22 September 2016

A word about a book from Hawera LibraryPlus staff

"INCREDIBLE"

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Loren Wynne-Estes appears to have it all: she's the girl from the wrong side of the tracks who's landed a handsome husband, a stunning home, a fleet of shiny cars and two beautiful daughters ...


Then one day a fellow parent taps Loren on the shoulder outside the grand school gate, hands her a note ... and suddenly everything's at stake.

Loren's Facebook-perfect marriage is spectacularly exposed - revealing an underbelly of lies and betrayal. What is uncovered will scandalise a small town, destroy lives and leave a family divided. 

But who is to be believed and who is to blame? Will the right person be brought to justice or is there one who got away?



 

21 September 2016

A word about a book from Kay @ Waverly LibraryPlus

"TERRIFIC"

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=155619

WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well ...

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret, a secret Falk thought long-buried. A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface ...


19 September 2016

Exiled on Front Street - reviewed by Maria @ Opunake LibraryPlus

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=159428
When I first picked up this book my first hope was that this wasn't going to be one of those 'tell all, spill the secrets' style of book. Or for that matter, one where George was actually a secret FBI informant all the time etc, you get the picture. Even worse a 'we are really the good guys' style of writing. Those kind of books are a dime a dozen and mostly over-rated.

Luckily it was nothing like that. I found the book, the author and the style of writing to be simply honest. There was no chest thumping, no 'what I bad guy I am' or a bunch of excuses for the lifestyle. You get the sense that George Christie is who he is, always has been, always will be.

I read a few of the comments on various websites about the book and I think the mistake that is easily made is thinking the book is about the Hells Angels. It's not. It's about George Christie and his time as a Hells Angel.


Of course it involves the club to a great extent, that was his life but it's also a biography about the man himself. I found myself nodding a lot and it bought back some old memories and you honestly get to like the guy. In saying that I have the profound sense he didn't write the book to be liked, or absolved or to get people on side. He simply wants to set the record straight and he has.

3 new suspense

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Brighton, 1975: a Boston neighbourhood where racial tensions run high and gangs jostle for dominance in the trades that matter ? drug running, book-keeping and theft. Fifteen-year-old Kevin Pearce knows his best hope is to get the hell out before its bloody streets get a grip on his dreams. Bitterness and brutality stalk the hard-drinking generations of his Irish immigrant family. But when an act of violence tears their home apart, Kevin is forced to leave for New York, changing the course of his life forever.

Twenty-seven years later, in 2002, Kevin wins the Pulitzer Prize for an investigative article on the wrongful conviction and death of a man from Brighton, and decides to visit his old neighbourhood for the first time in decades. But his past has long shadows ? shadows which have taken on a life of their own. And when Kevin's prosecutor girlfriend Lisa asks his advice on a murder case, he is plunged into a web of deception and bloodshed that will test his loyalties to the limit and place the life he has built at risk.

Grittily realistic, razor-sharp and darkly compelling, Brighton is about the meaning of family, the price of friendship, and survival in a world where one misstep can cost everything.

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=158504
Retired Chief of the National Crime Police and Swedish Security Service Lars Martin Johansson has just suffered a stroke. He is paying the price for a life of excess - stress, good food and fine wine. With his dangerously high blood pressure, his heart could fail at the slightest excitement.

In the hospital, a chance encounter with a neurologist provides an important piece of information about a 25-year-old murder investigation and alerts Lars Martin Johansson's irrepressible police instincts. The period for prosecution expired just weeks earlier and that isn't the only limitation. Lars Martin Johansson is determined to solve the atrocious crime – from his deathbed.






http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=160399
When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects, including his wife. But no one expects to find mysterious, child-sized fingerprints in this childless home.

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius steps in to lead the investigation. Young and brilliant but emotionally cold, Berzelius, like her famous prosecutor father, won’t be swayed by the hysterical widow or intimidated by the threatening letters the victim had tried to hide. She is steely, aloof, and impenetrable. That is, until the boy...

