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

The Nickel Boys

By Colson Whitehead

(Doubleday, 9780385537070, $24.95)

"With every book, Colson Whitehead proves his ever-growing genius. He's a master of the written word and truly one of the greatest living American novelists of our time. I didn't think it was possible for him to write something better than Underground Railroad, but he most certainly has--The Nickel Boys grabbed me at page one. It's a mystery and a thriller, a treatise on race and social injustice, and a literary masterpiece all rolled into one. Ellwood and Turner are characters that will stay with me forever. This should be mandatory reading in every classroom."

--Michelle Malonzo, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

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

photo: Chris Close

Booksellers across the country have chosen The Nickel Boys, the new novel by The Underground Railroad author Colson Whitehead (Doubleday), as their number-one pick for the August 2019 Indie Next List.

In The Nickel BoysWhitehead tells the tale of two African American teens who are sentenced to an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida, which the author based on a real reform school in the state. It is the story of how what these boys endure at the Nickel Academy, where the staff regularly beats and sexually abuses the students and corrupt officials steal the school's food and supplies, ends up shaping the rest of their lives.

Whitehead is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including his 2016 number-one New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, he lives in New York City.

Here, Whitehead discusses his second consecutive historical novel, which Time magazine calls "a book that will further cement his place in the pantheon of influential American writers." 

How did you come up with the idea for this book? In the acknowledgements, you write that the Nickel Academy was based on a real juvenile institution, the Florida Industrial School for Boys, also called the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

Yes, so I was goofing around on Twitter as I often do, and someone retweeted a news report. It was the summer of 2014--the Dozier School had been closed for a couple of years and they were excavating the site so they could sell it, and they found some unmarked graves of dozens of students. It was a terrible story: there were stories of physical and sexual abuse, and the bodies they found had evidence of blunt trauma to the skulls and some of them had shotgun pellets in their rib cages. It just seemed like, if there's one place like this, there's many. It was also a story that hadn't been told, especially in those first accounts that came across--the survivors were all white and the majority of the students were African American--so I wondered what was happening on the Northern, colored part of campus.

How did you conduct the research for this book? Did you do interviews, read books? Did you visit the school?

There are a few memoirs of people's time there. The White House Boys is a survivors group, and on their website they post some first-hand accounts, and there is a lot of newspaper reportage, particularly in the Tampa Bay Times from a guy named Ben Montgomery.

I wanted to go to the school; I like doing research, you know, getting out of the house, so I can earn my real writer badge, but in this case, the more I worked on the book and the more I got into Elwood and Turner's story, the more depressed and angry I got, and I decided not to go just because it made me feel too terrible. And if I ever go, it will just be with a bulldozer and some dynamite, I think.

The characters of Elwood and Turner are different in how they think about and experience what is happening to them. Turner has a more cynical view of humanity's inherent nature, whereas Elwood is more idealistic and believes in the teachings of Martin Luther King and passive resistance. Do you find yourself coming down on either side of the idealism or cynicism debate, or is this more an argument you continue to explore in your life and your writing?

I think a lot of us have this sort of argument; there is the evidence that the world is terrible and we do terrible things to each other, but also we have to have hope that things can get better, that the next generation will inherit a better world. It's a very vexing problem and I don't really come down on either side, personally. The book speaks for itself in terms of its own point of view, but personally, yes, I find myself at a loss often when I look at the news. I read about global warming, or the rise of right-wing governments, or unarmed black men being shot in the back by white policemen, so I would say the struggle continues.

Another idea you explored in the book was that of lingering trauma, and how the boys' past abuse at Nickel affected their lives going forward. What do you think about the parallel with what is going on now in the U.S., with the separation of migrant families at the Mexican border and its long-lasting psychological effect on children?

The incarceration camps at the border were not being reported on while I was writing the book, but what struck me about the story of the Dozier School was, obviously, if there is one place like this there are many. In Ireland, there was a home for unwed mothers where about two years ago they discovered a bunch of graves of children who had been killed or died under mysterious circumstances. I was just in Canada and they were talking about the residential schools; the government took indigenous children away from their families to instruct them in white culture and the same kind of abuse that happened at Dozier happened there. The simple fact is that the powerful prey upon the weak and are rarely held accountable; the connection to what is happening now at the border is sort of obvious, and it's happening all the time everywhere.

