Displaying articles for: January 2011
Author Brad Meltzer is a busy guy—he writes bestselling novels & graphic novels, and hosts the History Channel show, “Brad Meltzer's Decoded.” In this tale of government conspiracy—dating back to our nation's earliest days—unassuming archivist Beecher White finds himself swept up in a complex and dangerous situation. It seems that a group of secret spies has been working in the shadows dating back to the days of George Washington's administration, and they'll do anything to protect their clandestine machinations. Like the fascinating real-life conspiracies Meltzer explores on his popular History Channel show, The Inner Circle suggests that when it comes to the seat of power, there's much more going on than meets the eye.
So for a double-dose of thrilling action, check out this two-for-one NOOKbook edition.
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features a head-strong protagonist who pushes the restrictive gender boundaries of her time.
Lillian is the town apothecary's daughter, but she wants to explore the wider world outside of her small village. Thanks to her brilliance and a generous aunt, who offers to educate her in London, her wish is finally granted. But when her father takes ill, she must return to help run the family business. Lillian has the intelligence and skill to perform an apothecary's duties, but women are strictly forbidden from the trade. Along the way, she's tempted by several suitors, but will her heart ultimately belong to a well-bred man of the city, or with someone more in line with her humble roots?
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The author, Eric Lamet, was only seven years old when the Nazis invaded Vienna, forcing him and his mother deep into the mountains of Mussolini's Italy. Like many exiled Jews in Europe, Lamet and his mother were left without a homeland to seek shelter in, and depended on the kindness of strangers to help them avoid capture. He recollects the horrors—but also the incredible friendships and moments of grace that sustained him—in this touching memoir, while revealing aspects of Holocaust experience that the history books often overlook.
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In this cinematic and complex book, a respectable police sniper finds himself in over his head. After saving a woman and young child's life in a standoff, State Trooper Bobby Dodge should be enjoying the afterglow of a heroic act. But things soon get complicated, as it becomes clear the beautiiful woman may not be the innocent victim it initially seemed. Gardner weaves intricate storylines to excellent effect, blurring the lines between the guilty and innocent, and leaving the reader guessing from start to finish.
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Whether you're a devoted fan of this long-running series or a newcomer, you'll find Strategic Moves a galloping, globe-trotting tale.
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If you're looking for a moving, inspirational book that sheds light on the destructive consequences of bullying, you'll want to read Jodee Blanco's Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story. This bestselling memoir explores a chronic bullying-victim's struggles. The author endured years of extreme abuse, but has gone on to become one of the country's leading anti-bullying activists. Parents will also find helpful information in the bonus material focusing on cyber-bullying and tips for responding when your own child is bullied.
We hope you'll join us in combating bullying in all its forms.
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Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with cheating on Harry with the new wizard on the block—we won’t tell!
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Fifty pages into Furious Love, you’ll leave behind all interest in Brangelina; Burton and Taylor were true Hollywood royalty who knew how to live up to their titles.
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B&N: Who were some of your earliest writing influences?
Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Anne McCaffrey, Mary O'Hara, Stephen King--I have always read omnivorously, but these are the authors I remember being most transported by as a child. I found a great deal of comfort in Twain and the Bard, and McCaffrey and King gave me complete and utter thrills. They were reliable authors. I remember O'Hara's Thunderhead and Green Grass of Wyoming trilogies very fondly and intensely too, as well as Ursula le Guin. I can still quote passages from some of the Earthsea books from memory.
B&N: How did you derive the idea for the Jill Kismet series?
I was tired of paranormal or urban fantasy novels where the main character had an adversarial relationship with law enforcement. I thought it was a little unfair, and that seriously, if there were things that went bump in the night that the cops couldn't deal with, they would be more than happy to have someone working on it. So Jill grew very naturally out of that desire--it is law enforcement she's doing, basically.
B&N: Perry is an incredibly complex villain, one who veers between contempt and fascination. How do you as an author keep that balance and not turn your villain into a caricature?
While I'm writing Perry, I don't stop until I've hit a scene that makes me, personally feel a shiver of loathing. If my flesh isn't crawling while I'm writing him, I stop and I go back and I dig deeper and do it again. Each time I finish writing him, I want to go take a hot shower and scrub it away, or I haven't done it right.
