From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org
, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads: HardcoverFamily of Origin: A Novel
by CJ Hauser (Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385544627). "CJ Hauser has written a completely original novel featuring an eccentric cast of characters who distract themselves from the ignorance and squalor of the past, their failures and fears, and all the warning signs of imminent end times. It's also about a duck with joie de vivre. A comedy of maladaptive manners, Family of Origin
is hard to pin down and even harder to put down. Hauser's uncommonly funny and moving novel transported me out of my day-to-day life while letting me see the world as it is but also anew." --John Francisconi, Bank Square Books, Mystic, Conn.The Escape Room: A Novel
by Megan Goldin (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250219657). "Megan Goldin's debut is sheer perfection. I was enthralled, obsessed, and utterly delighted from the gripping first chapter to the very end. The genuine quality of Goldin's voice is so engaging, you feel like you're discussing your favorite topics with a best friend. In The Escape Room
, four investment bankers trapped in an overheated elevator reach a literal and figurative boiling point as survival becomes questionable. As these deeply flawed central characters fight to keep it together, a mysterious force works behind the glass walls to ensure they leave the elevator changed forever, if they leave at all. I loved every second of this novel and simply cannot wait to tell everyone about it!" --Lauren Messamore, Watermark Books & Café, Wichita, Kan.PaperbackThe Right Swipe: A Novel
by Alisha Rai (Avon, $14.99, 9780062878090). "With a diverse cast of emotionally mature yet complex characters, The Right Swipe
delivers an interesting and fun modern love story. Rai's finger is obviously on the pulse as she engages with current trends such as the #MeToo movement, and she does so masterfully while still creating a fun and enjoyable read. I wish all my beach-and-bath romance novels could be so well-written and inclusive." --Ellie Frank, 57th Street Books, Chicago, Ill.For Ages 4 to 8Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial, $17.99, 9780525554233). "Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!
transforms some of the saddest, most difficult moments of childhood (and adulthood) into happier ones. With beautiful illustrations accompanying the simple story, this book shows that saying goodbye to everything from a beloved friend to the summer sun can lead to new possibilities. This is a beautiful book to share with all children, but especially those trying to cope with change in their lives." --Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, N.C.For Ages 9 to 12This Was Our Pact
by Ryan Andrews (First Second, $21.99, 9781250196958). "The pact is simple: keep going down the river to see where the lanterns go. No one turns for home and no one looks back. This is a refreshing adventure story featuring two boys who follow lanterns along the river, lit by their town on the autumn equinox, to see where they end up. The myth says they turn into stars, but Ben and Nathaniel are the only two who make the journey to actually find out. The illustrations and color palate helped tell the story, which was in parts sweet, funny, magical, and touching. Also, there's a dashing talking bear." --Katrina Bright-Yerges, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, Wis.For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce TitleNocturna
by Maya Motayne (Balzer + Bray, $18.99, 9780062842732). "Maya Motayne's Nocturna
is the fantasy that you have been waiting for. With the sneaky cleverness of Stephanie Gaber's Caraval
and the moral grayness of Marissa Meyer's Renegades
offers up a tale of a brother in search of a way to save his kingdom and a girl doing all she can to survive. This tale set in a Latin-inspired world provides just the right amount of magic and adventure, as heir-to-the-throne Alfie and shape-shifter Finn race to stop the terrible darkness they have released." --Jen Pino, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, Calif.
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