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An island : a novel / Jennings, Karen

"Samuel has lived alone on a small island off the coast of an unnamed African country for more than two decades. He tends to his garden, his lighthouse, and his chickens, content with a solitary life. Routinely, the nameless bodies of refugees wash ashore, but Samuel--who understands that the government only values certain lives, certain deaths--always buries them himself. One day, though, he finds that one of these bodies is still breathing. As he nurses the stranger back to life, Samuel--feeling unsettled and strangely threatened--is soon swept up in memories of his former life as a political prisoner on the mainland: a life that saw his country exploited under colonial rule, followed by a period of revolution and a brief, hard-won independence, only for the cycle of suffering to continue under a cruel dictator. And he can't help but recall his own shameful role in that history. In this stranger's presence he begins to consider, as he did in his youth: What does it mean to own land, or to belong to it? And what does it cost to have--and lose--a home? A timeless and gripping portrait of regret, fear, and the extraordinary stakes of companionship, An Island is a story as page-turning as it is profound"--Publisher.

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Animal person : stories / Macleod, Alexander (Alexander D.)

Startling, suspenseful, deeply humane yet alert to the undertow of our darker instincts, the eight stories in Animal Person illuminate what it means to exist in the perilous space between desire and action, and to have your faith in what you hold true buckle and give way. A petty argument between two sisters is interrupted by an unexpected visitor. Adjoining motel rooms connect a family on the brink of a new life with a criminal whose legacy will haunt them for years to come. A connoisseur of other people's secrets is undone by what he finds in a piece of lost luggage. In the wake of a tragic accident, a young man must contend with what is owed to the living and to the dead. And in the O. Henry Award-winning story "Lagomorph," a man's relationship with his family's long-lived pet rabbit opens up to become a profound exploration of how a marriage fractures.

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Bad girls / Maude, Kit.

Gritty and unflinching, yet also tender, fantastical, and funny, a trans woman's coming-of-age tale about finding a community among fellow outcasts. Born in the small Argentine town of Mina Clavero, Camila is designated male but begins to identify from an early age as a girl. She is well aware that she's different from other children and reacts to her oppressive, poverty-stricken home life, with a cowed mother and abusive, alcoholic father, by acting out--with swift consequences. Deeply intelligent, she eventually leaves for the city to attend university, slipping into prostitution to make ends meet. And in Sarmiento Park, in the heart of CoĢrdoba, she discovers the strange, wonderful world of the trans sex workers who dwell there. Taken under the wing of Auntie Encarna, the 178-year-old eternal whose house shelters this unconventional extended family, Camila becomes a part of their stories--of a Headless Man who fled his country's wars, a mute young woman who transforms into a bird, an abandoned baby boy who brings a twinkle to your eye. Camila Sosa Villada's extraordinary first novel is a rich, nuanced portrait of a marginalized community: their romantic relationships, friendships and squabbles, difficulties at work, aspirations and disappointments. It bears witness to these lives constantly haunted by the specter of death--by disease or more violent means at the hands of customers, boyfriends, or the police--yet full of passion, empathy, and insight.

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Breathless / Mcculloch, Amy

When journalist and novice climber Cecily Wong is asked to summit Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, it's a career-making opportunity. She's been personally invited by Charles McVeigh, one of the most acclaimed mountaineers in the world, who wants her to report on the final leg of his record-breaking series of summits. But there's one caveat: he won't give her the interview until she's scaled the mountain as part of his climbing party. Cecily is by far the least experienced of the group, but she is intent on proving herself and will stop at nothing to reach the summit. But when strange things start to happen around her, she becomes concerned. And then people start to die. Stranded on the mountain with a team she barely knows, she must battle more than the elements in an epic fight for survival--against one of the world's most dangerous mountains and against an unknown assailant who is picking climbers off one by one.

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Call of the penguins / Prior, Hazel.

Documentary television programs -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction
Human-animal relationships -- Fiction
Humorous fiction
Older women -- Fiction
Penguins -- Fiction.

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Chaos choreography / Mcguire, Seanan

Cryptozoology -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction
Monsters -- Fiction

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Death and the conjuror / Mead, Tom

"In 1930s London, celebrity psychiatrist Anselm Rees is discovered dead in his locked study, and there seems to be no way that a killer could have escaped unseen. There are no clues, no witnesses, and no evidence of the murder weapon. Stumped by the confounding scene, the Scotland Yard detective on the case calls on retired stage magician-turned-part-time sleuth Joseph Spector. For who better to make sense of the impossible than one who traffics in illusions? Spector has a knack for explaining the inexplicable, but even he finds that there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. As he and the Inspector interview the colorful cast of suspects among the psychiatrist's patients and household, they uncover no shortage of dark secrets--or motives for murder. When the investigation dovetails into that of an apparently-impossible theft, the detectives consider the possibility that the two transgressions are related. And when a second murder occurs, this time in an impenetrable elevator, they realize that the crime wave will become even more deadly unless they can catch the culprit soon"--Provided by publisher.

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Fire season : a novel / Krow, Leyna.

The propulsive story of three scheming opportunists-- a banker, a conman, and a woman with an extraordinary gift-- whose lives collide in the wake of a devastating fire in the American West. For the citizens of Spokane Falls, the fire of 1889 that destroyed their frontier boomtown was no disaster; it was an opportunity. Barton Heydale, manager of the only bank in Spokane Falls, is on the verge of ending his short, unpopular life. But when his city goes up in flames, he sees an ember of hope shimmering on the horizon, headed right for him. As citizens flock to the bank to cash out insurance policies and take out loans, he realizes he can command the power he craves-- and it's not by following the rules. When Quake Auchenbaucher, a career con man hired to investigate the cause of the fire, arrives in Spokane Falls, he employs his usual shady tactics. But this time, with Washington Territory vying for statehood, the sudden attention to due process jeopardizes Quake's methods of manipulation. And then there's Roslyn Beck, whose uncanny ability to see the future has long driven her to drink, and with whom both Barton and Quake have fallen madly and dangerously in love. As their paths collide, diverge, and collide again, Barton, Quake, and Roslyn come to terms with their own needs for power, greed, and control, leading one to total ruin, one to heartbreak, and one, ultimately, to redemption.

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Hey, good luck out there / Toews, Georgia.

After a distasteful piizza party intervention, our twenty-two-year old narrator checks into a women's rehab facility. After she is released from rehab after thirty days, she begins the process of making a home for herself in the world.

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Midnight hour : an anthology / Vandiver, Abby L.

Lucky thirteen / Tracy Clark -- Skin / David Heska Wanbli Weiden -- The bridge / Abby L. Vandiver -- Dead men tell no tales / Callie Browning -- Doc's at midnight / Richie Narvaez -- Nighthawks / Frankie Y. Bailey -- The search for Eric Garcia / E. A. Aymar -- The Vermeer conspiracy / V. M. Burns -- Midnight confidential / Delia C. Pitts -- Chefs / Faye Snowden -- Midnight escapade / Jennifer Chow -- Murderers' feast / H-C Chan -- The diamond vanishes / Gigi Pandian -- Cape May murders / Tina Kashian -- Change of plans / Elizabeth Wilkerson -- The black widow of Oshogbo -- The witching hour / Marla Bradeen -- In the matter of Mabel and Bobby Jefferson / Christopher Chambers -- The night the internet died / Rhonda Crowder -- Mata Hambre / Raquel V. Reyes.