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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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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/09/13 Permalink
    Tags: choose your own disaster, choose your own misery: dating, dana schwartz, flip to page 103, , jeff burke, jill gagnon, , , mike macdonald, my lady's choosing, ryan north, super giant monster time!, to be or not to be   

    Go Your Own Way With These 5 Modern-Day Takes on Choose Your Own Adventure Books 

    R.A. Montgomery’s Choose Your Own Adventure books were an ever-present part of childhood for ‘80s and ‘90s kids. Popular at both school libraries and book fairs, they were a game as much as they were a book, more accurately described as “interactive fiction”—taking the infinite possibilities idea of video games and applying it to text. A CYOA book wasn’t just one story, or a collection of stories—it was the same story told a bunch of different ways, like Rashomon for kids, but with way more aliens, rainforest escapes, and fringe scientists. The stakes were always nice and high, too—if your character died (or rather when your character died) you could just go back to the last breaking-off point at try again.

    A generation or two of kids inhaled Choose Your Own Adventure books, and they made a huge impression on readers, some of whom grew up to be writers. And those writers have found ways to imitate, parody, pay homage to, and expand the ideas of interactive fiction not to mention second-person fiction.

    If you want to read about a CYOA­­­-style book about grown-up life…SCROLL DOWN.

    Choose Your Own Misery: Dating, by Mike MacDonald and Jilly Gagnon
    MacDonald and Gagnon have struck on a brilliant idea, juxtaposing the breathless tone and breakneck speed employed by Choose Your Own Adventure books with painfully mundane and realistic adult situations. Sure, they’re still harrowing and terrible, just not spelunking in haunted caves or messing with malfunctioning time machines or whatever. In Choose Your Own Misery: The Office, the authors tasked readers with deciding whether or not to actually deliver their big presentation…or goof around on the Internet (hi!). (You know, work stuff.) Next up came The Holidays, which offers its own aggravating choices, like spending the festive season with your terrible family…or your significant other’s terrible family. Completing the trilogy is a book about things more terrifying than any spooky pirate ship or alien abduction scenario a CYOA could produce: first dates, mingling at parties, and connecting to another person in some small way. Ah, love!

    To go on a Shakespearen adventure…KEEP READING.

    To Be or Not to Be, by Ryan North
    The author subtitled this the copyright-skirting “A Chooseable-Path Adventure,” but we all know what this is. It’s also incredibly ambitious—the dude is rewriting Shakespeare, or at least he’s making you do it, putting into the reader’s hands all the raw material of the greatest work of English drama, jostling it all around, and seeing what happens if the reader can make the Prince of Denmark’s bad decisions for him. Finally, you can make Hamlet get to it while the getting is good and kill his throne-usurping uncle right away, and move on. Or you can give Ophelia, a fascinating character robbed of a good storyline, the good storyline she deserves. There are about 100 possible endings in all, plus it’s illustrated and there are puzzles. It’s everything a play should be!

    If you want to pursue the aliens…READ THE NEXT ENTRY.

    Super Giant Monster Time!by Jeff Burk
    And here we have a Choose Your Own Adventure novel that is more homage (peep that perfect cover) and continuation of the form than a transplanting of its properties. It reads exactly like an old school Choose Your Own Adventure classic, especially since the plot concerns giant alien monsters from space that are attacking your city. However, there are some adults-only, ironic flourishes, such as how the aliens’ ray guns turn people into mohawked punk rockers, as well as barroom fights, lots of swearing, and violence. It’s a kids’ book for adults is what it is.

    For a classy British adventure…MOVE ON DOWN.

    My Lady’s Choosing, by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris
    There’s this whole cultural subgenre of Jane Austen fantasy—stories about people who long to live inside a Jane Austen novel (Shannon Hale’s Austenland) or magically get to do that (the British miniseries Lost in Austen). Who wouldn’t want to bicker and then marry Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and enjoy all those Regency-era fancy parties? The most successful and ephemeral entry in this genre: My Lady’s Choosing, because it’s written in the second person—“you” are literarily there, dear reader, making the decisions for a “plucky but penniless” young woman as she tries to find love with the prickly Sir Benedict, an affectionate faux Darcy. It’s a wonderful use of the Choose Your Own Adventure Format while also paying respect to Austen. This means that yes, there’s lots of witty back-and-forthing, but depending on the decisions you make, may also encounter a libertine Scotsman or go on a pirate adventure.

