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MAY '13 New Releases ...
WHAT'S FOR DINNER? : Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life
Curtis Stone -
Curtis Stone, host of Arena's hugely popular Top Chef Masters and the Discovery Channel'sAround the World in 80 Plates, provides a culinary road map of time-saving kitchen solutions and delicious dishes for every day of the week.
We're all busy. We can all appreciate using a recipe that we know will cut down on time, expense and even dishes. Curtis Stone maintains that the first step to ensuring a successful meal is to achieve confidence in the kitchen, and so this classically trained, world-renowned, celebrity chef has provided home cooks of all levels with 130 effortless, but inspired, fail-proof recipes that showcase ingredients and can be cooked quickly on any night of the week. He also provides dozens of notes on techniques, tricks and shortcuts that will make home cooking a fun and flavoursome experience for the whole family.
Curtis's philosophy is cook, create, celebrate - and these dishes do just that.
Galvin Scott Davis -
In the spirit of Where the Wild Things Are and Grimm's Fairytales, Dandelion is a moving book for children about bullying and the power of imagination. Based on a number 1 bestselling children's- book app on iTunes.
Benjamin Brewster is a very particular little boy. He attends the School for the Misguided, a place for never-do-wells and bullies. A place where happy thoughts are quick to run and hide. A place where dreams and thoughts are squished. Until one day dandelions appear by Benjamin's side and he finds the courage and imagination to force the bullies to take flight. Bullying, after all, is for people with no imagination.
This magical interactive book for children is based on a bestselling children's iTunes app and came about when Galvin Scott Davis's son experienced bullying. The story encourages parents and children to discuss bullying and discover whether some problems can be solved with a little imagination.
The story for Dandelion came about when Galvin Scott Davis's son experienced bullying.
THE BOOK OF FATE
Parinoush Saniee -
The bestselling novel in Iran, banned twice by the Iranian government, THE BOOK OF FATE is the story of Iran during the second half of the twentieth-century told through the life of an Iranian woman.
A teenager in pre-revolutionary Tehran, Massoumeh is an ordinary girl, passionate about learning. On her way to school she meets a local man and falls in love - but when her family discover his letters they accuse her of bringing them into dishonour. She is badly beaten by her brother, and her parents hastily arrange a marriage to a man she's never met. Facing a life without love, and the prospect of no education, Massoumeh is distraught - but a female neighbour urges her to comply: 'We each have a destiny, and you can't fight yours.'
The years that follow Massoumeh's wedding prove transformative for Iran. Hamid, Massoumeh's husband, is a political dissident and a threat to the Shah's oppressive regime and when the secret service arrive to arrest him, it is the start of a terrifying period for Massoumeh. Her fate, so long dictated by family loyalty and tradition, is now tied to the changing fortunes of her country.
Spanning five turbulent decades of Iranian history, from before the 1979 revolution, through the Islamic Republic and up to the present, THE BOOK OF FATE is a powerful story of friendship and passion, fear and hope - and a rare insider's view of Iranian society.
LET'S EXPLOER DIABETES WITH OWLS
David Sedaris -
A new roundup of personal essays from the No. 1 bestselling writer Time named America's Favourite Humorist.
From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.
Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.
Benjamin Percy -
They live amongst us. They are your neighbour, your mother, your lover. You think they are safe. They change.
Every teenage girl thinks she's different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realises just how different she is.
Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and, hours later, stepped off it, the only passenger left alive. A hero.
President Chase Williams has sworn to eradicate the menace. Unknown to the electorate, however, he is becoming the very thing he has sworn to destroy.
Each of them is caught up in a war that so far has been controlled with laws and violence and drugs. But an uprising is about to leave them damaged, lost, and tied to one another for ever.
The night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge, and the battle for humanity will begin.
Isabel Allende -
The narrator and protagonist of MAYA′S NOTEBOOK is a 19 year old girl who grows up in Berkeley, California, and falls into a life of drug addiction and crime. To rescue Maya, and save her from the criminal types pursuing her, Maya′s Chilean grandmother sends her to a remote island off the southern coast of Chile. Here she lives among a traditional rural people, the Chilote, who speak an older form of Spanish and have remained largely isolated from the materialism, crime, and fast-paced contemporary life which is our own. The book alternates between the narrative in the US and that on Chiloe, the island, so the two strands of the story unfold for the reader at more or less the same time.
