Middletown Thrall Library inspires you... Beyond the Bestsellers - Your Seasonal Guide to New and Interesting Authors - Spring 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, please click on its 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

  • Telling the Bees - Peggy HeskethTelling the Bees - Peggy Hesketh
    In this heartwarming story told in breathtakingly beautiful prose, we meet Albert Honig, a reclusive beekeeper who enjoys a tranquil life tending to the bees on his sprawling California orange grove. One tragic day, however, Albert discovers the bodies of two neighbors (the "Bee Ladies") murdered next door. Though Albert always preferred the company of bees to people, he struggles to find closure from these untimely deaths as he relives memories of his seventy-year friendship with the Ladies.

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Historical Fiction

  • Child of Vengeance - David KirkChild of Vengeance - David Kirk
    This fast-paced, action-packed novel focuses on the early life of Musashi Miyamoto, the legendary 17th century samurai and author of The Book of Five Rings, as he comes of age in the ways of the samurai. The history and culture of 17th century Japan meticulously reveal that complex and often contradictory world, where codes of honor, feudalism, elaborate ritual, and rigid principles struggle against betrayal, violence, and chaos. Follow Miyamoto as he masters the art of swordsmanship and becomes one of the most innovative and dominating warriors of all time.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • Office of Mercy - Ariel DjanikianOffice of Mercy - Ariel Djanikian
    What might it be like to live in post-apocalyptic America? Djanikian explores this very question. A few centuries ago, a technologically engineered "Storm" designed to exterminate a global population was unleashed, dividing civilization in two: the survivors underground, who reside in a painless, deathless, technologically advanced settlement, and the survivors above, who roam the continent in nomadic tribes struggling to survive. Natasha is a member of the underground team hunting tribes as acts of "mercy" - that is, until she experiences a crisis of conscience!

Other titles to consider:


  • Bear Is Broken - Lachlan SmithBear Is Broken - Lachlan Smith
    Teddy Maxwell, just shot by an unidentified assailant, lies in a coma and barely hangs on for life. As an unethical defense attorney, Teddy accumulated scores of enemies, including the local police. Unable to rely on law enforcement, Leo (Teddy's naive younger brother) must infiltrate the San Francisco underworld to investigate his brother's shooting. This novel is drenched with drama, adrenaline, and dizzying twists!

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  • The Romanov Cross - Robert MaselloThe Romanov Cross - Robert Masello
    Suspense combines with Inuit folklore, cursed relics, magical wolves, and other paranormal elements in this gripping tale. As global warming melts the Alaskan permafrost, coffins are exposed along with their tragic contents: a Russian colony killed by the Spanish Flu. Frank Slater, a former Army major and epidemiologist, must lead a team through the Alaskan wilderness to protect humanity from another catastrophic plague.

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