Non-Fiction 2015

Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014

Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014

Greil Marcus, Dave Eggers

From the author of The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs comes his Basement Tapes : the complete Real Life Rock Top 10 columns

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The Fame Lunches

The Fame Lunches

Daphne Merkin

Daphne Merkin brings her signature combination of wit, candor, and penetrating intelligence to subjects that touch on every aspect of contemporary culture, from the high calling of the literary life to the poignant underside of...

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A Traveller's Year: 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries, Journals and Letters

A Traveller’s Year: 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries, Journals and Letters

Travis Elborough, Nick Rennison

A Traveller's Year is an anthology of extracts from diaries, journals and letters, two or three for each day of the year, on the subject of travel and exploration.

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Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction

Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction

Judith Kitchen, Dinah Lenney

The best of short literary memoirs, essays and reflections, many of which were written expressly for this collection.

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Brave Enough: A Mini Instruction Manual for the Soul

Brave Enough: A Mini Instruction Manual for the Soul

Cheryl Strayed (Author)

Bold, brave and beautiful, Brave Enough is a gem-like collection of thoughts and aphorisms from Cheryl Strayed, the inspirational author of the bestselling Wild.

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Every Thing We Touch: A 24-Hour Inventory of Our Lives

Every Thing We Touch: A 24-Hour Inventory of Our Lives

Paula Zuccotti

What's the first thing we touch when we wake up? How do our favourite things reveal our hopes and fears? Can objects tell the story of our lives? Imagine how your day would look if you recorded everything that you touched. From...

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The Time Travel Handbook: From the Eruption of Vesuvius to the Woodstock Festival

The Time Travel Handbook: From the Eruption of Vesuvius to the Woodstock Festival

James Wyllie, Johnny Acton, David Goldblatt

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Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting

Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting

Ann Hood

The rhythm, ritual and pleasure of knitting are celebrated in this new collection for lovers of both knitting and literature.

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How Many Moons Does the Earth Have?: The Ultimate Science Quiz Book

How Many Moons Does the Earth Have?: The Ultimate Science Quiz Book

Brian Clegg

The mind-bending quiz book that every science geek needs in their Christmas stocking

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Great South Land: How Dutch Sailors found Australia and an English Pirate almost beat Captain Cook ...

Great South Land: How Dutch Sailors found Australia and an English Pirate almost beat Captain Cook …

Rob Mundle

How Dutch sailors discovered New Holland and left Australia to a British pirate. For many, the colonial story of Australia starts with Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast in 1770, but it was some 164 years before his...

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The Big Bad Book Of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor

The Big Bad Book Of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor

Robert Schnakenberg

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More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees

More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees

Rosemary Sayer

More to the Story looks beyond negative media reports, political speeches and fear-mongering statistics to tell human stories of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

Rosemary Sayer writes with empathy and humility of her...

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art

Marie Kondo

Helps you transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space. This book assists you in tidying your rooms once and for all.

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Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Heart of Hidden Holland

Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Heart of Hidden Holland

Ben Coates

In the first book to consider the hidden heart and history of the Netherlands from a modern perspective, the author explores the length and breadth of his adopted homeland and discovers why one of the world's smallest countries is...

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Voices in the Ocean: a journey into the wild and haunting world of dolphins

Voices in the Ocean: a journey into the wild and haunting world of dolphins

Susan Casey

An odyssey into the mysterious world of dolphins and their relationship with humanity

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Adam Spencer's World of Numbers

Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers

Adam Spencer

From the building blocks of life, to the games we play, the food we eat, and the marvels of space, Australia's funniest mathematician is back with a fascinating snapshot of the world of numbers.

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Australia's Second Chance: What our history tells us about our future

Australia’s Second Chance: What our history tells us about our future

George Megalogenis

The bestselling author of The Australian Moment asks the most important question confronting the country right now - how do we maintain our winning streak?

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Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations

Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations

Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus delves into three distinct episodes in the history of American commonplace song and shows how each one manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one. In these seemingly anonymous productions, we...

