October 2011 Indie Next List

Out now, the Indie Next List for October!

Watch Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief) discuss the odyssey of a German Shepherd puppy who was found on a World War I battlefield and became a Hollywood icon in her new nonfiction title Rin Tin Tin.

And there are more videos for this month's titles for A Thousand Lives from Julia Scheeres, an excellent piece of journalistic writing about the tragedy at Jonestown, and Alice Hoffman's latest novel The Dovekeepers, which tells the story of four complex and fiercely independent women whose lives intersect in desperate days in ancient Israel.

From NPR, hear reviews of The Wandering Falcon from Jamil Ahmad, Michael Ondattje's The Cat's Table, and What It Is Like to Go to War, a non-fiction title from Karl Marlantes, the author of indie favorite Matterhorn.

Explore new titles in depth and discuss with friends by digging into ReadingGroupChoices.com's conversation starters for the new novel from Marisa de los Santos, Falling Together, about which Jill from Saturn Booksellers writes, “With these characters, de los Santos demonstrates that people aren't perfect, and that sometimes they aren't true to their friends or even to themselves, but that everybody—even the most flawed among us—deserves a version of 'happily ever after.”

The classic coming of age story is front and center this month with two novels set in the 1960s: American Boy by Larry Watson, and If Jack's in Love by Stephen Wetta.

Also, don't forget about the IndieBound picks now available in paperback, including At Home by Bill Bryson, Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx, and A Lily of the Field by John Burton.

Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can browse at home and take it to your local indie.

Happy reading!



September 2011 Indie Next List

Out now, the Indie Next List for September!

Watch Elizabeth Letts discuss the true story of her new nonfiction title The Eighty-Dolar Champion.

And there are more videos for this month's titles for Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Jussi Adler-Olsen's The Keeper of Lost Causes, and Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words, a memoir of Alzheimer's by Kate Whouley.

From NPR, hear reviews of Justin Torres' novel We The Animals, and The Leftovers, the new novel from Tom Perrotta.

Explore new titles in depth and discuss with friends by digging into ReadingGroupChoices.com's conversation starters for We The Animals, The Language of Flowers. and The Night Circus.

Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can browse at home and take it to your local indie.

Happy reading!



August 2011 Indie Next List

Out now, the Indie Next List for August!

Watch Adam Lewis Schroeder read from his new novel In the Fabled East.

From NPR, Lucia Silva of Portrait of a Bookstore echoes Robert McDonald of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in his recommendation for Kevin Wilson's The Family Fang.

Explore new titles in depth and discuss with friends by digging into ReadingGroupChoices.com's conversation starters for Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy and The Call by Yannick Murphy.

Two novels on this month's list delve into the fantastic world surrounding P.T. Barnum in Gilded Age Manhattan: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Bejnamin, and Stacy Carlson's Among the Wonderful.

Venture into an '80s pop culture-infused future in Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, and trek back to Fillory, where former Brakebills students reign, in Lev Grossman's highly anticipated sequel, The Magician King.

Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can browse at home and take it to your local indie.

Happy reading!



July 2011 Indie Next List

Out now, the Indie Next List for July!

View trailers for two interesting titles: Glen Duncan's slick & sick horror The Last Werewolf and The Reservoir by John Milliken, based on an 1885 Virginia murder.

From NPR, critic Laura Miller echoes The King's English recommendation for Lars Kepler's thriller The Hypnotist.

Explore new titles in depth and discuss with friends by digging into ReadingGroupChoices.com's conversation starters for Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante, Margaret Leroy's The Soldier's Wife, and Pao by Kerry Young.

And two books from this month's list put classic authors in fictional settings: H.G. Wells in The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma, and Flannery O'Connor in A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano.

Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can browse at home and take it to your local indie.

Happy reading!



Exclusive Interview with Ann Patchett

Award-winning, bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a spellbinding new novel, State of Wonder, featured on June's Indie Next List. Patchett has given us an exclusive interview on her new work, her writing style, and independent bookstores. Thanks to Ann Patchett and HarperCollins!

