New Book Day!

The newest books to hit the shelves at the Alice B. Donahue Library and Archives. 

Peacocks of Instagram : stories

Rajagopalan, Deepa, author.
2024

"An underappreciated coffee shop server haunted by her past attracts thousands of followers on social media with her peacock jewellery. A hotel housekeeper up against a world of gender and class inequity quietly gets revenge on her chauvinist boss. And a foster child, orphaned in an accident directly attributable to climate change, brings down her foster father, an oil lobbyist, in spectacular fashion. With an intense awareness of privilege and the lack of it, the fourteen stunning stories in Peacocks of Instagram explore what it means to be safe, to survive, and to call a place home."-- Provided by publisher.

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A call to farms : reconnecting to nature, food, and community in a modern world

A call to farms : reconnecting to nature, food, and community in a modern world

Grayson, Jennifer, author
2024

Within the decade, 400 million acres of North American farmland - nearly half of all farmland - will become available as an older generation of farmers retire. This is an investigative travelogue of these new agrarians who are modelling what a better, more sustainable future could look like. In this optimistic narrative, journalist Jennifer Grayson introduces readers to farmers turning to practices both ancestral and cutting-edge that preserve the environment and make healthy, fresh food accessible to all.

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Chainsaw man. 15, I love The Menu!

Chainsaw man. 15, I love The Menu!

Fujimoto, Tatsuki, author, artist.
2024


Class act

Class act

Craft, Jerry, author, illustrator
2020

Eighth grader Drew Ellis recognizes that he isn't afforded the same opportunities, no matter how hard he works, that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted, and to make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids and is finding it hard not to withdraw, even as their mutual friend Jordan tries to keep their group of friends together.

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The coast road : a novel

The coast road : a novel

Murrin, Alan, author
2024

Set in 1994, this novel tells the story of two women - Izzy Keaveney, a housewife, and Colette Crowley, a poet. Colette has left her husband and sons for a married man in Dublin. When she returns to her home in County Donegal to try to pick up the pieces of her old life, her husband, Shaun, a successful businessman, denies her access to her children. The only way she can see them is with the help of neighbour Izzy, acting as a go-between. The friendship that develops between them will ultimately lead to tragedy for one, and freedom for the other.

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The Dallergut Dream Department Store : a novel

The Dallergut Dream Department Store : a novel

Lee, Miye, 1990-, author
2024

In a mysterious town hidden in our collective subconscious there's a department store that sells dreams. Day and night, visitors both human and animal shuffle in to purchase their latest adventure. Each floor specializes in a specific type of dream: childhood memories, food dreams, ice skating, dreams of stardom. Flying dreams are almost always sold out. Some seek dreams of loved ones who have died.

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Death & other inconveniences

Death & other inconveniences

Crewe, Lesley, 1955-, author
2024

Well, Dick's dead. Now what? Margo, his widow, is trying to dodge the tsunami of paperwork coming her way. Monty, Margo's ex-husband (the first one, not the dead one), is trying to support Margo - who seems to be finally entering adulthood at the tender age of sixty-two. Life in New Brunswick lately is a tornado of siblings, children, pets, marriages, health issues, and endless bureaucracies. And at the centre of it all is Margo, living alone for the very first time, trying to endure everyone else's judgements about the woman she is when she doesn't even know herself.

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The escape

The escape

Taylor, C. L., 1973- author
2017

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn't. The stranger knows Jo's name, she knows her husband Max and she's got a glove belonging to Jo's two year old daughter Elise. What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her. No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there's only one way to keep her child safe ... RUN.

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Fortune tellers

Fortune tellers

Greenwald, Lisa, author
2024

When the long-ago fortune tellers they created in third grade start popping up in the most unexpected places during the summer before seventh grade, three former best friends - Millie, Nora and Bea - see this as a sign to finally reconnect and reunite.

