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A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre
By Max Brooks
“I think my favorite part of this book was the interviews that would cut in between each chapter of the book to give more details on the "history" or "events" of the story. I felt like I was listening to NPR or reading from a non-fiction field guide. It's incredibly original, humorous, and terrifying. ”Kaycee, Country Bookshelf
#2: Axiom's End
The alternate history first contact adventure Axiom's End is an extraordinary debut from Hugo finalist and video essayist Lindsay Ellis.
Truth is a human right.
It’s fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact. Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess, since the force... Read More »
#3: My Calamity Jane
Narrated by Sophie Amoss / 13 hours 28 minutes
Hold on to your hats: The authors who brought you the New York Times bestseller My Plain Jane, which Booklist praised as “delightfully deadpan” (starred review) and Publishers Weekly called “a clever, romantic farce” (starred review), are back with another irreverent historical adventure.
Welcome to 1876 America, a place bursting with... Read More »
#4: Mexican Gothic
An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .
From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful... Read More »
#5: Party of Two
A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking.
Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot... Read More »
#6: Fast. Feast. Repeat.
The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don't Deny® Intermittent Fasting--Including the 28-Day FAST Start
By Gin Stephens
Narrated by Gin Stephens, Brittany Pressley & Greg Cooler /
Change when you eat and change your body, your health, and your life!
Diets don’t work. You know you know that, and yet you continue to try them, because what else can you do? You can Fast. Feast. Repeat. After losing over eighty pounds and keeping every one of them off, Gin Stephens started a vibrant, successful online community with hundreds of... Read More »
#7: The Vanishing Half
By Brit Bennett
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by O, the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Buzzfeed, Vogue, PureWow, New York Magazine and more
“Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” —Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal
“A... Read More »
#8: The Hardest Job in the World
The American Presidency
From the veteran political journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent, a deep dive into the history, evolution, and current state of the American presidency—and how we can make the job less impossible and more productive.
“This is a great gift to our sense of theactual presidency, a primer on leadership.”—Ken Burns
Imagine you have just been elected... Read More »
#9: All Things Reconsidered
How Rethinking What We Know Helps Us Know What We Believe
By Knox McCoy
5 hours 9 minutes
Popular podcaster and author Knox McCoy offers listeners a unique blend of humor, Bible stories, pop culture references, and personal stories that show how asking tough questions and approaching life with a willingness to reconsider ideas can allow them to grow in their faith.
What would it mean to really examine what you think you know about... Read More »
#10: The Empire of Gold
The Daevabad Trilogy: Book #3
Narrated by Soneela Nankani /
"No series since George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire has quite captured both palace intrigue and the way that tribal infighting and war hurt the vulnerable the most." —Paste Magazine
The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a... Read More »
The bold and boundlessly original debut novel from the Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York.
“A terrific debut novel that makes Gravity’s Rainbow read like a Dr. Seuss story . . . a masterwork of postmodern storytelling.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
B.... Read More »
#12: A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor
By Hank Green
Who has the right to change the world forever?
How will we live online?
How do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?
The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While the robots were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction with only their presence. Part of their maelstrom was the sudden viral fame... Read More »
#13: Peace Talks
Dresden Files: Book #16
By Jim Butcher
HARRY DRESDEN IS BACK AND READY FOR ACTION, in the new entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.
When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, joins the White Council's security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he... Read More »
The Origins of Our Discontents
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us... Read More »
#15: Big Friendship
Shine Theory, Ladywebs, and Other Lessons From Our First Decade
By Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman
A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! But for all the rosy sentiments surrounding friendship, most people don’t talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul.
Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their... Read More »
#16: Daring and the Duke
The Bareknuckle Bastards Book III
Narrated by Justine Eyre /
New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the much-anticipated final book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series, featuring a scoundrel duke and the powerful woman who brings him to his knees.
Grace Condry has spent a lifetime running from her past. Betrayed as a child by her only love and raised on the streets, she now hides in... Read More »
#17: A Desolation Called Peace
Teixcalaan: Book #2
"[An] all around brilliant space opera, I absolutely love it."—Ann Leckie, on A Memory Called Empire
A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space opera sequel to Arkady Martine's genre-reinventing Hugo and Nebula finalist debut, A Memory Called Empire.
An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it,... Read More »
#18: Sex and Vanity
By Kevin Kwan
"Kevin Kwan's new book is his most decadent yet." --Entertainment Weekly
The iconic author of the bestselling phenomenon Crazy Rich Asians returns with the glittering tale of a young woman who finds herself torn between two men: the WASPY fiancé of her family's dreams and George Zao, the man she is desperately trying to avoid falling in love... Read More »
#19: The Secret Lives of Color
One of USA Today's “100 Books to Read While Stuck at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis”
A dazzling gift, the unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-colored volume.
