What’s Popular in Indie Bookstores This Month
Seven bestselling audiobooks that deserve your attention.
By Richard Russo
Russo, at the very top of his game, returns to North Bath, New York, and the characters from his beloved novel Nobody’s Fool.
“While any new book from Richard Russo is a cause for celebration, to have one that revisits the characters from a beloved classic feels like a gift from the literary gods… No one writes better about the quirks, petty jealousies, hard times, humor, and heartbreak of small-town America.”
– Shawn D. / Powell’s, Portland, OR
By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.
“In the last century, nuclear science changed the world; today, genetics has us again on the brink of a new age, but now it’s not just the world we’re remaking—it’s ourselves. Mukherjee skillfully retraces our steps, relating what we suspected about genetics before we found genes, how we learned to read their code, and, now, how we may rewrite it.”
– Laurie G. / Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C.
By Louise Erdrich
The masterful new novel by the National Book Award-winning author of The Roundhouse.
“In LaRose Erdrich does what she does best, creating a multi-generational portrait of a family with careful attention paid to nearly every person mentioned; there are no side characters here, only finely sketched individuals who are part of a whole. Reading this book feels a lot like becoming part of that family.”
– Devon D. / Book Culture, New York, NY
By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Sweeney’s warm, funny, and perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of their shared inheritance.
“Welcome to the strikingly dysfunctional Plumb family: four siblings connected by little more than The Nest, a joint trust fund that each has earmarked to support their unrealistic lifestyles…Sweeney artfully touches on each family member as they scramble to save the precarious lives they have built for themselves, bringing light and humor to her characters’ various plights.”
– Jennifer Oleinik (E) / University BookStore, Seattle, WA
By Hope Jahren
This illuminating debut memoir by acclaimed scientist Jahren is also a moving portrait of a longtime friendship, and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.
“With good humor, plenty of science, scattered literary allusions and the occasional sarcastic zinger, Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl is a sublime memoir of a plant research scientist and her struggles to find professional success, love and family.”
– Bruce Jacobs / Watermark Books and Café, Wichita, KS
By Phil Knight
Nike founder Knight shares the inside story of one of the world’s most iconic and profitable brands.
“I’ve known Phil Knight since I was a kid, but I didn’t really know him until I opened this beautiful, startling, intimate book. And the same goes for Nike. I’ve worn the gear, with pride, but I didn’t realize the remarkable saga of innovation and survival and triumph that stood behind every swoosh. Candid, funny, suspenseful, literary—this is a memoir for people who love sport, but above all it’s a memoir for people who love memoirs.”
– Andre Agassi / Author of Open
By Don DeLillo
DeLillo’s brilliant new novel is an ode to language, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.
“The author of the masterpieces White Noise and Underworld returns to form with a haunting novel about what it means to die in the age of ultrasophisticated biology and cryogenics. Like a wonderfully intelligent and benevolent alien being, DeLillo brings an outsider’s perspective to modern life, helping us understand and define who we are.”
– Rico / BookShop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA