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

Broken River

By J. Robert Lennon

(Graywolf Press, 9781555977726, $16, trade paper )

"Imagine a sentence that has the slow-burn intensity you feel when reading your favorite mystery novels and the nuance and music of your icons of prose style. Now imagine a whole book of them. Set that book in a small town in Upstate New York, move a family of city folk into a Shirley Jacksonian home, and tell part of the story from the point of view of an 'Observer' who could represent the reader, the author, a house spirit, God, or something else entirely. Now cede your imagination to J. Robert Lennon, whose new novel will transport and move you. A perfect union of breezy and deep, Broken River has something for everyone."
--John Francisconi, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

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

Broken River by J. Robert Lennon (Graywolf Press, trade paper, May 16) is the number-one Indie Next List pick for May as chosen by independent booksellers nationwide.

In this intense, literary thriller, a dissolving family--Karl, Eleanor, and their daughter, Irina--moves into a long-vacant house where many years prior a brutal murder occurred. As Karl and Eleanor drift further apart and young Irina grows convinced that a new girl in town is connected to the crime, the mysterious Observer watches over the characters and their interconnected storylines.

"Lennon's ability to invent and inhabit the inner worlds of men, women, children, and unexplained phenomena with equal nuance makes the novel's multiple perspectives shift and blend seamlessly," said Annie Metcalf of Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Undeniably bizarre in its plot, yet unsettlingly real in its exploration of marriage, childhood, and regret, Broken River is classic indie bookstore fare: unafraid to blend genres, play with form, and surprise readers."

Lennon, who teaches writing at Cornell University, is the author of eight novels, including Familiar, Castle, and Mailman, and two story collections. His fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Granta, Harper's, Playboy, and the New Yorker. Here, he discusses his latest work.

Broken River is unsettlingly dark and twisted. What was the inspiration behind it? Was this narrative arc your initial plan, or did elements of the story change as you wrote?

I had the idea to write an omniscient description of time passing in an unoccupied house, inspired by the middle chapter of [Virginia Woolf's] To the Lighthouse. That's the first chapter. I wrote it more or less off the top of my head, with no idea where it was going. The killings just sort of happened, and then I remembered a couple of criminals, Louis and Joe, from a failed novel I wrote years ago--the only thing in that book that I really liked. I decided they'd committed the crimes. Then I decided to have some people from the city buy the house, and I had to figure out who they were. The first draft was a wreck, but it had potential, I thought. In any event, it all grew out of that house description.

Why did you write sections of the book from the perspective of the Observer rather than a traditional narrator? Why take that slight step back from reality?

Well, the first chapter contains some pretty brutal murders that I wasn't eager to describe in detail. And I had decided to leave the point of view inside the house; that was a "rule" of the chapter. So, this served as just the distancing device I needed. Initially it was just a rhetorical experiment; I conjured up this notion of an observer, somebody who might be standing at the window. But by the end of the chapter, the Observer, capital O, seemed to be something else. I realized that it could have an arc, could be an entity that stood in for the reader, or the writer, or the part of us that generates and consumes narratives. In later drafts, I shaped and refined that arc, with the help of my editor, Ethan Nosowsky. The Observer is a ghost, in the sense that a ghost is an entity that watches and judges, and that might reveal itself to us at moments of intensified perception. It's a kind of glue made of consciousness.

Every member of the family--Karl, Eleanor, and Irina--is hiding something from the rest. Why create a family of liars?

Is there another kind of family?

As the father of boys, how did you approach writing the character of 12-year-old Irina? How did you anticipate how a young, quirky girl such as herself would think and act?

Irina's something of an idealized precocious child; I'm not sure how well-drawn a character she is, if the yardstick is pure psychological realism. But, honestly, it shouldn't be terribly hard for competent writers to convincingly render characters who reside elsewhere on the gender spectrum from their own experience. I've been a child, I've known women, and my sons' mother and I didn't raise them to inhabit traditional gender roles. It isn't, I don't think, rocket science. I do think this kind of creative challenge becomes knottier when you try writing outside your race and class comfort zones, at least in 2017; but I feel fairly capable of writing about an adolescent girl. I hope she's persuasive, anyway.

