May 2019 at Jeffreys Books
Roll on May. It's a big month with a Literary Evening (7 May), Mother's Day (Sunday 12 May) and the Federal Election (Saturday 18 May). And you're bound to have a few of your own special dates to add in there.
Linda and the Jeffreys Team
This is an evening not to be missed. Join us as Andrea Goldsmith discusses Invented Lives with Sarah Myles, author of The Wolf Hour. These two novels are vastly different yet both deal with issues of family, identity and culture.
Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith - It is the mid-1980s. In Australia, stay-at-home wives jostle with want-it-all feminists, while AIDS threatens the sexual freedom of everyone. On the other side of the world, the Soviet bloc is in turmoil. Mikhail Gorbachev has been in power for a year when twenty-four-year-old book illustrator Galina Kogan leaves Leningrad -- forbidden ever to return. (-- continued below in Book Club News --)
The Wolf Hour by Sarah Myles - A searing contemporary thriller about an Australian family in crisis against the backdrop of war-torn Africa. Thirty-year-old Tessa Lowell has a PhD in psychology and is working in Uganda to research the effects of PTSD and war on child soldiers. Her brother is an astute, if manipulative businessman based in Cape Town.
In Melbourne, Tessa's parents are notified of Tessa's kidnapping, but learn there is little that government agencies can do. Desperate, they contact their son Stephen.
6.30pm - 8.00pm
Tuesday 7 May
RSVP optional on 95095133
Book Club News
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Last Tuesday Book Club (Fiction)
Invented Lives - Andrea Goldsmith
... Once settled in Melbourne, Galina is befriended by Sylvie and Leonard Morrow, and their adult son, Andrew.
The Morrow marriage of thirty years balances on secrets. Leonard is a man with conflicted desires and passions, while Sylvie chafes against the confines of domestic life. Their son, Andrew, a successful mosaicist, is a deeply shy man. He is content with his life and work -- until he finds himself increasingly drawn to Galina. Galina's presence disrupts the lives of each of the Morrows. No one is left unchanged.
In-store on Tuesday 28 May at 7 pm. Contact us to reserve your place on 9509 5133.
Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies.
She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist.
As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd travelled too far. If there was still a way home.
Tuesday 28 May at 10:30 am. Contact us to reserve your place on 9509 5133.
I need a safe place to rant and maybe you have some wisdom to shine
Ah, yes. We go from struggling to be the favourite child to rebelling in
Yours, No. 1 Son,
Cape May - Chip Cheek
September, 1957. Henry and Effie, young newlyweds from Georgia, arrive in Cape May, New Jersey, for their honeymoon. It's the end of the season and the town is deserted. As they tentatively discover each other - walking on the deserted beach overlooking the vast, darkening Atlantic, clumsily making love in the dusty rooms of a distant relative's house - they begin to realize that everyday married life might be disappointingly different from their happy-ever-after fantasy.
'The new Gatsby... With shades of F Scott Fitzgerald, Revolutionary Road and even Mad Men. It is so, so good.' -- Stylist (The Top 10 Books of 2019)
A rich, heartwarming and completely charming debut that reminds us that sometimes, you don't find love -- love finds you. Dan Hollis lives a happy, solitary life carving exquisite Celtic harps in his barn in the countryside of the English moors. Here, he can be himself, away from social situations that he doesn't always get right or completely understand. Ellie Jacobs is a lonely housewife, her days filled with walks and poetry she writes in secret. One day, she comes across Dan's barn and is enchanted by his collection. Dan gives her a harp made of cherry wood to match her cherry socks. He stores it for her, ready for whenever she'd like to take lessons. Ellie begins visiting Dan almost daily, drifting deeper into his world. But when she accidentally discovers a secret, she must make a choice: keep it from him and risk their friendship, or change the course of their lives forever?
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna - Juliet Grames
Mariastella Fortuna, known as Stella, was born into rural poverty in a Calabrian village in the early 20th century. After being abandoned by their father, who left to seek his fortune in l'America, Stella grew up with her beloved mother Assunta, her brothers Giuseppe and Luigi and her sister Tina.
Tough, vivacious, and fiercely loyal, the sisters were inseparable, going on to support each other through immigration, marriage, children, loss - and the seven (or eight) near-death experiences Stella suffered throughout her life.
