IndieBound: Other Indie Favorites

From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:

Songs in Ursa Major: A Novel by Emma Brodie (Knopf, $26.95, 9780593318621). "Songs in Ursa Major is the perfect summer book recommendation. It should be read with music right out of Laurel Canyon playing in the background." --Linda McLoughlin Figel, pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The Forest of Vanishing Stars: A Novel by Kristin Harmel (Gallery, $28, 9781982158934). "A little girl is kidnapped from her parents and raised in the wilderness. As a young woman, she uses her skills to help Jewish refugees survive in the forests of Poland. From the first page, I didn't want to put the book down." --Jill Gregory, A Likely Story, Sykesville, Md.

The Way She Feels by Courtney Cook (Tin House, $18.95, 9781951142599). "This memoir is vital in that it humanizes one of the most commonly misunderstood and highly stigmatized mental illnesses--borderline personality disorder. The Way She Feels beautifully illustrates the incredible strength and perseverance it can take to cope with mental illness." --Mary Wahlmeier, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kan.

For Ages 4 to 8
Lala's Words: A Story of Planting Kindness by Gracey Zhang (Scholastic, $18.99, 9781338648232). "Little Lala helps the weeds in the vacant lot blossom into full, gorgeous plants just by talking to them and showing them a little love. This picture book is breathtaking, and Zhang's use of color really helps the story come alive. It's like a modern inverse of The Giving Tree." --Paul Swydan, The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton, Mass.

For Ages 8-12
The Last Super Chef by Chris Negron (HarperCollins, $16.99, 9780062943132). "This book is the classic combination of underdog competitive story and child looking for a lost parent, that makes your heart warm. Absolutely adored all of the fun this book had and loved that it didn't shy away from teaching you things about cooking!" --Thomas Wilkerson, BookPeople, Austin, Tex.

For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
Don't Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd (Bloomsbury YA, $17.99, 9781547605026). "This nerdy romcom from a debut author will have you competing with friends for who can read it first. Have you ever been on the edge of your seat yelling at a book that is writing about a live streaming video game competition? I have now and highly recommend you do too!" --Nichole Cousins, The Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock, Vt.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]

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