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  • LAKOTA AMERICA : A New History of Indigenous Power
    LAKOTA AMERICA : A New History of Indigenous Power
    HAMALAINEN PEKKA
    ISBN: 9780300255256
    Title: LAKOTA AMERICA : A New History of Indigenous Power
    Author: HAMALAINEN PEKKA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    The first comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America's history. This first complete account of the Lakota Indians traces their rich and often surprising history from the early sixteenth to the early twenty-first century. Pekka Hamalainen explores the Lakotas' roots as marginal hunter-gatherers and reveals how they reinvented themselves twice: first as a river people who dominated the Missouri Valley, America's great commercial artery, and then-in what was America's first sweeping westward expansion-as a horse people who ruled supreme on the vast high plains.
    The Lakotas are imprinted in American historical memory. Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull are iconic figures in the American imagination, but in this groundbreaking book they emerge as something different: the architects of Lakota America, an expansive and enduring Indigenous regime that commanded human fates in the North American interior for generations. Hamalainen's deeply researched and engagingly written history places the Lakotas at the center of American history, and the results are revelatory

    Imprint: Yale University Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • LAST GOOD MAN
    LAST GOOD MAN
    MCMULLAN THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781526609236
    Title: LAST GOOD MAN
    Author: MCMULLAN THOMAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Duncan Peck has travelled alone to Dartmoor in search of his cousin. He has come from the city, where the fires are always burning.
    In his cousin's village, Peck finds a place with tea rooms and barley fields, a church and a schoolhouse. Out here, the people live an honest life o and if there's any trouble, they have a way to settle it. They sit in the shadow of a vast wall, inscribed with strange messages. Anyone can write on the wall, anonymously, about their neighbours, about any wrongdoing that might hurt the community. Then comes the reckoning.
    The stranger from the city causes a stir. He has not been there long before the village wakes up to the most unspeakable accusation; sentences daubed on the wall that will detonate the darkest of secrets.
    A troubling, uncanny book about fear and atonement, responsibility and justice, and the violence of writing in public spaces, The Last Good Man dares to ask- what hope can we place in words once extinction is in the air?

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LAST MILLION : Europes Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War
    LAST MILLION : Europes Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War
    NASAW DAVID
    ISBN: 9781594206733
    Title: LAST MILLION : Europes Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War
    Author: NASAW DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From bestselling author David Nasaw, a sweeping new history of the one million refugees left behind in Germany after WWII

    In May of 1945, German forces surrendered to the Allied powers, effectively putting an end to World War II in Europe. But the aftershocks of this global military conflict did not cease with the signing of truces and peace treaties. Millions of lost and homeless POWs, slave laborers, political prisoners, and concentration camp survivors overwhelmed Germany, a country in complete disarray. British and American soldiers gathered the malnourished and desperate foreigners, and attempted to repatriate them to Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and the USSR. But after exhaustive efforts, there remained over a million displaced persons who either refused to go home or, in the case of many, had no home to which to return. They would spend the next three to five years in displaced persons camps, divided by nationalities, temporary homelands in exile, with their own police forces, churches, schools, newspapers, and medical facilities.

    The international community couldn't agree on the fate of the Last Million, and after a year of fruitless debate and inaction, an International Refugee Organization was created to resettle them in lands suffering from labor shortages. But no nations were willing to accept the 200,000 to 250,000 Jewish men, women, and children who remained trapped in Germany. In 1948, the United States, among the last countries to accept anyone for resettlement, finally passed a Displaced Persons Bill - but as Cold War fears supplanted memories of WWII atrocities, the bill only granted visas to those who were reliably anti-communist, including thousands of former Nazi collaborators, Waffen-SS members, and war criminals, while barring the Jews who were suspected of being Communist sympathizers or agents because they had been recent residents of Soviet-dominated Poland. Only after the passage of the controversial UN resolution for the partition of Palestine and Israel's declaration of independence were the remaining Jewish survivors finally able to leave their displaced persons camps in Germany.

