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  • agarcia 8:14 pm on 2020/03/27 Permalink
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    The B&N Podcast: Sarah Watson on Most Likely 

    Our guest this week is Sarah Watson, creator of the hit TV series, The Bold Type. Sarah joins us to discuss Most Likely, our Barnes & Noble YA Book Club pick, an empowering and heartfelt novel about a future female president’s senior year of high school.

    The Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition features a bonus epilogue and a list of book club discussion questions.

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram @barnesandnoble for more Barnes & Noble YA Book Club news

     

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  • BN Editors 1:00 pm on 2020/03/26 Permalink
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    Peach Cobbler Alert: Joanna Gaines Shares a Delightful Recipe from Magnolia Table, a Collection of Recipes for Gathering 

    For Joanna Gaines, sitting down at the table is our chance to share the most fundamental pleasures with our favorite people, and her latest book, Magnolia Table, a Collection of Recipes for Gathering, contains a treasure trove of new recipes to delight the people you cherish. We’re delighted to share one such recipe with our members in this exclusive post.

    The post Peach Cobbler Alert: Joanna Gaines Shares a Delightful Recipe from <i>Magnolia Table, a Collection of Recipes for Gathering</i> appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • BN Editors 2:00 pm on 2020/03/16 Permalink
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    An Exclusive Guest Post From Earl Swift, Author of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island 

    In the summer of 1994 I convinced my editors at the newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia, to buy a kayak and let me paddle it in a great circle around the Chesapeake Bay. One breezeless and bright morning, I paddled from my campsite on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and saw the silhouette of a wooded island off to the west, across four or five miles of flat water. My chart identified it as Watts—once home to a fishing village, long since vanished. I decided to have a look.

    Before I was halfway, a rising wind swooped in from the west. The seas sprang to three feet. Two exhausting hours later, I beached the boat and staggered ashore.

    Watts Island was about a mile long, a fat crescent edged in sand, its interior thick with loblolly pine and poison ivy. I walked its beach, detecting no trace of a human past. As I reached its windward side, another island came into view, across another four or five miles of even rougher water. That was my first glimpse of Tangier.

    This is what I saw: steep-roofed houses clustered around the steeple of a church; a rust-streaked water tower hovering above; and just offshore, a dozen small crabbing boats tossing in the storm as their captains pulled up the catch. Most of the island appeared to be treeless marsh. The houses were balanced on the slimmest wafer of green.

    I knew a little about Tangier. Everyone in the Tidewater did. Though only ninety miles from Washington, D.C., it is one of the most isolated communities in the East—marooned from the rest of America by 18 trillion gallons of moody water, so profoundly that its people have their own style of speech, a singsong brogue of stretched vowels, old words, odd rhythms. It was reputed to prefer its solitude. Not that it was easy to visit: Most of the year, the only reliable way on or off was the mailboat out of Crisfield, Maryland, twelve miles away. I’d also heard it was a near-theocracy of old-school Methodists. And it was dry.

    I was sorely tempted to paddle there. But the wind was blowing harder now, and the bay was in chaos. I resolved to visit some other time.

    Five years passed before my editors at The Virginian-Pilot sent me. I was charmed—by its absence of cars, streets no wider than sidewalks, the K-through-12 schoolhouse—and by its utter lack of pretension. This was no postcard-ready New England fishing village. It was a factory town, its industry crabs and oysters. Islanders wasted no time competing for yard of the month.

    The people were hardy, courageous, and uncomplaining. They were also worried.  Their families had lived on Tangier since 1778, sustained by the bay and its bounty. The same water was now poised to erase them. In the time it took for an islander to go from diapers to skippering his own boat, erosion whittled hundreds of acres from their already-tiny home.

    Erosion—that’s what most everyone called it, on and off Tangier. The effects of global warming were plain to scientists in 1999, but they had not yet shouldered their way into the public’s consciousness.

    The newspaper sent me back to ring in the millennium on Tangier—it was a quiet celebration, by the way—and again, islanders spoke to me of the existential threat they faced. I could see there wasn’t much real estate to surrender. High ground was sparse, and  high was relative.

    After that visit, I asked my editors to send me back for a longer stay, and they did. On one memorable afternoon, a crabber took me out to Tangier’s beach to show me where he’d played as a kid. The spot was hundreds of feet offshore. And this had happened fast—he was forty-one years old.

    My stories ran that summer. I planned to go back; I’d met people I liked, and whom I cared about. But other stories came along, and eventually I left the newspaper to write books. The demands of parenting consumed me. I had a yard to mow, bills to pay.

    Over the same years, climate change became a global priority. Sea-level rise entered the lexicon. On the coast in Norfolk, I watched the water climb higher up my yard with each northeaster. I remember one brutal November storm that flooded the city and knocked out my power. As I waded in my basement, struggling to restart the sump pump by flashlight, I had a thought: If things are getting this bad on the mainland, they have to be dire out on Tangier.

    So in the winter of 2015, I finally got around to returning. On the mailboat I sat in the wheelhouse, and on the way kept an eye peeled for Watts Island. We were nearing Tangier when I realized I hadn’t seen it, so, puzzled, I asked the captain where it was. He jabbed a thumb at a knob of land off the port side. It had been easy to miss. It had taken me an hour to walk around Watts in 1994. Now, I could do it in ten minutes.

    A few minutes later we pulled into Tangier’s harbor, and I was horrified to see what fifteen years had done to the place—and what an approaching global disaster looks like.

    Earl Swift is the author of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, which is B&N’s Nonfiction Book of the Month for March. 

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  • BN Editors 6:49 pm on 2020/03/12 Permalink
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    The B&N Podcast: Abi Daré on The Girl with the Louding Voice 

    Our guest today is Abi Daré here to discuss her debut novel The Girl with the Louding Voice.

    A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.

    The Girl with the Louding Voice was recently named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by the New York TimesMarie ClaireVogueEssence, PopSugar, Daily Mail, Electric LiteratureRed Magazine, Stylist, Daily Kos, Library JournalThe Every Girl, and Read It Forward!

    The post The B&N Podcast: Abi Daré on <i>The Girl with the Louding Voice</i> appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Grace Charles 2:00 pm on 2020/03/11 Permalink
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    A Small Town with a Big Secret… Our March YA Book Club Pick is A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder 

    Secrets, lies and good intentions form a lethal concoction that runs deep through A Good Girl’s Guide to Murderour March YA Book Club pick!  We’re thrilled to have this addictive debut by author Holly Jackson, and we aren’t the only ones questioning whodunnit from start to finish:

    “A fun, gripping, and skillfully constructed novel of suspense.” – Emily Arsenault, author of All the Pretty Things

    “Dark, dangerous and intricately plotted—my heart literally pounded.” – Laura Steven, author of The Exact Opposite of Okay

    A family’s shame, a town’s blame, and a night no one can seem to forget. Hidden deep in the whispers of this neighborly town, the story of what happened to Andie Bell depends on who you ask… A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a twisty crime thriller with wit that cuts through the caution tape. With a constant zigzag of he did it/she did it, Jackson has us chasing a trail of breadcrumbs until the very end.

    Close this case once and for all at our next YA Book Club Friday, March 13th at 7PM. Check your local store for details.

    The post A Small Town with a Big Secret… Our March YA Book Club Pick is <i>A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder</i> appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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