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The Dishwasher (Biblioasis International Translation) Cover Image
By Stéphane Larue, Pablo Strauss (Translator)
ISBN: 9781771962698
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Published: Biblioasis - August 20th, 2019

Fiction in translation novel with a flare to make the ordinary special.

Stephane, a talented graphic artist, has a gambling problem, and is lost in a maze of Montreal’s restaurants' nightlife and gambling houses.. Dazzling and fast paced this novel takes on basic human needs and aspirations without losing a fast paced read.

Always feeling the need to get out of debt, mostly from gambling, Stephane is offered an advance on a video project he’s been asked to produce. Stephane takes the money and thinks this is the moment when he can get back on balance and move forward with his life. An addiction is an addiction and Stephane falls prey to it’s every desire by squandering the advance money on bets. 

Now desperate to work on and finish the project but also get out of his own debt he reaches out to a cousin, who works as a chef, to get a job at a restaurant. He is offered a job that he takes. As a dishwasher.

At first feeling a bit belittled by the work and overwhelmed by his inexperience, he makes the job work for him by applying himself, and gets some surprising results.

Now his life revolves around the work, but washing dishes is just the beginning of an ever expanding upward movement at the restaurant. With his efforts, he’s rewarded with more responsibility and more hours giving him an insight into the restaurant system and his own abilities. 

A fascinating look at a simple life brought to life with great prose, interesting characters and a vibrant setting.

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The Great Offshore Grounds: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525658078
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Published: Knopf - August 25th, 2020

“ None of us have to carry on a story we don’t want”, pretty much describes the story of discovery of two sisters and the truth behind their true birth mother.

Cheyenne and Livy are invited to their father’s wedding. They wouldn’t usually go, since he left after their birth and has had scant contact since, but decide to go when they assume they will be given an inheritance that they have longed awaited. Surprises abound when, instead of an inheritance, what they are given is the fact that the mother they have had for 30 some years, Kirsten, may not be their actual birth mother. 

Justine and Kirsten were best friends when the girls were born. After the birth of Livy and Cheyenne, Justine leaves Kirsten not wanting to raise children. She hasn’t left a way of getting in touch with her and Kirsten has never mentioned her to the girls.

The girls are uniquely different, Livy as a seafaring type longs to captain her own boat, sail the great seas and fish. Cheyenne, recently divorced and floundering for what to do, ends up staying in Livy’s flat until she figures things out. Then the wedding and the new information about who is their mother. Livy is unconcerned, but wants desperately to get out of debt and takes a job on fishing trawler. Cheyenne, with little else on her plate, takes up the mystery that will, hopefully, lead to the truth.

The paths the girls take are literally traveling in opposite directions. West for Livy to follow her fishing career, and East for Cheyenne to look for answers.

The story reveals the sister dynamic. the uniqueness of each and the mindset each displays in discovering the truth about their birth mother.

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The Red Lotus: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385544801
Availability: Not in Stock - Hard to Find
Published: Doubleday - March 17th, 2020

A couple is very much in love and would like to continue to deepen their relationship. 

The man is full of yearning to learn what might have happened to his dad who died in Vietnam. 

So Austin and his bicycling adventurers, organize a trip to Vietnam, to explore the terrain and for Austin to do a solo ride along the route his dad followed and where he might have died and to look if any evidence might be found.

But when he goes missing, during his ride, Alexis, his girlfriend, wants the Vietnam authorities to continue the search that was short lived and superficial. She contacts the US authorities and requests they begin a search.

But when the US authorities discover unseemly evidence of illegal activity, Alexis is certain it’s a mistake and it can’t be her soon to be husband. 

But what she finds out is very different from the man she thought she knew. And what is revealed puts Alexis in a danger she had no idea was waiting.

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The German Heiress: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062937728
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 7th, 2020

An historic fiction account of one Clara Falkenberg, heiress to an ironworks factory, at the height of German power during WWII. Her past haunts her, not because of the war effort, but because she realizes she doesn’t know the truth about her father, her family and what brought them to the top of the food chain during the war. 

The war is over and Clara is hunted and has taken on a new name, lost everything, and searches for her one friend, Elisa, the only person she knows that can bring her some clarity and truth about her position during the war, her father and legacy, and what might have brought such ruin to her family.

 But the only place to begin is back home, in Germany, where she is wanted for war crimes, and where she thinks Elisa still lives.

Her drive is strong when she barely escapes the war crimes officers and realizes her future could end by a past that haunts her.

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Winston Churchill became prime minister in May of 1940. This books covers the first year of his administration with newly released government documents. The world war was in full gear in Europe. His administration was left with the 300,000 of British army troops in Dunkirk, effectively at deaths door trapped against the sea and the German army. His first command was to rescue all but of few of these fighting soldiers to safety.

This saga of Churchill’s first year in office covers untold tales recently released from government archives. Larson gets access to diaries, memos, and love letters, and intelligence reports, to reveal a deeper meaning to the trials and challenges Britain faced during Churchill’s first year.

