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ISBN: 9781101986936
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Published: Berkley - January 21st, 2020

Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. "Eunice," the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Realizing that her cryptic new employers don't yet know how powerful and valuable Eunice is, Verity instinctively decides that it's best they don't.
Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, in a different time line entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can't: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it.
 


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ISBN: 9781609455408
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Published: World Noir - September 17th, 2019

Based on true events, a "Dickensian crime novel" (Mystery Matters) set in 1960s Glasgow

It is 1969 and Glasgow is in the grip of the worst winter in decades yet it is something else that has Glaswegians on edge: a serial killer is at large. The brutality of The Quaker's latest murder-- a young woman snatched from a nightclub, her body dumped like trash in the back of a cold-water tenement--has left the city trembling with fear. The assassin leaves no clues and the police investigation seems to be going nowhere.

Duncan McCormick, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is brought into the investigation to identify where, exactly, it's gone wrong. An outsider with troubling secrets of his own, DI McCormack has few friends in his adopted city and a lot to prove. His arrival is met with anger and distrust by cops who are desperate to nail a suspect. When they identify a petty thief as the man seen leaving the building where the Quaker's last victim was found, they decide they've found their serial killer. But McCormack isn't convinced.

From ruined backstreets, to deserted public parks, and down into the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city--and his life--forever.

 


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ISBN: 9781633939769
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Published: Koehler Books - December 15th, 2019

"Sunrise in Florence is a tonic for any reader who loves Italy, fine art and adventure. When Rose, a practical art history professor, decides to paint instead of teach, her world opens up, and with it her past, the revelation of a secret, the return of her first love and the complications that arise when a woman has the courage to change her life and choose happiness. All this and bella Firenze too! Brava Kathleen Reid!"


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By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062685094
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

"For as long as she can remember, it's been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn't always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together. So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation--following her mother's announcement that she's getting married--Robin is devastated. Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn't understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends in Seoul and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn't fit in with her new stepfamily, and worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to--her mother. Then one day Robin's mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined"

 


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By Yohanis Gebreyesus, Peter Cassidy (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781623719630
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Published: Interlink Books - March 1st, 2019

Experience the wonderful flavors of Ethiopia and Chef Yohaniss dazzling collection of recipes. Ethiopia stands as a land apart: never colonized, it celebrates ancient traditions. The fascinatingly distinct cuisine is influenced by a history enriched with a religious mix of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as some of the most fertile land on the continent. The delicious dishes featured here include Doro Wat, chicken stewed with berbere spice, Siga Tibs, flashfried beef, and Asa Shorba, a hearty spiced fish soup, plus vegetarian dishes such as Gomen, collard greens with ginger and garlic, Azifa, green lentil salad, and Dinich Alicha, potatoes and carrots in an onion turmeric sauce. Along with photography of the stunning landscapes and vibrant artisans of Ethiopiacombined with insightful cultural and historical detailsthis book demonstrates why Ethiopian food should be considered one of the worlds most singular and enchanting cuisines.

 


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By Clifton Fadiman, Arnold Roth (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781567926576
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - October 31st, 2019

A worm with a voracious appetite for words who has grown bored with those he finds in children's books, discovers the dictionary where his flagging appetite revives. Includes puns, puzzles, and plays on words, as well as an afterword by the author's daughter, Anne.

 


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By Hanna Cha, Hanna Cha (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534429925
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 5th, 2019

In a Korean village where being strong and loud is valued, tiny Soe-in is ridiculed but when the sun disappears, Soe-in dares to find the spirit tiger and set things right. Includes note about the position of tigers in Korean culture.

 


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ISBN: 9781536209594
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Published: Candlewick - March 3rd, 2020

Sanna is a mermaid -- but she is only half seavish. The night of her birth, a sea-witch cast a spell that made Sanna's people, including her landish mother, forget how and where she was born. Now Sanna is sixteen and an outsider in the seavish matriarchy, and she is determined to find her mother and learn who she is. She apprentices herself to the witch to learn the magic of making and unmaking, and with a new pair of legs and a quest to complete for her teacher, she follows a clue that leads her ashore on the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands. There, as her fellow mermaids wait in the sea, Sanna stumbles into a wall of white roses thirsty for blood, a hardscrabble people hungry for miracles, and a baroness who will do anything to live forever.

 


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ISBN: 9780062349194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 21st, 2020

High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera.

 


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ISBN: 9780765320827
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Published: Orb Books - August 19th, 2008

Edward Weyland is far from your average vampire: not only is he a respected anthropology professor but his condition is biological -- rather than supernatural. He lives discrete lifetimes bounded by decades of hibernation and steals blood from labs rather than committing murder. Weyland is a monster who must form an uneasy empathy with his prey in order to survive, and The Vampire Tapestry is a story wholly unlike any you've heard before.

 


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ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides readers through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail.

 


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ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

And it's that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope--the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman--through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.

Machado's dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.


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By Mikki Kendall, A. D'Amico (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399581793
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 5th, 2019

Covering the key figures and events that have advanced women's rights from antiquity to the modern era, this fascinating graphic novel-style primer illuminates stories of notable women throughout history and the progressive movements led by women that have shaped history.

 


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ISBN: 9780374276805
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Published: MCD - December 3rd, 2019

Jeff VanderMeer's Dead Astronauts presents a City with no name of its own where, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives human and otherwise converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth--all the Earths.

A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. A raving madman who wanders the desert lost in the past, haunted by his own creation: an invisible monster whose name he has forgotten and whose purpose remains hidden.