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Adults Good Reads

This page contains a selection good reading fiction and non fiction recommendations for adults.
Updated: 18/07/2014 12:44 p.m.

The list of good reads is arranged by category, fiction and non fiction.  Links in the Resources column on the right of this page will take you to the beginning of each category.

 

Fiction

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

by Neil Gaiman

Fantasy

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

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Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

General

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu, beautiful and self-assured, departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze, quiet and thoughtful, had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passions for their homeland and each other, they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

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A Tale for the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki

General

Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyberbullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place and voice through a diary she hopes will find a reader and friend who finally understands her. Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize.

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The Burgess Boys

by Elizabeth Strout

General

Jim Burgess, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolises Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever. Another masterpiece from the acclaimed author of "Olive Kitteridge".

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The Testament of Mary

by Colm Toibin

General

In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was “worth it”; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the Cross until her son died -- she fled, to save herself), and is equally harsh on her judgement of others. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize.

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The Lowland

by Jhumpa Lahiri

General

Udayan, charismatic and impulsive, finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty. He will give everything, risk all, for what he believes, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him: his pregnant wife, his brother and their parents. For all of them, the repercussions of his actions will reverberate across continents and seep through the generations that follow. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portrayal of lives undone and forged anew, The Lowland is a deeply felt novel of family ties that entangle and fray in ways unforeseen and unrevealed, of ties that ineluctably define who we are. Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize.

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We Need New Names

by NoViolet Bulawayo

General

Darling and her friends live in Zimbabwe in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn't all bad, though. There's mischief and adventure, games of Find bin Laden, stealing guavas, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voices. They dream of the paradises of America, Dubai, Europe, where Madonna and Barack Obama and David Beckham live. For Darling, that dream will come true. But, like the thousands of people all over the world trying to forge new lives far from home, Darling finds this new paradise brings its own set of challenges, both for her and also for those she's left behind. Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize.

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Harvest

by Jim Crace

History

As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. A trio of outsiders, two men and a dangerously magnetic woman, arrives on the woodland borders and puts up a make-shift camp. That same night, the local manor house is set on fire. Over the course of seven days, Walter Thirsk sees his hamlet unmade: the harvest blackened by smoke and fear, the new arrivals cruelly punished, and his neighbours held captive on suspicion of witchcraft. But something even darker is at the heart of his story. Harvest evokes the tragedy of land pillaged and communities scattered, as England's fields are irrevocably enclosed. Timeless yet singular, mythical yet deeply personal, this beautiful novel of one man and his unnamed village speaks for a way of life lost for ever. Shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker prize.

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The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton

NZ Fiction

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. Winner of the 2013 Man Booker prize.

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The Secret Life of James Cook

by Graeme Lay

NZ Fiction

This novel depicts Captain James Cook's early life and ambitions, his naval career in Canada and beyond and his marriage to Elizabeth and their family life. Drawing on his deep knowledge of the South Pacific and Australasia, novelist Graeme Lay recreates the peerless navigator's life up to, and including, his first circumnavigation of the world. In particular, Graeme imagines the relationship between James and his equally remarkable wife, Elizabeth, the woman he married when he was 34 and she 21, and by whom he had six children, all born while he was away at sea. “The Secret Life of James Cook” also depicts an often stormy relationship between Cook and the dashing and privileged naturalist, Joseph Banks, who accompanied Cook on his first world voyage.

 

Non-Fiction

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Kicking the Kremlin

Russia's new dissidents and the battle to topple Putin

by Marc Bennetts

Call No: 322.409 BEN

Politics
Journalist and long-time Moscow resident Marc Bennetts introduces a new generation of Russian dissidents, united by their hatred of Putin and his bid to silence all political adversaries. We meet a bustling cast of urban youth working to expose the injustices of the regime and a disjointed bunch of dissenters - from 'It Girl' hipsters to 21st-century socialists. Featuring rare interviews with everyone from Pussy Riot and top protest leaders to Kremlin insiders, Bennetts' compelling narrative is an astonishing journey through Russia's new protest movements.

