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Africville : A Novel.

Africville : A Novel.

Colvin, Jeffrey.
2019

For readers of Lawrence Hill and George Elliott Clarke, a ferociously talented writer makes his stunning debut with this richly woven tapestry. Set in the small Nova Scotia town of Africville, settled by former slaves, Jeffrey Colvin depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time and fate.



A richly woven story, structured as a triptych, Africville chronicles the lives of three generations of the Sebolt family--Kath Ella, her son, Omar/Etienne, and her grandson Warner--whose lives unfold against the tumultuous events of the twentieth century, from the Great Depression of the 1930s, through the social protests of the 1960s, to the economic upheavals of the 1980s.

A century earlier, Kath Ella's ancestors established a new home in Nova Scotia. Like the lives of her ancestors, Kath Ella's is shaped by hardship as she struggles to conceive and to provide for her family during the long, bitter Canadian winters. She must also contend with the locals' lingering suspicions about the dark-skinned "outsiders" who live in their midst.

Kath Ella's fierce love for her son, Omar, cannot help her overcome the racial prejudices that linger in this remote, tight-knit place. As he grows up, the rebellious Omar refutes the past and decides to break from the family, threatening to upend all that Kath Ella and her people have tried to build. Over the decades, each successive generation drifts farther from Africville, yet they take a piece of this indelible place with them as they make their way to Montreal, Vermont and beyond, to the deep South of America.

As it explores notions of identity, passing, cross-racial relationships, the importance of place and the meaning of home, Africville tells the larger story of the black experience in parts of Canada and the United States. Vibrant and lyrical, filled with colourful details and told in a powerful, haunting voice, this extraordinary novel--as atmospheric and steeped in history as Any Known Blood, The Known World, George & Rue, The Underground Railroad, Homegoing and The Book of Negroes--is a landmark work from a sure-to-be major literary talent.

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Anyone : A Novel.

Anyone : A Novel.

Soule, Charles.
2019

Charles Soule brings his signature knowledge--and wariness--of technology to his sophomore novel set in a realistic future about a brilliant female scientist who creates a technology that allows for the transfer of human consciousness between bodies, and the transformations this process wreaks upon the world.



Inside a barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a scientist searching for an Alzheimer's cure throws a switch--and finds herself mysteriously transported into her husband's body. What begins as a botched experiment will change her life--and the world--forever...

Over two decades later, all across the planet, "flash" technology allows individuals the ability to transfer their consciousness into other bodies for specified periods, paid, registered and legal. Society has been utterly transformed by the process, from travel to warfare to entertainment; "Be anyone with Anyone" the tagline of the company offering this ultimate out-of-body experience. But beyond the reach of the law and government regulators is a sordid black market called the darkshare, where desperate "vessels" anonymously rent out their bodies, no questions asked for any purpose - sex, drugs, crime... or worse.

Anyone masterfully interweaves the present-day story of the discovery and development of the flash with the gritty tale of one woman's crusade to put an end to the darkness it has brought to the world twenty-five years after its creation. Like Blade Runner crossed with Get Out, Charles Soule's thought-provoking work of speculative fiction takes us to a world where identity, morality, and technology collide.

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Awful beautiful life: when God shows up in the midst of tragedy

