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  • Kat Sarfas 4:00 am on 2020/07/01 Permalink
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    Our July Picks are Here! 

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    What’s better than kicking back with a twisty thriller, historical adventure or unforgettable memoir? Not much. So, we’re thrilled that our newest Monthly Picks are here, and we have some choice reads you just won’t be able to put down. Travel back to 19th century London; pursue a thrilling cold case in 1960s Baltimore; step into a hundred years of mythologized New Orleans history; live a single day on repeat—and bend the space-time continuum with two fearless kids. Don’t worry if you want to read them all, that’s what longer days are for.

    Our Monthly Fiction Pick

    The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel
    Sara Collins

    Sara Collins’s debut novel is an unforgettable, reimagined gothic tale. If you loved Circe by Madeline Miller, you won’t want to miss this atmospheric story—with more than a few twists—of a young girl transported to 1800s London from her Caribbean home.

    The Confessions of Frannie Langton is the kind of book that stays with you. One that whispers of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, Frannie’s story is full of trauma, strife, and a little bit of love. This book is a triumph. I wish I could spend more time with Frannie.”—Marie C, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

    Our Monthly Mystery & Thriller Pick

    Lady in the Lake: A Novel
    Laura Lippman

    Laura Lippman, author of Sunburn and the Tess Monaghan Series, returns to the streets of Baltimore in this classic story of ambition, dreams and murder with elements of noir and sly humor. “Elegantly written…Lippman again proves she’s a sharp observer of people.” —The Associated Press

    “Like Lippman’s other novels, this book has a strong sense of place, great characters, and touches on race, women’s issues, and figuring out who you really want to be. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel mixed with old-school noir.”—Amanda C, Bookseller, Atlanta, GA

    Our Monthly Nonfiction Pick

    The Yellow House: A Memoir
    Sarah M. Broom

    This extraordinary memoir of place, class and race blends the author’s family history with the mythology of New Orleans to tell a deeply American story. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, this is “a remarkable journey… one of loss, love, and resilience.”—Robin Roberts, Good Morning America

    “A story both intimate and broad, illuminating how our own “houses” of family, history, race, and identity, manifest and impact in times of hope, tragedy and diaspora.  Bloom engages the reader with grace and passion, vulnerability and strength, and the narrative spins, surprises, and pops. I was drawn in completely.”—Sallye L, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

    Our Monthly YA Pick

    Neverworld Wake
    Marisha Pessl

    What if you had to make a choice that would haunt you forever? Five friends are forced to relive a single day on repeat, and only one will escape in this dark psychological thriller about truth, lies and the power of memory. This page-turner will leave you breathless as it races to a shocking conclusion.

    “What a ride! I couldn’t read this one fast enough! Explores time travel in a very new and twisted way.”—Rachel S, Bookseller, Lincoln, NE

    Our Monthly Young Reader Pick

    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
    Carlos Hernandez

    Middle school is hard enough without the power to bend the space-time continuum. Sal and Gabi broke the universe, and now it’s up to them fix it. A hilarious non-stop adventure with all the right twists and turns, first in a terrific new series from Rick Riordan Presents.

    “Full of adventure, sass, heart, and delicious food. It will leave you hungry for Sal & Gabi FIX the Universe!.”— Kel R, Bookseller, Lafayette, IN

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  • BN Editors 8:05 pm on 2020/06/29 Permalink

    Virtual Events for All Ages with Barnes & Noble – July 2020 

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    We’ve got another great lineup of virtual events for you this July: in-depth discussions with authors around our most anticipated books of the summer, award-winning memoirs, new series to devour—and of course, our virtual B&N Book Club and B&N YA Book Club. Here’s a look at what’s coming to a screen near you this July.

    Wednesday, July 1st at 7PM ET (rescheduled from June)
    Live on B&N Facebook: B&N Book Club – All Adults Here author Emma Straub in conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert.

