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Our supplier has informed us that "beginning in March 2020, access to Ancestry Library Edition was temporarily expanded during Covid-19 shutdowns to allow remote access for Public Libraries. After nearly 2 years of temporary remote access, Ancestry has made the difficult decision to end it. Remote access for Ancestry Library Edition will no longer be available."

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Talking book - CD:Ogadinma, Or, everything will be alright:2021 Talking book - CD
Author: Olisakwe, Ukamaka
Author: Andoh, Adjoa
Year: 2021
Description: A startling debut novel from a bold new voice in literary fiction. Ogadinma Or, Everything Will be All Right tells the story of the teenager Ogadinma as she battles against Nigeria's societal expectations in the 1980s. After a rape and unwanted pregnancy leave her exiled from her family in Kano, thwarting her plans to go to university, she is sent to her aunt's in Lagos and pressured into a marriage with an older man. When their whirlwind romance descends into abuse and indignity, Ogadinma is forced to channel her independence and resourcefulness to escape a fate that appears all but inevitable. Ogadinma, the UK debut by Ukamaka Olisakwe, introduces a heroine for whom it is impossible not to root, and announces the author as a gifted chronicler of the patriarchal experience.
Talking book - CD:The Splendour Before the Dark, (Emperor Nero):2021:Unabridged ed Talking book - CD
Author: George, Margaret
Author: West, Steve
Author: Denaker, Susan
Author: McEwan, Katharine
Year: 2021
Description: With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero commands the Roman empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is unquestioned. But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero's complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace - and the politicians. For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome's - and he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world. But there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous. Throughout the empire, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake the impossible. Adult
Talking book - CD:The Black Dress:2021:Unabridged ed Talking book - CD
Author: Moggach, Deborah
Author: Rubenstein, Deidre
Year: 2021
Description: Pru's husband has walked out, leaving her alone to contemplate her future. She's missing not so much him, but the life they once had - picnicking on the beach with small children, laughing together, nestling up like spoons in the cutlery drawer as they sleep. Now there's just a dip on one side of the bed and no-one to fill it. In a daze, Pru goes off to a friend's funeral. Usual old hymns, words of praise and a eulogy but - it doesn't sound like the friend Pru knew. And it isn't. She's gone to the wrong service. Everyone was very welcoming, it was - oddly - a laugh, and more excitement than she's had for ages. So she buys a little black dress in a charity shop and thinks, now I'm all set, why not go to another? I mean, people don't want to make a scene at a funeral, do they? No-one will challenge her - and what harm can it do? Adult
Talking book - CD:Nick:2021:Unabridged ed Talking book - CD
Author: Smith, Michael Farris
Author: Petkoff, Robert
Year: 2021
Description: Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby s world, he was at the centre of a very different story one taking place along the trenches and deep within the tunnels of World War I. Floundering in the wake of the destruction he witnessed first-hand, Nick delays his return home, hoping to escape the questions he cannot answer about the horrors of war. Instead, he embarks on a transcontinental redemptive journey that takes him from a whirlwind Paris romance doomed from the very beginning to the dizzying frenzy of New Orleans, rife with its own flavour of debauchery and violence.

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