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The abortion caravan : when women shut down government in the battle for the right to choose

The abortion caravan : when women shut down government in the battle for the right to choose

Wells, Karin, 1949- author.
2020

How a group of women helped bring about abortion reform. In the spring of 1970, 17 (mostly) young women set out from Vancouver in a big yellow convertible, a Volkswagen bus, and a pickup truck. It was called the Abortion Caravan. Five thousand kilometres later, they led a rally of 500 women on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, "occupied" the Prime Minister's front lawn, chained themselves to their chairs in the visitors' galleries, and shut down Parliament--the first and only time this was accomplished.

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Azadi : freedom, fascism, fiction

Azadi : freedom, fascism, fiction

Roy, Arundhati, author.
2020

In this series of penetrating essays on politics and literature, Arundhati Roy examines this question and challenges us to reflect on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism. Roy writes of the existential threat posed to Indian democracy by an emboldened Hindu nationalism, of the internet shutdown and information siege in Kashmir, and India's new citizenship laws that discriminate against Muslims and marginalized communities and could create a crisis of statelessness on a scale previously unknown.

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Battle ground

Battle ground

Butcher, Jim, 1971- author
2020

A being more powerful and dangerous on an order of magnitude beyond what the world has seen in a millennium is coming. And she's bringing an army. The Last Titan has declared war on the city of Chicago, and has come to subjugate humanity, obliterating any who stand in her way. Harry's mission is simple but impossible: save the city by killing a Titan. And the attempt will change Harry's life, Chicago, and the mortal world forever.

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Becoming wild : how animal cultures raise families, create beauty, and achieve peace

Becoming wild : how animal cultures raise families, create beauty, and achieve peace

Safina, Carl, 1955-
2020

"Some people insist that culture is strictly a human feat. What are they afraid of? This book looks into three cultures of other-than-human beings in some of Earth's remaining wild places. It shows how if you're a sperm whale, a scarlet macaw, or a chimpanzee, you too experience your life with the understanding that you are an individual in a particular community. You too are who you are not by genes alone; your culture is a second form of inheritance. You receive it from thousands of individuals, from pools of knowledge passing through generations like an eternal torch. You too may raise young, know beauty, or struggle to negotiate a peace. And your culture, too, changes and evolves. The light of knowledge needs adjusting as situations change, so a capacity for learning, especially social learning, allows behaviors to adjust, to change much faster than genes alone could adapt. Becoming Wild offers a glimpse into cultures among non-human animals through looks at the lives of individuals in different present-day animal societies. By showing how others teach and learn, Safina offers a fresh understanding of what is constantly going on beyond humanity. With reporting from deep in nature, alongside individual creatures in their free-living communities, this book offers a very privileged glimpse behind the curtain of Life on Earth, and helps inform the answer to that most urgent of questions: Who are we here with?"-- Provided by publisher.

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Clyde Fans : a picture novel in five parts

Clyde Fans : a picture novel in five parts

Seth, 1962- author, artist
2019

A masterful work about a failing family business and the ensuing erosion of sibling relations and one|́|s sanity

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Friends and enemies : a memoir

Friends and enemies : a memoir

Amiel, Barbara, author
2020

The long-awaited memoir of one of Canadas most talked about and controversial figures, 'Friends and Enemies' is shockingly honest, richly detailed, and pulls no punches as it traverses the highs and lows of Barbara Amiels storied life.

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Good girl, bad girl

Good girl, bad girl

Robotham, Michael, 1960- author
2019

At the age of thirteen, Cyrus Haven came home to discover his older brother had murdered their entire family. Twenty years on, Cyrus is now a forensic psychologist, working primarily for the police and the courts. When a fifteen-year-old girl Jodie Sanders is murdered, Cyrus is unwittingly thrown together with Evie Cormac, a young woman with an unusual ability to tell if someone is lying, to uncover the horrifying truth behind the murder.

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Invisible girl

Invisible girl

Jewell, Lisa, author
2020

Owen Pick's life is falling apart. In his thirties, a virgin, and living in his aunt's spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a geography teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct, which he strongly denies. Across the street from Owen lives the Fours family, headed by Cate, a physiotherapist, and Roan, a child psychologist. But the Fours have a bad feeling about Owen, their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night. Meanwhile, young Saffyre Maddox a former patient of Roan Fours searches for other ways to maintain her connection with him. Then, on Valentine's night, Saffyre Maddox disappears--and the last person to see her alive is Owen Pick.