I've encountered manipulative, hurtful people before--who hasn't? And in writing Perry, I tap that part of myself that isn't very nice, that recognizes when I'm facing a hurtful, manipulative, or sociopathic person, and sets to work anticipating and playing the game so I don't get hurt. It makes one feel that loathing shiver, because it's not a happy place to be in, and nobody reasonable, compassionate, or well-adjusted wants to be in that place. But it is a great defense against those types of people, a suit of armor. Perry exercises that, for me--and I suppose you could say he exorcises it as well.
B&N: What do you feel are some of the major differences between the Jill Kismet and Dante Valentine series?
I get asked this a lot. The difference is ontological, I think--Danny Valentine endures. It's what she's good at. Jill, however, is out to even the score. Jill arrogates to herself the power of judge, jury, and executioner. She's also less "broken" than Dante. Dante's a very broken character, a very intense character who has to smack her head against the brick wall several times before she even admits there's something in her way. It was exhausting to write her for that reason; when I write Jill I tend to get an adrenaline rush and sympathetic body aches from all the damage she takes.
B&N: A slightly unfair question, but if you had to choose between your characters, would Jill or Dante be your favorite?
Well, I think I'd most like to have long philosophical conversations with Dante, because she's very well informed and well-read. In an alley fight, however, I think I'd like to have Jill at my back.
B&N: Why do you think butt-kicking heroines continue to be so important in popular culture?
think it's the utter transgressiveness of it. There's a very real
expectation of passivity placed on women in our culture, in a
thousand little ways from birth onward. The incredible strides we've
made in feminism and breaking glass ceilings are wonderful, but there
is certainly plenty more to be done; as long as the double standards,
the expectation of passivity, and the violence against women endure,
we will still have work to do.
Angry, or even just aggressive, heroines are transgressive characters. They are appropriating a right to self-defense we don't think of as traditionally female. "Butt-kicking" heroines do not behave the way a great deal of cultural pressure and assumptions tell women it's OK to behave. In that transgressive space lies a great deal of their appeal. Of course, a female character has to be "butt-kicking" in exactly the right way, or accusations of her being "cold" and "unfeminine" (just to pick two of the most mild unflattering epithets) rise like mushrooms. So, these heroines are great, they're busting down walls and expectations, but I'm always looking at what's coming next, how much work there still is to do.
B&N: When you aren’t writing, what do you like to do for fun?
Fun? What's that? Just kidding. Well, I read, I watch movies, I hang out with my children. I go indoor rock-climbing; I'm not brave enough for the outdoor version yet. I write poetry, I take pictures of gas meters at night. I study Latin or the Eastern Front in WWII, or whatever other subject currently holds my fancy. I have fun doing just about anything, really. The world is a garden of delights.
B&N: What should readers, new and old alike, expect overall from the Jill Kismet series?
Silver-coated ammunition. Bullwhips. Questions about the nature of Hell and human beings, questions about violence and the ethics of violence (if there are any). Snarky humor, gallons of bloodspatter, and a cracking good story. Always, first and foremost, it's about the cracking good story.
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Today, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we welcome Hampton Sides, author of the fascinating book, Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin, as he discusses his unique perspective on MLK's legacy.
A few people who’ve read Hellhound on His Trail have described it as “a thriller.” Though they intended this as a compliment, I’m not sure I took it as one—for, in effect, it might suggest that I’ve turned a national tragedy into an entertainment. If my book is a thriller, it’s also a requiem, the story of the last days of a great figure and the end of his movement. Rather than wrap King in a saintly nimbus, I wanted to make him human on the page, which means flawed, vulnerable, uncertain about the future, and buffeted by the stresses of his high position. But I remain in awe of the man and his soaring eloquence and his otherworldly courage. I’m ashamed that he was killed in my hometown.
I believe King anticipated James Earl Ray. The night before his death he spoke of the threats that were out there from “some of our sick white brothers.” Like Robert Johnson waiting for his hellhound to come, King had spent much of his career looking over his shoulder for some deranged redneck to take him. If there was ever a sick white brother, Ray was it.
James Earl Ray, like Jared Lee Loughner in Arizona, was just one in a long line of American nobodies who’ve left their permanent stain on our history. Though he spent his criminal career striving for anonymity, he desperately wanted the world to know he existed. He longed to do something bold and lasting. Sadly, like so many before him, he imagined the best way to leave his mark was to gun down an international figure who was young, eloquent, and charismatic.
