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  • BN Editors 6:00 pm on 2017/01/05 Permalink
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    4 Ways Barnes & Noble Can Help Students Save (or Even Make!) Money on Textbooks 

    Pop quiz! Do you find shopping for textbooks:

    a. Fun! I color-coordinate my outfits to match each book cover.
    b. A part of life. It has to get done, so I make sure to do in plenty of time.
    c. I just remembered I need to buy 10 textbooks by YESTERDAY, brb running to the bookstore.

    If you’re like college student Catherine Goetze, aka Cath in College, the answer tends to be more c. than it is a. But this year, Cath is one of the many college students making their lives easier by shopping for textbooks at BN.com. Students like Cath get free express shipping and up to 30% off new textbooks, save up to 90% on used ones, or save by simply renting the books they need, with free returns. And if you’re a student looking to offload textbooks you no longer need, don’t forget to check out B&N’s Buyback Program, to get money back on books you’ve already bought.

    Here’s Cath on the joy of having a plan (and of saving all that textbook $$$ for something better).

    Learn more about all the ways Barnes & Noble wants to simplify textbook-shopping season for you!

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  • Jeff Somers 2:20 pm on 2016/10/13 Permalink
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    Bob Dylan Awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature 

    This year’s Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to musician and poet Bob Dylan, who rose to prominence as part of the 1960s folk music and counterculture scenes, and has since grown into the status of an icon. The Nobel Academy celebrates not only his “profound” musical influence, but his status as a painter, an actor, and the author of writings including scripts and memoirs.

    Dylan is transcendent, an artist who long ago stepped outside the usual streams of pop and musical culture. He’s also the first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993, and one of just a handful of winners who aren’t primarily novelists, short story writers, or poets. The Nobel, always awarded for a body of work as opposed to a single creation, will now forever be associated with his songs and writings, among the best ever created in the English language. Here’s a rundown of what to read and listen to today in celebration of this incredible honor.

    The Lyrics: 1961–2012
    Dylan’s impact will always be as a songwriter first, who brings a great intelligence and poetry to his lyrics (when Lennon and McCartney are jealous of your work, it means something). This book covers the bulk of Dylan’s career, offering up every word the man wrote and released between 1961 and 2012. Seeing his lyrics on the printed page allows them to stand alone as poetry. While his recording and performances often cultivate a ragged, spontaneous quality, his writing is rigorous and formal in a unique way.

    The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
    It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of this album in launching Bob Dylan’s career as both a performer and a writer. While his first album was mostly cover songs and didn’t receive much attention on release, this 1963 album is a classic. From its iconic cover photograph to the songs contained therein—including Blowin’ in the Wind and A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall—it made it clear a powerful creative force had just appeared on the world stage. Listen to it again, keeping in mind that the lyrics on this album were penned by a man just past the age of 20.

    In Dylan’s own words, this memoir tells the fascinating, powerful, and often hilarious story of his life from his arrival in New York through the late 1980s, when he was experiencing what many perceived as an artistic and commercial reprise. See New York in the 1960s through Dylan’s poetic eye, sit beside him as he writes songs, records albums, tours, and goes electric, and learn just what a long, strange trip his life has been. Dylan writes with an elegant, streetwise power—the man can turn a phrase like nobody’s business, and as you read you get the sense that any of these sentences could have been song lyrics.

    Blood on the Tracks
    Reasonable people can argue for years about which of Dylan’s 37 studio albums are best or most worth your time. But 1975’s Blood on the Tracks may represent the high tide of a mature artist’s output. Written during a time of intense personal turmoil for Dylan, the album wasn’t considered an instant classic. But over the years since its release its reputation has grown, and it’s now considered to contain some of his best work as a lyricist and songwriter. If you’re coming into Dylan cold, this is the album to check out.

