Trying to find time to read? We’ve selected an array of local titles to suit everyone’s palate and schedules. Book synopses including call numbers are also included below!

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Monsters, Miracles, and Mayonnaise by Drewscape (SING 741.595957 DRE) 

Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise is a collection of short comic stories where tales of unexpected encounters with strange beings from another world sit alongside amusing anecdotes based on bewildering real-life encounters and childhood memories. Imaginative and whimsical, this collection will surprise and amuse even the most cynical reader. 

Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me by Cyril Wong (SING S821 WON) 

A woman learns of a friend’s illness and wonders if she ever truly knew him. A boy who sees ghosts heeds the advice of a fortune-teller, with surprising consequences. A girl wakes up and realises everybody in her Bedok neighbourhood has vanished. 

Me Migrant by Md Mukul Hossine (SING 891.44172 MOH) 

Me Migrant features the poems of Md Mukul Hossine – poems originally written in Bengali by Mukul, transcreated by Singapore poet Cyril Wong based on English translations by Fariha Imran and Farouk Ahammed. It represents the voice of hope and inclusiveness, of longing and dreaming, of service and heart. 

Death By Perfume by You Jin (SING YOU) 

In the late 1970s, a young Singaporean writer arrives in Jeddah with an infant son. She encounters a strange and often hostile environment with curiosity, empathy and good humour. In this collection of linked stories, the narrator confronts, among others, a bored expat wife with dangerously extravagant tastes, a divorced engineer with the face of a camel, and a desperate security guard who finds solace in downing bottles of perfume. Beguiling, plaintive and profoundly insightful, You Jin’s fiction is a vivid evocation of Saudi society. 

Notes from an Even Smaller Island by Neil Humphreys (English SING 959.57 HUM) 

Written by someone who is at once both insider and outsider, the book is wonderfully funny and disarmingly honest portrait of Singapore and its people. From the aunties in the hawker centres to expats dressed as bananas, from Singlish to kiasuism, and from Singaporeans at home to Singaporeans abroad, Humphreys explores all aspects of Singaporean life, taking in the sights, dissecting the culture and illuminating each place and person with his perceptive and witty observations.

Inheritance by Balli Kaur Jaswal (English SING JAS) 

In 1971, a teenage girl briefly disappears from her house in the middle of the night, only to return a different person, causing fissures that threaten to fracture her Punjabi Sikh family. As Singapore’s political and social landscapes evolve, the family must cope with shifting attitudes toward castes, youth culture, sex and gender roles, identity and belonging. Inheritance examines each family member’s struggles to either preserve or buck tradition in the face of an ever-changing nation. 

Emily of Emerald Hill by Stella Kon (English SING S822 KON) 

Born in 1940s Singapore, Emily is abandoned as a child. Surviving on her wit and charm, she becomes the matriarch of a distinguished household, but finds that she loses what she loves most in the end. Set in the glamorous backdrop of the decadent glory days of the Singaporean Peranakan community, this is a book that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit to survive, succeed, and ultimately stay relevant in an ever-changing world.

The Celestial Zone by Wee Tian Beng (ENG 741.595957 WEE-[ART]) 

This series relates the camaraderie and heart-stopping exploits of the Celestians, extraordinary people who lived during the tumultuous Warring States Era. Living in a world of their own (Celestial Zone) - they cultivate special powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. The series centers around the war that starts between the Celestians. 

From Third World to First: The Singapore Story by Lee Kuan Yew (SING 959.5705092 LEE) 

The story of transformation is told by Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew. Rising from a legacy of divisive colonialism, the devastation of the Second World War, and general poverty and disorder following the withdrawal of foreign forces, Singapore now is hailed as a city of the future. This miraculous history is dramatically recounted by the man who not only lived through it all but who fearlessly forged ahead and brought about most of these changes. 

The Inlet by Claire Tham (SING THA) 

A young female Chinese national drowns in a private swimming pool in a wealthy enclave on a resort island just off the Singapore mainland. The house where she is found belongs to one of the wealthiest property developers in Singapore. The ripple effects on everyone affected by the incident – the investigating officer, the homeowner and his nephew, the girl’s family – are examined from their point of view. Based loosely on a true incident, The Inlet explores the social and cultural changes that have washed over Singapore society in recent years.

The National Reading Movement is a 5-year campaign by the National Library Board to encourage all to Read More, Read Widely and Read Together. Learn more at this website: www.nationalreadingmovement.sg

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