Saturday, March 10, 2012

Top 5 nonfiction reads

List by Tosca

"Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay."
- William Styron

Greetings & saluations! You might have noticed that I've been a little bit absent (it's like being a little bit pregnant, I'd imagine - you either are or you aren't) from the blog lately *thoughtful look* I've been taking a bit of time out to ponder the future of this blog. Not along the lines of, 'Should I get rid of it?' More like, 'Is this layout what I want?' and, 'Am I giving readers the best that I can?' and even, 'What more can I do to make this relevant?' And then, before I knew it, a couple of weeks had gone by and I was no closer to getting a post out. Which reminded me that, d'oh, I actually had to write/publish to it because, hey, life goes on. (I'm slow, but I get there in the end). Compared to last month there aren't any big surprises on this list although, strangely, some of you *still* want to know just *what* Paul Henry was thinking. One title in particular that never fails to make me raise my eyebrows is 'That woman,' used to describe Wallis Simpson. I'm 36 and I have quite clear memories of being a child while gran (who was a diehard fan of royalty which, looking back, I find wholly unusual) would tell me again and again the story of a man who gave up a throne for love of a woman in such hushed and scandalised tones. I'm not sure talk of Simpson will ever die down. And so! Books. For you. All for you. Nonfiction titles, to be specific. Enjoy!

More top nonfiction reads:
  • So brilliantly clever : Parker, Hulme and the murder that shocked the world / Peter Graham
  • A train in winter : a story of resistance, friendship and survival / Caroline Moorehead
  • Seriously - I'm kidding / Ellen DeGeneres
  • The official New Zealand road code
  • Love at the end of the road : finding my heart in the country / Rae Roadley
  • Journey / Pippa Blake a collaboration with Trish Clark



    P.S. Ordinarily we post Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Just to change things around a little we're going to be posting Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from now on :) Catch you on the flipside, people!

    Free range in the city / Annabel Langbein
    If you loved Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook, you'll adore this new collection of her 220 delicious recipes. Annabel invites you into her city home and shows how her free range cooking style can help you create a sustainable lifestyle in the city. With menus for every occasion, living well in today's busy world.





    What was I thinking : a memoir / Paul Henry with Paul Little
    This book will challenge all your prejudices. It will keep you entertained for hours. It's the very unusual story of Paul Henry - from his eventful childhood to his adventurous career in journalism to his recent outrageous comments on television which divided the country.

    Alternate formats:
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  • Daughters of Erebus / Paul Holmes
    The crash of a giant DC-10 airliner on the lower slopes of Antarctica's Mount Erebus in broad daylight in late November 1979 remains one of New Zealand's greatest disasters. Everyone on board - 257 people - was killed instantly and the aircraft disintegrated to nothing but a black smear on the snow. This is the story of Captain Jim Collins's family - his wife Maria and his four daughters - who endured not only the death of a beloved husband and father, but the injustice of his being wrongly blamed for the disaster. Daughters of Erebus movingly tells their story of survival.


    That woman : the life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor / Anne Sebba
    Born in 1895 [or 1896] in Baltimore, Bessiewallis Warfield endured an impoverished and comparatively obscure childhood which inflamed a burning desire to rise above her circumstances. Neither beautiful nor brilliant, she nevertheless became one of the most talked about women of her generation, and inspired such deep love and adoration in Edward VIII that even giving up a throne and an empire for her was not enough to prove his total devotion. Wallis lived by her wit and her wits, while both her apparent and alleged moral transgressions added to her aura and dazzle. Accused of Fascist sympathies, having Nazi lovers and learning bizarre sexual techniques in China, she remains the subject of gossip and fascination. In death, the Duchess became a symbol of empowerment and a style icon, a woman whose unequivocal aim was to win in the game of life.


    Steve Jobs / Walter Isaacson
    Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues, the author has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. Although Jobs's cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted. Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

    Alternate formats:
  • Audiobook
  • Large print
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