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Studies during the global COVID-19 pandemic have shown that people are spending twice as much time curled up with a book than they did before the lockdown. Now that libraries are beginning to open back up across South Australia, here are some page-turners worth investing some time in. 

To stay up to date with the status of each library across the state, visit the City of Adelaide website by clicking here


A Classic: To Kill A Mockingbird

A Pulitzer Prize winning novel from 1960, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most famous books of all time. If you haven’t read this literary masterpiece yet, now is the perfect time and even if you have, why not give it a second, third or fourth spin? 

Brilliantly written and bursting with gloriously crafted characters and plot, this is a classic in every sense of the word. Not one to shy away from genuine issues, no matter how difficult to discuss, To Kill a Mockingbird has been a mainstay of schools across the globe since it was released due to it’s moral compass and realism. 

Atticus Finch is always worth spending time with so ask your librarian where he rests on the shelves today. 

 

Sports Fans: The Perfect Mile

Most fans of sport will have some understanding of what it meant when the four minute barrier was broken for a single mile on foot. Many believed it would never be done, that it could never be done. 

Neal Bascomb tells the story, in sensational detail and at a pace worthy of the efforts it describes, of three runners who not only believed it to be possible but were convinced they were the ones destined to achieve it. After each athlete suffered agonising defeat at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, the four-minute mile became an obsession for each. 

Allow Bascomb to strap you into a roller coaster narrative that almost reads as fiction due to the remarkable path it traverses across the globe. This book will have you on the edge of your seat until the final paragraph. 

 

Heartstrings: A Little Life

This book may have a whole bunch of pages but it has an abundance of something much more important: heart. It may seem a daunting book to pick up, and in all honesty, the content gets even more daunting from there, but every second you spend in the company of this book is worth it.

Follow the lives of four friends trying to find a life both together and apart in the iconic city of New York. By the time the final page is turned, you will have spent more and half a century with this characters and you won’t want to say goodbye. 

Tears are a guarantee with this novel so be prepared to let the emotions flow as the words bring you into a perfectly illuminated world. 

 

Self Help: Lost Connections

There is no end of books out there promoting health and happiness, but Lost Connections is something slightly different. It takes a look at what society believes to be true about mental health and questions if we need to reconsider out long-held opinions about issues like depression and anxiety. 

Drawing on a remarkable breadth of scientific research, case studies and personal experience, author Johann Hari will raise plenty of questions but he will also provide plenty of answers. Sometimes we need to change our perspective to see the bigger picture and Hari has attempted to do exactly that with this heartwarming book.

 

Foodies: Kitchen Confidential

The quintessential story of the American kitchen scene in the 80’s and 90’s, this is the book that launched Anthony Bourdain to stardom. Beginning as a single article that ended up in the New Yorker, within 48 hours Bourdain had a book deal. That’s how great this guy’s writing is!

Before the tv shows and the words that put him on the culinary map, Anthony Bourdain was a line cook with an addictive personality and an ability to find the fun. And the trouble. Part confessional and part commentary, Kitchen Confidential is insightful and hilarious while also debaucherous and unsettling. 

Above all though, it is honest and compelling. There will not be many who could read this book without falling in love with Anthony Bourdain in some form. 

 

History: Sapiens

Have you ever wondered just how the human race made it from the Stone Age through to the 21st Century? If not, have a crack at it now. Any luck? Well if you need some help then this book by Yuval Noah Harari has everything you need.

Trace our path from the cognitive revolution of around 70,000 BCE to the agricultural revolution of 10,000 BCE all the way through to the scientific revolution of 1500 CE and be sure to enjoy the ride. Harari hits on some incredible topics and will never leave you bored thanks to his masterful storytelling style. 

You won’t find a better book detailing the entire history of the human race that isn’t a length J.R.R Tolkien would be proud of! 

 

Biography: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Written in 1969, this groundbreaking biography of American writer and poet Maya Angelou is a tale that illustrates what is required to overcome severe trauma, racism and cruelty in an unforgiving world. This is just the first in a series of seven books detailing a story that could never be contained to just one volume. 

Not simply a biography of a uniquely incredible woman, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a remarkable piece of literature in it’s own right. Join Angelou on her journey through the Civil Rights Movement, motherhood, the trials and joys of family, quest for dignity and so much more.

 

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