The Underground Railroad had some elements of magical realism. What made you want to be more realistic and true-to-life in this book?

I've written a few books and sometimes I use realism, sometimes I use fantasy, sometimes I have a first-person narrator, sometimes I have a third-person narrator. The story didn't require that I brought in a fantastic rhetorical prop. I wanted to stay close with the two boys; I knew where they were coming from and where they were going on the last page and, as always, I try to figure out the way to approach when I start and sometimes that tool is useful and sometimes it's not.

Are you looking forward to visiting some independent bookstores on your tour for The Nickel Boys?

Yes, I'll be going to some smaller indie stores, some bigger stores, and small stores that are hosting off-site events. My first book was about elevator inspectors, and who is going to support a debut novel by some weird black guy about elevator inspectors? And the answer is independent bookstores. They've always been supportive of my books no matter how oddball they sounded, and so I cherish their early endorsement and support. They have continued to hand-sell my books and be very supportive throughout the last 20 years, so I'm really grateful and glad that we're in a good moment now for independent bookstores. I think they're really thriving and it's lovely to be able to go back to a place I went years ago and to go to new stores that have come up in the last couple years. I'm always glad to hit the road because I get to see a lot of new and familiar faces and people who have been very kind over the years.

Is there something you're working on now or thinking about getting started, and if so, can you tell readers anything about it?

I usually take more time off between books, but in this case I had set aside a crime novel set in Harlem in the '60s to work on The Nickel Boys, so I got back to it really quickly because I had done a lot of work on it. I wrote a third of it in the winter and spring, and I'll go back to it come Halloween, when I'm done traveling. --Liz Button

More Indie Next List Great Reads

Hollow Kingdom

By Kira Jane Buxton

(Grand Central Publishing, 9781538745823, $27)

"We need more heroes like S.T.--a foul-mouthed, idealistic, moral crow with unquenchable courage--and his sidekick, a befuddled bloodhound. Kira Jane Buxton speaks crow, gull, dog, housecat, and owl with such fluency and poetry that I could not put this book down. Her vision of the zombie apocalypse is a strange and wonderful journey I want to take again and again. I really can't think of another current novel that conveys such humor, joy, sorrow, and hope so beautifully. Thank you for restoring my faith that this world may live on."

--Dena Kurt, River Lights Bookstore, Dubuque, IA

Never Have I Ever

By Joshilyn Jackson

(William Morrow, 9780062855312, $26.99)

"Never Have I Ever will take you on a breathtaking journey from beginning to end. Jackson weaves a masterful mystery with unexpected twists and turns on every page. The story follows Amy Whey, a Florida housewife with a dark secret safely buried in the past until a stranger shows up to her neighborhood book club and starts a game that hurtles her back into her deepest, most hidden secrets. This story kept me guessing until the very end and still managed to surprise me. This is shaping up to be my favorite novel of the year."

--Dean Hunter, The Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

By J. Ryan Stradal

(Pamela Dorman Books, 9780399563058, $26)

"A Minnesota family grounded in farming, beer, and award-winning pies is split for decades when one of two sisters inherits the farm. Helen and Edith--whose stories author J. Ryan Stradal effectively weaves together--stop speaking, while one's fortunes soar and the other's plummet. When a woman of the next generation has a chance at success, she may also reunite the Calder family. Stradal brings the heartland to the page with warmth, humor, and plenty of hops-inspired lore."
--Cheryl McKeon, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Things You Save in a Fire

By Katherine Center

(St. Martin's Press, 9781250047328, $26.99)

"You will cheer for tough-as-nails firefighter Cassie Hanwell, cry for her, mentally will her on, and celebrate with her at the end. Things You Save in a Fire effortlessly captures the realities of modern American women while at the same time radiating a contagious positivity. Reading Katherine Center is your pleasurable antidote for the daily news cycle."
--Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Turbulence

By David Szalay

(Scribner, 9781982122737, $25)

"I was immediately swept into Turbulence by David Szalay, a short novel that is really a collection of interconnected vignettes. From one character to the next, our perception is constantly shifting and constantly challenged. Each character is satisfyingly complex and interesting, which, in combination with the brevity of each chapter, really makes it difficult to put the book down. As the characters fly all across the world, bumping into each other in various ways, we are taken out of our ourselves and reminded that an airplane full of strangers is really an airplane full of stories."

