Best of 2012: Booksellers Select

Demanding and discerning readers on your gift list?  Fear not!  Not only have the BN Review editors selected their favorite Fiction and Nonfiction of the year, today Barnes & Noble and NOOK announced their booksellers'  selections for the Best of 2012 in six essential categories:



Fiction-- This year's list ranges from Hilary Mantel's prize-winning Bring Up the Bodies and Gillian Flynn's runaway hit thriller Gone Girl to Peter Heller's riveting post-apocalyptic story of survival The Dog Stars.








Nonfiction -- The list includes Paul McIntyre's true tale of World War II deception, Double Cross, Jon Meacham's majestic Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Cheryl Strayed's blockbuster memoir Wild, and more.






Quirky, Beautiful, Different -- A selection of the most stunning visual books of the year, including Jordan Matter's Dancers Among Us, Chris Ware's Building Stories, and Deb Perelman's The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook





Books for Teens -- The best of year in reading for teens, from John Green's bestselling The Fault in Our Stars to Ally Condie's culmination of the dystopian Matched trilogy in Reached.









Books for Kids -- 2012's best reading for children included Rebecca Stead's inventive and moving Liar and Spy, R.J. Palacio's Wonder, and of course, the return of Diary of Wimpy Kid in The Third Wheel.







 You can find the entire Best of 2012 collection here.  And of course don't forget about the BN Review Editors' Picks from a year in reading -- a dozen each of the finest works of Fiction and Nonfiction.



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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.