“Beautifully written . . . Full of anecdotes and fascinating research, this elegant compendium has all the... Read More »
#20: Exciting Times
By Naoise Dolan
6 hours 55 minutes
“This debut novel about an Irish expat millennial teaching English and finding romance in Hong Kong is half Sally Rooney love triangle, half glitzy Crazy Rich Asians high living—and guaranteed to please.” —Vogue
AN ANTICIPATED BOOK FROM:
Vogue * Elle * O, the Oprah Magazine * Esquire * Harper's Bazaar * PopSugar * LitHub
An intimate, bracingly... Read More »
#21: The Buddha and the Badass
The Secret Spiritual Art of Succeeding at Work
Forget hustling. This book will disrupt your deeply held beliefs about work, success, and, indeed, life.
If you're the average person in the developed world, you spend 70 percent of your waking hours at work. And if you're the average person, you're miserable for most of those hours. This is simply not an acceptable state of affairs for your one... Read More »
#22: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
By V. E. Schwab
In the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s genre-defying tour de force.
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever—and is cursed... Read More »
#23: Return of the Thief
Queen’s Thief: Book #6
Narrated by Steve West /
The thrilling, twenty-years-in-the-making conclusion to the New York Times–bestselling Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner.
This beloved and award-winning series began with the acclaimed novel The Thief. It and four more stand-alone volumes bring to life a world of epics, myths, and legends, and feature one of the most charismatic and... Read More »
#24: The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks
Montague Siblings: Book #3
By Mackenzi Lee
Narrated by TBD /
Return to the enchanting world of the Montague siblings in the finale to the New York Times bestselling and Stonewall Honor-winning series, featuring a teenage Adrian Montague as he desperately seeks the now adult Monty and Felicity—the older siblings he never knew he had.
The sole heir to his family’s fortune, Adrian Montague desperately wants... Read More »
#25: Begin Again
James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
7 hours 44 minutes
James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In the era of Trump, what can we learn from his struggle?
“Searing, provocative, and ultimately hopeful . . . Begin Again challenges, illuminates, and points us toward if not a more perfect union then at least a more... Read More »
#26: The Shooting at Chateau Rock
Bruno, Chief of Police: Book #13
Narrated by Robert Ian Mackenzie /
When a local's troubling death is linked to a Russian oligarch and his multinational conglomerate, Bruno faces one of his toughest cases yet, one that brings together a French notary and a rock star--and, of course, Bergerac red and white. It's summer in the Dordogne. The heirs of a Périgordian sheep farmer learn that they have been... Read More »
#27: The Gifts of Imperfection
10th Anniversary Edition
By Brené Brown
Narrated by Brené Brown /
This 10th anniversary edition of the game-changing #1 New York Times bestseller features a new foreword and discussion guides.
For over a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth,... Read More »
#28: The Purpose of Power
How to Build Movements for the 21st Century
By Alicia Garza
The moving story of one seminal activist's education in organizing, and an essential guide to building transformative movements for the challenges of the twenty-first century, from one of the country's leading activist voices and a founder of Black Lives Matter.
In 2014, Alicia Garza penned a letter via Facebook. It was a love letter of just five... Read More »
#29: The Power of Discord
Why the Ups and Downs of Relationships Are the Secret to Building Intimacy, Resilience, and Trust
Narrated by Dan Woren & Betsy Foldes Meiman / 8 hours
This "profoundly wise" look at how to foster connections, attachment, and resiliency explains why working through discord is the key to better relationships. (Sue Johnson, bestselling author of Hold Me Tight)
You might think that perfect harmony is the defining characteristic of healthy relationships, but the truth is that human interactions... Read More »
#30: The Politics Industry
How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy
Narrated by Stephen R. Thorne /
Most people believe that our political system is a public institution with high-minded principles and impartial rules derived from the Constitution. In reality, it has become a private industry dominated by a textbook duopoly—the Democrats and the Republicans—and plagued and perverted by unhealthy competition between the players. Tragically, it... Read More »
#31: A Pretty Deceit
Verity Kent: Book #4
Narrated by Heather Wilds /
In the aftermath of the Great War, the line between friend and foe may be hard to discern, even for indomitable former Secret Service agent Verity Kent, in award-winning author Anna Lee Huber's thrilling mystery series. Peacetime has brought little respite for Verity Kent. Intrigue still abounds, even within her own family. As a favor to her... Read More »
#32: The New One
Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad
Narrated by Mike Birbiglia & J. Hope Stein / 5 hours 8 minutes
With laugh-out-loud funny parenting observations, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book that is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.
In 2016 comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein took their fourteen-month-old daughter Oona to... Read More »
#33: Songs for the End of the World
"In these dark days, Saleema Nawaz dares to write of hope. Songs for the End of the World is a loving, vivid, tenderly felt novel about men, women, and a possible apocalypse. I couldn't put it down." -- Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors and The Wagers
From the award-winning, Canada Reads-shortlisted author of Bone and Bread comes an... Read More »
#34: Alaric the Goth
An Outsider's History of the Fall of Rome
By Douglas Boin
Narrated by Chris MacDonnell /
Denied citizenship by the Roman Empire, a soldier named Alaric changed history by unleashing a surprise attack on the capital city of an unjust empire. Stigmatized and relegated to the margins of Roman society, the Goths were violent "barbarians" who destroyed "civilization," at least in the conventional story of Rome's collapse. But a slight... Read More »
#35: Cosmos and Psyche
Intimations of a New World View
Narrated by Sean Runnette /
From a philosopher whose magisterial history of Western thought was praised by Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith comes a brilliant new book that traces the connection between cosmic cycles and archetypal patterns of human experience. Drawing on years of research and on thinkers from Plato to Jung, Richard Tarnas explores the planetary... Read More »
#36: Magic Lessons
The Prequel to Practical Magic
In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.
Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria... Read More »
#37: Say It Louder!
Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy
Narrated by Tiffany Cross /
A breakout media and political analyst delivers a sweeping snapshot of American Democracy and the role that African Americans have played in its shaping while offering concrete information to help harness the electoral power of the country’s rising majority and exposing political forces aligned to subvert and suppress Black voters.
Black voters... Read More »
#38: One to Watch
Real love . . . as seen on TV. A plus-size bachelorette brings a fresh look to a reality show in this delightful, razor-sharp debut.
“Relatable, incredibly smart . . . an extraordinary debut.”—Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal
Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion... Read More »
#39: The Power of Ritual
Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices
Narrated by Casper ter Kuile /
Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose.
“After half a decade... Read More »
#40: Death in Her Hands
7 hours 50 minutes
“Ottessa Moshfegh is a modern-day Camus. A woman finds a note in the woods that proclaims someone is dead. Murdered, in fact. She investigates between dog walks and early evening naps but soon facts, memories, and suppositions entwine and overlap until the simple act of asking a question can unravel the thread of an entire life. Ponderous, violent, forgetful, and deft, Death in Her Hands is a genre-bender that teases you into asking, Is this noir? Horror? A whacked-out farce? Or a sly literary trick? I’ll tell you what it is — absolutely brilliant.”Chris Lee, Boswell Book Company
#41: The Guest List
By Lucy Foley
Narrated by Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Sarah Ovens & Rich Keeble / 9 hours 53 minutes
A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party.
The bride ? The plus one ? The best man ? The wedding planner ? The bridesmaid ? The body
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their... Read More »
The Greek Myths Reimagined
By Stephen Fry
In this sequel to the bestselling Mythos, legendary author and actor Stephen Fry moves from the exploits of the Olympian gods to the deeds of mortal heroes.
Perseus. Jason. Atalanta. Theseus. Heracles. Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths. Whether recounting a tender love affair or a heroic triumph, Fry deftly... Read More »
#43: Midnight Sun
It's here! #1 bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly-anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view.
When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only... Read More »
#44: The Last Train to Key West
9 hours 16 minutes
In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys.
For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and... Read More »
#45: Rewild Yourself
23 Spellbinding Ways to Make Nature More Visible
By Simon Barnes
Narrated by Simon Barnes /
“Rewild Yourself: Making Nature More Visible in Our Lives draws upon the inspiration of nature-heavy fantasies such as C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series to create magical allegories that encourage openness to the wonders of the natural world. In the tradition of Thoreau's Walden, Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac and the nature-based writings of E.B. White among others, Rewild Yourself offers charming nature vignettes that reveal the hidden world of plants, insects and animals for the casual observer. Flowery and metaphorical language provide a quick and engaging read for anyone looking to rediscover and explore what nature has to offer.”BrocheAroe, River Dog Book Co.
#46: Grown Ups
“Grown Ups is told with humor and angst (both causing laughter and anxiety) in traditional prose supplemented with emails, texts, and social media columns and comments — much like our lives today. Jenny is living in London and tethered to her Instagram as her real life is slightly falling apart. This book is filled with fantastic writing and insights relevant to the modern balance of social media life with real life. I don’t want to say too much more, other than I will miss Jenny now that I’ve finished reading.”Melissa Summers, Main Street Books Davidson
#47: 28 Summers
Narrated by Erin Bennett / 15 hours 26 minutes
By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades -- but this could be the summer that changes everything.
When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he... Read More »
#48: Whale Day
And Other Poems
Billy Collins's thirteenth collection of poems gathers together over 50 new poems which showcase the deft mixing of the playful and the serious that has made him one of our country's most celebrated and widely read poets.
These are poems of whimsy and imaginative acrobatics, but they are grounded in the familiar, common things of everyday... Read More »
#49: The Oak Inside the Acorn
By Max Lucado
It was hard for Little Acorn to believe he would ever be a big, strong oak tree. Soon Little Acorn grew into Little Oak. But now what was he to do? He couldn't grow oranges like the orange tree or flowers like the rose bush. He just grew and grew until he became Big Oak, and his branches were big and strong-but still he didn't know what he was... Read More »
#50: Home Before Dark
By Riley Sager & Todd Ritter
One of . . .
Good Housekeeping’s “35 Best Books to Add to Your Reading List ASAP” • Travel + Leisure’s ““The 20 Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2020”
In the latest thriller from New York Times bestseller Riley Sager, a woman returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as... Read More »
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