Skip navigation
Have a gift or promo code? Get started
Skip content

Pam's Staff Picks

Pam read & enjoyed these books so much she has Staff Picked them.

Playlist Tags: The Bookloft bookstore-created staff picks

View all playlists

She Rides Shotgun

A Novel

By Jordan Harper
Narrated by: David Marantz
Length: 6 hours 14 minutes

A propulsive, gritty novel about a girl marked for death who must fight and steal to stay alive, learning from the most frightening man she knows—her father

Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate, fresh out of jail and driving a... Read more »

Audiobook details

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hours 40 minutes

The Hate U Give

“This bestselling, powerful young adult novel about social justice and one teen girl's effort to fight for what is right, will leave you breathless. The narration by Bahni Turpin is hands down the best I've ever heard. This is such an important book it should be required reading for life in general. Or listening. Definitely listening.”

Tattered Cover image Kristen, Tattered Cover
Audiobook details


A Novel

By Christopher Moore
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 9 hours 3 minutes


“Christopher Moore has done it again! Noir is now among my very favorites by this popular novelist. This book is everything it promises: A love letter to hard-boiled detective fiction, a thorough and loving bath in the atmosphere of 1947 San Francisco, and loads of laughs along the way. Aliens? Yes. Romance? Also yes. Add in a cast of characters with heart, moxie, and beguiling banter and you've got Noir, a recipe for pure enjoyment.”

Nicola's Books image Mary McDonald, Nicola's Books
Audiobook details

Not That Bad

Dispatches from Rape Culture

By Roxane Gay
Narrated by: Roxane Gay, Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy, Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, Aubrey Hirsch, Jill Christman, Lynn Melnick, Brandon Taylor, Emma Smith-Stevens, A.J. McKenna, Lisa Mecham, Vanessa Martir, xTx, Sophia Mayer, Nora Salem, V. L. Seek, Michelle Chen & Liz Rosema
Length: 8 hours 41 minutes

Edited and with an introduction written and read by Roxane Gay, the New York Times best-selling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays read by all 30 contributors including Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy, and Lyz Lenz, tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.

Vogue, “10 of the Most... Read more »

Audiobook details

The Cabin at the End of the World

A Novel

By Paul Tremblay
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes

The Cabin at the End of the World

“Wen and her dads are taking a break from everything by visiting a remote cabin for vacation. Wen is studying grasshoppers in their yard when a man comes up and warns her that she and her dads are going to have to make a decision. And that’s about all I can tell you without spoiling the story. This book was so creepy, in a very good way. I’d classify this as horror, but very realistic.”

Jennifer Jones image Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser
Audiobook details


A Novel

By Mary Adkins
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly, Adenrele Ojo, Sophie Amoss & Graham Halstead
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

From the beloved author of When You Read This, a smart, sharply observed novel about gender and class on a contemporary Southern college campus in the spirit of The Female Persuasion and Prep.

Carter University: “The Harvard of the South.”

Annie Stoddard was the smartest girl in her small public high school in Georgia, but now that she’s at... Read more »

Audiobook details

The Salt Line

By Holly Goddard Jones
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 15 hours 15 minutes

"Great, near-future sci-fi...A propulsive, character-driven thriller...I really love this book."—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic for Beginners 

In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity...
Read more »

Audiobook details

Conscience of a Conservative

A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle

By Jeff Flake
Narrated by: Milton Jeffers & Jeff Flake
Length: 4 hours 59 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A thoughtful defense of traditional conservatism and a thorough assault on the way Donald Trump is betraying it.”—David Brooks, in his New York Times column

In a bold act of conscience, Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump...
Read more »

Audiobook details

Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

Read the Report

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 12 hours 11 minutes

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing is a stunning and beautiful novel that readers will want to simultaneously savor and devour with every luxurious word. You’ll hear the gulls cry on the beach through these pages, you’ll see the light flickering through the marsh trees, you’ll smell the homemade grits sizzling on the stovetop. Your heart will ache for the lonely marsh girl and your wheels will start turning when a body is discovered, but you’ll never regret reading this gorgeous novel.”

