Here, author Elizabeth J. Church discusses the unique experience of growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, and how her youth shaped and inspired her debut novel, The Atomic Weight of Love.
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel, The Nest, the number one Indie Next List pick for April, is “funny, thoughtful, and filled with unique and complex characters,” said Jennifer Oleinik of University Book Store in Seattle.
Author Joshilyn Jackson talks about the integral role indie booksellers have played in her career, the process of creating the tough and impassioned character Paula Vauss, and what she’s got coming up next.
The Swans of Fifth Avenue, which evokes Truman Capote’s entrée into socialite Babe Paley’s rarified life and his ultimate betrayal of her, is a “fun, kind of gossipy read” that author Melanie Benjamin hopes readers will enjoy.
Ashley Warlick, a novelist, food magazine editor, and co-founder and buyer at M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers, felt honored when her novel The Arrangement was selected by her fellow booksellers for the February 2016 Indie Next List.
Booksellers’ top Indie Next List pick for December is The Selected Poems of Donald Hall by the former U.S. Poet Laureate. Hall selected what he considers the best of his poems for this collection, representing 70 years’ work.
Booksellers have chosen Lauren Groff’s cleverly crafted novel Fates and Furies as their top pick for October’s Indie Next List. Groff’s critically acclaimed work, which has been long-listed for the National Book Award, tells the story of a marriage in which not all is as it seems.
Did You Ever Have a Family, the first novel by bestselling memoirist Bill Clegg, “is the sort of work scholars are referring to when they explain why literature and the novel are so vitally important to our understanding of the human condition,” said Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop.
In 2011, Rinker Buck set out in a covered wagon to navigate the historic Oregon Trail, a trip he chronicles in The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey. Here, Buck discusses some of the surprises he encountered on his adventure and the passion that prompted his journey.
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