New books to hit the spot

TOUCHDOWN is a weekly selection of outstanding new titles: books either anticipated or surprising, just out of the carton! Follow the links for more information, to purchase these books or to have them put aside for you.

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27 May 2016
The World as 100 People: A visual guide to 7 billion humans by Lucy Heaver, Hannah Koelmeyer and Aileen Lord     $22.99
>> Have a look at the 100 people. Some of this may surprise you!
Guilty Things: A life of Thomas de Quincey by Frances Wilson        $38.00
Modelling his character on Coleridge and his sensibility on Wordsworth, de Quincey took over the poet's former cottage in Grasmere. Here, sustained by opium and increasingly detached from the world, he nurtured his growing hatred of his former idols. An outstanding prose stylist, de Quincey was a pioneer of the personal essay and of what we would now call psychogeography. He inspired generations of writers, including Dickens, Dostoevsky, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, and his work is not dissimilar to that of the current generation of autofictioneers (Knausgaard, Heti, &c). 
>>'On Murder, Considered as one of the fine arts'.
Landfall 231: Aotearoa New Zealand arts and letters edited by David Eggleton       $29.99
Featured Artists: Peter Peryer, Saskia Leek, Ngataiharuru Taepa; Writers: Nick Ascroft, Shelley Arlidge, Mark Young, C.K. Stead, Jodie Dalgleish, Jessie Puru, Liz Breslin, Claire Orchard, Rachael Taylor, Brian Turner, John Adams, Judy O'Kane, Vaughan Rapatahana, L.E. Scott, Antony Millen, Carin Smeaton, Erik Kennedy, Leilani Tamu, Allison Li, Rata Gordon, Victoria Broome, Siobhan Harvey, Ruth Arnison, Sam Keenan, Jillian Sullivan, Johanna Emeney, Heather McQuillan, Doc Drumheller, Wes Lee, Koenraad Kuiper, Caoimhe McKeogh, Madeline Reid, Stephen Coates, Helen Vivienne Fletcher, Martha Morseth, Joanna Preston, Owen Marshall, Christina Stachurski, Tom Weston, Elizabeth Smither, Piet Nieuwland, Bob Orr, Janet Charman, Will Leadbeater, Vivienne Plumb, Immi Paterson-Harkness, Elizabeth Welsh, Robert McLean, Mary Macpherson, Bill Direen, Ron Riddell, Victor Rodger. Unmissable (and there are reviews too).
Dear World, How are you? by Toby Little et al      $37.00
When Toby Little was five years old, he decided to write to someone in every country in the world. With the help of his mum, Toby started handwriting and posting letters to everyone from research scientists in Antarctica to game-keepers in Chad and even the Pope. Not only did Toby achieve his goal but the world wrote back. Dear World, How Are You? is a collection of the most fascinating and heart-warming letters he sent and received. It shows that the world is only as big as your imagination and is full of potential friends, waiting to be discovered, no matter where you live.
Above and Below by Hanako Clulow           $26.99
Lift the lid on eight animal habitats to see the extraordinary natural stories that happen above and below the surface. From the rainforest to the ocean and the macro to the micro, lift the flap to explore the fascinating relationships occurring in each of the world's ecosystems.
The Chosen Ones by Steve Sem-Sandberg         $37.00
 The Am Spiegelgrund clinic, in Vienna, masqueraded as a reform school for wayward boys and girls and a home for chronically ill children. The reality, however, was very different: in the wake of Germany's annexation of Austria on the eve of World War Two, its doctors, nurses, and teachers created a monstrous parody of the institution's benign-sounding brief. The Nazi regime's euthanasia program would come to determine the fate of many of the clinic's inhabitants. This novel sees the institution trough the eyes of a child inmate, Adrian Ziegler, and a nurse, Anna Katschenka. 
 Seneca: A life by Emily Wilson          $37.00
Seneca was one of the most contradictory figures in ancient Rome, embracing a stern ascetic morality while amassing a fortune under Nero and eventually committing suicide.
