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:

Idol, Burning: A Novel by Rin Usami, trans. by Asa Yoneda (HarperVia, $24.99, 9780063213289). "A riveting exploration of fandoms and obsession, Idol, Burning is short but packs a real punch. It reads like a modern-day Mishima, using discomforting prose and slow-burn writing to set the tone for a melancholic and insightful read." --Katrina Wallace, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, Ky.

Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery/Saga Press, $22.99, 9781982166182). "At this point, I'll read anything Rebecca Roanhorse writes. This little book packs a powerhouse of a story! It's 1920s noir with demons and angels, but with Rebecca's personal twist. I loved it and I can't wait to give it to everyone I know!" --Annie Carl, The Neverending Bookshop, Edmonds, Wash.

A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings by Will Betke-Brunswick (Tin House, $18.95, 9781953534453). "Will Betke-Brunswick's graphic memoir captures a family facing an unimaginable loss, without signposts or explanations. Readers feel an increasing connection to the characters as the story unfolds; a powerful reading experience." --Keith Mosman, Powell's Books, Portland, Ore.

For Ages 4 to 8
This Story Is Not About a Kitten by Randall de Sève, illus. by Carson Ellis (Random House Studio, $18.99, 9780593374535). "This book about community, seeing and helping others in need, and the collaboration and interdependence we all require is exactly what the world needs right now." --Laura Sharp, Literally, A Bookshop, Gilbert, Ariz.

For Ages 8 to 12
How to Heal a Gryphon by Meg Cannistra (Inkyard Press, $16.99, 9781335426871). "Meg Cannistra created a spunky, animal-loving witch that you will not able to resist! I can't wait to introduce the world of magical creatures and witches to all middle grade children." --Elisa McIntosh, The Bookstore Plus Music & Art, Lake Placid, N.Y.

For Teen Readers
A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo (Dutton Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 9780525555285). "Such a lovely, honest, and messy queer coming-of-age story! Lo communicates the desperation and senselessness of young love in a self-aware, caring way. Beautiful musings on art, astronomy, and grief, handled with care and maturity!" --Julia Lewis, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, Va.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]

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