    From the author of Modern Lovers and The VacationersAll Adults Here is a multigenerational novel about one family and how we never stop growing up. We’re thrilled to host Emma and Elizabeth (bestselling author of City of Girls and Eat, Pray, Love) to discuss our great May B&N Book Club pick. Be sure to grab our B&N Book Club Edition which features a Q&A with Emma and a reading group guide perfect to jump-start a great discussion around this smart new novel. Follow along with #BNBookClub.

    Thursday, July 2nd at 5PM ET
    Live on B&N Facebook – Kevin Kwan talks about his fabulous new novel Sex and Vanity.

    If you found yourself obsessed with Crazy Rich Asians, the bestselling novel about the unbelievable jet-setting lives of Asia’s super-elite, you don’t want to miss Kevin Kwan’s latest. A modern-day retelling of E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View, this comedy of manners has all the decadent imagery and wit we’ve come to love and expect from Kwan.  So, grab a signed copy of Sex and Vanity here (they won’t last long…) and tune in as Kwan discusses his return to the delightfully soapy world of high privilege and haute couture. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Monday, July 6th at 7PM ET
    Live on B&N Twitter – @duchessgoldblat talks up her new memoir Becoming Duchess Goldblatt.

    Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination, Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is the story behind the beloved pseudonymous Twitter account. While the Duchess may be fictional, her love is very real. Her vulnerability and uplifting messages of hope have brought together thousands of fans from around the world and we’re thrilled to have Her Grace join us to discuss her inspiration and many gifts to humanity.

    Tuesday, July 7th at 7PM ET
    Live on B&N Facebook: B&N Book Club – The Vanishing Half author Brit Bennett in conversation with Kiley Reid.

    The Vanishing Half is an indelible story of identity, family and home that cuts across the country and decades to tell the story of identical twin sisters and their daughters. There’s plenty for readers to discuss in this story that asks big questions about who we are and where we’re headed—which is why it’s the perfect choice for our July B&N Book Club. We can’t wait to dive into this remarkable novel with Brit Bennett, the acclaimed author of The Mothers and Kiley Reid, the bestselling author of Such a Fun Age. Our B&N Exclusive Edition includes an essay by the author and a Reading Group Guide to get you ready for this not to be missed event. Follow along with #BNBookClub.

    Thursday, July 9th at 4PM ET
    Live on B&N Facebook: B&N YA Book Club – The Black Flamingo author Dean Atta in conversation with Abdi Nazemian.

    Michael, the main character of this story, is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London and navigating what it means to be Greek-Cypriot and Jamaican. When he discovers the Drag Society, he finally finds where he belongs—and the Black Flamingo is born. Acclaimed UK poet and performer Dean Atta joins us with Abdi Nazemian, author of the Stonewall Honor Book Like a Love Story to discuss this fierce coming-of-age novel in verse about identity and the power of drag. Follow along with #BNYABookClub.

    Thursday, July 16th at 7PM ET
    Live on B&N Facebook – The Yellow House author Sarah M. Broom in conversation with Kiese Laymon.

    Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, The Yellow House is an extraordinary memoir of place, class and race that blends the author’s family history with the mythology of New Orleans to tell a deeply moving American story. Join us as we host Sarah M. Broom and Kiese Laymon (author of Heavy: An American Memoir) to discuss this haunting and indelible debut. Follow along with #BNEvents.

    Thursday, July 29th at 4PM ET
    Live on B&N YouTube – Sal and Gabi Break the Universe author Carlos Hernandez in conversation with Rick Riordan.

    Middle school is hard enough without the power to bend the space-time continuum. Sal and Gabi broke the universe, and now it’s up to them fix it. This hilarious non-stop adventure with all the right twists and turns, is the first in a terrific new series from Rick Riordan Presents. And we have the legendary Rick Riordan with us to introduce the amazing Carlos Hernandez and this adventurous new series that’s already a 2020 Pura Belpré Author Award Winner and receiving some much-deserved buzz. Follow along with #BNEvents.

