What Staff Are Reading

What Staff Are Reading

Ever wondered what your staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Read the list below to find out!

Rhoda Newton’s pick is ‘Overview’ by Benjamin Grant (Adult Non Fiction/Science and Technology, 778.35 GRA)
Inspired by the "Overview Effect"--a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. More than 200 high definition images of industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature.
Beautiful images give a global perspective of the Earth and our lives on it.

Kerrie Gamble’s pick is ‘Avery’ by Charlotte McConaghy (Young Adult, MCC)
The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years until Ava.
For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava's plan is interrupted when she is instead captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.
Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true.
Enchanting read for fans of fantasy and unique romance stories.

Zuni Steer’s pick is ‘Half Time’ by Nigel Owens (Adult Non Fiction/Sports, 796.333 OWE)
Nigel is the first openly gay rugby personality. He came out in 2007 and has since won Sports Personality of the year by Stonewall, was the only Welsh referee at the 2007 Rugby World Cup and is respected as one of the best refs in the world. His autobiography tells of his tormented life as a teenager in a Welsh village and his attempted suicide in his 20s. Nigel also became a heavy user of steroids and suffered with bulimia. But this is a story of triumph as he overcame everything and became o highly respected referee
Very entertaining biography. Plenty of amusing quips and incidents along with some sad items.

Lynley Caldwell’s pick is ‘Cleo: how an uppity cat helped heal a family’ by Helen Brown (Adult Non Fiction/Beliefs and Philosophy, 155.937 BRO)
A warm, incredibly moving, often funny book about love, loss and redemption and the small black cat who helped mend a family's broken hearts by sheer force of her feline personality.
A delightful and at times poignant read on the lighter side.

Jean Rivett’s pick is ‘Himself’ by Jess Kidd (Adult Fiction Rentals, KID)
When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland's west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his too-young, long-lost mother, and a determination to do battle with the village's lies. Mahony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves, those folk who once lived here, with their foggy memories and hidden stories, floating greyly amongst the unseeing living. No one though - living or dead - will tell what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby. Despite Mahony's certainty that more than one of them knows.
The characters, both the living and the dead, are brilliantly drawn. This book has wit, originality and humour. My best read in a long while!

Fiona Kerr’s pick is ‘I Left My Tent in San Francisco’ by Emma Kennedy (Adult Non Fiction/Countries and Travel, 917.304 KEN)
It's 1989, and Emma and her best friend Dee head to the USA to make their fortune. But completely inept and virtually unemployable, they discover that they can't even get a job in McDonald's.

Forced to travel from California to New York with only pennies in their pockets, they bounce from scrape to scrape, surviving on their wits and the kindness of strangers. Bad luck and misfortune throw everything their way - snakes, earthquakes, black magic and incontinent dogs.
A nostalgia-packed, hilarious story sure to make you want to go on your next adventure!

Brenda Wollstein’s pick is ‘The Golden Son’ by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Adult Fiction Rental, GOW)
The Golden Son is about a young Indian doctor who leaves his village for a residency in the US. But he grapples with the expectation that as the oldest son, he is expected to inherit the mantle of arbiter for all village disputes. And he finds himself torn between a beautiful American girl and his old childhood friend.
A thought provoking novel which I really enjoyed.

Kerrie Gamble