Library News - 11 June 2015

Oberon High School currently has a wonderful display at the Oberon Library. There is a great variety of photos of students undertaking diverse activities at the school, from music workshops to Norta Norta Camp. The big news is the free Oberon High School App ‘Skoolbag’ which brings news of events, alerts and newsletters directly to your device to keep students and teachers up to date. Come in the Library to see the full range of engaging activities provided at the School.

NEW TITLES AT THE LIBRARY

THE STRAYS by Emily Bitto

Winner of the 2015 Stella Prize, The Strays follows the fortunes of the Trentham family and artists living in Melbourne in the 1930’s, and is loosely based on the Heide circle. “When was it that I became a voyeur in their midst? I was the perfect witness, an unsuspected anthropologist disguised within the body of a young girl, surrounded by other young girls who were part of the family. Yet I was a cuckoo in the nest, an imposter who listened and observed hoarding and collecting information.” The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties.

A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler

This is a quiet, moving family drama full of quirky, eccentric and real characters that become friends before the last page. This book focuses on the Whitshank family, travelling back and forth through time looking at marital secrets, sibling jealousies, skeletons in the closet and lots of love. While less than perfect, these ordinary people are realistic leading the reader to laugh and cry as this family reminds us of our own in so many ways. If you have elderly parents, a sibling who shirks responsibility, bickering siblings you will relate to this lovely story.

DEATH WEARS A BEAUTY MASK by Mary Higgins Clark

When Janice steps off the plane in New York with her new husband Mike, she is looking forward to meeting Alexandra at the gate. It has been nearly a year since she saw her glamorous, fashion model older sister. But when Janice discovers Alexandra has failed to meet the plane and not has seen or heard from her since she returned from a photo shoot in Europe things begin to go awry. Janice and Mike try to discover clues in the world of modelling agents, fashion photographers and advertisers who are also trying to find Alexandra. This is just one of the intriguing and interesting stories contained in this volume of thrillers.

THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George

This is an international best seller and is filled with warmth and adventure. It could be described as a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives. Monsieur Perdu runs a floating bookstore from a barge on the Seine and he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. With an intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls – the only heart he can’t seem to heal is his own. He is still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared.