What Staff are Reading

What Staff are Reading

Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library is reading? Well here's your chance! Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading this month

Kerrie’s pick is ‘The Secret Commonwealth’ by Philip Pullman (Young Adult Fiction, PUL)
Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon are forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined and are drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.
Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.
They must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost - a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.
A gripping instalment, I didn’t want to stop reading!

Fanua’s pick is ‘Dark Asylum’ by E.S. Thomson (Adult Fiction, THO)
1851, Angel Meadow Asylum. Dr. Rutherford, principal physician to the insane, is found dead, his head bashed in, his ears cut off, his lips and eyes stitched closed. The police direct their attention towards Angel Meadow's inmates, but to Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain the crime is an act of calculated retribution, rather than of madness.
A fascinating story and breathtakingly dark murder.

Marina’s pick is ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck (Adult Fiction, STE)
Chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California.
It evokes the harshness of the Great Depression together with the effects of the “Dust Bowl” in Oklahoma and arouses sympathy for the struggles of migrant farmworkers.

Zuni’s pick is ‘Crime squad’ by Mike Pannett and Kris Hollington (Adult Non Fiction/Society, 363.25 PAN)
Crime Squad takes readers on an unforgettable ride as Mike, an innocent lad from the Yorkshire Dales, learns to grow up fast and stay alive on the mean streets of London.
A gripping, astonishing account of life in drug fuelled crime in London in the late 80’s and early 90s. It is hard to put this book down once you start.

Glenys’ pick is ‘Rules of the Road’ by Ciara Geraghty (Adult Fiction Rental, GER)
Iris has MS, Eugene has dementia, and Terry has an empty nest and a remote husband. Together they take an unexpected road trip from Ireland to Zurich, challenging each other's beliefs, resolve, and loyalty.

If the idea of legal euthanasia interests you, or if the difficulties of dementia seem exhausting then this title will offer a combination of gritty reality and humorous relief. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes crazy / funny, definitely provoking, this title is well worth reading.

What Staff are Watching

Lynley’s pick is ‘Mastercrafts with Monty Don: Rediscover British Craftsmanship’ (Arts & Crafts)
This wonderful DVD is a series of six programmes exploring greenwood craft, thatching, weaving, stone masonry, blacksmithing and stained glass in the UK. Brilliantly presented by the enthusiastic and charming Monty Don, each craft is delved into with three volunteer students keen to learn. Brilliant!

Kerrie Gamble