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The almost wife : a novel

The almost wife : a novel

Anderson-Dargatz, Gail, 1963-, author
2021

If you almost had everything that you wanted, how hard would you fight to protect it? Kira is engaged to the man of her dreams: he's charming, handsome, wealthy, and a great dad to their baby, Evie, and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Olive. Having grown up with a troubled relationship with her mother and mostly estranged from her father, Kira craves a close family and secure home, and with Aaron, Evie and Olive, she almost has it. The only problem is Aaron's ex-wife, Madison, who's out of control and trying to get to Olive. When Kira takes the girls out of town to her childhood summer home and finds out that Madison has followed them, she panics. Between the beach and the forest on Manitoulin Island, Kira fights to protect Olive, Evie and her fiancé, until a dark secret threatens to unravel the life that is almost hers. With the future she has built hanging in the balance, and her past haunting her at every turn, Kira must choose who to believe and who she wants to be.

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Appleseed : a novel

Appleseed : a novel

Bell, Matt, 1980- author
2021

In eighteenth-century Ohio, two brothers travel into the wooded frontier, planting apple orchards from which they plan to profit in the years to come. Fifty years from now, climate change has ravaged the Earth. A thousand years in the future, North America is covered by a massive sheet of ice. One lonely sentient being inhabits a tech station on top of a glacier - and in a daring and seemingly impossible quest, sets out to follow a homing beacon across the continent in the hopes of discovering the last remnant of civilization.

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The cellist : a novel

The cellist : a novel

Silva, Daniel, 1960- author
2021

After the poisoning of a Russian billionaire, Gabriel Allon travels across Europe and finds himself in the reach of a virtuoso cellist who may be able to help uncover the truth about his friend's death.

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The final girl support group

The final girl support group

Hendrix, Grady, author
2021

This is an "homage to slasher films" and follows six girls who belong to a survivors support group that has been meeting for nearly two decades. The women in the Final Girl Support Group have been in therapy together ever since one was attacked by a cannibal family in Texas, by a machete-wielding maniac at summer camp, by an older brother who returned to settle scores on Halloween, and by a lunatic who allegedly entered their dreams. And now, the final girls are mysteriously dying, one by one.

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The forest of vanishing stars

The forest of vanishing stars

Harmel, Kristin, author
2021

After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a German-occupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything.

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Ghost forest : a novel

Ghost forest : a novel

Fung, Pik-Shuen, author.
2021

How do you grieve, if your family doesn't talk about feelings? This is the question the unnamed protagonist of Ghost Forest considers after her father dies. One of the many Hong Kong "astronaut" fathers, he stayed in Hong Kong to work, while the rest of the family immigrated to Vancouver before the 1997 Handover, when the British returned sovereignty over Hong Kong to China. As she revisits memories of her father throughout the years, she struggles with unresolved questions and misunderstandings. Turning to her mother and grandmother for answers, she discovers her own life refracted brightly in theirs.

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Hairpin Bridge : a novel

Hairpin Bridge : a novel

Adams, Taylor, author
2021

Three months ago, Lena Nguyen's estranged twin sister, Cambry, drove to a remote bridge sixty miles outside of Missoula, Montana, and jumped two hundred feet to her death. At least, that is the official police version. Lena will do anything to uncover the truth. But as her twin's final hours come into focus, Lena's search turns into a harrowing, tooth-and-nail fight for her own survival - one that will test everything she thought she knew about her sister and herself.

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Her last breath

Her last breath

Davidson, Hilary (Travel writer), author
2021

When her beloved sister Caroline dies suddenly, Deirdre is heartbroken. However, her sorrow turns to bone-chilling confusion when she receives a message Caroline sent days earlier warning that her death would be no accident. Paranoid and armed with just enough information to make her dangerous, Deirdre digs into the disturbing secrets buried with Caroline. But as she gets closer to the truth, she realizes that her own life may be at risk - and that there may be more than one killer in the family.

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It's better this way : a novel

It's better this way : a novel

Macomber, Debbie, author
2021

It's been nearly six years since Julia Jones' ex became involved with another woman. Now, having settled into her new community, she's embraced a fulfilling new life - one that doesn't seem to need a man in it. But when Julia meets a handsome new resident, she can't help but be drawn to him. Heath Johnson is a welcome change from the men she's encountered. As she and Heath, a divorcé himself, begin to grow close, their friendship blossoms into an unexpected love. However, they soon realize that combining families proves to be a challenge, even though their four children are adults.

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Lyme disease in Canada : the tick-borne epidemic you need to know about--now!

Lyme disease in Canada : the tick-borne epidemic you need to know about--now!

