The Barnes & Noble
Book Club

A nationwide book club bringing readers together to discuss
some of the most compelling books being published.

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 Us on February 5th

Historical Fiction is really having a moment with readers—and we can’t wait to hear what you discovered while you were reading this fascinating novel, based on the surprising true story of actress Hedy Lamarr, one of the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The B&N Podcast: Marie Benedict
We had so many questions for Marie Benedict, who answered them all (while dancing around spoilers…)
Why We Love Marie Benedict’s Novel

The Only Woman in the Room is the story of a woman who defined her own life at every opportunity; a woman who was regularly underestimated; a woman who becomes fully engaged in the world around her and takes action, at great personal risk, when she doesn’t like what she sees.

This accessible, page-turning historical novel is based on the real life of Hedy Lamarr, best known as an actress from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Hedy is a heroine who overcomes great danger in 1930s Austria before escaping to America, and she invents a piece of technology that could change the course of WWII. Those aren’t the only story elements that will have readers buzzing—you’ll see plenty of parallels to life today that you’ll definitely want to discuss with other readers.

Marie Benedict is also the author of Carnegie’s Maid and The Other Einstein, which like The Only Woman in the Room, tell stories of the lives of women that might otherwise be lost to history.

From Our
Exclusive Edition
Marie Benedict on The Only Woman in the Room

“Hedy had an incredible life story that is little known, and her immeasurable contributions to science were anonymous until quite recently. Our belief that we know her because her name is familiar and she appeared in movies is faulty; we only know the characters she depicted on film and the public Hedy shown in the media at the time. The authentic Hedy who was motivated to assist the war effort and the victims of the Third Reich through her inventions lay beneath the mask she wore for society, and I wanted to explore this pervasive, intriguing theme of the variance between women”s exterior and interior lives.”

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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. The Only Woman in the Room is the first selection of our Barnes & Noble Book Club for 2019. At our stores across the country, readers will come together to discuss this compelling story—some bringing friends and family with them, others making new friends—as they ask, What would you have done?

We Heard You!
Our B&N Book Club is Now Monthly!

We all had so much fun talking books together at our first three book club nights—so much so that customers and booksellers kept asking for more. So beginning in January 2019, we’re bringing the Barnes & Noble Book Club to readers everywhere every month. That’s not our only big news: We’ll not only tell you what the next month’s selection will be at the end of every book club night, we’ll also give away one copy of that next selection at the same time. A new Barnes & Noble Book club section is announced on the book’s Tuesday publication date, and we can’t wait to hear what you have to say about these books.