After moving upstate with her family, Irina misses her home in New York City and pines for her favorite bookstore, WORD. Are you an avid indie bookstore fan?

Talk about a softball question! Yes, of course--I adore my own local indie, Buffalo Street Books, and love reading at indie stores on tour. And I couldn't resist the shout-out to WORD, which has always treated me particularly well. The Broken River tour is going to be kind of a greatest-hits compilation of all my favorite places to read--I'm really looking forward to it. And I don't think I'd have a career at all without booksellers who cared about the kind of thing I write. I'm very grateful to them.

Between your writing, teaching, playing music, and Lunch Box podcast, you live quite a creative lifestyle. Where does all of that energy come from? How do these very different types of outlets mesh with your ideas?

Boy, I don't know. Anxiety, maybe? Teaching and music are performative outlets; there's an excitement to being exposed like that, having to come up with stuff to say and do on the fly, and enjoying people's reactions when it goes well. Writing's performative, too--I feel as though I'm putting on a little show for myself when I do it--but it has the obvious advantage of being editable. Ultimately, I think of writing as the perfect refinement of extemporaneous creation; it embodies, for me, the ideal balance between inspiration and productive tedium. As for podcasting, I've only got the one, and it's mostly a vessel for my friendship with Ed Skoog, which is a thing I treasure. --Sydney Jarrard for Indie Next List

More Indie Next List Great Reads

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

By Kate Moore

(Sourcebooks, 9781492649359, $26.99)

"The harrowing true story of The Radium Girls is a compelling and forthright portrayal of a dark, insidious mystery and the 'shining girls' who revealed it. Author Kate Moore takes the reader from Orange, New Jersey, to Ottawa, Illinois, following several women who work at factories that specialize in painting watch faces and instrument dials with the glow-in-the-dark wonder element radium. As these women fall ill in various and dire ways in the ensuing years, they seek answers and relief from the very companies that would deny them. In The Radium Girls, Moore, like the 'shining girls' before her, casts a bright light on these lives lost too young."
--Heather Herbaugh, Mitzi's Books, Rapid City, SD

Ginny Moon

By Benjamin Ludwig

(Park Row Books, 9780778330165, $26.99)

"In a novel both heartwarming and heartbreaking, Benjamin Ludwig draws you into Ginny Moon's world and has you holding your breath until the last page. Told from Ginny's perspective, the story gives readers the unique advantage of seeing the world in all its confusion through the eyes and mind of a 13-year-old autistic girl. Taken from an abusive mother when she was nine, Ginny has struggled within the foster care system for several years, finally ending up with her current 'forever family.' Ginny is lovable yet frustrating, and totally unforgettable!"
--Maxwell Gregory, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

By David Grann

(Doubleday, 9780385534246, $28.95)

"One of the most horrific chapters in American history is brought back to the national consciousness with alarming detail in Killers of the Flower Moon. After the Osage Indian Nation strikes oil, its members become rich beyond their wildest dreams, only to encounter a vast and murderous conspiracy that will leave more than 60 members of the nation dead. David Grann reconstructs those murders and the subsequent investigations with astonishing care and reveals the depths of a conspiracy that stretched from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. This story will certainly be one of the most important books of 2017."
--Steven Shonder, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

By Gail Honeyman

(Pamela Dorman Books, 9780735220683, $26)

"Eleanor Oliphant has quickly become one of my favorite fictional characters, and this novel one of my favorite books. Eleanor is completely original and the right kind of weird. Her life and her past, combined with such kindhearted characters, made for a compulsively readable, heartwarming story that I did not want to put down. I can't wait for this book to come out so many more can fall in love with Eleanor. Highly, highly recommended."
--Kaitlin Smith, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA

Anything Is Possible

By Elizabeth Strout

(Random House, 9780812989403, $27)

