Category: Non-Fiction

Five Sons & A Hundred Muri of Rice – Sharyn Steel

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie The true life story of Kharika Devkota, a five-year-old bride in rural Nepal. ➽ “Five Sons and a Muri of Rice gives the reader a real glimpse into the lives rural Nepalise woman lead. The story spans the life of…

A Villa At The Edge Of The Empire – Fiona Farrell

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A book which examines the evolution of cities and of Christchurch in particular after its destructive earthquakes. ➤ “Prior to reading I thought this would be an important book to Cantabrians, but now I see this is a book relevant to…

Maori Boy – Witi Ihimaera

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS An honest, emotive work detailing not only Ihimaera’s childhood but also early life in rural New Zealand and Maori history. ➤ “Maori Boy gives not just a stunning insight into the early years of Witi Ihimaera’s life, but also historically captures the whanau dynamics and…

Maurice Gee: Life & Work – Rachel Barrowman

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS “Ten years in the writing, this biography sets out to reveal all the secrets of literary great Maurice Gee.” ➤ “I have read a lot of Maurice Gee’s work so was itching to read my autographed (yes, by the…

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya A non-fiction book detailing the year the New York author spent dedicated to becoming happier. ❍ “I used to have a (slightly embarrassing!) soft spot for ‘self help’ and personal development type books! So The Happiness Project appealed to…

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Considered the original non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood details the 1959 murders of Kansas farmer Herbert Clutter and his family. “Thoughts” – Suzy “A chilling story that kind of crept up on me. Chilling because it was a true…