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An Irish country welcome

An Irish country welcome

Taylor, Patrick, 1941- author
2020

In Ballybucklebo, Ireland, young doctor Barry, eagerly awaiting the arrival of his first child, and his fellow physicians, including a fledgling doctor, deal with a range of medical issues while still finding time to share the comforting joys and pleasures of this very special place.

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It takes grit : the go-to guide to level up your life--strengthen, energize, elevate, and conquer

It takes grit : the go-to guide to level up your life--strengthen, energize, elevate, and conquer

Louise, Rebecca, 1988-
2020

"Popular health and fitness guru Rebecca Louise, who has nearly 600K followers each on Youtube and Instagram, gives a book to help readers make a lasting commitment to becoming their healthiest, happiest selves"-- Provided by publisher.

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The last stargazers : the enduring story of astronomy's vanishing explorers

The last stargazers : the enduring story of astronomy's vanishing explorers

Levesque, Emily.
2020

"For readers of Labgirl and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, The Last Stargazers combines the exciting travels of award-winning astronomer Emily Levesque with the misunderstood antics of a scrappy (and shrinking) crew of scientists working with stars and telescopes. She dissects both the romance and the real human curiosity that is so important to our exploration of space. Amidst the lonely quiet of stargazing to wild bears loose in the observatory, these love stories of astronomy show how scientists are going beyond the machines to infuse important creativity and intimate passion into the stars, inspiring future generations to peer skyward in pursuit of the universe's secrets"-- Provided by publisher.

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The lost pianos of Siberia

The lost pianos of Siberia

Roberts, Sophy.
2020

"Siberia's story is traditionally one of exiles, penal colonies, and unmarked graves. Yet there is another tale to tell. Dotted throughout this remote land are pianos--grand instruments created during the boom years of the nineteenth century, as well as humble, Soviet-made uprights that found their way into equally modest homes. They tell the story of how, ever since entering Russian culture under the westernizing influence of Catherine the Great, piano music has run through the country like blood. How these pianos travelled into this snow-bound wilderness in the first place is testament to acts of fortitude by governors, adventurers, and exiles. Siberian pianos have accompanied extraordinary feats, from the instrument that Maria Volkonsky, wife of an exiled Decembrist revolutionary, used to spread music east of the Urals, to those that brought reprieve to the Soviet Gulag. That these instruments might still exist in such a hostile landscape is remarkable. That they are still capable of making music in far-flung villages is nothing less than a miracle. The Lost Pianos of Siberia is largely a story of music in this fascinating place, following Roberts on a three-year adventure as she tracks a number of different instruments to find one whose history is definitively Siberian. Her journey reveals a desolate land inhabited by wild tigers and deeply shaped by its dark history, yet one that is also profoundly beautiful-and peppered with pianos"-- Provided by publisher.

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Milk Street cookish : throw it together

Milk Street cookish : throw it together

Kimball, Christopher, author
2020


The new wilderness

The new wilderness

Cook, Diane, 1976- author.
2020

Bea's five-year-old daughter, Agnes, is slowly wasting away, consumed by the smog and pollution of the overdeveloped metropolis that most of the population now calls home. If they stay in the city, Agnes will die. There is only one alternative: the Wilderness State, the last swath of untouched, protected land, where people have always been forbidden. Bea, Agnes, and eighteen others volunteer to live in the Wilderness State, guinea pigs in an experiment to see if humans can exist in nature without destroying it. Living as nomadic hunter-gatherers, they slowly and painfully learn to survive in an unpredictable, dangerous land, bickering and battling for power and control as they betray and save one another. But as Agnes embraces the wild freedom of this new existence, Bea realizes that saving her daughter's life means losing her in a different way. The farther they get from civilization, the more their bond is tested in astonishing and heartbreaking ways.

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The once and future witches

The once and future witches

Harrow, Alix E., author
2020

"In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the Eastwood sisters -- James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna -- join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote -- and perhaps not even to live -- the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There's no such thing as witches. But there will be."-- Provided by publisher.

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The organ thieves : the shocking story of the first heart transplant in the segregated South

The organ thieves : the shocking story of the first heart transplant in the segregated South

Jones, Charles, 1952-
2020

In 1968, Bruce Tucker, a black man, went into Virginia's top research hospital with a head injury, only to have his heart taken out of his body and put into the chest of a white businessman. Now journalist Chip Jones exposes the horrifying inequality surrounding Tucker's death and how he was used as a human guinea pig without his family's permission or knowledge. The circumstances surrounding his death reflect the long legacy of mistreating African Americans that began more than a century before with cadaver harvesting and worse. It culminated in efforts to win the heart transplant race in the late 1960s.

