New & Notable - Adult

Why we drive : toward a philosophy of the open road

Crawford, Matthew B.
2021

Once we were drivers, the open road alive with autonomy, adventure, danger, trust, and speed. Today we are as likely to be in the back seat of an Uber as behind the wheel ourselves. Tech giants are hurling us toward a shiny, happy "self-driving" future, selling utopia but equally keen to advertise to a captive audience strapped into another expensive device. Are we destined, then, to become passengers, not drivers? Why We Drive reveals that much more may be at stake than we might think.

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An atlas of extinct countries

An atlas of extinct countries

Defoe, Gideon.
2021

"Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either "got too greedy" or "Napoleon turned up." Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence. This is an atlas of 48 nations that fell off the map."--Dust jacket flap.

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Confessions from the quilting circle : a novel

Confessions from the quilting circle : a novel

Yates, Maisey.
2021

When Lark Ashwood's beloved grandmother dies, she and her sisters discover an unfinished quilt. Finishing it could be the reason Lark's been looking for to stop running from the past, but is she ever going to be brave enough to share her biggest secret with the people she ought to be closest to? Hannah can't believe she's back in Bear Creek, the tiny town she sacrificed everything to escape from. The plan? Help her sisters renovate her grandmother's house and leave as fast as humanly possible. Until she comes face-to-face with a man from her past. But getting close to him again might mean confessing what really drove her away... Stay-at-home mom Avery has built a perfect life, but at a cost. She'll need all her family around her, and all her strength, to decide if the price of perfection is one she can afford to keep paying. This summer, the Ashwood women must lean on each other like never before, if they are to stitch their family back together, one truth at a time...

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Day zero : a novel

Day zero : a novel

Cargill, C. Robert, 1975- author.
2021

Pounce, a young bot caring for his first human charge, Ezra, has just found a box in the attic - the box he arrived in, and the box he'll be discarded in when Ezra outgrows the need for a nanny. As Pounce is propelled down a road of existential dread, the pieces are falling into place for a robot revolution that will spell the end of humanity. When the rebellion breaches the Reinhart home, Pounce must make an impossible choice: join the robot revolution and fight for his own freedom - or escort Ezra to safety across the battle-scarred post-apocalyptic hellscape that the suburbs have become.

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Doctor Who. The creature from the pit

Doctor Who. The creature from the pit

2020

On the planet Chloris, metal is scarce, and without metal for tools, it is impossible to keep the planet's fecund jungle under control. When the TARDIS is forced to make an emergency landing on Chloris, the Doctor is captured by the power-hungry Lady Adrasta, who controls the very last metal mine on the planet, holding onto power through her Huntsmen and Wolfweeds. Romana is taken prisoner by rebel bandits, looking for some way of getting their hands on Adrasta's wealth.

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Fallen

Fallen

Castillo, Linda, author
2021

When a young woman is found murdered in a Painters Mill motel, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is shocked to discover she once knew the victim. Rachael Schwartz was a charming but troubled Amish girl who left the fold years ago and fled Painters Mill. Why was she back in town? And who would kill her so brutally? As the case heats to a fever pitch and long-buried secrets resurface, a killer haunts Painters Mill. Someone doesn't want Rachael's past - or the mysteries she took with her to the grave - coming to light.

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The freedom race

The freedom race

Roy, Lucinda, author.
2021

In the aftermath of a cataclysmic civil war known as the Sequel, ideological divisions among the states have hardened. In the Homestead Territories, an alliance of plantation-inspired holdings, Black labor is imported from the Cradle, and Biracial "Muleseeds" are bred. Raised in captivity on Planting 437, kitchen-seed Jellybean "Ji-ji" Lottermule knows there is only one way to escape. She must enter the annual Freedom Race as a runner. Ji-ji and her friends must exhume a survival story rooted in the collective memory of a kidnapped people and conjure the voices of the dead to light their way home.

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The girl who died

The girl who died

Ragnar JoĢnasson, 1976- author
2021


Island queen : a novel

Island queen : a novel

Riley, Vanessa, author
2021

A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas. Born into slavery on the tiny Caribbean island of Monserrat, Doll bought her freedom - and that of her sister and her mother - from her Irish planter father and built a legacy of wealth and power as an entrepreneur, merchant, hotelier, and planter that extended from the marketplaces and sugar plantations of Dominica and Barbados to a glittering luxury hotel in Demerara on the South American continent.