    A masterwork from acclaimed historian David Nasaw, The Last Million tells the gripping yet until now largely hidden story of postwar displacement and statelessness and of the people who stood as living testimony to the inescapable consequences of war. By 1952, the Last Million were scattered around the world, and carried with them their wounds, fears, and secrets, as they crossed from their broken past into an unknowable future. Here for the first time, Nasaw illuminates their incredible history and, with profound contemporary resonance, shows us that it is our history as well.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $61.99
    Price: $61.99
  • LIVE AT MR JAKES
    LIVE AT MR JAKES
    BROCK STEVE
    ISBN: 9781743057100
    Title: LIVE AT MR JAKES
    Author: BROCK STEVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Relaxed and laconic, Live at Mr Jake's riffs on a mix of highbrow and popular culture references. Accessible yet literary, this collection celebrates a diversity of voices from Australia and beyond. Spanning four continents, the poems are equally at home in the front bar as they are on the literary trail in Paris or San Francisco. Cool and understated, Brock surfs the cultural interstices of the Latin American influences on his life and work to create a poetic vision transpacific in scope.

    Steve Brock published his first collection of poetry The Night is a Dying Dog (Wakefield Press) in 2007 and received a grant from Arts SA for the completion of Double Glaze, published by Five Islands Press in 2013. He is the co-translator with Sergio Holas and Juan Garrido-Salgado of Poetry of the Earth: Mapuche trilingual anthology (Interactive Press 2014). Steve completed a PhD in Australian literature at Flinders University in 2003. His work has featured in the Best Australian Poems (Black Inc.) and has been published in journals in Australia and overseas. His most recent collection is the chapbook Jardin du Luxembourg (Garron Publishing, 2016). Steve was a featured writer at Adelaide Writers' Week in 2017.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LOLLY WILLOWES
    LOLLY WILLOWES
    WARNER SYLVIA TOWNSEND
    ISBN: 9780241454886
    Title: LOLLY WILLOWES
    Author: WARNER SYLVIA TOWNSEND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Lolly Willowes, always so gentle and accommodating, suddenly announces that she is moving, alone, to the countryside. To her overbearing family in London, it is a disturbing and inexplicable act of defiance. But Lolly will not be swayed, and in the depths of the English countryside she gradually discovers not only freedom and independence, but also, unexpectedly, her true vocation- witchcraft.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • LOOK OF THE BOOK
    LOOK OF THE BOOK
    MENDELSUND PETER
    ISBN: 9780399581021
    Title: LOOK OF THE BOOK
    Author: MENDELSUND PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As readers, we're all guilty of judging a book by its cover. The cover is the outward face of the text--done right, a cover can become iconic, but done wrong, it can definitely send the wrong message.

    The Look of the Book examines the art of the book cover through notable covers and the stories behind them, interviews with artists and literary luminaries, galleries of the many different jackets of bestselling books, and more. Authored by legendary designer and art director Peter Mendelsund--who has designed iconic covers for authors such as David Sedaris, Stieg Larsson, Yaa Gyasi, Jo Nesb , and Kazuo Ishiguro--and Harvard humanities professor David Alworth, this fascinating inside look at the intersection of culture and commerce challenges our notions of what a book cover can and should be.

    Imprint: Ten Speed Press
    RRP: $87.99

    Price: $87.99
  • LOVE AND THEFT
    LOVE AND THEFT
    PARISH STAN
    ISBN: 9780571356379
    Title: LOVE AND THEFT
    Author: PARISH STAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What price would you put on a second chance?

    When Alex Cassidy and Diane Alison meet by chance at a party in Princeton, New Jersey, there are instant sparks. Both are single parents living in wealthy suburbia, independent, highly competent and seemingly settled in their lives. She runs a successful catering business. He's part of a crew that robs banks, casinos and jewellery stores around the world. Neither realises initially that their lives have overlapped before, or that their shared history and burgeoning relationship will come to threaten everything they love. As Alex prepares for one final, daunting job, he discovers that he's not the only one with secrets - and that both of them are playing for the highest stakes imaginable.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • LOVE KURT : The Vonnegut Love Letters 1941-1945
    LOVE KURT : The Vonnegut Love Letters 1941-1945
    VONNEGUT KURT
    ISBN: 9780593133019
    Title: LOVE KURT : The Vonnegut Love Letters 1941-1945
    Author: VONNEGUT KURT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A never-before-seen collection of deeply intimate love letters from Kurt Vonnegut to his first wife, Jane, compiled and edited by their daughter and reproduced in gorgeous full color.

    "If ever I do write anything of length--good or bad--it will be written with you in mind."

