Tag Archive: non-fiction

Feb 05

Review: Love in the Time of Contempt by Joanne Fedler

While our teenagers wear their ‘no-one gets me’ attitude like a badge, as parents we long for reassurance that we aren’t alone; that someone else understands the fears and frustrations as well as the pride and joy brought into our lives by our teenage children. Joanne Fedler’s book Love in the Time of Contempt: Consolations …

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Apr 15

Review: Beijing Tai Tai by Tania McCartney

I’m not in general a big fan of autobiographies, biographies and memoirs. My hesitation comes, perhaps, from a fear that I will find that I have nothing in common with the person in question – no point of contact or common interest that will enable me to relate their experiences to my own in some …

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Mar 13

Review: The Hunger Games Official Illustrated Movie Companion

I admit I don’t tend to get too excited about movies based on books I’ve read, even when I loved the books as much as I loved The Hunger Games trilogy. I still haven’t seen the Harry Potter movies (I can hear your gasps of shock from here) and although I knew that The Hunger …

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May 05

Book Review: The Autism Experience by Valerie Foley

The Autism Experience by Valerie Foley

Summary (Jane Curry Publishing) The Autism Experience is a guide to bringing up children with Autism Spectrum Disorder written by parents who have themselves navigated the medical maze, braved the behavioural problems and survived the emotional rollercoaster associated with caring for someone with autism. Each chapter in The Autism Experience is based on a question …

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Jun 08

Review: Towards the True Kinship of Faiths by The Dalai Lama

In a world where we so often focus on what divides us, it is refreshing to read a book that stresses that we don’t have to be in total agreement with someone to treat them with respect and compassion.

While I don’t necessarily prescribe to some of the polytheistic premises of the book, I did enjoy reading this extremely well presented and intelligent consideration of how faiths based on fundamental principles of compassion, love and acceptance should be able to work together rather than causing some of the most destructive rifts and conflicts in human history.

It was extremely interesting to read insights into the major religions of the world – Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism – and to see just how much overlap there was in the basic principles.

Apr 25

Book Review: E W Cole: Chasing the Rainbow by Lisa Lang

E W Cole: Chasing the Rainbow by Lisa Lang

Title: E W Cole: Chasing the Rainbow Author: Lisa Lang Publisher: Arcade Publications, 2007 (90 pages) ISBN: 978-0-9804367-0-9 Genre: non-fiction – Australian history, biography Summary (from Arcade Publications website) ‘The reign of knowledge and humanity is coming’ – EW Cole Lisa Lang introduces us to Melbourne’s most eccentric entrepreneur, taking us on the journey from …

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Mar 16

Book Review: Let’s Talk About Sex by Robie H Harris

Let's Talk About Sex by Robie H Harris

Title: Let’s Talk About Sex (15th Anniversary Edition) Author: Robie H Harris Illustrator: Michael Emberley Publisher: Walker Books, 2010 Topic: Sex Education, Sexual Health, Physical Development Summary (from publisher website) An updated, 15th anniversary edition of the definitive book on kids’ sexual health brings this trusted resource into the twenty-first century. Now with a brand-new …

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Feb 15

Book Review: Lauren Luke Looks by Lauren Luke

Lauren Luke Make-Up Tutorials

Title: Lauren Luke Looks Author: Lauren Luke Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, 2009 (205 pages) ISBN: 978-0-340-99784-0 Topic: make-up application, celebrity looks Summary (Hachette Australia website) ‘I just love colour! I have always been excited by colourful make-up and the endless amount of different looks you can create with it. I love the way it can …

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Feb 08

Book Review – Parenting by Kathy Walker

Parenting by Kathy Walker

Title: Parenting Subtitle: A Practical Guide to Raising Preschool and Primary-School Children Author: Kathy Walker Publisher: Penguin Viking, 2010 (262 pages) ISBN: 978-0-670-07422-8 Topic: Parenting, raising children Summary (from publisher website) Does your child have trouble settling at bedtime? Refuse to sit at the table for meals? Ignore you or argue when you say it’s …

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Sep 16

Book Review – 1001 Best Things to See and Do in New Zealand by Peter Janssen

1001 Best Things to See and Do in New Zealand by Peter Janssen

Title: 1001 Best Things to See and Do in New Zealand Author: Peter Janssen Publisher: Hodder NZ, 2009 (456 pages) ISBN: 978-1-86971-160-3 Topic: Travel Guide – New Zealand I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand, but the opportunity to travel “across the ditch” has unfortunately never come up. Despite the fact that it is closer …

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