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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.

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.”

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.]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

Rape may be difficult to talk about, but we need to, Abdulali says. Especially when "we raise our children with such unclear standards that they don't have the tools to recognize rape when they see it." ["Guaranteed to become an important part of the canon on gender studies and sexual assault": LJ 12/18 starred review of the New Pr. hc.]


The audiobook may seem daunting with 19 hours of listening, but Obama's narration moves the story quickly as it captivates. Her familiar voice personalizes the story and emotionally draws listeners deeper. The only negative for the audiobook is that it omits the photos in the print version.

Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

If recent events have got you down, Solnit's latest essays will lift you up.—Gladys Alcedo, Wallingford CT

What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Hanna-Attisha's debut work offers a dramatic firsthand view of what happens when government fails to serve the public good, sacrificing public health for the sake of saving municipal dollars. ["Essential for all readers who care about children, health, and the environment": LJ 6/1/18 starred review of the One World hc.]

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage To Lead

Richards's reading pulls listeners deeper into the narrative. The tempo and emotion in her delivery give them front-row seats to key events in recent history and will inspire them to stand up, speak out, and lead. ["Documenting an inspiring life and offering a call to action, this timely volume is for all readers": LJ 4/15/18 review of the Touchstone hc.]

How To Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Pollan's approach to psychedelic drugs—first through the academic lens, then through personal stories—makes the topic interesting. Yet it's his conversational narration that carries the listener from beginning to end. ["A work of participatory journalism that shines new light on psychedelics and the people who study them": LJ 4/15/18 review of the Penguin Pr. hc.]

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