Last Night At The Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

This novel feels like you’re stepping into core memory. Malinda Ho manages to guide the reader through a beautiful queer coming-of-age story. One that also has the drama of being Chinese in the middle of the Red Scare.

- C.B.

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead (Anchor Books)

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead (Anchor Books, 2000) has been around for a few years, but this debut novel by Mr. Whitehead should not be ignored by those who have missed its delights. In an urban alternative universe, we have a mystery revolving around an elevator accident pitching the Department of Elevator Inspectors into a turmoil of debate as its Empiricists face off against its Intuitionists. This debate is the base for a slyly humorous meditation on race, politics, morality, and careerism. The hero of the tale, Lila Mae Watson, is the unnamed city’s first Black elevator inspector. Her stellar accuracy rate has been besmirched, and she must go underground to investigate. Read and enjoy!

- M.W.

Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner

An addictive, page-turning suspenseful mystery about a couple trying to escape their haunted past when a mysterious woman suddenly befriends them.  Set in London, see if you can figure out who the true villain, or villains, are!

- L.Q.

Last Seen Wearing (Library of Congress Crime Classic

The Library of Congress Crime Classics is an ongoing series of reprints of critically hailed American crime writing from the 1860s to the 1960s. A true gem in this series is Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh. The tale concerns the disappearance of a college student who walks out of her dormitory unseen and unheard and the efforts of the local police department to find out what happened. Led by a sharp and energetic veteran chief, the local police take up the twisting case. The reader experiences a fast-paced police procedural (supposedly one of the first) loaded with gown vs town, character, and the local color of an early postwar America middle-class community, with its social concerns but no diversity.

- M.W.

January 2022 - Newsletter

In the News

New Year — New Look — New Offerings!

If you haven’t checked out Appletree’s website recently, what have you been waiting for? Our website has a whole new look, with more recommendations, more ways to shop for books and gift certificates, and more ways to connect with us. All at the same trusty place:


We’re especially excited to begin offering subscription boxes.

On a monthly or quarterly basis, we can ship a personalized selection to you or someone you love. Check out our website here for more information and to get started.


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Remember your sweetie with a little something from our online Valentine’s gift catalog, coming soon. It’s a perfect time to inject some color in the midst of our cold Cleveland winter!


Speaking of cold… Appletree still delivers!

If the weather is making it too difficult for you to come out, let us bring books to you. We offer complimentary delivery to our customers in the Heights area and University Circle. (Don’t know if that includes you? Just ask us.)

Books of Distinction

New Mystery
The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
(Poisoned Pen Press)
by Eva Jurszyk

“This intricately woven literary mystery brings readers into the cut-throat world of academia where rare book collections compete for money and prestige, and where those in power will do whatever it takes to protect their institution. A strong female protagonist and complex relationships drive this impressive, genre-bending debut.”
― Wendy Walker, author of Don’t Look for Me

Indie Bestseller Lists - January 19, 2022

Paperback Bestsellers (Fiction & Nonfiction) PDF 
Hardcover Bestsellers (Fiction & Nonfiction) PDF 
Fiction Bestsellers (Hardcover & Paperback) PDF
Nonfiction Bestsellers (Hardcover & Paperback) PDF 
Children's Bestsellers (Hardcover & Paperback) PDF 
Middle Grade & Young Adult PDF 
All five lists in a single file PDF

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music - Dave Grohl

In conversational prose, Dave Grohl of Scream, Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, shares his clear -eyed perspective on fame with the reader; from playing at the Academy awards, drumming for Tom Petty to bedtime stories with Joan Jett and accompanying the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, this Grammy award-winning musician recounts these stories in a similar manner to the way he writes his songs – from his soul.

Detective Mole - Camilla Pintonato

Presents a charming tale of a bumbling, want-to-be woodland detective searching for a missing squirrel neighbor; the humor is provided by paint and collage illustrations.  The reader will most likely solve the case before Oscar, the mole, who misses many of the clues strewn throughout the book.  The fun is in figuring it out!

Windswept: Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women - Annabel Abbs

A blend of memoir, travelogue and long-forgotten history, the book reflects on the most fundamental way of connecting with the outdoors: the simple act of walking.  Share the nature experiences of Nan Shepherd in the mountains of Scotland, Georgia O’Keefe in New Mexico, Daphne du Maurier along the River Rhone and Simone de Beauvoir in the hills and mountains of France.  Named a Smithsonian Top Ten Best Book about Travel for 2021.

The Indie Next List - January 2022

To Paradise: A Novel
by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday)

Lost & Found: A Memoir
by Kathryn Schulz (Random House)

The Maid: A Novel
by Nita Prose (Ballantine Books)

Fiona and Jane
by Jean Chen Ho (Viking)

Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel
by Xochitl Gonzalez (Flatiron Books)

A Flicker in the Dark: A Novel
by Stacy Willingham (Minotaur Books)

The School for Good Mothers: A Novel
by Jessamine Chan (Simon & Schuster)

Mouth to Mouth: A Novel
by Antoine Wilson (Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster)

Small World: A Novel
by Jonathan Evison (Dutton)

Brown Girls: A Novel
by Daphne Palasi Andreades (Random House)

The Last House on the Street: A Novel
by Diane Chamberlain (St. Martin’s Press)

by Thrity Umrigar (Algonquin Books)

High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir
by Edgar Gomez (Soft Skull)

Reckless Girls: A Novel
by Rachel Hawkins (St. Martin’s Press)

No Land to Light On: A Novel
by Yara Zgheib (Atria Books)

This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown
by Taylor Harris (Catapult)

Seasonal Work: Stories
by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

The Starless Crown (Moon Fall #1)
by James Rollins (Tor Books)

Wahala: A Novel
by Nikki May (Custom House)

Beautiful Little Fools: A Novel
by Jillian Cantor (Harper Perennial)

The Latinist: A Novel
by Mark Prins (W. W. Norton & Company)

None But the Righteous: A Novel
by Chantal James (Counterpoint)

by Gina Apostol (Soho Press)

Go Back at Once
by Robert Aickman (And Other Stories)

I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home
by Jami Attenberg (Ecco)