Middletown Thrall Library urges ye hearties t' embark on a gleemful quest...far beyond the Bestsellers - Temptin' Textual Treasures 'n Literary Loot Often Unseen Amidst Bestseller Beasties... This Being Yer Swashbucklin' Seaworthy Spring 2010 Edition

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Ahoy! Middletown Thrall Library urges ye hearties t' embark on a gleemful quest...

     ...far beyond the bestsellers!

Here be temptin' textual treasures...

     literary loot often unseen amidst bestseller beasties...

Aye, harken, me matey!

Take this map 'n raise yer sails smartly. Adventure beckons! Fair winds!

Fiction of th' Generally Inspecific Kind...

  • The Surrendered - Chang-rae Lee. The lives of an American G.I., traumatized by his father's death, an eleven year old Korean orphan, and the wife of a missionary, damaged by the horrific deaths of her own missionary parents, are drawn together in this important and heartbreaking novel spanning thirty years and four continents.

Historical Fiction... from Olden Yore...

  • The Creation of Eve - Lynn Cullen. Sofi's family sends her to Spain to be a lady in waiting to the young bride of King Felipe II. Longing only to paint, Sofi becomes entangled in a love triangle involving the Queen, the King, and the King's illegitimate half brother, Don Juan. Based on the life story of Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola, this novel is provocative and entertaining.

Mysterious Mysteries t' Mystify Yer Mind...

  • Broken Places - Sandra Parshall. In this third in a series featuring veterinarian Rachel Goddard, Rachel's childhood friend is accused of murdering Cam and Meredith Taylor who own the local newspaper. The Taylors' daughter, the ex-girlfriend of Rachel's current love Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger, returns home to seek justice. Suspenseful and romantic, this well written mystery captures the reader from page one.

Fantasies 'n Otherworldly Worlds...

  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin. This double-debut - Jemisin's first novel and part one of her Inheritance Trilogy - follows Yeine, an outcast, on her perilous ascent to her father's throne. As she awakens to undreamt dangers, the kingdom's future grows ever more uncertain.

Thrillers for Ye Adventuresome Ones...

  • Midnight House - Alex Berenson. Super spy, CIA Agent John Wells goes undercover as a Kuwaiti activist to investigate the deaths of members of Task Force 673, a secret unit whose members interrogated terrorists.

Nonfiction... If Certain Truths be Told...

  • As If an Enemy's Country - Richard Archer (973.3 ARC) The story of Boston's occupation by the British from the Fall of 1768 to the Winter of 1770 is told in a thrilling narrative, bringing new light to the origins of the Revolution. Richly populated with interesting characters, it is a "superbly crafted tale" and "first-rate scholarship" - Library Journal.
  • Country Driving - Peter Hessler. Peter Hessler, the Beijing correspondent for the New Yorker, writes about the effect the automobile and improved roads has had in modern China. Traveling over seven thousand miles and spending years in both rural and urban landscapes, Hessler creates a moving portrait of the Chinese people and their country.
  • The Poisoner's Handbook - Deborah Blum. (614.1309 BLU). Science writer Deborah Blum's book is part mystery, part social history, part chemistry and one hundred percent fascinating. Jazz Age New York was awash in toxins. Blum tells the suspenseful history of the city's first forensic scientists as they work to find answers to poisonings, both criminal and unintended.

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