Biography Calypso David Sedaris Girls at the Piano Virginia Lloyd The Girl Who Smiled Beads Clemantine Wamariya PB $32.99 You might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong. When David Sedaris buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, he envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realisation: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself. PB $32.99 Virginia Lloyd spent much of her childhood learning and playing the piano and thought she would make a career as a pianist. When that didn’t happen, she wondered about those years of study: had they been wasted? This intriguing memoir explores this question and investigates the mystery of the author’s very musical and deeply unhappy grandmother Alice, and how their lives – both at and away from the piano – intersected and diverged. PB $35.00 In 1994, Clemantine Wamariya and her 15-year-old sister fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries, searching for safety. When Clemantine was 12, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. The Bootle Boy: An Untidy Life in News Les Hinton Reporter: A Memoir Seymour Hersh Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces Michael Chabon HB $49.99 Seymour Hersh’s fearless reporting has earned him fame and controversy. Now he describes what drove him and how he worked as an independent outsider, even at the nation’s most prestigious publications. He tells the stories behind the stories as he chases leads, cultivates sources, and grapples with the weight of what he uncovers. This is essential reading on the power of the printed word at a time when good journalism is under fire. HB $29.99 In 2016, Michael acted as minder to his son Abraham Chabon, then 13, on a trip to Paris Men’s Fashion Week. Abe was in his element chatting with designers and turning a critical eye to the runway looks; Chabon Sr., whose interest in clothing is limited, was too hot. What emerged was a deep respect for his son’s passion, for his bravery in the face of conformity, and a sense of awe in seeing him transform into his own person. HB $49.99 When Les Hinton first fulfils his schoolboy dream of working on Fleet Street, it is still a place awash in warm beer, black ink and hot metal. 52 years after being sent out to buy a sandwich for his first boss, one Rupert Murdoch, the business of news has been turned upside down. Les Hinton has been present at and noiselessly directed several key scenes in that tale of revolutionary transformation.