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

Martyr!

A novel

By: Kaveh Akbar
Narrated by: Arian Moayed
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

“Kaveh Akbar is a major new voice in American literature and Martyr! is his tour de force. In a mix of penetrating insight and profoundly funny stories, this entertaining and moving tale holds a mirror up to our society. Read more

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The Storm We Made

A Novel

By: Vanessa Chan
Narrated by: Samantha Tan
Length: 10 hours 52 minutes

“An incredible book from a strong new voice, focusing on the choices that a mother makes in the middle of colonial occupation during WWII. Vanessa Chan touches upon the murky grey areas of survival in a time of oppression and upheaval. Read more

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Interesting Facts about Space

A Novel

By: Emily Austin
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 8 hours 25 minutes

“Emily Austin is the author for lesbian stories that explore mental health issues! Her writing is so funny, and relatable, I want to absolutely devour every word she’s written. I love Enid and I know queer women everywhere will too! Read more

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The Waters

By: Bonnie Jo Campbell
Narrated by: Lili Taylor
Length: 14 hours 40 minutes

A master of rural noir returns with a fierce, mesmerizing novel about exceptional women and the soul of a small town.
On an island in the Great Massasauga Swamp—an area known as “The Waters” to the residents of nearby Whiteheart, Michigan—herbalist and eccentric Hermine “Herself” Zook has healed the local women of their ailments for generations.... Read more

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Come and Get It

By: Kiley Reid
Narrated by: Nicole Lewis
Length: 12 hours 52 minutes

“If you love a character-driven, multiple perspective novel of shrewd drama, this book is for you! With subtle undertones of social commentary on class and race, the plot follows a professor, an RA, and a handful of underclassmen at a college whose lives and stories intertwine to the point of chaos over the course of a semester. Read more

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Family Family

A Novel

By: Laurie Frankel
Narrated by: Laurie Frankel & Patti Murin
Length: 14 hours 57 minutes

“Laurie Frankel is becoming one of my must-read authors. In Family Family, she weaves a complex story around families formed and cemented by adoption. Frankel’s books are gems for handselling; I can’t wait to put this into readers’ hands. Read more

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Good Material

A novel

By: Dolly Alderton
Narrated by: Arthur Darvill & Vanessa Kirby
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK • From the New York Times best-selling author of Ghosts and Everything I Know About Love: a story of heartbreak and friendship and how to survive both

“Like Nora Ephron, with a British twist….Delivers the most delightful aspects of classic romantic comedy—snappy dialogue,...
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Queens of London

By: Heather Webb
Narrated by: Amy Scanlon
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

MAYBE WOMEN CAN HAVE IT ALL. AS LONG AS THEY’RE WILLING TO STEAL IT.
1925. LONDON. When Alice Diamond, a.k.a. “Diamond Annie,” is elected the queen of the Forty Elephants, she’s determined to take the all-girl gang to new heights. She’s ambitious, tough as nails, and a brilliant mastermind with a plan to create a dynasty the likes of which no one... Read more

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The City of Stardust

By: Georgia Summers
Narrated by: Kitty Parker
Length: 13 hours 1 minute

“Full of intrigue and mystery, The City of Stardust is a whimsical adult fantasy novel with intricate worldbuilding and beautiful, immersive writing. This book is perfect for the readers who love to get lost in a whole, different world. Read more

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The Women

A Novel

By: Kristin Hannah
Narrated by: Julia Whelan & Kristin Hannah
Length: 14 hours 56 minutes

“This book wrecked me. Julia Whelan's narration is compassionate, loving, and dramatic - as always. Kristin Hannah is an author who has a true gift for telling women's stories and The Women is, arguably, her best work. I grew up in an era of children whose parents served in Vietnam (my parents didn't, but my uncle did) and I will never know what... Read more

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The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels

A Novel

By: Janice Hallett
Narrated by: Annie Aldington, Nneka Okoye, Gareth Armstrong, Sid Sagar & Kristin Atherton
Length: 10 hours 31 minutes

