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A nostalgia-packed, star-studded anthology featuring contributors such as Kristen Arnett, Yumi Sakugawa, Myriam Gurba, and others exploring the lasting impact of Ann M. Martin's beloved Baby-Sitters Club series In 1986, the first-ever meeting of the Baby-Sitters Club was called to order in a messy bedroom strewn with RingDings, scrunchies, and a landline phone. Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne launched the club that birthed an entire generation of loyal readers. Ann M. Martin's Baby-Sitters Club series featured a complex cast of characters and touched on an impressive range of issues that were underrepresented at the time: divorce, adoption, childhood illness, class division, and racism, to name a few. In We Are the Baby-Sitters Club, writers and a few visual artists from the original BSC generation will reflect on the enduring legacy of Ann M. Martin's beloved series, thirty-five years later-celebrating the BSC's profound cultural influence. Contributors include Paperback Crush author Gabrielle Moss, illustrator Siobhán Gallagher, and filmmaker Sue Ding, as well as New York Times bestselling author Kristen Arnett, Lambda Award-finalist Myriam Gurba, Black Girl Nerds founder Jamie Broadnax, and Paris Review contributor Frankie Thomas. One of LitHub's Most Anticipated Books of 2021, We Are the Baby-Sitters Club looks closely at how Ann M. Martin's series shaped our ideas about gender politics, friendship, fashion and beyond. *Includes a downloadable PDF containing artwork and photographs from the bookShow more
Twelve-year-old Marvel is afraid of absolutely everything-amusement park rides, food poisoning, earthquakes, and that big island of plastic floating through the ocean. She also obsesses about smaller worries like making friends, getting called on by the teacher, and walking home alone. Her parents and the school therapist call her worries an anxiety disorder, but Marvel calls them armor. If something can happen, it will. She needs to be prepared. But when Marvel stumbles on a group of older kids teasing a baby goat that has mysteriously shown up on the soccer field, she momentarily forgets to be afraid and rescues the frightened animal. Only Butter isn't any old goat. She's a fainting goat. When Butter feels panic, she freezes up and falls over. Marvel knows exactly how Butter feels and precisely what Butter needs-her. Soon, the two are inseparable, and Butter thrives under Marvel's support. But Butter also helps Marvel. Everything is better with Butter by her side, and Marvel starts to imagine a life in which she doesn't have to be so afraid . . . until she's told she might have to give up Butter forever. Will Marvel find a way to fight for her friend? Or will she revert back to the anxious, lonely person she used to be?Show more
A "gorgeously written and atmospheric thriller" following a woman on a long-awaited visit to a mountain arts retreat-where she soon finds herself trapped among strangers and in a deadly race to survive (Robyn Harding). "Magnificently absorbing and haunting . . . With a dabble each of Hitchcock thriller, cozy mystery, and domestic noir, The Retreat offers a terrifyingly fun read." -Amy Stuart, author of Still Water She came looking for inspiration. Instead, disaster strikes. Maeve Martin arrives at the High Water Center for the Arts, a gorgeous lodge nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, determined to do one thing: begin her own dance company. A retired performer and mother of two, time is running out for her to find her feet again after the collapse of her disastrous-and violent-marriage. And at first, there's a thrill to being on her own for the first time in years. Isolated in the snowy beauty of the retreat, Maeve can forget the ghost of her past for an hour, for a day. But when an avalanche strikes, Maeve finds herself trapped with six other guests. They've lost all power, phone service, heat, and the road back to town. At first, there's a sense of camaraderie-the fire is warm, the freezer well-stocked. But as the days pass and the storm rages on outside, tensions start to run high. Help is coming, so they just have to hold on, right? Then the first guest meets an unspeakable death. Followed by another. Soon Maeve must admit how little she knows about these strangers . . . and how useless a locked door is if the darkness is already inside.Show more
