From New Zealand to New York: Cool new stuff from selectors

The Native Land Court 1862-1887Cover of The Native Land Court by Richard Boast.

Perhaps not the easy read to take on holiday but never the less an important moment in our understanding of New Zealand history, this book contains a full introduction explaining the history of the Maori Land Court and contains over 100 principal cases each of which include full text and introductory commentary explaining the case and its significance.

The author stresses that this is a New Zealand legal history, not to “Maori history” or ethnohistory, and this interview with him explains more fully his reasons for writing such an important book.

 

Taryn Simon: The Picture Collection

I haven’t actually seen this book, but seeing as it is inspired by the New York Public Library’s picture archive (which contains 1.2 million prints, postcards, posters, and printed images, most of which have been cut from secondary sources, such as books and magazines,) I am intrigued to see the images it contains. The book is based on an exhibition of the same name.

Cover of Humans of New YorkHumans of NewYork  emerged from a very popular blog of the same name.  It features random photos from around New York of everyday people, alongside anecdotes that capture what life it really like in a vibrant often unforgiving city.

I’ve taken over 5,000 portraits of people in New York, and I find out a little bit about everyone I photograph…”

“Well, you’re not finding out a thing about me!”

 

 

Cover of Stuff I've been readingIn his new book Stuff I’ve been Reading Nick Hornby tells us to “read what you enjoy, not what bores you”.  Taken from the American magazine The Believer these short entertaining articles give us a glimpse of Nick Hornby’s life and reading habits, and is definitely a book to enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

four hundred colour photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, and a distinctive vellum jacket, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that will appeal not just to those who have been drawn in by the outsized personalities of New York, but to anyone interested in the breathtaking scope of humanity it displays. Heartfelt and moving, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of a city. “An instant publishing phenomenon.” –“The New York Times” “Visually arresting and disarmingly deep… The photographs in this volume, some of which have never been published before, capture the city’s inhabitants with a commendable eye for demographic diversity and everyday street fashion. But it’s Stanton’s interviews with his subjects, usually excerpted from their rawest moments, that are the most captivating as they highlight both the hardship and the little victories of an often-unforgiving city.” – – See more at: http://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/841218037_humans_of_new_york#sthash.jiR3axhp.dpuf
four hundred colour photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, and a distinctive vellum jacket, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that will appeal not just to those who have been drawn in by the outsized personalities of New York, but to anyone interested in the breathtaking scope of humanity it displays. Heartfelt and moving, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of a city. “An instant publishing phenomenon.” –“The New York Times” “Visually arresting and disarmingly deep… The photographs in this volume, some of which have never been published before, capture the city’s inhabitants with a commendable eye for demographic diversity and everyday street fashion. But it’s Stanton’s interviews with his subjects, usually excerpted from their rawest moments, that are the most captivating as they highlight both the hardship and the little victories of an often-unforgiving city.” – – See more at: http://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/841218037_humans_of_new_york#sthash.jiR3axhp.dpuf

Fantasy newsletter May 2014

A selection of covers from the latest Fantasy newsletter. This and other newsletters can be subscribed to from the libraries’ website.

Cover of The Tropic of Serpents Cover of Reflected Cover of Seven wonders Cover of Baptism of Fire Cover of The war of the grail Cover of Powers: supergroup

Touch Wood by Gitbox Rebellion – free online New Zealand music

Only a hard heart could resist the  infectious charm of Touch Wood. It is infused with a colourful mix of generic and cultural influences and an undeniable musical passion.

The core-group of Gitbox Rebellion, Nigel, Kim, Jonathan and Russell, are joined by a number of friends on a variety of instruments.

The second Gitbox album is chock full of jaunty, delicate, heartfelt and twisted tunes. This time round, a selection of new instruments are added, including cello, violin, tablas, bass and sheng. Pop, funk, jazz, African, classical, Indian ragas, folk and blues mesh into the group’s sound. Touch Wood is a revolution.
– Suzanne Court, Music in NZ

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.