A few days later on a nearby deserted shoreline, the body of a derelict preteen is discovered, and with him, the murder weapon that killed the official. Berzelius finds herself drawn more deeply into the case when, as she attends the boy’s autopsy, she recognizes something familiar on his small, scarred, drug-riddled body. 


Cut deep into his flesh are initials that scream child trafficking and trigger in her a flash of memory from her own dark childhood. Her connection to this boy has been carved with deliberation and malice that penetrate to her very core. Now, to protect her own horrific but hidden past, she must find the real suspect behind these murders, before the police do.

18 September 2016

2 new large print

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=159287
Two young boys.
Trapped underground in a bunker.
Unable to understand why they are there.
Desperate for someone to find them.
Slowly realising that no-one will...

Five years later, the boys' bodies are found and the most difficult case of DI Marnie Rome's career begins.Her only focus is the boys. She has to find out who they are and what happened to them.

For Marnie, there is no other darkness than this..






http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=159282

You can buy almost anything online these days. For Ruthie Collins, it was an Italian farmhouse.

Yet as she battles with a territorial goat and torrential rain just to get through the door of her new Italian home, the words of Ed, her ex, are ringing in her ears. She is daft, impetuous and irresponsible.
But Ruthie is determined to turn things around and live the dream.

First, though, she must win over her fiery neighbour, Marco Bellanouvo, and his family... Then there's the small matter of running an olive farm. As the seasons change and new roots are put down, olives and romance might just flourish in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun.

17 September 2016

3 new non-fiction

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=160440
When young Jim Richards left the army to make to chase a dream, he had no language skills, no money and no idea, just the kind of gold lust that has driven fortune hunters throughout history. 

And when he struck gold and diamonds in the remote rivers of Guyana, his problems and his success grew in equal measure. 

Jim Richards has done it all: dived for diamonds in the piranha-infested rivers of South America; discovered a fabulously rich goldmine in the Australian outback; got caught up in the world's biggest mining scam in Indonesia; and even started a gold rush in the war-torn jungles of Laos






http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=160452
The human spine is not well suited for our way of life and as a result back pain is pandemic - there is hardly anyone who has not been bothered by it at some time. Advanced as we are in other areas of science, with fixing backs we are little further ahead.

This book breaks new ground, and is written for sufferers and practitioners alike. In layman's language it charts a new, easy-to-understand model for the way the human spine breaks down, starting off with commonplace and totally reversible conditions (which 90 per cent of us have), and progressing to the more difficult ones.

The Back Sufferers' Bible describes clearly how each stage of back pain manifests, and sets out a logical course of treatment programs. It explains when you need medication and when you need to rest in bed.



It explains all the exercises - how to do them and the common pitfalls with each one. It gives you all the information you need to play an active part in your own treatment. For practitioners, there is a new section of comprehensive source material and further reading.

Now you can understand what has gone wrong with your spine and take steps to keep your back healthy and pain-free.


http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=160424
A practical "make do and mend" guide to help you fix your favorite pair of trousers or alter that special thrift store find. 

With basic sewing hints and tips, you can revive your existing wardrobe and save money at the same time! 

From sewing on a button or taking up a hem, everything is clearly explained so that even complete beginners can successfully tackle these tasks and more.

16 September 2016

3 new fiction

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=157941
It started with a drowning.

Deep in the heart of Mexico City, where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old who spends her days buried in Agatha Christie novels to forget the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. 

Over the summer she decides to plant a milpa in her backyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbors in turn delve into their past. 

The ripple effects of grief, childlessness, illness and displacement saturate their stories, secrets seep out and questions emerge – Who was my wife? Why did my Mom leave? Can I turn back the clock? And how could a girl who knew how to swim drown?



http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=158581Vincent once had a shot at becoming a professional soccer player, but a career-ending injury put an end to his dreams. A tough kid from a poor family, he has become an emotionally cut-off man with frustrated hopes and limited options. He finds himself coaching an under-16 soccer club in an attempt to keep alive his only passion in life.

