Category: Cultural

Kurangaituku – Whiti Hereaka

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A contemporary retelling of traditional Māori folklore. ❝ Kurangaituku is the story of Hatupatu told from the perspective of Kurangaituku, the bird woman. The traditional story is told from the view of Hatupatu. He is out hunting and is captured by the bird… Continue Reading “Kurangaituku – Whiti Hereaka”

The Matriarch – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A man studies his grandmother, the matriarch of the family, to discover the source of her power ❝ Tama Mahana is a grown man analysing the mystique and ambition of his grandmother, the matriarch of his family. But… Continue Reading “The Matriarch – Witi Ihimaera”

Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks A family’s road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border. ✚ “Lost Children Archive is not purely about immigrants crossing borders. More, it reflects on the histories of immigrants that have been lost… Continue Reading “Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli”

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie The story of life for Koreans in Japan, told through four generations and eight decades. ➽ “I found Pachinko a deeply engrossing story about the burdens of a Korean family living as immigrants  in Japan during the 20th… Continue Reading “Pachinko – Min Jin Lee”

When I Hit You: Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An unnamed narrator tells a story of domestic violence and modern marriage in India through the beauty of literature.” ➽ “Named for James Joyce’s debut novel, this book examines modern Inidan marriages and brutality in a way not done… Continue Reading “When I Hit You: Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy”

East Of The West – Miroslav Penkov

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks ◉ “I was initially put off reading this book as I don’t particularly like short stories – they usually seem to be too short and I am often left wanting more. However this collection has me converted –… Continue Reading “East Of The West – Miroslav Penkov”

Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Marco Polo describes the cities he visited on his expeditions to Kublai Khan, emperor of the Tartars. ◉ “A small strange little book that needs to be read slowly as if you have all the time in the world. Calvino packs… Continue Reading “Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino”

The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Set in 1966 Calcutta, the Ghosh family represents the nation as it battles an imploding business and poisonous family battles. ✎ “The harrowing opening pages provide the perfect juxtaposition to the petty woes of the Ghosh family whom we are soon introduced… Continue Reading “The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee”

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossieni

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Written from the perspective of Afghan women trapped within their country’s strict regime, this book focuses on the friendship between Mariam and Laila who are wives of the same man. ✎ “Harrowing but addictive. You need to be ready for… Continue Reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossieni”

The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia This Indian novel is about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the “love laws” that dictate who should be loved, and how. And how much.  ❖ “I thought” – Sophia ❖ “And I thought” – Jo ❖… Continue Reading “The God Of Small Things – Arundhati Roy”