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Getaway

An essential library purchase. Recommend to fans of survival stories and thrillers set in remote wilderness.

The Freedom Race

An essential purchase for library collections that will have both teen and adult listeners waiting anxiously for the next installment.
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The Book of Accidents

Passionate fans will love this homage to the genre, but more diverse and innovative works may be a better choice for limited collections.
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The Final Girl Support Group

The audio format is a good choice for libraries, especially since this book relies less on visual gags than older Hendrix titles.

Runner

Clark gives the listener just enough background on Cass, her friends, and cases that this book stands on its own and is highly recommended. Still, most listeners will find it more rewarding to go through the series in order.
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Swan Dive

Pazcoguin’s memoir delivers laughs, tears, and pain (she once danced with a nail in her shoe!) while giving listeners behind-the-scenes access to the mysterious, beautiful, and often cruel world of professional ballet.
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Local Woman Missing

Best for loyal fans of the author or readers of over-the-top domestic suspense.
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Shutter

Strictly an additional purchase.
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Before the Ruins

Focusing more on character study and group dynamics than the mysterious death, Gosling’s debut will please fans of Tana French’s The Secret Place.
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The Secret History of Food

A feast for the mind.
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House of Sticks

Tran’s debut memoir is recommended for those who loved Tara Westover’s Educated, Jeanette Walls’s The Glass Castle, and Anchee Min’s The Cooked Seed.
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The Retreat

An optional purchase for libraries where Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware are popular.
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Talk Art: Everything You Wanted To Know About Contemporary Art but Were Afraid To Ask

Recommended for all public library collections.
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Tiny Tales: Stories of Romance, Ambition, Kindness, and Happiness

This unique collection is proof that good things come in small packages.
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Malice

Recommended for all public libraries.

Seven Days in June

A perfect recommendation for listeners who enjoy intricately plotted and character-driven romance stories. Already a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, this is a must-have for all library audiobook collections.
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Hour of the Witch

Recommended for historical fiction readers and fans of the author.

Oslo, Maine

Well-narrated by Charlie Thurston, this is a compelling, character-driven novel that thoroughly engages the listener.
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One Last Stop

This sweet yet passionate love story with a fresh twist of time-traveling mystery is well worth a listen.
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The Other Black Girl

This thought-provoking novel will appeal to listeners looking for a socially conscious, horror-laced version of Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada.

The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried To Make Her Disappear

This brilliant story of one woman’s amazing perseverance is guaranteed to inspire all those who continue Packard’s fight for social reform and true gender equality.
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Dream Girl

Lippman’s (Lady in the Lake) fans will want to have this audio alternative. Is it a great psychological mystery, or a long, contrived journey to Gerry’s demise? Lots of humorous literary allusions make it a writer’s book. Recommended.

Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light

This collection manages to be poignant and emotional while still being facetious, dirty, sassy, and laugh-out-loud funny. Perfect for fans of Jenny Lawson and David Sedaris.
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The Queer Principles of Kit Webb

Recommended for fans of inclusive narratives, historical romances (especially ones set in Georgian London), the friends-to-lovers trope, and the author’s other works.
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Who Is Maud Dixon?

Even with some predictable twists and coincidences that defy credibility, fans of thrillers and bad decisions won’t be able to stop listening until the end.

Love in Color

A must have for library audiobook collections.
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The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes

Recommended for fans of heartfelt, slow-burn contemporary romances and listeners interested in rock band storylines, strong women characters, and second-chance love.
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The Survivors

Recommended for public libraries where Harper’s books are popular.
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What’s Mine and Yours

Recommend to listeners who enjoy family sagas.
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Red Island House

Listeners expecting a traditional novel may not have the patience for Lee’s nonlinear narrative, but those who do will long remember the characters that Lee and Turpin have brought to life.

The Last House on Needless Street

A perfect marriage of pacing from both the plot and the narrator gives listeners a thrilling experience that will shock them until the end.

The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

A must-buy for public or secondary school library collections.
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The Postscript Murders

Reminiscent of the work of Golden Age writers like Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers, Griffiths’s latest will be a hit with listeners who enjoyed Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club or Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders.
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Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing

Recommended for public library collections.

