Middletown Thrall Library Invites You to Hop... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: Fall 2007 Edition

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  • Red Rover - Deirdre McNamer - Brothers Aidan and Neil Tierney enlist to serve in World War II. One becomes a pilot, and the other monitors Nazis in Argentina. Upon returning to the states, Aidan is found dead. It takes decades to find out why.
  • Hartsburg, USA - David Mizner - Written around a school board election, this novel reflects the country's culture wars. A born-again Christian is running against a failed screenwriter. They both bring past baggage to the campaign making this a fun and thought-provoking read.
  • Consumption - Kevin Patterson - A must read star reviewed first novel in which traditional Inuit life collides with twentieth century American culture.
  • The End of the Alphabet - C.S. Richardson - Ambrose Zephyr, who has been given one month to live, spends his last weeks traveling on a worldwide whirlwind tour of places A to Z with his wife Zappora Ashkenazi preparing for the inevitable.

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  • Tipperary - Frank Delaney - Itinerant healer Charles O'Brien assists a young Englishwomen to claim Castle Tipperary. Spanning the years from 1860 to 1922, the story is entwined with the history of Ireland itself.
  • The Whale Road - Robert Low - A band of Viking marauders takes to the sea to find the legendary lost treasure of Attila the Hun. The first of an epic adventure trilogy set in the tenth century.


  • Shadows and Lies - Marjorie Eccles - Amnesiac Hannah Smith believes the woman found murdered on the estate of Sir Henry Chetwynd holds a key to her lost memory. This Edwardian mystery is rich in historical detail and suspense.
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  • Halting State- Charles Stross - In 2018, Seargeant Sue Smith of Edinburgh is assigned to the investigation of a bank robbery. But this is not your father's bank robbery. The bank is located in the virtual world of Avalon Four, and the suspects are orcs protected by a dragon!