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Ode to Hip-Hop: 50 Albums That Define 50 Years of Trailblazing Music

A useful reference for hip-hop fans and music streaming enthusiasts.

Twentieth-Century Man: The Wild Life of Peter Beard

Overall, Beard’s life reads like the adventure it was. Recommended for both general interest readers and photography enthusiasts.

The Sweetest Revenge

Readers will love the fast-paced wit of both Amy and the supporting characters while she discovers who she is, where she wants to be, and what is truly in her heart.

My Magnolia Summer

Plot discrepancies and uneven pacing detract from full enjoyment the narrative, but fans of Dorothea Benton Frank will appreciate revisiting Sullivan’s Island.

Time’s Mouth

Those who enjoy reading about California counterculture and cults may be intrigued.

Onlookers: Stories

Full of ambivalent love, modern Southern charm, and contemporary concerns, the stories in this collection are timeless as well as sharply contemporary.

One Summer in Savannah

While emotionally ambitious in its choice of topic, this debut takes on too many challenges and fails to fully execute.

Mrs. S

A powerful and introspective novel that fans of queer literary fiction will savor.

The Lookback Window

This forceful, necessary novel, which includes graphic descriptions of sexual assault, depicts the often silent suffering and unfathomable effects of sexual abuse. Readers of Garth Greenwell or Eimear McBride will find it well worth diving into.

The Last Lifeboat

Gaynor’s immersive novel pairs well with Jessica Mann’s nonfiction book Out of Harm’s Way: The Wartime Evacuation of Children from Britain, in which firsthand accounts and extensive research relate the experiences of children who were removed from their families and taken to foreign countries. Similarly, Julia Kelly’s novel The Lost English Girl takes place at the very beginning of the war when children were being evacuated to the countryside.

A Child for the Reich

Newton’s latest historical novel (following The Girls from the Beach) brings to light the kidnapping of Czech children during World War II. Readers who like this genre will enjoy.

The Fraud

Smith wrestles contemporary themes surrounding women’s independence, racism, and class disparity from centuries-old events in her beautifully crafted historical. Readers of Geraldine Brooks or Hilary Mantel will be enthralled.

The Year of Second Chances

The level of chaos in Robin’s life overwhelms the issue of widowhood at times in the novel, but there is a strong setting and many elements to engage readers. Recommended for fans of Emiko Jean or Marisa de los Santos.

The Beach at Summerly

This page-turner has depth of feeling and intriguing historical details that will sweep readers off their feet.

Gone to the Wolves

Wray deftly explores late adolescence with its roller-coaster intensity of friendship and the music that binds everything together, in this case heavy metal and its mythological fantasies, which here become all too darkly real.

The War Pianist

Robotham’s entertaining and well-paced novel is a great addition to any collection of World War II historical fiction.

Where Ivy Dares To Grow

Thompson combines a gothic novel, a time-travel romance, and a frank depiction of living with mental illness. Most compellingly, the protagonist’s mental state is central to the narrative without driving the plot.

I Went To See My Father

Shin successfully crafts yet another beautifully presented and heart-rending tale, giving readers much to ponder. Not to be missed, it will appeal not just to fans of Please Look After Mom but to anyone who enjoys strong, introspective storytelling; also a good candidate for book groups.

My Mother Says

A bittersweet and humorous take on falling in and out of love; give to readers who enjoy stories with quirky characters and tongue-in-cheek humor that still explore real emotions.

The Last Action Heroes: The Triumphs, Flops, and Feuds of Hollywood’s Kings of Carnage

This helpful overview of ’80s and ’90s action films also ventures into the forgotten subsequent film failures of the far-from-invincible men stars, guiding readers to films to avoid or to reevaluate.

The Sacred Life of Bread: Uncovering the Mystery of an Ordinary Loaf

A wonderful conflation of all that is theological and spiritual with the art of bread making. Best for ministers, parish leaders, and bread makers.

The Monkees: Made in Hollywood

This work ably demonstrates how the well-oiled music machine in Los Angeles scored a short-lived megahit with their American answer to Beatlemania.

Creating the Canon: Composition, Controversy, and the Authority of the New Testament

Readers of the New Testament will find this book to be both intriguing and informative.

American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church

Heartfelt, incisive, and worthy of thoughtful consideration.

Ducktails, Drive-Ins, and Broken Hearts: An Unsweetened Look at ’50s Music

A captivating and surprising overview of the 1950s music scene.

A Man of Much Importance: The Art and Life of Terrence McNally

Highly recommended for all libraries with drama sections.

Punk Revolution!: An Oral History of Punk Rock Politics and Activism

Malkin’s book will be of interest to many, but it is not the sweeping, nuanced history that punk deserves.

Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood

All workers, as well as TV and movie buffs, can appreciate this well-told book of essays about labor in Hollywood.

This Is Reggae: My Life in Jamaican Music, from Zap Pow to Bob Marley and the Wailers

Of particular interest to reggae fans; a good addition to large music collections.

Out There: The Science Behind Sci-Fi Film and TV

Waldman’s fun guide brings together a fascinating cast of experts to help readers discover the real-life influences behind science-fiction movies and TV shows.

Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson

Recommended for tennis fans and readers interested in race.

Freaks, Gleeks, and Dawson’s Creek: How Seven Teen Shows Transformed Television

An enjoyable look at a key era in youth representation on television.

Dark Days: Fugitive Essays

Readers interested in Black history, community traditions, self-awareness, and the works of Toni Morrison will enjoy Reeves’s first essay collection, as will those searching for a unique voice to help make sense of today’s chaotic world.

All You Need Is HELP

A fun collection of Beatles-related information that adds to the canon. Readers looking to see what extra work the group from Liverpool did outside of their own recordings will find it in this title.

The Beat, the Scene, the Sound: A DJ’s Journey Through the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of House Music in New York City

Hardcore house music fanatics will enjoy this book’s discussions on various clubs, drum machines, and acetates. Give it to readers who fondly remember the genre.

The Tao of the Backup Catcher: Playing Baseball for the Love of the Game

Baseball and sports lovers will likely forever revere and quote this book. It belongs in all general and many academic libraries.

The Evangelical Imagination: How Stories, Images, and Metaphors Created a Culture in Crisis

Often insightful and rewarding in its commentary on the Victorian roots of evangelical Christian ideas, this book could confront current issues a bit more strongly.

I Must Be Dreaming

Truly fascinating, frequently hilarious, and not to be missed.

The Man in the McIntosh Suit

Ayuyang (Blame This on the Boogie) presents a gripping and romantic Depression-era noir about a fledgling community struggling to achieve the American dream without sacrificing who they are.

Sea Castle

Thriller fans will be intrigued by this unique police procedural. Share with fans of Lisa Gardner, Michael Connelly, and Karin Slaughter.

A Lime To Kill

Will appeal to listeners seeking a quirky, concise cozy mystery that is deliciously diverting. Recommended for fans of Jenn McKinlay, Ellie Alexander, and Diane Mott Davidson.

Woman of the Year

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking psychological suspense with a sympathetic but unreliable narrator facing guilt, gaslighting, and grief. Recommended for fans of Alice Feeney, Ruth Ware, and Gillian Flynn.


Readers of gripping and provocative futuristic novels should enjoy. Share with fans of Scott Britz-Cunningham’s Interface or Blake Crouch’s Upgrade.

Such Pretty Flowers

An intricate psychological thriller from a promising new voice. Recommended for fans of Riley Sager, Lucy Foley, and Darcey Bell.

You Should Smile More

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking offbeat, uplifting friendship fiction with lots of retribution and a little romance. Recommended for fans of Emily Henry, Sophie Kinsella, and Meg Cabot.

The Heiress at Sea

An enticing production sure to delight listeners. Add to collections where historical romance audiobooks are popular.

Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America

This impressively researched work with engaging narration is perfect for libraries with patrons interested in science, history, climate change, and ecology.

Breaking All the Rules

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a steamy romantic comedy about a woman tired of the corporate world and the cowboy who woos her. Recommended for fans of Diana Palmer, Tracy Brogan, and Susan Mallery.

Wild New World: The Epic Story of Animals and People in America

An important, if dryly narrated, account of humans as accidental and purposeful animals of environmental extinction. Recommended for fans of environmental histories and scholars of the same.

Strictly Friends

Williams’s (The Second Time We Met) latest romance is perfect for listeners who enjoy love triangles, miscommunications, and character growth. Despite a somewhat far-fetched ending, this summer read satisfies.

Happy Place

Henry’s fans will be pleased with this tale of friendship, found family, grief, and growing up. A superb collaboration between a writer and narrator, both at the top of their game.

Best Served Hot

A delicious performance that will leave listeners both satisfied with the story and hungry for some delicious meals.

The Second You’re Single

A solidly narrated, if somewhat exasperating, romance from Tanamachi (Her Hawaiian Homecoming, as Cara Lockwood). Recommended for Christina Lauren and Jasmine Guillory fans, but an otherwise optional purchase.

Midnight Duet

Even naysayers of the insta-love trope will root for Erika and Christof to have their happily ever after. A must-purchase for romance collections.

