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  • Kat Sarfas 4:55 am on 2020/03/01 Permalink
    Tags: anna james, , , , , earl swift, lucy foley, normal people, sally rooney, the bookwanderers, the hunting party   

    Our March Books of the Month are Here! 

    We’re starting to shake off winter and emerge, blinking, into the light of early Spring.  No better time, we think, to go looking for a great new read. Our newest Books of the Month are here, and we couldn’t be more pleased to share them with you. We were swept up in a novel of messy, young love; found ourselves up to the knees in Chesapeake Bay; hiding from a murderer in the Scottish Highlands—and then wandering through the pages of a few childhood favorites.  Who needs sleep when the perfect book is at hand?

    Fiction Book of the Month

    Normal People: A Novel, by Sally Rooney

    “For anyone who’s ever felt “not quite normal”, a story of attraction between the least likely of people. Compelling, engaging, and emotionally raw.” – Kevin Robinson, Bookseller, Houston, TX

    This thoughtful, witty take on the consequences—and value—of young love struck us as incredibly real and full of truth. Though seemingly made for one another, Connell and Marianne are divided by class differences, personal demons, and fear of the wounds love might inflict. These characters reminded us of who we used to be.

    Nonfiction Book of the Month

    Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, by Earl Swift

    “A fascinating look into a quickly disappearing way of life. Journalist Earl Swift spent two years living among this unique community and captured the heart and soul of its people as they face extinction.” – Ellie Zur, Bookseller, Mishawaka, IN

    Past, present and future collide in this unforgettable, elegiac true story. Tangier Island is the home of a centuries-old crabbing community, and the 1.3 square mile spit is as much a character as the residents who call it home. Here, climate change isn’t a theory—its impact is felt daily as Tangier sinks into the sea.

    Mystery & Thriller Book of the Month

    The Hunting Party: A Novel, by Lucy Foley

    “How well do you really know your friends? This high intensity thriller will leave you questioning the motives and relationships of a group of friends that suddenly find themselves in over their heads. Reminiscent of the best of the best: Agatha Christie, Ruth Ware and Peter Swanson. This is one quick read you won’t want to miss.” – Tina Wakefield, Bookseller, Lakewood, WA

    Perfect for whodunit fans, the quintessential winter’s tale: a group of nine old friends reunite for a New Year’s celebration at a remote hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands—by morning, only eight remain. The survivors must seek the killer among them in this increasingly tense, snowbound mystery.

    Young Reader Book of the Month

    The Bookwanderers (Pages & Co. Series #1), by Anna James

    “A perfect choice for the child who has read everything! After losing her mother at a young age, Tilly Pages takes refuge in the books at her grandma’s store.  When she discovers her ability to wander into any book of her choosing, she just might uncover the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance.” – Kelly Carter, Bookseller, Mishawaka, IN

    What if you could walk into the pages of your favorite stories? This irresistible tale of a young bookworm who can is both a charming fantasy and a delightful celebration of reading and the written word.  This is a series-starter worthy of a place on the shelf next to Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy.

    The post Our March Books of the Month are Here! appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Kat Sarfas 2:00 pm on 2020/01/27 Permalink
    Tags: , caldecott, coretta scott king, jerry craft, kadir nelson, , , newbery, the undefeated   

    The 2020 Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and Coretta Scott King Award Winners 

    The prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards have long served as a guide to those seeking some of the best original and creative content published for young readers. These prize winners are the books that shape childhoods, give new perspectives to budding readers, and start a lifelong love of stories and the written word.  This year’s winner are:

    The John Newbery Medal

    With its long history, the Newbery is the most recognizable children’s book award given for “the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year.”

    The 2020 Newbery Medal Winner — New Kid, by Jerry Craft

    An honest look at starting over in a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real.  This graphic novel is tender and heartbreaking, yet funny and uplifting. A story sure to resonate deeply with young readers.

    Newbery Honor Books: The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Scary Stories for Young Foxes, by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu, Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga, and Genesis Begins Again, by Alicia D. Williams.

    The Randolph Caldecott Medal

    Awarded to the artist that illustrated the “most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.”

    The 2020 Caldecott Medal Winner — The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

    A powerful tribute to the African American experience in America.  Kadir Nelson’s trademark photorealistic style showcases the many struggles and triumphs of some of the world’s greatest heroes with grace and strength.

    Caldecott Honor Books: Bear Came Along, by LeUyen Pham, written by Richard T. Morris; Double Bass Blues, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, written by Andrea J. Loney; and Going Down Home with Daddy, illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons.

    Coretta Scott King Book Awards

    Given to exceptional African American authors and illustrators of children and YA literature that “demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”

    The 2020 Author Award Winner — New Kidby Jerry Craft

    Author Honor Books: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, written by Junauda Petrus; Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, written by Kwame Mbalia; and Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, written by Jason Reynolds.

    The 2020 Illustrator Award Winner — The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

    Illustrator Honor Books: The Bell Rang, illustrated by James E. Ransome, written by the illustrator; Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace, illustrated by Ashley Bryan, written by the illustrator; and Sulwe, illustrated by Vashti Harrison, written by Lupita Nyong’o.

