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Will Ferguson 
Availability: 2017; 2018

A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine. A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in sub-Saharan Africa. And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the Internet, looking for victims. Lives intersect. Worlds collide. And it all begins with a single email: " Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help... " Will Ferguson takes readers deep into the labyrinth of lies that is "419," the world's most insidious Internet scam. (419 pgs.)

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All My Puny Sorrows
Miriam Toews
Availability: 2017; 2018

You won't forget Elf and Yoli, two smart and loving sisters. Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. Yoli is a beguiling mess, wickedly funny even as she stumbles through life struggling to keep her teenage kids and mother happy, her exes from hating her, her sister from killing herself and her own heart from breaking. (321 pgs.) 

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 All Our Wrong Todays
Elan Mastai

It’s 2016, and in Tom Barren’s world, technology has solved all of humanity’s problems—there’s no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn’t happy. He’s lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you’re heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid. (384 pgs.)

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All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr

Availability: 20172018

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Doerr's "stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors" ( San Francisco Chronicle ) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. (531 pgs.)

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Between Gods
Alison Pick
Availability:  2017; 2018

From the Man Booker-nominated author of the novel Far to Go and one of our most talented young writers comes an unflinching, moving and unforgettable memoir about family secrets and the rediscovered past. Alison Pick was  raised in a supportive, loving family. As a teenager, Alison made a discovery that instantly changed her understanding of her family, and her vision for her own life, forever. She learned that her Pick grandparents, who had escaped from the Czech Republic during WWII, were Jewish--and that most of this side of the family had died in concentration camps. (382 pgs.)

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Big Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
Availability: 20172018

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. (458 pgs.)

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Linden MacIntyre
Availability: 2017; 2018

Lindberg's debut novel is a twisting, darkly funny, heartbreaking, sometimes brilliant and sometimes incoherent tale situated in the complicated inner life of Bernice "Birdie" Meetos. Bernice is a Cree woman who was born and spent her childhoood on a reserve in northern Alberta. From there, she is sent to a Christian school, foster care, and a psychiatric hospital, and eventually ends up living on the streets of Edmonton, Alta. Finally, she moves from Alberta to Gibsons, B.C., ostensibly in hopes of meeting a native actor whom she idolized as a teen. (224 pgs.)

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Bishop's Man

Linden MacIntyre
Availability: 2017; 2018

Father Duncan has spent most of his priesthood as the enforcer employed by his bishop to discipline wayward priests and suppress potential scandal. While sequestered by the bishop in a small rural parish to avoid an impending public controversy, Duncan must confront the consequences of past cover-ups and the suppression of his own human needs. From an award-winning writer  and one of Canada's foremost broadcast journalists, comes a deeply wise and moving novel that explores the guilty minds and spiritual evasions of Catholic priests. (399 pgs.)

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Black Fly Season
Giles Blunt
Availability: 2018;

It's spring in Algonquin Bay and the blackflies aren't the only ones out for blood. Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme have a strange case on their hands: a young woman who has wandered out of the bush with a gunshot wound to the head and complete memory loss. Cardinal becomes obsessed with discovering her identity and who is trying to kill her. When the body of a local biker is found in a cave, it seems the two cases are related — and the link appears to be a self-proclaimed shaman who calls himself Red Bear. (448 pgs.)

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Book of Negroes
Lawrence Hill
Availability: 2017; 2018

Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. (486 pgs.)

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The Boston Girl
Anita Diamant
Availability: 2017; 2018

 Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today." She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naïve girl she was and a wicked sense of humor. 
(256 pgs.)

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The Break
Katherena Vermette
Availability: 20172018

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window she spots someone in trouble on the Break.  In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected with the victim tell their stories leading up to that fateful night. (288 pgs.)

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Cataract City
Craig Davidson
Availability: 2017; 2018

Owen and Duncan are childhood friends who've grown up in picturesque Niagara Falls--known to them by the grittier name Cataract City.  Owen and Duncan think they are different: both dream of escape, a longing made more urgent by a near-death incident in childhood that sealed their bond. But in adulthood their paths diverge, and as Duncan, the less privileged, falls deep into the town's underworld, he and Owen become reluctant adversaries at opposite ends of the law. (398 pgs.)


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The Chaperone
Laura Moriarty
Availability: 2017; 2018

Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she's in for. (371 pgs.)

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Circling the Sun
Paula McLain
Availability: 2017; 2018

Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Paris Wife , takes readers to Kenya in the 1920s, where the beautiful young horse trainer, adventurer and aviator Beryl Markham tells the story of her life among the glamorous and decadent circle of British expats living in colonial East Africa--and the complicated love triangle she shared with the white hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. (366 pgs.)