Stop being "the strong one" and start being you. You're doing it all, and it's too much. Between work, kids, parents, money, meals, and everything else on your plate, it's no wonder you're exhausted. You feel alone, misunderstood-and sometimes hopeless. Because let's face it, this idea of being a "strong woman" is highly overrated. But what if there were another way? What if we put limits and boundaries around what it means to be a strong woman? What if you could be strong and ask for help? What if you could be independent without feeling so alone? Karen Wright is one of the most experienced, skilled, and respected executive coaches in the world. And, as a business owner, single parent, and sole provider, she has lived the "I'm doing it all" life. In The Accidental Alpha Woman, she combines what she's learned on her personal journey with what she knows professionally to provide a simple but powerful framework to solve this whole "strong woman" problem. In The Accidental Alpha Woman, you'll learn: How to separate reality from how you wish things would beHow to assess what your situation means to you and to your lifeHow to make difficult, seemingly untenable choicesHow to ask for help when you need itHow to reconnect with the real "you" and create a life that has greater community, ease, and funSo stop being so alone and so tired. Get relatable, practical wisdom from someone who's been there.Show more
Don't be intimidated by Shakespeare! These popular guides make the Bard's plays accessible and enjoyable. Each No Fear guide contains: - The complete text of the original play - A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language - A complete list of characters with descriptions - Plenty of helpful commentary When Shakespeare's words make your head spin, our audio translations will help you sort out what's happening, who's saying what, and why!Show more
Fuel your houseplant obsession with this beautifully illustrated room-by-room guide to bringing the outdoors inside—perfect for plant parents everywhere! Decorating with plants adds a fresh, natural touch to any room. Potted plants can uplift a living space with serious mood-boosting power, reducing stress, improving air quality, and even providing fresh herbs for that next meal! But first, you have to keep them alive. Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom shows you how to maximize these health benefits, decorate like a pro, all while covering the essentials of plant care and maintenance. Full of home design and practical plant care tips as well as more than 70 plant recommendations, this illustrated guide helps you choose the right plants for your space, from succulents and spider plants to pothos and ZZ plants. In this room-by-room guide, you will find space-specific recommendations, such as: -Purifying the air in your bedroom with low light beauties -Decorating your bathroom with air plants and ferns—your shower powers the climate they need to thrive -Creating a living centerpiece for your dining room or breakfast nook -Adding a low-maintenance bamboo or jade plant to your home office for motivation and focus -Growing a windowsill herb box or hydroponic tomato to level up your next meal Perfect for fans of Wild at Home, Urban Jungle, and Wellness by Design, this book will give plant lovers the tools and confidence they need to bring houseplants into every corner of their homes, improve their quality of life, and turn their home into a natural sanctuary.Show more
Inspired by a little-known chapter of World War II history, a young Protestant girl and her Jewish neighbour are caught up in the terrible wave of hate sweeping the globe on the eve of war in this powerful love story that's perfect for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. If you're reading this letter, that means I'm dead. I had obviously hoped to see you again, to explain in person, but fate had other plans. 1933 At eighteen years old, Molly Ryan dreams of becoming a journalist, but instead she spends her days working any job she can to help her family through the Depression crippling her city. The one bright spot in her life is watching baseball with her best friend, Hannah Dreyfus, and sneaking glances at Hannah's handsome older brother, Max. But as the summer unfolds, more and more of Hitler's hateful ideas cross the sea and "Swastika Clubs" and "No Jews Allowed" signs spring up around Toronto, a city already simmering with mass unemployment, protests, and unrest. When tensions between the Irish and Jewish communities erupt in a riot one smouldering day in August, Molly and Max are caught in the middle, with devastating consequences for both their families. 1939 Six years later, the Depression has eased and Molly is a reporter at her local paper. But a new war is on the horizon, putting everyone she cares about most in peril. As letters trickle in from overseas, Molly is forced to confront what happened all those years ago, but is it too late to make things right? From the desperate streets of Toronto to the embattled shores of Hong Kong, Letters Across the Sea is a poignant novel about the enduring power of love to cross dangerous divides even in the darkest of times—from the #1 bestselling author of The Forgotten Home Child.Show more
Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country-or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she'll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed-and wake up the folks back home. In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party-to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can't get off his mind. This electric standalone novel from fan-favorite Sarah Sundin puts you right at the intersection of pulse-pounding suspense and heart-stopping romance.Show more
