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The Mars Room mars room

By Rachel Kushner

It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision

nine perfectNine Perfect Strangers

by Liane Moriarty

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline. Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.rules of seeing

 

The Rules of Seeing

by Joe Heap

Follows the lives of two women whose paths cross at a time when they need each other most. Nova, an interpreter for the Metropolitan police, has been blind from birth. When she undergoes surgery to restore her sight her journey is just beginning - she now has to face a world in full colour for the first time. Kate, a successful architect and wife to Tony, is in hospital after a blow to the head. There, she meets Nova and what starts as a beautiful friendship soon turns into something more.

The mystery of three quarters : the new Hercule Poirot mysterymystery of three quarters

by Sophie Hannah

Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused, and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage. Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him--a man called John McCrodden who also claims to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy... Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

skaar

The Skaar Invasion

by Terry Brooks

Tensions in the Four Lands are high. The mysterious force that laid waste to Paranor has revealed a more human face. While some gain a new understanding of the invaders and what they are after, others continue their existing quests even as the peril rises. For what looked to be a formidable invading force proves only the forerunner of a much vaster army--one that is now marching against the Four Lands in all its fury.

The Bitter Twins Bitter Twins
bitter twins

by Jen Williams

The Ninth Rain has fallen. The Jure'lia are awake. Nothing can be the same again. Tormalin the Oathless and the fell-witch Noon have their work cut out rallying the first war-beasts to be born in Ebora for three centuries. But these are not the great winged warriors of old. Hatched too soon and with no memory of their past incarnations, these onetime defenders of Sarn can barely stop bickering, let alone face an ancient enemy who grow stronger each day. The key to uniting them, according to the scholar Vintage, may lie in a part of Sarn no one really believes exists - a distant island, mysteriously connected to the fate of two legendary Eborans who disappeared long ago. But finding it will mean a perilous journey in a time of war, while new monsters lie in wait for those left behind. Join the heroes of The Ninth Rain as they battle a terrible evil, the likes of which Sarn has never known.Jane is under immense pressure to catch the killer before they strike again. Working long hours with little sleep, what she uncovers leaves her doubting her own mind.

  

NON-FICTION

Put your damn phone down put your phone down

By Glenn Manton

At a party? You're on your phone. Lying in bed? You're on your phone. Out for dinner? You're on your phone. In class, on the train, at a concert, in the gym: phone, phone, phone, phone. And what's wrong with that? Everyone else is doing it. But do you ever get the feeling that while you're glued to your screen you're missing out on... life? In this book, former AFL legend Glenn Manton shares insights and wisdom from his years on and off the field. There's no judgement. No rules. Just true stories and questions to get you thinking... So if you want to live life instead of just viewing it on Instagram; if you want to have adventures instead of watching them on YouTube; if you want to fulfil your dreams instead of standing by while others fulfil theirs ...
this is the book for you.

 

8 weeks to wow 8wkspng

by Emilie Brabon

Elite trainers James 'Chief' and Emilie Brabon love a challenge. As founders of ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP, the world's longest-running and most respected bootcamp fitness program, this power couple has spent decades helping ordinary people achieve - and maintain - extraordinary results. They've been responsible for turning TV-show contestants into strong, Lycra-ready Gladiators in record time, and have orchestrated some of the most stunning body transformations seen on Australian magazine covers. Their no-nonsense approach delivers results whether you're an out-of-shape office worker, celebrity or athlete. In 8 Weeks to Wow, Emilie and Chief share the diet and fitness regime behind these incredible transformations. There are 8 weeks' worth of body-weight workouts, which can be done anywhere, and a total diet overhaul that harnesses the fat-burning power of their 'keto kickstart'. There are also 70 simple recipes to support you through the weeks, as well as motivating stories from people who committed to the program and have been blown away by the results. Who will you be 8 weeks from now?

maori cosmoDecoding Maori cosmology

by Geoffrey Troughton

This is a book about peace; specifically, the ways that Christian communities have engaged with peacemaking in New Zealand. Following on from Saints and Stirrers, which examined Christian peacemaking and opposition to war in the period from 1814 to 1945, the focus of Pursuing Peace in Godzone is on the period from the Second World War to the present - the period in which New Zealand’s peaceable image and reputation as 'God's Own Country' grew and flourished. Peace has motivated New Zealand Christians in compelling ways, resulting in some remarkable stories. Some of these stories, such as the protests against war, nuclear testing and the Waihopai surveillance base, have grabbed media attention and attained a degree of notoriety. Others, such as the efforts of various churches to heal rifts in their communities or aid those affected by conflict, have been virtually invisible to all but those most immediately affected. Taken together they reveal a multifaceted but deeply influential thread of Christian peacemaking within NZ culture.

WomenEqualityPowerWomen Equality Power

by Helen Clark

A celebration of an outstanding leader who continues to strive and work for change, and it's a rallying call for other women leaders, whether they are in positions of political, economic or social power. Helen Clark has been a political leader for more than 40 years, since first running in local elections in the 1970s. She entered parliament as a 31-year-old in 1981, led the Labour Party to victory in 1999 and was Prime Minister of New Zealand for nine years. She then took on a critical international role as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in New York. One of her key focuses throughout this time has been the empowerment of women and she has paved the way for other women to step up and lead. With a foreword by the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, this is a timely and important book. 

cant spell americaYou can't spell America without Me       steven adams

by Alec Baldwin

A satirical memoir written in the style of Donald Trump shares lampooning insights into the forty-fifth president's election, disdain for the press, backroom strategy sessions with White House advisers, and world-changing decisions.

Steven Adams: My life, my fight

By Steven Adams

Steven Adams shares the story behind his meteoric rise from the streets of Rotorua to his emerging stardom in the NBA.

no limitsNo limits : how Craig Heatley became a top New Zealand entrepreneur

By Joanna Black

No Limits describes Craig Heatley's entrepreneurial life. It charts the good times and the bad, his philosophies, his approach to currency trading and the significance of becoming the first person from the southern hemisphere to be invited to join the world's most prestigious golf club, Augusta National, home of the Masters. Craig Heatley was still at high school when he created a subdivision on the back of $200 saved from his paper round. A few years later, building a mini-golf course launched a business that in 1986 saw him become the youngest person to have then featured in the National Business Review's Rich List. But it is Sky Television that was his boldest and most precarious undertaking. The fledgling company teetered in the early nineties as rugby suffered its own crisis, torn between its amateur heritage and the forces of professionalism. Heatley could see the answer. Making it happen is part of his story.

Updated 02/10/2018