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David Baldacci, Tony Robbins, & Anna Dewdney Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

EscapeWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending November 23, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Hardcover Fiction) The Escape by David Baldacci: “John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller must bring in his brother to face justice.” (November 2014)

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George W. Bush, Stephen King, & Raina Telgemeier Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

RevivalWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending November 16, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) Revival by Stephen King: “In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.” (November 2014)

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Jeff Kinney, Michael Connelly, & Diane Muldrow Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

Little Golden Book XmasWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending November 09, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Children’s Fiction Series) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney: “A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun…unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.” (November 2014)

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Amy Poehler, Anne Rice, & Jan Brett Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

Yes Please JacketWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending November 02, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Yes Please by Amy Poehler: “Do you find yourself daydreaming about hanging out with the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy’s one-liners? If your answer to these questions is ‘Yes Please!’ then you are in luck.” (October 2014)

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John Grisham & Jim Gaffigan Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

let it snowWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending October 19, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) Gray Mountain by John Grisham: “Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.” (October 2014)

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Jodi Picoult, Cary Elwes, Mac Barnett, & Jon Klassen Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

As You WishWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending October 19, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Fiction) Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: “For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.” (October 2014)

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Marie Lu, Walter Isaacson, & Marilynne Robinson Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

The Young ElitesWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending October 12, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Fiction) Lila by Marilynne Robinson: “Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church—the only available shelter from the rain—and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.” (October 2014)

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B.J. Novak & Lena Dunham Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

Not That Kind of Girl BookWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending October 05, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham: “Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.” (September 2014)

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Gillian Flynn on Gone Girl: “It’s a Story About Storytelling.”

Crafting the screenplay that would take her bestseller Gone Girl  from page to reel, in a film by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gillian Flynn was comfortable with her three (yes, three) lead characters. More of a challenge was making the internalized plot points visual.

Talking to Newsday, Flynn said,

“It’s a story about storytelling, and in the 24-hour media world, no matter what the content, the media has a disproportionate voice in all our lives. I wanted it to be a third character in a way — Nick, Amy, but also the media. We all weigh in on everybody’s life no matter what. And there seems to be a constant audience monitoring our lives.”

Translating Nick and Amy’s tale — which sold 6 million copies in hardcover alone — Flynn used her third player, the media, to comment on its power to reshape perception and belief about the husband and wife. And during the screenplay-writing process, she swapped pages with director Fincher, whose notes helped accentuate the visual moments that would define their connection and alienation.

Flynn told Newsday,

“It was not the type of book you look at and think you can just slap it onto the movie screen. It’s very internalized, it relies a lot on internal narratives and first-person writing. My first challenge was to externalize what needed to be shown on screen. My concern was once I did that it would be all engine and lose those more specific, character-driven moments. I wanted to make sure I maintained the meat of the relationship.”

To convey the couple’s bond, Flynn sometimes moved beyond the Nick-Amy-media trio, and brought in the viewer’s perspective.

Newsday’s John Anderson describes the scene: Nick is being interrogated and a detective questions why he, as a loving (and non-homicidal) husband, does not know his wife’s blood type.

“‘Should I know my wife’s blood type?’ her partner asks, somewhat guiltily, after Nick has left the room. The answer, essentially, is of course not.

“‘I knew men would be squirming uncomfortably, not knowing their wives’ blood type,’ (Flynn) laughed. ‘How many people know it? I liked that idea, of voicing what every guy in the audience was going to be thinking.’”

Eric Schmidt & Margaret Atwood Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

How Google WorksWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 28, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #7 in Hardcover Nonfiction) How Google Works by Eric Schmidt, III & Jonathan Rosenberg: “The authors explain how technology has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers, and that the only way to succeed in this ever-changing landscape is to create superior products and attract a new breed of multifaceted employees whom Eric and Jonathan dub ‘smart creatives.’” (September 2014)

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