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Awesome August Staff Picks

Awesome August Staff Picks

Appreciate these awesome August staff picks!

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Babel

Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators' Revolution

By R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Chris Lew Kum Hoi & Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: TBA

Babel

“Finishing a book like this is equal parts pleasure and pain: pleasure in that reading something as striking and beautiful as this is everything a reader hopes to feel in a book juxtaposed by the pain of something beautiful ending and leaving these characters behind in the pages. There are few books that have brought tears to my eyes (I can still count them on one hand) but Kuang's Babel, or The Necessity of Violence is now numbered among them.”

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Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

By Maddie Mortimer
Narrated by: Tamsin Greig & Lydia Wilson
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes

Longlisted for the International Booker Prize

This lyrical debut novel is at once a passionate coming-of-age story, a meditation on illness and death, and a kaleidoscopic journey through one woman’s life—told in part by the malevolent voice of her disease.

Lia, her husband Harry, and their beloved daughter, Iris, are a precisely balanced family... Read more »

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The It Girl

By Ruth Ware
Narrated by: Imogen Church
Length: 17 hours 8 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “claustrophobic spine-tingler” (People) One by One returns with an unputdownable mystery following a woman on the search for answers a decade after her friend’s murder.

April Clarke-Cliveden was the first person Hannah Jones met at Oxford.

Vivacious, bright, occasionally vicious, and the ultimate... Read more »

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What Moves the Dead

By T. Kingfisher
Narrated by: Avi Roque
Length: 5 hours 11 minutes

"Narrator Avi Roque delivers a perfectly paced performance in this concise audiobook...holding listeners hostage until the house reveals its terrifying secrets." -AudioFile on What Moves The Dead

From T. Kingfisher, the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones, comes What Moves the Dead, a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's...

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Any Other Family

By Eleanor Brown
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Lindsey Dorcus, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Soneela Nankani, Anthony Rey Perez, Thérèse Plummer & Jamil Schulze
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

The New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters returns with a striking and intimate new novel about three very different adoptive mothers who face the impossible question: What makes a family?


Though they look like any other family, they aren’t one—not quite. They are three sets of parents... Read more »

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The Foundling

A Novel

By Ann Leary
Narrated by: Laura Benanti
Length: 12 hours 40 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good House, the story of two friends, raised in the same orphanage, whose loyalty is put to the ultimate test when they meet years later at a controversial institution—one as an employee; the other, an inmate.

It’s 1927 and eighteen-year-old Mary Engle is hired to work as a secretary at a remote... Read more »

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The River Why

By David James Duncan
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 15 hours 18 minutes

The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality republished with a new Afterword by the author.

Since its publication in 1983, The River Why has become a classic. David James Duncan's sweeping novel is a coming-of-age comedy about love, nature, and the quest for self-discovery, written in a voice as distinct and powerful as any in American... Read more »

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I'd Like to Play Alone, Please

Essays

By Tom Segura
Narrated by: Tom Segura
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

From Tom Segura, the massively successful stand-up comedian and co-host of chart-topping podcasts “2 Bears 1 Cave” and “Your Mom’s House,” hilarious real-life stories of parenting, celebrity encounters, youthful mistakes, misanthropy, and so much more.
 

Tom Segura is known for his twisted takes and irreverent comedic voice. But after a few years... Read more »

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Antifa

The Anti-Fascist Handbook

By Mark Bray
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
Length: 7 hours 37 minutes

In the wake of tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Donald Trump’s initial refusal to denounce the white nationalists behind it all, the “antifa” opposition movement is suddenly appearing everywhere. But what is it, precisely? And where did it come from?

As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism—also known as...

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Controlling Women

What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom

By Kathryn Kolbert & Julie F. Kay
Narrated by: Kathryn Kolbert, Julie F. Kay & Ellen Archer
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

This definitive account of the battle for reproductive freedom includes a bold new strategy to safeguard our rights, from two lawyers at the forefront of the movement.

Reproductive freedom has never been in more dire straits. Roe v. Wade protected abortion rights and Planned Parenthood v. Casey unexpectedly preserved them. Yet in the following... Read more »

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Girls That Never Die

Poems

By Safia Elhillo
Narrated by: Safia Elhillo
Length: 1 hours 28 minutes

Intimate poems that explore feminine shame and violence and imagine what liberation from these threats might look like, from the award-winning author of The January Children 

“Endlessly compelling . . . a book that gives us courage, despite all the despairing records of history.”—Ilya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa and Deaf Republic

In... Read more »

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My Life Begins!

By Patricia MacLachlan
Narrated by: Jacob McNatt
Length: 1 hours 8 minutes

From the celebrated author of Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan, comes another humorous and poignant early middle grade novel. My Life Begins! explores how life begins for Jacob when his triplet sisters are born, and how siblings get to know each other as time, and love, evolve.

Jacob is nine years old when his life changes.

He wants a...

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The Kaya Girl

By Mamle Wolo
Narrated by: Ekua Ekeme
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

This rags-to-riches story by an award-winning Ghanaian author has page-turning appeal with luminous literary resonance. 

Writing with effortlessly engaging prose, Wolo showcases the interweaving layers of Ghanaian culture to create a prismatic, multifaceted world in which two young girls, against all odds, are able to find each other.
 
When Faiza,... Read more »

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