New February Fiction/Non-Fiction

New popular adult fiction & non-fiction coming out in February listed here!

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God Is a Black Woman

God Is a Black Woman

Cleveland, Christena.
2022

For years, Christena Cleveland spoke about racial reconciliation. But she increasingly felt she could no longer trust in the God she'd been implicitly taught to worship - a white male God who preferentially empowered white men despite his claim to love all people. This is the chronicle of her liberating transformation and a critique of a society shaped by white patriarchal Christianity and culture. Christena invites readers to take seriously the truth that God is not white nor male and gives readers a new and hopeful path for connecting with the divine and honoring the sacredness of all Black people. Print run 30,000.

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Heartbreak : A Personal and Scientific Journey.

Heartbreak : A Personal and Scientific Journey.

Williams, Florence.
2022

When her twenty-five-year marriage unexpectedly falls apart, journalist Florence Williams expects the loss to hurt. What she doesn't expect is that she'll end up in the hospital, examining close-up the way our cells listen to loneliness. She travels to the frontiers of the science of "social pain" to learn why heartbreak hurts so much and why so much of the conventional wisdom about it is wrong. This is a remarkable merging of science and self-discovery that will change the way we think about loneliness, health, and what it means to fall in and out of love.

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I Am Because We Are : An African Mother's Fight for the Soul of a Nation.

I Am Because We Are : An African Mother's Fight for the Soul of a Nation.

Akunyili-Parr, Chidiogo.
2022

In this intimate memoir, a daughter tells the story of her mother, a pan-African hero who faced down misogyny and battled corruption in Nigeria. Inspired by the African philosophy of Ubuntu - the importance of community over the individual - and outraged by injustice, Dora Akunyili took on fraudulent drug manufacturers whose products killed millions, including her sister. Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr illuminates the role of kinship, family, and the individual's place in society, while revealing a life of courage, how community shaped it, and the web of humanity that binds us all. Residence: Toronto, ON.

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Making Canada Even Better

Making Canada Even Better

Bulgutch, Mark.
2022

Journalist Mark Bulgutch collects inspiring stories and ideas from multifaceted Canadians whose love for Canada compels them to make this country a better place for all. This dynamic collection showcases how the fabric of a country is defined by its multiplicity of voices, cultures, stories and ideas. Weaving together these diverse viewpoints, Bulgutch leads us into the future - compelling us to do the most Canadian of things: change the world, and our nation, for the better. Residence: Toronto, ON.

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The Naked Don't Fear the Water : An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees.

The Naked Don't Fear the Water : An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees.

Aikins, Matthieu.
2022

In 2016, a young Afghan named Omar makes the heart-wrenching choice to flee his war-torn country. War reporter Matthieu Aikin decides to chronicle the dangerous journey on the smuggler's road to Europe. In order to do so, he must leave his own passport and identity behind to go underground on the refugee trail with Omar. Their odyssey across land and sea from Afghanistan to Europe brings them face to face with the people at heart of the migration crisis: smugglers, cops, activists, and the men, women and children fleeing war in search of a better life. Hometown: Halifax, N.S. Print run 35,000.

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Price Wars : How the Commodities Markets Made Our Chaotic World.

Price Wars : How the Commodities Markets Made Our Chaotic World.

Russell, Rupert.
2022

Rupert Russell sets out on a worldwide journey to investigate what caused the wave of chaos that consumed the world in the 2010s. Russell travels to Tunisia, Iraq, Venezuela, Ukraine, East Africa, and Central America and discovers that unrest was triggered by dramatic and mysterious swings in the price of essential commodities. It is this instability - fuelled by banks and hedge funds in faraway New York and London - that has toppled regimes and unsettled the West. This is a fascinating, original, and groundbreaking exposé of the power of the commodities markets to disrupt the world.

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Real Hero Shit

Real Hero Shit

Wells, Kendra
2022


Secrets of the Sprakkar : Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World.

Secrets of the Sprakkar : Iceland's Extraordinary Women and How They Are Changing the World.

Reid, Eliza.
2022

For the past twelve years, the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report has ranked Iceland number one on its list of countries closing the gap in equality between men and women. Eliza Reid - Canadian born and raised, and now first lady of Iceland - examines her adopted homeland's attitude toward women. She interviews dozens of "sprakkar" to tell their inspirational stories. The result is an illuminating discussion of what it means to move through the world as a woman and how the rules of society play more of a role in who we view as equal than we may understand. Hometown: Ottawa, ON. Print run 5,000.

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The Swimmers : A Novel.

The Swimmers : A Novel.

Otsuka, Julie.
2022

The swimmers are unknown to each other except through their private routines, and the solace each takes in their morning or afternoon laps. But when a crack appears at the bottom of the pool, they are cast out into an unforgiving world without comfort or relief. One of these swimmers is Alice, who is slowly losing her memory. Without the fellowship of other swimmers and the routine of her daily laps she is plunged into dislocation and chaos, swept into memories of her childhood and the Japanese internment camp in which she spent the war. Author of "The Buddha in the Attic."

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This Monk Wears Heels : Be Who You Are.

This Monk Wears Heels : Be Who You Are.

Nishimura, Kodo.
2022

It is too easy to limit ourselves for fear of what other people will think. The message of this book is that we can choose to love our uniqueness - and that our diversity offers hope for the world. This is a guide to self-love, self-acceptance and taking a Buddhist approach to life. Kodo Nishimura reveals how inclusive the Buddhist teachings really are - and that yes, it is possible to be a Buddhist monk and do makeup and wear sparkly earrings.

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Toufah : The Woman Who Inspired an African #MeToo Movement.

Toufah : The Woman Who Inspired an African #MeToo Movement.

Jallow, Toufah.
2022

In 2015, nineteen-year-old Toufah Jallow dreamed of a scholarship to produce and tour a play about how to eradicate poverty in The Gambia. She entered a presidential competition and won. When Toufah turned down marriage proposals from the dictator of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, he drugged and raped her. In July 2019, Toufah Jallow became the first woman in The Gambia to make a public accusation of rape against him. This is her story of the path to reclaim the future that Yahya Jammeh had tried to steal from her. Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 20,000.

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What the Fireflies Knew : A Novel.

What the Fireflies Knew : A Novel.

Harris, Kai.
2022

After her father dies, almost-eleven-year-old Kenyatta Bernice (KB) is sent by their overwhelmed mother to live with their estranged grandfather. Over the course of a single, sweltering summer, KB attempts to get her bearings in a world that has turned upside down. Pinballing between resentment, abandonment, and loneliness, KB is forced to carve out a different identity for herself and find her own voice. As she examines the jagged pieces of her recently shattered world, she learns that while some truths cut deep, a new life - and a new KB - can be built from the shards.

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The Woman Beyond the Attic : The V.C. Andrews Story.

The Woman Beyond the Attic : The V.C. Andrews Story.

Neiderman, Andrew.
2022

Best known for her internationally, multi-million-copy bestselling novel "Flowers in the Attic," Cleo Virginia Andrews lived a fascinating life. Based on Virginia's own letters, and interviews with her dearest family members, her long-term ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman tells Virginia's full story for the first time. Features family photos, personal letters, a partial manuscript for an unpublished novel, and more. Print run 75,000.

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