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QLDC Libraries - Monthly Picks

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QLDC Libraries - Monthly Picks

It’s time again for our monthly picks where we choose just six of our many new arrivals to share with you all.

Remember, if you can’t regularly make it in to one of our branches you can use your library card to reserve these (or any of our many items across fifteen branches) online, and we have many online resources you can access 24/7 with just your library card number – film, books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers.

We hope to see you soon!

NON-FICTION PICKS

Things I Learned From Falling

Things I Learned From Falling
Claire Nelson
(796.51 NEL: ALEX, AWTN, FTN, QTN, WKA)
An inspirational and gripping first-person account of determination, adversity and survival against the odds. Last year, Claire Nelson made international headlines. She was in her thirties, living a busy life in London and was beginning to burn out. When the anxiety she felt finally brought her to breaking point, Claire decided to take some time off and travelled to Joshua Tree Park in California to hike and clear her head. While hiking, Claire fell 9 m (30 feet), gravely injuring herself and she lay alone in the desert - mistakenly kilometres off any trail, without a cell phone signal, fighting for her life. She lay there for four days until she was miraculously rescued - the doctors saying she had only hours to live when she was eventually found. Claire tells her incredible story and what it taught her about loneliness, anxiety and transformation and how to survive it all.

 

A Kitchen Well Travelled

A Kitchen Well Travelled
Sai Yoganathan
(641.59549 YOG: ATW, FTN, WKA)
Sai Yoganathan was born in Sri Lanka and having lived in Africa, Australia and New Zealand, her recipes are a delightful fusion of her culinary adventures and travel experiences from around the world. The book is bursting with unique tips and mouth-watering recipes. Each recipe includes a visual guide to dietary information; whilst some dishes also offer beer and wine pairings. A Kitchen Well-Travelled is a cookbook dedicated to the author’s father who sadly died of a brain tumour and all the profits from this book will be donated to the New Zealand Brain Tumour Trust.

 

FICTION PICKS

Inheritance of Secrets

Inheritance of Secrets
Sonya Bates
(F BAT: FTN, CROM, WKA, MAK, CYD, HAW)
Gripping, tense, mysterious – Inheritance of Secrets, another masterpiece by Sonya Bates, is a great historical fiction combined in a thriller. Juliet’s elderly grandparents are murdered in their home. Who would commit such a heinous crime – and why? The only clues are her grandfather Karl’s missing signet ring and the return of her estranged sister, Lily. Juliet suspects something far more sinister when Lily fears for her life and once more vanishes. Did Karl Weiss, a German soldier who migrated to Adelaide, harbour secrets that could have led to these murders? Was it possible that Karl, whom Juliet knew as a loving grandfather, was a war criminal? In her quest to find the truth, Juliet uncovers disturbing secrets from WWII that will put both her and her sister’s lives in danger.

I Looked Away

I Looked Away
Jane Cory
(F COR: AWTN, FTN, WKA)
From the bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife, comes a beautifully written psychological thriller that keeps the reader hooked after the first page. Ellie is in an unhappy marriage to a manipulative, adulterous husband. He swore that the affair was over, but one day while she was looking after her grandson, he received a call from that woman. In a moment of pure rage, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson, and it appears that he has had a tragic accident. From here, a gripping second storyline emerges, and it is narrated by Jo, a homeless magazine seller. The several layers to the story gradually unfolds the truth, which is much more than a cheating husband and the accident with the grandson. The edgy and unexpected twists and turns will hold your attention and keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last page.

 

YOUNG ADULT

Aspiring

Aspiring
Damien Wilkins
(YAF WIL: ALEX, FTN, HAW, MAN, QTN, WKA)
Fifteen-year-old Ricky lives in Aspiring, a town that’s growing at an alarming rate. Ricky’s growing, too -- 6’7”, and taller every day. But he’s stuck in a loop: student, uncommitted basketballer, and puzzled son, burdened by his family’s sadness. And who’s the weird guy in town with a chauffeur and half a Cadillac? What about the bits of story that invade his head? Uncertain what’s real -- and who he is -- Ricky can’t stop sifting for clues. He has no idea how things will end up... With sunlight, verve and humour, award-winning writer Damien Wilkins brings us a beguiling boy who’s trying to make sense of it all.

 

DVD

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Youree Henley
(MOVIE DVD – FTN, CROM, ROX, WKA)
Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.