Middletown Thrall Library transports 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

  • The Infinite Tides - Christian KieferThe Infinite Tides - Christian Kiefer
    NASA astronaut Keith Corcoran is recalled from his first mission to the International Space Station after receiving word his teenage daughter died in a car accident and his wife left him. Spiraling into depression and left to pick up the pieces of his crumbling life, Corcoran finds friendship and solace in an eclectic cast of characters and, ultimately, the strength to survive his losses.
  • The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson WalkerThe Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker
    Eleven-year-old Julia and her family awake one Saturday morning in October to find that scientists have discovered the Earth's rotation is slowing. Walker's debut novel, a compelling coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of a global natural disaster, follows Julia as she deals with the effects, both mundane and monumental, of this catastrophe.

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Historical Fiction

  • Flight From Berlin - David JohnFlight From Berlin - David John
    While covering the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Reporter Richard Denham meets ex-Olympic swimmer Eleanor Emerson. The two, sharing similar anti-Hitler sentiments, begin to realize the full power of Nazi propaganda and soon find themselves in pursuit of a mysterious dossier with the capacity to destroy the Third Reich's leadership.

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  • Faithful Unto Death - Stephanie Jaye EvansFaithful Unto Death - Stephanie Jaye Evans
    When a prominent lawyer is found dead on the town golf course, Texas minister Bear Wells finds himself thrust into investigating the mysterious death as it intertwines with his own life in this smart and satisfying take on the cozy mystery.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • 2312 - Kim Stanley Robinson2312 - Kim Stanley Robinson
    In the 24th century humanity has acquired the technology to colonize most of the solar system, including Mercury. Swan Er Hong, an artist and creator of new worlds, returns to Mercury to mourn the death of her beloved grandmother, Alex, a prominent scientist. Hong soon learns that her grandmother was involved in a mysterious project and must uncover Alex's secrets before they destroy the entire solar system.

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  • The Empty Glass - J.I. BakerThe Empty Glass - J.I. Baker
    Los Angeles deputy coroner, Ben Fitzgerald, is called to the house of Marilyn Monroe on August 5, 1962. Pressed to classify the starlet's death as a suicide, Fitzgerald has his doubts about the cause of death after he discovers a cryptic diary, the same diary gossip columnist Jo Carnahan is attempting to steal. The two soon find themselves in increasing danger as they delve deeper into the conspiracy surrounding Monroe's death. Combining fact and fiction, Baker's first novel marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death and weaves a thrilling tale where the seedy sides of celebrity, power, and politics meet.
  • The Wrong Man - David EllisThe Wrong Man - David Ellis
    When Iraq war veteran Mike Stoller is arrested for the murder of a young paralegal, Attorney Jason Korlarich takes his case believing his client, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, is innocent. Ellis, a Chicago prosecuting attorney, employs his law expertise to craft his latest legal thriller.

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