ISBN: 9781590172308 Title: Novels in Three Lines Author: FENEON FELIX
A NEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS ORIGINAL "Novels in Three Lines" collects more than a thousand items that appeared anonymously in the French newspaper Le Matin in 1906--true stories of murder, mayhem, and everyday life presented with a ruthless economy that provokes laughter even as it shocks. This extraordinary trove, undiscovered until the 1940s and here translated for the first time into English, is the work of the mysterious Felix Feneon. Dandy, anarchist, and critic of genius, the discoverer of Georges Seurat and the first French publisher of James Joyce, Feneon carefully maintained his own anonymity, toiling for years as an obscure clerk in the French War Department. "Novels in Three Lines" is his secret chef-d'oeuvre, a work of strange and singular art that brings back the long-ago year of 1906 with the haunting immediacy of a photograph while looking forward to such disparate works as Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project and the Death and Disaster series of Andy Warhol. Published: January 2008
ISBN: 9781603582865 Title: Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts & Processes from Around the World Author: KATZ SANDOR ELLIX
Katz presents the concepts and processes behind fermentation in ways that are simple enough to guide a reader through their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, and in-depth enough to provide greater understanding and insight for experienced practitioners.
ISBN: 9781560978862 Title: Dal Tokyo Author: PANTER GARY
Dal Tokyo is a future Mars that is terra-formed by Texan and Japanese workers. Panter shared his Dal Tokyo comic strips in monthly instalments with an audience in L.A. Reader and Riddim for over a decade. Only previously released in a now out of print, incomplete French version, Fantagraphic's edition, with its idiosyncratic size (only six inches tall but nearly three feet wide) offers the perfect framework to appreciate this long-awaited book from one of today's masters of the comic-strip form.
Illustration is experiencing a remarkable renaissance: the engagingly human, witty, and intricate work of contemporary illustrators is at the forefront of contemporary visual culture, viewed by audiences worldwide.
This outstanding and original survey brings together the talents of fifty leading illustrators from more than twenty countries. The book is divided into two interleaved strands. First, work by artists such as Julia Rothman, Whitney Sherman, and Mike Perry is presented along with an interview that explores their inspirations and motivations. The second strand is a collaborative project with illustrators working in pairs to create original work on twenty-five themes suggested by the author ranging from "beauty" to "beast," from "speed" to "excess." Each of the collaborations is accompanied by a joint interview with the two illustrators reviewing the work created. As a result, half the work has been created exclusively for the book and never before seen.
ISBN: 9780714865911 Title: Art As Therapy Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN & ARMSTRONG JOHN
The conventional framework of art history, which tells us when, where and by whom an artwork was made, does little to make the case for why art is so important. In this book Alain de Botton and John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at art, suggesting that it can be useful, relevant and above all else, therapeutic for its audiences. The authors begin by laying out a method for looking at art therapeutically, then demonstrate it in action on key themes of existence, like Love, Nature, Money and Politics. They argue that in each area, certain great works of art have clues as to how to manage the tensions and confusions of life. The range of examples of works is part of the pleasure of the book. Unexpected lessons lie in each one: Johannes Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter helps us to focus on what we want to be loved for; Richard Serra's Fernando Passoa reminds us of the importance of dignity in suffering; the colonnades of the monastery at Le Thoronet hold a promise of a serenity that too often escapes us; and Edouard Manet's Bunch of Asparagus teaches us how to preserve and value our long-term partners.nbsp;Passionate, thought provoking, often funny and always accessible, this book reframes art as a therapeutic medium that can guide, console and exhort us, and along the way, help us to understand both art and ourselves better.
ISBN: 9781743369852 Title: New York Cult Recipes Author: GROSSMAN MARC & IDA AKIKO
NEW YORK CULT RECIPES lets the reader into the secrets of New York's legendary dining scene. Discover 130 recipes that unlock the secrets of New York's cult food establishments. Learn the secret to creating the perfect BLT, make the ultimate cheeseburger or for something a little sweeter, indulge in a cinnamon roll, smoothie or famous New York cheesecake. Brimming with delicious food and gorgeous photography of the city that never sleeps, you'll feel like a local.
