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Above

Above Suspicion - DVD

Rookie detective Anna Travis has a rough start to her career but quickly proves her worth in a male-dominated police force.

Recommended by Sheryl

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Joy

Joy School - Elizabeth Berg

Katie, the narrator, has relocated to Missouri with her distant, occasionally abusive father, and she feels very much alone: her much-loved mother is dead; her new school is unaccepting of her; and her only friends fall far short of being ideal companions. When she accidentally falls through the ice while skating, she meets Jimmy. He is handsome, far older than she, and married, but she is entranced. As their relationship unfolds, so too does Katie's awareness of the pain and intensity first love can bring.

Recommended by Gwen

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Munich

Munich - Robert Harris

September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?

Recommended by Sheryl

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scholar

American Scholar - magazine

The American Scholar is the venerable but lively quarterly magazine of public affairs, literature, science, history, and culture published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society since 1932. In recent years the magazine has won four National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest honor, and many of its essays and articles have been selected for the yearly Best American anthologies.

Recommended by Jeff

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Second

One Second After - William Forstchen

One man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon that will send America back to the Dark Ages.

Recommended by Rebecca

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secret

The Secret Keeper - Kate Morton

During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy's ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades.

Recommended by Becky

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shipwreck

The Catalog of Shipwrecked Books - Edward Wilson-Lee

Created in 1539, the Biblioteca Colombina in Sevilla contains over 3000 books. This is but a fraction of one man's life spent collecting every book on every subject - including antique and modern worlds, science and law, as well as playing cards, pornography, and popular music. Who was Hernando Columbus and how did he achieve this? Set to the backdrop of Christopher Columbus' paradigm-defining explorations of the New World and beyond, and cutting across events of the Renaissance and Reformation, this book follows Hernando Columbus' bibliomania and curation of the first ever library of its kind.

Recommended by Jeff

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