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  • BN Editors 2:18 pm on 2018/03/30 Permalink
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    The President Is Missing! Watch the Trailer for the Thrilling New Novel by James Patterson and Bill Clinton 

    The White House is the home of the President of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a U.S. President vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so?

    Bestselling author James Patterson and President Bill Clinton team up for The President Is Missing, the biggest thriller of the year. Watch the book trailer below, and place your preorder now.

    The President Is Missing will be published on June 4, 2018.

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  • BN Editors 7:30 pm on 2018/03/21 Permalink
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    7 Ways to Build a Better Easter Basket 

    Kids love Easter baskets—and, if truth be told, we do, too! To make them as much fun to put together as they are to unpack, we have some tips from the Easter basket experts at Barnes & Noble to help you Spring into Easter! 

    1. Share Books with Little Bunnies

    Start with a children’s classic that speaks to the season but will be a year-round favorite, like the Pat the Bunny Board Book. Or choose from a wide selection of other Easter board and picture books.

    2. Invite Everyone’s Favorite Rabbit

    As his recent appearance on the big screen proves, Beatrix Potter’s playful Peter Rabbit never grows old. What youngster wouldn’t love our GUND Classic Peter Rabbit Plush? For more bunny fun, shop our Peter Rabbit boutique!

    3. Find Adventures for Beginning Readers 

    Every season is reading season—a good time to encourage young book lovers with new tales. Try Pete the Cat’s Big Easter Adventure, or check out the best current releases for older kids.

    4. Don’t Forget Easter Fun & Games

    From Hatchimals CollEGGtibles to a wide variety of other toys, games, and activities, Barnes & Noble is your go-to place for basket-building fun.

    5. Plant Seeds of Spring

    Our Organic Sunflower Grow Kit is the perfect way to add a touch of spring to your Easter giving. For a limited time, you can get any Organic Grow Kit for just $7.95 with the purchase of any item, while supplies last.

    6. Rejoice! 

    Of course, Easter is a time for rejoicing and reflection, too. Patricia A. Pingry’s Easter Story is an excellent picture book introduction to the meaning of the holy day. Don’t miss our selection of more inspirational religious books.

    7. Remember the Thought That Always Counts

    A Barnes & Noble Gift Card is the perfect addition to complete your Easter basket!

     

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  • BN Editors 3:00 pm on 2018/03/21 Permalink
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    The First Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection Read It Now and Join Us in Stores on May 2 

    People think of reading as a solitary activity—curling up with a book in a lonesome spot, a cup of tea nearby, a cat or two napping in your lap. But one of the great joys of reading books is talking about them: getting insights, arguing over characters and plot twists, swapping recommendations for another half-dozen you just have to read. Despite our tendency to get lost in a good book, readers are a deceptively chatty and social bunch.

    We have long been proud to serve as unofficial host to readers’ book clubs around the country. And now, to celebrate our readers and the power of shared book love, we’re announcing the launch of the Barnes & Noble Book Club.

    The first meeting will be held on May 2, 6–7 p.m., with local discussions hosted at all 630 stores in 50 states and led by our expert booksellers. The book club is free to all, and participants will be treated to a free tall, hot or iced coffee and cookie from the café. The first selection is in a special Barnes & Noble Book Club edition, which includes a Reading Group Guide and an essay by the author. One signed copy of the book will be given away at the book club.

    Our first B&N Book Club pick? The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer. The author of books including The Wife and The Interestings, Wolitzer packs her books with provocative ideas and unique views of the world. The Female Persuasion centers on idealistic but painfully shy college freshman Greer Kadetsky, who, after attending a lecture by feminist icon Faith Frank, is both electrified and intimidated by Frank’s intelligence, ferocity, and commitment to the cause. After graduation, Greer is thrilled to land a job with Frank’s foundation—but when her new life begins to crumble around her, Greer finds herself reevaluating her entire worldview, including her understanding of Frank and of what it means to be a feminist in the modern age.

    In other words, this is the sort of book you can talk about for days. Like all the best book club picks, it’s both a must-read and a “must talk about over coffee and cookies.”

