Middletown Thrall Library invites you to migrate... Beyond the Bestsellers: Interesting Fiction and Authors Often Not Found on Bestseller Lists - Winter 2011 Edition

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Past Issues

Missed a past issue of Beyond the Bestsellers? Click below for previous BTBs and more reading recommendations:

We invite you to consider any of the titles below the next time you're looking for something interesting to read. To learn more about a book and check on its availablity within the library system, click a title link below.

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General Fiction

  • The Weird Sisters - Eleanor Brown. Unbeknownst to each other, three sisters return home to Barnwell, Ohio to help care for their ailing mother. Named for Shakespearian characters by their Bard-loving father, they all have other reasons for wanting to escape their current situations and are not too happy to find their sisters at home as well. Readers will be delighted by this sparkling debut.
  • You Know When the Men Are Gone - Siobhan Fallon. This accomplished collection of short stories depicts the lives of those whose husbands and fathers have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan from Fort Hood, Texas. These graceful and gripping stories give us a realistic view into military families.

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Historical Fiction

  • Corrag - Susan Fletcher. Corrag, the lone living witness to the massacre of the MacDonald clan by British soldiers in 1692, tells her story to Charles Leslie, a Catholic loyalist. Scottish history enthusiasts will enjoy the engrossing plot as well as Fletcher's lyric descriptions of the Highlands.
  • Under Fishbone Clouds - Sam Meekings. The marriage of Jinyi and Yuying, a love story, is the centerpiece of this novel of late twentieth century China. From 1946 through the Cultural Revolution to China today, their marriage serves as a mirror. Meekings interweaves their story with folklore to create a rich tapestry which will entrance readers.


  • Nights of the Red Moon - Milton Burton. The body of Amanda Twiller, the estranged wife of the Methodist minister, is left on the front lawn of his church. Small town Texas is deftly painted in this well crafted mystery.
  • The Attenbury Emeralds - Jill Paton Walsh. Dorothy Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are brought thirty years forward to 1952 as they work to solve a chain of murders. Sayers' fans and those of period mysteries will relish this tale.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • The Officers' Club - Ralph Peters. Alcohol-fueled choices create fertile ground for deception and murder among military intelligence officers training for war with the USSR. Peters creates multidimensional characters and evokes the early eighties time period vividly in this excellent thriller.

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