2019 March Loan Stars Top Picks

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    9780385692380 Hardcover HISTORY / Native American On Sale Date:March 26, 2019
    $25.00 CAD 5.74 x 8.53 x 0.85 in | 0.78 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:12 Doubleday Canada
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      A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America from award-winning Haudenosaunee writer Alicia Elliott.

      In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight into the ongoing legacy of colonialism. She engages with such wide-ranging topics as race, parenthood, love, mental illness, poverty, sexual assault, gentrifcation, writing and representation, and in the process makes connections both large and small between the past and present, the personal and political—from overcoming a years-long battle with head lice to the way Native writers are treated within the Canadian literary industry; her unplanned teenage pregnancy to the history of dark matter and how it relates to racism in the court system; her childhood diet of Kraft Dinner to how systemic oppression is directly linked to health problems in Native communities. 

      With deep consideration and searing prose, Elliott provides a candid look at our past, an illuminating portrait of our present and a powerful tool for a better future.
      ALICIA ELLIOTT is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River living in Brantford, Ontario, with her husband and child. Her writing has been published by The Malahat Review, The Butter, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean's, Today's Parent and Reader's Digest, among others. She's currently Creative Nonfiction Editor at The Fiddlehead, Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground" won Gold at the National Magazine Awards in 2017, and another of her essays, "On Seeing and Being Seen: Writing With Empathy" was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2018. She was the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC, and was chosen by Tanya Talaga to receive the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Prize in 2018. Her short story "Unearth" was selected by Roxane Gay to appear in Best American Short Stories 2018. Alicia is also presently working on a manuscript of short fiction.
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      #1 National Bestseller
      Shortlisted for the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

      "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a tour de force. . . . Tuscarora writer Alicia Elliott takes her place among essayists such as [Roxane] Gay and [Samantha] Irby, infusing intimate details of her own life with sociopolitical analysis and biting wit. . . . In this collection, the particular structure of the personal essay—beginning with the experience of the writer and then weaving in threads of related material—is at its finest." —The Globe and Mail

      "Exceptional essays as arresting as her title. . . . Elliott ranges over a wide canvas. She tackles the vexed question of identity, both personal and political, powerfully linking larger questions of Indigenous life—from the residential school legacy to the loss of languages—to the unfolding of her own life. In forthright prose, in a format . . . that should make it difficult for non-Indigenous Canadians to ignore, she also links past and present, laying out how the colonial legacy still shapes contemporary lives, Indigenous and non-Indigenous." Maclean's

      "[Elliott's] childhood is heartbreaking ground, and she writes about it fearlessly in her debut collection of essays, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground. With caustic wit and sharp prose, Elliott . . . turns her own lived experience into seething declarations on the political and social issues of contemporary Canada. . . . Weaving her own childhood trauma, teen motherhood, her mother's mental illness and her father's abusive behaviour, Elliott is fierce and unapologetic in damning the 'settler' class for propagating a modern take on colonial attitudes toward Indigenous Canadians and people of colour. . . . A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a breathless barrage of facts, confessions and conjecture." —Toronto Star

      "In this bitingly smart, often funny, consistently challenging collection, the Tuscarora writer Alicia Elliott tells her own story alongside that of Canada's Indigenous peoples. She comes at matters of trauma, racism and reconciliation with dazzlingly fresh perspectives. . . . Each one is candid and compelling, simmering with an underlying call for change." —Chatelaine

      "Elliott is fearless here in revealing her own encounters with mental illness and family trauma. But these are not chapters of autobiography. They're meant as lenses through which author and reader can view what would otherwise be too vast to take in at once: the ongoing cultural catastrophe Indigenous people have experienced under colonialism." —The Georgia Straight

      "Elliott's writing is equally fearless as she reflects on intimate details from her life, like her mother's struggles with bipolar disorder and her own teenaged motherhood, and racism within the Canadian judicial system and the links between suicide within Indigenous communities and colonialism. Treading on these heavy subjects, Elliott remains inquisitive and insightful, while never shying away from biting humour." —NOW 

      "Elliott takes a raw, fierce, deep-dive into the lasting legacy of colonialism in Canada." —The Hill Times

      "With its eloquent combination of love, anger and impassioned insight, [A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is] a must read." —PopMatters

      "Alicia Elliott has shown us her mind and life and process in stark, beautiful detail." —Hamilton Review of Books

