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What Lies Beneath the Bestsellers: Mine the Gems!

High-demand, bestselling titles meet the immediate needs of a large group of patrons. They’re the sparkly gold dust that attracts attention and draws in readers. But beneath that top layer of new titles are the “midlist” titles – the majority of all published works. In this group is where emerging authors, alternative and esoteric titles, and a much broader selection of works live. These are the titles chosen by libraries focused on providing a rich collection that encourages readers to look beyond the “shiny” titles.

Robin Nesbitt, Manager of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (OH), is a big fan of the midlist. “It is the midlist where real discovery lies,” she says. “Many readers find a hidden gem amongst the large print midlist collection at our branch. We all like our tried and true faves, but nothing is more exciting than discovering or having someone point out a book you might never have discovered if it weren’t for the library’s collection.”

Booklist Editor Rebecca Vnuk agrees. She explains, “Any good RA librarian will tell you that the midlist is extremely important to readers. After all, when the bestseller books have 20 holds on them, librarians rely on great midlist titles to hand-sell to their patrons.”

Libraries’ strength comes from offering more than just bestsellers. Thorndike Press offers a strong midlist selection in large print, including these fresh titles:

House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure
An Indie Next Pick

TheHouseOfThievesblog“A pulse-raising read for historical crime and historical thriller fans.” — Library Journal

“A roisterous, supremely entertaining adventure.” — starred, Booklist

“. . . engrossing . . . a most memorable, evocative read.” — starred, Publishers Weekly



This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
An Indie Next Pick

ThisIsYourLifeHarrietChanceblog“Both uplifting and melancholy, funny and thought-provoking, this entertaining read speaks directly to the importance of acceptance and healing.” — Booklist

“Evison succeeds in crafting a believable and gut-wrenching story, particularly Harriet’s relationship with her daughter and their efforts to accept and love one another.”
Publishers Weekly


The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
A New York Times Bestseller and A LibraryReads Pick

LittleParisBookshopblog“(This) exquisite, multilayered love story will allow gob-smacked book lovers here to struggle with the age-old dilemma: to race through each page to see what happens next or savor each deliciously enticing phrase. Do both; if ever a book was meant to be read over and over, this gem is it.” — Library Journal

“Through its well-drawn characters, this novel carefully explores these relationships between lovers, friends, and family, and the painful sacrifices made selflessly for them.”


Pretty Baby by Mary Kubicz
A New York Times Bestselling Author

PrettyBabyblog“. . . a superb psychological thriller.” — starred, Publishers Weekly
“Hypnotic and anything but predictable . . . will give insomniacs a compelling reason to sit up all night.” — starred, Kirkus Reviews

“The conclusion is a genuine surprise.” — Booklist


Contact your Thorndike Press Library Sales Consultant for a more complete list of large print midlist selections or to reserve your copies of these titles today.

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