Owens, Brian.
2021

Ticks carrying Lyme disease have rapidly spread across southern Canada. The disease is especially common in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. For active, outdoorsy people -- like many Canadians -- the risk of contracting Lyme rises the more time you spend in nature. Hikers, golfers, campers, hunters and dog-walkers all face the potential to be bitten by a tick and be infected with Lyme or another tick-borne disease. Despite the growing threat to public health in Canada, Lyme disease remains a controversial and poorly understood illness that can cause long-lasting problems. Usually cured when promptly treated, it often goes undiagnosed. Doctors have been slow to recognize it and its treatment is mired in controversy. Author Brian Owens looks at the conflicts that exist in recognizing, diagnosing and treating Lyme disease, and the failed human vaccine. He tells the stories of the politicians and patient advocates who have worked to raise awareness of the disease in Canada and covers the latest developments in science and medicine. This book is a mine of up-to-date, reliable, independent information. Find out how: To avoid being bitten by a tick To find and remove an embedded tick (they're astonishingly small!) To avoid attracting ticks to your yard To get involved in citizen science projects to track the spread of ticks Ticks got to Canada Ticks find human targets Ticks feed and transmit the Lyme bacteria.

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Maps for the getaway : a novel

Maps for the getaway : a novel

Noblin, Annie England, author
2021

It was the road trip of their lives... and they did it without a map. When they posed for a photo at their high school graduation, they vowed they'd be friends forever, but teenage promises are so easily broken, and now, thirty years later, they're practically strangers. Cici--stuck in a rut, married to a cheating husband. Genie--caring for her ailing father but never getting any thanks. Kate--everyone knows people who look perfect on Instagram are not. And Laurie--the most successful of them all--now tragically gone. So, to celebrate Laurie's life, three former friends in a 1962 red Lincoln Continental convertible take the road trip of their lives--encountering male strippers, a boy band that has seen better days, crazy motel rooms, adopting a so-ugly-it's-cute stray dog...and discovering that it's never too late to live the wild life. Because, sometimes, to find yourself you have to get away.

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Rebent sinner

Rebent sinner

Coyote, Ivan, 1969- author
2019

Ivan takes on the patriarchy and the political, as well as the intimate and the personal in these beguiling and revealing stories of what it means to be trans and non-binary today, at a time in their life when they must carry the burden of heartbreaking history with them, while combating those who would misgender them or deny their very existence. These stories span thirty years of tackling TERFs, legislators, and bathroom police, sure, but there is joy and pleasure and triumph to be found here too, as Ivan pays homage to personal heroes like the late Leslie Feinberg while gently guiding younger trans folk to prove to themselves that there is a way out of the darkness.

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The retreat

The retreat

De Mariaffi, Elisabeth, 1973- author.
2021

Maeve Martin arrives at the High Water Center for the Arts determined to do one thing: launch her own dance company. At first, there's a thrill to being on her own for the first time in years, isolated in the beauty of a snowy mountain lodge. But when an avalanche traps the guests inside, tensions begin to run high. As the days pass, strange deaths befall the others one by one. Soon Maeve must face how little she knows about anyone there - and how useless a locked door is if the darkness is already inside.

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Second place : a novel

Second place : a novel

Cusk, Rachel, 1967- author
2021

"A fable of human destiny and decline, enacted in a closed system of intimate, fractured relationships."-- Provided by publisher.

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Secrets of the force : the complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of Star Wars

Secrets of the force : the complete, uncensored, unauthorized oral history of Star Wars

Gross, Edward (Edward A.), author
2021

For the past four decades, no film saga has touched the world in the way that Star Wars has, capturing the imaginations of filmgoers and filmmakers alike. Now, for the first time ever, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman are telling the entire story of this blockbuster franchise from the very beginning in a single exhaustive volume. Featuring the commentaries of hundreds of actors and filmmakers involved with and impacted by Star Wars, as well as writers, commentators, critics, executives, authors, film historians, toy experts and many more.

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Sleeping bear : a thriller

Sleeping bear : a thriller

Sullivan, Connor, author
2021

After her young husband's untimely death, Army veteran Cassie Gale decides to take a few days of solitude in the Alaska wilderness before she starts her new job. But when she fails to show up on her first day and her dog is discovered injured at her wrecked campsite, her father knows that this is much more than a camping trip gone awry. As it turns out, Cassie's not the first person to disappear without a trace in Alaska's northern interior. Bears. Wolves. Avalanches. Frostbite. Starvation. There are many ways to die in here. But not all disappearances can be explained. Cassie's is one of them, along with a number of other outdoor enthusiasts who have vanished in recent years. Regaining consciousness in a Russian prison, Cassie finds herself trapped in a system designed to ensure that no one ever escapes alive. It will require all her grit and skills to survive. Meanwhile, her father rushes to outrun the clock, scouring thousands of acres, only to realize she's been taken by a far more nefarious adversary-one with the power of the Eastern Bloc behind it. Ties to his past life, one full of secrets, threaten to surface. He knows there's a price to be paid, but he's determined it won't be his daughter.

