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Angle of repose

Angle of repose

Stegner, Wallace, 1909-1993
2000


Dark roads

Dark roads

Stevens, Chevy, author
2021

For decades, people have been warned about the Cold Creek Highway. Hitchhikers have vanished and women have been known to have their cars break down and never be seen again. Beth Chevalier arrives in Cold Creek to attend a memorial for the victims of the highway. Maybe this will finally bring her peace. Beth wants to find who killed her sister and put her own life back together, but as she gets closer to the truth, she learns that there is more than one person lying in Cold Creek.

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The elephant of Belfast : a novel

The elephant of Belfast : a novel

Walsh, S. Kirk, author
2021

In October 1940, twenty-year-old zookeeper Hettie Quin meets Violet, a three-year-old elephant arriving at the Belfast docks from Ceylon. Soon, she becomes Violet's dedicated zookeeper at the Bellevue Zoo. Six months later, in April 1941, Belfast is attacked. During the bombings, Hettie fights to save her elephant and survive the destruction and escalating sectarian unrest of the city. Inspired by the life of Denise Austin.

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Empire of pain : the secret history of the Sackler dynasty

Empire of pain : the secret history of the Sackler dynasty

Keefe, Patrick Radden, 1976- author
2021

Presents a portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, who built their fortune on the sale of Valium and later sponsored the creation and marketing of one of the most commonly prescribed and addictive painkillers of the opioid crisis.

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Five little Indians

Five little Indians

Good, Michelle, author
2020

Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention. Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn't want them. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission. With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.

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The flatshare

The flatshare

O'Leary, Beth, author
2019

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment in London. Tiffy and Leon have never met. After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art. Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He'll only ever be there when she's at the office. In fact, they'll never even have to meet. Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes - first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more. But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea... especially if you've never met.

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Indians on vacation

Indians on vacation

King, Thomas, 1943- author
2020

Inspired by a handful of old postcards sent by Uncle Leroy nearly a hundred years earlier, Bird and Mimi attempt to trace Mimi's long-lost uncle and the family medicine bundle he took with him to Europe. By turns witty, sly and poignant, this is the unforgettable tale of one couple's holiday trip to Prague. The often grumpy Bird and optimistic Mimi and their wanderings through the European capitals reveal a complicated history, both personal and political.

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Laura Ingalls is ruining my life

Laura Ingalls is ruining my life

Tougas, Shelley, author
2017


Letters across the sea : a novel

Letters across the sea : a novel

Graham, Genevieve, author
2021

1933. At eighteen years old, Molly Ryan dreams of becoming a journalist, but instead she spends her days working any job she can to help her family through the Depression crippling her city. The one bright spot in her life is watching baseball with her best friend, Hannah Dreyfus, and sneaking glances at Hannah's handsome older brother, Max. When tensions between the Irish and Jewish communities erupt in a riot one smouldering day in August, Molly and Max are caught in the middle, with devastating consequences for both their families. 1939 Six years later, the Depression has eased and Molly is a reporter at her local paper. But a new war is on the horizon, putting everyone she cares about most in peril. As letters trickle in from overseas, Molly is forced to confront what happened all those years ago, but is it too late to make things right?

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Little pieces of me : a novel

Little pieces of me : a novel

Hammer, Alison, author
2021

When Paige Meyer gets an email from a DNA testing website announcing that her father is a man she never met, she is convinced there must be a mistake. But as she digs deeper into her mother's past and her own feelings of being the odd child out growing up, Paige begins to question everything she thought she knew.

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Malibu rising : a novel

Malibu rising : a novel

Reid, Taylor Jenkins, author
2021

Malibu 1983. Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. Before the Riva mansion will have burned to the ground, in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play and the loves and secret yearnings that shaped this family across generations will all come bubbling to the surface to make for a night no one will ever forget.

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The retreat

The retreat

De Mariaffi, Elisabeth, 1973- author.
2021

Maeve Martin arrives at the High Water Center for the Arts determined to do one thing: launch her own dance company. At first, there's a thrill to being on her own for the first time in years, isolated in the beauty of a snowy mountain lodge. But when an avalanche traps the guests inside, tensions begin to run high. As the days pass, strange deaths befall the others one by one. Soon Maeve must face how little she knows about anyone there - and how useless a locked door is if the darkness is already inside.

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Second place : a novel

Second place : a novel

Cusk, Rachel, 1967- author
2021

"A fable of human destiny and decline, enacted in a closed system of intimate, fractured relationships."-- Provided by publisher.

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Should we stay or should we go : a novel

Should we stay or should we go : a novel

Shriver, Lionel, author
2021

For ten years, Kay watched helplessly as Alzheimer's ravaged her father. Her husband of twenty-eight years, Cyril, found his brief exposure to her father's decline intolerable. Healthy and full of vitality, both Kay and Cyril, now in their early 50s make a pact: on Kay's 80th birthday they will commit suicide together. Their deal is made in 1991. They will have thirty more years together. But as time passes and their "final" day approaches, doubts begin to arise.

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The Windsor knot : a novel

The Windsor knot : a novel

Bennett, S. J. (Sophia J.), author
2021

Windsor Castle, 2016. The morning after her ninetieth birthday celebrations, the Queen is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found dead in his room. It quickly becomes clear that his death was no accident, but when MI5 begin to suspect her loyal servants, she knows that they are looking in the wrong place. For the Queen has been living a double life ever since she was a teenager: by day she upholds her royal duties, while secretly solving cases as an amateur detective. With the Crown's reputation on the line, her investigations must be kept under wraps - and she must always ensure that someone else gets the credit. With the help of her Assistant Private Secretary Rozie Oshodi, it's up to the Queen to find the real killer - before they strike again.

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