To bid farewell to our most favorite of seasons (summer reading! Beach reading! Reading in front of the air conditioner because it is too hot to move!), we’re celebrating in a really big way: between now and September 3, we’re holding our first-ever Book Haul Blowout. From August 24 through September 2, more than 1,000 new and recent hardcover bestsellers, backlist favorites, and timeless classics for readers of all ages are on sale for 50% off.
Grow your library by shopping Barnes & Noble’s Book Haul Blowout selection at your local store, or online at BN.com/bookhaul. (For those of you who prefer to lovingly caress your books in person before buying, in-store shoppers who take home any bundle of three books will also receive a free tote bag with their purchase, while supplies last.)
If choosing from a list of 1,000 titles seems a bit daunting, below we’ve highlighted some of our favorites for all types of readers. Check out our recommendations, browse the entire selection, and show us what you’ve picked up on social media using the hashtag #BNBookHaul.
Anthony Bourdain Remembered
Bourdain’s death last year brought about an outpouring of love and affection from his most devoted fans, not to mention the casual viewers of his travel and food programs. If the tributes shared a theme, it was honoring the late master chef’s belief that the world would be a better place if we all spent more time walking in the shoes of others, and maybe trying a little of their food. It’s a valuable message, and this reminiscence celebrates Bourdain’s life with anecdotes from fans, friends, chefs, and luminaries like Barack Obama, Ken Burns, and Questlove.
I.M.: A Memoir, by Isaac Mizrahi
Celebrity designer Isaac Mizrahi grew up gay in a Syrian Orthodox Jewish family before he became a performer, a talk-show host, and a fashion icon. Throughout his life, he has moved through all of these identities and more, and walked in lofty celebrity circles that have included the likes of Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, and Oprah Winfrey. This new memoir chronicles the highs and lows of his fascinating life.
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, by Jared Diamond
Jared Diamond, another Pulitzer-winner best known for Guns, Germs and Steel, returns with a unique and fascinating look at history through the lens of psychology, applying trauma treatment protocols to entire nations in order to explain sudden policy shifts and course corrections, from Chile’s wild political swings in the 20th century, to Japan’s opening to the West in the 19th century, to the persistence of the institution of slavery in the U.S., to the Winter War between the U.S.S.R. and Finland. Diamond argues that nations either take an honest look at themselves after disaster… or they don’t, and that willingness or unwillingness to acknowledge hard truths is the determining factor in what happens next.
Hardcover $24.00 | $30.00
Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America, by Jared Cohen
Jared Cohen examines one of the least-studied quirks of the American system of government: the very real possibility that the vice president will assume the presidency. Examining eight vice presidents who ascended to the role of commander in chief when their running mates died in office, Cohen explores how our political system works—or, more often, doesn’t work—to prepare the VP to takeover in the wake of tragedy. In offering insights into the way these eight power transitions and considering other times a president almost died in office, Cohen argues that the job of vice president is much more than merely ceremonial.
True Crime Obsessives
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara
Michelle McNamara passed away in 2016 at the age of 46, but left behind a powerful legacy in the form of this book. It’s the result of her years-long investigation into the serial rapist and murderer she dubbed the Golden State Killer, who, thanks in part to McNamara’s efforts o draw additional attention to the cold case, was finally captured in 2018. When she began tracing the crimes in 2011, DNA testing had already linked more than 50 sexual assaults and murders dating back to the mid-1970s to a single man.. The attacks stopped after a decade, and the killer disappeared—but McNamara, with the help of others who gathered at her website, tracked him tirelessly through the available evidence. After her unexpected passing, her team continued the work, finishing this remarkable book, which skillfully combines true-crime details with a novelist’s flare for storytelling.
The Sentence Is Death, by Anthony Horowitz
The second novel in the already addictive Daniel Hawthorne series features Hawthorne’s investigation into the murder of a famous divorce lawyer—found bludgeoned to death with a very expensive bottle of wine. But the victim wasn’t a drinker. And what’s to be made of his enigmatic last recorded words: “You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…”? Horowitz’s famously recalcitrant detective is accompanied once again by novelist Anthony, whose inexperience in the arena of crime solving is made up for by his enthusiasm. This elegantly written series full of twists and turns is very much worth getting into in its early days.
