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This Month's #1 Indie Next List Pick...

Daisy Jones & the Six

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

(Ballantine Books, 9781524798628, $27)

"Oh man, what a ride! I guess I'm the right demographic for this book: I love rock and I grew up in the '70s, so I wanted to like it... instead, I loved it! Yes, it's sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, but it's also got wonderfully complex characters that I cared about even if I didn't like how they acted. It's a peek into the formation of a band, how the music is made, the struggles of addiction and clashing personalities, and, ultimately, love. The story is compiled of pieces of interviews with the band and those connected to them--a very effective technique that made the novel's pages turn even faster. Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones & the Six is one of my favorite books of 2019 so far!"
--Serena Wyckoff, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

This Month's #1 Indie Next List Pick Author Interview

photo: Deborah Feingold

Booksellers around the country have chosen Daisy Jones & The Six, the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll-fueled novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine Books, March 5), as their number-one pick for the March Indie Next List.

Written as a compilation of interviews with former band members and their industry contemporaries, the novel tells the story of the whirlwind rise of the fictional 1970s rock group Daisy Jones & The Six, formed when the beautiful and entrancing L.A. it girl Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, the talented and brooding lead singer of The Six, join to create international success and music history. But the world is shocked when the band breaks up at the height of their popularity, while touring for their blockbuster, boundary-breaking album Aurora.

Reid is the Los Angeles-based author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which appeared on the June 2017 Indie Next List; One True Loves; Maybe in Another Life; After I Do; and Forever, Interrupted. Her novels have been chosen by Book of the Month and featured by People, Us Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, and more. A 13-episode limited series adaptation of Daisy Jones & The Six is already in the making with actress Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine production company and Circle of Confusion.

How did you get the idea for the story?

When I finished my previous book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, I really wanted to continue to write about fame. I wanted to write about people in the public eye, and I just wasn't quite sure if that was the right move. I had already done a book about an actress and I thought I wanted to write about musicians, but I wasn't sure if I should. So I sat down and thought, well, if I want to write about musicians, what's the story I want to tell?

I spent a lot of time thinking about the stories in our culture that I'm fascinated by, and those are the relationships in which the people have an incredible creative output but there is personal strife, like the band The Civil Wars, which broke up very abruptly; Fleetwood Mac; or the Eagles. There is a three-hour documentary called The History of the Eagles, which is about how they created their music but also all of the turmoil between the band members. And I was so excited about the idea that I felt it became a story I had to tell.

Is there a particular '70s rock star people are supposed to think of when they read about Daisy? Stevie Nicks comes to mind. Or is she kind of an amalgam of different iconic female rock singers?

You have a '70s rock setting and it's about this band with a lot of romantic turmoil within it, so you're always going to think of Fleetwood Mac, but as a singer Daisy's upbringing is different from Stevie's, her image is different from Stevie's, the things that we're drawn to about her are different from the things we are drawn to about Stevie. I love Stevie Nicks, and because of that I wanted to make sure that I didn't write Stevie Nicks. Daisy is her own person, but I read a lot about Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Patti Smith. I really wanted to look at the story of a woman in a band at that time and how they were able to exist or co-exist [with the band].

What did you love about writing Daisy and exploring her character?

It's always really fun to write a character that other people are very drawn to. Daisy Jones is beautiful, glamorous, charming, and enchanting. But it also came with the challenge of making her real: how does she feel, not just like someone who people in the '70s would be enchanted by, but also what is she like when she's alone, when she is not enchanting anyone. So the most fun thing about her also creates the biggest challenge about her.

Was it important to you to contrast the way women in rock were treated at that time, the expectations and obstacles they had to deal with, versus the way male rock stars were treated?

That was really important to me. Rock in the 1970s was a pretty male-dominated space and I didn't want to tell a man's story. Not that those stories aren't worth telling, but we've been told them before. What I wanted to do was say, if I'm writing a story about rock in the 1970s, what can I do that makes it feel like no one else has done this, or only I could do it? What is the one thing that would be unique for me? And that was centering on the women and their private lives, their families, and their hopes for their future.

Are you a big fan of music documentaries? Was the book's format, consisting of a series of comments taken from individual interviews, based on the form of a music documentary?

