July 2012 Indie Next List

On the cover of this month's Indie Next list is GOLD by Chris Cleave, a novel of two old friends whose lives and friendship are tested as they vie for one last moment in the sun and Olympic gold.

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“Cleave is one of the luminaries of modern fiction and his talent shines just as brightly as the title of Gold. In a novel based on the world of competitive cycling, Cleave offers all of the trauma, dedication, and courage of that elite society, but more importantly, shows us those same attributes in the lives of his other characters, particularly eight-year-old Sophie, who suffers from leukemia. This is a novel that both inspires and informs, providing sadness and exhilaration in equal measure and showing empathy for the human condition. Gold is a reading experience not to be missed.” -- Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Indie Next authors talk about their books...

Amy Leach talks about her new collection of essays, THINGS THAT ARE, about which Seth Marko from UCSD Bookstore, San Diego, CA writes, "This beautifully crafted , little book is filled with weird, funny, oddly poignant, and plainly stunning vignettes about the natural world around us. . .Each essay unfolds as if from the lips of an odd, old-time storyteller sitting on the edge of the firelight. . .

Indie Next around the web. . .

"Truly multiculutral in the very best sense, Marcus Samuelsson was born and orphaned in Ethiopia, adopted by a Swedish family, and learned to cook in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, and France. . .Samuelsson brings the reader along on his amazing and passionate odyssey in an engaging memoir that is highly recommended, even for non-foodiers” - Ellen Sandmeyer, Sandmeyer's Bookstore, Chicago, IL

Listen to the NPR interview: Marcus Samuelsson: Becoming a Top Chef

“This quiet lovely story of people finding joy where they can is set near the Little Snake Hills sand dunes of the Canadian West, where small-town lives can be as dry and brittle as the prairie grasses or as rich as the history of the area. . .” -- Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

Indie Next in Paperback. . .

Happy Reading!


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