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              After the Romanovs: Russian exiles in Paris between the wars

              After the Romanovs: Russian exiles in Paris between the wars (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Rappaport, Helen

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              Paris has always been a city of cultural excellence, fine wine and food, and the latest fashions. But it has also been a place of refuge for those fleeing persecution - never more so than before and after the Russian Revolution and the fall of the Romanov dynasty. For years, Russ...ian aristocrats had enjoyed all that Belle Epoque Paris had to offer, spending lavishly when they visited. It was a place of artistic experimentation, such as Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. But the brutality of the Bolshevik takeover forced Russians of all types to flee their homeland, sometimes leaving with only the clothes on their backs. Arriving in Paris, former princes could be seen driving taxicabs, while their wives who could sew worked for the fashion houses, their unique Russian style serving as inspiration for designers such as Coco Chanel. Talented intellectuals, artists, poets, philosophers, and writers struggled in exile, eking out a living at menial jobs. Some, like Bunin, Chagall, and Stravinsky, encountered great success in the same Paris that welcomed Americans such as Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Political activists sought to overthrow the Bolshevik regime from afar, while double agents plotted espionage and assassination from both sides. Others became trapped in a cycle of poverty and their all-consuming homesickness for Russia, the homeland they had been forced to abandon. This is their story. 'Full of colourful anecdotes and sharp character sketches, this breezy account of life in exile entertains.' -Publishers Weekly 'Throughout, Helen Rappaport , a consummate historian, displays her deep research into the era, the city, and its denizens. A culturally vibrant account of Russians uprooted to Paris during a tumultuous time.' -Kirkus Reviews A thorough and extremely well-researched examination of the Russian experience in Paris before and after the Bolshevik uprising on 1917 ... those interested in exploring a variety of unique perspectives on the Russian Revolution will find a
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              ISBN 9781922585349
              Published NZ 29 Mar 2022
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              Keeping in Touch

              Keeping in Touch (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Joseph, Anjali

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              Meet Ved, a British investor heading back to his Indian roots with a business proposition- a lightbulb called the Everlasting Lucifer. Meet Keteki, an art curator with a nomadic lifestyle, on her way home to Assam. In Heathrow airport, on the way to Mumbai, their paths cross, spa...rking an affair that soon turns into an intricate power game - and a complicated journey towards intimacy. 'The story stretches out the narrow boundaries of magic realism - you will find yourself more grounded in the matter-of-fact world we live in - where Joseph transmutes the "sameness of everydayness" into the extraordinary. You will discover every shower bringing out its own special rainbow. Keeping in Touch is a very old-fashioned love story in a modern time, where the seduction of a 30-something British Asian man by an Assamese woman assumes epic undertones. This is a story well told. It is hard to put the book down after you have read the first few pages. The aftertaste lingers long after the book is done and dusted.' -Ganesh Saili, The New Indian Express 'Anjali Joseph excels in these middle class stories. It is almost as if it is in the spirit of Jane Austen, to polish the two inches of ivory ... Interestingly, this novel is probably a fine example of a new brand of diasporic literature that blends the cultures of the two lands deftly and unapologetically. It is evident in little details such as the use of Assamese words in the course of conversation or to describe dishes ... Keeping in Touch ?is a very old-fashioned love story in a modern setting. It is beautifully told. It is impossible to put down. It lingers with you long after the book is over. ' -Jaya Bhattacharji Rose, co-founder of Ace Literary Consulting and Associate Professor at School of Modern Media Studies, UPES University 'A novel with a lingering resonance for our times ... Keeping in Touch is edgy, funny, and uncompromisingly modern.' -Fantastic Fiction
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              ISBN 9781922310620
              Published NZ 31 May 2022
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              Nina: a story of Nina Simone
               

              Nina: a story of Nina Simone (Hardback)

