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Booksellers' Favorites of the Year [Holiday Gift Guide 2023]

These are the books we tell other folks about as often as we can. They're some of our favorites of 2022. Thriller, horror, literary fiction, short stories, romance, memoir, fantasy, young adult, mid-grade -- there is something for everyone.

Family Lore

A Novel

By: Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo, Sixta Morel & Danyeli Rodriguez del Orbe
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLERGOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK!Shortlisted for The Center for Fiction 2023 First Novel PrizeFrom National Book Award-winning author Elizabeth Acevedo comes the story of one Dominican American family told through the voices of its womenFlor has a gift: she can predict, to the day, when someone will die. So when she... Read more

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Fly with Me

A Novel

By: Andie Burke
Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens
Length: 11 hours 40 minutes

A sparkling and steamy Sapphic romance, Fly with Me by Andie Burke is filled with sharp banter and that sweet, swooping feeling of finding “the one” when and where you least expect it.

A one-way ticket to love or a bumpy ride ahead?

Flying-phobic ER nurse Olive Murphy is still gripping the armrest from her first-ever take-off when the pilot... Read more

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The Hike

By: Lucy Clarke
Narrated by: David Johansen-Menkin & Stephanie Racine
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes

No help.
No cell coverage.
No one to hear them scream.


Burned-out by both her marriage and work, Liz is desperate for an escape. More than that, she craves an adventure, a total reset. So, when she plans a vacation with her three best friends, she persuades them to spend four nights camping in the stunning mountains of Norway. Following a trail... Read more

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The Search for WondLa

By: Tony DiTerlizzi
Narrated by: Teri Hatcher
Length: 10 hours 48 minutes

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tony DiTerlizzi’s New York Times bestselling, richly illustrated The Search for Wondla series with this first installment of the modern classic space-age adventure featuring an all-new look.

When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-old girl... Read more

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Killing Me

By: Michelle Gagnon
Narrated by: Jaime Lamchick
Length: 9 hours 12 minutes

“Okay - in a nutshell: Serial killer, hostage, rescue, 'no cops please', hidden past, chased by a killer, and nowhere to run but - wait for it - Las Vegas!!! Killing Me is a funny, entertaining, tantalizingly mysterious romp through murder-land. Read this one for fun! Read more

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The Book of (More) Delights

Essays

By: Ross Gay
Narrated by: Ross Gay
Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

“Oh, to have delights again! No one writes about the dearness of our human frailty with the generosity and good humor of Ross Gay. I can’t wait to wear these delights out to the same degree as the first, and become more present in doing so. Read more

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Maame

A Today Show Read With Jenna Book Club Pick

By: Jessica George
Narrated by: Heather Agyepong
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes

Maame is a sweet coming-of-age story that follows Maddie, the daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, as she navigates family obligations, dating, loss, and career challenges. Maddie is brave and fun, and I really want to be her friend. Since finishing the book, I’ve found myself wondering how Maddie is doing and wishing her the very best. Sometimes... Read more

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Red Rabbit

By: Alex Grecian
Narrated by: John Pirhalla
Length: 13 hours 4 minutes

“A ragtag bunch of weirdos - an old witch hunter, a couple of cowboys, a widowed schoolteacher, and a child who doesn't speak - sets out to collect the bounty on a witch's head. Along the way, they encounter friends and enemies both natural and supernatural. The witch herself doesn't fit neatly into either category... This story meanders in the... Read more

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You Are Here

A Novel

By: Karin Lin-Greenberg
Narrated by: Jennifer Aquino
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

“This is a sweet story about a modern neighborhood and how the reality of 2023 settles in across generations and races. The characters are interesting and accessible, and you'll find yourself a little more invested in a mall closing than you thought possible. Read more

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Murder Your Employer

The McMasters Guide to Homicide

By: Rupert Holmes
Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris & Simon Vance
Length: 14 hours 13 minutes

“From the first paragraph I was enamored with this sardonic, witty, ridiculous premise and book. A secret specialized school where the students either graduate as well-trained murderers or in a body bag, told in detailed journal entries and meta book-within-a-book asides. It's such a fun time, and I had trouble putting it down for paltry things... Read more

