Wimmera

Wimmera by Mark Brandi

Reviewed by Sharon Lewis

Small country towns hold their secrets but they often come back to haunt them in ways that are unexpected and sometimes devastating. This well written debut crime novel will keep you wondering about what if, as it moves from the present to the past and back again.

In the summer of 1989 a stranger comes to town whose presence changes the relationship of two best mates; Ben and Fab in ways they never expected. The sinister events have lifelong repercussions for both of them and their lives are forever affected by not just by one horrific crime, but many of the events that took place in the town, and their lives during that time. Their friendship exceeded bounds as each tried to protect the other in the best way they could to the point they were willing to sacrifice everything to protect one another.

This book is not written as a typical crime novel but is an insight into the legacy that crime such as incest; domestic violence and child abuse have, not just on the victims but entire communities.

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This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

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This is How it Always Is.
By Laurie Frankel
Recommended by Ali.
A beautiful book about family and change and secrets.
It follows a family across country to start a new life

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

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Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis

Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis – Review By Susan Millmore

Giada is the host of ‘Everyday Italian’ and ‘Giada at Home’ tv shows on the Food Network, Channel 33 on my tv under the SBS banner
She was born in Rome but grew up in Los Angeles where she still lives with her husband and daughter.

I enjoy her tv shows as they are bright and cheerful and her recipes while looking exotic sometimes, seem easy enough to prepare. Her book is a reflection of her personality as well and is brightly illustrated with scrumptious dishes of food.

While some of the measurements are in ounces, lots of the recipes call for a cup of this and a teaspoon of that, so they are not hard to work out in metric terms.
This is not a diet book but a series of balanced dishes which include whole grains such as quinoa and hominy and are healthier options than sugar laden fast foods.
There is a month of meal plans with mix and match recipes (included in the book) which can be customized according to individual needs.

One recipe is for an updated Waldorf salad which has the usual apples, grapes and nuts but instead of mayonnaise has an apple cider vinaigrette and added pearl couscous.

I see a lot of recipe books at work and some of them have only one recipe that I would make, even though they are meant to be lean meals. Some of the ingredients are not the sort of thing that the average kitchen has in its spice range. Giada’s book has really practical ingredients which even the most basic cook such as myself, would have on hand. The fruits and vegetables are easily obtained here in Australia.

All in all one of the better healthy style cookbooks that are available in the library and one which I will be happy to use.

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Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail 1 by Hiro Masima

Reviewed by Kellie Drengenberg
Title: Fairy Tail 1
Author and Artist: Hiro Mashima
17-year-old Lucy is an attractive mage-in-training who wants to join a magician’s guild so that she can become a full-fledged magician. The guild she dreams about joining is the most famous in the world and it is known as the Fairy Tail. One day she meets Natsu, a boy raised by a Dragon who mysteriously left him when he was young. Natsu has devoted his life to finding his Dragon father. When NatsFairy Tailu helps Lucy out of a tricky situation, she discovers that he is a member of the Fairy Tail magician’s guild and our heroes’ adventure together begins.
You’ll find Fairy Tail 1 and 2 in our graphic novel section at Lithgow Library.

Reinventing Ikea by Isabelle Bruno and Christine Baillet

Reinventing Ikea by Isabelle Bruno and Christine Baillet
Book review by Kay Shirt

This is a book for anyone who loves Ikea, but wants to be a bit different and creative, hates Ikea and wants to be cheeky, and for anyone who always has bits left over after trying to assemble the flat packs.

In the words of the publisher – “Ikea is a destination for everyone who wants to simplify the process of decorating a home. But sometimes you’re left wanting more: furniture that’s adaptable, creative, and most important, in line with your taste. Reinventing Ikea shows you how’ (http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/reinventing-ikea_9781419722677/).
This is a very clever and fun book featuring 70 customised projects.

The Mothers Promise

The Mother’s Promise / Sally Hepworth. Reviewed by Sharon Lewis

Sally Hepworth has recently become one of my favourite authors for her heart wrenching stories of families in unthinkable situations and even though at their core they are sad, they are also infused with humour and hope. 

The Mother’s Promise is the story of Alice and her daughter Zoe, who suffers from crippling anxiety and social problems and their evolving relationship which follows Alice’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. 

With no reliable family for support Alice has to impose on the kindness of two women who come into her life; Kate her oncology nurse and Sonja a social worker who is assigned to the case to deal with Zoe’s welfare as her mother undergoes treatment. What transpires is a story of personal growth on Zoe’s part and the impact on her mother as she watches Zoe’s personal growth whilst undergoing her own personal trauma.

The story could have become overwhelming emotional and while it has its moments it is also incredibly uplifting and shows that family do not necessarily need to be related.

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Out By Angela may George and Owen Swan.

Out
By Angela may George and Owen Swan.
Book Review by Ali.

“I’m called an asylum seeker; but that’s not my name … “
As we celebrate International Peace Day on September 21st, it’s timely to remember the men, women and children who are seeking peace, safety and asylum.
The story is told from the little girl’s point of view and is both heartbreaking and triumphant, allowing timely and sensitive discussion of what drives people to become refugees and the challenges they face.
In ‘Out’a little girl flees her homeland, making a long and treacherous boat journey with her mother to seek asylum in Australia. Starting a new life is challenging, but they work hard to create a new home.
This book was shortlisted for the Children’s Book of the Year awards in 2017 and is available for loan from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

Jane L. Rosen: “Nine Women, One Dress

Jane L. Rosen: “Nine Women, One Dress

Reviewed by Miriam Scott.

Manhattan, a famous department store and a dress that changes lives: What more could you want from a book?

Well the suspense of will they/won’t they get together for one, comeuppence to the deserving for another. This book follows several women and the ‘dress of the season’, delivering satisfying endings and charming stories in the process.

From the woman secretary in love with her boss to the young girl who finally understands who she really is under her burqa, this little gem will delight and outrage you in turn.
Have fun!

This book is available at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

Becoming Unbecoming

Becoming Unbecoming.  

Reviewed by Ali.

Becoming unbecoming is a beautiful graphic novel. Through simple beautiful illustrations and moving text it takes the reader on a heartbreaking journey.

‘Becoming Unbecoming explores gender violence, blame, shame, and social responsibility. Through image and text Una asks what it means to grow up in a culture where male violence goes unpunished and unquestioned. With the benefit of hindsight Una explores her experience, wonders if anything has really changed and challenges a global culture that demands that the victims of violence pay its cost’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This book is available for loan from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

 

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

Reviewed by Kellie

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate feeling different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.