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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

 

Book Talk

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

In Fiction

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The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

From the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand comes another delightful read set in the English countryside.  1914 and Beatrice arrives in the quaint historical town of Rye on the south coast to begin her appointment as Latin teacher.  Following the loss of her father all Beatrice wants to do is get on with her life but life in Rye won’t permit it.  A lovely read full of eccentric characters.

goodreads.com rating 3.82/5

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The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah

The Narrow Bed is the latest instalment in the Culver Valley Crime series by Sophie Hannah. The novel is a brilliant work of crime, dark and devilish with a good dose of humour in the mix.   Once in this book you’ll be lost in the whodunit mystery and will be working out who will be the next target.  Sophie Hannah is the novelist authorized by the Agatha Christie family to write further Hercule Poirot stories, the 2nd title Closed Casket is due out soon.

goodreads.com rating 3.39/5

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In Non-Fiction

How Do I Do That in Photoshop by Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby is the bestselling author of photography guide books. Presented in full colour with step by step instructions this book is simple to follow and easy to navigate.  The guide will have you operating Photoshop like a pro.

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What Went Right by Michael G. Wetter & Eileen Bailey

A self-affirming and confidence boosting instructional book, with tips and challenges to create a more positive mindset and a happier self.

In DVDs

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The Brothers Grimsby – DVD

Grimsby is about two brothers who were separated as young children when their parents died; one is Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a working-class benefit claiming hooligan who lives in Grimsby, along with his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and his 11 children; the other is Sebastian, an MI6 agent. The two brothers come together when Nobby finds out his brother is going to a high class event as he makes his way down to London, where he essentially ruins Sebastian’s life. It is claimed to be one of the funniest films of the year and is full of inappropriate jokes that will have you cringing. If you enjoyed Borat and Bruno, this is definitely a must watch.

imdb.com rating 6.2/10

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The Lady in the Van – DVD

Maggie Smith won the Evening Standard British Film Award for this film and it has also been nominated for 4 more awards including the Golden Globe Award.

The tale begins as Mary (Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey) decides to park her dilapidated van – which doubles as her home – on the street in the Camden Town neighborhood where Alan (Alex Jennings, The Queen) and a number of other upper-class folks live. A number of residents timidly approach her in an attempt to figure out why she’s there and whether they can do anything to send her on her way, but Mary is having none of it. She’s planning to stay right where she is, and has very little interest in what anyone else has to say about the matter.

The Lady in the Van is bound to please just about anyone.

imdb.com rating 6.7/10

What you may have missed . . .

This month we feature a popular eBook, 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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Gilgamesh by Joan London

This book takes you from the hardships of life in Yallingup WA during the depression to the volatile world of the Middle East and Europe during World War ll. The story follows Edith as she trapes the world with her infant son in tow searching for the child’s father.  Through despair, loneliness and hardship Edith must remain strong and stoic in her search for happiness and home.

goodreads.com rating 3.59/5

Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus more from our selection of titles you should read in your lifetime . . .

In Fiction

The Candidates : based on a true country by Matthew S. Hiley

Nothing is sacred in this comic short novel from Matthew S. Hiley. His wit is sharp and quick, and this story is dark, cynical, and hilarious. Politics-as-usual and pop-culture are thoroughly skewered in one of the most absurd and entertaining stories ever told.

3.5 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson’s beloved, New York Times bestselling debut, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, instantly established her reputation as an uncommonly gifted storyteller, with humor, wit, and a sharp eye for character. Now she returns with an equally compelling work of fiction, one that reaches far beyond the small English village in which it is set.

3.9 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

In Non-Fiction

Sue Williamson : Life and Work by Mark Gevisser

This monograph celebrates the forty-year artistic career of Sue Williamson, one of South Africa’s most respected artists and a key member of the pioneering generation whose work challenged the Apartheid state in the 1970s and 1980s.

4.5 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell

“Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?” to “Did Charles Dickens ever write anything fun?” Anyone who has ever worked in retail will nod knowingly at requests like “I’ve forgotten my glasses, can you read me the first chapter?” Filled with fun and quirky illustrations.

4.0 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

In DVDs

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Mr Robot : The complete first season

Mr. Robot follows Elliot, a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the corporation he is paid to protect.

8.8 out of 10 stars www.imdb.com

Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb directed by Stanley Kubrick

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Classic black comedy starring Peter Sellers at his finest.

8.5 out of 10 stars www.imdb.com

What you may have missed . . .

This month we continue to feature some of the Books You Must Read in Your Lifetime. On your next visit to the Library why not take one of these with you:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The story of the chaotic and doomed love of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, set against the moors of England, creates a rare blend of violence and beauty. Bronte’s masterpiece of English literature is a stunningly original and shocking exploration of obsessive passion.

4.0 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

The Merry-Go-Round Under the Sea by Randolph Stow

An Australian classic, about a young boy growing up in war-time Western Australia. The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea allows us a precious glimpse into a simpler kind of childhood in a country that no longer exists.

3.7 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com