Middletown Thrall Library invites you upward... Beyond the Bestsellers - Your Seasonal Guide to New and Interesting Authors - Fall 2014 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

  • Florence Gordon - Brian MortonFlorence Gordon - Brian Morton - At seventy-five, sharp witted feminist icon Florence Gordon is looking forward to completing her long-awaited memoir. Unfortunately, health complications and the intrusion of her son's rowdy family threaten her fiercely guarded independence. Set in the metropolis of New York City, this intelligently humorous novel examines the meaning of family and the importance of self-determination.
  • All We Had - Annie WeatherwaxAll We Had - Annie Weatherwax - Ruthie Carmichael and her mother Rita have always lived their lives on the edge of poverty, but their fortunes unexpectedly change when they find themselves in the small town of Fat River, Pennsylvania. Despite their dreams for the future, an impending foreclosure on their new home threatens to crumble their growing aspirations. With an expert balance of comedy and heart-wrenching tragedy, Annie Weatherwax's debut novel paints a picture of the everyday struggle for many in America.

Other titles to consider:

Historical Fiction

  • The Miniaturist - Jessie BurtonThe Miniaturist - Jessie Burton - Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam, this bewitching novel follows its heroine Nella Oortman as she tries to make a place for herself in her new husbands' business-driven household. After receiving a doll-sized replica of her new home, Nella hires a mysterious miniaturist to furnish her gift. However, the secrets unveiled by his creations guide Nella into an irreversible understanding of the fear and deceit enveloping her new family.
  • Expo 58 - Jonathan CoeExpo 58 - Jonathan Coe - This fast-paced political satire follows the escapades of a government clerk by the name of Thomas Foley who in an effort to escape his mundane existence eagerly accepts an appointment as the head of a British pub built at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium. Foley quickly finds himself embracing a world of alluring glamour and wit, while inadvertently navigating the intrigue of post-World War II espionage.

Other titles to consider:


  • Nine Days - Minerva KoenigNine Days - Minerva Koenig - After a witness-protection relocation to the Lone Star state following the murder of her weapons-trafficker husband, Julia Kalas finds her peace interrupted by a murder investigation at her new, completely legitimate bartending job. Drawing on her years of criminal savvy and uncanny deduction skills, Julia launches a dangerous investigation in an attempt to exonerate her mysterious new boss.
  • Murder on the Ile Sordou - M.L. LongworthMurder on the Ile Sordou - M.L. Longworth - Set in a picturesque Mediterranean island resort, book four in Longworth's Provencal Mystery series follows the charismatic Judge Antoine Verlaque and law professor Marine Bonnet as their relaxing vacation turns into a violent murder investigation. As they get closer to solving the crime, an unexpected storm cuts all power to resort, heightening the stakes and tempting the killer to strike again.

Other titles to consider:


  • The Remedy for Love - Bill RoorbachThe Remedy for Love - Bill Roorbach - This riveting romance focuses on two strangers who meet on a whim of goodwill, but soon become trapped in a remote cabin during one of the worst winter storms in Maine History. As the blizzard rages on, the two a forced to rely on each other and in turn, confront their own secrets with a mixture of honesty and maturity.

Other titles to consider:

Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • Your Face in Mine - Jess RowYour Face in Mine - Jess Row - In a thought provoking twist on race relations, debut novelist Jess Row hypothesizes an experimental treatment which allows a young Jewish man by the name of, Martin Lipkin, to undergo "racial reassignment surgery." After revealing his secret to a childhood friend, Martin soon embarks on a quest to sell this transformative procedure to the world, igniting controversy and a candid discussion of racial identity in the United States.

Other titles to consider:


  • Confessions - Kanae MinatoConfessions - Kanae Minato - Following the tragic death of her daughter, devastated Japanese school teacher Yuko Moriguchi enacts a complex game of revenge with far reaching consequences. Equal parts disturbing and shocking, this compelling tale of retribution will fully engage readers until its thrilling conclusion.

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