Dean's Picks for April

Recommended Non-Fiction Reads

Dean is a long-standing member of the Rotorua Library staff. He enjoys non-fiction books and has an excellent eye for informative books that are enjoyable and entertaining.

Check out Dean's picks for April. Click on the book cover to check availability or place a hold on our catalogue*. 




Crimes unspoken by Miriam Gebhardt

The soldiers who occupied Germany after the Second World War were not only liberators: they also brought with them a new threat, as women throughout the country became victims of sexual violence. In this disturbing and carefully researched book, the historian Miriam Gebhardt reveals for the first time the scale of this human tragedy, which continued long after the hostilities had ended. Crimes Unspoken is the first historical account to expose the true extent of sexual violence in Germany at the end of the war, offering valuable new insight into a key period of history.

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Audacity by Jonathan Chait

An unassailable case that, in the eyes of history, Barack Obama will be viewed as one of America's best and most accomplished presidents.
Chait explains why so many observers, from cynical journalists to disheartened Democrats, missed the enormous evidence of progress amidst the smoke screen of extremist propaganda and the confinement of short-term perspective. He also reveals why Obama's accomplishments will last despite the reactionary effort by Donald Trump and the Republicans to extinguish them. Audacity makes clear Obama's victories, and what we need to fight for next.

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For the love of rugby by Steven Gauge

Did You Know...
Who won 152-0 in 2002, the largest margin of victory in an international fixture? The stories behind rugby's best nicknames, like 'Suitcase', 'Raspberry' and 'The Fun Bus'? How the first-ever 'own try' was scored in 2014?
It may not always be beautiful, but rugby is a glorious game. Whether you're a devoted fan, a keen player or a complete newcomer, there's no other sport where titans clash with so much heart and soul. Bringing together history, trivia, amusing anecdotes and fresh insights, this handy volume will be your sweet chariot through the world of the oval ball.

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Once we were sisters by Sheila Kohler

Once We Were Sisters is the story of Maxine and Sheila Kohler. Growing up in the suffocating gentility of 1950s South Africa, the girls plan grand lives for themselves. Maxine is just shy of her fortieth birthday when her husband drives their car off the road and kills her. Sheila returns to South Africa to find answers to her sister's sudden death.

Was Maxine's murder a matter of accident, or destiny? What lies in the soil of their troubled motherland that condemns its women to such violence? Powerful, moving and tragic, Once We Were Sisters an extraordinary account of love and unspeakable loss.

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The Last of the Tsars by Robert Service

In February 1917, Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, abdicated and the dynasty that had ruled an empire for 300 years was forced from power by revolution. Robert Service examines Nicholas's reign in the year before his abdication and the months between that momentous date and his death. This is a masterful study of a man who was almost entirely out of his depth and a compelling account of the social, economic and political foment in Russia in the aftermath of the February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet republic.

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Traveling with ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler

"From grief to reckoning to reflection to solace, a marine biologist shares the solo journey she took - through war-ravaged Eastern Europe, Israel, and beyond - to find peace after her fiancé suffered a fatal attack by a box jellyfish in Thailand."





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Page reviewed: 07 Apr 2017 3:41pm