Barnes & Noble Announces Best New Books of 2013: Must-Have Books for Everyone in the Family this Holiday Season and Beyond

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Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionPDF versionPDF versionBarnes & Noble’s Booksellers Pick the Best New Books of the Year Including Original and Compelling Titles for Readers of All Ages New York, NY – December 10, 2013 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), one of the nation’s largest booksellers and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced its selections for the Best New Books of 2013. The company’s booksellers have chosen from personal recommendations and customer favorites their choices for the best books published this year in Fiction, Nonfiction, Teens and Kids. Booksellers also went beyond traditional categories to select original, creative, and compelling favorites from the past year, with a focus on books with great storytelling and unique subject matter. These books can be found in Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 locations nationwide and online at In a recently commissioned survey* focused on consumer habits around holiday shopping, Barnes & Noble discovered that 59% of adults enjoy shopping for books in a retail bookstore for personalized recommendations from knowledgeable booksellers. With nearly 700 stores nationwide, Barnes & Noble is the best place for holiday shoppers to find their next great read or the perfect book for everyone in the family, and our team of 40,000 booksellers is ready to help make holiday shopping a breeze this year with expert recommendations. “This list of the Best Books published in 2013 is crafted from the expertise of our experienced booksellers, who use the same knowledge to help customers find their next great read by offering meaningful recommendations every day,” said Mary Amicucci, VP, Adult Trade and Children’s Books. “This year’s list includes selections from talented writers presenting enthralling works of fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens and kids. We are excited to share this curated list with our customers so they can discover great new books for everyone in the family.” Best New Fiction Books of 2013Barnes & Noble’s fiction picks for the Best New Books of 2013 feature Kate Atkinson’s dazzling and captivatingly original, Life After Life, Donna Tartt’s remarkable and mesmerizing literary novel of art, tragedy and perfection, The Goldfinch, and Khaled Hosseini’s heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful tapestry of love, loss and recovery across families and continents, And the Mountains Echoed. The complete list of the Best New Fiction Books of 2013 is as follows: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon The Circle by Dave Eggers The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Good Lord Bird by James McBride How the Light Gets In (Armand Gamache Series #9) by Louise Penny Inferno by Dan Brown The Interestings: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer Life After Life by Kate Atkinson The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert Someone by Alice McDermott TransAtlantic by Colum McCannBest New Nonfiction Books of 2013Barnes & Noble’s nonfiction picks for the Best New Books of 2013 include stellar works such as the colorful and enlightening The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, which jump-started a national conversation about women, men, and the workplace of the 21st century, and Bill Dedman’s Empty Mansions, The Mysterious Life of Hugette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune, a fascinating peek into America’s Gilded Age. The complete list of the Best New Nonfiction Books of 2013 is as follows: Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza AslanBest New Books of 2013 for TeensBarnes & Noble’s picks for the Best New Books of 2013 for Teens includes The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, a gripping tale of survival and adventure, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, a bittersweet story of first love, and Steelheart, a unique twist-filled take on superheroes. Below is the complete list of the Best New Books of 2013 for Teens: Allegiant (Divergent Series #3) by Veronica Roth Asylum by Madeleine Roux Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell The Elite (Selection Series #2) by Kiera Cass The Fault in Our Stars (B&N Exclusive Edition) by John Green The 5th Wave (Fifth Wave Series #1) by Rick Yancey Inferno (Chronicles of Nick Series #4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys Prodigy (Marie Lu's Legend Series #2) by Marie Lu Requiem (Delirium Series #3) by Lauren Oliver Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein The Runaway King (Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy) by Jennifer A. Nielsen Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan Best New Books of 2013 for KidsBarnes & Noble’s picks for the Best New Books of 2013 for Kids features the inventive and hysterical smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, and an epic journey into a dazzling new world, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. Following is the complete list of the Best New Books of 2013 for Kids: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #8) by Jeff Kinney The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus Series #4) by Rick Riordan Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation by Bill O'Reilly LEGO Play Book: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life by Daniel Lipkowitz Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts National Geographic Kids Almanac 2014 by National Geographic Kids Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James and Kimberly Dean, illustrated by James Dean Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy, illustrated by Jon J. Muth The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett (Origami Yoda Series #4) by Tom Angleberger Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (Dork Diaries Series #6) by Rachel Renée Russell Wild Born (Spirit Animals Series #1) by Brandon Mull Wonder (B&N Exclusive Edition) by R. J. PalacioThe entire collection of the Best New Books of 2013 is available at To browse these great reads and all of the hottest books and gifts this holiday season, visit any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores nationwide or visit About Barnes & Noble, Inc.Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The company operates 673 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, (  Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets.  The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store® (, while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 695 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.  Barnes & is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition). General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: *Barnes & Noble Holiday Survey was conducted by Russell Research. The study was conducted online from October 18-21, 2013, among 1,009 adults across the U.S.

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