From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Twice in a Blue Moon: A Novel by Christina Lauren (Gallery, $28, 9781982135706). "This is a story about forgiveness and second chances, and it is full of heart. When 18-year-old Tate, the long-lost daughter of a famous actor, has a whirlwind vacation romance with Sam, he sells a story about her to the press for the big bucks. Now, 14 years later and an established actress herself, she has to work with Sam while trying not to let him see how his betrayal changed the course of her life. This novel feels more subdued, a slow burn dealing a lot with trust issues and complicated family dynamics. If you're looking for a sweet (and sexy) romance with depth that will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning, this is it." --Leah Atlee, Bright Side Bookshop, Flagstaff, Ariz.
Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food From 31 Celebrated Writers, edited by Natalie Eve Garrett (Black Balloon Publishing/IPS, $22, 9781936787791). "The visceral quality of food as it relates to memory is unparalleled--sometimes we eat our favorite foods as comfort during grief, or a dish prepared by a friend becomes healing food from then on. Eat Joy is a lively collection of autobiographical stories in which food plays a starring role (recipes included--and they are lovely!). A diverse selection of celebrated authors tell their stories of growth, loss, healing, and homecoming, and the resulting collection is nothing short of magical." --Mary Wahlmeier, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kan.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel by Talia Hibbert (Avon, $15.99, 9780062941206). "Get a Life, Chloe Brown is such a wonderful, inclusive, body-positive, fun, moving, and steamy book, the kind of novel I want to shove into every person's hand who says they don't read romance. Chloe Brown is a plus-size black British woman with chronic illness who is confident, sharp, sarcastic, brilliant, and adorable as hell--and, to my great relief, totally comfortable and happy with her looks and her size. After being temporarily knocked down by her illness, Chloe decides to reclaim her life, so she makes a to-do list: ride a motorcycle, have meaningless sex, go camping, etc. It was such an absolute treat to read a novel about a plus-size woman with a disability having amazing, mind-blowing sex and loving her life. I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this book, so instead I will just force everyone I know to read it." --Elissa Sweet, Bank Square Books, Mystic, Conn.
For Ages 4 to 8
Saturday by Oge Mora (Little, Brown, $18.99, 9780316431279). "Saturday is the only day of the week that Ava and her mother are able to spend together, and this Saturday does not go as planned. Fortunately, Ava understands that the day was still 'special,' 'splendid,' and 'wonderful' because they spent it together. Oge Mora is a rare talent whose beautiful illustrations--each using hand-picked, textured, found, and created papers--reflect the exuberance of her very special stories." --Cathy Fiebach, Main Point Books, Wayne, Pa.
For Ages 9 to 12
The Ghost in Apartment 2R by Denis Markell (Delacorte, $16.99, 9780525645719). "The Ghost in Apartment 2R confidently straddles the line between spooky and funny, spine-chilling and heart-warming. I got goosebumps! Multiple times! But they were always offset by the arrival of dawn and the charming shenanigans of Danny's parents and friends. Just as Danny's life is inextricably tied to the history of his diverse Brooklyn neighborhood--which is slowly being transformed by encroaching gentrification--the ghost's terror and trauma are tied to this earthly place. Markell writes about Brooklyn, its history, and its people with the warmth and affection only a native could achieve, while also crafting a stellar ghost story that kept me hooked from beginning to end. I can't wait to start shoving this book in readers' hands." --Abby Rauscher, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, N.Y.
For Teen Readers
The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand (HarperTeen, $17.99, 9780062693167). "Cass McMurtrey has always known she was adopted, but upon turning 18, she wants to know who she is--not just who her adopted parents raised her to be, but her roots deep down. On a journey surrounded by her fun-loving and caring support system, Cass learns about her family's past through letters written by her biological mother. A heart-wrenching novel, The How & the Why will leave you wanting more of Cynthia Hand's talented writing." --Kelsi Roberts, Story on the Square, McDonough, Ga.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]