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July Staff Picks

Listen to our staff's picks this month, which range from LGBTQ+ children's lit to fantastic, atmospheric literary fiction to essential anti-racist non-fiction.

Playlist Tags: Asbury Book Cooperative genre: Non-Classifiable non-fiction fiction antiracism adult fiction young adult fiction middle grade fiction

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How We Fight For Our Lives

By Saeed Jones
Narrated by Saeed Jones /  5 hours 34 minutes

How We Fight For Our Lives

“Saeed doesn't hold back any details, and his chapters often read like biographical poetry. This book is a window into a different life, and a different soul. It also makes a great listen.”

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Another Brooklyn

A Novel
By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by Robin Miles /  2 hours 43 minutes

Another Brooklyn

“National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson has crafted a beautiful, heart-wrenching novel of a young girl's coming-of-age in Brooklyn. Effortlessly weaving poetic prose, Woodson tells the story of the relationships young women form, their yearning to belong, and the bonds that are created - and broken. Brooklyn itself is a vivid character in this tale -- a place at first harsh, but one that becomes home and plays a role in each character's future. Woodson is one of the most skilled storytellers of our day, and I continue to love and devour each masterpiece she creates!”

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The Lightness

A Novel
By Emily Temple
Narrated by Brittany Pressley /  9 hours 56 minutes

"The Lightness could be the love child of Donna Tartt and Tana French, but its savage, glittering magic is all Emily Temple’s own." —Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists 

A Most Anticipated Novel by Marie Claire • Elle • WSJ. Magazine • Glamour • Vulture • Bustle • Buzzfeed • The Millions • The Philadelphia... Read more »

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Lakewood

A Novel
By Megan Giddings
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo /  8 hours 33 minutes

Lakewood

“Lena just lost her grandmother, her mother has health problems and to top of off they are having financial problems. Lena takes a mysterious job in hopes help her mother and to pay off bills. Lakewood takes you into a dark world of medical testing where human rights are disregarded. This whole story felt more than real and makes you question how far you would go for to help your family.”

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In the Role of Brie Hutchens...

By Nicole Melleby
Narrated by Lori Gardner /  6 hours 11 minutes

Introducing BRIE HUTCHENS so-so student, aspiring actor, soap opera superfan. BRIE HAS BIG PLANS FOR EIGHTH GRADE. Her first goal is to be the star of the school play. But when Bries mom walks in on her accidentally viewing inappropriate photos of her favorite actress, Brie panics and blurts out that shes been chosen for a very important event... Read more »

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Felix Ever After

By Kacen Callender
Narrated by Logan Rozos /  8 hours 23 minutes

From Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy... Read more »

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Dying of Whiteness

How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland
By Jonathan M. Metzl
Narrated by Jamie Renell /  9 hours 42 minutes

A physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to help

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and the Boston Globe

In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again.... Read more »

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Death in Her Hands

A Novel
By Ottessa Moshfegh
Narrated by Ann Marie Lee /  7 hours 50 minutes

Death in Her Hands

“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.”

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The Vanishing Half

A Novel
By Brit Bennett
Narrated by Shayna Small /  11 hours 33 minutes

The Vanishing Half

“The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett definitely lives up to the glowing reviews it has been receiving. The story reveals an interesting perspective on this history of race in the United States, while also telling a universal story of difficult decisions that change the course of life forever. Bennett doesn't offer pretty bows to tie up her narrative, but a realistic portrait of what we will sacrifice on behalf of our futures.”

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Mrs. Caliban

By Rachel Ingalls
Narrated by Amy Landon /  3 hours 37 minutes

It all starts with the radio. Dorothy's husband, Fred, has left for work, and she is at the kitchen sink washing the dishes, listening to classical music. Suddenly, the music fades out and a soft, close, dreamy voice says, "Don't worry, Dorothy." A couple weeks later, there is a special interruption in regular programming. The announcer warns... Read more »

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Jesus' Son

Stories
By Denis Johnson
Narrated by Will Patton /  2 hours 43 minutes

Jesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American... Read more »

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