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The Enchanted April

Although it was published over 100 years ago, modern listeners should appreciate author von Arnim’s (Elizabeth and Her German Garden) lovely armchair trip to a sunny Mediterranean estate, where vacationers gaze at the glimmering sea and blooming gardens instead of smartphones and laptops.

When Trying To Return Home: Stories

This is an exquisite marriage of writer and narrators. Every collection should include these brilliantly written stories that combine sharp social commentary with truly captivating characters.


With Wheeler’s musical Sámi language pronunciations and Laestadius’s atmospheric prose, listeners are transported to this fragile Arctic landscape. Those who like social justice stories will cherish this unforgettable coming-of-age story and performance.

Great Short Books: A Year of Reading—Briefly

Anyone looking to revisit classics or broaden their reading interests will treasure Ojo’s and Nixon’s brilliant performances and Davis’s curated list of outstanding short fiction.

Red Queen

Brick’s performance brings out the warmth, as well as the drama, in this witty thriller, the first in Gómez-Jurado’s trilogy featuring a Lisbeth Salander–like character paired with a wonderfully self-deprecating cop. Libraries should expect significant demand, especially with a TV series in the works.

Murder in Haxford

Harrison’s performance alone is enough to recommend this breezy village mystery to classic mystery fans, especially those who enjoy cozy, character-driven whodunits that don’t take themselves too seriously.

A Ghost of Caribou

While previous experience with the series would be helpful, newbies can safely pick up this high-octane environmental thriller, with its perfect pairing of protagonist and narrator. Expect demand for all the books in this genuinely informative conservation-themed series.


This playfully imaginative, enthusiastically narrated satire of influencers and the wellness industry would be a fun book club choice.

Tremors in the Blood: Murder, Obsession, and the Birth of the Lie Detector

While the technology has changed, modern policing still relies heavily on scientific evidence. Katwala’s fascinating history of this unreliable device is a cautionary tale that will likely appeal to those interested in criminal justice and true crime.

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