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The Open Book Mostly Fiction Book Club

The shop's longest-running book club has a fresh and fun new name! Join us every 3rd Wednesday for a friendly book discussion in-person at The Open Book. Check out these past and upcoming picks!

Come and Get It

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

“Kiley Reid is the master of social tension, and the tension is delicately taut in Come and Get It. The narration is superb, capturing the nuances of various Southern accents that really gave me #BamaRush TikTok vibes in the very best way. Read more

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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 Sea Elephants

A Novel

By: Shastri Akella
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 13 hours 21 minutes

For fans of Shuggie Bain and A Burning, a queer coming-of-age novel set in 1990s India, about a young man who joins a traveling street theater troupe, seeking to outrun the dark secrets of his past

"An exquisite novel destined to be a classic.” ―Eric Nguyen, author of Things We Lost to the Water

Shagun knows he will never be the kind of son his... Read more

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Tom Lake

A Novel

By: Ann Patchett
Narrated by: Meryl Streep
Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

“This beautiful story takes place during the pandemic, and during this time Lara's three daughters have returned home to the family farm. Lara begins telling her life story and her daughters' story weaves throughout. Beautifully written and Meryl Streep is a fantastic narrator. I loved this beautiful story! Read more

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Behind You Is the Sea

A Novel

By: Susan Muaddi Darraj
Narrated by: Rasha Zamamiri & Ali Nasser
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

“Each chapter is like opening a new door. Each of the stories is connected, but you experience them individually. As you go further along in the book, it carries on in the timeline, and you see the characters change and read about what happens to the characters over the years. Being Palestinian and Palestinian-American, each chapter addresses the... Read more

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The Last Ride of the Pony Express

My 2,000-mile Horseback Journey into the Old West

By: Will Grant
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 8 hours 34 minutes

"Spellbinding" (Douglas Preston) and "completely fascinating" (Elizabeth Letts), cowboy and journalist Will Grant takes us on an epic and authentic horseback journey into the modern West on an adventure of a lifetime.  The Last Ride of the Pony Express boldly illuminates both our mythic fascination with the Pony Express, and how its spirit... Read more

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Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By: Hernan Diaz
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Jonathan Davis, Mozhan Marnò & Orlagh Cassidy
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

“Who can you trust in the end? This 'brilliant literary puzzle' tells the story of the legendary Wall Street Tycoon Andrew Bevel and his enigmatic wife Mildred. Told in four interlocking parts, Trust is a novel within a novel, the fragmented notes for a ghostwritten memoir that Andrew hopes will set the record straight, the ghostwriter's own... Read more

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The Rooster House

My Ukrainian Family Story: A Memoir

By: Victoria Belim
Narrated by: Amrita Acharia
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

“On its face, The Rooster House is about Author Victoria Belim's return to her childhood home in Ukraine to research her family history. Truly, however, it's about Belim forming an adult bond with her Grandmother Valentina and the people of Ukraine whilst coming to terms with her father's suicide. What initially began as an attempt to solve the... Read more

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Wandering Stars

A novel

By: Tommy Orange
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett, MacLeod Andrews, Alma Cuervo, Curtis Michael Holland, Calvin Joyal, Phil Ava, Emmanuel Chumaceiro, Christian Young & Charley Flyte
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

“This powerful follow-up to There, There explores what it means to be the descendants of unthinkable trauma, from the Sand Creek Massacre to the Carlisle Indian School. And the writing? Oh man, the writing is absolutely exquisite. Read more

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Maybe Next Time

A Novel

By: Cesca Major
Narrated by: Clare Corbett
Length: 8 hours 38 minutes

“A beautiful love story of a married couple who have become disconnected in the midst of their never ending to-do lists. Follow Emma as she must relive the day that ends in her husbands untimely death. The ending will leave you needing to hear more! This time-loop novel is the perfect listen for a cozy day at home. The narrator’s lovely British... Read more