This new book is very different from Isabel′s previous historical novels: a contemporary setting; an American (of Latino descent) teenage drug addict as the protagonist and narrating voice; a realistic style of writing rather than a magical realistic one (Chiloe exists, and one can visit it). Maya′s voice is modeled on that of Isabel′s teenage granddaughter, a native of the Bay area (San Francisco, Berkeley).
Hannah Kent -
In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men.
Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul. As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes's ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn't she?
Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about personal freedom: who we are seen to be versus who we believe ourselves to be, and the ways in which we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, where every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?
FATHER BOB: The Larrikin Priest
Sue Willams -
This is the life story of Father Bob Maguire - a rare behind-the-scenes look at the much-loved 'people's priest'. The enigmatic champion of the down-and-out was shaped by a lonely childhood in poor circumstances, an early priesthood that collided with the upheaval of Vatican 11 and working with the army during the Vietnam War. This is a lively portrait of the man behind the resilient social activist and popular media performer who refuses to be defeated by enforced retirement from the parish over which he presided for nearly forty years.
Bob Maguire: 'Some people have called me a maverick or a larrikin or a renegade, or they say I'm plain mad. . .People will have to decide for themselves. But just one thing: Don't ever make me a saint. Because that is something I'm most definitely not.'
Les Twentyman: 'People love him and hate him with a passion. But you don't become a leader unless you've got that.'
Carrie Bickmore: 'He's one of the most genuine souls I know.'
Chief Justice Terry Higgins: 'His knowledge of street kids and his understanding of them is phenomenal.'
Neil Mitchell: 'He is a treasure, magnificent, unpredictable, passionate, entertaining and a little dangerous.'
Derryn Hinch: 'He's an engaging old coot but I wonder how much is performance and how much is his real persona. People deify him but he has feet of clay.'
Eddie McGuire: 'Bob is a real doer. He always looks on the bright side of a tough world and gets stuck into the action and makes things happen.'
A Delicate Truth
John Le Carre -
A counter-terrorist operation, code-named Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a hight-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom firend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the minister's private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.
Three years later, a disgraced Special Forces soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be - or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher ('Kit') Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit's daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?
DESTROYING THE JOINT: Why Women have to Change the World
Jane Caro -
A fabulously provocative collection by women ready to destroy the joint.
In 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said a society needs the political participation of women to reach its full potential. Commentator Allan Jones reacted to his by saying: 'Women are destroying the joint . . . Honestly.'
People around the country responded with passion, disbelief and hilarity. InDestroying the Joint: Why Women Have to Change the World, Australian women reply to Jones's comment and the broader issues of sexism and misogyny in our culture.
Edited by Jane Caro, this entertaining and thought-provoking collection includes essays, analysis, memoir, fiction, satire, polemic and tweets from some of our best and brightest.
Carmen Lawrence * Monica Dux * Emily Maguire * Krissy Kneen * Catherine Fox * Michelle Law * Melissa Lucashenko * Jennifer Mills * Susan Johnson * Jenna Price * Nina Funnell * Steph Bowe * Dannielle Miller * Lily Edelstein * Yvette Vignando * Paula McDonald * Abby Cathcart * Destroy the Joint
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APRIL '13 New Releases ...
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Therese Anne Fowler -
Set against the glamorous backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, Z is the story of the golden couple who had it all, but who weren't destined for a happy ending.
'Sometimes I don't know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters from one of my own novels.' - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, before he'd even begun to imagine The Great Gatsby or Benjamin Button, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together in New York, Long Island, Paris, Hollywood and the French Riviera made them legends, even in their own time. Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age and The Lost Generation's vivid world abroad, Z vividly brings Zelda and Scott's romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life.
Zelda was the embodiment of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. She was vibrant, headstrong, complicated and misunderstood. Z is the irresistibly rich, romantic and tumultuous story of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, set in seductive settings. Filled with larger-than-life characters such as Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy and Gertrude Stein, we watch the evolution of this iconic woman as she lived large and ached to find her own identity in the shadow of her celebrated husband.
