to explore the impossible and implement their incredible project. Moving, mysterious, full of humor too … a love story out of time, unforgettable denouement. A novel about life, love and death … because after nothing is the same.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

51tLMRdAcuL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_Trois jours et une vie : roman / Pierre Lemaitre.
“À la fin de décembre 1999, une surprenante série d’événements tragiques s’abattit sur Beauval, au premier rang desquels, bien sûr, la disparition du petit Rémi Desmedt. Dans cette région couverte de forêts, soumise à des rythmes lents, la disparition soudaine de cet enfant provoqua la stupeur et fut même considérée, par bien des habitants, comme le signe annonciateur des catastrophes à venir.”

“At the end of December 1999, a surprising series of tragic events broke out over Beauval, foremost among them, of course, the disappearance of little Rémi Desmedt. The sudden disappearance of this child in this forest-covered area, which was subject to slow rhythms, provoked amazement and was even regarded by many as a sign of future catastrophes.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

51hDseGj2FL._SX339_BO1,204,203,200_On regrettera plus tard : roman / Agnès Ledig.
“Valentine, une institutrice dans un village des Vosges, voit sa vie bouleversée par l’arrivée d’une fille fiévreuse, Anna, et de son père Eric, meurtri par la mort de sa femme. Au-delà de l’hébergement, elle leur ouvre son coeur.”
“Valentine, a teacher in a village in the Vosges, sees her life shattered by the arrival of a feverish girl, Anna, and her father Eric, bruised by the death of his wife. Beyond the accommodation, she opens her heart to them.” (Library catalogue)

51o6EyZIA3L._SX341_BO1,204,203,200_La fille de Brooklyn : roman / Guillaume Musso.
“Je me souviens très bien de cet instant. Nous étions face à la mer. L’horizon scintillait. C’est là qu’Anna m’a demandé : ” Si j’avais commis le pire, m’aimerais-tu malgré tout ? ” Vous auriez répondu quoi, vous ? Anna était la femme de ma vie. Nous devions nous marier dans trois semaines. Bien sûr que je l’aimerais quoi qu’elle ait pu faire. Intrigue diabolique, personnages uniques et attachants, suspense de tous les instants : avec La fille de Brooklyn, Guillaume Musso signe l’un de ses romans les plus ambitieux et les plus réussis.”

“I remember that moment very well. We were facing the sea. The horizon was sparkling. That’s where Anna asked me, “If I had done the worst, would you love me anyway?” “You would have answered what, you? Anna was the woman of my life. We had to get married in three weeks. Of course I would love her whatever she could have done. Devilish intrigue, unique and endearing characters, suspense at all times: with Brooklyn’s daughter, Guillaume Musso signs one of his most ambitious and successful novels.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

41zChUiCxnL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_Danser les ombres : roman / Laurent Gaude.
“En ce matin de janvier, la jeune Lucine arrive de Jacmel à Port-au-Prince pour y annoncer un décès. Très vite, dans cette ville où elle a connu les heures glorieuses et sombres des manifestations étudiantes quelques années plus tôt, elle sait qu’elle ne partira plus, qu’elle est revenue construire ici l’avenir qui l’attendait. Hébergée dans une ancienne maison close, elle fait la connaissance d’un groupe d’amis qui se réunit chaque semaine pour de longues parties de dominos. Dans la cour sous les arbres, dans la douceur du temps tranquille, quelque chose frémit qui pourrait être le bonheur, qui donne l’envie d’aimer et d’accomplir sa vie. Mais, le lendemain, la terre qui tremble redistribue les cartes de toute existence.”

“On this morning of January, the young Lucine comes from Jacmel to Port-au-Prince to announce a death. Very soon, in this city where she experienced the glorious and dark hours of student demonstrations a few years earlier, she knows that she will no longer leave, that she came back to build here the future that awaited her. Hosted in a former brothel, she meets a group of friends who meet weekly for long parts of dominoes. In the courtyard under the trees, in the sweetness of quiet time, something shuddered that could be happiness, which gives the desire to love and fulfill his life. But the next day, the earth that trembles redistributes the cards of all existence.” (Abridged from Syndetics)

Community & Languages May newsletter

Enjoy a great range of New Zealand fiction, new DVDs and stories in Spanish. Learn to sew and create perfect gifts with step by step instructions and spice up your cuisine with delightful recipes from the cookbooks we have selected for you. Have fun!

Library News

New Zealand

This month we are featuring New Zealand fiction in our ‘Other Genres’ category. In this selection there is an exciting, diverse, range on novels, and some great writing. New work from two much acclaimed veteran writers Owen Marshall and Damien Wilkins are also included.

Syndetics book cover My father’s ears / Karen Goa.
“When an Italian immigrant’s harsh but intriguing past catches up with him, his skeptical daughter Sophie sets out to discover the truth about her father, his affair with a Romanian trapeze artist and a mysterious New Zealander claiming to be his son. This twisting tale of secrets and social dilemmas is set against a remarkable and moving history of Italian immigration.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Love as a stranger / Owen Marshall.
“Temporarily in Auckland while her husband is undergoing treatment, Sarah enjoys a walk in the coolness of the Symonds Street Cemetery. As she pauses at the grave of Emily Keeling, murdered in 1886 by a rejected suitor, a stranger named Hartley strikes up a conversation. Before long he arranges to meet Sarah for coffee. So their friendship begins, and soon blossoms into an affair, rich in mutual understanding and sexual excitement. But love may become obsession, which brings with it disquieting demands, even menace. When love is not madness, it is not love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Rachel’s legacy / Julie Thomas.
“The sequel to The Keeper of Secrets, following the fortunes of the Horowitz family from pre-war Berlin to the present. When Dr Kobi Voight is given a set of old letters by his mother he has no inkling that they will lead him around the world and deep into the tragic past of his family. Within the letters, written in Hebrew and filled with delicate illustrations, lie the reflections of a young Jewish woman, forced to give up her baby daughter while fighting with the Resistance in Berlin. Who is the author, known only as ‘Ruby’, and what became of her child? And how does a priceless work of art, stolen by the Nazis, form part of the unfolding mystery?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover A life on film / Geoff Murphy.
“‘I’m taking this bloody car to Invercargill!’ It was the line that had cinema audiences cheering. Goodbye Pork Pie became an instant classic, and announced the arrival of a major new talent in director Geoff Murphy. With his next two films, Utu and The Quiet Earth, he cemented his reputation as a pioneer of New Zealand cinema. He’d come a long way from his days as a struggling school teacher, and then a member of a madcap band of merry pranksters known as Blerta, founded by his great friend and collaborator Bruno Lawrence. But it was the same sense of adventure – with a healthy dose of Kiwi ingenuity – that defined every stage of his career. In this candid and funny memoir, Geoff Murphy looks back on a life in (and on) film – from do-it-yourself shoots in the 1960s to epic work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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DVDs

