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Show Time: The A&P Show for all New Zealanders by Stephen Robinson

This book celebrates the good 'ol Kiwi A&P shows and the unique role that they continue to play, each with their distinct flavour, in Kiwi culture today. Robinson captures the events of the show and the people behind them, from the contestants in the high-stakes sheep-shearing competition to the excited city kid petting his first lamb.

The Dunedin Sound by Ian Chapman

Throughout New Zealand, a generation of youth during the 1980s and early ’90s revelled in the fact that something had been created in Godzone that we could truly call our own — the original Kiwi DIY rock form. There was no aping of foreign sounds or looks; this was home-grown music to the max. Meanwhile, overseas, fans of indie music throughout the UK, Europe and the US recognised that something new and very special was emanating from the most unlikely of places — a small city at the bottom of the world hitherto known only (if at all) for its university, its architecture and penguins. With its inseparable connection to the Flying Nun record label, the Dunedin Sound’s impact upon popular music endures to this day


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The Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

The Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis – that of white workingclass Americans. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were dirt poor and in love, and moved north in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humour and vividly colourful figures, The Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels and it is a troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of the country.

How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom by Jonathan Fields

More people than ever are walking through life disconnected, disengaged, dissatisfied, mired in regret, declining health and a near maniacal state of gutwrenching autopilot busyness. Whatever is out there is not getting through. We do not know who to trust. We do not know what is real and what is fantasy. We do not know how and where to begin and we do not want to wade through another minute of advice that gives us hope, then saps our time and leaves us empty. How to Live a Good Life is your antidote, a practical and provocative modernday manual for the pursuit of a life well lived. No need for blind faith or surrender of intelligence; everything you will discover is immediately actionable and subject to validation through your own experience. Drawn from the intersection of science and spirituality, this book offers a simple yet powerful model, the Good Life Buckets: spend 30 days filling your buckets and reclaiming your life. Each day will bring a new, practical yet powerful idea, along with a specific exploration designed to rekindle deep, loving and compassionate relationships; cultivate vitality, radiance and graceful ease; and leave you feeling lit up by the way you contribute to the world, like you are doing the work you were put on the planet to do. How to Live a Good Life is not just a book to be read; it is a path to possibility, to be walked, then lived.

Mauri Ora: Wisdom from the Māori World by Peter Alsop and Te Rau Kupenga

Pearls of wisdom contained in proverbs - whakatauki - have been gifted from generation to generation as an intrinsic part of the Maori world. As powerful metaphors, they combine analogy and cultural history in the most economical of words. Short and insightful, they surprise, engendering reflection, learning and personal growth. Mauri Ora links whakatauki to key personal virtues idealised across cultures and generations. Illustrated throughout with wonderful photographs from an old world, this book draws on traditional wisdom to provide a recipe for personal effectiveness and leadership and a rewarding connection of Maori knowledge to contemporary thinking about personal happiness and fulfilment.

The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters by Robert Muir-Wood

Despite a revolution in our understanding of these catastrophes, they are now killing more people than ever before. Why did not the operators of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima plan for a tsunami? Why did so many die when Katrina flooded New Orleans? Combining a fascinating journey through the history of catastrophe science with forensic examinations of the most devastating cataclysms in living memory. Intense, gripping and urgent, The Cure for Catastrophe warns that now is the time we must make the decisions that could save millions of lives.

Never Put all your Eggs in one Bastard by Peta Mathias

Funny, passionate, outrageous and honest, this is a memoir about travel, house renovations, food, music, men and change. Never ready to settle down, she decided it was time to sell up her beloved cottage in Auckland and head back to France to buy and renovate a new home in Uzes. This is her vivacious account of that move and of the many earlier changes in her life. The book explores what she has been running away from or to, the thrills and tribulations of reinventing yourself, as well as her loves for food, music, men and many more besides.

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Runaway Girl by Casey Watson

Brought to Casey as a short term foster emergency placement, 14 year old Adrianna arrives with nothing but her gratitude. Having 'turned herself in' to a social services office some hundred miles away, she has no possessions, no English and no history. She is a beautiful young Polish girl, with the bearing of a ballerina but is terrified and malnourished. Having slept rough for some time, she spends much of her first days sleeping. Growing concerned about Adrianna's wellbeing and her persistent high temperature, Casey decides to call in the GP. But, to her surprise, Adrianna becomes almost hysterical about being examined. Casey's fostering antennae begin twitching. What has happened to make her so ill and scared? It will be a few weeks before Casey starts getting answers to these questions. Shocking answers that begin a journey to find justice for Adrianna and, more importantly, a future and a home...

Darling Days by iO Tillett Wright

Born in 1985, in the vortex of the Lower East Side of New York, there were few rules of life and zero constraints on behaviour. iO - lower case I, upper case O - is now a photographer, writer, film maker, activist and actor. She is famous for the TED talk: 50 Shades of Gay which has been watched by 1.7 million people. But before that, she was a child in a teeming tenement building at the centre of the drugaddled, punk-edged, permanent riot that was her corner of the Lower East Side of New York City in the 80s and 90s. There she grew up - or rather scrabbled up - under the broken wing of a fiercely protective, yet wildly negligent mother. Her mother was a showgirl, actress, dancer, poet.

A Small Blue Thing by Julie Hanify

Julie Hanify has felt different for as long as she can remember, suffering from anxiety, obsession and an inability to prioritise or slow her life down. She was burnt out by the time she reached her forties, and her marriage was on the rocks. When one of her children was diagnosed with ADHD, a light went on. It turned out Julie had the same disorder and was on the autism spectrum too. This revelation changed her life, and made her want to change the lives of others. A Small Blue Thing is a memoir that bursts with the fireball energy and creativity of its author, and explores a way forward for those whose gifts to the world are not what we expect.

