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    • Lincoln in the Bardo, Saunders,  George
    Lincoln in the Bardo
    George Saunders

    The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. Days later, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several ti ... read more

    • Materialism, Eagleton,  Terry
    Terry Eagleton

    Eagleton reveals fresh ways of considering the values and beliefs of three very different materialists-Marx, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein-drawing striking comparisons between their philosophies while reflecting on a wide array of topics, from ideology ... read more

    • No Way But This, Sparrow,  Jeff
    No Way But This
    Jeff Sparrow

    Paul Robeson was an actor and performer, a champion athlete, a committed communist, a brilliant speaker, and a passionate activist for social justice in America, Europe, and Australia. Jeff Sparrow follows the ghosts and echoes of Robeson's career, t ... read more

    • Restorer, Sala,  Michael
    Michael Sala

    After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family move from Sydney to Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstaking ... read more

    • Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition, Pearson,  Noel
    Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition
    Noel Pearson

    Soon we will all decide if and how indigenous Australians will be recognised in the constitution. In this essential book, several leading indigenous writers and thinkers provide a road map to recognition.These eloquent essays traverse law, history an ... read more

    • Testosterone Rex, Fine,  Cordelia
    Testosterone Rex
    Cordelia Fine

    Testosterone, so we're told, is the very essence of masculinity, and biological sex is a fundamental force in our development. Not so, says psychologist Cordelia Fine, who shows that sex doesn't create male and female natures. Instead, sex, hormones, ... read more

    • The Abundance, Dillard,  Annie
    The Abundance
    Annie Dillard

    Whether observing a sublime lunar eclipse or a moth consumed in a candle flame or hundreds of red-winged blackbirds taking flight, Dillard's writes in awe and wonder at the fragility and wonder of the natural world. Precise in language and deeply me ... read more

    • The Big Green Tent, Ulitskaya,  Ludmila
    The Big Green Tent
    Ludmila Ulitskaya

    The story of three school friends who meet in 1950s Moscow and go on to embody the heroism, folly, compromise, and hope of the Soviet dissident experience. The Big Green Tent offers a panoramic survey of life after Stalin and a dramatic investigation ... read more

    • At The Existentialist Cafe, Bakewell,  Sarah
    At The Existentialist Cafe
    Sarah Bakewell

    Paris, near the turn of 1933. Three young friends meet over cocktails on rue Montparnasse. They are Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and their friend Raymond Aron, who opens their eyes to a radical new way of thinking. Existentialism is formed as ... read more

    • Border, Kassabova,  Kapka
    Kapka Kassabova

    When Kapka Kassabova was a child, the border zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece was rumoured to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall. Meeting the people of this triple border now; Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, indigenous ... read more

    • Confabulations, Berger,  John
    John Berger

    Language is a body, a living creature ... and this creature's home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate'. John Berger's work changed the way we understand visual language. In this new book he writes about language itself, and how it relates ... read more

    • David Marr on Politics and Prejudice: Quarterly Essay 65, Marr,  David
    David Marr on Politics and Prejudice: Quarterly Essay 65
    David Marr

    Pauline Hanson is not alone out there. A million votes are in play. Strategists in both Labor and the Coalition are asking, what they can offer them. At stake are the progressive hopes of most Australians, hopes held hostage more than ever to the fe ... read more

    • Exit West, Hamid,  Mohsin
    Exit West
    Mohsin Hamid

    In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, Saeed and Nadia become friends, then lovers. They try not to notice the sound of bombs getting closer every night, the radio announcing new laws, the public e ... read more

    • From Bacteria to Bach and Back, Dennett,  Daniel C.
    From Bacteria to Bach and Back
    Daniel C. Dennett

    Daniel C. Dennett's extends on his work on human consciousness in exploring the deep interactions of evolution, brains, and human culture, showing how culture enables reflection by installing a profusion of thinking tools, or memes, in our brains. L ... read more

    • From the Wreck, Rawson,  Jane
    From the Wreck
    Jane Rawson

    From the Wreck tells the remarkable story of George Hills, who survived the sinking of the steamship Admella off the South Australian coast in 1859. Haunted by his memories and the disappearance of a fellow survivor, George's fractured life is intert ... read more

    • Havana, Kurlansky,  Mark
    Mark Kurlansky

    Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view of Havana- the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink d ... read more