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Still Alice by Lisa Genova and Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr

New York, New York – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today announced that Lisa Genova’s Still Alice (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) and Mary Karr’s Lit: A Memoir (HarperPerennial) are the latest trade paperback selections for the Barnes & Noble Recommends program. The books can be purchased at any Barnes & Noble store, online at Barnes & (, or instantly downloaded on NOOK™.

“Lisa Genova draws us into the lives of her recognizable and appealing characters with insight and wit,” said Patricia Bostelman, vice president of marketing at Barnes & Noble. “When their lives are altered profoundly by unanticipated illness, we share every step of the heart-wrenching and illuminating journey. With candor and a precise and eloquent mastery of language, Mary Karr continues the narrative that gripped us in The Liar’s Club. Lit is an unflinching and courageous memoir.”

Chosen last year for Barnes & Noble’s prestigious Discover Great New Writers program, Lisa Genova’s Still Alice instantly transports readers into the life of Alice Howland in its opening pages. At fifty years old, she’s a professor of cognitive psychology at Harvard and a world-renowned linguistics expert with a successful husband and three grown children. Yet as she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease changes her life. The inevitable descent into dementia strips away her sense of self, as the fiercely independent Alice struggles to live in the moment. While she once placed her worth in her celebrated academic life, she is forced to reappraise her values, including a marriage based on mutuality and intellectual respect, and her relationships with her children.

In her third memoir (following on the heels of the bestsellers The Liar’s Club and Cherry), Texan Mary Karr’s longing for a solid family seems secure when her marriage to a handsome poet with a blueblood pedigree produces a son they both adore. But Karr can’t outrun her abusive past. She drinks herself into the same state of inebriation that nearly devoured her mercurial mother, reaching the brink of suicide. A hair-raising stint in “The Mental Marriott” awakens her to the possibility of joy, and a commitment to the Twelve Steps leads her to an unlikely, yet vital Catholic faith. Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober, becoming a better parent by letting go of a mother, and learning to write by learning to live. It is an electrifying story of a journey to sobriety as only Mary Karr can tell it.

Each Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection is a book that Barnes & Noble believes is “unputdownable” and is especially appropriate for book discussion groups. The books can be discussed online at

The previous Barnes & Noble Trade Paperback Recommends Selections are:

* Jeannette Walls’ Half Broke Horses (Simon & Schuster)
* Sue Monk Kidd’s Traveling With Pomegranates (Penguin Books)

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 717 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 633 college bookstores serving nearly 4 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is the nation’s top bookseller brand for the seventh year in a row, as determined by a combination of the brand’s performance on familiarity, quality, and purchase intent; the top bookseller in quality for the second year in a row and the number two retailer in trust, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & (, one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than one million titles in its eBookstore ( Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOKTM eReading product offering, customers can buy and read eBooks on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK eBook Readers, devices from partner companies, and hundreds of the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.

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