New & Notable: Adult
Bear necessity : a novel
Gould-Bourn, James, author
Danny's life is falling apart. He's become a single father to eleven-year-old Will--who hasn't spoken since the death of his mother in a car crash a year earlier--and Danny has just been fired from his construction job. To make matters worse, he's behind on the rent and his nasty landlord is threatening to break his legs if he doesn't pay soon. Danny needs money, and fast. After observing local street performers in a nearby park, Danny spends his last few dollars on a tattered panda costume, impulsively deciding to become a dancing bear.
The bone shard daughter
Stewart, Andrea, author
"The emperor's reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire's many islands. Lin is the emperor's daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic. Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright - and save her people"-- Provided by publisher.
Cooking for one : scaled recipes, no-waste solutions, and time-saving tips
Taking care to prepare a meal for yourself is a different experience than cooking for others. It can be a fun, casual, and delicious affair, but there are challenges, from avoiding a fridge full of half-used ingredients to ending up with leftovers that become boring after the third reheat. Discover the joy of cooking for yourself with more than 160 perfectly portioned, easy-to-execute recipes, flexible ingredient lists to accommodate your pantry, and ideas for improvising to your taste.
Murder thy neighbor : true-crime thrillers
Patterson, James, 1947- author
As seen on ID, these two true-crime thrillers follow a neighbors' quarrel that turns violent and cyber-bullying that explodes in a double murder. Murder Thy Neighbor : Ann Hoover is a nice woman but she's come to hate her neighbor. Roy Kirk moved in next door with plans to renovate. But as the weeks go by, his DIY construction turns to shambles. When Ann takes him to court, Kirk's retaliation will be shockingly gruesome. Murder IRL : Jenelle Potter has always been better at connecting with people through social media. With overprotective parents, she hasn't had very many options to meet people, until she links up with Billy. But her feelings for Billy are unreciprocated, causing Jenelle to start a virtual war -- a war enters the real world.
The night swim
Goldin, Megan, author
After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name--and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she's used to being recognized for her voice, not her face--which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.
One game at a time : my journey from small-town Alberta to hockey's biggest stage
Singh, Harnarayan, author
From the distinct and vibrant voice behind 'Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi', comes the story of pursuing a dream and defying the odds, reminding us all of hockey's power to unite. Harnarayan Singh was born in Brooks, AB.
The Paris secret
Lester, Natasha, 1973- author
England, 1939: The Penrose sisters couldn't be more different. Skye is a daring and brash pilot, and Liberty the one to defy her at every turn. Even if women aren't allowed in the Royal Air Force, Skye is determined to help the war effort. She's thrilled when it reunites her with her childhood soulmate, Nicholas. She's less thrilled to learn Nicholas is now engaged to an enigmatic Frenchwoman named Margaux Jourdan. Paris, 1947: Designer Christian Dior unveils his glamorous first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance Miss Dior in tribute to his beloved sister Catherine, who forged a friendship with Skye and Margaux through her work with the French Resistance. Present Day: Fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a priceless collection of Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery of their origin, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.
Set my heart to five : a novel
Stephenson, Simon, author
"Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person. One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can't feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared is almost certain he's crying. Confused, he decides to watch more old movies to figure out what's happening. The process leads to an emotional awakening that upends his existence. Jared, it turns out, can feel. Overcome with a full range of emotions, and facing an imminent reset, Jared heads west, determined to forge real connections. He yearns to find his mother, the programmer who created him. He dreams of writing a screenplay that will change the world. Along the way, he might even fall in love. But a bot with feelings is a dangerous proposition, and Jared's new life could come to an end before it truly begins."-- Amazon.
Sex robots & vegan meat : adventures at the frontier of birth, food, sex & death
Kleeman, Jenny, author
What if we could have babies without bearing children, eat meat without killing animals, have a perfect sexual relationship without involving another human being or chose the time of our painless death? This book is a timely investigation into the forces that are driving innovation in the four core areas of human experience: birth, food, sex and death. Journalist Jenny Kleeman will take the reader on a fascinating exploration of the changes afoot, and their implications for who we are as a society, and as humans.
The Thursday Murder Club
Osman, Richard, 1970- author
"In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club."-- Provided by publisher.
The wicked sister
Dionne, Karen, author
For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents' deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns, in a quest for answers. As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns - as her mother did years earlier - that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.