Caught Reading with The Alexandra Library

The Alexandra Library, in Central Victoria on Taungurung Country, is part of the Murrindindi Library Service. They collaborate with Yarra Plenty Regional Library to present books, magazines, DVDs and audio material of great variety.

Inside their welcoming library you will find their friendly team, who enjoy reading a selection of modern reads and nostalgic favourites. Good Reading dropped in to find out what they’re reading.

 

LISA NOLTE Team Leader

What are you reading now?
Limberlost by Robbie Arnott.

What is it about?
A boy, a boat and a Tasmanian summer. Life lessons and self-discovery.

Would you recommend it?
Yes.

What made you choose that book?
An interview on UGFM local radio with the author, really made the story come alive, and I have a young adult son in Launceston, so it called to me.

What’s one of your all-time favourite books?
Five Dollars by Elliot Perlman. It was a breath of fresh air when it was released.

 

NICOLE Library Officer – Customer Experience

What are you reading now?
Empress of the Nile by Lynne Olsen.

What is it about?
A comprehensive account of Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt’s incredible Egyptological journey, detailing her beginnings carving a career for herself as a curator of the Egyptian Department at the Louvre in the 1930s. It highlights her commitment to the Resistance in France during World War II, to her fundamental role as she spearheaded the international campaign to save ancient Nubian temples from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam during the 1950s and ’60s.

Would you recommend it?
Yes, absolutely!

What made you choose that book?
Olsen describes Desroches-Noblecourt as a feisty and exceptionally driven woman, overcoming discrimination and inequality, to becoming a highly regarded lecturer, Egyptologist, and author. The author brings to light Desroches-Noblecourt’s grit, determination, and political savvy; documenting her life’s adventures – continuing to publish her works and to head yearly to Egypt to lead archaeological digs in her 70s! An eye-opening and inspirational story and a woman ahead of her time.

What’s one of your all-time favourite books?
Don’t have one, always looking for the next adventure!

 

SAMUEL Library Officer – Customer Experience

What are you reading now?
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harrari.

What is it about?
Sapiens follows the anthropological, cultural, and political history of humans, asking the big questions such as how we came to be as a species and how our species succeeded in the ecological battle for dominance. Harrari’s text is bold and provocative and delivers a profound insight into our history, the human experience, and how we came to be. Would you recommend it? I absolutely recommend the book for anyone interested in our history, not just recorded history, but that of our archaic ancestors. The book is very suited for curious minds.

What made you choose that book?
When I heard of this book I chose it out of my vast interest in science, politics, and especially evolutionary biology.

What’s one of your all-time favourite books?
My all-time favourite novel is Suzanne Collins’ Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is a must-read for any ‘Hunger Games’ fanatics. It is a raw and emotional novel that really highlights Collins’ writing capabilities, and the book draws you in and keeps you on edge!

 

WENDY Library Volunteer

What are you reading now?
Mandala: A novel of India by Pearl S Buck, published in 1971.

What is it about?
The novel explores problems which confront a princely family in the new India and the mysticism which still pervades everyday life. Political events strip Prince Jagat of his title and most of his wealth. Traditions are relaxing and the youth are questioning the old ways, in particular, arranged marriages. Prince Jagat converts a palace into a hotel for tourists in an endeavour to raise funds to support his subjects, who rely on him for housing, education and wellbeing within the palace.

There is no love between Jagat and his wife, Moti, an arranged marriage. When Jagat falls in love with an American woman, he is tormented. Having an affair would surely mean losing the respect of his subjects, the thousands of village people for whom he is responsible. Meanwhile, he ponders if Moti is involved with the priest who is a regular visitor. As always, the loyal servants are watching and listening.

Would you recommend it?
Yes, it is beautifully written. What made you choose that book? It was recommended by library staff.

What’s one of your all-time favourite books?
Anything by Nicholas Sparks because he is brilliant. His writing touches all of one’s emotions.

 

STEPHEN Library Officer – Customer Experience

What are you reading now?
Monet’s Table: The cooking journals of Claude Monet by Claire Jones and Slow Cooker Cookbook by Barbara C Jones.

What are they about?
The recipes and dining habits of the artist Claude Monet and his friends, and the other is simple recipes that I can throw together in the morning to be ready for the evening meal.

Would you recommend them?
Both have recipes that I’d like to try or have already utilised. A range from upmarket French to peasant fare.

What made you choose these books?
To graduate from simple meat and three vegetables. Plus they were only two dollars each at the opportunity shop!

What’s one of your all-time favourite books?
I don’t have a favourite book. I read and keep books to source useful information, for example ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture by AI Root for my beekeeping and Fowler’s Method of Bottling Fruits and Vegetables by J Fowler.

 

LIBBY Library Officer – Customer Experience

What are you reading now?
Never just one book, but currently this includes The Flow by Amy-Jane Beer.

What is it about?
A journey through the waterways that claimed the life of a friend. The author quietly immerses herself in the power, awe, and spirituality of the river. Fascinating read.

Would you recommend it?
Yes, well worth reading.

What made you choose that book?
I chose it from a shortlist for the Wainwright Prize for Nature and Conservation writing 2023.

What’s one of your all-time favourite books?
Anything by the Polish author Ryszard Kapusinski and Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain.

Author: Suzanne Collins

Category: Children's, Teenage & educational

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Scholastic Inc

ISBN: 9781760265335

RRP: $22.99

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