The team he coaches is little more than a roster of hotheaded boys, none of whom understands the on-field chemistry needed to win. Simply put, they aren't of a championship caliber. When his unemployed sister Madeleine, a single mother, dumps her thirteen-year-old son on him, Vincent panics. With no clue how to take care of a teenager, he brings his nephew to practice and eventually throws him into the scrimmage. It's then that Vincent notices there's something strange about Léonard. He has a preternatural ability for anticipating each striker's intentions, making him a remarkably talented goalkeeper, but he seems detached, absent, lost.

It becomes clear that Léonard has undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome, and also that, with Léonard's abilities as a goalkeeper, Vincent's ragtag team has a chance to reach the finals. For that to happen, for the team to find a reason to rally behind this strange kid from Paris, Vincent will have to let down his guard and open his heart for the first time ever. 


http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=158835
When Nell Bailey is wounded in a Flying Bomb attack, it is up to her daughter, Josie, to hold the family together. But Josie's new responsibilities don't stop her imagining a brighter future - a future she hopes to share with Jonny Francis, whom she has loved for as long as she can remember.

Her younger brother Tommy, however, does not adjust so easily to the changes in family life. The mounting tension between himself and Josie reaches its peak and Tommy storms out of the house, vowing to live with his dad.

But when he finds himself caught up in the notorious Pedlar's plan to assassinate an eminent political figure, he begins to wish that he'd left well enough alone, for nothing will ever be the same again...

13 September 2016

Chetham's Library - Manchester, England

Manchester's Chetham's Library was first established in 1653 and has been serving knowledge hungry scholars ever since, including playing host to Karl Marx while he developed his economic philosophies with Friedrich Engels.

Located in a former hospital space that is now a music school of the same name, Chetham's Library holds over 100,000 texts accumulated across its centuries in operation. 

The collection was established at the behest of a textile merchant named Humphrey Chetham who expressly stipulated that the library "require nothing of any man that cometh" and be "for the use of schollars and others well affected." Simply stated, he wanted his posthumous library to be public and academic. The merchant them named dozens of ruling agents who he tasked with collecting a collection of texts and writings to rival any of England's libraries, and the Chetham's catalogue began. 


The library has continually been in use since its inception with scholars and researchers from a number disciplines searching the stacks for info. Among the most famous visitors to the library are Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels who are said to have sat in the medieval surroundings and brainstormed their pioneering economics theories. The books they used to study out of are now set aside on display. 

The library has continually been in use since its inception with scholars and researchers from a number disciplines searching the stacks for info. Among the most famous visitors to the library are Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels who are said to have sat in the medieval surroundings and brainstormed their pioneering economics theories. The books they used to study out of are now set aside on display. 



At present, over 60,000 of the library's titles date back to the early 1800's, represented by crumbling and beautiful leather-bound folios. A number of the books are chained to the bookcases, or as the style of manuscript defense changed, gated in, but most can still be seen by visitors. The building the library is housed in actually dates bay to the 1400's when it was used as a priest's college, giving the whole library a lushly historic feel.

12 September 2016

A word about a book from Lis @ Eltham LibraryPlus

Tragedy

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=76030


This is a story of right and wrong, and how sometimes they look the same ... 1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world. One April morning a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a crying infant - and the path of the couple's lives hits an unthinkable crossroads. Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they make that day - as the baby's real story unfolds ...

11 September 2016

Danielle Steel in large print

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They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Claire Kelly finds the walk-up apartment--a spacious loft in Hell's Kitchen. But the aspiring shoe designer needs at least one roommate to manage it. She meets Abby Williams, a writer trying to make it on her own, far away from her successful family in L.A. Four years later, Morgan Shelby joins them. She's ambitious, with a serious finance job on Wall Street. Then Sasha Hartman, a medical student whose identical twin sister is a headline-grabbing supermodel. And so the sprawling space, with its exposed brick and rich natural light, becomes a home to friends about to embark on new, exhilarating adventures.

