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The Age of Fentanyl : Ending the Opioid Epidemic.

The Age of Fentanyl : Ending the Opioid Epidemic.

Ramin, Brodie.
2020

Is there a way to end North America's opioid epidemic? North America is facing a crisis. The first warning signs appeared in media reports of OxyContin abuse and over-prescription in the 1990s. Today, there is an opioid epidemic -- fentanyl is the leading cause of overdose death in North America. From his perspective as an addiction physician working on the front lines of the epidemic, Dr. Brodie Ramin discusses the disease and the cure.Looking beyond the obstacles, The Age of Fentanyl brings the hopeful message that just as patients and health care workers rallied together to fight the HIV epidemic one generation ago, a coalition of patients, advocates, scientists, doctors, and nurses are finding solutions and making plans to stem the overdose deaths, block the spread of fentanyl, and end the epidemic.

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The city we became

The city we became

Jemisin, N. K., author.
2020

"Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She's got six. When a young man crosses the bridge into New York City, something changes. He doesn't remember who he is, where he's from, or even his own name. But he can feel the pulse of the city, can see its history, can access its magic. And he's not the only one. All across the boroughs, strange things are happening. Something is threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all."-- Provided by publisher.

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Docile

Docile

Szpara, K.M.
2020

K. M. Szpara's Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.

There is no consent under capitalism.

To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents' debts and buy your children's future.

Elisha Wilder's family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family's debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him.

Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family's crowning achievement could have any negative side effects--and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.

Content warning: Docile contains forthright depictions and discussions of rape and sexual abuse.

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Easy Everyday Keto : Healthy Kitchen-Perfected Recipes.

Easy Everyday Keto : Healthy Kitchen-Perfected Recipes.

America's Test Kitchen.
2020

Break free from the monotonous or time-consuming recipes that too often make up the reality of a keto diet and discover easier, naturally keto dishes that deliver inspiration, variety, and great taste--all while perfectly meeting your macros.

In this meticulously tested, must-have collection we set our sights on regular meals anyone would enjoy, skipping the gimmicky ideas and seeking nourishing healthy fats and low-carb vegetables in recipes such as Grilled Chicken Thighs with Shaved Zucchini Salad, One-Pan Steak Fajitas, Kimchi Beef Meatball Soup, and Green Shakshuka. Essential keto-friendly comfort foods help satisfy cravings with all-purpose keto wraps, pancakes, and simple sweets and snacks.

Our recipes keep mealtime easy but interesting (most recipes take less than an hour), with plenty of variations to change up the routine (try making Butter-Basted Rib-eye Steak using Coffee-Chile Butter). Since eating outside the house is challenging, our Keto-On-the-Go feature highlights the best make-and-take recipes--so you can skip that packaged snack bar and enjoy a bite of something homemade. A Keto essentials section and weekly meal plans will help to organize your shopping list, and healthy tips from our nutritionist make your goals achievable.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea

The House in the Cerulean Sea

Klune, TJ.
2020

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they're likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren't the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place--and realizing that family is yours.

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How to Be Fine : What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books.

How to Be Fine : What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books.

Greenberg, Jolenta.
2020

A humorous and insightful look into what advice works, what doesn't, and what it means to transform yourself, by the co-hosts of the popular By the Book podcast.



In each episode of their podcast By the Book, Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer take a deep dive into a different self-help book, following its specific instructions, rules, and advice to the letter. From diet and productivity to decorating to social interactions, they try it all, record themselves along the way, then share what they've learned with their devoted and growing audience of fans who tune in.

Before they began their podcast, Jolenta wanted to believe the promises of self-help books, while Kristen was very much the skeptic. They embraced their differences of opinion, hoping they'd be good for laughs and downloads. But in the years since launching the By the Book, they've come to realize their show is about much more than humor. In fact, reading and following each book's advice has actually changed and improved their lives. Thanks to the show, Kristen penned the Amish romance novel she'd always joked about writing, traveled back to her past lives, and she broached some difficult conversations with her husband about their marriage. Jolenta finally memorized her husband's phone number, began tracking her finances, and fell in love with cutting clutter.

