Middletown Thrall Library hopes to inspire readers... Beyond the Bestsellers - Discovering New and Interesting Authors - Spring 2018 Edition

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Beyond the Bestsellers highlights new and notable authors not often found on bestseller lists. Discover new books and writers you might enjoy!

To learn more about a book and check on its availablity within the library system, please click or tap on its cover or title.

You can also click / tap an author's name to locate any additional titles by that writer in the library catalog.

General Fiction

  • Summer Hours at the Robbers Library - Sue HalpernSummer Hours at the Robbers Library - Sue Halpern - When fifteen-year-old Sunny is caught stealing a dictionary, she is sentenced to a summer of community service at the public library. She is supervised by Kit, the reference librarian with loner tendencies to guard against a traumatic past. Raised off the grid, the energetic teen's curiosity and inquisitive nature starts to break down the walls Kit has built around herself. Rounded off by a cast of offbeat library regulars, this is the story of developing friendships and the struggles of hiding secrets.

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Historical Fiction

  • The Atomic City Girls - Janet BeardThe Atomic City Girls - Janet Beard - Oak Ridge, Tennessee in 1944 is a town that has sprung up seemingly overnight, yet officially, it does not exist. The residents face strict security measures and questions are not to be asked. All they need to know is their work will help win the war. Told through the interconnected lives of four characters, this novel gives a human side to the true life events of the town's part in the Manhattan Project. Perfect to pair with The Wives of Los Alamos or the nonfiction The Girls of Atomic City.
  • As Bright As Heaven - Susan MeissnerAs Bright As Heaven - Susan Meissner - After the death of their son, the Bright family and their new relationship with death move to Philadelphia to take their share in the family funeral business. As war rages in Europe, the Brights think their neighbor's draft notice is the closest they will come to the devastation abroad. But when the Spanish flu arrives and rages though the city, each member of the family must find their own way to confront death. A moving story of love, loss, family and resiliency amid adversity, this character-driven novel is for readers who enjoyed The Light Between Oceans or The Poisonwood Bible.

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  • Force of Nature - Jane HarperForce of Nature - Jane Harper - A corporate retreat goes wrong in this atmospheric sequel to the award-winning The Dry. Five women go into the wilderness of Australia's Giralang Ranges. Only four come back. They say Alice Russell left their cabin in the middle of the night with a flashlight and the group's only cell phone. However, Alice was a whistle-blower for a money-laundering scheme, giving the others motive. The area was also once the hunting grounds for a serial killer who preyed on female hikers. Financial crimes investigators Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper are summoned from Melbourne to find their informant. For fans of Tana French and Nevada Barr.
  • The Last Equation of Isaac Severy - Nova JacobsThe Last Equation of Isaac Severy - Nova Jacobs - Isaac Severy discovered an equation that can predict seemingly random events. After his death the powerful formula is sought after by everyone from mathematicians to corporate bigwigs to military leaders to secretive organizations. When his granddaughter Hazel receives a cryptic letter written just before his death, she must try to honor his request to find the equation and deliver it to an unnamed colleague before someone with less honorable intentions gets it. A clever mix of plots, puzzles and heart, this brainy mystery is for fans of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey.

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Sci-Fi / Fantasy

  • How to Stop Time - Matt HaigHow to Stop Time - Matt Haig - Who wants to live forever? Is a long life a blessing or burden? Tom Hazard is an Albatross. He appears to not age, but really he ages extremely slowly. The number one rule for Albatrosses: do not fall in love. Tom learned this too late; after he married, had a daughter, and had to live on the move to keep them safe. Eventually he left his family to protect them. Now 439 years old, Tom is a history teacher who starts to fall for the school's French teacher as he continues his search for his long lost Albatross daughter in this engaging, thought-provoking novel.

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  • The Plea - Steve CavanaghThe Plea - Steve Cavanagh - Con artist turned attorney Eddie Flynn is assigned a new client and task by the feds. Unless he gets David Child to plea guilty to the murder of his girlfriend and testify against a corrupt firm under investigation, they will arrest Eddie's estranged wife for her unwitting part in the fraud being investigated. Despite evidence pointing towards David's guilt, Eddie doesn't believe the scared young man did it. He must find the real guilty party while keeping his client and wife safe in this fast-paced thriller in the vein of Lee Child, John Grisham and Michael Connelly.

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