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Our Missing Hearts

Reese's Book Club (A Novel)

By: Celeste Ng
Narrated by: Lucy Liu & Celeste Ng
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

“Set in a dystopian America in an undocumented time (our past, our present, or our future), Our Missing Hearts shines a light on the power that the worst of humanity can yield. What would you do if your family was threatened to be split apart? At what length would you reach to keep the ones you love safe? And what if all your efforts ended with... Read more

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Let Us Descend

A Novel

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

Let Us Descend enveloped me. Jesmyn Ward's rich prose at the sentence level and her sheer determination through all 300 pages of this book are remarkable. I don't feel she once faltered. So many books peter out at the end or lose focus or motivation but not here...The book is a brutal retelling of slavery and the physical/spiritual/mental... Read more

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Horse

A Novel

By: Geraldine Brooks
Narrated by: James Fouhey, Lisa Flanagan, Graham Halstead, Katherine Littrell & Michael Obiora
Length: 14 hours 5 minutes

“This book centers on Lexington, often considered the greatest horse in history. But this book is much more than the story of a horse. Brooks writes of slavery, the Civil War, academia, art and publishing, love and loyalty, and racism in history and today. I loved the bond between Jarret, an enslaved boy, and Lexington. I will be thinking of this... Read more

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All This Could Be Different

A Novel

By: Sarah Thankam Mathews
Narrated by: Reena Dutt
Length: 10 hours 36 minutes

2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

ONE OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES' TOP 5 FICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR

ONE OF TIME AND SLATE'S TOP 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Named one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2022 by NPR, Vogue, Vulture, BuzzFeed, Harper's Bazaar, and more

One of the buzziest, most human novels of the year…breathless, dizzying, and completely beautiful.” Vogue
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The Man Who Could Move Clouds

A Memoir

By: Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Narrated by: Marisol Ramirez
Length: 10 hours 58 minutes

A TIME BEST BOOK OF THE SUMMER  

From the author of the “original, politically daring and passionately written” (Vogue) novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree, comes a dazzling, kaleidoscopic memoir reclaiming her family's otherworldly legacy.

For Ingrid Rojas Contreras, magic runs in the family. Raised amid the political violence of 1980s and '90s... Read more

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Remarkably Bright Creatures

A Novel

By: Shelby Van Pelt
Narrated by: Marin Ireland & Michael Urie
Length: 11 hours 16 minutes

“A heartfelt story about challenging assumptions and healing from trauma with a fun cast of characters set in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Tova is a kind-hearted, stubborn, and ultimately courageous heroine whose friendship with an octopus (one of the story's narrators!) helps to awaken a new chapter of life with connection, love, and... Read more

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Libertie

By: Kaitlyn Greenidge
Narrated by: Channie Waites
Length: 12 hours 12 minutes

Libertie is a beautifully written, immersive historical novel inspired by the story of a Black doctor and her daughter who lived in a free Black community in Brooklyn during the Reconstruction era. It is also a profound meditation on what it means to be truly free — whether born free or formerly enslaved, whether in America, Haiti, or Liberia —... Read more

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In the Lives of Puppets

By: TJ Klune
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 15 hours 22 minutes

“TJ Klune has never let me down, but I wasn't expecting In The Lives of Puppets to outshine the rest like it has. A Pinocchio retelling with a queer, dystopian setting? This book tore my heart out and then threw it back into my chest three times larger. The descriptions, the characters, the representation!! I cannot recommend this enough. If... Read more

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Wench

A Novel

By: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Narrated by: Quincy Tyler Bernstine
Length: 8 hours 15 minutes

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez is startling and original fiction that raises provocative questions of power and freedom, love and dependence. An enchanting and unforgettable novel based on little-known fact, Wench combines the narrative allure of Cane River by Lalita Tademy and the moral complexities of Edward P. Jones’s The Known World as it... Read more

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