"This is a riveting and complete picture of Seneca's complex and compromised life. It is impeccably researched, carefully structured, and written with admirable brio. For good or ill, ours is a Senecan age." - Simon Critchley

Love & Friendship: In which Jane Austen's Lady Susan Vernon is entirely vindicated by Whit Stillman        $34.99
Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed: meet Lady Susan Vernon, both the heart and the thorn of Love & Friendship. Recently widowed with a daughter who's coming of age as quickly as their funds are dwindling, Lady Susan makes it her mission to find them wealthy husbands. When her attempts to secure their futures result only in the wrath of a prominent conquest's wife and the title of 'most accomplished coquette in England', Lady Susan must rethink her strategy...
>> "Approved for appropriate audiences"
The Railways: Nation, network and people by Simon Bradley       $55.00

From the classical architecture of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, from the mysteries of Brunel's atmospheric railway to the lost routines of the great marshalling yards, Simon Bradley explores the world of Britain's railways, the evolution of the trains, and the changing experiences of passengers and workers.
 In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a thirty year journey through Romania and beyond by Robert D. Kaplan      $39.99
Robert Kaplan first visited Romania in the 1970s, when he was a young journalist and the country was a bleak Communist backwater. It was one of the darkest corners of Europe, but few Westerners were paying attention. What ensued was a lifelong obsession with a critical, often overlooked country - a country that, today, is key to understanding the current threat that Russia poses to Europe. Through the lens of one country, Kaplan examines larger questions of geography, imperialism, the role of fate in international relations, the Cold War, the Holocaust, and more.
Towards the Flame: Empire, war and the end of Tsarist Russia by Dominic Lieven          $37.00
The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was revolution, civil war and famine in 1917-20, followed by decades of communist rule.
"Not just one of the greatest historians on Russia, but also a great writer." - Antony Beevor
 Comfort Food by Ellen van Neerven        $29.99
Moving between places and cultures, Comfort Food explores identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love. Using food as her inspiration, van Neerven offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar.
>> Interview with the poet about her Yugambeh  and Dutch heritage (and other things)
Nightmare in Berlin by Hans Fallada       $37.00
Available for the first time in English, here is an unforgettable portrayal of the physical and psychological devastation wrought in Germany by WWII. The war is over, yet Dr Doll, a loner and 'moderate pessimist', lives in constant fear. By night, he is haunted by nightmarish images of the bombsite in which he is trapped - he, and the rest of Germany. More than anything, he wishes to vanquish the demon of collective guilt, but he is unable to right any wrongs, especially in his position as mayor of a small town in north-east Germany that has been occupied by the Red Army. Dr Doll flees for Berlin, where he finds escape in a morphine addiction: each dose is a 'small death'. He tries to make his way in the chaos of a city torn apart by war, accompanied by his young wife, who shares his addiction. Fighting to save two lives, he tentatively begins to believe in a better future.
 The Sun and the Moon and the Rolling Stones: On and off the rad with the world's greatest rock band by Rich Cohen        $39.99
When he was 25 years old, budding journalist Rich Cohen got the assignment of a lifetime. He was sent by Rolling Stone magazine to Toronto to hang out with, get to know, and write about The Rolling Stones. The result was an epic adventure with some of the most fascinating people in the world: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, and Charlie Watts. Over the ensuing 15 years of friendship, reporting and collaboration, Rich got behind the scenes of the most wild soap opera of our time. 
>> Watch out for the roses.
The Salted Air by Thom Conroy           $38.00
What happens when grief draws you to your partner's married brother? 28 year-old Djuna is without a foothold. The suicide of her partner has left her derailed and casting about for the joy she fears may be gone for good. Her parents' relationship has disintegrated, her family home is occupied by Burmese refugees, and she is drawn to the one man she must reject. In pursuit of a roving father and a renewed sense of belonging, Djuna wanders from Wellington to the natural beauty of New Zealand's remote East Cape. From the author of The Naturalist
The Bones of Grace by Tahmima Anam        $37.00
Zubaida Haque falls in love with Elijah Strong, a man she meets in a darkened concert hall. The two immediately connect despite their differences: Elijah belongs to a prototypical American family, whereas Zubaida is the adopted daughter of a wealthy family in Dhaka. But when a twist of fate sends her back to her hometown, the inevitable force of society compels her to take a very different path, and before she knows it she's married to her childhood best friend and discontentedly settled into a traditional Bangladeshi life. In a final bid to escape familial constraints, she moves to Chittagong to help make a documentary film about the infamous shipbreaking beaches, where ships are destroyed and their various parts put up for sale. Here she meets Anwar, a shipbreaker whose story holds a key that unlocks for Zubaida not only the mysteries of her past but the possibilities of a new life.