    Forever Young, by Bob Dylan and Paul Rogers
    When the Nobel Committee referred to the steady stream of “secondary literature” inspired by Dylan’s work, this is part of what they’re talking about. Dylan’s lyrics are complex and powerful. Like all good poem they have both a surface meaning that’s easy to grasp, and an infinite number of subtextual meanings that make them universes of ideas unto themselves. Paul Rogers takes a classic Dylan song that seems to be one of his most straightforward and sentimental (written as a lullaby for his son Jesse) and finds within it inspiration for a work of art that both complements and transcends the original. This is one more reason Dylan deserves the Nobel: his work continues to inspire and transform the world decades after initial release.

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  • Monique Alice 12:40 pm on 2016/09/06 Permalink
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    Oprah Names a New Nonfiction Book Club Selection 

    Glennon Doyle Melton has unleashed a memoir of epic proportions with Love Warrior. This is the latest book from the Internet sensation, who, since beginning her blog in 2009, has steadily asserted herself as the online voice of an entire generation of mothers. After gaining a groundswell of popularity through her funny, relatable, and vulnerable blog, Melton published her first book, Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, in 2014. The book shot to the top of bestsellers’ lists and received loads of acclaim from everyone from Brené Brown to Meredith Vieira. Two short years later, Love Warrior seems destined to surpass its predecessor, having already earned the honor of Oprah’s Nonfiction Book Club selection.

    In Love Warrior, Melton devotees will recognize her trademark blend of warmth, honesty, and unflinching truth. Where Carry On, Warrior centered mostly on motherhood, Love Warrior turns its focus onto marriage and what it means for two people to build a life together. Between her ex-model husband, three beautiful children, and a writing career that was rocketing through the stratosphere, Melton’s life and marriage looked picture-perfect. But, as she shares in Love Warrior, she was struggling underneath it all to truly know herself and the man to whom she’d been married for over a decade.

    The simple version of Love Warrior is: husband cheats, wife embarks on a quest to find herself. The real story, however, is so much deeper than that. In an attempt to make sense of her present, Melton circles back to her past. She begins with her near-perfect childhood, goes on to an adolescence pockmarked with self-doubt, and lands in a young adulthood besieged by bulimia, alcoholism, and vacant, soul-crushing sex. She leads us by the hand through the darkest hours of her life, when even her parents seemed ready to wash their hands of her and her priest treated her with derision.

    Melton is so completely honest in the rendering of her own desperation and self-disdain that the reader is struck with a yearning to climb through the page and lead her by the shoulders to a warm place and a hot meal. Her rock bottom is palpable—striking in its wretchedness, yet still relatable. Glennon Doyle Melton did not fit many people’s idea of a lost soul; she never sold her body for drugs, she wasn’t homeless, and she always held down a job. Melton is also purposeful in outlining her picket-fence childhood and uneventful, albeit painful, teen years. She seems to say pointedly that there is no easy origin story for her personal demons—nor was she, at her worst, a caricature of a person run off the rails. From the outside looking in, she appeared to be a perfectly functional, intelligent, attractive young woman with a loving family and a good education. Inside, though, she was drowning in pain, loneliness, terror—that moonshine-and-motor-oil cocktail that is the dark side of being alive.

    All of that changed on Mother’s Day, 2001, when Melton found herself staring down the barrel of a positive pregnancy test. Facing the prospect of motherhood, Melton chose to look her demons squarely in the eye for the first time. She began the long, hard road toward recovery from bulimia and alcoholism, and she and her then-boyfriend made the decision to wed and start their family. Through the intervening years, Melton paid her dues on the altar of mommy-dom—as anyone who has read her blog can attest. She and her husband were like so many couples with young children—two ships in the night, volleying babies and poopy diapers and soccer carpool schedules, often without making direct eye contact. It was a struggle, sure—but one in which the dividends far outweighed the cost. Until, that is, Melton’s husband dropped the bomb on her: he had been sleeping with other women.