    Kurt Vonnegut's oldest daughter, Edith, was cleaning out her mother's attic when she stumbled upon a dusty box. Inside were more than two-hundred love letters written by Kurt to Jane, spanning the early years of their relationship- from 1941, when nineteen-year-old Kurt heads off to college, to his deployment to Europe in 1944 and the couple's marriage in 1945. The letters are full of the humor and wit that we have come to associate with Kurt Vonnegut. But they also show more private corners of his mind- Passionate and tender, the letters form an illuminating portrait of a young soldier's life in World War II as he attempts to come to grips with love and mortality. And they expose the origins of Vonnegut the writer, when Jane was the only person who believed in and supported him, and they had no idea how celebrated he would become.

    A beautiful full-color collection of handwritten letters, notes, sketches, and comics, interspersed with Edith's insights and family memories, Love, Kurt is an intimate record of a young man growing into himself, a fascinating account of a writer finding his voice, and a moving testament to the life-altering experience of falling in love.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • LOVING COUNTRY : A Guide to Sacred Australia
    LOVING COUNTRY : A Guide to Sacred Australia
    PASCOE BRUCE / SHUKUROGLOU VICKY
    ISBN: 9781741176483
    Title: LOVING COUNTRY : A Guide to Sacred Australia
    Author: PASCOE BRUCE / SHUKUROGLOU VICKY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Loving Country is a book that inspires ultimate respect for Mother Earth and the role of her custodians. While readers are encouraged to discover the sacred country of Australia in an open-minded and sensitive manner, the intention of this book is to foster communication and understanding between all peoples and country, to bring about a range of environmental and social changes.

    Co-authors Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou hope to empower communities to tell their own stories, and for people to honour them and the country from which they have grown. Beautifully designed, all of the writing and photography in Loving Country has been created in consultation with communities. From the ingenious fish traps at Brewarrina and the rivers that feed the Great Barrier Reef, to the love stories of Wiluna and the whale story of Margaret River, there is so much to celebrate and admire about the oldest continuing culture in the world.

    For those who want to do more than a whistle-stop tour of Australia, this book offers some keys to unlock and reveal the heart of this loving country.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $39.99
  • MAKE THINK IMAGINE : Engineering the Future of Civilisation
    MAKE THINK IMAGINE : Engineering the Future of Civilisation
    BROWNE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781526605726
    Title: MAKE THINK IMAGINE : Engineering the Future of Civilisation
    Author: BROWNE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    LONGLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES AND MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019

    'A much-needed antidote to pervasive pessimism' Financial Times


    'An ode to the ways in which engineering has improved human civilisation' John Hennessy, Chairman, Alphabet
    Today's unprecedented pace of change leaves many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. Has social media robbed us of our privacy and fed us with false information? Are robots going to take our jobs? Will better healthcare lead to an ageing population that cannot be cared for? And has our demand for energy driven the Earth's climate to the edge of catastrophe?
    John Browne argues that we need not and must not put the brakes on technological advance. Civilisation is founded on engineering innovation; all progress stems from the human urge to make things and to shape the world around us, resulting in greater freedom, health and wealth for all. Drawing on history, his own experiences and conversations with many of today's great innovators, he uncovers the basis for all progress and its consequences, both good and bad. He argues compellingly that the same spark that triggers each innovation can be used to counter its negative consequences. Make, Think, Imagine provides an eloquent blueprint for how we can keep moving towards a brighter future.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • MARILYN MONROE : The Last Interniew
    MARILYN MONROE : The Last Interniew
    ISBN: 9781612198774
    Title: MARILYN MONROE : The Last Interniew
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    During her short life, Marilyn Monroe was globally revered as the sex symbol of the 1950s and 60s, and the originator of "bombshell blonde" image. Today we understand her better as someone keenly self-aware of the artiface involved in playing that part, and as a world-class actor poised to break out of the role that Hollywood assigned her. The conversations gathered here--spanning her emergence on the scene to just days before her death at age 36--show Monroe at her sharpest and most insightful on the thorny topics of ambition, fame, femininity, desire, and more. With an introduction from Sady Doyle that asks us to think of Monroe, not as tragic, but as righteously and justifiably angry, this collection offers a new look at a figure whom the media of the day, and our own assumptions about her and her "type", have kept us from ever getting to know.