--Jenna Schenk, BookTowne, Manasquan, NJ

The Turn of the Key

By Ruth Ware

(Gallery/Scout Press, 9781501188770, $27.99)

"Ruth Ware is back and at her dazzling best with The Turn of the Key. This arresting tribute to Henry James set in modern-day remote Scotland posts a nanny in a 'smart house' with several recalcitrant children and a garden full of poisonous plants. Who do you trust when everyone seems to be hiding something? Readers will be reading with all the lights on as they race to the climactic ending to see just who is minding who in this engaging summer thriller."
--Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN

The Wedding Party

By Jasmine Guillory

(Berkley, 9781984802194, $15, trade paper)

"Maddie hates Theo's snooty attitude. Theo hates Maddie's snide comments. Alexa is their best friend, and they're both in her wedding party. Neither knows how they're going to deal with each other's presence in the months to come, but as things might, their resentment turns to lust, and possibly something more. There's one main rule: Alexa must never find out about their secret trysts. Playful, sexy, and sweet, The Wedding Party is another romantic bullseye hit from Guillory."
--Andrew King, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

Inland

By Téa Obreht

(Random House, 9780812992861, $27)

"Man, I could live my whole life inside this novel and be perfectly happy. Téa Obreht is the real thing. Inland has the stern gorgeousness of Blood Meridian, the cinematic perfection of Station Eleven, the fantasia-like atmosphere of Cloud Atlas, and the deep-heartedness of The Winter Soldier. This is the sort of novel that makes people want to get up and soldier on. I really loved this book."

--Erica Eisdorfer, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

Chances Are...

By Richard Russo

(Knopf, 9781101947746, $26.95)

"This book reads like a literary mystery. Forty years ago, a woman disappeared while at a get-together at Martha's Vineyard. Now, the four friends who were with her have returned to the scene, still driven by a need to know what happened. This latest story by Richard Russo has all the elements that make him one of the most popular authors today: characters we can relate to, settings that we see in our dreams, and a story both perplexing and satisfying. Fans and new readers alike will enjoy diving in."

--Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA

We Are All Good People Here

By Susan Rebecca White

(Atria Books, 9781451608915, $27)

"I've been reading and admiring Susan Rebecca White's novels since her 2009 debut, Bound South, and her new book is a continuation of her unmatched knack for capturing the essence of her Atlanta upbringing. Adding layers of historical context to the familiar world of her previous works, White tells a moving and thought-provoking story that spans the tumultuous final decades of the American Century. She explores race, class, privilege, and politics through a cast of very human characters ranging across the entire socioeconomic and ideological spectrum. The book bears witness to the evolution in conscience of these times as the reader experiences the evolution of this ambitious, talented writer."

--Frank Reiss, A Cappella Books, Atlanta, GA

The Escape Room

By Megan Goldin

(St. Martin's Press, 9781250219657, $26.99)

"Megan Goldin's debut is sheer perfection. I was enthralled, obsessed, and utterly delighted from the gripping first chapter to the very end. The genuine quality of Goldin's voice is so engaging, you feel like you're discussing your favorite topics with a best friend. In The Escape Room, four investment bankers trapped in an overheated elevator reach a literal and figurative boiling point as survival becomes questionable. As these deeply flawed central characters fight to keep it together, a mysterious force works behind the glass walls to ensure they leave the elevator changed forever, if they leave at all. I loved every second of this novel and simply cannot wait to tell everyone about it!"
--Lauren Messamore, Watermark Books & Café, Wichita, KS

Lady in the Lake

By Laura Lippman

(William Morrow, 9780062390011, $26.99)

"I continue to be in awe of Laura Lippman's ability to write novels that are so much more than mysteries. Lady in the Lake is, of course, a wonderful mystery with twists and turns and surprises--nothing is predictable. But it is also a beautiful character study and a sensitive look at the desire to have a meaningful life and how ambition can be motivating but also blinding. I loved the multiple voices in the novel--Laura's characters are never perfect and therefore come across as real people with real needs. I have no doubt that Lady in the Lake will be a huge success."