ISBN: 9780802121950 Title: Adding Machine Author: BURROUGHS WILLIAM S
"Sheer pleasure...Wonderfully entertaining."- Chicago Sun-Times Acclaimed by Norman Mailer more than twenty years ago as "possibly the only American writer of genius," William S. Burroughs has produced a body of work unique in our time. In these scintillating essays, he writes wittily and wisely about himself, his interests, his influences, his friends and foes. He offers candid and not always flattering assessments of such diverse writers as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Proust. He ruminates on science and the often dubious paths into which it seems intent on leading us, whether into outer or inner space. He reviews his reviewers, explains his famous "cut-up" method, and discusses the role coincidence has played in his life and work. As satirist and parodist, William Burroughs has no peer, as these varied works, written over three decades, amply reveal.
ISBN: 9780099558484 Title: So Much Pretty Author: HOFFMAN CARA
When nineteen-year-old local waitress, Wendy White, disappears, the small town of Haeden, New York, is shaken to its core. Nothing like this has ever happened in this rural idyll and the police make little headway with the case, assuming that Wendy most likely ran away. But, six months later, Wendys tortured body is found in the nearby woods. And she has only been dead a matter of days& Local reporter, Stacy Flynn, desperate for a big story, knows that Wendy's case could be her big break. But, with little help from the local police, she's forced to investigate alone - though no one in the town is willing to talk about it. Told from various perspectives - Wendy's, Stacy's and high school student Alice's - this compelling tale of murder, revenge and violence builds slowly and eerily to a shocking and unforgettable conclusion.
ISBN: 9780385376105 Title: Harriet the Spy: 50th Anniversary Edition Author: FITZHUGH LOUISE
This special 50th Anniversary Edition of the classic and ground-breaking coming-of-age novel, Harriet the Spy, includes tributes by Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, Lois Lowry, Rebecca Stead, and many more, as well as a map of Harriet's New York City neighborhood and spy route and original author/editor correspondence.
Using her keen observation skills, 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch writes down in her notebook what she considers the truth about everyone in and around her New York City neighborhood. When she loses track of her notebook, it ends up in the wrong hands, and before she can stop them, her friends read the sometimes awful things she's observed and written about each of them. How can Harriet find a way to keep her integrity and also put her life and her friendships back together?
Combining precise attention to detail with linguistic virtuosity and a dry humor, promising young Irish poet Caoilinn Hughes traces the parallels between scientific exploration and poetic venturing in this strong debut collection. Several of the poems, which concern themselves with the language and processes of science, were award winners before being included in this collection.
ISBN: 9781936239719 Title: Ye-Ye! The Girls of '60s French Pop Music Author: JEAN-EMMANUEL DELUXE; LIO (FOREWORD BY)
Ye-Ye is a delightful style of pop music featuring young female singers that influenced France and many other countries, as says Susan Sontag, with its particular "camp" style throughout the 1960s. Ye-Ye pop had secondary explosions in the 1970s and 1990s in Japan and Europe through the likes of Lio (who provides this book's foreword), and in the United States through singers like April March, whose Ye-Ye number "Chick Habit" was heard in the Quentin Tarantino film Death Proof. Interest in Ye-Ye revived again recently during the fifth season of the mega-popular television series Mad Men, when Don Draper's young, sexy wife sang the Ye-Ye number "Zou Bisou Bisou," originally made famous in the 1960s by blonde actress Gillian Hills. The most famous Ye-Ye practitioners include the glamorous Sylvie Vartan (married to rock star Johnny Hallyday), French lolita France Gall, beautiful actresses Brigitte Bardot and Chantal Goya, and the statuesque Francoise Hardy. This collection by French pop music expert Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe includes many interviews with the original singers and producers, visual excerpts of record covers, both 45s and LPs, and remarkable excerpts from a children's fan diary of the period. Ye-Ye means "Yeah Yeah" and many music lovers are ready for an immersion in this beloved but little-known genre. ""This lavishly illustrated compendium is like a passport to another time and place...a window into an era in which one could switch on the TV & see Bridget Bardot singing about Harley Davidson motorcycles while wearing thigh-high boots and a black leather mini-skirt. This book may well be the Bible of Ye-Ye ." --Boyd Rice"
ISBN: 9780091954161 Title: Weight of Blood Author: MCHUGH LAURA
For fans of Gillian Flynn, Scott Smith, and Daniel Woodrell comes a gripping, suspenseful novel about two mysterious disappearances a generation apart. The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see. Lucy's family has deep roots in the Ozarks, part of a community that is fiercely protective of its own. Yet despite her close ties to the land, and despite her family's influence, Lucy--darkly beautiful as her mother was--is always thought of by those around her as her mother's daughter. When Cheri disappears, Lucy is haunted by the two lost girls--the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't save--and sets out with the help of a local boy, Daniel, to uncover the mystery behind Cheri's death.
