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800

800 Words - DVD series

George Turner, a recent widower, quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a Sydney newspaper. On an impulse, he buys a house online in a remote seaside town in New Zealand. He then has to break the news to his two teenage kids, Shay and Arlo, who just lost their mom and now face an even more uncertain future. When the family arrives in their new home, the colorful and inquisitive locals ensure Turner's dream of a fresh start does not go according to plan.

Recommended by Sheryl/Jeff

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Fantastic

Captain Fantastic - DVD

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them.

Recommended by Becky

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Night

Night and Silence - Seanan McGuire

Things are not okay. In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest. What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it.

Recommended by Stacy

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Pachinko

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

In early 1900s Korea, Sunja is the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family. Her unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. Caught in the indifferent arc of history, through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, Sunja's family members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Recommended by Sheryl

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Missouri

Beyond the Missouri - Richard Etulain

This new historical overview tells the dramatic story of the American West from its prehistory to the present. A narrative history, it covers the region from the North Dakota-to-Texas states to the Pacific Coast.

Recommended by Jeff

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