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Class War: The Privatization of Childhood

Class War: The Privatization of Childhood

Megan Erickson

How neoliberal education reforms are segregating children and perpetuating inequalities as never before

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Australia and the Monarchy

Australia and the Monarchy

David Hill

Australia and the British monarchy have always made for an odd couple: the young, rebellious, egalitarian nation wed to an ancient symbol of power and social inequality. Even today, an invitation to meet a member of the royal...

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Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water

Plastic Water: The Social and Material Life of Bottled Water

Gay Hawkins (University of Western Sydney), Emily Potter, Kane Race

How and why branded bottles of water have insinuated themselves into our daily lives, and what the implications are for safe urban water supplies.

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 Read reviewBetween The World And Me

Between The World And Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a new framework for understanding our nation's history and current...

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Journey to Horseshoe Bend

Journey to Horseshoe Bend

TGH Strehlow

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The Changi Book

The Changi Book

Dr Lachlan Grant

The story of Changi, told by those who lived through it.

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 Read reviewGut: the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ

Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ

Giulia Enders, David Shaw

Beginning with her personal experience of illness, the author explains everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the science linking bowel bacteria with mental disorders.

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The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Norman Doidge

This book is about the discovery that the human brain has its own unique way of healing. For centuries we believed that the price we paid for our brain's complexity was that, compared to other organs, it was fixed and...

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Creating Cities

Creating Cities

Marcus Westbury

In 2008, Marcus Westbury returned to his hometown of Newcastle, Australia and found more than 150 empty buildings lining its two main streets. Three years later the world's largest travel publisher, Lonely Planet, named it one of...

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The Australian Moment: How we were made for these times

The Australian Moment: How we were made for these times

George Megalogenis

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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Jessica Hopper

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Bearing Witness: The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia's Greatest War Correspondent

Bearing Witness: The Remarkable Life of Charles Bean, Australia’s Greatest War Correspondent

Peter Rees (Author)

'Peter Rees has done what no one else has managed: read the vast Bean archive and get inside the head of the most influential figure in Australia's military history. Rees's superb book shows how Bean bore witness to Australia's...

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Quarterly Essay 57: Dear Life - On Caring for the Elderly

Quarterly Essay 57: Dear Life - On Caring for the Elderly

Karen Hitchcock

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Van Diemen's Land: An Aboriginal History

Van Diemen’s Land: An Aboriginal History

Mr Murray Johnson, Mr Ian McFarlane

The history of Aborigines in Van DiemenAEs Land is long. The first Tasmanians lived in isolation and against almost insurmountable odds for as many as 300 generations after the flooding of Bass Strait. This broad-ranging book is a...

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Ransacking Paris

Ransacking Paris

Patti Miller

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 Read reviewHello, Beautiful!: Scenes From a Life

Hello, Beautiful!: Scenes From a Life

Hannie Rayson

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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A story about women and economics

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?: A story about women and economics

Katrine Marcal

An engaging, thought-provoking and accessible look at economics, equality and the mess we're in now

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Airmail: Women of Letters

Airmail: Women of Letters

Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy

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Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine

Examines the experience of race and racism in Western society through sharp vignettes of everyday discrimination and prejudice. This book includes essays, images and poetry together to form a testament to the individual and...

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 Read reviewEverything You Need To Know About the Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Everything You Need To Know About the Referendum To Recognise Indigenous Australians

Megan Davis, George Williams

The definitive, clear-cut guide to the vote on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution. This book explains everything Australians need to know about the proposal to recognise Indigenous...

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Boycotting Israel is Wrong: The progressive path to peace between Palestinians and Israelis

Boycotting Israel is Wrong: The progressive path to peace between Palestinians and Israelis

Philip Mendes, Nick Dyrenfurth

Argues that the BDS movement (boycott, divestment and sanctions) is the wrong way to broker peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The BDS movement against Israel has gained traction and publicity worldwide. Yet here, Philip...

