Middletown Thrall Library Invites You to Go... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: Late Winter/Early Spring 2005 Edition

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Snobs by Julian Fellowes
This comedy of manners by the Academy Award winning screenwriter of Gosford Park satirizes the modern British upper class - still stiff upper lip and all that.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
Estranged British sisters of Ukrainian descent put aside their differences to "save" their widowed father from a young Ukrainian woman in this funny and tender novel.

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The Stone that the Builder Refused by Madison Smartt Bell
This is the final volume of Bell's acclaimed trilogy of Francois Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian revolution. Toussaint led the only successful slave rebellion in world history. If you haven't read the other two books in the trilogy, All Souls' Rising and the Master of the Crossroads, start with them. You won't be disappointed.

Pride of Carthage by David Durham
Durham has created a wonderfully rich and complex novel of Hannibal and the second Punic War.


A Cold Treachery by Charles Todd
The murder of almost an entire family leaves Inspector Rutledge searching for motives as well as a ten year boy not found with the family. Rutledge is also battling his own demons in this mystery set in a rural community in post World War I Scotland.
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The Myriad by R. M. Meluch
The origins of the universe, quantum singularities, and time travel are all considered in this military science fiction novel of the 25th century. Great fun!


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