A lot of fantastic DVDs have been added to our extensive collection. They include the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Dressmaker and Suffragette. The long awaited Scandinavian production The Bridge Series Three is also here now. You can find more new arrival DVDs here. Check them out!

cover image The lobster / an unconvential love story by Yorgos Lanthimos.
“In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image The dressmaker.
“The Dressmaker is a bittersweet, comedy-drama set in early 1950′s Australia. Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, after many years working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis) and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and in doing so gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image The end of the tour.
“The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, after the publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet. The two men did not meet again. The film is based on Lipsky’s critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter, written following Wallace’s 2008 suicide.” (Adapted from Editorial Reviews, amazon.com)

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Community Languages

Enjoy a taste of the newest library arrivals in Spanish. You will find them in the library’s Community Languages area. Happy reading!

Syndetics book cover El cielo en un infierno cabe / Cristina López Barrio.
“Toledo, 1625. El Santo Tribunal de la Inquisición juzga a una bella y misteriosa mujer de la que se dice que puede sanar y destruir con el roce de sus manos. Pero lo que comienza siendo un proceso rutinario por brujería acaba revelando una trágica historia de amor repleta de pasión, muerte, magia, orgullo y pecado. Una apasionante novela en la época de las brujas y las beatas, de los exorcismos y los milagros, cuando la mística y el fervor religioso convivían con la sensualidad y la magia.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Guía astrológ̤ica para corazones rotos / Silvia Zucca.
“¡Bienvenidos al club de las desdichadas intergalácticas! Me llamo Alice y hasta hace unos meses mi autoestima estaba por los suelos. Mi ex estaba a punto de ser padre y un hombre imposiblemente sexy acababa de aparecer en la oficina, lo que no me ayudaba demasiado. Entonces a mi vida llego Tio, mi entrenador astrológico personal, para explicarme que mis problemas no eran debidos a un complot cósmico sino a la posición de los planetas en mi carta astral. Así que lo único que podía hacer era ponerme en manos de la obra y averiguar qué sorpresas me tenían reservadas las estrellas. Y os aseguro que lo que descubrí fue mucho más que eso y, sobre todo que, cuando se trata del amor, el destino no está escrito en el cielo.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover El diván de Becca / Lena Valenti.
“Primer volumen de «El diván de Becca», la trilogía más adictiva, divertida y de alto voltaje de Lena Valenti
Esta es la historia de amor entre Becca, una psicóloga mediática que sigue métodos poco ortodoxos, y Axel, su guapísimo pero inescrutable cámara. Mientras sus destinos se encuentran y separan, un peligro se cierne sobre Becca, y Axel será el único capaz de salvarla.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover El amante japonés / Isabel Allende.
“A los veintidós años, sospechando que tenían el tiempo contado, Ichimei y Alma se atragantaron de amor para consumirlo entero, pero mientras más intentaban agotarlo, más imprudente era el deseo, y quien diga que todo fuego se apaga solo tarde o temprano, se equivoca: hap pasiones que son incendios hasta que las ahoga el destino de un zarpazo y aun así quedan brasas calientes listas para arder apenas se les da oxígeno.”(Cover)

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Cooking

If you think nutritional meals mean boring and tasteless, this selection will give you food for thought.

Syndetics book cover The Food Lover’s Cleanse : 140 delicious, nourishing recipes that will tempt you back into healthful eating / Sara Dickerman ; nutritional advisor, Marissa Lippert, MA, RD ; foreword by Adam Rapoport ; photographs by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott.
“Savor the seasons! The Food Lover’s Cleanse will help you reboot your eating habits with wholesome food that family and friends will enjoy, too. These 140 recipes show you how to coax maximum flavor from fresh produce, fiber-rich grains, and healthy proteins….You won’t even miss pasta.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The healthy Mind Cookbook : big-flavor recipes to enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity / Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson ; photography by Maren Caruso.
“Between digital overload, sleep deprivation, and the stress of modern life, most people’s brains are constantly in flight-or-fight mode, with levels of cortisol and other hormones and neurotransmitters out of whack … [In her book], Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on brain functioning to identify how the foods we consume can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function–all of which dictate memory, mood, and motion.” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover Drink Your Way to Gut Health : 140 delicious probiotic smoothies & other drinks that cleanse and heal / Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD.
“In Drink Your Way to Gut Health, Molly Morgan, a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, brings credentials and extensive knowledge to the topic with 140 healing drink recipes based on kefir, yogurt, kombucha, almond milk, and ginger beer. The beverages, organized by chapters like Energizing, Nutrient-Rich, and Detoxifying, not only work against a variety of ailments like type 2 diabetes, allergies, and obesity, but are delicious too.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Eat Clean, Live Well / Terry Walters ; photography by Julie Bidwell.
“Go on a culinary journey with Terry Walters–a leader of the clean-food movement. In this seasonal cookbook and lifestyle guide, Walters inspires us with more of her award-winning recipes. Rediscover the unique tastes of spring, summer, fall and winter, and gain insight into everything from preserving the harvest to natural cleansing and tonics for immune support.” (Syndetics summary)

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Craft

Refresh your sewing skills or learn to sew with some easy and fun projects that we have chosen for you with lots of ideas and inspiration. Discover ways how to make fun costumes for your kids in no time with step by step instructions. Children love to dress up!