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The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire

The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire

WikiLeaks, Julian WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

What the Wikileaks cables tell us about the scope of US foreign policy around the world.

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Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959 89

Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959 89

Sam Lipski, Suzanne D. Rutland

For 50 years, until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Soviet Union ran a campaign of repression, imprisonment, political trials and terror against its 3 million Jews. In Australia, political leaders and the Jewish community...

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Fighting Hard: The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Fighting Hard: The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League

Richard Broome

Fighting Hard tells a history of the Aborigines Advancement League, the oldest Aboriginal organisation in Australia. As both a welfare and activist body, the League can be seen as the ‘mother' of all Aboriginal Victorian...

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A Banquet of Consequences: Have we consumed our own future?

A Banquet of Consequences: Have we consumed our own future?

Satyajit Das

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The Biology of Desire: why addiction is not a disease

The Biology of Desire: why addiction is not a disease

Marc Lewis

Through the vivid, true stories of five people who journeyed into and out of addiction, a renowned neuroscientist explains why the disease model of addiction is wrong and illuminates the path to recovery.The psychiatric...

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Betsy and the Emperor: The true story of Napoleon, a pretty girl, a Regency rake and an Australian colonial misadventure

Betsy and the Emperor: The true story of Napoleon, a pretty girl, a Regency rake and an Australian colonial misadventure

Anne Whitehead

After Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, he was sent into exile on Saint Helena. He became an 'eagle in a cage', reduced from the most powerful figure in Europe to a prisoner on a rock in the South Atlantic....

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Bird Minds: Cognition and Behaviour of Australian Native Birds

Bird Minds: Cognition and Behaviour of Australian Native Birds

Gisela Kaplan

This book provides a fresh view of the behaviour of Australia's native avifauna.

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The Story of Australia's People: Volume 1

The Story of Australia’s People: Volume 1

Geoffrey Blainey

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Owning it: A Creative's Guide to Copyright, Contracts and the Law

Owning it: A Creative’s Guide to Copyright, Contracts and the Law

Sharon Givoni

Not a legal book in the usual sense, renowned Australian intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni explains in ‘plain English' how the law applies to creative industries.

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Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles

Clare Land

An essential work to be read by all non-Indigenous scholars and activists seeking solidarity with Indigenous struggles across the world

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The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change

The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change

James Whitmore, Jane Rawson

Climate change has arrived, and it's not going away. In the absence of effective world action, global warming is certain to continue. The Handbook is not another book about climate change science or politics. Rather it is an...

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Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Breaking Out: Memories of Melbourne in the 1970s

Susan Blackburn

This book celebrates Melbourne in heady times.

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The League Of Regrettable Superheroes

The League Of Regrettable Superheroes

Jon Morris

A fun, funny, and affectionate look at the strangest superheroes to ever appear in comics, some so hilariously odd that it's hard to believe they were ever published.

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 Special priceWindows On The World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views

Windows On The World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views

Matteo Pericoli, Lorin Stein

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Creatures of a Day: and other tales of psychotherapy

Creatures of a Day: and other tales of psychotherapy

Irvin D. Yalom

Eminent psychotherapist and bestselling author, Irvin D Yalom, gives us a new collection of ten absorbing tales of psychotherapy, revealing the mysteries, frustrations, pathos and humour at the heart of the therapeutic encounter.

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Unlocking Your Child's Genius: How to Discover and Encourage Your Child's Natural Talents

Unlocking Your Child’s Genius: How to Discover and Encourage Your Child’s Natural Talents

Andrew Fuller

All children have greater capacity and inner genius than either we or they realise. This book is about helping you to unlock that potential. It is designed to help you to parent intentionally so that your children can flourish and...

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Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

Sicily: A Short History, from the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

John Julius Norwich, Paul Duncan

A colourful and lavishly illustrated history (fifty years in the making) of the Mediterranean's largest and most turbulent island from much-loved historian John Julius Norwich

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The Economics of Inequality

The Economics of Inequality

Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer

Succinct, accessible, and authoritative, this is the ideal place to start for those who want to understand the fundamental issues at the heart of one of the most pressing concerns in contemporary economics and politics.

