IndieBound: Other Indie Favorites

From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:

Christodora: A Novel by Tim Murphy (Grove Press, $27, 9780802125286). "Murphy uses Christodora House, an historic apartment building in the East Village of New York City, as the namesake and backdrop of his compelling debut novel. The story follows the lives of several residents over the course of four decades, expertly detailing the intersections of art and ambition, activism and loss, and the consequences of addiction and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. I can think of no novel in recent memory in which I felt so drawn to its characters and so emotionally invested in the outcome of their lives." --Shawn Donley, Powell's Books, Portland, Ore.

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Not Exactly a Memoir by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Dutton, $27, 9781101984543). "This is the most fun and unique book I have held in my hands in a long time. It is a 'non-linear memoir' consisting of a quiz, random thoughts, poetry, essays, text message communications, family photos, and the captured moments of any given day. This textbook is an education in seeing the world through Rosenthal's magical viewpoint--necessary for all who want to appreciate life's little gifts." --Kimberly Daniels, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, N.C.

Paperback: An Indies Introduce Title
The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux (Biblioasis, $14.95, 9781771960762). "Intricate and multi-layered, The Party Wall reflects how interconnected the world can be. I don't have the words to do this book justice. Just read it--the ending will deliver; I promise." --Valerie Welbourn, Novels & Novelties Bookstore, Hendersonville, N.C.

For Ages 4 to 8
When Penny Met POTUS by Rachel Ruiz, illustrated by Melissa Manwill (Capstone, $15.95, 9781623707583). "Penny's mom works in the White House and has promised Penny that she could meet POTUS. Penny is not sure what a POTUS is. She imagines that POTUS is a big, furry, blue-horned something. She is just sure that he does all kinds of fun stuff, like going on secret missions. She finally finds out that POTUS is not quite all that she imagined, but is still pretty cool. A clever ending to a funny and sweet story." --Debbie Buck, Vintage Books, Vancouver, Wash.

For Ages 9 to 12
Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle (Katherine Tegen Books, $16.99, 9780062342065). "Do wishes come true? Natasha is about to find out when, on the third night of the third month after her 13th birthday, she makes three wishes: one for her first kiss, one for her mother to be alive, and one for her to be 'somebody's favorite.' Natasha is the sensible sister, while Darya is the pretty sister and Ana is the goofy, silly, creative sister. Since her mother disappeared and her father remains buried in grief, Natasha must keep the family together. Wishing Day explores the themes of mental illness, homelessness, and family loss in a coming-of-age story sprinkled with magic. Readers will be anxious for the next installment in a planned trilogy." --Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books & Hobbies, Oscoda, Mich.

For Teen Readers: Revisit & Rediscover
Feed by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick, $8.99, 9780763662622). Originally published in 2002. "Feed is dystopic science fiction at its best! In this tale set in a near future of environmental disasters and corporate power, Titus and his friends are never alone and almost everyone has access to everything at the blink of an eye via 'feeds' linked directly to the brain. Nothing can go wrong with this scenario, right? Enter a crazy computer hacker and chaos ensues! This is a fascinating look at how media manipulates and exploits us all." --Rene Kirkpatrick, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]
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