      "This book is hard, vital medicine. It is a dance of survival and cultural resurgence. Above all, it is breathtakingly contemporary Indigenous philosophy, in which the street is also part of the land, and the very act of thinking is conditioned by struggles for justice and well-being." —Warren Cariou, author of Lake of the Prairies
      "These essays are of fiercest intelligence and courageous revelation. Here, colonialism and poverty are not only social urgencies, but violence felt and fought in the raw of the everyday, in embodied life and intimate relations. This is a stunning, vital triumph of writing." —David Chariandy, author of Brother
      "Wildly brave and wholly original, Alicia Elliot is the voice that rouses us from the mundane, speaks political poetry and brings us to the ceremony of every day survival. Her words remind us to carry both our weapons and our medicines, to hold both our strength and our open, weeping hearts. A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is what happens when you come in a good way to offer prayer, and instead, end up telling the entire damn truth of it all." —Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves
      "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is a new lens on Indigenous Canadian literature." —Terese Marie Mailhot, author of Heart Berries
      "We need to clone Alicia Elliott because the world needs more of this badass writer. A Mind Spread Out on the Ground showcases her peculiar alchemy, lighting the darkest corners of racism, classism, sexism with her laser-focused intellect and kind-hearted soul-searching. A fresh and revolutionary cultural critic alternately witty, vulnerable and piercing." —Eden Robinson, author of Son of a Trickster and Trickster Drift
      "The future of CanLit is female, is Indigenous—is Alicia Elliott. I anticipate this book to be featured on every 'best of' and award list in 2019, and revered for years to come." —Vivek Shraya, author of I’m Afraid of Men and even this page is white
      "In A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, Elliott invites readers into her unceded mind and heart, taking us on a beautiful, incisive and punk rock tour of Tuscarora brilliance. Elliott's voice is fire with warmth, light, rage and endless transformation." —Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of This Accident of Being Lost
      "Alicia Elliott has gifted us with an Indigenous woman's coming of age story, told through engagingly thoughtful, painfully poignant and enraging essays on race, love and belonging. With poetic prose and searing honesty, she lays bare what it is like to grow up Indigenous and exist in a country proud of its tolerance, but one that has proven to be anything but. She opens eyes and captures hearts, leading you by the hand to see our fractured world through her eyes. Alicia is exactly the voice we need to hear now." —Tanya Talaga, author of Seven Fallen Feathers
      "Incisive. That's the word I keep coming back to. A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is incredibly incisive. Alicia Elliot slices through the sometimes complicated, often avoided issues affecting so many of us in this place now called Canada. She is at once political, personal, smart, funny, global and, best of all, divinely human. Necessary. That's the other word I keep thinking about. In every chapter, she manages to find the perfect word and the precise argument needed—I found myself saying 'yes, yes, that is exactly it' more than once. I am so grateful for her work." —Katherena Vermette, author of The Break
      "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground is an astonishing book of insightful and affecting essays that will stay with you long after the final page." —Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People
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    Autopsy of a Boring Wife Marie-Renee Lavoie Canada, Arielle Aaronson Canada
    9781487004613 Paperback FICTION / Humorous Publication Date:March 12, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.8 in | 300 gr | 280 pages Carton Quantity:48 Arachnide Editions
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      Like a Québécois Bridget Jones’s Diary, Marie-Renée Lavoie’s Autopsy of a Boring Wife tells the hysterically funny and ultimately touching tale of forty-eight-year-old Diane, a woman whose husband leaves her and is having an affair because, he says, she bores him. Diane takes the charge to heart and undertakes an often ribald, highly entertaining journey to restoring trust in herself and others that is at the same time an astute commentary on women and girls, gender differences, and the curious institution of marriage in the twenty-first century. All the details are up for scrutiny in this tender, brisk story of the path to recovery. Autopsy of a Boring Wife is a wonderfully fresh and engaging novel of the pitfalls and missteps of an apparently “boring” life that could be any of ours.


      MARIE-RENÉE LAVOIE was born in 1974 in Limoilou, near Quebec City. She is the author of three novels, including Mister Roger and Me, which won ICI Radio-Canada’s “Battle of the Books” — the Quebec equivalent of “Canada Reads” — and the Archambault Prize. She lives in Montreal, where she teaches literature at Maisonneuve College.

      ARIELLE AARONSON left her native New Jersey in 2007 to pursue a diploma in Translation Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She holds an M.A. in Second Language Education from McGill University and has spent the past few years teaching English in the Montreal public school system and creating educational material for second language learners. This is her first translation for Arachnide.
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      Finalist, Forest of Reading Evergreen Award
      A CBC Book of the Year

      “Lavoie keeps her novel short, offering chaotic humour and snappy observation to balance the pain and loss . . . A readable, recognizable, tragicomic account of coping with domestic disaster.” — Kirkus Reviews

      “Lavoie’s fiercely hilarious take on the pains and triumphs of marital abandonment feels perfectly right.” — Toronto Star

      “With great humour and tenderness, Marie-Renée Lavoie recounts Diane’s journey to regain trust in both herself and the people around her . . . A piercing commentary on gender, marriage, and the nuances of self-love.” — Toronto Life

      “Autopsy of a Boring Wife is slapstick, funny, and absurd, but underlined with a tenderness and poignance that will have you rooting for happily ever after after that.” — Pickle Me This

      “Marie-Renée Lavoie is a highwire artist who derives her strength from her knowledge of human foibles.” — La Presse

      “Fresh, funny, and a lot of fun to read.” — Consumed by Ink

      “With writing that makes us fall in love from the very first page, and with a view of married life that is oh so lucid, Lavoie journeys with Diane to the bottom of the barrel, providing unforgettable scenes of altercations with her former sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and ex-husband’s new girlfriend before she surfaces by virtue of tactics that are simultaneously confrontational, true-to-life, and wildly entertaining.” — Huffington Post Québec

      “A novel that surpasses sadness to find a place in the light.” — Bible Urbaine

      “Employing the tone and construction of a classic comedy, here’s a novel that engulfs us in the wake of a woman on the verge of an unabating nervous breakdown . . . wacky, scathing humour, good dialogue and assuredly lively.” — Le Devoir

