Chee
 
Our February Book of the Month
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
by Alexander Chee

 Zak: Reader, what's your story What, in its telling, will you allow yourself to know? In this luminous collection of autobiographical essays, Chee harnessesa life's worth of wisdom as he writes his way towards an answer. Invoking the modern masters of the form while remaining true to his own superb idiom, Chee interrogates the substance of his life - the life of an activist, a lover, a son, a gay man, a Korean-American, and a writer - with clarity, insight, and generosity. Each essay in isolation would be enought to warrant the recommendation, such is their strength; together, however, they realise a portrait of striking, often startling beauty. Byturns rapturous, heartbreaking, and deeply moving, Chee's latest is a triumph of art and heart.

John: Superb. A kind of modern Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ma, who happens to be gay and mixed-race. Honest, brave, and beautifully written, these intimate 'essays' forge a most personal memoir, full of profound truths, in which Chee emerges from a childhood defined by bullying, loss, and struggle to become Chee the writer. Highlights include the trauma of love and loss in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic, and the way his rose garden tended to him as much as he tended to it as he looked every inward as a writer and a man. A must read, even more so for aspiring writers.



Dippy Small
 
Our February Kids' Book of the Month
Dippy's Big Day Out
By Jackie French, Bruce Whatley & Ben Smith Whatley

Olivia: All Dippy wants to do is sleep. And eat. Then sleep some more. This shouldn’t be too hard, but when dinosaurs are involved who knows what mischief will occur! Because Dippy isn’t just an ordinary wombat, he’s a diprotodon, the biggest, friendliest, sleepiest wombat who ever lived -  100,000 years ago!

 

From bestselling author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley comes a wonderful new story about the largest, oldest wombat to walk ancient Australia.  Inventive, hilarious and full of mayhem, Dippy’s Big Day Out will have you clutching your stomachs in laughter at the big dopey wombat who just wants to nap.

 

$24.99

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