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  • Jenny Kawecki 5:30 pm on 2019/04/25 Permalink
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    Show Her You Know Her With These Perfect Mother’s Day Book Picks 

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    One of the beautiful things about mothers is that no two are alike. Of course, that can make yours incredibly hard to shop for. The right gift has to be more than some generic bouquet: you need something that speaks to the relationship you have, something that shows you get her. No matter what you share with your mom, show her you know her this Mother’s Day with one of these carefully selected, perfectly personalized reads.

    For the Suspense-Loving Mom: The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides
    If your mom has shelves full of page-turning thrillers, Michaelides’ debut novel, The Silent Patient, is a must-read. Six years ago, successful artist Alicia Berenson was found standing over the gunshot-riddled body of her equally famous husband, and she hasn’t spoken since. Found guilty, Alicia has spent the past six years incarcerated at the Grove Psychiatric Hospital, sedated and silent. Enter criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber, who’s obsessed with Alicia’s story and determined to uncover her motives—even if it means dredging up the history behind his own. She’s already read it? Try Alafair Burke’s The Better Sister, a page-turning story of two estranged sisters drawn back together by the murder of the man they both loved.

    For the History Buff: We Must Be Brave, by Frances Liardet
    Set in England during World War II, Liardet’s We Must Be Brave tells the story of Ellen Parr, a newlywed who believes she’s come to terms with the fact that she and her husband, Selwyn, will never have children. Then she finds Pamela, a little girl abandoned on a bus of evacuees from nearby Southampton. For three years, Ellen, Selwyn, and Pamela form a happy family amid wartime. Then Pamela’s birth family finds her and takes her back, and Ellen is unprepared for the devastation she feels facing her quiet village life once again. And for a similarly enchanting story of families lost, found, and built out of unexpected circumstances, try A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles.

    For the Funny Mom: Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault, by Cathy Guisewite
    If your mom has a habit of telling (and retelling)her favorite funny stories, she’ll love Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault, an essay collection by the creator of the Cathy comics. Laugh-out-loud funny and full of heart, Guisewite shares autobiographical tales of interactions with her aging parents, fights with her daughter, understanding feminism, and tackling life’s common problems, like exercise and decluttering. Then, be sure to recommend David Sedaris’ Calypso for more hilarious stories of dealing with family and getting older.

    For the Mom With a Well-Stocked Library: Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
    In Owens’ beautiful, haunting fiction debut, Where the Crawdads Sing, Kya Clark is a local legend in her small North Carolina town. Known as the “Marsh Girl,” Kya has grown up virtually alone, surviving in the coastal swamp with birds and wildlife for friends. So when handsome, popular Chase Andrews is found dead in her swamp, Kya is the chief suspect. Alternating between the murder investigation and Kya’s coming of age as she first befriends local boy Tate and then begins a relationship with Chase. Or, try Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six for another gripping coming-of-age story: this time following Daisy, a talented, hard-living singer who joins one of the most iconic bands of the 1970s.

    For the Mom Who Inspires You: The Path Made Clear, by Oprah Winfrey
    Every mom is an inspiration, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t need some motivation of her own. In her latest release, Oprah guides readers through finding personal fulfillment and purpose in their lives. With stories from her own life and insight from experts, The Path Made Clear is a resource for listening to your true calling, whatever it may be. Plus, the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes a sixteen-page workbook to complete as you read along. Find more empowerment in The Moment of Lift, by Melinda Gates, a guide to the impact gender inequity has on society, and how we can all help fix it.

    For the Book Club Mom: Lost Roses, by Martha Hall Kelley
    From the author of Lilac Girls comes Lost Roses, a companion novel set a generation earlier that focuses on Caroline’s mother, Eliza Ferriday. In 1914, Eliza is traveling through Russia with her best friend, Sofya, a Russian aristocrat, when war breaks out. While Eliza returns to America, Sofya and her family remain in Russia with Varinka, a local girl who works in their household. Worried for her friend as the Russians revolt against the royals and their relatives, Eliza begins doing all she can to help the former nobility find a new life in America. Then, try Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women, another lush historical tale.

