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All Rhodes lead here

All Rhodes lead here

Zapata, Mariana, author
2021

"Losing people you love is hard. Aurora De La Torre knows moving back to a place that was once home isn't going to be easy. Starting your whole life over probably isn't supposed to be. But a small town in the mountains might be the perfect remedy for a broken heart. Checking out her landlord across the driveway just might cure it too."--Publisher's description.

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Armored

Armored

Greaney, Mark, author
2022

After losing part of his left leg, former bodyguard Joshua Duffy takes a job as a mall cop to support his family, but runs into an old friend who has a much more intriguing job offer, to join a mission into the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico to broker peace between the drug cartels in the region.

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The Castleton massacre : survivors' stories of the Killins femicide

The Castleton massacre : survivors' stories of the Killins femicide

Cook, Sharon A. (Sharon Anne), 1947-, author
2022

On May 2, 1963, Robert Killins, a former United Church minister, slaughtered every woman in his family but one. Two child survivors lived to tell the story of what motivated a talented man who had been widely admired, a scholar and graduate from Queen's University, to stalk and terrorize the women in his family for almost twenty years and then murder them. Through extensive oral histories, Cook and Carson painstakingly trace the causes of a femicide in which four women and two unborn babies were murdered over the course of one blood-spattered evening.

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Cults : inside the world's most notorious groups and understanding the people who joined them

Cults : inside the world's most notorious groups and understanding the people who joined them

Cutler, Max, author
2022

Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside them? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of cult leaders and the people who join them? Based on the hit podcast Cults, this is essential reading for any true crime fan.

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The dead romantics

The dead romantics

Poston, Ashley, author.
2022

Florence Day is a ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem--after a terrible break-up, she no longer believes in love. It's as good as dead. When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won't give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father. For ten years, she's run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can't bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.

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Fantastic numbers and where to find them : a cosmic quest from zero to infinity

Fantastic numbers and where to find them : a cosmic quest from zero to infinity

Padilla, Antonio, 1975- author
2022

Leading theoretical physicist and YouTube star Antonio Padilla takes us on an irreverent cosmic tour of nine of the most extraordinary numbers in physics, offering a startling picture of how the universe works. Leading us down the rabbit hole to a deeper understanding of reality, Padilla explains how these unusual numbers are the key to understanding such mind-boggling phenomena as black holes, relativity, and the problem of the cosmological constant - that the two best and most rigorously tested ways of understanding the universe contradict one another.

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Honey and spice : a novel

Honey and spice : a novel

Babalola, Bolu, author.
2022

An expert in relationship-evasion and the host of the popular student radio show, Brown Sugar, Kiki Banjo has made it her mission to make sure the women of the Afro-Caribbean Society at Whitewell University do not fall into the mess of "situationships," players, and heartbreak. But when Kiki kisses Malakai Korede, the guy she publicly denounced in front of every Blackwellian on campus, she finds her show and her reputation on the brink. Kiki has never surrendered her heart before and a player like Malakai, no matter how charming he is or how incredible their connection is, won't be the one to change that.

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The last to vanish : a novel

The last to vanish : a novel

Miranda, Megan, author
2022

When a journalist investigating a string of unsolved disappearances goes missing, Abigail Lovett, the manager of The Passage Inn in the North Carolina mountain town of Cutter's Pass, decides to investigate and discovers how little she knows about her coworkers, neighbors, and even those closest to her.

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The librarian spy : a novel of World War II

The librarian spy : a novel of World War II

Martin, Madeline, author
2022

An unexpected offer from the US military has brought Ava to Lisbon with a new mission: posing as a librarian while working undercover as a spy gathering intelligence. Meanwhile, in occupied France, Elaine has begun an apprenticeship at a printing press run by members of the Resistance. She knows that the Nazis are searching for the press and its printer in order to silence them. As the battle in Europe rages, Ava and Elaine find themselves connecting through coded messages and discovering hope in the face of war.

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The light we give : how Sikh wisdom can transform your life

The light we give : how Sikh wisdom can transform your life

Singh, Simran Jeet, author.
2022

As a boy growing up in South Texas, Simran Jeet Singh and his brothers confronted racism daily. Instead of giving in to negativity, he delved into the Sikh teachings he grew up with and embraced the lessons to seek the good in every person and situation and to find positive ways to direct his energy. Part memoir, part spiritual journey, The Light We Give offers an approach to a happier, more fulfilling life through Sikh teachings on love and service.

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Make, sew and mend : traditional techniques to sustainably maintain and refashion your clothes

Make, sew and mend : traditional techniques to sustainably maintain and refashion your clothes

Banner, Bernadette, author.
2022

"Learn the historically proven stitches every seamster needs with beloved Historical Fashion YouTuber Bernadette Banner. Whether you are just getting started with sustainable fashion and need to alter your new secondhand finds, or you want an introduction to sewing techniques for making your own clothes, Bernadette Banner's signature voice will guide you through all the traditional stitches and techniques you need to extend the life of your favorite pieces and take fashion into your own hands! From tips and tricks on choosing your materials and preparing your fabric for sewing to more complex techniques like mending small holes, adding pockets to garments, making your own buttons and beyond - this book has everything you need."-- Provided by publisher.

