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The Age of Creativity : Art, Memory, My Father, and Me.

The Age of Creativity : Art, Memory, My Father, and Me.

Urquhart, Emily.
2020

When Emily Urquhart and her family celebrated the eightieth birthday of her father, the illustrious painter Tony Urquhart, she found it remarkable that, although his pace had slowed, he was continuing his daily art practices. With the eye of a memoirist and the curiosity of a journalist, Urquhart began an investigation into late-stage creativity. Urquhart reveals how creative work, both amateur and professional, sustains people in the third act of their lives, and tells a new story about the possibilities of elder-hood. Residence: Kitchener, ON.

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Always Brave, Sometimes Kind : A Novel.

Always Brave, Sometimes Kind : A Novel.

Bickell, Katie.
2020

Set in the cities, reserves, and rural reaches of Alberta, this novel is told in a series of stories that span the years from 1990 to 2016, through cycles of boom and bust in the oil fields, government budget cuts and workers' rights policies, the rising opioid crisis, and the intersecting lives of people whose communities sometimes stretch farther than they know. Katie Bickell captures a network of friends, caregivers, in-laws, and near misses, with each character's life coming into greater focus as we learn more about the people around them. Residence: Sherwood Park, AB.

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Ancient Bones : Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human.

Ancient Bones : Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human.

Böhme, Madelaine.
2020

Somewhere west of Munich, Madelaine Böhme and her colleagues discover the fossilized bones of Danuvius guggenmosi. This ancient ancestor defies our knowledge of human history - his nearly twelve-million-year-old bones were not located in Africa but in Europe, and his features suggest we evolved much differently than scientists once believed. Placing Böhme's discovery alongside former theories of human evolution, the authors show how this remarkable find (and others in Eurasia) are forcing us to rethink the story we've been told about how we came to be.

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Anxious people : a novel

Anxious people : a novel

Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
2020

In a small town in Sweden it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely, and you'll see a mysterious masked figure approaching a bank. A bank robber on the run locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is empty. In a series of dysfunctional testimonies after the event, the witnesses all tell their version of what really happened and it's clear we have a classic locked-room mystery on our hands -- How did the robber manage to escape? Why is everyone so angry? And -- What is wrong with people these days?

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The Awkward Black Man : Stories.

The Awkward Black Man : Stories.

Mosley, Walter.
2020

Walter Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle to move through the world in each of these stories - heroes who are awkward, nerdy, self-defeating, self-involved, and, on the whole, odd. He overturns the stereotypes that corral black male characters and paints a subtle, powerful portrait of each of these unique individuals.

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The Beguiling : A Novel.

The Beguiling : A Novel.

Gartner, Zsuzsi.
2020

After her cousin offers her a disturbing deathbed confession, Lucy's grief takes an unusual turn. Lucy is transformed into a self-described "flesh-and-blood Wailing Wall" as strangers unburden themselves to her. She becomes addicted to the dark stories, finds herself jonesing for hit after hit. As the confessions pile up, Lucy begins to wonder if Zoltan's death was as random and unscripted as it appeared. Why do the stories seem connected to each other or eerily echo elements of her life? Residence: Vancouver, B.C. Print run 10,000.

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The book of two ways : a novel

The book of two ways : a novel

Picoult, Jodi, 1966- author.
2020

"After my son Kyle Ferriera van Leer declared his major in Egyptology at Yale in 2010, he mentioned the Book of Two Ways in passing. Without knowing a thing about it, I said, "That's a great title for a novel." It was only after he began to explain what it actually was that I realized what I needed to write about - the construct of time, and love, and life, and death"-- Provided by publisher.

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The brilliant life of Eudora Honeysett : a novel

The brilliant life of Eudora Honeysett : a novel

Lyons, Annie, author
2020

Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world - all of it. At eighty-five, she isn't going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion. Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable fellow neighbour, the recently widowed Stanley. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.

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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.

America's Test Kitchen.
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. Print run 60,000.

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Found in Transition : A Mother's Evolution during Her Child's Gender Change.

Found in Transition : A Mother's Evolution during Her Child's Gender Change.

Hassouri, Paria.
2020

What do you do when your fourteen-year-old son asks you to iron the dress he recently purchased and plans to wear? Paria Hassouri chronicles what amounts to a dual transition: as her child transitions from male to female, she navigates through anger, denial, and grief to eventually arrive at acceptance. Her journey forces her to reckon with her own childhood as a brown kid in a white world. Hassouri discovers her capacity to evolve, as well as what it really means to parent and the deepest nature of unconditional love.

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A Girl Is a Body of Water

A Girl Is a Body of Water

Makumbi, Jennifer Nansubuga.
2020

In her twelfth year, Kirabo, a young Ugandan girl, confronts a piercing question that has haunted her childhood: who is my mother? Complicating these feelings of abandonment, Kirabo's journey to reconcile her rebellious origins, alongside her desire to reconnect with her mother and to honour her family's expectations, is rich in the folklore of Uganda and an arresting exploration of what it means to be a modern girl in a world that seems determined to silence women. Author of "Kintu." Print run 20,000.

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His Only Wife : A Novel.

His Only Wife : A Novel.

Medie, Peace Adzo.
2020

Afi Tekple lives in a small town in Ghana with her widowed mother until she is offered a life-changing opportunity - a proposal of marriage from the wealthy family of Elikem Ganyo, a man she doesn't truly know. She acquiesces, but soon realizes that Elikem is not quite the catch he seemed. It turns out that he is in love with another woman, whom his family disapproves of and Afi is supposed to win him back on their behalf. But it is the city Accra that eventually wins Afi's heart and gives her a life of independence that she never could have imagined for herself.

