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  • BN Editors 4:00 pm on 2018/10/10 Permalink
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    Announcing the 2018 National Book Award Finalists! 

    This morning the National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Books in Translation and Young Peoples’ Literature.

    Selected from these lists of five finalists in each category, the winners will be named at the annual National Book Awards ceremony on November 14, 2018.


    Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man
    Graywolf Press

    Lauren Groff, Florida
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

    Brandon Hobson, Where the Dead Sit Talking
    Soho Press

    Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers
    Viking Books / Penguin Random House

    Sigrid Nunez, The Friend
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House












    Colin G. Calloway, The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation
    Oxford University Press

    Victoria Johnson, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
    Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company

    Sarah Smarsh, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
    Scribner / Simon & Schuster

    Jeffrey C. Stewart, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
    Oxford University Press

    Adam Winkler, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
    Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company













    Rae Armantrout, Wobble
    Wesleyan University Press

    Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
    Penguin Books / Penguin Random House

    Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost Of
    Omnidawn Publishing

    Justin Phillip Reed, Indecency
    Coffee House Press

    Jenny Xie, Eye Level
    Graywolf Press











    Négar Djavadi, Disoriental
    Translated by Tina Kover
    Europa Editions

    Hanne Ørstavik, Love
    Translated by Martin Aitken
    Archipelago Books

    Domenico Starnone, Trick
    Translated by Jhumpa Lahiri
    Europa Editions

    Yoko Tawada, The Emissary
    Translated by Margaret Mitsutani
    New Directions Publishing

    Olga Tokarczuk, Flights
    Translated by Jennifer Croft
    Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House











    Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X
    HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

    T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
    Candlewick Press

    Leslie Connor, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
    Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers

    Christopher Paul Curtis, The Journey of Little Charlie
    Scholastic Press / Scholastic, Inc.

    Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo
    Graphix / Scholastic, Inc.




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  • BN Editors 2:00 pm on 2018/09/14 Permalink
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    Announcing The Hate U Give YA Book Club Meeting in B&N Stores on October 4 

    Since its publication in 2017, Angie Thomas’s award-winning YA blockbuster The Hate U Give has become one of the most celebrated novels of our time, dazzling readers and sparking important conversations across the U.S. and beyond.

    Now, in advance of the film adaptation of The Hate U Give hitting theaters October 19, we’re thrilled to announce Barnes & Noble’s Young Adult Book Club events coming soon to 29 select stores. Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 4, 7 p.m. local time, to share your responses to the book and hear from fellow readers. A limited quantity of tickets to a free screening of the film—in theaters nationwide on October 19—will be given out to attendees from the discussion group, while supplies last.

    Sign up here to see if your store is participating, or ask at your local B&N store. We can’t wait to celebrate Thomas’s book with you!

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  • BN Editors 4:00 pm on 2018/09/06 Permalink

    This Is the Day Author Tim Tebow Shares His Reading Recommendations 

    Tim Tebow is as celebrated for his faith and accessible wisdom as he is for his athletic career. A Heisman-winning quarterback turned baseball player, Tebow has lived a life defined by the Christian household his parents, former missionaries, raised him in.

    In his latest book, This Is the Day: Reclaim Your Dream. Ignite Your Passion. Live Your Purpose., he takes his inspiration from the trials endured by so many of the people he has met throughout his career as a public figure. Tebow’s fans have admitted that they’ve felt stuck, unable to pursue the best version of their lives. Jumping off from his conversations with fans, and infusing his narrative with stories from his own life, the book offers encouraging advice to anyone looking to kickstart their ambitions. And the B&N Exclusive edition comes with a special extra: a set of eight full color, tear-out photo cards of Tebow, each featuring one of his inspirational quotes. The author and athlete shared with B&N some of his favorite books. Here’s what he had to say about them.

    Discover more authors’ recommended reading lists in our new Specialists experience.

    Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
    I have such vivid memories of this being one of the first books that helped me learn how to read. It is a classic that continues to be one of my favorites!

    The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, by Gary Chapman
    This book is such an insightful tool! It provides really good ways to find out how you like to give and receive love.

    Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants, by Lou Giglio
    Louie is an amazing leader, Pastor and friend who unpacks the story of ‘David and Goliath’ in a super-fresh and powerful way. This book will help you experience victory in whatever challenge you are facing in life.

    Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human, by Judah Smith
    Judah is not only an incredibly gifted Pastor and communicator, but also a great friend. If you are looking to unpack the Bible in a new way, you will love this book.

    How Good Is Good Enough, by Andy Stanley
    Such a quick and easy read that will encourage you that it’s not about how good you are, but about how good God is.

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  • BN Editors 2:00 pm on 2018/09/04 Permalink
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    September’s Best New Fiction 

    As summer bids us farewell and vacation time winds down, what could be better than curling up with a transportive book? Whether you’re in the mood for 1940s Britain, 1970s Argentina, 1990s Paris, or current-day America with all its rapid-fire twists and turns, September’s best new novels will enthrall you. Fascinating love stories, daring tales of espionage, and a new, female-driven perspective of Homer’s Iliad await.

