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This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch: The Joy of Loving Something—Anything—Like Your Life Depends on It

Part feminist essay, part memoir, this compassionate and utterly hilarious testament to the value of all passions and hobbies, no matter how niche, will offer much needed encouragement to mothers and non-mothers alike.

Audiobook Mystery Starred Reviews | Christina Delaine, Shazia Nicholls, and P.J. Ochlan Thrill


Raising Raffi: The First Five Years

New parents, as well as parents of older children, will likely find both entertainment and solace in this smart, relatable work.

The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America

History and true crime buffs, legal historians, and gender studies scholars will appreciate Sweet’s riveting exposé of the tremendous gender and class bias in postrevolutionary America.

Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire

Armchair travelers and sailors alike should enjoy this well-narrated seafaring saga/family biography, gracefully crafted by the author to be heartwarming as well as heart-stopping.

Uncle Silas

Given Sutton’s sublime performance, fans of historical as well as contemporary suspense fiction will likely enjoy this spine-tingling classic.

Acts of Violet

A multicast presentation of a novel with this many disparate narrative elements could easily become chaotic, so it is testament to the narrators’ talents and Montimore’s brilliant plot structure, compelling characters, and sharp, often hilarious prose that listeners are instead treated to an absolutely delightful audiobook, essential for all contemporary fiction collections.

By Her Own Design

Hopefully, this riveting novel, which belongs in all fiction collections, coupled with a 2022 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition displaying Lowe’s work, will begin to give this legendary designer the recognition she deserves.


Classic mystery fans will particularly enjoy Collins’s intriguing story, vividly drawn characters, and sharp social commentary, especially given Boulton’s captivating performance.

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