New Books the week of June 22

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The age of fentanyl : ending the opioid epidemic

The age of fentanyl : ending the opioid epidemic

Ramin, Brodie, 1982- author
2020

North America is facing a crisis. The first warning signs appeared in media reports of OxyContin abuse and over-prescription in the 1990s. Today, there is an opioid epidemic-- fentanyl is the leading cause of overdose death in North America. From his perspective as an addiction physician working on the front lines of the epidemic, Dr. Brodie Ramin discusses the disease and the cure.

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Camino winds

Camino winds

Grisham, John, author
2020

Just as Bruce Cable's Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann, Hurricane Leo veers from its predicted course and heads straight for the island ... The hurricane is devastating: homes and condos are leveled, hotels and storefronts ruined, streets flooded, and a dozen people lose their lives. One of the apparent victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce's and an author of thrillers. But the nature of Nelson's injuries suggests that the storm wasn't the cause of his death: he has suffered several suspicious blows to the head.

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Credible threat

Credible threat

Jance, Judith A., author
2020

Years after her son's fatal overdose, grieving mother Rachel Higgins learns that his addiction may have grown out of damage suffered at the hands of a pedophile priest while he was in high school. Looking for vengeance, she targets the Catholic Church's most visible local figure, Archbishop Francis Gillespie. When the archbishop begins receiving anonymous threats, local police dismiss them, saying they're not credible. So he turns to his friends, Ali Reynolds and her husband, B. Simpson. With B. out of the country on a cybersecurity emergency, it's up to Ali to track down the source of the threats. When a shooter assassinates the archbishop's driver and leaves the priest himself severely injured, Ali forms an uneasy alliance with a Phoenix homicide cop in hopes of preventing another attack. But Ali doesn't realize that the killer has become not only more unhinged but also more determined to take out his or her target.

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The long call

The long call

Cleeves, Ann, author
2019

North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

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Lost boy found

Lost boy found

Alexander, Kirsten, author
2020

In 1913, at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, four-year-old Sonny Davenport walks into the woods and never returns. The boy's disappearance from the family's lake house makes front-page news in their home town of Opelousas. For two years, the Davenports search across the South, offer increasingly large rewards and struggle not to give in to despair. Then, at the moment when all hope seems lost, the boy is found in the company of a tramp. But is he truly Sonny Davenport?

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Natural remedies for women's health : heal yourself with 100 recipes for every phase of your life

Natural remedies for women's health : heal yourself with 100 recipes for every phase of your life

Green, Fern, author
2020

Food stylist Fern Green brings you plant-based solutions to everyday ailments, harnessing the power of the organic world to keep you well. Try an Anxiety Relief Smoothie, a Hot Flush Tincture or a Shiny Hair Tonic - all made in your own home with healing herbs and natural ingredients and none of the side effects that come with pharmaceutical remedies. Discover teas, tonics, smoothies, tinctures and salves to rebalance and restore your body naturally. Learn how to support your body through menstruation, perimenopause and menopause; and to manage stress, anxiety and your skin health.

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Old Lovegood girls : a novel

Old Lovegood girls : a novel

Godwin, Gail, author
2020

When the dean of Lovegood Junior College for Girls decides to pair Feron Hood with Merry Jellicoe as roommates in 1958, she has no way of knowing the far-reaching consequences of the match. Feron, who has narrowly escaped from a dark past, instantly takes to Merry and her composed personality. Surrounded by the traditions and four-story Doric columns of Lovegood, the girls - and their friendship - begin to thrive. But underneath their fierce friendship is a stronger, stranger bond, one comprised of secrets, rivalry, and influence - with neither of them able to predict that Merry is about to lose everything she grew up taking for granted, and that their time together will be cut short. Ten years later, Feron and Merry haven't spoken since college. Life has led them into vastly different worlds. But, as Feron says, once someone is inside your "reference aura," she stays there forever. And when each woman finds herself in need of the other's essence, that spark - that remarkable affinity, unbroken by time - between them is reignited, and their lives begin to shift as a result.

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One fatal flaw

One fatal flaw

Perry, Anne, author
2020

Two fiery deaths have young lawyer Daniel Pitt and his scientist friend Miriam fford Croft racing to solve a forensic crisis in an explosive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Triple Jeopardy. When a desperate woman comes to see Daniel Pitt seeking a lawyer for her boyfriend, Rob Adwell, Daniel is convinced of the young man's innocence. Adwell has been accused of murder and setting a fire to conceal the body, but Daniel is sure that science can absolve him--and the brilliant Miriam fford Croft is the best scientist Daniel knows. Working together with Miriam, Daniel reveals Adwell's innocence by showing that an accidental fire caused the victim's death. But it's not long before Adwell is killed in the same fiery fashion. If these deaths are, in fact, murders, what could Daniel and Miriam have missed?