    Hippie, by Paulo Coelho (translated by M.B. Becker)
    Anti-authoritarian protestors of 2018 will enjoy this look at a previous generation of freedom seekers and demonstrators. Brazilian author Coelho—whose groundbreaking work The Alchemist celebrated its 30th anniversary this year—draws from his real-life experiences to present an authentic journey of self-discovery set in South America and Europe in the early 1970s. From Peru, Chile, and Argentina through Amsterdam and Kathmandu, young Paulo, an aspiring writer, and his Dutch lover Karla travel via the Magic Bus, learning about themselves and their fellow passengers in what promises to be an immersive examination of original hippie culture.

    Sea Prayer, by Khaled Hosseini
    This timely, heartfelt illustrated novel, the proceeds of which will go to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), depicts the hopes and fears of a father for his young son. As the duo waits for the boat that will take them on a harrowing escape from war-torn Syria, the father composes a letter to his sleeping child, detailing the lives they once lived in their home village of Homs. Intended for all ages, it’s a good choice for parents who want to explain the refugee crisis to their kids.

    Transcription, by Kate Atkinson
    Historical spy fiction at its finest, Transcription revolves around the mysterious choices made by Juliet, a teenager recruited by MI5 in 1940. Tasked with transcribing the clandestine meetings between a double agent and British Nazi sympathizers, Juliet believes her work is finished once the war ends. But ten years later her past returns, demanding answers about the role she really played serving justice to turncoats. Fans of Atkinson’s Life After Life  (i.e., everyone) will devour this suspenseful story.

    Katerina, by James Frey
    Toggling between Paris in the early ’90s and modern-day L.A., this love story/addiction parable seems to parallel some of the more controversial aspects of Frey’s real life. As a young American living in France, eager to write books that matter, Jay scrounges and scrimps and deals drugs alongside his sexy model muse. Twenty-five years later, now a famous author, he receives a message—possibly from said ex—that throws his world off-kilter. Will revisiting their passionate struggles ignite Jay’s creativity?

    Labyrinth of the Spirits, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    The fourth and final installment of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series (which began with The Shadow of the Wind) centers on Alicia Gris, orphaned by the Spanish Civil War as a child. Now nearly thirty, and working for Madrid’s secret police, she’s entrusted with locating a government official who seems to have vanished. Solving the mystery brings her into contact with friends of her parents and proves Franco’s regime was even more corrupt than previously understood. As with the earlier books in the tetralogy, Zafon continues to lavish love (and plot points) on books, those who love them, those who write them, and those who sell them. A literary feast. 

    Lake Success, by Gary Shteyngart
    Combining his trademark slapstick wit with a Greyhound bus road trip through the south and southwest, Shteyngart spins a tale set in right-this-second America, highlighting its surreal beauty and horror. Readers may not expect to root for a timepiece-obsessed hedge fund manager who abandons his American Indian wife and their autistic son for greener pastures, but watching Barry Cohen flail through his decisions in an attempt to outlast and outrun them proves satirical humor may be the best medicine in a society gone mad.

    The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker
    Previous Iliad / Odyssey retellings include Ransom, by David Malouf; The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller; and, of course Ulysses, by James Joyce. What makes Silence unique is that it focuses on the female prisoners held in Greece during the last days of the Trojan War. Briseis, the former queen of Lyrnessus, becomes Achilles’s concubine after he slaughters her family and lays waste to her city, but her struggles don’t end there; soon, Agamemnon demands that Achilles hand Briseis over to him, which changes the entire direction of the war. Barker is a master of wartime narratives, having won the Booker Prize for The Ghost Road, set during World War I.

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  • BN Editors 1:30 pm on 2018/08/28 Permalink
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    Bid Summer’s Heat Farewell with 8 Chilling Thrillers 

    It’s the end of August, and we’ve about had our fill of the heat. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t likely to oblige us with cooler temperatures for at least another month, but in the meantime, we can at least try to bring down our core temperatures by catching up on the most chilling thrillers of the year so far. Note: We understand that you can not actually cool off by reading, but we’re still adding all of these to the TBR pile.

    And for just one week, you can get them all for 50% off as part of Barnes & Noble’s first ever book haul blowout! Today through September 3, shop in stores and online to get half off of 150 select titles, across genres, for all ages, and including bestsellers, new releases, and more. When you shop in stores, you’ll get a free tote with purchase of three books, while supplies last.

    The President Is Missing, by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
    Combining his personal knowledge of the presidency with Patterson’s knowledge of how to write a heart-pounding thriller, Bill Clinton spins a story about President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, under pressure from all sides, besieged by unhappy and hostile congressional committees, a determined assassin, and an apocalyptic threat only he knows about—a computer virus that could roll the clock back to the stone age overnight. Duncan sees just one way to deal with these combined threats—he walks out of the White House, leaving his security detail behind, and takes matters into his own hands.

