Sipsworth - Simon Van Booy (David Godine)

A wry, humane, character-driven story that is also a wonderful meditation on old age and hope.  Quite captivating.

Michael

 


The Last Tale of the Flower Bride - Roshani Chokshi (William Morrow)

This twisty, fairytale-inspired fantasy explores the dark side of love and friendship while leaving you to wonder what’s real and what’s just a story.

 Tessa

 


A Disappearance in Fiji - Nilima Rao (Soho Crime)

An atmospheric debut mystery set in Fiji (loved the unusual setting!) featuring a 25-year-old Indian police officer investigating a missing persons case in colonial Fiji.  The time period (1914) allows for great historical detail, and the reader is cheering for this intelligent detective to return to Hong Kong and escape the oppressive issues of colonialism.

Lynn

 


So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures - Maureen Corrigan (Back Bay)

Here is an astute, articulate well-read critic discussing an American classic.  Who knew the history? Who knew the intricate structure of Gatsby? Who knew the wonderful Gatsby universe of readers?  This book is a treasure.

Michael

 


River Kings: A New History of the Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads - Cat Jarman (Peagasus)

The discovery of a carnelian bead at a Viking archaeological site in England is the impetus for bioarcheologist Catrine Jarman to explain how a bead from India ended up in England during the Viking era.  Part mystery and part adventure story, Jarman shares how cutting-edge archeology is fostering our understanding of the Vikings--how they lived, where they traveled and their impact on the local people they encountered.  A thrilling read and one to appeal to history lovers.

 

 


How to Protect Bookstores and Why: the Present and Future of Bookselling - Danny Caine (Microcosm)

The author who currently works here in Cleveland for Literary Cleveland highlights the critical role bookstores play in our communities, acting as local retail district anchors, community gathering places, and sources of new ideas and inspiration.

Lynn

 

 


Indie Next List - April 2024

James: A Novel
by Percival Everett (Doubleday)

Fiction


Expiration Dates: A Novel
by Rebecca Serle (Atria Books

Fiction


The Husbands: A Novel
by Holly Gramazio (Doubleday)

Fiction


A Short Walk Through a Wide World: A Novel
by Douglas Westerbeke (Simon & Schuster)

Fiction


Clear: A Novel
by Carys Davies (Scribner)

Fiction


Worry: A Novel
by Alexandra Tanner (Scribner)

Fiction


Rainbow Black: A Novel
by Maggie Thrash (Harper Perennial)

Fiction


Annie Bot: A Novel
by Sierra Greer (Mariner Books)

Fiction


The Emperor and the Endless Palace (Indies Introduce)
by Justinian Huang (Mira Books)

Fantasy


The Prospects: A Novel
by KT Hoffman (Dial Press)

Romance


Just for the Summer: Novel
by Abby Jimenez (Forever)

Romance


I Cheerfully Refuse: A Novel
by Leif Enger (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Fiction


The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality
by Amanda Montell (Atria)

Memoir


The Cemetery of Untold Stories: A Novel
by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin Books)

Fiction


Memory Piece: A Novel
by Lisa Ko (Riverhead Books)

Fiction


There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension
by Hanif Abdurraqib (Random House)

Social Science


Table for Two: Fictions
by Amor Towles (Viking)

Short Stories


Women! In! Peril! (Indies Introduce)
by Jessie Ren Marshall (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Short Stories


The Woods All Black
by Lee Mandelo (Tordotcom)

Fantasy


The Wives: A Memoir
by Simone Gorrindo (Gallery/Scout Press)

Memoir


Like Happiness: A Novel
by Ursula Villarreal-Moura (Celadon Books)

Fiction


Secrets of the Octopus
by Sy Montgomery (National Geographic)

Nature


The Tree Doctor: A Novel
by Marie Mutsuki Mockett (Graywolf Press)

Fiction


A Good Happy Girl: A Novel
by Marissa Higgins (Catapult)

Fiction


The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A Novel
by Shannon Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)

Fantasy


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The Lioness of Boston - Emily Franklin (David Godine)

A well-researched historical fiction novel about Isabella Stewart Gardner; the author does an outstanding job of delving into the psyche of this “out of the box” Boston collector who defies societal expectations and has a profound and lasting effect on early 20th century Boston.

Lynn

 

 


Adventures of Ellery Queen - Ellery Queen (Penzler)

This is a perfect introduction to the 1930s American puzzle mystery with 11 gems of ingenious plots, characters, and humor.  Spoiler alert: smoking, alcohol, sex (sort of) stereotypes.

Michael