Middletown Thrall Library inspires you... Beyond the Bestsellers - Your Seasonal Guide to New and Interesting Authors - Fall 2012 Edition

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Welcome to Beyond the Bestsellers! This is where we highlight new and notable authors and titles not often found on bestseller lists.

We invite you to explore "BTB" to discover books and writers of possible interest to you.

To learn more about a book and check on its availablity within the library system, click on a title below.

You can also click on an author's name to find any additional titles by that author in the library system.

General Fiction

  • Building Stories - Chris WareBuilding Stories - Chris Ware
    Building Stories is ostensibly a graphic novel that tells the stories of the residents of a Chicago apartment building; there's an unmarried woman in her early 30s, a bitter married couple, and an elderly landlady. Instead of a linear narrative, it is a collection of a variety of visual materials with no clear order. The striking images blend with unusual texts, creating a unique reading experience. Equal parts surreal and mundane, Building Stories is a philosophical goodie bag without comparison.
  • This is How it Ends - Kathleen MacMahonThis is How it Ends - Kathleen MacMahon
    Bruno Boylan, after losing his job at a large financial company, travels to Ireland to explore his family's history. While there, he meets and falls in love with Addie, an out-of-work architect who recently lost a child and is initially skeptical of Bruno. As the two spend time together, she finds Bruno to be the first man to truly respect her. Their romance blossoms and grows into a marriage interrupted all too soon by tragedy.

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Historical Fiction

  • The Orchardist - Amanda CoplinThe Orchardist - Amanda Coplin
    Set in Washington state during the dawn of the 20th century, The Orchardist tells the story of a man who has tended an orchard for 50 years, since his mother brought him and his sister there as children. He one day finds two pregnant girls on his land; they are starving escapees of a brothel owned by a cruel opium addict. When the brothel owner comes looking for them with a gang of thugs, the orchardist must protect them.
  • The Stockholm Octavo - Karen EngelmannThe Stockholm Octavo - Karen Engelmann
    In eighteenth-century Sweden, Emil Larsson, a drinker and gambler content with his life as a bachelor, is shown a mysterious spread of eight cards by a fortune teller. The cards supposedly show eight people who will help in to become wealthy and loved. Inspired by the people shown in the cards, Emil finds himself linked to opposing sides in a revolutionary conflict and an array of unusual characters.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • Something Red - Douglas NicholasSomething Red - Douglas Nicholas
    This gripping, poetic page-turner weaves a tale of magical realism set in medieval England. The hero is a woman known as Mistress Molly, an Irish musician, medicine woman, and warrior. After being exiled from Ireland, she treks across the countryside with a motley band of companions during the winter. While seeking shelter in a castle, her party learns of a bestial shape-shifter in their midst.

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  • The Prophet - Michael KorytaThe Prophet - Michael Koryta
    After the violent death of their sister in the small town of Chambers, Ohio, the Austin brothers grew emotionally distant. When another young girl is murdered under similar circumstances years later, they reunite, and their familial connection inspires them to try to find the killer as they contend with a strained relationship filled with distrust and guilt.
  • The Blackhouse - Peter MayThe Blackhouse - Peter May
    Fin Macleod, a detective who grew up on the Gaelic speaking Isle of Lewis, off the coast of Scotland, is called upon to investigate a murder in his hometown that bears a strong resemblance to one in Edinburgh years earlier. In the process of determining if this is the work of a serial killer or a copycat, the detective spends time reflecting on his past. Chapters alternate between past and present, slowly revealing more detail about the inhabitants of the island and their connection to Macleod.

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  • Black Fridays - Michael SearsBlack Fridays - Michael Sears
    This thriller delves into the underworld surrounding high-finance. It starts with Jason Stafford, an unscrupulous trader who was just released from prison, being hired to look into the records of a trader who died under mysterious circumstances. He soon finds himself embroiled in a violent web of intrigue involving the shady goings-on of powerful organizations ranging from investment firms to the FBI.

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