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Reading Guide to Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: (Unauthorized)
  • Author : Kevin Mahoney
  • Publisher : Punked Books
  • Release Date : 2019-09-11
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN Code: 9781908375407

Summary: Welcome to this reading guide to Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, full of fantastic photos of the wildlife Kya comes across. Kevin Mahoney's reviewing practice is to do a very close reading of the text, following in an author's footsteps. He writes down his thoughts and feelings about what is happening in the novel as he goes along, so that there is a record of his first impressions that is not overshadowed by what happens at the end. While this novel has been a huge success in the US, it has yet to have the same massive sales in the rest of the English speaking world, as this novel very much uses North American vernacular, so Kevin translates particular phrases into British English. The natural world features greatly in this fantastic novel, and Kevin provides more details about the flora and fauna in Kya's world in this fully illustrated guide.There has been an overwhelmingly positive reception to Where the Crawdads Sing, and Kevin aims to spark even more debates amongst those who follow Kya's momentous battle for survival.


The Forgotten Ones
  • Author : Steena Holmes
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-04
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN Code: 9781503951754

Summary: In this novel from a New York Times bestselling author, the search for truth is defined by secrets and lies. Elle is a survivor. She's managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can't explain. It's just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets. Elle's world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left. As Elle's past unfolds, so does the truth--if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen...before her grandfather's death buries the family's secrets forever.


Irreparable Harm
  • Author : Melissa F. Miller
  • Publisher : Brown Street Books
  • Release Date : 2011-04-18
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 417
  • ISBN Code: 0983492719

Summary: A skillfully woven plot, surprising twists, and a cracking pace keep readers turning the pages in this gripping legal thriller from a USA Today Bestseller. Downloaded by more than one million readers! Attorney Sasha McCandless has one goal: Make partner at the best firm in town. Then a plum assignment plunges her into a world of deceit and danger. When a commercial flight crashes, killing everyone on board, she's tapped to defend the airline. It's her big chance ... high-stakes litigation for an important client. But, as she digs into the evidence, people close to the case start dying. She discovers the crash was intentional, caused by a smartphone app capable of overriding the cockpit controls. But she's not sure who she can trust with the horrifying truth. She teams up with a federal air marshal, and they race to prevent another airline disaster. Soon, Sasha finds herself with a brand-new life goal: Stop a madman before he kills her. Keywords: women sleuths, mystery & thriller, mystery series, legal thriller, suspense, murder, bestseller, Krav Maga, fast-paced, gripping, technothriller, female protagonist



Starlight
  • Author : Richard Wagamese
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-05-21
  • Category:
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 9780771070877

Summary: From the beloved, bestselling author of Indian Horse and Medicine Walk, Richard Wagamese's final novel is a rapturous and profoundly moving story of love, compassion, mercy, and the consolations to be found in the natural world. Frank Starlight has long settled into a quiet life working his remote farm, occasionally venturing into the unbroken country around his property to photograph the wild animals who thrive there. His contemplative existence comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of Emmy, a woman on the run who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a life of abuse. Frank takes in Emmy and her daughter to help them get back on their feet, and, gradually, this accidental family grows into a real one. But Emmy's violent ex-boyfriend isn't content to just let her go. He wants revenge and is determined to hunt her down. An instant national bestseller, Starlight was unfinished at the time of Richard Wagamese's death, yet every page radiates with his masterful storytelling, intense humanism, and insights that are as hard-earned as they are beautiful. With astonishing scenes set in the rugged backcountry of the B.C. Interior, and characters whose scars cut deep even as their journey toward healing and forgiveness lifts us, Starlight is a magnificent last gift to readers from a writer who believed in the power of stories to save us.


The Bear
  • Author : Andrew Krivak
  • Publisher : Bellevue Literary Press
  • Release Date : 2020-02-11
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: 1942658710

Summary: LibraryReads Pick! BuzzFeed “Most Anticipated Books of the Year” selection Buzz Books by Publishers Lunch selection From National Book Award in Fiction finalist Andrew Krivak comes a gorgeous fable of Earth’s last two human inhabitants, and a girl’s journey home In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature’s dominion. Andrew Krivak is the author of two previous novels: The Signal Flame, a Chautauqua Prize finalist, and The Sojourn, a National Book Award finalist and winner of both the Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Jaffrey, New Hampshire, in the shadow of Mount Monadnock, which inspired much of the landscape in The Bear.


Carnegie's Maid
  • Author : Marie Benedict
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2018-01-16
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN Code: 1492646628

Summary: The USA Today Bestseller From the author of The Other Einstein comes the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty. Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home. If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady's maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn't have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can't let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future — and her family's. With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.