 Martin Marten by Brian Doyle         $29.99
The dual coming-of-age story of a young man and a pine marten. 
"Doyle's gorgeous new novel is a hypnotic, luxurious journey through our natural world, a mind-bending celebration of how sweet each day can be. A modern day Siddhartha set in the lush Pacific Northwest." - Carol Cassella
The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman       $32.99
One mild summer evening in rural New Zealand, the lives of Carla Reid, a middle-aged farmer's wife, and Ben Toroa, an illiterate teen, brutally collide. Neither will be the same again, their futures forever linked. 
What Abi Taught Us: A mother's struggle to come to terms with her daughter's death by Lucy Hone      $36.99
Lucy Hone's beloved 12-year-old daughter Abi was killed in 2013 in a devastating car accident in Canterbury that also claimed the lives of Abi's friend Ella and Ella's mother Sally. When faced with the incomprehensible fact of Abi's tragic death Lucy knew that she was fighting for the survival of her sanity and her family unit. She developed ways to support her family in their darkest days, and to find a new way of living without Abi. 
Coming Home to Roost by Mary-Anne Scott     $19.99
Elliot is on the run from a situation that's just too big to handle. Sooner or later, it's going to catch up with him. Elliot's in need of a fresh start, so he's dispatched to a new city to work as an apprentice electrician. His boss, Arnie, is an ex-naval officer whose bad temper and frequent advice don't make for easy living : but Elliot's out of options. Elliot is just settling into some sort of routine when a disturbing rumour surfaces about his ex-girlfriend, Lena. As Lena tries to track him down, Elliot dives for cover. But a problem this big only attracts more problems, and, after a shocking workplace accident, they're all going to catch up with him at once. The question is, will Elliot come out of hiding and face them head on?
Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand        $32.99
Diane's perfect life is shattered is shattered by her husband's death A year later, can she develop a relationship with another man, also embittered by loss?
Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of the new city by Adina Hoffman       $44.99
Investigates the contributions to the building of Jerusalem of three formative architects: Erich Mendelsohn, Austen St. Barbe Harrison and Spyro Houris.
 A Toaster on Mars by Darrell Pitt      $24.00
 Neo City, 2509. After a series of operational bungles, as well as the accidental death of his partner, special agent Blake Carter's career at the Planetary Bureau of Investigation is in trouble. To make matters worse, he's just been assigned a new partner - and the beautiful and brilliant Nicki Steel happens to be a cyborg. When universe-famous criminal Bartholomew Badde steals a weapon capable of destroying whole planets at a time, Blake and Nikki must work together to recover it, an investigation that takes them to all corners of the weird and wonderful galaxy. But things get serious when Badde kidnaps Blake's teenage daughter, Lisa. Can Blake prove he's still a first-rate agent - not to mention father - and save Lisa in time? Silly.
The Listmaker by Robin Klein       $21.00
Twelve-year-old Sarah makes lists. It helps her remain in control when her life is on hold. But what sort of life does she want when the choice is between eccentric elderly aunts and her sophisticated glamorous stepmother? 
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando       $18.99
Eleven years ago, six five-year-olds went missing without a trace. After all this time, the people left behind have moved on, or tried to. Until today. Now five of those kids are back. They're sixteen, and they are ... fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mother she barely recognises, and doesn't really know who she's supposed to be, either. But she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, but they can't recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back and everyone wants answers. 

Dead Men Don't Order Flake by Sue Williams         $37.00
On the night Leo Stone returns - notionally from the dead, in reality from the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Cass Tuplin gets a call from Gary Kellett. A call about an actual dead person: Gary's daughter, killed in a car crash. Gary's adamant it wasn't an accident. Cass agrees to investigate. After all, not just Rusty Bore's only purveyor of fine fast food, Cass is also the closest thing to a private detective within a couple of hundred kilometers. The local police (Cass's son Dean) try to warn her off. It's true Cass's status as a celebrated yet non-licensed nobody doesn't entirely suit Dean. But Dean also believes Gary's a delusional, grieving father. Is that the case? Or did a young journalist die after asking too many questions?
The Altering Eye: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art by Sarah Greenough      $99.99
A wonderful selection drawn from the gallery's collection of over 14,000 images, spanning more than 175 years.
 The Auctioneer: A memoir of great art, legendary collections and record-breaking auctions by Simon de Pury        $32.99
Simon de Pury's roles have included curator of the world-famous Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Chairman of Sotheby's Europe, and founder and owner of Sotheby's rival Phillips de Pury. His exuberant style, showmanship and iconoclasm in a highly conservative profession saw him described as 'the Mick Jagger of auctions'. 
>> Sold! To the woman scratching her nose.
 Vitamin N: The essential guide to a nature-rich life by Richard Louv       $32.99
In Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv spotlighted the alienation of children from the natural world, coining the term 'nature-deficit disorder' and outlining the benefits of a strong nature connection - from boosting mental acuity and creativity to reducing obesity and depression, from promoting health and wellness to simply having fun. Vitamin N is his comprehensive practical handbook, a companion to both Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, a complete prescription for enjoying the natural world right now, with 500 activities, scores of informational websites and an abundance of down-to-earth advice.
 Whisper to Me by Nick Lake        $18.99
Cassie is seventeen and she is unravelling. Even when she first meets him, the boy, the one, she can't begin to imagine that anything could happen between them. That he might be someone amazing. That in the course of one summer, she will go to the darkest places and back again, with him by her side. That she might have to hurt him to save herself.
The Pharos Gate: Griffin and Sabine's missing correspondence by Nick Bantock       $54.99
If you loved Griffin and Sabine, you will want to find out more about them in this book, issued to mark their 25th anniversary!
The Last Star ('The 5th Wave' #3) by Rick Yancey         $24.00
The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They're down here, they're up there, they're nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us. But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth's remaining survivors will need to decide what's more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human.
This thrilling series comes to a thrilling close.
 Crisis by Chris Gardner      $37.00
"Full of tomorrow's headlines, Crisis is a nerve-shredding thriller with an intimate knowledge of the world it portrays. This is intelligent, high-voltage story-telling of the very highest order and I would compare it to the best of John Le Carre and Robert Harris." - Tony Parsons

20 May 2016
A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh          $27.99
At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, up to the buried vaults of banks, and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city.
The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver           $34.99
 It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown. A bloodless world war will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Their inheritance turned to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also - as the effects of the downturn start to hit - the challenge of sheer survival. Recently affluent Avery is petulant that she can't buy olive oil, while her sister Florence is forced to absorb strays into her increasingly cramped household. As their father Carter fumes at having to care for his demented stepmother now that a nursing home is too expensive, his sister Nollie, an expat author, returns from abroad at 73 to a country that's unrecognizable. Perhaps only Florence's oddball teenage son Willing, an economics autodidact, can save this formerly august American family from the streets. This is not science fiction.
Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken      $26.00
 Laced through with humour, empathy, and rare and magical descriptive powers these nine stories navigate the fragile space between love and loneliness. McCracken impressed at the Auckland Writers Festival this month.
The Minor Outsider by Ted McDermott        $32.99
Ed and Taylor, both aspiring young writers, fall in love during a summer of aimless drinking and partying in their university town of Missoula, Montana. Lonely and looking for love, they connect despite their profound differences: Ed is brooding, ambitious and self-destructive, living in denial of a mysterious tumour spreading from his limbs to his brain. Beautiful Taylor is a pure soul, positive, full of hope and emotional generosity. Their difficult relationship is intense, exciting yet doomed from the start, complicated further when Taylor falls pregnant. As Ed resists the harmony she brings to his life, Taylor's need to protect herself and their child also grows...
"A round of applause for Ted McDermott, please. He's earned it. The Minor Outsider is spirited, audacious, and drolly funny." - Patrick deWitt
Story Box: Create your own fairy tales by Anne Laval        $24.99
This wonderful game will allow your family to create its own fairy tales. The box contains 20 cards, printed on both sides, which can be interchanged, allowing for all kinds of plots. With three alternative endings! Can you save the missing elf before he is eaten by the big, bad wolf? Is the witch offering you a poisoned apple, or will she help you - by magically shrinking the giant pink rabbit that is terrorizing your castle? Tell a different story each time you play, in this 8-foot-long fairytale puzzle. 
