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  • Jeff Somers 2:00 pm on 2019/08/24 Permalink
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    Amazing Book Haul Finds for Every Type of Reader 

    To bid farewell to our most favorite of seasons (summer reading! Beach reading! Reading in front of the air conditioner because it is too hot to move!), we’re celebrating in a really big way: between now and September 3, we’re holding our first-ever Book Haul Blowout. From August 24 through September 2, more than 1,000 new and recent hardcover bestsellers, backlist favorites, and timeless classics for readers of all ages are on sale for 50% off.

    Grow your library by shopping Barnes & Noble’s Book Haul Blowout selection at your local store, or online at BN.com/bookhaul. (For those of you who prefer to lovingly caress your books in person before buying, in-store shoppers who take home any bundle of three books will also receive a free tote bag with their purchase, while supplies last.)

    If choosing from a list of 1,000 titles seems a bit daunting, below we’ve highlighted some of our favorites for all types of readers. Check out our recommendations, browse the entire selection, and show us what you’ve picked up on social media using the hashtag #BNBookHaul.

    Biography Junkies

    Anthony Bourdain Remembered
    Bourdain’s death last year brought about an outpouring of love and affection from his most devoted fans, not to mention the casual viewers of his travel and food programs. If the tributes shared a theme, it was honoring the late master chef’s belief that the world would be a better place if we all spent more time walking in the shoes of others, and maybe trying a little of their food. It’s a valuable message, and this reminiscence celebrates Bourdain’s life with anecdotes from fans, friends, chefs, and luminaries like Barack Obama, Ken Burns, and Questlove.

    I.M.: A Memoir, by Isaac Mizrahi
    Celebrity designer Isaac Mizrahi grew up gay in a Syrian Orthodox Jewish family before he became a performer, a talk-show host, and a fashion icon. Throughout his life, he has moved through all of these identities and more, and walked in lofty celebrity circles that have included the likes of Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, and Oprah Winfrey. This new memoir chronicles the highs and lows of his fascinating life.

    Armchair Historians

    Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, by Jared Diamond
    Jared Diamond, another Pulitzer-winner best known for Guns, Germs and Steel, returns with a unique and fascinating look at history through the lens of psychology, applying trauma treatment protocols to entire nations in order to explain sudden policy shifts and course corrections, from Chile’s wild political swings in the 20th century, to Japan’s opening to the West in the 19th century, to the persistence of the institution of slavery in the U.S., to the Winter War between the U.S.S.R. and Finland. Diamond argues that nations either take an honest look at themselves after disaster… or they don’t, and that willingness or unwillingness to acknowledge hard truths is the determining factor in what happens next.

    Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America, by Jared Cohen
    Jared Cohen examines one of the least-studied quirks of the American system of government: the very real possibility that the vice president will assume the presidency. Examining eight vice presidents who ascended to the role of commander in chief when their running mates died in office, Cohen explores how our political system works—or, more often, doesn’t work—to prepare the VP to takeover in the wake of tragedy. In offering insights into the way these eight power transitions and considering other times a president almost died in office, Cohen argues that the job of vice president is much more than merely ceremonial.

    True Crime Obsessives

    I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara
    Michelle McNamara passed away in 2016 at the age of 46, but left behind a powerful legacy in the form of this book. It’s the result of her years-long investigation into the serial rapist and murderer she dubbed the Golden State Killer, who, thanks in part to McNamara’s efforts o draw additional attention to the cold case, was finally captured in 2018. When she began tracing the crimes in 2011, DNA testing had already linked more than 50 sexual assaults and murders dating back to the mid-1970s to a single man.. The attacks stopped after a decade, and the killer disappeared—but McNamara, with the help of others who gathered at her website, tracked him tirelessly through the available evidence. After her unexpected passing, her team continued the work, finishing this remarkable book, which skillfully combines true-crime details with a novelist’s flare for storytelling.

    Amateur Sleuths

    The Sentence Is Death, by Anthony Horowitz
    The second novel in the already addictive Daniel Hawthorne series features Hawthorne’s investigation into the murder of a famous divorce lawyer—found bludgeoned to death with a very expensive bottle of wine. But the victim wasn’t a drinker. And what’s to be made of his enigmatic last recorded words: “You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…”? Horowitz’s famously recalcitrant detective is accompanied once again by novelist Anthony, whose inexperience in the arena of crime solving is made up for by his enthusiasm. This elegantly written series full of twists and turns is very much worth getting into in its early days.

