Parra Pods
Episode 15 - Memorable Memoirs

Episode 15 - Memorable Memoirs

June 10, 2019

In this episode of Parra Pods Katherine & Nisa asked themselves why do some memoirs resonate so much with people?

Michelle Obam's 'Becoming was City of Parramatta Libraries most borrowed non-fiction title so far in 2019. Her spouse Barak Obama was the President of the United States for eight years, yet it is she who has garnered both popular and critical acclaim for this "tell it like it is" memoir.

Sally Fields is a Hollywood legend and, an Oscar recipient, here is her memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional family, overcoming the limitations of  her early career playing the “Flying Nun” & “Gidget”.  Finally forging a career that has afforded her longevity as an actress, but more importantly finding peace with the dark secret that cast a shadow over her life.

 

Some of the books discussed in this podcast include:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama. London, Viking, 2018
  • In Pieces by Sally Fields London, Simon & Schuster, 2018

 

 

 

Episode 13 - Up Lit

Episode 13 - Up Lit

May 13, 2019

Parra Pods - Episode 13 Uplit

On this episode of Parra Pods Katerine, Nisa & Yi discuss 'Uplifting Literature'.

 

You might be asking yourself what is 'Up Lit' well it is described as books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming.

In this episode of Parra Pods we review four titles that fit this popular newish genre. If you are tired of reading grim True Crime and Scandi Noir, try some of these titles on for size.

Some of the books mentioned in this Podcast include:

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One - Raphaelle Giordano

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

The Happiness Project or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun - Gretchen Rubin

My Squirrel Days - Ellie Kemper

 

 

Episode 12 - Sydney Writers’ Festival

Episode 12 - Sydney Writers’ Festival

May 1, 2019

Join Katherine & Nisa as they discuss some of the amazing writers appearing at this years Sydney Writers' Festival - Today we discuss four books all of which are the works of vibrant and diverse young voices. These works explore issues such as “black lives matter”, the experience of an elite athlete and addiction, the transgender experience set within re-imagined historical fiction, and the unique perspective of a member of a famous and tragic political family.

 

Some of the books mentioned in this Podcast include:

Godspeed: A Memoir by Casey Legler

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei- Brenyah

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

The Runaways by Fatima Bhutto

Episode 11 - Celebrating Women

Episode 11 - Celebrating Women

March 28, 2019

 

Katherine, Nisa & Yi discuss some recent releases all about 'Women'. 

We wanted to mark International Women’s Day: More Powerful Together (2019’s motto) in this Podcast by reviewing three women focused titles.

What follows was a robust female focused discussion that sheds light on the current state of women’s lives in the world today and the progress we still need to make to achieve equality .

 

Some of the books mentioned in this Podcast include:

Germaine: the Life of Germaine Greer by Elizabeth Kleinhenz, 2018

Betraying Big Brother: Feminist Awakening in China by Leta Hong Fincher, 2018

The Women's Atlas  by Joni Seager, 2018

 

Episode 10 - All About Coffee

Episode 10 - All About Coffee

March 25, 2019

Katherine, Nisa & Yi discuss, why coffee so popular today and was it always so?  “Coffee Lovers of the World Unite” we say…

This Podcast discusses three recent books that explain the origin of coffee cultivation, the history and idea’s that abound about coffee, where to find the best cup of coffee in the world and why we love it!

Some of the books mentioned in this podcast include:

The Monk of Mokhta by Dave Eggers

The Devil’s Cup by Stewart Lee Allen

World Coffee Tour – Lonely Planet Publication

Episode 9 - Australia Today

Episode 9 - Australia Today

February 25, 2019

Episode 9

Australia Today

Katherine & Nisa review three recent books about Australia. A memoir/social commentary and short stories that seek to define us as a Nation. An irreverent look at our strengths and foibles. “The Land Before Avocado” by Richard Glover;  Australia Day by Melanie Cheng; My Country: Stories, Essays & Speeches

Some of the books mentioned in this podcast include:

The Land Before Avocado - Richard Glover

Australia Day - Melanie Cheng

My Country Stories, essays & speeches - David Marr

Episode 8 - Journalism

Episode 8 - Journalism

February 11, 2019

Episode 8 

Journalism

Katherine, Nisa and Yi discuss “Journalists who have made a difference”, including Peter Greste, Mike Carlton and Seymour Hersh: three men of integrity, with different perspectives on reporting the news.  On Air by Mike Carlton, The First Casualty by Peter Grester and Reporter by Seymour Hersh

 

Some of the books mentioned in this podcast include:

On Air - Mike Carlton

The First Casualty: A Memoir From the Front Lines of the Global War on Journalism - Peter Greste

Reporter - Seymour M. Hersh

 

 

 

 

Episode 7 - Dr Nicole Weeks Parenting

Episode 7 - Dr Nicole Weeks Parenting

January 28, 2019

Parenting: Baby Sleep: how to encourage good sleeping habit in your baby and child:Dr Nicole Weeks, Practical Research Parenting – Becoming a parent is a wonderful feeling but many parents struggle to find a routine that works for them and their baby/child. You can find more of Nicole’s research on child sleep at www.practicalresearchparenting.com, and access those free resources by checking on Free Downloads & Resources.

 

Books mentioned in this podcast: “Becoming Mum” by Koa Whittingham; “The sensible sleep solution: a guide to your baby’s first year” by Sarah Blunden; “Dream Baby Guide” by Sheyne Rowley

 

Host: Katherine

Guest: Dr Nicole Weeks

Episode 6 - Liz Wheeler

Episode 6 - Liz Wheeler

January 14, 2019

Liz Wheeler and Poppi are our guests: Liz, has a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa that is slowly taking her sight. Always a reader, this condition took away her high profile career, and changed her relationship with books & stories.  Luckily, Vision Australia helped Liz discover Audio books and Guide Dogs sourced Poppi, her guide dog and she has fallen in love with both. Liz in now studying for a Counselling degree. This is the story of Liz’s rediscovery of the joys of reading and acquiring knowledge.

Host: Katherine

Guests: Liz Wheeler & Poppi the Guide Dog.

Episode 5 - Travel Reads

Episode 5 - Travel Reads

December 31, 2018

Travel: Your journey starts here!  

This Podcast explores the notions of the Philosophy of travel, we explore the sacred traditions of India, find self-realization on the Pacific Crest Trail, and contemplate embarking on Epic Hikes of the World, and finally take a look at a landmark travel guide to indigenous Australia.  The books discussed are: “The Art of Travel” by Alain de Botton,   “Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail”, by Cheryl Strayed:” Nine Lives: In search of the sacred in Modern India”, by William Dalrample:  “Epic Hikes of the World” a Lonely Planet Guide: “Welcome to Country: A travel guide to Indigenous Australia” by Marcia Langton.