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China's Second Continent

How a million migrants are building a new empire in Africa

by Howard W French

Call No: 325.251 FRE

Politics
A prizewinning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Shanghai and in West and Central Africa, Howard French is uniquely positioned to tell the story of China in Africa. Through meticulous on-the-ground reporting conducted in Mandarin, French, and Portuguese, among other languages, French engages not only with policy-shaping moguls and diplomats, but also with the ordinary men and women navigating the street-level realities of cooperation, prejudice, corruption, and opportunity forged by this seismic geopolitical development. With incisiveness and empathy, French reveals the human face of China's economic, political, and human presence across the African continent.

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Pat and Dick

The Nixons, an intimate portrait of a marriage

by Will Swift

Call No: 923.1 NIX SWI

Biography

When Americans remember the controversial Nixons, they usually focus on the political triumphs, the turbulent White House years, and the humiliating public downfall. But a very different image of the polarizing president emerges in this fascinating portrait of his relationship with Pat. Now, the couple's recently released love letters and other private documents reveal that as surely as unremitting adversity can fray the fabric of a marriage, devotion can propel it to surmount disgrace and defeat.

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Bertolt Brecht

A literary life

by Stephen Parker

Call No: 928 BRE PAR

Biography

Drawing on letters, diaries and unpublished material, Parker offers a rich and enthralling account of Brecht's life and work, viewed through the prism of the artist. Tracing his extraordinary life, from his formative years in Augsburg, through the First World War, his politicisation during the Weimar Republic and his years of exile, up to the Berliner Ensemble's dazzling productions in Paris and London, Parker shows how Brecht achieved his transformative effect upon world theatre and poetry.

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Cathedral of the Wild

An African journey home

by Boyd Varty

Call No: 920 VAR VAR

Biography

Founded more than eighty years ago as a hunting ground, Londolozi was transformed into a nature reserve beginning in 1973 by Varty's father and uncle, visionaries of the restoration movement. As well as a sanctuary for the animals, it was also a place for ravaged land to flourish again and for the human spirit to be restored. 'Cathedral of the Wild' is Varty's memoir of his life in this exquisite and vast refuge. It was there that young Boyd and his equally adventurous sister learned to track animals, raised leopard and lion cubs, followed their larger-than-life uncle on his many adventures filming wildlife, and became one with the land.

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HRC

State secrets and the rebirth of Hillary Clinton

by Jonathan Allen

Call No: 923.2 CLI ALL

Biography

This is a riveting biography which combines deep reporting and West Wing-esque storytelling to reveal the strategising, machinations and last minute decision-making that have accompanied one of the greatest political comebacks in history. Masterfully unfolded by two White House correspondents, HRC draws on over two hundred top-access interviews with Hillary's intimates, colleagues, supporters, and enemies, to portray a seasoned operator who negotiates political and diplomatic worlds with equal savvy.

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Lou Reed

The life

by Mick Wall

Call No: 782.421 REE WAL

Biography

Lou Reed wrote songs about drugs, squalor, transgressive sexuality, honourable prostitutes, visionary gutter queens and dollar-hustlers. He also wrote some of the most moving love songs of the era, from 'Pale Blue Eyes' to 'Perfect Day'. Always a generation ahead, he would never receive his due until later, when it was almost too late. The Velvet Underground, the group he led under the tutelage of Andy Warhol, were despised in their lifetime.He performed and collaborated with artistic greats such as David Bowie, Iggy Popp and Andy Warhol, and released 22 studio albums, 12 live albums, 15 compilation albums and 44 singles. A true icon of rock 'n' roll - his legacy will live on in this book.

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Scattered Ghosts

On family's survival through war, Holocaust, revolution

by Nicki Barlay

Call No: 920 BAR BAR

Biography

Scattered Ghosts combines memoir, investigation and travel to resurrect 200 years of wars and revolutions, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire via two totalitarianisms to contemporary Britain. It is the story of an all but disappeared world told through the eyes of a single family ruptured by great forces, and occasionally brought together by cherry strudel. Through haphazard and fragmented possessions - a blunt-pencilled letter; a final photograph; a hastily typed certificate; a protecting document; a farewell postcard from a distant place; a recipe - Nick Barlay retraces the footsteps of the vanished.

