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Staff Picks: Adults

Parnassus bookseller staff picks, updated monthly! Visit parnassusmusing.net for a full list of our recs. Here are our current staff picks for adults...

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If I Survive You

By Jonathan Escoffery
Narrated by: Torian Brackett
Length: 8 hours

"If I Survive You is a collection of connected short stories that reads like a novel, that reads like real life, that reads like fiction written at the highest level. There are no limits to where Jonathan Escoffery will go." —Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House

A major debut, blazing with style and heart, that follows a Jamaican family...

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Fellowship Point

A Novel

By Alice Elliott Dark
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 19 hours 32 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The masterful story of a lifelong friendship between two very different women with shared histories and buried secrets, tested in the twilight of their lives, set across the arc of the 20th century.

Celebrated children’s book author Agnes Lee is determined to secure her legacy—to complete what she knows will be the final... Read more »

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Where the Wandering Ends

A Novel of Corfu

By Yvette Manessis Corporon
Narrated by: Myrto Stylou
Length: 12 hours 28 minutes

They wondered if they would ever find their way back—back to the village, back to a life of meaning, back to each other.

Corfu, 1946—In a poor Greek community, ten-year-old Marco is perhaps the poorest of them all. But it wasn’t always that way. His grandmother once worked for the royal family where Marco’s mother played alongside young Prince...

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Daisy Darker

A Novel

By Alice Feeney
Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
Length: 10 hours 53 minutes

Daisy Darker

“I queued up Daisy Darker on my Libro.fm app as I was setting out on an 11-hour solo road trip. As I suspected, it was the perfect pick. Alice Feeney's newest is: 1) a page-turner (track-advancer? whatever the audiobook equivalent is); 2) deliciously creepy, but with a scenario so particular that you won't worry about anything in the novel happening to you; 3) nearly the exact length of the drive from South Florida to North Georgia. The only thing that would've made it more entertaining? Having a travel buddy with whom I could have exchanged outlandish whodunit theories.”

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The Last White Man

A Novel

By Mohsin Hamid
Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
Length: 3 hours 5 minutes

If you enjoyed How High We Go in the Dark, then you’ll love The Last White Man.

The Last White Man is a thought provoking work of literature filled with empathy and depth that dives beyond the superficial, and explores the depths of what it truly means to be human. Ander awakens one morning to find that his skin has turned dark overnight. Confusion and fear become Ander’s companions. Why did this happen? Will he be accepted or shunned by his friends and family? Every place he goes and face he sees, trepidation feels him. Do they actually see him for himself? As the phenomena grows from one to many, reactions are mixed from fear and panic, scientific curiosity, and acceptance. For Ander, he must decide what is most important to him, the fear and trepidation of what he and others think when they look at him, or those whom he loves deepest. A great read for those who enjoyed Sequioa Nagamatsu’s How High We Go in the Dark.”

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All Good People Here

A Novel

By Ashley Flowers
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Karissa Vacker & Ashley Flowers
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the propulsive debut novel from the host of the #1 true crime podcast Crime Junkie, a journalist uncovers her hometown’s dark secrets when she becomes obsessed with the unsolved murder of her childhood neighbor—and the disappearance of another girl twenty years later.
 
You can’t ever know for sure what happens... Read more »

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Carrie Soto Is Back

A Novel

By Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by: Stacy Gonzalez, Mary Carillo, Patrick Mcenroe, Rob Simmelkjaer, Brendan Wayne, Max Meyers, Reynaldo Piniella, Vidish Athavale, Tom Bromhead, Heath Miller, Julia Whelan & Sara Arrington
Length: 10 hours 29 minutes

Carrie Soto Is Back

“This might be Reid’s best yet! Carrie Soto was so fierce. It was fun to see her cope with aging and realize there is more to life than winning. Reid delivers yet another strong, unconventional female lead. Just like Carrie, this is a winner!”

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Stories from The Tenants Downstairs

By Sidik Fofana
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Nile Bullock, Sidik Fofana, Dominic Hoffman, DePre Owens, André Santana, Bahni Turpin & Jade Wheeler
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

Named a BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH by Good Housekeeping, Essence, Chicago Review of Books, Goodreads, and MORE

Set in a Harlem high rise, a stunning debut about a tight-knit cast of characters grappling with their own personal challenges while the forces of gentrification threaten to upend life as they know it.

Like Gloria Naylor’s The Women of... Read more »

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The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

By Megan Bannen
Narrated by: Michael Gallagher & Rachanee Lumayno
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

"A uniquely charming mixture of whimsy and the macabre that completely won me over. If you ever wished for an adult romance that felt like Howl's Moving Castle, THIS IS THAT BOOK." —Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient

Hart is a marshal, tasked with patrolling the strange and magical wilds of Tanria. It’s an unforgiving job, and Hart’s got...

