Middletown Thrall Library Invites You to Advance... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: Spring 2008 Edition

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  • My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru - Michael Frame, a suburban husband and father, is found out to be Chris Carver, a sixties terrorist who set off bombs in London protesting the Viet Nam War. Hari Kunzru has been called one of the twenty best fiction writers under forty, and My Revolutions is his finest novel yet.
  • Song Yet Sung by James McBride. - This page-turner from the author of The Color of Water follows the escapades of a beautiful runaway slave who has visions of the future and a notorious slave catcher brought out of retirement to break the "code" of the Underground Railroad on the shores of Maryland.

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  • The Expeditions by Karl Iagnemma - The narratives of sixteen year-old Elisha Cook who runs away to Eastern Michigan and of his ailing reverend father who leaves his home in Massachusetts to find him are told in parallel in this novel of America's westward expansion. Set in 1844, this "stunning debut" has detailed descriptions of nature and meditations on faith and loss as well as plenty of romantic adventure.
  • Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield - Rich in detail, Killing Rommel tells the WW II story of the gallant young British soldiers who set out to kill the brilliant general, and, with him, Germany's hope of Egypt's oil and the use of the African coastline as a staging ground for seizing southern Europe.


  • The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny - The first two Three Pines mysteries received raves all around, and the third mystery featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is no exception. "Penny produces what many have tried but few have mastered: a psychologically acute cozy. If you don't give your heart to Gamache, you may have no heart to give." Kirkus Reviews
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  • Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews - When Gina Fox, host a cooking show on Atlanta's public television station, gets the opportunity to try for a spot on a national cooking channel, she is dismayed that her rival Tate Moody is also in the running. This romantic comedy sparkles.


  • The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton - In the 36th century, humans are immortal, but still searching for something more. When a telepathic young man begins to dream of a greater existence in the Void, a black hole which slowly devours stars to sustain itself, he attracts many followers.
  • In the Courts of the Crimson Kings by S. M. Stirling. - This pastiche of planetary romances like those of Edgar Rice Buroughs is set on Mars and features a "truly alien environment," and a dramatically exciting plot.


  • Stalked by Brian Freeman - Duluth, MN cop Maggie Sorenson discovers her husband's body in their home. Maggie is top on the list of suspects when her involvement in a sex club surfaces. Her boss Jonathon Stride is investigating the murder of a young girl, and his lover Serena Dial is being followed after acting as a go-between in a blackmail case. Freeman created a complex plot, vivid setting and plenty of tension in this shocking thriller.