Book Group Ideas from Indies

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How to identify those next books that your book group will want to talk about? One great source is IndieBound (previously Book Sense), which describes itself as “a socially conscious movement in support of independent businesses and shopping locally, starting with indie bookstores.” The Indie Next List, published monthly, is based on favorite handsells–those books that booksellers are really passionate about.  Here’s a sampling of bookseller-recommended titles from the Indie Next list for October, 2008. You can find the complete list, as well as previous lists,  on the site.

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Serena by Ron Rash

The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

Goldengrove by Francine Prose

The Toss of a Lemon by Padma Viswanathan

The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews

The Killing Circle by Andew Pyper

Also check out the Fall ’08-Winter ’09 Indie Next List for Reading Groups. There are lots of good recommendations here, including titles organized by categories such as “Mystery Marvels” and “Memorable Memoirs.” 

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About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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