    For the No-Nonsense Mom: The Honey Busby Meredith May
    If your mom is a fan of true stories, The Honey Bus is a must-read. In this captivating memoir, May reflects on her life after her parents’ divorce, when her mother brought May and her younger brother to live with her grandparents. With her mother sinking into isolation, May spends most of her free time with her grandfather, a beekeeper who slowly teaches her the art of caring for bees—and herself. Follow it up with Bridgett M. Davis’ The World According to Fannie Davis, Davis’ portrayal of her mother’s unapologetic efforts to build a better life for her family.

    For the Mom Who Loves to Talk: Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, by Mira Jacob
    In this graphic memoir, Jacob explores the impact of politics and racism through snippets of conversations with family and friends. Prompted by questions from her six-year-old son, Jacob approaches difficult topics with vulnerability, honesty, and love. Relatable for any mother who has ever had to answer her child’s impossible queries, Good Talk is a celebration of the power of conversation. Then, try Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb’s account of her work as a therapist and the impact therapy can have.

    For the Movie-Night Mom: My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
    If you and your mom are looking for the next show to binge-watch together, HBO’s new series My Brilliant Friend is a must. But first, read the books together: in the series opener, Ferrante introduces Lila and Elena, two ten-year-olds who become best friends as they grow up in Italy in the 1950s. Over four books, Lila and Elena grow from children to young women to mothers and beyond. Already discovered it? Try feminist coming-of-age memoir Shrill, by Lindy West, then watch the new Hulu series!

    For the Traveling Mom: See You in the Piazza, by Frances Mayes
    Is your mom busy planning her next vacation? Inspire her with Frances Mayes’ (author of Under the Tuscan SunSee You in the Piazza, in which Mayes and her husband travel the entire length of Italy, eating, drinking, and shopping at all the best out-of-the-way places. Or, help her brainstorm with National Geographic’s Journeys of a Lifetime, a guide to five hundred destinations. From the popular to the less-traveled, this practical beauty offers maps, tips, and photography that’ll have you both searching for your passports.

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  • Jenny Kawecki 6:30 pm on 2019/04/01 Permalink
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    Gifts to Build Your Easter Basket 

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    Chocolate and jelly beans, spring colors, fun and games with family and friends—what’s not to love about about Easter? For many children, the most anticipated moment of all is unpacking their Easter basket—and putting them together can be just as much fun! Here are ten things you need to get ready for spring and build your best Easter basket yet.

    Give the Gift of an Unlimited Library
    What’s better than any one book? Thousands of books you can take anywhere and read any time. Make any kid’s Easter with the NOOK Glowlight 3, light and comfortable enough to fit in hands big and small. Browse our collection of children’s NOOK books to preload some springtime fun!

    Stick With the Classics
    Perfectly huggable and oh-so-soft, our plush Peter Rabbit is a classic for a reason. Peter’s floppy ears and fluffy cottontail make him the ideal companion for any Beatrix Potter read-along, so pick up The Complete Peter Rabbit and check out our full Peter Rabbit collection to find the right bunny for kids of all ages.

    Build Your Own Rabbit
    Jumpstart the day with the LEGO Brickheadz Easter Bunny, featuring a detachable carrot and basket, two colorful eggs, and ears that move! And the fun doesn’t stop there—add the bunny to your youngster’s Brickheadz collection, mix and match the pieces, and assemble a brand new, super cool creature.

    Put on the Peanuts
    There’s a Snoopy for every season—and this month, the Peanuts are here to welcome spring with It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. Sit down with Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Woodstock, Peppermint Patty, Sally, and, of course, Charlie Brown as they await Linus’ promised Easter Beagle with this animated classic that never gets old.

    Don’t Forget the Wonky Donkey
    It’s always a good time to read together, and Craig Smith’s The Wonky Donkey will have the whole family laughing (and singing!) along. This hysterical tongue-twister is sure to become a storytime favorite. For more picture book fun, check out other reading picks for little ones.

