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By Melodie Campbell. 2013
When jewellery-store owner Gina Gallo and her boyfriend Pete take a week's vacation, she leaves the store in the hands… of her cousin from New York. After all, cousin Carmine is a certified gemologist—but Carmine is also in the Mob. When Gina gets back, she discovers that her cousin has spent his time switching real gems for fakes in the jewellery of some of her best customers. With her reputation on the line, what's a Mob goddaughter to do? Sequel to "The goddaughter". 2013.
By Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag… Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
By Kent Harrington. 2008
Mexico City. Dr. Collin Reeves has found a semi-comfortable niche performing occasional chores for the CIA, acting as a go… to doctor for the U.S. embassy when American tourists need medical attention, and pursuing his avocation of painting. When CIA veterans Alex Law and Butch Nickels get wind of a possible terrorist bombing plot, they use any means to extract information that might prevent it. Reeves, pressed to keep alive suspects who are being tortured, faces both a moral dilemma and personal danger. Some strong language, some descriptions of violence, and some descriptions of sex. c2008.
By Peter Carver, Teresa Toten. 2001
Dani Webster had played the Game with her sister Kelly for as long as she could remember - they had… been on a quest to vanquish evil. But everything is hazy now as she recovers from substance abuse at a psychiatric hospital for 'teens with problems'. Dani must confront a deeper emotional trauma - one which she can neither explain nor recognize - to face her family's deep dysfunctions and eliminate the Game for her life forever. For senior high students. Some strong language. 2003.
By Anne Enright. 2007
Veronica - once an attention-deprived middle child among 12 siblings, and now an unfulfilled wife and mother - has come… to London to claim the body of her beloved yet estranged brother Liam, who drowned himself at sea. As the nine surviving members of the Hegarty clan converge in Dublin for Liam's wake, Veronica wants to protect the past - and the secret of what transpired in her grandmother's house during the winter of 1968. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007 Man Booker Prize. 2007.
By Richard Carlson. 2000
This companion to "Don't sweat the small stuff" and others in the series for adults, advises teens on controlling stress… in their lives. Includes one hundred tips on coping with such things as breakups, bad hair days, and peer pressure. For junior and senior high readers. Bestseller. 2000.
By Julius Lester. 2005
In a heavy rain in 1859, it is The Weeping Time - the largest Georgia slave auction ever held. Hundreds… of families, marriages, and lovers were torn apart as slave owner and plantation master Pierce Butler sold hundreds of slaves to pay off his gambling debts. Slaves, owners, abolitionists, and children of slave and slave-master families tell their stories. Some descriptions of violence. Grades 5-8. 2005.
By Marjory Gordon. 2001
Amy goes on an archaeological dig with her adoptive father on the Thelon River in the Northwest Territories. A teenager… of mixed ancestry with a white adoptive father, Amy knows nothing about the customs of her tribe and the skills she needs for survival. With help from her grandmother, she discovers what life would have been like for her among the Dene people who lived there 1600 years ago. Some descriptions of violence. For senior high readers. 2001.
By Theodore Barris. 1999
The story of the over 30,000 Canadians who volunteered to serve during the Korean war is often lost in the… shadow of other wars Canada has participated in. But from 1950-1953 Canadian men served a vital role in the war against Communism in Korea. All branches of the Canadian military were represented and they contributed greatly to the war effort. Here, the experiences of the Canadian men who fought are remembered and shared. 1999.
By Michael Ondaatje. 2007
California, 1970s. A man who lost his wife in childbirth is raising his two daughters, Anna and Claire, and tending… his farm with the help of a young man, Coop, who he has more or less adopted. When the older Anna, and Coop fall into a sexual relationship and are discovered, the man becomes violent and Anna and Coop flee forever. The force of this event on how these three individuals lead the rest of their lives is the tripartite tale followed over the course of the next several years. Winner of the 2007 Governor General's Award for Fiction. 2007.
By Farley Mowat. 2010
Picking up where his 2008 memoir "Otherwise" left off, Mowat traces his development as an author, with frequent digressions on… subjects such as homebuilding, family, and wildlife. Covering the episodes that shaped his particular worldview - from post-war research in the North to a sailing trip to Nova Scotia - the author also takes direct aim at his critics. 2010.
By Roy MacGregor. 2001
By Nancy Lee. 2002
A hand model's strange and troubled bond with her ailing father is revealed though an inventory of her body parts.… A marriage is tested as a mother struggles to cope with the disappearance of her prostitute daughter, while two angry women in a mini-van search for catharsis as they rampage through the night. Linked by the background narrative of a serial killer's arrest in Vancouver, these dark short stories of emotional wagers, discovery and loss reveal the desires and delusions that compel us to do the things we do. Some descriptions of sex and strong language. 2002.
By Louise Penny. 2007
Sadistic socialite CC de Poitiers is fatally electrocuted in the tiny Québécois village of Three Pines. CC had a spiritual… guidance business based on eliminating emotion, but the feelings she inspired in others were anything but serene. Everyone around the victim has a motive, and the crime also links to a vagrant's recent murder as well as to the pasts of several beloved village residents. Some descriptions of sex and violence and some strong language. 2007.
Dessert university: more than 300 spectacular recipes and essential lessons from White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier
By Roland Mesnier, Lauren Chattman. 2004
White House Pastry Chef Mesnier provides information and recipes, beginning with fruit desserts, then moving on to mousses and Bavarian… creams, frozen desserts, crepes, puddings and chocolate. He makes use of newly available tropical fruits, and offers explanations of the different types and various uses of meringues. Mesnier also works with traditional desserts, and he has plenty of recipes for the basic cookies, cakes, and pies that are still in great demand. 2004.
By Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. 1998
The stories in this collection span two worlds - the restless, aspiring society of New York's Upper East side, and… the world of India's capital city, New Delhi, where the old India is giving way to one powered by industry and property development. A rich cast of characters inhabits these stories - Indian businessmen, holy women, students, society hostesses and ambitious young politicians; New Yorkers preoccupied with money yet in search of meaning, struggling with their longings and failures and complicated sex lives. 1998.
By Beverly Cleary. 1983
In his letters to his favourite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the… new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world. Newbery Medal winner. Grades 4-7. 1983.
By Mei Ng. 1997
At college Ruby Lee did Women's Studies, learning to like men watching her and getting to know the power of… her own passionate nature. Her father Franklin watches TV all day in their tiny laundry. Her mother Bel hasn't settled so well and lives for her kids. So, frequently, Ruby escapes the disputes of family life for a brash and sensual world of her own. But she cannot leave her Chinese inheritance behind. 1997.
A Canadian resource of practical tips and products that helps you do your part for the environment. Information on what… not to buy and why, services such as computer recyclers and hazardous waste disposal, and tips on sustainable food choices and how to reduce energy use. Includes a city-by-city guide. 2007.
By Marjorie Harris. 2009
Harris - who has been an organic gardener since the 1960s - encourages the Canadian gardener to get back to… basics. With information updated for today's society, she shows how little use pesticides and chemicals are when making a lush and abundant garden. 2009.