The July 2009 Indie Next List

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Here's a preview of the July Indie Next List, now on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement, and a reminder that June Notable titles are now featured in a flier and shelf-talkers, downloadable here and from

The July 2009 Indie Next Great Reads

The Angel's Game: A Novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
(Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385528702 / 0385528701)
"The Angel's Game is a guaranteed page-turner, with many twists and turns of plot, a touch of horror, and gripping suspense. The novel, from the author of The Shadow of the Wind, takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the winding streets of Barcelona's old quarter, in a masterful tale about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the human soul." --Milane Christiansen, The Book Works, Del Mar, CA

Border Songs: A Novel by Jim Lynch
(Knopf, $25.95, 9780307271174 / 030727117X)
"Jim Lynch's latest novel is marvelous -- it inspires delight and wonder in the natural world, illuminates the follies of border rivalries and drug wars, and examines the vagaries of small town life through the experiences of Brandon Vanderkool, a beguiling amateur naturalist whose severe dyslexia makes him an unlikely border patrolman. This is a funny, sweet, yet cautionary tale for our time." --Mary Gleysteen, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA

The Case of the Missing Servant: A Vish Puri Mystery by Tarquin Hall
(Simon & Schuster, $24, 9781416583684 / 1416583688)
"Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, is part Hercule Poirot and part Precious Ramotswe -- with a nod to Sherlock Holmes, deploying his team of undercover operatives in Delhi with shrewd skill. He's an old-fashioned, principled man, not afraid of modern technology as it changes the face of India. Irresistible, this quirky story should appeal to readers of every stripe, mystery and non." --Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ

How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely
(Grove Press, Black Cat, $14 paper, 9780802170606 / 0802170609)
"This hilarious story is a send-up of being an author, and all other aspects of the book business. Hely has written a captivating novel about writing a bestselling novel, while doing as little work as possible. The fake New York Times bestseller list alone is worth the price of this book!" --Mitch Gaslin, Food For Thought Books, Amherst, MA

A Happy Marriage: A Novel by Rafael Yglesias
(Scribner, $26, 9781439102305 / 1439102309)
"Rafael Yglesias tells the story of Enrique and Margaret Sabas, who is dying from cancer. The novel unfolds as we see her planning her goodbyes and death interspersed with the story of their courtship and long marriage. The novel captures the maturing of feelings, the issues around sex, and the frustrations of parenthood in such a way that I was riveted, entranced, and moved to -- and sometimes beyond -- tears. Absolutely brilliant." --Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO

The Blue Notebook: A Novel by James A. Levine
(Spiegel & Grau, $23, 9780385528719 / 038552871X)
"How could James Levine, a doctor and medical researcher at the Mayo Clinic, capture the hidden life of a 15-year-old Indian prostitute? This fictional journal of Batuk, a precocious girl sold into sexual slavery, reveals a life few could imagine and depicts the power of youthful imagination to escape an intolerable reality." --Darwin Ellis, Books on The Common, Ridgefield, CT

Sworn to Silence: A Thriller by Linda Castillo
(Minotaur Books, $24.95, 9780312374976 / 0312374976)
"Has a serial killer returned to a small, Amish town again after 16 years? And will the chief of police -- now ostracized from her Amish family -- know the secret behind the killings? Gruesome murders, excellent plotting, and a variety of characters with fresh personalities all add up to an impressive debut with a vividly creative story." --Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

Shimmer by Eric Barnes
(Unbridled, $25.95, 9781932961676 / 1932961674)
"This story of high-tech, corporate chicanery creates a foreign, but believable, world that will lodge in your mind. Barnes has written a gripping depiction of how people can become dehumanized in their single-minded drive for success. A superior novel." --Joe Strebel, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL

Black Water Rising: A Novel by Attica Locke
(Harper, $25.99, 9780061735868 / 0061735868)
"Debut author Attica Locke has written a riveting novel set in Houston in the early 1980s, as two former civil rights activists find themselves in a new fight for justice for laborers in the big oil industry of Texas." --Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories by Simon Van Booy
(Harper Perennial, $13.99 paper, 9780061661471 / 0061661473)
"Simon Van Booy's second collection offers intricate stories brimming with supple and mysterious energy. One never knows with Van Booy's distinctive style what will happen next, what will break your heart and heal it at the same time, what symbolic gesture will be rife with coincidence. His writing is pitch-perfect, and he has such great respect for his characters. Van Booy deserves many more fans." --Marie du Vaure, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

The Lace Makers of Glenmara: A Novel by Heather Barbieri
(Harper, $24.99, 9780061721557 / 0061721557)
"Exhausted from devastating losses in every aspect of her life, young fashion designer and seamstress Kate Robinson travels to Ireland, making good on a promise to her dying mother to visit their ancestral home, a tiny, close-knit fishing community. There, she joins a group of lace makers, both learning from them and using her talents to reimagine their craft. Full of finely developed characters, whom you will come to know and appreciate." --J.K. Campbell, Colorado State Univ. Bookstore, Fort Collins, CO

You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr
(Ecco, $25.99, 9780061715655 / 0061715654)
"Anne, a wife and mother, is living the Beverly Hills good life, leading book groups for directors, screenwriters, producers, and actors. But from the opening scene, in which we see her highly connected, Hollywood deal-maker husband packing to leave, she must use her literary brilliance to fight ferociously for the life she knows that she deserves, ultimately confronting one of the thorniest issues of our time in this finely crafted and deeply moving novel." --Bob Sommer, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

