Year of the Monkey, Welcome to Country and more – Happy’s Weekend Reading

Indulge in a host of the best new book releases this weekend. Year of the Monkey traces a transformative year in the life of Patti Smith, while the youth edition of Welcome to Country gives younger readers a vital introduction to Australia’s first peoples.

Permanent Record is the life story of a man who risked everything to expose mass surveillance by the U.S. government. Also on offer is the unlikely success story of Netflix and the latest blockbuster from Ann Patchett. Here’s the list for this weekend.Patti Smith

Year of the Monkey, Welcome to Country, Permanent Record, That Will Never Work and The Dutch House are on the reading list for this weekend.

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

The 12 month span of this memoir by Patti Smith takes readers on a tour of the States, melding vivid dreamscapes and uniquely American landscapes. An elegant, poetic and witty reflection on a turning point Smith’s life. More at Bloomsbury.Year of the Monkey Patti Smith

Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton

This special youth edition of Welcome to Country is penned by Marcia Langton, one of Indigenous Australia’s most prominent and articulate voices. This significant volume covers pre-history, post colonial history, language, art and more. Via Hardie Grant.Welcome to Country Marcia Langton

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

In 2013, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the systematic mass surveillance perpetrated by the U.S. Government. In Permanent Record, Snowden recounts how his online upbringing led him from the sleepy suburbs to the inner heart of the CIA and NSA. More at Pan Macmillan.Permanent Record Edward Snowden

That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea by Marc Randolph

The co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, Marc Randolph, tells the story of the company that went from utilising the internet to create a DVD rental service, to becoming one of the dominant disrupters of the 21st century. For more details, visit Hachette.That Will Never Work Marc Randolph

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The latest from best-selling author Ann Patchett, The Dutch House chronicles the relationship between brother and sister, Danny and Maeve, and their attempts to understand their past. A master of modern fiction at her best. Via BloomsburyThe Dutch House Ann Patchett