From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
The Bird King: A Novel by G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press, $26, 9780802129031). "Fatima is a concubine of the sultan of the last emirate in the Iberian Peninsula to submit to the Spanish Inquisition. When her dearest friend, Hassan, a mapmaker who can map places he has never seen (and that do not always exist), is singled out by the Inquisition, she flees with him and a jinn, following the trail of the elusive and mythical Bird King, who may or may not be able to grant them sanctuary. Wilson's latest novel is rich with the historical detail, lush description, and fantastical elements that we have come to know and love from her. A story of resistance, freedom, seeking, and strength, and a true fable for our times." --Anna Eklund, University Book Store, Seattle, Wash.
The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story by Cara Robertson (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501168376). "Cara Robertson's first book details the events surrounding the infamous murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. Based entirely on primary sources--trial transcripts, contemporary accounts, and even recently discovered letters from Lizzie herself--The Trial of Lizzie Borden is an in-depth look at the circumstances surrounding the incident and her subsequent trial. Robertson has poured decades of research into this sensational book, breathing new life into a story that has captivated the American psyche for over a century. An excellent read for fans of David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon and Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark." --Rachel Haisley, The King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, Utah
Mr. Flood's Last Resort: A Novel by Jess Kidd (Washington Square Press, $16.99, 9781501180644). "Jess Kidd has done it again. I absolutely loved her first book, Himself, and her latest does not disappoint. This tale of Mr. Flood and his caregiver, Maud, brings together eccentric characters, ghosts, saints, a crumbling mansion, missing children, and a suspicious suicide. It perfectly balances tragedy with dark comedy; the dialogue crackles and every detail enchants. I will miss spending time in Maud's world." --Kathi Kirby, Powell's Books, Portland, Ore.
For Ages 4 to 8
The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Hannah Marks (Dial, $17.99, 9780735228504). "This panda definitely breaks the fourth wall, so to speak, as he talks to the narrator. The back-and-forth banter is both fun and imaginative. Great fun!" --Debbie Buck, Vintage Books, Vancouver, Wash.
For Ages 9 to 12
A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée (Balzer + Bray, $16.99, 9780062836687). "Shayla's a relatable character trying to make sense of her world and whose ideas of following the rules are challenged when she's confronted with unjust rules, but the Black Lives Matter movement empowers her to stand up for her beliefs. The viewpoint and tone are perfect for a middle-grade audience, and Lisa Moore Ramée raises questions and opens eyes while telling a strong story." --Jennifer Kraar, City of Asylum Bookstore, Pittsburgh, Pa.
For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
White Rose by Kip Wilson (Versify, $17.99, 9781328594433). "With spare but powerful verse, Kip Wilson brings us the haunting story of the young resistance group that risked everything to speak out against the Nazi regime. Based on a true story, Wilson conveys the hearts and minds of the characters beautifully." --Alicia Michielli, Talking Leaves Books, Buffalo, N.Y.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]