Charlotte Nash -
Will escaping to Ryders Ridge help Dr Daniella Bell forget her past, or force her to confront it head on?
Shaken after a tragic incident in the city hospital where she worked, Daniella figures that the small north-west Queensland cattle town of Ryders Ridge is just the place to hide. Caring and dedicated, she quickly wins the trust of her patients, and the attention of handsome station heir, Mark Walker. As their relationship grows, Daniella begins to think she could make a new life for herself in Ryders. But country towns have their own problems.
Under the big outback sky, Daniella discovers that the local rumour mill can threaten both friendships and careers, and that like the city, Ryders Ridge also has secrets. Mark, too, is a complication - as good as they are together, how can a doctor maintain a practice and live on a cattle station?
Just as Daniella considers running away for a second time, a terrible accident forces her to face the secret she left behind in Brisbane, and risk losing Mark forever.
THE PUPPET BOY OF WARSAW
Eva Weaver -
The story of Mika, a Jewish boy, who becomes a puppeteer in the Warsaw ghetto - a stunning debut perfect for fans of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
THE PUPPET BOY OF WARSAW is the story of Mika, a Jewish boy who inherits a coat from his grandfather and discovers a puppet in one of its many secret pockets. He becomes a puppeteer in the Warsaw ghetto, but when his talent is discovered, Mika is forced to entertain the occupying German troops instead of his countrymen.
It is also the story of Max, a German soldier stationed in Warsaw, whose experiences in Poland and later in Siberia's Gulag show a different side to the Second World War. As one of Mika's puppets is passed to the soldier, a war-torn legacy is handed from one generation to another.
Gripping and heartbreaking in equal measure, THE PUPPET BOY OF WARSAW is a story of courage and redemption, and marks the arrival of an important new talent.
THE WILD GIRL
Kate Forsyth -
One of the great untold love stories - how the Grimm brothers discovered their famous fairy tales - filled with drama and passion, and taking place during the Napoleonic Wars.
The Wild Girl tells the story of Dortchen Wild. Growing up next door to the Grimm brothers in Hesse-Cassel, a small German kingdom, Dortchen told Wilhelm some of the most powerful and compelling stories in the famous fairytale collection.
Dortchen first met the Grimm brothers in 1805, when she was twelve. One of six sisters, Dortchen lived in the medieval quarter of Cassel, a town famous for its grand royal palace, its colossal statue of Herkules, and a fairytale castle of turrets and spires built as a love nest for the Prince-Elector's mistress. Dortchen was the same age as Lotte Grimm, the only girl in the Grimm family, and the two became best friends.
In 1806, Hesse-Cassel was invaded by the French. Napoleon created a new Kingdom of Westphalia, under the rule of his dissolute young brother Jérôme. The Grimm brothers began collecting fairytales that year, wanting to save the old stories told in spinning-circles and by the fire from the domination of French culture. Dortchen was the source of many of the tales in the Grimm brother's first collection of fairy tales, which was published in 1812, the year of Napoleon's disastrous march on Russia.
Dortchen's own father was cruel and autocratic, and he beat and abused her. He frowned on the friendship between his daughters and the poverty-stricken Grimm Brothers. Dortchen had to meet Wilhelm in secret to tell him her stories. All the other sisters married and moved away, but Dortchen had to stay home and care for her sick parents. Even after the death of her father, Dortchen and Wilhelm could not marry – the Grimm brothers were so poor they were surviving on a single meal a day.
After the overthrow of Napoleon and the eventual success of the fairytale collection, Dortchen and Wilhelm were at last able to marry. They lived happily ever after with Wilhelm's elder brother Jakob for the rest of their lives.
FIFTY SHADES OF FEMINISM
Lisa Appognanesi, Susie Orbach, Rachel Holmes -
The antidote to the idea that being a woman is all about submitting to desire. There are many more shades than that and here are fifty women to explore them.
Fifty years after the publication of The Feminine Mystique, have women really exchanged purity and maternity to become desiring machines inspired only by variations of sex, shopping and masochism - all coloured a brilliant neuro-pink?