Syndetics book cover Sewing dress-up : 35 cute and easy costumes for kids / Emma Hardy.
“35 simple costumes to make for parties and dress-up games, with pull-out full-size pattern sheets. Whether you have a little princess or a superhero in your family, or your children favor the traditional roles of cowboy, pirate or nurse, there are ideas here that are easy to make and much more effective than shop-bought outfits. All the favorites are included, such as animals–a lion, a ladybug, a dinosaur–and fairy-tale characters from Red Riding Hood to the Gingerbread Man. Two pull-out sheets are included with all the full-size patterns you will need, and there’s a techniques section so you can brush up on your sewing skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The sewing workshop : learn to sew with 30+ easy, pattern-free projects / Linda Lee.
“Welcome to The Sewing Workshop , filled cover-to-cover with projects from three of our most popular sewing box sets. These 30+ stylish patterns for sewing small- to medium-size accessories, like drawstring pouches, mini totes, and backpacks, will surprise and delight even the most seasoned crafter. Inside you’ll also find in-depth informative tutorials, tips, and troubleshooting techniques, as well as a robust materials list.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Half yard gifts : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric / Debbie Shore.
“This book contains 22 projects to sew and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric. Projects range from pincushions, bags and paperweights to aprons for budding chefs, kneeling pads for gardeners and tool belts for DIY-enthusiasts. The projects are made in a range of prints and styles and use a range of techniques: either follow each project closely, or adapt the size and fabric to suit the recipient. Debbie gives advice on how to customise the projects, so that you can create the perfect gift for your loved one.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Mad about buttons : fifty creative craft projects using buttons / Alice Vinten.
“Enjoy the art of button craft with 50 creative projects in this step-by-step guide. The book includes a wide variety of crafting skills and techniques that range from simple projects for kids to impressive home accessories for the craft enthusiast. Chapters including Gifts, Kids, Wall Art, Accessories and Home encourage crafters to get creative and experiment with their button collection. These ‘bright as a button’ projects are sure to provide a calming and therapeutic pastime with wonderful decorative results.” (Syndetics summary)

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Community & Languages Newsletter for March

Welcome to a delightful selection of intriguing historical romances by NZ writers, fabulous recipes and crafts projects, as well as, the latest DVDs. All that and more at your local library. Have fun!

Library News

New Zealand

New Zealand writers feature in this month’s selection from the new ‘Other Genres’ category. There are several debut novelists, and the fiction themes range from historical romances to psychological thrillers, from werewolves to substance abuse. Also included is the latest novel from the well-known writer Albert Wendt, titled Breaking connections.

firstnamesonly First names only : a New Zealand novel / Elaine Blick.
“Janice at 18 is ambitious and has set her sights on a top degree in languages. When she finds she is pregnant Janice’s world comes crashing down, for this is 1960s New Zealand, when to be pregnant and single is a disgrace. Janice has no choice but to enter Sunnyvale, a home for unmarried mothers in Auckland. Once the baby is born the maternal tug is powerful and she longs to keep him. Can Janice bear to give up her child with the knowledge that she may never see him again?” (Adapted from Book cover)
Syndetics book cover New beginnings at Lilyfields / Lottie Bloom.
“Lilyfields cottage has been lying empty since its previous occupant, Rosa, got married. It’s just the haven Orla Nolan is looking for. She needs to recuperate after an accident has dashed her dreams of acting in a movie that’s being filmed in a neighbouring bay. Orla is feeling lonely and dejected, but before long she is confronted by two handsome suitors. She’s spoilt for choice, except they are father and son, and while one is a touch too old and too settled for her liking, might the other be too young and too wild? Meanwhile Rosa’s former boyfriend has turned up and appears to be finding it hard to let go of his lost love. As Orla struggles to find a new role for herself at Lilyfields, will its magic deliver true love?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
seerswolf The seer’s wolf / Barbara Petrie.
“It is 1952 and strange events are taking place in Loam, a small settlement in rural Canterbury, New Zealand. Ralph Randal, his wife Irena and their three daughters have immigrated to the area from England, but as they settle in, the curiosity of Clover, a neighbouring farm girl, is aroused. An air of mystery surrounds the English family, and Ralph Randal appears to dote excessively on his lovely eighteen-year-old daughter, Satina. What is really happening to cause an unsettling shadow of gloom to enshroud the community?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The gentlemen’s club / Jen Shieff.
“Headstrong and independent, Rita Saunders is a successful hairdresser by day and a busy brothel madam by night. The only thing missing from her life is the love of a good woman. Istvan Ziegler is a Hungarian immigrant who has come to New Zealand to work on the brand new harbour bridge project. He is full of hope and dreams of a better life. Sixteen-year-old Judith Curran has come to Auckland for an abortion. With no money or family support, she finds herself at the mercy of strangers and simply has to hope they have her best interests at heart. Becoming bound into a desperate situation involving a group of orphan girls, Rita, Judith and Istvan find fortitude they never knew they possessed. But do they have enough of it to expose the menacing orphanage director and the slice of the heartless and seedy 1950s’ underworld he inhabits?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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DVDs

New DVDs for March include new biopics on hip-hop band N.W.A and gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, the latest Shakespeare adaptation with Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard, and the final episode of popular series Downton Abbey.

cover image Downton Abbey
“Final episode of the award-winning ITV costume drama following the lives and loves of those above and below stairs in an English stately home. In this special, set in late 1925 and early 1926, everyone reunites for Edith and Bertie’s wedding on New Year’s Eve while Anna prepares to give birth. Elsewhere, Carson reveals to his wife that he suffers from a hereditary illness known as the palsy, which makes him question his role at Downton, and Lord Merton tells Isobel about his own illness but retains his desire to marry her. However, his daughter-in-law Amelia keeps Isobel from seeing him. Will the year end happily for those at Downton Abbey?” (amazon.co.uk)
cover image Straight outta Compton.
“In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking viewers back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Black mass.
“In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.” (Amazon.com)
cover image Macbeth.
“Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. After three witches foretell that Scottish nobleman Macbeth (Fassbender) will be king he becomes obssessed by the idea. Encouraged by his wife Lady Macbeth (Cotillard), his ambition becomes all-consuming and he kills the reigning monarch, King Duncan (David Thewlis). But Macbeth becomes a tyrannical ruler, filled with anxiety over who he can trust… The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine and David Hayman.” (amazon.co.uk)
cover image Show me a hero.
“In an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the young mayor of a mid-sized American city is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his town. His attempt to do so tears the entire city apart, paralyzes the municipal government and, ultimately, destroys the mayor and his political future. From creator David Simon (HBO’s Treme and The Wire) and director Paul Haggis (Crash), the six-part HBO Miniseries presentation Show Me a Hero explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of elected officials, bureaucrats, activists and ordinary citizens in Yonkers, NY.” (amazon.com)

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Community Languages

Enjoy the magnificent storytelling of Isabel Allende exploring love and connections and more in this collection of library books we have listed for you.

