Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu

Aftershocks by Nadia OwusuThis poetic, genre-bending work—blending memoir with cultural history—from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma.

Nadia Owusu grew up all over the world—from Rome and London to Dar-es-Salaam and Kampala. When her mother abandoned her when she was two years old, the rejection caused Nadia to be confused about her identity. Even after her father died when she was thirteen and she was raised by her stepmother, she was unable to come to terms with who she was since she still felt motherless and alone.

When Nadia went to university in America when she was eighteen she still felt as if she had so many competing personas that she couldn’t keep track of them all without cracking under the pressure of trying to hold herself together. A powerful coming-of-age story that explores timely and universal themes of identity, Aftershocks follows Nadia’s life as she hauls herself out of the wreckage and begins to understand that the only ground firm enough to count on is the one she writes into existence.

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Categories: zimbabwe

Passing Fancies by Marlowe Benn

Passing Fancies by Marlowe BennJulia Kydd returns in a new mystery set in the beguiling world of the Harlem Renaissance, where reckless revelry leads to devastating crimes.

When stylish young bibliophile Julia Kydd returns to 1920s New York, she’s determined to launch her own private press. Julia’s aspirations take her into the heart of the Harlem Renaissance, a literary movement unlike any she’s known—where notions of race, sexuality, and power are slippery, and identities can be deceptively fluid.

At a risqué soiree, Julia befriends singer Eva Pruitt, whose new book is rumored to reveal lurid details about the Harlem nightlife. But Leonard Timson, a local nightclub owner, is furious when he suspects he’s the inspiration for a violent character in the book. By morning, Timson is dead, and both Eva and her manuscript are missing.

Julia finds herself immersed in a case as troubling as Jazz Age race relations. More questions than answers surface about Eva’s mysterious world, and powerful interests conspire to protect dangerous secrets. Still, no man can stand between Julia and the truth: appalled by violent injustice, she must use her wit and guile to find the killer.

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Categories: libya

Lake Effect by K.C. Gillis

Lake Effect by K.C. GillisEnter for a chance to win the second book in the gripping Jordan Reed Mystery series by K.C. Gillis! Follow Jordan as she is lured out of the comfy confines of Boston to a small lake town where the local marina is the hub for more than one mystery. Will Jordan solve them before she ends up on the bottom of the lake?

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Categories: kazakhstan

Rescuing America's Democracy From Its Collapsing Morality by Savannah Jordan

Rescuing America's Democracy From Its Collapsing Morality by Savannah  JordanEnter for a chance to win one of 100 signed first edition copies of Rescuing America’s Democracy From Its Collapsing Morality. This book presents policies that are meant to re-instill not only personal responsibility but also one’s duty to others. There are seventeen areas (immigration, abortion, education, care of the elderly, gun control, term limits, etc.) in which the author details these policies.

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Categories: streetmap

Edinburgh Midnight by Carole Lawrence

Edinburgh Midnight by Carole LawrenceSuperstition and murder haunt nineteenth-century Scotland in a twisting mystery by the prize-winning author of Edinburgh Twilight and Edinburgh Dusk.

Spiritualism has captured the public’s imagination. Séances are all the rage, and Detective Ian Hamilton’s otherwise sensible aunt Lillian is not immune to their allure. But for Ian, indulging her superstitions has its limits. When members of Lillian’s circle of séance friends begin turning up dead, Ian doesn’t need a medium to tell him these aren’t freak accidents.

With the help of his friend Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian investigates, and he is soon drawn into a dark world of believers and tricksters, and a puzzling series of murders with no pattern, no motive, and no end in sight. Most alarming, the crimes conjure up the ghosts of Ian’s own past, including the mysterious deaths of his parents, which have haunted him for years.

As two cases converge, science collides with the uncanny, and Ian must confront truths that are more disturbing than he could ever have imagined.

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Categories: dragons

Sorry I Missed You by Suzy Krause

Sorry I Missed You by Suzy KrauseA poignant and heartwarming novel about friendship, ghosting, and searching for answers to life’s mysteries.

When Mackenzie, Sunna, and Maude move into a converted rental house, they are strangers with only one thing in common—important people in their lives have “ghosted” them. Mackenzie’s sister, Sunna’s best friend, and Maude’s fiancé—all gone with no explanation.

So when a mangled, near-indecipherable letter arrives in their shared mailbox—hinting at long-awaited answers—each tenant assumes it’s for her. The mismatched trio decides to stake out the coffee shop named in the letter—the only clue they have—and in the process, a bizarre kinship forms. But the more they learn about each other, the more questions (and suspicions) they begin to have. All the while, creepy sounds and strange happenings around the property suggest that the ghosts from their pasts might not be all that’s haunting them…

Will any of the housemates find the closure they are looking for? Or are some doors meant to remain closed?

Quirky, humorous, and utterly original, Sorry I Missed You is the perfect read for anyone who has ever felt haunted by their past (or by anything else).

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Categories: sunday-comics

Think Outside the Box by Justine Avery

Think Outside the Box by Justine AveryENTER NOW for your chance to win a pre-release advance paperback edition of the fully illustrated children's picture book THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.

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For the artist, the free thinker, the uniquely inventive individual in each of us, Think Outside the Box unlocks the key to applying creativity to daily life and turning any problem or worry inside out.

Designed to define out-of-the-box thinking for the youngest of us, this fun and unique illustrative journey reminds us all how simple and practical it can be to apply a new perspective to even the most daunting challenges.

Think Outside the Box is an at-home library must-have for any future idealist, instigator, activist, maverick, or mover and shaker—and every individual.

"Creates passionate children and excellent problem solvers ... Thought-provoking ideas to think about in an exciting way ... Modern and expressive with a message that is important ... A winner with its unique illustrations and motivating spirit." —Entrada Publishing

"Ingenious, clever, and very creative ... Clearly presents the possibilities of looking at the world differently, of doing things differently, of being different ... A personal journey of self-discovery and looking deep into our inner creative forces." —Readers' Favorite

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Categories: elizabethan-period

The Second Time Around by Paul C. Steffy

The Second Time Around by Paul C. SteffyIt is 1943 and WW II is raging. A B-17 pilot renews a lost romance during a stay in an army hospital. His college sweetheart is now an Army nurse. She faces incredible challenges daily while he flies dangerous bombing missions over enemy territory. Blasted from the sky, he must elude the Germans and return to England. Their sizzling romance and undefined future stimulate their personal strengths. He risks death every day, believing her eternal love will always be his own. Will they finally reunite and survive the heartbreak of war unharmed, or will the horrors they face every day change them too much?
Their love is irresistible—Their wartime dangers are inescapable!

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Categories: knitting