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Arthur

The Story of Arthur Truluv - Elizabeth Berg

For the past six months, Arthur Moses's days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life. Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur--a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls.

Recommended by Gwen

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Bohemians

The Bohemians - Ben Tarnoff

Traces the birth of modern America as reflected by the writings of Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Charles Warrant Stoddard and Ina Coolbrith, placing their achievements and personal lives against a backdrop of the post-Gold Rush era in California.

Recommended by Jeff

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Gentleman

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Recommended by Sheryl

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God's

God's Own Country - DVD

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Recommended by Jeff

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guitar

Guitar Zero - Gary Marcus

On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Gary Marcus, a renowned scientist with no discernible musical talent, set forth to learn to play the guitar and to investigate how anyone - of any age - can become musical.

Recommended by Becky

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Ice

The Ice Princess - Camilla Lackberg

After she returns to her hometown and finds her friend, Alex in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend's past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.

Recommended by Rita

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Marilyn

Meier Marilyn - DVD

Hairdresser Marilyn's life is going nowhere fast: her salon has run into financial difficulties, her weight is out of control and her affair with a married man is an ongoing disaster. Her real passion is singing, but no-one other than Halil actually appreciates her talent. Life suddenly takes an upward turn when Marilyn cuts the head of a prominent music producer.

Recommended by Rebecca

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Place

A Place to Call Home - DVD

Set in rural Australia in the years following World War II, this beautifully acted, sharply written series follows the fortunes of a woman returning home after spending two decades abroad.

Recommended by Becky

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Pig

The Good, Good Pig - Sy Montgomery

When Sy Montgomery adopts a sickly runt from a litter of pigs, naming him Christopher Hogwood after the symphony conductor, raising him for slaughter isn't an option: Montgomery's a vegetarian and her husband is Jewish. Refitting their barn to accommodate a (mostly) secure sty, they keep Christopher as a pet. As he swells to 750 pounds, he becomes a local celebrity, getting loose frequently enough that the local police officer knows to carry spare apples to lure him back home.

Recommended by Rebecca

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