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The Daughter's Tale good girl bad girl.jpeg

By Armando Correa

Berlin, 1939: The dreams that Amanda Sternberg and her husband, Julius, had for their daughters are shattered when the Nazis descend on Berlin, burning down their beloved family bookshop and sending Julius to a concentration camp. Desperate to save her children, Amanda flees toward the south of France. Along the way, a refugee ship headed for Cuba offers another chance at escape and there, at the dock, Amanda is forced to make an impossible choice that will haunt her for the rest of her life. Once in Haute-Vienne, her brief respite is interrupted by the arrival of Nazi forces, and Amanda finds herself in a labor camp where she must once again make a heroic sacrifice.
New York, 2015: Eighty-year-old Elise Duval receives a call from a woman bearing messages from a time and country that she forced herself to forget. A French Catholic who arrived in New York after World War II, Elise is shocked to discover that the letters were from her mother, written in German during the war. Despite Elise’s best efforts to stave off her past, seven decades of secrets begin to unravel.
Based on true events, the story chronicles one of the most harrowing atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during the war. Heart­breaking and immersive, it is a beautifully crafted family saga of love, survival, and redemption.

 

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeouscover up

By Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong was born in a rice paddy outside Saigon. Two years later, his family moved to America. He was the first in his family to learn how to read English. His mother, who still works in the same nail-bar in Hartford, Connecticut, never did. This novel is framed as a letter to her: a letter which she will never read. This allows the author a great deal of freedom. This is both an autobiographical novel and the story of his family in Vietnam before he was born - a history of war and displacement. But it is also a very powerful and personal story of what it feels like to be an immigrant, to be dispossessed, to be other: not just as a young Vietnamese boy in the US, but as a gay adolescent growing up in white-trash America. The writing is luminously beautiful and the story incredibly moving. In these fractured times, this is an important book: a profound testimony of the outsider.

 

The Bitterrootslove song

By C J Box

Former police officer Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own private investigation firm. Guilty about not seeing her son and exhausted by the nights on stakeout, Cassie is nonetheless managing...until an old friend calls in a favor: she wants Cassie to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young girl from an influential family. Against her own better judgment, Cassie agrees.
But out in the Big Sky Country of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, and there's always something more to the story.
As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must fight against the ghosts of her own past that threaten to pull her back under.

 

ContrabandAF Sept contraband

By Stuart Woods

Stone Barrington is getting some much-needed rest and relaxation in the Florida sun
when trouble falls from the sky--literally. Intrigued by the suspicious circumstances surrounding this event,
Stone joins forces with a sharp-witted and alluring local detective to investigate.
But they run into a problem: the evidence keeps disappearing.

 

 af sept home form home

A Home From Home

By Veronica Henry

You can't trust your future until you uncover your past...
Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors - arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live the other side of the valley. Nestled amidst soft, rolling apple orchards in the depths of the Somerset countryside, life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making. The farm is idyllic and everyone falls under its spell. But its thick stone walls hold many secrets, and this summer everything will change for the family living there... 

 

Outfoxaf sept outfox

By Sandra Brown

FBI agent Drex Easton is driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the years, Weston has assumed countless names and disguises, luring eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished.
Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight. Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman, Talia Shafer. Posing as a new neighbor, Drex attempts to get close to the couple. This is Drex's one chance to outfox his cunning nemesis before he murders again. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice...or the next victim.

 secret hours

 The Russia Account

 By Stephen Coonts

CIA officer Tommy Carmellini is pitted against a murderous, international financial conspiracy
that leaves a trail of death and corruption, extending from a small bank in Estonia,
to the highest reaches of the Kremlin, to the halls of the Congress, and perhaps even to the CIA itself -- putting Admiral Jake Grafton, the head of the CIA, in the crosshairs of an assassin.

 

 af drowned lives

Drowned Lives

By Stephen Booth

When council officer Chris Buckley is approached by an odd old man demanding help in healing a decades-old family rift, he sends the stranger away.
But then the old man is murdered, and the police arrive on the Chris's doorstep asking questions to which he has no answers.
As Chris begins to look into the circumstances of the murder, he uncovers a deadly secret in the silt and mud of the local canals that he'll realise was better kept buried.