    True Romantics

    Under Currents, by Nora Roberts
    On the surface, Zane Bigelow’s childhood looked idyllic—successful parents and a big, fancy house and all that jazz—but said childhood was actually filled with all kinds of abuse. Fast forward many years and Zane is now a successful—and smokingly gorgeous—lawyer. He decides to return to his hometown and be with his loved ones. There he meets Darby, a landscape artist who’s new to the area and has her own haunted past. Darby and Zane may each have their own issues to grapple with – not to mention dark pasts they can’t seem to shake—but that doesn’t stop either of them from realizing they’d like to do the deed on a regular basis. Will they be able to dodge their demons and start a new chapter of their lives together?

    Big Fans of Buzzy Literary Fiction

    Supermarket, by Bobby Hall
    This first novel written by Bobby Hall—aka, rap star Logic—is a dense, dark thriller that will keep surprising you. Flynn is a depressed young man who takes a job at a supermarket because he needs something—anything—to give him a reason to get out of bed in the morning and leave his mother’s house. At the store he journals, observing the weirdos and freaks he works with, the customers, the adorable coworker he’s falling for. When a horrible crime is committed at the supermarket, everything changes, and Flynn begins questioning his reality.

    7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton
    Turton takes one part classic manor house mystery and adds a layer of supernatural sci-fi, as Aiden Bishop relives the same day over and over, inhabiting a different body each time—each a guest at a masquerade ball thrown by the Hardcastle family at the downtrodden manor house known as Blackheath. He must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, the young daughter in whose honor the party has been organized, within eight days—and eight identities—or have his memory erased and be forced to start over from scratch. Turton doesn’t skimp on the red herrings, plausible suspects, and twists that every great mystery needs, while the ticking clock on Bishop’s efforts ratchets up the tension in this near-perfect postmodern mystery.

    Thrill Seekers

    The Chef, by James Patterson and Max Dilallo
    James Patterson continues to innovate and push envelopes in terms of marketing and distribution. Case in point: his newest collaboration with DiLallo was first published on Facebook Messenger. Police detective and food truck chef Caleb Rooney serves New Orleans in both capacities, but as Mardi Gras approaches, he finds himself accused of murder. (It probably doesn’t help that his food truck is called the Killer Chef.) Shortly thereafter, Rooney discovers a plot to attack New Orleans being brewed up by home-grown terrorists. Racing against time, Rooney must clear his own name while preventing a slaughter in his beloved city as it gears up for Mardi Gras—the perfect tasty backdrop for a tense thriller.

    Neon Prey, by John Sandford
    When Howell Paine fails to pay back the money he owes loan shark Roger Smith, Smith sends violent thug Clayton Deese to punish him. But Paine fights back with an unexpected ferocity, and Deese is jammed up on racketeering charges. When Deese escapes his ankle bracelet and investigators discover partially-eaten bodies buried in his backyard, Lucas Davenport takes an interest and begins tracking the killer and the brutal gang he travels with as they journey across the country, pulling jobs to fuel their gambling and drug use. Worried that Deese is an unstable source of dire secrets that could ruin him, Smith decides he has to go, setting up a tense three-way game of cat-and-mouse Davenport fans are sure to love.

    Poets at Heart

    the princess saves herself in this one, by Amanda Lovelace
    Published by the same imprint that publishes the sensational Rupi Kaur, princess explores Amanda’s previously unhealthy relationships—with former romantic partners and with her own self-esteem—as she climbs out from the ruin and realizes she’s worth more than the hand she’s been dealt (and that others, too, can love her for who she is). Her poems can be read on their own or as a complete narrative, and both princess and her new poetry collection the witch doesn’t burn in this one are aggressively feminist and uplifting, perfect for teens looking for little verses to hold to their chests as pick-me-ups in the current political climate.

    Business Book Buffs

    The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
    Willink and Babin bring their unique perspective as former Navy SEALs to the business world, arguing that effective leadership is a split between seemingly opposite traits—like leading and following, aggression and prudence—and the key to success is mastering both. Willink and Babin thread the needle throughout, examining how leaders can both take ‛extreme’ ownership of ideas and projects while delegating effectively, take a real interest in each individual member of the team and their wellbeing without sacrificing the overall goals of the team, any many other seemingly contradictory impulses that must be mastered in order to be as effective a leader as possible.

    Burgeoning Chefs

    Hungry Girl Simply 6: All-Natural Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Less, by Lisa Lillien
    Lisa Lillien’s 13th cookbook in the Hungry Girl series is ideal for busy folks with hectic lives, offering a ton of recipes that require just six ingredients, take less than half an hour to prepare, and clock in under 350 calories. The magic is in how Lillien manages to cut out a lot of sugar, starch, and salt while still offering up dishes like mushroom risotto, beefy cauliflower rice stir-fry, steak and avocado soft tacos, cookies and cream banana bites, upside-down cheesecake, and personal peach pies. With a fun and breezy tone, Lillien also manages to sift in plenty of practical cooking tips with each recipe. It’s a cookbook that not only makes healthy cooking easy, but also reduces kitchen-related stress.

    Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family, by Tracy Pollan, Dana Pollan, Lori Pollan, and Corky Pollan
    Food writer Michael Pollan’s family comes together to offer the perfect cookbook for “flexitarians,” folks who are largely vegetarian but don’t object to the occasional bit of fish or meat. This healthy-but-not-strict approach is delightfully outlined by Pollan’s sisters Lori, Dana, and Tracy and their mother Corky, offering recipes that will be accepted (and devoured) by vegetarians, vegans, and everyone else, all with a distinct home-cooked touch. The addition of pre-made shopping lists are a godsend as well, allowing everyone to simply run out to the market and ensure they have everything they’ll need to cook healthy with confidence no matter who drops by.

    YA Superfans

    Defy Me, by Tahereh Mafi
    Book five in the addictive Shatter Me series finds Juliette succumbing to the darkness she’s long held at bay. Being supreme commander of North America was difficult enough, and that was before she discovered her identity and family relationships may have been one big lie. The cliffhanger-to-end-all-cliffhangers in Restore Me had fans howling, but at long last it’s time to see what Juliette and Warner do next. And the B&N Exclusive addition includes a deleted scene as well as bonus content from the Reestablishment’s secret files.

    King of Scars, by Leigh Bardugo
    Return to the Grishaverse for a Nikolai Lantsov story (and a Nina POV!) in this duology opener by expert fantasy writer Bardugo. If you’re new to the Six of Crows and Grishaverse novels, this is a terrific entry point. As a young privateer, Nikolai concealed his royal status (and handsome visage) so as to be more effective in battle. Now the enigmatic young man sits on the throne, but past trauma and internal dark magic threaten his ability to lead his country against the looming war. Will a quest to the most magical locations in Ravka cure him or endanger everyone he knows? As Nikolai would put it, “Anything worth doing starts as a bad idea.”

    The Science-Minded

    The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore
    Whenever someone questions the need for laws protecting workers and everyone else from the deprivations of profit-seeking companies, this story should serve as educational. In the early 20th century, more than a dozen women were employed to paint watches with luminous paint based on the radioactive material radium. These women were fine artists who were able to manipulate their brushes expertly, often using their mouths to twist the brushes to a fine point in order to do the detail work. Soon after, many began suffering terrible medical problems, including lost teeth and disease jawbones, sparking a decades-long legal and medical battle that redefined worker’s rights and workplace safety.

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Geeks

    A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine
    Arkady Martine’s ornate debut space opera constructs a fully realized world. The new ambassador from a small mining Station, Mahit Dzmare, arrives at the court of the ever-expanding Teixcalaanli Empire to find that the previous ambassador is dead. Very likely, she was murdered—though no one will admit that, or the fact that Dzmare is the next most likely victim. Aided by her expertise in the Teixcalaani language and an outdated—and possibly untrustworthy—memory implant from the prior ambassador, Dzmare must negotiate both her own survival and that of the Station in the face of an implacable empire. Meanwhile, the aging emperor seeks to become immortal by any means science can grant him, even as his army plots a coup. In the tradition of Ann Leckie and Iain M. Banks, this is bold, complex space opera with a political bent.

    Comic-Con Badge-Holders

    Stranger Things, Volume 1, by Jody Houser, Stefano Martino, Keith Champagne, Nate Piekos, and Lauren Affe
    Netflix sensation Stranger Things returns for its third season this summer, but first, this tie-in series from writer Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic) and artist Stefano Martino (George R.R. Martin’s Doorways) doles out some heretofore unseen backstory, finally revealing the terrors Will Byers experienced while trapped in the Upside Down with the Demigorgon during the show’s first season. It’s terrifically chilling worldbuilding, and the character designs and dialogue are quite true to the show. The B&N edition includes a variant cover and an exclusive gatefold art spread.

    What are your favorite #BookHaul finds?

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  • Ross Johnson 6:00 pm on 2019/02/27 Permalink
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    Expand Your Mind with Great History & Biography Book Haul Picks 

    Like Faulkner said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” It’s impossible to fully understand our world without revisiting our history from time to time, and there are some brilliant recent works that allow for just that. Whether it’s for the thrill of knowledge or for the pleasure of diving into our human story, these books open a window on the past—and you can nab them for 50 percent off during Barnes & Noble’s Book Haul Blowout, from February 27 to March 4.

    Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man, by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
    There were two disasters involved in the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945. The first was the attack on the ship itself; it was fired upon and sunk by a Japanese submarine, ending the lives of many of the crew. The second was in the Navy’s response: a flawed and nearly incompetent recovery operation that saw 600 surviving sailors lost as they drifted, waiting for rescue, for four days. Looking for a scapegoat, the Navy court-martialed the ship’s captain. Though Captain Charles McVay III was eventually exonerated, he’d already taken his own life. This new book finally sets the record straight, telling the whole grim story of the Indianapolis and her crew.

    Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in Historyby Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
    No war is ever really over just because the fighting stops, and that’s especially true for World War II, whose horrors reached beyond any armistice. Many of those responsible for genocide fled, some evading capture with the help of sophisticated global networks of supporters who protected them. In the latest installment of the popular Killing series, O’Reilly and Dugard tell the story of the individuals and organizations who dedicated their lives to hunting down some of the most notorious criminals of the twentieth century—and bringing them to justice.

    Napoleon: A Life, by Adam Zamoysk
    The legendarily (if not actually) short-statured man cast a very long shadow over European history, and over the field of written biography itself: his story has been told many times, from many different points of view. Adam Zamoski’s new book charts a middle path, neither lionizing the great military commander nor demonizing the conqueror. Placing Napoleon in the context of his time, Zamoski opens a window on a very human figure—sometimes brave and brilliant, sometimes cruel and callow.

    When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, by Kara Cooney
    The ancient world wasn’t always particularly hospitable to the idea of female leadership (imagine that?), but Egypt had a much better track record than our friends in Greece or Rome. Even if women rulers were still relatively rare, the ones that did hold the powers of pharaoh were among the most successful in the empire’s long history. Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra were especially consequential figures, but they weren’t alone. Cooney explores the dynamics that allowed for these women’s ascendance, and considers the individual qualities that caused them to push through a male power structure to command from the top.

    Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidencyby Dan Abrams and David Fisher
    Lincoln’s life didn’t begin when he stepped into the White House, though you might be forgiven for thinking so, given that there’s so little discussion in popular culture of his life prior to the presidency. Enter this new work exploring a very consequential period in Honest Abe’s pre-political career. In 1859, a man named “Peachy” Quinn Harrison stabbed Greek Crafton to death following an assault. Using all of his skills, lawyer Lincoln mounted a stirring and legally sound defense of Harrison that lead to an acquittal. To Abrams’ mind, this was the event that provided the final momentum that lead Lincoln to a grand destiny.

    Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975, by Max Hastings
    British writer Hastings turns an objective outsider’s eye on America’s most divisive war, tracing the events of the conflict in Vietnam from its beginnings in the 1950s to its ignominious end two decades later. Along the way he explodes some persistent myths about the war and offers clear-eyed assessments of both the mistakes that allowed it to drag on, and the men who made them—including president Richard Nixon and his national security advisor (and future secretary of state) Henry Kissinger. Where many studies of the War in Vietnam are necessarily narrow in scope, Hastings looks from a broader perspective, without sacrificing context..

    Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton, by Tilar J. Mazzeo
    We always talk about founding fathers, but it’s important to remember the important behind-the-scenes roles played by Revolutionary-era women, as partners and as individuals. Though their names weren’t on the noteworthy documents of the day, the lives of many women who lived during these turbulent times are just as interesting as those of their more famous husbands. Eliza Hamilton’s name has become widely known thanks to her prominent role in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton, but the show doesn’t tell her full story: born into a pioneer family, she became a mother and then a widow before remaking herself as one of the nation’s most prominent early philanthropists.

    The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee, by Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger
    Decades after her death, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis continues to fascinate, but the story of the Bouvier family as a whole is as interesting as that of the more storied Kennedys. Drawing on new interviews with Jackie’s sister Lee Radziwill, Kashner and Schoenberger chronicle the close, complicated, and sometimes rocky legacy of the glamorous socialite siblings. There’s added poignance to the story, given Radziwill’s recent passing, but it’s wonderful that she was able to tell her version of the Bouvier story before she left us.

    Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey, by Mark Dery
    Edward Gorey’s art—works like “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” and “The Doubtful Guest”—has influenced our culture in any number of ways; Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, and Lemony Snicket have certainly all benefitted from his aesthetic. Yet the creator himself has remained something of a mystery. He produced over a hundred books in his own name, illustrating many more, but was reclusive, preferring the company of his enormous book collection (and several cats). Newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with Gorey’s friends and associates have allowed Very to, for the first time, draw back the curtain on this artistic powerhouse.

