Middletown Thrall Library Invites You to Go... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: Late Winter/Early Spring 2005 Edition

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Consider any of the titles below the next time you're looking for something interesting to read. To learn more about a book and check on its availablity within the library system, click a title link below.

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The Lake, the River, and the Other Lake by Steve Amick
Migrant workers, townies, vacationers and a Native American Viet Nam veteran all have a part in this funny and wise novel that takes place during a summer in Weneshkeen, a fictional resort town on Lake Michigan's "Gold Coast."

In the Face of Jinn by Cheryl Howard Crew
When her sister disappears during a silk buying trip for their lucrative import business, Christine Shepherd embarks on a harrowing adventure through India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in search of her. The author is the wife of Ron Howard.

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The Illuminator - Brenda Rickman Vantrease.
Set in fourteenth century England, this extraordinary first novel explores the religious unrest of the time. A widow trying to hold onto her twin sons' right to their father's manor estate offers lodging to a manuscript illuminator and his daughter. Richly drawn characters and historical detail highlight this absorbing story.

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The Rebels of Babylon - Owen Parry
Parry's sixth installment of the award winning Abel Jones mystery series follows Civil War detective Abel Jones as he investigates the death of a young crusader. He finds himself facing fantastic rumors of the resurrected dead as 1863 New Orleans approaches hysteria and riot.

Some Welcome Home - Sharon Grant Wildwind
Captain Elizabeth Pepperhawk, returning from Viet Nam to serve as head nurse at the Army hospital at Fort Bragg, North Carolina finds the body of a dead soldier in her hotel bed. Some Welcome Home is an emotional and evocative story that will have readers looking forward to more.

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The Inside Ring - Michael Lawson
After an attempt on the president's life that results in two other deaths, the Secret Service comes under the scrutiny of Joe DeMarco, the Speaker of the House's fix-it guy. Filled with excitement and danger and peopled with very human and humorous characters, The Inside Ring provides first-rate entertainment.

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