Yes, I've always been interested in stories that give you the truth behind the legend. That is what's fascinating to me. And that's why this book and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo were in that style as well, the truth behind what the public saw. When I started this book, I sort of doubled down and made a really specific point of watching great rock documentaries and episodes of VH1's Behind the Music. Watching The History of the Eagles was really a defining moment for me because of how much feuding and how many huge problems that band had with each other and the dynamics that naturally develop over time when you have a band with that many people in it. It was really fascinating to me.

Also, Behind the Music was a great show. There was one particular Behind the Music that I really loved that was sort of different than the others. 1977: Behind the Music is specifically about why 1977 was such a big year in rock, and that helped me to understand the world that Daisy Jones would be existing in because there were a lot of different types of rock at that time. Disco was coming to an end, arena rock and glam rock were taking over, and then you had the Southern California sound with bands like Fleetwood Mac, so it was very instructive to get an overall view of what rock looked like at that time.

For the scenes when Daisy and Billy are writing songs together, were you thinking about what it feels like to write novels? Or did describing the experience of songwriting feel like writing about a completely different process?

It was sort of both of those things. I've read a lot about musicians and songwriters, and that informed how the characters wrote. I've collaborated with other people on screenplays and other types of writing, and that helped a little bit. I also wrote the lyrics for the album in the back of the book, so my experience of trying to get it down on paper somewhat informed how the characters were doing it, and how the characters were doing it informed how I wrote the lyrics, so it was all indivisible.

What have your experiences been like at independent bookstores as a reader and as a writer?

In Los Angeles, we have so many great indie bookstores, but outside of LA, California is such a big state and I don't get to that many of them, so it's a real treat when I get to go out on tour. What is really incredible about publishing books is that I get to visit indie bookstores all over the country, and through that I have developed incredible relationships with booksellers and independent bookstores really far away from me, in places like Seattle and on the East Coast. Willow Books, the bookstore in my hometown of Acton, Massachusetts, closed recently, but The Silver Unicorn opened up there last year; I haven't been yet but I heard they're doing really well.

Writing books has given me the best opportunity to meet indie booksellers and get the best book recommendations. I love going into a new bookstore in a city I've never been to and saying, what should I buy? It's a luxury to buy that many books, but that is the luxury that I keep for myself. --Liz Button

More Indie Next List Great Reads

The River

By Peter Heller

(Knopf, 9780525521877, $25.95)

"Peter Heller can take you on a journey through nature like no other writer. The River is the story of two close friends wanting nothing more than to enjoy their time together on a trip through the Canadian wilderness, and fly fishing has never been so beautifully portrayed nor has the serenity of water and nature. But the peacefulness slowly wanes and the tension begins to build as the trip becomes a race against encroaching forest fires and an attempt to save the life of the mysterious woman they have picked up along the way. Heller has created a story of friendship and survival that should not be missed."
--Mary McBride, Rainy Day Books, Fairway, KS

The Huntress

By Kate Quinn

(William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062740373, $16.99, trade paper)

"A Russian night witch and a British war correspondent turned Nazi hunter join forces to track a ruthless assassin in The Huntress, the latest book by Kate Quinn. From the pre-war wilds of the Soviet Union to the streets of a war-torn Germany to the bustle of Boston, Quinn masterfully mixes the past with a post-war present, and it's phenomenal. Fans of The Alice Network and The Nightingale will love this fantastically fast-paced and utterly exhilarating historical fiction."
--Kristin Bates, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI

The Book of Delights: Essays

By Ross Gay

(Algonquin Books, 9781616207922, $23.95)

"For those of you having a rough year, take comfort and inspiration from Ross Gay's aptly titled The Book of Delights. After going through a bumpy patch himself, Gay tasked himself with a year's worth of essays, each day focusing on something delightful. What resulted is a warm, thoughtful range of reflections on tomato plants, high fives, and airport security. The Book of Delights is a companion to keep with you, whether on your nightstand, in the bathtub, or on the subway, for a brief moment of emotional respite. Definitely one of my first delights of 2019."
--Molly Gillespie, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

By Anissa Gray

(Berkley, 9781984802439, $26)