All-American Monster
  • Author : Brandon M. Stickney
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date :
  • Category: History
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: 1615924930

Summary: In this riveting and revealing biography of Timothy McVeigh, Brandon M. Stickney not only answers many of the compelling questions surrounding McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, but puts this critical information into the broader perspective of McVeigh's childhood, his education, military service, and his efforts to find meaning and purpose in life. A reporter and a native of the western New York area where McVeigh was born and raised, Stickney draws on personal experience as well as numerous interviews with McVeigh's family, friends, and associates to offer intimate details of Tim's lifefactors that contributed to his startling transformation.Stickney carefully fits together the complex pieces of the puzzle that is Timothy McVeigh. Utilizing little-known and often shocking pieces of information the fruits of an intense investigation Stickney transports readers inside the mind of McVeigh to discover what might well have been his thoughts and feelings as his life moved closer and closer to that fateful April morning.Stickney is well suited to write a biography of accused Oklahoma City bombing suspect and Lockport native McVeigh, since he is a lifelong resident of the area. He utilizes that advantage in this admirable search for the influences that shaped the personality of his subject. --Publishers Weekly


The Diamond Queen of Singapore
  • Author : Ian Hamilton
  • Publisher : Spiderline
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07
  • Category:
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 9781487002060

Summary: In the latest thrilling novel in the Ava Lee series, Ava is forced to revisit her past as she confronts one of Singapore's most powerful families.


Nerve
  • Author : Eva Holland
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-04-07
  • Category: Psychology
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN Code: 0735237344

Summary: A personal story about not only facing but conquering fears. In 2015, Eva Holland was forced to confront her greatest fear when her mother had a stroke and suddenly passed away. After the shock and grief subsided, Holland began to examine the extent to which her many fears had limited her, and wondered whether or not it was possible to move past them. This sent Holland on a deep dive into the science of fear, digging into an array of universal and personal questions: Why do we feel fear? Where do phobias come from and how are they related to anxiety disorders and trauma? Can you really smell fear? (Yes.) What would it be like to feel no fear? Is there a cure for fear? Or, put differently, is there a better way to feel afraid? On her journey, Holland meets with scientists who are working to eliminate phobias with a single pill, she explores the lives of the few individuals who suffer from a rare disease that prevents them from ever feeling fear, and she immerses herself in her own fears including hurling herself out of a plane for her first skydive (and in the process, learns that there are right and wrong ways to face your fears). Fear is a universal human experience, and Nerve answers these questions in a refreshingly accessible way, offering readers an often personal, sometimes funny, and always rigorously researched journey through the science of facing our fears.


The Last High
  • Author : Daniel Kalla
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-05-12
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 1501196987

Summary: In this riveting novel from international bestselling author Daniel Kalla, a Vancouver doctor and a detective face the deadly consequences of the opioid crisis as they track down the supplier of fentanyl that landed a group of teens in the ER with critical overdoses. “Michael Crichton ought to be looking over his shoulder.” The Chronicle Herald Deliberately or not, they must’ve been poisoned…And if it happened to them… There will be others. Dr. Julie Rees, a toxicologist and ER doctor, is stunned when her emergency room is flooded with teenagers from the same party, all on the verge of death. Julie knows the world of opioids inside and out, and she recognizes that there’s nothing typical about these cases. She suspects the teens took—or were given—fentanyl. But why did they succumb so quickly? Detective Anson Chen is determined to find out. He and Julie race to track down the supplier of the deadly drugs. But the trail of suspects leads everywhere, from unscrupulous street dealers to ruthless gang leaders who hide behind legitimate business fronts and the walls of their mansions. As Anson and Julie follow clues through the drug underworld, Julie finds herself haunted by memories of her troubled past—and the lover she lost to addiction. When other overdoses fill the ER—and the morgue—Julie realizes that something even more sinister than the ongoing fentanyl crisis is devastating the streets. And the body count is rapidly rising. A gripping thriller, The Last High explores the perfect storm of greed, addiction, and crime behind the malignant spread of fentanyl, a deadly drug that is killing people faster than any known epidemic.


Conflicted Hearts
  • Author : D. G. Kaye
  • Publisher : D.G. Kaye
  • Release Date : 2013-12-25
  • Category: Families
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN Code: 9780992097424

Summary: "D.G. Kaye writes with an emotional, powerful voice. Her inspirational stories captivate with a unique blend of style and substance."-J. Thorn, Author of The Portal Arcane series Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me. Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother's narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, overcoming her lack of guidance and her insecurities. Her life experiences became her teachers, and she learned from the mistakes and choices she made along the way, plagued by the guilt she carried for her mother. Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.


Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer
  • Author : Gillian Goerz
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-07-14
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN Code: 0525552871

Summary: This middle-grade graphic novel for fans of Roller Girl and Smile introduces Jamila and Shirley, two unlikely friends who save each other's summers while solving their neighborhood's biggest mysteries. Jamila Waheed is staring down a lonely summer in a new neighborhood--until she meets Shirley Bones. Sure, Shirley's a little strange, but both girls need a new plan for the summer, and they might as well become friends. Then this kid Oliver shows up begging for Shirley's help. His pet gecko has disappeared, and he's sure it was stolen! That's when Jamila discovers Shirley's secret: She's the neighborhood's best kid detective, and she's on the case. When Jamila discovers she's got some detective skills of her own, a crime-solving partnership is born. The mystery of the missing gecko turns Shirley and Jamila's summer upside down. And when their partnership hits a rough patch, they have to work together to solve the greatest mystery of all: What it means to be a friend.


Donnie Brasco
  • Author : Joseph D. Pistone
  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Category: Mafia
  • Pages : 413
  • ISBN Code: 9780340922651

Summary: Donnie Brasco takes on both the Russian and Italian mobs. But this time, it's not his life on the line--it's his daughter's life.


Call of the Sound Dragon
  • Author : Tracey West
  • Publisher : Dragon Masters
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN Code: 9781338540284

Summary: The city of Remus is being torn apart by a duel between two wizards, and Drake, Petra, and Griffith have traveled there to assist a blind dragon master, Tessa, in sorting out the situation; using the sound dragon's unique power to manipulate sound waves, the dragon masters retrieve the Power Crystal which is embedded inside an unbreakable rock, but will it be able to absorb the cloud of uncontrolled magic that is threatening the city before it is too late?


The Certainties
  • Author : Aislinn Hunter
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-09-27
  • Category:
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN Code: 9780735276871

Summary: A vivid, moving novel reminiscent of Anthony Doerr and Michael Ondaatje, about the entwined fates of two very different refugees. In 1940, as the shadow of war lengthens over Europe, three mysterious travelers enter a village in Spain. They have the appearance of Parisian intellectuals, but the trio of two men and a woman are starving and exhausted from crossing illegally through the Pyrenees. Their story, told over a period of 48 tense hours, is narrated by one of the men, who slowly accepts his unthinkable fate. In a voice despairing and elegant, he calmly considers what he should do, and weighs what any one life means. As he does so, his attention is caught by a five-year-old named Pia who wanders near his cafe table. To Pia he begins to address all that he thinks and feels in his final hours--envisioning a rich future life for her that both reflects and contrasts with his own. Meanwhile, in the 1980s, a woman named Pia seeks solitude on a remote island in the Atlantic, where she works at an inn and reflects on her chaotic childhood. As Pia's story begins, a raging storm engulfs the island and a boat flounders offshore. Pia and her fellow islanders rush to help--and past and present calamities collide. By turns elegiac and heart-pounding, a love letter in the guise of a song of despair, The Certainties is a moving and transformative blend of historical and speculative fiction--a novel that shows us what it means to bear witness, and to attend to those who seek refuge, past and present.


Bitcoin Billionaires
  • Author : Ben Mezrich
  • Publisher : Flatiron Books
  • Release Date : 2020-05-19
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN Code: 9781250217769

Summary: From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, comes Bitcoin Billionaires--the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss's big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off. Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestseller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook's founding and the basis for the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network. Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers’ redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook. Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money after their fight with Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into an eccentric character who tells them about a brand-new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize “crypto” is, in their own words, "either the next big thing or total bulls--t." There’s nothing left to do but make a bet. From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here’s the story of how they got there—as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.


The Word Rhythm Dictionary
  • Author : Timothy Polashek
  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Release Date : 2014-04-18
  • Category: Music
  • Pages : 708
  • ISBN Code: 0810884178

Summary: This new kind of dictionary reflects the use of “rhythm rhymes” by rappers, poets, and songwriters of today. Users can look up words to find collections of words that have the same rhythm as the original and are useable in ways that are familiar to us in everything from vers libre poetry to the lyrics and music of Bob Dylan and hip hop groups.


The Hive Queen
  • Author : Tui Sutherland
  • Publisher : Thorndike Striving Reader
  • Release Date : 2020-02
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 381
  • ISBN Code: 9781432874636

Summary: Cricket, a dragonet who is immune to Queen Wasp's powers, goes into hiding after stealing the Book of Clearsight.


