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brings readers together.
Join us in discussing some of the most compelling
books being published today.
Our July Selection
Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
Florence Adler Swims Forever
by Rachel Beanland
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Our July Selection

A multigenerational story of love and heartbreak, secrets and betrayal. Debut author Rachel Beanland firmly proves herself “a writer of uncommon wit and wisdom, with a sharp and empathetic eye.” —Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Finalist for The Great Believers.

This Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition includes a Q&A with the author, recommended reading list and a reading group guide for book clubs.

Our June Selection
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett
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Our June Selection

The lives of indentical twin sisters diverge when they leave their tiny hometown in this incredible, indelible story of identity, family, and home from the bestselling author of The Mothers.

The B&N Book Club Edition includes an essay by the author and a Reading Group Guide.

Our May Selection
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
All Adults Here
by Emma Straub
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Our May Selection

From the author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers, a multigenerational novel about one family and how we never stop growing up.

This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition features a Q&A with author Emma Straub and a reading group guide for book clubs.

Our April
Selection
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
Conjure Women
by Afia Atakora
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Our
April Selection

This debut novel follows three women whose lives span the Civil War—and the shared secrets that bring them both danger and the chance for a better life.

The B&N Exclusive Edition of the book includes an original essay by Afia Atakora, and a reading group guide.

Our March
Selection
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
A Good Neighborhood
by Therese Anne Fowler
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Our
March Selection

A gripping novel about one neighborhood, two families—and the summer that changes their lives.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes a discussion guide and a personal essay from Therese Anne Fowler.

Our February
Selection
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
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Our February
Selection

Great minds read alike: Oprah and B&N both selected this poignant, timely novel about family, sacrifice, and hope for our book clubs.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an original essay from Jeanine Cummins that takes readers behind the scenes of American Dirt and a discussion guide for reading groups.

Our January
Selection
Dear Edward (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Ann Napolitano
Dear Edward
by Ann Napolitano
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Our January
Selection

Our newest Barnes & Noble Book Club pick is a poignant, timely novel about love, hope, and resilience.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an original essay from Ann Napolitano that takes readers behind the scenes of Dear Edward and a reading group guide.

Our November
Selection
The Family Upstairs (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Lisa Jewell
The Family Upstairs
by Lisa Jewell
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Our November
Selection

A haunting, brilliant story of tangled families and twisted secrets from the bestselling author of Then She Was Gone.

The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition includes an original essay from Lisa Jewell that takes readers behind the scenes of The Family Upstairs and a reading group guide.

Our October
Selection
Ninth House (B&N Exclusive Edition) by Leigh Bardugo
Ninth House
by Leigh Bardugo
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Our October
Selection

A YA superstar delivers her first novel for adults, and it’s an incredible, pulse-pounding story of power, privilege, and dark magic set in the secretive world of the Ivy League elite.

Our Book Club Edition includes a note from Leigh Bardugo, a chapter with her handwritten notes, and a reading group guide.

Our September
Selection
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Testaments
by Margaret Atwood
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Our September
Selection

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” —Margaret Atwood

Our Book Club Edition includes a Q&A with Margaret Atwood and a reading group guide.

Our August
Selection
Inland by Téa Obreht
Inland
by Téa Obreht
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Our August
Selection

A powerful, unforgettable novel of the American West by the acclaimed author of The Tiger’s Wife.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an original essay from Téa Obreht that takes readers behind the scenes of Inland and a reading group guide.

Our July
Selection
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead
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Our July
Selection

A brilliant and blistering story of two boys from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Underground Railroad.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an original essay from Colson Whitehead that takes readers behind the scenes of The Nickel Boys and a reading group discussion guide.

Our June
Selection
Mrs. Everything
Mrs. Everything
by Jennifer Weiner
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Our June
Selection

Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an original essay from Jennifer Weiner that shares the story behind the story of Mrs. Everything and a reading group discussion guide.

Our May
Selection
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
The Guest Book
by Sarah Blake
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Our May
Selection

An American family navigates a rapidly changing world in an unforgettable story of secrets and betrayals, loyalty and legacy.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an original essay from Sarah that takes readers behind the scenes of The Guest Book and a reading group guide.

