New Fiction Releases

Whipbird(web)Whipbird

by Robert Drewe

Kungadgee, Victoria, Australia. A weekend in late November, 2014. At Hugh and Christine Cleary’s new vineyard, Whipbird, six generations of the Cleary family are coming together from far and wide to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the arrival of their ancestor Conor Cleary from Ireland. Hugh has been meticulously planning the event for months – a chance to proudly showcase Whipbird to the extended clan. Some of these family members know each other; some don’t. As the wine flows, it promises to be an eventful couple of days.

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Defectors(web)Defectors

by Joseph Kanon

Former CIA agent Francis ‘Frank’ Weeks, the most notorious of the US defectors to the Soviet Union, is about to publish his memoirs, and what he reveals is reportedly going to send shock waves through the West. Weeks’ defection in the early 1950s shook Washington to its core – his betrayal rippled through the State Department, prompting frantic searches for moles and forcing the resignation of Simon, Frank’s brother and best friend. So when a Soviet agency approaches Simon, now a publisher in New York City, in 1961 during the Cold War with a controversial proposition to publish his brother’s memoirs, he finds the offer to visit Moscow irresistible since it will finally give him the chance to learn why his brother chose to betray his country. What Simon discovers in Moscow is far more than he ever imagined.

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News of the world(web)News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

At a stop in Wichita Falls, Captain Kidd is offered an astonishing $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives near San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders viciously killed Johanna Leonberger’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently recovered by the U.S. Army, the inconsolable ten-year-old with blue eyes and hair the color of maple sugar has once again been torn away from the only home and family she knows. The captain’s sense of duty and compassion propels him to accept, though he knows the journey will be difficult. Winding through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain, the four-hundred-mile odyssey south proves dangerous. A corrupt Reconstruction government runs the state government, and anarchy and lawlessness has taken hold. The captain must watch for thieves, Comanche and Kiowa, and the federal army—and corral the wild Johanna, who has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the wary Johanna slowly draws closer to the man she calls Kep-dun, and the two lonely survivors forge a tender bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

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Moon GlowMoonglow

by Michael Chabon

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at mid-century and, above all, of the destructive impact – and the creative power – of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. A gripping, poignant, tragicomic, scrupulously researched and wholly imaginary transcript of a life that spanned the dark heart of the twentieth century, Moonglow ranges from the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to New York’s Wallkill Prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of ‘the American Century’. Collapsing an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week, Moonglow is a lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir.

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Horse walks(web)A Horse Walks into a Bar

by David Grossman

(Winner International Booker Prize 2017)
The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; an act of disintegration, a man crumbling, as a matter of choice, before their eyes. They could get up and leave, or boo and whistle and drive him from the stage, if they were not so drawn to glimpse his personal hell. Dovaleh G, a veteran stand-up comic – charming, erratic, repellent – exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him. A Horse Walks into a Bar is a shocking and breathtaking read. Betrayals between lovers, the treachery of friends, guilt demanding redress. Flaying alive both himself and the people watching him, Dovaleh G provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry – and all this in the presence of a former childhood friend who is trying to understand why he’s been summoned to this performance.

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Power(web)The Power

by Naomi Alderman

What if the power to hurt were in women’s hands? Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman’s extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.

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7th Function(web)The 7th Function of Language

by Laurent Binet

Roland Barthes, one of the twentieth-century’s towering literary figures, is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It’s February 1980, and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, who is locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? That document was the key to the seventh function of language – an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything. Police Captain Jacques Bayard and his reluctant accomplice Simon Herzog set off on a global chase that takes them from the corridors of power and academia to backstreet saunas and midnight rendezvous. What they discover is a global conspiracy involving the President, murderous Bulgarians and a secret international debating society. In the world of intellectuals and politicians, everyone is a suspect. Who can you trust when the idea of truth itself is at stake? (Laurent Binet is the author of HHhH)

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Ministry of Utmost (web)Ministry of Utmost Happiness

by Arundahti Roy

In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves. On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears quite suddenly, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral. And in the Jannat Guest House, two people who’ve known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around one another as though they have only just met. Here is a cast of unforgettable characters caught up in the tide of history. Told with a whisper, with a shout, with tears and with laughter, it is a love story and a provocation. Its heroes, present and departed, human and animal, have been broken by the world we live in and then mended by love — and for this reason, they will never surrender.

