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Booknotes - Summer 2017

In spring, summer, and autumn, we publish Booknotes, our seasonal book reviews of notable new releases. But as the light and temperatures drop, we publish our Winter Gazette, which includes recent releases that make great gifts. Take a look on our shelves to find something unexpected!

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Beyond the Bright Sea

By Lauren Wolk
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie & Lauren Wolk
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

- Winner of the 2018 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction - 

From the bestselling author of Echo Mountain and Newbery Honor–winner Wolf Hollow, Beyond the Bright Sea is an acclaimed best book of the year.

An NPR Best Book of the Year • A Parents’ Magazine Best Book of the Year • A Booklist Editors' Choice selection • A BookPage Best Book of... Read more »

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Woman No. 17

A Novel

By Edan Lepucki
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell & Phoebe Strole
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

“A juice box of suburban satire laced with Alfred Hitchcock” (The Washington Post)—a novel of art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • San Francisco... Read more »

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House of Names

By Colm Toibin
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, Charlie Anson & Pippa Nixon
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes

House of Names

“A masterful manipulation of the classic tragedy of Clytemnestra, queen of Mycenae, Colm Toibin’s House of Names is retelling the story of the House of Atreus and her husband, King Agamemnon. Bursting with rage at the betrayal at the hands of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra orchestrates a murderous plot to avenge the death of daughter Iphigenia, slaughtered in sacrifice to supplicate the gods. Upon his victorious return, an unknowing Agamemnon finds himself ensnared in a trap, facing a kingdom full of deceitful families, ready for vengeance and demanding justice for all the ills suffered since his sojourn to fight the Trojan War. I adored Toibin’s beautifully written adaptation of The Orestia by Aeschylus and his prose is promised to please all lovers of the classics.”

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Men Without Women

Stories

By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel & Ted Goossen
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

“Haruki Murakami’s Men Without Women examines what happens to characters without important women in their lives; it'll move you and confuse you and sometimes leave you with more questions than answers.” —Barack Obama

A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki... Read more »

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Chemistry

A novel

By Weike Wang
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 4 hours 52 minutes

If you enjoyed Wow, No Thank You., then you’ll love Chemistry.

“This is not your average break-up novel This is not your average ANYTHING novel Science is a logical way to understand the world But what about when science complicates your world, instead of simplifies? What about when the world simply isn't logical?”

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Isadora

A Novel

By Amelia Gray
Narrated by: Jen Tullock
Length: 10 hours 48 minutes

Using the scaffolding of Isadora Duncan’s life and the stuff of her spirit, Amelia Gray delivers an incredibly imaginative portrait of the artist

In 1913, the restless world sat on the brink of unimaginable suffering. But for one woman, the darkness of a new era had already made itself at home. Isadora Duncan would come to be known as the mother... Read more »

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The Essex Serpent

A Novel

By Sarah Perry
Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
Length: 14 hours 44 minutes

The Essex Serpent

“If you love mystery, Victorian England, and exploring the tension between science and religion, you will love The Essex Serpent. Many contemporary authors manage to evoke for readers that experience of reading Jane Austen or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for the first time. The real miracle of Sarah Perry is that she manages to do so with a completely fresh voice. With beautiful sentences and characters and landscapes so well-crafted you feel you've been there, The Essex Serpent captures the imagination and manages to deliver the sense of wisdom only good literature can.”

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

A novel

By Arundhati Roy
Narrated by: Arundhati Roy
Length: 16 hours 26 minutes

New York Times Best Seller
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus, The Washington Post, Newsday, and the Hudson Group

A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things

 
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years... Read more »

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One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

Essays

By Scaachi Koul
Narrated by: Scaachi Koul
Length: 5 hours 29 minutes

"Certain authors are their own best narrators...Here, Koul's accomplished reading comes with the bonus of regular vocal interjections from her father." — Library Journal

A debut collection of fierce, funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Western culture, addressing sexism, stereotypes, and the universal miseries of... Read more »

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Radical Hope

Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times

By Carolina De Robertis
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo & Kaleo Griffith
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

Radical Hope is a collection of letters—to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged—written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. Provocative and inspiring, Radical Hope offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage... Read more »

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The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian

By W. Kamau Bell
Narrated by: W. Kamau Bell
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you’ve read about him in the New York Times, which called him “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Or maybe from The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell’s gimmick is intersectional... Read more »

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Essays

By Samantha Irby
Narrated by: Samantha Irby
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

“There are many ways to craft a humorous essay. One of the most straightforward is to harness the clarity to tell it exactly like it is. You know, through the warped lens of personality. Samantha Irby sees all, and she sees it through wickedly potent bifocals.”

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Theft by Finding

Diaries (1977-2002)

By David Sedaris & Gary Carpenter
Narrated by: David Sedaris
Length: 13 hours 51 minutes

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture", The Week, Bustle, BookRiot
An NPR Best Book of 2017 An AV Club Favorite Book of 2017 A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2017 A Goodreads Choice Awards nominee

David Sedaris tells all in a book that is, literally, a lifetime in the... Read more »

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Hunger

A Memoir of (My) Body

By Roxane Gay
Narrated by: Roxane Gay
Length: 5 hours 57 minutes

Hunger

“Man oh man. Roxane Gay never fails to disappoint, even if she might disagree. This is a powerful, raw memoir, narrated by the author. Her truth is so relatable, and even when it’s not, Gay’s writing is empathetic. This audiobook was so engrossing, I actively looked for excuses to step away from what I was doing and listen to it. I highly recommend listening to or reading this book—for EVERYONE. This will challenge how you look at fat people, and women especially, and if you’re like me, how you look at yourself. Do yourself a favor and read this book.”

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Shark Drunk

The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean

By Morten Stroksnes
Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
Length: 10 hours 17 minutes

A salty story of friendship, adventure, and the explosive life that teems beneath the ocean
 
The Lofoten archipelago, just North of the Arctic Circle, is a place of unsurpassed beauty—the skyline spikes with dramatic peaks; the radiant greens and purples of the Northern Lights follow summers where the sun never sets. It’s a place of small... Read more »

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Caesar's Last Breath

Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

By Sam Kean
Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
Length: 10 hours 33 minutes

Caesar's Last Breath

“In the beginning there was no earth and no air as we know it today. Kean takes us through the billions of years of changes with how the atmosphere became full of air! He tells biographical stories of early scientists who discover oxygen, hydrogen, etc. down the periodic table in an engaging form. Basically, Caesar's last breath is still around, molecules of air move and may stay in our atmosphere unless an "event" makes a big commotion. But outer space "air" adds to us daily and humans have even added more troublesome chemicals to our air. Think of the atomic bomb, nuclear testing, and forms of pollution. And ALIENS? This is a serious book on chemistry BUT enjoyable because of the presentation of facts - with historical references, personalities, trials & errors (lots of those!) and the author's sense of humor! Bravo, Sam Kean.”

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