Here are the top 5 Indie Next List and 6 Now in Paperback picks on the April 2022 Indie Next List as rated by fellow Booksellers across the US.
#1 Pick: Sea of Tranquility: A Novel By Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, 9780593321447, $25, Apr. 5, Fiction) “A gem of a novel, spiraling out of place and time to shape our present hopes and anxieties into a story of peace and resilience. Mandel weaves effortlessly between historical and science fiction and is a master of immersive storytelling.” —Dan Brewster, Prologue Bookshop, Columbus, OH
Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus (Doubleday, 9780385547345, $29, Apr. 5, Fiction) “Protagonist Elizabeth Zott's confrontations with 1960s patriarchy will resonate with women who lived it, but how she gets by while staying true to herself will inspire women of all ages. Read it — and give copies to all your friends!”
—Ellen Klein, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
The Candy House: A Novel By Jennifer Egan (Scribner, 9781476716763, $28, Apr. 5, Fiction) “Egan weaves together these seemingly disparate characters and storylines into a stunning ending. The Candy House is about family, connection, legacy, technology, and so much more. It is her best work yet.” —Ariana Paliobagis, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT
Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives By Mary Laura Philpott (Atria Books, 9781982160784, $27, Apr. 12, Essays) “I have so much love for Bomb Shelter, as a mom, a woman, an animal lover, and simply as a fellow human. I love Mary Laura’s humor and her compassionate and certain voice. I can’t wait to share this book with EVERYONE!” —Sue Kowalski, The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, Glen Ellyn, IL
Left on Tenth: A
Second Chance at Life: A Memoir By Delia Ephron (Little, Brown and Company, 9780316267656, $29, Apr. 12, Memoir) “Left on Tenth is prime Delia — honest, raw, generous — be it her husband’s death, a call with Verizon, or the long and painful journey through leukemia. She’s endured so much, but shares with remarkable humor and an overflowing heart.” —Melanie Fleishman, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI