Top Indie Books: 32 Interesting Indie Books Selected By Independent Book Sellers Across the Country by Donna John

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Top Indie Books: 32 Interesting Indie Books Selected By Independent Book Sellers Across the Country

During crazy times like these, many are finding solace and escaping with a good book. Instead of reading one of the mainstream authors, why not read an Indie book? Here are 32 Indie books that are book sellers and book lovers top picks:

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Luster by Raven Leilani
Luster by Raven Leilani $23
Irresistibly unruly and strikingly beautiful, razor-sharp and slyly comic, sexually charged and utterly absorbing, Raven Leilani’s "Luster" is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life – her hunger, her anger – in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy $24
Propelled by a narrator as fierce and fragile as the terns she is following, Charlotte McConaghy's "Migrations" is both an ode to our threatened world and a breathtaking page-turner about the lengths we will go for the people we love.
Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) by Tamsyn Muir
Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) by Tamsyn Muir $24
After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral "Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth," a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman's shoulders.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi $24
Propulsively readable, teeming with unforgettable characters, "The Death of Vivek Oji" is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations – a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.
Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane $18
Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, "Underland" speaks powerfully to our present moment. Taking a deep-time view of our planet, Macfarlane here asks a vital and unsettling question: “Are we being good ancestors to the future Earth?” Underland marks a new turn in Macfarlane’s long-term mapping of the relations of landscape and the human heart. From its remarkable opening pages to its deeply moving conclusion, it is a journey into wonder, loss, fear, and hope. At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world.
The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld $13
After captivating readers in "The Child Finder," Naomi – the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children – returns, trading snow-covered woods for dark, gritty streets on the search for her missing sister in a city where young, homeless girls have been going missing and turning up dead.
Flyaway: A Novella by Kathleen Jennings
Flyaway: A Novella by Kathleen Jennings $16
A beguiling story that proves that gothic delights and uncanny family horror can live – and even thrive – under a burning sun, "Flyaway" introduces readers to Bettina Scott, whose search for the truth throws her into tales of eerie dogs, vanished schools, cursed monsters and enchanted bottles. "Flyaway" enchants you with the sly, beautiful darkness of Karen Russell and a world utterly its own.
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria $13
Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers. After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow — until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez.
The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette Binder
The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette Binder $18
"The Vanishing Sky" is a World War II novel as seen through a German lens, a story of the irreparable damage of war on the home front, and one family's participation-involuntary, unseen, or direct-in a dangerous regime. Drawing inspiration from her own father's time in the Hitler Youth, L. Annette Binder has crafted a spellbinding novel about the choices we make for country and for family.
Summerlings by Lisa Howorth
Summerlings by Lisa Howorth $17
A vibrantly voiced, heartfelt, and charming Cold War coming-of-age story, Summerlings captures the crystal-clear moments that mark the bittersweet reckoning of childhood’s end.
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell $24
A luminous portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a tender and unforgettable re-imagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, and whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays of all time, "Hamnet" is mesmerizing, seductive, impossible to put down — a magnificent leap forward from one of our most gifted novelists.
Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch
Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch $17
Absorbingly spun, perfectly voiced and disruptively political, Madeline Ffitch's "Stay and Fight" forces us to reimagine an Appalachia — and an America — we think we know. And it takes us, laughing and fighting, into a new understanding of what it means to love and to be free.
The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi
The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi $20
Alex Pavesi's "The Eighth Detective" is a love letter to classic detective stories with a modern twist, where nothing is as it seems, and proof that the best mysteries break all the rules.
The Butterfly Lampshade by Aimee Bender
The Butterfly Lampshade by Aimee Bender $20
Told in the lush, lilting prose that led the San Francisco Chronicle to say Aimee Bender is "a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language," "The Butterfly Lampshade" is a heartfelt and heartbreaking examination of the sometimes overwhelming power of the material world, and a broken love between mother and child.
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories by Laura Van den Berg
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories by Laura Van den Berg $23
"I Hold a Wolf by the Ears" presents a collection of women on the verge, trying to grasp what’s left of life: grieving, divorced and hyperaware, searching, vulnerable and unhinged, they exist in a world that deviates from our own only when you look too closely.
True Story by Kate Reed Petty
True Story by Kate Reed Petty $23
An inventive and breathtaking exploration of a woman finding her voice in the wake of trauma, "True Story" is part psychological thriller, part fever dream, and part timely comment on sexual assault, power and the very nature of truth. Ingeniously constructed and full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the final pages, it marks the debut of a singular and daring new voice in fiction.