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Face the Music

A life exposed

by Paul Stanley

Call No: 782.421 STA STA

Biography

Paul Stanley-the co-founder and famous 'Starchild' frontman of KISS-reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock's most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize. Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and '60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity. Stanley's memoir is a fully realized and unflinching portrait of a rock star, a chronicle of the stories behind the famous anthems, the many brawls and betrayals, and all the drama and pyrotechnics on and off the stage. Raw and confessional, Stanley offers candid insights into his personal relationships, and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades.

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Hotel Florida

Love, truth and death in the Spanish Civil War

by Amanda Vaill

Call No: 920.02 VAI

Biography

In a city blasted by a civil war that many fear will cross borders and engulf Europe - a conflict one writer will call "the decisive thing of the century" - six people meet and find their lives changed forever. Ernest Hemingway, his career stalled, his marriage sour, hopes that this war will give him fresh material and new romance; Martha Gellhorn, an ambitious novice journalist hungry for love and experience, thinks she will find both with Hemingway in Spain. Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, idealistic young photographers based in Paris, want to capture history in the making and are inventing modern photojournalism in the process. And Arturo Barea, chief of Madrid's loyalist foreign press office, and Ilsa Kulcsar, his Austrian deputy, are struggling to balance truth-telling with loyalty to their sometimes compromised cause - a struggle that places both of them in peril. 'Hotel Florida' traces the tangled wartime destinies of these three couples against the backdrop of a critical moment in history.

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The Impossible Exile

Stefan Zweig at the end of the world

by George Prochnik

Call No: 928 ZWE PRO

Biography

This is the tragic story of Zweig's extraordinary rise and fall, leaving a behind a successful literary career in Vienna when, as a Jew, he was forced to flee by the rise of Nazi Germany. Zweig later committed suicide in Brazil and his story was the inspiration for the currently popular film "Grand Budapest Hotel". The Impossible Exile reveals how Zweig embodied, through his work, thoughts, and behaviour, the end of an era - he witnessed, and embodied, the implosion of Central Europe as an ideal of Western civilization.

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My Accidental Jihad

A love story

by Krista Bremer

Call No: 920 BRE BRE

Biography

Krista Bremer was a surfer and an aspiring journalist who dreamed of a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity. Then, on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail, sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. Raised a Muslim, one of eight siblings born in an impoverished fishing village in Libya, his faith informed his life. When she and Ismail made the decision to become a family, Krista embarked on a journey she never could have imagined, an accidental 'jihad' - a quest for spiritual and intellectual growth that would open her mind, and more important, her heart.

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Content Is Currency

Developing powerful content for web and mobile

by Jon Wuebben

Call No: 658.872 WUE

Business

Powerful content tells the story of your product or business, but it means nothing if it's not written well, optimized for search and social media, and properly marketed. In Content is Currency, content strategist Jon Wuebben explains the fine art of content development by utilizing the latest Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media Marketing (SMM) techniques, and provides you with the tools and strategies you need to get your online content noticed.

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Dance With Me

Ballroom dancing and the promise of instant intimacy

by Julia E Ericksen

Call No: 793.33 ERI

Dance

Amateur and professional ballroom dancers alike compete in a highly gendered display of intimacy, romance and sexual passion. In Dance With Me, Julia Ericksen, a competitive ballroom dancer herself, takes the reader onto the competition floor and into the lights and the glamour of a world of tanned bodies and glittering attire, exploring the allure of this hyper-competitive, difficult, and often expensive activity. Dancers press their bodies against those of strangers in ways that would be outrageous in the outside world, and while masculinity and dancing are thought to be incompatible and men who dance find their gender and sexuality suspect, dancers tell a story of heterosexual intimacy and desire; they aim for a moment when they dance as one.

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Flight by Elephant

The untold story of World War Two's most daring jungle rescue

by Andrew Martin

Call No: 940.542 MAR

History

In the summer of 1942, Gyles Mackrell, a decorated First World War pilot and tea plantation overseer, performed a series of heroic rescues in the hellish jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma - with the aid of twenty elephants.  Entering the 'green hell' of the Chaukan Pass on the border of North Burma and Assam, Mackrell and a team of elephant riders rescued Indian army soldiers, British civilians and their Indian servants, from the pursuing Japanese, directing the elephants through jungle passes and raging rivers, and territory infested with sand flies, mosquitoes and innumerable leeches. Those he saved were all on the point of death from starvation or fever.

