From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Hardcover: An Indies Introduce Title
Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss (Gallery/Scout Press, $26, 9781501121043). "A synesthetic art critic rises to prominence by capturing the je ne sais quoi of great new paintings in terms of sound, aura, and taste. A young painter escapes war in his native Argentina to bring his unusual portraits to New York. A wide-eyed farm girl leaves home for the gritty promise of the big city, destined to become a muse of the art scene. The web between these characters becomes increasingly tangled as 1980 progresses in all its dark glamour. Prentiss captures raw ambition, startled joy, and aching tragedy equally well to produce a thought-provoking, originally textured novel that both transports and awes." --Richael Best, the Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, Wash.
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel by Dominic Smith (Sarah Crichton, $26, 9780374106683). "Smith's new novel unfolds slowly, and each moment of illumination offers a glimpse into the true heart of this quiet, captivating tale. Spanning more than three centuries, it is the story of three lives--a female master painter of the Dutch Golden Age, a moneyed New York patent attorney, and an art history student turned one-time art forger--each changed by one haunting painting. Filled with hurt, grief, and deceit, but also layered with love, grace, and regret, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is a wonderful read, beautifully written." --Heather Duncan, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, Colo.
Medicine Walk: A Novel by Richard Wagamese (Milkweed Editions, $16, 9781571311160). "Nature versus nurture is an age-old controversy. Does a boy become the man he is because of his genes or his upbringing? Franklin Starlight is a 16-year-old Ojibway boy who was raised by a man who is not his father and is not Indian. He teaches Franklin self-reliance, the value of hard work, and integrity. Eldon, Franklin's real father, is an alcoholic who he has rarely seen. Now Eldon is dying, and he wants Franklin to accompany him into the back country to help him die and be buried in the warrior way. This is a flawlessly written novel about the stories that make us who we are." --Sharon K. Nagel, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wis.
For Ages 4 to 8
My New Mom & Me by Renata Galindo (Schwartz & Wade, $16.99, 9780553521344). "A puppy goes to live with a cat in this sensitive tale about building a new family. Galindo's simple, muted illustrations beautifully convey a vast range of feelings--from worry about looking different to relief at being accepted for oneself, and from frustration and loneliness to excitement and trust. First-person narration and a lack of overt gender-marking add to the story's accessibility, along with the fact that the puppy is entering this family older, rather than as an infant. Brilliant and heartwarming!" --Jennifer Sheffield, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, Pa.
For Ages 9 to 12
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox (Viking, $16.99, 9780451476333). "The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle has just the right combination of atmosphere, creepiness, and darkness, with a bit of historical fiction thrown in. It is wartime 1940, and a group of children from London are sent to a castle in Scotland for their safety. Purportedly, this castle now houses an academy. The chatelaine-wearing headmistress, referred to as 'The Lady,' is a mystery. What is her real purpose? And why do people keep mysteriously appearing and disappearing? I'm so excited to handsell this book!" --Valerie Welbourn, the Fountainhead Bookstore, Hendersonville, N.C.
For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky (Point, $17.99, 9780545867474). "Reading Moldavsky's debut is like reliving my first viewing of the movie Heathers, wanting to delve deeper and deeper into the craziness that those girls were getting themselves into. The world of fandom is a fascinating and terrifying place when watched from the outside, and watching someone wake up from living in that dream--or nightmare--is told here with an obvious love for the drama and flair of an '80s cult film. I loved this book and cannot wait for more from Moldavsky." --Kari Meutsch, Phoenix Books, Essex Junction, Vt.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]