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The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty

The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

The White Possessive explores the links between race, sovereignty, and possession through themes of property: owning property, being property, and becoming propertyless. Focusing on the Australian Aboriginal context, Aileen...

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I Gave A Gonski: Selected Speeches

I Gave A Gonski: Selected Speeches

David Gonski

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Across the Seas: Australia's Response to Refugees: A History

Across the Seas: Australia’s Response to Refugees: A History

Klaus Neumann

Today, Australia's response to asylum - seeking 'boat people' is a hot - button issue that feeds the political news cycle. But the daily reports and political promises lack the historical context that would allow for informed...

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Mindfulness: 25 Ways to Live in the Moment Through Art

Mindfulness: 25 Ways to Live in the Moment Through Art

Christophe Andre

Draws upon art as a source of inspiration. This book invites us to consider paintings while practising mindfulness techniques. With stunning simplicity and clarity, it sets out 25 lessons that could change your life - from...

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Growing older without feeling old: On vitality and ageing

Growing older without feeling old: On vitality and ageing

Rudi Westendorp

What are the causes of these new developments? Has modern science found the key to eternal life? And what do longer life spans mean for the way we organise our societies? Combining medical, biological, economic, and sociological...

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Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power

Joel Deane

A riveting study of the politics of power Power is the only measure of a politician that matters. How they win power. How they wield power. How they lose power. Catch and Kill is an inside account of the beguiling and nomadic...

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Healthy Brain, Happy Life

Healthy Brain, Happy Life

Wendy Suzuki, Billie Fitzpatrick

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The War on Journalism

The War on Journalism

Andrew Fowler

Media Moguls, Whistleblowers and the Price of Freedom

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The Sex Myth

The Sex Myth

Rachel Hills

From a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life.

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 Read reviewMothermorphosis: Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

Mothermorphosis: Australian storytellers write about becoming a mother

Monica Dux

In Mothermorphosis, some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers share their own experiences of motherhood. In telling their stories they articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity...

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 Special priceLatest Readings

Latest Readings

Clive James

An esteemed literary critic shares his final musings on books, his children, and his own impending death

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The Coal Face: Penguin Special

The Coal Face: Penguin Special

Tom Doig

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Naomi Klein

You have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. This book about capitalism states that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system...

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Murphy's Lore: Tales from the West

Murphy’s Lore: Tales from the West

Bob Murphy

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The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

Adam Nicolson

Longlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 'A thrilling and complex book, enlarges our view of Homer ... There's something that hits the mark on every page' Claire Tomalin, Books of the Year, New...

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Mannix

Mannix

Brenda Niall

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What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, Third Edition

What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, Third Edition

Richard N. Bolles, Carol Christen, Jean M. Blomquist

This updated career guide for teens draws on the principles of What Color Is Your Parachute? to help high school and college students zero in on their favorite skills and find their perfect major or career.

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The Country Wife

The Country Wife

Anne Gorman

In the tradition of Strength to Strength comes an unforgettable memoir of heartbreak and triumph. When she is five, Anne Gorman's family disintegrates. After thirteen pregnancies and the death of two children, her devout Catholic...

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Loitering: New & Collected Essays

Loitering: New & Collected Essays

Charles D'Ambrosio

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Captain Matchbox and Beyond

Captain Matchbox and Beyond

John Tait, Catherine Fleming

This book uncovers the zany world of Captain Matchbox, but goes far beyond by following the extraordinary careers of Mic and Jim Conway. After Matchbox finally struck out, the brothers were intimately involved with the Pram...

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Leila's Secret

Leila’s Secret

Kooshyar Karimi

In fundamentalist Iran, new life sometimes means certain death. When Leila comes to see Doctor Karimi, both are in danger. Born in a slum to a Muslim father and a Jewish mother, Kooshyar Karimi has transformed himself into a...