What Lucy discovers is a secret that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and beyond that horrific revelation is a more personal one concerning what happened to her mother more than a decade earlier.
The Weight of Blood is an urgent look at the dark side of a bucolic landscape beyond the arm of the law, where a person can easily disappear without a trace. Laura McHugh proves herself a masterly storyteller who has created a harsh and tangled terrain as alive and unforgettable as the characters who inhabit it. Her mesmerizing debut is a compelling exploration of the meaning of family: the sacrifices we make, the secrets we keep, and the lengths to which we will go to protect the ones we love.
Praise for The Weight of Blood "A fantastic novel, rich in character and atmosphere . . . This is one you won't want to miss."--Karin Slaughter, author of Unseen
"Laura McHugh's vivid and enthralling The Weight of Blood centers on a mother and daughter in a seemingly benign yet deeply horrifying small town. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last."--Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers
"The Weight of Blood pulled me in and wouldn't let go. What starts as Lucy's coming-of-age story becomes a chilling tale about the price of secrets. As the menace deepens, so does the tension. Laura McHugh has written a terrific novel."--Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of The Shadow Tracer
"McHugh's debut is as lush and evocative as its Ozark setting, with luminous prose and characters you can't help rooting for, even as the mystery surrounding them intensifies and the odds against them grow more and more harrowing. I couldn't put it down."--Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret
"In this clever, multilayered debut, McHugh deftly explores the past of an Ozark Mountain family . . . with plenty to hide and the ruthlessness to keep their secrets hidden. . . . This is an outstanding first novel, replete with suspense, crisp dialogue, and vivid Ozarks color and atmosphere."--Publishers Weekly "Debut novelist McHugh comes out swinging with this gripping tale set in the Ozarks of Missouri. . . . Her prose will not only keep readers turning the pages but also paints a real and believable portrait of the connections, alliances, and sacrifices that underpin rural, small-town life in Henbane."--Library Journal (starred review)
ISBN: 9781444779639 Title: Blazing World Author: HUSTVEDT SIRI
From the internationally bestselling author, praised for her "beguiling, lyrical prose" ("The Sunday Times Review," UK), comes a brilliant, provocative novel about an artist, Harriet Burden, who after years of being ignored by the art world conducts an experiment: she conceals her female identity behind three male fronts." " Presented as a collection of texts, edited and introduced by a scholar years after the artist's death, the book unfolds through extracts from Burden's notebooks and conflicting accounts from others about her life and work. Even after she steps forward to reveal herself as the force behind three solo shows, there are those who doubt she is responsible for the last exhibition, initially credited to the acclaimed artist Rune. No one doubts the two artists were involved with each other. According to Burden's journals, she and Rune found themselves locked in a charged and dangerous psychological game that ended with the man's bizarre death. From one of the most ambitious and internationally celebrated writers of her generation, Hustvedt's "The Blazing World" is a polyphonic tour de force. It is also an intricately conceived, diabolical puzzle that addresses the shaping influences of prejudice, money, fame, and desire on what we see in one another. Emotionally intense, intellectually rigorous, ironic, and playful, this is a book you won't be able to put down.
