Catching Up on Some Big Books for the Indies

Some excellent books came out in the two months I was gone. Here’s a reminder of several that are really resonating in the Indies:

Author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett says it best:

“[I] loved every amphetamine-laced, whiskey-soaked, gun-shot page of it. I think this is going to be a big book for the holidays because, well, wouldn’t you want to give everyone on your list a book about booze and pills and violence that came with a great soundtrack and five wives? This thing moves. It rocks. And while every review to come will no doubt mention that there has never been a more perfect union of writer and subject, I’m glad to be able to say it here first — Bragg and Lewis are a match made in heaven. I didn’t believe half of what I read and I didn’t care at all because the writing was so good and the subject so enormous.”

 Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story (9780062078223) by Rick Bragg. $27.99 hardcover.


Strong reviews for this memoir, not to mention strong support from Jon Krakauer. And it’s a December Indie Next Pick.

“Twenty years ago, Jon Krakauer wrote in Into the Wild the stunning story of Chris McCandless, a young man who walked into the Alaska wilderness and starved to death. At the time, Krakauer spoke with Chris’s sister, Carine, who allowed Krakauer to read Chris’s letters, but asked the author not to print them. Two decades later, in this fiercely honest and gripping memoir, Carine shares many of these letters and candidly reveals the harsh and violent family in which the two grew up.”
Publishers Weekly

The Wild Truth is an important book on two fronts: It sets the record straight about a story that has touched thousands of readers, and it opens up a conversation about hideous domestic violence hidden behind a mask of prosperity and propriety.”
NPR Books

The Wild Truth (9780062325143) by Carine McCandless. $27.99 hardcover. 11/11/14 on sale.


This quartet novellas bringing back Ford’s Frank Bascombe and has been widely embraced and highlighted by most reviewers as one of the publishing events of the year


“[It] arrives, like an early Christmas gift, to soothe fans who assumed they’d never again have the pleasure of wading through [Bascombe’s] stream of consciousness… It’s a winding stream, to be sure, and not always a fast-moving one. But it’s hard to think of another that runs past so many major landmarks of our anxious era: the dissolution of families, the fear of failure, the erosion of faith and – especially – the supplanting of old, familiar social structures with a new, esoteric code that exists primarily in the smartphone apps of people born after 1980.”
  — Washington Post

“A quartet of stories set around Christmas 2012 (each Bascombe volume co-opts a holiday), amid the physical and emotional debris of Hurricane Sandy, it’s an estimable book-wise, funny and superbly attentive to the world. If this is the last of Bascombe, it’s an honorable end.”
— Time

Let Me Be Frank With You (9780061692062) by Richard Ford. $27.99 hardcover. 11/4/14.

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