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  • Kat Sarfas 4:00 am on 2020/07/31 Permalink
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    Our August Picks are Here! 


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    If you’re in need of a late summer pick-me-up, we’ve got the perfect solution: a fabulous new read (was there really any doubt?). Our newest Monthly Picks are here, and the end of summer just got a little sweeter. Get caught up in a big little lie, root for a sharp new detective, dismantle the myths of real historical events, relive the joys of young love—and climb aboard a magical train ride. Best to get them all; there are still plenty of long summer nights ahead.

    Our Monthly Fiction Pick

    Something to Live For
    Richard Roper

    A perfectly fabricated life is suddenly not so perfect once real happiness gets in the way. This smart and life-affirming debut about love and loneliness is utterly charming and a must-read for fans of A Man Called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. “Gives resiliency and the triumph of the human spirit a good name.”—The Wall Street Journal

    Something to Live For is both an uplifting and heartbreaking look at loneliness and life’s second chances. Roper’s debut is smart, funny and explores the need for human connection.”—Madalyn A, Bookseller, Fresno, CA

    Our Monthly Mystery & Thriller Pick

    The Long Call
    Ann Cleeves

    Looking for a new series with a new brooding detective to root for? Meet Detective Matthew Venn—the clever, rebellious and haunted center of The Two Rivers Series, and someone you’ll fall for from the very start. This tense, atmospheric thriller will make your blood run cold and have you counting down the days until the next spine-tingling installment.

    “Ann Cleeves writes a very empathetic novel and you’ll be instantly invested in the well-being of her main character, Detective Matthew Venn. This is one series (and character) you will not want to miss out on.”—Jules H, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

    Our Monthly Nonfiction Pick

    The Order of the Day
    Éric Vuillard

    An extraordinary book that takes as its focus two historical events—one seemingly innocuous but profound in its impact, another epically cinematic. Here lies not only a rich history lesson, but a sharp and urgent warning. “Vuillard’s writing is spare, angry and powerful…a chilling, brilliant look at the rise of fascism…”—NPR

    “A brilliantly crisp meditation on human history: good and evil, banal and momentous, truth and bluff. I read start to finish, in one sitting!”—Sallye L, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

    Our Monthly YA Pick

    Emergency Contact
    Mary H. K. Choi

    An honest and witty story of two complicated young adults who find themselves in an unlikely textual relationship. Readers will find it hard not to relate to the main characters as they navigate their unsettled lives separately, but together. “Smart and funny, with characters so real and vulnerable, you want to send them care packages.”—Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park.

    “A charming story of first love that offers a great escape from the monotony of our current reality. A true love story for the ‘modern age.’”—Alynn D, Bookseller, Pembroke Pines, FL

    Our Monthly Young Reader Pick

    The Train to Impossible Places: A Cursed Delivery
    P. G. Bell

    A wildly imaginative ride filled with whimsical creatures, magical mail deliveries and beautifully detailed illustrations perfectly placed throughout. This story pulls you right in for a nonstop adventure you’ll never want to end. With its charming cast of unforgettable characters and playful humor, readers can rejoice that this is just the first in a series.

    Train to Impossible Places was such a fun ride from start to finish! As a huge Harry Potter fan, this is exactly the type of book I would have loved as a kid.”—Stephanie P, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

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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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  • Kat Sarfas 4:00 am on 2020/06/01 Permalink
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    Our June Books of the Month are Here! 


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    We have one question for you now that summer’s here and the days are longer: What are you reading next? There’s something about the hazy days of summer that has us ready to be swept away in the pages of a great new read, and we’ve got the perfect place for you to start. Our newest Books of the Month are here, and we have fantastic stories for readers of all ages. Set sail with an enigmatic sorceress; beat the devil at her own wicked game; fall in love with a real life grizzly and her cubs; battle monsters in a divided metropolis—and decipher legends of old in an eerie new middle grade mystery. Great books are calling, and you won’t want to miss them.

    Fiction Book of the Month

    Circe 
    Madeline Miller

    A classic story reimagined and not to be missed. An enigmatic sorceress discovers powers she never knew she possessed and unlocks a destiny she never thought she would have. This intoxicating epic will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about The Odyssey.

    “Part love story, part mythology come to life, but mostly a story of how to live life as an independent woman. It’s a story that will make you want to go back and read the classics with a new insight into a fascinating character. It’s a story you can read over and over and get something new each time.” – Molly T, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

    Mystery & Thriller Book of the Month

    Never Have I Ever
    Joshilyn Jackson

    Something wicked has landed in suburbia. Fans of Liane Moriarty’s and Lisa Jewell’s twisty novels will definitely appreciate this story of friends and enemies, secrets and lies. What if your worst enemy knew your darkest secret? How far would you go to protect yourself?