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Such a quiet place : a novel

Such a quiet place : a novel

Miranda, Megan, author
2021

Hollow's Edge used to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighbourhood - until the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Hollow's Edge is simmering. With her conviction overturned, Ruby Fletcher waltzes right back to Hollow's Edge. Within days, suspicion spreads like a virus across Hollow's Edge. It's increasingly clear that not everyone told the truth about the night of the Truett's murders. And when Harper begins receiving threatening notes, she realizes she has to uncover the truth before someone else becomes the killer's next victim.

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Sunrise by the sea

Sunrise by the sea

Colgan, Jenny, author
2021

Marisa Rosso can't understand why everyone else is getting on with their lives as she still struggles to get over the death of her beloved grandfather, back home in Italy. Retreating further and further from normal life, she moves to the remote tidal island of Mount Polbearne, at the foot of Cornwall, hoping for peace and solitude. Between her noisy Russian piano-teaching neighbour, the bustle and community spirit of the tiny village struggling back to life after the quarantine, and the pressing need to help save the local bakery, can Marisa find her joy again at the end of the world?

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The Temple House vanishing : a novel

The Temple House vanishing : a novel

Donohue, Rachel, 1975- author.
2021

The disappearance of a brilliant scholarship student and a young, charismatic teacher from an all-girls Catholic boarding school in Ireland is an unsolved mystery that has captivated the whole country. Year after year the media revisit it, and the conspiracy theories persist. Now, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the disappearances, a journalist who grew up on the same street as the missing girl delves into the past to write a series of articles and uncover the truth.

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The therapist

The therapist

Paris, B. A., author
2021

When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they've dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive... As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before. Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbors are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem...

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This red line goes straight to your heart : a memoir in halves

This red line goes straight to your heart : a memoir in halves

Anand, Madhur, 1971- author
2020

An experimental memoir about Partition, immigration, and generational storytelling, This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart weaves together the poetry of memory with the science of embodied trauma, using the imagined voices of the past and the vital authority of the present.

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An ugly truth : inside Facebook's battle for domination

An ugly truth : inside Facebook's battle for domination

Frenkel, Sheera, author.
2021

Once one of Silicon Valley's greatest success stories, Facebook has been under constant fire for the past five years, roiled by controversies and crises. It turns out that while the tech giant was connecting the world, they were also mishandling users' data, spreading fake news, and amplifying dangerous, polarizing hate speech ... Drawing on their unrivaled sources, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang take readers inside the complex court politics, alliances and rivalries within the company to shine a light on the fatal cracks in the architecture of the tech behemoth.

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War lord

War lord

Cornwell, Bernard, author
2020

After years fighting to reclaim his rightful home, Uhtred of Bebbanburg has returned to Northumbria. With his loyal band of warriors and a new woman by his side, his household is secure -- yet Uhtred is far from safe. Beyond the walls of his impregnable fortress, a battle for power rages. To the south, King Æthelstan has unified the three kingdoms of Wessex, Mercia and East Anglia -- and now eyes a bigger prize. To the north, King Constantine and other Scottish and Irish leaders seek to extend their borders and expand their dominion. Caught in the eye of the storm is Uhtred. Threatened and bribed by all sides, he faces an impossible choice: stay out of the struggle, risking his freedom, or throw himself into the cauldron of war and the most terrible battle Britain has ever experienced. Only fate can decide the outcome.

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Widespread panic : a novel

Widespread panic : a novel

Ellroy, James, 1948- author.
2021

Freddy Otash is the man in the know and the man to know in 50s L.A. Freddy is an ex-L.A. cop on the skids. He snuffed a cop killer in cold blood - and it got to him bad. So Chief William H. Parker canned him. Now he's a sleazoid private eye, a shakedown artist, a pimp - and, most notably, the head strongarm goon for Confidential magazine. Confidential presaged the idiot internet - and delivered the dirt, the dish, the insidious ink and the scurrilous skank on the feckless foibles of misanthropic movie stars, sex-soiled socialites, and potzo politicians. Freaky Freddy outs them all.

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Yoga pant nation

Yoga pant nation

Gelman, Laurie, author.
2021

Jen Dixon, the now beloved hero of Laurie Gelman's "Class Mom" and "You've Been Volunteered" has a lot on her plate this year - from childcare duties for her daughter's two-year-old to her determined mission to become a spin instructor. When her husband's ex-wife shows up to her first ever class as a full-fledged teacher, she can't help but wonder what the catch is.

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