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    literary fiction

    To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
    Joshua Ferris

    Paul O’Rourke is a dentist with a successful practise in Manhattan. His long workdays are punctuated by feelings of unrequited love for his ex-girlfriend, religious disagreements with his long-term hygienist, and frequent cigarette breaks. His evenings are scheduled around Red Sox games. So it goes, until someone begins to impersonate him online. What started as an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something more frightening – the possibility that the online “Paul” might be a better version of the man in the flesh. As Paul’s quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual. Longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, Ferris’ novel is profound, brilliant and funny. Paul’s journey to self-awareness is amusing and thought-provoking, allowing readers to go on their own existential journey.


    Thief's Magic
    Trudi Canavan

    In the first of this new series by fan favourite Trudi Canavan, readers will find two stunning narratives set amidst a world with a refreshing take on magic and the industrial revolution. The first, Tyen, is a student of “archaeology” whose field work includes raiding tombs for treasure. During a raid he finds a magical book that claims it used to be a woman, a sorceress specialising in bookbinding.  In the second narrative, Rielle had grown up learning that magic is a sin, causing her to hide the fact that she could see its after-effects. When she falls in love with the painter Izare, she is drawn into the less savoury parts of town, where the desperate had been known to turn to magic. These events catapulted both these characters out of their comfortable worlds, sending them on the run, and learning new things about their world even as each decision they make may change it.

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    Love, Rosie
    Cecelia Ahern

    From internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern comes an enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can’t seem to get it right. Rosie and Alex have been best friends since childhood. But they separated as teenagers when Alex and his family moved from Dublin to America. They remain friends, and though the years pass, the two communicate via e-mails and letters. They try to reunite but misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart – until now. But will they gamble everything – including their friendship – on true love? Love, Rosie is a sensational novel that proves true love never dies.

    graphic novel The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil
    Stephen Collins

    Dave lives on an island called Here. In Here, everything is perfectly neat. The people are tidy and polite, the streets and parks are clean and well-maintained, and everyone follows their own routines without fail. Dave goes to work every morning where he analyses data and creates charts, and doesn’t think about how neither he nor anyone working at A&C knows what their company does. When home, he draws pictures of the same impeccable street in front of his house. He listens to the same song over and over again. Like everyone else, he tries not to think about There, the place out of Here, where chaos ruled, and nothing is tidy. Except that one day there shows up in Dave’s life in a most extraordinary way...

    sociology Cities Are Good For You
    Leo Hollis

    Leo Hollis’ Cities Are Good For You explores cities from the perspective that cities can deliver a better life for us. Presenting evidences ranging from population growth, climate change, traffic flow, shifting work patterns and many more, Hollis blends story, fact and first-hand encounters to discuss his views. He also delved into topics that address the growth of the global population living in cities, such as ‘does living in the city make you happier?’, ‘why living in cities make people more polite and less lonely?’, and ‘what is the relationship between cities and creativity?’. This book is a truly comprehensive view of the 21st century metropolis – a must-read for urban planners, city mayors and most importantly us, the city folks!

    business Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World
    Noreena Hertz

    As soon as we wake from sleep, our brain starts to wire for decision-making. From small matters to  life-shaping ones, we need to make smart choices by keep our eyes wide open and our brain switched on. The question is - how? Noreena Hertz, the author of Eyes Wide Open provides us insight on how to become an empowered decision-maker. Arm yourself with her decision-making tool kit to survive from drowning in this era of data deluge that clouds our vision and leads to bad judgement. Now, is the time to take control of decisions we make.

    science Zoom: How Everything Moves: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees
    Bob Berman

    The world is in motion. That means that everything moves. Some you can see but there are many more that is unnoticeable. Let’s imagine that you are sitting quietly in a room and daydreaming, and you assume that nothing is in motion. But in actual fact, your body’s internal activity is working nonstop, and the planet you reside in rotates at 1670 kilometers/hour. Natural motion is everywhere and takes all forms, read Zoom to discover how these motion shapes our lives and the world around us.

    lettering The Art of Whimsical Lettering
    Joanne Sharpe

    Do you love to write? And do you love your own handwriting? Handwriting is uniquely individual. With exploration and practice, one could develop a personal interpretation of alphabets and letters created using shape, size, pattern, and line variation. The Art of Whimsical Lettering is an artful instruction book that offers countless creative and fun ways of creating personalized lettering styles for journaling and art projects, a practical book that will free your imagination and creativity.

    Music The Best Children's Songs Ever(Piano/Vocal/Guitar)
    Hal Leonard
    The Best Children's Songs Ever : Piano, Vocal, Guitar

    A big gem for little musicians, featuring 103 all-time favourites including songs from Walt Disney’s animated films, popular motion pictures and television series with highlights such are Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, When You Wish Upon A Star, Yellow Submarine, DO-RE-MI, Hakuna Matata, I’m Popeye the Sailor Man, The Hokey Pokey, Friend Like Me and much more!

    parenting Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age - From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between
    Jason Boog

    Any parent who is serious about their child’s development will be thinking of this – how do I teach them to read? But any parent who wants their child to not only read but continue to learn and love reading, needs to seriously consider some supplementary reading material themselves. Jason Boog’s Born Reading is an edifying read that is not only relevant and useful as it touches on print books, but also timely as he considers that technology now permeates our lives. Acknowledging the power of e-books and other electronic media, without discounting the worth of print, Boog does well to give a full view of this endeavour that parents struggle with – how to get them to read, what to read to them and eventually lead the little ones fall in love with reading.

    children's picture book Edgar's Second Word
    Audrey Vernick & (illus.) Priscilla Burris

    This picture book is a lovely and charming read to share with your first-born with the arrival of a second. Hazel is excited to have a new sibling and can’t wait to share books and toys with him. Imagine her chagrin when his first word turns out to be (as with most children) – “NO!”. When she wants him to play, he says – no. When they are choosing books at the library, he screams out, No!. Poor Hazel is disappointed and tries hard to teach him his second word – perhaps – Yes. But all’s well, ends well when Edgar finally utters his second and maybe third word –“Again, ‘azel?.”

    young adult fiction

    The List
    Siobhan Vivian

    Every year, eight girls are chosen. Two from each grade – four prettiest, and four ugliest. No one knew who started it, but pretty or ugly, once your name is in the list, your life would be forever changed. Told from the views of each of the chosen girls in a particular year, this book explores the reality of what it means to be labelled and objectified based on the standards we’ve created. As these girls live through pressure and pain, their stories show us a picture of how people see themselves, and how they are seen by others, and every way one might affect the other.

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