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Edison Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812993110
Availability: Not in Stock - Hard to Find
Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2019

Prodigious is a word one can use when referring to Thomas Alva Edison.


Born in 1847, died in 1931, when, upon his passing in October, it was suggested by President Hoover that all should silence what they are doing at 10 pm. and turn out the lights. So all across the nation lights were shut off for one minute to honor a man who gave so much.


Patents for more than a 1,000 things; created more then 100 companies; and became obsessed with trying to create a plant that would grow in the United States that could produce rubber. ( Being friends with Henry Ford the idea of having to import rubber for tires was something that could make a difference in the price of the auto for everyone).


He spent most of his life deaf, which was a blessing because it provided a barrier between the noise of the world and his thoughts. So few distractions. And even with this ‘disability’ he went on to work on over 200  sound inventions.


Morris brings to light an extremely intense man who rarely made time for family, didn’t tolerate failure and said of himself that , “I never had an idea in my life”, and that “ I have no imagination”.

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The Last Train to London: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062946935
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Published: Harper - September 10th, 2019

In this daring, pre world war II drama, Meg Waite Clayton, takes us on a journey, were woman from Denmark, England and Austria try to save as many children from Nazi Germany’s grip.


Truus Wijsmuller, known as Tante Truus, a member of the Dutch resistance, has the plan and determination to save as many children as she can, even as the free countries are closing their borders to the fleeing refuges of Nazi Germany.


Her plan includes speaking with Adolph Eichmann himself to procure the trains needed to transport the children. It’s 1936 and the winds of war are crying loudly on the Jews of Germany. The plan does not allow the families, moms or dads to join them, so it means taking the risk herself to safely transport them across German territory, thru the border control, and then into the hands of the agency’s that will provide new families and homes.


This gripping tale takes us into the personal lives of the people who ultimately risk their lives to harbor these unknown children, while they cross the German occupied land.

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Run Away Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538748466
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 19th, 2019

All he wanted to do was help his eldest child, his daughter. He had been a proud father of his first born heading to college. The future looked good for her.

Then you find out she’s addicted to drugs, with an unsavory boyfriend and isn’t interested in receiving help.

A chance encounter in Central Park has brought her back to you.

The yearnings of parental help goes awry. He is arrested for assault when he punches the boyfriend so he can try to help his daughter.

Then, days later, the boyfriend is found dead. His daughter has gone into hiding and the father has no choice but to go into her world of drug dens and dealers to try and find her and bring her back to the help he so desperately wants her to have.

Harlan Coben has written a compelling modern day drama with unforeseen twists that will leave you wondering why you haven’t read him before.

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The Word Collector Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545865029
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Published: Orchard Books - January 30th, 2018

Jerome takes a different path.

Different folks collect various things. There are people who collect buttons, stuffed animals, baseball cards, even books.

But Jerome loves to collect words. What he does to find them and what happens to them makes this a lovely journey. Enjoy!

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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

It’s a wonder we all don’t live with the same approach to life that Alexander Ilyich Rostov does in this rewarding read by  Amor Towles.

Inspired to choose life when given the choice between death, because of crimes against Russian society, or live the remainder of his days at the Moscow Hotel Metropol, Rostov embarks on a decidedly rich life within the confines of those four walls.

Not allowed to return to his luxury suite, Rostov is relegated to the attic: a spare, musty, dusty, and confining room. As fate would allow, Rostov befriends a young girl who exposes a rich under belly within the hotel’s walls. Also, Rostov’s former title of Count lends him an air of sophistication that staff and friends alike respect and enjoy and go to great lengths to improve his plight with few luxuries.

Amor Towles has written a thorough, entertaining, and richly vivid portrayal of a man imprisoned in the Metropol yet lives with a joie de vivre despite his sentence.

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The Huntress: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062740373
Availability: Not in Stock - Backordered
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 26th, 2019

Growing up in Siberia, wild, unforgiving, raw, Nina Markova dreams of flight and flying, and fleeing the life she has endured.

Ian Graham has fought in World War II, seen the Nuremburg Trials as a journalist and decided to stop writing and search for war criminals.

Jordan McBride is a post war teenager dreaming of being a photographer. Her fathers owns an antique store in Boston and has remarried. This new German bride is both welcomed and under Jordan’s microscope.

With an artful use of flashbacks, Kate Quinn reveals Nina Markova’s past, Ian Graham’s search and Jordan’s suspicions and revelations to bring us the uncovering of The Huntress - Kate Quinn’s novel propels us toward an exciting and unexpected end.

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In a House of Lies (A Rebus Novel #22) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316479202
Availability: Not in Stock - Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 31st, 2018

Ian Rankin brings his much loved character, John Rebus, back into action, even though he is retired, with his latest crime novel.

John Rebus, retired, is brought back for this murder mystery that has repercussions from a cold case Rebus and his colleagues where involved in.

Now ten years old, a case is revisited when a body is found in an abandoned car on a farm.