Syndetics book cover El amante japonés / Isabel Allende.
“A los veintidós años, sospechando que tenían el tiempo contado, Ichimei y Alma se atragantaron de amor para consumirlo entero, pero mientras más intentaban agotarlo, más imprudente era el deseo, y quien diga que todo fuego se apaga solo tarde o temprano, se equivoca: hap pasiones que son incendios hasta que las ahoga el destino de un zarpazo y aun así quedan brasas calientes listas para arder apenas se les da oxígeno.”(Cover)
Syndetics book cover Una suerte pequeña / Claudia Piñeiro.
“Después de veinte años una mujer vuelve a la Argentina, de donde partió escapando de una desgracia. Pero la que regresa es otra: no luce igual, su voz es diferente. Ni siquiera lleva el mismo nombre. La reconocerán quienes la conocieron entonces? La reconocerá él? Mary Lohan, Marilé Lauría o María Elena Pujol–la que es, la que fue, la que había sido alguna vez–vuelve al suburbio de Buenos Aires donde formó una familia y vivío hasta que decidió huir. Aún no termina de entender por qué aceptó regresar al pasado que se había propuesto olvidar para siempre. Pero a medida que lo comprenda, entre encuentros esperados y revelaciones inesperadas, entenderá también que a veces la vida no es ni destino ni casualidad: tal vez su regreso no sea otra cosa que una suerte pequeña.” (Cover)
Syndetics book cover El lenguaje del juego / Daniel Sada.
“La familla Montaño es una familla más del norte de México, de ese vasto pais el al que Daniel Sada subvierte el nombre y llama Mágico. El padre, Valente, ha cruzado ilegalemente la frontera en dieciocho ocasiones, pero ya no, nunca más, porque ha juntado suficiente dinero para evitar tanto esfuerzo, tanto jugar al gato y al ratón, tantos cruces nocturnos, , tantos desafíos a la border patrol, tantos fracasos y vuelta a empezar … tan suyo como la casita que construyó él mismo con la ayuda de su hijo Candelario. Y con ese dinero tan duro de ganar y la experiencia adquirida cuando escapó primero de un centro agricola y después de los muy peinaditos y fanáticos mormones que le habían ayudado a escapar del centro, y acabó haciendo pizzas en Pasadena, Valente decide abrir en medio de aquel mundo de tortillas su propia pizzeria.” (Cover)
Syndetics book cover Una sencilla melodía habanera : una novela / Oscar Hijuelos ; traducción de José Lucas Badué.
“Israel Levis, a Cuban composer still recovering physically and emotionally from his experiences in Paris during the Nazi occupation, returns home to Cuba, where memories of his former life collide with the present.” (Cover)
Syndetics book cover Rue des boutiques obscures / Patrick Modiano.
“Paul Modiano is a French writer who was born on July 30, 1945, in Boulogne-Billancourt. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014 for his lifetime body of work. Modiano’s works explore the traumas of the Nazi occupation of France and the puzzle of identity. His preoccupation with the theme of identity can be seen throughout many of his works including his 2005 memoir entitled Un Pedigree. His mother and father began their clandestine relationship during occupied France. Growing up, his father was absent for most of his life and his mother was away frequently while on tour acting. He was alone much of the time and went to school because of government aid. His younger brother died of a disease at age 10 and this added to his “lost identity” feelings while growing up. Although he is well known in France, only about 12 of his works have been translated into English.” (Bowker Author Biography)

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Cooking

If you think nutritional meals mean boring and tasteless, this selection will give you food for thought.

Syndetics book cover The Food Lover’s Cleanse : 140 delicious, nourishing recipes that will tempt you back into healthful eating / Sara Dickerman ; nutritional advisor, Marissa Lippert, MA, RD ; foreword by Adam Rapoport ; photographs by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott.
“Savor the seasons! The Food Lover’s Cleanse will help you reboot your eating habits with wholesome food that family and friends will enjoy, too. These 140 recipes show you how to coax maximum flavor from fresh produce, fiber-rich grains, and healthy proteins….You won’t even miss pasta.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Supercharged Food : Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian / Lee Holmes.
“This book will inspire you to create meals that are thoroughly delicious and loaded with health-promoting properties to supercharge your health. Wellness warrior Lee Holmes presents over 100 exciting vegetable dishes that your meat-loving family members will also enjoy. Each recipe features options for veganizing your meal, and is accompanied by an icon indicating whether it is wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegetarian, or vegan.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The healthy Mind Cookbook : big-flavor recipes to enhance brain function, mood, memory, and mental clarity / Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson ; photography by Maren Caruso.
“Between digital overload, sleep deprivation, and the stress of modern life, most people’s brains are constantly in flight-or-fight mode, with levels of cortisol and other hormones and neurotransmitters out of whack … [In her book], Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on brain functioning to identify how the foods we consume can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function–all of which dictate memory, mood, and motion.” (Provided by publisher)
Syndetics book cover 5:2 Good Food Kitchen : more healthy and delicious recipes for everyone, every day / Kate Harrison.
“Bestselling 5:2 author Kate Harrison shares more of her favourite easy, healthy recipes with inspiring tips, life-changing stories from 5:2 dieters, and down-to-earth advice on achieving a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Like Kate’s previous books, every ingredient is calorie counted and the focus is on fresh, full-flavoured meals that can be easily adapted to suit anyone – with variations for fast and no-fast days. THE 5:2 GOOD FOOD KITCHEN offers fresh, balanced meals that put healthy food at the heart of your life.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Eat Clean, Live Well / Terry Walters ; photography by Julie Bidwell.
“Go on a culinary journey with Terry Walters–a leader of the clean-food movement. In this seasonal cookbook and lifestyle guide, Walters inspires us with more of her award-winning recipes. Rediscover the unique tastes of spring, summer, fall and winter, and gain insight into everything from preserving the harvest to natural cleansing and tonics for immune support.” (Syndetics summary)

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Craft

Find inspiration and have fun browsing through this collection of newly arrived craft books we have selected for you.

