Displaying articles for: March 2012

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Los Angeles Times

With over 40 books—and Agatha, Anthony & Macavity Awards—under her belt, Carolyn Hart has been delighting cozy mystery fans for decades.

Today’s Free Fridays selection, Dare to Die, is a great introduction to Hart’s writing for new readers, and a wallet-friendly treat for her many current fans. In this Death on Demand mystery, Annie and her Private Investigator husband Max find themselves wrapped up in a local scandal when a troubled woman is found dead following one of their parties. Annie tries to let the local law enforcement handle the case, but soon she and Max seem to be the murderer’s next target—leaving her no choice but to launch her own investigation.


Hart’s irresistible book—set in the quirky town of Broward's Rock, South Carolina, has everything that a cozy mystery fan could want.


Be sure to check out Hart’s newest Death on Demand mystery, Dead by Midnight, available now.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Carolyn recommends:











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App Buzz

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The Spellman family business is private investigation—and one pitfall of having parents in the P.I. biz is a lack of personal privacy. When Izzy Spellman’s parents hire her little sister to spy on Izzy, it's the last straw. It’s time to leave the family business behind and pursue other, less-intrusive, opportunities.


But of course there’s a catch. Before Izzy can quit, she takes on the proverbial ‘one last case’—and it’s one of her toughest yet. As she closes in on the truth, the clues lead her a bit too close to her (dysfunctional) home, and Izzy starts to question everything she thought she knew about her nosey kin.



A free sample excerpt from this book is available for download on the product page now!


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Attention Muggles! The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. Starting today, NOOK editions of all seven Harry Potter novels are available for purchase from the Pottermore Shop. You can now enjoy all of the adventures on NOOK—from the early days of Hogwarts, through the very last page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Wondering how to download these brand new NOOK Books from the Pottermore Shop? Check out this link to learn more.


The newest "it" book for parents-in-the-know is Pamela Druckerman's Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.The book's thesisthat American parents could learn a lot from their French counterpartshas sparked much passionate debate among my fellow parents. In this exclusive guest blog post, Druckerman recounts the challenges of being an American mom raising a daughter in Paris, and how she balances her desire to impart some of her own culture, without trying to recreate a Yankee childhood on the banks of the Seine.



But as I discuss in my book, Bringing Up Bébé, making Bean (her nickname) feel American is a lot of work. Since my husband is British, it all falls on me. I begin picking off certain holidays, based mainly on the amount of cooking each one requires.


Thanksgiving is out. Halloween is a keeper. Fourth of July is close enough to Bastille Day (July 14) that I sort of feel like we’re celebrating both. I don’t know what constitutes “American” food, but I’m strangely adamant that Bean should like tuna melts.


They key to infusing Bean with that American je ne sais quoi seems to be reading American kids’ books to her. They’re different from the French ones. In the American books there’s usually a problem, a struggle to fix the problem, and then a cheerful resolution. The spoon wishes that he was a fork, but eventually realizes how swell it is to be a spoon. Lessons are learned, and life gets better.


This is also true in many children’s songs. I notice how deliriously hopeful I sound when I sing to Bean about how, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands and, when we’re watching a DVD of the musical Annie, how the sun’ll come out tomorrow. Problems have solutions, and prosperity is around the corner.


French kids books start with a similar structure. There’s a problem, and the characters struggle to overcome that problem. But they seldom succeed for very long. Often the book ends with the protagonist having the same problem again.


One of Bean’s favorite French books is about Alice and Eliette, who are best friends. Alice is always being bossed around by Eliette. One day, Alice decides she can’t take it anymore and stops playing with Eliette. There’s a long, lonely standoff. Finally Eliette comes to Alice’s house, begging her pardon and promising to change. A page later, the girls are playing doctor and Eliette is trying to jab Alice with a syringe. Nothing has changed; the end.


Not all French kids’ books end this way, but a lot of them do. The message is that endings don’t have to be tidy to be happy, and that there aren’t bad guys and good guys:  each of us has a bit of both. Eliette is bossy, but she’s also lots of fun. Alice is the victim, but she seems to ask for it, and she goes back for more.