"For lovers of An American Marriage comes a thoughtful debut about family, secrets, and the damage one's choices can cause to those you love. Told from many perspectives within one complex family, this novel tugged at me from all angles. I found myself understanding and empathizing with all the characters at different times, even though their choices and the consequences of those choices were vastly in contrast to one another. A very strong debut."
--Jamie Southern, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

Beautiful Bad

By Annie Ward

(Park Row, 9780778369103, $26.99)

"In her dark and atmospheric thriller, Ward has created characters that seep under your skin and take you on a suspense-filled, unforgettable ride. We follow Ian and Maddie from their first meeting in the war-torn Balkans to New York City and end up in suburban Kansas, witnessing their story unfold, twisting and turning along the way, until it ultimately implodes. What really happened and who can you believe?"
--Maxwell Gregory, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL

Aerialists: Stories

By Mark Mayer

(Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781635572179, $26)

"This might very well be my favorite short story collection of all time. More than that, Aerialists is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and emotionally resonant books I have ever read, a poignant collection of stories that are at once heartbreaking and life-affirming but always profoundly human. Debut author Mark Mayer is a genuine revelation. He writes with dizzying insight and uncanny grace, his prose sparkling brilliantly in the light. Like a great ringmaster, he captivates the attention of his audience and shows us the rich weirdness hiding beneath the surface of everyday life. Aerialists subverts expectations, pushes boundaries, and dares to be different, all while whispering of more wonders to come."
--Jason Foose, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

The Priory of the Orange Tree

By Samantha Shannon

(Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781635570298, $32)

"A fabulous, complex fantasy that will appeal to fans of Erika Johansen, Melissa Caruso, and George R.R. Martin, Priory has something for every fantasy lover. Narrated by various characters from different parts of a fantastically imagined world rife with conflict, both religious and political, Shannon's story and its characters' fates revolve around the most riveting aspect of the whole book: dragons! Shannon writes with a fast-paced, engrossing voice that continues to build with every chapter. I loved this world and think readers will wholeheartedly embrace it."
--Lauren Nopenz Fairley, Curious Iguana, Frederick, MD

The Hunting Party

By Lucy Foley

(William Morrow, 9780062868909, $26.99)

"Lucy Foley's The Hunting Party is a slick, streamlined murder mystery set on a remote Scottish luxury estate. A group of old friends get together for their yearly New Year's trip, but after over a decade of closeness, some of them may be near the breaking point. Foley uses the multiple-narrator approach to distort the reader's perspective and challenge their assumptions, but it doesn't feel excessive. With multiple puzzles that come together to create the bigger picture and a short timeline that adds to the claustrophobic urgency, this novel is a devilishly thrilling winter read."
--Annie Metcalf, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, MN

Little Faith

By Nickolas Butler

(Ecco, 9780062469717, $26.99)

"I loved this story about friendship, family, and how faith influences life-changing decisions. Nickolas Butler beautifully captures the people, landscape, and seasons of northern Wisconsin over a 12-month period. The characters and their relationships to each other is what this book is really about. You will love or hate them, but you will feel part of this community when you finish."
--Susan Murphy, Pages Bookshop, Detroit, MI

The Bird King

By G. Willow Wilson

(Grove Press, 9780802129031, $26)

"Fatima is a concubine of the sultan of the last emirate in the Iberian Peninsula to submit to the Spanish Inquisition. When her dearest friend, Hassan, a mapmaker who can map places he has never seen (and that do not always exist), is singled out by the Inquisition, she flees with him and a jinn, following the trail of the elusive and mythical Bird King, who may or may not be able to grant them sanctuary. Wilson's latest novel is rich with the historical detail, lush description, and fantastical elements that we have come to know and love from her. A story of resistance, freedom, seeking, and strength, and a true fable for our times."
--Anna Eklund, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir

By T. Kira Madden

(Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781635571851, $27)

"Madden has no limits when it comes to the ones she loves--her cool and free older friends, her Internet-famous first girlfriend, her mother, her father, and us, the fortunate readers. She accomplishes one of the great feats of a memoir: in telling the story of her life, she translates its remarkable aspects (for one, her father worked for Jordan Belfort and was, yes, a wolf of Wall Street) while making the commonplace (love for one's parents) remarkable. Her prose is a Lisa Frank- racetrack-Hawaiian shirt phantasmagoria that I couldn't get enough of. And, man, that last section--it'll knock you loose."
--Molly Moore, BookPeople, Austin, TX

