Man On Wire
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An amazing and playful obsession with wire walking across famous landmarks including opposing Notre Dame cathedral cornices and the former New York World Trade Centers twin towers on August 7, 1974 result in exhilarating public performances. The ideas behind an artistically compelling play of man vs nature, including his own are developed into an intriguing well made documentary.
 Proof Of Heaven
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As a highly trained neurosurgeon, Eben Alexander knew that near death experiences are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. But then his own brain was attacked by a rare disease and he had his own NDE while the part of his brain that produces consciousness was shut down. His story is compelling and inspirational.
Sailor Twain
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A mysterious and evocative story set on the historic Hudson River. The captain of a steamship who is also an author observes the strange behavior of a Frenchman whose brother has disappeared on the river traveling aboard. Strange mythology and the weaknesses of mankind are beautifully illustrated.
Mustard’s Last Stand
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Ed Mustard is on the road with his ex-wives ashes traveling away from a failed attempt at becoming a successful Hollywood screenwriter. Because of the environmentalist actions of his feisty brother Roadkill he finds himself heading back to his hometown of Hancock in North Idaho. This funny first book by a local author will keep you interested and entertained.
Rain Shadow
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Two female veterinarians work in a dry land farming in Southern Australia. They live in Paringa a hard scrabble small town of diverse characters where drought complicates matters as well as threats to livestock.
Owl And The Sparrow
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A touching Vietnamese story involving a 10 year old orphan, beautiful flight attendant and a zookeeper in Saigon, As their stories overlap a view into the world of what constitutes success in relationships as well as a culture becomes clear.
Timeless
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Alexia is married to Lord Maccon a werewolf. As a preternatural, a being that nullifies supernatural abilities when touching others, together they have produced a small daughter with untested metanatural powers as well. They find help from allies such as female inventor Madame Lefoux and Biffy a part-time haberdashery owner with hidden depths.
The Flight Of Gemma Hardy
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A young girl at the mercy of unsympathetic relatives after her kindly uncle dies, a bit like a Dickens tale, this novel takes place in Scotland. Remaining strong with dreams of seeing Iceland and discovering her past as well as hoping to attend University in the future takes up her time; while searching for a home near the sea.
Marzi
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A memoir of a young girl growing up in Poland under the communist regime at the end of WW II this cleverly drawn and simply told recollection offers insight into a place and time little understood of a decade of major transitions including the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Day to day struggles and triumphs for herself, her family and community help promote understanding in an effective and visually interesting manner.
Bubbles & Gondola: A Magical Graphic Novel
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The tale centers upon adventures of Charlie the mouse a writer working alone in his attic and somewhat protective of his personal intellectual space. Small to large interruptions occur regularly offering distractions that seem unwelcome, then symbolic of losing connections. Set free in a roving Ferris wheel car he keeps company with a small blue bird in a top hat introducing himself to Charlie as solitude. The community is preparing for an impressive costumed parade with many whimsical creations of playful animal-like characters drawn gracefully by Christophe Bouchard as Charlie looks into meanings inside and outside his mind.
Indian By Choice
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This adult graphic novel written in a storytelling tradition has a young college student traveling to India to represent his family from Chicago at a wedding. He writes to his parents and sister during his visit and becomes more informed and understanding about his Indian name and culture as will the reader. The appendix has interesting facts and background about the country too.
Too Cool To Be Forgotten
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As a 44 year old man Andy Wicks is willing to try hypnosis to help quit his smoking habit. He wants to do it for his wife and daughters but the session sends him back in time. In high school again as an almost sixteen year old student he tries to survive the experience and find his way back emotionally as well as physically.

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