The de­sire to be­long and be ac­cepted is a cen­tral theme

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Aus­tralia Day By Me­lanie Cheng Short Sto­ries

Aus­tralia Day is a col­lec­tion of sto­ries by de­but au­thor Me­lanie Cheng. The peo­ple she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, mar­ried, wid­owed, Chi­nese, Le­banese, Chris­tian and Mus­lim.

What they have in com­mon — no mat­ter what their back­ground — is the de­sire we all share to feel we be­long.

The sto­ries ex­plore univer­sal themes of love, loss, fam­ily and iden­tity, while at the same time ask­ing cru­cial ques­tions about the pos­si­bil­ity of hu­man con­nec­tion in a glob­alised world.

Cheng is an im­por­tant new voice, of­fer­ing a fresh per­spec­tive on con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralia.

Her ef­fort­less, un­pre­ten­tious re­al­ism bal­ances an in­sider’s sen­si­tiv­ity and un­der­stand­ing with an out­sider’s clear-eyed ob­jec­tiv­ity, show­ing us a ver­sion of our­selves richer and more mul­ti­fac­eted than any­thing we’ve seen be­fore.

Work, Strife, Bal­ance By Mia Freed­man Adult Non-Fic­tion 305.42092 FRE

This book is for every woman who’s been told suc­cess is as sim­ple as Lean In, Say Yes, Live Your Best Life, Beat Your Fear, Fol­low Your Dream... and then feel #sob­lessed. It’s for guilty friends, bad mums, im­per­fect fem­i­nists, re­bel­lious daugh­ters and any girl with a big mouth and at least one foot in it. It’s for any woman who’s ever asked: “Am I the only one who isn’t quite cop­ing?” Here is Mia Freed­man's low road to the top — a fear­less, hi­lar­i­ous, in­spir­ing and sur­pris­ing col­lec­tion of mod­ern mis­ad­ven­tures to read, re­late to and re­joice in, then share with all the women in your life.

Cen­tral Sta­tion By Lavie Tid­har Adult Sci­ence Fic­tion

When Boris Chong re­turns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. His ex-lover is rais­ing a strangely fa­mil­iar child who can tap into the datas­tream of a mind with the touch of a fin­ger. Ris­ing above them all is Cen­tral Sta­tion, the hub be­tween all things, where hu­mans and ma­chines con­tinue to adapt.

A Horse Walks into a Bar By David Gross­man Adult Fic­tion Gen­eral

This is a shock­ing and breath­tak­ing read. Be­tray­als be­tween lovers, the treach­ery of friends, guilt de­mand­ing re­dress. David Gross­man has reached yet an­other lit­er­ary peak that is emo­tion­ally equal to his pre­vi­ous books and stun­ning, even out­ra­geous, in its in­ven­tions and com­plex­ity.

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