Indies Introduce -- outstanding debuts as selected by independent booksellers

When All Is Said

By Anne Griffin

(Thomas Dunne Books, 9781250200587, $26.99)

"Dark and unflinching yet packed with heart and humanity, When All Is Said is Irish storytelling at its best. Maurice Hannigan sits in a bar on a Saturday night and toasts five people who have been important in his life and who have left him, either through death or distance. The 84-year-old widower spools out his story like tangled fishing line, raising one glass to each of his departed loved ones. It all leads up to a startling yet inevitable end to an unsettling yet satisfying story."
--Grace Harper, Mac's Backs, Cleveland Heights, OH

In Another Time

By Jillian Cantor

(Harper Perennial, 9780062863324, $16.99, trade paperback)

"For fans of The Time Traveler's Wife and Somewhere in Time, In Another Time will sweep you through pre-war and post-war Berlin, London, Paris, and Vienna as you follow Hanna Ginsberg, 'the one who plays the violin like fire,' and her magnificent Stradivarius violin. It begins in Germany in 1931, when bookshop owner Max Beissinger meets Hanna. As they fall in love, Germany falls under the power of Hitler. While Hanna is Jewish and Max is not, Max has a secret that may help save Hannah when the time comes. Cantor reminds us that even in terrible times, books, music, and love can prevail. Not to be missed."
--Karen Briggs, The Booknook, East Talwas, MI

If, Then

By Kate Hope Day

(Random House, 9780525511229, $26)

"I devoured this book. Reading about these characters felt like stepping right into other lives, with all of the messiness of human striving and relationships. If, Then is a beautiful novel for this alone, but when each character begins to see visions they don't understand, the book takes on a new sense of urgency. Driven by its characters and with a masterfully written thread of speculative fiction, If, Then is a moving look at how events large and small and the choices we make carve our unique lives out of the infinite number of possible lives that could have been."
--Kelsey O'Rourke, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI

A Woman Is No Man

By Etaf Rum

(Harper, 9780062699763, $26.99)

"A Woman Is No Man gives a rare and terrifying look into the lives of three generations of Palestinian and Palestinian-American women. Readers are invited into the secret world of these women living in Palestine and then Brooklyn; we watch nervously as they try to navigate and reconcile their two worlds--the violent, patriarchal world at home and the confusing, anti-cultural world outside their front door. I cringed at the pain and cheered at the successes of the women I came to know. This beautifully written book shines a light on an important topic. It is a story that must be told and, as importantly, must be heard."
--Debra Barrett, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA

The New Me

By Halle Butler

(Penguin Books, 9780143133605, $16, trade paper)

"Halle Butler so perfectly depicts a young woman who has no direction in life in The New Me. She's just going to work in order to get a paycheck for rent and groceries, just so she can live to go to work again--the vicious cycle many in our society find themselves in today. The New Me is juicy and kind of like watching the perfect train wreck. You know you should look away, but instead you can't put the book down. Highly recommended for fellow lovers of contemporary fiction."
--Kristen Beverly, Half Price Books, Dallas, TX

Gingerbread

By Helen Oyeyemi

(Riverhead Books, 9781594634659, $27)

"To me, any new book by Helen Oyeyemi is a cause for celebration, and Gingerbread is no exception. Harriet Lee is a mother, a daughter, a PTA-wannabe, a tutor, and a gingerbread baker. She is also Druhastranian--a refugee from a country that may (or may not) exist. No one is quite sure where Druhastana is or how to get there, but Harriet's daughter, Perdita, is determined to find out even if it kills her. While still imbued with Oyeyemi's trademark fairy tale essence, this novel is a departure into weirder, more uncanny territory. Oyeyemi, who lives in Prague, has finally given us her Czech novel, and it's perfect."
--Devon Dunn, Book Culture, New York, NY

The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story

By Cara Robertson

(Simon & Schuster, 9781501168376, $28)

