From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Barefoot Dogs: Stories by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho (Scribner, $23, 9781476784960). "What people lose defines how they live their lives and this vibrant collection of stories illustrates this point with a literary verve that is electrifying! When the patriarch of a rich and thriving Mexican family is kidnapped, the family scatters across the world to save themselves. Ruiz-Camacho focuses on the lives of the rich and privileged in Mexican society, so used to servants and having things done for them that when the Arteaga family is left to its own devices, they have difficulty coping. This is a very entertaining and moving collection of interwoven stories highlighting the profound talent of a new author. Thought-provoking and memorable." --Raul Chapa, BookPeople, Austin, Tex.
A Little Life: A Novel by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday, $30, 9780385539258) "With heartaching perfection, Yanagihara follows four college roommates through three decades of relationships, careers, struggles, and triumphs. She opens episodic windows into the worlds of JB, Malcolm, Willem, and Jude--the artist, the architect, the actor, and the lawyer. At the novel's heart is Jude, the group's emotional epicenter and its eternal mystery who is determined to keep his past hidden and to shoulder its terrible effects on the present. A Little Life is a deeply felt journey through friendship, love, trust, and hurt that immerses the reader so fully each character becomes a friend and the intricacies of their lives are sorely missed after the last page is turned." --Melinda Powers, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Calif.
The Sun and Other Stars: A Novel by Brigid Pasulka (Simon & Schuster, $16, 9781451667127). "This is a wondrous novel that radiates with poignant, witty insights on love, loss, loyalty, and sacrifice. Pasulka's sharp, engaging prose transports readers to a seaside Italian village and immerses them in community gossip, family dramas, and personal discoveries spurred by an obsession with soccer. It is a delightfully consuming story that will leave readers satiated and smiling." --Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, Ala.
For Ages 4 to 8
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien (Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763675783). "Bold, colorful illustrations complement this suspenseful tale of a clever and hungry little hoot owl. He uses many disguises in his hunt for dinner, but they don't seem to be enough to do the trick. Will his last attempt finally be masterful enough to succeed? You will never look at a decorative birdbath the same way again!" --Ashley Despain, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, Calif.
For Teen Readers
Kalahari by Jessica Khoury (Razorbill, $17.99, 9781595147653). "When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens are stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, must keep them alive and get them to safety. Corpus is a scientific research company that experiments on everything and has no regard for the lives that are affected. The result of a Corpus experiment becomes the stranded group's greatest challenge. Filled with first loves, romance, adventure, and a crazy scientific experiment, Kalahari captivates readers from the first page. I can't wait to read the next book in the Corpus series!" --Dalene Kolb, Mystery Ink, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Monkey and Duck Quack Up! by Jennifer Hamburg (Scholastic Press, $17.99, 9780545645140). "Monkey wants to go on a three-day cruise by winning a rhyming competition. He just knows that he and his friend Duck can do it! He says, 'Soap, rope, hope,' and Duck says, 'Quack.' He says, 'Cat, hat, rat,' and Duck says, 'Quack.' This isn't going as expected. But Monkey hatches a clever plan to trick Duck and win the competition. Will he do it? This is a wonderful rhyming read-aloud!" --Jessilynn Norcross, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, Mich.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]