Middletown Thrall Library Invites You to Go... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: Fall 2005 Edition

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Some titles to consider:


  • The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks - A woman, lonely for her husband, a Confederate soldier, and mourning her dead children, finds solace in transforming her Tennessee plantation into a hospital and cemetery.
  • Dancing in the Dark - Caryl Phillips - The story of vaudevillian, Bert Williams, is at the center of this biographical novel. Williams, America's first black superstar, was a composer, singer, dancer and comedian. The paradox of his genius and the stereotype he was forced to portray is explored in this loving portrait.
Other titles to consider:


  • Blood Knot by John Galligan. The second in Galligan's series of fly fishing mysteries featuring Ned "Dog" Ogilvie, a grieving father consumed with guilt, is grim but beautifully crafted and peopled with characters reminiscent of Faulkner.
  • For Edgar by Sheldon Rusch - A serial killer known as the Raven leaves clues from Edgar Allen Poe's stories. Special Agent Elizabeth Taylor Hewitt from the Illinois state police turns to her former lover, Scott Gregory, a Poe scholar, to help her decode the clues. Hewitt is a witty and intelligent protagonist.


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Some titles to consider:
  • The Color of Law by Mark Gimenez- After giving a rousing speech praising Atticus Finch and celebrating the importance of upholding the sacred rights of the innocent, A. Scott Fenney, a corporate lawyer at the top of his game, is assigned, much to his dismay, to represent a heroin addicted prostitute accused of murdering the son of a Texas senator. Fans of fast paced legal thrillers should enjoy this morality tale.
  • Thirteen Steps Down by Ruth Rendell - This horror filled stand alone psychological thriller is being hailed as one of Rendell's best works. Its evocative setting and surprise ending will not disappoint fans of the British chiller.