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Barnes & Noble Announces the Top Books for the Holiday Season: Must-Have Books for Everyone in the Family

A Book Is a Gift Like No Other and Barnes & Noble’s Booksellers Have Picked the Best Books For the Holiday, Including Original and Compelling Titles for Readers of All Ages

New York, New York – November 18, 2014 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced its list of the top books for the holiday season. The company’s booksellers have chosen from personal recommendations and customer favorites their choices for the best books for everyone in the family this holiday season in Fiction, Nonfiction, Teens, Young Readers and Kids. Booksellers also went beyond traditional categories to select original, creative, and compelling favorites, with a focus on books with great storytelling and unique subject matter. These books can be found in Barnes & Noble’s more than 650 locations nationwide and online at BN.com, with eBook versions of almost all the titles on the list available at NOOK.com.
“A book is a gift like no other and Barnes & Noble has all of the top books for the holiday this year, with something for everyone in the family,” said Mary Amicucci, VP, Adult Trade and Children’s Books at Barnes & Noble. “This year’s holiday list has been put together using the deep knowledge and expertise of our booksellers nationwide and we are excited to share this list with our customers so they can have yet another great tool to help them find meaningful and lasting gifts this holiday season.”
Top Fiction Books for the Holiday
Barnes & Noble’s Fiction picks for the top books this holiday feature Anthony Doerr’s stunningly ambitious work, All the Light We Cannot See, John Grisham’s searing new legal thriller, Gray Mountain, Michel Faber’s monumental, genre-defying novel, The Book of Strange New Things, Stephen King’s dark and electrifying novel, Revival, and Emily St. John Mandel’s audacious, darkly glittering original, Station Eleven.  The complete list of the top Fiction books for the holidays is as follows:

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness
  • The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
  • Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy #3) by Ken Follett
  • Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Long Way Home (Armand Gamache Series #10) by Louise Penny
  • The Magician's Land (Magicians Series #3) by Lev Grossman
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
  • Prince Lestat (Vampire Chronicles Series #11) by Anne Rice
  • Revival by Stephen King
  • Some Luck by Jane Smiley
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson

Top Nonfiction Books for the Holiday
Barnes & Noble’s Nonfiction picks for the top books this holiday include George W. Bush’s unique and intimate biography of George H. W. Bush in 41: A Portrait of My Father, Ina Garten’s Make It Ahead, which offers smart solutions for make-in-advance dishes, Atul Gawande’s masterful exploration of aging, death and the medical profession in Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Bill O’Reilly’s captivating accounts of the personal and profound in Killing Patton, and Amy Poehler’s funny and insightful essays in Yes Please.  The complete list of the top Nonfiction books for the holiday is as follows:

  • 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates
  • Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
  • In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides
  • Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive by T. D. Jakes
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
  • Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
  • The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Top Teen Books for the Holiday
Barnes & Noble’s picks for the top books for Teens this holiday include Cassandra Clare’s spellbinding conclusion to The Mortal Instrument Series, City of Heavenly Fire, Lauren Oliver’s extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage and hope, Panic, and Veronica Roth’s companion volume to the worldwide bestselling Divergent Series, Four: A Divergent Collection.  Below is the complete list of top books for Teens this holiday:

  • Afterworlds (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Atlantia by Ally Condie
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments Series #6) by Cassandra Clare
  • Eleanor & Park (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Rainbow Rowell
  • Endgame: The Calling (Endgame Series #1) by James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
  • Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
  • Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Infinite Sea (Fifth Wave Series #2) by Rick Yancey
  • Panic by Lauren Oliver
  • Redeemed (B&N Exclusive Edition) (House of Night Series #12) by P. C. Cast
  • The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine Series #2) by James Dashner
  • Skink--No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
  • Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Best Young Readers Books for the Holiday
Barnes & Noble’s picks for the top books for Young Readers this holiday feature the hilarious adventures of Greg Heffley and his family on a road trip gone wrong in The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney, the heartfelt, humorous and charming story of sibling relationships in Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, and the personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference in I Am Malala (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai.  Following is the complete list of the top books for Young Readers this holiday:

  • A Grimm Warning (The Land of Stories Series #3) by Chris Colfer
  • The Blood of Olympus (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Heroes of Olympus Series #5) by Rick Riordan
  • The Contract by Derek Jeter with Paul Mantell
  • Danger Down the Nile (Barnes & Noble Edition) (Treasure Hunters Series #2) by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Juliana Neufeld (Illustrator)
  • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
  • The Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #9) by Jeff Kinney
  • Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection by Scholastic
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Rick Riordan, John Rocco (Illustrator)
  • Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
  • Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After (Dork Diaries Series #8) by Rachel Renée Russell
  • Timmy Failure: We Meet Again by Stephan Pastis

Top Kids Books for the Holiday
Barnes & Noble’s picks for the top books for Kids features the innovative and wildly funny read-aloud story by B. J. Novak, The Book with No Pictures, the inspiring story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world from Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom, What Do You Do With an Idea?, and the creatively zany story of friendship in Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border.  Below is the complete list of top books for Kids this holiday:

  • The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
  • Frozen Hide-and-Hug Olaf: A Fun Family Experience! by Kevin Lewis, Olga Mosqueda (Illustrator)
  • Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss
  • How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish (Illustrator)
  • Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border
  • Pete the Cat and the New Guy by James Dean, Kimberly Dean
  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
  • The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose
  • What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)

To browse these great reads and all of the hottest books and gifts this holiday season, visit any of Barnes & Noble’s more than 650 stores nationwide or visit BN.com or NOOK.com. As always, Barnes & Noble’s nearly 35,000 knowledgeable booksellers are ready to answer customers’ “What to give?” challenge, and now for the first time, that personalized holiday gift advice from Barnes & Noble is available to holiday shoppers on Twitter. Through December 23, Barnes & Noble is extending its booksellers' expert knowledge online by providing customized gift ideas to those who tweet their holiday gift-related questions using the hashtag #BNGiftTip. Learn more and follow the conversation at www.twitter.com/bnbuzz.

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