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A Taste of the World: What People Eat and How They Celebrate Around the Globe

Author: Beth Walrond (Author, Illustrator), Little Gestalten (Editor)

Language: English

Summary: Festive feasts from around the world to bring people together, celebrate and share stories. Food glorious food! Everyone loves a feast with the family … even the little ones! A Taste of the World travels across the globe uncovering different dishes, traditions, cultures and festivals from Egypt to Germany, from China to America.

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My Place, the memoir by Sally Morgan, Aboriginal writer

I know very little of Australian literature. Apart from the splendid autobiography of Janet Frame, some novels by Elizabeth von Arnim and the splendid book that someone had sent from Australia in one of Expatclic’s literary rounds, The Secret River by Kate Greenville, I can’t tell you much. Recently, however, I came across My Place by Sally Morgan, a famous Aboriginal writer. My place is … Continue reading My Place, the memoir by Sally Morgan, Aboriginal writer

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The Penguin book of migration literature: departures, arrivals, generations, returns

Author:  Dohra Ahmad, editor; Edwidge Danticat, writer of foreword

Language: English

Summary: [Ahmad’s] “introduction is fiery and charismatic… This book encompasses the diversity of experience, with beautiful variations and stories that bicker back and forth.” –Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

The first global anthology of migration literature featuring works by Mohsin Hamid, Zadie Smith, Marjane Satrapi, Salman Rushdie, and Warsan Shire, with a foreword by Edwidge Danticat, author of Everything Inside
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Dark Emu

Author: Bruce Pascoe

Language: English

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WINNER – 2016 Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

WINNER – 2016 Book of the Year in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

SHORTLISTED – 2014 History Book Award in the Queensland Literary Awards

SHORTLISTED – 2014 Victorian Premier’s Award for Indigenous Writing

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The choke

Author: Sofie Laguna

Language: English

Summary: Abandoned by her mother and only occasionally visited by her secretive father, Justine is raised by her pop, a man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop’s chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow it seems they might touch – a place of staggering natural beauty. But the river can’t protect Justine from danger. Her father is a criminal, and the world he exposes her to can be lethal.

Justine is overlooked and underestimated, a shy and often silent observer of her chaotic world. She learns that she has to make sense of it on her own. She has to find ways to survive so much neglect. She must hang on to friendship when it comes, she must hide when she has to, and ultimately she must fight back.

The Choke is a brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power and violence, in which grown-ups can’t be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature. This compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in trouble celebrates above all the indomitable nature of the human spirit.

Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Eye of the Sheep, once again shows she is a writer of rare empathy, originality and blazing talent. Source: amazon.com

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The Permanent Resident

Author: Roanna Gonsalves

Language: English

Summary: A woman who can’t swim wades into a suburban pool. An Indian family sits down to an Australian Christmas dinner. A single mother’s offer to coach her son’s soccer team leads to an unexpected encounter. A recent migrant considers taking the fall for a second generation ‘friend’. A wife refuses to let her husband look at her phone. An international student gets off a train at night.

Roanna Gonsalves’ short stories unearth the aspirations, ambivalence and guilt laced through the lives of 21st century immigrants, steering through clashes of cultures, trials of faith, and squalls of racism. Sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes playful, they cut to the truth of what it means to be a modern outsider. ” Source: UWA Publishing

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