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Magnificent Delusions

Pakistan, the United States and an epic history of misunderstanding

by Hussain Haqqani

Call No: 327.730549 HAQ

History

Pakistan (to American eyes) has gone from being a quirky irrelevance, to a stabilizing friend, to an essential military ally, to a seedbed of terror. America (to Pakistani eyes) has been a guarantee of security, a coldly distant scold, an enthusiastic military enabler and is now a threat to national security and a source of humiliation. The countries are not merely at odds. Each believes it can play the other - with sometimes absurd, sometimes tragic, results. Husain Haqqani has a unique insight into Pakistan, his homeland, and America, where he was ambassador and is now a professor at Boston University. His life has mapped the relationship of the two countries and he has found himself often close to the heart of it.

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The Almost Nearly Perfect People

The truth about the Nordic miracle

by Michael Booth

Call No: 948.071 BOO

History

Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians, on and off, for over ten years, perplexed by their many strange paradoxes and character traits and equally bemused by the unquestioning enthusiasm for all things Nordic that has engulfed the rest of the world, whether it be for their food, television, social systems or chunky knitwear. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success and, most intriguing of all, what they think of each other.

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My Life in Middlemarch

by Rebecca Mead

Call No: 920 MEA MEA

Literature

Employing a structure that deftly mirrors that of the novel, 'My Life in Middlemarch' takes the themes of George Eliot's masterpiece (the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, the foundations of morality, and the drama of aspiration and failure) and brings them into our world. Offering both a fascinating reading of Eliot's biography and an exploration of the way aspects of Mead's life uncannily echo that of Eliot herself, My Life in Middlemarch is for every ardent lover of literature who cares about why we read books, and how they read us.

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Mo' Meta Blues

The world according to Questlove

by Questlove

Call No: 782.421 QUE QUE

Music

A punch-drunk memoir in which first-time author 'Questlove' Thompson, cofounder and drummer of the Roots, tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. He digs deep into the album cuts of his life and unearths some pivotal moments in black art, hip hop, and pop culture. 

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Rebel Music

Race, empire and the new Muslim youth culture

by Hisham Aidi

Call No: 305.235 AID

Music

This fascinating, timely, and important book on the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the world looks at how hip-hop, jazz, and reggae, along with Andalusian and Gnawa music, have become a means of building community and expressing protest in the face of the West's policies in the War on Terror. Hisham Aidi interviews musicians and activists, and reports from music festivals and concerts in the United States, Europe, North Africa, and South America, to give us an up-close sense of the identities and art forms of urban Muslim youth.

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Raising the Kid You Love with the Ex You Hate

by Edward D. Farber

Call No: 306.89 FAR

Parenting

Powerful advice for divorcing couples about how they can reduce conflict and protect their childrens well-being through co-parenting. Dr. Edward Farber is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and Maryland. Recognizing the need for specialized services for families in transition or conflict, Dr. Farber founded Reston Family Center to provide pre-divorce counseling, custody evaluation, visitation mediation, and parent coordination interventions.

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Getting to 50/50

How working parents can have it all

by Sharon Meers

Call No: 650.1 MEE

Parenting

Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober are professionals, wives, and mothers with five young children between them who believe that everyone wins when men are full parents and women have full careers. They know that families thrive not in spite of working mothers but because of them. The key is tapping into your best resource and most powerful ally: your spouse. What's the starting point? An attitude shift that puts you and your partner on the road to 50/50. Here are real world solutions for parents who want to get ahead in their careers and still get to their children's football matches and school plays; strategies for working mothers facing gender bias in the workplace; advice to fathers new to the home front; and tips for finding 50/50 solutions to deal with issues of money, time and much more.