"Irresistible." - Thomas
Let's Bake: A step-by-step introduction by Clara Lidstrom and Annakarin Nyberg         $39.99
And attractive, easy-to-follow cookbook for children (to use on their own!), packed with delicious recipes. 
>> Let's Garden, too!
 Dying: A memoir by Cory Taylor         $29.99
 At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable. She now weighs less than her neighbour's retriever. Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this remarkable book is a clear-eyed account of what Taylor has learned from dying
>> "We are all just a millimeter away from death."
 Endeavouring Banks: Exploring collections from the Endeavour voyage, 1768-1771 by Neil Chambers      $85.00
When English naturalist Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his historic mission into the Pacific, he took with him a team of collectors and illustrators who returned with unprecedented collections of artefacts, specimens and drawings, opening up a whole world of knowledge as yet undiscovered by Europeans. The book features original voyage specimens together with illustrations and descriptions of them, showing a rich diversity of newly discovered species. It also shows how Banks organised this material, planning but ultimately failing to publish it.
Mexican Hooker #1, And other roles since the revolution by Carmen Aguirre      $32.99
At six years old Carmen Aguirre was a Chilean refugee adjusting to life in North America. At eighteen she was a revolutionary dissident married to a man she couldn't fully love. In her twenties she fought to find herself as an actress and break away from the stereotypes thrust upon her - housekeeper, hotel maid, Mexican Hooker #1. But alongside these many identities was another that was hard to embrace and impossible to escape: that of the thirteen-year-old girl attacked by one of Canada's most feared rapists. Thirty-three years after the assault, Carmen decided it was time to meet the man who changed her life.
 Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky         $39.99
"As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, the powerful can do as they please and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome."
 The Blitzed City: The destruction of Coventry, 1940 by Karen Farrington       $27.99
The Germans' most destructive raid on Britain left hundreds dead and thousands homeless. It also removed many qualms about the night raids on German cities, notably the fire-bombing of Dresden, that followed.
 And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe, austerity and the threat to global stability by Yanis Varoufakis         $39.99
 In this dramatic narrative of Europe's economic rise and spectacular fall, Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, shows that the origins of the collapse go far deeper than our leaders are prepared to admit - and that we have done nothing so far to fix them.
"The emerging rock star of Europe's anti-austerity uprising." - Telegraph
 People Get Ready: The fight against a jobless economy and a citizenless democracy by Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols       $54.99
 The consequences of the technological revolution are about to hit hard: unemployment will spike as new technologies replace labor in the manufacturing, service, and professional sectors of an economy that is already struggling. The end of work as we know it will hit at the worst moment imaginable: as capitalism fosters permanent stagnation, when the labor market is in decrepit shape, with declining wages, expanding poverty, and scorching inequality. Only the dramatic democratization of our economy can address the existential challenges we now face.
 And Then... by Albronzo       $18.99
 It's hard being an older sister when everybody is admiring your newly born younger brother - particularly on your birthday. Especially when that younger brother is noisy, smelly and slimy - just like a tiny squid!
 Frontiers Reimagined: Art that connects us; 44 artists, 22 countries by Sundaram Tagore     $65.00
The phenomenon of globalization, with cultures colliding and melding as never before, offers rich and complex sources of inspiration for artists. Frontiers Reimagined examines the results of these cultural entanglements through the work of forty-four artists who are exploring the notion of cultural boundaries. These artists-who come from a vast geographical area stretching from the West to Asia and Africa-share a truly global perspective, both in their physical existence, living and working between cultures, and their artistic endeavors.
 The World's Emergency Room: The growing threat to doctors, nurses and humanitarian workers by Michael VanRooyen      $27.99
  Drawing on VanRooyen's personal experiences and those of his colleagues in international humanitarian medicine, he takes readers into clinics, wards, and field hospitals around the world where medical personnel work with inadequate resources under dangerous conditions to care for civilians imperiled by conflict.
 Still Life with Teapot: On Zen, writing and creativity by Brigid Lowry        $35.00
 What do you do when you start talking to yourself on the bus? If you're the writer Brigid Lowry, you change tack and write a book about what it means to be an ageing woman in the 21st century.
 The Art of Collage 2 by Dennis H. Busch         $130.00
 Bringing disparate images and items together, collage transcends the boundaries between artistic disciplines. Inspiring.