In this volume, fifty women young and old - writers, politicians, actors, scientists, mothers - reflect on the shades that inspired them and what being woman means to them today.
Contributors include: Tahmima Anam, Joan Bakewell, Bidisha, Lydia Cacho, Shami Chakrabarti, Lennie Goodings, Linda Grant, Natalie Haynes, Siri Hustvedt, Jude Kelly, Kathy Lette, Kate Mosse, Bee Rowlatt, Elif Shafak, Ahdaf Soueif, Shirley Thompson, Natasha Walter, Jeanette Winterson - alongside the three editors.
LEVELS OF LIFE
Julian Barnes -
This short, unconventional book is probably the most moving that Julian Barnes has ever written
‘You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as ‘an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.
Julia Morris -
In this wonderful collection of letters from celebrities to their mothers, Australian sporting stars, musicians, models, cooks and famous authors reveal what they would like to say to their mothers before it's too late, or would have said if only they'd had the chance.
From Kaz Cooke to Kate Ceberano, Anna Meares to Reg Mombassa, Julie Goodwin to Matt Preston, Di Morrissey to Jessica Watson, Australian personalities celebrate their mothers in a unique and heart-warming way.
Their letters range from the deeply moving to the downright hilarious, from the quirky to the sentimental, but each offers a rare insight into the personal lives of our favourite celebrities and the special relationship they have with their mother.
THE RAILWAYMAN'S WIFE
Ashley Hay -
Three people, struggling to come to terms with great loss after the end of the war, search for peace in a small town's library in a heartbreaking novel of love and loss and the healing power of memory and words.
In a small town on the land's edge, in the strange space at a war's end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story.
In Thirroul, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the railway's library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank Draper is trapped by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be alive.
Written in clear, shining prose and with an eloquent understanding of the human heart, The Railwayman's Wife explores the power of beginnings and endings, and how hard it can be sometimes to tell them apart. It's a story of life, loss and what comes after; of connection and separation, longing and acceptance. Most of all, it celebrates love in all its forms, and the beauty of discovering that loving someone can be as extraordinary as being loved yourself.
A story that will break your heart with hope.
brisbanetimes.com.au GOOD FOOD GUIDE 2013
Natascha Mirosch -
The second extensive guide to Queensland's very best restaurants from the editors of brisbanetimes.com.au and the publishers of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Good Food Guides.
The Brisbane Times Good Food Guide 2013 brings Queensland the highly regarded and recognised 'Chef Hat' system from the best-selling restaurant bibles The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guides. Edited by Brisbane's best-known and most respected food writer Natascha Mirosch, the Brisbane Times Good Food Guideshowcases the best places to eat in Brisbane, as well the best regional eateries from Far North Queensland all the way south to Northern NSW.
The authors have scoured Brisbane and its suburbs, as well as further afield, including Noosa and the Gold Coast, to find great places to eat. Only the very best restaurants are included - those with a minimum score of 11 out of 20.
THE SILENCE OF ANIMALS: On Progress and Other Modern Myths
Gray John -
'By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence as their birthright.'
In a book which is by turns chilling and beautiful, John Gray continues the thinking that made his Straw Dogs such a phenomenal success.
Drawing on an extraordinary array of memoirs, poems, fiction and philosophy, Gray makes us re-imagine our place in the world. Writers as varied as Borges, Orwell, Koestler, Ballard and Conrad, he shows, are mesmerized by forms of human extremity - experiences on the outer edge of the possible, or which tip into fantasy and myth. How do our imaginations leap into worlds so far beyond our actual reality?
The Silence of Animals is consistently fascinating, filled with unforgettable images and a delight in the conundrum of our existence - an existence which we decorate with countless fictions. We twist and turn to avoid acknowledging that we too are animals, separated from the others perhaps only by our self-conceit and our insistence that human life has a meaning that their lives lack. In modern times, we have created this meaning through the myth of progress-the faith that, alone among our fellow-creatures, we are ascending to a higher form of life. In the Babel we have created for ourselves, it is the silence of animals that both reproaches and bewitches us.
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