From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Darktown: A Novel by Thomas Mullen (Atria/37 INK, $26, 9781501133862). "Darktown is a knockout novelization of the history of Atlanta's first black police officers, who were appointed in 1948. Deftly merging social history with crime fiction, the story follows two of the new recruits as they secretly investigate the murder of a young black woman. It is a mission fraught with danger as the black officers come up against bigoted white officers and the insidious racism of an Atlanta still under Jim Crow. Mullen spins an immersive tale out of this friction, and it is his willingness to engage with this time period and to let its ugly realities shape and inform the course of the investigation that elevates this novel from a standard procedural." --Nneoma Amadi-Obi, Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, Washington, D.C.
Lady Cop Makes Trouble: A Kopp Sisters Novel by Amy Stewart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780544409941). "Stewart's follow-up to Girl Waits With Gun is equally fascinating. Based on the life of Constance Kopp, the first female deputy sheriff in New Jersey, this tale takes readers from rural New Jersey to the mean streets of New York City in 1915. With grit, smarts, and utter determination, Constance tracks a convict who escaped her custody. Despite the astounding restrictions on a woman's life in the early 20th century, Constance takes every risk to capture her suspect. Complemented by the historical notes that Stewart provides, Lady Cop is both informative and loads of fun." --Kathy Kirby, Powell's Books, Portland, Ore.
Paperback: An Indies Introduce Title
Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein (Picador/Macmillan, $16, 9781250098993). "These realistic scenarios, set in a not-too-distant future, made me really think about all the technology I've come to depend on in my everyday life. You'll want your book club to read it, plus your significant other and your neighbor. You'll want to share this excellent book so you can keep thinking about it and talk about it, too." --Sue Roegge, Chapter2Books, Hudson, Wis.
For Ages 4 to 8: Revisit & Rediscover
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett, illustrated by Ron Barrett (Atheneum, $7.99, 9780689708077). Originally published in 1970. "Why should animals NOT wear pants, dresses, and ties? Because it could be disastrous, embarrassing, and absolutely ridiculous. Why should you DEFINITELY share this book with young readers? Because it is a fun read-aloud, a great book for new readers, and full of silly illustrations that will keep everyone laughing." --Holly Weinkauf, Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, Minn.
For Middle Grade Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White (Little, Brown, $16.99, 9780316305280). "Anne has been an orphan living a depressing life at the St. Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children for almost 13 years. Middle-school readers, many of whom have read Harry Potter, will like the adventures and fast-paced action that takes place in this story." --Kathy Taber, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore, Indianapolis, Ind.
For Teen Readers
Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel by William Ritter (Algonquin, $17.95, 9781616205799). "Once again, Jackaby and Abby are on the case. This time they are looking into the murder of their resident ghost, Jenny. What seems like an uninteresting case to Jackaby quickly turns into something more sinister. There is a plot afoot that is ensnaring the mayor and the leading scientists of the day. Bodies are turning up and the magical creatures that appear are getting more terrifying. This is a great addition to the Jackaby series, and I can't wait to see what happens next." --Janice Hunsche, Kaleidosaurus Books, Metamora, Ind.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]