 

 

NON-FICTION

Backyard to backpack :
a solo mum, a six year old and a life-changing adventure

By Evie Farrellthe thinking woman

What if you followed your heart to a life that made you truly happy? When her daughter Emmie was 6 years old, Evie Farrell left her corporate career, sold or donated almost everything she owned, rented out her house and, hand-in-hand with Emmie, began an epic two-and-a-half-year backpacking adventure that would change their lives forever.
They camped on the Great Wall of China, hung in train doorways in Sri Lanka, swam with mantas in Indonesia, donated much-needed blood in Cambodia, spotted wild orangutans and pygmy elephants in Malaysian Borneo, prayed in Buddhist temples in Taiwan and were chased by monkeys everywhere.
In their journey toward happiness and self-acceptance, they learnt more about each other and the beautiful world around them than Evie ever expected.
Backyard to Backpack is the inspirational true story that will have you asking yourself, what might be if you took a chance, stepped off the path of expectation and created your own adventure?

 

The Keto for one cookbook

By Dana Carpendervatican

Get 100 delicious dishes for every meal of the day. Single-serve cooking is one of the biggest challenges when trying to adhere to an eating plan. Most recipes are portioned for 4-6 servings, which means you'll be eating the same thing for a week or trying to adjust recipes and struggling to figure out proper cooking times and fractions of measurements.
With keto, you also have the additional challenge of balancing your macronutrients--a few too many carbs or not enough fat and your recipe is no longer in the ketogenic zone. No more fussing with recipes. No more eating leftovers. No more wasted food (or money!). No more cobbling together snacks and calling it a meal. No more temptation to give into carb-laden, nutrient-void, single-serving convenience foods. Just delicious recipes from low-carb queen and best-selling author Dana Carpender.
Enjoy delicious keto burgers and smoothies, as well as quick skillet stir-fries and plenty of tasty meals that can be pulled together quickly or ahead of time.

 anf sept alan duff

A Conversation With My Country

By Alan Duff 

Returned from living in France, he views his country with fresh eyes, as it is now: homing in on the crises in parenting, our prisons, education and welfare systems, and a growing culture of entitlement that entraps Pakeha and Maori alike.

 

High Adventure :
the adventure doesn't end when you become a dadDead People 1

By Mike Allsop

Mike Allsop is a dynamo - pilot, mountaineer, ultra-marathoner, motivational speaker, author, husband, and father of three children. He's always been an adventurer, and once he and wife Wendy had children he realised he needed to find a way of incorporating his adventures into family life. He knew that he needed to keep exploring, but he also knew there had to be something in it for everyone. So Wendy and Mike devised a plan, whereby Mike would take each child on a one-on-one trip to Everest when they turned seven. They then went as a family to Everest, leaving the day before the devastating earthquake of 2015 killed several Sherpas and friends. The Allsops then fundraised to gather money to buy a new house for one of the widows. Mike's philosophy has always been that part of each adventure is giving back to the locals. Now as each child grows older, they get to choose another challenge with their dad. Maya wanted to return to Everest and there she broke the record for the world's highest stand-up paddle-boarding. Ethan climbed Kilimanjaro and played the highest board game. These family traditions have created really strong bonds, and Mike believes that the thing kids love the most is time with them.

and sept the library book

 

The library book

By Susan Orlean

 
After moving to Los Angeles, Susan Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying more than 400,000 books, and perhaps even more perplexing, why? ... Orlean investigates the legendary fire to showcase how these buildings provide much more than just books - and that they are needed now more than ever. Filled with heart, passion and extraordinary characters, The Library Book discusses the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.
 

Urban aviary : a modern guide to city birdsstranger country

By Stephen Moss

A unique guide to the unusual and often surprising birds that soar above our cities around the world. From frigatebirds wheeling over Rio de Janeiro to bowerbirds displaying in the suburbs of Canberra, penguins in Cape Town to pelicans in San Francisco, and huge flocks of starlings roosting around the Colosseum in Rome, the worlds cities are home to a remarkable array of feathered citizens. Through Stephen Mosss expert knowledge and insight, Urban Aviary provides a beautiful guide to some of the most extraordinary species of city birds that have become native, including helpful spotting hints and fact boxes for each bird, all of which are brought to life by Marc Martins distinctive and beautiful watercolours

 

 

Updated 02/09/2019