New NZ Titles and New Young Adult Lit

 

New NZ Titles

Poenamo Revisited

     by Russell Stone, HB, $45.00

Sir John Logan Campbell came to New Zealand in 1840 at the age of 23 and went on to become one of the country’s wealthiest and most influential politicians.  Poenamo Revisited includes a complete facsimile of the original edition of Campbell’s memoir/travelogue, Poenamo, as well as supporting materials that provide further insight into both Campbell himself, and the history of New Zealand during the author’s lifetime.

Beautifully produced, with a stunning hardback cover, belly band, and numerous illustrations including early paintings and lithographs, Poenamo Revisited is both an object of elegant aesthetic, and a valuable representation of New Zealand history. View details

Huia Histories of Maori Nga Tahuhu Korero

     edited by Danny Keenan, PB, $49.99

One of the newest offerings from award-winning independent New Zealand book publisher, Huia, Huia Histories of Maori Nga Tahuhu Korero was composed by sixteen Maori scholars to be a comprehensive history of Aotearoa New Zealand written entirely from Maori viewpoints using Maori customary structures. The work reexamines and provides fresh views on Maori history, covering topics including histories of descent, the land, people, and autonomy, writings on customary law, ancestral law, the natural world, Maori urban protest, customary language, health, politics and cultural expression.

Of the work, managing director of Huia Publishers, Robyn Bargh says: “The ‘Huia Histories of Maori’ exemplifies what we set out to do in 1991. In this collection, Maori are not just telling the stories but devising the framework for the stories to sit within.” View details

The NZ Book

     by Jess Lunnon, Sandi Mackechnie, Michael Fitzsimons, and Nigel Beckford, PB, $49.99

From the artists who brought us The Wellington BookThe NZ Book is a delightful romp through the country, depicting with whimsy and accurate, if tongue-in-cheek, facts just what it’s like to live today in the land of the long white cloud. Although light-hearted, the book is also an elegant representation of the Kiwi spirit and a joy for residents, ex-pats, and visitors alike. View details

The Owl That Fell From the Sky

     by Brian Gill, PB, $35.00

In The Owl that Fell From the Sky, Brian Gill, the curator of birds and land vertebrates at Auckland Museum, gives the reader a glimpse into the strange, intriguing, and exciting histories behind the objects that end up in New Zealand museums. Focusing on fifteen such objects, including the titular non-native owl, found on NZ school grounds by a young girl, Gill reveals something of the life of a curator, and how the unexpected can come to dwell behind glass. View details

The Quake Year

     by Fiona Farrell, PB, $40.00

Based upon a series of interviews author Fiona Farrell conducted with survivors of the Christchurch earthquakes that began September 4, 2010, The Quake Year is a portrait of a city in upheaval through the eyes and lives of its citizens.

Farrell has stated that “[The Quake Year] is different to the books of photographs recording the destruction of the city’s physical fabric, focusing instead on people’s ordinary everyday lives.” “It has a different timeframe, being about the lives people lived before the quake and after: about the changes, some small but nevertheless deeply felt, to lives over the year that followed 4 September, 2010.” View details

Hear Farrell discuss The Quake Year further on the Radio NZ Website.

Fate & Philosophy

     by Jim Flynn, PB, $33.00

From the author of The Torchlight List comes a new title exploring the moral choices we make, and how the conditioning factors in our lives influence those choices.

“This fine book introduces readers to the important issues of philosophy with clarity and intelligence.” — Byron Kaldis, The Hellenic Open University

“Anyone interested in discovering philosophy will find this engaging and easily readable, and enjoy the personal flavour and provocative charm of Flynn’s discussions.” — Adriane Rini, Massey University

“Valuable … presents perennial intellectual troublemakers, such as what it is to be morally good, is there any point in religion, and how to resist recent attempts to portray science as just another story.” — Rom Harré, Former Lecturer in Philosophy of Science, Oxford University View details

The Good Doctor:  What Patients Want

     by Ron Paterson, PB, $39.99

In his new book The Good Doctor, Ron Paterson, who served as Health and Disability Commissioner for ten years, is former Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health and currently Professor of Health and Law Policy at the University of Auckland, explores the current state of New Zealand medicine, including how the medical profession and medical law might be altered to improve patient care by ensuring that doctors’ knowledge and practices are kept up-to-date, and what patients themselves may not be doing to ensure they are receiving the best possible care. View details

