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2017

January

Crown

The Hollow Crown - DVD

Henry VI, Parts I and II and Richard III tell the story of an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. These exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare's most eloquent and powerful language.

Recommended by Sheryl

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1616

1616 : the world in motion by Thomas Christensen

Thomas Christensen illuminates the extravagant age of the early 17th century by focusing on a single riotous year. Woven with color images and artwork from the period, "1616" tells the surprising tales of the men and women who set the world on its tumultuous course toward modernity.

Recommended by Jeff

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Loch

Loch Ness - DVD

A skeptical American scientist attempts to solve the mystery of the Loch Ness monster. He ruffles the feathers of the locals, but an innkeeper named Laura, and her young daughter, open his eyes and his heart.

Recommended by Becky

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Highliners

Highliners by William McClosky

Upon its publication in 1979, Bill McCloskey's HIGHLINERS won acclaim and a cult following for its rousing, realistic portrayal of the world of the Alaska fishery. "Highliners" is the commercial fishermen's term for their own elite, the skippers and crews who bring in the biggest hauls. Set in Kodiak, HIGHLINERS brings into sharp relief the lives of the men and women who make their living catching salmon, king crab, halibut, and shrimp off the coast of Alaska.

Recommended by Rebecca

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Cadfael

The First Cadfael Omnibus by Ellis Peters

A morbid taste for bones. In the 12th-century Benedictine monastery of Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has settled down to a quiet life in charge of the herbarium. It is fortunate his prowess as a herbalist is matched by his detective skills, for when his prior acquires the bones of a saint, the obstacles include murder.

Recommended by Sharon

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queen

Queen of the Tearling by Ericka Johansen

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

Recommended by Stacy

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someone

Someone Always Knows by Marcia Muller

Sharon has a new client with a desire to rid a derelict house he's just bought in the city's notorious Western Addition neighborhood from intruders, drug users, and thugs. However, the abandoned house holds its share of secrets, and soon Sharon is contending with more than a simple eyesore as she searches for the individual who is obsessed with destroying her life

Recommended by Jan

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captain

The Captain by Jan de Hartog

A compelling story from start to finish, as down-to-earth as it is romantic, as full of man's cowardice as of his heroics, and as horrible and tough as it is beautiful and tender, but completely irresistible throughout.

Recommended by Karel

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faithful

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion--from dark suffering to true happiness--a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls--including an angel who's been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Recommended by Gwen

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