      “Brimming with energy, Autopsy of a Boring Wife narrates Diane’s survival of her separation (cue Gloria Gaynor). Lavoie deploys wit and the vernacular to render wholly believable the story of someone who is not a fighter, but a woman like any other.” — Tête de Lecture

      “Marie-Renée Lavoie leads us through all her heroine’s states of mind with vivid writing that shoots arrows fashioned from anything at hand; we are not exhausted for a moment and accompany Diane everywhere and in the most unlikely of situations. At the end of it all, we love this ‘boring’ woman, we really do.” — Journal de Montréal


      “Funny and touching, Mister Roger and Me will remind readers of a time not so long ago when they were far more trusting of their neighbours.” — Montreal Review of Books

      “[An] infinitely likeable novel . . . Lavoie shares a sensibility with Miriam Toews, where flitty, whimsical kites of characters are tethered to earth with threads of melancholy and darkness.” — National Post

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    Husbands That Cook More Than 120 Irresistible Vegetarian Recipes and Tales from Our Tiny Kitchen Ryan Alvarez, Adam Merrin
    9781250151544 Hardcover COOKING / Vegetarian On Sale Date:March 12, 2019 Print Run:30000
    $42.50 CAD 7.5 x 9.13 x 1 in | 1070 gr | 304 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Griffin
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      FEATURED IN:LA Times • Relish Magazine • Epicurius.com • Eat Your Books •The Eagle Rock Boulevard-SentinelMen's Vow's • Powell's Books Blog •Bay Area ReporterPassport Magazine

      Gaby Dalkin says:"Adam and Ryan make vegetarian recipes that are not only delicious but they'll satisfy any meat lover too!"

      Molly Yeh says:"I love this book! It is truly impossible not to love Adam and Ryan andHusbands that Cook. Between the giggle-worthy headnotes and wildly craveable recipes, this is a book that you will use again and again, and all the while feel as if you are cooking with two great friends."

      From the award-winning bloggers behind Husbands That Cook comes a book of original recipes inspired by their shared love of vegetarian food, entertaining, world travel—and each other.

      Food has always been a key ingredient in Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin’s relationship—and this cookbook offers a unique glimpse into their lives beyond their California kitchen. From their signature Coconut Curry with Chickpeas and Cauliflower, which was inspired by their first date at a shopping mall food court, to the Communication Breakdown Carrot Cake (which speaks for itself), these and other recipes reflect the husbands' marriage in all its flavor and variety.

      Written with the same endearing, can-do spirit of their blog, the husbands present more than 120 brand-new recipes—plus some greatest hits from the site—that yield delicious results every time. Each entry inHusbands That Cook is a reminder of how simple and satisfying vegetarian meal-making can be, from hearty main dishes and sides to healthy snacks and decadent desserts and drinks. Ryan and Adam also outline common pantry items and everyday tools you’ll need to fully stock your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for one or feeding the whole family, this book is chock-full of great creative recipes for every day of the week, all year long.

      Ryan AlvarezandAdam Merrin live in a house on a hill in Eagle Rock, California, with their cat, Sylvia. Since its inception in 2015, their Husbands That Cook blog was a finalist forSaveurmagazine’s Best How-To Cooking Blog award (‘16) and a Taste Talks Awards Nominee for Best Food Blog (’17). In addition to their shared culinary career, Adam is one of the founding members of the indie-rock band The 88 and Ryan sings classical music and acts in TV shows and commercials.
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      "Everything is made from scratch and with love, and readers should note these are not quick-fix recipes. Vegetarian chefs will find something appealing for special meals at home as well as entertaining." —Library Journal

      "The cakes and cookies are rich with butter and sugar, the soups and entrées hearty and flavorful enough to please any meat eater." —Passport Magazine

      "Eclectic, internationally accented recipes...Approachable even to relative beginners in the kitchen." —The Bay Area Reporter

      "Offers 120 vegetarian recipes that are sure to please." —K5 News

      "A tasty new cookbook you'll definitely want to get your hands on." —Instinct Magazine

      "To know Husbands That Cook is to love Ryan Alvarez and Adam Merrin, the duo behind the joyful blog that delivers consistently excellent vegetarian recipes geared towards the home cook...Their eponymous first cookbook Husbands That Cook is a love story as told by food." —Tasting Table

      "Every recipe comes with a story—about their relationship, families, neighborhood and the small house with the big yard where they grow most of their food." —Eagle Rock Boulevard Sentinel

      “In a world dedicated to heteronormativity in every corner of domestic life,Husbands That Cook is a joyful celebration of love as food, making the act of coming together in the kitchen as radically powerful as it is delicious.” —Lily Diamond, author ofKale & Caramel

      "Filled with drool-worthy photos of everything you want to eat,Husbands The Cook did not disappoint with this epic collection of reimagined, creative vegetarian fare. Delicious, approachable and fresh, this book is teeming with not only gorgeous recipes but also Adam and Ryan's trademark warmth and charm. This is one book I will be reaching for often, not just for weeknight dinners but also when I want to impress friends and family with beautiful food." —Rebecca Firth, author ofThe Cookie Book and creator of DisplacedHousewife

      “Not only is this an amazing cookbook filled with flavors from all over the world, but it takes us into the kitchen with Adam and Ryan for a true glimpse into their life together. But to know me, you know I went directly to the baking recipes and dove in for some AMAZING sweet treats that will be made often in my kitchen! Oh, and cocktails too!” —Brian Hart Hoffman, author ofBake from Scratch

