Trending This Year: Barnes & Noble Booksellers Announce Best Books of 2015

2015 Categories Include Books That Started a Conversation, Hoping for
a Movie, Celebrity Behind-the-Curtain Memoirs, and More

Bookseller Picks Help Guide Creative Gifting This Holiday Season

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the popularity of lists this time of year, from holiday shopping to
New Year’s Resolutions, Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is
releasing its picks for the top books of 2015, with thoughtfully created
categories to guide creative gift-giving. Spanning serious literature to
pop culture sensations, the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a
leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products has
identified the books that got people talking, debating, laughing,
imagining and reading through the night.

“From sweeping narratives to in-depth looks into personal lives, it’s
been an exciting year for books,” said Mary Amicucci, VP, Adult Trade
and Children’s Books. “We hope this collection of year-end lists can
help shoppers discover new books for themselves and extra-special gifts
for others.”

Barnes & Noble has compiled this year’s lists based on proprietary
criteria, most notably the trendspotting expertise of its booksellers in
nearly 650 stores nationwide who converse daily with customers. With the
complete lists available online at,
categories and books include:

Books That Started a Conversation

In a year of sociopolitical upheaval, both in the U.S. and around the
globe, a range of books and corresponding topics sparked conversations
among readers in 2015. Barnes & Noble’s picks in this category include Between
the World and Me
, a moving work by Ta-Nehisi Coates offering
fresh perspective on the nation’s complicated history and current racial
crisis, and Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s much-awaited
precursor to her Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece To Kill a
, which ignited controversy around the story’s moral
underpinnings as well as its origins. The complete list is as follows:

Hoping for a Movie

Hollywood executives take note: on the heels of The Hunger Games,
Divergent, Gone Girl and other film adaptations which
translated to smashing box office success, books with equal storytelling
power and cinematic potential wait in the wings. Consider The Immortal
Life of Henrietta Lacks,
Rebecca Skloot’s intimate journey of
scientific discovery and consequences; Beautiful Ruins, Jess
Walters’ dazzling love story set against an idyllic Italian coastline;
and Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train, heartbreaking
historical fiction spotlighting American children abandoned during the
late 19th and early 20th centuries. Other books
featured on this list include:

Books from Authors Who Drew Crowds around the Block

This year, eager fans couldn’t wait to get their hands on the hard-copy
manifestations of favorite on-screen sensations. Social media stars such
as Color Me Creative’s artistic whiz Kristina Webb, YouTube stars
Dan Howell and Phil Lester (The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire: The
World of Dan and Phil)
, and Tyler Oakley (Binge)
have adapted their social media success to the written page for their
massive follower bases. Books that inspired lines around the block are:

Bestselling Books with Staying Power

Books that capture – and continue to hold – the nation’s collective
attention prove their enduring appeal by resonating with readers
everywhere. In this category are such diverse titles as Being Mortal:
Medicine and What Matters in the End,
Atul Gawande’s heartfelt take
on how medicine can improve life and the process of its ending, and All
the Light We Cannot See
, Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning
masterpiece. The complete list is as follows:

Books That Colored the Imagination

As adults increasingly channel their creativity to alleviate stress,
coloring books harkening back to our childhood made a nostalgic and
grown-up resurgence this year. Books such as Secret New York: Color
Your Way to Calm
allow people of all ages to relax, flex their
creative muscles and be immersed in a youthful sense of the present.
Barnes & Noble’s top picks are as follows:

Binge-Reading Page-Turners

With downtime during the holidays and the winter travel season
approaching, Barnes & Noble recommends the following addictive
page-turners that will keep readers up into all hours of the night,
including The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins’ gripping
chiller (widely considered the next Gone Girl) and the third
installation of James Dashner’s bestselling, edge-of-your-seat Morality
series. The complete list is as follows:

Celebrity Behind-the-Curtain Memoirs

Whether they’re actors or musicians whose talents we admire or reality
personalities we just love to follow, the seemingly magical lives of
celebrities offer an escape from our own. This year, some of the most
interesting celebrity memoirs include Leah Remini’s Troublemaker,
which examines her immersion in – and escape from – Scientology, Drew
Barrymore’s Wildflower, her first adult book about how young
stardom affected her life, and Willie Nelson’s It’s a Long Story,
which twists up the best tales from the country legend’s eight-decade
career. The complete list is as follows:

The complete lists are available at
To browse these great reads and all of the hottest books and gifts this
holiday season, visit any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 650 stores
nationwide or visit

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