Hear The Good Doctor reviewed on Radio NZ National’s Nine to Noon Show

Best New Young Adult Literature 

Team Human

     by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan, PB, $22.99

Growing up in a town where vampires and humans co-exist but mostly keep to their own kind, Mel is appalled when Francis, who looks seventeen but has been alive for hundreds of years, begins attending her high school. Even more devastating is the moment when Mel realises her hopeless romantic, classic literature loving best friend, Cathy, has fallen madly in love with him.

Team Human flips the typical teen vampire love story on its head. Funny, adventurous and entertaining, the tale also leads the reader into worthwhile rumination on the moral significance and conflicts between prejudice, free will and love. View details

Sea Hearts

     by Margo Lanagan, PB, $24.99

With her strange proportions and off-putting manner, Misskaella has always been an outsider on Rollrock Island. But when she discovers her power to conjure beautiful young women from the bodies of seals, she gains her revenge. Men are quickly ensnared by the sea-wives’ melancholy and helpless beauty. There is no cure for the myriad heartaches that follow for the men of Rollrock Island, the human women they abandon, the seal women they cling to, and the boys borne of their unions.

With her elegant prose and masterful imagery, Margo Lanagan invites the reader to explore the depths of human desire, the sweet abandon of motherly love, and the wild freeing power that can call us all to the sea. View details

The Fault in Our Stars

     by John Green, PB, $26.00

The Fault in Our Stars is the newest and #1 New York Times Bestselling novel by Printz award winner John Green.

‘”There will come a time,” I said, “when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this”–I gestured encompassingly–“will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was a time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”‘

Hazel Grace Lancaster, age sixteen, has been living with terminal cancer for years. When she meets Augustus Waters, in remission from his own bout with osteosarcoma, at a support group for children with cancer, the two teens find in each other a way to face the brevity of their own lives, and of the human experience.

Fault doesn’t over-simplify, it doesn’t tout the power of positive thinking and it doesn’t wallow in despair. It is a book about the myths and culture of sickness, about facing death, about discovering love, and about the dearness of the unfinished. Hazel and Augustus are funny and charming and flawed and their story mends the reader’s heart, even as it breaks it. View details

Click here to view video of author John Green reading chapter one of A Fault in Our Stars.

A Confusion of Princes

     by Garth Nix, TR, $28.99

Princes tells the story of Khemri, one of ten million princes of the Empire. Able to control the tiniest aspects of their physiology, princes are nearly invincible. When connected to the Imperial Mind, a psychic projection of the will of the Emperor, a prince can even have his/her consciousness saved and placed in a new body upon death. Khemri has spent most of his childhood undergoing the augmentations necessary to turn his body and mind into that of a prince. But when his day of ascension arrives, he begins to question the way the Empire has carefully orchestrated the details of his life.

Princes is a thrilling tale of adventure and an unexpected quest to discover life’s purpose. Packed with fascinating technologies and new social structures, Princes intrigues and excites the reader while also encouraging them to examine human nature and the transformative powers of empathy. View details

Click here to read our full review of A Confusion of Princes

Bitterblue

     by Kristin Cashore, TR, $34.99

Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea and her land is at peace. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck’s death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck’s reign; and to forget every dark event that happened.

Monsea’s past has become shrouded in mystery, and it’s only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle – curious, disguised and alone – to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past. Two thieves, who have sworn only to steal what has already been stolen, change Bitterblue’s life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, possessing an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart. View details

City of Lost Souls

     by Cassandra Clare, TR, $29.99

City of Lost Souls is the much-anticipated latest entry in Clare’s romantic fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, which includes the prior titles City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and City of Fallen Angels. This latest installment continues the adventures of Clary and Jace.

When Jace vanishes with the sadistic Sebastian, Clary and the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world. Clary infiltrates a group planning the world’s destruction and faces a devastating sacrifice that risks her love for Jace, and threatens the Shadowhunters with eternal darkness. View details

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