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Books

July 30, 2018

Friendship is one of those essential things that is easy to take for granted. In The Friendship Cure, Kate Leaver tries to examine friendship, and look deeper into the role it plays in society . She interviews lots of people about their friendships and why they’re important, and attaches that to broader conclusions about (middle-and-upper […]

July 23, 2018

Growing up in the days before high-speed internet, my sexuality education was gained through the copy of What’s Happening to Me? that was slid underneath my bedroom door on my 11th birthday. These puberty books shaped the way that whole generations came to understand sexuality and identity during our most formative adolescent years, when we […]

July 16, 2018

I thought I was every bit the sex-positive, feminist Wellingtonian stereotype up until I started this book in my dentist’s office and he happened to ask me what I was reading. A more-uncomfortable-than-necessary conversation ensued, which was only cut short by him putting his hand inside my mouth. Considering what we had just been discussing, […]

June 5, 2018

Instead of writing one long opinionated column for the books section, I decided to crowdsource some hella spicy literary hot takes, because it was what everyone wanted and asked for. All of these are real submissions from lots of different people from Facebook, Twitter, or me harassing them at the dinner table every night until […]

May 28, 2018

I have held out on writing a review of this book so I could fit it into the sustainability issue of Salient, even though I have been dying to review it. As someone who passed Year 11 Science by one credit, I am naturally not a fan of science non-fiction, because I usually have no […]

May 21, 2018

Each month, the Salient books team are going to review the books on the program for the Vic Books 2018 Book Club. The third book on the list is Things Fall Apart by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Published in 1959, Things Fall Apart is regarded as one of the seminal texts in modern African literature, […]

May 14, 2018

Compiled by New Zealand’s Poet Laureate, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Best New Zealand Poems 2017 is an impressive collection that showcases the brilliance and extraordinary talent of 25 of New Zealand’s leading and emerging poets. While each poem is compelling and interesting, I have selected a few of the standout works to review. Liz Breslin’s cut-and-paste […]

May 7, 2018

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke 5/5 Maxine Beneba Clarke’s brilliant 2014 short story collection Foreign Soil is centred around the idea of African diaspora. The stories follow a diverse range of characters as they journey through life, either interacting with or from the perspective of someone of African descent. The diversity of people and […]

April 30, 2018

For the mental health issue of Salient, I’m diverting slightly from the original format of a standard review. As a book lover, my go-to activity when I am descending head first down the deep dark black hole of sadness is to crack open a book and descend into that world instead. So here are some […]