Jenna joins us with a controversial book this something, the 'creepy' book by Moby, Then It Fell Apart. Jenna was a big fan of Moby's first auto-biography but this one hasn't quite had the same effect, and after causing a stir with Natalie Portman, André 3000 and Lana Del Ray, is this worth a read?
In light of Auckland Writer's Festival, Kiran brings in a weighty one this week, Merchants of Truth - Inside the War for Control of the News by Jill Abramson. After Jill Abramson spoke in Auckland this month, Kiran reckons this is a good deep dive if you're interested in the media landscape and the changing world of current affairs and news. A good one for the news team, eh?
Jenna has just finished up at the Auckland Writer's Festival, and is still digesting it all, so today she's reviewing Ruby Porter's Attraction, which was launched on Saturday. Attraction tells the story of a road trip through Aotearoa, the significance of the land we live on and colonial history, and the shifting of relationships in the narrators life. As this story weaves through past, and present, Jenna reckons this is one very relatable novel that you don't wanna miss out on.
Kiran's been hyped about this one for months and it rocks her socks. Dead People I have Known by Shayne Carter has been highly anticipated, and lucky for us here in Tāmaki Makaurau Shayne is talking as a part of the Auckland Writers Festival, get your tickets here.
Jenna joins Rachel to talk about the a book inspired the rise and fall story of bands, Daisy Jones and the Six is the fiction version of this narrative. A novel built out of interviews with the fictional bands and song lyrics, Jenna reckons this is something you'll pick up and won't put down.
Kiran's prepping for Auckland big Writer's Festival, and in theme with this upcoming celebration of novels, we're talking America Is Not the Heartby Elaine Castillo. Kiran will be hosting this talk so grab yourself a copy, get reading and go check it out.
Who's excited for Auckland Writers Festival?! We are! Especially Jenna, and luckily we're joined by Anne O'Brien to run us through the line-up, she reckons there's someone for everyone to see. From boomers to the millennials, it's time to sort yr timetable out and get your tickets.
Kiran reckons Tess will like this one, The New Me, by Halle Butler is of similar manner to the very popular My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh. Perhaps even better? The New Me follows Millie in what she describes as her dull existance, but will Millie find a new and enriched life? Stay tuned.
Jenna brings in the book that got her out of a reading funk, The Library Book by Susan Orlean, this novel records the LA Public Library fire as well as the larger role that libraries play in our lives. Who doesn't like a book about the wholesome instituiton that is libraries?
Kiran's got a memoir this week, Tracey Thorn's Another Planet - A Teenager in Suburbia consists of a number of diary entries she is reflecting on. The novel narrates the mudane life of growing up, teenagehood and discovering punk-rock, from suburbia.