Now the sisters have not spoken in thirty years. Determined to solve the mystery of this falling out, it's up to the family historian to connect the inexplicable dots in Stella's dramatic story, and to suggest, redemption of the battle-scarred and misunderstood woman who has lived her life with a fire inside her which could not be put out.
Wedding Puzzle - Sallie Muirden
On the morning of her wedding, 24-year-old Beth Shaw drives down the peninsula to the Portsea Hotel. She is uneasy and confused because she has just learnt something devastating about her fiancé, Jordan, that completely changes her view of him. As Beth's old schoolmates and her relatives arrive for the big day at the bay side idyll, Beth contemplates her childhood in suburbia. She worshipped the school relay runners, one of whom was Jordan's high school sweetheart. Painful memories of earlier disloyalties and betrayals resurface. Her dreams and wedding threaten to spin out of control. Will the truth ever be known? And must she make a fateful decision about more than the wedding arrangements? Award-winning author Sallie Muirden deftly evokes the contradictions of human behaviour, and growing up in the 70s and 80s. With its Austenesque feel, Wedding Puzzle is an astute, entertaining and often tense comedy of manners, that both questions and celebrates our choice of partner and the decision to marry as the key moment in our lives.
Save Me From Dangerous Men - S. A. Lelchuk
Nikki Griffin is far from typical. She owns a bookshop in California that has a resident cat, Bartleby. She drinks neat Jameson and rides an Aprilia motorcycle. She's also a Private Investigator who specialises in helping women - and she could definitely kick your ass.
When Nikki is hired to tail a woman accused of selling company secrets by a CEO, she thinks it will be just another job. And by the time she realises that something is off, it's already too late - a body has been found and it's clear there will be more. So Nikki needs to find answers before somebody finds her.
A man waits at a London airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida's Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soulmate. The two men are about to discover they've been scammed out of almost every penny they have in the world - and that neither women exist.
Roy Grace realizes he is looking at the tip of an iceberg. A global empire built on clever, cruel internet scams and the murder of anyone who threatens to expose them.
Good Food Favourite Recipes - Ardyn Bernoth
Over 100 recipes chosen by Good Food editor Ardyn Bernoth from the outstanding professional cooks she charges every week to bring us recipes for the seasonal food they are passionate about.
Here are inspiring, delicious, easy weeknight dishes along with plenty to make your guests gasp such at Danielle Alvarez's Chocolate, butterscotch and raspberry trifle and Neil Perry's Spicy braised lamb with apricots, pistachios and roast pumpkin.
The recipes have been clearly labelled for those looking for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options and every recipe has an accompanying photograph.
The Jones Family Food Roster - Alison Jones
When Alison, a mother of five school aged children, is diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer she is initially overwhelmed. As a busy working mother she agonises about her future and the effect her treatment regime will have on her family.
Then, one of Alison's friends sets up a roster and a home-cooked meal is brought to the Jones family each day. Family favourites and time-honoured recipes -- casseroles, soups and traditional Jewish food are cooked with love to nurture and heal. As Alison and her family negotiate her first year with cancer the daily meals become the constant in their lives, bringing them together around the dinner table each evening.
Determined not to let cancer define her, and supported by her community, Alison navigates intensive treatment and discovers she can do more than she ever thought possible. When her son is also tragically diagnosed with cancer she is there to support him.
Raising Girls - Steve Biddulph
There has been a sudden and universal deterioration in girls' mental health and wellbeing, starting in primary school and devastating the teen years.
Fierce and tender in its mission, Raising Girls in the Twenty-first Century is both a guidebook and a call-to-arms for parents. The five key stages of girlhood are laid out so that you know exactly what matters at which age, and how to build strength and connectedness into your daughter from infancy onwards. At last, there is a clear map of girls' minds that accepts no limitations, narrow roles, or selling-out of your daughter's potential or uniqueness.