Which narrative will Bean absorb? The adults I know who grew up in France, with American parents, tell me that they feel American when they’re in France, and French when they’re in America. I think I’ll have to compromise on something similar. I laugh when Bean tells me that a boy in her class likes Speederman—complete with a guttural “r”—instead of Spiderman. But I draw the line when she claims that the seven dwarfs sing “Hey ho,” as they do in the French voice-over.


Luckily, it turns out that bits of American culture are irresistibly catchy. As I’m walking Bean to school one morning, through the glorious medieval streets of our neighborhood, she suddenly starts singing “The sun’ll come out, tomorrow.” We sing it together all the way to school. My hopeful little American girl is still in there. Oklahoma, however, is somewhere behind the couch.


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After the mayor keels over during a speech, and a group of radical students take credit for the murder, a town is in turmoil. Enter Clare Vengel—a new cop who’s already tired of walking the beat. Yearning for some excitement, Clare volunteers to infiltrate the student group and expose their nefarious ways. But her ingrained distrust of authority (and higher education) presents some stumbling blocks along the way.


As more bodies begin to drop, readers will root for Clare as she finds an idiosyncratic way to track down the killers.


In her next adventure, Death Plays Poker, Clare finds herself wrapped up in a high-stakes gambling conspiracy.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Robin recommends:








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At long last, Mad Men finally returns for its 5th season this Sunday. After a long hiatus, the show that’s captivated viewers with its stylish recreation of 1960s Madison Avenue life is back.


If you’re looking to learn more about the smoke-filled and booze-fueled world of the mid-century advertising business, check out these illuminating NOOK Books:





















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Imagine you’re the mother of a young adopted boy; he’s brought you all the happiness in the world, and made your life complete. Now imagine that one day you idly glance at a milk carton and see you son staring back at you from the ‘missing children’ ad. What would you do?


That horrible scenario is where reporter Ellen Gleeson finds herself. Stuck between what she thought she knew –that her legally-adopted son came with no strings attached—and a new piece of evidence that suggests he may have been the victim of an abduction. Ellen’s reporter’s instincts leave her no choice but to dig deeper to find the truth, knowing that in the end, she may very well lose her son.


Fans of Scottoline’s other books, as well as readers who love Jodi Picoult’s ‘tough questions’ storylines, will love this value-priced NOOK Book.


A free sample excerpt from this book is available for download on the product page now!


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When author Cheryl Strayed made the life-changing decision to solo hike the 2,000-mile Pacific Coast Trail, she was a young woman reeling from the death of her mother and the end of her brief marriage. With little left to lose, she set out to walk from Mexico to Canada, and leave her damaged life behind. Her raw, honest, and inspiring memoir, Wild, is available now for NOOK.


In today's guest blog post, Strayed rhapsodizes about the many books that sustained her along the journey, and the odd feeling she got as she burned them after reading to avoid the extra baggage weight. Don’t only bad guys burn books?


The Books I Carried



It was the most scandalous thing I’d ever done. And that’s saying a lot.

I didn’t do it lightly. I did it heavily. I burned those books because I was literally sinking beneath their weight, carrying them in a backpack so enormous I named it Monster on the eleven-hundred-mile solo hike I chronicle in my memoir, Wild. Weeks before I began my trek on the Pacific Crest Trail, when I’d packed those books into the resupply boxes that were mailed to me at stops along the way, I hadn’t been thinking about how heavy those books would be. I’d been thinking only of the pleasures I’d find in their pages, the worlds inside them that would allow me to escape from my own.


It was different when I got out on the PCT. The books were indeed a pleasure and an escape, but they were also a weight. Did I really need to haul that chapter I just finished reading another fifty miles up the trail? I did not. It’s amazing how ruthless one can be when one has to hump everything one needs to live over mountains and through deserts in temperatures hot and cold and everything in between.


Yet, who on this green earth burns books? You know who. I know who. Really bad people, that’s who. Nazis. Bullies. Angry, censorious, pitch-fork wielding mobs.

And long-distance backpackers, it turns out. People like me.


