From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
The Other Woman by Hank Phillipi Ryan (Forge, $24.99, 9780765332578). "Political scandals, power plays, and deception--the twists and turns in this first of a new series will leave you gasping and wanting more. Jane Ryland, a rising young reporter, is scarred from the fallout of protecting a source, but she still delves into the biggest story gripping Boston: Who is killing young women and leaving them under bridges, and why? And just who is the 'other woman?' Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award-winner Ryan's writing is compelling, and her insight into the characters creates a gripping page-turner that will leave you eager for the next chapter in the life of Jane Ryland." --Joan Lang, Front Street Book Shop, Scituate Harbor, Mass.
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid: A Novel by Shani Boianjiu (Hogarth, $24, 9780307955951). "An utterly explosive debut, this novel in stories follows three young women who serve in the Israeli army, and it is not for the faint of heart. Boianjiu is not interested in preaching politics or rehashing battle scenes as a lesser writer might; she sticks to her characters, tracing their often uncertain progress toward adulthood. There are no pat endings here. The army, compulsory to Israeli citizens, is not, after all, some summer camp. No matter how you feel about the conflicts that Boianjiu describes, you will be riveted by her fresh perspective on them." --Danielle DuBois Diamond, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Tex.
I Married You for Happiness: A Novel by Lily Tuck (Grove Press, $14, 9780802145918). "Lily Tuck's new novel is a gem. Sitting beside the body of her husband who has died unexpectedly while she was making dinner, Nina spends the whole night with his body, remembering their marriage of 43 years--the early years as well as the highlights, both the good and the difficult. Written with honesty by a woman who clearly understands relationships and all of the intimacies and secrets that go along with marriage, this is a novel to be savored." --Penny McConnel, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, Vt.
For Ages 4 to 8
Maya Makes a Mess by Rutu Modan (Toon, $12.95, 9781935179177). "Modan brings her Eisner Award-winning talents to emerging readers in this graphic novel. Maya's parents don't like her messy table manners, so what will the queen think? Well, it turns out that the queen is willing to offer allowances for a guest and declares the evening one of messy manners. The result is ridiculous and hysterical, perfect for messy eaters and those who are forbidden to have their own fun at the table." --Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, Mass.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]