What Staff are Reading

What Staff are Reading

Romance, reconnection and more! 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.


Marina’s pick is ‘A Postcard from Italy’ by Alex Brown (Adult Fiction, BRO)

Grace Quinn loves her job at Cohen’s Convenient Storage Company, finding occasional treasure in the forgotten units that customers have abandoned. Her inquisitive nature is piqued when a valuable art collection and a bundle of letters and diaries are found that date back to the 1930’s.
Delving deeper, Grace uncovers the story of a young English woman, Connie Levine, who follows her heart to Italy at the end of the Second World war. The contents also offer up the hope of a new beginning for Grace, battling a broken heart and caring for her controlling mother.

Heart-warming read.


Debbie’s pick is ‘Wrestling with the Angel’ by Michael King (Adult Non Fiction/Literature, 823 FRA)

This is the biography of New Zealand author, Janet Frame. This book shows how, despite the overwhelming unhappiness of her childhood, Janet Frame climbed out of an abyss to take control of her life and become one of the great writers of her time.

A scrupulous, intimate, frank and honest biography of one our best and brightest daughters of Ōamaru.


Jean’s pick is ‘Silver in the Wood’ by Emily Tesh (Adult Fiction, TES)

There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.
When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past—both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart.

A delicious supernatural tale it reminded me of the stories I so much enjoyed as a child.


Fanua’s pick is ‘The Paper Bracelet’ by Rachael English (Adult Fiction Rental, ENG)

For almost fifty years, Katie Carroll has kept a box tucked away inside her wardrobe. It dates from her time working as a nurse in a west of Ireland mother and baby home in the 1960s. The box contains a notebook holding the details of the babies and young women she met there. It also holds many of the babies' identity bracelets.

Following the death of her husband, Katie makes a decision. The information she possesses could help reunite adopted people with their birth mothers, and she decides to post a message on an internet forum. Soon the replies are rolling in, and Katie finds herself returning many of the bracelets to their original owners. She encounters success and failure, heartbreak and joy. But is she prepared for old secrets to be uncovered in her own life?

A gripping and moving new novel from a beloved Irish storyteller.


Kerrie’s pick is ‘The Boundless’ by Anna Bright (Young Adult Fiction, BRI)

When Selah found true love with Prince Torden of Norway, she never imagined she’d have to leave him behind. All because the Beholder’s true mission was a secret Selah’s crew didn’t trust her to keep: transporting weapons to the rebels fighting against the brutal tsarytsya, whose shadow looms over their next port of Shvartsval’d. A place Selah hoped she’d never go.
But gone is the girl who departed Potomac filled with fear. With a stockpile of weapons belowdecks and her heart hanging in the balance, Selah is determined to see the Beholder’s quest to its end.

 A stunning conclusion to this amazing duology


Zuni's pick is 'The System: who rigged it, how we fix it' by Robert B. Reich (Adult Non Fiction/Buisiness & Economics, 320.973 REI)

An urgent analysis of how the "rigged" systems of American politics and power operate, how this status quo came to be, and how average citizens can enact change.

A shocking exposé of the billionaires who run the American economy

Kerrie Gamble