Incredible Journeys: Exploring the Wonders of Animal Navigation - David Barrie
Award-winning author David Barrie takes us on a tour of the cutting-edge science of animal navigation, where breakthroughs are allowing scientists to unravel how animals as various as butterflies, birds, crustaceans, fish, reptiles and even people find their way. Weaving interviews with leading experts on animal behaviour with the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel-Prize winning neuroscientists, Barrie shines a light on the astounding skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles that steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees that navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths that find their way using the Earth's magnetic field. There's a stunning diversity of animal navigators out there, often using senses and skills we humans don't have access to ourselves
The Grit in the Pearl - Lyndsy Spence
Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (1912-1993) was an international celebrity in her youth, adored and observed by millions. But in 1963, the year of the Profumo Affair, the 11th Duke of Argyll shocked the country when he alleged that his adulterous wife had slept with over eighty men behind his back. He produced, as his evidence, a set of sexually explicit Polaroid photographs and explosive love letters. The duke won a divorce, but this had a dramatic effect on Margaret's life. On the verge of financial destitution, she fell from grace and was abandoned by most of her friends prior to her death in a nursing home in Pimlico in 1993. Lyndsy Spence tells a tragic story of the life and downfall of this fascinatingly complex woman, and shows how she fell victim to a cruel husband, harsh social mores and an unforgiving class.
Queen Victoria - Elizabeth Longford
Drawing upon Queen Victoria's previously unpublished journals, Elizabeth Longford's classic biography recalls the contrasts and curiosities of an earlier era with exquisite detail - and transforms the queen from a severe, time-worn effigy into a human being who loved, feared and fumed.
Longford probes the contradictions of a woman who wore a bonnet instead of a crown at her Golden Jubilee and yet was recognised always as both dignified and formidable. She chronicles both the Queen's public life and her emotional travails, including surprisingly stormy passages in her and Prince Albert's otherwise loving marriage. A refreshingly human image of the Queen emerges: voluble, passionate, politic and articulate, with an irresistible mixture of grandeur and simplicity.
Gray Malin: Italy
Following the successes of both Beaches and Escape, Gray Malin turns his unique eye to the coasts, beaches, and landscapes of Italy.
Gray Malin: Italy highlights timeless details of the Italian Riviera: happy beachgoers, retro beach umbrellas, luxury motorboats, and of course, the sun-soaked water.
Featuring never-before-seen, -published, or -privately-sold images, Gray Malin: Italy beautifully depicts the incomparable scenery and enviable lifestyle that the Italian coastline has to offer.
Featured Young Adult
Promise Me Happy - Robert Newton
"I don't know if it's possible for people to change, not really. The way you're made up, the important stuff, I reckon you're born with that... when it matters, when it really matters, we are who we are." Nate's had it tough. An abusive father. His mother dead. He's done things he regrets. But he's never met anyone like Gem. She's a tiny piece of wonderful and she'll change everything he knows about himself. Is this the beginning of happiness? Or is there more hardship around the corner?
A Girl Called Shameless - Laura Steven
Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O'Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay. It's been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal - and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamers. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn. Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering - can they really make a change?
Malamander - Thomas Taylor
Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep…
Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma's parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander.
Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger...
Jamila has left her friends, her school and her home in Iraq, and now she has a new home. It's safe in Australia, but Jamila is finding it hard to settle in. She misses her best friend and worries for her dad's safety back in Iraq. It's hard to speak and write in English all day. And Jamila has a secret she wants to keep hidden.
When she joins the choir, Jamila begins to feel happy. Singing helps take her worries away. And singing will help her find her place in her new life, a place where she can shine.
Songbird is a tender story about belonging, about the importance of friendship and asking for help, and about the parts of our lives we keep concealed.
Willow Moss and the Last Day (Starfell #1) - Dominique Valente
Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things - like keys, or socks, or wooden teeth. Useful, but not exactly exciting...
Then the most powerful witch in the world of Starfell turns up at Willow's door and asks for her help. A whole day - last Tuesday to be precise - has gone missing. Completely. And, without it, the whole universe could unravel. Now Willow holds the fate of Starfell in her rather unremarkable hands... Can she save the day - by finding the lost one?
Follow Mr Penguin and Colin as they crash-land on a snowy mountain. Will they be able to solve the mystery of the missing pets? What are the strange noises coming from the abandoned fortress? And will Mr Penguin conquer his fear of flying?
Find out in the second Mr Penguin book with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design.
I'm not on social media, but everyone knows all about my life - from birth - thanks to Mum's Instagram, The Chronicles of Vee. It used to be a bit of fun, but when we got to 100,000 followers, Mum's started to take it way too seriously.
My mission? Stop my mum posting everything about my life. How? 1. Become Anti-Vee and make my life unfollowable. 2. Make Mum's life more exciting than mine so she posts stuff about herself instead.
Easy, right? That is, until Anti-Vee becomes more popular than the real Vee. Can I ever make Mum cool enough to start her own Instagram or am I doomed to have everyone following me forever?!