--Ann Berlin, The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD

The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America

By Karen Abbott

(Crown, 9780451498625, $28)

"This true crime story reads like a great murder mystery and will have you hooked from the start. Wonderful research pulls you right into the story, in which readers are introduced to George Remus, a bootlegging lawyer/millionaire during the prohibition Jazz Age, and Mabel Walker Willebrandt, who is given the job of prosecutor because the corrupt U.S. Attorney's office doesn't think she will pose a threat to their relationship with Remus. Willebrandt will prove them wrong. The tension, greed, and flair of The Ghosts of Eden Park makes this the best nonfiction book of the summer!"
--Debbie Scheller, A Likely Story, Sykesville, MD

The Right Swipe

By Alisha Rai

(Avon, 9780062878090, $14.99, trade paperback)

"With a diverse cast of emotionally mature yet complex characters, The Right Swipe delivers an interesting and fun modern love story. Rai's finger is obviously on the pulse as she engages with current trends such as the #MeToo movement, and she does so masterfully while still creating a fun and enjoyable read. I wish all my beach-and-bath romance novels could be so well-written and inclusive."

--Ellie Frank, 57th Street Books, Chicago, IL

Gods of Jade and Shadow

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

(Del Rey, 9780525620754, $26)

"When she accidentally frees the Mayan god of death from imprisonment, Casiopea Tun, armed only with her wits and her dreams of the future, is forced to leave her tiny village in southern Mexico and join an otherworldly battle of life and death alongside treacherous gods, hungry ghosts, and quick-talking demons. Journeying from the southern jungles to the glitz and grime of Jazz Age Mexico City, and finally up to the gates of the Underworld itself, Gods of Jade and Shadow is a stunning adventure full of enchanting characters, magical locales, and clever surprises that you'll never see coming. A must-read for any fantasy fan!"

--Rebecca Speas, One More Page Books, Arlington, VA

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

By Olga Tokarczuk

Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Transl.)

(Riverhead Books, 9780525541332, $27)

"Janina is an eccentric middle-aged woman who translates William Blake, studies astrology, and is acutely attuned to the wilderness around her in rural Poland. When hunters and poachers begin to be gruesomely murdered, Janina informs the police that the animals are responsible. As the bodies mount, so does her involvement with the mystery, although her status as a crank and possible madwoman ensures that she's ignored. This is an extraordinary and disturbing tale--a mystery that becomes more complex as the story continues, accompanied by Janina's often witty observations on man, nature, justice, and identity. The ending of this hard-to-categorize novel, a finalist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, will knock the breath out of you. Don't miss this excellent translated work from an award-winning writer!"

--Cindy Pauldine, the river's end bookstore, Oswego, NY

Family of Origin

By CJ Hauser

(Doubleday, 9780385544627, $26.95)

"CJ Hauser has written a completely original novel featuring an eccentric cast of characters who distract themselves from the ignorance and squalor of the past, their failures and fears, and all the warning signs of imminent end times. It's also about a duck with joie de vivre. A comedy of maladaptive manners, Family of Origin is hard to pin down and even harder to put down. Hauser's uncommonly funny and moving novel transported me out of my day-to-day life while letting me see the world as it is but also anew."

