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The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Bradley
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

In this novel for children, a young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

Tomboy Survival Guide, by Ivan E. Coyote
Ivan Coyote

Celebrated trans storyteller Ivan Coyote, whose previous books include Gender Failure (with Rae Spoon) and One in Every Crowd a collection for LGBT youth –  has written a funny and moving memoir told in stories, in which they recount the pleasures and difficulties of growing up a tomboy in Canada's north.

A Time to Dance, by Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman

Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance – so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.

Wear and tear : Threads of my life, by Tracy Tynan
Tracy Tynan

The memoirs of a celebrity costume designer describe her upbringing in the fashionable celebrity circles of her literary parents, her family's artistic but traumatizing approaches to shopping and how the fashion-savvy perspectives of her early years shaped her relationships and career.

The One-in-a-Million Boy, by Monica Wood
Monica Wood

When Quinn's young son suddenly dies, he seeks forgiveness for his shortcomings by completing one of his son's Boy Scout badges, where he forges a friendship with Ona, a 104-year-old woman.

Jim Henson, by Brian Jay Jones
Brian Jay Jones

A comprehensive portrait of the iconic cultural figure includes coverage of his Mississippi childhood and college forays into early Muppet TV projects to his years with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and his considerable achievements in non-Muppet productions.

The break, by Katherena Vermette
Katherena Vermette

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break – a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house – she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg's North End is exposed.

Schulz and Peanuts, by David Michaelis
David Michaelis

A portrait of the late creator of the Peanuts comic strip evaluates how his career was shaped by his midwestern working-class origins, family losses, and wartime experiences, offering insight into how familiar storylines closely reflected Schulz's private life.

Why did you lie, by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the US to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing. Four strangers struggle to find shelter on a windswept spike of rock in the middle of a raging sea. They have one thing in common: they all lied. And someone is determined to punish them.

Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
Sylvain Neuvel

17 years ago a girl in South Dakota falls through the earth, then wakes up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Today she is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. A swift and spellbinding tale told almost exclusively through transcriptions of interviews conducted by a mysterious and unnamed character, this is a unique debut that describes a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts.

The snow child, by Eowyn Ivey
Eowyn Ivey

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart and In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone – but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

The hidden life of trees, by Peter Wohlleben
Peter Wohlleben

A forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other.

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier
Daphne du Maurier

Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers...

Vancouver Noir, 1930-1960, by Diane Purvey and John Belshaw
Diane Purvey

Historical visions of Vancouver city, both of what it was and what some of its citizens hoped it would either become or conversely cease to be. The photographs – most of which look like stills from period movies featuring detectives with chiselled features, tough women, and bullet-ridden cars – speak to the styles of the Noir era and tell us something special about the ways in which a city is made and unmade.

Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson

Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything – until it wasn't. For August and her girls, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant – a part of a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where ghosts haunted the night and where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.

What the F: What swearing reveals about our language, our brains, and ourselves, by Benjamin K. Bergen
Benjamin K. Bergen

Smart as hell and funny as f***, this book explains why we can't stop swearing and what it tells us about our language and brains. Everyone swears. Only the rare individual can avoid ever letting slip an expletive. And yet, we ban the words from television and insist that polite people excise them from their vocabularies. That's a shame. Not only is swearing colorful, fun, and often powerfully apt, as the author shows us, the study of it can provide a new window onto how our brains process language.

Trashed, by Derf

A disturbing look at our throwaway culture through the eyes of Derf Backderf who draws on his experiences as a trash collector on a sanitation crew in the 1970s and 1980s in small town Ohio.

The book, by Keith Houston
Keith Houston

We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, he follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today, and is sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations.

Bloom County: Episode XI, A New Hope, by Berke Breathed
Berke Breathed

In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed began (without warning!) producing new cartoons – for the first time in more than 25 years – through his Facebook page. These brand new strips have never before been available in print until now. All the wit, charm and biting satire that are trademarks of Bloom County and Berkeley Breathed are clearly on display and evident in this handsome new volume. Featuring all your favorite characters: Opus, Milo, Bill the Cat, Steve Dallas, Cutter John, and many more. Bloom County has come home... and it's about time!

Ten ways not to commit suicide:a memoir, by DMC

The legendary rap star and cofounder of Run D.M.C. (Darryl McDaniels), speaks out about his battle with depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts – one of the most devastating yet little known health issues plaguing the black community today.

Something new: tales from a makeshift bride, by Lucy Knisley
Lucy Knisley

In 2010, Lucy and her long-term boyfriend John broke up. Three long, lonely years later, John returned to New York, walked into Lucy's apartment, and proposed. This is not that story. It is the story of what came after: The Wedding.

United States of Japan, by Peter Tieryas Liu
Peter Tieryas Liu

Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody belives that Japan's conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons – a shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest subversive tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead. Captain Beniko Ishimura's job is to censor video games, and he's slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated that it seems.

Brief encounters with Che Guevara, by Ben Fountain
Ben Fountain

A debut anthology of short fiction features a group of protagonists caught in the middle of the political and social upheaval surrounding them. With masterful pacing and a robust sense of the absurd, each story is a self-contained adventure, steeped in the heady mix of tragedy and danger, excitement and hope.

Unceded territories, by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

This book is a major and timely review of the work of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, spanning thirty years of his painterly and polemical practice. It places the artist's concerns in dialogue with this moment in our shared histories. An artist of Cowichan and Okanagan descent, Yuxweluptun lives and works on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, British Columbia. He calls himself a history painter, a monumentalist, and a modernist. Impassioned in his commitment to advance First Nations rights to the land and effect change, Yuxweluptun fuses art with political action.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson

Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, this is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.