From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Best Boy: A Novel by Eli Gottlieb (Liveright, $24.95, 9781631490477). "Gottlieb gifts us with the character of Todd Aaron, a middle-aged autistic man whose life in an institution takes a turn from a model of medically controlled routines he readily and ideally adapts to, to a year of disturbing changes with the arrivals of a volatile roommate, a cunning staff member, and a beguiling one-eyed girl, all who threaten his sense of equilibrium and reignite Todd's desire for the comforts of his original home. Tender and humorous memories linger well after reading this amazingly insightful story." --Mark Ingraham, Powell's Books, Portland, Ore.
The Gates of Evangeline: A Novel by Hester Young (Putnam, $26.95, 9780399174001). "Charlie Cates recently lost her young son and the job that she worked so hard for is probably going to be eliminated. When Charlie is offered a chance to write about the Deveau family and their child who went missing over 30 years ago, she jumps at the chance. What she hasn't told anybody is that she has been seeing visions of children in trouble and is currently experiencing one of a young boy in a rowboat in a Louisiana swamp who she suspects is the missing Deveau child. But what if she has it all wrong? In this excellent thriller, things are really not what they seem to be. A wonderful puzzle with a Southern Gothic feel, this is a definite must-read!" --Janice Hunsche, Kaleidosaurus Books, Metamora, Ind.
Florence Gordon: A Novel by Brian Morton (Mariner, $14.95, 9780544570245). "Irascible, intellectual, life-long activist Florence Gordon never sought the limelight, and her work now seems to be receding into feminist history. But, at 75, she receives a rapturous review in the New York Times. That, plus some disconcerting physical difficulties, increasingly unreasonable demands from her ex-husband, and the recent move of her son and his family to her Upper West Side neighborhood throw this fiercely controlled, independent woman off balance. Every character in this novel faces unexpected challenges and is vividly, memorably drawn. Florence's granddaughter, Emily, observes that 'each person is the center of a world.' Rarely has that been so richly demonstrated." --Banna Rubinow, the river's end bookstore, Oswego, N.Y.
For Ages 4 to 8
Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Eric Wight (FSG, $17.99, 9780374300524). "All of us have fallen prey to bacon's charms, and this new picture book is simply delectable. DiPucchio has written a hilarious cautionary tale about arrogance starring everyone's favorite breakfast meat--bacon. With witty text, bold retro-style illustrations, and a wicked twist, this book will make readers laugh out loud and ask for seconds." --Erin Barker, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, Va.
For Ages 9 to 12
The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable FIB by Adam Shaughnessy (Algonquin, $16.95, 9781616204983). "Norse mythology, a winking squirrel, a strange man named Mr. Fox who lives in a cemetery in a house built by a witch, and the belief that magic is real, all combine to give middle-readers an intriguing story. Pru has an empty space inside her left by the death of her dad, a small-town detective. When she receives a mysterious postcard that asks, ‘What is the unbelievable FIB?' she can't resist investigating. Luckily the new boy in school, ABE, is good at puzzles and riddles and joins Pru in solving the clues that lead to a dangerous enemy who may be responsible for a war that could destroy her world. Fans of fantasy, adventure, mystery, and mythology will love this series debut. I can't wait for a sequel!" --Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books & Hobbies, Oscoda, Mich.
For Teen Readers
The Accident Season by Moϊra Fowley-Doyle (Kathy Dawson Books, $17.99, 9780525429487). "Every October the accident season strikes Cara and her family. Bones are broken and skin is bruised and cut. Some years, the bad years, one of them dies, and Cara thinks this is going to be a bad year. When the origin of the accident season is revealed, no one is ready for it. Spellbinding and sharply beautiful, The Accident Season is a haunting look at the power of secrets." --Amy Brabanec, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, Mass.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]