From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963 by Ed Ward (Flatiron Books, $35, 9781250071163). "This is a great, fun book by Ward, a correspondent for NPR's All Things Considered and one of the founders of the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals (SXSW). Covering the period of 1920 to 1963, almost every chapter in the book is devoted to a single year and the songs that were recorded and/or released during that year. This is a broad overview that substitutes breadth for depth but doesn't spare the entertainment factor. Ward's sweeping survey reads like the 400-plus page liner notes for a 1,000-song box set and, as a music nerd, that is one of the best compliments I can give!" --Joe Turner, BookPeople, Austin, Tex.
To Capture What We Cannot Keep: A Novel by Beatrice Colin (Flatiron Books, $25.99, 9781250071446). "Societal constraints and expectations of the time impede the love affair of Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier from the moment they meet in a hot air balloon above the Champ de Mars in 1886. Émile's ailing mother is pressuring him to marry, start a family, and take over the family business even as he is facing both public and professional stress as co-designer of the Eiffel Tower. Cait is a young Scottish widow forced to work as a chaperone to a wealthy brother and sister. Cait's and Émile's paths cross and crisscross as Colin vividly captures the sights and sounds of La Belle Epoque in this quiet, atmospheric novel." --Jennifer Gwydir, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, Tex.
Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran (Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780062433756). "Moran is a British journalist whose columns are known for covering a broad range of topics, from feminism and politics to fashion and TV. Some of those columns are reprinted in Moranifesto, a hilarious collection of opinion pieces that are Moran's personal manifesto for changing the world. The collection covers topics as diverse as the Syrian refugee crisis, cystitis, David Bowie, and why she no longer wears heels. As dissimilar as these themes may be, they are all tackled with the blunt humor for which Moran is known. Moranifesto is gloriously funny, feminist, and timely." --Agnes Galvin, Oblong Books & Music, Millerton, N.Y.
For Ages 4 to 8
Pug Man's 3 Wishes by Sebastian Meschenmoser (NorthSouth, $16.95, 9780735842618). "Grouchy Mr. Pug is having a terrible day, but when he is offered three wishes by an exuberant fairy, what he wishes for will have young readers giggling and older folks nodding in agreement. Meschenmoser, the author/illustrator of Mr. Squirrel and the Moon, again gives us his unique and hilarious take on human nature, and no one will be able to resist his wonderful pencil drawings, which so perfectly convey Pug Man's grumpiness." --Mary Alice Garber, Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Washington, D.C.
For Ages 9 to 12
Journey's End by Rachel Hawkins (Putnam, $16.99, 9780399169601). "Southerner and amateur ghost hunter Nolie Stanhope isn't thrilled to be spending her summer vacation with her father in the Scottish village Journey's End. This changes when she becomes friends with Bel McKissick and discovers a mysterious fog bank called the Boundary. When Albert Etheridge, who disappeared in 1914, reappears in the fog with no memory of how he got there and other people start disappearing, it's up to Nolie and Bel to save the village. Journey's End is a fun, fast-paced story of mystery, history, and friendship." --Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, Miss.
For Teen Readers
Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel (Papercutz, $14.99, 9781629916149). "This is everything I want in a graphic novel: a protagonist who is not willing to give up on her dreams, in a rollicking adventure in a science fiction world. This first book in a projected trilogy is highly relatable with enough action to keep the reader interested, but not overwhelmed. I can't wait to read more of Trish's adventures!" --Clarissa Hadge, Trident Booksellers & Café, Boston, Mass.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]