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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

November Newsletter

We are holding our second annual Pirie Reads Aloud event.

Wednesday 17th November 2010: is our opening night. During our opening night, the nominated Read Alouds from St. Marks Primary School will be reading their books, going in the running for the overall prize, judged by Margie Arnold.

Thursday 18th November 2010: from 9.30 am to 3 pm, other nominees from schools around the region will be performing.
"An Evening With Poetry and Prose" beginning at 7 pm, we are inviting you to come and read your favourite piece of poetry of writing, you can also come just to enjoy some great entertainment.
Refreshments will be provided.

Friday 19th November 2010: from 9.30 am to 3 pm, other nominees from schools around the region will be performing.

Saturday 20th November 2010: "Spot The Dog" will be appearing in store from 11 am.
Vouchers for the winners of the Read Aloud School competition will be presented at 11 am, by Margie Arnold with the help of Spot The Dog.

New Adult Books

Express Makeup
Rae Morris
Australia's leading makeup artist, Rae Morris, is a veteran of major international runway shows, where speed is critical, so she knows how to achieve beautiful looks fast. In Express Makeup, she reveals all the tricks and trade secrets she's learnt over her highly successful career, from how to apply razor-sharp eyeliner to how to transform your face with the perfect brow shape. And Rae's number one tip? When you're in a hurry, always do your eyes first, as you can easily apply foundation and lipstick in your compact or rear-view mirror. Full of sensational looks, with step-by-step photographs and easy to follow instructions on how to achieve them, Express Makeup is the must-have makeup book for women who want to look gorgeous in just minutes.

Is That Thing Diesel?
One Man, One Bike and the First Lap Around Australia On Used Cooking Oil
Paul Carter
At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was he f**k! With his manic life left far behind and the perfect opportunity to take it easy stretched before him what else would a middle-aged, bike obsessed, man want? Yes, that's right, he'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an underpowered experimental motorcycle that runs on used cooking oil, wouldn't he? Preferably without getting hit by a semi-trailer full of bridge parts. Is he out of his mind? Quite possibly. Embark on a rollickingly, downright dangerous and often unhinged quest that starts on an environmentally friendly motorcycle built on a shoestring budget by students, and ends with a plan to break the motorcycle land speed record for bio fuel. Carter is back to his old balls-to-the-wall style of writing, prepare to laugh out loud.

Fast, Fresh, Simple
Donna Hay
Combining vibrant flavours and fresh ingredients with simple, no-fuss techniques, Fast, Fresh, Simple is the perfect companion for the everyday cook. Donna also brings her acclaimed signature style to Fast, Fresh, Simple with tips and tricks for presenting beautiful meals in the home kitchen. With hundreds of recipes to suit every occasion, from quick weeknight dinner solutions to elegant dinner parties, Donna′s latest offering is the ultimate guide to creating delicious meals that look as good as they taste. Fast, Fresh, Simple is an essential item for those who love to cook and share with loved ones and friends.

Ben Cousins My Life Story
Ben Cousins
Ben Cousins has one of the most extraordinary stories in modern Australian sport. He's perhaps the most gifted player of his generation – a former captain of the West Coast eagles, a Brownlow medallist, a premiership winner, voted the AFL's Most Valuable Player – but he's best known for what he's done off the footy field rather than on it. Ben is a self-confessed drug addict, whose drug binges would last for days and involve incredible amounts of cocaine, crack and ice. But what's really remarkable about Ben's story is that the two sides of his life – the captaincy, the premierships, the Brownlow, the accolades, and the frenzy and squalor of the drug scene were actually done at the same time, side by side. Ben's book is an account of this double life, and what it's cost him, his family and his friends. It's also an account of his battles to beat his addiction, and his battle to keep playing football – which was his lifeline – against the entrenched opposition of a large number of people in the game. And as if the story is not extraordinary enough, what distinguishes it above all else is the approach Ben's taken to writing it. It is a work of searing emotional and factual honesty. Ben hides nothing, and the result is one of the most remarkable sporting memoirs ever published in Australia.

Curious and Curiouser
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
Are cooked mussels safe ONLY if they are open?
Why does alcohol make the opposite sex more attractive?
Why does washing your hands ease your conscience, make it easier to live with hard decisions, and make you more tolerant?
Why does lightning strike the same place twice (and more)?
Do babies get more illnesses when they are "teething"?
What is the science behind people spontaneously bursting into flame?
And what's more hygienic - an air blower or a paper towel?
Find out all this and more in Dr Karl Kruszelnicki's new book.