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The measure : a novel

The measure : a novel

Erlick, Nikki, author
2022

Today, when you open your front door, waiting for you is a small wooden box. This box holds your fate inside: the answer to the exact number of years you will live. Every person on every continent receives the same box. In an instant, the world is thrust into a collective frenzy. As society comes together and pulls apart, everyone faces the same shocking choice: do they wish to know how long they'll live? And, if so, what will they do with that knowledge?

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Metaphysical animals : how four women brought philosophy back to life

Metaphysical animals : how four women brought philosophy back to life

Mac Cumhaill, Clare, author.
2022

A vibrant portrait of four college friends-Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot, Elizabeth Anscombe, and Mary Midgley-who formed a new philosophical tradition while Oxford's men were away at war.

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My killer vacation

My killer vacation

Bailey, Tessa.
2022

It was supposed to be a relaxing vacation in sweet, sunny Cape Cod-just me and my beloved brother-but discovering a corpse in our rental house really throws a wrench into our tanning schedule. Now a rude, crude bounty hunter has arrived on the back of his motorcycle to catch the killer and refuses to believe I can be helpful, despite countless hours of true crime podcast listening. Not to mention a fulfilling teaching career of wrangling second graders. A brash bounty hunter and an energetic elementary schoolteacher: the murder-solving team no one asked for, but thanks to these pesky attempts on my life, we're stuck together, come hell or high tide. I'm just here to do a job, not babysit an amateur sleuth. Although...it is becoming less and less of a hardship to have her around. Sure, she's stubborn, distracting and can't stay out of harm's way. She's also brave and beautiful and reminds me of the home I left behind three years ago. In other words, the insatiable hunger and protectiveness she is waking up in me is a threat to my peace of mind. Before I sink any deeper into this dangerous attraction, I need to solve this murder and get back on the road.

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The Netanyahus : an account of a minor and ultimately even negligible episode in the history of a very famous family

The Netanyahus : an account of a minor and ultimately even negligible episode in the history of a very famous family

Cohen, Joshua, 1980- author
2021

Corbin College, not-quite-upstate New York, winter 1959-1960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historian-but not an historian of the Jews-is co-opted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the reluctant host, to guests who proceed to lay waste to his American complacencies.

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People of the river : lost worlds of early Australia

People of the river : lost worlds of early Australia

Karskens, Grace.
2020

A landmark history of Australia's first successful settler farming area, which was on the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Award-winning historian Grace Karskens uncovers the everyday lives of ordinary people in the early colony, both Aboriginal and British. Dyarubbin, the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, is where the two early Australias - ancient and modern - first collided. People of the River journeys into the lost worlds of the Aboriginal people and the settlers of Dyarubbin, both complex worlds with ancient roots. The settlers who took land on the river from the mid-1790s were there because of an extraordinary experiment devised half a world away. Modern Australia was not founded as a gaol, as we usually suppose, but as a colony. Britain's felons, transported to the other side of the world, were meant to become settlers in the new colony. They made history on the river: it was the first successful white farming frontier, a community that nurtured the earliest expressions of patriotism, and it became the last bastion of eighteenth-century ways of life. The Aboriginal people had occupied Dyarubbin for at least 50,000 years. Their history, culture and spirituality were inseparable from this river Country. Colonisation kicked off a slow and cumulative process of violence, theft of Aboriginal children and ongoing annexation of the river lands. Yet despite that sorry history, Dyarubbin's Aboriginal people managed to remain on their Country, and they still live on the river today. The Hawkesbury-Nepean was the seedbed for settler expansion and invasion of Aboriginal lands to the north, south and west. It was the crucible of the colony, and the nation that followed.-- Source other than Library of Congress.

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The pope at war : the secret history of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler

The pope at war : the secret history of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler

Kertzer, David I., 1948-, author
2022

When Pope Pius XII died in 1958, his papers were sealed in the Vatican Secret Archives, leaving unanswered questions about what he knew and did during World War II. In 2020, Pius XII's archives were finally opened, and David I. Kertzer has been mining this new material ever since, revealing how the pope came to set aside moral leadership in order to preserve his church's power. Based on thousands of never-before-seen documents, Kertzer clears away the myths and sheer falsehoods surrounding the pope's actions from 1939 to 1945, showing why the pope repeatedly bent to the wills of Hitler and Mussolini.

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The retreat

The retreat

Pearse, Sarah, author
2022

An eco-wellness retreat has opened on an island off the English coast, promising rest and relaxation-but the island itself, once the playground of a serial killer, is rumored to be cursed. Detective Elin Warner is called to the retreat when a young woman's body is found on the rocks below the yoga pavilion in what seems to be a tragic fall. But the victim wasn't a guest-she wasn't meant to be on the island at all. When a guest drowns in a diving incident the following day, Elin starts to suspect that there's nothing accidental about these deaths. Elin must find the killer-before the island's history starts to repeat itself.