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House of Names(web)House of Names

by Colm Toibin

Judged, despised, cursed by gods she has long since lost faith in, the murderess Clytemnestra tells of the deception of Agamemnon, how he sacrificed her eldest daughter – her beloved Iphigenia – to the Trojan campaign; how Clytemnestra used what power she had, seducing the prisoner Aegisthus, turning the government against its lord; plotting the many long years until her beacon fires announce the king’s return …
Electra, daughter of a murdered father, loyal subject of the rightful king, studies Clytemnestra and her lover with cold anger and slow-burning cunning. She watches as they walk the gardens and corridors of the palace. She waits for the traitors to become complacent, to believe they are finally safe; she waits for her exiled brother, Orestes, for the boy to become a warrior, for fate to follow him home. She watches and she waits, until her spies announce her brother’s return …

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Lost pages(web)The Lost Pages

by Marija Pericic

Winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award Winner.
It is 1908, and Max Brod is the rising star of Prague’s literary world. Everything he desires—fame, respect, love—is finally within his reach. But when a rival appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can lose everything he has worked so hard to attain. He knows that the newcomer, Franz Kafka, has the power to eclipse him for good, and he must decide to what lengths he will go to hold onto his success. But there is more to Franz than meets the eye, and Max, too, has secrets that are darker than even he knows, secrets that may in the end destroy both of them. The Lost Pages is a richly reimagined story of Max Brod’s life filtered through his relationship with Franz Kafka. In this inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal, Marija Pericic writes vividly and compellingly of an extraordinary literary rivalry.

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Swimming lessons(web)Swimming Lessons

by Claire Fuller

Swimming Lessons tells the story of Ingrid Coleman who writes letters to her husband, Gil about the truth of their marriage, but decides not to send them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband collects. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears from an English beach. Twelve years later, her adult daughter, Flora comes home after Gil says he has spotted Ingrid through a bookshop window. Flora, who has existed in a limbo of hope and grief, imagination and fact, wants answers, but doesn’t realise that what she’s looking for is hidden in the books that surround her. Claire Fuller’s book Our Endless Numbered Days won the 2015 Desmond Elliot Prize for literature.

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Best kind (web)The Best Kind of People

by Zoe Whittall

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable? George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt? With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.

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German girl(web)The German Girl

by Armando Lucas Correa

Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now the streets of Berlin are draped in swastikas and Hannah is no longer welcome in the places she once considered home. A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St Louis, a transatlantic liner that promises Jews safe passage to Cuba. The Rosenthals sell everything to fund visas and tickets. Seven decades later in New York, on her twelfth birthday Anna Rosen receives a package from Hannah, the great-aunt she never met but who raised her deceased father. Anna and her Mother travel to Cuba to meet Hannah and hear her story. Based on a true story, this wonderful novel gives voice to the joys and sorrows of generations of exiles, forever seeking a place called home.

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Idaho(web)Idaho

by Emily Ruskovick

A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness from O. Henry by Literary Prize winning author Emily Ruskovich.
Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. The story is written in exquisite prose, told from multiple perspectives including those of Ann, Wade and his former wife Jenny. Gradually we learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny’s lives. The novel deals entirely with the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and with the memories that reverberate through the lives of every character in Idaho.

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underground(web)The Underground Railway

by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railway is the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
In Colson Whitehead’s razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed the physical form of an underground rail system to transport slaves to freedom. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation. Caesar a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, and together they take the perilous decision to escape to the North. At each stop, Cora encounters a different world recreating the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era. The Underground Railroad is at once the story of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a powerful meditation on history

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New Non-Fiction Releases

Collected Poems-Zwicky(web) Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky

by Fay Zwicky (Sadly Fay died in July)

This volume collects all of Fay Zwicky’s poetry, including previously uncollected and unpublished poems. It reveals an erudite, passionate, and highly inventive poet, whose consummate control of her craft places her at the summit of Australian poetry.
Zwicky is one of the world’s finest poets; her sophistications of form and theme remind one of Akhmatova, Szymborska, Adrienne Rich and William Blake. With poise and control, she tracks the personal encounter with the weight of history and the obligation to declare a position. – JOHN KINSELLA
In her poetry, Zwicky, the ex-concert pianist, technically adroit, dramatic and profoundly serious, is there alongside the joker, the edgy ironist making wry asides against the world, patriarchy and herself. Her formal poems sit easily beside her mostly short-lined, tightly wrought free verse. Her cadences are a delight. – KATHERINE GALLAGHER
Zwicky’s poems deal with such over-whelming intimations of mortality—and much more than intimations—while striving for and attaining a breathtaking authority and stubborn subjectivity of voice. – LYN MCCREDDEN
She has her eye on all creation. – GEOFFREY DUTTON

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Other Minds Other Minds

by Peter Godfrey Smith

In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself – a story that largely occurs in the ocean, where animals first appeared. Tracking the mind’s fitful development from unruly clumps of seaborne cells to the first evolved nervous systems in ancient relatives of jellyfish, he explores the incredible evolutionary journey of the cephalopods, which began as inconspicuous molluscs who would later abandon their shells to rise above the ocean floor, searching for prey and acquiring the greater intelligence needed to do so – a journey completely independent from the route that mammals and birds would later take. But what kind of intelligence do cephalopods possess? How did the octopus, a solitary creature with little social life, become so smart? What is it like to have eight tentacles that are so packed with neurons that they virtually ‘think for themselves’? By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind – and on our own.

