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A Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Reviewed by Jem - HH Bondi Staff

Imagine if Joss Whedon's Firefly, Star Trek and Ursula K. LeGuin had a book baby. Well here it is!A character driven space-opera that explores gender, race, artificial intelligence and politics without making it immediately obvious. It follows the diverse and rag-tag crew of a creaky old s... (continued)

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A Murder Without Motive by Martin McKenkenzie-Murray

Reviewed by Jem - HH Bondi Staff

A must for fans of Helen Garner, this is a chilling exploration of suburban malaise and toxic masculinity told via the murder of a young woman in Perth. Murray is a journalist for the Saturday Paper and he brings this investigative rigor to the text while also crafting electrifying p... (continued)

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Author Spotlight - Patricia Highsmith

Reviewed by Jem - HH Bondi Staff

Patricia Highsmith is incredible, to put it simply. No one else creates such taught and fiercely contemporary thrillers, even fifty years after their respective publications.   Her prose is electrifying and her cast of characters made up of sociopaths, seductresses and fanatics a... (continued)

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The Fireman by Joe Hill

Reviewed by Drew (Friend of Harry)

Joe Hill’s The Fireman is not The Road. It does not steep you in despair, it does not haunt you for months to come. Joe Hill is not Cormac McCarthy, and we wouldn’t want him any other way. The Fireman is Hill’s fourth book, and it is plain to see that he is in his str... (continued)

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Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix

Reviewed by Abby - HH Bondi Staff

An absolutely delightful read! This is definitely for those who like a little mystery, a thrilling chase and a bit of romance all in the one! Lady Truthful Newington is on the hunt after her family Emerald has been stolen! She makes her way to London to stay with her Aunt but quickly learn... (continued)

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Reviewed by Abby - HH Bondi Staff

Reeling after the death of her mother Cheryl spirals into drugs and depression. She finds solace in unfeeling when she realises that her scattered family and distant husband are not there to help pick up the pieces. She makes a decision. The Pacific Crest Trail stretches more than a thousand m... (continued)

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Reviewed by Abby - HH Bondi Staff

As we delve back into the world of Shadowhunters, Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn and his siblings have more to deal with than an errant demon awakening the dead. While Emma is trying to find closure from her parents death, a spate of Fey murders are keeping the family busy. Julians' ... (continued)

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Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burroghs

Reviewed by Abby - HH Bondi Staff

The newest memoir from Augusten Burroghs is a beautiful piece on lost and found love through the eyes of a man with a seriously damaged past. As with Running with Scissors and Wolf at the Table, Burroughs main drive through Lust and Wonder is finding life long happiness – despite his biz... (continued)

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Bossypants by Tina Fey

Reviewed by Abby - HH Bondi Staff

I'm really torn between wanting to be Tina Fey or be her best friend! Fey delves into her early life, without skimping on the sarcasm, about her nerdy start in the days of her youth to one of the most recognised faces in comedy. Through witty scepticisms about how she got the scar on h... (continued)

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Reviewed by Abby - HH Bondi Staff

Yes Please is beautifully honest memoir and musings on Poehlers' life – including lots of dirt on the SNL cast, her marriage breakdown and how she became the woman she is today. Full of letters and quotes from cast members and friends, this memoir is charming and witty with lots of s... (continued)

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Author Spotlight on Mary Roach

Reviewed by Jem - HH Bondi Staff

In my opinion the best popular science writer out there. Witty and illuminating, Roach puts her singular mind to varied subjects be it cadavers, the afterlife or the human body, and all are complete page turners. Will definitely give you a myriad of fun facts to file away. (continued)

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Author Spotlight on Eka Kurniawan

Reviewed by Jem - HH Bondi Staff

Only now being translated into English, Kurniawan is Indonesia's Murakami; dark, twisty and vaguely psychedelic. He weaves traditional folk tales in with the grit of contemporary Jakarta in both of his novels in a completely compelling way. Man Tiger is a tautly constructed tale of a young... (continued)

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Author Spotlight on Michel Faber

Reviewed by Jem - HH Bondi Staff

It's hard to talk about Faber since his novels run the thematic gamut; a witty Dickensian tome about a Victorian prostitute named Sugar, a missionary in space, and an alien roaming Scottish backwaters in search of young hitchhikers to devour. All I can say is that I thoroughly enjoy him, a... (continued)

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Cook and the Baker by Cherie Bevan and Tass Tauroa

Reviewed by Jem - HH Bondi Staff

By far the best baking book I've come across, these are homestyle classics elevated to new heights. Lemon curd bars, peanut cookies, and red velvet cake were all greeted with rapturous applause. Plus they're a Bondi Junction local! (continued)

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The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Reviewed by Jem Nockles

I read this in one fervent session and have been dipping in and out of it ever since. Every sentence has a clarity that is close to poetry. Written with electrifying vision and intellect, this memoir is a genre-bending investigation of gender, community, motherhood and family as Nelson account... (continued)

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Everyday by David Levithan

Reviewed by Ruby - Work Experience Woden

 David Levithan's novel 'Everyday' follows the story of an adolescent boy who is given the mysterious power to inhabit the body of a random person and their life, everyday. The novel focuses on a particular day in which 'A' finds himself in the body of a greatly disres... (continued)

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Their Fractured Light by Meagan Spooner

Reviewed by Claire - HH Woden Staff

I eagerly awaited this conclusion to a wonderful trilogy and I was not disappointed. Their Fractured Light was the perfect conclusion to an amazing story that journeys across the universe.   In this third and final novel we are introduced to Gideon and Sofia. They are complete... (continued)

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How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe by Charles Yu

Reviewed by Kaitlyn - HH Woden Staff

Completely wacky and entirely engrossing, How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe is an off-the-wall, Jasper Fforde-esque delight. Early on in the story, the reader finds themselves wondering what exactly they’re there for – but once the first plot point kicks in, this nov... (continued)

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THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison

Reviewed by Jem - HH Bondi Staff

Simply incredible! Jamison combines the direct, heart wrenching emotional truth of Joan Didion with the referential wealth & intellectual rigour of David Foster Wallace. The essays in here range from the personal to the global; medical acting, ultra marathons, poverty tourism both within A... (continued)

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FACES IN THE CROWD by Valeria Luiselli

Reviewed by Jem - HH Bondi Staff

I heard someone this novel fragmented (she meant it positively) in regards to it's triad of narrative voices, but I can't disagree enough. Rather it is filled with apparitions, gauzy ghosts of each characters past. A young mother writes a novel about her younger self scraping out an ex... (continued)