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When a ship carrying Mahindan and 500 fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's civil war reaches Vancouver, the young father thinks he and his son can finally start a new life. Instead, they are thrown into a detention processing center, as rumor spreads that some may be terrorists. While the other refugees are interrogated, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum.

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The Boat People

by Bala Sharon 

There are good moms and bad moms, and then there are hot-mess moms. Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom, is trying to navigate the world of mommies but failing miserably. When she gets the opportunity to participate in the 'Motherhood Better' bootcamp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance. But will she fly high or flop?

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Confessions of a Domestic Failure

by Bunmi Laditan

Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee. When her body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles, forcing them to confront the secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage, while Marilyn is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy is somehow involved. But it's the youngest of the family-Hannah-who sees more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth.

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Everything I Never Told You

by Celeste Ng

Emily Winslowe has had an adventurous upbringing. Daughter of a mountain guide, she has climbed Everest and other peaks most only dream of. But for all her prowess, she's lacking some key experiences. Namely, guys. Especially one - Luke Norgay, her childhood best friend who she hasn't seen in two years. Luke unexpectedly reappears as a guide just in time for the Everest climbing season. The problem is, there's a detail about Emily's past that Luke doesn't know. It's the reason she ended up in the Himalayas in the first place, and the reason she must make it to the summit of Mount Everest this year.

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Leaving Everest

by Megan Westfield

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: she killed a man. She was never caught, but she knows this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from an abusive ex-husband. Hearing of Rockton, a domestic violence support town that takes in people on the run, the two apply to live there. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want; she's a detective, and Rockton has had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, after arriving, Casey  starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.

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City of the Lost

by Kelly Armstrong

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self. Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze...

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Consumed

by J.D. Ward

 When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend, she finds herself burdened with the dog he has left behind. Her grief is intensified by the suffering of the huge Great Dane, traumatized by the loss of its master, and by the threat of eviction. While others worry about her sanity, she refuses to be separated from the dog, and becomes increasingly obsessed with its care. But while troubles abound, rewards lie in store for both of them. 

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The Friend

by Sigrud Nunez 

Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day.  Now, women are no longer allowed more than one hundred.  And this is just the beginning. Soon they can't have jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Dr. Jean McClellan will reclaim her voice.

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Vox

by Christina Dalcher

 

NON-FICTION

As a trans man, trains to fight in a charity match at Madison Square Garden, he struggles to untangle the vexed relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his experience boxing--learning to get hit, and to hit back; wrestling with the camaraderie of the gym; confronting the betrayals and strength of his own body-- he examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes, and the limitations of masculinity. An exploration of gender in our society, McBee traces a new way forward, a new kind of masculinity, inside the ring and outside of it. 

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Amateur

by Thomas Page McBee

Take an expansive journey to the limits of size, mass, distance, time, temperature in our universe, from the tiniest particle within the structure of an atom to the most massive galaxy in the universe; from the speed at which grass grows (about 2 to 6 inches a month) to the speed of light. Fully-illustrated with four-color drawings and infographics throughout and organized into sections, Magnitude shows us the scale of our world in a clear, visual way that our relatively medium-sized human brains can easily understand.

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Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe

by Kimberly Arcand

Are you constantly striving to keep up with life's busy expectations? It's easy to feel consumed with the desire to "succeed" and "acquire" and miss the simple opportunities waiting for you to slow down: a walk in the forest, sharing laughter with family, a personal moment of gratitude. Slow provides practical advice and fascinating insights into: messiness to mindfulness, decluttering to de-owning, asking why to asking where to now? Slow is an invitation to live, not just to exist.

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Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World

by Brooke McAlary

Three months after George Saunders gave a graduation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of that speech was posted on the website of The New York Times, where its simple, uplifting message struck a deep chord. Within days, it had been shared more than one million times. Why? Because Saunders’s words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, Congratulations, by the way is an inspiring message from one of today’s most influential and original writers.

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Congratulations by the Way

by George Saunders

Rosemary Kennedy attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the queen of England, and traveled the world with her sisters. Yet she was intellectually disabled, a secret guarded by her family. Newly uncovered sources bring her story to light. Young Rosemary comes alive as a sweet girl adored by her siblings who became increasingly difficult in her early twenties, resulting in the decision to secretly have her lobotomized at age 23. Years later, her siblings began to understand what had happened to Rosemary, which inspired them to direct attention to the plight of the developmentally and mentally disabled.

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Rosemary

by Kate Clifford

When Bateman came the realization that someday Hopkins, her mother, would die, it became a catalyst to begin recording step-by-step instructions to take her through the days, months, and years of life after loss. The project became a way for mother and daughter to connect with humor, honesty, and gratitude. Now this illustrated manual will leave readers laughing, teary-eyed, and considering their own mother/daughter relationships.

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What to do When I'm Gone

by Suzie Hopkins & Hallie Bateman

CHILDRENS

 

From Bunmi Laditan, the creator of the Honest Toddler blog, The Big Bed is a humorous picture book about a girl who doesn't want to sleep in her little bed, so she presents her dad with his own bed―a camping cot!―in order to move herself into her parents' big bed in his place. A twist on the classic parental struggle of not letting kids sleep in their bed.

