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Politics and Prose Holiday Favorites 2023

Browse the Politics and Prose Holiday Gift Guide for bookseller-curated recommendations for every reader! We're especially pleased to share with you our 12 favorites - six novels and six works of non-fiction that have particularly impressed us, as well as selection of titles for children and teens.

The Covenant of Water

By: Abraham Verghese
Narrated by: Abraham Verghese
Length: 31 hours 16 minutes

“Seven decades (in book time!) and more than 700 pages later, I closed The Covenant of Water, the story of a family haunted by drownings. Abraham Verghese has written a spellbinding novel set in a Christian community in India. Verghese draws, as he did in the other two books, on his vast knowledge of medicine, and exhibits his ability to delve... 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

“I fell in love with James McBride's narrative style reading Deacon King Kong. His most recent novel, The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, has confirmed him as one of my all-time favorite authors. McBride creates an intricate tapestry for us, of people, of a community, of the many forms of struggle enveloping his cast of characters. Every thread... Read more

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I Have Some Questions for You

A Novel

By: Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by: Julia Whelan & JD Jackson
Length: 14 hours 3 minutes

“It's the one where they rush to judgment and incarcerate a black man on flimsy evidence. It's the one where people knew more than they said. It's the one where a woman is at the mercy of a man. This is a compelling book; a dark window into our culture where assumption, or proclamations of innocence or guilt often get in the way of the... Read more

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Let Us Descend

A Novel

By: Jesmyn Ward
Narrated by: Jesmyn Ward
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

“When Jesmyn Ward speaks you listen. Her voice in this new novel is so powerful. This novel should be in everyone's hands as it walks you through the life of a young slave girl before the Civil War. Will make a great book club book! Read more

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The MANIAC

By: Benjamin Labatut
Narrated by: Gergo Danka & Eva Magyar
Length: 9 hours 50 minutes

“What do you do next if your first book to be translated into English becomes a worldwide sensation shortlisted for numerous literary prizes? If you are Benjamín Labatut, the brilliant Chilean author, you write a new novel in your non-native English. Some writers tackle the same plots, characters, or themes over and over until they descend into... Read more

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The Postcard

By: Anne Berest
Narrated by: Barrie Kealoha
Length: 13 hours 5 minutes

“A powerful personal account of a family’s history over multiple generations with a stunning ending that resolves the mystery of the postcard’s sender! The author launches her family research and investigation of who could have written the anonymous, unsigned postcard a decade earlier when her daughter experiences an anti-semitic incident at... Read more

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Althea

The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson

By: Sally H. Jacobs
Narrated by: Chanté McCormick
Length: 19 hours 2 minutes

"Chanté McCormick rises to the challenge of narrating Jacobs's comprehensive biography of Althea Gibson with grace, energy, and a rich voice."- AudioFile

“A captivating book that brilliantly reveals an American sports legend long overlooked. Sally Jacobs tells the riveting story of Althea Gibson, my personal shero, who overcame daunting odds –... Read more

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The Comfort of Crows

A Backyard Year

By: Margaret Renkl
Narrated by: Margaret Renkl
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes

“Oh, my what a joyous read. The author reflects on the changes that take place in the wild from season to season beginning in winter ending with autumn. Her yard in Nashville, local parks and a cabin on the Cumberland Plateau are her main areas of observation. She also writes about growing up on a farm in Alabama. The language is so beautiful... Read more

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How to Say Babylon

A Memoir

By: Safiya Sinclair
Narrated by: Safiya Sinclair
Length: 16 hours 46 minutes

“One of the most resonant memoirs I’ve ever heard. Sinclair shares her journey of generational trauma, Rastafari tenets, poverty, Jamaica, the U.S., and the saving power of poetry (which anyone who loves poetry will completely understand). So emotionally gripping, I couldn’t help but root for her. Read more

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King: A Life

By: Jonathan Eig
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 20 hours 45 minutes

This program is narrated by Dion Graham, narrator of over 300 audiobooks and an AudioFile Golden Voice. Dion has won multiple Earphones and Audie Awards.

"Dion Graham superbly narrates this riveting audiobook, emulating the majestic cadence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, speeches. He captures the Civil Rights leader's deep, resonant tone;... Read more

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The Story of Art Without Men

By: Katy Hessel
Narrated by: Katy Hessel
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

The story of art as it's never been told before, from the Renaissance to the present day.

How many women artists do you know? Who makes art history? Did women even work as artists before the twentieth century? And what is the Baroque anyway?

Guided by Katy Hessel, art historian and founder of @thegreatwomenartists, discover the glittering... Read more

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The Wager

A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

By: David Grann
Narrated by: Dion Graham & David Grann
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

“David Grann's The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder is the shocking true story of the wreck of the ship, the Wager, and how that crew survived, separated from their home country for years. The lengths that these castaways were pushed to is shocking, and makes for a captivating story of adventure and survival. A shocking story from... Read more

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Miles Morales Suspended

A Spider-Man Novel

By: Jason Reynolds
Narrated by: Guy Lockard & Nile Bullock
Length: 3 hours 53 minutes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes the “action-packed…banter-filled” (School Library Journal, starred review) sequel to his groundbreaking young adult novel Miles Morales: Spider-Man about the adventures of the unassuming, everyday kid who just so happens to be Spider-Man.

Miles Morales is just your average teenager.... Read more

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Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim

By: Patricia Park
Narrated by: Felisha Wong
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

“Complex, insightful storytelling--as complex and insightful as Alejandra Kim herself. I love books that show just how interwoven our world is, in ways that can surprise and delight but also can be challenging for those who are living at the intersections. I love how this story gives Alejandra and her friends room to grow, even when those friends... Read more

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The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels

By: Beth Lincoln
Narrated by: Nikki Patel
Length: 9 hours 53 minutes

“A deliciously gothic, madcap 'whodunit' with an array of eccentric characters! For ages 8+. Read more

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Abeni's Song

Abeni's Song: Book #1

By: P. Djèlí Clark
Narrated by: Funmi James
Length: 15 hours 38 minutes

IN DARKNESS, A SONG CAN LEAD THE WAY. BEWARE WHICH ONE YOU LISTEN TO.

Abeni's Song
by award-winning author P. Djèlí Clark is the enchanting beginning of an epic West African and African Diaspora-inspired fantasy adventure for middle-grade listeners about a reluctant apprentice to magic and the stolen villagers she sets out to save.

“Lush and... Read more

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