    The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine, by Lindsey Fitzharris
    In the early 19th century, medicine had advanced in innumerable ways, but a key piece was still missing. Surgeries and treatments of all kinds could solve all manner of ailments and maladies, but patients were still just as likely to die in the aftermath of a successful surgery as they were in a failed one. Here, Fitzharris revisits the grimy and dangerous world of Victorian medicine, and introduces the Quaker surgeon who developed the idea that fighting germs was the true key to saving lives, post-op. This is the story of his battle against remarkable skepticism to spread his strangely revolutionary notion.

    Find out more about the B&N Book Haul, now through March 4.

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/02/27 Permalink
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    Romance Is in the Air During B&N’s Book Haul 

    Romance novels are the perfect way to stave off the late winter chill—and a number of them are 50 percent off during Barnes & Noble’s Book Haul Blowout, from February 27 to March 4. In the books below you’ll find a firefighting lady with some new blazes to investigate, a guy who has feelings for his old friend’s sister, and two best friends who are finally about to realize that they are perfect for each other! Get ready to refresh your romance reading, and head over to your nearest Barnes & Noble and get your Book Haul on!

    Consumed, by J.R. Ward
    Anne Ashburn is focused on arson investigations at this point in her career, which sounds awesome, but it doesn’t compare to her previous gig. She used to be a firefighter, but then Something Bad Happened. The only person who can rev her engine at this time is her fellow firefighting coworker Danny McGuire, who deserves his own calendar. (Like, a daily calendar. For the entire year. A leap year.) When a bunch of random fires start happening all around their city, Anne and Danny must work together in order to find out what’s causing all of the dangerous trouble. Will Anne get a chance at career redemption? Will Danny realize that The One has been right under his nose this whole time? And will they get to, ahem, have relations, at least once inside of a fire truck? This is the first book in Ward’s Firefighters series. 

    The Conspiracy, by Kat Martin
    Harper Winston is on a mission to find her missing brother. He recently disappeared while sailing the Caribbean and the Coast Guard has been unable to locate him. She ends up going to Chase Garrett, her brother’s former best friend and now the owner of Maximum Security. Chase has feelings for Harper, but he’s very reluctant to get involved again with her family. (Sadly, much of the Winston clan is involved in some very shady dealings that would make the proverbial mafia blush.) Chase ends up helping Harper anyway, because The Feelings, and he’s going to work very hard to keep her safe. Good for you, Chase! When the drama is all over—and, we hope, her brother is found safe and sound and not involved in anything bad—you and your special woman should consider living in a peaceful land that’s far, far away from the in-laws! This is the first book in Martin’s Maximum Security series. 

    The Best of Us, by Robyn Carr
    Any reader who was and/or is super duper close to their aunt will love this yarn! Dr. Leigh Culver is a Colorado-based doctor, and she’s about to get a much-needed visit from her aunt, Helen Culver, who raised her and with whom she is exceptionally close. Together, they venture to Sullivan’s Crossing, where they both end up having a delightful time. (Sullivan’s Crossing, with its nice people and beautiful scenery, has that effect on just about everybody who visits!) Oh, and Helen ends up meeting a very special someone who makes her rethink her plan to never do winter again. (Like, ever.) Helen, we agree that snow and ice can be not-so-nice, but it sounds like this new person in your life will cause you nothing but pleasure! Here’s hoping that both Leigh and Helen get the rest and peace they both deserve, and that Helen decides to live close to her niece again. This is the fourth book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. 

    Of Blood and Bone, by Nora Roberts
    Thirteen-year-old girl Fallon Swift is about to embark on a pretty serious training mission. While a major sickness known as The Doom has wiped out a good chunk of humanity, it’s also left many survivors with magical powers. Fallon has those magical powers and needs to learn to harness them, so she leaves the farm she’s lived on with her mom and stepfather in order to train. Her trainer is a centuries-old dude named Mallick, and he’s going to train her to survive just about everything, including the evil Raiders and Purity Warriors who are on a mission to wipe out Fallon and her kind. Will Fallon survive this dystopian drama? Will she learn to use her powers to help conquer evil? And will she also have a chance to have some fun and make some friends and kiss at least one cute boy while she’s at it? This is the second book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. 

    Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren
    Once upon a time, in a magical place called College, Hazel Camille Bradford threw up on Josh Im’s shoes. They soon became fast friends, even though they were always rather different. Years later, Hazel still embraces the crazier side of life, complete with WAY too many pets, while Josh is the kind of guy who probably has his accountant’s phone number memorized. (You know what, Josh? We respect that!) Now, Josh’s girlfriend has just cheated on him, likely because she was too empty-headed to recognize the sexy beneath all of that nerdy. On the bright side, though, Josh and Hazel are finally free to truly explore their feelings for each other. (No offense, you two, but you REALLY need to get your eyes checked if you can’t realize that you’re the perfect balance!) Here’s hoping they both come to their senses and embark on a permanent situation that involves them always bringing out the best in each other! 

    My Favorite Half-Night Stand, by Christina Lauren
    Millie Morris is a professor at UC Santa Barbara, and she’s an expert in—wait for—female serial killers. When she and her four best professor friends, all of whom are dudes, are invited to a fancy schmancy black tie affair, they all make a pact to bring dates. They all decide to go the online route to find said dates, and let’s just say that Millie is not having the best of luck. Men are sending her photos of their junk, for one. (Millie, we’ll help you report those photos to the police so you can focus more on your love hunt!) She does have one positive experience online, though, and that involves flirting with her professor friend Reid Campbell under the name of “Catherine.” She and Reid recently had a one-night stand, and Millie can’t help but want just a little bit more. Oh, Millie, gather up your courage and reveal yourself to Reid—both online and in person! And Reid, please realize that True Love might be much closer than you ever expected! 

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    It’s going to be quite the summer for Lauren, Jenna and Nancy! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and their lives aren’t going so smoothly right now. Lauren’s teenage daughter isn’t being the most cooperative person right now, and poor Lauren is at her wit’s end. Jenna and her husband are trying to get pregnant, and lets’ just say it’s Not Working. Nancy is Lauren and Jenna’s mom, and she’s been going through some stuff of her own. Sounds like these lovely ladies will have a lot of soul-searching to do this summer, so here’s hoping they have plenty of ice cream and wine and that they take advantage of the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard for some much-needed healing! 

    Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak
    Sloane McBride left her Texas town at the age of 18 and never looked back. She doesn’t exactly have the warmest, fuzziest memories of her childhood. For one, her mom abandoned the family when Sloane was just five years old. Plus, there was a lot of family drama in general and it made life less-than-pleasant for our gal. That was years ago, though, and Sloane is ready to find out the truth about her family. She goes back to Texas and finds herself face-to-face with quite a bit of drama, including an old boyfriend. (Oh, and chances are she and said boyfriend never quite got over each other. #truelove) Will Sloane find the answers she’s looking for? Will she finally get some inner and outer peace? And book at least one much-deserved massage to help ease her tension? 

    Honeysuckle Summer, by Sherryl Woods
    Raylene Hammond has finally ditched her good-for-nothing husband and is spending some time with her good friends, whom she refers to as the Sweet Magnolias. Because our gal has been through an exceptionally tough time lately, they even protect her from the outside world. The only man who can infiltrate this bubble is sheriff’s deputy Carter Rollins. He’s a nice and patient guy—he’s raising two younger sisters, for one—but Raylene isn’t totally ready to let him into her heart just yet. (We feel you, Raylene, but please note that Carter is an exceptionally sweet guy who would only use his sinewy body to keep you safe and sound and, ahem, rock your world at least once a night!) Will Raylene let him in for good? And will the Sweet Magnolias receive some kind of karmic prize for being such amazing friends? This is the seventh book in Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series. 

    Devil’s Cub, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Dominic Alastair, the Marquis of Vidal, who is not exactly the most worthy of gentlemen. (Yes, he possesses a face and body carved by angels, but he’s also an exceptionally naughty man who could be a tad nicer to the ladies.) Case in point: When he has to flee to France from England, he takes with him the girl he was courting for marriage purposes, totally intending to just make her his mistress. Instead, he accidentally kidnaps her sister, Mary Challoner, who was totally onto his dishonorable schemes. (Mary, show us your ways and teach us how to read the signs of when a man is being deceitful!) Mary refuses to give into any of Dominic’s shenanigans, which kind of makes him want her even more. Dominic, buddy, you KNOW you have to get married to carry on your family’s title, and Mary is by far the best woman you’ll ever meet. Abandon your errant ways without losing your sexy and prove to her what a great husband you’d make if given the chance!

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Chef Lana Bingham and her hunky boyfriend, author Max, are hightailing it out of New York City. A deadly illness has wiped out much of the world’s population, and survivors are acquiring a variety of magickal skills, both the good and the bad types of magick. Indeed, things are looking quite dark all around, so Lana and Max will need to stick together and utilize the help of trusted friends to survive this horrible new world. There are other characters, too, who are fleeing New York City, including Arlys, a journalist, Chuck, a techie and hacker, Rachel, a doctor, and Jonah, a paramedic. This is a twisted, dystopian story, so grab your winter reading gear – plus a nice glass of wine or cup of tea—and enjoy! This is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. 