Just Move!
  • Author : James P. Owen
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Category: HEALTH & FITNESS
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN Code: 1426218656

Summary: "This step-by-step guide, written by a best-selling author and former Wall Street titan, provides all the information--and inspiration--you need to feel better, reduce aches and pains, and push back against aging with a personalized fitness program that's right for you. Whatever your fitness goals or preferences, this book is designed to help you pursue the health program that works for you. An inspirational speaker, author, and former Wall Street rainmaker, Jim Owen was 70 when he decided he had to get fit. Years of a chair-bound lifestyle were taking their toll. Realizing that the old bodybuilding approach was no way to tackle the stiffness, weakness, and aches and pains that come with age, he set off on a journey of discovery and transformation. With help from the experts, he developed a common-sense, step-by-step program that can be tailored to any level of physical ability. Along the way he learned why cardio machines aren't enough, what it takes to be "functionally fit" for daily life, and how to stay motivated. Today, Owen is in better shape than he was at 25, and he is a passionate evangelist for fitness as a way of life. He has proved that you don't have to be powerless in the face of advancing years: if you make a commitment to "just move," you can take charge of the aging process and make your coming years the best they can be. The book is divided into two sections, with the first providing fascinating information and the second showing step-by-step details of how to put the best fitness principles into practice."--provided by Amazon.com.


The Players Ball
  • Author : David Kushner
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-04-21
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN Code: 1501122150

Summary: “An engrossing microcosm of the internet’s Wild West years” (Kirkus Reviews), award-winning journalist David Kushner tells the incredible battle between the founder of Match.com and the con man who swindled him out of the website Sex.com, resulting in an all-out war for control for what still powers the internet today: love and sex. In 1994, visionary entrepreneur Gary Kremen used a $2,500 loan to create the first online dating service, Match.com. Only five percent of Americans were using the internet at the time, and even fewer were looking online for love. He quickly bought the Sex.com domain too, betting the combination of love and sex would help propel the internet into the mainstream. Imagine Kremen’s surprise when he learned that someone named Stephen Michael Cohen had stolen the rights to Sex.com and was already making millions that Kremen would never see. Thus follows the wild true story of Kremen’s and Cohen’s decade-long battle for control. In The Players Ball, author and journalist David Kushner provides a front seat to these must-read Wild West years online, when innovators and outlaws battled for power and money. This cat-and-mouse game between a genius and a con man changed the way people connect forever, and is key to understanding the rise and future of the online world. “Kushner delivers a fast-paced, raunchy tale of sex, drugs, and dial-up.” —Publishers Weekly


A Ship of Pearl (a Novel)
  • Author : Adela Crandell Durkee
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2017-05-07
  • Category:
  • Pages : 392
  • ISBN Code: 9781546563648

Summary: 1933 bank closing in mid-Michigan piles calamity on top of disaster. Separated from his family, Eldie Craine is up to his eyeballs in unfamiliar territory: someone else's clothes, a new school, new faiths, a new school, new rules. On top of that, now there's Cecelia.


Summary: Kate Quinn's the Alice Network: A Novel (Discussion Prompts)
  • Author : Sarah Fields
  • Publisher : Blurb
  • Release Date : 2019-02-19
  • Category: Reference
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN Code: 9780368225789

Summary: The Alice Network is a historical fiction novel that brings the readers back to the Great War. Author Kate Quinn tells a story of two women in wartime Europe. One is an American socialite Charlie St. Clair. Her pregnancy forces her to leave her country and move to Europe in search of a cousin who disappeared in France during the Nazi occupation. The second is a female spy Eve Gardiner who became a part of France's Alice Network during the Great War. Their stories intertwine in this exciting tale by Kate Quinn. 2017 is a good year for Kate Quinn's The Alice Network. This novel boasts of its recognition as New York Times and USA Today bestseller. It has also been acclaimed No.1 Historical Fiction Bestseller by Globe and Mail. It has been part of NPR's 2017 Best Books of the Year, Girly Book Club and Bookbub's Biggest Historical Fiction Books of the Year. Celebrity Reese Witherspoon picked The Alice Network for her esteemed book club. Lastly, The Alice Network became the official Summer Book Pick for Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub. In this comprehensive look into The Alice Network: A Novel by Kate Quinn, you'll gain insight with this essential resource as a guide to aid your discussions. Be prepared to lead with the following: More than 60 "done-for-you" discussion prompts available Discussion aid which includes a wealth of information and prompts Overall brief plot synopsis and author biography as refreshers Thought-provoking questions made for deeper examinations Creative exercises to foster alternate "if this was you" discussions And more! Please Note: This is a companion guide based on the work The Alice Network: A Novel by Kate Quinn not affiliated to the original work or author in any way and does not contain any text of the original work. Please purchase or read the original work first.


