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Ellen In Pieces

Ellen In Pieces

by Caroline Adderson
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Ellen In Pieces

by Caroline Adderson
Chloe Sparrow

Chloe Sparrow

a novel
by Lesley Crewe
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Chloe Sparrow

by Lesley Crewe
Sweetland

Sweetland

by Michael Crummey
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Sweetland

by Michael Crummey
Wiseman's Wager

Wiseman's Wager

by Dave Margoshes
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Wiseman's Wager

by Dave Margoshes
Tell

Tell

by Frances Itani
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Tell

by Frances Itani

The Answer To Everything

by Elyse Friedman
The Opening Sky

The Opening Sky

by Joan Thomas
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The Opening Sky

by Joan Thomas
Last of the Independents

Last of the Independents

Vancouver Noir
by Sam Wiebe
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Last of the Independents

by Sam Wiebe

The Gist Hunter & Other Stories

by Matthew Hughes
River of the Brokenhearted

River of the Brokenhearted

A Novel
by David Adams Richards
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River of the Brokenhearted

by David Adams Richards
No Safe House

No Safe House

by Linwood Barclay
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No Safe House

by Linwood Barclay
Flagged Victor

Flagged Victor

by Keith Hollihan
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Flagged Victor

by Keith Hollihan
The Gifted

The Gifted

A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery
by Gail Bowen
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The Gifted

by Gail Bowen
Visions

Visions

The Cainsville Series
by Kelley Armstrong
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Visions

by Kelley Armstrong
This Week's Lists
Beyond the Journey

Beyond the Journey

Women's Stories of Settlement and Community Building in Canada
edited by Althea Prince
edition:Paperback
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Something Fierce

Something Fierce

Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback Hardcover
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States of Race

States of Race

Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century
edition:Paperback
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My Leaky Body

My Leaky Body

Tales from the Gurney
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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Set Me On Fire

Set Me On Fire

edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
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Hysteric

Hysteric

by Nelly Arcan
translated by David Homel
edition:Paperback
tagged : literary
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On Our Radar

[July 31, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

New books by Doretta Lau, Dani Couture, George Murray and Michael Pittman, and Kathryn Palmateer and Martha Solomon.

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Gary Barwin's Red Letter Day

Gary Barwin's Red Letter Day

[July 28, 2014] | By [Kiley Turner]

Gary Barwin has trouble limiting his reads on his imagined perfect day, or for that matter, the ones he'd love to put in …

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Summer Eats: Thai Slaw from Flex Appeal

[July 24, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

This refreshing Thai salad from Pat Crocker and Nettie Cronish's Flex Appeal combines zest and tang for a veritable deli …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Zsuzsi Gartner

The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Zsuzsi Gartner

[July 21, 2014] | By [Sean Cranbury]

Today's The Interruption is with Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives and All the Anxious …

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Steve Burrows on Birds and Books: The Stuff of Life

[July 21, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

There aren’t many things you can do for free while sitting in a chair that will transport you to another world. Readin …

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Chilling With Cool DIY Culture

[July 17, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

Want to get crafty? Hook a rug? Whittle a whistle? Build a canoe? Here are some books to show you how. 

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Graphic Novels for Summer

[July 16, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

Bliss is a hammock in summer and a stack of graphic novels.

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Avi Silberstein

The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Avi Silberstein

[July 15, 2014] | By [Sean Cranbury]

Today's The Interruption is with Avi Silberstein, author of the political thriller Human Solutions. Avi talks about bask …

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Behind the Scenes: How We Discover Great Canadian Books

[July 14, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

Understanding how we find books at 49th Shelf can better help you understand how to make our site work for you.

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Summer Eats: Greek-Style Mussel and Watermelon Salad

[July 10, 2014] | By [Kerry Clare]

Is there anything more refreshing than a cool slice of watermelon on a hot summer’s day? A delicious recipe from the n …

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