From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Behave: A Novel by Andromeda Romano-Lax (Soho Press, $26.95, 9781616956530). "Behave is a rich and nuanced glimpse of Rosalie Rayner, the woman behind John B. Watson, the man who founded behaviorist psychology. The ethical issues presented here are both shocking and thought-provoking, and the intimate struggles of a woman weighing her value, utility, and satisfaction both within and outside the home certainly resonate today. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this is a novel to be savored and shared." --Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, R.I.
Shelter: A Novel by Jung Yun (Picador, $26, 9781250075611). "Shelter is the perfect example of that extraordinary kind of story that careens down a path toward a conclusion that feels somehow both completely surprising and totally inevitable. Kyung Cho is a young father whose anxiety over present financial concerns couples with damage from past traumas to inhabit every breath he takes. His precarious equilibrium is shattered when his parents are the victims of a cruel act of violence and he is called upon to react with a compassion and forgiveness that he may not possess. This novel is a dark and moving portrait of a family and what it ultimately means to love." --Mary Cotton, Newtonville Books, Newton Centre, Mass.
I Am Radar: A Novel by Reif Larsen (Penguin Books, $18, 9780143107910). "I Am Radar revolves around questions of art, creation, love, heartbreak, performance, war, and regeneration. Sounds like heady stuff, and it is, but on an immensely readable level that culminates in a puzzling yet delightful climax. As Radar navigates his way through life as a black child, a white man, and a white/black man, he discovers that art can be perception and science can be art. The language used is delightfully beautiful, even in the war scenes. I Am Radar may also be the best book about personal definitions of art in our time, as well as how art can affect and change a person. I cannot recommend it highly enough!" -- Bill Carl, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, Mass.
For Ages 4 to 8
Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson (Capstone, $14.95, 9781623706388). "If you're a rabbit, is there really such a thing as too many carrots? Rabbit is hard-pressed to admit that too many carrots are his problem. There is no longer enough room for him in his burrow, so he tries moving in with his friends. The results are predictable, but Rabbit learns a valuable lesson. This is a lovely story about sharing that is sure to be enjoyed by all." --Janice Hunsche, Kaleidosaurus Books, Metamora, Ind.
For Ages 9 to 12
Saving Wonder by Mary Knight (Scholastic, $16.99, 9780545828932). "Curley Hines loves living in Wonder Gap, his Appalachian Mountain town, despite his parents being dead and his grandfather wanting nothing more than to get him out of the holler. When their precious mountain is threatened with destruction and the rest of his world starts to fall apart, Curley knows he has to fight for his home. I loved every minute of this story, from Curley's relationship with his best friend, Jules, and the words his Papaw gives him on a weekly basis--convinced that a large vocabulary will get Curley out of Wonder Gap. Curley is a determined protagonist who will absolutely inspire his readers to stand up for what they believe in." --Amanda Snow, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, Va.
For Teen Readers
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (Simon & Schuster, $17.99, 9781481404099). "Sixteen-year-old Quinn has been nudged out of hiding by his best friend, Geoff, after his sister's tragic death. A lover of film, Quinn spends a week writing the screenplay of his life in his head while he confronts coming out, learning a secret, and grieving his loss. Federle captures the Young Adult voice in a funny, real, and vulnerable way. Readers will wish Quinn Roberts was their brother, best friend, or boyfriend!" --Diane Capriola, Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, Ga.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]