From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Fellside by M.R. Carey (Orbit, $27, 9780316300285). "Let's say you've been convicted of murder and sent to a maximum security prison for the remainder of your life, which should be a while since you are not that old. Then let's say that not only can you not remember killing anyone, but you can't remember who you are. Could things get any worse? How about if the ghost of the little boy you supposedly killed visits you in prison to ask for your help. What do you do? From the author of The Girl With All the Gifts comes another gripping and unforgettable story." --Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, Wash.
The Railwayman's Wife: A Novel by Ashley Hay (Atria, $26, 9781501112171). "The Railwayman's Wife is a remarkable story drenched by the wells of sadness, yet it leaves readers marveling at the beauty of it all. Annika Lachlan is grieving her beloved husband and attempting to find solace in books. But the town of Thirroul, Australia, is home to more than one person damaged by grief. Brought together as members of a club no one would choose to join, each begins to move towards healing. The Railwayman's Wife immerses the reader in Ani's life, and as one savors the novel's heartbreaking prose, a world is revealed in which hope and grief are forever intertwined and love may be the strongest current of all." --Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, Calif.
The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf, $16.99, 9781555977368). "If I could read the work of only one writer for the rest of my life, I think I would be happy to spend the rest of my days in the staggering beauty of Nelson's prose. In The Red Parts, what could have merely been a relatively interesting true crime narrative becomes, instead, a wholly original memoir of pain, history, family, and those bright moments of clarity in a world that, for Nelson, had become so dark. This book asks us to wonder, to be angry, and ultimately to become more human. This is an inescapable, utterly compelling read." --Claire Tobin, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Mich.
For Ages 4 to 8
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Julie Morstad (Roaring Brook, $18.99, 9781596438521). "These poems are filled with thoughtfulness, sprinkled with touches of humor and accompanied by images that gently resonate. The double-page spreads are masterful and I love how they extend with bands of color and invite the eye to follow. The seasons unfold with surprising detail and awaken the senses. A true gem!" --Mary Alice Garber, Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Washington, D.C.
For Ages 9 to 12: Revisit & Rediscover
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (Aladdin Paperbacks, 9781416947202, $7.99). "Siblings Kendra and Seth barely know their grandparents and are dismayed at the idea of staying with them while their parents are on vacation. That is, until they learn that their grandparents are caretakers of Fablehaven, a sanctuary set up to protect magical creatures from extinction. There are many rules that surround Fablehaven, for not all magical creatures are warm and fuzzy and disobeying the rules can have disastrous consequences. Engaging characters, both human and nonhuman, surprising plot twists, and many hold-your-breath moments will keep readers turning pages and clamoring for the next book in the five book series." --Heather Hebert, Children's Book World, Haverford, Pa.
For Teen Readers: Revisit & Rediscover
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99, 9780547258300). "Graceling is an exquisite novel of adventure, intrigue, and romance. Katsa, the heroine, is 'graced' with extraordinary ability. As Katsa questions her service to her power-hungry uncle, her life changes when she meets Prince Po and they begin to change their worlds together." --Christy McDanold, Secret Garden Bookshop, Seattle, Wash.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]