Our April
Selection
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
Lost Roses
by Martha Hall Kelly
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Our April
Selection

An incredible story of political and personal revolution — and the lengths people will go to protect themselves, their families — and strangers.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an original essay from Martha that takes readers behind the scenes of Lost Roses and a reading group guide.

Our March
Selection
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See
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Our March
Selection

An unforgettable story of friendship, family, and secrets that transports readers to the most pivotal moments of modern Korean history.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an original essay from Lisa that takes readers behind the scenes of The Island of Sea Women and a reading group guide.

Our February
Selection
The Last Romantics: A Novel by Tara Conklin
The Last Romantics: A Novel
by Tara Conklin
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Our February
Selection

Tara Conklin’s second novel, The Last Romantics, is a universal and poignant story of growing up and growing apart — and coming back together, even when the odds appear impossible.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an interview with the author, a deleted scene, and a reading group guide.

Our January
Selection
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
The Only Woman in the Room
by Marie Benedict
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Our January
Selection

Marie Benedict’s third novel, The Only Woman in the Room, is a thrilling — and thought-provoking — story of an unexpected hero, a woman who could change the course of WWII.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes an interview with the author and a reading group guide.

Our Third
Selection
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
by Hank Green
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Our Third
Selection

A wildly funny and thought-provoking debut novel about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she’s part of something bigger that we can’t wait to discuss with other readers.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes a reader’s guide and an essay from the author.

Our Second
Selection
Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
Clock Dance
by Anne Tyler
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Our Second
Selection

An enchanting novel of hope, self-discovery, and second chances from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. A story full of surprises we can’t wait to discuss with other readers.

The Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes a reader’s guide and an essay from the author. Join us to discuss in our stores on August 8th by signing up below.

Our First
Selection
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
The Female Persuasion
by Meg Wolitzer
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Our First
Selection

Discover Meg Wolitzer’s must-read novel, The Female Persuasion, a timely story about the ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

The Barnes & Noble Book Club Exclusive Edition features a reader’s guide and a thought-provoking essay from the author.

Join our
Virtual Book Club Event on August 4th

To keep our customers and booksellers safe and healthy, this month’s B&N Book Club event will be held virtually.

Join us Tuesday, August 4 at 7PM E.T. when Rachel Beanland and Ann Hood will be with us Live on B&N Facebook for a discussion of Florence Adler Swims Forever. We hope to see you there!

Watch Our Exclusive Video

Debut author Rachel Beanland discusses her new novel Florence Adler Swims Forever—and how secrets shape the plot.

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A Multigenerational Story of Love, Secrets and Family: Florence Adler Swims Forever.
From Our Exclusive Edition
Rachel Beanland on Writing Florence Adler Swims Forever

“The story of Florence Adler and her family is based on the true story of a young woman named Florence Lowenthal. She was my great, great aunt. I don”t remember a time when I didn”t know about Florence”s drowning or about the family”s decision to keep her death a secret from her older sister, who was pregnant and on hospital bedrest. My mother and grandmother spoke of the decision—unequivocally—as the right thing to do, but I always wondered how that secret affected both mother and daughter and whether there might have been another way forward.

“When I sat down to write the novel, I did as much research as I possibly could but then I gave myself permission to write the very best fiction I could. By inhabiting the lives of seven of Florence”s family members and friends, I left room to explore all of the ways we grieve and how grief can destroy us when it is put off or ignored.

“To balance the Adler family”s big secret, I bestowed other smaller secrets on my characters. I think I wanted to see them struggle with the same questions that had long vexed me. When are we allowed to keep secrets? Are they okay if they”re for the benefit of others? Who gets to define what is and isn”t good for us? And where”s the line we cross when we start playing God?”

THE B&N BOOK CLUB

What does any reader (especially a bookseller) love more than reading or recommending books?

Simple: Talking about books with another reader. In our online book club conversations, readers will come together to discuss Florence Adler Swims Forever—connecting with others across the country to share their responses to and questions about Rachel Beanland’s incredible book.

Our B&N Book Club Meets Monthly…

Join us for community and conversation.

With everyone’s safety in mind, we’re holding our next book club conversation online. Join your fellow readers from the comfort of your own home—and be among the first to learn what the next month’s selection will be!