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The Fixer Upper

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a heartwarming romantic comedy that is as much about friendship as it is about love. Recommended for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sophie Cousens, and Beth O’Leary.

Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter

Bartel’s debut is sure to appeal to animal lovers. Recommend to fans of Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Mary Roach’s Stiff.

A Duke for Diana

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a witty Regency romance with an intrepid female lead who is as spirited as she is sensuous. Recommended for fans of Mary Balogh, Eloisa James, and Lenora Bell.

The Second Time We Met

Listeners may be frustrated by the somewhat undeveloped characters and uneven plotting, but Williams’s (Imperfect Arrangements) latest is enlivened by Remmie Miller’s lovely and smooth narration. A fine, if nonessential, listen for library patrons who enjoyed Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Here for the Drama

Naudus’s performance makes a charming story even more enjoyable. A must for collections where contemporary romance audiobooks are popular.

Eat Up!

This empathetic and timely listen will inspire and inform. A celebration of food and humanity that will be welcomed by anyone wishing to embrace the notion that eating can be both pleasure and self-care.

Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir

Ultimately landing on a message of hope and solidarity, Sánchez’s writing is authentic and real about what it means to be a first-generation Latina. A solid addition to the feminist author memoir genre.

The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy

Listeners won’t want to miss this educational and fun take on the stars.

For Butter or Worse

Fans of cute and skillfully narrated enemies-to-lovers/foodie romances will devour La Rosa’s delicious debut.

Where We End & Begin

This one is not just for romance readers; the depth of emotion and exploration of the past will give it a wide appeal to many.

Lucy Checks In

Recommend to fans of renovation television shows and realistic romances with forty-something women.

The Abortion Caravan

Although Wells’s book chronicles a Canadian story, this timely book would be an excellent addition to any nonfiction audio collection.

Merry Little Meet Cute

Murphy (Dumplin’) and Simone (Misadventures of a Curvy Girl) have written a steamy Christmas romance that perfectly pairs the chasteness of the Hallmark Channel movies with the steaminess of erotica. This is a must-add romance that will be enjoyed beyond the holiday season.

Life Ceremony: Stories

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

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.

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.


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

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 Swift and the Harrier

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

People Person

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

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.

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).

Ashton Hall

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

Thank You for Listening

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

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.”

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.

Big Girl

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

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 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.

Small Angels

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

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.


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

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.

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.

Venomous Lumpsucker

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

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.

Uncle Silas

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting

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

Manmade Constellations

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sirens & Muses

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

The Wild Hunt

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

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 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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Forty Elephants

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

The Men

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

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.

Scenes from My Life: A Memoir

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

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.

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.

In Her Boots

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

Walk the Blue Fields: Stories

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

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.

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.

Just by Looking at Him

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

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.

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.

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.

No Funny Business

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a road trip romantic comedy that is both silly and steamy. Recommended for fans of Emily Henry and Dylan Newton.

The Dead Romantics

A nice, sentimental, fun read that will find its way into listeners’ hearts.

The One Who Loves You

Purchase where additional contemporary romances are needed.

A Proposal They Can’t Refuse

This sweet, funny, hot, and poignant story hits all the right notes. Libraries should purchase.

Love on the Brain

While Hazelwood’s second book about women in STEM may please her many fans, other listeners may be disappointed by the book’s lackluster predictability. Purchase only where interest in Hazelwood’s work is high.

Lucy on the Wild Side

Warmly narrated by Emily Lawrence, who brings both Lucy’s struggles to find work-life balance and Kai’s rich, worldly accent to life, Rea’s latest (after The Wedding Ringer) is a delightful contemporary romance listen. Recommend to listeners who enjoy romances that combine unusual careers and original settings with the swoons, such as Denise Williams’s Do You Take This Man.

Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails

This quirky history is both entertaining and informative; an ideal recommendation for anyone who enjoyed Amy Stewart’s Drunken Botanist or Lydia Kang’s Quackery.

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