"Anything Is Possible merges the interlocking story form of Strout's Olive Kitteridge with the characters from My Name Is Lucy Barton. No one captures both the decency and cruelty of small towns the way Strout does--the kindness of a school janitor, the merciless taunts an impoverished child must endure. Mothers and daughters are a frequent theme, too, and the story of Mississippi Mary, about a woman visiting her mother in Italy, just might break your heart. Every story in this amazing collection is about the events that can make or break us--war, abuse, poverty, illness--and how we respond. I loved this marvelous book, and you should absolutely read it."
--Jill Zimmerman, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI


By Fredrik Backman

(Atria Books, 9781501160769, $26.99)

"After a family tragedy, former NHL player Peter Andersson moves his family back to Beartown, where he's gotten a job as general manager for the local hockey club. Beartown is on its way back up, riding the heels of its most successful junior team in years. On the cusp of that victory, news breaks of a crime that shakes the community to its core. When the worst happens, who do you stand by--your team, your community, your family? In Beartown, Backman shows us, once again, that human beings are anything but predictable."
--Julia Turner, Itinerant Literate Books, Charleston, SC

The Standard Grand

By Jay Baron Nicorvo

(St. Martin's Press, 9781250108944, $26.99)

"Jay Baron Nicorvo's novel envelops you in a world most civilians never know, where homeless veterans gather to work on regaining their hearts and minds. The reader is a listener, learning about these characters through each of their voices, accents, idioms, and military jargon--sometimes mean and ugly, sometimes only vaguely understood. Even in their hidden Catskills retreat, there is a realization that they are not beyond the reach of a sinister corporate world waging another, more personal war for oil. The Standard Grand is sculpture, a work of art with every word, every detail, perfect."
--Diane Marie Steggerda, The Bookman, Grand Haven, MI

The Baker's Secret

By Stephen P. Kiernan

(William Morrow, 9780062369581, $26.99)

"Emma is an apprentice baker in a small Normandy village during the Nazi occupation whose quiet determination to keep her friends and grandmother alive is heroic and heart-wrenching. Forced to bake ten loaves of bread for the Kommandant each day, Emma stretches her supplies to make extra loaves to help feed the starving villagers. While she refuses to think she is part of the resistance and has lost hope of the Allies arriving, Emma epitomizes the French spirit of survival. Once again, we learn that the bravest among resistance fighters are often little more than children themselves. What a beautiful book to recommend to book groups and customers seeking a well-written story."
--Patricia Worth, River Reader Books, Lexington, MO

Sunshine State: Essays

By Sarah Gerard

(Harper Perennial, 9780062434876, $15.99, trade paper)

"Sarah Gerard is a Southern writer for the 21st century. In Sunshine State, the sacred lies right next to the profane; the weird is always inextricable from its own beauty. These essays reach out toward the people and places of Gerard's childhood, family, and history while also reaching within to examine her own complicity in the creation of her life's story. You'll want to linger in these strange, quiet corners with her, and you will struggle, as she does, to understand the mysteries that motivate the people we love."
--Elizabeth Anderson, Charis Books & More, Atlanta, GA

Salt Houses

By Hala Alyan

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544912588, $26)

"Accomplished poet Hala Alyan exceeds the brilliance of her excellent collections of poems in her moving, deeply felt, powerfully realized first novel, Salt Houses. I can't think of many writers who have so adeptly written of family relationships--here, spanning five generations, all against a vividly rendered backdrop of exile and migration. From Palestine to Jordan, Lebanon to Kuwait, Boston to New York, this is a story of people losing, finding, and making their way. Salt Houses gives voice, body, and love to people whose lives in this country tend, at most, to be featured anonymously in news accounts--and at that, in the negative. This is real life, beautifully written and graciously enlarging the sense of who we are."
--Rick Simonson, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Fen: Stories

By Daisy Johnson

(Graywolf Press, 9781555977740, $16, trade paper)

"This collection of stories scrambled my brain, in the best possible sense. They made me reread, wonder, turn the book upside down and shake it a bit to see what other fantastical imaginings would fall out. Girls turn into eels and men into foxes, a house is obsessed with a woman, and a bloodsucking girl gang preys on Internet dates. A few stories broke my heart, too. Johnson has a way of manifesting loneliness and loss into physical pain and malady that shocks the senses. Startling, unusual, and sneakily profound, Fen is an unforgettable collection."
--Stefanie Kiper Schmidt, Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, NH