    If you wish to follow the clever humorist…READ ON.

    Choose Your Own Disaster, by Dana Schwartz
    Schwartz has done a lot of living, or she’s lived so much of her life with eyes wide open and with the Nora Ephron dictum that “everything is copy” in mind, that she’s already written a memoir by her mid-20s. This is an innovative autobiography in more than one way. First of all, life is rarely linear, but books that tell life stories are—but not this one. A read of Choose Your Own Disaster is all jumbled up, out of order, episodic, and fragmented—on account of how life is like that. It’s also interspersed with Internet-style personality quizzes…the answers of which direct readers to choose different paths—which are funny, self-deprecating stories from Schwartz’s life. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure novel where author, reader, and plot all get rolled up into each other’s business.

    What modern-day Choose Your Own Adventure iteration are you excited about?

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  • Jeff Somers 4:00 pm on 2018/09/13 Permalink
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    Nerdfighters Unite: Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is the Next B&N Book Club Pick 

    Of the many wondrous effects the rise of internet culture has had on the world, perhaps the most delightful is the Rise of the Nerd, led by folks like Hank Green. Along with his brother, John (author of smash hit YA novels including The Fault in Our Stars), Hank has racked up nearly two billion YouTube views across sixteen separate web series, include Vlogbrothers, Crash Course, and SciShow—all while running the hugely popular Nerdfighteria web page and newsletter and several other blogs and companies, all of which share that Big Nerd Energy that is the Green brand.

    Unlike his older brother, Hank hasn’t published a novel—until now. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing hits bookstore shelves on September 25, and it’s coming in hot with a lot of advance excitement. Because we know it’s going to be a book everyone will be talking about, and because we want to be in on that discussion, we made it our next Book Club pick. Here’s why we can’t wait to read and discuss An Absolutely Remarkable Thing—and why you should join us.

    The Plot

    Twentysomething April May encounters a bizarre sculpture resembling a Transformer wearing samurai armor. Her friend Andy records her climbing onto it and posts it to the internet. By morning, April has become #famous as the first person to discover the statues—eventually dubbed “Carls”—which have mysteriously appeared all over the world. Her life changes rapidly as she’s swept into the whirlpool of viral fame—and into the quest to discover where the Carls came from, and what they might mean. Green, no stranger to being internet famous, is exploring how that fame twists and chops reality and peoples’ lives, and we can’t wait to read his take.

    The Influences

    Green has cited Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel Dune as a major influence on the book; considering that what we know of the plot isn’t so Dune-like, we can’t wait to analyze where Herbert’s novel might have guided Green’s hand. Green has also said that since the book is, at its core, a mystery, he read a lot of Harry Bosch novels to prepare, and that he got a lot of advice from none other than fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss.

    The Design

    To start with, the cover is awesome, but the book’s appeal as a physical object goes beyond that: Hank had a lot of input into its overall design, recruiting artist Jason Markow (known as TEKSTartist) to design its endpages. (Markow detailed how that happened and how he developed the final work over at his blog). It’s rare for an author to be that involved in the visual presentation of their work, and makes having a physical copy of it even more rewarding

    So, color us excited. We want to download this book directly to our brains and then spend the next few weeks eating snacks and discussing it with everyone. The third B&N Book Club is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24—see you there!

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2018/09/11 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Teacher Romances, Heroic Cowboys, and Matchmaking Sisters 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a mother and daughter on the run, a sexy drummer going incognito, and a restrained woman looking to break free.