While Justice Sleeps

This title is sure to be a hit with library users and is a recommended first purchase.
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The Rose Code

Recommended for readers who enjoy World War II historic fiction, thrillers, code-breaking stories, and a bit of high society.
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The Ladies of the Secret Circus

Listeners, especially if they’re fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, will be enchanted by this satisfying story of twisted love, exquisite illusions, and the painful weight of unspoken secrets.
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Brat: An ’80s Story

Narrated by McCarthy himself, this memoir is an easy listen, perfect for those who grew up loving his work.
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Sooley

This book is highly recommended for basketball fans. Fans of Grisham will also enjoy this latest display of storytelling prowess, even if the technical basketball aspects aren’t as appreciated.
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The Plot

Listeners who enjoy dark suspense novels should enjoy.
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Infinite Country

This uneven offering will provide valuable insight into the dilemmas of moving between nations with and without documentation, but it falls short of arousing what should be powerful emotional responses.
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The Vineyard at Painted Moon

An easy purchase for library collections.
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Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions

Moss’s work nicely supplements Mark Bittman’s Animal, Vegetable, Junk; Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation; and Walter Willett and P. J. Skerrett’s Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy.
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We Are Satellites

Fans of hard science fiction set in the very near future will enjoy this familiar exploration of a piece of technology that creates its own challenges, bisects society, and carves a huge divide between the haves and have-nots.

Caul Baby

Abbott-Pratt’s empathetic tone and measured delivery are a perfect match for Jerkins’s engaging novel, with morally ambiguous characters and thoughtful explorations of complex contemporary issues--none of which have easy solutions.

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In the Quick

Fans of Andy Weir’s The Martian and similar sci-fi will enjoy this slow-moving but gritty space tale with a dash of mystery.

Crying in H Mart

This memoir of loss and identity is both personal and universal. Essential for public libraries.
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Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch

Well worth a listen for those who find joy in food and personal triumph.
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The Widow Queen

Fans of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones may be attracted to this title. Otherwise, it is an additional purchase for most libraries.
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Every Last Fear

Recommended for public library collections.

The Windsor Knot

A well-crafted, solid addition to any audiobook collection.
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Act Your Age, Eve Brown

This final installment in the “Brown Sisters” trilogy is a treat and is sure to be popular.

Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs

Should be required listening for parents, educators, therapists, school consultants, and staff of adolescent mental health and drug treatment programs.
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To Love and To Loathe

Despite the premise, this is a decidedly slow-burn romance, with much of the story spent on Diana plotting to throw party guest Lady Helen at Jeremy in an attempt at misdirection and to win a bet. The lovely moments between Diana and Jeremy as they explore their growing attraction do not stand up to the book’s troubling treatment of the character of Lady Helen.
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Good Company

Sweeney’s smooth prose and Ireland’s suburb narration enliven this exploration of the precarity of love and friendship.

Lightseekers

This riveting tale about mob psychology and the political, religious, and social complexities of urban and rural Nigeria will captivate listeners. Highly recommended.
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Second First Impressions

Fans of Thorne’s and readers who enjoy romantic comedies will find this book appealing.

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Effortless: Make It Easier To Do What Matters Most

Though McKeown’s impassioned effort to help listeners lighten their burdens is commendable, his ideas will offer little new to many listeners, especially those already familiar with the solid, “true north” principles and time management quadrants of Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and David Allen’s Getting Things Done. Still, McKeown’s lively, controlled narration and jargon-free, anecdote-filled material will benefit stressed, overworked listeners who might mistakenly believe that 80-hour work weeks build character. Recommended for public libraries.

The Soul of a Woman

Beautiful and fulfilling; a must-listen for women everywhere.

Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey’s Head, the Pope’s Neuroscientist, and the Quest To Transplant the Soul

This thought-provoking, entertaining, and more than a little disturbing work is recommended for lovers of medical history.

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual

Great advice delivered with style.

Detransition, Baby

The buzz surrounding Peters’s novel is well-deserved. The further listeners get into the story, the more they’ll appreciate the complex characters struggling to define the concept of parenthood.
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Anne of Manhattan

Fans of Anne of Green Gables will enjoy this retelling, though listeners don’t have to be familiar with the original novel to love this charmingly funny, slightly sizzling contemporary romance.

Klara and the Sun

This powerful look at the varied and often negative consequences of modern technology underscores the fragility and preciousness of human beings, an all-too-acute awareness in a world coping with a global pandemic and widespread social upheaval.

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The Upstairs House

Perfect for fans of women’s fiction who want a book that’ll keep them on the edge of their seats. It’s also a great recommendation for readers who like unreliable narrator thrillers and are looking for a shrewd, fresh take.

Broken (in the Best Possible Way)

This is a must-have for all public libraries.

The Paris Library

This expertly interwoven story will be a sure hit with librarians and bibliophiles, but is also a great choice for history buffs and anyone who enjoys interconnected stories about love and friendship.

Rhody Radio Connects Rhode Island Libraries with Listeners

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The Beautiful Things Shoppe

With realistic, though relatively low-key conflicts; quirky, warm-hearted secondary characters; and a believable love story, this will appeal to fans of contemporary enemies-to-lovers romances.

The Echo Wife

Highly recommended for all collections.

The Bad Muslim Discount

Insightful, entertaining, and warmly recommended.
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A Promised Land

Although it’s lengthy, this memoir is a must-have for any collection. Obama successfully carries out the task he set himself for this volume: to “offer readers a sense of what it’s like to be the president of the United States.”

Flirting with Forever

This third book in the “Forever Yours” series (after Can’t Help Falling) proves Bastone is a must-read author, especially for the way she deftly weaves topics like grief, aging, and class difference into her contemporary romances. Here, she turns a disastrous first impression into a beautiful happily ever after.
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We Begin at the End

This unforgettable coming-of-age story of love, loss, loyalty, and friendship, along with its unexpected plot twists, will appeal to readers of crime fiction, thrillers, suspense, and fiction.

Nine Days: The Race To Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election

Strongly recommended for all public libraries.

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The Lost Apothecary

This engrossing multi-timeline story should appeal to fans of Lauren Willig or Susanna Kearsley.

Hungry Hearts

This is a powerful volume that will be in demand, whether for specific contributors or the inspiration provided by the essays.

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019

Essential for library collections.
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Wild Rain

This sensual, captivating romance is highly recommended for all fiction collections.

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Prodigal Son

Recommended for fans of the thriller genre; certainly a must-read for fans of Hurwitz.

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A Discerning Eye

Boston-area libraries will want this local audiobook; the premise is clever, and it wraps up the crime. Other libraries may want to purchase on demand.
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Honey Girl

Listeners will relish this Own Voices debut love story, which focuses on Grace as a young Black woman trying to find a place in her family and in the world.

Dolly Parton, Songteller

This is an excellent audiobook sure to thrill fans of Dolly Parton and country music, and readers who love unusual audiobook experiences.

Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection

Essential for all university libraries supporting psychology and human resources development curricula.

The Four Winds

With poignant prose documenting historical scenarios but also invoking currently resonant issues--environmental responsibility, immigration and displacement, workers’ and women’s rights, social ills laid bare by calamity--Hannah’s (The Great Alone) absorbing tale will enthrall a wide swath of readers.

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Ruth Ware's Homage to an Agatha Christie Classic, Rebecca Roanhorse's Pre-Columbian-Inspired Fantasy, & 54 Other Superb New Books

Amazing Audiobooks Announced by ALA's Listen List Council | The Reader's Shelf, June 2020

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Audio Reviews: A Collection of Crime Fiction by Women Writers, a Business Book by a Futurist and SF Author, & a Memoir of Love and Death

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The Post

Fans of dystopian fiction or The Walking Dead will enjoy this title.
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Domina: The Women Who Made Imperial Rome

Though written for general consumption, this work will be of value to academics as well.
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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

This challenging book rewards listeners willing to commit time and mental energy to contemplating the meaning of truth, the consequences of decisions, and the depths of pain. Unfortunately, the many maps and lists of characters that appear in the print and ebooks are not available here. ["An unglorified if gloriously delivered story that feels eminently real despite the hobgoblins": LJ 2/19 starred review of the Riverhead hc.]
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The Silent Patient

The book is receiving much-deserved buzz, but the audio production and exceptional narration make the characters feel real. ["Dark, edgy, and compulsively readable": LJ 11/1/18 review of the Celadon hc.]
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The Bird King

An emotional and often melancholy historical fantasy that will appeal to fans of Guy Gavriel Kay and Helene Wecker.
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