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill
A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill $18
Noah Turner sees monsters. His father saw them – and built a shrine to them with The Wandering Dark, an immersive horror experience that the whole family operates. His practical mother has caught glimpses of terrors but refuses to believe – too focused on keeping the family from falling apart. And his eldest sister, the dramatic and vulnerable Sydney, won't admit to seeing anything but the beckoning glow of the spotlight ... until it swallows her up. Noah Turner sees monsters. But, unlike his family, Noah chooses to let them in.
Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline $31
Joan has been searching for her missing husband, Victor, for nearly a year – ever since that terrible night they’d had their first serious argument hours before he mysteriously vanished. Her Métis family has lived in their tightly knit rural community for generations, but no one keeps the old ways ... until they have to. That moment has arrived for Joan.
Universe of Two by Stephen P. Kiernan
Universe of Two by Stephen P. Kiernan $20
Based on the life of the actual mathematician Charles B. Fisk, "Universe of Two" combines riveting historical drama with a poignant love story. Stephen Kiernan has conjured a remarkable account of two people struggling to heal their consciences and find peace in a world forever changed.
Cold Storage by David Koepp
Cold Storage by David Koepp $10
When Pentagon bioterror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it.
Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle
Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle $24
"Hieroglyphics" reveals the difficulty of ever really knowing the intentions and dreams and secrets of the people who raised you. In her deeply layered and masterful novel, Jill McCorkle deconstructs and reconstructs what it means to be a father or a mother, and what it means to be a child piecing together the world around us, a child learning to make sense of the hieroglyphics of history and memory.
Crossings by Alex Landragin
Crossings by Alex Landragin $21
On the brink of the Nazi occupation of Paris, a German-Jewish bookbinder stumbles across a manuscript called Crossings. It has three narratives, each as unlikely as the next. And the narratives can be read one of two ways: either straight through or according to an alternate chapter sequence.
Cape May by Chip Cheek
Cape May by Chip Cheek $12
In this erotic and intimate debut novel, a naïve southern couple is exposed to a group of raucous, debauched urbanites. Seductive and moving, this is a novel about marriage, love, raw sexuality, and the ways in which desire and betrayal can reverberate endlessly throughout our lives.
The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff
The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff $20
A globe-trotting, century-spanning adventure story, Jake Wolff’s "The History of Living Forever" takes us from Maine to Romania to Easter Island and introduces a cast of unforgettable characters – drug kingpins, Big Pharma flunkies, centenarians, boy geniuses and even a group of immortalists masquerading as coin collectors.
Miracle Country: A Memoir by Kendra Atleework
Miracle Country: A Memoir by Kendra Atleework $27
"Miracle Country" is a moving and unforgettable memoir of flight and return, emptiness and bounty, the realities of a harsh and changing climate, and the true meaning of home. For readers of Cheryl Strayed, Terry Tempest Williams, and Rebecca Solnit, this is a breathtaking debut by a remarkable writer.
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk $13
With "Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead," Man Booker International Prize-winner Olga Tokarczuk returns with a subversive, entertaining noir novel. In a remote Polish village, Janina Duszejko, an eccentric woman in her 60s, recounts the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. She is reclusive, preferring the company of animals to people; she's unconventional, believing in the stars; and she is fond of the poetry of William Blake, from whose work the title of the book is taken.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern $15
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood.
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey $25
"Memorial Drive" is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Animated by unforgettable prose and inflected by a poet’s attention to language, this is a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers.
The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-Eun
The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-Eun $17
"The Disaster Tourist" introduces a fresh new voice to the United States that engages with the global dialogue around climate activism, dark tourism and the #MeToo movement.
The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum
The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum $26
"The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals" poignantly explores the unique love and tension between mothers and daughters, and humans and animals alike. Perceptive and funny, moving and eloquent, and ultimately buoyant, Mandelbaum offers a panoramic view of family and forgiveness, and of the meaning of home. Her debut reminds us that love provides refuge, and underscores our similarities as human beings, no matter how alone or far apart we may feel.
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones $15
An award-winning poet, Jones has developed a style that’s as beautiful as it is powerful — a voice that’s by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. "How We Fight for Our Lives" is a one-of-a-kind memoir and a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.
The Deep: A Novella by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes
The Deep: A Novella by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes $15
"The Deep" is “a tour de force reorientation of the storytelling gaze ... a superb, multilayered work,” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) and a vividly original and uniquely affecting story inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Always looking for new great reads, and nice to support the indies. Thank you for putting this list together, Donna John !
Cassiday
Love these recos, thanks. 📚

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