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Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

At 32, Russell Green is living the dream: a stunning wife, a lovable daughter, a successful career and an expansive home. In a matter of months, he finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to this new reality. He embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding, testing his emotional resources.

Torturous Trek by Max Brand

On a cold, gusty night in Circle City, Alaska, Sammy Day walks into Nagle’s Bar. He has worked cattle from Montana to Chihuahua, but a little accident at a poker table in Montana sent him on a forced march to Alaska to avoid a posse. He is down to his last 50¢, but he is sure he can make that grow.

Marlene by C. W. Gortner

A dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring Hollywood legends, Marlene Dietrich. From the cabarets of Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood, a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art and war. Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit, glamour and ambition who defied convention, seduced the world, and forged her own path on her own terms.

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The Amateurs by Sara Shepard

Aerin Kelly idolised her older sister Helena, but in Helena’s senior year things started to change. Then Helena vanished. Four years later, her body is found. Wracked with grief, Aerin spends months trying to figure out what happened to Helena. Someone suggests she check out a website called Case Not Closed. Hesitantly, she posts, and when Seneca and Maddox show up offering to help, she accepts. Both have suffered their own losses, it seems that maybe it's no accident that they are all together, and that maybe the crimes have something - or someone - in common.

Haunt Me by Liz Kessler

Joe wakes up from a deep sleep to see his family leave in a removals van. Where they have gone, he has no idea.

Erin moves house and instantly feels at home in her new room. Even if it appears she isn't the only one living in it.

Bit by bit, Erin and Joe discover that they have somehow found a way across the ultimate divide - life and death. Bound by their backgrounds, a love of poetry and their growing feelings for each other, they are determined to find a way to be together.

Username: Regenerated by Joe Sugg

The follow-up graphic novel to the number-one bestseller Username: Evie. Evie is safe home, but her heart remains in e.scape. She is desperate to return, but the app that transports her has corrupted in the great reboot. When besotted geek, Lionel, offers to help, he does not just restore the gateway as she had planned. He opens up a series of revelations that calls into question everything Evie treasures in life. With a momentous discovery to be unearthed in the virtual realm, can our sidelined schoolgirl save not one world but two?

The Boy who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears

Luke Grayson's life might as well be over when he is forced to go live in rural Tennessee with his Baptist pastor father. His reputation as a troublemaker has followed him there, and as an outsider, Luke is automatically under suspicion by everyone from the principal at his new school to the local police chief. His social life is no better. The new kid in town is an easy target for Grant Parker, the local golden boy with a violent streak who has the entire community of Ashland under his thumb.

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The World of Norm by Jonathan Meres

The ELEVENTH hilarious title in this award-winning, laugh-out-loud series. For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Walliams. We do not have the rest of the series, so let us know if you enjoy reading Norm, and we will add to our collection.

Home alone and the fridge to himself. What could possibly go wrong? Well, apart from having to hang his mum’s pants out to dry. And the dreaded perfect cousins paying a visit. And worst of all, the entire family is going vege-flipping-tarian!

Avatar The Last Airbender: The Rift - Part One by Bryan Koniezko

Another of this popular graphic novel series. Avatar Aang asks his friends to help him honor Yangchen's Festival - one of the highest Air Nomad holidays, which has not been celebrated in over one hundred years. But cryptic visits from the spirit of Avatar Yangchen herself lead Aang to discover a jointly owned Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom refinery - operating on land sacred to the Airbenders! Is this the cause of the pollution or is something more mysterious happening?

Moana: the Essential Guide by Barbara Bazaldua

Find out everything you need to know about the newest Disney heroine, Moana, and her hero Maui, on their incredible journey across the South Pacific. Discover the beautiful locations of Oceania, including breathtaking underworlds along with frightening sea creatures! Disney Moana: The Essential Guide is packed with stunning images of Moana's quest and provides a fascinating, in-depth look at the most thrilling moments from the movie.

Guinness World Records 2017

Guinness World Records 2017 is bursting with exciting all-new records on topics as diverse as black holes, domes, owls and killer plants. Want to know about the highest anyone has traveled on a skateboard or the largest loop-the-loop in a car? Or just how fast a raccoon can ride a bicycle? The answers to these questions and many more can be found inside Guinness World Records 2017. New features and old favorites. New this year are full-spread infographic features exploring the fascinating details on topics such as animals, the human body, sports and explorations.

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Emerging Readers:

Hare by Deborah Hinde

Hare is in a bit of a bother. He had a really good idea, but now he's lost it. Fantail, Tomtit and the rest of Hare's friends try to help, but nothing works ...until Hare has another idea.

Gorgeously illustrated, Hare is a delightful story about friendship and loyalty ...with a dollop of humour thrown in for good measure. Hare is suitable for 2 - 5 year olds and has fabulous educational value with built in lessons on opposites.

Frog and Beaver by Simon James

Frog and his friends all live happily together on the river. At least they do until Beaver comes along. Beaver is determined to build the biggest and best dam that anyone has ever seen, but it's so big that it stops all the water and Frog and his friends are forced to move. Frog tries to warn Beaver that his dam is too big, but inconsiderate Beaver just won't listen...A charming picture book with an environmental message from the acclaimed and award-winning Simon James.

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by Caterpillar Books

Learn to count to ten with these colourful counting books. Vibrant illustrations and clever cut out format make learning fun.


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