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Monogamy : a novel

Monogamy : a novel

Miller, Sue, 1943-
2020

Derailed by the sudden passing of her husband of thirty years, an artist on the brink of a gallery opening struggles to pick up the pieces of her life before discovering harrowing evidence of her husband's affair.

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Mountain Road, Late at Night

Mountain Road, Late at Night

Rossi, Alan.
2020

Nicholas and his wife April live in a remote cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains with their four-year-old son, Jack. In the early hours of a Wednesday morning, they are driving home from a party when their car crashes on a deserted road and they are killed. As the couple's grieving relatives descend on the family home, they are forced to decide who will care for Jack. Experiencing a few traumatic days in the minds of each family member, this novel is a taut, nuanced and breathtaking look at what we do when everything goes wrong, and the frightening fact that life carries on, regardless.

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Noopiming : the cure for white ladies

Noopiming : the cure for white ladies

Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake, 1971-
2020

Mashkawaji (they/them) lies frozen in the ice, remembering a long-ago time of hopeless connection and now finding freedom and solace in isolated suspension. They introduce us to the seven main characters: Akiwenzii, the old man who represents the narrator's will; Ninaatig, the maple tree who represents their lungs; Mindimooyenh, the old woman who represents their conscience; Sabe, the giant who represents their marrow; Adik, the caribou who represents their nervous system; Asin, the human who represents their eyes and ears; and Lucy, the human who represents their brain. Each attempts to commune with the unnatural urban-settler world, a world of SpongeBob Band-Aids, Ziploc baggies, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks, and coffee mugs emblazoned with institutional logos. And each searches out the natural world, only to discover those pockets that still exist are owned, contained, counted, and consumed. Cut off from nature, the characters are cut off from their natural selves.

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Omoiyari : The Japanese Art of Compassion.

Omoiyari : The Japanese Art of Compassion.

Longhurst, Erin Niimi.
2020

Care, consideration and empathy underpin all aspects of daily life in Japan and are essential to the social spirit. From Omotenashi (Japanese hospitality), Kirei (cleanliness and organisation) and Mottainai (reducing waste) to Zakka (finding beauty in the mundane) and Senbazaru (the origami art of folding one thousand paper cranes), there are so many different ways that the Japanese emphasize the importance of community and helping others. With practical and actionable advice throughout, you can learn how to incorporate Japanese culture and the art of compassion into your daily life.

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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.
2020

Growing up in small-town Alberta, Harnarayan Singh was like many other kids who dreamed about a life within the sanctum of the game they idolized. There was only one small difference - he didn't look like any of the other kids. Full of heart, humour, and bursting with personality, Harnarayan tells his incredible and inspiring life story about how he overcame the social and cultural hurdles that forced him to break through the longstanding barriers and biases of the sport he loves. Hometown: Brooks, AB. Print run 25,000.

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Piranesi

Piranesi

Clarke, Susanna.
2020

Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite and its corridors endless. He lives to explore the house. There is one other person in the house - a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known. Author of "Jonathan Strange." Print run 300,000.

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Saga Boy : My Life of Blackness and Becoming.

Saga Boy : My Life of Blackness and Becoming.

Downing, Antonio Michael.
2020

Musician, writer, and activist Antonio Michael Downing's memoir of creativity and transformation is a startling mash-up of memories and mythology, told in gripping, lyrical prose. This is an enthralling, deeply personal account of a young immigrant's search for belonging and black identity amid the long-lasting effects of cultural dislocation. Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 7,500.

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The Talented Miss Farwell : A Novel.

The Talented Miss Farwell : A Novel.

Tedrowe, Emily Gray.
2020

Miss Rebecca Farwell has made a killing at Christie's selling a portion of her extraordinary art collection for a rumoured 900 percent profit. A thousand miles away in the small town of Pierson, Illinois, Miss Farwell is someone else entirely - a quiet single woman known as Becky who works tirelessly as the town's treasurer and controller. What Pierson doesn't see is that much of that money is shifted into a separate account that Becky controls. As Reba Farwell's deals get bigger and bigger, Becky's debt to Pierson spirals out of control. How long can the talented Miss Farwell continue to pull off her double life? Author of "Blue Stars." Print run 100,000.

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What are you going through : a novel

What are you going through : a novel

Nunez, Sigrid, author.
2020

A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life: an ex she runs into by chance at a public forum, an Airbnb owner unsure how to interact with her guests, a stranger who seeks help comforting his elderly mother, a friend of her youth now hospitalized with terminal cancer. In each of these people the woman finds a common need: the urge to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences. The narrator orchestrates this chorus of voices for the most part as a passive listener, until one of them makes an extraordinary request, drawing her into an intense and transformative experience of her own. In What Are You Going Through, Nunez brings wisdom, humor, and insight to a novel about human connection and the changing nature of relationships in our times. A surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

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White ivy : a novel

White ivy : a novel

Yang, Susie, author.
2020

Ivy Lin is a thief and a liar - but you'd never know it by looking at her. Ivy has grown into a poised yet restless young woman, haunted by her conflicting feelings about her upbringing and her family. Just as Ivy is about to have everything she's ever wanted, a ghost from her past resurfaces, threatening the nearly perfect life she's worked so hard to build. Filled with surprising twists and offering sharp insights into the immigrant experience, this novel is both a love triangle and a coming-of-age story, as well as a glimpse into the dark side of a woman who yearns for success at any cost.

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