Middletown Thrall Library helps you spring ahead... Beyond the Bestsellers - Your Seasonal Guide to New and Interesting Authors - Winte 2014 Edition

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About this guide: 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

  • The Lost Sisterhood - Anne FortierThe Lost Sisterhood - Anne Fortier - Fortier weaves together two stories in this inventive modern epic centered in the mythological history of the Amazons. Readers follow a globe-trotting Oxford academic obsessed with the powerful Greek women, while at the same time discovering the adventures of the Amazon Queen, Myrina, and her quest to save her kidnapped sisters.
  • The Divorce Papers - Susan RiegerThe Divorce Papers - Susan Rieger - This uniquely crafted debut novel illustrates the humorous yet tragic results when a young lawyer is thrown into a chaotic divorce case. As the protagonist struggles to navigate the ups and downs of her high profile client, readers are treated to a refreshing examination of marriage and the importance of healthy interpersonal relationships.

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Historical Fiction

  • The Daring Ladies of Lowell - Kate AlcottThe Daring Ladies of Lowell - Kate Alcott - In Kate Alcott's suspenseful second outing (after The Dressmaker) righteousness and romance collide when factory worker Alice Barrow finds herself torn between justice for the death of her best friend and dreams of a life with the mill owner's son. Based on a similar case at the height of the Industrial Revolution, this story presents a compelling picture of factory life in nineteenth century Massachusetts and the enduring loyalty of friendship.

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  • Southern Heat - David BurnsworthSouthern Heat - David Burnsworth - This breakneck mystery set under the blazing sun of Charleston, South Carolina follows the murder investigation of Reggie Sails. After Reggie's land and possessions fall to his nephew Brack Pelton, Brack finds himself stuck between suspicions of a tenacious investigator and the greed of a wealthy Charleston family after his uncle's property.
  • Gemini - Carol CassellaGemini - Carol Cassella - Intensive Care doctor Charlotte Reese finds herself deeply entangled in the fate of an anonymous hit and run victim when the Jane Doe is brought to her hospital. As the comatose woman's state begins to deteriorate, Dr. Reese and her boyfriend embark on a journey to discover connections to Jane Doe's mysterious past.

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  • Romancing the Duke - Tessa DareRomancing the Duke - Tessa Dare - Impoverished heroine Isolde Goodnight is the new owner of a castle via her estranged godfather's will. After seeking out her new home, she is met by none other than the previous owner and his stubborn claim to the crumbling stronghold. This hilariously engaging tale of accidental fortune and unexpected love is an impressive start to a new series.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • Red Rising - Pierce BrownRed Rising - Pierce Brown - Dystopian fiction lovers will be fascinated by this action-packed debut set in a futuristic Martian colony. The novel's hero, Darrow, embarks on a quest to become a member of the ruling class after a devastating loss leaving him disillusioned with his society's caste system. His decision sets the stage for an epic journey of adventure and brutal vengeance.
  • Influx - Daniel SuarezInflux - Daniel Suarez - Particle physicist Jon Grady inexplicably finds himself imprisoned as an enemy of the state when his team makes a groundbreaking discovery. After learning that a nefarious organization has worked to suppress the spread of technological advancement for over fifty years, it is up to him and the other prisoners to thrust the world into a new age of enlightenment.

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  • Black Chalk - Christopher J. YatesBlack Chalk - Christopher J. Yates - This electrifying debut focuses on a six Oxford freshmen and their escalating game of dares. As their challenges intensify, tragedy results in an unexpected class reunion fourteen years later.

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