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BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris

BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris

| 24 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One by David Sedaris Little, Brown Book Group May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Literature, Poetry & Plays / Non-Fiction Prose 9/10 Reading someone’s diary is an intimate, voyeuristic experience. This is even more apparent in the case of author, humourist, and professional […]

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BOOK REVIEW: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

BOOK REVIEW: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

| 23 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson Candlewick Press February 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Historical Fiction 6.5/10 In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Deception by Teri Terry

BOOK REVIEW: Deception by Teri Terry

| 22 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Deception by Teri Terry Ochard February 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Speculative Fiction 5/10 This review will contain spoilers for book 1, Contagion. An epidemic is sweeping the country. You are among the infected. There is no cure, and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Like A Bat Out Of Hell: The Larger Than Life Story Of Meat Loaf by Mick Wall

BOOK REVIEW: Like A Bat Out Of Hell: The Larger Than Life Story Of Meat Loaf by Mick Wall

| 21 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Like A Bat Out Of Hell: The Larger Than Life Story Of Meat Loaf by Mick Wall Hachette Australia November 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Biography, Rock & roll 8.5/10 Mick Wall’s biography of Meat Loaf, the fat, bullied kid who wanted to be loved, is much more than just another […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Ultimate Guide To The 1977 Classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

BOOK REVIEW: The Ultimate Guide To The 1977 Classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

| 21 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Ultimate Guide To The 1977 Classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Sterling/New South Books December 2017 $29.99 Hardback/film tie-in Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 The inside story on the greatest fairy tale ever told, this Celebration Special is a slight book at only 98 pages, but absolutely crammed full of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau

| 21 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Side Hustle – Build a Side Business and Earn Extra Cash, Without Quitting Your Day Job by Chris Guillebeau Pan Macmillan September 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Business & Management / Small Businesses & Self-Employment 7/10 If anyone was qualified to write books on the successful start-up or side […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits Of Resilience And Love by Alex Cearns

BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits Of Resilience And Love by Alex Cearns

| 20 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Perfect Imperfection – Dog Portraits Of Resilience And Love by Alex Cearns ABC Books March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Animals / Photography 9/10 These perfectly imperfect dogs have gentle lessons for us all… Meet special little Vegemite with the permanent wink; Bali Pip, the playful pup who lost […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bird to Bird by Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris

BOOK REVIEW: Bird to Bird by Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris

| 19 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Bird to Bird by Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris Black Dog March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books 6/10 Award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris team up to bring us a gentle story of nature, history, recycling and art. A bird drops a seed to the floor […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie

BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie

| 18 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Taming Toxic People – The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at Work & at Home by David Gillespie Pan Macmillan Australia July 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help & Personal Development / Popular Psychology 7/10 There is a high possibility that you either know or have encountered […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Not-So-Lucky Lefty by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid

BOOK REVIEW: Not-So-Lucky Lefty by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid

| 17 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Not-So-Lucky Lefty by Megan McDonald and Erwin Madrid Candlewick Press March 2018 Hardcover, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Beginner Readers / Fiction 7/10 Judy was feeling left out. Judy wanted to be creative. Judy wanted to be a genius. Judy wanted to be a president. But most of all, Judy wanted to go […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Contagion by Teri Terry

BOOK REVIEW: Contagion by Teri Terry

| 16 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Contagion by Teri Terry Orchard May 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Speculative Fiction 6.5/10 Callie is missing.  Her brother Kai is losing hope of ever seeing her again. Then he meets Shay, a girl who saw Callie the day she disappeared, and his hope is reignited.  Their search […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Shadow Warrior by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

BOOK REVIEW: Shadow Warrior by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

| 15 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Shadow Warrior by Tanya Lloyd Kyi Annick Press/New South Books Softcover, picture book Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Chiyome is a determined woman whose dream of becoming a ninja is initially thwarted when she is forced to marry a warlord’s nephew in 16th century Japan. As events unfold Chiyome realises her dream, eventually […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Grace Kelly – Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman

BOOK REVIEW: Grace Kelly – Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman

| 15 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Grace Kelly – Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman HarperCollins Publishers Inc November 2017 Hardcover, $59.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Arts & Entertainment / Photography 9/10 Grace Kelly not only lived up to her name but she was also every bit the Hollywood dream girl that the title […]

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BOOK REVIEW: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

BOOK REVIEW: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

| 14 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti Sourcebooks Fire December 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult 5/10 What if you could ask for anything – and get it?  In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Endurance by Scott Kelly

BOOK REVIEW: Endurance by Scott Kelly

| 13 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Endurance by Scott Kelly Doubleday UK October 2017 Paperback, $35.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Science & Space / Biography 9/10 A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station–a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Betoota’s Australia by The Betoota Advocate

BOOK REVIEW: Betoota’s Australia by The Betoota Advocate

| 12 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Betoota’s Australia by The Betoota Advocate ABC Books October 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Comedy & Humour 8/10 When you’re a kid from a small, country town, the prospect of leaving home and moving to the big smoke can be scary. The guys from The Betoota Advocate know all […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Just the Tip – Sex Tips for Chicks by Gay Dudes

BOOK REVIEW: Just the Tip – Sex Tips for Chicks by Gay Dudes

| 11 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Just the Tip – Sex Tips for Chicks by Gay Dudes Lost the Plot November 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Non-Fiction / Guides / Humour 7.5/10 Sex tips for women written by an international panel of gay men. Ever wondered: – How to give the perfect blow job? – Where a […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Four Tendencies – The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin

BOOK REVIEW: The Four Tendencies – The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin

| 9 March 2018 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Four Tendencies – The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin Hodder & Stoughton General Division September 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Self-Help & Personal Development / Popular Psychology 5/10 Many of us will be […]

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BOOK REVIEW: P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones

BOOK REVIEW: P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones

| 7 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones HarperCollins Australia February 2018 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Fiction / Mental Health 8/10 From the talented author of the celebrated novels In the Quiet and Ache comes a poignant and moving book that explores the stories we tell ourselves about […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Best Ever Baking Book by Jane Bull

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Ever Baking Book by Jane Bull

| 6 March 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Ever Baking Book by Jane Bull Dorling Kindersley Ltd October 2017 Hardcover, $22.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Cooking / Food & Drink / Baking 7/10 The Best Ever Baking Book could also be called, “My First Ever Baking Book.” This colourful volume is written by Jane Ball who has penned […]

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