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Book Club Reads

Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) Book Club

The Marlborough District Library (Blenheim) Book Club theme for April was sport.

The theme for May is sport short stories.

Our next meeting is Thursday 26 May at 6.30 pm.

Picton Library Book Club

The April theme for the Picton Library Book Club is a book with your first name, that can be a character or the author.

The next Picton Library Book Club meeting will be Thursday 12 May.

Below are some of the titles read by the Picton Book Club with recipes in them.

Blood, Sweat and Steel by Curtis McGrath

Adult non-fiction available as an audiobook on Borrowbox

In 2012, combat engineer Curtis McGrath was serving in the Australian army in Afghanistan when, in the line of duty, he stepped on a mine. Seriously injured but still conscious and aware he'd bleed out and die within minutes, Curtis, as the unit's chief first-aid officer, directed his comrades to apply tourniquets and administer an IV and morphine. Then, as he was stretchered to a helicopter, fearing he would never see his family again, he joked that he planned to become a Paralympian.

Just months later, he was up and walking on prosthetic legs, motivated by the opportunity to march with his unit in their welcome-home ceremony. Kayaking gave him a new sense of purpose, and in 2013, he and his father, Paul, paddled 700 kilometres from Sydney to Brisbane to raise funds for Mates4Mates, which supports current and former Defence Force members.

Passionate about the power of sport to transform lives, Curtis is ready at last to share his extraordinary story, and how he has approached every setback and challenge with courage, resilience, humour and grit.

See if Blood, Sweat and Steel is available on Borrowbox or place a hold

Lovelock by James McNeish

Adult fiction

A novel based on the life of Jack Lovelock; published with 'Berlin Diary', McNeish's journal written in Germany while researching the novel; and an afterword, which contains a commentary on Lovelock's death.

See if Lovelock is available on our catalogue or place a hold

My Life, My Fight by Steven Adams

Adult non-fiction 796.323 ADA

Steven Adams shares the story behind his meteoric rise from the streets of Rotorua to his emerging stardom in the NBA.

See if My Life, My Fight is available on our catalogue or place a hold

Open by Andre Agassi

Adult non-fiction 92 AGA

A candid memoir by the tennis champion covers his Grand Slam wins, establishment of a charitable foundation for underprivileged children, and marriage to Stefanie Graf.

See if Open is available on our catalogue or place a hold

Sooley by John Grisham

Adult fiction

After seventeen-year-old Samuel "Sooley" Sooleymon receives a college scholarship to play basketball for North Carolina Central, he moves to Durham from his native, war-torn South Sudan, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season, but Sooley has a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America, working tirelessly on his game until he dominates everyone in practice, and when Sooley is called off the bench, the legend begins.

See if Sooley is available on our catalogue or place a hold

A Speck in the Sea: a story of survival and rescue by John Aldridge

Adult non-fiction 910.45 ALD

In the dead of night on July 24th 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below. As desperate hours ticked by, Sosinski, the families, the local Montauk fishing community and the US Coast Guard mobilised in an unprecedented search effort that culminated in a rare and exhilarating success. Aldridge's wrenching first-person account intertwines with the narrative of the massive, constantly evolving rescue operation designed to save him. A tale of survival, perseverance, and community, 'A Speck in the Sea' tells of one man's struggle to survive as friends and strangers work separately, and together to bring him home.

See if A Speck in the Sea is available on our catalogue or place a hold