January 2012 Indie Next List

January 2012 Indie Next List

Out now, the Indie Next List for January!

Watch Ayad Akhtar discuss his new book, AMERICAN DERVISH, an enthralling debut novel about which Lynn Riggs from Books & Company says, "It is impossible to leave Akhtar's exceptional debut novel without experiencing the struggles and pain of young Hayat as he comes to terms with both his Muslim faith and his humanity."

This month's cover title is RUNNING THE RIFT from Naomi Benaron, which follows Jean Patrick Nkuba, a gifted Rwandan boy, from the day he knows that running will be his life to the moment he must run to save his life, a 10-year span in which his country is undone by the Hutu-Tutsi tensions.

Other selections this month include:

  • BLUEPRINTS OF THE AFTERLIFE by Ryan Boudinot: ". . .This is a brave, daring, entrancing book, one that elicits empathy for the characters in it, even as it makes you look at the real world around you with different, startled eyes.” -- Rick Simonson, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
  • THE PARTNERSHIP by Philip Taubman: "Nuclear war continues to be an apocalyptic threat for America and other countries. Five men, members of the Cold War brain trust, have campaigned to challenge the United States and other nations to reconsider their strategic policies regarding nuclear arsenals. . ." -- Sue Fleming, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT

Also, don’t forget about past IndieBound picks now available in paperback, which includes Amy Chua's much talked about BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER/a> and Joseph O'Connor's GHOST LIGHT, the excellent fictionalized account of the famed Irish playwright J.M. Synge and his lover, the actress Maire O'Neill.

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!