In How to Be Fine, Jolenta and Kristen synthesize the lessons and insights they've learned and share their experiences with everyone. How to Be Fine is a thoughtful look at the books and practices that have worked, real talk on those that didn't, and a list of philosophies they want to see explored in-depth. The topics they cover include:

Getting off your device

Engaging in positive self-talk

Downsizing

Admitting you're a liar

Meditation

Going outside

Getting in touch with your emotions

Seeing a therapist

Part memoir, part prescriptive handbook, this honest, funny, and heartfelt guide is like a warm soul-baring conversation with your closest and smartest friends.

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How to Be Miserable in Your Twenties : 40 Strategies to Fail at Adulting.

How to Be Miserable in Your Twenties : 40 Strategies to Fail at Adulting.

Paterson, Randy J.
2020

Following in the footsteps of his snarky self-help hit, “How to Be Miserable”, psychologist Randy J. Paterson uses his trademark wit and irony to help you tackle the most common roadblocks that stand in the way of successful “adulting”. You will find are 40 strategies to help you cultivate a life of abject misery. This book will help you take a good long look at yourself and your life, and come up with a solid action plan for your worst (or best) future. Residence: Vancouver, B.C.

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Lady in Waiting : My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown.

Lady in Waiting : My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown.

Glenconner, Anne.
2019

Lady Anne Glenconner has been at the centre of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret. Since then she has needed all her resilience to survive the vipers of court life with her sense of humour intact. With unprecedented insight into the royal family, this is a witty, candid, dramatic, at times heart-breaking personal story capturing life in a golden cage for a woman with no inheritance. Print run 30,000.

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Lost Boy Found : A Novel.

Lost Boy Found : A Novel.

Alexander, Kirsten.
2019

In 1913, on a summer's day at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, four-year-old Sonny Davenport walks into the woods and never returns. After two years when all hope seems lost, the boy is found in the company of a tramp. But is he truly Sonny Davenport? The circumstances of his discovery raise more questions than answers. And when Grace Mill, an unwed farm worker, travels from Alabama to lay claim to the child, newspapers, townsfolk, even the Davenports' own friends, take sides. Based on the true story of a boy's mysterious disappearance examines despair, loyalty, and the nature of truth. Print run 100,000.

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Overdose : Heartbreak and Hope in Canada's Opioid Crisis.

Overdose : Heartbreak and Hope in Canada's Opioid Crisis.

Perrin, Benjamin.
2020

An astonishing and powerful look at the worst health crisis in recent history--the opioid crisis.

North America is in the middle of a health crisis. Life expectancies are declining. Someone is dying every two hours in Canada from illicit drug overdose. Fentanyl has become a looming presence--an opioid more powerful, pervasive, and deadly than any previous street drug.

The victims are many--and often not whom we might expect. They include the poor and forgotten but also our neighbours: professionals, students, and parents. Despite the thousands of deaths, these victims have remained largely invisible.

But not anymore. Benjamin Perrin, a law and policy expert, shines a light in this darkest of corners--and his findings challenge many assumptions about the crisis. Why do people use drugs despite the risk of overdosing? Can we crack down on the fentanyl supply? Do supervised consumption sites and providing "safe drugs" enable the problem? Which treatments work? Would decriminalizing all drugs help or make things worse?

Perrin answers these questions and many others in this urgent and humane look at the worst health crisis in recent history, drawing on behind-the-scenes interviews with those on the frontlines, including undercover police officers, intelligence analysts, border agents, prosecutors, healthcare professionals, Indigenous organizations, activists, and people who use drugs. Not only does he shine light on this often-veiled crisis, but he also offers a new way forward; one that may save thousands of lives.

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The physics book: big ideas simply explained

The physics book: big ideas simply explained

2020

Explore the laws and theories of physics in this accessible introduction to the forces that shape our universe, our planet, and our everyday lives.

