Laura Stein

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Zero Stars, Do Not Recommend

Wassmer’s debut novel succeeds in being the opposite of its title. He might become a new favorite for fans of John Scalzi and David Wong (a.k.a. Jason Pargin).

Omega Farm: A Memoir

For those ready to reflect on the pandemic and not opposed to a jumping timeline, this deeply personal story resonates.

How To Say Babylon: A Memoir

This book is an audible joy and will have wide appeal to memoir readers.

Small Worlds

Richly complex literary fiction, highly recommended for lovers of romance in the vein of Tia Williams’s Seven Days in June or the lyricism of Elif Shafak’s novels.

The Friday Night Club: A Novel of Artist Hilma af Klint and Her Creative Circle

Historical fiction readers will be delighted by this deftly narrated production, which offers an intriguing picture of a talented artist and her lasting legacy.

I Could Live Here Forever

Listeners may respond to Halperin’s intimate portrait of Leah, who is vulnerable and heartbreakingly hopeful, but some may be frustrated by her choices. Halperin is one to watch, but this may be an uneasy fit for many.

Sunshine Nails

Fans of family dramas with multiple perspectives, such as Balli Kaur Jaswal’s The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters, will find much to like.


Listeners should not expect dramatic crises but a compelling and searing story about resilience, community, and the enduring bonds of family. Sands will have listeners hanging on to her every gently narrated word. Recommended for fans of Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain or Mary Beth Keane’s Ask Again, Yes.

Call and Response: Stories

An essential addition to any collection where short stories from around the world are in demand. For lovers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lisa Cupolo, and Mai Nardone.

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