Middletown Thrall Library cordially invites you... 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 Apartment - Greg BaxterThe Apartment - Greg Baxter - As an American Iraq War veteran searches for a new apartment in a wintry European city, we get a haunting look at guilt, violence, and friendship. Author Greg Baxter's concise language and reflective tone help unveil the psychological effects of war along with America's complicated relationship with the rest of the world.
  • Where the Moon Isn't - Nathan FilerWhere the Moon Isn't - Nathan Filer - In a heart-wrenching examination of mental illness, grief, and guilt, debut novelist Nathan Filer presents the story of a young man with an unusually dominant form of schizophrenia and his struggle to understand the loss of his younger brother. With a combination of quick pacing and confessional style writing, this story will leave readers with a new understanding of the meaning of family.

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Historical Fiction

  • Hild - Nicola GriffithHild - Nicola Griffith - As seventh-century Britain experiences religious and military upheavals, our heroine, Hild, fights to establish herself as the king's seer. At the center of this sweeping examination of Medieval customs, mysticism, and warfare, Hild redefines the role of women in a beautiful but vicious world.
  • Belle Cora - Phillip MarguliesBelle Cora - Phillip Margulies - This gripping debut novel presents the complex story of Arabella Godwin, an unfortunate New York orphan turned famous San Francisco madam. Engaging portraits of 19th century New York and Gold Rush-era California form an important backdrop to Godwin's epic and riveting tale of transformation, love, power, and independence.

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  • The Scandal in Kissing an Heir - Sophie BarnesThe Scandal in Kissing an Heir - Sophie Barnes - Lady Rebecca, a quick witted young woman, determined to thwart her planned union with an aged but rich Duke, begins to fall for the seductive Daniel Neville, heir to the Marquess of Wolvington. Will her suitor's womanizing past endanger their irrepressible connection?

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • The Forever Engine - Frank ChadwickThe Forever Engine - Frank Chadwick - This fabulous steampunk novel from game master Chadwick has nonstop action, interesting characters, and brilliant world building and will more than please fans of the genre.

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  • Once Upon a Lie - Maggie BarbieriOnce Upon a Lie - Maggie Barbieri - In this darkly humorous new series, divorcee Maeve Conlon works to keep her life together while managing a struggling bakery, two troublesome teenage daughters, and a father with severe Alzheimer's. When a distant cousin turns up dead and her ailing father is identified as a suspect, Maeve is forced to explore deeply hidden parts of her past in order to save her family. This witty and unpredictable mystery illuminates the power of secrets and the surprising effect they have on our identities.

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  • The Collector of Lost Things - Jeremy PageThe Collector of Lost Things - Jeremy Page - It's 1845 and scientist Eliot Saxby embarks on a darkly mysterious adventure to the Arctic Circle in search of evidence of an extinct bird called the Great Auk. When his company discovers an unknown colony of the elusive species, Saxby tries to save an injured bird from the murderous aims of his ship's captain. Surrounded by past paramours and shady characters with sinister plans, Saxby soon finds himself fighting to keep the things he cherishes safe.

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