    The post The 2020 Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and Coretta Scott King Award Winners appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Kat Sarfas 11:00 am on 2020/01/17 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , jedidiah jenkins, , , , , to shake the sleeping self   

    Barnes & Noble Books of the Month for January 

    So you’ve resolved to read more this year—fantastic! That also means you might be in the market for some brilliant and highly recommended titles to add to your must-read list for 2020, and we just happen to have the perfect place to start—our new Books of the Month program!

    Books of the Month was created to engage and inspire you—our avid readers. Each month we aim to spark new and exciting conversations around powerful narratives with thoughtfully selected stories picked by our amazing team of booksellers. We love a really good book recommendation and look forward to sharing ours with you.

    Our choices this month range from a heart-racing thriller set in the brutal isolation of the Australian outback to an unflinchingly honest memoir that travels from Oregon to Patagonia. We shine a light on an up and coming author’s clever look at two women ultimately finding their power in eerily similar patriarchies, some sixty years apart, and complete our list with a hilarious new middle grade novel that mashes together a class of lovable misfits and academic train wrecks and a teacher who just wants to retire.

    Thriller of the Month

    The Lost Man, by Jane Harper

    “Jane Harper has done it again! This standalone novel takes the reader on a thrilling rollercoaster ride through the Australian Outback as Nathan tries to solve the mystery of his brother’s death and learns that his family has more to hide than he could have ever imagined.” – Heidi Shinbaum, Bookseller, Brentwood, TN

    Two brothers meet for the first time in months at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches deep in the Australian outback—where their third brother lies dead at their feet. With no sign of foul play and a victim with seemingly everything to live for, eldest brother Nathan starts his search to understand what led his brother Cameron to his fate. With a brutal climate and formidable landscape looming over the story, Nathan will wade through haunting urban legends and be forced to reckon with his family’s own secret history of violence.

    Just when you think you have all the pieces in place, this slow burn thriller will casually rebut all your theories, keeping you guessing until the very end. Thoroughly atmospheric and filled with compelling characters, this is a story that stays with you long after you finish reading.

    Non-Fiction Book of the Month

    To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regretby Jedidiah Jenkins

    To Shake the Sleeping Self is a remarkable story of self-reflection and growth. Jedidiah Jenkins’s humor, wit and honesty easily made this one of my favorite books. You’ll laugh, cry, and grow, all within 330 pages.” – Stephen Harrington, Visual Merchandiser, New York, NY

    Terrified of being funneled into a life he didn’t choose, Jedidiah Jenkins decides to set off on an epic adventure all his own, spending sixteen months cycling from Oregon to Patagonia—and chronicling his meditations and experiences on Instagram along the way. While a yearning for the great unknown may be in his blood—his father is the author of the classic A Walk Across Americathis is more than just a travelogue. Emboldened by his travel companion and the people he meets along the way, Jedidiah focuses as much energy on his internal quest for self-discovery, grappling with questions of faith and his own identity.

    A powerful reminder that extraordinary things can happen when we truly embrace uncertainty and escape our comfort zones, this poetic and inspirational memoir takes a piercing look at the fears we carry and those moments of bravery that can set us free.

    Children’s Book of the Month

    The Unteachables, by Gordon Korman

    Any book that makes me both laugh out loud and tear up on the subway will always hold a special place in my heart! I found I unexpectedly learned a lot from the misfit group known as Unteachables, and their journey to connect with each other will resonate with every kid in a classroom today.” – Shannon Devito, Book Buyer, New York, NY

    Isolated from the rest of the student body in Room 117, the Unteachables are just thatan infamous group of middle school misfits with a colorful array of quirks that are considered simply irredeemable.  To add to the fun, their newly assigned teacher Mr. Kermit is by far the most burned-out teacher in all of Greenwich. Once a rising star, Mr. Kermit’s career was rocked by a cheating scandal some 26 years prior and now the only thing he cares about is counting down the days until early retirement.  When a gutsy vuvuzela heist rallies them all together, the Unteachables and Mr. Kermit might finally get their true shot at redemption after all.

    Hilarious, insightful, and deeply heartfelt, a rotating first person narrative keeps this story lively and completely entertaining. This is a true underdog story that shows a little kindness can ignite the hidden sparks in all of us.

    Discover Book of the Month

    Recipe for a Perfect Wife, by Karma Brown

    Recipe for a Perfect Wife has all of the ingredients for a page turning story that you will not want to put down. Rife with secrets, intricate storylines, and compelling characters—not to mention a recipe for the perfect meatloaf—Karma Brown’s latest is a tasty read this winter.” — Marisa Gothie, Bookseller, Wilmington, DE

    After reluctantly leaving New York City for the suburbs, newlywed Alice struggles with shifting roles at home and achieving domestic bliss in a new fixer-upper. When she discovers a vintage cookbook in her basement the allure of cooking up Baked Alaska and Chicken à la King soon reveals the darker story of the woman who previously owned it. As Alice discovers striking parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it finally forces her to focus on the trajectory of her own life, questioning the foundation of her marriage and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society.

    This mesmerizing dual narrative of a modern-day woman and a quintessential 1950s housewife is all at once witty and charming as well as dark and sinistermuch like its focus characters. With great care and gravity, this book creates a satisfying look at the lies we tell to feed the secrets we keep.

    The post Barnes & Noble Books of the Month for January appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

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