Staff Picks 2022

Recommended reads from the staff at Puke Ariki, Community Libraries and the Museum 2022

Updated November 28, 2023
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Bridge of Clay
Zusak, Markus
From the author of the no.1 New York Times bestselling novel The Book Thief."An amazing talent in Australian literature" Sunday Telegraph The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love...
Portrait in Sepia
Allende, Isabel
A sequel to Daughter of Fortune, New York Times bestselling author, Isabel Allende, continues her magic with this spellbinding family saga set against war and economic hardship. Aurora del Valle suffers a brutal trauma that erases from her mind all recollection of the first five years of...
The last hours
Walters, Minette
For most, the Black Death is the end. For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning.
The turn of midnight
Walters, Minette
For all those who love Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth, and Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders comes the worldwide-bestselling Minette Walters' compelling and fascinating historical novel of the Plague years.
A gentleman in Moscow
Towles, Amor
The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers Soon to be a Showtime/Paramount+ series starring Ewan McGregor as Count Alexander Rostov From the number one New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and Rules of Civility...
This mortal boy
Kidman, Fiona
An utterly compelling, award-winning recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand. Albert Black, known as the 'jukebox killer', was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July...
It ends with us
Hoover, Colleen
Don't miss IT STARTS WITH US, the sequel to IT ENDS WITH US. Available now...  THE MULTI-MILLION-COPY GLOBAL BESTSELLER. SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOVIE.  Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's...
Reintgen, Scott
Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why Babel recruited himis a mystery, but the number of zeroes on his contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family, forever. As he and nine other teenagers...
The runaway daughter
Rees, Joanna
It's 1926 and Anna Darton is on the run from a terrible crime she was forced into committing. Alone and scared in London, salvation comes in the form of Nancy, a sassy American dancer at the notorious nightclub, The Zip. Re-inventing herself as Vita Casey, Anna becomes part of the line-up and is...
Seven sisters
Riley, Lucinda
Maia D'Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, 'Atlantis' - a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva - having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him...
Shusterman, Neal
In a perfect world, what is there left to fear? A chilling and thought-provoking sci-fi novel from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman. A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death. In a world where disease, war and crime have been...
Throne of Glass
Maas, Sarah J.
'One of the best fantasy book series of the past decade' TIMEEnter the realm. Unleash the darkness. Live the legend.In a land without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. Celaena Sardothien has no love for the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass, but she has not come to...
American dirt
Cummins, Jeanine
Body, the
Bryson, Bill
#1 Bestseller in both hardback and paperback- SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE _______ 'A directory of wonders.' - The Guardian 'Jaw-dropping.' - The Times ...
A Paris year : my day-to-day adventures in the most romantic city in the world
Macleod, Janice
There are many guide books to Paris, but the gorgeously illustrated A PARIS YEAR is a guide book not just for those walking the streets of the City of Light but for the armchair traveller, the dreamer, the person who has been to Paris and wants to reminisce.When Janice MacLeod arrived in Paris, she...
Total meditation
Chopra, Deepak
'A huge subject tackled beautifully' FEARNE COTTON Times are hard. Meditation doesn't have to be. Meditation leads to transformation. It affects every aspect of your wellbeing and can bring about positive change in your body, affect your mental...

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