              By Todd, Traci N.; Illustrated by Robinson, Christian

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              With passion and unparalleled skill, Traci N. Todd and Christian Robinson bring this iconic singer's story to young readers and their families. Meet young Eunice, who sang before she could talk, and journey with her from the piano stool she shared with her father in her childhood... home, to the bars and concert halls where she became the one and only Nina Simone. Learn about how Nina's voice started out rich and sweet but grew to a thunderous roar as the Civil Rights Movement gained steam. Witness this artist in all her brilliance, singing in protest against racial inequality and discrimination. With rhythmic prose and masterful images, Nina perfectly demonstrates the relationship between art and activism. An essential addition to every young reader's library. 'Todd's telling shines in this skillfully paced portrait of Eunice Kathleen Waymon - more widely known by her stage name of Nina Simone - which traces her journey from a piano-playing child in North Carolina to later years as a performer, protest song pioneer, and civil rights activist. In an elegantly told story, Todd interweaves Simone's encounters with racism throughout, eventually paralleling Simone's experiences with concurrent events during the civil rights movement ... Caldecott Honoree Robinson contributes distinctive, carefully constructed vignettes of Simone rendered in acrylic paint, collage, and digitally in a predominantly earth-toned palette ... An engaging, affecting, and powerful biography that aptly situates Simone's enduring legacy in musical and social history. Back matter includes more about Simone and a bibliography.' -Publishers Weekly, starred review 'Nina Simone's beauty and talent is given prominent expression by multi-award-winning Robinson in this picture-book biography ... while Todd's prose eloquently tells her story from childhood to fame ... A worthy biography for all collections and especially for those that serve music-loving children.' -Booklist, starred review 'The narrative in
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              ISBN 9781922585257
              Published NZ 2 Nov 2021
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              Interest Age 4-8 years
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              Let's Eat Weeds!: a kids' guide to foraging
               

              Let's Eat Weeds!: a kids' guide to foraging (Hardback)

              By Raser-Rowland, Annie; Grubb, Adam; Illustrated by Barrow, Evie

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              Ever thought weeds were just pesky plants to pull out and throw away? Think again! This informative, funny, and beautiful book will show you just how great edible weeds can taste. Learn to smell your way to an angled onion, bake weeds 'n' cheese pie, and safely harvest the juicy ...fruits of a prickly pear. This is the ultimate companion for the young urban or rural forager. Once you've read it, you'll start to see food all around you, every time you go for a walk. Annie Raser-Rowland and Adam Grubb's love of weeds bursts from every page. It is their sincere hope that this book ends up smeared with mud and stained with blackberry juice. Let's get foraging!
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              ISBN 9781922310866
              Published NZ 31 Aug 2021
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              Interest Age 9-11 years
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              Watersong
               

              Watersong (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Goenawan, Clarissa

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                5 Jul 22

              When Shouji Arai crosses one of his company's most powerful clients, he must leave Akakawa immediately or risk his life. But his girlfriend Youko is nowhere to be found. Haunted by dreams of drowning and the words of a fortune teller who warned him away from three women with wate...r in their names, he travels to Tokyo, where he tries in vain to track Youko down. But Shouji soon realises that not everything Youko told him about herself was true. Who is the real woman he once lived with and loved, and where could she be hiding? Watersong is a spellbinding novel of loves lost and recovered, of secrets never spoken, and of how our pasts shape our futures. Praise for The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida- ' A complex, interpersonal mystery ... A tremendous examination of sadness ... A book with heart about the mysteries of the heart.' -Benjamin Welton, New York Journal of Books Praise for The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida- 'An offbeat, tender exploration of the secrets we keep from others ... Goenawan is clearly a talented and creative storyteller ... She excels at suspense, keeping the reader guessing with left-field plot developments and forays into magic realism that somehow seem in keeping with realities on the ground.' -The Irish Times Praise for The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida- 'Vivid and intriguing - an elegantly cryptic, poetically plotted Murakami-esque whydunit.' -Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
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              ISBN 9781922585202
              Published NZ 5 Jul 2022
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              Marlo
               

              Marlo (Paperback)

              By Carmichael, Jay

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              • Pub Date
                2 Aug 22

              It's the 1950s in conservative Australia, and Christopher, a young gay man, moves to 'the City' to escape the repressive atmosphere of his tiny hometown. Once there, however, he finds that it is just as censorial and punitive, in its own way. Then Christopher meets Morgan, and th...e two fall in love - a love that breathes truth back into Christopher's stifled life. But the society around them remains rigid and unchanging, and what begins as a refuge for both men inevitably buckles under the intensity of navigating a world that wants them to refuse what they are. Will their devotion be enough to keep them together? In reviving a time that is still so recent yet so vastly different from now, Jay Carmichael has drawn on archival material, snippets of newspaper articles, and photos to create the claustrophobic environment in which these two men lived and loved. Told with Carmichael's ear for sparse, poetic beauty, Marlo takes us into the landscape of a relationship defined as much by what is said and shared as by what has to remain unsaid. Praise for Ironbark- 'Jay Carmichael's Ironbark does the extraordinary. It achieves what we readers want from the best of fiction- to tell a story anew, and to capture a world in all its wonder, ugliness, tenderness, and cruelty. This is a novel of coming of age and of grief that astonishes us by its wisdom and by its compassion. It's a work of great and simple beauty, so good it made me jealous. And grateful.' -Christos Tsiolkas Praise for Ironbark- 'Jay Carmichael approaches the world as a poet, from an angle that is all his own. He reveals a hidden, pulsing reality beneath the surface of the everyday.' -Miles Allinson, author of Fever of Animals and In Moonland Praise for Ironbark- 'In sparse and quiet prose, Jay Carmichael's debut is an enveloping novel about grief, survival, and the futility of finding peace in a place you don't belong.' -Shaun Prescott, author of The Town
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              ISBN 9781925713695
              Published NZ 2 Aug 2022
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              Katerina Cruickshanks
               

