February Indie Next List

The February Indie Next List, featuring selections by independent bookseller of their favorite titles of the month, has just been released.

The top title is Cutting for Stone, a first novel by Abraham Verghese, a doctor and author of two memoirs, My Own Country (1995), a National Book Critics Circle finalist, and The Tennis Partner (1998), a NYT Notable Book.

Cutting for Stone received a starred review from Publishers Weekly (“the narrative is fascinating even as the story bobs and weaves with the power and coincidences of the best 19th-century novel”). Bookseller Meredith Allison of Brazos Bookstore in Houston, TX, says,

Cutting for Stone resists easy categorization — it is just as much the chronicle of a bond between twin brothers and family as it is a book about medicine, or a story of grace. Verghese’s carefully drawn characters are compelling and unforgettable — this is a book you will have to share with others, if you can bear parting with your copy.

It is on order in modest quantities (less than one per branch) by large libraries.


Cutting for Stone
Verghese, Abraham 

  • Hardcover: $26.95; 560 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (February 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0375414495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375414497

The other 19 selections are all worth exploring (booksellers are readers advisors, too; they just call it “handselling”), but one of the few nonfiction titles on the list particularly caught my eye:


The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You  
Covert, Jack and Sattersten, Todd

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 304 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (February 5, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1591842409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591842408

Says Chuck Robinson, owner of  Village Books in Bellingham, WA. and a savvy businessman,

From the moment I began this book, I was hooked. Combining a great concept and format, two business book experts extraordinaire tell you what books are worth reading and how they can help. If you read any business books, this should be the next one.

The authors are the CEO and vice-president of 800-CEOREAD, a bookseller specializing in business books, which means they’ve seen nearly every business book that has been published and should know what they’re talking about.

They do a monthly Top 25 list, which we’ve just added to our bestseller lists — it’s a good way to keep up with what’s popular in business books.

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