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Moments That Made the Movies

by David Thomson

Call No: 791.437 THO

Performing Arts

Moments takes readers on an unprecedented visual tour, where the specifics of the imagery the reader is seeing are inextricably tied to the text. Thomson s moments range from a set of Eadweard Muybridge s pioneering photographs to sequences in films from the classic Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, The Red Shoes to the unexpected The Piano Teacher, Burn After Reading. The excitement of Moments' dynamic visuals will be matched only by the discussion it incites in film circles, as readers revisit their own list of memorable moments and then re-experience the films.

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Drama High

The incredible story of a brilliant teacher, a struggling town and the magic of theatre

by Michael Y. Sokolove

Call No: 370.92 VOL SOK

Performing Arts

Education
'Friday Night Lights' meets 'Glee' - the incredible and true story of an extraordinary drama teacher who has changed the lives of thousands of students and inspired a town. Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows like 'Rent' and 'Spring Awakening' before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation. Volpe's students from this blue-collar town go on to become Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters and community-theatre founders.

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Screening the Undead

Vampires and zombies in film and television

by Leon Hunt

Call No: 791.436 SCR

Performing Arts

Leading writers on Horror and cult media consider the sexy vampire and the grotesque zombie, as well as hybrid figures who do not fit neatly into either category. These are examined across a range of contexts, from the Swedish vampire to the Afro-American Blacula, from the lesbian vampire to the gay zombie, from the Spanish Knights Templar riding skeletal horses to dancing Japanese zombies. Screening the Undead sheds new light on these two icons of terror (and desire whose popular longevity has taken them 'Beyond Life'.

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Naturalists at Sea

Scientific travellers from Dampier to Darwin

by Glyndwr Williams

Call No: 508 WIL

Science and Nature

On the great Pacific discovery expeditions of the "long eighteenth century", naturalists for the first time were commonly found aboard ships sailing forth from European ports. Lured by intoxicating opportunities to discover exotic and perhaps lucrative flora and fauna unknown at home, these men set out eagerly to collect and catalogue, study and document an uncharted natural world. This enthralling book describes the adventures and misadventures, discoveries and dangers of this devoted and sometimes eccentric band of explorer-scholars, among them Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Joseph Banks, John Reinhold Forster, Captain Cook and Charles Darwin.

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Cycle of Lies

The fall of Lance Armstrong

by Juliet Macur

Call No: 796.6092 ARM MAC

Sports and Games

As Lance Armstrong's precipitous fall from grace continues, New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur takes the reader behind the scenes to bring to life the astonishing twists and turns of the scandal that has rocked the world of cycling. With unprecedented access to the key players in the drama - from Armstrong's fellow cyclists and top cycling officials to doctors, trainers and wives - 'Cycle of Lies' reveals how Armstrong built a fortress of people around him to protect his image and upend the lives of anybody who stood in his way. Macur then widens the focus to expose corruption at all levels of the sport in a thrilling, page-turning work of contemporary narrative history.

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Hunting Daze

by Grant Bomb

Call No: 799.276 GRA

Sports and Games

The author of Hunting Forever-Forever Hunting and Dances with Boars is back with this new book. What makes a pig hunter? Bomb looks back to his early days at his introduction to the sport of pig hunting, with his family, recalling the early morning starts, the sound of the dogs on a bail, the excitement and adrenaline which made him a pig hunter. He then brings the story forward to hunts in more recent times and introduces a collection of other contemporary pig hunters who describe some of their hunts and motivation.

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Uganda Be Kidding Me

by Chelsea Handler

Call No: 910.4 HAN

Travel

A new collection of humorous essays about her life, loves and the state of the world from the New York Times late-night talk show star and best-selling author of Are you There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.

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Did She Kill Him?

A Victorian tale of deception, adultery and arsenic

by Kate Colquhoun

Call No: 364.152 COL

True Crime

In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. 'The Maybrick Mystery' had all the makings of a sensation: a pretty, flirtatious young girl; resentful, gossiping servants; rumours of gambling and debt; and torrid mutual infidelity. The case cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability, shocking and exciting the public in equal measure as they clambered to read the latest revelations of Florence's past. Historian Kate Colquhoun recounts an utterly absorbing tale of addiction, deception and adultery that keeps you asking to the very last page, did she kill him?

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