A woman named June Fleming was my first victim. She’d written a book called Staying Found: The Complete Map and Compass Book. I read it in one sitting on a sunny late spring day in the northwestern edge of the Mojave Desert in a sheer panic. I was two and a half days into my ninety-four day trek and by then it had very clearly dawned on me that I did not, in fact, know how to stay found. Or use a compass. Or read a map. Or maybe even walk, maimed as I was by the things that had gone down in the previous two and a half days.


There was a whole lot more to come in the days that followed. Bears. Rattlesnakes. A horned beast I initially mistook for a moose. Boots that rubbed my feet so raw it seemed possible they’d rub them clean off. A blooming sense that I might be the only human left on the planet in the vivid science fiction movie I was filming scene by scene in my head.


By the time I burned my second book, I found it darkly funny that its title was As I Lay Dying. I, too, lay sort of dying while Faulkner’s words turned to ash. Or, more precisely, I was twenty-six years old and doing the hardest and best thing I’d ever done and I was never again going to be the same person. All around me was the great wilderness of the PCT, its beauty my consolation that unforgettable summer, along with the books I carried and burned with love.



A free sample excerpt from this book is available for download on the product page now!


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App Buzz

2940043887948.pngGiada's Daily Bite - a new free app by Random House Digital, Inc. featuring recipes and tips from Food Network host Giada De Laurentiis - has been an eye-opener for me. My wife and I have been trying to eat healthier for the past couple of months. This has been accomplished largely by cooking more and eating fresher food. However, I’m not a cookbook guy – for some reason, they have never caught my attention. Thankfully, having Giada’s Daily Bite on my NOOK Tablet has changed my view. The videos are helpful and make good sense to follow, so that’s a plus. However, the recipes and general tips on good and healthy cooking are the best part, at least for me.


The first time I watched the video bite where Giada gives several quick and easy directions for healthy cooking options for busy people, I was hooked. This app is amazing and has really whet my appetite for her new cookbook, Weeknights with Giada: Quick and Simple Recipes to Revamp Dinner. One short video showed me the resourceful tip of buying pre-cooked brown rice instead of taking the hit on the longer preparation time involved with the healthy alternative to white rice. I can only imagine what I’ll learn in the coming days from the app, and I plan on ordering the book today! Giada’s Daily Bite is an amazing app – if you are interested in cooking, healthy eating or just learning a new twist on some old culinary favorites grab it today and learn something new. 


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“You finish this novel wanting more.”

-the Washington Post



Inspector Troy—the protagonist of Lawton’s critically-acclaimed series—is an honest cop who isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers among his fellow law enforcers, if that’s what it takes to find the truth. Set in London towards the end of World War II, tensions are high as citizens go underground to withstand the last of the German’s aerial bombings. But when a charred body surfaces—one body part at a time—Troy sees something unusually sinister that stands out in a time of everyday tragedy.


Not one to shrink from a challenge, Inspector Troy suspects that this murder is part of a bigger conspiracy—one that leads to the top reaches of the Allied High Command. In other words, far above his pay grade, and dangerous territory on which to tread.


For those wishing to continue the adventures, the newest Inspector Troy novel, Bluffing Mr. Churchill, is available now.


 Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what John recommends:



Wiley Cash makes his debut with this fine, engaging novel, proving yet again that the South is an inexhaustible motherlode of literature. I'm sure he'll garner comparisons to Harper Lee, perhaps even to Faulkner or Flannery O'Connor, but Wiley Cash is Wiley Cash – a  new, strong Southern voice in American fiction.







NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “John Lawton” to download his thrilling novels.



Mystery and thriller fans—here's a limited-time offer that's too good to pass up. Simon & Schuster is offering 14 of their best titles for just $3.99 each. With books by favorite authors Deborah Crombie, Jonathan Kellerman, and Mary Higgins Clark, I think you’ll want to download a bunch of these bestselling titles right away. Ready. Set. Go!


 When the Bough Breaks (Alex Delaware Series #1)  























Over the Edge (Alex Delaware Series #3)  














A Share in Death (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #1)  













All Shall Be Well (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #2)  













Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James Series #3)  


































Just Take My Heart  













Where Are You Now?  













A Cry in the Night  













Weep No More, My Lady  













Where Are the Children?  












