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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.

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.

Mercury Pictures Presents

An engrossing window into the complex world behind the glitter of 1940s Hollywood. Recommended for book clubs, where Maria’s moxie is sure to please.

Nothing But the Truth

James’s debut makes for a highly entertaining audio, perfect for fans of Shauna Robinson or Leigh Stein. Libraries won’t be disappointed.

Hollywood Ending: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence

Readers of celebrity scandals may enjoy the book, but the audio brings nothing new. An optional purchase for most collections.

Our Wives Under the Sea

This haunting book transcends genre distinctions and will likely appeal to readers of literary fiction, horror, and psychological drama. Highly recommend for all audio fiction collections.

Switchboard Soldiers

Chiaverini’s many fans will be clamoring for this highly recommended audio. Share also with readers who enjoy learning about little-known accomplishments of women in history.


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.

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.

Drunk on All Your Strange New Words

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

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.

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.

The Pope at War: The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler

A timid religious leader, afraid to wield his moral authority against oppression and destruction, reminds listeners of the dangers of silence. Recommended for those interested in the papacy or World War II in Europe.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Boldly Go: Reflections on a Life of Awe and Wonder

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

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.

The Art of Prophecy

Clocking in at almost 19 hours, this is a hefty book, but listeners will be captivated by the intricate worldbuilding and satisfying character development. An engrossing series starter that is highly recommended for fans of Ken Liu, Yong Jin, and Nghi Vo.

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.

Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win World War II

This audiobook, recounting the tremendous accomplishments of women working in unaccommodating and unappreciative environments, should appeal to readers of women’s studies and history. Share with fans of Beverly Weintraub’s Wings of Gold or Liza Mundy’s Code Girls. Librarians may also enjoy reading about the important cataloging work done by one of Sears’s primary researchers, the multilingual oceanographic librarian Mary Grier.

After the Ivory Tower Falls: How College Broke the American Dream and Blew Up Our Politics—and How To Fix It

This book should be required reading for anyone involved in government and higher education. Highly recommended.

Deer Creek Drive: A Reckoning of Memory and Murder in the Mississippi Delta

A vivid and descriptive account of a chilling crime and the environment in which it occurred. True crime fans will be captivated.

All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire

Those who take solace in deep explorations of the grace and crudeness of people at their most vulnerable will find kinship with Woolf’s journey. Recommended for listeners who enjoy the work of Roxane Gay or Jenny Lawson.


These bawdy, gritty tales of New York City in the 1960s and 1970s will captivate listeners, but it’s Johnson who is the hero of this story. Listeners will relish every minute.

The True Crime File: Serial Killers, Famous Kidnappings, Great Cons, Survivors & Their Stories, Forensics, Oddities & Absurdities, Quotes & Quizzes

With its coverage of more than 200 crimes, this book could have been lurid, but is instead presented with care and respect. An excellent addition to any true crime collection.

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.

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.

High Times in the Low Parliament

Recommended for fans of fantasy, quirky characters, and political satire.

A History of Delusions: The Glass King, a Substitute Husband, and a Walking Corpse

Despite some unevenness in the sound levels throughout the production, this engrossing and empathetically told audiobook will likely capture the interest of listeners who enjoy the works of Oliver Sacks and Sam Kean.

Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty

A captivating, if occasionally overawed, portrait of extraordinary wealth across multiple generations. Suggest to listeners who enjoyed Anderson Cooper’s Vanderbilt.

Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer

A solid audio that will be popular with fans of WWII stories, computer history, and the overlooked contributions of women.

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.

Ten Thousand Stitches

Atwater’s second book in the “Regency Faerie Tale” series (after Half a Soul) is a fanciful and funny romp, with plenty of twists and turns to keep listeners guessing. Perfect for fans of The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk.

The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays

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

Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial

This expertly presented audiobook is highly recommended for fans of true crime podcasts, legal thrillers, and those who have an interest in the food supply chain.

One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

Marvelous narration by the author and interludes of Stella Levi singing make this an excellent addition to public library collections.

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure

For libraries with healthy history collections and those who enjoy 19th-century U.S. history and the Ohio and Mississippi River regions.

Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc

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

The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World

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

House of Hunger

Recommend to fans of gothic horror and paranormal LGBTQIA+ romance.

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.

Manifesting Justice: Wrongly Convicted Women Reclaim Their Rights

This insightful study is a timely and persuasive call to action. Recommended to those who appreciated Brittany K. Barnett’s A Knock at Midnight.

Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod

While elements of Sherman’s book will appeal to true crime readers, others may be disappointed by his fictional flair and reliance on uncited information. Recommend to general readers looking to understand the mind of a killer.

Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power, and Football in the American Heartland

A compelling inside look into the casual acceptance of sexual assault that is pervasive in today’s society. Pair this flawless production with Tell Me Everything by Erika Krouse or Know My Name by Chanel Miller to learn more about rape culture.

Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto

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

Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic

Impeccably researched, this is a must-listen for Titanic enthusiasts of all ages.

We Carry Their Bones: The Search for Justice at the Dozier School for Boys

This moving tribute is highly recommended to listeners of Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys.

The Year of the Horses

Maum’s well-constructed and absorbing memoir will be appreciated by her fans, as well as those who enjoy memoirs, horses, and stories of strong women finding hope and healing.

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