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Hotel Portofino

Highly recommended for public libraries of all sizes.

The Measure

The original and inspiring premise will appeal to listeners seeking magical realism blended with uplifting, emotionally intense literary fiction. Recommended for fans of Emily St. John Mandel and Chloe Benjamin.
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Magpie

Fans of Fatal Attraction and Single White Female will enjoy this character-driven and intensely suspenseful thriller.
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Happy-Go-Lucky

Listeners will laugh until their sides ache.
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Something Wilder

Filled with twists, turns, and puzzles, this is more action-packed than a usual second-chance romance but is still a must-have for collections.
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Black Tide

Less a story about the apocalyptic end, this tale is character-driven survival horror that delves deep into the souls of some flawed heroes.
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The Stardust Thief

Abdullah has written a deeply appealing novel infused with enchantment. The audio edition does not uniformly match her achievement, but for readers who prefer to listen to stories, this is one not to miss.
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Learning the Birds: A Midlife Adventure

This book is a delight, melding birding lore and the perils of transitioning to midlife. Recommended for medium and large public libraries or others where nature books are popular.
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Other People’s Clothes

Highly recommended for fans of twisty psychological suspense in the vein of Stephanie Wrobel’s This Might Hurt or Tara Isabella Burton’s Social Creature.
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Hidden Pictures

Rekulak’s (The Impossible Fortress) latest is both a mystery and a ghost story, with a strong central protagonist.
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Geiger

This recommended debut thriller from Sweden is a complex, layered story of spies and murder.
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Trailed: One Woman’s Quest To Solve the Shenandoah Murders

Reminiscent of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, this compelling audio is a necessary purchase for true crime fans, especially those interested in the backstories, historical context, and larger political questions raised by this intriguing investigation.

Lessons in Chemistry

Sparkling with humor and tragedy, sharp prose, underdog heroes, evil villains, and a mostly happy ending, this must-have title is a Good Morning America Book Club selection and forthcoming Apple TV series. Includes an author interview.
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Unprotected: A Memoir

Recommended for fans of Porter or the arts, and those who appreciate stories of overcoming obstacles.
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The Lost Summers of Newport

Mystery readers and Newport devotees will enjoy this captivating story that spotlights the lives of three women and the difficulties they face.

Black Roses: Odes Celebrating Powerful Black Women

Green’s writing and narration make poetry accessible to everyone.
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Chorus

This achingly beautiful audiobook is an essential purchase. Share with fans of Anne Tyler, Christina Baker Kline, and Elizabeth Strout, and anyone interested in reflective, character-driven family sagas.
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The Women’s House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison

Ryan’s historical research and clear writing and Metzger’s matter-of-fact presentation are a must-listen.

Part of Your World

A perfect rom-com smorgasbord from beginning to end, and a must-have for collections.

River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile

A fascinating story of adventure and courage, expertly narrated.

Happy People Are Annoying

Peck’s memoir is an irresistible and delightful mix of candor and comedy.

The Paris Bookseller

Maher’s latest is a treasure, and the audiobook brings out all of its best features.
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The Summer We Buried

Narrator Emily Ellet adds to Gehrman’s atmospheric novel with an urgent performance that also captures the wistfulness of someone looking back on their youth. Each twist and turn will leave listeners on edge until the shocking conclusion.
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The Diamond Eye

Highly recommended. Quinn explores a largely unknown piece of World War II history.
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Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

A high-quality addition and a must-listen for even casual fans of the robust “comedic memoir” genre of audiobooks.

Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life

A marvelous, massive biography of a beloved filmmaker.

The Left-Handed Twin

Listeners will cheer Jane along as they bite their nails throughout this relentless novel. Highly recommended.

Peach Blossom Spring

This gorgeous story was meant to be narrated.

The Arc

Hoen has achieved something special with her debut novel, which satirizes start-up culture’s relentless quest for optimization and also engages listeners with a love story between two charming characters. Recommend to fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Madeleine Henry.
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Keith Haring Journals

Unlike The Andy Warhol Diaries, which is gossipy fun but rarely introspective, Haring’s journal is beautifully written, thoughtful, and filled with passionate opinions and very personal details.
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The Books of Jacob

Demand will be high for Croft’s translation of Nobel Laureate Tokarczuk’s masterpiece, which rewards a close reading in print or a distraction-free listen.
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Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century

Riggs weaves the King Tut history with international events to provide necessary context. Mary Jane Wells reads this highly recommended audiobook with flawless pacing and presentation and has a charming accent that is easy to listen to.
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Reminders of Him

A contemporary romance with wide appeal. Hoover’s novel realistically depicts reactions to heartache, and the narrators’ performances underscore the relatability of her characters.
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The Bright Side Running Club

A great addition for audiobook collections. Will appeal to those looking for an easy listen or road-trip entertainment.

