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Bear necessity : a novel

Bear necessity : a novel

Gould-Bourn, James, author
2020

Danny's life is falling apart. He's become a single father to eleven-year-old Will--who hasn't spoken since the death of his mother in a car crash a year earlier--and Danny has just been fired from his construction job. To make matters worse, he's behind on the rent and his nasty landlord is threatening to break his legs if he doesn't pay soon. Danny needs money, and fast. After observing local street performers in a nearby park, Danny spends his last few dollars on a tattered panda costume, impulsively deciding to become a dancing bear.

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Blood in the water : a true story of revenge in the Maritimes

Blood in the water : a true story of revenge in the Maritimes

Cameron, Silver Donald, 1937-2020, author
2020

In June 2013, three upstanding citizens of a small Cape Breton town cold-bloodedly murdered their neighbour, Phillip Boudreau, at sea. Boudreau was funny and frightening, loathed, loved, and feared. Boudreau seemed invincible, a miscreant who would plague the village forever. Silver Donald Cameron, a resident of the area since 1971, argues that the Boudreau killing was a direct reaction to credible and dire threats that the authorities were powerless to neutralize. As many local people have said, if those fellows hadn't killed him, someone else would have.

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The bone shard daughter

The bone shard daughter

Stewart, Andrea, author
2020

"The emperor's reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire's many islands. Lin is the emperor's daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic. Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright - and save her people"-- Provided by publisher.

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Brontë's mistress : a novel

Brontë's mistress : a novel

Austin, Finola, author
2020


The cold vanish : seeking the missing in North America's wildlands

The cold vanish : seeking the missing in North America's wildlands

Billman, Jon, author
2020

Jon Billman's fascinating, in-depth look at people who vanish in the wilderness without a trace and those eccentric, determined characters who try to find them.

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Cooking for one : scaled recipes, no-waste solutions, and time-saving tips

Cooking for one : scaled recipes, no-waste solutions, and time-saving tips

2020

Taking care to prepare a meal for yourself is a different experience than cooking for others. It can be a fun, casual, and delicious affair, but there are challenges, from avoiding a fridge full of half-used ingredients to ending up with leftovers that become boring after the third reheat. Discover the joy of cooking for yourself with more than 160 perfectly portioned, easy-to-execute recipes, flexible ingredient lists to accommodate your pantry, and ideas for improvising to your taste.

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Good dogs don't make it to the South Pole

Good dogs don't make it to the South Pole

Thyvold, Hans Olav, author
2020

Told through the eyes of the very grumpy yet lovable mutt, Tassen. When his human companion, Major Thorkildsen, dies, Tassen and Mrs. Thorkildsen are left alone. The poor mutt mourns Major by eating too many treats, and Mrs. T by drinking too much. But the quiet days Tassen and Mrs. T spend together are disrupted by the arrival of her son and daughter in-law as they plan to send Mrs. T to a nursing home. As he contemplates his own fate, he shudders to think what might happen to him. Inspired by Roald Amundsen and his dogs, this unlikely pair are ready to take on anything life throws at them.

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Life is in the transitions : mastering change at any age

Life is in the transitions : mastering change at any age

Feiler, Bruce, 1964- author
2020

The idea that we'll have one job, one relationship, one source of happiness is hopelessly outdated. Yet many people feel overwhelmed by this change. We're concerned that our lives are not what we expected; that we're living life out of order. Bruce Feiler introduces the fresh, pressing vision of the nonlinear. Drawing on an extraordinary trove of insights, Feiler offers a powerful, new transition toolkit with original strategies for coping with the difficult, painful, or unsettling times of life.

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Little disasters

Little disasters

Vaughan, Sarah, 1972- author
2020

She is a stay-at-home mother of three with boundless reserves of patience, energy, and love. After being friends for a decade, this is how Liz sees Jess. Then one moment changes everything.

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The lost and found bookshop

The lost and found bookshop

Wiggs, Susan, author
2020

In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother's charming but financially strapped bookshop. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew. But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. To Natalie's surprise, her time of mourning becomes an unexpected journey of discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop's walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.

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Murder thy neighbor : true-crime thrillers

Murder thy neighbor : true-crime thrillers

Patterson, James, 1947- author
2020

As seen on ID, these two true-crime thrillers follow a neighbors' quarrel that turns violent and cyber-bullying that explodes in a double murder. Murder Thy Neighbor : Ann Hoover is a nice woman but she's come to hate her neighbor. Roy Kirk moved in next door with plans to renovate. But as the weeks go by, his DIY construction turns to shambles. When Ann takes him to court, Kirk's retaliation will be shockingly gruesome. Murder IRL : Jenelle Potter has always been better at connecting with people through social media. With overprotective parents, she hasn't had very many options to meet people, until she links up with Billy. But her feelings for Billy are unreciprocated, causing Jenelle to start a virtual war -- a war enters the real world.

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The Nemesis manifesto

The Nemesis manifesto

Lustbader, Eric, author
2020

Evan Ryder is a lone wolf, a field agent for a black-ops arm of the DOD, who has survived unspeakable tragedy and dedicated her life to protecting her country. When her fellow agents begin to be systematically eliminated, Evan must unravel the thread that ties them all together - and before her name comes up on the kill list.