    Add a New Release
    For Easter basket giftees beyond picture book age, browse our complete collection of spring books for kids, including Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild. In the sixth installment of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants: Dog Man series, read on as Dog Man tries to prove his innocence after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit.

    Find the Spirit of the Holiday
    Easter goes beyond fun and games. Find time to reflect on the religious reason for the season with The Story of Easter, a Little Golden Book introduction to the biblical story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Find the deeper meaning behind the basket with our books for Easter.

    Put it in a Unicorn!
    What’s better than that old straw basket that’s been sitting on a shelf since last Easter? A fun unicorn-shaped basket that’s durable enough to take hunting for eggs, but so cute it’s sure to be a toy-toting favorite year-round! And if the adorable eyes and shiny gold horn aren’t your kiddo’s thing, check out our bunny and puppy versions, too—just $9.99 with the purchase of any item, while supplies last.

    Hatch a Cute Surprise
    Find six exclusive new friends in the Hatchimals Spring Hatchimals Flower Basket! With shiny pastel eggs hiding glittery CollEGGtibles, your kiddo won’t be able to wait to see what’s inside. Just hold the egg and rub the purple heart to discover the character inside the shell.

    Get Crafty! 
    New LOL Surprise Coloring Tubes are the perfect creative outlet. Featuring crayons, mini markers, stickers, and coloring sheets, this kit has everything you need to spend the day crafting with spring colors. Plus, check out our wide variety of toys and games for more basket-filling fun!

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  • Jenny Kawecki 4:00 pm on 2016/12/22 Permalink
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    Put Your Holiday Drama Into Perspective with the Worst Holidays in Fiction 

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    Despite being full of extra days off during which to read and (hopefully) the gift of some beautiful new books, sometimes the pressure of being surrounded by everyone we know and love means the holidays aren’t as enjoyable as we wish they were. But for every dull office party you attend and every well-intentioned relative asking about your plans for the future, there’s a fictional character who has got it much, much worse. So any time you’re surrounded by off-key carolers wearing intentionally ugly sweaters, just remember: at least you’re not stuck in one of these terrible holidays.

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
    Our favorite boy wizard’s first ten Christmases with the Dursleys were undoubtedly less than magical, but his fifth holiday at Hogwarts is even worse. Harry, who has been plagued by dreams of Voldemort all year, sees Arthur Weasley get attacked by Voldemort’s snake. Worse still, Harry sees it from the snake’s perspective—and it’s not a dream but a vision of a real event. The Weasleys spend the first half of the holidays worried about their patriarch, who’s recovering at St. Mungo’s, while Harry deals with his guilt over Arthur’s attack. Not exactly a joyous occasion.

    The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen
    All Enid wants is to have her whole family together again for the holidays. Unfortunately for Enid, her husband’s health is rapidly declining due to Parkinson’s, her oldest son can’t convince his wife or children to make the trip, her daughter is in the middle of an affair, and her youngest son’s life is falling apart. Undaunted by resistance on every front, Enid sets about to advance her mission, armed with nothing but a serious ability to guilt trip. After all, nothing says Christmas like desperately trying to make your life appear perfect in front of your closest relatives.

    Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
    Great Expectations opens on Christmas Eve, as orphaned Pip visits the graves of his parents and siblings. While there, he’s accosted by a recently escaped convict, who bullies Pip into stealing food and a file to get rid of his handcuffs. Later, instead of thanking Pip for his help, the convict gets violent, and Pip runs home to spend Christmas Day stewing in guilt over the whole affair. Life gradually improves when Pip starts visiting creepy Miss Havisham, falls in love with her ward Estella, and starts receiving money from a mysterious benefactor, but still. Not the best holiday memory for a seven-year-old.

    The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
    When Richard joins an eccentric group of close-knit Classics students at an elite college, he doesn’t expect to wind up complicit in the death of a classmate. The Secret History is Richard’s memories of the year leading up to his classmate’s killing and the splintering that occurs in the aftermath. But woven into the middle of the story is an account of Richard’s terrible Christmas, spent alone on campus in a freezing warehouse, where he nearly dies of hypothermia before being hospitalized—a miserable holiday to precede an even more miserable spring semester.

