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AUGUST

HSP x Barnes & Noble
BOOK PICKS
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Hello HERsay Podcast book lovers! Greetings from Amherst, NY! 

We know what's on the minds of women, and each month we're sharing the books we think women will LOVE. We partner with expert Barnes & Noble booksellers who scour their bookshelves for new releases and favorite titles by female authors, stories featuring female characters you'll love (or love to hate!), books that inspire us, teach us something new, or resources to help us face the challenges that uniquely arise for women each month. Throughout this year, we're roadtripping around New York State to meet and talk with women about what's happening in their lives, minds, and hearts. For our August HSP x BN Book Picks episode, we tapped the Barnes & Noble store in Amherst, NY to talk about this month's selections with BN bookseller Tracy Lessard who researched and selected our August picks based on the genres we know women are looking for this month: New Fiction, Mystery, Parenting, Cooking, and Young Adult. 

 

Check out our picks below, order online or - better yet! - stop into your closest Barnes & Noble store to experience IRL that incomparable smell of coffee + books and perusing book covers that we just can't get from shopping the 'net.

 

Proceeds from books purchased here this month will be donated to World Central Kitchen, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. WCK is currently serving, among others, residents of Hawaii and Ukraine.

 

Listen to Caroline's conversation with Barnes & Noble's Tracy Lessard, and visit us on Instagram to share what you think of our picks, share what YOU're reading, or to just say "Hi". Happy reading!

NEW RELEASE/FICTION + BEACH READ

 

"Little Monsters is a lush, arresting modern retelling of the biblical story of Cain and Abel. This atmospheric story of sibling love and sibling rivalry, set in the wilder edges of Cape Cod, is the perfect book to devour beachside.

This Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition includes a reading group guide and author Q&A

Ken and Abby Gardner lost their mother when they were small and they have been haunted by her absence ever since. Their father, Adam, a brilliant oceanographer, raised them mostly on his own in his remote home on Cape Cod, where the attachment between Ken and Abby deepened into something complicated—and as adults their relationship is strained. Now, years later, the siblings’ lives are still deeply entwined. Ken is a successful businessman with political ambitions and a picture-perfect family and Abby is a talented visual artist who depends on her brother’s goodwill, in part because he owns the studio where she lives and works.

As the novel opens, Adam is approaching his seventieth birthday, staring down his mortality and fading relevance. He has always managed his bipolar disorder with medication, but he’s determined to make one last scientific breakthrough and so he has secretly stopped taking his pills, which he knows will infuriate his children. Meanwhile, Abby and Ken are both harboring secrets of their own, and there is a new person on the periphery of the family—Steph, who doesn’t make her connection known. As Adam grows more attuned to the frequencies of the deep sea and less so to the people around him, Ken and Abby each plan the elaborate gifts they will present to their father on his birthday, jostling for primacy in this small family unit.

Set in the fraught summer of 2016, and drawing on the biblical tale of Cain and Abel, Little Monsters is an absorbing, sharply observed family story by a writer who knows Cape Cod inside and out—its Edenic lushness and its snakes."

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PARENTNG

 

"NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An award-winning guide to the sometimes erratic and confusing behavior of teenage girls that explains what’s going on, prepares parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it’s time to worry.

In this sane, highly engaging, and informed guide for parents of daughters, Dr. Damour draws on decades of experience and the latest research to reveal the seven distinct—and absolutely normal—developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. Providing realistic scenarios and welcome advice on how to engage daughters in smart, constructive ways, Untangled gives parents a broad framework for understanding their daughters while addressing their most common questions, including:

• My thirteen-year-old rolls her eyes when I try to talk to her, and only does it more when I get angry with her about it. How should I respond?
• Do I tell my teen daughter that I’m checking her phone?
• My daughter suffers from test anxiety. What can I do to help her?
• Where’s the line between healthy eating and having an eating disorder?
• My teenage daughter wants to know why I’m against pot when it’s legal in some states. What should I say?
• My daughter’s friend is cutting herself. Do I call the girl’s mother to let her know? 

Perhaps most important, Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

BOOKS FOR A BETTER LIFE AWARD WINNER

“Finally, there’s some good news for puzzled parents of adolescent girls, and psychologist Lisa Damour is the bearer of that happy news. [Untangled] is the most down-to-earth, readable parenting book I’ve come across in a long time.”—The Washington Post

“Anna Freud wrote in 1958, ‘There are few situations in life which are more difficult to cope with than an adolescent son or daughter during the attempt to liberate themselves.’ In the intervening decades, the transition doesn’t appear to have gotten any easier which makes Untangled such a welcome new resource.”—The Boston Globe

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YOUNG ADULT

"​A deeply dark and uncomfortable read, this book will haunt you long after you've finished. Sadie is fueled solely by her need for revenge against the man who killed her sister and disappears on a journey to do just that. Chapters alternate between her perspective and that of the podcast host following her trail across the country to try to uncover her whereabouts. A must-read for fans of true crime and crime fiction.