For those of you who are interested in joining the library knitting group, you are welcome to join us at the Central Library to share your ideas and enthusiasm, with our devoted “Knit and chat” library knitters. A delicious morning tea is provided, and the latest craft books and magazines are offered for inspiration. The group meets on the last Saturday of every month on the first floor behind the escalator from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will take place at Easter Saturday, 28th March – contact Sue Dale if you have any questions (phone 801 4146 or email sue.dale@wcc.govt.nz)

Syndetics book cover Knit scarves and shawls now.
“Discover over 40 fresh new designs for scarves, shawls, capelets, wraps and cowls that will add excitement to any wardrobe. Scarves and shawls are extremely versatile and are perfect for adding colour and character to an outfit. These designs range in style and shape and, depending on the yarn you choose, can be light & airy, thick & bulky, or elegantly lacy. There are plenty of projects to suit every knitter’s taste and experience level.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Ten adorable teddy bears to knit : plus all their clothes and accessories / Rachel Borello.
“In Ten Adorable Teddy Bears to Knit, knitting enthusiasts will find: 10 bears to handcraft from detailed patterns, with suggested yarn to use, needle size, finished measurements, and more. A collection of 15 accessory patterns to knit for the bears that can be mixed-and-matched, including a hat, scarf, cardigan, and more accessories such as a cable knit sweater and a seed stitch bear-sized backpack introduce new skills to beginners and more challenges to advanced knitters.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Banners, buntings, garlands & pennants : 40 creative ideas using paper, fabric & more / Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio.
“Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands, and pennants add visual fun to almost any type of celebration or space. These 40 quick and easy projects–made of paper, fabric, felt, and more–make beautiful displays. Use them for special events, for holidays, when entertaining, or even just to spice up a room. A basics section gives beginners a primer on the materials and techniques they need.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Adventures in Pompom Land : 25 cute projects made from handmade pompoms / Myko Diann Bocek.
“Enter the wonderful land of pompoms, where cute critters and creative adventures await you. All the projects in this unique collection begin with handmade, not pre-purchased, pompoms, and every step is beautifully laid out with easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of images. Crafters can then create 25 charming creatures–from a sweet little bluebird to a lop-eared bunny–out of wool yarn, roving, and felt. It’s fun to do and every project is off-the-charts adorable!” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Crochet flowers step-by-step : 35 delightful blooms for beginners / Tanya Shliazhko.
“Stop and crochet the flowers! Crochet flowers are a favorite with needlecrafters because they can be made from scraps of yarn, they’re small and portable, and they are so versatile. Geared toward beginners, each of the 35 crochet flowers patterns in this book comes with a clear, easy-to-follow photo sequence linked to a chart. Use them to add charm to home decor projects such as pillows, towels, or napkin holders, or gather them into a pretty corsage for a lapel or hat trim. Once the seed is sown, you won’t want to stop making these adorable embellishments.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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December Community & Languages Newsletter

Welcome to this month’s book and DVD selection featuring history, cooking and crafts, foreign literature, awarded films, and more! A good range of topics to offer you lots of ideas, instant inspiration and entertainment. Have fun!

Library News

New Zealand

This month the New Zealand Collection takes a walk down memory lane reflecting on the New Zealand of childhoods. We also take a look into the Rugby World and the success of the All Blacks.

Syndetics book cover Taking my mother to the opera / Diane Brown.
“Many readers will recognise the New Zealand so vividly portrayed here, as Brown marshals deeply personal events and childhood memories in a delightfully astute, understated personal memoir.” (Abridged back cover)
Syndetics book cover A life on film / Geoff Murphy.
“‘I’m taking this bloody car to Invercargill!’ It was the line that had cinema audiences cheering. Goodbye Pork Pie became an instant classic, and announced the arrival of a major new talent in director Geoff Murphy. With his next two films, Utu and The Quiet Earth, he cemented his reputation as a pioneer of New Zealand cinema. He’d come a long way from his days as a struggling school teacher, and then a member of a madcap band of merry pranksters known as Blerta, founded by his great friend and collaborator Bruno Lawrence. But it was the same sense of adventure – with a healthy dose of Kiwi ingenuity – that defined every stage of his career. In this candid and funny memoir, Geoff Murphy looks back on a life in (and on) film – from do-it-yourself shoots in the 1960s to epic work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Black obsession : the All Blacks’ quest for World Cup success / Gregor Paul.
“This thought-provoking book is a search for answers to the vexing phenomenon of why the world’s undisputed greatest rugby team can’t win the World Cup. It is an in-depth investigation that explores how societal change, combined with the arrival of professionalism, has impacted on the ability of the All Blacks to perform on the biggest stage. The end result is a compelling and authoritative read that gives the most detailed and comprehensive answer to a question everyone has asked but no one has ever satisfactorily answered.” (Abridged Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The antipodeans : a novel / Greg McGee.
“Beginning with the return to Venice of an old and sick man determined to confront his past, and accompanied by his daughter who is escaping hers, The Antipodeans spans three generations of a New Zealand family and their interaction with three families of Northern Italy. From Venice to the South Island of New Zealand, from the assassination of a Gestapo commander in the last days of Italian resistance in WWII to contemporary real estate shenanigans in Auckland, from political assassination in the darkest days of the Red Brigade to the vaulting cosmology of particle physics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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DVDs

The highlights of new arrival DVDs include the long-awaited Woman in Gold and A Royal Night Out. Check out our new DVDs here and reserve the items you like.