    The Fallen, by David Baldacci
    Baldacci’s fourth Amos Decker novel heads to the small rust-belt town of Baronville, where Decker and FBI agent Alex Jamison are visiting with Alex’s family. Baronville’s a town in decline afflicted by an opioid crisis, and dealing with a series of brutal murders marked by mysterious clues that have the local cops stymied. It’s not long before Decker, who has a perfect memory since a head injury he suffered while a pro football player, stumbles onto the next grisly homicide scene—and with his special mental abilities, begins to see a pattern that goes far beyond Baronville. When the pattern touches on people Decker cares about, the mystery becomes a personal one—just as Decker discovers reasons to doubt his perfect memory.

    Spymaster, by Brad Thor
    The 17th Scot Harvath book finds the skilled agent finally feeling his age—though he’s still the most dangerous and effective employee at private security and espionage endeavor The Carlton Group. Across Europe, someone is assassinating diplomats, and Harvath is ordered to find out who—and why. When it’s revealed to be part of a plot by Russia to leverage the NATO alliance to draw the United States into a war, Harvath is tasked with stopping the Russian plan, and he goes on the offensive, identifying and hunting down the assassins themselves. Meanwhile, the founder of the Carlton Group battles a declining mental state that means the secrets of his long career are at risk—and the new head, former CIA chief Lydia Ryan, must scramble to protect those secrets—as well as her agents in the field.

    The 17th Suspect, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
    Patterson and Paetro return to the Women’s Murder Club for the 17th go-round in a book that focuses on Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and ADA Yuki Castellano. Boxer is approached by a homeless woman who tells her the city’s homeless population is being hunted by a killer and the police are slow-walking the investigation. When Lindsay’s initial inquiries seem to confirm this, she’s outraged and goes on the warpath—with unexpected consequences that are serious enough for her friends in the Club to urge her to step back. Meanwhile, Yuki catches a rape case involving a man accusing his female superior of assault, and she thinks she can make the charges stick. But as she moves forward, the case seems to dissolve under her, and her opponent in the courtroom finds ways of getting under her skin. As Yuki struggles, Lindsay finds herself targeted by the killer she was hunting, as both women deal with personal problems that complicate their professional lives to the breaking point.

    Cutting Edge, by Ward Larsen
    Trey DeBolt is a rescue swimmer for the Coast Guard in Alaska. During a difficult rescue, his helicopter goes down—and he wakes up in cabin by the sea in Maine. He’s got a nasty scar on the back of his head and no memory of how he got there; his nurse informs him that he’s been declared dead even as a Coast Guard investigator in Alaska finds evidence he’s still alive. His nurse tells him that he’s undergone surgery that has gifted him with incredible abilities. Just as he’s figuring out he’s part of a secretive government experiment, his nurse is killed by a team of professional assassins—assassins meant for him. A sudden vision showing him information he couldn’t possibly know saves his life—and suddenly, Trey is on the run, trying to figure out just what’s happened to him, and how to control it, before it’s too late.

    Bring Me Back, by B.A. Paris
    In this tense thriller, Finn McQuaid and his fiancée Ellen are settled into a comfortable cottage in the small village of Simonbridge, financially secure thanks to a stroke of luck on Finn’s part. Their relationship is unusual; 12 years earlier Finn was dating Ellen’s sister Layla, until Layla disappeared while driving through France with Finn, with only a Russian nesting doll near the car for a clue. Initially a suspect, Finn was cleared of the crime, and over the years, their mutual loss and desire for comfort led Ellen and Finn to forge a bond. But now, the police are suddenly telling Finn that Layla’s been seen in town, and he and Ellen start receiving strange gifts—Russian nesting dolls. It’s clear Finn hasn’t been entirely forthcoming about the circumstances of Layla’s disappearance, but unraveling the truth of what’s really happening won’t be easy.

    Tailspin, by Sandra Brown
    Rye Mallett is a ‛freight dog,’ flying cargo around the country. He accepts a strange job flying a mysterious black box through bad weather to a remote area of Georgia, where Dr. Nathaniel Lambert will meet him to accept it. As Rye approaches the small airport, someone shines a laser into the cockpit, and Rye is temporarily blinded. He survives the crash, and when he exits the plane with the box he meets Brynn O’Neal, a beautiful doctor who claims Lambert sent her in his place. Although Rye doesn’t trust her, he has no choice but to accept her help when it becomes clear that there are others seeking whatever’s in the mystery box—and that they’re willing to kill for it.

    Red Alert, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
    The fifth NYPD Red book shows us the 1 percent of Manhattan’s elite behaving badly—and being murdered at an alarming rate. When a filmmaker’s sex games go wrong and a charity function is bombed in the same night, Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald of the NYPD Red division respond, putting aside their own romantic and sexual tension to protect the rich and famous. As their investigation deepens, even they are shocked at the level of depravity and corruption on display—and when their search for the truth puts powerful people in danger, they’ll have no one but each other to rely on.

    What’s the best new thriller you read in 2018?

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