“Sometimes you just need a twisting, British-set mystery — this is the perfect book for that reading mood! It unfolds in layers, told through transcripts and messages, raising questions to the very riveting end. Read more

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The Fury

By: Alex Michaelides
Narrated by: Alex Jennings
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

“A masterful story that twists past and present reality - or does it? The Fury by Alex Michaelides had me doubting my perceptions and reasoning savvy. I was beguiled by the narrator's charm and candor and thrilled at trying to unravel the perplexing murder among long time friends and family on a weekend getaway to a private Greek island. Swivels,... Read more

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The Frozen River

A Novel

By: Ariel Lawhon
Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer & Ariel Lawhon
Length: 15 hours 5 minutes

“I tend to struggle a little with fiction on audio - I'm always afraid I'll lose the characters or the story! But The Frozen River is an engaging listen that hooked me from the first hour. The story is interesting and a part of history I know little about. The narration is wonderful; I feel like I'm back in 1700s Maine and it's been a great book... Read more

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The Antique Hunter's Guide to Murder

A Novel

By: C.L. Miller
Narrated by: Emilia Fox
Length: 11 hours 2 minutes

In this “irresistible, immersive, and completely unputdownable” (Ellery Lloyd, New York Times bestselling author) debut novel, a former antique hunter investigates a suspicious death at an isolated English manor, embroiling her in the high-stakes world of tracking stolen artifacts.

What antique would you kill for?

Freya Lockwood is shocked when... Read more

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Red String Theory

By: Lauren Kung Jessen
Narrated by: Yu-Li Alice Shen & Andrew Grace
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

In this charming rom-com about two star-crossed lovers, a woman whose life is guided by her belief in the red-string of fate finds her perfect match—but his skepticism about true love puts a knot in their chances.

Just a date . . . or a twist of fate?

When it comes to love and art, Rooney Gao believes in signs. Most of all, she believes in the... Read more

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Unsinkable

By: Jenni L Walsh
Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik & Alana Kerr Collins
Length: 11 hours 2 minutes

“AN INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER”The Titanic was only the beginning. What she survived has become legend. Inspired by true stories of survival and resilience, Unsinkable entwines the lives of two women, one from World War 1 and another from World War 2, as they face adversity and take hold of the second chances given to them.Violet Jessop is... Read more

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Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect

A Novel

By: Benjamin Stevenson
Narrated by: Barton Welch & Megan Smart
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

“I had so much fun reading this uniquely written mystery! It made me sorry I missed Everyone in My Family has Killed Someone! Our protagonist is a likeable and reliable character who is easy to root for. Delightfully produced for listening on Libro.fm. Read more

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The Atlas Complex

Atlas Series: Book #3

By: Olivie Blake
Narrated by: Andy Ingalls, Caitlin Kelly, Damian Lynch, Daniel Henning, David Monteith, James Patrick Cronin, Samara Naeymi, Siho Ellsmore, Stephanie Németh-Parker & Steve West
Length: 20 hours 37 minutes

This program features multicast narration.

"This audiobook...is fully realized by a talented ensemble of narrators." —AudioFile on The Atlas Six

The Atlas Complex marks the much-anticipated, heart-shattering conclusion in Olivie Blake's trilogy that began with the New York Times bestselling phenomenon, The Atlas Six.


Only the extraordinary are... Read more

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The Heiress

A Novel

By: Rachel Hawkins
Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Eliza Foss, John Pirhalla & Patti Murin
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

“This story has everything — a glamorous widow, a mountain top mansion haunted by the past, secrets, the power of money and privilege to corrupt — all woven into settings vividly painted. The perfect book to curl up with on a weekend retreat. Read more

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The Madstone

A Novel

By: Elizabeth Crook
Narrated by: Will Collyer
Length: 8 hours 6 minutes

With echoes of Lonesome Dove and News of the World, the riveting story of a pregnant young mother, her child, and the frontier tradesman who helps them flee across Texas from outlaws bent on revenge, even as an unlikely love blossoms.

Texas, 1868. As nineteen-year-old Benjamin Shreve tends to business in his workshop, he witnesses a stagecoach... Read more

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