What Staff are Reading
New Year, new books! Check out what the staff at the Oamaru Library are reading this month
Glenys’ pick is ‘Cat Flap’ by Alan S. Cowell (Adult Fiction Rental, COW)
When Dolores Tremayne, a successful business executive, travels overseas, part of her remains mysteriously behind in X, the family’s indoor cat. Through feline eyes, Dolores witnesses the shocking behavior of her errant husband, the stalled novelist Gerald Tremayne. Far away in Germany, the human Dolores is conducting high-powered negotiations with a prestigious auto-maker, but back at home, her husband’s liaisons force him into ever more drastic exploits. Meanwhile, Dolores begins to wonder about the strange words and images that have begun to pop into her head, as if from nowhere.
What she learns about life at home through the eyes of ‘X’ is both funny and shocking.
Kerrie’s pick is ‘Ash Princess’ by Laura Sebastian (Young Adult Fiction, SEB)
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner.
For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.
A fantastic new series to sink your teeth into!
Jean’s pick is ‘A Rising Man’ by Abir Mukherjee (Adult Fiction, MUK)
Captain Sam Wyndham is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.
A senior British official has been murdered, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India: or else. With rising political dissent and the stability of the Raj under threat, Wyndham and his two new colleagues embark on an investigation that will take them from the luxurious parlors of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city.
There is superb atmosphere throughout that reflects the quality of research from which these novels have been created.
Escapist whodunits. Try them!
Maclean’s pick is ‘Advice for future copses (and those who love them)’ by Sally Tisdale (Adult Non Fiction/Health & Wellbeing, 306.9 TIS
In its loving, fierce specificity, this book on how to die is also a blessedly saccharine-free guide for how to live. Tisdale does not write to allay anxieties but to acknowledge them, and she brings death so close, in such detail and with such directness, that something unusual happens, something that feels a bit taboo. She invites not just awe or dread—but our curiosity. And why not? We are, after all, just 'future corpses pretending we don’t know.'”
Zuni’s pick is ‘Mountains to Sea’ edited by Mike Joy (Adult Non Fiction/Science & Technology, 363.739 MOU)
Written by several authors this is a deeply concerning little book on the way forward for freshwater management, looking at the social, public health, environmental, legal and long term sustainability issues facing the future for us and the rest of the world’s species.