Saints for All Occasions

By J. Courtney Sullivan

(Knopf, 9780307959577, $26.95)

"Saints for All Occasions is a riveting story about family and the secrets they keep. Nora Rafferty receives some devastating news that sets in motion a slow reveal of a longstanding secret between Nora and her sister Theresa, who immigrated from a small Irish village to Boston in the 1950s. It is also the story of Nora's relationships with her own adult children and the secrets they hide from their mother and each other. Sullivan's writing is lovely, and she has brought to life characters who are stronger than they think."
--Woody Chichester, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY

Priestdaddy: A Memoir

By Patricia Lockwood

(Riverhead Books, 9781594633737, $27)

"A published poet, Lockwood's first memoir is a hilarious and contemplative narrative written with precise, flowing prose that baptizes the reader. Calling it an honest portrayal is a severe understatement, as Lockwood describes a father who converts to Catholicism and becomes a priest due to a little-known loophole that allows him to continue his 'normal' relationship with his wife and three children. Her understanding of what appears, from the exterior, to be bizarre behavior in the guise of religion is a peek under the sheets of a cold embrace. Loved it!"
--Todd Miller, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

The Garden of Small Beginnings

By Abbi Waxman

(Berkley, 9780399583582, $16, trade paper)

"Lilian Girvan is a young widow going through the motions: mother of two, newly unemployed, and navigating life's daily aggravations. When she grudgingly signs up for a weekly gardening class, she's surprised to find support, wisdom, and the possibility of a new relationship. Lilian is a funny, sassy everywoman who will make you laugh out loud, cry a little, and cheer as she takes tentative steps toward her own small beginnings of happiness. Abbi Waxman's debut novel will be enjoyed by fans of The School of Essential Ingredients and anyone who believes that happiness can be a choice regardless of what life brings."
--Cindy Pauldine, the river's end bookstore, Oswego, NY

'Round Midnight

By Laura McBride

(Touchstone, 9781501157783, $25.99)

"Four women, five decades, and one Las Vegas nightclub come together in a powerful story of lust, grief, and family ties. Laura McBride spins a richly evocative tale of the glory days of Las Vegas and the women who inhabit this world. Their stories are intertwined both with and without their knowledge, and together they forge a future that none of them could foresee. Taking readers from the depths of grief and then sending them soaring with emotion, 'Round Midnight is an awe-inspiring novel that deserves to be on the bookshelf of every avid reader."
--Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN

The Stars Are Fire

By Anita Shreve

(Knopf, 9780385350907, $25.95)

"WOW! I began this book and couldn't put it down until the last page. Shreve is a masterful storyteller who mesmerizes with her marvelous characters. Grace is a woman who is stronger than she knows and the adversity she faces proves that point. I loved her resilience and zest for life. The men in her life--Gene, her husband; Aiden, the pianist who loves her; and John, a doctor and friend--are beautifully developed and kept me engaged to the end. A terrific read. Loved it!"
--Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

The Leavers

By Lisa Ko

(Algonquin Books, 9781616206888, $25.95)

"Deming Guo's first six years of life were spent with his immigrant mother in New York, then China with a grandfather he's never met, and America again. After his mother disappears from her job at a nail salon, Deming is adopted by two professors and dropped into what feels like an alien, all-white suburb upstate. This pattern of early upheaval sets Deming--now Daniel Wilkinson--on a path marked by difference and isolation. As Deming's story unfolds, his mother's side of the story gradually comes to light, filling in holes and ripping others open, until finally, side by side, their disparate journeys form one complete portrait of the resilience of the spirit. This is a heartbreaking, poignant, beautiful book that will stay with you for a long time."
--Caroline Froh, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

Last Things: A Graphic Memoir About Love and Loss

By Marissa Moss

(Conari Press, 9781573246989, $18.95, trade paper)

