3rd Wednesday Book Club- August- Question

cover image nine parts of desire The National Year of Reading theme for August was Question. Here at Nowra Library we chose to look Behind the Veil for our question reads, focusing on the way that others – particularly women- live in other parts of the world. We decided to question the ideas and perceptions about how women live in cultures that are different to our own and the experiences that we may not know about. Of course, we made this theme an optional one. We don’t like being bossy, and so we ended up (as we usually do!) with a lovely mixed bag of genres and authors.

Here’s the list: 

A Beggar at the Gate by Thalassa Ali 
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden world of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks 
Three Moons Over Sedona by Sherry Hartzler
While We’re Far Apart by Lynne N. Austin
Golden Earrings by Belinda Alexander 
Autumn Laing by Alex Miller
The Heart Garden by Janine Burke
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Half of a Yellow Sun by
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Best Magnolia Hotel by Deborah Moggart
The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
The Spare Room: A Novel by Helen Garner
The Silent Girl (A Rizzoli and Isles novel) by Tess Gerritsen
Agatha Christie novels
In Session: Dr Morgan Snow with Steve Barry’s Cotton Malone, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher  & Barry Eisler’s John Rain by M.J Rose

Still Life With Crows (Pendergast 4) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child  (Gruesome!)  
The Angels’ Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Daughters of Mars by Tom Keneally
The Hunter by Julia Leigh 
Bad Signs by RJ Ellory
Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan
Oswald’s Ghost by Norman Mailer
Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs Oscar Wilde by Franny Moyle

Most talked about reads

The Angel's Game cover imageThe Angels’ Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon-  by all accounts an amazing read. Quirky, gothic, ironic, humorous and beautiful…  Many of our members and staff also love Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind.
Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks- While working  in the Middle East as a journalist, Brooks was in the position to better understand the cultural, political and religious forces that shape life behind the veil. ‘Written with a journalist’s eye for detail, this is an  insightful and revealing read.’ – Janet

Talulla Rising
by Glen Duncan ‘Fast paced and easy to read with no wasted words. At first this novel was hilarious and erotic, but it became too perverse and blood thirsty and I found myself barracking for the vampires.’ Elaine : )
 ‘On the other hand, I loved it almost as much as I loved it’s predecessor, The Last Werewolf. I can’t wait to read the next instalment in the series.’ – Kelly  

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini ‘Depicts the suffering of women in Afghanistan, born into poverty and circumstances which are impossible to get out of, without education. Dtories of incredible hardship, mentally and physically and the endurance that humans have- the capacity to hope and to survive.’ Janet  
Golden Earrings by Belinda Alexander ‘The granddaughter of Spanish refugees discovers flamenco dancing, delves into her fanily’s past to discover present truths. The truth can only be found by digging up the past.’ – Joan 

Bad Signs by R.J Ellory
 – ‘This is Ellory’s latest novel and it is a chilling page turner. As always the author doesn’t disappoint his readers. This book is loosely based on real events that took place in the early 1900’s in the same location. As always will be eagerly awaiting Ellory’s next novel!’ – Elaine

Happy reading everyone!!


Springtime at Ulladulla Library

Welcome back to Ulladulla Library.  Mid -September is here already and its  time to think about what to do during creative October Spring days.NYRlogo

  We are celebrating 10 days of Artistic bliss in the Milton-Ulladulla region with Escape
ARTfest from 28th September to 7th October.


Ulladulla Library is linking the ARTfest to National Year of Reading by hosting a paper-based workshop, “Into the Woods” with artist Jan Kierzkowski.

The two hour session from 2-4pm, Saturday, October 6 will be an exploration of paper, colour and creative expression.2005_0401jannn0122

Participants will create a mixed-media Tree of Words wall hanging and a Wise owl notebook.  Cost is $8 per person and ages 6 years to Adult are welcome.

Bookings to Library on 44448820

Home Education week is October 22-26

The local region has an active group of Families involved in Home Education.

The President of Shoalhaven Home Education is a staff member so we will have a promotion of the new resources available through the Library catalogue.

We will have a get-together at Ulladulla Library at 11.00am on Tuesday, 23rd October so that those interested can see what is available to assist them in educating their children.

It will be an informal cuppa and chat, so come along and see what we have to help you.


E-books are the buzz at the Library! Recently Milton Library had the first E-book tutorial

with a small group of  enthusiastic novices. The success of the morning has prompted further  tutorials which will be held at Ulladulla Library on a Saturday afternoon in the near future…keep an eye on the blog…

We all love Lego! November will see the Brick Fest at Shoalhaven Anglican School where local children and families will have the chance to see the wonderful models that are often only built and displayed in retail stores in Capital cities for Christmas holidays.

Creators of the models  will be there to answer questions and a Lego building area will be set up for your own creations.

Check out the website at www.sas.nsw.edu.au for competition details for school age children.

10-4 on Saturday and Sunday 17-18 November; $10 per family $4 individuals

The Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist for 2012 was released overnight.

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)
Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (And Other Stories/Faber & Faber)
Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
Alison Moore, The Lighthouse (Salt)
Will Self, Umbrella (Bloomsbury)
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)

The list was chosen by a panel of 6 judges chaired by Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement.  He commented: “After re-reading an extraordinary longlist of twelve, it was the pure power of prose that settled most debates. We loved the shock of language shown in so many different ways and were exhilarated by the vigour and vividly defined values in the six books that we chose – and in the visible confidence of the novel’s place in forming our words and ideas.” (www.themanbookerprize.com)

The winner of the 2012 prize will be announced on Tuesday 16 October. Each of the six shortlisted writers will be awarded £2,500 and a specially commissioned beautifully handbound edition of his/her book. The winner receives a further £50,000.

News about the prize can also be found on Twitter @ManBookerPrize


Australian Women Writers Challenge Review- The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennett takes up the story of the Bennet sisters some 20 years on from the events of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride & Prejudice. It centres on Mary, the sister destined to be a spinster and tend to their obnoxious mother.

However after Mrs. Bennet’s demise Mary craves independence and through the influences  of editorial letters written by a mystery author, Argus, she embarks on an investigative adventure to discover the reasons for the social conditions of the age. While Mary is on this path certain developments lead her into danger when she meets Father Dominius and the Children of Jesus,  with surprising revelations…

The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet is very easy reading with the customary theme of leaving and the continuation of the lives of the Bennet family with romance being found no matter how late in life. It’s  funny, tragic and engaging at times with the ever present theme that every woman yearns to leave her mark upon the world.


For more information on the Australian Women Writers Reading and Reviewing Challenge click here

Greetings from Ulladulla Library

Welcome to this special post from Ulladulla Library Staff and thank you for inviting us to join your blog.

It is now spring and Grow, the National Year of Reading theme for September, is appropriate for this time of year when there is so much new growth.  At Ulladulla Library the monthly display is featuring books on gardening and the display is constantly being refilled with books on organic life, pest control and plant identification.

The idea of growing is continued with the permanent images of a child reading under a tree over the junior section and also a tree over the local history section encouraging people to “climb your family tree”.

Another area where the staff see growth is the children who regularly attend the library with today being a preschool story-time, where “Feathers for Phoebe” (the book from last year’s National Simultaneous Storytime) is going to be read.

Chess Club had their party last Thursday, and long-time players have been growing in skill with new members joining and learning from those who have been here longer.

As readers, we grow from that first picture book through to classic literature such as Charles Dickens or Jane Austen, or reading biographies.

The recent “Get Reading” campaign was taken up with enthusiasm. Booklets about the 50 Books you must read were flying off the shelf, offering readers a chance to grow the selection of authors they enjoy.