All Around the Town  












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Categories: Spotlight

If you’re a fan of paranormal fantasy, or know someone who is, you’re no doubt quite familiar with Kim Harrison’s mega-bestselling Rachel Morgan series. Our newest Spotlight title, Dead Witch Walking —the first in the series—is available now for just $0.99.


I’m not an expert in this genre, but our Explorations blog reviewer Paul Goat Allen is—he’s probably read more paranormal fantasy novels than anyone on the planet. And he recently had this to say about the Rachel Morgan series: "Reading these novels is like visiting with beloved family members… honestly, I’ll be heartsick when this series ends. I love the characters – and the world – that much."


This Spotlight offer is a chance to get acquainted with the world of Rachel Morgan—a witch and bounty hunter patrolling the streets of post-apocalyptic Cincinnati. The dark world she inhabits is full of all manner of supernatural characters—werewolves, vampires and the like—all of whom have been hiding in the shadows until a recent plague wiped out a huge chunk of humankind.


If you like Buffy or Sookie Stackhouse, you absolutely must take advantage of this limited-time Spotlight offer and enter the world of Rachel Morgan.



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Ever wonder how an author takes a germ of an idea and turns it into a full-fledged book? In today’s guest author post, Richard Zacks explains how his research for a totally different book sparked an interest in Teddy Roosevelt’s tumultuous tenure as New York City police commissioner—a subject he delightfully explores in Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York.


I have always been drawn to vice, right from my first book, “History Laid Bare.” (Maybe it has something to do with going to an all-boys high school.)


So five years ago, I was doing some research to try to write a crime novel set in the 1890s when I saw a reference to Teddy Roosevelt serving as police commissioner in New York City.


After glancing at a few other sources, it looked as though Roosevelt had galloped into Manhattan and cleaned up the city’s vice joints, while rooting out corrupt cops, exploring every back alley on midnight rambles, and then, in his spare time, he had taught the whole force how to shoot.


But the more I poked, the more I realized that that was a whitewash. The true story would be far more interesting: that somehow New York City, with its hordes of immigrants and hard-drinkers, had refused to be reformed. And that Roosevelt had survived and even thrived after his embattled tenure.


With all due respect, I had no desire to write about Teddy going big-game hunting or climbing Cuban hills or vacationing in Oyster Bay. This would be different.


TR was 36 years old when he got appointed police commissioner; he knew next to nothing about police management. New York was then one of the most corrupt lewd cities in the world. The Lower East Side was packed with cheap brothels; the “Tenderloin” provided dance halls; the Bowery rolled out risqué shows; Canfield’s offered an elegant casino near Madison Square Garden. New York then had more saloons (10,000) than most American towns had residents.


Meanwhile, Roosevelt was a strict law-and-order Republican and a holier-than-thou Municipal Reformer and an at-times prudish Victorian gentleman … and this man wanted to wipe out vice in New York City.


Most New Yorkers thought he was crazy or joking. Police commissioners for decades talked about enforcing ALL THE LAWS but nobody actually thought about really doing it.


It’s almost the premise for a sitcom. Toss one uncompromising Harvard-educated reformer into the brothels and gambling joints of Gotham, stir slightly with tough Irish cops and watch the explosion.


Roosevelt eventually found himself twitted at almost every turn. Joseph Pulitzer’s New York Evening World ran a front page cartoon showing him as an insane waggle-toothed, cross-eyed school boy trying to learn about law enforcement. Another time, it accused him of trying to arrest the Statue of Liberty for being an unaccompanied female out at night.



On a personal note, this time period and the NYC setting intrigued me immensely. I grew up in New York on the Upper East Side and used to wander to Times Square when it was still evil. As a teenager, I played blackjack in illegal parlors; I bet the horses at nearby tracks; I drank underage at the Plaza Hotel. I have always been attracted to vice. But the sorry truth—especially the last decade or so—is that I have lived far too reputable a life.


Researching “Island of Vice” would allow me to tour the seedy side of turn-of-the-century New York and listen to the likes of streetwalker Gertie Long as she testified about meeting six or seven clients on a Saturday evening. It would allow me to explore the life of Tammany Hall police captain William “Big Bill” Devery who took bribes to look the other way. (His talent for temporary blindness was immense.)