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Rogues : true stories of grifters, killers, rebels and crooks

Rogues : true stories of grifters, killers, rebels and crooks

Keefe, Patrick Radden, 1976- author
2022

Patrick Radden Keefe brings together twelve enthralling stories of misbehaviour and skullduggery - exploring the intricacies of forging $150,000 vintage wines, examining whether a whistleblower who dared to expose money laundering at a Swiss bank is a hero or a fabulist, spending time in Vietnam with Anthony Bourdain, chronicling the quest to bring down a cheerful international black market arms merchant, and profiling a passionate death penalty attorney who represents the "worst of the worst," among other bravura works of literary journalism.

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The second husband : a novel

The second husband : a novel

White, Kate, 1950- author
2022

"A woman's seemingly perfect second marriage is rocked by a discovery about the death of her first husband in this twisty psychological thriller from Kate White. After losing her husband, Derrick, in what appears to have been a random street crime, thirtysomething Emma has built a new life with widower Tom, who is kind, handsome, driven, and successful. Emma is finally able to feel safe again, both in her relationship with Tom and in the home they've made together on the Connecticut shore. Then one day a homicide detective shows up at Emma and Tom's door asking questions. Though Emma had been cleared of her husband's murder, it appears that law enforcement is taking another look at her and the case. What do they know? Are they on the right track this time? And most importantly, will the renewed investigation ruin Emma's chances of a happy life? With twists and turns all the way to the last page, this fast-paced, expertly plotted novel will have you asking that age-old question: how well do you really know the ones you love?" -- Description provided by publisher.

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Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow : a novel

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow : a novel

Zevin, Gabrielle, author.
2022

On a bitter cold day, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn't heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. Spanning over thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, this is the story of the perfect worlds Sam and Sadie build, the imperfect world they live in, and of everything that comes after success: Money. Fame. Duplicity. Tragedy.

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What WE lost : inside the attack on Canada's largest children's charity

What WE lost : inside the attack on Canada's largest children's charity

Rangwala, Tawfiq S.
2022

The untold story behind the WE Charity scandal.

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Where the sky begins : a novel

Where the sky begins : a novel

Bowen, Rhys.
2022

London, 1940. Bombs fall and Josie Banks's world crumbles around her. Her overbearing husband, Stan, is unreachable, called to service. Her home, a ruin of rubble and ash. Josie's beloved tearoom boss has been killed, and Josie herself is injured, with nothing left and nowhere to go. Evacuated to the English countryside, Josie ends up at the estate of the aristocratic Miss Harcourt, a reluctant host to the survivors of the Blitz. Awed as she is by the magnificent landscape, Josie sees opportunity. Josie convinces Miss Harcourt to let her open a humble tea shop, seeing it as a chance for everyone to begin again. When Josie meets Mike Johnson, a handsome Canadian pilot stationed at a neighboring bomber base, a growing intimacy brings her an inner peace she's never felt before. Then Stan returns from the war. Now a threat looms larger than anyone imagined. And a dangerous secret is about to upend Josie's life again. Her newfound courage will be put to the test if she is to emerge, like a survivor, triumphant.

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Where you end and I begin : a memoir

Where you end and I begin : a memoir

McLaren, Leah, author.
2022

A daughter's unflinching exploration of the intimate and unconventional relationship she shared with her mother--a brilliant, charismatic woman haunted by a traumatic past. When Leah is eight, her mother, Cessie, abruptly flees her role as a rural housewife in search of a glamorous career in the city. In the chaotic years that follow, Cessie lurches from one apartment, job, and toxic romance to the next. In a home without rules or emotional boundaries, daughter and mother become close confidantes--a state of enmeshment that suits them both. Their bond is loving but also marked by casual indifference. Cessie's self-described parenting style of "benign neglect" is a hilarious party joke, but for her daughter it's reality. In Leah's first year of high school, her mother makes a disclosure that will forever alter their relationship: She confides that from the age of 12 well into her teens, she was the lover of her 45-year-old married pony club instructor. The trauma of the "Horseman," Cessie explains, is not just a dark family secret but the reason for all her ill-conceived life choices, including marriage and motherhood itself. For years after, into adulthood, Leah is haunted by the specter of the Horseman. He is the nameless anxiety and restlessness she observes in her mother and increasingly recognizes in herself. Eventually, she and Cessie set out to discover truth of what became of her mother's rapist. The investigation that ensues pushes their relationship to the brink of collapse. Leah is seeking solace in the facts, but first she must confront a deeper, more painful truth: that her story--the story of trying and failing to love a complicated mother--is not the Horseman's after all. A riveting and devastating portrait of mother and daughter, Where You End and I Begin is a memoir that explores how trauma is shared between women and how acts of harm can be confused with acts of love.

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