      “I love watching the adventures of Adam and Ryan on social media and am so delighted to finally have a cookbook to inspire me in the kitchen.” —Teri Turner, author ofNo Crumbs Left

      "Adam and Ryan make vegetarian recipes that are not only delicious but they'll satisfy any meat lover too!" —Gaby Dalkin, author ofWhat's Gaby Cooking

      "I love this book! It is truly impossible not to love Adam and Ryan and Husbands that Cook. Between the giggle-worthy headnotes and wildly craveable recipes, this is a book that you will use again and again, and all the while feel as if you are cooking with two great friends." —Molly Yeh, author ofMolly on the Range and the star of Food Network'sGirl Meets Farm

      "Inspiring. Inviting. Inventive. From Pomegranate Moscow Mules and Margarita Caramels to Chickpea Cacciatore and Pad See Ew with Crispy Tofu,Husbands That Cook is filled with fresh and bright spins on global classics. Ryan and Adam’s food is exactly what I crave: bold-flavored, vegetable-based, crowd-pleasing, and simply delicious." —Alexandra Stafford, author ofBread Toast Crumbs

      "Adam & Ryan’s debut cookbook is buzzing with super sweet recipes and personal stories. With clear instructions they simplify showstopping food that just so happens to vegetarian!" —Donal Skehan, author ofEat. Live. Go.

      "Let's face it: there are a million cookbooks out there, and what makes a good book agreatbook is the ability to tell a tantalizing story through food. Ryan and Adam do just that.Husbands That Cook is bursting with creative, culturally inspired recipes that any home cook can make. Fancy some Date Night Risotto? Spiced Apple Blintzes? Or a handful of Margarita Caramels? The only dilemma you’ll come across (besides finding a way to hang out in their cool California kitchen) is choosing what recipe to make first. I'm headed straight for the tropical Island Breakfast Bowls…" —Emilie Raffa, author ofArtisan Sourdough Made Simple

      "Reading Ryan and Adam's cookbook feels like you are sitting on their dining table listening to their beautiful stories and eating warm comforting food. Their food is achievable, very approachable and quite healthy too. Ryan and Adam and two of the sweetest people I know. Their love for food and stories is apparent in their book. What I adore is, they keep the stories so real and honest. I'm in love with this book." —Asha Shivakumar, author ofMasala & Meatballs

      "I’m usually drawn to the dessert chapter first of any cookbook, but Adam and Ryan’s recipes have my mouth watering from breakfast through cocktail hour and beyond. Cooking with a loved one or entertaining a crowd?Husbands That Cookdelivers fresh, inspired vegetarian recipes for literally every meal." —Tessa Huff, author ofLayered: Baking, Building and Styling Spectacular Cakes

      "Ryan and Adam are great cooks, thoughtful recipe developers and amazing photographers. They have been a constant source of inspiration to me personally and to The Feedfeed Community for years. My favorite recipe in the book is the Spanish Tortilla which we were lucky enough to enjoy together at Ryan and Adam's home recently in LA! Ryan paired it with a glass of Basque white wine and instantly took me back to my summer in Valencia. Enjoy this book, their food, the recipes and their stories."—Julie Resnick, co-founder, Feedfeed

      "Ryan and Adam craftily marry their lifetime love of food and cooking in this creative tome of eclectic and innovative vegetarian recipes, from soup to nuts. You'll have fun cooking through this book, and reading their personal stories, cooking tips, and knowledge while you do. Prepare to be entertained and well-fed!" —Sarah Phillips, CEO and founder of FoodEMedia

      "I've been fans of Ryan and Adam for years and this book is a stunning representation of the love they have for food and each other. Each recipe has a story that intertwines with their relationship making for a culinary narrative that warms my often-cold heart." —Jake Cohen, Food and Drinks editor,Time Out New York

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    My Lovely Wife Samantha Downing
    9780451491725 Hardcover FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:March 26, 2019
    $35.00 CAD 6.26 x 9.26 x 1.27 in | 1.26 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:12 Berkley
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      USA Today bestseller 
      Edgar + ITW Thriller Award nominee for Best First Novel

      “Think: Dexter but sexier.”—theSkimm
      “A dark and irresistible debut.”—People
      “Will shock even the savviest suspense readers.”—Real Simple

      meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting...

      Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

      We look like a normal couple. We're your neighbors, the parents of your kid's friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

      We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

      Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.
      Samantha Downing currently lives in New Orleans, where she is furiously typing away on her next thrilling standalone. My Lovely Wife is her first novel.
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      #1 Library Reads, IndieNext, and Amazon Best of the Month in Thriller!

