IndieNext selections and bestsellers

If you are looking for a hot book everyone is reading right now, check out our list of fiction and nonfiction indie bestsellers, which includes Writers and Lovers by Lily King. Blindsided by her mother's sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors.

A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she's been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey's fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

Still not finding what you’re looking for? We have also created a new IndieNext shelf featuring inspired recommendations from indie booksellers across the country. We plan to update this shelf every month when the new list is published by IndieBound, a great organization supporting independently owned bookshops. You can also download the September 2021 IndieNext flyer.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, we have updated our our virtual bookshelf with the Friends of the Roslindale Library which features books by Latinx authors or have Latinx characters for adults, teens, and children.

The bookshelf includes Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City by A.K Sandoval-Strausz. The compelling history of how Latino immigrants revitalized the nation's cities after decades of disinvestment and white flight. The author reveals this history by focusing on two barrios: Chicago's Little Village and Dallas's Oak Cliff.

As Sandoval-Strausz shows, Latinos made cities dynamic, stable, and safe by purchasing homes, opening businesses, and reviving street life. Barrio America uses vivid oral histories and detailed statistics to show how the great Latino migrations transformed America for the better.

Delve into local history

For the uninitiated, "Rozzie" is short for Roslindale, a quirky little neighborhood of about 30,000 residents in the Southwest corner of Boston, a New England city with a rich history. We have curated a shelf dedicated to Boston’s history and a shelf featuring books from the beloved Images of America photo book series.

The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865 by Mark Peterson is a groundbreaking history of early America that shows how Boston built and sustained an independent city-state in New England before being folded into the United States. In the vaunted annals of America's founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary "city upon a hill" and the "cradle of liberty" for an independent United States. Wresting this iconic urban center from these misleading, tired clichés, The City-State of Boston highlights Boston's overlooked past as an autonomous city-state, and in doing so, offers a pathbreaking and brilliant new history of early America.

Winning the Green New Deal

When Jim Botticelli launched the Dirty Old Boston Facebook page as a salute to the gritty city he once knew, he discovered that thousands of people were equally nostalgic and curious about Boston's recent past. And for good reason; after World War II, Boston changed rapidly, without apology, for better and worse, and in many ways forever. Botticelli’s book Dirty Old Boston: Four Decades of a City in Transition chronicles the people, streets, and buildings from the postwar years to 1987. Illuminating Boston's tenacity and spirit, Dirty Old Boston presents our proud moments and our growing pains. Raw and beautiful, this book is an evocative tribute to the city and its people.

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