Good Reading : February 2006
DEFIANT BIRTH: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics Melinda Tankard Reist Which life is worth living and how should we – or should we not – interfere? These are heartbreaking stories of women faced with eugenic medical practices and their resistance to the ideology of perfection. RRP: $27.95 HOLDING YAWULYU: White Culture and Black Women’s Law Zohl dé Ishtar Reading this book changes you. For two years, the author lived in a tin shed with the women elders of Wirrimanu. Deeply moving, Holding Yawulyu is a book about the effects of white culture and colonisation. RRP: $32.95 THE WORD BURNERS Beryl Fletcher Commonwealth Writers’ Award How do you decide to live? Or do others make that decision for you? In this lyrical novel, Beryl Fletcher explores the paradoxes of modern life. RRP: $24.95 WHITE TURTLE Merlinda Bobis Steele Rudd Award and National Book Award, Philippines These enigmatic tales are stories of chance and hope. Alternately mythic, wistful and quirky, Merlinda Bobis’ writing resonates with an original and confident voice. RRP: $21.95 DARKNESS MORE VISIBLE Finola Moorhead When Margot Gorman finds a body in the women’s toilet a tangle of mysteries opens up. A tri-athlete, ex-cop and wine connoisseur, Margot Gorman’s foes range from miners and drug dealers to cyberconspirators and gay bashers. “A contemporary classic.” —Debra Adelaide, Sydney Morning Herald RRP: $24.95 A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: The Meaning of Dogs in Women’s Lives Edited by Jan Fook and Renate Klein The best-selling book that started the series exploring the significance of animals in women’s lives. With photographs, poems and stories that tell funny, sad and amazing tales. Also available: Cat Tales and HorseDreams. RRP: $32.95 SEVEN SISTERS OF THE PLEIADES: Stories from around the World Munya Andrews What do Halloween, Atlantic, Subaru, the American Presidential elections, the Petticoat Lane markets in London, the ship Titanic, and atlases all have in common? Each can be traced to the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades. RRP: $34.95 STILL WAVING Laurene Kelly “The doubts of yesterday left as soon as I caught my first wave.” Julie is sixteen and catching waves is her passion. She faces the dumpers. But will she flail under past tragedies? Or will she swim to safety? RRP: $19.95 THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Susan Hawthorne “The Butterfly Effect, the flutter of a miniscule wing in one place, moving oceans and mountains elsewhere. This book is a vital eddy, it manifests energy, it demands response.” —Judith Rodriguez RRP: $24.95 EVIL: A novel Diane Bell Sex, silence and sin. Three words written in her notebook by the new professor. But there is more. For evil is in the air. A novel of ideas mixed with sleuthing and unravelling of campus mysteries. RRP: $24.95 ZEST FOR LIFE: Lesbians’ Experiences of Menopause Jennifer Kelly A model for how menopause could be experienced by all women. Jennifer Kelly examines body image, supportive partners and different approaches to aging. RRP: $27.95 NOT FOR SALE: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography Edited by Christine Stark and Rebecca Whisnant This international anthology brings together research, personal stories from survivors of the sex industry and theory from women and men. RRP: $34.95 Hear these writers and many more at Story Passions, a weekend of women’s literary and arts festivities, North Melbourne Town Hall Arts House, 3-5 March 2006. Recent releases New releases Classic Spinifex Titles For more titles and information on the Story Passions program visit our website www.spinifexpress.com.au Celebrate 15 years of independent publishing.
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