My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki

When documentary maker Jane Takagi-Little finally lands a job producing a Japanese television show that just happens to be sponsored by an American meat-exporting business, she uncovers some unsavoury truths about love, fertility, and a dangerous hormone called DES. Soon she will also cross paths with Akiko Ueno, a beleaguered Japanese housewife struggling to escape…

Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia

Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia by Steve Cannane My rating: 3 of 5 stars Fair Game was a really informative book and it’s set off a chain reaction of interest in the subject of Scientology. I listened to the audiobook edition that was read by the author and I felt…

Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren

Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren We all love someone. We all fear something. Sometimes they live right next door – or even closer. Kane will do everything he can to save his mother and his little brother Sam from the violence of his father, even if it means becoming a monster himself. Mrs…

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Where to get it: All good bookstores When can I get my hands on it: Out now! What can I expect: stereotypes, yin and yang type characters (two sides of the same coin type of deal), dead babies, demanding men, minimalism, contradiction, a generally poor book. Just another thriller to add to the growing pile…

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose She watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found…

Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski

Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries…

Q & A with Claire Corbett, Author of Watch Over Me

The pressure of my blood, the beat of my heart, is a message to you. You read each second of my body’s life. It is the present day. The foggy northern city of Port Angelsund is under occupation by the soldiers of Garrison. Sylvie is a young woman just trying to survive. When she is…

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half brother, it opens the door to a past she…

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping…

Facial Cleansing for Dummies

A Cosmetic Simpleton’s Review of Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash by Origins Let me preface this by saying that I am probably the last person on Earth who should be writing about anything even remotely related to cosmetics; I mean I’ve literally only learned the difference between velvet and matte lipsticks in the last…

Country Roads by Nicole Hurley-Moore

The compelling story of a grief-stricken man reeling from tragedy and a hard-working female farmer dealing with betrayal who may just find love and healing with each other. Rebecca Duprey is working day and night to keep the family sheep station, Bluestone Ridge, afloat. But Bec’s father, who’s been in a wheelchair since a farming…