Middletown Thrall Library helps readers readers break out of their shells and swim... Beyond the Bestsellers - Discovering New and Interesting Authors - Summer 2017 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!

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General Fiction

  • Ginny Moon - Benjamin LudwigGinny Moon - Benjamin Ludwig - Life seems to be going well for Ginny Moon, a young teen with autism. After being taken from her abusive birth-mother, she spent four years in foster care before being adopted by her "Forever Family". When her adopted parents have a baby, Ginny starts displaying troubling behavior and obsessing about her "Baby Doll" from when she still lived with her birth-mother. With no one seeming to listen to or understand her, Ginny tries to find her birth-mother, risking herself and new family in the process. This captivating debut will leave readers rooting for a very special girl.
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail HoneymanEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman - Eleanor Oliphant is a solitary creature of habit and routine, her peculiarities making the subject of office gossip. When the new IT guy strikes up a tentative friendship and Eleanor develops a crush on a bar musician, her carefully constructed world turns upside down. As she learns to open up to kindness, the reader learns what made her so completely Eleanor Oliphant through her witty, curmudgeonly inner monologue. Perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove and The Rosie Project.

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Historical Fiction

  • Lilli De Jong - Janet BentonLilli De Jong - Janet Benton - Lilli De Jong finds herself with nowhere to go when her fiancĂ© abandons her expecting a child in 1880s Pennsylvania. Without her teaching job she flees to a Philadelphia charity for unwed mothers and plans on giving up the baby for adoption into a better life. But when her baby girl arrives, Lilli cannot give up on her and fights to keep her against the insurmountable odds of 19th century society. Lilli chronicles her hardships in her journal in this well researched, captivating story that will appeal to fans of Geraldine Brooks.
  • Lost Letter - Jillian CantorLost Letter - Jillian Cantor - In 1938 occupied Austria, a young apprentice to a Jewish stamp engraver aids the resistance with his mentor's daughter, using his training to forge papers. In 1989 California, a woman going through her ailing father's stamp collection finds an unopened letter addressed to a Fraulein Faber with an unusual stamp picturing an edelweiss flower hidden in a church steeple. Her journey to uncover the letter's history leads to discovering secrets in her family history as the story lines converge. A hopeful tale of love lost and found for fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls.

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  • Birdwatcher - William ShawBirdwatcher - William Shaw - On the bleak coast of Kent, avid birdwatcher Detective Sergeant William South is reluctantly drawn into a murder investigation that brings up memories of his past. When neighbor and fellow birdwatcher Robert Raynor is found dead South is asked to help investigate, but inquiries keep leading to connections from his childhood in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. With its intense slow burn and atmospheric setting, this mystery is for fans of Scandinavian noir and author Tana French.
  • The Marsh King's Daughter - Karen DionneThe Marsh King's Daughter - Karen Dionne - Helena Pelletier grew up in the remote wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the daughter of Jacob Holbrook and the girl he abducted at fourteen. She lived trapped by his harsh rules and abuse until she escaped at age twelve. In her new adult life, Helena has a husband and two children who know nothing of her past until her father escapes from prison thirty miles away. Helena's knowledge of her father and the wilderness skills he taught her make her the only one who can track him down. This fast-paced thriller will excite and unnerve fans of Room and The Girl on the Train.
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter - Theodora GossThe Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter - Theodora Goss - Five women find a common bond and uncover a mystery in this witty literary mash-up. Penniless orphan Mary Jekyll hopes to fix her financial situation with the bounty for the murderer Edward Hyde after she finds a mysterious reference to a fund set aside "for the care and keeping of Hyde". Enlisting the aid of Sherlock Holmes to seek Hyde, Mary instead discovers his illegitimate daughter, along with the daughters and creations of Doctors Moreau, Rappaccini and Frankenstein and a secret society of mad scientists.

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Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror

  • When the English Fall - David WilliamsWhen the English Fall - David Williams - A massive solar storm wipes out the power grid, effectively ending the modern way of life with all its conveniences. Amish farmer Jacob and his family try to carry on as best they may as they witness the unraveling of English, or non-Amish, society. Jacob willingly helps his neighbors in the aftermath with food and provisions, but as things get worse in the nearby cities desperate outsiders come bringing violence.

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  • Here and Gone - Haylen BeckHere and Gone - Haylen Beck - Audra Kinney is on the run, fleeing her abusive husband cross country with her two kids. She makes it to Arizona where she is pulled over and wrongly taken into custody. Then her children disappear and the sheriff says there were never any children in the car. When the news makes national headlines, Danny Lee in California believes her, remembering what happened to his wife and child, and is determined to find Audra's children. A perfect pick for fans of Lee Child, Harlan Coben or Lisa Gardner.

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