The Good Left Undone - Adriana Trigiani (Dutton)

" The Good Left Undone is deliciously told, with fully explored characters, mouthwatering descriptions of Italian food, and charming yet quirky towns. What's exceptional about the novel is how seamlessly she knits together different sto­ries from many places and times, bringing it all together in one poignant and satisfying book. This is a gorgeously written story about inter­generational love and heartbreak, the futility of regret, and the power of a life well lived. It's also a love letter to Italy and its beautiful and pain­ful history."

Why Architecture Matters - Paul Goldberger (Yale University Press)

"Architecture begins to matter," writes Paul Goldberger, "when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads." In Why Architecture Matters, he shows us how that works in examples ranging from a small Cape Cod cottage to the vast, flowing Prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Guggenheim Bilbao. He eloquently describes the Church of Sant'Ivo in Rome as a work that "embraces the deepest complexities of human imagination."


In his afterword to this new edition, Goldberger addresses the current climate in architectural history and takes a more nuanced look at projects such as Thomas Jefferson's academic village at the University of Virginia and figures including Philip Johnson, whose controversial status has been the topic of much recent discourse. He argues that the emotional impact of great architecture remains vital, even as he welcomes the shift in the field to an increased emphasis on social justice and sustainability.



Indie Next List - May 2023

The Secret Book of Flora Lea: A Novel
by Patti Callahan Henry (Atria Books)


In the Lives of Puppets
by TJ Klune (Tor Books)


Chain-Gang All Stars: A Novel
by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Pantheon)


No Two Persons
by Erica Bauermeister (St. Martin’s Press)


The Postcard
by Anne Berest (Europe Editions)


Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club
by J Ryan Stradal (Pamela Dorman Books)


The Half Moon
by Mary Beth Keane (Scribner)


Small Mercies
by Dennis Lehane (Harper)

The Covenant of Water
by Abraham Verghese (Grove Press)


The True Love Experiment
by Christina Lauren (Gallery Books)


To Shape a Dragon’s Breath: The First Book of Nampeshiweist
by Moniquill Blackgoose (Del Rey)


The Fiancee Farce
by Alexandria Bellefleur (Avon)


If We’re Being Honest
by Cat Shook (Caldron Books)


The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder
by David Grann (Doubleday)

by Costanza Casati (Sourcebooks Landmark)


The Salt Grows Heavy
by Cassandra Khaw (Tor Nightfire)


Mastering the Art of French Murder (An American in Paris Mystery
by Colleen Cambridge (Kensington)


Meet Me at the Lake
by Carley Fortune (Berkley)


You Are Here
by Karen Lin-Greenberg (Counterpoint)


The Night Flowers
by Sara Herchenroether (Tin House Books)


The East Indian
by Brinda Charry (Scribner)


With My Little Eye
by Joshilyn Jackson (William Morrow)


Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma
by Claire Dederer (Knopf)

Literary Criticism

Cown & Sceptre - Tracy Borman (Grove Atlantic)

Since William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, crossed the English Channel in 1066 to defeat King Harold II and unite England’s various kingdoms, forty-one kings and queens have sat on Britain’s throne: “shining examples of royal power and majesty alongside a rogue’s gallery of weak, lazy, or evil monarchs,” as Tracy Borman evocatively describes them in her sparkling chronicle, Crown & Sceptre. Ironically, during very few of these 955 years has the throne’s occupant been unambiguously English—whether Norman French, the Welsh-born Tudors, the Scottish Stuarts, and the Hanoverians and their German successors to the present day.

Tracy Borman is England’s joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust. She is the author of many highly acclaimed books, including The Private Lives of the Tudors, Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most Faithful Servant, Elizabeth’s Women, and a first work of fiction, The King’s Witch.

Groundskeeping - Lee Cole (Penguin Random House)

In the run-up to the 2016 election, Owen Callahan, an aspiring writer, moves back to Kentucky to live with his Trump-supporting uncle and grandfather. Eager to clean up his act after wasting time and potential in his early twenties, he takes a job as a groundskeeper at a small local college, in exchange for which he is permitted to take a writing course.

Here he meets Alma Hazdic, a writer in residence who seems to have everything that Owen lacks—a prestigious position, an Ivy League education, success as a writer. They begin a secret relationship, and as they grow closer, Alma—who comes from a liberal family of Bosnian immigrants—struggles to understand Owen’s fraught relationship with family and home.

Exquisitely written; expertly crafted; dazzling in its precision, restraint, and depth of feeling, Groundskeeping is a novel of haunting power and grace from a prodigiously gifted young writer.

The Paris Bookseller - Kerri Maher (Berkley Books)

"If you ever dreamed you could transport yourself to Paris in the twenties, to Sylvia Beach's famous bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, where Joyce, Hemingway, and Pound wandered the aisles, this story's for you. Maher's magical touch brings to life a woman whose struggles resonate in today's world, while also examining the intricacies of friendship, fortitude, and the love of the written word."
-- Fiona Davis, author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

The Big House - George Howe Colt (Scribner Book Company)

This book is a true thing -- a careful opening into the rooms of origin, a meditation on loss and loving, a tender exploration of the mysteries of family. That George Howe Colt is a poet makes us especially lucky to be privy to his keen and generous company. In the fullness of a narrative fantastic with stories of his extraordinary ancestry, he honors what is precious without sentimentality, expresses intimacy without self-absorption, his wisdom rooted in humor and humility.

The Sweetness of Water - Nathan Harris (Back Bay Books)

"Harris's lucid prose and vivid characterization illustrate a community at war with itself, poisoned by pride and mired in racial and sexual bigotry. Prentiss and Landry are technically free, but they remain trapped by a lifetime of blighted hopes and broken promises. Reconstruction will prove to be yet another lie. Harris's first novel is an aching chronicle of loss, cruelty, and love in the wake of community devastation."

Women On Nature - Katherine Norbury (Unbound)

For the very first time, this anthology collects together the work of women, over the centuries and up to the present day, who have written about the natural world in Britain, Ireland and the outlying islands of that archipelago. Alongside the traditional forms of the travelog, the walking guide, books on birds, plants and wildlife, Women on Nature embraces alternative modes of seeing and recording that turn the genre on its head.

Katharine Norbury has sifted through the pages of women's writing to show the multitude of ways in which they have observed the natural world about them, from the fourteenth-century writing of the anchorite nun Julian of Norwich to the seventeenth-century travel journal of Celia Fiennes; from the keen observations of Emily Brontë to a host of brilliant contemporary voices.

In Praise of Paths - Torbjorn Ekelund (Greystone Books)

Torbjørn Ekelund started to walk--everywhere--after an epilepsy diagnosis affected his ability to drive. The more he ventured out, the more he came to love the act of walking, and an interest in paths emerged. In this poignant, meandering book, Ekelund interweaves the literature and history of paths with his own stories from the trail. As he walks with shoes on and barefoot, through forest creeks and across urban streets, he contemplates the early tracks made by ancient snails and traces the wanderings of Romantic poets, amongst other musings. If we still "understand ourselves in relation to the landscape," Ekelund asks, then what do we lose in an era of car travel and navigation apps? And what will we gain from taking to paths once again?