From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
The Girls from Corona Del Mar: A Novel by Rufi Thorpe (Knopf, $24.95, 9780385351966). "I have not read such a stinging portrayal of female friendship since Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye. The relationship between Mia and Lorrie Ann is a wonderful example of how things are never as they appear on the surface and of the secrets and truths we hide from both others and ourselves. Mia and Lorrie Ann's journey will leave you heartbroken in the best way." --Liberty Hardy, RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, N.H.
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, 9780544101579). "Did you know there were such things as floating trash islands? A professor of social geography, Bonnett explores the meaning of place in our lives while taking readers to some spaces that are lost, hidden, or ephemeral. He also looks at our need to have 'a world that is not totally known and that has the capacity to surprise us.' The book's format makes it very easy to digest in either small bits or from cover to cover. Unruly Places provides a fun, vicarious way to explore, as well as a means for reflection." --Valerie Welbourn, the Fountainhead Bookstore, Hendersonville, N.C.
The Never List: A Novel by Koethi Zan (Penguin Books, $16, 9780143125587). "Koethi Zan's debut is a doozy! Part thriller, part mystery, all spell-binding, The Never List leads the reader into a world of kidnapping, hostages, dank cellars, BDSM, and many wicked characters. Set in the present day, The Never List chronicles Sarah's attempt to locate Jennifer who disappeared shortly after their abduction and three-year captivity in a cellar of torture and abuse. Zan keeps the narrative lively with terse dialog, top-notch character development, an occasional red herring, and edge-of-your-seat confrontations. This engrossing book has Hollywood movie written all over it. Treat yourself: read this book!" --Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, Iowa
For Ages 4 to 8
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann, translated by Suzanne Levesque (NorthSouth, $19.95, 9780735841673). "If there's any justice, Lindbergh will garner awards and the brilliant mouse will be crowned a most ingenious, brave, and endearing character. Kuhlmann's beautiful watercolor illustrations possess an enticing, three-dimensional depth that draws the reader into the story, heightens the suspense, and establishes a powerful sense of place and time. The book's coda, 'A Short History of Aviation,' provides a wonderful timeline about early aviators and historical context for the journey of the heroic mouse. Absolutely extraordinary!" --Yvonne Brooks, McNally Jackson Books, New York, N.Y.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]