The Big Bad Wolf (Bad Guys #9) - Aaron Blabey
THE SKY GOES DARK. THE CITY TREMBLES. THE SCREAMS BEGIN... and everyone's favourite Wolf has a LOT of explaining to do. Big? Yep. Bad? You betcha. Unmissable? YESSSSSSSSSSS. But seriously, will someone tell those whiny Three Little Pig dudes to stop saying 'We told you so'? Get under a table and put on a sensible helmet, this is BAD GUYS EPISODE 9!
For fans of WALL-E and Toy Story, comes a heart-warming, humorous adventure about a young robot trying to find its way home. Beautifully illustrated throughout.
When toy robot, Boot, wakes up at a scrapyard, it has no idea how it got there and why it isn't with its owner, Beth. It only has two and a half glitchy memories, but it knows it was loved, which means something important to humans.
Boot soon realises its emotions make it different to other robots, who just function and don't think. Luckily Boot meets Noke and Red - other 'advanced' robots who have learned to survive in secret.
With its new friends by its side, Boot is determined to find Beth.
The second book in this fabulously funny series.
Having just saved the hotel from a goblin prince, Frankie Banister and the guests are looking forward to enjoying themselves and celebrating the summer holiday of Trogmanay! But when a snow storm blows in (complete with Yeti family), and a number of mysterious guests arrive, something sinister seems to be taking over the hotel and celebrating is the last thing on anyone's mind...
Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It's because they're out there chasing the bad guys and saving your butts! In this hot new series for fans of Bad Guys and Dog Man, the crime-fighting birds known as the REAL PIGEONS have some mega mysteries to solve. Someone has been stealing from a vulture. A beastly child is lost in the park. And Homey's long-lost family have been bird-napped! But how can you fight crime when you don't have the perfect nest?? No-one can protect a city like Rock, Frillback, Tumbler, Homey and Grandpouter. Crime-fighting has never been so COO!
Girls are Pretty... and Boys Will Be... - Susann Hoffman
These books are not to be judged by their covers...
Girls are pretty ... BRAVE. Girls are pretty ... STRONG. Girls are pretty ... CLEVER. Inclusive, uplifting and celebratory, Girls Are Pretty... challenges the value that is placed on beauty, and empowers girls to be whoever they want to be.
Boys will be ... CALM. Boys will be ... FUNNY. Boys will be ... KIND. Inclusive, uplifting and celebratory, Boys Will Be... empowers boys to challenge the age-old assumption that boys will just be boys.
A lovely picture book for every child who has outgrown a favourite toy or piece of clothing. The jacket was no ordinary jacket. It was soft, like dandelion fluff. It was warm, like the afternoon sun. It was comforting, like a hug from your favourite teddy. In The Jacket, a child's favourite piece of clothing, which she outgrows, passes on to her little sister and then is repurposed for a new life. This is a heartwarming story about growing up and learning to let go of the things you become attached to in childhood.
The Museum: A Lift-the-fact Book - Tanya Kyle
Look inside the museum to discover the wonderful exhibits and find the clever stories of visitors and folk who work there too! With more than 50 flaps explore the ancient worlds, dinosaurs, first humans, the middle ages and our modern world. The museum experiences and artwork in this book in this book are inspired by real-life exhibits at some of the world’s great museums including: The Smithsonian Institute, South Africa’s Origin Centre, Museum of Natural History NYC, Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Texas, Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Vatican Museum, Louvre Museum, National Archaeological Museum in Athens, British Museum, Natural History Museum London, The National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra, Zingong Dinosaur Museum in China, Mongolian Dinosaur Museum, Chicago’s Art Institute, and Science Museum in London.
Wandering Star - Natalie Jane Prior
"I have a horse, a beautiful horse, and her name is Wandering Star. We roam wild and free, from the hills to the sea, and it's magic wherever we are."
Follow this truly enchanting story of discovery, adventure and wonderful friends by two much-loved Australian picture book creators.
A joyful jumping board book to share with babies and toddlers
A frog jumps. Boing! A kitten jumps. Boi-ing! A dog jumps. Boiyyyyyyoiingg! A grasshopper jumps, a rabbit jumps, then a snail... uhm, maybe not.
Mother and chick jump together, a fish jumps out of the water, and last comes a little girl to join the fun... I jump too-BOING!