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A Country You Can Leave: A Novel
Par Asale Angel-Ajani. 2023
"A tour de force of character, and a captivating story to match. Vivid, tender and unflinching. I loved this journey.…" —Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of FayneA stunning debut novel following the turbulent relationship of a Black, biracial teen and her ferocious Russian mother, struggling to survive in the California desert.When sixteen-year-old Lara and her fiery mother, Yevgenia, find themselves homeless again, the misnamed Oasis Mobile Estates is all they can afford. In this new community, where residents are down on their luck but rich in humor and escape plans, Lara navigates what it means to be the Black biracial daughter of a Russian mother and begins to wonder what a life beyond Yevgenia’s orbit—with her insistence on reading only the right kind of books (Russian) and having the right kind of relationships (casual, with lots of sex)—might look like. When a brutal attack exposes the cracks in their relationship, Lara and Yevgenia are forced to confront the family legacy of violence and the strain of inherited trauma on the bonds of their love.A Country You Can Leave is a dazzling, sharp-witted story suffused with yearning, as Lara and Yevgenia attempt to forge their own identities and thrive in a hostile land. Compelling and empathetic, wry and intimate, Asale Angel-Ajani’s unforgettable debut novel examines the beauty and dangers of womanhood in multiracial America.
Western Lane: A Novel
Par Chetna Maroo. 2023
A taut, enthralling first novel about grief, sisterhood, and a young athlete's struggle to transcend herself.Eleven-year-old Gopi has been playing…squash since she was old enough to hold a racket. When her mother dies, her father enlists her in a quietly brutal training regimen, and the game becomes her world. Slowly, she grows apart from her sisters. Her life is reduced to the sport, guided by its rhythms: the serve, the volley, the drive, the shot and its echo.But on the court, she is not alone. She is with her pa. She is with Ged, a thirteen-year-old boy with his own formidable talent. She is with the players who have come before her. She is in awe.An indelible coming-of-age story, Chetna Maroo’s first novel captures the ordinary and annihilates it with beauty. Western Lane is a valentine to innocence, to the closeness of sisterhood, to the strange ways we come to know ourselves and each other.
Par Cherie Dimaline. 2023
From the bestselling author of Empire of Wild, a wickedly subversive, deliciously imaginative, deeply feminist novel of contemporary witches on…the rise—a book that only the supremely gifted storyteller Cherie Dimaline could write.Lucky St. James, orphaned daughter of a bad-ass Métis good-times girl, is barely hanging on to her nowhere life when she finds out that she and her grandmother, Stella, are about to be evicted from their apartment. Bad to worse in a heartbeat. Then one night, doing laundry in the building's dank basement, Lucky feels an irresistible something calling to her. Crawling through a hidden hole in the wall, she finds a tarnished silver spoon depicting a story-book hag over letters that spell out S-A-L-E-M. Which alerts Salem-born Meena Good, finder of a matching spoon, to Lucky's existence. One of the most powerful witches in North America, Meena has been called to bring together seven special witches and seven special spoons—infused with magic and scattered to the four directions more than a century ago—to form a magic circle that will restore women to their rightful power. Under the wing of the international headhunting firm VenCo, devoted to placing exceptional women in roles where they can influence business, politics and the arts, Meena has spent years searching out witches hiding in plain sight wherever women gather: suburban book clubs, Mommy & Me groups, temp agencies. Lucky and her spoon are number six. With only one more spoon to find, a very powerful adversary has Meena's coven in his sights—Jay Christos, a roguish and deadly witch-hunter as old as witchcraft itself. As the clock ticks toward a now-or-never deadline, Meena sends Lucky and her grandmother on a dangerous, sometimes hilarious, road trip through the United States in search of the seventh spoon. The trail leads them at last to the darkly magical city of New Orleans, where Lucky's final showdown with Jay Christos will determine whether the coven will be completed, ushering in a new beginning, or whether witches will be forced to remain forever underground.
Tell Me Pleasant Things about Immortality: Stories
Par Lindsay Wong. 2023
From the bestselling, Canada Reads-shortlisted author of The Woo-Woo comes a wild, darkly hilarious, and poignant collection of immigrant horror…stories. They’ll haunt and consume you—in strange and unsettling ways.Living forever isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Hearts can still break, looks can still fade, and money still matters, even in eternity. The ghosts, zombies, and demons in this collection are all shockingly human, and they’re ready to spill their guts. Vanity, love, and tragedy are all candidly explored as the unfulfilled desires of the dead are echoed in the lives of modern-day immigrants. Story-by-story, the line between ghost and human, life and death, becomes increasingly blurred.There’s a courtesan from 17th century China who, try as she might, just can’t manage to die. Grandmama Wu, who returns from the dead to protect her grandchildren from bullies. Not to mention an Internet-order bride who inadvertently brings the apocalypse to Nebraska City.From Shanghai to Vancouver, the women in this collection haunt and are haunted—by first loves, troublesome family members, and traumatic memories. Intertwining horror, the supernatural, and mythology, Tell Me Pleasant Things about Immortality riotously critiques contemporary life and fearlessly illuminates the ways in which the past can devour us. A collection about transformation and what makes us human, it solidifies Lindsay Wong as one of the most vital and electrifying voices in Canadian literature today.