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  • Sarah Skilton 3:47 pm on 2019/02/26 Permalink
    Tags: book haul, charles belfoure, , , eowyn ivey, , julia kelly, , , , , winter eascapes   

    Escape Your Everyday with These Book Haul Adventures from Around the Globe 

    Whether you’re bundling up against a chill wind or experiencing a flicker of spring, these books offer a perfect escape—and you can nab them for 50 percent off during Barnes & Noble’s Book Haul Blowout, from February 27 to March 4. Consider this your passport to Nigeria, France, Great Britain, China, the Caribbean, or the Alaskan wilderness, where you’ll lose yourself in the vivid stories of characters striving to make the most of their lives regardless of circumstance.

    The Leavers, by Lisa Ko 
    Lisa Ko’s debut novel The Leavers, a National Book Award finalist and winner of Barbara Kingsolver’s PEN/Bellweather Prize, presents a view of immigration that’s only grown more vital since the novel’s release in 2016. One day, 11-year-old Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, heads to her job at a nail salon in the Bronx and never comes back. Two white college professors eventually adopt Deming, move him to upstate New York, and rename him Daniel Wilkinson. But Deming never forgets his heritage or his mother as he searches for answers about the mystery of her disappearance.

    Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    In this multiple-award-winning first novel by the author of Americanah, Nigerian teenagers Kambili and her brother Jaja are pulled in two directions by their family members. At home in Enugu, they live under the thumb of their wealthy, domineering, religiously strict father, whose fierce domestic temperament belies the vital services he provides for the community. When the siblings are sent to visit their aunt in Nsukka, they learn there are other ways to live—ways that may offer fewer material comforts but don’t include bodily punishment and inconsistent messages. An immersive and emotional story that provides rich glimpses of Nigerian culture.

    The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See
    The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of Snow Flower and the Secret FanShanghai Girls, and China Dolls, See is beloved by readers for her depictions of female friendships and family relationships as seen through a Chinese American lens. Her latest novel is about an Akha ethnic minority girl, Li-yan, who lives in a small mountain village where tea is grown and harvested. She has a daughter out of wedlock whom she is pressured to abandon. The child is adopted by a Southern California family, but the bond between mother and daughter is never completely severed. Fans of historical fiction will appreciate the richly rendered characters, who must navigate different cultures and customs—not just east and west, but urban and rural. Bonus: keep an eye out for See’s forthcoming The Island of Sea Women in March.

    The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure
    To paraphrase Rick in Casablanca, Lucien Barnard “sticks his neck out for nobody,” so when he’s asked to use his considerable architecture skills to create a “priest hole” (secret hiding spot) for a Jewish businessman in 1942 France, he’s reluctant to comply. After all, if he’s caught, the punishment could be death. Soon, however, the challenge of outsmarting the Nazis who have taken over Paris, not to mention the promise of a large payday, motivate him to do his best work. When that’s not enough to keep a child safe, Lucien’s long-dormant sense of responsibility to his fellow man rises to the surface in this compelling historical written by a real architect.

    The Room on Rue Amelie, by Kristin Harmel
    Harmel’s poignant novels always tug at the heartstrings, whether they concern the past (When We Meet Again), the present (The Life Intended), or both (The Sweetness of Forgetting). With Amelie, she whisks readers to occupied Paris in 1939, where three people’s lives converge: an American newlywed unsure if her marriage can last, a Jewish child fearful of deportation, and a British RAF pilot who has lost his mother to the Blitz and now finds himself cut off behind enemy lines.

    Light Over London, by Julia Kelly
    Set in London during two timelines—present day and the 1940s—this romantic and heartbreaking story connects two women during pivotal moments in their lives. Recently divorced, modern-day Cara Hargraves is instantly intrigued by the photograph and diary she finds while working at an antique shop. The diary’s author is Louise Keene, a small-town Cornish villager who became a “gunner girl” in World War II in an attempt to serve her country while staying close to Paul Bolton, the RAF pilot she loves (but whom her family dislikes). With her neighbor Liam’s help, Cara inches closer and closer to discovering what became of Louise and the enigmatic Paul, who harbors secrets of his own.