Frustrated by her ultra-conservative boss, Claire soon faces a career crisis as a designer. Abby is under the spell of an older man, an off-off-Broadway producer who exploits her and detours her from her true talent as a novelist, while destroying her self-confidence. Morgan is happily in love with a successful restaurateur who supplies her roommates with fine food. At her office, she begins to suspect something is off about her boss, a legendary investment manager whom she's always admired. But does she even know him? And Sasha begins an all-work-no-play residency as an ob/gyn, as her glamorous jet-set sister makes increasingly risky decisions.

Their shared life in the apartment grounds them as they bring one another comfort and become a family of beloved friends. Unexpected opportunities alter the course of each of their lives, and as they meet the challenges, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began.

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=158798Ginny Carter was once a rising star in TV news, married to a top anchorman, with a three-year-old son and a full and happy life in Beverly Hills--until her whole world dissolved in a single instant on the freeway two days before Christmas. In the aftermath, she pieces her life back together and tries to find meaning in her existence as a human rights worker in the worst areas around the globe.

Then, on the anniversary of the fateful accident--and wrestling with the lure of death herself--she meets a boy who will cause her life to change forever yet again. Thirteen-year-old Blue Williams has been living on the streets, abandoned by his family, rarely attending school, and utterly alone. Following her instincts, Ginny reaches out to him. Leery of everyone, he runs from her again and again. But he always returns, and each time, their friendship grows.

Blue glows with outsized spirit and an irresistible mix of innocence and wisdom beyond his years. Ginny offers him respect as they form an unusual bond and become the family they each lost. But just as Blue is truly beginning to trust her, she learns of a shocking betrayal that he has been hiding. Is it a wound too deep to heal, or will she be able to fight the battle that will make them both whole again?

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=158800It starts on a summer evening, with the kind of magic found only in Paris. Once a year in the City of Light, a lavish dinner takes place outside a spectacular landmark--the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame . . . a new setting each time. Selected by secret invitation, the guests arrive dressed in white, with tables and chairs, white linens, flowers, fine china, sparkling crystal, and an elegant dinner. As the sun sets, thousands of candles are lit. And when the night is over, hundreds of white paper lanterns, each with a flame within, bearing everyone's fervent wishes, are released into the sky. Amid this wondrous White Dinner, a group of close friends stands at the cusp of change.

Jean-Philippe and Valerie Dumas are devoted to each other and their young children. He is a rising star in the financial world, she, an editor at French Vogue . But a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in China may lead to separation--and temptation.

The epitome of a stylish power couple from Milan, Benedetta and Gregorio Mariani run a venerable Italian clothing empire. Gregorio projects strength, but has a weakness that will ignite a crisis in their company and their marriage.

Chantal Giverny, an award-winning screenwriter, and Dharam Singh, one of India's most successful tech entrepreneurs, are singles paired for the evening. They arrive as friends, but their paths will be set on dramatically different courses before the White Dinner ends.

Spanning the globe, this breathtaking novel follows these indelible characters through a transformative year of successes and heartbreaks until the next White Dinner. From the world's most beloved writer, here is a tale told with extraordinary tenderness and passion, as Danielle Steel explores what it really means to have magic in our lives.

10 September 2016

Anthony Horowitz - South by South East

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=159858
It looks like Tim, the world’s worst private detective, and Nick, his brainy kid brother, are in trouble again. They’re dead broke.

But money is the least of their worries when a mysterious man bursts into their office and offers Tim a wad of cash for his coat. Minutes later, the stranger is dead and Nick and Tim are left to puzzle over his final words. What could he have meant by "suff bee suff-iss"? Or was it "south by southeast"?

Neither one seems to make much sense, but the Diamond brothers will have to figure it out, and fast! Whoever killed the stranger is now after Nick and Tim!

