BOOK REVIEW: Musings From Middle Age
By Kerre Woodham (HarperCollins, RRP $35)
This latest book from Kerre Woodham is a must-have handbook for women over 40. It's honest, open and insightful.
The clever yarns, which Woodham is so well-known for, will make you laugh and cry and cry while you laugh - it's hilarious but it's also the honest-to- God truth to getting old. It's not all bad news, however. Once a women survives those heart wrenching "invisible" years there's a lot to look forward to.
There's also a fantastic tip for mums who are struggling with the ever- judgmental eye of her teenage daughter. I won't spill but it's guaranteed to work - as long as it's only used the once.
I will be passing this fantastically funny handbook on to my over-40 friends and family but now I'm off to find a copy of Woodham's Short Fat Chick to Marathon Runner and with a "never jog in a g-string!" quote on the front cover you just know it's gotta be good for ya.
BOOK REVIEW: Our New Zealand
By Sarah Ell and Nicola Legat (Random House NZ, RRP $50)
It's getting to that time of the year when you are perhaps thinking about Christmas gifts for family and friends overseas, and you'd be hard pressed to find something that represents better value than this book.
Subtitled "a Celebration of our National Treasures & Pleasures", this is a lovely hard-covered look at all that is good about New Zealand.
Condensing all our great stuff into one book must have been a hard job for the authors but they have done a great job, covering everything from our music and our culture to recipes and heroes, sporting and otherwise.
This isn't a complete catalogue by any means: I may be an unabashed Kiwi patriot, but I truly believe it would take many, many volumes to cover everything that could be classed as a treasure or pleasure about our country.
BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Pilot
By Jeffrey Paparoa Holman (Penguin $40)
It's hard to describe Christchurch author Jeffrey Paparoa Holman's latest book in a manner that does it justice.
Despite, at first glance, it appearing to be a war story, it's not. But The Lost Pilot is a story about war. More importantly, it's a story about people - both people he knew and some he didn't know, and the impact they've all had on him both in the past and present.
It's also part travel story, covering his journey not only to a foreign land, Japan, but also his exposure to a foreign culture.
REVIEWED BY JILLIAN ALLISON-AITKEN
BOOK REVIEW: Every Dog Has Its Day: A Thousand things You Didn't Know About Man's Best Friend
By Max Cryer (Exisle Publishing, RRP $30)
After penning books on everything from proverbs to music, Max Cryer has now turned his attention to man's best friend.
Cryer is a bloke who knows a lot of things about a lot of things, and in Every Dog Has Its Day he comes up with (more or less) 1000 interesting and often odd facts about dogs.
Ever wondered why dogs spend so much time sniffing anything and everything when you walk them? Where the term "dog-eat-dog world" came from (dogs don't eat other dogs)?
Reviewer Naida Mulligan takes a look at some of the fiction novels available in bookstores now.
The Fall of Light
By Sarah Laing (Random House, RRP $38)
Our first-person narrator is award- winning architect Rudy.
His world is crumbling around him as he seems to be losing his edge at work, is failing to convince his estranged wife to return home with their two daughters and then is almost killed in a Vespa accident. What follows makes for an enjoyable, riveting read.
This is a second novel for critically acclaimed New Zealand graphic designer and author, Sarah Laing, who has also published a short story collection.
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