Subject: Great Indie & Small Press Books in Your Library Oct 29-Nov 4

Dear Friend,

Below are this week's recommendations of best-selling and award-winning indie & small press books.
LibraryBub Books Oct 29-Nov 4
Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America 
by Neil Hanson 

In 2011, at 57 years old, Neil Hanson began a 3400-mile cross-country bicycle journey, exploring an America that can only be discovered on winding backroads from the saddle of a bicycle.

Neil Hanson's bicycle ride becomes a canvas for his incredible journey, a pilgrimage of wonder as he explores the people he meets along the path, the obstacles he faces, the pain he endures, and the boundless joy he achieves pedaling across America. 

Honors: First place - 2015 Independent Publisher Living Now Book Awards; First place - 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards; Silver Honoree - Benjamin Franklin Digital Award; Second place - 2015 Great Southwest Book Festival; Finalist - Next Generation Indie Book Awards; Finalist - International Book Awards; Finalist, honorable mention, or runner up in the following: Great Southwest Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Festival, San Francisco Book Festival, New York Book Festival, CIPA Awards

Category: Travel

Conflicting Webs
by Darlene Quinn 

Conflicting Webs
weaves a very complex plot of family dynamics, family secrets, lies, deception, and betrayal - intertwined with physical and emotional turmoil, struggle and angst.

Fast-paced chapters propel unforgettable characters through the turmoil of overlapping and often conflicting commitments.

Honors: Winner of the International Beverly Hills Book Award-General Fiction; Silver Medal Winner of the International Readers Favorite Book Award for General Fiction

Category: Contemporary Fiction

The Last Letter
by
 Kathleen Shoop 

She wouldn’t have believed it if she hadn’t found the letter...

Ten-year-old Katherine loved her mother Jeannie fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine’s world apart. 

Now, seventeen years later, and far from the homestead, Katherine has found the truth – she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it’s too late?

Honors: Gold- Independent Publisher Award (IPPY), Finalist- Indie Excellence Awards

Category: Historical

Beauty and Chaos: Slices and Morsels of Tokyo Life
by Michael Pronko

Tokyo - City of Contradictions? Yes and no! The largest city in the world teems with chaotic energy and serene, human-scale beauty. Essayist and professor Michael Pronko opens up Tokyo life and reveals what's beneath the gleaming, puzzling exterior of the biggest city in the world. 

Whether contemplating Tokyo's odd-shaped bonsai houses, endless walls of bottles, pachinko parlors, chopstick ballet or the perilous habit of running for trains, the 45 essays in Beauty and Chaos explore Tokyo from inside to reveal the city's deeper meanings and daily pleasures. In turns comic, philosophic, descriptive and exasperated, Pronko's essays have been popular with Japanese readers for more than a decade.

Honors: Gold Creative Non-Fiction eLit Book Award 2015; Silver Travel Essay eLit Book Award 2015; Gold Cultural Non-Fiction Reader's Favorite 2015; Gold Non-Fiction Author's Association 2015

Category: Travel

Life (Citizens of Logan Pond)
by Rebecca Belliston 

The economy crashed, the country is floundering, and Carrie Ashworth struggles to keep her siblings alive. She has two jobs in her newly-formed, newly-outlawed clan: grow crops to feed thirty-six people, and maintain contact with Oliver Simmons, their local patrolman. Carrie's life is almost content when Greg Pierce shows up. A man with the ambition to help them survive. A man determined to hate her.

Greg sets to work devising systems to protect the clan from the new regime, but it doesn't take long to realize the true reason behind their safety. Carrie is forced to choose: follow her heart or save her clan. Life won't let her choose both.

Honors: Amazon best-seller.

Category: Science Fiction

The Healthy Habit Revolution: Create Better Habits In 5 Minutes A Day 
by Derek Doepker

Is there something you know would change your life for the better, but you're missing out because you can't get motivated to do it consistently?

The real problem is you’re taking the wrong approach. You’re not utilizing the proven scientific insights discovered in modern psychological research that show how you can transform your habits in the shortest amount of time possible and get a truly lasting change.

The Healthy Habit Revolution takes cutting-edge research from behavioral, cognitive, and human needs psychology and puts it into a simple daily step-by-step blueprint for creating better habits.

Honors: Amazon best-seller.

Category: Self-help
Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare
by Sands Hetherington

When pineapple cheesecakes start disappearing from the world's only Pineapple Cheesecake Factory, Crosley, a zany red crocodile, enlists the help of young John Degraffenreidt to straighten things out. In this adventure-fantasy, the unlikely pair sneaks out of John's house by becoming invisible, thanks to the I-ain't-here doodad Crosley uses from the bunch of whatchamacallits hanging on his belt.

There is danger ahead, but the Night Buddies must stay on their "Program" if the world's supply of pineapple cheesecakes counts for anything. And it surely does, especially to Crosley who is totally goofy about the things and never seems to get his fill.

Honors: Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Category: Children's book

Another Sunset
by Jason Zandri

David Stephenson is a kind drifter who comes to settle in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents of the failing town as they welcome and befriend him. During his stay he helps a small local girl try to realize her dream and while doing so excites and energizes the whole town to help out. 

Lives change as fate takes a critical turn. The local would-be reporter, tasked by David’s longtime friend, takes off on a mission to unravel the mystery of his travels, where he came from, and discovers why he is on his journey.

Category: Contemporary Fiction

Hero
by Boyd Taylor

When budding historian Donnie Ray Cuinn stumbles upon an old letter in the musty bowels of the Texas State Archives, he believes he has uncovered the true story of Sam Payne's valiant, or perhaps not so valiant, capture of Mexican leader Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto. Cuinn's findings are published in a local magazine. 

The article eventually becomes fodder in the gubernatorial race between Democratic upstart Bob Braeswood and Republican favorite Sam Eben Payne V, the great-great-grandson of the Texas hero. Braeswood is intent on exploiting the past, while Payne will do anything to suppress it. In the ensuing battle, Donnie finds his beliefs, not to mention his relationships, stretched to the limit in the first novel of the Donnie Ray Cuinn series, Hero. 

Category: Political

You Are What You Tweet: Harness the Power of Twitter to Create a Happier, Healthier Life
by Germany Kent 

Filled with humor, this book will help you become Twitter-savvy.

After reading and applying tips from this book, you will be on your way to connecting with your inner self, improving your social and personal relationships and making your dreams come true, both online and off-line.

Honors: Readers' Favorite Award Winner

Category: Communication & Social Skills

We trust that your readers will enjoy our hand-picked selection.

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Alinka Rutkowska
CEO, LibraryBub