July Book Reviews

Book Reviews July 2021

Broken by Jenny Lawson Cover Image BROKEN

Jenny Lawson


RRP $39.99

As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, she explores her experimental treatment of transcranial magnetic stimulation, with brutal honesty. But also with brutal humour. Jenny discusses the frustration of dealing with her insurance company in ‘An Open Letter to My Insurance Company’, which should be an anthem for anyone who has ever had to call their insurance company to try and get a claim covered. We see how her vacuum cleaner almost set her house on fire, how she was attacked by three bears, the business ideas she wants to pitch to Shark Tank, and why she can never go back to the post office. Of course, her long-suffering husband Victor, the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball, is present throughout. A treat for her current fans, and destined to convert new ones, Broken is a beacon of hope and a wellspring of laughter.



Dreydon Sobanja

Inspired Kids

RRP $29.99

Endurance athlete, publisher and author Dreydon Sobanja is a self-confessed feminist. He has always believed in championing women – building them up so they can reach their full potential, without dissing men in the process – and marvels at their prowess. The achievements of our women athletes are one of the standouts of Dreydon’s new book, The Kiwi Runners’ Family Tree, Volume Two: 2000–2020. This volume expands from the roots of the first with tales of more than 45 running-related athletes and coaches who have achieved on the international stage from 2000 to 2020. Some of the accounts are set out here for the first time. The book celebrates diversity and inclusion, passion and determination, and expertly tells the many linked stories of New Zealand’s running athletes. 


Basic Maori words for New Zealand visitors


Wallace Bain

Your Books

RRP $39.95

Wallace Bain retired in early 2020 after 28 distinguished years as a coroner, most recently in Rotorua. During this time he developed a national reputation for his sensitivity and compassion in dealing with difficult cases, such as those of Nia Glassie and Moko Rangitoheriri. That a child is killed in New Zealand as a result of abuse every five weeks he finds “unacceptable”. He has also developed a reputation for being “a coroner on the warpath” for his forthright demands from time to time that New Zealand’s laws and regulations be changed to protect ordinary citizens. His work as a coroner, he says, has been to speak for the dead, to take care of the living. “After climbing the mountain I can finally enjoy the view.” 


The Cambridge Code book cover THE CAMBRIDGE CODE

Dr Emma Loveridge & Dr Curly Moloney


RRP $39.99

Until now, the only way to access a meaningful understanding of the subconscious brain was the equivalent of hours of one-on-one therapy with a top quality psychologist. Developed by Dr Emma Loveridge and Dr Curly Moloney, along with a team of scientists and researchers from Cambridge University, The Cambridge Code is a guide that includes exclusive access to a 30-minute quiz beyond the reach of established psychological measurement, giving an instantaneous profile of your subconscious: the DNA of your mind. In clear, easy-to-follow language, it allows you to understand the unconscious code that makes you who you are. Why you have a tendency to act, react, think and behave in certain ways in specific situations. This newfound self-knowledge, aided by the step-by-step analysis throughout the book, will allow you to focus on the areas that may need improvement or support, from work to family and relationships.


An exciting new partnership

Red Wolves by Adam Hamdy book cover RED WOLVES

Adam Hamdy


RRP $34.99

In this adrenaline-charged thriller, ex-MI6 officer Scott Pearce finds himself trying to stop a sinister new breed of weapon. A daring escape from a Cairo prison. An assassin who kills with a single touch. A vicious drug war on the streets of America. Suspecting these events are related, Pearce uncovers a chilling plot to unleash a terrifying new toxin on an unsuspecting world. When his team deploy to fight the menace on two fronts, an undercover operation goes horribly wrong, leaving Pearce in a race against time to stop this deadly new threat. He has burned the espionage rulebook, but now he is about to find out he’s not the only one who can light a fire, and his enemies are determined to see the world burn. 

Zachary Quack Minimonster book cover ZACHARY QUACK MINIMONSTER

Lynley Dodd


RRP $17

When mischievous duckling Zachary Quack meets a flicketty-quick dragonfly, he hustles it into the air. But who is really hustling who? Zachary Quack stars in his own big adventure as he chases a dragonfly through some very sticky situations. Climbing the river bank, onto the track, went pittery pattery Zachary Quack. Zachary Quack is pestering and scruffling all over the river bank. Then he finds a flicketty-quick dragonfly and hustles it here, there and everywhere. This little yellow duckling’s charming adventure also features cameo appearances from Hairy Maclary and the gang! A delightfully illustrated book that children will love to read over and over.

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