"In this achingly raw graphic memoir, Marissa Moss untangles the seven whirlwind months between her husband's ALS diagnosis and his death. Forced to balance Harvey's increasingly complex medical needs and the needs of their three young sons, Moss struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy for her family in the midst of crisis. Absent are movie-perfect declarations of love and reconciliation; Moss lays bare the emotional devastation left in the wake of Harvey's illness with her understated drawings and text. But there are moments of joy, too, reminding us beauty can be found in the darkest of times. Powerful, heartbreaking, and, ultimately, hopeful, Last Things challenges readers with its unflinching look at marriage, family, love, and loss."
--Beth Wagner, Phoenix Books, Essex Junction, VT

Miss Burma

By Charmaine Craig

(Grove Press, 9780802126450, $26)

"Charmaine Craig's Miss Burma is nothing short of stunning. Based on the lives of her mother and grandparents in Burma, Craig deftly tells the epic story of one family as they try to survive the horrors of World War II, independence, and then civil war. What distinguishes this book from others is its frank look at who and what survives under such perilous conditions. Especially for readers unfamiliar with Burma, like me, Miss Burma is a chronicle of loss and love in a country too long neglected by the world."
--Michael Triebwasser, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC


By Ann Patchett

(Harper Perennial, 9780062491831, $16.99)

"Patchett leaves behind the exotic locales and intricate plots of State of Wonder and Bel Canto for an even darker and more difficult place to navigate--the interior of a blended family over the course of several decades. While more domestic than many of her previous novels, Commonwealth offers plenty of intrigue and surprises as Patchett explores the interaction of a group of children forced into each other's lives because of their parents' impulsive choices. With keen insight, tears of both sorrow and joy, and some real--if dark--humor, Patchett pulls readers into this complex family's world, and we are eager for every detail."
--John Christensen, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

Father's Day

By Simon Van Booy

(Harper Perennial, 9780062408952, $15.99)

"Van Booy's delicate touch is turned to the relationship between orphaned Harvey and her uncle, Jason, a man no one could expect to be the right choice as guardian. Van Booy uses the plot structure of a series of Father's Day gifts given to Jason from the now adult Harvey to reveal more than either of them realized about the life they have shared as adoptive father and daughter, as well as the heartbreaking truth of how they came to be a part of each other's lives. Father's Day is Van Booy at his most poignant, showing how redemption can arise from heartbreaking circumstances."
--Don Luckham, The Toadstool Bookshop, Keene, NH

The Girls

By Emma Cline

(Random House, 9780812988024, $17)

"Evie Boyd is a lonely 14-year-old adjusting to her parents' recent divorce and an emotional break with her childhood best friend. She encounters a wild and enchanting group of girls and is immediately drawn into their world of reckless abandon. Seduced by their thrilling, cult-like family hidden in the California hills, Evie finds herself pulled into events that will lead to unspeakable violence. Cline's captivating prose strips bare the deep desires and vulnerability of teenage Evie as she struggles for acceptance. The Girls is an enthralling and haunting novel that will linger with readers long after the last page."
--Tarah Jennings, Mitzi's Books, Rapid City, SD

Half Wild: Stories

By Robin MacArthur

(Ecco, 9780062444400, $14.99)

"While the inhabitants of these interconnected stories all live in a tight-knit community in rural Vermont, Half Wild is anything but provincial. True, these characters belong to the place they come from, but, first and foremost, they belong to each other."
--Sam Kaas, Village Books, Bellingham, WA


By Yaa Gyasi

(Vintage, 9781101971062, $16)

"Homegoing is an epic narrative that is sure to become a treasured staple. Two sisters in Ghana are marked by fiery tragedy: one is married off to an English slave trader, and the other is sold to be a slave in America. The story follows their descendants generation by generation. Homegoing will break your heart over and over, impress you with the resilience of the human spirit and the amazing power of forgiveness, and leave you optimistic and in awe."
--Nichole McCown, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA


By Louise Erdrich

(Harper Perennial, 9780062277039, $15.99)

