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Retail Gangster: The Insane, Real-Life Story of Crazy Eddie

Known for a gritty, wry voice suited to hard-boiled characters, Ferrone adopts an irresistibly ironic delivery as brisk as a Crazy Eddie ad that’s perfectly matched to the tempo and tone of this detailed exposé. True financial crime fans will likely love it.

Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc

This largely misses the mark. Libraries may want to take a pass.

The Men

With earnestness undercut by conventionality, this is a strictly optional purchase.

Sirens & Muses

Superb narration adds to the impact of this populist, yet personal take on a rarefied set. Highly recommended.

When We Fell Apart

Wiley’s debut novel parallels the ways West and East enforce conformity and lavishly describes Seoul, but loses thrust as Min’s and Yu-jin’s stories converge. Recommended for large libraries, but an optional purchase for smaller collections.

The Shore

Though Margot has only one reality and immutable choices, the recurring theme will resonate with listeners who enjoyed Emma Straub’s This Time Tomorrow or Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library. A mournful beach read, but recommended multi-narrator audio.

Big Red: A Novel Starring Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles

The tragic romance of Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles retold by a sardonic lesbian in love with Golden Age Hollywood just as it draws to a close, this Tinseltown bio-fic brings down the house in audio.

Venomous Lumpsucker

Bleakly prescient, yet entertaining. This is a treasure; recommend far and wide.

Free Love: A Novel

Personal and societal growing pains are deftly contrasted in Hadley’s highly recommended historical drama.

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