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess

Tan’s debut is a bit too long, but is a good fit for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir, along with those who like romantic and mythic fantasy retellings.
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Clean Air

A quick listen offering a unique twist on apocalyptic climate fiction.
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The Atlas Six

While steadfast fantasy lovers will be eager for the next installation in this series, others may wish that worldbuilding and action better matched the hype.
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The Liar’s Knot

Recommended for those who enjoy dark fantasy and worldbuilding. Fans of Six of Crows and The Lies of Locke Lamora would also enjoy.
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The Unfamiliar Garden

Although the plot was less than compelling and the characters flawed and unlikable, the story’s premise was distinctive and will be of interest to fans of science fiction.

Tell Me an Ending

A fine-tuned science fiction character study that explores such philosophical questions as how our memories, good and bad, affect who we are and how we relate to others.
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Age of Ash

This first in a trilogy from Abraham (The Spider’s War; coauthor of “The Expanse” series) is a must-buy for audio collections where grimdark and epic fantasy are popular, and is a solid choice for other collections because of its cross-genre appeal for mystery and sci-fi fans.
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Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

Thrilling, sexy, scary, and daring, this is a gem of a short story collection.
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Goliath

Vividly narrated by multiple voices and told in nonlinear vignettes with prose that alternates between devastatingly concise and arrestingly descriptive, this audiobook will appeal to fans of literary science fiction but may frustrate those looking for a traditionally structured, plot-focused story.
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Overlord, Vol. 2: The Dark Warrior

Highly recommend for fans of anime and graphic novels. This fast-paced and surprisingly funny adaptation is a treat for the ears.
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The Paradox Hotel

A great purchase for any library with an active sci-fi listener base, with crossover appeal for thriller and mystery fans.
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Wild and Wicked Things

Featuring queer romance, this enjoyable tale of magic would be a wonderful addition to any collection.
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A River Enchanted

While Ross’s protagonists may need to be wary of seeking mysterious shine beneath the waters, this is one enchanted river listeners can dive confidently into.
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Hello, Molly! A Memoir

Shannon’s narration, which combines unbridled enthusiasm, humor, and raw emotion, especially when writing of her father, elevates a biography that is sure to please fans.
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Unmissing

Recommended for fans of twisty thrillers.
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Loss of Memory Is Only Temporary: Stories

Listeners who are nostalgic about the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Jewish sleep-away camp, or Shakespeare in the Park will especially enjoy hearing about these complex characters and their lives.
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The Saints of Swallow Hill

Recommended for libraries that collect in the areas of historical and Southern fiction. There are some disturbing abuse scenes.
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A Brief History of Timekeeping: The Science of Marking Time, from Stonehenge to Atomic Clocks

This history of timekeeping devices and how they were impacted by developments in Newtonian physics and quantum mechanics is a good purchase for science collections.
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We Do What We Do in the Dark

This debut novel packs an emotional punch, exploring how relationships affect the people we become and the choices we make throughout our lives.
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Under One Roof

A quick and easy listen with representation of women in STEM throughout the series.
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The Unsinkable Greta James

A must-have for any new adult romance collection. Will appeal to patrons looking for a novel with depth and well-developed characters.
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Seven Games: A Human History

This melancholy yet intriguing assessment of parlor games’ role in shaping our past and AI’s future is an optional audio purchase.
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Beneath the Stairs

Fawcett’s debut novel is a haunted house story that spans generations but is anchored by its main protagonist Clare, who is thoughtful, caring, and easily relatable. Perfectly portrayed by narrator Carolina Hoyos, she’s a truly empathetic protagonist who is trying to discover what went wrong in her life as well as Abby’s and who thinks the answers might lie within the Octagon House.

Four Treasures of the Sky

Fans of Amy Tan will appreciate Zhang’s dive into a little-told history of immigrants and Chinese Americans in the American West after the passage of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.
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Thank You, Mr. Nixon: Stories

Recommended for listeners who enjoy Alice Munro’s finely tuned portraits of ordinary people.
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The Great Mrs. Elias

Recommended for those who enjoy New York history and strong narrator skills. Racist language is employed against the main character in the novel.
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Foreverland: On the Divine Tedium of Marriage

This candid and funny memoir will appeal widely, regardless of whether audiences have been married for years or eschew marriage entirely. Recommended for any memoir collection and for listeners seeking out incisive humor and honesty.

