Feilding Herald : December 29th 2011
7 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011 BOOKS Nathan 021 393 338 Courtesy Ford Feilding NOBODY BEATS US ON CAR FINANCE --- NOT EVEN THE BANKS! Terms and conditions apply 2012 FORD RANGER 4255026AA MAKE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION TO START THE YEAR WITH A NEW OR USED VEHICLE FROM COURTESY FORD Tale of piglets for young and pig hunting for teens Erena True of Hunterville Bookshop. We asked some of our local booksellers to make recommendations of books for holiday reading. For children who are not avid readers, author Marion Day, has created a delightful story about twin piglets being raised by hand and their adventures. Called Cuzzie and Bro by their breeder, these two little piglets were a lot smaller than their brothers and sisters, so needed to be hand reared. Cuzzie and Bro is highly entertaining reading and is well illustrated with colour photos to further interest readers. There is a lot of information about farm liv- ing, to inform as well as to enter- tain, and when one of the piglets is lured away by the fairies, it transforms into a fantasy world, which all children understand. It is a hard cover book, well designed to last and be enjoyed by generations. For the teenage market, Marion has written a pig hunting book with soft cover, Cor Blimey Mate.I n typical man talk style, it is a fast moving tale of young pig hunters and their tales. There is definite need for this type of book to encour- age non-readers to read. Sampling some super summer reads Kathryn Marsh, Paper Plus Language of Flowers: Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This is a beautifully crafted book with credible characters and story lines. A young woman with a terrible past learns to change the lives of others and herself through her gift for flowers and their meaning. No bullets are flying but the story carries you along as relationships develop. And you will remember it which is always a recommendation. A good one for the women in your life of any age. Journey: Pippa Blake. This is a very personal account from Pippa Blake about her and Sir Peter Blake s lives together. The introduction will grab you with the age-old despair of losing your soulmate and then the narrative lets you into the life of this extraord- inary woman, who is as much a story as her husband. Interspersed with many photos this is a beautiful book. Great for readers and so called non-readers alike teens to adult. Fantails Quilt: Gay Hay. With children s books we look out for those with that certain some- thing, indefinable but instantly rec- ognisable as a winner. This picture flat is one of those books. Gentle themes of conservation and renewal are conveyed through the fantails attempt to build a safe nest. The rat (kiore) defeats them at first but those who prey on others also need to watch their back! Beautifully illustrated with a distinctive prose this is one for the young and those who will read to them. Absorbing reads for the holidays Margaret Kouvelis, of Poppies Bookshop in Feilding. The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman One of the top 50 authors in the world today. This book is mesmeris- ing and superbly written. Recently released from prison, Lamont Williams, an African Amer- ican probationary janitor in a Man- hattan hospital and father of a little girl he can t locate, strikes up an unlikely friendship with an elderly patient, a Holocaust survivor who had been a prisoner in Auschwitz- Birkenau. A few kilometres uptown, Australian historian Adam Zignelik, an untenured Columbia professor, finds both his career and his long- term romantic relationship falling apart. As these two men try to survive in early twenty-first-century New York, history comes to life in ways neither of them could have foreseen. Two very different paths -- Lamont s and Adam s -- lead to one greater story as The Street Sweeper, in deal- ing with memory, love, guilt, her- oism, the extremes of racism and unexpected kindness, spans the twentieth century to the present, and spans the globe from New York to Melbourne, Chicago to Auschwitz. Epic in scope, this is a remarkable feat of storytelling. The Seamstress by Maria Duenas Set from just before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and through World War 2, The Seam- stress follows the life of Sira Qui- roga, a Spanish seamstress who becomes embroiled in a glamorous and dangerous world far from where she belongs, one filled with the idle rich and politically powerful. Aban- doned by her lover and beset by debt, Sira clings to her gift for sew- ing and forges a new life as the most sought-after couturiere in Morocco. But her wealthy clients bring more than their business to her tiny stu- dio. Caught up in international con- spiracies and obscure secret service missions, Sira discovers the value of loyalty and the price of love. This is an absorbing read that takes you to some amazing heights and drops you down again. Also recommended: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenburgh.
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