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Overdose : heartbreak and hope in Canada's opioid crisis

Overdose : heartbreak and hope in Canada's opioid crisis

Perrin, Benjamin, author
2020

The word 'Fentanyl' only recently entered common usage, and yet it has become a looming presence in news reports and conversations across Canada. It is an opioid more powerful and pervasive--and deadly--than any previous street drug. Consider that in 2003, the SARS epidemic killed 44 people in Canada and launched a massive mobilization of public funds and resources to contain the outbreak. Over 100 times that number have been killed between 2016 and 2017 during the opioid crisis in Canada. The victims are many, and as we learn here, not only who we might expect.

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Radical acts of love : how we find hope at the end of life

Radical acts of love : how we find hope at the end of life

Brown, Janie (Nurse), author
2020

In this profound and moving book, oncology nurse Janie Brown recounts twenty conversations she has had with the dying, including people close to her. Each conversation uncovers a different perspective on, and experience of death, while at the same time exploring its universalities. Brown shows practical ways to facilitate the shift from feeling helpless about death to feeling hopeful; from fear to acceptance; from feeling disconnected and alone, to becoming part of the wider, collective story of our mortality.

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Reclaiming our students : why children are more anxious, aggressive, and shut down than ever - and what we can do about it

Reclaiming our students : why children are more anxious, aggressive, and shut down than ever - and what we can do about it

Beach, Hannah, author
2020

Children are more anxious, aggressive, and shut down than ever. Hannah Beach and Tamara Neufeld Strijack provide a thoughtful guide to restoring the student-teacher relationship and creating the conditions for change. This book arms teachers with strategies to reassert their leadership role and build emotional safety in the classroom. Includes special considerations and information for parents, principals, counsellors, and home educators for building safety and support in the learning environment.

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Rooted, resilient, and ready : empowering teen girls as they grow

Rooted, resilient, and ready : empowering teen girls as they grow

Sealey, Lindsay, author
2020

Explore how today's teen girl assembles her identity through the interweaving of genetics, family, and friends, and the masks she may feel she needs to wear to be accepted. The book counters the negative cultural messages and guides parents through Lindsay Sealey's three-part approach to a happier, healthier teen: food, fitness, fun. This book gives parents the tools to prepare their daughters to step into their power and potential, choosing progress over perfection, security over uncertainty, happiness over self-pity, and authenticity over conformity.

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Someone like you ; a novel

Someone like you ; a novel

Kingsbury, Karen, author
2020

Maddie Baxter West is shaken to the core when she finds out she was adopted as an embryo and that Maddie had a sister she never knew about. Dawson Gage's life was destroyed when London Quinn, the only girl he ever loved, is killed. London's mother reveals that London might have had a sibling. When Dawson finds Maddie, the Quinns - her biological parents - welcome her into their lives and hearts. Maddie is comforted by the Quinns' love and intrigued by their memories of London. Now it will take the love of Dawson Gage to help Maddie know who she is - and to help her find her way home.

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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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Summer longing

Summer longing

Brenner, Jamie, 1971-, author
2020

Ruth Cooperman arrives in beautiful beachside Provincetown for her retirement, renting the perfect waterfront cottage while she searches for her forever home. After years of hard work and making peace with life's disappointments, Ruth is looking forward to a carefree summer of solitude. But when she finds a baby girl abandoned on her doorstep, Ruth turns to her new neighbors for help and is drawn into the drama of the close-knit community. The appearance of the mystery baby has an emotional ripple effect through the women in town, including Amelia Cabral, the matriarch who lost her own child decades earlier; Elise Douglas, owner of the tea shop who gave up her dream of becoming a mother; and teenage local Jaci Barros who feels trapped by her parents' expectations. Ruth, caring for a baby for the first time in thirty years, finally reaches out to her own estranged daughter, Olivia, summoning her to Provincetown in hopes of a reconciliation. As summer unfolds and friends and family care for the infant, alliances are made, relationships are tested, and secrets are uncovered. But the unconditional love for a child in need just might bring Ruth and the women of Provincetown exactly what they have been longing for themselves.

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The talented Mr. Varg

The talented Mr. Varg

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author
2020

The Department of Sensitive Crimes, led by Ulf Varg, is always prepared to take on an investigation, no matter how complex. So when Ulf is approached by the girlfriend of Trig Oloffson, who claims her beau is being blackmailed, Ulf is determined to help. The case requires all of Ulf's concentration, but when Ulf is also tasked with looking into a group of dealers exporting wolves that seem decidedly domestic, it will require all of his team's investigative instincts and dogged persistence to put these matters to bed.

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