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The Love of My Life

Walsh’s (Ghosted) latest is a great listen for fans of stories involving family secrets and issues of postnatal depression.
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The Hard Sell: Crime and Punishment at an Opioid Startup

True crime fans will enjoy this expertly researched account of corporate malfeasance and mayhem committed by doctors.
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Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away

Fans of John le Carré and Ben MacIntyre will gobble this one up!

Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League

This engaging account of an extremely important era in women’s sports history should be enjoyed by enthusiasts of social history and sports fans.

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A Groom of One’s Own

This audio will appeal to readers seeking a self-sufficient yet sensual heroine, torn between her head and her heart; recommended for fans of Sarah MacLean and Julia Quinn.
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The Children on the Hill

Will appeal to listeners seeking a spine-tingling blend of psychological suspense and horror; recommended for fans of Jennifer Fawcett, Catriona Ward, and Josh Malerman.
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Out of the Blue

Fans of Kate Stayman-London and Olivia Dade will appreciate this.
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The Fashion Orphans

Readers of general fiction and those who like happy endings will enjoy Meyers (Waisted) and Rose’s (The Reincarnationist) novel.

The Verifiers

Most listeners will be left hoping that Pek (a Singapore-born, New York City–based lawyer at a global investment company) is already at work on a sequel.
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The Liz Taylor Ring

Listeners won’t want to stop until they reach the heartwarming conclusion to Janowitz’s (The Grace Kelly Dress) family saga.
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The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

Jurczyk’s debut will attract listeners who are also librarians, and is a great addition to public library collections.

The Far Land: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, and Mutiny in the South Pacific

Readers of history will enjoy; highly recommended.
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Watergate: A New History

Listeners with an interest in American history and politics will relish this excellent production of Graff’s meticulously researched, comprehensive book.
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The Pages

At times the narrative appears to get in its own way, but it is a unique book about a book that bibliophiles will delight in.
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Pyre

Mohan does an excellent job expressing the characters’ emotions, adding to the catharsis of the experience.
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One Step Too Far

Fans will wait with bated breath for more of Frankie’s cases.
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Say You’ll Be My Lady

Recommended only where the series circulates well.
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The Fields

This dark and gritty series launch, with a TV adaptation in development, should have wide appeal.
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The Complete (Short) Guide to Absolutely Everything: Adventures in Math and Science

This engaging and thought-provoking book will have broad appeal and is highly recommended for all nonfiction collections. Share with podcast listeners and fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye.
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Cherish Farrah

Morrow’s (MEM; A Song Below Water) social horror/psychological thriller is definitely worth a listen.
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Jane and the Year Without a Summer

Devotees of the series will welcome this addition and thrill to the many Austenian references.
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The Old Woman with the Knife

Narrator Nancy Wu’s lilt, emphasis, and pacing are impeccable, bringing life to Gu’s characters, making them easy to differentiate and identify as the engrossing story unfolds.
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Cleopatra’s Dagger

Recommended; readers of crime fiction will enjoy this thriller.
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Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas

Parenteau’s clear and precise dictations aid listeners in comprehending this fascinating text.
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Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Transgression

Readers of Robert Ludlum genre novels will especially enjoy Hood’s (The Treadstone Resurrection) thriller.
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When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East

This complete departure from Barry’s (We Ride Upon Sticks) earlier work gives listeners reasons to become fans.
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Woman Last Seen

Although the novel has a slow-burn start, listeners get to hear the investigation unfold through multiple voices and perspectives as the story flashes back to the time before the women went missing, which adds to the suspense of this unique missing-person mystery.
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Forever Boy: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy

The uniqueness of the Swenson’s individual story will be its measure of appeal for listeners. Readers of her blog (Finding Cooper’s Voice) will likely line up.
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Delilah Green Doesn’t Care

Perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Casey McQuiston or those wanting the drama of a Hallmark movie with steamier romance.
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Tides

A great summer beach listen for fans of Marguerite Duras.
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Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies

Suggested to those who enjoyed Anderson Cooper’s Vanderbilt or Bill Dedman’s Empty Mansions.
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The Last Grand Duchess: A Novel of Olga Romanov, Imperial Russia, and Revolution

A new take on an overtold and tragic story.
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