So Happy Together by Maryann McFadden
(Hyperion, $23.95, 9781401301484 / 1401301487)
"Maryann McFadden has written another great summer read in So Happy Together. As the title states, all the characters will be happy together by the end of the book, but it's the getting there that makes this one so much fun to read." --Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

Everything Matters! A Novel by Ron Currie, Jr.
(Viking, $25.95, 9780670020928 / 0670020923)
"What would you do if you knew the hour and the day that earth was to be destroyed by a meteor? This is the struggle of Junior Thibodeaux. As he races against time to save everything he loves, the reader will be transfixed and, ultimately, transformed by this big-hearted, brilliant novel." --Christopher Bowe, Longfellow Books, Portland, ME

The Cutting: A Novel by James Hayman
(Minotaur Books, $24.95, 9780312531294 / 031253129X)
"Detective Michael McCabe moves from the fast-paced life of New York City to the more peaceful and idyllic Portland, Maine, in order to escape his past. Unfortunately, when his new life is shattered by the appearance of a serial killer, it's up to McCabe to stop this madman before he strikes again. A clever and suspenseful thriller." --Bob Connolly, Jabberwocky Bookshop & Cafe, Newburyport, MA

Building a Home With My Husband: A Journey Through the Renovation of Love by Rachel Simon
(Dutton, $24.95, 9780525951209 / 0525951202)
"Rachel Simon's book Building a Home With My Husband is a memoir of the couple's life through a home renovation project that used all of his expertise as an architect and a student of Buddhism and all of her expertise as a survivor in life and love. Filled with both technical ins and outs and insights in recovering from a dysfunctional upbringing, this is a book worth reading and rereading." --Betsy Rider, Otto's A Booklovers Paradise, Williamsport, PA

Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire: A Novel by Margot Berwin
(Pantheon, $24, 9780307377845 / 0307377849)
"Who knew that a city girl could get swept away by an adventurous tale about tropical plant magic? But that's exactly what happened -- I loved it! Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire is an enchanting and exotic adventure tale about tropical plant magic. I was captivated by this fast-moving, mystical debut novel -- a perfect summer read." --Kelly Amabile, WORD, Brooklyn, NY

It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections From a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic, and Occasionally Inebriated Woman by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
(Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $23.99, 9781416954149 / 1416954147)
"Reading Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's latest book of true-to-life tales of her exploits as a young transplant to Hollywood is like sharing a good bottle of wine with your best friend for a night of laughter." --Sam Droke-Dickinson, Aaron's Books, Lititz, PA

How Shall I Tell the Dog? And Other Final Musings by Miles Kington
(Newmarket, $19.95, 9781557048417 / 155704841X)
"This is a wonderful and original memoir told through letters from British journalist Miles Kington to his agent. His letters, full of ideas for books and thoughts about life, are short and to the point and show his amazing ability to find humor in the darkest moments of life." --Selina Moraes, The Book Mark, Atlantic Beach, FL

The Actor and the Housewife: A Novel by Shannon Hale
(Bloomsbury, $24, 9781596912885 / 159691288X)
"Becky Jack is a typical Mormon housewife until she stumbles into an unlikely, platonic friendship with handsome Hollywood actor Felix Callahan. This modern fairy tale asks the question of what happens when your secret celebrity crush starts to mix with your ordinary, happy home life. A delightful read!" --Avery Dickey, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL

The July 2009 Indie Next List Notables


April & Oliver by Tess Callahan (Grand Central, $23.99, 9780446540599 / 0446540595)
Captive Audience: Stories by Dave Reidy (Ig Publishing, $14.95 paper, 9780981504049 / 0981504043)
Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon (Harper, $24.99, 9780061689338 / 0061689335)
Drawing in the Dust by Zoe Klein (Pocket, $25, 9781416599128 / 1416599126)
Fragment by Warren Fahy (Delacorte, $25, 9780553807530 / 0553807536)
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard (Doubleday, $25, 9780385528085 / 0385528086)
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama (Putnam, $24.95, 9780399155581 / 0399155589)
The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy (NYRB Classics, $15.95 paper, 9781590173176 / 1590173171)
The Pig Comes to Dinner by Joseph Caldwell (Delphinium, $22.95, 9781883285333 / 188328533X)
Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain (Mira, $13.95 paper, 9780778326151 / 0778326152)


Little Lamb Lost by Margaret Fenton (Oceanview, $24.95, 9781933515519 / 1933515511)


The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman's Fight to Save Two Orphans by Hala Jaber (Riverhead, $25.95, 9781594488672 / 1594488673)
Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese by Brad Kessler (Scribner, $24, 9781416560999 / 1416560998)
Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater by Matthew Amster-Burton (Houghton, $23, 9780151013241 / 0151013241)
K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist by Peter Carlson (PublicAffairs, $26.95, 9781586484972 / 1586484974)
Little People in the City: The Street Art of Slinkachu by Slinkachu (Macmillan UK/Boxtree, $14.95, 9780752226644 / 0752226649)
Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal by Julie Metz (voice, $23.99, 9781401322557 / 1401322557)
The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community by Janelle Orsi, Emily Doskow (NOLO, $24.99 paper, 9781413310214 / 1413310214)
Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island by Lucinda Fleeson (Algonquin, $13.95 paper, 9781565124868 / 1565124863)

Receive additional discount of 3% on your first order of HOW SHALL I TELL THE DOG? And Other Final Musings by Miles Kington (Newmarket Press, July 2009).

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