ISBN: 9780007454860 Title: Extreme Metaphors Author: BALLARD J G
A startling and at times unsettlingly prescient collection of J.G. Ballards greatest interviews. J.G. Ballard was a literary giant. His novels were unique and surprising. To the journalists and admirers who sought him out, Ballard was the "seer of Shepperton"; his home the vantage from which he observed the rising suburban tide, part of a changing society captured and second-guessed so plausibly in his fiction. Such acuity was not exclusive to his novels and, as this book reminds us, Ballards restive intelligence sharpened itself in dialogue. He entertained many with insights into the world as he saw it, and speculated, often correctly, about its future. Some of these observations earned Ballard an oracular reputation, and continue to yield an uncannily accurate commentary today. Now, for the first time, Extreme Metaphors collects the finest interviews of his career. Conversations with cultural figureheads such as Will Self, Jon Savage, Iain Sinclair and John Gray, and collaborators like David Cronenberg, are a reminder of his wit and humanity, testament to Ballards profound worldliness as much as his otherworldly imagination. This collection is an indispensable tribute to one of recent historys most incisive and original thinkers.
ISBN: 9781847082442 Title: Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st-Century Bestiary Author: HENDERSON CASPAR
From Axolotl to Zebrafish, discover a host of barely imagined beings: real creatures that are often more astonishing than anything dreamt in the pages of a medieval bestiary. Ranging from the depths of the ocean to the most arid corners of the earth, Caspar Henderson captures the beauty and bizarreness of the many living forms we thought we knew and some we could never have contemplated, inviting us to better imagine the precarious world we inhabit.A witty, vivid blend of pioneering natural history and spiritual primer, infectiously celebratory about life's sheer ingenuity and variety, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings
ISBN: 9780241146477 Title: News: A User's Manual Author: DE BOTTON ALAIN
Alain de Botton explores our relationship with 'the news' in this book full of his trademark wit and wisdom.Following on from his bestselling Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton turns now to look at the manic and peculiar positions that 'the news' occupies in our lives. We invest it with an authority and importance which used to be the preserve of religion - but what does it do for us?Mixing current affairs with philosophical reflections, de Botton offers a brilliant illustrated guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and the 'noise' it generates. Witty and global in reach, The News will ensure you'll never look at reports of a celebrity story or political scandal in quite the same way again.Praise for Religion for Atheists: 'Smart and stimulating . . . a sensitive analysis of the deeply human needs that faith meets' Financial Times 'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live . . . energetic and on the side of the angels' Jeanette Winterson, The Times 'Packed with tantalising goads to thought and playful prompts to action' Independent Alain de Botton's bestselling books include Religion for Atheists, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel, and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London and founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk). For more information, consult www.alaindebotton.com.
ISBN: 9781922079329 Title: Road to Middlemarch: My Life with George Eliot Author: MEAD REBECCA
What would happen if I stopped to consider how Middlemarch has shaped my understanding of my own life? Why did the novel still feel so urgent, after all these years? And what could it give me now, as I paused here in the middle of things, and surveyed where I had come from, and thought about where I was, and wondered where I might go next?At the age of 17, Rebecca Mead read Middlemarch for the first time, and has read it again every five years since, interpreting and discovering it anew each time. In The Road to Middlemarch she writes passionately about her relationship with this remarkable Victorian novel--loved by so many--and explores how its characters and their stories, along with George Eliot's own life experiences, can answer some of our fundamental questions about life and love.Written when Eliot was 51, Middlemarch has at its centre one of literature's most compelling and ill-fated marriages, and some of the most tenderly drawn characters--their most intimate struggles, their ambitions, dreams, and attachments. Mead interweaves her own reflections on adolescence, relationships and marriage to explore how Middlemarch teaches us to be grown-ups, and to value the limitations of our ordinary lives. The Road to Middlemarch is not only a sensitive work of deep reading and biography, but a guide to living well today.
ISBN: 9780857521293 Title: Days of Anna Madrigal Author: MAUPIN ARMISTEAD
The Days of Anna Madrigal, the suspenseful, comic, and touching ninth novel in Armistead Maupin's bestselling "Tales of the City" series, follows one of modern literature's most unforgettable and enduring characters-Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane-as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her past.Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.Some members of Anna's family are bound for the otherworldly landscape of Burning Man, the art community in Nevada's Black Rock Desert where 60,000 revelers gather to construct a city designed to last only one week. Anna herself has another destination in mind: a lonely stretch of road outside of Winnemucca where the 16-year-old boy she once was ran away from the whorehouse he called home. With Brian and his beat-up RV, she journeys into the dusty troubled heart of her Depression childhood to unearth a lifetime of secrets and dreams and attend to unfinished business she has long avoided.