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The Big Bed

by Bumni Laditan

YOUNG ADULT

 

Jude was 7 when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the High Court of Faerie. 10 years later, Jude wants to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her capacity for bloodshed. As war threatens, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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The Cruel Prince

by Holly Black

Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

by Mackenzi Lee

The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Heiligman draws on the letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime to weave a tale of two lives intertwined as Theo supported Vincent's struggles to find his path in life.

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Vincent and Theo

by Deborah Heiligman

Jesse Delacruz wants nothing more than to attend a summer camp for aspiring fashionistas. Instead, her parents enroll her in a weight-loss camp for teenagers, and she braces herself for a boring summer in the woods. One night, she and Noah, a fellow camper, witness the murder of one of the counselors. After roping in two more bored fellow campers, Kate and Tony, and examining some pictures Jesse inadvertently took of the scene, they notice the assailant was wearing a counselor’s bandanna. But which counselor?

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Deadweight

by Terry Blas

Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life, the same journey their sister set out on months ago. But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family

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Illegal

by Eoin Colfer

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Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other. Here's a book that deals with all of it. Animal combines autobiography and evolutionary history to create a funny, fascinating insight into the forces that mould and affect modern women. It's a laugh-out-loud investigation to help us understand and forgive our animal urges and insecurities.

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Animal

by Sara Pascoe

The Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist-star takes readers behind the scenes of his groundbreaking hit musical, which is filled with romance, drama, violence, patriotism and adventure and details the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.

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Hamilton the Revolution

by Lin-Manuel Miranda

From beet fields to wilderness campgrounds to an Amazon warehouse, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. In debt or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're forming a community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling laborers. Jessica Bruder follows one such RVer, Linda, between taxing seasonal jobs and reunions of her new van-dweller family, or "vanily." A compelling, eye-opening tale of the economy's dark underbelly and the extraordinary resilience, creativity, and hope of these hardworking, quintessential Americans.

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Nomadland

by Jessica Bruder

A biography of the medical innovator who revolutionized surgery by pioneering the use of anesthesia, sterilization, and a compassion-based vision.  He was brilliant, outspoken, brazenly handsome, and flamboyant in every aspect of his life.  Dr. Mütter's Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of 19th medicine with the biography of a man once described as the "P.T. Barnum of the surgery room".

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Dr. Mutter's Marvels

by Cristin O'Keefe

Officers Denny Rakestraw, Lucius Boggs, and Tommy Smith have their hands full in a rapidly changing Atlanta. It's 1950 and racial tensions are simmering as black families begin moving into formerly all-white neighborhoods. When a scheme is hatched to rally the Ku Klux Klan to "save" their neighborhood, things spiral out of control, forcing Denny to choose between loyalty to family or the law. Across town, Boggs and Smith try to shut down the supply of drugs into their territory, finding themselves up against more powerful foes than they'd expected. 

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The Lightning Men

by Thomas Mullen

Alexandra Boyd has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will help her heal after the loss of her brother. Soon after arriving, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi--and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the lid, she discovers an urn filled with human ashes. As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return the item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a musician who was shattered by oppression--and may discover that some knowledge is fraught with its own danger.

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The Shadow Land

by Elizabeth Kostova

DVD

 

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.

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800 Words

Television Series

At the Federal Broadcasting Network, Bunny Watson is in charge of the reference library, which is responsible for research. Watson has been involved for years with network executive Mike Cutler, with no marriage in sight.

The network is negotiating a merger with another company, and to help the employees with the extra work that will result, two computers are ordered. Responsible for them is Engineer Richard Sumner, who is brought in to see how the library functions. As he gets to know Bunny, he is surprised to discover that she is every bit his match.

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Desk Set

Movie

Hugh Knight is a renowned heart surgeon in Sydney, who believes he can live outside the rules. But after an incident involving drugs and alcohol, he is banned from surgery. Forced to work as a local doctor, Hugh retreats to rural Wyhope, his rarely visited hometown, which, he assumes, will be distraction-free. He couldn't be more wrong.

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The Heart Guy

Television Series

Crime reporter Camille Preaker, suffering from alcoholism and recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital after years of self-harming, returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate the murders of two young girls. The assignment takes her back to her childhood home under the critical eye of her mother, Adora, a small-town socialite, which forces Preaker to confront some personal demons

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Sharp Objects

Television Series

The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne... a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

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The Crown

Television Series

Alexandra Boyd has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will help her heal after the loss of her brother. Soon after arriving, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi--and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the lid, she discovers an urn filled with human ashes. As Alexandra sets out to locate the family and return the item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a musician who was shattered by oppression--and may discover that some knowledge is fraught with its own danger.

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The Detectorists

Television Series

People of Earth centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham, who investigates a support group to write about the members's supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, however, the more he recognizes a semblance of truth to their stories and, possibly, even signs that point to his own alien abduction.

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People of Earth

Television Series

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Rochester, New Hampshire
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Monday-Thursday: 9 am to 8:30 pm
Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm

(closed in the summer Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Sunday: Closed

The Library's outer doors are locked 15 minutes prior to closing.