      “A dark and irresistible debut.”—People

      “The thriller we’re most excited to stay up with all night.”—Entertainment Weekly

      “Side effects of reading this include sleepless nights, and awkward looks from strangers on the subway due to your horrified expression.”—Cosmopolitan
      “Will shock even the savviest suspense readers.”—Real Simple

      “A new twist on the genre.”—Refinery29

      “If you read one book this year, make it My Lovely Wife.”—Betches

      “Wow! My Lovely Wife is a stunner—full of twists, well-drawn characters, and riveting suspense.”—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

      “Clever. Manipulative. Dark. Disturbing. What more can you ask for?”—Jane Corry, national bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

      “An assured and deliciously engrossing debut. You'll surely devour My Lovely Wife, but it will linger long after you've reached the last page.”—Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

      “You'll never look at your neighbors the same.  I couldn't pull myself away from this story...Make sure you clear your schedule before you pick it up. Absolutely unputdownable.”—Liv Constantine, USA Today bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

      “[A] wicked, delicious tale of secrets, relationships, and the lengths to which some will go to keep the magic alive.”—CrimeReads

      “[A] dark, disturbing exploration of family, marriage and murderous compulsions”The Washington Post

      “You might want to read this one during the daytime.”Woman's Day

      “Mark our words: My Lovely Wife will be one of the most shocking and suspenseful thrillers you’ll read all year.”—Hello Giggles

      “A knockout...an effortless page turner.”—Publishers Weekly

      “It's a remarkable achievement, full stop.”—Shelf Awareness

      “Do you hear me screaming and/or the sound of my hefty exhale? This novel is a JOURNEY. I was invested from the very first unsettling page.”—Elite Daily

      Truly horrifying in the most delicious way. Samantha Downing sucks you in with a great story, pitch-perfect prose and disturbingly dead-on insights into the dark side of human nature.  I hope I never meet her in a dark alley...”—Nick Petrie, national bestselling author of The Drifter

      “A fantastic foray into what we know—and what we do not—about those closest to us. Intricately plotted, fascinating characters—I loved it!”—Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author of Fade to Black

      Dark, twisted--and impossible to put down. Samantha Downing has written a wickedly plotted and suspenseful psychological thriller.”—Meg Gardiner, Edgar award-winning author

      “I loved this this brilliantly dark and twisted novel. One of the best books I've read this year! I have a sneaky feeling this is going to be big!”—C.J. Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

      “Totally engrossing and I kept on thinking, one more chapter…an intelligent page-turner that makes you question everything.”—Araminta Hall, author of Our Kind of Cruelty

      “It’s no mean feat to find something fresh in the crowded thriller field, but Downing pulls off an indisputable triumph with My Lovely Wife.  Exemplary writing and outstanding pacing confirm Downing’s talent, but it’s her deliciously depraved characters that kept me flying through the pages. Couldn’t get enough of this subversive love-gone-sideways tale!”—Sophie Littlefield, national bestselling author of That's What Frenemies Are For

      “Brilliant—I was enthralled by the premise and it totally delivered. Five star entertainment!”—Jill Mansell, New York Times bestselling author of Fast Friends
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    You are Always With Me Letters to Mama Frida Kahlo, Hector Jaimes
    9780349011950 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers On Sale Date:April 30, 2019
    $34.99 CAD 7.88 x 9.5 x 1 in | 1.71 lb | 176 pages Carton Quantity:10 Canadian Rights: Y Virago
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      Frida Kahlo is regarded as one of Mexico's greatest painters: her extraordinary personal style, her tragic story, her relationship with Diego Rivera (the more famous painter in their day) alongside her passionate paintings have made her a cult figure since she died over sixty years ago.

      But beyond the familiar images there is a private story about a daughter who confided in her beloved mama, Matilde Calderon Kahlo. Until now Frida's handwritten letters have only been available to scholars - and recently in Spanish in a book that appeared in 2016. Now for the first time we have over fifty of these letters in English.

      And what a treasure. Funny, observant and honest, they chart Kahlo's relationship with her mother; a relationship that was sometimes fraught - as with most mother and daughters - but was always alive and honest. They begin in 1923 when Kahlo was sixteen and continue until the death of her mother in 1932. These letters tell us about Kahlo's anxieties, her feelings about her husband and friends and above all reveal the marvelous, critical painter's eye in her description of people and places from Mexico, San Francisco and New York.

      Edited, translated and introduced by Dr. Héctor Jaimes, Professor of Spanish, North Carolina State University (who edited the Spanish version) this book is published with paintings and photographs.

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    All the Wrong Places A Novel Joy Fielding Canada
    9780385690027 Paperback FICTION / Thrillers On Sale Date:March 12, 2019
    $24.00 CAD 6.09 x 9.21 x 0.97 in | 0.99 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:24 Doubleday Canada
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      Four women--friends, family, rivals--turn to online dating for companionship, only to run afoul of a tech-savvy killer using an app to target his victims in this thriller from New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding.

      A husband's death, a difficult divorce, a brutal dumping, dissatisfaction with a boring relationship: for various reasons, four women turn to the app "Mr. Right Now," hoping to right-swipe their way to love and happiness.

      Paige and Heather are cousins, locked in a lifelong rivalry that recently culminated in Heather taking Paige's boyfriend for herself, although now Heather isn't quite sure she wants him. Paige's mother, Joan, is trying to get back on her feet after the death of the love of her life two years ago. And Paige's longtime friend, Chloe, is trying to replace an abusive ex-husband as soon as the divorce papers are signed.

      Together, the women are navigating the choppy waters of online dating, until one of them unwittingly makes a date with a killer, starting the clock on a race to save her life.