A New York Times bestseller! 
An Edgar Award Winner! 

Appearing on over 30 Best Book of 2018 lists including The Boston Globe, Bustle, Buzzfeed, Globe and Mail, Good Morning America, NPR, Publishers Weekly, and more! 

A YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick

4 Starred Reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly! 

"Sadie is an electrifying, high-stakes road trip. Clear your schedule. You're not going anywhere until you've reached the end." —Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of There's Someone Inside Your House and Anna and the French Kiss 

"A haunting, gut-wrenching, and relentlessly compelling read." —Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent series

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial—like podcast following the clues she's left behind. And an ending you won't be able to stop talking about. Now with special bonus material!

“Today, WNRK is launching the first episode of our new serialized podcast, The Girls, created and hosted by West McCray.”

When popular radio personality West McCray receives a desperate phone call from a stranger imploring him to find nineteen-year-old runaway Sadie Hunter, he’s not convinced there’s a story there; girls go missing all the time. But when it’s revealed that Sadie fled home after the brutal murder of her little sister, Mattie, West travels to the small town of Cold Creek, Colorado, to uncover what happened.

Sadie has no idea that her journey to avenge her sister will soon become the subject of a blockbuster podcast. Armed with a switchblade, Sadie follows meager clues hoping they’ll lead to the man who took Mattie’s life, because she’s determined to make him pay with his own. But as West traces her path to the darkest, most dangerous corners of big cities and small towns, a deeply unsettling mystery begins to unfold—one that’s bigger than them both. Can he find Sadie before it’s too late?

Alternating between Sadie’s unflinching voice as she hunts the killer and the podcast transcripts tracking the clues she’s left behind, Courtney Summers' Sadie is a breathless thriller about the lengths we go to protect the ones we love and the high price we pay when we can’t. It will haunt you long after you reach the final page."

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MYSTERY

"[A] mordant debut novel....examines what it means to covet the lives of others, no matter the cost."—The New York Times

 

"Tense, twisty, and packed with shocks."—Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Survive The Night

Six friends.

One college reunion.

One unsolved murder.

Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to her southern, elite Duquette University, down to the envious whispers that are sure to follow in her wake. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see—confident, beautiful, indifferent. Not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather Shelby's murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she'd been closest to since freshman year.

But not everyone is ready to move on. Not everyone left Duquette ten years ago, and not everyone can let Heather's murder go unsolved. Someone is determined to trap the real killer, to make the guilty pay. When the six friends are reunited, they will be forced to confront what happened that night—and the years' worth of secrets each of them would do anything to keep hidden.

Told in racing dual timelines, with a dark campus setting and a darker look at friendship, love, obsession, and ambition, In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is an addictive, propulsive read you won't be able to put down.

 

"Beautiful writing, juicy secrets, complex female characters, and drumbeat suspense—what more could you want from a debut thriller?"—Andrea Bartz, author of Reese's Book Club pick We Were Never Here"

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COOKING

 

"Today’s Home cooks know how to create all sorts of lip-smacking dishes that don’t eat up time in the kitchen. They’ve learned the secrets to whipping up the comfort foods everyone craves, and they know how to do it in just 30 minutes—or less! Now, they’re sharing their best-loved half-hour dishes in this all-new collection! 


With Taste of Home 30-Minute Cookbook, you’ll enjoy chicken enchiladas, barbecued pork chops, juicy meat loaf, sizzling steak fajitas and so many other simply delicious dishes. You’ll also discover timesaving breakfast recipes, last-minute side dishes, speedy appetizers and no-bake desserts. (That’s right! Sweet treats that don’t require you to turn on the oven!) In fact, you’ll find more than 317 sensational dishes that always beat the clock. Best all, a 5-ingredient icon is scattered throughout the book, helping you enjoy a stick-to-your-ribs specialty even quicker. Got 30 minutes? Then, let’s get cooking!

CHAPTERS

Snacks & Appetizers

Breakfast in a Hurry

Soups & Sammies

Meaty Entrees

Poultry Favorites

Pork, Ham & More

Fish & Seafood Favorites

Meatless Mainstays

Grilled Greats

Speedy Side Dishes

No-Bake Treats

 

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