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The night swim

The night swim

Goldin, Megan, author
2020

After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name--and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she's used to being recognized for her voice, not her face--which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

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One game at a time : my journey from small-town Alberta to hockey's biggest stage

One game at a time : my journey from small-town Alberta to hockey's biggest stage

Singh, Harnarayan, author
2020

From the distinct and vibrant voice behind 'Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi', comes the story of pursuing a dream and defying the odds, reminding us all of hockey's power to unite. Harnarayan Singh was born in Brooks, AB.

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The Paris secret

The Paris secret

Lester, Natasha, 1973- author
2020

England, 1939: The Penrose sisters couldn't be more different. Skye is a daring and brash pilot, and Liberty the one to defy her at every turn. Even if women aren't allowed in the Royal Air Force, Skye is determined to help the war effort. She's thrilled when it reunites her with her childhood soulmate, Nicholas. She's less thrilled to learn Nicholas is now engaged to an enigmatic Frenchwoman named Margaux Jourdan. Paris, 1947: Designer Christian Dior unveils his glamorous first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance Miss Dior in tribute to his beloved sister Catherine, who forged a friendship with Skye and Margaux through her work with the French Resistance. Present Day: Fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a priceless collection of Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery of their origin, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.

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Set my heart to five : a novel

Set my heart to five : a novel

Stephenson, Simon, author
2020

"Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person. One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can't feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared is almost certain he's crying. Confused, he decides to watch more old movies to figure out what's happening. The process leads to an emotional awakening that upends his existence. Jared, it turns out, can feel. Overcome with a full range of emotions, and facing an imminent reset, Jared heads west, determined to forge real connections. He yearns to find his mother, the programmer who created him. He dreams of writing a screenplay that will change the world. Along the way, he might even fall in love. But a bot with feelings is a dangerous proposition, and Jared's new life could come to an end before it truly begins."-- Amazon.

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Sex robots & vegan meat : adventures at the frontier of birth, food, sex & death

Sex robots & vegan meat : adventures at the frontier of birth, food, sex & death

Kleeman, Jenny, author
2020

What if we could have babies without bearing children, eat meat without killing animals, have a perfect sexual relationship without involving another human being or chose the time of our painless death? This book is a timely investigation into the forces that are driving innovation in the four core areas of human experience: birth, food, sex and death. Journalist Jenny Kleeman will take the reader on a fascinating exploration of the changes afoot, and their implications for who we are as a society, and as humans.

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Splitting : the inside story on headaches

Splitting : the inside story on headaches

Ellison, Amanda, author
2020

"There is nothing new about headaches. Since time immemorial, humans have suffered in their grip. Medieval Persia was a hotbed of intense debate over how to avoid and cure them. Darwin became a recluse because of his headaches--on the bright side, this gave him more time to stay at home and think about the origin of the species. It's doubtful that any modern human sees a headache as a blessing. But we should pay attention. Head pain is trying to tell us something. Exploring all the key questions, from what causes various kinds of headache and how stress, lifestyle and food affect our brains, to whether we should just reach for the medicine and ignore the root causes, this book is the essential guide to understanding--and battling--headaches."--Jacket.

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Survival instincts : a novel

Survival instincts : a novel

Waite, Jen, author
2020

"By the bestselling author of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing, a haunting thriller about a mother and daughter who need to draw strength from each other when they find themselves trapped in a cabin with a man who wants to either control them--or kill them."-- Provided by publisher.

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The Thursday Murder Club

The Thursday Murder Club

Osman, Richard, 1970- author
2020

"In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club."-- Provided by publisher.

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The vacation

The vacation

Logan, T. M., author
2020

It was supposed to be the perfect vacation, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children, spending a week in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Provence. But there is trouble in paradise. Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair-and that the other woman is one of her best friends. One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one?

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A walk along the beach

A walk along the beach

Macomber, Debbie, author
2020

Inseparable since the sudden loss of their mother as teenagers, Willa and Harper Lakey are perfect opposites. Willa enjoys her peaceful routine as a café owner in their quaint, coastal hometown of Oceanside, Washington. But when a handsome customer shows interest in Willa, Harper urges her sister to take a chance on love. Just as Willa begins to explore the possibilities, Harper receives crushing news that threatens to bring everything to a screeching halt.

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The wicked sister

The wicked sister

Dionne, Karen, author
2020

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents' deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns, in a quest for answers. As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns - as her mother did years earlier - that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.

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The woman before Wallis : a novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and royal scandal

The woman before Wallis : a novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and royal scandal

Turnbull, Bryn, author
2020

In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness she's immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. In a twist of fate, her marriage to Duke leads her to fall headlong into a love affair with Edward, Prince of Wales. But happiness is fleeting, and their love is threatened when Thelma's sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, becomes embroiled in a scandal with far-reaching implications. As Thelma sails to New York to support Gloria, she leaves Edward in the hands of her trusted friend Wallis, never imagining the consequences that will follow.

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