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Welcome to the March edition of the Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before.  Check out our International Women’s Day reading recommendation #BeBoldForChange. Remember to share your recommendations with us on twitter @mbkshirelibrary or post a review on our library catalogue. Happy Reading!

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What's on our reading list?

Hidden figures : the untold story of the African American women who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly.
Genre: Biography

This is the biographical true story of a group of exceptionally talented African American female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Now a major award nominated film, this book depicts the real life journey of this inspiring group who helped change the story of women and African Americans. Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. These women rose from their roots of math teaching to being named some of the brightest minds of their generation. Set during World War II, this biography also discusses the many challenges faced by these women including forced segregation from their white counterparts.

 

New in Fiction

Crimson Lake / Candice Fox
Genre: Thriller
12.46: Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop 12.47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her 12.52: The girl is missing... Six minutes? That's all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey's life. Accused but not convicted of Claire's abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake

 


The shifting light / Alice Campion
Genre: Australian Fiction
Nina Larkin should be happy. She's transformed her rundown outback property, The Springs, into a successful artists' retreat; she's won a distinguished art prize, and she's living with her soulmate, trail-blazing grazier Heath Blackett. But the chance discovery of a portrait of her father, renowned artist Jim Larkin, makes her question everything. How could it have been drawn just weeks ago when Jim has been dead for years ...Or so she thought.

 


The Massacre of Mankind: A sequel to War of the Worlds by HG Wells / Stephen Baxter
Genre: Science Fiction

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. But have the Martians learnt from their previous loss? The Massacre of Mankind has begun..

A Distant Journey / Di Morrisey
Genre: Romance
In 1962 Cindy drops out of college to impulsively marry an Australian grazier, moving from the glamorous world of Palm Springs, California, to an isolated sheep station on the sweeping plains of the Riverina in New South Wales. Cindy's new life at Kingsley Downs station is not what she'd imagined as she is flung into a strange and challenging world. Natural disasters and the caprices of the wool industry shape her destiny and though she tries hard to fit in, she finds she is always the outsider.

 

New DVDs & CDs

We also have some fantastic new DVDs available to loan this month. You can also view the full list of new DVDs or CDs.

Girl on the Train
Reeling from her recent divorce, Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt: Into the Woods) spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that she passes on the train. That is until she sees something shocking happen there, and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Driven by intrigue and obsession, Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar, but to what lengths will she go to uncover the truth?

Keeping up with the Joneses
An ordinary suburban couple finds it's not easy keeping up with the Joneses; their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors. Especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. Jones are covert operatives.

The light between oceans
A lighthouse keeper, living off the coast of Australia with his wife, finds a baby on an adrift rowboat. They rescue and raise the child as their own, changing their lives and that of a stranger.

Mahana
1960s, East Coast of New Zealand. Two Maori sheep-shearing families, the Mahanas and Poatas, are longstanding enemies and commercial rivals. 14 year-old Simeon Mahana, the youngest son, is in conflict with his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana. As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding family vendetta, he risks not just his own future prospects, but the cohesion of the entire tight-knit society.

Snowden
The incredible untold story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others.

Spirit of the game
Spirit Of The Game is a drama/ bio-pic based on a true story of a missionary who came to Australia in the 50’s and ended up training Australia’s first ever basketball team for the Melbourne Olympic Games.

2017 Grammy Nominees
Dragonfly / Kasey Chambers
La la land : original motion picture soundtrack /
 

Featured Non-Fiction

Yarn spinners : a story of friendship, politics and a shared commitment to a distinctive Australian literature, woven through the letters of Dymphna Cusack, Florence James, Miles Franklin and their congenialsa / Marilla North.

Dymphna Cusack, Miles Franklin and Florence James come alive on these pages through their friendships, their aspirations, their passions and achievements, their disappointments, insecurities and triumphs. In Yarn Spinners Marilla North tells the tale of their personal and professional lives through their correspondence, meticulously curated, edited and woven together with subtle narrative links.

Gotta love this country! / Great stories from around Australia to lift your heart, make you laugh and puff out your chest / Peter FitzSimons.

A celebration of chest puffing goodness and kindness from around the country written in inimitable Peter FitzSimon's style. Peter FitzSimons celebrates the good, the generous, the kind and the downright strange in this hilarious and heart-warming collection of stories from daily life and grassroots sporting fields around the country.

New Audio Books

Here are some of our staff favourites from the new audio books this month. View the full list of new Audio Books here.

The Four Swans; read by Oliver Hembrough /
Historical Fiction

Cornwall, 1795–1799. Although Ross Poldark, now something of a war hero, seems secure in his hard-won prosperity, a new dilemma faces him in the sudden infatuation of a young naval officer with his wife, Demelza. All four women, the four swans, whose lives touch Ross's face a crisis in these years. For his wife, Demelza; his old love, Elizabeth; his friend's new wife, Caroline; and the unhappy Morwenna Chynoweth, these are times of stress and conflict.


Mistress / Daniel Steel; read by Alexander Cendese /
Romance fiction

Natasha Leonova’s beauty saved her life. Discovered on a freezing Moscow street by a Russian billionaire, she has lived for seven years under his protection, immersed in rarefied luxury, while he pursues his activities in a dark world that she guesses at but never sees. Her home is the world, often on one of Vladimir Stanislas’s spectacular yachts manned by scores of heavily armed crew members. Natasha’s only job is to keep Vladimir happy, ask no questions and be discreet.

The Locksmiths Daughter
Thriller

Mallory Bright is the only daughter of London’s master locksmith. For her there is no lock too elaborate, no secret too well kept. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster and protector of Queen Elizabeth, the last of the Tudor monarchs, and her realm, is quick to realise Mallory's talent and draws her into his world of intrigue, danger and deception. With her by his side, no scheme in England or abroad is safe from discovery; no plot secure. But Mallory's loyalty wavers when she witnesses the execution of three Jesuit priests, a punishment that doesn't fit their crime.

Hide Away / Iris Johansen; narrated by Elizabeth Rodgers
Suspense Fiction

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan lies in a well-guarded hospital room in Carmel, California. But she and Joe Quinn have sworn to protect an innocent young girl, Cara Delaney, whose enemies are getting closer by the hour. Weighing her own health against Cara's safety, Eve decides they must disappear - and so she turns to her daughter, Jane MacGuire, for an unexpected solution. After years of resistance, Jane has finally succumbed to the inevitable: John MacDuff's insistent plea to track down a treasure presumed buried in Scotland. The remote mountains should be a perfect hiding place for Eve and Cara, but they soon realise there is nowhere distant enough from the ruthless predators who are on their trail.

Full Bore / William McInnes
Comedy

A chance encounter in an auction house is the jumping-off point for William's inimitable take on our sport-obsessed nation, Australian popular culture and the artefacts and memorabilia that both make us cringe with recognition and laugh with warm affection. His trademark humour and anecdotes litter this collection, making it a true delight. These are truly Aussie stories: about us, and about the things - and the people - in our lives.