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Staff Holiday Reading Suggestions 2018

There may be something on this list to add to your "To Be Read" pile for the holidays.

A New York Times Best Seller

Angela Duckworth is a MacArthur “genius” grant winner, researcher, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.

Booktopia - Finding Your Path, A Guide to Life and Happiness After School by Amba Brown, 9781460754511. Buy this book...

Helping to ease the transition for students from school to adulthood, each chapter explores different pathways that young people can take after school, including work, study and travel, so readers can consider their options and make informed decisions.

Not Just Black and White by Lesley Williams - Penguin Books Australia

Told with honesty and humour, Not Just Black and White is an extraordinary memoir about two women determined to make sure history is not forgotten.

Booktopia - Shrill, Notes From A Loud Woman by Lindy West, 9781784295547. Buy this book online.

A laugh-out-loud feminist memoir from one of the boldest new voices on the web.

Booktopia - Ghost River by Tony Birch, 9780702253775. Buy this book online.

'You find yourself down at the bottom of the river, for some it's time to give into her. But other times, young fellas like you two, you got to fight your way back. Show the river you got courage and is ready to live.'

The river is a place of history and secrets. For Ren and Sonny, two unlikely friends, it's a place of freedom and adventure. For a group of storytelling vagrants, it's a refuge. And for the isolated daughter of a cult reverend, it's an escape.

Each time they visit, another secret slips into its ancient waters. But change and trouble are coming – to the river and to the lives of those who love it. Who will have the courage to fight and survive and what will be the cost?

Booktopia - Sherlock Holmes : The Australian Casebook, All New Holmes Stories by Christopher Sequiera, 9781760404673....

A beautiful illustrated hardcover collection of original Australian mystery stories by popular writers and devoted Sherlockians, including Kerry Greenwood, Meg Keneally, Samuel Wagan Watson, Lucy Sussex, Kaaron Warren and many more.

Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy : Tim Harford : 9781408709122

Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy paints the epic picture of economic change in an intimate way, by telling the stories of tools and ideas that had far-reaching and unexpected consequences.

Common People by Tony Birch - Penguin Books Australia

In this unforgettable new collection, Tony Birch introduces a cast of characters from all walks of life. These remarkable and surprising stories capture common people caught up in the everyday business of living and the struggle to survive. From two single mothers on the most unlikely night shift to a homeless man unexpectedly faced with the miracle of a new life, Birch’s stories are set in gritty urban refuges and battling regional communities. His deftly drawn characters find unexpected signs of hope in a world where beauty can be found on every street corner – a message on a T-shirt, a friend in a stray dog or a star in the night sky.

The Best Australian Science Writing 2017 | NewSouth Books

From the furthest reaches of the universe to the microscopic world of our genes, science offers writers the kind of scope other subjects simply can't match. Good writing about science can be moving, funny, exhilarating, or poetic, but it will always be honest and rigorous about the research that underlies it. Now in its seventh year, The Best Australian Science Writing brings together knowledge and insight from Australia’s brightest thinkers as they explore the intricacies of the world around us. This lively collection of essays covers a wide range of subjects, and challenges our perceptions of the world and how we exist within it.

Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza - HayHouse | Hay House

You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose.

In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible.

Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh - Penguin Books Australia

Brilliantly clever and brimming with heart, this unforgettable collection is the work of a significant new talent.