    You can preorder your B&N Book Club Edition of The Female Persuasion in advance of its April 3 release, and sign up for the club at your local B&N. (If your local happens to be our location on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, get ready for author Wolitzer herself to join in the conversation!)

    We’ll be hosting book club meetings four times a year, so watch out for details on our next pick. And don’t forget to join us May 2 for an exciting evening of book nerdery, new friends, and Wolitzer’s fantastic new novel.

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  • BN Editors 6:00 pm on 2018/02/01 Permalink
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    This Winter’s Best New Biographies & Memoirs 

    Educated, by Tara Westover
    A well-written memoir can make a mundane life fascinating, but Tara Westover’s life was anything but mundane, and she tells her own story with gripping, clear-eyed ferocity. Raised in the rural Idaho mountains by a family of fundamentalist Mormon survivalists, Westover never went to school until she turned 17, and lived out her days preparing for the worst:helping her fathersalvage scrap to sell, canning food with her mother to get them through the looming apocalypse, packing and repacking her bag of emergency supplies. She never saw a doctor, despite some serious injuries, including violence inflicted upon her by a sibling. Another brother did make it out, however, and came back to the mountain one day with tales of college, and a better life. Determined to follow in his footsteps, Westover taught herself enough math and science to gain admittance to Brigham University, where her life changed forever. This is the fascinating story of the strange ties that bind a family together, and the strength it takes to sever them and strike out on your own.

    All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderer’s Row, by James Patterson and Alex Abramovich with Mike Harvkey
    One of the most shocking and sad sports stories of the past five years, the murder conviction and subsequent suicide of NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez left sports fans reeling. A young man who seemed to have it all was implicated in multiple killings, and thriller writer Patterson and company promise a thorough and unvarnished true-crime look at the real Hernandez, with accounts from those who knew him, a look at his hometown, and an account of his final days.

    When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
    Advocate, artist, and queer activist Patrisse Cullors was one of the principal founders of the Black Lives Matter movement following the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It’s hard to overstate the influence that movement has had on our culture in the years since, both as inspiration and flashpoint. She’s joined by author and fellow activist asha bandele to tell her personal story of BLM and to talk about the culture that necessitated it.

    Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say, by Kelly Corrigan
    Corrigan structures a series of essays around some of the seemingly simple words and phrases that serve as gateways and barriers to communication. In her human and self-deprecating style, she examine the power of saying “no,” or “I don’t know,” or even “I was wrong.” If there’s ever been a need to think thoughtfully and compassionately about the ways in which we communicate, it’s now.

    The Monk of Mokha, by Dave Eggers
    McSweeney’s founder Eggers tells the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a San Franciscan child of Yemeni immigrants who became fascinated with Yemen’s rich history of coffee production. Traveling to his parent’s homeland, he became a student of coffee, visiting farms all of the country to collect samples and discover new means of cultivation with a goal of restoring a proud tradition and global market for Yemeni coffee. It was going well until 2015, when the Yemeni civil war broke out overnight, forcing Alkhanshali to attempt a daring escape. Those are just a few of the many layers to a fascinating true story.

    BRAVE, by Rose McGowan
    McGowan was born to members of the notorious Children of God cult before running away as a teenager and finding her way to Hollywood, where she quickly discovered that the sexism and exploitation of celebrity culture was a cult of its own. She’s been inspiration and provocateur ever since, unapologetically and controversially speaking her mind about Hollywood and her life as a female star. In the wake of her recent revelations about her abuse at the hands of Harvey Weinstein comes this frank memoir, which pulls no punches, and then some.

    Single State of Mind, by Andi Dorfman
    Bachelorette star Dorfman is back with a new memoir of life as a single celebrity in New York, pulling back the curtain on living as a reality star as well going behind the scenes on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Described as a real-life Sex and the City, Dorfman’s book has everything that her legions of fans crave.

    Jackie, Janet & Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill, by J. Randy Taraborrelli
    There are plenty of biographies about Jackie Kennedy Onassis, mostly centered around her marriages to JFK and Aristotle Onassis and her extraordinary and tragic term as First Lady. Taraborelli’s book shifts the focus to the family, particularly the mother who taught Jackie and her sister Lee to walk in the most rarified circles. A socialite, a First Lady, and a princess, these three women walked the corridors of power in the 20th century.