    Imprint: MELVILLE HOUSE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • MEMORIAL
    MEMORIAL
    WASHINGTON BRYAN
    ISBN: 9781838951320
    Title: MEMORIAL
    Author: WASHINGTON BRYAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. Mike is a Japanese-American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson's a Black day care teacher, and they've been together for a few years - good years - but now they're not sure why they're still a couple. There's the sex, sure, and the meals Mike cooks for Benson, and, well, they love each other.

    But when Mike finds out his estranged father is dying is Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted. Without Mike's immediate pull, Benson begins to push outwards, realising he might just know what he wants out of life and have the goods to get it.

    Both men will change in ways that will either make them stronger together, or fracture everything they've ever known. And just maybe they'll all be okay in the end. Memorial is a funny and profound story about family in all its strange forms, joyful and hard-won vulnerability, becoming who you're supposed to be, and the limits of love.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MERMAIDS SINGING AND PEEL ME A LOTUS
    MERMAIDS SINGING AND PEEL ME A LOTUS
    CLIFT CHARMIAN
    ISBN: 9780732268862
    Title: MERMAIDS SINGING AND PEEL ME A LOTUS
    Author: CLIFT CHARMIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These two classic travel works by Charmian Clift describing the bohemian life that she and her husband, writer George Johnston, and their family, led in Greece in the 1950's are re-released here in one beautiful new edition.

    'Today we bought the house by the well'.

    In 1951 the writer Charmian Clift and her husband, the novelist George Johnston, left Australia and went first to London, before decamping for Greece in 1954, along with their two young children. Settling first on the tiny Greek island of Kalymnos, then Hydra, their intent was to live cheaply and focus on their creative writing.From this period of their lives sprang two of Charmian Clift's best known and most loved books, the memoirs Mermaid Singing and Peel Me a Lotus. These works paint an evocative picture of the sundrenched rhythms and routines of traditional island life, intertwined with the bohemian life of the family, their friends and visitors to the island.

    Wry, lyrical and blazing with life, Charmian Clift was a glorious writer - and these two memoirs of life on a Greek island are powerfully human and vividly alive.

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • MOMENTOUS UNEVENTFUL DAY
    MOMENTOUS UNEVENTFUL DAY
    HAIGH GIDEON
    ISBN: 9781922310491
    Title: MOMENTOUS UNEVENTFUL DAY
    Author: HAIGH GIDEON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Has COVID-19 ushered in the end of the office? Or is it the office's final triumph?

    For decades, futurologists have prophesied a boundaryless working world, freed from the cramped confines of the office. During the COVID-19 crisis, employees around the globe got a taste of it. Confined by lockdown to their homes, they met, mingled, collaborated, and created electronically. At length, they returned to something approaching normality. Or had they glimpsed the normal to come?

    In The Momentous, Uneventful Day, Gideon Haigh reflects on what COVID-19 revealed about our ambivalent relationship to office work and office life, how we ended up with the offices we have, how they have reflected our best and worst instincts, and how these might be affected by a world in a time of contagion. Like the factory in the nineteenth century, the office was the characteristic building form of the twentieth, reshaping our cities, redirecting our lives. We all have a stake in how it will change in the twenty-first.

    Enlivened by copious citations from literature, film, memoir, and corporate history, and interspersed with relevant images, The Momentous, Uneventful Day is the ideal companion for a lively current debate about the post-pandemic office.

    Imprint: Scribe Publications
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • MRS DALLOWAY
    MRS DALLOWAY
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241436271
    Title: MRS DALLOWAY
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax. Here, Virginia Woolf perfected the interior monologue and the novel's lyricism and accessibility have made it one of her most popular works.

    Imprint: Penguin Modern Classics
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • NATIVE SON
    NATIVE SON
    WRIGHT RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781784876128
    Title: NATIVE SON
    Author: WRIGHT RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GARY YOUNGE

    'The most important and celebrated novel of Negro life to have appeared in America' James Baldwin


    Reckless, angry and adrift, Bigger Thomas has grown up trapped in a life of poverty in the slums of Chicago. But a job with the affluent Dalton family, draws Bigger into a milieu in which his impulses and insecurities compound with horrifying consequences. Hunted by citizen and police alike, and baited by prejudiced officials, Bigger finds himself the cause cel bre in an ever-narrowing endgame.

    First published in 1940, Native Son shocked readers with its candid depiction of violence and confrontation of racial stereotypes. It went on to make Richard Wright the first bestselling black writer in America.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
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