Dark August
  • Author : Katie Tallo
  • Publisher : Harper Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2020-06-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN Code: 9780062948045

Summary: "Dark August is a tightly-paced cauldron of a thriller about small town corruption, murder and mayhem, in the vein of Sharp Objects and All The Missing Girls. A macabre and confidently twisty debut." -- Lisa Gabriele, internationally bestselling author of The Winters An electrifying, page-turning debut about a young woman haunted by her tragic past, who returns to her hometown and discovers that there might be more to her police detective mother's death--and last case--than she ever could have imagined. Augusta (Gus) Monet is living an aimless existence with her grifter boyfriend when she learns that her great grandmother--her last living relative--has just died. Ditching her boyfriend, Gus returns to the home she left as a young girl. Her inheritance turns out to be a dilapidated house and an old dog named Levi. While combing through her great grandmother's possessions, Gus stumbles across an old trunk filled with long-lost childhood belongings. But that's not all the trunk contains. She also discovers cold case files that belonged to her mother, a disgraced police detective who died in a car accident when Gus was eight. Gus remembers her mother obsessing over these very same documents and photographs, especially a Polaroid of a young ballerina. When Gus spots a front-page news story about the unearthing of a body linked to one of the cold case files from her childhood trunk, she can't resist following her mother's clues. As she digs deeper, determined to finish her mother's investigation, her search leads her to a deserted ghost town, which was left abandoned when the residents fled after a horrific fire. As Gus' obsession with the case grows, she inadvertently stirs up the evils of the past, putting her life in danger. But Gus is undeterred and is committed to uncovering long-buried secrets, including the secrets surrounding a missing geology student, the young ballerina in the Polaroid, a prominent family's devastating legacy, and a toxic blast that blew an entire town off the map. But is Gus ready to learn the truths that culminated on one terrible August night, more than a decade earlier, when lives were taken, and secrets were presumed buried forever...? Dark August introduces a bold new voice and will leave readers guessing until the final startling conclusion.


Opening Your Hearts To Animals
  • Author : Deandra Jones
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-11-26
  • Category:
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN Code: 9781710376821

Summary: Own The Greatest Schitt's Creek Merchandise Available - The Famous Book From Season One! Experience the magic of Schitt's Creek for yourself with this replica copy of the book that Ted gives Alexis in Season One, Episode 9. Don't remember? Perhaps this Schitt's Creek quote may help: Ted: So, to get you more comfortable around animals...Alexis: Not a puppy, Ted!Ted: No. That'd be cruel to the puppy! This book has been designed to look exactly like the one on the show! It's perfect for those narcissistic loved ones who just need a little swift kick in the pants. Keep in mind, this is a REPLICA and not a real book. The book is modeled after the prop on the show and does NOT have any written content on the inside. The inside is devoid of plot, characters, story arc and denouement. It's largely devoid of anything save for page numbers and a little special surprise.... just like in the episode. If you're a fan of the show or know someone who is, this is quite possibly the perfect and most unique Schitt's Creek merchandise to give. To paraphrase Moira: Stop acting like a disgruntled pelican and pick up a copy today! BEWARE THE CROWENING!! **This is an UNAUTHORIZED reproduction of a book prop used on the show. It is in no way affiliated or endorsed by Schitt's Creek or Pop Media Group LLC.


Duchess of Death
  • Author : Richard Hack
  • Publisher : Phoenix Books
  • Release Date : 2009-07-01
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 161467003X

Summary: Although she is the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion books sold worldwide, Agatha Christie lived a life shrouded in secrecy and fueled by curiosity. Nearly as notorious for her aversion to the press as she was for her 80 books and collections of short stories, Christie made no secret of her need for privacy. Utilizing over 5,000 previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, award-winning biographer Richard Hack allows Christie to write again, 33 years after her death. Duchess of Death is her story, as full of romance, travel, wealth, and scandal as any mystery Christie ever crafted. There have been numerous biographies of the Queen of Crime, all of which claim to be definitive. However, Duchess of Death is the first to draw from such an enormous number of previously unpublished correspondence and notes, effectively establishing it as the most authoritative, penetrating look at the personal and literary life of Christie.


