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Pax by Sara Pennypacker

After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.

Recommended by Sheryl


We'll Meet Again

We'll Meet Again by Mary Higgins Clark

Dr Gary Lasch is found dead at his desk. The murder stuns his elite Connecticut community - especially when his beautiful young wife, Molly, is arrested and charged with his murder.

Recommended by Linda



Treasure Mountain by Evelyn Sibley Lampman

Hoxie and Irene Chubfish, ages 10 and 13, visit their newly discovered great-aunt Della who lives on the Oregon Coast. Della speaks the language of her Nehalem tribe and the Chinook trading language, but no English.

Recommended by Rebecca



Creation by Gore Vidal

A sweeping novel of politics, war, philosophy, and adventure–in a restored edition, featuring never-before-published material from Gore Vidal’s original manuscript–Creation offers a captivating grand tour of the ancient world.

Recommended by Jeff



Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

Juan Diego—a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico—has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what’s coming—specifically, her own future and her brother’s. Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn’t know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking.

Recommended by Gwen



Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederick Backman

Britt-Marie is a socially awkward, fussy busybody who is used to being organized. When she walks out on her cheating husband and gets a job as caretaker of the dilapidated recreation center in Borg, she is woefully unprepared for the changes. But as she takes on the task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory, she just might find a place she belongs.

Recommended by Gwen



Excellent Daughters by Katherine Zoepf

The never-before-reported story of this generation of Arab women, who are questioning authority, changing societies, and leading revolutions.

Recommended by Rita



Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, life-long resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town.

Recommended by Becky



Scott & Bailey - DVD series

Scott & Bailey is a thrilling investigative drama series exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives. Despite their differences, impulsive, funny and single Rachel and reflective, married mother-of-two Janet, have a great partnership. Scott & Bailey is an honest and powerful crime drama series.

Recommended by Sheryl



Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

Hark! A Vagrant" takes readers on a romp through history and literature--with dignity for few and cookies for all--with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Kate Beaton's pared-down, excitable style.

Recommended by Alice



Life of the Party by Bob Keating

The incredible story of Brownie Wise, the Southern single mother--and postwar #Girlboss--who built, and lost, a Tupperware home-party empire.

Recommended by Gwen



Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro

Fraught with insecurity about her husband's increasingly distant behavior, Louise Canova obtains a faded fashion guide from a second-hand bookshop and discovers that its lessons have unexpected results.

Recommended by Sharon



The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

The year is 1792. The French Revolution, driven to excess by its own triumph, has turned into a reign of terror. Daily, tumbrels bearing new victims to the guillotine roll over the cobbled streets of Paris.… Thus the stage is set for one of the most enthralling novels of historical adventure ever written.

Recommended by Karel





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Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

A second family has been massacred by the terrifying serial killer the press has christened "The Tooth Fairy." Special Agent Jack Crawford turns to the one man who can help restart a failed investigation - Will Graham. Graham is the greatest profiler the FBI ever had, but the physical and mental scars of capturing Hannibal Lecter have caused Graham to go into early retirement. Now, Graham must turn to Lecter for help.

Recommended by Katie



The Ghost and Mr. Chicken - DVD

Don Knotts stars as a timid typesetter who hasn’t a ghost of a chance of becoming a reporter – until he decides to solve a murder mystery and ends up spending a fright-filled night in a haunted house! A timeless comedy classic.

Recommended by Becky



Let the Right One In - DVD

12-year-old Oskar is a fragile and bullied boy who finds love and revenge when he meets Eli. Eli is a beautiful but peculiar girl who has moved into his building. When strange disappearances and murders start happening in the town, Oskar wonders if Eli can have something to do with it.

Recommended by Katie



Cabinet of Curiousities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

FBI agent Pendergast, journalist Bill Smithback, and archaeologist Nora Kelly join forces to stop a vicious murderer when the discovery of an underground charnel house in downtown Manhattan reveals information about a serial killer who stalked the neighborhood in the 1880s.

Recommended by Sharon



The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Originally published in 1971, it remains one of the most controversial novels ever published. Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

Recommended by Sheryl



Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Archeologists in the Amazon Basin are savagely massacred and all that survives is a solitary box of relics. This same box begins a circuitous journey from boat to boat, from port to port and ends up a battered delivery to the New York Museum of Natural History to be relegated to a locked basement and forgotten. Only the black heart of the Amazon never forgets.

Recommended by Jan



The Shining by Stephen King

This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to claim the very souls of the Torrance family.

Recommended by Karel



Salem's Lot by Stephen King

The story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness.

Recommended by Vo