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Book reviews: Afro German history, astrology and more

ENJOY THIS week's selection of reads, from the desk of our Entertainment Editor Joel Campbell:

Spirituality – The Astrological Origin, by Anthony A. Gordon (published by Silver Tag Marketing)

Spirituality – The Astrological Origin explores and debates some of the theories regarding life and develops many new concepts regarding the principles of spiritualism, creationism and evolutionism.

The Secret Life Of Bananas Cookery Book, by Gesmay Paynter (published by Sharing Bananas and Elusive Design Studio)

As children, we helped on my grandmother’s farm and the banana plantation. I heard people saying, ‘How many bananas can you eat at one time?’ The Secret Life Of Bananas Cookery Book is unlike any other. Gesmay Paynter has made bananas very sexy, powerful and more nutritious to the reader. You will never look at bananas in the same way again.

Black German, by Theodor Michael (published by Liverpool University Press)

This is the first English translation of an important document of the history of the black presence in Germany and Europe: the autobiography of Theodor Michael, who is the last surviving member of the first generation of Afro Germans.

The Hate Race: A Memoir, by Maxine Beneba Clarke (published by Corsair)

Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke's life is just like all the other Aussie kids on her street. Except for this one glaring, inescapably obvious thing.

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