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Books-A-Million Adds to President’s Pick Collection

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Books-A-Million’s CEO and President, Terrance G. Finley, has added Erik Larson’s “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” and George Hodgman’s “Bettyville” to his President’s Picks collection.

Books-A-Million’s President’s Picks are a collection of new literature that has been personally chosen by Finley. Previous picks include New York Times Bestseller, “All the Light You Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. The two additions to Finley’s President’s Picks can be preordered at

Larson’s new book recounts the final voyage of the British ocean liner Lusitania, which was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat in May of 1915. He has authored four New York Times Bestsellers, including “Devil in the White City” and “In the Garden with Beasts.” “Dead Wake” is scheduled to be published on March 10 to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the Lusitania’s sinking.

“As he has shown in his previous bestsellers, Erik Larson presents an incredibly compelling narrative brimming with strong characters, rich historical detail and emotional punch,” said Finley. “We may think we know the story of the Lusitania, but Larson captivates us with a world of suspense, intrigue and drama that is guaranteed to delight readers.”

“Bettyville: A Memoir” is Hodgman’s first book and tells the story of him leaving his Manhattan home to care for his aging mother in Paris, Missouri.

“I read George Hodgman’s extraordinary memoir in one seamless, glorious sitting. You will want to take your time and savor the experience with this amazing family, this moving story and its timeless lessons,” said Finley. “The story is full of love, grace and tenderness. Unforgettable and engaging in its humor and in its heart.”

Hodgman is an experienced book and magazine editor who has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, and Interview among others. “Bettyville” will be published on March 10.

With the addition of these two books to his President’s Pick collection, Finley reiterates his and Books-A-Million’s commitment to bring their customers the best the literary world has to offer.


Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading book retailers and sells on the Internet at The Company presently operates 261 stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd & Charles and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. Also included in the Company’s retail operations is the operation of Yogurt Mountain Holding, LLC, a retailer and franchisor of self-serve frozen yogurt stores with 44 locations. The Company also develops and manages commercial real estate investments through its subsidiary, Preferred Growth Properties, which presently include four retail shopping centers. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit the Company’s corporate website at

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