    In the wake of this truth-telling, Melton doubles back to the work of self-discovery that had previously saved her from the trenches of despair. She digs deep, sparing nothing and no one from the high-powered beam of her soul searchlight. During the ensuing journey, she learns that she and her husband have each run from pain in their own unique ways. She learns about how she has continued to avoid the terrifying depth of her emotions—no longer through food or alcohol, perhaps, but through a simple failure to be present with herself and the ones she loves the most. Like a child learning how to walk, Melton sets out on unsteady legs to reclaim her life. She seeks healing and solace from community, family, and, most of all—from her true self. 

    More than simply a memoir about marriage, Love Warrior is what the title suggests: a manifesto for a fight. It is a fight that so many of us will face—against addiction, against fear, and against the desire of a wounded soul to protect itself by shutting out the light. Glennon Doyle Melton reminds each of us that we have, deep inside, a soldier who will fight for hope, for truth, and for love—if only we are brave enough to invite her into the world.

    Love Warrior is on shelves now.

  • Kat Rosenfield 7:30 pm on 2016/08/09 Permalink
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    6 Stephen King Adaptations to Watch Now (or Get Stoked For) 

    Stephen King is one of the world’s most prolific authors — but even he can’t write fast enough to satisfy the appetites of his biggest fans. Fortunately, there’s an answer for that: the ever-expanding collection of King books that were, are, or will be adapted for movies or television.

    Although many a Stephen King novel, novella, or short story has found its way to screens big and small over the years, the author is having arguably his biggest moment in Hollywood yet. Two fresh adaptations of his work are available for your viewing pleasure right this minute, and another four are coming down the pike. Below, we’ve rounded up all the titles getting some well-deserved screen buzz.

    The story of a signal, sent via cell phone, that turns everyone who hears it into part of a murderous hive mind, Cell features an all-star cast that includes The Hunger Games‘ Isabelle Fuhrman; it also stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson reteaming up for their second King movie (they starred together in 1408, adapted from a short story in Everything’s Eventual, back in 2007.) Out on demand and in select theaters now, Cell had a rocky road from conception to screen—but as adaptations of King’s novels go, it’s not a bad little movie, particularly in a signature moment involving a gasoline truck and a snoozing flock of phone zombies.

    This terrifying tale of seven tweens who reunite as adults to battle an unspeakable, ancient evil was adapted once already as a TV miniseries—which unfortunately failed to age well, making the upcoming release of a new It a timely entry on the pop culture landscape (not to mention the perfect way to introduce a whole new generation to a well-founded phobia of clowns.) This time, the giant book is being split into two feature films, the first of which hits theaters in September 2017. Fun fact: kid actor Finn Wolfhard, who was so awesome as the wide-eyed hero of the very ’80s, very King-inspired Stranger Things, is part of this production, too.

    The Dark Tower
    After stagnating forever in development, this year brought some big news for fans of King’s magnum opus fantasy series: amovie is finally in the making, and some serious stars are being brought on board. The first of what will hopefully be many movies set in the Dark Tower alternaworld, where Gunslinger Roland Deschain (played by Idris Elba) hunts the appallingly evil figure known only as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), is slated for a 2017 release.

    The Stand
    The good news is, King’s epic postapocalyptic novel about a flu epidemic that wipes out 99% of the American population is being developed into a feature film—or two, or maybe even four. The bad news is, the adaptation is in a holding pattern while filmmakers try to figure out how (and whether) to break up the mega-long book into multiple movies, or whether to start it out on TV and segue into a feature-length film, or…well, the options are limitless, and that’s part of the problem. However, there may be one bright side to the delays: By the time the movie gets made, Matthew McConaughey might be available to take on the role of villain Randall Flagg (because as any Stephen King fan worth his salt knows, Flagg and the Man in Black should really be played by the same fellow.)

    While The Stand sits in limbo, its scriptwriter isn’t sitting still. Josh Boone, personally selected by Stephen King to pen the movie adaptation of The Stand, has already gone ahead and begun developing another of the author’s novels: Revival, a terrifying story of religious fanaticism, scientific experimentation, and two men battling different kinds of demons. There’s no studio attached to the script yet, but considering Boone’s clout in Hollywood (he also directed The Fault in Our Stars), you’ll likely be seeing it in theaters sooner rather than later.

