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Cilkas journey4

The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz, based on a true story of love and resilience.
In 1942 Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. The novel is based on the testimony of Lale Sokolov, the Auschwitz tattooist, who called Cilka ‘the bravest person I ever met’.

"Cilka's journey is it's own story and another enjoyable novel by Heather Morris. To have these stories told in such an easily read format is so valuable."--Julie

 

Kedi

(DVD)
More than just another example of cute kittens on camera, this documentary about the cats of Istanbul and the people who watch out for them exudes charm and insight that a million YouTube videos cannot match. (NZIFF)

For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, these animals live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame – and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt.

"About cats and people and beautiful scenery of Istanbul - a delight"--Lorraine, library manager.

 

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"This is a teen book any adult will enjoy. Heartbreaking but stunning, and beautifully written"--Julie (Youth Librarian)

Here is what happens when your mother dies.
It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart. 
That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.
Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.

 

The testaments by Margaret Atwood More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
"This will not ruin your TV series experience! An excellent sequel"--Julie.

 

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No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents. These are the only rules for Jules Larson's new job as apartment sitter for an elusive resident of the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile private buildings and home to the super rich and famous. Recently heartbroken and practically homeless, Jules accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind. The catch: she may not live long enough to enjoy it…

"Loved it - an easy read that kept me intrigued and had me guessing at plausible reasons for strange going ons!"--Penelope

 

The Shlley Bay ladies swimming circle Sophie Green2 In the waters of Shelly Bay, four women find each other. They will survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean's salt. They will find solace and companionship, and learn that love takes many forms. Most of all, they will cherish their friendship, each and every day.

 

Hello my name is May by Rosalind Stopps May is in a care home after her stroke. She can’t speak and if she tries to point, her arms swing in wild directions. She is sharp, quick and funny but only her daughter Jenny sees this, and Jackie, a new friend at the home. When May discovers that someone very familiar, from long ago, is living in the room opposite hers she's haunted by scenes from her earlier life, when she was a prisoner of her husband’s unpredictable rages. And as Bill charms his way through the nursing home, he focuses his romantic attention on Jackie, while all May can do is watch.

 

Sleeping beauties Stephen King In a future so real, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they awaken, and the gauze wrapping their bodies disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. Mysterious Evie, however, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease...is she a medical anomaly, or something worse?
"A horror-tinged realistic fantasy that imagines what could happen if most of the women of the world fell asleep, leaving men to run amok on their own!"

 

One way by S J Morden

MARS--MURDER MYSTERY--ONE EPIC RIDE!

It's the dawn of a new era - and we're ready to colonize Mars. But the company that's been contracted to construct a new Mars base, has made promises they can't fulfill and is desperate enough to cut corners. The first thing to go is the automation. Then they'll have to deal with is the eight astronauts...one killer, eight possible victims, no way home!
"A book that keeps you thinking long after you have closed the cover"--Tania.

 

FB Tattooist of Auschwitz 23 August
After many positive recommendations from our public, the staff all read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, and were not disappointed. Despite the subject for this novel, this is an engaging story that softens the harsh reality of its setting for anyone to read. Heather's follow up novel 'Cilka's Journey' is due out soon - email us your name to reserve it.

 

FB My sister the serial killer

16 August
Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. When Ayoola sets her sights on a doctor Korede likes and works with at the hospital, she must decide just how willing she is to protect her sister... 

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening!

 

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