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    • Natural Causes, Ehrenreich,  Barbara
    Natural Causes
    Barbara Ehrenreich

    Drawing on personal experience, sociological trends, pop culture and current scientific literature Natural Causes examines the ways in which we obsess over death, our bodies, and our health. Ehrenreich shows that many of the ways we deal with mortali ... read more

    • On Patrick White: Writers on Writers, Tsiolkas,  Christos
    On Patrick White: Writers on Writers
    Christos Tsiolkas

    Patrick White contributed to the creation of an imaginative language that we can call Australian and through his own alienation showed that we as a migrant and mongrel nation could forge our own culture and our own language. Christos Tsiolkas spent ... read more

    • Oneiron, Lindstedt,  Laura
    Laura Lindstedt

    Performance artist Shlomith from New York, chief accountant Polina from Moscow, heart transplant patient Rosa from Brazil, Nina of Marseilles who is expecting twins, Dutch Wlbgis with throat cancer, Senegalese Maimuna, who dreams of a career as a mod ... read more

    • Patient X, Peace,  David
    Patient X
    David Peace

    The author Ryunosuke Akutagawa lived through Japan's turbulent Taisho period of 1912 to 1926, including the devastating 1923 Earthquake, only to take his own life at the age of just thirty-five in 1927. Inspired and informed by Akutagawa's stories, e ... read more

    • Shout in the Ruins, Powers,  Kevin
    Shout in the Ruins
    Kevin Powers

    Following his debut novel, The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers returns to the battlefield and its aftermath, this time in his native Virginia, just before and during the Civil War and ninety years later. Exploring the nature of random violence, the neces ... read more

    • The Fire This Time, Ward,  Jesmyn
    The Fire This Time
    Jesmyn Ward

    In this anthology of essays and poems on race in America, Jesmyn Ward brings together the most important voices of a new generation. Responding to James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time and the new tragedies of our day, eighteen influential thinkers wres ... read more

    • The Leavers, Ko,  Lisa
    The Leavers
    Lisa Ko

    One morning, Deming Guo's mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon - and never comes home. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate ... read more

    • The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America, Snyder,  Timothy
    The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America
    Timothy Snyder

    Today's Russia is an oligarchy propped up by illusions and repression. But it also represents the fulfilment of tendencies already present in the West. In this visionary work of contemporary history, Timothy Snyder argues that Russia works within the ... read more

    • A Sand Archive, Day,  Gregory
    A Sand Archive
    Gregory Day

    Seeking stories of Australia's Great Ocean Road, a young writer stumbles across a manual from a minor player in the road's history: FB Herschell, an engineer, historian and philosopher with a poet's sensibility. As he continues to mine Herschell's ar ... read more

    • Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Bloom,  Paul
    Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion
    Paul Bloom

    Empathy inspires care and protection in personal relationships, but it has the opposite effect in the wider world by biasing us in favour of individuals we know while numbing us to the plight of ohers.. Some of our worst decisions – in charity, ... read more

    • Building and Dwelling, Sennett,  Richard
    Building and Dwelling
    Richard Sennett

    Tracing the relation between how cities are built and how people live in them and rethinking the reputations of Jane Jacobs, Lewis Mumford and others Sennett takes us on a tour to show how the 'closed city' - segregated, regimented, and controlled ha ... read more

    • Edge of Chaos, Moyo,  Dambisa
    Edge of Chaos
    Dambisa Moyo

    Rising income inequality and a stagnant economy are threats to both the developed and the developing world. From Belgium to Brazil angry citizens are demanding a greater say in their political and economic future, better education, healthcare and liv ... read more

    • Exactly, Winchester,  Simon
    Simon Winchester

    Since the Industrial Revolution precision has reigned as the essential component of our modern social, mercantile, scientific, mechanical and intellectual landscapes. It allows us to see as far as the moon and as close as the Higgs boson. Winchester ... read more

    • Female Persuasion, Wolitzer,  Meg
    Female Persuasion
    Meg Wolitzer

    Faith Frank has been a pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others. Hearing her speak for the first time as a shy college student Greer - misunderstood yet full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite place - feel ... read more

    • Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Heiss,  Anita
    Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
    Anita Heiss

    What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology draws together diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. All of the contributors speak from the heart - sometimes calling for empathy, often times chal ... read more

    • Lost Empress, De La Pava,  Sergio
    Lost Empress
    Sergio De La Pava

    Daughter of the aging owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Nina Gill is shocked when her brother inherits the team, leaving her with the Paterson Pork, New Jersey's only Indoor Football League franchise. She vows to take on the NFL. Meanwhile, Nuno DeAngeles ... read more