Under Currents, by Nora Roberts
On the surface, Zane Bigelow’s childhood looked idyllic—successful parents and a big, fancy house and all that jazz—but said childhood was actually filled with all kinds of abuse. Fast forward many years and Zane is now a successful—and smokingly gorgeous—lawyer. He decides to return to his hometown and be with his loved ones. There he meets Darby, a landscape artist who’s new to the area and has her own haunted past. Darby and Zane may each have their own issues to grapple with – not to mention dark pasts they can’t seem to shake—but that doesn’t stop either of them from realizing they’d like to do the deed on a regular basis. Will they be able to dodge their demons and start a new chapter of their lives together?
Big Fans of Buzzy Literary Fiction
Supermarket, by Bobby Hall
This first novel written by Bobby Hall—aka, rap star Logic—is a dense, dark thriller that will keep surprising you. Flynn is a depressed young man who takes a job at a supermarket because he needs something—anything—to give him a reason to get out of bed in the morning and leave his mother’s house. At the store he journals, observing the weirdos and freaks he works with, the customers, the adorable coworker he’s falling for. When a horrible crime is committed at the supermarket, everything changes, and Flynn begins questioning his reality.
7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton
Turton takes one part classic manor house mystery and adds a layer of supernatural sci-fi, as Aiden Bishop relives the same day over and over, inhabiting a different body each time—each a guest at a masquerade ball thrown by the Hardcastle family at the downtrodden manor house known as Blackheath. He must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle, the young daughter in whose honor the party has been organized, within eight days—and eight identities—or have his memory erased and be forced to start over from scratch. Turton doesn’t skimp on the red herrings, plausible suspects, and twists that every great mystery needs, while the ticking clock on Bishop’s efforts ratchets up the tension in this near-perfect postmodern mystery.
The Chef, by James Patterson and Max Dilallo
James Patterson continues to innovate and push envelopes in terms of marketing and distribution. Case in point: his newest collaboration with DiLallo was first published on Facebook Messenger. Police detective and food truck chef Caleb Rooney serves New Orleans in both capacities, but as Mardi Gras approaches, he finds himself accused of murder. (It probably doesn’t help that his food truck is called the Killer Chef.) Shortly thereafter, Rooney discovers a plot to attack New Orleans being brewed up by home-grown terrorists. Racing against time, Rooney must clear his own name while preventing a slaughter in his beloved city as it gears up for Mardi Gras—the perfect tasty backdrop for a tense thriller.
Neon Prey, by John Sandford
When Howell Paine fails to pay back the money he owes loan shark Roger Smith, Smith sends violent thug Clayton Deese to punish him. But Paine fights back with an unexpected ferocity, and Deese is jammed up on racketeering charges. When Deese escapes his ankle bracelet and investigators discover partially-eaten bodies buried in his backyard, Lucas Davenport takes an interest and begins tracking the killer and the brutal gang he travels with as they journey across the country, pulling jobs to fuel their gambling and drug use. Worried that Deese is an unstable source of dire secrets that could ruin him, Smith decides he has to go, setting up a tense three-way game of cat-and-mouse Davenport fans are sure to love.
Poets at Heart
the princess saves herself in this one, by Amanda Lovelace
Published by the same imprint that publishes the sensational Rupi Kaur, princess explores Amanda’s previously unhealthy relationships—with former romantic partners and with her own self-esteem—as she climbs out from the ruin and realizes she’s worth more than the hand she’s been dealt (and that others, too, can love her for who she is). Her poems can be read on their own or as a complete narrative, and both princess and her new poetry collection the witch doesn’t burn in this one are aggressively feminist and uplifting, perfect for teens looking for little verses to hold to their chests as pick-me-ups in the current political climate.
Business Book Buffs
The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Willink and Babin bring their unique perspective as former Navy SEALs to the business world, arguing that effective leadership is a split between seemingly opposite traits—like leading and following, aggression and prudence—and the key to success is mastering both. Willink and Babin thread the needle throughout, examining how leaders can both take ‛extreme’ ownership of ideas and projects while delegating effectively, take a real interest in each individual member of the team and their wellbeing without sacrificing the overall goals of the team, any many other seemingly contradictory impulses that must be mastered in order to be as effective a leader as possible.