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Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course

Mayday: How warring egos forced Qantas off course

Matt O'Sullivan

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Earth Dances: Music in Search of the Primitive

Earth Dances: Music in Search of the Primitive

Ford Andrew

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The Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern Tragedy

The Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern Tragedy

Gessen Masha

On April 15, 2013, two home made bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 264 others. The elder of the brothers implicated in the attack, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in the ensuing...

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Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Dan Fagin

Rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, this is an epic of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the...

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Philosophy for Militants

Philosophy for Militants

Alain Badiou

Badiou's most accessible book and essential reading for militants everywhere

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The Boatman: An Indian Love Story

The Boatman: An Indian Love Story

John Burbidge

The six years John Burbidge spent in India as a community development worker changed him in many ways, but one stands out from all the rest. It led him to confront a deeply personal secrethis attraction to his own sex. After...

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Blockbuster! Fergus Hume And The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

Blockbuster! Fergus Hume And The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

Lucy Sussex

The story of the crime novel that became a global publishing phenomenon --Cover.

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How to Write a Thesis

How to Write a Thesis

Umberto Eco

By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that,...

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Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War

Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War

James Curran

In the early 1970s, two titans of Australian and American politics, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and President Richard Nixon, clashed over the end of the Vietnam war and the shape of a new Asia. A relationship that had endured the...

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No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia

Frank Brennan

What lessons have been learned from the 1967 referendum? In 1967, Australians voted overwhelmingly in favour of altering two aspects of the Constitution that related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Although these...

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Governomics: Can we afford small government?

Governomics: Can we afford small government?

Miriam Lyons, Ian McAuley

Unpacks the economic role of government for people who are fed up with dumbed-down debates on important public issues. Appealing to readers of books such as Zombie Economics or How to Argue with an Economist , Governomics will...

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I'm Not Racist But... 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

I’m Not Racist But… 40 Years of the Racial Discrimination Act

Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane, Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner, reflects on the national experience of racism and the progress that has been made since the introduction of the Racial Discrimination Act in 1975. As the first...

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Bloodhound: Searching For My Father

Bloodhound: Searching For My Father

Ramona Koval

A personal quest to uncover the truth about her parents and her birth, by the daughter of Holocaust survivors.

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Come As You Are: The surprising new science that will transform your sex life

Come As You Are: The surprising new science that will transform your sex life

Emily Nagoski

Researchers have spent years trying to develop a pink pill for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? This book makes crystal clear, that pill will never exist - but as a result of the research that's gone...

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Someone's Trying to Find You

Someone’s Trying to Find You

Marc Auge, Chris Turner

As he leaves the cinema where he has just watched Casablanca, one of his favorite films, Julien is approached by a mysterious young woman, Claire. Unbeknownst to Julien, Claire has been following him for several days. Outside the...

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The Gillard Project: My Thousand Days of Despair and Hope

The Gillard Project: My Thousand Days of Despair and Hope

Michael Cooney

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Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise

Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise

Thich Nhat Hanh

In his beautiful new book, Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh explains how mindfulness is the practice that stops the noise inside. Through silence, Thich Nhat Hanh reveals, we are free to hear, to see -...

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H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the...

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Settling Day: A Memoir

Settling Day: A Memoir

Kate Howarth

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Musings from the Inner Duck

Musings from the Inner Duck

Michael Leunig

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Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special

Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special

Liam Pieper

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Flash Boys

Flash Boys

Michael Lewis

If you thought Wall Street was about alpha males standing in trading pits hollering at each other, think again. This book tells the explosive story of how one group of ingenious oddballs and misfits set out to expose what was...

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More Fool Me

More Fool Me

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me.

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Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption

Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption

Ray Whitrod

In the early 1970s, Queensland was a haven for crooks from both sides of the law. It was into this hothouse that Ray Whitrod was controversially appointed as police commissioner in 1970. Just six years later he resigned from the...