    King’s brick of a novel about a 21st-century schoolteacher who goes back in time to stop the assassination of JFK is a perfect encapsulation of why it’s so hard to adapt his books as feature films—and this TV serial take on 11/22/63 shows why the author’s sprawling plots and peculiar pacing are basically made for an eight-episode format. The Hulu original stars James Franco in a perfectly frantic performance as hero Jake Epping, and draws out the drama almost as well as its source material. (If you hurry, you can still catch this one for free before Hulu phases into its subscription-only model.)

  • Jeff Somers 12:43 pm on 2016/08/02 Permalink
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    Oprah Names a New Book Club Selection 

    Twenty years ago, Oprah Winfrey launched a new feature of her legendary television show: Oprah’s Book Club, starting with inaugural pick The Deep End of the Ocean. Over the next 15 years, Oprah’s Book Club had an astonishing effect on book publishing and the careers of the writers she chose. The club encouraged Oprah’s viewers to read more, read more difficult books, and then come together to discuss them. When The Oprah Winfrey Show ended in 2011, so did the book club—but it was revived on Oprah’s OWN network a year later. This new version of the club, known as Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, has been much more exclusive, with only four books selected over the course of five years. And today we have a fifth: the Oprah’s Book Club 2016 selection is The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead.

    The Author
    Whitehead is a lifelong New Yorker, born in Manhattan, a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, and the bestselling author of six novels and many works of nonfiction. Whitehead is a master of blending genres and styles, introducing gritty noir combined with fanciful sci-fi elements, tackling issues of race, culture, and societal rot with an almost Pynchonesque energy and unpredictability. His work is equal parts intellectual challenge and pure entertainment, offering a lively humor that makes even his most challenging and original concepts a lot of fun to read about. Anyone who has been looking for a new favorite author should follow Oprah’s direction and read his new novel.

    The Underground Railroad
    Whitehead brings his sense of the absurd in the service of truth to his newest novel. In The Underground Railroad, Cora is a slave on a Georgia plantation, living a miserable, hellish existence. In Whitehead’s version of history, however, the Underground Railroad Cora hears about and escapes to isn’t a metaphor for a series of safe havens and secret pathways to the North—it’s a literal railroad underground, a belching steam engine that pulls a creaking boxcar along steel tracks. Cora and a fellow slave, the educated Caesar, climb aboard and begin a horrifying adventure that’s easy to compare to classics of the imagination such as Gulliver’s Travels, but with a modern sense of dark humor and horror that makes their adventures much more than the increasingly surreal sum of their parts.

    The Horrors of Slavery
    Whitehead is one of the few modern authors who has the tools to tell a story like this—simultaneously a harrowing story of slavery and one woman’s fierce determination to escape it, and an exercise of imagination that sees Cora discovering an antebellum southern city that can’t possibly have existed, complete with soaring skyscrapers and a tolerant attitude towards blacks that makes it seem like an ideal place to escape to (until an even more sinister reality is discovered). Cora’s travels on the underground railroad lead her into increasing dangers, but also keep her one step ahead of the slave-catcher Ridgeway, who justifies his relentless pursuit with an increasingly elaborate series of rationales for his career and livelihood. Driven ever onward, Cora encounters people and places that slowly tighten the sense of tension and terror—the book turns into one of the most gripping and terrifying stories of slavery and its evils you will ever read, not in spite of the more fanciful aspects of the story but because of them.

    A Modern Classic
    The Underground Railroad is one of those books in which a masterful writer comes into complete control of his talents at precisely the right moment to produce a book perfectly suited to its time. As we continue as a nation and a people to struggle with the ugly legacy of slavery, the ongoing battle with systemic racism, and a surge of violence in our society that seems never-ending and unstoppable, Whitehead’s new novel examines the roots of all of these problems in a way that feels electrifyingly new and smart. Once again Oprah has proved she has her finger on the literary pulse; she has chosen a book that everyone should read.

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