Middletown Thrall Library accompanies you... Beyond the Bestsellers: A Composition of Fiction and Authors Often Unheard of on Bestseller Lists - Spring 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

  • An Unexpected Guest - Anne KorkeakiviAn Unexpected Guest - Anne Korkeakivi
    In Paris, American Clare Moorhouse plans a last minute dinner party for a visiting VIP when her husband's boss, the British Ambassador to France, falls ill. The simple pleasures of food and flowers are combined with the moral and political complexities of our modern world to create a poignant exploration of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this debut has been called both a comedy of manners and a "politically charged thriller."
  • A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar - Suzanne Joinson A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar - Suzanne Joinson
    Interwining the stories of two sisters who become missionaries to Kashgar in 1923 with the modern day narrative of a young woman in London who befriends an illegal Yemeni immigrant, this absorbing novel reflects the continued difficulties of bridging cultural divides.

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Historical Fiction

  • Blue Asylum - Kathy Hepinstall Blue Asylum - Kathy Hepinstall
    It's 1864, and Iris Dunleavy is committed to an insane asylum for assisting her husband's slaves in an attempted escape from their Virginia plantation. Strong characters and an interesting examination of what constitutes madness make this intelligent historical romance stand out.

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  • A Simple Murder - Eleanor Kuhns A Simple Murder - Eleanor Kuhns
    Assistant Director and Head of Adult Services at Goshen Public Library and Historical Society, Eleanor Kuhns won the MWA/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel competition for this finely crafted historical mystery set in a Shaker community in 1795.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • White Horse - Alex Adams White Horse - Alex Adams
    In this post-apocalyptic novel, a deadly virus is raging through the world when the President of the United States announces that humans are no longer a viable species. Zoe, who is one of few immune to the disease, sets out on a journey in hope of reconnecting with the father of her unborn child.

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  • The Reckoning - Jane Casey The Reckoning - Jane Casey
    Unsure of who she can trust, London Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan is embroiled in the investigation of the torture and murder of sex offenders. Organized crime, workplace sexism, and romance all have roles to play in this taut and highly entertaining thriller.

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