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The Same Earth: Kei Miller

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

When Tessa Walcott’s blue, green and polka-dot panties go missing in the small village of Watersgate Jamaica, Imelda Richardson hits on the idea of starting a Neighbourhood Watch program. But Pastor …

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Under Pressure: How the Epidemic of Hyper Parenting is Endangering Childhood: Carl Honore

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

The author of In Praise of Slow – and scribe of the Slow movement – tackles just one of the areas in which our wired, achievement-oriented society is running on overdrive in Under Pressure. Honore vi…

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The Butt: Will Self

Reviewed by Laurie Steed, Freelance Reviewer

Will Self has never been known for taking the easy way out. Faced here with post-9/11 politics, he has taken the trajectory of a discarded cigarette butt and transformed it into an allegory about fat…

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Unaccustomed Earth: Jhumpa Lahiri

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

In this quietly compelling collection, Jhumpa Lahiri, author of The Namesake, returns to her first love: short stories. This collection explores the experience of living between worlds, of never quit…

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The Odd Couple: Gnarls Barkley

Reviewed by Jasmin Strickland, Readings Hawthorn

I know Crazy was a huge, huge sick-to-the-gills-with-it hit, but give this album a go anyway! I love listening to Cee-Lo Green’s fantastic gospel gravelly-edged vocals. I love the funky drive of Dang…

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Hard Sweet and Sticky: The Bellrays

Reviewed by Declan Murphy, Readings St Kilda

Tough title to live up to, but the Bellrays are up to the challenge. Fronted by the powerhouse vocals of Lisa Kekaula this California four-piece have delivered a killer little record that is full of …

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Lust Lust Lust: The Raveonettes

Reviewed by Declan Murphy, Readings St Kilda

Lust Lust Lust marks a return to form from this Danish duo following a debut of such promise in Chain Gang of Love and a disappointing second record. From the opening track Aly, Walk with Me, the Rav…

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Volume One: She and Him

Reviewed by Alice Bisits, Readings Malvern

Actress Zooey Deschanel is the ‘she’ and singer songwriter M Ward is the ‘he’ on this enchanting debut album. Don’t be afraid of the actress turned singer cliché here – perhaps singing is her stronge…

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Mountain Battles: The Breeders

Reviewed by Shannon Cane, Readings Carlton

I was always a Kim Deal fan. The Pixies to me were all about her songs and presence, though to most it was all about Frank Black. For me it was Kim and the way she could have been your older sister i…

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April: Sun Kil Moon

Reviewed by Lou Fulco, Readings Port Melbourne

Despite recording under the moniker of Sun Kil Moon, this release resoundingly belongs to singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek. With vocals reminiscent of Nick Drake and songs born of simplicity and warmth…

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