In Boyle’s latest book, San Miguel, he again mines the riches of a very particular time and place—the remote California island of San Miguel during the late 19th and early 20th century. First, an ill woman and her Civil War veteran husband land on the desolate island seeking a return to health and a chance to start anew. But this isolated and lonely life is a difficult adjustment for these city folk, and their daughter soon rebels against their simple lifestyle.

 

Next the story transitions to the 1930s, when a World War I veteran and his wife stake a claim on the same island. While the new life suits them, as another war looms on the horizon, the family worries that living on an island off the Pacific coast may pose dangers they hadn’t anticipated.

 

Publishers Weekly says of the author’s latest, “the novel is primarily a history of the land itself, unchanging despite its various visitors and residents, and as beautiful, imperfect, and unrelenting as Boyle’s characters.”

 

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In this series-concluding fourth book, Oregon teenager Kelsey sets off on a dangerous subterranean adventure with were-tiger brothers Ren and Kishan. While the epic battles and heart-pounding cliffhangers keep the plot in motion, it’s the unresolved love story that will have most readers turning the pages. Who will Kelsey choose, and will any of the parties in this love triangle live to enjoy happily-ever-after?

 
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In celebration of today's anniversary, many of Dahl’s best-loved books are now available on NOOK for the first time—including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. I’ve never been much of a re-reader, but as a kid my copy of Charlie was falling apart at the seams. The author’s darkly humorous and utterly witty stories are the perfect combination of childish wonder and young adult skepticism of the adult world. That recipe is what endeared millions of fans over the years, and what keeps Dahl’s stories fresh even for adult readers.

 

It’s always exciting to announce the addition of classic titles for NOOK, and for me personally, these are some of the best yet.

 

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“Ambitious, densely written, sometimes very funny, and fabulously over the top, here's a rare book that really could be the great American novel.” – Library Journal

 

 

In his latest impressive effort, Telegraph Avenue, Chabon explores a wide range of social and cultural issues, with a small, struggling record store at  the metaphorical center. It’s 2004 at the crossroads of Berkeley and Oakland, where Brokeland Records is taking its last gasp. Vinyl records still have cache, but the sliver of profit margin may soon disappear, as a former football star promises to open a nearby chain store that would likely bankrupt Brokeland.

 

Subplots of race relations, political turmoil (this is, of course, the year of the Bush/Kerry election), lifelong friendships and unexpected family drama all play a part in this nostalgia-filled romp. In true Chabon style, you can expect plenty of pop-culture references and inventive asides that give this particular time and place a distinctive and palpable presence.

 

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While young readers have always stolen books from adults' shelves, hoping to glean insight into the grown-up world, ever since Harry Potter became a worldwide phenomenon, adults have been returning the favor. From Twilight, to Hunger Games, to The Mortal Instruments, bestselling YA titles have officially colonized the adult market, too.

 

So it’s no surprise that many of your favorite writers are now releasing books aimed at young adult readers. Even less surprisingly, many of these authors’ efforts are still attracting the adult readers who originally put them on bestseller lists. Here are a few of our favorite authors who’ve made the successful leap into young adult fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery writer Harlan Coben is no slouch either—with 50 million books sold worldwide, he’s one of today’s most popular mystery writers. In Shelter, readers follow high school transfer student Mickey as he searches for his missing girlfriend, only to find that the sweet, shy girl he thought he knew is mixed up in some very unsavory things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Color is Your Parachute 2013 Edition author Richard N. Bolles has been helping people make this difficult decision for decades, and his classic book was recently included in Time magazine's list of All-Time 100 Best Non-fiction Books. The newly-updated 2013 edition is available now for pre-order, and is an invaluable resource for any job-seeker.

 

Bolles combines personality tests that will help you determine the fields you’re best-suited for, as well as practical, step-by-step advice on finding your ideal profession. This newest edition features timely advice on using social media and other brand new tools in your employment search.

 

Whether you’re unemployed or currently employed in a less-than-satisfactory position, you’ll find countless helpful tips in What Color Is Your Parachute.

 

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To get a taste of the incredible archival material included in this edition, here’s a particularly amusing letter written by a polite but opinionated Peter Benchley to the film’s producer.

 


Letter from Peter Benchley to David Brown, Producer of the Film Version of Jaws

 

15 April, 1974

 

Dear David:

 

As I mentioned on the phone this morning, I am deeply troubled by some things in the

final draft screenplay of “Jaws.” I fear that if they were ever to appear on the screen, the picture

would be hooted at—not just by shark-freaks, but by general audiences, too—as an insane farce.

Furthermore, I think they detract for the suspense of the film.

I have several other, less important, reservations, and I’ll mention them in descending

order of concern.

 

First and most critical of all is the “rogue shark” concept. You said that Steve apparently

consulted some authority before taking this new tack. I, too, have consulted authorities, and my

sources agree with me that the concept is totally absurd. I’ll be glad to argue specifics any time,

but rather than write you a thesis here and now, I’d prefer to offer one artistic argument against

the rogue-shark thing: if you present this shark as a world-girdling maniac, responsible for nearly

every recorded shark-attack death, you destroy one of the central horrors of the story—namely

that a shark doesn’t have to be deranged to eat people. Eating people is normal, instinctual

behavior for great white sharks. There is profound terror in the normalcy of killing.

Also, to have Hooper claim to have tagged this shark reduces its menace and mystery. It

makes the shark approachable and familiar.