King traveled ceaselessly, of course, and Ray stalked him across the country. The assassination could have happened anywhere. To me, the fact that it happened in Memphis—the headquarters of Delta cotton, blues, rock n’ roll, and soul—seems almost scripted by fate. Memphis is one of the most racially freighted of places in America. It has always been perched, precariously but interestingly, on the nation’s racial fault-line. Nearly everything good and nearly everything bad about my native city has ultimately boiled down to race—and to the way in which blacks and whites have either collaborated or collided with one another.
On the night of King’s murder, my parents drove me and my brother a hundred miles away to the relative safety of a Holiday Inn in Jackson, Tennessee, to ride out the race riot they assumed would convulse the city. But the riots didn’t happen, and we returned home in a few days. Though Memphis was under a virtual state of siege, it was one of the few American cities of any size where the situation remained fairly calm. Out of deference to King, his spirit of non-violence pervaded the streets—and the center held.
Four days after the assassination, Coretta Scott King came to Memphis, wearing her widow’s veil, and led the peaceful march her husband had hoped to lead. This time there was no window-busting, no shouting or picketing, not even a song. For several miles, thousands of marchers threaded through the streets to City Hall. In the midst of all that beautiful sadness, no one breathed a word. The only sound was leather on pavement.
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Today’s Free Fridays selection, Living with the Himalayan Masters, comes from Swami Rama, who was one of the world’s leading spiritual writers. In this book, he recounts thoughts and experiences collected from his over 45 years of traveling among Himalayan masters. He shares his decades of acquired wisdom, offering new ways to think deeply about what’s truly important in life, with insights from great thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi.
If you’re looking to explore Swami Rama’s teachings further, many more of his books are available as NOOKbooks as well.
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Among my friends, there are very few consensus books—we’re too opinionated and varied to completely agree on anything. Ever since reading Let the Great World Spin, however, I’ve yet to find someone who read it and didn’t love it. McCann explores 9/11 in a tangential way that tastefully gets to the heart of the tragedy. He weaves in Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the Twin Towers (immortalized in the excellent documentary Man on Wire) to address the symbolism of those historic landmarks, New York’s place in America and the world, and our interconnectedness even in an increasingly impersonal world.
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If Abercrombie’s brand of violent epic fantasy is to your liking, his next book, The Heroes, is available for pre-order now.
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B&N: In Best Served Cold you’ve created a cast of characters that includes mercenaries, a master of poisons, a torturer, and a number of murderers. Are there any “good-guys” in your books?
I must admit I’m not a big believer in the concept of good guys and bad guys. I think anyone can be capable of being hero or villain under the right circumstances, and good and evil tend to be a matter of where you stand. Epic fantasy often centers on some pretty violent people – warriors, generals, kings, and often portrays them as being wise and considerate leaders, lovers and friends as well as unstoppable killing machines. It just seemed to me that a person very well adapted to killing other people at close quarters with an edged weapon is unlikely to necessarily be a well-adjusted, contributing member of society as soon as the weapons are sheathed.
B&N: Your new novel, The Heroes, is out in February. It’s the story of one bloody battle that talks place over three days. Were you inspired by any real-world battles when researching the book?
Yes, very much so. I’ve always read a lot of military history, and with The Heroes I was keen to try and reflect what I’ve observed about real-life warfare in a fantastical setting. In classic epic fantasy victory often tends to result from bravery, shiny armour, and the success of brilliant planning. Real warfare rarely features anything you could call a decisive victory, and when you see one it tends to be as much the result of luck, weather, personality clashes, mistakes and misapprehensions as from anything you could call heroic. Although the level of technology in The Heroes is somewhere around the late medieval, with gunpowder just starting to play a role, I didn’t want the book to feel too archaic – I’d hate to think that it can’t feel relevant, and many aspects of warfare – the boredom, fear, discomfort, pain, confusion, incompetence (and bravery) – haven’t changed much over time. So I wanted The Heroes to have an “everywar” quality, if you like, drawing inspiration from episodes through history, as well as from a few from epic fantasy.
Styria is a land of feuding city states riven by ambition, greed and treachery, plagued by unscrupulous leaders, avaricious banks, unreliable mercenary bands, and … plagues. It was very much inspired by the Renaissance Italy of the Borgias, the Medicis, and of course my own personal life-coach, Niccolo Machiavelli. At the time when Best Served Cold takes place, the Years of Blood – a period of shifting alliances and almost constant warfare – are coming to an end after nineteen years, with Orso, the Grand Duke of Talins, finally close to a victory over his enemies, the League of Eight, a combined group of eight city states. His leading general is the mercenary Monzcarro Mercatto, also known as the Snake of Talins. But mercenaries have ever been disloyal, and Orso has become concerned that she will make a bid for his crown before he even has it firmly on his head…
B&N: How did you plan the battle that is the heart of The Heroes? Did you have a clear idea of how the two armies were going to fare? Did the armies ever take over and do things you didn’t expect?