Awful beautiful life: when God shows up in the midst of tragedy

Powell, Rebecca
2019

A gripping story of grace, faith, and triumph for a woman whose world shattered hours after her husband's suicide.
Becky Powell faced the unthinkable on May 16, 2013. Her husband Mark called and said, "I've done something terrible." Within hours, she learned that he had taken his own life and, over a period of several years, millions of dollars from friends and colleagues. Everything she believed to be true, the very fiber of her marriage, was called into question. Within a week, rather than planning carpool runs and volunteer fundraisers, she owed almost one hundred creditors millions of dollars and had her own team of ten lawyers. She was also the subject of open FBI, SEC and DOJ investigations-and faced potential criminal charges. And, although she instantly denounced every cent of Mark's $15M in life insurance and promised to repay every penny taken, her lawyers knew that in reality she faced years of court battles and lawsuits, and possible jail time.
Yet from that first horrific moment, God was there. He showed up in his Word, in Becky's friends, in her lawyers and in the generosity of those around her. He worked miracles. CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and others covered the first moment, but what about the last? What about the story in which God gives your next breath because you can't find it on your own? What about the story of a mom and three kids trying to make sense of their pasts, present and future while living under a microscope?
AWFUL BEAUTIFUL LIFE is Becky's journey through the two years surrounding Mark's death and how she overcame. It came down to a loving God who surrounded her, a present and dedicated family, and friends, who made her life, offered her sanctuary and showed up for her and her kids in tangible ways. This is a story of remarkable grit, strength and what the Body of Christ in action looks like.





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The dating charade

The dating charade

Ferguson, Melissa, author.
2019

Just when you think you've met your match . . . the charade begins.

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband--and children--altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie's online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett's memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps--each--they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson's hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages--and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren't nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

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Dk Eyewitness Travel Guide Caribbean

Dk Eyewitness Travel Guide Caribbean

2019

Discover the Caribbean with this essential travel guide to this dazzlingly diverse region, designed to help you create your own unique trip and to transport you there before you've even packed your case. Take in the dizzying views from the top of Jamaica's Blue Mountains, stroll the cobbled colonial plazas of Habana Vieja, or marvel at the majesty of St. Lucia's volcanic spires - DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Caribbean covers the must-see sights and idyllic islands, so you won't miss a thing.

Gorgeous, all-new colour photography so you can imagine yourself there
Reasons to the Caribbean- snorkeling in the Cayman Islands, celebrity-spotting in
St Barts, sipping rum cocktails - what will yours be?
See the Caribbean from a different angle- lots of fresh ideas for exploring the islands
A year-long calendar of events in the Caribbean gives a selection of local events and festivals for all seasons
Expert advice covers the practical stuff- get ready, get around, and stay safe
Detailed colour maps help you navigate the region with ease
Expert tips to make memories that last - where to snap and share the perfect photo, take in stunning views, and seek out hidden gems
The most authentic places to stay, eat, drink and shop
Easy-to-follow walks and itineraries take you on a tour of each area, with plenty of eat and drink stops en route.
Hand-drawn illustrations highlight must-see attractions, including the imposing Capitolio in Havana, the dramatically situated Castillo San Cristobal on Puerto Rico, and the vast Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts
Covers Cuba; Cayman Islands; Turks and Caicos; Jamaica; Dominican Republic; Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands; Anguilla; St. Martin/Sint Maarten; Saba and St. Eustatius; St. Kitts and Nevis; Antigua and Barbuda; Saint Barthelemy; Guadeloupe; Martinique; Dominica; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Grenada; Barbados; Trinidad and Tobago; Aruba; Cura ao; and Bonaire

About DK Eyewitness Travel- For 25 years, DK's beautifully practical Eyewitness guides have been combining inspiring ideas and expert advice with easy-to-read maps and vivid photography to inform and enrich your holiday. In 2018 the Eyewitness series was relaunched with a stunning new look that you will love even more. DK is the world's leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in over 120 countries.

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Good Girls Lie

Good Girls Lie

Ellison, J. T.
2019

Goode girls don't lie...

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely...because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

J.T. Ellison's pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.

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Learn to sew in 30 minutes: machine sewing

Learn to sew in 30 minutes: machine sewing

Grabler-Crozier, Debbie von
2019

A complete course in sewing, broken down into 25 quick and easy sewing projects under the expert guidance of Debbie von Gabler-Crozier.

