Parra Pods – Fiction Reads for Summer

Episode 27 – Fiction Reads For Summer

Join Katherine and Nisa for the second of our ‘Summer’ episodes.

It has been a great year for fiction lovers, but here are a few of the  titles that resonated with Katherine and Nisa.

‘Damascus’ by Christos Tsiolkas an historical novel, but with a take on St Paul of the early Christian Church like no other. Visceral, transformative, brutal & beautiful.

To change the pace totally, we review Sally Rooney’s debut novel,  ‘Conversations with Friends’ and her second novel, and twitter sensation, ‘Normal People’. She brings her signature style, spare prose and insightful psychological acuity to  the exploration of the lives and loves of that  most intriguing of generations, the millennials.

Finally Ian Mc Ewan’s ‘Machines like Me’?, this is speculative fiction of the top order,  its themes range from artificial intelligence, what constitutes consciousness and the formal demands of the haiku poem. Darkly humorous, its most compelling theme is “moral choice”

Fiction titles discussed include:

Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas, Allen & Unwin 2019.

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan, Jonathan Cape/Vintage Publishing 2019.

Normal People by Sally Rooney, Faber and Faber 2018.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, Faber and Faber 2017.

Parra Pods – Movies & Beamafilm

Join Katherine and Nisa for the first of our ‘Summer’ episodes.

In this episode Katherine and Nisa discuss some of the entertaining movies and television series they have been watching or are planning to watch.

With multiple streaming services and digital downloads more ubiquitous than ever, discovering new television series, movies and documentaries has never been easier.

Did you know as a member of City of Parramatta Libraries you can stream 100’s of great movies for free? Well you can! And it couldn’t be easier.

Through Beamafilm, Australiasia’s premiere streaming channel for true stories and independent voices, library members can access hundreds of documentaries & movies for free. Stream and watch – The Australian Dream, Mystify Michael Hutchence, 2040, Nicole Kidman in the BMX Bandits and more Australian classics like – The Shiralee, Playing Beattie Bow & Skippy to name a few.

Access is easy – enter your library card number, create an account and you are ready to go!

DVDs discussed here include:

  • Booksmart – directed by Olivia Wilde [movie]
  • Succession – Created by Jessie Armstrong [TV series]
  • Ophelia – directed by Claire McCarthy [movie]

Parra Pods – Media Companies & #metoo

We hope you have enjoyed listening to Parra Pods this year.

We wish you a happy & safe holiday season.

Katherine & Nisa

Episode 25 – Media Companies & #metoo

In 2018, two publications shared the Putlitzer Prize for Public Service: The New York Times, for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and The New Yorker, for reporting by Ronan Farrow.

In episode 24, Katherine and Nisa chat about the books based on their respective reports. They are:

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement / Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Bloomsbury, September 2019.

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators / Ronan Farrow. Fleet (Little Brown), October 2019.

Parra Pods, Identity

Episode 24 – Identity

Mass human migration in modern history has made identity such an interesting and complex thing, at least we think so!

In this episode join Katherine and Nisa as they discuss two Australian books that focus on ‘Identity’, with a sideways dip into the ‘On’ series of books published by Melbourne University Press.

Some of the books discussed include:

On Identity by Stan Grant, Melbourne University Press, May 2019.

Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity – Randa Abdel-Fattah and Sarah Saleh (eds), Picador, May 2019.

On Freedom by Tory Shepherd, Melbourne University Press, June 2019.

On Artists by Ashleigh Wilson, Melbourne University Press, May 2019.

HAPPY LISTENING!

Nisa & Katherine

Parra Pods – The Booker Prize 2019

In Episode 22 of Parra Pods, Katherine & Nisa discuss some of the great books that had made it on to the 2019 shortlist for the Booker Prize.

Join them as they discuss the books they liked, the books they loved and some they had mixed feelings about…

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HAPPY LISTENING!

Nisa & Katherine