Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus more from our selection of titles you may enjoy . . .

In Fiction

moonglowMoonglow by Michael Chabon

Part memoir (or is it?), part fiction, with a brilliant dose of imagination; all this and more is packaged between the covers of this book.   Chabon visits his terminally ill grandfather, who reveals secrets and confessions of an unbelievable life lived.  There is a real richness in the layering of the story and descriptive detail on the small, everyday events that happen.  Running the gauntlet of all emotions, Moonglow is incredibly moving and inventive.

Ebook : https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2766685

Goodreads rating 4.1/5

 

 

 

If Blood Should Stain the Wattle by Jackie Frenchjackie-french

A young adult, historical romance novel set in 1972, a time of upheaval and turmoil in Australia when the Whitlam government was dismissed and universal love and peace was dreamt for. Based on French’s experiences growing up in the 1970s in a small town with communes and alternative “hippies”.  This is Matilda’s story.

Ebook : https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2968446

Goodreads rating 4.67/5

 

 

In Non-Fiction

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Maggie Smith A Biography by Michael Coveney

Large Print Edition : The amazing, beautiful, and talented Maggie Smith’s acting life is presented in great detail in this biography by Michael Coveney. The book covers her early career in 1952 with her Broadway debut, all the way up to ‘The Lady in the Van’ film in 2015.  Smith’s quick wit and talent permeates all her roles ensuring she is adored by all her fans young and old.

Goodreads rating 2.88/5

 

 

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Last of the Giants : The True Story of Guns n’ Roses by Mick Wall

Mick Wall has written biographies on numerous bands of rock, including AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Foo Fighters, and Prince to name just a few, so he is amply qualified to write this latest biography on Guns n’ Roses.  This is a celebration of the band and its frontman Axl Rose in extraordinary detail.

 

 

In DVDs

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The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents’ deaths, John Clayton (John Skarsgard) would be raised by an ape and known as Tarzan.  As an adult, he would leave Africa with Jane Porter (Margot Robbie), and go to his parents former home in England. Eventually he returns to Africa to try and prove atrocities committed by Belgian King Leopold. Accompanied by an American, George Washington Williams (Samuel L Jackson) Tarzan and Jane experience danger and adventures, including capture by their enemies.

IMDB rating 6.4/10

 

 

The Boy (2016)the-boy

Greta is a young American nanny in a remote English village, and discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll; the parents care for him just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son 20 years ago.  But a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta to believe that the doll is actually alive.

Creepy dolls and poltergeists may have been overdone in the past decades, but the story has NEVER been done like this.  This film brought a refreshing perspective on this genre, and I can honestly say I never saw the twist coming. Overall, it was above average yet unnerving.

IMDB rating 6.0/10

You may have missed . . .

This month we feature two popular eBooks, a quick and efficient option to access a great range of titles.

Use your library card to check out eBooks 24/7.  Download to compatible devices (sorry, not currently available for Kindles) and take your portable library with you.  Check out our user guide or the help page for information on downloading to specific devices.

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Japan Lonely Planet Guide

This is a brilliant use of the e-book format – travel guides. Comprehensive in its detail Lonely Planet guides are for all budgets from back packing through to 5 star accommodation.  Bursting with cultural tips, places to stay and sights to see.  Pack a Lonely Planet Guide e-book on your next adventure.

https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2385763

 

 

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child : Parts One and Two by JK Rowling

Haven’t been able to get your hands on the latest Harry Potter book? No matter because you can access it free to loan here from your library.  The 8th book in the Harry Potter series and the first official story to be presented to stage.

https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2706485