09 September 2016

Written by a world leader of the Hells Angels

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=159428
A memoir of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club from one of its highest-profile leaders.

After forty years in the Hells Angels, George Christie was ready to retire. As the president of the notorious Ventura chapter for the club, he had been the yin to Sonny Barger's yang. Barger was the reckless figurehead and de facto world leader of the Angels. Christie was the negotiator, the spokesman, the thinker, the guy who smoothed things out.

He was the one who carried the Olympic torch and counted movie stars, artists, the Grateful Dead and the police chief captains among his friends. But leaving isn't easy, and within two weeks of retirement he was told he was 'out bad', blackballed by his fellow Angels, prohibited from wearing the club patch, even told he should remove his Death Head tattoo.


Now, Christie's set out to tell his story. Exile on Front Street is the tale of how a midde-class electrician gave up a comfortable job with the Department of Defense and swore allegiance to the Hells Angels. In this action-packed, hard-hitting memoir, he recounts his life as an outlaw biker with the world's most infamous motorcycle club.

08 September 2016

If this was a dream...

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=157902
She watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live?

If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do.


Arky Swann is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present.





The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do.

06 September 2016

Marsh's Library - Dublin, Ireland

Founded in 1707, Marsh's Library holds some 25,000 books and 300 manuscripts, and is the oldest public library in Ireland.

Narcissus Marsh, Archbishop of Dublin, donated many of the books in the library from his personal collection, and is buried nearby on the Cathedral grounds.



The library has seen much of Dublin's history. In some of the bookcases, there are bullet holes from the Easter Rising, when the hotel next door was occupied. 

A unique feature that still stands is the three wired alcoves, or "cages," which were created in the late 18th century in response to thefts at the library. Readers would have to be locked inside to peruse the rarest books.












Source: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/marshs-library

05 September 2016

A word about a book from Kathy @ Patea LibraryPlus

Unputdownable

How far would you go to protect the ones you love?

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=145001Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father's temper.

One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. As events spiral out of control they find themselves in a horrifying situation and are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.

Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened to them. But when one of the sisters goes missing, followed closely by her niece, they are pulled back into the past. And this time there's nowhere left to run...

04 September 2016

A word about a book from Lisa @ Manaia LibraryPlus

Twisted

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=136033When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart and sexier than his wildest dreams. He'd kill to have her.

Soon Beck can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart there is only one person she can turn to. But there's more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade.

The obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences...A chilling account of unrelenting, terrifying deceit.

03 September 2016

A word about a book from Sarah @ Waverley LibraryPlus

Cerebral

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=150873The sweet countenance of Reason greeted Morse serenely when he woke, and told him that it would be no bad idea to have a quiet look at the problem itself before galloping off to a solution.

Chief Inspector Morse was alone among the congregation in suspecting continued unrest in the quiet parish of St Frideswide's. Most people could still remember the churchwarden's murder. A few could still recall the murderer's suicide.

Now even the police had closed the case. Until a chance meeting among the tombstones reveals startling new evidence of a conspiracy to deceive

02 September 2016

A word about a book from Deanne @ Opunake LibraryPlus

Bizzare

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=140737EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

01 September 2016

A word about a book from Sue @ Hawera LibraryPlus

Zombies!

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=146248&query_desc=kw%2Cwrdl%3A%209780316404150 In a steel-and-lead encased bunker a Special Forces soldier waits on his final orders.

On the surface a bacterium has turned 90% of the population into hyper-aggressive predators.

Now Captain Lee Harden must leave the bunker and venture into the wasteland to rekindle a shattered America.

31 August 2016

Review - Selvedge: the fabric of your life

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=154952

This beautifully produced 100-page magazine is published every two months and focuses on textiles, stitching and design in the wider sense. 

Articles include artist profiles, in-depth information on exhibitions, and explorations of new and ancient textile forms. 

It's a lovely read for anyone interested in fabric, design, colour or beautiful photography and is looking for some inspiration.

Cath