Elvis Aaron Presley 1935-1977
Just a country boy that combed his hair
And put on a shirt his mother made
and went on the air
And he shook it like a chorus girl
And he shook it like a Harlem queen
He shook it like a midnight rambler,
Like you never seen
Then he died
33 years ago.
Song lyrics by Gillian Welch
Here’s this week’s sample of the new items in the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre (ANZC). ANZC is the library’s reference and research centre.
Kiwiana party cakes : fun cakes for fun occasions by Rob Burns and photographs by Charlie Smith has pictures you just want to eat.
The number of cooking books produced in New Zealand is stunning – another one this week is A good spread : recipes from the kitchens of Rural Women New Zealand. These are classic recipes from the pages of the 1965 Women’s Division of Federated Farmers cookbook, and full of culinary creations from your childhood (or not, depending on your age)
In Your 21st century career : new paths to personal success, Heather Carpenter talks about how workers today need to be flexible, creative and innovative to be successful. She includes special exercises, strategies and self-assessment charts for practical self-evaluation when it comes to finding the career that is just right for you. She reckons that “the acquisition of new skills has assumed critical importance”.
Silver wings : New Zealand women in aviation by Shirley Laine tells the story of the many feisty women involved in flying our skies through the years.
Kyle Mewburn, New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award winning author, produces a new story for children in his usual highly imaginative style. In A crack in the sky, nine year old Conor has woken up to find his right arm missing and horns on his head. What?
Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie has provided the best known self-help advice to back-pain sufferers for many years. In his latest volume, 7 steps to a pain-free life ; how to rapidly relieve back and neck pain, written with Craig Kubey, he looks at simple real solutions to back pain and illustrates all his ideas with case studies
And finally a book that deserves a post all to itself – Postcards from Tukums : a family detective story by Ann Gluckman ; edited by Kirsten Warner. A family history with attitude, this is illustrated with a wonderful collection of postcards which were found in the family home as it was being demolished. Fascinatingly entertaining.
More soon – there’s always more……