      New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding has written a complex, electrifying thriller about friendship, jealousy and passion--a deadly combination.
      JOY FIELDING is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Daughter, She's Not There, Someone Is Watching, Charley's Web, Heartstopper, Mad River Road, See Jane Run and other acclaimed novels. She divides her time between Toronto and Palm Beach, Florida.
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      National Bestseller

      "Fielding has refined a particular brand of thriller in which richly detailed characters provide a secure anchor for the mystery and suspense elements threading their way through her narratives. . . . [All the Wrong Places] begins with a hair-raising glimpse into the mind of the killer and how he deals with a victim who has fallen into his clutches through internet dating . . . throwing an unexpected curve ball at the reader near the end of a novel." —Montreal Gazette

      "Joy Fielding is a bestseller who consistently turns out books that are electrifying, and this thriller that's filled with everything from jealousy to passion is just more proof that Fielding is one of the best storytellers to date." —Suspense Magazine

      Praise for Joy Fielding

      "Fielding is a master of anticipation and knows how to create a labyrinth of tension, never providing an exit until the very last page. To date, I have never been able to guess the surprise ending of a novel by Fielding." —The Globe and Mail 

      "Sort of like experiencing the horrific head-on crash between two speeding runaway super-trains before the crash actually takes place, this is what it feels like to get inside a Joy Fielding novel and meet her characters, one thunderous explosion after another until finally the main event is upon us and the loose ends are tied up." —Toronto Star
      "Fielding masterfully manipulates our expectations." —The Washington Post

      "When it's Joy Fielding pulling our strings, we really don’t mind." —Calgary Herald
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    The Changeling A Memoir of My Death and Rebirth, My Haunted Childhood, and My Education in Sainthood and Sin Gail Gallant Canada
    9780385686563 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:March 26, 2019
    $24.95 CAD 5.34 x 8 x 0.76 in | 0.58 lb | 272 pages Carton Quantity:24 Doubleday Canada
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      In this haunting memoir, Gail Gallant recounts her unbelievable life as a changeling, a child born to replace another.

      When Gail Gallant was five months old, she died. A year later, she was reborn. Or so her mother said.

      The crash occurred on a July night in 1955. The truck hit the Gallant family's car head-on; a few weeks later, newborn baby Gail died from her injuries. Mad with grief, her mother prayed feverishly for Gail's return, convinced that God would bring her child back to her. And when she gave birth within a year to a baby girl who looked identical to her lost child, she believed her prayers had been answered.

      She named that newborn baby Gail.

      In this haunting memoir about having and losing faith, Gail Gallant recounts her awe-inspiring true story of life as a changeling--a child born to replace her deceased baby sister. A middle child in a large Catholic family, Gail embraced the belief that she was especially anointed, a status that was reinforced by her stern, devout mother and distant, hard-drinking father. Babies sometimes die, after all, but she was the one that God had chosen to bring back to life.

      Eventually, this special status--the feeling that she had been singled out by God, and just as importantly, by her mother--became a source of secret anxiety for Gail. Doubt began to cast its shadow. As she grew up, questions plagued her: Why did God save her? What did he want in return? And what if she couldn't live up to his--or her mother's--expectations? What if she wasn't so special after all? Or worse, what if she was a mere imposter, only pretending to be the first Gail, whose life she now lived?

      For this changeling child with a tortured soul, finding her own identity meant wrestling with sainthood and sin alike. As she rewrote her origin story, Gail battled blinding depression and loss of faith. Ultimately, she discovered her own sense of what is extraordinary in becoming simply herself.
      GAIL GALLANT is a television writer and story-editor who has worked for the CBC, Discovery Channel and History Television. She is the author of Apparition and Absolution, novels for young adults. She divides her time between Grey County, Ontario, and London, England.
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      "[A] memoir to end all memoirs. . . . The Changeling tells it all, a brave, eloquent and totally disturbing book. . . . I can't lavish enough praise on the memoir except to say, 'Please track the book down and read it!'" —The Sun Times (Owen Sound)

      "Eloquent, original and ruthlessly honest, The Changeling examines the nature of faith through the eyes of someone who was anointed by God then strayed from the fold. Gail Gallant looks at the nature of family and identity in an intimate and poignant memoir." —Don Gillmor, author of Long Change

      "Why are all girlhoods so different while Catholic girlhoods are so similar? We want to be nuns until puberty and then spend the rest of our lives repudiating that first decade of indoctrination. We are with Gallant in every step of her process. She has done for Canada what Simone de Beauvoir's Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter did for France and Mary McCarthy's Memories of a Catholic Girlhood did for America. Welcome to the Pantheon." —Cathy Gildiner, author of Coming Ashore 
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    Overrun Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis Andrew Reeves Canada
    9781770414761 Paperback SCIENCE / Environmental Science On Sale Date:March 12, 2019
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.88 in | 1.15 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y ECW Press
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      Intelligent investigative writing meets experiential journalism in this important look at one of North America’s most voraciously invasive species

      Politicians, ecologists, and government wildlife officials are fighting a desperate rearguard action to halt the onward reach of Asian Carp, four troublesome fish now within a handful of miles from entering Lake Michigan. From aquaculture farms in Arkansas to the bayous of Louisiana; from marshlands in Indiana to labs in Minnesota; and from the Illinois River to the streets of Chicago where the last line of defense has been laid to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, Overrun takes us on a firsthand journey into the heart of a crisis. Along the way, environmental journalist Andrew Reeves discovers that saving the Great Lakes is only half the challenge. The other is a radical scientific and political shift to rethink how we can bring back our degraded and ignored rivers and waterways and reconsider how we create equilibrium in a shrinking world.

