Recent Reads from Lewis and Hannah

February 2024

Some recent reads recommended by our Libraries team with links to our catalogue so you can place your hold immediately.

From Lewis, Collections Officer

American Prometheus: the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin  

American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Physicist and polymath, as familiar with Hindu scriptures as he was with quantum mechanics, J. Robert Oppenheimer - director of the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb - was the most famous scientist of his generation. In their meticulous and riveting biography, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin reveal a brilliant, ambitious, complex and flawed man, profoundly involved with some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

From Lewis: Much public interest has been ignited recently regarding the life and work of Robert Oppenheimer since the release of his biopic. I would highly recommend this book as a follow-up to that film for people who wish to gain a deeper impression of who Oppenheimer was and the forces that shaped his life. Exhaustively researched, the authors succeed in making the hard science field of nuclear physics that Oppenheimer worked within comprehensible to a casual audience. At the same time, the biography does not descend into hero worship- the authors go to great lengths to include opinions and perspectives about Oppenheimer from a wide range of people who knew him.

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From Hannah, our Library Systems Support Officer:

West Girls by Laura Elizabeth Woollett  

West girls

by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Luna Lewis is white. But her friends aren't, nor are her brothers, nor her one-time Princess of Indonesia-finalist stepmother. After transforming from pudgy preteen to 'exotic' beauty, Luna reinvents herself as 'Luna Lu' and takes her ticket out of the most isolated city on earth. However, as her international modelling career approaches its expiry date, Luna must grapple with what she's sacrificed - and who she's become - in her mission to conquer the world.

From Hannah:  A refreshing deviation from East Coast-laden Australian fiction, West Girls packs a punch! A coming of age story that doesn’t shy away from gritty details, this was a dark but impressive contemporary novel from a young Aussie author.

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