    Winter in Paradise, by Elin Hilderbrand
    Book one of the Paradise trilogy opens with a most un-relaxing phone call to ring in the new year: 50-something Irene is horrified to learn that her affectionate, jet-setting husband Russ’s body has washed ashore on the Caribbean island of St. John after a helicopter crash. Unbeknownst to Irene, who works as a magazine editor in the Midwest, Russ has been hiding a double life from her that includes a beachfront home and an apparent mistress. Driven to uncover the truth about her duplicitous spouse, Irene flies to St. John’s with her competitive adult sons, Baker and Dash. Fans of Hilderbrand’s Nantucket-set family dramas will feel right at home in this sun-kissed new locale.

    Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey
    “She had imagined that in the Alaska wilderness silence would be peaceful, like snow falling at night, air filled with promise but no sound, but that was not what she found.” Jack and Mabel, homesteaders in the 1920s, originally moved to Alaska to escape their heartache over not being able to bear children. Despite their sadness, the couple’s relationship remains loving and strong, and after building a snow child on a whim, they’re stunned when a seemingly magical child enters their lives soon after. But the girl, Faina, who hunts with a fox by her side, may not be who or what she seems in this exquisite debut.

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  • Nicole Hill 1:00 pm on 2019/02/26 Permalink
    Tags: , book haul, book haul fall 2019   

    10 Ways to Get the Most Out of the B&N Book Haul 

    Grabby hands at the ready, folks: the time has come for another earth-shattering, shelf-quaking #BNBookHaul! Saturday, August 24 through Monday, September 2, select titles—including new releases, bestsellers, paperbacks, kids’ favorites and more—are available for 50 percent off at Barnes & Noble, both in stores and online.

    (Even better: B&N members get the VIP treatment, with exclusive access to this book bonanza beginning tomorrow, August 22.)

    The whole book, half the price. Finally, math works for us all. You can find #bookhaul deals in your local store and online at bn.com/bookhaul.

    Looking for more reasons to embrace the blowout? Are you excited but also the teensiest-bit overwhelmed by the vast bounty of new reads available to you? Here are 10 ways to ensure get the most bang for your Book Haul buck.

    1. Plan Ahead
    The world has a lot of books and, we’re betting, so does your to-read list. Get started on the right foot by poring over the list of titles featured in the sale broken down by genre. There are books here for all types of readers, including fiction across all genres (from mysteries and thrillers, to history and memoirs!), highly bingeable YA novels, and some of our favorite sci-fi and fantasy books of the year so far. Of course, you’ll still undoubtedly be seduced by a beautiful, unexpected book cover or three, but at least this way, you’ll be aiming to pick up a solid list of essentials while you do it.

    2. Stay Hydrated
    Does this need explanation? Heavy books + moving quickly = sweaty recipe for dehydration. You don’t want to pass out in the aisle. It’s poor Book Haul etiquette to make fellow patrons step over you—prone, legs splayed, hands clutching a hefty biography.

    3. Clear Your Shelves
    If you have not already done so, now is the time to KonMari those bookshelves to make room for new books, all of which will most certainly spark joy.

    4. Don’t Skip Arm Day
    If you’re shopping in store, you’re going to need a bigger basket—and all the upper-body strength you can muster. Unless you’re just buying novellas, in which case, carry on.

    5. Also Don’t Skip Leg Day
    When hoisting your finds onto the counter at checkout, you should always lift with your legs.

    6. Use the Buddy System
    Best way to maximize bargain-hunting efficiency? Divide and conquer. Bring your spouse or significant other, your best friend or a parent. Split the list and split up. Tip for those with children, they’re great assets for hitting the low shelves—and also for carrying overflow books. It’s character-building.

    7. Test Your Wi-Fi Strength
    Online shoppers, we have all been there, waiting for the page to load so you might gaze upon your cart and delight in it. This is not the time to waste any precious seconds. Be somewhere with a stable, free-flowing internet connection. Like, the fancy coffee shop down the street. Or your parents’ house.

    8. Explore a New Genre
    Enough with the logistics. These deals offer the perfect opportunity to pick out reads you might be too nervous to buy otherwise. Curious about breaking into romance for the first time? Never really delved into sci-fi? Now’s your chance to bring home some beauties and broaden your reading horizons at half the cost.

    9. Treat Yourself
    For far too many of us, it’s much easier to buy a gift for someone else than for yourself. Throw that thinking out the window during #BNBookHaul and use the huge savings as an excuse to buy yourself that book (or ten) you’ve been meaning to read for far too long. You deserve it.

    10. Buy. All. The. Books! And Tote Them Away
    While supplies last, buy any 3 eligible books and get an exclusive Book Haul tote bag to, er, haul them home in. Consider it a practical, environmentally conscious badge of honor. (The advice is universal, but this one’s an in-store-only deal.)

    Find all the details on Book Haul here.

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