What Staff Are Reading
Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library is reading? Well here's your chance! Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading this month
Fanua’s pick is ‘Maud’s Line’ by Margaret Verble (Adult Fiction, VER)
Eastern Oklahoma, 1928. Eighteen-year-old Maud Nail lives with her rogue father and sensitive brother on one of the allotments parceled out by the U.S. Government to the Cherokees when their land was confiscated for Oklahoma’s statehood. Maud’s days are filled with hard work and simple pleasures, but often marked by violence and tragedy, a fact that she accepts with determined practicality. Her prospects for a better life are slim, but when a newcomer with good looks and books rides down her section line, she takes notice. Soon she finds herself facing a series of high-stakes decisions that will determine her future and those of her loved ones.
A novel filled with evocative glimpses of yearning and the communal caring of family
Jean’s pick is ‘Things in Jars’ by Jess Kidd (Adult Fiction Rental, KID)
In the dark underbelly of Victorian London, a formidable female sleuth is pulled into the macabre world of fanatical anatomists and crooked surgeons while investigating the kidnapping of an extraordinary child in this gothic mystery
Weirdly addictive this is a dark, dark novel of Gothic proportions
Kerrie’s pick is ‘Heartstream’ by Tom Pollock (Young Adult Fiction, POL)
Cat is in love. Always the sensible one, she can't believe that she's actually dating, not to mention dating a star. But the fandom can't know. They would eat her alive. And first at the buffet would definitely be her best friend, Evie. Amy uses Heartstream, a social media app that allows others to feel your emotions. She broadcasted every moment of her mother's degenerative illness, and her grief following her death. It's the realest, rawest reality TV imaginable. But on the day of Amy's mother's funeral, Amy finds a strange woman in her kitchen. She's rigged herself and the house with explosives - and she's been waiting to talk to Amy for a long time. Who is she? A crazed fan? What does she want? Amy and Cat are about to discover how far true obsession can go.
A twisting tale that will keep you guessing until the end
Maclean’s pick is ‘Factfulness’ by Hans Rosling (Adult Non Fiction/Society, 302.12 ROS)
When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. Hans Rosling offers a radical new explanation of why this happens, and reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think.
Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world.
Fiona’s pick is ‘Words On Fire’ by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Children Orange Dot, NIE)
Danger is never far from Audra's family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian -- they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous. In June 1893, when Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra's parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate.
A story that highlights that books are indeed one way to preserve culture, history and heritage
Zuni’s pick is ‘Rebel Ideas’ by Mathew Syed (Adult Non Fiction/Health & Wellbeing, 153.42 SYE)
Offers a radical new approach to success and a route map to how we can tackle our most complex challenges, such as obesity, terrorism and climate change. Offers a radical blueprint for the future. It challenges hierarchies, encourages constructive dissent and forces us to think again about how success really happens.
A motivating book on the sharing of diverse ideas from a range of different people. A must read for managers
Philip’s pick is ‘The Bad-ass librarians of Timbuktu’ by Joshua Hammond (Adult Non Fiction/Society, 025.8 HAM
Provides an easy-read insight into the history of the African Empire of Mali to contextualise the amazing treasures that were collected over hundreds of years. The story of how one man then collected, curated and finally saved 95% of the hundreds of thousands of manuscripts makes fascinating and riveting reading.