It’s Black Friday at Barnes & Noble, which means there won’t be a better time all year to find the perfect read for every person on your gifting list—or to build up your own library. This year, we’re making it easy with our lowest prices ever (ever!) on some of the biggest books of the season*! Stop in and grab one, two, or 10—and if you should find your shopping energy flagging, don’t forget: our Barnes & Noble Cafés have plenty of coffee and tea on hand.
The Institute, by Stephen King
Harkening back to the kids-with-powers intrigue of Firestarter and It, King’s newest book concerns a group of children fighting back against monsters—but this time, the monsters are adults, and the fight takes place not in a creepy small town like Derry but the eminently sinister Institute. Each child at the Institute has been kidnapped; their parents murdered. Each child has paranormal abilities that are being exploited for an unknown purpose. Escape seems impossible, but staying at the Institute, where abuse runs rampant, is not an option either. Grab some popcorn and a big ol’ can of soda so you can stay up all night reading this one.
The Guardians, by John Grisham
John Grisham returns with a taut thriller that opens with the murder of a small town lawyer in Seabrook, Florida, more than 20 years in the past. The shocking killing offers few clues, but the police eventually arrest Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once the lawyer’s client. There is little doubt that Quincy has been framed, but for decades he languishes in prison without hope—until one day he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, an innocence group run by attorney and minister Cullen Post, who is also the firm’s only investigator. Post takes on Miller’s case, and soon finds himself enmeshed in a dangerous game as the powerful forces that framed Miller in the first place intend to prevent justice from finally being served—even if it requires another dead lawyer turning up dead.
Criss Cross, by James Patterson
James Patterson’s 27th Alex Cross thriller sets the bar high, as Cross and partner John Sampson bear witness to the execution of a killer they helped put behind bars. But then they’re called to a crime scene that seems to be the work of a copycat killer—except for the presence of a note telling Alex Cross that he “messed up big time.” A spree of killings seeded with subtle references to Cross’ career and family ensues, clearly the work of someone who knows everything there is to know about the skilled detective. As Cross desperately tries to piece the clues together, he realizes that the perpetrator has a horrifying goal in his sights.
Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History, by Brian Kilmeade
The conflict that made Sam Houston, David Crockett, and Jim Bowie household names was a pivotal moment for both Texas and the United States. But General Houston, the hero of Texas independence and its president, is often overlooked in popular history, despite his influence on this momentous event. Kilmeade seeks to remedy that with a fast-paced account of Houston’s life and career, culminating in the Battle of San Jacinto, the Texan victory that secured its independence from Mexico and ultimately set it on the path to statehood. Kilmeade brings Houston to life as a bold, flawed hero living in the midst of incredible events and surrounded by personalities large enough to match his own.
Me, by Elton John
It’s hard to believe Sir Elton has never produced an autobiography until now. With a career that spans more than a half century, the one-time Reginald Dwight has plenty of stories to tell—some relating to the excesses and pitfalls that have plagued so many rockers, many others having to do with his run-ins with some of the most significant figures of our time, including Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth. The suburban kid from Pinner grew up to be one of the most shocking and outrageous figures in glam rock, and soared to the heights of respectability as an icon, and also a father. This is the story of a living legend, told in his own words.
Hardcover $13.99 | $19.99
Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, by Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama’s Becoming was released just last year, and already it feels like a classic. It’s not just an essential memoir of the life and times of a First Lady of the United States, but an inspiring look at the everyday struggles and larger-than-life achievements of one of the world’s most respected women that can give you a push as you travel your own life’s journey. Now, readers can chart their own becoming(s) with this guided journal, which includes contemplative writing prompts designed to help you reflect on your own goals and challenges—where you’ve been, where you’re going, and how you hope to get there on your own terms. This gift-quality tome features a new introduction by Michelle Obama and more than 150 motivational, inspiration quotes scattered throughout.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating, by Ree Drummond
Bestselling author, Food Network star, busy businesswoman, and butter-loving country gal, Ree Drummond—better known as The Pioneer Woman—has made some time in her crazy schedule to show us just how her cooking has evolved as life on the ranch with her husband and kids continues to change. Packed with 112 all-new recipes, this new cookbook has an awesome mix of traditional and new flavors with hearty comfort food, lighter (but still flavorful!) low-carb recipes, family-friendly dishes, and more. We can’t wait to try out the Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal that just screams “FALL!” for breakfast, Cauliflower Fried Rice to bring for lunch at the office, and Blueberry Ricotta Crostini for next time we want to impress dinner guests.
The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4), by Rick Riordan
In Rick Riordan’s popular The Trials of Apollo series, Zeus has cast down his son Apollo to earth to punish him, forcing him to live as an awkward human teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to reclaim his godly existence, Lester has to restore five Oracles that have gone dark. He’s three down with two to go in this fourth exciting book in the series—and this time he’s off to Camp Jupiter in San Francisco, where the demigods are preparing to take on the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Can Apollo help them survive the battle and restore the fourth oracle? Bonus: This Barnes & Noble–exclusive edition includes a full-color poster of a scene from the book and diary entries of a Camp Jupiter “probatio.”
Hardcover $10.49 | $13.99
Tales From a Not-So-Best Friend Forever (Dork Diaries #14), by Rachel Renée Russell
Even though fall has arrived, readers can relish the feeling of summer just a little bit longer along with Nikki Maxwell in the 14th installment in Rachel Renée Russell’s bestselling illustrated Dork Diaries series. Nikki and her bandmates are heading out on a summer tour, opening for the Bad Boyz, which is super-exciting. But there’s an unfortunate catch: Nikki’s #1 frenemy, MacKenzie Hollister, has landed herself a job on the tour—and what’s even worse? She’s going to be Nikki’s roommate! Is Nikki really going to let MacKenzie ruin her summer and her dream of going on tour with the Bad Boyz? Not if Nikki and her real friends have anything to say about it in this awesome new addition to the series.
Ali Cross, by James Patterson
James Patterson has been enthralling adult readers for nearly three decades with tales of homicide detective and FBI agent Alex Cross. Now Patterson is bringing the thrills to a new generation of young readers with the first book about Alex’s son, Ali Cross, who is eager to follow in his famous father’s footsteps. When Ali’s best friend Abraham is reported missing, Ali fears the worst. Alex warns his son not to get involved, but that won’t stop Ali from trying to solve this mystery and rescue his friend. But the clues Ali is following aren’t quite what they seem in this exciting page-turner from a master storyteller.
*Cannot be combined with any other offer. While supplies last. Limit of 10 copies per book per order. Ends 12/1.
What books are on your Black Friday must-buy list?