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On Account of Darkness

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ โ€œSports and war are two of the worldโ€™s greatest equalizersโ€. A Canadian author/teacherโ€™s exhaustively and beautifully-researched treatise into the history of sport, focusing on the systemic racially-abusive treatment of black, indigenous and other marginalized communities (including Japanese-Canadians) from the earliest days of organized amateur and professional leagues, to what…

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ โ€œMaybe it was the willingness to play that kept one from despair.โ€ What is play, or gaming, but โ€œthe possibility of a different worldโ€? โ€œThe possibility that you might walk through the door and reinvent yourself as something better than you had been before.โ€ An epic of a read,…

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The Girl Whose Luck Ran Out

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ As much a sweet and immersive love-story as it is a cracking-good small(ish)-town detective story, this book got under my skin and into my heart in a way that was totally unexpected. Ben Ames, our first-person POV narrator, is an ex-cop, now running a one-man PI agency in Calgary,…

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The Midnight Library

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ โ€œAnd thatโ€™s the beauty, isnโ€™t it? You just never know how it ends.โ€ A gloriously uplifting fairy-tale of sorts, helping us consider the wonder of, not โ€œhappily ever afterโ€, but its infinitely richer cousin - the power and promise of the ethereally beautiful โ€œhopefully ever afterโ€ - a path…

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๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ Shockingly-twisty, tense and engrossing, this character-driven thriller veers between two equally-fascinating and fractured worlds. Marisa Grover, twenty-eight-years old, caramel-blonde and an illustrator of childrenโ€™s fairy tales, is a damaged woman. Abandoned at a young age by her mother, Marissa โ€˜s short life thus far has her feeling left-behind, profoundly…

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๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ As dazzling and beautiful as it is thoughtful and heart-wrenching, this speculative fiction narrative centers on the indescribable pain and beauty of motherhood, and the mysterious and horrifying related โ€œafflictionโ€ one small and isolated community has found themselves subject to. Somehow, some way, this unnamed town has developed a…

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Please Join Us

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ซ If you canโ€™t beat em, join em? A NY-based secret society of powerful women, helping each other through influence-peddling and a whole lot more - modeled on the corrupt and seedy old-boys-club networks that have crisis-crossed the social, political and economic landscape of movers and shakers dominating the ruling…

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The Blame Game

[ ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Claustrophobic and creepy, this book will send you down rabbit-holes and have your head spinning as you follow this narrator, 39 year old psychologist Naomi Chandler, and her crazy, unsettling story. Just what is real, what is imagined, and what is the result of trauma, long-buried, in the…

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The Watchers

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ A brisk, entertaining, well-written and engaging police procedural, this series follows the caseload of New Scotland Yard DCI Steve Burt, Head of the Special Resolutions unit, where he leads a team (mostly assembled case-by-case) of crackerjack detectives and specialists tasked with resolving the serious crimes that no other department…

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๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Riveting, exquisitely detailed and beautifully rendered, the true-life story of a remarkable and exclusively feminine society, gathered at the turn of the twentieth century in Greenwich Village, NY, in an informal and highly-connected club - a powerhouse of informed, educated and motivated champions, prepared to weigh in on the…

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