--John Francisconi, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

Summerlings

By Lisa Howorth

(Doubleday, 9780385544641, $24.95)

"On the surface, Lisa Howorth's coming-of-age story follows a group of young friends in a sleepy suburb just outside Washington, D.C., through long lazy summer days punctuated by childhood adventures. Into this setting, where WWII is still a fresh memory for many and the Cold War is heating up daily, she introduces an international cast of supporting characters whose back stories provide fascinating context and drama. By providing the details of the adults' lives as seen through the boys' eyes, Howorth creates a larger story while keeping her eight-year-old protagonists front and center. It's a perfect balance. I loved it!"

--Laurie Gillman, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

The Swallows

By Lisa Lutz

(Ballantine Books, 9781984818232, $27)

"Stonebridge Academy, a private prep school of about 400 students located on 50 acres of dense woods, was to be the setting for Alex Witt's second try at being an instructor. Her first ended with a memory that made her skin crawl. Unfortunately, her time at Stonebridge would prove to be even more disturbing. Remember the age-old adage, 'Boys will be boys'? With The Swallows, we have a new adage: 'Girls will be tougher than boys.' This is a powerfully serious yet humorous look at the battle between the sexes and a timely and important book for all readers."

--Karen R. Briggs, The Booknook, East Tawas, MI

America for Beginners

By Leah Franqui

(William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062668769, $15.99)

"A poignant story that confronts cultural, racial, and gender stereotypes through three people who end up on a trip across the U.S. The story revolves around a Bengali widow of means whose gay son was disowned; a young Bangladeshi man who has a job as a tour agent; and a young, white American woman who aspires to be an actress. Courage to face the unknown--whether it is a foreign country or questioning a previously held conviction--shapes the story and shows that we all have the potential to grow and change."

--Susan Bush, Island Bound Bookstore, Block Island, RI

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

By Hank Green

(Dutton, 9781524743468, $16)

"This book is so much fun. When April May stumbles across the first 'Carl,' she initially thinks it's an art installation. It turns out these giant statues turned up overnight in major cities around the globe. Due to the viral video she made with her friend Andy, April May finds herself in the middle of a worldwide conversation and trying to manage her newfound celebrity status. Green is an excellent storyteller and has delivered a great coming-of-age/sci-fi debut novel."

--Jennifer Hill, Powell's Books, Portland, OR

The Family Tabor

By Cherise Wolas

(Flatiron Books, 9781250081476, $18.99)

"When you have the most skillfully prepared, decadent dessert placed in front of you, do you plunge in and devour it? Or do you slowly savor it? This is the happy predicament I find myself in when approaching the work of Cherise Wolas. Harry Tabor, a 70-year-old Jewish man living in Palm Springs, is about to receive the 'Man of the Decade' award for a lifetime of service to refugees, and his seemingly perfect family is congregating to celebrate. In the span of less than two days, the story of their lives unravels and revelations occur. This brilliantly executed novel is filled with secrets, repressed memories, and unforgettable characters under a blazing California sun."

--Damita Nocton, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir

By Beck Dorey-Stein

(Spiegel & Grau, 9780525509141, $17)

"A thoroughly enjoyable and interesting book that makes public service, working for POTUS, or a job in the White House seem like a worthy occupation. An insider's personal account, From the Corner of the Oval gives details about the president and numerous others, some identified and some disguised, as well as the inevitable personal potholes that make the book a sort of novelization. By the way, who knew that 'stenographer' is still an active job title? Fans of Madame Secretary, political junkies of many stripes, and those longing for a return to a sense of normalcy in the White House will pick up this book with gratitude.

--Susan Thurin, Bookends on Main, Menomonie, WI

The Incendiaries

By R.O. Kwon

(Riverhead Books, 9780735213906, $16)

"R.O. Kwon's debut knocked me sideways. The Incendiaries is a serious reckoning with the problem of fanaticism and the violence of blind devotion. The story of Will and Phoebe is told with an extraordinarily smart and soulful style. I was amazed at how perfectly Kwon's spare language fit her novel's expansive scope. A stunning portrait of what faith can do and undo, The Incendiaries will delight and disturb. But, most of all, it will impress."