cover image Woman in gold.
“Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann, starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image A royal night out.
A Royal Night Out is a film about one perfect, glorious evening in the lives of two real-life princesses. They are Elizabeth and Margaret Windsor and the night is 8 May 1945, V-E Night. The whole of London is on the streets to celebrate the official end of World War II in Europe. It is known the young princesses, aged 19 and 14, slipped out of the palace to join the communal euphoria and went dancing at the Ritz. They apparently returned to Buckingham Palace just after midnight. Directed by acclaimed UK director Julian Jarrold, A Royal Night Out is an affectionate ‘what-if’ story about the adventures Elizabeth and Margaret might have had on the joyous night that brought the whole of London together.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Indian summers.
“Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, this epic drama tells the rich and explosive story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image Dior and I.
“A thrilling behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’s highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as Christian Dior’s new Artistic Director. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage is nothing short of magical.” (Syndetics summary)
cover image The salt of the earth : a journey with Sebastião Salgado.
“For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus.” (Syndetics summary)

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Community Languages

Explore some delightful additions to our Community Languages collection including history, romance and suspense. Enjoy!

Syndetics book cover Rue des boutiques obscures / Patrick Modiano.
“Paul Modiano is a French writer who was born on July 30, 1945, in Boulogne-Billancourt. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014 for his lifetime body of work. Modiano’s works explore the traumas of the Nazi occupation of France and the puzzle of identity. His preoccupation with the theme of identity can be seen throughout many of his works including his 2005 memoir entitled Un Pedigree. His mother and father began their clandestine relationship during occupied France. Growing up, his father was absent for most of his life and his mother was away frequently while on tour acting. He was alone much of the time and went to school because of government aid. His younger brother died of a disease at age 10 and this added to his “lost identity” feelings while growing up. Although he is well known in France, only about 12 of his works have been translated into English.” (Bowker Author Biography)
Syndetics book cover Etoile errante / J.M.G. Le Clézio.
“This is the story of two teenage girls on the threshold and in the aftermath of World War II: Esther, a French Jew who flees for Jerusalem with her mother, Elizabeth, just before the German occupation; and Nejma, a young Arab orphaned and unable to return to the ancient city of her birth, Akka, after the Israeli declaration of statehood.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Contigo en la distancia / Carla Guelfenbein.
“Spanish Description: Los laberintos del amor y la mentira, y el talento desigual como desafío de una pareja son los grandes temas de esta novela de Carla Guelfenbein. A Vera Sigall y Horacio Infante los une un amor de juventud y su pasión por la literatura. También un lazo misterioso que dos jóvenes, Emilia y Daniel, intentan desentrañar. Sin embargo, este no es el único enigma en sus vidas. Una mañana, Vera Sigall cae por las escaleras de su casa y queda en coma. Al principio, la noción de que su caída no fue un accidente aparece como una sospecha para Daniel. Pero con los días y las semanas, la duda irá creciendo hasta volverse una certeza. Emilia y Daniel se encontrarán en la búsqueda de la verdad acerca del accidente de la mítica escritora pero, sobre todo, en la necesidad de entender sus propios destinos.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Platos exprés : 175 deliciosas recetas listas en 30 minutos o menos / Liz Franklin ; [traducción, Eva María Cantenys Félez].
“Meal times are an opportunity to unwind and share quality time with your family–talking and laughing while enjoying savory food. This book shows you how to do just that while minimizing preparation and fuss. The cookbook is divided into six easy chapters featuring recipes that can be made in just 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 minutes. Forget prepared supermarket convenience meals or take-out. Instead, discover how to create scrumptious meals from fresh ingredients–quick. These recipes are loaded with homemade taste, are significantly cheaper than frozen dinners, and can be made in only a matter of minutes.” (Syndetics summary)

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Cooking

This collection of cookbooks will inspire you to create wholesome, healthy meals easily and without stress.

Syndetics book cover Salads in a Jar / Courtney Roulston.
“In our busy lives, we are always looking for nutritious, delicious, satisfying meals that are fast and simple to prepare. Salads in a Jar will show you how you can take it to another level, layering jars with salads to create lunches or breakfasts on the go….the salads are portable, the packaging is environmentally friendly and the recipes are delicious. Because the salads can last for several days in the fridge, you can always have yummy breakfasts and lunches ready to go.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover From Venice to Istanbul / Rick Stein.
“From the mythical heart of Greece to the fruits of the Black Sea coast; from Croatian and Albanian flavors to the spices and aromas of Turkey and beyond–the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean is a vibrant melting pot brimming with character. This book includes more than 100 spectacular recipes discovered by Rick during his travels. this collection of inspiring recipes evokes the magic of the Eastern Mediterranean at home.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Janella’s Super Natural Foods / Janella Purcell.
“With more than 150 fantastic recipes for healthy and delicious meals, desserts, snacks, drinks, and dressings,…Janella’s philosophy of using “food as medicine” is simple and easy to follow. Many of the recipes have been influenced by Janella’s travels to Italy, Japan, India, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Clearly marked with relevant codes–gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, raw, soy free, nut free, or grain free–each recipe also contains a few alternative ingredient suggestions to please all of the friends and family seated around your table. ” (Syndetics summary)

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Craft

There’s nothing more satisfying than making Christmas cards and gifts for your family and friends and you will find lots of new library books, packed with magical ideas and inspiration to help you make this season special.

