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Sophie Shah was six when she learned her mother, Nita, had died. But when her father passes away, Sophie discovers a cache of hidden letters revealing a shattering truth: her mother didn't die. She left. Nita Shah had everything most women dreamed, but in her heart, she felt like she was living a lie. Nita's decision and its consequences would haunt her in ways she never expected. Now that Sophie knows the truth, she's determined to find the mother who abandoned her. Though Sophie goes to find Nita, she may just also discover parts of herself she never knew. Hometown: Toronto, ON.
For many people who have trouble sleeping, each night is an anxious odyssey where getting a good night's sleep feels like a battle to win rather than a basic biologic process. This is a guide for people with insomnia to help them shift their relationship with sleep, so that it stops being a battle and starts being enjoyable and natural again. Jade Wu, a behavioral sleep medicine specialist, provides in-depth scientific explanations of how sleep and insomnia work. Sleep is a friend, and it's the nurturing of our relationship with this friend that will give us sustainable sleep health. Print run 50,000.
When fourteen-year-old Lamya H realizes she has a crush on her teacher - her female teacher - she covers up her attraction. But one day in Quran class, she reads a passage about Maryam that changes everything. From that moment on, Lamya makes sense of her struggles and triumphs by comparing her experiences with some of the most famous stories in the Quran and begins to build a life of her own - ultimately finding that the answer to her life-long quest for safety and belonging lies in owning her identity as a queer, devout Muslim immigrant. Print run 30,000.
William Ping's millennial life revolves around eating at restaurants, posting online about eating at restaurants, then overanalyzing it. This changes unexpectedly when a dinner with his Chinese girlfriend's family goes sideways and his insecurity about his biracial identity and his ignorance of his own Chinese heritage overflow like lava. Based on a true story, "Hollow Bamboo" recounts with humour and sympathy the often-brutal struggles, and occasional successes, faced by some of the first Chinese immigrants in Newfoundland. Residence: St. John's, NL. Print run 20,000.
Astrophysicist Dr. Jillian Scudder delves into some of the more arcane facts that her work has revealed, and tells us how we have actually managed to discover these amazing truths. Did you know: the galaxy is flatter than a credit card; supermassive black holes can sing a super-low B flat; it rains iron on a brown dwarf, and diamonds on Neptune; you could grow turnips on Mars if its soil weren't full of rocket fuel; the Universe is beige, on average; Jupiter's magnetic field will short-circuit your spacecraft - and, of course, the Milky Way smells of rum and raspberries.
Nisha Cantor and Sam Kemp are two very different women. Nisha, 45, lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband inexplicably cuts her off entirely. She doesn't even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in. That's because Sam - 47, middle-aged, struggling to keep herself and her family afloat - has accidentally taken Nisha's gym bag. Now Nisha's got nothing. And Sam's walking tall with shoes that catch eyes - and give her a career an unexpected boost. Except Nisha wants her life back - and she'll start with her shoes. Print run 400,000.
Like many overseas Filipino workers, Mary Grace Concepcion has lived a life of sacrifices. When she arrives in Toronto, she must navigate a series of bewildering and careless employers. Then Mary Grace begins caring for Liz, an elderly patient suffering from Alzheimer's disease. While Mary Grace's time with her charge challenges her conservative beliefs, she soon becomes Liz's biggest ally, and the friendship that grows between them will turn out to be just as legendary as Liz's past. Author of "Scaraborough." Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 10,000.
In 1943, Wanda Gizmunt was ripped from her family home in Poland and deported to a forced labour camp in Nazi Germany. At the end of the war, she became one of millions of displaced Europeans awaiting resettlement. Wanda became one of 100 young Polish women brought to Canada in 1947 to address a labour shortage at a Quebec textile mill. But rather than arriving to long-awaited freedom, the women found themselves captives to their Canadian employer. Faubert chronicles the tragedy of exile and the meaning of silence for those whose traumas were never fully recognized. Residence: Toronto, ON.