"Cara Robertson's first book details the events surrounding the infamous murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. Based entirely on primary sources--trial transcripts, contemporary accounts, and even recently discovered letters from Lizzie herself--The Trial of Lizzie Borden is an in-depth look at the circumstances surrounding the incident and her subsequent trial. Robertson has poured decades of research into this sensational book, breathing new life into a story that has captivated the American psyche for over a century. An excellent read for fans of David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon and Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark."
--Rachel Haisley, The King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT

The Island of Sea Women

By Lisa See

(Scribner, 9781501154850, $27)

"Off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island is home to generations of haenyo--women who take their living from both land and sea and call the shots in their matriarchal society. Young-sook and Mi-ja are best friends in the 1930s, learning to dive with their all-female collective while their island suffers under Japanese colonialism. Lisa See follows them as they grow up under Japanese rule, into WWII, to the Korean War and its devastating aftermath, and into the 21st century. The Island of Sea Women is not only a story of friendship found, lost, and found again, but also a richly detailed picture of a unique culture of women in a world spinning out of control. Amazing detail and presence."
--Janet Rhodes, BookPeople of Moscow, Moscow, ID

Don't Skip Out on Me

By Willy Vlautin

(Harper Perennial, 9780062684479, $15.99)

"Horace Hopper, the book's Irish-Paiute Indian protagonist, dreams of erasing the shame of childhood abandonment by reinventing himself as a professional boxer. His boss and surrogate father, an elderly sheep rancher, wrestles with the choices of his own history, and does his best to maintain a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Vlautin intertwines the lives and fates of these two men in a work of astonishing beauty and heartbreak, and guides the reader to an ending that is as true and real as it gets. Willy Vlautin has been literature's best-kept secret for far too long. He may well be our own Steinbeck, but with a haunting steel-guitar sensibility all his own."
--Patrick Millikin, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale, AZ

Eat the Apple: A Memoir

By Matt Young

(Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781632869517, $16)

"To take the memories of a combat veteran and transform them into something funny, tender, and even whimsical at times is a delicate dance. Matt Young's Eat the Apple does this in frank flashes, exposing the senseless acts of cruelty inherent in military training and its psychological effects on soldiers. His refusal to be pitied and the humor in his self-awareness are what make this memoir especially readable. Although you'll cringe with him during vulnerable and humiliating moments, his ownership of these experiences translates into a sort of wisdom you can take away."
--Aubrey Winkler, Powell's Books, Portland, OR

The Immortalists

By Chloe Benjamin

(G.P. Putnam's Sons, 9780735215092, $16)

"In 1969, four siblings visit a fortune teller, who tells each child the date of their death. We follow the Gold siblings both separately and together over the next four decades and see how these revelations affect their choices, their behavior, and their  relationships with one another. Apart from raising the obvious question (would you want to know the date of your death?), Benjamin brilliantly explores how family members can be both close to and distant from one another, and ponders the point at which our actions cease to matter and fate steps in."
--Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, IL

The Italian Teacher

By Tom Rachman

(Penguin Books, 9780735222700, $16)

"The same kinds of beautifully drawn, charming-but-flawed characters that made The Imperfectionists so wonderful also fill this novel, which follows Pinch (aka Charles), the son of famed painter Bear Bavinsky, as he grows up and struggles to make a name for himself. The book begins with Pinch and his mother, a failed potter, living in Rome in the 1950s in the shadow of Bear's celebrity and forceful personality. With evocative descriptions of the various cities in which it's set, The Italian Teacher is perfect for readers who want to be drawn into the lives of vivid characters and explore the meaning of art, family, and one's personal legacy."
--Laura Tischler, Solid State Books, Washington, D.C.