Syndetics book cover Half yard Christmas : easy sewing projects using left-over pieces of fabric / Debbie Shore.
“Are you craving a crafty, creative Christmas? Let Debbie Shore show you how to create all the accessories you’ll need in the latest addition to her best-selling Half Yard series. Featuring six themed chapters – rustic, traditional, contemporary, monochrome, Scandinavian and kids – there’s something for everyone: you can select your favourite Christmas style or mix and match throughout your home. With over 30 simple, stylish projects requiring only half yards of fabric, this book will have you feeling festive in no time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Handmade interiors / project editor, Laura Palosuo.
Handmade Interiors is the most comprehensive guide to soft furnishings and home sewing projects on the market. Handmade Interiors leads you through sewing projects such as how to sew curtains, a cushion cover or a Roman blind using step-by-step instructions and images. Compiled by experts in home design who offer advice on fabrics and variations to tailor to your specific home decoration needs. The easy to follow format makes this the perfect guide for novices and experts alike, covering the whole process of creating professional looking furnishings, from measuring, all the way through to installing your finished project.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Rubber band bracelets : 35 colorful projects you’ll love to make / Lucy Hopping.
“Everyone’s crazy for rubber-band jewelry! Discover how to make 3 fantastic designs for yourself and your friends. All you need to make the basic bracelets are colourful rubber bands, a loom that you can make yourself, a hook, and a clip or split ring–it’s that simple! The patterns in this book show you how to make a whole host of different items that you can customize by choosing your own colourways. Every one of these projects, from a pretty diamond bracelet to cute ladybug and bee bracelets, will inspire you to get crafting. All the projects have clear step-by-step illustrated instructions, so you’ll be an expert in no time!” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Neck effects : 30 scarves, wraps, and cowls to knit for now.
“Nurture your neck! Neck Effects offers knitters a creative collection of 30 fresh, fashion-forward neckwear designs featuring Cascade Yarns’ Heritage line of luxurious, easy-care superwash merino blends. From cozy cables to delicate lace to stunning Fair Isle, knitters of every skill level will find projects that are destined to become modern classics–and that will make great gifts for anyone with a love of knits and a sense of style!” (Syndetics summary)

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Community & Languages Newsletter for May

Welcome to a wonderful selection of new library books exploring NZ history, craft projects and cooking. Look for a new DVD or the latest books on French and Spanish literature. Delightful finds that you can read for basic information, inspiration and fresh ideas.

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 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 Stolen lives : a New Zealand foster child’s story from the ’40s and ’50s / Netta England.
Netta and her older brother Ray hardly knew their mother. She was a strange woman who made occasional visits, and they did not even know they had a Father. Instead from a very early age they lived with foster parents and at school were treated as different. Growing up, Netta became increasingly aware that her foster mother disliked her. Though never starved, Netta suffered neglect, as well as mental, physical and sexual abuse. After her brother’s death in 1976, Netta, by then married with a grown up family, began her long journey to learn about and understand what had happened in the past. She wanted to find out if somewhere out there was a family, her own family that she could belong to. How would she find them, and would they want to know her? She needed to find her roots. Stolen Lives is the record of Netta’s journey from a neglected and abused state ward, to a woman who discovers her heritage and creates a positive life regardless of her upbringing. (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

Some exciting new additions to our DVD collection this month, including the next season of Broadchurch and a Cilla Black biopic.

cover image Broadchurch. Series 2.
“Broadchurch: a town in shock, after the revelation of the identity of Danny Latimer’s killer. Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller find themselves drawn back into the case as it goes to court. Ellie, estranged from family and friends, only has Hardy to turn to. But Hardy is a man still haunted by illness and the case he never could solve–Sandbrook… Lives will be thrown under the spotlight, and the deepest secrets laid bare for all to see…” (Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)
cover image Hector and the search for happiness.
“…Featuring stunning performances from an all-star cast including Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard and Jean Reno. Hector (Simon Pegg – Shaun of the Dead, The Worlds End, Paul) is an eccentric yet loveable psychiatrist who finds himself at a crossroads in life; his patients just aren t getting any happier and his life is going nowhere. Feeling trapped between his mundane daily routine and his neurotic girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike – Made in Dagenham, Jack Reacher), Hector decides to break away from his sheltered London life and go on a global quest to find out whether happiness truly exists – and more importantly, whether it exists for Hector…” (adapted from Product Description, Amazon.co.uk)
cover image Gallipoli.
“The spirit of our nation was forged on the shores of Gallipoli…and in the centenary year of the battle that shaped the ANZAC legend, comes a landmark drama event for every Australian. …As dawn breaks on April 25, 1915, ANZAC troops launch into battle on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula. Landing in the dark chaos is 17-year-old Thomas ‘Tolly’ Johnson, who has lied about his age to enlist, his older brother Bevan and their loyal mates. Thrown into the heart of a war they know little about, in a land utterly foreign to them, these brave yet frightened boys endure the next eight months simply trying to stay alive. By the time of the final evacuation, each will have learnt about courage, sacrifice and the importance of mateship.” (adapted from Editorial Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)
cover image Cilla.
“Priscilla White is a typist from a working class area of Liverpool who dreams of stardom; Bobby Willis is the chancer who ignores the city’s Protestant-Catholic divide to pursue her; Brian Epstein is the young genius who will later guide The Beatles to superstardom. Starring Sheridan Smith Cilla tells the true story of how the lives of these three intertwine to propel Cilla to the top of the charts and beyond… but at a cost… Set to an explosion of 60s music as the ‘Merseybeat’ sounds grips the country, Cilla explores the humble beginnings and little-known early years of a woman who went on to become an iconic TV star and household name.” (Editorial Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)

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Community Languages

Do you enjoy reading Foreign Literature or brushing up on your French and Spanish? Have a taste of the latest additions to our Community Languages section featuring a broad range of literary fiction, including biographies, romances, intriguing mysteries and more. Enjoy reading!

