Category Archives: Biography and Travel

March 22

Which New Zealand Authors Have Positively Impacted Your Reading Life?

When I read that Murray Ball had passed away about ten days ago, I remembered how much I was into his Footrot Flats comics when I was a kid. In fact I remember when I spent a week in hospital when I was in grade six, my parents and everyone buying me all those little […]

March 10

Road Series by Hugo Race

I am not usually a reader of biographies, especially of the rock & roll variety but I heard this author interviewed on a radio program & I really wanted to read this book. I am so glad I did. Road Series by Hugo Race is the raw, restless, edgy, impulsive and sometimes confronting biographical account […]

February 09

Rejection Proof : how to beat fear and become invincible by Jia Jiang

Reviewed by Jenni Rejection Proof : how to beat fear and become invincible by Jia Jiang This is the fascinating journey of an under-confident person who decided he needed to work on his ability to cope with rejection. Jiang had a prestigious, high paying job, and was living in the US. He had handled the challenge of […]

February 01

Reading diary January 2017

What an awful month… I finished six audiobooks, but the vast majority of them were unsuitable for a general audience, and can’t be recommended. There was one exception: Love Romances of the Aristocracy by Thorton Hall was an entertaining book. Imagine a sort of genteel gossip column, written in the late C19th, that provided the raw material […]

February 01

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

  Paul Kalanithi had just completed years of training as a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36. In an instant the future he had imagined with his wife had been wiped out. Confronted with death he decided to write a book about what it means to […]

January 20

March by John Lewis

Those of you interested in current affairs may know there has been a Twitter spat between The President-Elect of the United States, Mr Trump, and Representative John Lewis. I’d like to flag that we have Mr Lewis’s graphic novels in our collection. John Lewis was deeply involved in the MLK-era civil rights movement, and is the last […]

January 20

The Hamilton Libretto

I’ve had some time over the festive break to really dig into the Hamilton libretto, and it’s a wonderful piece of work, easy to recommend on many levels. Physically it’s a beautiful book. It would be a magazine if it didn’t weigh over a kilogram. It has full page photographs under lyric text, with marginalia […]

January 10

The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist is a “sort of memoir” written by Carrie Fisher about her life as a 19-year-old, finding stardom, and love in a galaxy far far away. The book focuses heavily on an affair she had with a co-star during the filming of ‘Star Wars: A new Hope’ and entries from recently found diaries […]

January 05

An autobiography from Bryan Cranston, an actor who has been in the iconic show of each of the last three decades

A Life in Parts, Bryan Cranston’s Autobiography Well perhaps Malcolm in the Middle wasn’t the biggest show of the Zero Decade, but it was still a pretty successful and massively viewed show that went for seven seasons, won a heap of Golden Globes and Emmy Awards, many of which saw Bryan Cranston nominated for best […]

Roma

Roma: from prison to paradise as told by Rachel Syers and Karin Cox tells the life story of Gold Coaster Roma Blair. It would be easy to typecast the  iconic Roma Blair if you only knew of her ladies lunches, exorbitant birthday bashes, appearances at fashion events, prestigious gathers and in The Gold Coast Bulletin […]