From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
I Want to Show You More: Stories by Jamie Quatro (Grove Press, $24, 9780802120755). "With her wild and dark imagination, Quatro has crafted highly original, thought-provoking, and deeply moving stories about faith, marriage, infidelity, sex, and death. This is bold, daring fiction that will not leave readers indifferent. Quatro is a very talented author who is willing to take risks, and I am looking forward to reading more by her." --Pierre Camy, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, Mich.
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine: A Novel by Teddy Wayne (Free Press, $24.99, 9781476705859). "A bittersweet, frank, and funny take on modern celebrity, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine introduces a young pop phenomenon whose career and every move is managed by his mother who has her own set of problems with drugs and men. Jonny who is haunted by the memory of his missing father, is both wise and appallingly naïve as he deals with his newfound fame, the business of pop music, and the users and hangers-on of the celebrity world. A touching, funny, and moving view of stardom and how talented young people deal with sudden fame and success." --Ellen Burns, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, Conn.
All This Talk of Love: A Novel by Christopher Castellani (Algonquin, $13.95, 9781616201708). "The final installment in Castellani's Maddalena trilogy is his best yet. This is an instantly engaging and authentic story about a multigenerational Italian-American family planning a trip to their ancestral village. Love, resentment, deception, and tenderness--all the complexities of a family in love and in conflict are handled with beauty and precision. There is not a single false note in this moving novel by a very gifted and assured writer." --Stan Hynds, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vt.
For Ages 9 to 12
The Candy Shop War, Book 2: Arcade Catastrophe by Brandon Mull (Shadow Mountain, $18.99, 9781609071790). "This is a wonderful sequel to The Candy Shop War. Once again, Nate and his friends must investigate strange goings-on in their town. With nonstop action at Arcadeland, a local amusement center, this new installment is sure to appeal to readers of all ages." --Janice Hunsche, Kaleidosaurus Books, Fishers, Ind.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]