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Weird, But in a Good Way

Weird, But in a Good Way

Moms who turn into dogs! Grandmothers who turn into parakeets! Temps on a pirate ship! If you like weird, this is the list for you.

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Nightbitch

A Novel

By Rachel Yoder
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 8 hours 52 minutes

If you enjoyed The Need, then you’ll love Nightbitch.

“It seems like a lot of my favorite novels lately are about feminism and the anxieties of motherhood (weird, perhaps, for someone who doesn't have--or want--kids . . . or maybe this is exactly why I'm drawn to them). There's The Push by Ashley Audrain, which is a Gillian Flynn-level thriller about postpartum depression and the whole nature vs. nurture debate. Then there's The Need by Helen Phillips, a cerebral, surreal venture into the all-consuming nature of motherhood, both suffocating and euphoric. And of course there's The Upstairs House by Julia Fine, which brings in hallucinations (or are they?) of everyone's favorite bedtime story author (Margaret Wise Brown) to depict a severe case of postpartum depression. But if you're looking for a book about motherhood that can make you both cackle and grimace, that can make you both queasy and delighted--a book that awakens that whole mess of contradictions that is 21st century motherhood--the book you want to read is Nightbitch. This utterly bananas novel is the story of a young, formerly working, now stay-at-home mother who believes she is turning into a dog. This premise is as hilarious, as gross, as delightful and disturbing as you think it is. And with it, Yoder explores the most feral instincts of motherhood, along with the selfishness that yearns to come out from under the all-encompassing selflessness of caretaking. It's one of those books that's just too weird not to read, and one that won't let you go once you start.”

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Parakeet

A Novel

By Marie-Helene Bertino
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

Acclaimed author of 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas Marie-Helene Bertino's Parakeet is a darkly funny and warm-hearted novel about a young woman whose dead grandmother (in the form of a parakeet) warns her not to marry and sends her out to find an estranged loved one.

The week of her wedding, The Bride is visited by a bird she recognizes as her dead...

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Temporary

By Hilary Leichter
Narrated by: Carly Robins
Length: 5 hours 1 minutes

Temporary

Temporary is a delightful, quirky, zippy romp of a read, like riding in a clown car going 90mph through Oz, but while reading the Cliffs Notes to Das Kapital as narrated by Lorelai Gilmore.”

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Geek Love

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By Katherine Dunn
Narrated by: Christina Moore
Length: 15 hours 28 minutes

Nominated for the National Book Award, Geek Love is mesmerizing, daring, and unconventional. Award-winning novelist Katherine Dunn fascinates and amazes much the same way tornados, earthquakes, and volcanos do. No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy,... Read more »

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The House in the Cerulean Sea

By TJ Klune
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes

If you enjoyed 1984, then you’ll love The House in the Cerulean Sea.

“This was a wholesome squeal of a novel that I ADORED! It had so much hype around it so I was wary but it immediately drew me in and wouldn't let me go until I finished. I opted for audio since it seemed that was the only way I was going to squeeze it in with my giant TBR list. Once I started, I literally changed my activities to better fit the listening of this book—more knitting, less TV, longer walks, and antisocial behavior. The narrator, Daniel Henning, perfectly encapsulated the whimsical nature of Linus Baker and his mysterious Level 4 security assignment to the island of Marysas. Though this book is entirely its own, it had vibes that reminded me of 1984 meets The Umbrella Academy meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Klune imbues so much life into all his characters. The kids are so cute and sassy and I love this quasi-magical world that they exist in, despite the fact that it keeps them locked away in an orphanage. I love that themes of our own world are examined and questioned and that it has a happy ending. I highly recommend this fantastical novel to everyone! Any book that steals all my attention from start to finish is pure magic and should be cherished!”

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Build Your House Around My Body

A Novel

By Violet Kupersmith
Narrated by: Quyen Ngo
Length: 15 hours 23 minutes

Part puzzle, part revenge tale, part ghost story, this ingenious novel spins half a century of Vietnamese history and folklore into “a thrilling read, acrobatic and filled with verve” (The New York Times).
 
FINALIST FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION’S FIRST NOVEL PRIZE • “Fiction as daring and accomplished as Violet Kupersmith’s first novel reignites...
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The Other Black Girl

A Novel

By Zakiya Dalila Harris
Narrated by: Aja Naomi King, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Heather Alicia Simms & Bahni Turpin
Length: 13 hours 33 minutes

The Other Black Girl

“This is the tale of two Black women co-workers in the cutthroat publishing industry trying to determine if they are friends or enemies. A literary fiction tale with a side of suspense, this expertly woven critique on society is bound to keep readers on the edge of their seats.”

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Nothing to See Here

By Kevin Wilson
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 6 hours 40 minutes

Nothing to See Here

“Lillian will melt your heart. Well, maybe "melt" is a bit too descriptive for the brilliant but down-on-her-luck protagonist who agrees to care for twins Roland and Bessie, who, through no fault of their own, sometimes spontaneously combust. Kevin Wilson (The Family Fang) has a talent for weird but wonderful plots, and in his telling the trio -- committed to looking "normal" for the sake of the twins' US Senator father -- are sweet and smart. You'll be hoping for a happy ending, and wondering how Wilson can make it happen. Reader Marin Ireland reads all the characters with a perfect Tennessee inflection.”

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Get In Trouble

Stories

By Kelly Link
Narrated by: Various
Length: 9 hours 56 minutes

She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now Kelly Link’s eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.
 
Link has won an ardent following for... Read more »

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You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

A Novel

By Alexandra Kleeman
Narrated by: Kelly Pruner
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

An intelligent and madly entertaining debut novel reminiscent of The Crying of Lot 49, White Noise, and City of Glass that is at once a missing-person mystery, an exorcism of modern culture, and a wholly singular vision of contemporary womanhood from a terrifying and often funny voice of a new generation.

A woman known only by the letter A lives...

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The Room

A Novel

By Jonas Karlsson
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 3 hours 26 minutes

Funny, clever, surreal, and thought-provoking, this Kafkaesque masterpiece introduces the unforgettable Bjorn, an exceptionally meticulous office worker striving to live life on his own terms.
 
Bjorn is a compulsive, meticulous bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works--a secret room that no one else in his... Read more »

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The Need

By Helen Phillips
Narrated by: Alex Allwine
Length: 6 hours 19 minutes

The Need

“THE NEED is a thriller about the sheer emotional and physical intensity of mothering and perhaps a rip in the time space continuum. Phillips is a gifted lyrical creator of worlds. Not for the faint of heart and wonderfully absorbing.”

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Friday Black

By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Narrated by: Corey Allen & Carra Patterson
Length: 7 hours 8 minutes

Friday Black

“Friends, this is it. This is the book we’ve been waiting for. And now I can’t get it out of my head, and the pit of my stomach, and my aching heart. It is that good, that gorgeous, that brutal, surreal, tender, enlightening, bitingly funny, and unbelievably truthful. And it’s short stories, so I urge you to savor them one at a time, if you can. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is here, and I say not a moment too soon.”

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