Middletown Thrall Library teleports you... Beyond the Bestsellers - Your Seasonal Guide to New and Interesting Authors - Summer 2013 Edition

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Beyond the Bestsellers highlights new and notable authors not often found on bestseller lists.

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

  • Hope Factory - Lavanya SankaranHope Factory - Lavanya Sankaran
    Although set in modern day Bangalore India, there are shades of Downton Abbey in this compelling drama of a factory owner and his servants. Government corruption and the struggle to maintain tradition as well as promote progress are examined giving the reader a glimpse of today's India. With its memorable characters and tension-filled plot lines, this novel will please many readers.
  • Flora - Gail GodwinFlora - Gail Godwin
    Ten year old Helen is unhappy that she must spend the summer of 1945 cooped up at home with her deceased mother's emotional twenty-two year old country cousin, Flora, but one of her friends has polio, the grandmother who raised her has died, and her father has been called away for secretive war work. Helen and Flora's time together will transform both of them.

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Historical Fiction

  • Queen's Gambit - Elizabeth FremantleQueen's Gambit - Elizabeth Fremantle
    This exceptional debut about Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII, is a tour de force filled with romance and intrigue. Meticulously researched and compulsively readable, it is sure to please all fans of the Tudor era.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • The Shambling Guide to New York City - Mur LaffertyThe Shambling Guide to New York City - Mur Lafferty
    Zoe Norris, recovering from a love affair gone wrong, moves to New York and is hired to edit a travel guide for New York City for the out-of-town monster. This funny novel will delight fans of urban fantasy.

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  • The Square of Revenge - Pieter AspeThe Square of Revenge - Pieter Aspe
    Readers who love Simenon's Maigret will welcome the first of Flemish veteran mystery writer Aspe's novels to be published in the United States. Featuring quirky characters, a clever plot, and joyful storytelling, it will hopefully be the first of many to reach our shores!
  • Original Skin - David MarkOriginal Skin - David Mark
    Drugs, illicit rendezvous, and gangs figure into this fast paced, atmospheric police procedural set in the English port of Hull. Readers will enjoy the large cast of complex characters.

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  • Red Sparrow - Jason MatthewsRed Sparrow - Jason Matthews
    Dominika Egorova, a ballerina, is forced to become a "sparrow" in Putin's Russia. Her target: Nathaniel Nash, a young impetuous CIA agent. Espionage lovers should not miss this propulsive debut from Matthews, a three decade veteran of the C.I.A.

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