              Katerina Cruickshanks (Hardback)

              By Gray-Barnett, Daniel

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              Katerina Cruickshanks is a wild child, a trickster, and a ringleader. But when they wreak some serious chaos, their friends decide their shenanigans have gone too far and say, 'No more!' Brimming with humour and warmth, Katerina shows us that there's no such thing as being too mu...ch; it's just a matter of finding the friends who will love you as you are.
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              ISBN 9781925713374
              Published NZ 3 May 2022
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              Interest Age 2-6 years
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              A Pair of Pears and an Orange
               

              A Pair of Pears and an Orange (Hardback)

              By McGregor, Anna

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              A pair of pears rocked on a seesaw. A pair of pears played ping-pong. A pair of pears rode their tandem bike. Until one day, someone new wanted to join their fun. Big Pear and Little Pear love playing together. But when Orange joins in, their games don't work and Big Pear feels l...eft out. A relatable, hilarious, and kind-hearted tale about navigating friendship when three definitely starts to feel like a crowd! From the author of the CBCA Honour winner, Anemone is not the Enemy. 'This is an entertaining and gently educational tale, perfect for reading aloud with early primary school-aged kids who may be feeling jealousy around newly formed friendships and changing social dynamics.' -Ellen Cregan, Books + Publishing
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              ISBN 9781922310750
              Published NZ 1 Jun 2021
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              Interest Age 3-5 years
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              A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding
               

              A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Svensson, Amanda; Smalley, Nichola

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                5 Jul 22

              In October 1989, a set of triplets is born, and it is this moment their father chooses to reveal his affair. Pandemonium ensues. Over two decades later, Sebastian is recruited to join a mysterious organisation, the London Institute of Cognitive Science, where he meets Laura Kadin...sky, a patient whose inability to see the world in three dimensions is not the only thing about her that intrigues him. Meanwhile, Clara has travelled to Easter Island to join a doomsday cult, and the third triplet, Matilda, is in Sweden, trying to escape from the colour blue. Then something happens that forces the triplets to reunite. Their mother calls with worrying news- their father has gone missing and she has something to tell them, a twenty-five-year secret that will change all their lives ...
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              ISBN 9781925849936
              Published NZ 5 Jul 2022
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              Utopia
               

              Utopia (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Sopinka, Heidi

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                30 Aug 22

              When Romy, a gifted young artist in the male-dominated art scene of 1970s California, dies in suspicious circumstances, it is not long before her husband Billy finds a replacement. Paz, fresh out of art school in New York, returns to California to take her place. But she is haunt...ed by Romy, who is everywhere- in the photos and notebooks and art strewn around the house, and in the eyes of the baby she left behind, the baby Paz is now mother to. Then, strange things begin to happen. Photographs move, noises reverberate through the house, people start to question what really happened the night Romy died, and then a postcard in her handwriting arrives. Praise for The Dictionary of Animal Languages- 'The Dictionary of Animal Languages is such a special book, suffused with an almost painterly intelligence. Sopinka's characters experience the world with an intensity we associate with children and visionaries. Watching them navigate the difficulties of the humdrum and the glamorous both is a distinctive, if unsettling, pleasure.' -Rivka Galchen, author of American Innovations and Atmospheric Disturbances Praise for The Dictionary of Animal Languages- 'With stunning prose, lavish details, deep wisdom, and emotional precision, reading this book is like falling in love - my interest in everything else was lost.' -Claire Cameron, author of The Last Neanderthal Praise for The Dictionary of Animal Languages- 'Masterfully written in expressive prose, The Dictionary of Animal Languages is a tale of an artist's life outlining love and loss and the surprises, both good and bad, that were thrown in her path. It is full of keen observations which are almost meditative, perhaps an indication of the artist's ability to appreciate beauty and small details, especially in nature, which give continued meaning to life even when events turn tragic.' -Carina Mcnally, Irish Examiner
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              ISBN 9781922310453
              Published NZ 30 Aug 2022
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