Auckland Libraries: Top 10 2020 vision

Top 10 2020 vision

Our selection of ​Top 10 books that offer insights into the year that was 2020, curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

The COVID chronicles

Paul Little

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The dramatic story of New Zealand's response to a global pandemic. For the first time in history, on 15 March 2020 the New Zealand government closed the country's borders. What followed was a story unprecedented in almost every way imaginable.

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Hood feminism

Mikki Kendall

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In this collection of essays, Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement. She argues that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women.

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An ethical guidebook to the zombie apocalypse

Bryan Hall

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When your base camp is overrun by zombies, whom do you save if you cannot save everyone? Bryan Hall uses situations like these to creatively introduce the foundational theories of moral philosophy.

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Uncanny valley

Anna Wiener

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In her mid-twenties, Anna Wiener landed at a startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress.

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Aroha

Hinemoa Elder

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Through 52 whakataukī - traditional Māori life lessons - Māori psychiatrist Dr Hinemoa Elder shares the power of Aroha and explores how it could help us all every day.

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Notes from an apocalypse

Mark O'Connell

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We're alive in a time of worst-case scenarios: The weather has gone uncanny, volatile. Our old post-war alliances are crumbling. Everywhere you look there's an omen, a joke whose punchline is the end of the world.

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This Pākehā life

Alison Jones

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This book is about my making sense here, of my becoming and being Pākehā. Every Pākehā becomes a Pākehā in their own way, finding her or his own meaning for that Māori word. This is the story of what it means to me.

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Imagining decolonisation

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This book seeks to demystify decolonisation using illuminating, real-life examples. By exploring the impact of colonisation on Māori and non-Māori alike, Imagining Decolonisation presents a transformative vision of a country that is fairer for all.

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Channel kindness

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A collection of 51 stories of kindness, bravery, and resilience from young people all over the world collected by the Born This Way Foundation and introduced by Lady Gaga.

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When America stopped being great

Nick (Nicholas Andrew) Bryant

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In this highly personal account, drawing on decades of covering Washington for the BBC, Bryant shows how Donald Trump capitalised on the mistakes of his five predecessors and how he became a beneficiary of broken politics.

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