New Non Fiction
Dead People I Have Known. Shayne Carter
The raw and honest autobiography from Shayne Carter, musician and one of the architects of the Dunedin sound whose bands have earned legendary reputations - Bored Games, Doublehappys, Straitjacket Fits and Dimmer.
Figuring. Maria Popova
This is a many-layered, intensely researched book on the human search for truth, love and meaning of life. The author looks at many, mostly women and/or queer, historical figures through the centuries and gives us amazing insights into creativity. Find out more at the blog Brain Pickings.
The Four Horsemen: The Discussion that Sparked an Atheist Revolution. Richard Dawkins
This is a transcript of an electrifying, filmed discussion held in 2007 between Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchin. There is a delightful foreword by Stephen Fry.
The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience that Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain. Gina Rippon
The author is a professor of cognitive neuroimaging and her book is about the plasticity of the brain. It is also full of humour, so it is a fascinating and lively read.
The Katherine Mansfield Cookbook. Edited by Nicola Saker
A mouth-watering window on the culinary life of a revered New Zealand writer. Many of the recipes have been taken from her own writing.
Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side. Julia Shaw
Drawing together science, psychology and philosophy the author gives us a look at evil people and at how it is firmly embedded in culture and history.
My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie. Todd Fisher
Todd's poignant memoir of two monumental women in his life: his mother Debbie Reynolds and sister Carrie Fisher. Both were funny, vivacious, talented and plagued by difficulties, Debbie with men and Carrie with mental illness and substance abuse.
No Beast So Fierce: The Champawat Tiger and Her Hunter, the First Tiger Conservationist. Dane Huckelbridge
This engrossing and entertaining book breathes life into an event that happened over a hundred years ago in Nepal and Northern India. An injured tigress turned to humans as prey and killed 436 people before being killed by Jim Corbett, a man of Irish descent who was born and raised among the Kumaoni people of Northern India.
The Note Through the Wire. Doug Gold
A young Slovene resistance fighter looking for her brother passed a note through the wire of a POW camp to a New Zealand soldier. After meeting again by chance, they fell in love. Their extraordinary story of love and survival is brought to life by their son-in-law, Doug Gold.
Open Up: The Power of Talking about Money. Alex Holder
Here is an accessible, sympathetic and practical book about money and how we need to destigmatise everything about it. A book for everyone.
The Science of Storytelling. Will Storr
A prize-winning journalist and author combines neuroscience, psychology and literature to provide an explanation of why storytelling is an essential part of being human.