ISBN: 9781922147790 Title: Train to Paris Author: HAMPSON SEBASTIAN
A wonderfully atmospheric novel from a brilliant new young talent--the author is only twenty-one years old The Train to Paris is an unusual but compelling love story set against a European backdrop A young New Zealand traveller has an awkward holiday with his girlfriend before an alluring older woman befriends him at a train station and turns his life upside down Reminiscent of a stylish French film, this debut novel is unlike anything else you have ever read with an unforgettably sexy female lead in Élodie Lavelle 'Sebastian Hampson is that rare thing: a writer of ideas who is also compulsively readable.' Nicholas Edlin, author of The Widow's Daughter To be launched at the Wellington Writers Festival by Greg McGee Author will be a guest of major literary festivals in Australia and New Zealand in 2014 Author is from Auckland but now lives in Wellington
ISBN: 9781847089342 Title: Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot Author: GESSEN MASHA
On February 21st 2012, five members of an obscure feminist post-punk collective called Pussy Riot staged a performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Dressed in their trademark brightly coloured dresses and balaclavas, the women performed their song 'Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!' in front of the altar. The performance lasted only 40 seconds but it resulted in two-year prison sentences for three of the performers -and has turned Pussy Riot into one of the most well-known and important protest movements of the last five years...This necessary and timely book is an account of the Pussy Riot protest, the ensuing global support movement, and the tangled and controversial trial of the band members. It explores the status of dissent in Russia, the roots of the group and their adoption - or appropriation - by wider collectives, feminist groups and music icons. Masha Gessen has unique access to the band and those closest to them. Her unrivalled understanding of the Russian protest movement makes her the ideal writer to document and explain the rage, the beauty and the phenomenon that is Pussy Riot. ‘Brought forward due to the amnesty and release, this is the story of the feminist post-punk collective told by the author of a much-admired book on Putin.’ ‘2014 in Books’ preview in the Guardian - Stephen Romei previews the books to look out for in 2014 - The Australian - ‘Gessen is well placed to explain the intricacies of Pussy Riot, understanding both the political and cultural significance of its birth and rise. … The book if valuable for its insights into the modern cultural history of Russia, with all its idealistic muddles, dead-ends and false starts. ... Gessen’s sharp pen draws a caustic picture of their show trials in the summer of 2012 [and] prison correspondence provides a vivid picture of the continuing awfulness of the Russian penal system.... Her book is ideal for those curious about the country behind the games.’ Economist - ‘Thorough… Much here will be new to the American reader. All of it is infuriating.’ New York Times
ISBN: 9780007552795 Title: & Sons Author: GILBERT DAVID
The Manhattan funeral of Charles Henry Topping would have been a minor affair but for the identity of the eulogist: reclusive author A.N. Dyer, whose novel 'Ampersand' stands as a classic of teenage angst. Now Andrew Newbold Dyer takes stock of his own life, the people he's hurt and the novel that will endure as his legacy. He realises he must reunite with his three sons before it's too late. It is only when the hidden purpose of the reunion comes to light do the sons realise what's at stake - for their father, themselves and three generations of Dyers.
ISBN: 9780575097414 Title: Words of Radiance #2 Stormlight Archive Author: SANDERSON BRANDON
Having met the challenge of a posthumous collaboration with the great Robert Jordan to complete his classic, bestselling fantasy series The Wheel of TimeÂ® with three #1 New York Times bestsellers in a row, Brandon Sanderson is at last free to return to the decade-spanning task of creating his own multi-volume epic, one that he hopes will make a comparable mark on the field. That epic is The Stormlight Archive and it began in 2010 with Tor's longest, most elaborately embellished novel ever, The Way of Kings.
In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book's end, had become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.
In Words of Radiance their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind's survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn to how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.
With this second book, the Stormlight Archive grows even more richly immersive and compelling. Sanderson's fans, old and new, are likely to lift it at least as high on the bestseller lists as its predecessor.