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On Earth as It Is on Television

By: Emily Jane
Narrated by: Hayden Bishop
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

In Emily Jane's rollicking debut, when spaceships arrive and then depart suddenly without a word, the certainty that we are not alone in the universe turns to intense uncertainty as to our place within it. "Weird and sweet … like a 2020s White Noise: loud and colorful Americana with a sprinkle of apocalyptic doom."—Edgar Cantero "Heartfelt,... Read more

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None of This is True

A Novel

By: Lisa Jewell
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Ayesha Antoine, Louise Brealey, Alix Dunmore, Elliot Fitzpatrick, Lisa Jewell, Thomas Judd, Dominic Thorburn, Nicola Walker & Jenny Walser
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

“We loved this psychological thriller!!! Gritty and dark characters warped by their experiences and fighting inner demons left us invested in the characters and absolutely surprised by the ending!!! Twists and turns begin with a pair of birthday twins, two women born at the same hospital on the same day, who meet by accident while celebrating... Read more

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What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez

By: Claire Jimenez
Narrated by: Claire Jimenez
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

“Jiménez’s debut is funny and moving. A Puerto Rican girl living in Staten Island, Ruthy, disappeared on the way home from school. Years later, her sisters think they’ve found her and plan to bring her home. I loved everything about this. Read more

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Happiness Falls (Good Morning America Book Club)

A Novel

By: Angie Kim
Narrated by: Shannon Tyo, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Thomas Pruyn & Angie Kim
Length: 13 hours 3 minutes

“Watch out because Happiness Falls is so much more than a missing-person mystery full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. (Even past the very end.) Kim weaves a family drama that will pull at all of your heart strings and leave you questioning how you view everything and everyone. Read more

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Wolfsong

Green Creek: Book #1

By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Kirt Graves
Length: 18 hours 41 minutes

"Narrator Kirt Graves strikes just the right notes in this thoughtful exploration of grief, life, and the afterlife" —AudioFile on Under The Whispering Door

The Bennett family has a secret:

They're not just a family, they're a pack.
Wolfsong is Ox Matheson's story.

Oxnard Matheson was twelve when his father taught him a lesson: Ox wasn’t worth... Read more

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Yellowface

A Novel

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Helen Laser
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

“Are you curious about how the book publishing industry works? Yellowface explores the publishing world from the point of view of an envious, unlikeable character; who at the core is battling loneliness, grief, and failure. I love the way the story unfolds from an extremely one-sided voice, who doesn't understand how her actions impact others.... Read more

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

A Novel

By: James McBride
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

“In turns witty, heart-wrenching, and profound - filled with memorable, quirky characters brought vividly to life by narrator Dominic Hoffman, The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store is James McBride at his best. This is the book I am telling everyone about. Bravo! Read more

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The September House

By: Carissa Orlando
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Length: 13 hours 31 minutes

“Why run from a haunted house when you can stay and ignore the ghosts? Just when you thought you'd seen everything a haunted house novel could do, The September House comes along and delivers an eerie, darkly funny, and emotionally grounded book about the ghosts that haunt houses and marriages."– Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author... Read more

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Bittersweet in the Hollow

By: Kate Pearsall
Narrated by: Reagan Boggs
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

In this beautifully dark and enthralling YA, four sisters with unusual talents investigate a mysterious disappearance in their secluded Appalachian town. For fans of House of Hollow and Wilder Girls!

In rural Caball Hollow, surrounded by the vast National Forest, the James women serve up more than fried green tomatoes at the Harvest Moon diner,... Read more

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The Seven Year Slip

By: Ashley Poston
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 9 hours 42 minutes

“Ashley Poston does an amazing job writing light paranormal romances that will also make you cry. The Seven Year Slip made me unexplainably happy, extremely sad and I couldn’t put it down. With a time-traveling apartment, a second chance romance trope, a New York setting and how someone deals with grief this book couldn’t get any better. Read more

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