From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Waiting for Eden: A Novel by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf, $22.95, 9781101947395). "I was completely captivated by this intensely emotional yet compact novel. Both of Ackerman's previous novels were acclaimed by readers and critics alike, but Waiting for Eden proves something more. In less than 200 pages, the intersecting lives of three people and the consequences of their choices are revealed in an astounding manner. It's a love story, a ghost story, a horror story, a war story, and, ultimately, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. I don't want to tell you much more as I don't want to spoil it, but urge you to read this powerful and important work of literature." --Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, Miss.
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich (Workman, $35, 9781523504459). "Irresistible! A book about books! What a joy to read a thoughtfully compiled list of the 1,000 books James Mustich thought most important. Many of my favorites are found among the pages, along with new suggestions to investigate. It is great fun to read about Mustich's impressions of some of my favorites, such as works by Charles Dickens, Edward Abbey, Henry James, and Anne Tyler. With so many books to choose from, you will surely find some new treasure to enjoy or be reminded of an old pleasure to revisit." --Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, Ore.
Paperback: An Indies Introduce Title
Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return by Martin Riker (Coffee House Press, $16.95, 9781566895286). "After his violent death, Samuel Johnson inhabits multiple souls as he strives to reunite with his now orphaned young son. Traveling between dark humor, unfathomable tragedy, and tracing the history of television in America, Martin Riker's outstanding debut novel illustrates how the human spirit can persevere." --Caitlin Luce Baker, University Book Store, Seattle, Wash.
For Ages 4 to 8
There's a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor by Wade Bradford, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Candlewick, $16.99, 9780763686659). "Mr. Snore is tired and just wants a comfortable bed at the Sharemore Hotel. Encountering sleeping companions, including a mouse, a pig, spiders, giraffes, and even burrowing hamsters, poor Mr. Snore finally tries the 13th floor, where a twist of gigantic proportions awaits! Hawkes' playful illustrations match perfectly with the absurdity of Bradford's delightful romp. Instant story time classic!" --Maureen Palacios, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, Calif.
For Ages 9 to 12
Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins, $16.99, 9780062570703). "Louie loves animals, but just doesn't seem to have the knack for taking care of them--too many carnival animals have not survived his loving care. So when his father brings home a newborn miniature donkey, Louie's parents tell him not to get his hopes up that the little guy will survive the night, let alone thrive. Louie's determination that Winslow will be okay, the new friendships he makes, and his belief that one person can make a difference make for a wonderful story." --Debbie Buck, Vintage Books, Vancouver, Wash.
For Teen Readers
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (Balzer + Bray, $17.99, 9780062742322). "Timely, dark, and compelling, Damsel is an intense feminist read, an anti-fairy tale, and definitely a crossover adult title. Arnold's writing is impeccable, her voice powerful, her style sly and captivating. She turns the damsel-in-distress trope inside out here with a tale that deals creatively and unflinchingly with violence and sexual assault and more, reminiscent of such other powerful titles as Margo Lanagan's Tender Morsels. One of my favorite titles of the season." --Joy Preble, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Tex.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]