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ISBN: 9781775535799 Title: Mighty Totara: The Life & Times of Norman Kirk Author: GRANT DAVID
A major biography of arguably New Zealand's greatest modern political leader As Norman Kirk's body lay in state near the steps of Parliament on the day after his death on 31 August 1974, one of the mourning kaumatua wailed 'the mighty totara has fallen'. These words resonated with others around him and were picked up by a media keen to reflect what many New Zealanders felt about this big, commanding and loved leader, dead at just 51, in their hours of grief. More than 30,000 people braved rain to file past Kirk's casket over two long days, and again in Christchurch, in a commemoration that matched only Michael Joseph Savage's for the power of its emotion. Both men died in office, both men were humanitarians, their lives and works in large part reflecting the aspirations of the poor, the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill. Kirk was more than that. He worked hard to expand the Labour Party and the broader movement away from its cloth-cap heritage and clich -ridden class concerns to encompass a much broader electoral compass, for it to become, in his words, 'the natural party of New Zealand.' Prime Minister of New Zealand between November 1972 and August 1974, Kirk was the product of a working class family, his childhood blighted with poverty. Yet he survived and thrived. The bedrock of his later humanitarianism, which formed the essence of his political philosophy, evolved from studying the New Testament in the Salvation Army Church of his parents. He moved into a succession of manual jobs, upskilling as he went, becoming involved early as a trade union official, and as a member of successive Labour Representation Committees, before booming into local body politics and being elected mayor of Kaiapoi at 30, still the youngest-ever, in the country. Gaining respect as a leader of a small town and abhorring laziness, favouritism, cant and pretension, his political rise on a wider national stage was rapid. He worked diligently in the Lyttelton electorate, turning a marginal seat into a relatively safe one, sometimes in defiance of national trends. He became leader of the Labour Party in 1965, moving quickly to stamp a new direction on an expanding party, although retaining the inbuilt social conservatism which saw him regale against aspects of the radically new and alternative 'counter culture' that began to swirl around him through the late 1960s and early 1970s. This book examines Kirk's political leadership; his successes, especially his stunning performances on the international stage, but also his later difficulties when the country's economic health took a nosedive in the wake of the international oil shocks that hit it in 1973. Kirk was no radical ideologue; rather his two most dramatic international statements, deferring the 1973 Springbok tour and sending warships into the French nuclear testing zone near Mururoa Atoll, were 'morality' decisions. He was New Zealand's first truly regionalist Prime Minister, initiating close ties with political leaders in Asia, strengthening and boosting trade and aid to those countries, and others in the Pacific, as the country's umbilical chord tie to 'mother Britain' slowly loosened. This landmark book takes the full measure of a remarkable New Zealander.
ISBN: 9780857868749 Title: Crane Wife Author: NESS PATRICK
When George and his daughter, with their seemingly ordinary quirks and heartbreaks, are befriended by an enigmatic woman, art, beauty, and myth become living forces in their lives. This poignant novel echoes with the longings and sorrows of the ages. But what came as a most delightful surprise is the humor and humanity that Patrick Ness brings to this story
ISBN: 9780864739162 Title: Lamplighter Author: BROWN KERRY DONOVAN
Old World lamplighters once lit the streets of cities like Constantinople, Alexandria and Rome. In the countryside, in the new colonies, the Lamplighter doesn't light passages through the dark; he lights perimeters against it, and the wildernesses beyond. In the tiny South Island beach settlement of Porbeagle, Candle is apprentice to his grandfather, Ignis. But as the community prepares to celebrate the Lamplighter's retirement, old stories take on darker hues. If the origins of folklore are in a sunken history of violence and prejudice, what is the price of Candle's freedom? Inhabiting a luminous space between realism and parable, between an all-too-familiar contemporary New Zealand and a magical otherworld, LAMPLIGHTER is as captivating as it is unsettling. It is a remarkable debut from the winner of the 2012 Adam Prize.
ISBN: 9780864739223 Title: Incomplete Works Author: HORROCKS DYLAN
Daydreams, fantasy, true love and procrastination feature strongly in this marvellous selection of Dylan Horrocks's shorter comics. Running from 1986 to 2012, INCOMPLETE WORKS is both the chronicle of an age and a portrait of one man's heroic struggle to get some work done.
ISBN: 9781471134807 Title: Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel Author: HOFFMAN ALICE
Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman's The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.
Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum," alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.
The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as a tailor's apprentice. When Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman's disappearance and ignites the heart of Coralie.
With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Alice Hoffman at her most spellbinding.