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Immortal Life(web) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta’s family did not learn of her ‘immortality’ until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .Rebecca Skloot’s fascinating account is the story of the life, and afterlife, of one woman who changed the medical world forever. Balancing the beauty and drama of scientific discovery with dark questions about who owns the stuff our bodies are made of, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an extraordinary journey in search of the soul and story of a real woman, whose cells live on today in all four corners of the world.

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Glass Universe The Glass Universe

by Dava Sobel

Before they even had the right to vote, a group of remarkable women were employed by Harvard College Observatory as ‘Human Computers’ to interpret the observations made via telescope by their male counterparts each night. The author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter and The Planets shines light on the hidden history of these extraordinary women who changed the burgeoning field of astronomy and our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

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Hidden life(web) The Hidden Life of Trees

by Peter Wohlleben

Beech trees are bullies and willows are loners, says forester Peter Wohlleben, author of a new book claiming that trees have personalities and communicate via a below-ground ‘woodwide web’. Are trees indeed social beings? In this internationally acclaimed bestseller the author makes a convincing argument that the forest is a social network. In groundbreaking scientifc discoveries it is revealed that trees effectively parent children, share nutrients with sick and struggling cohabitors and communicate, including signalling impending danger. Wohlleben turned from a life in the German Forestry Commission to put his ideas about ecology into practice. He shares his deep love of woods and forests explaining the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. Charming, provocative and fascinating, after you have read The Hidden Life of Trees a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

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Defiant Earth(web) Defiant Earth

by Clive Hamilton

Forget everything you take for granted about nature, we have now entered a new epoch ‘the Anthropocene’. Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and distinguished public intellectual. Since 2008 he has been Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt Univer- sity in Canberra. He has held visiting academic positions at the University of Oxford, University College London, Sciences Po and Yale University. His opinions have been published in the New York Times, Nature, Scientific American and the Guardian. His books include Growth Fetish, Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change, and Earthmasters: Playing God with the climate. His most recent book, Defiant Earth documents our historic point in time where human interactivity impacts earth history. Grounded in philosophical response and asking questions of our role as custodians ‘The fate of humans in the Anthropocene’ makes for fascinating reading.

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Testosterone Rex HB.indd Testosterone Rex

by Cordelia Fine

Here is a landmark contribution to the debate around gender dynamics from a scientist who happens to also be a great author. Testosterone Rex debunks the powerful myth that tells us men and women have evolved different natures re-created in each generation by sex hormones and male and female brains. Psychologist Cordelia Fine suggests the ancestral doctrine that rewards competitive man and nurturing woman is less a natural construct, and more a social one. Textosterone Rex brings together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to move beyond the accepted nature vs nurture debate. Full of wit and without denying science and evolution Cordelia Fine shows how biology far from limiting possibilities,extends them.

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Gut(web) Gut

by Giulia Enders

The key to living a happier healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows the utilitarian organ we suppose our guts to be, is in fact one of the most
complex, important and miraculous parts of our anatomy. Gut bacteria can play a role in everything from obesity and allergies to Alzheimer’s.
Beginning with the personal experience of illness that inspired her research to explaining the basics of nutrient absorption and covering the latest science linking bowel bacteria with depression. We are in reality an eco-system with our guts playing a lead role. Guilia’s book is enriched by the passion she feels for her subject, balancing her infectious enthusiasm with interesting and informative hard science. There is something in this book for everyone.

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Havana(web) Havana: A Subtropical Delirium

by Mark Kurlansky

Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider’s view of Havana. This elegant, tattered city comes alive under Kurlansky’s pen. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky’s own pen-and-ink drawings throughout. Havana celebrates the city’s singular music, literature, baseball culture, and cuisine. With its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures Havana is armchair travel at its finest.

Like all great cities, Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today from the native Taino to Columbus’s landing, from Cuba’s status as a U.S. protectorate to Batista’s dictatorship and Castro’s revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a place of extremes: a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since the revolution. Award winning author Mark Kurlansky’s Havana is a journey worth embarking on.

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Return(web)The Return

by Hisham Matar

Hisham Matar’s Return is the 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner for the Category of Biography. When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father was kidnapped. One of the Qaddaf regime’s most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hisham would never see him again. But he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. “Hope,” as he writes, “is cunning and persistent.” Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, the prison cells are empty and there is no sign of Jaballa Matar. Hisham returns with his mother and wife to the homeland he never thought he’d go back to again. The Return is the story of what he found there. It is at once an exquisite meditation on history, politics, and art, a brilliant portrait of a nation and a people on the cusp of change, and a disquieting depiction of the brutal legacy of absolute power. Above all, it is a universal tale of loss and love and of one family’s life. Hisham Matar asks the harrowing question: How does one go on living in the face of a loved one’s uncertain fate?

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