BOOK OF THE MONTH: July 2019 by Time Out Bookstore

Our Book of the Month for July is Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi which has won the Man Booker International Prize. It’s a powerful saga about three sisters living in al-Awafi, an Omani village on the brink of change. Exploring themes of slavery, urbanisation, women’s wisdom, patriarchy and masculinity, it’s a beautiful read. Celestial Bodies is also our Lit Reads title for July.
Click here to hear Kiran’s review on 95bFM’s Loose Reads.

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95bFM's Loose Reads: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi by Time Out Bookstore

On 95bFM’s Loose Reads Kiran reviewed our July Book of the Month and Lit Reads title Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi which has won the Man Booker International Prize. It’s a powerful saga about three sisters living in al-Awafi, an Omani village on the brink of change. Exploring themes of slavery, urbanisation, women’s wisdom, patriarchy and masculinity, it’s a beautiful read.

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95bFM's Loose Reads: The Farm by Joanne Ramos by Time Out Bookstore

The Farm is Joanne Ramos’ first book. Jane arrives to the luxury resort Golden Oaks to become a ‘host’ - a surrogate for a wealthy client. Jane sees this well paid gig as a opportunity for her and her young daughter to get a step up in life, but the strict conditions of Golden Oaks, leads her to question a choice she can’t reverse.

Narrated by a cast of characters on all sides, The Farm is an educated insight into ethics, class and privilege & service culture.

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95bFM's Loose Reads: Being Various: New Irish Short Stories Edited by Lucy Caldwell by Time Out Bookstore

The short story is enjoying a resurgence and this new anthology which Kiran reviewed on 95bFM’s Loose Reads Being Various: New Irish Short Stories edited by Lucy Caldwell brings together 24 vibrant and fresh pieces by Irish authors including Sally Rooney, Sinead Gleeson, Wendy Erskine, Nicole Flattery, Lisa McInerney and Eimear McBride. The short story is in fine form!

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: June 2019 by Time Out Bookstore

Saltwater
Jessica Andrews

We are thrilled to introduce you to our June Book of the Month! Saltwater by Jessica Andrews is a stunning work of working class autofiction about fragility, place, class, the mother/daughter relationship and the body. It's a firecracker. Velvety, sensuous, and wonderfully allusive, it's a sublime evocation of a young woman's inner world as she moves between London and a small village on the coast of Ireland. Saltwater crackles with raw energy and real feeling, and Jessica Andrews' writing is intensely beautiful. Click here to listen to Kiran’s review on RNZ’s Nine to Noon.

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95bFM's Loose Reads: Merchants of Truth by Jill Abramson by Time Out Bookstore

On 95bFM’s Loose Reads Kiran reviewed Merchants of Truth by Jill Abramson who was just here for the Auckland Writers Festival. It’s a great book for anyone interested in the changing landscape of journalism, and scrutinises four news outlets - the old guard of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and the “disruptive mavericks” Vice and Buzzfeed.

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95bFM's Loose Reads: Attraction by Ruby Porter by Time Out Bookstore

Jenna had a big weekend at the Auckland Writers Festival, so on tofay’s Loose Reads she chats to Rachel and Tess about this incredible book event which included the Ockham Book Awards.

Books that we have spoke about before on Loose Reads came away with gongs. The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize was awarded to This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman. Tayi Tibble’s Poukahangatus won best first poetry book and Chessie Henry’s We Can Make a Life won best first non-fiction book. Check out the rest of the winners here.

Then, Jenna reviews Ruby Porter’s Attraction. Winner of the inaugaral Michael Gifkins Prize. You can also listen to Ruby’s interview from last week here.

Don’t forget, your bCard qualifies you for a 10% discount at Time Out.

BOOK OF THE MONTH: May 2019 by Time Out Bookstore

Dead People I Have Known
Shayne Carter

We are pleased to announce that our May Book of the Month is the highly anticipated memoir Dead People I Have Known by Shayne Carter, published by Victoria University Press.

From Kiran Dass’ NZ Herald review:
“Dead People I Have Known is sharp, moving and tender. Carter has backbone. He writes with a staunch self-awareness and alongside the successful moments doesn't shy away from revealing the awkward, embarrassing and low points. It's compelling, smart and immersive and I couldn't put it down. “

RNZ's Nine to Noon: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See by Time Out Bookstore

The Island of Sea Woman is a gripping historical saga that follows the lives of two haenyeo  (women divers) from Jeju Island, Korea. Impeccably researched and set alongside the political turmoil of Korea in the twentieth century, this is a fascinating tale about the women who undertake one of the world's most difficult careers in a unique matrifocal society. 

Listen to Jenna’s review with Kathryn Ryan below:

95bFM's Loose Reads: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid by Time Out Bookstore

A new week and a new breakfast host for 95bFM! This morning, Jenna chatted with Rachel and producer Tess about Daisy Jones & the Six. This is a tale of a 1970’s fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, who are vividly imagined in through the novel’s structure as an oral history - think VH1’s Behind the Music meets Almost Famous.

Don your hoop earrings, imagine yourself in the California sun and step inside this digestable & fun read.

Don’t forget, your bCard qualifies you for a 10% discount at Time Out.