From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
The Dinner List: A Novel by Rebecca Serle (Flatiron, $27.99, 9781250295187). "Everyone has played the game of selecting five favorite people to attend their ultimate dinner party. For Sabrina, however, the game has become a reality. The Dinner List is a magical night full of wistfulness, nostalgia, love, and loss. Who among us has not wished for an opportunity to reconnect with a loved one or converse with someone admired from afar? Readers everywhere will sink their teeth into this delicious and heart-warming tale of one enchanted evening." --Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, Minn.
Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris (Dey Street, $24.99, 9780062839343). "What a terrific read! Kate Harris seamlessly intertwines science, history, geology, geography, and philosophy in this tale of her 10-month bike ride on the Silk Road. At times, this book reads more like a thriller than a memoir! Harris and her pal Melissa covered 10,000 kilometers and visited 10 countries, and their endurance, exploits, and experiences will amaze you; I found myself eagerly looking up maps and pictures to track their journey. Along the way, the author explores the nature of boundaries, both real and imagined, and the meaningfulness of exploration and wildness. Is it appropriate to use the term 'badass' in a book review? If so, these gals are it!" --Sara Reinert, The Homer Bookstore, Homer, Alaska.
The Ninth Hour: A Novel by by Alice McDermott (Picador, $17, 9781250192745). "Alice McDermott's dazzling The Ninth Hour turns on the contradictions that confound our need to reconcile with mortality. The empathetic characters, at once agents and benefactors of Christian charity, grow to realize not just the grace but also the hubris of their faith. A stunning work of generational storytelling, The Ninth Hour is compulsively readable and deeply thought-provoking. McDermott is a master artisan of humanity." --Lori Feathers, Interabang Books, Dallas, Tex.
For Ages 4 to 8
Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian by Jacob Sager Weinstein, illustrated by Vera Brosgol (Clarion Books, $17.99, 9780544801226). "Lyric McKerrigan is the gal we all wish we could call in a pinch. This whimsical tale--which never leaves us in doubt about who has the upper hand--leaves the reader wanting to see more of this pink-haired librarian in action. Slapstick humor and bold illustrations make this a slam dunk. Perfect for kids who want to read graphic novels but aren't quite ready." --Jane Knight, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, Vt.
For Ages 9 to 12
The Law of Finders Keepers (Mo & Dale Mysteries) by Sheila Turnage (Kathy Dawson Books, $16.99, 9780803739628). "Oh, what pure joy to head back to Tupelo Landing, to hear Mo LoBeau's voice again, and to delve into the Desperado Detective Agency's final case. Thrills and intrigue abound as a hunt for pirates' treasure leads to information about the identity of Mo's oft-mentioned 'Upstream Mother.' I've loved this series from the very beginning and love sharing it with other readers, young and old!" --Kathleen Carey, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, N.Y.
For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
Rule by Ellen Goodlett (Little, Brown, $17.99, 9780316515283). "Three young women, each with her own deadly secret, discover that one of them will ascend to the throne of their dying father. Each soon discovers that her secret will be used against her, and together they urgently work to discover their blackmailer before they can be executed as traitors to the kingdom. Treachery and black magic intermix with sisterly loyalty and ill-fated romance. Your heart will race as quickly as your fingers turning the pages of this smart and captivating debut." --Nancy Baenen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, Wis.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]