March 12, 2013 at 08:30 AM EDT
Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection for April 2013: Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (on sale April 2, 2013) is the latest selection in the Barnes & Noble Recommends program. Life After Life goes on sale April 2, 2013, and can be preordered at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/recommends), or on Barnes & Noble’s award-winning NOOK® Readers and Tablets.

Titles selected for the B&N Recommends program are the books our booksellers can’t stop talking about. Thought-provoking and uniquely engaging, B&N Recommends selections are chosen for sheer reading pleasure and their appeal as book club picks.

Whitbread Award winner Kate Atkinson deftly revisits history in her latest novel Life After Life, a stylistically ingenious exploration of historical outcomes and alternate realities. Atkinson is the author of a perennial book group favorite, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and the Jackson Brodie series of mysteries, including Case Histories and Started Early, Took My Dog.

Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl, says: “There aren’t enough breathless adjectives to describe Life After Life. Dazzling, witty, moving joyful, mournful, profound. Wildly inventive, deeply felt. Hilarious. Humane.”

Here’s what some of our booksellers are saying about Life After Life:

“There are novels that are charming and clever and novels that are challenging and complex. Life After Life happens to be both.”
– Rob Joiner, community relations manager, Greenwood Park, IN

“Kate Atkinson has been a favorite author of mine since Behind the Scenes at the Museum and her Jackson Brodie novels. But she’s outdone herself with this one. I will certainly be handselling Life After Life.”
– Diane Barnes, merchandise manager, Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I found myself slowing down and savoring every sentence. At the end, all I could think was: How did Kate Atkinson do that? I immediately flipped back to the beginning and started the book again.”
– Miriam Bauer, bookseller, Deerfield, IL

"We were over the moon when we learned that Barnes & Noble chose Life After Life for their B&N Recommends program,” said Reagan Arthur, Atkinson's American editor, and incoming Publisher, Senior Vice President of Little, Brown. “Barnes & Noble has always been a terrific supporter of Kate Atkinson's books, and with this selection we're excited to know they'll play a crucial role in spreading the word about this remarkable novel that we all love so much. Kate is a storyteller unlike any other. Barnes & Noble is a retailer unlike any other. It's a perfect match."

The Barnes & Noble Recommends program includes promotion in stores, on BN.com, and on the award-winning line of NOOK devices.

  • An exclusive interview with Kate Atkinson and a free reading group guide for Life After Life on bn.com.
  • Author appearances in select Barnes & Noble stores
  • Featured promotion on NOOK

Previous selections of the B&N Recommends program include:

  • M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans (Scribner)
  • Maggie Shipstead’s Seating Arrangements (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • William Landay’s Defending Jacob (Ballantine Books)
  • Chris Bohjalian’s The Double Bind (Shaye Areheart Books)
  • Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Harcourt)
  • Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Ethan Canin’s America America (Random House)
  • Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (The Dial Press)
  • Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (Knopf)
  • Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Hyperion/Voice)
  • Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale (Simon & Schuster)

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 677 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). 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™ (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 678 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 & Noble.com 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: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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About NOOK Media LLC

NOOK reading and entertainment products make it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to the expansive NOOK Store of more than 3 million digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through free NOOK Reading Apps and NOOK Video apps, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as leading retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products are available in the United Kingdom through www.nook.co.uk and leading retailers.

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Contacts:

Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Mary Ellen Keating, 212-633-3323
Corporate Communications
mkeating@bn.com
or
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Carolyn J. Brown, 212-633-4062
Corporate Communications
cbrown@bn.com
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