Middletown Thrall Library nourishes you... Beyond the Bestsellers: A Feast of Fiction and Authors Often Not Served on Bestseller Menus - Fall 2011 Edition

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General Fiction

  • Angelina's Bachelors - Brian O'Reilly Angelina's Bachelors - Brian O'Reilly.
    When Angelina loses both her husband and her job within a short period of time, she copes with her grief by doing what she loves: cooking. Not able to eat all she prepares, Angelina shares with the neighborhood. This delightful romantic comedy has charm and recipes!
  • The Call - Yannick Murphy The Call - Yannick Murphy.
    New England veterinarian David Appleton has a myriad of small worries already when his son is shot in a hunting accident. Told mostly through David's call log, this modern novel explores life, even in those surreal moments, with wry humor and grace.

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Historical Fiction

  • The Maid - Kimberly Cutter The Maid - Kimberly Cutter.
    A marvelous retelling of the history of Joan of Arc, this novel is richly imagined and brings to life Joan's transformation from a young schoolgirl to the faith filled leader who inspired an army to liberate France from the English in the Hundred Years War.

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  • Wicked Autumn - G. M. Malliet Wicked Autumn - G. M. Malliet.
    In this cozy series opener, Vicar Max Tudor, who left the MI5 to become an Anglican priest, investigates the death of the Women's Institute president at the Harvest Fayre. This fresh rendition of the village mystery will please Agatha Christie fans.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • The Highest Frontier - Joan Slonczewski The Highest Frontier - Joan Slonczewski.
    Slonczewski chroncicles Jennifer Ramos Kennedy's first year at Frontera College in space. Kennedy, the descendant of three presidents and the clone of one, endures the usual freshman drama as well as being drawn into earth's problems back home.

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  • Sanctus - Simon Toyne Sanctus - Simon Toyne.
    An American journalist travels to Turkey to claim the body of her brother, a monk who threw himself from a mountain top. Touted as "in the tradition of Dan Brown," this thriller is exciting and compulsively readable.

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