Syndetics book cover Suspended sentences : three novellas / Patrick Modiano ; translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti.
“In this essential trilogy of novellas by the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, French author Patrick Modiano reaches back in time, opening the corridors of memory and exploring the mysteries to be encountered there. Each novella in the volume– Afterimage , Suspended Sentences , and Flowers of Ruin –represents a sterling example of the author’s originality and appeal, while Mark Polizzotti’s superb English-language translations capture not only Modiano’s distinctive narrative voice but also the matchless grace and spare beauty of his prose. Modiano draws on his own experiences, blended with the real or invented stories of others, to present a dreamlike autobiography that is also the biography of a place. Orphaned children, mysterious parents, forgotten friends, enigmatic strangers–each appears in this three-part love song to a Paris that no longer exists. To read Modiano’s trilogy is to enter his world of uncertainties and the almost accidental way in which people find their fates”. (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)
Syndetics book cover El enigma del convento / Jorge Eduardo Benavides.
“1814. After demonstrating his loyalty to Fernando by fighting against the pro-independence colonists in the Americas, General Goyeneche is called to the Spanish Court to help the monarchy fight the liberal movement that is trying to reinstate the Constitution of Cádiz. But in these tumultuous times, everything moves along the fine line that separates loyalty from treason, and anyone can be accused of conspiring against the king. Because of that, the general embarks on a journey to recover compromising papers that are hidden in Peru, and which put his reputation, his fortune, and his life at risk. With admirable use of suspense, Jorge Eduardo Benavides constructs a novel full of intrigue, which has at its epicenter the Convent of Santa Catalina, in Arequipa, Perú. In its walls are important documents that could compromise the lives of all who appear in them. Only when evil breaks into the tranquil grounds of the convent, it will be necessary to keep safe the secrets that have been kept for centuries.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover La tierra de las mujeres : descubruerion su pasado, comprendieron su presente, dibujaron su futuro / Sandra Barneda.
“Gala Marlborough travels with her two daughters, Kate and Adele, to the small town of Ampurdán with the sole intention of receiving an inheritance from an unknown family member and then getting back to her life in New York as quickly as possible. She is unaware that this decision will set into action a perfect, subtle, and precise series of events that will unearth buried lies and family secrets, and heal souls that were lost in pain and bitterness. What was supposed to be a casual tourist trip takes a sharp turn towards self-discovery when they receive a strange invitation: the opportunity to participate in the “Women’s Circle.”” (Syndetics summary)
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)

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Cooking

Enjoy our eclectic selection for this month.

Syndetics book cover Kenkō Kitchen / Kate Bradley ; photography by Elisa Watson.
“In Kenko Kitchen, Kate Bradley shares a range of healthy and delicious foods that are easy to prepare, with ingredients available from the local store. Featuring a host of vegan recipes that are also gluten- and sugar-free for those with fructose and gluten intolerances, and delicious raw food, detoxifying, and macrobiotic recipes, Kenko Kitchen is perfect for everyone from whole foods newcomers to long time whole-foods devotees, health-conscious food lovers, vegans, and those with dietary intolerances.”(Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Clean Slate : A Cookbook and Guide : reset your health, detox your body, and feel your best / from the editors of Martha Stewart living.
“This book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet, with delicious and healthy recipes that make it easy to do just that…You’ll find guidelines for re-stocking your pantry with whole grains, beans and legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats; glossaries of the best sources of detoxifiers, antioxidants, and other health-boosting nutrients; and menus for a simple 3-day cleanse and a 21-day whole-body detox, with easy-to-follow tips and strategies for staying on track.”–Publisher.
Syndetics book cover Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia : 100 fantastic recipes based on extensive, in-depth research / Margaret Rayman, Katie Sharpe, Vanessa Ridland & Patsy Westcott ; photography by Will Heap.
“Dementia affects nearly 36 million people worldwide, with 7.7 million new cases every year, and has a dramatic impact on sufferers and their families. There is evidence, however, that a healthy lifestyle and diet, especially in mid-life, can help to reduce the risk of developing dementia. In this much-needed book, Margaret Rayman and her team of nutritional experts give clear and effective guidelines on how to adapt your diet and lifestyle to help protect you against this condition.”(Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The 52 new foods challenge : a family cooking adventure for each week of the year / Jennifer Tyler Lee.
“In this book, and the Crunch a Color game that complements it, we meet a mom, advocate, and inspiration who helps families move from bland to bountiful plates from the freezer section to the farmers market. Through an ingenious and simple game, The 52 New Foods Challenge inspires kids, their parents, friends, and families to get into the kitchen to cook, taste, and eat healthy, unprocessed foods together.This book may actually help families save the health of our children, our nation, and perhaps our planet as well!” (Books in Print)

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Crafts

Find lots of ideas and easy to follow designs in this brilliant collection of crochet, knitting and quilting newly arrived library books.
It’s the perfect time now that winter is approaching to knit a stylish sweater or wrap yourself up in a crochet shawl and feel warm and elegant!
And if you are a pet lover, take a look at some modern and functional design ideas for your cat or dog. Until next time, happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover Bright young things : modern baby and children’s knitting patterns / MillaMia ; [writing, Katarina Rosén ; design, Helena Rosén ; photography, Emma Norén.].
“Bright Young Things celebrates colour with a vibrant collection of baby and children’s knitting patterns, inspired by clashing patterns and playful, quirky designs. Featuring patterns for dresses, jumpers, cardigans, outerwear, accessories, babygrows and blankets, for babies and toddlers up to age 5. With patterns suitable for beginners and the more experienced knitter.” (Publisher’s description)
Syndetics book cover Boho crochet : 30 hip and happy projects / project editor, Hazel Eriksson.
“Express yourself with vintage motifs in contemporary color combinations. Whether you?re new to the crochet scene or already an expert, this collection will inspire you to create exciting, original pieces with the look you love. Show your style with 30 cool and unconventional projects Create a boho tote bag, shawl, blanket, pillow, and coasters Find your crochet groove with easy-to-follow patterns, step-by-step photos, and expert tips” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Printmaking : 20 projects for friends to make / Super+Super [text by Claire Culley & Amy Phipps].
“What could be better than getting together with friends and getting creative? If you fancy stamping some personality on anything from napkins to canvas shoes then this book of print making from the new Super+Super series is for you. With 20 projects to get your creative teeth into, this quirky step-by-step guide to print making is full of fun. Projects include invitations, napkins, tea towel and wrapping paper.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Materially crafted : a DIY primer for the design-obsessed / Victoria Hudgins ; photography by Jocelyn Noel.
“Design enthusiasts are bombarded with beautiful inspiration at every turn, but many lack the foundation necessary to re-create their dream projects. “Materially Crafted” is a must-have guide for design mavens seeking to develop their DIY chops, even if they’re embracing their crafty side for the first time. Victoria Hudgins, creator of the popular design blog “A Subtle Revelry,” uncovers the best and least intimidating ways to work with the most popular crafting materials–from spray paint and concrete to thread, wax, and paper–and presents more than 30 easy projects to get everyone started.” (Syndetics summary)

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