Using a bold, graphics-led approach, The Physics Book sets out more than 80 of the key concepts and discoveries that have defined the subject and influenced our technology since the beginning of time. With the focus firmly on unpacking the thought behind each theory--as well as exploring when and how each idea and breakthrough came about--five themed chapters examine the history and developments in specific areas such as Light, Sound, and Electricity.

Eureka moments abound: from Archimedes' bathtub discoveries about displacement and density, and Galileo's experiments with spheres falling from the Tower of Pisa, to Isaac Newton's apple and his conclusions about gravity and the laws of motion. You'll also learn about Albert Einstein's revelations about relativity; how the accidental discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation confirmed the Big Bang theory; the search for the Higgs boson particle; and why most of the universe is missing. If you've ever wondered exactly how physicists formulated--and proved--their abstract concepts, The Physics Book is the book for you.

Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand. With over 7 million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.

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Providence

Providence

Barry, Max.
2020

From the ingenious author of Jennifer Government and Lexicon : a brilliant work of science fiction that tells the intimate tale of four people facing their most desperate hour--alone, together, at the edge of the universe.

The video changed everything. Before that, we could believe that we were safe. Special. Chosen. We thought the universe was a twinkling ocean of opportunity, waiting to be explored.

Afterward, we knew better.

Seven years after first contact, Providence Five launches. It is an enormous and deadly warship, built to protect humanity from its greatest ever threat. On board is a crew of just four--tasked with monitoring the ship and reporting the war's progress to a mesmerized global audience by way of social media.

But while pursuing the enemy across space, Gilly, Talia, Anders, and Jackson confront the unthinkable: their communications are cut, their ship decreasingly trustworthy and effective. To survive, they must win a fight that is suddenly and terrifyingly real.

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Seasons of Terror

Seasons of Terror

Chizmar, Richard.
2020

Spine-tingling stories that can be enjoyed all year round--this deliciously creepy and gorgeously wrought graphic anthology introduces a new generation to four literary giants--Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon.

In the spring, a young girl hears a woman crying for help from beneath the dirt in her backyard, but no one seems to believe her...During summertime, a college student inexplicably walks deeper and deeper into the thick forest, until he happens upon a stone cottage whose inhabitants lead a very particular way of life...Before the fall chill arrives, a group of friends embark on an adventurous weekend to a remote lake where a sinister force awaits...In the dark depths of winter, behind frigid enemy lines, Great Britain's most potent weapon against Nazi Germany lives between worlds: good and evil, and man and wolf....

With evocative prose and vivid illustrations, these unforgettable stories--"The Screaming Woman" by Ray Bradbury; "The Man in the Woods" by Shirley Jackson; "The Raft" by Stephen King; and "The Man from London" by Robert McCammon--embody the seasons in which they are set, bringing you to the very edge of reality, mixing the best elements of the mythology of our youth with the perilous horrors of adulthood.

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Shame on Me : An Anatomy of Race and Belonging.

Shame on Me : An Anatomy of Race and Belonging.

McWatt, Tessa.
2020

Interrogating our ideas of race through the lens of her own multi-racial identity, critically acclaimed novelist Tessa McWatt turns her eye on herself, her body and this world in a powerful new work of non-fiction.

Tessa McWatt has been called Susie Wong, Pocahontas and "black bitch," and has been judged not black enough by people who assume she straightens her hair. Now, through a close examination of her own body--nose, lips, hair, skin, eyes, ass, bones and blood--which holds up a mirror to the way culture reads all bodies, she asks why we persist in thinking in terms of race today when racism is killing us.
Her grandmother's family fled southern China for British Guiana after her great uncle was shot in his own dentist's chair during the First Sino-Japanese War. McWatt is made of this woman and more: those who arrived in British Guiana from India as indentured labour and those who were brought from Africa as cargo to work on the sugar plantations; colonists and those whom colonialism displaced. How do you tick a box on a census form or job application when your ancestry is Scottish, English, French, Portuguese, Indian, Amerindian, African and Chinese? How do you finally answer a question first posed to you in grade school: "What are you?" And where do you find a sense of belonging in a supposedly "post-racial" world where shadism, fear of blackness, identity politics and call-out culture vie with each other noisily, relentlessly and still lethally?
Shame on Me is a personal and powerful exploration of history and identity, colour and desire from a writer who, having been plagued with confusion about her race all her life, has at last found kinship and solidarity in story.

