From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Disappearance at Devil's Rock: A Novel by Paul Tremblay (Morrow, $25.99, 9780062363268). "When a young boy goes missing, his mother and sister begin finding pages from his diary revealing secrets they had never suspected. Where did he go, and why won't his friends tell anyone the truth? Tremblay peels back the layers of a quaint New England town to expose the ugly underbelly of family life in the U.S. Disappearance at Devil's Rock is a shocking, scary, and disturbing read, the result of a powerful storyteller at work, and it solidifies Tremblay's reputation as a master of psychological suspense." --William Carl, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, Mass.
The Trouble With Goats and Sheep: A Novel by Joanna Cannon (Scribner, $25, 9781501121890). "Best friends Grace and Tilly spend England's sweltering summer of 1976 sleuthing for clues to uncover the reason for their neighbor's disappearance. They go from house to house, neighbor to neighbor, investigating as only guileless little girls can do. While they're at it, they also look for god in the most unusual places. As the mystery of the neighborhood is slowly revealed, so are the many secrets behind every door on the avenue. If you loved A Man Called Ove, you will love The Trouble With Goats and Sheep. Funny, quirky and profound!" --Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, Colo.
Soft in the Head by Marie-Sabine Roger (Pushkin Press, $14.95, 9781782271581). "Two disparate individuals pass the time counting pigeons in the town park and finally make each other's acquaintance: Marguerite, a retired and lonely 80-something plant scientist, and Germain, an unemployed, undereducated, dim-witted 45-year-old who lives in a trailer behind his mother's house. Soon, Marguerite is reading to Germain, who eventually overcomes his childhood aversion and begins to read himself. This is a lovely story of the redeeming qualities of civil conversation, the possibility of friendship bridging many years and inquiring minds, and the worlds opened up through reading." --Darwin Ellis, Books on the Common, Ridgefield, Conn.
For Ages 4 to 8
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield (Clarion, $16.99, 9780544674547). "When a young bear cub happens upon a piano abandoned in the forest, he's not sure what to make of it or of the strange sounds that come out of it. Unable to resist the pull of this mysterious contraption, Bear starts to spend most of his time playing with the piano and over time begins to create beautiful music. One day, while out on a hike, a girl and her father come upon Bear during one of his 'concerts.' The young girl convinces Bear to return to the city where he can become a star, playing the piano in sold-out concert halls. Bear, longing to see what the world has to offer outside the forest, agrees to go. He soon becomes a smash hit with top-selling albums and all the fame he could ever wish for. But what is all that fame without sharing it with the people you love?" --Jen Steele, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wis.
For Ages 9 to 12
The Crimson Skew by S.E. Grove (Viking, $17.99, 9780670785049). "The Crimson Skew is the wonderfully thrilling conclusion to the Mapmakers Trilogy. The story, which makes good on the promises made in The Glass Sentence and furthered in The Golden Specific, brings Sophia and Theo together again after a long time apart. Whether you have followed the entirety of the series or are just jumping in, this adventure is marvelous and the ending is both surprising and satisfying." --Demi Marshall, BookPeople, Austin, Tex.
For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison (Disney-Hyperion, $17.99, 9781484727997). "Nina cannot sleep at night, because every time she closes her eyes she sees inside the mind of a killer. She knows his plans and his next victims. As Nina tries to stop the murders from happening, she makes a shocking discovery that will ultimately make her choose between her conscience and love. This book is a fantastic read--I was hooked from the first page and could not stop reading until I was done. Don't miss this one!" --Lisa Nehs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, Wisc.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]