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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.

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