Book Review: The Rules of Conception

The Rules of Conception by Angela Lawrence

Have you ever wondered how “donor dads” become donor dads? Have you ever considered the intricacies of how to find a donor dad if you want one, and what to say to him when you do?

The Rules of Conception is an entertaining read from new Australian writer Angela Lawrence. It will answer those questions and more that you had never thought to ask, and it will do it in a way that keeps you fascinated. But don’t be fooled, this is not a documentary. This is a work of fiction of surprising depth.

Review: Berty Button Gets a Team

Berty Button gets a Team by Marina Bertolino

Berty Button Gets a Team by Marina Bertolino, Illustrated by Ryan Jones, Published by Berty Button Kids, Wodonga 2012 AU$17.95, or $9.95 for the eBook. Berty Button is the brain child of Marina Bertolino, who is part of the actual bertybutton transport team, and was inspired by the joy trucks – especially their jelly bean…

Book Review: Making Home, by Sharon Astyk

Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place By Sharon Astyk; Published by New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, 2012, RRP AU$27.99. Currently available on Fishpond $20 (used). Sharon Astyk’s new book Making Home is part how-to, part memoir, and all inspiration. In it she argues that change is coming, whether we…

Freycinet, a Novel by Melanie Calvert

Book cover: Freycinet by Melanie Calvert

Freycinet… the thin, tenuous, shimmery line that separates memory and forgetting, permanence and transience, sanity and insanity. Freycinet¬† (pronounced Frey-sin-ay) is an almost ethereal psychological murder mystery set in the majestic wilds of Tasmania. I’m not going to write a full review because it was written by a friend of mine, and plus I’m acknowledged…

Literature Survey – Sustainable Living & Urban Homesteading

Nurturing Creativity A gude for busy moms by Renee Tougas

Most of the books I’ve been reading lately are in some way related to sustainable living or urban homesteading, as I’m (slowly, slowly) doing a literature review for a project I’m working on. Here are some snippets: “…for each daily need that we re-learn to provide within our homes and communities, we strengthen our independence…