--John Francisconi, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

A Ladder to the Sky

By John Boyne

(Hogarth, 9781984823021, $17)

"Maurice Swift is a man you won't soon forget: handsome and charming, but above all else ambitious. He dreams of being the greatest writer of his generation and has no qualms about using the people in his orbit and conning his way to the top of his field. John Boyne has given us a truly memorable character in Maurice, but more than that, he's given us a novel with an ingenious structure and terrific dialogue that entertains the larger question of who can ever really own a story. This is a fantastic, thoughtful tale that even in its darkest moments is a thrill to read."

--Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, IL

The Lost Vintage

By Ann Mah

(William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062823328, $16.99)

"Reminiscent of Sweetbitter and The Nightingale, The Lost Vintage combines a coming-of-age romance with family and historical drama and a delicious tour of the wines and cheese of Burgundy, France. Switching between World War II and the present, Mah explores what can happen when families--and a nation--keep secrets and fail to acknowledge the tragedies of the past. Part modern mystery and part historical novel, this book will have you turning pages in anticipation of discovering secret passages, missing journals, or those lost bottles of 1939 Côte d'Or white Burgundy."

--Ariel Jacobs, Solid State Books, Washington, DC

Meet Me at the Museum

By Anne Youngson

(Flatiron Books, 9781250295170, $14.99)

"This charming novel is told entirely in correspondence between Tina, a woman of a certain age in England who is questioning her place in the world after her best friend's death, and Kristian, a Danish museum curator who is adrift after the death of his wife. As their correspondence evolves and their friendship develops, they realize that the world may have more to offer than they initially thought. Meet Me at the Museum is sweet without being cloying, gentle without insulting the reader's intelligence, and a completely enjoyable read."

--Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books, Okemos, MI

My Sister, the Serial Killer

By Oyinkan Braithwaite

(Anchor, 9780525564201, $14.95)

"My Sister, the Serial Killer is one of the best books to come along in quite a while--fast, funny, and completely engrossing. Oyinkan Braithwaite offers up a tale of Nigerian sisters Ayoola, a beautiful and sociopathic serial killer who destroys boyfriends, aware that all they ever want her for is her appearance, and Korede, a nurse whose average looks leave her continually passed up in preference for Ayoola. Still, taciturn and devoted Korede works hard to cover up her charming sister's crimes. What will happen when they both fall for the same guy? At once a page-turner and a perversely righteous tale about the emptiness of physical beauty and the superficiality of being charmed by it, My Sister, the Serial Killer is entertaining,
provoking, and utterly fascinating!"

--Sarah Sorensen, Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

The Third Hotel

By Laura van den Berg

(Picador, 9781250214881, $17)

"Laura van den Berg's The Third Hotel is sublime and unsettling, haunting and sophisticated. The Havana that serves as the backdrop for this story is as surreal, soaked in perspiration, and capitulated to ruin as the sense of loss that drives the novel. This is one not to be missed. A mesmerizing masterwork."

--David Gonzalez, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA

Vox: A Novel

By Christina Dalcher

(Berkley, 9780440000815, $16)

"This ambitious debut scared me so much that I started reading it in very small portions. In Dalcher's version of the future, women have lost all of their rights and are limited (via electronic handcuffs) to speaking only 100 words per day. Their entire purview has been relegated to the home and family, where even girls may not speak more than their allotted words. Women cannot work, female representation in government has dropped precipitously, and the Bible Belt has become a bible corset as men have sought to reclaim their masculinity through dominance of women in all areas. While we are consumed with the unthinkable changes in the current political environment, this book reminds us to keep our eyes open and our voices heard."

--Terry Gilman, Creating Conversations, Redondo Beach, CA

The Witch Elm

By Tana French

(Penguin Books, 9780735224643, $17)

"Reading Tana French means disappearing into another life for a while. Her stories aren't meant to be slick or flashy, but deliberate, intricate studies of characters and their motivations. The Witch Elm is no different, as it follows the unraveling of Toby starting the night he surprises two burglars in his apartment. As you learn the secrets and weaknesses of Toby and his family, you begin to realize that while finding out what happened is enjoyable and surprising, finding out the how and the why is even better."

--Tyler Goodson, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA