Out of the Box – September!

I can’t believe September is over. Time seems to fly here at the Library!

Below is a small snapshot of what arrived on the Library’s shelves in the last month!

Hope you find something to tempt you from our newly arrived items.

FICTION

Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

No Place to Hide by John Davage

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Breeding Season by Amanda Niehaus

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

NON-FICTION

Winning for Women: A Personal Story by Lola Mathews

Slow Cooker Family Favourites by Paulene Christie

Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini

Shapeshifters: A History by John B. Kachuba

The Revolutionary Art of Changing Your Heart: The Essential Guide to Recharing Your Relationship by Andrew Fuller

The Minimalist Way: Minimalism Strategies to Declutter Your Life and Make Room for Joy by Erica Layne

FOR CHILDREN

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers (Junior Fiction)

Bear Adventure by Anthony McGowan (Junior Fiction)

Bee-n-Bee Vacation by C.M. Potter (Easy Junior)

Christmas is Here! by Charles M. Schulz

Meteors by Melissa Stewart

Top Marks for Murder by Robin Stevens

The Little Town of Marrowville by John Robertson

Are Coconuts More Dangerous Than Sharks? by Guy Campbell

YOUNG ADULT

MUSIC AND DVDS

Can’t Say I Ain’t Country (CD)

Disney Sing Your Heart Out (CD)

Run Home Slow (CD)

Late Night Feelings (CD)

Thomas & Friends: Monkey Trouble (Children’s DVD)

Barbie: Dreamtopia – Sparkle Princess (Children’s DVD)

Now 2019: Vol 1 (CD)

Fighting With My Family (DVD)

Pet Semetary (DVD)

Thunder Road (DVD)

The Hustle (DVD)

Book Review: The Dress by Kate Kerrigan

xthe-dress.jpg.pagespeed.ic.wUEEwGQWRgAbout the Book

Grippingly interweaves the stories of Lily, vintage fashion blogger, Joy, a 1950s New York socialite and the iconic dress she commissioned Lily Fitzpatrick loves vintage clothes – made all the more precious because they were once owned and loved by another woman.

Thousands follow her vintage fashion blog and her daily Instagram feed. But this passion for the beautiful clothes of the past is about to have unforeseen consequences, when Lily stumbles upon the story of a 1950s New York beauty, who was not only everything Lily longs to be, but also shares Lily’s surname. Joy Fitzpatrick was a legend. But what was the famous dress which she once commissioned – said to be so original that nothing in couture would ever match it again? What happened to it – and why did Joy suddenly disappear from New York high society? Kate Kerrigan’s enthralling novel interweaves the dramatic story of Joy, the beautiful but tortured socialite and that of Lily – determined to uncover the truth and, if possible, bring back to life the legendary dress itself.

Comment

A great, easy holiday read!  A believable plot; with characters that were well developed, engaging you from the first chapter.   The story flicks between New York in the 1950s, centring on Joy and Honor and modern day London with fashion blogger, Lily, with ease.  Most of our group felt that while Lily’s journey was well written, we were turning her pages quicker to get back to what was happening in New York.   While we all loved the storyline and the way it finished, we also felt that the last chapter left us feeling a little flat, feeling it could have ended one chapter earlier.

Recommend for anyone who loves a bit romance, fashion and New York in the 50s.  The book also reminded us a little of Cecilia Ahern’s books.

Rating    7 1/2 out of 10

Read by   Cultcha Club Book Group