Middletown Thrall Library Invites You to Go... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: Fall 2006 Edition

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  • Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell - Sixteen year old Ree Dolly's father disappears, leaving her responsible for her two young brothers and her mentally ill mother. The dual tragedy of rural poverty and crystal meth is explored in this pitch perfect novel set in the Ozarks. Ree's courage and the strength she draws from her friend Gail and her brothers give us hope.

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  • Abundance - Sena Jeter Naslund - The life of Marie Antoinette from the age of fourteen to her execution is told in the first person in this richly detailed novel by the author of Ahab's Wife.
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  • To Thine Own Self Be True - Judy Clemens - In this third entry of the fun series featuring Harley riding Pennsylvania farmer Stella Crum, Stella investigates the death of a tattoo artist's wife.
  • Still Life - Louise Penny - When retired school teacher and amateur artist Jane Neal is found dead in the woods, her death appears to be from a hunting accident. But all is not what it seems in the small Quebec town of Three Pines. This traditional mystery is a winner!
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  • Eifelheim by Michael Flynn - A present day historian and his physicist love interest become involved in researching the history of the medieval German village Eifelheim. Is it possible that grasshopper-like aliens led to its disappearance from maps after 1349?
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  • Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn - Newspaper reporter Camille Parker returns to her hometown of Windgap, MO to investigate the murder and mutilation of one young girl and the disappearance of another. The novel's horror and suspense build while Camille relives her own disturbed childhood as she investigates the current serial-killer-in-the-making story.
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