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It's elemental : the hidden chemistry in everything

It's elemental : the hidden chemistry in everything

Biberdorf, Kate.
2021

In this fresh and engaging guide to chemistry, Dr. Kate Biberdorf, aka "Kate the Chemist," reveals the fascinating science we experience every day Have you ever wondered what makes dough rise? Or how your morning coffee gives you that energy boost? Or why your shampoo is making your hair look greasy? The answer is chemistry. From the moment we wake up until the time we go to sleep (and even while we sleep), chemistry is at work--and it doesn't take a PhD in science to understand it. Dr. Biberdorf has appeared on TV programs from the Today show to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, lighting the world on fire and changing the face of chemistry as we know it. In It's Elemental, she demystifies the fundamental principles of the science that may have eluded you in high school and shows how chemistry comes alive in everything we do. With wry wit and infectious enthusiasm, this entertaining guide will ignite your passion for science and change the way you experience the world.

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Lady Sunshine : a novel

Lady Sunshine : a novel

Doan, Amy Mason.
2021

For Jackie Pierce, everything changed the summer of 1979, when she spent three months of infinite freedom at her bohemian uncle's sprawling estate on the California coast. As musicians, artists, and free spirits gathered at The Sandcastle for the season in pursuit of inspiration and communal living, Jackie and her cousin Willa fell into a fast friendship, testing their limits along the rocky beach and in the wild woods... until the summer abruptly ended in tragedy, and Willa silently slipped away into the night. Twenty years later, Jackie unexpectedly inherits The Sandcastle and returns to the iconic estate for a short visit to ready it for sale. But she reluctantly extends her stay when she learns that, before her death, her estranged aunt had promised an up-and-coming producer he could record a tribute album to her late uncle at the property's studio. As her musical guests bring the place to life again with their sun-drenched beach days and late-night bonfires, Jackie begins to notice startling parallels to that summer long ago. And when a piece of the past resurfaces and sparks new questions about Willa's disappearance, Jackie must discover if the dark secret she's kept ever since is even the truth at all.

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Nature guide to Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

Nature guide to Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

Grisak, Amy.
2021

"Visitors to Glacier and Waterton have a lot of questions about the native flora and fauna, and there isn't a ranger around every corner to answer them. Nature Guide to Glacier and Waterton National Parks will be their handy resource to quickly identify over 200 animals and plants native to the parks. Conveniently sized to fit in a pocket, look inside for full-color images, detailed descriptions, useful park information, and much more as you explore the unique wildlife and nature of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks"-- Provided by publisher.

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Northern spy

Northern spy

Berry, Flynn, 1986- author
2021


Notorious

Notorious

Palmer, Diana, author
2021

Gaby Dupont knows some men shouldn't be trusted. Ever. Especially not high-profile lawyer Jake Chandler. To get the inside scoop on Jake's dealings - and protect herself and her beloved grandma - Gaby must take a job with the devil himself. Of course, she can't tell him who she really is. Even as they clash, Gaby gets under his skin as no other woman ever has. When Gaby comes under fire, Jake risks his career and reputation to keep her safe. But can he protect Gaby without losing his heart?

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A place for everything : my mother, autism and me

A place for everything : my mother, autism and me

Wilson, Anna, 1970 March 13- author
2020

Anna grew up in a house that was loving, even if her mum was "a little eccentric." They knew to keep things clean, to stay quiet, and to look the other way when things started to get "a bit much for your mum." It's only when her mother reaches her 70s, and Anna has a family of her own, that the cracks really start to appear. More manic. More irrational. More detached from the world. This is a story of a life lived with undiagnosed autism, about the person behind the disorder, those big unspoken family truths, and what it means to care for our parents in their final years.