The Neighbor Favor

The audiobook defies many traps of the secret-identity trope, making this romance a slow burn worth its sizzle.

The Only Game in Town

Waldon’s novel is sure to be a hit with Hallmark movie lovers and romance novel enthusiasts. This charming romance checks all the boxes.

Not the Plan

Listeners will be charmed by this sexy romance that smartly addresses the challenges of balancing family, love, and work. Recommended for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Farrah Rochon, and Noué Kirwan.

Something Wild & Wonderful

While deeply poignant and emotional, Kelly’s (Love & Other Disasters) charming writing, humor, and care for her characters make this a stunning romance. Contemporary romance at its best; essential for most core romance collections.

Anatomy of a Meet Cute

This slow-burn romance from an established author should appeal to readers who appreciate strong, well-developed characters and a thought-provoking story line. For fans of Farrah Rochon, Ali Hazelwood, and Kate Spencer.

The Chemistry of Love

While the overall production is serviceable, too many audio quirks make this a nonessential purchase.

For Twice in My Life

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a closed-door contemporary rom-com with While You Were Sleeping whimsy. Recommended for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Elle Cook.

What the Hex

This second installment in Clare’s “Hex” series (following Go Hex Yourself) is recommended where interest in the first book was high.

The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality

A heartfelt and moving book for listeners who enjoy animal stories and insights into connections between humans and animals.

OCME: Life in America’s Top Forensic Medical Center

This audiobook is a winner for patrons who enjoy medical nonfiction and true crime or are interested in medical forensics. Narrator Barr makes listeners want to hear more.

The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine

Through these stories, listeners will learn not only about the monetary cost of medical care but the human cost as well. With facts and heart, this is a timely book that showcases the realities of a system in crisis.

Just as You Are

This feisty queer romance should appeal to fans of Amy Spalding’s For Her Consideration or Ruby Barrett’s The Romance Recipe.

Code Gray: Death, Life, and Uncertainty in the ER

Told with candor and compassion, this well-narrated book should not be missed by anyone who is interested in the ethics and the real-life experiences of medical personnel.

Love & Other Scams

While not an essential addition to collections, Boyd’s narration entertains.

The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen

Despite some odd pacing choices, Swain’s first foray into romance audiobook narration provides listeners with an entertaining auditory experience.

Gigi, Listening

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an amusing, upbeat travel rom-com with a quirky cast of tourists. Recommended for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jo Wilde, and Emily Henry.

The Nanny

Summers and Adams add even more heat to this steamy romance, making it a must-purchase for most collections.

The Secret Service of Tea and Treason

Listeners will come for the spies and pirates but stay for the romance. This joyous steampunk offering is full of camp and tropes, and Elizabeth Knowelden’s narration perfectly matches the delightfully outrageous story, ensuring that even newcomers to Holton’s world will be laughing and crying along with the characters.

Hotel of Secrets

Highly recommended, particularly for listeners looking to branch out from Regency England–based romances.

Not Your Ex’s Hexes

Asher’s endearing cast of characters and lively writing style, combined with Johnson’s appealing narration, make this audio a must-listen. Share with listeners who enjoy romances that are both fluffy and steamy, enlivened by witches, demons, and even a shapeshifter or two.

Georgie, All Along

Lots of buzz for this book, combined with Clayborn’s well-received backlist, makes this a must-purchase. Press into the hands of listeners who also enjoy Nora Roberts and Emily Henry.

Ana María and the Fox

An excellent Bridgerton read-alike that should have broad appeal.

Right Girl, Wrong Side

Baird’s lighthearted novel, based on stories of famous feuding families, would be a welcome addition to any romance collection. For fans of Emily Henry, Allison Winn Scotch, and Jennifer Weiner.

The Love Wager

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a fast-paced, flirtatious rom-com that is both sweet and sexy. Recommended for fans of Amy Lea, Allison Winn Scotch, and Dylan Newton.

The Fires

Björnsdóttir’s steamy thriller should appeal to readers of romantic suspense and cataclysmic fiction and to anyone interested in learning about the geology and history of Icelandic volcanoes. Share with fans of Ragnar Jónasson’s Outside or Harry Turtledove’s Supervolcano Explosion.

A Fashionable Fatality

An inessential purchase, except where the previous audiobooks in the series have been popular.

Liar, Dreamer, Thief

This fast-paced, surreal tale will hook listeners from the beginning. A perfect fit for fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train.

Feel the Bern

A fun cozy mystery for those who stay up on politics and aren’t afraid to poke fun at serious subjects. Recommended for fans of J.J. Murphy’s Murder Your Darlings and the author’s “Obama Biden” mysteries.

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