From the BC doctor who has become a household name for leading the response to the pandemic, a personal account of the first weeks of COVID, for readers of Sam Nutt's Damned Nations and James Maskalyk's Life on the Ground Floor. Dr. Bonnie Henry has been called 'one of the most effective public health figures in the world' by The New York Times. She has been called 'a calming voice in a sea of coronavirus madness,' and 'our hero' in national newspapers. But in the waning days of 2019, when the first rumours of a strange respiratory ailment in Wuhan, China began to trickle into her office in British Columbia, these accolades lay in a barely imaginable future. Only weeks later, the whole world would look back on the previous year with the kind of nostalgia usually reserved for the distant past. With a staggering suddenness, our livelihoods, our closest relationships, our habits and our homes had all been transformed. In a moment when half-truths threatened to drown out the truth, when recklessness all too often exposed those around us to very real danger, and when it was difficult to tell paranoia from healthy respect for an invisible threat, Dr. Henry's transparency, humility, and humanity became a beacon for millions of Canadians. And her trademark enjoinder to be kind, be calm, and be safe became words for us all to live by. Coincidentally, Dr. Henry's sister, Lynn, arrived in BC for a long-planned visit on March 12, just as the virus revealed itself as a pandemic. For the four ensuing weeks, Lynn had rare insight into the whirlwind of Bonnie's daily life, with its moments of agony and gravity as well as its occasional episodes of levity and grace. Both a global story and a family story, Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe combines Lynn's observations and knowledge of Bonnie's personal and professional background with Bonnie's recollections of how and why decisions were made, to tell in a vivid way the dramatic tale of the four weeks that changed all our lives. Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe is about communication, leadership, and public trust; about the balance between politics and policy; and, at heart, about what and who we value, as individuals and a society. The authors' advance from the publisher has been donated to charities with a focus on alleviating communities hit particularly hard by the pandemic: True North Aid with its Covid-19 response in Northern Indigenous communities, and First Book Canada, with its focus on reading and literacy for underserved, marginalized youth.Show more
Josie Barton is a lean, mean, faerie-fighting machine. After her victory against the infamous lord, Fir Darrig, the young sorceress has taken up the family tradition of bringing the words offenders of the faerie world to justice. Partnered with her changeling boyfriend, Zeph Clemmont, and back by the Faerie King, Eldrick Dorchaidhe, Josie feels confident she has nothing more to fear. Until a case stirs up whispers of a name all fave, both Seelie and Unseelie, fear ... But chasing rumors of skiia may carry Josie down a path riddled with dangerous magic not even Zeph can save her from. Can Josie muster the strength to face the darkest secrets of her past? Or will the same monsters who obliterated the faerie world now destroy the human one, too? Includes the short story "Dirty Magic" Almost twenty years before Josie defeated Fir Darrig, her mother, Marissa Barton, was a professional faerie-slayer. But when she stumbles across a young changeling in desperate need of help, Marissa couldn't have known how that purple-eyed boy would impact her family forever. "Dirty Magic" is a never-before-seen short story from the world of Mad Magic.Show more
Ancient herbal secrets for healing and wholeness Designed specifically for women, this is an introduction to Ayurveda—one of the most ancient and holistic forms of medicine in human history. Developed in India over five thousand years ago, Ayurveda is a complete system for healing and rebalancing the body. This fascinating book features an A-to-Z of herbs with their description, history, and uses, and easy-to-prepare home remedies. There is also an A-to-Z section of ailments that details symptoms and how to treat them using Ayurvedic remedies.Show more
A Guide to Better Movement offers a clear and practical look at emerging science related to the brain's role in movement and pain. It is written for movement professionals, athletes, chronic pain sufferers, and anyone else interested in moving better and feeling better. In this book, you will learn: ● The essential qualities of movements that are healthy and efficient ● Why good movement requires healthy 'maps' in the brain ● Why pain is sometimes more about self-perception than tissue damage or injury ● The science behind mind-body practices ● General principles that can be used to improve any movement practiceShow more
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