The Woman Before Wallis
  • Author : Bryn Turnbull
  • Publisher : Platinum Spotlight Series
  • Release Date : 2021-02
  • Category:
  • Pages : 500
  • ISBN Code: 9781643587974

Summary: In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she's immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her new life as a member of the British aristocracy is like a fairy tale -- even more so when her husband introduces her to Edward, Prince of Wales.



Like Father Like Daughter
  • Author : Christina Morgan
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016-07-07
  • Category:
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN Code: 9781680587159

Summary: Libby Carter is pretty sure she didn't kill her husband... When Libby wakes up to find her husband Ryan murdered in bed next to her with no memory of how it happened, she can only assume the worst. Daughter of the infamous I-75 Strangler, Libby is afraid that becoming a serial killer is in her DNA. Is she truly capable of killing the man she loves? The evidence against her keeps stacking up, and it's enough for an arrest... It's no secret that Libby is the number one suspect, and when she makes bail, she knows she has no choice but to turn to the only man who can help clear her name. Her father. After visiting him in prison, she decides to take the investigation into her own hands. Libby finds an unsettling lead on Ryan's murderer and learns her husband might not have been as innocent as she thought. But every clue she uncovers leads to another dead end... Libby must risk her life to discover the truth about her husband and his murder, but things become even more dangerous when she realizes someone is watching her every move.


Blood in the Water
  • Author : Silver Donald Cameron
  • Publisher : Viking
  • Release Date : 2020-08-11
  • Category:
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 9780735238053

Summary: A brutal murder in a small Maritime fishing community raises urgent questions of right and wrong, and even the nature of good and evil, in this masterfully told true story. In June 2013, three upstanding citizens of a small Cape Breton town cold-bloodedly murdered their neighbour, Phillip Boudreau, at sea. While out checking their lobster traps, two Landry cousins and skipper Dwayne Samson saw Boudreau in his boat, the Midnight Slider, about to vandalize their lobster traps. Like so many times before, Boudreau was about to cost them thousands of dollars out of their seasonal livelihood. One man took out a rifle and fired four shots at Boudreau and his boat. To finish the job, they rammed their own larger boat over the top of his speedbat. Boudreau's body was never found. Then they completed the day's fishing and went home to Petit de Grat on Isle Madame. Boudreau was a Cape Breton original--an inventive small-time criminal who had terrorized and entertained Petit de Grat for two decades. He had been in prison for nearly half his adult life. He was funny and frightening, loathed, loved, and feared. One neighbour says he would "steal the beads off Christ's moccasins"--then give the booty away to someone in need. He would taunt his victims, and threaten them with arson if they reported him. He was accused of one attempted rape. Meanwhile the police and the Fisheries officers were frustrated, cowed, and hobbled by shrinking budgets. Boudreau seemed invincible, a miscreant who would plague the village forever. Cameron, a resident of the area since 1971, argues that the Boudreau killing was a direct reaction to credible and dire threats that the authorities were powerless to neutralize. As many local people have said, if those fellows hadn't killed him, someone else would have. Like Say Nothing, The Perfect Storm, The Golden Spruce, and Into Thin Air, this book offers a dramatic narrative set in a unique, lovingly drawn setting, where a story about one small community has universal resonance. This is a story not about lobster, but about the grand themes of power and law, security and self-respect. It raises a disturbing question: Are there times when taking the law into your own hands is not only understandable but the responsible thing to do?


The Second-Worst Restaurant in France
  • Author : Alexander McCall Smith
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2019-07-16
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 1524748307

Summary: In this delightful sequel to the best-selling comedic novel My Italian Bulldozer, Paul Stuart's travels take him to a French village, where the local restaurant's haute cuisine leaves a lot to be desired. Renowned Scottish cookbook writer Paul Stuart is hard at work on his new book, The Philosophy of Food, but complicated domestic circumstances, and two clingy cats, are making that difficult. So when Paul's eccentric cousin Chloe suggests that he join her at the house she's rented in the French countryside, he jumps at the chance. The two quickly befriend the locals, including their twin-sister landladies, who also own the infamous local restaurant known to be the second-worst eatery in all of France. During their stay, the restaurant's sole waitress gives birth mid-dinner service and the maître d' storms off after fighting with the head chef. Paul is soon drafted to improve the gastronomy of the village, while Chloe, ever on the hunt for her next romance, busies herself with distracting the handsome but incompetent chef. Could he be husband number six? With all this local drama to deal with, Paul finds it next to impossible to focus on his writing, and that's before he learns that Chloe's past is far more complicated than he'd ever imagined. Paul will have to call upon al his experience—with food and with people—to bring order back to the village. And he may just learn something about family—and about himself—along the way.