      With writing that is both urgent and wildly entertaining, Andrew Reeves traces the carp’s explosive spread throughout North America from an unknown import meant to tackle invasive water weeds to a continental scourge that bulldozes through everything in its path.

      Andrew Reeves is an award-winning environmental journalist. His work has appeared in the Walrus, This Magazine, and the Globe and Mail. He received a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College in 2016. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and daughter.
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      RBC Taylor Prize 2020, Long-listed

      “A thorough look at an important — and multifaceted — topic.” — Publishers Weekly

      “A gracefully composed exemplar of the human species’ disputatious struggle to protect its own habitat while those of so many other species are disappearing or shifting.” — Wall Street Journal

      “With a journalist’s critical eye and storytelling ability . . . Overrun is more than an engaging story about nuisance fish. This eye-opening book demonstrates the interrelationship of species, the climate, and the environment.” — Foreword Reviews

      “Overall, Overrun presents a saga of human short-sightedness, not evil . . . And so it’s here, at the intersection of science, politics, economics and the ecology of Asian carp in North America, that we can discover how a single unwelcome ?sh has changed how we think about invasive species, binational and bipartisan cooperation on the environment and the fate of our rivers and Great Lakes.” — MinnPost

      Overrun is a whip-smart romp through the dystopian history of Asian carp, that wrecking ball of aquatic ecosystems in North America. But in telling it, Reeves charts a sustainable future for the waterways that connect all of us on the continent. An environmental writer as good as Reeves gives me hope.” — Harry Thurston, winner of the Lane Anderson Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Writing and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

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    The Stranger Diaries Elly Griffiths
    9781328577856 Hardcover FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date:March 05, 2019 Print Run:35000
    $36.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 1.18 in | 520 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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      International Bestseller

      Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel

      "This lively whodunit keeps you guessing until the end."

      “Utterly bewitching…As unforgettable as it is original.”A.J. Finn

      “Goose-bump spooky, smart, and haunting…I loved this book!”Louise Penny

      Death lies between the lines when the events of a dark story start coming true in this haunting modern gothic mystery, perfect for fans ofMagpie Murders andThe Lake House.

      Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the storylines of her favorite literature.

      To make matters worse, the police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her closest confidant, her diary, the only outlet she has for her darkest suspicions and fears about the case. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn't hers, left on the page of an old diary:

      Hallo Clare. You don’t know me.

      Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?

      ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series, and the standalone novelThe Stranger Diaries. She is a recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.
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      Praise forThe Stranger Diaries
      International Bestseller

      Named Best Crime Book of the Year by theTimes

      A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book of 2019
      An iBooks Most Anticipated Book of 2019
      A Crime by the Book Most Anticipated Book 2019
      A Bustle Spring 2019 March Read

      "This lively whodunit keeps you guessing until the end."

      "The Stranger Diaries is an utterly mesmerizing thriller. If you like chilling thrillers, this is what you should be reading next."
      Washington Book Review

      "An entertaining collision of spooks and modern manners...firmly among the finest of modern gothic."

      "Griffiths’ exceptional standalone THE STRANGER DIARIES is a spring 2019 must-read...Griffiths masterfully blends Gothic influence with modern-day suspense sensibility, and the result is effortless, spine-tingling, page-turning fun...accessible and seriously entertaining, while remaining rich in atmosphere as well...I loved this book."
      Crime by the Book

      "Packs its punches with the creepy factor."
      The Genre Minx

      “The perfect Gothic suspense novel to snuggle with under the covers and with a cup of tea.”
      Ludwig's Thrillers

      “Utterly bewitching. This atmospheric, intricate thriller, a pitch-perfect modern Gothic, chilled my blood and warmed my heart. As unforgettable as it is original.”
      A.J. Finn, #1New York Times-bestselling author ofThe Woman in the Window

      “My heart is still pounding after finishing Elly Griffiths’The Stranger Diaries. As with her other books, this is fiercely intelligent, warm, human and at times, funny. But unlike her others, this is a stand-alone. Her first and I hope not her last.The Stranger Diaries picks up where the great Gothic thrillers of the past leave off. At once a homage to that great literary form, and a re-imagining. It is goose-bump spooky, smart, and haunting, in every sense. I loved this book! And you will too.”
      Louise Penny, #1New York Times best-selling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series

      "A multi-layered and splendidly creepy gothic tale...Cliffhangers and gothic tropes abound as the narrative baton is passed between Clare, her daughter Georgia and the former Talgarth pupil DS Harbinder Kaur, with Griffiths expertly ratcheting up the tension."