Paperback $17.59 | $21.99
Hungry Girl Simply 6: All-Natural Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Less, by Lisa Lillien
Lisa Lillien’s 13th cookbook in the Hungry Girl series is ideal for busy folks with hectic lives, offering a ton of recipes that require just six ingredients, take less than half an hour to prepare, and clock in under 350 calories. The magic is in how Lillien manages to cut out a lot of sugar, starch, and salt while still offering up dishes like mushroom risotto, beefy cauliflower rice stir-fry, steak and avocado soft tacos, cookies and cream banana bites, upside-down cheesecake, and personal peach pies. With a fun and breezy tone, Lillien also manages to sift in plenty of practical cooking tips with each recipe. It’s a cookbook that not only makes healthy cooking easy, but also reduces kitchen-related stress.
Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family, by Tracy Pollan, Dana Pollan, Lori Pollan, and Corky Pollan
Food writer Michael Pollan’s family comes together to offer the perfect cookbook for “flexitarians,” folks who are largely vegetarian but don’t object to the occasional bit of fish or meat. This healthy-but-not-strict approach is delightfully outlined by Pollan’s sisters Lori, Dana, and Tracy and their mother Corky, offering recipes that will be accepted (and devoured) by vegetarians, vegans, and everyone else, all with a distinct home-cooked touch. The addition of pre-made shopping lists are a godsend as well, allowing everyone to simply run out to the market and ensure they have everything they’ll need to cook healthy with confidence no matter who drops by.
Hardcover $13.64 | $18.99
Defy Me, by Tahereh Mafi
Book five in the addictive Shatter Me series finds Juliette succumbing to the darkness she’s long held at bay. Being supreme commander of North America was difficult enough, and that was before she discovered her identity and family relationships may have been one big lie. The cliffhanger-to-end-all-cliffhangers in Restore Me had fans howling, but at long last it’s time to see what Juliette and Warner do next. And the B&N Exclusive addition includes a deleted scene as well as bonus content from the Reestablishment’s secret files.
King of Scars, by Leigh Bardugo
Return to the Grishaverse for a Nikolai Lantsov story (and a Nina POV!) in this duology opener by expert fantasy writer Bardugo. If you’re new to the Six of Crows and Grishaverse novels, this is a terrific entry point. As a young privateer, Nikolai concealed his royal status (and handsome visage) so as to be more effective in battle. Now the enigmatic young man sits on the throne, but past trauma and internal dark magic threaten his ability to lead his country against the looming war. Will a quest to the most magical locations in Ravka cure him or endanger everyone he knows? As Nikolai would put it, “Anything worth doing starts as a bad idea.”
Paperback $14.39 | $17.99
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore
Whenever someone questions the need for laws protecting workers and everyone else from the deprivations of profit-seeking companies, this story should serve as educational. In the early 20th century, more than a dozen women were employed to paint watches with luminous paint based on the radioactive material radium. These women were fine artists who were able to manipulate their brushes expertly, often using their mouths to twist the brushes to a fine point in order to do the detail work. Soon after, many began suffering terrible medical problems, including lost teeth and disease jawbones, sparking a decades-long legal and medical battle that redefined worker’s rights and workplace safety.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Geeks
A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine
Arkady Martine’s ornate debut space opera constructs a fully realized world. The new ambassador from a small mining Station, Mahit Dzmare, arrives at the court of the ever-expanding Teixcalaanli Empire to find that the previous ambassador is dead. Very likely, she was murdered—though no one will admit that, or the fact that Dzmare is the next most likely victim. Aided by her expertise in the Teixcalaani language and an outdated—and possibly untrustworthy—memory implant from the prior ambassador, Dzmare must negotiate both her own survival and that of the Station in the face of an implacable empire. Meanwhile, the aging emperor seeks to become immortal by any means science can grant him, even as his army plots a coup. In the tradition of Ann Leckie and Iain M. Banks, this is bold, complex space opera with a political bent.
Stranger Things, Volume 1, by Jody Houser, Stefano Martino, Keith Champagne, Nate Piekos, and Lauren Affe
Netflix sensation Stranger Things returns for its third season this summer, but first, this tie-in series from writer Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic) and artist Stefano Martino (George R.R. Martin’s Doorways) doles out some heretofore unseen backstory, finally revealing the terrors Will Byers experienced while trapped in the Upside Down with the Demigorgon during the show’s first season. It’s terrifically chilling worldbuilding, and the character designs and dialogue are quite true to the show. The B&N edition includes a variant cover and an exclusive gatefold art spread.
What are your favorite #BookHaul finds?