Rabbit Foot Bill
  • Author : Helen Humphreys
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2020-08-18
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 1443451568

Summary: A lonely boy in a prairie town befriends a tramp in 1947 and then witnesses a shocking murder. Based on a true story. Canwood, Saskatchewan, 1947. Leonard Flint, a lonely boy in a small farming town befriends the local tramp, a man known as Rabbit Foot Bill. Bill doesn’t talk much, but he allows Leonard to accompany him as he sets rabbit snares and to visit his small, secluded dwelling. Being with Bill is everything to young Leonard—an escape from school, bullies and a hard father. So his shock is absolute when he witnesses Bill commit a sudden violent act and loses him to prison. Fifteen years on, as a newly graduated doctor of psychiatry, Leonard arrives at the Weyburn Mental Hospital, both excited and intimidated by the massive institution known for its experimental LSD trials. To Leonard’s great surprise, at the Weyburn he is reunited with Bill and soon becomes fixated on discovering what happened on that fateful day in 1947. Based on a true story, this page-turning novel from a master stylist examines the frailty and resilience of the human mind.


Terry Fox and Me
  • Author : Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • Publisher : Tundra Books
  • Release Date : 2020-08-04
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN Code: 0735267685

Summary: Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, this picture book biography tells the story of a friendship defined by strength and love. Before Terry Fox become a national hero and icon, he was just a regular kid. But even then, his characteristic strength, determination and loyalty were apparent and were the foundation for his friendship with Doug. The two first met at basketball tryouts in grammar school. Terry was the smallest - and worst - basketball player on the court. But that didn't stop him. With Doug's help, Terry practiced and practiced until he earned a spot on the team. As they grew up, the best friends supported each other, challenged each other, helped each other become better athletes and better people. Doug was by Terry's side every step of the way: when Terry received a diagnosis of cancer in his leg, when he was learning to walk - then run - with a prosthetic leg and while he was training for the race of his life, his Marathon of Hope. Written from Doug's perspective, this story shows that Terry Fox's legacy goes beyond the physical and individual accomplishments of a disabled athlete and honors the true value of friendship.


Paying the Land
  • Author : Joe Sacco
  • Publisher : Metropolitan Books
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07
  • Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN Code: 1250790417

Summary: From the “heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman” (Economist), a masterful work of comics journalism about indigenous North America, resource extraction, and our debt to the natural world The Dene have lived in the vast Mackenzie River Valley since time immemorial, by their account. To the Dene, the land owns them, not the other way around, and it is central to their livelihood and very way of being. But the subarctic Canadian Northwest Territories are home to valuable resources, including oil, gas, and diamonds. With mining came jobs and investment, but also road-building, pipelines, and toxic waste, which scarred the landscape, and alcohol, drugs, and debt, which deformed a way of life. In Paying the Land, Joe Sacco travels the frozen North to reveal a people in conflict over the costs and benefits of development. The mining boom is only the latest assault on indigenous culture: Sacco recounts the shattering impact of a residential school system that aimed to “remove the Indian from the child”; the destructive process that drove the Dene from the bush into settlements and turned them into wage laborers; the government land claims stacked against the Dene Nation; and their uphill efforts to revive a wounded culture. Against a vast and gorgeous landscape that dwarfs all human scale, Paying the Land lends an ear to trappers and chiefs, activists and priests, to tell a sweeping story about money, dependency, loss, and culture—recounted in stunning visual detail by one of the greatest cartoonists alive.


The Town Crazy
  • Author : Suzzy Roche
  • Publisher : Gibson House Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN Code: 9781948721127

Summary: THE TOWN CRAZY, set in the sleepy town of Hanzloo, Pennsylvania, a suburban Catholic community in 1961, is a novel of passion, absurdity, innocence, and sorrow. A single father moves into town with his young son, which arouses suspicion from the husbands and the interest of the wives, but at the same time one of the wives seems to be losing her mind, and no one knows what to do. A contemporary, often humorous take on a bygone era, THE TOWN CRAZY also delves into the terror and cruelty of childhood, the dangerous loneliness of failing marriages, sexual repression and desire, and the intersection of art and religion, all culminating in a tragedy for which everyone in the town bears some responsibility.


