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Calling the moon : 16 period stories from BIPOC authors

Calling the moon : 16 period stories from BIPOC authors

2024

For Angela, it came on the basketball court--while playing on the boys' team. For Penny, it came on a school field trip to the lake (making for some cringeworthy moments of humor). And to Layla's disappointment, it came at the start of her first fasting Ramadan, meaning that she won't be able to fast after all. Whether it spurs silence or celebration, whether the subjects are well prepared or totally in the dark, the young people in these sixteen stories find that getting a period not only brings change to their bodies, it also brings joy, sorrow, self-discovery, and yes, sometimes even gifts

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The discreet charm of the big bad wolf

The discreet charm of the big bad wolf

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author.
2023

"The Department of Sensitive Crimes is downsizing in light of a recent downturn of sensitive crime, and staff members are wondering who among them will be transferred elsewhere. As the bickering between colleagues intensifies, Ulf tries his best to stay above the fray. But when Anna, a longtime friend and coworker, appears to blame him for an old case that went sideways, it seems she may be putting her own job prospects above their friendship. In the midst of all this, Ulf embarks on an important inquiry:a man's cabin has mysteriously disappeared and Ulf is tasked with finding out what happened. How exactly does one steal a house? And, more to the point, how does one track down a stolen house? Meanwhile, a promising veterinary treatment for deafness in dogs has been announced, and Ulf's dog, Martin, might be the perfect patient. This latest novel is another masterful, farcical installment in the series that defines the genre that Alexander McCall Smith is singlehandedly championing: Scandi blanc"-- Provided by publisher.

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The dog who knew too much

The dog who knew too much

Davis, Krista, author
2021

"America's favorite dog comes to pet-friendly Wagtail for some rest and relaxation, but Holly quickly discovers that this perfect pup is a total scamp who takes every opportunity to run off and misbehave. During an outdoor treasure-hunting game, the star dog and Trixie, Holly's beloved Jack Russell terrier, stumble across a dead body. Holly has more than murder to worry about, though, when a man shows up after reading an article featuring Trixie in a magazine and claims that he is the dog's rightful owner. Holly will need to prove that she is her pup's only parent and catch a killer to restore peace to her pet-loving happy place"-- Provided by publisher.

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I will ruin you : a novel

I will ruin you : a novel

Barclay, Linwood, author
2024

English teacher Richard Boyle never thought he would find himself talking down a former student intent on harming others, but when Mark LeDrew shows up at Richard's school with a bomb strapped to his chest, Richard immediately jumps into action. Thanks to some quick thinking, he averts a major tragedy and is hailed as a hero. Richard's brief moment in the spotlight puts him in the sights of a deranged blackmailer with a score to settle. The situation rapidly spirals out of control, drawing Richard into a fraught web of salacious accusations and deadly secrets.

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The last green valley : a novel

The last green valley : a novel

Sullivan, Mark T., author
2021

In late March 1944, as Stalin's forces push into Ukraine, young Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision - Do they wait for the Soviet bear's intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolves - murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect 'pure-blood' Germans? The Martels are one of many families of German heritage whose ancestors have farmed in Ukraine for more than a century. But after already living under Stalin's horrifying regime, Emil and Adeline decide they must run in retreat from their land with the wolves they despise to escape the Soviets and go in search of freedom. Caught between two warring forces and overcoming horrific trials to pursue their hope of immigrating to the West, the Martels' story is a brutal, complex and ultimately triumphant tale that illuminates the extraordinary power of love, faith and one family's incredible will to survive and see their dreams realised.

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Lost birds

Lost birds

Hillerman, Anne, 1949- author.
2024

Joe Leaphorn may be long retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, but his experience will be essential to solve a compelling new case: finding the birth parents of a woman who was raised by a bilagáana family but believes she is Diné based on one solid clue, an old photograph with a classic Navajo child's blanket. Leaphorn discovers that his client's adoption was questionable, and her adoptive family not what they seem. His quest for answers takes him to an old trading post and leads him to a deadly cache of long-buried family secrets.

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Lula Dean's little library of banned books : a novel

Lula Dean's little library of banned books : a novel

Miller, Kirsten, 1973-, author
2024

When Lula Dean, trying to rid public libraries of "pornographic" books, starts her own lending library in front of her home, Lindsay, the daughter of Lula's arch nemesis, sneaks in nightly, secretly filling it with banned books wrapped in "wholesome" dust jackets, changing the lives of those who borrow them in unexpected ways.

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The museum of lost quilts

The museum of lost quilts

Chiaverini, Jennifer, author.
2024

Summer Sullivan, the youngest founding member of Elm Creek Quilts, has spent the last two years pursuing a master's degree in history. Stymied by writer's block, Summer hasn't finished her thesis, and she can't graduate until she does. But Summer's research uncovers startling facts about Waterford Historical Society's past, prompting unsettling questions about racism, economic injustice, and political corruption within their community, past and present. As controversy threatens the quilt exhibit's success, Summer fears that her pursuit of the truth might cost the Society their last chance to save Union Hall.

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One of us knows

One of us knows

Cole, Alyssa, author
2024

"Years after a breakdown and a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder derailed her historical preservationist career, Kenetria Nash and her alters have been given a second chance they can't refuse: a position as resident caretaker of a historic home. Having been dormant for years, Ken has no idea what led them to this isolated Hudson River island, but she's determined not to ruin their opportunity. Then a surprise visit from the home's conservation trust just as a Nor'easter bears down on the island disrupts her newfound life, leaving Ken trapped with a group of possibly dangerous strangers--including the man who brought her life tumbling down years earlier. When he turns up dead, Ken is the prime suspect. Caught in a web of secrets and in a race against time, Ken and her alters must band together to prove their innocence and discover the truth of Kavanaugh Island--and their own past--or they risk losing not only their future, but their life"-- Provided by publisher.

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The sister effect

The sister effect

Mallery, Susan, author
2024


A spy like me

A spy like me

Sherwood, Kim, 1989-, author
2024

James Bond is alive. Or at least, he was when he left a clue at the black site where the insidious private military company Rattenfänger held him captive. Johanna Harwood, 003, goes on an unsanctioned mission: to find 007. Meanwhile, a bomb has been detonated in London. Once a major sale is made, a six-day countdown to the next terror attack begins. As the Double O's follow the twisting trail, they find themselves unexpectedly inching closer to Bond.

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When the jessamine grows

When the jessamine grows

Everhart, Donna, author
2024

"Talk of impending war is a steady drumbeat throughout North Carolina, though Joetta McBride pays it little heed. She and her husband, Ennis, have built a modest but happy life for themselves, raising two sons, fifteen-year-old Henry, and eleven-year-old Robert, on their small subsistence farm. They do not support the Confederacy's position on slavery, but Joetta considers her family to be neutral, believing this is simply not their fight. Her opinion is not favored by many in their community, including Joetta's own father-in-law, Rudean. A staunch Confederate supporter, he fills his grandsons' heads with stories about the glory of battle and the Southern cause until one night Henry runs off to join the war. At Joetta's frantic insistence, Ennis leaves to find their son and bring him home. But soon weeks pass with no word from father or son and Joetta is battered by the strain of running a farm with so little help. As the country becomes further entangled in the ramifications of war, Joetta finds herself increasingly at odds with those around her -- until one act of kindness brings her family to the edge of even greater disaster. Though shunned and struggling to survive, Joetta remains committed to her principles, and to her belief that her family will survive. But the greatest tests are still to come -- for a fractured nation, for Joetta, and for those she loves . . ."-- Provided by publisher

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