    Whose story intrigues you most?

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  • BN Editors 5:00 pm on 2017/12/11 Permalink
    Tags: adam rubin, ainsley earhardt, alexandra boiger, allison oppenheim, , big nate: what's a little noogie between friends, brigette barrager, , daniel salmieri, dog man: a tale of two kitties, dream big dreams: photographs from barack obama's inspiring and historic presidency, everything is mama, good night stories for rebel girls 2, hillary rodham clinton, , , malala's magic pencil, marla frazee, minecraft: the island, pete the cat and the cool cat boogie, princesses wear pants, rise of the isle of the lost, runny babbit returns, savannah guthrie, she persisted: 13 american women who changed the world, spy school secret service, the elements book, the getaway, the magic misfits, the purloining of prince oleomargarine, the ship of the dead, through your eyes: my child's gift to me, uni the unicorn and the dream come true, we're all wonders, worlds collide   

    The Best Kids’ Books of 2017 

    In the last year young readers have been rewarded with an abundance of terrific new titles. With an inspiring new collection of stories for Rebel Girls, a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel, newly discovered books from Shel Silverstein AND Mark Twain, and a hilarious return to the Dragons Love Tacos universe, our list of best kids’ books of 2017 is filled with can’t-miss titles for readers of all ages.

    Picture Books

    Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
    If every day is Taco Tuesday in your house, then Dragons Love Tacos is likely a storytime favorite. And now there’s finally a follow-up! Tacos have disappeared from Earth in this story, and the dragons must undertake a time-traveling quest to recover them. Can they do it? Without any spicy funny business? Dedicated fans will remember what happened last time…

    It Takes a Village, by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marla Frazee
    Clinton’s classic bestseller lends itself easily to picture book format, and young readers will instantly connect to the ideas presented in Frazee’s sunny illustrations. Watch a community grow from the ground up at your next storytime!

    Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie, by James Dean
    Pete has put his dancing shoes on, and he’s ready to boogie! But Grumpy Toad, whose deadpan delivery is spot-on, points out Pete’s multiple left feet. Will Pete dust himself off and get those paws moving again? Step-by-step dance moves are included for your little dancer!

    Princesses Wear Pants, by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim
    Princess Penelope Pineapple wears a lot of hats as junior ruler of the Pineapple Kingdom, and most of her work requires something sturdier than a frilly dress. Indeed, every morning, she bypasses the sequins and lace, and makes a beeline for yoga pants or a flight suit – depending on what the day requires. This encouraging tale celebrates fashion and challenges gender stereotypes—the perfect recipe for an empowering storytime!

    Runny Babbit Returns, by Shel Silverstein
    The poems in Runny Babbit were winnowed from a large quantity of tongue-tied-rabbit themed poems Shel Silverstein wrote and illustrated, and lucky for readers, there’s enough material for a new volume that hit bookstores September 19. An editor who’d worked with Silverstein when he was alive collaborated closely with his family members to select the 41 poems for this volume. According to Publishers Weekly, they even laid out all the possible Runny Babbit poems and illustrations on the floor, covering the hallway of the publisher’s office, to help them make the final decision—a process Silverstein probably would have enjoyed.

    Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager
    This sweet and sparkly sequel to Uni the Unicorn answers an important question: Why exactly is a double rainbow so magical? It’s been raining nonstop in the land of unicorns, which means that all the magic has drained out of these magical creatures. Their magic subsists on sunshine, rainbows, and the sparkle of belief. But one unicorn has managed to persist—Uni, who has never doubted the existence of little girls. Far away, a girl senses she is needed in the land of unicorns. Will she be united with Uni and restore magic to the land? Kids will love this whimsical and dreamy tale.

    She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger 
    This beautiful watercolor picture book from Chelsea Clinton herself details thirteen diverse women who helped change America through their tenacity and drive. The title is a play on the words used to silence Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor, and the book is meant to celebrate those women who found their voices and spoke up, even when others wanted them to stop. The book features stories of women who persisted in doing what was right despite overwhelming odds, including Harriet Tubman, Sonia Sotomayor, Maria Tallchief, and Sally Ride.

    Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me, by Ainsley Earhardt and Ji-Hyuk Kim
    Life can be cluttered and hectic, especially at this time of year. Simple joys and everyday miracles surround us, however, and often it’s our children who spot them first. FOX News anchor Earhardt follows up her bestselling Take Heart, My Child with a stirring reflection that reminds us to take a breath, take in the beauty, and follow our children as they wander.

    We’re All Wonders, by R.J. Palacio
    When Wonder wowed older kids and parents alike, and activated a meaningful new anti-bullying movement called “Choose Kind,” Palacio knew she wasn’t finished writing about kindness. So she created a picture book version of her powerful story for younger readers. Prepare to be inspired!

    Everything Is Mama, by Jimmy Fallon and Miguel Ordonez
    “Everything is Mama according to you, but there are other fun words you’ll want to know too,” begins Jimmy Fallon’s latest children’s book. In Fallon’s first kids’ book, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada, a bunch of animal dads set out to make their little ones’ first word to be “Dada!” But in this sweet and rhyming picture book, all the little baby animals call everything “Mama!”—the sun, their shoes, and even a balloon. Can the animal parents set them straight? Find out in this colorful and lighthearted read.

    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
    Send your little girl off to sleep with some incredible real-life fairy tales about strong and accomplished women throughout history and the present day. This second installment of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls includes short biographies about 100 amazing women like Nefertiti, Audrey Hepburn, Rachel Carson, Sophie Scholl, Aisholpan, Beyonce, and more. The book also includes a detachable map, a glossary, and 100 beautiful portraits created by female artists.

    Malala’s Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai and Kerascoet
    As a child, Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Malala Yousafzai would wish for a magic pencil to improve the lives of those around her. She tells the story of her own childhood and that nightly wish in her first picture book. She recalls realizing that wishes weren’t enough, and she needed to take action. “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world,” she reminds readers. This wonderful read encourages young readers to find their own magic and to share it with the world.

    Books for Young Readers

    Big Nate: What’s a Little Noogie Between Friends?, by Lincoln Peirce
    Nate’s been a little down in the dumps lately. The eleven year old record-holding detention star has been facing some tough breaks—including a crush who’s just moved across the country, and an underperforming soccer team (that loses against a team with a winless streak a mile long). Fortunately, Nate’s got some good pals who know how to cheer him up: with noogies, right? Well, we can’t fault them for trying. Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this cheerful, cheeky series delivers big laughs for young readers.

    Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe (Dork Diaries Series #12), by Rachel Renée Russell
    Dork Diaries fans, more dorktastic fun and drama is coming your way with this 12th book in Rachel Renée Russell’s bestselling series. With the end of the school year fast approaching, Nikki Maxwell is busy trying to figure out how she’s going to spend her summer in her latest diary. Not only that, but she’s facing a major crush catastrophe when she starts hanging out with a super-cute new visiting student. Nikki doesn’t want to hurt Brandon or her BFFs, Chloe and Zoey, so what will she do? Find out in this fun new illustrated diary that shows everyone it’s OK to let their inner dork shine.

    Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (Captain Underpants: Dog Man Series #3), by Dav Pilkey
    The hero that no one knew they needed but readers can’t get enough of, Dog Man has the head of a dog and the body of a human, and he’s all set to sniff out a crafty cat criminal in Dav Pilkey’s latest in the hilarious series. Can Dog Man continue to prove he’s a worthy member of the police force and nail this cuddly crook? This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a coloring poster featuring a sneak peek at the upcoming fourth book in the series.

    The Getaway (B&N Exclusive Edition), Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #12, by Jeff Kinney
    Get ready, Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans—the twelfth book in Kinney’s beloved series hits B&N bookshelves November 7! The Getaway finds the hapless Heffley family headed for a relaxing vacation at a tropical island resort. If you’re already snickering at the thought of Greg Heffley and his family in paradise, you know you’re going to be in for a treat. Fans know Greg’s traveling misadventures are going to run the gamut, from tummy troubles, to sun poisoning, to problematic pests, and that the hilarious situations (and illustrations) will leave young readers howling with laughter.