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  • Jenny Kawecki 2:00 pm on 2016/10/28 Permalink
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    Decorate Your Bookshelves with These Collectible Harry Potter Figures! 

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    The holidays are upon us, and what better way to deck the halls—or your shelves—than with the magic of Hogwarts? We can’t help but want to keep our books company with the entirety of Funko Pop’s Harry Potter collection. With their adorably large heads and charming details, these collectible figurines make the perfect gift for just about anyone—including yourself.

    Harry Potter
    Of course, you’ll want to kick off your collection with the boy wizard who started it all. Doesn’t his hair look perfectly mussed? Don’t you just love his little Gryffindor tie? It’s almost as if he’s really real. (Just kidding. We know he is.) Whether you’re buying him to accompany your precious hardbacks or gifting him to a friend, you can’t go wrong with classic Harry.

    We’ve loved Dobby from the moment he and his tennis-ball eyes appeared in Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets, warning Harry not to return to Hogwarts. And there’s nothing, not even stupid old Bellatrix, that can stop us. Here’s our favorite house elf having just been given the most wonderful gift a house-elf can get—a sock! And now you can give the next most wonderful gift: Dobby, holding his newly acquired sock!

    Luna Lovegood
    Luna is our favorite Ravenclaw (not skewed at all by the fact that she’s really one of the only Ravenclaws we ever meet). With her radish earrings and her brave, wand-ready stance and her eyes that have so clearly seen Thestrals, Luna is hands down the only person we want guarding our dirigible plums—and proudly chilling out with the rest of our collection.

    Sirius Black
    Harry’s beloved godfather will live on in our hearts and minds forever. Of course, that’s much easier to say when you’ve got a little statue of Sirius giving you a daily reminder of his scruffy perfection. Go on, try to convince us you don’t know someone who’d love to have him standing watch over their copy of Prisoner of Azkaban. We don’t believe you.

    Harry & the Sorting Hat
    This one is a B&N exclusive you absolutely have to have: nervous little first year Harry anxiously awaiting the announcement of his permanent Hogwarts home. From the detail on the Sorting Hat to the worried gleam in the Boy Who Lived’s eye, this cute little collectible is bound to make a stellar gift for the Harry Potter fanatic in your life. Bonus points if you yell “Gryffindor!” when the wrapping is opened.

    Neville Longbottom
    On to Neville, aka, the Boy Who Suddenly Became Totally Adorable. Seen here lovingly holding Trevor the Houdini-esque toad, Neville is just too cute not to add to your collection. Now if only Funko would make one of Neville holding the sword of Gryffindor in one hand and Nagini’s head in the other, all our action-figure fantasies would be complete.

    Draco Malfoy
    How can you resist this flawless rendition of Draco Malfoy? With that slicked-back hair and what we swear is an arrogant tilt to his chin, you can almost hear him saying, “My father will hear about this.” For all the times you and your friends have wanted to reenact Draco and Harry’s finer moments, this little guy makes an excellent—and essential—addition to the collection.

    Hermione Granger
    Have a wicked smart friend whose brains and tenacity you admire? Just give her this Hermione Granger figure and she’ll understand. From her bushy hair to her practical shoes, the Brightest Witch of Her Age is a must-have for all Harry Potter fans. Besides, you know there’s nothing Hermione would like better than sitting on a bookshelf for the rest of time.

    Fred Weasley
    Brand new to the Harry Potter collection is Fred Weasley, complete with a suitcase (no doubt full of prankish items from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes) and a mischievous glint to his eye. We’ll admit it: it’s hard not to tear up a little when looking at this half of the Weasley twins. But there’s no doubt we want him on our shelves, anyway.

    Who wouldn’t want this huggable giant (well, half-giant) gracing their collection? Just like in the books, Hagrid towers over everyone else, complete with a tiny pink umbrella. All we need is a Buckbeak figure to go with him—and a Fang, and an Aragog, and a Norbert, and okay, basically, Funko needs to release a complete series of Hagrid’s menagerie next.