I’m pretty careful in the planning, on the whole, so I’m rarely surprised by something my own characters do. I might occasionally be surprised by a good idea for what they’re going to do, but on the whole they do what I tell them, which is one of the nice things about being a writer. Don’t you wish you had that power over your co-workers? Essentially I first designed the battlefield itself, putting in as much varied terrain as I could within the bounds of reality, and setting it up for some classic scenarios of combat – a fight over a bridge, over an orchard, over a ford, a charge up a hill against an entrenched enemy, the siege of a walled town, a flat area for a cavalry charge, and so on. Then I thought about what different styles of action could happen across the three days of the battle, as more and more forces arrived on the scene and the character of the fighting changed – a limited, escalating skirmish on the first day, a pincer movement making for a fight on both flanks on the second, and an all-out slugging match on the third. Then I thought about where each of the characters might need to be positioned within this wider action in order both to advance their own stories, and to give as complete a picture of the battle as possible, always baring in mind that in medieval warfare no one has more than a fragmentary impression of what’s going on in a battle anyway…Read more...
Young protagonist Kelsey Hayes took a summer job at a circus with the hopes of finding adventure. Instead, she got a lot more excitement than she bargained for. After forming a bond with a white tiger in her care, she’s uprooted to India when the tiger is purchased by a man who wants to transport him back to his homeland. Once in India, Kelsey begins to understand why her bond with the tiger was so strong, and finds herself caught up in a world of ancient curses, shape-shifting, and unconventional romance.
Two more Tiger’s Curse books will follow later this year, so start your adventure now.
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In his newest story collection, Full Dark, No Stars, King offers four tales that add to his excellent output. These twisted stories include a woman who discovers disturbing secrets about her husband while he’s away on a trip, and a mystery writer who becomes a victim in a case that brings her unwillingly in to the world of crime she’s only imagined in the past.
Like all of King’s books, this is another hit worthy of its bestseller status.
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We're pleased to announced that NOOKcolor today received high honors as the “People’s Choice Award” winner at the celebrated Last Gadget Standing competition at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The device won in a landslide, besting competitors with more than 60% of the nearly 5,000 votes cast by consumers and technology lovers online.
The popular device designed for people who love to read everything in rich, beautiful color, was selected as a top ten finalist in the Last Gadget Standing competition from more than 200 of the hottest new products showcased at CES, and nominated by a panel of leading technology media representatives. The tenth annual awards are co-hosted by renowned technology experts Robin Raskin and Technologizer’s Harry McCracken.
“We’re thrilled and honored that the people have spoken and chosen NOOKcolor as the Last Gadget Standing “People’s Choice Award” winner. This recognition is further testament to the innovative product we’ve created that delivers the ultimate reading experience,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products, Barnes & Noble. “It’s clear that people are excited to read everything they love – books, magazines, newspapers, kids books and more – in rich beautiful color as NOOKcolor has quickly become our bestseller."
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We're pleased to announce that we're offering over 130 NOOKbook titles from Kaplan Publishing for FREE through January 17. You'll find a wide range of Kaplan's indispensable test prep books for PSAT, AP, SAT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT and more. Plus we're offering other great general interest titles like Math for Moms and Dads and Write For Life. So whether you're a parent with school-age children, a college student preparing for graduate school, or a reader interested in a wide range of self-improvement titles, we have plenty of excellent free Kaplan NOOKbooks that will meet your needs.
Find the full offering of over 130 titles here.
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Today’s Free Fridays book, Reaper, is the latest in this popular and addictive paranormal series. Fans became so enchanted with the protagonist Kaylee’s brother Tod, that Vincent decided to give him a book of his own. Here we learn how Tod came to possess special powers, just like his sister, and what it means to exist somewhere between life and death. Fans of the series will learn something new about one of their favorite characters, while new readers will find this book a great introduction to the rich world of Soul Screamers.
Once you’re hooked, check out the previous four books in the series, or the recently-released My Soul to Steal.
