All About Books – Summer 2020

The latest edition of our reading suggestions guide for adults and teens is now out for Summer 2020. It has an amazing array of books that are being published over the next 3 months in a variety of genres and subjects – there is sure to be something for everyone. Pick up your FREE copy at any of our Library branches or click the cover to download. Each book cover in the guide contains a one-click link to our Library Catalogue for easy reservations. Why not quick link your copy even before it is published!

We are also asking for feedback about the format and contents of All About Books via a short survey in order to help us make the booklet even better. You have until Sunday 15 March 2020 to complete the survey and you can go into the draw for a chance to win a $30 book pack prize – just for having your say. The survey can be completed here or ask Library Staff for a paper copy.

Don’t forget that the All About Books – Kids edition for 0-5 year olds is also out and available at any of our Libraries. It has a range of suggested books to read as well as many fun puzzles.

The Land Before Avocado, Book Review

THE LAND BEFORE AVOCADO BY RICHARD GLOVER

A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be – and just how far we have come.

‘It was simpler time’. We had more fun back then’. ‘Everyone could afford a house’.

There’s plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like?

In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It’s a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and, now and then, surprisingly appealing.

It’s the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Let’s break the news now: they didn’t have avocado.

It’s a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It is also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes – often enshrined in law – towards anybody who didn’t fit in.

The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, feel angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were, not so long ago.

Most of all, it will make you realise how far we’ve come – and how much further we can go.

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Book Review – Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

ABOUT THE BOOK

A murder… A tragic accident… Or just parents behaving badly? What is indisputable is that someone is dead.

Big Little Lies will take you on a roller coaster ride with the secrets of the three women.  

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She is funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mum Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

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Out of the Box – August 2019

August is officially over and here at the Library we are already looking forward to our next deliveries; it is definitely a case of too many books not enough time for the month of August!

FICTION

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks

The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz

For the Killing of Kings by Howard Jones

Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani

A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais

NON-FICTION

Walking Towards Thunder by Peter Fox

The Essential Oils Diet by Eric Zielinski

The Sydney Language by Jakelin Troy

Travel Goals: Inspiring Experiences to Transform Your Life – Lonely Planet

LARGE PRINT & TALKING BOOKS

Sound of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell

55 by James Delargy

The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

The Last Girls of the Bonegilla by Victoria Purman

Photos of You by Tammy Robinson

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion

Nicola’s Virtue by AnneMarie Brearkitty

Good Girl Bad Girl by Michael Robotham

The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon

Love Song by Sasha Wasley – Talking Book

The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth – Talking Book

The Love Knot by Elizabeth Chadwick – Talking Book

One Perfect Family by Anna Jacobs – Talking Book

FOR KIDS

House of Fear by James Powell – Graphic Novel

Travel Adventure of PJ Mouse (series) by Gwyneth Jane Page

Emperor of the Universe by David Lubar

Guardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero by Clive Gifford

Pink is For Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals by Jess Keating

Calling All Witches by Laurie Calkhoven

YOUNG ADULT

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafar

Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

You Can Change the World: Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere by Margaret Rooke

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Bright Star by Erin Swan

We Are Ghosts by Vicky Skinner

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Woody Creek Series – Joy Dettman

The Woody Creek Series by Joy Dettman

Over the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to escape to the fictional town of Woody Creek, a small timber town set in rural Australia; and what a wonderful time I have had!

Joy Dettman is an Australian author and the very talented writer of the Woody Creek series, which I discovered one day while browsing my local bookstore. Working in a library, I was aware of the books and had wanted to read them for a long time but had never managed to get around to it. On this day, however the bookstore had a display of all the books in the series and they looked so pretty I could not leave them sitting there. I picked up the first two and four weeks later have now finished the whole seven books in the series.

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