The Plantation
Di Morrissey
When Australian Julie Reagan discovers a book written about wild Malaysia in the 1970s, she decides to find out more about the author – her great aunt. Why did her grandmother refuse to speak about her sister who disappeared from the family, 60 years before? What caused such a severe rift? Julie is invited to stay with her cousins who run the plantation founded by her great grandfather in Malaya a hundred years ago, and she decides to visit in the hope of finding clues to this family mystery. What Julie finds sends her spiralling through generations of loves, deaths, tragedy and the challenges of the present until she discovers her grandmother's shocking secret.

Enter Night Metallica The Biography
Mick Wall
Mick Wall moves on from Led Zeppelin to produce a definitive doorstop on Metallica. Alongside contemporaries Slayer, Megadeath and Anthrax, Metallica came to prominence in the eighties as one of the 'big four' of thrash metal. Metallica were to thrash, though, what the Sex Pistols were to punk. Nearly thirty years on, their tale is one of alcohol, rule breaking and tragically early death. But allied to that are colossal sales figures for their records - they are the fifth-highest selling recording artists of all time - and members with backgrounds that touch on jazz and classical music. Metallica, in fact, have garnered more critical acclaim than any heavy rock band since Led Zeppelin.Fresh from the critical and commercial success of When Giants Walked The Earth, Mick Wall takes a similar informed look at the band, a group he has known on and off since their formation in 1981.

Alan Carter 2011 Price Guide
The new and updated version of Australia's Antiques and Collectibles is here. (Due in store early December)

Dawn of the Bunny Suicides
Andy Riley
From the author of the cult bestsellers The Book of Bunny Suicides and Return of the Bunny Suicides comes another unmissable collection of rabbit-related self destruction...The bunnies are back - and there's only one thing on their minds. In this new collection, follow the continuing adventures of the fluffy little rabbits who just don't want to live any more...

Over But Not Out
My Life So Far
Richie Benaud
The story of a lifetime at the very centre of international cricket, from the most respected TV commentator in the game. Few people understand cricket as well as Richie Benaud. A high-class attacking batsman and a masterful leg-break bowler, he captained Australia in 28 of the 63 Tests in which he played. After retiring as a player in 1964, Richie quickly became a successful TV commentator. No one else has found such favour with the vast numbers of cricket lovers in both Britain and Australia. In Over But Not Out, Richie revisits his rich career and reveals his thoughts on some of the most controversial issues in the game. Looking back on England s victories in the 2005 and 2009 Ashes series, Richie debates the future of Test cricket and, conversely, the recent growth in Twenty20 cricket, the effect it has had on technique, and the rise of India as a major power in world cricket.Richie has known every major figure in cricket for fifty years, as colleague and friend or both, and in Over But Not Out, Richie turns his attention to the role of coaches such as John Buchanan, Duncan Fletcher and Peter Moores, and players such as Shane Warne, Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen. With the expansion of the IPL, increasingly overloaded schedules and referral systems becoming more commonplace, Over But Not Out is the must-read cricket book of 2010.

Port Mortuary
Patricia Cornwell
The latest blockbuster in the bestselling Kay Scarpetta series. Port Mortuary is literally a port to receive the dead and the deaths are mounting, as dangerous secrets from Scarpetta s past come back to haunt her. Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of virtual autopsy a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. And it is not too long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition, eerily close to Scarpetta s home. But when his body is examined the next morning, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked inside the cooler.When the revolutionary 3D radiology scans reveal more shocking details about internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen, Scarpetta realizes that this is a case of murder and that she is fighting a cunning and uniquely cruel enemy. Now it is a race against time to discover who and why before more people die. But that time is running out Told for the first time in many years from the perspective of Kay Scarpetta herself - and revealing secrets from her past that have never been told - this is a thrilling and compulsively readable tour-de-force.

Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time Book #13
Robert Jordan with Brandon Sanderson
The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One's prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unravelling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. Perrin Aybara is haunted by spectres from his past. To prevail, he must find a way to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it for ever. Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost. The end draws near. It's time to roll the dice.

Girls Night In: 10th Anniversary Edition
Various Authors
This bumper Tenth Anniversary Edition of Girls' Night In brings together much-loved stories from the previous four books by some of the biggest names in women's fiction – Marian Keyes, Candace Bushnell, Cathy Kelly and Maggie Alderson, to name a few. Have fun and do good at the same time – by buying this book you'll be helping kids caught up in the turmoil of war, with all royalties going to War Child, a charity that funds projects for children in areas of conflict. So grab a cup of tea and reserve a place on the couch to enjoy all the comedy, romance, adventure and drama of some of the best short fiction on offer.

