Library notes 25 July 2018

Published on 25 July 2018


Top 10 books

New Adult Non-Fiction

Practical Beekeeping in New Zealand by Andrew Matheson and Murray Reid

Breakfast is Served by Laura Ascari and Elisa Paganelli

Through the French Door by Carolyn Westbrook

Maggie Smith, A view from the Stalls by Caroline Fevrier

Inspiring Tiny Homes by Gill Heriz

Your Creative Work Space by Desha Peacock

Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers

Celebration Cakes, Party cakes for every occasion by Fiona Cairns

Basque, Spanish Recipes from San Sebastian and beyond by Jose’ Pizarro

Star Wars Memorabilia by Paul Berry

Stories from people in other places

Joanne Dillon (JD) – Literacy and Learning Programmes Librarian

We can learn a lot about the world by reading about the experiences of those who have lived or visited there.  This week we bring to you a range of stories from people who were born in, lived in or travelled in another part of the world, with their personal experiences shaping the story they share with readers.

Manal al-Sharif, the second daughter of a taxi driver, was born and raised in Mecca. In her early twenties working as a computer security engineer, she was judged for chatting with her male colleagues and while she owned a car, was forbidden from driving in on Saudi streets. In “Daring to drive” Manal shares her story of leading the movement to lift the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia.

Danger music” is a story that spans many countries and two genders. As an 8-year old girl Emma Ayres learned to play violin, then went on to study viola in Manchester, Berlin and London. She performed professionally in the UK and Hong Kong before moving to Australia in 2003. By 2014 Emma, depressed and struggling with her gender, travelled to Afghanistan to teach cello to orphans and street children. As we read about the chaotic life of Afghani children we also embark on a journey as Emma transitions to Eddie shortly before his fiftieth birthday.

Alia Malek takes us to another war zone in her memoir of Syria “The home that was our country”. She was born in the United States to Syrian immigrant parents, trained as an attorney and then studied journalism before moving to Syria to write anonymously for a number of publications. Malek tells the story of Syria’s disintegration through the stories of the residents in her building in Damascus, weaving personal stories into an insight into Syria’s politics, history and society.

In “Travelling with ghosts” American Marine Biologist Shannon Leone Fowler writes about her solo travels as she deals with the tragic death of her fiancé in Thailand. The book chronicles her visit to places like Auschwitz, Israel and Sarajevo, contemplating death while she learns to live with her loss and begin to live again.

Our next title is the story of Ian Buruma who arrives in Tokyo with his Japanese girlfriend in 1975 as a young Dutch film student. In “A Tokyo romance” he writes not only about his encounters with theatre, carnival acts and photography but also of those with both men and women as he explored his sexuality. Follow Buruma’s journey as he immerses himself into Japanese culture giving a colourful account of 1970s life in Tokyo.

These five titles are just a small selection of the wonderful new titles that will soon be on the shelves in our People and Places section. Learn about another part of the world through the eyes of someone who has lived or spent some time there.

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What’s on


Gavin Reedy & John Moriarty Clay Art Exhibition - 1 July – 1 August

Wednesday 25July

Social crochet and coffee club - 10.30am

Learn Te Reo Maori for beginners - 6-8pm

Quiz night - 7pm

Thursday 26July

Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup - 9.30am-12.00pm

Friday 27 July

Friday concert 12-1pm

SeniorNet: Get help with your tablets, phones and laptops

  Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 10am-12pm

  Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 2-4pm

Sunday 29 July

Sunday concert: Black Market Buoys. 2-3.30pm at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Monday 30 July

Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup - 9.30am-12.00pm

Tai Chi 10-11.30am

Tuesday 31July

Raukawa Whanau Ora playgroup - 9.30am-12.00pm

JP Clinic - 11.30am-1.30pm

Wednesday 1 August

Social crochet and coffee club - 10.30am

Quiz night - 7pm

Learn new skills

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō:

Tuesday 31 July

  Stepping Up: Google and the Internet – 10am-12pm

Bookings required