Middletown Thrall Library guides readers further... Beyond the Bestsellers - Discovering New and Interesting Authors - Winter 2018 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!

To learn more about a book and check on its availablity within the library system, please click or tap on its cover or title.

You can also click / tap an author's name to locate any additional titles by that writer in the library catalog.

General Fiction

  • Eternal Life - Dara HornEternal Life - Dara Horn - 2,000 years ago, in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, Rachel made a bargain to save her child's life. In exchange for his life she had to give up her death. Since then she has lived countless lives, loving and then losing husbands, children, grandchildren, and she has seen so much suffering through those long years. In modern day New York, Rachel has come to the point where she is ready for the cycle to end. As she looks for a way to die, her medical researcher granddaughter is studying longevity and comes dangerously close to finding out the truth about Rachel in this story of family, faith, love, death and the meaning of life.

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Historical Fiction

  • White Chrysanthemum - Mary Lynn BrachtWhite Chrysanthemum - Mary Lynn Bracht - 1943: Hana is a free diver gathering edible treasures off the Korean coast. When she sees a Japanese soldier walking up the beach, she allows herself to be taken and forced to become a "comfort woman" to keep her younger sister safe. Captured and abused, Hana never gives up hope for escape. 2011: Emi is the younger sister, who has never forgotten Hana's sacrifice. Everyday she struggles with guilt over her loss as she searches for her sister and joins the protests at the Japanese embassy demanding justice for all the "comfort women" taken. Heart-wrenching and compelling, this difficult story is for fans of Lilac Girls and Kristen Hannah.

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  • The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss - Max WirestoneThe Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss - Max Wirestone - Dahlia Moss, student investigator and all-around nerd, jumps at the chance to take a job at a game development company as a corporate spy, no matter how sketchy her employer seems. Her mission: to steal the code for the company's latest game. Her investigation is complicated by the eccentricities of her coworkers, an anonymous whistle-blower posting online, a body in the staff room, and her general lack of subtlety as an investigator. Pop culture references and self-deprecating asides abound in this witty new mystery.

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Sci-Fi / Fantasy

  • The Girl in the Tower - Katherine ArdenThe Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden - After the events of The Bear and the Nightingale, Vasya is an orphaned outcast, seen as a witch by her village. Rather than resign herself to being locked away in a convent or arranged marriage, she disguises her herself as a boy and chooses a life of adventure. A fight with bandits who have been preying on young girls attracts the attention of the Grand Prince of Moscow. Vasya must maintain her disguise as he uncovers new threats in this richly atmospheric sequel steeped in Russian folklore.
  • Weave a Circle Round - Kari MaarenWeave a Circle Round - Kari Maaren - Freddy just wants to get through high school unnoticed, which is hard with a genius little sister who wants to be a detective and a Dungeons and Dragons playing stepbrother who is deaf. It gets even harder when two very odd neighbors move into an equally odd house that seems to defy all laws of reality. When Freddy stumbles through a time portal after hitting her head she finds herself jumping through time with the abrasive Josiah and the eccentric, easily distracted Cuerva Lachance. This engaging, upbeat exploration of the power of stories is for fans of Madeline L'Engle and Seanan Mcguire.
  • All Things Bright and Strange - James MarkertAll Things Bright and Strange - James Markert - In the wake of World War I, residents of Bellhaven, South Carolina discover a chapel in the woods where they find healing and peace. But, the more they go there, the more they begin to turn on each other. Something evil has been unleashed at the chapel and it is up to wounded vet and grieving widower Ellsworth Newberry to pull himself out of despair and lead the town in the battle against the mysterious, supernatural forces. For readers of Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.

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  • Need to Know - Karen ClevelandNeed to Know - Karen Cleveland - Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counter intelligence analyst working to uncover Russian sleeper agents in the US. She is also a devoted wife and mother of four. While accessing a suspected Russian operative's computer, Vivian discovers a file with the dossiers of a number of deep cover agents. The identity of one of those agents turns her life upside-down, putting herself, her family and the Agency at risk as her loyalties to her country and her family are tested. This fast-paced debut is sure to thrill fans of Chris Pavone's novels and the TV series "The Americans."
  • The Woman in the Window - A.J. FinnThe Woman in the Window - A.J. Finn - Dr. Anna Fox was once a child psychologist. Now, she is confined to her house with agoraphobia, her life arranged around old black and white thrillers, the internet, her many prescriptions and wine. She also enjoys watching her neighbors through the window, especially the new, picture-perfect family that remind her of what she once had. When she witnesses what can only be the murder of her neighbor's wife, no one believes her, and she begins to question whether she believes herself. A must-read for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.

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