I like conflict and I like a good fight. Here we have an energetic uncompromising police commissioner nicknamed “Teddy” squaring off against brothel madams, casino operators, corrupt cops, pleasure-seeking New Yorkers, all in a battle for control of the island of vice.


A free sample excerpt from this book is available for download on the product page now!


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App Buzz

2940043881052.pngBoard games are awesome. There is something about the style of gameplay and the simple interactivity that has kept me a fan ever since I was a child. My favorite has always been Monopoly. If I play it with three groups of friends, the rules are never the same. It’s almost like I get to enjoy subtle variations on a trusted theme over and over, one that never goes out of style.  A new and welcome twist on the game is now available for both the NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet! Monopoly by Electronic Arts, Inc. is an amazing reproduction of the family friendly classic. The interface is smooth and intuitive – you’ll be managing your properties and expanding your empire with a few well-placed taps of the screen. There are multiple levels of difficulty to challenge even the most skilled player, and for the best of the best you can challenge another person to see who’s the mightiest mogul. Personally, my favorite feature is the ability to customize the rules – that makes it feel like I’m playing “my” Monopoly, with the rules my family and I use guiding the game. Stop. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200 – go buy Monopoly now!

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Though Downton Abbey has had critics, no one can deny it has been a stunning commercial success.  Not only that, but with the second series, concluded last month on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater, a viewing public in the tens of millions has now been exposed to the history of the Great War, as World War One is known in Britain.  Though the US lost double the men in the years 1917-18 than in the Vietnam war, the Second World War has garnered more attention – in schools, books and on the screen – on the western side of the pond.  Not so in Britain, or Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa – indeed, any of the countries of the former British Empire who sent thousands of soldiers to fight on behalf of the mother country, and where there is still a deep sense of Lest We Forget.  However, being a TV series, and one with a limited number of episodes, clearly some decisions had to be made, so a war that cost millions of lives worldwide – some eighteen million people, counting civilians and military personnel – had to be truncated into what seemed like a very swift conflict indeed.  And I think, all things considered, they did a fair job.


Tragedy comes to Downton Abbey in the shape of wounded soldiers convalescing, in Matthew Crawley’s severe injuries, and in the death of a much-loved character, so those key events in the series had to represent the greater numbers who suffered:  750,000 British soldiers died, 1,350,000 were severely wounded, and hundreds of thousands profoundly shell-shocked – though “official” records would say only about 80,000 lost their minds in the Great War.   The battle scenes are realistic enough, though they cannot convey a true sense of the cost of the first day of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, featured in an early episode; there were almost 60,000 casualties, with some 20,000 killed.  I once stood on the exact spot where war-poet, Siegfried Sassoon, watched the opening salvos, yet the Battle of the Somme was to rage for four and a half months with over one million casualties – and not one of the Allies’ stated objectives on that first day was ever achieved.  As Winston Churchill observed, the Great War was the first conflict in which mankind discovered that it could obliterate itself completely. 


Women were already very much in the workplace at the outset of war in 1914, but another 1,500,000 women went out to work in highly visible roles to release men for the battlefield.  Lady Sybil – who had viewers’ hearts aching when she said, “Sometimes it feels as if all the men I ever danced with are dead”— is one of the many young women who became nurses.  Hundreds of thousands worked in munitions, or the land, or industry.  There was not a field of endeavor left untouched by a woman’s hand – and many were earning good money for the day.  After the war, life in Britain would change irrevocably, and never return to those halcyon days of Edwardian gentility – and it seems even the Dowager is getting wind of such changes, as much as she wants everything to go back to “normal.”  Lady Edith appears bound to join the two million women who were considered “surplus” following the war, given that so many young men of marriageable age had died.  Edith’s willingness to entertain the possibility of marriage to an older man wounded in the war is reminiscent of the following advertisement placed by a young woman of the time: "Lady, fiancé killed, will gladly marry officer totally blinded or otherwise incapacitated by the War."



Throughout the series, the cost of war is mounting – for example, the estate bought by Lady Mary’s fiancé, Sir Richard Carlisle, had been put up for sale after the heir was killed in the war.  So many estates were on the market for that very reason, and in the post-war years American dealers came to Europe to buy up valuable artworks from families almost ruined by grief and death duties.