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  • Kat Sarfas 4:00 am on 2020/06/26 Permalink
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    Brush Up on Your History: Hamilton Is Making its Way to Disney+ 

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    July 3rd is going to be a good day—the film that captures the magic of Hamilton: An American Musical will officially start streaming on Disney+. Hamilton won both the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best New Musical—no surprise for the show that’s been a cultural phenomenon since its first off-Broadway performance back in 2015. It’s also been the inspiration for spin-off novels, behind-the-scenes books and new biographies that explore this founding father and revolutionary time in history. As you prepare to watch this mesmerizing live performance in the comfort of your home, check out our collection of Hamilton books and music and brush up on your history.

    Alexander Hamilton

    This bestselling biography was an impulse purchase in an airport bookstore for Lin-Manuel Miranda and his inspiration for creating Hamilton. Ron Chernow won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his book Washington: A Life, and continues to unearth stories of American history, most recently with Grant—focusing on the life of the Union Army General and 18th president of the United States. Chernow’s biography of Hamilton paints a portrait of a man misunderstood throughout history and sheds light on the story of America’s birth through his eyes. If you’re looking to understand Hamilton’s backstory and dive into a richly written history lesson, this is the place to start.

    Hamilton: The Revolution

    This backstage pass collects photos, interviews and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda that traces the progression of this award-winning musical from a performance at The White House Poetry Jam to its opening night on Broadway six years later. This is the definitive must-have guide for any Hamilton fan, and our Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a poster showcasing the lyrics from “My Shot,” stunning portraits from photographer Josh Lehrer, and a bonus CD featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda performing libretto annotations.

    Alex and Eliza: A Love Story (Alex and Eliza Series #1) 

    If you’re looking to build on the romantic angle of Hamilton, this fictionalized series follows the relationship of a young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Melissa de la Cruz, author of The Witches of East End and the Descendants series, brings forth an epic love story that starts at the beginning—back to 1777 and the fateful first meeting of two lovers who would go on to forever change the course of American history. The entire trilogy that ends with All for One is now available in paperback and is one YA historical romance you won’t be able to put down.

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  • Kat Sarfas 4:00 am on 2020/06/24 Permalink
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    Friends, Best Friends: The Baby-Sitters Club is Coming to Netflix 

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    There’s a sort of solidarity among those who read The Baby-Sitters Club novels growing up. We all know the members, and if asked could instantly identify which character we embody the most. Long before they were a Samantha or Carrie, girls around the world saw themselves as a Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, Stacey, Dawn, Mallory or Jessi (a solid Dawn/Claudia mix over here). Kids across generations related to these characters because they saw themselves reflected back, and it’s a true testament to the writing and those bonds of sisterhood that the original book series produced over a hundred original stories, spin-off series, new graphic adaptations, a movie and now a new Netflix original series set to release on July 3rd. The club is back, and with all this new BSC buzz going around we decided to take a trip down memory lane and explore how a whole new generation of readers is set to inherit a fresh new take on a beloved series.

    Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Series #1) 

    The book that started it all! Told through the perspective of Kristy Thomas—president and founder of the BSC—this story not only introduces readers to the club and its four founding members (Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne and Stacey), but also dives straight into the real-life issues modern kids were—and are still—grappling with today. Ann M. Martin sought to make the BSC a space for real conversations not just around female friendships and empowerment, but of race, family structures, sickness and death. In Kristy’s Great Idea we see Kristy personally dealing with the fallout of her parents’ divorce, while also exploring her entrepreneurial spirit with her best friends—which is why the BSC is so much more than just a club. This new edition reveals fresh new cover art and debuted this past spring. The first seven are out now, with more coming later this summer, and Kristy’s Great Idea (BSC #1) is also included in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading giveaway program this summer.

