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Aesthetical August Staff Picks

Appreciate these aesthetical staff picks all of August!

Playlist Tags: Off the Beaten Path genre: Non-Classifiable audience: fantasy-lovers mood: summer science-fiction romance

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Together We Will Go

By J. Michael Straczynski
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Dan Bittner, Neo Cihi, Michael Crouch, Samantha Desz, Kyla Garcia, Jonathan Todd Ross, Fred Sanders, Tara Sands, Shaun Taylor-Corbett & Aden Hakimi
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes

Together We Will Go

“Mark, an unsuccessful young writer, creates a vague social media post inviting those who understand it to join him on a journey to California. Not the typical vacation trip, this one will end with a drive off a cliff. Several people respond, and soon Mark and Dylan, the driver he has hired, set off to begin picking up the others. As each member joins the group, we learn their story and their reasons for choosing to end their life. Their journey together in the close quarters of a bus changes each of them, in ways both small and large, and does not proceed quite as planned. This is much more than a book about suicide; it is an exploration of relationships, love, heartache, loss, and joy. It is a story of the human heart.”

Raven Book Store image Nancy, Raven Book Store
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Burning Girls and Other Stories

By Veronica Schanoes
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

Burning Girls and Other Stories

“This short story collection blew me away. Our protagonists, in true fairytale fashion (but perhaps better than I’ve ever seen it) are pushed by circumstance and historical context and prejudice and sometimes cruelty, into situations where they seem to have no choices left. It’s then that the fantastical elements of the stories come in. Through magic—sometimes ugly and grotesque magic and always with a cost—our characters retain their agency and fight back, even though they rarely win a “happily ever after”. My two favorite stories were, "The Revenant," and “Emma Goldman Takes Tea with the Baba Yaga," but if I let myself choose more than two I'd pick almost all of them as favorites.”

Phoenix Books image Miriasha, Phoenix Books
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Malibu Rising

A Novel

By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hours 5 minutes

Malibu Rising

“This ode to Malibu in the 1980s is the perfect beach read. Four famous siblings throw a star-studded party and over the course of 24 hours find their lives changed forever. It’s enthralling and layered and so vivid it could be a memory. Perfectly paced and suspenseful from page one!”

Books are Awesome image Meagan Dallner, Books are Awesome
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Golden Girl

By Elin Hilderbrand
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 13 hours 26 minutes

In this satisfying page-turner from "the queen of beach reads" (New York Magazine), a Nantucket novelist has one final summer to protect her secrets while her loved ones on earth learn to live without their golden girl.

On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three nearly grown children, is killed in a...

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The Guilt Trip

A Novel

By Sandie Jones
Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 8 hours 48 minutes

In the vein of the Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick The Other Woman, Sandie Jones’s explosive new novel The Guilt Trip will have listeners gripped to the very last chapter.

They went away as friends.
They came back as suspects.


Rachel and Jack. Paige and Noah. Will and Ali. Five friends who’ve known each other for years. And Ali,...

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Falling

A Novel

By T. J. Newman
Narrated by: Steven Weber
Length: 8 hours 26 minutes

Falling

Falling is the literary thriller that gets your heart racing and causes you to be both contemplative and terrified at the same time. TJ Newman, a former indie bookseller and a former flight attendant, knows how to tell a story. She writes with a remarkable turn of phrase and with insider knowledge of what can happen in an airplane. It's always a great day when an indie bookseller publishes a book. It's an extremely great day when the book is a fantastic page-turner.”

Changing Hands image Cindy, Changing Hands
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The Parted Earth

By Anjali Enjeti
Narrated by: Deepti Gupta
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

Spanning more than half a century and cities from New Delhi to Atlanta, Anjali Enjeti’s debut is a heartfelt and human portrait of the long shadow of the Partition of the Indian subcontinent on the lives of three generations.

The story begins in August 1947. Unrest plagues the streets of New Delhi leading up to the birth of the Muslim majority... Read more »

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Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty

A Novel

By Lauren Weisberger
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 11 hours 32 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • From the bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and When Life Gives You Lululemons comes a highly entertaining, sharply observed novel about sisters, their perfect lives . . . and their perfect lies.

“Goes down like an ice-cold guilty pleasure on a hot beach-reading day.”—USA...
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Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,The (A Hunger Games Novel)

Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins
Narrated by: Santino Fontana
Length: 16 hours 16 minutes

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and... Read more »

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Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

Norse Mythology

“With a voice like warm milk and honey, Neil Gaiman breathes life into his stories Norse Mythology honors the tale’s past, but still has Neil’s distinctive style. Which is then enhanced by Gaiman reading the story aloud. Gaiman is able to create distinct voices for each of his characters, from the sly and cunning Loki, to the short-tempered, impatient warrior Thor. Gaiman took mythology that I already loved, created something even more enchanting. It is a collection of stories I could hear time after time and never grow tired of revisiting.”

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The Past Is Red

By Catherynne M. Valente
Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
Length: 5 hours

The future is blue—endless blue… except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown. Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she’s the only one who knows it. She’s the only one who knows a lot of... Read more »

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The Forest of Vanishing Stars

A Novel

By Kristin Harmel
Narrated by: Madeleine Maby & Kristin Harmel
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes

The Forest of Vanishing Stars

“A little girl is kidnapped from her parents and raised in the wilderness. As a young woman, she uses her skills to help Jewish refugees survive in the forests of Poland. From the first page, I didn't want to put the book down.”

A Likely Story image Jill Gregory, A Likely Story
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Nowhere Girl

A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood

By Cheryl Diamond
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 10 hours 36 minutes

Nowhere Girl

“This was such a deftly paced story; often incredibly touching and funny, yet heavily laced with intrigue and terror. No memoir has gripped me more since Kiese Laymon's Heavy.”

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The Anthropocene Reviewed

Essays on a Human-Centered Planet

By John Green
Narrated by: John Green
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

If you enjoyed Why Fish Don't Exist, then you’ll love The Anthropocene Reviewed.

“A lovely lovely listen read by the author. This is the perfect book to take on a long walk or drive that will make you look at the world in a fresh way. Drawing on personal anecdotes, history, literature and science, Green embraces both small and big ideas and makes you grateful for things you might have once overlooked. 5/5 stars for this audiobook!”

Bank Square Books image Katie, Bank Square Books
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We Are Water Protectors

By Carole Lindstrom
Narrated by: Carole Lindstrom
Length: 10 minutes

Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal
New York Times Bestseller

This program is read by the author.

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption
a bold and lyrical audiobook written by Carole Lindstrom.

Water is the first...

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