Book reviews: July 2020


A good book is a must-have for any road trip. Here’s a quick look at some of the latest titles on the bookstore shelves

Camp Cocktails

Emily Vikre

Allen & Unwin

$39.99

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Here’s the recipe book you’ve been waiting for! Once you’re parked up and ready to relax for the night, Camp Cocktails has a fabulous selection of delicious cocktails that are designed to be easily made in the great outdoors. Cool off after a hot day spent hiking with a Flask Boulevardier or the Northwoods Sidecar. Break in the campsite with a Grilled Orange Cobbler or the ultimate beer-based cocktail. Bundling up around the fire? Warm up with the Salted Hazelnut Hot Chocolate, the Penicillin Toddy, or a spiked hot apple cider. If you’re ready to go a step further, there’s even a chapter for using foraged ingredients. And to help you get started, there’s also a section about cocktail techniques, transporting spirits, and camp-friendly barware. Cheers!


   

 

Impeach 

Neal Katyal with Sam Koppelman

Allen & Unwin

$24.99

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In this short book, celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal tells you everything you need to know about the impeachment process: its history, what it is, and how it works – before laying out the impartial case for why Donald Trump must be impeached. Neal Katyal argues that President Trump is not held accountable for repeatedly asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, this could very well mark the end of US democracy. To quote President George Washington’s Farewell Address: "Foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government." Impeachment should always be a last resort, explains Katyal, but the founders, core principles, and the Constitution leave no choice but to impeach President Trump – before it’s too late.

 

 

 

The Gift of Words

Josie Laird

Swooping Kereru

$29.99

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Sharon is a young widow struggling to cope with a drug addicted son. And then, into her life comes a gift – her granddaughter, precious and needing Sharon’s help. Can Sharon provide the environment Mia needs? Especially since she’s hiding a secret – she can’t read or write properly. This is the story of how Sharon overcomes adversity and past setbacks to turn her life around. Along the way, she discovers friendships, support, competence and self-respect. A beautifully written book with powerful themes that tackle literacy and addiction. New Zealand author Josie Laird is a self-sufficiency enthusiast who lives on a lifestyle farm outside Auckland. She published her first book All About Kate in 2019. Her latest delivers another heart-warming mainstream fiction read.

 

 

Relentless

Lisa Tamati

Ocean Reeve Publishing

$35

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When extreme endurance athlete, Lisa Tamati, was confronted with the hardest challenge of her life, she fought with everything she had. Her beloved mother, Isobel, suffered a huge aneurysm and stroke and was left with massive brain damage; she was like a baby in a woman’s body. The prognosis was dire. But Lisa absolutely refused to accept the words of the medical fraternity, instead deciding she was going to get her mother back or die trying. This book tells of the horrors, despair, hope, love, and incredible experiences and insights of that journey. Relentless will not only take you on a journey from despair to hope and joy, but it also provides information on the treatments used, expert advice and key principles to overcoming obstacles and winning in all of life’s challenges.

 

 

The Hidden Lives of Dreams

Melinda Powell

Allen & Unwin

$32.99

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Tap into the magic of your dreams and discover better, more balanced sleep with this revelatory new book from Melinda Powell, Director of the Dream Research Institute. We spend a third of our lives sleeping and, as new research would suggest, almost all of that is spent dreaming. Despite this, very few of us try to explore the messages that our brain is projecting, or try to use this knowledge in our everyday lives. As well as analysing the importance of dreaming for our sleeping brains, Powell discusses the role of light, landscapes, space and people within our dreams, examines the role of nightmares, dispels some common misconceptions and gives readers the tools to unpick these symbols, improve their mental wellbeing and discover better, more balanced sleep.

 

 

A Lifetime in Galapagos

Tui De Roy

Bateman Books

$59.99

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Tui De Roy was a year old in 1955 when her family left Europe aboard a banana boat, bound for the Pacific to lead a different sort of life on Galapagos, one of self-sufficiency and living close to nature. She grew up on the islands and returned to them often over the next five decades. Discovering photography at a young age, she took her camera with her everywhere, whether she was scaling active volcanoes, diving among hammerhead sharks, or communing with Darwin’s finches. A Lifetime in Galapagos features hundreds of breathtaking photos taken over the course of De Roy’s life. She paints unforgettable portraits of her childhood in Galapagos, the islands at night under the stars of the Milky Way, the diverse birdlife of Galapagos, and much more.

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