We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending Jan. 3, 2016–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.
(Debuted at #9 in Hardcover Fiction) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: “When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.” (Mar. 2015)
(Debuted at #11 in Children’s Illustrated) Sweet Pea & Friends: The Sheepover written by John Churchman & Jennifer Churchman: “One cold winter night, Sweet Pea the orphan lamb becomes very sick. Everyone in the farmyard is worried about her! Under the watchful care of Farmer John, Laddie the sheepdog, and Dr. Alison the mobile veterinarian, she slowly recovers. Dr. Alison tells Sweet Pea she can have a sleepover to celebrate as soon as she is well again. When the day finally comes, her closest friends Sunny, Prem, and Violet join her in the greenhouse for a fun and imaginative ‘SheepOver’ celebration.” (Dec. 2015)
(Debuted at #13 in Young Adult) Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars written by Claudia Gray & illustrated by Phil Nolo: “Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends–Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell–who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these two star-crossed lovers reunite, or will duty tear them–and the galaxy–apart?” (Sept. 2015)