November Indie Next List

The American Booksellers Association members have selected the novel I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass as their top pick for the November Indie Next List. The book is also included in multiple Fall book previews (the individual Fall previews, as well as mashups of all the titles, are listed under “Books of Fall ’08 — Previews” to the right).

Bookseller Vicki McNeil of Watermark Book Co., Anacortes, WA, describes the book this way,

Louisa — solid, steady, dependable. Clem — younger, rebellious, daring, and the favorite. This is a story, told over 25 years, of two sisters — opposite as night and day, oil and water, yin and yang — and how they remain connected. In my opinion, this is Julia Glass’ best book yet!

Libraries have it on order in quantity with heavy holds. It’s also available in audio and large type editions.

I See You Everywhere 

Julia Glass

  • Hardcover: $24.95; 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (October 14, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0375422757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375422751
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $34.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (October 14, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739370367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739370360
  • Hardcover: $33.95; 400 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print; (December 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1602853223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602853225

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Included in the twenty other picks for November is the debut novel Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan. The author was featured on the Today Show this morning. A former Dateline producer, she is clearly comfortable on air and had Al Roker completely charmed.

Publisher Algonquin says more coverage will be coming, including the NYT BR, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today. Kogan also wrote an earlier memoir about her life as a photojournalist, Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War.

Bookseller Cheryl McKeon from Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA, says;

I loved Between Here and April, which on so many levels raises issues — memory, facing the past and admitting its impact on the present, motherly love, and fidelity — all in a novel that has a suspenseful race to its conclusion. Readers will be satisfyingly rewarded. 

One small item is missing from the annotation; it’s actually a mystery about a mother who kills her own children. Publishers Weekly called it “breathtaking.”

Libraries have it on order in modest quantities with some holds. 

Between Here and April 

Deborah Copaken Kogan

  • Hardcover: $23.95; 277 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (October 7, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1565125622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565125629

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Independent publisher Unbridled Books has been having remarkable luck in the competitive fiction arena. They had #1 Indie Next pick, In Hovering Flight, in September. This month, booksellers chose Freeman Walker by David Allan Cates. Most libraries have not ordered it yet.

Says bookseller Barbara Theroux, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT

Armed with his ‘free’ papers and a copy of the Declaration of Independence, seven-year-old Jimmy Gates is sent to England for an education by his owner-father. After his father dies, the schooling ends, as Jimmy becomes an apprentice, learning life’s lessons from prostitutes and revolutionaries. Taking a new name, Freeman Walker grows into manhood on the battlegrounds of the Civil War and his adventures tell us much about freedom and bring home the message that ‘freedom isn’t free.

 

Freeman Walker 

David Allan Cates

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 304 pages
  • Publisher: Unbridled Books (October 14, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1932961550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932961553

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The October Indie Next List with nifty visuals is now up on the IndieBound site, a good source for readers advisory librarians.

The #1 pick is Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day, which just debuted on the USA Today list at #16. As the paper notes, this is the highest debut for the author, which may help solidify Lehane’s announced decision to give up on detective novels.

Among the other nineteen titles is EarlyWord favoriteDewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. We love what bookseller Janet Hart of Moscow Idaho says in her annotation, “More than a memoir, this book is a lesson in…community spirit.”

Also included is a debut novel, The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan, which was previously selected by USA Today and the Washington Post for their Fall book previews.

Says Lisa Sharp, bookseller at Nightbird Books, Fayetteville, AR,

This book so wonderfully captures the life of one Indian woman and her family living through all the changes India undergoes in the first half of the 20th century. Padma Viswanathan has created characters you will care about, and gives fantastic descriptions of the food. Plan to eat Indian during your reading of this highly recommended book

Libraries have modest quantities of the title, with significant holds in some areas.

The Toss of a Lemon 

Padma Viswanathan

  • Hardcover: $26; 640 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt; (September 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0151015333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151015337

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