 

That leads me to Hooper, who, in general, strikes me as an insufferable, pedantic little

schmuck—not only pedantic, but ignorantly so, since many of the things he says about sharks are

either misleading or flatly wrong. He sounds like a textbook full of errors. Again, I’ll cite chapter

and verse to anyone who cares to listen.

Now, on to a few specific things that bothered me. I have tried to avoid picking nits

(things like the horseshoe crabs). And the things that trouble me least (which you may well

consider nits) I’ve saved for last.

 

Ellen’s gimmick with the travel brochures seems phony as hell. First of all, it’s a terrible

cliche. Second, if she’s married to Brody, she should realize what his position is. She comes off

as a nag, and since she vanishes almost immediately, we’re left with a vague, unresolved sense

that Brody has an unhappy marriage.

 

P. 13—Meadows’ speech about sharks and their swim bladders is wrong. He’s mixing

apples and oranges, and he compounds the felony by saying, “Don’t you know anything about

them?”

 

P. 40—Hooper would never be suckered into believing that a ten-foot blue shark killed

those people. Never.

 

P. 44—Brody seems here to be disbelieving the blue-shark theory. When did he change

his mind?

 

P. 48—And when did Hooper suddenly change his mind about the blue shark as a

possible killer?

 

P. 55—Hooper claims to have seen the white shark before, and at close range. So how

come he says it’s only 17 feet long?

 

P. 65—Hooper says of the shark, “It knows where you live.” He is anthropomorphizing,

something that he would be the first to argue against. God, he’s an inconsistent character!

 

P. 78—What suddenly changes Brody from a man terrified of the water to a man eager to

join Quint? I remember discussing this change-of-heart at great length. It seems to have been

resolved by ignoring it.

 

The following are relatively minor:

 

P. 5—The bloody billboard is still there, I see. I feebly repeat that it is way out of

character for the town.

 

P. 23—Someone named Denherder makes a reference to a sporting charter on

Valentine’s Day. I know of no one on the East Coast who would go fishing on February 14th,

for, among other reasons, there are no game fish around on February 14th.

 

P. 24—Brody says, “But nobody sport-fishes for sharks!” If this is intended to make him

seem stupid, it succeeds. If it is meant as a fact, it is wrong.

 

P. 30—If Hooper is a diver, he’s unlikely to be bearded. Beards get in the way. Bearded

divers exist, of course, but why even raise the question in the audience’s mind?

 

P. 35—This, I admit, is a nit, but I’ll pick it anyway. Here and on the following page it is

clear that Steve doesn’t know guns. Fine. I assume there will be someone on location who will

know that, for instance, a .30 caliber rifle doesn’t fire a ‘wad’ and couldn’t ruin rigging.

 

P. 76—Hooper refers to Ipswitch, Maine. There may be an Ipswitch, Maine, but a more

familiar Ipswich is in Massachusetts.

 

There you have it. I am aware that 1) film is a directors’ medium, 2) my part in the

entertainment has long since technically ended, and 3) you may well decide to make this letter

into a paper airplane and skim it off the top of the Tower. But I did want to convey these points,

if only to vent my spleen.

 

As I have said (and said, and said), I would be willing—nay, eager—to meet and work

with Steve, should he deem it helpful.

 

Yrs,

Peter Benchley

 

PS/ What makes me angriest of all is that you didn’t tell me you had already made and released

the movie of “Jaws.” I had to find out from the clipping I’ve appended below.

 

 

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B&N’s current affairs expert Sallye, has new titles to suggest each month. This July, she’s highlighting The Dictator’s Learning Curve by acclaimed journalist William J. Dobson, about which she says:

 

With despots toppled in Egypt and Libya and pro-democracy demonstrations convulsing Syria and Russia, the conflict between repression and liberation has reached new heights. This powerful work of reporting illuminates the challenges faced by advocates of free societies everywhere.”

 

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Now Pascal is continuing the adventures with 6 novella-length The Sweet Life stories, each only $1.99. The first Sweet Life installment begins three years after Sweet Valley Confidential left off. Elizabeth and Jessica are both enjoying fruitful careers, but are struggling with the same challenges that many Sweet Valley readers face—like balancing career, marriage and motherhood. You loved living a vicarious adolescence through these always-entertaining twins, and you’ll be drawn to their new adult storylines as well.

 

While the first two books are available now, each serialized story ends with a cliffhanger that will have you scrambling to pre-order the next adventure faster than you can say “Lila Fowler.”

 

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Now, after eight critically-acclaimed bestselling books, the Artemis Fowl series comes to its own conclusion with The Last Guardian. Artemis Fowl’s archenemy Opal Koboi has masterminded a way to simultaneously secure her release from prison and bring the human and fairy worlds to their knees. And, unless Artemis can stop her, the evil pixie’s next move will destroy all human life on earth.

 

Ground zero is the Fowl Estate, where Opal has reanimated fairy warriors who were buried there thousands of years ago. Their spirits have possessed any vessels they can find—corpses, Artemis’s little brothers, assorted wildlife—and they are bound to obey Opal’s every command. Defeating the motley troops and their diabolical leader will require all of Artemis’s cleverness—as well as Butler’s bravery, Holly’s skill, and Foaly’s gadgetry. But if their best efforts aren’t enough, Armageddon will surely follow.

 

Fans will be sad to see the series end, but with this crackerjack final adventure, Artemis Fowl goes out with style.

 

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