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  • Jenny Kawecki 7:09 pm on 2016/10/05 Permalink
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    8 Books to Convert a YA Naysayer into a YA Fanatic 

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    We’ve all got that friend who thinks that, just because they’re an adult, they can’t be seen cracking the cover of a young adult book. Maybe they’re snobby about it, maybe they just don’t think YA could be their thing, but either way you’ve got a mission: help that friend find the right book, thus opening their eyes to a marvelous, ever-expanding category of fabulous reads. Here are 8 YA books that will entice even the most selective reader.

    I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
    Dodie Smith’s old-school YA I Capture the Castle is a good place to start; it’s usually shelved with the adult books, so you may be able to recommend it with nary an eyebrow raised. Seventeen-year-old Cassandra lives in a broken-down castle with her crazy family and no money, waiting for the day when her famous novelist father overcomes his writer’s block. When they get a handsome new landlord—one who might actually expect them to pay rent—things around the castle start to change. Narrated in Cassandra’s clever, engaging voice, I Capture the Castle is the perfect gateway YA read.

    Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
    This book is like a sucker punch to your emotions: full of beautiful, lovable teenage moments, but heartbreaking as hell. Eleanor and Park meet on the bus. Eleanor, red-haired and strange, is the new bully magnet; Park has been always stayed successfully under the radar. Slowly they fall in love over comic books and music. As they face struggles with other kids, their families, and each other, they both know it’ll never last—the only question is what will tear them apart in the end.

    Wolf by Wolf, by Ryan Graudin
    Fast-paced and wonderfully original, Wolf by Wolf will quell a lot of non-YA readers bad assumptions about YA stereotypes. Yael lives in an alternate post-WWII world in which the Axis powers won. After surviving torture and experimentation in a death camp, she’s determined to get revenge for the loved ones she lost. Her plan? Win the annual motorcycle race held to commemorate the Axis victory, gain an audience with Hitler, and kill him. Sounds foolproof, right?

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Junior has spent 14 years on the Spokane Indian Reservation, watching the people around him live hard and die young, and he wants out. So he uses his smarts to gain a transfer to the local all-white high school off the res. Building a new life for himself isn’t easy: his new classmates stereotype him, his old friends think he’s abandoned them, and on top of it all, he usually has to hitchhike to school. Funny, heart-wrenching, and beloved, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is basically irresistible.

    I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
    I’ll Give You the Sun tells the story of Jude and Noah, twins who used to be inseparable. At thirteen, they complete each other. At sixteen, they barely speak. What happened in between? Told in alternating perspectives, with Jude narrating the later years and Noah narrating the early years, the story slowly pieces itself together. Full of family, grief, first love, and what comes after, this book will make your YA-reluctant friend cry and swoon in equal measures.

    An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
    If you know someone who thinks YA novels can’t include complex, well-built worlds, this book will prove them wrong. Laia and Elias are on opposite sides of an ancient Rome-esque world: Laia’s people have been conquered, and Elias is training to lead the conquerors. As Laia embeds herself as a slave in order to gather intel from the military academy Elias is training at, Elias enters into a deadly competition he wants nothing to do with. Dark, detailed, and action-packed, An Ember in the Ashes is a standout.

    Outrun the Moon, by Stacey Lee
    Looking for an excellent young adult historical fiction novel to recommend? Outrun the Moon is it. It’s 1906 in San Francisco, and Mercy Wong is determined to go to a posh private school so she can become a businesswoman. The problem? She’s Chinese, and the school is open only to white students. But Mercy is stubborn, and through a combination of bribery and blackmail, she gets in. Cue a massive earthquake that tears apart the city, leaving Mercy stranded among her less-than-friendly classmates.

    Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
    What could be better than a heist novel full of six lovably damaged characters, a gritty backstory, and a touch of magic? Kaz Brekker is notorious for his criminal skill, so when he’s offered the job of a lifetime, he can’t turn it down. But the only thing more impossible than the task ahead is getting his team of talented misfits to get along long enough to pull it off. Full of twists and distinct, well-developed characters, Six of Crows will make anyone fall in love with YA.

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