Songs for the End of the World
  • Author : Saleema Nawaz
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release Date : 2020-04-14
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 0771072589

Summary: "In these dark days, Saleema Nawaz dares to write of hope. Songs for the End of the World is a loving, vivid, tenderly felt novel about men, women, and a possible apocalypse. I couldn't put it down." -- Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors and The Wagers From the award-winning, Canada Reads-shortlisted author of Bone and Bread comes a spellbinding and immersive novel about the power of community and the triumph of human connection, as the bonds of love, family, and duty are tested by an impending pandemic. How quickly he'd forgotten a fundamental truth: the closer you got to the heart of a calamity, the more resilience there was to be found. This is the story of a handful of people who find themselves living through an unfolding catastrophe. Elliot is a first responder in New York, a man running from past failures and struggling to do the right thing. Emma is a pregnant singer preparing to headline a benefit concert for victims of the outbreak--all while questioning what kind of world her child is coming into. Owen is the author of a bestselling plague novel with eerie similarities to the real-life pandemic. As fact and fiction begin to blur, he must decide whether his lifelong instinct for self-preservation has been worth the cost. As the novel moves back and forth in time, we discover these characters' ties to one another and to those whose lives intersect with theirs, in an extraordinary web of connection and community that reveals none of us is ever truly alone. Linking them all is the mystery of the so-called ARAMIS Girl, a woman at the first infection site whose unknown identity and whereabouts cause a furor. Written and revised between 2013 and 2019, and brilliantly told by an unforgettable chorus of voices, Saleema Nawaz's glittering novel is a moving and hopeful meditation on what we owe to ourselves and to each other. It reminds us that disaster can bring out the best in people--and that coming together may be what saves us in the end.


Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency
  • Author : Olivia Laing
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2020-05-12
  • Category: Art
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN Code: 1324005734

Summary: "One of the finest writers of the new nonfiction" (Harper’s Bazaar) explores the role of art in our tumultuous modern era. In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty-first century. Funny Weather brings together a career’s worth of Laing’s writing about art and culture, examining their role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O’Keeffe, reads Maggie Nelson and Sally Rooney, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time. We’re often told that art can’t change anything. Laing argues that it can. Art changes how we see the world. It makes plain inequalities and it offers fertile new ways of living.


The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist
  • Author : Adrian Tomine
  • Publisher : Drawn and Quarterly
  • Release Date : 2020-05-26
  • Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN Code: 9781770463950

Summary: A comedic memoir about fandom, fame, and other embarrassments from the life of a New York Times bestseller What happens when a childhood hobby grows into a lifelong career? The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, Adrian Tomine's funniest and most revealing foray into autobiography, offers an array of unexpected answers. When a sudden medical incident lands Tomine in the emergency room, he begins to question if it was really all worthwhile: despite the accolades and opportunities of a seemingly charmed career, it's the gaffes, humiliations, slights, and insults he's experienced (or caused) within the industry that loom largest in his memory. Tomine illustrates the amusing absurdities of how we choose to spend our time, all the while mining his conflicted relationship with comics and comics culture. But in between chaotic book tours, disastrous interviews, and cringe-inducing interactions with other artists, life happens: he fumbles his way into marriage, parenthood, and an indisputably fulfilling existence. A richer emotional story emerges as his memories are delineated in excruciatingly hilarious detail. In a bold stylistic departure from his award-winning Killing and Dying, he distills his art to the loose, lively essentials of cartooning, each pen stroke economically imbued with human depth. Designed as a sketchbook complete with placeholder ribbon and an elastic band, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist shows an acclaimed artist at the peak of his career.


Bo the Brave: a Branches Book
  • Author : Rebecca Elliott
  • Publisher : Unicorn Diaries
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN Code: 9781338323429

Summary: In order to earn their Bravery Patches, Bo and the other unicorns of Sparklegrove Forest have to camp out in the forest for three nights; but the night is full of frightening noises, and when a misunderstanding offends some pixies, the unicorns resolve to face their fears and confront the "monsters" who are stealing the pixies' houses.


Secrets of the Code
  • Author : Dan Burstein
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2010-11-18
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN Code: 0297864890

Summary: Unauthorised (but authoritative) guide to the mysteries behind the phenomenal bestseller THE DA VINCI CODE Readers of Dan Brown's extraordinary bestseller THE DA VINCI CODE are fascinated by the questions raised in the novel. Was Jesus actually married to Mary Magdalene? Was she one of his disciples and did she write her own gospel? Did they have a child together? Did some geniuses of art and science, people like Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton, belong to secret societies that had the most compelling insider information in history, and did Leonardo convey some of these ideas in The Last Supper and other paintings? SECRETS OF THE CODE is the definitive guide to the novel and provides the curious reader with authoritative explorations into the major themes within THE DA VINCI CODE.