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The Fortunes of Jaded Women

A Novel

By Carolyn Huynh
Narrated by: Vyvy Nguyen
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

The Fortunes of Jaded Women

“The book starts with a curse, but evolves into a realistic and recognizable story of family dynamics. Longstanding disagreements and grudges keep three adult sisters from talking with each other, and from talking with their mother. The sisters' children, all female cousins who are scattered around the world, have sporadic contact with each other and little contact with their mothers or grandmother. This saga about a Vietnamese family takes us through all the past issues that led the group to today's issues, and ultimately resolves those issues in a satisfying way. The author has confidently used Vietnames phrases and words throughout the story, often understandable by the context in which they are used. Other times, readers of different ethnicities may feel challenged (in a good way!) to translate the Vietnamese for a complete understanding of the writer's intention. This in no way hinders the story, but instead provokes curiosity and learning. Fun book! Family dynamics with a little bit of magical realism sprinkled in. Would make a great audiobook!”

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The American Roommate Experiment

A Novel

By Elena Armas
Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya & Noah B. Perez
Length: 14 hours 47 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Cosmopolitan, Goodreads, PopSugar, and more!

From the author of the Goodreads Choice Award winner The Spanish Love Deception, the eagerly anticipated follow-up featuring Rosie Graham and Lucas Martín, who are forced to share a New York apartment.

Rosie Graham has a problem. A few,... Read more »

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Love on the Brain

By Ali Hazelwood
Narrated by: Brooke Bloomingdale
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

If you enjoyed The Love Hypothesis, then you’ll love Love on the Brain.

“Modern STEM Pride and Prejudice without even trying. I genuinely enjoyed this read for the quirkiness and general character interactions (Levi Ward puts Darcy to shame!)....Nevertheless, I enjoyed it so much I listened to the entire book in one day!”

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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

By Sangu Mandanna
Narrated by: Samara MacLaren
Length: 9 hours 59 minutes

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

“This book is a warm cup of tea on a rainy day. From the quirky cast of characters to the less than traditional love story, this book will bloom in you and make you feel whole. Plus, the audiobook narrator is truly excellent!”

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Lizzie Blake's Best Mistake

A Novel

By Mazey Eddings
Narrated by: Summer Morton & Will Peters
Length: 10 hours 21 minutes

Mazey Eddings, author of the “witty, fast-paced rom-com”* A Brush with Love, mixes passion and humor to create a luscious love story between two people stumbling through life and learning to open their hearts in Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake.

Lizzie has made endless mistakes. Kitchen fires, pyramid schemes, bangs (of the hair and human variety),...

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All the Living and the Dead

From Embalmers to Executioners, an Exploration of the People Who Have Made Death Their Life's Work

By Hayley Campbell
Narrated by: Hayley Campbell
Length: 8 hours 57 minutes

This audiobook is read by the author.

A deeply compelling exploration of the death industry and the people—morticians, detectives, crime scene cleaners, embalmers, executioners—who work in it and what led them there.


We are surrounded by death. It is in our news, our nursery rhymes, our true-crime podcasts. Yet from a young age, we are told that...

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All the Women in My Brain

And Other Concerns

By Betty Gilpin
Narrated by: Betty Gilpin
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

This program is read by the author.

A lightning-strike dispatch of hilarious, intimate, luminous essays from the brain (and voice!) of Emmy Award-nominated actress and writer Betty Gilpin.


Oh. Hi. *takes six long gulps of water during which you’re like, may I help you?*

My name is Betty. I have depression. I have passion. I have tits the size of...

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Sinkable

Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic

By Daniel Stone
Narrated by: Daniel Stone
Length: 8 hours 18 minutes

From the national bestselling author of The Food Explorer, a fascinating and rollicking plunge into the story of the world’s most famous shipwreck, the RMS Titanic
 
On a frigid April night in 1912, the world’s largest—and soon most famous—ocean liner struck an iceberg and slipped beneath the waves. She had scarcely disappeared before her new... Read more »

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Unmask Alice

LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the World's Most Notorious Diaries

By Rick Emerson
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

Two teens. Two diaries. Two social panics. One incredible fraud.

 

In 1971, Go Ask Alice reinvented the young adult genre with a blistering portrayal of sex, psychosis, and teenage self-destruction. The supposed diary of a middle-class addict, Go Ask Alice terrified adults and cemented LSD's fearsome reputation, fueling support for the War on...

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Solito

A Memoir

By Javier Zamora
Narrated by: Javier Zamora
Length: 17 hours 8 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as “the mythic journey of our era” (Sandra Cisneros)

“A new landmark in the literature of... Read more »

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Good Grief

On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter

By E.B. Bartels
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 5 hours 47 minutes

An unexpected, poignant, and personal account of loving and losing pets, exploring the singular bonds we have with our companion animals, and how to grieve them once they’ve passed.

E.B. Bartels has had a lot of pets—dogs, birds, fish, tortoises. As varied a bunch as they are, they’ve taught her one universal truth: to own a pet is to love a pet,...

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