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The great Western Canada bucket list : one-of-a-kind travel experiences

The great Western Canada bucket list : one-of-a-kind travel experiences

Esrock, Robin, 1974-, author
2024

"Travel personality Robin Esrock explores the most unique experiences in British Columbia and Alberta in this inspiring, expanded, and updated guide from the bestselling Bucket List series. Having reported from over 115 countries on 7 continents, Robin Esrock has spent decades chasing the extraordinary. Travelling across British Columbia and Alberta, he's discovered a wild variety of experiences that you simply cannot find anywhere else on the planet. With his renowned storytelling, trademark wit, curiosity, and eye-popping photos, Robin takes us on a personal journey to exceptional destinations and activities that are instantly memorable, absolutely fascinating, and waiting to be discovered. Get ready to: sail among whales in the Galapagos of the North; backcountry horse ride in the Rockies; heli-fish in streams roiling with salmon; drive the world's most beautiful stretch of road; houseboat under the stars; go medieval glamping in the prairies; alpine ski by torchlight on New Year's Eve; and much more ... "-- Provided by publisher.

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Hides

Hides

Moody-Corbett, Rod, author
2024

Four friends convene for a week-long wilderness hunting trip at a secluded hunting facility called The Castle. A reluctant conscript on the trip, the unnamed narrator travels out of a guilty sense of obligation, forced to commemorate - in a way he finds morally ghoulish - the death of his best friend's son, who was killed in a mass shooting the year before. The novel traces the emotional ruptures following this violent, untimely death, along with the tensions of old friendships, father-son relationships marred by loss, betrayal, and a pervasive political and environmental disenchantment.

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How the world ran out of everything : inside the global supply chain

How the world ran out of everything : inside the global supply chain

Goodman, Peter S., author
2024

The last few years have radically highlighted the intricacy and fragility of the global supply chain - underscoring the troubling reality that the system was fundamentally at risk of descending into chaos. Award-winning journalist Peter S. Goodman reveals the fascinating innerworkings of our supply chain and the factors that have led to its constant, dangerous vulnerability. This is a fiercely smart, deeply informative look at how our supply chain operates, and why its reform is crucial - not only to avoid dysfunction in our day to day lives, but to protect the fate of our global fortunes.

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The husbands : a novel

The husbands : a novel

Gramazio, Holly, author
2024

One night, Lauren gets home from her best friend's bachelorette party to find a man in her apartment. Stranger yet, the man claims to be her husband - and all the evidence suggests that he's right. As Lauren tries to grapple with this bombshell news, she is even more astounded when the man climbs into the attic to change a lightbulb, and abruptly disappears. In his place, a new man climbs down - claiming to be her husband. Lauren's attic, she slowly realizes, is somehow creating an endless supply of husbands. How do you know when the one you have now is the good enough one, or the wrong one, or the best one?

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It's elementary

It's elementary

Bryant, Elise (Elise M.), author
2024

Mavis Miller is not a PTA mom. She has enough on her plate. So no one is more surprised than Mavis when she caves and finds herself in charge of the school's brand-new DEI committee. As one of the few Black parents at this California elementary school, Mavis tries to convince herself this is an opportunity for real change. But things go off the rails when the new principal's plans leave Trisha absolutely furious. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Mavis launches an investigation that will challenge her views on parenting, friendship, and elementary school politics.

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The library of borrowed hearts : a novel

The library of borrowed hearts : a novel

Gilmore, Lucy (Romance fiction writer), author.
2024

Librarian Chloe Sampson has been struggling: to take care of her three younger siblings, to find herself, to make ends meet. She's just about at the end of her rope when she stumbles across a rare edition of a book from the 1960s at the local flea market. Deciding it's a sign of her luck turning, she takes it home with her-only to be shocked when her cranky hermit of a neighbor swoops in and offers to buy it for an exorbitant price. Intrigued, Chloe takes a closer look at the book only to find notes scribbled in the margins between two young lovers back when the book was new...one of whom is almost definitely Jasper Holmes, the curmudgeon next door.

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Like a mother : a thriller

Like a mother : a thriller

Hardy, Mina, author.
2024

In the wake of her husband Adam's death, Sarah, with a daughter and a baby on the way-and left with no money- moves in with Adam's mother, whom he always said was dead, but soon discovers why Adam lied as she becomes trapped in a house with a madwoman.