    “An edge of your seat thriller!  Just when you think you know a character’s motives, you’ll need to guess again. Surprises abound until the very last page and you’ll be shocked at every turn.” – Jennifer A, Bookseller, Richmond, VA

     

    Nonfiction Book of the Month

    Down from the Mountain: The Life and Death of a Grizzly Bear
    Bryce Andrews

    A modern story of man and nature, wild spaces and the changing American West written by a farmer/conservationist. Outside Magazine calls Bryce Andrews’s beautiful new book about the life and death of a grizzly bear an “ode to wildness and wilderness.”

    “A quietly dramatic, gorgeously written story that attempts to navigate an unfolding conflict between one grizzly named Mollie and a Montana corn farmer; one that raises important issues regarding the economy, culture, environment and the mutual benefit needed to ensure a responsible and compassionate co-existence of wild and domestic.  I loved it! – Sallye L, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

    YA Book of the Month

    This Savage Song
    Victoria Schwab

    Who are the heroes and who are the villains in this divided city? And which do you want to be? Victoria Schwab, bestselling author of A Darker Shade of Magic, once again creates an impossibly beautiful world filled with monsters, magic and dark secrets that readers won’t want to escape.

    “VE Schwab’s world building in This Savage Song is truly impeccable. She transports you into a fantasy realm you’ll never want to leave.” – Rizza P, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

     

    Young Reader Book of the Month

    Malamander
    Thomas Taylor

    A fun, wildly imaginative story about fearless, clever children in pursuit of a sea monster. Delightfully illustrated, this is the first installment in the new Legends of Eerie-on-Sea Series, where the mist is thick, and the legends are real.

    “An eerie (literally) seaside town, a legendary sea monster, a quest for missing parents—what more could you ask for? This spooky mystery made me want to travel to Eerie-on-Sea to join Herbie and Violet on their journey to uncover the truth about the town’s mythical Malamander. Oh, and did I mention there’s a top hat wearing mermonkey? Perfect for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events!” – Stephanie P, Bookseller, B&N Home Office

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  • Kat Sarfas 10:00 am on 2020/04/01 Permalink
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    Our April Books of the Month are Here! 


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    For us, few comforts compare to that of a great new book. While we’re all adjusting to staying at home, we’ve got a few choice recommendations to help keep you entertained. Our newest Books of the Month are here, and you won’t want to miss them. Meet a woman who defies description; decode the mind of a killer in the Italian Alps; get a lesson in spycraft and resistance from a real-life heroine–and laugh out loud at middle school antics. With books this good, you’ll want to stay in.

    Fiction Book of the Month

    American Spy, by Lauren Wilkinson

    “A heart-thumping narrative that starts with a literal bang and doesn’t let up until the last page—I could not put this one down!”—Val Rivera, Bookseller, Newnan, GA

    Don’t let the title fool you—American Spy is a far cry from your dad’s old spy novels.  Written as a heartbreaking confessional, this razor-sharp debut digs into race, gender, and unyielding nationalism at the peak of the Cold War.  A seductive interrogation of love and politics—we’ve never read anything like it!

    “Spy fiction plus allegory, and a splash of pan-Africanism. What could go wrong? As it happens, very little. Clever, bracing, darkly funny, and really, really good.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates

     

    Mystery & Thriller Book of the Month

    Flowers Over the Inferno, by Ilaria Tuti

    “Want to be transported to a primordial Italian forest with a very gruesome underbelly? – Read This!!  Perfect for fans of Tana French.”—Amanda Couch, Bookseller, Atlanta, GA

    Ready for a macabre murder mystery that will chill you to your bones? A desecrated body found in a town that swirls with dark history and eerie folklore; a sexagenarian detective fighting against her aging mind. Dark and evocative, this series starter is sure to also enchant readers of Louise Penny and Donna Leon.

     

    Nonfiction Book of the Month

    A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War IIby Sonia Purnell

    “If this book was a work of fiction, it would be described as unbelievable!  A page-turning biography of a woman who deserves far more credit than she received in her lifetime.”—Katherine Dearth, Bookseller, Columbus, OH

    The Gestapo called her “the most dangerous of all Allied spies”, yet Virginia Hall’s story of heroism and spycraft has all but remained in the shadows. Her personal triumph over shocking adversity and fierce persistence is riveting and will make you truly question why she was ever left out of the history books!


    Young Reader Book of the Month

    The Next Great Paulie Fink (B&N Exclusive Edition), by Ali Benjamin

    “A humorous and heartwarming story of finding your place and making your mark. This is a great read for kids and parents; thought-provoking, but also a little silly.” —Elissa Pearce, Bookseller, Buffalo, NY

    What really makes someone legendary? Depending on whom you ask, Paulie Fink was either a hilarious class clown, a relentless troublemaker, or an evil genius—but now he’s disappeared. This totally authentic and highly accessible story of the highs and lows of adolescence reminds us that finding your true self is all part of the journey.

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  • Kat Sarfas 4:55 am on 2020/03/01 Permalink
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    Our March Books of the Month are Here! 


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    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.

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