You take on some very big ideas and ask profound moral questions in State of Wonder. At the same time, your characters must escape one dangerous situation after another, and the plot twists and turns make it impossible to stop reading. Did you have those big questions in mind when you started working on it? Or did they flow out of your characters’ struggles in an organic way?

It worked more or less in this order: I wanted to write a book about an adult student finding her most important teacher again many years after the fact. The teacher has had a profound impact on the student’s life and yet that teacher doesn’t remember the student at all. From there I figured out who they were, where they lived, and what they did for a living. It was fun because Dr. Swenson loves to lecture, she’s a woman with a lot on her mind. Still, I never thought -- I want to make a statement about women’s reproductive issues. That just came out of the issues the characters were dealing with.

How did you decide to use the Amazon as the setting for your novel, and what challenges did it present?

I needed a place that had malaria, medical possibilities to develop new drugs, and was hard to get to. They also had to be really far away from a Verizon store because it was important to me that once the cell phones were gone they couldn’t be easily replaced. I wouldn’t say there were any challenges to writing about the Amazon. It’s such an open canvas for the imagination that it lends itself to all sorts of exciting descriptions and exciting plot points. Frankly, I’d like to set all my future novels in the Amazon as well.



June 2011 Indie Next List

Out now, the Indie Next List for June!

As usual, we have a solid selection of book trailers for diverse titles like To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch, Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson, and Eleven by Mark Watson.

June brings highly anticipated books like Tayari Jones' Silver Sparrow and a new novel from Ann Patchett, State of Wonder.

Indulge your inner (and outer) bibliophile with Gabrielle Donnelly's The Little Women Letters and Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch.

Explore modern-day Nigeria through both Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away and Helon Habila's Oil on Water.

Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can browse at home and take it to your local indie.

Happy reading!



Passion by Lauren Kate - an IndieBound Exclusive!

Bestselling author of the Fallen series and friend to indie bookstores Lauren Kate has given IndieBound an exclusive excerpt from her upcoming novel Passion!


Read from Passion by Lauren Kate

Thank you, Lauren!

Passion is out June 14—pre-order from an independent bookstore near you!



November 2010 Indie Next List

Out now, the Indie Next List for November!

As usual, we have a solid selection of book trailers for diverse titles like The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee's moving history of cancer, and Stacey Schiff's groundbreaking biography Cleopatra.

And please prepare your tissues for two new inspirational pet book trailers: Larry Levin's story of Oogy, the rescued puppy once used as live bait for fighting dogs, and Vickie Myron's exploration of the continuing legacy of Dewey in Dewey's Nine Lives.

Listen to NPR stories on Ron Chernow's definitive biography Washington, Dogfight: A Love Story by Matt Burgess, and Philip Roth's latest novel Nemesis.

Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can browse at home and take it to your local indie.

Happy reading!



October 2010 Indie Next List

Out now, the Indie Next List for October!

We have book trailers for The Wave by Susan Casey, Thomas W. Young's The Mullah's Storm, The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant, and The Bells by Richard Harvell.

Listen to NPR's interview with Tom Franklin on his new novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and their discussion with Susan Casey on The Wave.

Reading Group Choices brings you reading group guides for Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye, The False Friend by Myla Goldberg, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, and Sena Jeter Naslund's Adam & Eve.

Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can browse at home and take it to your local indie.

Happy reading!



September 2010 Indie Next List

Out now, the Indie Next List for September!

We have book trailers for The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustain, The Tiger by John Vaillant, and Anne Fortier's Juliet, and The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak.

Listen to NPR stories on Jonathan Franzen's much-anticipated new novel Freedom, and The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey.

Reading Group Choices brings you reading group guides for Room by Emma Donoghue, and Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay.

Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can read at home and take it to your local indie.

Happy reading!