Discover, or rekindle, a new passion in this learn-as-you-stitch practical course by sewing extraordinaire, blogger and writer, Debbie von Grabler-Crozier. Following her friendly, clear instructions, master the essential machine sewing skills you've always wanted to conquer while making something cute and useful for you and your home in the process - and all in a short space of time. 25 projects in total, broken down into different sections - fabric, interfacing, quilting, etc. - designed especially by Debbie to take you from the beginner to the confident sewist. Find the answers to those awkward sewing questions you were too afraid to ask - fabric grain, seam allowance, zipper feet, interfacing, free-motion embroidery, patching, quilting and more - and discover new techniques that will not only make machine sewing easier but give your designs that professional finish. A concise list of what you in your essential sewing kit included, along with advice on additional, useful items you can pick up on your sewing journey once you've gained a little more experience. Each project starts with a break-down of the method first, with helpful photography, so you are never thrown into the deep end! The standard pattern is then introduced, with Debbie's helpful tips in the margins, so you can familiarise yourself with the standard sewing pattern format.

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A madness of sunshine

A madness of sunshine

Singh, Nalini, 1977- author
2019

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh welcomes you to a remote town on the edge of the world where even the blinding brightness of the sun can't mask the darkness that lies deep within a killer....

On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbors; the children, more than schoolmates.

That is until one fateful summer--and several vanished bodies--shatters the trust holding Golden Cove together. All that's left are whispers behind closed doors, broken friendships, and a silent agreement to not look back. But they can't run from the past forever.

Eight years later, a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if their home shelters something far more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape.

It's not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light.

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The Self-Care Solution : A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter - One Month at a Time.

The Self-Care Solution : A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter - One Month at a Time.

Ashton, Jennifer.
2019

ABC's chief medical correspondent helps you ring in the New Year right with a resolution that's actually doable: a year-long plan to improve your emotional and physical health--from giving up alcohol to doing a digital detox, but each for only one month.



Dr. Jennifer Ashton is at the top of her field as an ob-gyn and news correspondent. But even at the top there's still room to improve, and with The Self-Care Solution, she upends her life one month at a time, using her own experiences to help you improve your health and enhance your life.

Dr. Ashton becomes both researcher and subject as she focuses on twelve separate challenges. Beginning with a new area of focus each month, she guides you through the struggles she faces, the benefits she experiences, and the science behind why each month's challenge--giving up alcohol, doing more push-ups, adopting an earlier bedtime, limiting technology--can lead to better health.

Month by month, Dr. Ashton tackles a different area of wellness with the hope that the lessons she learns and the improved health she experiences will motivate her (and you) to make each change permanent. Throughout, she offers easy-to-comprehend health information about the particular challenge to help you understand its benefits and to stick with it. Whether it's adding cardio or learning how to meditate, Dr. Ashton makes these daily lifestyle choices and changes feel possible--and shows how beneficial a mindful lifestyle can be.

Inspiring, practical, and informative, illustrated with helpful photos and charts, The Self-Care Solution teaches you how to recalibrate your life to enjoy a better, healthier year, one month at a time. Featuring guidance from top experts, entertaining case studies, easy-to-follow advice and tips, and Dr. Ashton's observations and insights, this book can help you achieve a better life balance and a more active and healthy lifestyle.

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The wicked redhead

The wicked redhead

Williams, Beatriz
2019

The dazzling narrator of The Wicked City brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1924. Ginger Kelly wakes up in tranquil Cocoa Beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition agent Oliver Anson Marshall and her newly-orphaned young sister, Patsy. But paradise is short-lived. Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Gin hurries north to rescue him, only to be trapped in an agonizing moral quandary by Marshall's desperate mother.

1998. Ella Dommerich has finally settled into her new life in Greenwich Village, inside the same apartment where a certain redheaded flapper lived long ago...and continues to make her presence known. Having quit her ethically problematic job at an accounting firm, cut ties with her unfaithful ex-husband, and begun an epic love affair with Hector, her musician neighbor, Ella's eager to piece together the history of the mysterious Gin Kelly, whose only physical trace is a series of rare vintage photograph cards for which she modeled before she disappeared.

Two women, two generations, two urgent quests. But as Ginger and Ella track down their separate quarries with increasing desperation, the mysteries consuming them take on unsettling echoes of each other, and both women will require all their strength and ingenuity to outwit a conspiracy spanning decades.

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