From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Equal of the Sun: A Novel by Anita Amirrezvani (Scribner, $26, 9781451660463). "Persia in the 16th century is rife with intrigue and danger. The Shah has died without a successor, and his daughter and protégé, Princess Pari Khan Kanoom, maneuvers to secure a position of power in a man's world. She is aided by the eunuch, Javaher, a man who loves the princess more than life. Based on historical figures, this sumptuous portrayal of the royal court of Persia is the story of a woman who took risks and made her mark on history." --Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, Ore.
Heading Out to Wonderful: A Novel by Robert Goolrick (Algonquin, $24.95, 9781565129238). "True to what you'd expect from the author of A Reliable Wife, Goolrick's characters are enigmatic, imperfect, and do not behave according to society's dictates. The romance that erupts between Sylvan Glass, an unschooled country girl with dreams of Hollywood, and Charlie Beale, a newcomer to town, will change everyone in town in unexpected ways, most of all young Sam, who bears witness to their fiery, ill-fated affair. A great read!" --Connie Brooks, Battenkill Books, Cambridge, N.Y.
Growing Up Dead in Texas: A Novel by Stephen Graham Jones (MP Publishing, $14.95, 9781849821544). "If Quentin Tarantino and Cormac McCarthy crossed paths in a rundown whiskey bar just north of the Rio Grande, this is the book that connection would produce. It's a novel wrapped in a mystery and dipped in autobiography with a dash of investigative journalism about Jones' return to his hometown and the unintended consequences of a fire from his childhood that ripped the community apart. The story of truth being brought to light and ancient skeletons finally being given their proper burial, this remarkable novelized memoir will stay with you." --Matt Falvey, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, Wis.
For Ages 4 to 8
Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! by Martha Heineman Pieper, illustrated by Jo Gershman (Smart Love Press, $18.99, 9780983866404). "This delightfully illustrated book is a wonderful aid for children who are frightened by nightmares. Joey, a young kangaroo, wakes and runs to his parents' bed to tell them of his bad dream. Each time he does so, his parents reassure him and walk him through a logical process that focuses on remembering what he may have done or experienced earlier that could have caused the bad dream. This process gives a child much more control over his life." --Bob Spear, the Book Barn, Leavenworth, Kan.
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