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They Said This Would Be Fun : Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up.

They Said This Would Be Fun : Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up.

Martis, Eternity.
2020

From award-winning journalist Eternity Martis, a look at race and gender on campuses, and a personal tale of struggle and survival.

The debut memoir from Eternity Martis, They Said This Would Be Fun captures the difficulty of navigating through white spaces as a student of colour. Eternity thought going away to university would help her discover who she really is. Hoping to escape her abusive boyfriend, her nerdy reputation, her doting Pakistani family, and her complicated feelings towards her absent Jamaican father, she heads out to the predominantly white college city of London, Ontario. At school, she discovers an entitled culture of racism and sexism: she encounters blackface at parties, hears racial slurs at the bar, and has teachers ask her permission to discuss race in classrooms where she's the only student of colour. Over the next four years, Eternity navigates her identity in her new surroundings while adjusting to student life: she bounces out the window of an inflatable castle after too much vodka, glares down drugstore cashiers who announce a price check for her pregnancy test for the whole store to hear, and dodges white girls who stroke her hair at parties. And as more and more classmates of colour feel driven out of the university, Eternity decides to stay. In doing so, she starts to uncover what she went away to find in the first place: who she is. They Said This Would Be Fun captures the work students of colour must do to fight for themselves in spaces where they are supposed to be safe to learn and grow.

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Unknown Night and Day

Unknown Night and Day

Suah, Bae.
2020

A hypnotic, disorienting story of parallel lives unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summer

For two years, twenty-eight-year-old Kim Ayami has worked at Seoul's only audio theatre for the blind. But now the theatre is shutting down and Ayami's future is uncertain.

Her last shift completed and the theatre closed for good, Ayami walks the streets of the city with her former boss late into the night. Together they search for a mutual friend who has disappeared. The following day, at the request of that same friend, Ayami acts as a guide for a detective novelist visiting from abroad.

But in the inescapable, all-consuming heat of Seoul at the height of the summer, order gives way to chaos, the edges of reality start to fray, and the past intrudes on the present in increasingly disruptive ways.

Blisteringly original, Untold Night and Day is a high-wire feat of storytelling that explores the possibility of worlds beyond the one we see and feel - and shows why Bae Suah is considered one of the boldest voices in Korean literature today.

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We Ride Upon Sticks : A Novel.

We Ride Upon Sticks : A Novel.

Barry, Quan.
2020

From the author of the widely acclaimed She Weeps Each Time You're Born , a comic tour de female force about a 1980s field hockey team.

In the coastal town of Danvers, MA, home of the original 1692 witch trials, the 1989 Danvers Falcons will do anything to make it to the state finals -- even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. In chapters dense with '80s iconography--from Heathers to "big hair"--Quan Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective journeys of this enchanted team as they storm their way to the championship. Helmed by good-girl captain Abby Putnam (a descendant of the infamous Salem accuser Ann Putnam) and her co-captain Jen Fiorenza, whose bleached blond "Claw" sees and knows all, the DHS Falcons prove to be wily, original, and bold, flaunting society's stale notions of femininity in order to find their glorious true selves through the crucible of team sport and, more importantly, friendship.

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What is color?: 50 questions and answers on the science of color

What is color?: 50 questions and answers on the science of color

Eckstut, Arielle
2020

A comprehensive illustrated exploration of the fascinating science of color

Arielle and Joann Eckstut, authors of The Secret Language of Color , offer a thorough, readable, and highly visual exploration of the science of color. Organized by 50 of the most essential questions about color across a variety of fields--physics, chemistry, biology, technology, and psychology--this book examines how and why we see color; how color relates to light; what the real primary colors are; how biology, language, and culture affect the colors that we see; and much more. Full of clear and elegant infographics, What Is Color? is a must-have for artists and designers, scientists, students, and decorators, and anyone else whose work or play involves color.

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