Down and Back: On Alcohol, Family, and a Life in Hockey
Par Justin Bourne. 2023
For readers of Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father and Hockey Confidential, Down and Back tells broadcaster Justin Bourne’s…story of following his Hall-of-Fame father not only to the NHL, but also into rehab.Bob Bourne was everything a son wants to emulate—an NHL All-Star, a Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year," a Stanley Cup champion. Justin Bourne followed in those huge footsteps, leading his teams in scoring year after year, and finally garnering an invitation to the New York Islanders’ training camp—the same team his father had played for.But Bourne was also following his father down a darker path. Though he hadn’t began drinking until he was 21, by 36 his drinking had nearly swamped his career and his marriage. In an act of brutal self-honesty—which may not have been possible if not for his understanding of how lying spurred by alcoholism can cause a family pain—Bourne got help, got sober, and confronted what his father and the game mean to him. Down and Back is a frank and unflinching appraisal of the game and Bourne’s relationship with it: the violence and danger, the booze and drugs, the consequences of fame. But it is also an honest look at what is redeeming about the sport, through the eyes of someone who grew up in NHL dressing rooms, who has skated on NHL ice as both a player and a coach, and who inherited the game from a man he’s grown to better understand by looking more closely at himself.
Private Power, Public Purpose: Adventures in Business, Politics, and the Arts
Par Thomas D'Aquino. 2023
A remarkable memoir by the man at the apex of Canadian power for over fifty years, Private Power, Public Purpose…is the ultimate insider's history in the worlds of politics, business, and philanthropy.Private Power, Public Purpose is an ambitious and sweeping first-hand account of the past 50 years of Canadian economic history, told from the front lines…. A highly rewarding read.Stephen Poloz, former Governor of the Bank of Canada and author of The Next Age of UncertaintyIn this monumental memoir, Thomas d’Aquino offers personal insights on four decades of bold leadership at the apex of power. A transforming force in redefining the role of business and the shaping of responsible capitalism, Canada’s private sector leader in advancing the free trade agreement with the United States, valiant defender of national unity, and passionate environmentalist, he has been at the centre of every major policy debate that has influenced contemporary Canada.Referred to by his peers as "Canada’s leading business ambassador," Private Power, Public Purpose chronicles exploits on five continents and describes how he has championed Canada’s place as an economic player on the world stage. His insights on leadership are timeless, honed from relationships with six Canadian prime ministers, over 1000 chief executives, and dozens of global leaders. Beyond business and public policy, Thomas d’Aquino’s fascinating adventures in the world of voluntarism, the arts, and philanthropy reveal a great deal about the soul of this remarkable Canadian.
A single girl: a novel
Par Mary Danby. 1972
Jane Carpenter, whose fiancé is killed in Vietnam, suffers guilt at having denied him sexual gratification because of her strict…upbringing. She throws herself into various meaningless relationships. Explicit descriptions of sex
A proper place
Par Joan Lingard. 1975
Kevin and Sadie McCoy survive the bitter strife in Northern Ireland only to find themselves living in a dank Liverpool…slum apartment with little money but enough determination to outlast their troubles. For junior and senior high readers
A pocketful of rye
Par A. J Cronin. 1969
A young British doctor weary of working with the poor secures a pleasant job for himself in a Swiss clinic.…To the clinic comes widowed Cathy, his first love, with her ill son Daniel. Daniel becomes the focus of a startling revelation
A new joy
Par Colleen Townsend Evans. 1973
The author, a former actress now married to a minister, presents a version of the Beatitudes in her own words…which she hopes will be useful as a guide to more joyful living for the modern woman
A Missouri railroad pioneer: the life of Louis Houck
Par Joel P Rhodes. 2017
A moon for the misbegotten: a play in four acts
Par Eugene O'Neill. 1974
Written during the last years of the playwright's life, "A Moon For the Misbegotten" was recognized as one of his…greatest theatrical achievements only after his death. An imaginative blend of comedy, tragedy, and autobiography it presents an encounter between two people under a moon a meeting that represents the only possibility of happiness and earthly redemption for each. Some strong language
A moveable feast
Par Ernest Hemingway. 1964
Sketches of the author's life in Paris in the twenties provide nostalgic reminiscences of his first marriage and the development…of his literary style. Includes intimate portraits of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Ford Maddox Ford, and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald among many other artists. Some strong language
A Shropshire lad
Par A. E Housman. 1934
Set against a background of the English countryside, these poems reveal the influence of traditional ballads and classical verse. They…are concerned with youthful disillusionment, the impermanence of youth, love, and the sadness of life
A regency Christmas carol: five stories
Par Mary Balogh, Edith Layton, Carla Kelly, Elisabeth Fairchild, Anne Barbour. 1997
A male guide to women's liberation
Par Gene Marine. 1972
A farewell to arms
Par Ernest Hemingway. 1957
The romance between American lieutenant Frederic Henry, in the ambulance service in Italy during World War I, and English nurse…Catherine Barkley, who tends him when he is wounded. 1980, c1929.
A mind to murder
Par P. D James. 1967
The administrative officer of an eminent London psychiatric clinic is found with a chisel in her heart and a phallic…symbol in her arms. All the staff psychiatrists try to psych out the murderer; Superintendent Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard, however, prefers to keep his own counsel
A great big ugly man came up and tied his horse to me: a book of nonsense verse
Par Wallace Tripp. 1973
A high old time: or, How to enjoy being a woman over sixty
Par Lavinia Russ. 1972