Bethany Beach Books image Amanda Zirn, Bethany Beach Books
Audiobook details

Fox 8

A Story

By George Saunders
Narrated by: George Saunders
Length: 37 minutes

Fox 8

“Another charming, inventive, and bizarre short story from a master of the form, Fox 8 will pinch your heart and make you cackle with laughter. With gorgeous illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal, this is an Aesop’s fable for the modern era. As with all of George Saunders’s other work, Fox 8 will leave you feeling like you’ve ridden a roller coaster through the entire range of human emotions—and isn’t that what literature is for?”

Bookshop Santa Cruz image Jessica, Bookshop Santa Cruz
Audiobook details

Mary Coin

By Marisa Silver
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky, Alison Fraser & Mark Zeisler
Length: 8 hours 49 minutes

In her first novel since The God of War, critically acclaimed author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photograph as inspiration for a breathtaking reinvention—a story of two women, one famous and one forgotten, and of the remarkable legacy of their singular encounter.

In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in... Read more »

Audiobook details

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

By Michelle Cuevas
Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
Length: 3 hours 2 minutes

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

“This audio book was such a treat! Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier is so sweet and endearing. The narrator did a great job. I enjoyed every minute of it. I look forward to many more stories by Michelle Cuevas!”

The Bookloft image Julia, The Bookloft
Audiobook details

What Rose Forgot

A Novel

By Nevada Barr
Narrated by: Kate Burton
Length: 8 hours 23 minutes

What Rose Forgot

“A unique story with an unreliable narrator that moved along at a brisk pace. I loved the main character, her attempt to figure out where she is, why she's there, and so much more. Thrilling and wonderful!”

Mostly Books image Tricia, Mostly Books
Audiobook details

Run Away

By Harlan Coben
Narrated by: Steven Weber
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes

A perfect family is shattered when their daughter goes missing in this "brilliantly executed" New York Times bestselling thriller from a "master storyteller" (Providence Sunday Journal).

You've lost your daughter.

She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found.

Then, by chance, you see... Read more »

Audiobook details

Space Unicorn Blues

Space Unicorn: Book #1

By T.J. Berry
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

A misfit crew race across the galaxy to prevent the genocide of magical creatures, in this unique science fiction debut. Having magical powers makes you less than human, a resource to be exploited. Half-unicorn Gary Cobalt is sick of slavery, captivity, and his horn being ground down to power faster-than-light travel. When he's finally free, all... Read more »

Audiobook details

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

By Alice Walker
Narrated by: Alice Walker
Length: 2 hours 18 minutes

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Alice Walker, author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple—“an American novel of permanent importance” (San Francisco Chronicle)—reads the English-language editions of the poems in her new bi-lingual collection, a collection that is both... Read more »

Audiobook details

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

A Novel

By J. Ryan Stradal
Narrated by: Judith Ivey
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

“A Minnesota family grounded in farming, beer, and award-winning pies is split for decades when one of two sisters inherits the farm. Helen and Edith — whose stories author J. Ryan Stradal effectively weaves together — stop speaking, while one’s fortunes soar and the other’s plummet. When a woman of the next generation has a chance at success, she may also reunite the Calder family. Stradal brings the heartland to the page with warmth, humor, and plenty of hops-inspired lore.”

Book Passage image Cheryl McKeon, Book Passage
Audiobook details

River of Teeth

River of Teeth: Book #1

By Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 4 hours 1 minutes

In the early twentieth century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true. Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible plan.

Contained... Read more »

Audiobook details

Taste of Marrow

River of Teeth: Book #2

By Sarah Gailey
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 4 hours 15 minutes

A few months ago, Winslow Houndstooth put together the damnedest crew of outlaws, assassins, cons, and saboteurs on either side of the Harriet for a history-changing caper. Together they conspired to blow the dam that choked the Mississippi and funnel the hordes of feral hippos contained within downriver, to finally give America back its... Read more »

Audiobook details