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June 12, 2012 at 08:30 AM EDT
Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection for June 2012:

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that Maggie Shipstead’s debut novel, Seating Arrangements (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House) is the latest selection in the Barnes & Noble Recommends program. The book is on sale today and can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com/recommends) or instantly downloaded on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK® eReaders 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.

Here’s what some of our booksellers are saying about Seating Arrangements:

“Fans of The Royal Tenenbaums will appreciate and enjoy this family drama rich
with humor, heartbreak, inappropriate relationships, social grandstanding,
misunderstandings, and quirky family members.”
--Rosey McArdell, bookseller, Eden Prairie, MN

“Maggie Shipstead paints her canvas with insight, wry wit and the devilish ability to turn a
phrase. This gets my recommendation as this summer’s beach read.
It will also be great for book club selections.”
--Bob Baldwin, bookseller, Florence, KY

“Feigned ignorance, unspoken resentment, and repressed passion mixed with a rubber band snap
style of satire at how the other half lives and marries and you have all the ingredients for a
delicious soap opera.”
--Maggie Wardlaw, bookseller, Los Angeles, CA

By turns poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Seating Arrangements is reminiscent of last summer’s bestseller, Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan and also That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo. A wedding may provide the setting, but it’s Shipstead’s characters that tell the story, a story of appearances and obligations, assumptions and expectations, avoidance and denial, with snappy, sharp dialogue. Maggie Shipstead was born in 1983 and grew up in Orange County, California. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, VQR, Glimmer Train, and The Best American Short Stories. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the recipient of a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

Here is what the publishers are saying about their recent success with B&N Recommends:

“For Barnes & Noble to pick Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine: How Creativity Works as its first-ever non-fiction B&N Recommends title was an enormous vote of confidence that helped launch the book as a #1 bestseller,” says Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President, Publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adult Trade. “As we approached the book’s launch date, reading many tea leaves, we had high hopes of success—but it was this tea leaf that spoke loudest of all, and meant a great deal to us.”

The Barnes & Noble Recommends program includes promotion in stores, on bn.com, and on NOOK products.

Previous selections of the B&N Recommends program include:

  • Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine: How Creativity Works (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • 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), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 691 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 641 college bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through BN.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its NOOK Bookstore™ (www.bn.com/ebooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK™ eReading product offering, customers can buy and read digital books and content on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK devices, partner company products, and the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associated 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.

NOOK®, NOOK Tablet,NOOK Simple Touch , NOOK 1st Edition, NOOK 1st Edition Wi-Fi, NOOK Color, Reader’s Tablet, PagePerfect, Best-Text, Fast Page, NOOK Books, NOOK Store, NOOK Bookstore, NOOK Newsstand, NOOK Magazines, VividView, ArticleView, NOOK Newspapers, NOOK Comics, NOOK Cloud, NOOK Apps,FREE NOOK Reading Apps, PubIt!, NOOK Discover, NOOK Kids, Read and Play, Read to Me, Read and Record, NOOK Digital Shop, Read In Store, More In Store, NOOK Friends, LendMe®,NOOK Library, NOOKBoutiques, The Barnes & Noble Promise, NOOK Books en español, NOOK Study, Free Friday, Lifetime Library and Read What You Love. Anywhere You Like are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. Other trademarks referenced in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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About NOOK® from Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble's NOOK brand of eReading products makes 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 Barnes & Noble's expansive NOOK Store of more than 2.5 million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. NOOK Tablet is Barnes & Noble’s fastest, lightest tablet with the best in entertainment from top services and everything you want in a tablet at a great value ($199 for NOOK Tablet – 8GB, and $249 for NOOK Tablet – 16GB). Both NOOK Tablet and the award-winning NOOK Color ($169) feature a stunning 7-inch VividViewColor Touchscreen to read all of the content you love, shop popular apps, connect via email, browse the Web and more. The NOOK Simple Touch($99) is the fastest, easiest to use reader with the world’s best reading screen and the longest battery life. Barnes & Noble offers NOOK owners Always Free NOOK Support in any of its nearly 700 bookstores, as well as free Wi-Fi® connectivity to enjoy the Read In Store feature to read NOOK Books for free, and the More In Store program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe® technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.BN.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart, Staples, Target, Radio Shack, Books-A-Million, OfficeMax, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son stores, Office Depot, Fry’s Electronics and Systemax Inc. retailers.

In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its FREE NOOK Reading Apps, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. Customers can use Barnes & Noble's free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad, iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac®. Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and BN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOK Study (www.nookstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education, NOOK Kids™ (www.nookkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children, and NOOK Books en español (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooksenespanol), the first-ever Spanish language digital bookstore in the United States.

For more information on NOOK devices and eReading software, updates, new NOOK Book releases, Free Friday NOOK Books and more, follow us on www.twitter.com/nookBN and www.facebook.com/NOOK.

Contacts:

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