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Indie Lit Awards Short List

I just got an email, as I am sure many of you did, announcing the short list for the Indie Lit Awards. I've put links to the ones I've read and my thoughts on the category as well.

  • Battle hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (I enjoyed reading this one, but it was more fun than meaningful)
  • I Pray Hardest When Being Shot At by Klye Garret
  • Little Princes by Conor Grennan (I really liked this one and still think about it months later)
  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

  • Well With My Soul by Gregory Allen
  • Swimming to Chicago by David Matthew Barnes
  • Songs of the New Depression by Kergan Edwards-Stout
  • Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender by Nick Krieger
  • Huntress by Melinda Lo

  • Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney
  • Cross Currents by John Shors
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (I just bought this last night)
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  • The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene

  • Missing Daughter, Shattered Family by LIz Strange
  • The Cut by George Pelecanos
  • A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
  • The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes
  • Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski

  • Berlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  • Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff (this one I liked a lot, I hope it wins)
  • Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku
  • The Social Animal by David Brooks

  • Beyond Scent of Sorrow by Sweta Vikram
  • Catalina by Laurie Soriano
  • What Looks Like an Elephant by Edward Nudelman
  • Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems by Ramos, Emma Eden
  • Sonics in Warholia by Megan Volpert

Speculative Fiction
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  • 11/22/1963 by Stephen King
  • Among Others by Jo Walton
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (one of my students just read this and liked it as much as I did. It would be a fun one to have win this category)

This makes me realize that I don't read much by independent book publishers.

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