From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Woman, Eating: A Novel by Claire Kohda (HarperVia, $26.99, 9780063140882). "A subtle, understated vampire book. Lydia is mixed-race, mixed-species, and trying to make it on her own. Her hunger and desire to be human lead to complicated relationships with food and her friends. This one's oh-so-satisfying." --Maggie Henriksen, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, Ky.
Marrying the Ketchups: A Novel by Jennifer Close (Knopf, $28, 9780525658870). "This will top the list of family stories! I adored every minute with the Sullivans. The Chicago setting, baseball, the aftermath of the 2016 election, and the family restaurant at the heart of it all created an unforgettable experience." --Amy Traughber, pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Gold Diggers: A Novel by Sanjena Sathian (Penguin Books, $17, 9781984882059). "An extraordinary yarn of two generations of American-Indian immigrants with love, drugs, alchemy, and stories of the gold rush--both the 49ers and the tech bubble. A fun, fast-paced, seriously good book by a seriously talented writer." --Françoise Brodsky, Shakespeare & Co., New York, N.Y.
For Ages 4 to 8
Donut: The Unicorn Who Wants to Fly by Laura Gehl, illus. by Andrea Zuill (Random House Studio, $17.99, 9780593376256). "This is such a cute picture book about dreams and perseverance! The illustrations are adorable and add so much to the written story. I cannot wait to read this one to my preschoolers at story time." --Anna Brown, Katy Budget Books, Houston, Tex.
For Ages 10+
Hunters of the Lost City by Kali Wallace (Quirk Books, $16.99, 9781683692898). "Hunters of the Lost City is a story that will keep you enthralled until the very last page. Full of friendship, mystery, magic, and monsters, this story of a strong young girl trying to save all she loves is a ride you won't ever want to end!" --Marielle Orff, Towne Book Center & Café, Collegeville, Pa.
For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
What We Harvest by Ann Fraistat (Delacorte Press, $18.99, 9780593382165). "Filled with iridescent wheat, bioluminescent melons, and a mercury-esque blight, Hollow's End is perfect for impending doom. Fraistat's debut shows the comforts and horrors of small towns, old families, and the secrets they bury." --Laura Graveline, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Tex.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]