Haruki Murakami, Walter Isaacson & Chris Van Allsburg Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

By Maryann Yin 

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending October 30, 2011–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Fiction) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami: “As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.” (October 2011)

(Debuted at #1 in Hardcover Nonfiction) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson: “Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.” (October 2011)

(Debuted at #4 in Children’s Illustrated) The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, et al.:  “For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now we’ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won’t soon forget.” (October 2011)