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Ragged Company, by Richard Wagamese
Richard Wagamese

Four chronically homeless people seek refuge in a warm movie theatre. This temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world, and continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist  and an unlikely friendship is struck. A found cigarette package with a lottery ticket changes the fortune of this struggling set – they have won $13.5 million – but none of them can claim the money for lack of proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives and fortunes become forever changed.

The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater
Dashka Slater

Documents the true story of two Oakland high school students, a white girl from a privileged private school and a black youth from a school overshadowed by crime, whose fateful interaction triggered devastating consequences for both, garnering national attention and raising awareness about hate.

The Woman Who Wouldn't Die / Colin Cotterill
Colin Cotterill

When a murdered woman suddenly reappears in her Lao village home with clairvoyant powers and is enlisted by a ghost to help find his remains at the bottom of a river, national coroner Siri Paiboun oversees the excavation.

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, by Michael Booth
Michael Booth

Who are the almost nearly perfect people? And why? In this thought-provoking, often humorous book, Michael Booth embarks on a journey through all five Nordic countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland, to discover who these people are, the secrets of their success, and what they think of each other.

Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
Octavia Butler

In 2025 California, an eighteen-year-old African American woman, suffering from a hereditary trait that causes her to feel others' pain as well as her own, flees northward from her small community and its desperate savages. This is a dystopian tale of survival and a poignant account of growing up sane in a disintegrating world not too far in the future.

Bull, by David Elliott
David Elliott

A funny retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Readers hear from the classic characters of Poseidon, Minos, Daedalus, Pasiphae, Asterion, and Ariadne. After an argument, Poseidon curses Minos's wife, Pasiphae, with a foul trick that ends with a child different from the rest. Clever and dark comedy for teens and adults.

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki, by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Kevin Crossley-Holland

A collection of tales of Norse mythology featuring the powerful Odin, Thor and his hammer, Mjolnir, Loki, the final battle of Ragnarok, and power stuggles among the figures.

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 girl running through the trees. As they 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 her will transform them all.

Ripples in Spacetime, by Govert Schilling
Govert Schilling

Einstein predicted tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime nearly a hundred years ago, but they were never perceived directly until now. Decades in the making, this momentous discovery has given scientists a new understanding of the cataclysmic events that shape the universe and a new confirmation of Einstein's theory of general relativity. This book is an engaging account of the international effort to complete Einstein's project, capture his elusive ripples, and launch an era of gravitational-wave astronomy that promises to explain, more vividly than ever before, our universe's structure and origin.

The Room, by Jonas Karlsson
Jonas Karlsson

Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works – a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge. When Bjorn is in his room, what his co-workers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn's bizarre behavior eventually leads his co-workers to try and have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room.

#NotYourPrincess, by Lisa Charleyboy
Lisa Charleyboy

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, this book presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being an Indigenous woman. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, by George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, this book compiles the first three official prequel novellas to Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.

Spirit of the Horse, by William Shatner
William Shatner

From his first time riding at age ten, William Shatner has felt a deep love for horses. Whether riding them, communicating with them, or simply appreciating their beauty, he has been enthralled by horses ever since. In this book, which captures the unique connection between humans and horses, Shatner speaks from the heart about the remarkable effect horses have had on his life, and on the lives of others.

Miss Treadway and the field of stars, by Miranda Emmerson
Miranda Emmerson

In the dreary days of November 1965, American actress Iolanthe Green has become the toast of the West End. Charismatic, mysterious, and beautiful, she brings color and a sprinkling of glamour to the scuffed boards of Soho's Galaxy Theatre. But one evening, after another rapturously received performance, Iolanthe walks through the stage door, out into the cold London night, and vanishes. Only Anna Treadway, Iolanthe's dresser at the Galaxy, is determined to solve the mystery of the missing actress.

What She Ate, by Laura Shapiro
Laura Shapiro

A beloved culinary historian's short takes on six famous women through the lens of food and cooking – what they ate and how their attitudes toward food offer surprising new insights into their lives. Included are Dorothy Wordsworth, Barbara Pym and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
Helene Wecker

A chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City. They become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, this book weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

No is not enough, by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein reveals how Trump is not a freakish aberration, but an extension of the most powerful trends of the last century. His election was not a peaceful transit but a corporate takeover, by people who've knowingly harmed people, societies and our planet. Now their deliberate shock tactics are generating wave after wave of crises, designed to disorientate us and stop us fighting back. This book is the toolkit for shock resistance, giving all of us what we need to win the argument and right their wrongs. Don't let them get away with it.

I Am a Truck, by Michelle Winters
Michelle Winters

Agathe and Réjean Lapointe are about to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary when Réjean's beloved Chevy Silverado is found abandoned at the side of the road – with no trace of Réjean. Agathe handles her grief by fondling the shirts in the Big and Tall department at Hickey's Family Apparel and carrying on a relationship with a cigarette survey. As her hope dwindles, Agathe falls in with her spirited coworker, Debbie, who teaches Agathe about rock and roll, and with Martin Bureau, the one man who might know the truth about Réjean's fate.

Dear Ijeawele, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

How can I raise my child to be a feminist? This seemingly simple question, an intensely personal plea from a devoted mother cradling her newborn little girl is the starting point for an inspiring letter that offers fifteen world-changing yet supremely practical suggestions. In her letter, Chimamanda speaks to the important work of raising a girl in today's world, and provides her readers with a clear proposal for inclusive, nuanced thinking. Here we have not only a rousing manifesto, but a powerful gift for all people invested in the idea of creating a just society – an endeavour now more urgent and important than ever.      

Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield
Steven Pressfield

The Gates of Fire is a historical fiction epic about the infamous battle of Thermopylae. A small army of Spartans, bolstered by a larger force from other smaller Greek states, were able to temporarily hold back a Persian army that greatly outnumbered them. Although the book is a work of fiction, the content of the book is largely informed by historical research. The result is a beautifully gritty story that not only takes you amid the sweat and blood of the phalanx press at the Hot Gates but also delves into the small Greek border wars that led up to the battle. It also provides an unflinching look at the norms and traditions of Spartan society, including social hierarchy, military training, and slavery.

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe, by Jorge Cham
Jorge Cham

We Have No Idea mixes science with humour to frame the biggest scientific questions of our modern age in a way that is accessible to the average reader. Cham provides a primer on topics such as dark matter, gravitational waves, quarks and many more, presenting what we know, and even more interestingly, what we don't know.

Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds

As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

Vacationland, by John Hodgman
John Hodgman

Presents a memoir of the author's cursed travels through the woods of Massachusetts and coastal Maine, describing his midlife transformation from an idealistic youth to an eccentric family man.

Brother, by David Chariandy
David Chariandy

With shimmering prose and mesmerizing precision, David Chariandy takes us inside the lives of two young men – sons of Trinidadian immigrants, whose father has disappeared and their mother works double, sometimes triple shifts so her boys might fulfill the elusive promise of their adopted home. Coming of age in The Park, a cluster of town houses and leaning concrete towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city, they battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of black and brown ancestry. Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991.

 

Logical Family: A Memoir, by Armistead Maupin
Armistead Maupin

With humor and unflinching honesty, Maupin brings to life flesh-and-blood characters every bit as endearing and indelible as the vivid men and women who populate his Tales of the City novels. Logical Family offers an unforgettable portrait of the man who chronicled the liberation and evolution of America's queer community over the last four decades with honesty and compassion and inspired millions to claim their own lives.