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Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Secret Daughter
by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2011
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Set in the past 30 years in India and the United States, Secret Daughter tells the parallel stories of Asha’s two families – one, her birth parents in India, who after delivering her to an orphanage, go on to have a baby boy and live hard, but relati...more
Her Father's Daughter by Alice Pung
Her Father's Daughter
by Alice Pung
read in November, 2011
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Alice Pung’s second book complements her first, by providing the background to how her family came to be Australian, and what they had to go through to get here.

A refugee story, told through Alice’s successful first generation Aussie-Asian eyes, ‘He...more
The Year Before the Flood by Ned Sublette
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This book details a great deal of American history in order to explain the origins of the city of New Orleans and it’s many distinctive musical styles.

The purpose of all this is, of course, to celebrate and appreciate this world that was, but also t...more
All That I Am by Anna Funder
All That I Am
by Anna Funder
read in December, 2011
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This novel, based on real people and events, is a powerful account of middle-class, educated Germans resistance to Hitler’s regime, in the years between the first and second world wars.

History, delivered with Funder’s personal touch enables one to u...more
Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance by Howard Pedersen
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A collaborative work between historian Howard Pedersen and Kimberley man, Banjo Woorunmurra, this is a story of the “fight for survival against the destructive terror of white colonisation” (Foreword by Peter Yu, Former Executive Director of the Kimb...more
The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin
The Songlines
by Bruce Chatwin
read in August, 2011
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Bruce Chatwin takes us on a journey through Central Australia, delving into what Songlines are and what they mean to Indigenous Australians.

Although dry and theoretical in parts, Chatwin’s depictions of characters and experiences create a starting p...more
Kings In Grass Castles by Mary Durack
Kings In Grass Castles
by Mary Durack
read in August, 2011
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This is a personal tale, of the Irish migrant family’s toils and troubles in Australian cattle-farming in the mid-1800s.

It doesn’t attempt to present a balanced view of the times, nor honestly present the impact such settlers had on Indigenous Austr...more
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Zeitoun
by Dave Eggers
read in September, 2011
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Zeitoun, the surname of the story’s main protagonist, is a devastating tale of what happened to one New Orleanian family in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Having lived through many such storms and having the responsibility of maintaini...more
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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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