Siobhan Clarke, a Rebus protégé, heads the new investigation. She leans on Rebus for information that might have been left out of the case files, plus his relations with some of Edinburgh’s crime lords.

Revelations ensue both in the police forces investigation and the crime kingpins that were suspected but never proven guilty.

A close knit, fast paced. Gritty mystery rekindles a much loved character thought left out to pasture.

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Towers Falling Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316262217
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

Her world is collapsing. Not because of knowledge of the Twin Towers coming down. No, Deja’s world has turned upside down by moving to a new apartment, a new neighborhood, a new school with new friends to make. The worst is her dad is sad, sick, withdrawn from her. A new school project setup to find out about the collapse of the Twin Towers brings light to the world in which Deja has left and the new one she has entered.

An engaging novel by the insightful author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

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How to Give Your Cat a Bath: in Five Easy Steps (How to Cat books) Cover Image
By Nicola Winstanley, John Martz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735263543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tundra Books - January 22nd, 2019

Names were withheld in writing this story to protect the integrity of cats and the embarrassment of the owner.  And said owner find five may not be the final step. 

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The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry Cover Image
By Danna Smith, Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763679927
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Published: Candlewick - April 11th, 2017

An informative and fascinating look at the art and history of falconry by one who has practiced it.

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Hooray for Birds! Cover Image
By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763692650
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Published: Candlewick - March 28th, 2017

Fun, colorful illustrations introduce the reader to a variety of our feathered friends from morning until night.

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Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports Cover Image
By Phil Bildner, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763673086
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Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2017

A tennis rivalry that stretched decades. Fierce, competitive, tenacious. From two separate countries, free and communist. And within all that they became and remain close friends.

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Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators Cover Image
ISBN: 9780760349137
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Published: Voyageur Press - January 15th, 2016

A concise and conscientious look at native (and some nonnative) plant species beneficial to bees, butterflies and pollinators. Hayes gives us lists for perennials,worthy weeds, and water tolerant plants. The book covers a rich selection of plants as well as habitat information. In worthy weeds list we have dandelion, great mullein, wild mustard and mentioning if you are concerned about there spreading she gives us a heads up on cutting that short. Blazing star, Globe thistle and Turtle-head give us some examples of perennials to encourage pollinators. The English and Latin names are given affording the gardener and garden center accurate information for acquiring the proper plant. Habitat housing and health are all covered to provide the bees a high degree of success. Along with the above, trees, herbs, and shrubs are included to add diversity for your landscape and a variety of food sources for the bees. Shelters, fun facts, dry sites of wet environments are covered. This is a thorough look at keeping the pollinator population happy and healthy.

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Growing the Northeast Garden: Regional Ornamental Gardening (Regional Ornamental Gardening Series) Cover Image
By Andrew Keys, Kerry Michaels (Photographs by)
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ISBN: 9781604694482
Availability: Not in Stock - Out of Print
Published: Timber Press - February 21st, 2015

The main plan for this book is discuss the aspects of the growing environment that exists in the Northeast. Soil, temperature, pests and diseases are a few of the topics met. Keys gives us a means to improve the soil condition with recommendations, and by providing a healthy soil ensures healthy plant life which will combat insects and diseases; and gives guiding steps to warding off animals that might otherwise eat the bounty we have worked hard to grow.There are useful lists to eliminate the invasive plant materials and some suggestions for replacement plants. Also, he touches on beneficial insects that will help keep order and health in the planted world. Keys gives us information on bee colony collapse disorder that is killing our honey bees and the chemicals pesticides have that cause the harm. To round it out he gives us a useful reading list for continued information gathering.

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Hench: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

Don’t villains deserve their day? A chance to be seen in a positive light? Even to be seen as hero? 

N.Z.W. takes us on a fantasy read that possibly, if we had super powers, could be a scenario for today's corporate world.

Anna, working for a temp agency and would love to work for the superhero group. She sees a future there. And she is hired through the temp agency to work as a short term temp. then a possible longer term employee.

Glowing like a bright star to be, Anna brings the news to her best friend Molly.

Then Anna learns she’s been hired as a ‘minority fluff’ person. Not on the merits of her math and analysis abilities. And braving the retaliation of the group when she disagrees with management, she is let go. She turns her attention to what makes the public like superheroes and has some interesting analysis that might be of interest to the supervillains group. After a meet with the groups directors she is given a chance to prove her theory

and becomes a temp for the supervillains. First as a minor player and when she figures out a means to make her light shine brighter Anna becomes an integral part of the supervillains program.

Anna’s idea is so bright it comes to the attention of upper supervillain management. While sticking to her guns she is able to show how villains can be seen as a superhero in their own right without causing collateral damage to the human population. This is what Anna has seen as avoidable in the superhero world which has not addressed it in their public displays of ‘saving the day’.

Richly written as a cross between superhuman comic exploits and women’s rights in the workplace with a little flair for skullduggery, Natalie Zina Walschots brings to life a society where the bad guy is possibly seen as good.