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Summer reading guide

Our favourite books of the summer available on libro.fm.

Playlist Tags: Shelf Life Books genre: Non-Classifiable topic: bookstores literary calgary summer reading nonfiction summer indie bookstore

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Nevada

A Novel

By Imogen Binnie
Narrated by: Imogen Binnie
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

This program is read by the author.

"Nevada is a book that changed my life: it shaped both my worldview and personhood, making me the writer I am. And it did so by the oldest of methods, by telling a wise, hilarious, and gripping story." —Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby


A beloved and blistering cult classic and finalist for the Lambda...

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Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

A Novel

By Rivka Galchen
Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
Length: 8 hours 47 minutes

"It’s both transfixing and destabilizing. It’s the best thing I listened to all winter." —Alexis Gunderson, PASTE Magazine

The startling, witty, highly anticipated second novel from Rivka Galchen, the critically acclaimed author of Atmospheric Disturbances.


The story begins in 1618, in the German duchy of Württemberg. Plague is spreading. The...

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The Chosen and the Beautiful

By Nghi Vo
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

The Chosen and the Beautiful

“What would you give up to have it all? Magical and queer as hell, Jordan Baker takes readers through Jazz Age New York as her snark, rage, and feelings for Daisy keep us turning pages until early morning. Like one of Gatsby’s cursed parties, this book was one I wanted to never end.”

The Briar Patch image Abby Rice, The Briar Patch
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Devil House

A Novel

By John Darnielle
Narrated by: John Darnielle
Length: 11 hours 17 minutes

Devil House

“Playing with form, voice, and the reader's expectations of how a novel should operate; Devil House is a thrilling, bracing, and unmissable reading experience. Darnielle's latest novel begins straightforward enough - a true crime writer moves into a house where brutal murders took place to research his next project. With each passing chapter, the story morphs and expands; masterfully carried along by Darnielle's incredible writing and nuanced characters. Come for the satanic murder but stay for the fascinating exploration of what it means to the truth about the past.”

Bookmarks image Caleb, Bookmarks
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A Town Called Solace

By Mary Lawson
Narrated by: Maggie Huculak, Tajja Isen & Ian Lake
Length: 7 hours 32 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 BOOKER PRIZE
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GLOBE AND MAIL, CBC BOOKS AND THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
 
"I've been telling everyone I know about Mary Lawson . . . Each of her novels is just a marvel" —Anne Tyler

New York Times bestselling author Mary Lawson, acclaimed for digging into the "wilderness of the...
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Hummingbird Salamander

By Jeff VanderMeer
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
Length: 11 hours 35 minutes

From the author of Annihilation, a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the possible end of all things

Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the...

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The Woman in the Purple Skirt

A Novel

By Natsuko Imamura
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
Length: 3 hours 55 minutes

“A taut and compelling depiction of loneliness and obsession.” --Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train
 
“[It] will keep you firmly in its grip.” --Oyinkan Braithwaite, bestselling author of My Sister, the Serial Killer
 
“The love child of Eugene Ionesco and Patricia Highsmith.” --Kelly Link, bestselling...
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Daughters of the Deer

By Danielle Daniel
Narrated by: Jani Lauzon, Tyrone Savage & Brefny Caribou
Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
In this haunting and groundbreaking historical novel, Danielle Daniel imagines the lives of women in the Algonquin territories of the 1600s, a story inspired by her family’s ancestral link to a young girl who was murdered by French settlers.

1657. Marie, a gifted healer of the Deer Clan, does not want to marry the green-eyed... Read more »

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Bath Haus

A Thriller

By P. J. Vernon
Narrated by: Michael Crouch & Daniel Henning
Length: 12 hours 7 minutes

Nominated for a 34th annual Lambda Literary Award A scintillating thriller with an emotional punch: “The tension builds to unbearably claustrophobic levels. To say more would rob readers of the 'no, he didn’t' suspense that makes Bath Haus an unexpectedly twisted, heart-pounding cat-versus-mouse thriller" (Los Angeles Times).

Oliver Park, a... Read more »

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Mrs. March

By Virginia Feito
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

Mrs. March

“Virginia Feito has effortlessly updated the comedy of manners in this darkly funny mystery. This book will haunt you until you reach the breathtaking conclusion, and you’ll remember Mrs. March for a long time to come.”

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Dear Senthuran

A Black Spirit Memoir

By Akwaeke Emezi
Narrated by: Akwaeke Emezi
Length: 8 hours 43 minutes

FEATURED ON THE COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE AS A 2021 NEXT GENERATION LEADER

A once-in-a-generation voice.” – Vulture


“One of our greatest living writers.” – Shondaland

A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times bestselling author, a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self”...
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White Magic

Essays

By Elissa Washuta
Narrated by: Kyla García
Length: 11 hours 26 minutes

Throughout her life, Elissa Washuta has been surrounded by cheap facsimiles of Native spiritual tools and occult trends, "starter witch kits" of sage, rose quartz, and tarot cards packaged together in paper and plastic. Following a decade of abuse, addiction, PTSD, and heavy-duty drug treatment for a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, she felt... Read more »

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The Rise and Reign of the Mammals

A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us

By Steve Brusatte
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 13 hours 25 minutes

By “one of the stars of modern paleontology” (National Geographic), a sweeping and revelatory new history of mammals, illuminating the lost story of the extraordinary family tree that led to us

Though humans claim to rule the Earth, we are the inheritors of a dynasty that has reigned over the planet for nearly 66 million years, through fiery...

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Islands of Abandonment

Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape

By Cal Flyn
Narrated by: Cal Flyn
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

A beautiful, lyrical exploration of the places where nature is flourishing in our absence
 
"[Flyn] captures the dread, sadness, and wonder of beholding the results of humanity's destructive impulse, and she arrives at a new appreciation of life, 'all the stranger and more valuable for its resilence.'" --The New Yorker


Some of the only truly feral... Read more »

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The Brilliant Abyss

Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It

By Helen Scales
Narrated by: Helen Scales
Length: 8 hours 34 minutes

A golden era of deep-sea discovery is underway as revolutionary studies rewrite the very notion of life on Earth and the rules of what is possible. In the process, the abyss is being revealed as perhaps the most amazing part of our planet, its topography even more varied and extreme than its landmass counterpart.

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A Place for Everything

The Curious History of Alphabetical Order

By Judith Flanders
Narrated by: Julia Winwood
Length: 10 hours 31 minutes

From a New York Times-bestselling historian comes the story of how the alphabet ordered our world. A Place for Everything is the first-ever history of alphabetization, from the Library of Alexandria to Wikipedia. The story of alphabetical order has been shaped by some of history's most compelling characters, such as industrious and enthusiastic... Read more »

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The Haunting of Alma Fielding

A True Ghost Story

By Kate Summerscale
Narrated by: David Morrissey
Length: 8 hours 19 minutes

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR The Sunday Times The New Statesman The Times The Spectator The Telegraph

Shortlisted for the 2020 Baillie Gifford Prize * A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice * A New York Times Book Review Paperback Row Selection


“Prepare not to see much broad daylight, literal or metaphorical, for days... Read more »

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