We all wonder what the third series of Downton Abbey might bring, and how the fortunes of each member of the family, whether upstairs or downstairs, might grow and change.  Downton Abbey has been a rich and colorful drama that has entertained most and annoyed a few, but in hanging the narrative on the peg of history, series creator Julian Fellowes has inspired American viewers to learn more about a time that changed so much around the world, forever. 


The march of history has inspired so much in the series featuring Maisie Dobbs, the Psychologist-Investigator and former World War 1 nurse who is defined very much by her times, and by the experiences of those around her, from the poor to the wealthy.  Readers have followed Maisie’s struggle to overcome her wounding in the war, and shell shock as damaging as that experienced by any soldier. 


ELEGY FOR EDDIE, which begins in 1933, was inspired by a story recounted by my father of a young man from his neighborhood who had a magical way with horses, but who was killed in “suspicious circumstances.”  Such recollections are the stuff of mystery, and when hung on the peg of history – a country in the midst of change, with a citizenry still feeling the livid wounds of a war now more than fifteen years past; a new leader creating reason for deep concern in Germany, while in Britain, it’s evident that the people are not in the mood for another conflict – they are woven together to cast a light on how life might have been, once upon a time.



Also this month, the following special guests will lead discussions of Maisie, mysteries, and more on Twitter. Follow the #Maisie hashtag on Twitter to participate:


NANCY PEARL (@nancy_pearl) — Thursday, March 8, 1 PM EST
Author of the Book Lust series and NPR Commentator

JENNIFER BARTH (@jbarthharper) — Friday, March 16, 3 PM EST
VP and Executive Editor, Harper Books
(This chat will also feature Jennifer Hart of @BookClubGirl)

ELAINE PETROCELLI (@bookpassage) — Friday, March 23, 3 PM EST
Founder and President of Book Passage

New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series


The discussion of Maisie Dobbs on Twitter will run all month long and beyond, so be sure to follow the #Maisie hashtag so you can participate.



NOOK owners: go to shop and search for “Jacqueline Winspear” to download her captivating historical mysteries.


NOOK First

Categories: NOOK First


I hope you’ve found great new authors and satisfying reads from our past NOOK First selections— a chance for NOOK readers to be the first to get access to some hot new books. This month features some of the best books yet..take a look:































• What do you miss about being 5 years old?

• What would you tell your 20-year-old self?

• What, at this point in your life, do you want, wish and dream of for your life going forward?

• What would you want said about you on your 80th birthday?


From the thoughtful to the blunt, experienced to the young – Write for the Fight is a humorous and emotional journey that will take you back to the best of times and get you energized for the future. All writer royalties will be donated to charities benefiting the fight against breast cancer.


Somewhere between creating beauty from waste and developing a new way of life for the future the two of them find a common ground on which to build trust and honesty...and love.



Or at least that’s what he believes right up until an old CIA source gets in touch with him for the first time in years with the story of a lifetime: the Agency is subverting humanitarian immunization programs to hunt for terrorists. But even as visions of a second Pulitzer dance in Joe’s head, a CIA-hired team of assassins go after his source—and their next target is Joe…


Was it enough that they had him in chains, and that the killing had stopped? Would any punishment be enough?

He raised his head and searched the mass of faces. Michel was slouched in his chair, his wrists manacled in his lap. He wondered what he was feeling. Confusion? Fear? His face betrayed nothing.

Michel caught Budjinski's stare and a mocking half-smile formed on his lips.

But Budjinski did not see it. He was lost once more in his reverie; a skein of smoke rose over the grey river, and he heard the sounds of his own screams. Over a year ago but the horror of it was still fresh in his memory.

He realized that the man next to him was staring. His hands had tightened into fists on the wooden bench and his body was shaking with the force of his rage.

If the Indians did not convict him he would kill this bastard himself. This is bestselling author Colin Falconer's Venom.


Free sample excerpts from these books are available for download on the product pages now!

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Editor's Note: On July 30, 2012, Jonah Lehrer confirmed a journalist’s report that a number of quotations appearing in Imagine: How Creativity Works were fabrications, and publicly apologized for misleading his readers.  Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has subsequently recalled all editions of the book. 