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The Emperor of Paris
C.S. Richardson
Availability: 2017; 2018

Like his father before him, Octavio runs the Notre-Dame bakery, and knows the secret recipe for the perfect Parisian baguette. Octavio has never mastered the art of reading and his only knowledge of the world beyond the bakery door comes from his own imagination.  Isabeau works out of sight in the basement of the Louvre, trying to forget her disfigured beauty by losing herself in the paintings she restores and the stories she reads. The two might never have met, but for a curious chain of coincidences....  (278 pgs.)

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The End of Your Life Book Club 
Will Schwalbe (LARGE PRINT)
Availability: 2017; 2018

During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time--and an informal book club of two was born. Through their wide-ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne--and we, their fellow readers--are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact with the world around us. (336 pgs.)

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The Evening Chorus
Helen Humphries
Availability: 2017; 2018

Resigned to living out the Second World War in a German POW camp, James Hunter, an English officer, begins studying a pair of redstarts near the camp. His interest in the birds captures the attention of the Kommandant and gives James cause to fear for his life. Meanwhile, back in England, James's young wife, Rose, falls headlong into a passionate affair with another man. (294 pgs.)

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Fifteen Dogs
Andre Alexis
Availability: 20172018

And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old 'dog' ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings. (171 pgs.)

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The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
Availability: 2017; 2018

Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession. Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day? A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth. (316 pgs.)

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Girl Runner

Carrie Snyder
Availability: 2017; 2018

Girl Runner is the story of Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind. When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, Aganetha begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city. (304 pgs.)

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Goodnight from London
Jennifer Robson
Availability: 2018;

In the summer of 1940, ambitious young American journalist Ruby Sutton gets her big break: the chance to report on the European war as a staff writer for Picture Weekly news magazine in London. She jumps at the chance, for it's an opportunity not only to prove herself, but also to start fresh in a city and country that know nothing of her humble origins. But life in besieged Britain tests Ruby in ways she never imagined. (400 pgs.)

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Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
Availability: 20172018

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. In this society, human rights are severely limited and women's rights are even more curtailed. (325 pgs.)

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The Help
The Help
Kathryn Stockett
Availability: 2017; 2018

Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South. (530 pgs.)

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Her Fearful Symmetry
Audrey Niffenegger
Availability: 2017; 2018

Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers -- normal, at least, for identical "mirror" twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn't know existed has died and left them her amazing flat in a building by Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel their lives can now begin, but for the tangle of mysteries that ensues... (405 pgs.)

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Alix Ohlin
Availability: 2017; 2018

When Grace, a highly competent and devoted therapist in Montreal, stumbles across a man in the snowy woods who has failed to hang himself, her instinct to help immediately kicks in. Before long, however, she realizes that her feelings for this charismatic, extremely guarded stranger are far from straightforward. Ohlin's first novel "The Missing Person" was described by Publisher's Weekly as "intelligent, insightful and often bitterly funny." (257 pgs.)

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The Juggler's Children

Carolyn Abraham
Availability: 2017; 2018

Carolyn Abraham explores the stunning power and ethical pitfalls of using genetic tests to answer questions of genealogy--by cracking the genome of her own family. Recently, tens of thousands of people have been drawn to mail-order DNA tests to learn about their family roots. Abraham investigates whether this burgeoning new science can help solve 2 mysteries that have haunted her multi-racial family for more than a century. (380 pgs.)

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The Juliet's Answer
Glenn Dixon
Availability: 20172018

In fair Verona where we lay our scene… In fair Verona where we lay our scene… When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he does something unusual. He travels to Verona, Italy, to become a scribe of Juliet, Shakespeare’s fictional character, all in an attempt to understand his heartbreak. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet, letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart. (272 pgs.)

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The Light Between Oceans

M. L. Stedman
Availability: 2017; 2018

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. (343 pgs.)

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The Lost Symbol
Dan Brown
Availability: 2017; 2018

The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling--a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale. (509 pgs.)

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The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan
Robert Hough
Availability: 2017; 2018

The year is 1664, and Benny Wand, a young thief and board game hustler, is arrested in London for illegal gaming. Deported to the city of Port Royal, Jamaica -- known as "the wickedest city on earth" -- Wand is forced by his depleted circumstances to join a raid on the Spanish city of Villahermosa.While embarking on a campaign in the Caribbean, Morgan forms an unlikely friendship with Wand through their shared love of chess. Yet as Morgan becomes morally corrupted by the increasingly sordid attacks, he slowly transforms into Wand's greatest enemy. (304 pgs.)

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Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab
Shani Mootoo
Availability: 2017; 2018

Written in vibrant, supple prose that vividly conjures both the tropical landscape of Trinidad and the muted winter cityscape of Toronto, "Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab" is a passionate eulogy to a beloved parent, and a nuanced, moving tale about the struggle to embrace the complex realities of love and family ties. (312 pgs.)

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