    One Perfect Kiss, by Jaci Burton
    Teacher romance alert! Josie Barnes has finally found home in Hope, Oklahoma. She has a house, a job teaching high school English, and lots of new and awesome friends. (Josie, you go, girl!) The only little nit in her life is the super duper hunky football coach, Zach Powers. He’s not too thrilled with Josie because she keeps benching his players for their poor grades, but he doesn’t fool himself for too long. He soon realizes that she is, in fact, an excellent teacher and a wonderful person—and that he wants to persuade her to stay in Hope for a very, very long time. (Zach, we knew you’d come around!) Here’s hoping that Josie and Zach find their connection sooner rather than later, that Zach’s players study for once, and that these two lovebirds build a big house on a giant property and fill it with babies and puppies! This is the eighth book in Burton’s Hope series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Do or Die Cowboy, by June Faver
    Cowboy Tyler Garrett may look REALLY good riding a horse and doing his cowboy thing, but he really has the heart of a musician and wants to strike it big on the country music scene. (We’re totally fine with this, Tyler, but please always keep the top three buttons of your shirt unbuttoned. Thanks!) He’s on his way to Dallas to record a demo when he comes across Leah Benson. She’s on the run, and she’s got precious cargo in tow: her daughter. There are some shady characters out to get both of them, but Tyler absolutely refuses to let any danger touch the new loves of his life. (That’s the spirit, Tyler!) Tyler certainly has his work cut out for him, but he’s not the type to shy away from conflict. Can he help eliminate the bad guys from Leah’s life? And will he find success and fulfillment on the country music scene? This is the first book in Faver’s Dark Horse Cowboys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    One More Moment, by Samantha Chase
    Our gal Charlotte Clark has no idea that she just randomly treated famous drummer Julian Grayson to coffee. She thought she was just doing a random, nice thing for a stranger, which is her style because she’s a super nice person who also helps the homeless and is on a mission to make the world a better place. (Charlotte, you are a gem!) Julian is more than happy to keep this special lady in the dark about his true identity, but then he gets mega-attached to her. He will need to come clean soon if he’s serious about keeping her in his life forever. A gentle suggestion, Julian—set the mood with a nice candlelight dinner, bring flowers (lot of flowers), and be prepared to grovel. Shirtless. As in, be shirtless when you grovel. You’ve got this, buddy! This is the third book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Arabella, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Arabella Tallant, the daughter of a country clergyman. Her carriage breaks down on the way to London, and she’s forced to accept help from the less-than-pleasant Mr. Robert Beaumaris. She overhears him make a not-so-nice comment about her, so in a sort of retribution she tells him she’s an heiress. (Robert, no offense, but you are kind of rude and deserve to be whacked with a glove!) Robert proceeds to accompany Arabella to high society events, and he soon realizes that she’s way more awesome than he ever would have thought. She saves a chimney sweep and a neglected dog, for example, so you know she’s a friend to the unfortunate. She’s got some troubles, though, and that includes an unruly younger brother. Will Robert continue to be a nuisance, or will he step up his game and help our gal live her best life? (Robert, if you choose the latter path, we will forego that whole glove-whacking thing!) (Available in paperback.)

    Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Frederica, a lovely young woman who wants nothing more than to help her sister make an excellent match. She seeks help from the Marquis of Alverstoke, a distant cousin who would love nothing more than to keep every single one of his relatives at bay. He’s intrigued by Frederica, though, probably because she’s asking for help on someone else’s behalf. (You see, Alverstoke? Not everyone wants to put their hands in your pockets to take your money! Although some women wouldn’t mind putting their hands in your pockets for a different reason, wink wink!) He decides to help all of the ladies make their way into society, but he soon realizes he just might want Frederica all to himself. Don’t screw this up, Alverstoke! Woo her and win her and lead her to the altar—and romance her for the rest of your lives! (Available in paperback.)

    Misadventures with a Master, by Mia Michelle and Meredith Wild
    Our heroine has lived a very limited life thanks to ridiculous social and political rules. She’s ready to break free (girl, we’ll all help you!) and she finds the opportunity in Crave, which pretty much sounds like the sexiest club in the world that gives people a chance to, ahem, live out their wildest fantasies. (Excuse me, but…where do we sign up? Online? Or do we just show up in the flesh? We’re game either way!) She meets Demitri, who pretty much has the power to make any woman want to immediately shed her inhibitions. Demitri wants to break our gal, though, and make her be submissive, but she’s got a very strong spirit. Here’s hoping they find some deliciously sexy middle ground! This is the thirteenth book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in select stores.)

    What romance novels are keeping you warm as temperatures drop this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2018/09/11 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Teacher Romances, Heroic Cowboys, and Matchmaking Sisters 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a mother and daughter on the run, a sexy drummer going incognito, and a restrained woman looking to break free.

