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Azadi : freedom, fascism, fiction

Azadi : freedom, fascism, fiction

Roy, Arundhati, author.
2020

In this series of penetrating essays on politics and literature, Arundhati Roy examines this question and challenges us to reflect on the meaning of freedom in a world of growing authoritarianism. Roy writes of the existential threat posed to Indian democracy by an emboldened Hindu nationalism, of the internet shutdown and information siege in Kashmir, and India's new citizenship laws that discriminate against Muslims and marginalized communities and could create a crisis of statelessness on a scale previously unknown.

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The bell in the lake

The bell in the lake

Mytting, Lars, 1968- author
2020

As long as people could remember, the stave church's bells had rung over the isolated village of Butangen, Norway. Cast in memory of conjoined twins, the bells are said to ring on their own in times of danger. In 1879, young pastor Kai Schweigaard moves to the village, where young Astrid Hekne yearns for a modern life. She sees a way out on the arm of the new pastor, who needs a tie to the community to cull favor for his plan for the old stave church, with its pagan deity effigies and supernatural bells. When the pastor makes a deal that brings an outsider, a sophisticated German architect, into their world, the village and Astrid are caught between past and future, as dark forces come into play.

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Cliffhanger : new climbing culture and adventures

Cliffhanger : new climbing culture and adventures

Ellison, Julie, 1986-
2020

Journey upwards with Cliffhanger, a dizzyingly beautiful presentation of the people and places that make up the world of climbing. Climbing has recently exploded as a global phenomenon, thanks to a plethora of dedicated gyms springing up and media coverage that has had a wide reach. Using breathtaking imagery and in-depth stories, Cliffhanger gives you a complete look at the world of this outdoor pursuit--both as a sport and a lifestyle--by highlighting the people, places, history, and culture that make the activity so fascinating. Whether you've been doing it for a long time or have never climbed in your life, this book will make your palms sweat and your heart race.

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Cooking with cannabis : more than 100 delicious edibles

Cooking with cannabis : more than 100 delicious edibles

Crocker, Pat, author
2020

"With more than 100 recipes, this cookbook makes it easy to master the art of cooking with cannabis! It includes practical information on dosing, infusing, and extracting the maximum benefit from cannabis, as well as tips for first-time users. Every serving delivers 5mg THC, perfect for experiencing the recreational and gustatory pleasures of cannabis. The delicious dishes include a Mini Quiche with Arugula & Smoked Salmon, Canna-Sweet Potato Hummus, a Black Bean Burger, Asparagus-Stuffed Mushrooms, and Chocolate Truffles"-- Provided by publisher.

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High crimes : the corruption, impunity, and impeachment of Donald Trump

High crimes : the corruption, impunity, and impeachment of Donald Trump

D'Antonio, Michael, author.
2020

This book "opens with Nancy Pelosi deciding the House should take up impeachment, then, in part one, leaps back to explain what Ukraine was really all about: not just Joe Biden and election interference, but a money grab and oil. In the second part, the authors recount key meetings throughout the run up to the impeachment hearings, including many of the heated confrontations between the Trump administration and House Democrats. And the third part takes readers behind the scenes of those hearings, showing why certain things happened the way they did for reasons that never came up in public.

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Humanity at work : leading for better relationships and results

Humanity at work : leading for better relationships and results

Battah, Pierre, author
2020

What steps can leaders take to cultivate a workplace culture that is positive, engaged, and also productive? In this conversational, humorous, and relatable book, CBC columnist and leadership blogger Pierre Battah acts as a virtual mentor, drawing on his decades-long experience as advisor to large and small businesses. Each chapter includes reflection points and helpful tools, including a People Leadership Scorecard to help readers measure their progress as they move toward creating a workplace with humanity at its heart.

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Outpost : a journey to the wild ends of the earth

Outpost : a journey to the wild ends of the earth

Richards, Dan (Artist)
2019

There are still wild places out there on our crowded planet. Through a series of personal journeys, Dan Richards explores the appeal of far-flung outposts in mountains, tundra, forests, oceans and deserts. These are landscapes that speak of deep time, whose scale can knock us down to size. Their untamed nature is part of their beauty and such places have long drawn the adventurous, the spiritual and the artistic. For those who go in search of the silence, isolation and adventure of wilderness it is perhaps ironically to man-made shelters that they often need to head; to bothies, bivouacs, camps and sheds. Part of the allure of such refuges is their simplicity: enough architecture to keep the weather at bay but not so much as to distract from the natural world. Following a route from the Cairngorms of Scotland to the fire-watch lookouts of Washington State, from Iceland's 'Houses of Joy' to the Utah desert; frozen ghost towns in Svalbard to shrines in Japan; Roald Dahl's Metro-land writing hut to a lighthouse in the North Atlantic, Richards explores landscapes which have inspired writers, artists and musicians, and asks: why are we drawn to wilderness? What can we do to protect them? And what does the future hold for outposts on the edge?

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Still : a memoir of love, loss, and motherhood

Still : a memoir of love, loss, and motherhood

Hansen, Emma, 1990- author
2020

Emma Hansen is 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant when she feels her baby go quiet inside of her. At the hospital, her worst fears are confirmed: doctors explain that her baby has died, and she will need to deliver him, still. Emma shares what comes next: a struggle with grief and confusion alongside a desire to better understand stillbirth, which is experienced by more than two million women. At once honest, brave, and uplifting, this is about one woman's search for her own definition of motherhood, even as she faces one of life's greatest challenges: learning to live after loss.

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Talking until nightfall : remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941-44

Talking until nightfall : remembering Jewish Salonica, 1941-44

Matarasso, Isaac.
2020

When Nazi occupiers arrived in Greece in 1941, it was the beginning of a horror that would reverberate through generations. In the city of Salonica (Thessaloniki), almost 50,000 Jews were sent to Nazi concentration camps during the war, and only 2,000 returned. A Jewish doctor named Isaac Matarasso and his son escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Nazis and joined the resistance. After the city's liberation they returned to rebuild Salonica and, along with the other survivors, to grapple with the near-total destruction of their community. Isaac was a witness to his Jewish community's devastation, and the tangled aftermath of grief, guilt and grace as survivors returned home. Talking Until Nightfall presents his account of the tragedy and his moving tribute to the living and the dead. His story is woven together with his son Robert's memories of being a frightened teenager spared by a twist of fate, with an afterword by his grandson Francois that looks back on the survivors' stories and his family's place in history. This slim, wrenching account of loss, survival, and the strength of the human spirit will captivate readers and ensure the Jews of Salonica are never forgotten.

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What is culture for?

What is culture for?

De Botton, Alain.
2019

How to find compassion, hope and perspective in the arts. Our societies frequently proclaim their enormous esteem for culture. Music, film, literature and the visual arts enjoy high prestige and are viewed by many as getting close to the meaning of life. But what is culture really for? This book proposes that works of culture were all made, in one way or another, with the idea of improving the way we live. This book connects a range of cultural masterpieces with our own dilemmas and pains around love, work and society, and invites us to see culture as a resource with which to address the complex agonies of being human. It provides us with enduring keys to unlocking culture as a way of transforming our lives.

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The winter of the cartoonist

The winter of the cartoonist

Roca, Paco (Comic book artist)
2020


The year of the witching

The year of the witching

Henderson, Alexis, author
2020

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet's word is law, Immanuelle Moore's very existence is blasphemy. But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother. When she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

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