Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal and instability in gender and race

Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal and instability in gender and race

TRANS By Rogers Brubaker In Western culture, gender and race were traditionally thought to be unchangeable and fixed for life. Black or white, male or female: These were forever separated by the binary logic of absolute difference. But even as the old colonial theories of racial determinism have long been discredited, the notion of changing […]

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Book Review and Giveaway: The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs

Book Review and Giveaway: The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs

Title: The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Author: May Gibbs Published: October 1st 2007 Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Australia Pages: 272 Genres:  Fiction, Children RRP: $39.99 The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie combines in one edition May Gibbs’ much loved classics, the Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (first published in 1918) and its two sequels, Little Ragged Blossom (1920) and Little Obelia (1921). Quintessentially Australian, these delightful […]

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My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

Do you remember, as a young child, that one fantastical story which captured your imagination? Of course you do, because it’s the story that molded your childhood. It’s the story that filled you with a new wonder about the world around you, and of all that was possible. For me it was the story of […]

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‘A purposeful departure’: Jennifer Egan takes a detour into the past with Manhattan Beach

‘A purposeful departure’: Jennifer Egan takes a detour into the past with Manhattan Beach

By Kat Johnson Manhattan Beach By Jennifer Egan Scribner 448 pp; $37   Anna Kerrigan, the headstrong young heroine at the centre of Jennifer Egan’s new historical novel Manhattan Beach, is not an angel. Or so she admits early in this intricately researched tale of New York and the sea during the Great Depression and […]

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David Sax pens a nostalgia-evoking love letter to analog

David Sax pens a nostalgia-evoking love letter to analog

Cover of ‘The Revenge of Analog’ by David Sax. (No Credit) THE REVENGE OF ANALOG By David Sax Two-thirds of the way through this book full of middle-aged, middle-class white people finding markets for products that remind them of their childhood (vinyl, board games, paper notebooks, etc.), a Detroiter at a dive bar downs a […]

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New Release Book Review: The Treatment by C.L

New Release Book Review: The Treatment by C.L. Taylor

Title: The Treatment Author: C.L. Taylor Published: October 19th 2017 Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Australia Pages: 384 Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult, Thriller RRP: $19.99 Rating: 3.5 stars “You have to help me. We’re not being reformed. We’re being brainwashed.” All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and […]

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Sins of Empire

Sins of Empire

I’ve been meaning to read this guy’s books for quite a while now. Well, ever since his first book came out, because I heard it was pretty awesome, and how could you not love a story that mixed magic with black powder? For whatever reason, though, I just never picked one up. Until I listened […]

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How When Harry Met Sally led to the orgasm conversation, and other takeaways from The Naughty Nineties

How When Harry Met Sally led to the orgasm conversation, and other takeaways from The Naughty Nineties

By Terra Arnone The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido David Friend Twelve 640 pp; $36.00 Satirized, Simpsonized and spoofed the world over, Bill Clinton’s 1998 response to tabloid allegations of his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky has remained one of the 20th century’s foremost sex scandals. It’s from that infamous statement, […]

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Five books you have to read in February

Five books you have to read in February

Graduate student Anna Cohen works on the T1 cache site. (Dave Yonder/National Geographic Creative) This month in book reviews: What The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have to do with climate change. A sequel to Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus. An author and character, one and the same. A champion of metamorphosis. […]

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Book Review: The Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs

Book Review: The Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs

Title: The Gumnut Babies –  Centenary Edition Author: May Gibbs Published: August 22 2016 (Originally 1916) Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Australia Pages: 272 Genres:  Fiction, Children RRP: $39.99 Beautiful new Centenary edition to celebrate the publication of May Gibbs’s first book, GUMNUT BABIES, in 1916. May Gibbs’s marvellous creation – the Gumnut world, with its tiny heroes and heroines and deliciously […]

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