Lying in Wait

By Liz Nugent

(Gallery/Scout Press, 9781501178474, $16)

"Liz Nugent returns with another riveting tale of intrigue and domestic drama. Teenage Laurence suspects that his father might be involved in the mysterious death of a young woman. After his father suddenly dies, Laurence becomes even more bound by the smothering love of his overly attentive mother. When Laurence falls in love with the dead girl's sister, lies ensue, complications arise, and the hidden depths of evil lurking in the manor house are exposed. Readers will be mesmerized by Lying in Wait, and the ending is so devious that it will knock your socks off."
--Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN

MEM

By Bethany C. Morrow

(The Unnamed Press/IPS, 9781944700867, $15.99)

"Adding fictional scientific breakthroughs to a glittering era of history is a setup for a great plot, but it takes an artist's hand to carry it beyond its initial gimmick. Bethany C. Morrow's examination of memory, desire, and what makes us human flourishes in its alternative historical setting. Her writing is as well-paced as her plot, in which the Mems develop beyond their creator's intentions and the most evolved of them suffers at our least-evolved hands. Morrow's novel has a beauty to it that underlines its critical depth and heart-racing conclusion."
--Hannah Oliver Depp, WORD, Brooklyn, NY

Mr. Flood's Last Resort

By Jess Kidd

(Washington Square Press, 9781501180644, $16.99)

"Jess Kidd has done it again. I absolutely loved her first book, Himself, and her latest does not disappoint. This tale of Mr. Flood and his caregiver, Maud, brings together eccentric characters, ghosts, saints, a crumbling mansion, missing children, and a suspicious suicide. It perfectly balances tragedy with dark comedy; the dialogue crackles and every detail enchants. I will miss spending time in Maud's world."
--Kathi Kirby, Powell's Books, Portland, OR

The Only Story

By Julian Barnes

(Vintage, 9780525563068, $16)

"The Only Story, a love story that captivated me from the very first page, tells of Paul, a young man who at the age of 19 falls in love with a woman almost 30 years his senior. Now in the sunset of his life, Paul looks back with tenderness on the life they had together, how  everything fell apart, and how his life evolved as a result. I loved the author's reflections on love and found myself savoring his words, not wanting the book to end. A beautiful story from a superb writer."
--Danielle Bauter, Laguna Beach Books, Laguna Beach, CA

A Place For Us

By Fatima Farheen Mirza

(SJP for Hogarth, 9781524763565, $17)

"Mirza evokes with equal skill and nuance the first- and second-generation immigrant experience and the universal themes of family unity and discord. In A Place for Us, she captures the complicated dynamics of one family's relationships with each other with astonishing insight. I found it tremendously moving in a way that only the most authentic stories and voices can be. The last 70 pages buckled my knees. How can a story about characters so outside my own life experience be so hauntingly familiar?"
--Stan Hynds, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

Speak No Evil

By Uzodinma Iweala

(Harper Perennial, 9780061284939, $15.99)

" 'This is who I am.' 'This is what happened to me.' These are the simplest of expressions, yet the ability to speak them fully is a privilege not shared by the teenaged protagonists of this novel. Nigerian immigrant and Harvard-accepted aspiring doctor Niru is not able to tell his conservative religious parents that he is gay. The daughter of D.C.'s political elite, Meredith is not able to tell the world what really happened in an alley outside a bar on a hot spring night. Speak No Evil describes how loving relationships are strained, how trust is shattered, and how bodies can be broken when the truth is silenced. This heartbreakingly beautiful story will stay with you for a long time."
--Jill Zimmerman, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI

The Woman in the Window

By A.J. Finn

(William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062678423, $16.99)

"A modern take on Hitchcock's Rear Window, with many nods to classic noir film, A.J. Finn's debut novel is told through the eyes of a narrator trapped inside her beautiful house by a severe case of agoraphobia and separated from her estranged husband and young daughter. She copes with her condition by spying on her neighbors and living vicariously through their drama, until the night she witnesses what appears to be a murder and finds herself swept up in its wake. Fans of psychological thrillers should take note of this banger of a tale!"
--Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

By Elaine Weiss

(Penguin Books, 9780143128991, $18)

"Over the course of two steamy weeks in August 1920, hordes of suffragists, anti-suffragists, lobbyists, and lawmakers descended on Nashville in a fight to make Tennessee the 36th and final state to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. This was the final chance, and both sides would do whatever it took to win--bullying, bribery, blackmail, and even kidnapping. I was on the edge of my seat. I had no idea how close the suffragists came to losing. This is narrative nonfiction at its best."
--Lisa Wright, Oblong Books and Music, Millerton, NY