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Hurting in different ways, Veronica Maughan

Life On Volcanoes: Contemporary Essays Janet McAllister (ed) Beatnik Publishing, $25.00, ISBN 9780994138392 Life On Volcanoes: Contemporary Essays first and foremost intimidated me. I am 19, a second-year university student. I work part-time in a café, as a waitress. I…
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The Hutt Valley takes Manhattan … Murray Bramwell

Book Of Cohen  David Cohen Steele Roberts, $30.00, ISBN 9780947493882 Book Of Cohen is a singular volume with multiple objectives: “This was always going to be a work by one Cohen (that would be me) on another Cohen (that would…
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Making conversation, Michele A’Court

Past Caring? Women, Work And Emotion Barbara Brookes, Jane McCabe and Angela Wanhalla Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781988531342 Still Counting: Wellbeing, Women’s Work And Policy-making Marilyn Waring BWB Texts, $15.00, ISBN 9781988545530 A few days ago at a book…
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Speaking frankly, Margaret Sparrow

My Body, My Business: New Zealand Sex Workers In An Era Of Change Caren Wilton (Madeleine Slavick photographer) Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 9781988531328 As I write this review, I hear a news item that Dame Catherine Healy DNZM and…
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Galling truth, Megan Dunn

Kaitiaki o te Pō: Essays  John-Paul Powley  Seraph Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994134592 I am in two minds about John-Paul Powley’s Kaitiaki o te Pō – this is a good essay collection, even really good. But goodness is also Powley’s Achilles…
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Women past and present, Kim Worthington

Women Equality Power: Helen Clark: Selected Speeches from a Life of Leadership Allen and Unwin, $45.00, ISBN 9781988547053 Women Now: The Legacy of Female Suffrage Bronwyn Labrum (ed) Te Papa Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780994146007 If there was ever a year…
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The unnerving detritus of what was, Jane Westaway

The Shops Steve Braunias and Peter Black (photographer) Luncheon Sausage Books, $40.00, ISBN 9780908689941 Once upon a time, I met people who owned a shop. I was young and impressionable and, on my first visit, was dazzled by a window…
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Downtown voices and sugar-rush diction, David Cohen

The Journal of Urgent Writing 2016 Nicola Legat (ed) Massey University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780994130068 Tell You What 2017: Great New Zealand Nonfiction  Susanna Andrew and Jolisa Gracewood (eds) Auckland University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9781869408602 If I had to name…
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Rethinking the past, Melissa Laing

Re-inventing New Zealand: Essays on the Arts and the Media  Roger Horrocks Atuanui Press, $45.00, ISBN 9780992245382 As I opened a blank document to begin this review, a tweet popped up in my feed from Morgan Godfery: “Sure,” Godfery writes…
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Shining a transformative light, Sarah Quigley

Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand Ingrid Horrocks and Cherie Lacey (eds) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776560707 At a time when much of Europe is preoccupied with redefining – and defending – boundaries, New Zealand is…
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