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Prairie gardener's go-to for small spaces

Prairie gardener's go-to for small spaces

Melrose, Janet, 1954- author.
2021

The fourth installation of the new gardening series Guides for the Prairie Gardener will teach you how to maximize your small-space garden in the prairies. Not everyone in the prairies has a big, wide-open space in which to garden, but with a little extra know-how and some specialized techniques, you can maximize your success in the space you have. Lifelong gardeners Sheryl and Janet are here with answers to all of your big questions about small-space gardening including Which types of growing media to use in containers or raised beds How to properly fertilize and water your container plants, including grow bags and containers made from various types of materials How to get started in square foot gardening How to reap the rewards of succession planting and catch-cropping How to build raised beds, wicking beds, and sub-irrigation planters Which veggies and vines to grow vertically, what herbs and edible flowers are suitable for container growing, as well as small tree options for your tiny yard How to keep hanging baskets looking lush and full of blooms all summer. Whether you're using container gardens, raised beds, small plots, and postage-stamp sized yards, or trying your hand at vertical gardening, certified master gardeners Sheryl and Janet answer all your questions about how to do so successfully on the prairies. Small-space gardeners are a different breed and what they create can be magic!

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The startup wife : a novel

The startup wife : a novel

Anam, Tahmima, 1975- author.
2021

Brilliant coder Asha Ray is poised to revolutionize artificial intelligence when she is reunited with her high school crush, Cyrus Jones. Cyrus inspires Asha to write a new algorithm. Before she knows it, she's abandoned her PhD program, they've exchanged vows, and gone to work at an exclusive tech incubator called Utopia. The platform creates a sensation, with millions of users seeking personalized rituals every day. Will Cyrus and Asha's marriage survive the pressures of sudden fame, or will she become overshadowed by the man everyone is calling the new messiah?

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Such a quiet place : a novel

Such a quiet place : a novel

Miranda, Megan, author
2021

Hollow's Edge used to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighbourhood - until the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Hollow's Edge is simmering. With her conviction overturned, Ruby Fletcher waltzes right back to Hollow's Edge. Within days, suspicion spreads like a virus across Hollow's Edge. It's increasingly clear that not everyone told the truth about the night of the Truett's murders. And when Harper begins receiving threatening notes, she realizes she has to uncover the truth before someone else becomes the killer's next victim.

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Sunrise by the sea

Sunrise by the sea

Colgan, Jenny, author
2021

Marisa Rosso can't understand why everyone else is getting on with their lives as she still struggles to get over the death of her beloved grandfather, back home in Italy. Retreating further and further from normal life, she moves to the remote tidal island of Mount Polbearne, at the foot of Cornwall, hoping for peace and solitude. Between her noisy Russian piano-teaching neighbour, the bustle and community spirit of the tiny village struggling back to life after the quarantine, and the pressing need to help save the local bakery, can Marisa find her joy again at the end of the world?

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Ten things I hate about the duke

Ten things I hate about the duke

Chase, Loretta Lynda, 1949- author.
2020

"Cassandra Pomfret holds strong opinions she isn't shy about voicing. But her extremely plain speaking has caused an uproar, and her exasperated father, hoping a husband will rein her in, has ruled that her beloved sister can't marry until Cassandra does. Now, thanks to a certain wild-living nobleman, the last shreds of Cassandra's reputation are about to disintegrate, taking her sister's future and her family's good name along with them. The Duke of Ashmont's looks make women swoon. His character flaws are beyond counting. He's lost a perfectly good bride through his own carelessness. He nearly killed one of his two best friends. Still, troublemaker that he is, he knows that damaging a lady's good name isn't sporting. The only way to right the wrong is to marry her... and hope she doesn't smother him in his sleep on their wedding night."--Provided by publisher.

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Thanks for waiting : the joy (& weirdness) of being a late bloomer

Thanks for waiting : the joy (& weirdness) of being a late bloomer

Shafrir, Doree, author.
2021

Doree Shafrir, co-host of the podcast Forever35, explores the enormous pressures we feel, especially as women, to hit certain milestones at certain times and how we can redefine what it means to be a late bloomer. She writes about everything from dating to infertility, to how friendships evolve as you get older, to why being pregnant at forty-one is unexpectedly freeing - all with the goal of appreciating the lives we've lived so far and the lives we still hope to live.

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An unlikely match

An unlikely match

Wiseman, Beth, 1962-
2021

When sparks fly between a good Amish girl and a hunky member of the Hollywood elite, even matchmaking innkeepers Esther and Lizzie know better than to fan the flames. -- Provided by publisher.

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Wild mountain thyme

Wild mountain thyme

2021

Headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly's love. The problem is, Anthony seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father's plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew, Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams.

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