Auckland Libraries: Read a play, poem, essay or short story

Read a play, poem, essay or short story

These ten titles are examples of ten different kinds of non-fiction worth exploring.

Urbanesia

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A play! If you're like, "Not Oscar Wilde again!", fast forward to Oscar Kightley! And Victor Rodger, Courtney Sina Meredith and the other talented writers behind these scripts about the encounter of Pacific and Western cultures in Aotearoa today.

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Dear heart

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A poem! This collection of 150 kiwi love poems has something for everyone: odes to lovers but also to a mother, a river, a child, even to a bicycle. Or if you have little ones to read to, try Green's "A treasury of NZ poems for children".

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Bad feminist

Roxane Gay

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An essay! These funny, insightful pieces span personal history, politics, criticism and feminism. Try also Zadie Smith, Joan Didion, Geoff Dyer, Rebecca Solnit, George Orwell, Jo Ann Beard, Charles D'Ambrosio and New Zealand's Ashleigh Young.

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Helter skelter

Vincent Bugliosi

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True crime! The subject matter may be disturbing, even shocking, but these books are a fascinating look into the human mind. How did Manson make his 'family' kill for him? What made those young men and women kill with no trace of remorse?

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David Sedaris diaries

David Sedaris

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A diary! Here's an illustrated edition of 40 years of diaries from the hilarious and self-deprecating David Sedaris. And if you're exploring the literary canon, you can't do better than the diaries of Virginia Woolf or Franz Kafka.

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Lucky punch

Simone Kaho

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Flash fiction! The characters in this love story set in the encroaching urban dystopia of 1980s Auckland navigate through cultural voids and colonial Pacific bloodlines, in a blend of lyric storytelling, flash fiction and poems with alluring depths.

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Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh

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Letters! In addition to his superb art, Van Gogh left behind a fascinating body of correspondence which speaks of his quest to find his destiny, his close bond with his brother Theo, his yearning for recognition, and his love of art and literature.

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Journals

Kurt Cobain

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Journals! Kurt Cobain filled dozens of notebooks with lyrics, drawings, and writings about Nirvana, the meaning of fame, the state of music, and the people who bought and sold him and his music. More than twenty survived, published here in facsimile.

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Dark night

Martin Edmond

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Creative non-fiction! In 1984, Colin McCahon went missing in Sydney for a night. Martin Edmond, winner of the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Non-Fiction, imagines that night.

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So you've been publicly shamed

Jon Ronson

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Cultural commentary! Here's a great example: a radically empathetic book about public shaming, and about shaming as social control. What are the effects of social media-enabled collective outrage on the shamed and those shaming them?

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Karen

LibrarianCentral City Library

Auckland Libraries:Book list Recommended reading lists about different topics and genres to help you find new books to read.