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Recently awarded the Man Booker Prize, Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question is a thoughtful, amusing examination of Jewish identity. Three old friends—two Jewish, one not—have faced many of life’s tragedies and triumphs together. When the gentile Julian Treslove is the victim of a (real or imagined) anti-Semitic assault, his perspective dramatically changes, and he’s left to wrestle with questions he’d never before considered. The interplay between these three distinct and opinionated friends will have you in stitches, while the complexities of their relationship to each other and the world will have you wrestling with your own questions of belonging and identity.
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The new application makes our expansive digital catalog of children’s content – including 100 new interactive kids’ books including Caps for Sale, Skippyjon Jones and Sheep in a Jeep – even more accessible to customers of all ages, bringing iPad owners the state-of-the-art children’s reading experience first available on NOOKcolor by Barnes & Noble.
With an entirely new application designed specifically for children, NOOK kids for iPad offers various features exclusive to the NOOK kids reading experience. Using NOOK kids-only AliveTouch™ technology, kids can easily find a favorite story and engage with the books and their favorite characters by digitally turning pages, interacting with the text, zooming in and around graphics – all from the iPad.
With the NOOK kids catalog, Barnes & Noble offers the largest and growing collection of digital books for kids of all ages, with more than 230 interactive picture books, many with audio narration, for both NOOKcolor and NOOK kids for iPad owners to explore and enjoy. From the Llama Llama series and Max & Ruby to The Snowy Day and Are You My Mother?, customers can easily shop for books organized by age range, and NOOK kids books are presented in a consistent format, so parents and kids can discover a reading experience that is as familiar to them as the content itself. NOOK kids for iPad complements Barnes & Noble’s NOOK™ for iPad application which gives older children and adults access to more than 12,000 children’s chapter books – coming soon to NOOK kids for iPad – as well as more than two million digital titles.
NOOK kids for iPad also lets young readers choose between reading books themselves or hearing professional recordings of the stories using Barnes & Noble’s exclusive Read to Me™ feature. Kids and parents will enjoy more than fifty titles featuring professional narration which are only available from Barnes & Noble, including story collections from Richard Scarry, Olivia, Thomas and Friends, Barbie and Splat the Cat, as well as popular books such as On the Night You Were Born, The Polar Express, President Obama’s new book, Of Thee I Sing, and Go, Dog, Go! – the top-selling NOOKcolor children’s picture book to date.
To celebrate the introduction of the newest NOOK app, Barnes & Noble is offering two complimentary children’s picture books to new NOOKcolor and NOOK kids for iPad customers – Richard Scarry’s Colors and Elephant’s Child, which will automatically appear in the customer’s digital library upon registration.
Two new online videos bring NOOK kids to life and let customers experience the new, fun and colorful way of reading at their local Barnes & Noble bookstore. The “NOOK Kids Guided Tour” video highlights the exciting ways children and parents can enjoy NOOK, and the “Kids Love NOOKcolor” video shows children exploring NOOK kids content with ease, swiping and tapping their way through some of their favorite reads at a Barnes & Noble book store, one of several with a dedicated NOOK kids reading area which is proving immensely popular. Learn more and view the videos at www.nook.com/kidslovenookcolor, or visit a local Barnes & Noble today to let your children delight in the NOOK kids experience themselves.Read more...
This month only, Saintcrow's phenomenal first book in the Jill Kismet series, Night Shift, is available for $.99. Saintcrow's supernatural crime series features demon-hunter Jill Kismet, and the first book is an action-packed introduction to her dark world. While other heroines might have squeaky-clean personas, Jill has some skeletons in the closet that make her uniquely qualified to relate to her dangerous prey.
Dip your toe into the world of Jill Kismet, and you'll soon want to jump right in.
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No matter how much research most crime writers do, they’ll never know for certain how the criminal mind really works. Not so for Börge Hellström, a former criminal who teamed up with Roslund to form a dynamic writing team. In their newest Scandinavian thriller, a con man-turned-informant must voluntarily enter a maximum security prison to help uncover a massive drug ring, putting his other life as a devoted family man in great peril.
This first-rate thriller is a welcome import and a worthy addition to the popular Scandinavian thriller genre.
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While the title might suggest that this book is aimed at a religious audience, it’s in fact much more of a holistic, broad-based examination of our culture’s relationship with food. The author, Geneen Roth, offers an inspiring and intelligent look at eating, offering concrete strategies for shedding old habits, and re-focusing your efforts on building a healthy relationship with food, rather than relying on quick-fixes and dubious diets.
If you’re looking for a new approach to weight loss and healthy eating this year, this book will offer an excellent start.
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