"When a hunting accident results in the death of his neighbor's son, Landreaux Iron follows native tradition and offers his own son, LaRose, to the bereaved family. Thus begins a powerful story of anger, love, hurt, and joy among a group of families and neighbors living in a small community in the North Dakota hinterland. Erdrich's luminous prose captures each character's struggle to overcome their worst impulses--whether it's a handicapped man's long-nurtured quest for revenge, or the pain of a mother withholding love from her daughter – and reaches into the distant past to reveal the story of the young boy's namesake, the original LaRose. Muted on the surface, but with a heart that beats strong, Erdrich's latest novel is a book to be treasured."
--Peter Sherman, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

The Nix

By Nathan Hill

(Vintage, 9781101970348, $17)

"Hill's debut is remarkable because it does both the little things and the big things right. It is an intimate novel of identity and loss, the story of a boy abandoned and the man now trying to recover. It also paints a vivid portrait of America and its politics from the 1960s to the present. The Nix overflows with unforgettable characters, but none more clearly rendered than Samuel Andersen-Anderson and his mother, Faye, both bewildered by life and struggling to repair the rift between them. From intimate whispers to American news cycles, this astounding novel of reclamation is guaranteed to sweep readers off their feet."
--Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

The One-in-a-Million Boy

By Monica Wood

(Mariner Books, 9780544947214, $14.99)

"Despite its themes of loss, love, and aging, The One-in-a-Million Boy is a hopeful novel. Musician and mostly absent dad Quinn Porter honors his dead son's Boy Scout agreement to help 104-year-old Ona Vitkus. As Quinn and Ona get to know each other, Quinn begins to understand his son--and in some ways, himself--for the first time. Heartfelt and charming!"
--Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI

The Sport of Kings

By C. E. Morgan

(Picador, 9781250131843, $18)

"Horse racing and breeding, evolution, race, love, family dynamics, and America's historical past are a few of the subjects and issues that Morgan bravely, confidently, and intelligently explores with a poetic and lyrical sensibility. The result is a gorgeous and engaging novel that is sobering, important, and unforgettable. Morgan combines some of the intense power of the landscape-as-mindscape of Thomas Wolfe, the dramaturgy and myth-mining of Eugene O'Neill, the deep focus and rigor of Richard Powers, the transcendent beauty of Vollmann's best prose, and the strong spiritual commitment of Marilynne Robinson. The Sport of Kings unfolds dramatically into an exquisite work of classic American literature."
--Ed Conklin, Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA

Tuesday Nights in 1980

By Molly Prentiss

(Gallery/Scout Press, 9781501121050, $16)

"A synesthetic art critic rises to prominence by capturing the je ne sais quoi of great new paintings in terms of sound, aura, and taste. A young painter escapes war in his native Argentina to bring his unusual portraits to New York. A wide-eyed farm girl leaves home for the gritty promise of the big city, destined to become a muse of the art scene. The web between these characters becomes increasingly tangled as 1980 progresses in all its dark glamour. Prentiss captures raw ambition, startled joy, and aching tragedy equally well to produce a thought-provoking, originally textured novel that both transports and awes."
--Richael Best, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

By Nathaniel Philbrick

(Penguin Books, 9780143110194, $18)

"History buffs will welcome this serious and interesting salvaging of the American Revolution from the mists of legend and folklore. This book is also a reminder that the messy, often disturbing politics of our own time are not unique, that idealism conflicts with power struggles, that both war and building a nation can have destructive consequences, and that both revolutionaries and traitors can galvanize a movement. Complex, controversial, and important."
--Susan Thurin, Bookends on Main, Menomonie, WI

The Versions of Us

By Laura Barnett

(Mariner Books, 9780544947276, $15.99)

"This is a lovely debut that swept me along with the story of two people destined to be together after one chance meeting in college. From there, Barnett presents three different versions of their story, and readers see the next decades played out through the couple's eyes. Each story is different, yet features the same players, and each does not turn out as expected. This is a thoughtful and touching novel about love, expectations, and forgiveness."
--Kelly Estep, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY