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This lush novel is full of danger, war, and heartache, but shows that the bonds of family cannot be torn apart, even by the powers that be. Recommend to historical fiction readers and fans of Thrity Umrigar and Anjali Enjeti.

Stories from the Tenants Downstairs

A vibrant short story collection brimming with NYC culture and authentic characters from a debut author with an insider’s perspective.

Hawk Mountain

This novel is raw and compelling but may not be for the tenderhearted. Recommend this unsettling debut to fans of Roddy Doyle’s Smile or Antoine Wilson’s Mouth to Mouth.

Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don’t Want To Forget To Remember

A lighthearted look behind the curtain into the life and mind of one of today’s most down-to-earth celebrities. Highly recommended; share with fans of smart and funny celebrity memoirs such as Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo or Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

Just by Looking at Him

O’Connell’s high-spirited reading makes this one of the most entertaining audiobooks of the year.

Kiss & Tell: Stand Up & Stories About Love, Sex, Etc

The performers often laugh louder at their weak and meandering material than the live audience. A strictly optional purchase.

Mika in Real Life

Although the romantic aspects of this book are somewhat predictable, listeners will appreciate Jean’s sensitive treatment of culture, race, and identity, both as an immigrant and an adoptee. A fluffy, but heartfelt novel that will have crossover appeal and should please fans of Kiley Reid’s Such a Fun Age or Chelsey Johnson’s Stray City.

Nuclear Family

Han’s thoughtful story, which touches on the Korean War, the separation of two halves of one nation, and the colonization of Hawai‘i is highly recommended. Kimchi comes, and kimchi goes, but family is forever.

Family Compound

A heartwarming tale of family, dreams, and what matters most when everything is laid bare. Share with fans of Elyssa Friedland’s Last Summer at the Golden Hotel, Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins, and Jennifer Close’s Marrying the Ketchups.

If I Survive You

Readers looking for a quick but powerful listen will enjoy this novel. A complex and thought-provoking title that is highly recommended for any library collection.

Florida Woman

Fans of Liane Moriarty will devour this captivating blend of quirkiness and suspense. Listeners will be looking for more from this promising author.

The Most Likely Club

This fun and relatable book leans heavily on the nostalgia, mentioning many of the trends, shows, and stereotypes of the late ’90s, which will appeal to readers who have lived through that time. Recommend to readers looking for a story that tackles issues while also providing laughs.

Activities of Daily Living

Although not a reflection of the quality of the narration, this is an optional purchase, owing to the unique structure of the content, which is somewhat confusing when presented in audio.

Rainbow Rainbow

This collection is a must-add for any library collection. It will appeal not only to queer listeners, but to any person searching to better understand the experiences of friends, family, and neighbors.

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

A classic tale is viewed through a different historical lens, making it more relevant and utterly gripping. Highly recommended for fans of Moreno-Garcia or Isabel Cañas.

The Forty Elephants

A compelling debut, categorized as historical fiction, but sure to appeal to thriller and mystery readers as well. Highly recommended.

Big Girl

An ultimately hopeful book with a top-tier narrator that does not disappoint.

Thérèse Raquin

A darkly gothic tale that is very accessible to modern audiences and presents a rewarding listening experience. An excellent addition to any classic audio collection.

I’m Glad My Mom Died

McCurdy’s battle over her demons will leave many listeners exhausted, but her excellent reading makes for a compelling audiobook.

Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta

This masterpiece of absurdist humor uses the narration to elevate the text and is highly recommended for public library collections.


Lozano’s tale of culture, womanhood, gender, and expectation in a world created by and for men is a must-add for any collection.

The Puppeteer’s Daughters

A complicated father-daughter story that fulfills its promise. Fans of Tara Conklin’s The Last Romantics and Melissa Scholes Young’s The Hive will love this.

Walk the Blue Fields: Stories

Award-winning Irish author Keegan (Antarctica) delivered this delightful collection of short stories in 2008...

Lucy by the Sea

: A definite listen for fans of Lucy Barton and her family, though new listeners may want to catch up in order to understand the backstories of other characters in the book.

Scenes from My Life: A Memoir

This powerful audiobook reveals the humanity of a charismatic performer and is recommended for public libraries.

All the Ruined Men: Stories

Glose’s superbly and empathetically written book is highly recommended. While the subject matter is inherently heavy, it is compassionately managed by one who understands the journey.

The Angel of Rome: And Other Stories

These poignant stories of self-discovery revealing the faces we show to the world, our friends and family, or perhaps no one at all, alternately tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone. An essential purchase.

When We Were Bright and Beautiful

This audio will appeal to fans seeking a thought-provoking domestic fiction filled with tension and twists; a fast-paced foray into family devotion and flagrant depravity. Recommended for fans of Jodi Picoult, Celeste Ng, and Joy Fielding.

The Displacements

This book will no doubt take its place among classic apocalyptic literature. Share with fans of Station Eleven, The Age of Miracles, and other literary apocalyptic novels.

A Woman of Endurance

The listener may wish for a more streamlined narrative, but the side stories paint an authentic picture of Pola’s life and chronicle her healing as she moves from beyond death to life.

Venomous Lumpsucker

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

Where Wild Peaches Grow

This novel is perfect for fans of The Vanishing Half or books by Edward Kelsey Moore and Kimberly Lawson Roby. Listeners looking for a book that examines family bonds will enjoy this thought-provoking and richly told story.

The Marriage Portrait

For patrons who enjoyed Hamnet and seek out historical fiction about strong women who cleverly fight against the unforgiving restraints of their time.

The World Deserves My Children

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an irreverent introspective on Leggero’s life, from child actress to middle-aged motherhood, filled with moments that are both human and hilarious. Recommended for fans of candid and compelling humor writing, à la Mia Mercado and Kristina Kuzmic.

Gods of Want: Stories

Experiencing this collection in print would allow readers to more easily savor Chang’s lyrical writing, but listening provides an opportunity to fully dwell within the stories and be carried to the end.

The Book Haters’ Club

Anthony’s (The Kids Are Gonna Ask) latest has an interesting premise but a bumpy execution. A nice choice for listeners looking for new book recommendations, but an otherwise optional purchase.

Ghost Lover: Stories

These nine short stories highlighting women’s desires, judgments, obsessions, and frustrations are intriguing, but somewhat uneven. A solid, if nonessential purchase for most libraries.

Other Birds

With its underlying theme of resilience and growth, Allen’s (First Frost) latest will have wide appeal. A great match for book clubs.

Bad Girls

A tough, but tender tale that gives listeners an unsparing and necessary look into the world of trans sex workers in Argentina. An important addition to any public library collection.

I Walk Between the Raindrops: Stories

This stellar collection is an essential purchase for all public library collections. Recommended for those that like grit and good stories.

Small Angels

The isolation of the characters and unsettling supernatural events, combined with enchanting local lore, make this an excellent purchase for any library.

Valley of Shadows

Ruiz’s poetic descriptions describe a world filled with beauty, although it is also home to evil born not from ghosts or demons, but from the hearts and minds of corrupt men. Recommend to readers looking for a different sort of western, one that blends horror, mystery, historical fiction, and magical realism.

People Person

Part family drama, part thriller, and part farce, this stunning audio is highly recommended for all public libraries.

Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an in-depth but accessible analysis of the psychological and biological basis for their favorite frights. Recommended for fans of horror fiction and films.


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

In Her Boots

Dell’Antonia provides a fun and heartfelt look at the various relationships we have as humans, and as women in particular.

Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder

Shatner’s upbeat collections of thoughtful musings is read with verve and good humor.

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.

An Indiscreet Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria’s Defiant Daughter

Listeners will love this authentic portrayal of a princess who struggled to find happiness and fulfillment despite the demands of her royal position. Recommend to fans of Melanie Benjamin, Alison Weir, and Marie Benedict.

Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club

Fans of Dial A for Aunties and Arsenic and Adobo will enjoy this novel with similar themes of family, culture, and coming from a family of immigrants. This book is full of heart and humor and would be a wonderful addition to any library.

Elvis and Me

Presley’s smooth, expressive, and confidential reading gives listeners the feeling that she’s revealing this very intimate portrait of a troubled man and their not-so fairy-tale marriage to their ears only.

One’s Company

Unlike episodes of her beloved sitcom, Bonnie’s story is destined for an unhappy ending, one that may disappoint some listeners, but Hutson’s clever novel also contains many exquisite moments of delight and tenderness, all warmly presented by Jacobs. Highly recommended for all literary fiction 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.

Manmade Constellations

A nonessential acquisition in print, but Gilbert’s stellar narration makes the audio a recommended purchase.

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.

The Swift and the Harrier

Share this well-researched and thrilling story with historical fiction fans and readers of Philippa Gregory and Margaret George.

The Rabbit Hutch

Both literary and magical, this book will appeal to listeners searching for a beautiful, yet unsettling story that tackles the ways in which systems oppress us. Highly recommended.

The Lifestyle

Listeners will enjoy Georgina’s newfound sense of empowerment and will find some laughs along the way. A fresh take on romance that is recommended for fans of Emily Henry and Sophie Kinsella.

My Thirty-First Year (and Other Calamities)

Wolf’s engaging writing, combined with Zuckerman’s flawless narration, is a winning combination. Fans of Jennifer Weiner and Jane Green will be enchanted.

Now Is Not the Time To Panic

This charmingly narrated summer story will bring joy any time of year.


A must-have for LGBTQ+ representation in audiobooks, and a great way to introduce new readers to this contemporary classic.


This bleakly humorous and insightful coming-of-age story will appeal to readers of absurdist, character-driven fiction. Recommend to fans of Sally Rooney, Meg Wolitzer, and Claire Messud, as well as to readers of Zink’s previous works, particularly Nicotine.

The Wild Hunt

Recommended for listeners who enjoy atmospheric, Scottish-set mysteries with a hint of the supernatural.

Uncle Silas

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

Ashton Hall

Essential listening for fans of historical fiction and contemporary considerations of marriage, motherhood, and identity.

What We Fed to the Manticore

A remarkable book and an audiobook that deserves wide attention. Share this outstanding collection with fans of Karen Russell, George Saunders, and Amy Hempel.

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.

The Littlest Library

Alexander (25 Days ’Til Christmas) has written a heartwarming tale that exudes a love for books, libraries, and librarians. Recommend this sweet audio to anyone looking for a story that will leave them feeling upbeat and positive about life. A must-add for any public library collection.

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.

Bad Thoughts: Stories

For those that enjoyed Rachel Yoder’s Nightbitch and Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation, this is a great addition to the genre that might be called “millennial ennui.”

Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting

Perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy novels and Bonnie Garmus’s Lessons in Chemistry.

The Mermaid of Black Conch

Roffey’s enchanting tale, mixing prose with poetry and interweaving varied voices and time spans, makes for an affecting listening experience. Recommend to listeners looking for folk tales with a magical twist.


Powerful writing, well-drawn characters, and a piercing look at the inequities experienced by Black women within the criminal justice system make this audiobook stand out. Mottley is an author to watch.

Last Summer on State Street

Audio enriches this soon-to-be-classic story of racism, violence, family, and community. Recommended for fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Brit Bennett.

Thank You for Listening

This audio, skillfully narrated by Whelan herself, is perfect for contemporary romance or women’s fiction collections.

Life Ceremony: Stories

Recommended for listeners who enjoy the short stories of Karen Russell or Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach” trilogy.


A meditation on identity, home, and motherhood, this exquisite audio is not to be missed. Recommend to readers of Pik-Shuen Fung’s Ghost Forest or Lisa Ko’s The Leavers.

The Men

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

The Last Unicorn

This enchanting book is perfect for readers who love The Princess Bride, Ella Enchanted, and other whimsical fantasy stories. Filled with heroes, noble quests, magical creatures, curses, and unforgettable characters, it is an unforgettable listen for all ages.

The Book Eaters

This is the type of dark fantasy that breaks out of the genre and into popular culture. Beautiful and intense, it is a must-listen.

The Witch and the Tsar

Kapustin’s deft narration combined with Gilmore’s intriguing rendition of the often maligned Baba Yaga makes for an enchanting listen.

Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America’s Edge

Readers who enjoyed Tara Westover’s Educated will be drawn to Conover’s book. An excellent addition to any nonfiction collection that provides a glimpse into a little-known community.

Acne: A Memoir

This author-narrated gem is exactly as it should be. Only Chinn can do justice to her story, and she succeeds in style. Recommended for public libraries.

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.

Drunk on All Your Strange New Words

Recommend to Robson’s fans and anyone who delights in bizarre but thoughtful sci-fi.

Dispatches from the Gilded Age: A Few More Thoughts on Interesting People, Far-Flung Places, and the Joys of Southern Comforts

Wonderful stories written by a free-spirited woman from a privileged Southern family. Her irreverent style continues to charm.

Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels

This inside look at investigative reporting at a major U.S. newspaper will appeal to listeners with an interest in journalism, as well as fans of true crime podcasts that focus on criminal investigations.

She’s Nice Though: Essays on Being Bad at Being Good

This engaging audio will appeal to listeners looking for laugh-out-loud life stories about the curse of good girl energy in an era of bad bitch vibes. Recommended for fans of Lindy West and Samantha Irby.


Outstanding narration and an enchanting story line make this book a must-buy for all audio collections. Recommend to listeners who enjoy fiction with a fairy tale twist, such as that found in Rena Rossner’s The Sisters of the Winter Wood or Olesya Salnikova Gilmore’s The Witch and the Tsar.

The Awoken

This audiobook is a disappointment to sci-fi fans but may interest some patrons hoping to dip their toes into a new genre.

Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto

This staggeringly powerful and sensitively-narrated memoir has a place in all public libraries.

The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays

Nothing short of a marvel, Hauser’s writing, combined with stellar narration, creates an exceptional audio experience.

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven

Readers looking to start an engaging fantasy series filled with magic, friendship, and feminism should start here. Dawson’s following among YA readers promises strong crossover appeal.

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

Recommended for readers looking for an absorbing queer fantasy, complete with intricate world-building, tantalizing mystery, and a slow-burn, tender romance.

American Seoul: A Memoir

This is a troubling story and tough listen, both in terms of content and narration. An optional audio purchase for most libraries.

Salty: Lessons on Eating, Drinking, and Living from Revolutionary Women

Despite the moments of slightly rocky narration, this is a captivating glimpse into the lives of nine creative, world-changing women that will appeal to both foodies and feminists.

The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World

An intriguing, intimate look into what drove this important person’s life and shaped his opinions.

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.

Brown Enough: True Stories About Love, Violence, the Student Loan Crisis, Race, Familia, and Making It in America

An effective audiobook that raises thought-provoking questions about racial and color lines in America.

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