 Evicted: Poverty and profit in the American city by Matthew Desmond         $55.00
Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee's coldest winter for years. Doreen's home is so filthy her family call it 'the rat hole'. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work his way out of debt for his boys. Scott, a nurse turned addict, lives in a gutted-out trailer. This is their world. And this is the twenty-first century: where fewer and fewer people can afford a simple roof over their head. From abandoned slums to shelters, eviction courts to ghettoes, Matthew Desmond spent years living with and recording the stories of those struggling to survive - yet who won't give up.
"Essential. A compelling and damning exploration of the abuse of one of our basic human rights: shelter." - Owen Jones
 Strange as this Weather has Been by Ann Pancake     $32.99
 Tells the story of a coal mining family - a couple and their four children - living through the latest mining boom and dealing with the mountaintop removal and strip mining that is ruining what is left of their mountain life.
 The World's Worst Children by David Walliams and Tony Ross       $24.99
 Ten cautionary tales and a delightfully dreadful cast of characters! Are you ready to meet the World's Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls! Like Sofia Sofa - a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she's turning into one! Or Dribbling Drew - a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip! And not forgetting Blubbering Bertha - a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales!
 We Are Giants by Amber Lee Dodd     $19.99
Sydney thinks her mum Amy is the best mum in the world - even if she is a bit different. When everyone else kept growing, Amy got to four feet tall and then stopped right there. The perfect height, in Sydney's opinion: big enough to reach the ice cream at the supermarket, small enough to be special. Sydney's dad died when she was only five, but her memories of him, her mum's love and the company of her brave big sister Jade means she never feels alone ...But when the family are forced to move house, things get tricky. Sydney and Jade must make new friends, deal with the bullies at their new school and generally figure out the business of growing up in a strange new town. And Sydney doesn't want to grow up - not if it means getting bigger than her mum...
 The American People, Volume 1: Search for My Heart, A novel by Larry Kramer        $42.99
The story of one nation under a plague, contaminated by greed, hate, and disease and host to transcendent acts of courage and kindness. In this first volume, which runs up to the 1950s, we meet prehistoric monkeys who spread a peculiar virus; a Native American shaman whose sexual explorations mutate into occult visions; and early English settlers who establish loving same-sex couples only to fall prey to the forces of bigotry. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton revel in unexpected intimacies, and John Wilkes Booth's motives for assassinating Abraham Lincoln are thoroughly revised. In the twentieth century, the nightmare of history deepens as a religious sect conspires with eugenicists, McCarthyites, and Ivy Leaguers to exterminate homosexuals and the AIDS virus begins to spread. Against all this, Kramer sets the story of a middle-class family outside Washington, D.C, trying to cope with the darkest of times.
 Peekaboo! on the Farm by Cocoretto      $18.99
 Peekaboo! Who's hiding on the farm? Lift the flap to find out! 
>> And how about some Peekaboo! in the Jungle, too?
 Pisces of Fate ('The Drakeforth Trilogy' #2) by Paul Mannering     $35.00
Is Paul Mannering New Zealand's answer to Terry Pratchett? Read the idiosyncratic sequel to the idiosyncratic Vogel Award-winning Engines of Empathy and find out (and have rather a lot of idiosyncratic fun doing so!).
 The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb         $32.99
  In 1946, Walter Westhaus, a German Jew who spent the war years at Tagore's ashram in India, arrives at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, where he meets Sol Kerem, a promising rabbinical student. A brilliant nonbeliever, Walter is the perfect foil for Sol's spiritual questions-and their extraordinary connection is too wonderful not to share with Sol's free-spirited fiancee Rosalie. Soon Walter and Rosalie are exchanging notes, sketches, and secrets, and begin a transcendent love affair in his attic room, a temple of dusty tomes and whispered poetry. Months later they shatter their impossible bond, retreating to opposite sides of the country-Walter to pursue an academic career in Berkeley and Rosalie and Sol to lead a congregation in suburban New York.
Mr Moon Wakes Up by Jemima Sharpe       $18.99
Mr Moon always sleeps. He naps during hide-and-seek, passes out on puzzles and dozes during adventure stories. But what would happen if Mr Moon ever woke up? Would he lead us to hidden, dream-like worlds, filled with fantastic friends and exciting games? And if he did, would we remember in the morning?