    The Magic Misfits (Magic Misfits Series #1), by Neil Patrick Harris and Lissy Marlin
    Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris introduces young readers to a magical new series. In this kick-off book, young street magician Carter, whose parents vanished years ago, has had enough of helping his “uncle” Sly Mike, so he runs away to a small New England town. There he finds a group of like-minded, talented kids and an illusionist named Dante Vernon. And it’s up to Carter and his newfound friends to save this town from crooked carny B.B. Bosso. Fans of Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch will love this fun and adventurous new read.

    Minecraft: The Island, by Max Brooks
    Minecraft fans, the first official book based on the insanely popular game has arrived! A hero is stranded on an island in the world of Minecraft. His priorities are finding food and not becoming food for the armies of zombies that emerge after nightfall. Can our hero unravel the mysteries of this strange place and survive all that’s in store for him? Find out in this exciting adventure book for middle graders.

    Rise of the Isle of the Lost (Descendants Series #3), by Melissa de la Cruz
    The baddies-turned-mostly-goodies Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay are facing another threat to Auradon in this third installment of Disney’s Descendants series. King Triton’s magical trident has passed through the barrier around the Isle of Lost. And Uma, daughter of Ursula, is assembling a villainous pirate crew—including Harry, son of Captain Hook, and Gil, son of Gaston—to get her hands on it before Mal and her gang do. Bonus: This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a pirate contract.

    The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series #3), by Rick Riordan
    Once-homeless teen/now one of Odin’s chosen warriors, Magnus Chase, returns for the third installment in Rick Riordan’s thrilling series. Thus far, Magnus has managed incredible feats with the help of his friends Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, but now this crew is up against its most dangerous challenge yet. Loki is free of his chains and is prepping Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, to sail into battle against the gods of Asgard, thus beginning the final battle of Ragnarok. And it’s up to Magnus and his pals to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim to stop him in this page-turning new read.

    Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency, by Pete Souza
    During his historic eight years in office, President Obama encouraged young people to do their best and “dream big dreams.” Inspire young readers to continue to dream big with this beautiful book of photos from former White House photographer Pete Souza. The volume features more than 75 full-color photographs of our former president with his family, colleagues, and other world leaders. Alongside the photos are interesting behind-the-scenes stories of these iconic images, making this an excellent keepsake to have for years to come.

    The Elements Book, by Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
    Have a budding young scientist in your house? Take them on a visual tour of the 118 chemical elements in the periodic table with this incredible encyclopedia packed with more than 1,000 full-color photos, fun facts, and more. The book beautifully showcases the elements in their natural forms and also shows kids everyday objects in which these elements are found. Plus, this Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a poster of the periodic table.

    The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, by Mark Twain, Philip C. Stead, and Erin Stead
    Author Philip C. Stead has brought to life a never-before-published, previously unfinished children’s book by Mark Twain—the story began as a tale Twain told his young daughters one evening in 1879. He then scribbled down some notes on the story about a boy named Johnny who had some magical seeds, but the tale remained unfinished, archived at the University of California at Berkeley. Stead picked up the fragments and created a whimsical book, artfully illustrated by Erin Stead, of which Twain himself would be proud.

    Worlds Collide (The Land of Stories Series #6), by Chris Colfer
    Actor and bestselling author Chris Colfer is back with the exciting conclusion to his enchanting The Land of Stories series. This time, twins Conner and Alex face a new challenge: The fairy tale characters are no longer confined to their stories, which means heroes and villains are loose and causing mayhem in the world at large. Can Conner and Alex restore order to the human world and the fairy tale world? This special Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes “Mother Goose Interviews Chris Colfer,” a never-before-seen piece written by Colfer.

    Spy School Secret Service, by Stuart Gibbs
    In this fifth installment of Stuart Gibbs’s bestselling Spy School series, 13-year-old Ben Ripley is beginning his second year of Spy School, and he’s been called upon for an important solo mission. He must prevent a presidential assassination and locate the enemy operative. But the person he thought was his in—the president’s son—has proven to be not-so-helpful, and Ben may be in over his head. This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition features a shiny jacket with silver and red foil and a map of Washington, D.C., on the other side. Plus, it includes 16 pages of bonus content like super-secret internal memos and a post-operational interview.

     

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