We recently re-introduced the B&N Recommends program - highlighting books our booksellers can’t stop talking about – with William Landay’s Defending Jacob. Landay’s gripping, thought-provoking book was a huge hit among B&N readers, and went on to become a New York Times bestseller.


Now we’re ready to reveal our newest B&N Recommends selection, Jonah Lehrer’s fascinating book Imagine: How Creativity Works. Imagine is available for pre-order now, but to help introduce NOOK readers to Lehrer’s previous books, we’re offering a limited-time price reduction on How We Decide and Proust was a Neuroscientist.








How We Decide —an engaging and useful book exploring how neuroscience can help us make better decisions—is only 99 cents, today only. The best decision you can make today? Downloading this excellent and insightful book at a great price.


Lehrer’s debut book, Proust Was a Neuroscientist, was a B&N Discover Great New Writers pick at the time of publication, and holds up as one of the most interesting reflections on the intersection of art and science that you’ll ever read. It’s currently available for just $3.99, and offers an accessible investigation of great artists—including Proust, Cézanne & George Eliot—and how their art unlocked some of science’s greatest mysteries.


Once you’ve read these two impressive books, you’ll be eagerly awaiting Imagine—yet another groundbreaking work from a talented science writer at the top of his game.






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The NOOK Comics Store now features nearly 100 of Dark Horses's top titles, like Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Sin City and more!


Start shopping here for your favorite title now.



App Buzz

2940043886859.pngHow old were you when you first heard “It’s a small world”? The song and the ride have been part of our shared personal story since the mid 1960s. I am overjoyed to announce that we now have it's a small world by Disney Publishing Worldwide available for the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™.


This app provides a genre-defying mobile experience, as it incorporates elements of the theme-park ride, the song and educational elements to take you on a magical journey. The interface is crisp and responsive, bringing a welcome interactivity to the table that will engage both kids and adults alike. As you are taken on a whirlwind trip around the globe the app will teach tolerance, acceptance and the importance of meeting new people, making new friends and opening yourself up to the good things in the world. My personal favorite features are the sing-along and the showcase of how to say “Hello” in sixteen languages. If you are a lifelong fan or hoping to introduce your little one to the beauty and goodness of 'its a small world,' now is the time. Grab it today, sing along and let it take you somewhere amazing!

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Free Fridays

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“Dryden follows up his superb debut, Red to Black (2009), with a riveting sequel... Red to Black reinvigorated the classic Cold War espionage genre. Moscow Sting, with its clever, devious, conflicted characters, its tension and verisimilitude, and its complex but fully plausible plot, is every bit as good.”

- Booklist


This follow-up to Dryden’s critically-acclaimed Red to Black focuses on former KGB Colonel Anna Resnikov, who abandoned her position to marry a British MI6 agent. When her husband is assassinated, Anna quickly learns that while the Cold War may be over, the ‘new’ Russia still has a brutal way of sending a warning to those who step out of line.


With her brash act of defiance, Anna now faces a wide swath of international enemies—from Putin’s forces, to the CIA, to an American private security firm. All are convinced that her husband passed along secret valuable information before his death.  Now Anna must call on her KGB training and a keen sense of self-preservation to protect herself and her son—leading to a thrilling globe-trotting adventure.


The thrills continue in Dryden's next book, The Blind Spy, available for pre-order now.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Alex recommends:




Today’s NOOK Daily Find: Families book is bestselling author Kathryn Lasky's Wolves of the Beyond: Lone Wolf, the stunning spinoff from the legendary Guardians of Ga'hoole, for just $2.99. A wolf mother has given birth, but the warm bundle snuffling next to her brings only anguish. The pup, otherwise healthy, has a twisted paw, and the mother knows what the harsh code of the pack demands. Her pup will be taken from her and abandoned on a desolate hill. The pack cannot have weakness - the wolf mother knows that her pup is condemned to die.


But alone in the wilderness, the pup, Faolan, does not perish. This is his story - a story of survival, of courage, and of love triumphant. This is Faolan's story, the wolf pup who rose up to change forever the Wolves of the Beyond.


You can find both Daily Find titles every day and sign up to have each day’s titles delivered to your inbox here.

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