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A nye of pheasants

A nye of pheasants

Burrows, Steve, author
2024

When a street brawl abroad turns deadly, Danny Maik faces a charge of manslaughter, but when evidence emerges that he may have planned the victim's murder, he is looking at the death penalty. His only hope is reaching out to those he can trust back in the UK. In Norfolk, Maik's replacement is trying to resurrect his career after a catastrophic error caused injury to a fellow officer. DCI Jejeune should be monitoring his new charge's progress closely, but he is distracted by Danny's plight. Others are watching, though, and they are disturbed by what they're seeing. With the situation heading to a fatal climax, Jejeune must decide whether his duty lies with his old partner or his new. The fate of both men lies in his hands. But he can help only one.

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Observing nature by canoe & kayak

Observing nature by canoe & kayak

Runtz, Michael, author, photographer.
2024


Prairie edge : a novel

Prairie edge : a novel

Kerr, Conor, author
2024

"One night, Métis cousins Ezzy and Grey hatch a plan to capture a herd of bison from a nearby national park and release the animals in downtown Edmonton. They want to be seen, to be heard, and to disrupt the settler routines of the city, yet they have no idea what awaits them or what the fateful consequences of their actions will be. Balancing wit and sorrow with satire, social commentary, and whip-smart storytelling, Prairie Edge explores the radical possibility that a couple of inspired miscreants might actually have the power to make a difference"-- Provided by publisher.

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Snowglobe

Snowglobe

Park, Soyoung, author
2024

"Enclosed under a vast dome, Snowglobe is the last place on Earth that's warm. Outside Snowglobe is a frozen wasteland, and every day, citizens face the icy world to get to their jobs at the power plant, where they produce the energy Snowglobe needs. Their only solace comes in the form of twenty-four-hour television programming streamed directly from the domed city. The residents of Snowglobe have everything: fame, fortune, and above all, safety from the desolation outside their walls. In exchange, their lives are broadcast to the less fortunate outside, who watch eagerly, hoping for the chance to one day become actors themselves"-- Provided by publisher.

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Stuart Woods' smolder

Stuart Woods' smolder

Battles, Brett, author
2024

Finally enjoying some downtime in Santa Fe, Stone Barrington agrees to attend an art exhibit with a dear friend. There, he encounters an intriguing woman who is on the trail of a ring of art thieves. Always one to please, Stone offers his help. From Santa Fe to Los Angeles, it quickly becomes clear that her investigation has links to Stone - particularly to rare Matilda Stone art, his mother's paintings. And when old grudges come to light, Stone is forced to reckon with a familiar enemy. Stone must act fast before whoever is out to get him finally closes in on him - for good.

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The takedown

The takedown

Chu, Lily, author.
2024

Now in the center of a dizzying corporate coup, Dee Kwan is forced to decide whether she's ready to stop watching the world through rose-coloured glasses and instead face the truth: about herself, about her feelings for Teddy, and about what she's willing to do to truly make a difference.

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A walk in the park : the true story of a spectacular misadventure in the Grand Canyon

A walk in the park : the true story of a spectacular misadventure in the Grand Canyon

Fedarko, Kevin author
2024

Kevin Fedarko was approached by National Geographic photographer Pete McBride about embarking on an end-to-end traverse of the Grand Canyon. Against his better judgment, Fedarko agreed to the scheme, unaware that the small cluster of experts who had completed the crossing billed it as "the toughest hike in the world." The ensuing ordeal, which lasted more than a year, revealed a place that was deeper, richer, and far more complex than anything the two men had imagined. This is a singular portrait of a sublime place, and a deeply moving plea for the preservation of North America's greatest natural treasure.

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When among crows

When among crows

Roth, Veronica, author
2024

Pain is Dymitr's calling. To slay the monsters he's been raised to kill, he had to split his soul in half to make a sword from his own spine. Every time he draws it, he gets blood on his hands. Pain is Ala's inheritance. When her mother died, a family curse to witness horrors committed by the Holy Order was passed onto her. The curse will claim her life, as it did her mother's, unless she can find a cure. One fateful night in Chicago, Dymitr comes to Ala with a bargain: her help in finding the legendary witch Baba Jaga in exchange for an enchanted flower that just might cure her. Desperate, and unaware of what Dymitr really is, Ala agrees. But they only have one day before the flower dies... and Ala's hopes of breaking the curse along with it.

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