New Children's Books

The Search for WondLa
Tony DiTerlizzi
Eva Nine was raised by the robot Muthr. But when a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary she called home, twelve-year-old Eva is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her. She knows that other humans exist because of a very special item she treasures ~ a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot along with the strange word "WondLa". Tony DiTerlizzi honours traditional children's literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child's wish for a place to belong.

Chris Riddell
Do you know the difference between a Nostromian Weevil and a Zyglon Tentacle Beast? Could you resist an invasion of Purple Peekons? And can you outwit a Fantabbydosian? No? You need this book! Rich in comic detail, this extraordinary book is packed with revolting aliens and impossible spaceships. Magnificently illustrated and with novelty elements including five pull-out postcards, a mini 'Who's What and From Where' booklet and a 'Bottom Trumps' card game, this is Chris Riddell at his very best.

November: Conspiracy 365 Book #11
Garbielle Lord
The 31 December deadline is fast approaching, and Cal's enemies are closing in on all sides. Even the notorious 'Toecutter' Durham has emerged from the underworld to join the hunt. With so many answers finally imminent - meeting Eric Blair, finding out the truth about the twin baby abduction - it's crucial Cal dodges danger and stays alive. But will he be so busy trying to save himself that he'll fail to save a friend? The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last. Callum Ormond has been warned. He has 61 days. The countdown continues...

The Origins: Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries Book #1
L. J. Smith
Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity. Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together-forever.

Grug and His First Christmas
Ted Prior
Grug and his friends discover the magic of Christmas!

Lisa Hollier
Illustrated by Tracey Roper
It's a perfect day for a trip to the zoo, But Lochlan and his dad haven't counted on a cage of clever crocs and their cunning escape plan. Before anyone can stop them, the crocs are out, wild animals are everywhere and the zoo keepers are helpless! It's up to Lochlan to save the day – but now? What can put an end to the hullabaloo at the zoo? Join Lochlan as he takes on a fleet of flying crocs and a whole zoo of animals, in this rollicking, rhyming and completely crazy adventure . . .

Feathers For Phoebe
Rod Clement
Phoebe is small, grey, and ordinary - very ordinary. ′I want to get noticed!′ she declares. Zelda is glamorous, talented and famous - and she runs the most popular beauty salon in the forest. And she′s only too happy to help Phoebe become the bird she′s always wanted to be. First a little feather headdress, then wing extensions - until Phoebe is transformed into a Diva. She looks gorgeous - but when she tries to take off, surprises are in store for them both!

Emperor of Nihon-Jo: Ranger's Apprentice Book #10
John Flanagan
Horace is missing. Months have passed since he was sent on a military mission to the court of the Emperor of Nihon-Ja but he has failed to return. Evanlyn is worried, and in company with Will and Alyss, she sets out to discover what has become of their old friend. They find that Horace has become embroiled in Nihon-Jan politics. The arrogant Senshi sect has rebelled against the rightful Emperor and Horace has chosen to stay and lend support to the deposed ruler. Now he and Will must find men willing to face the highly trained Senshi warriors, while Alyss and Evanlyn must overcome their longstanding rivalry to seek aid from a mysterious group of mountain dwellers.

Let's Count Goats
Mem Fox and Jan Thomas
This wonderful picture book by acclaimed author Mem Fox has a wonderful, rollicking, rhyming text reminiscent of Where is the Green Sheep? And just like the super successful Green Sheep, early readers will be memorising the simple text  - as well as honing their numeracy skills with all the crazy goats to count!

The Ugly Truth: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid #5
Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really it's cracked up to be? Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older - all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Find out in Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 5 if Greg can make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the 'ugly truth'? 

New CDs and DVDs

Onedin Line Series 3 4 DVD Box Set

The Tudors Season 4 3 DVD Box Set

The Pacific ABC TV Series 6 DVD Box Set

Packed To The Rafters Complete Season 2 6 DVD Box Set

The Gift CD by Susan Boyle

Noel CD by The Priests

Fly Me To The Moon 2 CD Set by Various Artists

Forever Vienna CD and DVD Pack by Andre Rieu

Jack CD by John Farnham

Wind In The Willows The Four Seasons 4 DVD Box Set

Hawke DVD

The Gruen Transfer Complete Series 3 2 DVD Set

The Ashes Then and Now DVD

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