Tales both heart-wrenching and heartwarming
Gorilla and the Bird By Zack McDermott Biography
Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, Truman Show-style, for an audition for a TV pilot. Every passer-by was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from “The Producer” to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to Bellevue Hospital. So begins the story of Zack’s freefall into psychosis and his desperate, poignant, often darkly funny struggle to claw his way back to sanity. It’s a journey that will take him from New York City to his Kansas roots and the one person who might be able to save him, his tough, big-hearted Midwestern mother, the Bird, whose fierce and steadfast love is the light in Zack’s dark world. Written with power, humour, and tenderness, this biography is a bravely honest account of a young man’s unravelling and the relationship that saves him.
Operation Playboy By Kathryn Bonella Adult non-fiction
This is the adrenaline-pumping story of the world’s most audacious drug runners and the police hunt to track them down. These playboys travel the globe and live in five-star hotels. They are 24-7 party boys with steely nerves who pay for their hedonistic lifestyle by trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana on international flights and through big airports. Celebrated true-crime writer and journalist Kathryn Bonella has travelled the world to collect testimony from an international network, writing a page-turning, white-knuckle thriller.
No Time to Spare By Ursula Le Guin Adult non-fiction
No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula Le Guin’s blog, presenting dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it. On the absurdity of denying your age she says, “If I’m 90 and believe I’m 45, I’m headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub.” On her new cat: “He still won’t sit on a lap... I don’t know if he ever will. He just doesn’t accept the lap hypothesis.” On all we discover as we muddle through life: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn.” Ursula died last month.
The Naturalist’s Daughter By Tea Cooper Australian adult fiction
It’s 1808 and Rose Winton wants nothing more than to work with her father, eminent naturalist Charles his groundbreaking study of the platypus. When Charles is unable to present his findings to the prestigious Royal Society in England, Rose must go instead. What she discovers will change the lives of future generations.
It’s 1908 and Tamsin Alleyn has been given a mission to retrieve an old sketchbook. She finds there is more to the book than meets the eye. As the lives of two women a century apart converge, discoveries reach into the future, with irrevocable consequences.