      "Griffiths has gifted readers with a gripping homage to the gothic novel...An entrancing literary tour de force in which Shakespeare’s line, 'Hell is empty,' fromThe Tempest, cleverly connects past and present. Georgette Heyer fans will relish this, as will readers who enjoyed Diane Setterfield’sThe Thirteenth Taleâ?? and Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murdersâ??."
      Booklist, STARRED review

      The Stranger Diaries can be described in one word: delicious! Who could resist the gothic tale from the past, the spooky old school (so like those we all attended in England) all beautifully blended with very real and compelling characters in the present. Top marks to Miss Griffiths!”
      Rhys Bowen,New York Times-bestselling author ofThe Tuscan Child,In Farleigh Field and the Royal Spyness novels

      The Stranger Diaries is a gripping gothic thriller, with a wry, modern tone all its own. Griffiths writes here with the same sharp, compassionate understanding of how people work that has made her Ruth Galloway books so memorable. I couldn't put it down.”
      Flynn Berry, Edgar Award-winning author ofUnder the Harrow andA Double Life

      “ReadingThe Stranger Diaries on the heels of Ruth Ware'sThe Death of Mrs. Westaway has made me a lover of a skilled Gothic mystery! With just the right mix of atmosphere, murder, and sleuthingThe Stranger Diaries is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging page-turner. I loved all three of the smart protagonists, each of whom added intrigue and nuance to this finely layered story.”
      Zoje Stage, author ofBaby Teeth

      "A perfectly paced and compellingly page-turning mystery. Griffiths' use of shifting viewpoints and her pitch perfect recreation of a Victorian gothic short story woven through the narrative serve to heighten the tension in this thrilling, and often spooky, tale.The Stranger Diarieswill keeping you reading late into the night. You won't want to put it down . . . or turn out the light!"
      Charlie Lovett,New York Times-bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale andThe Lost Book of the Grail

      “Elly Griffiths’s haunting tribute to gothic literature is a riveting, humane whodunnit that explores the impact of even our smallest deeds. Urgently paced and sprinkled with literary gems,The Stranger Diaries will have you turning pages until well past the witching hour!”
      Matthew Sullivan, author ofMidnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

      "An English teacher with an expansive knowledge of gothic literature finds herself tangled in a web of murder and mystery that begins more and more to be a kind of twisted work of gothic storytelling in this impressive new mystery. Griffiths writes at the perfect intersection of procedural and psychological thriller, with her latest adding a strong dose of dark atmospherics to spin a truly unnerving story."

      "This meticulously structured novel features some indelible characters, a vividly-depicted setting, and a strong fair-play mystery...a delightful reading experience and one that many readers will cherish for years to come."
      BOLO Book Reviews

      "A modern gothic that updates and plays with genre conventions to great effect. Highly recommended for fans of British mysteries and classic whodunit."
      —Library Journal, STARRED review

      "Gripping...eerie atmosphere...aficionados of such gothic classics as Wilkie Collins’sThe Woman in White, which the killer may have read, will find this a satisfying novel for a rainy night."
      Publishers Weekly

      "Sounds like Griffiths is out to show why she’s a CWA Dagger in the Library Award winner."
      Library Journal, pre-pub alert

      "Griffiths hits a sweet spot for readers who love British mysteries and who are looking for something to satisfy an itch onceBroadchurch has been binged and Wilkie Collins reread...has written her first stand-alone novel with immensely pleasurable results."
      Kirkus Reviews

      "It is clear from the start of Elly Griffiths'sThe Stranger Diariesthat we are in for a treat...Griffiths has a lot of fun setting up the scares...Armed with an enjoyably sharp detective...Griffiths overlaps perspectives, timelines and narrators, producing a darkly funny, enjoyable mystery."
      The Observer

      "Spooky...This is written with Griffiths’s usual warmth and lightness of touch but has a genuine creepiness that gets under your skin."
      Sunday Express
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    To Be Equals in Our Own Country Women and the Vote in Quebec Denyse Baillargeon Canada, Käthe Roth
    9780774838481 Hardcover HISTORY / Women Publication Date:March 15, 2019
    $27.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.9 in | 340 gr | 232 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y UBC Press
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      “When the history of suffrage is written, the role played by our politicians will cut a sad figure beside that of the women they insulted.” Speaking in 1935, feminist Idola Saint-Jean captured the bitter nature of Quebec women’s prolonged fight for the right to vote. To Be Equals in Our Own Country is a passionate yet even-handed account of the road to suffrage in Quebec, examining women’s political participation since winning the vote in 1940 and comparing their struggle to movements in other countries. This astute exploration of enfranchisement rightly recognizes suffrage as a fundamental question of human rights.
      Denyse Baillargeon is a professor of history at the Université de Montréal. She is the author of several historical studies in French, translated as A Brief History of Women in Quebec (2014), Canadian Historical Association Clio-Québec prize winner Babies for the Nation: The Medicalization of Motherhood in Quebec, 1910–1970 (2009), and Making Do: Women, Family and Home in Montreal during the Great Depression (1999). Käthe Roth has been a literary translator, working mainly in historical non-fiction, for more than twenty-five years.
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        • Did you know? Quebec was the last province in Canada to give women the vote: Henri Bourassa warned that it would turn women into “veritable women-men.”
        • This is the first book to present a comprehensive view of women’s political participation, and struggle, in Quebec.
        • Will be published simultaneously in French by Remue-ménage.
        • Includes text boxes with interesting information and profiles of the suffragists: “In 1970, nine months before Thèrese Casgrain turned seventy-five, the mandatory age of retirement for senators, she was appointed to the Senate by Pierre Elliot-Trudeau’s Liberal government. To a journalist who challenged her capacity to do much in such a short time, she is said to have replied, ‘Young man, you’d be surprised what a woman can do in nine months!’”
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