    Claudia and Mean Janine: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix Series #4) 

    Claudia Kishi is iconic—and we’re not just talking about her chic style and impeccable taste. As one of the very few Asian American characters in mainstream fiction when this series first debuted, Claudia—a Japanese American teen who loves art, fashion and junk food—would go on to inspire a generation of Asian American writers and creators. Claudia was just cool, and a far cry from the “model minority” stereotype often depicted across literature and popular culture. It’s one of the many reasons this character has been lifted to cult-like status and was even the focus of the Kickstarter-funded documentary, The Claudia Kishi ClubClaudia and Mean Janine is one of the first four Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels published by Graphix that were adapted and illustrated by the amazing Raina Telgemeier, bestselling author of Smile and Sisters. This wildly popular series is breathing new life into the original stories with vibrant, energy-filled illustrations and clever panel transitions. There are currently twelve graphic novel editions with more on the way.

    Karen’s Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister Graphix Series #1) 

    With the success of The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix Series it was only a matter of time before Baby-Sitter’s Little Sister, the adorable spin-off of The Baby-Sitters Club, was adapted to this fun and accessible medium. If you’re not familiar with Karen Brewster, she’s the spunky and headstrong little stepsister of BSC founder Kristy Thomas, and never shies away from a great adventure. Here in Karen’s Witch, Karen Brewster is on the case to uncover the secretive comings and goings of her mysterious neighbor, Mrs. Porter. Little Sister was perfect for younger readers who wanted a taste of the BSC when it first published in 1988, and this new graphic novel adaptation is set to do the same for a whole new generation of readers. The second installment of this fresh new series, Karen’s Roller Skates is out on 7/7.

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  • BN Editors 4:00 am on 2020/06/23 Permalink
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    Crack the Case with Stuart Gibbs: Your Perfect Summer Reading List is Here! 

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    If you’re looking for a fun, laugh-out-loud, mystery adventure story, look no further than Stuart Gibbs. It’s no surprise to us why kids flock to all his bestselling series—he’s got something for every reader. For future wildlife conservationists, there’s the whodunit thrill ride of the FunJungle Series. Looking for suspenseful space adventures? Check out the Moon Base Alpha Series. If you’re a natural code-breaker genius with the skills to outsmart Einstein, you should probably pick up the Charlie Thorne Series. And we can’t forget the Spy School Series—it’s the perfect mix of spycraft and middle school hijinks. Don’t worry if you want to read them all—that’s what summer is for! And speaking of: read on here as Stuart Gibbs offers his tips on having the best summer yet (spoiler: you can never read too much).


    When I was a kid, I always looked forward to summer.

    It wasn’t only because there was no school, or because that’s when we got to take vacations. It was because I got so much time to read.

    Summer is the perfect time to read. There are fewer demands on you, later bedtimes, and your teachers aren’t demanding that you focus on the books you have to read for school instead. You can grab any book you want and plow right through it.

    And here’s one more great thing about reading: Your parents might get upset with you if you spend too much time playing video games or texting your friends or watching TV. But no parent in history has ever gotten upset at their child for reading too much. In fact, if you are reading a lot, your parents will even boast to their friends about it.

    Summer is a great time to push the boundaries of what you are reading, to try new authors, or new genres—or maybe try something more advanced. Honestly, there are thousands of great books out there, more than you could ever read in your entire life. But if you need a list of fantastic books to get you started, Barnes & Noble has this one:  100 Books of Summer for Young Readers.

    So, get started reading. And have a great summer.

    Now that summer is officially here, and you’ve got your perfect summer reading list to get you started, why not earn a free book, too? The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is back to give kids in grades 1-6 the opportunity to earn a free book by following these three easy steps:

    1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (download here in either English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
    2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1st and August 31st, 2020
    3. Choose your free reading adventure from the book list featured in the journal.

    Happy Reading!

    The post Crack the Case with Stuart Gibbs: Your Perfect Summer Reading List is Here! appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

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