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She's Having a Laugh: 25 of Australia's Funniest Women on Life, Love and Comedy

She’s Having a Laugh: 25 of Australia’s Funniest Women on Life, Love and Comedy

George McEncroe

In She's Having a Laugh, 25 of the funniest women in Australia write about life, love and laughter. Their stories are irreverent, intimate and - most of all - often hilarious. They reflect on why they became comedians, celebrate...

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City Limits: Why Australia's cities are broken and how we can fix them

City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them

Jane-Frances Kelly, Paul Donegan

Our bush heritage helped to define our identity, but today Australia is a nation of cities. A higher proportion of Australians live in cities than almost any other country, and most of our national wealth is generated in them. For...

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Dead Wake: The last crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The last crossing of the Lusitania

Erik Larson

On 1 May 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. The passengers - including a record number of children and infants - were anxious. Germany had...

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Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

Ella Frances Sanders

Did you know that the Japanese have a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or, that there's a Swedish word that means a traveller's particular sense of anticipation before a trip? This book...

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Under a Bilari Tree I Born

Under a Bilari Tree I Born

Alice Bilari Smith

This is Alice's insightful and inspiring story - the story of a life that is remarkable and yet typical of Australia's strong country women.

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Inside Australia's Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials

Inside Australia’s Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials

Andrew Lynch, Nicola McGarrity, George Williams

Over ten years after Australia's first national laws were enacted to combat the threat of terrorism, yet more anti-terrorism laws were passed in the Australian Parliament in late 2014.  The first laws were often introduced in...

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Passing Clouds: A Winemaker's Journey

Passing Clouds: A Winemaker’s Journey

Graeme Leith

Electrician, Graeme Leith joined Melbourne's theatre collective at Carton's famously innovative Pram Factory Theatre and said 'let there be light'. And there was; Graham Blundell, Jack Hibberd, Max Gillies and many others produced...

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Encounters at the Heart of the World

Encounters at the Heart of the World

Elizabeth Fenn

The Mandan Indians, iconic plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the centre of the North American universe. Why don't we know more? Who were they, really? This book retrieves...

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 Read reviewRed Notice

Red Notice

Bill Browder

November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime?

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On Immunity: An Inoculation

On Immunity: An Inoculation

Eula Biss

In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses our fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in our children's air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new...

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The Diary of Lena Mukhina: A Girl's Life in the Siege of Leningrad

The Diary of Lena Mukhina: A Girl’s Life in the Siege of Leningrad

Lena Mukhina, Amanda Love Darragh (Translator)

The heartbreaking diary of a sixteen-year-old Russian high school student who was living in Leningrad during the Nazi siege that began in 1941.

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Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Gary Kamiya

A kaleidoscopic homage both personal and historical . . . Kamiya's symphony of San Francisco is a grand pleasure. -- New York Times Book Review

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Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism

Larry Siedentop

Asks us to rethink the evolution of the ideas on which modern societies and government are built, and argues that the core of what is now our system of beliefs emerged much earlier than we think.

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Drone

Drone

Adam Rothstein, Dr. Christopher Schaberg, Prof. Ian Bogost

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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

J.K. Rowling, Joel Holland

J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice in this artfully illustrated book.

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The Shakespeare Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

The Shakespeare Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

DK

Features witty illustrations and inspirational quotes. This title covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, and lost plays and less well-known works of...

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Golf Ball

Golf Ball

Dr. Harry Brown

Golf balls embody the complex human relation to the natural world, a will to control nature, but the action of balls in play reveals the futility of the endeavor --

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The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

Marc Kushner (Marc Kushner)

Architect and Architizer.com founder Marc Kushner highlights 100 buildings that embody the future of architecture.

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Of Walking In Ice: Munich - Paris: 23 November - 14 December, 1974

Of Walking In Ice: Munich - Paris: 23 November - 14 December, 1974

Werner Herzog

In November 1974, when Werner Herzog was told that his mentor Lotte Eisner, the film-maker and critic, was dying in Paris, he set off to walk there from Munich, 'in full faith, believing that she would stay alive if I came on...

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