Middletown Thrall Library Drafts a Plan... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: Fall 2008 Edition

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  • Ms. Hempel Chronicles - Sarah Shun-lien Bynum - In eight interconnected stories, Ms. Beatrice Hempel, a seventh grade teacher, deals with a variety of new experiences. Ms. Hempel is new to teaching, newly engaged and grieving the recent loss of her father. Sarah Bynum enchants with this look at a middle school teacher who grows and learns with her students.

Other general fiction titles to consider:


  • The Heretic's Daughter - Kathleen Kent - This spell-binding first novel personalizes the Salem Witch Trials. Kent is a descendant of Martha Carrier, one of the women hanged as a witch in Salem. The story is told from Martha's ten year old daughter's point of view.

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  • The Shadow Walker - Mike Walters - A serial killer in Mongolia is murdering men, cutting off their heads and hands then posing the body parts in public view. When a British businessman becomes a victim, Detective Chief Inspector Drew McLeish is sent to the Mongolian capital to aid the Ministry of Justice and Internal Affairs. In addition to careful plotting and fully realized characters, Walters gives the reader an opportunity to visit a little-known country.

Other mysteries to consider:


  • Watermind - M. M. Buckner - Discarded microchips, pharmaceuticals, nano-techs, and biochemical material collect in the Mississippi Delta, gradually developing into an intelligent network. When MIT dropout C.J. Reilly and her lover, Max, stumble upon this Watermind, they find it sympathetic - and then it begins to kill.
  • Pandemonium - Daryl Gregory - In an alternate 1950s, people are being possessed - not by demonic entities but by "archetypes straight from the collective unconsciousness." These include the Truth, who destroys liars; the Kamikaze, who causes its hosts to commit grand acts of suicide; and the Little Angel, a young girl who visits the dying. This debut pays tribute to Philip K. Dick and A.E. Van Vogt.
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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson - Industrialist Henrik Vanger hires two misfits to discover what happened to his beloved great-niece. The teen heiress disappeared from a family island four decades ago. Corporate corruption, Nazi influence, and violence against women are Sweden's dirty not so little secrets revealed in this European bestseller.

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