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A wild party of a novel set in 80s Malibu; a story of female resilience to help other survivors find their true voice; a collection of charming, hilarious and heartbreaking tales that shine the brightest light through the dark; and a super stinker of a tale that proves anyone can be a hero.


MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid

FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH
MALIBU RISING
Taylor Jenkins Reid

A lifetime holding it together.
One party will bring it crashing down.

Malibu: August, 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over-especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control.
By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames.

But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family's generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

Discover more about the research into the fashion, food, music and setting of Malibu Rising in our interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid below.

 
Taylor Jenkins Reid - Chapter One

Join Taylor Jenkins Reid on a trip to 80s Malibu! Discover more about the research into the fashion, food, music and feel of 1983 - the setting of MALIBU RISING - our Fiction Book of the Month - https://bit.ly/3jzFXsx

Posted by Dymocks Books on Thursday, 1 July 2021
THE MOTHER WOUND by Amani Haydar

NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH
THE MOTHER WOUND
Amani Haydar

Amani Haydar suffered the unimaginable when she lost her mother in a brutal act of domestic violence perpetrated by her father. Five months pregnant at the time, her own perception of how she wanted to mother (and how she had been mothered) was shaped by this devastating murder.

After her mother's death, Amani began reassessing everything she knew of her parents' relationship. They had been unhappy for so long - should she have known that it would end like this? A lawyer by profession, she also saw the holes in the justice system for addressing and combating emotional abuse and coercive control.

Amani also had to reckon with the weight of familial and cultural context. Her parents were brought together in an arranged marriage, her mother thirteen years her father's junior. Her grandmother was brutally killed in the 2006 war in Lebanon, adding complex layers of intergenerational trauma.

Writing with grace and beauty, Amani has drawn from this a story of female resilience and the role of motherhood in the home and in the world. In The Mother Wound, she uses her own strength to help other survivors find their voices.

Read our Q&A with the author, Amani Haydar.


 
BLACKOUT by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon

YA BOOK OF THE MONTH
BLACKOUT
Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk & Nicola Yoon

Six of today’s biggest stars of the YA world, Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, bring all the electricity of love to a collection of charming, hilarious and heartbreaking tales that shine the brightest light through the dark.

When a heatwave plunges New York City into darkness, sparks fly for thirteen teenagers caught up in the blackout.

A first meeting.
Long-time friends.
Bitter exes.
And maybe the beginning of something new…

When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendship transforms and new possibilities take flight.

FART AND BURP ARE SUPERSTINKERS by Zoë Foster Blake

CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE MONTH
FART AND BURP ARE SUPERSTINKERS
Zoë Foster Blake

What could be better than a Fart with a heart? A Super Fart of course!

Wafting around with his stinky best friend Burp, Fart couldn’t be happier. But sometimes Burp wishes people wouldn’t say, YUCK and GROSS and PEE-YEW . . .

Could being smelly ever be a force for good? A super stinker of a tale that proves anyone can be a hero.

Readers who loved Zoë Foster Blake's ABIA award-winning and best-selling No One Likes a Fart will love this companion book as Fart and Burp decide to make difference in the world whether people love them or not. They'll make some friends along the way and even get capes! Be ready for some powerful pongs, the Superstinkers are in town!


You can pick up your copies of our July Books of the Month in store and online now.

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