BOOKS TO UNPLUG AND UNWIND

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THE CHEF
James Patterson
The astonishing multimedia thriller – first seen on Facebook – now in print for the first time. Police detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night, now Caleb Rooney has a new title: Most Wanted. In the Carnival days leading up to Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty – as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable discoveries. His beloved city is under threat of attack. And these would-be terrorists may be local.

 

HOW TO GIVE UP PLASTIC
Will McCallum
12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, killing over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals; by 2050 there is likely to be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight. Plastic pollution is the environmental scourge of our age, but how can you make a difference? This book offers a handy guide for what we can do in our own homes, communities and workplaces to start bringing about the end of our plastic-dependent age. It covers all ground, from easy wins such as using a reusable keep cup for your morning coffee, to lesser-known hacks like fixing a filter to your washing machine to catch some of the mircofibres released from your clothes (microfibres are responsible for up to 30% of plastic in the ocean).

 

HOW TO IKIGAI
Tim Tamashiro
“Ikigai” is a Japanese concept originating from Okinawa that translates to “reason for being”. Finding you “ikigai” or “passion” will bring about great meaning and satisfaction to your life. Although these directions seem simple they are deceivingly difficult to do. Tamashiro transforms ikigai from its abstract form into a simple practice that is within reach for anyone by explaining it in a simple but abstract map for living a meaningful life. After reading this book, you will understand how to implement ikigai’s four directions in your own life: do what you love, do what you’re good at, do what the world needs, and do what you can be rewarded for.

 

 

I BUILT NO SCHOOL IN KENYA
Kirsten Drysdale
In September 2010, Kirsten Drysdale was tricked. Her friend called with a job offer too curious to refuse – a gig as a dementia carer for a rich old man in Kenya. All expenses-paid, plenty of free time to travel or do some freelance reporting. It was only on arrival in Nairobi that she discovered the rich old man’s family was fighting a war around him, and that she would be on the front line. Caught in the crossfire of all kinds of wild accusations, she also had to spy on his wife, rebuff his marriage proposals, and while the Kenyan army was invading Somalia. This travelogue-tragedy-farce explores race, wealth, love, death, family, nationhood, sanity, and is almost entirely true.

 

THE BOYS IN THE CAVE
Matt Guttman
Gutman, Chief National Correspondent for ABC News, covered the rescue of the Thai soccer team on the ground in Thailand and returned to report on the story behind the story in this gripping book. He went deep inside the caves himself and interviewed dozens of rescuers, experts and eye-witnesses around the world. The result is this pulse-pounding page-turner that vividly recreates the miracle rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave miles underground for nearly three weeks — and documents the ingenuity and sacrifice it took to succeed.

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