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Owls of the eastern ice : a quest to find and save the world's largest owl

Owls of the eastern ice : a quest to find and save the world's largest owl

Slaght, Jonathan C.
2020

"A young field scientist and conservationist tracks the elusive Blakiston's Fish Owl in the forbidding reaches of eastern Russia"-- Provided by publisher.

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Rapture : fifteen teams, four countries, one NBA championship, and how to find a way to win -- damn near anywhere

Rapture : fifteen teams, four countries, one NBA championship, and how to find a way to win -- damn near anywhere

Nurse, Nick.
2020

Nick Nurse distills the wisdom, insight, and experiences that helped him lead the Toronto Raptors to the NBA championship in his first year as head coach."-- Provided by publisher.

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Return to Virgin River

Return to Virgin River

Carr, Robyn, author
2020

Kaylee Sloan's home in Southern California is full of wonderful memories of the woman who raised her. But the memories are prolonging her grief over her mother's recent death. A successful author, Kaylee hoped she could pour herself into her work. Instead she has terrible writer's block and a looming deadline. Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, she immediately feels inspired. Until she arrives at a building that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to Jack's Bar to plan her next steps. The local watering hole is the heart of the town, and once she crosses the threshold, she's surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a friend--or a stranger--in need. Kaylee's world is expanding in ways she never dreamed possible. As the holidays approach, Kaylee's dread turns to wonder. Because there's no better place to spend Christmas than Virgin River.

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Rising tides : reflections for climate changing times

Rising tides : reflections for climate changing times

2019

"Ice melt; sea level rise; catastrophic weather; flooding; drought; fire; infestation; species extinction and adaptation; water shortage and contamination; intensified social inequity, migration and cultural collapse. These are but some of the changes that are not only predicted for climate changing futures, but already part of our lives in Canada. Although these transformations are global and dramatic, they are also experienced locally and particularly by people who are struggling to understand the impacts of climate change on their daily lives. Rising Tides is a collection of short fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir and poetry addressing the past, present and future of climate change. Bringing stories about climate change--both catastrophic and subtle--closer to home, this new anthology inspires reflection, understanding, conversation and action. With more than forty purposefully written pieces, Rising Tides emphasizes the need for intimate stories and thoughtful attention, and also for a view of climate justice that is grounded in ongoing histories of colonialism and other forms of environmental and social devastation.These stories parallel the critical issues facing the planet, and imagine equitable responses for all Canadians, moving beyond denial and apocalypse and toward shared meaning and action."-- Provided by publisher.

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Ties that tether : a novel

Ties that tether : a novel

Igharo, Jane.
2020

"When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother's heart, she must choose between love and her family. At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture, even after immigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping--well, forcing--her to stay within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match--made-by--mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and ... white. When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother. Soon, Azere can't help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness, or continue to be the compliant daughter"-- Provided by publisher.

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A time for mercy

A time for mercy

Grisham, John, author
2020

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake's fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line. In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham's storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and--most of all--heart.

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The way home

The way home

Neel, David, author
2019

David Neel was an infant when his father, a Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw artist, died, triggering events that would separate him from the traditions of his homeland on Vancouver Island. Drawing on memory, legend, and his own art, Neel recounts his struggle to reconnect with his culture and become an accomplished Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw artist. His memoir is a testament to the strength of the human spirit to overcome great obstacles and to the power and endurance of Indigenous culture and art. Residence: Vancouver, B.C.

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The wish list

The wish list

Money-Coutts, Sophia.
2020

Florence Fairfax isn't lonely. She loves her job at the little bookshop in Chelsea and her beloved cat Marmalade keeps her company at night. She might have been single for quite a while - well, forever actually, if anyone's asking - but she's perfectly happy, thank you. And then Florence meets eccentric love coach Gwendolyn, and everything changes. When Gwendolyn makes Florence write a wish list describing her perfect man, Florence refuses to take it seriously. Finding someone who likes cats, has the sexual athleticism of James Bond and can overlook her 'counting' habit? Impossible! Until, later that week, a handsome blond man asks for help in the bookshop. Rory seems to fit the list perfectly. But is he 'the one', or simply too good to be true? Florence is about to find out that her criteria for Mr Right aren't as important as she thought -- and that perhaps she's been looking for love in all the wrong places.

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