New Social Studies
MP3: The Meaning of a Format
Demonstrates that formats, standards, and infrastructures are every bit as central to communication as the boxes we call media
How the French Invented Love: Nine Hundred Years of Passion and Romance
Oh, how the French love love! For hundreds of years, they have championed themselves as guides to the art de l'amour through their literature, paintings, songs, and cinema. A French man or woman without amorous desire is...
The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, and Why it Still Matters
A smart, funny book about the rise and slow death of the art of handwriting; and why it still matters
People on Country: Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures
Seeks to reposition Indigenous people and their caring for country activities from the margins to core of the growing national conversation on issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This book...
Superman is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions
Mixing personal experiences with more global facts and considerations, Joumana Haddad, author of 'I Killed Scheherazade' reflects, in what could be considered the sequel of her exploration of Arab womanhood, upon the vital need...
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
A wake-up call from a cyber-expert: our use of technology is fueling disturbing levels of isolation, leaving us incapable of distinguishing between true human connection and digital communication
Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
Social media powerhouse and New York Times bestselling author of THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, Gretchen Rubin turns her attention homewards - an entertaining and thoughtful mix of literature, memoir and psychology sure to appeal to her...
How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life
Argues that wealth is not an end in itself but a means to the achievement and maintenance of a 'good life', and that our economy should be organised to reflect this fact. The book includes a definition of the 'good life',...
Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for Us
Our planet's resources are running out. The media bombards us with warnings of impending shortages of fossil fuels, minerals, and water and the political Armageddon that will result as insatiable global demand far outstrips...
Mine-field: The Dark Side of Australia’s Resource Rush
In Mine-Field, Paul Cleary counts the true human and economic costs of Australia's short-term mineral addiction.
Subliminal: The Revolution of the New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us About Ourselves
From the bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walk comes a fascinating, illuminating examination of the profound ways in which the unconscious mind shapes our lives. Mlodinow unravels the complexities of the subliminal mind and...
Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We are
Like many of her generation, the author grew up on antidepressants. In this book, she tells the story of the societal and scientific perfect storm that led to the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs explosion in the...
Journalism at the Crossroads: Crisis and Opportunity for the Press
Considers role of journalist in new media landscape, why we still need quality news reporting, how new technologies enhance traditional reporting, how journalists &citizens can work together to break stories. Simons coordinator of...
The New Graded Word-book for Australian Schools
Do you know Why 'The dog followed Harry and I' Is Wrong? How to avoid the construction 'The reason why ... was because'? When to use 'fewer' and when to use 'less'? All this - and more - was taught in Australian schools many...
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
In the spirit of Mary Roach, an engaging expose about and incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.
Living, Thinking, Looking
A dazzling collection of essays by the bestselling author of What I Loved - thought-provoking, engaging, illuminating reflections on what it means to be human.
Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile
Hailed by Salman Rushdie as 'one of the most important voices coming out of Latin America', the best-selling author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir excavating for the first time his profound and...
In Praise of Love
The author takes on contemporary 'dating agency' conceptions of love that come complete with zero-risk insurance. He develops a new take on love that sees it as an adventure, and an opportunity for re-invention, in a constant...
This is How
From the New York Times bestselling author of 'Running With Scissors' comes a groundbreaking book that explores how to survive the 'un-survivable'. Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life, and has faced more than his fair...
Pieces of Mind: 21 Short Walks Around the Human Brain
The human mind is arguably the most complex organ in the universe. Modern computers might be faster, and whales might have larger brains, but neither can match the sheer intellect or capacity for creativity that we humans enjoy.
A History of Books
This new work by Gerald Murnane is a fictionalised autobiography told in thirty sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image on the writer's mind. The titles aren't given but the reader follows...
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
The #1 New York Times bestseller that charts America's dangerous drift into a state of perpetual war. Maddow argues that the U.S. has drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with war and...
With humour, wit and a lifetime of experience this is a fascinating backstage pass to the life and plays of the Bard from Australia's best-known Shakespearean actor and director, John Bell. It's Shakespeare and his world as you've...
The Office: A Hardworking History
This book traces the office from origins among merchants and monks to the gleaming glass towers of New York and the space age sweatshops of Silicon Valley, finding a legacy of invention and ingenuity - the telephone, the...
The new book of essays from Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom.
The Novels of Alex Miller
Alex Miller's novels are increasingly regarded as classics of Australian literature. This collection of critical essays offers a systematic introduction to the work of one of Australia's best known authors. Australian Content.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. This title explains why this personality type is so important in society. It shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and...
March Was Made of Yarn: Writers Respond to Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown
An earthquake occurring off the north-eastern coast of Japan magnitude 9.0, duration six minutes unleashed a 50-foot tsunami that within fifteen minutes had slammed its way ashore, rushing inland six miles, crushing all in its...
New Hate The A History Of Fear And Loathing On The Populist Right
From the 9/11 'Truthers' who think the US government allowed the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks, to the 'Birthers' who claim Barack Obama was not born in the United States, extremism in America is becoming more and more a part of the...
You Can’t Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom
Winner of Polemic of the Year at the 2013 Political Book Awards.
Warriors of the Rainbow: A Chronicle of the Greenpeace Movement from 1971 to 1979
This is the story of the birth and early years of Greenpeace, the most important environmental activist organisation to come out of North America. It was first published in 1979 and written by founder and journalist Bob Hunter,...
Bigger or Better?: Australia’s Population Debate
When Kevin Rudd responded to a government forecast that the Australian population could reach 36 million by 2050 by saying he believed in 'a big Australia', there was a strong public reaction. One insider said that 'the focus...
Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 1960s and Beyond
Mad Men is one of the hottest shows on television, and its fans are dying to know how accurate it is: did people really have that much sex in the office? Were there really three-martini lunches? Were women really second-class...
The Savvy Girl’s Money Book
This is a witty and appealing money how-to for 18 to 35-year-olds who would never buy one of the existing personal finance books on the market today. Containing sound information, lots of peer-group stories, both 'befores' and...
A collection that explores demons in many forms - from spirit possession of the human soul to fallen angels and the devil - through thirty-five stories from the writers of horror and fantasy including Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker,...
Working With Mean Girls Identifying And Protecting Yourself From Workplace Nastiness
What do you do when the Queen Bee has you in her sights,
demanding to know whey you haven't done the report she never asked
What do you do when the colleague you thought was your friend
takes all the credit for the...
When Mia Freedman talks, people listen. Perhaps not her husband. Or her children. But other people. Women. Mia has a knack for putting into words the dilemmas, delights and dramas of women everywhere. The new rules for dating in...
How The World Works
With exceptional clarity and power of argument, Noam Chomsky lays bare as no one else can the realities of contemporary geopolitics. This title collects speeches and interviews with Chomsky. It includes What Uncle Sam Really...
The Table Comes First
One of the finest essayists of the age takes us on an entertaining journey through just what it means for food to be 'good'.
The Idea of Home
For The Boyer Lecture 2011, best-selling author and journalist Geraldine Brooks tackles the topic of At Home in the World.
Whether you're starting or ending a relationship, a friend has
found a lump in her breast, you're in debt, your partner's lost
interest in sex or you don't know whether to believe the
moisturiser label, Women's Stuff is your...
Women of Letters
Women of Letters, a series of events curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, was designed in part to revive the lost art of letter writing and in part to highlight a diverse range of female talent. The events raise money...
Brutal Simplicity of Thought: How it Changed the World
Simplicity looks easy. It's not. It's easier to complicate than simplify. This book presents simple examples of concepts that have changed the world - from the single piece of paper that became the American Declaration of...
Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past
We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . ....
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