    One Perfect Kiss, by Jaci Burton
    Teacher romance alert! Josie Barnes has finally found home in Hope, Oklahoma. She has a house, a job teaching high school English, and lots of new and awesome friends. (Josie, you go, girl!) The only little nit in her life is the super duper hunky football coach, Zach Powers. He’s not too thrilled with Josie because she keeps benching his players for their poor grades, but he doesn’t fool himself for too long. He soon realizes that she is, in fact, an excellent teacher and a wonderful person—and that he wants to persuade her to stay in Hope for a very, very long time. (Zach, we knew you’d come around!) Here’s hoping that Josie and Zach find their connection sooner rather than later, that Zach’s players study for once, and that these two lovebirds build a big house on a giant property and fill it with babies and puppies! This is the eighth book in Burton’s Hope series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Do or Die Cowboy, by June Faver
    Cowboy Tyler Garrett may look REALLY good riding a horse and doing his cowboy thing, but he really has the heart of a musician and wants to strike it big on the country music scene. (We’re totally fine with this, Tyler, but please always keep the top three buttons of your shirt unbuttoned. Thanks!) He’s on his way to Dallas to record a demo when he comes across Leah Benson. She’s on the run, and she’s got precious cargo in tow: her daughter. There are some shady characters out to get both of them, but Tyler absolutely refuses to let any danger touch the new loves of his life. (That’s the spirit, Tyler!) Tyler certainly has his work cut out for him, but he’s not the type to shy away from conflict. Can he help eliminate the bad guys from Leah’s life? And will he find success and fulfillment on the country music scene? This is the first book in Faver’s Dark Horse Cowboys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    One More Moment, by Samantha Chase
    Our gal Charlotte Clark has no idea that she just randomly treated famous drummer Julian Grayson to coffee. She thought she was just doing a random, nice thing for a stranger, which is her style because she’s a super nice person who also helps the homeless and is on a mission to make the world a better place. (Charlotte, you are a gem!) Julian is more than happy to keep this special lady in the dark about his true identity, but then he gets mega-attached to her. He will need to come clean soon if he’s serious about keeping her in his life forever. A gentle suggestion, Julian—set the mood with a nice candlelight dinner, bring flowers (lot of flowers), and be prepared to grovel. Shirtless. As in, be shirtless when you grovel. You’ve got this, buddy! This is the third book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Arabella, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Arabella Tallant, the daughter of a country clergyman. Her carriage breaks down on the way to London, and she’s forced to accept help from the less-than-pleasant Mr. Robert Beaumaris. She overhears him make a not-so-nice comment about her, so in a sort of retribution she tells him she’s an heiress. (Robert, no offense, but you are kind of rude and deserve to be whacked with a glove!) Robert proceeds to accompany Arabella to high society events, and he soon realizes that she’s way more awesome than he ever would have thought. She saves a chimney sweep and a neglected dog, for example, so you know she’s a friend to the unfortunate. She’s got some troubles, though, and that includes an unruly younger brother. Will Robert continue to be a nuisance, or will he step up his game and help our gal live her best life? (Robert, if you choose the latter path, we will forego that whole glove-whacking thing!) (Available in paperback.)

    Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Frederica, a lovely young woman who wants nothing more than to help her sister make an excellent match. She seeks help from the Marquis of Alverstoke, a distant cousin who would love nothing more than to keep every single one of his relatives at bay. He’s intrigued by Frederica, though, probably because she’s asking for help on someone else’s behalf. (You see, Alverstoke? Not everyone wants to put their hands in your pockets to take your money! Although some women wouldn’t mind putting their hands in your pockets for a different reason, wink wink!) He decides to help all of the ladies make their way into society, but he soon realizes he just might want Frederica all to himself. Don’t screw this up, Alverstoke! Woo her and win her and lead her to the altar—and romance her for the rest of your lives! (Available in paperback.)

    Misadventures with a Master, by Mia Michelle and Meredith Wild
    Our heroine has lived a very limited life thanks to ridiculous social and political rules. She’s ready to break free (girl, we’ll all help you!) and she finds the opportunity in Crave, which pretty much sounds like the sexiest club in the world that gives people a chance to, ahem, live out their wildest fantasies. (Excuse me, but…where do we sign up? Online? Or do we just show up in the flesh? We’re game either way!) She meets Demitri, who pretty much has the power to make any woman want to immediately shed her inhibitions. Demitri wants to break our gal, though, and make her be submissive, but she’s got a very strong spirit. Here’s hoping they find some deliciously sexy middle ground! This is the thirteenth book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in select stores.)

    What romance novels are keeping you warm as temperatures drop this week?

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