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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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Personal Essay Writing: Master Class

Personal Essay Writing: Master ClassStarting October 21, work with the senior editor at Marie Claire magazine to polish and publish your essay! Whitney Joiner will help you to develop your voice, narrative, and identity, draft your pitch, and decide where to market your essay. Register now!

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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Ken Follett, Naomi Klein, & Hervé Tullet Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

Ken FollettWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 21, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett: “Edge of Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll.” (September 2014)

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The Tale Behind the ‘Greatest Love Story’ Ever Told is Coming to Print

Time announced it in 2013 as “the best news you’ll read all day.” It still is.

The tale behind the “greatest love story” ever told, of a rhyming giant kind and fencing Spaniard bold, of Westley, handsome farm boy, and Buttercup, a beauty coy — is coming to print. Our Westley, Cary Elwes, will lead a romp to “have fun stormin’ da castle” in his memoir As You Wish (October 14; Touchstone) on the making of the well-loved hit film, “The Princess Bride.”

The iconic swashbuckling rom-com introduced Robin Wright (wait, sweet Buttercup turned into Claire Underwood?), and starred Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, (I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!”) Carol Kane, Christopher Guest, Chris Sarandon, Peter Falk, and a young Fred Savage. It is applauded as one of the Writers Guild of America’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” and the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Love Stories.”

Elwes told the Hollywood Reporter that he was inspired to share “inconceivable” behind-the-scenes stories of making the hit during a cast reunion celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary at the 2012 New York Film Festival. Read more

Dr. Seuss, Henry Kissinger, & Philippa Gregory Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

9780385382984We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 14, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #5 in Children’s Interest) Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr.Seuss: “Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrity, Marco’s amazing imagination, a narrowly avoided disaster on Mullbery Street, and a devious Grinch. With a color palette enhanced beyond that of the magazines in which the stories originally appeared, this new volume of ‘lost’ tales is a perfect gift for young readers and a must-have for Seuss collectors of all ages!” (September 2014)

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Oprah Winfrey, Dav Pilkey, & David Mitchel Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

Captain UnderpantsWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 13, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) The Bone Clocks by David Mitchel: “Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as ‘the radio people,’ Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena.” (September 2014)

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R.J. Palacio, Peter Brown, & Louise Penny Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

365 Days of WonderWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending September 04, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #2 in Hardcover Fiction) The Long Way Home by Louise Penny: “Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible.” (August 2014)

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Paulo Coelho, Daniel J. Levitin, Rick Riordan, & John Rocco Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

percy-jackson-greek-gods-coverWe’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending August 24, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #5 in Hardcover Fiction) Adultery by Paulo Coelho: “Linda knows she’s lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less.” (August 2014)

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